SIXTH FORM 2019 2021 - Akeley Wood School

 
SIXTH FORM 2019 2021 - Akeley Wood School
SIXTH FORM
2019 - 2021
SIXTH FORM 2019 2021 - Akeley Wood School
SIXTH FORM 2019 2021 - Akeley Wood School
A warm welcome to
Akeley Wood Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form offers a perfect blend of academic
rigour, enrichment and support. We welcome students
who have a strong work ethic and who will make a
positive contribution to life in this community.
As is the case throughout Akeley Wood School, we are
an inclusive Sixth Form and proud to be so.
The choice of A level subjects is extensive and from
September 2019 this academic offer will be enhanced
by the introduction of BTECs / CTECs in Applied
Science, Business, Sport and Digital Media.
We will guide you towards the pathway and subjects
that you both enjoy and in which you have the optimal
prospect of personal high achievement.
Outside the classroom, our co-curricular and careers
programmes are exceptional. We encourage students
to embrace every opportunity afforded to them.
I hope that you will want to join us for a taster day in the
Sixth Form - we look forward to welcoming you.

Mrs Lotty Dee-Andrew
Head of Sixth Form
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We offer over twenty
A level subjects and four
vocational courses.
Option blocks are
formulated following the
submission of subject
choices so that the wishes
of the upcoming Year 12
students can be met as far
as possible. For this reason,
we advise students to
indicate their choices by
March 8th 2019.
We uniquely tailor the
curriculum to meet the
individual needs of our
learners so our offer may be
subject to change.
Students are expected to
have achieved a grade ‘6’
or higher in the subjects
they wish to pursue at A
level. A grade 8 in
Mathematics is required to
pursue Further
Mathematics.
For BTEC/CTEC options,
entry requirements are
dependent on subject and
are looked at on an
individual basis.
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A level subjects

•   Art                       •   French                •   Politics
•   Biology                   •   Geography             •   Psychology
•   Business Studies          •   History               •   Physical Education
•   Chemistry                 •   Mathematics           •   Physics
•   Computer Science          •   Further Mathematics   •   Religious Studies
•   Design Technology         •   Media Studies         •   Spanish
•   Drama & Theatre Studies   •   Music                 •   Textiles (Fashion & Textiles)
•   Economics                 •   Music Technology
•   English Literature        •   Photography
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BTECS
BTEC stands for 'Business and Technology Education
Council', which used to run the award, first introduced
in 1984. BTECs are now awarded by the Edexcel exam
board and are taken in more than 100 countries at all
levels, from pre-GCSE to Degree equivalent.
With a track record built over 30 years of learner
success, BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by
industry and higher education as the signature
vocational qualification at Level 3.

BTEC equivalents:
BTEC Level 1 & 2 = equivalent to a GCSE
BTEC Level 3 = equivalent to an A-level
BTEC Level 4-5 = equivalent to 1st and 2nd year of an
undergraduate degree

BTECs provide progression to the workplace either
directly or via study at a higher level. Proof comes from
YouGov research, which shows that 62% of large
companies have recruited employees with BTEC
qualifications. What’s more, well over 100,000 BTEC
students apply to UK universities every year and their
BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK
universities, including Russell Group, and higher
education institutes for relevant degree programmes
either on their own or in combination with A Levels.

Why are BTECs so successful?
We offer BTECs from Pearson, the UK’s largest and
most established examination awarding body which
awards through Edexcel. BTECs embody a
fundamentally learner-centred approach to the
curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and
knowledge applied in project-based assessments. They
focus on the holistic development of the practical,
interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to
succeed in employment and higher education. When
creating the BTEC Nationals, Pearson worked with
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UCAS
many employers, higher education providers, colleges        For each BTEC/CTEC course you can calculate the UCAS
and schools to ensure that their needs are met.             points based on a Merit to Distinction on the UCAS
Employers are looking for recruits with a thorough          tariff calculator.
grounding in the latest industry requirements and work-     https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator
ready skills such as teamwork. Higher education needs
students who have experience of research, extended          UCAS Tariff points are allocated to qualifications
writing and meeting deadlines.                              generally studied between the ages of 16 to 18. The
                                                            main purpose of the UCAS Tariff is for universities to
A word to learners - BTEC Nationals are demanding, as       report data to government bodies.
you would expect of the most respected applied
learning qualification in the UK. You will have to choose
and complete a range of units, be organised, take some
assessments that Pearson will set and mark, and keep a
portfolio of your assignments. But you can feel proud to
achieve a BTEC because, whatever your plans in life –
whether you decide to study further, go on to work or
                                                            We are offering BTEC Level 3 qualifications,
an apprenticeship, or set up your own business – your
BTEC National will be your passport to success in the       each equivalent to one A level in Applied
next stage of your life.                                    Science, Business and Sport. We are
                                                            offering a CTEC qualification in Digital
CTECS                                                       Media which is equivalent to one A level.

Cambridge Technicals are designed with the workplace        A distinction is equivalent to a grade A at
in mind and provide a high-quality alternative to A         A level.
levels. They are very similar to BTECs. Whereas BTECs
are awarded through Edexcel, CTECs are awarded by the
examination board OCR. The benefits are akin to the
BTEC qualification.
Vocational education is about educating people in the
knowledge and skills required for employment and for
the community as a whole. It’s also about developing
the behaviours and attributes needed to progress and
succeed in education and in work.
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As entry to university and the workplace         The Extended Project
becomes increasingly competitive for
                                                 Qualification (EPQ)
young people, participation in our huge
range of extra-curricular activities helps our   Year 12 students may undertake the EPQ,
Sixth Formers to stand out from the crowd        choosing a topic of interest for extensive
during the application and interview             study, culminating in a 5,000 word
process.                                         dissertation, musical or dramatic
                                                 composition, or report or artefact, backed
Our careers programme includes specialist
                                                 up with comprehensive evidence. Worth
external advisors offering 1:1 support and
                                                 half an A-level (up to 70 UCAS points), the
advice. Students have access to the
                                                 EPQ helps to develop independent
bespoke on-line platform ‘eCLIPS’ to
                                                 learning and research skills, and is a
support their research into options beyond
                                                 valuable asset for university entry.
Akeley, whether these are in education or
employment.
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An Enhanced
                                                              Educational Offer

