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AS/ A2  Anthropology Course  Title  

Teacher in  charge  of  subject  

Biology  Salters-­‐Nuffield  SNAB  

Miss Rowe  

Exam Board  and  Specification  No  

AQA GCE  Anthropology  

Why is  subject  important,  valuable  and  engaging?   "The  most  scientific  of  the  humanities,  the  most  humanistic  of  the  sciences"   Anthropology  is  a  true  mix  of  humanities  and  science.  It  is  the  study  of  what  it  means  to  be  human.  It  is  a  chance   to  explore  the  diversity  in  societies  in  the  world  today  and  throughout  history.  It  will  give  you  greater  awareness   and  understanding  of  the  world  around  you  and  gives  you  a  chance  to  debate  issues  including  human  rights,   ethnic  conflict  and  development.     Anthropology  is  the  in-­‐depth  study  of  humans;  their  evolution,  ways  they  interact,  how  they  live,  and  how  they   come  to  be  who  they  are.  It  is  concerned  with  all  aspects  of  people's  lives.  One  minute  you  could  be  studying   African  tribes,  the  next  archaeological  remains,  and  then  modern  Goths  in  London.   There  are  two  main  branches  of  anthropology  which  we  will  be  considering;  physical  anthropology  and  social   anthropology.  Using  both  branches  we  explore  what  it  means  to  be  human.  From  our  split  with  chimpanzees  and   gorillas  approximately  six  million  years  ago  we  take  a  brief  journey  through  our  evolutionary  past  and  explore   what  it  means  today.  We  then  turn  to  the  extraordinary  cultural  diversity  that  exists  on  our  planet  today  and  in   the  recent  past.  Our  studies  include  societies  ruled  by  men,  women,  powerful  shaman  and  some  that  are  ruled   by  no  one.  We  explore  cultures  in  which  murder  is  almost  unheard  of  and  others  where  it  is  a  daily  occurrence.   Anthropology  has  been  taught  in  British  universities  for  over  one  hundred  years  and  remains  a  popular  degree   subject.    

What do  I  need  to  have  studied,  or  have  knowledge  of,  before  I  begin  this  course?   There  is  no  prior  learning  required  for  this  course.   What  will  I  learn  on  this  course?   At  AS  you  will  look  at:   Being  Human  -­‐  How  has  the  human  body  evolved?  How  are  humans  and  apes  similar  and  different?  In  what   ways  do  people  remake  their  bodies?  How  are  people  divided  in  society?  What  is  kinship?  How  do  we   communicate?  What  are  the  meanings  behind  communication  technology  like  mobile  phones?   Becoming  a  Person-­‐  What  do  we  mean  by  a  'person'?  How  are  differences  between  male  and  female  expressed?   What  are  'cyborgs'?  How  do  different  cultures  symbolise  the  stages  of  life?   At  A  level  you  will  look  at:   Global  and  Local:  How  does  settlement  impact  on  indigenous  people?  What  is  globalisation,  westernisation  and   even  McDonaldisation?  What  were  the  migration  patterns  of  our  ancestors?  

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AS/ A2  Anthropology Personal  study-­‐  Anthropologists  live  with  the  ethnic  group  they  are  studying,  observe,  note  behaviour,  and   report  back  –  this  kind  of  fieldwork  is  called  participant  observation  and  the  report  is  called  an  ethnography.   Anthropologists  also  observe  groups  that  are  more  familiar  to  them.  They  compare  behaviours,  rituals,  or   symbols  in  their  own  societies  to  those  of  other  groups.  All  students  will  follow  a  course  on  methodology  and   ethics  in  Anthropology  and  will  conduct  their  own  fieldwork  as  part  of  unit  4,  the  Personal  Study.  You  will  choose   a  topic  and  carry  out  research  of  your  own,  writing  it  up  as  a  report.  You  will  answer  questions  on  your  research   in  the  exam,  as  well  as  general  questions  about  anthropological  methodology.  You  might  want  to  do  research   into  the  symbolism  in  social  networking,  or  why  and  how  people  queue,  or  how  different  ethnic  groups  have   different  attitudes  to  medicine.   What  key  skills  will  I  develop?   Anthropology  complements  other  A  level  subjects  and  the  skills  you  learn  will  be  particularly  prized  by   employers  and  universities.  It  introduces  you  to  key  concepts  and  critical  thinking  skills  that  will  provide  you  with   a  unique  and  thoughtful  perspective  on  contemporary  issues.  There  is  an  emphasis  on  assessing  your  ability  to   apply  an  anthropological  ‘way  of  thinking’  to  a  range  of  issues,  making  effective  use  of  anthropological  concepts,   theories  and  methods.   You  will  develop  effective  and  fluent  writing  styles  and  learn  the  skills  of  application,  analysis,   interpretation  and  evaluation.  

How will  I  be  assessed?  (details  of  examinations/coursework)   AS  -­‐  Unit  1-­‐  1.30  hour  exam                  Unit  2  -­‐1.30  hour  exam   A2  -­‐Unit  3  -­‐  1.45  hour  exam                Unit  4  -­‐  1.45  hour  exam  

What could  this  course  lead  to?   Anthropologists  are  highly  regarded  in  the  modern  world,  the  USA  has  been  recruiting  anthropologists  to  help   them  understand  the  crisis  in  the  Middle  East,  and  the  UN  has  been  recruiting  anthropologists  to  help  them  to   tackle  AIDS  in  Africa  through  a  better  understanding  of  local  ideas  about  health  and  illness.     Anthropology  goes  well  with  any  Humanities  or  Social  Science  subjects,  but  particularly  well  with  Archaeology,   Sociology  and  World  Development  though  it  is  also  popular  with  scientists.   Anthropology  is  very  useful  if  you  are  thinking  about  working  in  careers  where  you  deal  closely  with  people  –  for   example,  it  goes  very  well  with  Medicine.  It  also  gives  you  a  good  understanding  of  the  human  body  and  is   compatible  with  subjects  such  as  PE.  Understanding  different  cultures  and  how  humans  construct  themselves   socially  is  a  very  good  skill  to  have  if  you  are  considering  working  with  the  general  public,  for  instance:   Teaching   The  Medical  profession   Law   Counselling   Social  Services   Criminal  Justice  System  

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AS/ A2  Anthropology

What additional  events,  trips  or  enrichment  activities  does  this  course  include?   We  will  have  a  trip  to  a  zoo  to  study  the  primates  and  also  to  the  Pitt  Rivers  museum  in  Oxford.  

Are there  any  additional  costs  for  this  course?   None   Who  do  I  contact  if  I  have  any  further  questions?    

If you  want  to  know  more  Miss  Rowe  is  happy  to  answer  any  questions  you  might  have,  so  come  and   talk  to  her  in  school  or  contact  her  at  crowe@commonweal.co.uk    

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AS/A2 Art and Design Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Art and Design (Fine Art)

Mrs T Parker-Woolway

Exam Board and Specification No.

AQA Art and Design 7202

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Do you want a career you love in the Creative Industries? Have you thought about a future as an artist, designer, photographer, curator, teacher or architect? This A-level course is aimed at students with an ambition to succeed and a love of Art. Did you know 9% of all jobs in the UK are currently in the creative sector? The Creative Industries are a growing sector of the jobs market, despite the current recession. If you feel you are a creative person, enjoy working practically through sculpture, painting and or illustration, using your creative brain imaginatively and to making links to artists (and the wider world) then Art is for you. At this stage you should have a passion for and love of the subject. This, however, does not mean you can only study Art if you are striving to be a life-long artist, but you do require dedication, enthusiasm for the subject. Art is a highly enjoyable, personal and motivating subject, in which you can grow artistically and personally. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? To do Art A/AS level at Commonweal Academy you will need to have studied Art to GCSE level and to have gained a B (or above). You will be expected to show a portfolio at interview. What will I learn on this course? This art course places a distinct emphasis on the exploration of ideas, materials, visual and other sensory sources. They are concerned with the development of your individual responses to your own first hand experience, as well as to the work of other artists, craftspeople and designers.. During the first two terms of the AS course; you will be encouraged to explore the creative potential of different media and processes. The aim of this essentially experimental phase is to encourage you to acquire and develop skills and awareness. Drawing from observation as a means of investigation and research will be an essential aspect of the course and all students will be expected to develop their experience and confidence in this area. There will be a life drawing element to the course, that all students will be expected to attend. What key skills will I develop? The focus of this subject is to develop the Art skills that students have already acquired at GCSE level and to increase their knowledge and understanding in creating their own work. Sketchbooks are essential to the course and are used to record and develop relevant ideas, drawings and contextual information. They will act as a record of the journey that you take through you a level studies. Throughout the course you will take part in practical projects and skill development work. You will learn to carry out independent research from various sources whilst working on assignments, and to work to set questions. ICT will be widely used both for practical work, portfolio and written assignments.

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AS/A2 Art and Design How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) This A Level is a four-unit award that spans a two-year course. The externally assessed components of this course are The Personal Investigation (60%) and an Externally Set Assignment (40%) - the main bulk of which are done in Yr 13. This gives students a chance to explore and develop their skills during Yr 12, whilst deciding on a personal line of investigation that will be completed in Yr 13. All work made throughout the course will be presented in a portfolio that will be needed for entry to further education

What could this course lead to? The expert training you will receive will equip you to progress to higher education courses at Colleges or Universities, or to enter employment within the creative industries. Career options could include: Fine Artist, Gallery Curator, Illustrator, Comic Artist, Sculptor, Painter, Set Design, Set Building, Costume Design, Costume Making, Creative Director, Scenic Painter, Props Maker, Special Effects Sculptor, Concept Artist, Model Maker,Teacher, Fabricator, Graphic Design, Puppetry, Marketing, Magazine design and production, Fashion Illustration, Fashion textiles, Creative textiles, Fashion Photography and General Photography. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? We aim to provide all students numerous opportunities to visit galleries, exhibitions and artist studios throughout the course. There will be at least one residential course to a foreign city that all students will have the opportunity take part in, past art tours have included visits to Florence, Paris and New York. There is a life drawing element to the course, which all students will be expected to attend. Are there any additional costs for this course? Students will be expected to have an A3 journal for each module of the course that they undertake. These will be available to buy through the school 'art shop' as well as materials and canvases. Like the GCSE, an art pack will be available to buy that will give students their own media to work with at home or during their independent study time. Any visits to galleries, exhibitions or the residential trip will also have an additional fee. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? Tparker-woolway@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/ A2 Biology Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

Edexcel B Biology

Miss S Ben-Ali

Exam Board and Specification No

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology B (9BI0). First Teaching from September 2015 AS: First Certification: Summer 2016 A2: First Certification: Summer 2017

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Biology is a fascinating and vast subject. It allows students to explore the world around us, and is an opportunity to develop key concepts for use in the fields of medical study and research. Students will be introduced to all fundamental principles of biology, from the building blocks of DNA, to the emerging research in stem cells. As the effect of human impact on the environment becomes an increasingly current issue, students will also begin to look at the importance of biodiversity and the sustainability of the world’s resources. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science*: BB-A*A* GCSE Triple Science Biology: Grade B-A* *Students applying with additional/core science will be looked at on a case by case selection. What will I learn on this course? The aims of the GCE in Biology are to enable students to: 

Essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other

Demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods

Competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills

Their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

Understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

What key skills will I develop? 

Define scientific problems, present scientific arguments and scientific ideas

Carry out experimental and investigative activities, including appropriate risk management, in a range of contexts

Analyse and interpret data to provide evidence, recognising correlations and casual relationships

Evaluate methodology, evidence and data, and resolve conflicting evidence

Appreciate the tentative nature of scientific knowledge

Communicate information and ideas in appropriate ways using appropriate terminology

Consider applications and implications of science and appreciate their associated benefits and risks

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AS/ A2 Biology 

Consider ethical issues in the treatment of humans, other organisms and the environment

Appreciate the role of the scientific community in validating new knowledge and ensuring integrity

Use theories, models and ideas to develop and modify scientific explanations

Appreciate the ways in which science is used to inform decision making about issues to benefit society

How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/ assessed core practical’s) The Pearson’s Edexcel B GCE in Biology comprises ten units and contains an Advanced Subsidiary subset of four AS units: 

The Advanced Subsidiary (AS) GCE is the first half of the GCE course and consists of Units 1, 2, 3, and 4. This is a stand-alone qualification. It also includes the completion of 8 core practical’s.

The full Advanced (A Level) GCE award consists of the three 3 externally-assessed papers, and completing 16 of the core practical’s. To achieve the full GCE, students need to have completed the AS topics and core practical’s.

The Examined Units are: Topic 1 Biological Molecules Topic 2 Cells, Viruses and Reproduction Topic 3 Classification Topic 4 Exchange and Transport Topic 5

AS LEVEL A2 LEVEL

Energy for Biological Processes

Topic 6 Microbiology and Pathogens Topic 7 Modern Genetics Topic 8 Origins of Genetic Information Topic 9 Control Systems Topic 10 Ecosystems Assessment: The breadth and depth of content knowledge will be assessed in a variety of different question styles as well as the practical knowledge gained from core practical completion. Maths skills now account for 10% of each written paper. The Core Practical’s: There are 16 core practical’s to complete for the full GCE Biology Award (8 AS, 8 A2). These will be conducted and assessed internally via practical activities directed by Edexcel. Students will be assessed against the 12 Edexcel Practical Techniques criteria, and the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC). Upon successful completion, students receive a PASS for their Practical Endorsement in Biology, which is a highly sought after qualification by higher institutions. What could this course lead to? Degree courses in the biological sciences, biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, forensic sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, plus many more. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? Day trips Speakers from the Biological industry/working fields

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AS/ A2 Biology Are there any additional costs for this course? Resources required by the course will be fully outlined in the student’s free Biology handbook, given to new students. Resources do include: 

The main textbook plus any additional revision books,

A4 Hardback Laboratory books

Stationery including calculators,

Field trips/ Day trips

Who do I contact if I have any further questions? sbenali@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Business Studies Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Business Studies

Miss A Stallard

Exam Board and Specification No.

