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Sixth Form Prospectus 2018/ 2019 - www.caludoncastle.co.uk/sixth form - Caludon Castle School
Sixth Form
Prospectus
2018/ 2019

       www.caludoncastle.co.uk/sixth‐form
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CONTENTS

          Sixth Form Information                                       Subjects
Welcome                                      1
                                                     History                      25
Support and Succeed                          2
                                                     Information Technologies     26
Caludon Castle Sixth Form Hub                3
                                                     Mathematics                  27
Curriculum and Employability                 4
                                                     Further Mathematics          28
Enrichment and Sixth Form Societies          5
                                                     Core Mathematics             29
Entry Requirements                           6‐8
                                                     GCSE Mathematics             30
Recent University and Apprenticeship         9
destinations
                                                     Media Studies                31
The Sixth Form Team                          44

                     Subjects                        Moving Image                 32

Art and Design                               10      Music                        33

Biology                                      11
                                                     Philosophy and Ethics        34
Business                                     12

Drama                                        13      Photography                  35

Chemistry                                    14      Physics                      36
Computer Science and Computer Science BTEC   15‐16
                                                     Product Design               37
Economics                                    17

English Language                             18      Psychology                   38

English Literature                           19      Science Applied              39

English Lit and Lang                         20
                                                     Sociology                    40
GCSE English                                 21
                                                     Spanish                      41
French                                       22

Geography                                    23      Sport                        42

Health and Social Care                       24      Travel and Tourism           43
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WELCOME

Thank you for considering the Sixth Form       The Sixth Form team is dedicated to ensuring
at Caludon Castle School. In an                an effective climate for learning, developing
increasingly competitive world, higher         student independence and maximising
qualifications will give you a broader         student     progress.    We    expect    your
range of career opportunities. We feel         wholehearted commitment to the courses
confident that Caludon offers excellent        you will study; in return we promise you our
courses for all our students, whatever         fullest support. We look forward to
their interests and abilities. We run a wide   welcoming you to Caludon Castle Sixth Form.
range of Advanced Level and BTEC level 3
(equivalent of A level) courses and an
exciting combined one‐year level 2/3
course, incorporating a BTEC and resit
GCSEs. We are also part of the Coventry
Federation, a group of 19 secondary
schools, and students are able to access
more courses through this Federation.

Our modern building provides excellent
facilities for learning and teaching
                                               Mrs Caroline Waring
provision, including lots of specialist
                                               Deputy Headteacher
facilities, such as a dedicated photography
                                                Leadership link for
area with dark room, a drama studio, high
                                                     Post 16
quality science laboratories and excellent
IT facilities. The Sixth Form has its own
purpose built area within the school
building and access to the onsite
community library.

                                                                       Mrs Michele Marr
                                                                        Headteacher

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SUPPORT AND
       SUCCEED

    “Probably the biggest insight is that happiness is not
    just a place, but also a process….an ongoing process
    of fresh challenges and it takes the right attitudes and
                                                               Where applicable, we enter students for AS
    activities to continue to be happy” Ed Diener
                                                               exams to help inform us and them of their
                                Welcome to                     knowledge, progress and suitability for the
                               Caludon Sixth                   full A level course. Those who do not sit an
                               Form. You will be               AS will sit an assessment exam at the end of
                               supported by the                Year 12, to ensure that they too can make
                               Post 16 staff, as               informed decisions about their Year 13 A
                               you make your                   level programme of study.
                               initial subject                 We have a fantastic choice of enrichment
                               choices this winter.            activities and Sixth Form societies which help
    We will help you choose a programme                        students to develop skills beyond the
    that is appropriate for you and best suited                curriculum, making them more competitive
    to your talents and aspirations. Help and                  and employable young people so that they
    advice will also be available to you during                are well prepared for their future pathways.
    our taster days which take place in July                   All students in Year 12 will also undertake
    after your GCSE exams, and again on                        work experience to help them build their
    results day in August.                                     employability skills.

    Students who join from other schools are                   We are proud of our students’ achievements
    made to feel welcome and settle well.                      in AS, A level, BTEC, Applied Level three
    Indeed students have often commented                       courses and all qualifications obtained, as
    on the warm welcome. We also have a                        well as their chosen pathways for the future.
    wonderful welfare and transition student                   Over 120 students gained places at
    leadership team who are there especially                   university last year, of whom 21 students
    to support all students as they move into                  went to Russell Group Universities and a
    Post 16 education.                                         further 44 are now attending one of the top
                                                               40 universities in the UK. An increasing
    Students benefit from high quality,                        number of students achieved either higher or
    engaging and stimulating lessons, which                    degree level apprenticeship placements, as
    enable them to develop a deep                              the vocational route becomes more popular
    understanding and love of their subjects.                  and we strengthen our links with local
    Many of our students move on to                            employers.
    universities, apprenticeships or further
    training in these or related subjects after                We are always happy to offer help and advice
    their Post 16 education. For each subject                  to prospective students; please contact us in
    students will receive regular quality                      the Post 16 office if you have any questions
    feedback on their progress towards                         about the Post 16 experience.
    achieving and exceeding their targets                      Miss Ruth Roberts
                                                               Assistant Headteacher and Director of
2                                                              Post 16
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CALUDON CASTLE
6TH FORM HUB

                                               The common room is a vibrant area where
                                               student can relax, listen to music,
                                               complete group work and eat their lunch.
                                               This is an excellent place for students who
                                               are new to Caludon to meet new friends
                                               and integrate fully into the Caludon
                                               community.

                                               The Sixth Form staff office is much more
 At Caludon we believe that education is       than just an area for administration. It is
 about more than just qualifications. It is    very much the 'hub' of the Sixth Form
 also about developing young adults,           area, which was clearly recognised in our
 which can only be achieved through            recent Ofsted inspection. The three Sixth
 developing a supportive environment.          Form Heads of House are based in the
                                               office along with our administration and
 The care and guidance they are offered is     pastoral support staff, who provide advice
 excellent and they are clearly proud to       and guidance throughout the day.
 play a part in the caring culture of the
 provision.    Ofsted 2016

At Caludon we have a large and vibrant
Sixth Form community which is located
within the heart of the school. The Sixth
Form has 3 main areas; the study room,
common room and staff office.

