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Thank you for your interest in studying at

Lytham Sixth Form College. Please note: Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College is currently reviewing its provision and has submitted a proposal to the Local Education Authority – Lancashire County Council – which would, if accepted, see the school become an 11-16 institution and therefore ending its A-level programme. The matter is currently out to consultation and the county council is expected to make a final decision on the proposal on 8 March 2017. Lytham Sixth Form College will not be affected by this proposal. The College will continue to offer its Ofsted Outstanding technical and professional provision and the high school will honour its commitments to current A-level students.

Our careers advisers are happy to speak to you about your options.

Please contact us on (01253) 504670 to discuss.


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LYTHAM SIXTH FORM COLLEGE “an exciting, challenging and high quality curriculum for those students aspiring to university and graduate careers”

The class of 2016: A-LEVEL PASS RATE -

99.4%

42.9% of LSFC students achieved A*-A grades - the UK national average was 25.8%.

Come and see us At our open days you can have a look around, speak with expert tutors about the different course options and get careers advice from our student advisors. You can apply for your place at these events too.

EXTENDED DIPLOMA PASS RATE -

Open days

58% of LSFC students achieved Distinction grades and 79.2% got high grades.

Wednesday 23 November 2016 5-7pm

98%

Saturday 8 October 2016 10.30am-2pm

Wednesday 8 March 2017 5-7pm Take a virtual tour of Lytham Sixth Form College at: www.lythamsixth.ac.uk/facilities

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CONTENTS Welcome Our offer: A-levels and Extended Diplomas Entry requirements Facilities Enrichment Courses: • Applied Science Extended Diploma • Art A-level • Art and Design Extended Diploma • Biology A-level • Business Extended Diploma • Chemistry A-level • Computing Extended Diploma • Early Years Educator Extended Diploma • Engineering Extended Diploma • English Language and Literature A-level • French A-level • Geography A-level • Health and Social Care Extended Diploma • History A-level • Law A-level • Mathematics A-level • Mathematics (Further) A-level • Media A-level • Performing Arts Extended Diploma • Philosophy and Ethics (Religious Studies) A-level • Physical Education (PE) A-level • Physics A-level • Psychology A-level • Sport Extended Diploma • Theatre Studies A-level • Uniformed Public Services Extended Diploma How to apply

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WELCOME At this superb facility, we offer an exciting, challenging and high quality curriculum for those students aspiring to university and graduate careers. Our ethos is rooted in delivering a broad curriculum experience, underpinned by the highest academic standards for our A-level and level 3 Extended Diploma provision. Our success rates speak for themselves. In 2016, 42.9% of A-level students achieved A*-A grades (almost double the national average), while 58% of Extended Diploma students were awarded Distinction grades. At Lytham Sixth Form College, academic excellence is both complemented and enhanced by a lively programme of enrichment that features work placements, visits, trips, and guest speakers. In this way, we aim to prepare our students to confidently continue their educational journey, equipped with the wider transferable skills needed to compete for the best university places and their chosen career.

We look forward to you joining us.

Mandy Pritchard

Paul Staniforth

Head of Lytham Sixth Form College

Associate Head of Lytham Sixth Form College


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OUR OFFER: A-LEVELS AND EXTENDED DIPLOMAS If you’re a high-achieving school leaver, Lytham Sixth Form College offers two equally great routes through to the highest achieving universities and graduate careers. Our A-level programme consists of traditional as well as more contemporary subjects, which are assessed by both coursework and exams. We also offer Extended Diplomas, the equivalent to studying three A-levels. These are generally more vocational and assignment based but universities and employers value the career-related work experience that is naturally built into your course. Our broad curriculum portfolio means we’re able to accommodate everyone’s aptitudes and aspirations. It aligns to priorities such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and the fiercely competitive entry requirements of the top UK universities. All our courses feature the opportunity to work together on undergraduate themes to get ready for the challenges of university.

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Entry requirements To study on one of our Extended Diplomas or to study our A-level programme, you will need 5 GCSEs at grade C/51 or above (however some A Levels will require B/61 grades in specific subjects). For some courses we will also accept equivalent qualifications, such as a First Diploma or a relevant level 2 qualification. Some of your GCSEs might need to be in a relevant subject (for example, you will need GCSE Science to study a science-based subject). If you don’t achieve a grade C or 51 in your English and/or Maths GCSEs you will still gain a place but you will need to retake these qualifications alongside your chosen programme of study. The only exception to the above is if you intend to study an English or Maths A-level, in which case you will need the stipulated grades.

Guaranteed progression to a degree course at B&FC If you successfully complete an Extended Diploma or A-level programme at LSFC, you will automatically gain a place on a relevant degree programme at Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC).2 B&FC offers over 40 degree courses, awarded by Lancaster University but studied here in Blackpool. That means none of the huge expense involved in moving away to study but you still get to graduate with a UK top 10 university degree3.