English Speaking Board                           Sports Leadership
Throughout their school careers, we              Sixth Formers showcasing enthusiasm for
support every student in finding their           collaboration and a particular aptitude in
distinct voice, buoyed by the confidence         the sporting arena have the opportunity
and freedom to fully express themselves.         to assist teachers in coaching younger
The English Speaking Board is a great way        students, and work towards the
of doing this, through discussion, debate        Community Sports Leadership Award. Not
and presentation. Our Sixth Formers are          only does this programme help young
encouraged to undertake an Advanced              people become more active and
Certificate in Spoken English to reflect their   community-minded, but it also instils
newfound skills, accredited by the ESB and       coaching and leadership skills that prove
recognised by universities and employers.        invaluable at university and in the
                                                 workplace.
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We place high expectations on our Sixth        Individual students meet fortnightly with an
Form students, in terms of their academic      assigned academic mentor who will
achievement, their contribution to school      support them in ensuring their work ethic is
life and in identifying and fulfilling their   good and their progress is in line with
future prospects.                              expectation. These catch-ups also offer a
                                               forum to discuss their personal well being
Recognising the huge importance of
                                               and address any concerns they may
pastoral care, good communication and
                                               have.
in-depth understanding of all our individual
students, we dedicate ourselves to a three     Our flourishing Sixth Form is proven time
week cycle of focused tracking and             and again to turn out academically and
monitoring of their progress, signposting      creatively successful, resilient and
any need for intervention in order to          confident young people, ready to
sustain development.                           embrace their chosen path of university,
                                               an apprenticeship or the workplace.
Academic Rigour
                                                  & Support

Through our Exceptional Potential
programme and our Oxbridge preparation
group, we are able to identify and support
our academic stars, while our tailored
teaching and mentoring extends to all
Sixth Form students the valuable chance to
reach new heights, discovering potential
they may not have known they were
capable of hitting.
Global Perspective                            We emphasise throughout Sixth Form the
                                              many benefits of participating in and
Each year, Sixth Formers gain the
                                              driving charity and community schemes
memorable opportunity to participate in
                                              around Akeley Wood, and many of our
an overseas volunteer programme. In
                                              students eagerly take up the challenge,
2018 our students visited Sri Lanka and
                                              volunteering and supporting projects within
there are great things planned for 2019.
                                              the local community and nationally.
Students participated in fundraising over
the course of the academic year for their     Being part of an international group of
travel and then spent their summer            schools opens up further opportunities for
holiday working to assist local communities   our students. There are Cognita wide
with building and renovation, social care,    careers and UCAS conferences and
education and training projects, as well as   networking between Cognita schools. This
taking their chances on the cricket field     year we are welcoming students from a
against local teams.                          Cognita School in Chile and there are
                                              regular inter-school Skype based teaching
                                              opportunities.
With Privilege Comes
                                                       Responsibility

Empowering our students with new
responsibilities serves to build their
confidence, improve courtesy and crucially,
to fine-tune their communication skills.
There are numerous opportunities including
being Prefects, Heads of School, Subject
Ambassadors, School Council members,
Sports Leadership and coaching,
placements at Bardwell SEN School, assisting
at Akeley Junior School after school club
and mentoring and coaching of younger
students.

Indeed, by the end of Sixth Form, our
students have truly found their unique voice,
and will be ready to progress into the wider
world with a very real sense of identity.
A level options
Art

Why study Art at A Level?                            Where will studying Art at A Level take you in
                                                     the future?
This is an exciting, vibrant, explorative course
which will enable you to create a personal           This course can lead to a university degree in
investigation (coursework project). It is a two-     many subjects, an art related 18+ course such
year linear course culminating in a 15-hour          as an Art Foundation Course or employment.
examination based upon an externally set             Typical fields include fine art, graphics, history
assignment - the examination time is used to         of art, fashion, product design, architecture,
create a final piece for the exam project.           theatrical     design,     textiles,  modelling,
Students will         produce           practical,   animation, education, travel and tourism.
experimental and critical/contextual work,
which incorporates drawing, painting, mixed
media, sculpture, photography, ceramics,
printmaking and installation. The work created       Course Specifications
should demonstrate use of the formal elements
and creative skills, and will give form to           Exam Board: Edexcel
student's own thoughts, feelings and ideas.
Students will be encouraged to experiment
and be inquisitive, as well as to explore the
world in a variety of ways.

What     skills, interests  and    academic
qualifications are required to study Art at A
Level?
The challenges presented by the course are
both with independent working and a passion
for the creative arts and ways of expression.
Students will be expected to write an
accompanying essay to support their personal
study and therefore communication through
literacy is important as well as having a clear
commitment to the subject, a creative
background of some type (art, photography,
textiles) and an understanding of visual
literacy.
Biology

Why study Biology at A Level?                        product testing; Agricultural engineering;
                                                     Agricultural sales and marketing.
A Level Biology gives you a unique opportunity
to develop biological knowledge and                  Biomedicine - Medicine; Dentistry; Clinical
understanding across many areas. The first           science; Physiological measurement;
year is designed to build your understanding of
                                                     Pharmaceutical industry; Radiography and
foundation concepts, such as biological
molecules, enzymes, exchange surfaces,               radiotherapy.
transport in plants and animals, biodiversity,       Communications - Information science;
evolution and communicable diseases.
                                                     Journalism; Publishing; Broadcasting; Film and
Year 2 enables the application of these              video; Museum work; Science promotion.
foundation concepts to genetics, ecosystems,
                                                     Education - Teaching and lecturing;
and communication in plants and animals. The
course will help to develop practical and            Laboratory support; Educational resources;
analytical skills, including fieldwork, and you      Psychology; Sport and fitness training; Health
work towards a practical skills endorsement          and safety.
that is awarded alongside your final A Level
grade. The course will complement studies in         Environment - Ecology; Environmental
other A Level subjects such as Chemistry,            protection; Waste management; Nature
Physics, Maths, Physical Education and               conservation; Environmental health; Town and
Geography.                                           country planning.
                                                     Food and Drink - Brewing; Food quality
What     skills,  interests  and     academic        assurance; Food product development;
qualifications are required to study Biology at      Catering technology; Pest control; Food and
A Level?                                             drink retailing.
  • Practical/investigative     skills   such   as
     problem solving.
  • Communication – the ability to reason            Course Specifications
    clearly, communicate complex ideas,
    and work with others.                            Exam Board: OCR
  • Application of number – presentation
    and analysis of data using statistical
    techniques.
  • A fascination with the living world.
  • A willingness to carry out further reading,
    including an interest in topical issues.

