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A Level Options A Level & BTEC Level 3 Options 2022-2024


OUR CORE VALUES z

We respect the needs and rights of each member of our community.

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We show care, kindness and compassion to others.

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We are supportive of each other.

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We embrace diversity and celebrate individuality.

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We are responsible and honest in our actions.

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We promote a sense of personal identity and a global mindset.

OUR MISSION We provide an outstanding holistic international education to students in an inclusive and nurturing learning environment. We seek to inspire and empower students to succeed in fulfilling their individual potential as global citizens in a rapidly changing world.

OUR AIMS

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To promote a culture of excellence in teaching and learning.

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To provide a broad and balanced curriculum that reflects the international nature of the DBIS student community.

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To encourage internationalism, providing students with the skills, dispositions, and knowledge to participate in an increasingly interconnected world.

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To ensure a supportive, happy and secure environment for learning.

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To develop leadership skills and a sense of service to others through a range of extra-curricular opportunities locally and internationally.

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To encourage the physical and emotional wellbeing of each individual.

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To use innovative pedagogy and technology to enrich learning.

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To work in partnership with parents, alumni and the local and wider community in the ongoing development of the school.

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To foster a learning community where every student, teacher, staff member, parent and DBIS alumni has an ongoing passion for learning.

The DBIS Community


Welcome to the Sixth Form Discovery Bay International School is a community that encourages all of its students to recognise and achieve their potential. Our learning philosophy recognises students as individuals who are supported in their academic and holistic development. Our shared values underpin all that we do and are referenced throughout our teaching and cocurricular programmes. Our learners are encouraged to pursue their passions and to challenge themselves when faced with difficulties. The goal of our Sixth Form programme is to maximise the chances for all students to progress to their chosen higher education destination or preferred career paths. This is done through a rigorous AS/A Level programme underpinned by a comprehensive academic support framework. Equally, a core curriculum, which includes Physical Education and Learning for Life, will provide Year 12 and Year 13 students with a balanced and wellrounded programme. The Learning for Life Programme for Year 12 & 13 students covers the following topic areas: Personal Wellness; Money Skills; Professional Identity and the University application process. Year 12 and Year 13 will experience learning across two well-resourced campuses and will be supported by a team of specialist teachers. This is aided by small class sizes, where strong relationships are formed and there is a genuine sense that we are all working together towards the same outcomes. Positive relationships are recognised as a leading factor in student learning and this is something that is a strong feature of our school. In addition to our A level programmes, we currently offer the BTEC National Business qualification to those students entering Year 12. This qualification is designed to occupy onethird of a typical study programme and can be taken alongside A levels. Our experienced professionals deliver high-quality teaching of subject content and related skills, alongside providing wide-ranging learning opportunities across the various qualifications offered in our Sixth Form. Our staff recruitment process is a global one, leading to exciting and innovative ideas in the classroom. Our students can expect a truly international education. Our emphasis on preparing our students for success both in school and also in life beyond our campus is evident in the approach taken to teaching and learning. We place a focus on students exploring ideas and developing their own creative solutions to problems, and staff are always ready to provide support in these endeavours. When students depart Discovery Bay International School, they leave a very special environment that has prepared them for their place in the global community. I look forward to working with you all.

Regards, Simon Oakley Head of Secondary

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Overview Students attending Year 12 and 13 at Discovery Bay International School will be able to study a combination of A Level and BTEC courses. Most students will study three or four subjects in Year 12, leading to AS qualifications, and three subjects (dropping one from Year 12) in Year 13 leading to A Level qualifications. Some students may opt to continue four subjects in Year 13 but this is typically not needed for university entrance. A BTEC subject is considered the equivalent of one A Level, students opting for BTEC Business will still select a total of three or four subjects for Year 12. The subjects available to students at this phase of the opinions process are: Art and Design Biology BTEC Business Business Studies Chemistry Chinese (HSK) Design Technology Economics English Literature

Geography History Mathematics Further Mathematics Media Studies Physical Education Physics Psychology

Please note: whilst we will endeavour to offer each of the subjects identified, in certain circumstances, such as particularly low numbers, this may not be possible. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that any given subject or combination of subjects will be available. In this instance, staff will contact students and parents to discuss possible alternatives. Alongside the optional subjects, all students will take part in z

Physical Education (non-examined)

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Learning for Life (personal development).

Students will also have a number of supervised study sessions each cycle where they will be expected to independently prepare for their lessons.

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How to select subjects The selection of subjects for study in Year 12 and 13 is an important time in any student’s academic journey. Selections at this stage will impact choices that are available for study at higher education and as a result a great deal of care must be taken in deciding what subjects to study. The task may seem daunting in the first instance but with careful planning and support from the school, students will begin Year 12 with confidence in their decisions. The key areas that should be considered when making subject choices are:

Passion for the subject Students should always consider subject areas where they have a genuine passion for study. During the two year course, there will be times where content and time management becomes more challenging and these are much easier to overcome when there is a passion for the subject.

Personal Strengths An important part of learning is to reflect on areas of personal strength and development. These should be considered when making choices for an A Level course of study. Recognition of the way you learn may provide insight into subjects where success can be achieved.

Higher Education and Career Goals Consideration of study beyond school is critical in the option selection process. Some university courses have prerequisite study requirements at school and it is important that potential future options are kept open. Further information about higher education can be found by visiting the following websites: This is an excellent resource for learning more about universities & career paths in general. It has some very useful guiding questions to get started - Target Careers This is a very useful website to read more about subjects in certain areas, whether students know which degree they would like to study or not, this website can provide more insight into subject areas - Informed Choices This is a great starting point for considering degrees in the US, even if students have no idea what they want to study at this point - Big Future This article will be of interest to students considering Australian Universities, recommended to use after students have made some initial decisions about subjects & courses - Choosing an Australian University If you need any further advice, please contact either Mr Tom Lemon (tlemon@ dbis.edu.hk) or Mr Peter Roberts (proberts@ dbis.edu.hk).

