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CHANCELLOR’S & MOUNT GRACE SIXTH FORM CONSORTIUM

COURSE INFORMATION BOOKLET

CONTENTS 17

History

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Art & Design

18

ICT

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Business Studies (A-Level)

19

ICT

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Business Studies (BTEC)

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Maths

5

Biology

21

Media

6

Chemistry

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Music

7

Dance (BTEC)

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PE

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Drama & Theatre Studies

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PE

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English Literature

25

Performing arts

10

Film studies

26

Physics

11

Food

27

Product Design (Graphics)

12

French & German

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Product Design (3D Design)

13

Further Maths

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Psychology

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Geography

30

RE

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Health & Social Care

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Sociology

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History

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Textiles


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ART & DESIGN What will you be learning? This course will provide creative students with diverse interests in Art & Design exciting opportunities to extend their practical skills and individuality as well as their enjoyment of the subject. Students will be encouraged to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms, allowing them to work to their strengths. The course will develop self confidence in the expression of personal ideas and independent learning. The course lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Art and Design or related subjects in Higher Education.

How is the course examined or assessed? Chancellors • AS (50% of award) - Two units/modules of work are required. Unit 1 (25%) is centred on the interests of the individual, but with an emphasis on observation studies. Unit 2 (25%) is an exam leading to a 5 hour timed test. • A2 (50% of award) - Two further units of work are required. Unit 3 (25%) is a unit of coursework with an accompanying one thousand to three thousand word illustrated essay, exploring the rationale behind the work and the critical and contextual connections being made with the work of other artists. Unit 4 (25%) is a fifteen hour externally set timed test with a choice of themes culminating in a 15 hour timed test. Mount Grace • AS - 3 units of work will be completed. A 2D visual language unit project, entitled ‘Conceal and Reveal’, a 3D visual language project on the theme of ‘Stress’ and an exam project, the title of which is set by the examination board. • A2 -3 units of work will be completed. A 2D visual language project entitled ‘My Hero’, a 3D project entitled ‘Weird’ and an exam project the title of which is determined by the student.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 - 19 Entry Requirements: • The subject must have been taken to GCSE level or Btec with a minimum of Grade B achieved or the equivalent. • An ability to work directly from observation and develop ideas in a continuum. • An awareness of the importance of keeping a sketchbook/work journal/visual diary on a regular basis.

What will you be working towards? Chancellors: Qualification: AQA AS > A2 Advanced Level GCE in Art & Design (Fine Art) (1201B/2201B) Mount Grace: AQA Applied Art and Design Type: AS / A2

What happens when you have finished? Opportunities for further learning at Degree, BTEC and HND/HNC level can lead to career options in: • Fashion, Journalism, Interior Design, Arts & Media. • Animation, Design Management, Film & Video, Fine Art, Education. • Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Product Design, Photography. • Textiles: Printed and woven. • Three Dimensional Design.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School & Mount Grace School

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BUSINESS STUDIES (A-LEVEL) What will you be learning? Starting a business and financial planning, managing a business including people in business, finance, operations management and marketing, Corporate Aims and Objectives, Assessing Change in the Business Environment, Managing Change,

How is the course examined or assessed? Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business Written paper: 1 hour 15 minutes 40% of total AS marks / 20% of total A Level marks Unit 2: Managing a Business Written paper: 1 hour 30 minutes 60% of total AS marks / 30% of total A Level marks Unit 3: Strategies for Success Written paper 1 hour 45 minutes 25% of A Level Unit 4: The Business Environment and Managing Change Written paper 1 hour 45 minutes 25% of A Level

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: GCSE Business Studies is not necessarily required; however a B grade at higher level in English and a B or C

grade in Maths are required

What will you be working towards? Qualification: A Level Business Awarding Body: AQA Type: AS / A2

What happens when you have finished? Marketing, Personnel, Accounting, Law and many more.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School (See also BTEC Business at Mount Grace School)


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BUSINESS STUDIES (BTEC) What will you be learning? This course will be of interest to anyone who has an interest in business. Business employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and using electronic communication methods and this will be fully developed throughout the course. Learners are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and achievement and the course will help to develop research and organisational skills. First Year units (3 for single and 6 for double) The Business Environment covers types of business and ownership as well as the economic environment. Business Resources includes human resources as well as other physical and technical resources. This unit also covers financial information. Introduction to Marketing considers the role of marketing, market research and marketing mix. Business Communication looks at different types of business communications and presenting information effectively as well as issues and constraints. Investigating Internet Marketing including the benefits and opportunities of using the World Wide Web in business. Starting a small business covers all key issues regarding setting up a new business enterprise.

How is the course examined or assessed? The course comprises 100% coursework and is internally assessed.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Subsidiary Diploma 1 year; Diploma – 2 years Who is it for? Ages 16 - 19 Entry Requirements: BTEC awards at merit levels; 5 GCSEs grades C+ What will you be working towards? Qualification: BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to 1 ‘A’ level; Diploma 2 ‘A’ levels Awarding Body: Edexcel Type: BTEC

What happens when you have finished? The BTEC qualification will add to your UCAS points and take you to university to study at a higher level in Business or will take you towards a career in business offering junior management training.

Likely Venue for course: Mount Grace School (See also A Level Business at Chancellor’s School)


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BIOLOGY What will you be learning? At Chancellor’s, students studying other science A-Levels who have a desire to study science to a Higher level will benefit greatly from studying this subject. You will develop an understanding of how scientists and medics work in their daily lives, how human bodies work and study the function and interaction of all living organisms in their environment. Topics being studied are – AS: Biology of Disease, The Variety of Living Organisms, A2: Populations and Environment, Control in Cells and Organisms. At Mount Grace, A’ level Biology will appeal to those with an academic interest in the detailed working of plants and animals. Fundamental biological concepts are taught in the context of the disease throughout Unit 1. Unit 2 requires the application of the basic principles to more complex systems i.e. gaseous exchange.

How is the course examined or assessed? Written exams (80%) and a practical exam or coursework (20%) Unit 1: Biology and Disease - 1hr 15 min written paper - 33.3% of As (16.7% of A2) Unit 2: The Variety of Living Organisms - 1hr 45 min written paper - 46.7% AS (23.3% A2) Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills - internally marked assessed coursework - 20% As (10% A2)

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: Minimum 2 B grades in Science GCSE’s (Core/Additional Science) and Grade A-C in English GCSE is

recommended.

