Ursuline High School & Wimbledon College Course Guide 2021 - A Guide for Students and Parents

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Ursuline High School & Wimbledon College Course Guide 2021 - A Guide for Students and Parents
Ursuline High School
    & Wimbledon College
    Course Guide 2021
    A Guide for Students and Parents
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Ursuline High School & Wimbledon College Course Guide 2021 - 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 Award,
    and graded from A*-E. As of September 2017 all A Level             equivalent to one A Level, and others as a Double Award,
    qualifications have changed from modular to linear                 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                   Drama and Theatre Studies

    Technical courses                                                                        Advanced Subsidiary Level
                                                 Economics                                   Extended Project
    T Level: Digital Production,
                                                 English Language
    Design and Development (Triple Award)
    BTEC Applied Science (Diploma)               English Literature
    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
    BTEC Sports Science (Diploma)                Further Mathematics                         English
    Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate     Music                                       Citizenship Studies
    in Peforming Arts (Single Award)             Photography
                                                 PE (Sports Studies)                         Vocational courses Level 2
    Advanced Level                               Physics                                     (BTECs or equivalent)
    Art and Design                               Politics                                    Art Award
    Biology                                      Psychology                                  Creative iMedia
    Business Studies                             Religious Studies                           BTEC Travel and Tourism
    Chemistry                                    Sociology
    Computing                                    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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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 apprenticeships.

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

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    work and outcomes based on themes             •   Students develop an                      helps nurture a passion for the subject
    and ideas developed from personal                 understanding of the appropriate         through practical investigation and
    starting points. Students’ skills are             use of the camera, film, lenses,         engaging learning. People wishing to
    developed throughout Year 12 and                  filters and lighting for work            go further in the following fields would
    lead to a personal study in which pupils          and techniques related to the            be well suited to the course: biological
    develop their contextual research and             developing and printing of               sciences, medicine/medical fields,
    understanding in a minimum 1000 word              photographic images, where               dentistry, veterinary medicine, marine
    essay before developing practical work in         appropriate, presentation and            biology and forensics.
    response.                                         layout.
                                                                                               Course Fundamentals:
    Component 2: The Externally Set               This A level consists of 2 components.
    Assignment requires pupils to respond to      Component 1 – Personal Portfolio is          •   Students cover topics including
    an externally set theme with suggested        worth 60% of the overall grade. The              biological molecules, cells, organisms
    starting points. It incorporates two major    Externally Set assignment is worth               and exchange substances.
    elements: preparatory studies and a           40% of the overall grade.                    •   The course covers areas on genetics,
    15–hour period of sustained focus. The                                                         variation, the control of gene
    externally set assignment title is released   EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                           expression
    on 1st February culminating in the 15-        This A level consists of 2 components.       •   Students study relationships between
    hour exam (sustained focus) in May.           Component 1 – Personal Portfolio is              organisms, energy transfers in and
                                                  worth 60% of the overall grade. The              between organisms, how organisms
    Students’ work is both internally assessed
                                                  Externally Set assignment is worth               respond to changes in internal and
    throughout the two years, and externally
                                                  40% of the overall grade.                        external environments, evolution and
    assessed at the end of the Year 13.
                                                  Component 1: The Personal Portfolio
                                                  comprises a portfolio of development         EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
    Art and Design –                              work and outcomes based on themes
                                                  and ideas developed from personal            The A level course assessment consists
    Photography                                                                                of three externally examined papers,
                                                  starting points. Students’ skills are
    Taught at Wimbledon College                   developed throughout Year 12 and             each 2 hours in length. Practical skills
                                                  lead to a personal study in which            are assessed through core practical
    Examination Board: Pearson                    pupils develop their contextual              activities within the two years and
    Edexcel – A-Level                             research and understanding in a              the theory is tested through each
                                                  minimum 1000 word essay before               examination. A certificate is delivered
    Why choose this course: The
                                                  developing practical work in response.       at the end of the A Level course.
    Photography course provides students
    with opportunities to develop personal        Component 2: The Externally Set
    responses to ideas, observations,             Assignment requires pupils to                Biology
    experiences, environments and cultures        respond to an externally set theme
    in practical, critical and contextual         with suggested starting points. It           Taught at Wimbledon College
    forms. Students are introduced to a           incorporates two major elements:
    variety of experiences employing a            preparatory studies and a 15–hour            Examination Board: Pearson
    range of appropriate media, processes         period of sustained focus. The               Edexcel - A Level
    and techniques and, as the course             externally set assignment title is           Why choose this course: Biology is a
    progresses, build upon the knowledge,         released on 1st February culminating         fascinating science - a dynamic and
    understanding and skills gained in Year 12    in the 15-hour exam (sustained focus)        living subject. Arguably one of the
    with greater depth of study in Year 13.       in May.                                      fastest growing areas of science - new
                                                  Students’ work is both internally            discoveries in Biology are pushing
    Course Fundamentals:
                                                  assessed throughout the two years,           the boundaries of what we previously
    •   Students are given opportunity            and externally assessed at the end of        thought possible. Biology is not
        to explore elements of visual             the Year 13.                                 without its controversies - students
        language, line, form, colour,                                                          of Biology need to ask important
        pattern and texture in the context                                                     questions about when life begins and
        of Photography.                           Biology                                      how we use the power of science.
