Welcome to the Hanson Sixth Form Course Prospectus 2019-2020

 
Welcome to the Hanson Sixth Form Course Prospectus 2019-2020
Welcome to the
Hanson Sixth Form
      Course
   Prospectus
    2019-2020
Welcome to the Hanson Sixth Form Course Prospectus 2019-2020
CONTENTS
                Please note that all courses are subject to viability

A LEVEL COURSES
    BIOLOGY
    CHEMISTRY
    COMPUTER SCIENCE
    ENGLISH LITERATURE
    FINE ART
    FRENCH
    GEOGRAPHY
    HISTORY
    MATHS & FURTHER MATHS
    MEDIA STUDIES
    MUSIC
    PHYSICAL EDUCATION
    PHYSICS
    POLITICS
    PRODUCT DESIGN
    PSYCHOLOGY
    SOCIOLOGY
    SPANISH

LEVEL 3 COURSES
    APPLIED SCIENCE
    ART
    BUSINESS
    DANCE ACADEMY
    HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (SINGLE)
    HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (DOUBLE)
    HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (TRIPPLE)
    INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
    MEDIA PRODUCTION
    MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
    PERFORMING ARTS - DANCE
    PERFORMING ARTS - DRAMA
    PUBLIC SERVICES
    SPORT & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

LEVEL 2 COURSES
    BTEC FIRST EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN SCIENCE (APPLIED SCIENCE)
    INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
    PUBLIC SERVICES
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A-LEVEL
Biology

ENTRY
REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained
5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4. To be successful on the
course you need to have a keen interest in
Science and in particular Biology.
You will need to have a grade 6 at GCSE
Biology or if you studied Combined/Trilogy
Science a grade 7.
It is also expected that students will have
achieved a grade 6 or above in Maths.

ASSESSMENT
The qualification is linear which means that students will be
assessed at the end of the 2 year course. During the course
there will be a practical assessment and 3 two hour
examinations at the end of the course.

The course aims to stimulate interest in and enjoyment of the study of Biology. It
encourages students to recognise the value and responsible use of Biology in society
and be aware of technological advances. It helps develop skills in scientific
investigation, data collection, evaluation, deduction and how to present a logical
argument or point of view.

The course covers topics including cells, genetics, variation and the way organisms
relate to their environment. There is also a practical element including various set
experiments that contribute towards a practical endorsement.
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A-LEVEL
 Chemistry

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5
GCSEs grade 9 to 4. To be successful on the
course you need to have a keen interest in
Science and in particular Chemistry.           ASSESSMENT
                                               The qualification is linear which
You will need to have a grade 6 at GCSE        means that students will be
Chemistry or if you studied Combined/Trilogy   assessed at the end of the 2 year
Science a grade 7.                             course. There are 3 examinations,
                                               one of which covers practical skills
It is also expected that students will have    along with some of the content.
achieved a grade 6 or above in Maths.          Each exam is two hours long. There
                                               is no formal coursework element.

The course will develop a student’s
ability to apply the scientific
method to many real life situations
and will give students the
opportunity to discover science
through a range of practical
experiments.

About 25% of the time will be
devoted to laboratory practical
work and 75% in formal lessons.

                                                         A-LEVEL
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Computer                                                     A-LEVEL

Science
                                                             Exam Board
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                                                         OCR
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSE passes or higher at Grade 9 to 4.
Achieving a grade 6 or higher in Mathematics is desirable.

Previous knowledge of the subject is not essential, but would be advantageous. If a
student has studied a similar course at GCSE it is expected they would have achieved
at least a grade 4.

COURSE OVERVIEW                                    YEAR 1 & 2
Students who study Computer Science will be
                                                   Component 1 - Computer Systems
challenged and inspired to apply the knowledge
                                                   2 Hour 30 Minutes Written Exam
they gain with the creative and technical skills
                                                   (140 Marks) 40% of A Level
that they acquire. The qualification will be
focused on programming and computational           Component 2 – Algorithms and
thinking and will build on the knowledge base      Problem Solving 2 Hour 30 Minutes
acquired on the GCSE course. The AS course will    Written Exam
look at computing principles, algorithms,          (140 Marks) 40% of A Level
programming, examining operating systems and
data structure.                                    Component 3 – Programming
                                                   Project 20% Coursework

 FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
 Computer Science opens the door to a wide range of careers within specialist IT
 companies. Roles span technical innovation, management, analysis, consultancy,
 training and research. Jobs such as web designers, engineers and software
 developers all rely on a sound knowledge of Computer Science. It is also a highly
 regarded subject when it comes to entry for competitive places at higher education
 institutions.
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English                                                         A-LEVEL

Literature
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 5 with at least a grade 5
(Subject to references) in English Literature and English Language. It is vital that you are
a capable and independent reader, willing to read books unassisted.

