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Contents Welcome 2 Achieving your Academic Potential 4 Leadership 6 Growing Independence 8 Social Responsibility 10 Widening Perspectives 12 Preparing for Higher Education and beyond 14 Joining our Sixth Form 16 Extended Project Qualification 18 Art 20 Biology 22 Chemistry 24 Computing 26 DT Product Design - 3D Design 28 DT Product Design - Textiles 30 Drama and Theatre Studies 32 Economics 34 English Literature 36 French 38 Geography 40 German 42 Government and Politics 44 History 46 Human Biology 48 Latin 50 Mathematics 52 Further Mathematics 54 Music 56 Physics 58 Psychology 60 Religious Studies 62 Sociology 64 Spanish 66 1


Welcome to our Sixth Form...

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The Sixth Form at Sutton High School is a place of opportunity where girls excel. It is a place where anything is possible, it is a place of laughter where lifelong friendships are forged. It is a vibrant community characterised by the ‘can do, have a go’ philosophy of the girls and teachers within it. It is a place of encouragement and risk taking, where girls are treated as individuals, where everyone matters. The Sixth Form Centre is housed in the newly refurbished Suffolk House, which lies at the heart of the Senior School. The accommodation is set over three floors of designated Sixth Form only space. The common room, with comfy seating as well as a café area with kitchen, is located on the ground floor and girls have use of their own outside courtyard which is furnished with garden tables and benches. The Art Studio, a designated Art and Design teaching room for A Level Art students, is located on the ground floor. Upstairs are six teaching rooms including a designated teaching room for MFL, equipped with state of the art ICT teaching resources, an office for the use of the Head Girl’s Team and The View.

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The View, located on the top floor, gives girls a quiet space for independent study with a spectacular view looking towards London. The location of the Sixth Form Centre allows girls to feel very much in the centre of the school, with easy access to Georgia’s for coffees as well as freshly baked cakes and cookies, but allows them the space to achieve their academic ambitions. Sixth Form girls at Sutton High School are ambitious and work hard to achieve their goals and they leave us as confident and successful young women eager to make their mark on the 21st century. We are very proud of them and all that they achieve.


Achieving your Academic Potential

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We are proud of the academic success achieved by our ambitious sixth form girls. We structure our curriculum and assessment to maximise every girl’s individual academic potential, providing extension opportunities and specialist preparation for her chosen field. During their time in the sixth form, girls develop into confident, accomplished young women. They emerge as effective leaders, committed team workers and clear communicators, poised for future challenge. In encouraging girls to aim high, we support them with a strong team of tutors, skilled specialist subject teachers and an

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outstanding Higher Education and work experience advice service, tailored to their individual needs. Our purpose is to provide the environment where girls are intellectually stimulated and where they enjoy success, so that they are ready to realise their potential at university and beyond.


Leadership

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Reaching the top of the school affords a unique opportunity for you to practise leadership skills. We want you to learn to motivate others to work with you and to get things done. Most meaningful change requires working with other people, and being able to do something about a situation you want to change will help in the workplace and in social interactions now and into the future. Essential to these is the principle that one of the most vital lessons is to learn to lead yourself. Developing and practising skills is one of the best ways to increase awareness of your emotions and motivations and how you act on them, developing your self-awareness and emotional intelligence.

From the wealth of opportunities, we expect everyone to be involved in learning to lead, whether that is amongst your peer group, leading the younger girls, or both.

You will learn about the key leadership skills:

Leadership possibilities range from Sports Council to House Teams, Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl to the Magazine Committee and the opportunity to represent the school on the GDST Student Council.

• Decision making • Negotiation and conflict resolution • Perceiving others • Influence and persuasion • Motivation

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Growing Independence

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Current research on the rapidly burgeoning field of neuroscience is providing an expanding base of evidence showing that brain development continues for decades. We now know that brain development is influenced by the environment, and that the long period of adolescence is a particularly sensitive time. Independent thinkers feel the need to make sense of the world based on personal observations and experiences rather than just going along with the thoughts of others. They strengthen a team because they understand that different backgrounds and perspectives bring different ideas and solutions and are willing to share their ideas. In the sixth form, you need to be inquisitive of set theories and ask why things happen the way they do; to explain results, and defend conclusions.

In Years 12 and 13, this is a time when you 路d  epend less on others and take on more responsibility 路 make decisions and solve problems 路 work out life values 路 form your own identity In achieving this it is necessary to make some mistakes, to explore and have new experiences. One of our most important aims is to help you develop the desire and ability to think on your own. Independent thinking empowers you to evaluate whether the information being presented is true or reasonable. This differs from critical thinking, which is the process used to collect and process information to arrive at a logical conclusion.

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Developing your Social Responsibility

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Exercising social responsibility means engaging in balancing the equilibrium between the demands of the economy and ecosystems. Practising and prioritising your responsibilities to local, national and global communities means that you must consider seriously a number of social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. Positive attitude and approaches help individuals have a lasting impact on society. At the top of the school, you will be able to influence the Sutton High community in a highly visible way, for example in leading Student Council, the Amnesty International Group, or organising fund-raising activities for charities.

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We promote this in our Sixth Form in a number of ways. In particular, you will have protected timetabled time to pursue activities outside school in an area of your choice. This could be volunteering in a Care Home, or Primary School. It could mean work experience with a charity such as the Stroke Association or Riding for the Disabled. Whatever you decide to do, the time spent in supporting the community in this way will challenge and reward you.


Widening Perspectives

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In the Sixth Form the perspectives alter and the pace increases. From the beginning you will experience rich academic pursuits in specialist study and a prominent role to play in school life whilst enjoying the superb facilities. Within a few months you will be balancing the preparation for examinations with researching university courses. You will need to adapt quickly to different study habits, time management, new responsibilities, and broadening horizons. It is an intensive, exciting time which will bring its own rewards and challenges. You will need to pace yourself and select the opportunities you wish to pursue, whether as Managing Director for a Young Enterprise Company or applying for the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ experience. As part of the GDST network of schools, a wealth of opportunity opens up to you in the Sixth Form.

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You will be able to apply for Trust scholarships not only for future study and work experience, but also for travel. Intense competition takes place for prestigious prizes in modern foreign languages, poetry and writing. Each summer, a GDST residential weekend event is held, alternating between Oxford and Cambridge to inspire girls and to demystify the Oxbridge application process. A residential weekend tailored for those girls looking at Engineering and Architecture is held in Bath.


Preparing for Higher Education and beyond Our team of experienced Careers and Sixth Form staff will help and guide you through the process of applying to University. We have a wealth of resources available to you under the guidance of our Careers Advisor and she will ensure that you have the time and the opportunity to explore thoughts and ideas that you may have for your future academic goals and career plans.

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We arrange specialist talks from University admissions tutors to help you understand the process and what universities are looking for, plus important information on how to make your application as strong as possible.

Work experience and wider opportunities

Individual support and guidance is given to everyone in the writing of personal statements and practising for University interviews. Practical advice is also offered regarding finances, accommodation and life in general at University. Our biennial Careers Fair is another opportunity for gathering information from over 40 different professionals who visit the school to support you and share their words of wisdom and advice.

