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English Martyrs 6th Form College Prospectus 08-09

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CONTENTS What can I study? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 03

APPLIED A-LEVELS

What’s the difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 04

Applied Level in Health and Social Care Double & Single Award AS/A2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

A-LEVELS

Applied Business GCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Art Textiles AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 07

Applied Science AS/A Level Applied. . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Biology AS/A Level

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BTEC FIRST DIPLOMA

Business Studies AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 09

Health & Social Care BTEC First Diploma

Ceramics AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Business BTEC First Diploma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Chemistry AS/A2 Level

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Computing AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Critical Thinking AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 English Literature AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 English Language & Literature (combined) AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fine Art AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Food AS/A2 Level. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 French/German AS/A Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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Fine Art

Children’s Care, Learning & Development BTEC National Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

History of Art

Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) BTEC National Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

OCR NATIONALS ICT OCR Nationals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Bookkeeping Level 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

NON EXAMINED COMPULSORY COURSE

History AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

General RE (Morals, Ethics & Theology) Sixth Form. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Law AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Mathematics AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ENGLISH MARTYRS 6TH FORM COLLEGE

Media AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Catholic College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Music AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Charity, Fundraising & Volunteering. . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Music Technology AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Performing Arts AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Photography AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Physical Education AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Physics AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 3D Product Design AS/A2 Level. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Product Design - Textiles AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . 32 Psychology AS/A2 Level

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Ceramics

BTEC NATIONAL CERTIFICATE

Geography AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

History of Art AS/A2 Level. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

WHAT CAN I STUDY?

Young Enterprise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Photography

Information and Communication Technology (OCR National)

Fine Art Textiles

Law

Applied Science

Mathematics

Biology

Media Studies

Business Studies

Modern Foreign Languages: French and German

Business GCE Applied Business BTEC First Diploma Chemistry Computing English Language and Literature English Literature

The Engineering Education Scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Food Technology

Learning Mentor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

General Studies

Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Geography

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Overseas Excursions Art Department

Music Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Dance & Drama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Religious Studies AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

HOW TO APPLY

Sociology AS/A2 Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Enrolment Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

History Information and Communication Technology

Health and Social Care BTEC First Diploma

Morals, Ethics and Theology (Non Examined Subject) Music Music Technology Performing Arts Physical Education BTEC National Certificate in Sport Physics Product Design – Textiles Product Design – 3D Design

Health and Social Care GCE Applied

Psychology

BTEC National Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (formerly Early Years)

Religious Studies Sociology

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Ceramics

A-Levels

BTEC First Diploma

Fine Art

An AS level is the first year of an A level. Each A-Level is made up of six modules. The first two modules of each A-Level are normally taken in year 12 and count as a qualification in their own right. This is an AS (Advanced Subsidiary). For purposes of university entrance, and AS level counts as half an A-Level, half way between GCSE and a full A-Level qualification.

This is a one year, full-time course examined by portfolio and practical assessment. The qualification is equivalent to 4 GCSEs and is offered in two areas, Business and Health and Social Care. This qualification will provide progression straight into a career or to continue your education in college.

History of Art

Applied A-Levels Applied A-Levels carry the same number of UCAS points as A-Levels, but are structured in a different way, with much more emphasis on personal research and coursework. Applied A-levels can be taken as a single award (i.e. one A-level is gained over two years) or as a double award (i.e. two A-Levels are gained over two years).

Physical Education

English Language and Literature

Technology

Photography

English Literature

Mathematics Media Studies

Product Design: Textiles

Fine Art Textiles

Food Technology

Biology

General Studies

Modern Foreign Languages: French & German

Product Design: 3D Design

Business Studies

Geography

This is a two year, full-time course and is the equivalent of 2 A levels. It is offered in Children’s care, learning and development and sport.

Chemistry

History

Computing

Information and Communication

Performing Arts

OCR Nationals

Applied A-Levels Business GCE Applied

Health and Social Care GCE

BTEC National Certificate A2 is the second half of an A-Level, the other two modules studied after the AS. They make up the full four module A-Level and are normally taken in Year 13. One module is a synoptic exam, which tests your knowledge and understanding of the course as a whole. Most students continue to study only three subjects to A2 level.

A-Levels

OCR Nationals are motivational, flexible and relevant vocationally related qualifications. This newly developed course in ICT gives you a wide range of experience in some of the latest aspects of the subject as well as giving you a more advanced knowledge of the more traditional aspects.

Applied Science

The BTEC Courses We recognise we have a number of students who would prefer a post-16 course with a far more vocational bias before moving onto Higher Education or work. Using our excellent facilities and teachers, the college is offering the following courses.

Music Music Technology

Physics

Psychology: Religious Studies Sociology

Applied

BTEC First Diploma Business BTEC First Diploma

Which ever route you choose to develop your full potential, you will find English Martyrs Sixth Form College an exciting and stimulating place to develop your talents and skills.

Law

Health and Social Care BTEC First Diploma

BTEC National Certificate BTEC National Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (formerly Early Years)

BTEC National Certificate in Sport

OCR Nationals Information and Communication Technology (OCR National) TEC National Certificate in Sport, book keeping

Non Examined compulsory courses Morals, Ethics and Theology (Non Examined Subject)

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A-LEVELS

ART TEXTILES AS/A2 LEVEL The course is for those who wish to follow a specialised programme in Textiles. Collecting visual inspiration, analysing and evaluating work of artists, learning, improving skills and techniques to create textile art work are developed. Entry Requirements Prospective students need not have a specialised knowledge of textiles to apply, however it is advisable for anyone interested in pursuing the course to have G.C.S.E. Art & Design at grade C or above.

How is the course taught? The first stage of the programme deals with evolving and expanding visual vocabulary that can feed into a range of textile outcomes. This includes drawing, painting, mixed media, constructed textiles and printing. The second year

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of the Textiles course is about personal development as a visual artist within the fine art/textiles/mixed media context. Students will be introduced to new and familiar mediums as vehicles to express personal ideas and images. Contextual studies and research skills are an integral part of the programme. Students undertake relevant research that feeds into studio practice which includes felt making and papermaking. In addition to these students also study stitching and hand/machine embroidery as well as how to dye, print and paint surfaces.

How is the course assessed? AS level - Two units - The first unit of course work is assessed internally, the second unit of work is an externally set examination. This is the same for A level.

Progression/Career opportunities You can go to Art College or University or study on a vocational course e.g. Higher National Diplomas. Alternatively, you could choose to enter employment such as Advertising and Marketing, Antiques dealer, arts administrator, Art Gallery work, Art therapist, Ceramics design, Costume design, Fashion designer, Film/TV/Video director, Fine artist, Florist, Graphic designer, Hairdresser, interior designer and Textile design.

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BIOLOGY AS/A LEVEL

BUSINESS STUDIES AS/A2 LEVEL

This course is aimed at students who are interested in the biological sciences and who may wish to pursue a medical or science related course at university as well as those students who enjoyed biology at GCSE and who wish to study it further in combination with non-science subjects.

What areas are covered by the course?

This course has been designed to provide you with a critical understanding of:

• challenge your own assumptions using evidence that is available.

AS: Unit 1: Biology and Disease Unit 2: The Variety of Living Organisms Unit 3: Practical and Investigative Skills

• the internal functions of contemporary business organisations of all types

What areas are covered by the course?

• the dynamic external environment within which these businesses operate and the effects this can have upon decision-making within the business

AS: Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business Unit 2: Managing a Business

The course aims to stimulate interest in and enjoyment of the study of Biology. It is a popular and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career. It encourages students to recognise the value and responsible use of Biology in society and to be aware of advances in technology relevant to Biology. It also helps to develop skills in scientific investigation, data collection, evaluation, deduction and how to present a logical argument or point of view.

Subject Specific Activities

Entry Requirements Prospective students should have gained at least a GCSE grade B in Biology or grade B in both Core and Additional Science. In addition it is expected that students will have achieved a GCSE grade C in Mathematics and English.

How is the course taught? The course consists of a variety of learning experiences including theory and practical sessions conducted both in and out of the laboratory environment.

Biology A2: Unit 4: Populations and Environment Unit 5: Control in Cells and in Organisms Unit 6: Practical and Investigative Skills

A residential field course is an integral aspect of the Biology course and provides an important contribution to success in a variety of ways. All students intending to proceed from AS to A2 are required to participate in the field course following the AS examinations.

How is the course assessed? The course is assessed by external examinations and internally assessed coursework which is moderated externally at the end of AS and A2.

