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Islamiyah school in partnership with

Blackburn College 99.2% A Level Pass Rate 100% Vocational Success in over 100 subjects 1 in 5 First Class Honours degrees in 2012 Guaranteed progression to UCBC University Centre at Blackburn College

Established Employment Links

For more information contact Islamiyah School: 01254 661259

Welcome from the ge Principal of Blackburn Colle

rship with the highly regarded We are proud to work in partne at Blackburn College we have Islamiyah School for girls. Here cation for over 125 years and been providing outstanding edu successful colleges in the are one of the largest and most North West.

the first college in the country In 2008 Blackburn College was inspection in all areas and was to receive an outstanding Ofsted of the best colleges in the officially recognised as being one is that you can feel confident country. What this means for you cation possible delivered to a that you will receive the best edu ts’ achievements highlight very high standard – our studen this success.

at route to successful graduation Our courses offer a structured of ge ran a in ent ym plo em nities for a high level with good opportu . important professional sectors

Ian Clinton Blackburn College Principal & Chief Executive of


What courses are on offer? In the first year of the partnership Islamiyah students will be able to access: 1

A level Programme consisting of four A Levels including three core A Levels: • • •

English Lang/English Lit Psychology Sociology

Plus a choice of: • • 2

Religious Studies Government & Politics

BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care (equivalent to 3 A Levels)

All study will take place in newly appointed facilities at Islamiyah school, with teaching by experienced tutors from Blackburn College.


There are many advantages and benefits for a student studying on the Blackburn College A Level or Health and Social Care programmes.

High Grades We currently have an excellent A Level pass rate of 99.2% and a 100% success rate in over 100 Vocational courses. During the Blackburn College successful partnership with Tauheedul school 43 out of 71 Tauheedul learners on the BTEC Level 3 Childcare course achieved a triple distinction (61%) which is equal to 3 A’s at A level. Also 70% of Tauheedal students achieved higher than their predicted ALIS grades. Examples of student destinations - Former “A” level students | 2010 -2012 Nafisa HUSSAIN – Biomedical Science at Lancaster University. English Lang/Lit-A*, Biology-B, Chemistry-B, Maths-D Zunnaira SHABBIR – Biomaterials Science and Tissue Engineering at the University of Manchester. Maths-A*, Further Maths-B, Biology-B, Chemistry-B, History-B, English Language-B, AS Extended Project-A* Haneefa DESAI – had a gap year to do the Foundation Art course in UCBC. Is now at Manchester Metropolitan University studying Architecture. Sociology-A, Geography-A, Media St-A*, History-B Sameen HAMID – Biological and Medical Sciences at the University of Liverpool. Biology-A, Chemistry-B, Maths-A, Physics-B Further Maths-C Zainab IQBAL – Psychology at UCLAN. Religious St-A, Psychology-B, English Lang/Lit-B, AS Sociology-B, AS Extended Project-B Naeema NAMAJI – English Literature at Edge Hill University. Sociology-A, Media St-A, English Literature-B, Psychology-B Onaysa PATEL – Geography at the University of Manchester. Religious St-A, Sociology-A, English Lang/Lit-B, Chemistry-E


Afifa MULLA Achieved A Levels:

Psychology - A, Religious Studies - A*, Accounting - B, AS Business Studies - A

Went on to study Business at the University of Manchester

Saarah ASIF – Audiology at the University of Manchester. Psychology-A, English Lang/Lit-B, Biology-C, Chemistry-C (T) Azeemah PATEL – Maths at the University of Manchester. English Lang/Lit-A, Maths-A, Biology-A, Chemistry-B Khatija BHAMJI – Law at the University of Manchester. Sociology-A*, Psychology-B, Chemistry-B, AS Law-A Yasmeen BHAMJI – left in 2006 and went to Lancaster University to study English and History. She is now teaching English at Corpus Christi School, Preston. ICT–A, English Lang/Lit-B, History-B Rufia ADALAT – left in 2004 and went to Durham University to study Law. She is now working as a solicitor in Nottingham specialising in children’s care. Former Tauheedal Care & Health Students

Vasima Adam – studying BSc. Applied Psychology - University Centre at Blackburn College. Anisa Patel – studying Foundation Degree in Young Children’s Learning & Development - University Centre at Blackburn College. Halima Hussain - studying Foundation Degree in Young Children’s Learning & Development - University Centre at Blackburn College. 5

Why Islamiyah have chosen a partnership with Blackburn College 1

Quality of our tutors Our tutors are well qualified and very experienced both as tutors and as subject practitioners. All posses the teaching qualifications and other professional qualifications that are relevant to their field, and undertake professional development programmes to ensure that they are always at the forefront of their subject/field of study.


