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D U R HA M

S I XTH FORM CENTRE

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#ourhead DID YOU KNOW, OUR HEADTEACHER WAS DESCRIBED BY OFSTED AS PROVIDING “ASPIRATIONAL AND VISIONARY LEADERSHIP”?


A WARM WELCOME I am delighted that you are considering joining Durham Sixth Form Centre as a place to continue your studies. Durham Sixth Form Centre is the largest post-16 school in the North East, located in an enviable city centre location, with excellent transport links. We have a truly vibrant and adult atmosphere. Predominantly an A-level provider, we offer a broad range of A-level courses, as well as a discrete range of BTEC and Level 3 qualifications. Having achieved a 100% pass rate for the past five consecutive years, we continue to perform above the national average for A-level attainment and, last year, our results were in the top 15% of schools and colleges nationally. In March 2017, Her Majesty’s Ofsted Inspectors graded Durham Sixth Form Centre as ‘outstanding’ following a rigorous two day inspection, during which they observed lessons, scrutinised our results, spoke to students and met with staff and leaders. Not only did they judge Durham Sixth Form Centre as ‘outstanding’ for Overall Effectiveness but ‘outstanding’ in all categories including: Student Outcomes; the Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare; and the Effectiveness of Leadership and Management.

The vast majority of our students progress to university, whilst others achieve places on highly sought-after school leaver programmes and higher-level apprenticeships and some enter into employment. Our award-winning progression team continues to play an instrumental role in this success. Our students work hard to succeed, they adapt quickly to their new working environment and benefit vastly from the pace and focus, preparing them for the next steps in their education and careers. I look forward to welcoming you personally to Durham Sixth Form Centre in the near future. Ellen Beveridge Headteacher


#100YEARS DID YOU KNOW WE RELEASED 100 GOLDEN BALLOONS TO CELEBRATE OUR 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN EDUCATION IN SEPTEMBER 2013?


OUR HERITAGE Opened on the 3rd September 1913, “the school on the sands” was initially built to accommodate 248 girls. The building, now Durham Sixth Form Centre, was officially opened on 21st January 1914 by Dr Hensley Henson, the Dean, and, later, Bishop of Durham. The school was designed by W. Rushworth and was built in the Neo-Georgian style costing £16,250. It was originally suggested that the school should be called the Johnston School for Girls as a tribute to the illustrious benefactor of the original school, James Finlay Weir Johnston. However, it was also felt that the part played by Durham County Council in establishing both schools should be reflected, so the name Durham Girls’ County School was granted. In 1969, the school became co-educational and, in 1984, predominantly a sixth form provider. In 2013, the school became a 16-19 school, one of very few like it in the country.

“We’re both forward-thinking and respectful of our historic legacy.”

TEACHING Durham Sixth Form Centre is different to school in many ways. We do not have a uniform and we work exclusively with 16–19 year olds so there are no younger or older students in lessons. You will

be responsible for taking your own notes and finding things out for yourself. To prepare you for university and future employment, we are keen to develop your independent learning skills. Our teaching staff are highly dedicated and experienced sixth form teachers who are supported by a team of specialist support staff. They have high standards and expectations and will push you to achieve success. Our staff is hardworking with a strong academic focus and an adult approach to student learning. Teachers are here to support you and guide you. As they understand how much your results matter, they will go to extraordinary lengths to help you to achieve them. We do not want anything to come between you and your ambitions.

“We offer independent learning with outstanding staff and support.”


#THE TEAM DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A DEDICATED TEAM OF OVER 100 SPECIALIST POST-16 STAFF?


EXCELLENCE At Durham Sixth Form Centre, we are proud of the recognition that we have received for our work. Some of our recent successes are outlined below: OFSTED In March 2017, we were visited by Her Majesty’s Inspectors and judged to be ‘outstanding’ in all areas including overall effectiveness. INVESTORS IN PEOPLE This is the mark of high performance in business and people management. INVESTORS IN CAREERS The Quality in Careers Standard is designed as a development and external assessment framework for accrediting the highest quality CEIAG provision by education providers. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD) This is a national quality mark designed to improve CPD standards within the teaching profession.

GOVERNOR MARK This is a national award, which provides external evaluation of the quality of governance in a school. PLATINUM ARTSMARK Awarded by Arts Council England, Artsmark provides a clear framework for schools to plan, develop and evaluate their arts and cultural provision. We have been awarded Artsmark Platinum, the highest accolade, for ongoing commitment to the arts and creativity. TES AWARD FINALISTS We were one of only eight sixth forms nationally to be shortlisted for the award of ‘Sixth Form College of the year’ in the 2018 Tes Awards.


#INTHE THICKOFIT DID YOU KNOW WE ARE SITUATED IN THE CENTRE OF DURHAM CITY, A SHORT WALK FROM THE BUS AND TRAIN STATIONS?


WHY CHOOSE US? There are many reasons why you should study with us at Durham Sixth Form Centre. Not only are we a large, vibrant and inclusive sixth form centre offering a broad curriculum that demonstrates continued academic success, we also offer the most extensive range of A-levels in the area, as well as BTEC and other Level 3 qualifications. AT DURHAM SIX TH FORM CENTRE WE: -

Are ‘outstanding’ - Ofsted, 2017 Get first-class results Offer a friendly and welcoming atmosphere Have passionate and supportive teaching staff Are right in the heart of Durham city centre Have no uniform Offer Russell Group university links and mentors Give award-winning careers advice Have an on-site leisure centre and swimming pool Offer international visits

MUCH MORE... In addition to our broad curriculum, we offer a wide range of exciting extra-curricular opportunities in order to develop your skills and talents: -

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Aspire Programme Arts Award The Henry Smith Award Sports Leadership Opportunities

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Student Council Durham University Subject Mentors Project Police and Communities Together Group (PACT) Local, national and international visits and trips Bar National Mock Trial Competition Debating Group And much more...


#CHERRY TREE DID YOU KNOW OUR ICONIC CHERRY TREE WAS PLANTED IN 1939 BY HEAD TEACHER MISS COWIE IN THE BELIEF THAT PLEASANT SURROUNDINGS CREATED PLEASANTLY BEHAVED PEOPLE?


WE’VE GOT IT There is a range of facilities to support your studies at Durham Sixth Form Centre. These include: RESOURCE CENTRE First-class accommodation for independent study and revision. It houses banks of computers from where you can access the internet, your emails or our virtual learning environment. There is also a range of the more traditional learning resources, which are all provided for reference and borrowing. DSFCAFÉ We have a large and lively refectory area where you will find our DSFC Café. Here you can gather to make new friends, meet old ones, have lunch, chat, chill or catch up with the latest news on our flat screen TVs. FREEMAN’S QUAY LEISURE CENTRE The stunning Freeman’s Quay complex boasts a state-of-the-art swimming pool, fitness suite, dance studio and a large sports hall, all of which you will be able to access as a student at Durham Sixth Form Centre, either as part of your studies or in your personal leisure time. SCIENCE DEPARTMENT The science laboratories occupy a dedicated three-storey building of their own, where the full range of science subjects is taught.