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Timeline for choosing and confirming student’s Year 12 subject choices Parent Information Session

Monday 13th September

E-booklet & associated subject videos published

Friday 17th September

Initial option choices open

Friday 17th September

Initial option choices closed

Monday 27th September

Final e-booklet (with options blocks) sent to parents

Wednesday 20th October

Final option choices open

Wednesday 20th October

Year 11 Options evening

Thursday 21st October

Final option choices closed

Monday 1st November

Options confirmation sent to students and parents

Wednesday 10th November

Information pertaining to the securing of places and payment of the deposit will be sent out alongside the options confirmation letters on Friday 19th November.

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Student Support University Guidance and Pathways During Year 12, students will be offered a great deal of advice in anticipation of applying to higher education institutions in Year 13. All students will receive individual support in making sure their applications are completed to a standard that reflects them as learners and are submitted at the appropriate time. Where necessary the school will directly contact individual universities to clarify entry requirements. Students will also have the chance to participate in a number of university fairs that are held throughout Hong Kong (please be aware this will depend on HK Government regulations with regards to public gatherings). This will give students a chance to meet with representatives face to face to discuss their personal application.

Learning Support All learners have natural strengths and areas for development. The Learning Support faculty help to put in place structures that will aid learning in the classroom for students that have identified learning needs. This support can be either in or out of lessons from subject specialists or other staff across the Secondary School. It is recognised that all learners are different and Learning Support ensures that individual pathways are established.

Pastoral Support Pastoral care at Discovery Bay International School has been developed to ensure that all students are supported, as individuals, to achieve their potential across all aspects of school life. The DBIS values, mission and aims underpin the pastoral care provision and provide a framework for the way we support the young people in our care. The form tutor plays a fundamental role in guiding individuals within their tutor group. The tutor is the first point of contact for teachers, students and parents. Through individual contact during registration time and one to one tutoring, form tutors make a significant contribution to the student’s social and academic development. Further support is available through the Year Group Leader and Head of Secondary, where necessary counselling services are available for students in need of emotional and mental health support.

Entry Requirements Minimum entry requirements for Sixth Form are 5 grade C/4 IGCSEs across students results. Furthermore, we would expect higher grades (B+/6+ grades) in students chosen A Level subjects. Please note: while we follow the entry requirements as much as possible we also take into account individual circumstances when accepting students. In such cases, a meeting will be arranged between the student and their parent/s, and the Head of Secondary, Year Group Leader and respective Curriculum Group Leader/s.

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Art & Design

Edexcel Art and Design (Fine Art) 9FA0 Overview Fine Art requires engagement with aesthetic and intellectual concepts through the use of traditional and/or digital media, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self-expression, free of external constraints. Students should use a variety of tools, materials and techniques, as appropriate, for recording their surroundings and source materials.

Areas of Study Painting and Drawing z

Characteristics of materials such as plasticity, opacity, translucence, malleability and transparency

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Properties of colour, such as hue, tint, saturation, tone and colour perception

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Materials such as graphite, wax crayon, oil pastel, soft pastel, aquarelle, charcoal, ink, chalk, conté crayon, gouache, watercolour, acrylic paint, oil paint, dyes and computer software

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The use of a range of tools, such as artists’ brushes, decorators’ tools, knives, sponges, digital software, fingers, card squeegees, scrapers, sticks, found objects and natural forms

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The potential for exploring combinations of materials, such as combining drawn and painted elements, collage, found objects, including inert materials to add textures/impart meaning

Printmaking z

Print qualities and how they result from different printmaking tools, materials and processes

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Printing processes such as screen printing, intaglio printing, relief printing

Sculpture

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Producing forms in three dimensions, utilising volume, space, materials and movement

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Modelling techniques such as the manipulation of plastic materials such as clay, plaster or wax using hands, tools or using 3D software carving techniques such as cutting and abrading

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Construction techniques such as fixing or joining materials such as card, metals and plastics, using processes such as soldering, brazing, welding, glueing, jointing, riveting, bolting and 3D printing

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Materials such as wood, stone, plaster, leather, clay, textiles, card, plastics, wax, recyclable materials, ready-mades and found objects/ materials


Lens-based image making The production processes of artworks in a range of lens and time based media, such as mixed media, installation, site-specific, montage, digital, film and video, animation and sound Elements that can contribute to lens-based image making such as lighting, sets, environments and sound Qualities and functions of various film and video formats, such as 8mm film, analogue video, digital video, HD, 4K, .flv, .mov, .wmv, animated gif Editing, including knowledge of the variety of ways in which images might be juxtaposed to create appropriate effects, such as in-camera editing, non-linear, offline edits, use of timekey, compression, in and out points.

Assessment & Examination Component 1 Paper code: 9FA0/01 Title: Personal Investigation z Written and practical components z

Internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated

60% of the total qualification

This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s).

Component 2 Paper code: 9FA0/02 Title: Same title as Component 1

This component allows students opportunities to generate and z Preparation & 15 hours of develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical sustained focus (exam) and written observations, experiment z E x t e r n a l l y s e t , i n t e r n a l l y with media and processes, and assessed by the teacher and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in externally moderated response to an externally set theme. 40% of the total qualification

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Biology

Edexcel International Biology YBI11 Overview The aims of this course are to enable students to: z

Develop knowledge and understanding of the essential areas of Biology and how they relate to each other

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Attain competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

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

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

Areas of Study The course is split into 8 distinct topics. Topics 1-4 are covered during the AS course (Y12) and topics 5-8 during the A2 course (Y13). Students are also required to complete twelve core practicals during the course. Topic 1: Molecules, Transport and Health Students are introduced to the topic of biochemistry; looking at the chemistry of key biological molecules. Students will further their knowledge on transport systems, in particular the circulatory system, cardiovascular system and related health issues. Topic 2: Membranes, Proteins, DNA and Gene Expression Students further their knowledge on transport systems, in particular, osmosis and active transport. Students will be introduced to the topics of endocytosis and exocytosis and will mathematically calculate the rate of diffusion. Students will be introduced to DNA coding and expression of proteins,which will be expanded on during Y13. Topic 3: Voice of the Genome This includes cell structure and ultrastructure, cell division, the role of stem cells, gene expression, cell differentiation and tissue organisation, along with the role of the genotype, epigenetics and the effect of environment on phenotype. Topic 4: Plant Structure and Function Students will build on their knowledge of plant and animal cells. Students will compare and contrast the differences in cells, looking at transport systems in plants and factors which affect the rate of water uptake in plants.

