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RICHARD TAUNTON Sixth Form College

PROSPECTUS 2019-20


WELCOME Welcome to our 2019/20 college prospectus! We hope you will find it interesting and enjoy reading about the exciting opportunities we can offer you. 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 quickly and make new friends. Our students tell us they love our small, friendly and thriving community and the fact that we offer the widest range of courses to meet everyone’s needs. So we’re sure you’ll find what you’re looking for at Richard Taunton. 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 will provide you with a fantastic experience while you are at college. 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! We look forward to meeting you. Dr. Liz Lee Head of College WE OFFER A LEVEL AND VOCATIONAL COURSES FOR 16-19 YEAR OLDS.

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CONTENTS

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FACTS & STATS

COLLEGE FACILITIES

WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US

ALUMNI WALL OF FAME

MOVING FROM SCHOOL TO COLLEGE

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COLLEGE: THE FULL PACKAGE

COLLEGE LIFE

A DAY IN THE LIFE

ACCELERATE PROGRAMME

STUDY SUPPORT

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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

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CAREERS SUPPORT

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WORK RELATED LEARNING

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ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

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STUDY PROGRAMMES

COURSE SELECTION: A LEVEL COURSES (L3)

COURSE SELECTION: VOCATIONAL COURSES (L3)

COURSE SELECTION: VOCATIONAL COURSES & GCSES (L2)

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APPLICATION PROCESS

GETTING TO AND FROM COLLEGE

FAQs

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND

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COURSE SELECTION: COURSES (PRE L2)

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COURSE INDEX

ATTEND AN OPEN EVENING WEDNESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018: 18.00 – 20.00 WEDNESDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 2019: 18.00 – 20.00 WEDNESDAY, 3 JULY 2019: 18.00 – 20.00 No need to register. Plenty of free parking on site.

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FACTS & STATS

97.5% Students progressed to university, apprenticeships, training or further education in 2017.

70% Students (on average) achieve first or upper second class honours at university.

60% Level three students went to university in 2017 (well above the Southampton average!)

UCAS Applications increasing year on year compared to other institutions nationally.

UNIVERSITY Majority of students secure their first choice university place.

TOP THREE PERFORMING A LEVELS (2018) Creative arts Humanities Modern foreign languages. 4

VOCATIONAL RESULTS 78% of BTEC entries achieved the highest grades (distinction* & distinction) in 2018!


FACTS & STATS

STUDENT SATISFACTION SURVEY Results put our teaching in the top 5% nationally!

UNIQUE SPORTING OPPORTUNITIES HIGH PERFORMERS Bespoke support for applications to Russell Group universities, conservatoires, drama and art schools.

MAYFLOWER THEATRE Unique partnership - projects form part of the curriculum.

EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITIES Rotary Youth Leadership Award, NHS Foundation Trust student governors and workshops with industry experts.

Trampolining with international coach, partnership with Saints Foundation and the only college with boxing gym in Hampshire.

EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES Balletboyz 14 Day Challenge (winner!), Premier Division of Rock Challenge and Jazz Ticket performances at Turner Sims and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in southbank.

CLOSE KNIT COMMUNITY Single site campus makes it easier and quicker to make friends! 5


COLLEGE FACILITIES

Library study space Radio studio

Sports hall

Library with MACs & PCs

Bespoke art block 6

Specialised MAC rooms

Recording studio

Sprung floor studio

Grass pitches x2

Tennis courts

Outdoor areas


COLLEGE FACILITIES Courtyard social areas

Gym

Music rehearsal rooms

Boxing gym

Costa CafĂŠ

Independent Learning Centre

Quiet room

Study hubs

On site parking

Locked bike compound

Student print credits

Free WiFi 7


WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT COLLEGE LIFE e well t you, lessons ar or pp su ly al re d lity for your own e great an The teachers ar ly encouraged to take responsibi uence the student le to infl u are real structured and yo nt of the Student Union I am ab along the way! de s learning. As Presi and also develop lots of new skill ge experience in colle schooled) ereviously hom

(p Joseph Kitts

I was encouraged and supported by my teacher to apply for a place on a classics course; part of the University of Oxford’s summ er school programme. With only 20 places on offer, competition was fierce. Thanks to the help and guidance I received at college, I managed to secure a place. To say I’m ecstatic is an understatement! This is not only a great experience but it will look fantastic on my UCAS application and CV.

India Say (previously at Redbridge Commun

ity College)

dy programme but thanks to the I started out on a level two stu lly d from my teachers, I’m now rea incredible support I have receive e. mm gra o a level three study pro confident about progressing ont e Mountbatten School)

Lew Galton (previously Th

I really enjoy studying at Richard Taunton. I love the level of responsibility that we have and the support from teachers is exceptional; every time I’ve had a little slip up I’ve been given immediate feedback and get back on track straight away. Rosie Mellett (previously at Cantell School)

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WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT COLLEGE LIFE The college is like The community is a second family; a place where it is very sy for ever so warm and friendly. If you want to come to and learn. yo e struggling you to go and talk opportunities ea with anything, to someone or ugear av ai la bl e to us t help. There ar fr activities. I partic om trips and even e lots of ts ul ar to a diverse outside of your subj ly like the activities becaus e you can learnrasonge of enrichment ect areas and mee met t more people with Hannah Spires similar interesthis!ng (previously at the Mountba tten School)

My transition to the UK, and to college, was a lot easier than I thought thanks to the staff and students at Richard Taunton. The fairly, college has a really welcoming environment where everyone is treated I have been regardless of their background. The teaching is of a high quality and given great support, which is helping me to achieve my goals. eas) Konstantinos Papachristou (previously at school overs

Moving from school to colle it can seem daunting at ge was a very exciting experience. Although first, the college really it. There’s so many more supports you through opportunities here that develop new skills and op enable you to meet new pe en boxing, I’m a Student Am you up to new experiences. For example, I take ople, part in bassador, and I’m also on the Student Union. Patrick Sear (previ ously at Upper Sh irley High School)

into Richard College is a dream come true, the minute I stepped ge has such a lovely homely Taunton I knew I wanted to come here, the colle supportive. We really are environment, and the teachers are so kind and your personal needs. After a close-knit family where teachers can cater to s for my future. It was talking to one of my teachers I now have clear plan the creative industry and I really eye opening for me to explore my options in couldn’t thank them enough. Regents Park Community Crystal Turner-Brightman (previously at

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ALUMNI WALL OF FAME Here’s just a small selection of some of our alumni who have gone on to pursue successful careers. Can you spot some famous names among them?

DESIGN DIRECTOR

OLYMPIC SNOWBOARDER

FOOTBALLER

April Hodge

Billy Morgan

Gareth Bale

DOCTOR Hannah Parker

ACTOR

SOLICITOR

Christopher Hewitt

Claire Merritt

GYMNASTICS COACH

BBC POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT

Beth Martin

PILOT James Ferrier 10

Emma Vardy

INTERNATIONAL NEWS ANCHOR Manisha Kumar

MUSICIAN Joe Stilgoe

PARAMEDIC Lucy Anderson


ALUMNI WALL OF FAME Here are examples of the higher education and apprenticeship career paths taken by our more recent graduates…

APPRENTICESHIP WITH SKY SPORTS Alex Ladkin (previously at Cantell School)

APPRENTICESHIP WITH FIANDER TOVELL Matthew Loizou (previously at Upper Shirley High School)

APPRENTICESHIP WITH IBM Sophie Ellis (previously at Hampshire Collegiate School)

APPRENTICESHIP WITH ERNST & YOUNG Kieran Beech (previously at Chamberlayne College for the Arts)

STUDYING ENGLISH LITERATURE AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY Verity Stuart (previously at St Anne’s Catholic School)

STUDYING MUSIC AT THE BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE James Gardener (previously at Bitterne Park School)

STUDYING LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON Tom Fish (previously at St Georges Catholic College)

STUDYING AEROSPACE ENGINEERING AT BRISTOL UNIVERSITY Kyle Thompson (previously at Noadswood School)

APPRENTICESHIP WITH DELOITTE Ismail Achmed (previously at Cantell School)

STUDYING HISTORY AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY Tom Carter (previously at Applemore Technology College)

STUDYING GEOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL Kitty Holyoak (previously at school overseas)

STUDYING GEOGRAPHY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER Lizzie Laybourne (previously at Upper Shirley High School)

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MOVING FROM SCHOOL TO COLLEGE To help make your move from school to college as easy as possible, we thought we’d help you to understand some of the key differences.

More independence

Smaller number of subjects

Subjects studied in a lot more depth

Independent study forms part of your timetable DAVE!

Qualifications are a step up from GCSE = more difficult

No bell you manage your own time

No uniform

Call teachers by their first name

TO GET THE STUDENT PERSPECTIVE ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCHOOL AND COLLEGE. Check out our student video on our YouTube channel (Richard Taunton Sixth Form College)

SELECTING THE COLLEGE THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU Here’s a few questions to ask yourself ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶

Do all local colleges offer the courses that I want to take? What sort of college environment am I looking for? Do I want to follow my friends or have a fresh start? Do I want to be able to walk to college or am I prepared to travel? What local colleges are available for me to choose from?

HERE’S A FEW PIECES OF ADVICE FROM OUR STUDENTS… Go to all college Open Evenings

Don’t just follow your friends

Look at every local college prospectus

Get a feel for the college community at Taster Days.

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COLLEGE: THE FULL PACKAGE 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.

LESSONS

PREP, 1:1S WITH TUTORS & STUDY PERIODS

CAREERS ADVICE & EVENTS

WORK EXPERIENCE & VOLUNTEERING

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

TRIPS AND EVENTS

EXAMS & ASSESSMENTS

INDUSTRY WORKSHOPS

ACCELERATE PROGRAMME

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COLLEGE LIFE THERE ARE MANY WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN SHAPING COLLEGE LIFE AND REPRESENTING THE COLLEGE. HERE ARE JUST A FEW‌ 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 up-to-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, Welcome 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!