VISUAL ARTS CENTRE The award-winning Visual Arts Centre was opened in February 2006. With its high, airy spaces and excellent natural light, it provides superb opportunities for students to pursue their artistic interests and further develop their skills in photography, textiles, fine art, graphic design and media-based subjects. THEATRE Our 220-seat theatre is one of the largest in Durham City. It provides excellent facilities for dance, drama and music, as well as for lectures and presentations, aided by large screens and multi-media equipment. DANCE STUDIO The dedicated and recently refurbished dance studio in the heart of the school is where all of our dance and performance studies programmes are delivered from. NE W MEDIA CENTRE Our Media Centre will be built in preparation for teaching from September 2019. Housing the most up-to-date and industry-standard technical equipment, the Media Centre will provide teaching spaces for all media and IT-related courses.


#itsallaboutyou DID YOU KNOW THAT OUR STUDENTS RECEIVE FIRST-CLASS CAREERS GUIDANCE FROM OUR AWARD-WINNING PROGRESSION TEAM AND ACADEMIC MENTORS?


SUPPORTING YOU

STUDENT VOICE

At 16 years old, you have a choice of where you want to study and we know how important it is for you to make the right decision. We know it can be a big jump leaving school, academically, socially and personally, to study somewhere new.

At Durham Sixth Form Centre, we are rightly proud of our reputation and many successes, but don’t just take our word for it. We would encourage you to speak to our current students who will tell you what a great place Durham Sixth Form Centre is.

At Durham Sixth Form Centre, all of our students are new. They are young people who want to experience studying with others of the same age, in a place which is easy to get to, which broadens their experience, builds independence and which provides the opportunity to meet new people. Students join Durham Sixth Form Centre from over sixty different secondary schools from County Durham, Sunderland, Northumberland and further afield, creating a truly unique and vibrant adult atmosphere. To help you make a smooth transition to life at Durham Sixth Form Centre, all of our students are assigned an Academic Mentor and a Pastoral Leader of Learning, in addition to their subject teachers. If they cannot help, there are lots of other people who can.

“There is such an amazing atmosphere around the Centre.” - Robbie Till (Sedgefield Community College)

“DSFC is a mature learning environment offering a wide range of subjects with the city right on our doorstep.” - Nathan Gaskill (Parkside Academy)

“The staff are interested in their subjects and make the lessons engaging. They are also always happy to help regarding any concerns students may have.” - Tilly Hedlam (Oxclose Community Academy)


#timetodecide WITH SO MANY COURSES ON OFFER, WHAT WILL YOU CHOOSE?


SPOILED FOR CHOICE With over fifty courses on offer here at Durham Sixth Form Centre you will be spoiled for choice. From A-levels to BTECs and Level 3 Courses, we offer the widest range in County Durham to give you the freedom to study the subjects you are passionate about. Decisions, decisons... 16 Accounting Applied Law (BTEC) 18 Art, Craft & Design Biology 20 Business Business (BTEC) 22 Chemistry Classical Civilisation 24 Computer Science Criminology (Level 3) 26 Dance Drama & Theatre 28 Economics English Language 30 English Literature Fashion & Textiles 32 Film Studies Financial Studies (Level 3) 34 Fine Art Forensic Science (BTEC) 36 French Games Development (BTEC) 38 Geography Graphic Design

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Health & Social Care (BTEC) History IT (BTEC) Law Mathematical Studies (Level 3) Mathematics Further Mathematics Media Studies Medical Science (BTEC) Music Performing Arts (BTEC) Philosophy Photography Physical Education Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Sport/Extended (BTEC) Sport Academies (Boys Football) Sport Academies (Girls Football) Sport Academies (Golf) TV Studio & Film (BTEC)


A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

This course aims to develop an understanding of the purposes of accounting and develop the skills of presentation, analysis and interpretation of accounting information from small sole traders and partnerships to large limited companies.

Law affects our everyday lives in more ways than many of us are aware. The BTEC Applied Law course is ideal for students who prefer to be assessed by coursework rather than examinations.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

This course looks at the way the law works, how law is made and the people involved in the law. Over the two years, students will study several aspects of criminal law and explore challenging topics, including homicide, family law, negligence and property offences, as well as the English legal system, legal professions and EU Law.

ACCO U NT I NG

Topics covered include: the double entry model; verification of accounting records; accounting concepts used in the preparation of account records; preparation of financial statements of sole traders; limited company accounts; analysis and evaluation of financial information; budgeting and marginal costs; standard costing and variance analysis; capital investment appraisal; accounting for limited companies; interpretation, analysis and communication of accounting information.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This A-level is a linear course with 100% of assessment by examinations at the end of Year 13. There are two examinations each worth 50%, consisting of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended answer questions.

APPLIED L AW

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? In Year 12, students will study dispute solving in the legal system, understanding law making and aspects of legal liability before moving on to study unlawful homicide and police powers, property offences, police powers and aspects of family law in Year 13.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Law, human resources, business, estate agency, management, public services, teaching.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Accountancy, bookkeeping, auditing, financial control, business management, credit control, company secretary, bursar.

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A-LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

This course enables students to have a creative learning experience, where Art, Craft and Design practice is meaningfully integrated with theoretical knowledge and understanding.

This course is designed for students who wish to pursue traditional biological courses such as medicine, physiotherapy, veterinary science, pharmacy, biological science and biochemistry.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

A RT, C RA F T & D ESI G N

BIOLOGY

Areas covered include: clay and wire work; sculpture; print-making; drawing; painting and mixed media. This broad-based course offers flexibility in content and approach through a range of 2D and 3D processes. Students spend time working with visiting professional artists as part of their course and have the opportunity to take part in educational trips in this country and abroad.

Students will learn about: fundamental biological concepts such as heart and lung physiology; how the body functions in health and disease; how plants and animals interact in ecosystems; the biochemistry of key processes such as respiration and photosynthesis; how biological molecules are formed and how they produce macromolecules; and cutting edge concepts including genetic engineering and biotechnology.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The course is assessed internally at the end of Year 13 with a personal investigation, worth 60% of the qualification, and an externally set assignment, worth 40% of the qualification, both of which are externally moderated.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Practising art, gallery/museum curating, teaching, community arts and arts education work.

There are three examinations at the end of Year 13. A practical endorsement is also undertaken to show proficiency of skill, though this does not contribute to the final A-level grade. Regular internal assessments are undertaken as well as a more formal end-of-year examination.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, NHS careers, zoology, environmental science, physiotherapy, sports science.

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A-LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

This course enables students to focus on the dynamic nature of the contemporary business world, as well as providing opportunities for research into topical business issues and the development and application of a full range of academic skills.

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills of the world of business and prepare students for higher education or employment.

BU S IN ESS

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Four themes are studied over the two-year course: Marketing and People, looking at meeting customer needs, the market and managing people; Managing Business Activities, looking at raising finance, financial planning and management of resources; Business Decisions and Strategy, looking at business objectives, strategy and decisions; and Global Business, looking at globalisation, multinational companies, expansion and global marketing.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? There are three examinations at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 covers Marketing and People and Global Business, whilst Paper 2 covers Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy - both are worth 35%. The final Paper 3, worth 30%, covers the whole course and is based on pre-released content.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME?