The study room, which is open from 8am
until 6pm, is fully equipped with PCs and
MACs for students to help with quiet
study. There is also free Wi‐Fi across the
whole school, to ensure that students have
access to all of the learning materials they
                                               Staff and learners see the Sixth Form
need. This area also has information
                                               office as the 'hub' of the centre. Learners
regarding universities, tutor meetings and
                                               say that they can talk to staff at any time
job opportunities.
                                               with absolute confidence and that they
                                               will get the help and support that they
                                               need, including mentoring and additional
                                               tutoring.    Ofsted 2016
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CURRICULUM AND
    EMPLOYABILITY

                                                 In addition, a week is set aside in January
                                                 for all Year 12 students to complete work
                                                 experience. This is a highly successful
                                                 programme which helps students
                                                 develop the work skills needed in their
                                                 future careers. To help support this, all
                                                 Year 12 students attend Skills lessons,
                                                 where they work on writing a CV and
                                                 application forms.
                                                 Leaders ensure that learners have
    The ethos of Caludon Sixth Form is one       access to a wide range of independent
    of guided choice both in terms of            advice, including visits from and to local
    curriculum and future pathways.              universities and those further afield.
                                                 Learners are very well supported in
    Students are offered a full range of         making their selections and applications
    academic and vocational qualifications,      for universities or employment
    to ensure that they are able to access
    their pathway of choice. Most of our                                     Ofsted 2016
    students choose to move onto
    university, however an increasing            To    help    students   further    with
    number are moving into higher level          applications, Caludon Sixth Form uses
    apprenticeships.                             Unifrog, which links to UCAS, the
                                                 National Apprenticeship Service and
    To support students we have a                governmental organisations to provide
    leadership team member who oversees          the most up‐to‐date information.
    the Information, Advice and Guidance         Students and parents are given training
    (IAG) linked with the Sixth Form. There      on Unifrog and many students use the
    are termly IAG newsletters, which            online service to help write their UCAS
    include     sections    on     university,   applications.
    apprenticeships and work placements in
    each edition. There are careers fairs each   Throughout the year we have visiting
    term which attract around 15‐20              speakers    from      universities    and
    different providers; visits to local         apprenticeship     providers;    potential
    universities throughout the year; a visit    Oxbridge students complete visits to
    to the skills show; UCAS and                 help support their applications and in the
    apprenticeship application training and      summer, all Year 12 students are given
    Twitter is used regularly to inform          the opportunity to visit Birmingham
    students of opportunities.                   University.

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ENRICHMENT AND
6th FORM SOCIETIES

Caludon Sixth Form has a strong careers
and enrichment programme which
enables students to develop a range of
work skills. These enhance students’         Students also have the opportunity to
university applications, enhance their       become involved in student leadership.
C.V.s and, if applying for an                Positions include head boy and girl,
apprenticeship, show employers a range       membership of a committee (prom, social,
of skills, which are beyond academic.        environment and equality) or our team, who
                                             organise charity events throughout the year.
At Caludon this programme is called the
‘Sixth Form Experience’. This comprises      We have a growing number of Sixth Form
3 compulsory modules and a range of          Societies (SFS), including chess and a variety
other opportunities.                         of sports clubs.

In Year 12 enrichment is compulsory          Lastly we are a Unifrog Beacon School and
and gives the students the opportunity       students are able to work towards becoming
to take part in an activity which benefits   Unifrog champions. Unifrog is an online
the local community, be that the school      careers and enrichment platform and
or beyond. Students must complete 25         students can earn enrichment hours by
hours during the year, however most          achieving this.
students complete many more than this.

Year 12 students also complete a week’s
work experience which allows students
                                                               Sixth Form
to develop work skills, explore potential                       Societies
career options and, for those students
considering an apprenticeship, can often
lead to job offers.                             Unifrog                         Student
                                               Champions                       Leadership
The last compulsory module consists of
weekly Skills lessons, which cover a
                                                               Sixth Form
range of topics including careers, current                     Experience
affairs, life skills and also gives the
students the opportunity to complete
the     AS    level    Extended    Project    Skills Lessons
                                                                                Enrichment
                                                and EPQ
Qualification (EPQ), which allows                                               Programme
students to do independent research on
a topic of their choice.                                         Work
                                                               Experience

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
for Level 3 courses

     Standard requirements = 5 x level 2 qualifications: GCSEs at level 4 or above or BTECs at a pass
     or above, including at least grade 4 in English and Mathematics .

     Additional requirements are listed in the table but we are flexible in our approach and look at
     each application on its merits, with the aim of helping each individual student achieve the best
     possible grades.
    AS and A level            Requirements                                            Preferred
    Subjects
    Art and Design            GCSE grade 5 in Art and Design.                         GCSE grade 6 in Art and
                                                                                      design.
                              If students have not taken GCSE Art and Design and
                              wish to opt for the subject students are required to
                              bring a portfolio of work they have done in their
                              spare time and show the leader of Art.
    Biology                   GCSE grade 6 in Biology or GCSE grade 6 in Double
                              Science and grade 5 in Maths.
    Chemistry                 GCSE grade 6 in Chemistry or GCSE grade 6 in
                              Double Science and grade 5 in Maths.
    Computer Science          GCSE Grade 6 in either Computer Science and a
                              grade 5 in Maths
    Drama and Theatre         Standard requirements
    Studies
    Economics                 5 grade 5s including grade 5 in Maths and English        5/6 in Geography, History, B
                                                                                      in Sociology if taken
    English Language          GCSE grade 6 in English Language                        GCSE grade 6 in English
                                                                                      Literature
    English Language and      GCSE grade 5 in both English Language and English        GCSE grade 6 in at least one
    Lit                       Literature                                               of English Language or
                                                                                       Literature

    English Literature        GCSE grade 6 in English Literature                      GCSE grade 6 in English
                                                                                      Language
    French                    Minimum of GCSE grade 6 in French                       5 grade 5s, including grade 5
                                                                                      in English and Maths
    Geography                 5 grade 5s or equivalent including grade 5 in English   Grade 5 in Science
                              or Maths and Geography.
    History                   GCSE Grade 6 in History and a 6 in English Language Grade 6 in English Literature
                              or Literature with a grade 5 in the other English   and Language
                              GCSE.
    Mathematics               Grade 7 at GCSE Maths
    Further Mathematics       Grade 7 at GCSE Maths                                   Grade 8 or above at GCSE

    Core Mathematics (AS      GCSE Grade 5
    level only)
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
CONTINUED

 A level Subjects                   Requirements                                     Preferred
Media Studies       5 GCSE subjects at grade 5 or above                 Grade 6 in English. Experience of
                                                                        GCSE Media studies isn’t essential
                                                                        but is beneficial
Moving Image        Standard school requirements
Philosophy and      Grade 5 in English Language                         Grade 5 in English Literature and
Ethics                                                                  History if taken
Photography         Standard school requirements
Physics             GCSE grade 6 in Physics or GCSE grade 6 in
                    Double Science and grade 6 in Maths, as well as
                    a commitment to post GCSE Maths study

