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MaestegComprehensive School Ysgol Gyfun Maesteg

MaestegComprehensive School Ysgol Gyfun Maesteg

SCHOOL AND COUNTY HELPING YOU FIND YOUR PATHWAY We hope you have found this option booklet helpful and that it has provided you with information that enables you to make the right choices for your future. Every student using this booklet will

2009/2010

Post

16

Option Booklet

have their own individual learning pathway and if, as one of those students, you decide to follow your pathway in the Sixth Form at Maesteg Comprehensive School we will do all we can to help you make it a successful one.

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This booklet was produced by Maesteg Comprehensive School working in partnership with the Bridgend 14-19 Network. It was funded by the Bridgend 14-19 Network For information about this document, please contact: Maesteg Comprehensive School Telephone 01656 815950 or The 14-19 Network, Children’s Directorate, Bridgend County Borough Council Telephone 01656 642 697


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Life and Learning in the Sixth Form Contents FOREWORD BY HEADTEACHER LIFE IN THE SIXTH FORM Introduction to life in the Sixth Form COMING BACK ■

SETTLING DOWN

FITTING IN

MOVING ON

KEEPING TRACK

LEARNING IN THE SIXTH FORM Introduction to learning in the Sixth Form ■

THE CHOICE TO LEARN

THE RIGHT TO LEARN

THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN

SCHOOL AND COUNTY - HELPING YOU FIND YOUR PATHWAY

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Message from the Headteacher Moving to the sixth form is a time of excitement with new opportunities, new courses, new facilities and different rules. Our sixth form continues to go from strength to strength and it has that wonderful combination of ‘academic rigor, a good social life and caring environment’. The academic performance continues to be strong and it is with pride that we note the growing number of students entering our sixth form. We are very proud of the quality we provide in terms of teaching, pastoral care, facilities and extracurricular opportunities. However, we are never complacent and we constantly evaluate our provision by the response of our students. This response informs new developments. There are many exciting opportunities on the horizon and I look forward to welcoming you to join our sixth form and benefit from the many partners we work with to provide the best possible courses to suit the needs of every individual student. All Bridgend schools and the College are working in collaboration to offer a wider range of courses to Sixth Form students returning to Maesteg School. This means that some students may choose to take up a course/subject offered elsewhere but still be part of our Sixth Form. Ms. A Carhart Headteacher

Message from head of Post 16 Provision 'The Best Education is learning to live' September 2008 brought many changes to us here in Maesteg School: A brand new school with superb facilities for all; complete with a Sixth Form centre that boasts not only a quiet study area, but our own canteen space and a large and comfortable common room, which will allow our students to continue their education in a vibrant and stimulating environment. We offer a wide range of courses and are strengthening our partnership with Bridgend College and other schools in the Bridgend Consortium to build on the range of courses and learning pathways available to offer; this allows each student to enjoy a positive learning experience, and we support the development of well rounded individuals who are an asset to the school and local community. We are proud of our students and encourage them to be proactive in the community through fund raising, supporting charity activities, participating in work experience and being ambassadors for the school and the valley. Mrs S Griffiths Head of Post 16 Provision

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Introduction to Learning in the Sixth Form If you decide to come back to the Sixth Form you will find that life in Years 12 and 13 is a little different to what you have experienced in school so far. As this booklet will show, we will still be looking for high standards of behaviour and attendance from you and you can still depend on high standards of support and help from us. However, as you begin in the Sixth Form you are entering into a new stage of your education that will see you mature from older children into young adults. This brings new responsibilities but also many privileges, one of which is having the opportunity to take a full and active part in the life of the Sixth Form.

Coming Back Your Future - A Shared Commitment To date, Maesteg has always operated an Open Policy approach to entry to Year 12. In the competitive environment that now exists at Post 16 Level, both in the world of work and higher education, the school feels that there should be a more selective approach to returning to school. While you may wish to return to school, having completed the statutory period of your education, your admission to Year 12 should be dependent upon a combination of contributory conditions [a]

Your ability to cope with the academic requirements of post G.C.S.E. studies - AS/A Levels, G.C.S.E. and (vocational courses such as BTEC and NVQ).

[b]

Your non-academic record, e.g. attendance, punctuality, overall attitude and commitment and conduct;

[c]

Your career aspirations;

[d]

Whether or not in the opinion of the Headteacher and subject tutors you have the self-discipline to successfully mature/develop within the framework of this school’s ethos and rules;

[e]

Whether or not in the opinion of the Headteacher and subject tutors it is in your, and the School’s, best interest to attend Maesteg;

[f]

Whether you would be willing to give a guarantee [verbal or written] as to your intentions of seriously undertaking the work required at this level.

To see Key Stage 5 studies as simply requiring you to complete homework on time is not the attitude we feel would enable you to benefit from returning and thereby achieve your full potential. The demands of the Curriculum are such that you should not expect to have 'free time'. You will always have something to do - reading, preparation or the completion of assignments. Returning to school with the philosophy and attitude that you will seek to only do the minimum, is both unacceptable and a recipe for failure rather than success. For many, the new curriculum and new opportunities available in the `sixth form` at Maesteg, will entail a new beginning. It is to be hoped that all entrants will arrive with that attitude and a real aim to make the most of their time with us. It will not be possible to return to Key Stage 5 to merely “top up” or “retake” one or two individual subjects; a full study programme is required. It follows therefore that any potential student at Key Stage 5 must accept that the course is going to be very demanding. In addition, you will be required not only to make profitable use of non-teaching time, but also to assist in the daily running of the school’s community, directly as a prefect and indirectly as a role model for younger pupils, by your own deportment and exemplary conduct.

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Fitting In As you consider returning to the Sixth Form you will have matured into a young person approaching adulthood at the top of the school age range. This means that you will act as a role model to younger year groups throughout the school and if you are to fit into Sixth Form life effectively it is very important that you are prepared to conform to the standards of behaviour expected of you.

Expectations If you, having given the above serious consideration, feel that you could fulfil all the conditions, then you would be unreservedly welcome to Year 12 in Maesteg Comprehensive. Students will be expected to: ■

Act as a positive role model for younger students within the school

Approach their studies with a determined and positive attitude

Accept responsibility for their own learning with the support of their subject teachers and mentors Complete all work to the required standard Meet all deadlines Organise and use time in school effectively Attend all registration sessions, assemblies and lessons Adhere to the Sixth Form dress code Respect the individual rights of all members of the school and behave according to the whole school Code of Conduct Assist departments with extra curricular activity Play an active role in the leadership of their Houses

■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Entry Requirements Entry to all full-time A Level courses will be confined to students possessing a minimum of 4 GCSE passes. Some A Level subjects or BTEC courses require specific GCSE qualifications – refer to individual course information for individual entry requirements for each subject.

