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WELCOME TO CHSVI This is a very exciting time for you, as you prepare to make choices that will help determine your future education and working life. You will no doubt be thinking hard about your own aspirations and I am of course delighted that you are taking a closer look at our sixth form here at Croydon High. Croydon High Sixth Formers are confident and compassionate, engaged and ambitious. This powerful mix is nurtured through our careful balance of sufficient challenge and exceptional pastoral support. I witness this every day in my own dealings with the girls and my opinion is reinforced by the regular feedback I receive from staff and members of the wider community. Our girls set high expectations for themselves and they make the most of the wealth of opportunities available to them. They are the leaders of our school and demonstrate integrity and energy in all that they do. At the heart of their experience, lies a strong mentoring philosophy and I am delighted to introduce our new approach to Sixth Form education with the launch of our Pathways Mentoring Programme for September 2017. This innovative programme places each individual girl in the driving seat of her own sixth form experience. Through careful mentoring and guidance, we aim for each of our girls to gain maximum benefit from the excellent opportunities available to her at Croydon High Sixth Form. Our exceptional expertise and experience is channelled and readily available for each girl as and when she needs it. You can read more about this exciting initiative in the Pathways introductory leaflet included in your information pack. On Open Evening, we aim to give you all the information you need to help you make those important decisions about your sixth form options. However, please do remember that if you or your parents would like to meet with me to discuss your future aspirations, you will always be welcome. My very best wishes. Emma Pattison Headmistres

Welcome to our Sixth Form – I believe it is a unique and exceptional place to work and to study. We celebrate individuality, challenge ideas, encourage aspiration and develop thinking skills and academic curiosity. Our aim is for every girl to achieve her full potential and gain the confidence to apply what she has learned and experienced to her life after Croydon High. We are particularly proud of the progress each girl makes, far exceeding any statistical forecasts. This ‘added value‘ is a result of the amazing range of opportunities available to every girl. Researching for the Extended Project, engaging in academic enrichment, taking on leadership roles, attending conferences, holding assemblies, running co-curricular clubs, volunteering in the local community or working towards the Fashion Show – all chances for girls to develop their uniqueness. The challenges faced by the demands of KS5 mean that the learning curve from the beginning of Lower Sixth to the end of Upper Sixth is steep and, to ensure a successful transition, the pastoral team works extremely closely with individual pupils to support them. It is a nurturing environment where the girls feel safe, cared for and where, above all, they feel that everyone is on their side. A happy student will thrive and judging by the laughter that can be heard in the Common Room every day, happiness levels are very good. We would love you to join us! Jimmy Haidar Director of Sixth Form 3


RESULTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS – CLASS OF 2016 Subject

A*

A

B

C

D

% A* to C

Art

0

0

3

1

0

100

Biology

3

4

4

7

1

90

Chemistry

2

2

2

6

0

100

3D Design

1

0

1

1

0

100

Drama

0

0

5

0

0

100

Economics

0

0

3

2

1

83

English Language & Literature

0

1

2

1

0

100

English Literature

6

4

1

0

0

100

French

2

2

0

2

1

86

Geography

3

0

0

0

0

100

German

0

3

1

0

0

100

Government and Politics

3

4

0

1

0

100

History

1

6

10

2

0

100

Mathematics

1

8

5

2

2

89

Further Mathematics

0

1

2

0

0

100

PE

0

1

1

0

0

100

Physics

0

0

2

0

1

67

Psychology

0

1

4

4

1

90

RS

0

1

4

1

0

100

Spanish

0

1

0

1

0

100

Chinese

0

1

1

0

0

100

14.5% 8.1%

26.3% 17.7%

33.6% 27.1%

20.3% 24.7%

4.6% 14.6%

94.7

CHS National Averages

Once again in 2016, Croydon High maintained its local reputation for excellent academic results with a 100% pass rate at A-level and over 94% of students achieving A* - C grades. What was particularly interesting this was the wide variety of choices this cohort made – both in their subject options and their post sixth form destinations. They achieved excellent academic results and also extended their learning and life experience through our wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities. The Extended Project Qualification is a great example of enhanced academic learning. This award, representing an additional half an A-level, is increasingly valued by prestigious universities who believe it effectively showcases students’ research and presentations skills as well as their self-motivation and breadth of education. This year, a stunning 17 out of 18 Croydon High girls in Year 13 were awarded an A* or A in their EPQ – and 100% gained A* - B grades. This is an outstanding achievement. INDIVIDUAL APPROACH TO LEARNING LEADS TO DIVERSITY OF CHOICE AND OPPORTUNITY It is this diversity of interest and ambition that the school is particularly proud to report, as it demonstrates that each girl’s individual talents and aspirations are unique and enhanced by the school’s approach to teaching and learning. Director of Sixth Form, Jimmy Haidar explained, “Personalisation, with regards to learning, is not just another educational ‘buzz word” at Croydon High. We pride ourselves on how well we know each girl and importantly, how well they know themselves. This approach means that girls make choices – especially at sixth form – that enable them to achieve their goals in a way that is right for them.” Be it studying Medicine or Marketing, Theatre and Performance, Ancient History or Languages, more dreams are well on the way to being realised with some outstanding individual academic results and University places for the Class of 2016. 4


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS There is a minimum requirement of six grade B GCSE qualiďŹ cations to enter the Sixth Form at Croydon High.

SUBJECT

SUBJECT CRITERIA FOR A-LEVEL STUDY

Art

Grade A in GCSE Art if taken, or personal portfolio approval by the Head of Art

Biology

Grade A in Biology GCSE

Chemistry

Grade A in Chemistry GCSE and grade B in Maths GCSE

Classical Civilisation

Grade B in English Lit/Humanities GCSE

Computer Science

Grade B in Computer Science and grade A in Maths

Economics

Grade B in Mathematics, grade B in English GCSE and grade B in another humanities subject

English Language and Literature

Grade B in English and grade B in English Literature GCSE

English Literature

Grade B in English and grade B in English Literature GCSE

French

Grade A in French GCSE

Geography

Grade B in Geography GCSE where taken, or a grade B in an alternative humanities subject

German

Grade A in German GCSE

Government & Politics

Grade B in English or one of the humanities

History

Grade B in History GCSE where taken, or a grade B in an alternative humanities subject

Mathematics

Grade A in Mathematics GCSE

Further Mathematics

Grade A* in Mathematics at GCSE

Music

Grade A in Music GCSE (where taken) or a sufďŹ ciently high level of musicianship determined by the Director of Music

P.E.

Grade A in P.E. GCSE where taken, or a grade B in GCSE Biology and English where PE was not taken

Physics

Grade A in Physics GCSE

Psychology

Grade B GCSE in Mathematics, Biology and another humanities subject

R.S. Philosophy & Ethics

Grade B in R.S. GCSE where taken, grade B in English or a grade B in an alternative humanities subject

Spanish

Grade A in Spanish GCSE

Theatre Studies

Grade B in Drama GCSE where taken, or grade B in English Literature where Drama was not taken

Girls can opt to take 3 or 4 A-level subjects and will be offered clear advice regarding which combination of subjects best suits their aspirations for University or future careers. Girls are fully supported to help them transfer smoothly from Lower Sixth to Upper Sixth, with regular feedback to parents and an open door policy from the Head of Sixth Form to enable early resolution of any concerns.

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MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES FOR YOU Choosing your A-level subjects carefully is really important – especially if you have aspirations to study at a leading university or go on to a speciďŹ c career. Here is some useful advice from The Russell Group, who represent 24 of the country’s leading universities and who are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. s5NIVERSITIESARENOTONLYLOOKINGFORSTUDENTSWHOHAVEGOODGRADES BUTALSOGOODGRADESin the right subjects for the course they want to apply for. If you already know what you want to study at university, you should think about choosing subjects which give you the best possible preparation for your chosen degree course. If you’re not sure what you want to study at university yet, it’s important to choose subjects which will leave as many options open as possible. s-ANYCOURSESATUNIVERSITYBUILDONTHEKNOWLEDGEANDSKILLSTHATSTUDENTSHAVEGAINEDWHILESTILLATSCHOOL&ORTHIS reason, some university courses require you to have studied a particular subject already. For example, for general engineering degrees, mathematics and physics are typically essential A-level qualiďŹ cations. s3OME! LEVELSUBJECTSAREMOREFREQUENTLYREQUIREDFORENTRYTODEGREECOURSESTHANOTHERSThese are called ‘facilitating’ subjects because choosing them at A-level leaves a wide range of options open to you for university study. These facilitating subjects are: s"IOLOGY s#HEMISTRY s%NGLISH,ITERATURE s'EOGRAPHY s(ISTORY s0HYSICS s-ODERNANDCLASSICALLANGUAGES s-ATHSAND&URTHER-ATHS IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY, TAKING TWO FACILITATING SUBJECTS WILL CERTAINLY KEEP A WIDE RANGE OF DEGREE COURSES OPEN TO YOU Remember – it’s not about choosing ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ subjects, but choosing the right ones for YOUR future. It is really important that you do not make things harder for yourself by choosing subjects which won’t equip you for your chosen university course or show your talent for a particular subject. s3OMEINSTITUTIONSPUBLISHALISTOFpreferred A-level subjects which are acceptable for general admission, as well as speciďŹ c requirements for individual courses. s9OUSHOULDCHECKTHEGUIDANCEGIVENBYINDIVIDUALINSTITUTIONSVERYCAREFULLY4HEINFORMATIONSHOULDBEEASILY accessible on universities’ websites or in their prospectuses. IF YOU ARE UNSURE, ASK YOUR TUTOR, MRS GOWER OR MR HAIDAR – THEY HAVE SO MUCH EXPERIENCE OF THESE MATTERS AND ARE THERE TO HELP YOU When it comes to choosing your A-levels, it is of course tempting simply to choose subjects that you enjoy and which interest you. At Croydon High we really believe in encouraging girls to study the subjects they love‌and to love the subjects they study. 6


BUT IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO THINK FURTHER AHEAD AND TO CONSIDER WHAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO DO IN THE FUTURE Having the right information now will give you more options when the time comes to make up your mind. The information on the following pages gives a more detailed breakdown of what are considered essential and useful A-levels for specific degree courses. And remember, not everyone knows what they want to do with their lives when they start sixth form! The Croydon High Sixth Form experience is all about exposing you to ideas and opportunities that will combine and help you find your own path. That is why it is so important to take advantage of the wealth of expertise and support on offer here. We know it is second to none.