Edexcel Business Studies 9BS0

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? This course will enable you to see business from several points of view, such as those of the owners, managers, customers and employees. You will learn about the problems and decisions facing large and small businesses and gain practical skills in making a success of businesses. You will gain an understanding of business issues and theories where they will be able to apply the theory they have learnt in lessons to real life cases and news articles. Studying Business at A Level gives you an insightful understanding of current issues affecting our Economy and allows you to keep up to date with new developments in the Business world. The course not only allows you to develop with academic skills but it also provides you with practical understanding of the real world, which is extremely important particularly within this Economic period. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? If you have studied Business Studies or related subjects at GCSE you will find the course a natural progression however must ensure you are aware of the increased demands and work load at A Level. It is however not essential that you have studied any Business related courses previously at GCSE or equivalent. Students who have had no experience of Business before have the same opportunities to succeed and be successful in the course. Both Business Studies and Economics have significant financial and mathematical elements. As with all A Level subjects there will be the expectation of you to complete essay based questions and extended writing pieces for exam style questions therefore a good English GCSE is also essential. What will I learn on this course? The qualification is built around a core unit with an enterprise theme, to enable you to think of a new business idea and how you might research and develop it. It will allow you to think about how you’re learning applies to your own business idea. The qualification will introduce you to international business, equipping you either to work in or to manage a business in an international context. Those of you who also study another language will find this particularly interesting as there are extensive opportunities to study International Business at University. An Advanced GCE in Economics and Business with its economics content will give you enhanced career choice and progression opportunities. This course will provide you with an extensive knowledge of the current Economic climate and allow you to make decision of the causes and effectiveness of government policy. The specification may be co-taught by two or more teachers. Guidance will be given within the specification on possible ways of teaching topic areas. A variety of assessment techniques will be used – supported multiple-choice questions, data-response questions, case studies and a decision-making report.

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AS/A2 Business Studies What key skills will I develop? From the start of the course you will be encouraged to develop your independent learning skills; you will be expected to complete homework tasks and wider reading each week. You will also be encouraged to use feedback from marked pieces to make improvements in your work. There will be a number of opportunities to work as part of a team when either developing new business ideas or making recommendations for a current business situation. It is very important that you can work with a variety of different people and effectively complete tasks that are set. Within group activities you will also need to be assigned different roles which will allow the development of leadership and management skills. Business Studies is an academic subject and will help develop your skills if you are planning on going to university or other higher education, these will include time management skills and developing a complex chain of argument making analytical and evaluative judgments. One of the main factors that attract many students to study the course is the fact that along with an academic focus students are able to gain practical and real life experiences of the business world which is excellent preparation for their future careers. So whether you’re a keen entrepreneur or someone who wants to work for a large corporation Business Studies A Level is the perfect stepping stone to help you achieve your career goals. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) The course is a linear where you have three exams at the end of year 13 however there is an option to only study at AS where you will have 2 exams at the end of year 12. The modules include: Theme 1 Marketing and People Theme 2 Managing business activities Theme 3 Business decisions and strategy Theme 4 Global Business There is no coursework or set assignments over the two years however due to the nature of the exams essay based questions will be set on a regular basis to help students develop their extended writing skills including analytical and evaluative judgments. What could this course lead to? Business Studies A Level is an excellent stepping-stone towards the real business world; it will provide students with real life understanding of business situations that they can transfer into their own careers. Many students that take A level Business often continue this at university. There is an extensive range of courses where you can either study specific business related courses such as Business and Marketing or you can combine it with another subject such as Business Studies and Sports Management. A Level Business Studies provides a starting point for students who decide to start their careers after A Levels whether that will involve an apprenticeship, working for a company or setting up your own business idea.

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AS/A2 Business Studies Even if you decide you do not want to continue studying Business after A Level you have been equipped and have a detailed understanding of what to expect in the world of work and will be able to make appropriate decisions. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? There will be opportunities to go on appropriate Business trips, take part in Business workshops, listen to business leaders and take part in Young Enterprise which is also run in the lower school. Trips and visits will be confirmed and information will come out about these as organised. Are there any additional costs for this course? Depending on the trips that are arranged there may be a small cost for this however should not be over ÂŁ20 a time. You may also want to purchase revision guides and extended reading material that will be discussed before beginning the course. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? astallard@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A-level Chemistry Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

A-level Chemistry

Mrs Travers; Mr Drew; Mr Foley; Miss Skelhorn

Exam Board and Specification No.

OCR – Chemistry A

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? If you don't understand Chemistry, you don't understand anything. The complex, diverse and exciting universe in which we live is only truly explained by Chemistry (and Physics). Other fields of study are just colouring in the details. Chemistry is the study of the laws and systems that govern all the phenomena of existence. When you are literate in Chemistry the universe looks very different to you. Seemingly endless complexity and diversity can be understood and explained. You see further, think deeper and gain profound insights. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? A sound grounding in GCSE Sciences is needed. You should have at least 2 B grades in GCSE Science subjects. This should include GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Additional Science. In addition you need to be numerate and literate. Mathematics is the language of science. A B grade or better in GCSE Maths is also needed. What will I learn on this course? The Full A level Course will be taught in 6 modules over the 2 years. Module 1 - Development of practical skills Module 2- Foundation in chemistry Module 3- Periodic table and energy Module 4- Core organic chemistry Module 5- Physical chemistry and transition elements Module 6- Organic chemistry and analysis A separate practical endorsement in chemistry is also obtained from completing the practical elements of the course successfully. The AS Course will be taught in 4 modules over 1 year. Module 1 - Development of practical skills Module 2- Foundation in chemistry Module 3- Periodic table and energy Module 4- Core organic chemistry No practical endorsement will be given for the AS course though there will be questions on practical skills in the examination. What key skills will I develop? Chemistry is not a just a body of knowledge it is a way of thinking and looking at the universe. Chemistry teaches investigative thinking; practical laboratory skills; the assessment of evidence; the evaluation of data and creative thinking. A-Level Chemistry also addresses the place of Science in society and in the 21st Century economy.

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AS/A-level Chemistry How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework)

What could this course lead to? This course can lead to many areas of further study including degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry and related sciences. A-Level Chemistry can lead to careers in medicinal, pharmaceutical and chemical research and industries. Chemistry is also vital for students hoping to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? As a practical course A-Level Chemistry contains a rich programme of practical work. In addition it will include opportunities to visit university and/or industrial research labs. Are there any additional costs for this course? Students will need lab coats, safety glasses; lab books and scientific calculators. They will also need text books. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? Mrs E Travers: etravers@commonweal.co.uk or Mr C Drew: cdrew@commonweal.co.uk M Foley: mfoley@commonweal.co.uk S Skelhorn sskelhorn@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Computing Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Computer Science

Mr T Campbell

Exam Board and Specification No.

AQA 601/4699/0; A-level: 601/4569/9

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? This course is designed to provide you with a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems. You will also learn about the principles of programming and the solving of problems during this course. Computers are all around us; in fact modern society would not survive without computers and during this course you will learn all about what goes on inside the computer. You will gain a deep insight and understanding to how processors, memory, networks and storage work. You will also learn about coding, so if you enjoy problem solving and being creative, then this course is for you.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? You will have an aptitude for problem solving. You will enjoy challenges and have a mathematical mind-set. Ideally you will have a grade B at GCSE in maths and computer science. Note: choosing this course without a programming background will put you at a disadvantage to those who have studied Computing at GCSE.

What will I learn on this course? Fundamentally you will become a problem solver. You will look at problems from a different perspective and will be able to create real solutions. You will learn to program using different techniques such as Structured and Object Oriented programming.

What key skills will I develop? You will develop key skills such as being able to think creatively, logically and analytically. You will also have a deep understanding of the organisation of computer systems, including software, hardware, data and communications. You will be developing knowledge of programming, problem solving and time management.

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AS/A2 Computing How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) Course outline and assessment:

Level

Unit

Exam/coursework AS weighting

AS

Programming

On-screen exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

50% of A Level

AS

Theory

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

50% of AS Level

A2

Programming

On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A Level

A2

Theory

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A Level

A2

Practical

Project 75 marks

20% of A Level

What could this course lead to? This course would be ideal if you intend to go on and study Computing, Computation, Computer Science and Software Engineering at university. The course could also lead to careers in Computer Systems, Research & Development, Computer Programming, Systems Analysis and Design, Computer Games Production, Software Engineering and Teaching. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? There may be trips on offer during this course, however details of trips are still to be confirmed. Are there any additional costs for this course? Resources will be provided, however, you should think about purchasing the course text book and downloading the current version of Python Text: AQA AS Level Computer Science – ISBN: 978-1-910523-02-5 Who do I contact if I have any further questions? tcampbell@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Maths Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

Core Maths

Mr S. Darton

Exam Board and Specification No.

AQA Level 3 Mathematical Studies 1350

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? There is so much of our day to day lives that involves Maths at all different levels: From saving and borrowing money or getting the best value on our shopping to planning trips, holidays and timetables. So many jobs and university courses either require Maths qualifications or give priority to people with the related skills. If you are not studying Maths at A level then the Core Maths course should be considered seriously as a supporting course for a wide variety of other academic courses. Almost every advanced level course has a mathematical element which will be supported by the content of the Core Maths course. The skills-for-life elements will also prove invaluable to you as you get older.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? You need to have a grade C in GCSE Maths or better. You also need to be interested in building on your existing Maths skills. What will I learn on this course? You will learn how to apply Maths to make sense of situations in your other academic courses. You will also gain knowledge about Maths that is frequently used in day-to-day life. One aim is to increase students’ confidence in dealing with Maths wherever it is encountered. It will benefit students who are studying for AS/A Levels or vocational qualifications; and others who have enjoyed success in Maths, but who have chosen nonmathematical options for their post-16 courses. You will study units on Data-Analysis, Personal Finance and Estimation. You will also learn how to understand numerical information and interpret graphs and tables. There is help in learning to use a simple spreadsheet and thus calculate tables of values for yourself. This two year course will result in an equivalent to an AS level qualification. What key skills will I develop? Using and applying Maths in a variety of contexts; Presenting information in a logical way; making use of simple technology tools such as excel in the solution of real-life problems. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) You will have two examinations at the end of the two year course- one on Personal finance and related skills and the other on Statistics. Each exam is 90 minutes long and a calculator is expected to be used in both exams.

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AS/A2 Maths What could this course lead to? For students wishing to study Maths or Engineering at University you should be choosing the normal A levels in Maths and possibly Further Maths. Core Maths is not a substitute for those. If your chosen career or degree option has some element of mathematical content then this course may well prove to be ideal as a supporting subject. Check with a Careers advisor if you are in any doubt. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? There are some events offered each year by The Organising body which will be made available to individuals or to attend as a group if appropriate. There will also be opportunities to be involved in Maths Competitions and mentoring younger students in Maths. Are there any additional costs for this course? None Who do I contact if I have any further questions? sdarton@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Drama and Theatre Studies Course Title Drama and Theatre Studies Exam Board and Specification No.

Teacher in charge of subject Miss H Birkbeck Edexcel Level three Drama and Theatre Studies 9DR0

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? This course is an introduction to the fascinating world of Drama. It is an exciting and dynamic subject where you can combine academic work with practical work. It will help you to improve your acting, and your understanding of scripts and staging, through reading, discussing, and seeing plays, plus rehearsing and performing them. You will further your appreciation of world drama and devise your own work. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? You should have a GCSE in Drama or equivalent, Grade B or above or have proven interest and/or experience in drama and theatre. You will need a grade C in English. What will I learn on this course? You will develop your own talents and be involved in various performances and workshops, and have an understanding of what an actor, director or designer does, and how plays move from page to stage. You will work on a selection of popular plays, as well as exploring some of the key theories of practitioners, whose work forms the basis of most Drama School Training. You will also get to see plenty of live performances, and have the opportunity to write, devise and perform your own plays. You will get involved in all aspects of theatre, and by the end of the course you should have developed skills, in acting, directing, designing and technical achievement. You will also acquire knowledge of theatrical influences, conventions and styles, a variety of performing skills, and be able to make critical responses to what you see and hear in live theatre. What key skills will I develop? Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatres Studies aims to extend the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired at GCSCE and then enables students to apply what they have gained in their own creative work. In devising theatre, students alternate roles between being playwright, designer and director and apply their knowledge of different theatre forms and structures to the creation of their own work. In performing theatre, students are required to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding within the structure of a director’s interpretation of a play and to operate at a highly intellectual level as well as at a highly skilled practical level. The course provides students with many transferable skills that are desirable in many different careers. These include team work, problem solving and the ability to work in creative but challenging situations. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework)

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AS/A2 Drama and Theatre Studies Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatres Studies aims to extend the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired at GCSE and then enables students to apply what they have gained in their own creative work. In devising theatre, students alternate roles between being playwright, designer and director and apply their knowledge of different theatre forms and structures to the creation of their own work. In performing theatre, students are required to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding within the structure of a director’s interpretation of a play and to operate at a highly intellectual level as well as at a highly skilled practical level. Component one (40% of the qualification).Devising . Students are asked to devise an original piece. An extract from a performance text and one practitioner should be used. The work is internally assessed and externally moderated. There are two parts to the assessment, a portfolio between 2500 and 3000 words or recorded verbal evidence between 12/14 minutes long or a combination of written 1250 and 1500 words and recorded verbal evidence between 6/7 minutes. The second part is the devised realisation. Component two (20 % of the qualification) Text in Performance. This involves a group performance/ design realisation of one published extract. A monologue or duologue performance /design realisation from one key extract. This is externally assessed by a visiting examiner. Component three (40% of the qualification) Theatre Makers in Practise. Written examination 2hours and thirty minutes. This involves a live theatre review. A practical exploration and study of a published play, focussing on how it can be realised for performance. A practical exploration of another play from a chosen practitioner and how it could be reimagined from a contemporary audience. The course can lead on to Drama gives you many other skills that are desirable to universities and employers: leadership, the ability to collaborate with others, a creative mind and an active body. It will provide you with many transferable skills that are desirable in many different careers. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? There will be opportunities to see live performances and be involved in workshops with other practitioners. Some students are already working on attaining Silver Arts awards. The Gold Arts award is something which can be worked alongside student’s A level and is a highly prestigious award which recognises the creative potential of students. Are there any additional costs for this course? There will be costs associated with any trips to see performances. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? hbirkbeck@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Economics Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Economics

Miss A Stallard

Exam Board and Specification No.