Where will studying Biology at A Level take you
in the future?
There are a huge range of further education
opportunities and careers associated with A
Level Biology. These include:

Agriculture: Animal husbandry; Farm
management; Veterinary science; Agricultural
Business Studies

Why study Business Studies at A Level?            effective this can be. They will also look at the
                                                  market and market forces and look at the
Students are introduced to Business in Themes
1 and 2 through building knowledge of core        influence of customer demand and business
business concepts and applying them in            supply. Students develop an understanding of
context to develop a broad understanding of       how businesses need to adapt their market to
how     businesses   work.    Students    are     operate in a dynamic business environment.
encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and
                                                  This theme also considers people, exploring
thoughtful approach to their studies, to
understand that business behaviour can be         how businesses recruit, train, organise and
studied from a range of perspectives and to       motivate employees, as well as the role of
challenge assumptions.                            enterprising individuals and leaders.

Business Studies is a linear A Level examined
                                                  Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and
through 3 standalone papers at the end of
                                                  strategy (35%) 100 marks. Written Examination
Year 13 (of 2 hours each).
                                                  2hrs
The two-year course is split into four themes.
We aim to cover themes 1 and 2 during year        In this theme, students explore the finance and
12 and themes 3 and 4 during year 13. We try      operations functions, and investigate external
to invite guest speakers from the world of work   influences on business. This theme enables
and wherever possible go out to visit             students to develop an understanding of
businesses in person.                             raising and managing finance, and measuring
                                                  business performance.
Theme 1: Marketing and People
Theme 2: Managing Business activities             The theme also outlines the importance of
Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy          using resources efficiently within a business to
Theme 4: Global Business                          ensure that goods or services can be delivered
                                                  effectively and efficiently, and to a high
Paper 1: Marketing, people and global             quality. Students also consider the external
businesses   (35%) 100  marks. Written            influences that have an impact on businesses,
Examination 2hrs                                  including political economic and legal factors.

In this theme, students are introduced to the     Paper 3: Investigating business in a
market, explore the marketing and people          competitive environment (30%) 100 marks.
functions and investigate entrepreneurs and       Written examination (based on pre-release
business start-up.                                case study)

This theme enables students to understand         In this theme, students develop their
how businesses identify opportunities and to      understanding of the concepts introduced in
explore how businesses focus on developing a      previous themes and explore influences on
competitive advantage through interacting         business strategy and decision-making. This
with customers. Students will explore marketing   theme moves from functions to strategy,
and marketing strategy and will consider how      enabling     students to   develop     their
understanding of the core concepts and to
take a strategic view of business opportunities
and issues on a wider scale. Students analyse
corporate objectives and strategy against
financial and non-financial performance
measures and how businesses grow. They will
develop an understanding of the impact of
external influences. The theme covers the
causes and effects of change and how
businesses mitigate risk and uncertainty.

Where will studying Business Studies at A Level
take you in the future?
A level Business Studies is a highly regarded
qualification which is an excellent grounding
for future university study or students wishing to
go into the world of work. Business opens doors
to many jobs such as: Accountant, Lawyer,
Finance/Financial       services,   Management
consultancy, Marketing/Advertising, Retail,
Distribution/logistics,    Insurance,     Banking,
Trading, Teaching, Personnel/Human resource
management,          Market     research,   Public
Relations (PR), Sales. However, did you know
that all of the following studied business?
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Andrew Strauss, Cate
Blanchett, Danny Glover, Ed Miliband, Russell
Howard, Lionel Ritchie, Kevin Costner.
Chemistry

Why study Chemistry at A Level?                     What will you learn?
Chemistry helps us to understand the world in       In the first year we’ll develop your GCSE
which we live and underpins a wide range of         understanding and give you a clear
science-based degree courses and careers.           foundational introduction to this higher-level
This course is designed to be stimulating,          study. You’ll learn about
enjoyable and challenging. We want you to                               You will also undertake a
develop a passion for the subject and               series of practicals to develop your skills and
understand its practical relevance, as well as                                                 on the
learn from the experiences of those already in      theory of practical work and
the industry.                                                             qualitative results.

Class time is supported by trips, spectroscopy
workshops with University of Oxford, the            In the second year of the A level course you
Cambridge University Chemistry Challenge,           will take the foundational topics and study them
the RSC Chemistry Olympiad and membership           in further depth.         Topics    will  include
to the RSC Chem net.                                thermodynamics,
                                                                     protein synthesis. You will also
                                                    have the opportunity to further develop
What skills, interests and academic
                                                                                       problem solve
qualifications are required to study Chemistry
                                                    and interpret data. This course will teach you
at A Level?
                                                    problem      solving,   teamwork,       numeracy,
   • GCSE Science and Additional Science or
       Chemistry                                                                        study   and
   •   An inquisitive mind to find out why          reasoning skills.
       chemicals behave in a certain way.
   •   A willingness to work hard and to carry
       out further reading, including an interest   Course Specifications
       in topical issues.
                                                    Exam Board OCR A
   •   Good mathematical skills. (The maths
       content of the A level has increased to
       20%.)
   •   The desire to blow things up?!

Where will studying Chemistry at A Level take
you in the future?
Success with A level chemistry will prepare you
for a future in chemistry, pharmacy,
pharmacology,       chemical        engineering,
biochemistry, biomedical sciences, medicine
and dentistry.
Computer Science

Why study Computer Science at A Level?              Currently some of the top jobs are:

We live in a digital age like it or not computer       Software Developer
programs have infiltrated every aspect of our          Hardware Design Engineer
lives. Computer Scientists are needed in every         Database Administrator
type of industry and you are likely to have the        Systems Analyst
opportunity to work with and in a diverse              Network Architect
range of cultures. Day in, day out computer            Web Developer
scientists are theorising, designing, developing       Cyber Security Specialist
and applying new software and hardware to              Computer Programmer
enable us to better our lives. The job                 App Developer
opportunities that exist at the end of your            System Manager
journey probably do not currently exist. This          Project Manager
subject gives you the platform to develop the          Computer Games Designer
solutions for future opportunities.                 Course Specifics
                                                    Exam Board OCR A

