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I am delighted that you are thinking about studying your A levels at King Edward’s. The next two years are a crucial stage in your education as you prepare to enter university or choose a profession. As you read this prospectus, you will appreciate the many ways in which we can help and support you to fulfil your aspirations.

What makes us different?

As a sixth form college, King Edward’s will provide you with a fresh start after GCSE. You will move into a new social environment where you will mix exclusively with people of your own age and with similar goals. Because we specialise in A levels, the range and the combination of subjects that can be studied are both very much wider than at school. And because we have a large number of A level students, we can offer you lots of additional activities to make your time with us as stimulating and enjoyable as possible.

An outstanding college

Our examination results have been consistently outstanding for many years and keep getting better. In 2012 our A level pass rate in core subjects was 99.5%. A high proportion of our students gain top grades: two thirds of A level passes in core subjects were at A*, A or B, with almost a third of passes at A* or A including 46 students gaining four or more A or A* grades at A level. But exams are just a part of what makes King Edward’s a good place to study. Students are very happy here so that we also have outstanding retention. When you put pass rates, high grades and retention rates together, our students are amongst the most successful in the country and can move on to the next stage of their careers well qualified and confident.

In addition to A levels, our students have access to extracurricular activities such as sports, music and drama, offering a richness of experience comparable to that in independent schools. King Edward’s students go on to the best universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. Our student support team ensure that each and every student rapidly settles into college life and is enabled to fulfil his or her potential. Most importantly, King Edward’s offers an intellectually challenging, supportive and stimulating community of like-minded individuals, an ideal preparation for university.


But don’t just take our word for it! Talk to past and present students to find out more about life at King Edward’s. They will tell you why we are so popular and explain why we have been recognised as one of the outstanding colleges in the country. If you can, look up our Ofsted report to see why inspectors awarded us their top grades.

Only at King Ed’s

Will I get in?

With all that we have to offer, you might think that it is very difficult to gain admission. You would be wrong! We make around a thousand offers of places each year. Whilst most places go to students from our partner schools throughout the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, around a fifth of our places go to students from outside this area. Although we are oversubscribed each year, we still have enough places to be able to take most suitable applicants. So, if you believe that King Edward’s is the right place for you, do apply!


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KING EDWARD VI COLLEGE About the college King Edward VI College, recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and as one of the top performing sixth form colleges nationally based on government statistics, is situated in the centre of Stourbridge within easy walking distance from the main bus and rail stations. As all teaching is situated on a single, compact campus students do not have to travel between sites. Our past King Edward’s was granted its charter as a grammar school in 1552 and has celebrated 460 years of education on the site. It became a sixth form college in 1976. Since then its popularity and success has led to an on-going programme of development and expansion, blending cutting edge teaching methods and classroom experiences on our historic site.

Our future Each Autumn half of our students embark upon a university degree, the first stage of their working life, or perhaps an organised gap year activity, making way for a fresh intake of new students who will spend two years developing and maturing at what may seem like a ‘destination’ but is, in reality, a stepping stone to the next stage of life. This means you will join with hundreds of other students - just like you. Every year we look forward to welcoming our next batch of keen, bright students, enthusiastic to learn, make new friends and plan for an exciting future.

Past students include distinguished writers from Dr Samuel Johnson to the current day international best-selling author Steve Watson and renowned musicians of all genres, including the classical composer Clint Mansell and rock legend Robert Plant. The college also has a long tradition of excellence in the sciences, as reflected in the pioneering work of many past students including Sir Maurice Wilkes, a Fellow of the Royal Society and an Emeritus Professor at Cambridge University credited with many developments in computing, the rocket scientist Richard Stanton-Jones, and Basil Lythall CB, former Chief Scientist of the Royal Navy. Former students have also excelled in a range of sports at international and Olympic level including rugby, cricket, cycling, swimming and sailing. Our present Today the college is a vibrant, inclusive and exciting community with over 1700 students from a variety of cultural and social backgrounds, united in their enthusiasm for learning. A staffing ratio of approximately one member of staff for every nine students helps ensures the college provides outstanding pastoral care and academic support. Every student meets regularly with their ‘Personal Tutor’ who takes a special interest in their progress throughout their time at college, offering encouragement and support along the way, as needed. All subject tutors are experts in their respective subjects and passionate about preparing students for the challenges and the increased independence that university and working life will bring. Our extensive range of subjects combined with our flexible timetable (we do not operate a blocking system) provides students with unrivalled choice when building their programme. Daily sessions begin at 8.45 am and classes generally finish at 4.00 pm. Individual timetables vary a great deal, but most students average one out of five lessons free each day, time they are strongly encouraged to use for private study. Our results make King Edward’s the leading college in the Midlands and one of the most successful colleges in the country, we remain at the top of the Dudley league tables by over two hundred points. Our students earn more A level points than a student at Eton!

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College Facilities The college’s campus continues to be sympathetically developed to deliver cutting edge teaching and learning experiences within an historic setting in which students have thrived for generations. Behind the traditional facades the college provides state-of-the-art A Level laboratories, outstanding access to Apple Mac and Microsoft computers, Wi-Fi classrooms and mobile technology, a modern canteen and free internet café. The on-site gym and Sports Hall is complemented by extensive College sports fields nearby in Stourbridge. Current expansion includes the development of new purpose-built classrooms designed to enhance the learning experience whilst preparing students for the world of work and top flight universities. This is an inclusive environment in which all areas of the college used by students have disabled access. Learning resources All students are encouraged to use their college email accounts in college and at home to communicate with each other and their tutors.In addition to the college’s online learning platform, which enables students to receive and submit work when away from college, to work through interactive resources, to discuss complex theories or topics through discussion forums and to reflect upon their own learning. As we are a specialist institution our library and learning resource centre are able to offer three floors of traditional and modern quiet space incorporating over a hundred work stations, netbooks and tablets, thousands of books and a host of magazines, newspapers, and free access to on-line licensed academic journals – all of which will complement your A level studies.

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Student facilities The ‘Junior Common Room’ is the main student social area, a buzzing hub in which you can relax, play games such as table football, listen to music and buy a variety of food. The cafeteria is open for most of the day serving breakfast, snacks and lunch to eat in or takeaway. Areas for acts of worship are also available for student use, as is the college garden. When not in lessons, students manage their time completing independent study, socialising on-site or in Stourbridge town centre. The town library, multiple eateries and coffee shops are all within a few minutes walking distance. Stourbridge town bus and train station, with good links to the Black Country, Birmingham, Worcester and the surrounding areas is conveniently located approximately five minutes’ walk from college.

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Choosing your a levels ‘A level’ is the most understood, respected, and accepted sixth form qualification in terms of academic rigour and transferable skills. At King Edward’s we will help you build a four or five subject programme from over 40 different A level subjects that will lead you successfully into higher education, professional training, or employment. The ability to specialise is a key feature of AS and A level courses and is attractive to many students and universities. A levels are often more beneficial than the International Baccalaureate (IB) for careers such as veterinary science, as they provide the opportunity for more focus on maths and science across both years. If you aspire to attend a top ‘Russell Group’ university or have a very specialist career in mind such as dentistry, medicine or teaching then your choice of A levels can be as important as the grades you ultimately achieve. Our team of experts will provide advice and assistance through our interview process and beyond. Most students will study four advanced subsidiary (AS) subjects in the first year before taking three forward in their second year. This flexible pattern gives students a broad sixth form education without sacrificing depth. Our flexible approach means you are free to request the subjects most appealing to you. We do not operate a blocking structure for students selecting their subjects. The AS and A2 courses are modular, all subjects have public examinations at the end of both years and some will be supplemented either by January exams or coursework during the year.


How to create your programme How shall I decide which subjects to do at AS and which to do at full A level? One of the main advantages of a modular system is that you can wait until you have largely completed your AS studies before deciding which subjects to continue at A2. It is quite common for students to take a subject into the second year that they originally intended to drop, some even go on to study their “fourth subject” at university. Here again, this flexibility is a key feature of A levels, not shared by any of the alternative programmes.

How will I choose my subjects? The first questions you should ask yourself are:

Which subjects go best together? Some combinations may be desirable or even essential for a particular career. Some subjects support each other well, while you may wish to think about other combinations very carefully because of the large amount of practical work they entail outside lesson time. The fourth AS subject (which is usually studied for only one year) could be chosen to support the other three. However, do consider getting extra breadth by doing a contrasting subject – for instance a language or humanities subject with sciences. All these issues will be discussed at interview.

Which of my current year 11 subjects do I like best?

Which am I best at?

Do I have a career in mind which requires particular subjects?

Are there any new subjects that interest me? Your choice of subjects is an important decision - your future career could depend upon it. Take account of the preferences of the universities and degree courses you may be interested in. Think carefully about the advice of your own teachers and careers advisers and of the college’s staff and the UCAS website who can advise you either before you make an application or during interview. Before you make your final decision, you should also read the subject description sheets which will be available at open evenings, via the website, or from the college admissions team.

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In choosing your subjects, you should consider university departments’ admissions policies. These are published in the university and department prospectuses and websites. The most popular and prestigious universities and subjects may well declare preferences for particular subjects. If you wish to keep your options open to apply to these courses, you are strongly advised to take these into account; the admissions area of our website includes some links to advice published by universities.

How much time will I spend studying? Most AS and A2 courses will occupy 4 hours 20 minutes per week of formal teaching time, supplemented by time for individual tutor / student work and workshops providing support, stretch and challenge. In addition to class time, you will be expected in all subjects to spend at

least the same amount of your own time working either at home or in college. Can I take more than four AS subjects in the first year? Yes, if you are able to cope with five, you will be allowed to do so – especially if it could support a future possible career path for instance. You can discuss this at interview. Can I mix AS and A2 courses in the same year? Yes. If you are studying an AS in year 11 we can enrol you on the A2 course in year 12 provided your grade is good enough and the specifications (syllabuses) are compatible. In Year 13 some students choose to do one or more new AS subjects alongside their A2 courses. Can I take A level General Studies? Yes, all students follow this course in year 13, acquiring a useful extra qualification which also provides welcome breadth to your studies.

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In addition to your specialist A levels, you will benefit from the added breadth of studying for A level General Studies in your second year, studying partly on-line via the college’s virtual learning environment (VLE), and partly through face to face sessions with experienced tutors. This combination will give most students four A levels plus one AS at the end of their course. Some students may opt to study Critical Thinking in year 13, or the Certificate in Financial Studies which can be very useful for those needing to take additional online tests such as BMAT or LNAT(for degrees in medicine or law). Other students may opt, in year 13, to complete an Extended Project. The Extended Project Qualification is equivalent to an AS qualification which gives students the opportunity to pursue their own research in an area of their choosing, supported by a supervisor and some taught research methods sessions. The independence required for this qualification makes it ideal for students aspiring to one of the country’s top ‘Russell Group’ universities.

Can I take GCSE subjects? Yes. We offer GCSE courses for students who have not achieved GCSE Grade C or higher in English or Mathematics and would benefit from these courses, and for students aspiring to very competitive university courses who require an improved GCSE grade in order to apply. In addition, all students joining the college without a GCSE level ICT qualification will have the opportunity to take a three month course to boost their skills and gain an equivalent qualification, if required. Is that it? Not quite. In addition to your A level studies, we provide many opportunities for educational enrichment and to develop your own skills and experiences. Details of these are given overleaf.


