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AALEVELS LEVELS Over 40 different courses and a 98% A Level pass rate... AS and A levels are well established academic qualifications and Bexhill College offers over 40 different courses in a wide range of academic and work related subjects with a pass rate that year on year exceeds the national average. For example we had a 98% A Level pass rate in 2010-11 with 74% of grades at A*- C, quite an achievement for a non-selective college. A levels are one of the main routes into higher education but can also provide a route into employment. Most students take four AS levels in the first year of study and these make up half of an A level. Usually students go on to take three subjects through to A2 but high performing students can study all four during the second year.

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Why should you take this course? Do you ever wonder how ancient cultures dealt with the prospect of death and the disposal of their dead? Are you interested in the secrets hidden beneath the soil and discovering how our ancestors used to live? Archaeology is the study of all aspects of past societies by examining the physical traces that are left behind.

Course Content The way in which archaeological sites are investigated will be considered as well as the techniques and methods by which the evidence uncovered is then dated and interpreted. The religion and ritual of Ancient Egypt and the evidence as to settlement, social organisation and material culture will also be studied, using examples from across the world.

Archeology Archaeology AS-A2 AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English.

How will I be assessed? Assessment will take the form of modular exams divided into four units (two for AS and two for A2 Level). The exams take the form of a combination of structured answers to stimulus response questions as well as essays. Additionally, ‘A2’ Level students will undertake a personal study based on fieldwork or personal research on an archaeological topic, which is designed to cater to student’s individual strengths and interests.

Are there any special expenses? One or more field trips to archaeological sites or museums will be organised during the course. This may involve travel and entrance fees. A voluntary trip to Egypt will also be organised.

What could I do next? The practical and academic qualities cultivated by Archaeology make it a well-respected qualification at ‘A’ Level. Apart from the opportunities to pursue Archaeology and allied disciplines further at university, such skills are valued in a variety of professions including Industry, Teaching and the Civil Service.

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I come from Hastings and I find travelling into college very easy. It’s definitely worthwhile making the trip!

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Annabelle Annabelle Branch Branch Helenswood Studying A-LEVEL Psychology Photography and Religious Studies

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Why should you take this course? This course is designed to build on core fine art skills alongside developing your creativity, imagination and artistic skills.

Course content Fine Art covers a range of disciplines allowing you an opportunity to explore and experiment with a wide range of techniques and processes which are underpinned by sound drawing and painting skills. You will be encouraged to combine materials and techniques to produce work of an individual nature in both observational and expressive work.

Art-Fine Art Art-Fine Art AS-A2 AS-A2

AS: Year 1 The emphasis of ‘AS’ year is on experimentation and exploration of materials, techniques and processes. You will be required to engage with the works of artists and designers which encourages a critical response and enables you to analyse the way you work and develop your core skills.

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English or Maths plus a grade C or above in Art or an Art based subject.

“I love the Art course here, I’m learning lots of new skills and improving and progressing all the time.”

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A2: Year 2 The emphasis of ‘A2’ year will focus on an in depth personal investigation. You will have the opportunity to develop existing skills and knowledge and be encouraged to develop an independent and creative approach to the subject demonstrating continued critical skills.

Are there any special expenses? You will be expected to provide basic materials such as pencils, paintbrushes and sketchbooks. You may also need to contribute toward the cost of specialist or large quantities of materials you may use in your projects. Some trips such as visits to museums and galleries are compulsory.

What could I do next? There are a wealth of diverse careers which include practical design and making to teaching and gallery administration. Opportunities are available such as: design, illustration, art direction, film, television, animation, curating, restoration, costume & set design and fine art.

How will I be assessed? Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio Unit 2: Timed Examination Unit 3: Personal Investigation Unit 4: Externally Set Exam

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Why should you take this course? Textile Design is a highly creative art course which will enable you to create expressive visual and tactile artworks by selecting and manipulating fibres and fabrics.

Course content AS: Year 1 The ‘AS’ year has an emphasis on experimentation and exploration of materials, techniques and processes to produce work of an individual nature. This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore and experiment with colour, shape, texture and pattern through a range of Textile processes including Printing, Batik, Weaving, Felt making, Stitching and Knitting. You will also develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of how ideas and meanings can be interpreted in images and artifacts through different styles and traditions.

Art-Textile Design AS-A2

Art-Textile Design AS-A2 Entry Requirements

A2: Year 2 The ‘A2’ year will focus on an area of study with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge already acquired to develop an independent and creative approach.

You will continue your involvement with Artists’ and Designers’ work through a related Personal Investigation.

Are there any special expenses? You will be expected to provide materials such as basic sewing materials, pencils and sketchbooks. You may also need to contribute toward the cost of specialist or large quantities of materials you may use in your projects. Some trips such as visits to museums and galleries are compulsory.

What could I do next? For the focussed student there are a wealth of diverse careers which include Fashion and Textile design; Knitwear, Woven, Printmaking and Surface Pattern, Interior Design, Costume/Theatre Design, Fabric/ Clothing Technology, Textile Art, Restoration/ Conservation, Accessories, Millinery.

How will I be assessed? Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio Unit 2: Timed Examination Unit 3: Personal Investigation Unit 4: Externally Set Exam

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English or Maths plus a grade C or above in Art or an Art based subject.

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Why should you take this course?

“ The colle ge has such a great and frien dly atm osph ere and the scien ce facilities are a mazing.” Kristen Slatter Bexhill High School

Biology is a diverse subject that will help you understand some of the issues of the 21st Century. Biology is never far from the headlines whether it be stem cell treatments, conservation or genetic engineering and studying Biology will help you to understand the concerns around these topics.

Course content

Biology BioloGy AS-A2 AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including Maths plus a grade B or above in Science (C in GCSE Biology) with a minimum of 43 GCSE points.

AS: Year 1 Biology and Disease: • How digestive and gas exchange systems may be affected by diseases. • How a knowledge of biology allows us to understand the symptoms of disease and risk factors. The variety of living organisms: • The influence of genetic and environmental factors on intraspecific variation. • How the variety of life is reflected in similarities and differences in its biochemical basis and cellular organisation. • How size and metabolic rate affect an organism’s requirements and give rise to adaptations. • Plus an Assessed Practical Assignment.

A2: Year 2 Populations and environment: • How living organisms form ecosystems through which energy is transferred and chemical elements cycled. • How human activity affects ecological balance. • How genetic variation and isolation may lead to the formation of new species. Control in cells and organisms: • Stimulus and responses - the biology of the nervous and endocrine systems. • Homeostasis and the maintenance of a constant internal environment. • Genes and genetic expression.

How will I be assessed? AS and A2 both have 3 assessments: Two written exam papers and a practical assignment.

What could I do next? ‘A’ Level Biology is required for medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy. It is also useful for nursing, forensic science, ecology, conservation and teaching. Many other courses and careers will draw on the skills that you will acquire on this course.

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Why should you take this course? The business studies course will give you a broad overview of how the commercial world operates. This course will allow you to develop your analytical abilities in order to make rational decisions and will help you to develop a range of important and transferable skills, such as data skills, decision making, presenting arguments and making recommendations on the basis of the available evidence and problem solving.

Course content Business Studies ‘AS’ aims to help you to develop an understanding of business organisations, the market they serve and the process of adding value. You will be considering business behavior from a variety of perspectives, incorporating the interests of all stakeholders using an investigative, problem-solving and integrated approach. - An Introduction to Business - For this unit you will learn about what businesses do, their size and legal structure, and their objectives; and external influences of the market. - Business Functions - these units deal with the internal functions of business: finance,

BUSINESS Business STUDIES AS-A2 AS-A2 STUDIES Entry Requirements

marketing, production and human resource management. Business Studies ‘A2’ builds on the ‘AS’ course. Students will develop their business knowledge and skills by selecting a business function and studying that area.

How will I be assessed? Business Studies ‘AS’ & ‘A2’ is assessed through two exams, which include a pre released case study.

Are there any special expenses? The course may include opportunities to visit businesses in the UK or even abroad. There may also be a small charge for some external speakers we use who come to inspire students and enrich the curriculum.

What could I do next? ‘A’ Level Business Studies opens up a wide and varied range of opportunities and careers. These could include careers in Advertising, Marketing, Management, Accountancy, Personnel etc.

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English and Maths.

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CHEMISTRY CHEMISTRY AS-A2 AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including a grade B or above in Science and Maths with a minimum of 43 GCSE points.