    •   Students develop an ability to            Taught at Ursuline High School               •   The course aims to introduce students
        respond to an issue, theme,                                                                to the fundamental principles of Biology
        concept or idea or work to a brief        Examination Board: AQA – A                       - including life processes (respiration and
        or answer a need in Photography.          Level                                            photosynthesis), cell biology, genetics
    •   Students gain an appreciation of          Why choose this course: In Biology               and ecology.
        viewpoint, composition, depth             you need a critical and questioning          •   The course covers three A level
        of field and movement as well             approach, enthusiasm, and a real interest        modules: Biochemistry, Microbiology
        as time-based photographic                in the subject. The course develops the          and Genetics, Physiology, Evolution and
        techniques.                               fundamental principles of biology and            Ecology, Practical Principles in Biology.
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    EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                       Business Studies Level 3                       •   In chemistry, students learn how
                                                                                                    the study of properties of materials
    The A level is taught over two years, with   BTEC Diploma
    3 examined modules and a coursework                                                             enables chemists to deduce how
    element.                                     Taught at Ursuline High                            elements are bonding. They will
                                                                                                    observe and explain patterns in the
                                                 Examination Board: Pearson                         Periodic Table, as well as explore the
    Business Studies                             Edexcel BTEC Diploma                               group of Transition metals in detail.
    Taught at Wimbledon College                  Why choose this course: The BTEC               •   Students will also learn about Organic
                                                 Level 3 in Business, which is equivalent           chemicals, such as Alkanes, Alkenes,
    Examination Board: OCR - A                   to two GCE A Levels, aims to offer young           Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes and many
    Level                                        people the chance to develop the skills,           more. Students develop problem
                                                 knowledge and attributes that they need            solving skills through the use of
    Why choose this course: The course           to succeed in business, or to progress to          spectroscopy. This will be applied
    aims for pupils to develop an interest       further or higher education. The nature of         to the study of chemical processes
    and enthusiasm for the study of business     the course is mainly coursework with one           occurring in the atmosphere, focusing
    through gaining a holistic understanding     exam and two controlled assessments.               on the depletion of the ozone layer
    of how businesses operate. For pupils                                                           and the greenhouse effect.
    to develop a critical understanding of       Course Fundamentals:
                                                                                                •   ·They will use mathematics to work
    organisations and their ability to meet
                                                 •   Business Environment including                 out the amount of chemicals in a
    society’s needs and wants and that in
                                                     resources and communication                    given substance. They will investigate
    doing so there is a need to be aware of
                                                                                                    equilibria and how equilibria can be
    ethical dilemmas and responsibilities        •   Introduction to Marketing and the use
                                                                                                    displaced. Students will understand
    faced by organisations and individuals.          of new technology
                                                                                                    how the speed of reactions can be
                                                 •   Investigating business (both National          controlled and how mathematical
    Course Fundamentals:
                                                     and International)                             relationships in kinetics enable the
    •   Meeting Customer Needs                   •   Business Ethics                                chemist to deduce how chemicals
    •   Marketing Mix and Strategy               •   Economics                                      react with one another.
    •   Entrepreneurs and leaders                •   Retail                                     EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
    •   Financial Planning                       •   Human Resources                            At the end of Year 13, the A Level is
    •   Reserve Management                       •   Communications Technology                  assessment is done through three papers,
                                                                                                the A Level assessment is done through
    •   Business Objectives and Strategy         •   Business Management
                                                                                                three papers, each 2 hours in length.
    •   Business Growth                          EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                         The first one examines the inorganic
    •   Assessing Competitiveness                This course comprises eight units, of          chemistry, the second one examines the
                                                 which six are mandatory and two are            organic chemistry. Physical chemistry
    •   Globalisation/ Expansion                                                                is split between the two papers, each
                                                 optionals. Three of the six mandatory
    •   Global Marketing                         units will be assessed externally. Units 2     paper represents 35% of the A-level. The
    •   The Market                               (Developing a Marketing Campaign), 3           last paper is worth 30% of the mark and
    •   Business Growth                          (Personal and Business Finance) and unit 6     examines any part of the syllabus and
                                                 (Principles of Marketing) are all externally   elements of the practical chemistry. .
    •   Managing People                                                                         Students’ practical skills will be assessed
                                                 assessed. This will mean that both unit
    •   Raising Finance                          2 and 6 will be assessed as a controlled       through activities within the two years
    •   Managing finance                         assessment whilst unit 3 will be an            and a certificate is assessed through
    •   External Influences                      external exam.                                 a Science Practical Endorsement. It
                                                                                                will not contribute to the overall grade
    •   Influences on Business Decisions
                                                                                                for the qualification, but the result will
    •   Decision Making Techniques
    •   Managing Change
                                                 Chemistry                                      be recorded on the student’s A level
    •   Global Markets and Business              Taught at Ursuline High
    •   Global Industries and Companies
                                                 Examination Board: AQA – A                     Chemistry
    EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                                                                      Taught at Wimbledon College
    At A Level 3 Units are required to be        Why choose this course: This course
    covered and a 2 hour written examination     suits logical students and enables             Examination Board: Pearson
    for each unit sat.                           students to have access to a diverse           Edexcel – A Level
                                                 range of courses at university such
                                                 as Biochemistry, Medicine, Dentistry,          Why choose this course: The course
    EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                       Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Environmental          introduces and extends the ideas and
    At A Level 3 Units are required to be        Sciences and Forensics.                        implications of modern chemistry,
    covered and a 2 hour written examination                                                    through experimental work. A wide
    for each unit sat.                           Course Fundamentals:                           range of experiments are undertaken
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    by the student which support the                    systems                                  or a combination of both and the
    teaching of key concepts. The                  •    How data is represented and stored       performance.
    course develops the key skills of                   in different structures and the use of
    data handling and analysis, thinking                                                         Component 2 - Coursework: Text in
                                                        different algorithms
    creatively, planning, problem solving,                                                       Performance (20% of the qualification, 60
                                                   •    Laws surrounding the use and ethical     marks). A group performance realisation
    and the linking of ideas.
