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2019-2020 Bridge Academy 6th Form Course Handbook


Contents A Level Art & Design.......................................................................................................................................................... 3 A Level Biology .................................................................................................................................................................. 4 BTEC Music ......................................................................................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined. BTEC Science ..................................................................................................................................................................... 6 BTEC Sport National Diploma (Two A Level Equivalent) ................................................................................................... 7 BTEC Sport Extended Certificate (One A Level Equivalent) .............................................................................................. 8 A Level Chemistry.............................................................................................................................................................. 9 BTEC IT ............................................................................................................................................................................ 10 A Level Computer Science (OCR) .................................................................................................................................... 11 Level 3 Core Mathematics (AS Level equivalent) ............................................................................................................ 13 A Level Economics ........................................................................................................................................................... 14 A Level Drama ................................................................................................................................................................. 15 A Level English Literature ................................................................................................................................................ 16 Extended Project Qualification (AS Level equivalent) .................................................................................................... 17 A Level French ................................................................................................................................................................. 18 A Level Further Maths ..................................................................................................................................................... 19 A Level Geography .......................................................................................................................................................... 20 A Level History (Modern) ................................................................................................................................................ 21 A Level Maths .................................................................................................................................................................. 22 A Level Media .................................................................................................................................................................. 23 A Level Music .................................................................................................................................................................. 24 A Level Philosophy .......................................................................................................................................................... 24 A Level Physics ................................................................................................................................................................ 26 A Level Politics................................................................................................................................................................. 27 A Level Design and Technology: Product Design 3D…………………………………………………………………………………………………..28 A Level Psychology .......................................................................................................................................................... 29 A Level Sociology ............................................................................................................................................................. 30 A Level Spanish................................................................................................................................................................ 31

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A Level Art & Design How long is the course? 2 Years Who is the course for? Students who want to learn to lead a personal investigation. That is, students who want to learn to:  Use contextual research and understanding to support the development of their own ideas  Become independent in making progress towards mastering a skill. For example: observing and recording through drawing or experimenting with and refining their use of processes and resources  Contribute critically to discussion about work in progress, thereby helping to realise their own and others’ intentions What entry qualifications do I need? Level 6 or above in GCSE Art & Design How will I be assessed? Component 1 – 60% Coursework including practical work, supporting studies and 1000-3000 word essay on a chosen area of investigation Component 2 – 40% Externally set assignment. Starting in term 5 leading towards a 15 hour controlled assessment. What could I do after the course? Employment in the UK creative industries is growing at four times the rate of the UK workforce as a whole, so an A-Level in Art & design leading to a creative degree or equivalent would set you up well for the contemporary workforce. Employers and universities look for evidence of students’ ability to learn independently. Art & Design A-level is widely recognised for producing self-motivated students who are practiced in leading a personal investigation. What will I be studying? Initial workshop series: learning to develop skills in photography, drawing, using processes, techniques, materials and resources. Each year we have offered a variety of opportunities to engage directly with extraordinary locations, artworks and arts professionals including:  Trips to places such as Dungeness, Bekonscot, Kingley Vale  Workshops with Art House Foundation / Royal Institute of British Architects / Courtauld Institute / Institute of Education Personal study/investigation: learning to use research and writing as a creative process. You will choose an area of investigation and investigate the insights you draw from your research and writing in your practical artwork. What else do I need to know? Previous Art & Design students have gone on to study creative subject including Fine Art, Interior Design, Graphic Design, and Architecture at prestigious institutions such as the University of the Arts, London (UAL) and Royal Drawing School.

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A Level Biology How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? Students with a passion for Biology or wanting to move onto a Science related course post 18 e.g. Biology, Medicine & Dentistry What entry qualifications do I need? English language level 5, Biology triple science level 6, Biology combined science level 66 but in the biology components and Maths level 6. How will I be assessed at AS level? There are two examinations (Breadth in Biology and Depth in Biology) both 1 hour 30 minutes long and each worth 50%. Both exams will be based on all four of the following modules: Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology Module 2 – Foundations of Biology Module 3 – Exchange and transport Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease How will I be assessed at A Level? There are three examinations; exam 1 is biological processes (modules 1, 2, 3 and 5), exam 2 is biological diversity (modules 1, 2, 4 and 6) and exam 3 is unified biology (modules 1 to 6). Exams 1 and 2 are both worth 37% and are both 2 hours and 15 minutes long. Exam 3 is worth 26% and is 1 hour 30 minutes long. The modules are: Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology Module 2 – Foundations of Biology Module 3 – Exchange and transport Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

What will I be studying? Over the AS course topics include: • Practical skills • Cell structure • Biological molecules • Nucleotides and nucleic acids • Enzymes • Biological membranes • Cell division, diversity and organisation • Exchange surfaces • Transport in animals • Transport in plants • Communicable diseases and disease prevention • Immune system • Biodiversity • Classification and evolution Over the A Level course, in addition to the areas covered at AS, topics include: • Communication and homeostasis • Excretion • Neuronal communication • Hormones communication • Plant and animal responses • Photosynthesis • Respiration • Cellular control • Inheritance • Manipulating genomes • Cloning and biotechnology • Ecosystems • Populations and sustainability

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Biology is a substantially practical subject, so experiments will help to develop your practical skills, powers of analysis, ability to organise and present results and to conclude what they might mean. Literacy skills developed will include essay writing, analytical and evaluative writing, research skills, and verbal debate. Biologists need some mathematical skills such as understanding tabulated and graphical data, calculating percentages and ratios and rearranging simple equations.

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BTEC Music How long is the course? 2 Years Who is the course for? BTEC MUSIC LEVEL 3 is suitable for students with a strong interest in music and who are considering studying music further, or pursuing a music career of any kind. The vocational focus means that this practical, hands-on course can appeal to any type of musician. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level. What entry qualifications do I need? Students who have studied GCSE Music or RSL or those who have passed the performance audition process. How will I be assessed? There are 3 mandatory units that learners must complete (internally assessed). Learners must complete and achieve at pass grade or above for all these units.

