SIXTH FORM COURSES 2019-2021 - Sherborne Qatar

 
SIXTH FORM COURSES 2019-2021 - Sherborne Qatar
SIXTH FORM COURSES
      2019-2021
SIXTH FORM COURSES 2019-2021 - Sherborne Qatar
SHERBORNE QATAR SIXTH FORM
The Sixth Form represents the beginning of a new and exciting journey which takes pupils from
school to university, or to the world of work. We are working hard on growing and developing our
Sixth Form and we have a thriving community of young people enjoying and prospering from their
learning, increased independence and shared experiences. In our Sixth Form our pupils are closely
supported by tutors and teachers in the pursuit their academic goals and personal ambitions.
We have two Sixth Form programmes on offer at Sherborne Qatar:
   1. AS Levels and A Levels – these have been the traditional offer at Sherborne Qatar since we
      began our post 16 provision.
   2. BTEC – in September 2018 we started to offer the one-year BTEC Business Level 3
      Subsidiary Diploma.
                          Post 16 provision at Sherborne Qatar
                             AS & A Levels                BTEC

                     AS LEVELS AND A LEVELS
AS (Advanced Subsidiary) Levels and A (Advanced) Levels are the traditional qualifications offered
by British curriculum schools for Year 12 and Year 13 pupils. They are highly valued by universities
and employers and mainly focus on academic subjects. Like most international schools following
the British curriculum, we teach modular A Levels as opposed to the new UK system of 3 linear A
Levels. As such, pupils sit external examinations at the end of Year 12 (AS Levels) whether as stand-
alone qualifications or as part of the A Level course (which requires a further year of study – during
Year 13).
AS/A Levels are mostly assessed by written examinations, although in some subjects, like Art, there
is a coursework element to assess practical skills.
It is the norm worldwide to study for three or four AS Levels in the first year (Year 12) and then, if
a pupil decides to continue, to take three A Levels the second year of Sixth Form (Year 13). There
is the option, however, for the more academically able pupils to continue with four subjects at A
Level.
Schools that offer more than four AS/A Levels are unnecessarily burdening pupils and they are not
providing sufficient lesson time to adequately deliver the curriculum to pupils and to prepare them
for the examinations. Furthermore, universities worldwide typically offer entry to degree courses
based on the results of three A Levels and therefore it is recommended that, in Year 13, pupils put
their energies into performing the best they can in just three subjects.

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Taking four subjects in Year 12 means:
   1. a greater breadth of study – this is important as pupils starting their AS/A Level studies
       often do not have a definite idea as to what they want to study at degree level;
   2. pupils can keep their options open with regards to which subjects to study as a full A Level
       (if that is their intention); and,
   3. there is the option to study four A Levels in Year 13 for the more able pupils.
That said, there are occasions when there is a strong argument for a pupil commencing Year 12 to
take just three AS subjects. Such a decision will only be made after consultation with parents and
each exception will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
AS Levels are graded A to E and A Levels are graded A* to E.

                                             BTEC
The BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) has earned its reputation as the world’s
most successful applied learning qualification, providing pupils with a clear line of sight into work.
For pupils they allow a greater breadth on the opportunities schools can give to them, focusing on
what they find interesting and relevant to their future. The strength of BTEC qualifications are that
they are career-based, designed to give pupils the skills they need to move on to university or to
go straight into employment.
BTECs better suit the learning style of some pupils as they have an emphasis on continual
assessment rather than terminal examinations (as is the case with I/GCSEs and AS/A Levels).
We feel there is a need for an alternative programme to AS/A Levels that also provides access to
university and gives pupils a secure platform for entering the world of work.
We currently offer just one BTEC programme the one-year BTEC Business Level 3 Subsidiary
Diploma (which is equivalent to 1 A Level). The logic is we want to put our energies into producing
and delivering a single exciting and dynamic programme. Available in Year 12, as an alternative
to AS Levels, this programme is designed for pupils that are interested in a career in business and
want to study the subject in depth. The BTEC is delivered in a specialised BTEC suite, with the
technology and other resources found in any top business setting.
The four core units in the Subsidiary Diploma give pupils an introduction to and understanding of:
     •   the business environment;
     •   management of resources;
     •   marketing; and,
     •   communication.

These four areas are fundamental to the success of business organisations.
These four core units, in addition to the two subsidiary units that also require completion, are
based on real-life business contexts and involve pupils’ investigating leading businesses here in
Qatar.
Instead of being assessed through written examinations, BTEC assessment is generated through
a range of diverse activities including assignment and project work, case studies, workplace
assessment, role play and oral presentation. This qualification provides opportunities for pupils

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to develop their communication skills, through presentations and discussions, as they progress
through the course.
The BTEC Business Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is delivered during one half of the Year 12
programme, giving pupils the opportunity during the remainder of their timetable:
    • to re-sit I/GCSE English and/or Mathematics (if needed); and/or
    • to take a single AS Level subject (for the more able pupils).
The successful completion of the qualification is graded as either merit, distinction or distinction*.
Pupils on this programme can potentially end up with the equivalent of 1.5 AS Levels (1 x A Level
for the BTEC Business Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and 1 x AS Level for the single AS subject). This
combination provides pupils with access to many foundation degree courses and degree courses
worldwide.

        POST 16 PATHWAYS AT SHERBORNE QATAR

                              Workplace

                  University degree (3/4 years)

                  A levels           University
                 (1 further      foundation degree
                    year)             (1 year)

        AS levels (1 year)            BTEC programme (1 year)

As a family-orientated inclusive international school, we strive to meet the diverse learning needs
of our pupils and to provide them with as much support as we can to help them realise their
potential.
The programmes on offer at Sherborne Qatar provide flexibility in terms of learning styles and in
terms of our pupils’ aspirations.
Pupils starting their AS Level studies in Year 12 can:
   • continue onto Year 13 and sit A Level examinations (this is the most common pathway);
   • enter a university foundation degree course (which is an increasingly popular option);
   • start a degree course (in those countries that start degrees at the age of 17); or,
   • enter the workplace.
Pupils that complete A Levels at Sherborne Qatar are then able to apply to degree courses all
around the world, with the UK remaining one of the most popular destinations.

