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A LEAF Academy Trust School

SIXTH

FORM

2014 – 2015

David Young Community Academy

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Message from the Principal

Dear Student, I hope you enjoy reading about the opportunities DYCA can offer you. We have designed our sixth form offer completely around your aspirations for the future. We know that now, more than ever, students need to organise their sixth form study in order to prepare for specific university courses and careers. Our sixth form curriculum is organised in a way that will help you begin to think about the future beyond sixth form and we will help you become an independent learner and role model, inspiring our younger students and working alongside our staff. Our students have unique facilities and access to the very latest resources and in return they contribute to the development of younger students, the Academy and community life, through a close working partnership with staff and local businesses. DYCA is not a traditional school. It is a 21st century learning environment for young adults that bridges the divide between education, business and industry. Our students can expect to be studying and working alongside community leaders, academics, business executives and leaders in industry. Coming into the DYCA Sixth Form will be demanding but rewarding and should be the decision that changes your life! Ros McMullen, Principal. Belonging

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An International Education

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a rigorous pre-university programme of academic study. It is accepted for admission to universities worldwide and is universally well-received by employers who value the diversity of skills that students learn. 6 Academic options: x 3 standard level IB Diploma subjects + x 3 higher level IB Diploma subjects

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At DYCA we offer the following subjects. Where (HL) or (SL) is specified, we currently only offer these subjects at Higher or Standard level.

3 Core elements: Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Extended Essay Creativity, Action & Service (CAS)

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English Literature (HL) English Language and Literature (SL)

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Spanish B Spanish Ab Initio (SL) - for those new to Spanish French Ab Initio (SL) - for those new to French

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Business and Management, Geography, History, Psychology, Environmental Systems and Societies (SL), World Religions (SL), Global Politics

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Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies (SL), Design Technology, Sport, Exercise and Health Science (SL)

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Mathematics (HL) Mathematics (SL) Maths Studies (SL)

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Theatre, Visual Arts Dance (SL) Film (SL)

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CORE Theory of Knowledge

Extended Essay

TOK looks at the nature of knowledge itself. You will think about how knowledge is arrived at in various academic subjects, what the approaches used in these subjects have in common and what the differences are between them. The fundamental question of TOK is: “how do we know that?”. Some examples of knowledge questions addressed on the course are: When should we question common sense? Do we construct reality or do we recognise it? Can a machine be said to know something?

This gives you the opportunity to work one-to-one with a subject supervisor on a subject of your choice to produce an extended piece of writing based on your interests, your strengths on the Diploma Programme, and your aspirations for university.

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Examples of recent essay titles from DYCA students include: How has the design and architecture of St. Peter's Square impacted on the modern world? (Visual Arts) How can the mechanism of the catalase catalysed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide be determined through the formation of a rate equation? (Chemistry) How is the theme of sacrifice explored in C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe? (English)

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Creativity, Action and Service CAS offers you the opportunity to learn outside the classroom environment as you arrange and lead a number of creative, physical- and community-based projects that demonstrate your organisational, time management and reflective skills. Examples of CAS projects enjoyed by previous students include: Designing a website for a local charity. Writing and organising the Academy newspaper. Planning and leading local sport events for primary schools. Mentoring younger students through the Reading Leaders programme.

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To University and Beyond

IBDP Pathways

The IBDP specialises in offering breadth as well as depth in your sixth form study and therefore can prepare you perfectly for anything that you want to read at university. If you already have a university course in mind, you can choose options to focus and strengthen your university application. Some suggested subject combinations for specific university and career aspirations are offered below.

The Medic Biology HL Maths HL Chemistry HL English SL Spanish B SL Geography SL

The Biochemist Biology HL Chemistry HL Maths HL English SL Global Politics SL Spanish SL

The Manager Business and Management HL Spanish B HL English Literature HL Design Technology SL World Religions SL Maths SL

The Engineer Physics HL Geography HL Maths HL English SL Design Technology SL Spanish SL

The Architect Visual Art HL Psychology HL English HL Maths SL French SL ESS SL

The Lawyer History HL English HL Psychology HL ESS SL Maths SL Spanish SL

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Why the IBDP? IBDP students are 21% more likely to go to a ‘top 10’ university thanks to the breadth and depth of the course.

Universities value the meaningful experiences gained beyond the classroom encouraged through CAS.

