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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

the sixth form centre City College Norwich has a long pedigree. It was founded in 1891 and moved to its present site on Ipswich Road in 1953. A Levels have been part of our provision for many years. In 2007, it was decided to bring all our A Level courses together into a specialist Sixth Form Centre, where full-time 16-18 year old students would be taught by A Level experts. Key features of the Sixth Form Centre include: • A more adult environment than at school • Highly qualified subject experts • Dedicated Personal Tutors to guide you through your studies and onto degree level study or the first steps of a career • Our own specialist facilities. Although a separate part of City College Norwich, the Sixth Form Centre benefits from the College’s excellent resources and facilities. These include a superb Information Centre with thousands of books and other resources, 1,200 PCs, a TV studio and media suite, a sports hall and well-equipped gym; and there is a choice of five cafés and restaurants to eat in.

The standards get higher and higher each year. Norwich, the city, and Norfolk, the county, should be immensely proud of this institution. This is a really special place.” Stephen Fry – former A Level student at City College Norwich.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

Contents

welcome to the sixth form centre

Welcome to the Sixth Form Centre

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Geography A Level

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A message to parents

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Government and Politics A Level

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Helping you succeed

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History A Level

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Law A Level

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Mathematics A Level

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Tutorial support Extra help when you need it

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Life at college

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Media Studies A Level

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The Students’ Union

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Photography A Level

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Your future starts here

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Physics A Level

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A Levels

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Psychology A Level

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Art A Level

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Sociology A Level

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Biology A Level

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Textiles A Level

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Business Studies A Level

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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

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Chemistry A Level

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Not ready for A Levels yet?

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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level

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Access to A Levels

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English Language and Literature A Level

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Fresh Start

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English Literature A Level

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Further support

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Film Studies A Level

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How to find us

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Further Mathematics A Level

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How to apply

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Dear Student, You probably already know about City College Norwich’s great vocational courses in subjects like business, sport and catering, but I want to tell you about our Sixth Form Centre, which you may not have heard so much about. It often surprises students, and their parents and teachers, to learn that more than 500 young people like you choose to study for A Levels and GCSEs with us each year. You may also be surprised to know that we have been teaching A Levels here for many years. In fact, one of our most famous ex-students is Stephen Fry, who has said, “It all started here [at City College Norwich]. I will never forget it. I will never cease to be grateful for what it’s done, in such a perfect way. Not a mollycoddling way, not a stern authoritarian way, but a civilised way. We were not treated as children; we were students, not kids. The standard of teaching was astonishingly high. Norwich, the city, and Norfolk, the county, should be immensely proud of this institution. This is a really special place.”

As well as being one of the biggest sixth forms in Norfolk, we believe we are one of the best. We offer a wide choice of subjects, expert teaching, individual care, support and help for you to progress on to Higher Education or employment. We will treat you like an adult and work with you to achieve your goals. I hope you will decide to join us for the next stage in your education and look forward to meeting you soon. Yours faithfully,

Steve Guratsky Head of Sixth Form Centre

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

A MESSAGE TO PARENTS Successful completion of A Levels is one of the most effective routes to degree level study and professional careers. We believe it is critical that young people choose where to take their A Levels carefully and wisely, considering a range of providers and being willing to move on from a school environment, if that is the right choice for them.

As part of this approach, we:

City College Norwich helps students achieve academic success through its expert teaching and support, as well as providing somewhere to grow into confident and mature young adults, ready for the challenges of university and/or employment.

• Provide help and advice when students need it

As an A Level provider, the Sixth Form Centre has adopted many of the best practices found in sixth form colleges around the country, themselves widely recognised as among the very best places for young people to study. We are particularly proud of the working relationships our staff and students create, as equal partners in a shared endeavour. Mutual respect is a given and we treat our students as young adults with both rights and responsibilities. Part of this approach is a very clear expectation that students will work as hard as we do for their futures.

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• Help students to choose the right courses and settle in when they arrive • Provide effective, challenging lessons and tutorials • Tell students how well they are doing and how to do better • Help students move on to the next step in their education or careers. In return, we expect students to do everything they can to ensure their own success by working hard and acting on the advice of their teachers and tutors. In particular, we require students to: • Attend all lessons and arrive on time • Come to lessons well prepared and with all the books and materials that will be needed • Work hard in and out of lessons, completing work to the best of their abilities and to the deadline set. We also recognise the vital role of parents in this student-college partnership, providing encouragement and support for students. This is why we seek to work closely with parents, by sending them copies of students’ Progress Reviews, holding Parent Consultation Evenings and raising any concerns by telephone or letter as they arise.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

Dr Peter Grime, Head of Maths BSc (First) and PhD Maths, University of Durham

City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

Steven Doody, Law and History Modern History, Oxford (Balliol College) Diploma in Law, College of Law, London

Lizzie Harvey, Art and Textiles BA Fine Art, Norwich School of Art MA Textile Culture Practising artist, frequently exhibiting her work

HELPING YOU SUCCEED Unlike many other sixth forms, we are very open in our recruitment. We recognise that students with widely varying previous educational experiences and achievements all have the potential to succeed. Our entry requirements are carefully designed to help you choose the right courses, and not to boost our position in league tables by only accepting students who will achieve the highest grades. We take the quality of learning and teaching very seriously. Once you have enrolled, our approach is a simple one. Expert teaching and support, coupled with serious effort from you will enable you to succeed. There is a simple relationship:

TUTORIAL SUPPORT Teaching methods should be based on evidence of what works. Drawing on 15 years of empirical research into effective teaching methods by Professor John Hattie, whose 2009 book, Visible Learning, analysed many thousands of studies. Our staff development programme is currently focused on how we can use active learning approaches and detailed feedback to help you achieve the best possible results. Throughout your time here, we will treat you as an equal and you will call your lecturers and tutors by their first names. Nonetheless, we do still have some simple rules, designed to help you achieve as much as possible:

EFFORT = SUCCESS

• You must attend all lessons and be on time

A key benefit of studying at City College Norwich is the focus that teachers can specifically give to A Level students. All of our teachers are experienced and well-qualified in the subjects they teach and specialise in. In addition to being excellent teachers, our sixth form staff includes examiners, moderators and textbook authors.

• You may not eat or drink in classes

• You must work hard on your courses • You must turn off mobile devices in classes • You must complete homework and private study tasks to the best of your ability and to the deadline set.

In addition to academic expertise, we believe that care and support are essential to your success. This is why we have a team of specialist Personal Tutors and friendly, supportive, experienced teachers who will work with you throughout your time here.

and advice about things like applying to university and other college courses or getting that job or apprenticeship you really want.

Sixth Form Centre students come from schools all across the region, so we know how important it is for you to get to know other students and find out about life at college when you arrive. To help you do this, your first day will be an induction with your tutor group.

A key focus in tutorial work is on helping you achieve the best possible results. We believe that anyone can do well if they embrace the idea that effort leads to success and that getting things wrong simply highlights areas for improvement. This approach draws on the ‘mindset’ approach developed by University of Stanford psychologist, Professor Carol Dweck.

After this you will have weekly group tutorials on topics ranging from contemporary politics, to exam techniques that work and applying for university.

Tutorials take place in our specialist Tutorial Suite, with its own classrooms, private interview rooms and IT and research facilities.

You will also have regular one-to-one meetings with your tutor. These are a chance to discuss your progress and resolve any problems or difficulties that you might be experiencing with your studies or personal life. You will also receive great support

We also have a Promoting Achievement in Learning (PAL) Team who work with tutors and teachers to support students by monitoring your attendance and punctuality. They will also help you resolve any issues that you might face that affects your attendance.