Sixth Form School Uniform Sixth form tie - available from the school Sixth form badge - available from the school White shirt Black V neck jumper / cardigan - no hooded sweatshirts Black skirts / trousers Black socks / tights Black low heeled shoes Schoot coat - or plain colour - no designer logo

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A welcome from the Senior Prefect Team As a Sixth form student, you will be given greater responsabilities but these will be accompanied with the rewards of being treated like an adult with a Sixth form only common room and study area along with our own canteen, as well as the infamous Sixth form ball. Life at Maesteg Sixth form is also very socially active as prefects and senior prefects organise fundraising events and activities. As a member of the Sixth form, you are an adult and so it is up to you to balance your new priveleges with your new chosen subjects. As long as you work hard, you will find that your experience in the Sixth form will be a rewarding one which will help you on your way to a successful future.

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Education Maintenance Allowance EMA is a fortnightly payment that might help you with the cost of continuing your education in the Sixth Form. You could receive payments of up to £30 a week as well as three £100 bonus payments each year if you meet the following requirements.

■ You are aged 16-18 on the 31st August 2011. ■ Your household income is £32,400 or less. ■ You meet the residence and nationality rules. ■ You undertake an eligible course at school which involves at least 12 hours of guided learning each week.

If you meet these requirements you will then have to do two things in order to receive your fortnightly payments.

1. You will first need to fill in and submit an EMA application form. These forms are available from the school or can be accessed on the Student Finance Wales website www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/EMA

2. Once you have received a letter awarding you the allowance you will then need to read and sign the School Learning Agreement that sets out what will be expected of you during your time in the Sixth Form. This agreement outlines aims in attendance and performance that will need to be met if you are to remain eligible for payments.

How much you receive will depend on your household income.

Annual Household Income

Weekly EMA Entitlement

Up to £21,885

£30

£21,886 - £26,840

£20

£26,841 - £32,400

£10

£32,401 and above

£0

These figures are accurate for students beginning eligible courses in September 2010. For more information on the EMA for September 2011 and how to apply contact EMA Wales Customer Service Team on 0845 602 8845 or if you have hearing difficulties use the mini com facility on 0845 603 1693. You can also make enquiries via EMAWALES@slc.co.uk if you prefer to use email.

The EMA Wales Customer Service Team is available Monday-Friday 8.00am to 8.00pm and Saturday 9.00am to 1.00pm.

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Compact To encourage you to fit into Sixth Form life effectively and give you a solid basis for your future education and employment the Bridgend Learning and Skills 14-19 Network has introduced a Compact Agreement into the school. During Year 12, students work towards a series of goals including such things as a high level of attendance and punctuality that if achieved will result in the awarding of the Compact Certificate enabling the student to become a Compact Graduate. The Compact award includes seven goals that record something of your social, learning and personal development as a student and if achieved will enhance your chances of progression to higher education or employment.

The Bridgend Post 16 Compact Programme 1)

Aim for 100% attendance and punctuality.

2)

Successfully follow an accredited learning programme leading to approved qualifications.

3)

Participate in: i) A seminar, master class or similar experience with a college, University, employer or training provider or ii) Undertake independent research into a chosen course, career and/or learning pathway.

4)

Demonstrate personal effectiveness by managing your own learning appropriately and developing your key skills.

5)

Develop employability skills through work experience and/or a programme of work-related activities.

6)

Actively participate in at least one experience designed to develop your awareness and understanding of the community in which you live and learn.

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Sixth Form Charter This is our pledge to you: It is our intention to provide you with every opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to fulfil your ambitions throughout the rest of your life. We will do this by ensuring that we provide a supportive caring environment that enables us to work together in the pursuit of the highest quality educational experience available. We ask you to agree to the following criteria: 1. I will attend registration and lessons consistently and punctually and will aim for 100% attendance. 2. I Agree to studying a minimum of 24 -30 plus learning hours per timetable and a negotiated number of self-study lessons once I filled my timetable and discussed my needs with my personal tutor. 3. I agree to/ will remain on the school site and only leave during lunch period or when travelling to another school/college. 4. I accept and agree to adhere to the schools ‘signing in and out’ policy, should I need to leave school during the times listed above, I will do so by asking for written permission from Head of Sixth Form or Deputy Head of Sixth Form. 5. For any absences, I will hand a note, signed by parents/guardians or a Doctor’s note to your Post 16 Tutor within 2 school days. 6. I understand that all assignments and coursework must be handed in to meet set deadlines and will be completed to the best of my ability. 7. I will discuss problems relating to my course with my tutor/Head of year. In the event of any change in course/option, I will seek written permission from Head of Sixth Form by the end of September. 8. I understand and accept the requirements of the uniform policy and will adhere to this in order to set a good example to the rest of the school and promote a positive image of our sixth form. 9. I agree to help out with fundraising activities and work around the community. 10. I agree to continue to research career and higher education pathways. 11. In all the above, I fully understand that it is my voluntary choice to return to Maesteg Sixth Form and therefore accept these rules and regulations. 12. There are no parking facilities for the Sixth Form on the School site. 13. Family Holidays are to be taken during the school Holidays. 14. I agree to complete one lunchtime duty each month. 15. I will respect the sixth form facilities and accept the consequences should they not be kept clean and tidy.

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Moving On Although the Sixth Form is the beginning of a new stage of your secondary education, it is also the next step before moving on to your chosen career. Naturally then, you will begin to look to what comes next. Whatever your intentions, there will support at hand to guide you: staff in school and an adviser from Careers Wales will be available to help to you. If you intend to go from the Sixth Form into the world of work, the provision of work experience in Year 12 will be of particular use. For those looking for further study after completing Level 1 and 2 courses, the courses in the next edition of this booklet might be a good place to start or perhaps you might prefer to look at full-time courses offered by Bridgend College. However, if you are aiming to move on to university, completing an UCAS application will be your next step. UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service) is the central application service for full-time undergraduate courses in the UK. All students who intend to progress to Higher Education must apply through UCAS except those who are looking for a place in a music conservatoire in which case the application is submitted through CUKAS. Since 2005, applications have been submitted on line and must be received by UCAS by early January of the final year of a student’s course. Students wishing to apply for Oxford or Cambridge as well as students applying to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences or Music conservatoires must apply by the previous October. The decision to proceed to Further Education and what to study when that decision is made are not decisions that you are expected to make without school support. In partnership with Careers Wales the school aims to give relevant and practical guidance to every student seeking to move on to Higher Education. This is part of a two year programme of career events for all Sixth Form students that include support with the UCAS application, provision of information about universities and colleges as well as practical help such as interview preparation. Work experience is also an important part of year 12 giving you first-hand knowledge of a possible career pathway you might have in mind and an adviser from Careers Wales will also be available to provide information about work, education and training as needed. Whatever individual pathway you return to the Sixth Form to pursue, when you come to consider moving on, the school will provide you with the support you need to make good choices.

