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Prospectus 2012-2013


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Dear Student,

Let me welcome you to our unique and independent Federation Sixth Form which provides courses for nearly 500 students. You will be able to access a variety of qualifications, including traditional A Levels, the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Vocational qualifications. Further opportunities will also be available to access Level 1 and Level 2 courses. Your time in our Federation Sixth Form will be enriched by your involvement in the international ethos of the Federation through our unique Community Action Service (CAS) Programme. Importantly, this aspect of Sixth Form life will allow you to become engaged with the local and wider community. This is an exciting time to be joining our Federation Sixth Form with unique opportunities to access national and international qualifications. During your Sixth Form studies you can expect to be taught by outstanding teachers who will inspire you and prepare you for Higher Education or employment, either in this country or abroad. We are proud of our high academic and vocational standards locally, nationally and internationally. Student performance in a range of qualifications is a strong feature of our Federation with examination results consistently high. I wish you well in your studies and look forward to welcoming you to our Federation Sixth Form.

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Yours sincerely

Dr R S Gibson Chief Executive Principal


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Contents Public Examination Results - 2011 (provisional) Key Stage 4 - GCSE Results

Sixth Form Prospectus | 2012-2013

WIA

YIA

5 or more A* - C Grades (inc. English and Maths)

90%

50%

5 or more A* - C Grades

80%

66%

WIA

YIA

A*/B Grades

45.6%

36.1%

A* - C Grades

72%

58.3%

Overall Points Score per student

839.3

647.0

Average Points Score per entry

217.8

203.0



Key Stage 5 - A Level Results

Key Stage 5 - IB Results 

WIA

24+ Diploma Points

100%

International Pass Rate

78%

A unique feature of the Winterbourne International Academy is its combination of IB and A Level Post-16 courses. 24 points at IB is the equivalent of more than three A grades at A Level. All IB students exceeded 24 points in 2011.

Welcome by Federation Director of Sixth Form

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Key Dates

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Ethos

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Why study with us?

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Course Index

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Choosing your courses

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Courses Explained: IBDP

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Courses Explained: Other Post-16

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Courses Explained: The Core

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Level 3 Courses

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Level 2 Courses

129

Level 1 Courses

139

Student Support

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Community

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Finance and Travel

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Dress and Appearance

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How to Apply

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Key Dates

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Introduction - making the right decision We are delighted to introduce you to The Ridings’ Federation Sixth Form. Our link means we are able to offer an even wider range of courses to suit the needs of the vast majority of students who wish to continue their Post-16 studies. The Ridings’ Federation Sixth Form promotes a culture which values learning and participation within a purposeful and businesslike environment. In addition to achieving academic success, we aim to work with you to develop your individual skills and interests, enabling you to enter the world as confident, independent, forward-looking individuals. The emphasis is on the active; we wish you to be encouraged and motivated to aim for higher aspirations and achieve greater accomplishments individually, but also as a member of The Ridings’ Federation of Academies, and beyond this as a global citizen. The decision to continue your education beyond the age of 16 is an important one. For many, life in the Sixth Form is at first quite different from their present experience. As an active student you will need to be responsible for the organisation of your work and you will experience more freedom to manage and develop your own interests. You will therefore need to show initiative, imagination and maturity in order to fulfil the aims decided on in consultation with us. It is essential that you receive sound advice when making the decision to enter Sixth Form education and that you discuss the implications with your parents/carers and teachers. The Federation Sixth Form provides the very best in terms of quality provision in the area. Serving up to 500 students we will be able to provide learning opportunities at all levels. We are proud of our International status and all students will be encouraged to engage with local and global communities, most notably through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Other Level 3 courses include an extensive

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range of A Levels and BTEC qualifications, as well as excellent Level 2 provision. Our students progress to further training or employment having gained relevant and appropriate sector skills qualifications. Access to other creditable and recognised qualifications such as CISCO networking are also available. The range and diversity of courses available for students joining the Federation Sixth Form is excellent, with access to over 50 courses on both sites. As our vision statement ‘Achieving Success through Motivation, Knowledge and Skills’ states, our focus is entirely on the development of the whole student. We aim to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to develop their individual talents and aptitudes both within and beyond the classroom. The Ridings’ Federation Sixth Form is a vibrant, caring and supportive community that equips students with the best possible preparation for their future lives. All community members of The Ridings’ Federation take advantage of opportunities to study and develop new skills, but also form lasting friendships and achieve academic success. Whether you stay for one, two or three years, we are sure your time with us will be enjoyable, challenging and productive.

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Key Dates 2nd September 2011

Application for entry 2012-13 opens Prospective Sixth Formers and their parents/carers are welcome to visit either Academy at any time. All we ask is that you telephone to arrange a suitable time.

10th November 2011

Prospective Sixth Form Open Evening Winterbourne International Academy

17th November 2011

Prospective Sixth Form Open Evening Yate International Academy

28th November 2011

IBDP and IBCC Information Evening

1st & 2nd December 2011

IBDP and IBCC Experience Days Join with our students to experience the IBDP and IBCC for a day, find out what the programme is really like.

16th December 2011

Deadline for first round applications Applications received by this date inform our curriculum model. We construct our timetable around student choice, applications received by this date decide the subjects offered in the 5 pools. Students who apply by this date are therefore most likely to be able to study all of their initial choices.

January/March 2012

Interviews All Year 11 students within Winterbourne and Yate Academies will be interviewed at this stage. All other applicants will also be interviewed following receipt of their application form. The interview is designed to ensure you are embarking on the correct pathway in relation to your prior performance and future career plans. Provisional places for those meeting the entry requirements for their chosen courses will be offered at this stage.

24th April 2012

Year 10 and Year 11 Advice and Information Evening For those Year 11 students who would benefit from further advice and guidance regarding Post-16 pathways and how to apply, and Year 10 students who are beginning to plan their Post-16 journey.

1st June 2012

Deadline for second round of applications. Applications received from January to the end of May will need to select options from the pools created following the first round of applications in December.

June-September 2012

Late applications Subject to places being available, applications will be considered until 21st September 2012. Please note that places are limited and early application is advised.

3rd & 4th July 2012

Year 11 into Year 12 Induction days

23rd August 2012

GCSE Results Day

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Our Ethos: Achieving success through Motivation, Knowledge and Skills The motto of The Ridings’ Federation of Academies is “Achieving success through Motivation, Knowledge and Skills” and within The Federation Sixth Form this underpins everything we do. Raising achievement in every aspect of a student’s life is our primary focus, and we seek to facilitate this through the development of learning, leadership and enjoyment. These three aspects are interconnected and together facilitate the raising of achievement. Students are encouraged to take positions of leadership, for example as Head Boy and Girl, House Captains, mentors for younger students and link ambassadors with Year 7 tutees. Students are also encouraged to develop leadership qualities through the wide range of events and functions on offer, for example the £10 challenge, where students had to devise innovative ways of raising funds, the ideas were wide ranging from cake sales to staff versus student football matches and even a dunk the Academy Principal in the pool event! When students act as leaders they learn essential skills for their future and enjoy what they are doing, and the achievements that result. Enjoyment is also fostered through the various events held by the Student Voice body and through learning in lessons and beyond, for example through the Federation Independent Skills Days.

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Our Ethos: Working within the Community ‘As four Year 12 Art students, we were provided with a great opportunity to deliver an Art workshop to 31 Year 1 and 2 pupils at Frampton Cotterell C of E Primary School. We decided that we should teach a lesson that the children would enjoy and that was personal. Having already studied Guido Danielle through our ‘Identity’ coursework earlier in the year, we agreed that Danielle would make an excellent artist to inspire the children - his style of painting animals on to hands is both fun and interesting! We planned the lesson entirely ourselves and prepared some shoes to create 3D canvases on which the children could paint their animals. We made our own examples and also prepared some visual resources of animals in advance. When we arrived at the school we set up the presentation and talked the children through the lesson plan, showing them the examples we had made. We then broke into groups and assisted them individually with painting their base colour and then adding the detail of the animals they had chosen. The children were surprisingly capable and all really well behaved. More importantly, they all appeared to enjoy the experience; some even wanted to continue after they had finished and so painted a second shoe! At the end of the lesson we asked them which their favourite designs were, and what they liked most about them. They were all very proud and wanted to show them off - as a result their teacher decided they would hold an exhibition and invite parents along to look at the work they had created. The creativity and imagination of the children was fascinating and the day’s experience gave us all more confidence to speak publicly.’

