Ursuline High School & Wimbledon College Course Guide 2020 - A Guide for Students and Parents

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Ursuline High School & Wimbledon College Course Guide 2020 - A Guide for Students and Parents
Ursuline High School
    & Wimbledon College
    Course Guide 2020
    A Guide for Students and Parents
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Ursuline High School & Wimbledon College Course Guide 2020 - A Guide for Students and Parents
Welcome to the Ursuline High School and Wimbledon
    College Sixth Form
    This is an exciting time to be choosing Sixth Form courses. In this booklet, we will give you information about
    the range of courses which reflect the shared academic and vocational provision of the Ursuline High School and
    Wimbledon College. For each course there will be details of the examination board used by that subject, a brief
    course outline, details of the knowledge and skills that you will be developing as a student and an overview of
    how you will be assessed and examined. More detailed information relating to the courses offered is available on
    the subject flyers available on the Sixth Form Open Evening.

    Choosing the right course
    We offer a range of courses, with different pathways based on prior
    attainment at GCSE.
    Advanced Level                                                     and exciting HE courses. Pearson Edexcel is the main
    Nearly all of our A Levels are two-year courses. They are          provider of vocational courses and they lead to a BTEC
    examined in Year 13 at the end of the two-year course              qualification. Some courses are offered as a Single
    and graded from A*-E. As of September 2017 all A Level             Award, equivalent to one A Level, and others as a
    qualifications have changed from modular to linear                 Double Award, equivalent to two A Levels.
    courses, examined at the end of Year 13. Although AS
    qualifications still exist, they do not count towards the
    final A Level. Progression into Year 13 is dependent on
    achieving at least a grade D in Year 12.                           These are one-year courses, similar to those studied at
                                                                       Key Stage 4. If you have not passed Mathematics or either
    Vocational Courses                                                 English Literature or English Language with at least a
    These courses run over two years. They are graded                  grade 4, you will have to opt for the relevant course for
    Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass. They are recognised      you. All students on our Level 2 programme will study
    by over 120 Universities and give students access to varied        English Language and Mathematics.

    Course guide – list of courses on offer
    Level 3 – Two Year Courses
    Technical courses                            Economics                                 Advanced Subsidiary Level
                                                 English Language                          Extended Project
    T Level: Digital Production,
    Design and Development (Triple Award)        English Literature
    BTEC Applied Science (Diploma)               English Literature and Language
    BTEC Business Studies (Double Award)         French                                    Level 2 – One Year Courses
    BTEC Health and Social Care (Single Award)   Geography
    BTEC Health and Social Care                  German                                    GCSE
    (Double Award)                               History                                   Mathematics
    BTEC IT (Single Award)                       Mathematics                               English Language
    Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate     Further Mathematics                       English
    in Peforming Arts (Single Award)             Music                                     Citizenship Studies
    Advanced Level                               PE (Sports Studies)                       Vocational courses Level 2
    Art and Design                               Physics                                   (BTECs or equivalent)
    Biology                                      Politics                                  Art Award
    Business Studies                             Psychology                                Creative iMedia
    Chemistry                                    Religious Studies                         BTEC Travel and Tourism
    Computing                                    Sociology
    Drama and Theatre Studies                    Spanish

    We expect to offer all the courses below, but staffing constraints or student choices may mean that we are unable to offer some

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Ursuline High School & Wimbledon College Course Guide 2020 - A Guide for Students and Parents
To help you choose the right course, you should talk to your tutor, Head of Year or Head of Sixth Form. Both schools
    also have specialist careers advisors. Your present teachers have a very good idea of your abilities and the courses
    which will suit you. If you are new to the Sixth Form you will be able to access advice after applying. Remember that
    final decisions about which subjects or courses can be followed are made in August in the light of examination results
    and career aspirations. When choosing courses you should consider:

    •   Which courses do I need to do to qualify for the university, college courses or apprenticeships I want to do and for
        my future career?
    •   Does the package of courses look sensible and keep doors open for future progression?
    •   What do my GCSE grades tell me about my strengths and abilities and for which courses am I qualified?

    Technical courses follow a broad programme of study which keeps students’ options open for employment,
    further training or further and higher education. The main difference between A Levels and technical courses is
    the structure of the programme and the methods of assessment.

    •   Students enjoy the variety, flexibility and independence which vocational courses offer, as each course is made up of
        units which are gained separately.
    •   Students work on their own and as part of a team, do short projects and longer assignments, and many gain
        experience in the workplace.
    •   Students take more responsibility for their own learning. Technical courses give them opportunities to decide
        what to do and how to go about it.
    •   Students’ work is assessed by coursework and tests as they go along, giving them targets at which to aim.
    •   Students on technical courses are very often better prepared for university–style independent learning than
        students on non-vocational courses.
    •   Many students will choose to study both technical and non-technical courses together, thus increasing
        their skill set and keeping many options open for progression onto Level 3 courses, or into university or

    Students with the grades relevant to be on this one-year course will study English Literature, English Language
    and Mathematics as part of their ‘core’ studies. These subjects are of paramount importance in gaining access to
    apprenticeships, into the world of work and also onto Level 3 courses. In addition, there will be a choice of subjects
    from which to choose, offered by both Ursuline High School and Wimbledon College. These will not be subjects that
    you have studied before, as our experience (and research) shows that students do better when on ‘new’ courses.

    The Government has introduced changes to several aspects of Advanced Level and Vocational subjects. Some
    subjects have had a new specification for first teaching from September 2015, others from 2016 and as of this
    academic year (September 2017), all courses, both A Levels and Vocational, have been reformed.

    In addition, the AS will now be a stand-alone qualification and will not count towards the A level. All examinations
    will now be linear and therefore taken at the end of Year 13, covering the content of all the modules studied in Year 12
    and 13.

