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Sixth Form


Sixth form Prospectus

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HANK YOU for considering Heartlands Academy and I hope our prospectus will support you in making this hugely important decision. We know that our excellent teaching, detailed tracking of student performance, pastoral care and careers advice enables us to deliver outstanding outcomes for our students. We believe that the teaching at Heartlands Academy fully equips our students with the skills to be highly successful in both higher education and the ever changing world of work. Please take care in deciding which Sixth Form provider is the right one for you and I wish you every success in your future, wherever that may be.

Mr R Tattersfield Principal

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ELCOME and thank you for taking the time to read about Heartlands Academy Sixth Form. Think carefully about what is best for you Post 16 and in doing so consider what Heartlands Academy Sixth Form has to offer: • a challenging and supportive ethos • outstanding teaching • a Sixth Form that will work with you to meet your personal requirements • small classes with excellent teacher to student ratios • a wide range of courses at Level 3 • your own Sixth Form building in which to work and socialise • special Sixth Form events and activities • support with career, further and higher education progression

Courses for 2016-17 (subject to change) A LEVEL • • • • • • • • •

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Art & Design Fine Art (OCR) 6 Biology (OCR) 8 Business Studies 10 Chemistry (OCR) 12 Computer Science (OCR) 14 English 16 Geography 18 History 20 Law 22

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Mathematics (Edexel) 24 Physics (AQA) 26 Psychology 28 Religious Studies (AQA) 30 Sociology 32

BTEC LEVEL 3 (EDEXCEL)

• Health & Social Care 34 • Information Technology 36 • Sport 38

Mr D Ewart Head of Sixth Form


Outstanding in Every Way

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aving been awarded the highest possible Ofsted grade in every category in 2009, 2012 and again in 2014, Heartlands Academy truly is the embodiment of an ‘Outstanding’ educational institution. With these credentials it is no wonder that Heartlands Academy Sixth Form is once again having a record year in terms of numbers of applicants. A vibrant, focussed and dedicated place of learning, the Sixth Form is also celebrating yet another year of successful results with 88% of our students going on to attend university. We do not just focus on higher education however and our strong business links and work experience placement partners ensure that students who do not wish to pursue the option of university can instead secure highly competitive apprenticeships.

Destined for University

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eartlands Academy Sixth Form engenders a trusting relationship with students by fostering a ‘can do’ approach, which ensures that our students achieve their full educational and personal potential. Our dedicated team takes a hands-on approach to your KS5 education, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout to provide you with the career choices that you desire. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive UCAS programme, which allows students to feel both empowered and supported. It is this approach, coupled with the talent and dedication shown by our students, that has produced university destinations this year such as The University of Manchester, The University of Hull ,The University of Birmingham and Portsmouth University to name but a few.

Above and Beyond

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o their continued credit, Heartlands Academy Sixth Form students also excel within the community. The sixth form students have been involved in a number of events to enhance their team building, communication and interpersonal skills. These community activities include participating in the Young Leaders Programme, The Aston University Business Challenge, The Aston progression pathways programme and the Sutton Trust Programme. The organisers of the events have positively commented on the maturity of our sixth form students. In addition to this we offer a wide range of work experience placements tailored to the individual ambitions of our students and ensure that the balance between academic rigour and enrichment is maintained through two years of intense study.

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How to Apply Firstly, complete an application form which can be downloaded from our website. Alternatively, you can apply via UCAS progress - https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses. Do not worry if you are not yet totally sure which courses you would like to take, simply indicate those which you are most interested in. You will not need to make any firm choices until your interview. Final decisions will be made at enrolment which takes place after publication of your GCSE/BTEC results. Also, complete the top section of the ‘Student Reference Form’ which is also included with the application form. Then pass it to your tutor for them to complete the other sections. Your tutor will then need to return it to the Sixth Form. We will then write confirming that we have received your application and reference, as well as inviting you to an interview. At the interview, we will discuss your application, your subject choices and your progress. All being well, we will make you a written offer of a place in the Sixth Form. The offer will usually be conditional, meaning we will expect certain grades to be achieved in certain subjects. We will then write to you again in the summer giving details about enrolment which will take place after GCSE/BTEC results are published. It is at this time that subjects and courses will be fully confirmed. Studies will then commence. We look forward to receiving your applicaiton. Applications and enquiries to:  Heartlands Academy Sixth Form Francis Street Nechells Birmingham B7 4JR 

