Post 16 Subject Information Booklet - Excellence is a Habit A Specialist School for Science & Music - Ashmole Academy

 
Post 16 Subject Information Booklet - Excellence is a Habit A Specialist School for Science & Music - Ashmole Academy
Ashmole                            Academy
         AAn Ashmole
           Specialist   Academy
                      School        Trust&School
                             for Science   Music
                 Excellence is a Habit

Post 16 Subject Information Booklet
Post 16 Subject Information Booklet - Excellence is a Habit A Specialist School for Science & Music - Ashmole Academy
Dear Prospective Ashmole Academy Sixth Form
                                                                           Students,

 Ashmole Academy                                                           Deciding what to study for your post-16 education
                                                                           can be a very difficult choice. At Ashmole Academy
An Ashmole Academy Trust School
      Excellence is a Habit                                                we have a number of A-level options and for our
                                                                           internal students, Business Studies Level 3 BTEC.
       Cecil Road Southgate
          London N14 5RJ
                                                                           Contained within this booklet are the descriptions of
        Tel: 020 8361 2703
        Fax: 020 8368 0315                                                 all the subjects delivered at Ashmole. It is important
 Email: office@ashmoleacademy.org                                          that you read these descriptions carefully. There are
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                                                                           a number of questions you should ask yourselves.
    Executive Head Teacher                                                 Does the content of the course appeal to you? Will
         Mr T Sullivan                                                     the subject choice allow you to study the subject of
    Deputy Head Teachers                                                   your choice for Higher Education? Would you like
                                                           Tim Sullivan
          Mr B Dhinsa                                                      to study a subject with an element of coursework?
                                                  Executive Head Teacher
          Deputy Head:                                                     Does the combination of subjects chosen work well
 Educational Standards/Behaviour
                                                                           together? Are A-levels the right choice for you?
          Mr S El Sayed
          Deputy Head:
                                                                           Seek the opinion of people you trust to help you
Head of Sixth Form and Curriculum
                                                                           to answer these questions and feel free to ask any
         Mrs R McLaren
          Deputy Head:
                                                 Education                 member of the Ashmole staff should you require.
   Inclusion and Safeguarding                      is about                Tim Sullivan
       Chair of Governors
         Mrs A Walling
                                                  preparing                Executive Head Teacher
                                                     young
                                                 people for
                                                their future
   Ashmole Academy is a No Smoking Site.

       The information contained in this
     Prospectus was correct at the time of
   publication. The school reserves the right
    to make changes in the best interest of
          maintaining high standards.
Post 16 Subject Information Booklet - Excellence is a Habit A Specialist School for Science & Music - Ashmole Academy
8 Contents
Subject                                     Page

Art & Design – Fine Art                      6-7

Biology                                      8-9

Business                                     10-11

Chemistry                                    12-13

Computer Science                             14-15

Design & Technology: Fashion and Textiles    16

Design & Technology: Product Design          17-18

Drama & Theatre Studies                      19-20

Economics                                    21-22

English Literature                           23

Further Mathematics                          24

Geography                                    25

History                                      26-27

Mathematics                                  28

Media Studies                                30-31

Modern Foreign Languages                     32-33

Music                                        34-35

Physical Education                           36

Physics                                      37-38

Politics                                     39

Psychology                                   40-41

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics                42-43

Sociology                                    44-45

Business Studies – BTEC Extended Diploma     46

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Senior Team

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Art & Design – Fine Art                                                          Examination Board:                              Syllabus No:
                                                                                                      EDEXCEL                              A-level: 9FA0
                                     ADVANCED LEVEL

    8 Course Content
      Syllabus                     Component                                  Weighting                        Method of assessment
                 Unit 1                                              60% of the total qualification      Internally set, assessed by the teacher
                 Incorporates three major elements:                                                            and externally moderated.
                 supporting studies, practical work,
    A-level Fine
                 and a Personal study
     Art 9FA0
                 Unit 2                                             40 % of the total qualification          Externally set, assessed by the
                 Externally set assignment                                                                 teacher and externally moderated.

    Assessment Objectives and Weightings
    All student work will be assessed against the following Assessment Objectives. Assessment Objectives are equally weighted in both
    qualifications.
    Students are expected to keep work journals throughout the course. They are expected to fulfil all 4 assessment objectives within
    both Units.

                                         Assessment Objectives                                                  % in GCE
                 Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by
       A01                                                                                                         25%
                 contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding

                 Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and
       A02                                                                                                         25%
                 processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops

                 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically
       A03                                                                                                         25%
                 on work and progress

                 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where
       A04                                                                                                         25%
                 appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements

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Externally set assignment
It is internally assessed, and externally moderated. The Externally
Set Assignment will be delivered in January. Students can
then begin their preparatory studies based on a given theme,
culminating in the final 15–hour period of sustained focus under
examination conditions.

8 Teaching Styles
Team teaching offers students a variety of teaching styles,
personalities and expertise. Teaching styles embrace formal
whole class and individual tutorials. The course emphasises
the importance of self-directed student based research,
experimentation and creative exploration, during study times and
homework, as well as within the classroom. Students are expected
to participate in individual/group evaluation and review of their own
work and others work. Gallery visits are an important part of the
course and attending a Life Drawing course is encouraged.

8 Career Opportunities
Many students following an Art A-level course do not necessarily
intend to pursue a specifically Art based career. Some take the
subject as an opportunity to develop a personal talent or interest,
as a way of enriching an otherwise academic course. Many
degree courses can be accessed with Art as an A-level. An ever
enriching number of combined degree coursed feature Art with
another compatible subject e.g. Business Studies, English,
European Studies, Drama, History and Media. There are also many
specifically Art based career opportunities , e.g. Graphic Design,
Product Design, Theatre Design, Advertising, Illustration and
Architecture.