During your time in the Sixth Form you will have the opportunity to explore the world of work and broaden your horizons. We encourage all girls to embrace a work experience opportunity during their time in the Sixth Form, usually at the end of Year 12. We will work with you to arrange a suitable placement.

Alumnae and Networking As a Sutton High Sixth Former you will have the benefit of access to the GDST Alumnae Network, the nationwide group of over 50,000 former GDST students and also our own Alumnae Network. This is an invaluable networking opportunity and a unique resource which enables you to ask for information from any member about their experiences or particular career paths.

University Entrance Tests The GDST offers specialist tutoring days for some of the admissions tests such as UKCAT, BMAT and LNAT and there is also the opportunity to attend a special Oxbridge preparation weekend. Our careers advisor, sixth form tutors and subject staff are always glad to be able to offer you help and advice.

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In the corporate world, the GDST also offers you opportunities to apply for internships with global employers such as Nomura, Deloitte and HSBC and a number of financial awards are also available to sixth formers. Our comprehensive Careers Advice is integrated into our entire Sixth Form Curriculum and we will provide advice and support to you at every stage, enabling you to make an informed choice and the right decisions for you.


Joining our Sixth Form We expect girls entering the Sixth Form to achieve a minimum of 8 GCSEs at grades A*-C. Girls will be expected to achieve an A* or A grade in the subjects that they wish to study at A Level and a C grade at AS in the subjects they wish to continue at A Level.

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AS Examinations are sat in the summer term of Year 12 with the results published in the August. At this stage girls usually decide to drop one of their AS Level subjects before starting their A2 courses in Year 13.

For subjects girls may not have studied at GCSE we will expect the following GCSE results: Economics

A or above in Maths or a Science and English

Politics

A or above in History or English

Sociology

A or above in RS or English

Psychology

A or above in English, Science and Maths

Sixth Form Scholarships and Bursaries

Moving into the Sixth Form Transfer from Year 11 to Year 12 is seen as normal progression at Sutton High School. Girls in Year 11 are guaranteed a place in Year 12 subject to their GCSE results.

Entry to the Sixth Form at 16+ Places in the Sixth Form are offered to external candidates based on an interview with Ms Clark, Head of the Sixth Form, a formal assessment and GCSE results. Girls have the opportunity to choose four or five subjects to study in Year 12 from the large range of subjects offered at Sutton High School. This choice should be based upon personal interest, subjects girls are enjoying at GCSE and those which girls believe they will enjoy having undertaken some research or others which are needed for future career interests.

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Girls are encouraged to apply for the following Sixth Form Scholarships: Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport, according to their ability and talents. The GDST offers bursaries to ensure that its schools continue to be accessible to all able students. Bursaries will be awarded only to the most able pupils with the greatest potential to benefit from a GDST education. All bursaries are means tested and their value is related to the income and financial resources of the student’s family.

We look forward to welcoming you into Sutton High School Sixth Form...


Extended Project Qualification EPQ gives girls the opportunity to explore and research in depth an area of personal interest.

The project itself can take the form of an academic report of approximately 5000 words or it can take the form of an artefact – a novel, a sari, a cake and a car engine are all examples of artefacts produced by Sutton High girls. The real joy of EPQ is that girls have the intellectual freedom to choose their own field of research and to develop their own title. All girls work with a member of staff who acts as their EPQ supervisor whose role is to guide and advise girls as they complete their project. Girls develop the skills necessary to complete the project during the Sixth Form Enrichment programme which is delivered in school and includes visits to the British Library and Southampton University library. 18


Course Summary:

Assessment:

Girls attend taught skills lessons

Evidence for assessment comprises:

during Year 12 and begin to develop their title from their initial idea in consultation with their supervisor. The production log starts to be completed and girls begin to undertake initial research. Girls spend time over the summer holiday at the end of Year 12 completing their project. Girls give their presentation in the early part of the Autumn Term of Year 13 and submit the project and production log soon after.

• the completed production log. The production log comprises a record of the initial idea and outline plan, record of research carried out and resources used, record of advice and support given and action taken as a result, a note of any changes made to the plan with reasons for the changes, a record of the presentation and a reflection on the process of producing the project. • a written report • evidence, as appropriate, depending on the topic or subject area chosen e.g. an artefact or recording of a performance • the presentation

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Art Art is the expression and application of human creative skill and imagination. In other words, Art allows us to display our inspiration, whether it is through drawing, painting, sculpture, film or photography.

Studying Art provides you with a range of valuable key skills including independent work practice, in-depth research skills, self-motivation, and of course heightened visual literacy. For you? Studying Art will allow you to explore the visual world to enhance and stimulate your creative journey. Skills and techniques must be learned but qualities of imagination and the examination of cultural and aesthetic themes are of equal importance. You will investigate the subject, learning a broad range of practical techniques fulfilling your own intentions with dynamic and exciting outcomes. 20


“The new Sixth Form Art Studio means we have our own dedicated space to be creative – it’s amazing.”

Course Title: Art, Craft and Design Specification Numbers: AS 8ADO1 A2 9AD01 Examination Board: EDEXCEL

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

• develop ideas informed

The AS course consists of one

examination project based on a

Year 12

by analytical and critical

coursework unit based on the theme

understanding

‘Identity’. Students will explore

• experiment with a broad range of media and materials, reviewing and refining your progress • develop recording skills through

theme. This will be followed by an

a range of media and techniques in

theme set by the examination board. The final piece for this project is produced under examination conditions.

guided workshops before developing personal responses to the theme as final outcomes in the media of their choice. This will be followed by a

Assessment: Year 12

project based on a theme set by the

Unit 1 Coursework

examination board. The final piece

60% of AS (30% A2)

for this project is produced under

Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment

final pieces of work supported

examination conditions.

40% of AS (20% A2)

by extensive and coherent

Year 13

8 hours of unaided work

formal elements and formulate original and personal ideas • present exciting and dynamic

investigations

The A2 course consists of one

Year 13

The disciplines associated with Art

coursework unit based on the theme

and Design are painting and drawing,

of ‘Micro Landscape’. Students will

printmaking, sculpture, ceramics,

explore this theme using a range of

mixed media, digital photography,

media based on personal strengths

Unit 4 Externally Set Assignment

film and installation.

and areas for development. They

20% A2

will produce a final piece based on their individual responses to the

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Unit 3 Coursework 30% A2

12 hours of unaided work


Biology Biology is the study of life: From trees to ocean trenches, ecosystems to organs and dinosaurs to DNA.

Biologists today are working to solve the biggest challenges currently facing the planet. Some of the most exciting work in Science occurs when Biology is combined with other Science subjects as in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, although it also fits in well with non-Science subjects especially if you are keen to keep your options open at A level. For you? Biology is an academic course where you will combine theory and practical work to support your studies. Practical work will take place in the laboratory to improve your investigative skills but will also take place on field trips where critical thinking and communication skills will be essential to present your work. Come with questions and prepare to be challenged. 22


“It is exciting to learn about yourself and how you work. It has opened my eyes to how advanced we are as a species.”