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Topic 5: Energy flow, Ecosystems and the Environment This builds an appreciation that photosynthesis is the process that underpins ecosystems. Students consider whether climate change will lead to extinction of species or evolution by natural selection. Topic 6: Microbiology, Immunity and Forensics Looking at how forensic pathologists use analytical techniques to determine cause of death of an organism, students consider infectious diseases. Topic 7: Respiration, Muscles and the Internal Environment Students will further their knowledge of cellular respiration and the main stages of glycolysis. Students will investigate the rate of respiration and how ATP is produced in the human body and where it is formed in the cell. Students will look at the effects of lactate on muscle tissues. Topic 8: Coordination, Response and Gene Technology This topic demonstrates how an understanding of brain structure and functioning is relevant to issues such as the response to stimuli and the development of vision and learning.

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Assessment & Examinations Science Practical Endorsement Students must carry out a minimum of twelve practical activities which together meet the requirements for the qualification: six for the AS qualification and an additional six for the A2 qualification. Students’ practical work will be assessed by teachers, using common practical assessment criteria (CPAC) that are consistent across exam boards. The IAS consists of three externally-examined units (Units 1-3). The IAL consists of six externally-examined units (Units 1-6). The course is modular with students being assessed on units of learning at appropriate stages throughout the course; examinations will be taken in January and June in Year 12 and Year 13. Unit 1: Molecules, Diet, Transport and Health (January 2022)

Unit 2: Cells, Development , Biodiversity and Conservation (June 2022)

Unit 3: Practical Skills in Biology I (June 2022)

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Assessment is 1h20 minutes

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Assessment is 1h20 minutes Paper code: WBI13/01

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Paper code: WBI11/01

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20% of the total IAS

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Paper code: WBI12/01 20% of the total IAS

10% of the total IAL

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This paper will assess the knowledge and application of experimental techniques. Students will develop their understanding through carrying out a range of experiments and investigations

This paper will assess the following content: Molecules, Transport and Health. Membranes, Proteins, DNA and Gene Expression

This paper will assess the following content: Cell structure, Reproduction and Development. Plant Structure and Function, Biodiversity and Conservation

Unit 4: Energy, Environment, Microbiology and Immunity(January 2023)

Paper 5: Respiration, Internal Environment, Coordination and Gene Technology (June 2023)

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Assessment is 1h45 minutes

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Paper 6: Practical Skills in Biology (II) (June 2023)

Assessment is 1h45 minutes

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Assessment is 1h20 minutes

Paper code: WCH14/01

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Paper code: WCH15/01

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Paper code: WCH16/01

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40% of the total IA2

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40% of the total IA2

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20% of the total IA2

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20% of the total IAL

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20% of the total IAL

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This paper will assess the following content: Energy Flow, Ecosystems and the Environment. Microbiology, Immunity and Forensics

This paper will assess the following content: Respiration, Muscles and the Internal Environment. Coordination, Response and Gene Technology.

This paper will assess the knowledge and application of experimental techniques. Students will develop their understanding through carrying out a range of practical experiments and investigations


Potential Pathways Studying biology can lead to numerous career pathways, some of which are outlined below. Please take a look at the Royal Society of Biology for more information. z

Botanist

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Biochemist

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Biochemical engineer

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Forensic Science

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Nursing

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Medicine

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Dentist

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Pharmacist

Required materials/equipment/books Year 12

Pearson Edexcel International AS/ A level Biology Student Book 1

9781292244846

AS/A Level

Year 13

Pearson Edexcel International A Level Biology Student Book 2

9781292244709

A Level

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BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business Studies Edexcel

Overview The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business is an Applied General qualification. It is for Year 12 and 13 students who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately employment in the business sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to provide a coherent introduction to study of the business sector.

Areas of Study Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business consists of two mandatory units and 3 optional units. These comprise of: Year 12 Components (Mandatory)

Year 13 Components (Optional Units - Please be aware these may change)

Exploring business Learners will: z Explore the features of different business organisations and what makes them successful

Training and Development Learners will: z Investigate training and development in a selected business

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Investigate how businesses are organised

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Examine the environment in which business organisations operate

Research and plan a marketing campaign Learners will: z Explore how different markets are researched using different models and tools

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Examine the planning and delivery of training programmes in a selected business

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Develop an appropriate induction programme for a group of new starters in a selected business

Branding Learners will: z Investigate the role of branding in a selected business

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Explore approaches to product marketing nationally and

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Review how branding is used by a selected business

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internationally

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Develop a plan for a marketing campaign for a new product

Recommend changes to a brand for an existing product

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Career Planning Learners will: z Explore employment opportunities to target progression z

Examine personal skills and goals to produce a personal career development plan

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Develop communication and interview skills to improve employment prospects


This course is 100% coursework based. The methods of assessment will and can be through a wide variety of methods which will reflect what you have achieved during the course, for example photographs, presentations, reports, video footage, and role plays. The course is internally assessed although at least 2 units of work will be sent to an external verifier. Students will keep a portfolio of their work. This includes items such as: photographs, video footage, assignments, computer printouts, questionnaires, checklists, or projects, etc. The evidence will demonstrate what you have learnt and will be looked at during moderation by our assessors.

Grading This course is the equivalent of 1 A level. A Pass is the equivalent of an E, a merit is the equivalent of a C, and a Distinction is the equivalent of an A. This also applies to the equivalent UCAS points.

Required materials/equipment/books A course book is being published this year for this course.

Potential Pathways for further study There are many career pathways for Business students such as Accounting and Finance, Management, Consultancy, Retail and Sales, Marketing and Human Resources etc.