What could I do after the course? Further Music study at university; provides a pathway into vocational music careers in music, music technology, music production, performance, composition, music marketing, music sales, music publishing, artist management and many more. What will I be studying? There are 4 compulsory components: Music Performance Techniques, Composition in different styles, Using Logic to sequence music and the Music Industry. Overview of the course:     

Perform, rehearsing and managing yourself in an ensemble Study music theory and harmony through different styles of music Write about performances, practice routines and concerts Learning how to make your way in the music industry Further performances as a soloist and in an ensemble and complete your final portfolio as a musician

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BTEC Science How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? Students who are interested in going into a science based industry or those wishing to go on to university to study Science related qualifications. Three courses available for study. What entry qualifications do I need? Level 55 in combined science, Level 5 Maths and level 5 English Language. How will I be assessed? There are two types of assessments: • Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome • Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. What is studied? National Extended Certificate in Applied Science Designed for learners who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science. To be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels. National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science Designed as a one-year, full-time course of study, or as part of a two-year, full-time study programme for learners who wish to study another area alongside it, which may contrast or complement the Applied Science Foundation Diploma. If taken as part of a programme of study that includes other BTEC Nationals or A Levels, it supports progression to higher education. National Diploma in Applied Science May be complemented with other BTEC Nationals or A Levels to support progression to higher education courses in applied science. The additional qualification(s) studied allow learners either to give breadth to their study by choosing a contrasting subject, or to give their studies more focus by choosing a complementary subject Units studied 1 Principles and Applications of Science I 2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques 3 Science Investigation Skills 4 Laboratory Techniques and their Application 5 Principles and Applications of Science II 6 Investigative Project Optional units There are a number of optional units which include the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Recognition by UCAS The qualification are recognized by UCAS. The appropriate course will have the required points listed on the UCAS web site. What could I do after the course? As work-related qualifications, BTEC’s are designed to accommodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progression to university. By nature, BTECs provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment. They can be taken as well as, or instead of A Levels.

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BTEC Sport National Diploma (Two A Level Equivalent) How long is the course? 2 Years Who is the course for? Students who are interested in going into a sports based industry or those wishing to go on to university to study Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Human Biology, Sports Coaching, and PE teacher training. How will I be assessed? The course is assessed through student assignments, 1 external examination and 2 externally assessed case studies. What could I do after the course? As work-related qualifications, BTEC’s are designed to accommodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progression to university. By their nature BTECs provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment. What will I be studying? The following units will be covered over the 2 years: Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology in Sport (External Exam) Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being (External) Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry (External) Unit 5: Sports Leadership Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance Unit 10: Sports Event organisation Unit 18: Work experience in active leisure Unit 22: Investigating business in sport and the active leisure industry Unit 23: Skill acquisition in sport.

What else do I need to know? BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport is worth 540 credits which will be awarded over the 2 years using Pass, Merit and Distinction Criteria. The course will be 10 guided learning hours a week and will be the equivalent of 2 A Levels. You will be taught through practical and theoretical lessons and the course will include various trips and visits related to the vocational characteristics of the course. You will need to have gained a grade 4 in Science and English to be suitable for this course content. GCSE PE is desirable but not essential.

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BTEC Sport Extended Certificate (One A Level Equivalent) How long is the course? 2 Years Who is the course for? Students who are interested in going into a sports based industry or those wishing to go on to university to study Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Human Biology, Sports Coaching, and PE teacher training. How will I be assessed? The course is assessed through student assignments, 1 external examination and 2 externally assessed case study. What could I do after the course? As work-related qualifications, BTEC’s are designed to accommodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progression to university. By their nature BTECs provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment. What will I be studying? The following units will be covered over the 2 years: Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology in Sport (External Exam) Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being (External) Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry (External) Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance

What else do I need to know? BTEC Level 3 Certificate in sport is worth 56 UCAS points which will be awarded over the 2 years using Pass, Merit and Distinction Criteria. The course will be 10 guided learning hours a week and will be the equivalent of 1 A Level. You will be taught through practical and theoretical lessons and the course will include various trips and visits related to the vocational characteristics of the course. You will need to have gained a grade 4 in Science and English to be suitable for this course content. GCSE PE is desirable but not essential.

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A Level Chemistry How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? Chemistry is of central importance to the sciences as a whole, as the chemical reactions that it governs are fundamental to all of science. If you have a passion for Chemistry and are considering a career in science or otherwise in the future then this course is for you. What entry qualifications do I need? Level 6 in Triple science Chemistry, 66 in the chemistry component of the Double science and Level 6 in Maths. How will I be assessed at AS Level? Comprises of two examinations:  Paper 1 Breadth in Chemistry.  Paper 2 Depth in Chemistry. Both examinations will be marked out of 70, with a duration of 1hr 30min and have a weighting of 50%. Both papers will be assessed on content from any of the modules 1-4 below:  Module 1 Development of practical skills  Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry  Module 3 Periodic table and Energy  Module 4 Core organic Chemistry How will I be assessed at A Level? Comprises of three examinations:  Paper 1 Periodic Table, Elements & Physical Chemistry 100 Marks, Duration 2hr 15, Weighting 37% Content assessed from modules 1, 2, 3 & 5  Paper 2 Synthesis and Analytical Techniques 100 Marks, Duration 2hr 15, Weighting 37% Content assessed from modules 1, 2, 4 & 6  Paper 3 Unified Chemistry 70 Marks, Duration 1hr 30, Weighting 26% Content assessed from modules 1 -6 below  Module 1 Development of practical skills  Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry  Module 3 Periodic table and Energy  Module 4 Core organic Chemistry  Module 5 Physical Chemistry  Module 6 Organic Chemistry and Analysis What else do I need to know? You will be required to complete a number of practical assessments which will be teacher assessed in which a pass grade must be attained in order to achieve an overall A level grade. Practical skills will also be assessed through written papers at A Level. What could I do after the course? The career opportunities in Chemistry are endless! Here are just a few: Forensic science, medicine, pharmacy, environmental science, law, engineering, oceanography and zoology.

