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Sixth Form


Table​ ​of​ ​Contents    

Welcome​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Head​ ​of​ ​Sixth​ ​Form

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A​ ​Level​ ​Overview

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Careers​ ​and​ ​University​ ​Information

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BSKL​ ​Mission​ ​and​ ​Guiding​ ​Principles

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Student​ ​Expectations

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Art

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Biology

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Business​ ​Studies

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Chinese

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Chemistry

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Computer​ ​Science

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Drama​ ​and​ ​Theatre​ ​Studies

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Economics

1​5

English​ ​Literature

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Extended​ ​Project​ ​Qualification​ ​(EPQ)

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French

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Geography

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Graphic​ ​Communication

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History

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Mathematics

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Further​ ​Mathematics

2​3

Media​ ​Studies

2​4

Music

2​5

Physical​ ​Education

2​7

Physics

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Psychology

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Spanish    

 

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Welcome​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Head​ ​of​ ​Sixth​ ​Form

It  is  often said that our school days are the best of our life. At BSKL we believe that the Sixth Form is more  than  just a bridge between school and university – it is the pinnacle of the School experience; this is a time  when  our  students have a very real influence in what they do in school, and acquire the independence and  responsibility  that  is  so  important  to  their  future.  With  small  class  sizes,  individual  attention,  excellent  teachers  and  first-class  facilities,  our  students  will  excel.  I  am  confident  that  your  child  will  enjoy  an  outstanding  Sixth  Form  education  at  BSKL;  one  that  will  prepare  them  to  take  their  place  in  the  world as  confident​ ​young​ ​adults​ ​and​ ​global​ ​citizens.    In  this  booklet you will find all of the information you need when choosing A Level subjects. We are here to  support  you  in  your  option  choices;  to  ensure  they  are  the  best  for  you  and  your  future  university  and  career  plans.  We  are  proud  to  offer  a  broad  and  balanced  curriculum,  a  wide  range  of  extracurricular  activities​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​outstanding​ ​support​ ​for​ ​university​ ​applications.    Ms​ ​Nikki​ ​MacLeod  Head​ ​of​ ​Sixth​ ​Form 

BSKL​ ​Mission​ ​and​ ​Guiding​ ​Principles 

School​ ​Mission:   To​ ​provide​ ​world-class​ ​education.    Guiding​ ​Principles:  ● To​ ​motivate​ ​our​ ​students​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​extent​ ​of​ ​their​ ​intellectual​ ​and​ ​physical​ ​abilities  ● To​ ​uphold​ ​the​ ​values​ ​of honesty,​ ​integrity​ ​and​ ​respect for​ ​others  ● To​ ​provide​ ​a vibrant,​ ​happy​ ​and​ ​secure environment  ● To​ ​recruit,​ ​retain​ ​and​ ​develop​ ​high​ ​calibre​ ​staff  ● To​ ​promote​ ​the​ ​general​ ​good​ ​within​ ​our community  ● To​ ​safeguard​ ​the​ ​long-term​ ​development​ ​and​ ​reputation​ ​of​ ​our​ ​organization     


A​ ​Level​ ​Overview

A​ ​Level​ ​courses​ ​span​ ​two​ ​years.     The  chart below shows three possible assessment approaches. This will vary by subject and is made clear  in  each  of  the  subject  guides  in  this  document.  Typically  an  AS  Level  is  completed  in one year, extended  to​ ​an​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​in​ ​the​ ​second​ ​year​ ​(Option​ ​2​ ​below).      Option​ ​1  Option​ ​2  Option​ ​3  AS​ ​Level  (Standalone​ ​AS) 

A​ ​Level AS​ ​Level​ ​(AS​ ​is​ ​first​ ​half​ ​of​ ​A​ ​Level) 

A​ ​Level

  If  externally  examined  at  the  end  of  Year  12  students  will  receive  an  AS  grade  which  will  be  recorded  on  their  university  application  forms.  If  students  are  continuing  any  subjects  onto  A  Level  which  are  not  examined  at  AS,  then the grades on their university application forms will be recorded based on what their  teachers​ ​expect​ ​them​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​Year​ ​13.    We  are  keen  to  ensure  we  select the syllabuses that best suit our students. Subjects currently offer one of  the​ ​following​ ​exam​ ​boards:    ● Cambridge​ ​International​ ​A​ ​Level  ● AQA​ ​A​ ​Level  ● Edexcel​ ​International​ ​A​ ​Level  ● Edexcel​ ​A​ ​Level    Entry​ ​requirements  These​ ​entry​ ​requirements​ ​are​ ​guidelines​ ​and​ ​we​ ​will​ ​review​ ​student​ ​applications​ ​on​ ​a​ ​case-by-case​ ​basis.    ● Five​ ​(I)GCSEs​ ​A*-C  ● A​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​grade​ ​B​ ​at​ ​(I)GCSE​ ​in​ ​subjects​ ​you​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​take​ ​for​ ​A​ ​Level  ● A*/A​ ​in​ ​IGCSE​ ​mathematics​ ​necessary​ ​to​ ​take​ ​Further​ ​Mathematics​ ​A​ ​Level    Assessment  Each  subject  that  a  student  takes  receives  a  separate  grade.  Grades  are  benchmarked  using  internationally​ ​recognised​ ​standards,​ ​with​ ​clear​ ​guidelines​ ​to​ ​explain​ ​the​ ​levels​ ​of​ ​achievement.    A  Levels  are  reported  on a grade scale from A* (highest) to E (minimum required performance). There is no  A*​ ​grade​ ​for​ ​AS​ ​Levels​ ​which​ ​run​ ​from​ ​grade​ ​A​ ​to​ ​E.    Pathways   A  variety  of  pathways  will  be  available  to  BSKL  Sixth  Formers.  Personalised  programmes  of study will be  discussed​ ​with​ ​every​ ​student​ ​when​ ​they​ ​join​ ​the​ ​Sixth​ ​Form.​ ​The​ ​pathways​ ​will​ ​depend​ ​on:    1. Prior​ ​academic​ ​attainment   2. Cognitive​ ​ability/potential   3. Students’​ ​university/subject/career​ ​aspirations  

       

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Sixth​ ​Form​ ​at​ ​BSKL  

As  well  as  the  increased  academic  demands  placed  upon  Sixth  Form,  life  in  the  Sixth  Form  will  be  a  different​ ​experience​ ​for​ ​all​ ​students​ ​in​ ​many​ ​ways.     Our​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​every​ ​Sixth​ ​Form​ ​student:    Inspirational​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​world​ ​class​ ​facilities.     Personalised​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​university​ ​support​ ​process.    Student​ ​Leadership​ ​Opportunities  We  will  continue  to  provide  an  ever-increasing  amount  of  student  leadership  positions. All students in the  Sixth  Form  are  eligible  to  apply  to  become  Head  Boy/Girl,  Prefects  and  House  Ambassadors.  These  post-holders​ ​will​ ​play​ ​a​ ​key​ ​role​ ​in​ ​assisting​ ​staff​ ​and​ ​other​ ​students​ ​in​ ​the​ ​running​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school.    Trips  Life  in  the  Sixth  Form  will  provide  students  with  an  opportunity  to  attend  a  variety  of  trips,  which  will  develop  them  as  young  people  as  well  as  support  their  university  applications.  In  conjunction  with  students  we  will  plan  and  undertake  a  week-long  bonding  trip  at  the  start  of  Year  12.  This  will  be  an  adventure  and  service  week  allowing  students  to  spend  time  getting  to  know  each  other  whilst  also  learning​ ​new​ ​skills.     Tutor​ ​Time/PSHE  Each  student  will  be  allocated  an  experienced  tutor  who  will  mentor  them through their Sixth Form years.  Time  is  dedicated  to  support  the  development  of  our  students  outside  their  subject  areas.  Year  12  will  focus on preparation for university, study skills, leadership opportunities, planning summer internship/work  experience  placements,  planning  trips  and  starting  to write their personal statements/essays for university  applications.  Year  13  students  will  focus  on  completing  their  university  applications  and  preparing  for life  beyond​ ​BSKL.    Common​ ​Room​ ​and​ ​Study​ ​Areas  All  students  will  have  access  to  our  purpose  built  Sixth  Form  common  room  where  they  will  be  able  to  spend  their  break  and  lunchtimes  relaxing  with  their  peers.  In  addition  to  the  common  room,  all  students  will  have  access  to  a  exclusive  private  study  area  during  break,  lunchtimes  and  after  school.  Sixth  Form  students​ ​may​ ​also​ ​use​ ​the​ ​impressive​ ​facilities.          4 


Extra​ ​Curricular School  life  and  learning  does  not  end  in  the  classroom.  Students  will continue to be offered opportunities  to  be  involved  in  a  wide  variety  of  activities  and  services  where  they  will  learn  new  skills.  These  include  leadership  roles  and  extra  curricular  clubs;  the  International  Gold  Award,  MUN,  sports  clubs,  community  service,​ ​music​ ​groups,​ ​school​ ​production,​ ​FOBISIA​ ​events​ ​and​ ​much​ ​more.    MacBook​ ​Air  As  is  the  case  at  IGCSE, all of the students studying in the Sixth Form are given a MacBook Air to support  them​ ​in​ ​their​ ​studies.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​loaned​ ​to​ ​the​ ​students​ ​during​ ​their​ ​time​ ​at​ ​BSKL​ ​and​ ​is​ ​included​ ​in​ ​the​ ​fees. 

Student​ ​Expectations 

Effective​ ​Time​ ​Management​ ​to​ ​Meet​ ​Deadlines   Students  will  find  studying  in  the  Sixth  Form  is  a  step  up  from  IGCSE  and  they  will  need  to  take  greater  responsibility  for  their  learning.  Students’  progress will still be monitored closely by their tutor, and offered  support  should  they  fall  behind  with  work  -  it  is  essential  though  that  all  do  their  best  to  adhere  to  work  deadlines.  This  is  particularly  important  for  students  undertaking  any  courses  with  an  element  of  coursework/portfolio/personal​ ​investigation.    Academic​ ​Honesty  Students  must  exercise  academic  honesty  in  all  aspects  of  their  work  and  will  receive  sessions  on this in  tutorial​ ​time.    Dress​ ​Code  Sixth  Form  students  are  required  to  dress  smartly  and  our  expectations  are  similar  to  those  one  would  expect  in  a  business  environment.  Given  the  position  of  Sixth  Form  students  as  role  models  within  the  school,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​expected​ ​that​ ​they​ ​will​ ​follow​ ​published​ ​guidelines.     Independent​ ​Learning   As​ ​with​ ​IGCSE​ ​students​ ​must​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​take​ ​responsibility​ ​for​ ​their​ ​own​ ​learning.         