Course Title: Biology Specification Numbers: AS HO21 A2 H421 Examination Board: OCR

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12

Module 1 of the AS course is

• develop their interest in and

The course is divided into 3 modules

externally assessed in a 1 hour

enthusiasm for Biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Biology • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues

1. Cells, Exchange and Transport 2. Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health 3. Practical Skills in Biology 1

and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society • develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other

written examination (30%) and module 2 in a 1 hour 45 minute written examination (50%). Module 1 of the A2 course is externally assessed in a 1 hour 15 minutes written examination (30%) and module 2 in a 2 hour written

Year 13 The course is also divided into

examination (50%).

3 modules

Module 3 (Practical Skills in Biology)

1. Communication, Homeostasis

following examination board set

and Energy 2. Control, Genomes and Environment 3. Practical Skills in Biology 2 Girls studying Biology are expected to take part in a one day field trip in year 12 and a 4 day field trip in Year 13.

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in AS and A2 is internally assessed practical based tasks. There will be three task types: Qualitative, Quantitative and Evaluative (20%).


Chemistry Chemistry is a fascinating subject. It encompasses both academic and laboratory skills, developing logical and analytical thinking, numeracy and creativity.

Some concepts are challenging, but the high practical content of the course will help you understand and apply the theory. The transferable skills gained are many and the satisfaction of understanding how and why reactions happen is immeasurable. For you? Why do transition metals form coloured compounds? Why does the pH scale go from 1-14? The answers to these questions and more can be found in A level Chemistry. Whether you wish to study Science subjects at university or you just enjoy Chemistry, you will learn to analyse information logically. Practical Chemistry plays a key role in which observational skills, manual dexterity and precision are vital. 24


“I chose Chemistry because I thought it would be interesting and enjoyable. I haven’t been disappointed! Chemistry is never boring and you continuously develop new practical and theoretical skills.”

Course Title: Chemistry Specification Numbers: AS 1421 A2 2421 Examination Board: AQA

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12

Structured tests assess each of

• acquire the confidence to apply

Unit 1: Foundation Chemistry

Units 1, 2, 4 and 5, together with

their understanding of scientific concepts to unfamiliar phenomena and information • develop the ability to communicate

Unit 2: Chemistry in Action Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Chemistry

scientific ideas logically and concisely • appreciate the way in which

Unit 2 – CHEM 2, 46% of total AS marks, 23% of total A2 marks

Unit 5: Energetics, Redox

• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Chemistry

Unit 1 – CHEM 1, 33% of total AS

Unit 4: Kinetics, Equilibria

environmental problems, to raise

industry

AS Examinations:

Year 13 and Organic Chemistry

improve health and benefit

skills for Units 3 and 6.

marks, 16% of total A2 marks

Chemistry can be used to reduce standards of living, fight disease,

centre-based assessment of practical

and Inorganic Chemistry

Unit 3 – CHM3X, 20% of total AS marks, 10% of total A2 marks A2 Examinations:

Unit 6: Investigative and

Unit 4 – CHEM 4, 20% of total

Practical Skills in A2 Chemistry

A Level marks

In Years 12 and 13, students attend

Unit 5 – CHEM 5, 20% of total

Chemistry in Action conferences.

A Level marks Unit 6 – CHM6X, 10% of total A Level marks

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Computing Computer Science is a rigorous, fascinating and intellectually challenging subject.

Long after today’s pupils leave school and enter the workplace - long after the technologies used at school are obsolete - the principles learnt in Computer Science will still hold true. You will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills which are beneficial in all areas of study and in employment. For you? Through the study of computer programming, the course will help you develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. For many, it’ll be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this way, the course will stimulate interest and engagement with technology and technology-related careers. You will be taught how to write real programs that solve real issues, as well as designing the odd game on the way. 26


“This course combines many disciplines which I am interested in. It is based on mathematical principals, but also allows room for creativity. I am looking forward to building my own robots, apps and electrical gadgets in the future. Having free reign to programme these really excites me because technology is so prevalent in today’s society.” Course Title: Computing Specification Numbers: AS 1511 A2 2511 Examination Board: AQA

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12

Year 12

• develop computational thinking

Unit 1: Problem Solving,

Unit 1: Practical exercise – 2 hour

Programming, Data Representation

on-screen examination – 100 marks

– a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. Thinking computationally is an important life skill and means using

Unit 2: Computer Components, Stored Program Concept, Internet

(60% of AS/30% of A Level) Unit 2: 1 hour written examination 60 marks (40% of AS/20% of A Level)

abstraction and decomposition

Year 13

and discovering what can be

Unit 3: Problem Solving,

Year 13

computed and how to compute it

Programming, Operating Systems,

Unit 3: 2½ hour written examination

Databases and Networking

– 100 marks (30% of A Level)

the parts which are appropriate

Unit 4: The Computing Practical

Unit 4: Coursework, internally

for a computer solution

Project

assessed and moderated by AQA -

• analyse a problem and identify

75 marks (20% of A Level)

• select, justify and apply appropriate techniques and principles to develop data structures and algorithms for the solutions to problems • design, implement and document an effective solution using appropriate hardware and software including the use of a programming language

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DT Product Design - 3D Design Design and Technology prepares you to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing society.

It calls for you to become independent and innovative problem solvers, who look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them creatively. The combination of practical skills and an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices allows you to evaluate past and present design and technology, its uses and effects, and uses this to stimulate your own thinking. For you? Yes, if you are creative or engineer minded, if you enjoy making things and solving problems, if you want to have a career in architecture, engineering or design. During the A-level course you will learn about materials and components, explore design and market influences and develop an understanding of processes and manufacture. You will undertake a range of design and make activities developing your graphics and practical skills to a high standard. 28


“This course provides a relaxing atmosphere where there are no limits on creative ideas due to the small class sizes and dedicated teachers. My favourite part of the course has been learning to develop my ideas and open my eyes to different options available when working towards a final design.” Course Title: Design & Technology Product Design 3D Design Specification Numbers: AS 1551 A2 2551 Examination Board: AQA

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12

Year 12

• understand how Design and

Two units covering Materials,

Unit 1 – Materials, Components and

Technology affects our lives

Components and Application

Application – 2 hour written paper –

and learning through Designing

externally assessed.

• contribute to the use and development of technology in

and Making

Unit 2 – Learning through Designing

our society through informed

Practical element – coursework

and Making – 50 hours – internally

participation

may take a number of forms: a

assessed and externally moderated.

• become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of teams, identifying

simple Design-and-Make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work

Year 13 Unit 3 – Synoptic paper – based primarily on Design and Manufacture

needs, wants and opportunities

Year 13

- 2 hour written paper – externally

and responding to them

Two units based primarily on Design

assessed.

• relate your personal experience to the work of commerce and industry • become discerning and responsible consumers

and Manufacture and Design and Making practice Practical element – coursework takes the form of a single, substantial Designing and Making activity

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Unit 4 – Learning through Designing and Making – 60 hours – internally assessed and externally moderated.


DT Product Design - Textiles Design and Technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing society. It is an inter-disciplinary subject which is student focused.