Product Design      GCSE grade B in Resistant Materials and a grade GCSE grade 5 in English and Maths
                    5 in Maths.                                     grade 6

                    If students have not taken GCSE Resistant
                    Materials, but have a GCSE grade 6 in Art and
                    Design and wish to opt for the subject then
                    students may be considered but are required to
                    bring a portfolio of design work to show the A
                    level subject teachers

Psychology          5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including at least a
                    grade 5 in English, Mathematics and Biology or
                    Double science.
Sociology           5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including a grade
                    B in Sociology (if studied) and a grade 5 in
                    English
Spanish             Minimum of GCSE grade 6 in Spanish                  5 grade 5s, including grade 5 in
                                                                        English and Maths

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
           (APPLIED GENERAL
            LEVEL 3 COURSES)

        Applied                       Requirements                                   Preferred
        General
        Subjects
    Business BTEC         Standard requirements                       Grade 5 in Maths (– 34% of final grade is
                                                                      from Finance exam)
    Health and Social     Standard requirements
    Care BTEC
    Information           Standard requirements
    Technologies

    Cambridge Technical
    Computing BTEC        GCSE grade 5 Computer Science or ICT        GCSE grade 5 Computer Science
    Music                 5 in GCSE music or Merit at BTEC Music
    Level 3 Certificate   At least a GCSE grade 5 in Double Science
    Science Applied
    Sport BTEC            Standard requirements                       Grade 5 in GCSE PE. Merit in Sport OCR
                                                                      National
    Travel and            Standard Requirements
    Tourism BTEC

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RECENT UNIVERSITY
COURSE AND
APPRENTICESHIPS

      University                                Course
  Lancaster           English, Medicine and Computer Science

  Manchester          Maths with Finance, Biology and Middle Eastern History

  Birmingham City     Marketing and Business
  Birmingham          Dentistry, Medicine, Law, Nursing and Modern Languages

  Coventry            Adult Nursing, Accountancy, Law, Politics French &
                      Spanish and Maths
  Warwick             Physics, Theatre Studies, Maths and International Business
  Wolverhampton       Public Health and Maths
  Newcastle           Mechanical Engineering
  York                History
  Nottingham          Psychology with Philosophy and Maths
  De Montfort         History, Int. Relations and Pharmacy
  Leicester           Computing. English, History, Maths, French and Spanish
  Norwich             Agriculture
  Oxford              Biological Sciences
  Imperial College    Maths
  London
  Kings College       Chemistry with Biomedicine, French and Philosophy
  London
  PWC                 Accountancy
  Jaguar Land Rover   Engineering

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ART AND DESIGN
                  “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
                                              Thomas Merton

        Exam Board                  Qualification                            Subject Entry Requirements
           WJEC                   AS Level B651QSL                               GCSE grade 5 in Art and Design.
                                                               If students have not taken GCSE Art and Design and wish to opt
                                   A level 1651QS              for the subject, students are required to bring a portfolio of work
                                                                 they have done in their spare time and show the leader of Art.

                                     COURSE CONTENT AND
                                     MEHOD OF ASSESSMENT
     The Art department envisions developing both the               A level
     academic and cultural aspects of a student’s life. We          Component 1: Personal Investigation (60% of
     aim to develop the students in our lessons into                qualification. 120 marks).
     confident individuals who can use the power of the
     visual language to explore issues, ideologies and              A component of the course entitled ‘Personal
     situations in a variety of ways. As the students               Investigation’ is internally determined by learner
     progress through the course we aim to develop and              and teacher, internally assessed and externally
     engender key learning habits (in particular risk taking        moderated.
     and perseverance) in order to create a learning
                                                                    Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%
     experience in art that the student will find
     informative and memorable. We wish to develop                  of qualification. 80 marks)
     students who will be able to explore and respond to            A controlled examination component of the
     all manner of influences during their work in the
                                                                    course. Set by WJEC, internally assessed and
     department, in a creative way. They will engage
                                                                    externally moderated. The Externally Set
     with this and develop in a disciplined manner at all
                                                                    Assignment consists of two parts:
     times, whilst retaining their individuality.
                                                                    Part 1: Preparatory study period
     AS Level
     Component: ‘Personal Creative Enquiry’. 100% of                Part 2: 15 hours of sustained focus work:
     qualification/100 marks.

     This course consists of one component. Referred to                   WHAT DOORS WILL IT
     as the ‘Personal Creative Enquiry’ it is 100% of
     qualification. The ‘Personal Creative Enquiry’                         OPEN FOR ME?
     consists      of   an     extended,      exploratory
     project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes                AS and/or A level courses can lead to both
     and subject matter which are personal and                      employment and higher education. Students can
     meaningful to the learner. Work will be determined             go on to study a wide range of courses such as:
     by the learner and teacher, assessed by the teacher            Art Foundation Courses (one year)
     and externally moderated. No time limit: duration to           Art Degree course (three years) (after a one year
     be determined by the centre taking into account the            Art Foundation Course).
                                                                    AS or A level Art can also lead towards specific
     May deadline for submission of internal marks to
                                                                    areas of work (in graphic design studios, media,
     WJEC.
                                                                    ceramics, textiles, fashion, architecture, interior
                                                                    design, etc) or towards teaching and art therapy,
                                                                    when combined with other examination
                                                                    successes

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BIOLOGY
    “Biology is bigger than physics. It enjoys bigger budgets, a bigger workforce, and achieves
    more major discoveries. Biology is likely to remain the biggest part of science through the
                              twenty‐first century.” Freeman Dyson.
      Exam Board                Qualification                 Subject Entry Requirements
         AQA                    AS Level 7401               GCSE grade 6 in Biology or GCSE
                                 A level 7402                grade 6 in Double Science and
                                                                   grade 5 in Maths.
COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                                METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
This course is a traditional A level   covering the     The AS level consists of 2 x 1 hour 30 minute
major topics in Biology.                                written papers and 6 specified practicals which
                                                        are tested in the exam. The A level consists of
                                                        3 x 2 hour papers and a further 6 specified
AS Level                                                practicals which are tested in the exam.
Comprises 4 sections –

     Biological molecules
     Cells and immunology
                                                            WHAT DOORS WILL IT
     Cardiovascular and breathing systems                    OPEN FOR ME?
     Genetic information and relationships
      between organisms                                 A level Biology provides the chance to study a
                                                        broad range of biological topics providing a
A level
                                                        solid foundation for further study in a range of
The AS sections plus 4 additional sections –
                                                        related areas from medicine, nursing, pharmacy
     Biochemistry of respiration and
                                                        and veterinary science to health related drug
      photosynthesis
                                                        research and sports science based careers. The
     Nervous system and the kidney
                                                        focus is on animal biology with the emphasis
     Genetics and evolution
                                                        upon cell biology, genetics and whole organ
     Gene expression and Forensic Science
                                                        physiology including, but by no means limited
                                                        to heart, lungs, kidney and nervous system.
                                                        Throughout the course, the medical and
                                                        forensic science applications of biological
                                                        processes are highlighted.