1 Grading requirements currently under review Terms and conditions apply – for details go to the B&FC website: www.blackpool.ac.uk 3 The Complete University Guide’s 2017 university league table

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FACILITIES At Lytham Sixth Form College, you can enjoy a relaxed, comfortable setting with the very best learning and social resources to help you achieve all your goals. These include an up-to-the-minute Learning Resource Centre, studios for visual and performing arts, a sports fitness laboratory, a sports pitch and a car park. When it’s time to recharge, head to Food for Thought for a wide choice of hot and cold snacks, meals and drinks (including coffee by Starbucks).

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ENRICHMENT Enhancing Employability Your studies are important, but equally important is the need to develop the all-round graduate skills that are valued by universities and employers. These include skills such as responsibility, teamworking and community spirit. At LSFC, through exciting activities such as work experience, volunteering, fundraising and being a student ambassador you will develop on a personal level as well as have the chance to try new things and meet new people. Over the two years, you can personalise your own enrichment journey, choosing from young enterprise, performing arts, football, hockey, charity and community, critical thinking and debating.* You will also undertake a relevant work placement.

Our students are given the opportunity to tour Oxbridge and are fully supported and guided throughout their applications to these institutions. A recent visit to Cambridge provided seven of our students with an invaluable insight into life and study at one of the UK’s top universities.

*Enrichment activities are subject to availability and your chosen programme of study

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Supporting your studies We have three specialist practitioners, dedicated to supporting you to achieve your full potential. Their aim is to make sure you enjoy your time here and that everything is in place to help you succeed.

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APPLIED SCIENCE EXTENDED DIPLOMA Course overview With 90% of businesses recruiting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) graduates, this course leads perfectly to higher education and/or one of several exciting careers. Be part of a comfortable, grownup setting where expert tutors deliver an exciting curriculum that includes carrying out your own research project.

Student insight “The teachers have made this course very enjoyable. The classes are interactive and have helped us see science come to life.” Ellis Watson

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What’s covered Learn about the real-life applications of science, with work experience playing an important part. Physiology, genetics and chemical reactions all feature as you develop important skills such as clinical research. Assessment During the two-year programme you will cover 13 units, with assessment involving written assignments, lab practicals and two external exams both at the Lytham Sixth Form College and on work placement. Enrichment Students have enjoyed a wealth of extracurricular activities including work placement within pharmaceutical and clinical research environments. Visiting the Natural History and Science Museums, students have made links between classroom theory and practical application. Next steps Successful completion of the course will qualify you for undergraduate study and/or a science-based professional qualification. The career opportunities are vast, ranging from laboratory work in a range of industries (research, quality control, medical, materials testing, forensics, environmental science) to crime scene investigation and specialist roles such as forensic psychologist/scientist.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk


ART A-LEVEL Course overview This course provides all the technical, problem-solving and creative skills needed to prepare for an artsbased career. Practical and career focused, it allows you to explore your own independent creative ideas. Small classes and a highly experienced team ensure you receive lots of support and encouragement to become a successful, confident learner.

Student insight “With guidance from my tutors I have been able to experiment with different materials and explore new skills. This has inspired me to carry on with art as part of my career. My aim next year is to do a fine art degree or foundation course.” Bethany Cannon

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What’s covered Studying a range of art and design processes you will learn techniques such as drawing through a range of different media, casting, painting with acrylics and building your own canvases. Work carried out is supported with critical artist studies. Assessment Your work will be continuously assessed via tutor feedback to the standards set by the examining board. It will then be externally moderated by the AQA examining board. Enrichment Organised gallery visits provide an opportunity to study other artists’ work. We will also invite you to exhibit your work to a wider audience through community exhibitions. Next steps This A-level provides an ideal springboard to a wide range of courses and careers in areas such as scientific illustration, fashion, sculpture/3D design, general illustration, fine art, and film, animation and design. Many of our students have successfully gained university places on world class arts courses.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk


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ART AND DESIGN EXTENDED DIPLOMA Course overview This course offers a creative and technical platform to launch you towards a professional career in the creative industries. Join a supportive and challenging environment, where you will develop your artistic ability alongside the employability skills needed to succeed in this highly competitive area.

