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King George V College

Prospectus 2014

01 Contents

02 Welcome from the Principal 03 Routes to KGV

04 KGV Gets You Going 05 Oxbridge

06 Medical Science Society

07 Things to do

09 Postcards from New York 10 Sporting Highlights

11 Refectory

12 AQA Baccalaureate/Inspire

13 Support and Guidance

14 Learning Support 15 Careers

16 Student Voice

17 Transport

21 Accounting

39 Geography

53 Philosophy

23 Fine Art

41 German

55 Physics

22 Ancient History

24 Textiles

25 Photography 26 Biology

27 Business Studies

28 Chemistry

29 Classical Civilisation 30 Computing

31 Drama & Theatre Studies

32 Economics

33 Electronics

34 English Language

35 English Language & Literature

18 Schools Liaison

36 English Literature

20 A Level courses

38 French

19 Applying to KGV

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37 Film Studies

40 Geology

42 Government & Politics 43 History - Modern

44 Information & Communication Technology

45 Law

46 Mathematics

47 Further Mathematics

48 Use of Mathematics

49 Media Studies 50 Music

51 Music Technology BTEC Subsidiary Diploma 52 Performing Arts BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

54 Physical Education 56 Psychology 57 Sociology 58 Spanish

59 BTEC Programme

60 Art & Design BTEC Extended Diploma

61 Business Studies BTEC Extended Diploma

62 Health & Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma 63 Information Technology BTEC Extended Diploma

66 Sport BTEC Extended Diploma

67 English, Mathematics & Science GCSE

68 Enrichment Programme

69 Certificate in Financial Studies

70 Classical Greek GCSE

71 Critical Thinking

72 Latin GCSE

73 Young Enterprise

74 Application Form

76 College Map

64 Music Technology BTEC Extended Diploma

65 Science BTEC Extended Diploma

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Welcome to the King George V College prospectus. I am very excited to be working at KGV and I know that you will feel the same way if you decide to join us. It can feel overwhelming to be faced with so many choices but I hope that this prospectus, and the staff you meet when you visit us, will help you. I want to use this introduction to tell you a bit more about the College generally and what being a student here means. KGV has an excellent national reputation. Achievement is always impressive with more than 40 subjects regularly achieving a pass rate of 100%, over 50% of these passes at A/B or Distinction level, fabulous results on any measure. These fantastic results are achieved through the combination of two factors: the dedication, drive and devotion of the staff; and the focus and discipline of our students. Together, this creates the vibrant learning community that is KGV. You will find your time with us challenging and you will be stretched to develop new skills, but relations between staff and students are also tremendously warm and positive and students are always telling me how much they enjoy their learning. If you decide to join us, we will talk to you at an early stage about how to be successful in your studies. This includes a clear set of minimum standards and expectations around attendance, punctuality and

independent learning. We are here to support you on your journey to become a young adult and to provide you with the skills and confidence to take your next step, whatever that might be. We also believe passionately in the importance of the individual and our additional support for students is first-rate. I hope you take the opportunity to visit us on one of our Open Evenings in the Autumn term where you will be able to talk to our staff and students and see the College and amenities for yourself. We believe that education should cater for the needs of all students and we constantly strive to ensure that we offer the most diverse and extensive range of courses. I wish you the very best of luck for your final year at school and look forward to joining you in your first step towards an exciting future.

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Advanced Level PROGRAMMES:

Choosing your next step can be a daunting task, especially when there are so many courses to choose from!

The nature of post 16 provision is constantly evolving and KGV is happy to be at the heart of those changes. Alongside the traditional Advanced level programmes we also offer a variety of different routes to success that guarantee something for everyone!

It is important to look at all the information and get lots of advice in order to make the right decisions for you. Come along to one of our Open Evenings or taster days to get a flavour of life at KGV but also make use of the resources at your own school such as Careers advisors and teachers who know you well and will be able to help you make informed choices. We offer two types of Advanced Level programmes which last 2 years: • A Level • BTEC Extended Diploma


• A Level: in order to guarantee entry to an A Level programme (4 AS Levels or equivalent) a student must normally achieve at least 5 A* - B grades at GCSE (at least 4 must be from GCSEs). If the College is oversubscribed, preference will be given to students achieving Maths and English GCSE at Grade C or higher • BTEC Extended Diploma: in order to guarantee a place students must achieve 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C including English Language or Mathematics OR achieve a Merit in a relevant BTEC Level 2 Diploma and a C in GCSE English Language or Mathematics OR achieve at least a C grade in a Higher Diploma

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s e t u ro to KGV

If you don’t get the grades you need to guarantee a place on your chosen courses you may still be offered a place via our clearing process. This means that a senior member of staff will discuss your options with you and consider the type of programme that is right for you. You may need to re-negotiate your course choices in order to adopt an individual learning plan that is tailored to your skills and needs.


• 100% pass rate in BTEC Extended

• The most popular courses were Science, Business, English, Psychology and Sport

• Other students progressed to employment or Apprenticeships

Diploma Courses for the last 6 years


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• 96.6 % pass rate at A level • 50% of A level passes at the

• 66 courses with 100% pass rates KGV SUPPORTS YOUR PROGRESSION

• In 2012, 79% of our leavers went on to study degree courses at university

• A quarter of these students are now studying at prestigious Russell Group universities

In KGV’s recent OFSTED visit, particular praise was given to KGV’s outstanding support and guidance for our students at all stages of their time with us, from initial guidance to support on their courses right through to effective links with higher education institutions which raise students’ aspirations. OFSTED also praised the college’s calm atmosphere in which students feel able to achieve well, make good progress, feel safe and receive outstanding support from their subject teachers.

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Notable successful students in 2013 include former Sacred Heart High student Halina Beduhn (Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge), former Christ the King student Sam Tarbuck (Chemical Engineering at Cambridge), former Deyes high pupil Nastassia McAdam (Law at Cambridge) and former Birkdale High student, Ashley Ken (Law and French at Oxford). KGV continues to enjoy excellent links with Oxbridge Universities, with over 50 ex-KGV students continuing their studies at these world class universities in the past five years.

Ashley Ken

Sam Tarbuck

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Each year, King George V College celebrates a number of its students gaining offers to study at Oxbridge. Achieving offers to study at the country’s top two universities is a fiercely competitive process and potential KGV applicants receive practical help with all aspects of their applications, including interview preparation and practice. Adele Wills, Principal, comments, “We are delighted with the amazing achievement of our students. We have been giving special assistance to potential candidates and we are very pleased to have a number of students gaining offers of places at Oxbridge. Our students have worked incredibly hard and show just what can be achieved by KGV A-level students; they really are a delight to work with.”

Halina Beduhn

kgv Medical society

“Medsoc� has been set up by KGV to help students applying for medicine, veterinary school, optometry, pharmacy and other medical sciences. Last year we had many events, including Dr John Smith (Director of the Medical School at the University of Liverpool) delivering a talk on medical interview techniques, consultants from local hospitals talking about medical mircrobiology and trauma surgery, ex-KGV medics

giving tips on applying to university as well as mock interviews. We also had visits to the Royal Hospital mortuary and pathology labs. A highlight of the year is the visit of the Fastbleep foundation who deliver an afternoon of activities to help prospective medics apply to university.

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things to do There’s always plenty to get involved with at KGV whether it’s charity events or clubs and societies or taking part on one of the many College trips! Here’s a selection of this year’s highlights.



KGV staff and students raised nearly £200 for the British Heart Foundation as part of its national heart awareness month. Friday 1st February saw staff and students wear red to show their support of this cause as well as a host of other events including a healthy snack sale, healthy eating recipe book and stalls outlining the importance of healthy eating and exercise. BTEC Quality Nominee Neil Smith helped the BTEC Sport students to co-ordinate a

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charity inter-school dodge ball event which took place in December.


KGV staff and students raised over £600 for Comic Relief on Friday 18th March. The students worked really hard in the planning and organisation of activities which involved cake sales, nail painting, selling of red noses and fancy dress/wear it red day. Network Support Engineer Danny Caldwell bravely endured the wax strips and raised almost £100 with his sponsored leg wax. Jenny Caldwell, Camilla Gregory and Cath Sharples helped to co-ordinate the events and said that they were overwhelmed by the students and their support of this worthy cause.

MUSIC TECH CHARITY ALBUM: KGV Music Technology students have unveiled their latest charity album, a compilation called ‘Minutes’, at a showcase gig on Wednesday 13th February.

The album, the latest in a line of successful charity albums released by the department, is the culmination of the hard work of the second year BTEC students and their creative and inspirational teachers John Brindle and Tom Forster and technician James Bentley. The students have composed and recorded their own songs as part of their work towards their BTEC qualification and the album is being sold to raise money for Queenscourt Hospice. Last year’s charity album raised over £1000 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, let’s hope that this year’s album is even more successful. The Charity album and individual songs from the album are available for digital download from minutes/00028 or via iTunes.



This is a termly magazine produced by the English and Art departments including everything from fashion tips to what’s on at the cinema. This online magazine includes ‘blasts from the past’ articles taken from early additions of The KGV Magazine and provides great training for anyone interested in journalism.


This is the journal, written, produced and compiled by the students in the History department. It is not only a high-quality History journal with well-written, interesting articles, but also contributes towards a charitable cause. The journal only costs 50p, and every penny goes towards "New Horizons" a special needs school in Ghana! The journal is normally released every half-term, and is themed towards a particular event, or articles are often based around what happened at the time of the year for example if there was an issue published in October, then articles tend to reflect historic events during that month. Examples of themes include an issue focusing on Christmas with articles ranging from the origins of Christmas and Christmas traditions to the Christmas truce, where soldiers temporarily stopped fighting in the trenches in World War I.

KGV radio:

Launched in 2011, KGV Radio continues to add musical accompaniment to the students enjoying their lunch in the College’s refectory area. KGV Radio gives students the chance to undertake their own scheduled shows or just request their favourite tunes!

KGV theatre Production Group:

KGV offers all students the chance to get involved in their annual production. In previous years, performances have included productions of ‘Footloose’ and ‘Boogie Nights’ and provided the audiences with a thoroughly enjoyable night out. This year’s production was the swinging musical ‘Shout!’ performed in March 2013. This show stopping musical includes all of the sing-along hits from the sixties including ‘Shout’ and ‘Son of a Preacher Man’.

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Callum Williams Sport: Football, Goalkeeper Highlight: Played for Wigan Athletic Reserves aged 15 against Newcastle United at St James Park

Studying BTEC level 3 in Sport

Sporting Goal/Dream: To be a professional footballer again and to represent England Non-League team.

Jake Higham (below) Sport: Ice and Inline (Roller) Hockey

Highlight: Played for Great Britain at the AAU Junior Olympics in Los Angeles, America and was selected to play for Great Britain in the Swiss Nations Cup. Won a

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Rationale: Sport delivered students for the students.



The development of a Students Management Team for a cluster of sports allows students to plan, organise and deliver their own enrichment sport with staff supervision.

We survey current students to see what sport they would like to participate in

and then our Sports Makers will 'Make Sport Happen'. All sports makers have received training from Active Sefton and KGV will continue to work with the National Governing Body associated with college sports provision to gain additional qualifications for their volunteer work. We hope this will provide essential employability skills for our current sports students and the opportunity for all college students to participate in sports during designated enrichment slots.

bronze medal in the GBHI National finals.

Studying BTEC level 3 in Music Technology

Sporting Goal/Dream: To continue to play inline hockey for Great Britain and play semi-professional or professional ice hockey.


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Do you want complete freedom to choose your academic subjects AND alongside this gain skills and additional qualifications that will give you the edge in university and job applications? Then the AQA Baccalaureate is for you!

The AQA Bacc is an umbrella qualification which encompasses your choice of A levels plus an additional AS (in General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship or Science in Society) and the EPQ - the Extended Project Qualification an independent extended research project, accredited by AQA in year 2. You also need to demonstrate personal skills development through work experience and community involvement.

This will usually be completed in year one. Universities and employers value rounded individuals who have independent research skills. The AQA Bacc makes your application stand out - and because universities offer places on A level grades your main subjects get you your place!

The extended project does NOT mean a lengthy piece of extended writing - although dissertations, investigations and reports are quite common, it is equally acceptable to produce and submit an artefact or performance based piece; this could be artwork, a recording, video submission and so on.

ire inspprogramme

The KGV Inspire programme aims to meet the needs of students with high ability, potential and/or talent. You may wish to be considered for Inspire if one or more of the following describes you:

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you expect to achieve excellent GCSE results

you intend to apply for the most competitive universities you have a particular talent in Music/Drama/Sport/Art/ Sciences/Maths

Once on the programme, you will be supported by your progress coach who will guide you at all stages of your college life, and whose specific expert knowledge will help you to plan the important transition from college to Higher Education. As an Inspire student you will experience a wide variety of challenging and exciting learning and other opportunities, inside and outside college, each one planned to help you achieve your full potential whilst having a fantastic college experience.

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The college supports its students in a number of ways including help with problems you might have such as financial or educational difficulties and personal issues. You will be assigned to a tutor group of about 25 students led by your progress coach. Each progress coach is specially qualified to help you get the very best out of the KGV experience. You will have weekly meetings with your progress coach in which you will work towards individualised wider life skills qualifications. Such qualifications include Internet Safety, Managing Personal Finance, Healthy Living and Road Safety for Young Drivers. These qualifications will allow you to work at your own pace and assessments will, as far as possible, be scheduled to suit you.

They are nationally recognised qualifications which will enhance your university applications and/ or employability. You will be expected to develop increasing independence and take responsibility for planning with guidance from your progress coach. You will complete some of these qualifications in both your first and second years at college. In year 1 you will attend a number of special events including: •


A college based Careers Convention

A Higher education Convention at Liverpool University

With well over 500 KGV students per year applying for University, you will probably spend the start of your second year busily working on completing your applications for university. Again, your Progress Coach will be your guide and will write your university reference. Your Progress Coach will regularly meet with you for one-to-one reviews of your progress. These meetings will allow you to reflect on your courses and discuss your individual needs. Your Progress Coach is here to guide you through your two years of study, offering you continuous support, assessment and feedback to help you make the right choices for your future and the best of your education!


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t r o p p Su & guidance


Every effort is made to ensure that students with Learning Difficulties & Disabilities can participate fully in every aspect of student life. Each year approximately 10% of students request some form of Additional Learning Support. This service is invaluable for students who require specialised help or assistance in organising their education.

We encourage students to develop strategies to enable them to study independently and to the best of their ability. We believe that our individual support helps our students to achieve their academic potential and enjoy their time at College. Services on offer include:

• Accessible campus and facilities • Special exam arrangements for Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia/Dyspraxia/ADHD etc. • Specialist software • Highly trained and experienced Learning Support tutors and facilitators • Language Support

If you want to find out more about the Learning Support facilities available to you at KGV please contact Julie Catterall - Learning Support Co-ordinator. Learning Support staff are always happy to talk to you about any concerns or questions you might have about your needs don’t be afraid to ask!


16 - 19 bursaries will be available to support students from families on state benefits/low incomes.

