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Sixth Form Prospectus 2021/2022 - www.caludoncastle.co.uk/sixth-form - Caludon Castle School
Sixth Form
Prospectus
2021/2022

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

           Sixth Form Information                              Subjects
Welcome                                1     Geography                    23

Support and Success                    2     Health and Social Care       24

Caludon Castle Sixth Form Hub          3     History                      25

Curriculum and Employability           4     Mathematics                  26

Programmes of Study                    5     Further Mathematics          27

Entry Requirements                     6-8   GCSE Mathematics             28

Enrichment and 6th Form Societies      9     Media Studies                29

Recent University and Apprenticeship   41    Moving Image                 30
destinations
The Sixth Form Team                    42    Music                        31
                       Subjects
                                             Philosophy and Ethics        32
Art and Design                         10
                                             Photography                  33
Biology                                11

Business                               12    Physics                      34

Chemistry                              13
                                             Psychology (A Level)         35
Design Technology                      14
                                             Psychology (BTEC)            36
Digital Media                          15

Drama                                  16    Applied Science              37
Economics                              17
                                             Sociology                    38
English Language                       18
                                             Spanish                      39
English Literature                     19

English Lit and Lang                   20
                                             Sport                        40
GCSE English                           21
                                             Travel and Tourism           41
French                                 22
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WELCOME

    Thank you for considering the Sixth Form       The Sixth Form team is committed to
    at Caludon Castle School. In an                ensuring an effective climate for learning,
    increasingly competitive world, higher         developing student independence and
    qualifications will give you a broader         maximising 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 level 3
    (equivalent of A level) vocational courses
    and an exciting combined one-year level
    2/3 course, incorporating a BTEC and
    resit GCSEs. We also work in
    partnership      with other schools in
    Coventry, which gives students access to
    an even greater range of courses.

    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
                                                      Head of KS5
    area with dark room, a drama studio, high
    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 Sarah Kenrick
                                                                     Headteacher
1                                                                   January 2021
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SUPPORT AND
   SUCCESS

“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 activities
                                                              Where applicable, we enter students for AS
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.             trips and extra-curricular activities, which
We will help you choose a programme                           help 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 all the qualifications offered (AS, A level,
Indeed students have often commented                          BTEC, GCSE resits), as well as their chosen
on the warm welcome. We also have                             pathways for the future. Last year, 123
student leaders who are there especially                      students gained places at university, of whom
to support all students as they move into                     50 went to Russell Group or high tariff
Post 16 education.                                            universities, including 4 students who are at
                                                              Oxford or Cambridge. An increasing number
Students benefit from high quality,                           of students are accessing 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
Students receive regular quality feedback                     employers.
on their progress towards achieving and
exceeding their targets in each subject.                      We are always happy to offer help and advice
Many of our students move on to                               to prospective students; please contact us in
universities, apprenticeships or further                      the Post 16 office if you have any questions
training in these or related subjects after                   about the Post 16 experience.
their Post 16 education.
                                                              Mrs Sarah Carter
                                                              Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth
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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
    which can only be achieved through             our last full Ofsted inspection. The two
    developing a supportive environment.           Sixth Form Heads of House are based in
                                                   the office along with our administration
    The care and guidance they are offered is      and pastoral support staff, who provide
    excellent and they are clearly proud to        advice and guidance throughout the day.
    play a part in the caring culture of the
    provision.    Ofsted 2016 (last full
    inspection)

    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,
                                                   say that they can talk to staff at any time
    study tips and 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. They also cover
                                              valuable self management and life skills.