BTEC BUSINESS

Assessment & Examinations

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Business Studies

Business Studies

Cambridge Assessment International Education (9609) Overview AS/A Level Business is designed to prepare students for both further studies at Higher Education and for the workplace. The course offers a mix of business theory and practical skills, all of which are applied in a contemporary context. Through Business, students will learn about interactions within the marketplace and strategic planning for organisations. They will develop an understanding of the key aspects of business associated with day-to-day operations, including accounting and human resource management.

Areas of Study There are 5 topics that will be studied in the first year, with all students covering the AS Level content in Year 12. Those continuing into Year 13 will revisit the same topics but will look at more complex theory associated with each, they will also study the area of strategic management. The topics are z

Business and its environment

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People in organisations

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Marketing

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Operations and project management

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Finance and Accounting

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Strategic management (A Level only)

Assessment & Examination Students completing the AS Level qualification will sit two externally assessed papers at the end of Year 12. Students who follow the A Level pathway will sit the same two papers in Year 12 and a third paper in Year 13.

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Component

AS

A Level

Paper 1 - Short Answer & Essay Section A: Four short answer questions (20 marks) Section B: One essay from a choice of three questions (20 marks) Based on the AS Level syllabus content 40 marks

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Paper 2 - Data Response Data response questions based on AS Level syllabus content 60 marks

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Paper 3 - Case Study Five questions and one essay (from a choice of two) based on a case study Based on the additional A Level syllabus content and also assumes knowledge and understanding of the AS Level syllabus content 100 marks

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Potential Pathways for Business Students There are many career pathways for Business students such as Accounting and Finance, Management, Consultancy, Retail and Sales, Marketing and Human Resources etc.

Required materials/equipment/books Students should have their own laptop for the course Core textbook; Cambridge International AS & A Level Business Coursebook, Peter Stimpson & Alastair Farquharson, third edition, ISBN number 978-1-107-67736-4

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Chemistry

Edexcel International A Level Chemistry (YCH11) Overview The aims of this course are to enable students to: z

Develop knowledge and understanding of the essential areas of Chemistry and how they relate to each other

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Acquire competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

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

Areas of Study The course is split into six distinct units. Units 1-3 are covered during the IAS course (Y12) and Units 4-6 during the A2 course (Y13). Unit 1: Structure, Bonding and Introduction to Organic Chemistry Unit 2: Energetics, Group Chemistry, Halogenoalkanes and Alcohols Unit 3: Practical Skills in Chemistry I Unit 4: Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry Unit 5: Transition Metals and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry Unit 6: Practical Skills in Chemistry II

Assessment & Examinations The IAS consists of three externally-examined units (Units 1-3). The IAL consists of six externally-examined units (Units 1-6). The course is modular with students being assessed on units of learning at appropriate stages throughout the course; examinations will be taken in January and June in Year 12 and Year 13. Paper 1: Structure, Bonding and Introduction to Organic Chemistry (January 2022)

Paper 2: Energetics, Group Chemistry, Halogenoalkanes and Alcohols (June 2022)

Paper 3: Practical Skills in Chemistry I (June 2022)

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Paper code: WCH11/01

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20% of the total IAS

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Paper code: WCH13/01 20% of the total IAS

10% of the total IAL

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10% of the total IAL

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This paper will assess the knowledge and application of experimental techniques. Students will develop their understanding through carrying out a range of experiments and investigations

This paper will assess the following content: Amount of Substance, atomic structure and the Periodic Table, bonding, structure and core Organic chemistry

This paper will assess the following content: introductory kinetics, inorganic chemistry of Groups 1, 2, and 7, further Organic chemistry and spectroscopy


Paper 4: Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry (January 2023)

Paper 5: Transition Metals and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry (June 2023)

Paper 6: Practical Skills in Chemistry II (June 2023)

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Assessment is 1h45 minutes z Paper code: WCH15/01

Assessment is 1h20 minutes

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Paper code: WCH14/01 20% of the total IAL

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20% of the total IAL

Paper code: WCH16/01 10% of total qualification

This paper will assess the following content: Chemical kinetics, entropy and equilibria, further Organic chemistry of carbonyl compounds and spectroscopy

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This paper will assess the following content: Redox equilibria, the chemistry of transition metals and complex ions and organic synthesis pathways

This paper will assess the knowledge and application of experimental techniques. Students will develop their understanding through carrying out a range of practical experiments and investigations

Potential Pathways Studying Chemistry can lead to numerous career pathways including, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Forensic Science, Climate change Science, Environmental Science

Required materials/equipment/books Year 12 (IAS)

Edexcel International AS Level Chemistry Student Book 1 (Edexcel International A Level)

9781292244860

AS/A Level

Year 13 (IAL)

Edexcel International A Level Chemistry Student Book 2 (Edexcel International A Level)

9781292244723

A Level

Year 12/13

Pearson Edexcel International AS/ A Level Chemistry Lab Book

9781292244716

AS/A Level

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Chinese

Chinese (HSK - Level IV) Overview In DBIS we offer a two-year course for Year 12/13 students to prepare for the Chinese HSK Test (Level IV). HSK Test (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì 汉 语 水 平 考 试 ) is a standardised test of Chinese language proficiency available at six different levels which assesses non-native speakers’ Chinese language skills. As the HSK exam is internationally recognised, students will have a qualification to showcase their Mandarin skills as they move into their further studies. The HSK (Level IV) assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level IV of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the B2 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level IV) can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.

Assessment & Examinations Test Target The HSK (Level IV) test is intended for students who have mastered 1,200 commonly used words and related grammar patterns. Test Content The HSK (Level IV) test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing and contains a total of 100 test items Section I. Listening

Part I

10

Part II

15

Part III

20

Duration (Min) 45

Approximately 30

Filling out the answer sheet(Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet)

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II. Reading

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III. Writing

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Number of Items

Part I

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Part II

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Part III

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Part II

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* The test will last for 105 minutes in total (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information). Please find more details about the test on their official website: http://www.chinesetest.cn/ gosign.do?id=1&lid=0#


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Design & Technology

Edexcel A Level Design & Technology Product Design: 9DT0 Aims of the Course z

Use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs, and to design and make prototypes that solve real-world problems.

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Identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes.