Hayley, Nicole, Lauren and Holly - Year 12 students, The Ridings’ Federation Sixth Form

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Our Ethos: Internationalism ‘Our world is a global village’. How many times have we heard this expression in the media? This common phrase points to an idiosyncrasy of the world we live in: a global society in which local issues quickly take on an international dimension, and therefore may have an influence on our daily lives. The Ridings Federation Sixth Form aims to deliver the very type of education that will equip our students to adapt to the ever-changing global village in which they live: international education. Our mission statement is twofold: 1 Bring the global dimension into the classroom by offering a dynamic and exciting curriculum supported by a range of international activities throughout the year. 2 Offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma, which provides a holistic approach with a broad range of learning areas, development of research and inquiry skills through its ‘Extended Essay’ and ‘Theory of Knowledge’ components as well as personal growth provided by the ‘Creativity, Action and Service’ element.

As you read through this prospectus you will find more information on the International Baccalaureate Diploma under the section entitled ‘Courses Explained: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme’. You will also find more about the internationalism of our Federation Sixth Form on our website www.trfa.org.uk/sixthform.

Federation Sixth Form involvement in International Events Students within the Federation Sixth Form have the opportunity to take part in a variety of International Events, two of the most notable over the past year were the lessons designed and delivered by Sixth Form students to students in lower Years and the recent Year 5 International Day hosted at Winterbourne International Academy with a number of active workshops manned by Sixth Formers. The visiting Year 5 students had an enjoyable day trying out martial arts and making paper lanterns, while the Sixth Formers learnt much about themselves as leaders and developed further their communication and motivation skills.

Our Federation Sixth Form provides a vibrant and exciting learning environment in which students thrive and learn to become excellent communicators, open-minded citizens, reflective and caring students , together with balanced individuals and enquirers. What better way is there to ensure young people entrusted in our care are equipped to find their place in this modern world?

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Why Study with Us?: A summary of strengths Why study at The Ridings’ Federation Sixth Form? Alongside the excellent range of courses available across the Academies, studying at our Federation Sixth Form has many advantages:

As well as academic and personal support, you can also look forward to: Being part of the: • Production of the Federation Sixth Form e-Newsletter.

• You will have a tutor/mentor and a Head of Year/Head of Sixth Form to monitor your progress and support you while you study here.

• Mentoring students within the Academies.

• We will set aspirational targets with you based on your ability, and regularly let you know how you are doing, and how you can do even better.

• Developing as a global citizen through international events and activities.

• You will build up good relationships with the staff here who want you to achieve your very best: not just academically, but personally too.

• Making the most of being yourself.

• The Federation Sixth Form has excellent facilities in all Departments and specialist staff in every area. • There is preparation for what you progress onto next; including preparation and advice for university application and funding, alongside careers advice if you want to go straight into employment.

• Taking part in the weekly BIG QUIZ with the whole Sixth Form.

• Helping to organise the Prom. • Taking part in field trips. • Enjoying a wide range of trips, including a visit to Prague. • Planning innovative ways to raise funds for charities. • Team building activities to build friendships. • Ready, Steady, Cook challenge.

• There are computer suites available every lesson specifically for Sixth Form use. • You will also have access to the Federation Sixth Form common room, where you can study during study periods, and relax at lunchtimes. On the Winterbourne site there is also a silent study area with computers. • Both sites have excellent library facilities. • All students have access to ‘EBSCO’ - an online resource allowing you to access the very latest papers and articles on any given topic area. • When you apply, we will give you good advice on what courses are most suited to your strengths and ambitions.

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Why study with us? The views of students joining The Ridings’ Federation of Academies

“Towards the end of Year 11, I felt that I would benefit from a change of environment and what better than a Sixth Form with an Outstanding Ofsted report. When I joined The Ridings’ Federation Sixth Form I had never heard of Winterbourne or knew of anyone at the Academy so I was very nervous, but from day one I was welcomed with open arms, friendly smiles and a supportive, caring attitude from the teachers. I soon settled into a structured daily routine and started to enjoy my academic life and studies. Since arriving at this Sixth Form with little to no confidence in myself or my ability to complete my work I feel I am a whole new person, filled with confidence and a willingness to give anything a go. I love how friendly and supportive the teachers are, stopping for chats during lunch and break and always willing to give up their time to go over work from lessons that you don’t understand. The friendliness of the students is unbelievable, you never see a student without a smile on their face or sat on their own, and I feel this is one of the best qualities the Sixth Form community has. I feel this Sixth Form has given me the support and confidence to reach my full potential and I could not recommend a better place to study.”

Sarah Munk

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Having lived abroad for ten years, returning to education in the UK was a big change. Upon joining The Ridings’ Federation Sixth Form I was welcomed by both the friendly staff and students. I feel that as an International Academy, the Sixth Form emphasises the importance of understanding the various cultures of different regions of the world. The teachers here have enabled me to reach my fullest potential in not only my academic subjects, but also in other areas such as leadership. At The Ridings’ Federation Sixth Form, there is not only a wide range of subjects to choose from but also provision for a wider range of opportunities to extend and develop my skills.

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Courses Level 3 courses

Economics (AS/A Level, Level 3)

51

German (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

72

Applied Art & Design (AS/A Level, Level 3)

30

English SL & HL (IBDP, Level 3)

52

German (AS/A Level, Level 3)

73

Art & Design (AS/A Level, Level 3)

31

English Language (AS/A Level, Level 3)

53

Health and Social Care (AS/A Level, Level 3)

74

Fine Art (AS/A Level, Level 3)

34

English Language & Literature (AS/A Level, Level 3) 54

History SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

75

Biology (AS/A Level, Level 3)

35

English Literature (AS/A Level, Level 3)

History (AS/A Level, Level 3)

77

Biology SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

36

ICT (OCR Nationals, Level 3)

78

Italian ab initio SL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

80

Law (AS/A Level, Level 3)

81

Mandarin ab initio SL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

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Mathematics (AS/A Level, Level 3)

85

Mathematical Studies SL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

87

Mathematics SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

90

Maths AS over 2 years (AS/A Level, Level 3)

91

Mechanical Engineering (BTEC, Level 3)

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Business & Management SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3) Business Studies (BTEC, Level 3) Business Studies (AS/A Level, Level 3) Chemistry SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3) Chemistry (AS/A Level, Level 3) Computing (AS/A Level, Level 3) Drama & Theatre Studies (AS/A level, Level 3) Economics SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

56

Environmental Systems and Societies SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

57

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Film SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

59

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Food Technology (AS/A Level, Level 3)

62

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Forensic Science (BTEC, Level 3)

63

42

French SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

64

43

French (AS/A Level, Level 3)

65

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Further Mathematics (AS/A Level, Level 3)

66

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Geography SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

67

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Geography (AS/A Level, Level 3)

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Media Studies (AS/A Level, Level 3)

93

Religious Studies (AS/A Level, Level 3)

115

Music SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

94

Sociology (AS/A Level, Level 3)

116

Music (AS/A Level, Level 3)

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Music Technology (AS/A Level, Level 3) Performing Arts (BTEC, Level 3) Philosophy SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

96 97 98

Philosophy (AS/A Level, Level 3)

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Photography (AS/A Level, Level 3)

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Physics SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3) Physics (AS/A Level, Level 3) Political Studies (AS/A Level, Level 3) Product Design (AS/A Level, Level 3) Psychology SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3) Psychology (AS/A Level, Level 3)

103 105 107 110 111 113

Social and Cultural Anthropology SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

117

Spanish ab initio SL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

118

Spanish SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

119

Spanish (AS/A Level, Level 3)

120

Level 2 courses Beauty Therapy / Massage (VTCT, Level 2)

130

Business (BTEC, Level 2)

131

Childcare (CACHE, Level 2)

133

Construction (BTEC, Level 2)

134

Engineering (BTEC, Level 2)