What will you be working towards? Qualification: GCE AS/A2 Biology Awarding Body: AQA Type: AS / A2

What happens when you have finished? A level Biology is a natural stepping stone for the study of medicine or veterinary sciences, and would be required for study of any of the biological sciences such as Marine Biology or Zoology. A’Level Biology would be useful for prospective teachers and anyone interested in a scientific angle on other careers i.e.; Medical and Law. Employment can be in a wide variety of fields and industries, from pharmaceutical research to water treatment and environmental monitoring.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School & Mount Grace School


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CHEMISTRY What will you be learning? This course is aimed at those of you with an enquiring mind and an interest in Chemistry. It is designed to ensure that learning is enjoyable and enhances enthusiasm for the subject. During the course you will develop strong analytical and evaluative skills and learn how to apply scientific knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar situations. The AS course covers areas such as atomic structure, bonding, chemical calculations, organic chemistry, energetics, kinetics and inorganic chemistry. AS Unit 1 - Foundation Chemistry is worth 33.3% of AS (16.6% of A Level.) This unit explores the fundamental principles that form the basis of chemistry, building on concepts studied in GCSE. AS Unit 2 - Chemistry in Action is worth 46.6% of AS (23.3% of A Level.) This unit introduces more of the principles that underpin chemistry and looks at the applications of these principles and those that have been developed in Unit 1. AS Unit 3 - Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Chemistry coursework done under controlled conditions in class and is worth 20% of AS (10% of A Level) A2 Unit 4 - Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry is worth 20% of A2 A2 Unit 5 – Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry is worth 20% of A2 A2 Unit 6 - Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Chemistry coursework done under controlled conditions in class and is worth 10% of A2

How is the course examined or assessed? The examinations for each unit have different weightings on this course. At AS: Unit 1 - is assessed externally by a 1 ¼ hour exam. This unit is worth 33 1/3% of the AS. Unit 2 - is assessed externally by a 1 ¾ hour exam. This unit is worth 46 2/3% of the AS. Unit 3 - is internally assessed and is worth 20% of the AS. Modular exams may be taken in January or May. The quality of written communication will be assessed in the externally assessed units.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: B grades or above for GCSE Additional Science or Chemistry and at least a B in GCSE Maths. What will you be working towards? Qualification: AQA GCE AS/A2 in Chemistry Awarding Body: AQA Type: AS / A2

What happens when you have finished? A level Biology is a natural stepping stone for the study of medicine or veterinary sciences, and would be required for study of any of the biological sciences such as Marine Biology or Zoology. A’Level Biology would be useful for prospective teachers and anyone interested in a scientific angle on other careers i.e.; Medical and Law. Employment can be in a wide variety of fields and industries, from pharmaceutical research to water treatment and environmental monitoring.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School & Mount Grace School


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DANCE (BTEC) What will you be learning? This course is a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Dance. It is equivalent to 1 A level but is a vocational qualification. It teaches about the different aspects of the Dance world and you can experience different roles within dance. For example: as dancer, choreographer or teacher. This course will appeal to students who have either studied Dance at Level 2 or have attended Dance classes outside of school and have a keen interest in both the theoretical and physical side of Dance. The units that are to be studied are as follows: • Unit 7 Performing to an audience • Unit 38 Dance Performance • Unit 47 Jazz Dance • Unit 39 Choreographic Principles • Unit 40 Choreographing Dance • Unit 54 Dance Appreciation (54)

How is the course examined or assessed? The work is completely coursework based; you will start your coursework on the 1st day of the course. Every piece of work is evidenced against the grading criteria and you need to be committed from day one until your final piece of coursework is submitted. It is, in the main, a practical subject and so coursework is practically based. However, there are elements of theoretical coursework which you must also pass.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: Level 2 qualification in Dance/or grades passed in specific dance disciplines. What will you be working towards? Qualification: BTEC Subsidiary Diploma. Awarding Body: Edexcel Type: BTEC

What happens when you have finished? Once you have finished the course you can progress on to dance teaching courses, dance practical courses or dance choreography courses. (It is suggested that if you wish to do this, that you take part in dance as a specific discipline outside of school, as well, to build your technique.) This may be studied alongside PE if you would like to be a PE Teacher with specialism in Dance. Alternatively, it could just aid your other qualifications to secure a place in a University and course of your choice.

Likely Venue for course: Mount Grace School


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DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES What will you be learning? A/S (8DRO1) Candidates will gain a knowledge and understanding of theatre practice through personal engagement as an audience member, director, designer and performer. A2 (9DRO1) Candidates will develop refined performance or production skills and display the ability to think independently.

How is the course examined or assessed? A/S Unit 1: Internal assessment and moderated, a mark out of 60 is awarded. We will practically explore 2 contrasting plays and visit the theatre at least 6 times. Assessment: Video of practical workshops, pupil’s exploration notes (3000 word limit), teacher’s notes on pupil understanding and an evaluation of a live performance (1000 word limit.) A/S Unit 2: Externally examined by a visiting examiner, a mark out of 80 is awarded. Assessment section A: Students perform a monologue or duologue from a published play. (A different play to unit 1 or section B.) Pupils also hand in a, ‘written performance concept.’ (500 words.) Assessment section B: Performance of an extract from a different play. Written work will support this unit, (500 words) pupils outline their interpretation of the play. There is the opportunity to be assessed as a designer in this unit. Section A and B are of equal weighting. A2 Unit 3: Internal assessment and moderated, a mark out of 60 is awarded. Assessment: In groups, pupils prepare and perform an original piece of theatre. They are assessed on the development of their idea, their research and the final performance. Written work will support this unit, (3500 words.) A2 Unit 4: This unit will be externally set and assessed. Assessment: This takes the form of a two and a half hour written paper which is divided into three sections. Section A and B are questions on a studied text, to be answered from the point of view of director. Section C is a question on a different play about the ways in which directors, designers and performers have interpreted the play. This takes into consideration the original performance conditions and a contemporary performance.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: 1 year AS, 2 years A2 (full A’ Level) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: Grade ‘C’ in English at GCSE, and (if taken) grade ’B’ in GCSE Drama or Distinction in BTEC. All students must attend theatre visits. (Cost approx. £150.00 for each year. The costs should not prohibit a student from taking the course.) In order to progress onto the A2 course, pupils must pass all units at A/S and show that they are working towards their predicted grade throughout the course.

What will you be working towards? Qualification and Awarding Body: A Level, Edexcel

What happens when you have finished? Theatre Studies is a practical and academic study of the Theatre. It can lead into a career within performance or TV work, but also any job requiring strong interpersonal, analytical and communication skills.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School (See also Performing Arts at Mount Grace School)


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ENGLISH LITERATURE What will you be learning? This course will appeal to you if you have an interest in reading a wide variety of examples of literature and enjoy expressing your opinions and justifying your comments on texts. It will also help you develop your critical analytical and creative writing skills. You will read a variety of texts: drama, fiction, and poetry. The syllabus is aimed at encouraging the enjoyment of literature in all its forms, extending your appreciation of literature accquired at GCSE, based on an informed personal response to the texts. We offer AQA English Literature specification B. You will study poetry, prose and drama texts of different types and from different periods, considering how writers use form, structure and language to shape meaning. You will consider the social, cultural and historical context in which the texts were written. You will explore the significance of literary traditions, periods and movements, using appropriate terminology and accurate expression. You will consider the connections and comparisons between texts and how they relate to one another. You will consider the ways in which texts have been interpreted at different times, offering a range of meanings, depending upon your own knowledge, experience and values. AS Unit One – Aspects of Narrative. You will study four texts: two novels (at least one post 1990) and two poetry texts (1800-1945). (30%) Unit Two – Dramatic Genre of Comedy. You will study two plays, at least one of which will be Shakespeare. You will be asked to prepare one piece of coursework on each play, and one of these may be re-creative. (20%) A2 Unit Three – Text and Genres. You will study at least three texts and focus on the Gothic. (30%) Unit Four – Further and Independent reading. You will complete two pieces of coursework, one comparative piece and one critical piece. (20%)

How is the course examined or assessed? (See above.) The course will be examined by coursework and examination paper. Modular exams may be taken in January or June. The quality of written communication will be assessed in all units.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: Ideally GCSE English and GCSE English Literature at grade B or above. What will you be working towards? Qualification: AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Literature B (500/2312/3). Awarding Body: AQA B. Type: A Level.

