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PROSPECTUS 2020-21 WE ARE

CURIOUS EMPOWERED INSPIRED LOYAL THOUGHTFUL SPONTANEOUS INTROVERTED EXTROVERTED AMBITIOUS INDIVIDUAL UNSTOPPABLE TOGETHER WE ARE RICHARD TAUNTON.


WELCOME TO RICHARD TAUNTON COLLEGE WELCOME TO OUR NEW 2020 PROSPECTUS, WE HOPE YOU WILL FIND IT A USEFUL RESOURCE TO HELP YOU MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ABOUT YOUR NEXT STEPS AFTER SCHOOL AND A GREAT WAY TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES ON OFFER HERE. We understand that the move from school to college can be both exciting and daunting at the same time; so we will help you every step of the way to make sure you choose the right courses, settle in quickly and make new friends.

It’s hard to describe everything that’s good about the college within the pages of this prospectus, so do come to our Open Evenings to meet our staff and hear what our students have to say. When you do, I’m sure you will agree this is a great place to study!

Our students tell us they love our friendly and thriving community and the fact that we offer a wide range of courses to meet everyone’s needs. So we’re sure you’ll find what you’re looking for at Richard Taunton.

We look forward to meeting you.

We are very successful in supporting students to progress onto university and higher apprenticeships and with our many and varied enrichment activities, work-related learning and volunteering opportunities, we can help equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed.

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Dr. Liz Lee Head of College


CONTENTS KEY DATES & APPLICATION PROCESS

STUDY PROGRAMMES

Applying for college

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Selecting the courses that are right for you

Important dates for your diary

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Subject selection quiz

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Choosing the right level of study for you

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WE ARE RICHARD TAUNTON Facts & stats

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Our past students

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Moving from school to college

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COLLEGE LIFE Selecting the college that’s right for you

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What to expect

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Student voice

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Enrichment 13

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COURSE SELECTION A level courses: Level 3

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Vocational courses: Level 3

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Vocational courses: Level 2

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Pre level 2 courses

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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS Key things to know about college 74 A rounded approach to education 75

WE ARE PERFORMERS Performing arts & music at RTSFC

WE ARE EASY TO GET TO 14

WE ARE ATHLETIC Sport at RTSFC

Travelling to college

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FAQ’s 77 16

Course index

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WE ARE SUPPORTIVE Supporting you

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Your support network

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Learning support

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YOUR FUTURE Careers support

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Accelerate your learning

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KEY DATES & APPLICATION PROCESS

APPLYING FOR COLLEGE

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SECURING YOUR PLACE AT RICHARD TAUNTON IS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD

ENROL IN AUGUST

05 ATTEND FRESHERS’ DAY

04 COME TO AN INTERVIEW

03 APPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE TO SECURE YOUR PLACE ON YOUR PREFERRED COURSES

02 DECIDE ON YOUR COURSES

01 ATTEND AN OPEN EVENING

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WHEN TO APPLY Applications for most colleges open in September of your final year at school. Some colleges have earlier deadlines than others, so make sure you do your research and try to get your application in nice and early. You can apply for a place at Richard Taunton from September onwards. We don’t have an official closing date deadline – but you should aim to get your application in before the end of March to ensure that you get invited to the transition events that we run, such as Welcome Evening and Freshers’ Day.


IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE FOLLOWING DATES FREE IN YOUR DIARY SO YOU CAN GET ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED ABOUT STARTING COLLEGE AND MAKING SURE THAT THE COURSES YOU HAVE CHOSEN ARE THE ONES FOR YOU. It is especially important that you keep the enrolment days in August free to ensure you get your first choices (try not to book any holidays during this time!).

WELCOME EVENING Wednesday 22 April 2020 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Online applications can be made via our website. Alternatively you can download and print a paper copy from our website, or grab one at an Open Evening.

To get an insight into what to expect when you start college we offer you and your parents/guardians the chance to talk to your future teachers and support staff to ensure you are fully prepared. The evening will give you the chance to have any questions answered as well as getting some top tips for success in your subjects, revision and coping with exams.

OPEN EVENINGS

FRESHERS’ DAY

Wednesday 25 September 2019 Thursday 28 November 2019 Wednesday 1 July 2020 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Monday 29 June 2019 8.00am - 4.00pm

APPLICATIONS OPEN Monday 16 September 2019

Take a look around the campus, meet the teaching staff and find out all you need to know about the courses on offer.

PRE-ENROLMENT INTERVIEWS Your pre-enrolment interview will usually take place within a few weeks of making your application. You will discuss your course choices, entry requirements and any enrichment options you’d like to take.

Get a real taste of college life at Richard Taunton, try out your chosen subjects, meet new friends and the teaching and support staff.

GCSE RESULTS DAY Thursday 20 August 2020 Our careers team are on hand to talk through any of your concerns and options on the day of your results, just give us a call.

ENROLMENT Friday 21, Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 August 2020 You will receive a letter in advance of your GCSE results inviting you to an enrolment appointment. You can finalise your courses, enrol as a student and become a fully-fledged RTSFC student!

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WE ARE RICHARD TAUNTON RICHARD TAUNTON AT A GLANCE

FACTS AND STATS

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A LEVEL SUBJECTS

30

VOCATIONAL COURSES

1000

STUDENTS

97%

A LEVEL PASS RATE 2019

T0P 3 PERFORMING VOCATIONAL SUBJECTS (2019)

SPORT PERFORMING ARTS LAW 06

99.7% VOCATIONAL PASS RATE 2019

83% A*- B GRADES EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (2019)

T0P 3

68%

SPANISH PHYSICS SOCIOLOGY

LEVEL 3 STUDENTS WENT TO UNIVERSITY IN 2018 (WELL ABOVE THE SOUTHAMPTON AVERAGE!)

PERFORMING A LEVELS (2019)


OUR PAST STUDENTS

AIMEE STEVENS

ROSIE MELLETT

RIA HANLEY

Formerly from Wildern School

Formerly from Cantell School

Achieved an A* in Sociology, two A grades in Psychology and Accounting, and an A* in the Extended Project.

Achieved a triple D* D* D* in the Extended Diploma for Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

Formerly from The Mountbatten School

Aimee is now studying Psychology (with placement) at the University of Reading.

Rosie is now studying Acting at the prestigious Drama School Italia Conti, London.

Achieved D* D* D* in the Extended Diploma for Popular Music, and C in A Level Media Studies Ria is now studying Popular Music at the specialist music conservatoire, Leeds College of Music.

ARSHIA SHEIBATZADEH

MACAULAY TOTTEN

SAIVYDAS TAMKEVICIUS

Formerly from Cantell School

Formerly from Regents Park Community College

Formerly from Upper Shirley High School

Achieved two A* grades in A Level Maths and Physics, and a B in Further Maths

Achieved two A* grades in A Level Italian and Spanish, a B in Chemistry and a C in Maths

Macaulay is now studying Aerospace and Aeronautics at the University of Southampton.

Sai is now studying Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh.

Achieved a D* D D in the Extended Diploma for Business Arshia is now studying Accounting and Finance (with work placement) at the University of Southampton.

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COLLEGE LIFE

MOVING FROM SCHOOL TO COLLEGE THE TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO COLLEGE MAY SOMETIMES SEEM DAUNTING, BUT IT’S AN IMPORTANT PART OF TAKING THE NEXT STEP TOWARDS YOUR INDEPENDENCE AND ULTIMATELY PREPARES YOU FOR EMPLOYMENT, UNIVERSITY OR FURTHER STUDY.

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PLANNING AHEAD To help you with navigating this transition, and to make the move as easy as possible, take a look at the key differences and some top tips for what to think about when planning your next steps.

SUBJECTS STUDIED IN A LOT MORE DEPTH

CALL TEACHERS BY THEIR FIRST NAME

“I CHOSE RICHARD TAUNTON BECAUSE IT’S GOT A GREAT ATMOSPHERE, AND EVERYONE WAS SO WELCOMING AT THE OPEN EVENINGS AND MY TASTER DAYS. I’VE MADE SO MANY NEW FRIENDS, WHICH HAS HELPED ME COME OUT OF MY SHELL A LOT MORE.” Yasmin Ahmed from Cantell School Studying: Business Diploma (Triple)

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COLLEGE LIFE

SELECTING THE COLLEGE THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS WHEN RESEARCHING YOUR CHOICES DO I WANT TO BE ABLE TO WALK TO COLLEGE OR AM I PREPARED TO TRAVEL?

DO ALL LOCAL COLLEGES OFFER THE COURSES THAT I WANT TO TAKE?

DO I WANT TO BE WITH MY FRIENDS OR HAVE A FRESH START AND MAKE SOME NEW ONES AS WELL?

WHAT SORT OF COLLEGE ENVIRONMENT AM I LOOKING FOR?

WHAT OTHER OPPORTUNITIES CAN COLLEGES OFFER ME?

ADVICE FROM OUR STUDENTS U LOOK “MAKE SURE YO EGES” AT ALL THE COLL

“FIND OUT EVERYTHING YOU CAN ABOUT THE COURSES YOU WANT TO DO”

“ATTEND OPEN EVENINGS”

“LOOK AT EVERY LOCAL COLLEGE PROSPECTUS”

“TALK CURRENT TO COLL STUDENT EGE S”

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YOUR JOURNEY

WHAT TO EXPECT COLLEGE IS ABOUT SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST ATTENDING LESSONS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR TIME WITH US IS FULL OF OPPORTUNITIES AND ACTIVITIES THAT WILL HELP YOU TO DEVELOP NEW SKILLS AND MAKE YOU AS ATTRACTIVE TO UNIVERSITIES AND FUTURE EMPLOYERS AS POSSIBLE.

Throughout your journey with us, we will nurture your talents, help you recognise your strengths, and develop your skills in all areas to ensure you are fully prepared for whatever your future plans involve.

LESSONS

WORK EXPERIENCE & VOLUNTEERING

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

EXAMS AND ASSESSMENTS

INDUSTRY WORKSHOPS

SPECIALIST TALKS

CAREERS ADVICE

TRIPS AND EVENTS

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COLLEGE LIFE

STUDENT VOICE GETTING YOUR VOICE HEARD IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF BEING A STUDENT, BOTH IN YOUR LESSONS AND THE WIDER COLLEGE COMMUNITY. As a college we will always try to empower our students to make a change, to voice their views and take ownership of their education by giving feedback. There are many ways in which you can get involved in shaping college life and representing the college through our student voice and ambassador opportunities.

STUDENT UNION Members of the Student Union get involved in a variety of activities from sharing the views of the student body with the college management team, organising charity and social events and supporting student wellbeing initiatives to keeping students upto-date on what’s happening around college. Members also have the opportunity to become a college student governor.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS We are always looking for students to represent the college at events such as Open Evenings, Taster Days and visits to local schools. Each ambassador receives training and can put these new skills into practice throughout the year. Being an ambassador really helps to build your confidence, particularly when it comes to public speaking, and looks great on your UCAS application and CV!

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TUTOR REPS We encourage students to become more involved with college life from the start of their courses. Becoming a Tutor Rep means that you will meet regularly to discuss and represent the views of students within your tutor group, giving feedback on the curriculum and student life in general.

STUDENT VOICE FEEDBACK SURVEY All students are encouraged to complete this survey twice a year. It is an online independent survey, which is benchmarked against 100 other colleges in the country and you can score the college in numerous areas, from teaching and learning to feedback and progress.


ENRICHMENT WE BELIEVE THAT ALL STUDENTS SHOULD TRY OUT AN ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY DURING THEIR TIME AT COLLEGE! GETTING INVOLVED IN AN ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY CAN HELP YOU BUILD YOUR SKILLS SET, PROVIDE YOU WITH NEW EXPERIENCES AND GIVE YOU THE CHANCE TO MEET PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR INTERESTS. Students are encouraged to start up clubs and societies of their own if there isn’t something on the list that appeals to them, and we can help you get these off the ground with support from department staff, support staff and the Student Union. Our timetable is deliberately designed to enable you to take part in these activities. Here’s just a few examples of what you could get involved in:

CREATIVE

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT • Board games club • British sign language • Christian Union • Cipher club • Duke of Edinburgh Award • E-mentors • Geology club • LGBT group • Media club • Social enterprise

• Art club

• STEM ambassadors

• A Cappella

• Student voice

• Choir

• Young Enterprise.

• College magazine

College radio

• College radio

ACTIVE

• Creative writing

• Badminton

• Dance company

• Basketball

• Guitar club

• Boxing

• Jazz band

• Cricket

• Music theory

• Football

• Musical theatre production

• Netball

• Record label

• Rugby

• Rock Challenge

• Table tennis

• Soul band

• Trampolining

• Wind band.