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Careers​ ​and​ ​University​ ​Information

Students  can  use  AS  and  A Levels to gain places at leading universities worldwide including the UK, USA,  Canada,​ ​Australia​ ​and​ ​across​ ​Europe​ ​and​ ​Asia.    Students  are  supported  by  tutors,  teachers,  the  Head  of  Sixth  Form,  the  Head  of  Secondary  and  the  Headteacher  in  applications  to  Universities.  In  tutorial  time  each  student  will  receive  PSHE  and university  and  careers  education,  information,  advice  and  guidance.  This  will  include  support  for  applications  through​ ​UCAS​ ​to​ ​the​ ​UK,​ ​USA,​ ​Australia​ ​and​ ​throughout​ ​Europe​ ​and​ ​Asia.    All students will join the Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO) Futurewise programme to allow  personalised  careers  information  and  feedback.  The  school  is  a  member  of ISCO and SI-UK (Study in the  UK)  and  will  use  both  of  these  services  to  support  your  child  with  Careers  and  University  advice  and  guidance.​ ​BSKL​ ​also​ ​has​ ​access​ ​to​ ​expert​ ​SAT​ ​and​ ​ACT​ ​advisors.      Please​ ​find​ ​below​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of​ ​support​ ​available​ ​to​ ​all​ ​students​ ​and​ ​parents​ ​in​ ​Years​ ​10​ ​to​ ​13:    University  Visits​:  We will continue to receive representatives from Universities around the globe in school.  Each  year  we  will  host  presentations  from  UK  universities,  universities  from  North  America,  as  well  as  those  in  Hong  Kong  and  Australia.  Many  university  enrichment  experiences  are  offered  at  school  and  within​ ​Malaysia.    Summer  Courses:  As  the  competition  for  places  at  top  universities  around  the  world  increases, summer  programmes  (many  held  on  university  campuses) are becoming increasingly popular in providing students  with  invaluable  experiences  to  help  support  their  university  applications.  Each  year  we  will  arrange  for  speakers  to  come  to  school  to  present  information  regarding  these  courses.  A  comprehensive  list  of  providers​ ​will​ ​be​ ​provided​ ​to​ ​all​ ​parents.    Admissions  assessments  e.g.  SATs/ACT,  BMAT/UKCAT,  LNAT,  IELTS:  In-depth  guidance  will  be  given​ ​to​ ​students​ ​in​ ​preparing​ ​for​ ​these​ ​examinations.    Work  Experience:  This  is  also  becoming  an  increasingly  important  way  of  adding  value  to  university  applications.  As  part  of  our  Sixth  Form  provision,  Year  12  students  can  be  assisted  in  organising  a  meaningful​ ​and​ ​relevant​ ​work​ ​placement.    University  Applications:  All  students  will  receive  one-to-one  support  in  completing  their  university  applications  and  writing  their personal statements/essays. We believe this personalised service gives all of  our​ ​students​ ​the​ ​best​ ​possible​ ​chance​ ​of​ ​obtaining​ ​offers​ ​at​ ​top​ ​universities​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world.     6 


One-to-One Discussions:  Parents  and  students  are  always  welcome  to  contact  the  Head  of  Sixth  Form  to  arrange a one-to-one appointment to discuss any individual concerns or questions regarding the IGCSE  or​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​Programmes.      An  overview  of  University  application  progression  throughout  the  Sixth  Form  can  be  seen  in  the  table  below.    Year​ ​11  Year​ ​12  Year​ ​13    ● Futurewise​ ​career  ● Register​ ​and​ ​complete  ● Apply​ ​to​ ​university  profiling​ ​and​ ​1:1​ ​career  some​ ​admissions​ ​tests  ● Sit​ ​subject​ ​admissions  meetings  including​ ​SAT/ACT  tests​ ​(BMAT,​ ​UKCAT, ● University  ● Attend​ ​university  LNAT)  presentations  presentations​ ​and​ ​careers  ● Attend​ ​interviews  ● Sixth​ ​Form​ ​Information  fair  ● Respond​ ​to​ ​offers  Evening  ● Attend​ ​1:1​ ​career​ ​meetings  ● Apply​ ​for​ ​scholarships  ● Higher​ ​Education​ ​(HE)  ● Preparation​ ​for  ● Prepare​ ​and​ ​plan  week​ ​after​ ​IGCSE  medical/dental/veterinary  accommodation​ ​and​ ​visas  exams  courses  ● Undertake​ ​work  ● Preparation​ ​for​ ​other  placements  subject​ ​admissions​ ​tests    ● Interview​ ​practice  ● Start​ ​personal  statements/essays​ ​for  university​ ​applications  ● Undertake​ ​work  placements       


Subject​ ​Guide  

Making A  Level  course  selections  can  be  a  daunting  task.  Look  to  your  future,  discuss  your  career  or  University  study  aspirations  with  your  tutor,  teachers  or  Ms  Macleod  and  discuss  which  A  Level  courses  may  be  required  or  relevant  in  the  fields  you  are  considering.  Think  about  which  subjects  you  enjoy  now  and​ ​also​ ​consider​ ​new​ ​subjects​ ​offered​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Sixth​ ​Form.   

Art

AQA​ ​AS​ ​and​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​Art​ ​&​ ​Design​ ​(Fine​ ​Art)​ ​(2200)    Both  AS  and  A  Level  Art  allow  students  to  continue  to  explore  a  range  of  Fine  Art  (drawing,  printing,  photography  &  sculpture)  media,  processes  and  techniques.  The  format  for  the  courses  is  very  similar  to  GCSE,  with  two  components, a coursework unit and an externally set task. This should allow for a smooth  transition  from  GCSE.  However  as  the  expectations  increase,  greater  emphasis  is  placed  on the ability to  analyse  the  work  of  artists  and  craftspeople  and  students  will need to demonstrate greater independence  with​ ​their​ ​work​ ​as​ ​they​ ​develop​ ​their​ ​own​ ​direction​ ​for​ ​their​ ​studies.    Syllabus​ ​outline​ ​and​​ ​Assessment    AS​ ​Level​ ​Art​ ​-​ ​Fine​ ​Art​​ ​(One​ ​Year​ ​Course)    Component  ​ ​ ​Time  Weighting  Unit​ ​One​ ​-​ ​Coursework​ ​Portfolio​ ​(One​ ​major​ ​unit​ ​of​ ​work​ ​and  Sep​ ​-   60%  additional​ ​supporting​ ​work)  Feb  Internally​ ​marked​ ​and​ ​moderated​ ​externally  Unit​ ​Two​ ​-​ ​Externally​ ​Set​ ​Task​ ​(10​ ​hours​ ​supervised​ ​practical  Feb​ ​-  40%  session)  May  Internally​ ​marked​ ​and​ ​moderated​ ​externally    A​ ​Level​ ​Art​ ​-​ ​Fine​ ​Art​ ​(Two​ ​Year​ ​Course)    Component  ​ ​ ​Time  Weighting  Unit​ ​One​ ​-​ ​Personal​ ​Investigation​ ​(Including​ ​a​ ​written  Sep​ ​ ​-   60%  element​ ​between​ ​1000​ ​-​ ​3000​ ​words)  Feb  Internally​ ​marked​ ​and​ ​moderated​ ​externally  Unit​ ​Two​ ​-​ ​Externally​ ​Set​ ​Task​ ​(15​ ​hours​ ​supervised  Feb​ ​-  40%  practical​ ​session)  May  Internally​ ​marked​ ​and​ ​moderated​ ​externally    Both​ ​courses​ ​share​ ​the​ ​same​ ​assessment​ ​objectives.  ● AO1:  Develop  ideas  through  sustained  and  focused  investigations  informed  by  contextual  and  other​ ​sources,​ ​demonstrating​ ​analytical​ ​and​ ​critical​ ​understanding.  ● AO2:  Explore  and  select  appropriate  resources,  media,  materials,  techniques  and  processes,  reviewing​ ​and​ ​refining​ ​ideas​ ​as​ ​work​ ​develops.  ● AO3:  Record  ideas,  observations  and  insights  relevant  to  intentions,  reflecting  critically  on  work  and​ ​progress.  ● AO4:  Present  a  personal  and  meaningful  response  that  realises  intentions and, where appropriate,  makes​ ​connections​ ​between​ ​visual​ ​and​ ​other​ ​elements.    Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities  A  Level  Art  is  essential  for  those  students  wishing  to  enter  many creative industries, such as architecture,  web  design,  advertising,  interior  design,  photography,  film  production,  fashion  design  and art history. It is  also  a  good  compliment  to  many  other  A  Levels  with  many  UK  universities  keen  to  accept  students  that  are​ ​able​ ​to​ ​analyse,​ ​critically​ ​evaluate​ ​and​ ​see​ ​things​ ​from​ ​an​ ​alternative​ ​perspective.  8 


Biology

Pearson​ ​Edexcel​ ​International​ ​Advanced​ ​Subsidiary​ ​(IAS)​ ​and​ ​Advanced​ ​Level​ ​in​ ​Biology​ ​(XBI01)​ ​(YBI01)    The​ ​aims​ ​of​ ​the​ ​International​ ​Advanced​ ​Level​ ​in​ ​Biology​ ​enable​ ​students​ ​to:   ● Develop  their  interest  in,  and  enthusiasm  for,  Biology  including  developing  an  interest  in  further  study​ ​and​ ​careers​ ​in​ ​the​ ​subject.   ● To  appreciate  how  society  makes  decisions  about  biology-related  issues  and  how  biology  contributes​ ​to​ ​the​ ​success​ ​of​ ​the​ ​economy​ ​and​ ​society.   ● To  develop  and  demonstrate  a  deeper  appreciation  of  the  skills,  knowledge  and  understanding of  how​ ​Science​ ​works.   ● To  develop  essential  knowledge  and  understanding  of  different  areas  of  biology  and  how  they  relate​ ​to​ ​each​ ​other.    Syllabus​ ​outline  There​ ​are​ ​six​ ​topics​ ​covered​ ​in​ ​the​ ​IAL​ ​Biology​ ​course​ ​that​ ​will​ ​cover​ ​knowledge,​ ​understanding​ ​and​ ​skills:    1. Lifestyle,​ ​Transport,​ ​Genes​ ​and​ ​Health.  2. Development,​ ​Plants​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Environment.  3. Practical​ ​Biology​ ​and​ ​Research​ ​Skills.  4. The​ ​Natural​ ​Environment​ ​and​ ​Species​ ​Survival.  5. Energy,​ ​Exercise​ ​and​ ​Coordination.  6. Practical​ ​Biology​ ​and​ ​Investigative​ ​Skills.    Assessment    Component​ ​-​ ​All​ ​components​ ​are​ ​externally​ ​assessed​ ​exams.   Length    All  papers  contain:  Objective  questions,  structured  questions,    short-answer  questions  and  “How  Science  Works”  practical-related  questions. 

Weighting

Unit​ ​1:​ ​Lifestyle,​ ​Transport,​ ​Genes​ ​and​ ​Health​ ​(IAS)​ ​WBI01

1hr​ ​30min

40%

20%

Unit​ ​2:​ ​Development,​ ​Plants​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Environment​ ​(IAS)​ ​WBI02

1hr​ ​30min

40%

20%

Unit​ ​3:​ ​Practical​ ​Biology​ ​and​ ​Research​ ​Skills​ ​(IAS)​ ​WBI03

1hr​ ​20min

20%

10%

Unit​ ​4:​ ​The​ ​Natural​ ​Environment​ ​and​ ​Species​ ​Survival​ ​(IAL)​ ​WBI04

1hr​ ​30min

N/A

20%

Unit​ ​5:​ ​Energy,​ ​Exercise​ ​and​ ​Coordination​ ​(IAL)​ ​WBI05 A​ ​third​ ​of​ ​the​ ​marks​ ​are​ ​related​ ​to​ ​specified​ ​pre-released​ ​reading.  

