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sixth form prospectus 2011

St Catherine’s, Bramley


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Welcome to St Catherine’s, Bramley If you are reading this prospectus as a student here then you will already appreciate ‘St Cat’s’ fantastic reputation, great facilities, dedicated teachers and that very special sense of community and camaraderie which is so hard to beat. If you are considering coming to St Catherine’s for your Sixth Form education you cannot do any better. As well as the facilities, the teachers and the spirit, you will appreciate the sense of purpose, the friendliness of staff and girls and the myriad opportunities to make the next two years your best ever! And with the added attraction of a spectacular new Sports and Arts Centre opening this year, there has never been a better time to join us. The location is another factor too: near to the historic town of Guildford, with its shops, cinema and railway station where trains to London leave frequently, and within 45 minutes of Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. In London you can take advantage of all the capital has to offer. St Catherine’s is situated in Bramley village, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounded by some of the loveliest countryside in the south of England. St Catherine’s is a fabulous place to study, to have fun and to start building the rest of your life. Enjoy!


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The next two short but important years at St Catherine’s will provide you with so many opportunities to explore your interests, to study independently and to develop your skills in a whole host of extra curricular activities. You will strengthen existing friendships, make new ones and come to important decisions about your future, leaving us as capable and mature young adults who have the ability to rise to the challenges of life and to make a positive contribution to the wider society. We very much look forward to welcoming you to St Catherine’s Sixth Form where you will find an inclusive and supportive atmosphere and an enthusiastic ‘can do’ ethos. Claire Wyllie: Head of Sixth Form

Welcome to the Sixth Form

Life in the Sixth Form is a unique and memorable experience. It is both the culmination of your school career and preparation for the next stage of your life as an independent, confident adult. Our wish is for you to leave St Catherine’s not only with the best possible A level results but with a sense of achievement, purpose and self worth and a secure knowledge of your strengths and abilities.

Whether you’re completely new to St Catherine’s or have been at the school since the very beginning, the Sixth Form will bring you the best opportunities you could hope for in your last two years at school.

Furthermore, in the Sixth Form there is the host of new activities available to you, ranging from sports including rock climbing and rowing to extra-curricular activities like Young Enterprise and the Tante Marie cookery course. We would really urge you to make the most of everything on offer, not only during term time, but also in the holidays when there are opportunities to visit exciting destinations such as Italy and Russia. At the end of your first year, the Sixth Form Musical (directed and acted completely by Lower Sixth) is a great chance to strut your stuff if you haven’t already on the Charities’ Board Fashion Show catwalk! However, perhaps what is most individual and exciting about the Sixth Form at St Catherine’s is your opportunity to lead in the numerous positions of responsibility available. You could have the chance to be a captain of a sports team or conduct a choir, help to write, direct and produce the House Play, or be a subject mentor and help a younger student who may be struggling, or simply enthuse! No matter what you excel at, the Sixth Form at St Catherine’s will cater for you and nurture your personal strengths, encouraging you to get involved and realise what you’re truly passionate about. It sounds hard to believe but your final two years at school really do rush by, and we’d advise you to make every moment count by throwing yourself into it seizing the amazing opportunities offered to you. Minty Hamer & Sophie Oakes: Headgirls

A Message from the Head Girls

Sixth Form life is undeniably more challenging as you have the opportunity to study your subjects in greater depth; whether they are completely new to you or continued from GCSE, the smaller class sizes really help you to engage with the topics as well as your teachers and the other people in your class, making every lesson more rewarding. The academic side of school life becomes altogether more enjoyable because everyone has chosen four subjects that they are really eager to learn about, and the enthusiasm is evident throughout.

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What we expect from you…

Why Choose St Catherine’s for Your A Levels?

Now that you are well into your GCSE year, you should be thinking about the future. Each year most Upper Five St Catherine’s girls choose to continue here for their Sixth Form education. When you move into the Sixth Form, personal progress will depend upon a partnership between you and your teachers. You will develop further an ability to work independently, and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen academic subjects beyond the confines of the classroom and text books. You should expect to broaden your horizons through reading books and newspapers, attending lectures, courses and theatre visits, improving I.T. expertise, travelling etc.

Hard Work You will need to do approximately 16 hours of work a week outside the classroom in the Lower Sixth. A Level results at St Catherine’s are amongst the best in the country which is due, primarily, to the commitment and hard work of students. St Catherine’s students are successful at achieving places on competitive courses at top universities; these achievements are based upon doing a substantial amount of work, over and above the demands of those set by their teachers. “Use your ‘free’ periods effectively during the day as there are very few people in the Sixth Form Blocks so you definitely benefit from the peace and quiet.” Alice Whitton: Geography, Economics, Mathematics, French “Try and get on top of work as soon as it is set rather than leaving it for later.” Millie Ratchliffe: Geography, Biology, History, Politics “Ask your teachers for help from day one - they are always happy to sit and explain things to you until you feel you understand.” Sophie Johnson: Geography, Politics, Psychology, Spanish

Greater Responsibilities Opportunities for further responsibility and leadership roles – especially in your House, in extra-curricular activities, sports, charities, by being a prefect or a subject mentor - will arise as a matter of course in the Sixth Form. The Sixth Form plays a pivotal part in the life of St Catherine’s as those of you already here will know. “Being at the top of the School offers many positions of responsibility, giving us the chance to prove ourselves and work towards making a difference.” Anna Jordan: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, French

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…and in return A Friendly Environment Being a member of the Sixth Form brings with it both privileges and responsibilities. Teaching will be in smaller groups similar to those which you are likely to find at university. You will be able to work and relax in the Sixth Form Common and Study areas during your free periods. You will not be required to wear school uniform, although there are guidelines for what you can wear, and it is important that you dress ‘for work.’

New Opportunities There will be numerous extra-curricular activities open to you and in which you are strongly encouraged to involve yourself. University admissions tutors value such commitment because an active participation in sport, music, drama, outdoor pursuits or in any group or society provides an opportunity for the development of leadership and organisational skills, qualities which are valued as much as academic results both here at St Catherine’s and also increasingly in the outside world. “I have managed to become involved a lot with my House and joining in with House activities like Drama, Gym and Singing which I wouldn’t have done at my previous school. I am looking forward to achieving the best possible grades in U6.” Adejoke Adewunmi: Mathematics, Art, Classics, Physics

Leadership This is one of the most important ways in which a school sixth form differs from a sixth form college. You have the chance to develop these leadership skills and make a real contribution to the life of St Catherine’s. The increased self-esteem and confidence girls gain in a girls’ school have been proven to influence future career development. Girls taught at girls’ only schools tend to be leaders later in life too.

Why Choose St Catherine’s for Your A Levels?

“The new found independence and freedom sounds ‘cheesy’ but really finding myself and making the most of my strengths and accepting my weaknesses has been the best part of Sixth Form life so far.” Katherine Smith: Biology, Chemistry, RS, Mathematics, Italian GCSE

“The smaller A Level class sizes mean I can contribute more. I am always busy with House arrangements or prefect duties when I am not studying. I love it.” Stef Brown: Further Mathematics, Physics, Geography, DT “I have really enjoyed the House Activities every term as they create roles for members of the Sixth Form encouraging qualities like leadership and team-work that other places cannot offer.” Olivia Cox: Economics, Psychology, RS, PE

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Pastoral Care One of the best features of life in the St Catherine’s Sixth Form is the level of pastoral care you can expect to receive. As you build the foundations for the next important and exciting phase of your education, it’s good to know you are in very capable hands. Make the best of everything on offer.

Why Choose St Catherine’s for Your A Levels?

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will, more than likely, be a specialist in one of your chosen subjects areas and who has the experience to guide you in your academic studies and oversee your progress in general. Your tutor will be your first port of call if you have any worries. In addition you can, of course, also talk to the Head of Sixth Form and for boarders the Sixth Form Boarding Housemistress at any time.

The Advantages of Single Sex Education A study by the Department for Education and Skills showing the proportion of A grades achieved at A-level in all-girl independent schools was, on average, 10 per cent higher than that of girls in co-educational independent schools, in a number of subjects. While 72.5% of pupils in girls-only independent schools won A grades in Maths A-level , the figure was 64.9% for girls in their mixed equivalent. The overall national figure was nearly 30% lower. The gap for English between girls at single-sex and mixed independent schools was even greater - 59.4% against 40.9%. Department for Children, Schools and Families 2007

Girls’ Schools: •

Create a safe, risk-taking environment where girls can learn from their mistakes without fear of being put down or dismissed. They provide an environment where there is no shame in working hard or being successful. This enables girls to develop confidence in their own abilities as individuals, and not define themselves by gender.

• Counter mass media influences by freeing girls from the pressure to conform to sexist patterns of behaviour, and providing them with a framework with which to judge the image of girls in today’s media. Girls are free to grow up at their own pace.

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• Support a ‘can-do’ philosophy. Girls hold all the senior positions in the school: all the scientists are girls, all the mathematicians are girls. There is no subject area or activity of the school in which girls do not excel. This leads undoubtedly to a ‘can-do’ philosophy in the school.


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Recognise the qualities of girls and how they learn. Girls’ schools are expert in recognising the qualities of girls and understanding what makes them tick and how they learn. This knowledge is built up over years of experience of teaching girls. This experience has led to girls’ schools adopting specific girl-centred learning strategies.

Celebrate learning without social distractions. Girls’ schools offer an environment in which girls can concentrate on learning without the distraction of boys. Without the presence of boys, girls tend to display their intelligence and curiosity regardless of powerful age-determined notions of popularity, attractiveness or negative peer pressure.

• Provide staff that are experts in the teaching of girls.

• Provide leadership opportunities and models. Girls’ schools are institutions where all the leadership positions in the school are held by girls and where girls can find strong role models amongst the staff, ethos and philosophy of the school. •

Celebrate the female perspective. Girls’ schools celebrate the female perspective and way of doing things, are places where girls are accustomed to being heard and being valued for who they are, irrespective of what they look like or what they wear. The girls’ school environment affirms and encourages young women in their capacities as confident individuals, leaders and agents of social change.

And Finally ...... don’t just take our word for it “The St Catherine’s community has shaped me as much as any other influence; it has given me the confidence, self-belief and the skills to have, what I hope, will be a successful future.” Cathy Corrie: 2009 Leaver now reading History at Cambridge ”University open days often emphasise how much busier we will be, but I doubt whether St Cat’s can be surpassed. My overriding memory is hundreds of experiences, oppportunities and friends. If I were to teach I’m not sure I’ll find anywhere quite like St Cat’s.” Ems Plews: 2009 Leaver now reading Classics at Oxford “St Cat’s history teaching certainly set me in good stead for my university degree. I am very well and making the most out of my time at Durham having become captain of one of my college sports teams and head of the Environment Committee! St Catherine’s really does give you the confidence to go out and achieve.” Imogen Landers: 2008 leaver now reading History at Durham

Why Choose St Catherine’s for Your A Levels?

• Ensure that there is no sex stereotyping of subjects. Girls are more likely to take subjects that are less traditionally popular with girls because subjects don’t acquire a masculine or feminine connotation.

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“From small chamber groups of four to choirs of forty there is something musical for everyone at St Catherine’s. There are many exciting opportunities from the recent CD recording of all the diverse music groups and choirs, to the gospel choir workshops and summer tours across Europe. A variety of styles of music can be explored at all levels; for example classical, jazz and popular music groups are all prevalent. In the sixth form there are many opportunities to help lead musical life such as the house singing competition and sixth form musical. In these events everyone is given the opportunity to take part and work as a team. There are numerous events during the year from small informal concerts which help to develop individual performance skills, to larger scale concerts which are always exciting and give all the music groups and choirs a chance to perform”.