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, 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. We consistently score highly in almost every area, from teaching and learning to feedback and progress, and rank in the top quartile nationally.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A STUDENT

Chloe Humby

(previously at Testwood Sports College)

SO HERE’S A BIT ABOUT ME… I take psychology, sociology and English language A Level courses as well as a vocational performing arts course. I’m a member of the Accelerate Programme and my enrichment activities include being part of Rock Challenge and the college musical. My timetable consists of four periods, each lasting 90 minutes, with a break at 10am and lunch at 11.50am. One day I might have two lessons, a study period and an enrichment activity. Another day I might have up to four lessons. Here’s a copy of my timetable: 08.30-10.00

10.20 - 11.50

11.50 -12.50

12.50 - 14.20

14.25 - 15.55

MON

Study period

B

Sociology

L

Psychology

English language

TUES

Sociology

R

Study period

U

Accelerate Programme session

Performing arts (musical theatre)

WEDS

Performing arts (musical theatre)

E

Psychology

N

Enrichment club

Study period

THURS

Psychology

A

PREP

C

English language

Sociology

FRI

English language

K

Study period / careers advice

H

Performing arts (musical theatre)

Radio club

LET ME TALK YOU THROUGH MY DAY TODAY… It started with a 20 minute bus journey to college. I usually arrive early so I can catch up with my friends before lessons. In my performing arts lesson I learnt how to properly warm up my voice and was taught techniques and theory to help improve my sound and performance skills. 16


A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A STUDENT

At break time I headed to the café to chat to my friends and enjoy a hot chocolate from Costa (my favourite!) and a tasty flapjack.

Next up was an Accelerate Programme session (for those wanting to go to the top universities). I was given advice on choosing the right university course and spent some time working on my extended project qualification (EPQ), which is equivalent to half an A Level and highly regarded by universities. The EPQ is of a similar standard to university projects, so it gives me a good taste of what is to come! Then it was time for lunch, where I got to chill with my friends for an hour and grab some hot food; today it was chicken korma. The food is pretty good here and very reasonably priced!

Period three was a study period, so I headed to the library to do some homework and to revise for my upcoming exams.

My final lesson of the day was sociology, one of my favourite subjects, where we had a debate on educational policies.

Once the clock strikes 3.55pm I am out of my seat and back on the bus home to get started on homework.

I hope this has helped you to visualise a typical day at college. To find out more, why not check out our ‘Day in the Life’ video on our YouTube channel (Richard Taunton Sixth Form College) 17


ACCELERATE PROGRAMME 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, including Oxford and Cambridge. OUR PROGRAMME COVERS FOUR AREAS: ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶

Creative and expressive arts Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) Humanities, English and social sciences (HESS) Sport.

In each group you will receive support for early university applications, help securing summer school placements, work shadowing opportunities and the option to complete an extended project qualification (highly regarded by universities and equivalent to half an A Level, in UCAS points).

CREATIVE & EXPRESSIVE ARTS You will be studying a related course and can take part in any of the following activities: ▶▶ Leading roles in college musical and Rock Challenge ▶▶ Choral concert ▶▶ Public art exhibitions ▶▶ LAMDA classes ▶▶ Life drawing classes ▶▶ Peripatetic music lessons

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

Entry requirements: art portfolio or music / performing arts auditions.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHS (STEM) You will be studying a related course and can take part in any of the following activities: ▶▶ Talks from visiting lecturers and industry professionals ▶▶ Debating skill sessions ▶▶ Crest awards (science project) ▶▶ Cipher club (code breaking)

▶▶ Visits to Southampton General Hospital and the science labs at the University of Southampton ▶▶ Access to Operation Live (operating theatre simulation).

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ACCELERATE PROGRAMME HUMANITIES, ENGLISH & SOCIAL SCIENCES (HESS) You will be studying a related course and can take part in any of the following activities: ▶▶ Talks from visiting lecturers and industry professionals ▶▶ Debating skill sessions ▶▶ Competitions ▶▶ Variety of trips

▶▶ Research skills masterclasses ▶▶ Academic writing for the digital age masterclasses ▶▶ Literary theory masterclasses.

Entry requirements: six GCSEs at six or above, including English, maths and science.

SPORT You can take part in any of the following activities, regardless of the courses you are studying: ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶

Cricket Ladies and men’s football Ladies and men’s basketball Netball Rugby Trampolining with an international coach Specialist coaching from Saints FC

▶▶ Personal training plan for the gym ▶▶ Playing at fixtures locally and nationally ▶▶ Represent the South East at AOC national finals ▶▶ Visits to well-known sporting venues ▶▶ Help applying for international sports scholarships.

Entry requirements: you do not have to be studying sport to apply to join the programme. However, you do need to play for a local team or take part in trials. *Transport fees may apply for some of these Accelerate Programme activities. They will be added to your course fee payments.

Creative & expressive arts

STEM

HESS

Sport

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STUDY SUPPORT PREP: OUR TUTORIAL SYSTEM We provide you with excellent academic and pastoral support through our college tutorial system, known as PREP. This is timetabled once per week, on a Thursday. It develops your independent study skills, explores a range of personal, social and health topics and encourages discussion on issues such as staying safe online, money management, alcohol and drug awareness and career pathways.

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

STUDY SKILLS COURSES We want to equip you with the tools you need to succeed in your subjects. We offer a five week study skills course designed to improve your grades and enhance your learning. You will cover a range of topics from note taking and report writing to reading strategies and essay planning.

UPGRADE (LEARNING SUPPORT) We take extra care in getting to know our students well and tailoring our support accordingly. 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. We support students with a range of conditions, difficulties and disabilities. Exam arrangements are co-ordinated by the Upgrade team such as extra time, a reader or a scribe. Depending on your needs, we can provide a personalised support programme and classroom support to aid your learning. 20


ADDITIONAL SUPPORT YOUR WELLBEING Here are just a few 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.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY TIME WITH US

YOUR SAFETY 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. We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment or victimisation. Any concerns can be raised via our dedicated safeguarding team or online via our Pro Solutions system.

YOUR FINANCES If you qualify for our bursary scheme you may receive assistance in the form of a discounted bus pass, free school meals or payments into your bank account. Full details of our eligibility criteria can be found on our website: www.richardtaunton.ac.uk/finance.

YOUR STUDENT SERVICES TEAM We’re here to help. We can: ▶▶ Provide advice on finance ▶▶ Book appointments with your Head of Faculty ▶▶ Book appointments with wellbeing workers ▶▶ Confirm absences ▶▶ Monitor student behaviour. 21


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 ‘end’ destination and ambitions. This means guiding you towards your long term goal, rather than just what suits you right now.

OUR HOLISTIC APPROACH TO CAREERS ADVICE ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶

WE WILL HELP YOU TO REFLECT ON WHAT MOTIVATES AND ENERGISES YOU, ENSURING YOU EXCEL IN YOUR FUTURE CAREER

1:1 career advice appointments Higher education events Careers and apprenticeship events Industry guest speaker events Work placements Training opportunities Volunteering opportunities Help sourcing apprenticeships Trips to universities Skills development workshops Links to industry and business and much more.

HIGHER EDUCATION MADE ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL

HELP WITH UCAS APPLICATIONS

Help with university applications is available throughout the year and we have an excellent record We work closely with local universities (including Southampton, for supporting student progression to highly selective universities. Surrey, Solent, Winchester, Bournemouth, Portsmouth Our student UCAS applications have been increasing and Chichester), as well as year on year. In fact, we are bucking the trend for ‘IntoUniversity’ and the Southern progression to Higher Education, compared to other Universities Network project, to help institutions nationally! our students from all walks of life Also, the majority of our students secure a place at achieve their goals. their first choice university.

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CAREERS SUPPORT 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.

HELP SOURCING APPRENTICESHIPS We help those students who choose not to go to university to secure prestigious apprenticeships with at companies such as IBM, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Arqiva and Fiander Tovell.

EXTENSIVE RANGE OF INDUSTRY LINKS We work alongside many employers, some of which are shown below.

Millennium Third Age Centre

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WORK RELATED LEARNING If you are enrolling on a vocational course you will complete work experience and we will help you to find a work placement. Not only will this give you invaluable insight into working life and career path options but it will also look great on your CV and UCAS application! Here’s just a few examples...

MY WORK EXPERIENCE AT SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL VALERIA BRAICAU

Valeria was previously studying at school overseas.

THE COUNCIL’S OBJECTIVES 1. 2. 3. 4.

Southampton is a city with strong and sustainable economic growth Children and young people in Southampton get a good start in life People in Southampton live safe, healthy and independent lives Southampton is a modern attractive city where people are proud to live and work.

LEARNINGS FROM THE INTELLIGENCE & STRATEGY ANALYSIS DEPARTMENT

LEARNINGS FROM THE POLICY & STRATEGIC PLANNING DEPARTMENT

This department deals with the collection and analysis of data. I learned, while discussing how data analysis helps the council, that a lot of data collection sources need to be verified. To save time and resources, they use a technical tool to verify their data. I had the opportunity to examine some of the statistical data outputs, which were about to be made public.

This department sets out governmental policies and also re-evaluates what the government sets out as laws or policies, to make sure they align with the council’s objectives. I attended meetings about homelessness and adult social care. I learnt how to make a point diplomatically and saw how parties with conflicting views managed to reach a consensus.

LEARNINGS FROM THE EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT

SKILLS I WITNESSED

This department sets the rules for Southampton based businesses on the number of training opportunities or apprenticeships that they must offer to the unemployed. I attended a meeting between the Employment Officer and a construction business owner who had to produce a report on the number and profile of unemployed people that he had engaged to work for him. 24

✓ Meeting deadlines

✓ Classifying data

✓ Delegation

✓ Diplomacy

✓ Planning

✓ Coaching

✓ Problem solving

✓ Running meetings

✓ Communication

✓ Mediating

✓ Use of equipment

✓ Leadership


WORK RELATED LEARNING

MY WORK EXPERIENCE AT NORTH HOUSE HOTEL, IOW OLIVIA PAYNE

Olivia was previously at Cowes Enterprise College.