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Our BTEC pupils also have the option of:
     •   entering a university foundation degree course;
     •   starting a degree course (in those countries that start degrees at the age of 17); or,
     •   entering the workplace.

                                  POST 16 STUDY
BTECs, AS Levels and A Levels are very demanding and once the academic year has started, every
minute of study time is essential. There is more emphasis at this stage in a person’s education
on independent learning and many courses demand significant reading in addition to a much
deeper and broader knowledge than at I/GCSE. It goes without saying that good results in I/GCSE
subjects are very important as they are an important foundation to a pupil’s Sixth Form studies.
A good knowledge of current affairs is also advisable. Success is highly dependent on good
organisation, preparation, hard work and maintaining the correct attitude to work and keeping a
good work-life balance.
Independence and personal responsibility are really important in the Sixth Form and we
encourage our pupils to take a mature approach to their study habits, allowing them private study
periods in which they are able to direct their own learning. It is essential that this time is used
wisely, and we have a silent study room in addition to the common room and library in which
pupils can work. BTECs, AS Levels and A Levels are academically demanding, and we encourage
pupils to be spending equal amounts of private study to that of formal lessons. We also encourage
pupils to read widely, including newspaper and current affairs magazines.
We want to inspire and motivate our pupils to be the best that they can be and to achieve their
personal goals and aspirations. We have visiting speakers from universities and companies across
the world to help our pupils make informed decisions about their future studies and careers.
We also encourage pupils to visit our VLE which contains information on university application
processes, work shadowing opportunities, university preparation programmes and upcoming
events in and around Qatar. The Sixth Form team are always available to provide guidance and to
answer questions about university and careers.
Our pupils should enjoy their Sixth Form experience which is not just about the classroom.
Learning extends beyond the academic subjects that are taught with a range of activities
available in our enrichment programme, including: drama, music, Model United Nations, art
and debating. We strongly believe in the health and well-being of our pupils and encourage
participation in our varied enrichments, including sports programmes. As part of the enrichment
offer is the opportunity to participate in the Bronze, Silver and Gold International Award (aka
Duke of Edinburgh) programmes. The Gold Award is the highest level available and it requires a
weekly commitment in three areas: volunteering, physical and skills - as well as an expedition and
residential experience. This is a great way for pupils to prove themselves to be responsible and
successful young adults; it develops valuable skills in leadership and challenge, as well as being an
incredibly enjoyable and memorable shared experience.

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
AS Levels - As a rule, a minimum of 5 I/GCSE passes at grade C (equivalent grade 4) or above
is required (including English Language and Mathematics), however pupils should achieve a
minimum of a grade B (equivalent grade 6) in the subjects chosen for AS Level unless other entry
requirements are stated. For Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics we ask for an A/A* grade
(minimum grade 7) at I/GCSE, but may consider pupils that have consistently preformed at least to
a grade B (grade 6) standard (throughout Year 11, including in the mock examinations) and have
been endorsed by their previous subject teacher as having the ability to cope with the rigour of
the AS/A Level course.
I/GCSE results are a good indicator of likely success at AS Level and A Level, and therefore we
consider them very important before pupils are admitted onto courses. Any external applications
are welcomed and reviewed individually.
BTEC Business Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma - As a rule, a minimum of 4 I/GCSE passes at grade C
or above is required.

                                  FOR PARENTS
Parents have a key role in the options process, and in partnership with the School, you can help
your child make the best choices for their future success. The right choice of subjects is vital at
this stage. The actual process of choosing options is a learning experience that emphasises both
independence and collaboration. It makes pupils think about where they are now, where they
would like to be and the route they must take to get there. This is both challenging and exciting.
Examination results change lives and open doors. Being both aspirational and realistic is a tricky
but crucial balance.

                                     FOR PUPILS
Over the next few weeks you will need to make some important decisions about your next stage
of learning, the appropriate route you need to take and the subject choices within this. There will
be support for you as you make these important decisions; information will be provided for you in
tutor time, and there will be opportunities for you to discuss your choices with subject and form
tutors. Options information will also be available online for you to look at in your own time.

  CHOOSING THE RIGHT AS LEVELS AND A LEVELS
AS/A Levels allow pupils to specialise in one area, such as sciences or humanities. However, it
is also possible to keep subject choice relatively broad. Subject choices should reflect pupils’
abilities, strengths and interests. AS Level and A Levels are academically demanding and therefore
it is important to follow a course that is both interesting and something that you have done well in
at I/GCSE. AS Level and A Level choices can be critical in determining access to university courses
and careful thought and research should go into making the right subject choices, especially for
pupils who are pursuing medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and engineering. For pupils who
are not sure which subjects they wish to take, the best advice would be to try to keep options
open and choose at least two ‘facilitating’ subjects (Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, Further
Mathematics, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages - e.g. French, Spanish - and

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Physics). For guidance on facilitating subjects, for higher ranking universities in the UK, read the
document “informed choices” at this web address: www.russellgroup.org/informedchoices-latest.
pdf
If you know what you want to study at university, research the universities’ preferred AS/A Level
subjects listed in the entry requirements of courses. For those who wish to study a new subject -
such as Economics, Media Studies or Politics - some background research should be carried out
before choosing it to understand what it involves. It is not enough to simply say it is interesting.
More information on courses and choices can be found below or by visiting our VLE.

             AS LEVEL AND A LEVEL SUBJECTS
Subject to interest we will be offering the following AS Level subjects in September 2019:
1. Arabic
2. Art, Craft and Design
3. Biology
4. Business Studies
5. Chemistry
6. Computer Science
7. Drama & Theatre Studies
8. Economics
9. English Language
10. English Literature
11. French
12. Further Mathematics
13. Geography
14. History
15. Information Technology
16. Mathematics
17. Media Studies
18. Physical Education
19. Physics
20. Politics
21. Spanish
In the pages that follow there are course overviews, including the assessment methods, for each
of these subjects to enable pupils considering the AS/A Level route to start considering possible
subjects to study in Year 12.