What     skills,  interests  and     academic       Computer systems (01)
qualifications are required to study Computer       2 hours 30 mins      40%
Science at A Level?
                                                    Algorithms and programming (02)
Students should be logical, mathematical and
                                                    2 hours 30 mins      40%
have a willingness to challenge themselves. It is
important that you are willing to get involved      Programming project (03)
with a group and be calm in stressful situations.
                                                    Non-exam assessment        20%
There is no one best method so it is important
that you are creative and can be diverse in
the sources of help that you can access and         Component 01: Computer systems
utilise. Above all you need to be willing to read
                                                    Students are introduced to the internal
and write a lot of code and be able to learn
                                                    workings of the (CPU), data exchange,
from your failures and move on and maximise
                                                    software development, data types and legal
the tools at your disposal.
                                                    and ethical issues. The resulting knowledge
                                                    and understanding will underpin their work in
Where will studying Computer Science at A           component 03.
Level take you in the future?                          • The   characteristics of contemporary
Potential opportunities through Computer                 processors, input, output and storage
Science    change      every   year    with              devices
improvements in infrastructure and systems             • Types of software and the different
providing new careers paths every year.                  methodologies used to develop software
                                                       • Data    exchange between different
                                                         systems
Component 02: Algorithms and programming        document a program written in a suitable
                                                programming language. The project is
This builds on component 01 to include
                                                designed to be independently chosen by the
computational thinking and problem-solving.
                                                student and provides them with the flexibility to
   • What is meant by computational thinking    investigate projects within the diverse field of
     (thinking abstractly, thinking ahead,      computer science. We support a wide and
     thinking procedurally etc.)                diverse range of languages.
   • Problem solving and programming – how
     computers and programs can be used to
     solve problems                             Additional support with development of
   • Algorithms and how they can be used to     programming skills runs every week on a
     describe and solve problems.               Wednesday and Friday lunchtime in IT1.

                                                Opportunity to enter national programming
                                                competitions including Bebras, TCS Oxford
Component 03: Programming project
                                                Computing Challenge and the British
Students are expected to apply the principles   Informatics Olympiad.
of computational thinking to a practical
coding programming project. They will
analyse, design, develop, test, evaluate and
Design Technology

Why study Design Technology at A level?             Where will this course lead me?
                                                    You could go onto university to study a wide
If your strengths are in creativity and             range of degree courses in areas such as
innovation then Design Technology could be          medicine, veterinary science, pharmacology,
for you.                                            chemical engineering, biochemistry and
                                                    environmental science.
This is an exciting and challenging curriculum
where you will have access to a range of            You could have a starting point in careers in
materials and technologies and encouraged           aerospace engineering, medicine, dentistry,
to apply your learning to designing your own        veterinary medicine, forensic science, and
                                                    chemical engineering, the food industry,
product while looking at the impact that
                                                    nursing, radiography, pharmacy, and
product design has on society, and learning         research. The opportunities can be endless.
about industrial processes and practices.

A Level Design Technology equips students
with design skills for the future

Students will be able to recognise design
needs and develop an understanding of how
current global issues, including integrating
technology, impacts on today’s world. At A
level students will have the confidence to
innovate and produce creative design
solutions as they develop their own design
brief with a client/end user.

Progression from GCSE and beyond to HE/
Careers
The GCSE and A level qualifications have
been designed together to ensure clear
progression of knowledge, understanding and
design/making skills so that students will have a
coherent experience of moving from the
breadth of the GCSE to the specialisation
depth of A level and beyond.

This course consists of:

50% coursework

50% written examination
Drama and Theatre Studies

Why study Drama and Theatre Studies at A           Where will studying Drama and Theatre Studies
Level?                                             at A Level take you in the future?
Drama and Theatre Studies we look at plays         The course can be successfully combined with
from the point of view of a director, designer,    a wide range of subjects and provides a
performer and critic. The course combines the      suitable foundation for the study of Drama or a
activities of exploring and performing plays,      related area through a range of higher
creating and analysing theatre, and the            education courses. (e.g. a degree course in
critical evaluation of all of these elements.      university, a practical training in drama/ stage
Students completing the course successfully        school) or direct entry into employment. In
                                                   addition, the course provides a coherent,
will have strong analytical and creative skills,
                                                   satisfying and worthwhile course of study for
gain a thorough understanding of drama and
                                                   candidates who do not progress to further
theatre and have an ability to communicate
                                                   study in this subject.
effectively with others.
Studying      Drama     will  develop     your
understanding and appreciation of the              Course Specifications
significance of social, cultural and historical    AQA A Level Drama and Theatre Studies
influences on the development of drama and
theatre. You’ll experience a range of
opportunities to develop a variety of dramatic
and theatrical skills, enabling you to grow
creatively and imaginatively in both devised
and scripted work. The course is designed to
give you a thorough understanding of drama
and theatre, including critical concepts and
specialist terminology that will enable you to
integrate theory and practice.

What skills, interests and academic
qualifications are required to study Drama and
Theatre Studies at A Level?

You will need to have a keen interest in Drama
of many forms. The course is both theoretical
and practical.
Economics

Why study Economics at A Level?                      Exam Board: Edexcel

   • Debating    economic issues such as
     inequality, immigration and how we              There is a lot of useful information about what
                                                     you will be studying and how you will be
     should pay for healthcare
                                                     assessed
   • Using and interpreting data to analyse
     economic problems and discussing                Talk to Mrs Wicks and Mrs Cuthbert who will be
     alternative courses of action                   able    to describe the course in detail and
   • Keeping up to date with national and            advise you of what you need to do next when
     international trends                            it comes to your options

                                                     Find out what is happening in the world of
What skills, interests and academic qualifications   economics by watching the news and
are required to study Economics at A Level?          relevant TV programmes or by visiting the
                                                     business sections of websites such as the BBC
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied
economics before. You might have an interest
in economics and want to know more about
the impact economics has on the world
around you. You might want to investigate
some of the stories you hear in the news – Why
do some economies grow and others don’t?
Will the Eurozone survive? Why didn’t
economists predict the Global Financial Crisis?

Where will studying Economics at A Level take you
in the future?

What could I go on to do at the end of my course?
There are degrees in pure Economics or courses
which combine Economics with other subjects such
as Business, Management or Politics. Economics is
useful for careers in business management,
banking, finance, accountancy, journalism and for
anybody who wishes to understand the society we
live in and the world around us.