For each of your courses you will be set a minimum target grade, which we believe you should be able to achieve. On AS and A Level courses, these targets are based on what previous students with similar GCSE results to yours’ have achieved. To help you achieve at least your target grades there are subject support sessions outside of lesson time.

Tim Logan, Group Tutor and GCSE and Fresh Start programmes

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Roz Hicks, Group Tutor Previous Head of a school Sixth form

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Rebecca Ford, Group Tutor Previous Head of a school Sixth form

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

EXTRA HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT

LIFE AT COLLEGE

The Information Store

The Wellbeing Zone

Get fit. Get active

The Information Store provides access to a fantastic range of resources to help you with your course, whether books, online resources, CDs, DVDs or magazines as well as more than 200 PCs, including laptops, all with internet access and a wide selection of software packages. Our specialist staff will help you find what you need for your studies.

The Wellbeing Zone has a range of resources to help you with health and wellbeing while you are a City College Norwich student. A Wellbeing Adviser is available to talk to you about any concerns you might have. The service is friendly, discrete and non-judgemental.

In the Sixth Form Centre, we want you to get as much as you possibly can out of being a student. Being part of City College Norwich means that there are a huge range of excellent facilities available to you.

Student groups and societies

In our newly refurbished Sports Centre we have modern, up-to-date facilities which include a fully equipped gym and sports hall.

Support for students with disabilities If you need extra help because of a physical or learning disability, the College offers a range of support services that can help you. For further information, please contact the Curriculum Support Team on 01603 773 058 or email ilst@ccn.ac.uk.

The Enterprise Zone The Enterprise Zone is a unique space where students are given the opportunity to develop 21st Century employment and self-employment skills, innovate and come up with ideas for developing new products, services and ways of working. Students can access business mentoring and advice from the College’s entrepreneurs in residence and get practical help with job searching and CV workshops.

The Advice Shop The Advice Shop can offer help and advice on a whole range of subjects, such as choosing the right course for you, careers and Higher Education options, financial advice, personal issues and accommodation, as well as providing support for international students. Contact The Advice Shop on 01603 773 773.

Above all, it’s your college We pride ourselves on listening to students and taking account of their views. We want you to have your say here in the Sixth Form Centre. Student representation occurs at every level of the College – from tutor groups to the Students’ Union and the College Governing Body.

You will have access to a variety of student groups, societies and associations, supported by the Students’ Union. Whether you want to meet new people, continue a hobby, learn something new or just get involved in student life, there is a group for you.

You can take part in a variety of sports and fitness activities.

An activity programme will be available when you start at college and will include sports such as football, netball, rugby, climbing, kayaking and wind surfing, to name but a few.

Relaxing with friends

Telephone: 01603 773 626.

During breaks or after lessons, you can make the most of the many cafés and restaurants we have on campus, offering great food at sensible prices. You can grab a coffee, a light bite or a full meal, or even treat yourself to something really special in our fine dining Debut restaurant.

City College Norwich also has excellent links with the Norfolk Football Association’s Football Development Centre and Eaton Vale Outdoor Activity Centre.

Hair and beauty spa Our Solutions Salons offer a wide range of hair and beauty treatments at a fraction of high street prices! These include hair cutting and colouring, facials, massages and tanning. Call now for a hair appointment on 01603 773 229. Beauty appointments on 01603 773 228, or just pop in to make an appointment.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

THE STUDENTS’ UNION Dear Student, As President of the Students’ Union, I am writing to extend a warm welcome to you as you consider your options for further study. I was an A Level student here at City College Norwich, studying English, History and Geography. Whilst studying I became involved with the Students’ Union, helping to organise events ranging from trips to Alton Towers to student parties and club nights, and high profile political events such as the protests against the cuts to student support. The Students’ Union is by you, for you; its members are every student in the College. You can get involved in your Students’ Union through the Class Representative and School Representative systems. These systems have been designed and built around the wishes of our students. Class and School Representatives work alongside each other and college staff, so remember you can talk to them about any issue relating to your education.

As well as providing support and advice to students, we also assist in the running of a whole range of clubs and societies. These currently include a debating society, a self-defence society, a games society, a LGBT society and a feminism society. We provide funding and support to any group of students who wish to start their own student club. Our year kicks off with Freshers’ Week, when you can find out about all the College and the Students’ Union have to offer. I do hope that you choose to study here, and I look forward to meeting you and working with you to make City College Norwich the best place to study in East Anglia. Yours faithfully,

Tom Hollick President 2011-2013

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

YOUR FUTURE STARTS HERE

INDUCTION

Your induction at the beginning of courses is when you start getting to know other students and how everything works in the Sixth Form Centre and the College. We know the College can seem large compared to school, and maybe even a little intimidating, so we have designed your induction to make sure you feel settled and confident here.

DECIDING TO APPLY

If you are still deciding whether you want to join us, take your time. This is a big decision and we know there are lots of options open to you. You can find out more about us from this prospectus, on our dedicated website: www.ccn.ac.uk/sixthform or at one of our open days.

ENROLMENT

At the end of August or beginning of September we will invite you to enrol. Your appointment will be based on when you applied to come to the Sixth Form Centre; so the earlier you apply, the sooner you will be able to enrol. This can be important, as some courses often fill up before the end of the enrolment period.

RESULTS DAY!

If you are taking your GCSEs this year, we will be happy to talk to you on results day, or shortly afterwards, about your Sixth Form Centre courses. If your results are better or worse than you expected, you will be able to change your courses at that time.

COURSES

Your courses will start in September and will last one, two or three years, depending on which ones you take. (Most A Level students are with us for two years.) We work hard to make all our courses interesting and help you achieve as much as possible, and we expect you to work hard on them too.

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WORKING WITH YOUR TUTOR You will have a group tutorial every week and will discuss your progress in regular individual tutorials. Your tutor will also help you move on to the next stage of your career, at the end of your courses. This will include helping you write the best possible UCAS application if you decide to go on to university.

APPLYING

RESULTS DAY AGAIN!

When you receive your results at the end of your courses, we will be there to celebrate with you and to provide advice on what to do next, if you need it.

You can apply using an application form available from our Advice Shop, or to download from our website: www.ccn.ac.uk

GET OFF TO A FLYING START Join us in July for a day or a week to get a feel for your chosen courses, meet staff and students, and get to know your way around the Sixth Form Centre.

TASTER DAYS AND INTERVIEWS Once you have applied to the Sixth Form Centre we will invite you to a Taster Day where you will be able to find out more about us, our courses and have an in-depth guidance interview. Our aim will be to help you choose the right courses, where you will be happy and successful.

THE REST OF YOUR LIFE Even though the Sixth Form Centre is a great place to be, we know that you will move on to do other things with your life afterwards. You could be a scientist, a doctor, a designer, a film maker, an engineer or a teacher. It is really up to you. Whatever you decide to do, we will do everything we can to help you get there.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

A LEVELS

A Levels are among the most popular and useful qualifications around and are taken by around 80% of Sixth Form Centre students at City College Norwich. By focusing on three or four subjects in depth, you will develop advanced knowledge and skills that are relevant to both Higher Education (HE) and employment. The majority of our second year students go on to Higher Education study, including Cambridge University and within City College Norwich’s own HE provision, as well as other very selective and prestigious universities. A Levels are divided into an AS (first) year and an A2 (second) year. The AS year will help you move on from GCSE to more advanced study and is a stepping stone to the full A Level standard of the second year. A Levels vary widely from subject to subject and include traditional classes, practical work and field trips and visits. One thing they all have in common is that they are challenging. Many of our former students who have gone on to university tell us that their A Levels were as demanding as the first year of their degree courses. In spite of these challenges, our results are good, with an overall pass rate of 98% in 2011, and 100% pass rate in the majority of subjects. Each course has two or three modules per year. The majority are assessed through examinations, though some do have coursework.