The Fashion and Textile market is a leading industry in the UK. Careers include not just designers but also those in pattern development, fabric and colour technology and the business and retail trade. Studying Textiles will give you a good understanding of fibres, fabrics, design, manufacturing, innovative technologies and how the production of textiles impacts upon the environment and people. For you? If you are a creative and practical person and have good manual dexterity and a desire to be precise and accurate this might be the subject for you. You will undertake a portfolio approach in Year 12, giving you the opportunity to broaden out and develop your skills by carrying out a range of design and make activities. In Year 13 you will work on a single project, taking a designer/maker approach similar to that in the textiles industry. 30


“I am really pleased that I took Textiles A level as I was so much more confident and knowledgeable when carrying out practical skills than others on the Foundation course at Kingston University.”

Course Title: Design & Technology Product Design Textiles Specification Numbers: AS 1561 A2 2561 Examination Board: AQA

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12

Year 12

• understand how Design and

Two units covering Materials,

Unit 1 – Materials, Components and

Technology affects our lives

Components and Application

Application – 2 hour written paper –

and learning through Designing

externally assessed

• contribute to the use and development of technology in

and Making

Unit 2 – Learning through Designing

our society through informed

Practical element – coursework may

and Making – 50 hours – internally

participation

take a number of forms: a simple

assessed and externally moderated

• become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of teams, identifying

Design-and-Make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work

Year 13 Unit 3 – Synoptic paper – based primarily on Design and Manufacture

needs, wants and opportunities

Year 13

- 2 hour written paper – externally

and responding to them

Two units based primarily on

assessed

• relate your personal experience to the work of commerce and industry • become discerning and responsible consumers

Design and Manufacture and Design and Making practice Practical element – coursework takes the form of a single, substantial Designing and Making activity

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Unit 4 – Learning through Designing and Making – 60 hours – internally assessed and externally moderated


Drama and Theatre Studies “Drama is life - with the dull bits cut out.” – Alfred Hitchcock Drama ‘A’ Level develops the student intellectually, socially and pastorally.

It involves: an understanding and observation of human experience; the exploration of attitudes, opinions and issues; communication, concentration, sharing and team-work; analytical and evaluation skills as well as the development of presentation and performance skills. For you? Drama is a highly structured discipline, which provides a unique opportunity for creativity, allowing you to explore issues and provoke ideas in a safe environment. Drama skills are welcomed in nearly every company and career. Employers recognise that a good Drama student can interact with people and deliver presentations of the highest quality with confidence; are skilled at managing others and therefore make good leaders. In a nutshell, Drama is serious fun. 32


“It’s a fun and practical exploration into the development of your acting and life skills.”

Course Title: Drama and Theatre Studies Specification Numbers: AS 8DR01 A2 9DR01 Examination Board: EDEXCEL

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

• develop their interest in,

Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and

and enjoyment of, drama and theatre • develop their confidence as

actors, directors and designers • become reflective and

independent readers and critics of plays from a range of genres • acquire knowledge and

understanding of the work of major practitioners • show an increasing awareness

of the contexts in which play texts were created • develop their ability to

communicate ideas effectively in discussion and in written tasks

Year 13 Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic

Year 12 Theatre: You will explore two contrasting play texts, in a practical and active way. A set of Exploration Notes based on individual research and response to the practical work

Performance: Students create a unique and original piece of theatre. Your rehearsals and performance are recorded and assessed by your drama teacher. Again, you may be assessed as a performer or a designer.

to a maximum of 3000 words must

Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context:

be submitted. You will watch at least

This unit requires the detailed study

four live theatre performances and

of one play text, set by Edexcel

submit an evaluation of one of them.

and one prescribed historical period

Unit 2: Theatre text in performance: This unit contains two elements. It requires you to a) be directed by

of theatrical development. The assessment takes the form of a 2½ hour written paper in three sections.

your teacher in a group performance of a play by a known writer and b) perform either a monologue or duologue. You may be entered as a performer or as a designer. These will be assessed under examination conditions by a visiting examiner. There is no written examination at AS Level.

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Assessment: At A Level, Units 1 and 3 are worth 20% each. Units 2 and 4 are worth 30% each.


Economics Economics is essentially about the choices we make on a daily basis – how many hours to work, what to buy and where to go on holiday are all economic choices.

We consider how and why these choices are made and the consequences they have for us, for government and for people on the other side of the world. For you? You will enjoy Economics if you are interested in news stories happening in the UK and the wider world. You will have an enquiring mind and will want to learn how to analyse economic events such as global trade, inflation, pollution controls, immigration and interest rates so that you understand why they have happened and what effect they may have on all of us. Economics lessons are a lively mixture of discussion, debate and argument. 34


“Economics was a new subject to me and I didn’t completely know what it would involve. It has taught me about so much more than I could imagine. It has opened my eyes to the world around me and how it works.”

Course Title: Economics Specification Numbers: AS 8EC01 A2 9EC01 Examination Board: EDEXCEL

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12

All modules are examined by an

• develop an interest in learning how

Two units covering how markets

externally assessed written paper,

businesses and government create

work, why markets fail and

consisting of supported choice

benefits and economic wealth and

managing the economy.

questions, data response questions

conversely, how they may create costs which society has to pay, such as those associated with pollution or new house building projects • enjoy assessing and presenting the merits of alternative courses of economic action • take an interest in playing a full part in society: understanding why the government pursues certain actions and how it may use the tax system to influence peoples’ actions • learn how to analyse data and

We consider different economic models about how markets work and how the economy can be structured. Year 13 Two units covering business economics, economic efficiency and the global economy. We study the theory of the firm, how competition can be encouraged in markets and how economic efficiency can be measured. We study the UK economy, but also consider the impact the global economy has on the UK. In the

use economic models in order

final unit we study the problems

to suggest solutions to real world

associated with developing

problems or forecast future trends

economies and begin to consider the issue of eliminating poverty.

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and one two part essay in the final unit.


English Literature English is a subject which involves the intellect, the imagination and the emotions.

It is both thought-provoking and immensely rewarding and develops skills of evaluation, analysis and empathy that can be applied in a variety of situations and are valued by universities and employers. The study of English literature involves close reading of texts, researching social, historical and cultural contexts and the ability to articulate sophisticated ideas. For you? Yes if you love reading and are prepared to work hard. You need to read background material such as criticism and biographies as well as your set texts. A sense of the historical and literary contexts of the books you are studying will also enhance your enjoyment of the course as will a desire to engage closely with language. 36


“The study of literature enriches your own personal development and offers a different way of looking at the world.”

Course Title: English Literature Specification B Specification Numbers: AS 1746 A2 2746 Examination Board: AQA 

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

• develop their interest in, and

Unit 1: Aspects of Narrative

enjoyment of, literature • develop as confident, independent

Unit 4: Further and Independent Reading (20% of A Level): first essay

Year 12 (30% of A Level; 2 hour ‘open book’ examination)

1500-2000 words - a comparison of two texts, second essay 1200-1500 words - application of a critical perspective to a text

and reflective readers of prose,

Students study four writers

poetry and drama, learning to

(two novelists and two poets)

express their responses effectively

and will answer two questions,

Assessment:

each of 1 hour.

The coursework modules are

Unit 2: Dramatic Genre coursework

internally assessed and moderated

(20% of A Level; 2 essays, each

before being submitted to an

1200-1500 words). The current

external examiner who will decide

genre studied is Comedy and

the final grade. The externally

students study one Shakespearian

assessed examination papers

play and a modern drama.

each require candidates to answer

• use literary terminology with understanding and discrimination • consider other readers’ interpretations of texts • increasingly show an awareness of the contexts in which texts were written, and are now understood • explore comparisons and connections between literary texts

two questions, from a choice,

Year 13 Unit 3: Texts and Genres (30% of A Level; 2 hour ‘closed book’ examination) Current genre studied is Gothic and students will study four texts.

