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Bishopsford

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Challenging all to achieve respect & excel


Contents Welcome 

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Aim for Excellence 

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Feel Supported 

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Beyond the Classroom 

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Curriculum and Facilities 

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The Best Teachers 

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Benefit from our Specialist Arts Status

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A Word from the Governors 

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Course Guide A Levels at Bishopsford – LEVEL 3

“A school where remarkable things can and do happen.” Ofsted

Art 

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Biology 

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Critical Thinking 

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English Language & Literature 

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Applied ICT 

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Maths 

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Media Studies 

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Music 

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Vocational Courses at South Thames College – LEVEL 3

Psychology 

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Accounting 

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Business 

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Professional Cookery 

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A Levels at South Thames College – LEVEL 3 Business Studies 

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Childcare & Education 

15

Chemistry 

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Engineering 

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Film Studies 

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Fashion & Clothing 

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Government and Politics 

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Health & Social Care 

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History 

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IT Practitioners 

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Law 

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Public Services 

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Physics 

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Science 

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Sociology 

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Sport 

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Textiles Design 

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Travel & Tourism 

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Welcome

to Bishopsford Sixth Form Dear parents and students, It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the next phase of your learning journey. Moreover, I am delighted to extend this welcome to all Year 11 students planning to join Bishopsford Sixth Form next September! Each year Bishopsford has steadily improved. Parents and students alike will be familiar with our excellent facilities, resources and rich and varied curriculum. You will be especially aware of the dramatic increase in exam results that demonstrates our commitment to excellence. In our most recent Ofsted inspection, inspectors praised Bishopsford as ‘a place where remarkable things can and do happen’. We are committed to outstanding teaching and learning and encourage all students to take personal responsibility seriously. Bishopsford Sixth Form is built on these solid foundations. If you want a sixth form with a wide curriculum offer, a staff committed to excellence, high expectations and a caring safe ethos then Bishopsford Sixth Form is the place for you. Our school motto is “Challenging all to Achieve, Respect and Excel” (CARE) – as we care about the future life chances of every student in the school community. This is integral to all that Bishopsford Sixth Form does. I look forward to our continuing journey together.

Andrew Barker, Principal


“I chose Bishopsford Sixth Form because it has excellent facilities and good teachers who really care.� Year 12 Student

Aim for Excellence Bishopsford Sixth Form is a place where all students aim for excellence in whatever qualifications they choose to pursue. Our students are provided with the best possible opportunities, teaching and facilities to achieve success. Students are supported as they make the transition to post-16 education and we aim to prepare every student for their next step, whether it be university, further training or the workplace. As part of the Bishopsford Educational Trust, Bishopsford Sixth Form students benefit from a range of partnerships with other educational establishments, including South Thames College and University of East London. This ensures the highest possible standards of teaching and guidance on access to higher education. A place at Bishopsford Sixth Form will be your passport to an outstanding future!


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Feel Supported Our aim is to enable young people to continue their education within the Bishopsford family in the spirit of our motto: “Challenging all to Achieve, Respect and Excel” – C.A.R.E. We aim to support students in being successful both in terms of gaining meaningful qualifications and in preparing them for the challenges that independence and adulthood bring. Academic studies are supported by opportunities to gain life skills and study skills that will be essential for higher education. Students at Bishopsford Sixth Form continue to be challenged to become good citizens who will go on to make a valuable contribution to society. Choosing Bishopsford Sixth Form to take this step on your learning journey will prepare you for a future of lifelong learning.


Beyond the Classroom

At Bishopsford Sixth Form we provide students with a range of opportunities to take part in all kinds of activities beyond the classroom. From sports teams to musical performances, from student democracy to local voluntary work, students are able to have the fully rounded experience that is so valued by universities and employers. Our students have a significant opportunity to shape this programme through a very active Sixth Form Council.


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Curriculum & Facilities The curriculum offer at Bishopsford Sixth Form is a wide and diverse offer that ensures that the vast majority of learners who want to continue their journey with us will be able to study exactly what they want to. This is achieved by students having a core offer that builds on the Bishopsford specialisms enhanced by additional subjects through our partnership with South Thames College. Bishopsford Sixth Form is housed in a brand new building. This new block includes state-of-the-art facilities for multi-media learning, specialist labs and a personal study area. There is also a common room and a number of classrooms. Additionally, all students at Bishopsford Sixth Form enjoy full access to South Thames College Merton campus and its learning resources.