    The last major change affects vocational courses: although they remain essentially assessed through coursework,
    as of this academic year (September), students will have to sit an examination at the end of the course and it will
    count for 20-30% of their final grade.
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Two Year Courses                            development of drawing, painting,
                                                photography, textiles, sculpture and
                                                                                               Why choose this course: The A-level
                                                                                               Art and Design course provides
                                                design. The course provides students           students with exciting opportunities
                                                with opportunities to develop personal         to develop personal creative responses
                                                responses to ideas, observations,              to ideas, observations, experiences,
    T Level: Digital                            experiences, environments and cultures         environments and cultures in
    Production, Design and                      in practical, critical and contextual forms.   practical, critical and contextual
                                                                                               forms. Students are introduced to a
    Development                                 Course Fundamentals:                           variety of experiences employing a
    Taught at Ursuline High                     •   Students gain experience of working        range of appropriate media, processes
                                                    with a range of relevant materials,        and techniques and build upon the
    Examination Board: Pearson                      processes, technologies and                knowledge, understanding and skills
                                                    resources.                                 gained at GCSE with greater depth of
    Why choose this course: The Digital
    T Level will offer students a mixture       •   Students explore how ideas, feelings
    of classroom learning and ‘on-the-              and meanings can be conveyed and           Course Fundamentals:
    job’ experience during an industry              interpreted in images and artefacts
    placement of at least 315 hours                 developing a working vocabulary and        •   Students will learn how to follow
    (approximately 45 days). The course will        specialist terminology.                        a creative process, in which they
    provide the knowledge and experience                                                           explore and develop approaches
                                                •   Students develop an appreciation of
    needed to open the door into skilled                                                           to communicating ideas visually.
                                                    how images and artefacts relate to
    employment, further study or a higher                                                          They will explore how to generate
                                                    the time and place in which they were
    apprenticeships                                                                                and develop new ideas and develop
                                                    made and to their social and cultural
                                                                                                   their intellectual, imaginative,
    Course Fundamentals:                                                                           creative and intuitive capabilities.
    •   Students complete a substantial         EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT:                        •   Students will learn to be pro-active,
        industry placement with a               This A level consists of 2 components.             persistent and self-motivated,
        prestigious employer to gain            Component 1 – Personal Portfolio is                developing independence of
        firsthand experience and develop        worth 60% of the overall grade. The                mind in developing, refining and
        the necessary skills that digital       Externally Set assignment is worth 40% of          communicating their own ideas,
        companies demand                        the overall grade.                                 their own intentions and their
                                                                                                   own personal outcomes in order
    •   Learners gain an understanding of       The Personal Portfolio incorporates three          to produce creative, dynamic and
        core theories, concepts and skills      major elements: supporting studies,                exciting outcomes.
        necessary for the digital industry      practical work, and a personal study.
                                                                                               •   Students will understand how
    •   Students develop specialist skills      Personal Portfolio skills are developed
                                                                                                   art and design can inspire and
        and knowledge necessary for a           starting at the beginning of Year 12 and
                                                                                                   challenge the viewer through
        future career in the digital world      lead in to the Personal Portfolio project
                                                                                                   interaction with their work and
                                                starting in Summer B and continuing to
    EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT:                                                                        engagement with their ideas and
                                                the end of Autumn B of the second year.
    During Year 12 students will be                                                                continue to develop their interest
                                                Students have to work in at least two
    examined on two core modules                                                                   and enjoyment of art and design
                                                disciplines. Graphics, sculpture, Textiles,
    and complete an employer set                                                                   whilst building their knowledge and
                                                Fine Art are examples of the disciplines
    project. During Year 13 there is an                                                            understanding of art and design
                                                students can choose from.
    integration project to complete for                                                            and media and technologies in
    the occupational specialism element         The Externally Set assignment                      contemporary and past societies
    of the course. All projects and exams       incorporates two major elements:                   and cultures.
    are externally set and marked.              preparatory studies and a 15–hour              •   Students will be encouraged to
    The industrial placement is also a          period of sustained focus. The externally          work and develop skills in a multi-
    compulsory element of the course and        set assignment title is released on 1st            disciplinary and cross-disciplinary
    is required in order to achieve the T       February culminating in the 15-hour exam           way, exploring the connections
    Level                                       (sustained focus) in April.                        between areas of art, craft and
                                                                                                   design and gaining knowledge
                                                The students’ work is both internally              and understanding of the scope
                                                assessed throughout the year and                   and variety of disciplines and
    Art and Design                              externally assessed at the end of the year.        approaches including painting and
    Taught at Ursuline High                                                                        drawing, printmaking, sculpture,
                                                                                                   lens-based image making and
    Examination Board: Pearson                  Art and Design                                     digital photography.
    Edexcel – A Level                                                                          •   EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
                                                Taught at Wimbledon College
    Why choose this course: The Art and                                                        This A level consists of 2 components.
    Design course is an exciting and creative   Examination Board: Pearson                     Component 1 – Personal Portfolio is
    course that ensures the practical skill     Edexcel – AS Level and A Level                 worth 60% of the overall grade.