Choosing the right subjects can be complicated, but we will help you to choose the right subjects, subjects that: • You will enjoy • You will have a good chance of succeeding in • Will help you move on to the next stage in your chosen career. If you are thinking of applying later on for highly rated academic degree courses, we will recommend taking at least two of the ‘facilitating subjects’ recommended by the Russell Group of selective universities, such as English, Maths, Geography, History, Science subjects and modern foreign languages. To start any of our A Level courses, you will need grades A*-C in five full GCSEs including English. This is less than some sixth forms ask for, but we know that if you meet this entry requirement, and work hard, you will succeed. Some courses also have their own additional entry requirements, including minimum average GCSE points scores. These are calculated by adding up the points for all your GCSEs, using the scale below, and then dividing the total by the number of subjects taken: A* = 8, A = 7, B = 6, C = 5, D = 4, E = 3, F = 2, G = 1, U = 0 For example, if you have a grade C in all of your GCSEs, your average would be 5.0. If half are at grade C and half at grade B, it would be 5.5.

The minimum GCSE scores we ask for if you want to take certain A Level subjects take account of national statistics in the A Level Information System (ALIS). These tell us if you have a good chance of succeeding in each subject with a particular GCSE score. Entry qualifications for different courses are explained within their subject descriptions on the following pages.

If you would like to take one of these subjects, or another one that is not in this prospectus, please indicate this in your application and we will try to make it available. The entry requirements for these subjects vary and are agreed with the schools in which they are taught. They always include at least five GCSE passes at grades A*-C, including English.

Working with our partner schools to offer a wider choice of A Levels The Sixth Form Centre aims to offer the widest possible choice of subjects to A Level students. The courses described on the pages that follow are all taught at City College Norwich’s Ipswich Road campus, but additional subjects can sometimes be taken in the sixth forms of schools that we work in partnership with. The subjects that are available vary from year to year. They typically include: • Economics • French • German • Graphics • Spanish • ICT • PE

To succeed at A Level, you will need to have academic ability, choose the right courses and be willing to work hard throughout them.

• Philosophy and Ethics.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

ART

A Level

Art A Level will develop your ability to think and work as an artist. During the course, you will use a range of activities and processes to explore the use of visual language. Your work will be linked to your own personal themes and to the work of other artists and art movements. You will learn to think and write analytically about your own work and that of other artists. Practical work begins with a structured course, in which drawing and painting are covered extensively using a range of materials such as inks, charcoal, watercolours, acrylics and oil paint. You will then move on to printmaking and explore drypoint, collograph and relief techniques such as lino cuts. Basic sculptural methods using card and wire follow, and then a range of collage and mixed media techniques are explored. You will be able to use photography equipment and experiment with darkroom processes such as photograms, which can form a useful addition to more traditional techniques. As part of the course, you will visit galleries and exhibitions – locally and in London. These have included the Turner Prize exhibition, as well as shows featuring the work of Gauguin, Rauschenberg and Joseph Beuys. Each year there is also a visual arts trip abroad to a city renowned for its artistic heritage. Recent destinations have included Paris and New York. In Paris, students experienced an outstanding exhibition of women artists at the Pompidou Centre and also a magnificent collection of post-impressionist art at The Musée D’Orsay. The trip to New York included The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, The International Museum of Photography, The Rockefeller Center

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and visits to The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, and Grand Central Station. Each June there is an annual Visual Arts Show, where Art, Photography and Textiles students show their best work in a gallery-style environment, which is open to the public. To be successful on the course, you will need to have an interest in art and in the world around you and be able to work independently and with enthusiasm. You should also enjoy visiting galleries and exhibitions. Assessment is through: • A range of practical work including experiments contained in a work journal, finished pieces of coursework and a response to a theme set by the exam board • A written personal study investigating ideas in textiles. An A Level in Art can lead to related courses at a college, art school or university, and then on to a very wide range of careers in art and design and other creative industries. Art can be taken with any subjects, but students often choose to combine it with other visual disciplines such as Textiles, Photography, Media Studies or Film Studies.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Art, or a related subject, or a suitable portfolio of art work.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

BIOLOGY A Level

Biology is the study of life including you and all other living organisms, from the molecular level right through to entire ecosystems. Essential principles are taught in the context of today’s themes and issues, such as how our actions enhance the antibiotic resistance of bacteria and studying lifestyle factors that increase the risk of cancer and heart disease. Humans are part of the ecological balance and their actions affect it both directly and indirectly. Should we try to prevent malaria by breeding and releasing mosquitoes that carry a gene that is lethal for their offspring, or cull harriers to increase the survival of red grouse chicks? In the AS year, the main areas of study are: • Biology and disease

In the A2 year, the main areas of study are: • Populations and environment • Control in cells and organisms. The course combines detailed theoretical knowledge with practical research including laboratory work, interpreting data to solve scientific problems and writing in a scientific way. The course includes visits to The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the John Innes Centre and field studies to Holkham and Anglesey, in Wales. Biology is challenging, not only because of the content that is covered, but also in the scientific skills you will need to develop, such as in practical work and interpreting data. You will also need to understand chemical processes within organisms, so knowledge of chemistry is also useful.

Assessment is through a mixture of written exams and practical work. An A Level in Biology can be the first step towards careers in fields such as; research science, marine biology, healthcare and forensic science, as well as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. Biology is identified by selective universities as one of the subjects they prefer applicants to have studied at A Level.

• Variety of living organisms.

Elliot Byford Previously at: Rosemary Musker High School, Thetford

Entry requirements: • A GCSE at grade A*-B in Biology or Science and Additional Science • A GCSE at grade A*-B in Mathematics • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English • A GCSE average points score of more than 5.7 (see page 16 for details of how this is calculated).

Biology can be taken with any subjects, but students often choose to combine it with Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology.

AS Levels: Biology A, Chemistry A, English Language and Literature B, Psychology A Currently applying for Medicine, attracted to studying at the University of Sussex or the University of Leeds.

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Rosie Dickens Previously at: Rosemary Musker High School, Thetford A Levels: Business Studies A*, Government and Politics A*, Psychology A

BUSINESS STUDIES

BA Music and Entertainment Industry Management at the University of Hertfordshire.

A Level

This subject introduces you to the challenges and issues of starting a business and then goes on to explore the management of people, operations, finance and marketing. The course is divided into four units covering: • Planning and financing a business • Managing a business • Strategies for success • The business environment and change. During the course, you will draw on general business principles and current events in the world of business to understand and evaluate the decisions organisations make. There is a strong emphasis on the practical application of what you learn. A lot of the work is based on data and case studies, where you will be asked to analyse a variety of business problems and situations.

Business Studies can be combined with a wide variety of other subjects. Some students take it with subjects that can be useful in business such as Law, Psychology or Media Studies, while others prefer Mathematics or Science courses.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Mathematics • A GCSE average points score of at least 5.0 (see page 16 for details of how this is calculated) • You do not need to have studied Business Studies before, but if you have, you will need to have a GCSE at grade A*-C or equivalent.

To succeed on the course you will need to have an enquiring and logical mind and a general interest in what goes on in business, as well as good communication skills and confidence in handling data and numbers. Assessment is through exams with varied question types, including data response and essays. There is no coursework. An A Level in Business Studies can lead on to a degree or foundation degree at a Higher Education institute or careers in any industry, including general management, with specialisms such as accounting and finance, marketing or human resources. You could also start up your own business using the skills you have learned during the course.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

CHEMISTRY A Level

Are you fascinated by chemical reactions? Do you want to explore the world of atoms and molecules? If so, then Chemistry is for you. From medical discoveries to microscopic organisms, Chemistry is central to our understanding of the universe. Topics include: • The structure of atoms and how they form bonds • Chemical reactions • The periodic table and groups within it • Quantities and the mole concept • Groups of organic chemicals • Making new chemicals • Analysing the structure of unknown substances.