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Biology                         Examination Board:                         Syllabus No:
                                                                                                  AQA                             A-level: 7402
                                     ADVANCED LEVEL

    8 Course Content                                                              7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.
                                                                                  8. The control of gene expression.
    The AQA A-level Biology specification gives students a seamless
    transition from GCSE to university courses in Biology and
    Biology-related disciplines. It maintains students’ enthusiasm for       8 Assessment
    Biology and develops their interest in the subject. The practical
    endorsement offers practical and investigative experience                 Paper    Sections   Duration             Outline            Weighting
    throughout the two years of study.                                        1       1 – 4,      2 hours    91 marks (76 marks a         35%
    You will study the concepts of biological molecules, cells, how                   including              mixture of long and short
    organisms exchange substances with their environment and                          relevant               answer questions, 15
    genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms                practical              marks comprehension
    during the first year. In the second year, you will learn about energy            skills.                question).
    transfers in and between organisms, how organisms respond
                                                                              2       5 – 8,      2 hours    91 marks (76 marks a         35%
    to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics,
                                                                                      including              mixture of long and short
    populations, evolutions and ecosystems and finally the control of
                                                                                      relevant               answer questions, 15
    gene expression.
                                                                                      practical              marks comprehension
    There is an emphasis on developing key practical skills and you                   skills.                question).
    will carry out a number of required practicals throughout the
    two years. On successful completion, you will gain a practical            3       1 – 8,      2 hours    78 marks (38 marks:          30%
    skills accreditation which is given alongside your grade. The                     including              structured questions,
    accreditation does not affect your overall grade.                                 relevant               including practical
                                                                                      practical              techniques, 15 marks:
    In this linear A-level course, you will complete three examinations at            skills.                critical analysis of given
    the end of Year 13. The first paper covers topics 1-4 and will also                                      experimental data, 25
    contain practical skills questions. The second paper covers topics                                       marks: one essay from a
    5-8, with the third paper covering content from topics 1-8 and                                           choice of two titles.
    relevant practical skills.
    The Biology specification places greater emphasis on mathematical
    content. At least 10% of marks in Biology assessments will require
                                                                             8 Teaching Styles
    the use of mathematical skills.                                          In Biology you develop practical skills, by planning experiments,
                                                                             collecting data, analysing experimental results and making
    8 Core Content                                                           conclusions. You will also learn how scientific models are
                                                                             developed, the applications and implications of science, the
        1. Biological Molecules.
                                                                             benefits and risks that science brings and the ways in which
        2. Cells.                                                            society uses science to make decisions.
        3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment.
        4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between          8 Career Opportunities
           organisms.
                                                                             Biology opens the doors to a wide range of careers including:
        5. Energy transfers in and between organisms.                        Doctor, Vet, Ecologist, Genetisist Researcher, Conservationist,
        6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and                Teacher.
           external environments.

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Business                        Examination Board:                        Syllabus No:
                                                                                        EDEXCEL                                  9BSO
                                      ADVANCED LEVEL

     8 Course Content                                                   8 Assessment
     Theme 1: Marketing and People                                       Paper                  Name                  Duration   Weighting

     >   Meeting customer needs                                          1       Marketing, people and global         2 hours    35%
     >   The market                                                              businesses
     >   Marketing mix and strategy                                      2       Business activities, decisions and   2 hours    35%
     >   Managing people                                                         strategy
     >   Entrepreneurs and leaders
                                                                         3       Investigating business in a          2 hours    30%
                                                                                 competitive environment
     Theme 2: Managing Business Activities
                                                                                 (There will be a pre-released
     >   Raising finance
                                                                                 context document issued in
     >   Financial planning
                                                                                 November that will relate to
     >   Managing finance
                                                                                 the examination series for the
     >   Resource management
                                                                                 following year. Students are not
     >   External influences
                                                                                 able to take any of their research
                                                                                 into the examination).
     Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy
     >   Business objectives and strategy                               8 Teaching Styles
     >   Business growth
     >   Decision-making techniques                                     Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to real-life
     >   Influences on business decisions                               business contexts, with updated content to reflect the issues
     >   Assessing competitiveness                                      impacting on real modern business case studies. Students will
     >   Managing change                                                develop transferable skills that support higher education study and
                                                                        the transition to employment, including numeracy, communication,
     Theme 4: Global Business                                           an understanding of the business environment and commercial
                                                                        awareness.
     >   Globalisation
     >   Global markets and business expansion                          Through class work and preparation students will develop their
     >   Global marketing                                               breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with
     >   Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)   applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex
                                                                        business information to help enable students to take a more
                                                                        strategic view of business opportunities and issues.
                                                                        Preparation for external assessment will be developed by
                                                                        encouraging students to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful
                                                                        approach to the study of business, to understand that business
                                                                        behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to
                                                                        challenge assumptions.

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8 Career Opportunities
Students can progress from this qualification to a wide range
of higher education courses such as Business Management,
Accountancy and Finance, Marketing, Human Resources and
International Business. It is also extremely useful for entry into a
wide range of careers ranging from banking, sales, product and
general management to working in public sector organisations or
charities.

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Chemistry                              Examination Board:                            Syllabus No:
                                                                                                  AQA                                A-level: 7405
                                     ADVANCED LEVEL

     8 Course Content                                                         Paper    Content Assessed          Duration                 Weighting

     Advanced Chemistry aims to show the ways in which Chemistry is              1     Physical Chemistry         2 hours          105 marks          35%
     used and the work that Chemists do. The course includes looking                                                            Short and long
     at the frontiers where the latest developments are taking place                                                           answer questions
     with basic chemical principles drawn from modern applications in
                                                                                 2     Physical Chemistry         2 hours          105 marks          35%
     industry, everyday life and the environment.
                                                                                       Organic Chemistry                        Short and long
     Students will study a range of chemical concepts which are                                                                answer questions
                                                                                       Practical Skills
     grouped into the following topic areas:
                                                                                 3     Any Content                2 hours           90 marks          30%
     >   Physical Chemistry
         This includes the study of Atomic Structure, Bonding,                                                                (40 marks Practical
                                                                                                                                 techniques and
         Energetics, Kinetics, Thermodynamics and Equilibria amongst
                                                                                                                                analysis of data.
         others.
                                                                                                                                20 Marks testing
     >   Inorganic Chemistry                                                                                                        across the
         The study of the trends and groups of the periodic table.                                                                 specification
                                                                                                                               30 marks multiple
     >   Organic Chemistry
                                                                                                                               choice questions)
         The study of different homologous series and functional groups.
         Students will also explore the different methods of synthesis
         and analytical techniques.
     In addition to this basic syllabus, students will also be examined on   8 Teaching Styles
     practical skills that they develop throughout the two years.
                                                                             A-level Chemistry is taught by a team of teachers. A variety
     Students are provided with an online course book in conjunction         of teaching styles is evident with practical sessions aimed at
     with a pack containing data and target sheets.                          reinforcing theory.

     Homework is a necessary part of the course, and students can            Students will develop their skills in the following areas:
     expect at least 2 assignments each week, which represents
                                                                             >   Laboratory experiments, both open ended and prescriptive
     5 hours work. Independent study tasks are also set every two
     weeks, which develop study and research skills necessary for the        >   Finding and using a range of resources
     subject.
                                                                             >   Independent learning

     8 Assessment                                                            >   Preparing and giving a presentation

     Students will sit 3 examinations at the end of Year 13. These are       >   Discussion in groups
     detailed in the following table:                                        >   Data handling
                                                                             >   Model making

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>   Computer-linked work involving modelling, word processing,
    spreadsheets etc.