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Acquire subject knowledge in design and technology, including how a product can be developed through the stages of prototyping, realisation and commercial manufacture.

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Be open to taking design risks, showing innovation and enterprise while considering their role as responsible designers and citizens as well showing a consideration of their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and value.

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Develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products and systems, and their impact on daily life and the wider world.

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Work collaboratively to develop and refine their ideas, responding to feedback from users, peers and expert practitioners.

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Gain an insight into the creative, engineering and/or manufacturing industries.

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Develop the capacity to think creatively, innovatively and critically through focused research and exploration of design opportunities arising from the needs, wants and values of clients/end users.

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Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of materials, components and processes associated with the creation of products that can be tested and evaluated in use.

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Be able to make informed design decisions through an in-depth understanding of the management and development of taking a design through to a prototype.

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Be able to create and analyse a design concept and use a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including mathematics and science, to inform decisions in design and the application or development of technology.


Areas of Study The course is split into twelve topics. Topics 1-6 are covered during Y12 and Topics 7-12 during Y13. Topic

Content

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Materials

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Performance characteristics of materials

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Processes and techniques

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Digital technologies

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Factors influencing the development of products

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Effects of technological developments

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Potential hazards and risk assessment

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Features of manufacturing industries

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Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment

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Current legislation

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Information handling, Modelling and forward planning

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Further processes and techniques

Assessment & Examinations Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 50% of the qualification 120 marks Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project 50% of the qualification 120 marks

Potential Pathways after A Levels Areas/Careers/University Course that A Level Design & Technology could lead to: z

Product Designing

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Engineering

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Construction and Building services

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Manufacturing

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Retailing

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Architecture

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CAD/CAM Technicians

Required materials/equipment/books Laptop Computer capable of running Fusion 360 A4 Design Sketch Book - Advice during the first lesson

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Economics

Economics

Edexcel Advanced GCE in Economics A Specification (9ECO) Overview Economics A Level is offered for the first time in 2022 at DBIS. Economics is a very challenging yet interesting subject. Economics is a discrete body of thought with its own theory and pedagogy. It combines extensive use of models with a strong mathematical basis and a requirement to write essays. It is important that potential students achieve a grade 6 in both GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Economics is a contemporary subject which makes extensive use of analysing current economic and political events. It is vital that potential students have a genuine interest in these and are prepared to seek out information from different sources about them.

Areas of Study SYLLABUS: We will follow the Edexcel Economics A syllabus. It is a linear syllabus meaning there is no AS examination. All assessment takes place in the summer of year 13. If a student were to drop the subject at the end of Year 12 then no grade is awarded.

The Syllabus has 4 themes. Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure Theme 2: The UK Economy- Performance and Policies Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market Theme 4: SA Global Perspective

Assessment & Examinations Assessment: There are 3 papers Paper 1: Markets and Business Behaviour: 2 Hours 35% of the qualification Paper 2: The National and Global Economy 2 Hours 35% of the qualification Paper 3: Micro and Macro Economics 2 Hours 30% of the qualification Skills Assessed are A01 Knowledge A02 Application A03 Analysis A04 Evaluation

For more information contact Mr. Wray pwray@dbis.edu.hk

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Edexcel International IAS: Advanced Subsidiary (XET01) IA2/IAL, A Level (YET01) Aims of the course is to enable students to z

Read set texts widely and independently.

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Engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them.

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Develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation.

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Explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them.

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Undertake independent and sustained studies to deepen their appreciation and understanding of English literature, including its changing traditions.

Areas of Study Unit

Content

Unit

Content

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Post 2000 poetry Post-2000 prose

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Post-1900 unseen poetry Prose

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Pre-1900 Drama Post-1900 Drama

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Pre-1900 poems from one literary movement Shakespeare

Assessment & Examinations Unit 1 Post-2000 Poetry and Prose (AS Level): Externally assessed 50% of the total IAS 25% of the total IA2

English Language

English Literature

Unit 2 Drama (AS Level): Externally assessed 50% of the total IAS 25% of the total IA2 Unit 3 Poetry and Prose (A Level): Externally assessed 25% of the total IA2 Unit 4 Shakespeare and Pre-1900 Poetry (A Level): Externally assessed 25% of the total IA2

Potential Pathways after A Levels Marketing, advertising, journalism, teaching, publishing, communications, librarianship, lawyer, digital copywriter, lexicographer, writer, careers in the public sector.

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Geography

Geography

Cambridge Assessment International Education: 9696 Overview Geography develops students’ understanding of different issues affecting people, places and environments in both space and time. Cambridge International AS and A Level Geography will help learners to develop the skills that will prepare them for successful university study.

Learners will develop: z

An understanding of the principal processes operating within physical and human geography as well as the effects of change on these two areas.

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An awareness of the usefulness of geographical analysis to understand and solve contemporary human and environmental problems.

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The ability to handle and evaluate different types and sources of information.

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The skills to think logically and present an ordered and coherent argument in a variety of ways.

Areas of Study Year 12 (AS) Components Physical Topics

Human Topics

Hydrology and Fluvial Systems z The processes, landforms and management of rivers

Population z Population change, food security and management

Atmosphere and Weather z Factors affecting the global energy budget, weather processes and phenomena Rocks and Weathering z Plate tectonics, weathering and slope processes

Migration Internal and International migration

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Settlement z Changes in rural settlements, issues of urbanisation and management

Year 13 (A Level) Components Physical Topics

Human Topics

Choose 2 of the 4 optional topics z Tropical Environments

Choose 2 of the 4 optional topics z Production, location and Change

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Coasts Environments

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Economic Transition

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Arid and Semi Arid environments

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Global Interdependence

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Hazardous environments

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Environmental Management

Students will study the characteristics, landforms, issues and management in each environment.

Students study the characteristics, issues and management of human environments.


