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Welcome

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Cover: Natalie Carr. Former ED6er now reading BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology at Northumbria University.

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Thank you for your interest in ED6 - I am really pleased you are considering becoming a student here. ED6 is built on an ethos of success and quality results. We are committed to providing you with high quality, challenging teaching and outstanding support so that you achieve your potential and realise your goals. Our results are consistently excellent and we were delighted to achieve a 100% A-level pass rate in 2016. At ED6 staff and students work together to produce a mature learning environment that is supportive, exciting and challenging. We expect all of our students to work purposefully throughout their time at ED6, we also expect them to enjoy themselves. In addition to academic courses, you will find a great variety of extracurricular activities available for you to choose from, as well as an active Students’ Union.   Our sixth form is extremely well resourced. We teach in purpose-built areas specifically designed to meet the needs of post-16 study. We have state-of-the-art ILT (Information and Learning Technologies) facilities to support all courses, as well as a magnificent sports hall and sports facilities, including free gym membership for all students.   If you want to find out more about ED6, please attend one of our open evening events where you will receive a very warm welcome.   I really hope to see you here as a student at ED6 in September 2017.

Suzanne Duncan Principal of ED6

Daniel Bunney. Former ED6 A Level student now reading BA (Hons) in History at the University of Sunderland.

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Why ED6? There are three good reasons why you should choose ED6: the courses we offer, the staff who teach them and the first-class learning facilities you’ll enjoy.

Not every A Level. Just the ones that matter most. We offer a variety of A Level courses which have all been selected for a very special reason. They’re the ones that are most respected and valued by leading universities. The ones that give you the best chance of attending the university of your choice to get the degree you’re looking for. There is a wide choice of combinations, so you’ll be able to find the perfect match for your talents, interests and ambition.

The better the staff, the better the student. Teaching A Level subjects isn’t easy. Academic subjects undoubtedly require high quality theoretical input from the lecturer, but also the ability to develop the skills of serious research and enquiry in the student, who will be working more independently than at school. Which is why all our staff are highly-qualified, experienced, hand-picked professionals. They know exactly how to get the best out of you. Their proven track record of getting results means you’ll achieve all you possibly can.

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Bethany Tefler. Bethany studied A Level English Literature, History and Sociology at ED6 as well as the Extended Project Qualification. She is now reading English and History at Leeds Beckett University.

A Level Course Index - See page 31

A high-achieving atmosphere. ED6 is part of East Durham College – but it’s also set apart from students doing other courses. With your own lecture rooms, study spaces and communal areas, you’ll be sharing space with people who, like you, are taking their education seriously. We believe that by fostering a culture of learning we’ll help you to reach your A Level goals more successfully.

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Everything YOU NEED IS RIGHT HERE

The ED6 campus is equipped with everything you need to get the most out of your time in the sixth form. Most of your time will be spent in the dedicated ED6 space, which covers much of the top floor of our bright, modern building. ED6 students have their very own common room too! Library facilities and IT suites are secondto-none – every facility for study is here. Food and drink come high on a sixthformers’ list of priorities, and during breaks and lunchtimes there’s a choice of places for a snack or a meal. And those students who were eligible for free school meals at school will continue to receive free meals at ED6.

We have first-class sports facilities here, which you’re welcome to enjoy to the full for free. Our Student Liaison Coordinator will support you in establishing clubs and societies in anything from music and drama to games and gaming. And on a personal level, you will have a Progression Coach throughout your time here, who is responsible for checking your progress, overseeing your welfare and dealing with any problems or queries – so there’ll always be someone to talk to.

Free Bus Service We’ve teamed up with Arriva to offer you a free bus service to get you to college and home again. You can simply show your college ID badge to jump on any Arriva bus during term-time, Monday to Friday, till 9pm. This offer is available to ALL ED6 students regardless of age or household income. For full details and terms and conditions, please check our website. To check details on Arriva’s routes, please log on to www.arrivabus.co.uk/north-east or call their Customer Service team on 0344 800 44 11 (standard landline rate). Speak to our Student Services team on 0191 518 8222 if you need any further help and support.

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Carly Gallagher. Former Dene Community School & ED6 A Level student. Now reading BSc (Hons) in Sociology at Teesside University.

Cash Reward Scheme All ED6 students aged 16-18, on or before 31st August 2017, can receive amazing cash rewards to help with college costs – here’s the deal… Deal 1

For students from households with an income of £25,000** or below. Get £360 for the academic year, paid at £10 per week; subject to attendance, excellent behaviour and homework/assignment completion.

Deal 2

For students from households with an income of £25,001** or above. Get £100 for the academic year, paid at £50 in February and £50 in July; subject to attendance, excellent behaviour and homework/assignment completion. ** Terms and conditions apply, please see website for details. Household income is any income from work, plus any benefits being claimed such as working tax credits, child tax credits, etc. Household income does NOT include disability benefits.

*Means tested, please check website for details.

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The Extended

PROJECT QUALIFICATION

The Extended Project is an extra qualification, which provides an opportunity for students to stretch their abilities beyond the A Level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career. It can also be used to earn extra UCAS points. The programme enables students to embark on largely self-directed projects by taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project).

Key aims and benefits of the Extended Project • Helps students to become more critical, reflective and independent in their approach to their studies. • Provides opportunities to develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills. • Increases and improves a student’s planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills. • Teaches students how to apply new technologies confidently. • Enables students to demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise. Please see page 70 for more details.

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I enjoyed the depth the courses went into, as well as testing and building up my skills for the future. Courtney Graham. Studied A Level Biology, Chemistry & Geography at ED6. She is now reading Animal Conservation Science at University of Cumbria.

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The ED6

HONOURS PROGRAMME East Durham Sixth Form is proud to offer its new high-flying students a special programme to help stretch them academically.

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The ED6 Honours Programme is offered to any prospective students who get at least five A grades in their GCSEs. The initiative offers students a ‘Stretch and Challenge’ programme which they may have been on at school. Some students may have been identified as ‘gifted and talented’ at school and will want to continue on a similar programme – ED6’s Honours Programme is just that. At ED6, we work very hard for the success of each and every one of our students, including those who are academic high flyers. The programme has been developed to enable such students to achieve their full potential and realise their ambitions and goals. Students who want to study on the most demanding and competitive courses at a top university will be greatly benefited by being on this programme. The programme will offer students academic enhancement, study skills, mentoring and the guidance they will need to make strong applications to the most competitive universities. ED6 will also be expecting a lot from its Honours students in terms of commitment to their community through volunteering, peer mentoring and leadership development. There will also be additional lectures and conferences that students will be encouraged to attend.

The ED6 Honours Programme is a really wonderful opportunity for talented young people to show what they can achieve, both academically and socially.

The teachers are passionate about their subject and really friendly, easy to talk to and care about you. Sarjun Dhillion. Former Southmoor Academy student. Studied A Level Biology, Chemistry & Maths at ED6. Now reading Chemical Engineering at Lancaster University. CHECK OUT THE ED6 WEBSITE

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Enrichment At ED6 our aim is to ensure that every student leaves us as confident, happy and independent young adults, fully prepared for the challenges that life will inevitably provide. Great A Level grades are only part of the mix. It’s increasingly important that, to fully realise your potential, you develop skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork. Learning, therefore, must extend way beyond the walls of the classroom. Example activities include: • Field trips • Arts experiences and theatre visits • Duke of Edinburgh Awards • National Citizen Service (NCS) • Team East Durham Sports Academies (See page 24 for more details) • Fitness classes • Charity committees and events • Social committees and events • Hobby clubs University courses, and indeed job opportunities, are often over-subscribed - so it is absolutely vital that students develop the strongest possible personal profile – making for a strong UCAS application and CV.

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The content of all my A Levels have been extremely interesting and enjoyable - I feel that the skills I have learned will be useful throughout my working life. Reece Jordan. Former Seaham School student. Studied A Level Biology, Chemistry & Physics at ED6. He is now reading Marine Biology at Plymouth University.

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The Sixth Form DIFFERENCE

So, we all know that sixth form is different to being at school but what exactly are some of those key differences? Well, there’s the typical day as an A Level student. At ED6 lessons run from 9am to 12.15pm and then 1.15pm to 4.15pm, but students’ timetables will often be scheduled to finish at 3.15pm. At ED6 we are proud to offer our students a full five hours, per subject, per week, classroom teaching time – whist many other sixth forms are reducing their teaching hours down to four and a half or even four hours in some cases. Quite a difference over the course of a year. Students also have free periods and can use these as extra learning time in the College’s Learning Resources Centre. This reflects another key difference, which is the change in attitude towards independent study and the expectation that students take responsibility for their own learning.