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ARABIC
Course Code: Edexcel XAA01 (AS) YAA01 (A2)
When studying Arabic you will:
  • develop an understanding of a wide variety of complex reading texts for different purposes
  • gain a sound understanding of standard written language on both unfamiliar and familiar
     topics normally encountered in personal, social, academic or vocational contexts
  • develop the ability to write clear, well-structured texts using an appropriate style,
     highlighting relevant salient issues, expanding and supporting points of view with
     supporting arguments (where relevant) and showing controlled use of organisational
     patterns, connectors and cohesive devices
  • express yourself fluently, spontaneously and appropriately in a range of written contexts
  • acquire the skills necessary for further study or employment, either in Arabic-speaking
     countries or where Arabic is used as the main medium of communication for business and
     commerce
  • develop an understanding of the nature of language in different cultural contexts in order
     to build up competence in written communication

Syllabus summary:
Paper 1                                          Paper 2
Written Examination 1hour 30 minutes             Written Examination 1hour 30 minutes
100% AS
50% A Level                                      50% A Level

Textbooks:
The Arabic Season (ISBN 978-1908871190)
The Grammar and Writing Guide A Level Arabic (ISBN 978-1908871176)
Useful Website:
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-advanced-levels/
arabic-2016.html

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ART, CRAFT AND DESIGN
Course Code: Edexcel 8AD0/01 (AS), 9AD0/01(A Level)
When studying Art, Craft and Design you will:
   •   record observations in visual form; undertaking research.
   •   explore relevant different materials, techniques (printmaking, sculpture, painting and
       drawing, textiles, design).
   •   analyse, evaluate, reflect and discuss the work of others; reviewing artists and designers.
   •   use knowledge and understanding to extend thinking; investigate historical and
       contemporary artistic movements; explore cultures and traditions.
   •   develop designs in a variety of new and exciting mediums in 2D and 3D.

Syllabus summary:
Component 1: Coursework, Personal Investigation (Internally Set)
Pupils work on Component 1, coursework which includes experimenting with a range of
disciplines: Printmaking; Textiles; Painting and Drawing; Sculpture; Mixed-Media and Photography.
Once confident in acquiring skills, pupils pursue a personal project following in-depth research
and personal investigations whilst referring to a variety of different cultures and traditions. They
critically evaluate the work of other designers and artists both historical and contemporary, and
visit exhibitions.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment, Exam (Externally Set).
This is set by Edexcel. Pupils must produce a personal response to a given theme set by the exam
board. Preparatory work accompanies the final outcome in a medium of the pupil’s choosing which
is completed within an allocated exam time of sustained study. Students are expected to produce
an in-depth body of work consisting of, journals, prep-work and the final outcome (exam).
At the end of both courses pupils will be expected to produce a portfolio of work and final
outcomes with an exhibition at the end.

AS Component 1            AS Component 2           A2 Component 1           A2 Component 2
8AD0/01                   8AD0/02                  9AD0/01                  9AD0/02
Coursework                ESA – Exam               Coursework               ESA - Exam
Personal Investigation,   Practical Exam           Personal Investigation   Practical Exam
producing a portfolio     10 hours split over 2    with essay (12%)         15 hours over 3 days.
of work.                  days.
50% AS                    50% AS                   60% A Level              40% A Level
*The AS course does not count towards the A level, they are two separate courses but build on
top of each other.

Useful Websites:
www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/art
Tate Galleries – www.tate.org.uk
Royal Academy – www.royalacademy.org.uk

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BIOLOGY
Course Code: Edexcel XBl11 (AS) YBl11 (A2)
When studying biology you will develop:
  • essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they
     relate to each other
  • a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving
     skills
  • interest and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study
     and careers associated with biology

Syllabus Summary:
Unit 1: Molecules, Diet, Transport and Health
Unit 2: Cells, Development, Biodiversity and Conservation
Unit 3: Practical Skills in Biology I
Unit 4: Energy, Environment, Microbiology and Immunity
Unit 5: Respiration, Internal Environment, Co-ordination and Gene Technology
Unit 6: Practical Skills in Biology II.
Assessment:
AS Unit 1       AS Unit 2        A2 Unit 3       A2 Unit 4       A2 Unit 5       A2 Unit 6
Written paper   Written paper    Written paper   Written paper   Written paper   Written paper
1 hour 30       1 hour 30        1 hour 20       1 hour 45       1 hour 45       1 hour 20
minutes         minutes          minutes         minutes         minutes         minutes
40% AS          40% AS           20% AS          40% A2          40% A2          20% A2
20% A Level     20% A Level      10% A Level     20% A Level     20% A Level     10% A Level

Useful websites:
www.nuffieldfoundation.org
www.biologymad.com
www.qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

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BUSINESS STUDIES
Course Code: Edexcel XBS01(AS), YBS01 (A2)
This is a modular course that is assessed 100% externally. This is in the form of four equally
weighted external examinations that are taken in the summer. Unit 1 and 2 are taken in Year 12
and result in an AS level grade. Units 3 and 4 are assessed in Year 13. All four unit scores are then
combined to give the A Level grade.
The Four Units are shown below.

AS Unit 1                 AS Unit 2                 A2 Unit 3                A2 Unit 4
Business Enterprise       Business Structures       Strategic Business       Business in a Global
                          and Processes             Decisions                Context
External examination      External examination      External examination     External examination
1 hour 30 minutes         1 hour 30 minutes         2 hours                  2 hours
50% AS                    50% AS
25% A Level               25% A Level               25% A Level              25% A Level

Why Business Studies?
Business Studies is not going to turn anyone into a successful entrepreneur. Anyone with that
kind of drive and imagination may very well be on that path already. What it will do is give you a
wide range of skills and experience that will help you in your future career and personal decision
making.

Decision Making
Business Studies will give you the tools that you will need to make effective decisions in a business
environment. You will be familiar with how modern business makes decisions on a day to day basis
to stay ahead of the pack.