1hr​ ​45min

N/A

20%

Unit​ ​6:​ ​Practical​ ​Biology​ ​and​ ​Investigative​ ​Skills​ ​(IAL)​ ​WBI06

1hr​ ​30min

N/A

10%

AS​ ​Level A​ ​Level 

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    Biologists​ ​equip​ ​themselves​ ​with​ ​a​ ​varied​ ​set​ ​of​ ​key​ ​skills​ ​that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​applied​ ​across​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of  disciplines.​ ​Conservation​ ​biology,​ ​ecology,​ ​or​ ​environmental​ ​management​ ​place​ ​themselves​ ​at​ ​the  forefront​ ​of​ ​global​ ​efforts​ ​to​ ​secure​ ​a​ ​prosperous​ ​future​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Earth​ ​and​ ​its​ ​inhabitants.​ ​Plant​ ​scientists,  geneticists​ ​and​ ​molecular​ ​biologists​ ​might​ ​posses​ ​the​ ​skills​ ​to​ ​eradicate​ ​global​ ​hunger.​ ​In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​this,  doctors,​ ​nurses,​ ​clinical​ ​psychologists​ ​and​ ​pharmacologists​ ​address​ ​the​ ​everyday​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​the​ ​human  population.​ ​ ​You’ll​ ​find​ ​biologists​ ​in​ ​classrooms,​ ​designing​ ​museum​ ​exhibits,​ ​publishing​ ​work​ ​in  newspapers​ ​and​ ​on​ ​the​ ​radio​ ​and​ ​TV.      

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Business​ ​Studies

Cambridge​ ​International​ ​AS​ ​and​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​Business​ ​Studies​ ​(9609)    The  Business  syllabus  enables  students  to  understand  and  appreciate  the  nature  and  scope of business,  and  the  role  it  plays  in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal,  social  and  technological  issues,  and  encourages  a  critical  understanding  of  organisations,  the  markets  they  serve  and  the  process  of  adding  value.  Students  examine  the  management  of  organisations  and,  in  particular,​ ​the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​decision-making​ ​in​ ​a​ ​dynamic​ ​external​ ​environment.     Syllabus​ ​outline    There  are  6  topics  covered  in  the  Business  course.  The  syllabus  is  built  upon the following key concepts;  change,​ ​management,​ ​customer​ ​focus,​ ​innovation,​ ​creating​ ​value​ ​and​ ​strategy.     1. Business​ ​and​ ​its​ ​environment  2. People​ ​in​ ​Organisations  3. Marketing  4. Operations​ ​and​ ​project​ ​management  5. Finance​ ​and​ ​Accounting  6. Strategic​ ​Management​ ​(A​ ​Level​ ​only)    Assessment    Component​ ​-​ ​All​ ​components​ ​are​ ​externally​ ​assessed.   

Length

Paper​ ​1​ ​Short​ ​answer​ ​and​ ​essay Section​ ​A:​ ​Four​ ​short​ ​answer​ ​questions​ ​(20​ ​marks)  Section​ ​B:​ ​One​ ​essay​ ​from​ ​a​ ​choice​ ​of​ ​three​ ​questions​ ​(20  marks)  Based​ ​on​ ​AS​ ​Level​ ​syllabus​ ​content.   Paper​ ​2​ ​Data​ ​Response  Two​ ​data​ ​response​ ​questions​ ​based​ ​on​ ​AS​ ​Level​ ​syllabus  content.​ ​(60​ ​marks.) 

Weighting AS  Level 

A Level 

1hr 15min 

20%  20% 

10%  10% 

1hr 30min 

60%

30%

N/A

50%

Paper​ ​3​ ​Case​ ​Study 3​ ​hr  Five​ ​questions​ ​and​ ​one​ ​essay​ ​(from​ ​a​ ​choice​ ​of​ ​two)​ ​based​ ​on​ ​a  case​ ​study.​ ​(100​ ​marks) 

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    Careers  in  private  or  public  organisations,  including  careers  in  business,  management  or  finance,  as  well  as  entrepreneurial  endeavours.  The  course  equips  students  with  the  knowledge  and  skills that are vital to  those  entering  the  world  of  work  in  general.  Typical employers include industries as diverse as chemicals,  utilities,  fashion,  health,  grocery  and  construction  all  require  functional  managers  with  a  clear  understanding  of  systems,  efficiency  and  operational  issues.  Opportunities  exist  in  management  and  analysis​ ​roles​ ​with​ ​employers​ ​in​ ​the​ ​private,​ ​public​ ​and​ ​voluntary​ ​sectors.         

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Mandarin​ ​Chinese

Cambridge​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​in​ ​Chinese​ ​(9778)    

Please​ ​note​ ​that​ ​this​ ​is​ ​a​ ​two​ ​year​ ​course​ ​and​ ​you​ ​are​ ​unable​ ​to​ ​sit​ ​the​ ​course​ ​as​ ​an​ ​AS​ ​Level.

The  Cambridge  A  Level  syllabus  equips  those  learning  Mandarin  Chinese  as  a  foreign  language  with  the  skills  to  operate  in  a  Chinese  environment.  A  set  of  topic  areas  and  a  core  vocabulary  underpin  the  syllabus.  The  ability  to  read/write  Mandarin  Chinese  is  assessed  in  the  language,  questions  on  listening  and​ ​reading​ ​passages​ ​are​ ​written​ ​and​ ​answered​ ​in​ ​English.    Syllabus​ ​outline  Covers​ ​family,​ ​young​ ​people,​ ​education,​ ​the​ ​media,​ ​work​ ​and​ ​leisure​ ​and​ ​the​ ​environment.  ● Develop​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​Mandarin​ ​Chinese.  ● Enable​ ​the​ ​candidate​ ​to​ ​communicate​ ​confidently​ ​and​ ​clearly​ ​in​ ​Mandarin​ ​Chinese.  ● Form​ ​a​ ​sound​ ​base​ ​of​ ​skills,​ ​language​ ​and​ ​attitudes​ ​required​ ​for​ ​further​ ​study,​ ​work​ ​and​ ​leisure.  ● Develop​ ​insights​ ​into​ ​the​ ​culture​ ​and​ ​civilization​ ​of​ ​countries​ ​where​ ​Chinese​ ​is​ ​spoken.  ● Encourage  positive  attitudes  to  language  learning  and  a  sympathetic  approach  to  other  cultures  and​ ​civilizations.  ● Further​ ​intellectual​ ​and​ ​personal​ ​development​ ​by​ ​promoting​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​social​ ​skills.    Assessment    Component​ ​-​ ​All​ ​components​ ​are​ ​externally​ ​assessed.   

Length

Weighting

Paper​ ​1​ ​    Speaking  Section​ ​1:​ ​Prepared​ ​topic​ ​and​ ​topic​ ​conversation  Section​ ​2:​ ​General​ ​conversation 

12​ ​–​ ​15​ ​min 20%   

Paper​ ​2​ ​    Listening,​ ​Reading​ ​and​ ​Translation  Section​ ​1​ ​Listening  Section​ ​2​ ​Reading  Section​ ​3​ ​Chinese​ ​sayings  Section​ ​4​ ​Translation 

2hr​ ​30min

A​ ​Level

30%  

Paper​ ​3​ ​    Writing​ ​and​ ​Usage  2hr  Section  1:  Radical  and  stroke  order  skills;  use  of  grammar  markers,​ ​aspect​ ​markers​ ​and​ ​measure​ ​words  Section​ ​2:​ ​Letter​ ​writing  Section​ ​3:​ ​Opinion​ ​essay 

25%

Paper​ ​4​ ​Chinese​ ​Culture Section​ ​1​ ​Topics​ ​in​ ​Chinese​ ​culture  Section​ ​2​ ​Chinese​ ​literature​ ​and​ ​film 

25%  

2hr​ ​30min

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities  A  degree  in  Mandarin  Chinese  is  usually  four  years,  including  one  year  studying  or  working  in  a  China.  Some  institutions  offer  three-year  degrees  with  reduced  or  no  periods  of  foreign  study.  Workplace  opportunities  for  languages  graduates  are  wide-ranging,  with  the  analytic  and  communications  skills  needed within a Mandarin degree, added to the core linguistic skills, widely prized by employers. Mandarin  graduates  go  on  to  work  in  education,  the  diplomatic  service,  the  security  service,  journalism,  law,  accountancy,​ ​business,​ ​industry​ ​and​ ​finance.      11 


Chemistry  

Pearson Edexcel  International  Advanced Subsidiary (IAS) and Advanced Level in Chemistry (XCH01)  (YCH01)    The​ ​aims​ ​of​ ​the​ ​International​ ​Advanced​ ​Level​ ​in​ ​Chemistry​ ​enable​ ​students​ ​to​ ​develop:   An  interest  in,  and  enthusiasm,  for  chemistry  including  developing  an  interest in further study and careers  in  chemistry.  An  appreciation  of  how  society  makes  decisions  about  scientific  issues  and  how  the  sciences  contribute  to  the  success  of  the  economy  and  society.  A  deeper  understanding  of  the  skills,  knowledge  and  understanding  of  how  science  works.  Essential  knowledge  and understanding of different  areas​ ​of​ ​the​ ​subject​ ​and​ ​how​ ​they​ ​relate​ ​to​ ​each​ ​other.     Syllabus​ ​outline  There​ ​are​ ​6​ ​topics​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Chemistry​ ​course​ ​that​ ​will​ ​cover​ ​knowledge,​ ​understanding​ ​and​ ​skills:    1. The​ ​Core​ ​Principles​ ​of​ ​Chemistry.  2. Application​ ​of​ ​Core​ ​Principles​ ​of​ ​Chemistry.  3. Chemistry​ ​Laboratory​ ​Skills​ ​l​ ​Alternative.  4. General​ ​Principles​ ​of​ ​Chemistry​ ​l​ ​–​ ​Rates,​ ​Equilibria​ ​and​ ​Further​ ​Organic​ ​Chemistry.  5. General​ ​Principles​ ​of​ ​Chemistry​ ​ll​ ​–​ ​Transition​ ​Metals​ ​and​ ​Organic​ ​Nitrogen​ ​Chemistry.  6. Chemistry​ ​Laboratory​ ​Skills​ ​ll​ ​Alternative.    Assessment    Component​ ​-​ ​All​ ​components​ ​are​ ​externally​ ​assessed​ ​exams. 

Length

Weighting AS  Level 

A Level 

Unit​ ​1:​ ​The​ ​Core​ ​Principles​ ​of​ ​Chemistry​ ​(IAS)​ ​WCH01 Section​ ​A​ ​is​ ​an​ ​objective​ ​test​ ​section,​ ​and​ ​Section​ ​B​ ​contains​ ​a  mixture​ ​of​ ​short-answer​ ​and​ ​extended​ ​answer​ ​questions.  

1h​ ​30​ ​min

40%

20%

Unit​ ​2:​ ​Application​ ​of​ ​Core​ ​Principles​ ​of​ ​Chemistry​ ​(IAS)​ ​WCH02 Section​ ​A​ ​is​ ​an​ ​objective​ ​test​ ​section,​ ​and​ ​Section​ ​B​ ​contains​ ​a  mixture​ ​of​ ​short-answer​ ​and​ ​extended​ ​answer​ ​questions.​ ​Section​ ​C  will​ ​contain​ ​questions​ ​on​ ​contemporary​ ​contexts.  

1h​ ​30​ ​min

40%

20%

Unit​ ​3:​ ​Chemistry​ ​Laboratory​ ​Skills​ ​l​ ​Alternative​ ​(IAS)​ ​WCH03 Quality​ ​of​ ​written​ ​communication​ ​will​ ​be​ ​assessed​ ​in​ ​this​ ​examination. 