“Performing and Expressive Arts help motivate students to success, encouraging them to be the best they can be.” Principal


The Best Teachers More than any other reason, you should choose Bishopsford Sixth Form for your next phase in learning because our staff care deeply about your future success. As a new sixth form we are devoted to ensuring each individual has personalised support that leads them on through their learning and prepares them as rounded citizens for further study or work. Moving to sixth form is an exciting and unique time in any student’s life. There is a promise of new beginnings and new challenges. Quality education, however, can be hard to find and having to start from scratch with new people in new surroundings can be daunting. Bishopsford Sixth Form, with its new building, dedicated teachers and familiar faces will ensure that each student can achieve from day one. At Bishopsford Sixth Form every student is valued as an individual and celebrated for the unique qualities they bring to Bishopsford. Existing learning relationships between the teacher and student mean that we know how to get the best from each individual and our staff will continue to inspire, motivate and challenge each student to unlock their potential.

“Bishopsford Sixth Form was definitely the right choice for my daughter because her teachers have known her since Year 7 and have given her all the help and support she needs.� Parent

Specialist Arts Status As a Specialist Arts College, Bishopsford provides numerous opportunities and experiences in performing and expressive arts. The arts enrich and extend our curriculum. Students are encouraged to apply their skills in other subjects. This helps raise standards of student learning and achievement across the whole curriculum. We are fast becoming the local and regional centre of excellence for the arts, with links to others schools, arts organisations and local businesses. All students are encouraged to take advantage of our many extra-curricular activities and workshops to develop their skills.

We work with professional dancers, musicians, theatres, artists and performing arts tours both here and overseas. Our students have access to the latest ICT software and technology in all the arts subjects. Our excellent facilities include a purpose-built industry standard multi-media performance suite, dance studio, art rooms, main hall with lighting and public address system, music room, music ICT room and drama room. Our specialism enables us to give students the skills they need to progress further into employment or higher education in the arts according to their individual abilities and ambitions.


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A Word from the

Governors Dear parents and students, The Governing Body works with the principal, senior leadership team, staff and trustees to provide a nurturing, challenging and supportive environment for all students. This ensures effective learning and helps our students develop into mature, responsible individuals, able to contribute to the wider community. We work in partnership with parents, encouraging them to play an active part in the life of their child at our school. This supports our ethos of inclusion and greatly enhances achievement. We have high expectations of all our students. At the same time we make sure we steadily improve, so that each student can fulfil their potential. Our Sixth Form ensures continuity for our students, allowing them to remain at Bishopsford to complete their studies before progressing to higher education and the workplace. Sandra Peddy, Chair of Governors


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Course Guide A Level students typically study three or four subjects. Students will be able to select two or three subjects at Bishopsford Arts College, with the option of choosing an additional subject which will be delivered by our partners at South Thames College, Merton.

A Levels at Bishopsford – Level 3 Art

Biology

AS & A2

AS & A2 Course Code (AS): HBIOAS301

This hands-on A Level gives you the skills and the freedom to develop your personal artistic direction. It is usually taken by those who aim to study art at university or art college, or enter employment in the arts and design industries. The course enables students to research and develop ideas and increase their artistic skills. You will be encouraged to experiment with new materials, media and techniques and expand your knowledge of other artists and cultures. Entry qualifications for this course are five Cs at GCSE and should include Art.

The study of Biology can lead to a variety of degree courses and careers, ranging from medicine and food technology to sports science and environmental research. Bioscientists have a valuable role to play in improving quality of life around the world and this A Level both reflects the diversity of the subject and provides the basic skills that will enable you to specialise in the future. Over the first year (AS Level), you will study fundamentals such as cell structure and biochemistry, moving on to look at gene technology and crop plants for example. The second year (A2 Level) covers inheritance, evolution, environment and ecosystems, and physiology. Entry requirements for this course are five GSCEs grade C or above including Double Science, where Grade B is preferred. Biology is normally studied with other science A Levels though other combinations may be possible.


A Levels at Bishopsford – Level 3 Critical Thinking

Applied ICT

AS & A2

AS & A2

The AQA AS and A2 Critical Thinking course is a focused study of logical, rational thinking and argument. It is characterised by the careful, reflective consideration of reasoned argument, and of the beliefs and claims that comprise arguments. A course leading to this qualification will present students with information, opinion and argument from a range of contexts – the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, as well as topics of general interest and concern. It will develop skills and encourage attitudes which complement their other studies across the curriculum, and help prepare them for the academic and intellectual demands of higher education, as well as future employment and life in general.