CARRYING OUT WORK EXPERIENCE AT NORTH HOUSE, HAS ALLOWED ME TO SEE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE SECTOR I WANT TO GO INTO. LOGISTICS & PLANNING

COMMUNICATION & PROFESSIONALISM

Lots of logistical planning is involved with weddings, from timings to flowers and guests!

Sitting in wedding meetings with customers gave me a better understanding of communication and professionalism. You have to talk to the customer in a professional manner, as they are paying a lot to hold their wedding there.

PROBLEM SOLVING & INDEPENDENCE When answering phone calls on reception I learnt to adapt my style to the customer and manage any problems or questions they had.

ORGANISATION Being organised is key, and I built on this skill by creating a daily to-do list to make sure that I didn’t miss anything.

TECHNOLOGY The hotel uses several programmes to check in guests, order products and manage stock. I realised that having strong technical skills is essential for the workplace.

BUSINESS RESEARCH

BUSINESS INSIGHT I shadowed the operations manager, which gave me experience of admin, human resources and finance. She dealt with lots of different issues and made decisions across all of these areas from budgeting for a wedding to finding replacements for light fittings. It also gave me real insight into the business and the industry.

ADMINISTRATION I shadowed the receptionist and closely watched the restaurant service process. I also contributed to the administration of events such as bonfire night, by preparing tickets.

For my next placement I will make sure that I research the business in advance. This will help me to get to know the place better and work to my full potential.

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ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES We actively encourage you to get involved in a number of extra-curricular college activities to help you build your skills set, provide you with new experiences and give you the chance to meet people with similar interests. Our timetable is deliberately designed to enable you to take part in these activities. Here’s a just a few examples of what will be available to you…

ACTIVE: ▶▶ Badminton ▶▶ Boxing ▶▶ Gym

▶▶ Table tennis ▶▶ Volleyball.

At boxing I learnt all about self-control and respect. It also taught me to persevere through tougher times when the workouts were difficult and I was struggling. I really enjoy it as I wouldn’t have got into boxing if it wasn’t available at the college. 26

Patrick Sear (previously at Upper Shirley High)


ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES CREATIVE: ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶

A Capella Art & drawing club Choir Guitar club Jazz band Music theory club Radio club Record label Robotics club Soul function band Wind band.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶

Board games club British sign language club Christian Union Duke of Edinburgh Award LGBT club Student Ambassador group Student Union.

I really enjoyed doing the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. I built up my volunteering hours by coaching and managing a youth football team. I even picked up a coaching qualification along the way! The expedition was also great fun. A group of us also planned a camping trip to the Brecon Beacons, which was challenging but gave us all a great sense of achievement. Our group really bonded and I’ve made for life. Tom Grant (previously at Chamberlayne College of the Arts)

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BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND NOT QUITE SURE WHERE TO START WHEN IT COMES TO CAREER AND COURSE SELECTION? WE ARE HERE TO GIVE YOU A HELPING HAND! WHY IS CAREER PLANNING IMPORTANT? The time you spend at college is very short in comparison to the whole of your career/ working life.

A Levels

GCSEs

Career

University

Time

The courses you choose at Richard Taunton will have an enormous impact on your future. How do you choose a course that puts you on the path to success? 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.

HERE’S A FEW HINTS AND TIPS TO HELP YOU MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION… KNOW YOUR STRENGTHS We recommend that you read The Strengths Book by Sally Bibb. You’ll be required to answer a series of questions that will help to identify your strengths and get you thinking about possible careers. You can also try the careers planner quiz at www.prospects.ac.uk/planner or take part in the careers game at www.plotr.co.uk.

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. 28


BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND Tick anything you enjoy doing or think that you would enjoy doing. Using tools

Working outdoors

Time management

Craft and design

B

Making and fixing things

C

Taking on challenges

Resolving conflict

Helping others

Problem solving

D

Sharing knowledge

E

Entrepreneurship

Producing music and media Fashion

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Helping others

Doing calculations Coding and programming

Competing alongside others Campaigning for change

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Organising and planning Experimenting with technology Money organisation

Researching and experimenting Understanding how things work

Understanding past events Details orientated

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Always on the move! Being practical gives you loads to choose from, for example: sport, uniformed public services and media.

Make and create! Your creative expertise would be great in media, music, fine art, textiles, photography, graphics, drama and performing arts.

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Helpful and friendly! Enjoying the company of others is perfect for media, health and social care and business.

Questioning is key! Your keenness to answer questions would be perfect to use in geography, mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and history.

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Become your own boss! Subjects like business studies, economics, IT, psychology and sociology would be great to start building your empire!

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Planning is life! Subjects like business, media, law and economics are built on time management and getting good results!

START LOOKING INTO POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS Visit these sites and check out some of the job profiles. This will give you an indication of the type of subjects you will need to study to get onto a particular career ladder. ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶ ▶▶

National Careers Service: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ Prospects: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles Apprenticeships: https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/ Access Southampton: http://access-southampton.co.uk/jobs/

Still not sure what courses to select? Keep your options open by choosing a range of subjects. Choose subjects that you are good at and enjoy.

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STUDY PROGRAMMES LEVEL THREE ENTRY Meet GCSE course entry requirements

A Levels or vocational courses or a combination

TWO YEARS OF STUDY

PROGRESSION: higher education, apprenticeship or employment

LEVEL TWO ENTRY Less than a four in GCSE English and maths

GCSEs & vocational courses

A Levels or vocational courses or a combination

PROGRESSION: higher education, apprenticeship or employment

THREE YEARS OF STUDY

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Less than a three in GCSE English and maths

Diploma

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STUDY PROGRAMMES SELECTING THE COURSES THAT ARE RIGHT FOR YOU 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. A LEVEL COURSES

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YOU CAN TRY OUT A RANGE OF SUBJECTS AT OUR TASTER DAYS AND AT TRANSITION DAY. 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. These include: English literature, history, languages, geography, maths, further maths and the sciences.

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COURSE SELECTION: A LEVEL COURSES L3 Our A Level courses are studied over two years and can be combined with level three vocational courses. We recommend that you take three A Level courses or the equivalent of three A Level courses if combining with vocational courses. This means that you could study either three subjects, two subjects or one subject depending on the vocational course award type. ACCOUNTING............................................. 34 ART & DESIGN (FINE ART).......................... 34 ART & DESIGN (PHOTOGRAPHY)............... 35 ART & DESIGN (TEXTILES)......................... 35 BIOLOGY..................................................... 36 BUSINESS STUDIES................................... 36 CHEMISTRY................................................ 37 COMPUTER SCIENCE................................. 37 ECONOMICS............................................... 38 ENGLISH LANGUAGE.................................. 38 ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE......... 39 ENGLISH LITERATURE............................... 39 FILM STUDIES............................................ 40 FRENCH...................................................... 40 GEOGRAPHY............................................... 41 HISTORY..................................................... 41

LAW............................................................ 42 MATHS........................................................ 42 MATHS (FURTHER)..................................... 43 MEDIA STUDIES.......................................... 43 MUSIC......................................................... 44 PHYSICS..................................................... 44 POLISH....................................................... 45 POLITICS.................................................... 45 PSYCHOLOGY............................................. 46 RELIGIOUS STUDIES ................................. 46 SOCIOLOGY................................................ 47 SPANISH..................................................... 47 STATISTICS................................................. 48 CORE MATHS (NOT A FULL A LEVEL)......... 48

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ACCOUNTING

ART & DESIGN (FINE ART)

This two year course covers the financial and management aspects of accounting. You will learn 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.

This two year course creatively explores drawing, painting and a diverse range of mixed-media techniques to an advanced level. You’ll develop skills and ideas needed to create original and personal artwork, using first hand experiences and research.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Accountant, company secretary, investment analyst, forensic accountant and actuarial analyst. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Accounting and finance. YEAR ONE: • Double entry booking and TOPICS YOU’LL preparation of the trial balance COVER • Financial statements for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies • Use of ratio analysis to interpret business performance. YEAR TWO: • Costing systems such as marginal, absorption, activity based and standard • Budgets such as cash, production, payables, receivables and labour • Investment appraisal. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams • Exam board: AQA • A Level qualification (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • English and maths GCSEs at five or above plus a minimum of three GCSEs at four or above.

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BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Fine artist, illustrator, architect, animator, setdesigner, museum/gallery worker and commercial artist. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Art Foundation (pre-degree), fine art, illustration, architecture, art history, interior design and animation. OVER TWO YEARS: TOPICS • Observation and recording YOU’LL first-hand experiences COVER • Drawing, painting and mixed-media techniques • Artist research and analysis • Preparatory studies: artist research, visual recording, creative experimentation and personal idea development. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Practical portfolio and a personal study • Portfolio of work with a 15 hour exam • Exam board: Pearson • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English and art • Portfolio of drawings recommended.


ART & DESIGN

ART & DESIGN

This two year course looks at both the practical and aesthetic aspects of photography, primarily digital. You will observe and appreciate the works and styles of other photographers and develop your own approach to image making. Editing takes place using Adobe Photoshop CC.

This hands-on, two year course focuses on printed, dyed and constructed textile design. You’ll be exposed to a variety of media and a wide range of 2-D and 3-D work that will enable you to build a portfolio of exciting, textile-based art.

(PHOTOGRAPHY)

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Creative and portraiture photographer, stop motion designer, film maker, photography journalist, freelancer and teacher. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Photography, film, media and other art-related degrees. OVER TWO YEARS: TOPICS • Composition, aperture and depth YOU’LL of field COVER • Capturing movement • Photoshop editing • Mixed media experimentation • Thematic project and dissertation • Body of practical work and an exam. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Practical portfolio and a written investigation • Portfolio of work and a 15 hour exam • Exam board: Pearson • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English and art • Portfolio of photographs recommended.

(TEXTILES)

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Art and design apprentice, buyer, costume designer, theatre designer and interior designer. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Art and design in fashion, textile design, interior design, interior decorating, costume and theatre design. OVER TWO YEARS: • Practical coursework • Batique techniques • Felt making • Tie dye techniques • Stitching • Mark making • Inks and bleach • Weaving • Dissertation.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Practical portfolio and a written investigation • Portfolio of work and a 15 hour exam • Exam board: Pearson • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English and art • Portfolio of drawings recommended.