Student insight “One-to-one tutorials have allowed us to identify and improve our strengths and weaknesses.” Ryan Gillgrass

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What’s covered Explore disciplines such as observational drawing, illustration, painting, 3D body supported sculpture and printing, while developing important interpersonal skills as well as the ability to work independently and use your own initiative. Assessment This involves practical projects and commissions, presentations and the development of a portfolio. Our expert tutors will help you to set, work towards, monitor and evidence your own personal targets. Enrichment Last year students were involved in three exciting ‘live’ assignments: leading a community ‘Big Draw’ event, creating a dementia ward mural at Clifton Hospital and providing the costumes and stage backdrop for a theatrical production. Next steps Successful completion of the course will qualify you for undergraduate study and/or employment in the creative industries. Roles range from artist and designer to concept artist and textile designer. Lancashire has a vibrant, growth-driven digital and creative sector, which in recent years has seen expansion accelerate at twice the rate of the broader economy.*

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *www.lancashirelep.co.uk


BIOLOGY A-LEVEL Course overview Biology is an extremely popular A-level subject, with many of our students going on to study a biology-related degree. Biologists do vital work in fields such as cell biology, medicine and food production. Even if you don’t pursue a career as a biologist, this challenging course will develop many of the skills required for career success.

Student insight “The teachers are really enthusiastic and always offer help. They even organised a work placement for me at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, which will strengthen my university application to study medicine.” Nico Aguiar

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What’s covered You will study a vast range of exciting and current topics such as cells, ecology, genetics and immunology. Practicals will help you develop the skills needed to explore how living things behave and work. Assessment There is no coursework on this course but you will be assessed during practicals. There are three 2-hour exams at the end of the two years. Enrichment Over the two years, you can personalise your own enrichment journey, choosing from young enterprise, performing arts, football, hockey, charity and community, critical thinking and debating.* You will also undertake a relevant work placement. Next steps Popular degree subjects taken by students with A-level Biology include biology, anatomy, medicine, physiology, pharmacy, pharmacology, psychology, sport science and toxicology. The study of biology can lead to exciting careers in areas such as human and veterinary medicine, genetics, marine biology, pharmacology and scientific research.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *Subject to availability


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BUSINESS EXTENDED DIPLOMA Course overview Study this fascinating subject with like-minded students in a small and welcoming environment. Intended as a stepping stone to university and/or professional qualifications, the course is the perfect first step towards a career working for a local business, an international corporation or as an entrepreneur.

Student insight “I really enjoyed the ‘Managing a Business Event’ unit on my course as we had to organise and run a charity event, which gave us more of a hands-on approach to learning.” Bronte Farmer

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What’s covered The course covers a range of practical and theory units, such as marketing, business resources, business environment, recruitment and selection, and developing teams in business. Assessment Assessment is by a variety of methods, including presentations, reports, mock interviews as well as online and written assignments. Enrichment To truly understand the world of business you need to get out and experience it. That’s why we organise trips and work placements at places such as Chester Zoo, the Trafford Centre and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Next steps Most people who study the Business Extended Diploma progress onto degree courses covering disciplines such as marketing, accounting and finance, events management, retail and business studies. Others might prefer to start their career sooner; if this is you, opportunities exist locally in a range of public and private sector organisations.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk


CHEMISTRY A-LEVEL Course overview Chemistry is an exciting and challenging subject and this A-level is a fantastic starting point for a career in the sciences. Many of the world’s challenges can be overcome by chemists. Pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, toiletries and bodycare products, airbags and brake fluid are all chemical products. Chemistry makes our world more colourful, efficient, reliable and safe.

Student insight “Chemistry is great. We had great communication with the teacher, who tailored the lesson to our style of learning. The content was challenging, but highly rewarding at the end of the two years.” Hal Meakin

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What’s covered Varied and interesting teaching methods allow you to explore areas such as chemistry in action, investigative and practical skills, kinetics, equilibria, organic chemistry, energetics, redox and inorganic chemistry. Assessment Throughout the course you will have to carry out 14 practicals, which will lead to a practical endorsement. At the end of the course, you will be assessed by three exam papers. Enrichment Over the two years, you can personalise your own enrichment journey, choosing from young enterprise, performing arts, football, hockey, charity and community, critical thinking and debating.* You will also undertake a relevant work placement. Next steps Successful students will be able to progress to a relevant degree course at one of several universities across the UK. Popular career areas include medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, forensic science, biochemistry, chemical engineering and industrial chemistry. A chemistry A-level might also be needed to pursue careers in disciplines such as physiotherapy or pharmacology.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *Subject to availability


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COMPUTING EXTENDED DIPLOMA Course overview If you have a natural affinity for computers and IT and you’re thinking about a career in this area this course is for you. Using the latest technologies and facilities, you will learn about program, game, database and website design as well as develop important skills in areas such as customer service and project management.