BUSINESS STUDIES

WHAT WILL I LEARN? The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma requires the completion of four core units: Business Environment, Business Resources, Introduction to Marketing and Business Communication. Other topics will then be selected depending upon individual student interest. The course provides a fantastic opportunity to discover how the world of business impacts upon our daily lives and helps students develop a range of practical skills and techniques.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The four core units will be completed and assessed 100% by coursework over the two years without any external examinations. Students will be expected to submit their coursework in time for regular deadlines in order to successfully complete the course.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Business management, human resource management, finance and accounting, corporate law, environmental law, marketing, operations, logistics, ICT.

Business management, human resource management, finance and accounting, corporate law, environmental law, marketing, operations, logistics, ICT.

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A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

CHEMISTRY

The course aims to develop an awareness of the link between theory and experiment as well as the responsible use of scientific knowledge and evidence. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will study the three branches of Chemistry: Organic, Inorganic and Physical. Lessons are a mixture of theory and practical work, with a strong emphasis on explaining the outcome of practical work using the theory learned. Progress is monitored throughout the course using cumulative progress assessments and mock exams.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This A-level is a linear course with 100% of assessment by examination at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 covers Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, whilst Paper 2 covers Organic and Physical Chemistry, with both worth 35% each. The final Paper 3 covers the practical, data handling and synopsis and is worth 30% of the final grade.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Medicine, dentistry, chemistry, veterinary science, pharmacology, forensic science, biochemistry, chemical engineering.

A-LEVEL / OCR / 2 YEARS

CL ASSICAL CIVILISATION

The course involves the study of the political and social history and literature of the Greek and Roman world. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students explore how Europe was created in the Roman Empire, study epic mythology by Homer and Virgil, and Ovid’s saucy poetry, and analyse the ideologies and propaganda of imperialism and love. The course includes political history in Augustus’ Roman Empire; social history in attitudes to love, desire and the status of women; historical sources like statues, buildings and coins; and philosophers Plato and Seneca.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The course is assessed by three written examinations at the end of Year 13; 40% on Epic (Homer and Virgil), 30% on the Roman Empire and Augustus and 30% on Social History and Philosophy (Love, Women and Philosophy), with a range of questions and question styles to suit all learners.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Teaching, lecturing, law, engineering, business, archaeology, archive work.

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A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

CO MP U T ER S C IEN CE

This course covers both the current technologies and perceived advances in both hardware and software to enable candidates to meet the demands of a highly skilled business and industrial sector, with an emphasis on computational thinking. WHAT WILL I LEARN? A-level Computer Science gives students a solid foundation in the underlying principles of computing. Topics studied over the two years include: fundamentals of programming, data structures, algorithms, data representation, computer systems, computer organisation and architecture, communication and networking, functional programming, theory of computation, consequences of the use of computing, Big Data, systematic approach to problem solving.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The A-level course is assessed through a mixture of examination and coursework at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 (40%) is an on-screen exam testing the students’ ability to program and their theoretical knowledge, whilst Paper 2 (40%) is a written exam with short and extended-answer questions on subject content. The final 20% is from project-based coursework.

LEVEL 3 / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

CRIMINOLOGY

This course will give an understanding of the culture of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system, including the police, courts, prosecution services, prisons and rehabilitation services. WHAT WILL I LEARN? This exciting interdisciplinary subject draws on Law, Psychology and Sociology to examine how crime is defined, why people commit crimes, and how society responds. The course content includes four units: changing awareness of crime; criminological theories; crime scene to courtroom and crime and punishment. It will give students the ability to solve problems, providing skills of project-based research, development and presentation. Outside speakers visit the sixth form including police officers, prison governors and probation officers.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This course is assessed by a combination of examination and controlled assessment over the two-year course.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Policing, law, social work, probation work, youth work, crime scene investigation.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Computer science, software design/development, games/app development, business, social media.

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A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

Dance is a challenging course for dancers wishing to improve their technique, performance, choreography and analysis skills. Students will learn more about Dance as an art form, improve their technical ability and performance, and develop their choreographic skills.

This course gives students the opportunity to study and research a variety of published plays exploring them from the angles of a performer, director and designer. Students will create, rehearse and perform group and individual works, both devised and published scripts.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Students will explore texts and practitioners from a practical angle and discover how to turn the words of a playwright into a performance for an audience by studying text, ways of performing, acting, directing and design for the stage. They will complete a variety of practical and written elements which will prepare them fully for the final performance and written examination

DANCE

Students will study Dance in depth: particularly contemporary dance and jazz dance; the creation of choreography; the performance of independently devised dance works, the analysis of professional dance repertoire and the history of dance. The course reflects both historical and current dance practices, making it more relevant and students will take part in workshops with dance professionals to improve their performance.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with all assessment at the end of Year 13. Performance and choreography are assessed in the practical examination, worth 50%, which includes a solo performance, performance in a quartet and group choreography. There is also a written examination, also worth 50%, which assesses knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of contemporary and jazz areas of study and set work.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Dance performance, teaching, dance administration, choreography and notation, dance therapy, physical therapy, events and arts management.

DRAMA & THE ATR E

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The course is assessed through a combination of written examination at the end of Year 13 (40%), which focuses on their study of two set texts and a live performance, as well as practical performances, when students are assessed on creating an original drama with a devised performance (30%) and making theatre using a scripted performance (30%) with accompanying portfolios of evidence.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Performing arts, drama/film production, stage management, theatre administration, events and arts management, teaching.

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A-LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

ECONOMICS

This course aims to develop an understanding of the workings of the UK economy, by investigating how firms operate in different markets and the impact of economic activity on the environment and society as a whole. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students are introduced to Economics through building knowledge of core microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and by investigating economic theory through real-world businesses and the environments in which they operate. Students will learn to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts as well as demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course, assessed by three examinations, all at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 examines markets and how they work (35%), Paper 2 assesses competing in global economy (35%) and Paper 3 looks at the economic environment and business (30%).

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Business management, accounting, financial services, law, marketing, operations, local/national government.

A-LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

ENGLISH L ANGUAGE

This course will allow students to develop a wide range of language skills at a high level through the study of both written and spoken English, applying a variety of transferable skills, such as creative writing, analysis and essay writing. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will explore topics such as the language used in C21st technology; the language used to exert power; the language used by different genders to represent their identity; the use of spoken language for example in chat shows, talent shows and on the radio; changes in language over time; regional and social differences in language and the way children acquire language.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with a combination of coursework and examination at the end of Year 13. There are three examinations: language concepts and issues (30%); language change over time (30%) and creative and critical use of language (20%). Students will also submit a piece of coursework on language and identity for the remaining 20%.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Journalism, teaching, media, law, publishing, broadcasting, business, marketing.