Students of Edexcel’s GCE A Level in Applied ICT will learn how to use appropriate ICT tools and techniques to carry out investigations, capture and handle data, solve problems and plan and manage projects. The AS qualification has a broad appeal and develops students’ communication and decisionmaking skills. These are harnessed to build and maintain an ePortfolio as a showcase for their achievements.

From newspaper editorials to TV debates, wherever students encounter asserted opinion, they will possess the ability to swiftly and rationally deconstruct arguments, drawing logical conclusions about the validity thereof and pose further questions to be answered in the search for knowledge and truth. This course develops thinking skills that are of great importance in further academic study, whether it be in science or the arts, and in particular in the study of law, politics, and philosophy.

English Language and Literature AS & A2 What makes English language and Literature special? You have the ability to use 50,000 words and know the 1,000 rules of grammar. You already know how to communicate and know how to adapt the way you speak for different situations. English Language and Literature allows you the opportunity to explore English and gives you the tools to manipulate language to your own advantage. This is a challenging yet accessible course. It successfully bridges the gap between GCSE and higher education. At AS level you will develop skills for literary analysis looking at stylistic, linguistic issues. This course is an opportunity to develop your ability to analyse written and spoken language using a literary and linguistic approach. You will be able to use your knowledge about the features of language to produce your own writing. Additionally you will study novels, poetry and drama from a range of eras and cultures, with the focus being on how the writer uses language in their work. If you have an interest in studying a variety of literature and language this course is for you.

A Level ICT encourages students to acquire a range of important and transferable skills: the capacity for thinking 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. A qualification in ICT will help prepare students for a world in which technological and information literacy skills are seen as essential. Industry, Business, Communications and Media would all offer attractive careers for ICT students. ICT is offered by universities either as a subject in its own right or in combination with a wide range of subjects, for example: • Computer Science; • Game Design; • IT & Psychology; • IT & Business; • IT & Multimedia. Few occupations or workplaces do not make use of Information and Communication Technology today and most are likely to change further as ICT becomes more pervasive. AS is assessed with two pieces of coursework and one exam in the Summer term. A2 will offer a similar mix but can be negotiated depending on units chosen.


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Maths AS & A2 A Level Maths is a highly valued qualification and a requirement for many university courses and careers in areas such as science, engineering, computing and accounting. This course is suitable for those who wish to develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes. Students will be expected to reason logically, extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and apply these to more difficult, unstructured problems. All students will study four core units (C1, C2, C3 & C4) plus two applications units from either Mechanics or Statistics (M1, M2, S1, and S2). For the AS qualification students must study C1 and C2 and either M1 or S1. The four core units will cover topics such as coordinate geometry, sequences, differentiation, integration, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms and vectors. The Mechanics units will include mathematical models in mechanics, vectors in mechanics and kinematics. The Statistics units will cover mathematical models in probability and statistics, probability, correlation and regression as well as the Normal, Binomial and Poisson distributions.

Media Studies AS & A2 Do you want to develop your interest and understanding of the media? This A Level is the ideal first step if you are thinking of degree study or a career in the communication and media industries. The first year (AS Level) deals with a range of media including newspapers, TV and the internet and addresses issue such as representation and what the media means to us. You will have a chance to be involved in producing media projects, including videos where you will use digital cameras and editing. The second year (A2 Level) focuses on media as industries and the impact of globalisation, the internet and digital technology. Students will look closely at representation of ethnicity, gender, society and morality and have the opportunity to produce a long essay on a subject of their choice. Media Studies is compatible with any other subject, particularly English, Sociology, Psychology and Business Studies. This A Level equips you well for degree-level study in media, arts or humanities courses and careers in areas such as journalism, leisure, research and media industries. It gives you analytical and critical skills useful in any subject and career.

Music AS & A2 The GCE Music course is intended to be stimulating and enriching for students and provides an excellent basis for lifelong learning and for higher education courses in music. At both Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and A2 levels, students experience all three main musical disciplines of performing, composing, and listening and understanding. Students will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony (the basics at AS and stylistic studies at A2). The full GCE course (AS plus A2) is excellent preparation for higher education courses in music, but is equally valuable for non-specialists as a second or third area of study. The AS units alone can offer a broad and satisfying experience for those who want to conclude their musical studies at this point. Work is grouped into three areas of study: instrumental music, vocal music and applied music.