1h​ ​15​ ​min

20%

10%

Unit 4:  General  Principles  of  Chemistry  l  –  Rates,  Equilibria  and  Further​ ​Organic​ ​Chemistry​ ​(IAL)​ ​WCH04 

1h​ ​40​ ​min

N/A

20%

Unit 5:  General  Principles  of  Chemistry  ll  –  Transition  Metals  and  Organic​ ​Nitrogen​ ​Chemistry​ ​(IAL)​ ​WCH05 

1h​ ​40​ ​min

N/A

20%

Unit​ ​6:​ ​Chemistry​ ​Laboratory​ ​Skills​ ​ll​ ​Alternative​ ​(IAL)​ ​WCH06

​ ​1h​ ​15​ ​min N/A 

10%

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities  IAL  in  Chemistry  is  essential  for  those  wishing  to  study  medicine,  veterinary  science, dentistry, pharmacy  and  chemical  engineering.  Students  with  IAL  Chemistry  are  regarded  as  well  rounded  applicants  from  universities​ ​worldwide​ ​for​ ​their​ ​analytical,​ ​numerical,​ ​communication,​ ​technical​ ​and​ ​management​ ​skills.   

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Computer​ ​Science

AQA​ ​AS​ ​and​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​Computer​ ​Science​ ​(7516)​ ​ ​(7517)  The  Computer  Science  syllabus  enables  students  to  develop  computational  thinking  skills  -  a  way  of  problem  solving  in a logical manner in order to create programing solutions to those problems. The course  teaches  how  to  develop  algorithms  leveraging  computational  thinking  skills.  It  also  teaches  how  to  implement  algorithms  as  computer  programs.  Extensive  programing  is  done  throughout  the  course  and  supporting​ ​key​ ​computer​ ​science​ ​theoretical​ ​concepts​ ​are​ ​taught.     Syllabus​ ​outline  A​ ​Level  AS​ ​and​ ​A​ ​Level  ● Fundamentals​ ​of​ ​databases  ● Fundamentals​ ​of​ ​programing  ● Big​ ​Data  ● Fundamentals​ ​of​ ​data​ ​structures  ● Fundamentals​ ​of​ ​functional  ● Fundamentals​ ​of​ ​algorithms  programing  ● Theory​ ​of​ ​computation  ● Systematic​ ​approach​ ​to  ● Fundamentals​ ​of​ ​data​ ​representation  problem​ ​solving  ● Fundamentals​ ​of​ ​computer​ ​systems  ● Non-exam​ ​assessment​ ​-  ● Fundamentals​ ​of​ ​computer​ ​organisation​ ​and  the​ ​computing​ ​practical  architecture  project  ● Consequences​ ​of​ ​uses​ ​of​ ​computing  ●

Fundamentals​ ​of​ ​communication​ ​and​ ​networking

Assessment  AS​ ​-​ ​all​ ​work​ ​is​ ​externally​ ​assessed  Component 

Length

Weighting

AS​ ​Paper​ ​1​ ​(On​ ​screen​ ​exam) 90​ ​min  This​ ​paper​ ​tests​ ​a​ ​student's​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​program,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​their    theoretical​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​Computer​ ​Science​ ​from​ ​subject​ ​content​ ​1-4  above. 

50%

AS​ ​Paper​ ​2​ ​(Written​ ​exam) Subject​ ​content​ ​5-9​ ​above. 

50%

90​ ​min  

A-Level​ ​-​ ​all​ ​work​ ​is​ ​externally​ ​assessed​ ​aside​ ​from​ ​the​ ​practical​ ​project  Component 

Length

Weightin g

A-level​ ​Paper​ ​1​ ​(On​ ​screen​ ​exam) AS​ ​Paper​ ​1​ ​above​ ​plus​ ​the​ ​skills​ ​required​ ​from​ ​section​ ​13​ ​above.  

150 min 

40%

A-level​ ​Paper​ ​2​ ​(Written​ ​exam) Subject​ ​content​ ​5-14​ ​above. 

150 min   

40%

A-level​ ​Practical​ ​Project 75  The​ ​non-exam​ ​assessment​ ​assesses​ ​student's​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​use​ ​the  Marks  knowledge​ ​and​ ​skills​ ​gained​ ​through​ ​the​ ​course​ ​to​ ​solve​ ​or​ ​investigate​ ​a    practical​ ​problem.  

20%

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities  Computer  Science  as  a  general  knowledge  base  can  be  very  useful  for  a  wide  range  of  professions.  To  name  a  few,  these  include  scientists,  actuaries,  management  consultants,  web  designers,  engineers  and  media  managers.  Some  of  the  most  successful  companies  in  the  world  have  been  started  by  computer  programmers​ ​including​ ​Google,​ ​Microsoft​ ​and​ ​Facebook.   13 


Drama​ ​and​ ​Theatre​ ​Studies

Edexcel  AS  and  A  Level  Drama  and  Theatre  Studies  allow  an  exciting  exploration  of  theatre  styles  and  practitioners  alongside  a  chance  to  hone  students’  performance  skills  through  a  variety  of  texts.  It  encourages  creativity  by  focusing  on  practical  work  -  reflecting  twenty-first  century theatre practice - and  developing  skills  that  will  support  progression  to  further  study  of  Drama  and  a  wide  range  of  other  subjects.     Syllabus​ ​outline:    Students​ ​will  AS  A​ ​Level  Demonstrate​ ​a​ ​practical  -​ ​At​ ​least​ ​one​ ​complete​ ​and  –​ ​At:​ ​least​ ​two​ ​complete​ ​and  understanding​ ​of:  substantial​ ​performance​ ​text  substantial​ ​performance​ ​texts   -​ ​At​ ​least​ ​two​ ​key​ ​extracts​ ​from  -​ ​At​ ​least​ ​three​ ​key​ ​extracts​ ​from  two​ ​different​ ​texts,​ ​placed​ ​in​ ​the  three​ ​different​ ​texts​ ​placed​ ​in​ ​the  context​ ​of​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​text  context​ ​of​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​text.    Study​ ​the​ ​work​ ​and  One​ ​influential​ ​theatre​ ​practitioner   Two​ ​theatre​ ​practitioners  methodologies​ ​of:  Participate​ ​in:  A​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​one​ ​performance  A​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​two​ ​performances,  from​ ​a​ ​text​ ​studied​ ​during​ ​the  one​ ​devised​ ​and​ ​one​ ​from​ ​a  course  performance​ ​text​ ​studied​ ​during  the​ ​course.    Component 

Length

Weighting  

Component​ ​1:​ ​Exploration​ ​and​ ​Performance   -  Portfolio  -  This  can  be  a  mixture  of  written  notes  and  recorded  /  verbal    evidence.    Group​ ​Performance​ ​(25​ ​min)  An​ ​Individual​ ​Performance​ ​(3​ ​min) 

60%

Component​ ​2:​ ​Theatre​ ​Makers​ ​in​ ​Practice   Live​ ​Theatre​ ​Evaluation.   Page​ ​to​ ​Stage:​ ​Realising​ ​a​ ​Performance​ ​Text  

40%

1hr 45min 

Assessment​ ​A​ ​Level  Component 

Weighting  

Component​ ​1:​ ​Devising   Portfolio​ ​-​ ​This​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​mixture​ ​of​ ​written​ ​notes​ ​and​ ​recorded​ ​/​ ​verbal​ ​evidence.  The​ ​devised​ ​performance/design​ ​realisation. 

40%

Component​ ​2:​ ​Text​ ​in​ ​Performance   Group​ ​performance/design​ ​realisation​ ​of​ ​one​ ​key​ ​extract​ ​from​ ​a​ ​performance​ ​text.​ ​(25​ ​min)  A​ ​monologue​ ​or​ ​duologue​ ​performance/design​ ​realisation​ ​from​ ​one​ ​key​ ​extract​ ​from​ ​a  different​ ​performance​ ​text​.​ ​ ​(3​ ​min) 

20% 

Component​ ​3:​ ​Theatre​ ​Makers​ ​in​ ​Practice​​ ​(2hr​ ​30​ ​min)

40%

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities  Students  will  develop  skills  in research, critical thinking, argumentation, collaboration, communication and  tailoring  material  to  a  target  audience.  It  complements  studies  in  history and would be extremely valuable  for​ ​anyone​ ​considering​ ​a​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​law​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​courses​ ​and​ ​careers​ ​in​ ​the​ ​creative​ ​industries.   

14


Economics

Edexcel​ ​International​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​(AS​ ​–​ ​XEC01,​ ​A​ ​–​ ​YEC01)    Students  study  how  to  explain  and  analyse  economic  issues  and  arguments,  evaluate  economic  information,​ ​and​ ​organise,​ ​present​ ​and​ ​communicate​ ​ideas​ ​and​ ​judgements​ ​clearly.     The  syllabus  covers  a  range  of  basic  economic  ideas,  including  an  introduction  to  the  price  system  and  government  intervention,  international  trade  and  exchange  rates,  the  measurement  of  employment  and  inflation,  and  the  causes  and  consequences  of  inflation.  Students  also  study  the  price  system, the theory  of​ ​the​ ​firm,​ ​market​ ​failure,​ ​macroeconomic​ ​theory​ ​and​ ​policy,​ ​and​ ​economic​ ​growth​ ​and​ ​development.    Syllabus​ ​outline    The​ ​course​ ​is​ ​divided​ ​in​ ​to​ ​four​ ​units,​ ​each​ ​unit​ ​having​ ​a​ ​different​ ​focus:    Unit​ ​1​ ​–​ ​Markets​ ​in​ ​Action.   Unit​ ​2​ ​–​ ​Macroeconomic​ ​Performance​ ​and​ ​Policy.   Unit​ ​3​ ​–​ ​Business​ ​Behaviour.  Unit​ ​4​ ​–​ ​Developments​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Global​ ​Economy.    Assessment   

Component​ ​-​ ​All​ ​components​ ​are​ ​externally​ ​assessed.  