ASSESSMENT
The qualification is linear which means that students will be assessed at the end of the
2 year course. There is also a coursework element worth 20% of the overall course.
The course will be taught using a range of learning and teaching activities including
teacher and student led lessons; presentations; group discussions; independent study
and research. Over the course you will study pre-1900 and post 2000 Literature:
Poetry, Prose and Drama.

                       Students will explore the relationships that exist between texts and
                       the contexts within which they are written, received and understood.
                       Because texts and their meanings are not fixed, interpretation is not
                       fixed, and multiple interpretations are possible, students are
                       encouraged to debate and challenge the interpretations of other
                       readers as they develop their own informed personal responses
                       using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives.
                           • Love through the ages: a study of the theme of love, one of the
                             most central themes in literature, is explored across time.
                           • Texts in shared contexts: students explore texts written within
                             a narrower and clearly defined time period: literature from
                             1945 to the present day.
                           • The coursework element offers students the freedom to
                             compare how two texts explore the same theme over time.
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Fine Art                                                   A-LEVEL

 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
 Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 5 with at least a grade 5
 at GCSE Art and a grade 5 or above in GCSE English. In exceptional cases we would
 consider a candidate based on a portfolio of work which indicates that they have the
 potential to cope with the course. There would be a trial period in that case.

 ASSESSMENT
First Year - Portfolio (September-May)
The emphasis of this component will be on the
development of understanding and skills using an
appropriate range of materials, processes and
techniques. You will produce a portfolio of work
which demonstrates everything you have learnt in
the course of completing this unit.                     The course lays an appropriate
Second Year - Component 1: Personal                     foundation for further study of Art
Investigation (June-February)                           & Design or related subjects in
This is a practical investigation supported by          Higher Education. In addition, it is
written material. You are required to conduct a         suitable for the diverse range of
practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept   students who wish to develop
or theme, supported by written material                 their interest in and enjoyment of
(1,000-3,000 words). The focus of the investigation     Art & Design, fostering its value in
must be identified independently by yourself and        lifelong learning.
must lead to a finished outcome or a series of          A Level Art & Design encourages
related finished outcomes.                              students to develop:-
 Second Year - Component 2: Externally Set              Creativity; analytical skills; critical
Assignment (February-April)                             judgement; craft and design;
You will be provided with examination papers on 1st     independence of mind; an interest
February (in the second year), or as soon as            and enthusiasm for art.
possible after that date. Following receipt of the
paper you should consider the starting points and
select one. You will then work unaided for 15 hours
over three days in exam conditions on your chosen
theme. After the exam you will hand in all your
sketchbooks, prep work and your final piece for
marking.
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French                                                         A-LEVEL

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 with at least a grade 6
or above in French. Students must have completed a full GCSE course in French and
those who have obtained a grade 5 will be considered on their individual merit.

ASSESSMENT
 The qualification is linear which means that students will be assessed at the end of
 the 2 year course.
 The course is assessed by a listening, reading, speaking and writing exam in June of
 the second year.
                                         By studying a modern foreign language at an
                                         advanced level you will develop practical
                                         skills to enable you to communicate with
                                         people from many different countries.

                                         The course will build on the skills learnt at
                                         GCSE and you will learn to understand and
                                         respond to authentic material covering
                                         topical issues whilst developing your
                                         understanding of the cultures of French
                                         speaking countries.

                                         All students have regular exposure to
                                         authentic materials and are encouraged to
                                         learn independently through the use of ICT.
                                         All students, where available, have a weekly
                                         speaking session to encourage fluency.
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Geography                                                     A-LEVEL

                                                ENTRY
                                                REQUIREMENTS
                                             Whilst a GCSE in Geography at Grade 4 or
                                             above is useful, 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 would
                                             be beneficial with a grade 4 in English
                                             acceptable for a pro-active student.

ASSESSMENT
The qualification is linear which means that students will be assessed at the end of
the 2 year course.

There will be essay style extended writing questions which are synoptic and cover
all aspects of the course.

Geography enables students to understand some of the processes affecting the
world today. The course gives students a view of how the world’s geography is
changing, the processes that produce changes and the people and agencies that
promote and guide change. The course covers key issues affecting the world and can
offer transferable skills, IT skills in a range of contexts, practical competence derived
from fieldwork and investigations. It acts as a bridge between the Arts and Sciences.
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A-LEVEL
 History

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 5. A grade 6 in History
and a grade 6 or above in English is preferable.
A good command of the English language and interest in reading in depth is essential
for the essay style writing required.

ASSESSMENT
The qualification is linear which means that students will be assessed at the end of
the 2 year course.