Work includes lectures, note taking, question and answer sessions, problem solving, written work and model building. Classes include demonstrations and practical laboratory work. You will develop a range of skills such as making observations, collecting data, titration and organic synthesis. Links with the University of East Anglia allow college students to work alongside undergraduates, such as on a spectroscopy day. You are likely to enjoy and do well in this subject if: • You are intrigued by the science that you have studied so far and want to know more • You can understand and remember lots of facts and abstract concepts • You enjoy practical laboratory work • You can cope fairly easily with mathematics and like to use it in problem solving • You are prepared to work hard and have a go at any questions you are set. Assessment is through two written exams and practical work in each year.

Nenna Okoye Previously at: Sprowston High School, Norwich AS Levels: Biology A, Chemistry A, Maths A, Physics A Fascinated by organic chemistry, she is applying to Cambridge University to study for a degree in Chemical Engineering.

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An A Level in Chemistry can lead to careers in fields such as; research science, healthcare and forensic science, as well as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. Chemistry is identified by selective universities as one of the subjects they prefer applicants to have studied at A Level. Chemistry can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose to combine it with Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology.

Entry requirements: • A GCSE at grade A*-B in Chemistry or Science and Additional Science • A GCSE at grade A*-B in Mathematics • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English • A GCSE average points score of more than 5.7 (see page 16 for details of how this is calculated).

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES A Level

This course takes a practical approach and you will learn, rehearse and perform in our specially designed drama studio. There is a strong focus on drama that you may have performed or seen in a theatre and we aim to give students a chance to perform in larger venues such as The Norwich Playhouse. We also hope to include work with visiting professional actors and directors as part of the course. You will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to develop your performing and analytical skills. You will do this by studying plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. The course includes trips to see theatrical performances. These have included Emperor and Galilean at The National Theatre, Dr Faustus at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Propeller Theatre’s Richard III at Norwich’s Theatre Royal. If you wish to read Drama at university, we will encourage you to apply to join the National Youth Theatre, as an effective way of preparing for university auditions.

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We expect students to be excellent team players, to have initiative, maturity and imagination and to appreciate that writing in detail about your thoughts and experiences during workshops is an essential part of developing your skills as a performer. A high level of attendance is also essential as you will be involved in group performances where students depend on each other’s support to succeed. Assessment is through written examinations, practical work and can include technical skills such as sound and lighting as well as performances. Drama and Theatre Studies can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose to combine it with English, Media Studies or Film Studies.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English • You do not need to have studied Drama before, but if you have, you will need to have a GCSE at grade A*-C or equivalent.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE A Level

This course explores a wide variety of texts from different historical periods and genres, written for different audiences and purposes. These will include novels, newspapers, journals, plays, speeches, poems, short stories and diaries. You will think about the nature of language and how it works and consider how writers and speakers are affected by the context in which they live and the medium and genre through which they have chosen to communicate. You will look at dialogue and narrative voices in literature and compare them with the spontaneous speech of everyday life. You will explore how speech conveys information about character to the reader or listener and how things that are left unsaid can be just as important as those revealed through dialogue.

An A Level in English Language and Literature can lead on to related degree courses and any courses or careers that require good language, communication and analytical skills. English Language and Literature can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose to combine it with Drama and Theatre Studies, Media Studies or Film Studies.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English.

You will learn the critical skills needed to talk and write confidently about writers and their work and will develop your creative writing skills by writing from different perspectives and by adapting existing texts.

Molly Todd

You will study revered writers from the literary canon, such as Tennessee Williams and modern authors like Alice Sebold and Khaled Hosseini. This year students have visited The National Theatre to see Emperor and Galilean and The Globe Theatre to see Dr Faustus.

A Levels: Law A*, English Language and Literature A, History A

Previously: Home tutored

BA English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

Assessment is through written exams and coursework.

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ENGLISH LITERATURE A Level

This subject gives you the enduring pleasure of reading and getting to know in detail a wide range of literary texts and plays, from the Renaissance to the present day. As well as reading the texts themselves, you will consider the social, literary and historical context of the time they were written and examine some critical responses to them. During the course, you will learn to: • Understand the role of narrative in literary texts • Understand the distinctive nature of different literary genres • Read carefully, think analytically and write articulately

Assessment is through written exams and coursework. An A Level in English Literature is an ideal preparation for a wide variety of degree courses and careers that require good communication and thinking skills. English Literature is identified by selective universities as one of the subjects they prefer applicants to have studied at A Level. English Literature can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose to combine it with; Drama and Theatre Studies, Media Studies or Film Studies.

• Explore texts creatively and independently

Entry requirements:

• Apply critical ideas to literary texts.

• Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English.

To succeed on the course, you will need curiosity, enthusiasm, creativity and commitment, and above all a desire to read literature. Recent texts have included: • The Kite Runner • The Great Gatsby • Poetry by Robert Browning and Alfred Lord Tennyson • Tragedies such as Hamlet and A Streetcar Named Desire • Gothic texts such as Dracula, Doctor Faustus and The Bloody Chamber.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

FILM STUDIES A Level

A Level Film Studies will develop your understanding of films and their social, historical and artistic importance. You will learn about the film-making process, from the early pioneers through to modern day mainstream and non-mainstream cinema and be encouraged to analyse films critically. The focus in the first year is on British and American films and how they often embody societal concerns and anxieties. Students also complete a series of research projects and case studies that investigate the producers of film and the shifting nature of film spectatorship. World Cinema and the Silent Movie era are studied in year two. Students also complete a single film study and a research project on a film style, film actor or director of their choice. The course will also enable you to put theory into practice. You will make films in both years of the course, working to briefs agreed with your teacher. You will have creative freedom to experiment in a range of different film styles and genres, from Wallace and Gromit style Claymation, to documentary film, single camera drama pieces and avant-garde films. You will have access to; High Definition digital video cameras, non-linear editing suites, the College’s TV studio and the Adobe Creative Suite for postproduction effects, including Adobe After Effects. Experienced staff will offer technical and production advice plus guidance throughout the course.

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Students’ completed films are shown at the annual Oscars Night at The Forum in Norwich. You are likely to do well in this subject if you enjoy watching films, not just for their content but also for the meanings behind them, and if you are keen to learn about films from the entire history of cinema. You will also need to be creative and well-organised to complete your practical work successfully. Assessment is through project work and written examinations. A Level Film Studies is useful for anyone wishing to take an arts or humanities subject at degree level, and can lead to careers writing about or making films. Film Studies can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose to combine it with; English, Drama and Theatre Studies or Photography. We do not generally recommend combining Film Studies with Media Studies as this can lead to a narrow A Level programme.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English.

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James Hipperson Previously at: Wayland Community High School, Thetford A Levels: Biology A*, Chemistry A*, Maths A*, Physics A

FURTHER MATHEMATICS A Level

Further Mathematics is a course that broadens and deepens the maths covered in A Level Mathematics. It develops your mathematical ability and introduces you to new topics, which are vital if you are intending to study a mathematics degree. Further Mathematics is studied alongside Mathematics A Level. See page 44 for details of our Mathematics A Level course. When you study Further Mathematics at A Level, you will not only learn new mathematical skills, but will also apply them to solving problems. You will see how the subject can be used to show what is happening and what might happen in different real life situations. The Further Mathematics course includes further study of modules in core (pure) mathematics, plus statistics and/or mechanics. Core mathematics extends your knowledge of topics such as; algebra, trigonometry and geometry as well as learning some new ideas such as calculus. These ideas are interesting in their own right, but they also serve as a foundation for other work you will do.