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A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

This course allows students to examine a variety of written works in great detail and learn about the culture in which the author lived, the history and the various intellectual, political, and artistic movements of the time, which shaped the author’s work.

This broad-based course encourages students to work as innovative and professional designers/practitioners, anticipating possible emerging trends within the creative field, predominantly fashion and interiors.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Areas covered include digital print, hand and machine embroidery, fashion garment sampling, repeated pattern, composition, colour palette, silhouette, photo shoots, 3D textiles, innovative surfaces. Students have flexibility in their approach to the subject and are exposed to a creative learning experience which develops and refines both practical and critical thinking skills, with emphasis on real world experience and employability.

ENGLISH LITERATURE

For English Literature A-level, a wide range of exciting texts and genres will be explored including: work from the comedy genre; at least one pre-1900 text; at least one post-2000 text: one play by Shakespeare; work from the political/social genre; at least one poetry anthology and an exploration of critical perspectives applied to a text.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with a combination of coursework and examination at the end of Year 13. There are two examinations, worth 40% each, which assess the comedy genre, and political and social protest writing. There is also coursework worth 20%, which relates to critical reading from an anthology which is applied to two texts: one prose and one poetry.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Teaching, media, law, theatre management, publishing, journalism.

FASHION & TE X TILES

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Assessment is at the end of the two-year course. Component 1 (60%) allows students to develop work based on a concept leading to a finished outcome and includes written work of 1000-3000 words to support this. Component 2 (40%) is an externally set task by AQA within specific time constraints.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Fashion design, textile design, clothing/textile technology, interior and spatial design, and teaching.

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A LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

LEVEL 3 / LIBF / 2 YEARS

This course is for serious film watchers who want to explore and learn about a wide range of contemporary and historical English language films as well as foreign language cinema.

This Level 3 course enables students not only to learn about how to manage their money effectively, but also learn about financial products such as credit cards, loans, mortgages and pensions to prepare them for financial independence.

FILM STUDIES

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will consider both mainstream Hollywood and independent cinema, discovering how film represents the world at large and also learning the essential fundamentals of film language: character, narrative, cinematography, sound and mise en scène. Students will also take a critical look at the history of the cinema industry and how recent technological developments have affected the way that film is marketed and distributed.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with a combination of coursework and examination at the end of Year 13. There are two examinations, worth 35% each, which assess film history, and critical approaches to film. There is also a coursework project worth 30%, in the form of either a short film or a screenplay for a short film.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Film/TV/video production, programme research, broadcasting, public relations, multimedia/social media.

FINANCIAL STUDIES

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will learn how to apply financial decisions to different circumstances, appreciating the features of risks and reward in managing personal finances, as well as developing an understanding of the wider financial services industry and exploring key developments affecting consumers in recent years. This can be studied as a one-year course (Certificate in Financial Studies CeFS) or two-year course (Diploma in Financial Studies DiFS).

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Each of the four units is assessed by a mixture of multiple choice questions, a pre-release case study requiring essay responses to five questions and spelling, punctuation and grammar. These assessments will be spread across Years 12 and 13 for the Diploma in Financial Studies and Year 12 only for the Certificate in Financial Studies.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Accounting, business, investment banking, management, finance.

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

This course allows students to specialise in any area of Fine Art including drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, digital photography, film, performance, sound, and art history. The subject demands critical thinking, resourcefulness, independent research and historical and contemporary contextualisation of an individual’s interests.

Forensic Science is a vocational course, equivalent to one A-level, which allows students to develop their knowledge and interest in science and forensic investigation.

FINE ART

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students are required to work in one of more of the following areas: drawing and painting, mixed-media including collage and assemblage, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image and photography. They will be introduced to a variety of experiences through a wide range of media, processes and techniques and will be offered opportunities to attend gallery visits and residential art trips.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Assessment is at the end of the two year course. Component 1 (60%) allows students to develop work based on a concept leading to a finished outcome and includes written work of 1000-3000 words to support this. Component 2 (40%) is an externally set task by AQA within specific time constraints.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME?

FOR ENSIC SCIENCE

WHAT WILL I LEARN? This is a two-year course, in which students will continue to study all three sciences alongside scientific practical skills and investigations in Year 12, before specialising in units such as forensic evidence collection and analysis, chemical laboratory techniques, criminal investigations in practice, criminology, genetics and genetic engineering in Year 13. The department has strong links with the NHS and the science departments at Durham, Teesside and Newcastle universities, making use of their facilities and expertise.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The BTEC Forensic Science course is assessed wholly by coursework over the two years of study. Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence and provides opportunities for practical and skills assessments, with a number of visits to local universities.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Forensic science, crime scene investigation, and NHS careers such as midwifery and nursing.

Art college or university, practising art, gallery/museum curating, teaching, community arts and arts education work.

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

FRENCH

The aim of this course is to improve students’ linguistic competence, as well as helping them to learn more about the country and its culture. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will develop the four key skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing across a wide range of interesting topics. Students will consider how French-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally in areas including music, technology, arts and politics. They will also study a book and a film in order to appreciate, analyse and respond critically in French to the works.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with assessment at the end of Year 13 in the form of examinations to assess: listening and reading comprehension, including translation from and into French (50%); written fluency and accuracy including an essay to critique a French film and novel (20%); and oral fluency (30%).

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Interpreting, translation work, teaching, travel industry, business and marketing, broadcasting.

BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

GAMES DEVELOPMENT

This course will introduce students to how the games industry works along with an overall understanding of organisational structures and the various job roles within it. This course cannot be studied alongside TV Studio and Film. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will look at the principles of game design and the structures and practices of both large-scale and independent game development companies. They will develop a number of small-scale titles, produce concept art for a variety of genres, and generate industry standard pre-production materials including design documents, level and character designs, and storyboards of sequences of gameplay.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This course is assessed internally by 100% coursework over the two years of study. Students will build up a portfolio, ideal not only for employment in the games industry but also to enhance their suitability for the increasing range of related higher education courses.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Computer/video games design, games programming, games art/animation, creative director.

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A LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

This course provides an understanding of our changing and interconnected world, covering both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes which shape our world.

This course introduces students to a variety of experiences, employing a range of traditional and new media as well as the relevant processes and techniques to be able to create impact with the words and images in print and on screen.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Two physical and two human themes are covered alongside geographical skills. The physical themes are water/carbon cycles and landscape systems (coasts) whilst the human themes are global systems/global governance and changing places. Optional themes include hazards and weather and climate. There will be a minimum of four fieldwork days throughout the course, leading to an individual fieldwork investigation.

Students will be introduced to the role of the professional graphic designer as a visual thinker and problem-solver, while gaining experience in branding, publishing, illustration, image-making, animation and motion graphics. Students are given a range of themes which encourage the development of ideas and are informed through the study of art and design history and contemporary graphic artists.