20 reasons why students recommend King Edward’s Sixth form study is extremely important not just in terms of which type of qualification and which subjects you choose, but also the type of environment in which you choose to study. You need to ensure you will receive the right balance of support and guidance to suit your needs, coupled with inspirational teaching and an atmosphere that will help you develop the independence essential for success at university or in your first full time job. We asked our students why they chose King Edward’s, below are some of their responses: 1. Friendly supportive learning environment We understand that a happy student is a productive student. We organise the learning environment and our support systems around our students. Our approachable staff will guide and support you throughout your time at college, especially during your first few weeks when lessons are structured to help students get to know each other and settle into college life. 2. Outstanding results Our students consistently gain the highest A level results in the region, confirming the college’s position as one of the most successful colleges in the country. Our students achieve a higher total average points score – a measure of performance across all subjects studied – than those at most private schools including Eton. In addition, we ensure all students progress at a similar rate, regardless of gender or ethnicity, meaning King Edward’s offers fantastic opportunities for all. 3. A stepping stone to university or a career We consider ourselves a stepping-stone rather than a destination. This means that we’re committed to providing a range of support outside your academic programme, from the day you join until the day you leave, and beyond. 4. Cambridge university partnership King Edward’s has worked closely with Cambridge University to create a regional hub providing high achieving A Level students from all backgrounds direct experience of Cambridge University. Being host and lead organiser for the Midlands hub means our students enjoy unrivalled access to exciting programmes of 8

extension classes in eleven subject areas, in addition to advice on Oxford and Cambridge courses, colleges and individual interview preparation. 5. A financial career in the Square Mile King Edward’s offers high flying future financiers the opportunity to follow a structured programme of two A levels preferred by investment banks alongside additional finance qualifications required by finance professionals, a financially focussed project, and work experience on London’s trading floors. This opportunity, supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland, Leeds University and the London School of Economics is only available through King Edward’s and colleges or schools approved by the college. 6. Excellent preparation for Russell Group universities With rising tuition fees and increasingly discerning employers it is vital that students going to university select their course wisely. Each year we help hundreds of students achieve places on the most respected degree courses in the most oversubscribed universities, helping ensure that university remains a wise financial investment, as well as a place to develop academically and socially. 7. Leadership development Top universities and employers expect to recruit students with clear leadership potential. We provide a host of leadership development opportunities including an intensive one day management course with industry experts, Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, Young Enterprise, Student Ambassador, Student Governor, Student Union and Student Representative roles, and the opportunity to develop and deliver structured enrichment programmes to other students.

8. Large and varied enrichment programme The College offers a host of extra activities which are fun, can add breadth to your study, and support a future career. Opportunities available include team and individual sports, musical and theatre activities, languages such as Arabic, new hobbies such as yoga or scuba diving, and much more. There is something for everyone. 9. Working with other keen students We carefully select all our students taking care to ensure we recruit students who enjoy learning. This means you will share lessons with students who want to work hard and who support each other. 10. Specialist tutors & resources All our tutors are experts in their subject and focus their efforts on A level delivery, meaning you receive the best possible support from committed and enthusiastic tutors. Our tutors include authors of A level textbooks, A Level exam board markers, and experienced coursework assessors. 11. Outstanding musical opportunities King Edward’s attracts excellent musicians from across the West Midlands. This concentration of talented performers allows us to run two choirs, symphony orchestra, string orchestra, wind band and a wide range of smaller groups from classical string quartet to rhythm and blues band, a range that would not be possible in any other sixth form environment. Subsidised lessons are available for students participating in the musical life of the college.

learning to life. Most subjects will offer a range of opportunities and experiences outside the classroom. Trips such as the annual ski trip are open to all students.

All the major team sports are offered and our teams compete in both local, regional and national leagues and cup competitions. Team sports include rugby, football, basketball, hockey, volleyball, tennis, cricket, netball and swimming. Current and recent students include a range of Olympic athletes, a World Champion and numerous students representing the country at national level. We are very experienced working with top athletes in a flexible manner to achieve the correct balance between their sporting commitments and studies. 13. Nationally recognised dance company Pointe VI KE is the college’s own dance company, open to all experienced dancers. The company develops an exciting and challenging repertoire in a variety of dance styles, with

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opportunities for performances, both within college and beyond 14. Work experience placements Many university courses and careers require you to have done appropriate work experience. Our reputation means that many of the local hospitals, schools, and top businesses are pleased to offer placements to our students. With a growing programme of national and international placements including London, France and Germany, King Edward’s is the college of choice for many with specialist career aims. 15. Workshops and 1:1 support All subjects offer drop-in workshop sessions where staff offer individual guidance and support to reinforce classroom work or stretch more able students, as required. In addition, students benefit from an on-going programme of individual support in each subject area and periodic reviews with their Personal Tutors and subject tutors. Staff and students access a range of perfomance and personal data when setting and reviewing targets. Parents can access attendance and assessment data for their child via a secure online college area. 16. Over 140 trips and visits each year That is more than three a week each term! Activities outside the classroom are a key part of college as our tutors are passionate about bringing

18. Ability to mix and match preferred A Levels Our students are free to select any six subjects for consideration at interview. We do not use a blocking structure that can restrict subject choice. Simply select the subjects you are interested in. 19. Community partnerships You can make a huge difference to your local community and we will encourage and support you in your efforts. There are lots of opportunities for students to support a variety of charities either through participation, or helping organise key events. Students organise a series of whole college activities, often involving themed dress codes, and smaller group activities such as performances in the Rye Market, working with the Stourbridge food bank, and organising lunches for local pensioners. We encourage a caring outlook and encourage students looking to help ‘make a difference’. Each year the college awards bursaries to students wishing to spend a gap year supporting a worthy cause.

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12. Sporting opportunities The college has a well equipped sports hall complete with a climbing wall, four indoor cricket nets, fitness suite and an offsite facility, ‘The Green Fields’, with four football pitches, cricket square and pavilion. Students who come to us with an existing talent are given support and encouragement to develop in their chosen sport. The college is a member of BCS ‘British Colleges Sport’ which provides additional cup and league competitions across a much wider spectrum of sports and activities that lead to both regional and national finals.

17. Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Our experience in this area means you will receive expert advice, guidance and support, whatever area you are looking to explore through this qualification, we have a tutor who can guide and support you.

20. Dynamic theatre productions Staff and students work together creating a vibrant and exciting programme of drama activities throughout the year, welcoming all students from across the college to participate as actors, set designers, technicians, and to help either front of house or designing publicity materials.


How we will support you At King Edward’s we will work hard getting to know you as an individual and providing all the support and encouragement you need to excel during the next vital and formative two years of your life. We have a comprehensive set of systems in place which are designed to guide and support you, happily and successfully, on every part of your journey through college. Our journey with you starts at the interview stage. Our staff will take time to guide and advise you about your subject choices in light of both your strengths and career aspirations. If you are offered a place, you will be invited to a Welcome Day in June 2013 during which you will meet some of your teachers and fellow students. The induction process continues in the first few weeks of term in September when lessons are structured to help you make new friends and develop your independent learning skills. We will work with you to keep you happy, healthy and safe. We will guide and support you as you make the important choices for the next step after King Edward’s.

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“We want to thank you and all staff at King Edwards, for enabling Tom to join you recently.We appreciate that you went the extra mile in helping to accommodate him. Since he started at King Edwards everyone (without exception) has made him feel very welcome and made sure he has settled in really well. Your admin team have made sure we have been included in all college events and news. All teaching staff have made sure Tom is able to catch up on any work he has missed. He is very happy at Kings Edwards and we are really pleased that he is now in an environment where he is able to contribute fully and enjoy his life as a student - in the widest sense.”

Personal Tutor Upon joining the college you will be assigned a Personal Tutor, known informally as your PT. Your PT will provide on-going support and guidance throughout your two year programme. You will meet with the other members of your PT group on a regular basis to engage in a range of activities including individual 1:1 reviews to explore how you are getting on, set targets and address any issues you may have.

Lead Tutors Your Lead Tutor works closely with your PT and has responsibility for your pastoral care whilst you are a student at the college. Lead Tutors have an array of services and advisors whose help can be called on for additional or specialised support. Lead Tutors are dedicated to ensuring every individual student receives the right support and encouragement in order to ensure they thrive and succeed at college. A comprehensive rota ensures that there is always someone available for students to sit down and talk to. College Counsellor The college employs a qualified counsellor, providing you free and easy access to confidential support on a wide range of issues during your college day. Counselling provides an opportunity to explore and express what is happening in your life and to consider your choices. Counselling can also increase confidence and selfesteem.

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Study Skills Specialised support is offered through every subject area through a variety of activities including workshops and individual meetings. In addition, more general study skills support, including advice on time management and revision techniques, is offered to all students through a centralised system. Careers advice and higher education guidance The careers team are available throughout each week, guiding you through the vital research and decision making processes that enable you to successfully move on to the next stage of your life. In addition to our specialist software, individual guidance sessions and extensive network of contacts the college offers a range of unrivalled opportunities. The college organises trips to various Russell Group universities, helps match students to university bursary funds and study grants, hosts parental information evenings and an annual HE conference including masterclass sessions from dozens of universities, and manages events whereby returning Oxford &

Cambridge students pass on their application, interview, and first year experiences to our current students. Our reputation and heritage means we are able to place students requiring work experience with many of the most successful and established employers in the region including hospitals, schools, solicitors, and accountants. Indeed, many of the most respected employers in the region have numerous ex-students among their senior managerial staff so understand the benefits of recruiting a King Edward’s student, either for work experience or a full time career direct from A level study or post degree. Our pioneering work with the finance sector means able students aiming for a career in investment banking can benefit from blue chip experiences in the Square Mile. Learner Support Fund Financial support may be available to students in need of assistance for a number of purposes whilst studying at the college. The broad focus of the support is to help those students in financial hardship to start and complete their chosen college course. If you wish to make an application for assistance, further details and an application form area available on the college website.

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Subject Teachers Your subject tutors are experts in their respective areas. They provide focussed support on all aspects of the curriculum area, including specialised study skills support through workshops, individual appointments, and formal attendance and assessment data published through a secure area on the college website.

Additional Learning Support The Additional Learning Support team at King Edward’s offers physical and sensory support for recognised needs in a supportive, motivating, and high achieving environment. Recent leavers to benefit from our specialist support are currently studying at a variety of prestigious universities including Oxford University, and developing successful careers in a variety of business settings. Every year our expert staff work closely with feeder school staff to plan the provision of specialist equipment and support for applicants both at interview and once enrolled. If you suspect that you have a learning difficulty, or have a pre-diagnosed condition, please declare this on your application form. King Edward’s is an equal opportunities college with a commitment to helping all students reach their maximum potential.

Equality and Diversity King Edward’s is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment that is pro-active in the ways it promotes equality and diversity for all.