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and experience with you. We often invite in ex KGV students who are now successful professionals and graduates to tell students about their experiences and many of these students say their success started with their time spent at KGV. Coming to College gives you the chance to make a fresh start and to work towards gaining qualifications and experience that will set you on your path to your future. The Careers department at KGV College provides a friendly, impartial and professional service to help you to explore your career ideas and tell you what exciting opportunities are awaiting bright young people like you! You will be introduced to the careers service early in your first year and it is our aim to provide you with information, advice

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and guidance at every stage of your time in college. At every step of your application process to University and other paths such as Apprenticeships, we are available to give you one to one guidance and suggestions to make a successful application. We run exciting events such as the annual ‘Careers Convention’, where you can speak to universities, volunteer groups, gap year organisations and real employers, and we invite guest speakers in throughout the year to share their knowledge

In the careers department, we believe that it is never too early to start thinking about your future. We encourage you to look out for opportunities and events in the student bulletin where we advertise a range of jobs, volunteer programmes, university trips, and talks from experienced professionals. So, if you want to find out where your qualification can take you, or discuss other ideas about your pathways after college, you can contact Holly Mannion or Holly Jones at the email address and

April 2013 saw KGV’s first ever Community Convention, co-ordinated by Jenny Caldwell and Holly Mannion. The aim of the convention was to introduce staff and students to the benefits of volunteering and to inform them about local groups and projects. This convention provided a lot of students with ideas and opportunities for life during and after KGV – helping them forge valuable links with the community. We are trying to develop this companion convention for our annual careers convention to help students develop more immediate experience and skills to help with UCAS and /or future work as well as contribute as a College to the wider community.

KGV aims to put the student at the heart of everything we do so we take the views and opinions of our students seriously. We have an NUS affiliated Student Direct which holds weekly drop in sessions, monthly full meetings and bi-termly meetings with subject area representatives to discuss the issues affecting the students. Student Direct is also responsible for co-ordinating the students’ involvement with Charity and in the academic year 2012-2013 Student Direct have been involved with a host of events held in college to raise money for charity including MacMillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Wear It Red for

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British Heart Foundation, Comic Relief and many others. The students also co-ordinated and delivered Christmas hampers for the elderly residents of Southport as part of our annual campaign with the Southport Rotary Club. The chairs of the Student Direct are elected by the students in the summer term, ready to start in September, and Student Direct is a brilliant way to have your say and get involved with decision making at the college. If you want to join in, look out for the stall at the freshers’ fair events in August and sign up.

Matthew Green and Hannah Corner were the Student Chairs for Student Direct in the academic year 2012-2013; this is what they said about their role: “Being the chairs of Student Direct has been a wonderful experience which has helped us learn a lot about the college and the students. We feel that we’ve really been able to help the students and have a lot of fun along the way. This is a great opportunity to shape the way the college is run and ensuring that the voice of the students is heard and acted upon”.

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KGV continues to offer free transport for all students. KGV offers bus services to those students who live in the following areas: BOOTLE, CROSBY, PARBOLD, KIRKBY, RUFFORD, FORMBY AND CROSSENS. Check out our routes on the College website.

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Schools liaison Alison Rothwell Cross College Director

Within Schools Liaison and Admissions it is our job to let you know about KGV, the courses available to you and how to apply. As we are also responsible for getting you onto the right course, we invite all applicants into College for a course discussion to ensure that you are choosing the best course for you. We visit high schools in the area during the Autumn term to explain what KGV is all about and we also appear at evening events as well: so you may see us in your school. We are responsible for your enrolment day in August and then your first exciting days at College as a KGV student.

It is very important that you have clear information to help you decide the best place to continue your studies once you have left school. We are not here to persuade you to come to KGV but rather to help you make the right choice for you. We are always free for a chat about what and where you would like to study next year.

To contact us: 01704

Ellis Grogan Schools Liaison Officer


Holly Jones Schools Liaison & Careers

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What are the entry requirements?

What courses do you offer?

Explore our website and Prospectus to find out as much as possible about the college

We will invite you for a 1-1 Course Discussion to finalise your course choices

Try out your chosen courses at our NEW STUDENT INDUCTION DAY on 2nd July

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Look out for KGV Staff who will take assemblies in your school and attend parents evenings to answer your questions

Ap Apply by Monday 16th December ber rm Download an application form or tear off the form in the back of this Prospectus

After receiving your results on 21st August you must Enrol for Year 12 at KGV College

What sports can I take part in?

What learning support is offered?

Ask as many questions as you can think of to KGV staff and current/past students

Attend an Open Evening Wednesday 16th October Thursday 14th November

If all goes well you will start at KGV during the first week in September 2014

a level courses

A Levels are a two year qualification and are the most common qualification followed by full-time students between 16 and 18 in the country. KGV has a wide range of A Levels available. Many of these will be familiar to you from GCSEs, but we also offer a wide range of exciting new subjects such as Psychology, Classical Civilisation and Geology. A full list of available courses is given in this Prospectus – it includes ‘academic’ courses (such as Philosophy and Modern Languages) and more ‘practical’ or ‘vocational’ courses (such as Art or Business Studies).

The majority of A Level students at KGV progress into degree courses at university, but the qualification is also very highly respected by employers for students looking at employment after study and many KGV students follow this route successfully each year.

Since the year 2000, A Levels have been divided into two parts: AS and A2. For most students AS examinations are taken in their first year and then A2 in the second year: AS and A2 each count for half of the full A level marks.

AS qualifications have value as ‘stand alone’ qualifications, but A2 acts only as the second half of an A Level.

Subjects will either have two or three modules for both AS and A2: these modules are mainly assessed by examination, but in some subjects coursework or other assignments also contribute significantly to the final grade.

A levels allow students to concentrate on the subjects in which they are most interested and in which they can produce their best performance. A vast range of combinations of different subjects is possible and the college will give advice on which combinations are most suitable.

Successful candidates gain grades from A* to E at A level.

The normal pattern across the country is for students to take 4 (or sometimes 5) subjects at AS level in the first year, then specialise in their 3 (or 4) best subjects at A2 in the second year. Most students will then have one AS and three full A levels (AS + A2) at the end of their course.

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What CaN aCCOuNtiNG at KGV OFFEr ME?


The AS Accounting course gives an introduction to the concepts and principles which underlie Accounting theory and practice and exposes students to a range of Accounting situations. It provides a discrete package of accounting principles and techniques applicable to the business world.

What MaKES a GOOd aCCOuNtiNG StudENt?

Although you will need a grade B at GCSE maths it is equally important to be precise in your approach to problem solving and you must be able to present workings and findings accurately.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM aCCOuNtiNG at KGV? The course will cover the following areas:

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Further aspects of Financial Accounting

Jamie Senior

(Stanley High School) Accounting, Psychology, P.E. and Mathematics

“I like accounting at KGV as I find the lessons interesting, like working with figures and find the skills I learn will help me pursue accountancy as a future career.”

as/a2 level

Further aspects of Management Accounting


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Financial and Management Accounting

The course is made up of four units in total. Two units are studied at AS level and two at A2 level. All units are assessed through examination. There is no coursework.


Excellent course combinations include: Business Studies, Economics, Financial Studies and Mathematics. Other good combinations include: ICT, Geography, History, Foreign Languages, Law, Media, Sociology, Psychology, Politics.


There is a shortage of Accountants in the UK at present and it is a very rewarding career. Accounting gives students an insight into the profession and provides useful skills that can be used in a variety of occupations. Students may progress by studying Accountancy at degree level at University. Accounting units are studied as part of Business Studies, Economics and related subjects at degree and HND level. Many previous KGV students have progressed onto the Ernst & Young degree at Lancaster University. The degree offers not only many Chartered Accountant exam exemptions, but also a year and a half of paid work experience with Ernst & Young. Other KGV Accounting students secure apprenticeships in local accounting firms, who contact KGV annually to recruit our students.


An increasing number of Accounting students have been successful in gaining places on prestigious degree courses run in conjunction with top Accountancy firms. Many past students have gained employment in the Accounting sector and have completed their chartered qualification. The department also hosts visiting speakers from local Accountancy practices.


What CaN AS/A2 LEVEL aNCiENt hiStOry OFFEr ME?

Do you enjoy watching films like 300, Gladiator or Spartacus? Do you enjoy playing video games like Rise of Nations or Rome: Total War? If so, Ancient History might be the right course for you. Our Ancient History course enables you to study some of the most controversial, violent and exciting events in world history, including the Peloponnesian War, the Greco-Persian Wars and the seedy underworld of Roman politics. The course is based entirely on original sources (historical writing, biography, drama, inscriptions) from the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome. The focus is very much on ancient politics, warfare and society, as well as the extraordinary individuals, from Leonidas to Julius Caesar, who helped to shape world history.

What MaKES a GOOd aNCiENt hiStOry StudENt?

Do you enjoy studying History, but would like to explore an earlier period? Are you interested in politics, strategy or the history of warfare? Ancient History students need to enjoy reading, discussing ideas and writing essays, so you will need at least a C grade in English Language or English Literature. History at GCSE is not essential but you will need at least a C grade if you have taken it. You will also need a good sense of humour and an open mind, as ancient societies had quite different values to ours.

ancient history as/a2 level

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM aNCiENt hiStOry at KGV?

On the AS course we study a module on the Politics & Society of Ancient Sparta, exploring how Sparta’s unique government, education system and social structure made it the most feared fighting force in Greece. For our Roman module we will study the experiences of the politician and lawyer Cicero during the last years of the Roman Republic, a period of violence and corruption in Roman politics.

Students on the A2 course will follow the same course as students who have studied Classical Civilisation at AS. We will be studying Greek Art & Architecture, looking at how political and historical change, as well as mythology, was reflected in the sculpture and temples of ancient Greece. We will also be studying the history of Ancient Comedy, including the political comedies of Aristophanes, written during the Peloponnesian War between Athens & Sparta.


All modules are assessed through written exams, so there is no coursework. Each AS module is assessed by a 90 minute exam; each A2 module is assessed by a 2 hour exam.

WhiCh SuBJECtS GO WELL With aNCiENt hiStOry?

There is no direct overlap between Ancient History and Classical Civilisation, so it is possible to take both courses at AS level. However, please note that from September 2014 the two courses will share a common A2 year, so it will not be possible to take two separate A2 courses. Other popular subject combinations include: Politics, Modern History, Geography, Philosophy or Economics.

WhErE CaN aNCiENt hiStOry taKE ME?

Ancient History is a traditional and challenging A-level subject which offers an excellent preparation for studying any essay-based Humanities course at university, such as Classical Studies, History (Ancient, Medieval or Modern), War Studies, Archaeology, Politics, Law or Journalism. Our department has a long track record of helping students to win places at Oxford, Durham, UCL, Kings, St Andrews and other highly competitive universities. Since 2001, 18 of our students have won places on Ancient History and Classics courses at Oxford.

Some of the careers followed by our former students include: museum work; journalism; the heritage industry; teaching; publishing; the diplomatic service; the armed forces and working for international organisations like the EU and NATO.

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What CaN FiNE art at KGV OFFEr ME?

Fine art is a broad based area of Art. During this course you will be introduced to a wide variety of possibilities which will help you develop your own practice as an artist. As well as painting and drawing, you will be able to explore and experiment with other media including printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital manipulation and appropriate combinations of media. You will work in an expressive and personal way and you will be engaging with social and cultural issues. You will be expected to develop an open and exploratory approach to your work and to develop informed opinions, with an increasing awareness of contemporary issues. Visits to local and national galleries will also be arranged. Choose this course if you know you enjoy drawing, painting, sculpture or printmaking. This subject will have a coursework unit and a controlled test unit at AS level and a coursework unit (with a written component) and a controlled test at A2 level.

The Visual Arts are a major part of British Industry. This subject will give you a head start into developing creative problem solving skills that are useful in all kinds of work areas. Also, fine art is a good basis for other visual art areas such as Interior Design or Product Design, or even Art History.

What arE thE ENtry rEquirEMENtS?

You should have GCSE art grade C or above. If you are not taking Art at school, it doesn’t mean that you can’t take the subject at all, but we will set you a project to assess your ability in the subject. Please ask us for our handout about this.


On your application form please specify which course you want, Art (Fine Art). If you need advice before you apply, please call 01704 530601 or email

fine art e fin art as/a2 level

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What CaN tExtiLES at KGV OFFEr ME?


Within textiles you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of areas including printed textiles, surface pattern and constructed textiles (creative embroidery and knit). You will be introduced to a range of textile processes, technology and resources concerning textile design and textile arts. Those who have textile design skills are versatile, creative individuals that have opportunities in many areas such as fashion design, interior design, soft furnishings, fashion and textiles buying and consultancy, textile art, freelance or working in a textile design studio. For AS level there will be 2 units: one coursework unit and a controlled test. At A2 level there will be a practical unit with an essay and a controlled test. Examples of careers within textiles include costume design from commercial to Haute Couture, theatre and film rely heavily on costume/wardrobe departments who work closely with producers/script

writers and set designers to help create the overall feel of a film or character. Many twentieth century artists have looked to fabric and other materials to push artistic production beyond the image and the object i.e. soft sculpture and tactile 3D design.

What arE thE ENtry rEquirEMENtS?

You should have GCSE art grade C or above in art and design. If you are not taking Art at school, it

doesn’t mean that you can’t take the subject at all,

but we will set you a project to assess your ability in

the subject. Please ask us for our handout about this.


On your application form please specify which

course you want, Art (Textiles). If you need advice

before you apply, please call 01704 530601 or email

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Emma Bevis - received offers to study at Manchester Metropolitan University, Edinburgh College of Art and finally decided on a place at Glasgow School of Art to study BA (Hons) in Fine Art Photography (Greenbank High School) Photography, Textiles and Geography

“Attending KGV for art related subjects has definitely been a huge contributor in my successful application to such great universities. The freedom to use department facilities whenever needed and the knowledge and expertise of each member of staff has meant I’ve gained a much greater range of skills at A-level then I had first expected. The support is always there when needed, and I found this particularly useful when preparing my portfolio for university interviews. A major benefit of KGV has been the encouragement for independent learning and exploring my own ideas and new ways of working. This has widened my knowledge in areas of photography, for example various darkroom and alternative processes, that may not be directly covered on an A-level course, preparing me for the progression to university.”

What CaN PhOtOGraPhy at KGV OFFEr ME?

The lens-based and light based media course is structured in a similar way to the other art courses.

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This course will introduce you to a range of lens based media including traditional and digital processes. Different photography genres will be explored, for example, portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary, experimental, and photojournalism. It would be necessary to have a basic digital SLR camera of your own as you would need to be able to take photographs outside of lessons.

Class activities will involve - in addition to practical work - slide lectures, discussions, reading, presentations and project work. There will be relevant gallery visits which will supplement the class work. We will also spend time studying traditional darkroom techniques as well as digital light room techniques utilising Photoshop CS5 software.

This subject will have a coursework unit and a controlled test unit at AS and A2 level.

What arE thE ENtry rEquirEMENtS?

GCSE Photography Grade B or above or equivalent experience. This course requires you to complete a short photography task for the Art and Design department in addition to the normal college interview. We will contact you when you have applied for the Photography course. You will receive a short project to complete and send in for staff to check.


On your application form please specify which course you want: for this course put Art (Photography). If you need advice before you apply, please call 01704 530601 or email


Charlotte Lucy


(Deyes High School) Accounting, Biology, Business Studies and Chemistry

“The teachers are extremely motivational and are supportive throughout the entire course. Whilst learning Biology at KGV I have found each topic extremely interesting and it has intensified my desire to continue it at university.”

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The Biology Department at KGV is rated as one of the top 25% of Biology Departments nationally. Grades and pass-rates are consistently above the national average.

There are 3 new fully equipped laboratories and students have their own microscope to use in practical lessons. There is an extensive Biology site on the College computer network with many extension activities aimed at highflying students. You will be taught by one of the enthusiastic Biology staff, all of whom are experienced and extremely knowledgeable about the examining process.

Last year’s extension activities included a trip to the Natural History Museum in London, guest speakers from local universities talking about a range of subjects from the DNA helix to reptiles and over 100 A2 students visiting Chester Zoo to learn about biodiversity, conservation and evolution.

What MaKES a GOOd BiOLOGy StudENt?

The ability to enjoy the subject! You need to demonstrate the ability to learn a lot of facts and apply them to different situations. Grade B is needed in GCSE Science (Dual Award or separate sciences higher tier). Chemistry and Mathematics are useful supporting subjects for A-level Biology.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM BiOLOGy at KGV?