G EO G R A PH Y

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with a combination of coursework and examination at the end of Year 13. There are three examinations, worth 80% in total, with a mixture of long and short answer questions. Students will also complete an individual investigation, which must include data collected in the field, and is worth 20%.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Business, finance, sustainability, planning, teaching, conservation work and law.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Assessment is at the end of the two-year course. Component 1 (60%) allows students to develop work based on a concept leading to a finished outcome and includes written work of 1000-3000 words to support this. Component 2 (40%) is an externally set task by AQA within specific time constraints.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Branding, publishing, illustration, typography, motion graphics, web design, interactive media, and editorial design for magazines and books.

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BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

H E ALT H & S O C IAL CA RE

Health and Social Care provides a highly specialised work-related qualification in the health, social care and early years sectors. It gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for higher education, apprenticeships, or employment. WHAT WILL I LEARN? This qualification is available as a Subsidiary Diploma (one A-level equivalent) or a Diploma (two A-level equivalent). Students will look at human lifespan and development, health promotion, health and safety in the workplace, physiological disorders, psychological and sociological aspects of health and social care and working in the health and social care industry.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Assessment is coursework-based and spread across the two years of the course. Students will develop their critical-thinking skills, resilience and interpersonal skills and learn how to research actively and independently and become an effective writer.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Social work, nursing, counselling, paramedic work, occupational therapy, nutrition or primary school teaching.

A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

HISTORY

This course allows students to investigate a wide range of historical issues, events and personalities, whilst using evidence to formulate convincing arguments and compare different interpretations of events. WHAT WILL I LEARN? During the course, students will complete a breadth study covering the making of a superpower, USA 1865-1975 from the end of the Civil War through to the Vietnam War, a depth study on 15th century British History looking at the War of the Roses from 1450-1499 and a piece of coursework, which will entail an independent enquiry into the various Tudor Rebellions.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with a combination of coursework and examinations at the end of Year 13. There are two examinations, worth 40% each, both of which involve writing three essays. There is also coursework worth 20%, relating to the Tudor Rebellions in the form of a 3000-3500 word essay to be submitted in Year 13.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Journalism, law, politics, social work, teaching, archaeology, conservation, public services.

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BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

A LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

This qualification is a further step towards a career in the IT industry; an exciting and constantly changing one with a wide range of opportunities.

A-level Law gives students opportunities to explore interesting and challenging topics, including criminal law, negligence, morality and justice. It is a fascinating subject with something new to learn every day as our laws change and develop.

IT

WHAT WILL I LEARN? The mandatory units are communication and employability skills for IT and computer systems. In the first unit, students will improve their general communication skills by exploiting certain application packages and IT tools. In the second unit, students will learn about the components of computer systems and set up and maintain computer systems. There are also a further four optional units.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is a two-year course which is assessed by coursework rather than examination. The course is quite flexible in that it consists of two mandatory units and a further four optional units which allow students to pursue particular areas of interest.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Computer games development, robotic systems, social media design/management, computer science, computer animation.

L AW

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students are introduced to the English legal system as a whole in Year 12 before a more in-depth study of substantive law in Year 13. Course content includes: offences against the person and property; occupiers’ liability and negligence offences; legal personnel and law making and defences and attempted crimes. Students will have opportunities to enrich their studies with visits and guest speakers.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This linear course is assessed entirely by three examinations at the end of Year 13. There are two examinations on substantive law in practice and perspectives in substantive law, worth 75% in total, alongside an examination on the nature of law and the English legal system,which is worth 25%.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Journalism, local/central government, public relations, teaching, management and business.

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LEVEL 3 / AQA / 1 YEAR

M AT H E M AT I CA L S TU D I E S Mathematical Studies is designed to maintain and develop real-life mathematics skills, for students who appreciate the value of everyday maths and problem-solving skills. WHAT WILL I LEARN? This course has large proportions of statistics and financial mathematics. Students will develop confidence and competence in the understanding and application of calculations in the solution of problems relating to personal finance such as income tax, NI contributions, loans and savings. The course also uses technology to calculate statistical quantities and concentrates on interpreting the results.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This qualification is the equivalent of an AS-level in terms of UCAS points and should be taken alongside three other courses, as it will be completed in one year. Assessment is by two external examinations sat at the end of Year 12.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? This course would be particularly helpful for students who are studying any of the science courses, Geography, Psychology, Business Studies and/or Economics.

A LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

MATHEMATICS

A-level Mathematics provides students with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed ensure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas. WHAT WILL I LEARN? This course comprises two thirds Pure Mathematics, with a range of algebra including quadratic and simultaneous equations, together with trigonometry, coordinate geometry and graphs. Familiar topics are studied alongside new topics including sequences and series, numerical methods and an extension of vectors. A further two modules mechanics and statistics - will also be studied for the other third of the course.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? A-level Mathematics is a linear course with all assessment at the end of Year 13 in the form of three external exams. Students will experience a wide variety of lesson activities, are expected to complete frequent homework tasks and will be tested on a regular basis to reinforce learning in class.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Accountancy, data science/analysis, business, finance and investment, actuarial work, teaching.

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A LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

F URT HER M ATH E M AT I CS

This is a challenging but highly enjoyable qualification, which both extends and deepens students’ knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A-level. For someone who enjoys maths, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and more sophisticated concepts. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Further Mathematics builds on the study of earlier topics and encourages the development of a wider understanding of the ways in which mathematical topics are interconnected. Topics studied on this course include Pure Mathematics such as complex numbers, matrices, polar co-ordinates, differential equations and hyperbolic functions. All three areas of decision mathematics, mechanics and statistics may also be covered in more detail.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The A-level Further Mathematics course is a linear course with all assessment by examination at the end of Year 13, in the form of four externally examined papers, all worth 25% each. Papers 1 and 2 examine the Core Pure content whilst Papers 3 and 4 examine the optional content.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME?

A LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

MEDIA STUDIES

Media Studies is an exciting and challenging subject which encourages students to critically engage with a broad range of historical and contemporary media products. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Through analysing products within television, print journalism, social media and advertising, students will learn about the impact which the media has upon the world in which we live. Students will also practise their photographic and journalistic writing skills through a coursework project, in which they will research, plan, craft and evaluate a new lifestyle magazine and accompanying website.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This course is assessed by a combination of coursework, worth 30%, and two examinations, each worth 35% at the end of Year 13, in which students analyse media products to see how representations are constructed and influenced by historical and industry contexts. The coursework element allows students to demonstrate their practical skills in journalism, magazine design and digital media construction.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Broadcast/magazine journalism, market research, events management, public relations, social media.

Accountancy, data science/analysis, business, finance and investment, actuarial work, teaching.

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BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

A LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

This course is a more vocational work-related qualification which aims to give students the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for employment within the field of science.

This course aims to develop students’ musical skills in a variety of disciplines, including performance, composition and analysis. Whilst it is not necessary to have studied GCSE Music, students should have knowledge of music theory and be able to play an instrument to about Grade 5 standard.