Student union In school, have you ever felt as if students should have a forum to express their views? Have you ever felt you wanted to make a difference? Well, at King Edward’s the students have the chance to do this through an elected body of representatives called the Student Union (SU). What does the Student Union do? We represent all students within the college. We listen to your views and develop ideas and activities to meet your needs. This year we have raised thousands of pounds for charity, helped support a number of students, and raised the profile of the PT reps, making communication easier. The Student Union meet on a weekly basis to discuss ideas and activities which really matter to students. The Student Union is led by the Executive Committee which is comprised of elected positions such as the Chairperson, Vice-Chair Person, Entertainments Officer, Secretary, Charities Officer, Equality and Diversities officer and Treasurer. There are also many committees students can join. So if you would like to get involved and help make your mark on the student experience of such a large and prestigious college, then why not roll your sleeves up, and help make King Ed’s an even better place? The Student Union


A big ‘Hello’ from our Student Union!

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I have really enjoyed my time at King Edward’s. I was able to take all of the subjects I wanted and the extra opportunities offered at the college, including HE+, KE+ Villiers Park cources and university masterclasses have been brilliant. I am especially grateful for all the support I received at the start of year 13 with my Cambridge application. My mock interview, organised by the college, was very useful as were practice interview sessions and discussions about my personal statement, essays etc. I was able to ask for advice whenever I felt I needed it and my teachers, PT and other members of staff were incredibly helpful.

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student profiles Student Profiles

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What makes King Edward’s such a vibrant, exciting and stimulating place to study are those around you - your fellow students. There is no such thing as the typical King Ed’s student, although all seem united in their efforts to make the most of every opportunity, to help and support others and to achieve their maximum potential. The following profiles provide a brief insight into what life at King Ed’s is really like, from a student perspective.

Morgan Name: Morgan Lowther Former School: Ounsdale School A2 Subjects: Maths & Mechanics Chemistry Physics Why I chose KE: Wanted a esh start and it seemed more like a half way house between school and university than ordinary sixth forms. Describe your involvement with the HE+ scheme: Attended Physics extension classes. I found the visit to Cambridge University really useful as it opened my mind to applying. What I hope to do next year Natural Sciences (Physical) at Cambridge University What words or phrases would you use to sum up what is good about KE? Confidence boost, excellent opportunity, high standard of teaching & great support.



Zoe Name: Zoe Emery

Name: Simon Baldwin

Former School: Redhill School

Former School: Earls

A2 Subjects: Biology Geology English Literature Spanish

A2 Subjects: English Language & Literature Maths Music How do you think coming to KE has helped you most? KE has helped me to study more independently, providing me with essential skills needed in preparation for university education.

Why I chose KE: It is considered one of the best sixth form colleges in the country and its record of achieving high results provided the greatest attraction. My favourite subject, and why: Geology & Spanish – in both subjects there are a wide variety of teaching methods, lessons are interactive and relaxed, but help you develop and not just teach you the skills needed to pass exams. What words of advice would you offer new students about to start at the college? Talk to everyone! Don’t worry if you are the only person om your old school here; it’s such a relaxed and iendly environment that you will soon get into the swing of things and make new iends. Choose subjects you enjoy but have a plan for university before you come so the activities you choose will enhance university applications. What words or phrases would you use to sum up what is good about KE? Attracts like minded students, good working atmosphere, offers a wide range of subjects.

What I hope to do next year (and where at) Maths & Music joint Honours degree at Birmingham University. Describe your involvement with the HE+ scheme: It gave me access to information about making an Oxbridge application. I partook in English master-classes to extend my depth of knowledge in this subject. What words of advice would you offer new students about to start at the college? Work hard; you will only get out of the experience what you put into it. Enjoy it; the two years will go very quickly! What words or phrases would you use to sum up what is good about KE? Confidence building High standards of tuition Life-long iends

What next? College bursary supporting my gap year in Peru.

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Art and Design

Art History

Art & Design is an excellent course for those students who wish to develop their creative skills in a range of traditional and contemporary practical disciplines. These include drawing and painting, a variety of printmaking methods, digital photography and applications, and 3 dimensional works.

In the Art History course you will study a wide range of painting, sculpture, architecture and design. The topics covered range from Early Renaissance art and architecture to contemporary craft and design.

You will be exposed to, and experiment with, diverse techniques; building on your existing skills and adding new practical approaches to creating artworks. In the AS year, you will work towards producing an exploratory portfolio, focusing on developing your creative abilities through observational drawing and painting, practical workshops, criticism and tutorials. The A2 year requires a more independent working ethos with a self-directed project. Throughout the course you will look at the way other creative people work and gain greater understanding into your own practice, keep sketchbooks as records of your ideas, and learn how to present your work to a high standard. What can it lead to? Many students go on to foundation and degree courses. We know that the work our students produce has impressed Higher Education institutions with the breadth and depth of study and application of techniques. Additional Information A good GCSE grade in Art & Design, or your own portfolio of work to a similar standard, is required to take this course. Enthusiasm and the desire try new techniques and explore your own creativity are essential!

The theoretical study of art involves looking at aspects, like the historical backgrounds to movements and individual works of art, how to critically analyse an art work and the achievements of key artists and designers. The lessons involve teacher-led and group discussions, with a range of activities designed to develop skills of critical analysis. Students are encouraged to work independently in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of topics covered in lessons. Visiting art galleries is seen as important!


What can it lead to? Art History is considered by universities to be a rigorous academic subject and through its study you will develop many transferable skills. Past students have gone on to study related subjects at the Barber Institute, Cambridge University, and Central St. Martins College of Art. Additional Information Art History has something for everyone. It will inform and inspire you own artwork, it will deepen your historical understanding, and it will show you how scientific, mathematical and literary developments influence art.

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Graphic Design


This course is ideal for students considering pursuing a career in the design world, as students develop their creative skills using some of the best equipment available for prospective young designers.

This course is perfect for students passionate about textiles and fashion design. It incorporates lots of practical work and culminates in an annual exhibition showcasing student work.

A good level of drawing from observation will be required, as will a desire to explore a wide range of graphic activities. Photographic skills will also form an important aspect of the course. The course will cover graphics media and techniques, computer graphics, illustration, printmaking processes, advertising and packaging. Our facility includes a dedicated suite of Apple Macs. What can it lead to? Many of our students study Foundation courses after college or go on to study visual communications at degree level. The skills that you will gain from this course are much sought after in industry and will support other areas of study and employment. If you are serious about a career in design you should consider combining Graphic Design with Product Design or another visual arts subject. What else? Your sessions will be divided into practical graphics and digital graphics, enabling you to explore a full range of skillbased activities. You will also be required to attend field trips and extended study days. You will have the opportunity to explore changing styles and traditions relevant to graphic design. A visual awareness of text and image and contemporary graphic design is crucial to success in this area.

The AS course concentrates on textile surfaces. You will keep a sketchbook of drawings, photography, textile samples and design ideas, which will lead you towards designing clothing or other items, using the techniques you have learnt. Lessons in digital image manipulation and research into other artists and designers support this work. During both years you complete your own personal projects, focusing on particular subjects and techniques that interest you. What can it lead to? After A level, many students opt for an art foundation course, before studying design at degree level. Some students apply directly for textiles, fashion or other related degrees, including theatre, costume, interior design, fashion buying, fashion marketing, brand management, fashion journalism, or fashion photography. Additional information Trips and visits can include prestigious national events such as the Knitting & Stitching Show and New Designers exhibitions, both in London. Drawing days are also held at a range of interesting venues to gather inspiration for project work. In addition you will be encouraged to visit other exhibitions independently and enter external competitions. At the course end, you will take part in the annual college exhibition showcasing your best work.


student profiles

Manpreet Name: Manpreet Chahal Former School: Bristnall Hall Technology College A2 Subjects: Chemistry Human Biology Maths

How do you think coming to KE has helped you most? Made me realise my true potential! What words of advice would you offer new students about to start at the college? Be iendly! Make as many iends as possible and enjoy yourself. A levels are hard, so be prepared. Which enrichment activities have you been involved in? Debating society, life support and voluntary work. I also helped run the Ethics Society. What I hope to do next year Gap year in India to do a Medical Internship, then on to study Medicine at Kings College, London. What words of advice would you offer new students about to start at the college? Be iendly! Make as many iends as possible and enjoy yourself. A levels are hard, so be prepared. Work hard, play harder. What words or phrases would you use to sum up what is good about KE? Amazing iendly atmosphere, great prospects and JCR brownies!

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Chris Name: Laura Tibbetts Name: Chris Nzacahayo

Former School: Leasowes Community College

Former School: Windsor High School

A2 Subjects: Accounting Business Studies Maths

AS Subjects: Maths and Mechanics Physics Philosophy Psychology How do you think coming to KE has helped you most? My A level choices have always been a passion of mine. King Ed’s has helped me explore these in greater depth ensuring my subjects will help me achieve my career aims in the future. Why I chose King Ed’s? I enjoyed the atmosphere on open evening and I liked the way they teach here. e college environment encourages independence which has helped prepare me for university. What I hope to do next year Electrical Engineering. What words of advice would you offer new students about to start at the college? Work hard and never settle for less than your best. You know what you are capable of better than anyone and you’ll be the first to know when you have achieved it

Why I chose KE: It has a good reputation in respect of teaching and grades, but also when I came to an open evening the staff and students were really iendly and I liked the atmosphere. How do you think coming to KE has helped you most? It gave me experiences that have enabled me to gain my dream job. For example, work experience, opportunities to visit several accountancy firms and trial material for a finance baccalaureate. What words of advice would you offer new students about to start at the college? Take every opportunity you get as it will enable you to differentiate yourself om others, whether you are applying for a job or university.

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Why I chose KE: Brilliant reputation, everyone was super iendly and the courses seemed well organised. Fab vibes on open day!


What words or phrases would you use to sum up what is good about KE? Lots of opportunities, supportive teaching staff. Where next? I have been offered a job at Grant ornton, an accountancy firm, as an Audit Associate. Alongside working I will also complete my AAT and ACA which are professional accountancy qualifications. 19

Performing Arts, Music & Physical Education

Dance Dance is an exciting subject that challenges you physically, academically and creatively. Throughout the course you will explore the ideas of others and widen your experience and knowledge of dance through practical sessions and theoretical analysis. In the AS year you will complete practical coursework where you will be required to choreograph and perform a solo piece and perform in a choreographed duet or trio. You will also complete a written examination assessing your knowledge of professional dance works and ability to analyse the performance in relation to the subject matter or dance idea. In addition you will examine the dancer as a choreographer and performer, exploring the tools and skills needed to create dances and how you train and rehearse for performance. The A2 year builds on these skills and becomes more focused on an area of study and a set dance work. What can it lead to? There are many higher education courses available in dance in universities and specialist dance schools. Future careers include becoming a performer, choreographer, teacher, community dance practitioner, arts administrator, production technician, publicist, physiotherapist, alternative therapist, writer or academic.


Additional information No specific qualifications are required for this course, but you should: • Have recent experience in dance from a dance or theatre school or have taken GCSE Dance • Enjoy performing and be willing to contribute to college performances • Have a genuine passion for and commitment to the subject • Be willing to rehearse in your own time as well as in college • Be prepared to dance in other students’ choreography • Enjoy watching live and recorded performances

Drama & Theatre Studies Drama and Theatre Studies is a creative, active and demanding course – intellectually, physically and emotionally. There is a strong emphasis on working together as a team. In Year 12 you will be examined on your interpretation of a set play from a performance perspective and on your response to a piece of live theatre. In the spring, you will collaborate on a performance of an extract from a published play and produce a set of supporting notes on their work. In Year 13, there is the opportunity to study two set plays and to devise your own piece of theatre. In all practical modules, you can opt to be examined on acting, directing or an aspect of design. The course aims to develop practical theatre skills, creative group work, knowledge and understanding of theatre, skills of analysis, interpretation, response, personal awareness and interpersonal development. Students should expect to visit the theatre regularly and to support the college theatre production programme. What can it lead to? This course can lead to the study of a variety of practical or academic degree courses, including careers in the theatre, teaching and related areas.