0121 675 3796

0121 675 3794

 darren.ewart@e-act.org.uk OR baljinder.bhuttay@e-act.org.uk

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www.heartlands.academy

Miss Bhuttay Deputy Head of Sixth Form


Heartlands Academy Sixth Form Heartlands Academy Sixth Form is situated within a mile of the city centre alongside the exciting new Eastside development. Heartlands is proud of the diverse community it serves and has a supportive and welcoming atmosphere. A new building for the academy was completed in 2012, providing specialist teaching areas equipped to a very high standard. The building comprises excellent indoor and outdoor sports areas, a theatre style drama studio with tiered seating and a Learning Resource Centre opening late during revision periods exclusively for sixth form study. There is also a dedicated Sixth Form campus where students enjoy their own facilities and social areas.

“Heartlands Academy Sixth Form was an intellectually stimulating environment that has prepared me for the challenging concepts at university. Individualism is encouraged, yet there is always a friendly face around should you need one. This balance is what made Heartlands special for me.� Idman Hussein (International Relations with Year Abroad University of Birmingham)

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ART & DESIGN: FINE ART A level About this Course

For further information please contact

Miss K Bibby Kate.Bibby@e-act.org.uk

A level Art leads on directly from the GCSE course and allows for the students to have more time and gain the experience necessary to develop their own practical abilities. Students who choose to study a level art make a great deal of progress in terms of their skill level and confidence and are given all the support they need. The A level course allows students to develop as artists and to build a highly sophisticated body of work, in their own style and specialism. A practical portfolio is completed alongside a written personal study, in which students demonstrate sophisticated contextual understanding. The specification for the course has changed in a way that benefits students. The full A level course now consists of two projects as opposed to the previous four. This allows students to have more time to fully develop their ideas and reduces the amount of practical work that is expected. In year 12, students will attend a range of sessions and workshops in which they explore different drawing and painting techniques along with experimental techniques. They will then, through individual and group tutorials, decide on a theme for their first major project. In this project, students will be expected to produce a portfolio of work and an annotated sketchbook. In year 13, students will continue with their project and will write an essay, based on some personally selected artists or designers. They will produce a large scale, personal final outcome to their project. Students will be assessed on how well developed their ideas are and how meaningful, creative and skilful their work is. In February, students will begin their examination project, in which they must produce a sketchbook and portfolio based on starting points set by the exam board. The final exam will take place over three days and during this time students will produce a final response to their theme.

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Entry Requirements GCSE A* - B grade in Art & Design and English (expected). A good standard of written English.


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The subject can be used as a way to show versatility to demonstrate the ability to use a range of skills. It can also be used as a stepping stone to future careers such as architecture, photography, advertising, fashion design, graphic and product design, animation, illustration, web and game design as well as teaching and lecturing.

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BIOLOGY A level About this Course Studying Biology will enable you to understand the similarities between all living things. You will learn how cells, (smaller than the eye can see), make up the largest animals and how these animals and all other life are controlled by two tiny strands of DNA. You will learn by practical work, theory, group and independent work. Achieving a good grade in Biology, when combined with other appropriate A level subjects, will enable you to go on to further study for careers in health and clinical professions such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry and nursing, as well as biological sciences such as biochemistry, molecular biology and forensic science. Careers in conservation, zoology, marine biology or food science are also possible if you study Biology. The A level Biology course delivered at Heartlands is OCR’s A level Biology. The units covered are; Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology Module 2: Foundations of Biology Module 3: Exchange and Transport Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

NB: there is no coursework or controlled assessment. Instead practical work will be assessed in the written papers. 15% of the total A-level marks will be for practical knowledge and understanding. A separate ‘endorsement’ of practical work will be assessed by teachers. This will not be graded, instead students either pass or fail which will be reported on their certificate.

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For further information please contact

Mrs A Khan Azra.Khan@e-act.org.uk

Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including Mathematics, English, and Science GCSE BB (higher tier) Triple or Additional Science.


A LEVEL

Achieving a good grade in Biology, when combined with other appropriate A level subjects, will enable you to go on to further study for careers in health and clinical professions such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry and nursing, as well as biological sciences such as biochemistry, molecular biology and forensic science. Careers in conservation, zoology, marine biology or food science are also possible if you study Biology.

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BUSINESS STUDIES A level

For further information please contact

Miss M Ahmed About this Course The OCR A Level in Business will encourage learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It provides insight into, and experience of, how businesses work, stimulating learners’ curiosity and encouraging them to engage with commerce in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study and about career choices.

