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CONTENTS INTRODUCTION MAXIMISING ACHIEVEMENT THE SIXTH FORM EXPERIENCE CHOOSING A COURSE 16 - 19 STUDY PROGRAMMES THE FOOTBALL ACADEMY APPRENTICESHIP PROGRESSION HOW DO I APPLY? ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

AS/A2 LEVEL COURSES

ACCOUNTING ART & DESIGN BIOLOGY BUSINESS STUDIES CHEMISTRY DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY ENGLISH LITERATURE FRENCH GEOGRAPHY HISTORY LAW MATHS PHYSICS PSYCHOLOGY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SOCIOLOGY

LEVEL 3 COURSES 02 03 06 08 10 11 12 13

AAT LEVEL 3 (ACCOUNTANCY) APPLIED SCIENCE BUSINESS STUDIES CHILDCARE FASHION FINANCIAL STUDIES HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAW MUSIC TECHNOLOGY PHOTOGRAPHY SPORT

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LEVEL 2 COURSES APPRENTICESHIP PROGRESSION PROGRAMME BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CUSTOMER SERVICES RETAIL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AAT (ACCOUNTANCY) CHILDCARE

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MAXIMISING ACHIEVEMENT FOR ALL AT POST 16 Our primary aim at Aston Manor Sixth Form is to ‘maximise achievement for all’. We believe that providing a positive and caring environment in which students feel supported and will allow them to develop into mature, fulfilled and enriched young adults. To ensure our students develop into well rounded young adults when they leave the Sixth Form we provide a variety of academic and vocational programmes, along with a varied range of opportunities and experiences as part of our enrichment programme. Our students are supported throughout their learning by a dedicated team of staff who support them to reach their full potential. To ensure this, we encourage our students’ total commitment to engage fully in their learning, be prepared to work hard, be involved in the wider aspects of Sixth Form life and manage their time well. I am passionate about our Sixth Formers being positive role models for the younger pupils who will see them as a source of inspiration. There will opportunities for students to become mentors both in a pastoral and academic field and to be part of our Senior Academic Ambassador Team.

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As part of our enrichment programme there will opportunities for students to liaise with local universities and apprenticeship providers. Key speakers will be invited into school, who will deliver specific advice and guidance towards applying for university. Sports clubs, work placements and residential trips will also compliment students’ Sixth Form experience. Please feel free to book an appointment for your personalised tour with our Sixth Form Team.

Daniel Preston Assistant Head Teacher with Responsibility for Sixth Form


THE SIXTH FORM EXPERIENCE Pastoral and Academic support

Head of Post 16 Curriculum Mrs Laura Dodsworth

at least once every three weeks. Interviews will focus on: Attendance & Punctuality Academic Progress Enrichment Pastoral issues Setting of smart target’s for personal and academic growth

Head of Year 12/13 Mrs Harjinder Kaur

Communication with Parents/ Carers

In September 2013 the Sixth Form Team will consist of: Assistant Headteacher Mr Daniel Preston

Sixth Form Co-ordinator Mrs Lisa Murray Raising Standards Leader KS5 Mr James Gough We operate an open door policy, so you have access to someone in the Sixth Form Team at all times. With the extra support available in the Sixth Form we are able to carefully monitor attendance and act immediately on any concerns.

Personal Tutoring Aston Manor prides itself on its care for each students Academic and Pastoral wellbeing. Students are assigned to a tutor group whose tutor is responsible for overseeing their academic and pastoral needs. In the sixth form you will only attend form time or assembly on a Wednesday. However, you will be required to attend a 1:1 interview with your personal tutor

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Sixth Form students receive one detailed written report per year, usually in late March. In addition, an Interim Report is issued in November of the autumn term for Year 12. Interim Reports identify each student’s target grade, which is based on past performance, an expected grade which is based on current performance and an approach to learning for the current session.

‘Gifted and Talented’ Aston Manor endeavours to provide for the individual needs of all of its students and, therefore, we will seek to provide learning opportunities and experiences appropriate and specific to the more able, gifted and talented within the school community. As well as providing appropriate learning for such students during lessons, enrichment opportunities are organised, and students can also receive financial support to pursue their own interests out of school.

Careers Guidance Ways in which students will be supported in their preparation for application to Higher or Further Education, or for employment include:

• organisation of Open Day visits; • provision of external speakers in response to demand; • support for Work Experience placements; • support for ‘Taster Courses’. • 1:1 support • Interviews with connexions staff. • Practice interviews with a senior member of staff.

During year 13 students will be supported:

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Through the UCAS application process or application to Apprenticeship or employment. In making arrangements for Student Loans and Tuition Fees. On the UCAS results process and the Clearing System.

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“The transition from my previous school into Aston Manor was great, the staff and students are really welcoming and there is a friendly atmosphere” Naomi McMahon, Sixth Form student Enrichment activities

Work experience

Enrichment refers to activities that encourage the subject based skills ensuring greater success in that subject, as well as activities that give broader experiences to students. These experiences not only help students to perform better in interviews when completing with others, but also demonstrates a more rounded character that helps when applying for University Apprenticeships and employment.

All students on all of our programmes will take park in work experience during year 12 and some will do further work experience or volunteering throughout the year.

We encourage all of our students to get involved in our wide range enrichment activities and opportunities in the Sixth Form such as:

Sporting activities including football, basketball, table tennis, and many more Leadership opportunities for example Academic Ambassadors and the Sixth Form Committee Debating team Envision, Social action project Duke of Edinburgh Cooking skills Young Enterprise Sport leaders Extended Project First Aid Mentoring Younger students Community work outside the Academy for example volunteering in local primary schools and retirement homes

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Facilities for Sixth Form Students In addition to the facilities available to the rest of the school, the Sixth Form has a dedicated building consisting of, a Sixth Form study room with access to computer facilities and Sixth form only classrooms. Students also have a Sixth Form common room with a pool table.


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CHOOSING A COURSE Think carefully what sort of course or courses you wish to take. You will be spending a lot of time studying it/them and should enjoy it. All Sixth Form study requires significant time to be devoted to study both in and out of school. There are no ‘easy’ subjects! S ubject choices at Sixth Form can affect your future career pathways. For example you cannot study Maths at university if you have not studied it at A Level, although sometimes studying a subject in the Sixth Form is not a prerequisite for university study. Make sure you get advice, so that you know if your choices are compatible with any career ambition you may have. The School’s Careers Staff will be able to help you with this. Choose a course for the right reasons. Do not choose a course just because your friend wants to study it or because you like a particular teacher. Often as you grow, friendships change and teacher move on. Also, what is right for one person need not be right for another.

What is the difference between A Levels and Level 3 Vocational Courses? A Levels

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Are mainly accessed through exams Involve greater in – depth study Expect more self directed study and reading for the subject Require 40 AGPS for entry

Vocational courses

• Assessed by ongoing coursework • Some vocational courses have one or two

days a week of work placement as part of the course Provide more opportunities for work related learning Require 36 AGPS for entry

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16 - 19 Study Programmes From September 2013, new 16 to 19 study programmes will be introduced. All students in full or part-time education aged 16 to 19 will be expected to follow a study programme tailored to their individual needs, education and employment goals.

All students should be given the opportunity to follow a course that: I ncludes qualification(s) that are of sufficient size and rigour to stretch the student and are clearly linked to suitable progression opportunities in training, employment or higher levels of education. R equires students to work towards GCSE A* – C grade in Maths and English (or other qualifications that will act as a stepping stone for achievement of these qualifications in time), if they have not already achieved this. Allows for meaningful work experience related to the vocational area of the Study Programme, which develops employability skills and/or creates potential employment options. I ncludes other activities unrelated to qualifications that develop the skills, attitudes and confidence that support progression.

Please note: The availability of subjects advertised in this brochure is subject to change dependent on student interest.

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“Teaching is good and an increasing proportion is outstanding. Teachers are confident and skilled, and enjoy excellent relationships with students.�

Ofsted 2013

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16 - 19 STUDY PROGRAMMES AT ASTON MANOR ACADEMY Our curriculum has been structured to allow personalisation of your learning to be facilitated, and we would encourage you to do this if appropriate - the programmes listed are effectively a guide or starting point for you. In practice you may find that you wish to take advantage of elements of different pathways, for example by taking a mixture of AS Levels or L3 BTECs.