Career opportunities The study of Biology can lead to careers in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, nursing, physiotherapy, optometry, dietetics, audiology and speech science. Career opportunities also exist in areas such as agriculture and horticulture, public health, environmental and forensic science, marine biology or zoology.

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• major topical issues that can generate change for these business organisations and the ways in which they respond to these issues • the range of stakeholder (anyone involved with or interested in businesses) perspectives that can be taken on business activities.

Entry requirements You do NOT need to have studied GCSE Business Studies but GCSE English Language at grade C or above would normally be required.

How the course is taught • A variety of teaching methods are used to enable you to develop a range of important and transferable skills, for example: • data skills – you will be expected to manipulate data in a variety of forms and interpret the results • you will be presenting arguments, making judgments and justifying recommendations on the basis of available evidence • plan work, taking into account the demands of the task and the time available to complete it • you will be presenting arguments, making judgments and justifying recommendations on the basis of available evidence

A2: Unit 3: Strategies for Success Unit 4: The Business Environment and Managing Change

How is the course assessed? Assessment is through written examinations in January and June consisting of short answer questions with extended responses based on mini case studies as well as multi-part data response questions. Unit 4 consists of pre-release research tasks leading to a choice of essays.

Progression/Career opportunities Business Studies is a good preparation for a wide range of degree courses including Business Studies, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Economics and Accounting. It also provides an excellent preparation for immediate entry into the world of work – whether you fancy yourself at the head of a successful business, or you want to work for a large company or you prefer setting up your own smaller business selling home-made candles or starting your own e-company, you still need to know about business – it’s all here!

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CERAMICS AS/A2 LEVEL

CHEMISTRY AS/A2 LEVEL

This course is primarily an art based course that encompasses every aspect of expressive drawing and design. Its main focus however revolves around creating and making structures out of clay.

How is the course taught?

All students are encouraged to develop and explore their skills creatively in the Fine Art elements through expressive and personal projects that are suited to their needs.

What areas are covered by the course?

Students are expected to have a mature and independent approach to their work and should be capable of personal research through drawings, designs, critical analysis and varied 3D making skills.

Entry requirements Students are expected to have gained at least a C grade at GCSE to meet entry requirements. A portfolio of work could also be submitted for approval if entry requirements are not met.

Projects can be tailored to meet student creative requirements. Students will be taught all aspects of: Expressive drawing, Creative design skills, Critical analysis and thinking skills, All aspects of building and making skills in 3D.

Drawing, Painting, Design, Critical analysis, Coil building, Slab building, Sculpture, Wheel thrown forms, Glazing techniques, Raku firing techniques.

How is the course assessed? There will be 2 units of work. Projects are continually assessed by the teacher. One major project is a requirement. This could be split into smaller projects revolving around a similar theme. One exam unit is set by the examination board. All work is assessed and graded by the teacher initially and is then moderated towards the end of the year by an outside examiner.

Progression/Career opportunities? In the past 20 years the creative industries world wide has created more jobs and revenue than any other. Many establishments now look for creative individuals who have that independent and inquisitive nature that make the difference. We instil that in all of our art students and find that they are well equipped for university and all aspects of their professional life.

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The course is suitable for students who enjoyed chemistry at GCSE, and are looking to follow a career in science, engineering or medicine. The course will provide one of the important university entry requirements to pursue these career options. The course will develop a student’s ability to apply the scientific method to many real life situations, and will give students an opportunity to discover science through a wide range of experiments.

Entry requirements Only strong candidates with a keen interest in Science and in particular Chemistry will be successful on the course. Entry requirements include the equivalent of BB in Additional Science. Students with GCSEs in Chemistry will also need to achieve at least a B grade. GCSE mathematics at grade C or above is an essential requirement for the course.

What areas are covered by the course? AS is covered by three units: • Foundation Chemistry • Chemistry in Action • Investigative and practical skills A2 is covered by three additional units: • Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry • Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry • Investigative and practical skills

How is the course assessed? Internal assessed practical and examinations at the end of each year make up the assessment.

Progression/Career opportunities? Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.

How is the course taught? Practical work is very important for Chemists. Students will carry out a range of practical experiments to support their learning on the course. About 25% of the time will be devoted to Laboratory practical work, another 25% spent on problem solving and 50% in formal lessons.

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COMPUTING AS/A2 LEVEL

CRITICAL THINKING AS/A2 LEVEL

This course is aimed at students who want to become proficient at programming and application development. There are also a variety of theory topics to be studied.

The A2 units are: • Software and System Development, The Computer, Data and Applications

Entry requirements

How is the course assessed?

To study Computing at AS or A Level you need have no formal qualification in the subject, but if you do have a GCSE in Information Technology, you will find that the AS/A Level course in Computing will build on some of the knowledge and skills you developed at Key Stage 4. The most important factor is that you have an interest in, and are enthusiastic about, Computing.

How is the course taught?

• Coursework - candidates analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate a solution to a substantial problem of their choice requiring the production of original code (programming)

The course is assessed through two examinations and a programming project. Each of these units makes up a third of the marks.

Progression/Career opportunities? This course will give you an excellent grounding in fundamental programming techniques and theoretical knowledge. Both of these will be advantageous in employment in a computer related industry and a related higher education course.

Practical and theory sessions by working in groups or as an individual.

Entry requirements Only a student, who wishes to develop clearer thinking, be more observant of what they see and hear will, is required.

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It provides a discrete package of material providing those students, who do not wish to progress to A2, with a knowledge and understanding of Critical Thinking applicable to the study of a range of academic and vocational subjects. The A2 part of the A level incorporates greater depth of understanding, analysis and evaluation across a wider range of contexts.

During the course you will:

There are two externally assessed written exams at AS - Credibility of Evidence and Assessing and Developing Argument. At A2 there are two more written externally assessed exams - Resolution of Dilemmas and Critical Reasoning.

• develop an understanding of the principles, concepts and techniques of Critical Thinking; • develop the skills of communication, problem solving, analysis and evaluation;

• This is achieved through group activities and individual thinking time.

• Internal Assessment task - Analyse, Design, Implement and Document a Proposed Solution to a given Problem

AS Critical Thinking gives an introduction to the concepts, principles and techniques which underlie Critical Thinking and expands their application to a range of contexts.

How is the course assessed?

• develop a capacity for methodical and critical thought which will serve as an end in itself as well as a basis for further study.

AS units are: • Software Systems Development

What areas are covered by the course?

How is the course taught?

• develop a framework for moral, social and ethical decision-making;

What areas are covered by the course?

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Critical Thinking is a form of reflective reasoning which analyses and evaluates information and arguments by applying a range of intellectual skills in order to reach clear, logical and coherent judgements within a given context.

Progression/Career opportunities Students will find Critical Thinking skills of great benefit in preparation for a wide range of careers, including the fields of law, academic research (e.g. in the disciplines of science, arts or humanities), social science, journalism, medicine, business, accounting and engineering.

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ENGLISH LITERATURE AS/A2 LEVEL This course is built around one central principle: that the exploration of reading processes can be an interesting and enriching way to approach literary texts. You will find this course: rewarding, enriching and exciting. English is a flexible and adaptable subject that opens up a wide range of opportunities.

• Dramatic Genres - You will study two plays that are in the genre of tragedy: one will be a Shakespeare play and the other a piece of 20th Century drama. At A2 level the units are: • Texts and Genres - you will develop your ideas based around the significance of genre focusing specifically on elements of the Gothic genre.

You will possess skills in both written and spoken English and you will also learn how to read texts closely and discuss a wide range of issues. You will be required to work independently and think critically.

• Further and Independent Reading - you will study a wide range of texts for different purposes. One area will focus on critical theory with relation to texts and the second area will focus on looking at two texts which you will compare and contrast in terms of content, characters, themes, structure and language.

Entry requirements

How is the course assessed?

In order to be considered for this course you must have a good grade B at GCSE level in both English and English Literature.

How is the course taught? This course will be taught using a range of learning and teaching activities including: • teacher and student led lessons, presentations, group work, independent study and research

What areas are covered by the course? At AS level the units are: • Aspects of Narrative - You will study four texts and the overall aim of this unit is to introduce you to the central position of narrative in connection to the way literary texts work.

At AS and A2 assessment is by open book external examination and coursework. You will also be asked to keep a Reading Journal.

Subject specific compulsory activities? Independent reading is a compulsory element of the course. You must read the core course texts but you should also read widely around the subject.