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on texts studied.


French “To know a different language is to possess a second soul.� – Charlemagne French is the second most commonly taught language in the world and an official language in 33 countries.

French A Level will help you to develop an understanding of francophone culture. Having a language at A level will put you at a great advantage. French combines well with subjects such as law or tourism, adding a linguistic edge to your studies. For you? During the interactive A level course you will build on GCSE language and grammar to reach a high standard of spoken and written French. In addition to enhancing your language skills you will have a better understanding of the culture, society and history of France and French speaking countries and will reflect on some key French literary texts. 38


“In French you learn not just a language but also about things like culture - through music and film. Studying French will give you an edge over other students and could be very useful in the future, no matter what you decide to do.”

Course Title: French Specification Numbers: AS 1651 A2 2651 Examination Board: AQA

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

• develop practical language skills

One unit for Listening, Reading

so that you can understand and

and Writing (70%). One unit for

communicate in French

Speaking (30%).

• discover the cultural, social,

A study visit to France will take place for AS and A2 pupils, depending on

Year 12

interest, and local cultural visits to see French films and plays are organised. In addition, you have the opportunity to undertake a

Topics: media, popular culture,

week’s work experience in France

historical, geographical and

healthy living, family and

or Belgium through a specialised

political background of France

relationships.

school travel company.

Year 13

Assessment:

• reflect on some key French literary texts • stimulate your intellect by thinking

One unit for Listening, Reading

through social and ethical issues

and Writing (70%). One unit for

• experience life abroad and build

Speaking (30%).

The Listening, Reading and Writing modules are examined by an externally assessed written paper,

up confidence in talking to lots

Topics: environment, the multi-

consisting of listening, reading and

of different people

cultural society, contemporary

grammar exercises with one written

social issues, cultural topics,

essay out of a choice of questions.

two from: a region, a period of

The Speaking module is conducted

history, a novelist, a dramatist,

by your teacher examiner and

a poet, a film director, an architect,

consists of a stimulus card and

an artist or a musician.

conversation on the AS or A2 topics.

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Geography “Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?� - Michael Palin

The study of Geography enables us to understand how natural and human forces shape and re-shape Planet Earth. Because of the breadth of the subject, Geographers are uniquely able to take a holistic view of world issues. For you? Geography appeals to young people wanting to know more about the world. It is for the adventurous and the curious. There has never been a more important time to study Geography with growing interest in contemporary issues such as climate change and environmental degradation. 40


“Not only are Geography lessons enjoyable, they are made all the more interesting by the fact that you can see what you learn happening around you.”

Course Title: Geography Specification Numbers: AS 1031 A2 2031 Examination Board: AQA

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

• acquire and apply knowledge

Unit 1: Physical - Rivers, Floods

Contemporary Conflicts and Challenges (two out of three

Year 12

to be studied).

and understanding of physical

and Management plus one of; Cold

Unit 4: Fieldwork investigation –

and human processes over space

Environments, Coastal Environments

students undertake an investigation

and time

or Desert Environments

which is used to answer questions

• develop an understanding of the

Unit 2: Human - Population Change

inter-relationships between people

plus one of; Food Supply Issues,

and their environments

Energy Issues or Health Issues

• appreciate the dynamic nature of Geography • develop their own values and attitudes by studying those of other people

Year 13 Unit 3: Contemporary Physical Geographical Issues including Tectonic Hazards, Weather and Climate Hazards, Challenge of Ecosystems two out of the three to be studied. Contemporary Human Geographical Issues including World Cities, Development and Globalisation,

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in an examination.

Assessment: Each module, including the fieldwork, is examined by an externally assessed written paper. These papers contain both data response questions and those requiring longer essay responses.


German German is the most widely spoken language in Europe and is the world’s third strongest economy.

German A Level will help you to appreciate Germany’s culture as well as its thriving contemporary society. Having a language at A level will put you at a great advantage. German combines well with subjects such as banking or engineering, adding a linguistic edge to your studies. For you? During the interactive A level course you will build on GCSE language and grammar to reach a high standard of spoken and written German. You will discuss a wide range of contemporary issues from the German music industry to environmental concerns. In addition to enhancing your language skills you will have a better understanding of the culture, society and history of German speaking countries. 42


“The best part is when someone asks a spontaneous question and you realise you can reply fluently – then you feel like a true German linguist.”

Course Title: German Specification Numbers: AS 1661 A2 2661 Examination Board: AQA

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

• develop practical language skills

One unit for Listening, Reading

so that you can understand and

and Writing (70%). One unit for

communicate in German

Speaking (30%).

• discover the cultural, social,

A study visit to Germany will take place for AS and A2 pupils, depending

Year 12

on interest, and local cultural visits to see German films and plays are organised. In addition, you have the opportunity to undertake a week’s

Topics: media, popular culture,

work experience in Germany through

historical, geographical and

healthy living, family and

a specialised school travel company.

political background of Germany

relationships.

• reflect on some key German literary texts

Assessment: Year 13

• stimulate your intellect by thinking

One unit for Listening, Reading

through social and ethical issues

and Writing (70%). One unit for

• experience life abroad and build

Speaking (30%).

The Listening, Reading and Writing modules are examined by an externally assessed written paper, consisting of listening, reading and

up confidence in talking to lots

Topics: environment, the multi-

grammar exercises with one written

of different people

cultural society, contemporary

essay out of a choice of questions.

social issues, cultural topics,

The Speaking module is conducted

two from: a region, a period of

by your teacher examiner and

history, a novelist, a dramatist,

consists of a stimulus card and

a poet, a film director, an architect,

conversation on the AS or A2 topics.

an artist or a musician.

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Government and Politics Why would anyone want to study politics? When people think of politics they think of party politics and political point scoring, or, of broken promises.

We might wish to switch off and ignore politics but even if we disengage from politics it will not disengage from us. It is about how we live, about power and order, who we are and what we get. Politics determines how we are educated, housed, cared for in hospital and kept secure from crime and violence. For you? Yes, if you are interested and enquiring, if you want to understand government, how decisions which affect your life are made and what influences those decisions. We study UK and US politics and compare institutions of government in both countries. Politics is a ‘real life’ subject. As engaged and interested young women who will soon have the chance to vote and participate in politics this is a subject for you. 44


“I am now able to join in political discussions and have debates with my parents! I love the fact that politics is always current and about real-life.”

Course Title: Government & Politics Specification Numbers: AS 8GP01 A2 9GP01 Examination Board: EDEXCEL

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12 - Two units

Each unit is examined by an

• develop an understanding of the

Unit 1 focuses on the theme of

externally assessed written paper.

political participation in the UK

Questions include a mix of stepped

workings of the political systems of the UK and the US • evaluate the role and significance of the branches of government in each country as well as institutions such as political parties, pressure groups and the judiciary • gain an understanding of various means of political participation

Unit 2 considers government in the UK Year 13 - Two units Unit 3 focuses on the politics of the US Unit 4 is about the government of the US.

which will inform the choices

Relevant trips will be undertaken

you make as a citizen

during the course of study. In the

• develop an ability to critically evaluate, to explore your own views and those of others and by doing so to grow in intellectual maturity

past these trips have included (inter alia) a visit to the London Assembly and trips to Parliament including attendance at Prime Minister’s Questions and the Budget Speech.