The General A Level Programme AS Levels and A Levels are excellent, well known, well understood and demanding qualifications that will give you a good academic grounding in the subject(s) that you choose and will allow you to progress onto virtually any University course as long as you choose a suitable combination of subjects and achieve appropriate grades. You will choose between three and five subjects in year 12. Year 13 you must choose a minimum of three subjects that you will continue with to A Level standard. For those wanting to attend any of the Russell group universities, then they may wish to choose the following facilitating subjects. Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, English Literature, Languages, Geography and History.

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The Child Care / Early Years Teaching Programme The programme consists of the vocational Level 3 CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education, This qualification is ideal for students who enjoy working with children, and may be thinking about careers in these areas after leaving the Sixth Form. It also provides a route to university courses in these areas. There is also an opportunity to study one or two additional qualifications such as GCSE’s or AS/A Levels and BTEC’s. All students are expected to participate in a work placement one day a week with three extended periods of work experience during the year.

The Social and Medical Care Programme (eg Nursing, Midwifery, Social worker) The programme consists of the vocational Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care, equivalent to 2 A Levels or the extended Diploma Equivalent to 3 A Levels . You may also wish to study one or two additional qualifications such as related AS/A Levels for example Biology Psychology, Sociology or a Further BTEC in Medical Science This qualification is ideal for students who enjoy

working with people, and may be thinking about careers in care related careers after leaving the Sixth Form. This route provides progression to university courses in Nursing and Midwifery. Students will need to participate in work placement which can be done on a Wednesday.

The Medical Programme (eg Doctor, Pharmacist, Dentist, Optometrist etc,) For those of you who wish to have a medical career it is essential that you study both Biology and Chemistry. Chemistry however is the most important subject for a medical career. You should also study two other science subjects for example Physics, Maths, Psychology

The Accounting Programme This is a route for students who are interested in Accounting or Business as a career path. Students are also enrolled as members of the professional Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and complete the Level 2 and 3 AAT Accounting alongside their A Level. Students choose related A Levels and BTEC’s such as Business Studies, ICT and Maths and Financial studies alongside the accounting qualifications.


“The range of subjects on offer in the sixth form is wide and is matched to the abilities and interests of its students. The academy uses informal partnerships with local schools and colleges to broaden this offer further.� Ofsted 2013

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THE FOOTBALL ACADEMY “Academy leaders at all levels are relentless in their ambition to improve the life chances of students. There is a determined and successful drive to improve teaching that challenges and supports teachers extremely well.” Ofsted 2013

The Football Academy is run in conjunction with West Bromwich Albion. The two-year course aims to provide students with the opportunity to study for a nationally recognised qualification in BTEC Extended National Diploma in Sport, equivalent to 3 A Levels and to train with the Football Academy squad every day. Students will receive expert coaching and guidance from West Bromwich Albion throughout the programme. The Football Academy competes in the British College’s Football League one afternoon per week and also participates in the West Midlands Cup competitions as well as the English Schools National Cup. Home fixtures will be played at Moor Lane Sports Venue in Birmingham, and students will have access to the excellent sports facilities there as part of their training programme. Students will have opportunities to obtain additional nationally recognised qualifications throughout the course:

FA Coaching Certificate and Other Sports Coaching/Refereeing badges

• Basic First Aid Certificate • Sports Leaders Award (Level 2) and

develop their personal and social skills by interacting within the school and local community groups.

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By following, and successfully completing the BTEC National Diploma in Sport, the pupils will have a number of options:

4 year Football Scholarship at a University in the USA (combined with a degree of their choice)

• Sports related degree at a UK University

(future jobs - physiotherapy, sports coaching, PE teaching, fitness instructing, personal trainer, sport and leisure management etc)

Full-time employment within the Sport and Leisure Industry

• Professional contract with a Football Club.


APPRENTICESHIP PROGRESSION PROGRAMME

These are one year Level 2 Programmes. It is appropriate for those who are not yet ready to undertake qualifications at Level 3 or those who are keen to undertake a more vocational route. Students will choose a specialist vocational qualification in discussion with the Sixth form team. Students will spend two days week completing their vocational course, one of those days being work experience. The further three days will be spent in school when student will take further subjects to support them in securing the next stage of their education or employment.

Students will need to study English or Mathematics at Level 2 in order to improve their GCSE grades if they have not already obtained a C grade. All students are required to study for the WorkSkills BTEC qualification. Students taking WorkSkills will improve their employability skills, teamwork skills and ability to manage oneself better. Subject to meeting ongoing course requirements the successful completion of this pathway will enable students to access the Level 3 programmes available.

Apprenticeship Progression Programmes are available in the following areas; • Accountancy – AAT Level 2 • Business Administration • Information Technology • Childcare • Retail • Customer Services • Warehouse and Logistics • Motor Vehicle

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“The common room atmosphere is pleasant and chilled” Sixth Form student

HOW DO I APPLY? Obtain an application form from the back of the prospectus, the sixth form office or download it from the school website.

October

Open Evening

November

Taster Lessons for internal students

the Sixth form Office,

November / December

Interviews

January

Conditional Offers

For external applicants only

July

Sixth Form Induction

August

Enrolment on to courses on GCSE results day

For internal applications

• Complete your application form and return to

Please find deadline for returning application form on the form itself. The application form is in two parts:

Part one which is to be completed by the student and returned to Aston Manor Sixth Form;

• Part two, which is confidential, and should be

passed on to and completed by an appropriate person (such as the student’s Tutor, or Head of Year) at the applicant’s school and sent separately to Aston Manor Sixth Form

Please find deadline for returning application form on the form itself.

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Enrolling at Aston Manor Academy Sixth Form

Exact dates will be published on the website as they are available. We aim to give as much support and guidance as possible to any prospective students. If you have any questions or would like further guidance, please contact us.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A Level‘s 40 AGPS (average GCSE point score) and also 5 GCSE’s A*- C inc English.

Vocational Courses (BTEC’s OCR Cambridge) 35 AGPS (average GCSE point score) Including a C in English at GCSE. Subjects taken at Level 3 are at the discretion of the subject teacher and of obtaining GCSE grades as required by the subject or a related subject.

Apprenticeship Progression Programme - Level 2 4 GCSE’s A-G. NB Entry to all courses is ultimately down to the discretion of the subject teacher and Assistant Head with responsibility for Sixth Form.

A Level‘s

Entry criteria

Level 3 Vocational Entry criteria

Accounting ART & Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry Design & Technology English Literature French Geography History Law Maths Physics Psychology Religious Education Sociology

B Maths C Art & Design A Science B Business if taken A Science B Design & Technology B English B French B Geography B History if taken B English A Maths A Science B Science or English General General

AAT Level 3 (Accountancy) Level 2 AAT Applied Science General Business studies General Childcare General Fashion General Financial Studies General Football Academy General Health and Social care General Information Technology General Law General Music Technology General Photography General Sport General

Level 2 - Apprenticeship Entry criteria Progression Programme AAT (Accountancy) Business Administration Childcare Customer Services Information Technology Motor Vehicle Maintenance Retail

General - Standard Aston Manor Academy Sixth Form entry requirements apply. Students and Parent/Carers should be aware that some of the courses listed may not run if insufficient numbers opt for them. A final decision on course viability is made in September.

C in GCSE Maths 4 Ds at GCSE 4 Ds at GCSE 4 Ds at GCSE 4 Ds at GCSE 4 Ds at GCSE 4 Ds at GCSE

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AS/A2 ACCOUNTANCY EXAMINATION BOARD AQA

AIMS OF THE COURSE GCE Accountancy will teach you how to manage the finances of small and large businesses. At AS Level you will learn about the principles of double-entry accounting and consider how organisations calculate profits (and losses) made. You will also learn how accounting information is used by managers in organisations. At A2 Level you will investigate different accounting techniques used by businesses, including public limited companies, such as large supermarkets. You will explore the accounts that large limited companies must publish and the accounting standards (rules) that accountants must follow. By studying GCE Accountancy you will gain an understanding of the basic accounting principles used by most businesses. Whether you are planning on working for a large multinational organisation, a small charity or intend to set up your own business, GCE Accounting will help you to get started with any accounting tasks you might face.

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This course is an ideal foundation if you plan to study Accountancy further in higher education. Entry criteria: 5 GCSEs at grade C or better. One of these should be a grade B in Mathematics.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT There are four equally weighted units each worth 25% of the A Level.