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Additional information Prospective students should recognise that this is a course which entails serious written analysis and sets high academic standards. A GCSE in Drama is not required, but we would expect students to have experience of stage or design work.


Music & music technology

Music Music A level is a unique blend of the practical and academic. You will develop skills not just as a composer and performer but also as a historian and analyst of music. You will: •

Write music inspired by the study of composers both old and new – the work is more structured and technical than most GCSE composition, offering new and exciting challenges (30%) Perform around 15 minutes of music in a public recital at the end of A2, with a shorter examination performance at AS (30%) Analyze and listen to a wide range of music in order to understand how it is put together, how styles have changed from 1550 to the present day, and how music is used, for example, for film, dance and religious purposes (40%)

What can it lead to? Studying music at A level gives you the power to understand music better as a performer, composer and listener. There are many courses available at universities and conservatoires, from which music graduates enter a diverse range of professions both in and out of the world of music and the creative arts. Although A level Music involves a lot of creative


work, the theoretical study of music history and theory is sufficiently rigorous that it is accepted as a serious academic subject for entry to most university courses. Recent music students have gone on to study languages and humanities (and of course music) at Oxbridge, and an even wider range of courses, including sciences and social sciences, at prestigious Russell Group universities. Each year we also send a number of students to top conservatoires such as the RNCM, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music. Additional Information As one of the largest A level music providers in the area, we attract excellent musicians from across the West Midlands, which allows us to run a variety of high quality ensembles, including two choirs, symphony orchestra, string orchestra, wind band, as well as a number of jazz and soul bands. Specific entry requirements Before starting the course you should have reached grade 5 standard on your instrument or voice. Your music theory should be at around the same level, which includes the ability to read music fluently - guitar tablature or chords, for instance, will not be sufficient for this course.

The majority of music produced today is brought to the listener via technology. The aim of this course is to gain an understanding of the impact of technology on a wide range of music. The three areas of study underpinning the qualification are: • • •

The principles and practice of music technology Popular music styles since 1910 The development of technology and how it is manipulated within popular music.

The course is designed to develop your listening skills and your ability to make expressive use of musical elements, structures and resources through three coursework assignments each year, all within the realm of popular music. You will develop music from a skeleton score, multi-track recordings, arrangements to a specified style and a composition based on a set brief.

What can it lead to? Music Technology can support various higher education courses ranging from Music, to Music Technology at conservatoire level, Mechanical Engineering and Human Biology. Careers can then be accessed in a number of industries encompassing music, broadcasting as well as other areas. Additional information Before starting the course, you should be able to play an instrument and understand music theory at about grade three standard. Intending students will be asked to take a preliminary assessment to confirm this. It is essential that you are familiar with standard musical notation.

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At AS level, students are required to listen to a variety of popular music and analyse its musical, stylistic and technological features. At A2, students are required to listen to and construct a piece of music from specified audio files, identify discrepancies, comment on musical elements and technological processes and, finally, produce a stereo mix.

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physical education

Physical Education Physical education takes a multi-disciplinary approach, encouraging the development of different methods of enquiry, drawn from a wide range of disciplines, with the focal point being the performer and the performance. The specification is based on the interaction between the theory and practice of physical education. Topics covered in AS include: • Applied anatomy and physiology • Acquiring, performing and teaching movement skills • Contemporary issues in PE and sport • Performance and its improvement via the demonstration of acquired and developed skills in two practical activities, and an oral presentation evaluating a live performance in one of your two activities. Topics covered in A2 include: • Historical studies • Psychology of sport performance • Exercise physiology • Improvement of effective performance in one activity and an oral presentation evaluating a live performance in your practical activity. What can it lead to? A level Physical Education is rapidly becoming an essential qualification for study in PE and sports studies/science related courses in higher education and is a foundation for pursuing careers in PE teaching, coaching, the leisure industry, physiotherapy, medical, health and fitness fields, professional sport and recreational management. Additional information A revision day over one weekend is arranged as part of the course in Year 12. GCSE Physical Education is NOT essential.


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Business Related & IT

Accounting In today’s world, money talks. Managers in all walks of life are expected to have a sound understanding of accounting terminology and procedures in order to make informed judgements and commercial business decisions, as well as meet financial reporting requirements. You will be introduced to key accounting concepts and principles which you will apply in a range of accounting situations, from small owner-managed businesses through clubs and societies to large companies. You will learn how to operate the double entry bookkeeping system and compile profit and loss accounts and balance sheets. You will also be introduced to management techniques used to help businesses to improve efficiency. You will develop numeracy, written communication and analytical skills and develop your capacity for methodical and critical thought. What can it lead to? The qualifications are widely acceptable to universities in the UK for all types of degree. Many students who take this course follow a degree in Accounting and Finance or Business Management. Some students make a career choice immediately, benefitting from school leavers’ programmes with some of the most established accountancy firms in the country, and a chartered accountancy qualification. Additional information No prior knowledge of accounting is needed; however, an interest in working with numbers is required. A good GCSE in Maths is desirable, although the ability to do basic arithmetic methodically and accurately is most important. This course will develop your logical and analytical skills, and can be studied alongside other qualifications that develop business skills, or it can be chosen alongside creative subjects in order to help students develop and demonstrate a broad range of skills.


Business Studies From Apple to Amazon, the actions of businesses around the world affect us all. So what makes some businesses more successful than others? Business Studies provides you with an insight into the management of large corporations, enabling you to learn how you can motivate staff and equipping you with the skills to manage budgets, strategy, and major projects. You will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge to live business situations through class discussions, group presentations, trips to organisations such as the Bank of England, and talks with visiting speakers. Topics covered include business finance, marketing, organising and managing staff, understanding the economy, and developing business strategy. You will develop your analytical, presentational, team-working and inter-personal skills through a variety of classroom activities. Assessment is by examination, there is no coursework. What can it lead to? Business Studies supports a variety of career or university degrees as most people will either work in an organisation or start their own business. The course provides access to a variety of career opportunities including management, accounting, law, personnel, and marketing. Business Studies is a popular and well-established degree choice for students, both as a degree in its own right and when combined with subjects such as a modern language. Additional information No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed but an interest in current business affairs is essential. This course develops entrepreneurial skills and as such is especially popular with students wishing to join the college’s Young Enterprise scheme as well as students considering their own business start-up.



In Economics you will look at the fundamental forces affecting our lives such as employment, prices, international trade and poverty.

ICT is an interesting and empowering course that provides you with the practical skills needed to use the advanced functions within a wide range of applications including spreadsheets and multimedia presentational packages.

Economics ultimately considers the allocation of society’s scarce resources amongst the many alternative uses to which they could be put. Individuals, firms and governments have to make choices. You will form opinions on a variety of issues: Should the UK government interfere with markets such as alcohol or energy? What are the best austerity measures? How are we affected by the Greek and German economies? Why is there an inflation target? Theories will be studied to enable a greater understanding of the working of economies. The global and European Union context is also discussed.

What can it lead to? Economics is well established in higher education and provides opportunities for careers within government and the private sector in areas such as banking, accountancy, management and investment. It is also regarded as being a valuable support in careers such as marketing, law, journalism or teaching.

What can it lead to? This course gives you the skills needed to analyse and present different types of data, skills you can utilise during your other A levels and any future degree or career. It can lead to employment in the ICT industry or improve your effectiveness when using technology in the workplace. Additional information ICT does not require any specific GCSEs, however you should have a natural interest in the subject. The course builds upon the various ICT courses undertaken at school so a good working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentational software is expected.

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You will develop a range of skills relating to, for example, research, analysis, evaluation, communication and working with others. Debating competitions, conferences and off-site visits also make a valuable contribution to learning.

The course builds upon, and is similar to GCSE ICT. It takes a user’s approach to computers and ICT rather than the developer’s approach of computing (see page 38).

Additional Information No previous subject specific knowledge is assumed, however an interest in current affairs and a good standard in English and Mathematics would be an advantage. Economics can be combined with a wide variety of subjects. Studying A level Mathematics is important for those who wish to continue Economics at degree level.

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English, Film & Communications Students wishing to study English can choose between English Literature, English Language and Literature and English Language. All include 40% coursework at both AS and A2. The differences between the courses are explained below. Through your study of a variety of differing texts, English will broaden your experience of literature, help you to discover how writers use language to explore and communicate human experience and improve the accuracy and fluency of your own written style. Best selling author SJ Watson “Before I go to sleep� and award winning poet Liz Berry are both former students of the college.

English Language This course is an analytical and technical study of the English language. You will study how documents are constructed to persuade or influence the reader. You will learn about how texts work for different audiences and purposes, and explore a variety of texts, closely looking at meanings, structure and grammar in detail.

You will find the course more technical and detailed than GCSE English Language. You will analyse a variety of texts across the broad spectrum of written and spoken English including newspapers, reviews, letters, diaries, instructional writing, travel writing, speech, creative writing and analyse how language changes over time. Coursework on this course is split between creative writing and individual language investigations on topics of your own choice. What can it lead to? English Language can lead to the study of linguistics or English language at degree level, possibly in conjunction with Modern Foreign Languages, Arts, Social Sciences or Humanities subjects. It is also an excellent qualification for a very wide range of professions. Additional information English language is a good choice to combine with a wide variety of other subjects, including Modern Foreign Languages. It will not, however qualify you to study English Literature at degree level. 28

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English Literature

Do you enjoy all aspects of English at GCSE? If so, this course could be perfect as it combines the best of Literature and Language. You will study how language works and why writers make certain choices when writing descriptively. You will have opportunities to develop characters and plots through the popular creative writing coursework modules.

A-level English literature is an exciting and student centred course involving a good deal of discussion work, individual reading and research, as well as group and pair work leading to student presentations.

Throughout the course you will encounter a range of learning methods and styles including discussion, reading, note making, group work, watching films of texts, drafting coursework and exam essays.

At both AS and A2 you will study a range of poetry, prose and drama texts. You will be encouraged to be an active reader and to offer opinions and ideas based on your own interpretations of literary texts, as well as considering the opinions of others. You will read a wide variety of texts from different social and historical contexts including Shakespeare. You will also have the opportunity to write creatively in response to your own choice of prose text, as well as comparing texts across a range of genres and time periods. You will be supported by a teacher in individual consultation sessions when working on coursework and will be encouraged to read independently and choose your own focus of study. You also have opportunities to watch performances of texts studied and benefit from study days.

What can it lead to? This course can lead to the study of English at degree level, possibly in conjunction with modern languages, classics, arts, social sciences or humanities subjects. It is also an excellent qualification for a very wide range of professions, including journalism and teaching.

What can it lead to? This course can lead to the study of English at degree level, possibly in conjunction with Modern Languages, Classics, Arts, Social Sciences or Humanities subjects. It is also an excellent qualification for a very wide range of professions, including journalism and teaching.

Additional information In addition to visits and talks from professional writers you will have the opportunity to see relevant theatrical productions and bring your learning to life through trips to Stratford-UponAvon and The Globe Theatre, London.

