SUBJECT GUIDE 2021/22 - Durham Sixth Form Centre
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OUR HE ADTE ACHER OUR HEADTEACHER WAS DESCRIBED BY OFSTED AS PROVIDING “ASPIRATIONAL AND VISIONARY LEADERSHIP”
A WARM WELCOME Where you continue your education at post-16 is one We have also recently received further recognition of the most important decisions you will make. I am for our work in a number of other areas, including delighted that you are considering joining Durham Investors in People: Gold, Artsmark Platinum, Science Sixth Form Centre. Durham Sixth Form Centre is the Mark: Gold, Investors in Careers and the Wellbeing largest post-16 school in England. We are a diverse Award for Schools. Further information about other and vibrant community of over 1,500 students, accolades is included within this subject guide. who have enrolled with us from over sixty different secondary schools from County Durham and The vast majority of our students progress to further afield. university, whilst others achieve places on highly sought-after school leaver programmes and With over 30 A-levels and almost 20 vocational higher-level apprenticeships, and others enter into qualifications, we have one of the broadest curriculum employment. Our award-winning Careers, Progression offers in the area. Our courses are delivered and led and Aspirations team continues to play an instrumental by specialist staff, who have expertise in working with role in this success. 16-19 year olds and, as our results testify, we have an excellent track record of academic success. In addition Our students work hard to succeed, they adapt quickly to our broad curriculum, we offer a wide range of extra to their new working environment and benefit vastly opportunities in order to develop our students’ skills from the pace and focus, preparing them for the next and talents. steps in their education and careers. In March 2017, Her Majesty’s Ofsted Inspectors graded I would strongly encourage you to visit us at one of Durham Sixth Form Centre as ‘outstanding’ for overall our Open Evenings throughout the year, so that you effectiveness and in all categories, following a rigorous can discover, first-hand, why so many young people two-day inspection. choose Durham Sixth Form Centre as their first-choice place of post-16 study. Inspectors commented: I look forward to welcoming you to Durham Sixth Form ‘The Headteacher and the highly skilled leadership team Centre in the near future. have established a culture in which students flourish and grow. Consequently, there is a healthy appetite Ellen Beveridge for learning and achievement in an environment that Headteacher demands high expectations for academic, vocational and personal excellence.’
NE W TREE 2020 MARKED THE PLANTING OF OUR NEW MAGNOLIA TREE, REPLACING THE MUCH LOVED DSFC CHERRY TREE THAT HAD STOOD FOR 80 YEARS
OUR HERITAGE TEACHING Opened on the 3rd September 1913, “the school on the At Durham Sixth Form Centre, our specialist teachers sands” was initially built to accommodate 248 girls. The are here to support you and guide you. As they building, now Durham Sixth Form Centre, was officially understand how much your results matter, they will go opened on 21st January 1914 by Dr Hensley Henson, to extraordinary lengths to help you to achieve them. the Dean, and, later, Bishop of Durham. The school was We do not want anything to come between you and designed by W. Rushworth and was built in the your ambitions. Neo-Georgian style costing £16,250. Our teaching staff are highly dedicated and experienced It was originally suggested that the school should be sixth form teachers who are supported by a team of called the Johnston School for Girls as a tribute to the specialist support staff. They have high standards and illustrious benefactor of the original school, James Finlay expectations and will push you to achieve success. Our Weir Johnston. However, it was also felt that the part staff is hardworking with a strong academic focus and played by Durham County Council in establishing both an adult approach to student learning. schools should be reflected, so the name Durham Girls’ You will be responsible for taking your own notes County School was granted. In 1969, the school became and finding things out for yourself. To prepare you co-educational and, in 1984, predominantly a sixth form for university and future employment, we are keen to provider. In 2013, the school became a 16-19 school, develop your independent learning skills. In post-16 one of very few like it in the country. education, it is important that you take responsibility for your own learning and use your study sessions wisely. “We’re both forward-thinking and “We offer independent learning with respectful of our historic legacy.” outstanding staff and support.”
THE TE AM AT DURHAM SIXTH FORM CENTRE WE HAVE A DEDICATED TEAM OF OVER 100 SPECIALIST POST-16 STAFF
EXCELLENCE At Durham Sixth Form Centre, we are proud of the recognition that we have received for our work. OFSTED WELLBEING AWARD FOR SCHOOLS In March 2017, we were visited by Her Majesty’s Developed in partnership with the National Children’s Inspectors and judged to be ‘outstanding’ in all areas Bureau (NCB), this whole-school award focuses on including for overall effectiveness. ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental INVESTORS IN PEOPLE: GOLD health of both staff and pupils. It demonstrates our Investors in People is a national award recognising commitment to promoting mental health as part of excellence in leadership and management. Gold school life. accreditation is only awarded to the top 2% of organisations assessed. SOCIAL SCHOOL AWARD The Social School Award is uniquely certified CPD to INVESTORS IN CAREERS reward schools in recognition for the way social media The Quality in Careers Standard is designed as a is used to connect, promote and engage with parents development and external assessment framework for and others. accrediting the highest quality CEIAG provision by education providers. TES AWARD FINALISTS We have been shortlisted for three consecutive years in SCIENCE MARK: GOLD the category of ‘Sixth Form College of the year’ at the Science Mark is a quality standard designed to Tes Awards. recognise and celebrate inspiring practice in science departments across the UK. Schools receive CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL the Science Mark when they can show that they DEVELOPMENT(CPD) are delivering inspiring lessons for students and CPD Mark is a national quality mark designed to demonstrate their department’s commitment to high- improve CPD standards within the teaching profession. quality science education. GOVERNOR MARK ARTSMARK: PLATINUM Governor Mark is a national award, which provides Awarded by Arts Council England, Artsmark provides external evaluation of the quality of governance in a clear framework for schools to plan, develop and a school. evaluate their arts and cultural provision. Artsmark: Platinum is the highest accolade, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to the arts and creativity. Finalists
WHY CHOOSE US? There are many reasons why you should choose to In addition to our broad curriculum, we offer a study with us at Durham Sixth Form Centre. plethora of exciting extra-curricular opportunities in order to develop your skills and talents: We are a large, vibrant and inclusive sixth form centre, offering a broad curriculum which demonstrates continued academic success. In addition, we offer the - Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) most extensive range of A-levels in the area, as well as - Aspire Programme BTECs, the new T-Level and other Level 3 qualifications. - Arts Award - The Henry Smith Award AT DURHAM SIXTH FORM CENTRE WE: - Sports Leadership opportunities - Charities Committee - Are ‘outstanding’ (Ofsted, 2017) - Student Leadership Group - Get first-class results - Durham University Subject Mentors Project - Offer a friendly and welcoming atmosphere - Police and Communities Together Group (PACT) - Have passionate and supportive teaching staff - Local, national and international visits and trips - Are right in the heart of Durham city centre - Bar National Mock Trial Competition - Offer Russell Group university links and mentors - A wide range of clubs and societies, such as Debating - Give award-winning careers advice Society, Film Club, and Chess Club - Have an on-site leisure centre and swimming pool and much more… - Offer international visits - Have no uniform and much more...