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questions, data response questions and essays.


History It is an old but true saying that to understand the present one has to study the past.

Historians are concerned with the reasons and consequences of people’s choices in local, national and international affairs. Students who study History learn to analyse a variety of source material and communicate their ideas effectively; skills which are an advantage in most careers. For you? History is for students who find people’s stories fascinating and are able to empathise with them without judging them by twenty first century standards. The course requires you to challenge and debate whilst a commitment to reading round the subject is essential. You will also be asked to study different interpretations of the past by historians. 46


“The wide variety in our syllabus from Henry VIII’s break with Rome to Marxist revolution in Russia, is not only thoroughly interesting it enables us to put modern events into context.”

Course Title: History A Specification Numbers: AS 8HI01 A2 9HI01 Examination Board: EDEXCEL

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12 - Two units

Units one to three are assessed

• understand that past events

The first is an overview, covering

by external examination papers.

Russian History from 1881 to 1953.

Unit one is an essay paper, unit two

have a variety of causes and consequences that are assessed differently by various schools of historians • develop the ability to speak in public and to debate an issue • work independently in the coursework unit, including some freedom of choice on the topic • master the art of essay writing in a coherent and analytical form

The other is an in-depth study of the reign of Henry VIII.

concentrates on source analysis and unit three is a combination of both. Unit four is a coursework option;

Year 13 - Two units

it is assessed internally and is worth

The first covers Stuart History from

40% of the overall mark at A2.

1629 to 1667 and the other covers a hundred years of struggle for Civil Rights in the US. Students are taken to conferences to hear a wide range of specialist historians.

• apply the study of History to current events in order to see the wider perspective • judge people in the past according to the mores of the time and with an understanding of bias and limited perspective

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Human Biology Human Biology is the study of the Human Body; from muscles to molecules, reproduction to ageing, the human genome project to populations. If these topics are of interest then Human Biology is for you.

Human Biology is valuable if you want to carry out further study in Physiology and Sports Science, although Human Biology also fits well with many non-Science subjects especially if you are keen to keep your options open at A level. For you? Human Biology is an academic course where you will combine theory and practical work to support your studies. Practical work will take place in the laboratory to improve your investigative skills before you carry out an independent practical project, where critical thinking and communication skills will be essential to present your work. Come with questions and prepare to be challenged. 48


“It wasn’t what I expected as a subject, it’s better. I thoroughly enjoy the practical learning and experiments.”

Course Title: Human Biology Specification Numbers: AS HO23 A2 H423 Examination Board: OCR

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12

Module 1 of the AS is externally

• develop their interest in and

The course is divided into 3 modules:

assessed in a 1 hour written

enthusiasm for Human Biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Human Biology • appreciate how society makes

1. Molecules, Blood and Gas Exchange

to the success of the economy and society • develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works • develop essential knowledge and

2 in a 1 hour 45 minute written examination (50%)

2. Growth, Development and Disease 3. Practical skills in Human Biology

decisions about scientific issues and how the Sciences contribute

examination (30%) and module

Module 1 of the A2 is externally assessed in a 1 hour and 15 minutes written examination, (30%) and module 2 in a 2 hour written

Year 13 The course is divided into 3 modules: 1. Energy, Reproduction and Populations 2. Genetics, Control and Ageing 3. Extended Investigation in Human Biology

paper (50%) The practical skills in Human Biology AS are internally assessed following examination board set practical based tasks. There will be three task types: Qualitative, Quantitative and Evaluative (20%)

understanding of different areas

The extended investigation in Year

of Human Biology and how they

13 is chosen by the student and

relate to each other

is internally assessed (20%)

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Latin Latin is the language of the Roman Empire, which, at its height, stretched from beyond Hadrian’s Wall to the south of Egypt.

It encompasses some of the greatest literature ever written. Virgil, for example, honed the art of epic writing, and Tacitus’ history is still moving and inspiring. Studying Latin will help with all of the Romance languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and even, to a lesser degree, Welsh), but most importantly it will help you to express yourself more clearly and concisely in English. For you? Yes, if you enjoy Latin, you are interested in Roman literature and Greek myths, you like problem-solving and translating from ancient texts and you are prepared to have a go and try new things. 50


“Latin is good fun. It gives me the chance to do something different. I like the translations and learning about important historical figures.”

Course Title: Latin Specification Numbers: AS HO39 A2 H439 Examination Board: OCR

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

• read and make a personal response

Latin Verse and Prose Literature

to a selection of Latin literature • consider the spiritual, moral and

Year 12 - Latin Language

• develop your knowledge and

two sections. In the first, there is a passage from a text we have studied, on which candidates answer

Year 13 - Latin Verse

questions. In the second section,

Latin Prose

candidates translate approximately

cultural issues that emerge from your reading

The A2 Latin Verse paper has

10 lines from an unseen passage

Assessment:

understanding of the linguistic

Each module is assessed by a written

structures of Latin

examination in May or June. The AS Latin Language paper has two sections. The first is one passage of Latin prose to be translated into English (70 marks). The second is either a short passage of Latin prose to be translated into English or five sentences to be translated from English into Latin (30 marks). The Latin Verse and Prose Literature paper also has two sections. In each, there is a passage from a text, which we have studied, on which candidates answer questions.

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of Latin verse and answer comprehension questions on the passage. The A2 Latin Prose paper is in the same format. However, in the second section, candidates can alternatively translate a short passage of English into Latin. (Many students discover that translating from English into Latin is the aspect of the subject which they enjoy the most).


Mathematics “The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated but to make complicated things simple.� - S. Gudder

Mathematics reveals hidden patterns that help us to understand the world around us. As with language, religion and music, Mathematics is a universal part of human culture and plays a special role in education. By studying Mathematics you will build upon your understanding and explore ideas which have absorbed some of the greatest minds in history. For you? If you enjoy studying Mathematics, have determination to succeed and are committed to improving your understanding of arguably the world’s most important subject then this course is for you. As a nation we are not training as many people with mathematical skills and qualifications as we need. Consequently, those people who are well trained in this subject are in demand and generally have excellent career prospects. 52


“Maths is a challenging subject but that is why I love it! Walking into each lesson you know that your mind will be stretched.”

Course Title: Mathematics Specification Numbers: AS 8371 A2 9371 Examination Board: EDEXCEL

The AS and A level Specifications encourage students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12 - Three modules:

Year 12

Core Mathematics C1, Core

Each module is assessed by a 1 hour

• develop abilities to reason logically

Mathematics C2, Statistics S1

30 minute examination and is

and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to construct

Core Mathematics: includes areas

equally weighted.

such as algebra, co-ordinate

Year 13

geometry, trigonometry and calculus.