Additional information If you are intending to apply to one of the top universities nationally, it is often the case that an A level in literature is looked upon particularly favourably by these universities as you will have carried out extensive reading and critical analysis during the course.

In the AS year you will study a poetry anthology of around 30 poems, which represent a range of poetry from Chaucer to the present day. You will also study two modern novels and develop three pieces of creative writing. During your A2 year you will study additional texts and produce your own creative writing such as a script or screenplay.

Film Studies This course offers you the opportunity to develop a range of analytical and creative skills by studying the British and American film industry, whilst also producing your own creative work. You can expect to study a range of film genres such as horror, science fiction and social satire, in addition to analysing the role of film stars, how films are produced and marketed, and the differences between the British and American film industries. You will also analyse film experiences through topics such as ‘Empowering Women’ and ‘Urban Stories’ and study the emotional impact of popular cinema on audiences, at an advanced level. A large coursework element accompanies exams in both AS and A2. At AS you will create a short film project or storyboard and analyse a short sequence of film of your choice. At A2 you produce a film or short script and research a specific area of the film industry, agreed with your tutor.

Communications & Culture If you are interested in understanding the dynamism and diversity of contemporary culture, then this is the course for you. You will evaluate the cultural practices of everyday life, including the meaning and function of music, television, dress codes, forms of personal communication and modern technology.

What can it lead to? Film Studies can lead to a variety of media and film courses at degree level, possibly in conjunction with arts, social sciences or humanities subjects. It is also an excellent introductory qualification for a range of creative and media professions, such as animation, though further training would often be required. Additional information You will need an eye for detail, a natural interest in the film medium and good written English skills. Many top universities see Film Studies as a desirable alternative to Media Studies, as amongst other skills, it encourages independent learning within critical frameworks.

What can it lead to? This course can lead to the study of a variety of media, communication and cultural studies courses at degree level, possibly in conjunction with arts, social sciences or humanities subjects. It is an excellent introductory qualification for a range of creative and media professions. Additional information This subject combines well with a variety of A level subjects such as English, Sociology, Psychology, Government and Politics, Film Studies and Philosophy, and is an excellent preparation for further, high level academic studies.

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In Communication and Culture you discuss and debate the nature and definition of ‘communication’ and ‘culture’, assessing what we often take for granted in a critical, academic way. You will be expected to share your own life experiences and roles you perform in different social contexts whilst acquiring the skills to evaluate these acts of communication. You will also develop your understanding of culture through theoretical perspectives such as Marxism and Feminism. The coursework in both AS and A2 is 50% of the course.


Historical, Political & Religious

Classical Civilisation “I’ll hate you women...some say I talk of this eternally, yes, but eternal too is women’s wickedness. Either let someone teach them to be chaste, or suffer me to trample on them forever.” So spoke Hippolytus in Euripides’ classic play. Classical Civilisation is the study of the civilisation, arts and ancient history of Greece and Rome, and therefore the foundations of the modern western world; you will be surprised how many of the themes of the classical world are relevant to our world today! The AS level course covers the following topics: • The Life and Times of Cicero (broadly, the fall of the Roman Republic) • Homer’s epic ‘The Iliad’ • Greek Tragedy • Alexander the Great What does it lead to? Classical Civilisation is an excellent course to combine with English, History, Art or Modern Languages. It can be a fascinating contrast to the Sciences or to Mathematics. Those who are interested in archaeology or anthropology would almost certainly enjoy this course. Always engaging and often challenging, the course will develop your ability to appreciate, and analyse aspects of these civilisations. As an academic subject it is highly regarded by universities. What else? As well as acquiring many new skills such as literary criticism, you will also hone your existing analytical and evaluative abilities. Visits to museums, the theatre and classical sites (Greece or Italy) will be a feature of this course, where possible. There is no coursework element. No knowledge of Latin or Greek is required, nor do you need to have studied Classical Civilisation previously.



Government & Politics

History takes as its subject, human experience in the past. We offer a choice of two AS and A level courses, enabling you to choose the time period that most interests you. Modern History (19th and 20th centuries) focusing on Britain, Russia and Germany Or Early Modern History (16th and 17th centuries) focusing mainly on England, France and Spain We aim to: • Develop your understanding of how and why societies change • Stimulate your thinking and your powers of analysis • Develop your ability to express your views on a range of questions. You will experience a wide range of teaching and learning approaches during the course, and you will develop important academic and career skills: research; analysis; synopsis; argument and synthesis. For both courses the A2 year includes a coursework element, but there is no coursework at AS level. What can it lead to? History combines well with all other arts and social sciences, but many students also take History alongside the Sciences and Mathematics. It is considered a keystone academic subject by competitive universities and is a recognised route into a wide range of careers, notably journalism, the law, business and the civil service. Former King Edward’s historians have gone on to careers in academia, the law, politics and the media.

The last couple of years have seen scandal, controversy and dynamic change in British politics; if you have been intrigued, angered or excited by this, then politics will answer your questions and test your ideas. At AS you will study Parliament, the Prime Minister, the parties, pressure groups, the courts, elections and much more. At A2 you will examine major political ideologies like Conservatism, Socialism and Liberalism and the responses of the parties to current issues including education, the economy and the environment. What can it lead to? Politics students go on to degree courses at the most competitive universities, studying everything from politics and international relations to History, Law, English, Psychology, Modern Languages and Medicine. Politics is a particularly good preparation for journalism, advertising, administration and the legal profession, but fosters skills of debate and research, and of adapting to constantly changing circumstances, which are useful in many types of work. Additional information Politics students at King Edward’s see their subject matter developing first hand; we go to Parliament and party conferences and meet visiting MPs, professors and journalists. This course immerses its students in the controversies of the day enabling them to get a serious understanding of how we are governed.

Additional information No previous knowledge of history is assumed, although a GCSE in History can be helpful. What is essential is a lively interest in your work and a willingness to read widely and engage in your own research.


Religious Studies

Whilst Philosophy literally means ‘love of wisdom’, it is not, generally, a subject with a body of truths or theories to be learnt, but an activity in which you engage when trying to answer questions that go to the heart of the meaning of life itself. To get the most out of studying this subject you will need an enquiring mind, an ability to express yourself clearly and coherently and a willingness to question everything you ever thought was real or true.

Religion is fascinating and can be studied by anyone with an open mind. No religious faith is assumed, nor need you have taken Religious Studies at GCSE, but it is an ideal choice if you enjoyed it at school. For anybody who has ever been interested in finding out more about God, the Bible, learning how to live and the ‘Big Questions’ of life, this course is for you!

What does the course cover? During the AS year you will explore questions such as: • What is real? • What is God? • Who am I? • Why do I suffer? • Where do I find the meaning of life?

The A2 course addresses the following questions: Unit 3. Philosophy of religion: Is religious faith rational? How can we talk about God? What sense can be made of miracle claims? How ‘free’ are we? Unit 4. Religious experience: a synoptic study. Is it possible to directly experience God? What should be made of people’s claims to religious experience?

The AS course includes the following topics: Unit 1. The New Testament: birth narratives, miracles, parables, passion and resurrection narratives. Unit 2: Philosophy of Religion: 'Can we prove God's existence? How 'good' is God? If God is all-loving, why do we suffer? Does the presence of alleged design in the world 'prove' that God designed it? What should we make of religious experiences?'

What can it lead to? A third of students each year continue with the subject at university degree level, such is their enthusiasm for the subject.

A2 study allows you to develop a deeper knowledge of some of the themes you studied in your AS year. You will explore topics such as philosophy of mind and philosophy of religion. The A2 course will provide an opportunity for an in-depth study of a philosophical text – currently Descartes ‘Meditations’ – which explores many of the themes examined in year 12. What can it lead to? A significant number of students go on to study this subject at university.

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Additional information There is no coursework option for this subject. The department provides full notes for you on all modules and teaching takes place in a stimulating setting using a rich range of teaching styles and methods.

Additional information There is no coursework option for this subject.

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Mathematics Pure with Statistics Statistics concentrates on interpreting data and trying to make sense of variations in measurements and responses in an uncertain and changing world. It is popular with students taking subjects such as Sociology, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Economics which themselves use statistical techniques. Most people will use statistics at sometime in their lives, which makes this a generally useful application and our most popular course. If you want Mathematics AS/A level and don’t have clear reasons for choosing one of the other courses, then choose this one.

Mathematical subjects are very highly respected by both Russell Group universities and employers for their academic rigour and the logical, problemsolving approach these courses develop.

Both years comprise of three modules, two of pure mathematics and one of statistics, there is no coursework.

Mathematical courses can develop the skills to complement science or social science courses, yet also contrast well, giving breadth of study to students studying creative, artistic or humanity based subjects. All courses are taught in specialist rooms, by specialist staff, and make full use of interactive whiteboard technology. There are 5 courses you should consider. Firstly, Maths and Further Maths, a two A level course representing half a students’ timetable and highly recommended for all students considering a mathematics degree. The intensive and demanding nature of this course means A* at GCSE Mathematics is strongly recommended. Secondly, Statistics, a course focussing purely on methods of statistical analysis, an ideal supporting subject for those taking two sciences or any social science requiring substantial data analysis. Finally, there are three mathematical courses. The pure mathematical elements of each course - algebra, trigonometry and graph work - is identical and represents two thirds of each course, the remaining third focuses on either statistics, mechanics, or decision-making. Which to choose will depend on your other subject choices as well as your natural preferences. The pure maths element of all three mean a grade A in GCSE Mathematics is highly desirable. What can Mathematics courses lead to? Studying Mathematics at AS/A level will give you the basic tools of a working mathematician, opening doors to, and in a wide variety of courses and careers in accountancy, defence, design, education, engineering, finance, management, production, quality control, research, software development, science‌ the list goes on and on. You may be able to do one of these careers without Mathematics, but it will almost certainly be beneficial. Research shows that students with an A level in Mathematics earn 10% more on average than others in similar jobs. Additional information The demands of university courses are changing quite rapidly and if you have a particular course in mind you should do some research on the UCAS or university web sites to keep up to date. We are currently seeing an increase in the number of courses requiring or recommending Further Mathematics. If you have already studied Mathematics modules at AS level in year 11 you may be able to progress directly to A2. Please make this clear on your application form.



Mathematics Pure with Mechanics Mechanics studies the way things move and the forces involved, from accelerating a Formula 1 car to safely building a sky scraper. This course is strongly recommended for students studying Physics because of the complementary nature of both specifications. Both years comprise of three modules, two of pure mathematics and one of mechanics, there is no coursework.

Statistics studies a wide range of research methods applied in many other subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Sociology, Psychology, Geography and Economics, going much further than you are able to do in the Mathematics – Pure with Statistics course. If you want a course that primarily concentrates on statistical research methods or mainly to support your studies in another subject, this is the one for you. Three statistics modules are studied in each year, there is no coursework. The Statistics course at King Edward’s has scored consistently highly for “value added” and has at times been identified as the top Statistics course in the country. Many medical schools requiring Mathematics will accept A level Statistics instead and a top grade may be easier to achieve.

Mathematics and Further Mathematics This double option choice is the most rigorous and academically demanding and, if studied, would represent two of your subjects. The course includes a small amount of coursework for all students, along with flexibility over module choice in the A2 year. If you are a gifted mathematician, have a love of the subject, or intend to go on to study mathematics or a closely related subject at a top university, then this could well be the course for you. As well as studying pure mathematics in greater depth you will also study both statistics and either mechanics or decision mathematics.