                                                        issues that can arise from the use of    of one key extract from a performance
    Course Fundamentals:                                computers                                text and a monologue or duologue
                                                   •    What is meant by computational           performance from one key extract from a
    •   The relationship between chemical               thinking                                 different performance text.
        bonding, structure, and the
                                                   •    How computers are used to solve
        physical and chemical properties of                                                      Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
                                                        problems and programs can be
                                                        written to solve them                    Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
    •   How energy transfers and changes to        •    The use of algorithms to describe        Written examination (2 hours 30 minutes,
        the order of the system, entropy, can           problems and standard algorithms         40% of the qualification, 80 marks).
        be used determine the feasibility of
        reactions.                                 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                                                   •   Section B: As a class, practically
                                                   1.   Computer systems: an externally
        environmental chemistry.                                                                     explore a complete performance text,
                                                        marked paper worth 40% with a 2hr
                                                        30 mins exam                                 focusing on how this can be realised
                                                                                                     for performance. Students answer
    The course has several modules - leading                                                         two extended response questions
                                                   2.   Algorithms and programming: an
    to a full A Level at the end of Year 13.                                                         based on an unseen extract from the
                                                        externally marked paper worth 40%
    Paper 1: 1 hour 45 mins, 90 marks, 30%              with a 2hr 30 mins exam                      performance text they have studied.
                                                                                                 •   Section C: Practical exploration and
    Paper 2: 1 hour 45 mins, 90 marks, 30%         3.   Programming project: internally
                                                                                                     interpretation of another complete
                                                        assesses, externally moderated
                                                                                                     performance text, in light of a chosen
    Paper 3: 2 hours 30 mins, 120 marks, 40%            project worth 20%
                                                                                                     theatre practitioner – focusing on
    Students’ practical skills will be                                                               how this text could be reimagined for
    assessed through the Science Practical                                                           a contemporary audience.
    Endorsement. It will not contribute to the
                                                   Drama & Theatre Studies
    overall grade for the qualification, but the   Taught at Ursuline High
    result will be recorded on the students’ A                                                   Economics
    Level certificate.                             Examination Board: Pearson                    Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon
                                                   Edexcel – A Level                             College
                                                   Why choose this course: This is an
    Computing                                      academic subject, recognised by               Examination Board: Pearson
                                                   the universities, designed to attract         Edexcel – A Level
    Taught at Wimbledon College
                                                   students with an interest in the theatre,     Why choose this course: The course
                                                   TV and theatre production. The course
    Examination Board: OCR – A                     covers theatrical practitioners, past and
                                                                                                 aims to give an insight into key issues
    Level                                          present, theatre history and the study
                                                                                                 in the news affecting everyday life.
                                                                                                 Our goal is to allow you to understand
    Why choose this course: : The new              of set plays, and the development of          the forces driving things like the price
    linear A level focuses on programming          a critical analytical approach towards        of oil, exchange rates and the level of
    and emphasises the importance of               contemporary theatre.                         unemployment in an economy. The
    computational thinking as a discipline.                                                      subject is split into two main sections;
    The course also has a focus on Maths,          Course Fundamentals:
                                                                                                 microeconomics and macroeconomics.
    though much of this will be embedded in        •    Students will be prepared to             Whereas macro looks at the big issues
    the course. Students will solve problems            be actively engaged in theatre           affecting the economy as a whole, micro
    and design systems and software and will            performance work.                        looks at a smaller scale. In the first year of
    apply the academic principles learned in       •    The course is delivered through a        the course you will study markets, market
    the classroom to real world systems.                practical and analytical approach to     failure and the UK economy whilst in the
                                                        theatre.                                 second year of the course you will study
    Course fundamentals:
                                                                                                 business behaviour, the labour market
                                                   EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                        and global economics.
    •   Components of a computer and their
                                                   Component 1 - Coursework: Devising
                                                   a live theatre performance (40% of            Course Fundamentals:
    •   Types of software and the                  the qualification, 80 marks). There
        methodologies used to develop them         are two parts to the assessment: a            •   Government debt
    •   How data is exchanged between              typed or recorded/verbal portfolio            •   Unemployment
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    •   Exchange rates                            Language Variation – 2 hour 15 mins              Extended Project
                                                  examination (35%);
    •   Prices: why do they always seem to                                                         Qualification
                                                  Child Language – 1 hour (20%);                   Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon
    •   Business: why and how do firms            Investigating Language (pre-release) 1           College
         compete?                                 hour 45 mins (25%).
    EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                                                                         Examination Board: Ursuline
                                                  A ‘Crafting Language’ coursework folder          High: AQA; Wimbledon College:
    There are three two hour written              is also submitted consisting of two pieces
    examinations at the end of the A                                                               Pearson Edexcel
                                                  of original writing plus an analytical,
    Level course. Paper 1 will focus on           reflective commentary (20%).                     Why choose this course: The Extended
    markets and business behaviour (35%),                                                          Project Qualification (EPQ) is equivalent
    Paper 2 will focus on the national and                                                         to an AS Level qualification, with the
    global economy (35%) whilst Paper                                                              possibility of attaining an A* grade. The
    3 will focus on microeconomics and            English Literature                               EPQ allows each student to embark on a
    macroeconomics (30%).                         Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon              largely self-directed and self-motivated
                                                  College                                          project. Students must choose a topic,
                                                                                                   plan, research and develop their idea and
    English Language                              Examination Board: OCR – A                       decide on their finished product.
