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


A WARM WELCOME

I am delighted that you are considering joining Durham Sixth Form Centre as a place to continue your studies. Durham Sixth Form Centre is the largest post-16 school in England. We are a diverse and vibrant community of over 1,300 students, who have enrolled with us from over sixty different secondary schools from County Durham and further afield. With over 30 A-levels and almost 20 vocational qualifications, we have one of the broadest curriculum offers in the area. Our courses are delivered and led by specialist staff, who have expertise in working with 16-19 year olds and, as our results testify, we have an excellent track record of academic success. In addition to our broad curriculum, we offer a wide range of extra opportunities in order to develop our students’ skills and talents. These include the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Extended Project Qualification, and the Gold Arts Award, to name a few. In March 2017, Her Majesty’s Ofsted Inspectors graded Durham Sixth Form Centre as ‘outstanding’ for overall effectiveness and in all categories, following a rigorous two-day inspection. Inspectors commented: ‘The Headteacher and the highly skilled leadership team have established a culture in which students flourish and grow. Consequently, there is a healthy appetite for learning and achievement in an environment that demands high expectations for academic, vocational and personal excellence.’

We have also recently received recognition for our work in a number of other areas, including Investors in People: Gold, Artsmark Platinum, Science Mark: Gold, Investors in Careers and the Wellbeing Award for Schools. Further information about other accolades is included within this subject guide. In terms of progression and next steps, the vast majority of our students progress to university, whilst others achieve places on highly sought-after school leaver programmes and higher-level apprenticeships and others enter into employment. Our award-winning Careers, Progression and Aspirations team continues to play an instrumental role in this success. Our students work hard to succeed, they adapt quickly to their new working environment and benefit vastly from the pace and focus, preparing them for the next steps in their education and careers. I would strongly encourage you to visit us at one of our Open Evenings throughout the year, so that you can discover, firsthand, why so many young people choose Durham Sixth Form Centre as their first-choice place of post-16 study. I look forward to welcoming you to Durham Sixth Form Centre in the near future. Ellen Beveridge Headteacher


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


OUR HERITAGE

TEACHING

Opened on the 3rd September 1913, “the school on the sands” was initially built to accommodate 248 girls. The building, now Durham Sixth Form Centre, was officially opened on 21st January 1914 by Dr Hensley Henson, the Dean, and, later, Bishop of Durham. The school was designed by W. Rushworth and was built in the Neo-Georgian style costing £16,250.

At Durham Sixth Form Centre, teachers are here to support you and guide you. As they understand how much your results matter, they will go to extraordinary lengths to help you to achieve them. We do not want anything to come between you and your ambitions.

It was originally suggested that the school should be called the Johnston School for Girls as a tribute to the illustrious benefactor of the original school, James Finlay Weir Johnston. However, it was also felt that the part played by Durham County Council in establishing both schools should be reflected, so the name Durham Girls’ County School was granted. In 1969, the school became co-educational and, in 1984, predominantly a sixth form provider. In 2013, the school became a 16-19 school, one of very few like it in the country.

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

Our teaching staff are highly dedicated and experienced sixth form teachers who are supported by a team of specialist support staff. They have high standards and expectations and will push you to achieve success. Our staff is hardworking with a strong academic focus and an adult approach to student learning. You will be responsible for taking your own notes and finding things out for yourself and to prepare you for university and future employment, we are keen to develop your independent learning skills. In post-16 education, it is important that you take responsibility for your own learning and use your study sessions wisely.

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


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


EXCELLENCE At Durham Sixth Form Centre, we are proud of the recognition that we have received for our work. OFSTED In March 2017, we were visited by Her Majesty’s Inspectors and judged to be ‘outstanding’ in all areas including for overall effectiveness. INVESTORS IN PEOPLE: GOLD This is a national award recognising excellence in leadership and management. Gold accreditation is only awarded to the top 2% of organisations assessed. INVESTORS IN CAREERS The Quality in Careers Standard is designed as a development and external assessment framework for accrediting the highest quality CEIAG provision by education providers. SCIENCE MARK: GOLD This is a quality standard designed to recognise and celebrate inspiring practice in science departments across the UK. Schools receive the Science Mark when they can show that they are delivering inspiring lessons for students and demonstrate their department’s commitment to high-quality science education. ARTSMARK PLATINUM Awarded by Arts Council England, Artsmark provides a clear framework for schools to plan, develop and evaluate their arts and cultural provision. Artsmark

Platinum is the highest accolade, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to the arts and creativity. WELLBEING AWARD FOR SCHOOLS Developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), this whole-school award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils. It demonstrates our commitment to promoting mental health as part of school life. SOCIAL SCHOOL AWARD This is uniquely certified CPD to reward schools in recognition for the way social media is used to connect, promote and engage with parents and others. TES AWARD FINALISTS We have been shortlisted for two consecutive years in the category of ‘Sixth Form College of the year’ at the Tes Awards. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT(CPD) This is a national quality mark designed to improve CPD standards within the teaching profession. GOVERNOR MARK This is a national award, which provides external evaluation of the quality of governance in a school.


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


WHY CHOOSE US? There are many reasons why you should choose to study with us at Durham Sixth Form Centre. We are a large, vibrant and inclusive sixth form centre, offering a broad curriculum which demonstrates continued academic success. In addition, we offer the most extensive range of A-levels in the area, as well as BTECs, the new T Level and other Level 3 qualifications. AT DURHAM SIXTH FORM CENTRE WE: - Are ‘outstanding’ (Ofsted, 2017) - Get first-class results

- Offer a friendly and welcoming atmosphere

- Have passionate and supportive teaching staff - Are right in the heart of Durham city centre - Have no uniform

- Offer Russell Group university links and mentors - Give award-winning careers advice

- Have an on-site leisure centre and swimming pool - Offer international visits And much more...

In addition to our broad curriculum, we offer a plethora of exciting extra-curricular opportunities in order to develop your skills and talents: - Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

- Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) - Aspire Programme - Arts Award

- The Henry Smith Award

- Sports Leadership opportunities - Student Council

- Durham University Subject Mentors Project

- Police and Communities Together Group (PACT) - Local, national and international visits and trips - Bar National Mock Trial Competition

- A wide range of clubs and societies, such as

Debating Society, Film Club, and Chess Club And much more…


#NEWBUILD DID YOU KNOW 482 LENGTHS OF STEEL WERE USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF OUR NEW DIGITAL MEDIA CENTRE?


WE’VE GOT IT There is a range of facilities to support your studies at Durham Sixth Form Centre. These include: MEDIA CENTRE AND LEARNING ROOMS Our Media Centre and Learning Rooms opened in September 2019. Housing the most up-to-date and industry-standard technical equipment, the Media Centre provides teaching spaces for all media and IT-related courses alongside a range of other subjects. It also houses a café and conference facility. RESOURCE CENTRE A great place for independent study and revision, the Resource Centre houses banks of computers from where you can access the internet, your emails or our Google Apps for Education platforms. The Resource Centre is a silent working area to allow students to concentrate and focus. LEARNING HUB The Learning Hub is a smaller work space for students to access for independent learning and homework completion. Our Pastoral Support Managers are also based in the Learning Hub. DSFCAFÉ We have a large refectory area where you will find our main DSFC Café. This is a social space, where you can gather to make new friends, meet old ones, have lunch, chat or chill.