IN THE HE ART OF IT WE ARE SITUATED IN THE CENTRE OF DURHAM CITY, A SHORT WALK FROM THE BUS AND TRAIN STATIONS
DIGITAL MEDIA CENTRE 482 LENGTHS OF STEEL WERE USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF OUR NEW DIGITAL MEDIA CENTRE
WE’VE GOT IT There is a range of facilities to support your studies at Durham Sixth Form Centre. These include: DIGITAL MEDIA CENTRE FREEMAN’S QUAY LEISURE CENTRE Opened in September 2019, our Digital Media Centre The Freeman’s Quay complex boasts a state-of-the-art houses the most up-to-date and industry-standard swimming pool, fitness suite, dance studio and a large technical equipment. The Digital Media Centre sports hall, all of which you will be able to access as a provides teaching spaces for all media and IT-related student at Durham Sixth Form Centre, either as part of courses alongside a range of other subjects. It also your studies or in your personal leisure time. houses a café and conference facility. SCIENCE AND HEALTH CENTRE RESOURCE CENTRE The science labs occupy a dedicated three-storey A great place for independent study and revision, the building of their own, where the full range of science Resource Centre houses banks of computers from subjects is taught. Our Health & Social Care courses where you can access the internet, your emails or our are also taught in this area. Google Apps for Education platforms. The Resource Centre is a silent working area to allow students to VISUAL ARTS CENTRE concentrate and focus. The award-winning Visual Arts Centre was opened in February 2006. With its high, airy spaces and excellent LEARNING HUB natural light, it provides superb opportunities for Our Learning Hubs are smaller work spaces for students to pursue their artistic interests and further students to access for independent learning and develop their skills in a range of art mediums. homework completion. Our Pastoral Support Managers are also based in the respective Learning Hubs. THEATRE Our 220-seat theatre is one of the largest in Durham DSFCAFÉ City. It provides excellent facilities for drama and We have a large refectory area where you will find our music, as well as for lectures and presentations, aided main DSFC Café. This is a social space, where you can by large screens and multimedia equipment. gather to make new friends, meet old ones, have lunch, chat or chill.
SUPPORTING YOU OUTSTANDING PASTORAL SUPPORT HOW IS DURHAM SIXTH FORM CENTRE As a student at Durham Sixth Form Centre, you will be DIFFERENT TO A SCHOOL SIXTH FORM? assigned a dedicated Pastoral Support Manager who is - We work exclusively with 16-19 year olds and so responsible for your personal and academic wellbeing. there are no younger or older students on site. TAILORED ACADEMIC SUPPORT - We offer an adult approach to learning in an We offer a range of specialist support to help you inclusive and focused environment. achieve the highest academic standards. This includes: morning mentoring sessions, subject support sessions, - We have specialist and dedicated sixth form one-to-one mentoring sessions with our Academic teachers, as well as expert support staff, Mentors, holiday intervention sessions, Durham focused on post-16 learning. University Mentoring sessions and much more. - We offer a greater choice of courses, in a range of ADDITIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT subject combinations, to suit your ambitions and If you require additional learning support during your abilities. time at Durham Sixth Form Centre, our dedicated Student Support Team will work closely with you to - We do not have a school uniform. support you to achieve your goals. - We provide a stepping stone from school to FINANCIAL SUPPORT higher education and university, higher-level Additional financial support, in the form of bursaries, is apprenticeships or the world of employment. available to students who meet the necessary criteria. More information can be found on our website.