Currently taking a gap year before beginning studies to become a Vet.

Mechanics describes mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting on them. Many of the ideas studied here form an introduction to modern fields of study such as robotics and biomechanics, as well as the more traditional ones of engineering and physics. There is a total of six modules to be completed. Assessment is mainly through written examinations, although there is also a small amount of coursework. Further Mathematics A Level is essential if you are intending to go onto a degree rich in Mathematics, and it could lead to degrees in other subjects such as; science, economics, engineering or computing. The skills you will learn, such as thinking clearly and logically, will be useful in a wide range of careers including; science, engineering, computing and management.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English • A GCSE at grade A* or A in Mathematics • A GCSE average points score of more than 5.7 (see page 16 for details of how this is calculated).

In statistics you will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data to arrive at conclusions and predictions about it.

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GEOGRAPHY A Level

Geography is the study of the earth’s surface and atmosphere, human responses to them and, increasingly, the effects of human activity upon them. It will give you an insight into issues that affect your everyday life, from coastal erosion and global warming to rising global population and food supply.

As well as working in class, you will carry out practical fieldwork and take part in events such as the biodiversity conference held at Norwich Castle each year.

Topics include:

An A Level in Geography could lead on to a related degree, but the skills you will learn such as thinking and writing clearly and logically and interpreting different kinds of data will be useful in a wide range of other subjects. Geography is identified by selective universities as one of the subjects they prefer applicants to have studied at A Level.

• Forces influencing our natural environment, from global tectonic processes to the smaller scale landscape processes of coasts and rivers • Issues affecting people and the places where they live, including how cities and the countryside are changing • How people are affecting the environment • Decisions about the use of resources and who makes them • Current events and problems such as natural disasters, the plight of refugees and the problems of food supply • Fieldwork investigation, including collecting and analysing evidence.

Assessment is through two written exams in each year.

Geography can also help you move on to a variety of careers, such as; conservation and environmental management, town planning, teaching or international development. Geography can be taken with any other subjects, but Geography goes particularly well with; Mathematics or Science subjects as well as; Business Studies, Government and Politics, Sociology and other humanities and social science subjects.

Entry requirements:

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• Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Mathematics

Ben Pollock

• A GCSE average points score of more than 5.0 (see page 16 for details of how this is calculated)

Previously at: Taverham High School, Norwich

• You do not need to have studied Geography before, but if you have, you will need to have a GCSE at grade A*-C or equivalent.

AS Levels: Geography A, History A, Media Studies A Hoping to study for a BA in International Development after completing his A2s.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

Michael Maggs Previously at: Long Stratton High School, Long Stratton A Levels: Government and Politics A, English Language and Literature A, Sociology A BA History and Politics at the University of East Anglia.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS A Level

Is the government right to raise tuition fees? Are tougher sentences the way to solve crime? Does it matter if politicians lie to the people? To what extent is the government to blame for the economic crisis? Government and Politics is the study of how the UK government works and how it affects ordinary people; it is also the study of UK government policy and its effectiveness. Topics include: • Democracy • Pressure groups • The purpose and effectiveness of Parliament • Education, health and welfare policy • Law and order policy • Economic policy • The European Union and the UK. You are likely to enjoy and do well in this subject if you are interested in how government works, enjoy discussing current issues and are good at developing logical, reasoned arguments. You will need to keep up-to-date with current events by reading quality newspapers and watching the television news on a regular basis, as well as doing independent research using the internet and other sources.

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Assessment is through written exams in each year, with a mixture of structured, short answer and data response questions in the first year and also essays in the second year. This A Level is likely to be especially useful if you are thinking about going on to related university courses such as; Politics, International Relations, History and Public Policy, but the skills you will learn, such as thinking and writing clearly and logically and interpreting and evaluating evidence, will be useful in a wide range of other subjects as well. They will also help you in a variety of careers such in the civil service, law or journalism. Government and Politics can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose; Business Studies, History, Law, Sociology or English.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English • A GCSE average points score of more than 5.0 (see page 16 for details of how this is calculated).

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

HISTORY A Level

This subject covers modern European and British history, with themes including nationalism, war and its impact on society, revolution and Fascism. It helps to explain our present and collective past as a story, or a series of stories, whose content shifts according to the storyteller. As George Santayana said, “A country without a memory is a country of madmen.” Themes of study include nationalism, the impact of war on society, Nazi Germany and the development of British democracy. A typical class will include reading, analysing and evaluating historical sources and discussion. Trips are organised to local museums and one of the highlights is the optional visit to Berlin in the second year, where history comes alive as visits are made to see the sites of Imperial Berlin, the Weimar Republic and the Nazi regime.

History is academically challenging. To succeed you will need to enjoy reading, think logically and be good at evaluating evidence and opinions. You must also be prepared to read widely and deeply, to work at developing essay writing skills and to think analytically and independently. Assessment is through exams with essays and there is coursework in the second year. This A Level could lead on to a related degree course, such as History, Politics or Law, but the skills you will learn, such as thinking and writing clearly and logically and interpreting and evaluating evidence, will be useful in a wide range of other subjects. History is identified by selective universities as one of the subjects they prefer applicants to have studied at A Level. The skills you will learn at A Level will also help you in a variety of careers such as; in the civil service, law, journalism, teaching, archaeology and museum work. History can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose Government and Politics, Law, Sociology or English.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English • A GCSE average points score of at least 5.0 (see page 16 for details of how this is calculated) • You do not need to have studied History before, but if you have, you will need to have a GCSE at grade A*-C or equivalent.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

LAW

A Level

This subject answers questions such as, ‘Where does our law come from and how does it change?’ and ‘How does the legal system work?’ It can be related to most aspects of everyday life and will help you to understand your legal rights and participate in discussions and debates on topical issues. The AS course covers sources of law and the English legal system, giving an insight into how the law works in the UK. It includes case law, statute law, the court system and the legal profession, and provides a fundamental knowledge for any further study of law. At A2 level you will study criminal law, including the elements of a crime (the act and the intent) and types of crimes, and will complete a special study of one area of criminal law. Classes will help you understand the law in detail and to apply it to a variety of situations. It is often contentious and there are plenty of opportunities to discuss and debate. Students on the course also take part in a Mock Trial Competition and trips to the local Magistrates’ and Crown Courts to see the law in action.

The subject is challenging and requires hard work and concentration, but is rewarding and stimulating. To succeed, you will need to have good listening skills and a good memory, be able to think logically and coherently and to express yourself clearly in essays. Assessment is through two written exams in each year. This A Level could lead on to a related degree course, such as; Law, History or Politics, but the skills you will learn, such as thinking and writing clearly and logically and interpreting and evaluating evidence, will be useful in a wide range of other subjects, and will also help you in a variety of careers such as; in the civil service, law or journalism. Law can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose; Government and Politics, History or English.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English • A GCSE average points score of more than 5.0 (see page 16 for details of how this is calculated).

Radha Khanna Previously at: City of Norwich School, Norwich A Levels: Chemistry A, Physics A, Textiles B BA Law at the University of East Anglia.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

MATHEMATICS A Level

When you study Mathematics at A Level, you will not only learn new mathematical skills, but will also apply them to solving problems. You will see how the subject can be used to show what is happening and what might happen in different real life situations. If you are intending on studying Mathematics or another maths-rich degree at university, we strongly recommend you combine a Mathematics A Level with a Further Mathematics A Level to give a deeper insight into the subject. See page 34 for details of our Further Mathematics A Level course. The Mathematics course includes core (pure) mathematics plus statistics and/or mechanics. Core mathematics extends your knowledge of topics such as algebra, trigonometry and geometry as well as learning some new ideas such as calculus. These ideas are interesting in their own right, but they also serve as a foundation for other work you will do. In statistics, you will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data to arrive at conclusions and predictions about it. Mechanics describes mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting on them. Many of the ideas studied here form an introduction to modern fields of study such as robotics and biomechanics, as well as the more traditional ones of engineering and physics.