Sports

“In the Sixth Form Tuesday afternoon is devoted to sports; this means that there is more opportunity to try new activities. These include Tae Kwando, rowing, yoga, climbing, ice-skating and golf, as well as the option of using local gyms to create individual fitness programmes. Horse riders also have the option of using Tuesday afternoon to ride. Even those who perhaps didn’t enjoy Games previously find the sports

on offer in the Sixth Form really enjoyable and a good way to relax and do soemrhing different.” The standard of coaching for sports like lacrosse and netball is amongst the best in the country. The opening of the new Sports Centre in the Autumn of 2010 will enhance what is already a Department with a national reputation for excellence.


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Duke of Edinburgh Teamwork and leadership skills are developed during expeditions which stretch and challenge participants in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme especially at Silver and Gold levels as the Award becomes increasingly difficult. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills which might

include music, cookery and even driving. Finally the Service section allows participants to undertake charity work which broadens perspectives and is extremely gratifying. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is great for making friends and taking us out of our ‘comfort zone.’

One of the highlights of the Sixth Form is the Musical. This is directed, produced and choreographed as well as performed by members of the Sixth Form after their AS examinations. The production in 2010 was ‘Grease’.

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Sixth Form Musical

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Gap Year

beyond the classroom

Approximately one-third of girls each year decide to take a gap year and apply for their studies under a system which is known as PQA (Post Qualification Application). St Catherine’s provides extensive support via the Director of Studies for these applications including drop-in-sessions during the Autumn Term after A2 examinations.

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Anna Jordan used her 2010 Rosamond Raymond Award to work in the Peruvian Amazon

Discussion & Debate There are lots of opportunities throughout the Sixth Form to get involved in talking about all sorts of issues. Mrs Phillips hosts regular discussion evenings where the Sixth Form choose and introduce topics which are as far ranging as you want them to be! In addition there are opportunities for debating inside and outside school. Twice per year we invite an eminent speaker to address the Sixth Form on important issues of the day. St Catherine’s Sixth Formers have taken part in the prestigious Dicey Conferences and the European Youth Parliament as well as local debating competitions.

Charity Involvement Raising money for good causes is a very important aspect of life at St Catherine’s and even more so in the Sixth Form. The Sixth Form Charities Board aims to promote further awareness of the links we have established already with schools in Africa and Afghanistan and also works to identify other areas where it feels it can offer help. Sixth Form students are invited to apply to become members of the Board which is involved in organising two major events per year, decided and agreed upon by the students. In the past the girls have arranged a very successful Christmas dinner dance and fashion shows, raising between them over £4000 for charity. In the future there are plans to visit our link schools and also foster a new project in South Africa.

The Big Catwalk Charity Fashion Show


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Tante Marie You will have the opportunity to sign up for the Tante Marie School of Cookery course which runs at St Catherine’s during term time. Although charged as an extra, this is a well-respected, internationally recognized qualification. You’ll make some delicious dishes and have lots of fun in the process! Girls who have completed the course are looking forward to practising their culinary skills at university or to gain well paid uni vacation work.

L6 students all have the opportunity to set up and run their own private limited company as part of the Young Enterprise’s ‘Company Programme.’ Students elect their own management team and allocate roles and responsibilities, design and produce a product of their own, raise start-up finance and finally wind up the business, producing an end of year balance sheet and profit and loss account in the process. In 2008-09 St Catherine’s ran 4 companies, made up of 49 students in total. The winning team at the annual

‘El Paseo’ competition, the West Surrey Dragon’s Den competition and the West Surrey Young Enterprise finals was ‘Bisous’ which was made up of 14 Lower Sixth girls who in just 6 months developed and produced a range of fun, quality jewellery which they made, including sourcing the raw materials, themselves. The judges were particularly impressed by the ‘Bisous’ company report, which they described as being ‘head and shoulders above any others’. Altogether St Catherine’s Young Enterprise teams have donated over £3500 to charity as a result of their work.

Jennifer Bate Organ Scholarship This is an exciting and valuable opportunity for a girl who plays the organ and would like to develop her all-round performance expertise. Jennifer Bate is an internationally acclaimed organist and a world authority on organ music who is committed to helping and encouraging young musicians. The JBOS is open to any student who meets our academic standards for Sixth Form entry and who can show she has the potential to maximise her talents through this Scholarship which is awarded in conjunction with Guildford Cathedral. For further details please contact Geoffrey Field, Director of Music. A full bursary place may be available to support the Scholarship.

Library The library provides excellent support for pupils in the Sixth Form. As well as titles supporting curriculum teaching there is a particular focus on providing extended reading material and students are encouraged to read around their subjects to support their university applications. The library takes a selection of national newspapers and magazines including the Economist, The Week and Spectator to keep students abreast of current affairs as well as subscribing to an impressive list of online services including Examstutor, Philip Allan A-level Magazine Archive Online and UK News. Pupils can access the Oliver Library Catalogue on any computer in school or from home. The library also has a school membership to Surrey University Library for all Sixth Form students.

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Boarding

beyond the classroom

Life in the Sixth Form involves making the most of opportunities available: boarding is one of those opportunities. It gives you time and space to cement friendships, to balance work and extra curricular commitments and grow in maturity. Above all you will develop your independence, supported by staff and you will be prepared for whatever the next stage holds for you.

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Based on the two premises of trust and communication the relationship between staff and girls is conducted at a more adult level. As such, boarding is the ideal transition between school and the opportunities offered by university and a gap year. Above all, I think that boarding is fun, but don’t just take my word for it…… Sixth Form Boarding Housemistress “Sixth Form boarding has been one of the highlights because I have become closer to so many more people.“ Gaby Custance: French, Spanish, Politics, Latin, Italian GCSE “I have enjoyed the fact all my books are already at school and I can escape to my room whenever I want to.” Claire Peet: Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Latin “We are close enough to London to enjoy a Saturday or Sunday there. There are weekend activities on offer as well.” Karen Shek: Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Economics


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AS/A2

Most A-levels will consist of four modules, each with its own examination. A key feature of the modular A-level system is that it is possible for students to re-sit modules. The first two modules in each subject make up the Advanced Subsidiary award, or AS, which is graded on a six point scale (A to U). A further two modules, designated A2, complete the A-level award in the Upper Sixth. A2 modules are graded on a seven point scale (A* to U). To achieve an A* grade in any subject, candidates must achieve at least 80% of the total A2 score AND 90% in A2 modules.

All girls in the Lower Sixth are also involved in a General Studies programme which combines staff led sessions with presentations from outside speakers. All students will be entered for AS General Studies and you should therefore gain five AS qualifications. In the Upper Sixth there is the opportunity to continue your General Studies qualification to A2 Level if you wish, or continue with a broad general education programme.

Physical Education

All students are expected to take part in a general programme which takes place on one afternoon each week. A range of interesting activities is offered, designed to encourage you to think in terms of exercise and fitness for fun and for life.

Careers

You will receive regular sessions throughout the Sixth Form years led by a careers specialist to help you make informed choices about your future.

Religious Education

You attend a weekly Chapel service conducted by the chaplain. A wide range of spiritual and theological issues is raised through these services during the two year period.

PSHE

You will cover a mixture of issues relevant to your age, many focused on preparing you for life in the wider world.

Entry Requirement

The current minimum entry requirement into the Sixth Form is six GCSE passes at grade C including Maths and English. It is worth noting, however, that anyone embarking on a course with a grade lower than B at GCSE is likely to encounter difficulties with the pace of study in the Sixth Form.

Choosing Your A Level Subjects

In principle, there is considerable flexibility over the choice of subjects enabling you to specialise in those you most enjoy and at which you are most successful. At this stage, your choice of A-level subjects should not be unduly distorted by notions of your future career. Do remember that the AS examinations you take at the end of Lower Six comprise 50% of your final A2 grade which makes the first year in the Sixth Form so important; the more marks you can accrue in the Lower Sixth the more this will help you immeasurably the following year to achieve your A2 goals, especially your university aspirations. It is never too early to start researching your subjects and trying to glean as much information as possible. Ask students already studying the subjects you are considering taking as well as friends and family. Make sure, however, the information is as up to date and accurate as possible.

the sixth form curriculum - an overview

General Studies

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A-level subject Choices and Implications for University Courses

There are particular subjects which may be required or expected for entry to certain degree courses. These requirements may change as universities adjust their expectations, but at present the following guidelines should be borne in mind: Natural Science

Mathematics plus at least two of the three sciences advised

Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy

Both Chemistry and Biology strongly advised

Engineering

Mathematics and Physics required; Further Mathematics very useful

Computing

Mathematics required

Psychology

Usually two sciences advised for BSc, but entry via arts subjects for BA courses is possible

Economics, PPE

Mathematics strongly advised

Business Studies, Management

Mathematics helpful, but not essential

Architecture

Mathematics or Physics useful; art portfolio essential

Foreign languages

Two languages (modern or classical) desirable

Law

Any A-levels at the highest grade with at least one essay based subject e.g. English, History, R.S.

The Sixth Form Curriculum

Your timetable may look something like this one of the following models:

sixth form curriculm

L6 U6

AS English A2 English

AS French A2 French

AS History A2 History

Or You could start out doing four AS Levels and reduce to three at A2 level. L6

AS Geography

AS Spanish

AS Economics

U6

A2 Geography

A2 Spanish

A2 Economics

AS Photography

Or You take three AS levels and continue with these to A2. You could pick up an extra AS in the U6. L6 U6

AS Art A2 Art

AS Latin A2 Latin

AS Politics A2 Politics

AS Business Studies

Very occasionally - typically only 2 or 3 students each year - you can consider taking 5 AS subjects, but remember that this will eradicate any private study time in school. If you really think this is for you, you need to talk to the current L6 and U6 who are following that route. L6

AS Chemistry

AS Physics

AS Maths

AS Psychology

U6

A2 Chemistry

A2 Physics

A2 Maths

A2 Psychology

In addition all students do compulsory General Studies in their first year.

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AS Economics A2 Economics

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Choosing your A Level Subjects Study this booklet carefully to find out what St Catherine’s can offer you in the next stage of your education. Read through the subject pages and draw up a short list.

Talk to as many people as possible to get more advice, views and guidance especially Heads of Department, subject mentors and your Housemistress etc.

Decide which subjects you are going to find out more about over the two day Sixth Form Experience. Perhaps use this opportunity to try some new subjects.

Interview with a senior member of staff. Come prepared to talk about YOU. It’s your future!

choosing your a level subjects

Come to the Sixth Form Open Evening in September. Look around and ask questions!

Make your preliminary AS choices in December then submit your final option choices in February after mock exams

Concentrate on your GCSEs and IGCSEs then wait for excellent results!

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mrs Jane Silk

Examination Board: Edexcel

Why study Art?

Studying Art sharpens your awareness of every aspect of life around you. Art is as intellectual a subject as anything else, which uses visual forms of communication as well as the written word. Through Art you will be exposed to cultural, moral, spiritual, social and historical issues, developing your perception and understanding and providing you with experiences which will contribute positively towards almost any future career.

Will I enjoy it?

If you love Art you will find it fantastically rewarding! It is almost entirely self-directed in that you are constantly evaluating what you’ve done and making decisions as to where you should go next. It therefore offers limitless scope for your imagination and creativity, leading towards highly personal results. You have the freedom to choose whichever medium you feel is most appropriate. You will enjoy various trips to galleries and will learn an unbelievable amount about other artists, and will feel in touch with what goes on in the art world today.

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Course Content

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AS: There will be one unit of coursework, which will embrace a broad range of work in different media, loosely linked by a universal theme (eg ‘Concealed and Revealed’) A2: As with AS there will be one unit of coursework, totally personal to you in terms of the theme you choose and your use of media. This includes a written Personal Study.

Assessment

AS: 2 units – Unit 1 Coursework, Unit 2 Externally set Assignment A2: 2 units – Unit 3 Coursework, Unit 4 Externally set Assignment

Tell me more….

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You will rapidly improve your technical skills in all areas with so much extra lesson time, which will increase your confidence and enable you to move forward with your own interpretations more easily. You will find you become really personally involved in your art, which is exclusive to you. You will find the conceptual nature of your work fantastically stimulating as well as challenging! You will be working from life models when appropriate. You will have your own work space in ‘The Shed’ early in the course and are welcome to use the Arts Centre whenever you want for experimenting and exploring ideas and techniques, researching other artists, etc.