There are four units. Units 1, 2 and 3 are assessed via a written exam at the end of
Year 13, whilst unit 4 is assessed via independent coursework study, focusing on
the debate surrounding German responsibility for World War One (20%)
Unit 1: Britain Transformed, 1918-1997 (30%).
Unit 2: The USA, 1955-92: conformity and change (20%).
Unit 3: The British experience of Warfare, c1790 (30%).
                                              This course will appeal to students who
                                              have enjoyed this subject previously,
                                              and have a keen interest in the past and
                                              how it can help us understand the
                                              present.
                                              It will also allow you to learn and
                                              further develop the following skills:-
                                           • Critical analysis of historical
                                             interpretations.
                                           • In depth research and historical
                                             investigation.
                                           • Cross referencing of evidence, and
                                             comparison of sources.
                                           • Essay writing.
                                           • Note taking and summarising.
                                           • Debating and substantiating opinions.
Maths &                                                           A-LEVEL

 Further Maths
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 or must have a minimum
of a grade 6 in GCSE Maths to be able to cope with the level of work required at A Level.
They must also have a minimum of a grade 7 if they want to complete Further
Mathematics.

 ASSESSMENT
   For A Level Mathematics there will be three equally weighted modules. The first
   two modules will be Pure Mathematics, and the final module will be a
   combination of Statistics and Mechanics. For Further Mathematics the course
   will be split into four equally weighted modules. The first two modules will be
   Further Pure 1 and Further Pure 2; the last two modules are likely to be Decision
   1 and Decision 2.

   A Level Mathematics will develop students’
   continued knowledge of Pure Mathematics with
   Statistics and Mechanics. Further Mathematics
   will continue to develop their Pure Mathematics
   and they will be given the opportunity to study
   Decision 1 and 2. Both qualifications are highly
   regarded by both employers and entry tutors in
   Further Education. A good grade in this subject
   will provide tremendous opportunities for
   students and indicate their ability to
   demonstrate excellent reasoning skills.
A-LEVEL
  Media Studies

  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
   Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 or equivalent to be
   eligible for this course. English Language at grade 4 or above is crucial to success.
   Previous study of media is not essential.
 ASSESSMENT
  The qualification is linear which means that students will be assessed at the end of the
  2 year course. Students will study 3 components:

• Component 1: Media Products, Industries and Audiences Written examination: 2
  hours 15 minutes 35% of qualification
• Component 2: Media Forms and Products in Depth Written examination: 2 hours 30
  minutes 35% of qualification
• Component 3: Cross-Media Production Non exam assessment 30% of qualification
  Learners will study a range of media forms in terms of a theoretical framework which
  consists of media language, representation, media industries and audiences. The
  following forms are studied in depth through applying all areas of the framework:
  newspapers, magazines, television, online, social and participatory media. Advertising
  and marketing, film, music video, radio and video games are studied in relation to
  selected areas of the framework.
  This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of Media Studies or related
  areas through a range of higher education degree courses; progression to the next level
  of applied qualifications (degree and HND courses); or direct entry into employment.
Music                                                             A-LEVEL

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
 Prospective students should have gained 5
 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 or equivalent. The course is
 predominantly     group     work,    therefore
 commitment to the course and willingness to
 undertake extra rehearsals if necessary will be
 essential. An interest in the Music and the
 ability to play an instrument is crucial to be
 successful.

ASSESSMENT
The qualification is linear which means that students will be assessed at the end of the 2 year
course. Students will study 3 components:
 • Component 1: Performing
   Option A: Total duration of performances: 10-12 minutes
   Option A: 35% of qualification
   Option B: Total duration of performances: 6-8 minutes
   Option B: 25% of qualification
   Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner
 • Component 2: Composing
   Option A: Total duration of compositions: 4-6 minutes
   Option A: 25% of qualification
   Option B: Total duration of compositions: 8-10 minutes
   Option B: 35% of qualification
   Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by WJEC
 • Component 3: Appraising
   Written examinations: 2 hours 15 minutes
   40% of qualification
   Aims and objectives:
 • Engage actively in the process of music study.
 • Develop performing skills to demonstrate an understanding of musical elements, style, and
   sense of continuity, interpretation and expression.
 • Develop composing skills to demonstrate the manipulation of musical ideas and the use of
   musical devices and conventions.
 • Recognise the interdependence of musical knowledge, understanding and skills, and make
   links between the integrated activities of performing, composing and appraising
   underpinned by attentive listening.
Physical                                                    A-LEVEL

 Education
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4. A grade 4 or above in
English and Maths. GCSE PE is an advantage but is not essential.

ASSESSMENT
The qualification is linear which means that students will be assessed at the end of the
two year course. This will take the form of 2 examinations in June along with an internal
assessment based on practical performance either as a player or as a coach.
                                                The course builds on the student’s
                                                experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE
                                                to enhance their knowledge and
                                                increase their understanding of the
                                                factors that affect performance and
                                                participation in physical education.
                                                The qualification provides you with
                                                skills and knowledge required for
                                                higher education or the world of work.
                                                You will have the opportunity to
                                                experience and develop an interest in a
                                                variety of roles in sport such as
                                                performer and leader/coach and
                                                specialise in one.
                                                The content of the course will address
                                                current contemporary topics in sport
                                                such as the impact in the use of drugs,
                                                technology and increasing
                                                commercialisation of sport.
A-LEVEL
Physics

 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5
GCSEs grade 9 to 5. You will need to have a
grade 6 at GCSE Physics or Additional
Science or Further Additional Science and a
grade 6 or above in Maths.