UCAS Points Tariff Score

360

300

240

200

180

UCAS 160

A level BTEC Nat Sub. Diploma

120

100

A

B

80

60

C

D

50

40

30

20

D

E

L4

L3

10

E

AS A

B

C

BTEC National Diploma

A

BTEC Nat Ext Diploma

A

B

C

B

C

D

D

E

E

Key Skills N.B. Each Key Skill is awarded 20 points at level 3.

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Keeping Track All events for the next two school years relevant to students beginning the Sixth Form in 2010.

YEAR 11

FEBRUARY MARCH

Sixth Form induction meeting Initial choice of options Initial EMA application

YEAR 12

AUGUST

GCSE results

SEPTEMBER

Sixth Form induction programme

OCTOBER NOVEMBER

GCSE re-sits in English and Maths

DECEMBER JANUARY

AS examinations (some modules)

FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY

AS and GCSE examinations begin

JUNE

Year 12 Compact deadline

JULY AUGUST YEAR 13

} AS results

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

UCAS entries for Oxbridge, Medicine, Vets, Law and some others

NOVEMBER

GCSE re-sits in English and Maths;

DECEMBER

UCAS application deadline

JANUARY

AS re-sits and A2 examinations (some modules)

FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY

AS and A2 examinations begin; Submission of WBQ portfolios for March Award

JUNE JULY

Sixth Form Ball

AUGUST

A Level and AS results

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Introduction to Learning in the Sixth Form If you decide to return to the Sixth Form you will find that there will still be a significant level of support provided by staff to help you meet your learning targets effectively. However, you are likely to find that you will be encouraged to work more independently than you have done during the previous years of your school experience. This will make learning in the Sixth Form a little more challenging but we trust it will be a challenge you will meet successfully as we help you develop an approach to independent learning. This is meant to help you develop an effective approach to independent living as you move into adulthood.

The Right to Learn The Bridgend 14-19 Network believes that every young person has the right to learn. Young people should be treated equally, given the support they need to reach their full potential and be able to choose from a wide range of courses and qualifications which are valued by employers. Such courses and qualifications should develop the interests and ambitions of young people, enabling them to achieve their learning goals and develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to give them the best possible opportunity of finding a successful future. As a young person you have the right to pursue a learning pathway that meets your individual ability and aspirations and in the County Borough of Bridgend the opportunities for you to find the individual pathway that is right for you have never been so varied and accessible. In general there are three levels of qualification available for post 16 learners in Bridgend. Level 1 – This is the equivalent of grades D to G at GCSE Level 2 – This is the equivalent of grades A* to C at GCSE Level 3 – This is the equivalent of grades A to E at A Level (AS and A2) The way these levels of qualification are attained will vary according to the type of course that is undertaken. Many Level 3 qualifications are awarded after the successful completion of an A Level course. However, Level 3 can also be gained by achieving a BTEC National qualification that may be the equivalent of one, two or three A Levels. Qualifications at Level 3 offered in school can be divided as follows: AS (Advanced Subsidiary Level) – This usually taken in Year 12 and is composed of two or three units of work in each subject and is completed in one year. Most students will choose four AS subjects or the equivalent to study in year 12 but will normally only take three forward into year 13 to achieve Level 3 qualifications at A2. The fourth AS will be ‘cashed in’ as an AS at the end of year 12.

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AS/A2 Level (The full A Level) – A further two or three modules are taken in Year 13. The results of these A2 units are combined with the AS unit results to give an overall A level grade. BTEC National Diploma – This is an 18 unit course taken over two years and is the equivalent of three A Levels. BTEC National Certificate – This is a 12 unit course taken over two years and is the equivalent to two A Levels. BTEC National Award – This is a six unit course taken over two years and is the equivalent of one A Level course. When you are choosing subjects from this option booklet, it is important to note the level of each course to ensure you are choosing appropriate qualifications that are right for you. This information can be found near the head of each subject description. The right to learn is fundamental to the development of every young person and that is why Bryntirion Comprehensive and all the other Bridgend schools and College are working in partnership to offer a significant choice to all 14-19 year olds.

The Choice to Learn When you are choosing courses and qualifications to study in the Sixth Form, there are a number of related factors that can be useful in guiding your choice.

1

Knowing yourself – Being aware of your abilities, likes and dislikes, interests and the way you like to learn will all help to make your choice.

2

Knowing your aims – If you have ideas for the work you would like to do in the future then you may want to look for subjects that will help you work towards your desired career.

3

Knowing your subjects – It is important to know something of the content of the subjects you are considering taking. You may be drawn to a subject because of its title or because you achieved a good grade in it at GCSE. However, a closer look at what the subject involves may reveal that it is not right for you. Being aware of the full range of your subject options can help you to choose a combination of related subjects that might best meet your learning needs.

4

Knowing your options - There are a wide variety of courses to choose from at different levels within school but it is important to be aware that, whilst you return as a student in the school Sixth Form, you also have access to wider range of courses that are offered outside of school. These are held in other schools in Bridgend or in the College and you will find more detailed information about them as well as those run in school in the next section which outlines learning opportunities in the Sixth Form.

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Examinations It is expected that AS modules will be completed during year 12. Exceptions will arise whereby the curriculum is individualised to meet the needs of an individual student through discussion with the Leader of Personalised Learning (Sixth Form), Director of Learning, student and parent. The request for completion of an AS over two years will be given to the Senior Leader (Curriculum) so that a decision can be made.

Students will only be entered for aggregation in an AS subject at the end of year 12 if they have demonstrated that they are meeting the expected work requirements in the subject and attaining within the range A-E in their assessments (external or internal). If a student is not making the satisfactory effort and achieving well below expectation then they will not be entered for aggregation. Students not entered for aggregation will have to demonstrate their commitment by raising their performance in external examinations at the end of year 12 if they are to be considered for carrying on the Subject in year 13 at A2.

A review of each student's performance will take place at the end of year 12 conducted by the Leader of Personalised Learning. This will help to make decisions with respect to continuation in an examination subject so that individual students follow a curriculum into year 13 that will allow them to achieve success. When an individual subject is not continued into year 13 then additional AS subjects (or other) will be encouraged if needed. The School will ensure that progression of a subject from Year 12 to Year 13 is provided, however, depending on varying school factors this might happen either in reduced lesson allocation or through provision in a partner school / College.

Re-sit decisions will be made in consultation with the student, subject teacher, Director of Learning and examinations officer. Any re-sit charges in year 12 will be paid for by the candidate in advance of entry. Each student in year 13 will be allowed re-sit one module / examination from AS or A2 in each subject where it is clear that re-sitting that particular module / exam could positively impact on achieving the target grade. The Director of Learning will analyse results data to identify potential students for re-sits and then discuss with students and Leader of Personalised Learning. Additional re-sits can be taken but will be charged to the candidate in advance of entry. After the release of results, subject teachers may request the return of papers or a re-mark at their department's expense. If a student requires this service against the judgment of the Director of Learning, then the student will be charged.