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BTEC IT How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? This course is perfectly suited for those who are seeking a vocational route towards a career in IT based apprenticeships or an IT based Degree. Students will be entered for the BTEC Extended Certificate in IT Level 3 qualification. It will require 5 periods (5 hours) of study each week and will involve the production of 3 pieces of coursework and an external exam. The aim is to achieve a UCAS recognized academic qualification equivalent to 1 A level, to allow the student to choose between work and further education at the end of Year 13. The extended certificate is worth up to 56 UCAS Points

What entry qualifications do I need? Grade 5 or above in GCSE ICT or GCSE Computer Science How will I be assessed? BTEC extended Certificate in IT (Edexcel exam board): 2 Internally assessed assignments 1 Externally assessed assignment 1 externally assessed exam (paper based) What could I do after the course? By the end of the two years students will have a broad range of general IT skills including, Database design, implementation, Spreadsheet Modelling and Social Media. The curriculum provides the experience needed to help meet the growing demand for ICT professionals. The course help prepare students for entry-level career opportunities, continuing education. Students gain the skills needed to a variety of industries such as technology, healthcare, financial services, fashion, entertainment, and more.

What will I be studying? BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT UNIT 3: USING SOCIAL MEDIA IN BUSINESS (90 GLH) UNIT 2: CREATING SYSTEMS TO MANAGE INFORMATION (90 GLH) Unit 5: Data modelling (60 GLH) UNIT 1: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS (120 GLH) What else do I need to know? Studying 4 units at the end of a 2-year period is equivalent of an “A� Level. This A Level equivalent course, you also have the opportunity to gain the Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications as part of your preparation for the BTEC units. This course covers a single option and will take 15 timetable hours.

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A Level Computer Science (OCR) How long is the course? 2 Years Who is the course for? Computer Science encompasses the theoretical aspects of how a computer is designed, used and applied to solve real world problems. It is an applied subject that provides the student with practical problem solving skills in a variety of programming languages.

How will I be assessed? A level Paper 1 on-screen exam 40% of the marks Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an electronic answer document. This paper tests a student's programming ability, and theoretical knowledge of data structures, systematic problem solving, and the theory of computation. A level Paper 2 written exam 40% of the marks This paper tests the fundamentals of data representation, computer systems (hardware and software), computer architecture and organisation, communications and networking, the consequences of using computing, databases and big data, and functional programming. Non exam assessment 20% of the marks This course work unit assesses student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem.

What could I do after the course? A good grade in Computer Science at A level is valued by universities and employers since it requires the development of analytical thinking and problem solving skills. This course also lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or related subjects in higher education. Many problems in the sciences, engineering, health care, business and other areas can be solved effectively with computers, but finding a solution requires both computer science expertise and knowledge of the particular application domain. Thus, computer scientists often become proficient in other subjects. It provides a strong foundation for students who wish to enter a career in Computer Science as Programmers, Data Analysts, Cyber Security Consultants, Wed Designers, Games Developers or Electronic Engineers. It is aimed at students who see themselves as developing their own computer software and hardware.

What will I be studying? There is a substantial coursework element in Computer Science which requires students to create a complete piece of bespoke software to solve a real-life problem. The project is divided into five stages: Analysis, Design, Implementation, Testing and Evaluation. Students must be able to plan their time effectively throughout the course in order to meet the project deadlines. Consequently, the Computer Science course is only suited to students who can work consistently and independently, week by week. The theoretical components include more advanced knowledge, understanding and application of data handling, file handling, computer architecture and number representation. A command of more sophisticated terminology is expected, along with more advanced programming techniques including recursion, object-oriented programming and more complex algorithms. 11 | P a g e


What else do I need to know? Computer Science has strong connections to many other disciplines. Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, and Economics combine well with Computer Science. Students who wish to study for a Computer Science degree should combine it with A Level Mathematics as this is a pre-requisite at many universities. Homework will be set weekly and deadlines must be adhered to. Reading of textbooks is essential.

Core textbook OCR AS and A-level Computer Science - PM Heathcote and RSU Heathcote ISBN: 978-1-910523-05-6

Further Reading Essential algorithms for A Level Computer Science Hillyard, D and Sargent, C ISBN: 978-1-7943594-2-0

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Level 3 Core Mathematics (AS Level equivalent) How long is the course? 1 year Who is the course for? Students who are studying courses with a mathematical content (such as psychology, geography or any of the sciences) but who do not want to study a full A-level in mathematics. Also those students who are interested in studying useful and practical areas of mathematics at a higher level, such as how APR on credit cards is calculated. Please note the course is not suitable for those who want to study mathematics at degree level. What entry qualifications do I need? Grade 4 upwards at GCSE How will I be assessed?  AQA Exam board  Core paper – 1hr 30 mins, 60 marks  Statistical techniques - 1hr 30 mins, 60 marks Why should I study the course? Mathematics is an integral part of modern society in the age of electronics and the course is useful for those who are interested in understanding the underlying ideas behind financial and statistical analysis. Some universities have been giving reduced offers for social science degrees for students who have passed the Core Mathematics qualification as they tend to be better prepared for the mathematical rigour of degree level study. What will I be studying? You will study analysis of data, mathematics for personal finance; this includes calculating how much you will repay on loans and credit cards to mortgages. The statistical element is particularly useful for the social sciences, in this optional module we study: the normal distribution, regression and correlation, probability and sampling.