Mathematics students enter the UK Maths Challenge and visit the Maths at UEA Open Day. You will also be able to attend Maths Inspiration talks by mathematicians or professionals working within mathematics; recent talks include ‘The Mathematics of Juggling’ and ‘Maths and Roller Coasters’. We can also help to arrange work-experience days with high profile companies that use mathematics. Mathematics can be challenging at this level. To succeed, you will need to be able to think clearly and logically and, just as importantly, to persevere when you can’t immediately see the solution to a problem. There is a total of six modules to be completed. Assessment is mainly through written examinations, though there is also a small amount of coursework. Mathematics can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose; Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Business Studies or Geography. Mathematics A Level could lead on to a related degree course, such as in mathematics, science, economics, engineering or computing, but the skills you will learn, such as thinking clearly and logically, will be useful in wide range of other subjects. Mathematics is identified by selective universities as one of the subjects they prefer applicants to have studied at A Level. Mathematical knowledge is also essential in a wide range of careers including ones in science, engineering, computing and management.

Karina Adcock Previously at: Attleborough High School, Attleborough AS Levels: Biology A, History A, Mathematics A, Chemistry B Hoping to study for a Degree in Environmental Science in the future, a subject that asks for knowledge from across her range of mathematical and scientific interests.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English • A GCSE at grade A*-B in Mathematics • A GCSE average points score of more than 5.7 (see page 16 for details of how this is calculated).

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

Ashley Bilverstone Previously at: Wayland Community High School, Thetford A Levels: Business Studies C, Film Studies C, Media Studies C BA in Film and Media Production at Edge Hill University.

MEDIA STUDIES A Level

The media affects us all in many ways; we use media technology to connect, investigate, learn and play. This course will develop your understanding of the media and your practical media production skills. At AS level, you will study a range of contemporary and historical TV dramas and complete a case study on a key area of the media. Practical work will include designing and writing the front page, contents page and a double page spread for a new magazine. This will teach you the fundamentals of digital photography and studio lighting, and help you sharpen your journalistic writing. At A2 level, you will study a range of contemporary media issues and debates with a particular focus on the ways in which media technology and social networking are changing how we socialise, work and play. You will complete an extensive cross-media promotion project. This involves working with local musicians and bands to produce a music video, DVD Digipak and print advert. Past students have worked with Ed Sheeran and The Crookes. Throughout the course you will be supported by experienced staff and have use of high quality cameras, a TV studio, Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro.

You are likely to do well in this subject if you are interested in the media, not just for their content, but also for the meanings behind them. You will also need to be creative and well-organised to complete your practical work successfully. Assessment is through exams and coursework. A Level Media Studies is useful for anyone wishing to take a related degree and you may one day find yourself working in the media. The course will also develops skills of critical analysis and interpretation, essay writing and debating that can be useful in a wide range of areas of study and careers. Media Studies can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose to combine it with English, Art, Photography or Sociology. We don’t generally recommend combining Media Studies with Film Studies as this can lead to an A Level programme that is too narrow.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English • You do not need to have taken Media Studies before, but if you have, you will need to have a GCSE at grade A*-C or equivalent.

Completed magazine designs and films are shown at our annual Oscars Night at The Forum in Norwich.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

PHOTOGRAPHY A Level

Photography is the pre-eminent visual medium of the age, especially since digital photography has made it more available and added even more to its expressive potential. By exploring themes such as ‘Light’, ‘Capturing the Moment’ and ‘The Truth’, this course will teach you digital and traditional darkroom photography skills, how to express yourself and communicate ideas through photographs and how to understand different layers of meaning in images. As part of the course, you will visit galleries and exhibitions – locally and in London. These have included The Tate Modern, The Haywood Gallery, The Royal Academy, The Photographers’ Gallery, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Sainsbury Centre in Norwich and Norwich Castle Museum. Each year there is also a visual arts trip abroad to a city renowned for its artistic heritage. Recent destinations have included Paris and New York.

In Paris, students experienced an outstanding exhibition of women artists at the Pompidou Centre and also a magnificent collection of post-impressionist art at The Musée D’Orsay. The trip to New York included The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, The International Museum of Photography, The Rockefeller Center as well as visits to The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building and Grand Central Station. Each year there is an annual Visual Arts Show, where Art, Photography and Textiles students show their best work in a gallery-style environment, open to the public.

Assessment is through: • A range of practical work including experiments contained in a work journal, finished pieces of coursework and a response to a theme set by the exam board • A written personal study investigating ideas in photography. The course is taught in a well-equipped, specialist room, with PCs and printers for your digital work and access to a traditional darkroom. We provide the essential materials for the course, but you will need to have your own digital SLR camera.

An A Level in Photography can lead to related courses at a college, art school or university, and then on to a very wide range of creative careers, such as in art and design or the media. Photography can be taken with any subjects, but students often choose to combine it with other visual disciplines such as; Art, Film Studies or Media Studies.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English • A GCSE at grade A*-C in Photography or another art based subject or a suitable portfolio of photographic work.

To succeed you will need curiosity, independence and initiative, and have an eye for a good picture. You will be willing to develop ideas and to investigate and analyse images and you will be persistent and hardworking.

Annalise Taylor Previously at: Thorpe St Andrew School, Norwich AS Levels: Photography A, German B, Psychology B, and Biology D. Annalise has taken up an extra A Level in Media Studies and is researching for an EPQ, focussing on enhancing self-esteem and challenging media portrayal of body image. Annalise hopes to study for a Degree in Photography at Nottingham Trent, preferably with a year overseas.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

PHYSICS A Level

Physics is a fascinating theoretical subject about how the real world (and the rest of the universe) works. It asks about everything from what existed before the Big Bang to how cars can use less petrol. Topics include: • Particles • Quantum phenomena and electricity • Mechanics • Materials and waves • Fields and further mechanics • Nuclear and thermal physics. The course combines learning about theories in Physics with practical laboratory work and analysing data. You are likely to do well if you can think logically, critically and imaginatively and are willing to work hard. The course can be challenging and you will need to persevere when you can not immediately see the solution to a problem. It includes some mathematical concepts and theories, so it will also help if you enjoy and are good at Mathematics, especially algebra.

You will be assessed through written exams and practical work. This A Level could lead on to related degree courses and careers, such as; science, engineering or computing, and the skills you will learn, such as thinking clearly and logically, will be useful in a wide range of other fields. Physics is identified by selective universities as one of the subjects they prefer applicants to have studied at A Level. Physics can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose; Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography.

Entry requirements: • A GCSE at grade A*-B in Physics or Science and Additional Science • A GCSE at grade A*-B in Mathematics • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English • A GCSE average points score of more than 5.7 (see page 16 for details of how this is calculated).

Alex Jantzen Previously studied in Denmark A Levels: Physics A*, Maths A*, Chemistry A BSc Physics at Southampton University.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

PSYCHOLOGY A Level

Psychology tries to answer the questions of why people behave as they do, how they think and how they feel. It looks at these questions using a variety of scientific methods such as experiments, interviews and questionnaires. During your AS course, you will study memory, attachment between children and their parents, stress, obedience, abnormal behaviour and research methods. The topics you will investigate in your A2 year are biological rhythms, relationships, eating behaviour, depression, addictive behaviour and advanced research methods. Classes will allow you to undertake research into these topics and introduce you to a wide range of interesting studies that psychologists have carried out in trying to understand these behaviours. This is a popular course taken by students who are keen to engage with a new subject and be taught by experienced, enthusiastic subject specialists.