Edexcel Economics A 9EC0

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Economics A Level allows you the opportunity to develop an extensive understanding of the Economic environment that we live in. By the end of the course you should be able to make supported judgments on possible policy remedies and apply diagrammatical theory to real life situations. The aim of the course is to develop your skills, qualities and attitudes to equip you for the challenges, responsibilities and opportunities of adult working life. It allows you to apply academic theory to real life situations and gain a greater understanding of the UKs position within the global Economy. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? It is likely that you would not have studied Economics at GCSE however if you took Business Studies at GCSE you would have briefly covered a few of the topics. This therefore means that it is not essential for you to have studied the subject before. Both Business Studies and Economics have significant financial and mathematical elements within them and therefore you should have suitable Maths grade at GCSE. As with all A Level subjects there will be the expectation for you to complete essay based questions and extended writing pieces for exam style questions therefore a good English GCSE is also essential. What will I learn on this course? You will be able to analyse the nature of market failure its causes and then evaluate possible policies. You will have an understanding of the concept of supply and demand and be able to apply this to real life situations. You will investigate economic policies, analyse approaches and identify criteria for success. Following on from this you will have an understanding of Fiscal, Monetary and Supply- Side policies and be able to discuss their effectiveness in the current Economic climate. There is also a focus on competitive markets and you will investigate government intervention in order to promote this. Finally in Unit 4 you look at the global economy and will have a detailed understanding of trends and developments over the last 10 years. Overall an Advanced GCE in Economics and Business with its economics content will give you enhanced career choice and progression opportunities. This course will provide you with an extensive knowledge of the current Economic climate and allow you to make decisions of the causes and effectiveness of government policy. The specification may be co-taught by two or more teachers. Guidance will be given within the specification on possible ways of teaching topic areas. A variety of assessment techniques will be used – supported multiple-choice questions, data-response questions, case studies and a decision-making report.

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AS/A2 Economics What key skills will I develop? From the start of the course you will be encouraged to develop your independent learning skills; you will be expected to complete homework tasks and wider reading each week. Also you will be encouraged to use feedback from marked pieces to make improvements in your work and also set own targets. You will be able to use information to carry out multi stage calculations including formulas and diagrams. You should then be able to analyse the results that you have calculated to make supported judgements. As part of the course you will be encouraged to develop their communication skills on a regular basis, you will have opportunities to complete group work tasks and presentations. Having the ability to confidently deliver an informative and engaging presentation to peers will set you in good preparation for university or employment. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) The course is linear where you have three exams at the end of year 13 however there is the opportunity to study only at AS and then have 2 exams at the end of year 12. There are 4 themes over the 2 years: Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure Theme 2: The UK Economy Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market Theme 4: A global perspective There is no coursework or set assignments over the two years however due to the nature of the exams essay based questions will be set on a regular basis to help students develop their extended writing skills including analytical and evaluative judgments. What could this course lead to? There are many options for students who take Economics at A Level; some students decide to take straight Economics at University which will be based heavily on the theory of Economics. Others decide to take a more Applied Economics courses such as Labour Economics or Environmental Economics. Another very popular combination of subjects is Economics and Maths; because of the similarities many students who take Economics at A Level also take Maths. Post University employment rates for Economics are among some of the highest for graduate's careers and many go into careers such as Finance, Management and Consultancy. Other students who decide university is not suitable for them have given themselves an excellent stepping stone into the world of work through studying Economics. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? There will be opportunities to go on appropriate Economics trips and to go to lecturers from leading Economists. Trips and visits will be confirmed and information will come out about these as organised.

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AS/A2 Economics Are there any additional costs for this course? Depending on the trips that are arranged there may be a small cost for this however should not be over ÂŁ20 a time. You may also want to purchase revision guides and extended reading material that will be discussed before beginning the course. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? astallard@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 English Language and Literature Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A Level English Language and Literature

Helen Pearce

Exam Board and Specification No.

AQA (7706,7707)

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? English Language and Literature offers you the opportunity to cultivate an interest in reading across a range of literature and also develop an understanding of the key aspects of linguistics, looking closely at how language works, through the study of the broadest range of texts. In addition, it also provides opportunities for you to develop your own original and creative writing skills. It is a subject which combines effectively with a mix of subjects: it is, for example, a perfect complement to subjects such as History and Psychology, but it also works well with Science A Levels because of the wide range of skills you develop. The course offers you the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding of poetry, plays and novels, past and present as well as non-fiction texts and spoken language. You will develop important skills such as critical analysis; it will help you become a well informed and effective communicator, and an independent thinker. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course?

In order to study this fascinating subject it is recommended you should have good pass GCSE qualifications in English and English Literature. You will need to be prepared to study and analyse spoken language, non-literary and literary texts, and comment on styles of writing, including your own creative writing; spoken and written grammar is also taught and referred to consistently on the course. Reading will cover texts from many historical periods as well as contemporary texts. Those students who have studied English Language and English Literature at GCSE will find they will be developing the skills they acquired at GCSE; however, they will learn to analyse texts in a linguistic framework, and learn about how spoken language works. Students taking English Language and Literature need to be aware that language use is affected by context, and is in a continuing state of flux. Therefore, they need to be interested not just in language and literature, but also in exchanging ideas and the world around them.

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AS/A2 English Language and Literature What will I learn on this course?

The course will enable you to:      

develop an understanding of the ways in which forms and meanings in language are shaped write creatively and analytically compare spoken and written language pursue your interest and enjoyment in literature and language study a range of literary and non-literary texts and make informed opinions on them understand how culture, history, society and context influence texts

What key skills will I develop? The course will enable you to: 

become an independent and confident reader and thinker

develop your understanding of how language works

talk and write critically and persuasively about a broad range of texts of different types and periods

make your own informed judgements on plays, novels and poems

apply ideas from texts to your own experience

develop a detailed understanding of the features of spoken language

experiment with original writing

How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) Paper 1 Telling Stories Exam 3 hours 40% You will sit an exam comprising of three sections. Section A will ask you to compare two texts from an Anthology that you will have studied about Paris and how places are represented. Section B is all about Imagined Worlds and how point of view and genre in prose is established. You will study one set text from a list that includes Frankenstein, Dracula, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Lovely Bones. Section C will require you to study poetry. You are likely to study the poems of Carol Ann Duffy. Paper 2 Exploring Conflict Exam 2 hours 30 minutes 40% This is the second exam you will sit. Section A is a re-creative writing task and critical commentary of your own writing using a set text. The texts include Into the Wild, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, The Great Gatsby and The Kite Runner. The unit is concerned with the role of the individual in society. Section B is all about Dramatic Encounters. You will study one text from Othello, All My Sons, A Streetcar Named Desire or The Herd There is also a non-exam assessment worth 20% This unit will require you to undertake a personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse.

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AS/A2 English Language and Literature What could this course lead to? English Language and Literature is a high-currency A level. Students with AS or Advanced GCE English Literature and Language have a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You will learn and use a wide variety of transferable skills during the course. These include: writing for a variety of purposes, responding critically to literary texts, expressing informed and independent opinions, investigating how language is used in many different contexts, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in demand from employers, universities and colleges and are also valuable in their own right. English (in various forms) can be studied as a single subject in higher education or can be combined with a wide variety of other subjects. A level English Language and Literature could form a good basis for study in any Artsbased subject, or, for example, History, Media, Film or Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Law, and Languages. The vast majority of universities (including the very best) do not mind whether students intending to study English at university have an A level in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? Possible trips and visits include: - theatre visits - literature festivals - conferences - museums - libraries

Are there any additional costs for this course? You will want to have your own copies of set texts in order to write your own notes and comments in them; their cost is modest. You will also have the opportunity to take part in trips and visits, these are optional, but we believe they will enrich your enjoyment of English. Costs may vary but would normally be around ÂŁ25 (funding can be found in cases of hardship). Who do I contact if I have any further questions? hpearce@commonweal.co.uk

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A Level English Literature Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

A-level English Literature

Clare Riach, Leanne Dickinson

Exam Board and Specification No.

AQA Literature B - 7717

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? English Literature offers you the opportunity to cultivate an interest in reading across a wide range of literature and builds on and develops the knowledge and skills learned at GCSE. As well as fostering a love of reading it also increases awareness of social, moral and philosophical ideas. It is a subject which combines effectively with a mix of subjects: it is, for example, a perfect complement to subjects such as History and Psychology, but it also works well with Science A Levels because of the wide range of skills you develop. The course offers you the chance to broaden your knowledge and understanding of poetry, plays and novels, past and present. You will develop important skills such as critical analysis; it will help you become a well informed and effective communicator, and an independent thinker. English Literature A Level allows you to progress personally and academically; offering a pathway to Higher Education and a variety of professions.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? The study of GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language will give you a valuable foundation for English Literature studies at A level. If you enjoy reading, thinking, talking and writing about literature then this is a good choice of course for you. You must be prepared and motivated to do a lot of reading in your own time and be ready to share your ideas and opinions with the other students in your group. Useful qualities include an interest in broadening your literary experience and a desire to write both critically and creatively.

What will I learn on this course? Genre and criticism are at the core of this course. You will discover that Literature consists of possible groups of texts which can be categorised, their meaning negotiated in many different ways. You will learn to contextualise narratives against social and political issues of the time and explore how different viewpoints attitudes are conveyed in a text. Three units are examined. Two units will be taught across both years of the A-level with a third, independent task, unit being taught at the beginning of the second year. The emphasis in the first year is on exploring the genre of tragedy through reading a selection of texts from a variety of time periods and starting to focus on

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A Level English Literature exploring texts alongside literary and political criticism of the time. In the second year students will undertake an independent task that stretches their ability to analyse genre, narrative or criticism alongside a text of their choosing. Unit 1- Aspects of Tragedy. Tragedy has a long tradition in literature, with its origins in the ancient world and with a special emphasis on drama. For this unit you will explore tragedy through different concepts such as: the tragic hero and their flaws, the presence of fate, the significance of violence and the how the structure of a text can create tragedy. Texts that will be studied in this unit are: The Great Gatsby, Othello, Death of a Salesman and a Selection of Keats’ poetry. Unit 2 – Elements of Social and Political writing. Political and social-protest writing offers the reader narratives of dominance, oppression, rebellion and resistance, and has something to say about the way societies are organised. It is concerned with aspects of gender, class and economic status, in both public and domestic settings. As you read your texts, you should begin by considering how power is presented in them, the effect this has on the characters, and what significances arise. Texts that will be studied in this unit are: The Kite Runner, The Handmaid’s Tale and Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience Unit 3 - Further and Independent Reading. This will introduce you to the study of a wide range of texts. The focus will be on how to read texts critically with a particular type of critical thinking or criticism attached to them. You will study a number of critical theories and ranging from Post-colonialism, Marxism to feminism. You will select two texts independently and focus on producing a critical reading of each text. The coursework will form two distinct tasks one of which can be a recreation piece. Examples include: A Feminist reading of Wuthering Heights. An Aesthetic reading of The Picture of Dorian Gray. A Feminist recreation of Pygmalion.

What key skills will I develop? The course will enable you to: - become an independent and confident reader and thinker - develop your understanding of how and why writers write - talk and write critically and persuasively about literature of different types and periods - make your own informed judgements on plays, novels and poems - apply ideas from texts to your own experience - gain an understanding of the traditions of English Literature and how it has changed over time - experiment with original writing (not assessed)

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A Level English Literature How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) Unit 1 40% You will study up to four set texts: one Shakespearean, a second drama text, one text written pre-1900 with an option of a prose text as well. Assessment of this unit is a, closed book, two and a half hour written paper. Unit 2 40% You will study three texts: one post-2000 prose text, one poetry text and one further text, of which one must be pre-1900. Assessment of this unit is an, open book, 3 hour written paper and includes an unseen passage. Unit 3 20%. You will independently select two texts to study: one poetry text and one prose text informed by study of the Critical anthology. You will produce a portfolio of two pieces of written coursework: each must respond to a different text and link to a different aspect of the Critical anthology. Both essays must be between 1250-1500 words long. One essay can be re-creative but must include an analytical commentary. What could this course lead to? English Literature is a very popular, highly regarded A Level subject and is a pathway to a wide variety of degree courses at university. Studying English Literature develops your written and verbal communication skills, and your ability to think and respond analytically. Whilst it obviously transfers from A-Level to degree level, these skills would be of benefit to students who wish to study almost any subject including Law, Forensic Science, Psychology, or Business. In the work place, communication skills developed through a study of English Literature would benefit anyone who aspires to management.

What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? Possible trips and visits include: - theatre visits - literature festivals - conferences - museums - libraries Are there any additional costs for this course? You will want to have your own copies of set texts in order to write your own notes and comments in them; their cost is modest. You will also have the opportunity to take part in trips and visits, these are optional, but we believe they will enrich your enjoyment of English Literature. Costs may vary but would normally be around ÂŁ25 (funding can be found in cases of hardship). Who do I contact if I have any further questions? criach@commonweal.co.uk, ldickinson@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Film Studies Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A Level Film Studies

James Matcham

Exam Board and Specification No.

WJEC 3181

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Cinema is the most powerful, diverse and influential art form of the past 100 years. The AS/A specification in Film Studies is designed to deepen students' understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the twenty-first century. The specification builds on the cineliteracy learners have developed informally since childhood. Students will engage with a wide range of different ki nds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical skills, either in audio visual or written form. A variety of forms of assessment are used, with the intention of producing imaginative, active learners. In particular, the specification explores the relationship between the film and the individual by exploring how films create meanings and produce both intellectual and emotional responses. Analysis is enabled by the application of critical approaches appropriate to this level, as well as through creative project work .

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? In order to study this fascinating subject it is recommended you should have good pass GCSE qualifications in English and English Literature. You will need to be prepared to study, discuss and analyse many aspects of cinema and a wide range of film in addition to working on your own creative outcomes. The course builds upon many of the critical and essay writing skills developed during the study of GCSE English and Literature. In addition, students are expected to have a genuine interest in, and enthusiasm for, cinema.

What will I learn on this course?

The course will enable you to:   

develop an interest in, appreciation and knowledge of film, specifically through studying the way film as an audio-visual form of creative expression constructs meaning, provokes varieties of spectator response and raises issues of personal, social, cultural, political and ethical significance. explore the film's producers and audiences - the relationship between the production and consumption of films, with particular reference to Hollywood and British film; be able to develop a sophisticated analysis of film, together with subject specialist language, and to introduce them to creative and production skills.