Mursheda.Ahmed@e-act.org.uk

Each component includes synoptic assessment, so learners will have a holistic learning experience and be able to apply concepts to different situations.

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Business objectives and strategic decisions

External influences facing businesses

Marketing and marketing strategies

Operational strategy

Human resources

Accounting and financial considerations

The global environment of business

NB: Current Year 12 going into 13 will continue with WJEC GCE Business Studies A Level course.

Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including a B in English and a B in Business Studies.


A LEVEL

Taking A level business studies is a great thing to do if you have aspirations of one day becoming self-employed or being in a managerial position. Possible career choices include management, marketing, international management, finance, accounting, banking, retailing, manufacturing and local government.

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CHEMISTRY A level

For further information please contact

Mrs A Khan About this Course Chemistry is the study of processes which make the world work. You will learn about how atoms interact with each other to build everything around you. As well as theoretical chemistry, practical work will teach you to observe, analyse and communicate complicated ideas.

Azra.Khan@e-act.org.uk

The A level Chemistry course delivered at Heartlands is OCR’s A level Chemistry. The units covered are: •

Unit 1: Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry

Unit 2: Foundations of Chemistry

Unit 3: Periodic Table and Energy

Unit 4: Core Organic Chemistry

Unit 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements

Unit 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

NB: there is no coursework or controlled assessment. Instead practical work will be assessed in the written papers. 15% of the total A-level marks will be for practical knowledge and understanding. A separate ‘endorsement’ of practical work will be assessed by teachers. This will not be graded, instead students either pass or fail which will be reported on their certificate.

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Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including English, Mathematics B and Science GCSE B (higher tier) Triple or Additional Science.


A LEVEL

Achieving a good grade in Chemistry, when combined with other appropriate A level subjects, is a great choice for people who want to go on to a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry and forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as forensics and environmental protection.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE A level

For further information please contact

Mr S Farooq About this Course Our high-quality computing education equips our students with computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. By continually building on to this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that our students become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. The AS and A Level Computer Science course delivered at Heartlands Academy Sixth Form gives a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of programming, and the solving of problems. The course will above all else be relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. It will:

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Focus on programming, building on the GCSE Computing course with the emphasis on the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.

Have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.

Put computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.

Allow student to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner. Give students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

Shahbaz.Farooq@e-act.org.uk

Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including English, Mathematics and ICT.


A LEVEL Computer Science is about understanding computer systems and networks at a deep level. Computers and the programs they run, are among the most complex products ever created; designing and using them effectively presents immense challenges. Facing these challenges is the aim of Computer Science as a practical discipline. Computer Scientists today are coming up with solutions to the problems and theories of tomorrow by designing new computers, programs, networks and systems that are transforming science, business, culture and all other aspects of life. Common career roles for a Computer Scientist include computer programmer, software designer and engineer, financial analyst, scientific researcher and many more‌ the world is literally at your fingertips. 15


ENGLISH LITERATURE A level

For further information please contact

Mr M Everett About this Course We aim to encourage, develop and sustain a culture of learning through accessing challenging material from the moment students begin their studies with us, to when they leave to go to university. We want to foster a love of literature that enables our learners to show creativity and growth in what they read and the writing that they produce. We follow the new AQA English Literature Specification A. Students will be studying a range of texts, such as poetry, prose, Shakespeare and unseen material, under the heading ‘Love throughout the ages’ and contemporary texts. For coursework, students will be asked to select two texts of their choice based around a comparison theme. The word count for this coursework is 2500 words, and completed in the first year of study. Students are set homework every week. Parents should ensure that written homework is undertaken in a suitable study environment and that texts are read, re-read and studied thoroughly. The majority of the examinations require students to have memorised quotations from memory. Parents can encourage their child to start to learn quotations from the beginning of the year in order to be best prepared for examination season.

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Matthew.Everett@e-act.org.uk

Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including English and English Literature (B or higher); a love of Literature and a passion for reading!


A LEVEL

“Literature is the question minus the answer.” Roland Barthes “A ‘classic’ is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” Italo Calvino An A level qualification in English can lead to further study at university and into a wide range of careers including teaching, business, law and journalism. Most sectors value this qualification as it demonstrates perceptive analytical skills and the ability to communicate accurately and effectively.