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mrs Lorinda Munro-Faure

Examination Board: OCR

Why study Biology?

“Overpopulation, the destruction of the environment, and the malaise of the inner cities cannot be solved by technological advances, nor by literature or history, but by measures that are based on an understanding of the biological roots of these problems” Ernst Mayer - This is Biology: The science of the living world Biology not only unlocks some of the mysteries of living things but also inspires young people to want to know more about themselves.

Will I enjoy it?

If you are interested in living things then you should consider studying Biology. It is a scientific subject that everybody can relate to their everyday lives. The lessons are varied and include discussions, experiments, field work, dissection as well as the theoretical aspects of the subject. If you have enjoyed GCSE Science then it is worth thinking about Biology.

Course Content

A2: You will learn about the intricacies of respiration and photosynthesis which will unlock many of life’s mysteries. This is complemented by studying detailed genetics and homeostatic mechanisms. We then take a journey through the maze of the brain, animal behaviour and microbiology as well as having a day or two to study ecology. The assessment for both AS and A2 is two written papers and a selection of internally assessed practical work which is all completed in class, unlike conventional coursework.

Tell me more….

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If you are considering studying medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy or dentistry then you are strongly recommended to study Biology You will have the opportunity to go to conferences and lectures given by top scientists such as the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures and Genetics lectures by Professor Robert Winston. You can do some advanced practical work such as inserting a fluorescent jelly-fish gene into bacteria and an optional whole rat dissection. You can take part in the National Biology Olympiad As the Human Genome Project is now complete there is no doubt that Biology is the Science of tomorrow

biology

AS: We start by studying cells, biological molecules, DNA, the Human Genome Project and cancer. You will be able to apply this knowledge to gain an in depth understanding of how the heart beats, how a foetus gains nutrients from the mother and how sucrose is transported around a plant. You will learn how exercise and food production affects the health of the body and how antibodies assist our immune systems. The course ends with the study of biodiversity and evolution.

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Head of Department: Mr Nigel Watson

Examination Board: AQA

Why study Business Studies?

Have you ever wondered how Ryanair can sell its plane tickets for a fraction of the price charged by other airlines such as B.A. and still be a highly profitable business? Or what causes once successful companies, such as Thomas Cook and Gap, to go into decline? And why has Sainsbury teamed up with EDF Energy to supply electricity and gas? If you decide to study Business you will be able to answer these questions and a whole lot more. Studying Business Studies will give you a critical insight into modern effective management. You will also gain an understanding of the role of the entrepreneur and business in society.

business studies

Will I enjoy it?

Business Studies will help you whatever your career aspirations. The challenges and issues of starting a new business will obviously appeal to budding entrepreneurs. Business Studies would also suit those interested in a career in management working for a top company. Firms value young people that already have a good basic knowledge of business and financial issues, such as the ability to read a company balance sheet; unlike those that have not studied business and management they can hit the ground running and make an immediate impact. Business Studies would also be a useful subject for those intending to enter a profession. Over the last decade professional managers have taken up an increasingly prominent role in running Britain’s hospitals and schools. Prospective GP’s would certainly benefit from an elementary knowledge of budgeting and investment appraisal. It is also relevant to you. How do you market a product, motivate people to get the best out of them, communicate and organise efficiently, plan for the unexpected, and manage money? These are life skills you can use now and wherever you work in future.

Course Content

AS: Your study of business begins with the challenges and issues of starting a business, including financial planning. In the second half of the year the course examines the key internal functions of business including: marketing, people management, finance and operations management. A2: At A2, Business Studies considers strategies for larger businesses and how these strategies may change according to circumstances. Finally, it considers the effects that external factors can have on businesses and how a business can plan for and manage change, including leadership style and change in business culture.

Assessment

AS: A mixture of multiple choice and data response questions; Unit 1: 60 minutes, Unit 2: 90 minutes A2:2 x 1 hour 30 minutes papers; a mixture of essays and case studies. Unit 4 will contain questions based upon prior research. Coursework Requirements: None

Tell me more…. •

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Business and management is a growing subject at both undergraduate and post graduate level. There are now over a hundred MBA courses on offer in the UK and the numbers of students enrolling on them are increasing. At degree level many Universities offer options to combine Business Studies with a language; in today’s globalised business environment this might be an option worth considering. The Department is keen to develop the practical applications of business concepts by exploring events in the business world using up to the minute business case studies produced in-house. Guest speakers and factory visits will also form part of your programme of study. http://www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/business_studies_new.php


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mr C J Curtis

Examination Board: OCR

Why study Chemistry?

One of the first things you will notice as you progress through to A level is that some of the ideas you took for granted at GCSE have more to them than you thought. As you gain a deeper understanding of the underlying principles involved you will start to see how all the many and varied aspects of the subject are held together. The ability to apply your mind in this way is very highly valued in the outside world, hence Chemistry students rarely find difficulty in obtaining employment.

Will I enjoy it?

Yes, if you enjoy a serious challenge and like the idea of grappling with intellectual concepts outside of everyday experiences. If you are looking to obtain a deep insight into the exotic world of the microscopic and are fascinated by the mysteries of life, then Chemistry is for you.

Course Content

A2: You will learn about how chemists use organic compounds to manufacture useful materials such as pharmaceuticals, antiseptics, perfumes, dyes and polymers. You will study the physical chemistry that explains much of the chemistry encountered in all other modules. You will learn how to accurately monitor reaction rates, how chemists measure reversible reactions and how acids, bases and buffers work. In addition, you will learn about electrochemical cells and the transition elements, including complexes and the origin of colour in complexes. In both the AS and the A2 course there is a greater emphasis on Environmental issues and ‘green’ chemistry than in previous specifications.

Assessment AS: A2:

1 x 1 hour written exam; 1 x 1¾ hr written exam; internal assessment of practical skills 1 x 1 hour written exam; 1 x 1¾ hour written exam; internal assessment of practical skills

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Other subjects that would go well with Chemistry at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) or Advanced GCE are Biology, Physics and Mathematics. However, very many other combinations of subjects are also suitable. You may be concentrating on arts, humanities or modern language subjects and wish to take Chemistry to AS to broaden your studies by continuing to take a science subject.

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AS: You will learn about the structure of the atom, chemical bonding and structure, trends and patterns in the Periodic Table. You will also study the chemical ideas that underpin organic chemistry, some of the important chemicals produced from oil and the role of chemists in developing fuels and combating pollution. In addition, you will learn about energy changes, rates of reaction and the control of reversible reactions to produce useful industrial chemicals.

With a qualification in Chemistry you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Chemistry or one of the other sciences or related subjects, or work in science-based industry such as chemical engineering, materials science or biotechnology. It is essential for the medical field, pharmacy and environmental science. Chemistry is also a well-respected subject in its own right and suitable for entry into a wide range of professions.

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Miss Sophia Potter

Examination Board: OCR

Why study Classics?

Classics is a rewarding, stimulating and enjoyable subject – brilliant for lovers of Literature, History and Art. You will revisit many of the myths that might have inspired you as a child, examine works of art that you will have seen in books and on posters, and study the history and culture that shaped Western civilisation. As well as appealing to Arts students, it makes an exciting and enjoyable 4th subject for scientists. No knowledge of Latin or Greek required.

Will I enjoy it?

If you enjoy discussion and have an interest in other cultures, you will get a lot out of Classics. The questions we discuss in lessons are crucial ones – what is heroism? What role does fate play in the lives of men? What makes some people bring terrible tragedy upon themselves? Why are Greek youths usually depicted naked? The great majority of AS students continue onto A2, so they clearly enjoy the subject.

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Course Content

You can view the specification for yourself at www.ocr.org.uk. You will study two modules at AS level – Greek Tragedy in its Context and Greek History. The Tragedy module involves study (in translation) of some of the most powerful and terrifying plays ever written. You will study Agamemnon by Aeschylus, Oedipus the King by Sophocles, and Medea and Bacchae by Euripides. You will witness stomach-churning crimes and meet characters who would nowadays be safely locked up in Broadmoor. It’s not exactly a laugh a minute, but the study of these key plays will be incredibly satisfying and rewarding, if a little disturbing. The Ancient History module covers the rise of the Athenian Empire during the 5th century BC, a period which saw the construction of the Parthenon, the crushing of numerous rebellions, and the outbreak of the war with Sparta. You do not need to have done History GCSE to be able to cope with Ancient History. The A2 modules will be Greek Art and Architecture and Roman History. The former will offer a different perspective on the Classical World by examining its material culture. You will become rather blasé about male nudes by the end of the course. You will also study Greek vases and temples. The Roman History module is called The Use and Abuse of Power and covers the reign of the first emperors of Rome – from Augustus to Domitian. The sources are deliciously scandalous.

Assessment

AS: 2 X 1h30 papers: they will both involve answering a context question and writing an essay. A2: 2 X 2h papers: again, a context question and an essay for Art and Architecture and two essays for History. Coursework Requirements: None.

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In the past, girls have had the chance to attend theatre trips and a museum visit organised by the Department. They are also invited on the Classics trip, run every two years. Classics is a well-regarded subject that teaches you lots of different skills: you use primary and secondary evidence to construct arguments, you learn to write essays properly, you have plenty of opportunity to participate in debates, and you combine detailed analysis of the texts with an overarching understanding of them as a whole. Those considering taking Latin or Greek at AS Level should seriously think about taking Classics alongside their study of Latin or Greek texts. You would not duplicate material and studying the History of the Ancient World would be an invaluable addition to your studies of the ancient languages.


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Miss Sophia Potter

Examination Board: OCR

Why study Classical Greek?

If you have studied Greek GCSE, AS should be well within your grasp as we have plenty of time to cover the syllabus and revise grammar. The girls currently studying the subject in the Sixth Form love the small groups and informal nature of the lessons. Discussions range from the sublime to the ridiculous, taking in all sorts of aspects of the Greek World – from the status of women in Athenian society to why Persians got drunk when making decisions.

Will I enjoy it?

Definitely – the smaller groups mean that you will get a lot of individual attention and that no matter how shy you are, you will have plenty of opportunity to voice your thoughts. The texts you will be reading are at least 2400 years old, yet they still manage to speak to us and stimulate debate about some of the most fundamental human questions. It is a real privilege to be able to study Greek and the girls we teach often feel quite special for doing the subject.

You can view the specifications for yourself at www.ocr.org.uk. The key elements of the course are Language and Literature. For 2012, the AS set texts are Homer “Iliad XXIV” and Xenophon “Anabasis”. Reading the Iliad gives you an excuse to watch Troy (and smugly spot all the errors). The fact that the Iliad is one of the pillars of Western Literature is just the icing on the cake. Book XXIV is one of the most moving episodes in Greek Literature – the meeting between Achilles and Priam and the subsequent return of the body of Hector to his father. Xenophon’s Anabasis is a first person history of the return of Xenophon’s troops to Greek soil after a journey full of adventure. The AS Language paper involves unseen translation from Greek into English and a choice of further unseen translation or English-Greek sentences. These are very straightforward and actually rather enjoyable. Translating into Greek can be very satisfying and excellent for your knowledge of those tricky principal parts.

Assessment

AS: 2 x 1.5 hour papers, Language, and Greek Verse and Prose A2: 2 x 2 hour papers, Greek Verse and Greek Prose. Both papers involve unseen and prepared passages. Coursework Requirements: None.

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The Classics Department won the 2006 Good Schools Guide Award for Best A-level Results in a Girls’ School for Classical Greek. Greek, like Latin, is highly prized by employers because it teaches you really important skills – problem solving, writing in good English, constructing theories, perseverance, precision and risk-taking (when you have to make an intelligent stab at an unfamiliar word!). Business leaders want people to do “hard” subjects at A Level. Most students of AS Greek also do Latin but this is not essential by any means. If you currently study Greek GCSE and wish to read Classics at university, you are strongly advised to take Greek and Latin. (If you just study Latin at GCSE, then don’t worry – you can apply for Classics courses without Greek AS and do very well).