8 Career Opportunities
Chemistry forms an obvious link with many other subject areas.
For this reason Ashmole students often include Chemistry within a
diverse range of A-level studies. The course provides an excellent
grounding for those students who choose to pursue a career in
Chemistry or a related subject. The majority of Ashmole students
enter university on completion of the A-level course.
The range of courses and careers that incorporate Chemistry is
limitless. Medicine, Pharmacy, Teaching, Nursing and Public Health
are only a few of the careers in which Chemistry is an essential
ingredient.

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Computer Science                                             Examination Board:                          Syllabus No:
                                                                                             AQA                              A-level: 7517
                                    ADVANCED LEVEL

     8 Course Content                                                     8 Assessment objectives
     The A-level Computer Science specification requires students to        and weighting
     think in both concrete and abstract terms, spanning both theory
     and practice. You will study the technical aspects of hardware and     Section       What is assessed          How is it assessed     Weighting
     networking, alongside concepts of programming. There is also a
     significant focus on computational thinking – a style of reasoning     Paper 1     Ability to program as      On screen examination        40%
     used by both machines and humans, which is useful in problem                       well as subject content
                                                                                                                   Short questions and
     solving.                                                                           from 1-4 above and
                                                                                                                   write/adapt/extend
                                                                                        the skills required from
                                                                                                                   programs.
                                                                                        section 13 above.
     It is recommended that students choosing to study this subject at
     A-level, should have the skills and knowledge associated with a                                               2 hours 30 minutes
     GCSE Computer Science course or equivalent.                            Paper 2     Subject content from       Written examination          40%
                                                                                        5-12 above.
                                                                                                                   Short-answer and
     8 Core Content                                                                                                extended-answer
                                                                                                                   questions.
         1. Fundamentals of programming
         2. Fundamentals of data structures                                                                        2 hours 30 minutes
         3. Systematic approach to problem solving                         Non-exam Ability to use the             Computing practical          20%
         4. Theory of computation                                         assessment knowledge and skills          project.
         5. Fundamentals of data representation                                      gained through the
                                                                                                                   75 marks
                                                                                     course to solve or
         6. Fundamentals of computer systems                                         investigate a practical
         7. Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture                   problem.
         8. Consequences of uses of computing
         9. Fundamentals of communication and networking
         10. Fundamentals of databases
                                                                          8 Teaching Styles
         11. Big Data
                                                                          In Computer Science, you will work both independently and with
         12. Fundamentals of functional programming
                                                                          others. Your teacher(s) will encourage you to pre-learn content
         13. Systematic approach to problem solving                       covered in lessons and deliver the subject content to you through a
         14. Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project.       range of methods that promote interactive learning.

                                                                          Lessons will focus on the theory behind data, computing and
                                                                          look at how algorithms are used. Lesson tasks, study tasks and
                                                                          homeworks will centre around problem solving.

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8 Career Opportunities
Computers are central to so many key tasks in our everyday lives;
therefore, individuals who are able to demonstrate computational
thinking and are proficient in problem solving are highly sought
after. Content and skills from Computer Science overlaps with both
Mathematics and the Sciences.
An A-level in Computer Science can lead to an undergraduate
course in a computing, science or engineering related discipline.
Career pathways are broad and well remunerated. They include
jobs such as Computer Programmer, Software Developer,
Hardware Engineer, Systems Analyst, IT Architect, Security Analyst,
Nanotechnologist and IT Consultant.

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Design & Technology: Fashion and Textiles                                             Examination Board:                          Syllabus No:
                                                                                                  AQA                             A-level: 7562
                                         ADVANCED LEVEL

      8 Course Content                                                        >   Conduct personal research of modern and past designers to
                                                                                  understand garment construction and bring individual interests
      A-level Fashion and Textiles allows students to design and make             to your creative practice.
      fashionable garments and accessories in an innovative and creative
                                                                              >   Explore a range of equipment in school to manufacture
      way. Students will learn how to use a wide range of academic
                                                                                  solutions. These include sewing machines, over lockers, heat-
      and practical skills and apply their knowledge to solve problems.
                                                                                  press, laser cutter and 3D printer.
      They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and
      economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying           >   Conduct wider studies by visiting Museums and keeping
      opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing a            abreast of historical and new design movements.
      prototype of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of
      what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills      >   Use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to prepare
      sought by higher education and employers.                                   for internal and external assessments.

                                                                              8 Career Opportunities
      8 Assessment                                                            This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students
                                                                              the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to
      Paper 1: Technical Principals
                                                                              succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative
      >   Written examination: 2.30 hrs                                       industries. Fashion Textile design is a global industry and you will
                                                                              find opportunities to work abroad or with an international company.
      >   30% of A-level qualification                                        Students can progress to a range of courses and careers such as
                                                                              Fashion Journalism, Footwear Design, Fashion Design, Textiles/
      Paper 2: Designing and making Principals                                Fashion Buying, Illustrator, Pattern Cutter, Garment Technologist,
      >   Written examination: 1.30 hrs                                       Costume Design, Milliner, Interior Design and Surface Pattern
                                                                              Design.
      >   20% of A-level qualification

      NEA (Non-examined assessment)
      >   50% of A-level qualification

      8 Teaching Styles
      The course offers an exciting and imaginative approach to teaching
      which balances practical and theoretical studies to help you
      discover your potential. You will be encouraged to:
      >   Engage with materials, forms and processes combined with
          intellectual skills, such as observation, product analysis,
          innovation and creativity.