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    The Externally Set assignment is worth          respond to an issue, theme,             Examination Board: AQA – A
    40% of the overall grade.                       concept or idea or work to a brief or   Level
                                                    answer a need in Photography.
    Component 1: The Personal Portfolio                                                     Why choose this course: In Biology
    comprises a portfolio of development        •   Students gain an appreciation of        you need a critical and questioning
    work and outcomes based on themes               viewpoint, composition, depth           approach, enthusiasm, and a real
    and ideas developed from personal               of field and movement as well           interest in the subject. The course
    starting points. Students’ skills are           as time-based photographic              develops the fundamental principles
    developed throughout Year 12 and                techniques.                             of biology and helps nurture a passion
    lead to a personal study in which pupils                                                for the subject through practical
                                                •   Students develop an understanding
    develop their contextual research and                                                   investigation and engaging learning.
                                                    of the appropriate use of the
    understanding in a minimum 1000                                                         People wishing to go further in the
                                                    camera, film, lenses, filters and
    word essay before developing practical                                                  following fields would be well suited
                                                    lighting for work and techniques
    work in response.                                                                       to the course: biological sciences,
                                                    related to the developing and
                                                                                            medicine/medical fields, dentistry,
    Component 2: The Externally Set                 printing of photographic images,
                                                                                            veterinary medicine, marine biology
    Assignment requires pupils to                   where appropriate, presentation
                                                                                            and forensics.
    respond to an externally set theme              and layout.
    with suggested starting points. It          This A level consists of 2 components.      Course Fundamentals:
    incorporates two major elements:            Component 1 – Personal Portfolio is
    preparatory studies and a 15–hour                                                       •   Students cover topics including
                                                worth 60% of the overall grade. The             biological molecules, cells,
    period of sustained focus. The              Externally Set assignment is worth 40%
    externally set assignment title is                                                          organisms and exchange
                                                of the overall grade.                           substances.
    released on 1st February culminating in
    the 15-hour exam (sustained focus) in                                                   •   The course covers areas on genetics,
    May.                                                                                        variation, the control of gene
                                                This A level consists of 2 components.          expression
    Students’ work is both internally           Component 1 – Personal Portfolio is         •   Students study relationships
    assessed throughout the two years, and      worth 60% of the overall grade. The             between organisms, energy
    externally assessed at the end of the       Externally Set assignment is worth 40%          transfers in and between organisms,
    Year 13.                                    of the overall grade.                           how organisms respond to
                                                Component 1: The Personal Portfolio             changes in internal and external
                                                comprises a portfolio of development            environments, evolution and
    Art and Design –                            work and outcomes based on themes               ecosystems
    Photography                                 and ideas developed from personal           EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
    Taught at Wimbledon College                 starting points. Students’ skills are
                                                developed throughout Year 12 and            The A level course assessment consists
    Examination Board: Pearson                  lead to a personal study in which pupils    of three externally examined papers,
    Edexcel – A-Level                           develop their contextual research and       each 2 hours in length. Practical skills
                                                understanding in a minimum 1000             are assessed through core practical
    Why choose this course: The                 word essay before developing practical      activities within the two years and
    Photography course provides students        work in response.                           the theory is tested through each
    with opportunities to develop personal                                                  examination. A certificate is delivered
    responses to ideas, observations,           Component 2: The Externally Set             at the end of the A Level course.
    experiences, environments and cultures      Assignment requires pupils to
    in practical, critical and contextual       respond to an externally set theme
    forms. Students are introduced to a         with suggested starting points. It          Biology
    variety of experiences employing a          incorporates two major elements:            Taught at Wimbledon College
    range of appropriate media, processes       preparatory studies and a 15–hour
    and techniques and, as the course           period of sustained focus. The              Examination Board: Pearson
    progresses, build upon the knowledge,       externally set assignment title is          Edexcel - A Level
    understanding and skills gained in Year     released on 1st February culminating in
    12 with greater depth of study in Year      the 15-hour exam (sustained focus) in       Why choose this course: Biology is a
    13.                                         May.                                        fascinating science - a dynamic and
                                                                                            living subject. Arguably one of the
    Course Fundamentals:                        Students’ work is both internally           fastest growing areas of science - new
                                                assessed throughout the two years, and      discoveries in Biology are pushing
    •   Students are given opportunity          externally assessed at the end of the       the boundaries of what we previously
        to explore elements of visual           Year 13.                                    thought possible. Biology is not without
        language, line, form, colour, pattern
                                                                                            its controversies - students of Biology
        and texture in the context of
                                                Biology                                     need to ask important questions about
                                                                                            when life begins and how we use the
    •   Students develop an ability to          Taught at Ursuline High School              power of science.
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    •   The course aims to introduce students    EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                         Examination Board: AQA – A
        to the fundamental principles of         At A Level 3 Units are required to             Level
        Biology - including life processes       be covered and a 2 hour written
        (respiration and photosynthesis), cell   examination for each unit sat.                 Why choose this course: This course
        biology, genetics and ecology.                                                          suits logical students and enables
                                                 EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                         students to have access to a diverse
    •   The course covers three A level
                                                                                                range of courses at university such
        modules: Biochemistry, Microbiology      At A Level 3 Units are required to be
                                                                                                as Biochemistry, Medicine, Dentistry,
        and Genetics, Physiology, Evolution      covered and a 2 hour written examination
        and Ecology, Practical Principles in     for each unit sat.
                                                                                                Sciences and Forensics.

    EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                                                                      Course Fundamentals:
                                                 Business Studies Level 3
    The A level is taught over two years,
    with 3 examined modules and a
                                                 BTEC Diploma                                   •   In chemistry, students learn how
                                                                                                    the study of properties of materials
    coursework element.                          Taught at Ursuline High                            enables chemists to deduce how
                                                                                                    elements are bonding. They will
                                                 Examination Board: Pearson                         observe and explain patterns in the
    Business Studies                             Edexcel BTEC Diploma                               Periodic Table, as well as explore the
    Taught at Wimbledon College                  Why choose this course: The BTEC Level             group of Transition metals in detail.
                                                 3 in Business, which is equivalent to          •   Students will also learn about Organic
    Examination Board: OCR - A                   two GCE A Levels, aims to offer young              chemicals, such as Alkanes, Alkenes,
    Level                                        people the chance to develop the                   Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes and many
                                                 skills, knowledge and attributes that              more. Students develop problem
    Why choose this course: The course
                                                 they need to succeed in business, or to            solving skills through the use of
    aims for pupils to develop an interest
                                                 progress to further or higher education.           spectroscopy. This will be applied
    and enthusiasm for the study of business
                                                 The nature of the course is mainly                 to the study of chemical processes
    through gaining a holistic understanding
                                                 coursework with one exam and two                   occurring in the atmosphere, focusing
    of how businesses operate. For pupils
                                                 controlled assessments.                            on the depletion of the ozone layer
    to develop a critical understanding of
    organisations and their ability to meet                                                         and the greenhouse effect.
                                                 Course Fundamentals:
    society’s needs and wants and that in                                                       •   ·They will use mathematics to work
    doing so there is a need to be aware of      •   Business Environment including                 out the amount of chemicals in a
    ethical dilemmas and responsibilities            resources and communication                    given substance. They will investigate
    faced by organisations and individuals.      •   Introduction to Marketing and the use          equilibria and how equilibria can be
                                                     of new technology                              displaced. Students will understand
    Course Fundamentals:                                                                            how the speed of reactions can be
                                                 •   Investigating business (both National
    •   Meeting Customer Needs                       and International)                             controlled and how mathematical
                                                                                                    relationships in kinetics enable the
    •   Marketing Mix and Strategy               •   Business Ethics
                                                                                                    chemist to deduce how chemicals
    •   Entrepreneurs and leaders                •   Economics                                      react with one another.
    •   Financial Planning                       •   Retail
                                                 •   Human Resources                            EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
    •   Reserve Management
                                                                                                At the end of Year 13, the A Level is
    •   Business Objectives and Strategy         •   Communications Technology
                                                                                                assessment is done through three
    •   Business Growth                          •   Business Management                        papers, the A Level assessment is
    •   Assessing Competitiveness                EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                         done through three papers, each 2
                                                                                                hours in length. The first one examines
    •   Globalisation/ Expansion                 This course comprises eight units, of
                                                                                                the inorganic chemistry, the second
    •   Global Marketing                         which six are mandatory and two are
                                                                                                one examines the organic chemistry.
                                                 optionals. Three of the six mandatory
    •   The Market                                                                              Physical chemistry is split between the
                                                 units will be assessed externally. Units 2
    •   Business Growth                                                                         two papers, each paper represents 35%
                                                 (Developing a Marketing Campaign), 3
    •   Managing People                                                                         of the A-level. The last paper is worth
                                                 (Personal and Business Finance) and unit 6
                                                                                                30% of the mark and examines any part
    •   Raising Finance                          (Principles of Marketing) are all externally
                                                                                                of the syllabus and elements of the
    •   Managing finance                         assessed. This will mean that both unit
                                                                                                practical chemistry. . Students’ practical
                                                 2 and 6 will be assessed as a controlled
    •   External Influences                                                                     skills will be assessed through activities
                                                 assessment whilst unit 3 will be an
    •   Influences on Business Decisions                                                        within the two years and a certificate
                                                 external exam.
    •   Decision Making Techniques                                                              is assessed through a Science Practical
                                                                                                Endorsement. It will not contribute to
    •   Managing Change                                                                         the overall grade for the qualification,
    •   Global Markets and Business              Chemistry                                      but the result will be recorded on the
    •   Global Industries and Companies          Taught at Ursuline High                        student’s A level certificate.
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    Chemistry                                      problems and design systems and                   be actively engaged in theatre
                                                   software and will apply the academic              performance work.
    Taught at Wimbledon College                    principles learned in the classroom to        •   The course is delivered through a
                                                   real world systems.                               practical and analytical approach to
    Examination Board: Pearson
    Edexcel – A Level                              Course fundamentals:
    Why choose this course: The course                                                           EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
                                                   •    Components of a computer and
    introduces and extends the ideas and                their uses                               Component 1 - Coursework: Devising
    implications of modern chemistry,                                                            a live theatre performance (40% of
                                                   •    Types of software and the                the qualification, 80 marks). There
    through experimental work. A wide
                                                        methodologies used to develop them       are two parts to the assessment: a
    range of experiments are undertaken
    by the student which support the               •    How data is exchanged between            typed or recorded/verbal portfolio
    teaching of key concepts. The course                systems                                  or a combination of both and the
    develops the key skills of data handling       •    How data is represented and stored       performance.
    and analysis, thinking creatively,                  in different structures and the use of
                                                        different algorithms                     Component 2 - Coursework: Text in
    planning, problem solving, and the
                                                                                                 Performance (20% of the qualification, 60
    linking of ideas.                              •    Laws surrounding the use and ethical     marks). A group performance realisation
                                                        issues that can arise from the use of    of one key extract from a performance
    Course Fundamentals:                                computers                                text and a monologue or duologue
    •   The relationship between chemical          •    What is meant by computational           performance from one key extract from a
        bonding, structure, and the                     thinking                                 different performance text.
        physical and chemical properties of        •    How computers are used to solve
        substances.                                                                              Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
                                                        problems and programs can be
    •   How energy transfers and changes to             written to solve them                    Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
        the order of the system, entropy, can      •    The use of algorithms to describe        Written examination (2 hours 30 minutes,
        be used determine the feasibility of            problems and standard algorithms         40% of the qualification, 80 marks).
                                                   EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                        •   Section A: Evaluating a live theatre
    •   The application of chemical
                                                   The A level is taught as 3 modules.               evaluation.
        principles to industrial chemistry and
        environmental chemistry.                   1.   Computer systems: an externally          •   Section B: As a class, practically
                                                        marked paper worth 40% with a 2hr            explore a complete performance text,
    EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                                                                           focusing on how this can be realised
                                                        30 mins exam