FREEMAN’S QUAY LEISURE CENTRE The Freeman’s Quay complex boasts a state-of-the-art swimming pool, fitness suite, dance studio and a large sports hall, all of which you will be able to access as a student at Durham Sixth Form Centre, either as part of your studies or in your personal leisure time. SCIENCE AND HEALTH CENTRE The science labs occupy a dedicated three-storey building of their own, where the full range of science subjects is taught. Our Health & Social Care courses are also taught in this area. VISUAL ARTS CENTRE The award-winning Visual Arts Centre was opened in February 2006. With its high, airy spaces and excellent natural light, it provides superb opportunities for students to pursue their artistic interests and further develop their skills in a range of art mediums. THEATRE Our 220-seat theatre is one of the largest in Durham City. It provides excellent facilities for dance, drama and music, as well as for lectures and presentations, aided by large screens and multimedia equipment. DANCE STUDIO The dedicated dance studio, in the heart of the school, is where all of our dance and performance studies programmes are delivered from.


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


SUPPORTING YOU OUTSTANDING PASTORAL SUPPORT As a student at Durham Sixth Form Centre, you will be assigned an Academic Mentor who will work with you to develop your skills and talents. You will also have a dedicated Pastoral Support Manager who is responsible for your personal and academic wellbeing. TAILORED ACADEMIC SUPPORT We offer a range of specialist support to help you achieve the highest academic standards. This includes: morning mentoring sessions, subject support sessions, one-to-one mentoring sessions with our Academic Mentors, holiday intervention sessions, Durham University Mentoring sessions and much more. ADDITIONAL LEARNING SUPPORT If you require additional learning support during your time at Durham Sixth Form Centre, our dedicated Learning Support Team will work closely with you to support you to achieve your goals. FINANCIAL SUPPORT Additional financial support, in the form of bursaries, is available to students who meet the necessary criteria. More information can be found on our website.

HOW IS DURHAM SIXTH FORM CENTRE DIFFERENT TO A SCHOOL SIXTH FORM? - We work exclusively with 16-19 year olds and there are no younger or older students on site. - We offer an adult approach to learning in an inclusive and focused environment. - We have specialist and dedicated sixth form teachers, as well as expert support staff focused on post-16 learning. - We offer a greater choice of courses, in a range of subject combinations, to suit your ambitions and abilities. - We do not have a school uniform. - We provide a stepping stone from school to higher education and university, higher level apprenticeships or the world of employment.


SEPT FIRST DAY BACK We welcome record numbers of students in Year 12. GNR Our students volunteer to help out behind the scenes at the Great North Run.

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EDINBURGH English Literature students travel to Edinburgh to see Twelfth Night.

OCT

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‘THE BIG DRAW’ We host this event.

Our October Open Evening sees a record number of Year 11 students visit us.

#ATYPICALYEAR

TES AWARDS We are shortlisted for ‘Sixth Form College of the 15 Year’ at the TES awards...

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SPEAKER IN THE HOUSE Rt. Hon. John Bercow, MP and Speaker of the House of Commons speaks to our students about his life in politics.

STUDIO EXPERIENCE Art students visit the Northern School of Art to work in their degree studios.

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OXBRIDGE Students are offered places to study at Oxford and Cambridge.

WELLBEING We are awarded ‘WAS’ award in recognition of our dedication to wellbeing and mental health.

LIVERPOOL Students visit Liverpool Hope University for seminars on their A-level Music works.

DEC

HENRY SMITH AWARD Our exceptional Accounting students are winners.

NEXT GENERATION Our NG Engineers visit NSK and Nissan to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities. PRINTMAKING Arts students visit Northern Print to use their printmaking equipment for their coursework.

PRESTIGIOUS Our Year 13 students secure prestigious degree apprenticeships with global professional services company EY.

MEDIA CITY Sociology students spend the day at Media City in Salford and take a tour of the BBC studios.

FEB

WESTMINSTER Politics students attend the Student Politics Conference in Westminster.

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31 Our Charity Committee raises over £700 this term for worthy causes such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Wear it Pink, Children in Need and Save the Children.

GOOD SPORT Sports students visit the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. LEGAL EAGLES Law students visit the Newcastle Crown Courts to sit in on trials. OLD BAILEY Law and Criminology students visit the Old Bailey and the Royal Courts of Justice in London.


MAR

THE GREATEST SHOW Our Dance, Drama and Performing Arts students shine on stage for their dance and variety performances. PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS Students work with professional theatre practitioners Unfolding Theatre on a project to explore young people’s hopes for the future.

YOUTH PARLIAMENT Year 12 Politics win the North East final of the annual European Youth Parliament debating competition and go forward to the national finals.

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GOLF SUCCESS Our Golf Academy students progress to the national finals after strong performances in the Intercollegiate Tour.

MORE AWARDS We received Gold accreditation for Investors in People and the Social School Award!

#ATYPICALYEAR


TES AWARDS We are announced as finalists for ‘Sixth Form College of the Year’ at the TES awards...

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OPEN EVENING Our final Open Evening of the year is another big success.

UP POMPEII Geography students visit Pompeii, Vesuvius and the catacombs of San Gennaro on their trip to Italy.

COURSE RECOGNITION Our Mathematical Studies and Accounting courses are ranked 9th and 10th nationally for student progress in the Oxford Analytics rankings.

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OLYMPIAD WINNERS Students are awarded certificates in the Chemistry Olympiad competition.

WHAT NEXT?

Exciting times lie ahead for our students at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

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Students are nominated for and win at the Uptree Future Talent Awards ceremony in London.

SKI TRIP Students tackle the challenging slopes of Austria in a week of skiing.

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ROYAL SOCIETY AWARD Students come first in the regional heats of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analyst competition and progress to the national finals.

JUNE

LEAVERS We bid a warm farewell to our Year 13 students and wish them luck in their next steps.

TOP DEBATE Students take part in the National European Finals of the European Youth Parliament Debating competition.

Our new Digital Media Suite is on track for opening at the start of term.