The ethos of Caludon Sixth Form is one
of guided choice, both in terms               Leaders ensure that learners have
of curriculum and future pathways.
                                              access to a wide range of independent
                                              advice, including visits from and to local
Students are offered a full range of
                                              universities and those further afield.
academic and vocational qualifications,
to ensure that they can access their          Learners are very well supported in
pathway of choice. Most of our students       making their selections and applications
choose to move on to university,              for universities or employment
however an increasing number are                                          Ofsted 2016
moving into higher level apprenticeships.
                                              Throughout the year we have visiting
To support students, we have an               speakers     from    universities  and
assistant head who oversees the               apprenticeship    providers; potential
Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)        Oxbridge students complete visits to
linked with the Sixth Form. There are         help support their applications and in
regular IAG newsletters, which include        the summer and all Year 12 students are
sections on university, apprenticeships       given    the    opportunity to     visit
and work placements in each edition.          Birmingham University and the UCAS
There are careers fairs each term which       convention.
attract around 15-20 different providers      Skills for Life (S4L) is part of our sixth
(this year, these are going ahead online),    form tutor programme. It is aimed at
visits to local universities throughout the   enabling young people to understand
year when conditions permit, a visit to       some of the key employability skills and
the      skills    show,      UCAS     and    encourage and nurture the practice of
apprenticeship application training and       these skills. The programme also works
Twitter is used regularly to inform           with students in enabling them to
students of opportunities.                    articulate their skills and thus improving
                                              their competences for the future.

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PROGRAMMES OF
     STUDY

    Students indicate their choice of subjects
    during year 11 and option blocks are built   In the sixth form, the 16 to 19 study
    around these choices.                        programmes provide students with
                                                 meaningful         and         successful
    Programmes of study for each individual      pathways.       Progress in academic
    are agreed following GCSE results. Entry     subjects and applied general subjects are
    requirements indicate which courses will     both above the national average.
    be successful and each student meets                             Ofsted 2019 (short
    with an experienced member of the post        inspection)
    16 team for guidance.

                                                 Programme of study for students without
         Level 3 programme of study               grade 4 in Maths and/or English will be
                                                       created for each individual.

The programme will include:                      The programme will include:
Students studying level 3 qualifications (A      Maths and/or English GCSE resit lessons
levels and BTEC level 3) typically study 3       with exams in November (and May, if
subjects. This can be three A levels, 3          necessary)
BTECs or a mixture of A level and BTECs,         Extended Project Qualification – research
depending on the subject.                        and write about a topic of your choice
                                                 (level 2 or 3). This develops a lot of the
                                                 skills required for further study, whilst
                                                 allowing students to focus on their own
                                                 interests
                                                 One or two of:
                                                 One level 3 qualification (typically a BTEC
                                                 level 3)
                                                 Resit some GCSEs, joining year 11 classes
                                                 Half a day work experience (helping in a
5                                                primary school or KS3 classes at Caludon)
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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 to 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.
Design and Technology      GCSE 6 in Design and Technology with 5 in Maths       GCSE grade 5 in English and
                                                                                 Maths grade 6
Drama and Theatre         Standard requirements
Studies
Economics                 5 grade 5s including grade 6 in Maths and English      5/6 in Geography, History,
                                                                                 6 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

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
CONTINUED

AS and A level                   Requirements                                  Preferred
Subjects
French           Minimum of GCSE grade 6 in French                 Grade 7 in French

Geography        5 grade 5s or equivalent including grade 5 in     Grade 5 in Science
                 English or Maths and Geography.
History          GCSE Grade 6 in History and a 6 in English        Grade 6 in English Literature and
                 Language or Literature with a grade 5 in the      Language
                 other English GCSE.
Mathematics      Grade 7 at GCSE Maths
Further          Grade 7 at GCSE Maths                             Grade 8 or above at GCSE
Mathematics
Media Studies    5 GCSE subjects at grade 5 or above. Grade 6 in Experience of GCSE Media studies
                 English.                                        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
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
                 6 in Sociology (if studied) and a grade 5 in
                 English
Spanish          Minimum of GCSE grade 6 in Spanish                Grade 7 in Spanish

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
      (APPLIED GENERAL
       LEVEL 3 COURSES)

    Applied                    Requirements                               Preferred
    General
    Subjects
Business            Standard requirements                    Grade 5 in Maths
Cambridge
National
Digital Media       Standard requirements
Cambridge
Technical
Health and Social   Standard requirements
Care BTEC
Music BTEC          Merit at BTEC Music or grade 5 at GCSE

Applied Science     GCSE grade 5 in Double Science
BTEC
Sport BTEC          Standard requirements

Travel and          Standard Requirements
Tourism BTEC
Psychology BTEC     Level 5 English

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ENRICHMENT AND
    6th FORM SOCIETIES

     Caludon Sixth Form has a strong careers
     and enrichment programme which               Students also have the opportunity to
     enables students to develop a range of       become involved in student leadership.
     work skills. These enhance students’         Positions include senior student leaders,
     university applications, enhance their       membership of a committee (graduation,
     C.V.s and, if applying for an                welfare, transition, charity and fundraising) or
     apprenticeship, show employers a range       they may become faculty ambassadors
     of skills, which are beyond academic.        representing particular subjects.