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Subject Choices at Maesteg Sixth Form Applied Business Art and Design BTEC Construction BTEC National: Sports BTEC Workskills Biology Certificate in Business/Language level 1 Chemistry Drama English Literature French Geography Health and Social Care History ICT IT Multimedia Mathematics Music Photography Physical Education Physics Product Design Religious Studies Spanish Textiles Welsh

Twilight Courses at Bridgend College

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The Opportunity to Learn The following courses provide the learning opportunities available outside the school.

Subject

Level

Provider

Option Block

AAT Accounting

2 and 3

Bridgend College

T

Animal Care

1 and 2

Bridgend College

Voc A

Animal Care

3

Bridgend College

Y

Applied ICT (single/double)

3

Archbishop

X and Y

Art and Design: Textiles

3

Porthcawl

Y

1/2

Bridgend College

Voc A

CACHE

3

Bridgend College

X

Caring for Children

1

Bridgend College

Voc B

Children’s Care, Learning and Development

2

Heronsbridge (max No. 8)

3 days/wk

Computing

3

Bryntirion

X

Construction

1

Bridgend College

Voc B

Construction

2

Maesteg

Y

Construction

3

Bridgend College

X

1 and 2

Bridgend College

Voc B

Dance

3

Bridgend College

T

Drama

3

Porthcawl

X

Economics

3

Brynteg

X

Electronics

3

Porthcawl

X

Engineering

3

Bridgend College

T

Film Studies

3

Bridgend College

T

Forensic Science

3

Bridgend College

Y

French

3

Maesteg

School arrangement

German

3

Porthcawl

Y

Government and Politics

3

Brynteg

Y

Health and Social Care

3

Cynffig

Y

Building Craft Occupations

Countryside Management

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Level

Provider

Option Block

1 and 2

Heronsbridge

2 days/wk

Law

3

Bridgend College

T

Media

3

Bridgend College

Y

Music

3

Maesteg

School arrangement

Music Technology

3

Bridgend College

T

Musical Theatre

3

Bridgend College

X

PE

3

Porthcawl

X

Psychology

3

Bridgend College

T

Public Services

1 and 2

Bridgend College

Voc A

Public Services

3

Bridgend College

Y

Salon Services

1 and 2

Archbishop McGrath/Bridgend College

Voc A

Sociology

3

Bridgend College

T

Sport Recreation and Allied Occupations

1

Maesteg

VOC B

Travel and Tourism

3

Pencoed

Y

Welsh

3

Maesteg

School arrangement

Multi Skilled Hospitality

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Art and Design Fine Art (AQA)

Applied Business (WJEC)

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS

Course Content Unit 1 - Investigating Business and Finance Enterprise and Innovation Aims, objectives and planning The UK economy The external environment Functional areas Resource management Management accounting Budgeting Cash flow management Financial statements Business software

Course Content The AS modules include: ARTA1 ARTA2 Examination (5Hrs) The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2. The A2 modules include: ARTA3 ARTA4 Examination (15hr) Course Description Students will complete two units of work for AS level, one of which ARTA2 is their examination module. This concludes with a 5hr exam Students are to work in one or more of the following Painting and Drawing Mixed media Sculpture Land art Installation Print making Film, television, animation, photography†and new media For A2 students will complete two further units of work. ARTA3 is a personal investigation combing investigation study and practice. ARTA4 is an examination unit externally set. There is a 15hr exam to respond to their investigation.

Unit 2 - Investigating Business Influences and Activities Business customers Marketing Recruitment and selection People at work Motivation External influences Mode of Assessment The assessment of unit 1 is by on-screen external examination. The examination will be based on stimulus information consisting mainly of case studies of actual and/or fictionalised businesses. The assessment of unit 2 is by digital portfolio of up to 3,000 words based on a WJEC template.

Entry Requirements Preferably a GCSE in Art and Design or a portfolio of work.

Career Prospects Gain a broad introduction to the business sector Develop skills, knowledge and understanding in realistic business contexts, such as discovering the problems and opportunities faced by local businesses and/or organising an enterprise activity Gain practical skills: personal organisation and time management, ICT skills Gain presentational skills: business reports, oral presentations Gain personal skills: initiative, creativity, perseverance, a willingness to learn and to progress Gain interpersonal skills: team working, discussing issues or problems, leading a team

Career prospects This A2 provides an appropriate foundation for study of Art and Design or related subjects in Higher Education.

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BTEC National: Sports (Edexcel)

BTEC Construction (BTEC First Diploma in Construction) Qualification Level: Four GCSE’s grades A* to C or NVQ

Qualification Level: BTEC Level 3

Level 2

Course Content:

Course Content:

Module 1 CORE - Introduction to the Construction Industry Module 2 CORE - Exploring Health Safety and Welfare in Construction Module 3 CORE - The Use of Science and Maths in Construction Module 4 Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Module 5 Performing Carpentry operations Module 6 Exploring Painting and Decorating OR Module 7 Exploring Trowel Operations

Core Units* Body in Action Health and Safety in sport Specialist Units** Fitness Testing Training for fitness and exercise Sports Coaching Practical Sports Study (Team/Individual)

Course Description

Course Description

The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding, practical skills and expertise needed for successful employment opportunities in the sport and recreation industries. It will also allow progress onto higher national and degree programmes. The areas of study will allow candidates to develop their skill s and understanding in a practical environment, which will enable them to study degrees in Physical Education, Sports Development or Fitness Training. The course may provide you with the opportunities to gain other sports related awards.

Introduction to the construction industry - you will investigate, research and describe factors that influence construction projects and the built environment and also the human resources available to the industry. Exploring Health, Safety and Welfare ñ you will investigate the importance of HS & W and the responsibility of individuals for themselves and others in the work place. You will identify the different risks encountered and describe good practice for a safe working environment. Construction Science and Mathematics - you will investigate forces on structures, how temperature affects construction materials; use Mathematics and graphical methods to solve construction problems. Exploring Carpentry and Joinery - identify and select appropriate hand tools, apply safe practice to the use of the hand tools to form basic carpentry joints and frames to specification. Perform carpentry operations. Identify and select the appropriate hand and power tools to carry out specific joinery operations. Apply safe working practices to the use of hand and power tools to form joinery products to given specifications, Exploring Painting and Decorating - Identify and select appropriate tools and materials commonly used by the decorator. Prepare new and old surfaces for painting, use safe working practices for both materials and tools required and Exploring Trowel Operations - Identify and select appropriate tools and materials commonly used by the bricklayer. Prepare work areas and produce walls to given standards.

Mode of Assessment The BTEC National Award in Sports Development and Fitness is a 6 unit course carried out over two years. The course is divided up into two ‘core units’ that everyone will take and 4 ‘specialist Units’** shown in the list above. These selected ‘Specialist units’ enable you to explore a particular area in more depth. You will be assessed entirely through coursework, from a portfolio of practical assignments, coursework and presentations. The coursework you complete is internally marked by the teacher and externally by BTEC.