Why should you take this course? Chemistry is critical to solving today’s problems. Each day’s news is filled with issues where Chemistry matters: faster and cheaper drug development; cleaner and more economical fuel sources; safer air and drinking water; biotechnology to improve health and food sources around the world; nanotechnology to reduce the size and environmental impact on many consumer goods and green industrial processes to prevent pollution. An A Level in Chemistry will enable you to become a part of these developments in the future.

Are there any special expenses? There are no special expenses with this course.

What could I do next? Chemistry is essential for degrees in Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Physiotherapy and Veterinary Sciences. Studied together with non-science subjects Chemistry is a useful course for the legal professions, business, accountancy and industry.

Course content The course builds upon scientific knowledge and understanding attained at GCSE, and will expand your understanding of many aspects of chemistry.

“My chemistry teacher was so good in the lead up to my exa ms, the group revision sessions were particularly helpful.” Sam Drawbridge Bexhill High School

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Why should you take this course? Students who have previously taken this course have ventured into a variety of careers from journalism to accountancy, the civil service and publishing.

“There is so much variety when studying Classical Civilisation and the teachers have great subject knowledge.” Sarah Ahmed

Course content The history and literary achievements of Greece and Rome form the basis for this course of study which seeks to acquaint student with the nature of the Classical World. AS: Year 1 Students will study the life of Marcus Tullius Cicero set against the backdrop of the Late Roman Republic and his struggle to preserve his vision of Rome against the challenge posed by the ambitions of Pompey, Julius Caesar and Octavian. Students will also study Homer’s Iliad and its tale of the Greek heroes engaged in the siege of Troy and subject to the machinations of the Gods as well as their own human frailties.

Classical CLASSICAL Civilisation AS-A2 Civilisation Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English.

Students will also study the Early Roman Empire and the Julio Claudian dynasty featuring Tiberius and Claudius and their problems with the Senate and the threats to the imperial frontier.

How will I be assessed? Assessment will take the form of source based questions and essay writing under exam conditions.

Are there any special expenses? While it is advised to supplement textbooks with suggested works there are no exceptional expenses involved with this course.

What could I do next? Classical Civilisation is a respected degree subject in Higher Education and can open the door to a variety of careers, including archaeology, museum curator, journalism, the civil service etc.

AS: Year 2 Students will study the products of the Greek Tragic theatre including the works of Sophocles and Euripides with particular reference to the themes and dramatic techniques employed.

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Why should you take this course? This course, with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning and engineering based thinking, is a good foundation for understanding future challenges in this fast moving technological world.

Course content

Computing Computing AS-A2 AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including a grade B or above in Maths.

There is a clear distinction between ICT and Computing. The two courses have been written to avoid any overlap of content. Computing is about designing new algorithms to solve new problems. AS: Year 1 • Drawing and interpreting simple state transition diagrams and transition tables. • Programming in a high level programming language. • The binary number system. • The stages of development of a hardware/software system. • Logic gates and boolean algebra. • The internal components of a computer and Hardware devices. • The fundamentals of computer systems. • The structure of the internet, networking protocols and the consequences of uses of computing.

AS: Year 2 • Problem solving and algorithmic complexity. • Algorithms and data structures for problem solving. • Programming paradigms and object oriented programming techniques. • The role of an operating system and database design. • Analysis, design, construction, testing, training and maintenance of a programmed solution.

How will I be assessed? You will be assessed by a combination of formal exam and coursework. There is an on-screen exam at the end of the first year that focuses on programming.

Are there any special expenses? Printing allowance will be given to each student which should cover the cost of printing coursework. Students are expected to pay for any additional printing.

What could I do next? Many computer-related degrees are available at universities and an A level in Computing shows competence which could prove beneficial in any occupation using computers.

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My favourite aspect of PE is learning about the body. I can apply what I learn in class to improving my own sporting skills!

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”Ellis Partridge Ellis Partridge Studying A-LEVEL Biology, Chemistry and PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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Why should you take this course? This course is offered as an enrichment over and above the normal AS/A2 programme. Whilst it develops useful skills, universities do not recognise it for entry to degree courses except as a supplementary qualification.
Students from all disciplines can study Critical Thinking, though it fits especially well with humanities subjects such as History, Law and Sociology. It may also appeal to students who are taking more practical courses such as Art, Media Studies, Music and the Sciences as it complements many other subjects by encouraging you to formulate and articulate your arguments, and to look at topics from an analytical perspective.

CRITICAL CRITICAL THINKING AS THINKING AS-A2 Course content

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English.

Critical Thinking is a form of reflective reasoning which analyses and evaluates information and arguments by applying a range of intellectual skills in order to reach clear, logical and coherent judgements within a given context. This course provides students with a balanced study of the principles that underlie the subject of Critical Thinking. The course encourages students to:

• Understand the importance of examining knowledge and beliefs critically. • Recognise, analyse and evaluate their own and others` beliefs and knowledge claims in a variety of contexts. • Recognise and evaluate assumptions. • Evaluate reasoning of different kinds, including common and important species of reasoning. • Make connections and synthesise information and arguments. • Generate their own arguments and express them clearly.

How will I be assessed? Assessment is through written examination. There are two papers for AS and two for A2.

Are there any special expenses? There are no special expenses.

What could I do next? The course offers students a good foundation for progression into a range of courses in further and higher education. Students will also find critical thinking skills of great benefit in preparation for a wide range of careers in the following fields: Law, Social Sciences, Journalism, Medicine and Business.

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Why should you take this course?

“The dance and performance facilities space at college are fantastic.” Aklima Uddin Bexhill High School

DANCE AS-A2

DANCE AS-A2 Entry Requirements

During this course you will gain a detailed understanding of every aspect of the dance world. This will allow you to develop yourself as a performer and expand your knowledge of the development of dance in a wider context. This A level forms a good foundation for the study of dance at a higher level.

Course content This qualification is designed for candidates with a substantial dance background. Candidates are required to: choreograph, perform and analyse solo and group dances; study various dance works in depth (which includes observational theatre trips); and study anatomy and safe practice.

Unit 2 - Practical exam 60% of ‘AS’. Students create and perform a solo in response to a set question. Students will also be assessed in the performance of a duo or trio. A2: Year 2 Unit 3 - Written paper 50% of ‘A2’. Paper consists of essay questions on an area of study in dance and one set work. Unit 4 - Practical exam 50% of ‘A2’. Students will each choreograph a group dance in response to a set question. They will also be assessed on their performance of a solo in the style of specific dance practitioner.

Are there any special expenses? Trips and workshops throughout the two years. Students will also be required to purchase a college T-shirt and a college Hoodie at around £40.

How will I be assessed?

What could I do next?

AS: Year 1 Unit 1 - Written paper 40% of ‘AS’. Paper consists of short answer questions and structured essay questions on the performance of a dancer, choreography, performance skills and professional dance works.

This qualification will aid entrance to university to study Dance and opens the door for careers in dance teaching, performing, choreography and critical analysis.

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English plus a keen interest and experience in Dance.

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Why should you take this course? If you are enthusiastic about acting and theatre, then this course is for you. You need to like working creatively in teams and enjoy sharing and experimenting with ideas. You need to have a willingness and independence in taking direction and in developing both your practical and academic skills.

Course content AS: Year 1 Unit 1 - Focuses on the practical and written exploration of two contemporary plays and different approaches to creating theatre, as well as an evaluation of live theatre. Unit 2 - Students will take an acting (or design) role in the performance of a play and perform a duologue from any other play.

How will I be assessed? Assessment includes: practical and written course work; practical exams and a final written exam.

Are there any special expenses? Theatre trips will be arranged each term as part of the course, which will usually cost between £5.00 and £35.00.

What could I do next? Drama is a well-established ‘A’ Level subject, which is excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue their interest or ambition at university or drama school, or for anyone who intends to progress to any other degree course. In recent years students have progressed to drama school and leading roles with the National Youth Theatre, as well as university drama degrees.

Drama and Theatre Drama & Theatre Studies AS-A2 AS-A2 Studies Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English and either Dance, Drama or Performing Arts.

A2: Year 2 Unit 3 - Students will devise their own original performances about a subject of their own choice. Unit 4 - The final unit focuses on two elements: the study of a historically significant play with students developing their own ideas for a production exploring the original performance conditions of an historical play as well as reviewing a contemporary performance.