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mr Alastair White

Examination Board: AQA

Why study Design & Technology Product Design?

Studying D&T enables you to get to grips with social and environmental issues surrounding the use of the materials of our world in a way that is practical, thought provoking and intellectually challenging. D&T is a rapidly growing subject at AS Level; some students choose D&T because it fits well with their Science courses, others because it gives them a valuable life-experience in managing a truly personal project across long timescales.

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Definitely! Most especially if you enjoy practical activity, new challenges, thought provoking dilemmas and have a desire to do things in life. If you are excited by the thought of a personal project combining a knowledge of traditional materials and techniques with Computer Aided Design, using the same cutting-edge software found in architectural and engineering practices worldwide, then you should consider this course. The Computer Aided Design suite houses state-of-the-art computers and these are linked to a computer controlled laser cutter that allows students to experience modern design and manufacturing techniques first hand

Course Content

AS: You will choose a personal project to design and make, hopefully one which addresses some need for improvement in the world. Originality, spontaneity and a willingness to take risks (not too many!) are all really important. New technologies such as electronics will be incorporated into your project as required. The content of the written paper is taught separately to your project work, but where possible you will study the theory work through practical activities. A2: Again the course is project based but the depth of theory work increases, looking at the historical, technical and cultural issues surrounding Design and Technology.

Assessment

AS: 1 x 2 hour paper A2: 1 x 3 hour paper Coursework Requirements: AS – 1 Major Project | A2 – 1 Major Project

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In spite of the workload D&T is SO MUCH FUN - and a refreshing, if demanding, difference from classroombased subjects. Most important of all, students will learn to think in very different ways. Divergent thinking will take the place of the neat and easy certainties of much GCSE work. The ‘wicked’ problems you will face will have no easy or known solutions. This makes D&T an excellent stepping-stone to university life


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mr Nigel Watson

Examination Board: OCR

Why study Economics?

Economics is a fascinating subject that will enable you to learn more about how the world works. For example in the last two years the global financial crisis has rarely been out of the news. The coalition’s emergency budget has promised spending cuts of 25%. How will these spending cuts affect the economy and the quality of life in Britain? Is a double-dip recession now more likely? If you opt to study Economics you’ll find out the answer to this question and many more, such as: • • •

Why was Britain’s recession longer and deeper than in many other European countries. And was it all Gordon’s fault? Should the government intervene to artificially prop up the housing market? Was the government right to bailout banks that made loans to households that borrowed too much? Why are some countries richer than others? The gap between rich and poor grew under New Labour. Why did this happen? And does this issue of inequality matter anyway?

In addition to these national and international issues Economics also explains decisions made by firms and consumers. For example, how do businesses go about deciding how much they should produce, and at what price? If you want to know the answers to all of these questions and more study Economics.

Will I enjoy it?

Course Content

AS: Microeconomics is the study of individual markets. A good example of a micro market that has rarely been out of the news in the last decade is housing. For many years house prices rose at a spectacular rate, will this continue? Occasionally, market forces can create unfavourable outcomes for society, for example, should the government allow firms to pollute the environment and to employ children? During the second half of the Lower Sixth year our attention switches to macroeconomics. Macroeconomics concerns economy-wide issues such as the causes of economic growth, inflation and unemployment. You will also study the impacts of government economic policy on the economy. For example, will the policy of quantitative easing - quite literally printing money - lead to recovery, or hyperinflation Zimbabwe style? A2: In the second year you will study Transport Economics and The Global Economy. Transport Economics focuses on microeconomic issues, for example how has de-regulation affected the market for air transportation? In the case of road transport how might an economist go about calculating the costs of traffic congestion, and is electronic road pricing the answer to the UK’s congested roads? The Global Economy concerns macroeconomic issues such as causes of unemployment and inflation. You will also study the economics of international trade, exchange rate determination and the Balance of Payments.

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The course is relevant and up-to-date: in class we use economic theory to analyse a wide range of topical issues, usually via case studies and newspaper articles that have been adapted into data response questions. Today’s news is often the basis of today’s lesson. Beware, Economics is addictive! Economics will stimulate, challenge and engage you- learning to think like an economist gives huge satisfaction. Lots of students enjoy it in class and carry it on to university, even when they had little idea of what it was about to start with..

Assessment

AS: 2 x 1.5 hour papers | A2: 2 x 2 hour papers | Coursework Requirements: None

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Economics is a very analytical subject. Studying Economics will help you to develop problem-solving skills. You will learn to think critically. Critical thinking is the skill used to evaluate questions like: Should the UK leave the European Union? Balance your subjects – Economics is a wonderful social science mix of words (mainly), diagrams and numbers and NO you don’t need much Mathematics to cope, though you might for top university courses later. You’ll use all the skills of your GCSE subjects, so don’t worry about it being new. We get lots of A grades. http://www.ocr.org.uk/Data/publications/specifications_syllabuses_and_tutors_handbooks/AS_ALevel_GCE_ Economics_Specification.pdf for a complete specification.

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mr Jonathan Worthen

Examination Board: Edexcel

What will you gain from the study of A Level English?

A Level English Literature is a very popular academic subject, and one that is highly regarded by universities and employers in a variety of careers. It is a good companion to studies in History and in Languages both Ancient and Modern, though it may profitably be taken in conjunction with a range of subjects in both the Humanities and Sciences. Like any academic subject, English naturally makes demands upon those who study it: you should come prepared to work diligently, to read both extensively and with close attention to detail, to think hard, and to discuss your ideas in the classroom and beyond. The rewards lie in the enriching of your mind that comes with encountering a variety of great literature, in the sharpening of your ability to express yourself clearly and coherently in speech and writing, and in the sheer pleasure that reading and discussion provide. By the end of the course, the books you have read, discussed and written about will ideally be part of an unfolding lifetime’s enjoyment of literature.

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Course Content: Edexcel Syllabus

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AS: Five literary texts will be studied. For the examination paper, there is a poetry anthology ranging from William Wordsworth to Philip Larkin, and two nineteenth or twentieth century novels drawn from a list that includes Pride and Prejudice and The French Lieutenant’s Woman. For the coursework, there are two plays from 1300 to 1800, at least one of which will be by Shakespeare. A variety of other poems and prose extracts to practise unseen commentary for the examination will also be read, both here and at A2. A2: At least five literary texts will be studied. Three of these will be for the examination paper, taken from a list of poetry and prose that includes texts as diverse as a selection of Metaphysical poetry and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and two or three others will be chosen from any period, writer or genre as the subject matter of the coursework.

Assessment

AS: One examination paper that covers the poetry anthology and the novels, as well as a structured commentary on unseen poetry or prose. One coursework unit on the two plays. A2: One examination paper that covers the three listed poetry and prose texts, as well as a more advanced commentary on unseen poetry or prose. One coursework unit on the open choice of two or three texts.


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mrs Sophie Mackness

Examination Board: Edexcel

Why study Geography?

Geography’s strength comes from its ability to unite knowledge from different disciplines and to interpret the bigger picture within a spatial context, dealing with issues of genuine contemporary significance. It makes you think because it’s lively, innovative and topical. You will develop a huge range of skills, all of which make Geographers highly employable. Many Geography graduates go on to work in areas such as finance, law, development planning, meteorology, GIS, and environmental research.

Will I enjoy it?

Yes- if you are interested in understanding the world. If you like making decisions, debating, and presenting your viewpoint as well as looking at both sides of an issue. If you like being outdoors, working as part of a team, and collecting data to investigate how people interact with the environment, then this is the subject for you. This exciting new specification is fit for the 21st century.

Course Content

Fieldwork: Fieldwork forms an intrinsic part of the Unit 2 topics at AS and there are specific questions relating to data collection, research and analysis on this paper. We go on a field trip to Dartmoor in November and stay in a beautiful Georgian mansion. We will be investigating rebranding in Plymouth, rural rebranding and flooding along the River Harbourne. We collect data as a team and learn a range of new skills that will be invaluable for this examination. A2: Unit 3 Contested Planet: topics include Energy Security (e.g. the role of OPEC countries controlling the supply and cost of oil), Water Conflicts (e.g. drought in Australia), Biodiversity (e.g. threat to biodiversity hotspots such as Madagascar), and Superpower geographies (e.g investigating conflicting views of the rise of global cultural dominance) , Bridging the Development Gap (e.g evaluating the role of the WTO) and The Technological Fix (e.g. GM crops, appropriate technology) There is a synoptic section based on issues analysis with pre-release material. In Unit 4, Geographical Research we study Pollution and Health. Lessons involve a tutorial session with research tasks set up, followed up by presentations in a range of styles. You build up a portfolio of your own research investigating current issues.

Assessment AS: A2:

Unit 1- data response questions and essays (1 hr 30 mins.), Unit 2 – extended questions (1 hr) Unit 3 – extended questions (2 hours 30 minutes), Unit 4 – research report (1 hour 30 minutes)

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AS: Unit 1, World at Risk which includes global natural hazards and climatic change. Going Global looks at the development and effects of globalisation, population migration and the consequences of rapid urbanisation. Unit 2, Extreme Weather involves the study of meteorological hazards such as the 2008 cyclone in Burma and Rebranding Places investigates approaches to regeneration such as the East London Stratford Olympic site.

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You will use a wide range of skills, such as data collection and analysis, team skills, decision-making, IT and communication skills. You will go on a residential fieldtrip which is always great fun. We attend conferences and are members of the Guildford Branch of the Geographical Association which organises lectures directly linked to the A-Level course. It is advisable to read around the subject and follow the news. There is usually something related to your Geography studies in the news everyday. A tour to Iceland runs every three years and offers a wonderful opportunity to experience Geography first hand.

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mr Carl Gladwell

Examination Board: Edexcel

Why study Government and Politics?

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The world is a very complex place. Issues such as the ‘War on Terror’, climate change, and global government deficits dominate the agenda, and UK politicians also have to deal with the seemingly more mundane matters like crime, education, and the NHS. These are all factors that will affect your lives now and in the future, but how will you be able to influence politicians when they make their decisions? The Government & Politics A-level will help you understand both how the UK political system works as well as analysing the major global issues that affect us all.

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Will I enjoy it?

If you enjoy debating, questioning, arguing, and have a real interest in the world around you then you should seriously consider Government & Politics. It is about the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, and the rest of the Westminster ‘village’, but it also considers how ordinary people are becoming more active in affecting the way politics works in the UK and the wider world. We will also see how ‘globalisation’ leads to a much more international dimension in UK politics. It will be challenging as you will be expected to research issues and personalities, using this information to help with written work, presentations and discussions. You will need to be committed but, as with all things in life, the more you put in, the more you will get out of it.

Course Content

AS: Focuses on the UK. The recent general election has lead to a realignment of British politics, with the Liberal Democrats now in coalition with the Conservatives. This has undoubtedly reinvigorated the system in this country, and no doubt you will have been talking about some of these issues. The policy proposals that they have put forward will affect all sorts of areas, including the voting system for Westminster as well as the powers of the Prime Minister. We will investigate all of these together with considering if this is a permanent change or will the next election (yes, we will be thinking about that already and it should be one in which you can vote!) see us revert to the old Conservative/Labour duopoly. We live in interesting times. A2: We look at the major ideologies which have shaped the world in which we live such as socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. We will debate the relevance of these ‘traditional’ philosophies, especially as they are forming coalitions and so possibly compromising their principles, and if they are capable of dealing with the challenges that the world faces in the 21st century. These include global security, the threat of terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction; ideas of human rights and the problems of dealing with global violations; if the international community has the will and means to meet the challenge of climate change; and the politics of global sustainability in a world of ever decreasing resources. These are issues of North and South, and East and West. This is a very contemporary course and has proved to be popular with our girls.