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MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES FOR YOUR FUTURE DEGREE

ESSENTIAL A-LEVELS

USEFUL A-LEVELS

Accountancy (also Banking/ Finance/Insurance)

Usually none, although one or two universities require Mathematics.

Mathematics, Business Studies (AGCE, National and Diploma), and Economics

Actuarial Science/Studies

Mathematics

Further Mathematics, Economics, Business Studies (AGCE, National and Diploma)

Aeronautical Engineering

Mathematics and Physics

Further Mathematics, Design Technology, Computing/Computer Science

Biochemistry

Always Chemistry and some universities will say you must have Biology as well, while some will say Chemistry plus one from Mathematics/Physics/ Biology. Doing Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics or Physics will keep all Biochemistry courses open to you

Biology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Computing/ Computer Science

Biology

Biology, usually Chemistry. A few universities specify two sciences

Mathematics or Physics, Computing/Computer Science.

Biomedical Sciences (including Medical Science)

Normally two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Chemistry is essential for some courses

Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.

Business Studies

None

Mathematics, Business Studies (AGCE, National and Diploma) and Economics.

Chemical Engineering

Chemistry and Mathematics and sometimes Physics as well

Physics, Biology, Further Mathematics, Computing/Computer Science.

American Studies

Requirements vary but English and/or History are often asked for

Politics

Anthropology

None

A small number of courses like a science AS-level such as Biology. Sociology is also very relevant

Archaeology

None

Geography, History or science subjects can all be useful.

Architecture

Some courses say they want an arts/science mix. Some may require Art

Art, Mathematics, Design Technology and Physics. AGCE or National Art and Design may also be useful at some universities. Do note that a portfolio of drawings and ideas may be asked for

Art and Design

Art or Design Technology including AGCE/National (to give you the portfolio to get onto an Art Foundation Course, though sometimes AGCE/National Art and Design applicants go straight onto a degree).

Design Technology, Art & Design. Do note that most entrants onto Art and Design degrees will have done a one-year Art Foundation Course after completing Year 13

Computer Science

For some courses, Mathematics. For some courses Computing/ Computer Science

Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computing/Computer Science, Physics, Philosophy, ICT

Dentistry

Chemistry and Biology for most courses, but some require Mathematics or Physics as well

Mathematics, Physics, Further Mathematics

Dietetics

Chemistry, Biology

Mathematics

Drama

Some courses require English Literature and for a few courses English and/or Theatre Studies.

English Literature, English Literature and Language, Theatre Studies

Economics

Usually Mathematics.

Economics, Computing/Computer Science, History, Business Studies

Chemistry

Chemistry and occasionally Mathematics. Most courses require Chemistry and would like Mathematics and one other science subject (for example, Physics or Biology)

Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Computing/ Computer Science

Childhood Studies

None

CACHE, Psychology, Sociology, AGCE/National/Diploma Health and Social Care

Civil Engineering

Mathematics, in many cases Physics. Sometimes one of Physics or Chemistry

Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Computing/Computer Science, Design Technology, Geography

Classical Studies

For Classics courses Latin or Ancient Greek are required. For Classical Studies and Classical Civilisation courses most subjects will be considered

Modern Foreign Language, English Literature, History, Classical Civilisation. Do note that there are some Classics courses which will allow you to start Latin and/or Classical Greek from scratch

French

French

Another Modern Foreign Language, English Literature, History, Politics

Geography

Most degrees require Geography

Some Geography BSc (science) degrees prefer one from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

Geology/Earth Sciences

Usually two from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Geography, Geology, Computing/Computer Science

German

German (a handful of universities offer the opportunity to study German from scratch, without German A-level)

Another Modern Foreign Language, English Literature, History, Politics

History

Most degrees require History

Economics, English Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Theology/ Religious Studies, a modern or classical language

Electrical/Electronic Engineering

Mathematics, usually Physics

Further Mathematics, ICT, Design Technology, Computing/ Computer Science

Engineering (General)

Mathematics and Physics.

Further Mathematics, Design Technology, Computing/ Computer Science

English

English Literature or combined English Language & Literature (some courses will accept English Language).

History, Religious Studies, a foreign language

Environmental Science/Studies

Many courses will ask for two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Geography

Another facilitating subject, particularly a science

European Studies

A Modern Foreign Language

Another Modern Foreign Language, English Literature, History, Politics

French

French

Another Modern Foreign Language, English Literature, History, Politics

Geography

Most degrees require Geography.

Some Geography BSc (science) degrees prefer one from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

Geology/Earth Sciences

Usually two from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Geography, Geology, Computing/Computer Science.

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DEGREE

ESSENTIAL A-LEVELS

USEFUL A-LEVELS

German

German (a handful of universities offer the opportunity to study German from scratch, without German A-level).

Another Modern Foreign Language, English Literature, History, Politics.

History

Most degrees require History.

Economics, English Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Theology/ Religious Studies, a modern or classical language.

History of Art

None

Art, English Literature, History, Theology/Religious Studies, History of Art, French, German, Spanish, Italian.

Italian

Italian or another language such as French, German or Spanish.

Another Modern Foreign Language, English Literature, History, Politics.

Law

Usually none, although a few universities require English.

History; other facilitating subjects. There really are no essential subjects for Law. Maybe one choice should involve essay or report writing. History gives you good relevant skills for Law but is not essential.

Management Studies

Sometimes Mathematics.

Mathematics, Economics, Business Studies (AGCE, National and Diploma).

Materials Science (including Biomedical Materials Science)

Normally two from Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology (also Design Technology for some universities).

Chemistry, Design and Technology, Further Mathematics, Computing/ Computer Science.

Mathematics

Mathematics and sometimes Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics, Physics, Computing/Computer Science.

Mechanical Engineering

Mathematics, usually Physics

Further Mathematics, Design Technology, Computing/ Computer Science. Mechanical Engineering departments may have a preference for Mathematics A-levels with a strong mechanics component.

Media Studies (including Communication Studies)

A few courses ask for English or Media Studies.

English, Media Studies, Sociology, Psychology.

Medicine

If you do Chemistry, Biology and one from Mathematics or Physics you will keep all the medical schools open to you. If you do Chemistry and Biology you will keep open the vast majority. If you do Chemistry and one from Mathematics and Physics you will limit your range of choices much more.

Further Mathematics or a contrasting (non-science) subject, Computing/ Computer Science.

Music

For most traditional courses, Music and Grade VII/VIII, although some universities will consider candidates without A-level Music.

Some universities have a preference for at least one essaybased subject.

Nursing and Midwifery

Usually Biology or another science.

Biology, CACHE, Sociology, Psychology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics.

Occupational Therapy

Some courses ask for Biology.

Psychology, Physical Education, Sociology or another science

Optometry (Opthalmic Optics)

Two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics (some courses prefer Biology as one of the choices).

Further Mathematics, Computing/Computer Science.

Orthoptics

Biology

Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computing/Computer Science.

Pharmacy

Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics and Physics keeps the vast majority of courses open to you. Some courses like to see Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Doing Chemistry and Biology keeps most courses open.

Mathematics, Physics, Computing/Computer Science.

Philosophy

None

Mathematics, Classical Civilisations, Philosophy and Religious Studies/Theology.

Physics

Mathematics, Physics.

Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Computing/Computer Science.

Physiotherapy

Most courses will consider you with just Biology. However, some also require a second science from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology

Planning

Sometimes Geography

Geography, Mathematics, Economics.

Politics

Usually none

Politics, History, Philosophy, Law, Sociology, Economics, English Literature, Religious Studies, Business Studies.

Psychology

A few courses ask for one from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics.

Biology, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Computing/ Computer Science.

Religious Studies/Theology

None

Religious Studies/Theology, Philosophy, English Literature, History.

Sociology

None

Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Computing/Computer Science.

Spanish

Spanish (some degrees will also consider French, German or Italian).

Another Modern Foreign Language, English Literature, History, Politics.

Speech Therapy

Some universities want a science such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Some A modern foreign language (for example, French, German, specify Biology, but some degrees will consider candidates with none of these. Spanish, Italian), English Language (and Literature), Psychology.

Sports Science/Physical Education

Many courses want to see one from Biology/Chemistry/Mathematics/ Physics (some courses will treat Physical Education as a science equivalent).

Physical Education, Psychology.

Surveying

None

For some types of Surveying e.g. Building Surveying, Mathematics and Physics could be helpful. For Estate Management (General Practice Surveying) most A-level combinations will be considered.

Teacher Training (Primary and/or Secondary)

(THOSE BEST FOR PRIMARY TEACHING SHOWN IN ITALICS) At least one from Another of the subjects listed above. Art, Biology, CACHE, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, Drama (Theatre Studies), English , French, Geography , German, History, ICT, Italian, Mathematics , Music , Physics , Physical Education , Religious Studies (Theology), Spanish. CACHE meets the entry requirements for early years Primary Teaching and a large number of Primary Education Teacher Training Degrees.

Veterinary Science

You should do Chemistry and Biology and one from Mathematics/Physics so that you have all universities open to you.

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Further Mathematics


A POWERFUL NETWORK When girls leave Croydon High they automatically become part of the Ivy Link Network – a

The

Iv y Link Friends of the Croydon High School Linking

fantastic, vibrant organisation which links alumnae, former staff and friends of the school. For some, this is purely a means of keeping in touch with their school friends and teachers, hearing school news and attending the odd reunion. For others it is a powerful network of like-minded women, all at different stages of their lives and careers, who share the common bond that is Croydon High School. The support these women can offer each other is invaluable. From career mentoring and presentations in school, to work

placements, advice on applications and introductions to networking events, this ‘old girls’ network is really powerful and really working. The wider GDST Alumnae Network gives even more opportunities for Croydon High Sixth Formers to access wide and willing support, with over 67,000 former pupils forming a totally unique web of experience for girls to tap in to. That is the real strength of our Ivy Link Network. We are connected to girls like you, studying at university. They are willing to talk, to advise and in many cases, meet you at Open Days to give you a real insight in to their student lives. What other school can offer you this fantastic resource? They say “it is not what you know, it is who you know,” but when it comes to making the best choices for Life after school, we think it is probably both!