Entry Requirements A qualification at GCSE is desirable but individuals are given due consideration if they can demonstrate an interest in the subject, with a committed attitude to work, both within the classroom and independently.

Mode of Assessment All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. Work is modular; students are credited for completed modules.

Career prospects BTEC National Awards is well known and highly regarded by employers and universities. The BTEC National Award in Sport is the equivalent to 1 A2 and is recognised and accepted at universities accompanied by other A Level or equivalent qualifications. After completing the course, you could progress onto university t study a degree or HND level on a wide range of sport and leisure related courses. The course also provides you with the background knowledge to prepare you for one of the varied career paths in the sports industry including sports coaching.

Entry Requirements No formal entry requirements but students should possess enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to learn.

Career Prospects With further training or study, pupils may progress into careers in the construction industry including; Architectural Design, Surveying, Carpentry/Joinery, Brickwork, Site Technician and Decorating.

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Biology

BTEC Workskills (Edexcel)

(Edexcel)

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS Qualification Level: Level 2 Course Content: The AS level modules include: Unit 1 Lifestyle, transport Genes and Health Unit 2 Development, Plants and The Environment Unit 3 Practical Biology and research Skills The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

Course Content: Alternatives to paid work Working as a volunteer Managing your own money Being responsible for other people's money Searching for a job Applying for a job Preparing for an interview Interview skills Self-management skills Self assessment Career progression Developing personal skills for leadership Practising leadership skills with others Learning with colleagues and other learners Communicating solutions to others Conduct at work Effectiveness at work Working in a team Learning from more experiences people Building working relationships with colleagues Building working relationships customers Investigating rights and responsibilities at work Managing your health at work Setting and meeting targets at work Solving work-related problems Presenting accurate documents Taking notes at meetings Summarising documents Speaking confidently at work Contributing to meetings Preparing for work placements Learning from work placement Planning an enterprise activity Running an enterprise activity Producing a product

The A2 Level modules include: Unit 4 The natural Environment and Species Survival Unit 5 Energy, Exercise and Coordination Unit 6 Practical Biology and Experimental Investigation Course Description This is a new course designed to provide a broad knowledge base as well as inspiring students with current topics based on scientific development. Mode of Assessment AS, two external examinations, one sat in January and one sat in June. A 2000 word research project is carried out during the year. A2, two external examinations (two theory, one practical), one in January, one in June and full written investigation for final module. Entry Requirements The examination board has stated that due to the complexity of some of the content and the fact that a research project needs to be carried out, the minimum entry level is a grade C in English, Maths and Double Science.

Course Description Career Prospects Biology lends itself to a whole range of career opportunities, some of which include, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, sports science, food technology, veterinary science and nursing, psychology, genetic counselling and study of habitats and the environment.

WorkSkills units will help you to understand how these skills are relevant to the workplace and why they play a key role in developing successful working practices and career progression opportunities.

Mode of Assessment Students choose units from any of the four skills pathway: 1/ Personal life skills 2/ Sustainable employability skills 3/ Work placement skills 4/ Skills for Business

GCSE Resit Students would be required to resit GCES Science in Year 12 before

Career prospects This course enables students to accumulate unit credits at their own pace. They can build up the credits to gain a BTEC Award, Certificate and Diploma qualifications

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Certificate in Business

Chemistry

Language Competence (French)

(WJEC)

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS Course Content: The AS level modules include: CH 1 Controlling and Using Chemical Changes CH 2 Properties, Structure and Bonding CH 3 Chemistry Practical Unit The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

Qualification Level: OCR Level 1 Course Content: There are 5 units * Unit 1 Listening to Spoken French * Unit 2 Reading French * Unit 3 Doing Business by Telephone in French * Unit 4 Conversing with Business Colleagues in French * Unit 5 Writing in French

The A2 Level modules include: CH 4 Spectroscopy and Organic Chemistry CH 5 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry CH 6 Chemistry Practical Unit

Course Description The OCR Entry Level Certificate in Business Language Competence (Entry 3) has been designed to provide opportunities for students to develop basic skills in using a foreign language in a business context.

Course Description AS

Suitable for candidates with grades D-G

Basic ideas about atoms Chemical calculations Chemical equilibrium and acid-base reactions Energetics Kinetics Green Chemistry Bonding Solid structures The Periodic Table Organic compounds and their reactions Analytical techniques

Aims

A2

1 To develop candidates’ confidence in communicating in a foreign language in a range of situations. 2 To develop candidates’ abilities to understand spoken language. 3 To develop candidates’ abilities to speak in a foreign language. 4 To assist candidates in developing vocational vocabulary which would be relevant in a range of business situations. 5 To encourage progression by assisting in the development of the skills and knowledge which students will need to undertake further study.

Spectroscopy Isomerism and Aromaticity Organic compounds containing oxygen Organic compounds containing nitrogen Organic synthesis and analysis How science works Redox reactions Groups of the Periodic Table Chemical kinetics Energy changes Equilibria

The qualification has been designed to assist students in progressing towards further vocational studies.

Mode of Assessment External Assessment Assessment is 100% external assessment

Entry Requirements

Learning Outcomes Entry Requirements

* Candidates will know, understand and be able to use a range of vocabulary in the target language. * Candidates will be able to greet and bid farewell to visitors in the target language within a business context. * Candidates will be able to construct and understand simple sentences and questions in the target language. * Candidates will be able to use strategies to help them to cope with comprehension: eg asking for repetition/clarification. * Candidates will be able to receive and communicate information in the target language in a business context.

The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills set out in the programme of study for Science and Additional Science and separate science. Minimum grade C in additional Science or Single science, Chemistry

Career Prospects Excellent grounding for many degree courses, including Chemistry, Medicine, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, etc.† A good grade at AS or A level Chemistry is regarded highly by many employers including the current leading professions.

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English Literature (WJEC)

(Edexcel)

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS

Course Content: The AS level modules include: Module 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre Module 2 Text in Performance The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

Course Content: The AS Units include: LT1 - Poetry and Drama 1 Section A: Poetry post -1900 Section B: Drama post - 1900 LT2 - Prose Study and Creative Reading Section A: Prose Study - 1800-1945 Section B: Creative Reading The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

The A2 Level modules include: Module 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance Module 4 Text in Context

The A2 Units include: LT3 - Period and Genre Study LT4 - Poetry and Drama 2 Section A: Critical Reading of Poetry Section B: Shakespeare and Related Drama

Course Description In unit 1, students will explore two play-texts, using a range of acting, directing and design techniques. Unit 2 focuses on rehearsal and performance of a monologue and duologue performance and a group scripted performance. At A2, students will devise an original piece of theatre and study two plays, one that they will analyse as live theatre.