ASSESSMENT

Each unit is assessed externally by an examination.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE? This course is an ideal foundation if you plan to study Accountancy further in Higher Education. Accountancy allows you to progress into a career in a wide range of jobs involving finance and business.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS B Maths


AS/A2 ART “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” Leo Burnett

EXAMINATION BOARD Edexcel

AIMS OF THE COURSE

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To take up careers for which an art background is relevant. To undertake further studies in art and design. To develop an interest in and aptitude for the subject.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level AS Level - one unit of work plus one externally set assignment­

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE? Attend a Foundation Course with a view to applying for degree courses. To go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of art, craft and design. To do Art AS or A2 Level to form the basis of a future interest or as part of a range of other subjects e.g. Graphics, Visual Communication or Product Design.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS C Art & Design

A2 Level A2 Level - two units of work (one to include a personal study) and two externally set assignments

ASSESSMENT

• 60% coursework. • 40% examination.

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Y AS/A2 BIOLOGY G O L O I B EXAMINATION BOARD AQA

AIMS OF THE COURSE

The AS/A2 course has been developed to develop enquiring minds. AS/A2 Biology is very popular and large part of this stems from its relevance to everyday life. This course is not for the squeamish but it will definitely open your eyes to what is both around and within us! All students will be given the opportunity to carry out a wide range of investigative work including guidance in using advanced level laboratory techniques (e.g. culturing bacteria using aseptic techniques). This is will be assessed separately, through practical examination.

Students will focus on the following areas of interest: Examination of how lifestyle choices can affect human health with particular reference to diet, alcohol, smoking and obesity. Exploring in further detail about pathogens, including information about how specific types of bacteria, fungi and viruses can be harmful to us.

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• Building on KS4 work with regards to the digestion. • Examination of common diseases such as

cancer, lung disease and coronary heart disease and cancer. Study of genetic variation, genetics and DNA The principles of taxonomy. Antibiotics and genetic variation within bacteria. Cholera - its causes and dramatic effects.

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STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level

In the first year you will study AS Level Biology which comprises of: BIOL 1 – Biology and disease BIOL 2 – The variety of living organisms Internal Assessment – Investigative and Practical skills in AS Biology.

A2 Level BIOL 4 – Populations and Environment BIOL 5 – Control in cells and in Organisms Internal Assessment – Investigative and Practical skills in AS Biology.

ASSESSMENT

Unit 1 – 1hr 15mins examination. Consisting of 5-7 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions. 16.7% of the A Level. Unit 2 – 1hr 45mins examination. Consisting of 6-7 structured questions. 23.3% of the A Level. Unit 3 – Internal assessment. 10% of the A Level. Unit 4 – 1hr 30mins examination. Consisting of 6-9 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions. 16.7% of the A Level. Unit 5 – 1hr 45mins examination. Consisting of 8-10 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions. 23.3% of the A Level. Unit 6 – Internal assessment. 10% of the A Level.

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WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE? Medicine, Veterinary Science, Health Care, Sports Science.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A Science


SS INE BUS AS/A2 BUSINESS STUDIES “The teachers in Sixth Form invest a lot of time in preparing for our exams, some subjects offer Saturday revision classes too”

Sixth Form student

EXAMINATION BOARD

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Edexcel

• 5 A — C’s including Maths and English (English needs to be to B grade or higher).

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Business Studies gives students the opportunity to develop an understanding of how business works in the real world. Emphasis is placed on realistic Business contexts.

• No need to have studied Business Studies at GCSE level.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE? Students develop an understanding of how various Business functions all work together such as: • Planning to start up a business • Finance • Human Resources • Marketing

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level

Unit 1 Developing New Business Ideas Unit 2a Managing the Business

A2 Level

Unit 3 International Business Unit 4a Making Business Decisions

ASSESSMENT Examination.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

Advanced Business allows students the opportunity to continue studying to University degree or HND. They can also enter employment at supervisory or trainee management level.

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Y R T S I M E H C AS/A2 CHEMISTRY EXAMINATION BOARD

ASSESSMENT

AQA

•  Unit 1 – 1hr 15mins examination. Consisting of 4-6 short answer questions plus 1-2 longer structured questions. 16 2/3% of the A Level. •  Unit 2 – 1hr 45mins examination. Consisting of 6-8 short answer questions plus 2 longer structured questions. 23 1/3% of the A Level. •  Unit 3 – Externally marked practical assignment. 10% of the A Level. •  Unit 4 – 1hr 45mins examination. Consisting of 6-8 short answer questions plus 2-3 structured questions. 20% of the A Level. •  Unit 5 – 1hr 45mins examination. Consisting of 6-8 short answer questions plus 2-3 longer structured questions. 20% of the A Level. •  Unit 6 – Internal assessment. 10% of the A Level.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Chemistry is the science of the materials and the world of elements. Chemistry is highly regarded by universities as a test of challenge and interpretation of phenomena.

What will I learn on this course? • You will appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory. • You will gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills. • Demonstrate a synoptic understanding.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level

In the first year you will study AS Level Chemistry which comprises of: Unit 1 – Foundation Chemistry (162/3%) Unit 2 – Chemistry in Action (231/3%) Unit 3 – Investigative & practical skills (10%)

A2 Level Unit 4 – Kinetics, Equilibria & Organic Chemistry (20%) Unit 5 – Energetics, Redox & Inorganic Chemistry (20%) Unit 6 – Investigative & practical skills (10%)

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WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

Education, Sales & Marketing, Accountancy, Public Services, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Law, Publishing, Optometry, Banking.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A Science


IGN DES DESIGN

AS/A2 DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT EXAMINATION BOARD OCR

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Product Design is a modular course which follows on from all current GCSEs taught at Aston Manor Academy, within the Design Technology subject. It is an essential subject for any students hoping to move onto university or into a career in Design. The course gives you the opportunity to work within the realms of Building Environment and Construction Engineering, Food, Graphic Products, Manufacturing, Resistant Materials, Systems and Control as well as Textiles.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level

Unit 1 – Advanced Innovation Challenge Unit 2 – Product Study

A2 Level

Unit 3 – Design, Make and Evaluate Unit 4 – Product Design

ASSESSMENT

There are 4 units over the 2 year course which comprise of 2 coursework units, a practical exam unit and a written unit exam. Areas of assessment are specific to the course themes but look closely at your ability to ‘demonstrate knowledge and understanding’ throughout your work and also ‘demonstrate and apply skills, knowledge and understanding’. You will also be assessed for the quality of your written communication. Unit 1 – 8hrs practical exam unit worth 40% of the AS and 20% of the A2.

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Unit 2 – Coursework unit worth 60% of the AS and 30% of the A2. Unit 3 – Coursework unit worth 30% of the A2. Unit 4 – 2hr 30mins written exam unit worth 20% of the A2. The first unit is a design challenge assessing students’ ability to design and model a product and then reflect on their design concept. This will include an eight hour practical exam. The second is a coursework unit that consists of product analysis, product development, prototype modelling and testing. The second year will follow with students required to produce a coursework portfolio and product that fully demonstrates their designing, making and evaluation skills using creativity, flair and innovation and that can be assessed against the assessment criteria. The coursework consists of designing, making, and evaluating a product, a marketing presentation, and a review and reflection. The final unit will be a 2hr 30mins written examination based on a product study.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

This course will allow you to either go onto employment or university to study within various design fields. Students could opt for university courses in relation to Engineering, Product Design, Graphic Design or Graphic Products, Jewellery etc.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS B Design & Technology

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AS/A2 ENGLISH LITERATURE

H S I L G N E EXAMINATION BOARD AQA

AIMS OF THE COURSE

English Literature ensures that candidates explore texts thoroughly. Students will compare the way that stories are told and construct their own perceptions and realities of narratives. Later on in the course, pupils will reflect on the cultural meanings of texts, and analyse what critics say/write about them.

At AS Level, students will: Pay close attention to how narrative works in texts. Make connections across texts through exploring their narrative.

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At A2 Level, students will: Extend their independent reading. Extend their awareness of critical methods and readings.

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STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level

Unit 1 – Aspects of Narrative: Written exam (open book) Section A – close analysis of narrative method in one text. Section B – comparing an aspect of narrative across three texts.

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• Texts include: The Kite Runner, The Great

Gatsby, Poetry by Lord Tennyson, Poetry by Robert Frost.

Unit 2 – Dramatic Genres: Coursework (two studies) 1200-1500 word essay on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with regard to dramatic/tragic genre). 1200-1500 word essay on The Importance of Being Earnest (with regard to dramatic/tragic genre).