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A Level Economics How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? The course is designed for students who are interested in how our choices govern the way we behave, think and act. It focuses on how we choose to use our resources and the impact our choices have on society. It is an excellent subject to study in preparation for university and will help you better understand the world you live in. Over the whole course students look at topics as broad as poverty and inequality, trade, government economic policy, taxation, behavioural economics and business economics. What entry qualifications do I need? Students achieving a Level 6 or above in GCSE English and Mathematics How will I be assessed? A Level Examination: Paper 1 33.3% of A Level (2-hour Written Paper) Paper 2 33.3% of A Level (2-hour Written Paper) Paper 3 33.3% of A Level (2-hour Written Paper) What will I be studying? A Level Course Paper 1 - Markets and market failure (Microeconomics)  Economic methodology and the economic problem  Individual economic decision making  Price determination in a competitive market  Production, costs and revenue  Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly  The labour market  The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality  The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets Paper 2 – National and International Economy (Macroeconomics)  The measurement of macroeconomic performance  How the macroeconomy works: the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis and related concepts  Economic performance  Financial markets and monetary policy  Fiscal policy and supply-side policies  The international economy Paper 3 – Economic Principles and Issues (Macro and Microeconomics)  This paper combines the subject content from the above two papers.  It is intended to assess the ability of students to interrelate economic concepts across both the micro and macroeconomic elements of the course. What could I do after the course? Typically, the course would prepare students to study undergraduate courses in Economics, Business or Management. Career pathways could include journalism, banking and finance, management consultancy and accountancy or working as an economist. Students taking this A Level are also widely accepted onto other degree courses in the humanities and social sciences. 14 | P a g e


A Level Drama How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? The course is for those students interested in the practical and theoretical aspects of the subject, building on their understanding of theatre studies at GCSE level or through extra-curricular activity. Candidates will study five texts over the two years from the perspective of an actor, director, designer and member of an audience. This course is suitable for those students interested in developing skills in textual and devised performance. It is well suited to team players and creative thinkers. Students should be confident performers with strong analytical and evaluative skills. There will be several trips to the theatre over the twoyear programme. What entry qualifications do I need? Students achieving a grade 6 or above in GCSE Drama and GCSE English. How will I be assessed? A Level Examination:  Component 1: Theatre Workshop – 20% (Devised reinterpretation performance & portfolio - internally assessed)  Component 2: Text in Action – 40% (Scripted performance on a set Theme to external examiner)  Component 3: Text in Performance – 40% (Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes) What could I do after the course? The drama course can lead to careers in a wide range of different areas. Drama provides the opportunity to gain a wide range of vocal, presentational, directorial, analytical and team work skills supporting many different career paths. The course can also prepare students to directly study post 6th form courses relating to theatre studies and performance. Pathways may range from acting courses at Drama school to Theatre Studies/Performing Arts degrees at university. Students taking this A Level are also widely accepted onto other degree courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences. What will I be studying? Component 1 – Performance Workshops on Devising & Berkoff; Play texts & Stanislavski. Component 2 – Text in Performance; Approaches to Pre-1950 Set Text and Post-1950 Set Text, Reviewing Skills. What else do I need to know? Whilst A Level Drama and Theatre Studies has a practical side, there is a strong emphasis on written exams, and you will be writing essays throughout the course. You therefore need to have at least a B in English in order to cope with the demands of the course.

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A Level English Literature How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? The course is for students who love to read and are inspired by literature, be it drama, poetry or prose. During the course, you will develop your own understanding of literature, as well as your academic writing, interpretative and critical skills. The coursework component will also teach transferable research and composition skills. What entry qualifications do I need? You will need at least a grade 6 in English Language and English Literature in order to study this course. How will I be assessed and what will I study? In the new specification there are two exam components and one coursework component: Exam 1: Drama and Poetry Pre-1900 (40% of A Level)  Shakespeare’s Hamlet You will write: one critical analysis of an extract and one whole text question  Ibsen’s A Doll’s House  Rossetti’s Selected Poems You will write: one comparative essay Exam: Comparative and Contextual Study (Dystopia) (40% of A Level)  George Orwell’s 1984  Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World  A wide range of dystopian stories and extracts You will write: one unseen critical analysis of a piece of dystopian prose and one comparative essay about dystopian texts. Coursework: Literature Post-1900 (American Voices) (20% of A Level)  Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire  A prose text of your choice (as long as it is post-1900 and American)  Juan Felipe Herrera – ‘The 5 Elements’ in Half of the World in Light You will write: a comparative essay of Williams and your chosen text and a critical analysis of one of Herrera’s poems. What could I do after the course? English Literature is a well-respected academic course. Universities and employers like it because it shows you can synthesise and evaluate a range of information; think creatively, critically and analytically; use your judgement to explore a range of perspectives, and communicate complex ideas clearly. The most highly prized skill employers look for is communication, and studying literature will significantly improve both your written and verbal communication skills. It is worth remembering that London’s business sector with the biggest growth currently is information and communication. What else do I need to know? The course does require a large amount of independent reading and will suit those who are motivated to read above and beyond the curriculum. It will be impossible to achieve the higher grades available if you are unable to commit to this explorative reading in your own time, on top of the course. Wider reading is something that universities always ask about during interviews for English Literature degrees, and prepares you well for a degree in any subject.

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Extended Project Qualification (AS Level equivalent) How long is the course? 1 year What entry qualifications do I need? You will need to meet the Bridge Academy basic entry requirements. You may have to do the EPQ if you are completing an English or Maths resit. What will I study in EPQ?      

Whatever you would like to, the EPQ is a student orientated project which allows you to pursue an academic interest that you cannot access from a traditional curriculum. You can produce either a dissertation, an artefact, an exhibition or conduct an investigation – the possibilities are endless. You will learn how to project manage and develop an initial idea to a fully realised project. You will learn a range of rich and varied research and planning skills You will become a reflective learner You will develop your ICT skills, and become more confident through a presentation of speaking and listening skills

How is it assessed?  100% coursework: internally marked, externally moderated. What skills will I gain?  Project management skills  The ability to research and plan effectively  Time management skills  The ability to evaluate  The ability to express yourself clearly What could I do after the course? Depending on your project type and topic, you can use the EPQ to pursue your interest further in a chosen subject field or use as a discussion point at interview for university. Your EPQ is also great to mention in your personal statements to demonstrate your passion for the subject. EPQ is recognised by the top universities in the country. It is also well respected by employers and past students have also used the EPQ to support apprenticeship applications in their chosen field.