Psychology AS & A2 Course Code (AS): HPSYAS301 Psychology, the study of social and individual behaviour, is useful for a wide range of future careers, particularly in health and social care, education, research and business. Our A Level syllabus covers all the major areas of psychology. Units studied include social psychology, developmental psychology and perspectives and research methods. It provides a thorough introduction to psychological theory and practice and will help you develop skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation. The nature of psychological study means that it combines well with both sciences and humanities at A Level. It is therefore suitable for progression on to a wide variety of careers and degree courses.


A Levels at South Thames College – Level 3 Business Studies

Film Studies

AS & A2 Course Code (AS): HBUSAS301 2008 A2: 100% pass rate

AS & A2 Course Code (AS): HFLMAS301 2008 A2: 100% pass rate

The ability to understand and use business skills will give you a big advantage in your future studies and career, regardless of your own specialist area. Concentrating on the four pillars of business – Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Production – this A Level teaches not only the principles of business success but also essential transferable skills such as teamworking, IT, presenting, report writing and making informed decisions. The course combines well with all subjects and gives you wide options for degree-level study or entering the job market. Business studies students often also study humanities, arts or sciences.

This academic A Level looks at film as both mass media and art form and is for people who enjoy viewing films and want to study them in detail. Film Studies has some similarities with the study of literature and media and therefore combines well with English and Media Studies as well as other arts or humanities subjects. Film Studies is available for degree level study at many universities and the A Level is a suitable qualification for many other arts and humanities courses. The course gives you the opportunity to analyse and interpret films, learning the critical languages that have been used to develop the medium. In particular you will look at Hollywood, British cinema, documentary and narrative, early cinema, censorship, production values and film promotion.

Those working in law, human resources, accounting, advertising, marketing, leisure and many other areas will find business skills very useful. If you aim to set up or run a business yourself, this course is an essential beginning. Many students from this A Level go on to university. There is an increasing diversity of business-related degrees offered, such as finance, service industries, retail and marketing, and this course is a good preparation for all, as well as for a general business studies degree. You may also be interested in our vocational business courses (see pages 25–26). Entry requirements for this course are five GSCEs grade C including Maths and English.

Chemistry AS & A2 3 Course Code (AS): HCHEAS301 2008 A2: 94% pass rate The study of chemistry at A Level is good preparation for your future career and study in any scientific field. The knowledge of chemical properties you will gain will enable you to develop your own scientific specialisms and give you the ability to become involved in work and research in a number of fields. Students often combine chemistry with other science subjects and can go on to further study or work in such industries as pharmaceuticals, engineering, energy and agriculture. The course builds on your knowledge from GCSE level and covers topics including atomic structures, chemical bonding, kinetics, organic chemistry, the periodic table, transition metals and electrochemistry. The chemistry A Level will also develop your skills in numeracy, problem solving and written and oral communication. Entry requirements are standard with grade B in GCSE Maths & Science preferred.

Government and Politics AS & A2 Course Code (AS): HGOVAS301 2008 AS: 71% pass rate Government and Politics enables students to gain an understanding of how Britain is governed. There are units in citizenship and democracy, major institutions of government, and controversial issues of today – race and ethnicity, the Welfare State, Northern Ireland, the EU and crime and law. This A Level combines well with Law, Sociology, History and other humanities AS/A2 subjects.

History AS & A2 L3 Course Code (AS): HHISAS301 2008 A2: 100% pass rate This A Level covers Modern Russian and German history, and England in the 16th and 17th Centuries. The course provides a fascinating coverage of events of the recent and Early Modern past, and an opportunity to analyse the contemporary world. Students cover four units of study, including Russia from the tsars to communism, Germany in the 20th Century, the Reigns of Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I, and the Civil Wars. The study of A Level History can lead to a degree in the subject but is also a respected qualification for a range of other subjects and careers. You will learn the skills of research and analysis, using historical sources, and report and essay writing. History combines well with many other subjects, particularly English and the other humanities.


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Law

Sociology

AS & A2 Course Code (AS): HLAWAS301 2008 A2: 90% pass rate

AS & A2 Course Code (AS): HSOCAS301 2008 A2: 100% pass rate

Law is a fascinating and stimulating subject for A Level study and is recognised as a gold standard subject. The qualification is highly regarded throughout the world and can lead to entry to many careers besides one in law itself. For those wishing to take their legal studies further, to have studied A Level Law is a distinct advantage. Gone are the days when this was not the case. Students will spend their first year understanding and offering critiques on the machinations of the English legal system including the operation of the police and Criminal Evidence Act, the court system and legal professionals at work. Students also learn about the many sources of law and will gain skills for Statutory Interpretation and a grounding in European law. This provides a foundation for the second year where an in depth study of Tort Law is made. Students can expect visits to key London courts, Parliament, the Royal Institute of Psychiatry and debates such as Boris Johnson’s meetings on tackling youth crime during their course at South Thames College. Entry qualifications are standard and Grade B in English is preferred.