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A2 Level

Unit 3 – Texts and Genres. Written exam (closed book) Two questions: one on a single text; the other relating to a common topic across three texts. Texts include: Poetry by William Blake, Poetry by Various Authors, Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

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Unit 4 – Further and Independent Reading. Coursework (two short projects) A comparative study of an aspect of two texts, and a study of how critical texts relate to a literary text. Texts include: A Thousand Splendid Suns, Ties That Bind Ties That Break, The Book Thief.

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ASSESSMENT

Unit 1 – Aspects of Narrative worth 60% of the AS and 30% of the A Level. Written paper, 2 hrs, open book. 84 marks. June 2012. Unit 2 – Dramatic Genres worth 40% of the AS and 20% of the A Level. Coursework. 60 marks. January 2012. Unit 3 – Texts and Genres worth 30% of the total A Level. Written paper, 2 hrs, closed book. 80 marks. January 2013. Unit 4 – Further and Independent Reading worth 20% of the total A Level. Coursework. 60 marks. June 2013.

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WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

If you want to develop an interest in and enjoyment of English Literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, this is the course for you! You will read ‘across the centuries’ a variety genres and works from about texts and how to read them.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS B English


H NC FRE AS/A2 FRENCH EXAMINATION BOARD

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

Edexcel

About 75% of English words come from French. When studying French at AS or A Level, you will build on the skills you have already acquired at GCSE level. Whether following the AS or the A Level course, you will study a series of different topics. Each topic is explored by using a variety of materials and a range of learning styles. Sometimes you will be working independently, at other times you will be doing pair-work and on other occasions you will be working as a class group.

Just like at GCSE you will be assessed in all four skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. AS Unit 1 – Oral: General conversation and discussion of two topics which have been studied during the year. AS Unit 2 – Listening, Reading and Writing: Comprehension tasks based on authentic materials; translation into English; essay in French based on topics studied during the year.

The kinds of work set will expand your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar, whilst providing practice in writing and speaking in French. Written texts are used as a basis for discussion, vocabulary building and comprehension. CD, cassette and video recordings also promote good comprehension. Weekly oral lessons are held with native speakers to improve your confidence and competence in this vital skill.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

AIMS OF THE COURSE

You will find about 200 million French speakers who live on all continents around the world.

French is a key language in the European Union of 27 nations, the world’s largest economic entity, and also international organisations such as the UN, the International Olympic Committee and the International Red Cross.

French is a language of business as France is one of the top 5 global economies. It is also a language of technology and medicine. French fashion designers, artists, writers, musicians, chefs and film makers have had a wide influence throughout the world. French is a language of tourism.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE? Learning the French language will help you to get to know another people and culture. You should have an interest in the world around you and be prepared to understand how global issues affect France in particular.

A willingness to express your opinions orally and to engage in conversation on a range of topical issues is essential. A desire to understand how language functions and a willingness to assimilate a wide range of vocabulary and grammar will ensure success.

Some of the topics we cover are: Problems facing young people in France, the environment, the French speaking world and French cinema, film and DVD. To study AS and A Level French students will be expected to have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including French grade C plus a minimum GCSE average score of 4.5 (or the equivalent).

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Because of globalisation, employers are looking for people with languages not just to work abroad but for good jobs in the UK. Speaking more than one language is a skill which will increase your marketability. It also helps you communicate better and gain a valuable insight into other cultures. You can go on to study French at university. There are numerous courses which offer French with another subject, so if you do not wish to specialise then this can be a good option. Students have gone on to study French, French Studies, French with IT, and International Business.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS B French

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Y H P A R G O E G AS/A2 GEOGRAPHY EXAMINATION BOARD AQA

AIMS OF THE COURSE

By studying Geography you will experience a sense of ‘awe and wonder’ about the world around you, enrich your understanding of the changing world in the 21st Century, from local to global scales at the same time as developing a wide range of transferable skills including communication skills, technological skills, cartographical skills, problem-solving skills, numeracy and literacy.

Your GCE Geography course gives you a strong foundation for understanding the two main themes of the subject: human geography and physical geography. Between them, they’re what makes our planet tick. Human geography deals with how people and the environment interact and the way we both exist. It also looks at how people and groups move and live in the world around us. For example, you’ll learn about issues you see in the papers and on the news everyday, including issues of sustainability. Physical geography on the other hand, is all about the scientific aspects of our world, with an emphasis on how we can manage them.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level Unit 1 – Physical and Human Geography

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• Rivers, floods and management * • Coastal Environments ** • Cold Environments • Hot deserts and their margins • Global population change * • Food supply issues • Energy issues • Health issues **

Unit 2 – Applied Geography Basic, investigative, ICT, graphical, cartographical and statistical skills Research skills and the assessment of AS fieldwork

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A2 Level

Unit 3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues

• Plate tectonic and associated hazards ** • Weather and Climate • Challenges facing ecosystems • World cities – Evaluation or revolution? • Development and globalisation ** • Contemporary conflicts and challenges **

Unit 4 – Geography Fieldwork Investigation based on candidates’ own fieldwork investigation or Geographical Issue Evaluation. In both years the course contains core and optional units. The core units are indicated with a * and most likely optional unit to be taught with **

ASSESSMENT

Unit 1 – Physical and Human Geography; 2hrs external examination worth 70% of the AS and 35% of the A Level.

Unit 2 – Applied Geography; 1hr external examination worth 30% of the AS and 15% of the A Level. Unit 3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues; 2hrs external examination worth 30% of the A Level. Unit 4 – Geography Fieldwork Investigation; 1hr 30mins external examination worth 20% of the A Level.

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WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

Geography can take you anywhere on Earth! If you specialise in Geography at Higher Education (or use your Geography A Level as a stepping stone to study Geology at university) you could find yourself doing things like charting oil wells or exploring rock formations throughout the world. And because Geography is about the interaction between people and our planet, this fascinating subject is valid for a number of different career paths, like advertising, environmental management, law or social services. Students who take Geography find it goes well with Mathematics and any other science subject or art subject. This means Geography can either be your specialist topic, or play a supporting role for other subjects.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS B Geography


Y TOR HIS AS/A2 HISTORY EXAMINATION BOARD OCR

AIMS OF THE COURSE

History deals with human beings and the human story, our past. It gives us a perspective and understanding of the present and it helps satisfy our curiosity about the world. It is an ‘academic’ subject which is highly respected and valued by universities and employers. By the end of this course as a good historian you will be able to: Evaluate competing interpretations and arrive at secure judgements. Absorb and manage a good deal of information. Order and analyse information. Use and refine judgements based on evidence. Express an argument persuasively and with clarity.

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STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level

In the first year you will study AS Level History which comprises of two modules and is half the full A Level. In the second year you will study another two modules which leads to the full A Level.

Unit 1 – The USA in the 19th century - Westward expansion and Civil War 1803 -1890 Unit 2 – Churchill 1920 - 1945

A2 Level

Unit 3 – Civil Rights in the USA 1865 - 1992 Unit 4 – Historical Interpretations and Investigations (coursework) Options include: British India, Britain under Margaret Thatcher, Nazi Germany and the Cold War.

ASSESSMENT

Unit 1 – There will be a written examination for 1hr 30mins where you will answer 2 essay questions. This counts for 50% of the AS and 25% of the A2. Unit 2 – There will be a written examination for 1hr 30mins where you will answer a source based question. This counts for 50% of the AS and 25% of the A2. Unit 3 – There will be a written examination for 2hrs where you will answer 2 essay questions. This counts for 25% of the A2. Unit 4 – You will complete coursework consisting of 2 essays (2000 words). This counts for 25% of the A2.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

Even if you don’t want to work with old documents, History is a useful and often necessary subject for a lot of careers and not just the obvious ones. It is a useful qualification for Law, Journalism, Media, Business, Finance and the Public Sector. Even if you are aiming to be a scientist, all scientists have to communicate effectively. Their projects are not isolated but carried out in a context that relates to the whole of society. Employers and universities like to see that you follow a balanced course. History could be important in creating that balance.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS B History if taken

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AS/A2 LAW EXAMINATION BOARD AQA

AIMS OF THE COURSE Choosing AS and A Level courses should encourage candidates to: • Develop and sustain their enjoyment of, and interest in, Law • Develop knowledge and understanding of selected areas of the law of England, Wales and Northern Ireland • Develop an understanding of legal method and reasoning • Develop the techniques of logical thinking and the skills necessary to analyse and solve problems by applying legal rules • Develop the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions with reference to appropriate legal authority

operation and performance. The second module introduces substantive law and requires simple application of aspects of criminal and civil law. There is now a choice of area of civil law to be studied – tort or contract. The A2 specification develops the knowledge and skills acquired at AS. The first A2 module retains the format of the previous specification, whilst developing the content to continue to provide a good grounding in knowledge and evaluation of either criminal law or contract law. The second module retains the choice between criminal law and the law of tort, but replaces the evaluation of the substantive law with an investigation into the concepts of the law.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level A2 Level

ASSESSMENT 100% Examination

• Develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of law in society.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE?