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This encourages students to cultivate a mature, organised approach to their work, which is excellent preparation for university and the world of work. The classes at ED6 are small. This allows for a more personalised approach to teaching and the opportunity to discuss topics in more depth with the lecturers; thus it often seems more like a university tutorial where students can challenge and develop their own ideas. East Durham Sixth Form offers change, a wealth of new opportunities and a chance to prepare for the future.


Lauren Coates. Lauren achieved a triple distinction star on the BTEC Applied Science and is now studying Crime Scene Science at Teesside University.

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How we will LOOK AFTER YOU

We have several ways of making sure you have all the advice, guidance and support you need during your time at ED6.

Pastoral Support When you enrol you’ll become part of a tutor group and have your own Progression Coach to help you settle in to ED6. During your time here there will be regular reviews of your progress, overseen by your Progression Coach. He or she will also help you with career and higher education or employment choices. If you have any problems or need further advice, everyone from the Director of Sixth Form to your Progression Coach will be happy to help. We have a team of trained specialists who can help you with extra learning support if you have any special learning needs, such as dyslexia or require any extra support in order to reach your goal.

Progress Review Weeks Alongside the individual progress discussions with your subject tutors, which take place on a regular basis during your teaching sessions, there will be a series of Progress Review Weeks. During this time, you will examine your progress with your Progression Coach in detail, focussing upon actions which can maximise your potential and support you in achieving your ambitions.

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I joined ED6 because I wanted a change from a school sixth form environment and the small class sizes at ED6 really appealed to me. Coral Bell. Former St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy pupil, studied A Level Geography, Psychology & Sociology at ED6. She is now reading Sociology at Newcastle University.

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How we will LOOK AFTER YOU

Student Services

Careers Advice

Financial support, careers advisers and counsellors are all available to help you succeed in your studies.

We have a team of experienced careers advisers to help you progress successfully.

The well-trained and sympathetic staff at Student Services are the central point for your support needs and have the knowledge and experience to help you with any problems.

The service includes visits to businesses, careers conferences and university open days. You’ll get help in producing a professional and effective CV and coaching in job or university interview techniques.

Counselling Service

Most of our students will be looking to go on to university and we provide a step-by-step guide through the process of researching options and making successful applications.

Our team of trained counsellors offer a totally confidential service that you are free to call on at any time. Although you may be happy to talk things through with your Progression Coach or subject tutor, you may want to talk to someone outside your course.

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For further information please turn to page 72, where you will find some useful information and contact details concerning higher education and careers advice.


Anyone thinking of joining ED6 should not think twice. It’s such a great place - I had the greatest time whilst I was there. Kyle Stanforth. Former Wellfield School & ED6 A Level student. Reading BSc (Hons) in Biology (Cellular and Molecular Biology) at Newcastle University.

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Information FOR PARENTS & CARERS

The involvement of parents and carers is critical in what can be an exciting if not daunting time in moving from school to college.

How do we keep you informed? Parents’ Consultation Evenings will be held each year when you’ll have the chance to meet with subject tutors. Progress Review reports and attendance reports will be sent to you regularly throughout the year. You will be able to contact your son’s or daughter’s Progression Coach or the Director of Sixth Form at any time. They will also get in touch with you when necessary, particularly if there is a concern about a student’s work, well-being, attendance or punctuality. All the staff at ED6 are committed to the welfare of each of our students and we pay particular attention to attendance – we expect 100% attendance from all of our students.

MEET THE STAFF

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Information & ENROLMENT

Open Evenings These are the perfect opportunity for you to visit the Peterlee Campus on Willerby Grove to find out more about ED6, the courses we offer and all the other activities that go with being a student here. Please check the website for dates and times.

School Liaison Team Our School Liaison Team will visit schools to give talks and run guidance sessions for all those interested in applying to ED6. They’ll also carry out the interviews once you’ve had a full opportunity to discuss your choices with the relevant subject experts.

Enrolment As soon as you have your GCSE results you are welcome to come into college to discuss your place at ED6, even if you have missed the entry requirements, we can discuss your options. Advice will be available if you are still unsure exactly which A Levels to study. You will also receive details of what to do on your first day at ED6. In 2017 our enrolment days will be held on GCSE results day and the following days. See website for more details.

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Applying FOR A COURSE

How to apply There are two ways to apply to join us as a student: • Use the form on page 73 of this prospectus and send it to us at the freepost address provided. • Apply online – simply go to www.ed6.ac.uk and follow the link on the home page to apply online. You will receive confirmation that we have received your details. Please note that our initial deadline for applications is Thursday 27th April 2017. However, please do complete your application as soon as possible before this date, so that we can arrange your interview before you start your GCSE exams. Please contact Student Services on 0191 518 8222 if you need any advice before filling in the form.

APPLY ONLINE

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What

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Interviews We interview all potential ED6 applicants during Year 11. You will receive details of your interview shortly after you return your application form. The interview might take place at your school or at East Durham College, depending on the school you are attending. Don’t worry, this isn’t a formal interview. It simply gives you the chance to discuss your application and ask any questions you might have about the courses that interest you and about ED6 in general. At interview we will ask to see a copy of your most recent school report (or another document which gives your predicted grades). If for any reason it is difficult for you to come along to the College for an interview please let us know, as we can also arrange interviews over the telephone at a time to suit you. If your interview takes place at your school or over the telephone then you can still come to ED6 on another occasion for a tour. Please feel free to contact us and arrange a visit. Occasionally this level of interview will need to be supplemented by another, in order that we can properly assess your skill levels in specific subjects.

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Team

EAST DURHAM SPORTS ACADEMIES

Introduction Team East Durham brings together sport and education in the unique format of Performance Centres for male and female students looking to continue their education at ED6. This is an exciting opportunity to enhance your sporting ability whilst studying on your selected A Level programme. The Performance Centres are available in some of the most popular sports in the UK giving you the opportunity to compete at local, regional, national and international levels. Opportunities are available in basketball, boxing, dance, football, netball, rugby union and rugby league. Students do not have to study on the PE A Level to be part of the Performance Centres.

How it works

The Team East Durham Performance Centres’ provisions are some of the North East’s most outstanding joint education and sports development programmes, giving students the opportunity to achieve the best possible grades whilst still continuing in their chosen sport. All the Centres cater for a wide range of students, from those who simply want to play for fun and to get fit, to those who want to be the best that they can be.

Students from both ED6 and East Durham College have the opportunity to be part of the Performance Centres; together you will all become part of a TEAM representing the College.

They also employ some of the most highly qualified sports specific staff working in colleges in the country today; many of whom themselves played at a professional level.

Training and competition is totally separate from your academic studies and scheduled around the academic timetable.

Each centre is linked to the performance pathway with their respective governing body helping to support long-term athletic development.

This ensures student athletes are given the chance to study on their chosen A Level programme whilst being given the opportunity of leading a healthier lifestyle and meeting even more new friends!

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Students who choose to become part of Team East Durham are expected to excel in the classroom as well as in training or competition. Students are carefully monitored to ensure everyone reaches targets set at the start of each academic year. Student athletes are easily identified around College in their branded sports kit. Cool!

What to expect If you join one of Team East Durham’s Performance Centres you will take part and have access to: • 9 to 12 hours of training per week in your chosen sport • Individual assessments of performance • Strength and conditioning training • Diet and nutrition education • Fitness training programmes • Performance analysis support • Prehabilitation • In-house physiotherapy • Undertake sports coaching qualifications • Expert coaching and guidance from our highly skilled team

For more details on Team East Durham, please call the Sport Team on 0191 518 5565

Patrick McCann. Former Trinity Catholic College pupil, studied A Level Business Studies, Maths & PE at ED6. He is now studying Sports Performance at Hartpury College.

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Our Facilities East Durham College has an array of fantastic facilities at our Peterlee Campus. • 220-seat theatre and cinema • Television filming studio • Recording studio • Art studio • Science labs • State-of-the-art teaching and learning areas • Well-equipped learning resources centre and IT suites • Spacious canteen, social spaces and ED6 common room • 4 immaculate 11-a-side grass football pitches • 500-seat double-sized sports hall arena • Extensively equipped fitness gym with top-of-the-range cardiovascular equipment and fixed and free weights • Full-size all-weather 3G pitch with floodlighting • Dance studio • Specialist boxing gym with Olympic and professional-sized rings • Physiotherapy treatment facility

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR EXCELLENT FACILITIES

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Sara Aslam. Former Monkwearmouth Academy pupil. Studied A Level Chemistry & BTEC Applied Science at ED6 gaining triple distinction star. She is now reading Radiography at the University of Cumbria.