Course Specifics

If you are interested in studying A Level
Economics you should start to find out more
about the subject by visiting the Edexcel
website:

www.edexcel.com
English Literature

Why study English Literature at A Level?             Moreover, English Literature is a subject which
                                                     is invaluable when applying for a range of
  •   Discover new worlds, people and stories.       courses, such as Law, History, Business and PPE.
  •   Understand how Literature has been             Indeed, people who have studied English
      inspired by and created the world in           Literature at tertiary level have included film
      which we live.                                 directors, play wrights, publishers, politicians,
  •   Experience new genres and discuss              actors and musicians – this course of study
      writers who move the boundaries of             opens many doors.
      everyday fiction.
                                                     If a university education is not for you, then the
Literature will inspire you to unlock your own       working world will certainly appreciate an
voice in response to the texts you study,            individual who can express their opinion in a
encouraging you to become more critical and          structured way, who can understand a range
independent in your reactions as a reader. It        of interpretations on a topic and who can
will develop your understanding of the historic,     support the ideas of others by considering the
social and political contexts in which a range       wider implications of those ideas.
of writers received their influence and which
inspired them to put their experiences on to         Department Support:
paper for others to enjoy.
                                                       •   Theatre Trips will be organised to
What      skills, interests and   academic                 experience live performances of the set
qualifications are required to study English               play texts
Literature at A Level?
                                                       •   Visits to local and national Literary Events
The main skill that you should possess for                 and Festivals will be organised for the
studying A Level English Literature is an                  students
appreciation of the written word and of how
this can be interpreted in a number of ways.
Unsurprisingly, a desire to read widely both for
                                                     Course Specifics
interest and to fulfil elements of the course will
                                                     Exam Board: OCR
be of key importance for this subject.

Academically, a keen interest in the subject of
literature in all its forms and an enquiring mind
which is ready and willing to challenge the
conventional is recommended when choosing
this course of study.

Where will studying English Literature at A Level
take you in the future?
A Level English Literature is a highly regarded
academic subject. University admissions
require students to convey a level of
academia in their choice of subjects which will
ensure that the students to whom they open
their doors are prepared for the demands of
graduate study – English Literature will certainly
prepare you for this eventuality.
Geography

Why study Geography at A Level?                       Where will studying Geography at A Level take
                                                      you in the future?
A Level Geography is not only an intensely
exciting and contemporary subject, but it             At Akeley Wood we study AQA A Level
encompasses so many different subjects which          Geography which comprises of three units;
students will have experienced during GCSE.              • Physical Geography (Water and the
                                                           Carbon Cycle, Coasts and Hazards)
There are elements of mathematics, biology,              • Human Geography (Global Systems and
chemistry and even psychology within the new               Global Governance, Changing Places
A Level and therefore, it uses a range of                  and Contemporary Urban Environments)
different skills such as statistics, essay writing,      • Non Examined Assessment
cartographical, graphical and analytical skills
making it one of the most valuable subjects for       As part of the A Level course students are
universities and employers. Geography is one          taken to Slapton and Plymouth for 4 days of
of the most diverse qualifications available, this    residential field work where they will collect the
is due to the breadth of topics which we study        data for their NEA.
from natural hazards to urbanisation in world
cities.

What     skills,  interests   and     academic        Course Specifics
qualifications are required to study Geography        Exam Board: AQA
at A Level?
To study Geography, students must take an
active interest in the world around them and
should have a good basic understanding of
both physical and human geographies.
Students will have to be able to work
independently as, the majority of homework
tasks are independent wider reading tasks.
History

Why study History at A Level?                     What     skills,  interests   and     academic
                                                  qualifications are required to study History at A
As a history student, you will never experience
the events that you study; instead you have to    Level?
build up a picture from the evidence that has     You need to be able to master a lot of
been left. You have to become skilled at
                                                  factual information quickly and accurately to
asking    questions,    sometimes      awkward
                                                  build your argument; to use books effectively
questions; you have learned not to take
everything at face value.                         to pick out relevant information and to
                                                  understand relatively academic language; to
Historians are trained to look for bias and       analyse, evaluate and explain events and
prejudice in all the evidence they study. They    problems; and develop sufficient linguistic
know that human beings often have strong          skills to write a clear and logical essay. If you
views on many subjects, which may affect the      have a natural interest in society around you
statements they make. Imagine believing           and are interested in current affairs, then you
everything you read in the papers, or believing   will almost certainly enjoy studying History.
every statement that politicians make! History
helps you to make decisions about other
people and to decide if you trust what they
say.
If reading, acquiring knowledge about                Year 12:
societies in the past, discussion, playing with
                                                      Unit               Unit
ideas and arguments, and analytical writing                                                        Assessment
appeal to you, then you will almost certainly         Code             Content
love studying History. It is not essential to have    Y107   Option A:                    Written examination based on
studied it for GCSE, but success in English                                               source and essay questions .
                                                             Medieval and Early
GCSE may well be a good guide as to your                     Modern 1035-1642
                                                                                          (1 hour 30mins)
likely aptitude for the subject
                                                      Y221   Option B:                    Written examination based on
                                                                                          questions. (1 hour)
                                                             Modern 1774-1975

Where will studying History at A Level take you              Dictatorship and
in the future?                                               Democracy in Germany
                                                             1919-1963
You have to develop empathy and
understanding      of    the   actions   and
                                                     Year 13:
achievements of others; you have to be
prepared to put your case and argue it well;          Unit               Unit
you have to use evidence to draw                                                                 Assessment
conclusions and make judgements. These                Code             Content
skills are highly desirable in many different         Y100      Coursework which          One 3000-4000 word
careers and A -Level History is excellent                       requires candidates       independently studied
training for any career where you have to use                   to understand,            essay on a topic of your
evidence or make decisions, especially where                    analyse and evaluate      choice. No set word
those decisions affect other people.                            the ways in which the     limit.
                                                                past has been
                                                                                          Question will be
History students are not just limited to                        interpreted in debates
                                                                                          authorised by OCR.
"becoming another history teacher" (unless                      between historians
they want to of course!) Nor are they                           and appreciate the        Guidance and support
                                                                conflicting information   given.
destined to gather dust in a museum or library
                                                                presented from a
(again unless they want to!) There are so                                                 Weighting: 20% A Level
                                                                range of primary
many careers out there that require the skills
                                                                evidence.
that a study of history can bring; law,
medicine, business, finance, accountancy,
tourism, town planning, politics, journalism,         Y312                                Thematic essay based
                                                                Popular Culture and
research to name but a few!                                     the Witchcraze of the     examination:
                                                                16th and 17th
Exam Board: AQA                                                 Centuries.                Written examination
                                                                This theme focuses on     (2hours 30 Mins).
Course Code: 7042
                                                                the nature and            Weighting: 40% A Level
                                                                development of
                                                                popular culture as
                                                                well as the
                                                                circumstances
                                                                surrounding the
                                                                growth, extent and
                                                                decline of the
                                                                Witchcraze in the 16th
                                                                and 17th centuries.
Mathematics