             Student Comment:
    “Biology is a very interesting subject and
     very well taught and you get so much
                  extra support.”

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BUSINESS
     “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that,
                                      you’ll do things differently.”
                                             Warren Buffett
      Exam Board                   Qualification                     Subject Entry Requirements
         BTEC                       WXD12                              Standard requirements

COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                                  Unit 14: Investigating Customer Service
                                                           How is excellent customer service linked to
AND METHOD OF ASSESSMENT                                   business success? In this unit you will learn that
                                                           attracting new customers costs a business
 This course is practical and is assessed through the      more than keeping existing customers, so it is
 application of skills and knowledge taught during         important to keep existing customers happy.
 the course.        Each unit is assessed through          You will cover how a business can do this by
 examinations and assignments.                             building relationships with internal and external
                                                           customers and giving them excellent service
 Unit 1: Exploring Business                                that exceeds their needs and expectations.
 This is an introductory unit which covers the
 purposes of different businesses, their structure, the    This unit is assessed through a variety of
 effect of the external environment, and how they          assignments which require students to
 need to be dynamic and innovative to survive.             investigate the customer service provided by a
                                                           business as well as demonstrating their ability
 This unit is assessed through a variety of                to provide effective customer service.
 assignments which require students to investigate a
 minimum of two businesses.                                  WHAT DOORS WILL IT
 Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign                     OPEN FOR ME?
 This unit investigates how a marketing campaign is
 developed. It explores the different processes that a     BTEC Business can offer a number of career
 business goes through when developing its                 choices including accountancy, marketing,
 campaign from initial market research through to          business administration, human resource
 the production of marketing materials.                    management and retail management.
                                                           BTEC Business can lead to degrees in Business
 Assessment is through an externally set assignment        Studies, Business and Management and
 which is completed in controlled conditions.              Accountancy.
 Students will be issued with a case study and are
 required to complete a maximum of six hours
 research.   The research will then be used to
 complete the assessment question in controlled
 conditions.

 Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance
 Personal finance aspect of this unit involves the
 understanding of why money is important and how
 managing your money can help prevent future
 financial difficulties, providing a vital understanding
 of the financial decisions that you will need to take
 throughout your life and how risk can affect you and
 your choices. The business finance aspects of the
 unit introduce you to accounting terminology, the
 purpose and importance of business accounts and
 the different sources of finance available to
 businesses.

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DRAMA
                               “Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it.
                                 Boldness has genius power and magic in it”
                                                  Goethe.
      Exam Board                    Qualification                      Subject Entry Requirements
       EDEXCEL                        9DRO                               Standard requirements

COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE
This is a fun yet rigorous course which demands the
highest levels of commitment from candidates.
Students will be required to balance practical group
work with sophisticated written work. As a result,
the qualification is highly regarded by universities
and future employers.

A level
Component 1: Devising Performance
Part One:
This is a highly engaging unit which asks students to
‘devise’ or create their own piece of performance work.         METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
The department choose the text, this must be used, as a
starting point, to create the work.
                                                             Component 1: Devising Performance 9DR0/01 40%
                                                             of the qualification assessed through practically
Part Two
                                                             based coursework including a performance and with
All students must produce a portfolio documenting and
                                                             written supporting evidence.
reflecting on their exploratory process and the skills and
                                                             Component 2: Text in Performance 9DR0/02 20% of
techniques that they have developed in response to the
                                                             the qualification assessed through performance
text and the influence of their chosen theatre
                                                             examination
practitioner.
                                                             Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice 9DR0/03
                                                             40% of the qualification assessed through written
Component 2: Text in Performance
                                                             examination
This is a practical performance examination of two
pieces of work and is performed and marked by a                     WHAT DOORS WILL IT
visiting examiner. There will be some flexibility but
students will need to choose two options from a choice                OPEN FOR ME?
of play texts. The first performance is a short monologue
(solo performance) or duologue (with two performers)         Previous students have gone on to pursue careers
from a published play text. The second performance is        in theatre, media, advertising, social work, teaching,
to perform with a larger group of actors, on a longer        sales and other careers which necessitate effective
extract, from a contrasting play from our list.              communication and creative skills. Although Drama
                                                             is not a specified A level subject for some of the top
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
                                                             universities, recent research has shown that a
The written examination in the final year draws
                                                             proportionately high number of students at top
together the various strands of the course so far. It is
                                                             universities had studied Drama at A level.
comprised of three sections.
In section A, students write about a contemporary
play or production that they have seen live. In
section B, students will refer to another selected play                  Student Comment:
and answer questions about how an extract from this          “A level Drama has really helped push me out of
play might be realised on stage as a performer or            my comfort zone. Its made me approach things in
designer.                                                     a different way, made me do tasks quickly and
Finally, in section C, students will each have their         have the final product look effective and convey
own concept for a hypothetical staging of the chosen                            a message.”
play that is influenced by a theatre practitioner.
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CHEMISTRY
 “The country which is in advance of the rest of the world in chemistry will also be foremost in
                              wealth and in general prosperity.”
                                       William Ramsay
      Exam Board                 Qualification                  Subject Entry Requirements
         OCR                    AS Level H032                  GCSE grade 6 in Chemistry or
                                 A level H432                 GCSE grade 6 in Double Science
                                                                   and grade 5 in Maths.
 COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                                  METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
 The specification is divided into chemical topics,    AS Qualification
 each containing different key concepts of             Breadth in chemistry (01)* 70 marks 1 hour 30
 Chemistry. Once the key features of a chemical        minutes written paper 50% of total AS level
 topic have been developed, applications are           Depth in chemistry      (02)* 70 marks 1 hour 30
 considered. The teaching of practical skills are      minutes written paper 50% of total AS level
 integrated with the theoretical topics and are         Both components assess content from all four
 assessed both in the written examination and in       modules.
                        class.                         A level Qualification
                                                       Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01)
 AS Level                                              100 marks 2 hours 15 minutes written paper 37%
 Module 1 – Development of practical skills in         of total A level
 chemistry • Practical skills assessed in a written    Synthesis and analytical techniques       (02) 100
 examination                                           marks 2 hours 15 minutes written paper 37% of
  Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry • Atoms,         total A level
 compounds, molecules and equations                •   Unified chemistry                           (03) 70
 Amount of substance • Acid–base and redox             marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper 26% of
 reactions • Electrons, bonding and structure          total A level
 Module 3 – Periodic table and energy • The periodic   Practical endorsement in chemistry        (04) (non
 table and periodicity • Group 2 and the halogens •    exam assessment) Reported separately
 Qualitative analysis • Enthalpy changes • Reaction    Component 01 assesses content from modules 1,
 rates and equilibrium (qualitative)                   2, 3 and 5. Component 02 assesses content from
  Module 4 – Core organic chemistry • Basic            modules 1, 2, 4 and 6. Component 03 assesses
 concepts • Hydrocarbons • Alcohols and                content from all modules (1 to 6).
 haloalkanes • Organic synthesis • Analytical
 techniques (IR and MS)
                                                          WHAT DOORS WILL IT
 A level
  Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition            OPEN FOR ME?
 elements • Reaction rates and equilibrium
 (quantitative) • pH and buffers • Enthalpy, entropy   Chemistry is a challenging, academic and
 and free energy • Redox and electrode potentials •    rigorous A level that will impress many
 Transition elements                                   universities/employers. Chemistry can lead to
 Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis •           many careers in healthcare such as medicine,
 Aromatic compounds • Carbonyl compounds •             pharmacy and dentistry. It can be useful in
 Carboxylic acids and esters • Nitrogen compounds •    careers in the biological sciences, physics,
 Polymers • Organic synthesis • Chromatography         mathematics, pharmacology and analytical
 and spectroscopy (NMR)                                chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by many Law
                                                       applicants as it shows you can cope with
                                                       difficult concepts.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE
“There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary numerals, and those
                                         who don't.”
                                         Ian Stewart                                               A level
     Exam Board                   Qualification                   Subject Entry Requirements
        OCR                         H446                        GCSE Grade 6 in either Computer
                                                                 Science and a grade 5 in Maths

COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                                      METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
                                                          AS Qualification
This course is a traditional style A level, as favoured   • 50% Unit 01 ‐ 1 ¼ hours’ written examination.
by many of the top universities. It focuses on the        • 50% Unit 02 ‐ 1 ¼ hours’ written examination.
underlying theory behind computing as well as the
application. It gives students a wide range of
progression options into employment or further            A level Qualification
study, either in related disciplines or as a source of    • 40% Unit 01 ‐ 2 ½ hours’ written examination.
UCAS points.                                              • 40% Unit 02 ‐ 2 ½ hours’ written examination.
                                                          • 20% Unit 03 or 04 – non‐exam assessment.

AS Level
Computing Principles (01)
The characteristics of contemporary processors,
input, output and storage devices; Software and
software development; Programming; Exchanging
data; Data types, data structures and algorithms;
                                                               WHAT DOORS WILL IT
Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues                      OPEN FOR ME?
Algorithms & Problem Solving (02)                          Computer Science gives students a wide range of
Elements of computational thinking; Problem solving        progression options into further study, training or
and programming; Algorithms                                relevant employment. Students who successfully
                                                           complete the qualification will be well equipped
A level                                                    to move onto degrees in related subjects such as
Computer Systems (01)                                      ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems,
The characteristics of contemporary processors,            Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer
input, output and storage devices; Software and            Networking,     e‐Business    and     Information
software development; Exchanging data; Data                Management.
types, data structures and algorithms; Legal, moral,
cultural and ethical issues

Algorithms & Programming (02)
Elements of computational thinking; Problem solving
and programming; Algorithms to solve problems and
standard algorithms

Programming Project (03 or 04)
Analysis of the problem; Design of the solution;
Developing the solution; Evaluation

              Student Comment:
   “This subject allows me to develop my
 programming skills so my job opportunities
      in later life are greatly enhanced”

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COMPUTER SCIENCE
     “Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.”
                                                     Clifford Stoll

         Exam Board                  Qualification                       Subject Entry Requirements
          EDEXCEL                     601/7341/5                       GCSE grade 5 Computer Science or
                                                                                     ICT

 COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                                            METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
                                                                Y12
 This course is practical and is assessed through the           ∙ 25% Unit 2 – 1 hour 45 minutes written
 application of skills and knowledge taught during              examination.
 the course.        Each unit is assessed through               ∙ 25% Unit 7 – externally assessed coursework.
 examinations and assignments.                                  Y13
                                                                ∙ 33% Unit 1 – 2 hours’ written examination.
 Year 12                                                        ∙ 17% Unit 6 – internally assessed coursework.
 Unit 2: Fundamentals of Computer Systems
 In this unit, you will explore the relationship
 between hardware and software as part of a                           WHAT DOORS WILL IT
 computer system. You will examine the way
 computer components work both individually and                       OPEN FOR ME?
 together to store and process data, and the way in
 which data is transmitted and used in computer                  Computer Science gives students a wide range
 systems.                                                        of progression options into further study,
                                                                 training or relevant employment. Students who
 Unit 7: IT Systems Security and Encryption                      successfully complete the qualification will be
 In this unit, you will investigate the many different           well equipped to move onto degrees in related
 types of security attack, the vulnerabilities that exist        subjects such as ICT, Computer Science,
 and techniques that can be used to defend the IT                Information Systems, Multimedia, Software
 systems of organisations. Many organisations run                Engineering, Computer Networking, e‐Business
 complex IT networks and need them to be secure                  and Information Management.
 while providing a safe environment for their
 employees to work, sharing some data and keeping
 other data private.

 Year 13
 Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science
 In this unit, you will explore the logical and
 structured ways that computer systems process
 data to develop programs, processes and systems
 that solve specific problems. You will examine the
 features of effective computer programming and
 apply accepted computing and programming
 paradigms.