It develops independent learners, strong writers and critical thinkers. It creates an international mindset. This is highlighted by the second language element and the global recognition of the qualification.

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Subjects are not taught in isolation. TOK, for example, encourages connections and rewards inquisitiveness.


Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders

The IBCC allows you to pursue a career-related pathway leading to higher education, further education, employment or an apprenticeship. The programme’s three-part framework comprises the academic challenge of two Diploma Programme courses, Career-related Learning that provides practical, real-world approaches to learning, and the distinctive IBCC Core which helps you to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.

Career-related Learning The following Level 3 BTECs are offered on the IBCC: Engineering; ICT; Performing Arts; Art & Design; Creative Media Production; Business and Sport

Diploma Subjects The following standard level IB Diploma subjects are offered on the IBCC: Mathematical Studies; Mathematics Standard; English Language & Literature; Chemistry; Physics; Biology; Environmental Systems and Societies; Sport, Exercise and Health; Psychology; Design Technology; Dance; Theatre; Film; Visual Arts; Geography; History; Global Politics; World Religions; French Ab Initio; and Spanish Ab Initio

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Approaches to Learning

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ATL is designed to develop life-skills for use in the workplace. It is intended to develop students’ analytical thinking, intercultural understanding, communication, and personal development. ATL aims to challenge students to draw on personal resources and skills to engage critically with the world around them.

Community and Service C&S establishes a relationship between students and their community in a way that emphasises mutual benefit. The programme requires students to identify a community need and then plan to improve or help that situation. C&S is an opportunity for students to expand their life skills and take responsibility for their immediate environment.

Reflective Project The Reflective Project is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period and submitted towards the end of the course. It is designed to draw together key elements of a student’s wider scheme of study. The Reflective Project requires students to identify, analyse, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical dimension of an issue stemming from their career-related studies.

Language Development Language Development is designed to ensure that all students are exposed to a second language (either French or Spanish) in a way that will assist and further their understanding of the wider world. Language Development aims to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate in an environment where the language studied is spoken.

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Your Career Starts Here

IBCC Pathways

The many options available on the IBCC allow you to create a course of study that is directed towards a specific career path. Some examples of this could be:

The Fitness Instructor/Coach Sport IB Biology IB Psychology

The Performer Performing Arts IB Dance IB Theatre

The Graphic Designer Creative Media IB Visual Arts IB Design Technology

The Accountant Business Studies IB Maths IB English

The Animator ICT IB Visual Arts IB Theatre

The Engineer Engineering IB Maths IB Physics

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Career Academy What is the Career Academy programme? The two year Career Academy programme is for DYCA IBDP & IBCC students studying Business & Management and is supported by employers from the private and public sectors across the Leeds region. Upon joining our Career Academy you will benefit from: ■ Support for your learning, directly assisting you to improve your Business & Management grade ■ A six-week paid internship with a local employer during the summer between lower and upper 6th years ■ Special employer-led lectures, seminars and company visits ■ One-to-one mentoring by an experienced employee volunteer ■ Networking opportunities with other Career Academy students around the UK.

What qualifications do Career Academy students achieve? As a Career Academy student you will follow a structured programme of paid internships; mentoring and motivational lectures; and workshops alongside IB Business & Management. The programme is designed to give you the work experience and skills you need to be able to perform more effectively in the world of work.

What are the benefits of the programme? Career Academy helps you to achieve your full potential. Hand in hand with your qualifications and workplace experience, as a Career Academy student, you will grow in confidence and develop life skills such as time management, interview techniques, and public speaking.

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The Attributes of Success

IB Learner Profile The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. As IB learners, we strive to be: Inquirers: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life. Knowledgeable: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance. Thinkers: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions. Communicators: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate efectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups. Principled: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences. Open-minded: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions

of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience. Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us. Risk-takers: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change. Balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives- intellectual, physical, and emotional- to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live. Reflective: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

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Where do our students go? DYCA Alumni are currently studying a variety of degree courses such as; Medicine Architecture Law Chemical Engineering Business Accounting & Finance They have been accepted at a wide range of institutions across the UK. Recent admissions include: Leeds College of Art Leeds Metropolitan University London Metropolitan University University of Leeds University of Sheffield University of Warwick