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Examination Board:                      Syllabus No:                     Design & Technology: Product Design
     EDEXCEL                            A-level: 9DT0
                                                                         ADVANCED LEVEL

    8 Course Content                                                                   Exam                     NEA (non-examined
                                                                                                                  assessment)
    This is suitable for students seeking to develop their designing
    and making skills to a more advanced and complex level. The            Topic 6: Effects of              Part 1: Identifying and
    course encourages creativity whilst ensuring that students have        technological developments       outlining possibilities for
    a good body of knowledge and understanding from which to                                                design
                                                                           Topic 7: Potential hazards and
    design and make. The course has significantly changed and              risk assessment                  Identification and investigation
    now encompasses the content of the previous A-level courses of                                          of a design possibility,
    Graphic Products and Resistant Materials to provide students with      Topic 8: Features of
                                                                                                            investigation of client/end user
    a broader understanding of products, materials and design. This        manufacturing industries
                                                                                                            needs, wants and values,
    wider understanding will provide students with a better foundation                                      research and production of a
                                                                           Topic 9: Designing for
    of knowledge in order to progress to Level 4 courses.                                                   specification.
                                                                           maintenance and the cleaner
    There are two units altogether (Coursework and Theory) which are       environment
                                                                                                            Part 2: Designing a
    weighted; 50% for the written theory paper (component 1) and                                            prototype
                                                                           Topic 10: Current legislation
    50% for coursework (component 2).
                                                                           Topic 11: Information            Design ideas, development
    This course is suited to students who have taken GCSE in                                                of design idea, final
                                                                           handling, modelling and
    Technology.                                                                                             design solution, review of
                                                                           forward planning
                                                                                                            development and final design
                                                                           Topic 12: Further processes
    8 Assessment                                                           and techniques.
                                                                                                            and communication of design
                                                                                                            ideas.
                  Exam                     NEA (non-examined                                                Part 3: Making a final
                                             assessment)                                                    prototype
     50% of total grade               50% of total grade                                                    Design, manufacture and
                                                                                                            realisation of a final prototype,
     120 Marks                        120 Marks
                                                                                                            including tools and equipment
     Written examination              The investigation report                                              and quality and accuracy.
                                      is internally assessed and
     2.30 hrs                                                                                               Part 4: Evaluating own
                                      externally moderated.
                                                                                                            design and prototype
     Topic 1: Materials
                                      Students will produce a
                                                                                                            Testing and evaluation.
     Topic 2: Performance             substantial design, make
     characteristics of materials     and evaluate a project which
                                      consists of a portfolio and a
     Topic 3: Processes and
     techniques
                                      prototype.
                                                                          8 Teaching Styles
                                      The portfolio will contain four
     Topic 4: Digital technologies                                        In Design & Technology you will work both independently and with
                                      parts:
                                                                          others in order to: research, analyse, design, manufacture and
     Topic 5: Factors influencing                                         evaluate new and existing products. Students will have a special
     the development of products                                          designated area and a workshop to work in during free periods
                                                                          and study sessions, which is just for the Sixth Form. Lockers and

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individual shelving will be provided so that practical work can be
     stored. During this time, tools and equipment can be used, and a
     booking-in system for extra help and support with the technician
     is also provided. Computers and an A3 colour printer are also
     available. Students will need to be able to work independently
     on their practical work with supervision and guidance from their
     teachers.

     8 Career Opportunities
     Architecture, Product Design, Surveying, Interior Design, Furniture
     Design, Vehicle Design, Garden Design, Computer Animation, Set
     Design, Packaging Design, Engineering, Advertising and Graphic
     Design.

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Examination Board:                        Syllabus No:                        Drama & Theatre Studies
         AQA                               A Level 7262
                                                                              ADVANCED LEVEL

    8 Course Content                                                           Section C:
                                                                               One question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a
    Students will learn how to use their knowledge and understanding
                                                                               single live theatre production.
    of theatrical forms to explore and perform plays. They will learn
    how plays relate to the contexts in which they are created and             Learners will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding
    performed.                                                                 of how a text is performed.
    Students will study the ways in which plays are interpreted by
                                                                               Component 2: Creating Original Drama
    different directors, designers, performers and audiences. They will
    need to acknowledge that drama and theatre texts have a range of           Non-exam assessment: internally assessed 30% of qualification.
    intentions and meanings.                                                   Learners will be assessed on their acting and will participate in
    A range of plays will be studied for both practical examination            the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre
    purposes and for the written examination. This will include an             based on a stimulus.
    in depth study of the texts explored from the point of view of a           >   a devised piece using the techniques and working methods of
    director and will require research into the production, its history and        either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre
    influences.                                                                    company (a different practitioner or company to that chosen for
    As part of the A-level course students will be required to create an           Component 1).
    original play from the stimulus provided, using the devising process       >   a working notebook that evidences, evaluates and analyses the
    and the appropriate theatrical terms. They will need to reflect upon           devising process and performance.
    this process and describe their experiences.
                                                                               Component 3: Making Theatre
    Students will be given the opportunity to visit the theatre over the
    two years of the course and are encouraged to see a variety of             Practical exam (40 marks) and reflective report (20 marks)
    Drama in performance. They must reflect upon this, analysing the           30% of qualification
    success of the performance for its target audience.
                                                                               Learners will explore three extracts from the same play, they must

    8 Assessment                                                               analyse and explore their interpretation of the texts and perform the
                                                                               third extract.

    Component 1: Drama and Theatre
                                                                               8 Teaching Styles
    Written examination: 3 hours
                                                                               The AQA course allows us to put an emphasis on Drama as a
    40% of qualification.                                                      practical, intellectual and artistic subject with practical exploration
                                                                               of social, cultural and historical context.
    Pupils will study and explore two set plays as well as analysing a
    live theatre production.                                                   We promote the constructing of Drama as a means of enquiry
                                                                               and communication and to encourage critical analysis through the
    Section A:                                                                 making of informed judgments as part of the drama process.
    Open book on one of the set plays
                                                                               Reflective practice is at the heart of the skills so that personal
    Section B:                                                                 experience, knowledge and skills used in the creating and
                                                                               exportation of Drama is integrated to develop a deeper
    One three-part question on a given extract from one of the set             understanding of subject.
    plays
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8 Career Opportunities
     The course is designed to provide a stepping-stone towards
     any career in the theatre industry. As well as teaching key skills
     in acting, devising and designing, the course also provides
     an excellent theatrical grounding for a degree in Drama and
     English and English Literature. Knowledge and understanding
     developed during the course can, however, be usefully applied
     to a diverse range of higher education courses including Law,
     Communications, Teaching and Journalism to name a few. The
     skills developed in A-level Drama and Theatre enable students
     to develop vital skills for all degrees and career prospects. These
     include becoming confident individuals, excellent problem solvers,
     team workers, public speakers, creative, analytical and critical
     thinkers.