Students will study • Cell structure and function • Biochemistry • Animal and plant physiology including adaptations to different environments • Genes and genetic engineering • The environment • Microbiology

Students regularly carry out practical work which is usually done on an individual basis. Practical assessment at AS and A2 level is carried out in the lab and includes drawing tissues as seen down a microscope.

If you are thinking of studying any Biology related subject at university (including medicine) you are advised to take Chemistry as well, otherwise your choice of courses will be very limited.



For AS, you will take modules 1 and 2 in May/June of the first year and modules 4 and 5 in June of the second year. There is also a Practical Assessment which makes up 20% of the final marks in both years.


Biology is a rapidly growing and exciting science. With the discovery of new and improved biochemical techniques such as biotechnology, DNA sequencing and genetic engineering, new opportunities are opening all the time.

Biology may be combined with any other subject. The best ones to consider are Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, Geology and Psychology.

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business s s e n i s bu as/a2 level

What CaN BuSiNESS StudiES at KGV OFFEr ME?

Business Studies at KGV is incredibly popular and is designed to equip you with the business knowledge and skills required by the examination board. However, it also provides opportunities for you to develop skills that are required in the wider working world such as communication, analysis, presentation, problem solving, decision-making and evaluation.

This mix of skills is mentioned year after year among students’ top reasons for “choosing and enjoying Business Studies”.

Success rates and retention rates are excellent. Highly experienced teachers deliver the subject - many have been Examiners. Many topical issues are covered such as:

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Why do some businesses succeed and others fail? What is the best way to manage? How does new technology affect the way businesses operate?

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM BuSiNESS StudiES at KGV?

Business Studies is one of only a few “live” subjects available - with fresh examples of both good (and poor!) practice emerging from the news almost daily. A range of teaching methods are used including group work, role plays and simulations. We have also run several student conferences and industrial visits. All staff incorporate ICT into learning and teaching at every opportunity, primarily through the use of interactive whiteboards.


The course involves 2 Units at AS level (with the remaining 2 at A2 Level). The key business themes recurring throughout the course are the importance of: Planning and Financing a Business, Managing a Business, Strategies for Success and the The Business Environment and Change. Specific topics covered include:

• Marketing • People

• Accounts & Finance • Operations Management

There is no coursework element; questions are based on real business case study material.


Virtually any! Business Studies combines effectively with a variety of others. In the past students have successfully combined

sciences, languages, arts and humanities courses with Business.


The skills gained and the fact that it complements many other disciplines means that a qualification in Business Studies can help with virtually any educational or employment progression. The majority of employment opportunities in the UK exist in the business sector - so any career development can be enhanced by an A level in Business Studies. A significant number of KGV students study business or related courses at university when they leave college. The skills you develop will help throughout your life!! You DO NOT need to have studied GCSE

Business Studies.



What CaN ChEMiStry at KGV OFFEr ME?

Many of the materials we use in our everyday life have been designed and created by chemists. Chemists study the atoms and molecules that make up all the substances around us. They then use that knowledge to design new chemicals with unique properties that may form the basis of a new material or help to solve a major environmental problem or even help to cure a disease. KGV gives you the opportunity to study this exciting subject in exceptionally well equipped laboratories and be taught by highly qualified tutors.

What MaKES a GOOd ChEMiStry StudENt?

You enjoy investigating how and why reactions between chemicals occur and want to understand how chemistry based technology influences the world today. You want to develop your ability to think analytically, solve problems and want to take a big positive step towards a successful future career.

You will need to achieve at least a grade B in Chemistry or Additional Science (with evidence of sitting the high level paper) and a grade B in Mathematics.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM ChEMiStry at KGV?

At KGV you will have an excellent opportunity to study Chemistry with an emphasis on the practical work in new, highly equipped laboratories. You will have access to top quality resources and be taught by supportive and enthusiastic staff.

Sacha hibbitt

(Christ the King High School) Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths with Statistics

“I like Chemistry at KGV because the information I have learnt can be applied to normal day life. Knowing all about the stuff that makes up the world is really interesting.�

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hOW WiLL i BE aSSESSEd? AS Unit 1: Foundation Chemistry Unit 2: Chemistry in Action Unit 3: Investigative & Practical Skills

A2 Unit 4: Kinetics, Equilibria & Organic Chemistry Unit 5: Energetics, Redox & Inorganic Chemistry Unit 6: Investigative & Practical Skills

WhErE CaN ChEMiStry taKE ME?

A Chemistry A-Level is essential for entry into Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and is considered useful in professions such as Law and Accountancy, as it provides a rigorous, logical, problem solving skills base. It is the most important subject for many other Chemistry related courses, such as Chemical Engineering or Pharmacy.

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We are still constantly surrounded by references to Classical culture and mythology in films, rock songs, television, paintings, computer games, novels and architecture, especially in Southport and Liverpool. The Classics course, by offering you an insight into the culture, society and religion of ancient Greece and Rome, will help you to understand these references – how accurate is the plot of the film Troy? Why does St George’s Hall look like a Roman temple? You will also have the opportunity to participate in theatre and museum visits to experience Greek and Roman culture more directly. The Classics course focuses on the cultural products of Greece and Rome – art, architecture, drama, philosophy and literature. Our students always say that they enjoy the escapism, entertainment and humour that this course provides. Our department has a lot of experience of running this course; we have received awards from the “Good Schools Guide” nearly every year since 2004.

What MaKES a GOOd CLaSSiCS StudENt?

Although we assume no previous knowledge, it is a definite advantage if you already have some interest in mythology, ancient history or archaeology, and you enjoy reading. Many former Classics students have said that they did not see themselves as “arty” or imaginative people when they began the course, but found it


unlocked creativity that they didn’t know they had! As there is a lot of essay-writing involved, you must have at least a C grade in English GCSE (Language or Literature). There is no requirement to have studied Classical Civilisation or History at GCSE, but if you have done so then we would expect at least a C grade.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM CLaSSiCS?

The Classics course at KGV assumes no previous knowledge and is taught entirely from scratch. We follow the OCR syllabus, which has two modules in each year.

The AS course consists of Homer’s Odyssey & Society (an exploration of an epic poem featuring god, heroes and monsters, but also a portrayal of a palace-based society) and Roman Life & Thought (social climbing, relationships and dinner parties in imperial Rome, including an introduction to Roman philosophy, through the works of Horace, Petronius, Juvenal and Pliny).

The A2 course consists of Greek Art & Architecture (an art history course, full of mythology, which will turn you into an expert on Greek sculpture, temples and sites such as Olympia and Delphi) and Comic Drama in the Ancient World (the origins of comedy, ranging from the political satire of 5th century Athens to Roman romantic comedies where boy meets girl, but with an obstacle to overcome.)


Each module is assessed by a written exam, so there is no coursework. AS exams are 90 minutes per module; A2 exams are 2 hours per module. All exams follow the format of one context question and one essay question.


There is no direct overlap between Classical Civilisation and Ancient History, so it is possible to take both subjects at AS

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level; however, please note that from September 2014 that these subjects will share a common A2 year.

Other popular combinations include: English Lit, Philosophy, Politics, Drama, Geography, Modern History and Art (as half of our A2 Classics course consists of Art History). Some Science students also choose to take Classics as a “one-stop” Arts & Humanities course in addition to three Science subjects.


Each year, between 40-50% of our students enjoy the course so much that they choose to study Classics or a related degree at university. Our department has a strong track record of supporting students in their applications to highly competitive universities; over the last 11 years, 18 students have won places at Oxford University to study Classics and Ancient History. Other popular degree courses for Classics students are: History, English, Art History, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Law, Creative Writing, Journalism or Politics. Many former Classics students are working in museums, teaching, publishing and the diplomatic service; one former student helped to curate the Pompeii exhibition at the British Museum in 2013.


Computing requires and develops logical thinking, especially when analysing, designing and implementing the practical coursework projects. It is a rapidly developing area that influences all aspects of life. The increasing use of computers in design, particularly for the Internet and e-commerce, has created a whole new area where the knowledge gained from this course can be applied.

Computing concerns the design and construction of computer systems and their use in problem solving. The role of computers in society is also studied.

Many of our students have progressed to courses involving animation and graphics, software engineering and Computer Science. In recent years we have seen students study computing related subjects at Oxford and one of our past students has recently gained a senior position with a wellknown computer games manufacturer.


Students should demonstrate a keen interest in technological and social issues such as introducing ID cards with biometric data. You should also have a minimum grade B in GCSE Mathematics.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM COMPutiNG at KGV?

You will develop skills in programming, database and website design. Computing will give you the knowledge needed to analyse and design software solutions to real-life problems. Varied teaching methods and learning styles are used to ensure you master both theory and practice: you will use a variety of simulation programs developed by the department which will reinforce your learning. We follow the AQA Computing AS/A2 specification and units covered are:

AS Year 1 Unit 1 - Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical Exercise Unit 2 - The Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet A2 Year 2 Unit 3 - Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking Unit 4 - The Practical project


In the first year you will be assessed as follows: Unit 1: A 2 hour on-screen exam consisting of short answer questions. Pre-release material (a skeleton program and test data) will be published in advance of the examination to assist with the programming questions. Unit 2: A 1 hour written paper (short answer and structured questions)

Unit 3: A 2.5 hour written paper consisting of short answer and extended answer questions

Unit 4: Centre assessed programming project for a real end-user

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Computing combines well with sciences such Mathematics, Physics and Electronics and indeed with most other subjects which have a logical basis.


Computing helps provide you with many transferable skills that will be of use in almost all professions. Many students go on to university to study Computing or a related subject. Note that A-level Mathematics is required for some courses such as Computer Science. The growth of the Internet and the needs of large and small organisations mean that the demand for well-qualified personnel continues to outstrip supply. Software engineering, programming, web page design and systems analysis form the core destinations for graduates.

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What CaN draMa at KGV OFFEr ME?

Results have been excellent over the past few years, with pass rates consistently at 100% and a high rate of A or B grades. You will work in a relaxed and open environment, where discussion and plain speaking are encouraged and where you will learn in a practical rather than theoretical way. If acting is your ‘thing’ then we can accommodate you, but equal time and consideration is also given to all you set, costume, lighting and sound designers out there! A combination of practical work, set text study, practitioner exploration and theatre visits develops a broad base of theatrical knowledge and you will be able to specialise in a particular field of interest. You will be taught by a highly qualified and experienced staff, all experts in their field and who will bring the best out of you!

What MaKES a GOOd draMa StudENt?

Serious and committed drama students, with a genuine interest in theatre and its processes, always make the most successful Drama and Theatre Studies students.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM draMa at KGV?

The AS Course: You will gain a knowledge and understanding of theatre practice through your own engagement with the medium as both participant and informed audience member. You will develop performance and/or production skills appropriate to the creation and realisation of drama and theatre.

drama drama

Unit 1 will cover:

• your personal response to live theatre seen during course • interpretation of a set play from a performance perspective

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Unit 2 will cover: • working in groups to develop and present an extract from a published play chosen by you and your group • study of an influential director, designer, theatre company or other practitioner, linked to your practical work The A2 Course: Unit 3 will cover:

• study of a set play with a choice from a variety of pre-twentieth century plays • study of a set play with a choice from a variety of twentieth century plays or contemporary drama

Unit 4 will cover: • working in groups to develop and present a devised drama, performed in a theatrical style of your choice

• research into a theatrical style chosen by the group for your practical work


You will undergo assessment on a weekly and termly basis through internal testing, homework and College wide assessments. In the AS year you will have one written paper, covering responses to live theatre productions seen and the study of a set play and a practical assessment based on your group’s production of an extract from a published play. At A2, you will have another written exam based on the study of two more set plays and a practical assessment of your group’s performance of a piece of devised drama.

WhiCh SuBJECtS GO WELL With draMa?

Performing Arts, English, Media Studies, Film Studies, Art, Music, Modern Languages, Sociology and Psychology.

WhErE CaN draMa taKE ME?

Anywhere that you want. Students have used the subject as a springboard into related drama, theatre and performance media, and as a third subject to gain entry onto English, Media and Journalism courses.




The course is divided between micro-economics, (the study of the individual consumer or producer) and macroeconomics (which looks at the economy as a whole). We study the labour market and how businesses make decisions and react to external problems, as well as how the UK trades with the EU and the rest of the world and the impact of global issues. We currently follow the AQA syllabus. Since 2002 there has been a 100% pass rate at A2 with over 60% of students gaining a grade A or B.


The course assumes that no student has studied Economics before and assumes no previous specialist knowledge. You need to be literate, numerate and interested in current affairs. Ideally you follow the national and international news on a daily basis.


Economics will introduce you to the methods needed to analyse and understand the economy and its major players: (consumers, producers, governments and international agencies), and how they interact and react to change.

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Through using models of how the economy and its parts operate you will be able to make sense of the complex economy. This will provide you with the skills for investigating any real world issue and knowing how to examine and assess it from more than one angle. The teaching staff will use a range of teaching methods & learning styles to ensure you master the theory and content. We take students to specialist 6th form conferences in order to meet the chief examiners and we run field trips in the North West.


At the end of Year 1 a student will sit two papers and two papers in Year 2. All units are assessed by a mix of multiple choice and data response at AS and data response and essay at A2.


Economics acts as a natural link to all other subjects. It combines well with Accounting and Business Studies, Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and it offers the study of real world issues to complement Mathematics and Science subjects.


The study of this new subject will enable you to develop many transferable skills that will be of use in almost all professions. Many students go on to university to study Economics or a related subject, whilst a small number elect to go straight into employment after A levels. Economics gives you training in decision making principles as it develops your analytical skills and enables you to think in a careful and logical manner. As we live in an ever changing world you will be equipped to examine any complex issue and break it down into its constituent parts.

aNythiNG ELSE?

Every decision you make in your life will have an economic aspect to it, as most of us have a limited income to spend on goods and services so choices have to be made and we have to work in a competitive environment.

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Electronics at KGV gives you the opportunity to learn how to design, build and understand electronic circuits. All your electronics lessons will be taught in a new, superbly equipped laboratory so experiment work plays a big part in your learning experience. At the start of the course you will be introduced to the most extensively used components and integrated circuits. Your understanding and application will develop as you work towards designing and building your own circuit.

This will form the basis of your final project for which you will write a detailed report describing exactly how your design works. Previous projects that our students have designed include distortion pedals, burglar alarms, infrared range finders, dice, and lottery counters.

Our 2nd year students are given training in programming so they can also undertake projects which are controlled and monitored via a PC. ‘Livewire’ is available on our network for you to simulate your design before construction.

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What MaKES a GOOd ELECtrONiCS StudENt?

You must satisfy both of the following entry requirements:

• a grade B in either GCSE Physics, or GCSE Additional Science, or GCSE Electronics • a grade B in GCSE Mathematics

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM ELECtrONiCS at KGV?

The AS Electronics course involves the study of basic components, logic gates, timers, amplifiers, flip-flops and sequential logic systems. The A2 course looks at microprocessors, programming, robotics, interfacing, and communication systems.

At AS and A2 you will spend 30 hours of lesson time designing, building, and testing your own individual working project built on proto boards (no soldering required). You will write a report detailing exactly how your circuit works.


In both years of the A level course, the individual project is worth 30%. After this there are two written exams per year which are worth 70%.


Electronics is an excellent subject to take with Physics, Computing, Maths and Music Technology, but you can combine it with any subject you choose.


Most of our students go on to university, many to study a subject in which they can use their electronics knowledge.

Some go on to a university degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (provided they have also taken Maths at A level).

amy Parker

(Burscough Priory Science College)

“I have really enjoyed my electronics course particularly when it came to practicals. Designing and building my own project gave me an insight into how my future career could develop. Help is always there when you need it and I would highly recommend this course.”