What happens when you have finished? What career options do you have? English Literature is one of the most universally accepted qualifications for entry to Higher Education. It forms a basis for further specialist study of Literature at degree level. Qualifications in English can lead to careers in journalism, media work, advertising, business, publishing, management, the law ... even teaching.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School & Mount Grace School


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FILM STUDIES What will you be learning? You will deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, from the early 20th century to the present day. You will also look at how the industry works. Film Studies is a subject that you will be able to combine effectively with any other mix of subjects. In watching a wide range of films, you will develop skills of observation, critical analysis, personal reflection, practical film making skills and writing skills which are highly valued by universities and employers. Film Studies is a subject for students who take real pleasure in films and filmmaking. Four units are examined, two for the AS and two more for the full A level. This A level provides a thorough foundation in the subject. You will examine areas such as film making techniques, British film, world cinema and independent cinema. The emphasis in the first year is on exploring how film stories are told and how the industry works. In the second year, you will study further texts and the emphasis will be on looking at different genres and exploring different ways of producing and reading film texts, both within and beyond Hollywood. You will broaden and develop your intellectual skills in this subject. You will learn how to communicate clearly and write fluently, and you will discuss and watch a variety of films, covering various genres. You will be encourages to participate in active debate about the texts and to develop an appreciation of alternative critical views.

How is the course examined or assessed? (See above.) Unit 1 of AS and Unit 3 of A2 are coursework making 40% of the total marks.

When?

Start date: September 2013.

Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at grade C or above. What will you be working towards? Qualification: Film Studies (2181/3181) Awarding Body: WJEC. Type: A Level.

What happens when you have finished? A career in media would be open to you upon completion of this A Level. Specific employment could include journalism, film critic, script writer, researcher or a role in film production. Access to Degrees in Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, Media Studies, Film Production, Social Science or Film and Television Studies, are all options for you upon completion of the Film Studies A Level.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School


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FOOD What will you be learning? This course will appeal to you if you have an interest in everything to do with food, from home cooking and nutrition, to food science and the food industry. It will help you develop your practical cooking skills and ability to design and develop new food products, based on an understanding of current trends and the function and properties of ingredients. AS Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application The focus of this unit is to give candidates a sound understanding of nutrition and dietary requirements. It will also introduce candidates to the reasoning behind consumer decision making and the current market influences in the food industry. The lessons are theory based with some practical work to support learning. AS Unit 2: Learning Through Designing and Making This is the centre-assessed component. It is a design and make coursework project where Unit 1 subject content is applied to the designing and making of candidates’ own project work. Candidates are expected to spend 50 hours on their coursework, 25 hours of which will be practical assessments. A2 Unit 3: Design and Manufacture This unit is divided into three sections. Section A: Materials and components: Candidates study the physical and chemical structures of the main nutrients as well as the working characteristics of ingredients. This knowledge is then applied throughout their coursework. Section B: Design and Market Influences: Studying this area will develop understanding of the presence of existing products and how they can be further developed and marketed. Section C: Processes and Manufacture: The application of specific production processes and the legislation relating to these. The lessons are theory based with some practical and experimental work to support learning. A2 Unit 4: Learning Through Designing and Making This is the centre assessed component. It is a design and make coursework project where knowledge of the AS and A2 subject content is applied to the candidates’ own projects. Candidates are expected to spend 60 hours on their coursework, 30 hours of which will be practical assessments.

How is the course examined or assessed? Internal assessment (50% coursework) and written examination (50% taken in the May/ June. The quality of written communication will be assessed in all units.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: Grade C at GCSE English Language and a Grade B at Food Technology or Catering are preferred. However

equivalent achievement in another Technology subject and a clear interest in food will be considered on a trial basis.

Purchase of Textbooks:‘OCR Food & nutrition for GCSE: ISBN – 978-0-340-98397-3 ~ approx £25 and ‘OCR Home Economics for A2: ISBN – 978-0-340-97366-0 ~ approx £25

What will you be working towards? AS/A2 in Design & Technology: Food Technology - 1540. (Awarding body AQA)

What happens when you have finished? What other learning could you do? The majority of students continue with Food to A2 level and on to university. The hospitality and catering industry provides a more vocational route from diploma level upwards. What career options do you have? The food industry is one the biggest employers in the UK today with competitive starting salaries. A good A2 grade can form a basis for further specialist study of nutrition, food science and food technology. This can lead to careers in dietetics, teaching, sports nutrition. Specialist food industry courses can open the doors to jobs within the food industry with major food retailers and manufacturers which include food product design, manufacturing, business and marketing.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School


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FRENCH OR GERMAN What will you be learning? Either of these courses will appeal to those who have made good progress in languages at KS3 and KS4 and enjoy discussion of important issues. You will be keeping abreast of current world issues and reading around cultural topics such as Popular Culture, Relationships, the Environment and the Multicultural Society. Why take these subjects? Each will enable you to develop and build on the skills acquired at GCSE, enhance employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel, gain an insight into another culture and society and have a sound basis for further study.

How is the course examined or assessed? AS 2 papers: • Listening, Reading and Writing, ( an essay) – 2hrs • Speaking, examined by teacher - 15 mins Discussion of stimulus card – ( 5 mins discussion) – Conversation around the topics studied (10 mins). There is 20 minutes preparation time for the stimulus card A2 2 papers: • Listening, Reading and Writing ,( an essay on one of the two cultural topics studied - 2½ hours • Speaking, examined by teacher -15 mins Discussion of stimulus card - 5 mins ( Discussion involves putting forward a point of view and justifying it.) Conversation around the two cultural topics and the other three topic areas studied (10 mins). There is a 20 minute preparation time for the stimulus card.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: A minimum of ‘B’ in French or German at GCSE.

To have achieved at least a B grade in the Writing controlled

assessments.

What will you be working towards? Qualification: AS / A2 in French or German. Awarding Body: AQA

What happens when you have finished? Here is a sample of what former students have gone on to do with French/ German at university: Marketing, Business, Translating, Teaching, Accountancy, Interpreting, Law, Politics and History.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School


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FURTHER MATHEMATICS What will you be learning? You should consider studying Further Mathematics if you intend to study Maths, Physics, Engineering or Economics at University. Further Maths and Mathematics make up Double Maths and must be studied together. This course will appeal to students who: • Have a real enthusiasm for Mathematics; • Have natural ability at Mathematics and enjoy the subject; • Enjoy the theoretical aspects of the subject and are keen to pursue this theory to more abstract concepts; • Enjoy problem solving and looking to apply mathematical models to real life situations; • All students study a further Pure Mathematics unit as well as two Mechanics units at AS level. At A2 all students study a further two Pure units and Statistics 2. Pure Mathematics – extends knowledge of topics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry and introduces calculus. Mechanics - apply mathematical techniques to solving physical problems including motion, forces and energy. Statistics - new techniques to analyse data and further extend their existing understanding of probability.