The study of law helps develop the learner’s analytical ability and critical thinking. It also develops problem-solving skills through the application of legal rules. Study at AS/A2 level provides a useful background for the further

The AS specification is split into two modules of equal weighting. The first module develops knowledge and understanding of the Legal System, together with an evaluation of its

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study of law either as the main subject or subsidiary part of a degree, foundation degree or for the many professional qualifications which have a law component. In addition, the specification provides a worthwhile course for candidates of various ages and from diverse backgrounds, in terms of general education and lifelong learning. Equally, material studied would be useful for candidates intending to pursue business careers.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 5 GCSEs A*-C Minimum B grade for English Language and Maths.


THS MA AS/A2 MATHEMATICS “Staff are friendly and helpful”

Sixth Form student

EXAMINATION BOARD

A2 Level

OCR

There are three modules for A2 Mathematics, all are equally weighted and marked out of 100. There is no coursework in A2 Mathematics. AS and A2 Mathematics combined lead to a full A Level.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Mathematics is the study of concepts and patterns. It is the ability to solve problems, and to think logically and creatively. During A Level Mathematics you will continue to develop your understanding of concepts in higher GCSE Mathematics but you will also start to learn about whole new mathematical concepts. You will also learn to apply your skills to solve much more complex problems. If you love problem solving then Mathematics A Level is for you!

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level

There are three modules for AS Mathematics, all are equally weighted and marked out of 100. There is no coursework in AS Mathematics. Core 1 – Quadratic equations, coordinate geometry and graphs, differentiation, indices and surds, and polynomials.

Core 2 – Logarithms, trigonometry, integration, sequences and series, and polynomials. Statistics 1 – Averages, spread, correlation, probability, and binomial and geometric distributions.

Core 3 – Trigonometry, differentiation and integration, algebra and functions.

Core 4 – Differentiation and integration, vectors, algebraic expansion, and differential equations. Decision 1 – Algorithms, graph theory, network problems, and linear programming.

ASSESSMENT

Each module is assessed by a 90 minute exam marked out of 100. There is no coursework in AS and A2 Mathematics.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

Mathematics A Level is a highly admired and sort after A Level by universities and employers. It is useful for many professions and courses which require problem solving, logical thinking and creativity, like Engineering, Medicine, Accounting, Economics, Business and Architecture.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A Maths

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S C I S Y H P AS/A2 PHYSICS EXAMINATION BOARD AQA

AIMS OF THE COURSE

ASSESSMENT AS Level

This course will develop your essential scientific knowledge and understanding, as well as establish sound links between theory and experiment. Physics is highly regarded by universities as a test of problem-solving ability and logical thinking. Physics is an important qualification for many universities and careers. You will gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills. Appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory.

Unit 1 – 1hr 15mins examination. Consisting of 6-7 structured questions worth 20% of the A Level. Unit 2 – 1hr 15mins examination. Consisting of 6-7 structured questions worth 20% of the A Level. Unit 3 – Externally marked practical assignment worth 10% of the A Level.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE?

A2 Level

This specification has been tailor made to follow on from the additional science at GCSE. Physics is an important qualification for many universities and careers. You will gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills. Appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory.

Unit 4 – 1hr 45mins examination worth 20% of the A Level: Section A, multiple choice questions. Section B, 4-5 structured questions.

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STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level

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Unit 5 –  Nuclear & thermal physics (10%); Optional unit (10%) Unit 6 –  Investigative & practical skills (10%)

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Unit 5 – 1hr 45mins examination worth 20% of the A Level: Section A, 4-5 structured questions. Section B, 4-5 structured questions.

Unit 6 – Externally marked practical assignment worth 10% of the A Level.

In the first year you will study AS Level Physics which comprises of: Unit 1 –  Particles, quantum phenomena & electricity(20%) Unit 2 –  Mechanics, materials & waves (20%) Unit 3 –  Investigative & practical skills (10%)

Education, Architect, Astronomer, Airline Pilot, Engineering, Computing, Doctor, Designer, Pharmacist, Broadcasting.

A2 Level

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Unit 4 –  Fields & further mechanics (20%)

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

A Science


GY OLO CH PSY

AS/A2 PSYCHOLOGY EXAMINATION BOARD AQA

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Psychology is a study of human behaviour. Its aim is to accurately define and describe the causes of behaviour so people can practically understand, predict and change it. One of the goals of the AS/A Level Psychology course is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire a better understanding of how the human mind works and how this affects behaviour, by studying individuals, groups and societies. Students will be looking at classic and modern research carried out in the field of psychology. They will explore experimental design, methodology and ethics. Students will be asked to understand, evaluate, and even design and carry out their own research studies. In doing this, students will learn what constitutes effective and ethical psychological research. The study of psychology should engender an awareness of the variety and complexity of the human mind, human behaviour and human relationships. It will promote understanding of self, other people, moral behaviour and thought as well as cultural differences and similarities. There is a strong emphasis throughout the course on the correct use of science to support conclusions, this is called ‘How Science Works’, and is an underpinning set of concepts. It enables students to understand how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their attempts to explain the world about us.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level

PSYA1 Cognitive Psychology: Cognitive psychology is concerned with the various processes that operate within the mind, including attention, perception, memory and language. Developmental Psychology: This area of psychology looks at how our overall psychology develops, for example how early relationships influence how we relate with others. Research Methods: Psychology is a science that employs various research methods, experimental designs and data analysis techniques. With such knowledge, skills will be acquired which are necessary to practice psychology and to evaluate the work of the psychologists.

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PSYA2 Biological Psychology: This branch of psychology studies the relationship between the mind and the body, for example stress. Social Psychology: Social psychology studies how people behave as individuals and as groups covering such areas as interpersonal attraction, prejudice and discrimination, aggression, attitudes and attitude change. Individual Differences: This area of psychology focuses on the differences between individuals especially in terms of personality and abilities, and it looks at abnormality too.

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A2 Level

PSYA3 – Topics in psychology

• Aggression • Relationships • Gender

PYSA4 – Psychopathology, psychology in action and research methods Psychopathology: One essay-style question chosen from three. QWC will be assessed in this essay. Psychology in Action: One question chosen from three. Research Methods: One compulsory structured question.

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ASSESSMENT

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PSYA1 – 1hr 30 min Exam; 50% of the total AS marks; 25% of the total A2 marks. PSYA2 – 1hr 30 min Exam; 50% of the total AS marks; 25% of the total A2 marks. PSYA3 – 1hr 30 min Exam 25% of the total A Level marks. PSYA4 – 1hr Exam 25% of the total A Level marks.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

Psychology has very wide applications and is extremely popular at university and with employers. Psychology learnt at A Level can be applied in all aspect of life and work e.g raising children, teaching, medicine, social work, office work etc.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS B Science or English

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AS/A2 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

E R

EXAMINATION BOARD AQA - Religious Education

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Would it surprise you to learn that more students now take Religious Studies at A Level than at any other time in the past? Why do you think the subject has become so popular? Maybe it’s because our society has become so multi-cultural that issues of religion are headline news. What people believe and how they behave has become a fascinating area for study. Would you like the same to be said of you? Would you like to learn more about religion and morality from a worldwide perspective? If so, then opt for Religious Studies and join the many thousands of students in the UK who can see the advantages of taking a very colourful subject that will teach you the life skills of critical thinking, evaluation, cultural understanding and empathy.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Two units: Islam 1 The Way of Submission (Unit K)

Four topics are identified for study and there will be one question based on each topic. Candidates must answer two questions. 1. The Qur’an 2. The Five Pillars

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3. The doctrine of God 4. Key beliefs Islam 2 The Life of the Prophet 1. Jahiliyyah 2. Makkah 610-622 CE 3. Madinah 622-632 CE 4. The death of the Prophet, the emergence of the Caliphate and of the Sunni/Shi’a divide

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT A2 Two units: Islam

1. The Shari’a and the Muslim way of life 2. Shi’a Islam 3. God and humanity 4. Women and family life

RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE

• Ideas about what might in general terms be regarded as a religious experience and what the term might mean. The relationship between definitions of God/gods/Ultimate Reality and any idea of religious experience. • Influence of religious experience as a source of (i) religious practice (ii) good religious behaviour, in both western and eastern religious traditions.