• Volleyball.

Rock Challenge

Duke of Edinburgh Award

*Enrichment offerings vary each year depending on demand and interest.

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WE ARE PERFORMERS

WE ARE

CREATIVE WE ARE RICHARD TAUNTON

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PERFORMING ARTS & MUSIC AT RTSFC OUR VIBRANT AND BUSY PERFORMING ARTS AND MUSIC DEPARTMENTS ARE AN EXCITING PLACE TO BE, AND BOTH HAVE AN EXCELLENT REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE ACROSS THE REGION FOR OUTSTANDING RESULTS AND ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES. STUDIES If you choose to study a Performing Arts or Music subject at Richard Taunton you will benefit from unique opportunities to develop the skills required for your future career. Whether your future lies specifically in performance, or in an associated industry or career, our courses will prepare you in the best possible way. Our industry links and bespoke experiences are what sets us apart, and with links to local and national companies, industry specialists and performers - you will get the best available support to achieve success. Activities and bespoke support for these subjects may include:

There are numerous opportunities for students to get involved, whether you like to perform, direct, conduct or help with stage management, music and lighting or even costume and make-up. There really is something for everyone, and it’s a great way to try something new and gain some skills.

OUR ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE: • A Cappella • Choir • Dance company • Jazz band • Guitar club • Record label

• Performance opportunities in professional venues

• Performing arts company

• Choral concerts

• Rock Challenge

• LAMDA classes

• Music bands.

• Peripatetic music lessons • Mayflower Theatre workshops • Audition and preparation for entry to conservatoires/drama schools/ universities • ABRSM/Rock School grade exams • Bespoke subject and industry tutorials.

PERFORMANCE AND ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES Whether you choose to study a Performing Arts or Music related subject or not, we have enrichment opportunities that are open to all.

Chicago - 2019

• College production

ROCK CHALLENGE For the past two years our Rock Challenge team have been part of the Premier Division, meaning that we compete against the top schools and colleges from across the South Coast. The standard of choreography, production and technical skills and overall concepts mean that we will be once again competing as one of the best in the South Coast in 2020. Come and join a winning team!

RTSFC Pop Band - Safyre Soul

COLLEGE PRODUCTIONS Previous college productions have included: • 2016 Rent • 2017 Carrie • 2018 Sister Act • 2019 Chicago.

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WE ARE ATHLETIC

SPORT AT RTSFC ACADEMY OF SPORT Our Academy of Sport offers you the opportunity to take part in a multitude of team sports and fitness activities alongside your studies. The Academy is fully inclusive and you can get involved in our sports activities regardless of the subjects you are studying. Whether you want to take part in a competitive or recreational sport, build on your fitness, or use the boxing gym and fitness suite for training and conditioning, our facilities and specialist staff will help you achieve your best. Joining a team means you will attend training and conditioning sessions each week and you will play fixtures locally, and sometimes nationally.

ELITE ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIP If you are particularly talented in your sport you may be eligible for extra financial support. Scholarships are available for those competing in a full range of sports, not just those we offer as part of our academy. We can also support you with specific strength and conditioning for your sport and help to put together a tailored health and fitness plan to ensure you make the most of your talent. You would be expected to fulfil an ambassadorial role within the college for sport. This would include attending special college events and competing for the college. You would also be invited to attend the annual meal of the Old Tauntonians’ to meet the sponsors.

TEAM AND RECREATIONAL SPORTS INCLUDE

WHO CAN APPLY?

• Badminton

Applicants should be competing at a county or national level.

• Basketball • Boxing

HOW DO I APPLY?

• Cricket

Fill in the Elite Athlete application form, which can be found on our website or alternatively, pick one up at one of Open Evenings or Enrolment. Applications will then be shortlisted for an interview with the Head of Sport and the Head of College.

• Football • Netball • Rugby • Table tennis • Trampolining • Volleyball.

Boxing

Football

FACILITIES • Tennis courts • Sports hall • Fitness suite • Sports massage • Boxing gym • Grass pitches x2 • Fitness studio space.

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Girls Basketball


WE ARE

#GORHINOS WE ARE RICHARD TAUNTON

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WE ARE SUPPORTIVE

SUPPORTING YOU... HERE AT RICHARD TAUNTON WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON OUR FRIENDLY, SUPPORTIVE AND CARING ENVIRONMENT. ONE WHERE YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS ARE MET, NOT JUST ACADEMICALLY, BUT OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM AS WELL. WHETHER YOU NEED SUPPORT WITH YOUR STUDIES, HEALTH AND WELLBEING, FINANCES, IT OR FUTURE PLANS.

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STUDENT SERVICES

LIBRARY

Here to help with everything from attendance and finance through to health, wellbeing and signposting to different support networks.

The library team are here to help you access the right resources to assist you with your studies. From books, journals and magazines, through to newspapers, DVDs, subject guides and even graphic novels.

IT

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Need to borrow a laptop, use the Mac suites, access the Wi-Fi, or need to solve an IT problem? The IT team can help with all your IT needs.

Find out more about the student bursary, free college meals and any available scholarships.


...WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED.

“THERE’S BEEN LOTS OF GREAT OPPORTUNITIES AND SUPPORT TO HELP ME DECIDE WHICH THE BEST ROUTE IS FOR ME AFTER I FINISH COLLEGE. ‘I’VE ATTENDED TALKS ABOUT UNIVERSITY LIFE, OPEN DAYS AND HAVE HAD ONETO-ONE SUPPORT WITH MY NUFFIELD RESEARCH PLACEMENT APPLICATION. ” Balija Abdi from Cantell School Studying: Chemistry, Economics and Maths

CAREERS Our careers team are here to help you plan your future, with careers interviews, employability skills and focused events to ensure you know your options. They can also help organise work experience and help identify volunteering opportunities.

TUTOR

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Your first port of call for any questions or worries you might have about your studies, college life or personal wellbeing. We’re always here to listen to what you’ve got to say.

Whether you want to get healthy, need support with your mental health or just need some time to talk to someone, we can help point you in the right direction and get you back on track.

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WE ARE SUPPORTIVE

YOUR SUPPORT NETWORK THE STUDENT SERVICES TEAM ARE HERE TO HELP ENSURE YOUR TIME AT COLLEGE GOES AS SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE AND TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION AND SUPPORT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED IN YOUR STUDIES. A dedicated member of the student services team will work with you and your tutor to ensure you get the most from your studies. They will monitor your progress, attendance and behaviour/attitude to learning. We can: • Provide advice on finance and transport • Book appointments with your Director of Learning • Book appointments with wellbeing workers • Confirm absences • Monitor student behaviour.

YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING We want to make sure that you have a happy and healthy time throughout your time at college, so if you need a little extra support or are interested in adopting a healthier lifestyle then we are here to help! Here are just a selection of the services on offer to you: • Relate counsellor • Mental health nurse • Emotional health and wellbeing worker • Drop in sessions with No Limits • A selection of healthy snacks and lunches from our café • Use of our student gym • Opportunities to take part in active enrichment activities.

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YOUR SAFETY

YOUR TUTOR

We have put relevant and effective safeguarding practices in place to make sure that you feel safe and secure both in college and whilst enjoying college-related activities.

You will have a dedicated personal tutor, usually one of your subject teachers, who will provide you with one-to-one care and attention.

We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment or victimisation. We encourage students to raise any concerns they have regarding health, safety and welfare, with our dedicated safeguarding team or online via our Pro Solutions system.

YOUR FINANCES Our bursary scheme is designed to provide financial assistance where limited finances may act as barrier to learning. We can provide help in the form of travel, meal allowance in our café, and the loan of an electronic device. Full details of our eligibility criteria can be found on our website.

TUTORIALS We provide you with excellent academic and pastoral support through our college tutorial system, these tutor sessions are timetabled once per week, on a Tuesday or Thursday. These dedicated sessions will develop your independent study skills, explore a range of personal, social and health topics and encourage discussion on issues such as staying safe online, money management, alcohol and drug awareness and career pathways.

They will support you in the following ways: • Your first point of contact at college • Person you can talk to about any personal or academic support needs • Discuss your attendance and current performance grades • Refer you to other services in college to support your learning, health or financial needs • Guide you through your university, apprenticeship or job applications and write you a reference.

PROGRESS REVIEW DAYS AND PARENTS’ EVENINGS You and your parents will be invited to attend a number of these events throughout the year. You’ll discuss how you’re doing in all subjects with your tutor and subject teachers and also set targets to ensure that you achieve your potential.


WE ARE HAPPY AND HEALTHY

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WE ARE SUPPORTIVE

LEARNING SUPPORT THE LEARNING SUPPORT TEAM OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES AND SPECIALISMS, AND ARE HERE TO GIVE YOU A HELPING HAND THROUGHOUT YOUR STUDIES TO ENSURE YOU REACH YOUR POTENTIAL- BY HELPING YOU TO REFINE YOUR STUDY SKILLS AND IMPROVE YOUR RESULTS. We take extra care in getting to know our students well and tailoring our support accordingly. So whether you need to work on your spelling, punctuation or grammar, need help learning the English language or you just want a quiet place to work, we have a range of options available to you. Students of all levels and abilities can come and take advantage of the support from specialist staff in the ILC (Independent Learning Centre).

UPGRADE Upgrade is tailored support to equip you with the tools you need to succeed in your subjects. The team can work with you to help improve your grades and enhance your learning.

HOW CAN UPGRADE HELP YOU? Some of the ways in which we can help you in your studies include: • Numeracy • Literacy – handwriting, grammar and punctuation • Spelling and dyslexia support • Study skills - planning an essay, note taking, research skills • Time management and organisation • Managing exam anxiety • Academic coaching • Mind mapping • Presentation skills.

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1-TO-1 STUDY SUPPORT We offer 1-to-1 appointments for students to identify areas of development and can create a tailored support plan for you, this bespoke support is designed to help you develop study skills and better understand the content and demands of the courses you study. 1-to-1 sessions in Upgrade are usually between 30-40 minutes each week and usually run for six weeks or until you have reached your targets.

SPECIALIST SUPPORT If you have a special educational need, we have a team of experienced professionals who can plan and deliver support to ensure you get the most out of your studies. Our team of Support Assistants are experienced in working with students with a variety of specific learning difficulties and educational needs, and can provide support and additional tuition, to enable you to excel. We support students with a range of conditions, difficulties and disabilities, and depending on your needs and EHCP requirements, can provide a personalised support programme and classroom support to aid your learning. Support is regularly reviewed and evaluated to ensure it meets your needs and supports progress to independent learning. Exam arrangements are also co-ordinated by the Upgrade team- such as extra time, a reader or a scribe.


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YOUR FUTURE

CAREERS SUPPORT WE HAVE EXCELLENT FACILITIES IN PLACE TO SUPPORT YOU IN THE PLANNING OF YOUR FUTURE CAREER, WHETHER THIS INVOLVES HIGHER EDUCATION, AN APPRENTICESHIP OR EMPLOYMENT. Our focus is always on your destination and ambitions, and this means guiding you towards your long term goal, rather than just what suits you right now.

Doing so shows your commitment and dedication to the subject you are interested in, but also develops those soft skills that you might not get to use during your lessons.

There are a number of ways in which we will help you with planning for your future:

All students studying a pre level 3 programme and those on double/triple vocational courses are required to complete work experience as part of their course.

• 1:1 career advice appointments • Higher education events • Careers and apprenticeship events

EMPLOYABILITY

• Industry guest speaker events

There are many aspects linked to employability and we will offer you a menu of activities to ultimately make you more employable, whether this is to help you secure part time work, a work experience placement or getting that dream apprenticeship. We will run a variety of workshops and events on the following topics;

• Work placements • Training opportunities • Volunteering opportunities • Help sourcing apprenticeships • Trips to universities • Skills development workshops • Links to industry and business and much more.

WORK EXPERIENCE Work experience is an important part of your college experience, and all students should look to undertake some during their time at college. Placements will give you a great insight into the type of career you might be interested in and help you develop the skills needed for employment. Work experience is also imperative for some Higher Education courses. If you are looking to study medicine, health and social care related courses or veterinary science, admissions tutors will look closely to see whether you have undertaken any work experience alongside your course.

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• CV writing • Application writing • Cover letter writing • Job seeking guidance • Interview techniques • Mock interviews.

HIGHER EDUCATION We work closely with local universities (including Southampton, Surrey, Solent, Winchester, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Chichester), as well as ‘Into University’ and the Southern Universities Network project, to help our students from all walks of life achieve their goals.

HELP WITH UCAS APPLICATIONS Help with university applications is available throughout the year and we have an excellent record for supporting student progression to highly selective universities.

HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMER SCHOOLS We actively promote and encourage students to take advantage of the many summer school opportunities offered by businesses and universities. Former students have taken part in the Access to Southampton (A2S) scheme, through the University of Southampton.

APPRENTICESHIPS We can help students who choose not to go to university to secure apprenticeships, by assisting with applications, any tests that applicants have to undertake, as well as practise interviews and help with presentation skills. We have helped students secure places at prestigious companies such as IBM, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Arqiva and Fiander Tovell.


“THE CAREERS TEAM HAVE BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE WHILST I’VE BEEN AT COLLEGE. I’VE HAD ONE-TO-ONE APPOINTMENTS, ATTENDED INDUSTRY SPECIALIST TALKS AND SPOKEN TO EMPLOYERS AT CAREERS FAIRS. THERE’S ALWAYS SO MUCH GOING ON! THE WORK EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR ALSO HELPED ME ORGANISE AND SECURE A PLACEMENT AT AN ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE FIRM, WHICH IS WHAT I HOPE TO GO ON TO DO AFTER COLLEGE.” William Stone from Redbridge Community School Studying: Business Diploma (Triple)

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YOUR FUTURE

ACCELERATE YOUR LEARNING OUR ACCELERATE PROGRAMME IS DESIGNED TO FURTHER DEVELOP THE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND CAPABILITIES OF HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENTS WHO ASPIRE TO GO TO THE MOST SELECTIVE UNIVERSITIES, AND APPLY FOR SOME OF THE MOST COMPETITIVE COURSES, SUCH AS MEDICINE AND VETERINARY SCIENCE. If you intend to apply for some of the most competitive university courses, you will receive dedicated support with your applications, with the opportunity to take part in practice interviews and practice entrance exams to prepare you for those courses which require you to undertake a more rigorous admissions process. You will receive help in securing summer school placements, work shadowing opportunities and the option to complete an extended project qualification, which is highly regarded by universities, and equivalent to half an A Level in UCAS points. You will be expected to develop excellent study habits and broaden your understanding of the political, international and cultural issues of your subjects by undertaking wider reading related to the courses that you are interested in.

THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an independent research project that you can undertake alongside your chosen courses, which will help you to develop the necessary research, presentation and academic writing skills that the best universities look for in their applicants.

As you are able to choose the subject of the EPQ yourself, it is a great way to show your passion for a particular subject area and really delve into areas which may not be covered in your courses. The project can take various different forms, from writing an essay of around 5000 words, undertaking a creative piece of work, designing an app, to directing your own performance piece or running an event. The possibilities to show your skills and passion for a subject area are endless! Throughout the process of your project you will complete a production log to show the different stages of your project and how it evolves. You will also be required to present your findings/research or outcomes through and evaluative presentation once your project is completed. You will be supported by a tutor who can assist with the planning of your project and to help you develop the skills required to complete your project well.

HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE PROJECTS THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE COMPLETED AS PART OF THEIR EPQ: Artefact projects have included: • Writing, directing and producing a performance piece • The design and construction of a flowerpot bell tower • Writing and directing a short film in the style of French New Wave Cinema • Engineering a guitar. Essay projects have included: • Do gut bacteria influence mental health? • A comparison of PTSD after combat and giving birth • Can humans live sustainably on Mars? • The Human impact on the New Forest • Ancient Egyptian burial practices.

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STUDY PROGRAMMES

TOP TIPS Know your strengths

SELECTING THE COURSES THAT ARE RIGHT FOR YOU IF YOU ARE NOT QUITE SURE WHERE TO START WHEN IT COMES TO CHOOSING YOUR COURSES, THERE ARE MANY FACTORS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR POINTERS BELOW AND THE HELPFUL QUIZ TO SEE WHAT KIND OF SUBJECTS MIGHT SUIT YOU. A LEVEL COURSES

VOCATIONAL COURSES

• Academic focus

• More applied/practical

• Predominantly exam based

• Mixed assessment methods

• Three subjects studied

• One to three subjects studied

• Good entry into higher education

• Compulsory work experience

• Required by selective universities.

• Accepted by many universities.

WHY IS CAREER PLANNING IMPORTANT?

Knowing your strengths is a good way to help identify the types of courses that are right for you, and they way in which you like to learn. Why not try the careers planner quiz at www.sacu-student.com Choose subjects that you are good at and enjoy You will always progress and achieve more in subjects that you enjoy and that you are already good at. Try not to be swayed by outside influences and think about what subjects you are currently doing well at in school and the ones you enjoy most. Be clear about what motivates and interests you Try out the quick quiz over the page. It will help to clarify your interests, what motivates you and what matters to you in life such as money, family, status etc.

The time you spend at college is very short in comparison to the whole of your career/working life. So the courses you choose to study at college can have an enormous impact on your future, so we are here to help guide you in the right direction, and to hopefully help you choose the right courses to suit your strengths and that will help you in your future career.

GCSES

UNIVERSITY

CAREER

A LEVELS TIME There are many courses, apprenticeships and careers out there requiring specific subjects for A Level and vocational qualifications. However, there are also others that do not have particular requirements and just want you to do well and achieve. Do make sure you carefully check out the entry requirements on our website before you apply to college.

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STUDY PROGRAMMES TICK TICK ANYTHING ANYTHING YOU YOU ENJOY ENJOY DOING DOING OR OR THINK THINK THAT THAT YOU YOU WOULD WOULD ENJOY ENJOY DOING. DOING.

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B

Helping others

Using tools

Craft and design

Producing music and media

Working outdoors

Time management

Entertaining others

Fashion

Making and fixing things

Creative writing

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D

Meeting new people

Taking on challenges

Problem solving

Resolving conflict

Helping others

Doing calculations

Sharing knowledge

Coding and programming

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Researching and experimenting

Understanding how things work

F Arranging social events

Competing alongside others

Earning money

Campaigning for change

Organising and planning

Entrepreneurship

Experimenting with technology

Understanding past events Details-orientated

Money organisation

HOW MANY TICKS DID YOU GET IN EACH SECTION? Write your scores in the boxes below. Most people have more than one interest so check out any score of three or over.

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MOSTLY A’S

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MOSTLY B’S

ALWAYS ON THE MOVE!

MAKE AND CREATE!

Being practical gives you loads to choose from, for example: Sport, Uniformed Public Services and Media.

Your creative expertise would be great in Media, Music, Fine Art, Textiles, Photography, Graphics, Drama and Performing Arts.

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MOSTLY C’S

MOSTLY D’S

HELPFUL AND FRIENDLY!

QUESTIONING IS KEY!

Enjoying the company of others is perfect for Media, Health and Social Care and Business.

Your keenness to answer questions would be perfect to use in Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and History.

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MOSTLY E’S

MOSTLY F’S

BECOME YOUR OWN BOSS!

PLANNING IS LIFE!

Subjects like Business Studies, Economics, IT, Psychology and Sociology would be great to start building your empire!

Subjects like Business, Media, Law and Economics are built on time management and getting good results!

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT LEVEL OF STUDY FOR YOU. REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TRY OUT A RANGE OF SUBJECTS AT YOUR FRESHERS’ DAY IN THE SUMMER TERM, SO YOU WILL GET AN INSIGHT INTO THE COURSES YOU ARE INTERESTED IN, AND WHETHER THEY ARE THE RIGHT ONES FOR YOU.

You will be able to make course changes right up until enrolment, so don’t panic if you are still deciding up until that point.

LEVEL 3 TWO YEARS OF STUDY

LEVEL 2 THREE YEARS OF STUDY

PRE LEVEL 2 TWO YEARS OF STUDY

On our level three programmes you can take A Level or vocational courses, or a combination of the two. We recommend that you take three A Level subjects or the vocational course equivalents. For example, a triple award vocational course is equivalent to three A Levels so you will only study one subject.

If you do not score four or above in GCSE English and Maths, our level two study programme enables you to achieve these, alongside a vocational pathway, over three years.

Our pre-level two programme is designed to develop the skills you need to be successful in the workplace. You will take a diploma in vocational studies as well as English and Maths courses.

We’ll also talk through and advise you on course selection at your pre-enrolment interview. If you are still not sure what career path you want to pursue then we recommend that you select ‘facilitating subjects’.

These are widely accepted by universities on a majority of courses and include: English Literature, History, Languages, Geography, Maths, Further Maths and the Sciences.

LESS THAN A FOUR IN GCSE ENGLISH & MATHS

LESS THAN A THREE IN GCSE ENGLISH & MATHS

MEET GCSE COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

GCSES & VOCATIONAL COURSES

DIPLOMA

A LEVEL OR VOCATIONAL COURSES OR A COMBINATION

A LEVEL OR VOCATIONAL COURSES OR A COMBINATION

VOCATIONAL COURSES & GCSES

PROGRESSION: HIGHER EDUCATION, APPRENTICESHIP OR EMPLOYMENT

PROGRESSION: HIGHER EDUCATION, APPRENTICESHIP OR EMPLOYMENT

PROGRESSION: FURTHER STUDY, APPRENTICESHIP OR EMPLOYMENT

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COURSE SELECTION

A LEVEL COURSES LEVEL 3

A Level courses are a linear qualification studied over two years and are examined at the end of the two year period. You will usually take three A Levels, or the equivalent of three A Levels if combining with vocational options, as part of your study programme.

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GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR A LEVELS To study A Level courses you need to achieve at least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English Language.


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A LEVEL ACCOUNTING

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A LEVEL ECONOMICS

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A LEVEL MUSIC

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A LEVEL ART & DESIGN: FINE ART

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A LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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A LEVEL PHYSICS

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A LEVEL ART & DESIGN: PHOTOGRAPHY

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A LEVEL ENGLISH LITERATURE

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A LEVEL POLISH

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A LEVEL ART & DESIGN: TEXTILES

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A LEVEL GEOGRAPHY

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A LEVEL PSYCHOLOGY

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A LEVEL BIOLOGY

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A LEVEL HISTORY

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A LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES

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A LEVEL BUSINESS STUDIES

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A LEVEL LAW

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A LEVEL SOCIOLOGY

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A LEVEL CHEMISTRY

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A LEVEL MATHS

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A LEVEL SPANISH

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A LEVEL COMPUTER SCIENCE

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A LEVEL MEDIA STUDIES

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A LEVEL STATISTICS

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ACCOUNTING THROUGHOUT THIS COURSE YOU WILL EXPLORE THE FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT ASPECTS OF ACCOUNTING. Learning how to prepare detailed financial statements for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies and gain insight into how these are used by a variety of stakeholders to assess the performance of their businesses.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Double entry booking and preparation of the trial balance • Financial statements for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies • Use of ratio analysis to interpret business performance • Costing systems such as marginal, absorption, activity based and standard • Budgets such as cash, production, payables, receivables, and labour • Investment appraisal.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including a grade 5 in English Language and Maths.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Accountant, company secretary, investment analyst, forensic accountant, actuarial analyst.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Accounting, Business, Banking & Finance, Finance, Finance Management, Finance Investment & Risk.

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ART & DESIGN:

FINE ART DRAWING, PAINTING AND A DIVERSE RANGE OF MIXED-MEDIA TECHNIQUES ARE CREATIVELY EXPLORED TO AN ADVANCED LEVEL THROUGHOUT THIS TWO YEAR LINEAR COURSE. You’ll develop skills and ideas needed to create original and personal artwork, using first hand experiences and research.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Observation and recording first-hand experiences • Drawing, painting and mixed-media techniques • Artist research and analysis • Preparatory studies: artist research, visual recording, creative experimentation and personal ideas development.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English Language and Art. A suitable portfolio of artwork may be accepted as an alternative to GCSE Art.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Fine artist, illustrator, architect, animator, set-designer, museum/gallery worker and commercial artist.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Art Foundation (pre-degree), Fine Art, Illustration, Architecture, Art History, Interior Design, Animation.


A LEVEL

ART & DESIGN:

ART & DESIGN:

PHOTOGRAPHY

TEXTILES

THIS CREATIVE SUBJECT EXPLORES BOTH THE PRACTICAL AND AESTHETIC ASPECTS OF PHOTOGRAPHY.

TEXTILES IS A HANDS-ON COURSE THAT FOCUSES ON PRINTED, DYED AND CONSTRUCTED TEXTILE DESIGN.

Work will be primarily digital and you will gain experience of working with creative darkroom processes. You will learn from the ideas and techniques of other photographers and develop your own approach to image making.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Camera Skills: Composition, aperture, shutter-speed, ISO, depth of field • Capturing movement

You’ll encounter and work with a variety of media and a wide range of 2-D work that will enable you to build a portfolio of exciting, textile-based art. If you have an interest in colour, pattern, shape, form, texture and decoration then this course will provide an excellent basis from which you can explore and develop your enjoyment of textiles through art, craft and design.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Batik techniques

• Photoshop editing

• Felt making

• Mixed media experimentation

• Tie dye techniques

• Personal thematic project.