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Finding THE PERFECT MIX

The mix of A Levels you take at ED6 is very important in preparing you for your future career. However, if you are unsure we’ve grouped together certain subjects to guide you down particular routes towards career categories after your time at university.

Suggested Career Pathways • Scientific • Creative Industries • Business & Management • Humanities/Social Sciences • Health However these are suggestions only. You can research further using the information on page 71 or by speaking with careers advisers at your school. If you wish, you can also pop into the College to discuss your plans with our own specialist Careers Adviser, who can be contacted on 0191 518 8282 to make an appointment.

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SUGGESTED CAREER PATHWAYS To give you the best possible chance of getting into university, we have created a set of choices within each Career Pathway which will give you a balanced set of A Level results. These are suggestions only. The Scientific Pathway

The Creative Industries Pathway

The Business & Management Pathway

Biology Chemistry Computer Science Geography ICT Mathematics Further Mathematics PE Physics Psychology

Computer Science English Language English Literature Fine Art Film Studies ICT Graphics Media Studies Photography

Business Studies Computer Science Economics English Language English Literature History ICT Law Mathematics Further Mathematics Psychology

Humanities/ Social Sciences Pathway

The Health Pathway

Business Studies Economics English Language English Literature Film Studies Geography History Law Media Studies Psychology Sociology

Biology Chemistry Mathematics Further Mathematics PE Physics Psychology Sociology

These are suggestions only, with a view to helping you select a balanced choice of subjects.

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Entry

REQUIREMENTS

To attend ED6 you’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs at A* – C. For a three A Level programme at ED6 you will need a minimum of five A* – C grades at GCSE, including English and Mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the new grading system for English and Mathematics in 2017). For a four A Level programme at ED6 you will need a minimum of six A* – C grades at GCSE, including English and Mathematics. It is expected that you will have the majority of passes at A* – A. Some of our A Level subjects have further subject specific entry requirements, please see the individual subject page for more details. If the A Level subject(s) you are interested in are not listed, please contact the Director of ED6 to discuss this as we will be able to offer new subjects if we know there is sufficient student demand.

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Ashley Dixon Former Dene Community School & ED6 A Level student, now reading BA (Hons) Fine Art at Northumbria University.

A LEVEL COURSE CONTENTS Art & Design (Fine Art)

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Art & Design (Photography)

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Art & Design (Graphics)

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Biology

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Business Studies

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Chemistry

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Computer Science

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Economics

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English Language

Page 45

English Literature

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Film Studies

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Geography

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History

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ICT (AS Level only)

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Law

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Mathematics

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Further Mathematics

Page 57

Media Studies

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Physical Education

Page 60

Physics

Page 62

Psychology

Page 64

Sociology

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BTEC Applied Science (Level 2 & 3)

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Extended Project Qualification

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Art & Design – Fine Art A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS

ASSESSMENT

After studying on this course you can start to regard yourself as an artist and look to establish your own practice and portfolio. Completion of the AS and A2 qualifications will earn you ‘points’ to progress on to higher education both within and outside the disciplines of art and design.

A2 requires the student to produce a piece of written work (1000 words) and the final unit is a controlled, timed exam (AS 10 hours / A2 15 hours).

If you wish to progress on to a possible career in art and design, one year’s study on a Foundation Degree in Art & Design is recommended.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS Personal Investigation: Under a given theme, you will experiment with a wide range of media and methods and develop skills through drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. You will find out about researching, analysing and reviewing your own work and the work of other artists and designers. This will then provide the basis for developing your ideas towards a final piece of work. Externally Set Assignment: With a given theme set by the examination board you will apply what you have learnt from your personal investigation. Exploring a chosen approach to the theme through experimenting with media and developing and applying your skills. Alongside this, you will be researching and analysing your own and others’ work to support your progress. Then developing your ideas and, under timed examination conditions, producing an outcome.

Coursework (AS 50% / A2 60%): There is a generous coursework component (60%) in the syllabus, which allows scope for personal development. Externally set assignment (AS 50% / A2 40%): You will develop ideas from the examination paper of a given theme towards a timed major final piece of work. Contextual Study (A2): You will produce a personal research study on a relevant topic (artist/designer/movement/techniques) of your own choice.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Fine Art you will need grade B or above in an art-related subject at GCSE. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

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Art & Design – Photography A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS

ASSESSMENT

A Level Photography provides an ideal springboard for students who intend to study photography at degree level. It also provides skills that are key to those who intend to pursue media, journalism and many other related career paths. Students who would like to study art and design at HND (Higher National Diploma) or foundation degree level before continuing on to degrees will find it invaluable.

A2 requires the student to produce a piece of written work (1000 words) and the final unit is a controlled, timed exam (AS 10 hours / A2 15 hours).

After studying on this course you can start to regard yourself as a photographer and look to establish your own practice and portfolio.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS A Level Photography aims to develop students’ practical, creative and communication skills through the use of photography, as a means of personal enquiry and expression, involving the selection and manipulation of images. Students must employ creative approaches that go beyond mere observation and recording. By the end of the course, students will be able to produce exciting work using their own initiative. Visual language: The creative elements of photography and art, use of the camera, lenses and film, use of light, manipulation of images, contextual references though research into the work of others, analysis and critical evaluation. Personal Investigation: Under a given theme, you will experiment with a wide range of equipment, methods and techniques in producing a range of photographs aimed towards your chosen theme. You will find out about researching, analysing and reviewing your own work and that of other photographers. This will all then provide the basis for developing your ideas towards a final piece of work. Externally Set Assignment: With a given theme set by the examination board you will apply what you have learnt from your personal investigation. Exploring a chosen approach to the theme through experimenting with media and developing and applying your skills. Alongside this, you will be researching and analysing your own and others’ work to support your progress, then developing your ideas, under timed examination conditions.

Coursework (AS 50% / A2 60%): Practical assignments accompanied by relevant preliminary / supporting studies. Contextual study (A2), a personal research study on a relevant topic (photography/movement/technique) of the student’s choice. Externally set assignment (AS 50% / A2 Level 40%): The student selects a question from the examination paper as the basis for a final piece of work.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Photography you will need grade B or above in an art-related subject at GCSE. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

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Art & Design – Graphic Communication A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS This qualification could form the basis of progression on to a Foundation Degree in Art and Design or full degree courses. It could also contribute to the entry requirements for a wide range of none-art and design higher education courses. Additionally, you can progress directly to employment, seeing your experience and qualifications in art and design as contributing to a broader, richer education.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS This A Level is defined as work that is produced towards a specific design outcome. This course is extensive and designed to develop skills in many areas of graphic design but is underpinned by drawing, in a variety of media. Visual imagery is explored by direct observation and there is opportunity to develop ideas in an expressive and imaginative way. The key areas students cover as part of the course: • Illustration • Advertising and packaging • Animation • Visual communication • Digital art Students are encouraged to develop their designs from original drawings that can be applied to many purposes, such as: advertising, packaging, compact disk covers, illustration projects, leaflets, posters, information graphics, book jackets, corporate identities and logotypes. Projects are undertaken in four steps: research, analysis, development and final artwork.

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Personal Investigation: Under a given theme, you will experiment with a wide range of equipment, software packages (Adobe Photoshop) and techniques in producing a range of graphic images. You will find out about researching, analysing and reviewing your own work and that of other artists and designers. This will all then provide the basis for developing your ideas towards a final piece of work. Externally Set Assignment: With a given theme set by the examination board you will apply what you have learnt from your personal investigation. Exploring a chosen approach to the theme through experimenting with media, software and developing and applying your skills. Alongside this, you will be researching and analysing your own and others’ work to support your progress. Then developing your ideas and, under timed examination conditions, producing an outcome.


ASSESSMENT A2 requires the student to produce a piece of written work (1000 words) and the final unit is a controlled, timed exam (AS 10 hours / A2 15 hours) Coursework (AS 50% / A2 60%): There is a generous coursework component (60%) in the syllabus, which allows scope for personal development. Externally set assignment (AS 50% / A2 40%): You will develop ideas from the examination paper of a given theme towards a timed major final piece of work. Contextual Study (A2): You will produce a personal research study on a relevant topic (artist/designer/movement/ techniques) of your own choice.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Graphic Communication you will need grade B or above in an art-related subject at GCSE. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

The staff are some of the friendliest people I have ever met, always seeking to help you out no matter what the circumstances. Of course, at the same time they really push you to achieve the best you can. Kyle Stanforth. Former Wellfield School & ED6 A level student. Reading BSc (Hons) in Biology (Cellular and Molecular Biology) at Newcastle University.