• Religious experience as a foundation for particular religions. Religious experience as a source of faith for individual religious people, and the contribution religious experience makes to religious faith as a whole.

• Methods for establishing the validity of different religious experiences, both individual and corporate experiences.

ASSESSMENT

Linear examination at the end of the year.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

There are three main ways of ‘using’ religious studies in the world of work: 1. Careers where it is important or useful to have knowledge of what really matters to people: health care, child care, medicine, psychologist, customer services 2. Careers which make good use of the research, investigatory and report writing techniques learned in studying religion: law, police work (forensic), psychology, public services, management. 3. Careers where you need specific knowledge of religions: teaching, social work, archaeology,museum work, fine art, conservation/natural history, architecture, youth work and ministry.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A C in English GCSE or a B in RE if taken at GCSE


Y LOG CIO SO

AS/A2 SOCIOLOGY EXAMINATION BOARD OCR

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Sociology is the scientific study of society. It is about all kinds of social relationships that people share with each other; in their families, in their schools and in work. The methods developed by sociologists are used in many other academic areas such as in market research and management studies.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE? I will be able to: • Reflect on my own experience of the social world in which I live. • Know and critically understand what social organisations are and how they operate. • Appreciate the importance of theory and concepts in sociological debate. • Describe a range of research methods and their relevance within sociology. • Develop skills of written and verbal communication, interpretation, analysis and evaluation.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level

In the first year you will study AS Level Sociology which comprises of two modules and is half the full A Level. In the second year you will study another two modules which leads to the full A Level.

Unit G671 – Exploring socialisation, culture and identity • Process of socialisation. How we learn what society expects of us. Role of socialisation in the creation of identities such as class, ethnicity and gender. Exploring the social research process. Unit G672 – Topics in socialisation, culture and identity • One topics will be taught primarily which will be sociology of the family. In this unit you will study; Key concepts and key trends within the family, The role of the family in society, Family diversity, Roles, responsibilities and relationships within the family.

A2 Level

Unit G673 – Power and control • Sociology of crime and deviance; Definition and measurement of crime and deviance, Trends, patterns and explanations of crime and deviance; Victimisation; Role of agents of social control in the construction of crime and deviance; Solutions to the problem of crime. Unit G674 – Exploring social inequality and difference • Social inequality and difference, illustrated by the study of Gender, class, ethnicity, age. Exploring sociological research on social inequality and difference Practical concerns Theoretical issues.

ASSESSMENT

• G671 – Examined in January 1hr 30mins worth 50% of the AS 25% of the A2. • G672 – Examined in May 1hr 30mins worth 50% of the AS and 25% of the A2. • G673 – Examined in January 1hr 30mins worth 25% of the A2. • G674 – Examined in June 2hrs worth 25% of the A2.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

Sociology is a good general subject for students, because most professional careers require students to have some knowledge of Sociology and social theory. Most degree courses include some Sociology: There are also many degree courses where A Level Sociology will be really helpful; Sociology, Criminology, Law, Psychology, Anthropology. Sociology opens doors to many areas of employment: Counsellor, Community worker, Probation Officer, Social worker, Charity fund-raiser, Teacher and even Medicine.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General

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AAT LEVEL 3 ACCOUNTANCY EXAMINATION BOARD Association of Accountants (AAT)

AIMS OF THE COURSE The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification provides practical, internationally recognised finance and accounting skills which can open doors for you in many industries across the world. This one-year course develops students’ accounting knowledge and gives them the skills they require to find employment within the field of accounting or acceptance onto an accounting related higher education programme. This introductory level is where you’ll get to develop your skills in finance administration: double-entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles and purchase, sales and general ledgers financial accounting, cost accounting, spreadsheets, professional ethics in accounting and finance, preparing VAT returns, plus additional qualifications.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE? Successful students’ progress into Higher Education, AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting qualification (after one year of relevant work experience) or employment What sort of job could I expect after completing the intermediate level?

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• Accounts Assistant • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor • Accounts Payable Clerk • Assistant Accountant • Audit Trainee • Bookkeeper • Corporate Recovery Analyst • Credit Controller • Finance Assistant • Insolvency Executive • Payroll Administrator • Payroll Supervisor • Practice Bookkeeper and Payroll • Tax Accountant • Tax Assistant. What’s my potential salary after completing AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting? After completing AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting, your typical salary range will be between £11,000 to £24,000.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Students must already possess the AAT Certificate in Accounting Level 2


“The teachers in Sixth Form invest a lot of time in preparing for our exams, some subjects offer Saturday revision classes too.”

Ofsted 2013

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BTEC LEVEL 3 IN APPLIED SCIENCE EXAMINATION BOARD

ASSESSMENT

Edexcel

•  100% coursework. •  AO1: All the Pass criteria must be met to achieve a Pass. •  AO2: All the Pass and Merit criteria must be met to achieve a Merit. •  A03: All the Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria must be met to achieve a Distinction.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Level 3 Forensic Science is an exciting and rewarding course. The course includes practicals, lectures, discussion, seminars, site visits, guest speakers, internet research and access to library resources. This course will develop your understanding of chemistry, biology and physical science in respect to its applications to forensic investigations.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE?

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

Forensics, DNA, Genetics, Police, Photographer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General

You will: •  Investigate crime scenes. •  Understand the criminal justice system. •  Be able to explain and understand criminal behaviour.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

Compulsory units covered: Unit 1 – Fundamentals of Science (60GLH) Unit 2 - Working in the Science Industry Unit 4 – Scientific Practical Techniques (60GLH) Specialist units covered: Unit 5 - Perceptions in Science Unit 11 - Physiology of Human Body Systems Unit 18 - Genetics and Genetic Engineering

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BTEC LEVEL 3 IN BUSINESS STUDIES

S S E N I S U B EXAMINATION BOARD

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

Edexcel

Subsidiary Diploma In Business (equivalent to one GCE A Level, 60 credits): Above 3 units as per the Certificate plus a further three units from modules such as: Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing Unit 5: Business Accounting Unit 13: Recruitment and Selection in Business

AIMS OF THE COURSE

This qualification provides an introduction to and understanding of the business environment, management of resources, marketing and communication – all fundamental to the success of business organisations. This course also addresses sector needs and skills gaps such as in the finance, administration and management areas. It is designed to appeal to both full-time learners interested in a career in business and to those who already have experience of working in the sector. Learners can focus on their career aspirations, or work area within the specification in which there are six specialist pathways consisting of Finance, Management, Marketing, Law, Administration, and Human Resources.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT Certificate In Business (equivalent to one GCE AS Level, 30 credits) Unit 1: The Business Environment Unit 2: Business Resources Unit 4: Business Communication

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ASSESSMENT

All BTEC Nationals are internally assessed Learners can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

• Enter employment in the business sector. • Progress onto higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Higher National in Business (Law). • Progress onto university, as this qualification gives a strong foundation in study skills, which learners can utilise at university, for any course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General


RE CA ILD CH BTEC LEVEL 3 IN CHILDCARE AIMS OF THE COURSE

ASSESSMENT

Anyone wanting to work with children and young people.

They will be assessed by your tutor, with one exam. You will need to complete written assignments and you will be assessed on your performance in the workplace

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE? These qualifications prepare you to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity with children and their families in a variety of settings. These could include nurseries, children’s centres, home-based child care preschools or schools.

This new updated qualification provides a route for learners who know that they wish to go into Higher Education and wish for a three A Level equivalent vocational qualification (up to 420 UCAS points). The course provides you with the opportunity to develop research and analytical skills and can be matched to the Children’s and Young Peoples Workforce Diploma which confers occupational competence.

The course provides you with a wide range of specialist units, developed in consultation with employers. It will also provide you with the essential skills, knowledge and understanding in children’s play learning and development, which is reinforced in 800 hours of placement in a range of childcare settings.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

Successful students can progress on to an Honours Degree in Early Childhood or Primary Education, and a degree in Paediatric Nursing Degree.

WHICH TYPE OF JOB ROLES CAN YOU APPLY FOR ON COMPLETION?

The Award and Certificate do not qualify you to work with children and young people. After completing Diploma you could work as: • Early Years/Foundation Stage Practitioner • Special Educational Needs Support Worker • Nanny/Home-based Child Carer • Children’s Centre Practitioner

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You must be at least 16 years old, hold five GCSE grade Cs as a minimum including Mathematics, English and Science. Learners must also have a clear CRB, and suitable references.