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


SO MUCH CHOICE... With over fifty courses on offer here at Durham Sixth Form Centre, you will be spoiled for choice. From A-levels to BTECs and Level 3 Courses, we offer the widest range in County Durham to give you the freedom to study the subjects you are passionate about. Decisions, decisons... 19 20 20 21 22 22 23 24 24 25 26 26 27 28 28 29 30 30 31 32 32 33 34 34

Accounting Applied Law (BTEC) Art, Craft & Design Biology Business Business (BTEC) Chemistry Classical Civilisation Computer Science Criminology (Level 3) Dance Drama & Theatre Economics English Language English Literature Fashion & Textiles Film Studies Financial Studies (Level 3) Fine Art Forensic Science (BTEC) French Games Development (BTEC) Geography Graphic Design

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Health & Social Care (BTEC) History IT (BTEC) Law Mathematical Studies (Level 3) Mathematics Further Mathematics Media Studies Medical Science (BTEC) Music Performing Arts (BTEC) Philosophy Photography Physical Education Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Sport/Extended (BTEC) Sport: Boys Football Academy Sport: Girls Football Academy Sport: Golf Academy TV Studio & Film (BTEC) T LEVEL: Digital Production, Design and Development


A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

ACCOUNTING

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

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Topics covered include: the double entry model; verification of accounting records; accounting concepts used in the preparation of account records; preparation of financial statements of sole traders; limited company accounts; analysis and evaluation of financial information; budgeting and marginal costs; standard costing and variance analysis; capital investment appraisal; accounting for limited companies; interpretation, analysis and communication of accounting information. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This A-level is a linear course with 100% of assessment by examinations at the end of Year 13. There are two examinations each worth 50%, consisting of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended answer questions. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Accountancy, book-keeping, auditing, financial control, business management, credit control, company secretary, bursar.

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BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

A-LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

Law affects our everyday lives in more ways than many of us are aware. The BTEC Applied Law course is ideal for students who prefer to be assessed by a combination of both coursework and controlled assessment.

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

APPLIED L AW

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

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? In Year 12, students will study law making and the justice system (internally assessed) alongside dispute solving in civil law (externally assessed). In Year 13, students will apply criminal law in their externally assessed unit, focusing on unlawful homicide, property offences, police powers and defences, and will be internally assessed on tort law. Overall external assessment will account for approximately 60% and internal assessment 40%. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Law, human resources, business, estate agency, management, public services, teaching.

ART,CRAFT & DESIG N

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Areas covered include: clay and wire work; sculpture; printmaking; drawing; painting and mixed media. This broad-based course offers flexibility in content and approach through a range of 2D and 3D processes. Students spend time working with visiting professional artists as part of their course and have the opportunity to take part in educational trips in this country and abroad. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The course is assessed internally at the end of Year 13 with a personal investigation, worth 60% of the qualification, and an externally set assignment, worth 40% of the qualification, both of which are externally moderated.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Art foundation course or direct entry to higher education, practising artist, gallery/museum curating, teaching, community arts, art therapist, arts administrator, architecture and arts education work.

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A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

BIOLOGY

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

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will learn about: fundamental biological concepts such as heart and lung physiology; how organisms exchange with their environment; how plants and animals interact in ecosystems; the biochemistry of key processes such as respiration and photosynthesis; how biological molecules are formed and how they produce macromolecules; and cutting edge concepts including genetic engineering and biotechnology. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with three examinations at the end of Year 13. A practical endorsement is also undertaken to show proficiency of skill, though this does not contribute to the final A-level grade. Regular internal assessments are undertaken as well as a more formal end-of-year internal examination. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, NHS careers such as health care science and physiotherapy, zoology, environmental science, sports science.

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A-LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

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

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

B US IN ESS

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

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

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

BUSINESS

WHAT WILL I LEARN? The BTEC Extended Certificate requires the completion of four units: Exploring Business, Developing a Marketing Campaign, Personal and Business Finance and Recruitment and Selection Process. The course provides a fantastic opportunity to discover how the world of business impacts upon our daily lives and helps students develop a range of practical skills and techniques.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? There is a mixture of portfolio work, controlled assessment and examination in the course. The two units assessed through portfolio work are Exploring Business and Recruitment and Selection Process. Developing a Marketing Campaign is a controlled assessment with six hours of research followed by a three-hour assignment in a controlled environment. The Personal and Business Finance is examined and requires a high degree of competency in Mathematics.

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

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A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

CHEMISTRY

The course aims to develop an awareness of the link between theory and experiment as well as the responsible use of scientific knowledge and evidence.

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will study the three branches of Chemistry: Organic, Inorganic and Physical. Lessons are a mixture of theory and practical work, with a strong emphasis on explaining the outcome of practical work using the theory learned. Progress is monitored throughout the course using cumulative progress assessments and mock examinations. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This A-level is a linear course with 100% of assessment by examination at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 covers Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, whilst Paper 2 covers Organic and Physical Chemistry, with both worth 35% each. The final Paper 3 covers the practical, data handling and synopsis and is worth 30% of the final grade. A practical endorsement is also undertaken to show proficiency of skill, which will be awarded Pass or Fail.

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

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A-LEVEL / OCR / 2 YEARS

A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

The course involves the study of the political and social history, and the literature of the Greek and Roman world.

This course covers both the current technologies and perceived advances in both hardware and software to enable candidates to meet the demands of a highly skilled business and industrial sector, with an emphasis on computational thinking.

CL ASSICAL CIVILISATION

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

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The course is assessed by three written examinations at the end of Year 13; 40% on Epic (Homer and Virgil), 30% on the Roman Empire and Augustus and 30% on Social History and Philosophy (Love and Relationships), with a range of questions and question styles to suit all learners. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Law, teaching, lecturing, business, archaeology, museums, tourism.

COMP UTER SCIENCE

WHAT WILL I LEARN? A-level Computer Science gives students a solid foundation in the underlying principles of computing. Topics studied over the two years include: fundamentals of programming, data structures, algorithms, data representation, computer systems, computer organisation and architecture, communication and networking, functional programming, theory of computation, consequences of the use of computing, Big Data, systematic approach to problem solving. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The course is assessed through a mixture of examination and coursework at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 (40%) is an on-screen exam testing the students’ ability to program and their theoretical knowledge, whilst Paper 2 (40%) is a written exam with short and extended-answer questions on subject content. The final 20% is from project-based coursework. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Computer science, software design/development, games/app development, business, social media.

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LEVEL 3 / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

CR IMINOLOGY

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

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

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A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

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

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

DANCE

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will study Dance in depth: particularly contemporary dance and jazz dance; the creation of choreography; the performance of independently devised dance works, the analysis of professional dance repertoire and the history of dance. The course reflects both historical and current dance practices, making it more relevant and students will take part in workshops with dance professionals to improve their performance. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with all assessment at the end of Year 13. Performance and choreography are assessed in the practical examination, worth 50%, which includes a solo performance, performance in a quartet and group choreography. There is also a written examination, worth 50%, which assesses knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of contemporary and jazz areas of study and set work.

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

DR AMA & THEATRE

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will explore texts and practitioners from a practical angle and discover how to turn the words of a playwright into a performance for an audience by studying text, ways of performing, acting, directing and design for the stage. They will complete a variety of practical and written elements which will prepare them fully for the final performance and written examination. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The course is assessed through a combination of written examination at the end of Year 13 (40%), which focuses on their study of two set texts and a live performance, as well as two practical performances. Students are assessed on creating an original drama with a devised performance (30%) and making theatre using a scripted performance (30%) with accompanying portfolios of evidence.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Acting, drama therapy, drama/film production, theatre design, directing, stage management, special effects, theatre administration, events and arts management, teaching.