Charlotte Twomey (Frost) 1998

Chantal Henderson 1994 Head of Financial Planning for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

8 Dr Fionna Moore MBE 196 lance bu Am n do Lon the of Chief Ser vice Support.

Alison Maguire 1994 Research Director for the Lily Foundation and GDST Alu mna of the Year 2015.

Baroness Gabrielle Bertin 1996 David Cameron’s Press Secretary. 10

Following a successful career in the City, Charlotte has now branched out to become a lecturer in law.

Abigail Rokison 1993 Lecturer in Shakespeare and Theatre at the University of Cambridge and the Shakespeare Institute.


Susie Ma 2007 Business partner with Lord Alan Sugar at Tropic Skin Care Ltd. The Apprentice runner up 2011.

Farrah Jaufuraully 1996 Over 10 years’ experience producing a wide range of television programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel.

Hamida Ali 1994 Labour Councillor for Woodside. Deputy Cabinet Member for Finance and Treasury in 2015.

Chloe Potter 2000 Director and Presenter Sky News, Magic FM, Sky Arts Cofounder Middle Table Productions.

Sarah Nelson Smith 1998 Legal Director at Yum! Restaurants. Winner of UK In-House Lawyer of the Year 2014.

Katriona Stanford 2000 Investigative Lawyer at Serious Fraud Office.

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Sheena Morjaria 2000 Film & Theatre Produ cer CEO & Founder - Flick the Sw itch Ltd.

Anita Panchmatia 2000 JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs. Tutored at Harvard. Now COO, Global Equities at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch. 2010’s “35 Under 35” prize for high flying woman.

Lily Rogers 2010 to play for England ted lec Se Netball at the Indoor World ip. nsh pio am Ch


DESTINATIONS 2010-2016 This chart shows the wide range of subjects and university destinations reached by Croydon High girls over the last six years. It is of course a fantastic resource made up of girls who may be studying the same subject you hope to study, or may be at (or have recently left) a university you may wish to apply to. They are ready to help! DESTINATION

COURSE AT UNIVERSITY

Aberystwyth University

Film and Television Studies

Anglia Ruskin University

Biomedical Science

Aston University

Engineering, Marketing

Bangor University

Finance & Accounting, Psychology

Bath Spa University

Early Years Education, Graphic Communication

Bath University

International Management & Modern Languages, Spanish

Birmingham University

Business Management, Geography, Dentistry, English Literature & History,History,Geography & Economics (Joint Honours), Mathematics (3) Medicine (2), Archaeology & Ancient History, History & Philosophy, Political Economy

Brighton University

Biomedical Sciences, Business with Economics,Civil Engineering, Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences, Physiotherapy, Law with Business, Product Development

Bristol University

Law (2), Law & German LLB, Medicine, Dentistry, Maths, Economics (2)

Brunel University

Finance & Accounting, International Business, Maths

Budapest, Hungary

Dentistry, Medicine

Cambridge University

German & Russian, English, Medicine, Engineering, Philosophy

Canterbury Christ Church University

Paramedic Science

Cardiff University

Medicine

Central St Martins (1 year), then Newcastle University

Foundation Art & Design then English Language & Literature

Charles University, Prague

Medicine

Chelsea Independent College

English Literature

Chester University

Hazard Management & Geography

City University

Accounting & Finance, Speech and Language Therapy, Civil Engineering

Courtauld Institute of Art

History of Art

Coventry University

French & Spanish

De Montfort University

Advertising & Marketing

Derby University

Media Production

Durham University,

Biological Sciences, Economics, Chemistry, Modern Languages and Culture, Historyw

Durham University,

Education Studies (Mathematics), Politics, Theology

East Anglia University

English & American Literature, English Literature & Drama, Physiotherapy, Politics & Economics, History

Edinburgh University

Economics

Essex University

Italian & Management, Economics

Exeter University

English & Spanish, Modern Languages (2), Maths, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Economics, English, History, History and Economics, Psychology, Spanish & Italian, Human Biosciences

Glasgow University

Biochemistry,

Gloucestershire University

Philosophy & Religion

Goldsmiths

English

Hertfordshire University

Physiotherapy, Paramedic Science, Pharmacology, Sport & Excercise Science, History, Nutrition

Hull University

Biomedical Science

Hull York Medical School

Medicine

Keele University

Maths and Physics, Medicine

Kent University (Canterbury)

Accounting & Finance (with a year in industry), Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology,Film Studies and English & American Literature, Law, Marketing, Psychology 12


DESTINATION

COURSE AT UNIVERSITY

Kent University (Medway)

Pharmacy

King's College, London

Biochemistry, Dentistry, Medicine, Music, History, Geography

Lancaster University

English Literature

Leeds Metropolitan University

Art, Event Performance

Leeds University

Advanced Psychology, Design & Colour Technology, Economics, Economics & Spanish, English Language & Literature, Italian with Spanish,Midwifery, Music, History, Theology & R.S. Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, Sport & Exercise Science, Theatre and Performance

Leicester University

Biological Science, Chemistry with Forensic Science, Economics & Politics, History, Law, Medicine, Politics, Law

Liverpool University

History (Social & Economic), Veterinary Science

London School of Economics

Economics, Politics and International Relations

Loughborough University

Economics (2) English, English and Publishing, Geography (2), Geography with Economics, History and English, Sport & Excercise Science, Industrial Design and Technology

Manchester University

Accounting & Finance, Drama, Economics, Economics & Politics, History of Art, Mathematics with Business & Management, Physics, Spanish & Japanese, Biomedical Sciences

Medway School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Physiology

Newcastle University

Geography, Politics and Economics,

Northumbria University

Sport Management, Applied Sport & Excercise Science

Nottingham Trent University

Criminology, Pharmacology, Furniture Design, Philosophy and History, Ancient History, Psych with Crim

Nottingham University

Economics & International Economics, Civil Engineering, Animal Science, Business & Economics of Contemporary China (2), Economics, German & Abinitio Russian, History, Humanistic Counselling Practice, Law, Medicine, Modern Languages with Business, Portuguese & Spanish (2) Spanish & Abinitio Portugese, Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

Oxford Brookes University

Biological Science

Oxford University

Mathematics, Spanish and Russian,History, English Language and Literature, Human Sciences, Chemistry, Law, French and German, French and Italian, Biochemistry

Portsmouth University

Economics, Biomedicla Science, English

Prague University

Medicine

Queen Mary College, London

Biomedical Sciences, Dentistry, Zoology

Reading University

Biological Sciences, Italian, Film, Chemistry

Roehampton University

Primary Education with Maths, Drama and Theatre Studies

Royal Holloway College, London

Economics, Music, Zoology, Psychology

ShefďŹ eld University

Biology, Chemistry

Royal Veterinary College, London

Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences

ShefďŹ eld University

Biology,Biomedical Sciences

Skidmore College, New York

Psychology

Southampton University

Spanish & Latin American Studies, Biomedical Sciences (3), Applied Social Sciences, Economics and Management Sciences(2) English and Spanish, Law( 2), Psychology, Psychology & Education Studies, Spanish & Latin, Politics and International Relations, American Studies, English

St George's Hospital, University of London

Medicine (2), Biomedical Science (3), Radiography

Surrey University

Business & Retail Management, Economics, Law (2), Physics, Nursing

Sussex University

Accounting & Finance, Anthropology, Chemistry, History, American Studies

University College, London

Economics (4), MFL-French and Spanish, Neuroscience, Geography, Medicine

University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury

Art & Design Foundation Diploma

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

BS Chemistry

Warwick University

Biomedical Science, Economics (2), International Management, Mathematics (2), Psychology

West of England University, Bristol

Geography, Accounting and Finance, Early Childhood Studies

Westminster University

English Literature & Spanish

Winchester University

Performing Arts

York University

Criminology, Economics & Economic History, English & Education, History (4), Management, Politics, Accounting, Business Finance & Management, Politics & International Relations 13


FINE ART WHY CHOOSE FINE ART?

& ideas. The Art department has extensive facilities

The study of Fine Art at this level aims of this course are to

including two ceramic kilns, a glass kiln, and photographic

develop an understanding of the nature of visual thinking

dark room, painting studios, printing press, textile printing

and its appropriate language, a capacity for creative

table, sewing machines and an embellisher. Students are

thought and action as well as to cultivate skills in drawing,

encouraged to utilise the facilities on offer.

painting, photography, printing, sculpture and ceramics.

All A-level work is exhibited in the summer exhibition held

GCSE REQUIREMENTS

in the school hall, all students and parents are invited, and it is a highlight of the year. Activities include visits

Fine Art is the sixth form is a natural progression from GCSE

to exhibitions at the main London galleries as well as an

Fine Art; sixth formers embarking on the course have little

option to go on study visits abroad to exciting places

trouble in the transition from GCSE if they achieved a

such as New York, Florence, Venice and Rome. These visits

good grade. The requirement s to start the A-level linear

enable candidates to relate their work to that of other

Fine Art is an A grade or above at GCSE in Fine Art.

artists and designers, both from the present and past. We

COURSE DETAIL

offer life drawing classes taught by tutors from the Royal

The EDEXCEL Linear A-level course comprises of two

Academy of Arts and ‘Master Class Workshops’ will fine

major projects; one being coursework worth 60% of the

tune your skills and understanding to even higher levels.

overall mark and one being set under 15 hour practical

Workshops arranged with professional tutors over the

examination worth 40% of the overall mark. Both

years have included Carolyn Genders, Caroline Kirton

projects will build upon each other, during each project

and Adele Wagstaff including textile and oil painting

sketchbook work, research and experimentation lead to a

techniques.

final piece or series of work.

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Coursework Project 1 & 2: 60% of overall mark, as well

The study of Fine Art at A-level is looked upon favourably

as the practical work you will be expected to write a

by admissions tutors for most university courses. For

minimum of 1000 words of continuous prose integrating

some girls it may lead to a future career in the Art and

critical analysis and contextual research with own ideas

Design fields including Graphics, Fashion, Theatre, Textiles,

and practical investigations.