Decision Mathematics (or operational research) studies methods used to solve practical problems and make processes more efficient. You will learn about topics such as critical path analysis or linear programming, important for managers following a wide variety of careers. There is a lot of numerical work, rather than algebra, and diagrams are used frequently. It is popular with students studying subjects where decision-making models are used, such as business studies and computing.


Pure with Decision and Statistics

Three modules are studied each year, two of pure mathematics and one of decision mathematics in year 12, followed by a statistics module in year 13, there is no coursework.

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Modern Languages & Earth Sciences The words "graduate with a foreign language" on your CV will have many recruiters going back for another look. That's because a relatively small pool of Brits have foreign language credentials, so they stand out from the crowd and, consequently, have far healthier career options, according to a recent Independent article. So why not make yourself more desirable to employers, and give yourself the chance of earning up to 10% more?!




Germany has the fourth largest economy in the world, and is the biggest exporting nation for iconic brands such as Adidas and Porsche. So if you want to find out more about this crucial European economic powerhouse, why not study German ?

Spanish is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity. It's the official language of 21 countries worldwide and after English, it's the most commonly used language, with over 500 million Spanish-speakers worldwide. It makes sense then both from a business and a cultural perspective - to learn this language of growing importance.

French, along with English is the official working language in many international organizations, such as the United Nations, UNESCO, the EU. It is the second most frequently used language on the internet. France is ranked 2nd most influential in the world in terms of culture, art, cuisine, dance and fashion. Tempted ? The read on….

AS Spanish gives you a deeper understanding of the language, developing your vocabulary, grammar and grasp of tenses so that you can hold a discussion, write essays, read and understand newspaper articles, listen to interviews and news broadcasts and translate to and from Spanish. It’s not just about the language, however, as you will broaden your knowledge of social and political issues, and in year 13 cover an aspect of culture, such as a novel.

Studying French at AS/A2 level will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the language and involves the study of the four linguistic skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing through themes. It is, however, much more than that! This course will give you an awareness of the people, their history and culture. With the French exchange, you will have the opportunity to live with a French family, do a work placement and not only further enhance your competence in the language, but enhance your life skills too.

The first year course at AS enables you to revise skills and knowledge gained and GCSE, and to build on them. You will have the opportunity to discover many fascinating topics, and to discuss and write about them at a high level. You will also have regular contact with a native speaker and sessions with the German assistant, to help you with your conversational fluency. The second year enables you to take this work further, and can bring in literature and film options. What can it lead to ? All universities are well aware of how demanding it can be to navigate around the challenges of word order, cases or adjectival endings. German is therefore a highly respected and prestigious subject to take. German can be studied on its own at university, and it also combines well with other subjects such as Chemistry, Business, Law and even a new language such as Japanese. Language graduates don’t ‘just’ go into teaching, in fact they mainly go into business, tourism, retail, the armed forces... any occupation which requires contact with the global market. Additional information A grade B in German at GCSE is desirable. Studying German can be a life-changing experience, so why not come and see for yourself ? 34

What can it lead to ? Modern Languages are always highly sought after by top universities and employers. They combine well with any subject. Scientists who study a language show a greater breadth of knowledge, budding journalists can learn more about their own language by studying another, would-be lawyers can hone their debating skills. In fact Spanish leads comfortably into any career you can think of! Additional information A grade B in Spanish at GCSE is desirable. Spain offers a profound culture, excellent quality of life and a modern society with open, friendly people. Join us, and see for yourself!

What can it lead to? France plays a leading role in aviation, aerospace, physics, electronics and medicine. French companies continue to be household names such as Peugeot, Lacoste and Dior. French thus remains an important tool for scientists, businessmen, journalists, lawyers. In fact it can be useful for any profession! At A level, it combines well with any subject, and is considered to be a prestige subject by top universities. Additional information If you want to join us then a grade B at GCSE is desirable. French is the largest donor of foreign words in English, so why not make the most of this advantage, and study French ?



As a geographer, you will examine environmental, social and economic changes and issues in both human and physical environments, as well as gaining an appreciation of the challenges that contrasting environments present both now and in the future.

Geology is a detective story where the evidence is old, fragmented and tortured by the earth’s heaving. In this course, you will develop the skills and techniques to solve some of the earth’s puzzles.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding through various means, including: discussion; written resources; analysis of maps, diagrams, graphs, photos; information technology; DVD/video extracts and fieldwork at a local and regional scale (possibly at an international scale).

The AS course introduces you to the ideas of geology and is equally divided between theory and practical. The A2 course develops the AS ideas further and includes modules on natural resources and climate change. Fieldwork is a vital component and you will spend several days out locally as well as on residential trips in the Lake District and North Wales. There will also be the opportunity to join the annual field courses further abroad – recent trips have been to the Himalayas, Iceland and Kenya. What can it lead to? A level Geology leads readily to a degree in the subject and from there the world is literally at your feet. You have a passport to work anywhere in the world – to wild and lonely places or metropolitan excesses! If you like variety in your studies and enjoy the outdoors, try geology.

What can it lead to? Apart from subject knowledge, geographers develop a wide range of key skills that make them very employable, particularly in the following fields: • • • • •

Sustainability e.g. environmental impact officer, conservation officer Environmental systems e.g. flood protection manager, climate analyst Business e.g. location analyst, GIS information specialist Settlement e.g. urban regeneration planner, surveyor Travel and tourism e.g. expedition leader, heritage manager.

Additional information GCSE Geography is not essential, providing that you are inquisitive about the world around you and would enjoy working in a practical situation outside the classroom. Geography is a multi-disciplinary subject and can be studied in combination with many other subjects.

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Additional information We do not expect you to have studied Geology before and there are no specific GCSE subjects required, but it combines well with either Geography or the Sciences.


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Biology & Human Biology “Dans la nature rien ne se crée, rien ne se perd, tout change.’ In nature nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything changes.” (Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier)

Learn about other living things, learn about yourself. We offer two Biology courses: Biology and Human Biology. Both cover the same basic biological principals, however human biology delivers these through a study of humans, both healthy & ill, while biology focuses on a wider range of living things including animals, plants & microorganisms. Both courses are equally acceptable for entry to a wide range of higher education courses including medicine, with the exception of veterinary science degrees where biology must be taken. The AS Biology course in Year 12 introduces you to some fundamental aspects of modern biology including cell structure, the heart, transport in plants & animals, cell division, biochemistry and other topics. AS Human Biology also looks at key aspects of biology but through a study of the human body & its diseases. In both Biology & Human Biology there is extensive practical work, some of which is assessed & contributes to the final AS grade. The A2 course develops AS ideas further through the study of homeostasis, biotechnology & ecology in biology & reproduction, genetics, ecology & human physiology in the human biology course. Practical coursework is again assessed and counts for 10% of the final A2 marks in both subjects. What can it lead to? A good grade in Biology or Human Biology, in conjunction with the correct choice of other A levels, allows access to a wide range of careers such as medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, nursing, horticulture, teaching, fisheries and conservation work. Additional information Good GCSE grades (Bs or higher) in Additional Science or separate sciences with a strong maths background are essential for entry to both courses. Unfortunately, experience shows that GCSE Applied Science does not adequately prepare students for success in AS Biology and Human Biology.


Physics In an increasingly technical age, the laws of physics are at the heart of everything we do. An A level Physics qualification is extremely flexible and shows that you have a logical and numerate mind; employers in all kinds of fields seek out students who have these skills. Physics AS and A2 modules have been designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed during a double award-bearing science or single award GCSE course. The course will further develop the core principles already learnt and then go on to introduce new ideas in areas such as quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, cosmology and medical physics. Hands-on practical experience and practical demonstrations are used throughout in order to develop an understanding of the link between theory and practice. The subject benefits from operating in a newly refurbished suite of rooms, including a computer room and a technology workshop.

Two chemistry courses are offered, both OCR specifications. The chemical knowledge you will attain is similar so that they are equally acceptable to all universities for any degree course, but they differ significantly in their approach to the subject matter. OCR B (Salters) takes an integrated approach; units such as "The Polymer Revolution" and "The Atmosphere" will introduce you to the ideas needed to understand the chemistry involved. The chemical concepts are met in one unit, revised and then further developed in subsequent units. OCR A (traditional) teaches the three main branches of chemistry (organic, inorganic and physical) separately. Organic chemistry covers the chemistry of carbon compounds, such as alkanes, alkenes and alcohols; norganic chemistry covers other elements and physical chemistry covers topics such as energy changes and rates of reaction. Internally assessed practical work in both specifications, at AS level, accounts for 20% of your AS grade.

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At A2 level Salters students undertake an individual investigation over a fiveweek period; students taking the traditional course undertake more assessed practicals. What can it lead to? A large number of our students go on to study a chemistry-related degree at university, while others study a range of subjects that include medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Additional information Salters students enjoy a visit to the National Gallery to look at the chemistry behind the restoration of paintings, there are also regular evening visits to Birmingham University for topical lectures. Enrichment classes are held for students entering the Chemistry Olympiad. Good GCSE grades (Bs or higher) in Additional Science or separate sciences, with a strong maths background are essential for entry to both courses. Unfortunately, experience shows that GCSE Applied Science does not adequately prepare students for success in AS Chemistry.

Additional information Invited speakers from universities regularly give talks to both AS and A2 students, and local universities provide enrichment opportunities for both year groups. AS students studying both maths and physics, and interested in a career in engineering, can take part in the Engineering Education Scheme in which a small team design and manufacture a solution to a real life problem set by a local engineering company. The mathematical aspects of this course make Maths with Mechanics a very suitable and popular complementary A level choice. Good GCSE grades (B or higher) in Additional Science or separate sciences must be achieved and students must be competent mathematicians in order to flourish in physics at this higher level. Unfortunately, experience shows that GCSE Applied Science does not adequately prepare students for success in AS Physics.

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What can it lead to? Physics is highly respected A level that is essential for most physics and engineering degree courses. The analytical, numerate and critical appraisal skills that physics courses develop, open up a wealth of career opportunities from the obvious mathematical, scientific, medical and computing areas to the business and financial professions.


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Design & Technology: Product Design (3D Design) When you admire the sensuous lines of a sports car or the way your mobile phone feels in your hand, you are admiring the work of a product designer. Innovative designers, such as James Dyson, can become household names and create products sold throughout the world. This course aims to increase your knowledge of 3D Product Design and to develop your creative and inventive talents. Operating in two newly refurbished and well-equipped technology rooms, the course will provide you with the design skills and technical know-how required to produce new products to meet everyday needs. As part of both the AS and A2 courses you will undertake substantial design and manufacturing projects to put your skills to the test. Coursework accounts for 50% of both courses. No previous knowledge of the subject is expected. What can it lead to? The course is particularly suited to students wishing to follow a degree or career in either design or engineering. It is regarded by most university engineering departments as a useful subject for students to do along with maths and physics for entry onto their degree courses. Problem solving skills will help in many aspects of any future career. Additional Information Students taking this subject and intending to follow a career in engineering can apply for an Arkwright scholarship, worth £500 over two years. Contact the teacher in charge of product design via the college for further details by early January 2013 at the latest.