• Stitching

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

• Mark making

At least five GCSEs at 5 or above, including English Language and Art.

• Inks and bleach

A suitable portfolio of artwork may be accepted as an alternative to GCSE Art.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

• Weaving mixed media.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

At least five GCSEs at 5 or above, including English Language and Art.

Creative and portrait photographer, stop motion designer, film maker, photography journalist, freelancer and teacher.

A suitable portfolio of artwork may be accepted as an alternative to GCSE Art.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

Art Foundation (pre-degree), Photography, Film, Media, other art related degrees.

Art and design apprentice, buyer, costume designer, theatre designer and interior designer.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Art and Design in Fashion, Textile Design, Interior Design, Interior Decorating, Costume design, Theatre Design.

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MY TEACHER IS PASSIONATE ABOUT BIOLOGY AND EVERY LESSON IS FILLED WITH NEW AND FASCINATING INFORMATION THAT KEEPS EVERYONE ENGAGED AND EXCITED ABOUT THE SUBJECT.”

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Charlotte Huggett from Testwood School Studying: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology

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BIOLOGY

“I ENJOY THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF THE COURSE BECAUSE THE EXPERIMENTS ARE ONES I’VE NEVER DONE BEFORE AND MY LESSONS ARE TAUGHT IN SUCH AN ENGAGING MANNER.


A LEVEL

BIOLOGY

BUSINESS STUDIES

THIS FASCINATING TWO-YEAR COURSE WILL TEACH YOU ALL ABOUT THE SCIENCE OF LIFE.

THIS IS A MODERN, DYNAMIC COURSE, WHICH ENCOURAGES THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF BUSINESS CONCEPTS BY EXPLORING EVENTS IN THE BUSINESS WORLD AND RELATING THESE TO THEORIES AND PRACTICE.

You will gain a greater understanding of the major systems of the human body, explore the interactions of organisms in their environment as well as the principles behind evolution and genetics.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Biological molecules • Cell structure • Exchange with the environment • Genetic information, variation, and relationships between organisms • Energy transfers and metabolic activities • Organism response to changes in environment • Genetics, populations, evolution, and ecosystems.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at 5 or above, including English and Science (Biology or double award) at grade 6 and Maths at grade 5.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Doctor, paramedic, midwife, nurse, physiotherapist, environmentalist, and teacher.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Biology, Medicine, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Physiotherapy, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Midwifery, Teaching.

It will provide you with an introduction to the main elements of business such as marketing, finance, operations and human resources and how these contribute to achieving business objectives.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Enterprise and business function • Stakeholders and external influences • Accounting, human resources, marketing, communication • Operation management • Business strategies and decision making • International trade • Contingency and crisis management.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at 5 or above, including Maths and English Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Accounting, banking, law, central and local government, advertising, marketing.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Business Management, International Studies, International Business, Business and Communications, Business with a major in (either) Marketing, HR, Operations or Finance, Economics, Politics.

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CHEMISTRY

COMPUTER SCIENCE

THIS COURSE FOCUSES ON THE PROPERTIES AND INTERACTIONS OF THE SUBSTANCES THAT FORM THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF MATTER.

COMPUTER SCIENCE IS A PRACTICAL SUBJECT WHERE YOU CAN APPLY THE ACADEMIC PRINCIPLES LEARNED IN THE CLASSROOM TO REAL-WORLD SYSTEMS.

Everything around you involves chemistry in some form or another. It is at the forefront of innovation in so many fields, not least medicine, engineering, and the environment.

In this two year course, you will develop your capacity to think creatively, innovatively, logically and critically. Exploring a broad range of topics, from computing principals and algorithms to problem-solving, systems and programming.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Practical skill development • Foundations in chemistry • Periodic table and energy • Introduction to organic chemistry • Physical chemistry and transition elements

TOPICS INCLUDE • Characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices • Software and software development

• Further organic chemistry and analysis.

• Exchanging data, data types, data structures and algorithms

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

• Elements of computational thinking

At least five GCSEs at 5 or above, including Maths and Science (Chemistry or double award) at grade 6 and English Language at grade 5.

• Programming and problem solving

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

• Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.

Chemist, biochemist, doctor, dentist, vet, chemical engineer, pharmacist, geologist, food scientist, forensic scientist, environmental scientist.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Geology, Food Science, Forensic Science, Environmental Science.

• Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition • Algorithm design and efficiency

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at 5 or above, including English Language, with Maths at grade 6, and either Science (physics or double award) or Computer Science at grade 6.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Programmer, network engineer, database administrator, games developer, interface designer, multimedia programmer, systems analyst, systems developer and tester.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, Software Development, Cyber Security, Animation, Programming, Information Management.

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A LEVEL

ECONOMICS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

A LEVEL ECONOMICS EXPLORES THE MICRO AND MACRO ECONOMY, BOTH ON A NATIONAL AND GLOBAL SCALE.

ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL STUDY SOCIOLINGUISTICS – THE STUDY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN USE TODAY AND IN THE PAST.

It will help you understand how scarce resources are allocated and the challenges governments face in dealing with globalisation, pollution and ageing populations. You will uncover the causes of the major economic crash of 2008 and evaluate whether the decision by the UK to leave the EU is the correct one.

You will investigate many factors, which influence English including social class, gender, ethnicity and regional differences.

TOPICS INCLUDE • The basic economic problem of scarcity • How markets work

You will learn how to describe writing, speech and electronic communication and will analyse newspaper reports, blogs, speeches and the use of slang. There is also the chance to develop your own writing, and investigate an element of language variation, such as how children acquire their language.

• Why markets fail

TOPICS INCLUDE

• The need for government intervention

• Language Variations: social class; regional variation; gender; occupation

• How the macro economy works • How the macro economy performs • The role of government policy • International trade.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at 5 or above, including English Language and Maths.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Economist, accountant, actuarial analyst, data analyst, financial risk analyst, forensic accountant, investment analyst, and statistician.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Economics, Business, Management, Human Resources, Accountancy, Law, Finance, Politics, Economics.

• Textual analysis: speech, texts and electronic • The power of storytelling, persuasion or information • Language variations: ethnicity; global English • Children’s language development (0-11 years) • Language diversity and change.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including at least a Grade 5 in English Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Teacher, journalist, academic researcher, copywriter, editor, lawyer

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Law, English, Sociology, Psychology, Journalism, Creative Writing.

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MY TEACHER ALWAYS GIVES GREAT FEEDBACK, SO THAT I KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO IMPROVE AND REACH MY POTENTIAL, AND THIS HAS HELPED ME SECURE A PLACE ON THE UNIQ SUMMER SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.”

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Milly Dowse from Regents Park Community College Studying: English Language, Biology, Maths and Psychology

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE

“IT’S FASCINATING HOW SUCH SMALL PARTS OF OUR LIVES CAN COMPLETELY CHANGE THE WAY WE SPEAK! I HAVE ENJOYED LEARNING ABOUT LINGUISTIC THEORIES AND HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO WRITE MY OWN ORIGINAL PIECES FOR COURSEWORK.


A LEVEL

ENGLISH LITERATURE

GEOGRAPHY

THIS VARIED AND INTERESTING COURSE INTRODUCES YOU TO A WIDE RANGE OF TEXTS AND TEACHES YOU THE SKILLS OF LITERARY ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION, HELPING YOU TO ENGAGE CREATIVELY AND CRITICALLY WITH LANGUAGE.

IN THIS COURSE YOU WILL STUDY BOTH PHYSICAL AND HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, LEARNING HOW PEOPLES’ LIVES ARE AFFECTED BY THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE, AND EXPLORING THE BIG ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES THAT CHALLENGE OUR FUTURE.

Analysis of poetry from a variety of time periods will allow you to form new ideas, and investigate events and issues to relate more closely to the text. You will study literature from an eclectic range of drama, novels and poetry and will explore a range of different themes; from adultery, duplicity and the meaning of life and love in Shakespeare, to ethical issues in Frankenstein and Never Let Me Go.

You will also get the chance to develop your skills in research and data analysis by participating in at least four days of fieldwork, as well as carrying out an investigation on a topic of your choice. In recent years we have been to Dorset, The New Forest and London as well as coastal studies in Weymouth and Christchurch Bays.

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Water and carbon cycles

• Poetry – Poems of the Decade

• Contemporary urban environments

• Drama and Tragedy – Doctor Faustus

• Changing places

• Science and society: comparisons between Frankenstein and Never Let Me Go

• Global systems

• Poetry – The Great Modern Poets • Drama – Hamlet/Othello.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Global governance • Glacial systems and landscapes.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

At least five GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Literature and English Language.

At least five GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including at least a Grade 5 in English and Maths. A GCSE in Geography is not required.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

Journalist, teacher, human resources, public relations, politics, publishing, editing, TV and film industry, communications, academia and more.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS English Literature, Linguistics, Journalism, History, Politics, Communication Studies, Management, Film Studies.

Senior IT officer, network operations graduate manager, GIS consultant, royal marines officer, geoinformation technology operator, financial advisor.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Demography, International Relations, Law, Environmental Science.

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HISTORY

LAW

THIS TWO YEAR LINEAR COURSE COVERS BOTH MODERN AND EARLY MODERN HISTORY.

DURING THIS COURSE YOU WILL DISCOVER THE WORKINGS OF THE ENGLISH LEGAL SYSTEM, LOOKING AT BOTH THE PROCEDURAL AND SUBSTANTIVE SIDE OF THE LAW.

You will study the crisis of monarchy in Stuart Britain, the rise and fall of Hitler and the Nazi Party and the struggle for African-American civil rights in the USA. History is a specialist academic subject highly respected at universities, leading to a diverse range of careers.

TOPICS INCLUDE • James 1st and Charles 1st and the English Civil War (1603-1649)

You will explore criminal law, including case law and legislation, tort law and human rights law. You will also study the systems and processes which underpin the English legal system such as precedence and how judges interpret statutes.

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Weimar Germany and the Treaty of Versailles (1918-1933)

• The structure of the Welsh and English legal systems

• The rise of Hitler and the Nazi party

• Criminal and civil law

• The struggle for Civil Rights in the USA (1870-1970) - Coursework Unit

• Legal personnel and legal funding

• The Nazi Consolidation of Power, Life in Nazi Germany & WWII (1933-1945)

• Negligence – injury to people and damage to property

• Cromwell & the Protectorate, Charles II, James II and the Glorious Revolution (1649-1702).

• Legal rules, principles, concepts and issues.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English Language. A GCSE in History is not required.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Lawyer, teacher, journalist, company director, business, media professional.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS History, Politics, Ancient History/Classics, English, Journalism.

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• Rules and theory of the law of tort • Human rights law

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English Language and Maths.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Solicitor, barrister, legal executive, police, civil service professional, teacher.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Law, Criminology, Business studies, Accounting, Criminology, History, Sociology.


A LEVEL

MATHS

MEDIA STUDIES

THIS COURSE EMPHASISES HOW MATHEMATICAL IDEAS ARE INTERCONNECTED AND HOW MATHEMATICS CAN BE APPLIED TO MODEL SITUATIONS.

THIS FASCINATING COURSE WILL ENCOURAGE YOU TO QUESTION WHAT YOU SEE, READ AND HEAR AND TO ACQUIRE AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE MEDIA WORKS.

You will learn about mathematical argument, language and proof as well as mathematical problem solving and modelling. Over two years you will cover a wide range of topics, covering pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics.

TOPICS INCLUDE

You will have the opportunity to analyse a range of media forms (including television, music and video games) and engage in key critical debates. You will also develop your own practical media skills by producing and editing your own media content.

• Proof, algebra and functions

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Geometry and trigonometry

• The representation analysis of a range of media including: Tide poster from the 1950s, Kiss of the Vampire movie poster from 1963, WaterAid moving image advert

• Sequences and series • Statistical sampling, distributions and hypothesis testing

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

• The representation and industry analysis of a variety of media including: Formation by Beyoncé music video, Riptide by Vance Joy music video, Woman magazine from August 1964, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Radio Four’s Late Night Woman’s Hour, Zoella, Attitude magazine’s website

At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English Language, and a grade 6 in Maths.

• Industry and audience analysis of Straight Outta Compton and I, Daniel Blake

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

• An Industry analysis of The Daily Mirror’s 2016 American election result edition and The Times’ 2016 American election result edition.

• Probability • Quantities and units in mechanics • Kinematics, moments and forces.