To be successful on the course you need to
have a keen interest in Science and
particularly in Physics.

ASSESSMENT
The qualification is linear which means that students will be assessed at the
end of the 2 year course.
There are three examinations (2 hours each), one of which covers practical
skills along with some of the content. Each exam is two hours long. There is
no formal coursework element.

The course follows the AQA Physics syllabus which looks at Mechanics,
Materials, Waves, Quantum Physics, Electricity, Fields, Further Mechanics,
Nuclear and Medical Physics.

Practical work is also assessed throughout the course which contributes
towards a practical endorsement which appears on the A Level certificate.
Politics                                                    A-LEVEL

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students should have achieved 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 including a grade 4 or above
in English. In exceptional cases where students have not met the criteria, we would
consider a candidate based on a suitability interview. In these circumstances there
would be a trail period.

                                                   ASSESSMENT
                                                The qualification is linear which
                                                means that students will be
                                                assessed at the end of the 2 year
                                                course.

                                                There are five units to study over
                                                the two years. All units are assessed
                                                via essay style extended writing
                                                questions which are synoptic
                                                covering all aspects of the course.

This course will appeal to students who have an interest in the world around them
and the forces shaping society today. It is for students who enjoy topical and critical
thinking, love learning about current affairs, cultural differences and ethical
dilemmas. Students need to be able to work independently and to read and
research material to support their ideas. It is particularly useful for Law, Business
and Social Sciences.
Product                                                   A-LEVEL

Design

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade
9 to 4 with at least a grade C or above in Technology
and a grade 5 or above in English.

    ASSESSMENT
The qualification is linear which means that students
will be assessed at the end of the 2 year course.
There are 3 units, 1 unit is a major coursework project
(50% of overall grade) and 2 units are exam based, each
exam unit makes up 25% of the overall A-Level grade.

The course is ideal for students who are good at problem solving and have a keen
interest in design. As part of the course students will work towards a range of
different design briefs, some of which will be given and some of which will be self-
guided. Students will then undertake a major coursework project of their choosing.
Product Design will provide students with a range of different skills including:-

•   How to investigate facts and use deduction.
•   How to put over your point of view fluently.
•   Creativity, presentation and communication.
•   How to work as a team to achieve results.
•   How to take responsibility for your own learning.
Psychology                                                       A-LEVEL

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 5 or equivalent. At least a
grade 5 or above in Maths, English Language and Science is required. Psychology is a
demanding and rewarding subject. Candidates with a keen interest in human behaviour
and the mind will be successful on the course.

ASSESSMENT
The qualification is linear which means that students will be assessed at the end of the 2
year course. Assessment is by three two hour exams (each worth 33.3% of the A Level).
Each paper will consists of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and
extended writing. Numeracy skills are also important (10% of the marks will involve some
basic maths). There is no coursework element.

Psychology literally translates as ‘the study of the human mind’ – but Psychology is more
than this. Psychology is everywhere around us. It is intriguing, it is emotional, it is scientific
and above all it is thought provoking. This course offers you the opportunity to learn
about the science behind human behaviour by understanding how research is conducted
and used to develop theories and laws about human behaviour. You will then go on to
explore the many different strands of Psychology such as Social Psychology,
Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Biological
Psychology. Furthermore, you will also consider issues and debates that psychologists
consider when attempting to explain complex human behaviours. Finally you will develop
skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis,
independent thinking and research skills.
Sociology                                                      A-LEVEL

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 5 or equivalent with at least
a grade 6 in English Language and a grade 5 in Literature. Candidates with a keen interest
in society, inequality, family, religion and crime will be successful on the course.

ASSESSMENT
The qualification is linear which means that students will be assessed at the end of the 2
year course. Assessment is by three two hour exams (each worth 33.3% of the A Level).
Each paper will consist of short answer questions and extended writing. There is no
coursework element. Topics covered range from Education, Crime and Deviance and
Beliefs in Society.

Sociology is a rigorous academic subject that is also rooted in the real world. Sociology is
the study of how society is organised and how we experience life. Studying A level
Sociology enables you to develop critical thinking skills, to analyse and interpret the world
around you.
Some of the issues we have looked at over the last year include: sexism in the family and
pop music; the London riots and ISIS. By taking the subject, you become a much more
informed, questioning and critical citizen of society. Furthermore, you will take away from
Sociology a completely different way of thinking about the world around you, and here is
a promise: you will never look at that world in the same way again.
A-LEVEL
  Spanish

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 with at least a grade 6 or
above in Spanish. Students must have completed a full GCSE course in Spanish and those
who have obtained a grade 5 will be considered on their individual merit.

ASSESSMENT
The qualification is linear which means that students will be assessed at the end of the 2
year course. The course is assessed by a listening, reading, speaking and writing exam
in June of the second year.