                                                  Lastly, we have a growing number of Sixth
                                                  Form Societies (SFS), including chess and a
     In Year 12 enrichment is compulsory
                                                  variety of sports clubs.
     and gives the students the opportunity
     to take part in an activity which benefits
     the local community, be that the school
     or beyond. Students must complete 25
     hours of volunteer work during the year,
     however most students complete many                                                Sixth Form
                                                                                         Societies
     more than this.
                                                             Faculty                                           Student
                                                           Ambassadors                                        Leadership

    Year 12 students also complete a week’s
    work experience which allows students
    to develop work skills, explore potential                                           Sixth Form
    career options and, for those students               EPQ
                                                                                        Experience
                                                      (Extended
    considering an apprenticeship, can often            Project
                                                                                                                     Enrichment
                                                                                                                     Programme
    lead to job offers.                              Qualification)

    In addition, students have weekly Skills 4
    Life lessons, which cover a range of                              Skills for Life                  Work
                                                                           (S4L)                     Experience
    topics including careers, current affairs,
    life skills and also gives the students the
    opportunity to complete the AS level
    Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
    This            involves           students
    conducting independent research on a
    topic of their choice.

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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 develops both the academic                A level
and cultural aspects of a student’s life. We aim to          Component 1: Personal Investigation (60% of
develop the students in our lessons into confident           qualification. 120 marks).
individuals who can use the power of the visual
language to explore issues, ideologies and situations        A component of the course entitled ‘Personal
in a variety of ways. As the students progress               Investigation’ is internally determined by learner
through the course we aim to develop and engender            and teacher, internally assessed and externally
key learning habits (in particular risk taking and           moderated.
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.
                                                             externally moderated. The Externally Set
                                                             Assignment consists of two parts:
AS Level                                                     Part 1: Preparatory study period
Component: ‘Personal Creative Enquiry’. 100% of
qualification/100 marks.                                     Part 2: 15 hours of sustained focus work:

This course consists of one component. Referred to
as the ‘Personal Creative Enquiry’ it is 100% of                   WHAT DOORS WILL IT
qualification, and consists of an extended,
exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based                    OPEN FOR ME?
on themes and subject matter which are personal
and meaningful to the learner. Work will be                  AS and/or A level courses can lead to both
determined by the learner and teacher, assessed by           employment and higher education. Students can
the teacher and externally moderated. No time limit:         go on to study a wide range of courses such as:
duration to be determined by the centre, taking into         Art Foundation Courses (one year)
account the May deadline for submission of internal          Art Degree course (three years) (after a one year
                                                             Art Foundation Course).
marks to WJEC.
                                                             AS or A level Art can also lead towards specific
                                                             areas of work (in graphic design studios, media,
                                                             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
 All 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                        Cambridge Technical
    Exam Board                  Qualification                     Subject Entry Requirements
       OCR                        05835                             Standard requirements

COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE
AND METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
This course is practical and is assessed through the   Unit 5: Marketing and market research
application of skills and knowledge taught during      Marketing is the function that makes sure a
the course.        Each unit is assessed through       business sells the right products, at the right
examinations and assignments.                          price, in the right place, using the most suitable
                                                       promotion methods. Successful marketing is
Unit 1: The Business Environment                       essential if a business is to survive in a very
This unit develops an understanding of how and         competitive business world. The unit has
why businesses operate in the way they do. You will    particular emphasis on the role of market
look at a range of different types of business,        research and how it contributes to marketing
business structures and functional areas. You will     decision-making, and the actions a business
understand the constraints, internal and external,     may take. This unit is assessed through
under which a business must operate, how these         coursework in Year 13.
can affect business behaviour and ways a business
responds to changes. This unit is assessed through
an external exam in Year 12.                           Unit 8: Introduction to human resources
                                                       People are the most valuable resource to any
Unit 2: Working in Business                            organisation or business and in order to obtain the
Businesses today need employees, managers and          greatest value from them, they need to be
entrepreneurs who are multi-skilled, independent       managed and supported. In this unit you will gain
thinkers. This unit will cover the skills and          an overview of how the HR function ensures this
understanding needed to work effectively within a      happens. This unit is assessed through coursework
business environment, such as working with             in Year 13.
business documents, making payments, prioritising
business activities and communicating with
stakeholders. This unit is assessed through an
external exam in Year 13.
                                                                    METHOD OF
Unit 4: Customers and Communication
                                                                    ASSESSMENT
Customers are vital to the success of any business.         The course is assessed through external
This unit covers the essential elements that               examinations (50%) and coursework (50%).
businesses should consider when communicating
with customers to ensure they have a good
customer experience, leading to customer                    WHAT DOORS WILL IT
satisfaction and loyalty. This unit is assessed
through coursework in Year 12.
                                                              OPEN FOR ME?
                                                        OCR Cambridge Technical in Business can offer
                                                        a number of career choices including
                                                        accountancy, marketing, business administration,
                                                        human resource management and retail
                                                        management. It can also lead to degrees in
                                                        Business Studies, Business and Management and
                                                        Accountancy.

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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 chemistry.    Breadth in chemistry (01)* 70 marks 1 hour 30
Once the key features of a chemical topic have been     minutes written paper 50% of total AS level
developed, applications are considered. The             Depth in chemistry      (02)* 70 marks 1 hour 30
teaching of practical skills are integrated with the    minutes written paper 50% of total AS level
theoretical topics and are assessed both in the         Both components assess content from all four
written      examination       and       in    class.   modules.
                                                        A level Qualification
AS level                                                Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01)
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in           100 marks 2 hours 15 minutes written paper 37%
chemistry • Practical skills assessed in a written      of total A level
examination                                             Synthesis and analytical techniques     (02)
 Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry • Atoms,           100 marks 2 hours 15 minutes written paper 37%
compounds, molecules and equations                •     of total A level
Amount of substance • Acid–base and redox               Unified chemistry                        (03)
reactions • Electrons, bonding and structure            70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper 26% of
Module 3 – Periodic table and energy • The periodic     total A level
table and periodicity • Group 2 and the halogens •      Practical endorsement in chemistry         (04)
Qualitative analysis • Enthalpy changes • Reaction       (non exam assessment) Reported separately
rates and equilibrium (qualitative)
Module 4 – Core organic chemistry • Basic concepts
• Hydrocarbons • Alcohols and haloalkanes •
Organic synthesis • Analytical techniques (IR and
MS)                                                         WHAT DOORS WILL IT
A level                                                     OPEN FOR ME?
Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition
elements • Reaction rates and equilibrium                 Chemistry is a challenging, academic and
(quantitative) • pH and buffers • Enthalpy, entropy       rigorous A level that will impress many
and free energy • Redox and electrode potentials •        universities/employers. Chemistry can lead to
Transition elements                                       many careers in healthcare such as medicine,
Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis •               pharmacy and dentistry. It can be useful in
Aromatic compounds • Carbonyl compounds •                 careers in the biological sciences, physics,
Carboxylic acids and esters • Nitrogen compounds •        mathematics, pharmacology and analytical
Polymers • Organic synthesis • Chromatography             chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by many Law
and spectroscopy (NMR)                                    applicants as it shows you can cope with
                                                          difficult concepts.

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DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
“My own success has been in observing objects in daily use which, it was always assumed, could not
                                         be improved.”
                                         James Dyson
     Exam Board                  Qualification                       Subject Entry Requirements
       Eduqas                   A level A602QS                     GCSE 6 in Design and Technology
                                                                           with 5 in Maths

COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                                        WHAT DOORS WILL IT
Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity                  OPEN FOR ME?
in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve
real problems by designing and making products or         Design and Technology opens the door to some of
systems.                                                  the widest career routes in the UK and worldwide.
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and       Design and Technology gives students a wide range
practical subject. This specification encourages          of progression options into further study, training or
learners to use creativity and imagination when           relevant employment. Students who successfully
applying iterative design processes to develop and        complete the qualification will be equipped to move
modify designs, and to design and make prototypes         into apprenticeships or degrees in related subjects
that solve real world problems, considering their         such as product design, engineering, graphic design,
own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and             interiors, architecture landscape design, automotive
values.                                                   design, furniture design.