Why study Mathematics at A Level?                  Where will studying Mathematics at A Level
                                                   take you in the future?
  •   Develops your analytical, research and
      problem-solving skills.                        •   Accounting
  •   Gives you the knowledge to tackle              •   Medicine
      scientific, mechanical, coding and             •   Engineering
      abstract problems.
                                                     •   Forensics
  •   Develops the logic to tackle everyday
                                                     •   Finance
      issues like planning projects, managing
      budgets and even debating effectively.         •   Business
  •   Fits in well with many other subject           •   Consultancy
      combinations.                                  •   Teaching
  •   Well respected by universities and             •   IT
      employers.                                     •   Games Development
                                                     •   Scientific Research
                                                     •   Programming
What     skills, interests   and     academic        •   Design
qualifications   are     required   to   study       •   Construction
Mathematics at A Level?
  •   Enjoyment of Mathematics and applying        Course Specifics
      mathematical knowledge to problem
      solving.                                     Exam Board: Edexcel
  •   Interest in increasing the depth of
      understanding      by being    able     to   We subscribe to Pearson online resources:
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      various styles of questions not just those   www.pearsonactivlearn.com
      taught in lessons.
  •   Exceptional algebra and number work          We use MyMaths for additional teaching
      involving surds and indices.                 resources:
  •   Grade 7 or above at GCSE in order to be
      able to access the topics being taught.      www.mymaths.co.uk
Further Mathematics

Why study Further Mathematics at A Level?            •   Scientific Research
                                                     •   Programming
For Further Mathematics students study the           •   Design
entire A level in Year 1 and the Further             •   Construction
Mathematics in Year 2.
  • Develops your analytical, research and         Course Specifications
      problem-solving skills.
  • Gives you the knowledge to tackle              Exam Board: Edexcel
      scientific, mechanical, coding and           Exam Board Edexcel
      abstract problems.
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What skills, interests and academic
qualifications are required to study Further       www.mymaths.co.uk
Mathematics at A Level?
                                                   A grade 8 or above is required at GCSE to
  •   Enjoyment of Mathematics and applying        study this A level subject.
      mathematical knowledge to problem
      solving.
  •   Interest in increasing the depth of
      understanding      by being    able     to
      undertake independent study to solve
      various styles of questions not just those
      taught in lessons.
  •   Exceptional algebra and number work
      involving surds and indices.

Where will studying Further Mathematics at A
Level take you in the future?
  •   Accounting
  •   Medicine
  •   Engineering
  •   Forensics
  •   Finance
  •   Business
  •   Consultancy
  •   Teaching
  •   IT
  •   Games Development
Media Studies

Why study Media Studies at A Level?                Where will studying Media Studies at A Level
                                                   take you in the future?
Media Studies is an academic subject that
combines theoretical analysis, contextual          Many        leading       universities   provide
understanding, critical debate with practical      undergraduate and/or postgraduate courses
application.        Learners develop  critical,    in Media, Media Communication, TV and Film
analytical, and creative skills, along with        Production. Pupils choosing Media Studies go
improving communication, and their ability to      on to a wide range of universities, including
work independently. They also develop their        many of the Russell Group Universities, with
skills of self‐reflection.                         Warwick, King’s College London, Cardiff,
                                                   Leeds, Newcastle, Exeter, and Sussex ranked in
Contemporary media is a powerful influence         the top 10. The choice of courses is diverse,
on our lives, encoding key messages, themes,       ranging from the theoretical to the wholly
values, and ideologies. Studying Media Studies     practical including, and not exhaustive: Media
gives pupils the opportunity to learn about        Studies, Film studies, Film and TV Production,
culture and society, enabling a deeper             PR, Advertising, Journalism, Education, Art,
understanding of values, beliefs, and identity,    Drama, and English. However, a Media Studies
and assesses the effect of advances in digital     A Level is also valued on non-related subject
technology on individuals and organisations.       courses because of the strength of critical and
                                                   analytical skills developed in students.
What     skills, interests and    academic
qualifications are required to study Media         A Level Media studies also provides an
Studies at A Level?                                excellent understanding of issues, production
                                                   processes, and debates in preparation for a
The Media Studies A Level course comprises
                                                   level 4/5 apprenticeship route, through
the close study of a wide range of media texts,
                                                   industry providers such as: BBC, CH4, Sky,
together with a component of practical
                                                   Guardian Newspaper, ITV, and many other
coursework. Successful candidates usually
                                                   smaller media production companies.
enjoy engaging with contemporary issues and
debates, and applying close analysis to a
range of different media forms, such as            Course Specifics
Newspapers, TV, Music Videos, Video Games,
Radio, and Film.        Students should enjoy      Exam Board: Edugas
participating in class discussions, sharing new
ideas, and debating media and audience
theory. Students should also enjoy the creative
process, with a desire to create their own print
media and audio/visual sequences. A good
grade in English Language or Literature GCSE
is desirable. Pupils do not need prior media or
practical production experience.

Media Studies can be taken with any
combination of subjects, and works well
alongside A Levels in: English, Art, Business,
Economics, Politics, Philosophy, Sociology,
Psychology, Photography, History, Drama,
Modern Foreign Languages

Why study MFL at A Level?                              Where will studying MFL at A Level take you in
                                                       the future?
The broad topic areas covered in the AS
course are the changing role of family life,           The traditional role of A-level as a gateway to
cyber society, charity work, the notion of             further study gives entry to Further Education to
heritage, the popularity of contemporary               read for a degree. The A-level also offers as
music and the variety of cinema.                       evidence to prospective employers your
                                                       significant level of achievement in all
You will learn how to analyse, evaluate, argue
                                                       language skills, together with evidence of
a case, justify and develop arguments, present
                                                       critical insight and a knowledge of and
viewpoints in speech and writing, explore and
                                                       understanding of another culture and the
develop       an    understanding    of     the
                                                       place of that culture within European
contemporary        society    and     cultural
                                                       development.
background of the countries where the target
language is spoken.                                    We use a variety of materials including the
                                                       course books as advocated by the
At A2 level the broad topic areas are Current
                                                       examination board and further supplement
Social Issues, Aspects of Political Life, as well as
                                                       with various resources. Students are strongly
the study of a film and a novel (literary text).
                                                       encouraged to read foreign newspapers,
At AS and A2 level the examination consists of         listen to target language radio and watch
3 Papers: Listen Read and Write; Speaking –
                                                       foreign films. The course is challenging and
including an individual research project; and
                                                       requires dedicated study every day.
the Writing Paper.