The course is assessed through exams, there is no coursework. You will have plenty of practice in exam techniques and help from your teachers who have themselves worked as examiners in the subject. The exams have short answer questions, essays and interpretation of data. To do well you will need to be able to remember factual information, interpret questions and be able to write concisely. Students who have studied Psychology often go on to university to study it further, but may also study or work in related areas such as teaching, business, social work or the police. Psychology can be taken with any other subjects, in particular science subjects, especially Biology, but also History, Geography, Law, Business Studies and Sociology.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Mathematics • A GCSE average points score of at least 5.0 (see page 16 for details of how this is calculated) • You do not need to have studied Psychology before, but if you have, you will need to have GCSE at grade A*-C.

Lauren Burrows Previously at: Sewell Park College, Norwich AS Levels: Business Studies A, Sociology A and Psychology B Lauren hopes to study for a BA in Business Management. She is very interested in how studying A Level Psychology is developing her understanding of how people think and what motivates them to act in certain ways.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

William Burton Previously at: Notre Dame RC School, Norwich A Levels: Government and Politics A, English Language and Literature A*, History B BA in Philosophy and Sociology at the University of York.

SOCIOLOGY A Level

Sociology is the study of society using a range of different perspectives. We look critically at how different features of society work, such as the family, the media and education, opening ourselves up to new ideas and questioning our own experiences. There is really no right and wrong in Sociology, only different points of view, and critical thinking is encouraged. Sociology will enable you to question social organisation, understand people’s experiences in different social positions and social groups and become more articulate and fluent in expressing your ideas and opinions. Students come to Sociology from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a range of different experiences and work with a subject specialist with a real commitment and belief in the value of Sociology. This makes for lively and stimulating sociological discussion and debates. Classes include using topical visual material, news articles, interactive textbooks and more.

Sociology is an academically rigorous subject, combining theoretical perspectives and real world problems. To succeed, you will need to enjoy reading and writing, should have a keen interest in society and social issues and should be prepared to question common sense understanding. You will learn to compare different ways of understanding society so should be open to different arguments. Assessment is by modular exams in the form of data response papers. Sociology goes well with other social sciences and humanities subjects and is a good subject for a range of occupations such as medicine, policing and social work.

Entry requirements: • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English • A GCSE average points score of at least 5.0 (see page 16 for details of how this is calculated) • You do not need to have studied Sociology before, but if you have, you will need to have a GCSE at grades A*-C.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

TEXTILES A Level

This subject will help you develop a working knowledge of materials, practices, technology and specialist vocabulary in textiles. You will use these to interpret and express your ideas and feelings using textiles, craft and design, practicing experimental and analytical and documenting skills. You will also develop a knowledge and understanding of the place of textiles, craft and design in history and in contemporary society. Practical work will include printing, machine embroidery, hand stitching, felt making, paper making and weaving. As part of the course, you will visit galleries and exhibitions – locally and in London. These have included The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Textile Museum in Norwich, The Sainsbury Centre, The Louvre Textile Museum and The Hub Museum at Sleaford. Each year, there is also a visual arts trip abroad, to a city renowned for its artistic heritage. Recent destinations have included Paris and New York. In Paris, students experienced an outstanding exhibition of women artists at The Pompidou Centre and also a magnificent collection of post-impressionist art at The Musée D’Orsay. The trip to New York included The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, The International Museum of Photography, The Rockefeller Center as well as visits to The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building and Grand Central Station. Each year there is an annual Visual Arts Show, where Art, Photography and Textiles students show their best work in a gallery-type environment, which is open to the public.

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To be successful you will need an interest in and understanding of the basic elements of design and the position of art, craft and design in the world. Above all, you should have an interest in creating and understanding textiles and the determination to develop that interest. Assessment is through: • A range of practical work including experiments contained in a work journal, finished pieces of coursework and a response to a theme set by the exam board • A written personal study investigating ideas in Textiles. An A Level in Textiles can lead to related courses at a college, art school or university, and then on to a very wide range of careers in art and design and other creative industries. Textiles can be taken with any subjects, but students often choose to combine it with other visual disciplines such as; Art, Photography, Media Studies or Film Studies.

Entry requirements:

Saskia Hadley

• Five GCSEs grades A*-C including English

Previously at: Stradbroke School, Eye

• A GCSE at grade A*-C in Textiles, Photography or another art-based subject, or a suitable portfolio of textiles work.

A Levels: Textiles A, English Language & Literature B, History B, French D BA in Fashion at Norwich University College of the Arts.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ) This is a one year course, mainly taken by second year A Level students. It is designed to make you into a skilled researcher, someone who can discover information and evaluate its importance and credibility. You will then apply these core research skills in producing either a 5,000 word report on a subject of your choice or an artefact such as a piece of artwork, music or video plus a report of around 1,000 words. You will also compile a detailed production log as you go, showing how you carried out your project. Key areas that you will learn about on the EPQ course include: • Project management • Searching and collecting information • The importance of the peer review process • Evaluating information • Data analysis

Examples of students’ projects have included: • How the creatures of mythology are portrayed in modern society • As part of a pluralistic society, should Sharia Law exist within the British legal system? • The history and key developments in the sport of snowboarding. A key challenge of the EPQ is to manage your time effectively, balancing the need to do research for your EPQ with the demands on your time made by your A Levels. An EPQ is equivalent to an AS Level, although, unlike AS courses, an A* grade may be awarded. If you are considering applying to go to university, it will both give you extra UCAS points and demonstrate that you have important skills needed on degree and even postgraduate courses.

• Referencing and citation • Report writing and presentation skills.

Summer Parker Previously at: Sir John Leman High School, Beccles AS Levels: English Language and Literature B, Sociology B, Biology C and Psychology C. This year she has also taken up the Extended Project Qualification Summer hopes to study for a BSc in Children’s Nursing at Nottingham University.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

INDUCTION

FRESH START

NOT READY FOR A LEVELS YET?

ACCESS TO A LEVELS

CHOOSE FIVE x GCSE SUBJECTS

GCSE ENGLISH

GCSE ENGLISH

GCSE MATHEMATICS Every year, about one hundred students join the Sixth Form Centre who are not yet ready for A Level or other advanced courses. We offer these students two alternative ways to improve their qualifications before moving on to more advanced courses after a year. These are Access to A Level and Fresh Start. Access to A Level is likely to be right for you if you already have two or three GCSEs at grades A*-C and want to improve them and move on to A Levels afterwards. Fresh Start may be a better choice if you have mainly D or E grades at GCSE and want to spend a year gaining some additional qualifications and investigating what might come next.

BTEC WORK SKILLS

WORK PLACEMENT

OTHER GCSEs

GCSE MATHS

GCSE SCIENCE

(+ADDITIONAL SCIENCE)

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS

GCSE GENERAL STUDIES

(ENGLISH AND/OR MATHEMATICS)

GCSE MEDIA STUDIES

If you apply for Access to A Level or Fresh Start, you will begin the year with an induction week in September. We will use this time to get to know you really well and make sure you choose the right courses.

GCSE PSYCHOLOGY

GCSE SOCIOLOGY

EMPLOYMENT OR APPRENTICESHIPS

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VOCATIONAL COURSES

ACCESS TO A LEVELS

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

ACCESS TO A LEVELS

This programme is likely to be right for you if you already have two or three A*-C grades at GCSE and want to improve your GCSEs and move on to A Levels afterwards. It will include resit opportunities for subjects you have taken before as well as a chance to try new ones for the first time. You are likely to take five subjects altogether. English and Mathematics are compulsory if you do not already have A*-C grades at GCSE in them.

Functional Skills are assessed through a single test, while the GCSE is modular with exams in March and May or June. There is no coursework.