    The course has several modules - leading                                                         for performance. Students answer
    to a full A Level at the end of Year 13.       2.   Algorithms and programming: an               two extended response questions
                                                        externally marked paper worth 40%            based on an unseen extract from the
    Paper 1: 1 hour 45 mins, 90 marks, 30%                                                           performance text they have studied.
                                                        with a 2hr 30 mins exam
    Paper 2: 1 hour 45 mins, 90 marks, 30%                                                       •   Section C: Practical exploration
                                                   3.   Programming project: internally
                                                                                                     and interpretation of another
    Paper 3: 2 hours 30 mins, 120 marks, 40%            assesses, externally moderated
                                                                                                     complete performance text, in light
                                                        project worth 20%
                                                                                                     of a chosen theatre practitioner
    Students’ practical skills will be                                                               – focusing on how this text could
    assessed through the Science Practical                                                           be reimagined for a contemporary
    Endorsement. It will not contribute to the     Drama & Theatre Studies                           audience.
    overall grade for the qualification, but the
    result will be recorded on the students’ A     Taught at Ursuline High
    Level certificate.                                                                           Economics
                                                   Examination Board: Pearson
                                                   Edexcel – A Level                             Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon
    Computing                                      Why choose this course: This is an
                                                   academic subject, recognised by
    Taught at Wimbledon College                    the universities, designed to attract         Examination Board: Pearson
                                                   students with an interest in the theatre,     Edexcel – A Level
    Examination Board: OCR – A                     TV and theatre production. The course         Why choose this course: The course
    Level                                          covers theatrical practitioners, past and     aims to give an insight into key issues
    Why choose this course: : The new              present, theatre history and the study        in the news affecting everyday life.
    linear A level focuses on programming          of set plays, and the development of          Our goal is to allow you to understand
    and emphasises the importance of               a critical analytical approach towards        the forces driving things like the price
    computational thinking as a discipline.        contemporary theatre.                         of oil, exchange rates and the level of
    The course also has a focus on Maths,                                                        unemployment in an economy. The
                                                   Course Fundamentals:
    though much of this will be embedded                                                         subject is split into two main sections;
    in the course. Students will solve             •    Students will be prepared to             microeconomics and macroeconomics.
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    Whereas macro looks at the big issues         audiences                                     and time periods.
    affecting the economy as a whole,         •   Learn specific linguistic terminology
    micro looks at a smaller scale. In the        to identify, label, sort and analyse      EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
    first year of the course you will study       language                                  The course is taught in modules and
    markets, market failure and the UK                                                      is assessed through a mixture of non-
                                              •    Link to History, Geography and
    economy whilst in the second year                                                       examined Assessments (coursework) and
                                                  foreign languages by understanding
    of the course you will study business                                                   Examined Assessments.
                                                  how English has developed over time
    behaviour, the labour market and
    global economics.                         •   Cross-over with Psychology and            Component 1 – Shakespeare, Drama
                                                  Sociology in the research, data           and Poetry, Pre-1900. (40% of A Level).
    Course Fundamentals:                          gathering and experimental nature of      Examination 2 hours 30 mins.
                                                  a real language investigation, as well
    •   Government debt                           as the psycho-social reasons for using    Component 2 – Comparative and
                                                  specific types of language.               contextual study. (40% of A Level)
    •   Unemployment
                                              •   Develop their own creative writing.       Examination 2 hours 30 mins.
    •   Exchange rates
                                              EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                        Component 3 – Non-examined
    •   Prices: why do they always seem to    Three examinations on:                        AssessmentonLiterature,Post-1900.(20%).
                                              Language Variation – 2 hour 15 mins
    •   Business: why and how do firms        examination (35%);                            English Language and
                                              Child Language – 1 hour (20%);
                                              Investigating Language (pre-release) 1        Taught at Wimbledon College
                                              hour 45 mins (25%).
    There are three two hour written
    examinations at the end of the A          A ‘Crafting Language’ coursework folder
                                                                                            Examination Board: AQA – A
    Level course. Paper 1 will focus on       is also submitted consisting of two pieces
    markets and business behaviour (35%),     of original writing plus an analytical,       Why choose this course: The course
    Paper 2 will focus on the national and    reflective commentary (20%).                  aims to develop and improve pupils’
    global economy (35%) whilst Paper                                                       ability to understand key ideas of
    3 will focus on microeconomics and                                                      grammar, lexis, syntax and the like in
    macroeconomics (30%).
                                              English Literature                            communication which may be verbal or
                                                                                            written. Pupils understand how writers
                                              Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon           attempt to re-create rhythms of natural
    English Language                          College                                       speech and dialogue in their literary
                                                                                            works as well as developing ability to
    Taught at Ursuline High                   Examination Board: OCR – A                    closely analyse language.
    Examination Board: Pearson                                                              Course Fundamentals:
                                              Why choose this course: The course
    Edexcel – A Level
                                              aims to develop and improve students’         •   Understanding of technical
    Why choose this course: This course       ability to understand and analyse                 terminology and application
    covers language variation: how 21st       literature across all three main forms:
    century language varies according to      prose, poetry and drama. For success          •   Understanding how language varies
    identity and use, and how language        in English Literature, students must              across different text types
    has changed over time from 1550 to        combine a thorough knowledge of the           •   Ability to read a variety of texts and
    the present day. Students study how       set texts with the ability to present a           understand how meaning is created
    children between the ages of 0 and 8      reasoned and coherent line of thought.
    learn to speak and write. Later in the    The ability to compare different writers’     •   An understanding of the differences
    course they submit a creative writing     styles and approaches is a key objective          between spoken and written forms of
    folder choosing between fiction or        along with and enthusiasm for literature          communication.
    journalism genres, together with a        and wide reading.
    reflective commentary. Finally they
    select a specialist language topic        Course Fundamentals:                          The course is taught in modules and
    such as English dialects or language                                                    is a mixture of Coursework and Exam
                                              •   Students enhance their skills on          Assessment.
    and power, and conduct their own
                                                  close prose analysis
    linguistic investigation in preparation
                                              •   Students develop a consideration          Paper 1: written exam: 3 hours, 100
    for examination.
                                                  of how language and structure are         marks, 40%
    Course Fundamentals:                          manipulated for effect.
                                                                                            Paper 2: written exam: 2 hours 30 mins,
    •   Extend GCSE skills, comparing how     •   Students gain an insight into the role    100 marks, 40%
        writers convey identity considering       of context in shaping great literature.
        different genres, purposes and        •   Students compare texts across genres      Coursework: 50 marks, 20%
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    Extended Project                              project an audience. All aspects are        •   section b) Changing places
                                                  assessed and grades A*-E awarded by
    Qualification                                                                             •   section c) Contemporary urban
                                                  the centre supervisor and coordinator;          environments
    Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon           projects are then moderated by the
    College                                       examination board.                          PAPER 3 (no exam)
                                                                                              • Geography Fieldwork investigation:
    Examination Board: Ursuline
                                                                                                 60 marks. 20% of A Level (3 000 – 4
    High: AQA; Wimbledon College:                 Geography                                      000 words)
    Pearson Edexcel
                                                  Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon
    Why choose this course: The Extended          College
    Project Qualification (EPQ) is equivalent                                                 Health and Social Care
    to an AS Level qualification, with the        Examination Board: AQA – A                  Extended Certificate
    possibility of attaining an A* grade. The     Level