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A-LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

ECONOMICS

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

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

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

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A-LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

A-LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

This course will allow students to develop a wide range of language skills at a high level through the study of both written and spoken English, applying a variety of transferable skills, such as creative writing, analysis and essay writing.

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

EN GLISH L A NGUAG E

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will explore topics such as the language used in C21st technology; the language used to exert power; the language used by different genders to represent their identity; the use of spoken language for example in chat shows, talent shows and on the radio; changes in language over time; regional and social differences in language and the way children acquire language. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with a combination of coursework and examination at the end of Year 13. There are three examinations: language concepts and issues (30%); language change over time (30%) and creative and critical use of language (20%). Students will also submit a piece of coursework on language and identity for the remaining 20%. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Journalism, teaching, media, law, publishing, broadcasting, business, marketing.

ENGLISH LITERATURE

WHAT WILL I LEARN? A wide range of exciting texts and genres will be explored including: work from the comedy genre; one play by Shakespeare (Twelfth Night); at least one further pre-1900 text (a play by Oscar Wilde and Emma by Jane Austen); texts from the political/social protest genre; at least one post-2000 text (The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini); at least one poetry anthology (Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake) and one further in this genre (The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood). There will also be an exploration of critical perspectives applied to a text, such as Marxism and feminism. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with a combination of coursework and examination at the end of Year 13. There are two examinations, worth 40% each, which assess the comedy genre, and political and social protest writing. There is also coursework worth 20%, which relates to critical reading from an anthology, which is applied to two texts. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Teaching, media, law, theatre management, publishing, journalism.

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

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

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

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

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Art foundation course or direct entry to higher education, fashion design, textile design, clothing/ textile technology, interior and spatial design, and teaching.

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A LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

LEVEL 3 / LIBF / 2 YEARS

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

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

FILM STUDIES

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

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with a combination of coursework and examination at the end of Year 13. There are two examinations, worth 35% each, which assess film history, and critical approaches to film. There is also a coursework project worth 30%, in the form of either a short film or a screenplay for a short film. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Film/TV/video production, programme research, broadcasting, public relations, multimedia/social media.

FINANCIAL STUDIES

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will learn how to apply financial decisions to different circumstances, appreciating the features of risks and reward in managing personal finances, as well as developing an understanding of the wider financial services industry and exploring key developments affecting consumers in recent years. This can be studied as a one-year course (Certificate in Financial Studies CeFS) or two-year course (Diploma in Financial Studies DiFS). HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Each of the four units is assessed by a mixture of multiple choice questions, a pre-release case study requiring essay responses to five questions and spelling, punctuation and grammar. These assessments will be spread across Years 12 and 13 for the Diploma in Financial Studies and Year 12 only for the Certificate in Financial Studies. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Accounting, business, investment banking, management, finance.

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

FINE ART

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

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

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Assessment is at the end of the two-year course. Component 1 (60%) allows students to develop work based on a concept leading to a finished outcome and includes written work of 1000-3000 words to support this. Component 2 (40%) is an externally set task by AQA within specific time constraints. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Art foundation course or direct entry to higher education, practising artist, gallery/museum curating, teaching, community arts, art therapist, arts administrator, architecture and arts education work.

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BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

This course is a more vocational work-related qualification which follows on from GCSE science and aims to give students the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for employment.

The aim of this course is to improve students’ linguistic competence, as well as helping them to learn more about the country and its culture.

F O R ENSI C SCI ENCE

WHAT WILL I LEARN? The BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Forensic Science course focuses on the application of science, practical techniques, report writing and forensic science, and is equivalent to 1.5 A-levels. A strong foundation is laid in all aspects of science in Year 12 and then there is a focus on the practical application of knowledge and forensic science in Year 13. The department has strong links with the NHS and the science departments at local universities, making use of their facilities and expertise where relevant. As well as classroom and laboratory sessions, students will visit local universities and attend lectures delivered by professionals working within the science sector, with a view to gaining practical knowledge and the ability to analyse data. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This course is assessed via an external examination which encompasses all three academic sciences, a practical examination and four portfolio-based units.

FRENCH

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will develop the four key skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing across a wide range of interesting topics. Students will consider how French-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally in areas including music, technology, arts and politics. They will also study a book and a film in order to appreciate, analyse and respond critically in French to the works.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with assessment at the end of Year 13 in the form of examinations to assess: listening, reading and writing, including translation from and into French (50%); written fluency and accuracy which entails writing two essays to critique a French film and a novel (20%); as well as an examination to assess oral fluency (30%). WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Interpreting, translation work, teaching, travel industry, business and marketing, broadcasting.

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

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BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

GAMES DEVELOPMENT

This course will introduce students to how the games industry works along with an overall understanding of organisational structures and the various job roles within it. This course cannot be studied alongside TV Studio and Film.

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will look at the principles of game design and the structures and practices of both large-scale and independent game development companies. They will develop a number of small-scale titles, produce narratives for games, and generate industry standard pre-production materials including design documents, level and character designs and storyboards of sequences of gameplay.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This course is assessed internally by a combination of coursework and controlled assessments over the two years of study. Students will build up a portfolio, ideal not only for employment in the games industry but also to enhance their suitability for the increasing range of related higher education courses. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Computer/video games design, games programming, games art/animation, creative director.

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A LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

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

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

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

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

GEO GRA PHY

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will learn about Coastal Landscapes and Changing Places. More contemporary issues are studied in Global Systems and Global Governance with migration and climate change at the forefront. Tectonic hazards are also studied with the emphasis on reducing risk and increasing resilience. Optional themes include Energy Dilemmas, Weather and Climate. Students will also undertake the required four days fieldwork in the local neighbourhood.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Business, finance, sustainability, teaching, conservation work, civil engineering, architecture, urban planning, environmental management, GIS and law.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

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

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Art foundation course or direct entry to higher education, branding, publishing, illustration, typography, motion graphics, web design, interactive media, and editorial design for magazines and books.

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BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

Health and Social Care provides a highly specialised work-related qualification in the health, social care and early years sectors. It gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

WHAT WILL I LEARN? This qualification is available as an Extended Certificate (one A-level equivalent) or a Diploma (two A-level equivalent). Students will look at human lifespan and development, investigate what it is like to work within the health and social care sector and explore areas such as health and safety in the workplace, physiological disorders and their care, and the sociological aspects of the industry. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Students will develop their critical-thinking skills, resilience and interpersonal skills and learn how to research actively and independently and become an effective writer during internally assessed coursework units. Alongside this, students will sit external examinations (58% of the Extended Certificate and 42% of the Diploma). Students will receive exam technique training as part of the development of exam-based skills.