Each module is assessed by a 1 hour

Statistics: develops the skills of how

30 minute examination and is equally

skills and techniques and use them

to summarise numerical data in

weighted.

in more difficult, unstructured

order to arrive at conclusions.

mathematical proofs • extend their range of mathematical

problems • read and comprehend mathematical arguments and

Year 12 students attend the Maths in Action Lectures at the Institute of Education in November

articles concerning applications of Mathematics • develop an awareness of the relevance of Mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general • take increasing responsibility for their own learning and

Year 13 - Three modules: Core Mathematics C3, Core Mathematics C4, Mechanics M1 Mechanics: describes the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them.

the evaluation of their own mathematical development

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There is no coursework element to Mathematics A-Level.


Further Mathematics “The highest form of pure thought is Mathematics.� - Plato

Further Mathematics allows the opportunity for you to expand your horizons by venturing into a whole new dimension of Mathematics. It is a highly recommended course for any students wanting to study Mathematics, Engineering or Physics at university. For you? Do you ever lose track of time completing your Mathematics homework and get a huge satisfaction from solving the really challenging homework question set? If so, this course is for you. It allows the opportunity to study many new areas of Mathematics that are not only fascinating but incredibly useful in the modern fields of space flight, telecommunications and electronics. 54


“Each of us is supported so that we can achieve our goals in maths. We are taught how to apply maths in the real world and our learning is not confined to study from text books.” Course Title: Further Mathematics Specification Numbers: AS 8372 A2 9372 Examination Board: EDEXCEL

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Further Pure Mathematics FP1,

• develop an understanding of

Core Mathematics includes areas

FP3 (one Further Pure module

Mathematics in a way that

such as algebra, co-ordinate

is compulsory)

promotes confidence and

geometry, trigonometry and calculus.

fosters enjoyment

Further Pure Mathematics includes

• develop an ability to reason

Mechanics M1, Mechanics M2

further calculus and co-ordinate

logically and recognise incorrect

geometry, complex numbers, proof

reasoning, to generalise and

and vectors.

construct mathematical proofs

Mechanics includes study of variable

• recognise how a situation may

mass, general motion of rigid bodies, moment of inertia.

and understand the relationship

Year 12 students attend the Maths

and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved

Course Summary: Year 12 Six modules: Core Mathematics C1, Core Mathematics C2, Core Mathematics C3

Further Pure FP2, Further Pure

Mechanics M3, Statistics S1, Statistics S2, Decision Mathematics D1 Statistics: includes hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, goodness of fit.

be represented mathematically between ‘real-world’ problems

Core Mathematics C4 (compulsory)

Decision: includes algorithms, graphs and networks and related algorithms, critical path analysis and linear programming.

in Action Lectures at the Institute of Education in November. Year 13

Assessment:

Six modules comprising two

Year 12

compulsory modules and any four

Each module is assessed by a 1 hour

others chosen to complement

30 minute examination and is equally

the interests of the group and

weighted.

their intended courses of study at

Year 13

university. Candidates may choose to study only 3 modules (C4 and any other two) to obtain A Level Mathematics and AS Level Further Mathematics. 55

Each module is assessed by a 1 hour 30 minute examination and is equally weighted.


Music The Music AS/A2 course combines musical analysis, listening and appraisal, harmony, composing and performing.

Music from a wide variety of styles, genres and cultures, from the Western Classical tradition through to jazz, rock and world music, are explored, building an awareness and understanding of musical techniques, traditions and developments and providing a source of inspiration for composition and performance work. For you? You are likely to have taken GCSE Music and will be a competent instrumentalist and/or singer with a good knowledge of music theory. You will be keen to develop your skills and knowledge and will have a curiosity for exploring a wide variety of musical styles. You may be thinking about studying Music to university/music college level or you may simply be taking it because you have a passion and talent for the subject. 56


“Music A Level is diverse – there is something to suit everyone be it performance, composition or discovering about different styles of music. It is often challenging but it’s rewarding too. Recommended!”

Course Title: Music Specification Numbers: AS 8MU01 A2 9MUO1 Examination Board: EDEXCEL

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

preparation this is completed in

Unit 6 - Developing Musical

15 hours of controlled conditions.

Understanding: A 2-hour examination

• create a balance between

Unit 3 - Developing Musical

analytical, practical and

Understanding: Two Areas of Study

imaginative elements

(Instrumental Music and Vocal Music)

• focus on repertoire and the development of musical ideas and are central to the specification • gain an awareness of musical style and structure

with set works that are rotated each year. There is a 2-hour examination

in aural analysis, musical context (includes questions on unfamiliar pieces as well as set works) and continuity and change in the area of study ‘Instrumental Music’

involving listening, historical context, analysing chords and a simple harmony exercise.

Assessment: Unit 1 and Unit 4 are assessed

Year 13 Unit 4 - Extended Performance:

internally. Unit 1 is worth 30% at AS and 15% at A Level. Unit 4

Course Summary:

Solo and/or ensemble performances

Year 12

lasting for 12-15 minutes. Any style,

All other units are assessed

Unit 1 - Performing: Solo and/

any instrument or voice, Grade 6

externally. Unit 2 is worth 30% at

or ensemble performances lasting

standard or above.

AS and 15% at A Level and Unit 3 is

about 5-6 minutes. Any style, any instrument or voice, Grade 5 standard or above.

to create a balanced programme

Unit 5 - Composing: Two tasks in composition and/or technical study. Compositions are to set briefs;

Unit 2 - Composing: One composition

technical studies are chosen from

lasting about 3 minutes based on one

Baroque counterpoint, Bach chorale

of four set topics. After research and

and popular song.

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is worth 15% at A Level.

worth 40% at AS and 20% at AS Level. Unit 5 is worth 15% at A Level and Unit 6 is worth 20% at A Level.


Physics Physics is the subject which challenges our imagination with concepts like relativity, describes the nature of the physical world, and even how it came into being.

Physicists invent life-saving medical equipment, make the latest cars the safest and even model financial markets. Physicists find employment in every sector of the community because of their flexible and innovative problem solving skills. For you? It is for you if you are a logical thinker and can deal with practical things. You should be willing to work with other people to solve problems and be able to write clear explanations. Good mathematical skills, the ability to think creatively and technologically are important for succeeding in this subject. It would help to develop your practical skills including dexterity and organisation. 58


“I enjoy learning about how the world was created and studying the hot topics of today such as particle physics and the history of the universe.”

Course Title: Physics Specification A Specification Numbers: AS 1451 A2 2451 Examination Board: AQA

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12

The first two modules of each year

• develop, in an interesting and

Particles, Quantum Phenomena

are written examinations containing

and Electricity

structured questions (80%).

Mechanics, Materials and Waves

The Investigative and Practical

Investigative and Practical Skills

Skills module is a centre-based

enjoyable way, essential knowledge and understanding in Physics, some of the applications of Physics and the skills for its use in new and changing situations • develop an understanding of the link between theory and practical work, achieved by frequent opportunities at the forefront of Physics by hands-on experiments

A one day Particle Physics Master Class at Royal Holloway College is attended by the students in April to broaden their understanding of the topic, as well as other suitable lectures as they become available.

• appreciate how Physics has developed and is used in present

Year 13

day society, including medical

Fields and Further Mechanics

and engineering fields

Nuclear Physics, Thermal Physics

• develop their practical skills including those of dexterity, organisation and problem solving • develop communication and research skills

and an Optional Topic Investigative and Practical Skills (Optional topics include Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Applied Physics and Turning Points in Physics)

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assessment (20%).