Skills needed: z

Map reading

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Analyse and Extract information from photographs

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Draw and analyse a variety of graphs such as divided bar graphs, scatter graphs, triangular graphs, and dispersion graphs

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Extract and analyse pieces of text and numerical data

Assessment & Examination AS Level - End of Year 12 Paper

Content

Weighting

Paper 1: Physical Geography

Section A: Three data response questions (30 Marks). Section B: One structured question from a choice of 3 including an essay question. Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

50% of AS Level 25% of A Level

Students answer questions on two of the optional topics. Each topic consists of one structured question (10 marks) and a choice of essay questions (20 marks). Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

25% of A Level

Paper 2: Human Geography

50% of AS Level 25% of A Level

A Level - End Of Year 13 Paper 3: Advanced Physical Geography Paper 4: Advanced Human Geography

25% of A Level

This is a modular course meaning that the AS level is worth 50% of the overall A Level. It is possible to drop this subject at the end of Year 12.

Potential Pathways This course is suitable for those who wish to pursue Geography at degree level. There are many different career pathways for Geography students such as Environmental Consultants, Cartographer, town planner, GIS officer, Conservation officer and Landscape Architect.

Required materials/equipment/books - A folder - A laptop Textbook: Cambridge International AS and A level Geography Second Edition by Nagle and Paul Guiness ISBN number: 978-1-471-86856-6

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History

History

Edexcel International: YHI01 Overview Edexcel International AS and A Level History is a flexible and wide ranging syllabus covering modern history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The syllabus builds upon skills gained at IGCSE and develops lifelong skills including understanding issues and themes within a historical period. The emphasis is on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research. Learners develop an understanding of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference, and use historical evidence as part of their studies.

The syllabus aims to develop: z

An interest in the past and an appreciation of human endeavour

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A greater knowledge and understanding of historical periods or themes

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A greater awareness of historical concepts such as cause and effect, similarity and difference, and change and continuity

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An appreciation of the nature and diversity of historical sources available, and the methods used by historians

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An exploration of a variety of approaches to different aspects of history and different interpretations of particular historical issues

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The ability to think independently and make informed judgements on issues

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An empathy with people living in different places and at different times

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A firm foundation for further study of History

The History syllabus covers a number of key concepts and skills:

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Change and Continuity over time

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Cause and Consequence

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Historical Significance

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Historical Perspectives and Interpretation

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Historical Source Analysis


Areas of Study A/S Level

A Level

Germany 1918-45 Russia 1917-91

Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA 1865-2009 Cold and Hot War in Asia 1945-90

Assessment & Examinations AS

A Level

Paper 1 Depth study with interpretations: Germany 1918-45 Depth study with interpretations

25% of A level 50% of AS Level

Paper 3 Thematic study with source Evaluation Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA 1865-2009

25% of A Level

Paper 2 Breadth study with source evaluation Russia 1917-91

25% of A level 50% of AS Level

Paper 4 International study with Historical Interpretations Cold and Hot War in Asia 1945-90

25% of A Level

Potential Pathways This course is suitable for students who wish to study History at degree level. There are many different career pathways for history students such as museum curation, archaeology, conservation officer, journalism or law.

Required materials/equipment/books AS Level z

History+ for Edexcel A Level: Nationalism, Dictatorship and Democracy in Twentieth-Century Europe ISBN-13 : 978-1471837630;

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My Revision Notes: Edexcel AS/A-level History: Russia 1917-91: From Lenin to Yeltsin ISBN-13 : 978-1471876370

A Level z

Access to History: Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA 1850– 2009 for Pearson Edexcel Second Edition Vivienne Sanders ISBN-13 : 978-1510457874 and

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Access to History: The Cold War in Asia 1945-93 for OCR Second Edition ISBN-13: 978-1471838798

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Mathematics

Mathematics

Edexcel International A-Level in Mathematics: YMA01 Aims of the Course The aims and objectives of these qualifications are to enable students to: z

Develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment

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Develop abilities to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to construct mathematical proofs

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Extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems

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Develop an understanding of coherence and progression in mathematics and of how different areas of mathematics can be connected

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Recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real-world’ problems and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved

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Use mathematics as an effective means of communication

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Read and comprehend mathematical arguments and articles concerning applications of mathematics

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Acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations

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Develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general

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Take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development

Areas of Study AS - Level

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Pure Mathematics 1

Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y); trigonometry; differentiation; integration.

Pure Mathematics 2

Proof; algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; exponentials and logarithms; trigonometry; differentiation; integration.

Statistics 1

Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution.


A-Level Pure Mathematics 3

Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration; numerical methods.

Pure Mathematics 4

Proof; algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; binomial expansion; differentiation; integration; vectors.

Mechanics 1

Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments.

Assessment & Examination Each unit is externally assessed, has a written examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes and is out of 75 marks.

Potential Pathways Some of the most interesting and well-paid careers revolve around Maths. Careers in finance, medicine, engineering, and business are all open to people with a background in Mathematics, as are careers in technology. Maths being at the very core of all new technological developments.

Required materials/equipment/books Students will need the course books, a scientific calculator and are recommended to also have a graphical calculator (please speak to the teacher before you purchase one as some models are not allowed in examinations).

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Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics Edexcel International - YFM01 Aims of Course The aim of this course is to offer a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens your knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A level Mathematics. It makes the transition from A-Level to degree courses which are mathematically rich that much easier as for many courses you will be familiar with content for the first year. It is important to note that a student must have a real passion and flare for Mathematics in order to succeed in this course. The course requires the student to attend 9 hours of lessons per week as they would sit 2 A-Levels. The normal A-Level in Year 12 and then study Further Mathematics in Year 13.

Areas of Study (in addition to the A-Level Course) Further Pure Mathematics 1 - Complex numbers; roots of quadratic equations; numerical solution of equations; coordinate systems; matrix algebra; transformations using matrices; series; proof. Further Pure Mathematics 2 - Inequalities; series; further complex numbers; first order differential equations; second order differential equations; Maclaurin and Taylor series; Polar coordinates. Statistics 2 - The Binomial and Poisson distributions; continuous random variables; continuous distributions; samples; hypothesis tests. Mechanics 2 - Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; centres of mass; work and energy; collisions; statics of rigid bodies. Mechanics 3 - Further kinematics; elastic strings and springs; further dynamics; motion in a circle; statics of rigid bodies. Decision Mathematics 1 - Algorithms; algorithms on graphs; algorithms on graphs II; critical path analysis; linear programming.