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Biology A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS

ASSESSMENT

There exists a wide variety of higher education options that are related to biology.

Students will take the AS exams at the end of year one and A Level exams at the end of year two.

For example, A Level Biology can support entry into: medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy, physiotherapy, radiography, occupational therapy, all branches of nursing, psychology, biomedical sciences, environmental science, ecology, genetics and scientific research.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS 1. Biological molecules - The basic chemistry of living organisms, necessary knowledge for all further study of biology. 2. Cells - The ultrastructure of cells as seen by electron microscopy; practical light microscopy. 3. Organisms - Exchange substances with their environment; gas exchange, circulation and digestion. 4. Genetics - Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. The study of DNA and RNA, mitosis and meiosis. 5. Energy - Energy transfers in and between organisms (A Level only); photosynthesis, respiration and ecosystems. 6. Organisms respond to changes – Responses to internal and external environmental changes (A Level only); homeostasis, the nervous and hormonal systems. 7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A Level only) - Inheritance of characteristics, evolution and speciation. 8. The control of gene expression (A Level only) - DNA technology.

AS involves two exams with questions drawn from topics 1-4, as well as practical skills. AS - Paper 1, 1hr 30 minutes exam; Paper 2, 1hr 30 min exam; plus internally assessed practicals. A Level involves three exams with the first involving questions from topics 1-4, the second topics 5-8 and third covering all topics 1-8. This also involves practical skills. A Level - Paper 1, 2hr exam; Paper 2, 2hr exam; Paper 3, 2hr exam; plus internally assessed practicals.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Biology you will need to have Grade B or above in GCSE Biology (triple award) or B, B from Dual Award Science. You will also need a Grade B in Mathematics. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

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Zohaib Ali. Former Hetton School student. Studied A Level Biology, Chemistry & Psychology at ED6. Zohaib is now reading medicine at the Pleven Medical University in Bulgaria.

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Business Studies A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS

A Level topics (All of the AS, plus):

As many higher education courses relate to the business world it is no surprise that many A Level Business Studies students continue to take business-related courses at university.

• Analysing the strategic position of a business • Choosing strategic direction • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies • Managing strategic change

Students can take a business or management degree course before they specialise or apply for work through the many graduate recruitment schemes offered by large companies. Alternatively, students can specialise into a chosen field such as marketing or accounting by doing a specific course at university. It should be noted that many students are using business studies as a stepping stone into another field, perhaps onto a totally unrelated course like pharmacy. These students have chosen A Level Business Studies because it provides an interesting and alternative A Level to study in addition to their science-based choices.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS

ASSESSMENT Written examinations in June. Regular homework and class assessment.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Business Studies you will need to have Grade B or above in either GCSE mathematics or English.

Students will study business in a variety of different contexts, for example, large and small businesses, UK and global businesses. The topics are engaging and encourage students to think critically about contemporary business issues, based on real business situations.

For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics).

The first year is all about understanding types of businesses and the key functional areas within a business, with the second year focusing more on the overall business strategy. Students will take the AS exams at the end of year one and A Level exams at the end of year two.

For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

AS Level topics include: • What is business? • Managers, leadership and decision making • Decision making to improve marketing performance • Decision making to improve operational performance • Decision making to improve financial performance • Decision making to improve human resource performance

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I’ve enjoyed how close the students at ED6 are and how everyone knows each other. I also enjoyed the opportunity to learn and push my limits. Zoe Dinning. Former Academy at Shotton Hall pupil. Studied A Level English Language, English Literature & Business Studies at ED6. She is now reading Business & Management at the University of Sunderland.

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Chemistry A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS A Level Chemistry opens the door to a range of careers in areas like pharmacy, medicine, nursing, radiography, forensics, and even law and accountancy. The course will give you the scientific discipline needed to study higher education science at university or get an entry level position in the industry. This course is ideal if you are interested and intrigued by chemistry and are keen to develop an understanding of the world of atoms, molecules and chemical reactions. After the completion of this course most students study higher education at university. This could include: medicine, dentistry, optical work, physiotherapy, pharmacy, chemistry, chemical engineering. Some students do enter directly into a career for example joining the RAF, Police force, chemical industry and a range of apprenticeships.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS Chemistry is fundamentally an experimental subject. The specifications provide numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip you with the essential practical skills you need. Whilst studying both AS and A Level Chemistry you will cover a range of different topics including: Physical chemistry – Atomic structure, electron configuration, moles and Avogadro’s constant, equations and formulae, the nature and types of chemical bonding, enthalpy change, calorimetry, kinetics, equilibrium and at A Level only thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium expressions, acids and bases, acid dissociation constants, pH curves, buffers and indicators, electrode potential and electrochemical cells.

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Inorganic chemistry – Periodic trends and properties of period 3 elements, group 2 trends, group 7 trends and at A Level only oxides of period 3, transition metals, ligand substitution, complexes and catalysts. Organic chemistry – Nomenclature, reaction mechanisms, isomerism, alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and at A Level only optical isomerism, carboxylic acids, aromatic chemistry, amines and polymers. Analytical chemistry – mass spectroscopy, infra-red spectroscopy and at A Level only proton NMR, chromatography and organic synthesis. On this course you will be taught through a variety of different methods, theory lessons, independent research and practical experiments. You will also be expected to support self-study using the internet, text books and information sheets.


ASSESSMENT On the AS course you will take two exams at the end of the AS and carry out six internally assessed practical investigations during the year. On the A Level Chemistry course you will take three exams at the end of the course and carry out a total of 12 internally assessed practical investigations during the course. Overall, at least 20% of the marks in assessments during the course will require the use of mathematical skills. These skills will be applied in the context of chemistry and will be at least the standard of higher tier GCSE Mathematics.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Chemistry you will need grade B or above in GCSE Chemistry (triple award) or B, B from Dual Award Science. You will also need a Grade B in Mathematics. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics).

Sara Aslam. Former Monkwearmouth Academy pupil. Studied A Level Chemistry & BTEC Applied Science at ED6 gaining triple distinction star. She is now reading Radiography at the University of Cumbria.

For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

The UK Government has a drive to encourage more girls to take science and maths qualifications and to consider a career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) sector. Here at ED6 we are on exactly the same drive and what better way than to have not one, but three highly qualified and extremely talented female science teachers. Meet the Science Sisters, left to right: Dr Wanda Scott. Dr Avis Mastin & Lucy Highcock-Nheta (MPhys)

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Computer Science A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS After the completion of this course most students study higher education at university on computing-related courses. An A Level in Computer Science is useful for all kinds of careers, whether it be a career in computing such as software development, programming, network engineering, web design, cyber security or ethical hacking, or a career in business, science, technology, engineering or mathematics. In fact, the skills you will develop on a computer science course are valued by many employers and can be transferred to lots of careers. Some students follow an alternative career path, for example: apprenticeships, the Police or the RAF.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS Computer science is an exciting, creative subject in which you will practically apply academic principles learned in the classroom to solve real-world problems. This course is an excellent choice if you enjoy imagining, designing and creating new and innovative solutions that can be shared and that might one day become part of new technologies that haven’t yet been dreamed of. Putting theory into practice is at the heart of this A Level and much of your work will involve practical, hands-on development of computer programs. AS and A Level Computer Science have more of a maths focus than previous ICT qualifications. The maths is specific to computer science and most of it is embedded in the course. On this course you will be taught through a variety of different methods, theory lessons, independent research and practical programming. You will also be expected to support self-study using the internet, text books and information sheets.

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Topics include: Computer Systems: Input, output and storage. Software development lifecycle. The arithmetic and logic unit and registers and how they relate to assembly language programming. Procedural languages: assembly language and Little Man Computer. Working with binary numbers. Object-oriented languages, programming constructs, data structures CISC and RISC processors. Multicore and parallel systems. Operating systems, memory management, BIOS, device drivers and virtual machines. Boolean logic and algebra. Networking. Relational databases, SQL. Web design and programming. Algorithms and Programming: Object-oriented programming. Programming constructs. Global and local variables. Modularity, functions, procedures and parameter passing. Using IDEs to develop and debug programs. Logic and decisions. Problem solving and abstraction. Computational thinking. Algorithm analysis and design. Standard algorithms. Programming Project (A Level only) Students select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve. The problem must be analysed and a solution designed, implemented and evaluated.