                                                       Course Specifications
What skills, interests and academic
qualifications are required to study MFL at A          Exam Board: AQA
Level?

A grade 6 in the target language but also a
passion for learning new language skills and
discovering culture. You must be keen to
broaden your knowledge on all aspects of life!

We chose to study a language as it gives us life
-long skills and the ability to cope in the
modern ever-changing society!
Music

Why study Music at A Level?                                    What skills, interests and academic
                                                               qualifications are required to study Music at A
This course caters for a wide range of
                                                               Level?
musicians and focuses on the key areas of
listening, performing and composing. Students                  A GCSE Music grade of 6 and above is a
will study music history through the analysis of               requirement. Students who have not taken
set musical works as well as wider listening.                  GCSE music, would be expected to have their
Students will need to be able to listen critically             Grade 5 theory and enter the course with the
to music and be able to appraise and                           ability to perform pieces with a minimum
demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the                       standard of Grade 5/6 on their chosen
musical      elements,      musical     contexts    and        instrument (or voice). Exceptions may be
musical language.                                              made on consultation with the Director of
                                                               Music. It is expected that an A level Music
A variety of genres and styles will be studied,
                                                               student has a weekly lesson on their solo
ranging from the Western Classical Tradition to
                                                               instrument (or voice) and practices regularly.
poplar music styles. Students are also required
to perform a recital lasting 10-12 minutes in
length. Students are free to choose any                        Where will studying Music at A Level take you
instrument(s) and/or voice(s) and perform                      in the future?
music in any style. Students are expected to
                                                               The course provides an excellent basis for
enter     the   A   level     music     course     at     a
                                                               lifelong learning and for Higher Education
performance level that corresponds to Grade
                                                               courses in Music, and many students who take
5/6 of of examination boards such as the
                                                               A   level   Music   continue   their    studies   at
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of
Music, Trinity Guildhall, Rockschool, and the                  university. The three units of the course can

London       College     of    Music.    Students       will   lead to studies in performance, composition,
                                                               musicology,    ethnomusicology,        conducting,
compose music in a variety of styles and
                                                               popular music, jazz and music education.
genres, using Sibelius notation software to
realise     their   compositions.       Students        will
complete two compositions, one to a brief set                  Course Specifications
by the exam board, and the other a free
                                                               Exam Board: AQA
choice.

Students are also expected to take a leading
role within the music department, participating
in ensembles, running a rehearsal or helping
with smaller ensembles and clubs. This aspect
is vital for the development of the student and
their     understanding       of   performance      and
rehearsal techniques.
Music Technology

Why study Music Technology at A Level?                Where will studying Music Technology at A
                                                      Level take you in the future?
Students taking Music Technology will be
heavily involved with the music department            The course provides an excellent basis for
during the course of the year. Not only will they     lifelong learning. There are many opportunities
                                                      in Higher Education, and many career
be involved in music performing, but also in
                                                      possibilities for those proficient in handling
setting up recording sessions for GCSE candi-
                                                      music technology. GCE Music Technology has
dates, A level candidates and also school
                                                      been widely accepted by Higher Education
concerts. They will be heavily involved in set-
                                                      providers and an A level in Music Technology
ting up and running the sound for Akeley              will continue to provide valuable experience
Woodfest (our annual music festival). Students        and preparation for students aiming for further
will learn about the correct way to mic up            study in the subject. Study in Music Technology
drum kits, guitars and vocals. This will lead to      could lead to careers in the record industry,
producing a Multi-Track recording taken from          sound engineering, record producing, and
any style from 1910 to the present day. Not on-       music education.
ly do they control the recording session but
they are required to mix the recording to a
                                                      Course Specifications
professional standard.
                                                      Exam Board: Edexcel
Music Technology is one of the fastest growing
subjects within the UK. Students will learn a
wide range of skills including Midi and Audio
Sequencing,    Mixing,   Audio    Editing,   Multi-
tracking. In addition, the students on the
course will develop general musicianship skills
in areas such as performance, composition
and arranging.

What skills, interests and academic qualifica-
tions are required to study Music Technology
at A Level?

At the end of the course, all coursework and
exam papers will be externally assessed by
Edexcel. Students will learn from a variety of
teaching sessions and self-motivated study. It is
vital that students attend all sessions and are
prepared to devote a reasonable amount of
time in order to develop their skills. Learning to
use the technology creatively is like learning a
new musical instrument, it requires practice.
Photography

Why study Photography at A Level?
                                                    Photography contributes to a career in the
Photography develops many creative and              creative    industries,  journalism   or web
practical skills.                                   design. Studying Photography gives you a
                                                    lifetime of pleasure honing a craft that is
Photography is a Creative Art but it is             taught to a high standard at A level.
also History, Politics and Social commentary.
                                                    Course Specifications
Our lives are informed by pictures and              Exam Board: AQA
Photography gives students the opportunity to
refine their visual literacy and develop
analytical skills.

The two year linear A level covers image
making in the dark room, the studio,
and working with Photoshop. Students will
choose their own theme for a Personal
Investigation and explore the topic through
exciting    experimentation,   research      into
relevant artists and taking photos. This will be
accompanied by an extended essay that will
develop communication and literacy skills,
and build confidence in expressing opinions.

What     skills, interests   and      academic
qualifications   are     required    to   study
Photography at A Level?

In order to succeed in the Photography A level
you should have studied a creative subject
and be aware of how to put together a
portfolio.

You need to have a keen interest in the Visual
Arts, a commitment to work independently,
and develop ideas. An enthusiasm for taking
photos and taking creative risks will greatly
enhance the experience of taking this A level.

Where will studying Photography at A Level
take you in the future?