135

Hairdressing (VTCT, Level 2)

136

Sport Exercise and Health SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

121

Health and Social Care (BTEC, Level 2)

137

Sport (BTEC, Level 3)

122

ICT (BTEC, Level 2)

138

Sport Science (AS/A Level, Level 3)

123

Textiles (AS/A Level, Level 3)

124

Theatre SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

125

French (NVQ, Level 1)

140

Travel and Tourism (BTEC, Level 3)

126

German (NVQ, Level 1)

141

Visual Arts SL & HL (Element of IBDP, Level 3)

127

Spanish (NVQ, Level 1)

142

Level 1 courses

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Choosing your courses The Ridings’ Federation Sixth Form is based upon the principles of equality of opportunity and aspiration, we appreciate the individual needs of each student and have developed an entry policy to embrace this. In a move away from the traditional approach of Sixth Forms which state one entry policy for acceptance to their institution, we have developed the following table to guide you onto an appropriate Post-16 pathway. Based upon your GCSE predictions you will be able to see which pathway best suits you and choose a combination of courses from those suggested. We have also included a list of additional courses that are available and opportunities for Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) in which you can partake. It is important at this early stage to consider your wider development as an individual. The concept of Creativity, Action and Service derives from the IB Diploma Programme (see pages 19-24 for further details). At Winterbourne International Academy, CAS has run successfully for a number of years with many benefits to individuals and the community, so much so that it has been extended to all students within the Federation Sixth Form. As part of your CAS you will be encouraged to explore your personal development and take part in local and international service.

How to use this table: 1.  Know your predicted grades - these are available on your last progress report (if you are not currently at Winterbourne International Academy/Yate International Academy then please ask your school/Academy for this information) 2. Match your predictions to the appropriate level pathway 3. Read about the courses available and make your selections

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GCSE Predictions

Mainly A*- B’s (BTEC Distinction* / Distinction) in all subjects studied (inc English and Maths)

Suggested Levels of qualifications and number to be taken

4 Level 3 courses (possibly taking all 4 at A2) OR The IBDP

Additional qualifications recommended / to consider

EPQ OU unit of study Critical Thinking NVQ Language

Creativity, Action Service (all students should undertake CAS, it is compulsory as part of the IBDP)

Post-18 Progression routes

The following are examples of some of the opportunities on offer: Playwork course Sports Leaders Award

Mainly B’s and C’s (BTEC Merit) in all subjects studied (inc minimum of C’s in English and Maths)

4 Level 3 courses (dropping to 3 at A2) OR The IBDP

EPQ OU unit of study Critical Thinking NVQ Language

Primary school mentoring Academy mentoring programme

Higher Education

International school links

Employment and Training

Charity Work

Mainly C’s (BTEC Pass) in all subjects studied (inc minimum of C’s in English and Maths)

3 Level 3 courses (maintained to A2) OR The IBDP OR A combination of 3 Level 3 and 2 courses (NB some Applied and BTEC Level 3 courses should be considered)

Sign Language EPQ (level 3 or 2) OU unit of study General Studies ASDAN Level 3 NVQ Language

First Aid Circus Skills Wide range of sports Work experience Drama and musical productions Maths challenge

5 passes, mainly C’s (BTEC Pass)

2 Level 3 courses (combined with additional qualifications) OR A combination of 2-3 Level 3 and 2 courses (NB some Applied and BTEC Level 3 courses should be considered)

Work shadowing EPQ (Level 3 or 2) OU unit of study General Studies ASDAN Level 2 or 3 Maths / English resit NVQ Language

We are also happy to help you develop any further ideas you may have - CAS is about you!

Foundation Degrees Higher Education Employment and Training

EPQ (Level 2 or 1) A combination of Level 2, or ASDAN Level 1, 2 or 3 5 passes, C-G (BTEC Pass) Level 1 and 2 courses Maths / English resit NVQ Language

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Courses explained: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme The IB Diploma is designed to be flexible and broad offering a dynamic and challenging programme of study suitable to prepare you for life and university. Select one subject from each of the six Groups: 3 at Standard Level & 3 at Higher Level Want to study two from the same Group? You can select any second subject from Groups 2 - 4 instead of choosing a Group 6 subject Maths not your strong point? You can choose mathematical studies

IB Learner Profile IB Learners strive to be • Inquirers

• Open-minded

• Knowledgeable

• Caring

• Thinkers

• Risk-takers

• Communicators

• Balanced

• Principled

• Reflective

These values are embedded throughout all aspects of the IB Diploma and across The Ridings’ Federation of Academies. The Ridings’ Federation aims to develop responsible global citizens in all Students. ‘IB programmes promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge.’

Never studied a language? You can learn a new language from scratch - I.e. ‘ab initio’ Group 1

• English

Group 2

• French • German • Spanish • Spanish ab initio • Italian ab initio • Mandarin ab initio

Group 3

• History • Geography • Psychology • Philosophy • Economics • Business & Management • Social & Cultural Anthropology • Environmental Systems & Societies (can be studied as either Group 3 or Group 4)

Group 4

• Biology • Chemistry • Physics • Sport, Health & Exercise • Environmental Systems & Societies (can be studied in either Group 4 or Group 3)

Group 5

• Mathematics • Mathematical Studies

Group 6

• Visual Arts • Theatre • Music • Film OR Choose another from Group 2 - 4

International Baccalaureate Organisation, IBO

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The Core Creativity, Action, Service Students engage in a whole variety of events and activities throughout the programme focusing on developing their creativity, action and community service. A designated CAS Coordinator supports the students in achieving their individual and group goals, whether this is a fun run charity event, abseil down the BRI hospital, a horse riding competition, Duke of Edinburgh Award or helping at a local primary school. In addition, students engage in joint ventures, such as running a big international day for primary children and a team building activities weekend.

Theory of Knowledge Students attend designated lessons focusing on how they perceive the world, critical thinking and reflection. Students engage in presentations and debates which help prepare them for university, careers and interviews. Students currently at university having completed the IB Diploma have reported that both the Theory of Knowledge lessons and CAS experiences have helped them significantly in their personal and academic life.

Extended Essay An extended essay is completed on a topic of your choice and supported by a designated extended essay supervisor. In addition, students are given one week off timetable to complete their research, including trips to local universities to complete their studies. The extended essay has been particularly useful to those wanting to continue their studies at university in the completion of their dissertation. In addition to the six subjects, students complete ‘The Core’ comprising of three elements which aim to develop personal life skills such as confidence in presenting, critical thinking and how to organise events. Students who have completed the IB Diploma, university representatives and industry have said that this is a valuable aspect of the programme which distinguishes IB students from the rest. Find out more of their thoughts on our website.

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Why study the IB Diploma? The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a high quality internationally recognised qualification undertaken by over 900,000 students in over 140 Countries The Programme offers a broad spectrum of learning areas and a core component focusing on the development of personal life skills suitable for progression to higher education as well as key skills and experience useful in the workplace. If you are not sure what you want to do but enjoy a challenge, then the Diploma Programme is right for you. Students who have selected the IB Diploma at Winterbourne International Academy over the years have done so for a variety of reasons. Some simply did not want to specialise so soon, some wanted to become vets and required Sciences and Mathematics but were not ready to discontinue other subjects they enjoyed, some wished to continue their studies abroad at international universities, some were interested in developing international mindedness, some were keen on the Core aspects or prospects of travel and some wanted the breadth and depth of the programme, which is so attractive to universities and the workplace. Whatever your interests and personal skills, you will benefit greatly from the Core component. Our extensive international partnerships and video conferencing facilities enable travel opportunities and a full programme of events and activities to provide a real international experience.