ASSESSMENT You will be assessed by two formal written examinations and one coursework module at A Level. One at the end of AS year and one at the end of A2.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Computer Science you will need Grade B or above in GCSE Computer Science and Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

The facilities are fantastic and the lecturers were incredibly supportive and experts in their field. It’s an incredible experience here and I’m so pleased I decided to join East Durham Sixth Form. Jonah Sinclair. Former Academy at Shotton Hall pupil. Studied A Level English Language, Maths & Physics at ED6. He has now gone to Bacone College in Oklahoma, USA, to study a degree in Business & Administration (Accounting) on a Soccer Scholarship.

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Economics A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS

ASSESSMENT

Economics is an established academic subject which can provide an excellent base for progression into higher education.

Written examinations in June. Regular homework and class assessment.

Economists are highly sought after. Those who have a good understanding of economics will find rewarding occupations in finance, banking and management.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS

For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics).

Students will apply economic theory to support analysis of current economic problems and issues and appreciate the interrelationships between microeconomics and macroeconomics. The content is engaging and students will relate to what they are learning to the world around them locally, nationally and globally. AS Level • Economic methodology and the economic problems • Price determination in a competitive market • Production, costs and revenue • The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets • The measurement of macroeconomic performance • Economic performance • Competitive and concentrated markets • How the macroeconomy works • Macroeconomic policy A Level (All of the above, plus): • Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly • The labour market • The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality • How the macroeconomy works: the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis and related concepts • Financial markets and monetary policy • Fiscal policy and supply side policies • The international economy

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For A Level Economics you will need grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics.

For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

East Durham Sixth Form was my first choice and when I came to visit I knew I didn’t want to go anywhere else. I believe ED6 has provided the right platform to get me to where I want to be. It’s been a fantastic experience from start to finish. Alice Ridsdale. Former Southmoor Academy student. Studied A Level Biology, Chemistry & Psychology at ED6. She is now reading Physiological Sciences at the University of Sunderland.


English Language A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS

ASSESSMENT

English language supports a wide range of degree programmes, not only those that focus on linguistics. Previous students have gone on to study sociology, psychology, business, criminology and other related arts and humanities subjects.

Students will take the AS exams at the end of year one and A Level exams at the end of year two.

With English language you could go on to work in the public and private sectors such as the National Health Service (NHS), educational institutions, local and national government, financial and legal firms. Other typical employers include publishing companies, advertising, marketing and public relations agencies and media organisations. The retail, leisure and tourism sectors also typically recruit English language students.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS Why do you use the words you do? This question underpins A Level English Language; throughout the course we will look at different ways of answering these questions, from how you learn to speak to how you might speak differently if you lived somewhere else. A creative flair is essential as in the second year of the course you will need to create a portfolio of original writing for a genre of your choice. The course is very technical and is almost scientific in the way it forensically analyses language, it is very different from GCSE English Language. • Language Variation – In this unit you will investigate how individuals use language differently to represent their identities. It also looks at how language has varied over time and the reason why English is constantly evolving. • Child Language – Within this unit you will learn about the main stages of how children acquire language and the theories about how this happens. You will gain in-depth knowledge of both spoken and written English. • Investigating Language – This is an exciting unit that asks you to conduct your own research into a form of global English and then use your investigation to answer an exam question. Possible topics could include the language of Ireland, the Americas, the Caribbean, Australasia, Africa and Asia. • Crafting Language – This is the coursework component that will be studied in the second year.

AS involves two exams. Context and Identity, 1hr 30min and Child Language, 1hr 30min. A2 involves three exams. Language Variation, 2hr 15min, Child Language, 1hr and Investigating Language 1hr 45min. There is also a coursework element which requires students to compose a creative writing portfolio.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level English Language you will need grade B or above in English or English Literature at GCSE. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

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English Literature A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS Traditional university routes include: BA (Hons) English Literature, BA (Hons) English Studies, BA (Hons) English Language, BA (Hons) Creative Writing and BA (Hons) History. English literature is a very useful subject for a variety of professions such as: teaching, journalism, librarianship and information work, advertising/marketing and creative writing.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS Students will gain: • Excellent essay writing skills • Critical/independent thinking skills • A wide social and historical awareness of literature • An understanding of the school of literary critics • A knowledge of literary language Unit 1: Students will study aspects of the form of drama via two plays. Students study Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. This is an interesting and exciting unit that allows students to engage in critical debate surrounding the presentation of social class, gender, religion and education through various literary lenses within the world of comedy. This unit will be assessed by exam. Unit 2: Students will enter into the weird and wonderful universe of the supernatural via Dracula by Bram Stoker and Beloved by Toni Morrison. Not only will students delve deep into the dark world of the gothic, but look closely at the social and historical contexts influencing the major themes and issues within the text. This unit will be assessed by exam. Unit 3: Students will study a selection of poems from two published poetry texts. They will consider the concerns and choices of modern-day poets in a selection of contemporary poems. Additionally, students will study one of the most famous female poets in literary history, Christina Rossetti.

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This Victorian poet is famous for transgressing fairy-tale conventions and writing controversial poetry of her time. Students will have the chance to uncover the darker messages behind Rossetti’s poetry before being assessed by an exam. Unit 4: The final unit of the course will be assessed through coursework. Students will study two novels of their choice before producing a comparative analysis, applying all of the skills learnt across the year. This unit gives students the chance to take control of their own literary research and produce a piece of work at their own pace. Previous students have covered novels such as The Color Purple by Alice Walker or even Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

ASSESSMENT You will sit AS exams at the end of year one and A Level exams at the end of year two. 20% coursework (Internally assessed coursework folder) and 80% exam for both AS and A2.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level English Literature you will need grade B or above in English or English Literature at GCSE. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.


Film Studies A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS

ASSESSMENT

A Level Film Studies provides an excellent platform in terms of knowledge and skills for those pursuing a career in the media industries.

In both years, the course is assessed via a mixture of coursework (internal assessment) and exam (external assessment). At AS, the coursework accounts for 40% of the overall grade, and the exam 60%. The exam in the first year is on 3 x 40 mark questions and lasts 2 hours 30 minutes. In the second year, the coursework accounts for 50% of the grade and the exam 50%.

Students who study film go on to study a wide variety of courses at university, including film and media theory and practical production courses, English literature, art, journalism, advertising and marketing.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS Cinema is an increasingly important part of our society. On this course we look at cinema as an art form, as entertainment, as historical artefacts and as social commentaries. In the first year, you will learn about the ‘language’ of film and how it communicates meanings and messages to its audience. You will then apply this knowledge to the creation of your own film sequence. We will also look at British and American cinema, including British horror and US film noir. In the second year, you start to research for an independent project on a film topic of your choice, including a study of an auteur, genre, star or technological advancement. You will then create another, more complex original film sequence, applying knowledge learnt throughout your two years of study. For the exam, we look at a range of world cinema pieces from harsh international urban environments to international film movements such as Surrealism. You will also partake in spectatorship studies in relation to popular mainstream cinema. Finally, we conduct two in-depth critical analyses of single films: Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999) and Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936). AS UNIT 1: Exploring Film Form AS UNIT 2: British and American Film A2 UNIT 3: Film Research and Creative Projects A2 UNIT 4: Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates

The A2 exam is on 2 x 35 mark questions, and 1 x 30 mark question and lasts 2 hours 45 minutes.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade

The teachers are passionate about their subject and really friendly, easy to talk to and care about you. Sarah Maher. Former St Bede’s Catholic School pupil studied A Level Film Studies, Media Studies & English Literature at ED6. Winner of a prestigious BAFTA Mentoring Award. She is now studying Film at Cleveland College of Art & Design.