Effective Contributor
When you take your first steps in the workplace you will stand out from the crowd. Your employer
and you will speak the same language. You will understand their objectives and be able to begin
contributing positively to the business from day one. That makes a valuable resource that any
employer will want to develop and retain.

Discerning Consumer
When you understand how businesses work, then you are able to make decisions as a consumer
that maximise your benefit, rather than simply being guided by the latest marketing technique.
It is difficult to imagine any career in the modern world that does not face the same pressures
as any other business. Whatever the future hold for you, whatever your ambitions, a sound
understanding of how businesses function will surely be to your advantage.

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CHEMISTRY
Course Code: Edexcel XCH11 (AS) YCH11 (A2)
When studying chemistry you will develop:
  • essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they
     relate to each other
  • a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving
     skills
  • interest and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study
     and careers associated with chemistry.

Syllabus Summary:
Unit 1: Structure, Bonding, Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Unit 2: Energetics, Group Chemistry, Haloalkanes, Alcohols
Unit 3: Practical Skills in Chemistry I
Unit 4: Rates, Equilibria, Further Organic Chemistry
Unit 5: Transition metals, Organic Nitrogen Chemistry
Unit 6: Practical Skills in Chemistry II
Assessment:
AS Unit 1       AS Unit 2        AS Unit 3       A2 Unit 4       A2 Unit 5       A2 Unit 6
Written paper   Written paper    Written paper   Written paper   Written paper   Written paper

1 hour 30       1 hour 30        1 hour 20       1 hour 45       1 hour 45       1 hour 20
minutes         minutes          minutes         minutes         minutes         minutes
40% AS          40% AS           20% AS          40% A2          40% A2          20% A2
20% A Level     20% A Level      10% A Level     20% A Level     20% A Level     10% A Level

Useful websites:
www.chemguide.co.uk,
www.qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

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COMPUTER SCIENCE
Course Code: CIE 9608
When studying computer science you will:
   •   develop computational thinking
   •   develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using computers
   •   develop an understanding that every computer system is made up of subsystems, which in
       turn consist of further subsystems
   •   develop an understanding of the component parts of computer systems and how they
       interrelate, include software, data, hardware, communications and people
   •   acquire the skills necessary to apply this understanding to develop computer-based
       solutions to problems

Syllabus Summary:
Paper 1 Theory Fundamentals (AS): 1. Information representation |2. Communication and
Internet Technologies|3. Hardware |4. Processor fundamentals |5. System Software |6. Security,
privacy and data integrity | 7. Ethics and ownership | 8. Database and data modelling.
Paper 2 Fundamental Problem-solving and Programming skills (AS): 1. Algorithm design and
problem solving|2.Data representation |3. Programming |4. Software Development.
Paper 3 Advanced Theory (A2): 9. Data Representation |10. Communication and Internet
Technologies |11. Hardware | 12. System Software | 13. Security | 14. Monitoring and Control
Systems.
Paper 4 Further Problem-solving and Programming Skills (A2): 5. Computational thinking
and problem solving | 6. Algorithm design methods| 7. Further Programming | 8. Software
Development.

AS Unit 1                AS Unit 2                 A2 Unit 3                   A2 Unit 4
External examination     External examination      External examination        External examination
1hour 30 minutes         2 hours                   1hour 30 minutes            2 hours

50% AS                   50% AS
25% A Level              25% A Level               25% A Level                 25% A Level

Textbooks:
Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science Course book (ISBN: 9781107546738)
Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science Revision Guide (ISBN: 9781107547544)

Useful Website:
http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-international-as-and-A Level-
computer-science-9608/
https://docs.python.org/3/tutorial/ | http://www.visual-basic-tutorials.com/
Please note that there is a minimum requirement of B Grade at GCSE in Computer Science
or grade at GCSE in Mathematics.

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DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES
Course Code: Edexcel 8DR0 (AS) 9DR0 (A Level)

The core skills being developed in this qualification are:
   •   The ability to recognise and understand the interrelationship between performer, designer
       and director
   •   The understanding that texts and extracts studied may represent a range of social, historical
       and cultural contexts
   •   The ability to analyse and evaluate their work and the work of others
   •   The ability to understand how performance texts can be interpreted and performed.

AS Syllabus Summary
Component 1                                         Component 2
Exploration and Performance                         Theatre Makers in Practice
• A group performance of one key extract            •    Practical exploration and study of a
    from a performance text and one influential          complete performance text.
    practitioner.
                                                    •    Choice of six performance texts.
• A monologue or duologue performance from
    one key extract from a different performance
                                                    •    Live theatre evaluation – choice of
    text.                                                performance.

A Level Syllabus Summary
Component 1                        Component 2                         Component 3
Devising                            Text in Performance                Theatre Makers in Practice
• Devise an original                • A group performance of           • Live theatre evaluation
   performance piece.                   one key extract from a         • Practical exploration and study
• Use one key extract from              performance text.                 of a complete text
   a performance text and a         • A monologue or duologue          • Practical exploration and
   theatre practitioner as stimuli.     performance from one key          interpretation of practitioner
                                        performance text extract.         and performance text

Assessment
AS Component 1 AS Component 2 A2 Component 1 A2 Component 2 A2 Component 3
Internally assessed   Written             Internally assessed   Externally assessed   Written
• Portfolio           examination:        • Portfolio           • Group               examination:
• Group               1 hour 45 minutes   • Devised             • Mono/Duo            2 hours 30 minutes
• Mono/Duo            48 marks            80 marks              60 marks              80 marks
96 marks
60% AS                40% AS              40% A2                20% A2                40% A2

Please note pupils will sit the AS Component 1 exam in the Year 12, but must sit the
Advance Level Component 1 examination in Year 13 to complete the A Level.

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ECONOMICS
Course Code: Edexcel XEC01 (AS) YEC01 (A2)
This is a modular course that is assessed 100% externally. This is in the form of four equally
weighted external examinations that are taken in the summer. Unit 1 and 2 are taken in Year 12 and
result in an AS level grade. Units 3 and 4 are assessed in Year 13.
All four unit scores are then combined to give the A Level grade.
The Four Units are shown below.