“I have had a great experi ence at college. All the course s have been brillia nt.” Gabby Kynoch. St Richards

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Why should you take this course? You should take this course if you have an interest in current economic affairs, debating and problem solving. It suits students who like to think critically about issues and develop theoretical awareness.

Course content The study of economics enables you to understand how the resources of an individual, a community, a country or the world are managed.

Economics Economics AS-A2 AS-A2 Entry Requirements

AS: Year 1 Unit 1: Competitive Markets - This unit provides an introduction to the nature of economics and examines how the price mechanism allocates resources in markets. It analyses the nature of market failure, its causes and possible policy remedies. Unit 2: Managing the Economy - This unit introduces the key measures of economic performance and the main objectives and instruments of economic policy. A2: Year 2 More specialised - requiring more searching analysis and evaluation in the study of various aspects of the subject, especially in light of Globalisation. Unit 3: Business Economics and Economic

Efficiency - This unit develops the content of Unit 1 and examines how the pricing and nature of competition between firms is affected by the number and size of market participants. Unit 4: The Global Economy - This unit develops the knowledge and skills gained in Unit 2 so that they can be applied in a global context. The application, analysis and evaluation of economic models is required as well as an ability to assess policies which might be used to deal with economic problems.

How will I be assessed? Each unit is assessed through examinations which use multiple choice, data response and essay questions.

Are there any special expenses? Students are encouraged to purchase the Economics Review.

What could I do next? Economics is a highly respected A level with universities. Employers value highly the analytical skills it fosters.

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including Maths.

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Why should you take this course?

Electronics Electronics AS-A2 AS-A2

Electronics is fundamental to modern life and forms the basis of most modern technology. This course provides a thorough grounding in the subject, which can help you to make sense of complex and diverse electronic systems such as computers and mobile phones. The course contains both practical and theoretical elements that will help you to develop your analytical skills, which can be useful whether you choose to go on to study engineering or go straight into employment.

Entry Requirements

Course content

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including a grade B or above in Science and Maths with a minimum of 43 GCSE points.

“I really enjoy studying Electron ics at the colle ge. I espe cially enjoy my coursewo rk.” Joseph Griggs Hillcrest

In the first year you will study both digital and analogue systems. Digital systems include both combinational and sequential logic. Boolean algebra and Karnaugh mapping are used to analyze such systems, so some mathematical skills are required. Analogue systems involve various applications of the operational amplifier, timing and transistor circuits. The AS coursework consists of a software programming project using both Ladder Logic and Assembly Language. In the second year you will study communication systems and systems applications, which include audio systems

and instrumentation systems. The A2 project is a design-and-build exercise, but the final project needs only to be completed on prototype board, so that soldering is not required.

How will I be assessed? Both the AS and A2 are assessed through two written exams and a separate piece of coursework.

Are there any special expenses? If you progress to A2 Level, then you may need to buy components for your project. This could cost as little as £5.00, depending on your design.

What could I do next? Many of our previous students have gone on to study electronics or a similar subject at university. Some have gone into employment in the local electronics industry.

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Why should you take this course? If you are interested in investigating how language works, the impact of language on individuals, identity or societies as a whole, then this course suits you. You will learn how language works, looking at lexis & semantics, grammar & syntax, pragmatics & discourse. You will build up a knowledge and understanding of linguistics in order to analyse and debate the impact of language on our understanding of ourselves, each other and the world.

Course content: This course is designed to encourage candidates to: Develop methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use. Understand the roles of purposes, audiences and contexts and the impact of these pressures upon language production and reception. Use linguistic methods to analyse and investigate a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources.

English Language English Language AS-A2 AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including a grade B or above in English.

AS: Year 1 This course enables candidates to explore the fundamental structures and functions of writing, speech and conversation in different social contexts:

Unit 1: Categorising Texts: we analyse the linguistic content of a wide range of texts from advertisements to transcripts of children playing and investigate language in social contexts. Unit 2: Creating Texts: students create and analyse their own piece of writing. A2: Year 2 At A2, we explore the nature and functions of language, how its key constituent parts have developed under the influence of a variety of contextual factors and how these changes may be analysed and evaluated creatively: Unit 3: Developing Language - we investigate language change and language acquisition Unit 4: Investigating Language - students develop, research and produce their own language investigation project

How will I be assessed? Units 1 and 3 are examined Units 2 and 4 are coursework modules

What could I do next? English Language as an A Level is well respected by higher education establishments who are aware of its content and academic rigour.

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Why should you take this course? Combining advanced reading and writing skills with the study of classic and modern set texts and linguistics, this is a good choice for those wanting a real challenge in the study of English.

Course content This course provides an attractive option for students wishing to take the study of language as well as literature to advanced level. AS: Year 1 Unit 1: You will be introduced to the principles of integrated literary and linguistic analysis and develop the ability to analyse texts using appropriate terminology to unlock meaning. You will also learn how to control style and tone in your own writing. Unit 2: You will be introduced to the principles of the analysis of speech in a variety of situations. You will learn how to compare different kinds of spoken texts and explore how speech is represented in both literary texts, such as novels or plays and in non-literary texts, for example, political speeches or transcribed conversations.

A2: Year 2 Unit 3: You will learn how to compare the different techniques writers use to produce different effects by studying a broad range of non-fiction texts. You will also further your own ability to write in varying styles and tones to suit audience and purpose in a range of contexts. Unit 4: You will draw on your knowledge of the whole course in order to produce a comparative essay on two literary texts, under the guidance of a member of the English Department.

How will I be assessed? Units 1, 2 & 3 will be assessed by written examinations Unit 4: A coursework essay of 2000 words

English Language & Literature AS-A2

English Language& Literature AS-A2

Are there any special expenses? The Department provides all general and coursework texts but students are expected to purchase their own set texts. The course is well recognised for higher education and provides a strong all-round qualification in English.

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including a grade B or above in English.

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Why should you take this course?

focused on a non-fiction unseen passage on some aspect of the Struggle for identity. Students will use their wider reading on the topic in their answer to this question.

English English Literature AS-A2 AS-A2 Literature If you enjoy reading, are excited by words and ideas and have a real interest in humanity this course will suit you. Literature deals with the whole range of feelings, emotions and attitudes that all of us experience. The study of writers from different periods and cultures can enhance our understanding of ourselves, of others and of the world.

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Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including a grade C or above in English.

AS: Year 1 Unit One: The focus of our work at AS is the Struggle for Identity in Modern Society. In unit one we will complete a coursework portfolio of approximately 3000 words consisting of two essays on a modern novel and a play. Unit Two: The summer exam will be a study of a poetry text and an essay

A2: Year 2 Unit Three: Students will write a 3000 word essay based on three texts one of which will be a Shakespeare play. The other two texts will be a modern play and a novel Unit Four: The exam unit in A2 is based around a wide ranging study of literature on the topic of Love Through The Ages. We will study texts from all periods of English Literature.

How will I be assessed?

Units One and three are assessed by coursework essays Units Two and Four are examined.

Are there any special expenses? The department provides coursework texts but students will need to buy copies of set texts. Theatre trips may be organised and cost between £10.00 and £30.00 pounds

What could I do next?

“There is a great range of texts used in English Literature and the teachers make it very interesting.” Daniel Tribe. Bexhill High School

English literature is a highly regarded advanced qualification which is universally acceptable for Higher Education and is looked at favourably by employers.

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Film Studies Film Studies AS-A2 AS-A2

Why should you take this course? Covers a variety of topics including film form by studying Macro and Micro elements, screenwriting, and film making.

Course Content

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English.

AS: Year 1 We study the structure and form of film through the study of Micro and Macro elements – construction, narrative and genre. The second area of study focuses on the production context of mainstream and independent film – with a specific focus on Hollywood and British cinema. A2: Year 2 Developing the study of film form through critical and practical coursework. The exam area of study concentrates on World Cinema. Spectatorship topics and final area consolidates critical and theoretical analysis of film through a Single Film Critical Study.

How will I be assessed?

FM2 - The Exam focuses on: British & American film A2: Year 2 FM 3 - Film Research and Creative Projects Small Scale Research Project focusing on a film concept area of your own choice A Creative Project; either a screenplay or a short film production. FM 4 - Varieties of film experience: Issues and Debates. The three main topics are: • World Cinema • Spectatorship topics • Single film: critical study Assessed through a written exam.