How is the course examined or assessed? For AS level 3 units of equal weighting assessed in modules. For A level 6 units of equal weighting assessed in modules.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: • At least Grade A in GCSE Mathematics. Prospective students will be required to ensure that their background knowledge is sound. This will be assessed as part of an induction programme early in Year 12. A bridging pack can be found on the Chancellor’s school website. A challenging pass mark will need to be met. • Students will be expected to purchase their own copies of the textbooks for both the AS and A level courses. They are also expected to buy a graphics calculator. • Progression to the A2 course: In order to continue the subject to A2 level, students must have achieved at least an overall grade E in the Pure Unit and at least a grade E overall in AS Further Mathematics.

What will you be working towards? Qualification: AS or A level Mathematics. Awarding Body: Edexcel

What happens when you have finished? Studying Further Maths is the ideal preparation for university, and will stretch and challenge those who have a talent for Mathematics.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School & Mount Grace School. It is likely that the two Schools will share the teaching of this course, depending on numbers.


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GEOGRAPHY What will you be learning? This course will appeal to those who are interested in establishing and interpreting patterns in the Human and Physical world and exploring the key concepts and processes that shape the modern world. The course strikes a balance between physical and human geography, building upon the skills of identification, analysis and interpretation and using relevant and up to date resources and fieldwork to explore contemporary global issues. AS Unit 1 - Managing Physical Environments: This includes study of Rivers, Coasts, Arid Environments and Cold Environments. AS Unit 2 - Managing Change In Human Environments This includes study of Rural and Urban Change, Tourism and Energy Provision. A2 Unit 3 – Earth Hazards, Climatic Hazards, Population and Resources, Development and Inequalities. A2 Unit 4 – Fieldwork Geographical Skills (includes a field trip to Yorkshire.)

How is the course examined or assessed? The Course is examined in two written exams. One is focussed on the Human; the other on the Physical. Human is examined in January and Physical in June (There is an opportunity to re-sit Human in June.) The weighting of the two exams is equal.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: GCSE Geography B grade or above (in a relevant subject) What will you be working towards? Qualification: OCR Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Geography Awarding Body: OCR Type: AS / A2

What happens when you have finished? Progression to A2 Geography in Year 13 and on to University the following year. Career options: Geography A’ Level forms the basis for further specialist study of Geography at degree level. Qualifications in Geography can lead to careers within planning and management, tourism, land management, oceanography, law...... and even teaching.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School & Mount Grace School


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HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (BTEC) What will you be learning? BTEC Nationals are designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment or for Higher Education. The course enables learning to be as active, practical and work-related as possible. Alongside this, it provides robust opportunities for learners to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating to health and social care. The course will appeal to those who would like to pursue a career in the caring professions such as dealing with small children, nursing, midwifery, social work and care of the elderly. The units that are covered in the first year include: 1 Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care 10 3 2 Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care 10 3 3 Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care 10 3 4 Development Through the Life Stages 10 3 5 Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care 10 3 6 Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care

How is the course examined or assessed? The course comprises 100% coursework

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: 2 years Who is it for? Ages 16 -19 Entry Requirements: BTEC at merit level and 5 GCSEs grades C+ (It is recommended that this includes English and Maths) What will you be working towards? Qualification: BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care Awarding Body: Edexcel

What happens when you have finished? This course will contribute to the UCAS points needed to study at University. You will also be qualified to work in vocational sectors and receive further training towards a career in the appropriate sector.

Likely Venue for course: Mount Grace School


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HISTORY What will you be learning? You may wish to take it this course: • Because you enjoy it and want to further your knowledge of History • Because you are interested in why and how societies, political systems and economies have developed • Because you want to study a subject that is respected by universities and employers • Because you want to develop the very important skills of enquiry, analysis and evaluation and to develop your written skills. AS History Module 1: Document study on the English Civil War and the Interregnum 1637-1660. This examines the problems between Charles I and his parliament which led to civil war and then looks at the changes to English religion, society and political system following the King’s execution. Module 2: Period study on Germany 1919-1963. This looks at the problems facing Germany after the First World War as democracy struggled to get established. It then traces the fortunes of Hitler and the Nazi party and finishes by looking at the re-building of Germany after the Second World War. A2 History Module 1: Thematic study on Russia 1850-1956. This looks at the trends and turning points of a century of Russian history which included the fall of the Tsars and the setting up of a Communist Dictatorship. Module 2: Coursework - One piece on interpretations of the reign of Elizabeth I and another piece on either Elizabeth or a linked subject.

How is the course examined or assessed? There will be two exams in Year 12. Module 1 will require looking at documents and writing an essay based on them. Module 2 requires writing two essays. There will be one exam in Year 13 on the themes paper which will be essay based. The coursework on Elizabeth I will be a 2000 word piece of work that is internally set, monitored and moderated. The independent investigation will be an ongoing task throughout the year leading to a 2000 word essay.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? 16 - 19 Entry Requirements: Year 12 students who have achieved either a B grade in History GCSE or a B in English language and

literature if you did not take History.

What will you be working towards? Qualification: OCR Advanced Subsidiary/Advanced GCE in History A (H106/H506) Awarding body: OCR

What happens when you have finished? This subject is a well respected academic subject which will impress any university admissions’ tutor or employer. History is highly thought of because it is a challenging subject that develops literacy skills to a high level and requires an analytical and evaluative approach. These are very desirable and transferable skills. It could lead to a whole host of different career opportunities.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School & Mount Grace School (Schools follow a different syllabus – see the separate course description)


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HISTORY What will you be learning? The course will appeal to you if you have an interest in modern history and politics, and enjoy reading and researching. You will develop skills of analysis, debate, and evaluation and your knowledge in the areas outlined in the units below will be broadened significantly. AS Unit 1 Historical Themes in Breadth. 50% examination paper in May/June • “Pursuing Life and Liberty’’ Civil Rights in the USA, 1945-68. This unit aims to provide pupils with the knowledge of the different key figures, movements and events that hindered and progressed civil rights for black Americans. • Crises, Tension and Political Divisions in China 1900-49. Pupils will analyse and evaluate the reasons for the lack of political unity in China. The end of empire, and the era of the warlords will be studied. The rise of the Communist Chinese Party and Mao will be examined in detail to understand the causes of Communist takeover in 1949. AS Unit 2 British History Depth Studies. 50% examination paper in May/June • British Political History, 1945-90: Consensus and Conflict. Students will study post war politics in Britain and will gain an understanding of the main personalities and policies of the period and the impact that these had on British society and the economy. Students will analyse the extent of consensus and conflict in the post war era and will form judgments and conclusions about events, issues, policies and personalities. Students will examine a range of source material and will use this to explain interpretations about the past and form their own. A2 Unit 3 Depth Studies and Associated Historical Controversies. 60% examination paper in May/June • Revolution, Republic and Restoration: England, 1629-67. This unit is the study of the personal rule of Charles I, 1629-40: The first and second Civil Wars: The establishment of a republic and the restoration of the monarchy. Students will analyse and evaluate a range of source material to draw conclusions about the progress of England and the rule of different groups and individuals throughout the various periods explained above. A2 Unit 4 Historical Enquiry. 40% coursework • The Modernisation of Russia , 1856-1964. This unit is aimed at students producing an individual assignment. The student is given the opportunity to do in-depth research into a key event, figure, or reform at any point throughout the period stated above, that is of interest. Primary and secondary sources are researched, analysed and evaluated independently to make judgments about the significance of the area of study. This is a very good way in which students can prepare themselves for university, developing their skills of enquiry independently.