“I wanted to do IB because I have a great interest in diverse cultures and aspire to work abroad with languages some day.” Amie Brillu Ogden, Year 13IB Student

“IB is well known to us for excellent preparations. Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript.” Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Director of Undergraduate Admission, Harvard University

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“The IB Diploma was definitely the right choice for me at Sixth Form. Even with the six subjects and the Core, I have enjoyed every aspect of it. I feel prepared for university and have already received offers from all five Universities I have applied for. The IB has helped me learn skills like essay writing and independent thinking which are essential for the future. I now look forward to studying Psychology at Southampton University.�

Alena Mogilina, IB Leaver 2011

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Fun and fulfilling How is the IB Diploma received by Universities? The IB Diploma is a recommended programme of study if you are thinking of progressing to university. Students currently at University have reported that the IB Diploma Programme fully prepared them to undertake their degree with ease. Our students who have completed the IB Diploma Programme have undertaken a whole range of courses at various universities such as: Course

Higher Education Institute

Physics

University of Bath

Veterinary Science

University of Bristol

Mathematics

University of Warwick

Biomedical Science

University of Southampton

Mandarin & Spanish

University of Manchester

Arabic Studies

SOAS

Business Studies (sponsored by LOGIKA)

University of Reading

“Recognised as the leader in international education, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme fosters the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable students to excel in university.” IBO Right: Jenny Gregory & Rebecca Whalley, currently completing the second Year of their chosen degree courses.

“I am a great admirer of the already existing International Baccalaureate and am determined to support a wider take up of that qualification.” Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

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Summary of key findings of recent research conducted by HESA: • 44.2% of IB Higher Education entrants holding 35 or more IB points attended a top 20 Higher Education Institution. • 91.0% of IB Higher Education entrants holding 44-45 points attended one of the top 20 Higher Education Institutions. • IB students go on to be employed in graduate level jobs and in higher paid occupations.

• An IB team to provide support throughout the Programme • An assigned tutor with an international and IB specialism to provide pastoral support • Excellent opportunities through the Creativity, Action, and Service Programme • Video conferencing facilities to connect with Schools and organisations all over the World • One of a handful of schools to achieve the International School Award ‘Ambassador’ status

Why study the IBDP at The Ridings’ Federation Sixth Form?

• Strong relationships with local industry and universities

• Winterbourne International Academy is in its’ sixth year of delivering the IB Diploma

• Tutorial Programme, personal counselling, learning support and personal skill development

• Career advice and guidance

• With the broadest choice of subjects on offer in the South West • A full commitment to internationalism across the Academies • Fully trained and experienced specialist teachers

For further information

• An excellent record of results

please contact:

• A member of IBSCA

Mrs. Shelley Swift Federation Head of International & IBDP Coordinator

• Coordination of network events with other IB Schools • Extensive international partnerships across the world • A designated international room

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• International travel opportunities • Events, conferences and excursions

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Courses explained: Other Post 16 qualifications A Levels (Level 3)

Applied A Levels (Level 3)

• A Levels are based upon either four or six units of approximately equal size.

There are two types of Applied qualifications available within our Sixth Form:

• Half of these make up an Advanced Subsidiary (AS) course, representing the first half of an A Level. The standard of work required is approximately halfway between that of a GCSE and a full A Level. These units are normally assessed during Year 12. Certification of the result means that the subject does not have to be continued into Year 13 and can be discontinued at this stage.

1. A three unit Subsidiary Award, equivalent to an AS Level which is a one year course. However, the qualification will not be awarded until the spring of the following academic year.

• The other units are known as A2, representing the second half of the A Level. These will be examined in Year 13. • Both AS and A2 courses include the opportunity to sit the unit examinations in January and June. Retakes are possible but will need to be funded by students or their parents/carers. • AS and A2 units count equally towards a full A Level award. • Grading is awarded on an A-E (A*-E at A2) scale with a U for a fail, otherwise known as Unclassified. • The majority of students follow four subjects in Year 12 and reduce to three in Year 13. It is also possible to continue with all four in Year 13. A small percentage of our students take only three AS levels, however it is Sixth Form policy not to allow students to take fewer than three AS/A2 Levels in either Year 12 or 13 if following a Level 3 only programme.

2. A six unit Single Award, equivalent to one A Level which is a two year course. Applied GCE’s have the same pass grades as standard A Levels, i.e. A to E (A*-E at A2) with a U grade being a fail. As with A Levels, unit tests may be re-taken but will need to be funded by students or their parents/carers. Other significant features of Applied A Levels include: • Students work on their own and as part of a team; • Students need to be motivated and have good time management skills to ensure they meet deadlines; • Short projects and longer assignments are expected and students may gain experience in the workplace; • The close links that have been established with a wide variety of employers and relevant agencies in the area provide research opportunities. Presentations and seminars are also provided by employers; There will be opportunities to take part in educational visits in the UK and possibly abroad; • Of the three units undertaken each year, two are portfolio based and one is assessed by exam.

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BTEC (Level 2 or 3)

VTCT (Level 1 & 2)

• BTEC qualifications are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications

• An abbreviation for courses provided by The Vocational Training Charitable Trust.

• BTECs offer learners the opportunity to study programmes that have been developed in consultation with industry and professionals ensuring that the programmes are progressive, relevant and recognised by professional bodies, employers and universities.

• They are specialist work-related qualifications.

• Skills gained through the course process include communication, problem-solving as well as the production of professional level presentations and reports.

• Students follow a modular course with a range of both practical and theoretical assessments. • VTCT qualifications are flexible and can be taken alongside other L2/3 courses. • There are no external examinations

• BTEC qualifications are flexible and can be taken alongside other A Levels and Applied courses. • All BTECs are made up of core and specialist units. • BTECs are assessed using laid down Assessment Criteria, these are translated into assessment tasks which are assessed. • A learner will have the opportunity to receive a Pass, Merit, or Distinction grade for each unit of the programme. • There are no external examinations in BTEC programmes.

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Courses explained: The Core Personal, Learning, Thinking Skills Universities and the world of work seek individuals who have initiative and are adept in a variety of skills. The Personal, Learning, Thinking Skills are essential tools for effective study and achievement in the workforce. Through your subject courses and the Tutorial Programme students will have the opportunity to be:

All Level 3 only students in Year 12 (non IB) will develop these skills through the study of General Studies which is a skill-based course. It encourages thinking across subject specialisms through evaluative study of cultural, scientific and social domains. General Studies will develop thinking and analytical skills, the capacity to construct arguments, communication and presentation skills, all valuable in Higher Education and the workplace. Students will also have the opportunity to develop skills further through the options listed in the table. We thoroughly recommend all students select an additional course. Due to the timings of some courses it may be possible to select more than one. This will be discussed with you at interview.

• Independent Enquirers • Creative Thinkers • Reflective Learners • Self-managers • Effective Participators • Team Workers

Course Name

Time Frame and Time Commitments

Suited to which students?

Course outline

Skills Developed

Assessment method

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The taught element runs from September of Year 12, planning begins in February and the project is written in June-August. Final submission will be in December of Year 13. You will be supported by a supervisor through regular sessions during this period.

Level 3 students, particularly those applying for Higher Education.

Learners will identify, design, plan and complete an individual project based around one or more of their subject areas or an issue that interests them. Previous titles include: ‘Can Science explain the nature of happiness?’ ‘Is graffti art or vandalism?’

Widely valued amongst universities and employers because it develops valuable skills

Assessment 100% coursework. The completed Production log and Assessment record and the Project product including a written element are the method of assessment. Products may include models, dvds of performances, photos in addition to a written record of between 1000 and 5000 words.

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‘Is the media to blame for Islamophobia?’ ‘Should the voting age be lowered to 16?’ ‘An investigation into whether ASBOs are an effective method of solving antisocial behaviour’. Individual projects may contribute to a group project. Learners will agree a project with their supervisor, carry out a production log throughout the process and submit a product including a written element. On completion learners will give a presentation to a non-specialist audience.

such as the ability to research, manage time effectively, think creatively and critically and evaluate.


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Open University module

Begins after AS exams in May/June of Year 12, worked on over the summer and submitted in October of Year 13. Alternatively courses can be selected that run at other times during Year 13. You will be supported through resources provided by the OU and a supervisor at the academy.

Level 3 students, particularly those applying for Higher Education.

Learners will select from the vast array of courses on offer with the Open University.

Widely valued amongst universities and employers because it develops valuable skills such as the ability to research, manage time effectively, think creatively and critically and evaluate. There is a section on the UCAS form to acknowledge this qualification.

Varies dependent on which module is selected, usually an essay and/or short test questions online.

Introduction to Playwork

10 week course during terms 1&2

Compulsory for all CACHE students and suited to Level 2 or 3 students interested in working with children in a play setting.