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Examination Board:                        Syllabus No:                   Economics
        EDEXCEL                         A-level: A (9ECO)
                                                                         ADVANCED LEVEL

    It is important that students have an interest in economic affairs
    and a desire to explore why and how the study of Economics
                                                                          8 Assessment
    contributes to an understanding of the modern world.
                                                                          Paper               Name                   Duration       Weighting

    8 Course Content                                                          1     Markets and Business
                                                                                    Behaviour
                                                                                                                      2 hours          35%

    A-level                                                                   2     The National and Global           2 hours          35%
    Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure                             Economy
    >    Nature of economics                                                  3     Microeconomics and                2 hours          30%
    >    How markets work                                                           Macroeconomics
    >    Market failure
    >    Government intervention
    Theme 2: The UK Economy – Performance and                             8 Teaching Styles
    Policies
                                                                          The first consideration is that Economics is a “living subject” which
    >    Measures of Economic Performance                                 is subject to constant change. The teaching style must reflect
    >    Aggregate demand                                                 these important characteristics. Thus students will:
    >    Aggregate supply                                                 >   Study texts and theory
    >    National income                                                  >   Extensively use case studies
    >    Economic growth
                                                                          >   Be kept constantly up to date with newspapers
    >    Macroeconomic objectives and policy.
                                                                          >   Be encouraged to visit places of current interest e.g. banks,
    Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market                         industrial locations
    >    Business Growth                                                  >   Be assessed in a variety of ways e.g. essay writing, multiple
    >    Business objectives                                                  choice and data response work.
    >    Revenues, costs and profits                                      Thorough classwork and preparation for external assessment, key
    >    Market structures                                                skills will be developed in communication, numeracy, IT, problem
    >    Labour market                                                    solving, working with others, planning and critical thinking. The
                                                                          nature of the subject means that students must keep up to date
    >    Government intervention.
                                                                          with current economic affairs, as well as develop an insight into
    Theme 4: A Global Perspective                                         a range of important markets within both the UK and the global
                                                                          economy.
    >    International economics
    >    Poverty and inequality
    >    Emerging and developing economies
    >    The financial sector
    >    Role of the state in the macroeconomy

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8 Career Opportunities
     Students with A-level Economics have access to a wide range of
     possible career and higher education opportunities. You learn and
     use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These
     include:
     >   Collection and analysing economic information from different
         sources
     >   Development of written communication skills
     >   Development of problem solving and evaluation skills
     These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers,
     universities and college as being of great value. Economics
     combines well with a range of Social Science and Humanities
     subjects to lead to University courses in such areas as Law,
     Business, Accounting, Politics, and of course, Economics.

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Examination Board:                       Syllabus No:                      English Literature
         OCR                             A-level: H472
                                                                           ADVANCED LEVEL

    8 Course Content                                                        8 Teaching Styles
    A Level English Literature provides students with the opportunity to    Lessons are primarily discussion based and often include
    develop a deeper love of literature by exploring a range of exciting    paired or group projects to enable student to develop their own
    texts. Students will work towards developing their own views as         perspectives. Other teaching methods used inside and outside of
    literary critics through the study of literary theory throughout the    lessons include:
    course.
                                                                            >   Online lectures and podcasts
    The course covers:
                                                                            >   Theatre performances (via Digital Theatre and The National
    Poetry and Drama Pre-1900                                                   Theatre)
    >   The Tempest by William Shakespeare                                  >   Reading critical essays and theatre reviews
    >   The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster                                >   Half-termly projects leading to group presentations
    >   Paradise Lost (Books Nine and Ten) by John Milton                   >   Essay writing and exam practice with peer and teacher
                                                                                feedback.
    Comparative and Contextual Study (Gothic Literature)
                                                                            Outside of class, students are expected to read their core texts
    >   Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
                                                                            independently and complete active reading tasks that prepare
    >   The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter                                 them to come to lessons ready to discuss their ideas.

    Literature Post-1900
                                                                            8 Career Opportunities
    >   The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy
                                                                            English Literature is one of the facilitating subjects for the
    >   A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller                             Russell Group universities. Students who
                                                                            study English Literature go
    >   Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
                                                                            on to a wide range
                                                                            of careers including
    8 Assessment                                                            Journalism, the Civil
                                                                            Service, Teaching,
    Paper 1 – Poetry and Drama Pre-1900
                                                                            Advertising and
    – 2 hours 30 minutes                                                   Public Relations.
       3 questions                                                          The development of
       40% final grade                                                      student responses
                                                                            in a sympathetic
    Paper 2 – Comparative and Contextual Study
                                                                            and structured way
    – 2 hours 30 minutes                                                   is of great value in
       2 questions                                                          students’ own personal
       40% final grade                                                      development.

    Non-Exam Assessment – Literature Post-1900
    – 1 close reading essay (Poetry) - 1000 words
      1 comparative essay (Drama and Prose) -2000 words

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Further Mathematics                                               Examination Board:                           Syllabus No:
                                                                                            EDEXCEL                              A-level 9FM0
                                     ADVANCED LEVEL

     8 Course Content                                                      8 Teaching Styles
     The course is designed to introduce students to a wide range of       >   Students will be taught in a variety of ways from formal teaching
     analytical techniques, with a greater emphasis on their application       lessons which help prepare for tackling examination questions
     of skills to a range of practical problems. Over two years you will       to activities and short investigations.
     be introduced to content in three different areas of Mathematics:
     Pure, Further Statistics and Further Mechanics.
                                                                           >   Students will use calculators, computer programmes and a
                                                                               large data set to investigate the topics previously mentioned.
     The Pure course includes:
                                                                           >   Students are given assessments to assess their skills,
     >   Complex numbers                >   Further Vectors                    knowledge retention and ability to problem solve as the course
                                                                               progresses.
     >   Proof                          >   Polar Coordinates
                                                                           >   We will also be running formal booster and drop in sessions
     >   Matrices                       >   Hyperbolic Functions
                                                                               where students are able to get extra help with their studies.
     >   Further Algebra and            >   Differential Equations
         Functions                                                         8 Career Opportunities
     >   Further Calculus                                                  The course is essential for anyone wishing to pursue a career in
     The Further Statistics course includes:                               Mathematics. It is also extremely useful for entry into a wide range
                                                                           of other fields of study such as, Physics, Engineering, Finance,
     >   Discrete Probability           >   Central Limit Theorem          Economics and Computing.
     >   Poisson and Binomial           >   Chi Squared Test
         distributions
                                        >   Probability Functions
     >   Geometric and Negative
         Binomial distributions
                                        >   Quality of Tests

     >   Hypothesis Testing
     The Further Mechanics course includes:
     >   Momentum and Impulse           >   Elastic Springs and Strings
     >   Work, Energy and Power         >   Collisions

     8 Assessment
     There is a formal examination at the end of Year 13. In
     Mathematics this consists of four examinations. Papers 1 and 2
     are both 1.5 hours long and examine the Pure content. Paper 3
     is also 1.5 hours long and examines Further Statistics. Paper 4 is
     also 1.5 hours long and examines Further Mechanics.