AS Unit 1                AS Unit 2                 A2 Unit 3                A2 Unit 4
Markets in Action        Macroeconomic          Business Behaviour          Developments in the
                         Performance and Policy                             Global Economy
External examination     External examination      External examination     External examination
1 hour 30 minutes        1 hour 30 minutes         2 hours                  2 hours
50% AS                   50% AS

25% A Level              25% A Level               25% A Level              25% A Level

Why Study Economics?
Economics involves evaluating the likely possible outcomes of everyday decisions. It trains
pupils to focus on the costs and benefits of those decisions. At the same time economics pupils
recognise that resources are scarce. Choices have to be made and we cannot choose to have and
achieve everything. Everything has a cost and a price and those two things can be very different.
Economics pupils will gain a clear insight into how the world economy works and how, in many
cases, it does not work. Economics helps to describe the way that the world and individuals in it
behave. It gives pupils an opportunity to question and challenge and understand decisions they
see being made in the world around them and hopefully give them the incentive to become
decision makers themselves.
Economics relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals or
families to the structures created by governments and firms. The economic way of thinking can
help us make better choices.
No matter what future career choice a pupil makes, economics develops an approach to problem
solving that recognises that choice is a daily necessity of life and gives pupils the right tools to
make the best choices.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Course Code: CIE 9093
When studying English language you will:
   •   develop an understanding and enjoyment of a wide variety of different texts, both written
       and spoken
   •   gain pleasure and awareness of how language works in different ways, for different
       purposes and for different audiences
   •   acquire the ability to appreciate how different texts are shaped by their language and style
   •   develop skills in creating your own imaginative and persuasive writing for different purposes
       and audiences
   •   gain skills in researching, selecting and shaping information from different sources
   •   develop the ability to analyse and compare written and spoken texts in close detail

Syllabus Summary:
Paper 1 Passages
The paper contains three questions.
Candidates answer two questions: Question 1, and either Question 2 or Question 3. Externally
assessed and
Paper 2 Writing
Two sections: Section A and Section B.
Candidates answer two questions: one from Section A and one from Section B. Externally assessed
and
Paper 3 Text Analysis
The paper contains two questions.
Candidates must answer both questions. Externally assessed and
Paper 4 Language Topics
The paper contains three questions, each on a separate
topic area. Candidates answer two questions. Externally assessed.

Paper 1                  Paper 2                  Paper 3                  Paper 4
2 hours                  2 hours 15 minutes       2 hours 15 minutes       2 hours 15 minutes
50% AS                   50% AS

25% A Level              25% A Level              25% A Level              25% A Level

25% A Level              25% A Level              25% A Level              25% A Level

Textbooks:
Cambridge International AS & A Level textbook. Sara Thorne - Mastering English Language

Useful Websites:
www.cie.org.uk

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ENGLISH LITERATURE
Course Code: CIE 9695
When studying English Literature you will:
   •   gain an appreciation of and informed personal response to literature in English in a range
       of texts in different forms, and from different periods and cultures
   •   develop the interdependent skills of reading, analysis and communication
   •   gain effective and appropriate communication skills
   •   develop wider reading and an understanding of how it may contribute to personal
       development
Paper 3 Poetry and Prose
Candidates answer two questions: one question from Section A Poetry and one question from
Section B Prose. Externally assessed and
Paper 4 Drama
Candidates answer two questions on two plays. Externally assessed and
Paper 5 Shakespeare and other pre-20th Century Texts
This paper contains two sections: Section A: Shakespeare; Section B: other pre-20th Century Texts.
Candidates answer two questions: one question from Section A and one question from Section B.
At least one of the questions candidates answer must be a (b) passage-based question, chosen
from either Section A or Section B. Externally assessed and either
Paper 6 1900 to the Present
Candidates answer two questions on different texts. Externally assessed or
Paper 7 Comment and Appreciation
Candidates answer two questions on different texts. Candidates write critical appreciations of
previously unseen passages. Externally assessed.

Paper 3                  Paper 4                   Paper 5                 Paper 6 or 7
2 hours                  2 hours                   2 hours                 2 hours
50% AS                   50% AS

25% A Level              25% A Level               25% A Level             25% A Level

25% A Level              25% A- Level              25% A Level             25% A Level

Textbooks:
Selected drama, prose and poetry set texts from syllabus

Useful Websites:
www.cie.org.uk/alevel, www.britishliterature.com

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FRENCH
Course Code: Edexcel 8FR0 (AS) 9FR0 (A Level)

When learning French you will:
   •   develop the ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing
   •   engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original
       language
   •   develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of
       the country or countries where the language is spoken
   •   become equipped with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity,
       critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility

Syllabus Summary AS Unit 1 and 2
Theme 1: Les changements dans la société française
Theme 1 is set in the context of France only. This theme covers social issues and trends.
Theme 2: La culture politique et artistique dans les pays francophones
Theme 2 is set in the context of francophone countries and communities.
Syllabus Summary A2 Unit 3 and 4
Theme 3: L’immigration et la société multiculturelle française
Theme 3 is set in the context of France only. This theme covers social issues and trends.
Theme 4: L’Occupation et la Résistance
Theme 4 is set in the context of France only. This theme covers political culture.

AS Unit 1        AS Unit 2        AS Unit 3           A2 Unit 1        A2 Unit 2        A2 Unit 3
Listening,       Written          Spoken              Listening,       Written          Spoken
Reading and      response         expression          reading and      response to      expression
translation                                           translation      works and
                                                                       translation
Written exam     Written exam     13-15 minutes     Written exam       Written exam     16-18 minutes
I hour 45        1 hour 40        speaking exam     2 hours            2 hours 40       speaking
minutes          minutes          (plus 15 minutes                     minutes          exam (plus
                                  preparation time)                                     5 minutes
                                                                                        preparation
                                                                                        time)
40% AS           30% AS           30%                 40%              30%              30%

20% A Level      15% A Level      15% A Level         20% A Level      15% A Level      15% A Level

Textbooks:
Edexcel A Level Student textbook, Mot à Mot
Useful websites:
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-A Levels/french-2016.coursematerials.html
Please note pupils will sit the AS components in Year 12, but must re-sit the differentiated
Advance Level examination in Year 13 to complete the A Level.