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BTEC LEVEL 3 IN ART & DESIGN SPECIALISING IN FASHION &

CLOTHING

N O I H S A F EXAMINATION BOARD

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

Over the 360 learning hours of the course you will be set a number of projects in AIMS OF THE COURSE the form of design briefs. These briefs will The aim of this course is to develop skills incorporate different elements of design, in fashion design, clothing manufacture, manufacture and presentation that will pattern cutting and fashion visualisation cover all aspects of the following course to the level required in order to achieve units: the level 3 certificate in Fashion and Mandatory units Clothing. Mandatory Units Credit Level On this course you will learn to: Unit 1 – Visual Recording in Art and Design • Design original garments that reflect Unit 2 – Materials, Techniques and your own area of interest within Fashion Processes in Design. Unit 3 – Ideas and Concepts in Art and • Illustrate your designs using a Design variety of traditional methods and Unit 4 – Communication Through Art and computer software. Design • Use specialist equipment and techniques Optional Units (Fashion specialist) to draft and cut paper patterns for your Unit 1 - Visual recording in Fashion and own garment designs clothing • Identify different types of cloth, Unit 120 - Fashion Media Techniques and recognise their different qualities and Technology select the cloth that is appropriate for Unit 121 - Pattern Construction for Fashion your designs and Clothing • Use the correct tools and machinery necessary to produce garments ASSESSMENT • Use a wide range of manufacturing All units within the Diploma are internally techniques in order to make garments assessed. Each of the units within the of your own design qualification has specific assessment Edexcel

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and grading criteria, a summative unit grade will be awarded at pass, merit or distinction levels. Grading will be done for the relevant units on completion of each project brief, with there being more than one opportunity to achieve all grades in the respective units.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

There are a whole range of career paths within the Fashion industry, such as Design, Manufacture, Pattern Cutting, Fashion Retail, Fashion Merchandising, and Fashion Buying. This course will introduce you to those career paths and guide you to the one that is most suited to your skills. There are many excellent Fashion degree courses in the Midlands that cover the wide range of career options. By the end of this course you will have built up a portfolio of design work and a range of garments and skills that will be essential to you getting a place on a degree course or entering the Fashion industry on completion of your certificate.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General


L CIA AN FIN

LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE IN FINANCIAL STUDIES EXAMINATION BOARD

Institute of Financial Studies

AIMS OF THE COURSE

As an Applied General qualification, the Certificate and Diploma in Financial Studies explores in depth the key concepts of financial capability and how they are applied to achieve longer-term financial sustainability. It develops and extends the knowledge and skills required to engage young people and to help them make informed financial decisions through an understanding of the risks and challenges involved in personal finance and the importance of effective planning. Developing core skills of critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis and written communication, it provides strong foundations for further study in business and finance-related disciplines, as well as a wide range of other fields, in addition to enhancing future career prospects.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE?

The course enables students to apply specialised, current knowledge of financial capability, financial sustainability, and finance concepts and theories. Learners will be provided with the tools and terminology necessary to analyse the financial services products and financial sustainability considerations that support their financial needs, wants and aspirations. It focuses on helping students to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers, and have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout their life. Students

are encouraged to explore the relationship between individuals and financial services products and how the range of economic, legal, regulatory and social factors affects financial capability and financial sustainability.

The qualification provides a good grounding for entry into the financial services or financial degrees. Both the CeFS and DiFS are each worth up to 60 points on the UCAS tariff.

The aim of the Certificate and the Diploma is to provide opportunities for learners to develop the necessary skills and competencies to move on to further study or employment.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

The Certificate consists of two mandatory units: Unit 1 – Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term

Unit 2 – Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term The Diploma Consists of a further two mandatory units

Unit 3 – Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances Unit 4 – Sustainability of the Financial Services System

ASSESSMENT

By examination online consisting of multiple choices questions, analysing of case studies and an essay style response.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) in Year 12 may study the related Diploma in Financial Studies (DiFS) in the in Year 13.

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BTEC LEVEL 3 IN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

E R A C EXAMINATION BOARD Edecxel

AIMS OF THE COURSE

BTEC HSC Level 3 National Diploma offers a practical and relevant start to a person interested in a career in the caring, health or social sector.

The NHS is the main employer has a continual need for doctors, nurses, ambulance staff and support staff, and there are further opportunities to work in the NHS in the social care in hospitals, educational settings and residential homes.

It is 100% coursework with work experience. This course is equivalent to two A Levels.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE?

You will develop key financial capability skills that are relevant to everyday life/situations as well as to develop core personal skills including communication, numeracy, IT and the ability to analyse and evaluate. You will become a more confident, informed and responsible financial services consumer and have the opportunity to take ownership of the planning of your own personal finances. You will have the opportunity to understand how external factors and the financial services industry impact on individuals’ personal financial management. Depending on your career choices and your other subjects you can choose to do several different sizes of this qualification.

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• Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to 1 A Level) • 90 credit Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A Level) • Diploma (equivalent to 2 A Levels) • Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels)

ASSESSMENT

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

This course allows pathways to be open onto to many courses like: Apprenticeship Level 3 CACHE; Apprenticeship Level 2 HSC; University courses like Midwifery to Social Care; Counsellor, Youth Worker and Teaching and many more courses linked to the social, health or care sector.

Units you will complete are:

Year 1 Unit 1 – Developing Effective Communication in Health & Social Care Unit 2 – Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health & Social Care Unit 3 – Health, Safety and Security in Health & Social Care Unit 10 – Caring for Children and Young People Unit 20 – Promoting Health Education Unit 21 – Nutrition for Health & Social Care

Year 2 Unit 24 – Introduction to Counselling Skills for Health & Social Care settings Unit 4 – Development Through the Life Stages Unit 5 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health & Social Care Unit 6 – Personal and Professional Development in Health & Social Care Unit 7 – Sociological Perspectives for Health & Social Care Unit 8 – Psychological Perspectives for Health & Social Care Unit 6 – Personal and Professional Development in Health & Social Care. This is a work experience unit and will take place over two years.

•  12 coursework units over 2 years.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General


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BTEC LEVEL 3 IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXAMINATION BOARD

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OCR

Qualifications Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma is the equivalent of one A Level grade.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

The Cambridge Technicals suite of qualifications provides candidates with high quality, industryrelevant qualifications geared to the specific requirements of key sectors.

They are vocationally-related qualifications that provide valuable opportunities for individuals to develop skills and gain underpinning knowledge and understanding, which will support entry into work or progression to further studies, through Further Education or Higher Education. The Cambridge Technicals are attractive, practically-based qualifications intended to stimulate and interest candidates. They support achievement of Key Skills and relate to national occupational standards thereby providing an ideal progression to National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) once individuals are in suitable employment. Over the 2 years pupils will complete 6 Units of coursework which will require 360 guided teaching hours—5 Hours of teaching and learning per week. There is NO FINAL EXAM in this subject!

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT A2

Pupils MUST COMPLETE the 2 years as you

You will achieve either: Pass - Grade E - 40 Ucas points Merit - Grade C - 80 Ucas points Distinction - Grade A - 120 Ucas points Distinction * - Grade A* - 140 Ucas points

Units to complete: Unit 1 – Digital Communication and Employability Skills for IT Unit 2 – Information Systems Unit 3 – Computer Systems Unit 6 - E-commerce Unit 12 – Website Production Unit 27 – Digital Graphics Why Choose ICT: This Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma in ICT has been developed to recognise candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT functions, environments and operations. They have been designed to accredit candidates’ achievements in a modern and practical way that is relevant to the workplace. They do not certificate competence on the job, but are work-related qualifications which will support progression to an NVQ, once a candidate is in the workplace. With the support

of the ICT staff at Aston Manor Academy you will be able to achieve a fantastic qualification in ICT which will enable you to switch into Higher Education, or a working environment smoothly and effectively.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is in line with OCR assessment procedure.

• All units will be centrally assessed and then externally moderated by OCR. There are no timetabled exams for this qualification; candidates may complete units at a time that suits the centre. The full award and units from this qualification are graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction * which equate to and E, C, A and A* at A Level.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

These qualifications will be particularly suitable for those who wish to study in preparation for (or alongside) employment in job roles where they will be expected to use ICT, liaise with customers and carry out ICT operational roles. This course is designed to prepare you for Higher education in ICT, or to prepare you for a role in ICT employment.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General

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LAW BTEC LEVEL 3 IN APPLIED LAW “In Law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.”