Are there any special expenses? Trips are an integral part of the course for which you will be asked to pay.

What could I do next? Film Studies, because of its academic nature, leads to a wide range of humanities courses at university and might prove a useful stepping stone to a media/ film career or teaching.

AS: Year 1 FM 1 - Coursework: Close analysis of a film extract of the students choosing and creative Story Boarding.

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Megan MeganCross Cross Helenswood Studying A-LEVEL Textiles Technology, Media and Psychology

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Why should you take this course? This course is suitable for anyone interested in food, nutrition and the food industry. There is an emphasis on the practical aspects of food science.

Course content This course enables you to develop an understanding of food, nutrition and health and the factors that influence this. This includes sociological issues such as family, demographics and poverty as well as food provision and management of resources. The course covers: • Food provision • Consumer rights and retailing • Food hygiene and safety • The health of the nation and the welfare state • Sociological issues including family, demographics, poverty, employment, housing, environmental issues • Human nutrition and dietetics • Food industry and the development of food products

Food Nutrition & Food Nutrition & Health AS-A2 AS-A2 Health Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English or Maths.

How will I be assessed? Assessment is by two written papers at AS and an investigative study and one written paper for A2.

Are there any special expenses? Students will need to provide food for practical work on a regular basis. Any visits will also incur a cost.

What could I do next? This is an excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue careers in nutrition, food science, food technology and consumer protection.

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Why should you take this course? Do you enjoy the physical aspects of Geography? Interested in how the earth is formed and what it is made of? Do you think you would like some laboratory fieldwork? What you will do as a Geology student: • Travel: around the country (and when employed, around the world) • Hit rocks so hard they break • Understand how the Earth works • Study volcanoes and dinosaurs

Course content

Geology AS-A2

Geology AS-A2

“I find Geo logy really interestin g, I enjoy finding out how the worl d work s and find the form ation of rock s fascinating.’”

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including Science.

Sam Saunters. Claverham

This is a Science subject. The emphasis is on understanding how the major rock types form and are interrelated. It also examines the link between surface processes and rock formation. There is a major focus on Plate Tectonics, Continental Drift and Earthquakes. AS: Year 1: Modules 1 and 2 - Foundation Geology, Maps and Fieldwork. Module 3 - Geology and the Human Environment.

Geological Evolution of Britain and Quaternary Geology or Geology. Module 6 - Geological Investigation: One on fieldwork (residential) and one on lab work.

How will I be assessed? The course is examined in modules, three of which are for ‘AS’ and a further three for ‘A2’. Assessment styles include coursework, written & practical exams.

Are there any special expenses? Students will be required to undertake a residential trip at the end of their first year.

What could I do next? Geology is offered as a single subject or joint degree. Professional geologists are employed in many fields including oil exploration and extraction, construction of roads and buildings, mining and mineral exploration, climate prediction and monitoring, satellite exploration and environmental monitoring. They can also get jobs in areas where graduate entry is required.

A2: Year 2: Module 4 - Interpreting the Geological Record. Module 5 - Two Geological Themes:

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Geography Geography AS-A2 AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English and Geography.

“I really like how well geog raph y fits in with the othe r subj ects I study – I didn ’t expe ct that!” Chloe Frame Bexhill High School

Why should you take this course? Geography students are VERY employable. They possess the skills that employers are looking for. Geography combines both the Arts and Sciences and so it goes well with all other subjects on the curriculum.

Course content The course explores relevant issues including cultural and political aspects of development and climate change. At AS level all students will study the following: Unit 1: Core Physical Topic – Rivers, Floods and Management Core Human Topic – Population Change Optional Physical Topic – Either Coastal Environments or Cold Environments Optional Human Topic – Either Food Supply Issues or Energy Issues Unit 2: Geographical Skills which include fieldwork and questions on the AS core topics. Upon progression to A2 students are introduced to a range of topics from the following:

Unit 3: • Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards • Weather and Climate and Associated Hazards • Ecosystems Human topics include: • World cities • Development and Globalisation • Contemporary Conflicts and Challenges Unit 4a: This is geography fieldwork investigation that is tested in a written exam paper along with other skills such as maps, graphs and statistics

Are there any special expenses? There will be a cost for fieldwork travel etc. and an expectation that you have appropriate clothing and footwear.

What could I do next? Many of our students continue their studies at Higher Education. Some study Geography by itself or use it in related subjects. Others study a Geography related course such as Environmental Management, American Studies or Town Planning.

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Why should you take this course? You should take this course if you have an interest in current affairs and would like to improve your understanding of the political process. 
It particularly suits students who like to engage in debate and challenge ideas.

Course content If you are a 17-year old student you cannot vote. Is this right? If you could vote, whom would you vote for? Is voting an effective way of changing the society in which you live? Would joining a pressure group be more successful? This course will help you answer these questions.

Government & Politics AS-A2

Government & Politics AS-A2

AS: Year 1 You look at participation and voting behaviours, political parties and the role of pressure groups. You also study parliament and the British Constitution. A2: Year 2 Will explore American government and politics. Why do American’s vote the way they do? How important are pressure

groups and protest movements. You will explore the unique system of government of the USA and how the world’s largest superpower actually governs itself. President Nixon once said “When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal”. Is this really true for the world’s most powerful job?

How will I be assessed? ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ are both assessed by two written papers.

Are there any special expenses? There are no special expenses but students are encouraged to read a quality newspaper regularly.

What could I do next? Politics is available as a degree subject or as an option within a degree course at many universities. The ‘A’ Level in Politics is very useful if you are interested in Economics, History, Law and Sociology.

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English plus a keen interest in Politics.

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Why should you take this course? This course looks at the various methods of advertising and producing ideas using different processes and materials. The subject explores the many diverse areas within advertising including illustration, typography, animation and packaging.

Course content

“I enjoy my Grap hics course a lot beca use I can be as creative as I like.” Laura Blythe. Filsham Valle y

You will explore different ways of producing work incorporating drawing, painting, printing methods, digital imaging and the use of Photoshop. Throughout the year you will study how other designers and artists have produced work enabling you to appreciate the design process. You need to be self-motivated and want to learn and use different methods in your work and have a good imagination.

thinking and understanding of others work as well as good technical knowledge. At the end of the ‘AS’ year you will take a practical exam (8 hours). A2: Year 2 If you are successful in your ‘AS’ year you can progress to ‘A2’ which will enable you to develop your skills further. You will produce more coursework and take a 12 hour practical exam at the end of the year.

What could I do next? You can study HND/degree courses that offer further opportunities in the field of graphic design. This can lead to careers such as graphic design, illustrating, marketing and advertising.

Graphic Design & & Graphic DesigN & advertising AS-A2 advertising Are there any special expenses? You will need to purchase art and presentation materials along with print credits. These on average would be no more than £100 per year.

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English or Maths plus a grade C or above in Art, Graphics or Photography.

How will I be assessed?

AS: Year 1 You will produce a series of projects which will reflect your learning and development of the subject. The work will include critical

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The college has such a great and friendly atmosphere, and the science facilities are a mazing.

� Kristen Kristen Slatter Slatter BEXHILL HIGH SCHOOL Studying A-LEVEL Biology, Maths, Chemistry and English Literature

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Why should you take this course? History provides the fundamental framework for all our actions, both as individuals and as members of the wider community. You will deal with reading, research, source analysis and essay writing.

Course content The transformation of England from the eleventh century to the end of the fifteenth and the clash between Christianity and Islam constitute the principal areas of study for Medieval History course.

History History (Medieval) AS-A2 AS-A2 (Medieval) Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English.

AS: Year 1 The end of Anglo-Saxon England culminating in the invasion of William the Conqueror and his success at the Battle of Hastings form a key element of study along with an examination on the impact of the Conquest on English society. Students will also be required to examine the origins and course of the Crusades from the triumphant First Crusade of 1096 to the subsequent re-capture of Jerusalem by Saladin and the controversial conclusion to the Fourth Crusade of 1204.

of Henry II, Richard ‘the Lionheart’ and John. Students will also complete a coursework study on the Wars of the Roses tracing the course, the outcome of this dynastic struggle and its impact on England in the fifteenth century.

How will I be assessed? Document evaluation and essay writing under exam conditions, together with the completion of one coursework assignment in the second year. Are there any special expenses? Students are advised to supplement their text books with suggested texts.