3D, Jewellery Design, Interior Design, Product Design,

Externally set assignment: 40% of overall mark including

Photography, Architecture, Advertising or Illustration in

eight week preparatory studies and a 15 hour practical

addition many people working in Film, Television, Fashion

examination.

Management and Journalism were also students of Art

The core elements of the course provide opportunities

and Design.

to explore drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking,

Whatever your choice of future direction, Art will

mixed and digital media. The first half term of the course

encourage you in approaches to study and thinking not

is usually spent establishing an essential work ethic and

always available in other subjects at this level. Fine Art

building foundations for the understanding and realisation

promotes creative and independent thinking, reflective

of a visual language, the subsequent terms are spent

learning and self- managing; it fosters flexible approaches

on personal development and investigation of materials

that are highly valued in today’s fast changing world.

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THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN minimum of 1000 words of continuous prose integrating

WHY CHOOSE 3D DESIGN?

critical analysis and contextual research with own ideas

By studying the A-level Linear course you will understand

and practical investigations.

the circular nature of the design process from concept, research, experimentation, formulation and analysis of a

Externally set assignment: 40% of overall mark includes

brief through to realisation of your finished piece.

eight weeks of preparatory study working towards a 15 hour practical examination.

A CHS 3D DESIGN STUDENT SHOULD BE s0ASSIONATEABOUT$ESIGN WANTINGTOUSESPARETIMEAND free lessons to develop an idea.

The Three-Dimensional Design course is primarily concerned with designing a product that meets a need in a functional and aesthetic manner. The course allows

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for more creativity and a broader spectrum of outcomes

designs, taking photographs, making notes and diary

which include furniture design, interior design, CAD CAM,

notes, noting thoughts and drawing diagrams

architecture, scenic design, lighting and jewellery.

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Activities include visits to Design museums at the main

evaluating and trying again….and again….

London galleries as well as an option to go on study visits abroad to exciting places such as Florence and Venice.

GCSE REQUIREMENTS

These visits enable candidates to relate their work to that

Three-Dimensional Design in the Sixth Form is a natural

of other artists and designers, both from the present and

progression from GCSE Fine Art; sixth formers embarking

past. Additionally, ‘Master Class Workshops’ will fine tune

on the course have little trouble in the transition from

your skills and understanding to even higher levels.

GCSE if they achieved a good grade. The requirement to start the A-level Linear Three-Dimensional Design is an A

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

grade or above in GCSE Three-Dimensional Design.

The study of Three-Dimensional Design at A-level is looked

COURSE DETAIL

upon favourably by admissions tutors for most university courses. For some girls it may lead to a future career in

The EDEXCEL Linear A-level course comprises of two

the Art and Design fields including Graphics, Fashion,

major projects; one being coursework worth 60% of the

Theatre, Jewellery Design, Interior Design, Product Design,

overall mark and one being set under 15 hour practical

Photography, Architecture, Advertising or Illustration. In

examination worth 40% of the overall mark. Both

addition many people working in Film, Television, Fashion

projects will build upon each other, during each project

Management and Journalism were also students of

sketchbook work, research and experimentation lead to a

Three-Dimensional Design. Whatever your choice of

final piece or series of work.

future direction, Three-Dimensional Design will encourage

Coursework Project 1 & 2: 60% of overall mark. As well

you in your approaches to study and thinking not always

as the practical work you will be expected to write a

available in other subjects at this level.

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BIOLOGY WHY CHOOSE BIOLOGY?

COURSE DETAIL

Biological Sciences are now at the forefront of human

In the Lower Sixth the OCR course incorporates topics

achievement and the 21st Century is set to see a

such as cell structure, biochemistry, biodiversity, transport

continuing explosion of biological knowledge. Many

systems and DNA. These important biological ideas are

complex issues are reported in the press such as the

used to consider practical applications in modern society,

controversy over GM foods and cloning. Research is

particularly in regard to health and disease.

continuing into many issues that affect millions of people

In the Upper Sixth, topics for study include further

around the world for example malaria, reprogramming

studies in physiology including nervous and hormonal

adult cells to become stem cells. These issues are all

communication, and excretion, biochemistry including

discussed in the A-level specification.

photosynthesis and respiration, and genetics and gene

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE? WHAT SKILLS DO

technology.

YOU NEED?

Biology is a practical science and there will be plenty

Taking Biology at A-level will equip you to discuss such

of opportunities for students to engage in experimental

material with insight. Your studies will enable you to learn

work. This aspect of the course will be teacher assessed.

about topics drawn from modern Biology, including

Students also undertake ecological investigations both

Biodiversity, Forensics and Gene Technology, as well

in the school grounds and on 2 day trips to the FSC at

as from more traditional areas such as Biochemistry,

Juniper Hall. Records of student’s practical work will be

Physiology and Immunology. In addition you will develop

submitted towards the Practical Endorsement.

your skills in data handling, laboratory experimentation,

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

application of biological principles and information Biology combines well with the other Sciences and

retrieval. If you are a curious about the world around you

Mathematics. It can also be taken as a supporting

and how it works from a cellular level to whole organisms

science with any other subject combination.

then Biology is for you whether you intend to study it

A good qualification in Biology is highly desirable in many

beyond A-level or not.

fields and is an essential component of an application

Past students have said

for entry to degree courses including Veterinary Science, “The syllabus is really varied so you get an overview of

Medicine, Physiotherapy and other Biomedical courses,

many different biological processes”

Dentistry, Marine Biology, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy

“ It’s challenging yet fascinating. It helps you understand

and Teaching.

the environment around you, as well as your own body”

Studying Biology does not restrict future employment

“It’s fascinating to learn about the science behind what

to scientific disciplines; it equips you with transferable

makes us human and the complex processes which keep

skills, increasing your career option to encompass many

us alive

spheres of employment.

GCSE REQUIREMENTS A in Biology

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CHEMISTRY WHY CHOOSE CHEMISTRY?

many graduates are being recruited by the financial

A-level Chemistry is an enjoyable multi-faceted course

companies in the City of London.

in which students explore chemical behaviour building

IGCSE REQUIREMENTS

on their GCSE experience. We want our A-level students

The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding

to gain an understanding of general chemical principles

and skills developed in IGCSE Chemistry. Therefore,

based on ideas of atomic structure, bonding theory and

students should ideally have at least the equivalent of

chemical energy. These ideas are then extended into

an IGCSE grade A in Chemistry, and a GCSE grade B in

other areas such as organic chemistry, rates of chemical

Mathematics. At A-level, students should demonstrate

reactions and equilibria.

effective communication skills, be able to carry out

Practical work is an integral part of the course and we

research, work independently and think critically about

expect our students to enjoy the opportunity to develop

problems.

their skills in the laboratory. These include manual dexterity

COURSE DETAILS

and use of precision instruments as well as planning and

We follow the AQA specification for A-level Chemistry

data analysis.

which is a linear course. The girls will be taught topics

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

covering Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

A-level Chemistry is a necessary for students considering

building upon their GCSE knowledge. Practical’s will be

careers in the health and clinical professions, including

completed throughout the course, to support learning

medicine, veterinary science, nursing, dentistry and

and twelve of these will count towards a separate

forensic science.

practical certificate qualification.

Studying Chemistry will prepare students for careers

The girls will be provided with a lab folder to keep a record

within the pharmaceutical or petrochemical sectors. It is

of these practical tasks. They will also be given question

appreciated by admissions tutors in many other subjects,

sheets, support material and extension material where

including Law, due to its logical discipline. It is useful if

required. Regular examination style testing will take place

you want to go on and study subjects such as Geology,

at the end of each topic. The Chemistry department is

Physical Geography, Engineering, or Material Science.

very experienced and keen to work alongside students, to

Due to the analytical skills needed to study Chemistry

enable them to reach their highest academic potential.

At the end of the two years the girls will sit three papers: Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Physical Chemistry + Inorganic Chemistry + relevant practical skills

Physical Chemistry + Organic Chemistry + relevant practical skills

Any content and any practical skills

2 hour examination

2 hour examination

2 hour examination

35% of the A-level

35% of the A-level

30% of the A-level 17


CLASSICAL CIVILISATION WHY CHOOSE CLASSICAL CIVILISATION?

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

This subject is unique in the sense that it allows you the

Classics is highly valued by universities and employers. The

opportunity to study history, literature, philosophy and art

subject is intellectually rigorous and will prepare you well

history all in one course. Not only will this enhance your

for the demands of undergraduate research and essay-

appreciation of other humanities subjects but the content

writing. It complements many popular humanities subjects

is highly topical and thought-provoking in its own right.

and provides excellent preparation for new subjects like

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE?

anthropology. Classics students go on to a wide range of careers in areas such as the media, publishing, the foreign

You will develop your critical faculties and ability to

ofďŹ ce and advertising.

construct arguments, as well as crucially nurturing a keen sense of cultural empathy. The Greeks (and the Romans) laid down the markers for much of what we label ‘civilisation’, this course takes you right to the heart of being human. GCSE REQUIREMENTS At least a B grade in History/English Literature/Latin COURSE DETAIL s!1!! ,EVEL#LASSICAL#IVILISATION Component 1: s'REEKSCULPTUREANDARCHITECTURE (OMER)LIAD/DYSSEY Classical drama Component 2: s2OMANSCULPTUREANDARCHITECTURE 0LATO!RISTOTLE History of women s4HECOURSEWILLALSOINCLUDETRIPSANDVISITSTOMUSEUMS theatres, lectures and events.

LATIN WHY CHOOSE LATIN?

Component 1:

This subject has an unparalleled academic cachet and is

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highly valued by universities and employers not only for its

Component 2:

analytical and evaluative rigour but also as a facilitating s,ANGUAGEAND#ICERO4ACITUS3ENECA6IRGIL/VID

subject for whatever degree or employment pathway you

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might embark upon.

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WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE?

theatres, lectures and events.

You will acquire the conďŹ dence to approach language

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

sensitively and critically. You will be intellectually challenged by studying linguistics, philosophy and history.