IT ’S ALL ABOUT YOU OUR STUDENTS RECEIVE FIRST-CLASS CAREERS GUIDANCE FROM OUR AWARD-WINNING CAREERS, PROGRESSION AND ASPIRATIONS TEAM
A YE AR AT DSFC... SEPTEMBER FIRST DAY BACK We welcome record numbers of students joining CAREERS WORKSHOPS us in Year 12 from over sixty Students participate in different schools. a careers workshop with international professional services companies EY and PwC. SOUTHWELL DIGITAL MEDIA CENTRE The brand new Southwell Digital Media Centre opens for students. AUSCHWITZ TRIP A group of history students visits Auschwitz as part of their studies. FRESHERS FAIR Freshers Fair showcases the many extra-curricular activities available to students. MUSIC MARK Our Music department becomes a Music Mark school member. GIRLS FOOTBALL Our Girls Football Academy beat Manchester City 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the National Youth Football League (Women). FOYLES YOUNG POETS One of our students is amongst the top winners in the Foyles Young Poets of the Year 2019. THE INVESTORS IN PEOPLE AWARDS 2019 Durham Sixth Form Centre is shortlisted as a finalist in the O C TO B E R Gold category in The Investors “CREATE YOUR OWN FUTURE” in People Awards 2019. Our Foundation Art Diploma students visit London and the “Create your own future” event at ExCel.
OCTOBER OPEN EVENING Our October Open Evening sees a record number of Year SALVATION ARMY 11 students visit us. TOY APPEAL Our staff and students donate lots of Christmas presents under the Angel Tree for the Salvation Army’s Toy Appeal. THE BIG DRAW Our Visual Arts Department DECEMBER hosts the Big Draw event in CELEBRATORY LUNCH our Visual Arts Centre. Our Year 12 students with outstanding attitude to learning scores attend a celebratory lunch to recognise their achievements. HENRY SMITH AWARD Exceptional Accounting students win the Henry Smith Award. CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY Staff and students raise money for Save the Children UK with our annual Christmas Jumper Day. N OV E M B E R LUMIERE Our Arts students work with professional artists to create an installation for Lumiere. NORTHERN PRINT Arts students spend the day at Northern Print to use their printmaking equipment for their coursework. ROYAL NATIONAL DSFC ELECTION SINFONIA LIVE Our Politics students participated Music students take part in a in our hustings event in the Royal National Sinfonia Live Theatre in the run-up to the session at the Sage General Election. in Gateshead.
JA N UA R Y TES SHORTLISTED DSFC is shortlisted for Sixth STUDENT Form College of the Year for LEADERSHIP GROUP the third consecutive year at the TES awards. Finalists Our newly formed Student Leadership Group meets for the first time. INTERIM Our Year 13 students showcase their artwork INTERIM Date Friday 31st January 2020 in the Visual Arts Centre Time 4:30 - 6:30pm Location Visual Arts Centre in the Interim exhibition. Durham Sixth Form Centre Providence Row The Sands Durham City DH1 1SG ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Description Showcasing work from Year 13 A-level students in Art, Craft & Design, Fine Art, Graphics, Photography and Artist-in-residence Lizzie Fashion & Textiles. Lovejoy has been working with Arts Award students. PERFORMING ARTS VISIT PRIMARY SCHOOLS Performing Arts students are in action at a local primary school. VISIT FROM THE COUNCIL Geography students attend a talk from Durham County Council on their new HQ development. HEALTHY EATING FOR SPORT STUDENTS Sports students find out more about healthy eating as part of their studies. VISITING PROFESSOR Classical Civilisation students are taught by a Durham University professor. F E B R UA R Y CHAOS COLLECTIVE A Night Foundation Art students showcase their talents in their A NIGHT TO REMEMBER to Remember Chaos Collective exhibition. Year 12 Performing Arts A Variety Show students present an evening with musical theatre, dance, magic and stand up comedy. Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th March 2020 Showtime: 6.30pm Venue: DSFC Theatre Tickets £6 Available through Eventbrite & durhamsixthformcentre.org.uk
OPERATING THEATRE LIVE JUNE Our science students get NSEAD NATIONAL hands-on experience during CONFERENCE Operating Theatre Live. Arts students participate in online NSEAD national conference. NETPARK VISIT APRIL Applied Science students visit NETPark. ONLINE FILM & TV FESTIVAL TV and Film Production students host an online film festival. SKI TRIP CROWN COURT VISIT Annual ski trip to Norway. Forensic science students visit Newcastle Crown Courts. MARCH EUROPEAN LAW COMPETITION YOUTH PARLIAMENT Law students use our TV Politics students take part studio to record their in the NE finals of the competition entry. European Youth Parliament debating competition. NATIONAL TOURING EXHIBITION Arts students exhibit their work in a national touring exhibition. GOLF LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! Our Golf Academy students become league champions with a place in the national finals.
TIME TO DECIDE... WITH SO MANY COURSES ON OFFER, WHAT WILL YOU CHOOSE?