What could I do next? History is a respected degree subject for Higher Education and opens the door to a variety of careers.

“I like studying at colleg e, I have far more independe nce than at schoo l and I get a lot of great suppo rt from my teach ers.” Rachel Bone. St Richards

A2: Year 2 The Angevin dynasty and its achievements form the basis for study for ‘A2’ with a comparison of the aims and achievements

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Why should you take this course?

“My teacher is great; the who le clas s gets lots of support and the oppo rtun ity for one to one revision sessions.” Catherine Terry St Richards

History provides the fundamental framework for all our actions, both as individuals and as members of the wider community. You will deal with reading, research, source analysis and essay writing.

Course content Some of the principal events of the Twentieth Century constitute the framework for the Modern History course. AS: Year 1 You will study Russia from 1855-1917. Topics to examine will be how far the rule of the Tsars changed the economic, political and social aspects of the country and how the growing opposition led to revolution and the emergence of Lenin and the Communist state. In addition, there will be an in-depth study of the origins and the course of the Vietnam War considering the role that the USA played in this conflict at the height of the Cold War.

History (Modern) AS-A2

History (Modern) AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English.

and its relationship both to Europe and the USA. The coursework option will cover the origins and development of the Arab-Israeli conflict over the last hundred years.

How will I be assessed? Assessment will take the form of document response and essay writing under exam conditions, together with one coursework assignment in the Second Year.

Are there any special expenses? Students will be advised to purchase some books to supplement supplied textbooks.

What could I do next? History is a popular subject for Higher Education and the transferable skills it cultivates are applicable to a wide variety of careers, including journalism and the Civil Service.

A2: Year 2 You will study the political, economic and social changes in Britain in the latter half of the Twentieth Century with an emphasis on how much they changed in this period. In addition, you will assess British foreign policy in regards to the loss of the Empire

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Information Information Technology AS-A2 AS-A2 Technology Why should you take this course?

In today’s world, where ICT is constantly changing, you will increasingly need technological and information skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data. These skills are now as essential as the traditional skills of numeracy and literacy.

Course content

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English or Maths.

AS: Year 1 You will learn and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of data and information, and the need for their organization and manipulation to facilitate effective use. You will also cover the use of ICT for a range of purposes, including the influence of social, cultural, legal and technical considerations on the use of IT. In addition you will study the systematic development of high quality ICT related solutions to problems; emerging technologies and their implications for future use of ICT.

How will I be assessed? Both years are assessed by a written paper worth 60% of the marks and coursework worth 40% of the marks.

Are there any special expenses? A printing allowance will be given to each student which should cover the cost of printing coursework. Students are expected to pay for any additional printing. You will be offered the opportunity to go on trips to see computer systems in the real world and to take part in national competitions.

What could I do next? Many IT-related degrees are available at universities and an ‘A’ Level in ICT shows competence which could prove beneficial to any occupation using IT.

“ I enjoy studyi ng IT here. The faciliti es are excelle nt and I particu larly enjoy the progra mmin g aspect s.” Craig Spredbury. William Parker

A2: Year 2 You will learn to apply this ICT knowledge and understanding to investigate and analyse problems and produce a specification to solve a particular ICT issue through project work.

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Languages. French, German Languages. French, German & Spanish AS-A2 & Spanish AS-A2 Why should you take this course?

If you are interested in languages, other countries and different cultures, then these courses are for you.

Course content

These language courses are based on up-to-date themes and issues and you will make regular use of press articles, satellite TV, the Internet and the language laboratory. You will develop practical skills through group work and visits abroad. You will also revise basic grammar and then build up your knowledge of how the language works. In your first year you’ll study four topics: Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living/ Lifestyle and Family and Relationships. These build on what you have studied at GCSE. In the second year you’ll have another four topics including Environment, Multi-cultural

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English or Maths. Preferably a grade B or above in your chosen language.

Society, Contemporary Social Issues and you can choose from two of the five cultural topics for in depth study.

How will I be assessed? In the first year your assessment will be a 2 hour exam which includes listening, reading and writing. This will account for 70% of your marks for the year. There will also be a 15 minute speaking test conducted with your teacher worth 30% of your marks. The second year is very similar. The listening, reading and writing exam lasts for 2½ hours and accounts for 70% of your marks for the year. The speaking test lasts for 15 minutes and goes towards 30% of your marks for the year.

Are there any special expenses? A good dictionary to use at home costs £10.00 to £20.00. A good A Level grammar book is recommended. You can subscribe to a foreign language newspaper such as Authentik (£18.00 includes newspapers and tapes). Visits abroad cost £100.00 to £250.00.

What could I do next?

ha rd but so “I fin d Fre nch qu ite get it rig ht!” you en rewarding wh Melodie Bright.

Travel, meet people, and discover the world! Use your skills in a variety of careers or go to University.

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Why should you take this course?

LAW LAW AS-A2 AS-A2

Law will help you to develop a critical mind, improve problem solving skills and acquire an awareness of some of the more complex legal issues in society.

Course content For ‘AS’, students will study the English Legal System which includes legal personnel, the civil and criminal processes including police powers and sentencing, and the various sources of law. After successful completion of ‘AS’, students can progress to ‘A2’.

Entry Requirements

How will I be assessed?

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English.

“I find Law a challeng ing subj ect, but so wort h it in the end!” George Jeffery Bexhill High School

There is no coursework in ‘AS’ or ‘A2’, therefore assessment is via end-of-module examinations. There are 2 modules for ‘AS’ and 2 modules for ‘A2’.

which students will attempt three. For ‘A2’- Criminal Law Special Study, there is a 1.5 hour exam paper comprising of one three-part question based on a pre-released study.

Are there any special expenses? There are no special expenses although travel costs for trips and conferences may be incurred.

What could I do next? Law is often studied as a single discipline at university. It is also commonly found as one of the subjects in a joint honours degree and is an important component in many other degrees such as Business Studies. The study of Law at university often leads to a career as a solicitor or barrister, but legal training is also valuable in many other sectors.

AS: Year 1 English Legal System is assessed by a 2 hour exam paper comprising of seven questions, from which students will attempt four. For ‘AS’ Sources of Law there is a 1 hour exam paper comprising of one three-part sourcebased question from a choice of two. A2: Year 2 Criminal Law is assessed by a 2 hour exam paper comprising of eight questions, from

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Why should you take this course? People with strong mathematical skills are in demand and valued by employers and universities. Mathematics is a ‘must have’ A level for degree level study in physical sciences, computer science, all branches of engineering and, of course, mathematics.

e th e fa ciliti es ar st udyi ng he re, ects are bj su “I rea lly enjoy y m us pl ll equi pped, su pe rb an d we .” ng sti re rea lly inte i. St Richards

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Course content The first part of the course will be the Foundations of Advanced Mathematics. This is a bridging course between GCSE and ‘AS’ Level and gives an opportunity to revise and improve upon your previous studies in preparation for the ‘AS’ Level course.

Mathematics AS-A2

Mathematics AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including a grade B or above in Maths.

AS: Year 1 The ‘AS’ Level consists of 3 modules: Core Mathematics 1 (C1): Algebra and functions, Co-ordinate geometry, Sequences and series, Differentiation and Integration. Core Mathematics 2 (C2): Algebra and functions, Co-ordinate geometry, Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation and Integration. Statistics 1 (S1): Statistical models, Data representation and summary, Probability, Correlation and Regression, Discrete random variables and Normal distribution.

A2: Year 2 ‘A2’ Level consists of a further 3 modules: Core Maths 3 (C3): Algebra and functions, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation and Numerical methods. Core Maths 4 (C4): Algebra and functions, Co-ordinate geometry, Sequences and series, Differentiation, Integration and Vectors. Mechanics 1 (M1): Mechanical models, Vectors, Kinematics, Particle dynamics, Particle statics and Moments.

How will I be assessed? The Foundations of Advanced Mathematics examination is a multiplechoice paper. Each of the six main modules are assessed by a 90 minute examination with questions of varying length and difficulty. C1, C3 and M1 examinations are taken in January.

Are there any special expenses? All students are expected to provide a scientific calculator, although a graphical calculator is advantageous.

What could I do next? Mathematics ‘A’ Level is a requirement for many careers and Higher Education courses.

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Why should you take this course?

• You will also study three application modules.