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Geography A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS Students can progress on to a wide range of higher education options. As well as progressing to directly linked courses such as geography, geology and environmental sciences, students can also use geography as a qualification for entry on to courses in law, management sciences, business, architecture, medicine and veterinary science. Careers include: teaching, environmental consultancy, renewable energy development, exploration, planning, geology, mapping, nuclear industries and environmental/ wildlife conservation.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS The AS Level course is now taught alongside the A Level course, rather than the AS being a step towards an A2 qualification. The course is highly structured; in lessons students usually carry out individual or small group activities using a range of resources. Skills are taught within the course content at appropriate places. Assessment is through multiple choice questions, structured questions and extended writing. As the course progresses students are expected to write essay style answers to examination questions and develop their skills with essay assignments where extended reading is required. Fieldwork is provided (two days for AS Level, four days for A Level) to underpin course content, with an emphasis on data collection skills. This allows students to develop the geographical skills of statistical analysis and data presentation which are taught alongside the topics on the course. AS Level Physical Geography and People and the Environment (Three topics covered) • Water and carbon cycles • Coastal systems and landscapes OR glacial systems and landscapes • Hazards OR contemporary urban environments Human Geography and Geography Fieldwork Investigation • Changing places • Geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills checklist

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A Level Physical Geography (Three topics covered) • Water and carbon cycles • Hot desert systems and landscapes OR coastal systems and landscapes OR glacial systems and landscapes • Hazards OR ecosystems under stress Human Geography (Three topics covered) • Global systems and global governance • Changing places • Contemporary urban environments OR population and the environment OR resource security Geography Fieldwork Investigation • Fieldwork requirements • Investigation requirements Geographical Skills • Geographical skills checklist

ASSESSMENT The course is assessed by written exams. For the AS Level the units are assessed by two exam papers which are 1 hour and 30 minutes each, each accounting for 50% of the AS Level. The A Level ‘Physical Geography’ and ‘Human Geography’ units are assessed by two exam papers which are 2 hours and 30 minutes long, each accounting for 40%. The Geographical Fieldwork Investigation coursework component, which is 3,000-4,000 words, accounts for the remaining 20% of the A Level. As this is a linear qualification, all examinations are at the end of the course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Geography you will need grade B or above in either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.


Coral Bell. Former St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy pupil, studied A Level Geography, Psychology & Sociology at ED6. She is now reading Sociology at Newcastle University.

Courtney Graham. Studied A Level Biology, Chemistry & Geography at ED6. She is now reading Animal Conservation Science at University of Cumbria.

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History A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS Study at university subjects such as history, English, business, law, geography, journalism or sociology. Students are able to go on to careers in business, marketing, teaching, journalism, law, museum and archive work.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS AS Level Unit 1: England, 1509-1603: Authority, nation and religion • The Tudor monarchs and government, 1509-88 • Religious changes, 1509-88 • State control and popular resistance, 1509-88 • Economic, social and cultural change, 1509-88 • Historical Interpretations: Was there a general crisis of government in the last years of Elizabeth I’s reign, 1589-1603? Assessment: Exam Unit 2: Luther and the German Reformation, c1515-55 • Conditions in early sixteenth century Germany • Luther’s early challenge to the Catholic Church, 1517-20 • The development of Lutheranism, 1521-46 • The spread and survival of Lutheranism, 1521-55 Assessment: Exam A Level Unit 3: The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1580-c1750 • Challenges to the witch craze, c1580-c1750 • Changing attitudes to witchcraft in Britain • The wider intellectual context: the coming of the age of science and reason • Persecuting witches • The North Berwick witches in Scotland, 1590-91 and the aftermath to 1597 • The Lancashire witches of 1604-13 • The Great Witch Hunt, in Bamberg, Germany, 1623-32 • Matthew Hopkins and the East Anglian witch craze, 1645-47 • Cotton Mather and the Salem witch hunt, 1692-93 Assessment: Exam

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Unit4: Coursework For Unit 4, you will undertake a coursework assignment. The purpose of this coursework is to enable you to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part of an independently researched assignment. You will focus on understanding the nature and purpose of the work of the historian and analyse, explain and evaluate the interpretations of three historians. Assessment: 3,000 to 4,000 word essay

ASSESSMENT You will sit AS exams at the end of year one and A Level exams at the end of year two and you will have to complete a portfolio of coursework.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level History you will need a grade B or above in GCSE English. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.


ED6 was the natural choice. There are great facilities and great people teaching you. I’ve loved my time here and would recommend it to anyone. Bethany Telfer. Studied A Level English Literature, History & Sociology at ED6. She is now reading English and History at Leeds Beckett University.

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ICT AS Level Only

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS

The AS Level ICT qualification is very marketable and is a very good supplementary subject to most A Level options.

AS Level Information, Systems and Applications • Data, information, knowledge and processing • Software and hardware components of an information system • Characteristics of standard applications software and application areas • Spreadsheet concepts • Relational database concepts • Applications software used for presentation and communication of data • The role and impact of ICT – legal, oral and social issues

As well as the rapid development of new computer-based technologies, more familiar technologies like television and telephone are also evolving and being expanded by digitised information. As a result of this there is a growing need for individuals who can master and manipulate these new technologies. There are a vast number of ICT/Computer Studies courses in higher education such as: BSc (Hons) Computer Science, BA (Hons) Business Computing, BA (Hons) Computer Games Design and many, many more. Jobs in this field would include the likes of business analyst, network administrator, software engineer/programmer, database administrator or webmaster. ICT also provides essential skills for those who are wanting to pursue a career outside of this field, as having an enhanced knowledge of ICT applications will supplement careers such as accounting, science, teaching or management.

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AS Level Structured ICT Tasks • Design • Software development • Testing • Documentation


ASSESSMENT You will be assessed by one formal written examination at the end of the AS year. There is also a practical structured task unit. The weighting of exams to practical coursework is 60:40.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For AS Level ICT you will need a grade C or above in GCSE ICT or a similar level of ICT qualification. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

During my time at East Durham Sixth Form I have learned so much. It’s been a great place to study and given me a fantastic foundation to build on. Ross Graham. Former St Bede’s School pupil. Studied A Level Film Studies, ICT & Sociology at ED6.

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Law A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS

ASSESSMENT

Students may go on to study at university in subjects such as law, history, sociology, business, psychology or English.

100% exam based. Students will take the AS exams at the end of year one and A Level exams at the end of year two.

Law is a very useful subject which can be studied for its own sake or to support entry into a variety of professions. Progression routes include: Solicitor, barrister, legal executive, and politician. However, law is also useful for professions such as social work, nursing, historian, journalism, teaching and lecturing, marketing/advertising, business and finance.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS AS Level Unit 1: Law Making • Parliamentary law making • Delegated legislation • Statutory interpretation • Judicial precedent AS Level Unit 2: The Legal System • Civil and criminal courts • The legal profession • The judiciary A2 Level Unit 3: Criminal Law - Offences Against the Person • Murder • Manslaughter • Assault • Battery A2 Level Unit 4A: Criminal Law - Offences Against Property • Theft • Robbery • Blackmail • Burglary • Fraud A2 Level Unit 4C: Concepts of Law • Morality • Justice • Creativity • Fault

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.


The staff always seek to help you out as much as possible, but really push you to achieve the best you can too. That’s the mentality that drove me on to get good grades. Emma Mallen. Reading BEng (Hons) in Product Design Engineering at Northumbria University.

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Mathematics A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS A Level Mathematics is a much sought-after qualification for entry to a wide variety of courses in higher education. There are also many areas of employment that see A Level Mathematics as an important qualification and it is often a requirement for the vocational qualifications related to these areas. Higher education courses or careers that either require A Level Mathematics or are strongly related include: economics, medicine, architecture, engineering, accountancy, teaching, psychology, physics and computing.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS Mathematics A Level is a course worth studying not only as a supporting subject for the physical and social sciences, but in its own right. It is challenging but interesting. It builds on work you will have met at GCSE, but also involves new ideas produced by some of the greatest minds of the last millennium. Mathematics is rather different from many other subjects. An essential part of mathematical study is the challenge of analysing and solving a problem and the satisfaction and confidence gained from achieving a ‘correct’ answer. If you choose mathematics you will not have to write essays, but you will need to be able to communicate well in written work to explain your solutions. When studying pure mathematics at AS and A2 Level you will be extending your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some brand new ideas such as calculus. While many of the ideas you will meet in pure mathematics are interesting in their own right, they also serve as an important foundation for other branches of mathematics, especially mechanics and statistics. In the first year, you will study two Core Mathematics units (C1 and C2) and one Statistics unit (S1). In the second year, you will study two Core Mathematics units (C3 and C4) and either a Decision Mathematics unit (D1) or a Mechanics unit (M1).

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Core 1: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration. Core 2: Algebra and functions; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration. Statistics 1: Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution. Core 3: Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods. Core 4: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors. Decision 1: Algorithms; algorithms on graphs; the route inspection problem; critical path analysis; linear programming; matchings. Mechanics 1: Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments.

ASSESSMENT Each unit carries equal weight. There is a 1½ hour written examination for each unit. There is no coursework for any module. All exams are taken in May/June. Students will sit the AS exams at the end of year one and the A2 exams at the end of year two.


Further Mathematics A Level

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS

For A Level Mathematics you will need grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics.