    Taught at Ursuline High                                                                        We encourage creativity and curiosity. A
                                                  Why choose this course: The course               project topic may be directly related to
    Examination Board: Pearson                    aims to develop and improve                      a student’s main study programme, but
    Edexcel – A Level                             students’ ability to understand and              should look beyond the specification.
                                                  analyse literature across all three main         Students will learn taught skills such
    Why choose this course: This course
                                                  forms: prose, poetry and drama. For              as how to choose a topic and phrase
    covers language variation: how 21st
                                                  success in English Literature, students          a title; how to select, evaluate and
    century language varies according to
                                                  must combine a thorough knowledge                reference research sources; how to
    identity and use, and how language has
                                                  of the set texts with the ability to             structure an argument, as well as project-
    changed over time from 1550 to the
                                                  present a reasoned and coherent                  management skills.
    present day. Students study how children
                                                  line of thought. The ability to
    between the ages of 0 and 8 learn to
                                                  compare different writers’ styles and            A finished EPQ product may take the form
    speak and write. Later in the course they
                                                  approaches is a key objective along              of a:
    submit a creative writing folder choosing
                                                  with and enthusiasm for literature and
    between fiction or journalism genres,                                                          •   research based written report (5,000
                                                  wide reading.
    together with a reflective commentary.                                                             words)
    Finally they select a specialist language     Course Fundamentals:                             •   production* (e.g. charity event, fashion
    topic such as English dialects or language
                                                                                                       show or sports event etc.)
    and power, and conduct their own              •   Students enhance their skills on close
    linguistic investigation in preparation for       prose analysis                               •   an artefact* (e.g. piece of art, a
    examination.                                                                                       computer game or realised design)
                                                  •   Students develop a consideration
                                                      of how language and structure are            *A written report must accompany these
    Course Fundamentals:                                                                           options.
                                                      manipulated for effect.
    •   Extend GCSE skills, comparing how         •   Students gain an insight into the role
        writers convey identity considering                                                        Course Fundamentals:
                                                      of context in shaping great literature.
        different genres, purposes and                                                             •   EPQ is an additional qualification
        audiences                                 •   Students compare texts across genres
                                                                                                       choice, taught in just 2 periods a
                                                      and time periods.
    •   Learn specific linguistic terminology                                                          week; students are expected to do
        to identify, label, sort and analyse      EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                               the majority of their project outside
        language                                  The course is taught in modules and                  lesson times.
    •    Link to History, Geography and           is assessed through a mixture of non-            •   Students may choose to do a project
        foreign languages by understanding        examined Assessments (coursework) and                on a topic of their choice.
        how English has developed over time       Examined Assessments.                            •   The EPQ can link to any subject, future
    •   Cross-over with Psychology and                                                                 career choices, or hobbies / interests.
                                                  Component 1 – Shakespeare, Drama
        Sociology in the research, data                                                            •   Promotes strong essay writing,
                                                  and Poetry, Pre-1900. (40% of A Level).
        gathering and experimental nature of                                                           investigative, research and
                                                  Examination 2 hours 30 mins.
        a real language investigation, as well                                                         management skills.
        as the psycho-social reasons for using    Component 2 – Comparative and
        specific types of language.               contextual study. (40% of A Level)               EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT:
    •   Develop their own creative writing.       Examination 2 hours 30 mins.                     As well as the finished product, students
                                                                                                   must also record their project process
    EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                        Component 3 – Non-examined                       in their Production Log and give a
    Three examinations on:                        Assessment on Literature, Post-1900. (20%).      formal presentation about their project
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    an audience. All aspects are assessed        PAPER 3 (no exam)                              Diploma
    and grades A*-E awarded by the centre        • Geography Fieldwork investigation: 60
    supervisor and coordinator; projects are        marks. 20% of A Level (3 000 – 4 000        Why choose this course: BTEC Level
    then moderated by the examination               words)                                      3 National Diploma in Health and Social
    board.                                                                                      Care aims to provide an introduction the
                                                                                                sector. It is for learners who are interested
                                                 Health and Social Care                         in learning about the health and social
                                                 Extended Certificate                           care sector as part of a balanced study
    Geography                                                                                   programme. The Diploma is equivalent in
    Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon          Taught at Ursuline High                        size to two A Levels.
                                                 Examination Board: Pearson                     Course Fundamentals
    Examination Board: AQA – A                   Edexcel – BTEC Level 3 National                The mandatory content of the
    Level                                        Extended Certificate                           qualification incorporates topics relevant
    Why choose this course: Geography is         Why choose this course: BTEC Level 3           across the health and social care sector:
    often regarded as a bridge between the       National Extended Certificate in Health
    arts and the sciences; it aims to develop    and Social Care aims to provide an             •   Human Lifespan Development
    an understanding of the variable nature      introduction the sector. It is for students    •   Working in Health and Social Care
    of the earth’s physical landscape and the    who are interested in learning about           •   Meeting Individual Care and Support
    complex nature of our own relationships      the health and social care sector. The             Needs.
    and interactions with the environment.       extended certificate is equivalent in size     •   Principles of Safe Practice in Health
    The course aims to investigate both          to one A Level.                                    and Social Care
    Human and Physical Geography in
    greater depth. Topics include: Water         Course Fundamentals:                           •   Enquiries into Current Research in
    and Carbon Cycles, Coastal systems,                                                             Health and Social Care
                                                 The mandatory content of the
    Hazards, Global systems and Governance,      qualification incorporates topics relevant     •   Promoting Public Health.