Learners will undertake work experience and learn about childcare, the qualification will enable them to seek employment in government run school holiday schemes.

It is a recognised qualification in the fields of children’s play, education, social work and medical settings.

100% coursework / successful completion of placements.

39 week course delivered after the academy day in 1.5 hour sessions

Level 2 or 3 students who would like a more formal qualification and is considering work with children in a play, education, social work or medical setting

Learners will undertake work experience and learn about childcare, the qualification will enable them to seek employment in a childcare setting.

Accredited by the CACHE providers it is a recognised qualification in the fields of children’s play, education, social work and medical settings.

100% coursework / successful completion of placements.

September to January for AS, January to June for A2.

Level 3 students with an interest in analysing and forming arguments.

Unit 1: Introduction to identifying reasoning, analysing and evaluating argument, responding to argument and presenting argument.

The course is not content specifc but rather develops analytical, evaluative and personal reasoning skills.

Assessment 100% examination. Two 1.5 hour exams of equal weighting.

Languages are valued in all sectors of education and the world of work, it could open greater opportunities to work abroad.

100% coursework.

(15-20 places)

Level 2 Play Work Award (20-25 places)

Critical Thinking

2 timetabled lessons a fortnight supported by a teacher, plus 2 hours a week personal study through online learning.

NVQ Languages (French, German or Spanish)

3 lessons a fortnight.

Unit 2: Application of critical skills to the assessment of information and data, and to drawing inferences. Introduction of a range of skills related to understanding and using data. Any student interested in learning a new language or continuing with a language they have already studied at GCSE / Level 1 NVQ but with a business focus.

The course aims to enable students to learn the practical basics of a new language or develop an existing language basis within a more business-orientated context.

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Art & Design

Level 3 Courses

30-31

Geography

67-71

Physics

German

72-73

Political Studies

107

74

Product Design

110

Fine Art

34

Biology

35-36

Health and Social Care

Business

37-40

History

Chemistry

42-43

ICT

78

75-77

Computing

45

Italian Ab Initio

80

Drama & Theatre

47

Law

81 84

Economics

50-51

Mandarin Ab Initio

English

52-56

Mathematics

85-91

Psychology

103-105

111-113

Religious Studies

115

Sociology

116

Social & Cultural Anthropology

117

Spanish

118-120

Environmental

57

Mechanical Engineering

92

Film

59

Media Studies

93

Food Technology

62

Music

Forensic Science

63

Performing Arts

97

Theatre 125

Philosophy

98

Travel & Tourism

126

Visual Arts

127

French

64-65

Further Mathematics

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Photography

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Applied Art and Design (Single and Double Award) Exam Board OCR

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? This course provides an excellent opportunity for students who have a real enthusiasm and commitment for the subject. A key aspect of the course is that students understand and have experience of art and design as a vocation. You will learn from practising artists and designers, through visits, work experience and responding to live briefs set by outside organisations. Professional practice is an integral part of all projects. You will work in a range of materials and have the availability of a dedicated studio room. The course will stimulate your art skills, creativity and imagination, helping you to develop new skills and a process of developing solutions to creative briefs.

How will I be assessed? In the single award you will complete three units each year, in the double award six. Each unit lasts around 14 weeks and you will have feedback through the unit. Two thirds of the units are coursework based and one third externally set assignments. As a vocational course, students will have the opportunity of working in all

areas of art and design: fine art painting, printmaking and sculpture, 2D graphic design, digital media, 3D ceramics building a portfolio of work, which either shows a range of disciplines or demonstrates a specialism in one area. There is a flexibility of choice with a number of units. The coursework nature of the majority of the course allows students to have a clear picture of progress and grades over the year.

What will I be studying? The course incorporates a wide range of flexibly structured units to give candidates plenty of choice to form qualifications specific to their personal aptitudes, interests and ambitions. AS Single award: Unit 1 Nature in Art: 2D and 3D skills, materials and techniques (portfolio) Working from natural forms’, museum visit, Initial development of skills then more specialist choices for final outcome. Unit 2 Bookcover Design: Communication and meaning through visual language (portfolio); study of contemporary design; visit to bookshop; wide range of research in a variety of mediums; final outcome presentation to client;

AS Double Award: The creative process (examination); Graphic Design (portfolio); Lens-based media and multimedia (portfolio). A2 Single Award: Professional practice and progression (examination); Decorative imagery (coursework); Optional unit choice e.g. Multimedia Specialisms (coursework). A2 Double Award: Students will select from optional units (Spatial Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Fine Art and Textiles), a combination that best suits their chosen future Art and Design career.

What could I do after the course? The course is the ideal preparation for a career in a variety of areas such as Graphic Design, Fashion, Textiles, Advertising, Photography, Interior Design, Theatrical Design, Architecture and Media. Students may enter Higher education directly or via a foundation course. Entry into employment at trainee level within a range of art and design environments is also possible. Students have also gone on to a range of degrees having gained from the experience and variety of a creative course which has been valued by employers and universities.

Unit 3 Preparing and Working to a Brief (examination) Research leading up to 10 hour exam.

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Art and Design Exam Board AQA

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? This course is for students who enjoy being practical and creative. You’ll have an inquisitive nature, want to develop your art skills and experience a range of different media, techniques and processes; from charcoal to sculpting and digital editing to traditional printing. This course centres on ‘hands-on’ experience as it’s the work you produce that counts. Therefore, you need to have the dedication and enthusiasm to realise your creations beyond the confines of class time. This course will allow you to develop your creativity and independence of thought, whilst embracing your imagination to create visually expressive outcomes.

How will I be assessed? In the first year, your coursework accounts for 50% of the AS mark and the externally-set assignment accounts for the other 50% (together 50% of your A Level). The second year is exactly the same, with 25% of the A Level marks awarded for your coursework, which will include

a 1000-3000 word essay and the externally-set assignment, which accounts for the other 25%.

What will I be studying? AS: You will create your first coursework unit on ‘Identity’, where you will explore a range of techniques, processes and media. The aim of the course is to develop your ideas and expertise in working towards creating several substantial images and sculptures. You will be expected to record your research, planning, experimentation and ideas in a portfolio.

‘A chance to express yourself through drawings.’ In January you will be issued with the externally set assignment, where you will have an 8 week period to research, plan and develop ideas. You will be expected to produce developed responses in a range of media and complete within a 5 hour period of supervised time. A2: You will build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in the AS course but with greater depth. The coursework unit is a personal study module where you will develop work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of your own choosing, supported

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by 1000-3000 words. In January you will be issued with the externally set assignment, where you will have an 8 week period to research, plan and develop ideas. You will be expected to produce developed responses in a range of media and complete a 15 hour period of supervised time.

What could I do after the course? Being creative is the next big thing. Every good company realises that creativity and good design are important factors in generating new business. Therefore, your creativity isn’t just a way of satisfying your artistic soul... it can open the door to exciting career opportunities as well. After completing an A Level in Art many students go on to take a Higher Education course in Art and Design, then aim to join the world of advertising as graphic designers, illustrators, typographers, or become painters, sculptors, textile designers, fashion designers, photographers to name just a few. The career opportunities following this course are many and varied and for those wishing to follow a career in Art and Design, this is the first step to a Higher Education course.


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Fine Art Exam Board AQA

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for?

to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation. Students should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, land art, installation, printmaking, film, animation, television, video and photography.

Students with creative flair and commitment to see an idea through from concept to realisation. This requires patience, analysis, reflection and practical ability.

In February, students will be issued with the externally set assignment where the emphasis is on the development of ideas.

How will I be assessed?

‘Make sure you are committed, don’t do it because it seems easy.’

50% Examination 50% Coursework

What will I be studying? AS: Students will complete their first coursework unit on ‘Identity/Portraits’, where they will explore a wide range of techniques, processes and media. The aim of the course is to develop students’ ideas and expertise in working towards creating several substantial images and/ or sculptures. Students will be expected

Students will have a period of time too research, plan and develop ideas. They will be expected to produce developed responses in a range of media and complete within a 5 hour period of supervised time, this usually takes place about halfway through and students are expected to develop their ideas further from this point into a fully realised piece.