This course is often studied at AS Level by students who want a broad base of subjects, and many of those go on to the A2 Level. The aim of sociology is to develop an understanding of society – how it is organised, why these structures exist, and why people act in the way they do. To reach this understanding a wide range of topics are covered, including the family, the education system, crime, religion, politics and the media. You will also learn about social research – the methods sociologists use to find out about society and people. Students gain useful transferable skills and study techniques, making this course suitable for combination with many other subjects, particularly humanities and social sciences.

Physics

AS & A2 Course Code (AS): HARTAS302 2008 A2: 100% pass rate

AS & A2 Course Code (AS): HPHYAS301 2008 A2: 100% pass rate This course appeals to students who enjoy applying their mind to solving problems and carrying out investigations by imaginative and logical thought. The study of Physics can lead to a career in sciences, engineering, electronics and other industries and it is also a useful support subject for the study of other areas of science. During the course you will study a wide range of the theories and principles of modern physics. The first year includes topics such as particles, radiation, quantum phenomena, mechnics and current electricity. The second year covers nuclear physics and you also have a choice of further study in astrophysics, medical physics, electronics, applied physics or the history of physics. Entry qualifications are the standard for the college, five GCSEs at grade C or above, but these should include a GCSE in double science or physics. Grade B at higher tier Maths is essential.

The Sociology A Level is a widely accepted qualification for entry onto a range of degree courses. It is ideal for students who simply want to increase their awareness and understanding of modern Britain.

Textiles Design

This course is for students with a background in art who wish to explore and develop their work in the medium of textiles. It can be combined with other art A Levels giving you an opportunity to build up a large and varied portfolio. It can be taken with other courses if appropriate. Through the building of a portfolio, students develop their knowledge of fashion and textile design. Visits to exhibitions and exposure to other artists’ work are important aspects of the course. Students will be encouraged to develop their own practical skills in areas such as printing and dyeing, embroidery, drawing and collage. Imagination and experimentation with colour, pattern and design is encouraged. Assessment is through practical course work and a final examination. Successful students progress to higher courses at University or Art College, or directly into employment.


Vocational Courses at South Thames College – Level 3 Accounting AAT NVQ 3

Business

Course Code: AACCNV301

BTEC National Certificate Course Code: ABUSNC301

Who is the course suitable for? The course is aimed at those students who wish to gain a professional qualification and progress into employment in an accountancy role or wish to go on to university. How long does the course take? This is a one-year course (36 teaching weeks). What are the entry requirements for the course? Students will need to have passed a Level 2 course in accounting/book-keeping, two A Levels or an AS Level in accounting. Alternatively students should have four years practical work experience and be at least 21 years old to be exempt from that stage. Guidance will be given on application. What does the course cover? The course consists of a number of units including: • Financial Records and Accounts • Evaluating Costs and Revenues • Preparing Reports & Returns • Using Information Technology • Working with Computers and SAGE • Health and Safety • P  ayroll units at Level 2 (see above) or Level 3: Managing payroll function; Completing year end procedures; and Working with external bodies • K  ey Skills including Communication, Application of Number and IT How is the course assessed? There are a number of assessments throughout the course including two external assessments. What will I achieve at the end of the course? AAT NVQ Level 3 in Accounting, Payroll Level 2 or 3, Key Skills and Pitmans in Computerised Accounting. What are my future opportunities? If you successfully complete the AAT NVQ Level 3 in Accounting you can move on to the Level 4 (Technician Level). You can also apply for University. The qualification is highly regarded in industry and commerce.

About this course This is an advanced vocational course in Business. It is a broad-based qualification offering you the opportunity to look at the various aspects of business and develop highly practical skills for working life. The course is made up of units and the full course takes two years. Who is the course suitable for? • Many students on this course are between 16 and 19 years of age. However, mature students may also be considered for the course. – The entry requirements for the course are a Merit at First Diploma; or four GCSEs at Grade C including English and Maths. What does the course cover? The course consists of compulsory and optional units. Some of the units you will follow in the first year are: Exploring Business Activity; Investigating Business Resources; Introduction to Marketing; Effective People and Communication; Introduction to Accounting; Introduction to Market Research. • S  ome of the units you may follow in your second year are: Investigating Recruitment and Selection; Exploring Team Development; Exploring Creative Product Promotion; Managing a Business Event. How is the course assessed? The course is assessed entirely by coursework. What will I achieve at the end of the course? BTEC National Certificate in Business. You will also have the chance to take Key Skills qualifications and get involved in the OCR Young Enterprise Programme and have the opportunity to engage in the UK Career Academy Foundation. What are my future opportunities? You may go on to study an HND or Degree at University or go straight into employment.