Classics is highly valued by universities and employers. The

You will read and appreciate some of the ďŹ nest literature

subject is intellectually rigorous and will prepare you well

ever created.

for the demands of undergraduate research and essay-

GCSE REQUIREMENTS

writing. It complements many popular humanities subjects and provides excellent preparation for new subjects like

At least a A grade Latin

anthropology. Classics students go on to a wide range of

COURSE DETAIL

careers in areas such as the media, publishing, the foreign

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COMPUTER SCIENCE WHY CHOOSE COMPUTER SCIENCE?

staged assessment option allows pupils to take the Unit 1

Computer Science is a practical subject, where invention

and Unit 2 examinations at the end of year 12.

and resourcefulness are encouraged. Pupils are expected

Unit 1: Theory Fundamentals – 25% Written Exam

to apply the academic principles they have learned

Unit 2: Fundamental Problem-solving & Programming Skills

to the understanding of real-world systems, and to

– 25% Written Exam

the creation of purposeful artefacts. This combination Unit 3: Advanced Theory – 25% Written Exam

of principles, practice, and invention makes it an extraordinarily useful and an intensely creative subject,

Unit 3: Further Problem-solving & Programming Skills – 25%

suffused with excitement, both visceral (“it works!�) and

Written Exam

intellectual (“that is so beautiful�).

GCSE REQUIREMENTS

Computer Science is deeply concerned with how

Grade B in Computer Science and grade A in

computers and computer systems work, and how they

Mathematics.

are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computer

Students who are beginning an A-level course are

science gain insight into computational systems of all

likely to have followed a Key Stage 4 programme of

kinds, whether or not they include computers.

study in Computer Science. Pupils should be familiar

Computational thinking is at the heart of Computer

with programming concepts and have some practical

Science. Computational thinking is a problem solving

experience in programming in a text based language, for

process that involves decomposition (breaking down

example Python or Javascript.

problems into smaller parts), pattern recognition,

FURTHER STUDY AND BEYOND

abstraction (simplifying and modelling a problem) and This course will enable students to progress to higher study

algorithm design (solving the problem). Computational

or to progress directly to employment. This qualiďŹ cation

thinking is essential to the development of computer

is suitable for those intending to pursue any career in

applications, but it can also be used to support problem

which an understanding of technology is needed. The

solving across all disciplines, including the humanities,

qualiďŹ cation is also suitable for any further study as part of

mathematics and science.

a course of general education. It will provide students with THE AIMS OF THE COURSE ARE

a range of transferable skills which will facilitate personal

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growth and foster cross curriculum links in areas such as

s4ODEVELOPANUNDERSTANDINGOFTHEMAINPRINCIPLESOF

mathematics, science and design and technology.

solving problems with computers.

Computer Science can be studied further at university as a stand-alone degree or combined with many other

s4ODEVELOPANUNDERSTANDINGTHATEVERYCOMPUTER system is made up of subsystems, which in turn consist of

subjects like Philosophy and Mathematics.

further subsystems.

You could also study more specialist areas such as networking, games design, robotics engineering and

s4ODEVELOPANUNDERSTANDINGOFTHECOMPONENTPARTS of computer systems and how they interrelate, including

artiďŹ cial intelligence to name a few related subjects.

software, data, hardware, communications and people.

Computer Science is currently a sought after career with an abundance of amazing employment opportunities.

s4OACQUIRETHESKILLSNECESSARYTOAPPLYTHIS understanding to develop computer-based solutions to problems. The syllabus aims to encourage the development of computational thinking, that is thinking about what can be computed and how. Learning computational thinking involves learning to program, by writing code, because this is the means by which computational thinking is expressed. COURSE STRUCTURE You will study the Cambridge International A-level Computer Science (9608) course. At this time the course offers pupils both staged and linear assessment. The 19


ENGLISH WHY CHOOSE ENGLISH?

COURSE DETAIL

Choose English ideally, because you enjoy it, but also

AQA English Literature - (A) 7711

because Sixth Form English is academically rigorous and

EDExcel English Language and Literature - 9ELO

challenging, encouraging independent thinking and

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

individual response.

English at A-level, highly regarded by universities and

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSES?

employers, provides a valuable foundation for degree You will develop your powers of expression, critical analysis

courses and a plethora of professions. An English degree

and imaginative creativity through reading, writing and

traditionally leads to careers in Law, Journalism, Teaching,

discussion. You will be able to communicate confidently in

Media, Advertising and Publishing, but in reality there are

both speech and writing and develop as a sensitive and

few career options where English will not be an asset.

intuitive listener.

The analytical and communication skills that an English

You will appreciate great writing and its context, and

qualification provides are fully ‘transferable’ and useful in

explore issues relevant to your own life and experience by

almost any occupation.

undertaking independent, as well as guided research, to

What universities and future employers want most from

prepare you for tertiary study.

their applicants is that they demonstrate motivation,

The English department offers two distinct courses at

intelligence and a proven ability to work and think

A-level, either of which will be stimulating and enjoyable

independently and interdependently.

for those choosing predominantly Arts subjects, while

Studying English will give you the opportunity to develop

providing interesting breadth and enhancement of

and use these skills within a stimulating and creative

written and oral communication, for those studying

environment.

mainly science subjects. GCSE REQUIREMENTS At least a grade B in both English and English Literature GCSE.

English ambassadors and Jenny Park Scholarship winners

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ENGLISH LITERATURE & ENGLISH LANGUAGE You will choose your topic and create your own

AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE – 7711

writing, both fiction and non-fiction, arising from study You will study eight set literary texts from the three genres

of other writers and produce critical commentaries of

of poetry, prose and drama and from different times on

your own work.

the theme of “Love through the Ages” including:

WHAT STUDY SKILLS DO YOU NEED?

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s!NINTERESTINREADINGANDEXPLORINGARANGEOFLITERARY and non-fiction and media texts

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own texts

Texts will be grouped along thematic and stylistic links to

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allow comparison and exploration of context. There will

and to undertake independent study including listening

be opportunities for choice and independent study, as

to podcasts and radio transmission, and watching a

well as traditional essays and you will develop your skills

variety of TV programmes and film

in analysing and interpreting the layers of meaning in

ASSESSMENT

unseen texts.

Both courses are assessed through end of course examinations worth 80% and one coursework unit worth

WHAT STUDY SKILLS DO YOU NEED?

20%. This is excellent preparation for university and s!NINTERESTINREADING EXPLORINGANDANALYSINGARANGE

subsequent careers, and caters for different learning styles.

of literary texts and critical perspectives Theatre visits and study of filmed versions of texts form s!NINTERESTINWRITINGCRITICALANDINTERPRETATIVEESSAYS

part of each course, as do educational trips and visits to

s!WILLINGNESSTOEXPLOREIDEASINDEPTHTHROUGHDISCUSSION and to undertake independent study to examine the contextual factors that informed the writer’s choices EDEXCEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - 9ELO In this integrated course you will study and analyse a range of texts from both a literary and linguistic perspective, including literary texts from different periods and the three genres of poetry, prose and drama, as well as non-fiction and spoken texts.

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universities, offering supportive lecture programmes with renowned writers, poets and critics.


ECONOMICS WHY CHOOSE ECONOMICS?

Themes covered in Year 2:

Economics is about allocating scares resources to

Macroeconomics: A Global perspective

competing wants, in other words it is the science of

Microeconomics: Business behaviour and the labour arket

decision-making. Studying economics at A-level will Course: Edexcel A which is assessed through three papers

introduce you to the kind of real-world skills which will

at the end of Year 13:

equip you to make decisions in your own life using costbenefit analysis. Economics draws on many areas you

Exam components:

have covered in your GCSE courses. For example if you

Microeconomics: 2 hours

have studied twentieth century German history, you

Macroeconomics: 2 hours

will probably have an understanding of the problems associated with inflation. You will understand the

Microeconomics and macroeconomics: 2 hours

consequence for countries which specialise in the

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

production of primary products such as gold or copper

Economics is a useful qualification for many careers,

if you have studied Geography. You will have discussed

including law, the civil service and management. It is

many relevant ethical and environmental issues in

relevant to any career which requires an understanding

Religious studies. Economics combines other humanities

of decision-making processes and cost-benefit analysis,

subjects but is by no means exclusively relevant to those

including accountancy, insurance and banking.

studying the humanities. The topics we study and the skills

European studies, politics and international relations also

acquired make it valuable asset for all combinations.

have strong links to economics.

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE? WHAT SKILLS DO YOU NEED? You need to have a passion for current affairs and a strong interest in following the daily news. For example, A-level Economics students require an understanding of up-to-date government policies in issues such as the NHS and education. One of the main aims of the course is to introduce you to economic modelling. This means that you will need to understand the theories of economists such as Keynes, Marx and Hayek. These are often demonstrated graphically, The economics specification also has a strong mathematical component. You will learn to make calculations in areas such as government borrowing; measuring happiness and the costs to society of smoking. You will learn to weigh up the competing sides of an argument. For example, on what the consequences might be if the Bank of England raised interest rates. This will involve writing extended answer questions. GCSE REQUIREMENTS Grade B in maths Grade B in another Humanities subject eg History, Geography or Religious Studies COURSE DETAIL Themes covered in Year 1: Macroeconomics: The UK economy: Economic performance Microeconomics: Introduction to markets and market failure 22


GEOGRAPHY WHY CHOOSE GEOGRAPHY?

GCSE geographical skills and delves more deeply into

By studying Geography you are entering into an

contemporary issues and content.

understanding the natural and human processes which

Further information is available in the Geography

shape every aspect of our lives and our planet. You

Department for this course that aims to:

will draw on knowledge from the Arts and Sciences,

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providing excellent opportunities for cross-curricular links.

contemporary challenges and encourage

Geography requires good analytical skills, a systems

independent investigation.

approach, as well as an interest in international relations s/FFERAMOREPERSONALISEDCHOICEnTHENON

and politics. Geography is often the ‘glue’ that links different disciplines together, enabling you to gain a

examined assessment (project) is a great opportunity

coherent understanding of our world.

for you to investigate an area of the speciďŹ cation that particularly interests you.

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE?