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

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

This course allows students to investigate a wide range of historical issues, events and personalities, whilst using evidence to formulate convincing arguments and compare different interpretations of events.

This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in a career in the IT industry; an exciting and constantly changing industry which offers a wide range of opportunities.

H IS TO RY

WHAT WILL I LEARN? During the course, students will complete a breadth study covering the making of a superpower, USA 1865-1975 from the end of the Civil War through to the Vietnam War, a depth study on 15th century British History looking at the Wars of the Roses from 1450-1499 and a piece of coursework, which will entail an independent enquiry into the various Tudor Rebellions. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with a combination of coursework and examinations at the end of Year 13. There are two examinations, worth 40% each, both of which involve writing three essays. There is also coursework worth 20%, relating to the Tudor Rebellions in the form of a 3000-3500 word essay to be submitted in Year 13. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Journalism, law, politics, social work, teaching, archaeology, conservation, public services.

IT

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will look at several topics/areas throughout the course; in particular investigating the way in which systems work together and investigating cybersecurity and threats to ICT systems, the use of social media in business and also website development.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is assessed by four different units; one written examination, one controlled assessment and two coursework units. At the end of Year 12, students will sit the Unit 2 controlled assessment and complete coursework for Unit 3; Using Social Media in Business. At the end of Year 13, students will sit an examination in Unit 1; Information Technology Systems and submit the final coursework in either Programming, Website Development or Data Modelling. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Social media design, IT management, website development, helpdesk analysis, account management, computer animation, computer science.

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A LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

L AW

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

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students are introduced to the English legal system as a whole in Year 12 before a more in-depth study of Substantive law in Year 13. Course content includes: offences against the person and property; occupiers’ liability and negligence offences; legal personnel and law making and contract law. Students will have opportunities to enrich their studies with visits and guest speakers. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This linear course is assessed entirely by three examinations at the end of Year 13. There are two examinations on substantive law in practice and perspectives in substantive law, worth 75% in total, alongside an examination on the nature of law and the English legal system, which is worth 25%. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Legal profession, journalism, local/central government, public relations, teaching, management and business.

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LEVEL 3 / AQA / 1 YEAR

A LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

Mathematical Studies is designed to maintain and develop real-life mathematical skills, for students who appreciate the value of everyday maths and problem-solving skills.

A-level Mathematics provides students with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed ensure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas.

M AT H E M AT I CA L S TU D I E S

WHAT WILL I LEARN? This course has large proportions of statistics and financial mathematics. Students will develop confidence and competence in the understanding and application of calculations in the solution of problems relating to personal finance such as income tax, NI contributions, loans and savings. The course also uses technology to calculate statistical quantities and concentrates on interpreting the results.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This qualification is the equivalent of an AS-level in terms of UCAS points and should be taken alongside three other courses, as it will be completed in one year. Assessment is by two external examinations, sat at the end of Year 12. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? This course would be particularly helpful for students who are studying any of the science courses, Geography, Psychology, Business Studies and/or Economics.

MATHEMATICS

WHAT WILL I LEARN? This course comprises two thirds Pure Mathematics, with a range of algebra including quadratic and simultaneous equations, together with trigonometry, coordinate geometry and graphs. Familiar topics are studied alongside new topics including sequences and series, numerical methods and an extension of vectors. A further two modules - mechanics and statistics - will also be studied for the other third of the course. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? A-level Mathematics is a linear course with all assessment at the end of Year 13 in the form of three external exams. Students will experience a wide variety of lesson activities, are expected to complete frequent homework tasks and will be tested on a regular basis to reinforce learning in class.

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

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A LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

FURTHER MATHEMATICS

This is a challenging but highly enjoyable qualification, which both extends and deepens students’ knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A-level. For someone who enjoys maths, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and more sophisticated concepts. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Further Mathematics builds on the study of earlier topics and encourages the development of a wider understanding of the ways in which mathematical topics are interconnected. Topics studied on this course include Pure Mathematics such as complex numbers, matrices, polar coordinates, differential equations and hyperbolic functions. All three areas of decision mathematics, mechanics and statistics may also be covered in more detail. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The A-level Further Mathematics course is a linear course with all assessment by examination at the end of Year 13, in the form of four externally examined papers, all worth 25% each. Papers 1 and 2 examine the Core Pure content whilst Papers 3 and 4 examine the optional content.

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

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A LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

Media Studies is an exciting and challenging subject which encourages students to critically engage with a broad range of historical and contemporary media products.

This course is a more vocational work-related qualification which follows on from GCSE science and aims to give students the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for employment.

MEDIA STUDIES

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Through analysing products within television, print journalism, social media and advertising, students will learn about the effect and scope of the media upon the world in which we live. Students will also practise their photographic and journalistic writing skills through a coursework project, in which they will research, plan and make a film marketing campaign with an accompanying website.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This course is assessed by a combination of non-examined assessment (coursework), worth 30%, and two examinations, each worth 35% at the end of Year 13, in which students will analyse a range of set text media products examining how the representations constructed are influenced by historical and industry contexts. The course takes an academic approach to media study using a wide range of media theory to enable an in-depth understanding of the impact that mass media products have on contemporary audiences. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Broadcast/magazine journalism, market research, events management, public relations, social media.

MEDICAL SCIENCE

WHAT WILL I LEARN? The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Medical Science course focuses on the application of science, practical techniques, report writing and physiology, and is equivalent to one A-level. A strong foundation is laid in all aspects of science in Year 12 and then there is a focus on the practical application of knowledge and physiology in Year 13. The department has strong links with the NHS and the science departments at Durham, Teesside and Newcastle Universities, making use of their facilities and expertise where relevant. As well as classroom and laboratory sessions, students will visit local universities and attend lectures delivered by professionals working within the science sector, with a view to gaining practical knowledge. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This course is assessed via an external examination which encompasses all three academic sciences, a practical examination and two portfolio-based units.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Academic sciences, teaching, social science and NHS careers such as nursing and midwifery.

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A LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

MUSIC

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

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will discover a wide range of musical styles, from a range of eras including instrumental and vocal music, music for film, popular music and jazz, fusions and new directions. They will gain an understanding of the influence on social and cultural history. Students develop listening and analytical skills, solo performing skills on an instrument or voice, and learn how to use a range of compositional techniques to create an original piece of music. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Students will be assessed on three components: performing, composing and appraising, with a public performance of one or more pieces solo or in an ensemble, worth 30% and a further 30% of their assessment is based on two compositions, both components being externally assessed. Finally there is a written examination, worth 40% of their final grade. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Performing, composing, arranging, teaching, arts administration and management, media, marketing

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BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

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

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

P ER F O RM I NG A RTS

WHAT WILL I LEARN? There are two mandatory units, ‘Developing Skills and Techniques for Performance’ and ‘Group Performance Workshop’. Three additional units are chosen from various options. This course requires students to research and analyse published and live material, meet deadlines and be fully prepared to complete written analysis alongside building their technical performance skills.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? BTEC Performing Arts is a practical subject, delivered in a vocational context, offering students the opportunity to perform to audiences and take part in the development process to prepare for this. The five units studied are completed over the two years of the course; one is external (examination) assessment and the other four are internally assessed and externally verified. All have equal weighting for assessment.