 Unit 11: Digital Graphics and Animation
 In this unit, you will cover the fundamental
 principles of digital graphics and animation. You will
 explore the implications of representing graphics in                       Student Comment:
 digital form and the processes and techniques used
                                                                      “The course is very specific to
 to develop effective digital graphics and animation.
 You will design, create, test and review digital                 programming experiences that will help
 graphics and animations, in readiness for inclusion in                       me in future”
 a digital product, to meet a range of identified
 requirements.
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ECONOMICS
             "The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping
                                          from old ones”
                                       John Maynard Keynes
    Exam Board                 Qualification                  Subject Entry Requirements
       AQA                     AS Level 7135                 5 grade 5s including grade 5 in
                                A level 7136                       Maths and English

COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                                METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
                                                      AS Qualification
It is an exciting time to study Economics. Many of    •Unit 3.1: 90 minute exam worth 70 marks
the most important issues facing society are          (50%)
economic in nature. Whether you are concerned
                                                      •Unit 3.2: 90 minute exam worth 70 marks (50%)
with global warming or global trade, whether you
are looking at the collapse of world financial
markets or of your neighbour's small business, you    A level Qualification
can't get far without a knowledge of economics.       •Unit 4.1: 2 hour exam worth 80 marks
The course aims to stimulate your interest in how     (33.3%)
economies work.                                       •Unit 4.2: 2 hour exam worth 80 marks
                                                      (33.3%)
                                                      .Economic principles and issues: 2 hour exam
This course is a traditional A level. It is an exam
                                                      worth 80 marks (33.3%)
based subject which includes a mix of short answer
and essay based questions. Students are also
required to read around the subject.
                                                             WHAT DOORS WILL IT
                                                               OPEN FOR ME?
AS ‐ Microeconomics
Students will be required to acquire knowledge and    Economists are employed in a variety of settings
understanding of a selection of microeconomic         in both the public and private sectors.
models and to apply these to current problems and     Economics graduates also find employment in
issues.                                               areas such as:
                                                      •banks (high street and city);
                                                      •charitable and not‐for‐profit organisations;
AS ‐ Macroeconomics                                   •consultancies;
Students will be required to use their                •insurance and accountancy firms;
microeconomic knowledge from unit 3.1 and apply       •government departments and think tanks.
it to show knowledge of the macroeconomy.

A level ‐ Microeconomics
This builds on the microeconomics in unit 3.1 by
studying the main market structures, the labour
market and the distribution of wealth

A level ‐ Macroeconomics
Students will develop their macroeconomic
knowledge by studying financial markets, fiscal
policy and supply side policies along

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE
  “Its very variety, subtlety, and utterly irrational, idiomatic complexity makes it possible to say
               things in English which simply cannot be said in any other language.”
                                           Robert A. Heinlein
      Exam Board                    Qualification                     Subject Entry Requirements
         OCR                       AS Level H070                 GCSE grade 6 English Language and grade
                                    A level H470                  6 in English Literature is recommended

 COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE
 This course has been developed to include relevant,        Alongside this, students will also explore the
 engaging and up‐to‐date content that reflects              growing nature of the English language,
 contemporary language study. You will be                   discovering the ways in which language has
 introduced to the study of English in its various          developed since the Celtic invasion, up until the
 forms and contexts, with the concepts and methods          current day. They will study the ways in which
 appropriate for the analysis of language                   different political, social and technological
 underpinning all elements of the course.                   advances affect our language as well as the
                                                            different attitudes held towards each of these.
 AS Level
 During the first year of study, students will explore a
 variety of text types, uncovering the ways in which        METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
 language is used within these in order to express
 messages. The first year of study will allow students to
 learn the different frameworks and approaches to           Independent Language Research (20% of
 language study which is vital for each element of their    A‐level/ 100 marks)
 linguistic analysis.                                       Students produce 2 pieces of coursework
                                                            which are assessed by teachers and moderated
 Students will also explore the theories which underpin     by the exam board.
 the English language, considering how we can change        Students will produce a language investigation
 our language depending on gender, power and                into a topic of their choosing, collecting and
 location. Gender studies uncover the different ways in     exploring their data. They will then complete a
 which men and women interact with one another,             second piece of work which allows them to
 whilst studies of power allow students to study the        express their findings in a more creative
 different ways in which language can be manipulated        manner through an academic poster.
 for purpose.

 A level                                                          WHAT DOORS WILL IT
 The main focus of the second year of study is based                OPEN FOR ME?
 around child language acquisition and the
 developing English language. Students will learn the       Possible career choices: A level English can
 different ways in which children acquire language          build pathways into law, recruitment,
 and communicate with one another and with                  journalism, advertising, teaching and the public
 caregivers.                                                sector.

                                                                        Student Comment:
                                                                “English Languuage was a great introduction to
                                                            writing skills that were crucial when I studied History
                                                            at university. It taught me how to approach reading a
                                                             large number of texts for assignments, how to read
                                                              texts critically and how to structure my essays in a
                                                                     clear manner that was easy to read.”

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ENGLISH LITERATURE
  “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life‐giving power of literature. If I were a young person
  today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was
                                                      young.”
                                                  Maya Angelou

     Exam Board                   Qualification                           Subject Entry Requirements
        AQA                       A level 7717                         GCSE grade 6 in English Literature and
                                                                          grade 6 in English Language is
                                                                                  recommended

COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                                     METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
The study of English develops independent thinkers            Paper 1: Literary genres (40% of A‐level /75
who love debate and exploring literature, as well as          marks)
helping you to write fluent and coherent answers to           Aspects of tragedy: The study of one Shakespeare
challenging questions. English Literature explores            text; a second drama text and one further text, of
ideas relating to ethics, identity, history and               which one must be written pre‐1900
philosophy through the study of writers such as               Assessed by a closed book written exam: 2 hours
Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, John Keats, Margaret              30 minutes
Attwood, Jim Crace and William Blake. We consider             Section A: one passage based question on set
not only the written word but also socio‐cultural             Shakespeare text (25 marks)
influences, the context in which the texts were               Section B: one essay question on set Shakespeare
written and the biography of the writer..                     text (25 marks)
                                                              Section C: one essay question linking two texts (25
AS Level and A level                                          marks)
The English Literature course at Caludon is a two‐
year linear course with all examinations completed            Paper 2: Texts and genres (40% of A‐level/ 75
at the end of the second year of study.                       marks)
                                                              Elements of political and social protest writing: The
In their first year of study, students are exposed to         study of three texts: one post‐2000 prose text; one
the critical theory which explores literary texts from        poetry and one further text, of which one must be
a variety of perspectives. This will then support their       written pre‐1900
own study of a range of texts: poetry, plays and              Assessed by an open book written exam: 3 hours
prose.                                                        Section A: one compulsory question on an unseen
                                                              passage (25 marks)
Across the two years, students will explore both              Section B: one essay question on set text (25
class and contemporary texts, allowing them to                marks)
immerse themselves in a range of texts from the               Section C: one essay question which connects two
‘tragedy’ genre of English Literature.                        texts (25 marks)