Approach to teaching and learning and focus on high standards We recognise that Islamiyah students have strong reasons for undertaking a course of study and that, in most cases, these reasons concern their wish to do well in their future life-perhaps starting a professional career or moving on to further study at University. As a consequence most students want the most from their studies and the best from the course, such that they achieve their target qualification at the highest possible level. We recognise that students wish to be stretched by their study programme. The Blackburn College ethos places considerable emphasis on curricular approaches that are rigorous and disciplined and which encourage students to focus on challenging targets for success.


Raising aspirations At the start of the year, our inspirational tutors make personalised learning plans for each student, enabling them the greatest opportunities to progress into their chosen careers. For students progressing onto University, our trained tutors are on hand during the entire UCAS application stage, checking personal statements and applications, and for those aiming to apply to Oxford, Cambridge or Russell Group universities, we can help with interview and assessment techniques.


For students studying on the Care and Health course we have established links with small, medium and large employers across the North West and have secured work placement opportunities including local hospitals and care establishments. These allow students to gain extra experience which supports them when applying is important when applying for University and when pursuing a career in the Care and Health profession. It is critical that students achieve above their potential and Blackburn College tutors have a proven track record in supporting students to achieve above and beyond predicted grades. Through tutorials, one to one support and enrichment


Study support All of our courses include detailed specifications for student support and study support, and students at Islamiyah are able to draw on these support arrangements. They are equivalent to those provided on the main campus and reflect the best standards of good practice. All students are assigned a personal tutor for the duration of their studies. Students have access to all the facilities and services provided on the main campus which can be accessed in the evening and at weekends. These include the Campus Library, with copies of all the essential texts specified for courses, and excellent computer work station facilities. The Campus is fully networked to provide excellent access to the internet and the college’s Virtual learning Environment.



Quality Assurances Ofsted Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. This government body reports directly to Parliament and inspects and regulates services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Blackburn College is officially recognised by Ofsted as a ‘Grade 1’ Outstanding College. We were the first College in the whole country to be officially rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted across all areas. The report highlighted the following areas specifically as being ‘Outstanding’. Since our latest inspection, Ofsted have visited the College on several occasions. On one of these visits our Additional Learning Support team was praised as being ‘in a league of its own’ and in a later visit the quality of our Teacher Training provision was highly praised. To view all our Ofsted reports visit the Ofsted website • • • • •

The effectiveness of our provision – Outstanding Our capacity to improve – Outstanding Our achievement and standards – Outstanding The quality of our provision – Outstanding Our leadership and management – Outstanding

QAA QAA is the Quality Assurance Agency, it is their mission to safeguard standards and improve the quality of UK higher education. The QAA conduct reviews of institutions and publish reports detailing the findings. Our latest review by the QAA was the Integrated Quality and Enhancement Review (IQER). The review team praised the University Centre at Blackburn College’s staff and students in their final report. We were given the highest score of ‘confidence’ from the visiting reviewers, the team used the word ‘confidence’ no less than 8 times in their report. They also identified an impressive 10 specific areas of good practice including areas such as E-Learning, Work-Based Learning and Student Support.


A Level - English Language & Literature Entry Requirements

Course overview:

You need to have passed both GCSE English Language and English Literature with a Grade B.

This course combines the best of both English Language and Literature study. If you enjoy reading, discussing your responses and creating your own pieces – then this is the subject for you!

Duration 2 years in total – 1 year AS – 1 year A Level.

What will I study? AS Level Year 1

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Introduction to Language and Literature Study

Assessment takes the form of examinations in June of each year and coursework to be completed throughout the year.

You will read, discuss and write on a series of thematically linked spoken and written texts from an Anthology on the theme of ‘Travel and Transport’.

Unit 1 exam: 60% of AS Grade (30% of A Level Grade) Unit 2 coursework: 40% of AS Grade (20% of A Level Grade)

Unit 2: Themes in Language and Literature You will compare two novels from different periods, looking in detail at the writers’ craft:• •

Unit 3 exam: 30% of A Level Grade Unit 4 coursework: 20% of A Level Grade.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

What will I achieve?

A2 Level Year 2

A GCSE A Level which depending on the grades obtained will give you a different number of UCAS points towards what you need for your university requirement.

Unit 3: Talk in Life and Literature This module looks at “talk” both in real life conversation and dialogue in fiction. It will involve study of transcripts of conversation and the play The Rivals by Sheridan.

Where next? Further study at university, where an A Level in English Language and Literature could help you to get a place on a wide variety of degree courses.