Course Description The programme includes a wide range of literary texts which encompass a variety of genres set in different social, national and historical contexts in order to provide as much diversity as possible in our student's diet and LT2 and LT3 are primararily coursework modules.

Mode of Assessment Assessment is largely practical though there are some theoretical elements. Students are guided carefully through the written tasks and are offered all possible support throughout the course.

English Literature A level has always been a very popular and successful subject at Maesteg School and pass rates have been consistently high. AS has allowed many more students to participate in the subject and it also complements a wide range of other AS and A2 areas of study and supports students in their Key Skills’ assignments in Year Twelve.

Entry Requirements The course is a natural progression for students who have completed GCSE Drama, for those who have taken part in extra curricular projects, such as Drama club or upper school plays and those who have enjoyed the experience of play texts for GCSE English Literature. Students will need a basic grounding of GCSE English in order to support their approach to the theoretical aspects of study and a genuine interest in the subject practical opportunities.

Entry Requirements C grades and above in Language and Literature are preferred, but students are accepted on the course if they display commitment and enthusiasm. A trial period can be negotiated and students are given full support within the faculty. However, it is also expected that anyone who has not achieved a C grade in GCSE Language will resit in order to achieve the qualification.

Career Prospects Drama lends itself directly to the professional fields of acting, directing, designing and scriptwriting. It also supports careers in media and journalism. It is an excellent grounding for any career that requires teamwork, communication and creative skills.

Career Prospects The career prospects that are available to our students when studying English at this level are too numerous to mention however a few more popular options are listed below: teaching, law, publishing, journalism, media, politics, librarianship, lyricist, advertising, novelist or poet.

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Geography

(WJEC)

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS

Course Content: The AS level Topics include: Leisure and Lifestyles Travel and Tourism, Sport and Hobbies, Entertainment, Customs and Traditions, Healthy and Unhealthy Living

Course Content:

(WJEC)

The AS level modules include: G1 - Changing Physical Environments G2 - Changing Human Environments The A2 level modules include: G3 - Contemporary Themes and Research in Geography G4 - Sustainability

The Individual and society Relationships and responsibilities, Gender Issues, Youth Culture, Education and Vocational Training The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

Course Description G1 Theme1 This Part of the syllabus includes a study of World Climate and Climate Zones together with Ecosystems and general theories and consequences of Climate change. Theme2 In this section students study the theory of plate Tectonics and the resultant landforms of Volcanoes and Earthquake hazards. Also this theme includes a study of Drainage Basins and Flood Management.

The A2 Level Topics include: Environmental Issues Technology Pollution, Global Warming, Transport/Energy, Nuclear Energy/Renewable Energy, Conservation, Recycling and Sustainability

G2 Theme 1 In this section student's study World Population and the effects of Migration. Theme 2 The final theme in the AS course concentrates on Settlement Development and how they change over time.

Social and Political Issues The role of Media, Racism, Immigration, Social exclusion and Integration, Terrorism and World of Work

G3 Course Description AS and A Level French is designed to encourage students to develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and genres, to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes and to develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken. The course will allow provide them with a sufficient basis for further study of languages at degree level or equivalent.

Themes 1-3 Extreme Environments, Landforms and Climate Hazards (Pupils do ONE of these three themes). Themes 4-6 Development, Globalisation and Emerging Asia (China) (Pupils do ONE of these three themes).

G4 Theme Theme Theme Theme

1 This theme covers Sustainable Food Supply. 2 Linked to theme 1 is the Sustainable Water Supply. 3 Sustainable Energy covering sources of energy. 4 Sustainability of Cities

Mode of Assessment Two modular examinations during the first year of study. Two modular examinations at the end of second year of study. Throughout the two years pupils attend a series of field excursions in Wales.

Mode of Assessment AS (2 Units) FN1 Oral FN2 Listening, Reading and Writing A Level (The above plus a further two Units) FN3 Oral FN4 Listening, Reading and Writing

Entry Requirements A qualification at GCSE level Geography is desirable but not essential. If students have a competence in literacy and numeracy this will be of advantage.

Career Prospects Entry Requirements Minimum grade D at GCSE

Many and varied but include environmental planning, conservation and tourism, retail, management, teaching, further education, and administration.

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History

Health and Social Care (OCR)

(WJEC)

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS Course Content: The AS level Units include: HY1 - Wales and England 1780-1886 HY2 - Nazi Germany 1933-45

Qualification Level: AS and A2 Single Award Course Content: Single Award includes: Communication - Portfolio Promoting quality care - External test Health as a lifestyle choice - Portfolio Mental Health – Portfolio Care Practice - Portfolio Social Trends – External Test

The A2 Level Units include: HY3 - Nazi Germany 1933-45 - Historical Investigation. Internally set Assignment arising from in-depth study HY4 - One open-ended essay question arising from Period Study (HY1) One synoptic open-ended essay question arising from Period Study (HY1) One open-ended essay question arising from in-depth study (HY2)

Course Description This is a new broad based qualification in Health and Social Care which offers candidates: A two tier qualification containing AS and A2 units A core learning package that will provide sound knowledge, understanding and skills to act as a foundation upon which candidates are able to build A flexibility to pursue a qualification which covers health, social care and early year's provision It includes a range of units that are designed to provide progression into higher education through a variety of routes and career pathways.

Mode of Assessment Two unit examinations at the end of the first year of study. Coursework component submitted during second year of study. One written examination taken across Units HY1 and HY2 at end of second year. Entry Requirements A qualification at GCSE level History is desirable but not essential. If students have a competence in literacy and numeracy and shows enthusiasm and commitment they will be considered.

Mode of Assessment The single award consists of four portfolio units, two external test of 90 minutes each over a two year period. Career Prospects University and Higher Education Work in Health service industry Social work or caring professions Teaching The subject encourages self supported study, giving you the opportunity to work at your own pace whilst meeting deadlines set by the course tutor. The course is interesting and varied and allows students to develop learning skills that can be taken into further education and out into the world of work.

Career prospects There are many career opportunities available to History students. In addition to the usual pathways of museum, archive and research work, many of our students have gone into careers in law, teaching, accounting, public relations, human resources, journalism, T.V and multi-media.

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Mathematics

(WJEC)

(WJEC)

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS

Course Content: The AS level modules include: Module 1 ebusiness: IT and Organisations Module 2 eskills: Coursework using digital applications The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

Course Content: The AS level modules include: Module 1 Pure Mathematics - background Module 2 Pure Mathematics second module Module 3 Mechanics - Physics/Engineering The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

The A2 Level modules include: Module eproject: Controlled Assignment Module 5 Choice of estudies or etransact

For A2 students will build on their AS work with further modules on: Module 4 Pure Mathematics Module 5 Pure Mathematics Module 6 Mathematics - statistics and probability

Course Description Thus is a course that contains a mixture of practical and theoretical skills that will give you a good understanding of ICT in the 21st Century.