Tutor insight “This course perfectly equips students with the skills needed to work in these technology expanding industries.” Jeanette Atherton

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What’s covered You will study topics such as communication and employability skills, computer systems, computer networks, client side customisation of web pages, human computer interaction, digital graphics, computer animation and computer game design. Assessment A range of assessment methods include observations, presentations, written reports, practical sessions, quizzes, recordings and productions. Enrichment Contextual learning is an important part of this course. Our students have enjoyed work experience opportunities at NST Travel group, being involved in creating a sixth form publication and designing logos for computing companies. Next steps Successful completion of this course will equip you for a degree in computer science, software engineering, game design or computer game technology. Immediate or graduate employment opportunities exist in app development, web design and development, games programming, graphic design and network management.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk


EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR EXTENDED DIPLOMA Course overview If you’re keen to make a positive contribution to the lives and welfare of children, this two-year course is for you. It combines a practical work placement with study of the underpinning theories that govern childcare. It provides the ideal foundation for higher education and/or gaining a licence to practise in childcare settings.

Tutor insight “It’s been a pleasure to witness the development of young people on the course as they build confidence in working with children and their families in what can be quite challenging situations”. Lee Reynolds

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What’s covered A whole raft of topics will address the educational, social and justice aspects of children’s lives. We aim to prepare you to engage effectively and sensitively with children and their families. Assessment Assessment is made up of written coursework assessments, a placement portfolio and an external exam. You will be assessed on your placement performance and by continuous assignments. Enrichment Students will complete 750 work placement hours within early years settings, to include nursery, pre-school and primary education. Students have enjoyed visits to meditation centres, sensory environments, forest schools and conventions which have allowed them to see theory in practice. Next steps You can choose between continuing your studies at degree level or entering the childcare sector straight away at supervisory level. The number of child and early years officers in the northwest is set to grow by 15% by 2022*. Other popular careers include primary school teaching, child psychology and children’s social work.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *Association of Colleges RCU data


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ENGINEERING EXTENDED DIPLOMA Course overview

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If you’re hands on, analytical and logical, an engineering career could be for you. In the northwest, over 50% of most engineering vacancies are due to skill shortages.* This course is designed with both universities and employers in mind to set you on course to a rewarding and successful career.

Assessment Assessment takes place through a range of methods, including presentations, written assignments, practical tasks, examinations and an engineering project.

Tutor insight “Our students have been successful in gaining excellent apprenticeship opportunities with companies such as BAE Systems and Blackpool Transport.” Barry Boardman

What’s covered You will study topics such as electrical and electronic principles, mechanical principles and applications, computeraided design (CAD), hydraulic and pneumatic, and systems and programmable logic controllers.

Enrichment Contextual learning is embedded within this course and our students have enjoyed collaborating on projects with employers such as Magellan Engineering and Blackpool Transport. Next steps Successful completion of the course will qualify you to continue your studies to degree level. Doing an industry apprenticeship is also an option and we have excellent links with organisations such as BAE Systems, Westinghouse Springfields, EDF Energy, Scanlite Electronics, SPS Europe Ltd and United Utilities.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *Association of Colleges RCU data


ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE A-LEVEL Course overview This combined course is both challenging and enjoyable. More importantly, its broad scope means you have more options open to you in the future. Recognised by the UK’s top universities, the course is popular with arts and science students alike as it can be tailored to your individual interests.

Student insight “I really like the mixture of literature and language; it gives you a broader understanding of the subject in order to make choices for university.” Beth Rawcliffe

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What’s covered You can expect to study novels, plays, poetry and a range of mixed media: blogs, travel writing, dialogue, travel guides, texts for children and chat-room transcripts in a Paris-themed anthology. Assessment For this course, assessment consists of two exam papers and an assignment, ‘Making Connections’. Enrichment Last year’s students had the opportunity to prepare and deliver a poetry lesson to KS3 students, which provided invaluable experience for university applications and entering the workplace. Next steps Studying two disciplines allows you to access a wider range of career opportunities in fields as diverse as journalism, media production, the NHS, law and the arts. Valued by universities as well as employers, this is an academic subject which naturally develops skills that are transferable to all future pathways.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk


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FRENCH A-LEVEL Course overview Learning French offers you the opportunity to develop a life skill as well as deepen your knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and history of the francophone countries you are studying. Like any language, French is ever changing and we aim to provide real enjoyment for students who have a passion for language.

Student insight “The lessons are active and engaging and we’re regularly challenged to develop our linguistic skills and confidence in expressing ourselves.” Lewis Crewdson

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What’s covered You will develop your French speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in teacher-led lessons, however we also encourage independent learning. You will study a variety of social and cultural topics as well. Assessment At the end of the second year you will be assessed by three examinations: a mixed skill paper to assess your listening, reading and translation skills, a writing exam and a speaking test. Enrichment Over the two years, you can personalise your own enrichment journey, choosing from young enterprise, performing arts, football, hockey, charity and community, critical thinking and debating.* You will also undertake a relevant work placement. Next steps Speaking a foreign language is a much sought after skill in today’s global market. Our students typically go on to study French at university, often combining it with business, marketing and/or a new language. They then go on to work in a variety of sectors such as business, tourism or marketing, at home and abroad.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *Subject to availability


GEOGRAPHY A-LEVEL Course overview If you are interested in today’s world then geography is the subject for you. This is an inspiring A-level that builds on the knowledge acquired at GCSE level and combines well with both art and science subjects. Studying geography, you will also develop skills that will provide a good basis for university and your future employment.