Architect, actuary, accountant, cartographer, data analyst, engineer, financial analyst, investment banker, project manager, quantity surveyor, retail analyst, software engineer, web designer.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Maths, Sciences, Engineering, Finance, Business, Accounting, Statistics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Economics.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at 5 or above, including English Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Journalist, film director, film editor, cameraman, marketing professional.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Media, Communication and Culture, Creative Writing, Communications, Marketing, Media Production, Journalism.

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LAW

“LAW IS SUCH A CHALLENGING AND INTERESTING SUBJECT AND I’M LEARNING SO MANY NEW THINGS! MY TEACHER CONSISTENTLY PUSHES ME TO DO MY BEST AND IS ALWAYS THERE TO SUPPORT ME, HELPING ME TO GAIN A GREATER AND MORE IN-DEPTH UNDERSTANDING OF THE SUBJECT. ”

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Lucy Mansbridge from Bitterne Park School Studying: Law, Biology and Criminology

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A LEVEL

MUSIC

PHYSICS

THIS ACADEMIC COURSE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A RICH VARIETY OF OPPORTUNITIES, FROM WORKSHOPS WITH PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS AND PROFESSIONAL COMPOSERS, TO PERFORMING IN A VARIETY OF CONCERTS.

PHYSICS DELVES DEEP INTO THE FUNDAMENTAL NATURE OF THE UNIVERSE AND LOOKS AT HOW WE CAN EXPLAIN AND MATHEMATICALLY MODEL THE MYRIAD PHENOMENA THAT EXIST IN NATURE.

You’ll develop performance, composition, score reading and analysis skills and will explore various genres of music. You’ll also have the chance to visit conservatoire open days and attend concerts.

TOPICS INCLUDE

Spanning the behaviour of sub-atomic particles right up to understanding the entire universe, physics tackles the underlying nature of everything. It also examines how such understandings are used in the development and application of technologies in a wide range of fields from electronics to power generation and much more.

• Development of performance skills (including 1 hour per week instrumental tuition and mock recital)

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Composition techniques (using industry standard macs and software)

• Waves, interference, light and sound

• Historical analysis of musical styles including: western classical music 1750-1900, twentieth century art music and jazz

• Electric charge and electric circuits

• Developing listening/understanding skills.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS • At least five GCSEs at 5 and above, including English Language • Music audition (instrument or vocal need to be at grade 5 standard) • Ability to read music.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

• Forces and motion • Quantum theory and the photon model of light • Medical physics • Particle physics • Electric, gravitational and magnetic fields • Astrophysics and cosmology.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at 5 or above, including Maths and Science (Physics or double award) at grade 6 and English at grade 5.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS

Engineering, medical physicist, financial analyst, computer scientist, environmental scientist, materials scientist, industrial researcher, product designer, research technician, meteorologist.

Music, Music Technology, Music Therapy, Performing Arts.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS

Music teacher, performer, composer, musical director/ conductor, music therapist.

Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Radiography, Architecture, Medicine, Science (pure, materials, medical, computer and environmental).

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POLISH

PSYCHOLOGY

DURING THE COURSE YOU WILL STUDY HOW POLISH-SPEAKING SOCIETY HAS BEEN SHAPED SOCIALLY AND CULTURALLY AND HOW IT CONTINUES TO CHANGE.

PSYCHOLOGY IS THE SCIENCE OF MIND AND BEHAVIOUR, AND THIS COURSE TAKES A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO LEARNING KEY RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY.

You will study and analyse aspects of the political landscape and the artistic culture past and present in Poland. Students will also study one book (Panny z Wilka; Brzezina by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz) and one film (Przypadek, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski ) as well as research one of a choice of topics.

It will teach you how to conduct psychological research, analyse data and formulate conclusions as well as applying psychological theories to real life. You will also have the opportunity to attend the Behind Bars conference, Marwell Zoo, University Taster days and Psychology Live at Disneyland.

TOPICS INCLUDE

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Social issues and trends

• Research methods

• Family and education

• Social psychology – Obedience and whistleblowing

• Festivals and traditions

• Biological psychology – How the brain functions

• Social diversity and mobility in Poland

• Developmental psychology – How children learn

• Impact of emigration on Polish society

• Cognitive psychology – Memory for events and context

• Polish cultural life

• Individual differences – Disorders

• Political life in Poland past and present.

• Issues in mental health – The historical context of mental health and diagnosis

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS • At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English Language

• Child psychology • Environmental psychology.

• To speak and write Polish fluently.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including Maths, Science and English Language.

Interpreter, translator, teacher, journalist, foreign civil service, international aid/development worker, marketing, advertising, editing and publishing, subtitles and voice-overs, import/export specialist, interpreter/ translator, hotel management, tour management.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Polish Studies, Modern Languages, Intercultural Communication, International Business, Linguistics.

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POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Health and social care professions, educational and occupational psychology, teaching and research, counselling and clinical psychology, and health or sport psychology.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Psychology, Criminology, Law, Social Science, Sociology, Education, Nursing, Social Work.


A LEVEL

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

SOCIOLOGY

THIS INTERESTING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING COURSE OFFERS INSIGHT INTO A RANGE OF DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS, PHILOSOPHICAL AND ETHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD.

THIS TWO YEAR LINEAR COURSE INVOLVES THE STUDY OF HUMAN SOCIETY, CULTURE AND RELATIONSHIPS.

You will study the philosophy of religion, religion and ethics, different cultures and belief systems, and developments in Buddhist thought. You will also explore the idea of soul, mind and body and ideas of conscience.

Sociology encourages you to question what happens in society and search for explanations of what influences our behaviour and why. Studying sociology allows you to examine current affairs, how society works and the people within it.

TOPICS INCLUDE

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Socialisation, culture and identity and the media

• Ancient philosophical influences, ideas of soul, mind and body

• Researching and understanding social inequalities: social class and gender.

• God and the world; arguments for his existence

• Researching and understanding social inequalities: Ethnicity and age

• Religious approaches to ethics • Kantian ethics, business ethics, utilitarianism and euthanasia • Buddhism: Buddha, rebirth, existence, four noble truths and meditation • Religious language • How religious language has changed over time • Ideas of conscience, theological and psychological approaches • Sexual ethics, homosexuality and modern and traditional approaches • Different schools of Buddhism.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

• Debates in contemporary society • Globalisation and the digital social world and education.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Police force, healthcare professional, social work, teaching, legal services and public relations.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Nursing, Law, Social Work, Public Relations, Politics, Economics.

At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Teacher, social worker, politician, journalist.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, Theology, History, Politics, Law, Anthropology, Sociology.

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THE SUPPORT I’VE HAD FROM MY TEACHER HAS BEEN A GREAT HELP IN SECURING A SUMMER SCHOOL PLACE AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY TO FURTHER MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE SUBJECT. ”

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Carrie James from The Romsey School Studying: Maths, Geography, Physics and Psychology

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MATHS

“I CHOOSE TO STUDY MATHS BECAUSE I LIKE HOW PRECISE IT IS AND HOW USEFUL IT CAN BE IN MY OTHER SUBJECTS. IT’S A CHALLENGING COURSE AND YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO WORK HARD OUTSIDE OF YOUR LESSONS, BUT IF YOU LOVE MATHS - THEN THIS WON’T DAUNT YOU!


A LEVEL

SPANISH

STATISTICS

THIS COURSE IS OFFERED AS AN AS QUALIFICATION (ONE YEAR OF STUDY) OR AN A LEVEL QUALIFICATION (TWO YEAR LINEAR COURSE).

USING AND UNDERSTANDING DATA IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT IN MANY AREAS OF STUDY AND EMPLOYMENT.

You will learn about the concerns which affect people’s lives in Spanish speaking countries and have the opportunity to study a Spanish film and a literary text. The course will help you to develop your fluency and understanding of the language.

Understanding of statistics is a crucial skill, and this course aims to give you the tools needed to help you prepare for higher education and the workplace. A Level Statistics is the natural progression route from those who have studied GCSE Maths and wish to take their studies further, but do not want the algebraic rigour of pure A Level Maths.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Modern and traditional values • Equal rights for women and LGBT groups in Spain and Latin America

TOPICS INCLUDE • Numerical measures, graphs and diagrams

• Hispanic regional identity (Holy Week, bullfighting, food, dialects, architecture, music)

• Probability including Bayes’ theorem

• Immigration, integration and combating racism

• Distributions including binomial, normal, exponential and poisson distribution

• Issues affecting youth in Spain, including the culture of fame • Monarchies and dictatorships • Social movements (trade unions and social protests).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including grade 6 in English Language and a Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Interpreter, translator, teacher, journalist, foreign civil service, international aid/development worker, marketing, advertising, editing and publishing, subtitles and voiceovers, import/export specialist, interpreter/translator, hotel management, tour management.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Modern Languages, Spanish/Modern Languages, Intercultural Communication, International Business, Linguistics, Translation Studies, Applied Languages, International Relations, Speech & Language Sciences.

• Population and samples

• Correlation and linear regression • Hypothesis testing, significance testing, confidence intervals and power • Statistical enquiry cycle (initial planning, data collection, data processing and presentation, interpretation of results and evaluation and review).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including GCSE Maths and English Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Accountant, data analyst, financial analyst, investment banker, project manager, quantity surveyor, retail analyst, statistician.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Statistics, Biology, Psychology, Business.

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COURSE SELECTION

VOCATIONAL COURSES LEVEL 3

We offer three variations of Level 3 vocational course, which are all studied over two years. They are categorised by single, double and triple award and can be combined with A Level courses.

You will study the equivalent of three A Level courses. This means that you could study three subjects, two subjects or one subject depending on the type of award you choose to study.

COURSE OPTIONS SINGLE AWARD EQUIVALENT TO ONE A LEVEL QUALIFICATION DOUBLE AWARD EQUIVALENT TO TWO A LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS TRIPLE AWARD EQUIVALENT TO THREE A LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS

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SINGLE AWARD ACTING

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SINGLE AWARD HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

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DOUBLE AWARD POPULAR MUSIC

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SINGLE AWARD APPLIED LAW

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TRIPLE AWARD HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

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TRIPLE AWARD SPORT

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SINGLE AWARD APPLIED SCIENCE

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DOUBLE AWARD INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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SINGLE AWARD SPORT SCIENCE

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SINGLE AWARD BUSINESS

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SINGLE AWARD INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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DOUBLE AWARD SPORT COACHING

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TRIPLE AWARD BUSINESS

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SINGLE AWARD MUSIC

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TRIPLE AWARD UNIFORMED PUBLIC SERVICES

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SINGLE AWARD CRIMINOLOGY

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SINGLE AWARD MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

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SINGLE AWARD DANCE

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DOUBLE AWARD PERFORMING ARTS MUSICAL THEATRE

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SINGLE AWARD DIGITAL MEDIA

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TRIPLE AWARD PERFORMING ARTS MUSICAL THEATRE

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SINGLE AWARD

SINGLE AWARD

ACTING

APPLIED LAW

YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT VARIOUS ACTING STYLES AND PRACTITIONERS, DEVISE EXCITING PIECES OF THEATRE AND REHEARSE AND PERFORM CONTEMPORARY AND CLASSICAL PLAY TEXTS FOR AUDIENCES.

THIS COURSE COVERS THE WORKINGS OF THE CIVIL COURT SYSTEM AND NEGLIGENCE AS WELL AS ASPECTS OF CRIMINAL LAW SUCH AS NON-FATAL OFFENCES AND SENTENCING.

There is a particular focus on naturalistic acting and physical theatre and you will develop skills related to these styles of theatre, such as text analysis, acting with emotional truth, developing believable characters, using movement and non-verbal communication creatively to explore themes and character relationships.

You will have an opportunity to apply the legal concepts you learn in both a practical way through coursework and develop skills such as analysis, case research and independent thinking. You are also encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Civil dispute resolution

• Acting styles (naturalism, physical theatre, epic theatre)

• Civil legal funding

• Group workshop performance (devising theatre)

• Legal doctrine of precedent in the court hierarchy

• Investigating practitioners’ work

• Law of negligence

• Developing skills and techniques for live performance.

• How laws are made and interpreted

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

• How legislation is made outside of Parliament

At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.

• Fatal and non-fatal offences

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

• Police powers

Performer, teacher, drama therapist and entertainer, cruise ship entertainer, stage manager, director.

• Tort - negligence and how damages are calculated • Occupier’s liability and nuisance.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Drama Studies, Acting, Performing Arts, Street Arts, Devising, Directing, Arts Management.

At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Offences against property (theft, robbery, burglary etc.)

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Solicitor, legal executive, paralegal work, police, local authority, health and safety, customs, inland revenue, banking, insurance, court service.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Law, Law and Criminology, Business Studies, Sociology, History, Politics.