By studying a modern foreign language at an advanced level you will develop practical
skills to enable you to communicate with people from many different countries. The
course will build on the skills learnt at GCSE and you will learn to understand and respond
to authentic material covering topical issues whilst developing your understanding of the
cultures of Spanish speaking countries.

All students will have regular exposure to authentic materials and are encouraged to learn
independently through the use of ICT. All students, where available, have a weekly
speaking session to encourage fluency.
LEVEL 3
  Applied Science                                                         BTEC

  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
  Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs
  grade 4 or above with English Language at grade
  4 or above. A keen interest in all aspects of
  Physics, Chemistry and Biology is required.

   ASSESSMENT
• 50% of the course is assessed through
  internally assessed units.

• 50% of the qualification is assessed
  through an external examination.

  This vocational qualification gives post-16 learners a practical introduction to science.
  They can be taken alongside A levels or other Level 3 courses and have received
  backing from Universities.

  Topics covered include applied experimental techniques and science in the modern
  world, undertaking a scientific investigation, and optional units in Biology, Chemistry
  and Physics.

  They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare
  for the future. The qualifications provide progression opportunities to higher
  education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or
  related areas of study, within universities and other institutions.
LEVEL 3
  Art                                                            BTEC

                                      ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                      Prospective students should have gained 5
                                      GCSEs grade 9 to 4 grade 4 or above in English
                                      with at least a grade 5 in GCSE Art.

                                      In exceptional cases we would consider a
                                      candidate based on a portfolio of work which
                                      indicates that they have the potential to cope
                                      with the course. In these circumstances there
                                      would be a trial period.

The BTEC Art & Design course
provides students with the
opportunity to develop a               ASSESSMENT
portfolio  which   lays  the
                                       The BTEC Extended Certificate in Art & Design
appropriate foundation for
                                       comprises of six units over two years and is the
further education in Art &
                                       equivalent to 1 A-Level.
Design.
                                       Each unit is individually assessed and graded
In addition this course is suitable
                                       on Pass, Merit or Distinction. The final grade
for the diverse range of
                                       is calculated on an average over the six units.
candidates who wish to develop
their interest and enjoyment of
                                       Two units are externally set. One is a written
Art & Design, fostering its value
                                       task from pre-released material and takes
in lifelong learning.
                                       place over 5 hrs in school and the second is
The course has a strong                theme based with a final piece which also
vocational element and students        takes place over 5 hrs.
will be given the opportunity to
work with outside agencies such
as galleries, art colleges and
commercial establishments.
Business                                                    LEVEL 3
                                                             BTEC
Studies

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 including grade 4 in
Maths and English. Business at Level 2 is advantageous but not essential.

COURSE OVERVIEW
If you feel you want to learn Business Studies but you do not want the pressure of
100% external examinations, BTEC Level 3 in Business would be suitable for you.
The content of the course has been designed to ensure you are able to progress to
higher education and is also ideal if you intend to go straight into the business
sector or employment after Sixth Form. Please note, however, that there are still
external assessments that you have to undertake, but they do not contribute to
100% of your final grade.
To achieve a National Extended Certificate in Business, equivalent to one A Level
students will study 4 units, 2 of which are external.
To achieve a National Diploma in Business, equivalent to 2 A Level’s students will
study 8 units of which 3 are external.
For students who intend to go straight into employment or the business sector, this
course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills.

ASSESSMENT
For a National Extended Certificate 42% of the grade is assessed internally and
58% externally.
For a National Diploma 45% of the grade is assessed externally and 55% of the
grade internally.
Dance                                                              LEVEL 3
                                                                     BTEC
 Academy
                                        ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                        Prospective students should have gained grade 4
                                        or above in 5 subjects including English. Only
                                        strong candidates with a keen interest in Dance
                                        will be successful on the course. It is advisable
                                        that you have had some dance training but is not
                                        essential.

                                       ASSESSMENT
                                        You will study thirteen units in total, seven of
                                        these are mandatory and six are selected by us
                                        that we feel will best suit you as a learner. All our
                                        units are practical but will include some form of
                                        theory such as keeping a choreographic log etc.
                                        Units are assessed both internally by staff and
                                        some units have tasks which specify a clear time
                                        period in which the task is to be completed, this
                                        will then be sent off to be marked by the exam
                                        board.

This is an exciting new course that allows you to gain practical training at Footsteps
Theatre School whilst completing your course. You will gain a broad overview of what
it is like to work professionally as a dancer as well as develop your practical dance skills
through professional workshops and training. It will develop your levels of practical skill,
introduce you to new areas of dance, and give you a thorough grounding into the
background of dance as well as an insight into the industry.