A2: Students wishing to take this course must complete the AS course in Year 12 to be accepted. On the A2 course students will build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained on the AS course but with greater depth of study. The coursework unit is a personal investigation where students will develop work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of the student’s own choosing, supported by 1000-3000 words. In February, students will be issued with the externally set assignment, where they will have a period of time to research, plan and develop ideas. They will be expected to produce developed responses in a range of media and complete within a 15 hour period of supervised time.

What could I do after the course? A degree in an Art related subject or a design-related career.

‘A wide range of materials and studio-type working space are provided for you. This makes the working atmosphere more comfortable and free as you have a wide space you can work on.’

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Biology Exam Board OCR

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Biology is a subject that can provide you with great enjoyment and respect for all things living. It will enable you to acquire biological knowledge and an appreciation of its significance. You will develop many of the topics you have already studied and be introduced to some new exciting areas of Biology in the contemporary world. Biology is a practical science subject, therefore you will develop experimental skills and an understanding of the scientific method. If you are interested in gaining some understanding of the dynamic and exciting nature of biology today, and an awareness of the ethical, technological and economic aspects of this subject, then Biology is for you.

How will I be assessed? AS: 80% examination. Two papers, one sat in January, one in June.

20% Practical Skills Assessment, three tasks taken during the year A2: 80% examination. Two papers, one sat in January, one in June. 20% Practical Skills Assessment, three tasks taken during the year

‘I came to this Sixth Form because it is local to my home and I enjoyed the Academy in lower years’. Edward Spalding What will I be studying? AS: A one-year course, normally taken in Year 12. Students take two content-based units plus one unit of associated practical skills. Topics covered include the study of cell structure, membranes and division, exchange surfaces and breathing, transport systems in plants and animals, biological molecules, diet and food production, health and disease and biodiversity and evolution.

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A2: This is a two-year course in which students must complete the AS course in Year 12 followed by two further content-based units and one unit of associated practical skills in Year 13. Topics covered include homeostasis, the nervous and endocrine systems, functions of the liver and kidney, photosynthesis, respiration, the genetic code and DNA, meiosis and genetics, cloning in animals and plants, gene technologies, biotechnology, ecosystems, population studies, the responses of animal and plants to environmental stimuli. Students also attend a Biology field course to study ecology in Dorset. Students wishing to go on to study Biology at university should choose Chemistry and either Maths, Statistics or Physics as the best A Level combination

What could I do after the course? There are many options available to biologists in the food, drink and biochemical industries, medical and veterinary sciences, forestry and agriculture, conservation, civil service and teaching.


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Biology (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board

What will I be studying?

IBO

The Biology course is intended to give students a broad, general understanding of the principles of Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Human Physiology, Ecology and Genetics. Biological topics are examined in view of their social, ethical and environmental implications; this fosters a coherent understanding of Biology and investigative thinking.

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? Any students wishing to pursue Biology related degrees at university such as Biology, Zoology, Environmental Studies or careers in science or health related industries.

How will I be assessed? Higher Internal Assessment 24% External Assessment 76% Standard Internal Assessment 24% External Assessment 76%

The following core topics are studied at both levels: Cells; The Chemistry of Life; Genetics, Ecology and Evolution; and Human Health and Physiology.

or problem, which will enable them to develop their personal skills. At Higher Level, students take further modules including Plant Science, Nucleic Acids and Proteins, and Defence against Infectious Disease.

What could I do after the course? There are many options available to Biologists in the food, drink and biochemical industries, medical and veterinary sciences, forestry and agriculture, conservation, civil service and teaching.

All Students must participate in the Group 4 Project - an interdisciplinary activity in which all Science students work collaboratively to analyse a topic

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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Business and Management (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 years

Who is the course for? Business and Management is the study of the ways in which individuals and groups interact in a dynamic business environment and the transformation of resources. It examines how business decisions are made and the impact of these decisions on internal and external environments. Business and Management students will want to make sense of the circumstances that drive change in an interdependent and multicultural world, rigorously and critically analysing and evaluating the ideals and ethics of international cooperation, cultural diversity and responsible citizenship.

How will I be assessed? Higher Internal Assessment (2000 words) 25% External Assessment (Two exams - paper 1 is based on a pre-released case study) 75% Standard Internal Assessment (1500 words) 25% External Assessment (Two exams - paper 1 is based on a pre-released case study) 75%

At both levels the assessment can be chosen from any topic in the syllabus. All exams examine the whole syllabus at the appropriate level

What will I be studying? All students complete a written assessment and study the core curriculum, consisting of: Business Organisation and Environment This includes the nature of business activity, types of organisation, organisational objectives, stakeholders, external environment, planning tools, growth and evolution, globalisation. Human Resources This includes human resource planning, organisational structure, communication, leadership and management, motivation. Accounts and Finance This includes sources of finance, investment appraisal, working capital, final accounts, ratio analysis. Marketing This includes the role of marketing, marketing planning, product, price, promotion, place (distribution), international marketing, E-commerce. Operations Management This includes production methods, costs and revenues, break-even analysis, quality assurance, location, production planning.

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Higher Level students complete extension study in the above topics which includes change and the management of change, organisational and corporate cultures, employer and employee relations, crisis management and contingency planning, budgeting, innovation, project management and also one extension topic; Business Strategy, which includes strategic analysis, strategic choice, strategic implementation.

What could I do after the course? Future careers may include management, retail, marketing, sales, accountancy, research, the civil service and consultancy. It is widely accepted by universities for many diverse courses.

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‘I enjoy it because it helps me with real life situations. Also, it is coursework based which is better because I feel I understand more’.

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Business Studies (BTEC National Level 3) Exam Board Edexcel

How long is the course? At AS Level, students will be awarded a BTEC Certificate. At A2 Level, students will have the opportunity to either complete their one A-Level (Subsidiary Diploma) or two A-Levels (Diploma).

Who is the course for? This course is for dedicated, flexible and independent learners who have the desire and drive to develop their understanding of the business world. Students must be organised and have the ability to complete coursework or assessments under tight deadlines. Work must be presented in a professional manner with good spelling and grammar delivered throughout. Students must complete all tasks to achieve a pass in the course and must therefore be self motivated to succeed taking responsibility for their own learning and achievement with the guidance of their teacher.

How will I be assessed? This course is 100% coursework or portfolio based, however, assessment of each task will be flexible with your

teacher. For example, some assessment may take place via the creation of a presentation, a role play scenario equipped with witness statements, small group activities, podcast or video creation, internet research, case study analysis, report writing, event participation along with observer feedback and many more assignment outcomes.

What will I be studying? This BTEC National is designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in the vocational sector of business studies. The course will give students the understanding and skills that are needed to prepare for the competitive employment sector. The course explores four core units giving students an introduction to and understanding for the business environment, management of resources, marketing and communication- all fundamental to the success of business organisations. The core units are then followed by a series of optional units of which the teacher will tailor to the needs of the class. Optional pathways include accounting, marketing, management, law, retail, business environment, ethics, and human resources.

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The number of these optional units depend on if you have chosen to study your BTEC to the equivalent of one or two A-Levels. Each unit however, offers a fantastic insight into the diverse nature of business, builds students’ confidence and communication skills needed to enter into the business industry. Where possible interaction with local businesses is encouraged and for students to keep ahead of current business issues throughout the global media.

What could I do after the course? This course is an excellent and exciting opportunity for any student wishing to enter Higher Education or pursue a wide range of opportunities in the world of business. For example, students will have the potential to become an entrepreneur, general management, work for advertising agencies, accountancy firms, human resources, global marketing corporations, recruitment, and operations management. An endless list of brilliant opportunities!


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Business Studies Exam Board OCR

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? This course is for dedicated, independent learners who have the desire and drive to develop their understanding of the business world. Students must be keen to do well in examination situations and have the ability to delve into a company’s strategy through the use of case study analysis.

including the marketing function, the role of accounting and finance, issues relating to people within organisations and the principles of operations management. A2: This is a two year course in which students take the AS course in Year 12 followed by a further two units in Year 13, which are an optional unit and ‘Strategic Management within a Business’. This final unit is a combination of knowledge learnt through the two years and encompasses economic, political issues, global business awareness and social change within businesses of today.