PHILOSOPHY

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students read, think, argue and debate the basis of moral philosophy (how can we establish right and wrong?); religious philosophy (can we prove God’s existence? Can we make the idea of a good God fit with the reality of a world of suffering?); epistemology (the many ways of knowing and whether they are all of equal value); and philosophy of mind (why are human minds the only thing we know of in the universe to have consciousness?). HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This is a linear course with assessment by two written examinations at the end of Year 13. These consist of a range of questions and question styles, from essays through to short-answer questions, to suit all learners. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Teaching, lecturing, law, business, journalism, civil service.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Acting, musical theatre, drama therapy, production, theatre, design, directing, stage management, special effects.

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

P HOTOGRAPHY

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

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

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Art foundation course or direct entry to higher education, press photography, photojournalism, fine art, editing, fashion photography or styling, film industry, forensic science, and curating.

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

P H Y S I CA L EDU C AT I O N

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

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

A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

PHYSICS

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

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Theory lessons will concentrate on the students’ understanding of physical concepts, with a particular focus on the development of analytical and problem-solving skills. Practical work is undertaken to link theory to reality and develop scientific investigative skills. Topics covered include: measurements, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials, electricity, further mechanics and thermal physics, fields, nuclear physics and an option topic. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This A-level is a linear course with 100% of assessment by three examinations at the end of Year 13. Papers 1 and 2 both cover core topics and are both worth 34% each. The final Paper 3 covers practical skills, data handling and the option topic and is worth 32% of the final grade.

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

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A LEVEL / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

POLITICS

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

WHAT WILL I LEARN? The course studies how and why people participate within the world of politics; the nature, problems and potential improvements of UK government; the changing nature of contemporary global politics; and a wide range of ideological theories which attempt to explain and improve our world. Students will study a range of political theories that explain our world, in addition to the contemporary developments which are impacting upon modern societies. Students will also be given the opportunity to engage in a variety of local political events, activities and debates if they so desire. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The A-level Politics course is a linear course; 100% assessed by three two-hour examinations at the end of Year 13. These consist entirely of essaybased questions on topics such as UK politics, UK government, core and non-core political ideas and global politics. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Central and local government, civil service, education,

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

A LEVEL / EDUQAS / 2 YEARS

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

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

P S YC H OLOGY

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

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

RELIGIOUS STUDIES WHAT WILL I LEARN? This A-level has three components: the study of a religion, Christianity, looking at religious figures, concepts, life and practices; the philosophy of religion, including the different arguments for the existence of God and the problem of evil; and ethics, including Aquinas’ Natural Law, Fletcher’s Situation Ethics and utilitarianism. The aim is to encourage students to reflect on, select and apply specified knowledge. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? This linear course is assessed entirely by three two-hour examinations at the end of Year 13. All questions are essay-based with some questions assessing knowledge and understanding and later questions assessing analysis and evaluation. Consequently the focus is on the ability to successfully analyse and evaluate topics from the specification.

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

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A LEVEL / AQA / 2 YEARS

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology is the study of society. It believes that human behaviour and thought can be best explained by studying social groups, particularly those associated with social class, gender, ethnicity and age. WHAT WILL I LEARN? The course examines how and why sociologists study different social groups, looking at research methods, studies and a wide range of ideological theories that attempt to explain and improve our society, such as Marxism, functionalism, interactionism, feminism and postmodernism. Topics covered include education, culture and identity, crime and deviance and the media.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Sociology A-level is a linear course with 100% assessment by examination at the end of Year 13. There are three examinations, consisting of mainly essay-based questions to assess the students’ ability to evaluate between competing sociological approaches and use material from a wide range of sociological studies and quantitative and qualitative research methods. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Social work, media, teaching, Civil Service, government, law, police, community care.

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BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

SPORT: BOYS FOOTBALL ACADEMY

BTEC Sport can be studied at two different levels, either the Extended Certificate (one A-level equivalent) alongside other appropriate BTEC qualifications or A-levels, or the Extended Diploma (three A-level equivalent), which is a full-time qualification in its own right. Extended Diploma students will also have the chance to gain their Level 2 Sports Leader Award/Level 3 Higher Sports Leadership Award.

Combine your studies with a football-rich programme of activities. DSFC maintains a highly successful collaborative partnerships with both Durham University and the NYFL/NECL.

SPORT

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Areas of study across the two years of the courses will include mandatory units in Anatomy and Physiology; Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing; Professional Development in the Sports Industry; as well as a number of optional units depending on the qualification studied. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? The course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations. Students will be expected to submit their coursework in time for regular deadlines in order to successfully complete the course.

WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Primary and secondary teaching, sports coaching, public services, sports management, sports development, and the leisure industry.

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

ENTRY CRITERIA Places are strictly limited due to the practical nature of the programme. Trials are held between February and April and pre-season training begins at the end of July/beginning of August. Due to the practical nature of this programme, all Academy players require a full sports kit which can be purchased from Durham Sixth Form Centre. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? The most able footballers will have the chance to progress into semi-pro and professional squads. We also offer advice and guidance on US scholarships for interested students.

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SPORT: GIR LS FOOTBALL ACADEMY Combine your studies with a football-rich programme of activities. DSFC has secured a highly successful collaborative partnership with Durham Women’s Football Club and Durham University. WHAT WILL I LEARN? The Academy is for talented individuals who want to combine either a BTEC Sports course or an A-level programme of study, whilst receiving specialist coaching from fully qualified UEFA-licensed coaches. In addition to their academic studies, students will: receive four hours of coaching/game time per week; gain their Community Sports Leader Award/Higher Leadership Award (BTEC Sport Extended Diploma students only); and attend weekly strength and conditioning sessions. ENTRY CRITERIA Places are strictly limited due to the practical nature of the programme. Trials are held between February and April and pre-season training begins at the end of July/beginning of August. Due to the practical nature of this programme, all Academy players require a full sports kit which can be purchased from Durham Sixth Form Centre. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? The most able footballers will have the chance to progress into the Durham City Women’s Football squad. We also offer advice and guidance on US scholarships for interested students.

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S P O RT : GOL F AC ADEM Y

Combine your studies with a golf-rich programme of activities. DSFC maintains a highly successful collaborative partnerships with both Ramside Golf Club and the British Schools & Colleges Tour/ Intercollegiate Tour.