M ED I CA L SCI ENCE

WHAT WILL I LEARN? The BTEC Medical Science course focuses on the application of science, practical techniques, report writing and physiology, and is equivalent to one A-level. A strong foundation is laid in all aspects of science in Year 12 and then there is a focus on biological units, such as physiology, biochemistry and genetics in Year 13.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This course is assessed through portfolio evidence without any external examinations, providing opportunities for practical and skills assessments over the two-year programme. As well as classroom and laboratory sessions, students will visit local universities and attend lectures delivered by professionals working within the science sector, with a view to gaining practical knowledge and the ability to analyse data.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Healthcare careers such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, paramedic work.

MUSIC

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will discover a wide range of musical styles, including world, classical, contemporary, pop and film music, and gain an understanding of the influence on social and cultural history. Students develop listening and analytical skills, solo performing skills on an instrument or voice, and learn how to use a range of compositional techniques to create an original piece of music.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Students will be assessed on three components: performing, composing and appraising. Students are assessed on a public performance of one or more pieces solo or in an ensemble, worth 30% and a further 30% of their assessment is based on two compositions, both components being externally assessed. Finally there is a written examination, worth 40% of their final grade.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Performing, composing, teaching, arts administration and management, media, marketing and publishing.

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BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

Performing Arts is a stimulating subject which allows students to explore and investigate the work of professionals and develop their own performance skills. It is for those students who wish to begin or continue to develop acting skills.

Philosophy is an invitation to think and argue about some of the most profound areas of human experience, often in areas where science can’t give us satisfactory answers.

PER F O RM I NG A RT S

PHILOSOPHY

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

There is one compulsory unit “Performing to an Audience” plus five optional units from a wide range, depending on the choices of the class. As well as equipping students with technical performance skills, this course requires them to research and analyse published and live material, meet deadlines and be fully prepared for written analysis as well as performances.

Students read, think, argue and debate the basis of moral philosophy (how can we establish right and wrong?); religious philosophy (can we prove God’s existence? Can we make the idea of a good God fit with the reality of a world of suffering?); epistemology (the many ways of knowing and whether they are all of equal value); and philosophy of mind (why are human minds the only thing we know of in the universe to have consciousness?).

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

BTEC Performing Arts is a practical subject which offers students the opportunity to perform to audiences and take part in the development process to prepare for this. The six units studied are completed over the two years of the course and are internally assessed and externally verified, with Pass, Merit or Distinction criteria. All have equal weighting for assessment.

This is a linear course with assessment by two written examinations at the end of Year 13. These consist of a range of questions and question styles, from essays through to short answer questions, to suit all learners.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Teaching, lecturing, law, business, journalism, civil service, psychotherapy.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Drama/film production, theatre, design, directing, stage management, special effects.

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

PH OTO GRA PHY

Photography will teach students to look at a variety of photographic media, techniques and processes including hands-on experimentation with traditional and digital media. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will develop an awareness of critical analyses of artists’ work, helping to develop their own ideas through awareness, practical application and written reflections. Students will use blogs, sketchpads and digital portfolios to demonstrate all practical learning, ideas development and critical analysis. They will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one of more areas of study.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Assessment is at the end of the two-year course. Component 1 (60% of the final mark) allows students to develop work based on a concept leading to a finished outcome and includes written work of 1000-3000 words to support this. Component 2 (40% of the final mark) is an externally set task by AQA within specific time constraints.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Press photography, photojournalism, fine art, editing, fashion photography or styling, film industry, forensic science, and curating.

A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education aims to enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding of the factors that influence the world of sport in terms of performance and participation in physical activity. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Theoretical content addresses physiological, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of sport and physical activity, covering topics such as applied anatomy and physiology, skills acquisition, sport and society, exercise physiology, biomechanical movement, sport psychology and the role of technology in sport.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The Physical Education A-level is a linear course with a combination of assessment by coursework and examination. There are two written examinations at the end of Year 13, each worth 35%. The remaining 30% of the course entails the students being assessed on their physical ability as either a performer or coach so a reasonable level of physical competence or sporting knowledge is essential.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Teaching, coaching, fitness training, sports physiotherapy/psychology and physiotherapy.

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

A LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

Physics is a subject of huge scope and importance, expanding our understanding of the universe and its contents. This course will develop a much deeper understanding of some familiar topics from GCSE and introduce whole new areas of theory.

Politics looks at the way in which people become engaged in political issues and developments occurring within UK and global politics. It is thus a constantly changing, fascinating and unpredictable subject, which springs constant surprises.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Theory lessons will concentrate on the students’ understanding of physical concepts, with a particular focus on the development of analytical and problem-solving skills. Practical work is undertaken to link theory to reality and develop scientific investigative skills. Topics covered include: measurements, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials, electricity, further mechanics and thermal physics, fields, nuclear physics and an option topic.

The course studies how and why people participate within the world of politics; the nature, problems and potential improvements of UK government; the changing nature of contemporary global politics; and a wide range of ideological theories which attempt to explain and improve our world. Students will study a range of political theories and contemporary developments which are impacting upon modern societies.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The A-level Politics course is a linear course assessed 100% by three two-hour examinations at the end of Year 13. These consist mainly of essay-based questions on topics such as UK politics and government, core political ideas, optional political ideas and global politics. Students will also be given the opportunity to engage in a variety of local political events, activities and debates.

PH YS I CS

This A-level is a linear course with 100% of assessment by three examinations at the end of Year 13. Papers 1 and 2 both cover core topics and are both worth 34% each. The final Paper 3 covers practical skills, data handling and the option topic and is worth 32% of the final grade.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Engineering, architecture, data analysis, health care, finance and ICT.

POLITICS

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Central and local government, civil service, education, social reform, voluntary sector and media.

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

A LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour; how we think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and with the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying that behaviour.

This course provides students with the opportunity to study religions and to gain an understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints.

PS YC H OLO GY

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will cover a variety of topics across the two years, ranging from theories of attachment and deprivation; the different models of memory and forgetting; psychopathology (phobias, OCD, depression) and biological and psychological explanations of gender and aggression. There will also be considerable emphasis on biopsychology and research methods.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This linear course is assessed entirely by three examinations at the end of Year 13 and will have an emphasis on the application and analysis of information, good essay-writing skills and the ability to evaluate between competing psychological approaches. Each examination will consist of a mixture of short and long questions.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME?

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

WHAT WILL I LEARN? This A-level has three components: the study of a religion, Christianity, looking at religious figures, concepts, life and practices; the philosophy of religion, including the different arguments for the existence of God and the problem of evil; and ethics, including Aquinas’ Natural Law, Fletcher’s Situation Ethics and utilitarianism. The aim is to encourage students to reflect on, select and apply specified knowledge.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This linear course is assessed entirely by three two-hour examinations at the end of Year 13. All questions are essay-based with some questions assessing knowledge and understanding and later questions assessing analysis and evaluation. Consequently the focus is on the ability to successfully analyse and evaluate topics from the specification.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Teaching, social work, police, civil service, journalism and media.

Clinical psychology, forensic psychology, educational psychology, health psychology, counselling, teaching, research.

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

Sociology is the study of society. It believes that human behaviour and thought can be best explained by studying social groups, particularly those associated with social class, gender, ethnicity and age.