100% Examination. Two exams at AS level and a further two exams at A2.

Students are encouraged to understand business from a strategic view and to keep abreast of current business topics to deepen their learning of theoretical knowledge learnt in class.

What will I be studying?

What could I do after the course?

AS: At AS Level there are two units of study.

This course is an excellent and exciting opportunity for any student wishing to enter Higher Education or pursue a wide range of opportunities in the world of business. For example, students will have the potential to become an entrepreneur, general management, work for advertising agencies, accountancy firms, human resources, global marketing corporations, recruitment, and operations management. An endless list of brilliant opportunities!

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 is ‘An Introduction to Business’: candidates gain an appreciation of the nature of business, learn how businesses can be classified, see what the objectives of business may be and consider other influences on business. Unit 2 is ‘Business Functions’: candidates gain an appreciation of different departments of a business

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Chemistry (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for?

practical and investigational skills. All students study the essential (CORE) elements of the subject: Atomic Theory, Stoichiometry, Periodicity, Bonding, States of Matter, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Oxidation and Reduction, and Organic Chemistry.

Any student who wishes to pursue a career in Medicine must take Chemistry. It is also suited to those wishing to pursue a science-related career. As it develops practical, numerical, problem solving and communication skills, it is valued in many careers.

Within each topic the material is divided into Standard and Additional Higher. The difference in difficulty can be quite considerable. A more in-depth study of two particular aspects (OPTIONS) is also undertaken.

‘The facilities and apparatus for experiments are excellent’

All Students must participate in the Group 4 Project - an interdisciplinary activity in which all Science students work collaboratively to analyse a topic or problem, which will enable them to develop their personal skills.

How will I be assessed?

What could I do after the course?

Higher Internal Assessment 24% External Assessment 76% Standard Internal Assessment 24% External Assessment 76%

Chemistry is a prerequisite for many other courses in Higher Education, such as Medicine, Biological Science and Environmental Science. It also serves as useful preparation for employment due to its requirement for organised and logical thought.

What will I be studying? The Chemistry course combines academic study with the acquisition of

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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Chemistry Exam Board OCR

realise this and increase the effort on their studies to make a success of Chemistry

How long is the course?

Data analysis

AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? As well as practical knowledge of the subject, students will develop the following skills:

Producing and interpreting graphs, including using logs, and finding patterns in data.

How will I be assessed? AS - 80% examination. Two papers, one sat in January (30%), one in June (50%). 20% internal assessment.

Practical techniques Students will carry out a range of hands-on techniques and be able to make precise and accurate measurements.

A2 - 80% examination. Two papers, one sat in January (30%), one in June (50%). 20% internal assessment.

Problem solving Students need to think logically and apply knowledge and principles to novel situations.

AS Units Unit F321: Atoms, Bonds and Groups; external exam sat in June 50% of AS marks

Numeracy Mathematical skills are vital to chemistry calculations and pupils should be comfortable with manipulating equations, and handling numbers in standard form.

Unit F323: Practical Skills in Chemistry 1; A2 Units If pupils choose to continue chemistry to a full A Level then a similar style of assessment take place in year 13, marks are then combined 50% from AS units and 50% from A2 units

Communication and Team working To be able to express themselves verbally and in written form and defend and justify arguments and opinions. Time management Chemistry is a subject where there is a large difference in demand between GCSE and A Level. Students will need to

What will I be studying?

Unit F324: Rings, Polymers and Analysis Unit F325: Equilibria, Energetics and Elements; Unit F326: Practical Skills in Chemistry 2;

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What could I do after the course? A qualification in the chemical sciences opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities. There are many interesting and rewarding science-based jobs in the lab, outdoors and in other areas you might not have thought of, such as science journalism, patent law and publishing. Along with being a core requirement for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. The skills you develop while studying Chemistry mean that you can do a whole range of other jobs as well, such as management, sales and marketing, ICT and finance. Chemistry graduates also tend to be rewarded! Recent research by PricewaterhouseCoopers has shown that, on average, Chemistry graduates earn more during their lifetimes than graduates of many other disciplines


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Computing Exam Board AQA

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Computing/Computer Science is about designing new algorithms to solve new problems. In this sense Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. Many great challenges lie in the future for Computer Scientists to solve. This course, with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, scientific and engineering-based thinking, is a good foundation for understanding these future challenges.

How will I be assessed? 80% Examination, 20% Coursework

What will I be studying? AS Unit 1 - Problem Solving, Data Representation and Practical Exercise The unit involves: • Defining and understanding the stages of problem solving. • Expressing problems as algorithms, flowcharts, pseudo-code, or structured English. • Utilising high-level programming languages such as Pascal and Visual Basic.

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• Describing the various stages of the Systems Development Life Cycle. • Understanding the fundamentals of data representation. Unit 2 - Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and the Internet The unit involves: • Understanding the relationship between Hardware and Software. • Looking at the difference between machine code, assembly language, and high level languages. • Understanding the structure of the Internet with related studies into various web based technologies. • Experimenting with Web page design. • Exploring the legal, ethical, economic, and social issues related to computing. A2 Unit 3 - Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking The unit involves: • Comparing and understanding various complex algorithms. • Looking at abstract data types and structures. • Understanding the role of an Operating System with related studies into resource management and virtual machines. • Reviewing database design and the Structured Query Language (SQL). • Understanding various forms of communication such as networking.


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Unit 4 - The Computing Practical Project Candidates will investigate a real problem and must take into account user needs. The object of the project is to produce a complete working solution to a problem. They will go through the following steps when producing the solution: • Analysis • Design • Construction/Implementation • Testing • Training • Maintenance • Evaluation

What could I do after the course? This specification has been designed for students who wish to go on to Higher Education courses or Employment, where a knowledge of Computing would be beneficial. They can study Computing and go on to a career in Medicine, Law, Business, Politics or any type of Science.

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Drama and Theatre Studies Exam Board AQA

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Students wanting entry to degree level courses, particularly Performing Arts and Theatre courses.

How will I be assessed? 60% Examination 40% Coursework/Practical

What will I be studying? AS: The AS Course offers a broad, varied experience of theatre, combining

scripted performance, response to live productions seen and the study of one text. A2: The second year involves the study of two further plays, one being a complete stage realisation of a short extract from a play studied. There is also a performance examination involving a devised performance. Both practical exams at AS and A2 Level involve realisation of the work of a Theatrical Practitioner.

What could I do after the course? Entry to many degree level courses, particularly Performing Arts and Theatre courses.

A Level Performance and realisation of Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’S “The Trial” - performed in February of Year 12.

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Economics (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 years

Who is the course for? The Economics course encourages students to develop international perspectives, fosters a concern for global issues, and raises students’ awareness of their own responsibilities at a local, national and international level. The course also seeks to develop values and attitudes that will enable students to achieve a degree of personal commitment in trying to resolve these issues, appreciating our shared responsibility as citizens of an increasingly interdependent world.

How will I be assessed? SL - 80% exam (two papers of equal weighting), 20% internal assessment. HL - 80% exam (Paper 1 = 30%, Paper 2 = 30%, Paper 3 = 20%), 20% internal assessment.

What will I be studying? Economics is a dynamic social science, forming part of Group 3—Individuals and Societies. The study of Economics is essentially about dealing with scarcity, resource allocation and the methods and processes by which choices are

made in the satisfaction of human wants. As a Social Science, Economics uses scientific methodologies that include quantitative and qualitative elements

• develop an appreciation of the impact on individuals and societies of economic interactions between nations.

The IB Diploma Programme Economics course emphasizes the economic theories of microeconomics, which deal with economic variables affecting individuals, firms and markets, and the economic theories of macroeconomics, which deal with economic variables affecting countries, governments and societies. These economic theories are not to be studied in a vacuum—rather, they are to be applied to real-world issues. Prominent among these issues are fluctuations in economic activity, international trade, economic development and environmental sustainability.

• develop an awareness of development issues facing nations as they undergo the process of change.

The ethical dimensions involved in the application of Economic theories and policies permeate throughout the economics course as students are required to consider and reflect on human end-goals and values. Specifically the aims of the economics syllabus at SL and HL are to enable students to: • develop an understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic theories and concepts and their real-world application.