    Changing Places and Population.              across the health and social care sector:      The optional units cover the biological
    Students will be engaged through the                                                        and sociological topics relevant to the
    most up to date topical material as well     •   Human Lifespan Development                 different parts of the health and social
    as by attending field trips to carry out     •   Working in Health and Social Care          care sectors.
    and learn techniques of geographical
                                                 •   Meeting Individual Care and Support        Optional units include:
    Course Fundamentals:                         The optional units cover the biological        •   Sociological Perspectives
                                                 and sociological topics relevant to the        •   Psychological Perspectives
    •   Students develop an enjoyment of
                                                 different parts of the health and social       •   Supporting Individuals with Additional
        both Human and Physical Geography
                                                 care sectors.                                      Needs
    •   Students gain an interest in the world
        around them and an appreciation of       Optional units include:                        •   Physiological Disorders and their Care
        our planet                                                                              •   Nutritional Health.
                                                 •   Sociological Perspectives
    •   Students further develop their high
        level of written communication skills.   •   Psychological Perspectives                 EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
                                                 •   Supporting Individuals with Additional     There are 6 mandatory units. Students
    •   Students become proficient in
                                                     Needs                                      must complete and achieve at pass
        analysing and interpreting graphical
                                                                                                grade or above for all the 3 mandatory
        data                                     •   Physiological Disorders and their Care.
                                                                                                external units. Students must complete
    EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                       EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                         all 3 mandatory internal units and achieve
    PAPER 1 Physical – 2.5 hour exam: 120        There are 3 mandatory units, 1 internal        a pass or above in 2 of these units. Unit 1:
    marks. 40% of A Level                        and 2 external. Students must complete         Human Lifespan Development and Unit
    • section a) Water and Carbon Cycles         and achieve at pass grade or above for         2: Working in Health and Social Care are 1
                                                 all these units. Unit 1: Human Lifespan        hour and 30 minutes written exam units.
    • section b) Coastal Systems and
                                                 Development and Unit 2: Working in             Unit 4: Enquires into Current Research in
                                                 Health and Social Care are 1 hour and 30       Health and Social Care is a mandatory
    • section c) Hazards                                                                        synoptic unit which requires students to
                                                 minutes written exam units.
    • Field trip summer of year 12                                                              complete a pre-released article and their
                                                                                                secondary research, drawing together
    PAPER 2 Human - 2.5 hour exam: 120                                                          their knowledge and understanding
    marks. 40% of A Level                        Health and Social Care                         of working practices and provisions of
    • section a) Global systems and global       Diploma                                        services.
                                                 Taught at Ursuline High
    • section b) Changing places                                                                Work experience
    • section c) Contemporary urban              Examination Board: Pearson                     Students are required to complete 100
       environments                              Edexcel – BTEC Level 3 National                hours of work experience with the health
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     and social care sector. Learners will be      Why choose this course: The aim of            computational thinking skills and the
     provided with a work experience log for       the History A Level course is to ensure       principles of designing and developing
     them to record the skills they develop        that students will develop their interest     computer programs.
     on their placement, and to plan for their     in and enthusiasm for the subject and an
     placement and development.                    understanding of its intrinsic value and      Course Fundamentals:
                                                   significance. They will be able to build      The objective of this qualification is
                                                   on their knowledge of the past through        to give learners the opportunity to
     History                                       experiencing a broad and balanced             develop their knowledge and skills in
                                                   course of study. The two-year course will     information technology systems, systems
     Taught at Ursuline High                       develop a range of skills including:          management and social media in
                                                   In the first year, students study a British   business and programming.
     Examination Board: OCR – A
     Level                                         period and enquiry unit ‘From Pitt to
                                                                                                 Learners will study these units:
                                                   Peel 1783-1853’ and a non-British period
     Why choose this course: Students will         ‘The Cold War 1941-95.’ In the second         Unit 1: Information Technology Systems
     undertake breadth and depth studies to        year, students follow a thematic study        (Y13 –External Assessment – 2 hr Written
     develop an understanding of a specific        unit containing a focus on historical         exam)
     time period as well as the key events and     interpretations ‘Britain and Ireland 1791-
     turning points in History. Students build     1921,’ whilst also researching and writing    Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage
     an extensive knowledge of the topics          up a 3000-4000 word essay on an aspect        Information (Y12 –External Assessment –
     studied as well as developing skills such     of ‘Nazi Germany 1933-45.’                    10hr practical exam)
     as analysis, evaluation and interpretation.