Length

Paper​ ​1​ ​–​ ​Unit​ ​1​ ​–​ ​Reasoned​ ​Choice​ ​and​ ​Data​ ​Response Section​ ​A:​​ Supported​ ​multiple-choice​ ​questions​ ​(32​ ​marks)  Section​ ​B:​ ​One​ ​data​ ​response​ ​question​ ​out​ ​of​ ​a​ ​choice​ ​of​ ​two  questions​ ​(48​ ​marks)  Paper​ ​2​ ​-​ ​Unit​ ​2   As​ ​above 

Weighting AS  Level 

A Level 

1hr   30​ ​min 

50%

25%

1hr 30min 

50%

25%

Paper​ ​3​ ​–​ ​Unit​ ​3​ ​–​ ​Essay​ ​and​ ​Data​ ​Response 2hrs   Section​ ​A:​ ​Two​ ​essay​ ​questions​ ​from​ ​a​ ​choice​ ​of​ ​four​ ​questions  (40​ ​marks)​ ​Section​ ​B:​ ​One​ ​data​ ​response​ ​question​ ​out​ ​of​ ​a  choice​ ​of​ ​two​ ​questions​ ​(40​ ​marks) 

50%

25%

Paper​ ​4​ ​–​ ​Unit​ ​4​ ​–​ ​Essay​ ​and​ ​Data​ ​Response Section​ ​A:​ ​One​ ​essay​ ​question​ ​with​ ​two​ ​parts​ ​from​ ​a​ ​choice​ ​of  three​ ​topic​ ​areas​ ​(40​ ​marks)​ ​Section​ ​B:​ ​One​ ​data​ ​response  question​ ​out​ ​of​ ​a​ ​choice​ ​of​ ​two​ ​questions​ ​(40​ ​marks)  

50%

25%

2hrs  

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    Economists  are  employed  in  a  variety  of  settings  in both the public and private sectors, including the Civil  Service,  other  government departments and think tanks, banks, consultancies, not for profit organisations.  Other​ ​careers​ ​include​ ​chartered​ ​accountant,​ ​actuary​ ​and​ ​quantity​ ​surveyor.      15 


English​ ​Literature

Edexcel​ ​International​ ​AS​ ​(XET01)​ ​and​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​English​ ​Literature​ ​(YET01)  Literature  in  English  provides  the  students  who  take  it  with  a  lifelong  understanding  and  enjoyment  of  literary​ ​texts,​ ​and,​ ​importantly,​ ​gain​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of​ ​essential​ ​skills,​ ​including:  •​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​write​ ​clearly​ ​and​ ​effectively;  •​ ​skills​ ​in​ ​developing​ ​arguments;  •​ ​skills​ ​in​ ​researching​ ​and​ ​managing​ ​information;  •​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​analyse​ ​complex​ ​texts​ ​in​ ​different​ ​forms​ ​and​ ​styles.    Syllabus​ ​outline    At  AS Level candidates are required to study four set texts and at A Level candidates are required to study  eight  set  texts.  Candidates  are  required  to  answer  questions  on  a  range  of  poems,  prose  and plays, with  options  from  the  canon  of  English  Literature  and  modern  texts  in  English.  Close  study  of  all  the  texts  chosen​ ​is​ ​needed​ ​in​ ​preparation​ ​for​ ​a​ ​choice​ ​of​ ​essay​ ​and​ ​passage-based​ ​questions.    Assessment    Component​ ​–​ ​all​ ​externally​ ​assessed. 

Length

Weighting AS​ ​Level 

A​ ​Level

Unit​ ​1:​ ​Post-2000​ ​Poetry​ ​and​ ​Prose Candidates​ ​answer​ ​two​ ​questions:​ ​one​ ​question​ ​from  Section​ ​A​ ​Poetry​ ​and​ ​one​ ​question​ ​from​ ​Section​ ​B​ ​Prose.   An​ ​essay​ ​question​ ​is​ ​set​ ​on​ ​each​ ​text. 

2​ ​hours 50% 

25%

Unit​ ​2​ ​Drama Candidates​ ​answer​ ​two​ ​questions​ ​on​ ​two​ ​plays.  An​ ​essay​ ​question​ ​ia​ ​set​ ​on​ ​each​ ​text.  

2​ ​hours 50% 

25%

Unit​ ​2​ ​Poetry​ ​and​ ​Prose Candidates​ ​answer​ ​two​ ​questions:​ ​one​ ​question​ ​from  Section​ ​A​ ​on​ ​unseen​ ​poetry​ ​and​ ​one​ ​question​ ​from​ ​Section  B​ ​Prose.​ ​An​ ​essay​ ​question​ ​is​ ​set​ ​on​ ​each​ ​text.  

2​ ​hours  

25%

Unit​ ​4:​ ​Shakespeare​ ​and​ ​Pre-1900​ ​Poetry Candidates​ ​answer​ ​two​ ​questions:​ ​one​ ​question​ ​from  Section​ ​A​ ​Shakespeare​ ​and​ ​one​ ​question​ ​from​ ​Section​ ​B  Pre-1900​ ​Poetry.​ ​An​ ​essay​ ​question​ ​is​ ​set​ ​on​ ​each​ ​text. 

2​ ​hours  

25%

  Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    Studying  English  Literature  at  International  A  Level  can  provide  a  pathway  into  careers  including  publishing,  journalism,  the  creative  arts,  librarianship,  arts  administration  and  teaching.  In  terms  of  wider  careers,  advertising and public relations are popular options, while english literature can also support entry  to​ ​the​ ​civil​ ​service,​ ​banking,​ ​law​ ​and​ ​accountancy.            16 


Extended​ ​Project​ ​Qualification​ ​(EPQ) AQA​ ​Level​ ​3​ ​Extended​ ​Project​ ​Qualification​ ​(7993)    The EPQ is an optional addition to the four AS Levels taken in Year 12 and three A Levels taken in Year 13.  It  is  worth  half  an  A  Level  and  an increasing number of universities recognise the EPQ either in their offers  or​ ​as​ ​a​ ​valuable​ ​undertaking​ ​which​ ​can​ ​be​ ​referenced​ ​in​ ​applications.     In​ ​undertaking​ ​the​ ​EPQ​ ​students​ ​will​ ​identify,​ ​design,​ ​plan​ ​and​ ​complete​ ​an​ ​individual​ ​project.  Students​ ​are​ ​required,​ ​with​ ​appropriate​ ​supervision,​ ​to:    ● choose​ ​an​ ​area​ ​of​ ​interest;   ● draft​ ​a​ ​title​ ​and​ ​aims​ ​of​ ​the​ ​project​ ​for​ ​formal​ ​approval​ ​by​ ​the​ ​school;  ● plan,​ ​research​ ​and​ ​carry​ ​out​ ​the​ ​project;   ● deliver​ ​a​ ​presentation​ ​to​ ​a​ ​specified​ ​audience;   ● provide​ ​evidence​ ​of​ ​all​ ​stages​ ​of​ ​project​ ​development​ ​and​ ​production​ ​for​ ​assessment.    Depending  on  the  subject  area  or  topic  chosen,  a  variety  of  evidence  may  be  submitted  for  assessment.  Evidence​ ​can​ ​be​ ​provided​ ​in​ ​any​ ​form​ ​appropriate​ ​to​ ​the​ ​type​ ​of​ ​project​ ​chosen,​ ​and​ ​may​ ​include:  ● an​ ​artifact,​ ​model​ ​or​ ​construction   ● a​ ​CD/video/DVD​ ​of​ ​performances​ ​or​ ​activities   ● an​ ​audiotape/multimedia​ ​presentation   ● a​ ​journal​ ​of​ ​activities​ ​or​ ​events   ● a​ ​slide​ ​or​ ​PowerPoint​ ​presentation   ● a​ ​photographic​ ​record​ ​of​ ​the​ ​project     All  Project  products  must  include  a  written  report  of  between  1000  and  5000  words.  The  exact  length  of  each  written  report will depend on the nature of the project, the subject area or topic chosen and the other  evidence  provided.  A  project  which  consists  solely  of  written  work  should  be  approximately  5000  words,  for  example  a  research  report  of  an  investigation,  exploration  of  a  hypothesis  or  an  extended  essay  or  academic  report  in  appropriate  form.  Projects  where  the  majority  of  the  evidence  is  provided  in  other  formats​ ​should​ ​include​ ​a​ ​report​ ​which​ ​is​ ​at​ ​least​ ​1000​ ​words.    Students  will  be assigned a supervisor who will oversea their project. Students complete a Production Log  as​ ​they​ ​carry​ ​out​ ​their​ ​projects​ ​which​ ​records​ ​key​ ​information​ ​such​ ​as​ ​project​ ​aims,​ ​approval,​ ​and​ ​reviews.    Component 

Weighting

AO1​ ​Manage Identify,​ ​design,​ ​plan,​ ​and​ ​carry​ ​out​ ​a​ ​project,​ ​applying​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of​ ​skills,​ ​strategies  and​ ​methods​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​objectives. 

20% 

AO2​ ​Use​ ​Resources Research,​ ​critically​ ​select,​ ​organise​ ​and​ ​use​ ​information,​ ​and​ ​select​ ​and​ ​use​ ​a  range​ ​of​ ​resources.​ ​Analyse​ ​data​ ​apply​ ​relevantly​ ​and​ ​demonstrate​ ​understanding  of​ ​any​ ​links,​ ​connections​ ​and​ ​complexities​ ​of​ ​the​ ​topic. 

20% 

AO3​ ​Develop​ ​and​ ​Realise Select​ ​and​ ​use​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of​ ​skills,​ ​including,​ ​where​ ​appropriate,​ ​new​ ​technologies  and​ ​problem-solving,​ ​to​ ​take​ ​decisions​ ​critically​ ​and​ ​achieve​ ​planned​ ​outcomes. 

40% 

AO4​ ​Review Evaluate​ ​all​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​the​ ​extended​ ​project,​ ​including​ ​outcomes​ ​in​ ​relation​ ​to  stated​ ​objectives​ ​and​ ​own​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​performance.​ ​Select​ ​and​ ​use​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of  communication​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​media​ ​to​ ​present​ ​evidenced​ ​project​ ​outcomes​ ​and  conclusions​ ​in​ ​an​ ​appropriate​ ​format. 

20% 

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French

AQA​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​(7652)   

Please​ ​note​ ​that​ ​this​ ​is​ ​a​ ​two​ ​year​ ​course​ ​and​ ​you​ ​are​ ​unable​ ​to​ ​sit​ ​the​ ​course​ ​as​ ​an​ ​AS​ ​Level. The  AQA  A  Level  syllabus  in  French  aims  to  develop  the  ability to understand the language from a variety  of  different  registers.  It enables students to communicate confidently and clearly in French, and it will form  a  sound  base  of  skills,  language  and  attitudes  required  to  further  study,  work  or  leisure.  The  course  will  provide  students  with  an  insight  into  the  culture  and  contemporary  societies  in  France  and  the  French-speaking​ ​world.  Syllabus​ ​outline  The​ ​syllabus​ ​will​ ​cover​ ​the​ ​following​ ​broad​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​study    ● Social​ ​issues​ ​and​ ​Trends  ● Political​ ​and​ ​Artistic​ ​culture  ● Grammar  ● Study​ ​of​ ​one​ ​text​ ​and​ ​one​ ​film  Assessment   Component   

Length

A​ ​Level Weighting 

Paper​ ​1​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Listening,​ ​Reading​ ​and​ ​Writing 2hr  Section  1:  ​Listening  and  responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts  30min  and​ ​sources.   Section  2:  ​Reading  and  responding  to  a  variety  of  texts  written  for  different  purposes,​ ​drawn​ ​from​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of​ ​authentic​ ​sources.  Section​ ​3:​ ​T​ranslation​ ​into​ ​English;​ ​a​ ​passage​ ​of​ ​minimum​ ​100​ ​words.   Section​ ​4:​ ​Translation​ ​into​ ​French;​ ​a​ ​passage​ ​of​ ​minimum​ ​100​ ​words. 

50%  

Paper​ ​2​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Writing   2hr   Two  essays  (300  words  per  essay):  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. 

20%

Paper​ ​3​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Speaking 21-23  Section  1:  Discussion  of  a  sub-theme  with  the  discussion  based  on  a  stimulus  mins  card  (5–6  minutes).  The  student  studies  the  card  for  5  minutes  at  the  start  of  the  test.  Section  2:  Presentation  (2  minutes)  and  discussion  (9–10  minutes)  of  individual​ ​research​ ​project. 

30%

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities   A  degree  in  French  is  usually  four  years,  including  one  year  studying  or  working  in  a  French-speaking  country.  ​Workplace  opportunities  for  languages  graduates  are  wide-ranging,  with  the  analytic  and  communications  skills  needed  within  a  French  degree,  added  to  the core linguistic skills, widely prized by  employers.  Recent  reductions  in  language  graduate  numbers,  combined  with  corporate  globalisation,  have  added to demand for linguists. French graduates go on to work in education (teaching both French in  English-speaking  countries  and  English  abroad),  and  to  use  their  linguistic  skills  in  fields  including  the  diplomatic​ ​service,​ ​the​ ​security​ ​service,​ ​journalism,​ ​law,​ ​accountancy,​ ​business,​ ​industry​ ​and​ ​finance. 