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VOCATIONAL LEVEL 3

SINGLE AWARD

SINGLE AWARD

APPLIED SCIENCE

BUSINESS

APPLIED SCIENCE WILL INTRODUCE YOU TO THE PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF SCIENCE, BY STUDYING A COMBINATION OF BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS.

BTEC BUSINESS STUDIES CONSIDERS REAL-LIFE BUSINESSES AND THE WAY IN WHICH ACCEPTED BUSINESS THEORY RELATES TO THEIR OPERATION.

The course will expand your knowledge of scientific procedures and techniques and give you a good understanding of biological molecules and metabolic pathways. You will learn how to perform experiments, analyse data and draw conclusions.

By studying the theory and applying it to the real world you will be able to better understand how decisions are made and can then make informed judgements and conclusions. You will acquire a range of skills including decision-making and problem-solving throughout your time on the course.

TOPICS INCLUDE

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Business structure and environment

• Analytical chemistry

• Achieving success in business

• Basic chemical reactions

• Developing a marketing campaign

• Cell structure and function

• Personal and business finance

• Waves

• Recruitment and selection process

• Scientific investigation skills

• Investigating customer service

• The musculoskeletal system

• Market research.

• The lymphatic system • The digestive system.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, Maths and a science.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS A wide range of different careers are available as the subject covers all three sciences. This qualification is most suitable for students wishing to go into healthcare, physiotherapy or a sports science.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at 4 and above, including English Language and Maths.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Entrepreneur, business owner, business administration officer, marketing officer, sales and advertising executive, recruitment consultant, accountant.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Business and Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Public Relations, International Business Management, Human Resources, Business.

Nursing, Physiotherapy or other healthcare related subjects.

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BY LEARNING ABOUT IMPORTANT AND THOUGHTPROVOKING TOPICS, FROM HATE CRIME THROUGH TO TERRORISM, I CAN NOW TALK TO ANYONE WITH CONFIDENCE AND EASE ABOUT MY VIEWS AND WHAT I HAVE LEARNT. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING THINGS! ”

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Bogdana Matrenciuc from International School Studying: Criminology, Business Studies and Psychology

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CRIMINOLOGY

“CRIMINOLOGY CHANGES YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON HUMAN BEHAVIOUR AND CRIME, AND IT’S INTERESTING TO LEARN ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CRIME AND ITS EFFECTS ON PEOPLE.


VOCATIONAL LEVEL 3

TRIPLE AWARD

SINGLE AWARD

BUSINESS

CRIMINOLOGY

THIS TWO YEAR VOCATIONAL COURSE PROVIDES A GOOD INTRODUCTION TO A RANGE OF BUSINESS DISCIPLINES, INCLUDING MARKETING AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, FINANCE AND PROJECT PLANNING.

THIS COURSE EXPLORES THE THEORETICAL STUDY OF CRIMINALITY AND ANALYSIS OF CRIMINAL SITUATIONS.

You will gain a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. You will also develop an awareness of the current structure of business and business practice. You will also undertake course-related work experience.

Why do people commit crimes? What are their motivations? Can you predict criminal behaviour? This course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the causes of criminality and the role of the Criminal Justice System. You will study theories of criminality, apply them to real life cases and use theory to understand how changes can be made in criminal law and social policy.

TOPICS INCLUDE

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Developing a marketing campaign

• Impact of media on crime

• Personal and business finance

• Methods of collecting information about crime

• Managing an event

• Develop a crime change awareness campaign

• Investigating customer service

• Criminological theories and social policy

• Visual merchandising

• Crime scene investigation techniques

• International business

• Verdicts in criminal cases and court processes

• Principles of management

• Social control and law-making processes

• Decision making in business

• Models of justice and aims of punishment.

• Team building, recruitment and selection • Pitching a small business.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English Language and Maths.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Entrepreneur, business owner, business administration officer, marketing officer, sales and advertising executive, recruitment consultant, accountant.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Police force, forensic services, social worker, lawyer and criminologist.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Law, Sociology, Applied Science, Criminology, History, Politics and Public Services.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Business and Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Public Relations, International Business Management, Human Resources, Business.

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SINGLE AWARD

SINGLE AWARD

DANCE

DIGITAL MEDIA

THIS VOCATIONAL COURSE INVOLVES A COMBINATION OF PRACTICAL AND WRITTEN WORK, COVERING SKILLS TO DEVELOP CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUE, CHOREOGRAPHIC SKILLS, ANALYSIS OF DANCE AND THE DANCER IN ACTION.

THIS TWO YEAR VOCATIONAL COURSE IS BASED ON REALISTIC WORKPLACE SITUATIONS, ACTIVITIES AND DEMANDS.

There will be continuous coursework-based and practical assessments throughout the course, and it will include performing in numerous opportunities such as Rock Challenge, End of Year Production and a Dance Showcase.

You will develop an understanding of the media industry through analysing media representations and pitching and also by producing media projects. You will be assessed by an equal weighting of coursework and examination across both years and in addition, are encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

TOPICS INCLUDE

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Contemporary dance technique

• Media products and audiences

• Group performance workshop

• Create a media product

• Choreographic skills

• Scripting for media products

• Group choreography & rock challenge

• Pre-production and planning

• Developing skills & techniques for live performance

• Create the use of sound in media

• Investigating practitioners work

• Create a media profile.

• Dance history, learning professional dance repertoire.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Performer, dancer, teacher, arts administrator and dance therapist, choreographer, dance school instructor.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Dance, Creative Arts, Street Arts, Performance Arts, Choreography, Musical Theatre.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at 4 or above, including English Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Journalist, radio presenter, foley artist, scriptwriter, sound engineer, web designer.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Media Studies, Media and Journalism, Radio Production, Digital Film, Moving Image, Broadcast Journalism, Television & Broadcasting.


VOCATIONAL LEVEL 3

SINGLE AWARD

TRIPLE AWARD

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

THIS TWO YEAR COURSE EXPLORES MANY ASPECTS OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE INCLUDING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, PHYSIOLOGICAL DISORDERS AND MEETING INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.

THIS COURSE EXPLORES A VARIETY OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TOPICS, INCLUDING ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY, CARING FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEMENTIA, CHILDREN’S SUPPORT NEEDS AND MENTAL HEALTH.

This course is designed to give a theoretical understanding of the health and social care sector by exploring themes such as causes of disease, additional needs and the role of professionals.

You will also gain work experience in the health and care sector by undertaking regular placements.

TOPICS INCLUDE

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Principles of safe practice

• Human Development

• Supporting individuals with additional needs

• Meeting Individual Care Needs

• Anatomy and physiology

• Working in Health and Social Care

• Research in the health and care sector

• Physiological Disorder.

• Public health

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

• Caring for individuals with dementia

At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, Maths and a science (Single or Double Award)

• Assessing children’s developmental support needs

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Nurse, social worker, occupational therapy, paramedic science, care worker, youth worker, amongst many health related vocations.

At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, Maths and a science.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS

This qualification can lead to nursing, midwifery, social worker, occupational therapy, paramedic science, care worker, youth worker, amongst many other health related vocations.

Options typically include- Nursing, Social Work, Childhood Studies, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science, Youth Studies.

• Understanding mental wellbeing.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Options typically include- Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Childhood Studies, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science, Youth Studies.

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Michael Collett from Redbridge Community School. Studying: IT and Business Studies.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

“THE COURSE IS SO VARIED AND WE LEARN ABOUT SO MANY DIFFERENT AREAS OF TECHN0LOGY. SO MUCH OF WHAT WE DO CAN BE RELATED TO REAL LIFE SITUATIONS, AND YOU CAN REALLY BUILD UP YOUR SKILLS AND FEEL PREPARED FOR WHATEVER COMES NEXT, WHETHER THAT’S EMPLOYMENT OR UNIVERSITY AND YOU CAN HAVE FUN DOING IT! ”


VOCATIONAL LEVEL 3

SINGLE AWARD

DOUBLE AWARD

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

THIS COURSE CONSISTS OF CORE UNITS TO GIVE YOU A GENERAL FOUNDATION OF IT THEORY AND SPECIALIST UNITS TO ALLOW YOU TO EXPLORE PARTICULAR TOPICS IN DEPTH.

YOU WILL EXPLORE A VARIETY OF IT TOPICS RANGING FROM THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE, TO MANAGING AND PROCESSING DATA AND USING IT TO COMMUNICATE AND SHARE INFORMATION.

You will develop your IT skills, knowledge and understanding in ways that are relevant to employment situations, thereby enhancing your chances of employability and higher education if appropriate.

Specialist units will allow you to explore particular topics in depth and you will develop employability and transferable skills that will prepare you for progression to university or employment. In addition, you will also be required to secure and undertake work experience.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Creating systems to manage information

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Using social media in business

• Information technology systems - exam

• Information technology systems

• Creating systems to manage information

• Website development.

• Using social media in business

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Software developer, web/content developer, mobile apps designer, games designer, programmer and IT/business analysis support.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Business Information and Technology, Digital Technology Solutions, Computer Games Technology, Creative Technology, Information Technology Management for Business, Computing Forensics, Computer Networks & Security.

• Programming • Data modelling • Website development • IT project management • Cyber security and incident management.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Software developer, web/content developer, mobile apps designer, games designer, programmer and IT/business analysis support.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Business Information and Technology, Digital Technology Solutions, Computer Games Technology, Creative Technology, Information Technology Management for Business, Computing Forensics, Computer Networks & Security.

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SINGLE AWARD

SINGLE AWARD

MUSIC

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

THIS VOCATIONAL COURSE WILL DEVELOP YOUR PERFORMING SKILLS AS A SOLOIST AND AS A MEMBER OF AN ENSEMBLE.

WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF AFFORDABLE RECORDING TECHNOLOGY, THE TRADITIONAL CAREER PATH OF WORKING FULL-TIME IN A RECORDING STUDIO IS BEING REPLACED BY A MULTI-INCOME STREAM APPROACH.

You’ll learn about how to begin your career as a professional musician, the history of Rock & Pop music, and will build on your notation, listening and composition skills. In addition, you’ll take part in live performances both in and out of college.

TOPICS INCLUDE

To carve a career in the music industry you need to be able to record, compose, create sound design, remix, produce, working collaboratively with other music creators. This twoyear vocational course will give you the skills and knowledge to work in the music industry.

• Practical music theory and harmony

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Professional practice in the music industry

• DAW production using Logic

• Ensemble music performance

• Multitrack studio recording techniques

• Solo performance.

• Remixing

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English Language and Maths. Music audition – demonstrate a good skill and repertoire on your instrument or vocal performance.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

• Music and sound for media • DAW mixing and mastering techniques • Commercial music production.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English Language. Grade 5 Music Theory is useful but not essential.

Session musician, singer, band member, songwriter, music promoter.

All students will be auditioned and given a chance to play examples of their recordings or sequences.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

Music Performance, Music Production, Music Promotion, Music Management.

Junior music producer or engineer, remixer, junior sound designer, music studio assistant, sound engineer, film/TV composer.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Music Technology and Production, Digital Music, Sound Arts, Music and Sound Production, Sound (for film and media).

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VOCATIONAL LEVEL 3

DOUBLE AWARD

TRIPLE AWARD

PERFORMING ARTS MUSICAL THEATRE

PERFORMING ARTS MUSICAL THEATRE

THIS EXCITING AND PRACTICAL COURSE IS FOR STUDENTS WITH A PARTICULAR INTEREST AND COMMITMENT TO THE PERFORMING ARTS.

THIS TWO YEAR VOCATIONAL COURSE WILL DEVELOP YOUR TECHNICAL AND EXPRESSIVE SKILLS IN A VARIETY OF AREAS.

On this course you will have the option to take either an Acting or Dance focus alongside the usual Musical Theatre units. The course involves a combination of practical and written work, covering the skills involved in acting, dancing and singing. There will be continuous coursework-based and practical assessments throughout the course.

You will have opportunities to perform to live audiences throughout the course, and the opportunity to attend workshops with industry practitioners. The course involves a combination of practical and written work and there will be coursework-based and practical assessments throughout the course, which will include an end of year production.

TOPICS INCLUDE

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Musical theatre techniques

• Musical theatre techniques

• Singing skills for performers

• Singing skills for performers

• Acting styles (acting pathway)

• Acting styles

• Contemporary dance technique (dance pathway)

• Jazz dance

• Final live performance to an audience

• Final live performance to an audience

• Investigating practitioner’s work

• Investigating practitioner’s work

• Individual performance commission.