                                                             Non‐exam assessment: Theory and independence
       WHAT DOORS WILL IT                                    (20% of A‐level/50 marks)
         OPEN FOR ME?                                        Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text,
                                                             informed by study of the Critical anthology
Possible career choices: A level English can build           Assessed by the production of two essays of 1,250–
pathways into law, recruitment, journalism,                  1,500 words, each responding to a different text
advertising, teaching and the public sector.                 and linking to a different aspect of the Critical
                                                             anthology
                                                             One essay can be re‐creative. The re‐creative piece
                                                             will be accompanied by a commentary.
                                                             Assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA

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ENGLISH LIT AND LANG
   "For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat,
 rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books
                help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us how to live and die.”
                                                         Anne Lamott

      Exam Board                      Qualification                               Subject Entry Requirements
         AQA                          A level 7707                            GCSE grade 5 in both English Language and
                                                                              English Literature, a GCSE grade 6 in at least
                                                                                    one of these subjects is preferred

COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE
 This course has been designed with a focus on the                  A level
 integration of language and literature, enabling you               Paper 1: Telling Stories (40% of A‐level/100 marks)
 to see how linguistic and literary methods are                      Remembered Places and Poetic Voices prose
 related and to explore these links in their work. You              Assessed by a written exam: 3 hours
 will study four texts covering drama, poetry and                   Section A – Remembered Places. This section is
 prose by writers such as Arthur Miller, Carol Ann                  closed book.
 Duffy, Margaret Attwood and F. Scott Fitzgerald.                   One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology:
                                                                    Paris (40 marks)
 AS Level                                                           Section B – Imagined Worlds. This section is open
                                                                    book.
 Paper 1: Views and Voices (50% of AS/75 marks)                     One question from a choice of two on prose set text
 Imagined Worlds and Poetic Voices                                  (35 marks)
 Assessed by a closed book written exam: 1 hour 30                  Section C – Poetic Voices. This section is open book.
 minutes                                                            One question from a choice of two on poetry set
 Section A – Imagined Worlds                                        text (25 marks)
 One compulsory question on prose set text (35
 marks)                                                             Paper 2: Exploring Conflict (40% of A‐level/100
 Section B – Poetic Voices                                          marks)
 One compulsory question on poetry set text (40                      Writing about Society and re‐creative writing based
 marks)                                                             on set texts
                                                                    Assessed by an open book written exam: 2 hours 30
 Paper 2: People and Places (50% of AS/75 marks)                    minutes
 Remembered Places and Re‐creative Writing                          Section A – Writing about Society.
 Assessed by a closed book written exam: 1 hour 30                  One piece of re‐creative writing using set text (25
 minutes                                                            marks)
 Section A – Remembered Places                                      Critical commentary (30 marks)
 One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology:                      Section B – Dramatic Encounters.
 Paris (40 marks)                                                   One question from a choice of two on drama set
 Section B – Re‐creative Writing                                    text (45 marks)
 One piece of re‐creative writing using extract                       WHAT DOORS WILL IT OPEN
 provided in Section A (15 marks)
 Critical commentary (20 marks)                                              FOR ME?
                                                                      All jobs are to do with communications and
     METHOD OF ASSESSMENT                                             relationships. Analysing detail and organising ideas
  Non‐exam assessment: Making Connections (20%                        are crucial skills in many areas of work. The study
  of A‐level/50 marks)                                                of English is recognised as not only furnishing
                                                                      students     with      skills  in    communication,
  A piece of coursework (2,500 – 3,000 words)                         interpretation and debate, it also provides a
  which is assessed by teachers and moderated by                      springboard into a wide range of university and
  AQA. It is a personal investigation that explores a                 career choices, including teaching, journalism,
  specific technique or theme in both literary and                    advertising and the public sector.
  non‐literary discourse

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GCSE ENGLISH
"Employers care about the quality of English skills people have…They told us about the type of knowledge and
                 skills which hold real currency and support the success of their businesses.”
                                                  David Russell

   Exam Board                   Qualification                       Subject Entry Requirements
      AQA                       GCSE 8300                          Not achieving a grade 4 at GCSE

                           COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE
                           AND METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

                        Paper 1                                            Paper 2

    Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes                     Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
    80 marks                                            80 marks
    50% of GCSE                                         50% of GCSE
    Section A: Reading
    (40 marks) (25%) – one single fiction text          Section A: Reading
    1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)                 (40 marks) (25%)
    2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)               Two linked texts ‐ one non‐fiction text and one
    1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)                  literary non‐fiction text
                                                        1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
                                                        2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)

    Section B: Writing                                  Section B: Writing
    (40 marks) (25%)Descriptive or narrative writing;   (40 marks) (25%)
    1 extended question, 24 marks for content,          Writing to present a viewpoint
    16 marks for technical accuracy)                    1 extended writing question (24 marks for
                                                        content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

                                                                  WHAT DOORS WILL IT
                                                                    OPEN FOR ME?
                                                            This is an important qualification which is
                                                            valued highly by employers as all jobs
                                                            require us to have good communication
                                                            skills. Most jobs will call for us to be able
                                                            to have a good understanding of written
                                                            materials and to be able to express
                                                            ourselves clearly both in writing and
                                                            orally. A grade 4 in English Language is a
                                                            prerequisite for many college courses and
                                                            for all university courses.

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FRENCH
              "Young people considering their future subject choices should be made more aware of
                  the benefits to their careers that can come from studying a foreign language."
                                                      Katja Hall

      Exam Board                   Qualification                        Subject Entry Requirements
         AQA                       AS Level 7135                      Minimum of grade 6; 5 grade 5s
                                    A level 7136                      including grade 5 in Maths and
                                                                             English preferred
 COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                                    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

 Languages are all around us; they are used in so          Individual research project
 many situations whether at work, on holiday or just       Students identify a subject or key question based
 casually in day‐to‐day life ‐ we live in a multilingual   on a country/ community where Spanish is
 global society. Learning a language is a never‐ending     spoken. Students select information from sources
 process; languages are constantly changing, bringing      including the Internet. Students present findings
 in new words and getting rid of old ones. Languages       and discuss in the speaking assessment.
 at A‐level offer you a fantastic opportunity to work
 towards becoming a linguist and the broad range of         Assessment: AS Qualification
 skills which you gain from studying a language at A‐       Paper 1 Listening, reading and writing (including
 level are incredibly important tools to have under         translation into English).
 your belt.                                                 Paper 2 Writing (translation into French and essay
                                                            about film or book).
 AS Level                                                   Paper 3 speaking test (discussion of a sub theme
 Aspects of French speaking society: current trends         based on a card).
 • The changing nature of family
 • The ‘cybersociety’                                       A level Qualification
 • The place of voluntary work                              Paper 1 Listening, reading and writing (translation
 Artistic Culture in the French speaking world              into English and into French)
 • A culture proud of its heritage                          Paper 2 An essay about a book plus an essay about
 • Contemporary francophone music                           a film or second book
 • Cinema: the 7th art form                                 Paper 3 Speaking test (discussion of one topic and
                                                            presentation of individual research)
 One text or film from a prescribed list