18


Geography

Cambridge​ ​International​ ​AS​ ​and​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​Geography​ ​(9696)    Candidates​ ​gain​ ​lifelong​ ​skills,​ ​including:    ● A  sense  of  relative  location,  including  an  appreciation  of  the  complexity  and  variety  of natural and  human​ ​environments.   ● An​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​the​ ​principal​ ​processes​ ​operating​ ​within​ ​Physical​ ​and​ ​Human​ ​Geography.   ● An​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​the​ ​causes​ ​and​ ​effects​ ​of​ ​change​ ​on​ ​the​ ​natural​ ​and​ ​human​ ​environments.    Syllabus​ ​outline    The  syllabus  is  wide-ranging  and  comprises  a  variety  of  options.  For  example,  students  can  study topics  such  as  hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, atmosphere and weather, rocks and weathering, population  change  and  settlement  dynamics.  The  syllabus  considers  a  range  of  environments,  from  tropical  to  arid,  and  students  can  also  study  subjects  such  as  environmental  management,  global  interdependence  and  economic​ ​transition.    Assessment    Component 

Length

Paper​ ​1​ ​Core​ ​Geography 3​ ​hours  Candidates​ ​answer​ ​questions​ ​in​ ​three​ ​sections.​ ​In​ ​Section​ ​A,  they​ ​must​ ​answer​ ​five​ ​of​ ​six​ ​questions​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Physical​ ​and  Human​ ​Core​ ​topics.​ ​In​ ​each​ ​of​ ​Sections​ ​B​ ​and​ ​C,​ ​candidates  answer​ ​one​ ​of​ ​three​ ​structured​ ​questions​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Physical  (Section​ ​B)​ ​and​ ​Human​ ​(Section​ ​C)​ ​Core​ ​topics.  

Weighting AS  Level 

A Level 

100%

50%

Paper​ ​2​ ​Advanced​ ​Physical​ ​Options 1h​ ​30​ ​min    Candidates​ ​answer​ ​two​ ​structured​ ​essay​ ​questions,​ ​each​ ​on​ ​a  different​ ​optional​ ​topic,​ ​from​ ​a​ ​total​ ​of​ ​eight​ ​questions​ ​based​ ​on  the​ ​Advanced​ ​Physical​ ​Options​ ​syllabus.  

25%

Paper​ ​3​ ​Advanced​ ​Human​ ​Options 1h​ ​30​ ​min    Candidates​ ​answer​ ​two​ ​structured​ ​essay​ ​questions,​ ​each​ ​on​ ​a  different​ ​optional​ ​topic,​ ​from​ ​a​ ​total​ ​of​ ​eight​ ​questions​ ​based​ ​on  the​ ​Advanced​ ​Human​ ​Options​ ​syllabus,​ ​for​ ​a​ ​total​ ​of​ ​50​ ​marks.  

25%

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    The study of AS and A Level Geography allows progress with confidence to a degree in Geography related  subjects.  Careers  include  commercial/residential  surveyor,  environmental  consultant,  town  planner,  cartographer,​ ​international​ ​aid/development​ ​worker,​ ​tourism​ ​officer​ ​and​ ​transport​ ​planner.               

19


Graphic​ ​Communication

AQA​ ​AS​ ​and​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​Art​ ​&​ ​Design​ ​(Graphic​ ​Communication)​ ​(7243)    The  Graphic  Communication  syllabus  gives  students  the  skills  to  produce  personal  creative  work  and  develop  an  understanding  of  graphic  design.  Students  will  develop  their  knowledge  of  materials  and  techniques,  and the skills to communicate ideas and information visually. The syllabus enables students to  develop  an  effective  personal  visual  language  and  develop  their  understanding  of  historical  and  contemporary​ ​influences​ ​on​ ​design.    Syllabus​ ​outline    Students​ ​are​ ​required​ ​to​ ​work​ ​in​ ​one​ ​or​ ​more​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​graphic​ ​communication​ ​including:  ● interactive​ ​media;  ● advertising;  ● packaging​ ​design;  ● design​ ​for​ ​print;  ● illustration;  ● communication​ ​graphics;  ● branding.    Assessment     Component  -  All  components  are  internally  marked  and  externally  moderated.     

Weighting AS​ ​Level 

A​ ​Level

Portfolio:​ ​Non-exam​ ​assessment​ ​set​ ​by​ ​the​ ​centre. 60%  A  selection  of  thoughtfully  presented  work  that  demonstrates  the  breadth  and  depth​ ​of​ ​the​ ​course​ ​of​ ​study.  At  least  one  extended  collection  of  work  or  project,  based  on  an idea, concept,  theme​ ​or​ ​issue. 

Externally​ ​set​ ​assignment:​ ​Choice​ ​of​ ​assignments​ ​set​ ​by​ ​AQA. 40%  Preparatory  period  to  investigate  assignment  presented  as  design  sheets,  sketchbooks​ ​or​ ​journals.  Unaided,  supervised  time  to  produce  a  finished  outcome  or  a  series  of  related  finished​ ​outcomes​ ​informed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​preparatory​ ​work.  

40%

Personal​ ​investigation:​ ​Non-exam​ ​assessment​ ​set​ ​by​ ​the​ ​centre.   Practical  investigation  into  an  idea,  issue,  concept  or  theme  informed  by  an  aspect​ ​or​ ​past​ ​practice​ ​artists​ ​or​ ​designers.  Supported​ ​by​ ​written​ ​material,​ ​between​ ​1000-3000​ ​words​ ​of​ ​prose. 

60%

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    Opportunities  for  further  study  include  degrees  in  animation,  digital  arts,  graphic  design  and  communication,  media  design,  illustration,  printmaking,  packaging  design  and  typographic design as well  as  possible  career  paths  in  advertising,  interior  and  spacial  design,  marketing,  publishing  and  web  and  app​ ​design.         

20


History

Cambridge​ ​International​ ​AS​ ​and​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​History​ ​(9389)    Successful​ ​candidates​ ​gain​ ​lifelong​ ​skills​ ​including:   ● Assessing​ ​different​ ​interpretations​ ​of​ ​an​ ​issue.   ● Formulating​ ​their​ ​own​ ​ideas​ ​about​ ​a​ ​subject.   ● Presenting​ ​clear​ ​and​ ​logical​ ​arguments.   ● Evaluating​ ​historical​ ​evidence.   ● Developing  an  understanding  of  historical  concepts  such  as  cause  and  consequence,  similarity  and​ ​difference​ ​and​ ​continuity​ ​and​ ​change.     Syllabus​ ​outline    Four​ ​components,​ ​two​ ​at​ ​AS​ ​and​ ​two​ ​at​ ​A​ ​level:   ● ‘Liberalism  and  Nationalism  in  Italy  and Germany, 1815-1871 - How are countries formed? What is  the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​in​ ​History?  ● ‘Modern  Europe,  1789-1917’,  with  specific  focus  on  the  causes  of  the  First  World  War  and  the  Russian​ ​Revolution.  ● ‘The​ ​Holocaust’​ ​-​ ​How​ ​did​ ​the​ ​“Greatest​ ​crime​ ​in​ ​History”​ ​happen?  ● ‘Europe​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Dictators,​ ​1918-41’​ ​-​ ​Comparing​ ​Stalin’s​ ​Russia​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Nazi​ ​state​ ​of​ ​Adolf​ ​Hitler.  Assessment    Component  -  Please  note  that  all  components  are  externally​ ​assessed.   

Length

Weighting AS  Level 

A Level 

Component​ ​1:​ ​Document​ ​question​ ​(source-based) 1hr  Liberalism  and  Nationalism  in  Italy  and  Germany,  1815-1871 

20%

Component​ ​2:​ ​Outline​ ​study Modern​ ​Europe,​ ​1789-1917 

1hr 30min 

30%

Component​ ​3:​ ​Interpretations​ ​question​ ​(Extract-based) The​ ​Holocaust 

1hr

20%

Component​ ​4:​ ​ ​Depth​ ​study Europe​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Dictators,​ ​1918-41 

1hr 30min 

30%

  Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    As  a  “facilitating  subject”  A  Level  History  is  highly-prized  by  top  universities  and  will  assist  progression  directly  to  university  courses  in  History  and other subjects, including Law, the Arts, Humanities and Social  Sciences  or  as  part  of  a  course  of  general  education.  The  independent  nature  of  the  study  required,  and  the  necessity  to  construct  cogent  arguments  and  supported  judgements  makes  for  excellent  preparation  for​ ​higher​ ​education.             

21


Mathematics

Edexcel​ ​International​ ​AS​ ​and​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​in​ ​Mathematics​ ​(XMA01)​ ​(YMA01)    Students  of  the  Edexcel  International  Advanced  Level  in  Mathematics  will  extend  their  range  of  mathematical  skills  and  techniques,  using  them  in  more  difficult,  unstructured  problems,  and  developing  their​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​reason​ ​logically​ ​and​ ​recognise​ ​incorrect​ ​reasoning.    Syllabus​ ​outline    Edexcel  offers  12  units;  core  units  and  optional  units  across  mechanics,  statistics  and  decision  mathematics.​ ​These​ ​optional​ ​units​ ​will​ ​be​ ​delivered​ ​subject​ ​to​ ​student​ ​demand.    AS​ ​Level  Core​ ​Mathematics​ ​(C12)​ ​plus​ ​one​ ​applications​ ​unit.  A​ ​Level   Core​ ​Mathematics​ ​(C12,​ ​C34)​ ​plus​ ​two​ ​applications​ ​units.    C12  unit  consists  of  Algebra  and  functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series;  exponentials​ ​and​ ​logarithms;​ ​trigonometry;​ ​differentiation;​ ​integration.    C34  unit  consists  of  Algebra  and  functions;  sequences  and  series;  trigonometry;  exponentials  and  logarithms;​ ​coordinate​ ​geometry​ ​in​ ​the​ ​(x,​ ​y)​ ​plane;​ ​differentiation;​ ​integration;​ ​numerical​ ​methods;​ ​vectors    Assessment    Component 

Length

Weighting AS​ ​Level 

A​ ​Level

C12

2.5​ ​hours

66.7%

33.3%

C34

2.5​ ​hours

N/A

33.3%

Optional​ ​modules 1​ ​choice​ ​for​ ​AS  2​ ​choices​ ​for​ ​A​ ​Level 

1.5​ ​hours

33.3%

16.7%​ ​each unit 

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    With  A  Level  Mathematics,  there  are  a  wealth  of  options  for  further  study  and  careers.  Examples  include  actuary,  engineering,  education,  finance,  to  name  just  a  few.  Studying  Maths  helps  you  develop  skills  in  logical  thinking  and  statistical  or  strategic  knowledge,  which  are  valued  by  employers  across  many  job  sectors.  Relevant  jobs  include:  actuary,  research  scientist,  statistician,  engineering,  accountancy,  investment​ ​banking​ ​and​ ​insurance.                     