Unit 4: Text Transformation In this unit you will have the opportunity to study two texts of your own choice and respond creatively: turning a section of a novel into a newspaper article or a poem into a web page. The course is delivered through a range of approaches such as traditional classroom activities including discussion, pair work, individual study, group work, note-taking, etc. Students will also be required to complete independent study and research using texts, the library and the internet.


A Level - Sociology Course overview: Are you interested in how people behave? How society is changing and what conflicts occur? Topics such as the modern family, the education system and crime and deviance will be studied. Whilst studying theoretical perspectives such as feminism, Marxism and Functionalism. What will I study? AS Year Unit 1: Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare – 1 hour written paper (40% of total AS, 20% of total A Level marks). Unit 2: Education; Health; Sociological Methods – 2 hour written paper (60% of total AS, 30% of total A Level marks)

You will choose one topic (Crime and Deviance or Stratification and Differentiation) and answer:• one question on the chosen topic. • one question on sociological research methods in the context of the chosen topic. In addition, you will answer one question on theory and methods. Entry Requirements You do not need to have studied Sociology at GCSE in order to study it at A Level but an active and enquiring mind and an interest in the world around you would be advantageous. Duration AS – one academic year, A2 – one academic year. How will I be assessed?

You will choose one topic (Education or Health) and answer:• one question on the chosen topic • one question on sociological research methods in the context of the chosen topic.

You will be assessed continuously through written essays, group presentations and formally through the examination process. Examinations are taken after each module, one in January and one in May/June. This means four exams in total over two years.

In addition, you will answer one question on free-standing research methods.

What will I achieve?

A2 Year Unit 3: Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics – 1 hour 30 minute written paper (20% of total A Level marks) You will choose one topic from four and answer one compulsory question and one question from a choice of two. Unit 4: Crime and Deviance; Stratification and Differentiation; Theory and Methods – 2 hour written paper (30% of total A Level marks).

AS Level after one year of study, A2 after two years. The UCAS points needed for university will depend on the Grade you achieve. Where next? A qualification in Sociology is good preparation for a wide range of careers, for example the police, teaching, social work, probation. Obtaining A Level Sociology can also lead you onto a wide variety of degree courses at university.


A Level - Psychology Course overview: Psychology is constantly relevant, dynamic and endlessly fascinating. It is one of the most popular A Level subjects and the department has an enthusiastic and friendly team of experienced lecturers. Psychology is the study of behaviour and mental processes. It aims to understand how people think and what they do, as well as gaining an understanding of their deeper motivations. Psychology is important in terms of understanding any human activity. For example it can be applied to our well-being (e.g. stress, mental illness), or to the way we interact with others (e.g. relationship formation, conformity and obedience) or to how we might solve problems (e.g. intelligence, cognitive development). These are but a few examples… Psychology has countless other applications. The department at Blackburn College offers fantastic opportunities for students to broaden their knowledge of psychology in the real world. Past activities have included, for example, our attendance at a Criminal Psychology Conference, and from time to time we invite guest speakers to give talks on psychology careers.

Eating behaviour – e.g. attitudes to food and eating behaviour, success/ failure of dieting. Cognition and Development – including moral development. Entry Requirements Standard sixth form requirement BBBCCC, including a point score of 5.0 and above. Also satisfactory completion of the brief diagnostic assessment issued at enrolment. Duration Two years. AS in year one. A2 in year two. How will I be assessed? AS Year The modules are assessed by written examination in January and June. Questions include short answer, stimulus material and short essays requiring extended writing. A2 Year Written examination – Structured essay-style questions.

What will I study?

What will I achieve?

AS Year

AS and A2 combine to constitute the full A Level.

Unit 1 – Memory, Development and Research Methods.

Where next?

Unit 2 – Stress, Social Influence and Abnormality including mental illness. A2 Year Unit 3 – Topics include:Relationships – e.g. formation, maintenance and breakdown of romantic relationships. Childhood and adolescent experiences on adult relationships and relationships in different cultures.

Psychology offers good career prospects in a range of areas including clinical, forensic and educational psychology. The skills you learn will also readily transfer to many other careers. These skills include oral and written communication, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research.


A Level - Government & Politics Course overview: Government and Politics is a vital and lively subject that deals with the most relevant and significant issues of the day. If you want to know how the country works, who is in charge and how to influence them this is the subject for you. The study of Politics is an exciting intellectual challenge where students can deploy a variety of skills: debate and discussion, the ability to create an effective argument and analyse information to make valid judgements to name but a few. This A Level gives an excellent foundation to those who wish to pursue Politics, Law, Economics, Philosophy or History to degree level and those who wish to make their careers in the legal, journalistic, political or business worlds. What will I study? In the first year we learn about key channels of communication between government and people, and we also look at the major processes in government such as the Houses of Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Constitution and the role of the European Union etc. In the second year we study American politics. We study the Constitution, the electoral process and how American government works today. Entry Requirements The general qualifications for entry to an A Level programme.