How is the course examined or assessed? Units 1-3 are written papers and Unit 4 is an internally marked coursework-style assignment.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: GCSE History - B or above and Grade C or above in English GCSE What will you be working towards? Qualification: AS / A2 Awarding Body: Edexcel

What happens when you have finished? History is one of the most universally accepted and highly regarded qualifications for entry to Higher Education. It forms a basis for further specialist study of different historical knowledge and skills at degree level. Qualifications in History can lead to a variety of careers in law, journalism, archaeology, media work, advertising, business, publishing, management, and teaching.

Likely Venue for course: Mount Grace School (See also Chancellor’s School History)


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ICT What will you be learning? Students will develop a wide range of ICT skills together with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of ICT. Students are encouraged to become discerning users of ICT. At AS the course aims to encourage students to develop the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically; the skills to work collaboratively; the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems; an understanding of the consequences of using ICT on individuals, organisations and society and of social, legal, ethical and other considerations on the use of ICT; an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society. At A2, students are expected to explore the need for communication between computer-based information systems, and between human users and computer-based information systems; design and selection of ICT solutions for a range of problems; have knowledge of a range of application areas and demonstrate knowledge of information and communications technologies and their applications and capabilities, both in general and within a context.

How is the course examined or assessed? There are no optional units in the Advanced GCE specification; for Advanced GCE ICT candidates must take AS Units G061 and G062, and A2 Units G063 and G064. •

Unit G061 (60% of AS) is externally assessed via an examination - 2hrs (120marks). This unit covers the fundamental knowledge required to support all subsequent units of study. This exam paper has one section, comprising both short and long answer questions.

Unit G062 (40% of AS) is internally assessed through coursework, moderated by the exam board (80 marks). This project is conducted in parallel with Unit G063.

Unit G063 (60% of A2) is externally assessed via an examination - 2hrs (120marks). This question paper has two sections, comprising both short and long answer questions.

Unit G064 (40% of AS) is internally assessed through coursework, moderated by the exam board (80 marks). The project is a substantial piece of work requiring analysis and design over an extended period of time, allowing candidates to demonstrate their skills to analyse a problem, design a solution to a problem, develop a software solution and test, document and evaluate the solution.

Examinations - All units except AS Unit G062 Structured ICT Tasks are available in January and June. AS Unit G062 Structured ICT Tasks is only available in June.

The Advanced Subsidiary (AS) GCE is both a ‘stand-alone’ qualification and also the first half of the corresponding Advanced GCE. The AS GCE (as of September 2008) is made up of two mandatory units, which form 50% of the corresponding four-unit Advanced GCE.

When? Start date: September 2013. Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19

Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Entry Requirements: GSCE ICT Grade B or higher full-course, Short course grade A or higher. 5 GCSEs grade A*-C including Math and English. A grade D or higher is required at AS to progress to A2.

What will you be working towards? Qualification: Advanced Subsidiary GCE in ICT (entry codeH117). Then Advanced Level GCE in ICT (entry code H517). Awarding Body: OCR Type: AS / A2

What happens when you have finished? This course provides the ideal foundation for those students who wish to pursue ICT at degree level or as a career. ICT career opportunities are available in most industries including Banking and E-commerce, Education, Government and Private companies. ICT job roles include Support Professionals, Web Designers, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Computer Programmers and Game Designers, Database Managers and Administrators.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School (See also “OCR National ICT” at Mount Grace School)


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ICT What will you be learning? Studying ICT will prepare you for employment in the Information and Communication Technology sector, particularly when the job role requires you to use ICT skills and liaise with users. The skill-set learnt over the duration of this course will enable you to use ICT in a collaborative way whilst providing you with know-how that can be applied to common business-related activities. The course will also offer a creative outlet in the design and production of a digital showcase. AS level Unit 1: Digital Business Communication: By completing this unit you will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of communication in a business context. You will also demonstrate how ICT can be used to support and enhance business communication. Unit 2: Collaborative working: By completing this unit you will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of collaborative working to produce a final product. Unit 4: Creating a digital showcase: By completing this unit you will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the process and practice of developing an interactive multimedia product to showcase an event or situation. A level Unit 3: Problem solving: By completing this unit you will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of techniques available for the analysis and presentation of numerical data using a spreadsheet. An additional 2 units are yet to be confirmed

How is the course examined or assessed? This is a coursework based qualification. All units are assessed by the completion of coursework based on a vocational scenario. The coursework is moderated by an external moderator.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: 2 years Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: A Merit in ICT at level 2.

It is recommended that the 5+ A*-C equivalent grades at GCSE’s/BTECs awarded at

KS4 include English and Maths.

What will you be working towards? Qualification: OCR National in ICT (Level 3) Awarding Body: OCR Type: Single Award A level

What happens when you have finished? Gaining this qualification (in addition to other qualifications) will make you eligible to study a related degree at university, specialising in a variety of areas. Should you wish to enter employment having achieved this qualification, you will enter the work environment at operative or trainee level, usually as part of a work-related trainee programme.

Likely Venue for course: Mount Grace School


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MATHEMATICS What will you be learning? This course will appeal to students who: • Have an enthusiasm for Mathematics; • Have natural ability at Mathematics and enjoy the subject; • Enjoy problem solving and looking to apply mathematical models to real life situations.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first

year.) Optional AS Level over 2 years at Mount Grace.

Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: •

At least an A grade in GCSE Mathematics. (B grade is considered at Mount Grace and a B grade of higher C for the AS over two years). Prospective students will be required to ensure that their background knowledge is sound. This will be assessed as part of an induction programme early in Year 12 (Mount Grace students will complete a summer assignment). A bridging pack can be found on the Chancellors school website. A challenging pass mark will need to be met.

All Year 12 students will be required to enter the UK Schools Senior Maths Challenge in the Autumn term.

Students will be expected to purchase their own copies of the textbooks for both the AS and A level courses. They are also expected to buy a graphics calculator.

Progression to the A2 course: In order to continue the subject to A2 level, students must have achieved at least an overall grade E in the Core Units and at least a grade E overall in AS Mathematics.

At Chancellor’s: • All students study two core Pure Mathematics units as well as Statistics at AS level. At A2 all students study a further two Pure units and they can then choose either Mechanics or Decision. • Pure Mathematics - extends knowledge of topics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry and introduces calculus. • Decision Mathematics - students consider network flows; algorithms and matching methods. • Mechanics - apply mathematical techniques to solving physical problems including motion, forces and energy. • Statistics - new techniques to analyse data and further extend their existing understanding of probability. At Mount Grace: AS (1 year) • Core 1 provides the foundations for many aspects of A level Mathematics Candidates. It reinforces knowledge of algebra, functions and surds with an introduction to calculus. • Core 2 introduces further aspects of calculus, exponentials and logarithms. • Statistics 1 provides opportunities to analyse a variety of data types through calculations and diagrams. It extends knowledge of chance and introduces the normal distribution. A level (2 years) • In addition to the AS unit three further units are studied • Core 3 introduces students to a variety of methods of differentiation. It extends the variety of trigonometric identities proved and used to solve problems. • Core 4 introduces further and deeper aspects of integration and differential equations • Mechanics 1 provides opportunities to study Newton’s laws of motion and apply them to everyday situations – the motion of cars, the speed of a parachutist or children on a see-saw AS (2 years) • In the first year students study Core 1. Following this Core 2 and either Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1 is studied in year 13. Students may decide to complete the full A level by completing a third year in the sixth form.