SO MUCH CHOICE... With almost fifty courses on offer here at Durham Sixth Form Centre, you will be spoiled for choice. From A-levels to BTECs and Level 3 Courses, we offer the widest range in County Durham to give you the freedom to study the subjects you are passionate about. Decisions, decisions... 20 Accounting 36 IT (BTEC) 20 Applied Law (BTEC) 37 Law 21 Art, Craft & Design 40 Mathematical Studies (Level 3) 22 Biology 40 Mathematics 23 Business 41 Further Mathematics 23 Business (CTEC) 42 Media Studies 24 Chemistry 43 Music 24 Classical Civilisation 43 Performing Arts (BTEC) 25 Computer Science 44 Philosophy 26 Criminology (Level 3) 45 Photography 27 Drama & Theatre 45 Physical Education 27 Economics 46 Physics 28 English Language 47 Physiology (BTEC) 29 English Literature 47 Politics 29 Fashion & Textiles 48 Psychology 30 Film Studies 48 Psychology (BTEC) 31 Financial Studies (Level 3) 49 Religious Studies 31 Fine Art 50 Sociology 32 Forensic Investigation (BTEC) 51 Sport (BTEC) 32 French 51 Sport: Boys Football Academy 33 Games Development (BTEC) 52 Sport: Girls Football Academy 34 Geography 53 Sport: Golf Academy 35 Graphic Design 53 TV Studio & Film (BTEC) 35 Health & Social Care (BTEC) 54 T-LEVELS 36 History 55 Digital Production, Design and Development (T-LEVEL) 55 Health (T-LEVEL)
A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS ACCO UNT I NG APPLIED L AW This course aims to develop an understanding of Law affects our everyday lives in more ways than the purposes of accounting and develop the skills of many of us are aware. The BTEC Applied Law course presentation, analysis and interpretation of accounting is ideal for students who prefer to be assessed by a information from small sole traders and partnerships combination of both coursework and to large limited companies. controlled assessment. WHAT WILL I LEARN? WHAT WILL I LEARN? Topics covered include: the double entry model; This course looks at the way the law works, how law is verification of accounting records; accounting made and the people involved in the law. Over the two concepts used in the preparation of account records; years, students will study several aspects of criminal preparation of financial statements of sole traders; law and explore challenging topics, including homicide, limited company accounts; analysis and evaluation tort law and property offences, as well as the English of financial information; budgeting and marginal legal system and legal professions. costs; standard costing and variance analysis; HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? capital investment appraisal; accounting for limited In Year 12, students will study law making and the companies; interpretation, analysis and communication justice system (internally assessed) alongside dispute of accounting information. solving in civil law (externally assessed). In Year 13, HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? students will apply criminal law in their externally This A-level is a linear course with 100% of assessment assessed unit, focusing on unlawful homicide, property by examinations at the end of Year 13. There are two offences, police powers and defences, and will be examinations each worth 50%, consisting of a mixture internally assessed on tort law. Overall external of multiple choice, short answer and extended assessment will account for approximately 60% and answer questions. internal assessment 40%. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Accountancy, book-keeping, auditing, financial control, Law, human resources, business, estate agency, business management, credit control, company management, public services, teaching. secretary, bursar. 20
A-LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS ART,CR AFT & DESIGN This course enables students to have a creative learning experience, where Art, Craft and Design practice is meaningfully integrated with theoretical knowledge and understanding. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Areas covered include: clay and wire work; sculpture; printmaking; drawing; painting and mixed media. This broad-based course offers flexibility in content and approach through a range of 2D and 3D processes. Students spend time working with visiting professional artists as part of their course and have the opportunity to take part in educational trips in this country and abroad. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The course is assessed internally at the end of Year 13 with a personal investigation, worth 60% of the qualification, and an externally set assignment, worth 40% of the qualification, both of which are externally moderated. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Art foundation course or direct entry to higher education, practising artist, gallery/museum curating, teaching, community arts, art therapist, arts administrator, architecture and arts education work. 21
A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS BIOLOGY This course is designed for students who wish to pursue traditional biological courses such as medicine, physiotherapy, veterinary science, pharmacy, biological science and biochemistry. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will learn about: fundamental biological concepts such as heart and lung physiology; how organisms exchange with their environment; how plants and animals interact in ecosystems; the biochemistry of key processes such as respiration and photosynthesis; how biological molecules are formed and how they produce macromolecules; and cutting edge concepts including genetic engineering and biotechnology. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with three examinations at the end of Year 13. A practical endorsement is also undertaken to show proficiency of skill, though this does not contribute to the final A-level grade. Regular internal assessments are undertaken as well as a more formal end-of-year internal examination. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, NHS careers such as healthcare science and physiotherapy, zoology, environmental science, sports science. 22
A-LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS CTEC / OCR / 2 YEARS B U S INESS BUSINESS This course enables students to focus on the dynamic This course provides a fantastic opportunity for nature of the contemporary business world, as well students to discover how the world of business as providing opportunities for research into topical impacts upon their lives on a daily basis and aims to business issues and the development and application of provide students with the knowledge, understanding a full range of academic skills. and skills of the world of business. WHAT WILL I LEARN? WHAT WILL I LEARN? Three components are studied over the course. The CTEC in Business requires the completion of three Component 1: Business Opportunities and Functions mandatory units: The Business Environment, Working (topics include: marketing, enterprise, business structure, in Business and Customers and Communication. HR, operations, finance); Component 2: Business As well as this, a further two additional units must Analysis and Strategy (topics include: market analysis, be studied from: Marketing and Market Research, sales forecasting, financial performance, strategy and Introduction to Human Resources, Accounting implementation, decision-making models, investment Concepts, Principles of Project Management, appraisal) and Component 3: Business in a Changing Responsible Business Practices, International Business, World (topics include: change, risk management, Business Events and Being Entrepreneurial - Evaluating PESTLEE, globalisation, international trade). Viable Opportunities. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with three examinations at the The course is assessed by a combination of portfolio end of Year 13 each lasting 2h 15m. Paper 1 covers work and examination. The two units assessed through Component 1, whilst Paper 2 covers Component 2 and examination are: The Business Environment (2 hrs) and Paper 3 covers Component 3. All papers are equally Working in Business (1hr 30), both of which require weighted (33.3%). competent mathematical skills. All other units are WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? assessed via portfolio. Business management, human resource management, WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? finance and accounting, corporate law, environmental Business management, human resource management, law, marketing, operations, logistics, ICT. finance and accounting, corporate law, environmental law, marketing, operations, logistics, ICT. 23