Assessment

AS: 2 x 1 hour 20 minute papers A2: 2 x 1 hour 30 minute papers Coursework Requirements: None

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• Government & Politics is a subject that is valued highly by universities and is very useful for a multitude of undergraduate courses. Grades are excellent at both AS and A2, and St. Catherine’s girls attain some of the highest marks nationally in the subject. Many go on to read it as either a single or joint-honours course at prestigious universities (Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Nottingham, Exeter etc.) across the world. • There are no specific GCSE requirements for studying Government & Politics although do be aware that essay skills are relevant. • It’s your future and your world - be prepared to get involved, defend your views when challenged, but also to be ready to change them when persuaded. Thinking allowed…


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mrs Gillian David

Examination Board: OCR

Why study History?

History is a fascinating subject which provides you with a number of extremely transferable skills. You will learn to analyse, debate and argue; your knowledge and understanding of the world today will be further enhanced through studying past events and the great ‘movers and shakers’ who have left their mark. History sits well with both arts and science subjects.

Will I enjoy it?

GCSE History has given you a good idea of whether the past interests and excites your curiosity. The A Level course at St Catherine’s is deliberately aimed to take you out of your ‘comfort zone’. History involves considerable intellectual challenge and rigour where you will be asked to question, explore and study different interpretations of the past. There are often no ‘right’ answers to historical questions, but you will learn to discriminate between contrasting views and place value accordingly.

Course Content

Assessment

AS: Two papers which are each 1 ½ hours in length. A2: One coursework unit involving two 2000 word essays + one examination of two hours.

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AS: You will study • The French Revolution 1774-1795: its causes and major events; those of you already familiar with the Russian Revolution will soon realise that the French Revolution has many parallels. It is very exciting and arguably this is the beginning of Modern History. • Britain 1783-1846 Pitt to Peel: this is an interesting period which complements the French Revolution unit. You will study how the British Government avoided similar events unfolding this side of the Channel. A2: • German Unification 1815-1871: the reasons for the rise of Prussia, the growth of nationalism and the contribution of Bismarck. You will also undertake an independent historical investigation which allows some element of personal choice and interest. • Russian history 1855-1964: Tsarism and the Communist era up to the fall of Khrushchev. This unit is intended to test your understanding of a broad sweep of events. It assesses your ability to consider the extent of change and continuity and to detect the key turning points over a 100 year period.

A qualification in History will demonstrate that you have a high level of maturity and intellectual curiosity. Effective and clear communication is vitally important; you will prove your ability to write and present ideas with accuracy, using appropriate terminology and vocabulary. Studying History A Level at St Catherine’s will broaden your historical knowledge and understanding and will make you stand out from the crowd! Many schools and colleges now study only 20thC history which universities dislike. History is still a demanding, academic subject rated highly by admissions tutors. It is recognised as having real currency when applying to university and in future employment.

Storming the Winter Palace - Sixth Form trip to Russia 2009

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Miss Lisa Hayat

Examination Board: AQA

Why study History of Art?

History of Art is one of the most relevant and influential subjects on offer in the sixth form. If you like learning about paintings, sculpture and architecture then you will love this course. History of Art A Level is one of the few subjects that allows for personal reflection and interpretation and you discover how and why the style of art and architecture changes over the centuries. This course will provide you with the skills to understand and confidently evaluate important works of Western art from the ancient world to the present day. You also learn about the fascinating lives and personalities of artists and how specific events affected their output. It is also an important accompaniment to so many other subjects. This course can lead to a wealth of career opportunities and University courses. If you want to become an art advisor or investor; gallery curator; journalist; film or television stylist or even get into advertising, fashion or travel, this course is for you.

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Definitely! Students find this course extremely interesting, informative and visually stimulating. Classes have a relaxed approach and all are welcome. In addition to class seminars the class will visit London galleries and some years trips abroad are also organised. The course is designed for students with no prior art historical knowledge but willing to gain plenty. Since the classes are generally small, students’ progress and enjoyment is assessed and monitored carefully so that individual needs and interests are catered for. The new specification is exciting and offers a wide choice of topics. It is examined in written papers and there is no coursework whatsoever.

Course Content

AS: For the AS unit students are taken on a visual journey across the spectrum of History of Art in order to develop their understanding of art historical themes. This will be in relation to teacher selected examples of works of Western art and architecture drawn from classical Greece to the end of the twentieth century. Students will also be introduced to the artistic vocabulary and architectural terminology needed to evaluate works of art effectively. A2: The A2 unit focuses entirely on 16th and 19th Century European art and architecture. There will be plenty of opportunity for students to put forward opinions as well as utilise knowledge acquired during their AS course. Concentrating on two particular centuries ensures an in depth understanding of the periods in which works were made. The 16th and 19th centuries are fascinating as they encompass some of the pivotal periods and movements in the History of Art, such as the High Renaissance and Impressionism.

Assessment AS: A2:

Unit 1 (1 hour paper) + Unit 2 (1.5 hour paper) Unit 3 (1.5 hour paper) + Unit 4 (1.5 hour paper)

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Taking History of Art at A Level also provides great opportunity to improve essay writing skills; this is extremely useful, particularly if you chose to go on to study an essay-based subject at University. Students who also study fine art find the course beneficial as media; style and technique are discussed fully. For more information about the specification, staff and mentors please visit the Department Website and display boards.


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mrs Nicola Genzel

Examination Board: OCR

Why study Home Economics?

Home Economics is a diverse subject and deals with real life issues. The Society and Health option will make you more aware of the world in which we live. The food related modules will allow you to develop a clearer understanding of the nutritional components of the food we eat. The nutritional module is concerned with healthy eating and current changes facing the food industry. There is an opportunity to evaluate food products on the market and to produce exciting dishes of your own.

Will I enjoy it?

Yes, if you are interested and concerned about issues that affect all our lives and you are prepared to discuss your thoughts and ideas with your peers. Practical cookery plays a large part in all aspects of this course.

Course Content Assessment

AS: 2 x 1 hour 30 minutes papers A2: Coursework study and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes paper

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The Society and Health unit allows pupils to gain an understanding of demography, family and society, environmental, social and health issues. Resource Management covers knowledge of resources, food provision, selection and purchase of food and household goods, food preparation and cooking equipment, food safety and hygiene. Coursework study - in this unit the candidates select their own content and develop their own task. This allows pupils to develop independent thinking and gives a very good opportunity for using and expanding their IT skills. The study can include a range of practical research such as cooking, taste testing, interviews and questionnaires. Nutrition and Food Production unit includes nutrients and energy, dietary needs of different people, properties of food, design, development and production of food. This unit is helpful for anyone thinking of studying Food Science at University or following a career in the ever expanding food industry.

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AS: consists of two units – Society and Health and Resource Management. A2: consists of a Coursework Study and the Nutrition and Food Production unit.

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mrs Lucy Strong

Examination Board: AQA

Why study Italian?

Italian is a language steeped in history and culture. Not only is it a useful tool for holidays in Italy, it is also a beautiful, flowing language that is a pleasure to speak and hear. Taking up an extra GCSE subject in the L6 will both provide you with breadth in your curriculum, and will be a real asset of proof of linguistic aptitude and interest when applying for Modern Languages degree courses.

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If you enjoyed Latin, French or Spanish at GCSE you will love it! You will also be amazed at how quickly you progress: picking up a new language once you have a good base in another is very easy to do, and you will recognise much of the vocabulary from the languages you know already. Lessons are fun, the pace is fast and you will find it a fascinating language.

Course Content

We offer GCSE Italian in the Sixth Form as a one year accelerated course for girls who have a natural aptitude for languages. There are four Units of Assessment: Listening (20%, Speaking (30%), Reading (20%) and Writing (30%). There are papers for Foundation and for Higher Tier. Our candidates will be entered for the Higher Tier in most cases, giving access to grades A* to D.

Assessment

1 x 40 minutes Listening paper, 1 x 50 minutes Reading paper, 2 Controlled Assessment Writing tasks, 2 Controlled Speaking assessments.

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To develop understanding of the spoken and written forms of Italian in a range of contexts. Develop the ability to communicate effectively in Italian, through the spoken and written word, using a range of vocabulary and structures. Develop knowledge and understanding of Italian, and the ability to apply it. Apply their knowledge and understanding in a variety of relevant contexts which reflect their previous learning and maturity. Develop knowledge and understanding of countries and communities where Italian is spoken. Provide a suitable foundation for further study and/or practical use of Italian. Visit the website: www.aqa.org.uk


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Miss Sophia Potter

Examination Board: OCR

Why study Latin?

The vast majority of our AS students decide to continue the subject to A2, proof that they really enjoyed the AS course. You will have the opportunity to read some of the World’s greatest Literature in the original language – an exhilarating experience. Latin appeals to lots of different sorts of students: we regularly have scientists as well as arts students in the Department. Several successful Oxbridge science applicants have done Latin as their 4th subject for example. To enjoy Latin at AS, you should like one or more of the following: variety, challenges, logical analysis and problem solving, discussion, great Literature, sarcasm and scandal!

Will I enjoy it?

Latin is a hugely stimulating and enjoyable subject at AS, stretching lots of different parts of your brain. It is multi-disciplinary, combining Language and Literature. The Classics Department has a strong tradition of sending students to prestigious universities to study Classics (and even then teach it!), but our A-Level students apply for a wide range of courses, with success. Employers and universities regard Latin very highly because it teaches you to think logically, solve problems and write coherently. The next Classics trip will be in 2012, to Italy!

Course Content

Assessment

AS: 2 X 1.5 hour papers: Language, and Latin Prose and Verse. A2: 2 x 2h papers: Latin Prose and Latin Verse – the papers will combine unseen and prepared passages. Coursework Requirements: None

Tell me more….

latin

You can view the specifications yourself at www.ocr.org.uk. The key components of study are Language and Literature. The AS set texts for 2012 are Ovid “Amores 3” and Cicero “Against Verres”. Ovid’s Amores are love poems, but with a twist. Ovid has a very sharp wit and enjoys parodying the works of his predecessors. Cicero was probably the most famous lawyer the world has ever known. Verres was governor of Sicily and after his term of office, the people of Sicily implored Cicero to prosecute him for all sorts of heinous crimes. The speech was so brilliant that Verres actually fled after the second part. Cicero couldn’t resist the temptation to write the rest down anyway. The Language paper at AS involves unseen translation from Latin and English-Latin sentences. Translating into Latin is enjoyable and satisfying and we teach it in bite-size chunks to build up your confidence and precision.

We regularly get excellent grades – a majority of A grades. In 2009, we won the Good Schools Guide Award for Best A-Level Latin Results in a Girls’ School. Latin is useful for helping you fulfil all sorts of degree and career aspirations. Classicists enter into all sorts of fields after university and have some of the lowest unemployment rates for arts students. They become bankers, lawyers, civil servants, diplomats, journalists, politicians, even teachers. You do NOT have to want to study Classics at degree level to enjoy and succeed at Latin AS level. We regularly teach aspiring modern linguists, English students, historians, medics, lawyers etc. Latin makes a good contrasting subject for those who are intending to study sciences at university, including Oxbridge. If you are going to do one Arts subject, make it Latin – it’s classy, challenging and fun!

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mrs Sheila Kelsall

Examination Board: Edexcel

Why study Mathematics?

Studying Mathematics enables you to think logically and reason effectively. You learn the importance of independent thought and what constitutes proof. In your applied modules you study mechanics or statistics. Mathematics is a much respected academic subject, combining well with both science and arts A levels, and valued by universities and employers alike.

Will I enjoy it?

mathematics & further mathematics

If you enjoy puzzles and patterns, then Mathematics is a good choice. Another must is to take a delight in working through a question to the end, and also to want to know whether another line of thinking would work too. If you enjoyed the algebra in your IGCSE course, that’s often a good guide as to whether you would enjoy A/S or A2 Mathematics in the Sixth Form.

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Course Content

AS: 2 modules of the course consist of Pure Mathematics topics and include algebra, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, calculus and numerical methods. The third module will be Mechanics or Statistics. A2: The balance of the course remains the same, and the topics become more challenging. Course Content: Further Mathematics Further Pure Modules, Statistics and Mechanics continue to be studied in the Upper Sixth.