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Examination Board:                      Syllabus No:                   Geography
        EDEXCEL                             A-level: 9GEO
                                                                       ADVANCED LEVEL

    8 Course Content                                                    8 Teaching Styles
    The A-level course comprises four areas of study:                   Students will learn in a variety of ways which will make for an
                                                                        interesting and varied course. Examples of teaching styles include:
    1. Dynamic Landscapes (Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and
       Hazards and Topic 2B: Coastal Landscapes and Change)             >   Lessons using varied and        >   Role plays
                                                                            stimulating resources -
    2. Dynamic Places (Topic 3: Globalisation and Topic 4A:
                                                                            newspaper articles, DVDs,
                                                                                                            >   Exam practice – teacher, self
       Regenerating Places)                                                                                     and peer marking
                                                                            maps, satellite images and
    3. Physical Systems and Sustainability (Topic 5: The Water Cycle        textbooks                       >   Residential field course to
       and Water Insecurity and Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and                                                   complete the geographical
                                                                        >   Individual research using ICT
       Energy Security)                                                                                         investigation
                                                                        >   Decision making exercises
    4. Human Systems and Geopolitics (Topic 7: Superpowers and
       Topic 8: Global Development)                                     Apart from learning the knowledge, concepts and skills required to
                                                                        succeed at this course, students will also be able to develop many
    The course also requires the completion of an Independent
                                                                        of the key skills required for higher education and working life such
    Investigation (coursework) based on fieldwork.
                                                                        as:

    8 Assessment                                                        >   Collecting, analysing and
                                                                            interpreting information
                                                                                                            >   Evaluating your work

    Paper 1: Dynamic Landscapes and Physical Systems and
                                                                                                            >   Listening to other people’s
    Sustainability
                                                                        >   Communicating your findings         opinions
                                                                            in different ways
    >    Written examination of 2 ¼ hours
                                                                                                            >   Working independently

    >    30% of A-level qualification
                                                                        8 Career Opportunities
    Paper 2: Dynamic Places and Human Systems and
                                                                        Students with A-level Geography have access to a wide range of
    Geopolitics
                                                                        possible career and higher education opportunities. You learn and
    >    Written examination of 2 ¼ hours                               use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These
                                                                        include collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating
    >    30% of A-level qualification                                   your findings in different ways, and identifying and developing
    Paper 3: Synoptic Paper                                             the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are
                                                                        recognised by employers, universities and colleges as being of
    >    Written examination of 2 ¼ hours                               great value.
    >    20% of A-level qualification                                   Geography combines well with almost all other A-level subjects.
                                                                        Taken with sciences like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and
    Coursework
                                                                        Biology, Geography supports applications for almost any science-
    >    3000-4000 word Independent Investigation based on fieldwork    based university course like Engineering, Psychology, Environmental
                                                                        Sciences, Oceanography and Geology. Taken in combination with
    >    Non-examined assessment
                                                                        humanities subjects like English, French, History or Economics,
    >    20% of A-level qualification                                   Geography supports an equally wide range of university courses
                                                                        such as Business, Law, Media, Politics and Philosophy.

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History                    Examination Board:                          Syllabus No:
                                                                                              EDEXCEL                             A-level: 9HI0
                                       ADVANCED LEVEL

     8 Course Content                                                       8 Teaching Styles
     Units 1 and 2 are linked by the theme of revolution in the Early       During the course students will learn:
     Modern and Modern period. Both papers require essay writing
     skills, source evaluation and analysis of historical interpretation.
                                                                            >   About the significance of events, individuals, issues and
                                                                                societies in history;
     >   Paper 1 – Britain, 1625-1701: conflict, revolution and
         settlement
                                                                            >   How and why societies have changed over time;

     >   Paper 2 – Russia in revolution, 1894-1924
                                                                            >   About the theories of historians and the language that they use
                                                                                to discuss their ideas;
     Unit 3 will look at a theme over a hundred year period and will
     include case studies of particular events.
                                                                            >   To understand the nature of historical evidence and the
                                                                                methods used by historians to analyse and evaluate it;
     >   Paper 3 – The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America
         c1580 – c1750
                                                                            >   To develop an understanding of how the past has been
                                                                                interpreted and represented;
     Unit 4 Coursework
                                                                            >   To express your own historical ideas confidently and effectively.
     >   Historical interpretations of the First World War
                                                                            The teaching styles will access these objectives via reading,
                                                                            planning, writing and discussion, using text, sources, journals and
     8 Assessment                                                           video resources.

     Unit 1 – Exam – 2 hours 15 minutes                                     What kind of student is this course suitable for?
                A-level 30%                                                 The course will appeal to students who:

     Unit 2 – Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes                                      >   Have an interest in the way that the world has developed
                                                                                through the ages;
                A-level 20%
                                                                            >   Enjoy investigation and discovery;
     Unit 3 – Exam – 2 hours 15 minutes                                     >   Enjoy debate and like putting forward a well-argued case;
                A-level 30%                                                 >   Want to improve their analytical skills;
                                                                            >   Want to study a subject which encourages them to consider
     Unit 3 Coursework                                                          evidence and make up their own minds;
                A-level 20%
                                                                            >   Want to keep their options open. History is widely regarded as
                                                                                a useful qualification for a wide range of higher education or
                                                                                career choices.

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8 Career Opportunities
Students who study A-level History have access to a wide range
of career and higher education opportunities. By the end of
your course you will have learned how to evaluate and analyse
information, how to weigh up evidence and how to communicate
complex ideas effectively. These skills are recognised and valued
by employers, universities and colleges.
History combines well with Maths and Science subjects to create
an attractive portfolio of qualifications, enabling a student to move
on to a university science-based course. Other university courses
that History will support include Law, Journalism, Media, Politics
and Philosophy.

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Mathematics                                 Examination Board:                           Syllabus No:
                                                                                            EDEXCEL                             A-level 9MA0
                                     ADVANCED LEVEL

     8 Course Content                                                      8 Assessment
     The course is designed to introduce students to a wide range of       The assessment takes place in the form of a formal examination
     analytical techniques, with a greater emphasis on their application   at the end of Year 13. In Mathematics this consists of three
     of skills to a range of practical problems. Over two years you will   examination papers. Papers 1 and 2 are both two hours long and
     be introduced to content in three different areas of Mathematics:     examine the pure content. Paper 3 is also two hours long and
     Pure; Statistics and Mechanics.                                       examines the statistical and mechanical content.
     The Pure course includes:
                                                                           8 Teaching Styles
     >   Algebra and Functions
                                                                           >   Students will be taught in a variety of ways from formal teaching
     >   Coordinate Geometry                                                   lessons which help prepare for tackling examination questions
     >   Vectors                                                               to activities and short investigations.