WHAT WILL I LEARN? The Academy is for talented individuals who want to combine either a BTEC Sports course or an A-level programme of study, whilst receiving specialist coaching from fully qualified PGA coaches. In addition to their academic studies, students will: receive four hours of coaching per week; gain their Community Sports Leader Award/Higher Leadership Award (BTEC Sport Extended Diploma students only); and attend weekly strength and conditioning sessions. ENTRY CRITERIA Places are strictly limited due to the practical nature of the programme. Students require a recognised handicap certificate. Trials are held between February and April. Due to the practical nature of this programme, all Academy players require a full golf kit which can be purchased from Durham Sixth Form Centre. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? The most able golfers will have the chance to progress on US/European university scholarship programmes.

BTEC / EDEXCEL / 2 YEARS

T V STUDIO & FILM This course provides an introduction to the study of creative media production and is the perfect course for students wishing to move on to practical media and film production courses at university. This course cannot be studied alongside Games Development.

WHAT WILL I LEARN? This vocational course gives students hands-on experience analysing an exciting range of professional moving image products, including advertising, music videos, TV drama and factual programming. The course also teaches the basics of script writing, production research, storyboarding, production planning and filming techniques as well as allowing students to refine editing skills. HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Students will produce a group-based film project using industry-standard software. Projects consist of live briefs as well as allowing students to develop their communication and evaluation skills. This course is assessed 70% by coursework units and 30% externally assessed examinations, and it must be completed as a full two-year programme. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? Television/film/video production, multimedia specialist, public relations, social media.

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T LEVEL

DIGITAL PRODUCTION, DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

WHAT IS A T LEVEL? We are excited to be one of the first providers in the North East for this brand new qualification. T Levels are new two-year technical programmes which are equivalent to 3 A-levels. These have been designed with employers and businesses to give young people the skills which industry needs and to prepare them for the world of work. T Levels will provide a mixture of technical knowledge and practical skills, an industry placement of at least 315 hours in their chosen industry or occupation, relevant maths, English and digital skills and common workplace skills. Students who achieve a T Level will be awarded a certificate recognised nationally by employers, which will set out what they have achieved as part of the programme.

WHAT WILL I LEARN? Students will study specific digital production elements and will investigate relevant digital applications, software and platforms which will change as the industry develops. The qualification is split between Core Components, Occupational Specialisms and Industry Placements: CORE COMPONENTS Students will investigate the business context of digital development such as the value of digital skills to a business, technical change management, risk management and codes of conduct. They will also investigate the ethical and moral issues which an increasing reliance on technology raises, and how diversity and inclusion need to be developed. Time will be spent focusing on the legislation, learning behaviours, planning and testing and security elements of a digital world.

OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALISMS These correspond directly to the apprenticeship standards and are designed to ensure students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve competence in the field of work. These skills include the ability to: - analyse a problem, - design, implement and test software, - change, maintain and support software, - create solutions in a social and collaborative environment, - discover, evaluate and apply reliable sources of knowledge, - apply ethical principles and manage risks in line with legal and regulatory requirements when developing software. INDUSTRY PLACEMENT As part of the qualification, students are expected to undertake an industry placement with either one employer or shared between two, for at least 315 hours (which equates to approximately 45 days). During their placement, students are expected to develop technical skills and apply their knowledge to a workplace environment. Students will undertake an employer-set project which will be assessed against a set brief to ensure they have gained the relevant core skills expected to allow them to be workplace-ready. This project will build upon knowledge taught and apply the skills and understanding in a business environment. WHERE COULD THIS TAKE ME? A T Level will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

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


HOW TO APPLY

Studying at Durham Sixth Form Centre is exciting, challenging and very rewarding. Each year, over 1,500 students apply to study with us in Year 12. For some, it is the great location, for others, the excellent results, the adult atmosphere or the change from school. Whatever your reason, we would welcome an application from you for enrolment in September 2020. CALL US 0191 383 0708 VISIT US durhamsixthformcentre.org.uk YOUR APPLICATION You can complete an application either online on our website or request a paper copy from Reception. We encourage students to apply by Easter. YOUR INTERVIEW Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend an interview and tour of the Centre with a member of our Student Recruitment Team. YOUR OFFER After your interview, our Student Recruitment Team will review your application and, if successful, you will receive your offer via letter soon after.

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

MRS BRUCE

MRS MAUDE

MRS BOYLE


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


OPEN EVENTS

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

ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

AUTUMN OPEN EVENING

Thursday 24th October 2019 [5-8pm]

SPRING OPEN EVENING

Thursday 2nd April 2020 [5-8pm]

SUMMER TASTER DAY

Thursday 16th July 2020 [8.50-3pm]

ENROLMENT

25th, 26th & 27th August 2020 [By appointment]


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


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

452 A* & DISTINCTION* grades awarded

There is a range of courses and study programmes available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have a minimum of five Grade 4 passes or above at GCSE (or equivalent), including GCSE English Language or Literature. In addition to the Centre’s entry requirements, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process.

A-level results

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.

A*-B

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that all courses featured in this Subject Guide will run, this cannot be guaranteed, as this will be dependent on appropriate levels of student demand. WE GET RESULTS Our students have an excellent record of success, which they work hard to achieve. Our most recent results at Durham Sixth Form Centre marked yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements. RECENT HIGHLIGHTS- 2018...

ABOVE NATIONAL AVERAGES & IN THE TOP FIFTH of schools and colleges in England Almost

THREE QUARTERS of all entries were at grades (or equivalent)

100% PASS RATE

for the fifth consecutive year

87%

of vocational entries awarded

DISTINCTION* OR DISTINCTION Results considered to be

OUTSTANDING by Ofsted


#GETINVOLVED DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A RANGE OF CLUBS AND SOCIETIES FOR YOU TO GET INVOLVED IN? FROM OUR DEBATING TEAM TO CHARITY COMMITTEE, WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.


Our Enrichment 6 programme provides a wide range of activities and experiences to broaden your horizons, develop and enhance your skills and encourage you to aspire. Our six areas of enrichment are: ACHIEVING ASPIRATIONS Set your academic goals and sights high and we will do all we can to help you reach your potential. We provide access to high-quality resources and a wide range of individual, peer and small group academic mentoring opportunities, to support you in reaching and exceeding your targets. INVESTMENT At Durham Sixth Form Centre, there are many opportunities to “give something back” to our community. We are proud of the contributions our staff and students make. ENHANCEMENT To enhance your learning and enable you to develop skills, knowledge and theory outside of the classroom, we provide opportunities and experiences which encourage you to reflect upon your subject practice and “make it real”. The quality of our provision has contributed to our recent Platinum Artsmark Award and our student team winning the regional European Youth Parliament Debating competition! HEALTH & WELLBEING As one of our students, your health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us. We provide lots of information, events, opportunities and experiences to

provide you with the support, knowledge and tools to live a safer, healthier, fitter lifestyle - and help others to do the same! LEADERSHIP & ENTREPRENEURIALISM We know that having leadership and entrepreneurial skills and aptitudes makes you stand out from the crowd and gives you the employability edge. These skills can only be refined through experiences which develop your confidence and put you in real leadership situations. We provide opportunities for these experiences including the Student Council, the Charity Committee and many more. LIFELONG LEARNING & WORK READINESS We have an award-winning Careers, Progression and Aspirations Team, who work closely with your Academic Mentors to give you the information, advice and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your future choices. This guidance will help you develop skills, gain essential experience and make competitive university and apprenticeship applications.