Assessment

Assessment: Mathematics AS: 3 X 1½ hour papers A2: 3 X 1½ hour papers Coursework Requirements: None

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Further Mathematics AS: 3 X 1½ hour papers A2: 3 X 1½ hour papers Coursework Requirements: None

Mathematics can often be a relaxation amid a swirl of essay writing and is worth considering as a different discipline. If you are studying both Mathematics and Further mathematics there is flexibility within the course as Further Mathematics can be taken up to AS or A2. By the end of the L6 you will have covered all the content for A2 Maths! It is worth knowing that studying for both Mathematics and Further Mathematics generally has a timetable commitment of 12-14 lessons rather than the full 16.


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mr Geoffrey Field

Examination Board: Edexcel

Why study Music?

Studying Music gives you the ability to express yourself through different media, as both an academic and creative musician. You will develop your performance and compositional skills, as well as developing a more informed understanding of how and why music was written and performed. It is a respected academic subject, combining well with other Arts and Humanity A Levels, as well as Sciences. Universities welcome musicians as they are selfmotivated, inquisitive, cultured and inspiring people.

Will I enjoy it?

If you are already of a good performance standard and enjoy engaging with music in all its forms, then you should seriously consider studying Music. It is a diverse course where you will hone a wide range of skills, including studying music in its wider cultural perspective, as well as giving you a new perspective on your music-making.

Course Content

Students will have opportunities to practise performance skills in solo and/or ensemble work, to compose music in styles of their own choice, and learn about the basics of harmony using specific technical study. Aural and analytical skills will be cultivated by way of three Areas of Study: Instrumental Music (embracing a wide range of instrumental styles and traditions from the Western Classical tradition); Vocal Music (helping students to understand and appreciate the important role, in various places and at various times, of music for voices only or voices and instruments); and Applied Music (such as music for dance, ritual, film and television).

Assessment

AS: 5-6 minutes assessed performance; three minute composition plus CD sleeve notes; two hour Listening, Investigating Musical Styles, and Understanding Chords & Lines paper on two Areas of Study - Instrumental Music and Vocal Music. A2: 12-15 minute Recital; one composition and one technical study or two compositions or two technical studies; two hour Aural, Music in Context, and Continuity & Change in Instrumental Music paper on two Areas of Study Instrumental Music and Applied Music.

music

For students who want to take this course, the experience of interacting with music from a wide range of time and place will provide you with a broad and satisfying musical experience with valuable new insights. This course also offers ideal opportunities for those who wish to progress further to degree level qualifications in music.

Tell me more….

You will have a GREAT time as a senior pupil in one of the high-profile departments in the school, becoming a role model for aspiring musicians. You will have the opportunity to take part in the department’s ‘outreach’ programme as well as the potential to coach some of the younger girls’ chamber ensembles. Even more importantly, you will be able to foster a true understanding of a subject which will give you, and others, pleasure for the rest of your life.

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Heads of Departments: Mrs Rebecca Rathmell (Spanish) Ms Elodie Nevin (German) Mrs Lucy Strong (French)

Examination Board: OCR

modern languages

Why study Modern Languages?

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Studying a foreign language and the people who speak it will: • give you skills and experiences that will expand your horizons for the rest of your life; • give you an advantage over others in an increasingly globalised labour market and open up career opportunities in Europe and beyond; • help you to understand the motives, politics and culture of countries that are vital to the future of the UK, especially in the EU; • teach you to look at the world through the eyes of others; • develop important and highly transportable skills of analysis, debate and independent thought. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that studying a foreign language (or two!) is just for those who want to teach or translate. Ask your teachers about the vast array of career opportunities with languages as your main academic pursuit or in combination with other subjects. Just think how much more confident a communicator you would be – and how much more of an asset to your future employer - if you weren’t tongue-tied every time you left Heathrow!

Will I enjoy it?

Yes, unless you are not interested in the rest of the world! At A level you will learn to express the things you really want to say. You won’t feel the limitations that you probably did at GCSE. The course is designed to build practical language skills, including in the key area of modern business life. You will learn, for example, to give an effective presentation on a subject of your choice, to summarise a foreign language memo for your boss and reply to a business letter. You will also have the opportunity to explore and develop, through the foreign language, your own ideas and opinions about a broad variety of topics, ranging from politics, current social issues and the environment to history, cinema, sport, music and literature. Girls’ own interests are an important factor in determining aspects of the course. We will also try to ensure that you have the chance to practise your languages by participating in activities and courses overseas, such as the ‘Your Future in Europe’ conference in Paris.

Course Content

AS: We focus on the family, daily life, the media, sport, leisure, tourism, school, work and training. A2: We explore major social issues like poverty, crime and immigration, the environment, politics, and developments in science and technology as well as a selection of topics drawn from the history, literature, culture or sporting life of the target countries.


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Assessment

AS: 1 x 2 hour 30 min paper (listening, reading and writing) and 1 x 15 minute oral examination. A2: 1 x 2 hour 45 min paper (listening, reading, writing) and 1 x 15 minute oral examination. Coursework Requirements: None. (These are new specifications which apply from September 2008. For further information see the OCR website – www.ocr.org.uk.)

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Deutsch... • •

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Germany is the biggest country in Europe (apart from Russia) and German is the most widely spoken language in the EU. Germany’s economy is the largest in Europe. Its powerful global significance in trade and industry is demonstrated by companies like BASF, Bayer, Siemens and Deutsche Bank, not to mention BMW, MercedesBenz and Volkswagen! It is the UK’s biggest trading partner in Europe. UK graduates with skills in German are in great demand. Did you know that German occupies second place on the Internet after English? German is important in the scientific world. German speakers have won 27 Nobel prizes in Chemistry, 25 in Medicine and 22 in Physics! So it is an obvious subject to combine at A level with Maths and the Sciences. Studying German enables you to get to know one of the great European cultures in the original. Whether in the world of literature and music (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner), philosophy and psychology (Luther, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Freud, Jung), or research and science (Kepler, Einstein, Röntgen, Planck) – German is the language for great minds!

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Spanish is the most commonly used language worldwide, after Chinese and English. It is the first language of about 322 million people. It is the main language in Spain, many Latin American countries like Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. Thus, the ability to speak Spanish opens doors not only in Europe, but also in North, Central and South America and many other countries. Opportunities for exciting work or travel abound, especially during a GAP year. The increase of emigrants from Mexico is making Spanish very popular and useful even in North America. This is very well reflected in the cinema and music industry in America. Spanish is a vital language in international business, and Spanish companies are becoming more powerful all the time, highlighted most recently with Santander Bank’s takeover of the Abbey group. The Ferroviaria Company is also Spanish. Latin American countries are important trade partners and their economic importance is likely to increase in future. Spanish is one of the European Union’s major languages, too. Spanish culture is fascinating, full of traditions and exciting contemporary developments. Latin rhythms like Salsa, Merengue, Flamenco or Rumba have influenced dancing and music alike. It is great to be able to read the works of great writers like Cervantes, García Márquez or Isabel Allende in Spanish. Architecture and art have been shaped by the contributions of Picasso, Velázquez, Miró, Dalí and Gaudí. Spanish is spoken in the world’s top tourist destinations and some cities in the south of Spain receive an average of 12 hours of sunshine per day during the summer! The knowledge of Spanish could open the door not just to lovely holidays, but also to a fantastic summer job.

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France is the number one tourist destination with 60 million people visiting the country each year. It is a wonderfully diverse country. Its beautiful capital city, Paris, is filled with a wealth of art and fine architecture. French food and wine are exquisite. There are mountains for skiing and la Côte d’Azur is famous for its beaches. French is spoken in 43 countries and by 125 million people around the world. It is a leading country in the fields of science and technology with its civil engineering expertise in building the Channel Tunnel; its aeronautical space programme and its important medical research. Did you know, for example, that the French isolated the HIV virus? France has a strong film industry and hosts the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival in May each year. Many great French writers and philosophers, for example, Descartes, Rousseau, Voltaire, Camus and Sartre, have influenced critical thinking throughout the ages. What better way to study their ideas than in the original!

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mr David Weightman

Examination Board: Edexcel

Why study Photography?

Photographic and moving images are a part of all our lives, whether in newspapers, family albums or TV commercials. Huge technological changes to the medium in recent years have coincided with the major galleries showing more lens-based artwork than ever before, making this a very exciting time to study the subject. As a department we’ve kept up with these changes and can boast a professional level studio with flash lighting, digital cameras and Apple Mac computers running Photoshop and video editing software. At St Catherine’s you will also have the opportunity to experience traditional black and white photography and darkroom printing. Studying photography and video will prepare you for further study at foundation and degree level and could lead to a career in fashion, advertising, film and television or one of the many different types of professional photography.

Will I enjoy it?

photography

Yes, photography and video are magical processes that suit the technically minded student as well as the more creative individual. You will have the chance to express yourself in new ways and address social/cultural issues that affect you. You will also gain a far better understanding of the way images are generated and consumed.

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Course Content

AS: During this year you will learn many new skills including the fundamentals of using a professional camera and darkroom printing, as well as studio lighting techniques and digital image manipulation. A2: In the second year you will consolidate many of the techniques learnt in the previous year plus video editing, as well as learning more about the history of the medium and photographic theory..

Assessment

AS: Unit 1 coursework Unit 2 externally set theme and controlled test. A2: Unit 3 coursework including a personal study Unit 4 externally set theme and controlled test. Coursework Requirements: 1 Unit per year consisting of a work journal with preparatory studies and a final piece of artwork or series of photographs. At A2 a personal study is also required of between 1000 and 3000 words.

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It is not essential to have studied Art at GCSE. You will be taught by a successful practising photographer. You do not need your own camera. You will have the freedom to set your own theme for coursework projects. You will leave with a host of new skills for the future that will make you the envy of all your friends and family


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mrs Victoria Alexander

Examination Board: OCR

Why study Physical Education?

Studying PE gives you an insight into all theoretical concepts of the sport you play. It covers the physiology, psychology and sociology aspects of sport and provides an in depth understanding of how to improve your own, and others’, performance. It is a well respected subject, combining well with other Science and Arts A Levels.

Will I enjoy it?

If you enjoy sport then the answer is simple – YES! It gives you the opportunity to learn more about an area in your life you already enjoy. If you want to further your interests in sport at University or for a career the syllabus provides a diverse range of options in which to specialise in the future. Careers in sport are rapidly increasing to include performance, coaching, management, marketing and business in both the USA and UK.

AS: Focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the body, how the mind interprets and develops sports skills, the teaching and learning of skills, the social issues in sport such as drugs etc. and a look at other countries in comparison with the UK, in achieving excellence. The Practical looks at your skill in two different sports and evaluating and assessing others’ performance for improvement. A2: We look at the different energy systems and recovery, training principles and programmes, the psychology of sport and the history of sport in the UK. The Practical focuses on demonstrating skill and tactical awareness in competitive situations in one sport as well as evaluating and assessing others’ performance for improvement.

Assessment

AS: 1 x 2 hour paper A2: 1 x 2 hour 30 minutes Coursework Requirements: AS - Practical assessment in two sports + Oral evaluation and analysis | A2 - Practical assessment in one sport + Oral evaluation and analysis

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You will have lots of fun whilst learning more about a subject you enjoy. There is usually at least one conference we attend as well as visiting any topical exhibitions etc during the time of your studies. There are many interesting sporting performances and documentaries on T.V. which are discussed/watched during lessons. The controversial decision for England in the football world cup could change the future of football? We beat Australia in the same week at cricket and Rugby union and we are hosting the 2012 Olympics – events like this make interesting learning on the course!

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Course Content

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mr Matthew Greenfield

Examination Board: OCR

Why study Physics?

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences. It forms the basis of our understanding of the Universe and provides an excellent general knowledge base for understanding the physical world. It gives you a real edge in the modern world that is increasingly dependent on scientific advances. It provides skills for life in problem solving, practical skills, synthesising information and linking ideas.

Will I enjoy it?