You will be expected to study A Level Mathematics when taking A Level Further Mathematics.

For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics).

In the first year, you will study one Further Pure Mathematics (FP1) unit and two applied units. In the second year, you will study two Further Pure Mathematics (FP2 and FP3) units and one applied unit. Applied units include Decision Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.

For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

FP1: Series; complex numbers; numerical solution of equations; coordinate systems, matrix algebra, proof. FP2: Inequalities; series, first order differential equations; second order differential equations; further complex numbers, Maclaurin and Taylor series. FP3: Further matrix algebra; vectors, hyperbolic functions; differentiation; integration, further coordinate systems.

ASSESSMENT As per A Level Mathematics.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Further Mathematics you will need grade A or above in GCSE Mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics).

Sarjun Dhillion. Former Southmoor Academy student. Studied A Level Biology, Chemistry & Maths at ED6. He is now reading Chemical Engineering at Lancaster University.

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Media Studies A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS

Applying the theoretical aspects taught over the two years to evaluate the course work.

The next step is usually on to higher education to study subjects such as media production, journalism, photography, communications, PR, marketing and advertising.

Section B: Contemporary Media Issue:

Career options include: advertising, broadcasting, camera operation, computer animation, film production, journalism, presenting, production assistant, public relations, scriptwriting or sound operation or teaching.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS The media is an increasingly essential and dominant aspect of modern society. Media studies teaches students the media literacy skills needed to decode and critically analyse media products, as well as to construct and evaluate their own creative media projects. AS Level Unit G322: Key Media Concepts (TV Drama) (Examination)

Analysing issues and debates in the media in relation to representation, identity, media regulation and global media. Unit G324: Advanced Portfolio in Media (Coursework) This unit will assess a candidate’s ability to plan, design, construct and evaluate media products. Students will choose to create a short film or film trailer as well as creating magazine covers, radio ads, film posters or film reviews.

ASSESSMENT

Section A: Textual Analysis and Representation: Analysing the way in which TV Drama and media representations are constructed

You will be assessed by a mix of coursework (50%) and examinations (50%). There are two 2 hour exams and two media production projects (coursework).

Section B: Institutions and Audiences: Consists of an in-depth study of the film industry.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Unit G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media (Coursework) This unit will assess a candidate’s ability to plan, construct and evaluate media products. Students can plan, design, construct and evaluate a music magazine, including the use of images taken themselves in photography tutorials; or plan, script, construct and evaluate an opening to a film, this will include using cameras and editing equipment to create the final project. A2 Level Unit G325: Critical Perspectives in Media (Examination) Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production: Evaluating the coursework students have completed over the two years.

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For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.


After taking film studies at A Level, I have a better understanding of analysing films, their meanings and their impact. It has helped broaden my horizons and has further inspired me to pursue a career as a director. (L to R) Sarah Maher former St Bede’s Catholic School student with lecturer Jodie Freeman. Studied A Level Film Studies, Media Studies & English Literature at ED6. She is now studying Film at Cleveland College of Art & Design.

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Physical Education A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS

ASSESSMENT

The next step is usually on to higher education to study subjects such as physiotherapy, journalism, sport and exercise development, PR, marketing, biology, and recently, chemical engineering.

Year one written exams in June are two 1 hour 15 minutes exam papers (70 marks, counts for 35%).

Career options include: coaching, sports management, sports marketing, journalism, presenting, public relations and teaching/lecturing. Students go on to work in various aspects of the sports industry - plus retail, leisure and tourism sectors also recruit PE students to work across the sector. Some students can also transfer directly into industry.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS • Physiological factors affecting performance • Psychological and socio-cultural themes in physical education • Performance in physical education, non-exam assessment Practicals are also part of the syllabus and students can enjoy outdoor education adventure activities as well as more traditional sports.

Year two written exams in June are a 1 hour exam paper (60 marks, counts for 20%) and a 2 hour exam paper (90 marks, counts for 30%). Coursework for both the first and second year is worth 30% and is marked out of 60. This includes performing or coaching in one sport and evaluating the performance of an athlete in an oral response. Sports can include anything from traditional routines such as football and netball to less popular sports such as rock climbing and canoeing. Learners must be able to take part in their chosen sport regularly and must be able to provide evidence of this.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Physical Education you will need grade B or above in GCSE English Language and/or Literature. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

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Patrick McCann. Former Trinity Catholic College pupil, studied A Level Business Studies, Maths & PE at ED6. He is now studying Sports Performance at Hartpury College.

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Physics A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS Physics can help you progress into a wide range of areas, for example into applied physics, astrophysics, geophysics, material technology, forensic science, engineering, meteorology and medical physics. Some other complementary career areas include medicine, mathematics, computing, finance, law, accountancy and many more.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS If you are already interested in the physics topics in your science studies at GCSE then you should consider studying physics. If you would like to know more about fundamental ideas such as quantum mechanics, relativity and cosmology, then physics may be for you. If you are good at maths and if you find mathematical solutions to problems satisfying, then studying physics is worth serious consideration. Core topics: Measurements and their errors, including use of SI units and their prefixes, limitations of physical measurement, estimation of physical quantities. Particles and radiation, including constituents of the atom, particle interactions, collisions of electrons with atoms. Waves, including progressive waves, interference, diffraction. Mechanics and materials, including projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion. Electricity, including current/voltage characteristics, circuits, electromotive force and internal resistance. Further mechanics and thermal physics, including periodic motion, thermal energy transfer, molecular kinetic theory model (A Level only). Fields and their consequences, including Newton’s law of gravitation, orbits of planets and satellites, magnetic flux density (A Level only).

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Nuclear physics, including evidence for the nucleus, radioactive decay, nuclear instability (A Level only) In the A2 year students can study one optional topic: Astrophysics, including classification of stars by luminosity, Doppler effect, detection of exoplanets. Medical physics, including physics of vision, ECG machines, x-ray imaging. Engineering physics, including rotational dynamics, thermodynamics and engines. Turning points in physics, including discovery of the electron, Einstein’s theory of special relativity. Electronics, including discrete semiconductor devices, data communication systems.


ASSESSMENT The AS Level is assessed using two exams in May/June. Both papers are 1 hour 30 minutes and assess all the content covered in the AS Level. They are worth 50% of the AS each. These exams do not count towards your final A Level grade. Â The A Level is assessed using three exams in May/June at the end of the second year of the course. All three papers are 2 hours long. Paper 1 and paper 2 are each worth 34% of the A Level and paper 3 is worth 32% of the A Level. You will also undertake 12 assessed practicals throughout the course to gain the practical endorsement.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Physics you will need grade B or above in GCSE Physics (Triple Award) or B, B from Dual Award Science. You will also need a Grade B in Mathematics.

Reece Jordan. Former Seaham School student. Studied A Level Biology, Chemistry & Physics at ED6. He is now reading Marine Biology at Plymouth University.

For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

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Psychology A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS

ASSESSMENT

A Level Psychology is a well-respected qualification, as students acquire good levels of literacy and numeracy, skills useful in a range of careers. A psychology degree is required as further study leading to careers in clinical, educational and occupational psychology.

You will be assessed with two final exams at AS Level after one year or three final exams after two years at A Level.

Psychology graduates often also pursue careers in human resources, health, social work, advertising, counselling, the Police and prison service.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS A strong structure, with flexible choice, is fundamental to psychology. The specification gives students the chance to select some study areas and contemporary issues. This allows study to be tailored to students’ needs and the contexts in which they are learning. A practical focus is embedded within the specification. A series of short and manageable practical experiments and tests accompanies the AS approaches, allowing students to develop an active knowledge of the scientific aspects of psychology. Students study four approaches (Social, Cognitive, Biological and Learning) in the first year and at AS Level to gain a foundation in psychology. At A Level, students are then able to develop their understanding by selecting from a choice of applications, including criminology, child and health psychology. This allows students to choose the most appropriate applications to meet their needs. Finally, students develop a holistic understanding of psychology from considering conflicting and complementary explanations of clinical issues and major debates.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Psychology you will need grade B or above in either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and Mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.


Zohaib Ali. Former Hetton School student. Studied A Level Biology, Chemistry & Psychology at ED6. Zohaib is now reading medicine at the Pleven Medical University in Bulgaria.

Alice Ridsdale. Former Southmoor Academy student. Studied A Level Biology, Chemistry & Psychology at ED6. Alice is now reading Physiological Sciences at the University of Sunderland

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Sociology A Level

PROGRESSION / CAREER DESTINATIONS Sociology is very appealing to universities as it demonstrates skills of empathy and analysis. Many students go on to study sociology at university after their A Levels. Sociology also allows students to study politics, social policy and criminology at university. Sociology is useful for students hoping to get into nursing, teaching, human resources, the Police, legal professions, counselling, social work, probation work and youth and community work.