                                                   •    From Pitt to Peel                        Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business
     Course Fundamentals:                          •    The Cold War                             (Y12 – Assignment, internally assessed)
     •   Students study the Early Tudors in        •    Britain and Ireland                      Unit 6: Data Management (Y13 –
         England (1485-1558)                       •    Nazi Germany Coursework                  Assignment, internally assessed)
     •   Democracy and Dictatorship in
         Germany (1919-1963)                       EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                        EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
                                                    The course is assessed through               This course consists of 4 units in total
     •   Students cover work on Civil Rights in
                                                   coursework and external examination.          including 3 mandatory units and 1
         the USA (1865-1992)
                                                                                                 optional unit. The grades offered are Pass,
     •   The Development of Rights for             Unit 1: (25%) Examination: 1 hour 30 mins
         Women in Great Britain (1865-c.1918)                                                    Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.
         is the core focus of the coursework       Unit 2 (15%) Examination: 1 hour
                                                   Unit 3 (40%) Examination: 2 hours 30          Mathematics
     EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                        mins
     There are four units in the A Level:                                                        Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon
                                                   Unit 4 – Coursework assignment – 4000         College
     Units 1 and 2 are studied in Year 12 and      word essay (20%)
     Units 3 and 4 are studied in Year 13.                                                       Examination Board: Pearson
                                                                                                 Edexcel – A Level
     Unit 1 – British period study (25%).          IT                                            Why choose this course: For the
     Examination: 1 hour 30 mins (Early Tudors)
                                                   Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon           suitable candidate, Mathematics is a
     Unit 2 – Non-British period study (15%).      College                                       valuable A Level qualification which
     Examination: 1 hour (Democracy and                                                          has become increasing desirable in
     Dictatorship in Germany)                      Examination board: Pearson                    recent years as a support subject in
                                                   Edexcel – BTEC Level 3 National               areas such as Science, Geography,
     Unit 3 – Thematic study on historical         Extended Certificate                          Economics and Business Studies. The
     interpretations (40%). Examination: 2                                                       whole of the linear course content
     hours 30 mins (Civil Rights in the USA)       Why choose this course: This                  is compulsory without any options
                                                   qualification is equivalent to one A Level    for choice. Two-thirds of the course
     Unit 4 – Coursework assignment – 4000         and provides students with up-to-date         content is pure mathematics and one-
     word essay (20% - Development of Rights       IT industry knowledge as well as a range      third content is applied mathematics.
     for Women)                                    of practical skills required to succeed       The applied mathematics content
                                                   in higher education and in a modern           consists of half statistics and half
                                                   day career. Students will develop a           mechanics.
                                                   common core of IT knowledge and study
     History                                       areas such as the relationship between        The pure mathematics content includes
     Taught at Wimbledon College                   hardware and software that form an            algebra and functions, coordinate
                                                   IT system, managing and processing            geometry, trigonometry, calculus, vectors
     Examination Board: OCR–A                      data to support business, using IT to         and proofs. The statistics content includes
     Level                                         communicate and share information,            statistical sampling, data presentation
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     and interpretation, probability, statistical      in Mathematics and who thrive on                 and debate contemporary and often
     distributions and statistical hypothesis          challenge. Students develop the skills           controversial society issues in the target
     testing. The mechanics content includes           to explore new and more sophisticated            language. The course provides many
     kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and          mathematical concepts beyond A Level             opportunities to attend conferences
     moments.                                          Mathematics.                                     and cultural events throughout the year.
                                                                                                        There is also an opportunity for work
     Course Fundamentals:                              Course Fundamentals:                             experience abroad during February
     •   A strong skill set of algebraic               •   The course is designed so that               half-term - in France, Spain or Germany
         manipulation is essential to the                  students aim for an A Level in               - which has proved an invaluable
         development of skills from GCSE          to       Mathematics in their first year and          experience for previous students.
         A Level                                           then they move on to begin the
                                                           Further Maths modules which                  Course Fundamentals:
     •   Applied content makes use of
         mathematical techniques within                    build on prior knowledge and                 •   A seven-week module focusing
         contextualised problem solving                    understanding.                                   on consolidating and deepening
         situations.                                   •   Students should already have a                   students’ knowledge and
                                                           natural aptitude for solving problems            understanding of the grammar.
     •   Mechanics includes the study of
         motion, force, momentum and                       and a great enjoyment of the subject.        •   Practice and experience of the
         kinematics                                        Problem solving is a key component               language as well as the culture are
                                                           of the course.                                   gained through the weekly use
     •   Statistics includes the study of
         probability, statistical diagrams,                                                                 of authentic topical material, e.g.
         correlation and measures of average.                                                               traditional /current songs, newspaper
                                                       All papers 1hr 30 mins
         The Edexcel pre-released large data                                                                headlines, magazine articles, radio
         set (LDS) containing real data is used        Paper 1 – Further Pure Maths 1                       and TV programmes, now accessible
         during the course to enable students to                                                            via the internet. Students also have
                                                       Paper 2 – Further Pure Maths 2                       the opportunity and are encouraged
         become familiar with it as some of the
         exam questions are based on the LDS.                                                               to borrow DVDs and watch films on a
                                                       Paper 3 – Further Maths Option 1 One                 regular basis.
     •   Use of ICT is an integral part of the         from Further Pure, Further Statistics,
         course, particularly in the statistics        Further Mechanics, Decision Maths                •   Students will study topics related
         content                                                                                            to aspects of, culture, politics and
                                                       Paper 4 – Further Maths Option 2 One                 literature of the countries where the
     •   Real-life modelling is an integral part                                                            language is spoken and students
                                                       from Further Pure, Further Statistics,
         of the course                                                                                      are expected to extend their studies
                                                       Further Mechanics, Decision Maths
     EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                                                                                 at home using various forms of
                                                                                                            media; homework, prep work and
     A-Level Mathematics is examined in three
                                                       Modern Languages:                                    independent learning sessions are
     papers of equal weighting at the end of
                                                                                                            all used to help the students acquire
     Year 13. A calculator is allowed in all three
                                                       French                                               key further education study skills as
     exam papers
                                                       Taught at Ursuline High & Wimbledon                  well as to ensure that they experience
     Paper 1: 2 hours – 100 marks – Pure               College                                              and enjoy the language outside the
     mathematics content assessed at A level                                                                classroom.