Mode of Assessment Each of the six modules is assessed via a summer examination of ninety minutes duration. AS students sit three exams at the end of Year 12. In Year 13 students sit three further modules.

Entry Requirements It would be expected that students entering this course would have an interest and a basic understanding of ICT to Key Stage Four good GCSE results in English and Mathematics would be an advantage.

Entry Requirements A good GCSE pass at higher tier.

Career prospects This course could enhance career opportunities or provide a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course for students who do not progress to study further in the subject. The skills gained on this course will help all students' access life long learning opportunities.

Career Prospects Mathematics is usually a subject that students follow to enable them to continue studies at a higher level, but it is useful for students considering Engineering or a scientific degree or for any Career involving logical thought or problem solving. GCSE resit Offered to all students who have not achieved a C grade and above.†Students are given a great deal of support in order to achieve a qualification at this level.

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Photography

(WJEC)

(AQA)

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS

Course Content: AS MU1 Performing-Present a performance of between 8 and 10 minutes-externally examined MU2 Composing-complete 2 contrasting compositions MU3 Appraising: Part 1 Set works; Part 2 Aural Perception

Course Content: The AS modules include: ARTF1 ARTF2 Examination (5Hrs) The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2. The A2 modules include: ARTF3 ARTF4 Examination (15hr)

A2 MU4 Performing-Present a performance of between 10 and 12 minutes-externally examined MU5 Composing-complete 2 contrasting compositions MU6 Appraising: Part 1 Aural and Stylistic Perception : Part 2 Historical and Analytical Study

Course Description Students will complete two units of work for AS. ARTF2 is their examination module and concludes with a 5hr exam. For A2, students will complete two further units of work. ARTF3 is a personal investigative study and practice. ARTF4 is an examination unit which is externally set. There is a 15hr exam to respond to their investigation. Students are to work in one or more area of photography such as: Portraiture Landscape photography Still-life photography Documentary photography, photo journalism Experimental imagery

Course Description This is a very enjoyable course which develops the whole musician.†It encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and musical development.† Mode of Assessment AS. Two compositions, practical examination and 1 listening examination - Part 1 and part 2. A2. Two compositions, practical examination and 1 listening examination - Part 1 and part 2. There are opportunities to specialise in different areas. Entry Requirements GCSE in music

Entry Requirements GCSE or BTEC in Art and Design preferable but not essential.

Career Prospects Careers open to graduates of music include, performing, teaching, composing, sound engineering and recording, working for and in record companies, and in business.

Career prospects This A2 provides an appropriate foundation for study of Photography or related subjects in Higher Education.

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Physics

Physical Education

(WJEC)

(OCR) Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS Qualification Level: AS & A2

Course Content: The AS level modules include: Module 1 Motion and energy Module 2 Waves and Particles Module 3 Practical Physics The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

Course Content: The A2 Level modules include: Unit G451 An Introduction to Physical Education Section A Anatomy and Physiology Section B Acquiring Movement Skills Section C Socio Cultural Studies related to participation in physical activity The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

The A2 Level modules include: Module 4 Oscillations and Fields Module 5 Fields, Forces and Space time Module 6 Experimental Physics

Unit G452 Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skill in Physical Education The A2 Level modules include: Unit G453 Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education Section A Historical studies Section B Sports Psychology Section C Exercise and Sport Physiology

Course Description This course offers an excellent blend of practical and theoretical Physics with sufficient of each to suit all students. There is no coursework in Year 12. Assessment of AS being via two theory papers and one practical exam. Newly introduced is a section on the space time continuum. Students study a diverse range of Physics, varying from orbital mechanics and gravity on distant planets through to the current exploration of quarks and anti-matter.

Unit G454 The Improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education Course Description It is the intention that through studying the course, candidates will increase their physical competence, developing their involvement and effectiveness in physical activity, which will enable them to become informed and discerning decision makers in relation to their and others involvement in physical activity

Entry Requirements The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills set out in the programme of study for Science and Additional Science and separate science. Minimum grade C in additional Science or Single science, Physics.

Course Structure The AS GCE is both a ‘stand-alone’ qualification and also the first half of the corresponding A Level GCE. The AS is a assessed at a standard appropriate for candidates who have completed the first year of study (both in terms of teaching time and content) of the corresponding two-year A Level course. The AS is made up of two mandatory units: G451, which is externally assessed and G452, which is externally set, internally assessed and externally moderated. The A Level is made up two mandatory units: G453, which is externally assessed and G454, which is externally set, internally assessed and externally moderated.

Career prospects A GCE in Physics is considered an exceptional achievement preparing students for study at university and for entry to many professions.

Entry Requirements Candidates would normally be expected to have successfully completed a GCSE in Physical Education but this would not exclude candidates who have not done so. However, the specifications have been designed to provide progression by building on the knowledge, understanding and skills set out in the National Curriculum key stage 4. Career Prospects Taken with sciences such as Biology, it supports applications for a wider range of university courses like Sports Science. It also provides background knowledge for careers in sports coaching, physiotherapy and teaching.

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Religious Studies (WJEC)

(WJEC)

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS Course Content: The AS level units include: Unit 1 Product Design Examination Unit 2 Design and make task The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

Course Content: The AS level modules include: RS1 and RS2 - Discovering Religious Studies RS1/2 PHIL Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (1343) RS1/2 ER Introduction to Eastern Religions (Buddhism, Hinduism or Sikhism) (1346)

The A2 units include: Unit 3 Written paper Unit 4 Major Project - A high quality manufactured product that is supported by a detailed, thorough portfolio.

The A2 includes the above units plus a further 2 units RS3 PHIL Studies in Religion (1348) RS4 HE Religion and Human Experience (1349) Mode of Assessment Two unit examinations at end of first year of study Two Structured essay questions to be submitted Two unit examinations at end of the second year of study

Course Description Product Design allows students to extend their experience of Graphic Products & Resistant Materials Technology, through design and make, product analysis, human responsibility and public interaction. Pupils are required to develop their CAD skills via programmes such as PRO DESK TOP.

Entry Requirements A qualification at GCSE level RS is desirable but not essential. If students have a competence in literacy and numeracy this will be of advantage.

Mode of Assessment As well as producing a folio of good quality graphics students are expected to include: Practical work and support material to a high standard. Specialist materials will incur a cost to students. Design and make an artefact of your own choice for units 2 and 4. Produce a time line, prototype, point of sales board and full folio for each task in units 2 and 4. External examinations in January and/or May of that academic year. Students are expected to extend their breadth and knowledge of designers and innovators and use this as a springboard for creative development.

Career prospects Many universities include elements of Philosophy in their course. An understanding of different cultures and religions in today's multicultural society is important in many occupations. Here are a few examples: Architect, Doctor, Archivist, Child Carer, Librarian, Priest or Religious Worker, Nurse, Police Officer, Social Worker, Registrar and Undertaker.