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GEOGRAPHY A level

For further information please contact

Mrs S Hanson About this Course The Geography department aims for students to engender: • • • • •

Sarah.Hanson@e-act.org.uk

Knowledge and understanding of the planet Earth and its peoples Lasting awareness of the world around us Sensitivity and empathy towards all others Tolerance and independent thinking Preparedness for an active citizen’s role in a changing world

Students sit two exams. Topics include:

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Physical Geography Water and carbon cycles, hot desert systems and landscapes and Coastal systems and landscapes. Human Geography Global systems and global governance, changing places and population and the environment. Geography Fieldwork Investigation

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including English (B or higher) and Mathematics (C or higher). It will be advantageous for students to have a GCSE in Geography, Science, Leisure and Tourism and/or Travel and Tourism. Ability to demonstrate competency in the following key skills: literacy, numeracy, ICT, maps and data response.


A LEVEL Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. It combines well with both arts and science subjects. You may already be thinking ahead to potential university and career choices so it is worth bearing in mind that geography is a broad based subject that really fits well for your future progression. For example, for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, managing the effects of hazards and climate change, geography is an obvious choice. For careers in the world of business an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography. If you are thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues. 19


HISTORY A level About this Course Developing confident, skilled historians who investigate and challenge historical interpretations of the past in Local, National, European and Global contexts.

For further information please contact

Mrs K Steward Karen.Steward@e-act.org.uk

Year 12 and 13 focus on polishing their 17 skills and knowledge in the AQA Advanced GCE in History over a 2 year linear course. Topics include: 1. The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 (Extension from Elizabethan England/Health and the People GCSE Units) 2. Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945 (Extension from Germany GCSE Unit) These are assessed in 2 terminal examinations at the end of Year 13 Historical investigation (non-exam assessment) (piece of extended writing of between 3,000 and 3,500 words in length on a period, theme, issue, person of the student’s choosing, within a 100 period)

Entry Requirements Students will need to have achieved a GCSE Grade A*-B in English or English Literature as well as an A* to B in History or a related Humanities subject. NB: It is important that students are able to interpret, evaluate and recall the increased level of academic subject material, while possessing the very good literacy and analytical skills required for this course.

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A LEVEL

Historians are trained to look for bias and prejudice in all the evidence they study. They know that human beings often have strong views on many subjects, which may affect the statements they make. There are so many careers out there that require the skills that a study of history can bring; law, business, finance, accountancy, tourism, town planning, politics, journalism, teaching, research to name but a few!

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LAW A level

For further information please contact

Ms D Brock About this Course Law is a unique and fascinating subject that affects our everyday lives. It is a subject where you can develop a range of skills and explore many aspects of human life and behaviour, but also, it presents us with the opportunity to investigate and consider the wider aspects, of legislative procedure, our justice system and how the law protects individual rights.

Donna.Brock@e-act.org.uk

A Level Law at Heartlands Academy Sixth Form is taught by Law specialists, with a unique blend of first-class honours level academics and qualified solicitor experience. The department also boasts unparalleled levels of progression against predicted grades. Year 12: • The System Courts; Criminal Process; Solicitors & Barristers; Lay People; Legal Services. • The Sources Doctrine of Precedent; Legislation; European Law; Reform Year 13: • Criminal Law Murder; Manslaughter; Liability; Attempted Crimes; Non-Fatal Offences; Defences • Special Study In-depth study of one of the above topics

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Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including English.


A LEVEL

We are affected by the law every day. It protects us but it also exposes us. It empowers us but it also confines us. Studying Law will enable you to view the world around you in new and interesting ways. Your core A Level if you are hoping to study Law or any Law-related subject at University (e.g. Politics, Accountancy, Finance, Business, International Relations, etc). A standalone qualification for moving into an apprenticeship/ employment.

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MATHEMATICS A level About this Course The mission of the mathematics department is to provide an environment where students can learn and become competent users of mathematics and mathematical application. Moreover, the department will contribute to the development of students as mathematical thinkers, enabling them to become life long learners, to continue to grow in their chosen professions, and to function as productive citizens.

For further information please contact

Dr F McQuillan

Ferida.McQuillan@e-act.org.uk

To support our mission, we are committed to professional development, ongoing curriculum assessment and design, effective teaching techniques, and the use of technology to supplement instruction. The mathematics department offers A level mathematics following the Edexcel syllabus for our sixth form students. This is a 2 year course, with all assessments taking place at the end of the second year.

Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including Mathematics grade A* - B at first attempt.

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AS/A LEVEL

Mathematics is a fascinating subject to study in its own right. Mathematics A level is of benefit for some careers and degree courses at university e.g. engineering, medicine, economics and computing based courses.