Progression/Career opportunities The following progression routes are available: law, journalism, teacher training, public services, e.g. Police, medical services, civil service, libraries, advertising agencies, PR companies, accountancy, leisure industries, tourist trade and the media.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (COMBINED) AS/A2 LEVEL This course is built around one central principle: to provide a full and coherent integration of literary and linguistic study in each of the four units. You will find this course: rewarding, enriching and exciting. English is a flexible and adaptable subject that opens up a wide range of opportunities. You will possess skills in both written and spoken English and you will also learn how to read texts closely and discuss a wide range of issues. You will be required to work independently and think critically.

Entry requirements: In order to be considered for this course you must have a good grade B at GCSE level in both English and English Literature.

How is the course taught? This course will be taught using a range of learning and teaching activities including: teacher and student led lessons, presentations, group work, independent study and research.

How is the course taught? At AS the units are: • Introduction to Language and Literature Study You will study different texts from a prescribed Anthology and you will look at them in relation to literary and linguistic features and techniques.

• Themes in Language and Literature - you will have the opportunity to study major prose genres, including fiction and literary non-fiction. At A2 the units are: • Talk in Life and Literature In this unit the emphasis is on spoken language. The aim of this unit is to allow you the opportunity to identify and discuss the way meanings are constructed, conveyed and interpreted both in drama and in real life speech. • Text Transformation In this unit you will study two literary texts from a range of works and transform them into different genres.

How is the course assessed? At AS assessment is by external examination and coursework. At A2 it is by external examination and a piece of coursework with a written commentary.

Subject specific compulsory activities? Independent reading is a compulsory element of the course. You must read the core course texts but you should also read widely around the subject.

Progression/Career opportunities The following progression routes are available: law, journalism, teacher training, public services, e.g. Police, medical services, civil service, libraries, advertising agencies, PR companies, accountancy, leisure industries, tourist trade and the media.

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FINE ART AS/A2 LEVEL

FOOD AS/A2 LEVEL

This course is for those students who have strong drawing skills and are interested in developing their own personal work, which is strongly related to ideas and developing high levels of skill in painting, drawing and sculpture.

How is it assessed?

Opportunities will be given to study life drawing (compulsory) and painting, which is essential for developing the visual and practical skills needed by Fine Art students. Students will also study the formal elements of visual studies in landscape, still-life, figurative and abstract art. Knowledge of the work of other artists is developed through critical and contextual studies, which is integrated as part of practical work. There will also be opportunities to develop fine art ideas through new media, such as Photoshop CS3.

How is the course assessed?

Entry requirements

Progression/Career Opportunities

Students should have minimum of grade C at GCSE in any art subject. However, if students have not reached this level and can demonstrate by portfolio that they have the potential to cope with A level work, they will be given a probationary period on the course to prove their abilities.

Students often progress to art foundation courses and then degree courses, although many apply directly for degrees and specialise in many areas from graphics to sculpture and history of art.

The externally set assignment culminates in an examination at the end of each level, 8 hours at AS and 12 hours at A2. All coursework and final examination pieces are internally marked and externally moderated and all marking is based upon 4 assessment objectives, which students work to during the course. These are equally weighted at 25% each. Examinations take place in May.

At AS and A2 assessment is by open book external examination and coursework. You will also be asked to keep a Reading Journal.

Subject Specific Activities There is also an annual art trip to London (or abroad) each year to visit art galleries and events to support coursework, as well as regular gallery visits in the local area.

Throughout the course strong emphasis will be placed on practical making sessions to allow pupils to develop a high level of making skills, understanding of food ingredients and methods of production. The practical problem solving activities encourage independent learning, creativity and innovation.

Entry Requirements It is an advantage to have studied GCSE Food Technology, Home Economics, or similar, although it is not necessary to qualify for this course.

How is the course taught? The course is taught by two teachers, two lessons a week will be dedicated to coursework, and this will involve designing food and tasting food product and practical work. The remaining two lessons will cover unit 1 material, and will comprise of practical, theory, tasting sessions and experimental work.

What areas are covered by the course? The course consists of 4 units of work, 1 (art & design coursework) & 2 (art & design externally set assignment) at AS level and 3 (art & design coursework) &4 (art & design externally set assignment) at A2 level.

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Food Technology offers students an opportunity to gain personal satisfaction, and a positive experience from learning all about the food industry, and their own diet. The chance to study for one of the most dynamic industries in the country offers continual interest and excitement.

What areas are covered by the course? AS Unit 1: Written Paper on materials and components of food AS Unit 2: Coursework A2 Unit 3:Written Paper A2 Unit 4:Coursework - A single project which combines designing and making skills

How is the course assessed? There is also an annual art trip to London (or abroad) each year to visit art galleries and events to support coursework, as well as regular gallery visits in the local area.

Career opportunities The opportunities for continuing with this area of study are many and varied; the food industry is crying out for graduate, and there are many well paid jobs in all areas of food production, below are some of the University courses available: Food Science, Food Economics, Nutrition and Dietetics, Food Technology, Food and Consumer Studies, Food Marketing Management, Catering Management, International Food Marketing and Food chemistry.

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FRENCH/GERMAN AS/A LEVEL

GEOGRAPHY AS/A2 LEVEL

Studying a modern foreign language beyond GCSE allows you to develop practical communication skills which can greatly enhance your career prospects and give you access to a range of opportunities in the future. The AS course will build on the skills learned at GCSE, with the emphasis on practical use of the language. You will extend your knowledge of French/German culture and society and develop the confidence and skills to understand authentic texts and discuss topical issues in the language. At the end of the course you will be well equipped to use languages for real communication purposes.

Geography enables you to understand some of the processes affecting the world today.

Entry Requirements In order to study French or German at AS level students must have completed a full GCSE course. Applicants will normally be required to have grade B, however, students who sat higher level papers may be accepted with a GCSE grade C.

How is the course taught? A variety of teaching methods are used in the classroom and independent learning is encouraged through the use of ICT. All students have a weekly session with the Foreign Language Assistant to encourage fluency and spontaneity in spoken French/German.

What areas are covered by the course? AS topics:

Family and Relationships, Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living

A2 topics:

Environment, The Multicultural Society, Contemporary Social Issues, Two Cultural Topics (Literature / Film / History)

How is the course assessed? By externally assessed Speaking and written exams in June

Progression/Career opportunities Languages are a valuable asset in a wide range of professions. They are particularly useful to students interested in careers in Business, Tourism, Primary Education or Law but universities are increasingly offering language courses combined with another discipline e.g. History, Theatre Studies or Linguistics. In addition students are frequently encouraged to include a language module in a wide range of degree courses.

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This course will give you a view of how the world’s geography is changing, the processes that produce changes and the people and agencies that promote and guide change. Peoples’ views affect the geography of the world and we consider the effect of these on the shape of the world today. Change is the main theme and the course includes core ideas and options.

Entry Requirements A GCSE in Geography at Grade C or above is desirable.

How is the course taught? Lessons are varied with a range of teaching techniques employed. Lectures, presentations, group and individual study alongside field visits and some practical work. The course is taught through a series of Case Studies at Local, National and Global scales.

What areas are covered by the course? At AS the units are: Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography Unit 2: Applied Geography and it encompasses a range of basic and more sophisticated geographical skills At A2 the units are: Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues. Unit 4: presents us with a choice between an extended personal Fieldwork Investigation and a Geographical Issue Evaluation.

How is the course assessed? Assessment is through external examinations.

Subject Specific Activities Field visits are planned in the local area and at Coatham Sands in Redcar as well as to Newcastle and Iceland.

The following progression routes are available: The course will prepare you for the kind of thinking you will experience in careers like planning, management and public administration. It uniquely bridges the divide between the arts and the sciences; students often combine geography with subjects from either or both groups.

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HISTORY AS/A2 LEVEL The Advanced GCE in History will appeal to you if: • you have an interest in the world around you, the society you live in, and how it has developed • you have an interest in the world around you, the society you live in, and how it has developed • you like learning about people, how they interact and what motivates them • you like learning about different countries, societies and cultures • you enjoy discussion, debate and argument • you like to think for yourself and to develop your own views • you enjoy research and analysing material to check for bias and propaganda.

Entry Requirements Prospective students should have gained at least a GCSE Grade B in History. However, if applicants show evidence that their written skills are of a good standard, they may be accepted with a GCSE Grade C.

How is the course taught? Lessons are conducted largely within the classroom environment, however excursions abroad will be offered.

HISTORY OF ART AS/A2 LEVEL What areas are covered by the course? AS:

Geography enables you to understand some of the processes affecting the world today.