A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS A-LEVEL / OCR / 2 YEARS CHEMISTRY CL ASSICAL CIVILISATION The course aims to develop an awareness of the Classical Civilisation focuses on the civilisations of link between theory and experiment as well as the Greece and Rome, and is a wide ranging subject responsible use of scientific knowledge and evidence. involving the study of literature, material culture, WHAT WILL I LEARN? ancient thought and ideas, and the ancient historical, Students will study the three branches of Chemistry: social and political context. Organic, Inorganic and Physical. Lessons are a mixture WHAT WILL I LEARN? of theory and practical work, with a strong emphasis Students explore how Europe was created in the on explaining the outcome of practical work using the Roman Empire, study epic mythology by Homer theory learned. Progress is monitored throughout the and Virgil, and Ovid’s saucy poetry, and analyse the course using cumulative progress assessments and ideologies and propaganda of imperialism and love. mock examinations. The course includes political history in Augustus’ HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Roman Empire; social history in attitudes to love, sex, This A-level is a linear course with 100% of desire and the status of women; historical sources like assessment by examination at the end of Year 13. statues, buildings, temples and coins; and philosophers Paper 1 covers Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Plato and Seneca. whilst Paper 2 covers Organic and Physical Chemistry, HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? with both worth 35% each. The final Paper 3 covers The course is assessed by three written examinations the practical, data handling and synopsis and is worth at the end of Year 13; 40% on Epic (Homer and Virgil), 30% of the final grade. A practical endorsement is 30% on the Roman Empire and Augustus and 30% on also undertaken to show proficiency of skill, which will Social History and Philosophy (Love and Relationships), be awarded Pass or Fail. with a range of questions and question styles to suit WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? all learners. Medicine, dentistry, chemistry, veterinary science, WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? pharmacology, forensic science, biochemistry, Law, teaching, lecturing, business, archaeology, chemical engineering. museums, tourism. 24
A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS COMPUTER S C IENCE This course covers both the current technologies HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? and perceived advances in both hardware and The course is assessed through a mixture of examination software to enable candidates to meet the demands and coursework at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 (40%) of a highly skilled business and industrial sector, is an on-screen exam testing the students’ ability to with an emphasis on computational thinking. program and their theoretical knowledge, whilst Paper 2 WHAT WILL I LEARN? (40%) is a written exam with short and extended-answer Computer Science gives students a solid foundation questions on subject content. The final 20% is from in the underlying principles of computing. Topics project-based coursework. studied over the two years include: fundamentals WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? of programming, data structures, algorithms, Computer science, software design/development, data representation, computer systems, computer games/app development, business, social media. organisation and architecture, communication and networking, functional programming, theory of computation, consequences of the use of computing, Big Data, systematic approach to problem solving. 25
LEVEL 3 / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS C R IM IN O LO GY This course will give an understanding of the culture of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system, including the police, courts, prosecution services, prisons and rehabilitation services. WHAT WILL I LEARN? This exciting interdisciplinary subject draws on Law, Psychology and Sociology to examine how crime is defined, why people commit crimes, and how society responds. The course content includes four units: changing awareness of crime; criminological theories; crime scene to courtroom and crime and punishment. It will give students the ability to solve problems, providing skills of project-based research, development and presentation. Outside speakers visit the sixth form including police officers, prison governors and probation officers. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This course is assessed by a combination of examination and controlled assessment over the two-year course. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Policing, law, social work, probation work, youth work, crime scene investigation. 26
A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS A-LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS D R AM A & T HEATRE ECONOMICS This course gives students the opportunity to study This course aims to develop an understanding of the and research a variety of published plays exploring workings of the UK economy by investigating how them from the angles of a performer, director and firms operate in different markets and the impact of designer. Students will create, rehearse and perform economic activity on the environment and society as group and individual works, both devised and scripted. a whole. WHAT WILL I LEARN? WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will explore texts and practitioners from a Students are introduced to Economics through building practical angle and discover how to turn the words of knowledge of core microeconomic and macroeconomic a playwright into a performance for an audience by concepts and by investigating economic theory studying text, ways of performing, acting, directing and through real-world businesses and the environments design for the stage. They will complete a variety of in which they operate. Students will learn to apply practical and written elements which will prepare them their knowledge and understanding to both familiar fully for the final performance and written examination. and unfamiliar contexts as well as demonstrate an HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? awareness of current economic events and policies. The course is assessed through a combination of HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? written examination at the end of Year 13 (40%), which This is a linear course, assessed by three examinations, focuses on their study of two set texts and a live all at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 examines markets performance, as well as two practical performances. and how they work (35%), Paper 2 assesses competing Students are assessed on creating an original drama in the global economy (35%) and Paper 3 looks at the with a devised performance (30%) and making economic environment and business (30%). theatre using a scripted performance (30%) with WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? accompanying portfolios of evidence. Business management, accounting, financial services, WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? law, marketing, operations, local/national government. Acting, drama therapy, drama/film production, theatre design, directing, stage management, special effects, theatre administration, events and arts management, teaching. 27
A-LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS E N GLIS H L A NGUAGE This course will allow students to develop a wide range HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? of language skills at a high level through the study of This is a linear course with a combination of both written and spoken English, applying a variety of coursework and examination at the end of Year 13. transferable skills, such as creative writing, analysis and There are three examinations: language concepts and essay writing. issues (30%); language change over time (30%) and WHAT WILL I LEARN? creative and critical use of language (20%). Students Students will explore topics such as the language used will also submit a piece of coursework on language in C21st technology; the language used to exert power; and identity for the remaining 20%. the language used by different genders to represent WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? their identity; the use of spoken language for example Journalism, teaching, media, law, publishing, in chat shows, talent shows and on the radio; changes broadcasting, business, marketing. in language over time; regional and social differences in language and the way children acquire language. 28