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Professional Cookery

Childcare & Education

NVQ Level 3 and NVQ 2 Food Service Course Code: CCATNV302

CACHE Award/Certificate/Diploma Course Code: ICH IOT301

Who is the course suitable for? This course is for students who are looking for a professional career in the catering & hospitality industry.

Who is the course suitable for? The course is open to all students who are keen to work in childcare. This is a full-time day programme or a part-time evening programme. To study on the part-time programme students must be employed in a childcare setting and have one of the following qualifications: PLSA Diploma, NVQ Level 2 Childcare and Education or a CACHE Certificate in Childcare and Education.

This is a very practical course aimed at improving and advancing your skills in the kitchen, restaurant and bar. What are the entry requirements for the course? You will need to have successfully completed the Level 2 course (above) or have two years’ experience in the hospitality industry. What does the course cover? • Our chefs will train you to prepare gourmet food suitable for high class restaurants & other establishments.

What are the entry requirements for the course? • All candidates will be interviewed, must have some experience of working with children and have a satisfactory school/employer reference.

• O  ur Food & Beverage Manager will train you in the art of food service to a very high standard including gueridon and flambé work.

• Four GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English.

• Table drinks service and wine service in our fully licensed bar.

What does the course cover?

• T  hree weeks work experience and the opportunity to participate in an educational visit to Europe.

• Y ou will have practical training placements in a variety of settings including Day Nurseries, Primary Schools, Family Homes and the Private and Voluntary Sector.

How is the course assessed? You will be assessed on your practical work in the kitchens, restaurant and bar. You keep a portfolio of evidence showing the work you have covered. There is also a written exam. What will I achieve at the end of the course? On successful completion of the course you will achieve the NVQ Level 3 in Professional Cookery and NVQ Level 2 in Food Service. What are my future opportunities? With this qualification you are ready to apply for a career in the catering & hospitality industry, for example in a top hotel, on a cruise ship, or directors’ dining room.

• A  pplicants must also display a genuine concern for the care of children and their families.

• T he course covers: Observation and Assessment; Working with Young Children; Foundations to Caring; Play, Curriculum and Early Learning and Antidiscriminatory/ Anti-bias Practice. • D  aytime students attend College for two days and are in their placement for two days per week. How is the course assessed? Through unit based assignments and externally set assessments. You also need three satisfactory placement reports. What will I achieve at the end of the course? CACHE level 3 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Childcare & Education. What are my future opportunities? Employment as an early years practitioner in a primary school or day nursery. Other options include working in a private nursery, a hospital setting or with children with special needs.


Vocational Courses at South Thames College – Level 3 Engineering

Fashion & Clothing

BTEC National Diploma in Engineering Course Code: DENGND301

BTEC National Certificate Course Code: HFASND301

Who is the course suitable for? This course is designed to equip you with all the skills needed for a career at Technician Engineer level. If you are interested in a career such as Engineering Design, Production, or Civil and Mechanical Engineering then this is a good course for you.

Who is the course suitable for? This exciting course will introduce students to fashion, clothing and textile design. The course will give opportunities to extend and develop knowledge and practical skills. It is suitable for learners who have decided that they wish to enter the world of work in fashion and/or design. The aim is to provide practical understanding of the skills required to develop careers in fashion, textiles and related industries and to provide a pathway into higher education.

When will I study? This is a two-year, full-time course, taught on four days per week. What are the entry requirements for the course? • Four GCSEs at Grade C and above, including Maths, English and Science, or • B  TEC First Diploma at Merit or Distinction overall, with merit grades in the Maths and Science units, or other relevant qualifications or experience. • A  contribution to course fees will be required if you are over 19. What does the course cover? In Year 1 you will study a series of modules such as manufacturing systems, electronic principles, materials and business systems. There is also a week-long trip to Europe to visit engineering companies. Year 2 includes a major project and more specialised and advanced modules including programmable controllers, mechanical principles and Computer Aided Design. Units include both workshop and classroom activities. How is the course assessed? Through continuous assessment including periodic tests of underpinning knowledge. Some units are externally assessed through an Integrated Vocational Assignment. What will I achieve at the end of the course? Successful students gain the BTEC National Diploma in Engineering. What are my future opportunities? Successful completion of this course gives you a range of options including going on to a university course and a wide choice of employment opportunities across the Engineering sector.