Unit 1: Russia in Revolution, 1881 – 1924: From Autocracy to Dictatorship and Stalin’s Russia, 1924-53

Art History is a subject for those who wish to develop an informed appreciation of the arts in response to a variety of stimuli.

Unit 2 : Britain 1830-85: The Changing Position of Women and the Suffrage Question

Entry Requirements

At A2: Units 3: The USA: From Reconstruction to Civil Rights, c1877-1981 Units 4: From Kaiser to Fuhrer: Germany 1900-45

How is the course assessed? Units 1, 2 and 3 are assessed via written exams. Unit 4 is assessed via a 4000 word piece of coursework.

How is the course assessed? Progression on to degree level and subsequently careers involving law, education, research, PR, marketing, advertising etc. The transferable skills within the subject are highly sought by employers.

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Progression/Career Opportunities The study of Art History opens up opportunities in; teaching Art, museums, galleries, auction houses, heritage management, arts administration, journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing and publishing.

Students should have a good understanding of the English Language in written form, preferably GCSE English Language grade C or above.

How is the course taught? The course is taught through presentations, group discussions and individual research. Visits to art galleries, architectural sites, and trips to other European galleries/sites are offered as part of this course.

What areas are covered by the course? At AS Unit 1: Visual Analysis and Interpretation Unit 2: Themes in History of Art At A2 Units 3 and 4: Investigation and Interpretation

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LAW AS/A2 LEVEL A robust legal system is the foundation of a fair society. If you feel strongly about concepts like justice and equality then this course could be very rewarding for you. You might see yourself in a career involving the criminal or civil justice system. Alternatively you might want to choose law because it is a fascinating course which will help you develop transferable skills such as analysis and problem solving. Whatever your vision, a GCE in Law is a valuable first step in achieving your ambition.

Entry Requirements Prospective students must have obtained a GCSE grade C in English Language within a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C or above.

How is the course taught? The course is mainly classroom based although students will have the opportunity to see the law in action through visits to the criminal courts. These visits will include a question and answer session with a Circuit Judge and students will also be allowed to experience the cell area beneath the courts before watching a variety of criminal cases.

MATHEMATICS AS/A2 LEVEL What areas are covered by the course? There are four units to the Law GCE. At AS level there are Units 1 and 2 and units 3 and 4 for A2. As you progress through the course you will learn about: law making and the legal system, civil and criminal liability and the central concepts of law. You will study the criminal law in depth at A2.

How is the course assessed? In year one and again in year two you will take two written papers. Each of these papers accounts for 50% of your assessment for the year.

Progression/Career Opportunities A GCE in Law can be used along with other ‘A’ levels to be accepted into university, either to take a law degree, a social science or business degree, or any other course of study. The knowledge gained on the course can also help with careers in the police, in social work or any other occupation requiring knowledge of the law.

Mathematics is a popular subject at both AS and A2. There is currently a shortage of employees with good mathematical skills and therefore plenty of opportunities for those achieving qualifications in this subject.

more Pure mathematics modules and one application module either Decision Maths, Statistics or Mechanics.

Entry Requirements

How is the course assessed?

All students must have a minimum of a grade B at GCSE from the Higher tier of entry. It is desirable that all pupils wishing to enroll on the course will have been taught all the higher syllabus topics at GCSE. Those entering via the module system should have studied at least module 9.

Modules are externally examined in both January and June.

Those students who have not studied module 10 must be willing and fully prepared to complete the transition booklet supplied by the department ready for September. At the start of the course you will be given an induction.

How is the course taught? Students have 4 double periods per week and are expected to study independently for an additional 6 hours per week. Those wishing to study Further Mathematics will have 5 double periods each week.

In addition students who take A Level Mathematics can take an extra AS in Further Mathematics by studying Further Maths 1, Statistics1, Decision 2 at AS and Further Maths 3, Statistics 2 or Mechanics 2, Statistics 3 or Mechanics 3.

Progression/Career Opportunities You can go on to Higher Education (subject to the entry requirements) or other College courses. Degrees in maths, statistics, physics, astronomy, engineering and computer science tend to require Maths A Level. Many others, including medicine, architecture and social sciences, have a certain amount of mathematical or statistical content and your Maths A Level will be of great assistance to you. Maths has wide applications in industry, business, finance, science, technology and many others. Maths qualifications can help you towards a future career in these areas. There is currently a national shortage of qualified mathematicians.

What does the course cover? There are a variety of modules, 6 of which combine to make one A Level qualification, 3 for an AS qualification. At AS Level students will do two Pure Mathematics modules and a unit of Discrete. In the second year students will do two

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MEDIA AS/A2 LEVEL Media is an increasingly popular choice for A Level offering a refreshing balanced level of theory and practical study. Through the course, students will study a wide range of Media Texts and Topics which reflect the media saturated society in which we live. A wide range of opportunities exist to explore the relationship between Media text, institution, audience and society. Students are encouraged throughout the course to develop their analytical and organisational skills, to become independent, critical and reflective learners.

Entry Requirements GCSE English Language at grade C or above will normally be required.

MUSIC AS/A2 LEVEL What areas are covered by the course? Units of study include: • TV drama, media key concepts • Portfolio work – The creation of a school magazine • Critical Perspectives in Media

How is the course assessed? Examinations will take place in June and January with the practical element of the course taking the form of coursework.

Progression/Career Opportunities Media forms a sound analytical background for any student continuing to degree level study. Media allows progression onto degree level and subsequently careers involving journalism, public relations, advertising and marketing.

How is the course taught?

Music is a course which enables you to develop your performing, listening and composing/arranging skills to a high standard. Entry Requirements Ideally students should have a GCSE in Music at grade C or above and be a competent performer (at Grade 5 or equivalent) It would also be an advantage to have Grade 5 Theory.

How is the course taught? Lessons are delivered each week in aspects of performance, music in context, and composition/arranging.

What areas are covered by the course? The Music A Level covers the areas of Performing, Composing or Arranging and Listening.

The course contains a balance of both theoretical and practical elements, students must learn and debate issues surrounding Mass Communication Theory but they must also produce a piece of practical coursework that reflects their study of media conventions.

Performing - There are a wide choice of options within performing covering Solo, Ensemble and performing through Music Technology.

Subject Specific Activities Students will be expected to spend at least half an hour a day outside of their timetabled lessons practicing on their instrument. They would also be expected to do homework assignments in composition and listening work, researching areas covered in lessons. It would be anticipated that A level musicians would form the backbone of the musical activities within the school. There are weekly rehearsals for Orchestra, Big Band and Chamber Choir. Sixth form students are also encouraged to form Chamber and Rock groups.

Progression/Career Opportunities It is the ideal route for students wanting to do Music or Music Technology courses at university. It is also a fully recognised A-Level that supports applications for other courses, especially if students are involved in extra curricular activities. A Level Music is a very desirable A Level for prospective employers in all areas of work including the music industry, arts administration, accountancy, teaching, armed forces, law and journalism. It is a very versatile A Level to combine with Sciences, Maths, English or languages.

Composing/Arranging - Skills of harmony and arranging for different ensembles would be taught using Sibelius software. Listening - Two areas of study. One set work (Mozart Symphony No.40) Music Theatre or British Popular Music

How is the course assessed? Through external examinations including performance and listening.

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MUSIC TECHNOLOGY AS/A2 LEVEL

PERFORMING ARTS AS/A2 LEVEL

Music technology is a course which introduces you to recording, sequencing and producing in our newly built studio. You will learn to use state of the art professional equipment in a way which develops you as a sound engineer and musician.

Performing Arts gives students an understanding of all aspects of performing arts and combines it with the opportunity to specialise in either performance of Drama, Music or Dance, or production support.

Entry Requirements Ideally students should have a GCSE in Music at grade C or above, and an IT / Computing GCSE at grade C or above. Students also need to be able to play an instrument to a grade 4 standard.

How is the course taught? The course is taught in the newly built studio and music tech classroom. Lessons are normally practical workshops where students learn techniques and skills before booking the studio in their own time to complete coursework.

What areas are covered by the course?

How is the course assessed? The course is assessed by coursework (65%) and examinations (35%). For coursework students produce 2 Portfolios, one at AS and one at A2. The examinations are listening, analysing and producing exams based on Popular music since 1910.

Subject Specific Activities Students will be expected to spend at least 1 hour a week outside of their timetabled lessons in the studio working on coursework and practicing techniques and skills learnt in lessons. Although not compulsory, there are several extra curricular activities and events that provide opportunities for musicians and technicians to get involved. These include events such as the Rock Night, the school show, and the Christmas and Summer concerts. There is also a School Orchestra, Big Band and Choir who all perform regularly.