     >   Trigonometry                                                      >   Students will use calculators, computer programmes and a
                                                                               large data set to investigate the topics previously mentioned.
     >   Calculus
                                                                           >   Students are given assessments to assess their skills,
     >   Exponentials and Logarithms                                           knowledge retention and ability to problem solve as the course
                                                                               progresses.
     >   Proof
     >   Series and Sequences
                                                                           >   We will also be running formal booster and drop in sessions
                                                                               where students are able to get extra help with their studies.
     >   Numerical Methods
     The Statistics course includes:                                       8 Career Opportunities
     >   Interpretation of Data                                            The course is essential for anyone wishing to pursue a career
                                                                           in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Accountancy, Finance or
     >   Probability                                                       Economics and Computing. It is also extremely useful for entry into
     >   Binomial Distribution                                             a wide range of other fields of study such as Medicine, Chemistry,
                                                                           Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, Geography and Business
     >   Hypothesis Testing                                                Studies.
     >   Scatter Graph Analysis
     >   The Normal Distribution
     The Mechanics course includes:
     >   Kinematics
     >   Newton’s Laws
     >   Moments

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Media Studies                                     Examination Board:                         Syllabus No:
                                                                                                 OCR                              A-level H409
                                       ADVANCED LEVEL

     8 Course Content                                                         At the end of the course, the students sit two external written
                                                                              examinations based on the work that they have studied during the
     The course is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of the         two years.
     student, whilst fostering the development of critical and reflective
     thinking to encourage engagement in the critical debates surrounding     Paper 1: News and Media Language and
     contemporary media. The specific aims are to:                            Representation 35%
     >   Develop skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision making and    Students will answer a variety of short and longer questions
         analysis                                                             focusing on an in-depth study of news in the UK and
                                                                              representation in advertising and music videos. The students will
     >   Demonstrate an appreciation and critical understanding of the
                                                                              study these through media products set by OCR.
         media and its role historically, globally and currently in society
     >   Develop an understanding of the dynamic and changing                 Paper 2: Media Industries and Audiences, and
         relationship between media forms, products, media industries         Long Form Television Drama 35%
         and audiences
                                                                              Students will answer a variety of short and longer questions
     >   Apply theoretical knowledge and specialist specific terminology      exploring media industries and audience, and television drama.
         to analyse and compare media products and the contexts               Prior to the examination, the students will complete an in-depth
         in which they are produced and consumed in order to make             study of two television dramas, with one being the study of a
         informed arguments                                                   European drama. These media products are set by OCR.
     >   Engage in critical debate about the academic theories used in
         Media Studies                                                        Non-Examination Assessment – Making Media
                                                                              30%
     >   Demonstrate sophisticated practical skills by providing
         opportunities for creative media production                          The practical element of the course will require students to
                                                                              research, create and evaluate their own cross-media products. The
     Students who have not studied this course at GCSE must not feel          students will respond to a brief set by OCR in June of Year 12. The
     that they are excluded from taking this subject. Students bring a        practical element is completed individually and the school provides
     great wealth of knowledge from their own experience and will be able     students with filming and editing equipment.
     to adapt their understanding of contemporary media. Prospective
     students MUST, however, understand that there are a huge number
     of demands made upon them in this very creative and thought-
                                                                              8 Teaching Styles
     provoking subject. This is especially true of the time commitment that   The demand of the Media course requires students to develop an
     must be made both academically and practically.                          independent and proactive approach to learning, with this driving
                                                                              their own curiosity. With teacher guidance, the students will be
     8 Assessment                                                             expected to read, research and investigate various aspects of the
                                                                              media. When completing the practical element, the students are
     Internal interim and landmark assessments occur once every               encouraged to produce products in specific time frames. The key
     half term, per teacher, with assessments being made using OCR            to success in this area is being organised and enthusiastic.
     criteria. There is a combination of knowledge based and exam
     style questions throughout the different stages of the practical
     project. The students are also formally assessed during the internal
     Year 12 and mock examination periods.

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8 Career Opportunities
There are a huge number of opportunities that this course can lead
to. Careers in Media are only one of routes available. Jobs and
futures may be pursued in Teaching, Product Design, Marketing
and the Arts. Media Studies equips students with the skills of
creativity, problem-solving, analysis, independence of thought
and originality in debating and balancing arguments. It is a crucial
course in our digital age and it prepares students for further
education and the world of work.

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Modern Foreign Languages                                                          Examination Board:                          Syllabus No:
                                                                                                  AQA                           A-level French: 7652
                                         ADVANCED LEVEL                                                                         A-level Spanish: 7692

       French, Spanish
                                                                                  Core Content
       8 Course Content
                                                                                                       French                  Spanish
       The AQA MFL course allows students to build on the core skills,
       vocabulary and grammar which they developed during their                   Year 12   The changing nature of      Modern values and trends
       GCSE studies so that they can become fluent speakers with a                          the family
       keen understanding of the geography, history, literature and film          Year 12   The ‘cyber-society’         Cyberspace
       of their linguistic area of study. The focus on technically advanced       Year 12   The place of voluntary      Equal rights
       translation also ensures that our students will be able to pursue                    work
       university courses in MFL and find employment using these skills           Year 12   French Cinema:              Spanish Cinema:
       at any point in their adult lives. The course is designed to develop                 Les 400 coups               Volver (Almodovar)
       our students’ interest in the French or Spanish speaking world so
                                                                                  Year 12   A culture proud of its      Modern day idols
       that they can comment on themes ranging from Latin American
                                                                                            heritage
       Dictatorship to New Wave French Cinema.
                                                                                  Year 12   Contemporary                Spanish regional heritage
       Students will study two broad themes, irrespective of the language                   francophone music
       they choose. They are: social and political trends and political and       Year 12   Cinema: the seventh art     Cultural heritage
       artistic culture. Students will also study a film in the target language             form
       which they will analyse in detail. Underpinning each of these topic
                                                                                  Year 13   Life for the marginalised   Immigration
       areas is a robust grammar course which students will complete
       in September. The material which we study will include complex             Year 13   Positive features of a      Integration
       factual and abstract content and a variety of resources drawn from                   diverse society
       authentic target language sources.                                         Year 13   How criminals are treated   Racism
                                                                                  Year 13   French Literature:          Spanish Literature:
       There is an emphasis on developing practical skills such as
                                                                                            Un Sac de Billes            Como Agua Para
       translation to and from Spanish or French; listening and reading
                                                                                                                        Chocolate
       for ‘gist’ and detail; and essay writing. The A-level examinations
       consist of a written paper, a listening/reading/writing paper and a        Year 13   Teenagers, the right        Today’s youth, tomorrow’s
       recorded oral examination.                                                           to vote & political         citizens
                                                                                            commitment
       In the second year of the course our students study a piece of             Year 13   Demonstrations & Strikes:   Monarchies &
       French or Spanish literature and continue to study a range of                        who holds the power         dictatorships
       political and artistic topics relevant to the countries where the
                                                                                  Year 13   Politics & Immigration      Popular movements
       language is spoken. The students will also complete an individual
       research project into an element of Hispanic or Gallic culture             Year 13   Independent Research        Independent Research
       which interests them. This will form the basis for their speaking                    Project                     Project
       examination at the end of the year.