What are the entry requirements for the course? You will need: • 3 Cs or above at GCSE including English, or • BTEC First in Art and Design at Merit level In addition the submission of a portfolio of work at interview which shows a keen interest in art and design and some ability is required. What does the course cover? The full National Certificate is equivalent to 2 ‘A’ levels and is delivered through 12 units which will include: • Drawing Development • Historical and Contextual Understanding • Materials, Techniques and Processes • Ideas and Concepts • Visual Communication In addition to these core units there is a range of specialist units available including fashion, design, textile exploration, surface pattern and printed textiles. Assessment is by internal and externally-assessed practical assignments. What are my future opportunities? Successful students will be well placed to progress to degree or diploma courses with the London College of Fashion or similar arts institutions.


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Health & Social Care

IT Practitioners

BTEC National Certificate Course Code: IHTHNC301

BTEC National Diploma Course code: BCOMND302

Who is the course suitable for? The course is suitable for students who wish to progress to university or to work in the Health Care sector. This is a two year course.

Who is the course suitable for? Students with an interest in working in the IT practitioners industry or who wish to study a computing or IT course at University. The course is suitable for both the 16–19 age group and mature students.

What are the entry requirements? • A minimum of five GCSEs at Grades A – C, including English; or • BTEC First Diploma in Care or Early Years (Merit or Distinction). • A satisfactory academic reference. • S  tudents without GCSE Maths (Grade C or above) will have the opportunity to study numeracy at Level 2. • A  ll applicants will be interviewed and may be asked to sit a diagnostic test. What does the course cover? The course covers the knowledge and skills required to work or go on to higher education in Health and Social Care, including: Effective Caring; Health, Illness & Disease, Psychological Perspectives and Complementary Therapies. How is the course assessed? Through continuous assessment. What will I achieve at the end of the course? At the end of the first year you will achieve the BTEC National Award in Health & Social Care and at the end of the second year the BTEC National Certificate in Health & Social Care. What are my future opportunities? You can work in the care sector or proceed to university.

When can I study? This is a full-time, two-year course (4–5 days a week). What are the entry requirements? Entry to the course is by interview. You will need four GCSEs at grade C or above (including Maths and English) or a Level 2 qualification at Distinction (BTEC First Diploma or equivalent) or relevant workplace experience. You may be asked to take an aptitude test to enable us to ensure that you are suitable for a highly-intensive course that includes maths and programming. Progression to the second year is dependant on successful completion of first-year units. What does the course cover? The course follows a Systems Support pathway which consists of a number of units, covering the following areas: Communications and Employability Skills; Computer Systems; Business Information Systems; Organisational System Security; Advanced Spreadsheet Skills; Installing and Upgrading Software; Introduction to Software Development; Communications Technology; Network Management; Maintaining Computer Systems; Installing and Upgrading Software; IT Technical Support; IT Troubleshooting; Network Systems Security; IT Essentials and CISCO units 1 and 2.


Vocational Courses at South Thames College – Level 3 How is the course assessed? All of the units are assessed by coursework.

How is the course assessed? By internal and external assessment and examination.

Will I have to take any exams? There are no externally-set exams on BTEC courses although there are exams for Key Skills Communication or Application of Number. You will be entered for the most appropriate Key Skill following an initial assessment. Some elements of coursework may be produced in-class under exam conditions. The CISCO units have an on-line exam.

What will I achieve at the end of the course? BTEC National Certificate in Public Services.

What will I achieve at the end of the course? A BTEC National Diploma for IT Practitioners that could be worth up to 360 UCAS points (equivalent to three ‘A’-Levels). Can I combine the course with others? You are not normally advised to take other courses as this is in itself a full-time, highly demanding course. What are my future opportunities? Successful completion can lead to a Degree in Computing or Computer Science, an HNC in Computer Studies or immediate employment in the IT industry as a junior practitioner. Alternatively, you could go on to take vendor qualifications such as A+, CISCO and MCSE/MCAD.