This course encourages talent by offering a genuinely practical approach. There are no written exams, and assessment is solely through portfolio and performance, which are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Progression/Career Opportunities

8 sessions per week taught by specialist teachers

A-Level Music Technology is the perfect stepping stone for students wanting to do Music and Music Technology courses at university. It is also a fully recognised A-Level that supports applications for other courses, especially if students are involved in extra curricular activities.

How is the course assessed? By Portfolio and moderated performance in the final term

Progression/Career Opportunities Media forms a sound analytical background for Many employers regard the skills gained in Performing Arts as valuable. The following are possible career paths: teaching, events management, media and theatre management, leisure industries, tourism, social services.

Entry Requirements GCSE grade C or above in Drama, Expressive Arts, Music, or Dance

How is the course taught? What areas are covered by the course? Drama: Improvisation, scripted work, devised drama, aspects of physical theatre Dance: Jazz, Modern, Street, Hip hop

The Music Technology A-level focuses on sequencing, recording, producing, arranging and composing, and listening to and analysing music.

Music: aspects of Music technology, music styles and genres

Dance Students

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PHOTOGRAPHY AS/A2 LEVEL

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AS/A2 LEVEL

It is an Art centred subject and there is little focus on the scientific sides of photography.

This course is suited to students wishing to continue further studies in Sports Science, Physiotherapy or Physical Education at University, or wishing to embark on sports-related careers.

Entry Requirements There are no specific qualifications for the photography course although an ‘artistic eye’ is an advantage. Due to the nature of the course, we ask for a fee of £30 per year to cover some of the costs of film, chemicals, paper, photocopies and sketchbooks.

How is the course taught? The subject is a mix of the practical – darkroom and digital – and written critical studies and self evaluation. It is expected that few students will have experienced photography at examination level and most see the subject as an opportunity to express themselves in an art form where drawing skills are at a minimum. Students will consider a range of topics but broadly based around landscape, portrait and natural forms studies. Some may choose to make use of the video facilities and there is development into Graphic Design where students may be asked to produce book and CD covers. Film and digital cameras are both available and monochrome darkroom work is an essential part of the course.

What areas are covered by the course? There are two units in each year, one coursework and a similar examination unit. Students will produce at least one A0 size sheet of their best work plus workbooks which contain the vast outcomes of their studies.

How is the course assessed? The examination unit is a Board Set question; researched, developed and completed within a time scale of two and half calendar months. The work is moderated internally with marks in eight different areas of study and a selection of students’ work is externally moderated for standardisation.

Progression/Career Opportunities The course is extremely popular and numbers are limited. A number of students have continued their studies onto degree level, direct entry onto Photography and contemporary photographic courses.

Entry Requirements Students who have not studied GCSE P.E. can still study this subject.

How is the course assessed? Through external examinations and coursework which is assessed internally with external moderation.

Progression/Career Opportunities There are an increased number of opportunities for further study at University. Courses in Sports Science, Physiotherapy or Leisure and Tourism are just some of the examples. Careers may include Teaching, Recreational Management, Sports Development or in the Health and Fitness industry.

How is the course taught? Through a variety of practical, theoretical sessions as well as the use of the fitness suite for training.

What areas are covered by the course? At AS: Unit 1 – opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle Unit 2 – analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer and/ or in an adopted role(s) At A2: Unit 3 – optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport Unit 4 – philosophical problems

There is a dedicated photography ICT suite, with the latest version of Adobe Photoshop available on all computers along with a high quality OCE printer/photocopier.

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PHYSICS AS/A2 LEVEL The course suits students who enjoyed doing Physics at GCSE and it equips students with the skills required to progress into Higher Education. Entry Requirements Students need a minimum of Grade B in GCSE Physics or BB in Double Award GCSE Science. It is strongly recommended that you have a Grade B from a higher level maths paper.

3D PRODUCT DESIGN AS/A2 LEVEL What areas are covered by the course? AS: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity. Mechanics, Materials and Waves. A2: Fields and Further Mechanics. Nuclear and Thermal Physics, Option Unit.

How is the course assessed? External examinations and an ISA

Progression/ Career Opportunities How is the course taught? Each week there are three theory lessons and one practical lesson.

For those who are interested in a career in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Civil, Aeronautical, Chemical), Astronomy, Medical Physics, the Armed Forces, Theoretical Physics, Computing and even the Financial World.

The course meets the needs of students who wish to combine 3D Design, workshop based manufacturing with cutting edge computer visualisation and animation. The potential for creativity is unconstrained as you will be able to consider one-off pieces without the need to design for mass-production. You can design in any context using any material.

Entry Requirements A GCSE in Maths, English and Science and a Technology subject would normally be required. The GCSE in Technology should be an A*-C grade preferably in Resistant Materials, Graphics or Product Design, but not essential.

At A2 you will complete a further 2 units of work. Unit 3 – Written Exam with design integration including manufacturing of products. Unit 4 – Coursework, you will produce one linear project based on a theme of your choice providing the project is innovative and creative in its establishment.

How is the course assessed? By coursework and external examinations

Progression/Career Opportunities Jobs would include: Industrial Design, Design Consultant, Visualisation, Marketing and Promotion, Engineering, Architectural Design, Furniture Design, Automotive Design and Engineering, Packaging Design, Interior Design, 3D design skills are also needed in Ceramics

How is the course taught? The course is taught through a variety of different teaching methods with a combination split equally between theoretical and practical based learning.

What areas are covered by the course? At AS 2 Units of work: Unit 1 - Written Exam testing knowledge of materials, manufacturing, products, designers and CAD/CAM together with industrial practices. Unit 2 - Coursework, you will produce a portfolio of work including three practical outcomes based on Memphis, Bauhaus and Contemporary Lighting. and Jewellery Design.

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PRODUCT DESIGN TEXTILES AS/A2 LEVEL

PSYCHOLOGY AS/A2 LEVEL

The Product Design specialising in Textiles offers students a natural progression from the current GCSE Design and Technology Textiles Syllabus.

Psychology can be defined as the systematic study of human behaviour and experience or put more simply it aims to uncover motivating factors behind our behaviour, what makes us “tick”? Psychology is an extremely fascinating subject which is reflected in its popularity at both A Level and Degree Level.

This Textiles option will give students the opportunity to produce a unique, individual portfolio of work focusing on fashion, accessories and furnishing products. Students will be introduced to the broad perspective of the design world. You will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of fabrics and components used in the designing and making of textile products. Areas of study will be in both fashion (ladies, menswear, childrenswear) accessories and furnishing interiors.

What areas are covered by the course? AS Unit 1 - Materials and Components Unit 2 - Coursework This is a portfolio of work A2 Unit 3 - Design and Manufacture Unit 4 - A complete design and make project

How is the course assessed? Assessment is by a written exam in June and a portfolio or project submitted in June.

Progression/Career Opportunities Fashion designer, Interior designer, Fabric designer, Buyer, Pattern Maker, Window dresser, Technician, Teacher and many more……..

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C and above. A C grade in GCSE English is essential and a grade C at GCSE maths is desirable.

How is the course taught?

Although it is an advantage to have studied GCSE Textiles Technology or Art Textiles, it is not necessary to qualify for this course.

A variety of teaching methods are applied alongside revision sessions leading up to formal examinations. One to one support is available if required.

How is the course taught? The course is taught by a combination of practical, theory, and experimental work.

What areas are covered by the course?

At A2 • Relationships • Aggression • Eating behaviour • Schizophrenia OR depression; causes and treatment. • Psychology of addictive behaviour OR media Psychology. • Research Methods.

How is the course assessed? Assessment is by external examinations in January and June

Progression/Career Opportunities Psychology has made significant contributions to many careers including teaching, personnel, nursing, social work, public relations and even sport. You can specialise in Psychology and become an Educational/Clinical/Occupational or Forensic Psychologist. Other jobs include Police Officer, Probation officer, Counsellor, Prison Officer, Customs and Excise, Art Therapist, Speech Therapist, Classroom assistant, Human resources manager, Careers adviser, Sports Coach, Advertising and Public relations. A qualification in Psychology then is a very versatile one which will enhance your skills in many areas.

At AS • Cognitive Psychology • Developmental Psychology • Biological Psychology • Social Psychology • Research methods

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES AS/A2 LEVEL

SOCIOLOGY AS/A2 LEVEL

In 2008 a new Religious Studies course will be offered in Philosophy of Religion & Religious Ethics.