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BIOLOGY

BUSINESS STUDIES

This two year course will teach you all about the science of life, including the major systems of the human body, as well as the interactions of organisms in their environment and the principles behind evolution and genetics.

This two year course provides an introduction to business concepts such as marketing, finance, operations and human resources and explores how these contribute to achieving business objectives. You’ll also apply these to real-life scenarios in the business world.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Doctor, paramedic, midwife, nurse, physiotherapist, environmentalist and teacher. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Biology, medicine, pharmacology, biochemistry, physiotherapy, veterinary science, nursing and midwifery. YEAR ONE: • Biological molecules and cell structure • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Energy transfers and metabolic activities • Organism response to changes in environment • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • 12 practicals across two years • Three written exams • Exam board: AQA • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • English and science (double award or Biology) GCSEs at six or above, maths at five and above or a minimum of two other GCSEs at four or above.

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BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Insurance professional, marketing and sales manager, distribution manager, accountant, business consultant and public sector worker. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Business, management, human resources, accountancy, law, finance, politics and economics. YEAR ONE: • Enterprise and business functions • Business types and sectors • Stakeholders and external influences • Accounting, supply and demand • Human resource management • Marketing • Operation management.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Business strategies and decision making • International trade • Communication • Quality standards • Contingency and crisis management. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three exams • Exam board: OCR • A Level qualification (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English and maths at five or above.


CHEMISTRY

COMPUTER SCIENCE

This two year course focuses on the properties and interactions of the substances which form the building blocks of matter. Everything around you involves chemistry in some form or another. Chemistry 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. You will study a range of topics from computing principals and algorithms to problem solving, systems and programming. You will also undertake a programming project of your choice.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Chemist, biochemist, chemical engineer, doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, vet and scientist (food, forensic and environmental). POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Chemistry, biology, biochemistry, medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, geology and science (food, forensic, environmental and veterinary). YEAR ONE: • Practical skill development • Foundations in chemistry • Periodic table and energy • Introduction to organic chemistry.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Physical chemistry and the transition elements • Further organic chemistry and analysis. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three exams • Exam board: OCR • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • Maths and science GCSEs (double science award or Chemistry GCSE) at six or above, English at five or above and a minimum of two other GCSEs at four or above.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Programmer, network engineer, database administrator, developer, interface designer, systems analyst and tester. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Computer science, information systems, multimedia, computer networking, cyber security, software development, animation and programming. YEAR ONE: TOPICS • Contemporary processors, input, YOU’LL output and storage devices COVER • Software and software development • Exchanging data • Data types, data structures and algorithms • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues • Computational thinking • Problem solving and programming. YEAR TWO: • Problem analysis • Solution design, development and evaluation. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams and programming project • Exam board: OCR • Qualification: A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • GCSE maths at six or above and a minimum of four additional GCSEs at four or above.

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ECONOMICS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

This two year course explores the micro and macro economy, both on a national and global scale. 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.

On this two year course you will study sociolinguistics – the study of English language in use today and in the past. You will investigate many factors, which influence English including social class, gender and regional differences. You will encounter newspaper reports, blogs, speeches, interviews and slang. Whilst learning how to describe writing, speech and electronic communication you will also have the chance to develop your own writing.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Economist, accountant, forensic accountant, statistician and analyst (actuarial, data, financial risk and investment). POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Economics, business, management, human resources, accountancy, law, finance, philosophy, politics and economics. YEAR ONE: • The basic economic problem of scarcity • How markets work • Why markets fail • The need for government intervention.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • How the macro economy works • How the macro economy performs • The role of government policy • International trade. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three exams • Exam board: AQA • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • English and maths GCSEs at five or above plus a minimum of three other GCSEs at four or above. 38

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Teacher, lawyer and journalist. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Creative writing, journalism, English language and linguistics. OVER TWO YEARS: • Language variations – gender, TOPICS region, social class, occupation, YOU’LL COVER world English • Textual analysis – speech, texts and electronic • Writing task on the power of storytelling, persuasion or information • Children’s language development (0-11 years) • Language diversity and change • Writing task on a language issue. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams • Two extended writing tasks • Exam board: AQA • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

ENGLISH LITERATURE

This two year course introduces you to a wide range of texts and teaches you the skill of literary analysis and evaluation, which will help you to engage creatively and critically with language. It covers a range of fiction and non-fiction texts including drama, prose, fiction and poetry. You’ll also study an anthology of speech and writing.

This two year course introduces you to a range of literary texts from Shakespeare to modern poetry. You will study drama, prose and poems, keep a reading journal, complete pre-reading prior to lessons and develop skills of interpretation and analysis.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Writer, journalist, advertising professional, lawyer and teacher. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: English literature, English language, linguistic studies, media studies, journalism, humanities and social science. YEAR ONE: TOPICS • Forming spoken voices YOU’LL • Creating written voices in literary, COVER non-literary and digital texts • How to shape and craft language to develop a persona • Connections between texts • Significance and influence of context • Resource - Voices in Speech and Writing; An Anthology. YEAR TWO: • How writers convey their thoughts or ideas • Using language techniques and literary devices to craft work and communicate ideas. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams and a written assessment • Exam board: Pearson • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Teacher, journalist, writer, civil servant, lawyer, publisher and editor. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Publishing, teaching, writing, journalism, marketing, law and government. YEAR ONE: • Tragedy and literature • The Great Modern Poets (Anthology) • Tragedy authorial methods and context • Science and society: comparisons between Frankenstein and Never Let Me Go.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Othello: tragedy, authorial methods and context • The great modern poets • Coursework assignment. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Coursework • Three written exams on drama, prose and poetry • Exam board: Pearson • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.

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FILM STUDIES

FRENCH

This two year course examines how films are put together, how cinema functions as a business and how you can identify messages in films that you watch. You will also study micro features of film, such as mise-en-scène, performance, cinematography, editing and sound.

This course is offered as an AS qualification (one year of study) or an A Level qualification (two year course). You will build on your grammar, written and oral skills, study a film and a novel, and have the opportunity to pursue individual research into a topic of your choice.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Film maker, journalist, writer and teacher. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Film, journalism, creative writing and teaching. YEAR ONE: • Hollywood 1930-1990 • American film since 2005 • British film since 1995.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Global film • Documentary film • Film movements - Silent cinema • Film movements - Experimental film (1960 – 2000) • Production: either a short film or a screenplay plus a digitally photographed storyboard. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Exam • Coursework • Exam board: WJEC/EDUQAS • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Journalist, civil servant, international aid worker, interpreter/translator and hotel/tour manager. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: French, international relations and European studies. YEAR ONE: • The changing nature of the TOPICS YOU’LL family COVER • Cybersociety • The role of charities • French music and cinema • French language film: ‘Au Revoir les Enfants’. YEAR TWO: • Positive aspects of a diverse society • The treatment of criminals • Young people: voting and politics • Demonstrations and strikes • The politics of immigration • Research project • Literary text • French exchange visit to Gaillac. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three exams (listening, oral, reading and writing) • Exam board: AQA • AS Level (level three) or A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • French GCSE at six or above plus a minimum of four GCSEs at four or above, including English.

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GEOGRAPHY

HISTORY

This two year course explores both physical and human geography. You will learn how peoples’ lives are affected by the world in which we live as well as the big environmental issues that challenge our future.

This two year course covers both modern and early modern history. 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.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Environmental scientist, geologist, surveyor, sustainable development professional and travel and tourism manager. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Geography, demography, international relations, urban and regional planning, oceanography, geology and tourism management. YEAR ONE: • Water and carbon cycles • The concept of ‘place’ and how it influences human lives • Contemporary urban environments.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Glacial systems and landscapes • Earthquake, volcanic and atmospheric hazards • Global systems and global governance • Sustainable management of oceans and Antarctica • Geography fieldwork investigation. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams and an extended field report • Exam board: AQA • A Level (level three).

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Lawyer, teacher, journalist, company director, business and media professional. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: History, humanities, law, politics and business. OVER TWO YEARS: • Changes to the British TOPICS monarchy and parliament pre YOU’LL COVER and post-civil war (1603-1702) • The collapse of the Weimar government • The rise and fall of the Nazi Party • Coursework: research and investigate a set question on African-American civil rights in the USA (1860-1970). ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two written exams • Coursework • Exam board: AQA • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five at GCSE English and maths as well as a minimum of three additional GCSEs at four and above.

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LAW

MATHS

This two year course explores the workings of the English legal system. This includes law making, law reform and legal personnel as well as a detailed analysis of criminal law and negligence.

This two year course emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how maths can be applied to model situations. You will learn about mathematical argument, language and proof as well as mathematical problem solving and modelling.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Solicitor, barrister, legal executive, police officer, civil servant and teacher. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Law, business studies, accounting, criminology and sociology. University of Southampton’s ‘Pathway to Law’ scheme. YEAR ONE: • Welsh and English legal systems • Criminal and civil law • Legal personnel • Legal funding • Criminal law (people and property).

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Rules and theory of the law of tort • Negligence (people and property) • Human rights law • European convention of human rights • Human rights in the UK • Legal rules, principles, concepts and issues. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three written exams • Exam board: AQA • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English at five or above.

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BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Scientist, engineer, statistician, actuary, accountant and banker. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Maths, sciences, accountancy, engineering and finance. OVER TWO YEARS: • Proof, algebra and functions TOPICS • Geometry and trigonometry YOU’LL COVER • Sequences and series • Exponentials and logarithms • Differentiation and integration • Numerical methods and vectors • Statistical sampling, distributions and hypothesis testing • Data presentation and interpretation • Probability • Quantities and units in mechanics • Kinematics and moments • Forces and Newton’s laws. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three exams • Exam board: Pearson • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • GCSE maths at six or above plus a minimum of four GCSEs at four or above, including English.


MATHS (FURTHER)

MEDIA STUDIES

This two year course extends your knowledge and understanding of pure maths, statistics and mechanics beyond that of the normal A Level. You will explore some more abstract areas of pure maths and proof and use these to develop the language and skills needed to solve complex mathematical problems. This course is taken alongside maths A Level.