A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS ENGLISH LITERATURE FASHION & TEX TILE S This course allows students to examine a variety of This broad-based course encourages students to written works in great detail and learn about the culture work as innovative and professional designers/ in which the author lived, the history and the various practitioners, anticipating possible emerging trends intellectual, political, and artistic movements of the time, within the creative field, predominantly fashion which shaped the author’s work. and interiors. WHAT WILL I LEARN? WHAT WILL I LEARN? A wide range of exciting texts and genres will be explored Areas covered include digital print, hand and including: work from the comedy genre; one play by machine embroidery, fashion garment sampling, Shakespeare (Twelfth Night); at least one further pre-1900 repeated pattern, composition, colour palette, text (a play by Oscar Wilde and Emma by Jane Austen); silhouette, photo shoots, 3D textiles, innovative texts from the political/social protest genre; at least one surfaces. Students have flexibility in their approach post-2000 text (The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini); to the subject and are exposed to a creative learning at least one poetry anthology (Songs of Innocence and experience which develops and refines both practical Experience by William Blake) and one further in this genre and critical thinking skills, with emphasis on (The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood). There will real-world experience and employability. also be an exploration of critical perspectives applied to a HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? text, such as Marxism and feminism. Assessment is at the end of the two-year course. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Component 1 (60%) allows students to develop work This is a linear course with a combination of coursework based on a concept leading to a finished outcome and examination at the end of Year 13. There are two and includes written work of 1000-3000 words to examinations, worth 40% each, which assess the comedy support this. Component 2 (40%) is an externally set genre, and political and social protest writing. There task by AQA within specific time constraints. is also coursework worth 20%, which relates to critical WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? reading from an anthology. Art foundation course or direct entry to higher WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? education, fashion design, textile design, clothing/ Teaching, media, law, theatre management, textile technology, interior and spatial design, publishing, journalism. and teaching. 29
A-LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS FILM STUDIES This academic course is for serious film watchers who want to explore and learn about a wide range of contemporary and historical English language films as well as foreign language cinema. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will consider both mainstream Hollywood and independent cinema, discovering how film represents the world at large and also learning the essential fundamentals of film language: character, narrative, cinematography, sound and mise en scène. Students will also take a critical look at the history of the cinema industry and how recent technological developments have affected the way that film is marketed and distributed. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with a combination of coursework and examination at the end of Year 13. There are two examinations, worth 35% each, which assess film history, and critical approaches to film. There is also a coursework project worth 30%, in the form of either a short film or a screenplay for a short film. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Film/TV/video production, programme research, broadcasting, public relations, multimedia and social media. 30
LEVEL 3 / LIBF / 2 YEARS A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS F IN A NCI A L ST U DIES FINE ART This Level 3 course enables students not only to learn This course allows students to specialise in any area about how to manage their money effectively, but also of Fine Art including drawing, painting, printing, learn about financial products such as credit cards, sculpture, digital photography, film, performance, loans, mortgages and pensions to prepare them for sound, and art history. The subject demands critical financial independence. thinking, resourcefulness, independent research and WHAT WILL I LEARN? historical and contemporary contextualisation of an Students will learn how to apply financial decisions to individual’s interests. different circumstances, appreciating the features of WHAT WILL I LEARN? risks and reward in managing personal finances, as well Students are required to work in one or more of as developing an understanding of the wider financial the following areas: drawing and painting, mixed- services industry and exploring key developments media including collage and assemblage, sculpture, affecting consumers in recent years. This can be ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image and studied as a one-year course (Certificate in Financial photography. They will be introduced to a variety of Studies CeFS) or two-year course (Diploma in Financial experiences through a wide range of media, processes Studies DiFS). and techniques and will be offered opportunities to HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? attend gallery visits and residential art trips. Each of the four units is assessed by a mixture of HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? multiple choice questions, a pre-release case study Assessment is at the end of the two-year course. requiring essay responses to five questions and Component 1 (60%) allows students to develop work spelling, punctuation and grammar. These assessments based on a concept leading to a finished outcome and will be spread across Years 12 and 13 for the Diploma includes written work of 1000-3000 words to support in Financial Studies and Year 12 only for the Certificate this. Component 2 (40%) is an externally set task by in Financial Studies. AQA within specific time constraints. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Accounting, business, investment banking, Art foundation course or direct entry to higher management, finance. education, practising artist, gallery/museum curating, teaching, community arts, art therapist, arts administrator, architecture and arts education work. 31
BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS FO R EN SI C FRENCH I N VES TI GAT I O N This course is a more vocational work-related The aim of this course is to improve students’ linguistic qualification which follows on from GCSE science and competence, as well as helping them to learn more aims to give students the knowledge, understanding about the country and its culture. and skills needed to prepare for employment. WHAT WILL I LEARN? WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will develop the four key skills of listening, This course focuses on the application of science, reading, speaking and writing across a wide range practical techniques, report writing and forensic of interesting topics. Students will consider how science, and is equivalent to 1.5 A-levels. A strong French-speaking society has been shaped socially and foundation is laid in all aspects of science in Year 12 culturally in areas including music, technology, arts and and then there is a focus on the practical application politics. They will also study a book and a film in order of knowledge and forensic science in Year 13. The to appreciate, analyse and respond critically in French department has strong links with the NHS and the to the works. science departments at local universities, making use HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? of their facilities and expertise where relevant. As well This is a linear course with assessment at the end of as classroom and laboratory sessions, students will Year 13 in the form of examinations to assess: listening, visit local universities and attend lectures delivered by reading and writing, including translation from and professionals working within the science sector, with a into French (50%); written fluency and accuracy which view to gaining practical knowledge and the ability to entails writing two essays to critique a French film and analyse data. a novel (20%); as well as an examination to assess oral HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? fluency (30%). This course is assessed via an external examination WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? which encompasses all three academic sciences, a Interpreting, translation work, teaching, travel industry, practical examination and four portfolio-based units. business and marketing, broadcasting. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Forensic science, crime scene investigation and NHS careers such as midwifery and nursing. 32
BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS GAMES D EVELO PM ENT This course will introduce students to how the games HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? industry works along with an overall understanding This course is assessed internally by a combination of organisational structures and the various job roles of coursework and controlled assessments over the within it. This course cannot be studied alongside TV two years of study. Students will build up a portfolio, Studio and Film. ideal not only for employment in the games industry WHAT WILL I LEARN? but also to enhance their suitability for the increasing Students will look at the principles of game design range of related higher education courses. and the structures and practices of both large-scale WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? and independent game development companies. They Computer/video games design, games programming, will develop a number of small-scale titles, produce games art/animation, creative director. narratives for games, and generate industry-standard pre-production materials including design documents, level and character designs and storyboards of sequences of gameplay. 33
A-LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS GEO GR APH Y This course provides an understanding of our changing HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? and interconnected world, covering both the physical This is a linear course with a combination of and human environments and the complex interaction coursework and examination at the end of Year 13. of processes which shape our world. There are three examinations, worth 80% in total, with WHAT WILL I LEARN? a mixture of longer essay and short answer questions, Students will learn about Coastal Landscapes and which include data interpretation and mathematical Changing Places. More contemporary issues are skills. Students will also complete an individual studied in Global Systems and Global Governance investigation, which must include data collected in the with migration and climate change at the forefront. field, and is worth 20%. Tectonic hazards are also studied with the emphasis WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? on reducing risk and increasing resilience. Optional Business, finance, sustainability, teaching, conservation themes include Energy Dilemmas, Weather and work, civil engineering, architecture, urban planning, Climate. Students will also undertake the required four environmental management, GIS and law. days of fieldwork in the local neighbourhood. 34
A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS GR APH I C D ESI GN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE This course introduces students to a variety of Health and Social Care provides a highly specialised experiences, employing a range of traditional and new work-related qualification in the health, social care media as well as the relevant processes and techniques and early years sectors. to be able to create impact with the words and images WHAT WILL I LEARN? in print and on screen. This qualification is available as an Extended WHAT WILL I LEARN? Certificate (one A-level equivalent) or a Diploma Students will be introduced to the role of the (two A-level equivalent). Students will look at human professional graphic designer as a visual thinker and lifespan and development, investigate what it is problem-solver, while gaining experience in branding, like to work within the health and social care sector publishing, illustration, image-making, animation and and explore areas such as health and safety in the motion graphics. Students are given a range of themes workplace, physiological disorders and their care, and which encourage the development of ideas and are the sociological aspects of the industry. informed through the study of art and design history HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? and contemporary graphic artists. Students will develop their critical-thinking skills, HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? resilience and interpersonal skills and learn how to Assessment is at the end of the two-year course. research actively and independently and become an Component 1 (60%) allows students to develop work effective writer during internally assessed coursework based on a concept leading to a finished outcome and units. Alongside this, students will sit external includes written work of 1000-3000 words to support examinations (58% of the Extended Certificate and this. Component 2 (40%) is an externally set task by 42% of the Diploma). Students will receive exam AQA within specific time constraints. technique training as part of the development of WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? exam-based skills. Art foundation course or direct entry to higher WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? education, branding, publishing, illustration, Social work, nursing, counselling, paramedic work, typography, motion graphics, web design, interactive occupational therapy, nutrition or primary media, and editorial design for magazines and books. school teaching. 35
A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS HI S TO RY IT This course allows students to investigate a wide range This qualification is designed for learners with an of historical issues, events and personalities, whilst interest in a career in the IT industry; an exciting and using evidence to formulate convincing arguments and constantly changing industry which offers a wide range compare different interpretations of events. of opportunities. WHAT WILL I LEARN? WHAT WILL I LEARN? During the course, students will complete a breadth Students will look at several areas throughout the study covering the making of a superpower, USA course; in particular investigating the way in which 1865-1975 from the end of the Civil War through to systems work together and investigating cybersecurity the Vietnam War, a depth study on 15th century British and threats to ICT systems, the use of social media in History looking at the Wars of the Roses from business and also website development. 1450-1499 and a piece of coursework, which will entail HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? an independent enquiry into the various This is assessed by four different units; one written Tudor Rebellions. examination, one controlled assessment and two HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? coursework units. At the end of Year 12, students will This is a linear course with a combination of sit the Unit 2 controlled assessment and complete coursework and examinations at the end of Year coursework for Unit 3; Using Social Media in Business. 13. There are two examinations, worth 40% each, At the end of Year 13, students will sit an examination both of which involve writing three essays. There is in Unit 1; Information Technology Systems and submit also coursework worth 20%, relating to the Tudor the final coursework in either Programming, Website Rebellions in the form of a 3000-3500 word essay to be Development or Data Modelling. submitted in Year 13. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Social media design, IT management, website Journalism, law, politics, social work, teaching, development, helpdesk analysis, account management, archaeology, conservation, public services. computer animation, computer science. 36