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FURTHER MATHEMATICS
Course Code: Edexcel XFM01 (AS) YFM01 (A2)
When studying further mathematics you will:
   •   understand mathematics and mathematical processes in ways that promote confidence,
       foster enjoyment and provide a strong foundation for progress to further study
   •   extend your range of mathematical skills and techniques
   •   understand coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of
       mathematics are connected
   •   apply mathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to
       the world of work and to situations in society in general
   •   use your mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems which require
       you to decide on a solution strategy
   •   interpret solutions and communicate your interpretation effectively in the context of the
       problem
Course summary AS
Further Pure 1: Complex numbers; roots of quadratic equations; numerical solution of equations;
coordinate systems; matrix algebra; transformations using matrices; series; proof.
Decision 1: Algorithms; algorithms on graphs; algorithms on graphs II; critical path analysis; linear
programming.
Mechanics 1: Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle
moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a
particle; moments.
Course summary A2 Further Mathematics
Further Pure 2: Complex numbers; roots of quadratic equations; numerical solution of equations;
coordinate systems; matrix algebra; transformations using matrices; series; proof.
Further Pure 3: Hyperbolic functions; further coordinate systems; differentiation; integration;
vectors; further matrix algebra.
Mechanics 2*: Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; centres of mass; work
and energy; collisions; statics of rigid bodies.
Statistics 2*: The Binomial and Poisson distributions; continuous random variables; continuous
distributions; samples; hypothesis tests.
Assessment
AS Unit FP1       AS Unit M1      AS Unit D1        A2 Unit FP2      A2 Unit FP3     A2 Unit M2 /
                                                                                     S2
Written Exam      Written Exam    Written Exam      Written Exam Written Exam        Written Exam
1 hour 30         1 hour 30       1 hour 30         1 hour 30    1 hour 30           1 hour 30
minutes           minutes         minutes           minutes      minutes             minutes
33.3 % AS         33.3 % AS       33.3 % AS
16.6 % A Level 16.6 % A Level 16 .6 % A Level 16.6 % A Level 16.6 % A Level 16.6 % A Level

*Further Mathematics must be taken alongside Mathematics
*For Further Mathematics students one unit from Mechanics 2 or Statistics 2 will contribute towards their
A Level Mathematics qualification
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GEOGRAPHY
Exam board: Edexcel XGE01 (AS) YGE01 (A2)
When studying Geography you will:
   •   gain an understanding of the principal processes operating within physical geography and
       human geography
   •   gain an understanding of the causes and effects of change on natural and human
       environments
   •   develop an awareness of the usefulness of geographical analysis to understand and solve
       contemporary human and environmental problems
   •   develop the ability to handle and evaluate different types and sources of information
   •   acquire the skills to think logically, and to present an ordered and coherent argument in a
       variety of ways

Syllabus Overview
Paper 1: Global Challenges Global natural hazards, climate change and global warming,
population, economic changes
Paper 2: Geographical Investigations: Crowded coasts, urban planning, regeneration and
rebranding
Paper 3: Contested Planet: Biodiversity under threat, Atmosphere weather and Change,
Superpower geographies, Bridging the development gap, Energy Security
Paper 4: Researching Geography: Tectonics Landscape and Change

Assessment
Paper 1                    Paper 2                     Paper 3                    Paper 4

Written Examination        Written Examination         Written Examination        Written Examination
1hour 45 minutes           1hour 30 minutes            1hour 30 minutes           1hour 30 minutes
60% AS                     50% AS

30% A Level                20% A Level                 30% A Level                20% A Level

Each pupil is expected to participate in two compulsory field excursions. These trips provide an invaluable
opportunity to develop essential techniques and promote each individual’s enjoyment and understanding
of the subject and also from a compulsory component of the Unit 2 examination.

Textbooks:
Edexcel AS Geography Student Book: Bob Digby
Edexcel AS Geography Textbook: Sue Warn

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HISTORY
Course Code: Edexcel XH101 (AS) YH101 (A2)
When studying history you will:
   •   gain a deep insight into aspects of 19th and 20th century world history
   •   improve as an effective and independent learner with critical thinking skills
   •   be able to argue a case and reach substantiated judgements
   •   be able to assess the significance of developments and ideas in history
Syllabus Summary: AS Unit 1 and 2
Paper 1: Depth Study with interpretations          Paper 2: South Africa 1948-2014.
Germany 1918–45
1. The democratic experiment, 1918–29              1. Governing South Africa, c.1948–2014
2. The rise of the Nazis, 1919–33                  2. Opposing the government of South Africa
                                                      c.1948–2014
3. Nazi Germany, 1933–39                           3. Economy and society, c.1948–2014
4. Germany at war, 1939–45                         4. Relations with the outside world, c.1948–2014
Syllabus Summary: A2 Units 3 and 4
Paper 3: Civil Rights and Race Relations in        Paper 4: The Cold War and the Hot War in
the USA 1865-2009                                  Asia
1. ‘Free at last’, 1865–77                         1. Historical interpretation: on the outbreak,
                                                      course and impact of the Korean War, 1950 -53
2. The triumph of ‘Jim Crow’, 1883–c.1900          2. T
                                                       he emergence of the Cold War in South East
                                                      Asia, 1945 – 60
3. Roosevelt and race relations, 1933–45           3. War in Indo-China, 1961–73
4. ‘I have a dream’, 1954–68                       4. S
                                                       outh East Asia without the West: the fading of
                                                      the Cold War, 1973-90
Paper 1                      Paper 2                Paper 3                  Paper 4
Germany                      South Africa           Civil Rights and Race    The Cold War and the
1918–45                      1948-2014              Relations in the USA     Hot War in Asia
Written Examination          Written Examination    Written Examination      Written Examination
2 hours                      2 hours                2 hours                  2 hours
50% AS                       50% AS

25% A Level                  25% A Level            25% A Level              25% A Level

Textbooks:
Access to History From Kaiser to Fuhrer, Searching for rights and freedoms in the 20th century,
Edexcel A Level History, Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850-2009, Edexcel GCE History
AS Ideology, Conflict and Retreat: the USA in Asia, 1950-1973.