Student insight “The teaching is impeccable with round-the-clock amazing support and as many resources as you need. I thoroughly enjoyed A-Level Geography at Lytham Sixth Form College.” Laura Faulkner

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What’s covered Exploring geographical issues ranging from natural disasters to environmental concerns, you will develop an awareness and understanding of the patterns, processes and relationships of both human and physical environments. Assessment You will be assessed by three written exams and an independent investigation consisting of a written report. In producing the report, you will develop a wide range of skills deemed essential for university and employment. Enrichment The course provides exciting opportunities to study geography in the real world through local fieldwork trips. We also run a residential fieldtrip to Iceland during the second year. Next steps Deemed the ‘must-have A-level’1, geography is sufficiently broadbased to allow access to a wide variety of degree courses and related careers, including law, town planning, medicine, veterinary medicine, conservation and coastal management. Interestingly, despite not having a clear career plan at the outset, geography graduates enjoy one of the highest rates of graduate employment.2

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk The Guardian, 2015, 2Royal Geographical Society

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE EXTENDED DIPLOMA Course overview If you genuinely want to support the development of others then this course is for you. Human health and social work activities is the second biggest industry in Lancashire, with the average health professional earning just over £30,000.* This course offers a varied curriculum with a focus on ether health studies or social care.

Student insight “I enjoyed learning about Freud and all his different theories and how he believed our minds worked as children. Having a small class helps with open discussions about class work and makes it a lot easier to learn.” Charlie Turner

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What’s covered A broad range of topics include dementia care, psychology, and caring for children and young people. The twoyear course features a 100-hour work placement within your chosen area of either health studies or social care. Assessment Assessment is by a combination of written assignments and controlled assessments. You will also need to complete an independent research project as well as three written exams. Enrichment Our students recently attended Edge Hill’s Clinical Skills event, which provided a fascinating practical insight into their studies along with an opportunity to discuss next steps with the head of midwifery. Next steps Successful students either continue their studies at university or take up employment within the sector. Degrees in nursing, midwifery, counselling, working with young people, and psychology are natural progression routes from this course. Many students go on to start exciting careers in nutrition, paramedic practice and social work.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *Association of Colleges RCU data (based on employees educated to at least level 4)


HISTORY A-LEVEL Course overview A History A-level develops important analysis and judgement skills, which allow you to gain confidence in writing and speaking persuasively. It also develops key research skills, along with an understanding of the media and its influential role in society. All these skills are essential to university study and the work environment.

Student insight “I enjoy the course as it’s interesting, analytical and the teachers are enthusiastic. Also, it’s good to learn about the power of the monarchy and debate events from the past.” Matthew Yeadon

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What’s covered This stimulating course begins with the fascinating and modernising periods of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Learning about the British monarchy and the French Revolution you will engage with some of history’s most significant individuals. Assessment This is mostly exam-based, comprising two exams on Britain and France. However, you will also have to conduct a 3,000 word historical investigation into a period of change in modern history. Enrichment We bring the curriculum to life through fascinating trips and visits, including the thought-provoking and moving experience at Auschwitz. We encourage debate and groupwork to question interpretations and perceptions. Next steps Our students have gone on to study history and other subjects at university, pursuing careers in archaeology, law, medicine, journalism, teaching, politics and accountancy. The application of knowledge, the evaluation of interpretations and the ability to construct a powerful argument are ideal preparation for these demanding occupations.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk


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LAW A-LEVEL Course overview

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Law is an exciting area to study for everyone, not just for those planning a career in the law. Studying law allows you to develop your analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, essential for higher education, the workplace and everyday life. You will also develop excellent written communication and research skills.

What’s covered This fascinating course provides an indepth understanding of our legal system, police powers and citizens’ rights and encourages fiery debates around human rights, justice and democracy.

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Next steps Many of our students choose to go on to study law at university, however criminology degrees are also a popular choice. We have past students who have become barristers and solicitors while others have entered the police force as officers. Some of our students have been accepted for corporate graduate programmes.