Computing Computing is a technical science-like subject with a large practical element, quite different to the ICT courses studied at school. Computing introduces you to programming and its use within applications. You will develop your programming skills through a series of engaging tasks and scenarios, whilst also benefitting from opportunities such as participating in the British Informatics Olympiad – a great way to showcase your skills. The course adopts a developer’s approach, meaning theory elements examine how computers and programs work, rather than the applications they run. Examples of areas covered include problem solving, software engineering and networking. What can it lead to? A large number of students continue to study computer science or related courses at university, whilst gifted students with computer science degrees compete for careers in the lucrative computer gaming sector. Computing can lead to employment in the ICT industry or careers requiring modelling and simulation work; it also provides proof of a logical mind, a skill valued by universities and employers alike. University courses combining sciences and computing are becoming increasingly popular, for example Bioinformatics. Additional information This course combines especially well with maths and physics. No previous programming experience is required however a natural interest in the area and a grade B in GCSE Maths is highly desirable. A level Mathematics is recommended for students considering a computer science or related degree. The programming you create through coursework represents 30% of your AS qualification.


Student profiles

Name: Amber Davies Former School: Wolverhampton Grammar School A2 Subjects: Art History Art Dance Mathematics

What I hope to do next year (and where at) ? I have gained a place at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), London to study BA (hons) Ballet education. What words of advice would you offer new students about to start at the college? Remain focused and organised and then you will be able to get the most out of the excellent teaching at King Edwards. What words or phrases would you use to sum up what is good about KE? King Edwards has helped me to study and research independently. ere is also a very positive atmosphere and iendly students and staff. .

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Name: Huw Hides

Name: Ellie Newis

Former School: St Peter’s

Former School: Redhill School

A2 Subjects: Economics French Maths with Statistics Extended Project Qualification

A2 Subjects: English Literature Government & Politics Art & Design Film Studies

How do you think coming to KE has helped you most? e support of staff and other students has really helped me develop and grow in confidence.

How do you think coming to KE has helped you most? e HE+ scheme and my teachers – especially English teachers – convincing me I was good enough to apply to Oxford. I never considered it before coming here.

Where next? With some financial support om the college, I’m spending six months of my Gap Year in Italy working with those truly in need. I’ll help run a soup kitchen for young homeless people in the evenings whilst also providing other practical assistance, including 1:1 support and encouragement to help young people get back on their feet. I’ll spend a month training for this followed by two months travelling around the UK to help raise awareness of the issues facing many young adults. What words of advice would you offer new students about to start at the college? Don’t be a spectator watching life pass you by. Get involved, your life begins outside your comfort zone.

What words of advice would you offer new students about to start at the college? Make sure you pick the subjects you genuinely love, that way you will want to work at them and not get bored. What words or phrases would you use to sum up what is good about KE? I think the independence is really good and really helps me work my best. e teachers are very supportive and helpful.

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Why I chose KE: I chose King Edwards because I really wanted to take Dance and Art History at A level and not many institutions offer these subjects.




Which enrichment activities have you been involved with? KE TV, ‘Have I got news for you!’ and Book club. What I hope to do next year (and where at) Mansfield College, Oxford University to study English, then hopefully into journalism.


Law & Social Sciences

Law If you are interested in how the laws that affect all our lives are developed and implemented, if you are interested in a legal career then A level Law is for you. This course involves the study of the main principles of the English legal system. Where does our law come from? How does the law work? What powers do the police have? What is the role of judges, barristers, solicitors? Who funds litigation? There will be visits to the courts in Birmingham to watch the law ‘in action’ and the Old Bailey and Supreme Court in London. At A2, you will specialise in one of the substantive areas of tort, crime or contract law. Studying Law will enable you to develop your analytical and evaluative skills whilst also improving your communication skills through classroom discussions and group work. There is no coursework.

Psychology Mental illnesses such as schizophrenia can affect around 1% of the population. Psychology is the theoretical study of the human mind and behaviour that is helping improve our understanding of all sorts of issues from mental illness to personal phobias. Are you interested in learning why the brains of males function differently to those of females, why some people are racist or whether your dreams have meaning? If so, psychology could be for you.

What can it lead to? An A level in Law is especially useful if you are considering a law degree or a career in the legal profession, because it allows you to better understand what law is and the training and academic demands of joining the legal profession. Law also provides career opportunities in business, commerce and local government. Additional information You will need to be interested in, and prepared to discuss current legal issues. Students can take part in the ‘Bar National Mock Trial’. This is an opportunity to develop advocacy skills and put them to the test in Birmingham Crown Court. Many of our students go on to become lawyers. No previous knowledge of law is needed.


The course develops your communication, data analysis and information technology skills, making psychology relevant to a wide variety of courses and careers, as well as a great subject to help create a balanced programme. During the AS year you will conduct a number of practical investigations which you will be expected to report upon, and refer to, during exams. The A2 year further develops your theoretical knowledge through options such as criminal, child and clinical psychology. Outside the classroom you will deepen your understanding of concepts taught through activities such as prison visits and trips to the Freud Museum in London and a visit to Vienna, the birthplace of Freud. What can it lead to? Psychology can lead into many varied careers ranging from health and social welfare occupations and teaching, through to commercially focussed careers including advertising, marketing, sales and staff recruitment. High grades combined with specialist degrees open up opportunities for professional psychologist roles such as educational, clinical, or forensic psychologists. Additional information No previous knowledge of psychology is required, just a critical mind, a willingness to work hard, and a natural interest in human behaviour.

Sociology aims to develop a critical understanding of human societies in the 21st century. If you are interested in society, the reasons for your behaviour or discovering explanations for the inequalities in the world, then Sociology is for you. Some Sociological questions to consider: • Who are you? How has your culture influenced your identity? • How are your chances in life affected by your social class, gender and ethnic background? What about your age, disability or sexuality? Do these factors make a difference? • Why are some groups likely to achieve more rewards than other groups?

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Is Society a fair place to live? How has Globalisation affected you and other people?

Sociology gives you the opportunity to debate, analyse, and evaluate a variety of possible answers to these and other issues. You will also have the opportunity to become be involved in educational trips over the course, such as visiting the Slavery Museum in Liverpool, and hear from professional Sociologists about their research first hand.

What can it lead to? Sociology is recognised by all universities as a popular A level and degree subject. Sociology graduates are well prepared for careers in social work and nursing, health and welfare, marketing, and all aspects of the media as well as medicine, the legal profession, criminology and social research.

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Additional information A good standard of written English and a readiness to read around the issues covered are strongly recommended. You should also be genuinely interested in contemporary and social issues and the world around you.


results & destinations

Outstanding Results 2012 was another outstanding year during which the college maintained its position as one of the very best in the country, and the most successful local provider of A level courses in terms of pass rates and achievement per student.

Student destinations We recognise that your time with us is part of your journey and not your final destination. As a result of this we operate like a mini-university; we will help develop your academic expertise, your independent learning skills, and you as a person in preparation for your next challenge.

Over 780 students at King Edward VI College in Stourbridge gained outstanding A level results, key highlights include; • • •

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An incredible 99.5 pass rate for subject-based A levels. Half our students achieving a prized A or A* grade Two thirds of passes in subject based A levels being at grades A*, A or B, in comparison with 52.6% nationwide. 100% pass rates in 38 subjects 60 students gaining four or more A or A* grades at A level 130 students gaining 3 or more A grades. 17 students passed 5 or more subjects at grade A or A* 89% Oxford & Cambridge applicants achieved their required grades.

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This year students joining colleges at Oxford and Cambridge will read a variety of arts and science related courses, having gained an insight into life at each university through our popular HE+ scheme, college trips, and meetings with previous King Edward’s students now at Oxbridge colleges. Students starting medical, veterinary science and dentistry courses at a variety of Russell Group universities leave having benefitted from our extensive work experience placements and supporting events organised by the college such as our optional Medical Ethics course. Students with a passion for Art, Music or the Performing Arts join nationally renowned colleges such as the Birmingham Conservatoire. The outstanding regional reputation the college enjoys allows our Careers Team to work with some of the best employers in the area. Students who have chosen to start their career straight from college are joining some of the most respected employers on fast-track development schemes such as the accountancy and consultancy training provided by Grant Thornton.

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Finance Baccalaureate The large number of very talented students seeking careers in the financial sector, combined with a distinct lack of opportunity to gain ‘city’ experience, led to the college spearheading a pioneering project developing a national programme for the most talented A level students around the country wishing to pursue a career in the Square Mile.

Student Recognition

Students’ leadership, organisational and inter-personal skills are recognised and rewarded in a variety of ways. Students can become ‘course reps’ and work with tutors to continually improve the student learning experience, seek election to the Student Union and manage whole college charity work, student events and social occasions, become PT reps, work on and off site as College Ambassadors, develop and deliver a series of enrichment classes to other students, or lead sporting teams through captaincy awards. A measure of the company you will be keeping can also be gleaned through the achievements of students outside college. In 2011-12 our Student Governors received official praise and recognition for their work at a London

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awards ceremony, another student won a prestigious design competition whilst on a college trip to Paris, our Young Enterprise team scooped 3 regional awards, Tim Hickman became World Champion in his Karate class and Dudley sports personality of the year, Jack Mathews became captain of the England U17 volleyball team, three students won Silver medals in the UK U18 biathlon finals, two students carried Olympic torches, a student won a national BBC 999 award, and many more completed a range of charity and community work, including our Duke of Edinburgh Gold students, our Three Peaks charity walkers, our Help for Heroes students, students working with the local foodbank, to name but a few. Students with a passion for helping others can also earn recognition through the King Edward VI College Award for Community Service at home or abroad, these are bursary awards to help finance charitable gap year activities. Past beneficiaries include students teaching Spanish and English to impoverished children in remote Peruvian mountain villages, and distributing mosquito nets to families in Gambian villages. In 2012 the main recipient of this award was a student who will spend much of 2012-13 working with young, vulnerable people in the suburbs of a major Italian city. Whatever your strength, it will be recognised and encouraged at King Edward’s.

“I have nothing but praise for the Immersion Day at the Royal Bank of Scotland.” “I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to RBS headquarters. The shadowing of the graduates was one of the highlights of the day.”

results & Destinations

As you would expect there are plenty of student successes to celebrate. Twice a year formal Prize Evenings recognise the academic achievements of our students. These are complemented by a series of Student Commendation events throughout the year celebrating a range of student achievements including work of exceptional standard or originality, service to the college community, and excellent progress. These commendations enable staff, students and their families to come together to celebrate, discuss and share the achievements of each student in an informal atmosphere.