Your language makes your world: exploring English Language helps us understand why we see the world the way we do, how others have seen it in the past, and the choices we can make about its future. English Language at KGV will offer you a broad, varied and stimulating experience, taught by staff enthusiastic about the language and dedicated to your success.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM ENGLiSh LaNGuaGE at KGV?

At AS you will: master the grammar needed to describe language effectively; discuss language use in a number of modes (written, spoken, electronic) by a range of users in diverse situations; find out how children learn English in their earliest years; produce a coursework folder which investigates how a topic of your choice is represented in language, and creatively represent a person, group, idea or event in a form of your choice.

At A2 you will: expand your study of English to cover regional, social and world varieties; explore the development of English, how and why it has changed, and its future prospects; discuss attitudes to different varieties of



English (such as accents) and the ways English is changing (such as the influence of other cultures and languages); produce a coursework folder which investigates an aspect of spoken English and creatively joins in with a key language debate.

What MaKES a GOOd ENGLiSh LaNGuaGE StudENt?

You will: • notice the language around you • be an avid reader and enjoy the power of words • be keen to improve your use of English • be prepared to defend a viewpoint and listen to those of others • have an urge to label, categorise and interpret data. • need to have achieved a grade B in English or English Language at GCSE

AS: • 1 exam: you will analyse two texts, and write about children's language acquisition. • 1 coursework folder: you will investigate how a person, group or idea is represented across a range of texts, and create your own representation (eg: newspaper article, monologue) of your chosen topic. A2: • 1 exam: you will discuss varieties of English used in Britain and the World and how language changes. You will also analyse views on debates in these two fields. • 1 coursework folder: you will investigate an aspect of spoken language, and write your own 'intervention' in a language debate.

Throughout the course you will be assessed by formal essays, individual and group presentations, project work, and shorter assignments and objective tests.


Anywhere and everywhere. You will become a more knowledgeable, analytical, reflective and critically astute person, more in touch with your culture and with valuable transferable skills in terms of employment and life. You will also be able to apply for Higher Education courses in English Language and Linguistics, and will have enhanced your application for a range of other subjects as diverse as English Literature, Law, Medicine, Psychology, Politics and Speech Therapy.


Students tend to study other arts, humanities and media courses, and also English Literature. It is also a helpful fourth subject in a science or social science programme, improving your communication skills and broadening your range.

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What CaN ENGLiSh LaNGuaGE & LitEraturE OFFEr ME?

This course offers you a smooth transition from GCSE and allows you to divide your attention equally between both areas of English. You will explore how writers and speakers use language in a wide range of literary and non-literary texts, looking at poetry, prose and drama, as well as travel writing, biography, conversation transcripts, media articles and other texts. You will also learn to write successfully for many different purposes, both analytically and for a variety of audiences. This course offers you the chance to become an independent, confident and reflective reader and writer – qualities very much in demand in the world beyond KGV.

What MaKES a GOOd LaNG & Lit StudENt?

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You’ll probably be a reader – novels, newspapers, magazines, the odd poem – and possibly even a writer too, either for the school magazine or just your own pleasure. But don’t worry if you’re not: this course suits anyone who wants to carry on enjoying and discussing the written and spoken word and who is committed to taking their own language skills to the next level.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM LaNG & Lit?

At AS: • you’ll study a modern novel and play to develop both your analytical and creative abilities;.

• you’ll be looking at how we use speech in a range of everyday contexts, and how writers use speech in novels, plays and poems. At A2: • you’ll complete a 2000-2500 word coursework essay comparing two texts; • you’ll compare unseen extracts on related themes from across all forms, styles and genres of writing, and further develop your creative writing skills in response to a range of non-fiction texts.


You will sit two exams at AS, and one exam (60%) plus coursework (40%) at A2. You will be set regular assignments in a number of forms – creative pieces, posters and presentations, as well as more formal essays and analysis pieces.

WhiCh SuBJECtS GO WELL With LaNG & Lit?

English Combined students tend to study other arts, humanities and media courses; but it is a useful addition to any A Level programme, improving your communication skills and broadening your range.

WhErE CaN LaNGuaGE & LitEraturE taKE ME?

English skills are highly valued in Higher Education and employment alike, and a qualification in English will work in your favour in any university or job application.


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What CaN ENGLiSh LitEraturE at KGV OFFEr ME?

• The chance to explore some great writing and share your responses with others • Excellent academic training in analysing texts and writing essays • Encouragement and support in participating in discussion about literature with knowledge and confidence • The opportunity to go on theatre trips and other visits to support your studies

• A Literature Reading Group to share your favourite reading with others

What MaKES a GOOd LitEraturE StudENt?

• An appetite for reading and a love of good writing! • A lively mind, an open mind, and a willingness to share your ideas. • A keenness to express yourself in writing in a lucid and coherent way. • You will need to have achieved a grade C in in GCSE English, English Language or English Literature.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM ENGLiSh LitEraturE at KGV?

• You will study a broad range of literature across the three genres of prose, poetry and drama. • You will look at literature in its broader social, historical and cultural contexts. • At AS you will study two units: Unit 1 is a written exam with a question that allows you to use your own wider reading in response to a themed extract, and a question on the study of a poet. Unit 2 consists of two pieces of coursework, one on a novel; one on a comparison of a novel and a play. • At A2 you will study two units: Unit 3 is a written exam on the theme of ‘Love through the Ages.’ You will use your knowledge of novels, plays and poetry on the theme of love to answer two questions that

ask you to compare extracts of literature. Unit 4 is an extended coursework essay on a Shakespeare play, a novel and a poet in which you compare a theme or topic of your choice.


• Project work and individual research will form an important part of your overall assessment, as well as class presentations. • Regular essays and tests to help develop your knowledge and refine your writing. • Individual consultations about coursework in addition to class teaching.

WhiCh SuBJECtS GO WELL With ENGLiSh LitEraturE?

Literature itself is full of variety, containing references to every part of life, so it sits easily with any other subject. Popular combinations are with History, Classics, Law, Media and Film, Art, and, for the enthusiast, English Language. We also attract students of science subjects who want breadth to their studies or simply enjoy literature.

WhErE CaN ENGLiSh LitEraturE taKE ME?

This qualification has a high status amongst admissions tutors for all kinds of competitive Humanities courses. A wide range of careers are open to English graduates because of the wide range of attributes and abilities needed in the study of this great subject. Past students have been successful in teaching, journalism, publishing, management, human resources, television, law, marketing. English is about life and as such it can help take you anywhere!

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Film Studies is an exciting and vibrant subject that can change the way you watch films forever. The AS course is divided into two different modules, both of which are designed to shape and challenge the way you look at films. • FM1: Exploring Film Form

• FM2: British and American Film

FM1 is the coursework module which is worth 40% of the course.

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In this you will have the chance to write two analytical essays on different aspects of film form and also the chance to write, storyboard and actually make a short film!

FM2 is an exam based module, worth 60%, which examines the Hollywood and British film industries and looks at the relationship between film production and audiences.

What MaKES a GOOd StudENt?

Film Studies attracts students who are creative, passionate, dedicated and really interested in films and the film industry. It will also help if you have an analytical, critical mind. You will need to have achieved a grade C in GCSE English or English Language.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM FiLM StudiES at KGV?

The course is taught by highly qualified staff and technicians all of whom can help you make the most of your skills and interests. Film Studies is an excellent subject if you are keen to develop writing skills, visual and production skills and analytical skills. It is a subject that will constantly challenge you and will encourage you to think for yourself. If that isn’t enough, there is also the annual Media and Film Studies Oscars awards ceremony to look forward to. This event is eagerly anticipated by students and the competitive spirit often makes students try even harder to win a

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coveted Oscar statue. The department also organises trips, speakers and workshops at various points in the course. Recently, these have included speakers on script writing, a representative from B.B.F.C., the Mobile Cinema, trips to Manchester Cornerhouse, London and Liverpool FACT.


40% is coursework and the remainder is assessed through an examination. This is the same for both AS and A2.


English Language and Literature, Sociology and Media Studies are all natural combinations with Film Studies but there are lots of other subjects that also link with the

subject including Business Studies, Psychology, Art, Psychology and Politics.

WhErE CaN FiLM StudiES taKE ME?

The practical, creative and analytical aspects of the course provide an excellent starting point for either higher academic study or for a career in film production. Many of our students have continued with Film Studies or Film Production at university and some intrepid students have shown their films at regional competitions and film festivals such as Manchester Cornerhouse’s ‘Under Exposed’ student film festival.



What CaN FrENCh at KGV OFFEr ME?

AS/A2 French offers you the chance to enhance your language skills, learn about the culture and society of the French-speaking world and also enhance your career prospects.

What MaKES a GOOd FrENCh StudENt?

You should have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE level although an A or A* grade will put you at a distinct advantage.

You will want to get involved and participate in lessons as the subject is an interactive one. You should also have an interest in French society and culture.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM FrENCh at KGV?

You will be taught by well-qualified staff in modern, well-equipped classrooms. There will be individual, pair and group work activities, work with audio and video materials and language games.

We run an annual student exchange with a lycée in Alsace – an excellent, way to consolidate what you have learnt in class and make the language come alive!

Chelsea Farrington

(Greenbank High School) French, English Language, Maths and Spanish

“Learning French and Spanish A level at KGV has been fantastic. The lessons are relaxed and enjoyable. On the French exchange I stayed with a great family where I spoke French all the time - even playing Scrabble in French! I have gained not only further knowledge but also skills for life and I now feel I am equipped to study at university. I can positively recommend both courses!

The Department also organises trips to productions of French plays and screenings of French films.


AS French is a language-based qualification testing all four language skills - there is no literature. It offers a natural transition from GCSE as many of the topics to be studied will already be familiar to you.

which will be new to you. You will also have the opportunity to study aspects of French-language culture and society, including French literature and cinema. The final examination will cover all four language skills - listening, reading, speaking and writing.


Any subject can be studied in combination with French at this level but it is most often combined with English, Business Studies or a second foreign language. However, many students choose French as their fourth subject simply to broaden their horizons.


You may choose to study French on its own or as part of a combined degree with another subject, such as Law or Business Studies. You should be aware that the vast majority of employers will accept students with a French degree onto their graduate training schemes, whether or not the work itself directly involves foreign language skills. A high proportion of our students choose to study French in order to work in a wide variety of careers.

did yOu KNOW? ... according to recent data, Modern Languages graduates are currently the SECONd most employable graduates of all!

A2 French further develops all four language skills through the study of more advanced topics, most of

French is an official language in 29 countries and is spoken on every continent

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Guy Conlon

(Birkdale High School) Geography, Chemistry, Biology and Geology

“Geography matters because it gives our lives substance - it gives us a clear picture of the world we live in. It takes a wide range of subjects and collates them into the subject that I love - Geography!”

What CaN GEOGraPhy at KGV OFFEr ME?

The Geography A Level reflects Geography's important role in examining the big global issues such as Climate Change and the rise of new World Superpowers. You will learn about events that are in the news now.

You will develop lots of new skills that will be valuable in the job market. You will learn how to investigate a problem or issue from different angles and practise important decision making. You will be taught by a genuine enthusiastic teacher. We like to travel and explore the world too!

What MaKES a GOOd GEOGraPhy StudENt?

Good Geography students tend to be naturally curious. You should have an interest in current events and enjoy learning about people, places and the natural environment.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM GEOGraPhy at KGV?

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You will build up an understanding of the role Geography can play in examining the big global challenges by studying the following topics: AS GEOGRAPHY

• Climate Change • Natural Disasters

• Human Pressure on Coastal Environments

• Rebranding Towns and Cities (e.g. Liverpool City of Culture)

• International Migration and World Population Change

A2 GEOGRAPHY • The Global Development Gap • Energy and Water Security

• New Global Superpowers (The rise of China, India and Russia) • Conservation of Threatened ecosystems • Health and Disease (e.g. Malaria)

You will develop research skills and practical data collection skills on field trips. You will work with GIS applications such as Google Earth to measure rates of coastal erosion.


Please note that there is no longer coursework in A Level Geography.

AS: Two written exams in the summer of your first year. A2: Two written exams in the summer of the second year.


You can study almost any other subject with Geography. Biology and Geology link very well with Geography and are popular options.

WhErE CaN GEOGraPhy taKE ME?

Many of our students study Geography or a closely related subject (Environmental Science) at University. Clearly, our students enjoy Geography and recognise the value of a geographical degree. Employers value graduates with Geography degrees because of the very wide range of skills and expertise students develop. Virtually every company will need to employ people to advise on Environmental Policies as well as Sustainable Development. Some of our students have gone on to study Law, Journalism, International Politics and Medicine at university.




Geology is the study of Planet Earth. The rocks and fossils beneath our feet contain clues about how the Earth works and indeed how it has changed over the last 4600 million years. Geology offers you the chance to discover for yourself the story of our remarkable planet and will introduce you to a very different way of looking at our world.

What MaKES a GOOd GEOLOGy StudENt?

You should be interested in the natural world, like being outdoors, be keen on problem solving using clues from the Earth, and enjoy working hard and learning new ideas! You will need to have achieved a grade C at GCSE in any science.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM GEOLOGy at KGV? The course covers topics such as: • • • •

Geological Hazards: Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Landslides Rocks, Minerals and Fossils Planet Earth: Plate tectonics and Earth’s internal structure The Causes and Impacts of Ice Ages

Geology is a “hands on” subject and much time is spent using samples of rocks, fossils and geological maps. It is a subject that relies on logic, problem solving and experimental learning. It does not make use of extended writing skills to a large extent. Geology is a field science and so best studied in the outdoors.


The AS course is assessed by three end of year examinations mostly involving short answer questions. One examination is a practical paper involving rock and fossil samples, interpretation of photographs and a geological map. The A2 course has a coursework component, which involves lab and fieldwork investigations. There are also two written examinations involving short answer questions, essays and mapwork.


Subjects which go well with Geology include: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography. However, previous successful Geology students have combined it with almost all other subjects.


Students who study Geology at university can:

• Investigate the impact of human activity on the environment e.g. water quality, disposal of waste, quarry activity • Investigate the likelihood of Geology affecting human activity e.g. landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic activity • Explore for useful geological materials e.g. oil, coal and minerals • Research into what Geology is telling us about past and future conditions on Earth

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Field trips, including Shap - where rocks have been folded by collision of ancient continents and Anglezarke - where we find out what Lancashire was like 300 million years ago.

The highlight of the course is a 7 day trip to the Isle of Arran, Scotland where what you have learnt in the classroom is there before your eyes.

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Stop Press! German AS/A2 is now available Ab Initio - for beginners too!


What CaN GErMaN at KGV OFFEr ME?

German offers you the chance to enhance your language skills and learn about the culture and society of the German-speaking world.

What MaKES a GOOd GErMaN StudENt?

You will need to be enthusiastic, wellmotivated and prepared to put the language to use in all of the lessons. You will be expected to spend time completing homework tasks and working independently to develop your skills. You should have an interest in German culture and society. You will need a grade C in GCSE German. To study the language ab initio you will need a GCSE grade B in a different language.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM GErMaN at KGV?

You will be taught by well qualified staff in modern, well-equipped classrooms. The lessons will be conducted in German including: individual, pair and group work activities, work with audio and video materials and language games. The courses are structured around language topics which

offer an insight into the culture and society of the German-speaking world.

AS topics: The Family and Relationships, Healthy Living, Popular Culture and the Media. A2 topics: The Environment, Multicultural Society in German, Contemporary Social Issues and two Cultural topics, which allow for the study of German language, literature and cinema.


AS/A2 German is a language-based qualification testing all four language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing). There is no literature or coursework. AS examinations Unit 1: Listening, reading and writing. 2 hours 70% of the overall mark Unit 2: Speaking test. 35 minutes (inclusive of 20 mins preparation time) 30% of mark


You can combine German with any other subject offered at KGV but popular and successful subjects taken by past students include: French, Spanish, Modern History, English, Law, Economics and Business Studies.