Students who take Further Mathematics demonstrate a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning Mathematics that eases the transition to any Mathematics-related degree. For someone who enjoys Mathematics, it provides a challenge & a chance to explore new & more sophisticated mathematical concepts.

Application Modules During the two years the following applications modules are studied: • Statistics 1 & 2 which includes Statistical models, Data representation & summary, Probability, Correlation & regression, Discrete & continuous random variables. • Decision Mathematics 1 & 2 which includes Algorithms, Route inspection, Critical path analysis, Matchings, Linear programming, Transportation problems. • Mechanics 1 & 2 which includes Mechanical models, Vectors, Kinematics, Particle dynamics, Statics of particles & rigid bodies.

Mathematics with FurtherwithMaths Mathematics Further Maths AS-A2 AS-A2 Course content

AS: Year 1 Seven modules will be studied: • Core Mathematics 1 to 4 which includes Algebra & functions, Co-ordinate geometry, Sequences & series, Differentiation, Integration, Trigonometry, Exponentials & logarithms, Numerical methods & Vectors. • You will also study three application modules.

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including a grade A or above in Maths.

A2: Year 2 The modules studied to achieve an ‘A’ level in Further Mathematics are: • Further Pure 1 to 3 which includes Series, Complex numbers, Numerical solution of equations, Coordinate systems, Matrix algebra, Proof, Inequalities, Differential Equations, Vectors, Hyperbolic functions, Differentiation & Integration.

How will I be assessed? Each module is assessed by a ninety minute examination. An ‘AS’ consists of three modules & an ‘A2’ consists of six modules.

Are there any special expenses? Students are expected to provide a graphical calculator & have access to a computer.

What could I do next? A Further Mathematics qualification of at least ‘AS’ Level is desirable for many careers & a number of Higher Education courses, including Engineering, Maths & Physics.

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Why should you take this course? This course is an opportunity to study Mathematics beyond GCSE for those who enjoy or require mathematics at AS or A-level. It is particularly useful for students who are not going to study Mathematics at degree level but who would like the opportunity to enhance their understanding of mathematics. Use of Maths is designed for students who are doing other A Level courses that have a mathematical element. These courses are principally Geography, Psychology, Business Studies and Economics.

Use of UseMathematics of Mathematics AS-A2 AS-A2

Course content AS: Year 1 Use of Mathematics comprises the compulsory unit Algebra plus the choice of two units. These units will develop your understanding of the use of mathematics in every day application and develop skills which are readily transferable to either the real world or to your other studies.

Entry Requirements

There is a coursework unit in which candidates produce a portfolio based on mathematical application.

How will I be assessed? In AS each module is assessed by an hour long end of year examination using prerelease material. In A2 two modules are examined by end of year examinations, both using pre-release material. A third of the year is assessed by a coursework unit.

Are there any special expenses? Students will need a graphics calculator.

What could I do next? Students intending to follow a degree path in Mathematics, Computing, Engineering or Physics will probably find the traditional AS and A-level GCE Mathematics a condition of entry to university courses, all other courses will welcome the GCE Use of Mathematics.

A2: Year 2 Use of Mathematics comprises three compulsory units, which comprise of two examined units made up of Calculus and Mathematical Comprehension.

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including a grade B or above in Maths.

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Why should you take this course? There’s barely an hour of the day that goes by when we are not immersing ourselves in the media. Having spent so much time exposed to something that plays such an integral part of our day, it makes sense to understand it better. By focusing on specific areas of the media, we can understand the wider context in which it exists.

Course Content AS: Year 1 Unit 1: Media Representations and Responses This provides a basis for analysing the media and studying the relationship between representations and audience. The representation of social groups, events and issues and their underlying messages and values will be explored using a range of approaches and texts. Unit 2: Media Production Processes This is designed to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and skills in media production processes through research and planning, production and evaluation.

Media Studies Media Studies AS-A2 AS-A2 Entry Requirements

A2: Year 2 Unit 3: Media Investigation and Production This unit comprises of an investigation of your choice, and a production based on your research topic. Investigations focus on either representation , genre, or narrative. Unit 4: Media - Text, Industry and Audience This is a synoptic unit with in-depth study of three different Media industries. Study will focus on text, industry and audience.

How will I be assessed? Unit 2 and 3 are internally assessed by coursework and Units 1 and 4 are externally assessed exams.

Are there any special expenses? Trips are an integral part of the course for which you will be asked to pay.

What could I do next? Media Studies is a popular choice at university and is an obvious opening to careers within the ever expanding area of the Media.

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English plus a creative and analytical interest in the media industry.

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I find Geology really interesting, I like finding out how the world works and find the formation of rocks fascinating.

SCAN THIS TO WATCH A VIDEO! ––¬∆

Sam SamSaunters Saunters Claverham Community College Studying A-LEVEL Geology, Medieval History and English Literature

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Why should you take this course? If you can play an instrument to Grade 5 standard and are interested in analysing a broad range of Music, composing and performing, this course will help strengthen those skills.

Music Music AS-A2 AS-A2

Course Content

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English or Maths. Grade 5 in an instrument/voice. Grade 5 Theory preferable. Students without Grade 5 will need to undertake a short theory exam. A short audition will be necessary before entry.

on th e g co m po sition s “I enjoy creatin an d I l, ve M usic A Le Pia no fo r m y an ce s.� lo ve th e pe rfo rm Dan Getty.

AS: Year 1 Unit 1: Performing Music - Performance as a soloist and as part of an ensemble. You can perform music in any style, for any instrument or voice as part of a five-six minute assessed performance. Unit 2: Composing - Developing composition skills leading to the creation of a three minute track in response to a chosen brief. Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding Listening and studying set works and developing understanding. A2: Year 2 Unit 4: Extended Performance Opportunities to extend performance skills as soloists or as part of an ensemble. Any instrument(s) or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a 12-15 minute assessed performance. Notated or improvised

performances may be submitted. Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study Developing composition skills, leading to the creation of a final three minute piece in response to a chosen brief. The technical study section builds on the knowledge of harmony through pastiche studies. Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding Listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works. Set works provide the focus. Students will listen to a wide range of unfamiliar music which relates to the two compulsory areas of study.

How will I be assessed? Performance during the course will be marked internally and moderated by an external examiner. All other work is externally marked.

What could I do next? Music at degree level or attend a Music College. Professional work is diverse but includes performing, teaching, management, TV, radio and record production.

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Why should you take this course? This course is designed to develop understanding of the techniques and processes involved in Music Production through the study and use of digital recording, MIDI and Audio sequencing, Sampling and Synthesis and mixing equipment.

Course Content AS: Year 1 Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio Students will learn and use a variety of Music and Music Technology skills. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work. Unit 2: Listening and Analysing An opportunity to study the styles most common in popular music. We study the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day. This is intended to be an overview of the main styles and trends during the development of popular music. You will also learn to identify various effects and production techniques through listening to recorded examples.

A2: Year 2 Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2 This builds on skills acquired in Unit 1 and involves a detailed study of the development of technology based music. Students will produce an audio CD containing three tracks of work Unit 4: Analysing and Producing Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of music and the principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks using material provided on an examination paper and recorded on an audio CD. The unit will test students’ musical understanding, their ability to manipulate and correct recorded music and their ability to write commentaries on technological processes.

Music Technology Music Technology AS-A2 AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English or Maths plus an ability to read music. A short audition and written exam will be necessary before entry onto the course.

What could I do next? Higher Education - Degrees, Diplomas. Careers in recording, studio production, media, sound systems etc.

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Why should you take this course? Philosophy will introduce you to central questions about the meaning of human experience. It will challenge you to think critically and clearly about them as you develop your own responses.

Course content AS: Year 1 Unit 1: Reason and experience; The idea of God. Unit 2: Knowledge of the external world; free will and determinism.

Philosophy Philosophy AS-A2 AS-A2

How will I be assessed? You are examined by 90 minute exams with essay questions on the chosen philosophical debate.

What could I do next? The knowledge and skills gained from studying A Level Philosophy complement any other area of study and are valuable for careers that involve independent critical thinking. Philosophy ‘A’ Level is very well respected by all Universities.

A2: Year 2 Unit 3: Philosophy of Mind; the Philosophy of Religion. Unit 4: Philosophical Problems; Descartes The Meditations.

“I find Philosophy a very in-depth subject with really good teaching.” Joe Cryar

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English.

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Why should you take this course?

At the end of the ‘AS’ year you will take a practical exam.