At A2 Philosophy of religion – Religious language, Experience & religion, Nature of God, Life & death, Miracle

This exciting and interesting course will appeal to anyone who likes to look at the world in a different way. Philosophy of Religion looks at the development of Philosophical thought about God from the Ancient Greeks to the modern day. Religious Ethics studies the main ethical theories and applies them to modern day situations.

Religious Ethics – Meta-Ethics, Free will & determinism, Conscience, Virtue Ethics, Applied Ethics topics such as environmental & business ethics & sexual ethics.

Sociology is designed to develop the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of society, as well as their ability to interpret and apply the relevant studies to everyday issues.

Entry Requirements Prospective students should have gained at least a grade C in GCSE Religious Education.

How is the course taught? A mixture of theoretical and practical application lessons, group work, use of ICT etc

What areas are covered by the course? At AS Philosophy of religion - Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion such as Plato & Aristotle, Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion, Traditional arguments for the existence of God (Arguments & counter challenges from Anselm, Descartes, Kant, Aquinas, Russell, Hume, Mill, Darwin & Freud), Challenges to religious belief such as the problem of evil & Science versus Religion.

How is the course assessed? There are external exams in January and June.

Progression/Career Opportunities Students who have studied R.S. over the past years have embarked upon various courses and careers such as degrees in Law, Theology, History, Education, French, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, English and Music. Past students have entered various occupations including Banking, Nursing, Acting, Teaching, Administrative work, Social work, Law and Accountancy to name but a few.

It is an extremely popular as a choice for A Level study and offers a number of progression routes upon completion of study. Studying Sociology also aims to establish the students’ evaluative skills, a feature which will enable them to use Sociology in their chosen career.

Entry Requirements GCSE English Language at grade C will normally be desirable.

What areas are covered by the course? AS Level • Family and Households • Education At A2 • Crime and Deviance • Belief s in Society

How is the course assessed? This is by written examination.

Progression/Career Opportunities It is a useful subject for those to enter any one of a number of professions, for instance, journalism, teaching, nursing, social work, business, police, personnel and management.

How is the course taught? A variety of teaching methods are used, including the use of student centred learning approach to encourage independent learning.

Religious Ethic - Ethical theories such as Natural law, Kantian ethics, Situation ethics, Utilitarianism, Applied Ethics topics such as Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic engineering & human embryo research, war & peace.

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APPLIED A-LEVELS

APPLIED LEVEL IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - DOUBLE AND SINGLE AWARD AS/A2 LEVEL The course can be taken as either a single option (one A level) or a double option (two A levels).

At A2 • Meeting Individual Needs • Promoting Health and Well-being • Investigating Disease

The course is unit based which allows it to cover a variety of topics such as communication, human growth and development, research into health issues and health promotion etc.

For the double A level the following units:

Entry requirements Prospective students should have gained 5 grade Cs in their GCSE.

How is the course taught? The course is taught in a variety of ways depending on the topics covered. Practical activities are used e.g. planning and carrying out a creative activity, planning and completing a health promotion activity. Independent research is a vital skill and one which is practised frequently on the course as each student works on their own chosen topics for some assignments. Some work placement is an essential part of the course in year 12 and which is a valuable experience.

What areas are covered by the course? AS: • Human Growth and Development • Communication and Values • Positive Care Environments

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AS: • Human Growth and Development • Communication and Values • Positive Care Environments • Social aspects and Lifestyle Choices • Activities for Health and Well-being • Public Health A2: • Meeting Individual Needs • Promoting Health and Well-being • Investigating Disease • Using and Understanding Research • Social Issues and Welfare Needs • Understanding Human Behaviour

Entry requirements The course is assessed through external tests and coursework. One third of the marks are through externally tested units and two thirds through coursework.

Progression/Career Opportunities The course allows progression to employment or to higher education such as degree courses. It is suitable for students considering a career in nursing, midwifery, social work, teaching, health visitor, paramedics, counselling and many others.

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APPLIED BUSINESS GCE

APPLIED SCIENCE AS/A LEVEL APPLIED

This course has been designed for those of you who:

The AS Applied Science course will allow you to study how science is applied in many different types of professions and industries.

• have a keen interest in the business world and how it operates • enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to your own life and experience • want to find out more about business through personal investigation • are interested in developing an understanding of business organisations, the markets they serve and how to deal with customers • want to follow a course that is active and enjoyable • want to move on to a related career or higher education course.

Entry Requirements You do not need to have studied BTEC or GCSE Business Studies but GCSE English Language at grade C or above would normally be required.

How is the course taught? A variety of teaching methods is used to enable you to develop a range of important and transferable skills, for example: practical skills – personal organisation and time management as well as ICT skills presentational skills – producing a business report, making an oral presentation personal skills – initiative, creativity, perseverance, willingness to learn and progress interpersonal skills – working in teams, discussing problems or issues, leading a team

cognitive skills – investigative and research skills, problem solving, decision making, using theory to analyse a real organisation, planning a project.

What areas are covered by the course? AS Investigating Investigating Investigating Investigating Investigating Investigating

People at Work* Electronic Business Business Marketing Promotion* Enterprise

A2 Business Development* Managing and Developing People Marketing Decisions* Impact of finance on Business Decisions Organising an Event External Influences on Business

Entry Requirements

* 2 AS and * 2 A2 units are externally assessed through short and long-answer questions related to business scenarios given in the paper and actual businesses studied during the course. The remainder of the units are assessed internally through coursework.

It is expected that you will have followed a GCSE Science course and will have achieved grade B. In addition it is expected that students will have achieved a GCSE grade C in Mathematics and English. Another important requirement is that you have a practical interest in and enthusiasm for science and that you feel able to undertake the amount of portfolio work required to fulfil the demands of the course.

Progression/Career Opportunities

How is the course taught?

How is the course assessed?

Applied Business is good preparation for a wide range of degree courses including Business Studies, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Economics and Accounts amongst others. It also provides an excellent preparation for immediate entry into the world of work.

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The focus of the course is scientific usage, concentrating on how scientists and others use science in their work. During the course you will be given the opportunity to visit scientific workplaces and meet people who use science on a daily basis. You will also learn how science contributes to our lifestyle and the environment in which we live. The course is designed to allow you to spend a considerable amount of your time in the laboratory, working on the kind of practical projects that may be undertaken by employees working in science-based industries.

What areas are covered by the course? The course includes three units: Unit 1: Investigating Science at Work Unit 2: Energy Transfer Systems * Unit 3: Finding out about Substances

How is the course assessed? All units have an equal weighting. Units marked with an asterisk (*) will be externally assessed. All other units will be internally assessed through portfolio evidence.

Progression /Career Opportunities The AS in Applied Science will help to prepare you for a career in the science industry or industries that use scientific knowledge and skills. There is an extremely wide variety of employment opportunities for those interested in science. Career options range from a vast choice of medical opportunities through to employment in conservation and environmental projects. Those who study science can also, for example, go on to work as electronic or mechanical engineers, dieticians, technicians and research scientists.

As well as using ICT for presenting your work, you will also be encouraged to use it for researching information, monitoring and recording experimental work.

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BTEC FIRST DIPLOMA

FIRST DIPLOMA IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE BTEC

This is a one year course which is suitable for those students who wish to continue at college but who haven’t passed enough GCSEs at grade C or above to begin level 3 (A level) courses. It is the equivalent to passing 4 GCSEs at grade C or above. It consists of a variety of units which look at a range of different topics.

• Vocational Experience in a Health or Social Care setting

Entry Requirements

Progression/Career opportunities

For those with less than 5 GCSEs at grade C.

How is the course taught?

• Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care • Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care • The Impact of diet on Health

How is the course assessed? The course is assessed through coursework, no external examinations are taken. Students achieve either a Pass, Merit or Distinction level.

The students can move onto employment or apprenticeships or return to college to move onto higher level courses.

The course is taught using a variety of teaching methods and uses the experience gained by students at their work placement. They attend placements for one day a week.

What areas are covered by the course? Units taken by students include the following: • Communication and Individual Rights within the Health and Social care Sectors • Individual Needs within the Health and Social Care Sectors

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FIRST DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS BTEC This is a one-year course which has been designed to develop knowledge and understanding of business. The course will enable you to acquire technical and employability skills, and knowledge and understanding which are transferable and will enable you to meet changing circumstances. Entry Requirements The BTEC course is a level 2 course which is equivalent to 4 GCSEs grades A*- C. You do not need to have studied GCSE Business Studies and there are no entry requirements.