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AS/A2 Film Studies What key skills will I develop? The course will enable you to:  become an independent and confident viewer, reader and thinker 

develop your understanding of how cinema works

 

talk and write critically and persuasively about a broad range of films of different genres and periods make your own informed judgements on films, directors and performances.

develop a detailed understanding of the features of cinema

experiment with the creation of your own short films

How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) FM1: EXPLORING FILM FORM – Coursework (20%) (a) An analysis of a film extract - 1500 words Candidates are required to explore how one or more of mise -en-scène, performance, cinematography, editing, and sound construct meaning and provoke response in a film extract. (b) Creative Project Candidates are required to create a film sequence or a complete short film that demonstrates how the micro features of film construct meaning. FM2: BRITISH AND AMERICAN FILM- Examination (30%) This two and a half hour exam focuses on two key aspects of Film Studies: a) producers and audiences and the relationship between them b) the role of macro features of film (narrative and genre) in constructing meanings. FM3: FILM RESEARCH AND CREATIVE PROJECT- Coursework (25%) Candidates will be required to carry out a small-scale research project and produce a creative response a) The project is designed to develop research skills. It will be based on one focus film, making appropriate reference to at least two other related films. (2500 words) b) a creative product (short film or film extract, screenplay or extended step outline for a docu mentary film) and a reflective analysis FM4: VARIETIES OF FILM EXPERIENCE – ISSUES AND DEBATES - Examination (25%) Candidates will take a two and three quarter hour examination. a) World Cinema b) Spectatorship Topics c) Single Film – Critical Study What could this course lead to? This course could lead to a wide variety of Film and Media degree courses. The critical skills developed are applicable to any qualification where analysis of any kind of text is required. A Film studies degree offers the chance to gain hands-on experience of film-making and also touch on topics such as film history, theory and criticism. Students study everything from Hollywood blockbusters to art house movies, taking in screenwriting, critiquing and directing along the way.

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AS/A2 Film Studies What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? Possible trips and visits include: - cinema visits - a film festival - conferences Are there any additional costs for this course? No Who do I contact if I have any further questions? jmatcham@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Level French Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Level French

Mr A Remoiville

Exam Board and Specification No.

AQA French (2650)

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? “You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once” - a proverb (Eastern European) Not everyone speaks English in the world; in fact only 25% of the world’s population speak it as their second language and 6% as their first. Who are these other people? What can you learn from them? What can they learn from you? This course will develop your awareness and understanding of contemporary French society, culture and heritage whilst further expanding your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Through the study of topic areas, you will be encouraged to form opinions and make judgements within the appropriate context, and will be provided with many opportunities to develop understanding of spiritual, moral and cultural issues. Classwork consists mainly of reading and listening exercises, leading to oral -based discussion – role-play is also important. Written work is also developed in class and focussed on through homework.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? GCSE French grade B or above. What will I learn on this course? Across the 2 years you will study the below topics: 1. Social Issues and Trends a. Aspects of French-speaking society (e.g. family, cyber-society, voluntary work) b. Multiculturalism in French-speaking society (e.g. diversity, crimes, social exclusion) 2. Political and Artistic Culture a. Artistic culture in the French-speaking world (e.g. French music, cinema, history) b. Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world (e.g. youth, citizenship, strikes, immigration) 3. Grammar 4. French Works a. Literary texts b. Films 5. Individual research project (for speaking exam) Smaller classes at A-level allow for increased spoken work and greater oral fluency. We largely centre on discussion work allowing you to grow not only as a linguist, but as a thinker and citizen of the wider-world and to hone your debating skills.

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AS/A2 Level French What key skills will I develop? The broad and multidisciplinary nature of a language and its application to a wide range of current issues that call on your abilities to demonstrate the transferability of your knowledge, understanding and skills, make it an ideal vehicle in the development of knowledge and understanding of the Key Skills. It serves as excellent preparation in the skills required for courses in Further Education.

How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) The Examination Structure for AQA GCE A level is as follows: Paper 1

Listening, Reading and Writing including translation 2hours 30 minutes 40% of A level grade

Paper 2 Paper 3

Written paper on texts and films Spoken Assessment on individual research project

2 hours 21-23 minutes

30% of A l evel grade 30% of A level grade

What could this course lead to? Languages are recognised as a ‘gateway’ subject by the Russell Group of universities (Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester) and many other universities are always interested in applicants with foreign language skills with many now offering degree courses in subjects with a language as part of the course e.g. law, engineering. Oxford and Cambridge offer single or two-language degrees, as well as one-language degrees with History, Linguistics, English or Philosophy. It is possible to start a new language, particularly Italian, with one already studied to A2 level. Other universities offer excellent literary, non-literary and combined courses with other areas of study, like business, media, science and IT studies.

An A-Level in MFL can also provide the key to participation in ERASMUS schemes for undergraduates studying subjects other than languages (living and studying abroad). Language graduates embark on careers in law, banking, the civil service, commerce, media and advertising, as well as the more specialised and competitive fields of diplomacy, translating and interpreting. It is self-evident that competence in a foreign language is a substantial asset in the employment market. The British academy published a report in March 2013, this is what they said: “There is strong evidence that the UK is suffering form a growing deficit in foreign language skills at a time when globally, the demand for language skills is expanding…language skills are needed at all levels in the workforce, and not simply by an internationally-mobile elite” Need we say more? What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include?

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AS/A2 Level French Opportunities for Work experience in France. French Assistant opportunities with younger students including primary language. We are also planning study trips to various French-speaking destinations including France and possibly “la Reunion�. Are there any additional costs for this course? Textbooks, a dictionary and any trips that may arise. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? aremoiville@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Further Maths Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Further Maths

Mr S. Darton

Exam Board and Specification No.

Edexcel A-Level Further Maths 9372

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? A-level Further Mathematics is designed to broaden and deepen the mathematical knowledge and skills developed when studying A-level Mathematics. It may be studied alongside A-level Mathematics and provides a stimulating experience for those who enjoy the subject. It builds upon the A-Level subject content and takes students into the world of complex numbers and some of the topics studied at degree level. For students wishing to study Mathematics at degree level, many of the top universities express a preference for students to take Further Maths as well as Maths and will often demand higher grades from students who have not. We would advise students who may want to study Maths or Engineering in particular to consider the entry requirements from the universities and to discuss with us the option of Further Maths.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? In order to be considered for studying A-Level Further Maths, you will need to have achieved an A or an A* at GCSE and show the potential to reach similar grades in A-Level Maths You will also be required to produce ongoing evidence to show that you are coping with the course material in order to continue with it. What will I learn on this course? A-level Further Mathematics is made up of six units. Many combinations of units are allowed for AS and A-level Further Mathematics. There are three Further Pure units available, of which at least two must be studied. The other units are selected from any of the applied units listed for A-level Mathematics. The Further Pure units build upon the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus developed from the Pure Core units as well as introducing topics such as complex numbers, matrices, proof, hyperbolic functions, polar coordinates and differential equations.

What key skills will I develop? Further Maths is really designed to prepare students for degree level Mathematics, Engineering and Science. It introduces them a different skill set in how to present Mathematical arguments formally as well as exposing them to a wider range of Mathematical concepts and techniques. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) All modules are equally weighted and all exams are 1 hour 30 minutes long. There is no coursework involved.

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AS/A2 Further Maths What could this course lead to? Studying both A2 Maths and A2 Further Maths provides a foundation for further studies in any Science or Maths - based course, ranging from Computer Science, Medical Sciences, Psychology, Statistics, Management and Actuarial Science. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? We plan to offer access to events and speakers about further careers in Mathematics plus enrichment days offered by the Further Math Network and Universities. There will also be opportunities to be involved in Maths Competitions and mentoring younger students in Maths. Are there any additional costs for this course? None Who do I contact if I have any further questions? sdarton@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Geography Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Level Geography

Ms A Preston

Exam Board and Specification No.

To be confirmed

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Geography is a dynamic and relevant subject for all young people. If you have a fascination for the world you live in and want to explore it then Geography gives you that opportunity. We study both physical and human geography, on this course which gives you a broad grounding and can lead you onto a geographical degree specialising in physical or human geography if you so wish. Geography leads you to become global citizens by exploring your own place in the world, your values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. Geography also equips you with a broad range of personal learning and thinking skills (PLTs) such as teamwork, independent enquiry and creative thinking - all highly valued by employers.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? GCSE Geography grade B or above. What will I learn on this course? Physical Unit includes Tectonics, the Carbon and Water cycles, water insecurity and energy security, Coasts and Glaciation You will study how all of these systems change over time in the long term and short term using current case studies to illustrate these processes The Human includes Population, Migration, Settlement, Super powers (China), Development and Globalisation. You will study the patterns of population and settlement have changed over time and the issues that arise from these changes again using current case studies to identify these changing patterns You will study how all of these systems change over time in the long term and short term using current case studies to illustrate these processes There are 4 days of field work included in this course

What key skills will I develop? A broad range of geographical skills, research skills and personal learning and thinking skills (PLTs) such as teamwork, independent enquiry and creative and critical thinking - all highly valued by employers. Communication, application of number, Information Technology, problem solving, working with others and improving own learning and performance.

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AS/A2 Geography How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) There are 3 written exams worth 60% of the final mark The written exams are data response questions and essay type questions There is an investigative report 3,000 to 4,000 words worth 20% of the final mark

What could this course lead to? Geography graduates lend themselves to a wide range of jobs. They may go into geography-related careers such as urban regeneration and conservation, or they may apply their skills to a range of other industries, including law, management consultancy and marketing. As for success straight after university, there’s almost an equal split between those in graduate-level positions, non-graduate positions and further study Degrees it could lead to Geography; Human Geography; Physical Geography; Coastal Geography; Applied Geography; Marine Geography; Environmental Geography; International Development. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? Opportunities for field work both local and international There is a trip to Iceland during the October half term for 4 days Study days to enhance student knowledge Are there any additional costs for this course? Field work costs are kept to a minimum and usually are transport costs only The international fieldwork is not compulsory. Additional financial support may be available. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? apreston@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Graphic Communication Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Level Graphic Communication

Mr M McCarthy

Exam Board and Specification No.

AQA Graphic Communication (ARTC)

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Have you ever looked at a cool advertising campaign or the opening credits of a blockbuster movie and thought “how do they do that?� The Graphic Designer is responsible for much of the work that surrounds you every day of your life; from logos to signage, magazine layouts to websites and much more. This A-Level course is aimed at students who can solve communication problems creatively by working with a range of traditional and digital media. You should bring a passion for Graphics as you will learn lots about existing working designers and have a go at working in their style. You will be introduced to how Graphic Design can solve communication problems through the use of pictures, lettering, colours and emotions. Each unit will challenge you to create your own individual solutions whilst building your practical skills and confidence with drawing. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? To study Graphic Communication at Commonweal Academy we recommend that you will have acquired the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Design Technology course (such as GCSE Graphic Products) or an Art and Design course or equivalent at a minimum grade B. It must be emphasised that you should have an acute interest in design studies. The course will be delivered at allotted hours throughout the week, and full attendance is essential. It will also be necessary for you to complete further self-directed study hours in order to complete the work set. What will I learn on this course? Throughout the A-Level course you are required to work in one or more areas of Graphic Communication, such as: Illustration, Advertising, Packaging Design, Design for Print and Multimedia (i.e Animation, Web Design, Film and/or video).

What key skills will I develop? You should already have good time management and a flair for designing. This course is intended to develop your Communication Skills and confidence with working in a range of media. You will learn how to work to a given brief and demonstrate an awareness of an intended audience by designing for a specific user. Although you bring an interest in drawing the A-Level course will also utilise ICT both as a designing tool and an aid to presentation.

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AS/A2 Graphic Communication How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) AS Level Unit 1 – Coursework is worth 50% of the total AS Mark. You are expected to produce a portfolio of work and thoughtfully presented outcomes which exemplifies projects undertaken during the course. Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment is worth 50% of the total AS Mark. You will receive an externally set assignment, for which you are expected to produce preparatory work and a finished piece or pieces in response to one of a choice of five starting points. After a period of initial research you will develop ideas during 5 hours of supervised examination time. This will later lead to further developmental work and to a final outcome which could be a logo, a menu cover, a banner, a poster, a title sequence etc. depending on the exam question you have chosen to explore. A2 Level Unit 3 - Personal Investigation is worth 25% of the total A Level Mark. You will continue to produce guided coursework projects in Graphic Design, but you are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme which must be supported by a written element of between 1000 and 3000 words. Unit 4 – Externally Set Assignment is worth 25% of the total A Level Mark. You will receive an externally set assignment, for which you need to produce preparatory work and a finished piece in response to one of a choice of eight starting points. The final development work and finished outcomes will be achieved during 15 hours of supervised but unaided time. What could this course lead to? By the end of the two years students will have a portfolio of work that will demonstrate broad range of relevant skills, for the workplace and/or access to Higher Education. Employment opportunities include working in one of a number of arts-based and creative fields such as Freelance or Corporate Graphic Design, Advertising, Copywriting, Illustration, Web Design, Account Handler, Digital Publishing, Architecture and Teaching. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? You will have opportunities to visit working design agencies and relevant Galleries. We aim to develop your understanding of the industry alongside your knowledge of contextual design studies. Are there any additional costs for this course? It will be essential for all students to have a range of art materials at their disposal, sketch books and a USB memory stick to back up all their work. You will be expected to purchase your own materials for certain projects. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? mmccarthy@commonweal.co.uk

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A Level History – The Twentieth Century Revisited Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

A Level History – The Twentieth Century Revisited

Mr D. Kerslake

Exam Board and Specification No .

AQA GCE History

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? History is a story. What makes it important, valuable and engaging is that it is about us. It helps us to understand where we were in the past, where we are now and where we may be in the future. If humanity is to progress, everyone should study history. Aside from that it is just immensely interesting. In 2015 all 26 History students passed the AS exam. That was better than the national average for all subjects and the national average for History. 43% of those 26 students achieved A/B grades. That was better than national averages for all subjects and equal to the national average for History. You will be well taught and if you are prepared to work hard you will be successful. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? It is helpful, but not essential, to have studied history at GCSE level. You should have achieved a grade B or better to be fully equipped to take on the A Level. What will I learn on this course? You will study three units. Units 1 and 2 in Year 12 and Units 1, 2 and 3 in Year 13 as follows: Unit 1 - The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865-1975. • How did government, political authority and political parties change and develop? • In what ways did the economy and society of the USA change and develop? • How did the role of the USA in world affairs change? • How important were ideas and ideology? • How united were the States during this period? • How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments? Unit 2 – The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007 This unit promotes an understanding of change and continuity over approximately 50 years of British history, during which Britain enjoyed a period of post-war affluence and boom, followed by an era of reaction. Candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of important individuals such as Macmillan, Wilson, Thatcher and Blair, and the interrelationship of such individuals with the ideas that helped bring about the developments in Britain’s changing relations with the world after 1951 and the enduring debate over Europe an involvement. Candidates will also examine other factors such as the impact of government policies on industrial relations, trade unions and the nature of the relationship between the state and its citizens. As a result of the study of the period as a whole, candidates will be able to demonstrate how Britain had changed by 2007. Unit 3 – A coursework topic on a subject of your choice before the year 1800.