     standard                                          German
                                                                                                        •   In teaching and learning the target
                                                       Taught at Ursuline High
                                                                                                            language predominates once the
     Paper 2: 2 hours – 100 marks –                                                                         grammar module has been done,
     Remaining pure mathematics content                Spanish
                                                                                                            and answers in English are kept to
                                                       Taught at Ursuline High School &
     Paper 3: 2 hours –100 marks – statistics                                                               a minimum so students feel fully
                                                       Wimbledon College
     and mechanics content from both years                                                                  immersed. Some of the opportunities
     split into two sections.                                                                               to attend conferences and cultural
                                                                                                            events, via the KS5 society include:
     Section A: Statistics (50 marks); Section B:      Examination Board: AQA – A
                                                                                                            students organising events /
     Mechanics (50 marks)                              Level
                                                                                                            screening of films and seminar at BFI
                                                       Why choose this course: Modern                       and the target language institutes
                                                       Languages are highly regarded by                     (French, Goethe, Cervantes) / seminars
     Mathematics – Further                             universities and studying a language at              and debates attended via our “Lingua
     Mathematics                                       A Level offers the opportunity to not                Franca” link with Kings’ College
                                                       only continue with languages in further
     Taught at Wimbledon College                                                                        EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
                                                       education, but also to integrate it as
                                                       a part of many degrees, thus adding              The assessment consists of three papers.
     Examination Board: Pearson
                                                       an additional life skill to your CV. The         Paper 1 is the Listening, Reading and
     Edexcel – A Level
                                                       emphasis in new syllabuses is on                 Writing assessment (2h30mins and 50%
     Why choose this course: This course               contemporary issues, current affairs and         of the A-Level) ; Paper 2 is the Writing
     is ideal for students who have a passion          communication skills, the ability to discuss     assessment (2 hours and 20% of A-Level)
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     and Paper 3 is the Speaking assessment        popular music and jazz, fusions and new        Physical Education (Sports
     (21-23 minutes, including 5 minutes           directions. There are three set works          Studies)
     preparation time and 30% of the A-Level).     and a wide range of other related music
                                                   to study for each area. There is a final       Taught at Wimbledon College
                                                   two hour written examination in which
     Music                                         students’ knowledge and understanding          Examination Board: OCR – A
                                                   is tested through a mixture of listening       Level
     Taught at Ursuline High / Wimbledon           questions and written responses.
     College                                                                                      Why choose this course: Physical
                                                                                                  Education examines both the practical
     Examination Board: Pearson                                                                   aspects of Physical Education but also
     Edexcel – A Level                             Performing Arts (Drama)                        the theoretical aspects such as Anatomy
                                                   Cambridge Technical                            and Physiology, Biomechanics, Acquiring
     Why choose this course: This course           Extended Certificate                           Movement Skills, Sports Psychology and
     continues the format of study from the
     GCSE Music course and, as such, is divided
                                                   Level 3                                        Socio-cultural/Contemporary Issues.
                                                                                                  Students have the chance to coach or
     between performing music, composing           Taught at Wimbledon College                    perform in a practical area of Physical
     music and appraising a wide range of                                                         Education.
     pieces. Students will learn to perform,       Examination Board: OCR
     compose and appreciate different types                                                       Course Fundamentals:
     of music, developing critical and creative    Why choose this course: The course
     thinking, cultural, aesthetic and emotional   aims to develop your love of drama,            •   Paper 1 (90 marks – 30% of total
     awareness, and the ability to make music      theatre, film and preformance. You will            A level – 2 hour exam) on applied
     individually and as part of a group. All      improve your ability to work within                anatomy & physiology, exercise
     styles of music can be submitted for the      a team, as well as your performance                physiology and biomechanics.
     performing and composing elements.            skills and your critical awareness of          •   Paper 2 (60 marks – 20% of total
     Students will need to be able to follow       performance.                                       A level – 1 hour exam) on skill
     conventional notation and be able to use                                                         acquisition and sports psychology.
     notation software.                            Course Fundamentals:
                                                                                                  •   Paper 3 (60 marks – 20% of total A
                                                   •   Professions in the performaing arts            level – 1 hour exam) on Sport and
     Course Fundamentals:
                                                       sector and how to sustain a career in          society & contemporary issues in
     •   performing music (30%)                        this field, with practicalopportunities.       physical activity and sport.
     •   composing music (30%)                     •   Learning about community arts              •   Students evaluate and analyse
     •   appraising music (40%)                        projects, one of which you will also           performance in their chosen sport.
                                                       plan                                           They are only assessed in one sporting
     EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                        •   Learning about theatre companies               activity over the 2 years which is 30%
     The student will prepare a recital at least       and how they use particular styles of          of the total grade.
     eight minutes in length in which they will        work
     perform one or more pieces. They can                                                         EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
     sing or play and this can be undertaken       •   You will also develop performances         3 written exams
     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                Physiological factors effecting
     candidate.                                                                                   performance – 90 marks 2-hour written
                                                   EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                         paper
     The composing element requires the            The course has several units.
     submission of two compositions at                                                            Psychological factors effecting
     least one of which has to be based on         Unit 1 – Portfolio – externally assesses       performance – 60 marks 1-hour written
     a brief set by Edexcel. It is likely that                                                    paper
                                                   Unit 2 –Project proposal – extrnally
     all candidates would use conventional
                                                   assessed                                       Socio-cultural issues – 60 marks 1 hour
     notation and notation software for this
     although, depending on the style of                                                          written paper
                                                   Unit 3 – Performance – externally
     music being composed and / or the
                                                   assessed                                       Practical exam – 60 marks practical
     given brief, it may be possible to use
     alternative scores. One composition has                                                      performance & Analysis of Performance.