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PHYSICS A level About this Course

For further information please contact

Mrs A Khan

Azra.Khan@e-act.org.uk

Physics is a subject which allows students to explore the building blocks of the universe. Students will come to understand how and why the world and everything around us behaves as it does. Through experimentation and theory, students learn to explore and communicate ideas. A Physics A Level is one of the most respected A levels there is as it shows you are numerate and can handle a demanding course to a high level. There are many useful skills that you develop when studying A level Physics such as problem solving, reasoning, practical skills, communication as well as the obvious numeracy skills. The A level Physics course delivered at Heartlands is AQA’s A level Physics. The units covered are: Unit 1: Measurements and their Errors Unit 2: Particles and Radiation Unit 3: Waves Unit 4: Mechanics and Materials Unit 5: Electricity Unit 6: Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics Unit 7: Fields and their Consequences Unit 8: Nuclear Physics Unit 9: Astrophysics

NB: There is no coursework or controlled assessment. Instead practical work will be assessed in the written papers. 15% of the total A-level marks will be for practical knowledge and understanding. A separate ‘endorsement’ of practical work will be assessed by teachers. This will not be graded, instead students either pass or fail which will be reported on their certificate.

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Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including English, Mathematics B and Science GCSE B (higher tier) Triple or Additional Science. .


ALEVEL

There are many useful skills that you develop when studying A level Physics such as problem solving, reasoning, practical skills, communication as well as the obvious numeracy skills. Achieving a good grade in Physics, when combined with other appropriate A level subjects, can help you go on to further study or get into careers such as food scientist, climatologist, radiographer, ergonomics expert, geophysicist, architect, pilot, oceanography, audio technician, engineering as well as medicine.

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PSYCHOLOGY A level About this Course Psychology develops a student’s independent learning and critical thinking ability through the following ways: • By appreciating how psychological knowledge and understanding develops over time and how this knowledge can be applied to real life situations such as the Holocaust, imitation of aggressive behaviour and the language of criminals. • By gaining hands on experience of a range of different research methods encouraging active learning. • By developing an understanding how to undertake social sensitive and ethically correct Psychological research. Research Methods Planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques. Psychological Themes Through Core Studies Introduces some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study. Applied Psychology Compulsory section on Issues in mental health. Students also study two out of the following applied options: • Child Psychology • Criminal Psychology • Environmental Psychology • Sports and Exercise Psychology Year 12: Psychological themes through cores studies and Research Methods Year 13: Applied Psychology and Research Methods

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NB: The new Psychology A level will be fully linear so assessment of a learner’s knowledge and understanding of the whole course takes place at the end of two years of study. The first assessment of the two year A level Psychology course that starts in September 2015 will be June 2017.

For further information please contact

Miss B Bhuttay

Baljinder.Bhuttay@e-act.org.uk

Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including English, Mathematics and Science. .


A LEVEL

Psychology is about understanding how and why people and animals behave and think the way they do. It is concerned with issues such as why people have gambling problems, how people can kill others during war, how to treat people with depression and schizophrenia and how to prevent criminals from re-offending. Psychology can give students’ knowledge and transferable skills for careers in forensics, teaching, counselling, childcare and research.

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES A level About this course Our Religious Studies curriculum covers two of the major world religions, Islam and Christianity, as well as contemporary ethical and philosophical themes, ensuring students have a diverse choice of intriguing subjects to explore. Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study. The A-level is a 2 year course made of the study of religion (Islam) and philosophy and ethics. Content studied includes: Component 1 : Philosophy of religion and ethics Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues Students are required to study the aspects of the religious beliefs, teachings, values and practices of Islam

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For further information please contact

Mrs N Hussain

Naheed.Hussain@e-act.org.uk

Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including GCSE A*-B in Religious Studies and English.


ALEVEL

The skills learned in Religious Studies will be useful for a number of careers: teaching, youth work, journalism, civil service or government, marketing, advertising, PR, social work to name but a few. If a student is thinking of a career in law or medicine then a Religious Studies A- Level is looked upon favourably for those undergraduate courses too.