This two year course will encourage you to question what you see, read and hear and to acquire an understanding of how the media works. You will 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.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Engineer, data analyst, banker, statistician and scientist. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Maths, physics, engineering, accounting and computing. OVER TWO YEARS: • Proof • Complex numbers • Matrices • Further algebra, calculus and vectors • Series • Hyperbolic functions • Polar coordinates • Differential equations • Statistics • Mechanics.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Four exams • Exam board: Pearson • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • GCSE maths at seven or above plus a minimum of four GCSEs at four or above, including English.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Journalist, film director, film editor, cameraman and marketing professional. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Media, culture, film, communications and marketing. YEAR ONE: • Investigating the media, its forms and products • Media production • Deconstruction of media texts • Media debates and audience responses.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Media products, industries and audiences • Cross-media production • Independent and international media products • Application of critical theory and debates • Analysis of a wide variety of texts. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two written exams • Coursework • Exam board: WJEC/EDUQAS • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.

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MUSIC

PHYSICS

This two year course will provide you with a rich variety of opportunities from workshops with lecturers from BSO musicians, professional composers and Trinity Laban and Royal College of Music, to performing in a variety of concerts including a large community choral concert and Music for Youth. You’ll explore various styles of music including western classical (Haydn and Mendelssohn), twentieth century art music (Poulenc and Debussy) and jazz.

This two year course explores how the key physics concepts are used in modern technology, as well as the forces in space and the fundamental laws of the universe. You will use practical activities to explore why things happen.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Musician, performer, teacher and music therapist. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Music, music technology and performing arts. OVER TWO YEARS: TOPICS • Performance skills YOU’LL (including one hour per week COVER instrumental tuition) • Composition techniques (using industry standard MACs and software) • Historical analysis of musical styles including: western classical music (1750-1900) romantic music, twentieth century art music and jazz • Aural analysis of music. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Assessed recital and composition portfolio • Exam • Exam board: WJEC/EDUQAS • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English • Music audition (instrument or vocal).

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BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Engineer, doctor, architect, computer scientist, earth and environmental scientist, mathematician, materials scientist and surveyor. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Physics, engineering, architecture, geography, maths, science (pure, materials, medical, computer, earth and environmental). YEAR ONE: • Development of practical skills in physics • Foundations of physics • Forces and motion • Practicals.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Electrons, waves and photons • Newtonian world and astrophysics • Particles and medical physics • Practicals. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three written exams • Exam board: OCR • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • GCSE maths and science (double award or physics) at six or above as well as GCSE English at five or above plus a minimum of two other GCSEs at four or above.


POLISH

POLITICS

This course is offered as an AS qualification (one year of study) or an A Level qualification (two year course). It is suitable for students with a good level of Polish, as most of our learners are already fluent speakers. You will study both technical aspects of the language including grammar and vocabulary, as well as Polish culture including literature and history.

This two year course will equip you with a broad knowledge of political systems, processes and issues in contemporary society. It focuses on three key topics: UK politics, UK government and US politics. You’ll gain a very good understanding of current affairs and contemporary political issues.

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POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Politician, journalist and lawyer.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Interpreter, translator and teacher. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Polish studies. YEAR ONE: • Polish society and culture • Contemporary society • Environment and citizenship • Working world and international context.

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TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Poland and Poles during WW2 • Film: Ashes and Diamonds • Film: Man of Marble • Two poems from the literary section. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams • Exam board: AQA • AS Level qualification (level three) • A Level qualification (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English • Speak and write Polish fluently.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Politics, international relations, philosophy and ethics, history, law and sociology. YEAR ONE: TOPICS • Democracy and participation YOU’LL • Political parties COVER • Electoral systems and voting behaviour • The media • Conservatism, liberalism and socialism • UK constitution, parliament, the Prime Minister and executive. YEAR TWO: • Feminism • US constitution and federalism, congress, presidency, Supreme Court • Civil rights, democracy and participation • Comparative theories ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three written exams • Exam board: Pearson • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.

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PSYCHOLOGY

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

This two year course takes a scientific approach to learning about key research in psychology. It will teach you how to conduct psychological research, analyse data and formulate conclusions as well as applying psychological theories to real life.

This two year course offers insight into a range of different religious, philosophical and ethical perspectives on the world. You will study the philosophy of religion, religion and ethics, various cultures and belief systems as well as developments in Buddhist thought.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Psychologist (clinical, health, occupational sport and forensic), counsellor, nurse, social worker and police officer. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Psychology, social sciences, nursing, counselling, social work and pharmacology. YEAR ONE: • Planning and carrying out TOPICS YOU’LL investigations in human COVER behaviour • Social, cognitive, developmental and biological research and analysing individual differences • Statistical analysis of data • Psychological debates such as psychology as a science. YEAR TWO: • Further classic and contemporary research • Applied psychology: issues in mental health, child psychology and environmental psychology. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three written exams • Exam board: OCR • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • English, maths and science GCSEs at five or above as well as a minimum of two GCSEs at four or above.

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BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Clergy, teacher, social worker, politician and journalist. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Religious studies, philosophy, history, politics, law and sociology. YEAR ONE: TOPICS • Ancient philosophical influences YOU’LL • Existence of God and good vs. evil COVER • Religious approaches to Kantian and business ethics • Utilitarianism and euthanasia • Buddhism: the Buddha, rebirth, the four noble truths and meditation. YEAR TWO: • Religious language • Conscience • Sexual ethics including homosexuality • Different schools of Buddhism • Buddhist approaches to modern society and changing gender roles. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three written exams • Exam board: OCR • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.


SOCIOLOGY

SPANISH

This two year course involves the study of human society, culture and relationships. Sociology encourages you to question what happens in society and search for explanations as to what influences our behaviour and why. Studying sociology allows you to examine current affairs, how society works and the people within it.

This course is offered as an AS qualification (one year of study) or an A Level qualification (two year course). You will learn about the concerns that affect peoples’ lives in Spanish speaking countries and have the opportunity to study a Spanish film and a literary text.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Social worker, nurse, teacher, marketing professional and police officer. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Sociology, psychology, criminology, nursing, law, social work, public relations, politics, population studies and economics. YEAR ONE: • Socialisation, culture, identity and the media • Researching and understanding social inequalities: social class and gender.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Researching and understanding social inequalities: ethnicity and age • Debates in contemporary society: globalisation and the digital social world and education. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three written exams • Exam board: OCR • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above including English language.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Journalist, civil servant, international aid/ development worker, interpreter/translator and hotel/tour manager. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Spanish, international relations, tourism management and European studies. YEAR ONE: • Impact of new technologies on TOPICS our lives YOU’LL COVER • Equal rights: Hispanic women and LGBT groups • Fame and its impact on young people • Spanish regional identity and music • Spanish conquest of Peru • Spanish film: El Laberinto del Fauno. YEAR TWO: • Immigration, integration and combating racism • Monarchies and dictatorships • Trade unions and social protests • Spanish play: La Casa de Bernarda Alba • Spanish exchange to Cataluña. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three exams (listening, oral, reading and writing) • Exam board: AQA • AS Level or A Level qualification (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • Spanish GCSE at six or above plus a minimum of four GCSEs at four or above, including English.

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STATISTICS

CORE MATHS

This two year course is ideal if you want to better understand how to analyse, present and use data in a range of different subject areas. You will learn to use and apply statistics, including appropriate interpretation of contexts and outcomes of statistical procedures, and develop your logic, problem-solving and numerical skills.

This ONE YEAR course can be taken in addition to the standard three A Level / vocational equivalent study programme if you are taking science, social science or business courses. It will help you to understand and apply clear mathematical reasoning to real-life problems and analyse and interpret data. In addition, it will give you a good grasp of the impact of interest rates on loans and investments and help you to confidently deal with everyday financial maths.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Statistician, data analyst and accountant. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Population studies, psychology, geography, business, economics and accounting. OVER TWO YEARS: • Numerical measures, graphs and TOPICS diagrams YOU’LL COVER • Probability including Bayes’ theorem • Population and samples • Distributions including binomial, normal, exponential and Poisson • Correlation and linear regression • Hypothesis testing, significance testing, confidence intervals and power • Statistical tests • Statistical enquiry cycle. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Three exams • Exam board: Pearson • A Level (level three). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • GCSE maths at five or above plus a minimum of four GCSEs at four or above, including English.

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BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Social scientist and healthcare professional. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Social science, healthcare, business and management. • • • •

Analysis of data TOPICS Maths for personal finance YOU’LL Estimation COVER Critical analysis of given data and models, including spreadsheets and tabular data • Critical path and risk analysis, including expectation and cost benefit analysis. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams (with calculator) • Exam board: AQA • Certificate (level three) • Equivalent to AS Level UCAS points. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • GCSE maths at five or above plus a minimum of four GCSEs at four or above, including English.


COURSE SELECTION: L3 VOCATIONAL COURSES We offer three variations of level three vocational course, which are all studied over two years. They are categorised by single award, double award and triple award and can be combined with A Level courses. We recommend that you take the equivalent of three A Level courses. This means that you could study either three subjects, two subjects or one subject depending on the award type. Single award: equivalent to one A Level qualification. Double award: equivalent to two A Level qualifications. Triple award: equivalent to three A Level qualifications.

ACTING........................................................... 50 APPLIED LAW.................................................. 50 ART & DESIGN................................................. 51 BUSINESS....................................................... 51 BUSINESS.................................................. 52 CHILDHOOD STUDIES............................... 52 CRIMINOLOGY................................................ 53 DANCE............................................................ 53 DIGITAL MEDIA ............................................... 54 GRAPHIC DESIGN........................................... 54 HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE............................... 55 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY...................... 55 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY.................................... 56 PERFORMING ARTS (MUSICAL THEATRE) ............ 56 PERFORMING ARTS (MUSICAL THEATRE)........ 57 POPULAR MUSIC ......................................... 57 SCIENCE (APPLIED)....................................... 58 SPORT....................................................... 58 SPORTS SCIENCE.......................................... 59 UNIFORMED PUBLIC SERVICES............... 59

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ACTING

APPLIED LAW

This two year course explores the works of numerous practitioners as well as the background to performance material and how this influences the performance you create. You will work in a variety of different acting styles and learn how to develop your performance in the style of practitioners. You will also be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

This two year 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. You will be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Performer, entertainer, theatre technician, drama therapist and teacher. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Acting, musical theatre and dramatic arts. YEAR ONE: • Investigating practitioners’ work (Stanislavski, Brecht etc.) • Group devising performance, working from a stimulus • Skills and techniques for live performance.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Legal executive, banker, insurance professional and court services professional. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Law, business studies, criminology and sociology. YEAR ONE: TOPICS • Civil dispute resolution YOU’LL • Civil legal funding COVER • Law of negligence • How laws are made and interpreted • How legislation is made outside of Parliament • Personnel involved in a criminal trial • Non-fatal offences and sentencing.