“Initially, in our last graduating group, only two students had planned to study law at university. By the end, we saw six times that number heading to university to study law or law and criminology!” Gillian Clegg

Assessment All assessment is via essay-based questions during 2 exams at the end of the first year and 2 exams at the end of the second. Enrichment Many of our students have completed work experience with local solicitors’ firms while others have volunteered to work at their local MP’s office. We also organise court visits, workshops with local solicitors and talks from former students.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk


MATHEMATICS A-LEVEL Course overview

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Employment statistics show people with A-level Mathematics earn 10% more on average than their counterparts. In addition, mathematics lends itself to a vast range of university and career paths. This enjoyable and challenging course picks up where the GCSE left off, developing your algebraic skills and introducing new topics such as calculus, statistical modelling and mechanics.

Assessment This is by examination only at the end of the course. There will be 3 equally weighted examinations, each lasting 2 hours.

Tutor insight “A-Level Mathematics is not only a highly regarded A-level subject in its own right, but it is a course that can support your other subjects, particularly Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Psychology.” Alison Gilroy

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What’s covered The course broadly consists of pure mathematics (algebra based), statistics and mechanics. It is delivered by enthusiastic mathematicians with a wealth of experience and expertise.

Enrichment Choosing A-Level Mathematics allows you to work towards your Maths Leader qualification by running enrichment clubs and competitions for lower school students. Next steps On successful completion, you can progress to university and either continue your study of mathematics or channel your aptitude to an area such as computing. With highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills, mathematicians are ideally suited to careers in areas such as finance, insurance, quality control, social sciences, engineering, management and business.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk


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MATHEMATICS (FURTHER) A-LEVEL Course overview

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Our Further Mathematics A-Level is for those students who have a love of mathematics and a real thirst for knowledge. It will enhance the components you study in our Mathematics A-Level as you explore additional topics such as matrices, complex numbers and decision maths. Several universities include a Further Mathematics A-level in their entry requirements for a mathematics degree.

What’s covered Areas covered by this course include pure mathematics, decision mathematics, statistics and mechanics. You will be taught by enthusiastic mathematicians with a wealth of experience and expertise.

Tutor insight

Next steps Students have the option of progressing on to university, where they could continue their study of mathematics or channel their aptitude for the abstract towards one of the following disciplines: the sciences, engineering, economics, medicine, business and accountancy, computing or management.

“If you are considering studying mathematics or a mathematicsdependent course at university then Further Mathematics will really complement your Mathematics A-Level.� Pete Bland

Assessment This is by examination only at the end of the course. There will be 4 equally weighted examinations, each lasting 1.5 hours. Enrichment Over the two years, you can personalise your own enrichment journey, choosing from young enterprise, performing arts, football, hockey, charity and community, critical thinking and debating.* You will also undertake a relevant work placement.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *Subject to availability


MEDIA A-LEVEL Course overview

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The media industry is one of the most dynamic, exciting and expansive industries. Ever changing, it offers numerous opportunities to expand your creative and professional skills, as well as climb the career ladder. This course, with its engaging content and contemporary topics, prepares you for such opportunities by developing your powers of research, problem-solving and creativity.

Assessment For this course, assessment consists of two exam papers and a controlled assessment, ‘Creating a media product’.

Student insight “As my ambition is to achieve a position in the media industry this course was a perfect combination of coursework and media analysis to help me build a portfolio that would make me stand out.” Lucinda Heavyside

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What’s covered You will view, evaluate and analyse a variety of media products, and develop practical skills spanning a range of media forms. There are also opportunities to develop your debating technique.

Enrichment The course features a trip to Harry Potter World, where you will get the chance to experience a real film set and studio. Included in the trip is a studio tour and storyboarding/production design workshops. Next steps Our students go on to study at top media universities in the UK, making them well placed to access the region’s growing number of media opportunities. More than 4,000 local firms operate in Lancashire’s digital and creative industries, a figure that continues to rise as more and more businesses tap into Media City in Salford.*

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *Lancashire Enterprise Partnership


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PERFORMING ARTS EXTENDED DIPLOMA Course overview This exciting course aims to develop your skills as a performer and prepare you for your next steps into higher education and a career in the performing arts. High levels of support within a professional environment ensure you achieve your potential and gain access to the many possibilities this course opens up.

Tutor insight “How wonderful to see the current students excel in their performances at the Grand Theatre, achieve Distinction and Distinction* grades for their first year of study, and see them blossom into rounded and confident performers and people.” Jo Catlow-Morris

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What’s covered A varied curriculum will allow you to develop your voice, physicality, performance skills and confidence. You will learn about and perform classic, contemporary and innovative material. Assessment This involves practical projects and performances, presentations and the development of a portfolio. Our expert tutors will help you to set, work towards, monitor and evidence your own personal targets. Enrichment This course gives you the opportunity to perform in professional theatre spaces – current students recently presented two innovative and highly successful productions at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre. Next steps This course will successfully prepare you for the transition to higher education. By placing equal emphasis on the development of your performance skills as your allround professionalism, we aim to equip you with the transferable skills needed to succeed in the competitive performing arts sector.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk


PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS (RELIGIOUS STUDIES) A-LEVEL Course overview This course is designed to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. You will develop your skills of critical analysis in order to construct balanced, informed arguments and responses to religious, philosophical and ethical ideas.