Working with Royal Bank of Scotland, the Institute of Financial Services, London School of Economics, Leeds University, and a handful of top schools and colleges cleared by the college, King Edward’s now offers selected high-flyers the opportunity to follow a structured programme including numerical work at degree level, additional qualifications used in the banking sector, and direct exposure to the Square Mile and trading floors through work experience with RBS. These exciting opportunities form part of a ‘finance baccalaureate’ to prepare top flight students for fasttrack career opportunities in commercial banking.


college trips

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college admissions - How do i apply

Step 1: Research our college Learn about the opportunities available to you through our college by attending one of our Open Evenings or Mornings, visiting our website and Twitter account, and through discussions during year 11 pathway events hosted by Dudley schools. We provide information and guidance through stands at every local school, willing to accommodate our expert staff. Step 2: Research possible subjects Decide which subjects you would like to study based upon subjects required or preferred for specified degree courses, universities, and careers, as well as your own strengths and personal preferences. Our staff will provide impartial advice and guidance at progression events and interview. Choosing your subjects is a personal decision, however the right combination is essential if you are to reach your maximum potential, so do ask others for advice: teachers, career advisors, the UCAS website and your family are often very helpful. Some subjects require good GCSE knowledge, some assume no prior knowledge, and others are best studied alongside a complementary subject. Please see pages 16 to 41 and the subject information on our website, for more details of the choices available. Step 3: Apply online or by post Apply by completing the application form provided at our Open Evening / Morning events, by downloading and completing a copy of this form from our website, or electronically by completing and submitting an application online. If you apply using a paper-based form you must hand your completed application to the nominated person within your school. Your school will attach their reference and deliver your application form to college. If you are applying online you must submit your form electronically, we will then contact your school and obtain a reference. We treat all references confidentially, however predicted grades may be shared with the applicant during the application process. Whichever route you choose, you must specify six possible subjects. Interviews will be used to provide further advice and guidance, enabling you to make an


informed decision regarding your preferred subjects from this shortlist. We do not operate a blocking structure for course options, meaning you are free to select any combination of subjects. Step 4: Shortlisting for interview Decisions regarding whether or not to interview an applicant are complex and require each application form to be considered by several staff. All applicants will receive either a written invitation to interview or a letter stating that, on the basis of the application form and the number of applications received, the college will not be offering an interview. We recognise that students who we turn down may have very good AS/2 potential, and we strongly advise these students to continue their academic studies elsewhere. We endeavour to match every shortlisted applicant to an interviewer with experience of their career or degree preference, meaning the period of time between receipt of application and the shortlisting decision varies with each applicant. The time period between applying and our reply has no bearing on the eventual decision. Step 5: The interview All interviews are conducted in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Interview questions are structured to enable our staff to learn more about your strengths and ambitions, whilst also ensuring your final subject choices support your long term ambitions. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about college life. Step 6: The interview decision Interview decisions are made in one of the two following ways: First pathway: The highest calibre applicants will be offered a provisional place based upon the information contained in their application form. Once they have been interviewed they will usually be given a formal offer of a place, provided we have confirmed their suitability and their course choices. When there are any doubts as a result of the interview, the applicant will be reconsidered in the second wave of decisions as below.

proposed courses. These interviews will take place between November and April. The timing of the interview has absolutely no influence on the outcome. Some interviews (early, as well as late) will lead to an offer of a place whilst others will be unsuccessful. Decisions will only be made once all interviews are completed. These decisions are taken by a team of senior and experienced staff who check application forms and interview notes for each applicant several times. Once all decisions are made, all successful and unsuccessful interviewees are informed, in writing, on Friday 22nd March. In addition, some borderline candidates will be placed in a pool for further consideration after Easter, by which time additional space may have been created by some applicants declining their offer. Step 7: Appeals Applicants who are not offered a place may appeal, in writing. Details of the appeals process are automatically sent to each applicant we decline. Step 8: Welcome to College Day All incoming students are warmly invited to join staff and a selection of current students to experience college life for a day. You will make lots of new friends, whilst enjoying a variety of activities during introductory sessions to each of your chosen subjects. Step 9: Enrolment Day All incoming students will enrol at college by providing proof of their level 2 exam results during a short meeting with one of our enrolment tutors. Step 10: Induction Day All new students meet and spend time with their Personal Tutor and other students in their tutor group. The day includes a series of interactive activities designed to help you make new friends and familiarise you with the campus.

Second pathway: Other very impressive applicants will be invited to meet with a member of staff to discuss their application, ambitions, and

Will I be accepted? Offer decisions are based on a variety of factors including predicted final grades for level 2 courses and evidence of other interests, activities, and personal qualities as reflected on the application form and in the interview. Every Easter we are contacted by students who wish they had applied but who chose not to, so if in doubt, you are encouraged to apply in order to learn more about the opportunities on offer. Our admissions team are happy to talk through any dilemmas or concerns you may have. What are the minimum entry requirements? All offers made are conditional upon a student achieving stated minimum grades for their level 2 courses. These requirements are confirmed when making an offer. As a minimum we would hope you would achieve A or B grades in the subjects you want to study at AS and A level, with a range of good grades in your other subjects.

Looked after children The college welcomes applications from

able students who have experienced challenging personal circumstances and will interview all students who are in care or have recently left care, provided their application includes supportive references. Who do I contact for more information? You should find all the information you need on our website. If you have a specific enquiry which is not answered there you should contact Elsie Whitehouse or Catherine Oakes in admissions, both will be happy to help.

Key Dates Liaison visits to schools -

September – November

Interviews and First Pathway decisions posted home -

November - March

Open Evenings -

17th & 18th October 6.15pm-9.00pm

1st Open Morning -

21st November (9.30am - 12noon)

2nd Open Morning -

17th December (9.30am - 12noon)

3rd Open Morning - Booking essential, limited places available

8th January (9.30am - 12noon)

Closing date for applications -

8th February

Majority of Second Pathway decisions posted home -

22nd March

All remaining decision letters posted home -

19th April

Welcome to college day (please keep this date free)

28th June

Enrolment Day (please keep this date free)

30th August

Induction Day (please keep this date free)

4th September

college admissions

Access to King Edward’s (A2K) If you have experienced significant hurdles in your education which may result in your actual GCSE results not

reflecting your true potential, for example prolonged illness or moving between schools, our admissions process will take account of your individual circumstances, provided you complete a short additional form detailing these. Please see our website for more details of our A2K scheme. The college will interview all students who correctly complete and submit an A2K form provided their application includes supportive references.!/KingEdwardVICollegeStourbridge

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General information

Principal Deputy Principal Vice Principal Director of Admissions & Learning Support Admissions Administrator

The Governors There are eighteen members of the board under the chairmanship of Chris Painter. The parents of current students elect two parent governors and two student governors. Charter day This is an official evening church service in the summer term, commemorating the granting of the college charter in 1552. All members of the college attend this function once, normally in year 12, unless they have a conscientious objection. The college fund This is a voluntary contribution from parents, paid either termly or annually. Further information is available on the college website. Equal opportunities The college is committed to treating all staff, students and applicants equally. Examination results The most recent figures available at the time of going to press are for summer 2012 leavers. The pass rate was 99.5% for subject-based A levels and two thirds of A level grades were either A*, A or B. In 2011 King Edward’s students achieved the highest average points score per student (1070) in any Midlands sixth form or further education college, 145 more points than any other local school or college. At the time of going to press 2012 comparison figures were not available. Once published these may be obtained from the Department of Education website, our website, or upon request. Musical instrumental and vocal lessons generous subsidies are available to all students who have passed grade 4 or above, and who regularly attend an appropriate college performing group. There are generous subsidies for standard, individual vocal and instrumental music lessons for AS and A level music students. Further details are available via the college website, at open evening, and from Tom Pankhurst, subject leader for music.


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Learner Support Fund The college is committed to supporting students in financial hardship. All students who are in care, leaving care, in receipt of Income Support, or disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance will receive a bursary of £1200 for each full year of study completed. Additional discretionary awards will also be made to students suffering financial hardship, the amount payable being dependent upon household income and the number of applicants for these bursaries. All awards made are subject to good attendance, progress and behaviour. Fees and charges Tuition fees are not charged to 16-19 year old students, who have been resident in the EU for at least three years, for A level classes. Enrichment studies classes are normally free but a charge is made where special facilities are required off-site, such as for scuba diving. Textbooks and other learning materials are normally provided without charge, but sometimes contributions are required for equipment and special purchases. A refundable deposit of £50 against the loss of, or damage to books, equipment, etc., lent to students during their courses and for other avoidable expenses such as clearing lockers, is charged at the start of the student’s first year. A charge of £5 per year is made for the use of a designated locker. Examination fees are not normally charged to students sitting their first examinations, except where students have failed to meet college expectations regarding work and attendance, as set out in the student charter, and in their learning agreements. In this case the college reserves the right to charge students, as for re-sit exams (see next paragraph). The college seeks voluntary contributions from parents to cover the cost of trips, visits and residential

courses in order to preserve the range of experiences appropriate to the post16 age group and their academic work. As part of its equal opportunities policy, the college provides financial support for students who have difficult personal circumstances. Students whose parents/ guardians are in receipt of income support or family credit may discuss the matter confidentially with their personal tutor; or parents themselves may approach the college finance office for direct advice on fee remissions and relief from charges. Insurance The college has full liability cover. Personal accident insurance covers students for death and permanent disabling injuries whilst attending official organised courses or activities, including work experience placements, and directly connected travel. Additionally, travel insurance is arranged to cover both students and their personal effects when taking part in trips and visits which involve an overnight stay. Parents may, of course, choose to take out additional individual cover with their own insurance companies. What will be expected of me? Sixth form colleges provide a bridge between tightly structured school life and the freedom that you will experience when entering university or your first job. To help you bridge this gap the college provides outstanding pastoral support in an environment that encourages students to balance freedom and responsibility, leisure and work. You are expected to dress appropriately for lessons (there is no uniform) and to manage your noncontact lesson time wisely; you do not have to be on campus unless you have a scheduled lesson. You will usually be on first name terms with your tutors, and quickly develop the high trust relationships needed in a highly productive working environment.

Student profiles

Funmi Sam Name: Sam Allan Former School: High Arcal School AS Subjects: Human Biology Chemistry Music French

How do you think coming to KE has helped you most? Apart om the academic side of college, my enrichment cources have enhanced my communication and leadership skills. Which enrichment activities have you been involved with? Christian Union and choir. What I hope to do next year Medicine or Pharmacology and Physiology at Manchester University. What words of advice would you offer new students about to start at the college? Remember to focus on your goals, plan ahead, be organised and balance fun with work.

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Former School: Ounsdale School

Name: Randeep Moman

A2 Subjects: Biology Maths & Statistics Chemistry Also doing the EPQ

Former School: Ridgewood

Why I chose KE: To become a more independent person academically and personally. How do you think coming to KE has helped you most? It has helped me develop my organisational and other skills that will help me in the future. What words of advice would you offer new students about to start at the college? Breathe and focus; it’s a two year journey, enjoy yourself, be happy and motivated. Which enrichment activities have you been involved in? Life support and I helped lead e Apprentice. What I hope to do next year Medicine at Birmingham University. What words or phrases would you use to sum up what is good about KE? Diverse, helpful community. You will meet many different people with different interests, it makes the college experience more unique.

A2 Subjects: Economics Maths Psychology Why I chose KE: e quality of teaching at King Edward’s is second to none. Staff are iendly and supportive and approachable, they always go the extra mile and get the best out of you. How do you think coming to KE has helped you most? Tutors have really helped me develop my independent thinking skills, enabling me to fluently structure, analyse and present arguments to others, whilst also teaching in a manner that helps me overcome my visual impairment.

student profiles

Why I chose KE: It has a great welcoming atmosphere and challenging classes.

Name: Funmi Olubiyo

What words of advice would you offer new students about to start at the college? Take advantage of every opportunity the college has to offer, there are so many but the more you put in, the more you get out.


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2013 Prospectus  

Our prospectus includes information about our academic and enrichment courses, the support, resources and other opportunities available