Unit 2: Contemporary Government of the UK 1 hour 20 mins, 50% of AS, 25% of A Level Unit 3: Contemporary US Government and Politics 1 hour 30 mins, 50% of A2, 25% of A Level Unit 4: US Government and Politics 1 hour 30 mins, 50% of A2, 25% of A Level What will I achieve? At the end of the first year you will receive an AS Level. In the second year you will complete your A2 qualification. Where next? A Politics qualification is exceedingly well thought of and is recognised by all universities. Politics as a general AS and A Level can lead to all kinds of possible careers including law, the media, banking, advertising, journalism, social work, teaching and many other professions. Case Study Wasim Feroze came to us from Pleckgate High School. Whilst here he was the editor of the college newspaper and received A Grades in Government and Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology and General Studies. He is now at Manchester University studying Middle Eastern Studies.

Duration The AS class is one year, A2 is two years. How will I be assessed? All by exam, there is no coursework. Unit 1: Contemporary Politics of the UK 1 hour 20 mins, 50% of AS, 25% of A Level


A Level - Religious Studies Sharia law – what it is, how it was developed and the authority of Sharia today. The role of women in Islam – are Islamic women oppressed or did Islam liberate women? Are men and women equal in Islam and what does the Quran reveal about the status of women? Shi’ia Islam – What are the differences in beliefs and practices between Sunnis and Shi’ias and how did these differences come into being?

Course overview: Ever wondered why there is more than one world faith? Interested in discovering what other faiths actually believe? Would you like to know more about the one subject that unites but also divides humans the world over? Religious studies can answer these questions and many more in a totally unbiased and academic way. Religious belief is not necessary to study, or to enjoy this course.

Module 2 – Life, Death and Beyond:- Secular interests in the end of the world – how will the world end, when will it end and what will happen to mankind? Religious and secular perspectives on the nature and value of human life – where did we come from and why are we here; is there really a purpose? Is there any evidence to support a belief in life after death or are ideas about our souls living on just wishful thinking?

Religious studies offers the opportunity to adopt an enquiring, critical, reflective and objective approach to a subject of which knowledge is becoming increasingly important in today’s multicultural society. It provides knowledge which will not only be useful in many careers but also for life in general. Students are encouraged to develop their own values, opinions and beliefs on the religions studied in light of their learning.

Entry Requirements

What will I study? AS Year 2 modules are studied during the AS year:Module 1 – Islam: The Life of the Prophet:- The social, political and religious situation of pre-Islamic Arabia. The main themes of the prophet’s teachings between 610 and 622 CE. The events surrounding the ‘great migration’ and the changes which occurred in Islam during the Medinan period i.e. how Islam became more than a religion and a whole ‘way of life’. The events which occurred after the death of the prophet and how this led to the split between the Sunnis and the Shia Muslims. Module 2 – New Testament Studies:- The time gap before the Gospels were written. The uncertainty about their sources and authorship and the issue of whether or not we can trust them to be accurate. The teachings within Jesus’ parables and the responses to his miracles. The passion narratives covering the arrest, trial, crucifixion and death of Jesus, including discussion over whether there is there any satisfactory explanation of why the gospel accounts are so different from each other. The reliability of the resurrection narratives – what really happened? A2 Year Module 1 – Islam:- The relationship between God and humans, issues of whether or not humans have freewill and the differences in understanding between traditional Muslims and Sufis.

You do not need to have taken this subject at GCSE in order to study it at AS or A Level. Duration 1 – 2 years. How will I be assessed? Assessment is by short examinations. What will I achieve? Completion of year 1 – AS Level Completion of year 2 – Full A Level Where next? Choosing religious studies will not restrict your career opportunities & it may even present you with the opportunity to study abroad or visit holy sites. Theology students go on to work in a variety of careers having gained many transferable skills that can be used in many professions; skills such as analysis of information, undertaking independent research, writing & presenting arguments. A large proportion of students take on roles such as researchers or teachers but the skills gained are required in other professions such as law or counselling.


BTEC Health and Social Care (Extended Diploma) Course overview:

Entry Requirements

The course is aimed at people wishing to pursue a career in Health or Social Care. It will allow an insight into a range of health & care related topics and will include a substantial amount of relevant work experience.