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8 Assessment (all languages)                                                       8 Teaching Styles
       Listening                    Reading               Translation/             Students of French or Spanish have specialist teachers who will
                                                        Writing/Speaking           deal with different skill areas i.e. listening, reading, comprehension,
                                                                                   grammar, essay writing, literature and oral work. In addition, each
What’s assessed:            What’s assessed:            What’s assessed:           student is allocated regular speaking support sessions.
:   Aspects of              :   One text + one          :   Individual research    The Languages Department makes full use of video and audio
    society: current            film OR two texts           project                materials in Sixth Form courses.
    trends                      (from the list set in
                                the specification)
                                                        :   One of four sub-       There are opportunities for Work Experience abroad which
:   Aspects of                                              themes                 students are strongly advised to consider during their course.
    society: current        :   Grammar
    issues
                                                            :   Aspects            The Russell Group of Universities recommend Languages as a
                                                                of society:        facilitating subject.
:   Artistic culture                                            current trends
    in the French/                                                                 Students are advised to make regular use of Internet and IT
    Spanish-speaking
                                                            :   Aspects            facilities linked to their language study.
                                                                of society:
    world
                                                                current issues
:   Aspects of                                                                     8 Career Opportunities
    political life in the
                                                            :   Artistic culture
                                                                                   A-level linguists are a rare and highly prized commodity in Britain.
    French/Spanish-                                         :   Aspects of         The study of a foreign language is not only an extremely valuable
    speaking world                                              political life     learning process, but also gives students a head start and career
:   Grammar                                                                        advantages in the new European work place. The following list
                                                                                   indicates just a few of the opportunities open to competent
How it’s assessed How it’s assessed How it’s assessed                              linguists:
:   Written exam: 2         :   Written exam: 2         :   Oral exam:
    hours 30 minutes            hours                       21-23 minutes          International Business            Travel & Tourism
                                                            (including 5 mins      Commerce & Finance                Retail
:   100 marks               :   80 marks in total
                                                            preparation time)      Education                         Engineering
:   50% of A-level          :   20% of A-level
                                                        :   60 marks               Civil Service                     ICT
                                                                                   Translation                       Journalism
                                                        :   30% of A-level
                                                                                   Law
                                                                                   With most degree and Higher Education courses nowadays it is
                                                                                   possible to include a language module, with the opportunity of
                                                                                   spending a period of time abroad. Students are thus enabled to
                                                                                   compete on an equal footing with their European counterparts.

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Music                    Examination Board:                           Syllabus No:
                                                                                              EDUQAS                              A-level: 9MU0
                                      ADVANCED LEVEL

     8 Course Content                                                           One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area
                                                                                of study.
     Students will learn to rehearse and refine solo and/or ensemble
                                                                                This is externally assessed by a visiting examiner
     performances on their chosen instrument or voice, and develop
     their technique, expression and control. This component will
     develop creative thinking, critical awareness and self-confidence.     Component 2: Composing
     Students can perform in any chosen style.                              Option A: Total duration of compositions: 4-6 minutes = 25% of
     Students will develop the technical and expressive skills needed       qualification
     for composing music. Students will be encouraged to explore a          >   Two compositions, one of which must reflect the musical
     range of compositional starting points, investigating a range of           techniques and conventions associated with the Western
     techniques for developing and manipulating ideas.                          Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC.
     Students will learn to develop their listening and appraising skills       Students will have a choice of four set briefs, released during
     through the study of music across a variety of styles and genres.          the first week of September in the academic year in which the
     The content is grouped into three areas of study, each of which            assessment is to be taken. The second composition is a free
     contain two set works.                                                     composition.

     This component gives students the opportunity to reflect on,           Option B: Total duration of compositions: 8-10 minutes = 35%
     analyse and evaluate music in aural and/or written form. To achieve    of qualification
     this objective, they need to use their knowledge and understanding     >   Three compositions, one of which must reflect the musical
     of musical elements, context and language to make critical                 techniques and conventions associated with the Western
     judgements about the repertoire and context of music within the            Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC.
     areas of study.                                                            Students will have a choice of four set briefs, released during
                                                                                the first week of September in the academic year in which the
     8 Assessment                                                               assessment is to be taken. The second composition must
                                                                                reflect the musical characteristics of one different area of study
     Students must pick either option A or option B for                         (i.e. not the Western Classical Tradition); the third composition
     both component 1 and 2.                                                    is a free composition.

     Component 1: Performing                                                    This is externally assessed.

     Option A: total duration of performance: 10-12 mins = 35% of           Component 3: Appraising
     qualification
                                                                            Students will gain knowledge and understanding of musical
     >   minimum of three pieces, at least one must be a solo. One          elements, contexts, and language through the application of
         piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area         knowledge in the context of their three areas of study: The
         of study. At least one other piece must reflect the musical        Development of the Symphony, Popular Music and Twentieth
         characteristics of one other, different area of study.             Century Music. Students will study set work from these areas of
     Option B: total duration of performance: 6-8 mins = 25% of             study as well as listen to a wide range of unfamiliar works related
     qualification                                                          to these areas of study.

     >   A performance consisting of a minimum of two pieces either as      This component is assessed through a written exam lasting 2hours
         a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both.      and 15 mins.

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8 Teaching Styles
The Edexcel course provides a clear and coherent structure.
The qualification has a straightforward structure with three
engaging components, assessed through practical performances,
compositions and one externally examined paper. The course
provides a real music focus – the key content of musical elements,
contents and language are taught through the Areas of Study
and set work to show real examples of how these are used within
different types of music Holistic understanding of music – students
investigate, analyse and evaluate music and its features.

8 Career Opportunities
The course is designed to provide a stepping-stone towards any
career within the Music industry. As well as teaching key skills in
performance, composition and musical appraising, the course
also provides an excellent grounding for a degree in Music, or any
Humanities subject. The skills developed within the course can be
usefully applied to a diverse range of higher education courses.

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