Psychology Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour.

It is about how we think, how we act, how we react and interact, both individually and as groups, and the thoughts and feelings behind such behaviours. Psychology is interesting because it views behaviour from different perspectives thereby contributing to our understanding of the many problems of living. For you? Yes, because psychology is everywhere and is relevant to all careers involving humans, animals too. The skills you gain from studying it – critical thinking, analysis/interpretation of data and report writing – will remain valuable throughout your life. However, success in psychology requires hard work and readiness to participate in all the lively debates that are the hallmark of most lessons. 60


“It is now impossible for me to view the world in the same way. Everything comes into question. I love debating and exploring the reasons behind behaviours and actions.”

Course Title: Psychology Specification A Specification Numbers: AS 1181 A2 2181 Examination Board: AQA

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12

Year 12

• v iew the world around them

Unit 1(PSYA1): Cognitive Psychology,

Two written examinations – PSYA1

Developmental Psychology and

and PSYA2: 1 hour 30 minutes each

from different perspectives • learn how to plan and conduct scientific investigations • develop skills in analysing and interpreting data • gain critical reasoning skills • develop the ability to put across their point of view fluently

Research Methods

Year 13

Unit 2 (PSYA2): Biological Psychology,

Two written examinations – PSYA3:

Individual Differences and Social

1 hour 30 minutes and PSYA4: 2 hours

Psychology

There is no coursework.

Year 13 Unit 3 (PSYA3): Topics in Psychology, Relationships, Biological Rhythms and Sleep, Aggression etc. Unit 4 (PSYA4): Psychopathology (Schizophrenia), Psychology in action (Psychology of Addictive Behaviour) and Research Methods

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Religious Studies As Descartes stated “If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary at least once in your life to doubt, as far as possible, all things.”

Religious Studies is a subject that demands contemplation of the meaning of life, values and relationships and the role of religion in society. It will enable students to develop the skills of investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, communication and debate. These are skills that will be essential in any number of future courses and career choices. For you? If you are prepared to question and enjoy the process of enquiry and reflection and you don’t expect easy answers. It is not necessary to have a faith or to have studied Religious Studies at GCSE but what is needed is a critical approach to the study of religion and an ability to justify your opinion. 62


“Religious Studies transforms your viewpoint. You might go into the lesson believing one thing but you will come out of it with completely different convictions. It enables you to explore how religion fits into society today and in the past. It keeps you questioning.”

Course Title: Religious Studies Specification Numbers: AS 1061 A2 2061 Examination Board: AQA

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

• debate the various arguments for

Unit 1 covers the Philosophy

the existence of God, including

of Religion, drawing upon the

the Cosmological and Ontological

disciplines of Philosophy,

proofs and their counter-arguments

Psychology and Sociology.

• critically analyse a variety of

of evil, religious language and

Year 12

An additional unit introduces

religious experiences and the views

Religion, Art and the Media, studying

held by psychologists such as Freud

the influence of religion in works

and Jung

of fiction, the development of

• investigate the nature and purpose of religious art in both history and popular culture • apply ethical systems and moral decision making to the area of medical research

ontological argument, the problem questions concerning personal identity, life after death and the relationship between body and soul. The final unit is the application of ethical systems to the use of embryos, human cells, medical trials and the use of animals for medical research.

Cyber religion and how religion is perceived through religious broadcasting including comedy. This is contextualised by a visit to relevant exhibitions and lectures. Year 13 Unit 3 covers the Philosophy of Religion building on skills acquired in Year 12. This is a study of the

Assessment: AS Level is assessed by two examination papers of 1 hour 15 minutes each. A Level is assessed by two examination papers of 1 hour 30 minutes each. There is no coursework.

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Sociology Sociology is the study of society, of people and their social behaviour.

In studying social institutions such as the family, or education sociologists create theories to try to explain human behaviour and the workings of society. Sociology is an evidence based subject using research to test theories. It has practical applications; sociological research is used to help develop solutions to perceived social problems. For you? We live in society and share many experiences, for example family life and education. But we know that not all families are the same and that educational outcome varies. These differences have sociological explanations. If you like to question, if you are open to new ways of looking at society, if you are curious then this is the subject for you. 64


“I can honestly say that I walk out of every Sociology lesson having learnt something new and asking questions. How exciting and inspiring is that?”

Course Title: Sociology Specification Numbers: AS 1191 A2 2191 Examination Board: AQA

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

Assessment:

Year 12

All units are assessed by externally

• develop critical skills of analysis

Two units covering Families and

assessed written papers which

and evaluation by considering a

Households and Education

include stepped questions, data

range of Sociological perspectives

and Methodology.

response and essay questions.

• enhance their understanding of

Year 13

the society in which they live and

Two units covering Beliefs in

of the factors which influence

Society and Crime and Deviance

its development

with Theory and Methods.

• learn about methodology, the ideological basis of methodology, the practical, ethical and theoretical considerations which affect the choice of research method and the implications for public policy of sociological research • develop intellectually by having to think conceptually

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Spanish Spanish is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world and practically the entire continent of South America comprises native Spanish speakers.

Studying the language will broaden your career and travel opportunities. Having a language at A level will put you at a great advantage. Spanish combines well with economics or international relations, adding a linguistic edge to your studies. For you? During the A level course you will build on GCSE language and grammar to reach a high standard of spoken and written Spanish. In addition to enhancing your language skills you will have a better understanding of the culture, society and history of Hispanic countries. You will use authentic materials such as films, literature, magazines, radio programmes, and newspapers. 66


“A level Spanish has unlocked a labyrinth of opportunities for me, not only the ability to explore my love of logic and puzzles through grammar and linguistics, but to appreciate Spanish history and culture in a way that’s enabled my creative side to flourish.”

Course Title: Spanish Specification Numbers: AS 1696 A2 2696 Examination Board: AQA

The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:

Course Summary:

• develop practical language skills

One unit for Listening, Reading

so that you can understand and

and Writing (70%). One unit for

communicate in Spanish

Speaking (30%).

• discover the cultural, social,

A study visit to Andalusia will take place for AS and A2 pupils, depending

Year 12

on interest, and local cultural visits to see Spanish films and plays are organised. In addition, you have the opportunity to undertake a week’s

Topics: media, popular culture,

work experience in Spain through

historical, geographical and

healthy living, family and

a specialised school travel company.

political background of Spain

relationships.

• reflect on some key Spanish literary texts • stimulate your intellect by thinking through social and ethical issues • experience life abroad and build up confidence in talking to lots of different people

Year 13 One unit for Listening, Reading

Assessment:

and Writing (70%). One unit for

The Listening, Reading and Writing

Speaking (30%).

modules are examined by an

Topics: environment, the multicultural society, contemporary social issues, cultural topics, two from: a region, a period of history, a novelist, a dramatist, a poet, a film director, an architect, an artist or a musician.

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externally assessed written paper, consisting of listening, reading and grammar exercises with one written essay out of a choice of questions. The Speaking module is conducted by your teacher examiner and consists of a stimulus card and conversation on the AS or A2 topics.


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