Of course you will! It is a challenging, fascinating and multi-disciplined subject. It provides answers and solutions not opinions. The hands-on practical work provides another dimension to your studies.

Course Content

AS: A mixture of taking familiar topics further and encountering some that are totally new, including Quantum Physics and photons. A2: You will study field theory, energy, and more advanced motion amongst others and explore the world of particle physics. You will also learn about the structure and evolution of the universe and the use of Physics in medicine through scanners, X-rays and ultrasound.

PHYSICS

Assessment

AS: Mechanics - 1 hour - 30% AS (15% A2) Electrons, Waves and Photons - 1 hour 45m - 50% AS (25% A2) Practical Skills (Internal Assessment) - 20% AS (10% A2) A2: The Newtonian World - 1 hour - 15% Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics - 1 hour 45m - 25% Practical Skills (Internal Assessment) - 20%

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Get to grips with quarks, leptons and other strange particles. Gain a qualification that is highly regarded by universities and employers. In other words, make your CV stand out. The skills you learn will long outlast the knowledge you acquire. It links with Maths and other Sciences but you do not have to do these subjects in order to do Physics. It provides an excellent grounding for a huge range of career areas - not just Physical Sciences, Medicine, Veterinary Science. Have a look at http://www.physics.org/careers for some ideas! An A level in Physics shows you have an analytical mind and can think logically.


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mrs Jean Arrick

Examination Board: OCR

Why study Psychology?

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and experience. The course will introduce you to the theories and methods of psychology. It offers the opportunity to look at some of the explanations psychologists make to understand humans and their interactions with the world. From a personal perspective you should find the fundamental questions of the psychologist interesting: Why do I behave like this? Why do I think like this?

Will I enjoy it?

Psychology is a fascinating subject and has many applications in the world of work. Psychology graduates may go on to be Clinical /Educational/Industrial Psychologists, but many will go into professions that require good ‘people skills’ such as teaching, management and medicine. Psychology has close ties with a range of disciplines and goes well with both Arts and Science subjects.

Course Content

Assessment AS: A2:

1×2 hour paper and 1× 1hour paper 1 x 2 hour paper and 1 ×11/2 hour paper

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You will gain an understanding of the psychological and social changes that accompany the transition from childhood to adulthood. You will learn why and how people conform to group pressure, obey authority or follow their consciences. You will gain insight into what it is like to have a major psychological disturbance and how it can disrupt the lives of patients, friends and families. You will get the opportunity to speak to released long term prisoners to better understand criminal behaviour.

pSYCHOLOGY

AS: Focuses on 15 core studies which are original pieces of research from all areas of psychology and the perspectives, issues and methods arising from them. The studies include: one of the first accounts of the phenomenon of multiple personality; an experimental study that explores the mental world of autistic children and a study that uses split-brain patients to look at the functions of different areas of the brain. The shorter paper covers techniques for collecting and analysing data. A2: You will study two applied areas of Psychology: Forensic Psychology and one other from a choice of Health and Clinical Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology and the Psychology of Education. The second paper examines research methods through the design of a practical project and different perspectives on Psychology.

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mr Alistair McNally

Examination Board: OCR

Why study Religious Studies?

Does God exist? Why is there evil and suffering in the world? Does science fatally challenge belief in God? How do we decide between right and wrong? What is our conscience and are we really free? If you have ever wondered about the answers to questions such as these, then Religious Studies is the subject for you!

Will I enjoy it?

You will enjoy Religious Studies if: • You like discussing and arguing about the big questions of life. • You are looking for a course that is rigorous, challenging and academic; that will make you think. • You are open to explore your own beliefs and assumptions.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Course Content

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AS: Philosophy of Religion, including a study of the influence of Ancient Greek scholars on Philosophy of Religion; arguments for the existence of God; challenges to God’s existence. Religious Ethics, including a study of ethical theories such as Kantianism and Utilitarianism and Applied ethics, including medical ethics and the ethics of war. A2: Further studies are undertaken in Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics. In Philosophy, topics include the relationship between body and soul, life after death and religious language. In Ethics, topics include free will and determinism, the nature and role of conscience, business ethics, environmental ethics and sexual ethics.

Assessment

AS: 2 x 1 hour 30 minutes papers. Each paper requires two 2-part essays from a choice of four. A2: 2x 1 hour 30 minutes papers. Each paper requires two open essay style questions from a choice of four. Coursework Requirements: There is no coursework

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Religious Studies helps you to develop many vital skills such as critical thinking and analysis, more sophisticated written and verbal expression and confidence in explaining your own views and in sensitively challenging the views of others. No assumptions are made about your religious beliefs and personal religious commitment is not necessary for a full understanding and enjoyment of the course. It is a serious academic discipline which is widely respected by universities. It is not necessary to have taken GCSE Religious Studies in order to study RS at A Level.


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Mrs Lorna Crispin

Examination Board: Edexcel

Why study Textiles?

Art Textiles is a dynamic and broad creative subject. It is approached from a fine art perspective which allows for creative individuality. It also offers opportunities to follow pathways into many areas of design from working in the Industry to setting up and running your own design business.

Will I enjoy it?

Yes! You are supported and encouraged to work independently to explore textiles through surfaces, textures, colour, scale, shape and form. This can involve the manipulation of fabrics, printed surfaces, embellishment and a wide range of techniques in machine and hand stitching. You will research and investigate artists, craftspeople, fashion designers as relevant to your area of study. These connections will inform and enrich your work and help you to create personal outcomes.

Course Content

AS: Is concerned with the exploration of a theme using analysis and research to develop skills and knowledge in design, colour, and stitch techniques. Contextual studies in art and design are required as a written element and will support your practical investigations. A2: Is divided into two distinct parts, practical work and a personal study. This builds on the AS course and allows for greater personal investigation into the contextual study of Textiles through research into the work of others and concentrates on developing original artwork as a final outcome.

AS: 2 Units – Unit 1. Coursework. Unit 2. Externally Set Assignment A2: 2 Units – Unit 3. Coursework. Unit 4. Externally Set Assignment www.edexcel.org.uk/quals/gce/art/as/8033/

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This is an exciting opportunity to investigate the world of design through Textiles. You will go on visits to exhibitions, galleries and meet designers and graduates in the field. It could open the pathway to a long career in Textile and Fashion design. Students who have completed the course have gone on to take degrees in Textiles at Manchester, Theatre Design at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Fashion Design at Leeds University and Art Foundation courses at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, University College Falmouth and Oxford Brookes University.

TEXTILES

Assessment

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011 Head of Department: Miss Judith Hilvert

Examination Board: AQA

Why study Theatre Studies?

Theatre Studies is a fascinating subject for anyone with a genuine interest in theatre and is not just for students who want to take up the Performing Arts as a career. The course involves practical performance and/or design work, the study of set texts and practitioners, and the analysis of contemporary productions. Going to the theatre is therefore, an essential part of the course and that is a definite plus! It is a highly respected academic subject (past students have gone on to study at Oxbridge and other reputable universities) and it combines well with a wide range of other subjects at A Level.

Will I enjoy it?

THEATRE STUDIES

If you love literature and drama and have a real interest in the theatre then this could be the one for you. You do not need to have studied Drama at GCSE but you do need to have been experience of extra curricular Drama and enjoy performing. You must be prepared to work closely with others on major practical projects and rehearse outside lesson time.

Course Content

AS: You will work on a section of a scripted play, to be performed to an audience, study a set play, see a minimum of three productions at the theatre and learn to analyse the production and performance techniques employed on stage. A2: You will work on a devised piece, to be performed to an audience, study two set plays and extend your knowledge of current theatre practice from the perspective of a performer, director and designer.

Assessment

AS: A practical group project (Play in production) + supporting notes (coursework) - 40% A written paper on: a set play and productions seen - 60% A2: A practical group project (Devised group piece) + supporting notes (coursework) - 40% A written paper on: two set plays and their potential for performance. - 60% Coursework Requirements: Notes to accompany the practical work.

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Theatre Studies is a really exciting subject which not only improves your understanding of performance and design, but also improves your inter-personal skills and self-confidence, enabling you to work well with others in a group situation and assume a leadership rôle successfully when the need arises. Past students have gone on to read a variety of subjects at university such as History, Geography, English, Art, Languages, Law and Business Studies, as well as study theatre related subjects at universities and drama schools. Recent St Catherine’s leavers have gone on to study Performing Arts and Theatre Design at a variety of places including RADA, LAMDA, Mountview Drama School, the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Birmingham University. Recent Theatre Studies students have been spotted directing and performing in a variety of university productions and others are currently involved in arts administration (Yvonne Arnaud theatre) producing (Farnham Maltings) directing pop videos and short films (Channel 4) and appearing successfully on stage and screen. (Skins, Wuthering Heights) Former Theatre Studies students (otherwise know as ‘The Dynamite Girls’) went on to perform their devised cabaret show at the Edinburgh festival and had an absolute ball!


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011

2010 University Courses Economics

Birmingham x 2

Classical Civilisation, German & Russian

Bournemouth

Business & Retail

Bristol x 3

Biochemistry, Economics, Law

Brunel

Product Design Engineering

Cambridge x 6

Economics, English, History x 2, History of Art, Natural Sciences

Cardiff

Psychology

Central St Martins x 2

Art Foundation

Durham x 7

Biology, Civil Engineering, Economics, Medicine, Modern Languages, Natural Sciences, Psychology

Edinburgh

History of Art

Exeter x 5

Classical Studies, History x 2, Philosophy & Theology, Psychology

Falmouth Art College

Foundation Art

Imperial College x 4

Biology, Geology/Earth Sciences, Medicine, Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Johns Hopkin University, Baltimore, USA

Science Studies

King’s College, London x2

Management & Business, Physiology

Leeds x 2

Geography, Sociology & Social Policy

Leicester

Psychology

London School of Economics

Economics

Manchester x 2

Archaeology & History of Art, Politics & Sociology

Newcastle x 6

Food & Human Nutrition, Geography x 2, Mathematics, Medicine, Politics & Sociology

Nottingham x 9

Design Engineering,History x 2, Management & Business, Medicine x 2, Politics, American Studies, Psychology

Oxford Brookes x 3

Accounting & Finance, Art & Design Foundation, Liberal Arts

Reading x 2

Consumer Behaviour & Marketing, Business Management

Royal Holloway x 3

Geography, History, Psychology

Royal Veterinary College

Veterinary Medicine

Southampton Solent

Fashion with Photography

Southampton x 3

Geography x 2, Medicine

St Andrews

Biology

St George’s Medical School

Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Trinity College, Dublin

Theology

University College, London

International Relations

University of Toronto

International Relations

Warwick x 2

Accounting & Finance, Psychology

York x 4

English, English & Philosophy, History x 2

These figures include those girls who have gone up to university in 2010 having taken a gap year travelling to exciting destinations or taking up valuable work placement.