    EPQ allows each student to embark on a                                                    Taught at Ursuline High
    largely self-directed and self-motivated      Why choose this course: Geography is
    project. Students must choose a topic,        often regarded as a bridge between          Examination Board: Pearson
    plan, research and develop their idea         the arts and the sciences; it aims to       Edexcel – BTEC Level 3 National
    and decide on their finished product.         develop an understanding of the             Extended Certificate
                                                  variable nature of the earth’s physical
    We encourage creativity and curiosity. A      landscape and the complex nature of         Why choose this course: BTEC Level 3
    project topic may be directly related to      our own relationships and interactions      National Extended Certificate in Health
    a student’s main study programme, but         with the environment. The course            and Social Care aims to provide an
    should look beyond the specification.         aims to investigate both Human and          introduction the sector. It is for students
    Students will learn taught skills such        Physical Geography in greater depth.        who are interested in learning about
    as how to choose a topic and phrase           Topics include: Water and Carbon            the health and social care sector. The
    a title; how to select, evaluate and          Cycles, Coastal systems, Hazards, Global    extended certificate is equivalent in size
    reference research sources; how to            systems and Governance, Changing            to one A Level.
    structure an argument, as well as             Places and Population. Students will
    project-management skills.                                                                Course Fundamentals:
                                                  be engaged through the most up
                                                  to date topical material as well as by      The mandatory content of the
    A finished EPQ product may take the form      attending field trips to carry out and      qualification incorporates topics
    of a:                                         learn techniques of geographical            relevant across the health and social
                                                  investigations.                             care sector:
    •   research based written report (5,000
        words)                                    Course Fundamentals:                        •   Human Lifespan Development
    •   production*(e.g.charityevent,fashion
                                                  •   Students develop an enjoyment           •   Working in Health and Social Care
        show or sports event etc.)
                                                      of both Human and Physical
    •   an artefact* (e.g. piece of art, a            Geography                               •   Meeting Individual Care and
        computer game or realised design)                                                         Support Needs.
                                                  •   Students gain an interest in
    *A written report must accompany these            the world around them and an            The optional units cover the biological
    options.                                          appreciation of our planet              and sociological topics relevant to the
                                                                                              different parts of the health and social
    Course Fundamentals:                          •   Students further develop their high
                                                                                              care sectors.
                                                      level of written communication
    •   EPQ is an additional qualification            skills.
                                                                                              Optional units include:
        choice, taught in just 2 periods a        •   Students become proficient in
        week; students are expected to do             analysing and interpreting graphical    •   Sociological Perspectives
        the majority of their project outside         data
        lesson times.                                                                         •   Psychological Perspectives
    •   Students may choose to do a project       EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                      •   Supporting Individuals with
        on a topic of their choice.               PAPER 1 Physical – 2.5 hour exam: 120           Additional Needs
                                                  marks. 40% of A Level
    •   The EPQ can link to any subject, future                                               •   Physiological Disorders and their
                                                  • section a) Water and Carbon Cycles
        career choices, or hobbies / interests.                                                   Care.
                                                  •   section b) Coastal Systems and
    •   Promotes strong essay writing,
                                                      landscapes                              EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
        investigative, research and
        management skills.                        •   section c) Hazards                      There are 3 mandatory units, 1 internal
                                                  •   Field trip summer of year 12            and 2 external. Students must complete
    EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT:                                                                   and achieve at pass grade or above for
    As well as the finished product,              PAPER 2 Human - 2.5 hour exam: 120          all these units. Unit 1: Human Lifespan
    students must also record their project       marks. 40% of A Level                       Development and Unit 2: Working in
    process in their Production Log and           • section a) Global systems and global      Health and Social Care are 1 hour and
    give a formal presentation about their           governance                               30 minutes written exam units.
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     Health and Social Care                      Health and Social Care is a mandatory         hours 30 mins (Civil Rights in the USA)
                                                 synoptic unit which requires students
     Diploma                                                                                   Unit 4 – Coursework assignment – 4000
                                                 to complete a pre-released article and
     Taught at Ursuline High                     their secondary research, drawing             word essay (20% - Development of
                                                 together their knowledge and                  Rights for Women)
     Examination Board: Pearson                  understanding of working practices and
     Edexcel – BTEC Level 3 National             provisions of services.
     Diploma                                                                                   History
                                                 Work experience
     Why choose this course: BTEC Level 3                                                      Taught at Wimbledon College
     National Diploma in Health and Social       Students are required to complete
     Care aims to provide an introduction        100 hours of work experience with the
                                                                                               Examination Board: OCR–A Level
     the sector. It is for learners who are      health and social care sector. Learners
     interested in learning about the            will be provided with a work experience       Why choose this course: The aim of the
     health and social care sector as part       log for them to record the skills they        History A Level course is to ensure that
     of a balanced study programme. The          develop on their placement, and to plan       students will develop their interest in
     Diploma is equivalent in size to two A      for their placement and development.          and enthusiasm for the subject and an
     Levels.                                                                                   understanding of its intrinsic value and
                                                                                               significance. They will be able to build
     Course Fundamentals
                                                 History                                       on their knowledge of the past through
     The mandatory content of the                                                              experiencing a broad and balanced
                                                 Taught at Ursuline High                       course of study. The two-year course
     qualification incorporates topics
     relevant across the health and social                                                     will develop a range of skills including:
                                                 Examination Board: OCR – A
     care sector:                                Level                                         In the first year, students study a British
                                                                                               period and enquiry unit ‘From Pitt to
     •   Human Lifespan Development              Why choose this course: Students will         Peel 1783-1853’ and a non-British period
     •   Working in Health and Social Care       undertake breadth and depth studies to        ‘The Cold War 1941-95.’ In the second
     •   Meeting Individual Care and             develop an understanding of a specific        year, students follow a thematic study
         Support Needs.                          time period as well as the key events         unit containing a focus on historical
                                                 and turning points in History. Students       interpretations ‘Britain and Ireland
     •   Principles of Safe Practice in Health   build an extensive knowledge of the           1791-1921,’ whilst also researching and
         and Social Care                         topics studied as well as developing          writing up a 3000-4000 word essay on
     •   Enquiries into Current Research in      skills such as analysis, evaluation and       an aspect of ‘Nazi Germany 1933-45.’
         Health and Social Care                  interpretation.
     •   Promoting Public Health.                                                              •    From Pitt to Peel
                                                 Course Fundamentals:
     The optional units cover the biological                                                   •    The Cold War
     and sociological topics relevant to the     •   Students study the Early Tudors in        •    Britain and Ireland
     different parts of the health and social        England (1485-1558)
                                                                                               •    Nazi Germany Coursework
     care sectors.                               •   Democracy and Dictatorship in
                                                     Germany (1919-1963)                       EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
     Optional units include:
                                                 •   Students cover work on Civil Rights       The course is assessed through
     •   Sociological Perspectives                   in the USA (1865-1992)                    coursework and external examination.
     •   Psychological Perspectives              •   The Development of Rights for
                                                                                               Unit 1: (25%) Examination: 1 hour 30
                                                     Women in Great Britain (1865-c.1918)
     •   Supporting Individuals with                                                           mins
                                                     is the core focus of the coursework
         Additional Needs
                                                     assignment                                Unit 2 (15%) Examination: 1 hour
     •   Physiological Disorders and their
         Care                                    EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                        Unit 3 (40%) Examination: 2 hours 30
     •   Nutritional Health.                     There are four units in the A Level:          mins

     EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                      Units 1 and 2 are studied in Year 12 and      Unit 4 – Coursework assignment – 4000
     There are 6 mandatory units. Students       Units 3 and 4 are studied in Year 13.         word essay (20%)
     must complete and achieve at pass
                                                 Unit 1 – British period study (25%).
     grade or above for all the 3 mandatory
                                                 Examination: 1 hour 30 mins (Early
     external units. Students must complete
     all 3 mandatory internal units and
                                                 Tudors)                                       IT
     achieve a pass or above in 2 of             Unit 2 – Non-British period study (15%).      Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon
     these units. Unit 1: Human Lifespan         Examination: 1 hour (Democracy and            College
     Development and Unit 2: Working in          Dictatorship in Germany)
     Health and Social Care are 1 hour and                                                     Examination board: Pearson
     30 minutes written exam units. Unit         Unit 3 – Thematic study on historical         Edexcel – BTEC Level 3 National
     4: Enquires into Current Research in        interpretations (40%). Examination: 2         Extended Certificate
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     Why choose this course: This                 course content is compulsory without            Section A: Statistics (50 marks); Section
     qualification is equivalent to one A         any options for choice. Two-thirds of           B: Mechanics (50 marks)
     Level and provides students with up-         the course content is pure mathematics
     to-date IT industry knowledge as well        and one-third content is applied
     as a range of practical skills required      mathematics. The applied mathematics            Mathematics – Further
     to succeed in higher education and           content consists of half statistics and half
     in a modern day career. Students             mechanics.
     will develop a common core of IT                                                             Taught at Wimbledon College
     knowledge and study areas such as            The pure mathematics content includes
     the relationship between hardware            algebra and functions, coordinate               Examination Board: Pearson
     and software that form an IT system,         geometry, trigonometry, calculus,               Edexcel – A Level
     managing and processing data                 vectors and proofs. The statistics
                                                  content includes statistical sampling,          Why choose this course: This course
     to support business, using IT to
                                                  data presentation and interpretation,           is ideal for students who have a passion
     communicate and share information,
                                                  probability, statistical distributions          in Mathematics and who thrive on
     computational thinking skills and the
                                                  and statistical hypothesis testing.             challenge. Students develop the skills
     principles of designing and developing
                                                  The mechanics content includes                  to explore new and more sophisticated
     computer programs.
                                                  kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws            mathematical concepts beyond A Level
     Course Fundamentals:                         and moments.                                    Mathematics.