YEAR TWO: • Acting techniques using different performance styles – verbatim, devised and scripted • Performance material from different eras • End of year scripted performance.

YEAR TWO: • Fatal offences (murder and manslaughter) • Offences against property • Police powers • Tort - negligence and calculating damages • Occupier’s liability and nuisance.

ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Assessments, performance piece and portfolio of evidence • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC Extended Certificate (level three) • Equivalent to one A Level.

ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Externally verified coursework • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC National Extended Certificate (level three) • Equivalent to one A Level.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.


ART & DESIGN

BUSINESS

In this two year course you will undertake highly creative and diverse art and design projects and gain an understanding of the creative process. You will also develop a strong personal style across a variety of mediums. In addition, you will be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

This two year course will provide you with an introduction to a range of business disciplines including marketing, resource management, finance and project planning. You’ll also be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Art technician, art editor, art gallery curator, concept designer, freelance artist, art director, animator and printmaker. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Foundation degree in art and design, pre-degree in art and design, art, illustration and photography. YEAR ONE: • Create art using multiple platforms (photography, graphics, drawing and printmaking) • Research artists and designers.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Refine your creative skills and technique • Develop a portfolio. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Internal assessments and coursework • Exam board: Cambridge Technical • National Extended Certificate (level three) • Equivalent to one A Level. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English and an art portfolio.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Bank manager, marketing manager, retail manager and public services officer. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Business administration, finance, marketing, event management, accounting, business management and law. YEAR ONE: • Business structure and environment • Marketing campaign development.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Personal and business finance • Recruitment and selection process. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams • Assessments and coursework • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC National Extended Certificate (level three) • Equivalent to one A Level. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English and maths.

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BUSINESS

CHILDHOOD STUDIES

This two year course will introduce you to a range of business disciplines, including marketing and resource management, finance and project planning. In addition to the single award topics, you’ll also cover management and leadership practices ranging from data source and analysis to presentation. You will also undertake course-related work experience.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Bank manager, marketing manager, retail manager and public services officer. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Business, finance, marketing, event management, accounting and law. YEAR ONE: • Business structure, environment and activities • Marketing campaign development • Personal and business finance • Event management • Pitching a new business.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • International business • Principles of business management • Recruitment and selection • Customer service • Visual merchandising • English legal system.

ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Exams, controlled assessments and coursework • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC Extended Diploma (level three) • Equivalent to three A Levels. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • Five GCSEs at four or above, including English and maths. 52

This two year course will give you an in-depth understanding of child development, psychology of play and learning, safeguarding, health, well-being and more. You will apply your learning in a range of early year’s settings, for two days a week, throughout your course where you’ll experience a variety of curricula and environments.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Primary school teacher, early years educator, nanny, childminder, social worker, play therapist, playworker, pre-school manager and room leader. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Primary school teaching, early childhood studies, social work, children’s nursing and play therapy. YEAR ONE: • Child development, psychology, play and learning • Safeguarding, health and well-being • Additional needs.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Supporting emergent literacy/maths and school readiness • International perspectives on children’s learning • Professional development and partnerships in early years. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Coursework, controlled and practical assessments • Exam board: CACHE • CACHE Diploma (EYE) (level three) • Equivalent to three A Levels. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • Five GCSEs at five or above, including English and maths.


CRIMINOLOGY

DANCE

This two year course will teach you about the processes involved with the criminal justice system from why offenders commit crime and how we investigate crime to the effectiveness of punishment. You will learn how to use theory to understand how changes can be made in criminal law and social policy.

This two year course will develop your technical and expressive skills, build on your knowledge of dance history and increase your understanding of choreography and professional dance repertoire. You will perform in a national dance competition to a live audience at Southampton Guildhall. In addition, you will be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Police officer, forensic worker, social worker, lawyer and criminologist. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Criminology, law, sociology, applied science, history, politics and public services. YEAR ONE: TOPICS • Changing awareness of crime: YOU’LL • Impact of media on crime COVER • Methods of collecting information about crime • Develop a crime change awareness campaign. • Criminological theories: • Criminal and deviant behaviour • Psychological and sociological crime theories • Social policy. YEAR TWO: • Crime scene investigation techniques and rules of evidence • Examination of verdicts in criminal cases and court processes • Social control and law-making processes • Models of justice and aims of punishment. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Exams and controlled assessments • Exam board: WJEC/EDUQAS • WJEC Diploma (level three) • Equivalent to one A Level.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Performer, dancer, teacher, arts administrator and dance therapist. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Dance and creative and performance arts. OVER TWO YEARS: TOPICS • Dance appreciation/dance YOU’LL history COVER • Developing skills and techniques for live performance • Choreography (group performance workshop) • Contemporary dance techniques • Developing technical and expressive skills • The healthy performer • Workshops with Rambert, Urdang, Matthew Bourne Dance Company and Mayflower Theatre. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Practical workshops and written assignments • Assessed performance • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC Extended Certificate (level three) • Equivalent to one A Level. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.

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DIGITAL MEDIA

GRAPHIC DESIGN

This two year course is based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will develop an understanding of the media industry through analysing media representations, pitching and completing media projects. In addition, you will be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

Throughout this two year course you will explore contemporary graphic design and learn essential skills such as layout, composition and image manipulation using the Adobe suite. You will also create original photographic and digital graphics pieces. In addition, you will be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Journalist, radio presenter, layout designer, advertisement editor, games designer, film editor and vlogger. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Foundation degree in media, pre-degree in media, media and communications, media and marketing and journalism. YEAR ONE: • The workings of the media industry • Create a media product.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Pre-production and planning • Radio broadcasting • Graphics for digital media. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams, assessments and coursework • Exam board: Cambridge Technical • National Extended Certificate (level three) • Equivalent to one A Level. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.

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BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Graphic designer, web designer, magazine and newspaper layout artist and animator. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Foundation degree in art and design, Pre-degree in art and design, graphic design, photography and games design. YEAR ONE: • Creative use of typography • Digital image creation • Digital photography.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Research graphic artists and designers • Develop creative packaging designs • Develop a portfolio. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • 100% coursework • Exam board: Cambridge Technical • National Extended Certificate (level three) • Equivalent to one A Level. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English and an art portfolio.


HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

This two year course explores many aspects of health and social care ranging from human lifespan development and public health to sector research findings and individual care and support. You will also take part in course-related work experience.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Midwife, nurse, social worker, occupational therapist and paramedic. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Nursing, social work, midwifery, childhood studies, occupational therapy and paramedic science. YEAR ONE: • Physical, intellectual, emotional and social development • Working in the sector • Safe working, safeguarding and emergency situations • Current sector research.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Meeting individual care and support needs • Promoting public health • Sociological or psychological perspectives • Supporting individuals with additional needs • Psychological disorders • Nutritional health. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams, a practical assessment and coursework • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC National Diploma (level three) • Equivalent to two A Levels. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

This two year course covers 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. In addition you will undertake a two week work placement within the IT industry.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Software developer, web/content developer, mobile apps designer, games designer, programmer and IT/business analysis support. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Business information and technology, computer games technology, cyber security, creative technology, computer networks and security. YEAR ONE: • Information technology systems TOPICS • Mobile app development YOU’LL COVER • Social media for business • Creating systems to manage information and programming • Data modelling and website development. YEAR TWO: • IT project management • Cyber security and incident management • IT service delivery and IT technical support • Software testing • Customising and integrating applications • Cloud technology • Digital animation, effects and 2D/3D graphics. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Controlled assessments, exams and coursework • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC National Extended Diploma (level three) • Equivalent to three A Levels. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English and maths.

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MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

PERFORMING ARTS

This two year course will give you an understanding of studio recording, modern DAW music production, creating sound and music for media products and remixing. You will learn how to record, compose, create sound design, remix, produce, and work collaboratively with other music creators; the skills required to work in the music industry today.

This two year course will build your skills in acting, dancing and singing. You will be involved in an end of year production and take part in workshops with industry professionals. In addition, you will be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Music producer or engineer, remixer, sound designer, music studio assistant, sound engineer and film/TV composer. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Music technology and production, digital music and sound arts, music and sound production. OVER TWO YEARS • DAW production using Logic • Multi-track studio recording techniques • Music and sound for media • DAW mixing and mastering techniques • Commercial music production.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

(MUSICAL THEATRE)

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Performer, arts administrator, entertainer, theatre technician and drama therapist. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Acting, musical theatre and dramatic arts. YEAR ONE: • Investigating practitioners’ work (Berkoff, Brecht and Shakespeare) • Jazz dance (Fosse and Lyrical) • Audition techniques.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • Singing recitals as soloist and ensemble • Dance appreciation (Nutcracker and Ghost dances) • End of year musical production.

ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • External assessment and coursework • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC Extended Certificate in Digital Music Production (level three) • Equivalent to one A Level.

ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Assessments, performance piece and portfolio of evidence • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC Extended Certificate (level three) • Equivalent to one A Level.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four and above, including English.