                                                   Unit 4 – Documantary evidence of
     to be at least four minutes long and the      the development process – internally
     other at least one minute long. In total      assessed
     both pieces must have a duration of at
     least six minutes.                            Unit 8 – Performing Repertoire-devising
                                                   performances in the style of practitioners
     For the appraisal assessment students
     will study music from a range of styles
     and traditions including vocal music,
     instrumental music, music for film,
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     Physics                                         their practical applications. Students are        Unit 2: UK Government and Political
                                                     encouraged to reinforce their knowledge           Ideas. Students will study:
     Taught at Ursuline High                         through extensive practical work.
                                                                                                       The constitution, parliament, Prime
     Examination Board: AQA – A                      Course Fundamentals:                              Minister and executive, relationships
     Level                                                                                             between the branches and one idea
                                                     •   Mechanics
     Why choose this course: Physics                                                                   from the following: anarchism, ecologism,
                                                     •   Materials                                     feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.
     is an excellent subject that leads to
     many further education pathways                 •   Waves
                                                     •   Electricity                                   Unit 3: American Politics. Students will
     including Medical Physics, Radiography,
     Architecture, Actuary, Optician,                •   Light
     Engineering and even Stock Broking. The         •   Thermal Energy                                The US constitution and federalism, US
     AQA Physics specification incorporates
                                                     •   Nuclear Decay                                 congress, US presidency, US supreme
     many aspects of Physics from our
                                                                                                       court and civil rights, democracy and
     everyday lives into its course. This            •   Oscillations
                                                                                                       participation, comparative theories.
     engaging and inspiring GCE Physics              •   Astrophysics and Cosmology
     specification houses both classical and         •   Further Mechanics                             The aims and objectives of this
     modern day physics concepts under the                                                             qualification are to enable students to:
     one course of study. The students look          •   Electric and Magnetic Fields
     at ideas that defined Physics through the       •   Particle Physics                              •   develop knowledge and an informed
     ages, from Newtonian ideas of projectile                                                              understanding of contemporary
     motion to modern day advances such              EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                           political structures and issues in their
     as particle physics, the development of         Unit 1 Advanced Physics I
                                                                                                           historical context, both within the
     medical physics and the production of           Exam 1hr 45     30%
                                                                                                           United Kingdom (UK) and globally
     the atomic bomb.                                Unit 2 Advanced Physics 11                        •   develop a critical awareness of the
     Course Fundamentals:                            Exam 1hr 45     30%                                   changing nature of politics and the
                                                                                                           relationships between political ideas,
     •    The first year of the syllabus is broken   General and Practical principles                      institutions and processes
         up into 5 topics: Measurement and           Exam 2hr 30     40%
         their errors, Particles and radiation,                                                        •   develop knowledge and an informed
         Mechanics and materials, Waves and          Practical endorsement                                 understanding of the influences and
         Electricity. In the second year, students                                                         interests which have an impact on
         continue their studies with three                                                                 decisions in government and politics
         further compulsory topics: Further          Politics                                          •   develop knowledge and an informed
         mechanics and thermal physics, Fields                                                             understanding of the rights and
                                                     Taught at Ursuline High and
         and their consequences and Nuclear                                                                responsibilities of individuals and
                                                     Wimbledon College
         physics.                                                                                          groups
     •    In addition to this the students must      Examination Board: Pearson                        •   develop the ability to critically analyse,
         choose at least one of the special          Edexcel – A Level                                     interpret and evaluate political
         topics below: Astrophysics, Medical                                                               information to form arguments and
         physics, Turning points in physics,         Why choose this course: Students
                                                                                                           make judgements
         Engineering physics (re-branded             will gain knowledge and an informed
         Applied physics) and Electronics.           understanding of contemporary political           •   develop an interest in, and
                                                     structures and issues in their historical             engagement with, contemporary
     EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT                          context, both within the United Kingdom               politics.
     There are three 2 hour papers: Paper 1          and globally. The changing nature of
     (34% of A Level), Paper 2 (34% of A Level)      politics and the relationships between            EXAMINATION/ASSESSMENT
     and Paper 3 (32% of A Level). In addition       political ideas, institutions and processes       There are 3 externally assessed
     to theoretical work, students will be           will also be studied. Students will develop       examinations, all sat at the end of Year 13
     expected to develop 12 key practical skill      the ability to critically analyse, interpret
     sets through topic based practicals.            and evaluate political information to form        Units 1 and 2 are studied in Year 12 and
                                                     arguments and make judgements                     Unit 3 is studied in year 13

                                                     Course Fundamentals:                              Unit 1 – UK Politics (33.5%) Examination:
     Physics                                                                                           2 hours
     Taught at Wimbledon College                     Unit 1: Political Participation & Core
                                                     Political Ideas in the UK. Students will          Unit 2 – UK Government (33.5%)
     Examination Board: Pearson                      study:                                            Examination: 2 hours
     Edexcel – A Level                               Democracy and participation,                      Unit 3 – Comparative Politics (33.5%)
     Why choose this course: The course              political parties, electoral systems,             Examination: 2 hours
     aims to introduce the laws, theories and        voting behaviour and the media and
     models of modern physics and explore            Conservatism, liberalism, socialism.
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