Immanuel Kant

EXAMINATION BOARD Edexcel

AIMS OF THE COURSE

To give learners the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 vocationallyspecific qualification in the legal sector.

To give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life and to allow access to employment opportunities in the legal sector. The specification is designed to appeal to both full-time learners interested in a career in law, and to those who already have experience of working in the sector.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

Certificate In Applied Law (equivalent to one GCE AS Level, 30 credits) Unit 1 – Dispute Solving In The Legal System Unit 2 – Understanding Law Making Unit 3 – Aspects of Legal Liability Subsidiary Diploma In Applied Law (equivalent to one GCE A Level, 60 credits) Units – 1-3 as per the Certificate plus a further three units from modules such as: Unit 4 – Unlawful Homicide And Police Powers Unit 5 – Aspects Of Property Offences And Police Powers Unit 6 – Contract Law

Unit 7 – Consumer Law Unit 8 – Aspects Of The Law Of Tort Unit 9 – Aspects Of Employment Law Unit 10 – Aspects Of Family Law

ASSESSMENT

•  All BTEC Nationals are internally assessed. Learners can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

Enter employment in the legal sector. Progress onto higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Higher National in Business (Law). Progress onto a Foundation Degree in Business and Law.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General

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BTEC LEVEL 3 IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY EXAMINATION BOARD

ASSESSMENT

Edexcel

•  100% coursework.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology (DJ Technology) is a 60-credit and 360-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of one mandatory unit plus at least one specialist unit plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 60 credits (where at least 45 credits must be at Level 3 or above).

Having completed a Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Music, learners will be ideally placed to progress onto Level 4 or 5 BTEC Higher Nationals in Performing Arts or Music, or onto other Higher Education provision, as they will have received a thorough grounding in the knowledge and skills needed.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Mandatory Unit Credit Level Unit 10 – DJ Performance Techniques Specialist Units (select at least one unit) Unit 26 – Music Technology in Performance Unit 32 – Sequencing Systems and Techniques

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Optional Units Unit 2 – Audio Engineering Principles Unit 8 – Concert Production and Staging Unit 9 – Delivering a Music Product Unit 14 – Listening Skills for Music Technologists Unit 17 – Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry Unit 25 – Music Production Techniques Unit 38 – The Music Freelance World Unit 39 – The Sound and Music Industry Unit 43 – Special Subject Investigation

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BTEC LEVEL 3 IN ART & DESIGN SPECIALISING IN PHOTOGRAPHY “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

Ansel Adams

EXAMINATION BOARD Edexcel

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design (Photography) is a 60-credit and 360-guidedlearning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of four mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 60 credits (where at least 45 credits must be at Level 3 or above).

For Photography, a minimum of 10 credits must be chosen from the Photography specialist list, a maximum of 10 credits from the professional specialist list and a maximum of 10 credits from Meeting Local Needs.

Operations Unit 29 – Photography Location Techniques 1 Unit 30 – Location Photography Unit 31 – Specialist Location Photography Unit 32 – Experimental Imagery in Photography Unit 33 – Lens-based Image Making Unit 34 – Image Manipulation Using Computer Applications Unit 35 – Darkroom Practice Unit 36 – Darkroom Applications

ASSESSMENT

• 100% coursework.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General

Mandatory Units Credit Level Unit 1 – Visual Recording in Art and Design Unit 2 – Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design Unit 3 – Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design Unit 4 – Communication Through Art and Design Optional Units (Photography specialist) Credit Level Unit 23 – Photographic Media, Techniques and Technology Unit 24 – Photographic Studio Techniques Unit 25 – Studio Photography Unit 26 – Specialist Studio Photography Unit 27 – Digital Image Capture and Editing 1 Unit 28 – Commercial Photographic Laboratory

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BTEC LEVEL 3 IN SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA SPORT EXAMINATION BOARD

4 Fitness Training and programming 5. Sports coaching 6. Sports Development 7. Fitness testing for Sports and Exercise 8. Practical Team Sports* 14 Exercise, Health and Lifestyle 26 Works Experience

T R O P S Edexcel

AIMS OF THE COURSE

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport will give learners a solid and sound foundation in the sector, whilst also developing the essential skills required for employment, career progression, or progression to further qualifications and training. This specification has been structured to allow maximum flexibility when selecting specialist units, so that particular interests and career or further study aspirations can be reflected in the choice of units. Depending on your career choices and your other subjects you can choose to do several different sizes of this qualification.

• Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to 1 A Level) • 90 credit Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A Level) • Diploma (equivalent to 2 A Levels) • Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels)

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

1 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport 2 The Physiology of Fitness 3 Assessing Risk in Sport

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ASSESSMENT

•  100% coursework.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

• Sports Coaching/Science Degree • PE teacher • Nutritionist • Sports coach • Sport Physiologist/Sport Psychologist

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General


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EXAMINATION BOARD City & Guilds

AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME The programme is aimed at motivating students who would like the chance to experience working life in a supported way, allows you to learn skills, gain a qualification while putting these skills into practice, you will receive work place experience, support from your manager and assessor as well as off the job support from your Tutor. The programme offers 1 or 2 day vocational training to enhance the school curriculum, this programmes can be tailored around students.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT Your qualification consists of a QCF (Qualification Credit Framework) this contains units with a credit value, you will need complete a set amount of credits to achieve the qualification. Principles of business and Administration shows that you have the knowledge and understanding

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CUSTOMER SERVICES RETAIL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY of your qualification, tuition will be provided off the job for you to complete the necessary tests/ assignments to achieve the qualification.

• Understand what makes a good employee, and appreciate the importance of their school studies for their future job.

ASSESSMENT

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS PROGRAMME?

Your Assessor will help you with the units and credits choice towards your qualification which will match the job role.

Regular Assessor visits to discuss progress and to collect evidence. You can complete your qualification either as a hard copy or electronically as an E-Portfolio.

WHAT WILL I DO

• Develop skills and knowledge relevant to vocational studies.

• Gather evidence of your growing competence by building up a portfolio of work. • Learn about health and safety in the workplace.

The programme is designed to feed into the wider family of Apprenticeships, and the qualifications gained may help build up credits towards post 16 qualifications. Subject availability is dependent on student interest, other courses such as motor vehicle, engineering and hair dressing can be made available if there is sufficient demand, please speak to staff for further details.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS D in GCSE English

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AAT LEVEL 2 IN ACCOUNTANCY EXAMINATION BOARD Association of Accountants (AAT)

AIMS OF THE COURSE The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification gives you practical, internationally recognised finance and accounting skills which can open doors for you in any industry across the world. This one-year course provides students with an introduction to basic accounting theory and the practical skills needed to work effectively in an accounting office environment. The course includes bookkeeping, costing, office procedures, computerised accounts and additional qualifications in personal and business finance.

ASSESSMENT There are six mandatory units at the intermediate level. • • • • • •

Accounts preparation Prepare final accounts for sole traders and partnerships Cost and revenues Professional ethics Indirect tax Spreadsheets software.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

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Successful students will progress onto the full time Accounting or to the workplace or part AAT Level 3.

What sort of job could I expect after completing the introductory level? • Accounts Administrator • Accounts Assistant • Accounts Payable Clerk • Bookkeeper • Payroll Administrator • Payroll Officer • Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk • Tax Assistant/Trainee • Trainee Accounts Technician. What’s my potential salary after completing AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting After completing AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting, your typical salary range will be between £8,320 to £24,000.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Grade C in GCSE Maths. This is a course with a strong accounting bias, so students applying to join the course must have a desire to develop a career in accounting.


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LEVEL 2 IN CHILDCARE “Taking certain subjects have made me realize my true potential, I thought I could never achieve 2 A’s in Health & Social Care exams at A Level. The level of support you receive is outstanding, you never feel uncomfortable to ask for help. Independence is also encouraged alongside this.”

Aroosa Shoukat Sixth Form student

WHO IS IT SUITABLE FOR?

Anyone who wants to work, or has just started to work in the children and young people’s workforce.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE? This qualification is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children’s settings including early years and social care. You will spend 1 or 2 days in placement alongside your other Level 2 courses

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

It provides a direct progression route to the Level 3 courses in Childcare. This course does not qualify you to work with unsupervised.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

4 GCSE’s with at least a D in English. Learners must also have a clear CRB, and suitable references

ASSESSMENT

It will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by the examboard.

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