Public Services BTEC National Certificate Course Code: APSRND301 Who is the course suitable for? • Those wishing to enter employment in the police, fire or ambulance services, the prison service, armed forces or customs and excise etc. • The course is mainly aimed at students 16–19 years of age. What are the entry requirements for the course? • Four GCSEs at a minimum Grade C, including English Language, or a BTEC First Diploma at Merit level, or an equivalent qualification. • You will also need to attend an interview. What does the course cover? • This course is made up of Core and Specialist units. You have to complete a total of 12 units. • W  hile studying this course time will be spent enhancing your Literacy and numeracy and skills such as Working with Others. • S  ome of the core units are: Team Leadership; Citizenship; Discipline; Diversity and the Public Services. • T here is a wide range of Specialist units, some of which are: Preparation for the Services; International Perspectives; Understanding the Criminal Justice System.

What are my future opportunities? • Completion of this course will prepare you for the entry tests carried out by a range of public services. • T he course is aimed at entry to the police, fire service, prison services, ambulance, rescue services and customs and excise or into Higher Education.

Science BTEC National Certificate Course Code: HSCIND301 Who is the course suitable for? This course is for students who want to study scientific subjects at University or who seek a practical career in the sciences. The course takes two years to complete and is an alternative to taking A Levels. It is particularly suited to those who have an interest in pursuing a scientific career. What are the entry requirements for the course? A minimum of four grade C results at GCSE of which two must be in double science or a merit in the BTEC First Diploma in Science. All entrants must have a grade C in either GCSE Maths or GCSE English. What does the course cover? The emphasis of the course is on learning fundamental scientific principles and understanding their applications. The subject matter concerns aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as developing IT skills. Students complete 6 units in the first year for the National Award, then a further 6 in Year 2 to complete the National Certificate. In addition, Year 2 students will complete an Extended Project qualification which also carries UCAS points. How is the course assessed? There are regular written and practical assessments. What are my future opportunities? Successful students can progress to degree or diploma courses in Higher Education. Employment opportunities include lab technicians or other practical scientific roles.


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Travel & Tourism

BTEC National Diploma Course Code: ASPRND301

BTEC National Certificate Course Code: ATRTNC301

Who is the course suitable for? The course is suitable for school leavers and mature students who are keen to pursue a career in the sports industry, for example in a sports centre or club. The course lasts two years.

About this course This is a Vocational course, giving you the chance to look at the various aspects of tourism and develop highly practical skills for working life. You can achieve the National Award after one year. The Certificate is a two year programme.

What are the entry requirements for the course? • You will need at least four GCSEs at Grade C or above, (including English and Maths plus PE or a science) or the BTEC First Diploma in Sport at Merit level; you should also have the ambition to follow a career in sports. • Y ou will need to attend the College for an interview to assess your suitability for the course. What does the course cover? • This is a two year course and is made up of 18 units. In the first year you will study nine units including: The Body in Action; Fitness Testing; Training & Fitness; Sports Nutrition; Psychology for Sports Performance; Technical & Tactical Skills; The Athletes Lifestyle; Health & Safety in Sport and Organising Events. • In the second year units include: Working with Children; Talent Identification; Voluntary Sports Club; Sport in Society; Training & Fitness; Sports Injuries; Ethics & Values in Sport; Analysis for Elite Performance and Psychology for Sports Performance. How is the course assessed? Assessment is by coursework which is both internally and externally marked. Some optional units may also be assessed by examination. What will I achieve at the end of the course? This course is equivalent to three A Levels. You will also gain Key Skills, and additional qualifications in sport. What are my future opportunities? • You may go on to Higher Education after completing this type of course. Many students choose to continue studying on a Higher National Diploma or Degree course. • Y our career prospects could be leisure centre operator, fitness supervisor or events manager.

Who is the course suitable for? Students who are interested in working within the travel and tourism industry, most students are aged 16–19. What are the entry requirements for the course? Four GCSEs at minimum Grade C including English or a BTEC First Diploma at Merit or Distinction or equivalent qualification. What does the course cover? The course consists of compulsory and optional units. – Units for year one include: Working in Travel & Tourism; Business of Travel & Tourism; Investigating Travel & Tourism; Customer Service; UK Travel Destinations; European Destinations. • S  ome of the units you will follow in year two include: Resort Representatives; Visitor Attractions; the Cruise Sector; Fares and Ticketing. How is the course assessed? Assessment is by coursework. What will I achieve at the end of the course? BTEC National Certificate in Travel and Tourism. You will also have the opportunity to study a cabin crew course. What are my future opportunities? • You may go on to an HND or Degree course. • Your  career prospects could be as a tour operator, travel agent, resort rep or cabin crew, for example.


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