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PERFORMING ARTS

POPULAR MUSIC

This two year course will develop your skills in the areas of musical theatre and prepare you for the performing arts business. You’ll take part in our musical production, perform a theatre in education tour and attend workshops with industry practitioners such as the Frantic Assembly and Mayflower Theatre. In addition, you will be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

This two year course is ideal if you aspire to become a professional musician. You will learn all about music performance (both solo and ensemble), the music business, music theory and popular music through the decades. You will perform at various gigs and concerts throughout the year in different venues. This course will suit competent and fully committed performers on guitar, bass, drum kit, vocals or keyboard. In addition, you will be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

(MUSICAL THEATRE)

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Performer, arts administrator, entertainer, theatre technician and drama therapist. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Acting, musical theatre and dramatic arts. YEAR ONE: • Acting styles (verbatim, realism, Brecht and Berkoff) • Jazz and ballet dance techniques • Singing recitals as soloist and ensemble • Audition techniques.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • The industry (marketing, careers, applying to drama school/universities) • Contemporary dance techniques (works by Matthew Bourne and Christopher Bruce) • Developing the voice for performance – singing recitals. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Assessments, performance piece and portfolio of evidence • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC Extended Diploma (level three) • Equivalent to three A Levels. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four and above, including English.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Session musician, singer, band member, songwriter, cruise-ship performer and music promoter. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Music performance, music production, song writing, music promotion and music management. OVER TWO YEARS • Music performance techniques TOPICS • Creating music to perform YOU’LL COVER • Ensemble and solo performances • Influential performers • Preparing to work as a professional in the music industry • Instrumental / singing techniques • Music theory. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • 100% coursework and controlled assessment • Exam board: OCR • CTEC Technical Diploma (level three) • Equivalent to two A Levels. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English • Music audition (instrument or vocal). 57


SCIENCE (APPLIED)

SPORT

This two year course will introduce you to the principles and applications of science. It 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. In addition, you will be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

This two year 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 have the option to undertake a L2 gym instructor course alongside course-related work experience.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Laboratory technician, nurse, food development technician, water quality expert and environmental manager. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Science-based courses and nursing. YEAR ONE: TOPICS • Key science concepts in biology, YOU’LL chemistry and physics such as COVER cell structure, chemical reactions and real world application of electromagnetic radiation • Laboratory practical skill and analytical technique development. YEAR TWO: • Scientific investigation (planning and carrying out) • Physiology of the human body. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Exam, coursework and controlled assessment • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC level three • Equivalent to one A Level. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including GCSE maths, science and English.

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BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Coach, teacher, personal trainer and professional sports player. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS (UK & USA): Sport, sports therapy and sports psychology. YEAR ONE: TOPICS • How the body functions and YOU’LL responds to exercise COVER • Sports injuries and rehabilitation • Fitness testing • Plan and deliver a six week training programme • Sports coaching • Technical and tactical sports skills • Social and cultural issues that affect sport. YEAR TWO: • Optional: L2 gym instructor course • Planning and leading sports activities • Sports nutrition and sports massage • How mind-sets can affect performance • Sport event management at a local school. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • 100% coursework • Exam board: OCR • CTEC Extended Diploma (level three) • Equivalent to three A Levels. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.


SPORTS SCIENCE 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 undertake a L2 gym instructor course alongside work experience in sports science laboratories at local universities.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Sports scientist, physiotherapist, sports therapist, sport nutrition expert and fitness instructor. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS (UK & USA): Sports science (physiology, psychology, biomechanics) and sports coaching/fitness. YEAR ONE: • Anatomy for sport and exercise • Sport and exercise physiology • Sport and exercise psychology.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

YEAR TWO: • L2 gym instructor course • Sport and exercise massage • Sports nutrition • Fitness testing and training. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • 100% coursework • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (level three) • Equivalent to one A Level. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English.

UNIFORMED PUBLIC SERVICES This two year course will teach you the basic skills required of a person working in the uniformed public services. You will participate in adventurous activities such as climbing and canoeing as well as course-related work experience.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Army, Navy, Air Force, police officer, fire fighter, paramedic and prison officer. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Management, business and public services. YEAR ONE: • Government, policies and TOPICS public services YOU’LL COVER • Discipline, leadership and teamwork • Citizenship, diversity and public services • Skills for land and water-based adventures • Crime and its effects on society • Designing training programmes. YEAR TWO: • Physical preparation, health and lifestyle • Overnight camping expedition • Land-based activities and personal training • Command structure in the uniformed services • Planning and managing major incidents • Land navigation by map and compass. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • 100% coursework • Exam board: OCR • BTEC Extended Diploma (level three) • Equivalent to three A Levels. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English. 59


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COURSE SELECTION: L2 COURSES These courses are studied in the first year of a three year programme. VOCATIONAL COURSES BUSINESS....................................................................62 CREATIVE CRAFT.........................................................62 HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE..............................................63 INFORMATION & CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY ................63 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES...............................................................64 MUSIC..........................................................................64 PERFORMING ARTS ....................................................65 SCIENCE (APPLIED) ....................................................65 SPORT.........................................................................66 UNIFORMED PUBLIC SERVICES..................................66 GCSES BIOLOGY ENGLISH MATHS

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BUSINESS (L2)

CREATIVE CRAFT (L2)

This one year course will provide you with a good introduction to a range of business areas from marketing, promotion and finance to customer service and teamwork. In addition, you’ll participate in course-related work experience. This course will prepare you for level three courses (A Level or vocational).

This one year course will develop your skills and techniques in painting, drawing, photography, image manipulation and animation. 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).

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POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Professional in: business operations, sales, marketing, human resources and customer services.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Designer, photographer, animator, illustrator and web designer.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Business, marketing, human resources and management.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Art Foundation, illustration, architecture, animation and photography.

FURTHER COLLEGE STUDY OPTIONS: Business, applied law and other level three vocational courses.

FURTHER COLLEGE STUDY OPTIONS: Fine art, textiles, photography, media studies, film studies and digital media (level three).

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• Painting and drawing (natural TOPICS forms and abstract art) using a YOU’LL range of painting and drawing COVER materials such as oil pastels, mixed media and acrylic paint • Photography – the structure of photographs, compositional rules and using Photoshop to develop and enhance photographs • Graphic communication – using photographs, text and graphics together to create meaning in original artwork and poster design.

Finance Enterprise in the business world Principles of marketing Principles of customer service Promoting a brand Retail business Principles of marketing Recruitment and selection Sales and selling.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams and coursework • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC National Extended Certificate (level two) • Equivalent to two GCSEs. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least four GCSEs at three, including English.

ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • 100% coursework and annotated workbooks • Exam board: NCFE • NCFE Certificate in Creative Craft (level two) • Equivalent to two GCSEs. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least four GCSEs at three, including English.

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HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (L2) This one year course covers a range of health and social care related topics that were compiled by both industry employers and professional bodies. You will be expected to complete course-related work experience. This course will prepare you for level three courses (A Level or vocational).

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Nurse, social worker, healthcare worker and teacher. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Nursing, midwifery (with sciences), healthcare and social work. FURTHER COLLEGE STUDY OPTIONS: Health and social care, childhood studies, science and sociology (level three). • • • • • •

Human lifespan development Nutrition and its impact Health and social care values Effective communication Individual rights Creative and therapeutic activities.

INFORMATION & CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY (L2) This one year course is highly practical. You will learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. In addition, you’ll participate in course-related work experience. This course will prepare you for level three courses (A Level or vocational).

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Software developer, web/content developer, mobile apps designer, games designer, programmer and IT/business analysis support. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Business information and technology, computer games technology, computer networks and cyber security. FURTHER COLLEGE STUDY OPTIONS: Business or IT (level three).

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams and coursework • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC First Certificate (level two) • Equivalent to two GCSEs. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least four GCSEs at three, including English.

• The online world • Technology systems • A digital portfolio - Digital audio - Creating digital animation - Website development.

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Two exams and coursework • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC Certificate (level two) • Equivalent to two GCSEs. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least four GCSEs at three, including English.

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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCE & HUMANITIES (L2) This one year course will introduce you to the basic concepts and theories of social sciences and humanities such as history, law, sociology and psychology. You’ll also participate in course-related work experience. This course will equip you with the skills needs to progress onto vocational level three courses.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Nurse, social worker, teacher, police officer, forensic professional and lawyer. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Law, nursing, sociology, social science, applied science, psychology and public services. FURTHER COLLEGE STUDY OPTIONS: Applied law, health and social care and criminology (level three). • Introduction to humanities TOPICS • Development of, and ethical YOU’LL issues in, social policy COVER • Introduction to sociology • Psychology (including social psychology) • Crime and the criminal justice system • Critical thinking • Setting learning goals • Plagiarism • Essay writing skills. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Portfolio work • Written assessments • Exam board: Ascentis • Certificate (level two) • Equivalent to two GCSEs. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least four GCSEs at three, including English. 64

MUSIC (L2) This one year course will give you an overview of the fundamental elements of music. It looks at different styles of music and reveals how the music industry works. You will 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).

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Musician, performer/entertainer, music/theatre technician, music therapist, music producer and teacher. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Music, music management, music production, musical theatre, music promotion and dramatic arts. FURTHER COLLEGE STUDY OPTIONS: Performing arts, music and dance (level three). • Music performance/practical TOPICS musicianship - developing YOU’LL instrumental technique, COVER rehearsing and performing in a band and as a soloist • Song writing techniques using industry standard macs and software • Music theory • Music business. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Practical performances (band and soloist) • Written work and presentations • Exam board: OCR • CTEC Extended Certificate (level two) • Equivalent to two GCSEs. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least four GCSEs at three, including English.


PERFORMING ARTS (L2)

SCIENCE (APPLIED) (L2)

This one year course is largely acting based, with some elements of singing and dancing included. You will take part in a range of dance, drama and music performance and also produce practical and theoretical work. In addition, you’ll participate in courserelated work experience. This course will prepare you for level three courses (A Level or vocational).

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. In addition, you’ll participate in course-related work experience. This course will prepare you for level three courses (A Level or vocational).

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Teacher, performer, arts administrator, entertainer, theatre technician and drama therapist.

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Laboratory worker, nurse, forensic scientist, biomedical scientist and horticulturalist.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Acting, musical theatre and dramatic arts. FURTHER COLLEGE STUDY OPTIONS: Performing arts, music and dance (level three). • The performing arts industry TOPICS (job roles and marketing) YOU’LL • Dance skills and techniques COVER (ballet, contemporary and commercial) • Musical theatre – performing in end of year production • Performance project – creating your own work using stimulus. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Coursework • Assessments • Exam board: OCR • CTEC Extended Certificate (level two) • Equivalent to two GCSEs.

POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Biomedical sciences, nursing and forensic sciences. FURTHER COLLEGE STUDY OPTIONS: Science (applied) and health and social care, at level three. • Life science (health, genetics etc.) • Chemical substances and reactions • Energy and the environment • Physical science (forces, the Universe etc.).

TOPICS YOU’LL COVER

ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • Coursework • Exam board: Pearson • Double BTEC Award (level two) • Equivalent to two GCSEs. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least four GCSEs at three, including English.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least four GCSEs at three, including English.

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SPORT (L2) This one year course combines the theory of sport with practical skills, including leadership. It involves course-related work experience and will prepare you for level three courses (A Level or vocational).

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Sport psychologist, coach, sport journalist and teacher. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS (UK & USA): Sports science, sports therapy, sports journalism, sports psychology and sports coaching. FURTHER COLLEGE STUDY OPTIONS: Sport (level three) or gym instruction (level two). • Sports performance TOPICS (training types, lifestyle factors YOU’LL and psychology) COVER • Participation in, and analysis of, your performance in sport • Anatomy and physiology for sport • Planning and leading sports activities. ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • 100% coursework • Exam board: NCFE • NCFE Extended Certificate for Sport • Equivalent to two GCSEs. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least four GCSEs at three, including English.

UNIFORMED PUBLIC SERVICES (L2) This one year course, which is linked to the National Citizenship Scheme, is ideal if you would like to enter a uniformed public service or progress on to an associated level three course. You will undertake course-related work experience and adventure training.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS: Armed forces, police officer, firefighter, prison officer and paramedic. POSSIBLE UNIVERSITY STUDY OPTIONS: Criminology and uniformed public services. FURTHER COLLEGE STUDY OPTIONS: Uniformed public services, applied law and criminology (level three). • Sport and recreation TOPICS (fitness testing for services, YOU’LL practical sport and coaching etc.) COVER • Uniformed public sector skills • Team building • National Citizen Service training programme • Adventurous activities (canoeing, climbing, hiking etc.). ASSESSMENT AND QUALIFICATION: • 100% coursework • Exam board: Pearson • BTEC Extended Certificate (level two) • Equivalent to two GCSEs. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: • At least four GCSEs at three, including English.

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COURSE SELECTION: PRE-L2 COURSES These courses are studied over a year and are aimed at students that have achieved level one or two 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 L1 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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THE APPLICATION PROCESS EXPLAINED

Decide on your courses

Come to an Open Evening

Apply as early as possible

Attend a preenrolment interview

Receive a conditional offer letter

Attend Welcome Evening with your parents

Take part in Transition Day

Attend an enrolment interview

YOU CAN APPLY IN ONE OF TWO WAYS 1

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Complete an online application at: www.richardtaunton.ac.uk

Download and complete a paper based application and send it to Admissions, Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, Hill Lane, Southampton, SO15 5RL.

KEY DATES 2018

SEPT: Start accepting applications 26 SEPT: Open Evening (6pm - 8pm) NOV: Pre-enrolment interviews begin

2019

6 FEB: Open Evening (6pm - 8pm) APR/MAY: Welcome Evenings (6.30pm - 8pm) 3 JULY: Open Evening (6pm - 8pm) JULY: Transition Day & Year 10 Taster Day AUG: Enrolment

Our admissions team is here to help you through the application process. If you have any questions please call 02380 514 776 or send an email to admissions@richardtaunton.ac.uk.

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TRANSPORT TO AND FROM COLLEGE Situated in the heart of Southampton, our extensive 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 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).

CYCLING We have a secure area for storing your bike. Showers and changing facilities are located in the sports department where you can freshen up. PARKING We have 155 parking spaces available, on a first come first served basis, to students on application. TRAINS Southampton Central is about a 30 minute walk to college, with direct routes from Totton, Eastleigh, Romsey and Winchester.

FINANCIAL TRAVEL SUPPORT

You may be entitled to help with the cost of your travel. For details contact Student Services. 70

MORE INFORMATION

Check out our website: (www.richardtaunton.ac.uk/about-us/find-us) or contact our travel experts in Student Services on 02380 514 720 or at studentservices@richardtaunton.ac.uk.


FAQS Q. WHEN CAN I APPLY? A. Our courses run from September to July. You can make an application from late September (the year before joining) onwards. We recommend that you apply by February to ensure that you secure your 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 Transition 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. We recommend that you visit lots of colleges to see which offers the right environment for you. (Check out the self-reflection questions on page 29.) In fact, 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 help and guidance. You can then try out various subjects on Transition Day. 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. Q. CAN I TRY OUT SOME COURSES? A. Yes you can. You’ll be invited to Transition Day at the start of July 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 attend a Taster Day in July, organised through your school. Q. HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK WILL I SPEND IN LESSONS? A. You will spend a minimum of 14 hours a week in lessons. You also need to factor in time for prep and enrichment activities. You are then expected to spend the same amount of time on independent study, outside of your lessons.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? NO PROBLEM!

Just visit the FAQ section of our website, located under our courses section, or contact us.

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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/ GUARDIANS/CARERS HERE’S A FEW KEY THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COLLEGE… 1. 2. 3. 4.

Students study a smaller number of subjects but in a lot more depth Students are expected to complete 13 hours of independent study each week Students have a greater level of independence Students have more accountability for their learning and behaviour.

HOLISTIC 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.

HERE’S AN OVERVIEW OF OUR HOLISTIC APPROACH TO EDUCATION AT RICHARD TAUNTON: LESSONS

PREP, 1:1S WITH TUTORS & STUDY PERIODS

CAREERS ADVICE & EVENTS

WORK EXPERIENCE & VOLUNTEERING

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

TRIPS & EVENTS

EXAMS & ASSESSMENTS

INDUSTRY WORKSHOPS

ACCELERATE PROGRAMME

On our website you can access our comprehensive ‘Guide for Parents, Guardians and Carers’. Go to the news and events section and click on publications. We will contact you directly if we have concerns about your child’s attendance, behaviour or wellbeing 72


INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/ GUARDIANS/CARERS HOW TO GET 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…

Meet the tutor event (Autumn term)

Parents’ Evenings (Spring term)

Non-attendance notifications

Progress Reviews 1:1 communication (Two/three per year) with tutors

Access to your child’s records online*

Written report on performance (annually)

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

GET THE PARENT PERSPECTIVE... The college has exceeded my expectations and offered so much more than just a learning environment.

says Mrs Humby, mother of Chloe

The college staff are always supportive, caring and helpful and good at building relationships.

says Mrs Ladbury, mother of Tom

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COURSE INDEX: LEVEL THREE COURSES A LEVELS (L3)

VOCATIONAL COURSES (L3)

ENGLISH LITERATURE............................... 39 FILM STUDIES............................................ 40 FRENCH...................................................... 40 GEOGRAPHY............................................... 41 HISTORY..................................................... 41 LAW............................................................ 42 MATHS........................................................ 42 MATHS (FURTHER)..................................... 43 MEDIA STUDIES.......................................... 43 MUSIC......................................................... 44 PHYSICS..................................................... 44 POLISH....................................................... 45 POLITICS.................................................... 45 PSYCHOLOGY............................................. 46 RELIGIOUS STUDIES ................................. 46 SOCIOLOGY................................................ 47 SPANISH..................................................... 47 STATISTICS................................................. 48 CORE MATHS (NOT A FULL A LEVEL)......... 48

Key:

ACCOUNTING............................................. 34 ART & DESIGN (FINE ART).......................... 34 ART & DESIGN (PHOTOGRAPHY)............... 35 ART & DESIGN (TEXTILES)......................... 35 BIOLOGY..................................................... 36 BUSINESS STUDIES................................... 36 CHEMISTRY................................................ 37 COMPUTER SCIENCE................................. 37 ECONOMICS............................................... 38 ENGLISH LANGUAGE.................................. 38 ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE......... 39

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ACTING........................................................... 50 APPLIED LAW.................................................. 50 ART & DESIGN................................................. 51 BUSINESS....................................................... 51 BUSINESS.................................................. 52 CHILDHOOD STUDIES............................... 52 CRIMINOLOGY................................................ 53 DANCE............................................................ 53 DIGITAL MEDIA ............................................... 54 GRAPHIC DESIGN........................................... 54 HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE............................... 55 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY...................... 55 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY.................................... 56 PERFORMING ARTS (MUSICAL THEATRE) ............ 56 PERFORMING ARTS (MUSICAL THEATRE)........ 57 POPULAR MUSIC ......................................... 57 SCIENCE (APPLIED)....................................... 58 SPORT....................................................... 58 SPORTS SCIENCE.......................................... 59 UNIFORMED PUBLIC SERVICES............... 59

Single award: Equivalent to one A Level qualification. Double award: Equivalent to two A Level qualifications. Triple award: Equivalent to three A Level qualifications.


COURSE INDEX: LEVEL TWO & PRE-LEVEL TWO COURSES LEVEL TWO VOCATIONAL COURSES

BUSINESS.............................................................. 62 CREATIVE CRAFT.................................................. 62 HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE...................................... 63 INFORMATION & CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY........ 63 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES...................................................... 64 MUSIC.................................................................... 64 PERFORMING ARTS ............................................. 65 SCIENCE (APPLIED).............................................. 65 SPORT ................................................................... 66 UNIFORMED PUBLIC SERVICES.......................... 66

PRE-LEVEL TWO COURSES

DIPLOMA IN VOCATIONAL STUDIES.......... 67 ENGLISH..................................................... 67 MATHS........................................................ 67

VISIT US ATTEND AN OPEN EVENING

WEDNESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018: 18.00 – 20.00 WEDNESDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 2019: 18.00 – 20.00 WEDNESDAY, 3 JULY 2019: 18.00 – 20.00 No need to register. Plenty of free parking on site.

*DISCLAIMER: the information in this prospectus was correct at the time of publication (August 2018) 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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