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Geography aims to develop a range of essential skills for Higher Education and the world of work through content

Geographers use their skills in a variety of careers,

which is relevant to any citizen of the planet in the 21st

including ďŹ nance, advertising; marketing; conservation;

century. Through exciting topics you will understand

information services; leisure and tourism; the media; civil

the nature of physical and human geography whilst

service; planning; research; law; energy; environmental

unpicking the debates surrounding contemporary

agencies/consultancies.

challenges facing the world today. You will be critical

‘Employers rarely need narrow specialists. They need

and reective learners, able to articulate opinions,

bright, committed, inquisitive individuals with the ability

suggest relevant new ideas and provide evidenced

to draw on what is happening elsewhere in the world.

argument in a range of situations (OCR).

The best Geographers are stars in this respect.’ Professor

GCSE REQUIREMENTS

David Rhind, Chief Executive, Ordnance Survey

Grade B in Geography GCSE where taken or Grade B in

Graduates of geography have one of the lowest

an alternative Humanities subject

unemployment rates of any discipline.

COURSE DETAIL

Geography can be studied as a Bachelor of Arts or

You will be studying the OCR course which builds on

Bachelor of Science. There are also many geography

your GCSE studies. There is ďŹ eldwork that strengthens

degrees combined with other subjects.

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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS WHY CHOOSE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS?

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

‘BREXIT’, the refugee crisis, Trump v Clinton‌politics has

Government and Politics combines well with many A-level

never been out of the news, but now the problems it

subjects and is particularly relevant for those considering

confronts (and gives rise to) seem more pressing than ever.

Arts degrees.

Politics A-level gives students the opportunity to

The skills and knowledge acquired lead to a range of

understand how far the political system is able to respond

opportunities, both in higher education and professionally;

to these challenges, and why it seems to fail as often as it

many girls go on to study politics at university, either on

does.

its own or in combination, and it gives an invaluable background for careers in law and the media to name

The subject is fascinating, relevant and contemporary and

just two.

allows you to develop excellent transferable skills. If you enjoy are interested in the challenges of the 21st century, enjoy a debate and like to form your own opinions, Government and Politics is an excellent choice at A-level. The bi-annual trip to the US is a fantastic opportunity to put your studies into context, whilst there are also visits to the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court. GCSE REQUIREMENTS Grade B in English or one of the Humanities COURSE DETAIL The new linear course in Government and Politics starts in September 2017 so you will be part of the ďŹ rst group to take this exciting new course. Fully approved speciďŹ cations are not yet available but in outline the course will cover: sTHE5+POLITICALSYSTEMEGPOLITICALPARTIES ELECTION systems, the functions of Parliament and Cabinet sTHE53POLITICALSYSTEMEGTHE2EPUBLICANSAND Democrats, election outcomes, the presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court sIDEOLOGIESnCOREIDEOLOGIESOFCONSERVATISM LIBERALISM and socialism The course is assessed solely through three examinations at the end of the second year and there is no coursework element.

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HISTORY WHY CHOOSE HISTORY?

setting up of consecutive communist governments. The

Why did the English behead their King?

course continues to explore the leaders of the Communist Party and the changes they made to society from Lenin,

What made Russians shoot dead the Tsar, his wife and

Stalin and Khrushchev.

children? Or Stalin murder more innocent people

The Unit 2 examination is a ‘depth’ study focussing on

than Hitler?

English Revolution. This course examines what led to the

Why is it that police in America seem to shoot a

breakdown of relations between King Charles I and

disproportion number of black men?

Parliament resulting in his beheading. We will consider

If you are interested in these questions; in the history of

how the people of England set about experimenting in

Britain, Europe and the World – History is for you. If you

new societies before restoring the King’s son to the throne.

are interested in why people and nations change, fight,

Our Non Examined Assessment will provide you with a

revolt and make up – history is for you. History is more than

broad sweep of African American history, from the death

just an academic subject, you will learn about different

of slavery during the Civil War (1861-65) through to the

cultures, peoples, races and responsibilities. If this interests

re-election of Barack Obama as 44th President of the

you - history should be your choice. History at CHS is not

USA. You will write a 3,500 word essay examining either

a subject stuck in the past. Far from it, we will show you

why this change happened or the extent of the change

how historical events are what have shaped our society –

taken place.

History is your route to the future!

LINKS WITH OTHER SUBJECTS AND CAREERS

Our History course is demanding and exciting, aiming

Studying GCE History gives you access to a wide range

to provide you with an insight into both British, Russian

of career and higher education opportunities. It is a

and American history. You will develop in the process,

subject that is will regarded by both universities and

important transferable skills such as analysis, evaluating

employers alike. History combines well with Mathematics

information, summarising and organising ideas, and

and Science subjects to create an attractive portfolio

constructing clear, logical arguments both verbally and

of qualifications, enabling you to move on to a university

in writing. These are vital skills for a range of careers, from

science-based course. Combined with English and a

areas of obvious relevance such as teaching, journalism,

modern foreign language it would provide a good basis

law and politics, to fields such a medicine, banking and

for an arts or language-based degree.

business leadership.

History provides an excellent foundation for a number of

History is ideal for students who have an interest in the

popular careers including journalism, law and business. In

way the world has developed through the ages and who

fact, the multi-disciplinary nature of History means that it

enjoy investigation and discovery. We want students who

offers a range of transferable skills useful for any job in the

wish to develop their skills of analysis and investigation and

future. Any job requiring research and analysis to generate

who enjoy debating and putting forward a well-argued

an informed judgement (which includes all of the top jobs

case. You will need to be prepared to utilise evidence in

you can think of) will need a History qualification.

order to make up your own mind and be able to work on your own or as part of a research team on an historical investigative project. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A GCSE grade B or above in History or any other Humanities subject is needed for entry onto this course. COURSE DETAILS Our GCE History course from AQA is linear with all examinations completed at the end of Upper Sixth. In addition to the two examination modules the AQA GCE in History also comprises a Non-Examined Assessment accounting for 20% of the A-level. The Unit 1 examination is a ‘breath’ unit focusing on Russian History over a 100 year period. The specific focus of this examination charts the rise and fall of the Tsar and the 25


MATHEMATICS AND FURTHER MATHS WHY CHOOSE MATHEMATICS?

A-level Mathematics

For many different reasons. Some study Mathematics for

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1

the love of it, or because they show a particular aptitude

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2

for it. Others study Mathematics because they know that Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics

it will support one or more of their other A-level subjects. For example Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics,

All examination papers of 2 hour and 100 marks

Psychology or Geography. Many universities require an

Edexcel Further Mathematics course detail:

A-level in Mathematics to study these subjects at degree

Edexcel Further Mathematics qualiďŹ cations are structured

level. If you are considering studying Mathematics

to allow the best range of opportunities for the students,

at university you should study as much Mathematics

as well as bringing some exibility. Both AS and A-level

at A-level as possible i.e. Maths and Further Maths.

Further Mathematics have a simple 50:50 split between

Mathematics is a powerful subject which stimulates and

compulsory and optional elements, with familiar option

fascinates people for centuries. We hope you choose to

choices and deďŹ ned content. Further Mathematics can

become more familiar with it.

be delivered in parallel with Mathematics, and A-level

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE? WHAT SKILLS DO

co-taught with AS.

YOU NEED?

Further Mathematics

The study of Mathematics at A-level provides an insight

Paper 1: Further Pure Mathematics 1

into one of the oldest and most fundamental languages in existence. As a Mathematician you will learn to

Paper 2: Further Pure Mathematics 2

communicate with efďŹ ciency and elegance and learn

Paper 3: Further Mathematics Option 1

to model the world around you in order to solve problems

Further Pure, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics,

and make decisions. You will learn to think objectively and

Decision Maths

logically, be exact and speciďŹ c and use your imagination, along with your Mathematics to move beyond the

Paper 4: Further Mathematics Option 2

world that we can experience. You will ďŹ nd the subject

Further Pure, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics, Decision

challenging yet rewarding, complex yet logical, and

Maths

precise yet empowering.

All the examination above papers of 1.5 hour and 75

GCSE REQUIREMENTS

marks

To study Mathematics at A-level, you will need to extend

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES?

the study skills that you use at IGCSE e.g., logical thinking,

Students who study Mathematics at A-level often go on

attention to detail, perseverance, self-motivation, a

to pursue a wide range of careers. There are the obvious

willingness to work hard. We advise that you take the

ones, e.g. careers in Mathematics, Medicine, Engineering,

extra examination AQA Further level 2 Mathematics,

Sciences (of all types: Chemists, Physicists, Biologists, Bio-

offered at CHS. You will need to have an A* at IGCSE/

Chemists etc.) Actuary Finance, Accountancy, Computing,

GCSE or A with a recommendation from your Maths

Statistics, Economics etc. However regardless of what

teacher.

career you pursue an A-level in Mathematics tells future

Edexcel A-level Mathematics course detail:

employers that you have the ability to succeed at a

s%DEXCEL! LEVEL-ATHEMATICSQUALIlCATIONOFFERSA

challenging subject, and that you have many life skills, such

simple three-paper model, with deďŹ ned content and

as logical thinking, tenacity, a high work ethic, the ability to

calculator usage allowed in all three papers.

absorb, condense and logically present vast amounts of information that are transferable to any facet of life.

s#O TEACHING!3AND! LEVELISSTRAIGHTFORWARD AS paper 1 assesses the same content as A-level paper 1, but at an AS level of difďŹ culty. s"OTH! LEVELAND!3-ATHEMATICSHAVEASIMPLE 2:1 ratio of pure to applied content. AS level Mathematics Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (2 hour and 100 marks) Paper 2: Statistics and Mechanics (1 hour and 50 marks) 26


MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES WHAT IS A-LEVEL LANGUAGES?

Phosphore and Muy interesante.

The A-level language courses build on and develop

The girls will have the opportunity to attend theatre

many of the skills learnt at GCSE. The girls may choose

performances and engage in GDST and national

to study one or two languages in combination with

competitions. There is also a wide variety of foreign trips

other disciplines. This last option is becoming increasingly

on offer, in order to further broaden their horizons and

popular as universities offer more courses in which the

give them a taste of day-to-day life in the country of

study of a Modern Foreign Language is one component:

their language of study. These trips have always proved

Sciences, Medicine, Law, Business, Management Studies

incredibly popular with our 6th formers, with many non-

are examples. There is a huge demand for languages in

linguists also taking part (‘Historical Berlin’, ‘Unknown Paris’,

the work place; an A-level in a Modern Foreign Language

‘Winter in Madrid’)

provides you with the opportunity to work or study in

WHERE CAN YOU GO WITH MFL?