A Level
Design and Technology enables students to be able
to:
• be open to taking design risks, showing innovation
and enterprise whilst considering their role as
responsible designers and citizens
• develop intellectual curiosity about the design and
manufacture of products and systems, and their
impact on daily life and the wider world                  METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
• work collaboratively to develop and refine their
ideas, responding to feedback from users, peers and     Component 1 Examination (50% of overall A Level)
expert practitioners                                    Learners take a single examination in Design and
• gain an insight into the creative, engineering        Technology: product design.
and/or manufacturing industries                         The examination includes a mix of structured and
• develop the capacity to think creatively,             extended writing questions assessing learners'
innovatively and critically through focused research    knowledge and understanding of:
and the exploration of design opportunities arising     • technical principles
from the needs, wants and values of users and           • designing and making principles
clients                                                 • wider issues in design and technology.
• develop knowledge and experience of real world        Component 2 Design and Make project (50% of
contexts for design and technological activity          overall A Level)
•    develop     an    in-depth     knowledge     and   A design and make project, based on a brief
understanding of materials, components and              developed by the candidate, assessing the
processes associated with the creation of products      candidate's ability
that can be tested and evaluated in use                 to:
• be able to make informed design decisions             • identify,       investigate and  outline design
through an in-depth understanding of the                    possibilities
management and development of taking a design           • design and make prototypes
through to a prototype/product                          • analyse and evaluate design decisions and
                                                            outcomes, including for prototypes made by
                                                            themselves and others

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DIGITAL MEDIA
            “Social and digital media are a bullet train, and that train is not coming home”
                                            Howard Schultz
                                                                                Cambridge Technical
     Exam Board                  Qualification                    Subject Entry Requirements
        OCR                        05844                          Standard Entry Requirements

COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                                    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
                                                        Unit 1 – 2 hour exam – Media products and
Students will learn the skills and apply them to        audiences
create a proposal to meet a client brief; produce
planning materials; create and manage original          Unit 2 – 2 hour exam - Pre-production and
content for the product and apply editing               planning
techniques.
                                                        Unit 3 – Coursework - Creating a media product
Learners must achieve 3 mandatory units – units 1,
2 and 3, plus a minimum of 120 GLH chosen from          Final Unit TBC
the optional units (30 GLH and 60 GLH).

Unit 1 – Media products and audiences
The aim of this unit is for students to develop their
understanding of how different media institutions
operate in order to create products that will appeal
to specific target audiences; different ownership
                                                              WHAT DOORS WILL IT
models within media industries, analysing different
media products, how audiences are categorised,
                                                              OPEN FOR ME?
researched and targeted by media producers and,           If students choose this pathway, they can gain
how media institutions distribute and advertise their     employment in a range of roles to include those
products to audiences.                                    of production practitioner and research focused
                                                          career,s such as Support Researcher, Media
Unit 2 – Pre-production and planning                      Editor, Programme Researcher, and Studio
Mandatory unit that forms the foundations of the          Assistant, Media Internship.
course.     Students will learn about the pre-
production process the creative media industry
follows when creating a product, carrying out
research in the planning stage of media production,
legislation that needs to be considered and,
constraints      including      timescales     and
resources. Students will understand how to create
preproduction documents in relation to client
requirements and how to plan projects to meet
these needs.