     The objective of this qualification is       Course Fundamentals:                            Course Fundamentals:
     to give learners the opportunity to
                                                  •   A strong skill set of algebraic             •   The course is designed so that
     develop their knowledge and skills
                                                      manipulation is essential to the                students aim for an A Level in
     in information technology systems,
                                                      development of skills from GCSE                 Mathematics in their first year and
     systems management and social media
                                                      to A Level                                      then they move on to begin the
     in business and programming.
                                                                                                      Further Maths modules which
                                                  •   Applied content makes use of
     Learners will study these units:                                                                 build on prior knowledge and
                                                      mathematical techniques within
     Unit 1: Information Technology Systems           contextualised problem solving
                                                      situations.                                 •   Students should already have a
     (Y13 –External Assessment – 2 hr                                                                 natural aptitude for solving problems
     Written exam)                                •   Mechanics includes the study of                 and a great enjoyment of the subject.
                                                      motion, force, momentum and                     Problem solving is a key component
     Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage               kinematics                                      of the course.
     Information (Y12 –External Assessment        •   Statistics includes the study of
     – 10hr practical exam)                           probability, statistical diagrams,          EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
                                                      correlation and measures of average.        All papers 1hr 30 mins
     Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business
     (Y12 – Assignment, internally assessed)          The Edexcel pre-released large data
                                                      set (LDS) containing real data is used      Paper 1 – Further Pure Maths 1
     Unit 6: Data Management (Y13 –                   during the course to enable students to     Paper 2 – Further Pure Maths 2
     Assignment, internally assessed)                 become familiar with it as some of the
                                                      exam questions are based on the LDS.        Paper 3 – Further Maths Option 1 One
     EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                       •   Use of ICT is an integral part of the       from Further Pure, Further Statistics,
     This course consists of 4 units in total         course, particularly in the statistics      Further Mechanics, Decision Maths
     including 3 mandatory units and 1                content
                                                                                                  Paper 4 – Further Maths Option 2 One
     optional unit. The grades offered are        •   Real-life modelling is an integral part     from Further Pure, Further Statistics,
     Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.       of the course                               Further Mechanics, Decision Maths
     Mathematics                                  A-Level Mathematics is examined in three
                                                                                                  Modern Languages:
                                                  papers of equal weighting at the end of
     Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon          Year 13. A calculator is allowed in all three   French
     College                                      exam papers                                     Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon
     Examination Board: Pearson                   Paper 1: 2 hours – 100 marks – Pure
     Edexcel – A Level                            mathematics content assessed at A level
     Why choose this course: For the suitable                                                     Taught at Ursuline High
     candidate, Mathematics is a valuable A       Paper 2: 2 hours – 100 marks –
     Level qualification which has become         Remaining pure mathematics content              Spanish
     increasing desirable in recent years                                                         Taught at Ursuline High School &
     as a support subject in areas such as        Paper 3: 2 hours –100 marks – statistics        Wimbledon College
     Science, Geography, Economics and            and mechanics content from both years
     Business Studies. The whole of the linear    split into two sections.
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     Examination Board: AQA – A                       students organising events /              although, depending on the style of
     Level                                            screening of films and seminar at BFI     music being composed and / or the
                                                      and the target language institutes        given brief, it may be possible to use
     Why choose this course: Modern                   (French,Goethe,Cervantes)/seminars        alternative scores. One composition has
     Languages are highly regarded by                 and debates attended via our “Lingua      to be at least four minutes long and the
     universities and studying a language at          Franca” link with Kings’ College          other at least one minute long. In total
     A Level offers the opportunity to not                                                      both pieces must have a duration of at
     only continue with languages in further      EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                        least six minutes.
     education, but also to integrate it as       The assessment consists of three papers.
     a part of many degrees, thus adding          Paper 1 is the Listening, Reading and         For the appraisal assessment students
     an additional life skill to your CV. The     Writing assessment (2h30mins and 50%          will study music from a range of styles
     emphasis in new syllabuses is on             of the A-Level) ; Paper 2 is the Writing      and traditions including vocal music,
     contemporary issues, current affairs and     assessment (2 hours and 20% of A-Level)       instrumental music, music for film,
     communicationskills,theabilitytodiscuss      and Paper 3 is the Speaking assessment        popular music and jazz, fusions and new
     and debate contemporary and often            (21-23 minutes, including 5 minutes           directions. There are three set works
     controversial society issues in the target   preparation time and 30% of the A-Level).     and a wide range of other related music
     language. The course provides many                                                         to study for each area. There is a final
     opportunities to attend conferences                                                        two hour written examination in which
     and cultural events throughout the year.
     There is also an opportunity for work
                                                  Music                                         students’ knowledge and understanding
                                                                                                is tested through a mixture of listening
     experience abroad during February            Taught at Ursuline High / Wimbledon           questions and written responses.
     half-term - in France, Spain or Germany      College
     - which has proved an invaluable
     experience for previous students.            Examination Board: Pearson
                                                  Edexcel – A Level                             Performing Arts (Drama)
     Course Fundamentals:                                                                       Cambridge Technical
     •   A seven-week module focusing
                                                  Why choose this course: This course           Extended Certificate
                                                  continues the format of study from the
         on consolidating and deepening           GCSE Music course and, as such, is divided
                                                                                                Level 3
         students’ knowledge and                  between performing music, composing           Taught at Wimbledon College
         understanding of the grammar.            music and appraising a wide range of
     •   Practice and experience of the           pieces. Students will learn to perform,       Examination Board: OCR
         language as well as the culture are      compose and appreciate different types
         gained through the weekly use            of music, developing critical and creative    Why choose this course: The course
         of authentic topical material, e.g.      thinking,cultural,aestheticandemotional       aims to develop your love of drama,
         traditional /current songs, newspaper    awareness, and the ability to make music      theatre, film and preformance. You will
         headlines, magazine articles, radio      individually and as part of a group. All      improve your ability to work within
         and TV programmes, now accessible        styles of music can be submitted for the      a team, as well as your performance
         via the internet. Students also have     performing and composing elements.            skills and your critical awareness of
         the opportunity and are encouraged       Students will need to be able to follow       performance.
         to borrow DVDs and watch films on a      conventional notation and be able to use
                                                                                                Course Fundamentals:
         regular basis.                           notation software.
     •   Students will study topics related                                                     •   Professions in the performaing
         to aspects of, culture, politics and     Course Fundamentals:                              arts sector and how to sustain
         literature of the countries where the    •   performing music (30%)                        a career in this field, with
         language is spoken and students                                                            practicalopportunities.
                                                  •   composing music (30%)
         are expected to extend their studies                                                   •   Learning about community arts
         at home using various forms of           •   appraising music (40%)
                                                                                                    projects, one of which you will also
         media; homework, prep work and                                                             plan
         independent learning sessions are
                                                  The student will prepare a recital at least   •   Learning about theatre companies
         all used to help the students acquire
                                                  eight minutes in length in which they will        and how they use particular styles
         key further education study skills as
                                                  perform one or more pieces. They can              of work
         well as to ensure that they experience
                                                  sing or play and this can be undertaken       •   You will also develop performances
         and enjoy the language outside the
                                                  as a soloist or in an ensemble. The style         and show that you understand the
                                                  of music performed is chosen by the               creative processes involved
     •   In teaching and learning the target      candidate.
         language predominates once the                                                         EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
         grammar module has been done,            The composing element requires the
                                                                                                The course has several units.
         and answers in English are kept to       submission of two compositions at
         a minimum so students feel fully         least one of which has to be based on         Unit 1 – Portfolio – externally assesses
         immersed. Some of the opportunities      a brief set by Edexcel. It is likely that
         to attend conferences and cultural       all candidates would use conventional         Unit 2 –Project proposal – extrnally
         events, via the KS5 society include:     notation and notation software for this       assessed
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     Unit 3 – Performance – externally            performance & Analysis of Performance.          Why choose this course: The course
     assessed                                                                                     aims to introduce the laws, theories and
                                                                                                  models of modern physics and explore
     Unit 4 – Documantary evidence of
     the development process – internally         Physics                                         their practical applications. Students are
                                                                                                  encouraged to reinforce their knowledge
     assessed                                     Taught at Ursuline High                         through extensive practical work.
     Unit 8 – Performing Repertoire-              Examination Board: AQA – A                      Course Fundamentals:
     devising performances in the style of        Level
     practitioners                                                                                •   Mechanics
                                                  Why choose this course: Physics                 •   Materials
                                                  is an excellent subject that leads to
                                                                                                  •   Waves
                                                  many further education pathways
     Physical Education (Sports                   including Medical Physics, Radiography,         •   Electricity
     Studies)                                     Architecture, Actuary, Optician,                •   Light
     Taught at Wimbledon College                  Engineering and even Stock Broking. The         •   Thermal Energy
                                                  AQA Physics specification incorporates
     Examination Board: OCR – A                   many aspects of Physics from our                •   Nuclear Decay
     Level                                        everyday lives into its course. This            •   Oscillations
                                                  engaging and inspiring GCE Physics              •   Astrophysics and Cosmology
     Why choose this course: Physical
                                                  specification houses both classical and
     Education examines both the practical                                                        •   Further Mechanics
                                                  modern day physics concepts under the
     aspects of Physical Education but also                                                       •   Electric and Magnetic Fields
                                                  one course of study. The students look
     the theoretical aspects such as Anatomy
                                                  at ideas that defined Physics through the       •   Particle Physics
     and Physiology, Biomechanics, Acquiring
                                                  ages, from Newtonian ideas of projectile
     Movement Skills, Sports Psychology and                                                       EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
                                                  motion to modern day advances such
     Socio-cultural/Contemporary Issues.
                                                  as particle physics, the development of         Unit 1 Advanced Physics I
     Students have the chance to coach or
                                                  medical physics and the production of           Exam 1hr 45     30%
     perform in a practical area of Physical
                                                  the atomic bomb.
     Education.                                                                                   Unit 2 Advanced Physics 11
                                                  Course Fundamentals:                            Exam 1hr 45     30%
     Course Fundamentals:
                                                  •   The first year of the syllabus is broken    General and Practical principles
     •   Paper 1 (90 marks – 30% of total
                                                      up into 5 topics: Measurement and           Exam 2hr 30      40%
         A level – 2 hour exam) on applied
                                                      their errors, Particles and radiation,
         anatomy & physiology, exercise
                                                      Mechanics and materials, Waves and          Practical endorsement
         physiology and biomechanics.
                                                      Electricity. In the second year, students
     •   Paper 2 (60 marks – 20% of total             continue their studies with three
         A level – 1 hour exam) on skill
         acquisition and sports psychology.
                                                      further compulsory topics: Further          Politics
                                                      mechanics and thermal physics, Fields
     •   Paper 3 (60 marks – 20% of total A           and their consequences and Nuclear          Taught at Ursuline High and
         level – 1 hour exam) on Sport and            physics.                                    Wimbledon College
         society & contemporary issues in         •    In addition to this the students must
         physical activity and sport.                 choose at least one of the special
                                                                                                  Examination Board: Pearson
     •   Students evaluate and analyse                topics below: Astrophysics, Medical
                                                                                                  Edexcel – A Level
         performance in their chosen sport.           physics, Turning points in physics,         Why choose this course: Students
         They are only assessed in one sporting       Engineering physics (re-branded             will gain knowledge and an informed
         activity over the 2 years which is 30%       Applied physics) and Electronics.           understanding of contemporary
         of the total grade.                                                                      political structures and issues in their
                                                  EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                          historical context, both within the
     EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                       There are three 2 hour papers: Paper 1          United Kingdom and globally. The
     3 written exams                              (34% of A Level), Paper 2 (34% of A Level)      changing nature of politics and the
                                                  and Paper 3 (32% of A Level). In addition       relationships between political ideas,
     Physiological factors effecting              to theoretical work, students will be
     performance – 90 marks 2-hour written                                                        institutions and processes will also
                                                  expected to develop 12 key practical skill      be studied. Students will develop the
     paper                                        sets through topic based practicals.            ability to critically analyse, interpret and
     Psychological factors effecting                                                              evaluate political information to form
     performance – 60 marks 1-hour written                                                        arguments and make judgements
     paper                                        Physics
                                                                                                  Course Fundamentals:
     Socio-cultural issues – 60 marks 1 hour      Taught at Wimbledon College
     written paper                                                                                Unit 1: Political Participation & Core
                                                  Examination Board: Pearson                      Political Ideas in the UK. Students will
     Practical exam – 60 marks practical          Edexcel – A Level                               study:
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