This qualification is suitable for students aged 16 upwards and recommended for those who have achieved five or more A*- C Grade GCSEs including English or have completed a BTEC First at Merit or Distinction Grade. You will also need a satisfactory police check (CRB).

What will I study?


The course aims to provide a firm foundation in many topics of Care or Health to enable students to build on their interests and skills. Learning should be fun. In our experience, students enjoy BTEC programmes because they can specialise in areas of learning linked with work that they are interested in. A day in the life of a Health & Social Care student may involve:• Carrying out practical care activities • Visiting local employers and different care or health settings • Applying to University • Researching Health & Care related careers • Running a health promotion campaign

This is a 2 year course starting in September.

How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of 18 Health & Social Care units – 8 core units and 10 specialist units. The specialist units explore particular topics in depth. All students study these 8 mandatory units:• • • • • • • •

Developing effective communication in Health & Social Care settings Equality, Diversity & Rights in Health & Social Care settings Health, Safety & Security in Care Settings Development through the life stages Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology Personal and Professional Development in H&SC Sociological perspectives for Health & Social Care Psychological perspectives for Health & Social Care

BTECs are not exam-based qualifications, a number of different methods of assessment are used. Students may be assessed individually or through group work assignments, they will study real-life, work-based case studies and complete projects and assessments, which contribute to achieving each unit studied. The assessment process is ongoing, so it allows the student to analyse and improve their own performance throughout their course in much the same way as they would in a real workplace. The projects that students undertake are graded as a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction. BTECs offer practical experience that is often lacking in more traditional routes such as A Levels. This allows them to demonstrate their skill and knowledge in practical situations. Students who gain BTEC qualifications will also earn UCAS points at the same time. Students completing BTEC qualifications can apply for university places through UCAS – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

What will I achieve?

Learners also study at least 10 optional units which may include:• Health Education • Nutrition for Health & Social Care • Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence Complementary Therapies for Health & Social Care You will also have to complete a substantial amount of mandatory work experience linked to some of your units. You will also have the opportunity to study functional skills in English, Maths and ICT if required.

You will achieve a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Where next? This qualification can be a stepping stone to university for anyone wanting to study nursing, social work, youth work, paramedic or other related Health or Care careers.


Extra Benefits

for students aged 16-18

£I,200 year Scholarships per

At Blackburn College we want to motivate everyone to strive for those A*s and As at GCSE, so as a reward, we are offering all high flyers a £I,200 per year Scholarship. Academic Scholarship - We know that times are hard for many parents, and that 16-18 year olds need money whilst studying, so we have updated our academic scholarship offer. Our £1,200 per year guaranteed Academic Scholarship for those achieving five or more As or A*s will enable students to concentrate on their studies and not part-time work. How does it work? If you achieve five or more As or A*s in your academic GCSEs you will automatically be awarded a £1,200 per year Academic scholarship (for up to two years maximum) from Blackburn College. There is no need to apply.

£I0 Travel Pass per term

for 16-18 students and Apprentices

The amazing value £I0 per term travel pass provides bus and train travel across Lancashire and beyond via a number of travel options including: Any time, Anywhere bus pass to students living in the Transdev SpotOn or SilverCard zone. The pass can be used on any route in this zone at any time, including evenings and weekends. For SpotOn or SilverCard travel information please visit the Transdev website: www.

Return bus travel passes are available from Ribchester and Longridge. Return travel train passes are available from Preston, Bolton, Clitheroe, Nelson and Colne. If you live anywhere that isn't included our finance team will make sure you receive some financial assistance for travel to and from college. * Terms and conditions apply. Offer available to all full-time 16-18 students & 16-18 Apprentices starting September 2012 regardless of parental income. Apply early to guarantee.

Blackburn College Maintenance Allowance (BCMA) We have created a new fund to help eligible 16 -18 full-time learners. The £250 Blackburn College Maintenance Allowance (BCMA) will help with a range of costs including kit and uniform, if required, and is dependant on household income. Eligibility Criteria: • • • • •

Be intending to enrol on a full-time Further Education course at Blackburn College. Be at least 16 but under 19 years of age on 31 August 2012 Dependant member of a household receiving benefits (except Child Tax Credit) or Independent student on means tested benefit in own right Household income of less than £20,817 Have been resident in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for the last three years.


“ The overall quality of provision is

outstanding. Teaching and learning are outstanding. A range of highly successful actions has significantly improved the quality of teaching and learning. Lessons are well planned and matched to the needs of individual learners. Highly effective learning support assistants provide good support for learners.


Ofsted @bbcollege BC - 04/13 - Islamiyah - V1

For more information contact Islamiyah School: 01254 661259


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