How is the course examined or assessed? For AS level, 3 units of equal weighting assessed in modules. For A2 level, 6 units of equal weighting assessed in modules.

What will you be working towards? Qualification: Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Mathematics. Awarding Body: Edexcel. Type: AS /A2 level

What happens when you have finished? Students with A level Mathematics have excellent study and career opportunities. The qualification is very highly regarded for a broad range of University courses and is highly valued by employers. Mathematics is an accepted qualification for entry to higher education and it forms the basis for further specialist study in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Forensic Science and Business Management .

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School & Mount Grace School


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MEDIA STUDIES What will you be learning? The course will appeal to you if you have an interest in learning about how the world of media works. You will gain an insight into how magazines are written, learn photography skills, learn how to use software such as Photoshop, Audacity and Serif Movie as well as Publisher and PowerPoint. It will also develop your practical skills through production work such as creating original TV and radio adverts as well as designing CD covers for a new band or solo artist. This course will develop the broad range of skills necessary to work in many areas of media. The course will help you to become analytical, develop your research and presentation skills and teach you how to become an efficient, independent learner.

How is the course examined or assessed? This is a vocational course and will involve six units for the Introductory Diploma and twelve units for the Diploma Level. There is one mandatory unit: Unit 1: Analysing Media Products and Audiences. The other units are a range of optional units chosen by the teachers of this course. All units are assessed through assignments set and marked by the teachers of the unit; the work is then externally verified by a visiting OCR moderator who will select a number of students’ work to sample on two occasions during the year. To achieve the Introductory Diploma, students must complete a total of six units consisting of the one mandatory unit as listed above and five optional ones. This is worth the equivalent of one A’ level. To achieve the Diploma, students must complete a total of twelve units consisting of the one mandatory unit as listed above and eleven optional units. This is worth the equivalent of two A’ levels.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: 2 Year course Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: GCSE English at grade C or above. What will you be working towards? Qualification: OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Media (05389) OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Media (05395) Awarding Body: OCR Type: Level 3 Course

What happens when you have finished? You will follow this course with your other AS or Level 3 courses. This course will allow you to enter employment at a trainee level or go to university to study for a degree level course,such as Journalism, Advertising and Marketing, TV/Film Production courses, animation, broadcasting or teaching.

Likely Venue for course: Mount Grace School


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MUSIC What will you be learning? This course will appeal to you if you have an interest in studying music to a higher level achieved at GCSE. It will involve listening to and exploring a range of musical genres, focussing on Western Classical through to Jazz, Rock and Pop music. The course will also help you to develop your analytical and aural skills as well as compositional and rehearsal techniques. You will study a variety of set works. All students study the three elements of Performing, Composing and Listening at AS level. Performing: AS - 30%. 8 -10 minute performance - externally assessed. One piece should reflect a chosen area of study Developing musical ideas (Composing): AS – 30%. Compositions should last between 4-8 minutes. One composition will demonstrate the techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition. Mixture of set technical exercises in a range of styles coursework and. Internally assessed/ externally moderated. Listening & Understanding: Part 1 (24%) 1 hour appraising test based on extracts taken from the two chosen areas of study e.g. “Orchestral Music” or “Jazz, Pop and Rock”. Part 2 (16%) 1 hour aural perception (melodic dictation, keys, chords, cadences) based on unprepared musical extracts.

How is the course examined or assessed? • Performance - Externally assessed (exam normally late April/ Early May) • Composition - Internally assessed with external moderation under controlled assessment conditions (Exam board deadline is normally early May) • Listening and Understanding exam – sat in the summer term

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: • Minimum grade B at GCSE. Pupils not having done GCSE Music will be considered on proven ability (normally an audition). • Standard Performance for AS is Grade 5; for A2 is Grade 6. • As a minimum requirement at the start of AS music pupils should be studying for grade 5 or equivalent on their instrument.

What will you be working towards? Qualification: AS in Music. Awarding Body: WJEC

What happens when you have finished? • Music Recording Industry; Advertising Industry; Journalism (music press) • Teaching; Music Therapy; Concert & Events Management • Theatre & Performing Arts; Community Art • Radio & Television Industry; Publishing

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School


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P.E What will you be learning? • To develop knowledge and skills in selected physical activities. • To foster an understanding of the historical, cultural and sociological factors in sport. • To gain insight into the physiological and mechanical basis of performance in sport. • To develop an understanding of psychological factors influencing behaviour and learning in sport.

How is the course examined or assessed? AS Modules • Anatomy and Physiology • Acquiring Movement Skills • Socio-cultural studies relating to participation in physical activity A2 Modules • Comparative Studies • Sports Psychology • Exercise and Sports Physiology • The two selected physical activities must be undertaken outside school. One practical lesson per week focuses on fitness work and applying theory only. • 35% of the final mark is based on practical aspects/abilities. • Text book costs – AS & A2 – approx. £15 for each.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: At least B grade at GCSE P.E. C grade students will be considered on an individual basis, based on

performance in the theory paper and performance in GCSE English and Science.

What will you be working towards? Qualification: GCE AS/A2 P.E Awarding Body: OCR

What happens when you have finished? Students who have completed this course often enter the following industries or professions: • Sports and Leisure Industry • Physiotherapy • Sports Journalism • Teaching

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School (See also Mount Grace School’s P.E.)


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P.E What will you be learning? This course will appeal to those students who have a strong interest in sport and want to develop an understanding of the theory of the subject. The units to be covered are: Current Issues in Sport, Fitness Training & Programming, Sports Development , Practical Individual Sports Study, Assessing Risk in Sport, Leadership in Sport, *The Physiology of Fitness, Rules, Regulations and Officiating, *Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in SporT, Sports Coaching, Sport as a Business, Practical Team Sports Study, Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise

How is the course examined or assessed? 100% Coursework. The course is made up of 12 Units: All units must be covered and completed. Each unit is graded with a Pass, Merit or Distinction. 240 UCAS points can be gained with a Distinction-Distinction

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: 2 years Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: GCSE PE grade C or BTEC Level 2 Merit or above.

(It is recommended that grades A*-C have been gained in

Maths and English at GCSE.)

What will you be working towards? Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport (Sports Development, Coaching & Fitness) - double ‘A’ Level equivalent Awarding Body: Edexcel

What happens when you have finished? This qualification is suitable for those seeking to enter Higher Education as well as those wishing to find employment. It is a relevant qualification for those wishing to work in the Sports and Leisure industry.

Likely Venue for course: Mount Grace School (See also Chancellor’s School P.E.)


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PERFORMING ARTS What will you be learning? On this course you will develop the confidence to perform in front of an audience, an awareness of performance techniques and the ability to critically analyse your own performance and that of other people. You will be studying different topics and units: Two core units: • Principles of acting: You will study two practitioners of Drama and apply their skills to a text, then perform to an audience. • Performing to an Audience: You will be presented with a play which will be directed by your tutor, and performed to an audience. You will the study 3 other units: • Devising Plays: Students will be presented with a stimulus and various materials to help them direct, stage and present their play to an audience. • Auditions for Actors: Students will need to research and find 2 monologues, one from a play and the second from a film. Students will learn skills that will help them towards future auditions. • Contemporary Theatre Performance: Students will research different styles of theatre, and perform 2 extracts to an audience.