Unit 3 – Creating a media product
Students will develop knowledge and understanding
of the production processes of producing a media
product from one of the following:
• Print-based product
• Audio-visual product
• Audio product

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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. The department choose the text, which must              METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
be used, as a starting point, to create the work.
                                                             Component 1: Devising Performance 9DR0/01
                                                             40% of the qualification assessed through
Part Two
                                                             practically based coursework including a
All students must produce a portfolio documenting
                                                             performance and with written supporting
and reflecting on their exploratory process and the
                                                             evidence.
skills and techniques that they have developed in
                                                             Component 2: Text in Performance 9DR0/02
response to the text and the influence of their
                                                             20% of the qualification assessed through
chosen theatre practitioner.
                                                             performance examination
                                                             Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
Component 2: Text in Performance
                                                             9DR0/03 40% of the qualification assessed
This is a practical performance examination of two
                                                             through written examination
pieces of work and is performed and marked by a
visiting examiner. There will be some flexibility but             WHAT DOORS WILL IT
students will need to choose two options from a
choice of play texts. The first performance is a short              OPEN FOR ME?
monologue (solo performance) or duologue (with
two performers) from a published play text. The            Previous students have gone on to pursue careers
second performance is to perform with a larger             in theatre, media, advertising, social work,
group of actors, on a longer extract, from a               teaching, sales and other careers which
contrasting play from our list.                            necessitate effective communication and creative
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice                    skills. Although Drama is not a specified A level
The written examination in the final year draws            subject for some of the top universities, recent
together the various strands of the course so far. It is   research has shown that a proportionately high
comprised of three sections.                               number of students at top universities had
In section A, students write about a contemporary          studied Drama at A level.
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. It's made me approach things
designer.                                                  in 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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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 6 in
                             (only for those students not
                             completing the full A Level)
                                                                         Maths and English
                                 A level 7136
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 the 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
        AQA                     A level 7702                  GCSE grade 6 English Language and grade
                                                               6 in English Literature is recommended

COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE                             METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Have you ever wondered where English comes
from? Have you thought about how children learn         Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society
to speak? Have you heard the same phrases over          (40% of A Level, 100 marks)
and over again from politicians and wondered why        • Textual variations        and representations
they use them?       If so, English Language is            (70 Marks)
the          perfect      course     for    you.        • Child's Language development (30 marks)
                                                        2hrs 30 mins
A Level
The English Language course at Caludon is a two-        Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change
year linear course with all examinations completed      (40% of A Level, 100 marks)
at the end of the second year of study.                 • Diversity and change
                                                        • Language discourses
The first year of study introduces you to the           2hrs 30mins
foundations of language study allowing you to
understand how words, phrases and sentences work        Independent Language Investigation
in     unison,    and      why      writers    make     (20% of A Level, 35 marks)
certain choices. You will also explore how language     An independent investigation into a chosen aspect
can be manipulated for purpose.                         of language which is assessed and moderated by
                                                        teachers. Students will research their topic of
In the second year you will develop your                choosing, find and analyse their own data.
understanding of language change by delving into
English language across time.     Here you will         Original Writing
learn about and evaluate the different influences       Students will produce their own piece of creative
over English since 500AD. You will also learn           writing on a topic of their choice. The original
about child language and explore ways in which          writing allows students to exhibit their own
children learn to read and write.                       creative flair and explain their language choices.

Independent investigations take place in the second
year of study. This allows you to explore any                  WHAT DOORS WILL IT
aspects of English that intrigue you, ranging from
the language of football to the influence of
                                                                 OPEN FOR ME?
biblical language.                                      Possible career choices: A level English can build
                                                        pathways into law, recruitment, journalism,
                                                        advertising, teaching and the public sector.