LEAVERS’ DESTINATIONS

Bath

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SUBJECT GRADE BREAKDOWN & ANALYSIS 2009

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A2 Grade Breakdown

A

B

C

D

E

U

Totals

Art

4

0

0

0

0

0

4

A2% Breakdown

A

B

C

D

E

U

Grade Analysis

Art

100

0

0

0

0

0

A

185

Biology

21

2

2

1

0

0

26

Biology

81

8

8

4

0

0

B

37

Business Studies

0

2

0

0

0

0

2

Business Studies

0

100

0

0

0

0

C

11

Classical Civilisation

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Classical Civilisation

100

0

0

0

0

0

D

3

Chemistry

15

5

1

0

0

0

21

Chemistry

71

24

5

0

0

0

E

2

Chinese

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

Chinese

100

0

0

0

0

0

U

0

Economics

12

1

0

0

0

0

13

Economics

92

8

0

0

0

0

Total

238

English

15

1

1

0

0

0

17

English

88

6

6

0

0

0

French

7

1

1

0

0

0

9

French

78

11

11

0

0

0

Further Maths

5

1

0

0

0

0

6

Further Maths

83

17

0

0

0

0

General Studies Geography German Greek History of Art

2 10 3 1 3

1 1 0 0 0

0 2 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

3 13 3 1 3

General Studies Geography German Greek History of Art

67 77 100 100 100

33 8 0 0 0

0 15 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

History

8

3

0

0

0

0

11

History

73

27

0

0

0

0

Latin

5

0

0

0

0

0

5

Latin

100

0

0

0

0

0

Maths

22

4

1

0

0

0

27

Maths

81

15

4

0

0

0

Music

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

Music

100

0

0

0

0

0

PE

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

PE

50

50

0

0

0

0

Photography

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

Photography

50

50

0

0

0

0

Physics

11

5

1

0

0

0

17

Physics

71

24

6

0

0

0

Politics

12

4

1

0

0

0

13

Politics

77

23

0

0

0

0

Psychology

7

1

0

0

0

0

8

Psychology

88

13

0

0

0

0

Religious Studies

4

1

0

0

0

0

5

Religious Studies

80

20

0

0

0

0

% Analysis A

78%

B

16%

C

5%

D

1%

E

1%

U

0%

Total

100

A

76%

A-B

94%

A-C

98%

A-D

99%

A-E

100%

A-U

100%

Spanish

4

3

2

2

2

0

13

Spanish

31

23

15

15

15

0

Textiles

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

Textiles

100

0

0

0

0

0

Theatre Studies

4

1

0

0

0

0

5

Theatre Studies

80

20

0

0

0

0

AS Grade Breakdown

A

B

C

D

E

U

Totals

AS% Breakdown

A

B

C

D

E

U

Grade Analysis

Art

6

0

0

0

0

0

6

Art

100

0

0

0

0

0

A

217

Biology

20

8

2

3

0

2

35

Biology

57

23

6

9

0

6

B

101

Business Studies

1

0

0

2

0

0

3

Business Studies

33

0

0

67

0

0

C

38

Chemistry

11

7

1

0

0

1

20

Chemistry

55

35

5

0

0

5

D

15

Chinese

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

Chinese

100

0

0

0

0

0

E

7

Classical Civilisation

3

2

0

0

0

0

5

Classical Civilisation

60

40

0

0

0

0

U

5

DT

4

4

1

0

0

0

9

DT

44

44

11

0

0

0

Total

383

Economics

14

1

3

1

0

0

19

Economics

74

5

16

5

0

0

English

9

12

2

1

0

0

24

English

38

50

8

4

0

0

French General Studies Geography German Greek

7 35 16 0 1

3 26 4 2 0

3 10 1 1 0

2 1 0 1 0

0 3 0 0 0

0 1 0 0 0

15 76 21 4 1

French General Studies Geography German Greek

47 46 76 0 100

20 34 19 50 0

20 13 5 25 0

13 1 0 25 0

0 4 0 0 0

0 1 0 0 0

History of Art

1

2

1

0

0

0

4

History of Art

25

50

25

0

0

0

History

10

3

1

0

0

0

14

History

71

21

7

0

0

0

Home Economics

1

0

2

0

1

0

4

Home Economics

25

0

50

0

25

0

Italian

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Italian

100

0

0

0

0

0

Latin

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

Latin

100

0

0

0

0

0

Maths

29

9

1

0

0

1

40

Maths

73

23

3

0

0

3

Music

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

Music

50

50

0

0

0

0

Photography

2

1

0

0

0

0

3

Photography

67

33

0

0

0

0

Physics

13

4

1

0

0

0

18

Physics

72

22

6

0

0

0

Politics

8

2

1

0

0

0

11

Politics

73

18

9

0

0

0

Psychology

10

5

3

0

1

0

19

Psychology

53

26

16

0

5

0

Religious Studies

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Religious Studies

100

0

0

0

0

0

Spanish

4

3

4

4

2

0

17

Spanish

24

18

24

24

12

0

Textiles

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

Textiles

100

0

0

0

0

0

Theatre Studies

2

2

0

0

0

0

4

Theatre Studies

50

50

0

0

0

0

% Analysis A

57%

B

26%

C

10%

D

4%

E

2%

U

1%

Total

100%

A

57%

A-B

83%

A-C

93%

A-D

97%

A-E

99%

A-U

100%


Sixth Form Prospectus A2 Grade Breakdown

A*

A

B

C

D

E

U

Totals

Art

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

6

Art

33

67

0

0

0

0

0

A*

70

Biology

7

14

5

1

0

1

0

28

Biology

25

50

18

4

0

4

0

A

139

Business Studies

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

Business Studies

0

50

0

50

0

0

0

B

53

Chemistry

2

12

3

1

0

0

0

18

Chemistry

11

67

17

6

0

0

0

C

10

Chinese

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

Chinese

0

100

0

0

0

0

0

D

4

Classics

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

4

Classics

0

100

0

0

0

0

0

E

1

D&T

4

2

1

0

0

0

0

7

D&T

57

29

14

0

0

0

0

U

0

Economics

5

10

2

1

1

0

0

19

Economics

26

53

11

5

5

0

0

Total

277

English Literature

3

13

6

0

0

0

0

22

English Literature

14

59

27

0

0

0

0

French

1

4

6

1

0

0

0

12

French

8

33

50

8

0

0

0

General Studies

1 1

Geography

7

German

1 1 10

0

Greek

2 0

1

0

History of Art

0

1 1

1

1

1

0

0 0

0

0

1

0

0 0

0

0

2

0

0 0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2 5 18 2 1 4

Further Maths General Studies Geography German Greek History of Art

A*

50 20 39 0 0 25

A

50 20 56 50 100 25

B

0 40 0 50 0 50

C

0 20 6 0 0 0

D

0 0 0 0 0 0

E

0 0 0 0 0 0

U

0 0 0 0 0 0

History

0

9

5

0

0

0

0

14

History

0

64

36

0

0

0

0

Home Economic

1

0

2

1

0

0

0

4

Home Economic

25

0

50

25

0

0

0

Latin

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

Latin

33

67

0

0

0

0

0

Maths

11

18

6

1

1

0

0

37

Maths

30

49

16

3

3

0

0

Music

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

Music

0

50

0

50

0

0

0

PE

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

PE

0

100

0

0

0

0

0

Photography

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

Photography

50

50

0

0

0

0

0

Physics

2

10

3

0

0

0

0

15

Physics

13

67

20

0

0

0

0

Politics

2

5

3

0

0

0

0

10

Politics

20

50

30

0

0

0

0

Psychology

13

2

2

0

1

0

0

18

Psychology

72

11

11

0

6

0

0

Religious Studies

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Religious Studies

100

0

0

0

0

0

0

Russian

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Russian

0

100

0

0

0

0

0

Spanish

1

4

4

0

1

0

0

10

Spanish

10

40

40

0

10

0

0

Textiles

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

Textiles

50

50

0

0

0

0

0

Theatre Studies

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

4

Theatre Studies

50

50

0

0

0

0

0

Grade Analysis

% Analysis A*

25%

A

50%

B

19%

C

4%

D

1%

E

0%

U

0%

Total

100

A*

25%

A*-A

75%

A*-B

95%

A*-C

98%

A*-D

100%

A*-E

100%

A*-U

100%

AS Grade Breakdown

A

B

C

D

E

U

Totals

AS% Breakdown

A

B

C

D

E

U

Grade Analysis

Art

3

0

1

0

0

0

4

Art

75

0

25

0

0

0

A

222

Biology

19

12

3

2

0

0

36

Biology

53

33

8

6

0

0

B

82

Business Studies

0

3

0

0

0

0

3

Business Studies

0

100

0

0

0

0

C

35

Chemistry

15

8

1

1

2

0

27

Chemistry

56

30

4

4

7

0

D

18

Classics

2

0

0

1

0

0

3

Classics

67

0

0

33

0

0

E

7

DT

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

DT

100

0

0

0

0

0

U

3

Economics

11

3

1

1

2

0

18

Economics

61

17

6

6

11

0

Total

367

English Literature

8

4

0

0

0

0

12

English Literature

67

33

0

0

0

0

French

6

3

0

1

0

0

10

French

60

30

0

10

0

0

General Studies

38

18

8

6

1

3

74

General Studies

51

24

11

8

1

4

Geography

21

2

0

0

0

0

23

Geography

91

9

0

0

0

0

German

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

German

100

0

0

0

0

0

Greek History of Art History

1 1 4

0 0 2

0 1 5

0 0 0

0 0 1

0 0 0

1 2 12

Greek History of Art History

100 50 33

0 0 17

0 50 42

0 0 0

0 0 8

0 0 0

Latin

5

3

0

0

0

0

8

Latin

63

38

0

0

0

0

Maths

33

5

4

0

1

0

43

Maths

77

12

9

0

2

0

Music

2

0

1

0

0

0

3

Music

67

0

33

0

0

0

PE

2

1

1

0

0

0

4

PE

50

25

25

0

0

0

Photography

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

Photography

50

50

0

0

0

0

Physics

13

5

3

0

0

0

21

Physics

62

24

14

0

0

0

Politics

10

1

0

0

0

0

11

Politics

91

9

0

0

0

0

Psychology

9

4

2

5

0

0

20

Psychology

45

20

10

25

0

0

Religious Studies

5

2

1

0

0

0

8

Religious Studies

63

25

13

0

0

0

Spanish

5

4

2

1

0

0

12

Spanish

42

33

17

8

0

0

Textiles

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

Textiles

100

0

0

0

0

0

Theatre Studies

2

1

1

0

0

0

4

Theatre Studies

50

25

25

0

0

0

% Analysis A

60%

B

22%

C

10%

D

5%

E

2%

U

1%

Total

100

A

60%

A-B

83%

A-C

92%

A-D

97%

A-E

99%

A-U

100%

SUBJECT GRADE BREAKDOWN & ANALYSIS 2010

Further Maths

A2% Breakdown

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Sixth Form Prospectus 2011

Afterword One of the most enjoyable things about being Headmistress of St Catherine’s is the privilege of watching our Sixth Form students develop into the most wonderful young women as the two years unfold. It may be hard to believe now, when you are immersed in GCSE coursework and thoughts of mock examinations, but you will soon emerge with a strong set of GCSE qualifications and an even greater sense of who you are and where your subject interests lie.

and finally ...

You will have developed strong working relationships with your teachers – so vital as you move on to AS Level study – and the relationships between teachers and students will shift into a more adult phase, particularly as smaller teaching groups, and shared enthusiasms for subjects are key to real enjoyment of study. I always maintain that nothing separates you from your AS Level teachers other than our years of experience; many of you will go on to greater success than us in time, and we actively enjoy watching this happen as your careers unfold.

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During your two years of study you will have the chance to appreciate at first hand the AS and A2 qualifications, in my view the most truly flexible of all the options offered for this important stage of your personal and academic development. With very few restrictions – which are well documented for you on page 12 - you have a completely free choice of 4 subjects. The timetable will be built round your choices. You can gracefully say goodbye to those areas where you may not have a natural flair, though you will have a strong grade at GCSE, and you can immerse yourself completely in the subjects you thoroughly enjoy. In the Summer of your Lower 6 year, you can secure the marks of some of your final A2 outcome,and can also test your progress against the standard at AS Level before moving on to A2. In my experience, our candidates find that hugely reassuring and helpful. Our results at A2 are a testament to this each year. Enjoying all of your subjects means that you find you have even more energy for other activities outside the timetable, and you start to be ready to lead. Leadership skills are extremely useful in later life, and Sixth Form students at St Catherine’s genuinely help run the School and maintain its ethos as a place where academic achievement goes hand in hand with care for others, and an increased sense of responsibility. The much closer relationship with the staff also leads to a camaraderie which develops over time. And the whole experience includes having a lot of fun, too. I hope that this booklet will give you much of the information you need about the Sixth Form at St Catherine’s. The staff and current Sixth Form students are on standby to answer any further questions you may have and the aim of everyone is twofold: that you choose the right subjects for AS study, and that you will look forward to life in the Sixth form at St Catherine’s. Mrs Alice Phillips MA Cantab Headmistress


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011

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