#ASPIREHIGH

DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE AN ASPIRE PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS IN THEIR AMBITIONS OF PROGRESSING TO THE COUNTRY’S TOP UNIVERSITIES AND ONTO THE MOST COMPETITIVE COURSES?


PROGRESSION We offer a comprehensive higher education and careers programme, alongside personalised support to aid you with all of your future career decisions, including the UCAS application process and alternative routes.

We have excellent links with all our local universities who offer specialist academic support, mentoring programmes, masterclasses and guest speakers.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers, Progression and Aspirations Team is available for personal consultations to explore your career ambitions and options, supporting you through your decision-making process.

Some of our students choose to pursue higher-level/ advanced/degree-level apprenticeships, school-leaver programmes and employment in a range of career sections such as engineering, civil service, IT, police civilians, retail and business management. For these students, we offer a specialist programme, including links with local business communities and activities to take part in.

OUR CAREERS, PROGRESSION AND ASPIRATIONS TEAM AIMS TO... inspire and motivate you by providing advice, guidance and support to broaden your knowledge and experience, in order to help you achieve your future career aspirations.

The majority of our students progress to higher education at a variety of universities and colleges, including the highly competitive Russell Group and Oxbridge.

MRS KIRKPATRICK

MR GATISS

We are also dedicated to supporting students aspiring to professional vocational careers through a specialist programme to help those succeed in applications for primary teaching, social work and NHS careers such as nursing, midwifery and radiography, as well as engineering through a Next Generation Engineers Programme.

MEET THE TEAM...

MR LINDLEY

MR MILLER

MRS MONGANBARKER


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


STUDENT SUCCESS

Students at Durham Sixth Form Centre have been successful in achieving some fantastic accolades whilst studying with us: UPTREE FUTURE TALENT AWARDS 12% of all Top 10 places for these awards in 2019 went to Durham Sixth Form Centre students for categories such as Future Lawyer of the Year, Young Scientist of the Year and Young Creative of the Year, to name a few. One of our students won the title of Young Creative of the Year at the awards ceremony in London.

EUROPEAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT INTER-SCHOOLS DEBATE Our team performed exceptionally well to win first place in the NE regional final at Newcastle University. SENIOR MATHS CHALLENGE Our students regularly are awarded certificates and some proceed to national level and the British Maths Olympiad to compete against other outstanding students nationally.

LUMIERE

Our arts students regularly work with Lumiere artists as sitters, prop assistants and assistants to create installations which are displayed around Durham as part of this significant event in the city’s calendar. SCIENCE OLYMPIADS Each year, our Biology and Chemistry students have the opportunity to compete in this annual Science competition. GOLF ACADEMY Our students have reached the national finals of the Intercollegiate Tour and the British Schools and Colleges this year. In addition, one of our students won the girls’ gross title at the Durham Schools’ Championships and

was crowned the national girls champion at the British Schools and Colleges National Final. GIRLS FOOTBALL ACADEMY

This year our girls team played for the first time in the National Youth Football League, coming third and were runners-up in the North East Colleges League Women’s Cup and in the Women’s League as well as quarter finalists in the England Schools Under 18 trophy. Two students have secured US football scholarships and one has been selected to represent the Durham Women’s Football Club. BOYS FOOTBALL ACADEMY

Our boys team were runners up in the NE Colleges League, Development League U18. ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY SCHOOLS’ ANALYST COMPETITION

Our team of Year 12 Chemistry students came first in the North East regional final held at Sunderland University. MEDIA MAGAZINE AWARDS

One of our students was featured in the top four in the editing category for her Creative Media Production video at this national awards ceremony. POTTS LITERACY AWARD

Our Year 12 students have had the opportunity to take part in this literacy competition. HENRY SMITH AWARD

Each year our Accounting students can choose to compete for this prestigious award to develop their employability skills and demonstrate their creative flair.


#haveyoursay DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A RANGE OF STUDENT COMMITTEES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO HAVE YOUR SAY AND INFLUENCE SIXTH FORM LIFE?


STUDENT VOICE At Durham Sixth Form Centre, we are proud of our reputation and many successes. But don’t take our word for it. We would encourage you to speak to our current students who will tell you what a great place Durham Sixth Form Centre is. Below are some comments from our current students: SOL TONES “I really like the independence, the great teachers and the fact that I can combine my subjects with the Football Academy.” Previous school: Durham Johnston Studying: Business, Finance, Geography, Law and Football Academy

JENNIFER OAKLEY “After attending open evenings and masterclasses, I was really impressed with the facilities and passion of the teachers.” Previous school: Framwellgate School Studying: English Literature, Fine Art and Fashion & Textiles

DOM OLIVER “The range of subjects here really suits my needs.” Previous school: Oxclose Academy Studying: Business, Finance, Law and Sociology

KATE FOWLER “The staff are really engaging and supportive.” Previous school: Biddick Academy Studying: English Language, English Literature and French

DAN MANN “The city centre location is great and the teachers are really supportive.”

Previous school: Sedgefield Community College Studying: English Language, Media Studies, Psychology and TV & Film Production

ELLEN TERRY

“I enjoy the independence and adult atmosphere.” Previous school: Belmont School Studying: Biology, Chemistry, Criminology and Psychology

JOSH BURDETT “The teachers are really friendly and the city centre location is ideal.”

Previous school: Whitworth Park Academy Studying: Biology, Economics, Maths and Physics

SOPHIE REED “I love the wide range of courses and the support is really helpful.”

Previous school: The Academy at Shotton Hall Studying: English Literature, French, Geography and Music


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#DH11SG DID YOU KNOW WE ARE ONLY A SHORT WALK FROM THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE OF DURHAM CATHEDRAL?


LOCATION Located in the centre of Durham City, Durham Sixth Form Centre is a short walk from both the bus and railway stations. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities on our doorstep, including shops, restaurants, the city library, cinemas and the theatre. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and bookshops all play their part in enriching the student experience. TRANSPORT BUS Durham City is well served by a range of local and regional bus routes. For more information about bus journeys, times and travel information, visit the following websites and download the bus company apps: arrivabus.co.uk/north-east/explore gonortheast.co.uk/journeyplanner/ BY CAR Located close to Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre, Walkergate car park provides safe and secure parking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For further information about parking near Durham Sixth Form Centre, please visit the following link: en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/dh1_1sg/

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


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#BEOUTSTANDING Durham Sixth Form Centre, Providence Row, The Sands, Durham. DH1 1SG. 0191 383 0708. durhamsixthformcentre.org.uk

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