22


Further​ ​Mathematics

Edexcel​ ​International​ ​Advanced​ ​Level​ ​in​ ​Further​ ​Mathematics​ ​(XFM01)​ ​(YFM01)    To​ ​study​ ​Further​ ​Mathematics​ ​at​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​students​ ​must​ ​also​ ​undertake​ ​Mathematics​ ​A​ ​Level.     Syllabus​ ​outline    The  full  International  Advanced  Level  award  comprises  six  units;  Further  Pure  Mathematics  units  F1,  F2,  F3​ ​and​ ​a​ ​further​ ​three​ ​Applications​ ​units​ ​(excluding​ ​C12,​ ​C34)​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​total​ ​of​ ​six​ ​units.    F1  unit  consists  of  Algebra  and  functions;  coordinate  geometry  in  the  (x,  y)  plane;  sequences  and  series;  exponentials​ ​and​ ​logarithms;​ ​trigonometry;​ ​differentiation;​ ​integration.    F2  unit  consists  of  Inequalities;  series;  further  complex  numbers;  first  order  differential equations; second  order​ ​differential​ ​equations;​ ​Maclaurin​ ​and​ ​Taylor​ ​series;​ ​Polar​ ​coordinates.    F3  unit  consists  of  Hyperbolic  functions;  further  coordinate  systems;  differentiation;  integration;  vectors;  further​ ​matrix​ ​algebra.    Assessment    Component 

Length

Weighting AS​ ​Level 

A​ ​Level

F1

1.5​ ​hours

33.3%

16.7%

F2  

1.5​ ​hours

N/A

16.7%

F3  

1.5​ ​hours

N/A

16.7%

Optional​ ​modules  

1.5​ ​hours

33.3% each 

16.7% each​ ​unit 

  Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    Further  Mathematics  sets  students  up  for  study  in  degrees  such  as  Mathematics  and  Engineering  and  provides​ ​access​ ​to​ ​the​ ​same​ ​career​ ​opportunities​ ​as​ ​mentioned​ ​in​ ​the​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​outline.     

23 


Media​ ​Studies

Cambridge​ ​International​ ​AS​ ​and​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​Media​ ​Studies​ ​(9607)    Successful​ ​candidates​ ​gain​ ​lifelong​ ​skills,​ ​including:   ● the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​practical​ ​skills​ ​creatively;   ● research​ ​and​ ​evaluation​ ​skills;   ● information​ ​management​ ​and​ ​project​ ​management​ ​skills;   ● the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​analyse​ ​text​ ​and​ ​media​ ​products​ ​critically;   ● the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​reflect​ ​critically​ ​upon​ ​their​ ​own​ ​learning.    Syllabus​ ​outline    Component​ ​1  Component​ ​2​ ​Key​ ​Media  Component​ ​3  Foundation  Concepts   Advanced  Portfolio   (AS​ ​Level)  Portfolio   (AS​ ​Level)  (A​ ​Level)  The​ ​following  Section​ ​A​:​ ​Textual​ ​analysis​ ​and  The​ ​following​ ​set  set​ ​briefs​ ​are  representation:   briefs​ ​are​ ​offered:   offered:   camera​ ​shots,​ ​angle,​ ​movement  -​ ​Music​ ​promotion  -film​ ​opening  and​ ​composition​ ​–​ ​editing​ ​–  package   task   sound​ ​–​ ​mise-en-scène.   -​ ​Film​ ​promotion  -​ ​magazine  –   package   task.   Section​ ​B​:​ ​Institutions​ ​and  -​ ​Documentary    audiences​ ​within​ ​one​ ​option:   package   –​ ​film​ ​–​ ​music​ ​–​ ​print​ ​–​ ​radio​ ​–  -​ ​Short​ ​film  video​ ​games.  package.         Assessment    Component 

Length/marks

Component​ ​4 Critical  Perspectives     Section​ ​A​:  Evaluation​ ​of  production​ ​skills  development     Section​ ​B​:  Contemporary  media​ ​issues,​ ​in  relation​ ​to​ ​a  specific​ ​topic. 

Weighting AS​ ​Level  A​ ​Level 

1​ ​Foundation​ ​Portfolio​ ​-​ ​coursework

100​ ​marks

50%

25%

2​ ​Key​ ​Media​ ​Concepts Written​ ​exam​ ​consisting​ ​of​ ​two​ ​questions. 

2​ ​hours

50%

25%

3​ ​Advanced​ ​Portfolio​ ​-​ ​coursework

100​ ​marks

N/A

25%

4​ ​Critical​ ​Perspectives Written​ ​exam​ ​consisting​ ​of​ ​two​ ​questions. 

2​ ​hours

N/A

25%

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    AS  and  A  Level  Media  Studies  provides  a  suitable  foundation  for  the  study  of  media  studies  or  related  courses  in  higher  education.  Equally  it  is  suitable  for  candidates  intending  to  pursue  business  careers  or  further​ ​study​ ​in​ ​business​ ​studies,​ ​or​ ​social​ ​sciences.         

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Music

Pearson​ ​Edexcel​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​Music​ ​9MUO    Edexcel  A  Level  Music  candidates  develop  an  appreciation  of and an informed critical response to, music  of  the  Western  tradition.  Candidates  learn  how  to  listen  attentively  and  responsively  in  order  to  better  understand  the  musical  processes  at  work.  They  also  learn  how  to  communicate  this  understanding,  supporting  their  judgements  by  evidence-based  argument.  As  part  of  the  course,  candidates  are  encouraged  to  develop  their  own  creative  and  interpretative  skills  through  the  disciplines  of  composing  and  performing in Western and/or non-Western traditions. This leads, in turn, to a deeper understanding of  music​ ​in​ ​its​ ​wider​ ​cultural​ ​context.     Overview​ ​of​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​study​ ​and​ ​set​ ​work AREA​ ​OF​ ​STUDY 

SET​ ​WORKS

Vocal​ ​Music

● ● ●

J.​ ​S.​ ​Bach,​ ​Cantata,​ ​Ein​ ​feste​ ​Burg Mozart,​ ​The​ ​Magic​ ​Flute  Vaughan​ ​Williams,​ ​On​ ​Wenlock​ ​Edge 

Instrumental Music   

● ●

Vivaldi,​ ​Concerto​ ​in​ ​D​ ​minor,​ ​Op.​ ​3​ ​No.​ ​11 Clara​ ​Wieck-Schumann,​ ​Piano​ ​Trio​ ​in​ ​G  minor,​ ​Op.​ ​17:​ ​movement​ ​1  Berlioz,​ ​Symphonie​ ​Fantastique 

● Music​ ​for​ ​Film

● ● ●

Danny​ ​Elfman,​ ​Batman​ ​Returns Rachel​ ​Portman,​ ​The​ ​Duchess  Bernard​ ​Herrmann,​ ​Psycho 

Popular​ ​Music and​ ​Jazz   

● ● ●

Courtney​ ​Pine,​ ​Back​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Day Kate​ ​Bush,​ ​Hounds​ ​of​ ​Love  Beatles,​ ​Revolver 

Fusions

● ● ●

Debussy,​ ​Estampes Familia​ ​Valera​ ​Miranda,​ ​Caña​ ​Quema  Anoushka​ ​Shankar,​ ​Breathing​ ​Under​ ​Water 

New Directions   

Cage,​ ​Three​ ​Dances​ ​for​ ​Two​ ​Prepared Pianos  Kaija​ ​Saariaho,​ ​Petals​ ​for​ ​Violoncello​ ​and  Live​ ​Electronics  Stravinsky,​ ​The​ ​Rite​ ​of​ ​Spring 

● ●

Assessment Component​ ​1​ ​Performing​ ​9MUO/01  Non-examined​ ​assessment:​ ​externally​ ​assessed  30%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​qualification/​ ​60​ ​marks  Assessment​ ​overview  ● A​ ​public​ ​performance​ ​of​ ​one​ ​or​ ​more​ ​pieces,​ ​performed​ ​as​ ​a​ ​recital.  ● Performance​ ​can​ ​be​ ​playing​ ​or​ ​singing​ ​solo,​ ​in​ ​an​ ​ensemble,​ ​improvising​ ​or​ ​realising​ ​music​ ​using  music​ ​technology.  ● The​ ​total​ ​performance​ ​time​ ​across​ ​all​ ​pieces​ ​must​ ​be​ ​a​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​8​ ​minutes.  ● Performances​ ​must​ ​be​ ​recorded​ ​after​ ​1​ ​March​ ​in​ ​the​ ​year​ ​of​ ​certification​ ​and​ ​all​ ​materials​ ​for  assessment​ ​submitted​ ​to​ ​arrive​ ​by​ ​15​ ​May​ ​in​ ​the​ ​year​ ​of​ ​certification.  25 


Component​ ​2​ ​Composing​ ​9MUO/02 Non-examined​ ​assessment:​ ​externally​ ​assessed  30%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​qualification/​ ​60​ ​marks  Assessment​ ​overview  ● Total​ ​of​ ​two​ ​compositions,​ ​one​ ​to​ ​a​ ​brief​ ​set​ ​by​ ​Pearson​ ​and​ ​one​ ​either​ ​free​ ​composition​ ​or​ ​also  to​ ​a​ ​brief.  ● One​ ​composition​ ​must​ ​be​ ​from​ ​either​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of​ ​briefs​ ​related​ ​to​ ​the​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​study,​ ​or​ ​a​ ​free  composition,​ ​carrying​ ​40​ ​marks​ ​for​ ​this​ ​component.​ ​This​ ​composition​ ​must​ ​be​ ​at​ ​least​ ​4​ ​minutes  in​ ​duration.  ● One​ ​composition​ ​must​ ​be​ ​from​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of​ ​briefs​ ​assessing​ ​compositional​ ​technique,​ ​carrying​ ​20  marks​ ​for​ ​this​ ​component.​ ​This​ ​composition​ ​must​ ​be​ ​at​ ​least​ ​1​ ​minute​ ​in​ ​duration,​ ​unless​ ​the  brief​ ​specifies​ ​a​ ​longer​ ​minimum​ ​duration.  ● Total​ ​time​ ​across​ ​both​ ​submissions​ ​must​ ​be​ ​a​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​6​ ​minutes.  Component​ ​3​ ​Appraising​ ​9MUO/03  Written​ ​examination:​ ​2​ ​hours  40%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​qualification  100​ ​marks  Content​ ​overview  ● Knowledge​ ​and​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​musical​ ​elements,​ ​contexts​ ​and​ ​language.  ● Application​ ​of​ ​knowledge​ ​through​ ​the​ ​context​ ​of​ ​six​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​study,​ ​each​ ​with​ ​three​ ​set​ ​works.  ● Vocal​ ​Music,  ● Instrumental​ ​Music,  ● Music​ ​for​ ​Film,  ● Popular​ ​Music​ ​and​ ​Jazz,  ● Fusions,  ● New​ ​Directions.  ● Application​ ​of​ ​knowledge​ ​to​ ​unfamiliar​ ​works. 

  Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    The  study  of  AS  and  A  Level  Music  allows  students  to  progress  with  confidence  on  to  Universities  and  specialist  music  colleges  to  study  at  degree  and diploma level with a view to having careers in areas such  as  professional  players,  teachers,  composers  and  music  therapy.  The  course  equips  students  with  the  knowledge​ ​and​ ​skills​ ​that​ ​are​ ​vital​ ​to​ ​those​ ​entering​ ​the​ ​world​ ​of​ ​work​ ​in​ ​general.                                  26 


Physical​ ​Education

Pearson  Edexcel  Level  3  Advanced  Subsidiary  and  Advanced  Level  in  Physical  Education  (8PE01)  (9PE01)    The  study  of  AS  and  A  Level  Physical  Education  gives  students  the  opportunity  to  develop  an  understanding  of  elite  sports  performance,  what  it  takes  to  train  at  the  highest  level  as  a  player,  official,  leader  or  participant.  Students  develop  background  knowledge  of  the  history  of  sport  and  how  it  has  evolved  over  time.  This  course  will  also  build upon previous knowledge of how the human body reacts to  exercise  in  both  the  long  and  short  term,  all  this  along  with  the  opportunity  to improve their own physical  performance​ ​in​ ​a​ ​sport​ ​of​ ​their​ ​choice.     Syllabus​ ​outline    Unit​ ​1:​ ​Participation​ ​in​ ​Sport​ ​and​ ​Recreation  ● What​ ​constitutes​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​active​ ​lifestyle.   ● How​ ​competitive​ ​sport​ ​has​ ​developed​ ​over​ ​time.     Unit​ ​2:​ ​The​ ​Critical​ ​Sports​ ​Performer  The  student  will  select  and  be  engaged  in  four  tasks,  these  four  tasks  will  offer  a  framework  of  opportunities  to  develop  practical  experiences  and  conduct  independent  research  into  the  structure,  provision​ ​and​ ​analysis​ ​of​ ​physical​ ​activity.    Unit​ ​3:​ ​Preparation​ ​for​ ​Optimum​ ​Sports​ ​Performance:  -​ ​Short​ ​and​ ​long​ ​term​ ​physiological​ ​and​ ​psychological​ ​preparations​ ​made​ ​by​ ​elite​ ​athletes.    Unit​ ​4:​ ​The​ ​developing​ ​Sports​ ​Performer:  The  tasks  undertaken  in  unit  2  lay  the  foundation  for  the  students  to  specialise  in  one  practical  performance​ ​role​ ​and​ ​progress​ ​this​ ​performance,​ ​and​ ​undertake​ ​three​ ​further​ ​tasks.    Assessment    Component  

Length

Weighting AS  Level 

A Level 

Unit​ ​1:​ ​Participation​ ​in​ ​Sport​ ​and​ ​Recreation  

1hr​ ​30min​ ​exam 50% 

25%

Unit​ ​2:​ ​The​ ​Critical​ ​Sports​ ​Performer  

Practical Module 

50%

25%

Unit​ ​3:​ ​Preparation​ ​for​ ​Optimum​ ​Sports​ ​Performance  

2hr​ ​exam

-

25%

Unit​ ​4:​ ​The​ ​developing​ ​Sports​ ​Performer

Moderation

-

25%

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    Students  who  have  studied  PE  at  this  level  can  follow  a  wide  variety  of  future  careers:  doctor/GP,  physiotherapist,  PE  teacher,  sports  coach,  sports  scientist,  health  and  fitness  coach/  physical  trainer,  professional​ ​athlete/coach,​ ​dietician.            27 


Physics

Pearson  Edexcel  International  Advanced  Subsidiary  (IAS)  and  Advanced  Level  (IAL)  in  Physics  (XPH01)​ ​(YPH01)    The​ ​aims​ ​of​ ​the​ ​International​ ​Advanced​ ​Level​ ​in​ ​Physics​ ​are​ ​to:  ● Enable  students  to  sustain  and  develop  an  enjoyment  of,  and  interest  in,  physics  and  its  applications.   ● Develop  an  understanding  of  the  link  between  theory  and  experiment  and  foster  the  development  of​ ​skills​ ​in​ ​the​ ​design​ ​and​ ​execution​ ​of​ ​experiments.   ● Develop  the  applications  of  physics  with  an appreciation of their significance and the skills needed  for​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​these​ ​in​ ​new​ ​and​ ​changing​ ​situations.  ● Demonstrate  the  importance  of  physics  as  a  human  endeavour  that  interacts  with  social,  philosophical,  economic  and  industrial  matters  and  prepare  for  higher  educational  courses  in  physics​ ​and​ ​related​ ​courses.     Syllabus​ ​outline:    There​ ​are​ ​6​ ​topics​ ​covered​ ​in​ ​the​ ​IAL​ ​Physics​ ​course​ ​that​ ​will​ ​cover​ ​knowledge,​ ​understanding​ ​and​ ​skills:    1. Physics​ ​on​ ​the​ ​go.  2. Physics​ ​at​ ​work.  3. Exploring​ ​Physics.  4. Physics​ ​on​ ​the​ ​move.   5. Physics​ ​from​ ​creation​ ​to​ ​collapse.   6. Experimental​ ​Physics.     Assessment    Component  -  All  components  are  externally  assessed​ ​exams.  

Length

Unit​ ​1​ ​Physics​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Go​ ​(IAS)​ ​WPH01

Weighting AS  Level 

A​ ​Level

1hr​ ​30min

40%

20%

Unit​ ​2​ ​Physics​ ​at​ ​Work​ ​(IAS)​ ​WPH02:

1hr​ ​30min

40%

20%

Unit​ ​3​ ​Exploring​ ​Physics​ ​(IAS)​ ​WPH03:

1hr​ ​20min

20%

10%

Unit​ ​4​ ​Physics​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Move​ ​(IAL)​ ​WPH04:

1hr​ ​35min

N/A

20%

Unit 5  Physics  from  Creation  to  Collapse  (IAL)  1hr​ ​35min  WPH05: 

N/A

20%

Unit​ ​6​ ​Experimental​ ​Physics​ ​(IAL)​ ​WPH06:

N/A

10%

​ ​1hr​ ​20min

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    Studying  Physics IAL will put students in an excellent position to progress to university courses in Physics,  Engineering,  Medicine,  Finance,  Business,  Mathematics,  Law,  Geology and many more. Due to Physicists  superior problem solving skills they will find many career pathways open to them, for example engineering,  finance, business, law, accounting to name a few. There is no better IAL to prepare students for any career  and  will  give  students  a  well  rounded  balance  of mathematical, reasoning, written evaluation and problem  solving​ ​skills.       28 


Psychology  

AQA​ ​AS​ ​and​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​Psychology​ ​(7181/7182)    Psychology  is  the  scientific  study  of  human  behaviour: why do we think, feel, and behave the way we do?  How​ ​should​ ​psychologists​ ​conduct​ ​research​ ​that​ ​is​ ​scientific,​ ​ethical​ ​and​ ​has​ ​practical​ ​applications?     Students  follow  the  AQA  course  which  gives  them  the  opportunity  to  learn  core  scientific  knowledge and  develop  theoretical  and  practical  skills  valued  by  higher  education  and  employers  including  critical  analysis,  independent  thinking  and  research.  The  study  of  psychology  contributes  to  students’  broader  understanding  of  scientific,  ethical  and  social  issues.  Thus,  it  promotes  understanding  of  self  and  others,  while​ ​challenging​ ​preconceptions.    Syllabus​ ​outline    Themes   Year12​ ​Core​ ​content   Year  13  Specialist  choices  (3    of​ ​the​ ​following​ ​options)     •​ ​Methodology   •​ ​Social​ ​influence  •​ ​Relationships   •​ ​Approaches​ ​and  •​ ​Memory  •​ ​Gender   perspectives   •​ ​Attachment  •​ ​Cognition​ ​and​ ​development   •​ ​Issues​ ​and  •​ ​Psychopathology  •​ ​Schizophrenia   debates   •​ ​Approaches​ ​in​ ​psychology  •​ ​Eating​ ​behaviour  •​ ​Biopsychology  •​ ​Stress  •​ ​Research​ ​methods  •​ ​Aggression  •​ ​Issues​ ​and​ ​debates​ ​in  •​ ​Forensic​ ​psychology  psychology  •​ ​Addiction    Assessment    Component 

Length

Weighting​ ​(%) AS​ ​Level 

A​ ​Level

Paper​ ​1:​ ​Introductory​ ​topics​ ​in​ ​Psychology 2hr  Written  examination.  Includes  multiple  choice,  short  answer​ ​and​ ​extended​ ​writing. 

50

33.3

Paper​ ​2:​ ​Psychology​ ​in​ ​context 2hr  Written  examination:  Includes  multiple  choice,  short  answer​ ​and​ ​extended​ ​writing. 

50

33.3

Paper​ ​3​ ​Issues​ ​and​ ​debates​ ​in​ ​Psychology 2hr  Written  examination:  Includes  multiple  choice,  short  answer​ ​and​ ​extended​ ​writing. 

-

33.3

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    Psychology  opens  up  many  career  and  further  education  opportunities.  Psychology  complements  any  career  that  involves  people,  as  well as more specific careers such as those in clinical psychology, forensic  psychology​ ​and​ ​educational​ ​psychology.          

29


Spanish

AQA​ ​A​ ​Level​ ​(7692)    The  AQA  A  Level  syllabus in Spanish aims to develop the ability to understand the language from a variety  of  different  registers.  It  enables  students  to  communicate  confidently  and  clearly  in  Spanish,  and  it  will  form  a  sound  base  of  skills,  language  and  attitudes  required  to  further  study,  work  or  leisure.  The course  will  provide  students  with  an  insight  into  the  culture  and  contemporary  societies  in  Spain  and  the  Spanish-speaking​ ​world.    Syllabus​ ​outline  The​ ​syllabus​ ​will​ ​cover​ ​the​ ​following​ ​broad​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​study:    ● Social​ ​issues​ ​and​ ​trends.  ● Political​ ​and​ ​Artistic​ ​culture.  ● Grammar.  ● Study​ ​of​ ​one​ ​literary​ ​text​ ​and​ ​one​ ​film.      Assessment    Component   

Length

A​ ​Level Weighting 

Paper​ ​1​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Listening,​ ​Reading​ ​and​ ​Writing 2hr  Section  1:  ​Listening  and  responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts  30min  and​ ​sources.   Section  2:  ​Reading  and  responding  to  a  variety  of  texts  written  for  different  purposes,​ ​drawn​ ​from​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of​ ​authentic​ ​sources.  Section​ ​3:​ ​T​ranslation​ ​into​ ​English;​ ​a​ ​passage​ ​of​ ​minimum​ ​100​ ​words.   Section​ ​4:​ ​Translation​ ​into​ ​Spanish;​ ​a​ ​passage​ ​of​ ​minimum​ ​100​ ​words. 

50%  

Paper​ ​2​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Writing   2hr   Two  essays  (300  words  per  essay):  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. 

20%

Paper​ ​3​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Speaking 21-23  Section  1:  Discussion  of  a  sub-theme  with  the  discussion  based  on  a  stimulus  mins  card  (5–6  minutes).  The  student  studies  the  card  for  5  minutes  at  the  start  of  the  test.  Section  2:  Presentation  (2  minutes)  and  discussion  (9–10  minutes)  of  individual​ ​research​ ​project. 

30%

Career​ ​and​ ​degree​ ​opportunities    A  degree  in  Spanish  is  usually  four  years,  including  one  year  studying  or  working  in  a  Spanish-speaking  country.  ​Spanish  is  the  second  most  widely  spoken  language  in  the  world  after  English,  so  the  subject  offers  huge  geographical,  cultural  and  historical  scope  alongside  the  ability  to  become  linguistically  proficient.  Graduates  in  Spanish  go  on  to  specialise  as  translators  and  interpreters,  as well as working as  language  and  English  as  a  Second  Language  teachers,  working  in  travel  and  tourism  and  in  the  wider  fields​ ​of​ ​international​ ​business,​ ​law,​ ​journalism,​ ​finance​ ​and​ ​the​ ​civil​ ​service.            30 


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BSKL Sixth Form Prospectus 14.11.2017  
BSKL Sixth Form Prospectus 14.11.2017