Studying German will give you valuable skills for all educational courses and areas of employment. Most of our students go on to university, many to study German on its own

A2 examinations Unit 3: Listening, reading and writing 2.5 hrs 35% of total A level mark Unit 4: Speaking test. 35 minutes (inclusive of 20 mins prep time) 15% of total A level mark

rhiannon Segar

(Greenbank High School) German, French, Geography and Literature

“Learning German has really opened my eyes to how rewarding learning a language can be, from seeing my progression from not being able to say a word in German to now, where I have been able to speak on the FrancoGerman exchange. My skills have improved dramatically page 41 and I can’t wait to immerse myself into the language and culture in my 2nd year.”

did yOu KNOW? ... according to recent data, Modern Languages graduates are currently the SECONd most employable graduates of all!

or as part of a combined degree with another modern foreign language or a subject such as Law or Business Studies.

We run an annual student exchange with a school on the Franco-German border where you will stay with a Germanspeaking partner and his/her family - an excellent way to consolidate what you have learnt and to make the language come alive!

German is the most widely-spoken language in the European union




The actions of politicians affect all our lives, and in a democracy we all have the right to participate in Politics. Studying Politics will boost your political awareness skills and enable you to cast your vote more effectively in elections.

You will be given plenty of opportunities to put your views across, as Politics is a vibrant and robust subject. Participation in lectures and debates is actively encouraged. Listening to and respecting the views of others is also an important skill. Politics students have every opportunity to achieve top grades. In 2011 the pass rate was 100%.

Oliver Brady

(Stanley High School) Politics, Film Studies, English Literature and Latin

What MaKES a GOOd POLitiCS StudENt?

“I never wanted to do Politics at first, but after visiting KGV in 2010, the department completely influenced my chosen career path towards Politics. It has helped me to build a better understanding of the world we live in, as well as encouraging me in class debates, which have helped improve my communication skills and appreciate different viewpoints.�

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A lively interest and awareness of current affairs, plus a genuine desire to understand how the country and world is shaped, is certainly an advantage. In addition, Politics encourages a pro-active attitude and a desire to get involved in local/national issues.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM POLitiCS at KGV?

Activities & Events A visit to the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court of Justice in London takes place every year. Regular guest speakers visit College including MEPs,

all parliamentary candidates for Southport at General Election time, local councillors, academic lecturers and pressure group spokes persons. You will also have the opportunity to organise college elections and referenda.


There is no coursework. The course is 100% exam assessment. Both AS and A2 consist of two units, so at the end of each year there will be two exams (each lasting one and a half hours).


A vast range of subjects combine well, especially History, Economics, Sociology, English, Law, Philosophy and Business Studies. Providing you have a genuine interest in Politics, any combination works well.


Most Politics students achieve high A-level grades and progress to degree programmes in subjects as diverse as International Relations, American Studies, Business Studies, Economics, History, Law, Management, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, and Public Administration. Others go directly into employment.

Politics is a flexible and well-respected subject that keeps options open in terms of career choice. It is accepted by every university in the UK, and recognised as developing knowledge, understanding and skills highly regarded by employers. Popular career options for Politics students include journalism, media work, teaching, public relations, research.

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What CaN hiStOry at KGV OFFEr ME?

Results have always been well above the national average. The Ofsted inspection 2012 singled History out for its outstanding teaching and its commitment to enhancing and enriching students’ wider History experience.

Over the past seven years, KGV historians have on average, achieved higher grades at A-level than was predicted from their GCSE results.

We offer expert knowledge, teaching and guidance from tutors. Tutors are either examiners for A-level History or have experience of examining with other exam boards. Tutors give individual support to students preparing their coursework in the second year.

What MaKES a GOOd hiStOry StudENt?

A desire to want to know all about other people’s business! Students need to be interested in what made people in the past act the way they did and how events and ideas in the past help to shape the present.

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What CaN i ExPECt FrOM hiStOry at KGV? You will develop study skills through:

• asking questions and researching answers

• evaluating information and making informed judgements • presenting and communicating arguments effectively on paper

Students follow the AQA specification based on the 20th century as follows:

AS level (1st year) Unit 1 Totalitarian Ideologies of Russia, Germany, Italy 1848-1941 (looking at Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini) Unit 2 Britain 1902-18 The impact of New Liberalism: the emergence of Labour, social welfare and suffragettes

A2 level (2nd year) Unit 3 Britain 1951-2007 Looking at the economic, social and political developments which made modern Britain Unit 4 (HIS4X) Historical Enquiry: 3,500 word individual research on different aspects of the Holocaust, within the context of the development of European anti-Semitism 1848-1948.


Formally, in exams set by the examining body for units 1, 2 and 3.

The fourth unit - coursework - will be assessed internally and moderated by the exam board in the second year. Informal assessments take place in class on a regular basis through homework, assignments and class presentations.

WhiCh SuBJECtS GO WELL With hiStOry?

The content and skills complement most subjects. History students often combine with Classical Civilisation, English, Languages, Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Maths and Sciences.

WhErE CaN hiStOry taKE ME?

Most students read a wide variety of subjects at degree level. Subsequently, they enter careers as diverse as Law, Business Management, the Civil Service, Politics, Teaching, Banking, Retailing, Accountancy, Publishing. Former History students are now barristers, university lecturers, solicitors, accountants, surveyors, judges, writers, publishers, politicians.

A number of study visits are organised for students eg. Auschwitz, Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, the British Library. Students also run the History Society journal, "Anachronistic", raising money for a special school in Ghana.


What CaN iCt at KGV OFFEr ME?


Information & Communications Technology at A level is a wide-ranging course aimed at students who want to extend their knowledge and skills in using and managing computers and information. It includes analysing existing information systems, developing new ones and studying the applications and effects of such systems in society. It will provide you with a sound base for courses and careers involving management of ICT systems and people. This is not a skills-based course, but one which involves sound academic study of ICT and which has a strong technical component. However, it will extend your skills, particularly in database design and development, spreadsheet modelling and presentation.


What MaKES a GOOd iCt StudENt?

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM iCt at KGV?

WhiCh SuBJECtS GO WELL With iCt?

General college entry requirements. There is no need for a student to have followed any Computing or IT course at GCSE. All we want is your enthusiasm for the subject and your wish to learn.

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A2 Level Units Unit 3 ICT Systems, Applications and Implications (External) You will gain an understanding of the systems cycle; designing computer-based information systems; networks and communication; applications of ICT; implementing computer-based information systems and implications of ICT. Unit 4 ICT Project (Coursework) The opportunity to complete a project involving the production of an ICT system.

Through demonstrations and examples with individual or small group exercises. Theory lessons include individual research and group discussions. You will receive feedback to help you develop the required skills. Material will be available via the ICT Department's Dynamic Learning environment, so students have access at all times. At AS level, unit 1 is assessed by means of a two and a quarter hour written examination and Unit 2 is internally assessed by the teacher and moderated by the exam board.

Staff in the ICT department are graduates of ICT or Computing and have a vast knowledge and resource bank for the successful teaching of the subject.

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or magazine (ii) a document containing automated routines, such as a mail merged letter (iii) a presentation to an audience, such as a web page or slide show.

AS Level Units Unit 1 Information, Systems Acquiring knowledge and understanding of information systems including: the relationship between data, information and knowledge, the importance of up to date, accurate and complete information, how information can improve the quality of decision making and how data errors can occur. Unit 2 - Presenting Information Requires you to use ICT hardware and software applications to solve a problem involving three separate tasks: the production of (i) a document such as a leaflet

At A2 level ICT Systems, Applications and Implications is assessed via written examination, the ICT project is assessed on documented evidence of the system you have produced.

ICT can be combined with practically any other subject from Sciences, Business Studies or Modern Languages through to virtual stage design in Theatre Studies.

WhErE CaN iCt taKE ME?

ICT offers a wide range of employment and Higher Education possibilities. They can lead to careers in the Information Technology/Computing industry through traditional degrees such as Computing, Information Technology or Systems Engineering.

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What CaN LaW at KGV OFFEr ME?


A living subject which affects all areas of your life. Law provides the framework for protecting life and liberty across the world as well as regulating everyday contacts between people.

There will be the opportunity to participate in mock trials, court visits and Law conferences with outside speakers from the legal profession.

What MaKES a GOOd LaW StudENt?

Good communication skills both oral and written. Being able to take in facts and apply them to problem situations and the ability to argue points.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM LaW at KGV?

At AS level you will study how laws are made, how to become a lawyer or be on a jury, as well as looking at crimes such as actual and grievous bodily harm, and what sentences to give. At A2 the focus is on crime, murder and manslaughter and on tort law with topics such as negligence and nuisance. You will also explore concepts such as justice and morality.

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Law develops skills of writing, reading, analysis and

argument and can be linked with subjects which develop similar skills and topic areas such as

English, History, Politics, Psychology and Sociology.

However Law also complements subjects like science, drama and maths.

WhErE CaN LaW taKE ME?

Over a third of A2 law students progress to take a

Law degree at University. Although it is not necessary to take Law at A Level to enter a Law degree neither is it a disadvantage. The






Department of Law, Durham University website:

“We welcome applications from students studying

A Level Law!”

Past students have found it a great advantage to have taken A Level Law prior to a Law degree as it

helped them decide Law was for them and it gave them the key basic knowledge that non-A Level

Law students will not have. A few students go straight into legal employment, in the police or in a

solicitors’ firm. Successfully completing A Level Law

will give you exemption from the Introduction to

Law unit on the ILEX Professional Diploma in Law.


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papers at AS and A2.

understanding of the English Legal System by

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activities such as mock trials and court visits mentioned earlier.



What CaN MathEMatiCS at KGV OFFEr ME?

• A consistently good ‘A’ level pass rate and retention rate

• A committed, experienced and highly qualified staff

• A choice of Applied units (Mechanics/Decision/ Statistics) to fit your other ‘A’ levels/career profile • Stimulation for those of you who enjoy problem solving

• The mathematical knowledge and expertise for a huge variety of degree courses • The opportunity to join the ‘Maths Club’ regional competitions

What MaKES a GOOd MathEMatiCS StudENt?

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• At least a grade A in GCSE Mathematics

• Success in Mathematics requires determination and commitment to the course by doing all the set work and asking for help

• Confidence and competence in using algebra is essential

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM MathEMatiCS at KGV? This course is a SIX unit A level.

All AS students are required to take two compulsory Pure Mathematics units, which extend your knowledge of Algebra and Trigonometry as well as introducing important new areas such as Calculus and Numerical Methods PLUS a third applied unit which can be chosen from: • Mechanics 1 (modelling the motion of objects). Good for Physicists and Engineers

• Statistics 1 (analysing data using probability and modelling). Good for future Biologists/ Geographers/Psychologists/Medics

In year 2, for A2, you do two more compulsory Pure units (Core 3 and Core 4) along with another choice of Applied unit. Most students will choose Decision 1(solving real life problems) but some will extend their first year applications by taking stats 2 or mech 2. We use a wide variety of teaching methods in the classroom including using the interactive whiteboards, especially Autograph; the use of graphical calculators and computer packages are encouraged.


All units are tested by a 1 hour 30 minutes written examination taken in the summer. There is no coursework.

WhiCh SuBJECtS GO WELL With MathEMatiCS?

Mathematics can be taken with any subject combination but the Applied unit chosen should be influenced by your other subjects/career choice

WhErE CaN MathEMatiCS taKE ME?

• Achievement of a Maths A Level is evidence of your ability to think logically and solve problems. Both of these skills are increasingly required for university courses & jobs. • Those students considering Mathematics at university should be considering Further Mathematics as well (see next page) • The background knowledge gained is required for many academic degree courses including most Science and Engineering degrees as well as some competitive Economics, Finance and Computing degrees • You will also develop some highly relevant skills for a wide variety of other university courses such as Psychology and Geography

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What CaN FurthEr MathS at KGV OFFEr ME?

• An exceptional pass rate and A/B rate over many years • A Mathematical education which will leave you well placed to tackle any Mathematics, Science or Engineering course in the country. Many students have gained places at Oxford, Cambridge, London and Warwick for Maths, Physics and Engineering in recent years • Staff members who are well experienced at teaching Further Maths

• Opportunity to play an active role in regional/ national competitions

What MaKES a GOOd FurthEr MathS StudENt?

• You really enjoy Mathematics and look forward to spending 9 hours a week being challenged • You feel very confident with using Algebra and are prepared to learn your Maths at a fast pace • At least a grade A in GCSE Mathematics

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM FurthEr MathS at KGV?

• You will complete the whole AS/A2 Mathematics course in the first year; covering C1-4, M1 and S1(see Mathematics’ pages)

• In year 2, you can choose 3 more units (AS Further) or 6 more units (‘A’ Further) from a wide variety of options, giving you the chance to study ‘university style’ topics in Pure Mathematics, such as Differential Equations, Matrices and Imaginary Numbers as well as extending your knowledge of Mechanics and/or Statistics or doing some Decision Maths

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• All units are assessed by a 1 hour 30 minutes written examination • C1 - 4, M1, S1 are taken in June (first year)

• The remaining units (3 for AS, 6 for ‘A’ level) are taken in year 2 • There is no coursework

WhiCh SuBJECtS GO WELL With FurthEr MathS?

This course can be taken along with any other subject combination.

WhErE CaN FurthEr MathS taKE ME?

• This course will prepare you for Mathematics degree courses at any institution in the country

• It will give you the background Mathematics for the most competitive Science and Engineering degrees.

• It is highly regarded by universities and employers

aNythiNG ELSE?

This is a challenging course (which counts as two AS subject choices) for those who really enjoy doing mathematics but it is very rewarding and it is the only subject which takes you beyond A level and gives you a real insight into taking the subject (or a closely related subject) at University.

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What CaN uSE OF MathS at KGV OFFEr ME?

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM uSE OF MathS at KGV?

• Enthusiastic teaching and an opportunity to use Graphical calculators and/or Computer packages to develop your mathematical understanding

• An emphasis on the applications and all work is based on real-life data and investigation

• An innovative, modern Maths course which APPLIES the Maths you learn in real life contexts and is accessible to all students with GCSE Maths at B or above

• A lot of variety in the first year as there are three different units in the AS course Algebra and Graphs, Decision and either Statistics or Mechanics

• The choice of two application modules to help your career choice

• The two application units in the AS course are free standing and success in either of these units will lead to a separate certificate with UCAS points (even if the whole AS is not achieved)

What MaKES a GOOd uSE OF MathS StudENt?


• Enhancement of algebraic skills to help your other subjects

• A new way of learning Maths where the question ‘Why are we doing this’ is never asked!

• You are interested in how Maths is used in the real world and like an investigative approach • You would like to deal with real data, find the Maths to solve the problem and use Graphical calculators and/or computer packages to help you do so

• You enjoy Maths and would like to do some post GCSE work but feel apprehensive about tackling the standard AS/A2 course due to the emphasis on algebra • You like doing coursework (not needed at AS)

• The A2 course introduces a unit on Calculus, an applications coursework portfolio and a final Pure unit called ‘Applying Mathematics’

Beth Westfield

(Stanley High School) Use of Maths, Textiles and Health & Social Care

“I took Use of Mathematics as a gradual step from GCSE Maths. I thoroughly enjoyed the first year, so continued at A2 level. The course is useful for understanding why we use maths, not just how we do it. Definitely recommend it!”

• The three units at AS are assessed by a one hour written exam with a prereleased data sheet for targeted revision

• In the A2 course there is a one hour written exam on ‘Calculus', a one and a half hour exam on ‘Applying Mathematics' which takes the form of a comprehension and a Portfolio based on Algebra and graphs and one of the

application modules from the first year.

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• • • • •

What CaN MEdia StudiES OFFEr ME?