In this subject you will explore both traditional and digital photography. You will produce work which will show your development and understanding of Photography, learn how to use SLR/digital cameras, how the studio works, developing black and white film, darkroom skills and various Photoshop techniques.

A2: Year 2 If you are successful in your ‘AS’ year you can progress to ‘A2’ which will enable you to develop your skills further. You will produce more coursework and take a practical exam at the end of the year.

Course Content We will look at the way digital imaging is used and how to use Photoshop. Throughout the year you will be given instruction on how photographers have produced work to enable you to appreciate the processes that are needed to be successful. You need to be self-motivated and want to learn and develop new skills.

Photography Photography AS-A2 AS-A2

How will I be assessed?

Are there any special expenses? You will need to purchase photographic paper, presentation materials and print credits. These on average would be no more than £100 per year. Owning a camera would also be advantageous.

What could I do next? You can study HND/degree courses that offer further opportunities in the field of photography. This can lead to careers such as photo-journalism, editorial photography and advertising.

AS: Year 1 In your ‘AS’ year you will produce a series of coursework projects which will reflect your learning and development of the subject. The work will include critical thinking and understanding of others work as well as good technical knowledge.

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English or Maths plus a grade C or above in Photography, Art or Graphics.

“I love studying photography because we have the freedom to explore avenues we find interesting.” Charlotte Pestell. St Richards

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Why should you take this course? An excellent foundation of anatomical and physiological knowledge alongside the development of your practical skills is at the core of your studies. You will be able to explore in greater depth a broad range of sporting topics.

Course content AS: Year 1 Unit 1: Participation in Sport & Recreation 50% of AS marks (25% of total GCE A level marks) Unit 2: The Critical Sports Performer 50% of AS marks (25% of total GCE A level marks)

Physical Physical Education AS-A2 AS-A2 Education A2: Year 2 Unit 3: Preparation for optimum sports performance 50% of A2 marks (25% of total GCE A level marks) Unit 4: The developing Sports performer 50% of A2 marks (25% of total GCE A level marks)

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including Science. Students must also be actively involved in two sports or coaching & performing in one sport.

A2 is assessed by a 2 hour exam - Sport Psychology, Historical Studies in PE, and Exercise and Sport Physiology (50% of mark) and a coursework assessment of one activity (50% of mark).

Are there any special expenses? There may be additional costs for: • Lab visit at £30 • Revision guides at £8 each There is a compulsory practical kit which costs around £120. Students will be expected to wear this for all lessons.

What could I do next? Coaching, sports centre work, PE teaching, HND or degree in sports related area.

“My favourite aspe ct of PE is learn ing about the body. I can apply what I learn in class to imp rovin g my own sporting skills.” Ellis Partridge

How will I be assessed?

There will be one exam at the end of the first year, which lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes and accounts for 50% of your AS assessment. Coursework counts for the other 50%.

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Why should you take this course?

Are there any special expenses? We will use an on-line resource containing lots of past exam papers, with mark schemes and many other useful documents. Students will have to access a PC outside of the lesson and will be expected to print out homework documents. Additional maths sessions may be needed for students not taking ‘A’ level mathematics.

Physics is an interesting and rewarding subject, but one that requires commitment. This is a challenging course and should not be undertaken half-heartedly. High grades can be obtained if you are diligent and have the ability to use reasoning rather than rote learning.

Course content

Physics Physics AS-A2 AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including a grade B or above in Science and Maths with a minimum of 43 GCSE points.

What could I do next?

In the first year you will study Particles, Radiation and Quantum Phenomena Particles, Mechanics, Current Electricity, Elastic Properties of Solids and Waves. The second year covers a wide range of topics including: Gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Instability as well as an option, presently - Astrophysics

Physics is an essential part of any Engineering course, as well as branches of Physics and Theoretical Physics. It is also of value in any subject that involves mathematical modeling, such as Finance and Computer simulations.

How will I be assessed? Both ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ are assessed through two written exams and a practical assessment.

“I have found Physics to be inspirational and enjoya ble. My teache r is great and very helpfu l.””

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Why should you take this course?

“The courses are really good here; in the lead up to my exa ms my teac hers gave me lots of support.’” Callan Pearson. Bexhill High

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Psychology students enjoy the topics we study and say they are very interesting and relevant to understanding their own lives and the people around them. Psychology is a science and develops practical research skills as well as requiring essay writing skills and the development of complex arguments. It therefore compliments both science and arts subjects.

Course content Psychology is an ideal course for someone who is interested in the way that people behave, feel and think. It develops an awareness and sensitivity to those around us and enables us to consider the complex behavioural and personal issues that affect our everyday lives. Throughout the course you will study a number of different topics related to everyday behavior from a variety of angles including biological, evolutionary and psychological approaches. For example, you will learn how genes and biochemical process influence your behavior as well as the influence of parents and culture.

Psychology Psychology AS-A2 AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English and Science.

AS: Year 1 Six topics are studied: memory, attachment, stress, abnormality, social

influence plus a unit looking at the research techniques psychologists use to investigate behaviour. A2: Year 2 Further topics are studied including relationships, gender and aggression. In addition one mental disorder such as depression will be studied in detail as well as further focus on designing and carrying out psychological research studies. Finally one contemporary application of psychology will be examined such as investigation of superstitious behaviour, out of body experiences and psychics.

How will I be assessed? AS - Two 1hr 30min written papers consisting of structured short answer questions and essay questions. A2 - Two written papers, one paper is 1hr 30 min with 3 essay questions. The second is 2 hours and consists of 2 essays and one structured question on Research methods.

What could I do next? Knowledge of psychology will be useful throughout life, and the evaluative and analytical skills learned can be applied to all manner of careers. However specific careers in psychology, for example Clinical or Educational Psychologist, require some form of post graduate training.

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Religious Religious Studies AS-A2 AS-A2 Studies

Why should you take this course? Religious Studies enables students to understand and appreciate beliefs and practices that are different from their own. It encourages the critical exploration of how different approaches to morality may help illuminate specific contemporary ethical debates.

Course content

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English.

AS: Year 1 Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics – arguments for the existence of God and problems with belief in God; ethical theories and ethical dilemmas. Unit 2: Research unit into a medical ethical topic of your choice.

A2: Year 2 Unit 3: Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics – issues surrounding the existence of God such as religious language and life after death; ethical theories and problems with ethical language. Unit 4: Close text analysis of primary sources.

How will I be assessed? Each unit is assessed by a 90 minute exam – there is no coursework.

What could I do next? Religious Studies provides excellent preparation for degrees in any humanities subject. University Admissions tutors are often impressed by this unusual and challenging ‘A’ Level.

n thoug h I live in “I rea lly enjoy RS. Eve y vellin g int o colleg e ver Ha stin gs, I fin d tra p!” tri the g kin ma ile wo rth wh ea sy. It’s de fin ite ly swood . Helen

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Why should you take this course? If you like to know why things happen, you’ll find this a fascinating course. You will unearth information on a diverse range of issues including infectious diseases, evolution and the universe. It results in a greater understanding of nature and scientific issues. It is suitable for students taking other science subjects as it gives them opportunities to see how science influences society including government policy and understand the role of the media in influencing public understanding of science. It appeals to students who wish to apply for medicine as it develops critical thinking skills. It is also suitable for students who only want to study one science A level as it covers a broad range of scientific ideas.

A2: Year 2 Unit 3: Exploring further scientific issuesincluding the nature/nurture debate, how the brain works and climate change Unit 4: Case study of a scientific issue

How will I be assessed? At AS and A2 you’ll be assessed by taking an exam that will assess the scientific issues you have explored. The exam accounts for 60% of your marks for the year. At AS, your research assignment is assessed by your teacher. At A2 the case study will be assessed in an exam from prerelease material. These parts will account for 40% of your marks for the year.

Science in Society Science in Society AS-A2 AS-A2 Course content

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English. A grade B in GCSE science also preferred.

AS: Year 1 Unit 1: Exploring scientific issues - including disease, reproductive choices, evolution and the universe Unit 2: Reading and writing about science- you will research and report on a topical issue and review popular scientific literature.

Are there any special expenses? No

What could I do next? This course is for scientists and nonscientists, so think of it as supporting your ambition such as a career in media, journalism, science, medicine, engineering, management, politics

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Why should you take this course? Sociology enables you to develop an understanding of the way in which society functions and the way it shapes people’s ideas, social behaviour and culture.