A-LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS L AW A-level Law gives students opportunities to explore interesting and challenging topics, including criminal law, negligence, morality and justice. It is a fascinating subject with something new to learn every day as our laws change and develop. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students are introduced to the English legal system as a whole in Year 12 before a more in-depth study of substantive law in Year 13. Course content includes: offences against the person and property; occupiers’ liability and negligence offences; legal personnel and law making and contract law. Students will have opportunities to enrich their studies with visits and guest speakers. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This linear course is assessed entirely by three examinations at the end of Year 13. There are two examinations on substantive law in practice and perspectives in substantive law, worth 75% in total, alongside an examination on the nature of law and the English legal system, which is worth 25%. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Legal profession, journalism, local/central government, public relations, teaching, management and business. 37
LEVEL 3 / AQA / 1 YEAR A-LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS MATHEMATICAL MATHEMATICS STU D I ES Mathematical Studies is designed to maintain and A-level Mathematics provides students with a develop real-life mathematical skills, for students who thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and appreciate the value of everyday maths and problem techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic solving skills. and reasoning skills developed ensure the qualification WHAT WILL I LEARN? is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas. This course has large proportions of statistics WHAT WILL I LEARN? and financial mathematics. Students will develop This course comprises two thirds Pure Mathematics, confidence and competence in the understanding and with a range of algebra including quadratic and application of calculations in the solution of problems simultaneous equations, together with trigonometry, relating to personal finance such as income tax, NI coordinate geometry and graphs. Familiar topics are contributions, loans and savings. The course also studied alongside new topics including sequences and uses technology to calculate statistical quantities and series, numerical methods and an extension of vectors. concentrates on interpreting the results. A further two modules - mechanics and statistics - will HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? also be studied for the other third of the course. This qualification is the equivalent of an AS-level in HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? terms of UCAS points and should be taken alongside A-level Mathematics is a linear course with all three other courses, as it will be completed in one year. assessment at the end of Year 13 in the form of three Assessment is by two external examinations, sat at the external exams. Students will experience a wide variety end of Year 12. of lesson activities, are expected to complete frequent WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? homework tasks and will be tested on a regular basis This course would be particularly helpful for students to reinforce learning in class. who are studying any of the science courses, WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Geography, Psychology, Business Studies and/or Accountancy, data science/analysis, business, finance Economics. and investment, actuarial work, teaching. 40
A-LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS F URTHER M AT H EM AT I CS This is a challenging but highly enjoyable qualification, HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? which both extends and deepens students’ knowledge The A-level Further Mathematics course is a linear and understanding beyond the standard A-level. For course with all assessment by examination at the end someone who enjoys maths, it provides a challenge of Year 13, in the form of four externally examined and a chance to explore new and more sophisticated papers, all worth 25% each. Papers 1 and 2 examine concepts. the Core Pure content whilst Papers 3 and 4 examine WHAT WILL I LEARN? the optional content. Further Mathematics builds on the study of earlier WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? topics and encourages the development of a wider Accountancy, data science/analysis, business, finance understanding of the ways in which mathematical and investment, actuarial work, teaching. topics are interconnected. Topics studied on this course include Pure Mathematics such as complex numbers, matrices, polar coordinates, differential equations and hyperbolic functions. All three areas of decision mathematics, mechanics and statistics may also be covered in more detail. 41
A-LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS MEDIA STUDIES Media Studies is an exciting and challenging subject HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? which encourages students to critically engage with This course is assessed by a combination of non- a broad range of historical and contemporary media examined assessment (coursework), worth 30%, and products. two examinations, each worth 35% at the end of Year WHAT WILL I LEARN? 13, in which students will analyse a range of set text Through analysing products within television, print media products examining how the representations journalism, social media and advertising, students constructed are influenced by historical and industry will learn about the effect and scope of the media contexts. The course takes an academic approach upon the world in which we live. Students will also to media study using a wide range of media theory practise their photographic and journalistic writing to enable an in-depth understanding of the impact skills through a coursework project, in which they will that mass media products have on contemporary research, plan and make a film marketing campaign audiences. with an accompanying website. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Broadcast/magazine journalism, market research, events management, public relations, social media. 42
A-LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS MUSIC P ERFOR MING ARTS This course aims to develop students’ musical skills Performing Arts is a stimulating subject which allows in a variety of disciplines, including performance, students to explore and investigate the work of composition and analysis. Whilst it is not necessary to practitioners and professionals as well as developing have studied GCSE Music, students should be working their own performance skills. It is for those students who towards Grade 5 music theory and be able to play an wish to begin or continue to develop performance skills. instrument to at least Grade 5 standard. WHAT WILL I LEARN? WHAT WILL I LEARN? There are two mandatory units, Developing Skills and Students will discover a wide range of musical styles, Techniques for Performance and Group Performance from a range of eras including instrumental and vocal Workshop. Three additional units are chosen from various music, music for film, popular music and jazz, fusions options. This course requires students to research and and new directions. They will gain an understanding of analyse published and live material, meet deadlines and the influence on social and cultural history. Students be fully prepared to complete written analysis alongside develop listening and analytical skills, solo performing building their technical performance skills. skills on an instrument or voice, and learn how to HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? use a range of compositional techniques to create an BTEC Performing Arts is a practical subject, delivered in a original piece of music. vocational context, offering students the opportunity to HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? perform to audiences and take part in the development Students will be assessed on three components: process to prepare for this. The five units studied are performing, composing and appraising, with a public completed over the two years of the course; one is performance of one or more pieces solo or in an externally assessed by examination and the other four are ensemble, worth 30% and a further 30% of their internally assessed and externally verified. All have equal assessment is based on two compositions, both weighting for assessment. components being externally assessed. Finally there is WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? a written examination, worth 40% of their final grade. Acting, musical theatre, drama therapy, production, WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? theatre, design, directing, stage management, Performing, composing, arranging, teaching, arts special effects. administration and management, media, marketing. 43
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