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SOCIOLOGY A level About this Course Sociology is the study of society on a number of different levels: • A subject which helps explain social change, past, present and future. • A subject which encourages political and social engagement with contemporary social issues. • A subject which involves being actively involved with social research and policy. Year 12 • Socialisation, Culture and Identity • Introducing Socialisation, Culture and Identity • Families and Relationships • Researching and Understanding Social Inequalities • Research Methods and Researching Social Inequalities • Understanding Social Inequalities Year 13 • Debates in Contemporary Society • Globalisation and the Digital Social World • Crime and Deviance

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For further information please contact

Miss N Hawtin

Nicola.Hawtin@e-act.org.uk

Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including English.


A LEVEL

Sociology is the study of society and investigates issues such as how those from differing backgrounds are more likely to turn to crime. Sociology gives you a competitive edge in the job market and provides a strong intellectual background for students considering careers in administration, business, health and welfare services, education, journalism, public relations, police or research.

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HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE BTEC level 3 About this Course

For further information please contact

Mr S Hussain

Shafaquat.Hussain@e-act.org.uk

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction to the sector. It is for learners who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. The qualification supports access to a range of higher education courses possibly, but not exclusively, in health and social care, if taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications. All BTEC Nationals provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include: • The ability to learn independently • The ability to research actively and methodically • To be able to give presentations and be active group members BTEC learners can also benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study. BTEC Nationals provide a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including: • Reading technical texts • Effective writing • Analytical skills • Preparation for assessment methods used in degrees Tasks require students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a reallife scenario they are likely to encounter in the workplace. They provide students work based challenges, where they are faced with realistic work conditions and time-based pressures. Written exams take a practical approach to testing essential knowledge in test conditions.

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Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including English.


BTEC Level 3

In today’s society many people are in need of care and support, and there are a number of different career opportunities at all levels and in a variety of fields including residential care, social work, professions allied to medicine and community care. Health and social care is one of the largest employment sectors in the UK and opportunities are buoyant.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BTEC level 3

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About this Course The ICT Department at Heartlands Academy offers a wide range of courses across the whole age range. We aim to make all students computer literate and to do this we provide a curriculum which is challenging, progressive and relevant. Our high-quality computing education equips our students with computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. By continually building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that our pupils become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. The OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT offer specialist pathways in IT Infrastructure Technician, Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner, Application Developer, and Data Analyst. Students will apply their practical skills and knowledge in preparation for further study, Higher Education or the workplace. The course focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. The qualification aims to develop your students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations. Students will also develop professional, personal and social skills through interaction with peers, stakeholders and clients, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. These support the transferable skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills.

For further information please contact

Mr S Farooq

Shahbaz.Farooq@e-act.org.uk

Entry Requirements 5 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent (expected) including English, Mathematics and IT (or related subject).


BTEC Level 3

The course studies this exciting and everchanging industry, teaching up-to-date and relevant skills that can open up a wide range of opportunities e.g. working with robotics systems in modern factories; designing computer games; supporting scientists working in hospitals; designing and setting up networks of computers in a modern office. It can also lead on to a broader range of qualifications at the same level, such as the BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma and the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Information Technology which, in turn, can then lead on to further study at University level.

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SPORT BTEC level 3 About this Course The BTEC Sport Level 3 course looks to expand on the knowledge gained throughout the Level 2 course in Key Stage 4. The course is designed to enable students to gain both academic and practical experience in a multitude of Units relating to Sports Performance. Radical changes to the teaching of Level 3 BTEC now incorporates two externally assessed units of work, delivered directly by the examing board, Pearson. These take the form of one exam based assessment on Anatomy and Physiology (due to take place in June 2017) and one ‘task-based’ exercise, taken under controlled conditions. There is also an element of traditional BTEC study, consisting of set assignments with stringent deadline dates. During Year 12, students will study a collection of Units (some externally assessed by the course provider, Pearson) centred around Sports Performance and Leadership. The Extended Certificate will be the focus of the course, which is the equivalent to 1 A Level. Successful students who progress onto Year 2 will follow the Foundation Diploma programme which is the equivalent of 1.5 A Levels. Units within the 2nd year of the course consist of Practical Sports Performance and Sports Psychology.

For further information please contact

Mr D Ewart

Darren.Ewart@e-act.org.uk

OR:

Miss M Hands

Megan.Hands@e-act.org.uk

Entry Requirements

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A minimum of a Merit in BTEC Sport Level 2 OR a B in GCSE PE, and at least grade C in English GCSE


BTEC Level 3

The course is for those with a strong interest in sports analysis and research studies. It is also for students who wish to pursue a University degree such as Sports Science. This course provides a multitude of further progression opportunities into vocationally relevant employment such as coaching, sports science and sports research.

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