How is the course examined or assessed? The course will be examined by practical assignments, performances and rehearsals (50%), and written assignments (50%).

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: 2 years Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: BTEC: Merit or above. GCSE: B or above.

(Grade A*-C in English and Maths recommended.)

What will you be working towards? Qualification: Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (GCE A Level equivalent) Awarding Body: Edexcel

What happens when you have finished? BTEC Performing Arts is recognised in Drama Schools and Universities. Students may wish to develop their careers as actors in Theatre or TV, pursue a career in media or teaching or seek employment. There are many options and all employers are interested in individuals who are confident and outgoing.

Likely Venue for course: Mount Grace School (See also “Drama” A’ Level at Chancellor’s School)


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PHYSICS What will you be learning? Students who have developed a keen interest in the Physical Sciences at GCSE, and who have an aptitude for mathematical applications, will find Physics at A-Level both interesting and demanding. You will learn to apply your knowledge and understanding at GCSE to a much higher level and interpret problems that affect the world, from the micro scale to the cosmological. Practical skills are well developed through assessed coursework and confidence in mathematical application; problem solving and analysis will develop strongly. Each year will also include a practical exam which you will be well prepared for and will contribute to your overall grade. This course is aimed at those of you with an interest in physics and looking to pursue a career in physics, engineering or science in the future. Here is what you could be studying: AS - Unit 1 – You will investigate Newton’s laws of motion, forces and work and energy. Unit 2 – You will investigate electricity, waves and quantum physics. Unit 3 – Internally marked, exam based practical activities. A2 - Unit 4 – You will investigate momentum, circular motion and thermal physics. Unit 5– You will investigate fields, nuclear physics, medical physics and the universe. Unit 6 – Internally marked, exam based practical activities.

How is the course examined or assessed? The examinations for each unit have different weightings on this course. AS Unit 1 – G481 is assessed externally by way of exam. This unit is worth 15% of the course. Unit 2 – G482 is assessed externally by way of exam. This unit is worth 25% of the exam. Unit 3 – G483 is internally assessed and is worth 10% of the course. A2 Unit 4 – G484 is assessed externally by way of exam. This unit is worth 15% of the course. Unit 5 – G485 is assessed externally by way of exam. This unit is worth 25% of the exam. Unit 6 – G486 is internally assessed and is worth 10% of the course. Modular exams may be taken in January or May/June. The quality of written communication will be assessed in the externally assessed units.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: B grade or above in GCSE Double Award / Additional Science and GCSE Maths. What will you be working towards? Qualification: OCR Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Physics A H158. Awarding Body: OCR Type: AS / A2

What happens when you have finished? When combined with Mathematics, Physics A level will enable you to progress to Higher Education and careers in fields such as Physics, Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Geophysics, Space Science, Telecommunications, Engineering and Computer Science. Materials Science and Chemical Engineering are options if you study Chemistry in addition to Physics and Mathematics. Many Financial Institutions actively seek Physics graduates.

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School & Mount Grace School


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PRODUCT DESIGN (GRAPHICS) What will you be learning? AS Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative skills – Internal Assessment 3 sections (with the possibility of focusing on 3 different products): Product Investigation, Product Design, Product Manufacture Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice A written 2 hour examination to test knowledge and understanding A2 Unit 3: Designing for the Future A written 2 hour examination Unit 4: Commercial Design Design and make a product with evidence in folder Two pathways which can be explored: Conceptual design ~ incorporates wide range of 3D products with associated graphics, for example: Vehicle design, Packaging design, Product /Industrial design & Point of Sale display Or Built Environment ~ which focuses on the surrounding that provides the setting for human activity, for example: Architecture, Interior design, Exhibition design, Theatre sets, Garden design

How is the course examined or assessed? Internal assessment and written examination (see above)

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Age s 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: Grade C at GCSE English Language and a Grade B at a Graphics, Resistant Materials or Art. Book

Requirements: Purchase of Textbook ‘Edexcel A ‘Level Design & Technology – Product Design ~ approx £25. ISBN – 978-0-435757-79-3

What will you be working towards? Qualification: GCS in Product Design/ Graphic products Awarding body: Edexcel)

What happens when you have finished? You can go to University for further studies. Careers that this could lead to are: Product Design, Interior/ Exterior Design. Construction, Engineering, Advertising & marketing, Fashion Design or Teaching

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s School (See also Mount Grace School Product Design: 3D Design)


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PRODUCT DESIGN (3D DESIGN) What will you be learning? Everything we own and desire has been designed by somebody at some point. We live in a consumer based society that demands new and innovative products constantly. Design is a future thinking discipline that can influence and dictate how we lead and live our lives. The programme is primarily designed to prepare students for higher education, leading onto a design degree and possible career. Product design has no materials bias, this allows student to explore and produce a wide range of products without limitations. Within the course students will be able to broaden their knowledge on the following subject areas: Materials and components used in designing and making. A wide variety of materials are studied and their qualities assessed for suitability and fitness for purpose. Marketing strategies and consumer needs, including current trends, new trend setters, conceptual design for tomorrow’s world, iconic products and design movements. Social, moral, cultural, environmental and sustainable implications that govern design constraints. Industrial processes and manufacturing techniques. Students will carry out and develop skills in an array of manufacturing processes in the well-equipped workshops and design facilities available. The programme will provide provision for students to explore and replicate small scale industrial manufacturing methods.

How is the course examined or assessed? Year 12: Unit 1 Written paper 25%, Unit 2 Coursework 25% Year 13 : Unit 3 Written paper 25%, Unit 4 Coursework 25%

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: 2 years Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: GCSE Grade B or above in a relevant subject. (At least one of the following GCSE qualifications is required to

study the Product Design Programme; GCSE Art, Graphic Products, Product Design, Resistant Materials and Textiles. You need to have a good understanding of design principles ranging from aesthetics and consumer needs to design constraints and manufacturing processes.

What will you be working towards? Qualification: GCE in Product Design Awarding Body: AQA

What happens when you have finished? Design is the true future proofing discipline that will allow students to open doors in a vast number of degree course and career prospects. The design industry in Britain is still one of the only industries show growth and is internationally renowned for its flair and creativity. GCE Product Design will directly feed into a design degrees in the following fields; Product Design, Industrial Design, Furniture Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Jewellery Design, Fashion Design and Architectural Design to name but a few. In conjunction with other GCE subjects it will also allow students to access Aeronautical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Surveying and Civil Engineering. These are all areas that can lead into sort after careers with prospects for further development, international opportunities and promotion.

Likely Venue for course: Mount Grace School (See also Chancellor’s School Product Design: Graphics)


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PSYCHOLOGY What will you be learning? you forgot something a couple of minutes after you were told it? Have you ever wondered why some people are scared of spiders and others are not? If you have answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above, then Psychology ‘A’ Level may be the subject for you. Also, if you are interested in how the mind works and how we operate as social beings then this subject will be of interest. Psychology is the scientific study of human mind and behaviour: how we think, how we act, how we react and interact, both individually and as groups, and the thoughts and feelings behind such behaviours. This course will help you develop critical and analytical skills, as well as skills of scientific enquiry and research. You may study Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders, Cognitive Child Development, Forensic Psychology, Approaches, Debates and Methods. Social and cognitive psychology: Remembering and Forgetting; Social Influence, Obedience and Prejudice. Psychodynamic, Biological and Learning Approaches: Anxiety Disorders; Gender Development; Freud and Psychoanalysis.