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A Level History – The Twentieth Century Revisited What key skills will I develop? During the course you will learn:      

about the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history how and why societies have changed over time about the theories of historians and the language that they use to discuss their ideas to understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians to analyse and evaluate it to develop and understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented to express your own historical ideas confidently and effectively

How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) You will be assessed as follows: Unit 1 Exam at the end of Year 13 = 40% of your final mark. Unit 2 Exam at the end of Year 13 = 40% of your final mark Unit 3 Coursework during Year 13 = 20% of your final mark What could this course lead to? Ideally you should go on to study history at university. Although history should be studied for its own sake, employers recognise the value of a qualification in history. As a result it can lead to a career in education, journalism, the legal professions, politics, local and national government, the civil service, the museums and library service and many other sectors of the jobs market. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? A trip related to one of the two units. Are there any additional costs for this course? Costs associated with the above trip. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? dkerslake@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Law Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Law

Mr Parry

Exam Board and Specification No.

AQA 2160

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Taking Law at A-level could give you a head start on some of the skills and knowledge you'll need at university. For example, you'll get used to learning the details of cases, how these are applied in court and you'll know detail about some elements of the Law that might come in handy later. The syllabus gives you an overview of the British legal system, the sources of law and the process involved in real cases. This doesn’t mean you only study criminal law. You will study both civil and criminal including Tort, focusing on the law of negligence. This will give you a good foundation of knowledge and introduce you to some key concepts with Law. But a good deal of time will also be spent on looking at various roles in the legal sector, such as how to become a solicitor and the requirements to become a magistrate. This will help when thinking about your future. So there’s a mixture of studying legal subjects, and learning about the legal sector & careers.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? No prior knowledge of the subject is required. The specifications build on, but do not depend on, the knowledge, understanding and skills specified for GCSE Law. It is recommended that candidates have attained communication and literacy skills at a level equivalent to GCSE grade C in English. What will I learn on this course? AS Level Law Making    

Parliamentary Law-making Delegated Legislation Statutory Interpretation Judicial Precedent

The Legal System   

Civil courts procedures Criminal court procedures The Legal Profession including solicitors, barristers, magistrates and judges.

Liability  

Criminal Liability Key principles of Criminal Liability

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AS/A2 Law  

Non-fatal offences Sentencing procedures in criminal cases

Law of Tort    

Negligence Liability in negligence Court Procedures Damages and compensation

A2 Level Criminal Law   

Fatal and non-fatal offences against the person. Different defences Evaluation of the defences.

Offences against Property  

Theft Burglary

Concepts of Law   

Morals and the law Judicial creativity Balancing conflicting interests in the law

What key skills will I develop? Being successful in law comes down to two things. Your knowledge and your skills. You will need to show how decisions in real historic legal cases might help you to decide upon verdicts in scenarios that you will be faced with. Knowledge doesn’t just need to be directly legal based; business, accounting and economics could help boost your knowledge of commercial law and should help you demonstrate commercial awareness. AS and A level specifications in law should encourage you to: • develop and sustain your enjoyment of, and interest in, the subject • develop your knowledge and understanding of selected areas of the law of England, Wales and Northern Ireland • develop your understanding of legal methods and reasoning • develop your techniques of logical thinking and the skills necessary to analyse and solve problems by applying legal rules • develop your ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions with reference to appropriate legal authority • develop your critical awareness of the changing nature of law in society.

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AS/A2 Law How will I be assessed? (details of examinations) AS Unit LAW 1 25% of total A2 GCE marks - Exam - 1hour, 30 minutes Students choose three topics from a choice of eight and complete three questions involving skills of recalling information, applying and explaining examples and explanation or legal reasoning AS Unit LAW 2 25% of total A2 GCE marks - Exam - 1hour, 30 minutes This question paper is based on the concept of liability in criminal and civil law. Students answer all questions on both topics. This paper is largely based around examining legal concepts, applying them and interpreting legal cases. A2 Unit LAW 3 Criminal Law: Offences against the person 25% of total A2 GCE marks - Exam - 1hour, 30 minutes Candidates answer three questions on one scenario of a legal case. This requires in depth skills of interpretation and application of legal principles and concepts. A2 Unit LAW 4 Offences against the person OR Tort AND Concepts of Law 25% of total A2 GCE marks – Exam- 1hour, 30 minutes Candidates answer questions on one scenario and one essay question. This requires in depth skills of interpretation and application of legal principles and concepts. This will also be assessing student’s abilities to write an extended piece on a particular topic within law. What could this course lead to? AS and A Level Law provide an excellent preparation for the world of business, local government agencies, nongovernment agencies and continuing legal studies.

What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? We will visit a magistrates or crown court to see real cases taking place to fully engage with the concepts and understand the processes involved. Are there any additional costs for this course? No Who do I contact if I have any further questions? Mr Parry – mparry@commonweal.co.uk

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Level 3 Technical Business Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AQA Level 3 Technical Level Business: Marketing Miss A Stallard Exam Board and Specification No .

AQA Level 3 Technical

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? For those of you who are creative but who also enjoy working with people, marketing is an excellent choice of career. Through this qualification you will gain knowledge and skills that will help you to become an influencer. Building on core units that study the business environment and responsible business practice, you will study stakeholders and how to forge strong relationships, explore how research is undertaken to enable organisations to be effective in how they communicate, investigate the principles of marketing and how organisations use technology such as websites and social networking to influence the consumer. You will study the course as part of a learning programme that could also include other subjects , but which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge that are needed in the Business sector. You will be working on industry-focused assignments to help you to prepare for work which will help you to talk confidently about your knowledge and skills in an interview situation. When you have successfully completed the course you will be able to look for a job, or if you prefer, along with your other studies you will be able to apply to university or college to continue your studies. Beginning with a study of the competitive business environment, you will study a range of marketing subjects, which will culminate in a collaborative project that you will work on as part of a team. With experience you will eventually be able to specialise in a chosen area such as advertising.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? If you have studied Business Studies or related subjects at GCSE you will find the course a natural progression however must ensure you are aware of the increased demands and work load at Level 3. It is however not essential that you have studied any Business related courses previously at GCSE or equivalent. Students who have had no experience of Business before have the same opportunities to succeed and be successful in the course. This course is aimed at students who feel traditional A Levels are not for them but still enjoy the subject and would like to study it further. What will I learn on this course? The learners will cover topics such as: • An introduction to the establishment, growth and survival of a business. • How to plan for, deliver and evaluate collaborative projects, exploring the importance of team dynamics and cooperation. • Understanding legal, ethical and social concerns influencing business activities. • Key concepts and terminology of marketing and how it fits within the organisation. • Main elements of marketing communications, customer relationship management, communications methods and tools, development of an outline marketing communications campaign. • Marketing research and the roles and functions within this area of marketing.

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Level 3 Technical Business • Key concepts associated with digital marketing. • Understanding of a range of organisational stakeholders beyond the customer

What key skills will I develop? From the start of the course you will be encouraged to develop your independent learning skills; you will be expected to complete homework tasks and wider reading each week. You will also be encouraged to use feedback from marked pieces to make improvements in your work. There will be a number of opportunities to work as part of a team when either developing new business ideas or making recommendations for a current business situation. It is very important that you can work with a variety of different people and effectively complete tasks that are set. Within group activities you will also need to be assigned different roles which will allow the development of leadership and management skills. One of the main factors that attract many students to study the course is the fact that along with an academic focus students are able to gain practical and real life experiences of the business world which is excellent preparation for their future careers. So whether you’re a keen entrepreneur or someone who wants to work for a large corporation Business Studies A Level is the perfect stepping stone to help you achieve your career goals. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) This qualification is made up of eight mandatory units. All units must be completed to achieve the full qualification 1 Competitive business environment External examination 2 Marketing Principles External examination 3 Customer Communications Internally centre assessed 4 Digital Essentials Internally centre assessed

What could this course lead to? Learners who achieve this qualification will have a range of options. Progression from this Level 3 qualification will lead to work as an assistant, clerical or practitioner role in industry. Learners could also access a higher apprenticeship. However, as it is studied at 16-19 as part of the study programme, learners will be studying additional qualifications such as an A -level, an Applied General, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), an AS and possibly resits for English and/or Maths GCSE. Learners will potentially be able to access Higher Education – either HNCs and HNDs or Degree programmes. Therefore, studying this qualification does not restrict future progression into one particular route. The following are examples of job opportunities within this sector: Business development executive, Fundraiser, Market research analyst, Marketing consultant, Marketing executive, Account Manager (Sales), Area sales manager, Business development manager, Sales manager, Conference co-coordinator, Event organiser, Exhibition organiser, Hospitality manager. Companies that might employ someone with this qualification are:

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Level 3 Technical Business Marketing companies, PR companies, advertising companies, conference centres, market research companies, large commercial businesses, charities. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? There will be opportunities to go on appropriate Business trips, take part in Business workshops, listen to business leaders and take part in Young Enterprise which is also run in the lower school. Trips and visits will be confirmed and information will come out about these as organised.

Are there any additional costs for this course? Depending on the trips that are arranged there may be a small cost for this however should not be over ÂŁ20 a time. You may also want to purchase revision guides and extended reading material that will be discussed before beginning the course. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? astallard@commonweal.co.uk

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Level 3 IT: Programming Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AQA Level 3 Technical Level

Mr T Campbell

Exam Board and Specification No.

AQA Level 3 Technical TVQ01006

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? This technical qualification is aimed at 16-18 Year old learners who are seeking to develop programming skills to enable them to access a range of roles in a variety of sector settings, or a Software Development Apprenticeship. If you have an interest in coding then this qualification would be suitable for you. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? We would recommend that you have English and maths GCSE C grade. Having studied computer science GCSE would be a big advantage as you will have some coding experience. What will I learn on this course? The learners will cover topics such as: 

The theory, practices and concepts associated with high quality professionally programming solutions, designed and developed to meet client requirements

Object oriented design of objects and classes using OOP design techniques and implementing the designs into working solutions that have been tested and documented to professional standards

Event driven design using EDP features and functions such as event triggers, controls, event handlers, identifiers, data structures, operators, common language constructs

Building high-quality coded applications for popular mobile devices across platforms

Mathematical concepts contextualised for computing including number systems, base conversion, logical operators and data interpretation and representation

Logic which is used every day by operating systems, networks and programmers alike

Designing and building interactive websites and cloud-based applications that professionally meet client needs demonstrating using client side and server side technologies, e.g. PHP/JSP/ASP .net, JavaScript, CSS, XML and combinations such as Ajax

Transferrable skills are those generic 'soft' skills that are valued by employers and HE alike. The following transferrable skills have been contextualised into the content of the qualification: 

Team work, Communication, and Problem Solving.

What key skills will I develop? From the start of the course you will be encouraged to develop your independent learning skills; you will be expected to complete homework tasks and wider reading each week. You will also be encouraged to use feedback from marked pieces to make improvements in your work. You will engage in team work during certain assignments.

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Level 3 IT: Programming How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) This qualification is made up of eight mandatory units. All units must be completed to achieve the full Qualification 

Fundamentals principles of computing

Computer programming

Maths for computing

Event – driven programming

Object oriented programming

Mobile applications programming

Industrial project

Website technologies

What could this course lead to? Learners who achieve this qualification will have a range of options. Progression from this Level 3 technical qualification is designed to be into work, as a junior programmer or developer in a variety of programming settings including engineering, games and app. development. Learners would have an opportunity for further study either through University or through professional qualifications from a number of vendors. Furthermore, this technical qualification which sits under SOC 2136 will be exceptionally well placed to address the skills shortage for programmers identified in the Tier 2 Shortage Occupations List – Government approved version – valid from 6th April 2014. However, as it is studied at 16-19 as part of the study programme, learners will be studying additional qualifications such as an A-level , the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), an AS and possibly resits for English and/or Maths GCSE, learners will potentially be able to access Higher Education – either HNCs and HNDs or Degree programmes. Therefore, studying this qualification does not restrict future progression into one particular route. The following are examples of job opportunities within this sector: 

Junior programmer

Analyst-programmer

Games programmer

Software engineer.

What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? Trips and visits will be confirmed and information will come out about participating employers. Are there any additional costs for this course? Depending on the trips that are arranged there may be a small cost for this however should not be over £20 a time. You may also want to purchase revision guides and extended reading material that will be discussed before beginning the course.

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Level 3 IT: Programming Who do I contact if I have any further questions? tcampbell@commonweal.co.uk

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Level 3 Performing Arts Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

Cambridge Technicals Level 3: Diploma in Performing Arts

Ms A Sutcliffe

Exam Board and Specification No .

OCR 05851

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Life without the Performing Arts would be pretty dull! Music, Dance and Drama are the corner stones to our culture and provide a creative output in an otherwise fast paced and pressured world. Opting for the Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts will enable you to focus on your passion for Music, Dance or Technical Theatre, whilst developing a greater understanding for the Performing Arts as a whole. The course aims to build on the individual’s current knowledge and understanding of their chosen art form, underpinning practical skills learnt both in and outside of the classroom. This course is therefore ideal for students who have prior knowledge of the Arts, study the subject outside of school and have a passion for the subject. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? GCSEs in either Music, Dance or Drama with a grade C or above is required. 5 other GCSEs grade C or above is also mandatory. If following the music strand then the student must be partaking in lessons on an instrument or voice regularly either in or out of school. If following the dance strand then outside dance lessons are required. Students must be dedicated in giving their own time freely to complete assignments and private practice throughout the course What will I learn on this course? Students will complete units that cover the following: Working in the Performing Arts sector, Career’s in the Performing Arts and plan and deliver a Community Arts project. Students will then specialise and develop skills within their chosen strand (music, dance, acting or theatre production). This will be completed through performing, composing, choreography, technique, and much more. What key skills will I develop? Team work is essential within the mandatory units but this goes hand in hand with self -motivation and independent learning skills. As a musician, students will develop skills on their chosen instrument/voice and also develop the ability to create their own music and learn general musicianship skills. In dance, students will improve their technical ability alongside their ability to choreograph dances and analyse their own/peer and professional dance works. Drama students can develop supporting skills to their Drama A level and an overview to the industry. Theatre Production explores the technical and design aspects of performing arts and will develop students understanding and ability in this area.