Assessment & Examination Each Unit (as above)

1 hour 30 min Examination 75 Marks

Required materials/equipment/books Students will need the course books, a scientific calculator and are recommended to also have a graphical calculator (please speak to the teacher before you purchase one as some models are not allowed in examinations).

Potential Pathways after Further Mathematics A-Level 32

If you are planning to take a degree such as Mathematics, Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics this could be a beneficial course.


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Media Studies 34

Media Studies

Cambridge Assessment International Education: 9607 Overview z

The Cambridge Assessment International Education AS or A Level Media Studies encourages learners to be:

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Confident, using theoretical approaches to decode media tests and contents, and applying systematic procedures to understand audience behaviour

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Responsible, challenging ideas about the nature of the media and their effects, considering the social, cultural and ethical dimensions

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Reflective, developing an awareness of personal assumptions and being prepared to adopt alternative positions in order to make sense of these

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Innovative, using creative strategies to communicate ideas, to tell stories and to demonstrate aesthetic awareness

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Engaged, by adopting a critical stance in relation to the media and its products, while retaining an appreciation of the complex pleasures for audiences and users

Areas of Study AS Level Components

A Level Components

Coursework: Magazine Production Exam, Section A: Media Texts Exam, Section B: Media Contexts

Coursework: Music Campaign Production Exam, Section A: Media Debates Exam, Section B: Media Ecology


Assessment & Examination AS Level: Examination

AS Level: AS Level Coursework

2 hour written examination

Foundation Portfolio

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Section A - analysis of unseen clip from television drama

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Section B - essay question based on a news industry case study

Each Section is worth 25 marks (50 marks)

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Students complete a production project including research, pre production, production, post production and evaluation of the front cover, contents page and double page feature article for a new magazine

50% of the AS Level 25% of the A Level

(50 marks) 50% of the AS Level 25% of the A Level

A Level: Examination

A Level: A Level Coursework

2 hour written examination

Advanced Portfolio z Students complete a production project including research, pre production, production, post production and evaluation of a music video, band/artist website and digipak

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Section A - 2 questions from choice of 3 based case studies of Media Regulation and power and the media

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Section B - 1 synoptic question based on media ecology

Each Section is worth 30 marks (60 marks) 25% of the A Level

(50 marks) 25% of the A Level

Potential pathways after A Level Media Studies The course is recognised by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of the media and its role in our daily lives. Learners develop a set of transferable skills, including the skill of thinking critically about mediated information, understanding its rhetorical qualities, and being aware of the significance of its conditions of production and reception. Learners will also be able to practise this skill to communicate their own ideas in a variety of forms. These skills can be applied across a wide range of degree subjects or employment within areas such as performing arts, broadcast and media, publishing and journalism, advertising, marketing and graphic design, arts, crafts and design, information technology, travel and tourism.

Requirements resources/equipment Students will need their own laptop for the course (an external hard drive is also useful). There is no official textbook for this course (as yet).

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Physical Education 36

Physical Education

Cambridge Assessment International Education: 9396 Overview z

The aims of a course of Cambridge International AS or A Level Physical Education are:

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To provide a knowledge and understanding of the conceptual basis, structure and function of a selection of physical education activities.

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To develop understanding and problem-solving skills (interpretation and evaluation).

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To develop planning and practical skills for effective performance.

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To foster an ability to relate practice to theory, and theory to practice.

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To develop an understanding of the physiological, socio-cultural and psychological factors which influence physical education.

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To provide an experience which is valuable, both as a means of personal development and as a foundation for employment or more advanced study.

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To develop the capacity to think critically about the relationships between the different factors influencing performance.

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To develop a capacity to explain global trends in physical education and sport.

Areas of Study AS Level Components

A Level Components

Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology Section B: Acquiring, developing and performing movement skills Section C: Contemporary studies in physical education and sport

Section A: Exercise and sport physiology Section B: Psychology of sport performance Section C: Olympic Games: a global perspective


Assessment & Examination AS Level: Examination

AS Level: AS Level Coursework

2 ½ hours written examination

Two activities/sports

z

Covering Sections A, B and C as z outlined above

z

Each Section will be worth 30 marks (90 marks)

70% of the AS Level 35% of the A Level

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Design, explain and follow an action plan for improvement in one of their chosen activities (30 marks) Each sport marked out of 30 marks

30% of the AS Level 15% of the A Level

A Level: Examination

A Level: A Level Coursework

2 ½ hours written examination

Two activities/sports

z

Covering Sections A, B and C as z outlined above

z

Each Section will be worth 30 marks (90 marks)

35% of the A Level

z

Evaluate and appreciate a live performance in one of their chosen activities (30 marks) Each sport marked out of 30 marks

15% of the A Level

Potential Pathways after A Levels z

Sports Science

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Nutritionist

z

Physical Education Teaching

z

Coaching

z

Sports Psychology

z

Sports History

z

Physiotherapy

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Occupational Therapy

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Personal Trainer

Required materials There is currently no set textbook - relevant resources and reading materials are available in the library.

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Physics

Physics

Edexcel International A Level Physics: YPH1 Overview The aims of this course are to enable students to: z

Develop knowledge and understanding of the essential areas of Physics and how they relate to each other

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Acquire competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

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

Areas of Study The course is split into six distinct units. Units 1-3 are covered during the IAS course (Y12) and Units 4-6 during the A2 course (Y13). Unit 1: Mechanics and Materials Unit 2: Waves and Electricity Unit 3: Practical Skills in Physics I Unit 4: Further Mechanics, Fields and Particles Unit 5: Thermodynamics, Radiation, Oscillations and Cosmology Unit 6: Practical Skills in Physics II

Assessment & Examinations The IAS consists of three externally-examined units (Units 1-3). The IAL consists of six externally-examined units (Units 1-6). The course is modular with students being assessed on units of learning at appropriate stages throughout the course; examinations will be taken in January and June in Year 12 and Year 13. Paper 1: Mechanics and materials (January 2022)

Paper 2: Waves and Electricity (June 2022)

Paper 3: Practical Skills in Physics I (June 2022)

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Assessment is 1h 30 minutes

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Assessment is 1 h 30 minutes

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Assessment is 1 h 20 minutes

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Paper code: WPH11/01

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Paper code: WPH12/01

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Paper code: WPH13/01

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40% of the total IAS

z

40% of the total IAS

z

20% of the total IAS

z

20% of the total IAL

z

20% of the total IAL

z

10% of the total IAL

This paper will assess the following topics: Mechanics, Materials

This paper will assess the following topics: Waves and Particle Nature of Light, Electric Circuits

This paper will assess the knowledge and application of experimental techniques. Students will develop their understanding through carrying out a range of practical experiments and investigations.