You will have the opportunity to combine theory and practice in an exciting and
stimulating way, developing yourself as an individual artist. Aimed at developing both
practical skills and theoretical knowledge to underpin these skills, you will take part in
workshops and rehearsals.
LEVEL 3
    Health and Social                                                 BTEC
    Care (Single)
COURSE OVERVIEW
Health and Social Care can be studied as a Single Option which is equivalent to one A
level, a Double Option two A levels and a Triple Option which is 3 A levels. In Health and
Social Care you will study various units allowing students to learn and debate current
health care issues whilst producing their own reports observing, reflecting and comparing
how service users access the health and social care services. Students will study a wide
range of issues in a variety of real life contexts.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs at grade 9 to 4. Previous
knowledge of the subject is not essential, but would be advantageous. If a student
has studied a similar course at GCSE it is expected they would have achieved at
least a grade 4.

Single Option – 1 A level
Year 1
Unit 2 – Equality, diversity and rights in Health and Social Care (examined unit)
Unit 4 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (examined unit)
Unit 24 – Public Health (coursework unit)

Year 2
Unit 1 – Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care (coursework unit)
Unit 17 – Supporting people with mental health conditions (coursework unit)
Unit 3 – Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care (examined unit)
LEVEL 3
Health and Social                                                          BTEC
Care (Double)
COURSE OVERVIEW
In Health and Social Care you will study various units allowing students to learn and
debate current health care issues whilst producing their own reports observing, reflecting
and comparing how service users access the Health and Social Care services. Students will
study a wide range of issues in a variety of real life contexts.

Double Option – 2 A level’s
Year 1
Unit 2 – Equality, diversity and rights in Health and Social Care (examined unit)

Unit 4 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (examined unit)

Unit 24 – Public Health (coursework unit)

Unit 6 – Personalisation and a person centred approach to care (examined unit)

Unit 22 – Psychology for Health and Social Care (coursework unit)

Unit 5 – Infection Control (coursework unit)

Year 2
Unit 3 – Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care (examined unit)

Unit 1 – Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care (coursework unit)

Unit 17 – Supporting people with mental health conditions (coursework unit)

Unit 7 – Safeguarding (examined unit)

Unit 9 – Supporting People with Learning Disabilities (coursework unit)

Unit 12 – Promotes positive behaviour (coursework unit)
LEVEL 3
 Health and Social                                                                    BTEC
 Care (Triple)
COURSE OVERVIEW
In Health and Social Care you will study various units allowing students to learn and debate current health
care issues whilst producing their own reports observing, reflecting and comparing how service users
access the Health and Social Care services. Students will study a wide range of issues in a variety of real
life contexts.

Triple Option – 3 A level’s
Year 1
Unit 2 – Equality, diversity and rights in Health and Social Care (examined unit)

Unit 4 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (examined unit)

Unit 24 – Public Health (coursework unit)

Unit 6 – Personalisation and a person centred approach to care (examined unit)

Unit 22 – Psychology for Health and Social Care (coursework unit)

Unit 5 – Infection Control (coursework unit)

Unit 13 – Sexual health, reproduction and early development stages (coursework unit)

Unit 18 – Caring for older people (coursework unit)

Unit 8 – Creativity and activity for children and young people (coursework unit)

Year 2
Unit 3 – Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care (examined unit)

Unit 7 – Safeguarding (examined unit)

Unit 9 – Supporting People with Learning Disabilities (coursework unit)

Unit 1 – Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care (coursework unit)

Unit 12 – Promotes positive behaviour (coursework unit)

Unit 17 – Supporting people with mental health conditions (coursework unit)

Unit 25 – Research methods in health, social care and childcare (examined unit)

Unit 14 – The impact of long term physiological conditions (coursework unit)
LEVEL 3
Cambridge                                                            BTEC
Technical in ICT
                                                               EXAM BOARD
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                                                            OCR
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSE grade 9 to 4.
Previous knowledge of the subject is not essential, but would be advantageous. If a
student has studied a similar course at GCSE it is expected they would have achieved
at least a grade 4.

YEAR 1 - CERTIFICATE                  YEAR 2 – INTRODUCTORY
                                      DIPLOMA
Two external examinations
                                      Three internally assessment units.
Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT
                                      During this year, students will complete three
1 Hour 30 Minutes Written Exam
                                      pieces of coursework which will be internally
(80 Marks)                            assessed.
Section A – Multiple Choice           The final grades at the end of the course will
                                      be Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *
Section B – Short and Extended
answers

Unit 2 – Global Information
1 Hour 30 Minutes Written Exam          FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
(80 Marks)
                                        In completing this qualification, students will
Section A - Short and Extended          have developed professional, personal and
                                        social skills which can be transferred to
answers based on a scenario.
                                        Universities or employment.
Section B – Short and Extended
answers not based on the
pre-release material.
LEVEL 3
    Creative Digital                                                      BTEC
    Media Production
    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 or equivalent to be
    eligible for this course. Previous study of media is not essential.
    ASSESSMENT
    This course is equivalent in size to one A Level. Students will study 4 units in total of
    which 3 are mandatory (2 of these will be externally assessed). These include:

• Unit 1: Media Representations
• Unit 4: Pre Production Portfolio
• Unit 8: Responding to a Commission

    Plus a choice of 1 of the following units -
•   Unit 10: Film Production
•   Unit 11: Radio Production
•   Unit 12: Website Production
•   Unit 13: Digital Games Production
•   Unit 14: Digital Magazine Production

    Learners will be introduced to the fundamental technologies, principles and practices
    that underpin contemporary film, radio, website digital game and magazine production.
    Learners will understand genres and design considerations with the main objective to
    create and produce.