A dynamic subject which encourages debate Stimulating practical tasks The chance to write essays about media case studies High quality teaching and the opportunity to gain excellent exam results Good resources and excellent technical support

The course is assessed by one exam (worth 50% in total) and coursework (worth 50%) which consists of one practical piece (usually a film extract, trailer, soap opera or travel programme) and one preproduction project (magazine front covers and page design, film posters, storyboards and planning for film marketing campaigns).

In the MS1 module you will learn how to analyse different types of media texts and how texts are geared towards specific audiences and focus upon audiences and issues concerning the media, such as representation, moral panics, ideology and stereotyping.

What MaKES a GOOd MEdia StudiES StudENt?

If you have an analytical, open mind and genuinely enjoy questioning things that you see, read or hear then this is a good choice for you! You should have an interest in the media and keep up to date with news, debates and issues throughout the course. You will need to have achieved a GCSE grade C in English or English Language.

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What CaN i ExPECt FrOM MEdia StudiES at KGV?

A challenging, exciting and ever changing course that constantly makes you think and develops your

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analytical, communication and study skills. You will develop your filming, storyboarding, editing and script writing skills and competence in magazine production. You will also learn about the many different sides of media industries and production through your work and the many trips and speakers. Students have visited the FACT centre in Liverpool, Eurodisney, Granada TV and enjoy a very popular annual trip to London to visit the BBC and national newspapers! You will also have the chance to compete for an Oscar in the annual Media and Film Studies Oscars Awards ceremony.


50% is coursework and the remainder is assessed through an exam. This is the same for AS and A2

WhiCh SuBJECtS GO WELL With MEdia StudiES?

English Language and Literature, Sociology and Film Studies are all natural combinations but many other subjects link well including Business Studies, Psychology, Art, Psychology and Politics.

WhErE CaN MEdia StudiES taKE ME?

Where do you want to go? Former students have gone on to many interesting and diverse career paths such as television, radio, film, production, advertising and marketing. All of our students leave the subject with highly developed investigative skills which will be useful in all fields of Higher Education or employment.


What CaN MuSiC at KGV OFFEr ME?


A department with high retention and pass rates. Many students have entered HE Music courses at all the major Music Colleges, many University courses and Teacher Training degrees.

What MaKES a GOOd MuSiC StudENt?

Grade 5 theory is desirable and you must be able to perform to at least Grade 5 standard to meet the minimum requirements of the course. We do accept students without GCSE music but only if they have completed ABRSM grade 5 theory. You must have some basic keyboard skills and be willing to perform in front of others. You may be asked to audition for your place if you do not meet any of the above requirements.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM MuSiC at KGV? AS Music comprises: • • •

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Performance - recorded solos and/or ensembles at minimum Grade V standard (30%) Composition - one 3 minute piece (30%) Listening, Investigating Musical Styles, Chords & Lines (40%)


Performance is internally assessed and externally moderated. All other units are externally assessed.


Arts subjects such as English and History. Modern Languages are invaluable for University Music and singers. Business Studies for Arts Administration. Maths and Physics for Music Technology related courses. Theatre Studies for Performing Arts courses.

WhErE CaN MuSiC taKE ME?

Past KGV musicians have progressed to work with the BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Northern Ballet, lecturing at Birmingham Conservatoire, running their own recording business, cruise liner entertainment, Glasgow Cathedral Master of the Choristers, choirmen at Leeds Parish Church and the Chapel Royal, working for EMI, producing music for BBC programmes, composing music for adverts, local teaching and organist posts from Hull to High Wycombe, from Holy Family and Litherland High to KGV.

A2 Music

• Performance (30%)

• Composition & Technical Study (30%) 2 tasks in all • Further Musical Understanding (40%)

Practice space is available. Some vocal/ instrumental tuition is available. Participation in three or four College Concerts each year is required.

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• Sequencing Systems and Techniques


This course offers an AS/A2 equivalent for students interested in the world of music production and creation. With this route through Music Technology you will gain a wide understanding of key areas of music production, creation and engineering.

Former students have progressed to LIPA, Huddersfield, UCLAN and Leeds College of Music to name but a few.

What MaKES a GOOd MuSiC tEChNOLOGy StudENt?

As well as meeting the College’s standard entry requirements, you must have a genuine interest in making music and have a basic understanding of notation. GCSE at grade D in Mathematics is essential for engineering aspects of the course.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM MuSiC tEChNOLOGy at KGV?

The College has a fully equipped recording studio and editing suite. Using Pro Tools, Logic and Cubase, you will be expected to produce work to an extremely high standard. You will be taught by specialists with a wealth of experience in the fields of music, performance and music technology. The course covers the following units:

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btec subsidiary level

• Music Production Techniques

• Listening Skills for Music Technologists

• Acoustics for Musicians • Audio Engineering

• Sound Creation and Manipulation

These six key areas are essential for further study in

this field.


Assessment is through a mixture of course-work (portfolio), presentation and theoretical written work. There are no formal, final examinations although short practical tests may be used to assess your knowledge.


Maths and Physics A level are essential for further study in the field of Audio Engineering. Some Music Technology courses may require A level Music. Media Studies and Performing Arts can help to widen your experience of this subject area.


There are a wide range of university courses available to those who complete this course successfully, both at HND and Degree levels; these include courses in Music Technology, Media, Multi Media, Business (Music), Performing Arts and other related subjects. As an alternative to Higher Education there are many opportunities for employment and self employment in the music industry; previous students have gone on to work in studios, live sound, DJ’ing, performance and composing for video games



The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts is the first step in your training to work in the Performing Arts industry. Throughout the course there is a great focus on practical work in both rehearsal and performance situations. You will learn the importance of the auditioning and casting processes, rehearsal methods and techniques, culminating in a number of live public performances. The emphasis will be on the development of body and voice and how to use them successfully in a range of performance styles. Subject tutors are experts in their fields, have considerable professional experience and can give you all the help and support you need to be successful.

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As a member of Performance, you will undergo assessment on a weekly and termly basis through internal testing, assignment completion and performances undertaken. In both years of your course, you will be expected to complete written and practical assignments, keep rehearsal and character development logs and to provide witness statements of work completed. Full scale live productions will also be assessed on the night they are performed and via video recording.

What MaKES a GOOd PErFOrMiNG artS StudENt?


What CaN i ExPECt FrOM PErFOrMiNG artS at KGV?

WhErE CaN PErFOrMiNG artS taKE ME?

Successful applicants need to have ability in two of drama, dance or music/singing as well as meeting standard College entry requirements. Experience in live performance would also be extremely useful, and an endless supply of energy and enthusiasm essential!

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In the second year, you will spend time developing your singing voice, experimenting in a variety of musical styles in both solo and ensemble work. You will also learn about being a healthy performer and the essentials of performance exercise, diet and hydration. The year will once again end with a major musical production where all of the elements of the course will be brought together.

During the first year of your course, you will learn about the process of auditions, how to select suitable material and how to develop and use vocal and physical techniques in performance. You will then explore the rehearsal process, focusing on developing your voice and body further and applying them to a variety of plays and performance styles. The year will end with a major public performance of a musical play, for which you will audition, be cast, take part in rehearsals and produce a high quality,professional standard, fully developed piece of theatre.

A wide range of courses including Drama and Theatre Studies, English Language, English Literature, Media Studies, Film Studies, Music, Music Technology, Modern Languages, Sociology and Psychology all combine well with Performing Arts.

Students can use their qualification to access a performance related course in the performing arts industry, including acting, singing, dancing, musical theatre or theatre production.

aNythiNG ELSE?

As with all performance based courses, a very high amount of dedication and commitment are essential if you are to be successful.

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Do I really have free will? What is the fundamental nature of the universe? Does morality really exist? Do we have a human nature? Is there a meaning to life? What makes art valuable? Can we ever know anything for certain? Who am I? – if you enjoy contemplating questions such as these, Philosophy may be the course for you!

Philosophy literally translates as ‘love of wisdom’ and is concerned with questions of how one should live, what sort of things exist, what counts as genuine knowledge and determining the correct principles of reasoning. It is often argued that an understanding of oneself and one’s place in the world can only be gained through serious thinking and discussion of philosophical questions. This attitude is neatly summed up by the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, who declared that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’.

What MaKES a GOOd PhiLOSOPhy StudENt?

By far the most important thing is to have a natural interest in philosophical and ethical ideas; those who already find themselves pondering ‘the big questions’ tend to find this subject highly rewarding and stimulating. You will need to have achieved a GCSE grade C in English, English Literature or English Language.

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What CaN i ExPECt FrOM PhiLOSOPhy at KGV?

as/a2 level

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At AS Level you will study: Units 1 & 2. In these introductory units, you will be engaging with problems which have occupied the world’s most prominent philosophers for centuries.

Do we experience the world as it really is or is human perception merely one interpretation of the world?

Why should I be governed? What would life be like without rulers?

Do we acquire knowledge through thinking rationally or through experience?

Does the universe show evidence of God’s existence? Does the existence of evil rule out the existence of God? How does the religious perspective differ from that of the atheist?

At A2 level, you will extend your philosophical knowledge, understanding and skills through the study of Epistemology (what can I know?) and Metaphysics (what really exists?), Political Philosophy, and Nietzsche's text, 'Beyond Good & Evil'.


At AS level, by two 1.5 hour written exams at AS level. At A2 level, likewise, assessment will be by two written exams. There is no coursework requirement for Philosophy.


The ability to think critically, creatively and with clarity is as relevant to Philosophy as it is to Art, History, Politics, English, Psychology and Mathematics. Whichever combination you choose, Philosophy can help you to flourish in your studies.


Many students go on to study Philosophy at university, sometimes in combination with other subjects. Those going into Medicine, Law, Journalism, or Politics find the skills developed in studying Philosophy particularly valuable every hospital, for example, has its own ethics committee to oversee the kind of life-and death decisions we discuss in Moral Philosophy.

Philosophy is a life-enhancing subject where the emphasis is on self-development, self-understanding, and social integration; so, whatever you choose to do, studying Philosophy will help you to do it better and lead a more fulfilled life.


AS/A2 LEVEL What CaN PhySiCaL EduCatiON at KGV OFFEr ME? • • • •

daniel hutchinson

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as level

(Stanley High School) P.E., Accounting and Geography

“I enjoy the way P.E. is delivered with the writing being mixed with a high element of interaction between teachers and pupil. The method of learning consists of interesting points, work booklets and demonstrations making each lesson different and enjoyable.”

A subject that can help explain your practical performance in an interesting and relevant way. A subject with a very high satisfaction rating from past and present students. A subject different to what you have done before. Staff who are enthusiastic about P.E.

What MaKES a GOOd PhySiCaL EduCatiON StudENt? •

• •

Someone who has a genuine interest and ability in sport, in both practical and academic aspects. School representative standard for practical work is preferred. For theory you should have a grade C or equivalent in Science

Someone who understands the largely theoretical nature of this course. Someone who is willing to work hard independently

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM PhySiCaL EduCatiON at KGV? You will study the following areas: AS


Anatomy & Physiology Acquiring Movement Skills Socio-Cultural Studies Practical Exercise & Sports Physiology Sport Psychology

History of P.E. and Sport Practical

You will experience a variety of teaching and learning approaches to develop interest and understanding.


There is ongoing assessment through class work and homework. For AS there is: 1. A written exam at the end of the year (worth 60%) of AS 2. Continuous assessment in your two practical activities (worth 30% in total) 3. Evaluating and Planning improvement in Practical(worth 10%)

For A2 there is: 1. A written exam at the end of the year (worth 70%) of A2 2. Continuous assessment in your practical activity (worth 20%) of A2 3. Evaluating and Planning improvement in Practical (worth 10%)

WhiCh SuBJECtS GO WELL With PhySiCaL EduCatiON?

Biology because of the physiological element. Otherwise, students choose a wide variety of subjects to complement and contrast P.E.

WhErE CaN PhySiCaL EduCatiON taKE ME?

Higher Education courses in Physical Education, Sport, Leisure and Health are common destinations for our past students as are pathways into the uniformed services.

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What CaN PhySiCS at KGV OFFEr ME?

Physics at KGV is taught in an interactive way with an emphasis on developing your practical, thinking, problem solving and I.T. skills. The range of topics covered in the course takes you from deep within the atom to the far reaches of the universe. Your physics lessons at KGV will be taught in new, superbly equipped laboratories so experiment work plays a big part in your learning experience. An activity booklet, containing notes, details of experimental work and problem solving exercises is provided for every topic, so in lessons you can focus on developing your Physics related skills.

What MaKES a GOOd PhySiCS StudENt?

To start our AS physics course you must satisfy both of the following entry requirements: 1. A grade B in either GCSE Physics or GCSE Additional Science 2. A grade B in GCSE Mathematics

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What CaN i ExPECt FrOM PhySiCS at KGV?

The AS course includes the study of mechanics, energy, waves, particle physics, quantum physics and electricity. The A2 course includes the study of gravity, electromagnetism, astrophysics, nuclear and thermal physics. Each of your physics lessons will be made up of a range of activities including experiments (the results of which you will usually analyse on our Easygraph program), problem solving exercises and computer simulations.


The AS and A2 Physics courses are each assessed by 2 written exams along with some assessment of your practical skills. The assessment of your practical skills involves you making measurements and processing data which you then use to answer questions in a written test.


Physics is an excellent subject to take with Mathematics, Electronics and the other Sciences, but, if you have an enquiring mind, you can combine Physics with any other subject.

WhErE CaN PhySiCS taKE ME?

There is a huge range of careers that Physics can help you towards. The following list are a few of the most common careers that our Physics students at KGV go on to: Research Physicist, Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer; Electrical and Electronic Engineer Automotive Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Doctor, Teacher, Astrophysicist, Geophysicist, Engineer in the Armed Forces etc. Although you can take A level Physics without taking A level Maths, you should be aware that to study Physics or Engineering at university you will require both Physics and Maths A levels.

aNythiNG ELSE?

You can also take part in a technology tournament and spend a few days at university sampling engineering or science courses. And finally... how do you decide if physics is for you?

It's simple: if you are curious about how the universe

works, physics is perfect for you.


Psychology gives people the chance to learn more about the mind, to understand why people behave the way they do, and perhaps to prepare for a career in Psychology. It will help you to develop an awareness of human behaviour, including your own and introduce you to techniques for studying human behaviour and methods of analysing research findings. It will allow you to think about human (and sometimes animal) behaviour in a critical, analytical and evaluative way. Forget Big Brother - this is the real deal! Is there anybody who is NOT interested in understanding how and why people behave the way they do? But understanding behaviour is not an easy option, so you owe it to yourself to think carefully. Ask yourself: Can I tackle the difficult and sometimes scientific concepts that Psychology uses?


Am I willing to work hard on my essay-writing skills? Can I learn to think in a critical, analytical and evaluative way?

What MaKES a GOOd PSyChOLOGy StudENt?

You should have a curiosity about human behaviour, and be prepared to work hard to understand Psychology. Your teachers are passionate about their subject - we hope that, in time, you will be too.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM PSyChOLOGy at KGV?

Here are just a few of the questions the Psychology course will answer: • How reliable are eyewitnesses to a crime or accident?

• Why do people obey and conform? • What is stress, and how can it be overcome? • Why do people become mentally ill and how can they be helped? What is “normal” behaviour anyway?

A variety of teaching methods are used including whole class teaching; group discussion; collecting and analysing data; independent research; taking part in research conducted by university students; attending conferences to listen to well-known psychologists; discussing video clips.


You will sit 2 exams in the AS year and 2 in the A2 year, one for each of the course modules. There is no coursework as such, but you will get the opportunity to carry out practical activities. You will have regular homework involving presentations, independent research, multiple choice and other types of objective tests.


Psychology is about skills as much as it is about content, so it combines well with just about any other subject.