Europe and world-wide.

By studying a language in the Sixth Form, girls will become

REQUIREMENTS

confident speakers communicators, will be able to discuss

In order to study a language at A-level, we expect our

the issues of the day and current affairs and importantly,

students to be highly motivated and interested in the

work independently - all of which are invaluable

language and culture, as well as have a desire to develop

transferable skills highly sought-after in the work place.

their linguistic abilities. A minimum of a grade A at GCSE is

The skills acquired by Modern Language graduates

required to be accepted onto the A-level course.

are extremely desirable in today’s global markets, with

STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE

linguists going on to careers in Law, Business, Development,

Each language course comprises Listening, Reading,

Management and Medicine…

Writing and Speaking components. During the course,

JOIN US TO BEGIN YOUR FOREIGN LANGUAGE JOURNEY.

the girls will be stimulated by discussions on current issues, learning more about the culture and literature of the target country and acquiring a deeper knowledge of the language itself. They will also further develop these skills by engaging in a more detailed study of various cultural aspects of the country (for example a piece of literary work, aspects of contemporary society or a film) Students will have 9 hours of teaching time a fortnight and be taught by two different teachers. In addition to this, they will have an individual 30-minute conversation session with our highly experienced language assistant. These sessions reinforce classroom learning but also provide the students with high-level debating skills and a wide range of specialist vocabulary. Our small class sizes means a high level of individualised support with tailored and personalised learning, so that girls to achieve their full potential at Croydon High and beyond. We expect all of our students to undertake a certain amount of independent work and to do so, they will be equipped with the most up-to-date language learning technology and applications to support this. The students will have access to the language laboratory and the online learning resources which the school subscribes to. They will also be encouraged to watch television news, films and TV programmes, in the target language, as well as read books and make use of departmental monthly subscriptions to magazines such as Die Freundin, 27


MUSIC WHY STUDY MUSIC?

s!PERFORMINGSTANDARDOF'RADEORABOVEISEXPECTED

Music A-level is both a creative and academically

s!LLSTUDENTSAREEXPECTEDTOTAKELESSONSONAMINIMUM

rigorous course that teaches you core musical skills whilst

of one instrument and / or voice, and are encouraged

equipping you academically for entry to a wide-range of

to participate in the ourishing extra-curricular music

Russell Group Universities or Conservatoires. It is a highly

programme at Croydon High (Senior and Chamber

enjoyable course which combines extremely well with all

Choirs, Jazz Bands, Wind Band, Musicals, Chamber

other subjects. Music A-level Students from Croydon High

Groups, rock bands etc.)

School have gone on to study a variety of disciplines at

s3TUDENTSIN9EARMAYAPPLYFORTHE@$U0RĂ?

University, as well as continuing their musical studies, and

Scholarship’, which offers subsidised instrumental tuition.

our A-level results are of a consistently high standard.

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

You will have the opportunity to polish your performing to

Music is a practical, intellectual and creative subject,

a professional level, compose your own music and have it

which involves skills in both performing and writing music

performed in public, as well as studying music in a broad

as well as understanding and appreciating music of

range of popular and classical styles.

different historical periods and ethnic backgrounds. This

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

course develops practical skills by adopting specialist

s!MINIMUMOFAN!IN-USIC'#3% ORASIMILAR

pathways in Performing and Composing. It also

qualiďŹ cation, is expected although students with

recognises that we live in an age of cultural diversity and

extensive performing experience in either an instrument

the areas of study therefore cover a wide range of music:

or voice will also be considered. Grade 5 theory is an

Western Classical Music, Film Music, World Music, Popular

advantage although not essential.

Music and Jazz.

Unit Title

Assessment

Weighting

Performing

8-10 minute recital

30%

Composing

1 composition 1 technical exercise

30%

Listening and Appraising

2 hour examination

40%

WHERE CAN YOU GO WITH MUSIC? The arts and entertainment sector is currently the UKs largest export industry, and Music A-level can lead to a career as a performer, composer, publicist, arts manager, radio broadcaster, live promoter, teacher or academic and much more. Recent students have gone on to work with the BBC, in the recording industry, Arts Council, performing, teaching, music publishing, retail and librarianship. However, Music A-level equips you for other careers too – with a rigorous intellectual base, it’s no surprise that more Music graduates win places on Medical Postgraduate courses than students of any other subject. There are also opportunities in music administration, managing orchestras and in music therapy.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION WHY CHOOSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION?

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

This A-level course covers the elements that contribute

A-level PE can lead to University courses in:

to sports performance including aspects relating to physiology, psychology, skill acquisition and socio-cultural

Sports Science, Sports Studies, Leisure Management,

aspects. Personal sporting expertise is an essential

Physiotherapy, Teaching, Osteopathy and Medicine

requirement to complete the practical component of the Future career options include:

course which involves performing one chosen activity.

Sports psychology, teaching, sports management or

With the leisure industry rapidly growing A-level Physical

marketing, physical trainer

Education can be useful for those wishing to follow a career in sport and recreation but will be just as

Physiotherapist / osteopath / chiropractor, biomechanics,

stimulating and testing for those who have no desire to

nutritionist / dietician, performance analyst, school sport

take it any further or who want to use it to develop their

co-ordinator, sports development officer, professional

personal sports involvement.

athlete or medicine.

Physical activity is essential when trying to lead a healthy active lifestyle. By the end of this course you should have increased your physical competence, developed your involvement in physical activity and become better at making informed decisions on your own and others’ involvement in physical activity GCSE REQUIREMENTS You will need to achieve a minimum of an A at GCSE and actively train and compete in your chosen sport to high level. Your chosen sport must be one on the OCR list of activities. COURSE DETAIL OCR – PHYSICAL EDUCATION This A-level course offers you a broad curriculum covering aspects relating to physiology, psychology, skill acquisition and socio-cultural aspects. Much of the academic rigour is achieved by the breadth of skills required. Students will study anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, the history of sport and recreation, the sociology of sport, sport organisation, skill acquisition, theories of learning and sports psychology. You will be required to demonstrate proficiency in one sport as a performer. The essence of the course is that theoretical aspects are studied with direct reference to actual sporting situations, with the expectation that students will spend time improving their own performances. This can be enhanced by the coaching and observation of peer pupils, improving understanding and giving relevance to the theory.

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PHYSICS WHY CHOOSE PHYSICS?

COURSE DETAIL

If you have an inquisitive mind and want to understand

We study the Salters Horners context-based course

HOW the world works, the study of Physics will provide

EDEXCEL 9PH0

many of the answers. This course will develop your

This course students study the following subjects over the

essential scientific knowledge and understanding, as well

two years:

as establish links between theory and experiment. Forces and Motion Some students may choose Physics simply because they Electricity

enjoy it or because they know that it is highly regarded by universities as a test of problem-solving ability and

Materials

logical thought. The ability to work in groups as well as

Stars

independently is paramount in your development during

Particle Physics

the course.

Fields

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE?

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Physics A-level gives students a seamless transition from

A-level Physics, especially combined with Mathematics, is

GCSE to university courses in Physics and Physics-related

an important qualification for many degree courses and

disciplines. It maintains students’ enthusiasm for Physics

future careers. A-level Physicists go on to work in Astrophysics,

and develops their interest in the subject. The course offers

Engineering, Astronomy and Meteorology, to name but

practical and investigative experience throughout the

a few areas. The subject also complements careers in

two years of study and many context-based applications.

Medicine, Veterinary Science, Mathematics, Computing,

GCSE REQUIREMENTS

Finance, Law, Accountancy, Geology. Combined with an Arts

To take Physics A-level you will be expected to achieve a

subject, Physics is useful for those considering Architecture,

minimum of an A Grade at GCSE

Broadcasting, Journalism or Surveying.

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PSYCHOLOGY WHY CHOOSE PSYCHOLOGY?

COURSE DETAIL

Psychology is the scientific study of people; how they think,

Themes covered in Year 1:

how they react and how they interact. You will already be

Social Influence

aware of many of the topics we study because you will

Memory

have observed people behaving in a variety of different Attachment

ways. You will also have watched many news items, documentaries and even films which deal with issues such

Approaches in psychology including Biopsychology

as memory recall, mental health, childhood and social

Psychopathology

influence. Psychology will introduce you to many ground-

Research methods

breaking research studies which have provided us with insight into areas such as, the diagnosis of schizophrenia

Themes covered in Year 2:

(Rosenhan) and explanations for conditioned human

Research methods

behaviour (Pavlov’s dogs). You will have the opportunity

Debates in Psychology

to test some of these theories by designing your own studies and conducting your research in the manner of a

Approaches in Psychology including Bipsychology

professional psychologist. Psychology combines science

Eating behaviour

with the humanities and works well combined with

Forensic Psychology

both. The topics we study and the skills acquired make it Cognition and development

valuable asset for all combinations.

Course: AQA which is assessed through three papers at

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE? WHAT SKILLS

the end of Upper Sixth:

DO YOU NEED?

Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology You will have the opportunity to design and pursue your

Paper 2: Psychology in context

own experiments. This will involve writing and testing

Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology

hypotheses, drawing conclusions and evaluating your own research. Previous students have investigated areas

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

such as whether word colour effects recall of spellings and

Psychology is a useful qualification for many careers,

whether we rate familiar faces as the most attractive.

including law, medicine, education and management. It is relevant to any career which requires an understanding

You need to have enthusiasm for studying the world

of research methodology and is useful in areas such as

around you. You will need to have an interest in areas

marketing and human resources.

such as the NHS and policing because this is where many of the topics we study are applied. You will learn about the contrasting explanations for human Behaviour. This includes biological explanations such as neuroanatomy and psychodynamic explanations, including Freud, who linked behaviour to early childhood experiences. The Psychology specification also has a strong mathematical component. You will learn to use descriptive statistics including means, modes and medians to describe research findings and you will use inferential statistics such as the Mann-Witney test in order to draw conclusions from your findings. GCSE REQUIREMENTS s"IN-ATHS s"IN"IOLOGY s"INAHUMANITIESSUBJECT 31


RS, PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS WHY CHOOSE RS, PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS?