How is the course examined or assessed? In Year 12 (January and/or June) both units are examined with written exam papers. There is no coursework element. There are 2 further units examined in Year 13 (A2)

When?

Start date: September 2013.

Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: Entrants will have achieved grade B in GCSE English, Maths and Science if they have not studied psychology

at GCSE

What will you be working towards? Qualification: AS/A2 GCE. Awarding Body: AQA Specification B (at Chancellor’s) or Edexcel (at Mount Grace). Type: AS/A2

What happens when you have finished? What skills will I gain? You will acquire skills on this course that will enable you to do the following: analyse, interpret and evaluate data; use critical and evaluative skills when carrying out research; appreciate and understand individual, social and cultural diversity. Different kinds of psychology degree are available at many universities. Here are some careers that use the skills acquired in Psychology: Barrister, Business Management, Child Care Professional, Civil Service, Human Resources Professional, Leisure and Amenity Management, Management Consultant, Marketing, Merchant Navy – Officer, Personnel Officer, Social Worker, Teacher. A career in Psychology? Professional psychologists work in the following areas: • Clinical Psychologists work with people who have become psychiatrically disturbed • Child Psychologists work with children and their families • Occupational Psychologists work in job selection and organisations • Educational Psychologists work with children and schools • Forensic Psychologists are trained in criminology and prison psychology • Counselling Psychologists work with people who are recovering from trauma or have problems in living • Health Psychologists work with health professionals to develop and promote good health in the population • Sports Psychologists work with sports people to enhance their performance • Psychotherapists help people to overcome maladaptive habits and anxieties

Likely Venue for course: Chancellor’s and Mount Grace School


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RELIGIOUS STUDIES What will you be learning? The aims of the A Level RS course are to: • To develop your interest in a study of philosophy and ethics and how these relate to the wider world and a religious perspective. • To develop your knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of philosophy, ethics and a religious perspective. • To encourage you to develop, critically evaluate and reflect on your own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of your learning. This course is for you if you have an enquiring and academic mind and enjoy the challenge of studying topics and asking questions which may not have definitive answers. Content: AS level is composed of the following two units of study:Unit A – An Introduction to Religion and Ethics: Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, and the ethical issues of abortion and euthanasia. Unit D – An Introduction to Religion, Philosophy and Science: Creation, Miracles, The Design Argument for the existence of God. A2 level is composed of the following two units of study:Unit 3B – Studies in Philosophy of Religion: Ontological Argument for the existence of God, Religious Language and The Problem of Evil. Unit 4C – Ways of Moral Decision-Making: Topic II – Religious and moral decision-making. Application of religious ethical teaching and secular ethical systems, both deontological and teleological, to medical research and developments.

How is the course examined or assessed? The AS award is based on two modular exams, each module is worth 50% of AS and 25% of A Level. The first module exam is taken in January with the second module taken in the summer. The A Level award is based on two modular exams; each module is worth 25% of A Level. Both modules are taken in the summer.

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: 2 years Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: • For AS students must have a minimum of two ‘B’ grades in any of the following subjects, one of which must be English Language or English Literature: Religious Studies, English Language, English Literature, History, Geography or Sociology. • For A2 students must have a minimum of a D grade at AS Level.

What will you be working towards? Qualification: A Level in Religious Studies Awarding Body: The Exam Board is ‘AQA’

What happens when you have finished? ‘A’ Level RS is highly regarded by both higher education institutions and employers. It is a qualification which shows that you have higher order skills such as analysis, critiquing and evaluation. Higher Education: Philosophy, Ethics, Theology, Law, Sociology, Politics, History, Psychology, Medicine, Journalism and Economics. Employment: Journalism/Broadcasting, Education, Law, Counselling, Medicine, Social Work, and Business.

Likely Venue for Course: Chancellor’s School


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SOCIOLOGY What will you be learning? Sociology can be identified as the systematic study of human societies giving special emphasis to modern, industrialised systems. Major social changes have also occurred in the most intimate and personal characteristics of people’s lives. The development of romantic love as a basis for marriage is an example of this. The practice of sociology involves the ability to think imaginatively and to detach oneself as far as possible from preconceived ideas about social relationships. If you are going to consider this subject, think carefully about what type of person you are. Answer the following questions: Are you interested in life outside of School - wider society? Are you prepared to read a great deal? Do you wonder why people behave differently? Do you try to make sense of the world around you by comparing yourself to others?

How is the course examined or assessed? The content of the AS course is divided into 2 units which are examined at the end of the first year (May/June). Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare Education; Health; Methods of Sociology All of the above link with the topic of crime and deviance. In A2 the following areas are covered in two units, the first examined in January the second at the end of the year (June). Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics Crime and Deviance; Stratification and Differentiation; Theory and Methods

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: Full A’ Level (A2) = 2 years (AS Level sat after the first year.) Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: Minimum grade B in English Language and/or another humanity subject e.g. Geography, History, Sociology,

Religious Education. It is recommended that to continue the Sociology course at A2 level a minimum grade D is achieved at AS level.

What will you be working towards? Qualification: AS LEVEL Units 1+2 (1191) and A LEVEL Units 3+4 (2191) Awarding Body: AQA

What happens when you have finished? A good qualification in Sociology is widely accepted and shows key skills which are greatly valued by universities on a large number of courses. For employment it will facilitate the following career paths: Social work, Health/Care Professions, Personnel, Criminal Justice, Teaching.

Likely Venue for Course: Chancellor’s School


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TEXTILES What will you be learning? The specification has been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. AIMS: • To develop and sustain creativity and Design and Technology capability • To develop an understanding of the influences of historical costume to present day fashion • To develop an understanding of fabrics and components. • To acquire a broad knowledge of the manufacturing systems used to produce a variety of textile products suitable for a wide market range. CONTENT - The main areas of focus are: • Materials and components • Design and market influences • Processes and manufacture – from haute couture to mass market • Design methodology • Design in the human context Studies will include the following topics: • Fibres, fabrics • Development of design – history of costume • Industrial practice • Quality assurance and quality control • Communication methods – ICT/CAD/CAM • Product design and development

How is the course examined or assessed? Unit 1 – TEXT1 Materials, Components and Application: 50% of AS, 25% of A Level. 2 hour written paper Unit 2 – TEXT2 Learning Through Designing and Making: 50% of AS, 25% of A Level Coursework – approx 50 hours A2 Examinations Unit 3 – TEXT3 Design and Manufacture: 25% of A Level 2 hour written paper Unit 4 – TEXT4 Design and Making Practice: 25% of A Level Coursework – approx 60 hours

When? Start date: September 2013. Duration: 2 years Who is it for? Ages 16 – 19 Entry Requirements: Grade C at GCSE English Language and a Grade B at a Design & Technology subject.

Purchase of Textbooks ‘Textiles at the Cutting Edge’ Lesley Cresswell ~ approx. £25 ‘Fashion Design’ Sue Jenkin Jones ~ approx. £25 for A2

What will you be working towards? Qualification: AS/A2 GCE. Awarding Body: AQA

What happens when you have finished? FURTHER EDUCATION/EMPLOYMENT:Textile designer , Interior designer, Fashion designer, Advertising and Marketing, Teaching

Likely Venue for Course: Chancellor’s School


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