COURSE OVERVIEW / TOPICS The course will cover a wide range of contemporary topics and will encourage students to develop skills such as analysis, evaluation and synthesis. Students will be required to partake in a range of interactive group activities and to also work independently and complete a range of written activities. Students will be encouraged to develop empathy and understanding when dealing with a range of sensitive issues and will be encouraged to view a range of topics from multiple perspectives. Paper 1: Education with theory and methods: Students will cover the topic of education, exploring the reasons for the under-achievement of particular social groups within the British education system. Students will explore issues such as cultural and material deprivation, stereotyping of pupils and racism within the education system. Students will also explore a range of theories such as Feminism. There will also be a focus upon individual identity and the impact of this upon educational attainment. The topic of theory and method will also be covered, this will require students to explore the various research tools that are used by sociologists in the field. Students will analyse the advantages and disadvantages of a range of methods such as field experiments. Students will review the work of previous research such as that of Patrick who covertly studied a violent Glasgow gang.

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Paper 2: Topics in Sociology: The first topic that students will cover for paper 2 is that of families and households. This will include an in-depth study of power relationships within the family where students will study a range of sensitive issues such as domestic violence. Students will also review examples of childhood around the world and the concept of childhood as a social construct, comparing childhood in the west to childhood in developing countries. Students will be required to analyse a range of sociological theories such as Functionalism, Marxism and Feminism and their opposing views on the family. The second topic covered for this paper is that of Beliefs in society. In this topic students will explore the relevance of religion in the modern world. Students will research a range of cults and sects, which have at times ended with horrific consequences. Students will also address the issue of religion in the contemporary world which will involve the topics of religious fundamentalism and western imperialism. Paper 3: Crime and deviance with theory and methods: Crime and deviance will be studied in depth and from multiple theoretical perspectives. The issues of gender and crime and ethnicity and crime will also be explored. Students will review a range of theoretical explanations of crime and will also consider the issues of punishment and reform. Case studies of real life crimes will be taken from the media and analysed in relation to moral panic theory. Students will take an in-depth look at both structural, Interactionist and postmodernist theories.


ASSESSMENT The course is assessed through three exams, which are carried out at the end of the second year. Each exam will last two hours and will be worth 33.3% of your overall A Level grade.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For A Level Sociology you will need grade B or above in GCSE English. For a three A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of five A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics). For a four A Level programme you will need to have a minimum of six A* - C grade passes at GCSE which include English and mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

Carly Gallagher. Former Dene Community School & ED6 A Level student. Reading BSc (Hons) in Sociology at Teesside University.

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BTEC Extended Diploma Applied Science Level 3

COURSE CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science is a two year programme which is ideal for students who have a keen interest in the sciences. The course is based both in the classroom and the science laboratory and focuses on applied biology, chemistry and physics. It includes an element of mathematics and ICT.

The course is continuously assessed through assignments, projects and case studies. Students will develop a responsible and co-operative approach to working on their own and in groups. There will also be an element of written examination.

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three full A Levels and can be used both for direct entry into employment, eg working as a lab technician, or for entry into higher education. The course enables students to apply to study a wide variety of science-based courses at a higher level. There are 6 core units and 12 specialist units, making a total of 18 units, 9 being covered in each year of the course. Units covered include: • Fundamentals of science • Working in the science industry • Mathematical calculations for science • Physiology of human body systems • Clinical psychology • Practical chemical analysis • Medical physics

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Students wishing to take this programme will require at least four GCSEs at grade C or higher, including Science, Maths and English (Grade 9 to 4 on the 2017 new grading system for English and Mathematics).

HOW IS THE COURSE TAUGHT? The majority of this course is laboratory based. You will learn vital practical techniques and use a wide range of instruments and apparatus during the practical element of the course. For example, microbiological techniques using microscopes and agar plates and quantitative analysis using titration apparatus. You will also complete a series of formal assessments for each unit studied during the course.

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PROGRESSION The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science qualification is ideal for those learners who want a broad background in science, which will allow them to progress to higher education courses such as biomedical sciences, forensic science, psychology and law degrees. Future employment opportunities could include pharmacist, biomedical scientist, radiographer, environmental chemist, paramedic, armed forces, police force, criminologist and crime scene investigation.

LEVEL 2 To complement our highly popular Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science, ED6 is also hoping to offer a BTEC Applied Science course at level 2 for students who just miss out on the entry requirements for the level 3 course. Successful completion of the level 2 course will allow students to apply for entry on to the level 3 programme. Please check our website during the year for further details.


Ryan Osborn. Ryan achieved a triple distinction star on the BTEC Applied Science and is now studying Medical Genetics at the University of Huddersfield.

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Extended Project Qualification At the heart of our extended curriculum is the opportunity for every student to develop and realise an advanced level project entirely of their own devising. The Extended Project offers the chance for you to gain real independence, resilience and maturity as an advanced level learner, while pursuing any topic of your choosing. From staging a fashion show to designing a carbon neutral house, from researching ground-breaking cancer therapies to beginning the novel you’ve always wanted to write, the Extended Project presents a fantastic opportunity both to pursue your interests and to spread your wings. Taught in a university style, through seminars and one-toone tutorials, this is a qualification that prepares you well for higher education and for employment. Just as importantly, it allows you to carve out entirely your own pathway and really follow your own interests.

Best of all, the Extended Project Qualification is equivalent to an AS Level and is well regarded by universities as evidence that the transition from college to university will be a smooth one for students who have successfully demonstrated their aptitude for independent learning. Using a six grade scale from A* to E, it is internally assessed by the teaching supervisor and standardised by the Director of ED6. Marks are awarded for the development and application of transferable and key skills against a range of criteria (see table below).

Assessment Objective Assessment Criteria % of overall marks Manage Identify, design, plan, and carry out a project, applying a range of skills, strategies and methods to achieve objectives. 20% Use Resources

Research, critically select, organise and use information, and select/use a range of resources. Analyse data, apply it relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any links, connections and complexities of the topic.

20%

Develop and Realise

Select and use a range of skills. Use new technologies and problem solving, to take decisions critically and achieve planned outcomes.

40%

Review Performance

Evaluate the extended project – how outcomes relate to stated objectives and own learning and performance. Select/use communication skills and media (in an appropriate format) to present evidence of project outcomes and conclusions.

20%

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Moving On It might seem a way off now but it won’t be long before you need to seriously think about degrees and university. In fact, the A Levels you choose could seriously affect your chances of getting into certain universities or to study on the right degree that you’ll need to pursue certain career choices. So, to help you start thinking about this, here are some useful sources of information.

NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE The National Careers Service website provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding. nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

UCAS

REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education in the UK. Each year the service handles over 650,000 applications for full-time undergraduate courses, at over 300 institutions. For more information visit www.ucas.ac.uk

University of Cumbria www.cumbria.ac.uk

RUSSELL GROUP The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities that are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Please note The Russell Group cannot offer individual advice on A Level or degree course subject choice. Please consult their FQA or Informed Choices section of their website.www.russellgroup.ac.uk

GOV.UK The government’s education and learning section of their website is a great source of information if you’re at school, planning to go on to further or higher education, looking for training or interested in a student loan. www.gov.uk/browse/education

Durham University www.dur.ac.uk University of Leeds www.leeds.ac.uk Leeds Beckett University www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk Newcastle University www.ncl.ac.uk Northumbria University www.northumbria.ac.uk University of Sunderland www.sunderland.ac.uk Teesside University www.tees.ac.uk University of York www.york.ac.uk York St John University www.yorksj.ac.uk

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REMINDER NOTICE As you will be aware A Levels have been changing since September 2015. The Department for Education (DfE) has introduced a series of reforms to the content of A Level courses. Some A Level subjects had reformed content from 2015, some from 2016 and others

The information in our prospectus is based upon the current course specifications at the time we go to press. As more information becomes available you will be able to download new factsheets for our A Level courses from the ED6 website at www.ed6.ac.uk

will be from 2017. All information is correct at the time of going to press. Terms, conditions and eligibility criteria apply to some services, please check our website for full details. East Durham Sixth Form takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and subjects as described in this prospectus. However, it does not guarantee the provision of such services. The provision of subjects is dependent on there being sufficient demand to make their operation viable and the awarding bodies selected may be subject to change.

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