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A Level French How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? The course is designed for students which have recently qualified in GCSE French. It aims at developing students’ speaking fluency and conversation. It is for those students who wish to gain: • A lasting appreciation of language and learning • An ability to comprehend French in a wide range of contexts • An ability to communicate readily in French for a variety of purposes • Useful knowledge of and insights into French-speaking cultures, both contemporary and historic • Valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and ‘If you talk to a man in a language he employment. understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his What entry qualifications do I need? heart.’ Grade 6 or above in GCSE French How will I be assessed?

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AS – Year 1, Examination: Assessments Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing. Written exam: Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes. 90 marks 45% of AS, year 1. Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers. (60 marks). Paper 2: Writing. One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification. Written exam: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 50 marks 25% of AS, year 1. Paper 3: Speaking. One of four sub-themes i.e. Aspects of Francophone society or Artistic culture in the Francophone world or Multiculturalism in Francophone society or Aspects of political life in Francophone society. Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes’ preparation time) 60 marks in total. 30% of AS, year 1. What could I do after the course? Undoubtedly the course can lead to a degree course in this subject or a course that has a language option alongside it. Having a language at AS or A Level will certainly improve your employability, in particular with companies that have international branches. How will I be assessed? Examination: Assessments Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing. Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes. 100 marks. 50% of A Level. Paper 2: Writing. One text and one film from the lists in the specification. Written exam: 2 hours 80 marks. 20% of A level. Either one question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in French on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text. Paper 3: Speaking. Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes) (25 marks). Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks). Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes’ preparation time) 60 marks in total 30% of A-level Business and Careers Speaking more than one language is a skill which will increase your marketability. Schools and employers tend to prefer candidates who speak one or more foreign languages. Even though English is widely spoken in much of the world, the fact is that the global economy depends on communication. When dealing with French or any other French speaking country, for example, someone who speaks French will have an obvious advantage over someone who doesn't.

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A Level Further Maths How long is the course? 1 year AS, 2 years A2 Who is the course for? Students who are considering Mathematics at degree level or mathematically intensive courses such as Physics and computer programming. Students who are interested in developing their understanding of Mathematics, particularly in terms of improving their understanding of algebra, geometry and applied areas of Mathematics. If you are considering studying maths (or Physics) at University, then you are very likely to need Further Mathematics at A-Level. Further Mathematics AS is also an excellent option for students who intend to study competitive courses at top universities such as medicine. What entry qualifications do I need? Grade 7 for AS (must be studied alongside three other subjects) Grade 7 for A2 (can be taken as part of three subjects) How will I be assessed? You will complete all the examinations for A-level mathematics as well as those below. A Level Further Maths Examinations AS: The examinations are equally weighted across three papers and are from the MEI OCR specification;  Core Pure paper, 60 marks, 1h 15mins  Options (any two of the following six): Y411 Mechanics a Y412 Statistics a Y413 Modelling with Algorithms Y414 Numerical Methods Y415 Mechanics b1 Y416 Statistics b, these are 60 marks, 1h 15 mins. What could I do after the course? All the routes relevant to the A-Level Mathematics course apply, but students considering Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or similar degrees would find this particularly useful, as well as those planning to study computer programming and coding. People entering today’s most lucrative industries such as IT, banking and the stock market need to be confident using Mathematics daily. To be sure of this, many employers still look for a traditional Mathematics A-level qualification. Researchers at the London School of Economics have recently found that people who have studied Mathematics can expect to earn up to 11% more than their colleagues, even in the same job! What will I be studying? In the core course you will study, matrices, complex numbers, vectors and series, What other opportunities will be made available? We enter the UKMT senior maths challenge (both individual and team) and provide opportunity for outside enrichment such as Kings Factor; an extension club ran at Kings University. In addition, we have our own in-house enrichment class called Mathletics which focuses on answering questions from the STEP and MAT questions. We also provide 1-1 support from UBS mentors to help students who require extra support. We provide a significant amount of support for students studying for entrance papers at top Universities, such as Cambridge.

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A Level Geography How long is the course? 2 years. What will I be studying? A mix of physical and human topics: Year 12 Physical topics

Human topics

 Coastal landscapes and systems  Contemporary Urban environmentsclimate, drainage, waste  Changing Places  Contemporary urban environmentsmegacities and sustainable urban development

Year 13  Water and carbon cycles  Hazards (weather and tectonic)

 Global systems and global governance

How will I be assessed?  2 written exams (2 x 2 hour 30 mins) 1. Physical geography 2. Human geography 

1 piece of coursework on an individual fieldwork investigation – 3000-4000 words.

Who chooses geography A level? A level geographers are fascinated by the world  they live in. They are interested in current events, both human and natural, and the impacts these have. Geographers learn about and are able to debate the future of the environment and societies. With ever increasing threats of climate change, mass extinctions, extreme weather events, poverty, crises of mass migrations, energy and food  insecurity, the world needs more Geographers! What could I do after the course? Geography provides you with many transferrable skills to move onto a wide range of university courses or employment opportunities. Geography is an ideal partner to a wide variety of courses from both the sciences and the arts. This means Geography has a unique position in bridging the two fields and can lead towards a wide range of careers. A Geography qualification can lead into fields such as Marine Biology, Geology, Environment Agency roles, City and Town Planning roles, Cartography, GIS, Surveying, Meteorology, Engineering, Teaching, Economics & Business, Media, Journalism, Travel & Tourism, Politics, Resource Management & Extraction, Disaster Relief, Sustainability Innovation and many more.

What else do I need to know? Fieldwork is an essential part of the study of Geography, and all A-level Geographers will be expected to attend a residential fieldtrip in year 12 as well as regular local fieldwork (this may include some weekends and after school). During fieldwork there is an opportunity to develop practical skills such as surveying, sampling, map work using GIS and specific coastal fieldwork skills such as beach profiling. You will also be required to carry out your own fieldwork to complete the individual investigation on a topic of your choosing which allows you to learn in depth about an issue that really motivates and interest you. What entry qualifications do I need? Grade 6 or above in GCSE Geography.