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Level 3 Performing Arts How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) Students access 540 guided learning hours and complete 6 units. Prepare to work in the performing arts sector Proposal for a commissioning brief Influential performance practice These three mandatory units are externally assessed.

120 glh 60 glh 60 glh

3 or 4 other units chosen from their specialist strand (music/dance/theatre production) These units are internally assessed. Units are marked as PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION What could this course lead to? Education in the arts can lead to any number of careers or continued education at University Level. Arts education equips you with skills such as time management, self -motivation, passion and enthusiasm that will enable learners to excel at University or a career in the performing arts industry. The L3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Performing Arts will qualify towards you carrying on to Higher Education to study various aspects of the Performing Arts. There are many Higher Education establishments, drama schools, music colleges and dance schools that offer specialist theatre courses, such as acting, musical theatre, set design, costume, stage management, music performance, composition and contemporary dance technique. You can also use this nationally recognised qualification to gain employment in the industry, for example in the Theatre or Art Centres. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? tbc Are there any additional costs for this course? None Who do I contact if I have any further questions? asutcliffe@commonweal.co.uk

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Level 3 Sport and PE Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity or Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence

Miss A Scrivens

Exam Board and Specification No.

OCR – 05829

Edexcel - (601/7217/4)

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Are you interested in a career in the sports, health and fitness industry? Do you wish to develop your practical sports skills in a variety of sports? This BTEC National diploma/ Cambridge technical diploma qualification is aimed at students who display a love for sport, sports coaching and fitness. This level 3 qualification is designed to equip students with the work-related knowledge, understanding and skills that they will need to prepare them for higher education or employment within the sports sector. The BTEC national diploma/ Cambridge technical diploma in sport is a highly enjoyable, diverse and motivating subject which requires dedication and excellent levels of organisation. If you display an enthusiasm towards sport, and enjoy working practically through performing, coaching and officiating then the BTEC national diploma/ Cambridge technical diploma in sport is for you!

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? To undertake the BTEC Level 3 diploma/ Cambridge technical diploma in sport, at the Commonweal Academy you will require a minimum of a pass standard at Level 2 BTEC in sport or a C at GCSE PE. You must also achieve the minimum requirements as outlined in the school admissions policy, and display a keen interest in Sport and current Sporting issues.

What will I learn on this course? This sports based course is composed of 2- 3 external assessments (including exams and written coursework tasks that are externally moderated), and through internally moderated tasks which are assessed through the production of coursework portfolios. The course places a distinct emphasis on developing the knowledge base required to be successful in a range of sporting professions and degree based courses. During the life of the course students will undertake a range of mandatory units, including some similar to the following: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport, The Physiology of Fitness, Assessing Risk in Sport, Fitness Training and Programming, Sports Coaching, Sports Development, Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise, Practical Team Sports and Practical Individual Sports. As well as this students will undertake a number of optional units, including some similar to the following: Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Sports Nutrition, Current Issues in Sport, Leadership in Sport, Exercise, Health and Lifestyle, Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise, Psychology for Sports Performance, Sports Injuries, Sport and Exercise Massage, Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport, Organising Sports Events,

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Level 3 Sport and PE Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People, Sport as a Business, Work Experience in Sport, Sports Facilities and Operational Management, Sports Legacy Development, Profiling Sports Performance, Research Investigation in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences. There will be a residential/ trip based element to the course, that all students will be expected to attend. What key skills will I develop? The focus of this subject is to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work by providing opportunities to acquire key skills in application of number, communication, information and communication technology, working with others, problem solving and improving own learning and performance. Throughout the course you will take part in practical projects and you will learn to carry out independent research whilst working on coursework based assignments. ICT will be extensively used for portfolio and written assignments. The residential experiences and theoretical units will assist in the development of personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) This BTEC/ Cambridge technical qualification is a 720 (GLH) qualification that consists of mandatory units, plus a variety of optional units. Throughout the two year course you will take part in practical projects, which will take the form of case studies, evaluative studies, report writing, projects, training programmes, presentations and residential experiences and a range of externally assessed units/ examinations. What could this course lead to? The highly specialised training you will receive will enable you to progress onto higher education courses at college or Universities, or to enter employment within a range of sports related areas including: sport and exercise science, sports development, Sports coaching, sports engineering, sports management and coach education/ PE teaching. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? We aim to provide all students with a range of opportunities to visit fitness gyms, sport science laboratories, Sports coaching centres, Sports Injury clinics and Outdoor Education centres (residential experience). Are there any additional costs for this course? Students will be expected to have appropriate sports based kit to wear when representing the school both in lessons and extra-curricular activities, for which we will be looking to design be-spoke kits. Any trips/ visits will incur an additional fee. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? Miss A Scrivens – Head of KS5 PE ascrivens@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Maths Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Maths

Mr S. Darton

Exam Board and Specification No.

Edexcel A-Level Maths 9371

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Maths is a fantastic subject both in its own right and as a foundation for many other courses in Science, Engineering, Computing and Social Sciences. It helps us to understand the whole world around us and builds on our natural instincts to solve problems. Much of the modern world technology should simply not exist if it were not for Mathematicians and developments in future technology will be driven by Maths making it a hugely exciting and interesting field of study. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? Students need to enjoy the challenge of Mathematics and in particular the algebra elements. We would be looking for at least a high B grade with evidence of strong algebra skills. What will I learn on this course? The A-Level course consists of six modules, four of which are compulsory. These modules are about Pure Mathematics which really means it is mostly Algebra. You will start by developing the Algebra skills from your GCSE course, before moving onto new topics such as Binomial Expansion, Arithmetic/Geometric sequences and then Calculus (Differentiation/Integration). You will also study two other applied modules, one in Statistics and one in Mechanics (which is very similar to Physics). This means you will get all the core Mathematical skills but also an opportunity to see them applied in different areas. The skills you learn in Statistics will be useful in other subjects such as Geography, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Mechanics content links well with Physics and is particularly useful if you are interested in Engineering The structure is that in Y12 you would study the first two core modules (C1 and C2) along with the statistics (S1). Then in Y13 you study the last two core modules (C3 and C4) alongside the mechanics (M1) What key skills will I develop? AS Level - Algebraic techniques, Differentiation and Integration, Trigonometry, Statistical and Probability techniques. A2 Level - The core units build upon the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus developed in Core 1 and Core 2. The introductory module on Mechanics has a vector approach. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) All modules are equally weighted and all exams are 1 hour 30 minutes long. There is no coursework involved.

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AS/A2 Maths What could this course lead to? A Level Maths is an essential qualification for any students wishing to study subjects such as Mathematics, Physics , Computing or Engineering at degree level and is also highly valued for subjects such as Natural and Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Geography, Statistics, Medical Sciences. A-Level Maths is regarded as a ‘facilitating’ subject by the Russell Group of Universities so can help students with whatever degree choice they make. For students not wishing to go onto degree level study, A-Level Maths could also lead directly to careers in Accountancy, Business or Computing among many others. It is seen as a valuable qualification within numerous careers. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? We plan to offer access to events and speakers about further careers in Mathematics plus enrichment days offered by the Further Math Network and Universities. There will also be opportunities to be involved in Maths Competitions and mentoring younger students in Maths. Are there any additional costs for this course? None Who do I contact if I have any further questions? sdarton@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Media  Studies Course  Title  

Teacher in  charge  of  subject  

AS/A2  Level  Media  Studies  

Miss S  Dare  

Exam Board  and  Specification  No.  

WJEC Media  Studies  (1290)  

Why  is  subject  important,  valuable  and  engaging?   This  course  is  designed  to  provide  you  with  a  captivating  and  informative  introduction  to  the  role  and  increasing   influence  of  mass  media  in  society  today.  You  will  develop  a  critical  understanding  of  the  media  through   engagement  with  media  products  and  concepts  and  through  the  creative  application  of  production  skills.  It   includes  studying  aspects  such  as  issues  of  representation  across  a  range  of  media  texts,  from  films  and   television  to  magazines  and  websites,  amongst  others.  It  also  aims  to  address  the  role  of  today’s  changing   audiences,  key  media  industries  and  institutions.  Analysis  and  production  of  moving  image,  digital  media  and   print-­‐based  texts  are  an  essential  part  of  the  MS1  course,  alongside  media  theory,  photography  and  vital  critical   perspectives.  Media  Studies  is  challenging,  interesting  and  creative.         What  do  I  need  to  have  studied,  or  have  knowledge  of,  before  I  begin  this  course?    You  will  need  a  GCSE  grade  C  in  English  Language,  although  a  D  grade  acceptance  will  be  subject  to  an  interview.   It  is  essential  that  you  are  able  to  write  in  a  clear,  well-­‐structured  fashion  along  with  the  ability  to  learn  a  large   amount  of  new  vocabulary.     It  really  helps  to  be  ICT-­‐confident  as  you  will  be  working  with  cameras,  media  equipment  and  computers  using  a   variety  of  creative  and  editing  software  programmes.    A  strong  interest  in  English  is  also  of  great  benefit  as  there   is  a  lot  of  textual  analysis  and  theory  to  study.  Experience  in  Art,  Photography  or  Design  subjects  would  be   advantageous  for  the  production  elements  of  the  course.     The  media  world  is  constantly  evolving,  therefore  you  will  need  to  keep  up  to  date  and  be  aware  of  current   trends,  economic  and  cultural  developments.   What  will  I  learn  on  this  course?     The  full  A-­‐Level  course  consists  of  four  units:  two  of  these  units  (equivalent  to  50%  of  the  final  mark)  are   coursework  production  units.  50%  of  the  assessment,  two  units,  will  be  taken  in  the  first  year  as  an  AS   qualification.     This  specification  aims  to  ensure  that  you  are  exposed  to  as  wide  a  range  of  media  as  possible,  including  film   extracts,  television  sequences,  print  media,  radio,  websites  and  video  games.     You  will  learn  how  to  analyse  the  codes  and  conventions  of  a  range  of  media,  how  different  groups  are   represented  in  the  media,  how  audiences  consume  and  interpret  media  texts  and  how  texts  are  affected  by  the   institutions  from  which  they  belong  to.       The  examination  units  require  a  clear  understanding  of  significant  concepts  such  as  theories  of  audience   reception  and  interaction,  representation  and  studies  of  particular  genres.  You  will  have  a  variety  of  learning   activities  to  help  you  develop  your  skills  and  to  become  familiar  with  key  theories.    

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AS/A2 Media  Studies

You  will  study  the  history  of  various  media  and  speculate  about  future  developments.  In  addition,  you  will  have   the  opportunity  to  research  topics  in  the  media  which  form  the  basis  for  production  work.  This  demands   appropriate  technical  and  creative  skills  from  you  throughout  the  two  years  of  the  course.  Media  is  taught  in  a   seminar-­‐style  approach,  which  encourages  student  discussion,  critical  debates  and  analysis.    

What key  skills  will  I  develop?   You  will  develop  a  broad  range  of  skills  from  problem  solving  and  analytical  abilities  to  independent  research   and  communication  skills.    This  course  will  explore  production  processes,  technologies  and  other  relevant   contexts  whilst  developing  your  ICT  and  design  skills.  

How will  I  be  assessed?  (details  of  examinations/coursework)   Course  Outline  at  a  glance:     AS  Level   MS1:  Media  Representations  and  Responses.  Two  and  a  half  hour  exam.  Three  compulsory   questions,  including  one  on  unseen  audio/visual  or  print  material.  (50%  AS,  25%  A2)     MS2:  Media  Production  Processes.  Coursework  internally  assessed.  Three  components:   One  pre-­‐production,  one  production  and  one  report  on  the  production  process.  (50%  AS,  25%  A2)     A2  Level   MS3:  Media  Investigation  and  Production.  Coursework  internally  assessed.  Three  components:   a  written  investigation  into  media  texts  based  on  one  or  more  of  the  key  media  concepts  –  genre,   narrative  and/or  representation;  a  media  production  and  an  evaluation  of  how  the  production  is  informed  by   investigative  research.  (50%  AS,  25%  A2)     MS4:  Text,  Industry  and  Audience.  Two  and  a  half  hour  exam.  Three  questions  from  Sections  A  and  B  on   different  media  industries.  (50%  AS,  25%  A2)  

What could  this  course  lead  to?   You  may  wish  to  go  into  a  Media  career,  working  in  any  of  the  areas  mentioned  below,  or  use   this  qualification  as  a  stepping  stone  to  Media  courses  at  university:     Journalism,  Advertising  &  Marketing,  Communication  Studies,  Film  Studies,  Media  Production,  Photography,   Design,  Events  management  and  Media  Studies.  

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AS/A2 Media  Studies

What additional  events,  trips  or  enrichment  activities  does  this  course  include?   Trips  include  visiting  Media  production  companies,  The  BFI  (British  Film  Institute),  BBC  and  visiting  seminars   from  industry  professionals.   Are  there  any  additional  costs  for  this  course?   Resources  will  be  provided,  however  you  may  wish  to  purchase  study  guides  and  extended  reading  materials.   Who  do  I  contact  if  I  have  any  further  questions?     sdare@commonweal.co.uk    

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AS/A2 Music Technology Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Level Music Technology

Mr J Daubney

Exam Board and Specification No.

EDEXCEL (8MT01-9MT01)

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Music Technology plays a key role in the creation of music across the world. This qualification is designed to offer a wide range of engaging and useful tasks to anyone interested in understanding the processes and principals involved in composing and producing modern music. By utilising all the necessary tools and equipment, students are encouraged to explore their own musicality by creating and re -creating original pieces through the use of current music technology, all within the context of the music industry. The course has many strong practical elements and supports the development of recording studio based skills, whilst also covering music and technology from many recent genres. Addition skills gained during the course will include s elfmotivation, self-confidence, organisation and teamwork.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? You would be expected to have Grade C or above at Music GCSE level. It is beneficial to have some music theory knowledge as it will help with the listening and sequencing parts of the course. Having a keen interest in music and music technology is also of vital important and having some basic keyboard skills will be useful (but not essential) for the sequencing elements of the course.

What will I learn on this course? AS Level Students will produce an audio CD entitled ‘Music Technology Portfolio 1’, containing three tracks of work as specified in the three tasks below. They will also present a logbook. The work is to be done under controlled conditions between the issue of the stimulus material in September and the submission date. Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance (40 marks) The sequenced realised performance will be based on a recording of a piece of music specified by Edexcel. A skeleton score, but not the recording, will be provided by Edexcel. Students will be assessed on the following areas: . Realisation of Pitch and Rhythm . Choice of Timbre and Mix . Musicality — Dynamics, Articulation and Phrasing . Music Technology Skills.