Photography can lead to Foundation courses
and Art and Photography degree courses. It
has many transferrable skills that can be
applied to further study or employment.
Physical Education

Why study Physical Education at A Level?               •   Students should be competent with
                                                           numeracy and literacy skills.
  •   Students should choose this subject if
                                                       •   Students must be able to work
      they are considering a career in the
                                                           independently and as part of a group.
      sports sector.
  •   The job opportunities in the area of sport
      are vast and are continuing to grow year       Where will studying Physical Education at A
      on year. The A Level Physical Education        Level take you in the future?
      course covers a broad area of topics
                                                       •   Coaching
      which should instigate the areas of sport
                                                       •   Education
      that students would like to specialise in at
                                                       •   Sports development
      degree level or as a career.
                                                       •   Sports nutrition
                                                       •   Physiotherapy
What     skills, interests  and    academic            •   Strength and conditioning
qualifications are required to study Physical          •   Sport and exercise physiology
Education at A Level?                                  •   Sports psychology
                                                       •   Sports media
  •   Students must be currently performing in
                                                       •   Performance analysis
      at least one sport at club level.
                                                       •   Sports management
  •   Students must be able to critically
      analyse their own and others sporting
      performance.                                   Course Specifications
  •   Students must have a keen general
                                                     Exam Board: AQA
      interest across a range of sports.
  •   Students must have taken the GCSE PE
      course.
  •   Students must have an interest in the
      areas of anatomy and physiology,
      psychology, skill acquisition and the
      social and cultural influences that impact
      on sport.
Physics

Why study Physics at A Level?                       Where will studying Physics at A Level take you
                                                    in the future?
You will already be familiar with many of the
topics that you will study, including forces,       Physics probably offers the largest range of
waves,      radioactivity,   electricity  and       potential career paths; everyone loves a
magnetism. At A-level, you’ll look at these         numerate problem-solver! As the Institute of
areas in more detail and find out how they are
                                                    Physics have recently said: “Physicists are
interconnected. You will also learn how to
apply maths to real-world problems and              involved in finding solutions to many of our
explore new areas such as particle physics,         most pressing challenges – as well as studying
cosmology and medical physics.                      atoms or making sense of the extra- terrestrial,
                                                    physicists diagnose disease, model the climate,
Perhaps more importantly, you will develop
                                                    design computer games, predict markets and
skills that can be transferred to just about any
other area of work, from setting up a business      design hi-tech goods. Studying physics opens
to saving the planet. Even if you don’t go on       doors.”
to become a physicist, learning to think like
                                                    Some of the many potential career areas:
one will help you get to the root of any
problem and draw connections that aren’t            Biochemistry, biology, chemistry, medicine,
obvious to others. Physics won’t give you all       dentistry, engineering (general, aeronautical,
the answers, but it will teach you how to ask
                                                    civil, electrical, mechanical), nursing and other
the right questions.
                                                    practice-based          medicine         courses,
What     skills,  interests   and     academic      architecture, computer science, geography,
qualifications are required to study Physics at A   earth and environmental sciences, maths,
Level?                                              materials science, pharmacy, sports science,
                                                    surveying, psychology, teaching.
  • Problem solving and lateral thinking!
  • Numeracy      -   describing       physical
      phenomena with mathematics.                   Course Specifics
  •   An intention to study Mathematics at A-
                                                    Exam Board: OCR
      level is essential, these two subject
      support each other.
  •   Practical/investigative     skills,  making
      measurements, recording data and
      pattern recognition.
  •   Communication – the ability to reason
      clearly, communicate complex ideas,
      and work with others.
  •   A desire to ‘peek behind the scenes’ of
      the Universe.
  •   A willingness to carry out further reading,
      including an interest in topical issues.
Politics

Why study Politics at A Level?                                         Unit                 Unit
                                                                                                                  Assessment
Politics studies conflict between people,                             Code                Content
governments and nations, and the manner in                            Unit 3   US Politics (Option 3A)       Written examination:
which such conflicts unfold and are resolved. It                                                             2 hours
                                                                               US Politics - students will
is a complex and demanding subject that is
                                                                               study:                        Weighting: 1/3 of the
exciting,    rewarding     and     intellectually
                                                                                                             qualification
stimulating. It is of immediate practical                                      The US Constitution and
relevance to our lives. What you read in the                                   federalism, US Congress, US 84 marks
                                                                               Presidency, US Supreme
newspapers and see on the news is directly
                                                                               Court, democracy and
relevant to the study of politics.                                             participation, and civil
Politics advances our civic awareness. In order
to cast your vote wisely, understand the                              What     skills,  interests   and     academic
arguments of politicians, be aware of their                           qualifications are required to study Politics at A
attempts to persuade or mislead and to                                Level?
participate effectively in defending one‘s
rights as a citizen, one needs to appreciate                          There are no formal requirements to study
the nature of the UK democratic system. To be                         politics, but any potential pupil must be
politically ignorant is to be at a disadvantage.                      interested in current affairs and highly self-
 Unit                   Unit
                                                                      motivated. Success in the subject will be the
                                                  Assessment          result of an ability to work independently and
Code                   Content
                                                                      the determination to develop a mature essay
Unit 1   UK Politics                          Written examination:    writing style. The students will be host to
         Political Participation - students   2 hours                 distinguished speakers throughout the year
         will study:                  Weighting: 1/3 of the           and will get the opportunity to visit the Houses
         Democracy and participation, qualification
                                                                      of Parliament and UK Supreme Court.
         political parties, electoral 84 marks
         systems, voting behaviour                                    Where will studying Politics at A Level take you
         and the media.                                               in the future?
         Core Political Ideas -
         students will study:                                         This course will appeal to those pupils who
         Conservatism, liberalism,                                    want a subject that allows them to develop
         socialism.                                                   their intellectual skills and are able to question
                                                                      the reasoning behind the status quo. Politics
Unit 2   UK Government                        Written examination:
                                              2 hours
                                                                      can be combined with many other academic
         UK Government - students
         will study: The constitution,                                disciplines. It is also a useful choice for a wide
                                              Weighting: 1/3 of the
         parliament, Prime Minister           qualification           range of careers. Many students take Politics in
         and executive, relationships                                 conjunction         with    History,   Economics,
         between the branches.                84 marks
                                                                      Philosophy, and English. Those with a genuine
         Optional Political Ideas -                                   interest in current political events in the UK
         students will study:                                         and/or USA are highly likely to excel.
         One idea from the following:
                                                                      Course Specifics
         anarchism, ecologism,
         feminism, multiculturalism,                                  Exam Board: Edexcel
         nationalism.
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