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A Level History (Modern) How long is the course? 2 Years Who is the course for? The course is designed for students with a passion for History and the hunger for intellectual challenge! It enables students to develop a geographically and chronologically broad understanding of modern History. What entry qualifications do I need? Grade 6 or above in GCSE History. What could I do after the course? The A Level is excellent preparation for studying History at degree level. However, the skills of analysis, argument, enquiry and self-management developed through this course would provide a strong foundation for university study more broadly. What will I be studying? Paper 1 – England 1485-1558: The Early Tudors (Y106) You will learn about the government of Henry VII, his foreign policy and threats to his rule, the reign of Henry VIII, Wolsey, rebellion and unrest, issues of stability and religious changes under the Tudors. Paper 2 – Russia 1894-1941 (Y219) You will gain an understanding in depth of the rule of Tsar Nicholas II, the 1917 Revolutions, the Civil War, Lenin and the rule of Stalin. Paper 3 – Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992 (Y319) You will explore the struggles experienced by citizens of the United States in gaining equality before the law, looking specifically at African Americans, Native Americans, women and trade union and labour rights. The unit also comprises three depth studies of civil rights in the ‘Gilded Age’ c.1875–c.1895, the New Deal and Malcolm X and Black Power. Unit 4 – Coursework (Y100) You will conduct research and work towards answering a question of your choice on an area of historical interest. How will I be assessed? Paper 1: British period study and enquiry   

25% of A Level Written examination, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. This paper focuses on source analysis and essay writing skills.

Paper 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth

Paper 2: Non-British period study   

15% of A Level Written examination, lasting 1 hour This paper has an emphasis on the use of knowledge, understanding and judgement

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40% of A Level Written examination, lasting 2 hours 30 minutes. This paper focuses on change and continuity over a substantial period of time using historical interpretations and essay writing.

Unit 4: Historical Enquiry (coursework)  

20% of A2 Level Coursework – (one extended essay of approximately 4,000 words)

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A Level Maths How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? Mathematics at AS and A-Level is a course worth studying as a supporting subject for the physical and social sciences, which tend to involve a large statistical element, it is an essential subject for those wishing to study physics, programming or mathematics at higher education. It is challenging but interesting. It builds on work you will have met at GCSE, but also involves new ideas produced by some of the greatest minds of the last millennium. Students who are interested in developing their understanding of Mathematics, particularly in terms of algebra, geometry and applied areas of Mathematics, should choose this course. Applied Mathematics consists of Statistics and Mechanics. What entry qualifications do I need? Grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics How will I be assessed? The examination will consist of three papers of 2 hours and are equally weighted;  Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1  Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2  Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics What could I do after the course? Students can study courses which require a good grounding in Mathematics or statistics at university, for example Economics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Architecture, Engineering, Psychology, Physics, Computing, as well as Social Sciences. Alternatively, this mathematical grounding is excellent for careers in analysis. People entering today’s most lucrative industries such as IT, banking and the stock market need to be confident using Mathematics daily. To be sure of this, many employers still look for a traditional Mathematics A-level qualification. Researchers at the London School of Economics have recently found that people who have studied Mathematics can expect to earn up to 11% more than their colleagues, even in the same job! What will I be studying? Algebra, differentiation, integration, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, probability, statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, kinematics, forces, Newton’s laws and moments. What else do I need to know? You will need to have a strong grasp of algebra from GCSE Maths as this underpins all areas of the course. Mathematics is rather different from many other subjects. An essential part of mathematical study is the challenge of analysing and solving a problem and the satisfaction and confidence gained from achieving a ‘correct’ answer. If you choose Mathematics you will not have to write essays, but you will need to be able to communicate well in written work to explain your solutions. Mathematics is not about learning facts. You will not achieve success by just reading a textbook or by producing and revising from detailed notes… you need to ‘do’ Mathematics.

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A Level Media How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? For students interested in current and creative media. The course is designed to encourage candidates to develop their practical and theoretical skills in current creative media and media industries. Students will receive a grounding in media theory – including the key concepts of language, representation, audiences and institutions. They will then put theory into practice by undertaking a production task based on a set brief. What entry qualifications do I need? Grade 5 or above in GCSE Media Studies or Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language if they have never studied the subject before. How will I be assessed?   

Making Media (coursework) – 30% of A Level. Media Products (exam) – 30% of A Level. Media in the Digital Age (exam) – 40% of A Level

What could I do after the course? Typically, the course would prepare students to study courses relating to media theory or creative media production in higher education. Some of our alumni have also gone on to complete apprenticeships at well-respected international media institutions such as the BBC. What will I be studying?  

Making Media (coursework): Learners will practically explore the creation of three linked media products in a cross-media production using our Canon 700d cameras and iMac suite. Media Products (exam): Learners will explore how media products are used by institutions to construct different representations and how media audiences interpret these products. Learners will use aspects of the theoretical framework to analyse and evaluate their own cross-media productions. Media in the Digital Age (exam): Learners will explore and analyse the ideas and arguments from debates about the media. These debates will be drawn from a historical perspective, the digital age and global media.

What else do I need to know? KS5 coursework requires a substantial time commitment and therefore this subject is not recommended to compliment other courses which also have a high percentage of marks awarded for the coursework element (E.g. Product Design or a BTEC).

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A Level Music How long is the course? 2 Years Who is the course for? The course is designed to encourage candidates to draw on their experiences at GCSE, recognising the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding and the links between the activities of performing/realising, composing and appraising. It is designed to offer a meaningful foundation for the study of Music beyond A-level.