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AS/A2 Music Technology Task 1B: Multi-track Recording (40 marks) Students will record a piece of their own choice from Area of Study 2: Popular Music Styles since 1910, lasting between two and four minutes. Recordings must have at least eight live tracks (no MIDI) of which at least four tracks captured using microphones. Students will be assessed on the following areas: . Capture . Processing . Mixing Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement (40 marks) The creative sequenced arrangement will be based on one of two prescribed stimuli supplied by Edexcel. The chosen stimulus will be worked in one of two prescribed styles. The work must show creative development and/or manipulation of the chosen stimulus, and extend to between two and three minutes. Students will be assessed on the following areas: . Instrumentation, Timbre and Texture . Melody and Rhythm . Structure, Harmony and Tonality . Music Technology Skills Logbook Students will use this document to detail equipment used and to answer two questions on their creative sequenced arrangement. Students must complete their Music Technology Portfolio 1 under controlled conditions. Unit 2: Listening and Analysing AS - A 1 hour 45 minute listening examination, externally assessed, in the summer of the year of entry. The style of questions will range across multiple choice, short answer and questions requiring a few sentences of continuous prose. First and foremost the questions will assess knowledge of Area of Study 2: Popular Music Styles since 1910, but understanding of Area of Study 1: The Principles and Practice of Music Technology is also required. Each student will have a copy of an audio CD supplied by Edexcel and containing recorded excerpts. The examination paper has two sections, A and B and will be structured as follows. Section A (40 marks) Questions 1–4 will test students’ aural perception of musical characteristics and features of the given extracts, including relevant technological aspects. The extracts will be drawn from Area of Study 2: Popular musical styles since 1910. These questions will be equally weighted. Section B (40 marks) Questions 5 and 6 will be drawn from the two special focus styles as detailed above, testing both students’ aural perception and their wider understanding and knowledge of the style/genre. The two questions will be equally weighted. Special focus styles, which will change each year, are listed in the unit content.

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AS/A2 Music Technology A2 Level Students will produce an audio CD entitled ‘Music Technology Portfolio 2’, containing three tracks of work as specified in the three tasks below. They will also present a logbook. The work is to be done under coursework conditions between the issue of the stimulus material in September and the submission date. Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance (40 marks) The sequenced integrated performance will be based on a recording of a piece of music selected from a choice of two specified by Edexcel. Neither a skeleton score nor a recording will be provided by Edexcel. The sequenced integrated performance must contain a live audio recording of the vocals and, if the student wishes, other live audio track(s), which must be integrated with the other sequenced tracks. Students will be assessed on the following areas: . Realisation of Pitch and Rhythm . Choice of Timbre and Mix of Timbres and Vocals . Musicality of Sequencing — Dynamics, Articulation and Phrasing . Music Technology Skills Task 3B: Multi-track Recording (40 marks) Students will select one recording topic from a choice of two. Students will record a piece lasting between three and five minutes. Recordings must have between 12 and 24 live tracks (no MIDI). Close-mic and direct-inject (DI) capture will be required (with at least eight tracks captured using microphones). Students will be assessed on the following areas: . Capture . Processing . Mixing Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology (40 marks) The task will be based on one of three prescribed briefs set by Edexcel. Students will compose a piece lasting between three and four minutes as specified in their chosen brief. Students will be assessed using four compulsory criteria plus one optional criterion. Compulsory criteria: 1. Quality of ideas and outcome 2. Coherence 3. Timbres and textures 4. Music technology skills. Optional criteria (one is selected from the following three): 1. Harmony 2. Melody 3. Rhythm Logbook

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AS/A2 Music Technology Students will use this document to detail equipment used. (There are no marks available for completing the logbook but students’ work cannot be assessed if this is not completed.) Students must complete their Music Technology Portfolio 2 under controlled conditions. Unit 4: Analysing and Producing This assessment will take the form of a 2-hour examination. There are two sections in the examination paper and students must complete both. Section A (62 marks) . Questions 1-4 will test students’ musical understanding, their ability to manipulate and correct recorded music and their ability to write commentaries on technological processes. Section B (18 marks) . Question 5 will be a practical test involving the production of a balanced stereo mix. Each student will have an audio CD which will contain a series of music files to be imported into music production software. Each student will also have an examination paper in which some or all of the CD tracks will be notated as conventional staff notation, editing grids or numerical data. Students will be required to review the materials, commenting on musical elements and technological processes, identifying mistakes and discrepancies and correcting them and, finally, producing a stereo mix.

What key skills will I develop? . MIDI sequencing . Audio sequencing . Recording live instruments . Production of CDs . Composition using music technology . Knowledge of the history of music technology How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) Composition based tasks will be assessed by your teacher and sent away to be moderated. Written (listening and appraising) exams are externally marked.

What could this course lead to? There are many opportunities in Higher Education, and many career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. GCE Music Technology has been widely accepted by Higher Education providers and an A level in Music Technology will continue to provide valuable experience and preparation for students aiming for further study in the subject. Study in Music Technology could lead to careers in the record industry, sound engineering, record producing, and music education.

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AS/A2 Music Technology What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? We will endeavour to organise trips to concerts, recording studios and relevant workshops. We will also invite professional musicians into the school to deliver in-house enrichment and vocational experiences. Are there any additional costs for this course? Resources will be provided, however you may wish to purchase study guides and extended reading materials. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? jdaubney@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Philosophy and Ethics Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Level Philosophy and Ethics

Mrs S Bracher

Exam Board and Specification No.

AQA (2060)

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Philosophy and Ethics deals with some of the most important questions in life - Who are we? Where do we come from? What is the meaning of life? The skills of evaluation and analysis that Philosophy and Ethics teaches you are applicable to almost any walk in life. It is not just about what others think; it is about learning to think for yourself.

What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? Although you don't need to have studied Philosophy and Ethics beforehand, it does help to have at least a B in a GCSE Humanities subject and English to show you have developed written and evaluation skills. Philosophy is a way of thinking. Those who study Philosophy are asking questions about the world; its people and ideas, that although may seem simple at first are actually very complex. Philosophy is a challenging but rewarding course.

What will I learn on this course? This course involves the study of two disciplines: Philosophy and Ethics. Unlike Philosophy and Ethics courses at GCSE, the AS/A Level concentrates on studying, debating and enquiring into issues and questions such as: "What is the psychology of religion?" "If there is no God, what is the implication for morality?" "If our life is determined before we are born, how can we be held responsible for our bad actions?" You will be expected to analyse and evaluate some of the greatest philosophical arguments that have been debated and contested over thousands of years. Can you outthink the greatest thinkers? You will study units: Unit 1 Ethics 

Utilitarianism

Situation Ethics

Abortion and Euthanasia

Unit 2 Philosophy 

The Cosmological Argument

Psychology and Religion

Atheism and Postmodernism

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AS/A2 Philosophy and Ethics Unit 3 Ethics 

Free will and determinism

Virtue Ethics

Science and Technology

Unit 4 

Religious Experiences

The connection between ultimate reality and experience of God

Verifying and disproving religious experiences

What key skills will I develop? You will develop: Clear and logical independent thinking Interpretation and critical evaluation Research skills Negotiation Problem solving. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) There is no set coursework, each unit is assessed through exams. All units are externally assessed. In the first year there are two external examinations. Each exam is one hour fifteen minutes long. In the second year there are also two external examinations. Each exam is one hour thirty minutes. What could this course lead to? The careers which lead on from a RS qualification are some of the most interesting and versatile available: Law, Financial services, Medicine, Politics, Consultancy, Journalism, Media sector, Education sector, Publishing sector and Social and Pastoral care. This course is also highly thought of by the universities. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? Trips to universities to hear speakers and meditation experience. Are there any additional costs for this course? Resources will be provided, however you may wish to purchase study guides and extended reading materials. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? mparry@commonweal.co.uk – Mr Parry

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AS/A2 Physical Education Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Level Physical Education

Mr J Hillis

Exam Board and Specification No.

OCR (H155)

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? This is an ideal course for those students wishing to extend their Physical Education knowledge further and is an excellent extension to GCSE Physical Education. A Level PE will provide you with the gateway to a broad and interesting range of jobs and careers; ranging from PE teaching or coaching to Sports Therapy, Sports Psychology to Sports Marketing, Advertising or management. The course will test students' understanding of the various disciplines that ensure success in sport and will give them an insight into how they have got to where they are and how to progress within their own sports. A Level PE gives the student, who has an interest in PE, an in-depth analysis of how we perform within a sporting context. The course covers four main disciplines - Sports Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology, Biomechanics and the Sociology of Sport, with the focal point being the performer. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? A minimum requirement of a B grade at GCSE PE is required. A Level candidates need to be participating at club level in their strongest sport and have a keen interest in and knowledge of sport. Candidates should also be aware that the course is predominantly theory based; because of the theoretical nature of the subject a BTEC Sport qualification is unsuitable for this course. What will I learn on this course? During the first year of the course, students will study two units of work, each of which having two separate strands. They will discover how we develop physical skills, through the ‘Skill Acquisition' unit. In this unit they will also look in depth at Sport and Society, which explores how sport has emerged and impacted upon various different cultures. The second unit includes 'Anatomy and Physiology' and ‘Biomechanics’ in which students will not only learn about the different body systems, their responses to physical activity and the importance of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle, but will also develop an understanding and appreciation of the analysis of movement through a mechanical breakdown of physical activity. In the second year, students will study three units of work; ‘Anatomy & Physiology’, ‘Sport and Society’ and ‘Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology’. The ‘Anatomy and Physiology’ unit looks in greater depth at how the human body functions during sport and exercise. Within this area of study, students will develop an understanding of how energy systems, nervous control and muscle mechanics all play a part in allowing the body to perform an infinite range of movements. 'Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology', not only looks at how individuals take on and refine skills but also allows students to develop an appreciation of the psychological processes that affect sports performance. The final unit ‘Sport and Society' focuses on how and why our country has developed its sporting interest and in doing so, looks at how various sports have come into existence.

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AS/A2 Physical Education What key skills will I develop? The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work by providing opportunities to acquire Key Skills in communication, Information and Communication Technology, working with others, problem-solving and improving their own learning and performance. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) AS May Year 12

2 Papers – both 1 hour 15 minutes (worth 35% each)

A2 June Year 13 3 Paper covering all 3 modules – One 2 hour long (‘Physiology & Biomechanics’)(worth 30%), two 1 hour long (‘Sports Psychology & Skill Acquisition’ and ‘Sport and Society’)(both worth 20%). Coursework : Practical Assessment of Performance or Coaching along with an Oral Assessment in Year 12 & 13 Internally assessed and externally moderated. Practical coursework is worth 30% of AS + A2. Pupils will be assessed in 1 practical activity in Year 12 and Year 13 or have the choice to coach their preferred sport. Pupils will be expected to collate video evidence of their performance and attend an external moderation held by the exam board. Practically the department offers a range of activities in conjunction to the school teams. What could this course lead to? Physical Education is essential for students intending to study Sports Science, Recreational Management courses and also useful for any career in the Leisure Industry. The course allows suitable foundation for specialist study in both Physical Education and Sports Studies in higher education and are also suitable qualifications for other areas of study. It will provide an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue careers in teaching and coaching, sports development, the leisure industry, sports marketing and management, health, leisure and fitness and professional sport. Possible pathways include; Sports Studies, Sports Engineering, Sports Journalism, Sports & Exercise Sciences, Sports Management, Sports Psychology, Sports Coaching, Sports Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation, Sports Development Coach, Sport & Leisure Facility Design, Sociology of Sport, Education, Sports Technology, Sports Biology, Motor Sport Engineering, Sports Bio-medicine, Media and Culture. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? We will be providing all students with numerous opportunities to take part in our extensive leadership programme helping with younger students. We will be adding to our already extensive residential opportunities with KS5 ski trips, outdoor adventure activities and an overseas sports tour. Are there any additional costs for this course? Students will be expected to be representing the school in extra -curricular activities for which we will be looking to design bespoke kits. Any visits to stadium, courses, Universities or residential trips will have an additional fee. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? jhillis@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A-level Physics Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

A-level Physics

Mrs K Brudenell

Exam Board and Specification No .

Edexcel A-level Physics (9PH0)A

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? It's fun and interesting to understand how the universe works. The Universe is full of incredible mysteries such as how black holes are formed or whether anything can travel faster than the speed of light . Physics uses mathematics to unravel these mysteries and give us an insight into worlds which we were previously unaware of! Once you understand how the universe works, you might be able to use that knowledge to your advantage. Nearly every piece of electronics equipment since the transistor is the result of our understanding quantum mechanics, a 20th century physics discovery. You could go on for quite a while listing proven and developing technologies that rely on physics discoveries. The fundamentals of physics (Newton's laws or Maxwell's laws of electromagnetism) are the foundation of just about every field of engineering there is. So every engineer or scientist of any quality needs to know these basics. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? Physics is a very mathematical subject. The course requirements are as follows: (1) GCSE grade B in mathematics (2) GCSE grade B in physics (3) 2 more Science GCSE grade B GCSE Science, GCSE Additional Science, GCSE Physics or GCSE Astronomy (4) Ideally GCSE grade B in English (helps with the coursework requirement) It is highly recommended that students take at least A level Mathematics alongside A level Physics. What will I learn on this course? The content is split between A level and AS level. The AS course will be taught over one year, the A -level course over two. The breakdown is as follows: AS Paper 1: Working as a Physicist, Mechanics, Electric Circuits. AS Paper 2: Working as a Physicist, Materials, Waves, The Particle Nature of light. For the A level paper you will be required to study, in depth, the practical application of physics in the laboratory and you will be assessed through completion of 16 'Core Practicals' which cover the fu ll spectrum of physics topics and skills. These will run throughout the AS and A level course. A level Paper 1: As for AS paper 1, plus - Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Particle Physics.

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AS/A-level Physics A level Paper 2: As for AS paper 2, plus - Thermodynamics, Space, Radiation and Oscillations.

What key skills will I develop? Students will develop a variety of skills essential for many professions. These skills include numeracy, literacy, verbal communication, organisational skills, teamwork, independent thinking as well as practical capabilities in lab work. Physics students are considered extremely employable due to the transferrable skills that they will gain. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) The AS course involves two exam papers, both of 1hr 30min duration. The A level course requires two exam papers of 1hr 45mins and one paper of 2hr 30mins. The final paper will assess you laboratory and practical skills, along with the physics you have learnt throughou t the course. For the full A level you will also be required to pass a Certificate of Competency in Practical Skills. What could this course lead to? An A level in physics is a highly recognised and prized qualification in all careers and professions. Universities particularly value it and as such it helps students gain admittance to varied types of degree courses, not just in the pure and applied physical sciences such as astronomy or engineering.