How is the course taught? A variety of teaching methods is used to enable you to develop a range of important and transferable skills, for example: practical skills – personal organisation and time management as well as ICT skills

What areas are covered by the course? Core units • The ability to work in a team • Developing customer relations • Investigating financial control Specialist units • Business communication • People in organisations • Providing business and administration support • Personal selling • Doing business online • Exploring business enterprise OR • Starting a small business You study the 3 core units plus 3 units from the specialist list.

How is the course assessed? Each unit consists of a piece of coursework – there are no examinations.

How is the course assessed?

presentational skills – producing a business report, making an oral presentation

The course is assessed by external examinations and internally assessed coursework which is moderated externally at the end of AS and A2.

personal skills – initiative, creativity, perseverance, willingness to learn and progress

Progression/Career opportunities

interpersonal skills – working in teams, discussing problems or issues, leading a team

BTEC NATIONAL CERTIFICATES

A BTEC diploma offers direct progression on to a BTEC National course or on to ‘A’ level courses or into employment.

thinking skills – investigative and research skills, problem solving, decision making, using theory to analyse a real organisation, plan a project.

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NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN CHILDREN’S CARE, LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT BTEC This course is the equivalent of 2 A levels and is a specialised Child Development course. It takes 2 years to complete and requires 400 hours of work placement a year as it also qualifies the student to be able to work with children. It is 100% assignment based and looks at many aspects of children’s development. Entry Requirements Prospective students should have 4 GCSEs at grade C and above.

How is the course taught? A variety of teaching methods are used including practical activities. Much of the theory work is based on the students’ work placements which involves working with children of different age ranges from babies up to 8. Each student has to complete 400 hours of work placement a year and they gain essential experience and knowledge from this.

What areas are covered by the course? Some of the units covered are: • Positive Relationships for Children’s Care, Learning and Developments • Positive Environments for Children’s Care, Learning and Development • Promoting Children’s Development • Reflecting on and Developing Practice for Children aged 0 – 8 • Safeguarding Children • Promoting Children’s Rights • Children’s Learning Activities and Play • Promoting Healthy Development and Living for Children and their Families • Diet and Nutrition for Children

How is the course assessed? The course is assessed through coursework and supervisor visits to the work placements.

Progression/Career opportunities The course can lead directly to employment in a Childcare Setting as a nursery nurse or onto higher education and a relevant degree course.

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NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN

SPORT (DEVELOPMENT, COACHING AND FITNESS) BTEC The BTEC National Certificate in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) provides the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for a learner to progress into employment in the sport industries which require a practical background alongside knowledge of some scientific principles of sport.

remaining core unit and five specialist units in the second year.

The course has been designed to reflect the generic skills and knowledge that all practitioners in the coaching, fitness and development fields should possess. Specialist units are designed to enable learners to focus on particular fields to prepare them for future career development.

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The qualification is equivalent to two ‘A’ levels and is taken as a full-time course with approximately ten contact hours per week (although students will be expected to study during non-contact time).

Entry requirements Four GCSEs at grades A-C.

What areas are covered by the course? The course is made up of 12 units - seven core units and five specialist units, which are chosen from twelve options. Six of the core units are completed in the first year followed by the

The seven core units are: • • • • • • •

The Body in Action Health and Safety Training and Fitness Sports Coaching Sports Development Fitness Testing Practical Team Sports

The five specialist units are: Sports Nutrition Instructing Physical Activity and Lifestyle Psychology for Sports Performance Work-based Experience in Sport.

How is the course assessed? Each unit is assessed via an assignment, presentation or work placement. An overall grade (pass, merit or distinction) is then awarded from these results.

Progression/ Career Opportunities Students may progress directly into employment, for example entering the health and fitness industry, working in sports injuries clinics, sports development or coaching. They may progress onto Higher Nationals or a Sports Science degree course, depending on results.

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OCR NATIONALS

ICT LEVEL 3 OCR NATIONALS The OCR Nationals are motivational, flexible and relevant vocationally related qualifications. This newly developed ICT course gives you a wide range of experience in some of the latest aspects of the subject as well as giving you a more advanced knowledge of the more traditional aspects

How is the course assessed? Six units are studied over two years giving you a UCAS points score which is equivalent to grade A at distinction, grade C at merit and grade E at pass levels. There are no exams for OCR National; all the marks will come from your coursework assignments.

Progression/Career Opportunities The ICT skills you will learn on this course are upto-date and will equip you well for the future whether you choose to go into employment or on to further study.

Entry Requirements You do not need to have an ICT qualification to take up this course.

What areas are covered by the course? You will study: Digital Business Communication Collaborative Working Creating a Digital Showcase Problem Solving Digital Imaging Photography

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BOOKKEEPING LEVEL 1 The OCR Level 1 Certificate in Bookkeeping will give you an understanding of the essential principles of bookkeeping through an introduction to bookkeeping practices. You will study this course alongside the BTEC Diploma. Entry Requirements There are no entry requirements.

How is the course taught? This is very much a hands-on course designed to develop your practical skills in completing sales and purchase ledgers as well petty cash and cash books.

How you will be assessed?

NON EXAMINED COMPULSORY COURSE

Unit 1 is assessed by a timetabled examination that is available at different times during the year. Units 2 and 3 are assessed by OCR-set assignments that you can sit at times your teachers think appropriate.

Progression/Career Opportunities Your certificate can provide the basis for progression to the Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. It is also suitable for those of you who wish to pursue employment as a bookkeeper. If you are successful in your BTEC Diploma, you may then progress to a BTEC National course or ‘A’ levels.

Course content Unit 1 – Posting to accounts Unit 2 – Maintaining petty cash Unit 2 – Maintaining the cash book

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GENERAL RE/MET (MORALS, ETHICS AND THEOLOGY) SIXTH FORM This compulsory course provides a forum for investigations and discussion regarding major questions including identity, spirituality, self worth, personal relationships, current ethical and moral issues and religious experience.

What areas are covered by the course?

Opportunities for discussion are to be readily taken to involve students in looking at contemporary issues which occur in their lives and in the news. Students are to record information of discussions and work covered in their personal reflective log/diary. Opportunities to be creative e.g. Lenten crosses, Advent calendars and charity posters along with religious experiences such as prayer and meditation are to be encouraged.

• Understand the relationship between religious belief and lived experience,

Entry requirements:

Subject specific compulsory activities?

None

Length of course 30 lessons in both Year 12 and Year 13

The learning outcomes are for students to – • Know about Spirituality, Theology and Ethics, the demands of religious commitment in everyday life, to understand questions of life and methods of engaging in religious practice • Understand different faith traditions within contemporary society, and their own faith position,

• Develop skills to be able to respond to opportunities and responsibilities of life experiences.

How is the course assessed? No exams but a reflective journal must be filled in.

There are no UCAS points currently available for General RE but a NOCN level1 qualification and certification is given at the end of the year.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ENGLISH MARTYRS 6TH FORM COLLEGE

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CATHOLIC COLLEGE English Martyrs Sixth Form College is a Catholic institution with a strong Christian community. It welcomes students of all religious denominations as well as those who don’t profess a faith. Religion isn’t forced on students as an obvious presence in every aspect of College life - but it certainly underpins the ethos of the College. We strongly believe in the personal dignity of everyone in the community - and staff and students together strive to create a learning environment in which mutual respect and honesty lead to a positive and successful working partnership.

There have been many memorable occasions when the College fraternity has joined with the rest of the school to mark an anniversary, a national moment of remembrance, or the sad passing of a student or member of staff. Our College community has often remarked on the sense of comradeship generated by such events for which they have been grateful, and comforted, to have been part.

Part of the campus chapel acts as a drop-in centre and is always open for private prayer. Morning prayers are held at 8.45am each day for those who wish to attend and a range of services are held during the year.

College retreats, one is organised each October, are a more relaxed morale builder, valued as part of the College calendar.

CHARITY, FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEERING We believe it is very important to get involved in our College community in as many ways as possible. A lot of our students chose to ‘give something back’ to the College and the wider community in the form of Charity work and Volunteering. Every year students are invited to join ‘Millennium Volunteers’ which is a nationally recognised organisation aimed at encouraging students to help out in their local area. As well as being looked at favourably by universities, students who have completed the ‘MV’ programme have commented that it made them feel really good about themselves and that it was Fundraising a very rewarding thing to do. Our students also fundraise a various times of the year for local and national Catholic charities as well as raising money for their own leavers’ dinner. As a Catholic college we strongly believe in the ethos of helping people who are less fortunate than ourselves and we try to encourage this in our students. Many of the ways in which we raise money are decided by the students and ‘Fancy Dress’ days have proved very popular.