    This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of creative media or related
    areas through a range of higher education degree courses; progression to the next level
    of applied qualifications (degree and HND courses); or direct entry into employment.
LEVEL 3
Music Technology                                                    BTEC

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs 9 to 4 or
equivalent. No previous experience needed, however, an
interest is Music Technology is vital to success.

ASSESSMENT
720 GLH, Equivalent in size to 2 A Levels. 10 units of which
5 are mandatory and 2 are external.
Content includes:
  • Studio Recording Techniques
  • Music Technology in Context
  • Live Sound
  • Music and Sound for Media
  • Remixing and Reworking
  • Music Technology in Performance
  • Mixing and Mastering Techniques

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
 • Learners will study the technology and practice of live sound engineering and
   explore the types of work carried out by live sound engineers.
 • Learners will cover the processes, equipment and practical skills required to
   produce multitrack recordings in a music studio environment.
 • Learners will explore the production of the music, sound and effects that are used
   for media products such as games, films and apps.
 • Learners analyse the development of technology, evaluating its impact on the
   practice of creating and producing music.
 • Learners will explore the creative functions of synthesisers and samplers in making
   music and sound design.
 • Learners will be introduced to the creative possibilities of music technology. They
   will explore this through making music, which they will perform live.
Performing Arts                                                       LEVEL 3
                                                                       BTEC
Dance (Single)
                                      ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                       Prospective students should have gained 5
                                       GCSEs grade 4 or above including English. Only
                                       strong candidates with a keen interest in Dance
                                       will be successful on the course. It is advisable
                                       that you have had some dance training but is not
                                       essential.

                                      ASSESSMENT
                                      You will study four units in total, three of these
                                      are mandatory and one is selected by us that
                                      we feel will best suit you as a learner. All our
                                      units are practical but will include some form
                                      of theory such as keeping a choreographic log
                                      etc. Units are assessed both internally by staff
                                      at school and some units have tasks which
                                      specify a clear time period in which the task is
                                      to be completed, this will then be sent off to
                                      be marked by the exam board.

The course is a broad overview of dance and covers many aspects of dance training.
It will develop your levels of practical skill, introduce you to new areas of dance, and
give you a thorough grounding into the background of dance as well as an insight
into the industry.

You will have the opportunity to combine theory and practice in an exciting and
stimulating way, developing yourself as an individual artist. Aimed at developing
both practical skills and theoretical knowledge to underpin these skills, you will take
part in workshops and rehearsals.
LEVEL 3
  Performing Arts                                                        BTEC
  Drama
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 with a grade 4 or above in English
and Maths. The course is predominantly group work, therefore commitment to the course and
willingness to undertake extra rehearsals if necessary will be essential. An interest in the
Performing Arts is crucial to be successful. This course is offered as both single and double
options.

ASSESSMENT
720 Guided learning hours.
Equivalent in size to two A Levels.
8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external.
Mandatory content (83%).
External assessment (46%).
Mandatory unit content includes: 1 Investigating Practitioners’ Work, 2 Developing Skills
and Techniques for Live Performance, 3 Group Performance Workshop, 4 Performing Arts
in the Community, 5 Individual Performance Commission, 6 Final Live Performance to an
Audience & 7 Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts.

External assessment units include: 1 Investigating Practitioners’ Work, 3 Group
Performance Workshop, 5 Individual Performance Commission & 7 Employment
Opportunities in the Performing Arts.

During the course students will:
 • Perform – practical exploration and application of specialist skills and techniques,
     individual and group performance.
 • Research, analysis and commission – aims to develop skills that are essential for
     further study of performing arts, including research methodology, independent
     learning, extended writing, sourcing, idea generation, evaluating information and
     drawing conclusions from it.

Students choose a further two optional units which have been designed to support
progression to the range of sector-related courses in higher education and to link with
relevant occupational areas. They cover content areas, such as: Acting, Dance and Musical
Theatre.
LEVEL 3
   Public Services                                                   BTEC

 ENTRY
 REQUIREMENTS                                   ASSESSMENT
For this course 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 or         The course and units will be assessed
equivalent (English & Maths) will normally      through a range of coursework assignments.
be required. It would be beneficial, but        These will vary from written assignments,
not essential for you to have studied BTEC      oral presentations to practical assessments
Public Services at Level 2.                     involving residential and outdoor activities.
                                                All the units carry 10 credits and the final
                                                grade will depend on points scored over the
                                                units resulting in the final grade being
                                                awarded as a Pass, Merit, Distinction or
                                                Distinction*.
                                                Units are assessed internally by staff at
                                                school and a sample is sent off to be
                                                moderated by the exam board.