BTEC Sport can be studied at two different levels: Subsidiary Diploma (one A-level equivalent) or Extended Diploma (three A-level equivalent). Its aim is to help students to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the sport sector.

S O C IO LO GY

WHAT WILL I LEARN? The course examines how and why sociologists study different social groups, looking at research methods, studies and a wide range of ideological theories that attempt to explain and improve our society, such as Marxism, functionalism, interactionism, feminism and the New Right. Topics covered include education, family and households, crime and deviance and beliefs in society.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

SPORT

WHAT WILL I LEARN? By studying a BTEC in Sport, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work context. Areas of study across the two years of the course will include: principles of anatomy and physiology in sport; the physiology of fitness; assessing risk in sport and fitness testing for sport and exercise, as well as optional units.

Sociology A-level is a linear course with 100% assessment by examination at the end of Year 13. There are three examinations, consisting of mainly essay-based questions to assess the students’ ability to evaluate between competing sociological approaches and use material from a wide range of sociological studies and quantitative and qualitative research methods.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME?

Sports coaching, public services, sports management, sports development, teaching, and leisure industry.

Social work, media, teaching, Civil Service, government, law, police, community care.

The BTEC Sport units will be completed over the two years and assessed internally 100% by coursework over the period without any external examinations. Students will be expected to submit their coursework in time for regular deadlines in order to successfully complete the course.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME?

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BOYS F O OT BA L L AC ADEM Y

GIR LS FOOTB ALL ACADEMY

Combine your studies with a football-rich programme of activities. Since 2006, DSFC has maintained a highly successful collaborative partnership with New Ferens Park FC and Soccarena Football Academy.

Combine your studies with a football-rich programme of activities. DSFC has secured a highly successful collaborative partnership with Durham Women’s Football Club and Durham University.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The Academy is for talented individuals who want to combine either a BTEC Sports course or an A-level programme of study, whilst receiving specialist coaching from fully qualified UEFA-licensed coaches. In addition to their academic studies, students will: receive four hours of coaching/game time per week; gain their Community Sports Leader Award (BTEC students); and attend weekly strength and conditioning sessions.

The Academy is for talented individuals who want to combine either a BTEC Sports course or an A-level programme of study, whilst receiving specialist coaching from fully qualified UEFA-licensed coaches. In addition to their academic studies, students will: receive four hours of coaching/game time per week; gain their Community Sports Leader Award (BTEC students); and attend weekly strength and conditioning sessions.

ENTRY CRITERIA

ENTRY CRITERIA

Places are strictly limited due to the practical nature of the programme. Trials are held between February and April and pre-season training begins at the end of July/beginning of August. Due to the practical nature of this programme, all Academy players require a full sports kit which can be purchased from Durham Sixth Form Centre.

Places are strictly limited due to the practical nature of the programme. Trials are held between February and April and pre-season training begins at the end of July/beginning of August. Due to the practical nature of this programme, all Academy players require a full sports kit which can be purchased from Durham Sixth Form Centre.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME?

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME?

The most able footballers will have the chance to progress into the Durham City FC squad. We also offer advice and guidance on US scholarships for interested students.

The most able footballers will have the chance to progress into the Durham City Women’s Football squad. We also offer advice and guidance on US scholarships for interested students.

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G O LF ACA D EM Y Combine your studies with a golf-rich programme of activities. Since 2010, DSFC has maintained a highly successful collaborative partnership with Ramside Golf Club. WHAT WILL I LEARN? The Academy is for talented individuals who want to combine either a BTEC Sports course or an A-level programme of study, whilst receiving specialist coaching and full membership of Ramside Golf Club. In addition to their academic studies, students will: receive four hours of coaching/game time per week; gain their Community Sports Leader Award (BTEC students); and attend weekly strength and conditioning sessions.

ENTRY CRITERIA Places are strictly limited due to the practical nature of the programme. Assessment days will be held between April–July. Due to the practical nature of this programme, all Academy students will require a full golf kit, costing £150 which can be purchased from Durham Sixth Form Centre.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Professional golf, golf coaching, golf club management, golf retailing.

BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

T V STUDIO & FILM This course provides an introduction to the study of creative media production and is the perfect course for students wishing to move on to practical media and film production courses at university. This course cannot be studied alongside Games Development. WHAT WILL I LEARN? This vocational course gives students hands-on experience making an exciting range of professional moving image products, including advertising, music videos, TV drama and factual programming. The course also teaches the basics of script writing, production research, storyboarding, production planning and filming techniques as well as allowing students to refine editing skills.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Students will produce a range of individual and group-based projects using industry standard software. Projects consist of live briefs as well as allowing students to develop their communication and evaluation skills. This course is assessed 100% by coursework and it must be completed as a full two-year programme.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Television/film/video production, multimedia specialist, public relations, social media.

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#1500applications DID YOU KNOW WE RECEIVE OVER 1500 APPLICATIONS EACH YEAR? APPLY EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.


HOW TO APPLY Studying at Durham Sixth Form Centre is exciting, challenging and very rewarding. Each year, over 1,500 students apply to study with us in Year 12. For some, it is the great location, for others, the excellent results, the adult atmosphere or the change from school. Whatever your reason, we would welcome an application from you for enrolment in September 2019. CALL US

0191 383 0708 VISIT US

durhamsixthformcentre.org.uk YOUR APPLICATION You can complete an application either online on our website or request a paper copy from Reception. We encourage students to apply by Easter. YOUR INTERVIE W Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend an interview and tour of the Centre with a member of our Student Recruitment Team. YOUR OFFER After your interview, our Student Recruitment Team will review your application, and, if successful, you will receive your offer via letter soon after.

TASTER DAY You will be invited to attend our Taster Day in July, which will give you the opportunity to sample courses, meet other students and teachers and get a feel for a day in the life of a Durham Sixth Form Centre student. ENROLMENT We will invite you to an enrolment appointment in August once you have received your GCSE results. At this point, you will choose your programme of study and officially enrol as a student at Durham Sixth Form Centre.


#FINDOUTMORE COME ALONG TO OUR OPEN EVENTS TO TALK TO STAFF AND STUDENTS ABOUT YOUR FUTURE.


OPEN EVENTS Each year, we host a series of events to support you to make a smooth transition from secondary school to post-16 education. This includes our Open Evenings and our Year 11 Taster Day in July, in addition to our one-to-one tour and interview. These events are intended to help welcome you to Durham Sixth Form Centre, as well as to support you in choosing the right courses and study programme. MEET THE STAFF At our Open Evenings, you will have the chance to meet and talk to our specialist subject staff in order to discuss courses, including content, enrichment opportunities, assessment methods and teaching styles, as well as different routes within subject areas. CAREERS ADVICE Our award-winning Careers, Progression and Aspirations Team will be on hand to discuss any questions that you may have about progression to higher education, apprenticeships, school leaver programmes and/or employment. Information will also be available about our financial assistance offers, transport routes and options, and our student support systems.