Fancy Dress

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YOUNG ENTERPRISE HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO REPRESENT US? Today, young people need to be more adaptable than ever before, prepared to change career direction in response to opportunity and to learn new skills throughout their working lives. In other words they need to be enterprising.

• First-hand experience of how a business works and how wealth and employment are created • The ability to work in a team • Improved communication skills • More enthusiasm and self confidence • A willingness to take responsibility and initiative • Time management and skills • Presentation skills

At English Martyrs Sixth Form College you’ll find many activities for all students to get involved in. We have proved especially successful at running the Young Enterprise Company Programme, an opportunity to prepare for working and University life through the experience of running your own student company, supported by volunteer advisers from business. Students set up and run their company over the course of one academic year. They elect a board of directors, raise share capital, and market and finance a product or service of their choice. At the end of the year they participate in area-wide competitions, presenting a company report and accounts. Students gain experience of the real world: taking responsibility and being accountable to their shareholders for the running of the business. As a result of running a Young Enterprise company, students gain a vast number of skills and experiences which prove invaluable when writing CV’s and university applications:

During their year of trading, Young Enterprise companies have the opportunity to participate in local, national, and in some cases international trade fairs where they can sell their products, market their services and so boost their sales and experience. In the past English Martyrs were selected to represent the North East at the European Trade Fair, an all expenses paid trip to Zagreb, Croatia. In 2008 English Martyrs Young Enterprise team won ‘Best Company Report’ and were the ‘Overall Winners’ in the Durham and Tees Valley area. They then went on to win the regional final for the north east and progressed to the national finals in London. Our young enterprise team is currently regarded as the best in the North East and one of the best in the whole of Britain. As managers of the future, you could be part of a dynamic and innovative team, have you got what it takes?

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THE ENGINEERING EDUCATION SCHEME The Engineering Education Scheme is focussed on encouraging young people to consider a career in engineering. You work in a group of 4 students with an engineer on a real and challenging project posed by a local engineering company. The project lasts for about 6 months and during that time you work with the engineer at the 3-day residential work shop at the University of Newcastle as well as have a company visit to se the project in context. During the project you gain experience of problem solving, team work, presentation skills and project management. All valuable skills needed in the world of work. We believe that engineering experience provides wonderful, highly rewarding potential career pathways for our students. We are now establishing links with many leading engineering firms in the North East with a view to arranging highly beneficial work experience placements for our students. Many engineering courses at University have bursaries attached at it is possible to access these courses if the University believe you have the right criteria for the course. Partnerships like the Education Engineering scheme help make this possible.

This year English Martyrs were represented by 2 teams and these are some of the student comments:

A fantastic opportunity to work on real problems with real engineers The 3 days at Newcastle University were brilliant I definitely want to study engineering at university now that I know what it involves

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LEARNING MENTOR

SPORT

At English Martyrs Sixth Form we had a specialist learning mentor called Beverley Scaife

At the English Martyrs 6th Form College we have a wide range of sports and sporting facilities for both competition and leisure.

As a Learning Mentor Beverley is here to support and guide you during your time in college; this includes anything that may be on your mind from both an academic or personal perspective. From an academic perspective Beverley can help with things such as time management and study skills, university options. On matters of a more personal nature she is here to listen to you and signpost you to other agencies if appropriate.

We have football and rugby teams which are entered for a wide range of competitions throughout the year. The football team play in the Durham league and players from year 12 and year 13 are invited to try out for the team each year. The rugby team play in a range of local tournaments organised by the RFU. Sevens, tens and full team tournaments are held throughout the rugby season and our teams have had a very successful year. Students have access to a multi gym and swimming pool to keep them in shape and there is an all weather football pitch which can be booked for competitions and recreational use. We often organise five a side football tournaments which are very popular within the college. Particularly Alex Wrigley when our college staff also enter a team and ‘friendly rivalry’ is guaranteed. We are also flexible when it comes to taking time off from college for professional sporting pursuits.

residential staying in Halls of Residence. We also encourage our students to get involved with a number of schemes to develop their skills. An example of this is the Peer Mentoring scheme; students take part in a training programme to enable them to support and guide lower school students during their time here. This is just a flavour of the Aimhigher activities that you can get involved in.

A major part of her role is promoting the government initiative called Aimhigher. This is a programme designed to encourage you to start thinking about your future and help you to reach your full potential. We have excellent links with local universities and those further a field and encourage students to participate in as many events as possible during their time in college. This could be anything from attending a Masterclass workshop at a university in a subject of your choice to attending a week long

English Martyrs College student Jemma Lowe qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and has represented Great Britain in many international swimming competitions around the world. Alex Wrigley will also leave our college

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this year and pursue his ambition to become a professional golfer after a very successful year in competitions with the full support of the college. Whether you are an Olympic standard athlete, or a casual sports person, we have facilities and sporting activities suitable for you.

Gemma Lowe (top), and with the world short course championship team (bottom)

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OVERSEAS EXCURSIONS

ART DEPARTMENT

During your stay at The English Martyrs Sixth Form College there are various opportunities to take part in overseas visits.

At English Martyrs we are particularly proud of our Specialist Art department.

Students regularly take part in the annual skiing trip to Italy where they can choose between snow boarding or conventional skiing. Students have also travelled with the College to New York City, Iceland and Prague. There is also a bi-annual trip to Lourdes as part of the Catholic Ethos, as well as previous trips to Rome, Florence and Barcelona.

As one of only a limited number of colleges to offer all of the 5 major art disciplines, we feel we are the ideal choice for any student wishing to pursue a career in art. As well as a huge specialist area for students to work, we also have a purpose built art gallery in which students can exhibit their own work. Students can also benefit from viewing the work of professional artists who regularly hold exhibitions in our gallery. Our students regularly have their work submitted for national competitions and we often have Iceland Trip

In the classroom The Languages department also run trips to Paris and Germany. In short there are many opportunities to travel to various places either to enhance knowledge of your chosen subject areas, or purely for recreation.

paintings produced which are deemed good enough to be displayed in National Galleries in London. Ceramics work at English Martyrs together with Art Textiles is also first class. This track record for success in our arts based subjects has been demonstrated through a prolonged period of outstanding results. Students do not just ‘pass’ arts based courses at English Martyrs; they excel and achieve very high grades. In 2007 the A-B pass rate for Art was 65%, the A-C pass rate at A level was 86% and the overall pass rate in all arts based subjects as A level was 100%. A team of highly skilled, dedicated staff make this possible. As a Specialist Art College we feel we have an awful lot to offer in this area. Some of our current students work can be seen on this page.

Prague

Paris Self Portrait

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Some of our current students work can be seen on this page.

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MUSIC DEPARTMENT

DANCE & DRAMA

Our College also excels with regard to Music. A range of courses in Music and Music Technology are available.

Our College also provides students with many opportunities to perform in the area dance, drama and musical theatre.

Students can make use of our purpose build recording studio which was opened by Iron Maiden guitarist, and former English Martyrs Student, Yanick Gers. The studio contains state of the art equipment ideal for music and music technology courses and enables our students to write, produce, record and perform their own word in a much more professional fashion. However, what sets us apart with Music is the opportunities to actually perform and play regardless of your standard or grade. We have an orchestra, a ‘Big Band’, a training band, several choirs as well as a ‘Rock Night’ and countless other events during the year which in which musicians can perform live.

Our Sixth Form block contains a purpose build Dance studio for students’ lessons. Our Sixth Form block contains a purpose build Dance studio for students’ lessons. The studio is also available for them to practise in after college has finished. We also have regular College musicals in which Sixth Formers are invited to perform, the most recent of which was ‘Joseph and the amazing technicolor Dreamcoat’ which sold out every night. Our performing arts students also put on other events in the college such as fashion shows in order to enhance their technical and organisational skills.

The Orchestra Many of our students who do not chose to pursue Music beyond GCSE still choose to remain part of the Band, orchestra or choir because they enjoy it so much. If you are serious about Music, or just enjoy it as a hobby, English Martyrs Sixth Form College has a lot to offer you.

Drama production

Yanick Gers of Iron Maiden with students

Big Band

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THE ENGLISH MARTYRS SIXTH FORM COLLEGE ENROLMENT - SEPTEMBER 2008 First Name(s):

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please complete the form over the page and return it to: The English Martyrs Sixth Form College, Catcote Road, Hartlepool, TS25 4HA t: 0142 927 3790

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English Martyrs

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