Specific music entry requirements:  Students must have a Key Stage 4 Music qualification at a GCSE grade B or a BTEC Merit  Students must be able to play one instrument to a minimum of grade 4 standard  Students must have completed grade 4 music theory, or be at the equivalent level

What entry qualifications do I need? Students achieving a grade 6 or above in GCSE, please also refer to specific music entry requirements opposite. How will I be assessed? 30% Performance 30% Composition 40% Written Exam What could I do after the course? Music A-level equips you for further education, and is fully recognised as an impressive and robust A-level by universities. Options for further study include: BA Music, BMus (usually studied at Music Colleges) and BA Music Technology. A-level Music also develops transferable skills such as independent study, team work, essay writing skills, analysis and critical thinking, social studies, historical studies, listening skills, communication, public speaking and performing. All these skills prepare students for the wider world of work or further vocational studies in music or music technology. What will I be studying?

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A Level Philosophy How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? Designed to encourage enthusiasm for the acquisition of knowledge and ethical questions, our A level Philosophy course is for any student who enjoys logic, debate, exploring ideas and trying to understand the world. Through a study of philosophy and ethics, students will gain a range of knowledge and skills that will help them make sense of contemporary events, and varying ethical and moral perspectives. What entry qualifications do I need? Students achieving a grade 6 or above in GCSE English How will I be assessed? A2 Exam – 3 hours 100% What could I do after the course? You will gain a thorough grounding in key philosophical concepts, themes and texts. You will be given the opportunity to develop the ability to reason, form your own judgements, express yourself coherently and contribute to the process of debate. Through this A Level you will develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy. This A level particularly complements certain other A Levels including History, English, Mathematics, Politics, Psychology and Sociology. What will I be studying? AS – Philosophy Epistemology  Perception: What are the immediate objects of perception?  The definition of knowledge: What is propositional knowledge?  The origin of concepts and the nature of knowledge: where do ideas/concepts and knowledge come from? Ethics Ethical theories: How do we decide what it is morally right to do?  Utilitarianism, Kantian deontological ethics, Aristotle’s virtue ethics, Ethical language: What is the status of ethical language?, Non-cognitivism A2: The metaphysics of Mind The mind–body problem: What is the relationship between the mental and the physical? The metaphysics of God  The concept of God  Arguments relating to the existence of God

Where Philosophy can take you. Some students, of course, go on to study Philosophy at university, and the topics and arguments that they study at AS and A2 provide an excellent introduction to the subject for this purpose: the areas covered at A level are among those that are typically studied (though of course in greater depth) in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Even for students not intending to pursue Philosophy beyond school, the Philosophy A–level is a very useful and highly–respected qualification, particularly because the skills – especially those of oral and written expression – that you will develop are highly transferable and are valued both by university admissions tutors in other academic disciplines and (beyond university) by employers in many areas.

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A Level Physics How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? Students with a passion for Physics or wanting to move onto a science related course post Bridge Academy e.g. Physics, Engineering or Medicine. What entry qualifications do I need? Level 7 in Triple science Physics, 66 in the Physics component of the Double science and Level 7 in Maths. How will I be assessed? AS Level There are two examinations. Both papers will be based on the following modules:  Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Physics  Module 2 – Foundations of Physics  Module 3 – Forces and motion  Module 4 – Electrons, Waves and Photons A Level There are three examinations. The three papers will be based on the following modules and will include a synoptic paper. The three papers will be based on  Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Physics  Module 2 – Foundations of Physics  Module 3 – Forces and motion  Module 4 – Electrons, Waves and Photons  Module 5 – Newtonian world and Astrophysics  Module 6 – Particles and medical Physics What could I do after the course? Physics A-Level will prepare students for a career or further study in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, and Architecture, one of the other sciences or related areas. It is considered a facilitating subject by Russell Group universities, so also sits well alongside contrasting subjects. How will I be assessed? AS Level Two papers each 1 hour 30 minutes and contributing 50% of final mark. This a stand-alone qualification and will not count towards the final A Level. A Level There will be three papers. Paper 1 will be based on modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and contributing to 37% of the final mark. Paper 2 will be based on modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and contributing to 37% of the final mark. Paper 3: The Synoptic paper it will be based on all six modules and contributing to 26% of the final mark. What else do I need to know? Physics is a highly regarded A Level, which will develop your problem solving skills, preparing you for most courses and jobs. It is strongly recommended that you take A Level Mathematics in addition to A Level Physics.

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A Level Politics How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? The course will encourage students to develop an interest in, and engagement with, contemporary politics. The course is designed to encourage students to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. Through studying this course, students will analyse the structures of authority and power within the political systems of the United Kingdom and the United States. They will also explore past and current political philosophy and thought. Students will also develop an informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual. What entry qualifications do I need? Students should have achieved a minimum of a grade 6 in at least one Humanities subject at Key Stage 4 and a minimum of a grade 6 in English Language at Key Stage 4. How will I be assessed? Component 1 UK Politics: two hour written exam and 33.3 % of qualification Component 2 UK Government: two hour written exam and 33.3 % of qualification Component 3 Comparative Politics: two hour written exam and 33.3 % of qualification What could I do after the course? This highly respected course can be used as a general entry qualification for almost any degree course in Higher Education as well as a specific entry qualification for a degree where Politics is a significant study area (examples of such courses include Social and Political Sciences, which is offered at Cambridge, and Politics, Philosophy and Economics, which is offered at Oxford). Students with a background in Politics are well suited to a wide range of career paths including journalism, law, politics, business or any career where logical analysis, argument and organisation are required. What will I be studying?  Component 1: UK Politics: This component is split into two sections. In the first, Political Participation, students will study democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media. In the second, Core Political Ideas, students will study conservatism, liberalism and socialism. Component 2: UK Government: This component is split into two sections. In the first, UK Government, students will study the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive and the relationships between the branches of government. In the second, Optional Political Ideas, students will study one idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism or nationalism.  Component 3: Comparative Politics: Students will study US Politics. Content includes; the US Constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court, democracy and participation, civil rights. What else do I need to know? Further information about the course can be found at: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/politics-2017.html