Course content

Sociology Sociology AS-A2 AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English.

How will I be assessed? AS: Year 1 Unit 1: Culture and Identity – one hour written exam. Topics include: Different

A2: Year 2 Unit 3: Beliefs in Society - One and a half hour written exam. Topics include: Theories of religion; religion and social change, religious organisations; religion and social groups; secularisation. Unit 4: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods - Two hour written exam. Topics include: Different theories of crime and deviance, social distribution of crime and deviance; criminal justice system; suicide; theory and methods.

Are there any special expenses? There are no special expenses.

What could I do next?

“Wh en studying here you have the freed om to use your own ima gination.” Rebecca Burt Claverham Community Colle ge

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Sociology is the study of human social life, groups and societies. Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop a multi -perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime and social power. You will cover a spectrum of topics which, between them, will help you make sense of the society we live in and the culture and identity issues which affect us all.

types of culture; theories of culture; socialization and social roles; identity in contemporary society; leisure and consumption. Unit 2: Education with Research Methods - Two hour written exam. Topics include: Role and purpose of education; differential educational achievement; relationships and processes within schools; educational policies; sociological research methods.

Sociology gives you the skills for a wide range of careers including social work; health; education; research; marketing; advertising; PR; civil service; HR; journalism and law.

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Why should you take this course?

Are there any special expenses?

This course has been designed to develop your ability to design and make products and to appreciate the relationship between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Course content This course is ideal for students who have an interest in textiles and fashion. It builds on existing practical skills as well as developing an in-depth knowledge of the fashion industry and the science behind textiles production. AS: Year 1 Unit 1: Materials, components and applications. Unit 2: Coursework - Design and make.

You will need to buy samples for a technical file. You will also need to fund the cost of materials for your practical work: (£20.00 £30.00). Some materials are provided and many are available at reasonable prices, however, you will need to provide the bulk of materials for your project.

What could I do next? You could progress to Higher Education or to a foundation course in fashion. You could apply your experience and knowledge creatively in a range of textile design roles or work in the manufacturing industry.

Textiles TechnologY AS-A2

Textiles TechnologY AS-A2 Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English or Maths. Students must have an interest in fashion, fabrics and design.

A2: Year 2 Unit 3: Design and manufacture Unit 4: Coursework Project.

How will I be assessed?

Textiles Technology is assessed through assignments as well as a written exam. Units 1& 3 consist of two hour written papers.

“Studying here is great because the facilities are so fantastic.”

Elly Freeman

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Travel AND Travel AND Tourism AS-A2 AS-A2 Tourism Why should you take this course?

The travel and tourism industry is one of the world’s biggest and fastest growing fields of employment. Whether you are interested in a career in travel or just plan to travel the world, this course offers a valuable insight into how the industry works now and what the future will bring.

Course content

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English or Maths.

This advanced level course is aimed at students with an interest in the travel and tourism industry in the UK. The three AS units studied are Introducing Travel and Tourism, Customer Service, and Travel Destinations. In the second ‘A2’ year you will study Tourism Development, Event Management and Adventure Tourism.

How will I be assessed? You will collate two thirds of your work in a portfolio, which is assessed by your tutors as you go along. In addition, one of the units each year is tested externally by examination. The sum of your coursework marks plus your achievements in the external examinations will determine your final grade.

Are there any special expenses? You will need to take part in trips and visits as part of the course.

What could I do next? Successful completion of the course could allow progression to higher level courses such as a degree. In addition this qualification helps to prepare you for a range of careers in the travel and tourism sector, with employers such as Tour Operators, Visitor Attractions, Conference Centres, Hotels, Transport Operators or Travel Agencies.

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Why should you take this course? You should take this course if you have an interest in current affairs and world events. It suits students who would like to develop their awareness of the major challenges we face today, in terms of the environment and issues relating to poverty and inequality.

World World Development Development AS-A2 AS-A2

Course content

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE’s graded A*-C including English or Maths.

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World development focuses on some of the key challenges facing the world today, namely issues of poverty, inequality and environmental damage. It is very broad in focus and draws upon a number of disciplines including Geography, Economics and Politics. The course looks at theoretical perspectives whilst also expecting students to become familiar with world issues and current affairs. At AS, students will look at issues of population growth, resource depletion and sustainable development. Students will also look at all aspects of poverty, including how it is defined, what causes it and what can be done to tackle it. At A2, students will explore the different perspectives and theories behind development. They will learn that development is a hotly contested concept which is evolving over time. Furthermore,

they will also focus on the approaches and problems of economic Development; free trade, fair trade, development aid and the impact of transnational companies are all areas of study.

How will I be assessed? AS students are assessed through a 2 hour written exam which accounts for 70% of their AS. The other 30% of their grade comes from coursework, which is completed throughout the year. A2 is exactly the same, however the exam is 3 hours.

Are there any special expenses? No.

What could I do next? The course prepares students for a number of different career paths including employment or further education. In terms of attending University, the course lends itself to a range of subjects in the Social Sciences including Development studies, economics and International relations.

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Group 1: English Students grow to appreciate the complexity, wealth & subtleties of the English language through a range of texts & in a variety of contexts.

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6 GCSEs at grade C or above with those subjects selected at Higher Level required to be at grade ‘B’.

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Group 4: Experimental Sciences Biology or Physics. Students develop laboratory skills as well as the ability to work collaboratively through participating in an interdisciplinary group project. Group 5: Mathematics Mathematics Standard Level or Mathematical Studies. Group 6: Visual Arts, Chemistry or another subject from group 2, 3 or 4.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Theory of Knowledge (TOK) provides a broad introductory overview of the various types of human knowledge, the means by which that knowledge is acquired & communicated, & its reliability & limitations. CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) CAS provides experiences for students to develop self-confidence, a willingness to help others & empathy. Students get involved in community activity, at a local, national or international level. Extended Essay Students undertake an original, independent research project & produce an essay of a maximum of 4,000 words.

How will I be assessed? You will be assessed by a mixture of internally set assessments & final examinations at the end of the 2 year course.

Are there any special expenses? Visits may take place during the year, including trips abroad, which would incur travelling costs. The cost of travel to any Community Activity would fall to the student.

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Share OurSuccess Success Share InInOur “T his is su ch a n to ch a lle n h on ou r. I o rig in a lly g e th e n e se g ative pe rc t out y ou n g pe op le th at e p ti on o f we so I wa nt ed to sh ow th o ft e n se e tod a y. at y ou n g m a kin g a pe op le a re p le ve ls. My o sitive diffe re n ce a t so m a n v ision is to y to e n a ble m a k e it c oo l to ca re y ou n g pe op le wit h , n e ed to b th e skills th e co m e to ey m o rrow’s th e soci a l lea d e rs a e nt re p re n nd e u rs o f th e futu re.” Luke “‘T he event in London was a fantastic experience. Bexhill College signed me up to Career Academies UK, which is a two year progra mme; the main part is undertaking a six week su mmer internship which I was fortunate enough to carry out at London’s Canary Wharf. I’d like to thank Bexhill College and Career Academies UK for this opportunity’” Greg Thompson

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Current Bexhill College student, Greg Thompson, was invited to represent Career Academies UK at a Social Mobility Business Compact hosted by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, at Admiralty House in London. Career Academies UK leads and supports a movement of over 1000 employers and over 120 schools and colleges, working together to raise the aspirations of 16 to 19-year-olds. Independently recognised for brilliant business and education brokerage, they are the first national organisation to receive the Award for Education Business Excellence.

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Student Wins Nobel Prize For Childrens Advocacy 16 year old Founder and CEO of young people’s charity Young Pioneers, Luke Lancaster has been awarded the prestigious World of Children Youth Award. Often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for child advocacy”, this is the first time that the accolade in this category has been given to a British recipient since the awards were launched in 1996. As the winner of the Youth category, Luke received his award at a ceremony in New York on November 3rd 2011. Having founded the charity Young Pioneers at just 12 years of age, Luke Lancaster has dedicated his teenage years to developing accredited educational initiatives and programmes that enable young people with the skills they need to lead personal and social change. Much of the work the charity does focuses on vulnerable, disengaged and disadvantaged young people, building confidence, raising aspirations and enabling young people to overcome adversity.

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Bexhill College A Level Prospectus 2013-2014  

Bexhill College A Level Prospectus 2013-2014

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