                                                                     Student Comment:
                                                            “English Language 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
 Are you an independent thinker? Do you love                       Paper 1: Literary genres (40% of A-level /75
 reading? Do you want to learn about writers who                   marks)
 have changed the world through their novels, poetry               Tragedy: Othello (Shakespeare), Death of a
 and plays?                                                        Salesman (Miller), selected poetry by John Keats.
 English Literature explores ideas relating to ethics,             Assessed by a closed book written exam: 2 hours
 identity, history and philosophy through the study of             30 minutes
 writers such as Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, John                  Section A: one passage based question on set
 Keats, Margaret Atwood, Khaled Hosseini and                       Shakespeare text (25 marks)
 William Blake. We consider not only the written                   Section B: one essay question on set Shakespeare
 word but also ask how fictional worlds teach us                   text (25 marks)
 something            about          our         own.              Section C: one essay question linking two texts (25
                                                                   marks)
 A level
 The English Literature course at Caludon is a two-                Paper 2: Texts and genres (40% of A-level/ 75
 year linear course with all examinations completed                marks)
 at the end of the second year of study.                           Political and Social Protest Writing: The
                                                                   Handmaid's Tale (Atwood), The Kite Runner
 In their first year of study, students are exposed to             (Hosseini), The Songs of Innocence and of
 the critical theory which explores literary texts from            Experience (Blake).
 a variety of perspectives. This will then support their           Assessed by an open book written exam: 3 hours
 own study of a range of texts: poetry, plays and                  Section A: one compulsory question on an unseen
 prose.                                                            passage (25 marks)
                                                                   Section B: one essay question on set text (25
 Across the two years, students will explore both                  marks)
 classic and contemporary texts, allowing them to                  Section C: one essay question which connects two
 immerse themselves in a range of texts from the                   texts (25 marks)
 ‘tragedy’ genre of English Literature.

                                                                  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,
                                                                  Assessed by the production of two essays of 1,250–
 Possible career choices: A level English can build               1,500 words, each responding to a different text
 pathways into law, recruitment, journalism,                      and linking to a different aspect of the Critical
 advertising, teaching and the public sector.                     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
English Language and Literature gives you the best                      A level
of both worlds: powerful literature and a focus on                      Paper 1: Telling Stories (40% of A-level/100 marks)
how language operates. If you are creative, love                         Remembered Places and Poetic Voices prose
debate and enjoy talking about texts, this is the                       Assessed by a written exam: 3 hours
perfect course for you. You will study four texts                       Section A – Remembered Places. This section is
covering drama, poetry and prose by writers such as                     closed book.
Arthur Miller, Carol Ann Duffy, Margaret Atwood                         One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology:
and F. Scott Fitzgerald.                                                Paris (40 marks)
                                                                        Section B – Imagined Worlds. This section is open
   METHOD OF ASSESSMENT                                                 book.
                                                                        One question from a choice of two on prose set text
Non-exam assessment: Making Connections (20%                            (35 marks)
of A-level/50 marks)                                                    Section C – Poetic Voices. This section is open book.
                                                                        One question from a choice of two on poetry set
A piece of coursework (2,500 – 3,000 words)                             text (25 marks)
which is assessed by teachers and moderated by
AQA. It is a personal investigation that explores a                     Paper 2: Exploring Conflict (40% of A-level/100
specific technique or theme in both literary and                        marks)
non-literary discourse                                                   Writing about Society and re-creative writing based
                                                                        on set texts
  WHAT DOORS WILL IT OPEN                                               Assessed by an open book written exam: 2 hours 30
                                                                        minutes
         FOR ME?                                                        Section A – Writing about Society.
Any career pathways that involve communications                         One piece of re-creative writing using set text (25
and relationships, including teaching, journalism,                      marks)
advertising and the public sector. This course offers                   Critical commentary (30 marks)
transferable skills in communicating clearly and                        Section B – Dramatic Encounters.
imaginatively, sought after by many employers and                       One question from a choice of two on drama set
universities.                                                           text (45 marks)

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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%)                                       (40 marks) (25%)
     Descriptive or narrative writing; 1 extended           Writing to present a viewpoint
     question, 24 marks for content,                        1 extended writing question (24 marks for
     16 marks for technical accuracy)                       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 7651                        Minimum of grade 6; 5 grade 5s
                                   A level 7652                        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 French is spoken.
global society. Learning a language is a never-ending        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. This course is a                           WHAT DOORS WILL IT
 traditional A Level. It is an exam based subject with
 a mix of short answer and essay based questions, as                     OPEN FOR ME?
 well as a piece of coursework in their
 second year. Students are also required to read               An A Level in Geography lends itself favourably to
 around the subject.                                           nearly any subject at degree level. Geography itself
                                                               is considered to be one of the most employable
  AS Level                                                     degrees, due to the range of skills that you are
  Component one: Coasts AND hazards.                           required to have knowledge of, as a geographer.
                                                               Careers in Geography can take you anywhere from
 Component two: Changing places AND Geography                  working for the army as a weather forecaster, to
 fieldwork focusing on the skills required for                 town planning to working for the home office.
 fieldwork.