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A Level Design and Technology: Product Design (3D) How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers. How will I be assessed? Paper 1: Technical principles 120 mark written exam over 2.5 hours contributing to 25% of the total A-level. Questions will be a mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response. Paper 2: Designing and making principles 80 mark written exam over 1.5 hours contributing to 25% of the total A-level. Questions in Section A consists of up to 6 short answer questions, based on visual stimulus of a product/s. Section B consists of a mixture of short and extended response questions which focus on commercial manufacture. Non-exam assessment (NEA) A 100 mark, substantial design and make task set over 45 hours, contributing to 50% of the total A-level where students will produce a written or digital design portfolio and provide photographic evidence of a final prototype/s. What could I do after the course? Typically, the course would prepare students to study post 6th form in courses relating to design/art (product design, furniture design, ceramics etc.) taking first a foundation in art and design or moving directly into degree courses. What will I be studying? Paper 1: Core technical principles and core designing and making principles. Paper 2: Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles. Non-exam assessment (NEA): - Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge. What else do I need to know? A strong grounding in Design & Technology is seen as highly desirable in addition, this course is heavily oriented towards the controlled assessment and is therefore not recommended to compliment other courses which also have a high percentage of marks awarded for the C.A.

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A Level Psychology How long is the course? 2 years What entry qualifications do I need? Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Grade 6 in GCSE Double Science. What will I study in AS Psychology?         

How does human Memory work? Can we trust eyewitness testimony in court? How do we become attached to our caregivers? How do we conduct psychological experiments? Why do people behave differently when they are in groups? Why do we obey authority? Why do some people not obey authority? Why do people develop mental illness? What are the different ways of treating mental illness?

What will I study in A Level Psychology?  How can you explain and treat Schizophrenia?  How can we explain relationship formation & breakdown?  How can we explain aggressive behaviour?  Why are there ethical issues in psychology?  How does psychology approach the nature/nurture debate?  How can we use inferential statistics to assess the significance of our research findings? How is it assessed?  A Level: Three 2 hour exams (no coursework) What skills will I gain?  The ability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an argument  An understanding of the Scientific method  The ability to think critically about the strength of evidence  Essay writing skills  The ability to express yourself clearly What could I do after the course? Clinical Psychology (treating mental disorders), Educational Psychology (how psychology can be used to help children’s learning), Forensic Psychology (applying psychology to criminal investigations), Occupational Psychology (how psychology can make organisations more productive and workers happier), Health Psychology (using psychology to encourage healthy behaviour). In addition, A Level Psychology teaches many valuable transferable skills that would prepare students well for most university courses. As a rigorous A Level qualification, it is also well respected by employers.

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A Level Sociology How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? 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, childhood and social power. What entry qualifications do I need? Grade 6 in GCSE English Language How will I be assessed? A Level examination Unit 1 – 33.3% of A Level Education with Methods in context and Theory Unit 2 – 33.3% of A Level Families and households and Beliefs in society Unit 3 – 33.3% of A Level Crime and deviance with Theory and Methods What will you be studying? You will gain an understanding of the key sociological theories, perspectives and methods that will enable you to analyse the social world. You will also gain in-depth understanding in order to analyse the usefulness of different research methods used by sociologists. Paper 1 – Education and Methods in Context You will explore the role and function of the education system, and its relationship to the economy and class. You will analyse the differential achievement of social groups including class, gender and ethnicity. Added to this you will be given the opportunity to explore the relationships and process within school and the significance of external factors such as policies and the impact these factors have upon our education system. Paper 2 – Research methods and Topics in Sociology. You will be focussing your understanding of Families and Households through discussion of the practical, ethnical and theoretical issues associated with research methods. There will be discussion of family types, gender roles, demography, and the nature of childhood and changing patterns of family. At A Level this paper will also include discussion of beliefs in society. Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with theory and methods This paper focusses on sociological explanations of crime, deviance social order and control. You will explore patterns and distribution of crime between social groups, the impact of globalisation on crime in contemporary society and the effectiveness of crime control, surveillance and punishment. What could I do after the course? You can take your study of Sociology or Social Policy to university level. The subject is also useful for a number of careers including marketing, advertising, PR, journalism, law, criminology, politics, social work and teaching. Famous people with a Sociology Degree Martin Luther King, Saul Bellow, (novelist - The adventure of Augie March), Baroness Amos (UN), Micky Flanagan (comedian)

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A Level Spanish How long is the course? 2 years Who is the course for? The course is designed for students which have recently qualified in GCSE Spanish. It aims at developing students’ speaking fluency and conversation. It is for those students who wish to gain:     

A lasting appreciation of language and learning An ability to comprehend Spanish in a wide range of contexts An ability to communicate readily in Spanish for a variety of purposes Useful knowledge of and insights into Spanish-speaking cultures, both contemporary and historic Valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.

‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.’

What entry qualifications do I need? Grade 6 or above in GCSE Spanish What could I do after the course? Undoubtedly the course can lead to a degree course in this subject or a course that has a language option alongside it. Having a language at AS or A Level will certainly improve your employability, in particular with companies that have international branches.

Spanish What will I be studying? The A2 – Year 2, course will cover the following main topic areas: NELSON 1. Social issues and trends MANDELA 2. Political and artistic culture 3. Grammar The course material is a combination of textbook and online material that covers all the required skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. The course allows a wide range of opportunities to develop your language skills, independent study skills and knowledge of contemporary society. How will I be assessed? Year 2, Examination: Assessments Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing. Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes. 100 marks. 50% of A Level. Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. All questions are in Spanish. Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks). Translation into Spanish; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks). Paper 2: Writing. One text and one film from the lists in the specification. Written exam: 2 hours 80 marks. 20% of A level. Either one question in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in Spanish on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text. Paper 3: Speaking. Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes) (25 marks). Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks). Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes’ preparation time) 60 marks in total 30% of AS, year 1. What could I do after the course? Undoubtedly the course can lead to a degree course in this subject or a course that has a language option alongside it. Having a language at AS or A Level will certainly improve your employability, in particular with companies that have international branches. 31 | P a g e

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