• Individual performance commission

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Dance/performing arts teacher, performer, arts administrator, entertainer, theatre technician and drama therapist, choir leader.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Many students have progressed to prestigious dance and drama schools including Urdang Academy, Trinity Laban and Bird College as well as universities to study Acting, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts, Vocal Studies.

• Employment opportunities in the performing arts.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Dance/performing arts teacher, performer, arts administrator, entertainer, theatre technician and drama therapist, choir leader.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Many students have progressed to prestigious dance and drama schools including Urdang Academy, Trinity Laban and Bird College as well as universities to study Acting, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts, Vocal Studies.

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THERE IS SUCH A HIGH LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM THAT PREPARES STUDENTS FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRY, AND THE TEACHERS PUSH US TO OUR LIMITS AND ALLOW US TO EXPLORE OUR ABILITIES IN A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SPACE.”

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Jordan Cambridge-Taylor from Testwood School Studying: Musical Theatre

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MUSICAL THEATRE

“IF YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT PERFORMING OR MUSICAL THEATRE, THEN YOU SHOULD 100% DO THIS COURSE. THE COURSE HAS GIVEN ME THE PERFECT OUTLET TO EXPLORE MY POTENTIAL AS A PERFORMER AND MY CONFIDENCE AND TECHNIQUE HAS IMPROVED MASSIVELY BECAUSE OF THIS.


VOCATIONAL LEVEL 3

DOUBLE AWARD

TRIPLE AWARD

POPULAR MUSIC

SPORT

YOU WILL BE TAUGHT ALL ABOUT MUSIC PERFORMANCE, THE MUSIC BUSINESS, MUSIC THEORY AND THE EVOLUTION OF POPULAR MUSIC AND WE WILL HELP YOU TO BUILD YOUR PRACTICAL MUSICIANSHIP, DEVELOP YOUR PERFORMANCE AND CRITICAL LISTENING SKILLS.

THIS TWO YEAR VOCATIONAL COURSE INVOLVES A COMBINATION OF ACADEMIC STUDY AND PRACTICAL SPORT (TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL), WHICH WILL EQUIP YOU WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO PURSUE A CAREER IN THE SPORTS INDUSTRY.

You will be provided with a detailed insight into the many opportunities open to you when you start your career in music and are encouraged to play in a range of bands in college and in music venues.

By studying a wide variety of topics, you will gain knowledge and confidence in a range of areas and will also explore the physiological and psychological aspects of sport. You will also be required to undertake course-related work experience.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Styles and genres throughout the history of pop

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Instrumental and singing techniques

• How the body functions and responds to exercise

• Working in the performing arts sector

• Sports injuries and rehabilitation

• Planning to deliver a performance – to a brief

• Sports coaching and fitness testing

• Song writing and creating music to perform

• Technical and tactical sports skills

• Arts administration.

• Social and cultural issues that affect sport

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.

• Planning and leading sports activities and events • Sports nutrition and sports massage • Sports analysis and psychology of sport.

You will be required to attend an audition (performance of a piece in any pop style: pop, funk, soul reggae, indie, rock).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

Freelance musician, show producer, musical director, venue manager, promoter, artist & repertoire, composer/publisher.

Coach, teacher, personal trainer, massage therapist, sports data analyst, nutritionist.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS

Popular Music, Music, Community Music, Music Production, Music Journalism, Music Business, Music for the Creative Industries, Music Performance, Music Marketing & Communication.

Sports Science, Sports Therapy, Sport and Recreational Management, Sports Psychology, Football Studies.

At least five GCSE’s at grade 4 or above, including English Language.

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SINGLE AWARD

DOUBLE AWARD

SPORTS SCIENCE

SPORTS COACHING SAINTS FOUNDATION ACADEMY

THIS TWO YEAR COURSE COVERS EVERYTHING FROM ANATOMY AND NUTRITION TO PHYSIOLOGY AND FITNESS TRAINING. You’ll gain practical experience in sports science related disciplines such as sports massage, fitness testing and psychological profiling. You will also undertake professional work experience in sports science laboratories at local universities.

THIS EXCITING AND SKILLS DRIVEN VOCATIONAL COURSE INVOLVES A COMBINATION OF ACADEMIC STUDY AND PRACTICAL SPORT TO EQUIP YOU FOR WORKING IN A TEACHING OR COACHING INDUSTRY.

• Anatomy for sport and exercise

The course is currently run in partnership with Saints Foundation and gives you work experience within the foundation. You will also undertake the FA Level 1 Coaching in Football Certificate as well as the Level 2 Multi Skills Award.

• Sport and exercise physiology

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Sport and exercise psychology

• How the body functions and responds to exercise

• Sport and exercise massage

• Fitness testing

• Sports nutrition

• Plan and deliver a six week training programme

• Fitness testing and training

• Sports coaching

• Completion of L2 Gym Instructor in year 2.

• Social and cultural issues that affect sport

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

• Practical team sports

At least five GCSE’s at grade 4 or above, including Maths, English Language and a science.

• Sports nutrition and sports massage

TOPICS INCLUDE

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

• Planning and leading sports activities • Sports event management at a local school

Coach, teacher, personal trainer, massage therapist, physiotherapist, fitness instructor.

• Sports analysis.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS

At least five GCSE’s at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language.

Sports Science, Sports Therapy, Sport and Recreational Management, Sports Psychology, Football Studies.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Coach, teacher, personal trainer, massage therapist, sports data analyst, nutritionist.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Sports Science, Sports Therapy, Sport and Recreational Management, Sports Psychology, Football Studies.

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VOCATIONAL LEVEL 3

TRIPLE AWARD

UNIFORMED PUBLIC SERVICES THIS TWO YEAR VOCATIONAL COURSE WILL TEACH YOU THE BASIC SKILLS REQUIRED OF A PERSON WORKING IN THE UNIFORMED PUBLIC SERVICES. You will participate in a number of adventurous activities such as climbing and canoeing as well as an overnight camping expedition. In addition, there will be a range of outside speakers and trips to the different public services in order to gain knowledge first-hand experience. You will also be required to undertake course-related work experience.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Government, policies and the public services • Discipline, leadership and teamwork • Citizenship, diversity and the public services • Skills for land and water-based adventures • Crime and its effects on society • Designing training programmes • Physical preparation, health and lifestyle • Overnight camping expedition • Land-based activities and personal training sessions • Command structure in the uniformed services • Planning and management of major incidents • Land navigation by map and compass.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least five GCSE’s at grade 4 or above, including English Language.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Army, Navy, Air Force, police officer, fire fighter, paramedic and prison officer.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Management, Business, Public Services, Criminology, Policing.

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COURSE SELECTION

VOCATIONAL COURSES LEVEL 2

These courses are studied in the first year of a three year programme. These courses give you an introduction to a specific subject area and students are required to study any necessary repeats of Maths or English GCSEs alongside.

You will develop your study skills and subject specific knowledge in preparation for Level 3 study in your second year.

GCSES These will be studied alongside the subjects listed on the right, and are suitable for students who have already achieved at least a Grade 3. English GCSE Maths GCSE

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LEVEL 2

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LEVEL 2 BUSINESS

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LEVEL 2 PUBLIC SERVICES

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LEVEL 2 CREATIVE CRAFTS

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LEVEL 2 APPLIED SCIENCE

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LEVEL 2 HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

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LEVEL 2 SPORT

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LEVEL 2 INFORMATION AND CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY

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LEVEL 2 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

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LEVEL 2 MUSIC

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BUSINESS

CREATIVE CRAFTS

LEVEL 2 BUSINESS IS A GOOD INTRODUCTION TO A RANGE OF BUSINESS AREAS FROM MARKETING, PROMOTION AND FINANCE TO CUSTOMER SERVICE AND TEAMWORK.

THIS ONE YEAR VOCATIONAL COURSE WILL DEVELOP TRANSFERABLE SKILLS TECHNIQUES AND CONFIDENCE IN PAINTING, DRAWING, PHOTOGRAPHY, IMAGE MANIPULATION AND ANIMATION.

It considers real-life businesses and the way in which business theory relates to their operation, helping you gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to further study or area of work. In addition, you’ll participate in course-related work experience.

You will research artists, photographers and the media industry. In addition, you’ll participate in course-related work experience. This course will prepare you for level three courses (A Level or vocational).

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Painting and drawing

• Enterprise in the business world

• Photography

• Finance for business

• Graphic communication.

• Promoting a brand • Principles of customer service • Recruitment, selection and employment • Principles of marketing • Using business documentation • Building successful business teams.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Language.

FURTHER STUDY OPTIONS Business, Applied Law, and other Level 3 vocational courses.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Business Management, Accountancy, Finance, Marketing, Business Strategy / Business Analytics, Business Law, Human Resource Management.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Marketing, accountancy, public relations, business development, leadership or management positions, business ownership, product design, purchasing.

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TOPICS INCLUDE

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Language.

FURTHER STUDY OPTIONS Fine Art, Textiles, Photography, Media Studies, Film Studies And Digital Media (Level 3).

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Illustration, Architecture, Animation, Photography

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Journalist, radio presenter, photographer, architect and web designer. .


VOCATIONAL LEVEL 2

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE THIS ONE-YEAR COURSE EXPLORES MANY ASPECTS OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE INCLUDING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, BODY SYSTEMS, CARE OF DISORDERS AND CARE VALUES. It is an ideal starting point for those interested in a future in nursing, midwifery, and social work or similar. This course is designed to prepare you for level 3 study as well as apprenticeships by give a theoretical understanding of the health and social care sector. You will also be expected to complete course-related work experience.

INFORMATION AND CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY THIS COURSE CONSISTS GIVES YOU A GENERAL FOUNDATION OF ICT THEORY WITH SPECIALIST UNITS TO ALLOW YOU TO EXPLORE PARTICULAR TOPICS IN DEPTH.

• Human development

It is highly practical and you will learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will develop your ICT skills, knowledge and understanding in ways that are relevant to employment situations, thereby enhancing your chances of employability and higher education if appropriate. You’ll also be required to undertake course-related work experience.

• Health and social care values

TOPICS INCLUDE

• Effective communication

• The online world

• Healthy living

• Technology systems

• Human body systems and care of disorders

• Digital graphics and animation

• Promoting health and wellbeing.

• Digital audio

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

• Spreadsheets and databases.

At least four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Language.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

TOPICS INCLUDE

FURTHER STUDY OPTIONS Health and Social Care, Science and Sociology (Level 3).

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Nursing, Social Work, Childhood Studies, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science, Youth Studies.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Nurse, social worker, occupational therapy, paramedic science, care worker, youth worker.

At least four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Language.

FURTHER STUDY OPTIONS Business, IT and Digital Media (Level 3).

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Business Information and Technology, Digital Technology Solutions, Computer Games Technology, Creative Technology, IT Management for Business, Computing Forensics, Computer Networks & Security.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Software developer, web/content developer, mobile apps designer, games designer, programmer and IT/business analysis support.

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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES THIS VOCATIONAL COURSE WILL INTRODUCE YOU TO THE BASIC CONCEPTS AND THEORIES OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES SUCH AS HISTORY, LAW, SOCIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY. You will also learn study skills which will support you in your future study, as well as participating in course-related work experience. This course is the perfect introduction for those who wish to pursue a humanities or social science subject at Level 3.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Introduction to humanities • Development of social policy

MUSIC IN THIS ONE YEAR VOCATIONAL COURSE YOU WILL LEARN FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF MUSIC, EXPLORE DIFFERENT STYLES OF MUSIC AND LEARN ABOUT HOW THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WORKS. You will also learn how to plan, advertise and put on a musical performance in front of live audiences. In addition, you’ll participate in course-related work experience. This course will prepare you for level three courses (A Level or vocational).

TOPICS INCLUDE • Music performance • Practical musicianship • Music theory

• Ethical issues in social policy

• Music business.

• Psychology and social psychology

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

• Introduction to sociology • Aspects of crime, criminal justice system

At least four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Language.

• Crime and social groups.

FURTHER STUDY OPTIONS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Music, Popular Music and Music Technology (Level Three).

At least four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Language.

FURTHER STUDY OPTIONS Applied Law, Criminology, Health and Social Care (Level 3).

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Law, Nursing, Sociology, Social Science, Applied Science, Psychology, Public Services.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Nurse, social worker, teacher, police force, forensic professional, lawyer.

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POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Music, Music Management, Music Production, Musical Theatre, Music Promotion.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Musician, music technician, music therapist, music teacher and music producer.


VOCATIONAL LEVEL 2

PUBLIC SERVICES AND SPORT

APPLIED SCIENCE

THIS ONE YEAR VOCATIONAL COURSE COMBINES THE THEORY OF PUBLIC SERVICES AND SPORT WITH PRACTICAL SKILLS, INCLUDING LEADERSHIP.