ACADEMIC YEAR 2018 / 2019 AUTUMN OPEN EVENING: THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2018 (5-8PM)

SPRING OPEN EVENING: THURSDAY 25TH APRIL 2019 (5-8PM)

SUMMER TASTER DAY: THURSDAY 18TH JULY 2019 (8.50AM-3PM )

ENROLMENT: 27TH, 28TH, 29TH AUGUST 2019


#NEWFRIENDS DID YOU KNOW WE WORK EXCLUSIVELY WITH 16-19 YEAR OLDS?


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS There is a range of courses and study programmes available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have a minimum of five Grade 4 passes or above at GCSE (or equivalent), including GCSE English Language or Literature. In addition to the Centre’s entry requirements, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. If you do not meet our entry requirements but are keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options. Disclaimer: Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that all courses featured in this Subject Guide will run, this cannot be guaranteed, as it will be dependent on appropriate levels of student demand.

WE GET RESULTS Our students have an excellent record of success, which they work hard to achieve. Our most recent A-level and Applied General (broadly vocational) results at Durham Sixth Form Centre marked yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS A-level results were above national averages and in the top 15% of schools and colleges in England. Students’ grades and points for A-level results were above both County Durham and national averages. Students’ points and grades for their best 3 A-levels were also above the national averages. Applied General results (broadly vocational qualifications) were above the national average in the top 27% of schools and colleges in England. Students’ grades and points for Applied General courses (broadly vocational qualifications) were well above the County Durham and national averages. Our results are considered to be ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2017).


#GE TINVOLVED DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A RANGE OF OPPORTUNITIES TO INFLUENCE SIXTH FORM LIFE? FROM THE STUDENT COUNCIL TO OUR DEBATING TEAM OR CHARITY COMMITTEE, WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.


Our Enrichment 6 programme provides a wide range of activities and experiences to broaden your horizons, develop and enhance your skills and encourage you to aspire. Our six areas of enrichment are:

ACHIEVING ASPIRATIONS Set your academic goals and sights high and we will do all we can to help you reach your potential. We provide access to high quality resources and a wide range of individual, peer and small group academic mentoring opportunities, to support you in reaching and exceeding your targets.

INVESTMENT At Durham Sixth Form Centre, there are many opportunities to “give something back” to our community. We are proud of the contributions our staff and students make.

ENHANCEMENT To enhance your learning and enable you to develop skills, knowledge and theory outside of the classroom, we provide opportunities and experiences which encourage you to reflect upon your subject practice and “make it real”. The quality of our provision has contributed to our recent Artsmark Platinum Award and our student team winning the regional European Youth Parliament Debating competition!

HEALTH & WELLBEING As one of our students, your health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. We provide a lots of information, events, opportunities and experiences to provide you with the support, knowledge and ‘tools’ to live a safer, healthier, fitter lifestyle - and help others to do the same!

LEADERSHIP & ENTREPRENEURIALISM We know that having leadership and entrepreneurial skills and aptitudes makes you stand out from the crowd and gives you the employability edge. These skills can only be refined through experiences which develop your confidence and put you in real leadership situations. We provide opportunities for these experiences including the Student Council, the Charity Committee and many more.

LIFELONG LEARNING & WORK READINESS We have an award-winning Careers, Progression and Aspirations Team, who work closely with your Academic Mentors to give you the information, advice and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your future choices. This guidance will help you develop skills, gain essential experience and make competitive university and apprenticeship applications.


#STANDOUT DID YOU KNOW OUR STUDENTS ARE SUCCESSFUL IN A RANGE OF LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS?


STUDENT SUCCESS Students at Durham Sixth Form Centre have been successful in achieving some fantastic accolades whilst studying with us. A selection of these is outlined below: GOLF ACADEMY Our students recently won both the boys’ and girls’ gross titles at the Durham Schools’ Championships and came seventh in the country overall in the national finals at Southport.

EUROPEAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT INTER-SCHOOLS DEBATE Our team performed exceptionally well to win first place in the NE regional final at Newcastle University. NCH LONDON ESSAY WRITING AWARDS One of our Year 13 students was shortlisted for their philosophy essay in this prestigious competition, coming in the top few percent of hundreds of entrants.

GIRLS FOOTBALL ACADEMY This year our girls team not only won the North East Colleges League Women’s Cup but also came top of the Women’s League, The team was also national finalists for Hudl Under 18 Schools’ Cup for Girls in 2017.

NATIONAL SCHOOLS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS Three of our Photography students were shortlisted for this year’s National Schools Photography Awards in the post-16 category, under the category “School: A lasting impression”.

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY SCHOOLS’ ANALYST COMPETITION Our team of Year 12 Chemistry students came second overall out of twelve schools in the North East regional final held at Sunderland University.

SENIOR MATHS CHALLENGE Our students regularly are awarded certificates and some proceed to national level and the British Maths Olympiad to compete against other outstanding students nationally.

NE ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARDS Four Year 13 Media and Film students were nominated at this year’s awards, with one student winning her category and going on to work as official filmmaker for Durham Bid for this year.

LUMIERE Our arts students worked with artists Walter and Zoniel as sitters, prop assistants and assistants to create an installation on the theme of youth, which was displayed near the Gala Theatre.

HENRY SMITH AWARD Each year our Accounting students have the opportunity to compete for this prestigious award to develop their employability skills and demonstrate their creative flair.

SCIENCE OLYMPIADS Each year, our Biology and Chemistry students have the opportunity to compete in this annual competition.


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In the centre of Durham City, Durham Sixth Form Centre is a short walk from both the bus and railway stations. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities on our doorstep, including shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and bookshops all play their part in enriching the student experience.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

TRANSPORT BUS Durham City is well served by a range of local and regional bus routes. For more information about bus journeys, times and travel information, visit the following websites and download the bus company apps: arrivabus.co.uk/north-east/explore gonortheast.co.uk/journeyplanner/

BY CAR Located close to Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre, Walkergate car park provides safe and secure parking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For further information about parking near Durham Sixth Form Centre, please visit the following link: en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/dh1_1sg/

You could be entitled to bursaries or other financial support depending on your personal circumstances or household income. This money is intended to help with your day-to-day costs such as travel, books and materials for your courses to help you stay in full-time study after Year 11. Please see our website for more detailed and up-to-date information about our financial assistance offers.

PARENTAL LIAISON Our Pastoral and Curriculum Leaders of Learning, together with the Senior Leadership Team, and our highly dedicated teaching and support staff, have responsibility for the progress, welfare and development of all of our students. Durham Sixth Form Centre encourages close liaison with parents/carers. This means that parents/ carers are welcome to visit and discuss any matter. All communication regarding students will be dealt with, in the first instance, by the relevant Pastoral Leader of Learning. It is advisable to make an appointment in advance, to ensure a meeting with the relevant person. Additionally, parents/carers can expect regular reports on student progress throughout the year, as well as being invited to a number of formal subject consultation evenings to review academic progress with subject teachers.


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#BEOUTSTANDING Durham Sixth Form Centre, Providence Row, The Sands, Durham. DH11SG. 0191 383 0708. durhamsixthformcentre.org.uk Finalists

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