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A Place to Flourish

Learning Environment

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“It does not matter if you are a night owl or an early bird; as a DYCA Sixth Form student you will have access to state of the art facilities in the newly refurbished dedicated ‘Hub’ for more hours in the day. So even if it is dark outside, we will still lead you towards a brighter future.” Serving

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Developing the Whole Person

Tutor System Our commitment to academic excellence is reflected in our tutoring and support provision. You will be guided through your sixth form experience by a dedicated tutor who will ensure that you have the skills and opportunities to succeed. Daily tutor sessions mean you have regular, close, contact with your tutor and tutor group, building positive and supportive relationships. Our aim is to nurture and develop confident, independent learners.

Tutor sessions are a key element of your sixth form journey, giving you a forum to discuss your academic progress with a tutor who knows you and to interact with your fellow students in a stimulating environment. You will be guided through the process of researching and deciding on your educational and career paths, allowing you to make an informed decision about your future. Sixth form is a challenging and exciting experience and we aim to make it a positive and rewarding one for all our students.

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Expectations From the minute that you step through the doors at the DYCA, you can expect to be welcomed as a responsible independent learner. All our students are expected to be professional in their manner and courteous to everyone within the Academy as a positive role model for all.

Entry Requirements 5 GCSEs (A*-C) including English and Maths. There are also subject specific requirements for some IBDP courses in order to give you the best chance of success. Please see the UCAS Progress website or the subject pages on our school website for details.

Dress Code The Academy requires that all sixth form students attend in smart, formal business dress. The following is a guide as to which garments are acceptable and which are not permitted. Young Men Suit Smart trousers Shirt with collar Tie V-neck knitted jumper or cardigan Smart leather-upper shoes

Young Ladies Smart trousers Skirt below knee length Dress with sleeves and below knee length Blouse or top with sleeves Cardigan

Smart knitted jumper Suit-type jacket Smart leather-upper shoes – low heels only (Stud or small hoop earrings)

How to Apply You can apply to the DYCA Sixth Form electronically through UCAS Progress or directly to us by requesting an application form from our reception team. Alternatively, please get in contact with the relevant course coordinator to discuss the options available to you. For the International Baccalaureate Diploma ProgrammeMr Wild thomas.wild@leafacademytrust.org.uk Miss Tucker caroline.tucker@leafacademytrust.org.uk

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For the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate Miss Gunn joanne.gunn@leafacademytrust.org.uk


Meet the Team

IBDP Coordinator ‘The challenging and rewarding IB Diploma is a truly world class qualification that is delivered here at the DYCA in a friendly and supportive environment. It is our job to help you to unlock your potential as dynamic, critical, reflective and open-minded adults ready for your time at university and your journey in the outside world. To choose to study with us is to make an ambitious and exciting choice for your future.’ - Mr Wild

IBCC Coordinator At the forefront of vocational and academic education, DYCA offers a combination of dynamic, engaging courses that offer a clear path to higher education, apprenticeships or the workplace. I feel lucky to be a part of the IBCC and am looking forward to celebrating future successes of the IBCC in coming years.’ - Miss Gunn

CAS Coordinator ‘I love working with each student through CAS and helping them to build confidence and discover hidden talents. It is an honour to work within the sixth form team and help our students to achieve their potential.’ - Miss Pimblott

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IBDP Coordinator ‘Our range of courses is broad yet can be tailored to your ambitions, our teachers are supportive and will encourage you to achieve your best, our facilities are modern, and extra-curricular activities are both encouraged and rewarded. DYCA is the place to study for all students who hope to go far.’ - Miss Tucker

Senior Form Tutor ‘We pride ourselves on offering a sixth form experience that is individualised, exciting and allows students to grow and develop into ambitious, proactive adults. It is always rewarding to see successful students set off to adventures in university, apprenticeships and work knowing they have the tools to be a success.’ - Miss Longden

And most importantly… YOU. The key to success in our sixth form is your own drive to succeed and your determination to work hard to overcome challenges. If you think that you have what it takes, we would love you to join our team!

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DAVID YOUNG COMMUNITY ACADEMY

Bishops Way Seacroî‚? Leeds LS14 6NU Tel: 0113 273 9100 Email: dyca.info@leafacademytrust.org.uk Web: www.dyca.org.uk


Dyca 6th form prospectus 2014