You will find out more about careers such as Educational, Clinical, Occupational or Forensic Psychology, but a Psychology degree is the starting point for all of them. Psychology combines well with biological sciences and social sciences and would be well worth considering for any kind of career where understanding behaviour is helpful. This would include medicine, teaching, social work, business and management, the Law, the Services, the Therapies, and more besides.

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Sociology is the study of human relationships and behaviour and helps you to develop a different outlook on the world. The OCR modules focus on contemporary society. For instance, some issues covered include the importance of consumerism in the formation of our identities and ask questions such as why is it that some social groups are said to be more criminal or deviant than others?

The modules are designed to foster your development of critical and reflective thinking whilst encouraging in you, a respect and awareness of social and cultural diversity and inequality. You will also develop research skills relating to contemporary social issues.

You will be supported holistically throughout the course, academically, socially and emotionally, enabling you to be successful and to help you develop your confidence and perhaps be inspired to go on to study sociology, youth studies or criminology at university.

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What MaKES a GOOd SOCiOLOGy StudENt?

Someone who likes to question, who likes debate and respects different points of view. You do need to enjoy reading and keeping in touch with current affairs – it’s your world, too!

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM SOCiOLOGy at KGV?

Sociology lessons are varied, interesting and challenging with lively discussions. You will watch documentary material, read articles, work creatively with others and get involved in whole class discussions about the issues we study. The units covered are:

• Exploring socialisation, culture and identity • Youth culture • Crime and Deviance • Exploring social inequality and difference


There will be one examination per unit, two units each year will be examined in the summer. You will also be formally and informally assessed in various ways within the department to ensure that you are confident and competent in the material. Assessment will help your tutor to develop strategies to support you if you need extra guidance or support with topics. Assessment methods include formal past paper questions, creating informal Movie Makers, posters or putting together group presentations that demonstrate your grasp and application of the topics.


particularly in the public sector, will find Sociology provides a really important foundation. Some HE courses, such as some Social Work degrees, are now asking for students to have Sociology at A level.


Career choices include journalism, teaching, media work, social policy advisor, police officer, social worker, probation officer, caring professions, to name just a few.

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All social sciences and humanities: Psychology, Health and Social Care, Politics, English Language, Philosophy, History and Law. Students intending to work with people,

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What CaN SPaNiSh at KGV OFFEr ME?

Foreign language skills are becoming an increasingly prized asset in the employment market. Did you know that in British industry, employees who speak foreign languages earn more than those who do not!

What MaKES a GOOd SPaNiSh StudENt?

You will want to get involved and participate in lessons as the subject is an interactive one. You should also have an interest in Spanish society, culture and language. You will need a grade B GCSE in Spanish. To study the language ab initio you will need a GCSE grade B in a different language.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM SPaNiSh at KGV?

You will be taught by well-qualified staff in modern, well-equipped classrooms. There will be individual, pair and group work activities, work with audio and video materials and language games. You will make use of the Department’s multimedia resources.

ashley Ken

(Birkdale High School) Spanish, French, Modern History and Classical Civilisation

“Both French and Spanish at KGV not only develop your natural linguistic skills, but also a genuine love for foreign culture. The transition you go through from a GCSE to A-level student is paramount. One moment you’ll be discussing french philosophy, the next the death penalty. The languages department offered me extra help when it came to preparation for my interview at Oxford university. As a result, I now have a place to study Law with French Law at Oxford in 2013.”


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We run an annual, very successful, student exchange with a college in Madrid – an excellent and very enjoyable way to consolidate what you have learnt in class and make the language come alive!

The Department also organises visits to Sixth Form Days offered by local universities and trips to study screenings of Spanish films.


AS Spanish: A language-based qualification testing all four language skills (listening, reading, speaking & writing). It offers a natural transition from GCSE as many of the topics to be studied, for example education and health, will already be familiar to you.

A2 Spanish: Further develops all four language skills through the study of more advanced topics, most of which, like terrorism, will be new to you. You will also have the opportunity to study aspects of Spanish-language, culture and society, including Spanish literature and cinema.


Spanish is not just an academic subject but a life skill that you will take with you into the future for purposes of communication.

WhErE CaN SPaNiSh taKE ME?

Many of our students go on to University to continue with Spanish on its own or as part of a combined degree with subjects, such as Law or Business Studies. Some of our students take a gap year, making good use of this time to develop their language and life skills by working in a Spanish speaking location - Ecuador and Chile, or Madrid and Barcelona!

did yOu KNOW? ... according to recent data, Modern Languages graduates are currently the SECONd most employable graduates of all! Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world and is the mother tongue in 21 countries.

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BtEC Programme

KGV College offers a wide range of BTEC courses. Our BTECs are extremely successful – we consistently achieve a 100% pass rate across all programmes, with a significant number of students gaining high grades. Our BTEC staff are highly trained, experienced subject specialists with a passion for vocational learning. BTECs provide a practical, real-world approach to learning without sacrificing essential subject theory. You are assessed by assignments rather than exams – ideal if you find exams difficult or challenging. BTECs give you the skills and knowledge needed to progress to university or directly into employment. In addition, BTECs also develop essential skills such as report writing, presenting, team work and time management. BTECs are highly valued by universities, employers and professional organisations across the UK and throughout over 80 countries world wide. BTECs are inspiring and engaging - students at KGV really enjoy BTECs as they can specialise in areas of learning linked with work that they are interested in, for example sports coaching or music production.

A range of BTEC Extended Diploma courses are available for you to choose from if you have achieved the entry requirements of at least 5 C grades at GCSE including Maths or English. Subjects you can study include:

• • • • • • •

Science Art & Design Business Health and Social Care IT Music Technology Sport

A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma course is equivalent to three A levels and forms the main part of your programme here but a GCSE in Maths, English or Science can be studied alongside your BTEC if required.

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What CaN a BtEC ExtENdEd diPLOMa iN art & dESiGN OFFEr ME?

In the first year you will study common core units, such as: •

Visual recording in art and design

Ideas and concepts in art and design

• • • •

Materials, techniques and processes in art and design Communication through art and design Contextual influences in art and design Computers in art and design

In the second year you will choose one of four specialist routes: Textiles and fashion. Specialist textile techniques, fashion media, pattern construction and development, production techniques, fashion visualisation and presentation, surface pattern and fabric manipulation. Fine art. Image manipulation, 2D animation, small-scale design and human-scale working, generating, developing and realising fine art ideas, fine art principles, multi-disciplinary work, painting and sculpture. Graphics. Photography media, techniques and technology, experimental imagery, type and letter forms, typographic design, word and images in graphic design, graphic image making, information graphics, mixed media and narrative image making. Photography. A range of lens based media including traditional and digital processes. Different photography genres will be explored, for example, portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary, experimental and photo-journalism. You can work with traditional film, digital and video and/or any combination of these methods.

What arE thE ENtry rEquirEMENtS?

5 GCSEs at grade C or above (one GCSE must include Art), a merit or distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 with functional skills in English and Maths. We will ask to see a portfolio of your work when you come for your interview.

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On your application form please specify which course you want: (BTEC Art and Design Extended Diploma) If you need advice before you apply, please call 01704 530601 or email

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A BTEC Extended Diploma is a practical, work-related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

The course is assessed wholly though coursework. An overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* is awarded to students who complete the course successfully. A BTEC Extended Diploma is worth the same as three GCE A levels.

What arE thE ENtry rEquirEMENtS?

Students should have at least one of the following: • a BTEC Level 2 qualification and GCSE Maths or English at grade C • at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English or Mathematics

What MaKES a GOOd BuSiNESS StudENt?

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• good communication and number skills; • a hard-working and well-organised approach to study

• enthusiasm and willingness to contribute in class and group work

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What CaN i ExPECt FrOM thE ExtENdEd diPLOMa iN BuSiNESS?

The content is extremely relevant, up to date and vital to all those with an interest in how organisations operate. This course has 100% pass rates with a high proportion of Distinction grades. The lessons are practically focused and offer ‘real world’ based challenges and opportunities. Teaching methods range from use of role plays through to more traditional as well as independent and group work. There will be liaison with employers and links with local companies including college visits.


The course is made up of 18 units – 4 core units plus 14 specialist units. All students take these 4 core units: •

Introduction to Business

Introduction to Marketing

• •

Introduction to Business Resources Business Communication

The Specialist Units will be chosen from a wide range of related Business disciplines such as; “Exploring Creative Product Promotion”, and “Investigating Recruitment and Selection”. The Units offered will be determined partly by the strengths and interests of the students.


BTEC Extended Diplomas are valued by employers and lead to a range of business-related careers, where professional qualifications can often be taken, such as those offered by the Chartered Institutes of Marketing, Management Accountants and Personnel Development. Students may also progress into higher education, taking BTEC Higher Nationals or degrees.




skills to enable you to pursue a career in Health,

a range of topics including:

The course offers the opportunity to develop the

Education or Social Care. You will have the opportunity to gain experience in a range of placements and learn how to relate this to class work.

What MaKES a GOOd hEaLth & SOCiaL CarE StudENt?

A high level of motivation, ability and a willingness

to work independently. You must be interested in

the subject area and enjoy working with others.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM hEaLth & SOCiaL CarE at KGV?

You will develop good organisational skills, the

There are 18 units covered in the course,

8 of which are Core units. The units cover

• Effective Communication • Equality

• Diversity and Rights

• Anatomy and Physiology

• Sociological Perspectives

• Psychological Perspectives

• Public Health and Health Education

WhErE CaN thE BtEC ExtENdEd diPLOMa taKE ME?

This course is useful for careers involving working with people, e.g. health, the police, child care, and is suitable for entry to a wide variety of HE

courses including sociology, psychology, health studies, childhood studies, teaching and nursing.

ability to work independently and in a group. You

h&sc h&sc

will gain a good level of communication skills through lessons and work placements.

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You will attend Work Experience in year 1

through a range of settings one day a week. You will also learn how to do the following: • research information • use IT

• prepare and give presentations • interview clients

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What CaN thE ExtENdEd diPLOMa iN it at KGV OFFEr ME?

The Extended Diploma is for those who want a more practical approach to computing. You will:

• • • •

explore computing theory and concepts learn new software and hardware skills investigate, design, develop and test computer systems produce solutions for a range of real world problems.

If you are interested in: • using computers and modern technology in business • telecommunication and networks • how businesses are organised • computer programming • solving business problems • finding out about people in business then this is the ideal course for you.

The Extended Diploma consists of 18 units giving you a broad appreciation of all areas of computing.

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Units are assignment based with the emphasis on demonstrating your skills and knowledge rather than just testing your memory.

What MaKES a GOOd it StudENt?

Students need to have good time management and organisational skills as the course is assessed continually with assignments from each unit. It is also important to have sound communication and problem solving skills.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM it at KGV? In Year 1 you will study: Unit 1: Unit 2:

Communication and Employability Skills for IT Computer Systems

Unit 4:

The Impact of IT on Businesses

Unit 3:

Unit 16: Unit 18:

Information Systems

Managing Networks

Unit 9:

Computer Networks

Unit 8: Unit 10: Unit 12: Unit 20: Unit 24: Unit 25: Unit 28:


Communication Technologies IT Technical Support

Client Side Customisation of Web Pages Controlling Systems Using IT

Maintaining Computer Systems Website Production


Each unit is assessed by a number of real world related assignments, ranging from verbal presentations to design projects and building systems. An overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* is awarded for each unit.

Procedural Programming Database Design

Unit 21:

Data Analysis and Design

Unit 42:

Spreadsheet Modelling

Unit 29:

In the second year the units are:

Unit 5:

Installing & Upgrading Software


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WhErE WiLL thE ExtENdEd diPLOMa taKE ME?

BTEC Extended Diploma qualifications are valued by employers and higher education. Students can go into a career in many Computing/IT related disciplines using the skills and knowledge provided by this course and progress to professional status in their chosen field.


With results that place this course consistently in the top 10% of the country, this two year, hands-on course will arm you with all of the skills you need to pursue a career in the Music Industry. From performance to marketing through to producing, engineering and live sound, you will develop a wide range of skills geared towards current industry trends and practice.

What MaKES a GOOd StudENt?

As well as meeting the College’s standard entry requirements for a BTEC Extended Diploma course, you must have a genuine interest in making Music and have a basic understanding of notation. GCSE at grade D in Mathematics is essential for the engineering aspects of the course.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM MuSiC tECh at KGV?

The College has a fully equipped recording studio and editing suite. Using Pro Tools, Logic and Cubase you will be expected to produce work to an extremely high standard. You will be taught by specialists with a wealth of experience in the fields of music, performance and music technology. The units covered by this course are: • Listening Skills for Music Technologists

• Sequencing Systems and Techniques

• Music Production Techniques

• The Sound and Music Industry


• Music for Sound and Television • Pop Music in Practice

• Music Theory and Harmony

• Backline Technical Management • Composing Music

• Planning and Delivering a Music Product (double unit) • Acoustics for Musicians • Audio Engineering

• Sound Creation and Manipulation • Live Sound

• Concert Production and Staging • Special Subject Investigation

• Music Technology in Performance


Assessment is through a mixture of coursework, live performance, presentation and theoretical written work. There are no formal, final examinations although short practical tests may be used to assess your knowledge.

WhErE CaN MuSiC tECh taKE ME?

There are a wide range of university courses available to those who complete this course successfully, both at HND and Degree levels; these include courses in Music Technology, Media, Multi Media, Business (Music), Performing Arts and other related subjects. As an alternative to Higher Education there are many opportunities for Employment and Self Employment in the Music Industry: previous students have gone on to work in studios, live sound, DJ’ing, performance and composing for video games.

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The BTEC in Applied Science is a practical themed ‘hands on’ course during which you will develop practical scientific skills while undertaking assessments that involve a variety of scientific investigations. Units cover areas of laboratory science, forensic science, medical science, environmental science and biological, chemical and physical science to provide a route to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science.

What arE thE ENtry rEquirEMENtS?

Students should have at least one of the following: • •

A BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a related subject (preferably Applied Science) at Merit or above, plus at least a grade C in Maths or English

At least five GCSE subjects at grade A*-C including Science plus either Maths or English Language

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Someone with a genuine interest in Science who is looking to work and / or study further in this area.


This exciting ‘hands on’ course incorporates aspects of applied biology, chemistry and physics with a strong focus on practical laboratory work. Core units of study include: •

Fundamentals of Science

Scientific Investigation

• •

Working in the Science Industry Scientific Practical Techniques


Assessment is via coursework, there are no exams. All units are assessed and graded using Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* criteria. Coursework assignments are based on real, vocational scenarios

and involve a wide range of methods including practical sessions, presentations, report writing, projects and experiments.


Students can progress onto medically related degree courses such as: • • • • •

Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Radiography, Nursing Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Or you could go straight into employment: • A research laboratory in pharmaceuticals • A quality control laboratory in an industrial manufacturing laboratory • A hospital laboratory • A materials testing laboratory in the construction, paper or plastics industry • A forensic science laboratory



What CaN SPOrt at KGV OFFEr ME?

Year on year the sport sector outperforms the rest of the UK economy and researchers predict this will continue to be the case for years to come. The BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport provides an introduction to the sector for those looking to build a career in sport, within one of its occupational areas. These areas include careers in exercise and fitness, coaching, sports development and P.E. teaching. The course combines practical and theoretical learning and is equivalent to three A levels.

What MaKES a GOOd SPOrt StudENt? • •

Someone with a genuine interest in Sport

and who is looking to work and/or study further in this area.

Someone who applies themselves fully in all that they do, as it is necessary to work independently.

Ellie Mawdsley

(Greenbank High School) BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport “I really enjoy the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport. The lessons are practical and give me the independence to work on my assignments.”