Student insight “I like the fact there are no right and wrong answers in philosophy and ethics, and that I have to decide for myself which arguments are more convincing. At times it is hard, but I’m finding it rewarding.” Ronan Canham

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What’s covered This course covers the philosophy of religion, religion and ethics, and developments in Christian thought. Regular essay assignments and tutor feedback will ensure you develop the skills needed to confidently undertake your final exams. Assessment This is by examination only at the end of the course although you will be tested at regular intervals throughout. There will be three equally weighted examinations. Enrichment Over the two years, you can personalise your own enrichment journey, choosing from young enterprise, performing arts, football, hockey, charity and community, critical thinking and debating.* You will also undertake a relevant work placement. Next steps The ability to clearly express your ideas, show imagination and demonstrate critical thinking are skills appreciated by universities and employers alike. Our students have progressed to a variety of degree courses and careers in areas such as teaching, nursing, speech therapy, history, law, journalism, HR, advertising and social work.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *Subject to availability


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PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE) A-LEVEL Course overview

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If you have a real passion for sport, the A-Level PE is for you. Stimulating content is at the heart of this qualification, which provides a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Highly experienced and supportive tutors also share an understanding of sports from a historical and comparative perspective.

What’s covered Practical and theory sessions will focus on such areas as performance analysis, coaching, anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and contemporary issues in physical activity and sport.

Student insight

Next steps The PE A-Level is the perfect foundation for degree-level study, with popular courses including sports science, education and physiotherapy. Graduates would be well placed to progress to careers in teaching, physiotherapy, sports therapy, sports science, sports nutrition, sports journalism, sports coaching and the emergency services.

“I knew the PE A-Level would cross-link with my other A-levels, like Biology, and increase my understanding of how the body works. I’ve also enjoyed learning where sport derives from.” Malley Parsons

Assessment This is by three examinations at the end of the course and an assignment. Enrichment Over the two years, you can personalise your own enrichment journey, choosing from young enterprise, performing arts, football, hockey, charity and community, critical thinking and debating.* You will also undertake a relevant work placement.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *Subject to availability


PHYSICS A-LEVEL Course overview A Physics A-level is one of the most valued qualifications you can have and physics itself can offer amazing career opportunities – think pioneering a new laser treatment to help cure cancer, developing a new bike for the GB Olympic team or working as a rocket scientist for NASA.

Student insight “Physics is a very challenging and interesting subject. The teaching is fun, varied and supportive and we have a great relationship with the staff, who are always willing to help us.” Scott Connors

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What’s covered Topics covered throughout the course include particles, radiation, waves, mechanics, electricity and nuclear physics. You will need to complete numerous practicals. Assessment There are three 2-hour examinations at the end of the 2 years. At least 15% of your final mark however will be based on skills learned in the practicals. Enrichment Over the two years, you can personalise your own enrichment journey, choosing from young enterprise, performing arts, football, hockey, charity and community, critical thinking and debating.* You will also undertake a relevant work placement. Next steps Some students continue physics to degree level while others opt for degree courses in subjects as diverse as mathematics, medicine, mechanical and civil engineering, computing, economics and business. The career opportunities then are just as diverse, ranging from engineering and astrophysics to medical physics and nanotechnology.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *Subject to availability


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PSYCHOLOGY A-LEVEL Course overview Psychology is one of the most widely studied A-level and degree subjects as it mixes scientific analysis with study of the highly complex world of human behaviour. As a student of this discipline you will naturally develop your ability to think critically and analytically; you will also become a confident communicator.

Student insight “Having not studied psychology before I was a bit sceptical about how much I would enjoy the course. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it extremely interesting applying the content to everyday life.” Niall Stott

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What’s covered You will explore how people interact, how we change and develop, how we think, how the nervous system works, how we differ from animals and how we decide what is normal. Assessment There are three 2-hour examinations at the end of the 2 years. You will also be tested at the end of the first year to check you are on target to achieve your learning goals. Enrichment Over the two years, you can personalise your own enrichment journey, choosing from young enterprise, performing arts, football, hockey, charity and community, critical thinking and debating.* You will also undertake a relevant work placement. Next steps A Psychology A-level can lead to degree courses and careers not just in psychology itself but also the social sciences, neuroscience and media studies. Popular career choices include social work, clinical or educational psychology, research, teaching and the media.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk *Subject to availability


SPORT EXTENDED DIPLOMA Course overview If you have a love of sport whether it’s playing, watching, reading or blogging about it – our Sport Extended Diploma is the course for you. We offer an exciting curriculum delivered by subject specialists, with plenty of opportunities to gain firsthand experience of the sports and leisure industry.

