SIXTH FORM 2019 2021 - Akeley Wood School
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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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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: undertake independent study to solve 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. https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/ • Develops the logic to tackle everyday qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics- issues like planning projects, managing 2017.html budgets and even debating effectively. • Fits in well with many other subject We subscribe to Pearson online resources: combinations. • Well respected by universities and www.pearsonactivlearn.com employers. We use MyMaths for additional teaching resources: 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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