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What CaN i ExPECt FrOM SPOrt at KGV? The following course content; Three Core Units including •

Anatomy and Physiology

Health & Safety in Sport

Fitness Testing

Fifteen specialist Units including

Sports Coaching

Sports Injuries

• • • • •

Psychology for Sport Training and Fitness

Exercise, Health & Lifestyle Sports Nutrition

Leadership in Sport

A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used to develop interest and understanding. Units are taught by enthusiastic and experienced subject specialists. 100% Pass rate.


All assessment is through projects and assignments. All units are assessed and graded using Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* criteria and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

WhErE CaN SPOrt taKE ME?

Higher Education courses in leisure management, sport science, P.E. teaching, sports therapy, coaching and exercise studies are common destinations for students. Students can also progress directly into employment in one of the many sport related sectors including sports development and the fitness industry. There is also the possibility of additional qualifications including First Aid, Sports Leadership Award, Employability, Practical Experience.

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ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS OR SCIENCE at KGV we offer students the opportunity to resit GCSEs in English, Maths or Science alongside a full advanced level course programme.



The GCSE course in English is designed to develop your skills and confidence as an effective communicator. This development of skills will benefit you both in further academic study and your future career. FE/HE course and employers regard English GCSE as a vital qualification and so it will be an important addition to your CV whatever you choose to do next.

Throughout the course you will work with a variety of source materials which will develop your skills in the three areas of assessment - reading, writing and speaking and listening. There is something for everyone! Your assessment is split into controlled assessments prepared and produced in class time and one external examination.


If you did not pass GCSE Maths with a grade C you will have the opportunity to take it again during your stay at KGV. It may seriously restrict your career choices if you don't have a C grade as it is a necessary requirement for many university places and jobs.

Assessment will be 100% exam based with no coursework. Most students will take the exam in June but depending on the estimate from your school you might be able to take it in November.

There will be two written exams lasting one and three quarter hours each in the summer for both foundation and higher level. One paper is non-calculator. If your aim is to obtain a grade C you will recap the fundamental concepts of GCSE Maths at Foundation level which should help you to understand the topics better and increase your confidence. It is also possible to try for a grade B by taking the Higher course if you need a grade B for university or as an entry requirement for some AS courses.

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At KGV we offer a one year course leading to an Additional Science GCSE. A grade C in Additional Science is an essential requirement for many careers and university courses so if you haven’t previously studied the Additional Science course, or haven’t achieved a grade C or better in your Additional Science GCSE at school you should seriously consider applying for this course.

You will study Physics, Chemistry and Biology topics in new, fully equipped laboratories, have access to excellent resources and be taught by supportive and highly qualified staff who are keen to see you succeed. You will take two exams in the May exam session and you will also have a controlled assessment of your practical skills.

All students are entitled and encouraged to participate in a wide range of courses and activities that should be both educational and enjoyable in addition to their main programme. There is no obligation to participate, but we strongly advise our students to take full advantage of the opportunities available. Our experience suggests that those who do participate end up getting a lot more out of college than those who don’t. Some of these will lead to a final certificate or award and these are outlined in the next pages eg. cefs, young enterprise. Details of the AQA Baccalaureate and the Extended Project Qualification can be found on page 12.

Enrichment courses and activities offered at KGV vary from year to year. Examples of activities offered in previous years include: • Information Olympiad • Certificate of Financial Studies • Computer programming • Young Enterprise • Maths Olympiad • Extended Project Qualification • Senior Team Maths Challenge • AQA Baccalaureate • Writing group • Critical Thinking • Reading group • Interact club • College Productions • Charity group • Wind Ensemble • Derian House • Choir • World Challenge • Soul group • Student Ambassadors • String group • Chinese • ABRSM Music Theory • Beginners German • Creative Arts Festival • Beginners Spanish • KGV Radio • Greek/Latin • Life Drawing • Sport • Introduction to Philosophy • Cypher challenge • Coping with Stress

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The Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) provided by the Institute of Financial Services (IFS) is equivalent to an AS qualification. It is graded like an AS and carries equivalent UCAS points and is valued by employers and universities.

What MaKES a GOOd CEFS StudENt?

Students that participate in lessons and take an interest in the personal financial area. Students who are interested in getting a good deal and who want to manage their own finances better at the present and in the future.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM CEFS at KGV?

cefs cefs as equivalent

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The course involves the study of personal finance. Topics such as bank accounts, credit cards, insurance and loans will be covered. You will learn about different people’s attitudes towards spending, finance and money. You will also learn about other financial products and people’s attitude to risk.

hOW WiLL i BE aSSESSEd? Unit 1: Financial Capability for the Immediate and short term Unit 2 : Financial Capability for the medium and long term

These papers are based on a combination of multiple choice and extended written answers based on a pre-issued case study.


All courses link well with the subject but it is particularly useful to people who have an interest in their finances.


Today there is a vast array of financial products and providers. The course helps young people gain a better understanding of these. It is useful for students who go to University or gain employment and the financial decisions that have to be made.

Some students do follow a career in financial services, banking and insurance, but many put their studies to good use in order to help manage their finances.

aNythiNG ELSE?

Students have provided very positive feedback about the course and exam results have been excellent. There have been a variety of guest speakers from different banks etc. as part of the course. AS Equivalent and worth up to 60 UCAS points!


KGV is one of the few sixth form colleges in Britain to offer students the opportunity to study Classical Greek from scratch. The course is open to any first or second year student at the College, and you may choose to study Greek for one year or two. However, you will require two years of study to reach GCSE standard in Greek.

Studying Greek gives you the chance to explore one of the oldest European languages, which is still in use today, in a modified form, and to understand the contribution of Greek culture to the modern world. Many students have said that although Greek was “only” their enrichment course, taken in addition to their A level programme, it became the highlight of their week and encouraged them to study Greek further at university.


Studying Greek requires logic and attention to detail, so students who excel in Greek are


usually those who enjoy solving problems and puzzles. You do not need to be brilliant at languages, but you will need a good memory and be prepared to get to grips with grammar.

Why Study CLaSSiCaL GrEEK?

Greek offers you the chance to challenge your intellect with a demanding yet highly rewarding subject, as well as helping you get closer to the ancient world by reading Classical authors in their original language. Studying Greek should help to improve your English spelling, grammar and vocabulary. It will complement the study of Modern Languages at AS/A2 and for Classics students it will give you a chance to read authors who are not on the A level syllabus, such as Sappho.


Most students who study Classical Greek are also taking Ancient History or Classical Civilisation at A level. However, students studying courses such as Philosophy, Biology, Chemistry, English and Modern Languages

have also opted to take this course in the past.


The course is taught entirely from scratch and is aimed at complete beginners. There are no oral examinations at any stage, so it is an ideal course for students who enjoy learning languages but feel inhibited about speaking them! At the end of the first year of the course, students will sit the new OCR Entry Level qualification in Classical Greek, which consists of two short exams and a 400-word piece of coursework (in English) based on a short Greek text or an aspect of Greek culture.

a qualification in Greek will enhance your CV or UCAS form with a highly unusual and wellregarded skill. Studying Greek at Entry Level or GCSE has helped many of our students to secure places on highly competitive courses; for example, in 2008, every student on the GCSE Greek course achieved a place at Oxford. Greek is a useful asset if you are applying for university courses in Classics, Ancient History, Medicine, Biology, Modern Languages or Philosophy.

In the second year students can take the OCR GCSE, which consists of four exams (two language papers, a paper based on a set text from one of Homer’s epics, and a prose set text paper).

WhErE CaN CLaSSiCaL GrEEK taKE ME? As the teaching of Classical Greek is so rare within the state education system,

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What CaN CritiCaL thiNKiNG at KGV OFFEr ME?

AS Critical Thinking is a course which aims to help you think more effectively. In an age where we are bombarded with information, beliefs, arguments and opinions, good thinking has never been so valuable. In our everyday lives, friends, the media, corporations and politicians all attempt to persuade us to accept their version of what is true and right. However, some arguments are much weaker than others and sometimes we can be manipulated by the use of others’ devious argumentation. AS Critical Thinking will help you to understand, assess, and evaluate arguments, scrutinising evidence and identifying errors and inconsistencies. You will be able to critique the arguments of others more effectively, refine your own beliefs, and produce arguments for yourself which are highly persuasive and free from error. Critical Thinking skills will also enhance your performance in other subjects and will help with university applications and admissions tests (e.g. PPE, Law, Medicine). The qualification is highly regarded by universities as it demonstrates a capacity to handle information effectively, think for oneself, and solve complex problems – immensely valuable skills in many fields of study.

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What MaKES a GOOd StudENt OF CritiCaL thiNKiNG?

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Students who seek self-development and are interested in engaging with and evaluating arguments are best suited to the course. As the content covered requires a high order of abstract thinking and critical scrutiny, those with high GCSE points scores tend to do well.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM CritiCaL thiNKiNG at KGV?

The AS course consists of two units, ‘Introduction to Critical Thinking’, looking at the language of reasoning and the credibility of evidence, and Assessing and Developing Argument’, which covers the analysis and evaluation of arguments as well as developing one’s own reasoned arguments.


Both units are assessed by written examinations in the summer.

WhiCh SuBJECtS GO WELL With CritiCaL thiNKiNG?

Critical Thinking skills are of great benefit in preparing for a wide range of careers, including the fields of law, academic research (e.g. in the disciplines of science, arts and humanities), social science, journalism, medicine, business, accounting and engineering. Whichever combination of other subjects you choose, Critical Thinking will help you to develop as a learner.



What CaN LatiN at KGV OFFEr ME?

As most state schools no longer offer Classics as part of the curriculum, students at KGV are given the opportunity to study Latin completely from scratch. It will give you a fresh insight into the Classical and Medieval world, improve your English grammar and vocabulary, and help you understand the references in Harry Potter! You may choose to study Latin for one year or two, but you will need two years of study to get up to GCSE standard.

What MaKES a GOOd LatiN StudENt?

Successful Latin students tend to have good memories, pay attention to detail and are interested in the development of languages and the origins of English words. It helps if you have some background in studying Modern Languages, although this is not essential – several students each year chose to study Latin because they do not have a language qualification at GCSE and see this as a gap they would like to fill.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM LatiN at KGV?

This course is aimed at complete beginners, although if you have already studied Latin before then it may be possible to go straight into the second year of the course. There are no oral examinations at any stage, which makes this an ideal course for students who wish to learn a language but feel intimidated by oral work. The focus is on learning to

translate Latin into English; in the second year of the course you will also get to study original Latin texts by authors like Virgil, Pliny and Suetonius.


At the end of the first year of the course, which is based on Books 1 & 2 of the Cambridge Latin Course, students will be entered for the OCR Entry Level Latin qualification, a nationally-recognised certificate which can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as a steppingstone to GCSE. You will sit two 20 minute language papers and submit a 400 word piece of coursework. The coursework is written in English and can be on any Latin text or aspect of Roman society which interests you – for example, students this year have written pieces on the eruption of Vesuvius, weapons used by the Roman army, the fate of the Ninth Legion and what it was like to be a freed slave in Rome. At the end of the second year, students take the GCSE exam. This consists of 4 one-hour papers, including two language papers, a prose set text paper and a verse set text paper (on the Aeneid).

WhiCh SuBJECtS GO WELL With LatiN?

As an enrichment course taken alongside A levels, Latin attracts a wide cross-section of students from across the College. Some students take it to complement their A level courses, such as Classics, Ancient History, Modern Languages or History, others to help with their intended degree subjects such as Law, Medicine and Zoology.

WhErE CaN LatiN taKE ME?

As an additional GCSE subject, taken with your AS/A2 subjects, Latin will enhance your CV or UCAS form with an unusual qualification. It has helped many of our students to secure places or even reduced offers on highly-competitive courses, such as the Classical Archaeology & Ancient History course at Oxford. Latin is also popular with University Admissions Tutors for courses in Ancient & Modern History, Law, Medicine, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Biological Sciences.

aNythiNG ELSE?

According to our students, Latin is not an easy enrichment course, but it’s one which offers great rewards. You will be expected to work hard and produce a written translation for homework each week, but in return you will acquire a qualification which will impress employers and universities with your intellectual and analytical ability!

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What CaN yOuNG ENtErPriSE at KGV OFFEr ME?

Young Enterprise is the ultimate enterprise experience. It gives young people the opportunity to set up and run their own real company over a year and to compete with other schools/colleges regionally, nationally and internationally.

What MaKES a GOOd yOuNG ENtErPriSE StudENt?

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Young Enterprise at KGV is open to all students, not just those taking a Business related qualification. A good Young Enterprise student needs more than a desire to run their own business. You need to be creative, a team player, have an eye for detail and have the drive and determination to see a project through to completion.

What CaN i ExPECt FrOM yOuNG ENtErPriSE at KGV?

Whilst completing the Young Enterprise Company programme at KGV you will be given the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills with the support and guidance of both your link tutor and an external business adviser. You will also be given access to the Company Programme Online – an innovative suite of business tools and guidance. As well as completing an NVQ Level 2 in Enterprise you will be entered into regional, national and international competition.

KGV has a very successful record in terms of the competition element with the 2009-10 team

reaching the North West regional Finals at Old Trafford after winning ‘Most Innovative Product’, ‘Best Company Report’ and ‘Overall Best Company’ in the Merseyside finals.


The Young Enterprise programme at KGV has two elements, an NVQ qualification and the competition.

The NVQ is assessed externally by examination and the competition element is assessed by external judges at the regional, national and international competitions.


Following the Young Enterprise programme will equip you with skills such as presentation and communication skills that will complement most subjects. It does however link with Business related course, providing practical and first hand experience of the theory studied in such courses.


By participating in the Young Enterprise Company Programme you will develop valuable skills, such as problem solving, reflection, communication and people management, that will serve you well for both higher education and employment. All participants of the Young Enterprise Programme are invited to join the official Young Enterprise Alumni which connects you with other successful young entrepreneurs and can help to identify employment opportunities.














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If you attend a KGV Partner High School, hand the form to the appropriate teacher. Otherwise, please have your applications with us by 16th December 2013. If you apply after this date we will still give your application full consideration, but will not necessarily be able to guarantee that places will still be available for your chosen subjects.


KGV’s location on Scarisbrick New Road, the main A570 road into Southport from West Lancashire, makes the College very easy to find and reach wherever you come from. The College lies within easy walking distance of many residential areas, and we provide storage areas for bicycles and motor-cycles; some free car parking space is available, monitored by security staff and CCTV.

From M6 (J26) to M58 (J4) via Ormskirk A570 Go straight on at the Mcdonalds/B&Q/Tesco roundabout into Scarisbrick New Road where you will see the College on your right.

Buses from every part of Southport, and coaches from the surrounding towns and villages, get students to College by 8.45 in the morning, and will get you back home at the end of the day.

From Liverpool (via Town Lane) From Preston (Through Churchtown) From Preston A565 (Cambridge Rd) Continue straight on at the roundabout along Queens Road. Turn right at the lights into Manchester Road, left at the roundabout onto Lord St. Continue to the lights, turning left into Eastbank St (A570). At the roundabout at the bottom of the bridge continue straight on, through the next set of traffic lights and on until you see the College on your left.

map map From Preston (Coastal Road)

Information is correct at the time of going to press. However, we reserve the right to alter or amend the courses listed and all courses are offered subject to viable numbers enrolling.

Southport is well served by the frequent Merseyrail Electric service from Liverpool through Crosby, Hightown and Formby, and regular buses connect the College to Southport Station; students from West Lancashire can also use the Wigan, Parbold, Burscough to Southport train service.

From Liverpool (via Liverpool Road and Eastbourne Road)

From Liverpool A565 Continue along Lulworth Road to Lord Street West. Go straight on at the roundabout to Lord Street and turn right into Eastbank Street (A570) at the traffic lights. Continue straight on at the roundabout at the bottom of the bridge, through the next set of traffic lights and on until you see the College on your left.

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