What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? Students have the opportunity to enter into the British Physics Olympiad competition, along with other nationally recognised competitions. As a practical course A-Level Physics contains a rich programme of practical work. In addition it will include opportunities to visit university and/or industrial research labs. Are there any additional costs for this course? The course text book will be required (currently in the region of ÂŁ15). Revision guides are an optional extra cost. Any trips may incur an additional cost. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? Mrs K Brudenell: kbrudenell@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Psychology Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A Psychology

Mrs J Plummer

Exam Board and Specification No.

OCR Psychology H567

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Psychology is primarily interested in individuals. It is the scientific study of human behaviour and thought processes. This fascinating subject is about making sense of the world in which we live and the way people behave in it. People in society are constantly looking for answers to personal problems and psychology can be seen to offer a solution. The content of this OCR course is varied and intriguing with a focus on developing an understanding of the principal psychological theories. These include cognitive, developmental, physiological, individual differences and social psychology. The course has a scientific approach to investigation that encourages you to develop a critical and analytical approach to your studies. It is an academic subject that will provide you which a number of intellectual skills, which are transferable to other subjects. Lesson activities include re-creating psychological experiments in the classroom. We also offer the opportunity to attend an A-Level student conference in London where the key speaker each year is one of the leading psychologists studied during the course. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? In order to study Psychology it is recommended you should have good pass GCSE qualifications in Five GCSE subjects including English, Mathematics and Science (B grades or above in these subjects are recommended). Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and the mind, therefore there is a strong focus on learning scientific methods of research. Prior knowledge of psychology is not required. What will I learn on this course? Topics covered include issues such as; memory, obedience, conformity, attention, the transmission of aggression, moral development, regions of the brain, understanding disorders and social identity. Studying psychology will enhance your ability to construct and present an argument of a particular debate and evaluate the key findings of the studies placing them in the wider perspective of psychological approaches, theories and issues. You will also study a compulsory section on issues in mental health such as; stress, dysfunctional behaviour and psychotic disorders. In addition there is the option of studying two out of the following applied options: Child Psychology, Criminal psychology, Environmental psychology, Sports and exercise psychology. What key skills will I develop? OCR A Level qualification in Psychology enables learners to: •develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other •develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods •develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills •develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject •understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

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AS/A2 Psychology How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) Research methods (Component 01) 30% of total A Level Planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and nonexperimental methodologies and techniques. Psychological themes through core studies (Component 02) 35% of Total A Level Introduces some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study. Applied psychology (Component 03) 35 % of total A Level Compulsory section on Issues in mental health. Learners will also study two out of the following applied options: Child psychology, Criminal psychology, Environmental psychology, Sports and exercise psychology. What could this course lead to? Psychology provides excellent grounding for a wide variety of careers in teaching and lecturing, educational welfare, business management and specific areas of medicine e.g. psychiatry. It also offers opportunities to train as a chartered psychologist and specialise in clinical or criminal Psychology. The acquisition of such a diverse range of skills will be of great benefit to you in further education, the workplace and society in general. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? Possible trips and visits include: - Conferences - Law Courts Are there any additional costs for this course? You will want to have your own copy of the course text book (approx. ÂŁ25.00) You will also have the opportunity to take part in trips and visits, these are optional, but we believe they will enrich your enjoyment understanding of Psychology . Costs may vary but would normally be around ÂŁ30.00 (funding can be found in cases of hardship). Who do I contact if I have any further questions? jplummer@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Sociology Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A Sociology

Mrs J Plummer

Exam Board and Specification No.

AQA (2190)

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? Sociology is the study of how society works and how we experience life. Sociology tries to understand patterns of inequality and conflict which are features in nearly all societies. You get to look at real-world issues such as education, crime, changes in family relationships and gender roles. Do you enjoy subjects that allow you to discuss and debate topical and controversial issues? Are you naturally inquisitive about the everyday world in which you live? Then sociology is for you. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? There is no prior leaning required for this course, but you must have achieved a grade B in English and history, geography or religious studies to be considered. What will I learn on this course? At AS you will look at: Culture and Identity – Society’s changing rapidly and this unit really help you to take a look at how you as an individual fit into the world in which you live. Does your biology or upbringing effect who you become? How do we define ourselves? What impact do labels like ‘punk’, ‘emo’ or ‘chav’ have on a person? This unit explores such issues as how we learn our identity and why our culture is so important to us. Education – what is the role of education in wider society? Some sociologists argue that we are learning more than just history and geography at school; we are learning to be good workers, obedient citizens and respectful of authority. Who might this benefit? Why do girls do better than boys throughout school and university but earn less than than ten years after graduating? Should independent schools be allowed or do they damage society? Sociological Methods – Sociologists have to do research and provide evidence for the claims they make. We look at how sociologists do this and the usefulness of different methods in sociological research. For instance, how would one go about researching gangs in Glasgow? At A Level you will look at: Beliefs in Society: content:  ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions  the relationship between social change and social stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations

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AS/A2 Sociology   

religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice the relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context, and globalisation and the spread of religions.

Crime and Deviance: content:  crime, deviance, social order and social control  the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime  globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes  crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies. What key skills will I develop? A-level Sociology offers students the opportunity to develop the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods. It is designed to encourage students to demonstrate the application of a range of skills and consider the integration of sociological themes: 

socialisation, culture and identity

social differentiation, power and stratification.

By taking sociology, you will become a much more informed, questioning and critical citizen of society. Furthermore, you will gain a completely different way of thinking about the world around you, and here is a promise; you will never look at the world in the same way again. You will learn valuable skills, working independently, as well as in a team, to find and extract information, how to conduct research, interpret statistics, analyse information and write in an evaluative way. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods: 2 hour written exam Paper 2: Topics in Sociology: 2 hour written exam Section A Culture & Identity Section B Beliefs in Society Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods: 2 hour written exam

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AS/A2 Sociology What could this course lead to? Sociology is very popular nationally as an A Level subject, with many students achieving excellent outcomes. It is now firmly embedded as a noteworthy A Level subject, with all universities seeing it as an excellent foundation for many degrees. Sociology can lead to any jobs involving people, and can set you up for many careers including Law, business management, journalism, development, social work, medicine and teaching. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? We will have guest speakers, research opportunities and a trip to London Are there any additional costs for this course? You will want to have your own copy of the course text book (approx. ÂŁ25.00) You will also have the opportunity to take part in trips and visits, these are optional, but we believe they will enrich your enjoyment understanding of Sociology . Costs may vary but would normally be around ÂŁ30.00 (funding can be found in cases of hardship). You may also want to purchase study guides and extended reading materials. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? jplummer@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Spanish Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Level Spanish

Miss Alex Cook

Exam Board and Specification No.

AQA (2695)

Why is subject important, valuable and engaging? “You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once” - a proverb (Eastern European) Not everyone speaks English in the world; in fact only 25% of the world’s population speak it as their second language and 6% as their first. Who are these other people? What can you learn from them? What can they learn from you? This course will develop your awareness and understanding of contemporary Hispanic society, culture and heritage whilst further expanding your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Through the study of topic areas, you will be encouraged to form opinions and make judgements within the appropriate context, and will be provided with many opportunities to develop understanding of spiritual, moral and cult ural issues. Classwork consists mainly of reading and listening exercises, leading to oral -based discussion – role-play is also important. Written work is also developed in class and focussed on through homework. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? GCSE Spanish grade B or above. What will I learn on this course? Across the 2 years you will study the below topics: 1. Social Issues and Trends a. Aspects of Hispanic society (e.g. modern and traditional values, equal rights) b. Multiculturalism in Hispanic society (e.g. immigration, racism, integration) 2. Political and Artistic Culture a. Artistic culture in the Hispanic world (e.g. modern idols, regional identity, cultural landscape) b. Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world (e.g. youth, citizenship, monarchy v republicanism) 3. Grammar 4. Hispanic Works a. Literary texts b. Films 5. Individual research project (for speaking exam) Smaller classes at A-level allow for increased spoken work and greater oral fluency. We largely centre on discussion work allowing you to grow not only as a linguist, but as a thinker and citizen of the wider-world and to hone your debating skills. What key skills will I develop?

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AS/A2 Spanish The broad and multidisciplinary nature of a language and its application to a wide range of current issues that call on your abilities to demonstrate the transferability of your knowledge, understanding and skills, make it an ideal vehicle in the development of knowledge and understanding of the Key Skills. You will also develop the ability to write critical appreciation of a topic, text or film as well as cultural knowledge of Hispanic societies. It serves as excellent preparation in the skills required for courses in Further Education. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) The Examination Structure for AQA GCE A level is as follows: Paper 1

Listening, Reading and Writing including translation 2hours 30 minutes 40% of A level grade

Paper 2

Written paper on texts and films

2 hours

30% of A level grade

Paper 3

Spoken Assessment on individual research project

21-23 minutes

30% of A level grade

What could this course lead to? Languages are recognised as a ‘gateway’ subject by the Russell Group of universities (Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester and more) and many other universities are always interested in applicants with foreign language skills with many now offering degree courses in subjects with a language as part of the course e.g. Law, Engineering. Oxford and Cambridge offer single or two-language degrees, as do other universities, as well as one-language degrees with History, Linguistics, English or Philosophy. It is possible to start a new language, particularly Italian, with one already studied to A2 level. Other universities offer excellent literary, non -literary and combined courses with other areas of study, like business, media, science and IT studies. An A-Level in a language can also provide the key to participation in ERASMUS schemes for undergraduates studying subjects other than languages (living and studying abroad). Language graduates embark on careers in Law, Banking, the Civil service, Commerce, the Media and Advertising, as well as the more specialised and competitive fields of Diplomacy, Translating and Interpreting. It is self-evident that competence in a foreign language is a substantial asset in the employment market. The British academy published a report in March 2013, this is what they said: “There is strong evidence that the UK is suffering form a growing deficit in foreign language skills at a time when globally, the demand for language skills is expanding…language skills are needed at all lev els in the workforce, and not simply by an internationally-mobile elite” Need we say more? What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? Spanish ‘Assistant’ opportunities with younger students including primary language teaching. We are also planning study trips to various Spanish-speaking destinations. Work experience in Spain is a possibility. Are there any additional costs for this course? The cost of a dictionary and any optional trips. Who do I contact if I have any further questions? acook@commonweal.co.uk

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AS/A2 Football Education Programme Course Title

Teacher in charge of subject

AS/A2 Football Education Programme

Mr A Staff

Exam Board and Specification No.

n/a

Why is the subject important, valuable and engaging? This course gives you the unique opportunity to choose the right qualifications you wish to study, whilst undertaking and engaging with your local professional football club Swindon Town. The educational element will be tailored to meet your career aspirational needs over the two years, whilst enabling you to train, play competitive matches against other professional football clubs, and in addition undertake coach education and work experience opportunities, giving you an invaluable insight into the practicalities and skills required to become a professional football coach. What do I need to have studied, or have knowledge of, before I begin this course? Due to the nature of the course it is desirable that you have a keen interest and a current involvement within the realms of Association Football. This course being a two year Football Education Programme, is designed and tailored for students who wish to engage within structured professional training sessions, competitive football matches and coach education delivery. A sound based knowledge and genuine love of the game are two major elements required if you are wishing to apply for this course. The most important component is the educational aspect of the course, with you requiring a minimum of five GCSE’s of C grades and above, two of which need to be English and Mathematics. As a student applying for this course you are required to have a determination to achieve, a positive attitude to engage within physical activity and being an advocate of a healthy lifestyle. If you have a desire to pursue a career within the sporting industry, then this course will give you a sound base and knowledge to work towards achieving your goal. What will I learn on this course? The educational element of the course is tailored to meet your own personal academic needs. The courses on offer, ranging from vocational to A level qualifications are available to you for consideration for you to choose the appropriate subjects you require to pursue your own personal career. From the practical component this course will teach you the value of personal fitness and wellbeing, whilst demonstrating the true value of being a good positive team player. The additional benefits are you gaining valuable practical work experience opportunities by working alongside the Swindon Town FC Football in the Community Trust professional coaches. If you are of the mind set of wishing to pursue a career as a sports coach or becoming a physical education teacher, you will be offered the opportunity to take your FA Level 1 coaching qualification, which will give you a sound knowledge base on the components required for delivering structured practical football coaching sessions.

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AS/A2 Football Education Programme What key skills will I develop? As a valued student on this course you will be required to ensure that you meet all the academic deadlines expected of you in relation to your educational studies. It is paramount that you complete your assignments and meet the academic levels required in relation to the subjects you undertake. Failure to do so will jeopardize your involvement within training sessions and match day fixtures. This course will enable you to develop your skills in working as an individual, whilst developing a clear insight and understanding of being a key component within a team. All aspects of this course will enhance your skill base both personally and professionally, building the foundations for you to create your career path after the two year academic course. How will I be assessed? (details of examinations/coursework) There are no formal examinations although you will receive regular feedback and guidance. What could this course lead to? The Football Education Programme Course gives you, the student, the opportunity of gaining valuable football playing and coaching experience, running parallel to studying for your vocational or A level qualifications. After the two years there will be opportunities for you to go to University, or look at pursuing career opportunities within the sports and leisure industry. As Swindon Town Football in the Community Trust we can offer part time coaching opportunities in relation to you being at University and you working Holiday Development Courses during half term periods. Students wishing to pursue their playing opportunities, may wish to explore the possibility of gaining a football scholarship, for example in the United States of America. Talks can be arranged throughout your second year on the course, where we can ask companies and organisations to inform you what opportunities are available within the USA. What additional events, trips or enrichment activities does this course include? Over the two years you will play football fixtures against other professional football clubs on a weekly basis. In addition there will be opportunities to play in National Football competitions. Whilst on the course, trips will be arranged to visit universities, in order for you to have the opportunity of looking at educational options once you have completed the two year course. Are there any additional costs for this course? Each student on the course will be required to purchase the allocated kit, which must be worn at all times over the two year period. You will be allocated the following kit: 2 – Sweatshirts; 2 – T-Shirts; 2 – Shorts; 2 – Socks; 1 – Tracksuit; 1 – Sports Bag The total cost for this will be £220 Who do I contact if I have any further questions? astaff@commonweal.co.uk

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