This course is ideal for anyone who is considering a career in the public services. It will
provide you with a highly specialist work related qualification which will give you the
knowledge, understanding and skills needed for employment within the uniformed and non-
uniformed public services.
Through the introduction of a link with Bradford College HE department there will be also
be increased opportunities to work with outside agencies related to the public service sector.
This is intended to further improve employability of students within the public service sector
and also increase the proportion of students that go on to study the subject in a higher
education setting (level 4 and above).
Physical                                                            LEVEL 3
                                                                      CTECH
 Education
 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
 Prospective students will normally be required to have gained 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 or
 equivalent (English & Maths). It would be beneficial, but not essential for you to have studied
 a sports qualification in Key Stage 4.

 ASSESSMENT
The course uses a combination of assessment
styles to ensure that students are fully
prepared for a career in sport. Two assessment
methods are used:
• Assignments – These are written pieces of
   coursework that are set and marked by your
   teachers.
• 2/3 Written Exams – 1 hour 30 minute
   exams containing mainly short answer
   questions with some long answer questions.
   These are externally assessed.

This is a vocational course that provides you with the knowledge required to pursue a
career in sport. There are a number of qualifications that can be studied such as
Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma. Each has a number of different
pathways that can be followed which can lead on to different higher education and
career opportunities.

There is a wide range of content included that caters for all students. Units studied
include; Body Systems & the Effect of Physical Activity, Sports Coaching & Activity
Leadership and Nutrition and Diet for Sport and Exercise.

The course content is exciting and engaging and is designed to not only improve your
knowledge and understanding of the principles of sport and physical activity but to also
develop your professional, personal and social skills. These support the transferable
skills that are required by universities and employers such as communication, problem
solving and time management.
Applied                                                        LEVEL 2
                                                             PATHWAY
Science
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
This qualification is for Students who have not gained
5 good passes at GCSE. By the end of the course you
will have improved on your knowledge and skills and
be able to take a Level 3 Applied Science qualification.

ASSESSMENT
85% of the course is assessed through
internally assessed units.

15% of the qualification is assessed
through an external examination.

This vocational qualification gives post-16 learners a practical introduction to science.
This will allow learners who have yet to reach a level 2 standard a chance to revisit
and deepen their knowledge of science.

Topics covered include applied experimental techniques and science in the modern
world, undertaking a scientific investigation, and optional units in Biology, Chemistry
and Physics.

This qualification gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they
need to prepare for the future. The qualifications provide progression opportunities
to a Level 3 qualification in Applied Science or other associated areas of study.
Cambridge                                                      LEVEL 2
                                                             PATHWAY
Technical in ICT
                                                          Exam Board
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                                                      OCR
Prospective students should have gained 5 GCSE grade 9 to 4.
Previous knowledge of the subject is not essential, but would be advantageous.
If a student has studied a similar course at GCSE it is expected they would have
achieved at least a grade 4.

ASSESSMENT
 Year One - Certificate                   Future Opportunities
 Two external examinations                In completing this qualification,
                                          students will have developed
 Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT
                                          professional, personal and social
 1 Hour 30 Minutes Written Exam           skills which can be transferred to
 (80 Marks)                               Universities or employment.

 Section A – Multiple Choice
 Section B – Short and Extended
 answers

 Unit 2 – Global Information
 1 Hour 30 Minutes Written Exam
 (80 Marks)
 Section A - Short and Extended
 answers based on a scenario.
 Section B – Short and Extended
 answers not based on the pre-
 release material.
Public                                                      LEVEL 2
                                                          PATHWAY
Services
ENTRY
REQUIREMENTS                                    ASSESSMENT
There are no entry requirements for this       The course uses a combination of
course. It is ideal for any student who is     assessment styles to ensure that students
retaking Maths and English GCSE.               are fully prepared for a career in the public
                                               service sector. Two assessment methods are
                                               used:
                                             • Assignments (75%) – These are written
                                               pieces of coursework that are set and
                                               marked by your teachers.
                                             • Written Exam (25%) – A 1 hour exam
                                               containing a mix of short and long answer
                                               questions. This is externally assessed.

This is a vocational course that is ideal for anybody that is considering pursuing a career in
the public service sector.

The Level 2 BTEC First Award in Public Services is the equivalent to a GCSE and therefore
can be studied alongside GCSE Maths and English in order to boost students’ qualifications.
This can also lead on to studying Public Services at Level 3.

There is a wide range of content included that caters for all students. Units studied include
The Role and Work of the Public Service, Working Skills in the Public Service Sector, Health,
Fitness and Lifestyle for the Public Services and Employment in the Public Services.

Through the introduction of a link with Bradford College HE department there will be also
be increased opportunities to work with outside agencies related to the public service
sector. This is intended to further improve employability of students within the public
service sector and also increase the proportion of students that go on to study the subject
in a higher education setting.
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