Useful Website:
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-advanced-levels/
history-2015.html
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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Course Code: CIE 9626
When studying information technology you will:
   •   develop a broad range of IT skills
   •   develop an understanding of the parts, use and applications of IT systems within a range of
       organisations, including the use of basic computer networks
   •   develop an understanding of how IT systems affect society in general
   •   develop an understanding of the main system life cycle and apply this understanding to
       workplace situations
   •   develop an understanding of project management skills
   •   be aware of the role of new and emerging technologies
   •   be aware of the role of the internet and its potential but also its risks
   •   apply your knowledge and understanding of IT to solve problems

Syllabus Summary:
Paper 1 Theory (AS): 1. Data, information, knowledge and processing | 2. Hardware and software
| 3. Monitoring and control, | 4. E-Safety and Health and Safety | 5. The digital divide | 6. Using
Networks | 7. Expert System | 8. Spreadsheets | 9.Database and file concepts | 10. Sound and video
editing
Paper 2 Practical (AS): 8. Spreadsheets | 9. Database and file concepts | 10. Sound and video
editing
Paper 3 Advanced Theory (A2): 11. Emerging technologies | 12. Role and impact of IT in
society | 13. Networks | 14. Project Management | 15. System life cycle | 16. Graphics creation | 17.
Animation | 18. Mail Merge | 19. Programming for the web
Paper 4 Advanced Practical (A2): 16. Graphics creation | 17. Animation | 18. Mail Merge | 19.
Programming for the web

AS Unit 1                 AS Unit 2                A2 Unit 3                 A2 Unit 4
Externally Assessed       Written Examination      Written Examination       Written Examination
1 hour 45 minutes         2 hours                  2 hours                   2 hours
50% AS                    50% AS

25% A Level               25% A Level              25% A Level               25% A Level

Textbooks:
Cambridge International AS and A Level Information Technology (ISBN: 9781107577244)

Useful Website:
http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-international-as-and-A Level-
information-technology-9626

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MATHEMATICS
Course Code: Edexcel XMA01 (AS) YMA01 (A2)
When studying mathematics you will:
   •   develop an ability to reason logically and recognize incorrect reasoning, to generalize and
       construct mathematical proofs
   •   recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the
       relationship between ‘real-world’ problems and other mathematical models and how these
       can be refined and improved
   •   develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to develop
       the world of work and to society in general
   •   analyse data and decide when significant results, such as the effectiveness of a new drug,
       have been established
   •   take increasing responsibility for your own learning and the evaluation of your own
       mathematical development

Course summary AS
Pure 1: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y); trigonometry; differentiation;
integration.
Pure 2: Proof; algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and
series; exponentials and logarithms; trigonometry; differentiation; integration.
Statistics 1: Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of
data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the
Normal distribution.

Course summary A2
Pure 3: Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation;
integration; numerical methods.
Pure 4: Proof; algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; binomial expansion;
differentiation; integration; vectors.
Mechanics 1: Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle
moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a
particle; moments.
Assessment
AS Unit Pure 1 AS Unit Pure 2 AS Unit S1           A2 Unit Pure 3 A2 Unit Pure 4 A2 Unit M1
Written Exam     Written Exam     Written Exam     Written Exam     Written Exam     Written Exam
I hour 30        1 hour 30        1 hour 30        1 hour 30        1 hour 30        1 hour 30
minutes          minute           minute           minute           minute           minute
33.3 % AS        33.3 % AS        33.3 % AS
16.6 % A Level   16.6 % A Level   16.6 % A Level   16.6 % A Level 16.6 % A Level 16.6 % A Level

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MEDIA STUDIES
Course Code: CIE 9607
Cambridge International AS and A Level Media Studies is recognised by universities and
employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of the media and its role in our daily lives.
When studying Media you will gain lifelong skills, including:
   •   the ability to apply practical skills creatively
   •   research and evaluation skills
   •   information management and project management skills
   •   the ability to analyse text and media products critically
   •   the ability to reflect critically upon their own learning
AS Level and A Level candidates study the following topics:
Component 1 Foundation Portfolio: The following set briefs are offered:
  • film opening task
  • magazine task.
Component 2: Key Media Concepts
   •Section A: Textual analysis and representation: camera shots, angle, movement and
    composition; editing; sound; mise-en-scène.
  • Section B: Institutions and audiences, in relation to one of the media areas specified: film;
    music; print; radio; video games.
Component 3 Advanced Portfolio: - The following set briefs are offered:
  • music promotion package
  • film promotion package
  • documentary package
  • short film package
Component 4: Critical Perspectives
   •   Section A: Evaluation of production skills development
   •   Section B: Contemporary media issues, in relation to one of the topics specified:
       contemporary media regulation; global media; media and collective identity; media in the
       online age; post-modern media.

Foundation Portfolio     Component 2               Advanced Portfolio      Component 4
Internally assessed      2 hours                   Internally assessed     2 hours

50% AS                   50% AS

25% A Level              25% A Level               25% A Level             25% A Level

Useful Websites:
www.cie.org.uk

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Course Code: Edexcel A Level 8PE0 (AS) and 9PE0 (A Level)
Through the study of physical education A level you will:
   •   gain a deep insight into anatomy and physiology, psychology and current issues
   •   acquire an understanding of different aspects of PE and sport
   •   improve as an effective and independent learner
   •   develop as a critical and reflective thinker
   •   be able to argue a case and reach substantiated judgements
   •   be able to assess the significance of developments and ideas in PE and sport

Syllabus Summary:
AS Unit 1                AS Unit 2                AS Unit 3 and 4            A Level Unit 1
Scientific Principles    Psychological and        Practical Performance      Scientific Principles
                         Social principles        and Performance
                                                  analysis
Written exam             Written exam             Practical performance      Written exam
I hour 45 minutes        1 hour 15 minutes        and Performance            2 hours 30 minutes
                                                  analysis
40% AS                   30% AS                   30% AS                     40% A Level

35% A Level (if taken in 35% A Level              30% A Level (if taken in
year 13)                                          Year 13)

A Level Unit 2                    A Level Unit 3                   A Level Unit 4
Psychological and Social          Practical Performance            Personal Development
principles                                                         Programme
Written exam                      Practical performance
2 hours
30% A Level                       15% A Level                      15% A Level

Please note pupils are expected to sit the AS differentiated paper in Year 12, but must sit
the A Level equivalent of Papers 1 and 2 in Year 13 to complete the A Level.