THIS ONE YEAR COURSE COVERS CORE SCIENCE CONCEPTS IN BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, AND PHYSICS. YOU WILL EXPLORE ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENT, CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES, PHYSICAL SCIENCE, LIFE SCIENCE, AND DEVELOP YOUR SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION SKILLS.

It is ideal if you wish to enter a public service or progress onto an associated level three course, the course will enable you to develop skills required in a Public Services and/ or a sporting environment. This will include planning and delivering different practical activities in particular outdoors and adventurous activities. You will also be required to undertake course-related work experience and adventure training.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Participation in sport • Outdoor and adventurous activity • Team building • Leading an outdoor activity session • Expedition experiences.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Language.

FURTHER STUDY OPTIONS Uniformed Public Services and Sport (Level 3).

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Sport, Uniformed Services, Outdoor Adventure Education, Adventure and Outdoor Management, Public Services, Uniformed Services.

In addition, you will participate in course-related work experience. This course will prepare you for the level 3 vocational course in Applied Science.

TOPICS INCLUDE • Life science (health, genetics, nutrition etc.) • Chemical substances and reactions • Energy and the environment • Physical science (forces & motion, the universe, electricity etc).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Language and a Science.

FURTHER STUDY OPTIONS Science (Applied) and Health and Social Care (Level 3.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Nursing, Forensic Science, Physiotherapy, Environmental Science, Engineering.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Laboratory technician, nurse, forensic scientist, biomedical scientist, horticulturist.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Armed forces, police officer, fire fighter, paramedic and prison officer, coach, teacher, personal trainer, massage therapist, sports data analyst, nutritionist.

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SPORT THIS ONE YEAR VOCATIONAL COURSE COMBINES THE THEORETICAL CONCEPTS OF SPORT WITH PRACTICAL SKILLS, INCLUDING LEADERSHIP. THE COURSE WILL ENABLE YOU TO DEVELOP THE SKILLS REQUIRED IN A SPORTING ENVIRONMENT. It involves course-related work experience and will prepare you for level three-related courses (A Level or vocational).

TOPICS INCLUDE • Anatomy & physiology • Introduction to healthy exercise and nutrition • Participation in sport • Organising an event.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Language.

FURTHER STUDY OPTIONS Sport and Uniformed Public Services (Level 3).

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY OPTIONS Sport, Sports Science, Sports Therapy, Sports Journalism, Sports Psychology, Sports Coaching.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Coach, teacher, personal trainer, massage therapist, sports data analyst, nutritionist.

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VOCATIONAL LEVEL 2

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COURSE SELECTION

PRE-LEVEL 2 COURSES

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THESE COURSES ARE STUDIED OVER A YEAR AND ARE AIMED AT STUDENTS THAT HAVE ACHIEVED GRADES 1 OR 2 IN GCSE ENGLISH AND MATHS. UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION, STUDENTS CAN PROGRESS ONTO A LEVEL TWO PROGRAMME OF STUDY. STUDENTS WILL STUDY THE COURSES LISTED BELOW: DIPLOMA IN VOCATIONAL STUDIES This one year course will introduce you to a broad range of topics from across our curriculum. You will study core units that will develop your study skills and enable you to progress onto a further course of study or an apprenticeship. In addition, you will undertake work experience. This course is assessed via coursework.

ENGLISH FUNCTIONAL SKILLS (LEVEL 1) This one year course will equip you with the foundation skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening that are required to progress to GCSE English Language.

You will explore non-literary texts, produce written work in various formats and styles and have discussions on topical issues. This course is assessed by exam.

MATHS This one year course will provide you with life skills for everyday maths. Examples of topics covered include: calculating/analysing data, probability, integers, decimals, fractions, percentages, volume, measures, table and charts as well as money, approximation, areas and perimeter. This course is assessed by exam.

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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

KEY THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT COLLEGE

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STUDENTS STUDY A SMALLER NUMBER OF SUBJECTS BUT IN A LOT MORE DEPTH

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STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE 13 HOURS OF INDEPENDENT STUDY EACH WEEK

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STUDENTS HAVE A GREATER LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE

04

STUDENTS HAVE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THEIR LEARNING AND BEHAVIOUR.

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A ROUNDED APPROACH TO EDUCATION THE ‘RICHARD TAUNTON EXPERIENCE’ OFFERS MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE TRADITIONAL TEACHING SESSIONS THROUGHOUT THE DAY. We believe that it is important to supplement classroom learning with a range of activities and unique opportunities that will set our students up for future success; by developing new skills and by making them as attractive as possible to universities and future employers.

Pro Portal

A STUDENT’S EXPERIENCE WILL BRING TOGETHER NUMEROUS DIFFERENT ELEMENTS WHICH INCLUDE:

On our website you can access information about term dates, and a calendar of events for the coming term.

• Lessons • Tutorials, 1 to 1s with tutors • Study Periods • Careers advice and guidance • Work experience and volunteering • Enrichment activities • Trips and events • Exams and assessments • Industry workshops and speakers • Accelerate programme for high achievers • Study skills support.

GETTING INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION We want to keep you well informed about your child’s progress at college. There are many ways in which you can engage with us or be kept up to date, including:

Our online records management system gives you access to your child’s timetable, attendance, exam timetable, progress reviews, working at grades, personal learning plan and gradebook. Website

Parent Guide Our comprehensive guide for parents, guardians and carers will give you more information about a student’s time at the college and how you can get involved in their education. You can find the guide on the college website. How we communicate with you During your child’s time at college we will keep in contact with you via various methods, so be sure to keep your contact details up to date so we can keep you informed via post, phone and email. You will receive termly updates to keep you up-to-date about any opportunities and important dates, and we will always keep you informed about your child’s progress and attendance.

THE PARENT PERSPECTIVE MRS MELLETT Parent of Rosie, class of 2019, previously a student of Cantell School “I couldn’t be happier with how the college have supported my daughter through her studies and time at Richard Taunton. As a parent I have valued the ease of being able to track and follow Rosie’s progress alongside the excellent communication between myself and her teachers. The extra support and guidance given to Rosie to develop the skills and knowledge she needs to succeed and continue in her chosen field have been invaluable. There are so many great opportunities at the college, ones that can really prepare students for their future.”

MRS OSBORN Parent of current student Warren, previously a student of Great Oaks School “Attending Richard Taunton has been one of the best things my son has ever done, the support he’s had has been amazing and I can’t fault the college in any shape or form!”

MRS HUMBY Parent of former student Chloe, previously a student of Testwood School “The college has exceeded my expectations and offered so much more than just a learning environment.”

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WE ARE EASY TO GET TO

FINANCIAL TRAVEL SUPPORT You may be entitled to help with the cost of your travel. For more details please contact Student Services on 02380 514 720 or at studentservices@ richardtaunton.ac.uk.

SITUATED IN THE HEART OF SOUTHAMPTON, OUR NETWORK OF BUS ROUTES, COMBINED WITH OUR CLOSE LOCATION TO SOUTHAMPTON TRAIN STATION AND LOCAL CYCLE AND WALKING ROUTES, MAKE THE COLLEGE EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE. BUSES

CYCLING

There is a wide network of bus routes, privately and publicly operated, to make getting to college as easy as possible. This includes a free shuttle from/to the Red Funnel terminal (08.05 and 16.10).

We have a secure area for storing your bike. Showers and changing facilities are located in the sports department where you can freshen up.

For more detailed routes and current timings, please visit the travel pages of the college website.

We have 155 parking spaces available, on a first come first served basis, to students on application.

IN-DIRECT BUS ROUTES

TRAINS

There are also numerous other routes that stop nearby the college (but not directly outside) that students could walk from, take a look at the local services provided by Firstbus, Bluestar and Xelabus to see which ones you could catch.

Southampton Central is about a 30 minute walk to college, with direct routes from Totton, Eastleigh, Romsey and Winchester.

Hamble

Ingleside

PARKING

Sholing

BUSES CONTRACTED BY RICHARD TAUNTON FOR COLLEGE USE ONLY. 1 R901 Bluestar 2 R903 Bluestar 3 R904 (RTSFC minibus) 4 IOW Shuttle Townquay (RTSFC minibus)

PUBLIC SERVICE ROUTES. 5 U9 Unilink

Bitterne

6 U6 Unilink 7 X11 Xelabus

Portswood

1 Blackfield

2

Langley Bishopstoke

Hythe Holbury

Dibden Purlieu

Chandler’s Ford

Eastleigh

Marchwood Totton

Chilworth

3 IOW Ferry

4 Townhill Way

5 Townhill Park

Bitterne Park Midanbury

Shirley

Southampton General Hospital

Highfield Portswood

Highfield

Southampton City Centre

Bevois Valley

6 Southampton General Hospital

Portswood Central Station

Shirley Precinct

Royal South Hants Hospital Upper Shirley

Lordshill

7 Southampton City Centre

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Shirley

Dock Gate 4

Southampton General Hospital


FAQS IF YOU HAVE A QUERY ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS OR CHOOSING YOUR COURSES, TAKE A LOOK AT OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) BELOW TO SEE IF THEY CAN HELP. IF YOU STILL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, TAKE A LOOK AT THE FAQ SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE OR GET IN TOUCH WITH US USING THE CONTACT DETAILS ON THE BACK OF THIS PROSPECTUS. Q. WHEN CAN I APPLY? A. Applications open in midSeptember for those wanting to start college the following year. To apply for courses starting in September 2020 we recommend that you apply by February to ensure that you secure a place on your preferred courses. If you apply after March, you will miss out on the chance to attend our Welcome Evenings. If you apply after June, you will miss out on Freshers’ Day and we won’t be able to interview you or confirm your place until the end of August.

Q. CAN YOU APPLY TO MORE THAN ONE COLLEGE? A. Yes, you can apply to more than one college, in fact we recommend that you visit lots of colleges to see which offers the right courses and environment for you. We strongly recommend that you keep your options open and apply to a number of colleges. However, if you are looking for a successful and slightly smaller college, with a caring and close knit community, then look no further!

Q. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DON’T KNOW WHAT COURSES TO TAKE? A. When completing the application form, apply for courses that interest you. At your pre-enrolment interview we’ll discuss your course options in more detail and provide you with lots of help and guidance.

You can then try out various subjects on Freshers’ Day, but don’t worry if you change your mind - we can make changes right up to the point of your enrolment.

Q. HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK WILL I SPEND IN LESSONS? A. You will spend a minimum of 14 hours a week in lessons, but you also need to factor in time for preparation and enrichment activities. You are then expected to spend the same amount of time on independent study, outside of your lessons.

Q. CAN I TRY OUT SOME COURSES? A. Yes you can. You’ll be invited to Freshers’ Day in the Summer term where you can try out a number of subjects and get a feel for what is right for you. If you are currently in Year 10, you can also attend a Taster Day, which is usually organised through your school.

Q. WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT THE COURSES I HAVE APPLIED FOR? A. That’s no problem! Your course choices are not finalised until enrolment, which takes place in August, after you have received your GCSE results.

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COURSE INDEX

LEVEL THREE A LEVEL COURSES

Music 58

Accounting

32

Art & Design: Fine Art

32

Art & Design: Photography

33

Art & Design: Textiles

33

Biology 35 Business Studies

35

Chemistry 36 Computer Science

Music Technology

58

Sports Science

62

DOUBLE AWARD Information technology

57

Performing Arts: Musical Theatre 59 Popular Music

61

Sports Coaching

62

36

Economics 37

TRIPLE AWARD

English Language

37

Business

53

English Literature

39

Health & Social Care

55

Geography 39

Performing Arts: Musical Theatre 59

History 40

Sport 61

Law 40

Uniformed Public Services

63

Maths 41 Media Studies

41

Music

43

Physics 43

LEVEL TWO COURSES

Polish 44

Business 66

Psychology 44

Creative Craft

66

Religious Studies

Health & Social Care

67

45

Sociology 45 Spanish 47 Statistics 47

Information & Creative Technology 67 Introduction to Social Sciences & Humanities

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Music 68

LEVEL THREE VOCATIONAL COURSES SINGLE AWARD Acting 50 Applied Law

50

Applied Science

51

Business 51 Criminology 53 Dance 54 Digital Media

54

Health & Social Care

55

Information technology

57

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Public Services and Sport

69

Applied Science

69

Sport

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PRE-LEVEL TWO COURSES Diploma in Vocational Studies

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English 72 Maths 72


*Disclaimer: the information in this prospectus was correct at the time of publication (August 2019) but may be subject to change. The college reserves the right to change or remove a course. Any changes will be reflected on our website. *Data Protection: the college complies with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.

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