 A level
 Component One: Water and carbon cycles AND
 coastal systems AND hazards.

 Component two: Global systems AND changing
 places and the Environment
 Component three: Geographical investigation: 4000
 word piece of coursework.

            Student Comment:
    Geography gave me the skills I needed to become an
     independent, resilient learner that I needed to be for
   university. It strongly linked to many other subjects and
    opened doors for me that I didn't know I would need.

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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 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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HISTORY
                          “We are not makers of history, we are made by history”
                                         Martin Luther King Jr

      Exam Board                   Qualification                          Subject Entry Requirements
         AQA                       AS Level 7041                       Grade 6 in History GCSE and a 6 in English
                                                                                Language or Literature.
                                    A level 7042
 COURSE CONTENT, STRUCTURE
 Everyone has a life story and the purpose of History
 is to understand how past life stories and events
 shape our lives. At Advanced Level, History offers
 students the opportunity to explore two time
 periods: the Tudor World from Henry VII to
 Elizabeth I and Russia during its revolution from
 Lenin to Stalin. Whether your interests lie in
 politics, foreign affairs, religion, economics, or
 society, History has it all. History is a traditional
 style A Level, as favoured by many of the top                     METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
 universities, and offers students the chance to study     AS Component 1: Part 1- Breadth Option 1C
 two different and distinct periods. By the end of
                                                           Written examination : 1 ½ hours. 50 marks, 50% of
 the course you will have learned how to evaluate
 and analyse, interpret different perspectives and         AS. Questions are in 2 sections; Part A compulsory
 communicate                 complex             ideas.    interpretations based source, Part B choose 1 out of 2
                                                           essays
 A level                                                   AS Component 2: Part 1— Depth Option 2N
 Component 1: Breadth Option 1C The Tudors:                Written examination : 1 ½ hours. 50 marks, 50% of
 England, 1485–1603                                        AS. Questions are in 2 sections; Part A compulsory
 Key Content: This option allows students to study         source, Part B choose 1 out of 2 essays
 important issues around change and continuity             A level Component 1: Breadth Option 1C
 and cause and consequence. This is done through a         Written examination : 2 ½ hours. 80 marks, 40% of A
 number of key questions regarding the consolidation       Level. Questions are in 2 sections; Part A Compulsory
 of power, the role of the government, threats and         interpretations based source, Part B choose 2 out of 3
 rebellions, finance, foreign policy and the role of the   essays
 Church. The course covers the reigns of Henry VII         A level Component 2: Depth Option 2N
 and Henry VIII in Year 12 and then Edward VI, Mary        Written examination : 2 ½ hours. 80 marks, 40% of A
 I and Elizabeth I in Year 13.                             Level. Questions are in 2 sections; Part A Compulsory
                                                           source based, Part B choose 2 out of 3 essays
  Component 2: Depth Option 2N Revolution and
                                                           Component 3: Historical Enquiry: 1815 - 1915
 Dictatorship: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–
 1953                                                      Coursework (approx 4000 words): an analysis of an
 Key Content: This option provides for the study in        historical issue. 20% of the total A level marks.
 depth of the coming and practice of communism in          Internally assessed by the centre. Moderated by the
 Russia. It explores concepts such as Marxism,             exam board.
 communism, Leninism, and Stalinism, ideological
 control and dictatorship. It also enables students to                WHAT DOORS WILL IT
 consider issues of political authority, the power of
 individuals   and     the      inter-relationship  of                  OPEN FOR ME?
 governmental and economic and social change.              A Level History can lead you into a multitude of
                                                           professions and possible career choices. There are the
 Component 3 (A level): Historical Enquiry                 professions which are directly related to History such
                                                           as heritage manager, museum curator/exhibitor,
 A personal study chosen by the students, which will
                                                           archaeologist and teacher. Then there are those
 be assessed by the centre and moderated by                professions that like you to have a History qualification
 AQA. The topic must cover a period of 100 years           such as lawyer, the civil service, politician, broadcast
 and not overlap components 1 or 2.                        journalism, information officer and Human Resources.
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