Film, Philosophy and Languages, Philosophy and

The Greek philosopher, Socrates, once said “the

Art, Philosophy and English, Computer Science and

unexamined life is not worth living.” A-level RS, Philosophy

Philosophy, Mathematics and Philosophy, Philosophy and

and Ethics explores selected topics providing students with

History, Psychology and Philosophy etc. s4HE-EDICAL%THICSELEMENTSWITHINTHE%THICSMODULE

the tools they need to critically examine their own lives as well as the world in which they live.

also make it an excellent preparation for a Medical

It is one of the fastest growing academic subjects at

degree.

A-level nationally; it complements many other A-Level

The breadth of professions into which students can gain

courses as it analyses issues that relate to all subjects,

entry is perhaps demonstrated by the range of people

as well as teaching students not what to think, but how

who have studied this subject, which includes such diverse

to think.

characters as Martin Luther King, Bruce Lee, Aung San Suu

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE? WHAT SKILLS DO

Kyi, Harrison Ford, T S Eliot, Angela Davis, Woody Allen and

YOU NEED?

Bill Clinton. Perhaps martial artist, acclaimed film director, or a historic president are rather wide-ranging careers,

In studying this subject, students will acquire a range of

but they highlight the potential of a RS, Philosophy/Ethics

skills such as analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and

graduate. More commonly, though, you’ll find graduates

the ability to critique an argument as well as formulate an

working as journalists, lawyers, teachers, civil servants,

effective response to an argument. These are skills that

diplomats, in the media or for NGOs.

will prepare students well for a range of courses in higher

Success in these vocations can be attributed to the ability

education, and employment.

to judge between a sound and unsound argument, and

GCSE REQUIREMENTS

draw reasoned views from difficult situations, enhanced Grade B in RS, where taken, or a grade B in an alternative

by the exposure to the challenging arguments students

humanities subject, and a B in English. The GCSE grade is

experience in the course of their studies.

not necessarily a good indicator of aptitude at A-level. The emphasis at A-level is on the student’s ability to assess, evaluate and apply different arguments and theories. COURSE DETAILS The RS, Philosophy and Ethics course is an exam based linear course and consists of three elements: The study of Philosophy, Ethics and Religion. Each component of the course is worth 33.3%. Students will sit three exams at the end of year 13. For the study of Religion students will study Islamic Theology; Philosophy topics include arguments for the Existence of God, challenges to religious belief and Religious Language; and Ethics topics include Ethical Language and Thought, a variety of ethical theories and their application to issues such as euthanasias and business. FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES There is a wide range of University courses that offer Philosophy/Religion degrees such as: s2ELIGIOUS3TUDIES s2ELIGION 0HILOSOPHYAND%THICS s4HEOLOGY s0HILOSOPHY s4HEREAREALSOMANYJOINTCOURSEOPTIONSSUCHAS Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Philosophy and 32


THEATRE STUDIES 2. Creating Original Drama – this assesses the process

WHY CHOOSE THEATRE STUDIES?

of creating devised drama. You may contribute as a

This is an A-level for those who enjoy Theatre and Drama

performer, designer or director and your piece must

and who want to be challenged. We work essentially

be influenced by the work and methodologies of one

through practical experience and experimentation

prescribed practitioner. You will produce a working

applying ideas, performance theories and techniques.

notebook as well as being marked on your final We welcome students with a range of talents and

performance, 30% of A-level.

interests. 3. Making Theatre – this assesses a practical exploration You should have a love of performing, a commitment

and interpretation of three extracts each taken from

to experimenting with the power of theatre and a lively

a different play and explores the methodology of a

interest in the world around you – as well as a desire to

prescribed practitioner. Extract 3 is to be performed

articulate what you see through drama.

as a final assessed piece (students may contribute

Girls who take Theatre Studies know that there is nothing

as performer, designer or director), 30% of A-level.

‘easy’ about the subject and that there is no bigger

You also get the unique opportunity to take part in

“buzz” than performing for an audience!

workshops and performances by theatre companies

This course is exciting and offers an enormous scope for

visiting the school as well as the department 5-day

you to develop and explore the medium of dramatic

residential trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

performance.

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Theatre Studies is so much more than a folder full

This subject is not just for those who are thinking

of notes!

about a career in the theatre. You will gain excellent

GCSE REQUIREMENTS

communication and group work skills which will be useful in all areas of your working life. You will undoubtedly grow

Minimum grade B at GCSE Drama, or at least a B at

in self-confidence and create pieces of drama you will

English Literature if you haven’t taken GCSE Drama

never forget.

COURSE DETAIL

Employers will know that in you they are getting an

AQA DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES

employee who is able to work with others, approach

1. Drama and Theatre – this assesses your knowledge

tasks fearlessly with a ‘can do’ attitude and who can

and understanding of drama and theatre. You will

articulate views and present information creatively. Girls

study two set plays as well as analysing and evaluation

who take Theatre Studies A-level go on to pursue careers

the work of live theatre makers. A 3-hour open book

in the law, the media, teaching and many other spheres.

exam, 40% of A-level.

And yes, some of them become professional actors too!

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WHY CROYDON HIGH SIXTH FORM? ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

GO-ON Programme

Music, Choir, Orchestra

Extended Project Qualification

Sport: social and competitive

CHS Twilight College

Drama, Public Speaking & Debating

GDST Masterclasses Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards

Personalised Careers Programme

House Competitions

Visiting Lecturers

Charity Events and Volunteering

Residential trips to Berlin and Washington Science Olympiads & UKMT Challenge

Fashion Show

GDST Competitions and Scholarships

House responsibilities

Theatre and music trips

Mentoring system

University Lectures Whitgift SNAP

Books and Breakfast Club

Young Enterprise

NCYW Conference CONFIDENT

Trust Scholarship Awards

AMBITIOUS

INVEST IN YOUR

DEVELOP YOUR INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY

ACADEMIC CORE Teaching Expertise Outstanding Results

LIFE SKILLS

TALENTS AND INTERESTS

PREPARATION FOR COMPETITIVE COURSES AND THE FUTURE

Risk Taking Leadership Roles

World Challenge

COMPASSIONATE

ENGAGED

Peer Listening

Personal Tutors GO Fly Careers

Independent Learning and Research Skills

Higher Education Talks Pathways Mentoring Programme

PSHE and Tutorial programme

Oxbridge and Medics Programmes

Organisation, Time-management

Mock Interviews

Leadership and Interview Skills

Ivy Link Alumnae Network and GDST

Self-reliance and Effectiveness

Internships

Teamwork Opportunities

Networking for Work Experience

Outstanding Pastoral Care

Outstanding UCAS Support and Guidance

Debating and Public Speaking Skills

Biennial Careers Convention International University Applications

Mentoring younger students

MAXIMISE YOUR ACADEMIC POTENTIAL

ENHANCE YOUR PERSONAL RESOURCES AND RESILIENCE 34


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from Year 11 girls… Q How many A-level subjects can I take? A The message from all the top universities is clear; three good A-levels are what they are looking for. However, some girls may wish (and be academically able enough) to take four A-levels. As we always say, your targets are personalised – one size does not fit all. My experience at 6th form has been fabulous – the small class sizes have given me such a close relationship with my teachers and means that the teaching is much more tailored to all of us and the family-like feel in the 6th Form Centre means it has become my home. (Current Year 13 student) Q What sort of universities do Croydon High girls go on to? A All of the Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge, as well as a wide range of well-respected colleges for those who want to go on to artistic, musical or vocational courses. This year, 20% of our Upper Sixth are applying to Oxbridge or to study Medicine. For us, the most important factors were excellent teaching and the strong advice and support Sixth Form teachers provided in the university application process. Croydon High School encouraged our daughter to aim high and fully supported her in every way it could. (Parent of former sudent) Q Can I apply for a scholarship? A Yes. Academic Scholarships are open to both internal and external Year 11 applicants. Performance scholarships in Music, Drama, Art and PE are also available to girls studying these subjects at A-level Full details of all scholarships, bursaries and other awards are explained in our Scholarships leaflet included in your Open Evening pack. Q What is the dress code in Sixth Form? A Smart and business-like… tailored jackets, skirts and trousers or dresses. These don’t need to cost a fortune – the girls recommend H&M for the best range! CHS taught me that being a girl does not stop me from being whatever I want to be in the future, and to appreciate that this is a privilege. And finally, I learnt that despite my protests, floral leggings are not, and will never be appropriate attire for sixth form. (Leaver: Class of 2014) Q What kind of support will I get when applying for University? A You will get outstanding, personal support from an extremely dedicated and experienced team. UCAS applications happen early in Year 13, but the support will start in Year 12 as you complete your personal statement and produce draft applications by the end of the summer term. This is so your tutors can spend their time over the summer holiday collating all the information and writing your all-important reference. This is just one example of the level of support you can expect from our sixth form staff. The support and guidance I am getting is second to none and makes me feel confident that not only will I achieve the best results but will also go on to achieve my ambitions. (Current Year 12 student) Q Isn’t Sixth Form just like being at school – I think I might need a change? A Lessons are very different with small class sizes and opportunities to really get to know your teachers and yourself – and how you learn. You do need a change at sixth-form and you will find our sixth form to be very different from what you are used to in school. You are no longer children, but intelligent and informed young women and you will be treated as such. You will be given responsibilities and privileges in equal measure in an atmosphere where you are supported fully by staff and your peers. I have been at Croydon High since Junior School, but my first few weeks in sixth form have been the best yet. The relationships built with teachers are great and extremely beneficial towards the type of learning that we take on. (Current Year 12 student) Q I am considering joining from another school. Will I fit in? A We are fortunate to have a sixth form that is big enough to accommodate many different ‘types’ and yet small enough to still feel like a family. Girls joining us in Year 12 always comment on the friendly atmosphere and on how quickly they settle in – just ask them! Coming to Croydon High as a “new girl”, I was apprehensive as to how I would fit in. However, a year on I can honestly say that coming here is the best decision I’ve ever made. My peers made me feel welcome from day one, while my teachers have also been incredibly supportive. (Current Year 13 student)

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