 A level
                                                                    WHAT DOORS WILL IT
 As above plus:                                                       OPEN FOR ME?
 Aspects of French speaking society: current issues
 • Positive features of a diverse society                  Linguists are in short
 • Life for the marginalised                               supply in our global
 • How criminals are treated                               economy. French A
 Aspects of political life in the French speaking          level opens up plenty of
 world                                                     job opportunities in
 • Teenagers, the right to vote and political              business,     education,
   commitment                                              communication, law and
 • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?          many other sectors with
 • Politics and immigration                                international links. It is
                                                           also      valued       by
 One text ( or if text studied in Year 12, one film or a   universities     as      it
 second text)                                              demonstrates         many
                                                           academic skills, as well
 Individual research project for speaking assessment       as    the    ability    to
                                                           communicate.

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GEOGRAPHY
               “Geography students hold the key to the world's problems“
                                    Michael Palin

     Exam Board                  Qualification                     Subject Entry Requirements
        AQA                      AS Level 7036                  5 grade 5s or equivalent including
                                  A level 7037                      5s in English or Maths and
                                                                            Geography.
COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                                    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
                                                         AS Qualification
Geography is a pretty unique subject because it          Component one: 1 hour 30 minutes written exam
looks at both the physical structure of the              (80 marks) 50% of the AS
planet and the social structure (i.e. how we affect      Component two: 1 hour 30 minutes written exam
our environment and how it affects us) in the past,      (80 marks) 50% of the AS
present and future. The new Geography course will
challenge your perceptions and stimulate you to          A level Qualification
investigate and use analytical skills. The course        Component one: 2 hours 30 minutes written exam
reflects the world today and investigates                (96 marks) 40% of the A level
earthquakes,    rivers,   hazards,      globalization,   Component two: 2 hours 30 minutes written exam
population and urban environments.                       (96 marks) 40% of the A level
                                                         Component three: 3,000‐ 4,000 words (35 marks)
This course is a traditional A level. It is an exam      20% of the A level.
based subject which includes a mix of short answer
and essay based questions. Students are also                     WHAT DOORS WILL IT
required to read around the subject.
                                                                   OPEN FOR ME?
 AS Level
 Component one: The water and carbon cycle AND           An A‐Level in Geography leads itself favourably to
 hazards.                                                nearly any subject at degree level. Geography itself
                                                         is considered to be one of the most employable
Component two: Changing places AND Geography             degrees due to the range of skills that you as a
fieldwork focusing on the skills required for            geographer are required to have knowledge upon.
fieldwork.                                               Careers in Geography can take you anywhere from
                                                         working for the army as a weather forecaster, to
A level                                                  town planning to working for the home office.
Component One: Water and carbon cycles AND
coastal systems AND hazards.

Component two: Global systems AND changing
places and either urban environments or population
or resource security.

Component three: Geographical investigation

          Student Comment:
 The topics studied allow me to have
  a greater understanding of current
          affairs in the news.

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HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE
     It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that you cannot sincerely try to help another without
                                                    helping yourself.
                                                 Ralph Waldo Emerson

        Exam Board                       Qualification                                  Subject Entry Requirements
           BTEC                            YGN78                                          Standard requirements.

COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                                                            WHAT DOORS WILL IT
AND METHOD OF ASSESSMENT                                                               OPEN FOR ME?
 The Health and Social Care sector is undergoing
                                                                                 Successful students can progress onto a variety
 radical and rapid change. Developments in frontline
                                                                                 of university degree and diploma courses, or full
 health and social care mean there's a demand for
                                                                                 time employment.         Previous students have
 well‐trained and multi‐skilled people across a range
                                                                                 followed careers in: teaching, nursing,
 of rewarding employment opportunities. The course
                                                                                 physiotherapy, occupational therapy, animal
 is two thirds coursework and so would suit students
                                                                                 husbandry, sports science and paramedical
 who perform well in coursework assessment. It is a
                                                                                 courses; as well as non‐related courses such as
 vocational course so students are required to apply
                                                                                 history, industrial architecture and geography.
 their knowledge to health, social care or childcare
 settings. Students who are able to experience
 appropriate work based or voluntary experience in a
 health, care or early years setting will be able to
 bring their experience into their portfolio work.

                            BTEC Certificate                                 BTEC Extended Certificate
               Human Lifespan development : This unit will develop       Working in Health and Social Care: This unit will help
               your knowledge and understanding of patterns of           you to understand what it is like to work in the health
               human growth and development and the experience of        and social care sector. When working for an
               health and wellbeing. You will learn about factors that   organisation in this sector, you will have important
               can influence human growth, development and human         responsibilities that you need to understand and carry
               health. Some of these are inherited and some are          out. These include maintaining the safety of and
               acquired through environmental, social or financial       safeguarding individuals with health and social care
               factors during our lifespan. You will learn about a       needs, making sure that you properly handle their
               number of theories and models to explain and              personal information and preventing discrimination
               interpret behaviour through the human lifespan. This      towards them.
               unit is externally assessed.

               Meeting individual care and support needs: For you to     Psychological Perspectives: An important aspect of
               be able to provide the care and support that              working in the health and social care sector is to have a
               individuals need, it is important that you have a good    good understanding of the ways in which psychological
               understanding of the principles behind providing          development occurs in order to effectively meet the
               quality care and support. This unit introduces you to     individual needs of service users. Having knowledge of
               the values and issues that need to be considered when     the key concepts and ideas enables you to understand
               planning care and support that meet the needs of an       the ways in which development and behaviours occur.
               individual in a health and social care environment. In    In this unit, you will learn about the different
               this unit, you will examine factors that can impact the   psychological perspectives that have been put forward
               professionals who provide the care and support, and       and how these approaches have influenced thinking
               the challenges that must be overcome to allow access      and practices in meeting and supporting service user
               to good quality care and health services. In this unit    needs.
               you will draw on your learning from across your
               programme to complete assessment tasks.

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