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PHYSICS
Course Code: Edexcel XPH01 (AS) YPH01 (A2)
When studying physics you will develop:
   •   essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they
       relate to each other
   •   a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
   •   competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving
       skills
   •   interest and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study
       and careers associated with physics

Syllabus Summary:
Unit 1: Mechanics and Materials
Unit 2: Waves and Electricity
Unit 3: Practical Skills in Physics I
Unit 4: Further Mechanics, Fields and Particles
Unit 5: Thermodynamics, Radiation, Oscillations and Cosmology
Unit 6: Practical Skills in Physics II
Assessment:
AS Unit 1        AS Unit 2        AS Unit 3       A2 Unit 4        A2 Unit 5        A2 Unit 6
Written paper    Written paper    Written paper   Written paper    Written paper    Written paper

1 hour 30        1 hour 30        1 hour 20       1 hour 45        1 hour 45        1 hour 20
minutes          minutes          minutes         minutes          minutes          minutes
40% AS           40% AS           20% AS          40% A2           40% A2           20% A2
20% A Level      20% A Level      10% A Level     20% A Level      20% A Level      10% A Level

Useful websites:
www.qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html
www.physicsnet.co.uk/
www.alevelphysicsonline.com/

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POLITICS
Course Code: Edexcel 8PL0 (AS) 9PL0 (A Level)
When studying politics, you will:
  • develop a though knowledge and understanding of British and American political systems,
     contemporary concerns and events and some ideologies
  • develop an insight into political beliefs central to an understanding of the modern world
  • have the opportunity to engage in contemporary political debates and analyse conflicting
     political viewpoints
Syllabus Summary: AS Level
Component 1: People and Politics                        Unit 2: UK Government
Democracy and Political Participation                   The Constitution
Political Parties                                       Parliament
Electoral Systems                                       The Prime Minister and Executive
Voting behaviour and the media                          The relationship between the branches

Syllabus Summary: A Level
Component 1: People and             Component 2: UK Government Component 3: Comparative
Politics                                                       politics UK and USA
Democracy and Political             The Constitution                    US Congress
Participation
Political Parties                   Parliament                          US Presidency
Electoral Systems                   The Prime Minister and Executive US Supreme Court and civil rights

Voting behaviour and the media      The Relationship between the        Democracy and participation
                                    branches
*Core Political Ideas:              *a non-core political idea:         Comparative theories
conservatism, liberalism, socialism feminism

Assessment
Paper 1                             Paper 2                             Paper 3
Component 1 People and              Component 1: UK Government          Component Comparative
Politics & Core Political Ideas     and a non-core ideology             politics UK and USA
Written Examination                 Written Examination                 Written Examination
AS 1 hour 20 mins                   AS 1 hour 20 mins                   1 hour 20 mins
A Level 2 hours                     A Level 2 hours
50% AS                              50% AS
33.3 % A Level                      33.3 % A Level                      33.3 % A Level

Please note pupils will sit the AS Components in Year 12, but must sit the Advance Level Components 1, 2 and
3 examinations in Year 13 to complete the A Level. * denotes additional content for A Level.

Textbooks: Edexcel AS & A Level Politics, UK Government and Politics Neil McNaughton
Useful websites: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/
politics-2017.html

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SPANISH
Course Code: Edexcel 8SP0 (AS) 9SP0 (A Level)
When learning Spanish you will:
   •   develop the ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing
   •   engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original
       language
   •   develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of
       the country or countries where the language is spoken
   •   become equipped with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity,
       critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility

Syllabus Summary AS Unit 1 and 2:
Theme 1: La evolución de la sociedad española
Theme 1 is set in the context of Spain only. This theme covers social issues and trends.
Theme 2: La cultura política y artística en el mundo hispanohablante
Theme 2 is set in the context of Spanish-speaking countries and communities. This theme covers
artistic culture (through music and festivals and traditions) and political and artistic culture (through
media).

Syllabus Summary A2 Unit 3 and 4:
Theme 3: La inmigración y la sociedad multicultural española
Theme 3 is set in the context of Spain only. This theme covers social issues and trends.
Theme 4: La dictadura franquista y la transición a la democracia
Theme 4 is set in the context of Spain only. This theme covers political culture.

AS Unit 1         AS Unit 2        AS Unit 3         A2 Unit 1        A2 Unit 2         A2 Unit 3
Listening,        Writtten         Spoken            Listening,       Written           Spoken
Reading and       response         expression        reading and      response to       expression
translation                                          translation      works and
                                                                      translation
Written exam      Written exam     13-15 minutes    Written exam      Written exam      16-18 minutes
I hour 45         1 hour 40        speaking exam 2 hours              2 hours 40        speaking exam
minutes           minutes          (plus 15 minutes                   minutes           (plus 5 minutes
                                   preparation                                          preparation
                                   time)                                                time)
40% AS            30% AS           30%               40%              30%               30%
20% A Level       15% A Level      15% A Level       20% A Level      15% A Level       15% A Level

Textbooks:
Edexcel A Level Student textbook, Palabra por Palabra
Useful websites:
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-A Levels/spanish-2016.
coursematerials.html
Please note pupils will sit the AS components in Year 12, but must re-sit the differentiated
Advance Level examination in Year 13 to complete the A Level.

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