Entry Requirements Students with a C grade at GCSE level in Resistant Materials or Graphic Products are an advantage. Students should possess enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to push creative boundaries. Students work at their own pace whilst meeting deadlines set by the Tutor. Career Prospects Architecture, furniture/product design, engineering. Many of our students progress to follow a foundation course in Product Design.

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Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations

(WJEC)

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS Qualification Level Awarding Body Option

Course Content: The AS level Units include: SP1 - Oral Examination SP2 - Listening, Reading and Writing The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

NVQ (NQF) Level 1 Edexcel Voc B

Mandatory Units Unit C11- Help to set up, take down and store equipment. Unit C21- Help to maintain Facility areas Unit D15- Help to provide good levels of service to participants and customers Unit D41- Help to plan and prepare a session. Unit D42- Lead an activity within a session Unit C35- Deal with accidents and emergencies

The A2 Level Units include: SP3 - Oral Examination SP4 - Listening, Reading and writing

To achieve the whole qualification at Level 1, you must prove competence in all six units.

Course Description Our course aims to develop critical insight into the contemporary society of Spain through first hand observations of its custom and culture. We endeavour to ensure that all students are equipped with the skills necessary to communicate clearly and effectively in Spanish through the written and spoken word. All students will have the opportunity to visit Spain on an exchange. Students are matched with Spanish families and undertake work experience placements. This visit serves to give students an insight into the Spanish culture and greatly improves confidence and fluency. Topics to be studied at AS: Leisure and lifestyles The individual and Society Topics to be studied at A2: Environmental Issues Social and Political Issues

Course Content The Level 1 NVQ in Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations is suitable for young people or those who are new to sport and recreation and who wish to achieve an award that reflects their competence in basic, introductory functions and responsibilities. Assessment Assessment is based on what you can do and involves you (the candidate), your assessor, an internal verifier and an external verifier. You will be asked to prove you are competent by providing evidence that shows you: • can perform all the specified tasks consistently to the required standard • understand why you are doing things (knowledge and understanding) • can apply the required skills in different ways (range). To claim competence for an NVQ unit you need to gather evidence which shows you have met the standards. The course is very practical based with the evidence will be produced in a portfolio, recording all of your achievements. which indicates that you have the required skills, knowledge and understanding to support your claim to a qualification. You will need to present your evidence in a format that is easy to read and in which materials can be added or taken away.

Entry Requirements Minimum grade D at GCSE

Progression This NVQ will offer a progression route into employment opportunities in the sports industry or a wide range of study in further education, including: • the other NVQs in related areas (including Operational Services and Activity Leadership) • BTEC First qualifications in related areas, such as sport • general qualifications in related areas (including GCSE PE). The units within this NVQ include transferable skills, particularly in the units dealing with maintenance and accidents and emergencies (C21 and C35). Furthermore, the units that concentrate on skills specific to sport, recreation and allied occupations will be applicable to other employment and education opportunities within the sport and recreation sector.

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(WJEC)

(WJEC)

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS

Qualification Level: AS & A2 LEVELS

Course Content: ART1 Unit Coursework Portfolio 30% (120 marks) ART2 Controlled Assignment 20% (80 marks) The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

Course Content: The AS Level modules include: Module 1 Film group oral Module 2 Written coursework Module 3 Language/poetry The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or count as 50% of the A2.

The A2 Level modules include: ART3 Personal Investigation 30% (120 marks) ART4 Controlled Assignment 20% (80 marks)

The A2 Level modules include: Module 4 Drama group oral Module 5 Short story/translation Module 6 Language/poetry appreciation

Course Description ART1 consists of one unit of coursework based on themes and subject matter developed from personal starting point ART2 compromises an externally set assignment presented to the candidate for the preparation period for controlled test for a period of 8 hours. This course offers the opportunities for students to develop their ideas through sustained investigation, experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining as the work develops in order to present an outcome with a personal response linking with the work of others. A level specification builds on the AS allowing for greater depth of study. Both courses are rigorous and challenging. It requires a great deal of initiative and ability to develop ideas with guidance and support. As with all Art and Design titles it will offer opportunities to visit exhibitions, museums and galleries in Britain and abroad.

Course Description The aim of the A level and the AS level course is to encourage students to:Show interest, pleasure and enthusiasm in studying Welsh. Communicate confidently, correctly and fluently write creatively and factually read familiar and unfamiliar texts independently and confidently listen and respond to other opinions. Express opinions independently, based on information from a range of literary and factual contexts. Students also help organise an activity club at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg in Llangynwyd. During the course pupils will have the opportunity to: Attend courses in the language centre in Nantgwrtheyrne and the Urdd Camp in Glanllyn As S.W.O.G.S. accompany year 10/11 when they visit Glanllyn Visit: S4C and BBC studios Welsh Assembly building The Millennium Stadium The Welsh Millennium Centre The theatre to see a Welsh Musical Production The Welsh folk Museum

Career Prospects A course in Art & Design should not be regarded solely as a means to developing a career in this area but as a way of achieving an AS/A2 to enable entry onto other courses, university or the world of work.

Entry Requirements Minimum grade C at GCSE full course (higher level paper)

Entry Requirements No formal entry requirements but students should possess enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to learn.

Languages Career prospects Research shown by Bangor University shows that 95.7% of language students find work within one year of graduation. Students pursue careers in politics, local government, education, journalism, retail, the media, the police, secretarial work, leisure and tourism, performing arts, translating, finance, health and social work, law, medicine and teaching.

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Careers Wales

Notes

A careers advisor from Careers Wales is available at school four days a week to offer impartial careers information, advice and guidance to all students in the Sixth form. Students are offered help and support with higher education applications and also employment opportunities in Year 13.

List of Contacts Ms A Carhart

Headteacher

01656 815950

Mrs M Jarvis

Deputy Headteacher

01656 815950

Mr M Franklin

Assistant Headteacher

01656 815950

Mrs S Griffiths

Head of Sixth Form

01656 815950

Maesteg Comprehensive School: maestegschool.maesteg@bridgend.gov.uk Career Wales: www.careerswales.com Bridgend College: 01656 302302

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This booklet was produced by Maesteg Comprehensive School working in partnership with the Bridgend 14-19 Network. It was funded by the Bridgend 14-19 Network For information about this document, please contact: Maesteg Comprehensive School Telephone 01656 815950 or The 14-19 Network, Children’s Directorate, Bridgend County Borough Council Telephone 01656 642 697


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MaestegComprehensive School Ysgol Gyfun Maesteg

MaestegComprehensive School Ysgol Gyfun Maesteg

SCHOOL AND COUNTY HELPING YOU FIND YOUR PATHWAY We hope you have found this option booklet helpful and that it has provided you with information that enables you to make the right choices for your future. Every student using this booklet will

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have their own individual learning pathway and if, as one of those students, you decide to follow your pathway in the Sixth Form at Maesteg Comprehensive School we will do all we can to help you make it a successful one.

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