Paper 4: Unit 4: Further Mechanics, Fields and Particles (January 2023) z z z

Assessment is 1 h 45 mins The paper consists of 90 marks Paper code: WPH14/01

Paper 6: Practical Skills in Physics II (June 2023)

z

Assessment is 1 h 45 mins z

Assessment is 1 h 20 mins

z

The paper consists of 90 marks

z

The paper consists of 120 marks Paper code: WPH16/01

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Paper code: WPH15/01

z

10% of total qualification

z

20% of the total IAL

This paper will assess the knowledge and application of This paper will assess the experimental techniques. Students This paper will assess the following topics: will develop their understanding following topics: Thermodynamics, Nuclear through carrying out a range of Further Mechanics, Electric Decay, Oscillations, and Magnetic Fields, Astrophysics and Cosmology practical experiments and investigations Nuclear and Particle Physics z

20% of the total IAL

Paper 5: Thermodynamics, Radiation, Oscillations and Cosmology (June 2023)

Potential Pathways after A Level Studying Physics can lead to numerous career pathways and areas, including: Aerospace and defence, Energy and Renewable Energy, Engineering, Aviation, Meteorology and climate change, Telecommunications.

Required materials/equipment/books Year 12 (IAS)

Edexcel International AS Level Physics Student Book 1 (Edexcel International A Level)

9781292244877

AS/A Level

Year 13 (IAL)

Edexcel International A Level Physics Student Book 2

9781292244778

A Level

Year 12/13

Pearson Edexcel International AS/ A Level Physics Lab Book

9781292244754

AS/A Level

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Psychology

Psychology

Edexcel International Psychology (2015) XPS01, YPS01 Overview Students studying Psychology at A Level will explore a number of diverse approaches to understanding human behaviour, and assess the origins of pathologies such as phobias and depression. Psychology is classified as a science and students will examine the nature of scientific inquiry through the study of research methods and be able to apply this to a number of core studies. Successful learners will be able to: z

Understand the nature of scientific enquiry and apply this to the study of human behaviour and experience

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Evaluate the methods used to study human behaviour

Assessment & Examinations The IAS consists of three externally-examined units (Units 1 and 2). The IAL consists of six externally-examined units (Units 3 and 4). The course is modular with students being assessed on units of learning at appropriate stages throughout the course; examinations will be taken in January and June in Year 12 and Year 13.

Areas of Study

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Unit 1: Social and Cognitive Psychology (January 2022)

Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Learning Theories and Development (June 2022)

z

Assessment is 1h 30 minutes

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Assessment is 2 Hours

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Paper code: WSP01/01

z

Paper code: WPH02/01

z

40% of the total IAS

z

60% of the total IAS

z

20% of the total IAL

z

30% of the total IAL

This paper will assess the following topics: Topic A Social Psychology and Topic B Cognitive Psychology

This paper will assess the following topics: Topic C Biological Psychology and Topic D Learning Theories and Development

Unit 3: Applications of Psychology (January 2023)

Paper 4 Clinical Psychology and Psychological Skills (June 2023)

z

Assessment is 1h 30 minutes

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Assessment is 2 Hours

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Paper code: WSP03/01

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Paper code: WSP04/01

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40% of the total IA2

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60% of the total IA2

z

20% of the total IAL

z

30% of the total IAL

This paper will assess the following topics: Topic E Development Psychology and EITHER Topic F Crimonological Psychology or Topic G Health Psychology

This paper will assess the following topics: Topic H Clinical Psychology and Topic I Psychological skills

Potential Pathways for Psychology students Pathways include: teaching, marketing, psychologist, human resources manager, police officer and counsellor. Some of these roles require further study at university level.

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Physical Education 42

Physical Education (Non-examined) All DBIS Secondary students will continue to take part in Physical Education lessons throughout Year 12 & 13, participating in 2 core Physical Education lessons per 2 week cycle. Students will be given the opportunity to develop and sustain a healthy active lifestyle and become life-long-learners. We strive to raise the levels of participation and commitment to sport across all phases of the school. Students will be encouraged to work together in order to develop a variety of skills including teamwork, resilience and sportsmanship. As a PE department, we will challenge students to perform at their best, celebrate their achievements and support them throughout their learning journey. We will harness the value of sport and physical education in promoting well being for all members of the DBIS community. Students will participate in the following activities: z

International Games/Invasion Games

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Fitness

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Swimming

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Striking & Fielding

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Athletics

z

Waterpolo

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Personal Survival/Lifesaving

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Net Games

z

Sport Education


Learning for Life (Non-examined) Overview Learning for Life education is a non-academic subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they may need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps children and young people to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work.

Areas of Study L4L addresses both pupils’ current experiences and preparation for their future. The Programme of Study therefore provides a spiral curriculum to develop knowledge, skills and attributes, where prior learning is revisited, reinforced and extended year on year. This is grounded in the established evidence base for effective practice within PSHE and the UNESCO education framework. More on this and other relevant research can be found in the evidence and research section of the PSHE Association website. Many of the learning opportunities, particularly in key stage 4, refer to ‘managing’ or ‘responding to’ challenging situations. By these terms we mean a variety of strategies which, depending on the context, might include: being able to identify risks or warning signs; resisting internal or external pressures; making informed decisions; exit strategies for unsafe situations; and knowing whom, how and when to ask for help, including reporting concerns. The programme of study also offers career exploration, study management and the development and care of our physical and mental health.

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