English GCSE

• Genes

The main focus is on the practical use of English, in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and the course only includes one literary text. Good English skills are not only essential in many careers; they will also help you in your studies of other subjects at all levels and add to your whole quality of life. Assessment is through exams and controlled assessments. There is no coursework.

Mathematics Functional Skills and GCSE If you do not already have a grade A*-C at GCSE, you will take a Mathematics course as part of Access to A Levels. This will start with Functional Skills, which includes calculations made in everyday life, such as in managing money, at work and so on. Depending on your previous knowledge and progress on this part of the course, you will then move on to either a more advanced Functional Skills course or to a GCSE resit. The GCSE covers similar topics to the ones taught at school.

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Science and Additional Science GCSE These subjects are split equally between Biology, Chemistry and Physics and topics include: • The environment • Designer products • Space and its mysteries • Power of the atom • Synthesis • Energy flow • Living cells. Work on the course includes reading and writing about science, scientific calculations and discussions as well as a lot of practical work on your own and in small groups. Assessment is through module tests with multiple choice and short answer questions, practical work and write-ups. If you are interested in continuing with Science at A Level, you should take both Science and Additional Science GCSEs; if not, then it may be better only to take Science GCSE.

General Studies GCSE

Psychology GCSE

General Studies combines various subjects to show that there are different ways of looking at things. It will help you understand the strengths and limitations of information, ideas and opinions and to evaluate and challenge them. A key focus is on developing skills that will help with other courses, such as communication, handling data and thinking and arguing logically.

This course looks at human behaviour from a number of different points of view, including the biological approach, which investigates whether we are controlled by our genes and the social approach that suggests we are more affected by our environment.

Assessment is through written exams, there is no coursework.

You will be studying a wide range of topics: sex and gender, memory, obedience, attachment, phobias, criminal behaviour, perception, children’s thinking, non-verbal communication, the self and research methods.

Media Studies GCSE

The assessment for this GCSE involves three module exams, there is no coursework.

The media affects us all. We use media technology to connect, investigate, learn and play. This course will help you recognise how audiences are targeted by media producers and you will develop your own critical responses to texts and make your own media products such as music videos. This subject is likely to be right for you if you enjoy watching films and TV and take an interest in advertising and current events. You should be prepared to analyse all types of text, past and present and a degree of creativity is important too. Assessment is by written exams and coursework.

Sociology GCSE Students who enjoy Sociology GCSE like finding out about how society works. The course looks at how people interact with each other and how society is structured. Topics include studying society, education, families, crime and deviance, the mass media and power. To get the most out of this course you will need to enjoy discussing current affairs as well as being able to write about the issues raised. Assessment is through two module exams in January and June. There is no coursework.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

FRESH START

Fresh Start may be a good choice if you have GCSE grades at mainly grades D or E and want to spend a year improving your qualifications and investigating what might come next. The majority of your time will be taken up with a WorkSkills Diploma and workexperience, with the rest normally used for English and Mathematics. If you already have a grade A*-C in English or Mathematics, you may be able to take a GCSE in another subject instead. The English and Mathematics courses and the other GCSEs you might take as part of Fresh Start are the same as those taken by Access to A Level students and details are given on pages 62 and 63.

WorkSkills Diploma The WorkSkills Diploma is a BTEC Level 2 qualification equivalent to four GCSEs at grades A*-C. It covers the key skills that employers need (and many university graduates do not have) such as problem solving, communication, team work, preparation for interviews and contributing to meetings. During the course, you will complete a portfolio of seven projects, with some of the evidence coming from your work-experience placement. There are no exams.

Work-experience Your work-experience placement will be: • One full day every week, starting after October half-term • Chosen by you from a range of options • Counted towards your WorkSkills Diploma • A fantastic way to get real life work skills and improve your CV • Something to help you decide if you want to carry on working in the same industry. At the end of your Fresh Start year, we will help you move on to the next stage in your career, in Further Education, training or employment.

Harriett Brown began Fresh Start in 2010 after missing a lot of Year 11 classes due to illness. She had not achieved the GCSE grades that she was capable of and, when she started on Fresh Start, she had to work hard to catch up on what she had missed at school. She gained grade C in both English and Mathematics GCSE, along with her WorkSkills Diploma. Her work-experience as a Teaching Assistant at a primary school gave her vital practical skills in working with children. All of this has enabled Harriett to move on to a Level 3 Childcare course at City College Norwich.

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City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

City College Norwich | Sixth Form Centre

FURTHER SUPPORT

HOW TO FIND US

Financial support

We are a few minutes walk from the city centre on Ipswich Road. From the St Stephens Street roundabout (near the bus station), follow signs to Ipswich. A few hundred metres south of the roundabout the A11 and A140 divide: take the left fork and the College is about 300 metres further along on the left.

16-19 Bursary Scheme If you are studying on a Further Education course at City College Norwich, you could be eligible for help from a discretionary fund to help those on low incomes with costs such as transport, equipment and study trips. There is also a 16-19 Bursary Scheme for Vulnerable Young People, worth up to £1,200 a year, to be eligible for the Bursary you need to be in one of the following groups: • Disabled and in receipt of employment support allowance and disability living allowance • A young person in the care of Norfolk County Council • A care leaver

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) If English is not your first language and you would like to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, then the ESOL course at City College Norwich is certificated by City & Guilds to help you gain a nationally recognised qualification. The course will improve your study skills, including IT and numeracy. It also includes citizenship materials so it will help you to apply for British citizenship with the Home Office if necessary. At the end of the course you will do the City & Guilds examination.

• Estranged from your parents and in receipt of income support.

For more information or an application form please contact The Advice Shop on 01603 773 773 or email information@ccn.ac.uk

For more information or an application form please contact The Advice Shop on 01603 773 773 or email financialadvice@ccn.ac.uk.

Help with childcare

Travel assistance This may be available if you are aged under 19, are studying at least 16 hours per week and live more than three miles from the College. For more details, please contact the Passenger Transport Unit, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2SG or call the Student Transport Hotline on 0344 800 8003 or visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/post16transport for further information. Special needs transport is available with support from Norfolk County Council.

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There is limited pay and display parking on campus, but we also offer a subsidised Park and Ride scheme from the County Council site on Harford Roundabout (near Tesco on the A140/A47 junction). Ask at Southwell Lodge on campus for details.

The College has its own nursery. It is open from 8.45am-5.15pm for college staff and students. A waiting list system is in operation so please contact the Nursery on 01603 773 121 if you would like to look around the Nursery or receive further details.

Accommodation, if you need it If you have problems finding somewhere to live, or want to discuss any aspect relating to your accommodation, The Advice Shop may be able to help, please contact 01603 773 064.

Please note: We make every effort to ensure that all information in this directory is accurate at the time of printing. However, changes to courses, fees, facilities or other matters may be necessary and the College cannot accept any liability arising as a result. The College reserves the right to alter, to close, or not to run courses/classes as deemed necessary on the grounds of operational constraints, financial viability or any other reason. We will notify applicants of any cancellation at the earliest reasonable opportunity.

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The Sixth Form Centre, your best possible start after school. Get your application in early because some of our popular courses fill up quickly. You can apply from 1st November 2011, and we would recommend that you get your application in by 31st January 2012. However we do accept applications right up until the courses start in September 2012.

HOW TO APPLY • You can apply using our application form available to download from our website • Alternatively you can use the Norfolk County Council website: www.helpyouchoose.org • But do not worry if you are not completely sure about your choices as we will help you make the right decision for a brilliant future

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• If you cannot find what you are looking for in this prospectus, contact our Advisers in The Advice Shop on 01603 773 773 or email information@ccn.ac.uk, who can direct you to an appropriate member of Sixth Form Centre staff • Return your completed application form to:

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