Student insight “The reason I chose this course is because I want to be a PE teacher and Lytham Sixth Form College offered the best course for my future.” Josh Tindall

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What’s covered This two-year course allows you to develop practical skills alongside underpinning theory in areas such as sports coaching, fitness testing, sports development, anatomy and physiology, and sports injuries. Assessment You will be assessed through various methods, including presentations, practical sessions, and online and written assignments. Enrichment Our students enjoy trips to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester and the Chill Factor for skiing, snowboarding and sledging. We also run a National Citizen Service residential in partnership with Blackpool FC Community Trust. Next steps Our students have progressed onto degree courses in teaching, sports coaching, PE teaching, sports nutrition, strength and conditioning, and sport management. The northwest has a rich sports infrastructure and if you would rather start your career straight away, exciting employment opportunities are available in sports coaching, development and fitness.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk


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THEATRE STUDIES A-LEVEL Course overview

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If you enjoy theatre, literature and the practical exploration of ideas you will enjoy this A-level. The beauty of theatre studies is that it strengthens the core of the key skills to effective learning (analysis, creativity, critical thinking and refining) and therefore complements so many other A-levels at LSFC.

What’s covered You will read, analyse, discuss and create performance work based on the texts set by AQA. For practical sessions you will work with published plays and also devise your own performance work in the style of a chosen practitioner.

Student insight

Next steps Most of our students continue their theatrical studies at university or at major drama schools in London and Manchester. Others however use their unique skill set to support applications for teaching, law, social work, English, the classics, media and history. Some students are enjoying careers in the allied entertainments and media industries.

“This A-level has taught me so much more than I expected to learn. I have loved learning about the history of theatre and creating theatre that relates to a modern audience. I wish I could do it all again.” Abigail Lasledj

Assessment This is carried out by both practical and written examinations, which are verified externally by AQA. Enrichment Our close relationships with industry provide you with exciting opportunities to develop your skills. These include visits from theatre companies and workshops with Lancaster’s Dukes Theatre.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk


UNIFORMED PUBLIC SERVICES EXTENDED DIPLOMA Course overview This course provides an exciting, active and challenging programme of study. All tutors have recent, relevant experience of the uniformed public services and we also arrange for activities to be led by vocational experts. There is a strong industry focus, with projects and assignments being based on realistic workplace situations.

Tutor insight “Our students have been extremely active over the last year and challenged themselves through the National Citizen Service programme, Royal Marines tasks and volunteer opportunities in the local community.” Mark Walker

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What’s covered You will study topics such as government, policies and the public services, leadership and teamwork, fitness testing, crime and its effects on society, responding to emergency incidents, and exercise, health and lifestyle. Assessment You will be assessed through various methods, including presentations, projects, essays, observations, audio and video interviews, practical performance and reports. Enrichment Opportunities such as volunteering, spending a week in one of the armed forces and undertaking a week’s residential as part of the National Citizen Service programme help you identify viable career paths and develop key employability skills. Next steps Many students go on to study a degree in public services or a related discipline such as criminology. The employment opportunities in this field are vast, spanning both the uniformed public services (police, fire and rescue, ambulance, prison, armed forces) and sectors such as customs and excise, the media, government, local councils and private security.

For entry requirements, see page 07. To find out how to apply, see page 38. For anything else: T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk


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HOW TO APPLY As soon as you’ve decided what you want to do you can apply online at: www.lythamsixth.ac.uk/application. Our College and School Liaison Team can also help you make your application when they visit your school. You can apply at one of our open days too. Once we’ve received your application we’ll write to you with details of your interview. If you’re successful at interview, we’ll then make you a conditional offer. We’ll also invite you to our open days and taster events where you can get a real sense of what it’s like to study here. Our ‘sign up’ event is when you officially become a student at LSFC. This will usually be on GCSE results day but we’ll let you know the exact date nearer the time.

Stay in touch Don’t forget we are always around to help and advise – just contact us

on T 01253 504 322. You will need to let us know if your contact details change as well.


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Acknowledgments Stephanie McEvoy, Editor Faye Baxter, Graphic Designer Stephen Redfern, Photographer Belmont Press, Printer Icons sourced from: flaticon.com


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Lytham Sixth Form College Church Road Lytham St Annes Lancashire FY8 4AP Find out more at: www.lythamsixth.ac.uk T 01253 504 670 E info@lythamsixth.ac.uk

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