What could I do after the course? Economics will prepare you for a wide range of careers in business and the public sector from accounting to marketing and human resources. It is well regarded as a qualification by universities and employers and can be studied in its own right at university or combined with numerous other subjects.

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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Economics Exam Board

How will it be assessed?

AQA

AS: 100% examination, two papers, both sat in June.

AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

A2: 100% examination, two papers, both sat in June.

recession? How can global warming be prevented? How will the growth of China’s economic power affect us in the UK? Why are so many young people unable to get a job? Economics will help you come up with some answers.

Who is the course for?

What will I be studying?

What could I do after the course?

Anyone with a lively mind who is interested in what is going on in the world around them. In common with all A Level courses you will need to be able to research, analyse, evaluate and communicate your ideas.

Economics is the study of the forces which affect our lives. Because people, businesses and countries can never have everything they desire they have to make choices. Economics looks at how these choices are made. You’ll look at questions such as: Why are some people rich and some poor? What caused the

An A Level in Economics will prepare you for a wide range of careers in business and the public sector from accounting to marketing and human resources. It is well regarded as a qualification by universities and employers and can be studied in its own right at university or combined with numerous other subjects.

How long is the course?

‘It helps you see through the spin and see what’s really happening in the world’

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English A1 (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course?

on the genre and works studied for Part 3 of the course (25%). • Individual Oral Presentation (15%) on work studied in Part 4 of the course.

2 years.

Who is the course for?

What will I be studying?

If you have enjoyed literature at GCSE Level then you will enjoy it even more as part of your International Baccalaureate studies.

Part 1 - Works in Translation (3 works for Higher Level Students, 2 works for Standard Level students) This unit focuses on authors and playwrights from across the world, whose works have been translated into English. You will produce an essay of 1200 to 1500 words on one of the works studied. Works studied include Perfume by Patrick Suskind, The Outsider by Albert Camus, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.

English A1 involves the detailed, in-depth reading and exploration of a range of texts, including poetry, novels and plays. The level of study is challenging and will involve you in independent work; you will also have the opportunity to develop a wide variety of transferable skills. English Literature gives students the opportunity to read and analyse an array novels, plays and poetry from around the world. There are two levels to choose from: Higher Level and Standard Level. Higher Level students study 13 works during the course, while Standard Level study 10 works.

How will I be assessed? You will be assessed in the following ways:• One coursework essay (25%) on work studied in Part 1 of the course. • Individual Oral Commentary (15%) on work studied for Part 2 of the course. • Examination Paper 1 - analysis of an unseen literary extract (20%) • Examination Paper 2 - essay question

Part 2 - Detailed Study (3 works for Higher Level students, 2 works for Standard Level) Students will study works from three different literary genres. At Higher Level, one of the three works must be a collection of poetry. Works studied include the poetry of John Donne, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and Dubliners by James Joyce. Standard Level students will then give a 10-minute oral commentary on an extract from one of the works studied. Higher Level students must give their commentary on one of the poems studied, and also complete an additional interview on another of the works.

Part 3 - Literary Genres (4 works for Higher Level, 3 works for Standard Level) In this unit you will study works linked by the same genre, such as drama or poetry. This part is assessed in the Paper 2 examination at the end of Year 13. Part 4 - Academy’s Choice (3 works for both Higher and Standard Levels) Students study works linked by a specific topic, and deliver a 10-15 minute individual oral presentation on an aspect of one or two of the works. Works studied include Oedipus Rex, The Great Gatsby and A Streetcar Named Desire.

What could I do after the course? IB English Literature, in combination with the other subjects studied as part of IB, will help you to think critically and insightfully, and express yourself coherently in both speech and writing. These are skills which will prepare you for a wide range of careers and education possibilities. Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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English Language Exam Board AQA

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? A Level English Language involves the detailed, in-depth study of a range of language issues, such as how technology affects the form and structure of language, how men and women communicate differently, how we learn to speak as children, and various academic theories and concepts. You will acquire key analytical skills, learn a variety of new terminology, and investigate the research of various linguists. The course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn about the mechanics of language and enjoys experimenting with words to achieve different effects.

How will I be assessed? AS - 60% examination (one paper, sat in the summer), 40% coursework. A2 - 60% examination (one paper, sat in the summer), 40% coursework.

What will I be studying? AS: Categorising Texts (examination, 2 hours) There are two sections to the paper, Categorising Texts and Language and

Social Contexts. You will learn about how different ways of analysing and grouping spoken and written texts, using various linguistic methods such as lexis, grammar, phonology, discourse structure, pragmatics and graphology. You will also learn about how gender, technology and power relationships influence spoken and written language use, and related concepts and theories. Creating Texts (coursework, 2500 to 3500 words) Using the knowledge acquired in your preparation for the Categorising Texts examination, you are expected to produce two texts which have different purposes and target audiences. For each text you are expected to write a commentary, explaining how your language choices reflect the purpose and target audience, and evaluating your finished piece. A2: Developing Language (examination, 2 hours 30 minutes) For this unit, you will study two topics, Child Language Acquisition and Language Change. Child Language Acquisition involves the in-depth study of the ways in which children develop the ability to speak, read and write. For Language Change, you will learn about the ways in which the English Language

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has changed since 1700, and the reasons for these changes, such as technological development and changing social attitudes towards writing and speech. In both topics, you will build upon the analytical skills acquired at AS-Level and learn about relevant ideas and theories from language study. Investigating Language (coursework, 2500 to 3000 words). You must choose a language topic which interests you and conduct an investigation into your chosen topic, using appropriate methodology and data analysis skills, and evaluating the effectiveness of your research. You must also produce a media text which presents your findings in a suitable format for a particular audience. For example, if you have investigated the development of children’s speech, you could create a related magazine article for a parenting magazine.

What could I do after the course? English Language helps you to develop analytical, communication and research skills which are integral to a wide range of careers and education possibilities. This A-Level is particularly useful if you are interested in studying Linguistics, Psychology, Law, Journalism, education, social work and PR and Media.


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English Language & Literature Exam Board AQA

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Students interested in both language and literature, those who enjoy reading and analysing texts, discussing literary issues and writing evaluation essays and poetry.

How will I be assessed? There are two exams at AS Level and one exam and a coursework component at A2 level.

What will I be studying? This course is a natural progression from GCSE in that it is a combined English language and English literature course

and is ideal for those students with strengths in both areas. You will study drama, poetry, novels, and speech. To be successful on this course you will need to enjoy the study of the English language and be prepared to read widely in terms of English literature. The course is taught through a combination of discussion, group work, role-play, tutorials and of course, written work.

What could I do after the course? Students who have studied the combined English Language and Literature course at A-level frequently progress to studying English at university. A qualification in this area forms the foundation for a wide range of careers including teaching, banking, insurance, the civil service, the sciences, publishing and all levels of executive management.

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English Literature Exam Board AQA

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? If you have a keen interest in reading a wide range of literature, and enjoyed English Literature at GCSE Level then you will enjoy it at Advanced Level. A-Level English Literature involves the detailed, in-depth study of a range of texts, including poetry, novels and plays, from different literary traditions and eras. The level of study is challenging and will involve you in independent work. The course will give you the opportunity to share your interest with your classmates in discussions, presentations and group work, in conjunction with the more traditional methods of study.

How will I be assessed? AS - 60% examination (one paper, sat in the summer), 40% coursework. A2 - 60% examination (one paper, sat in the summer), 40% coursework.

What will I be studying? AS: Aspects of Narrative (‘open book’ examination, 2 hours) In this unit, you will learn about the ‘building blocks’ which make up various

literary texts, focusing on how poets and authors construct narratives and the different ways in which readers can respond to or interpret the texts. This unit involves the study of two novels and two poetry texts. Texts studied include The Kite Runner, The Great Gatsby and selected poems by Thomas Hardy. Dramatic Genres (coursework, 2500 to 3000 words) You will be introduced to ways of approaching and defining different literary genres. This particular unit focuses on the dramatic genre of ‘tragedy’ and its subgenres, covering the conventions of tragedy and the ways in which the genre has changed and evolved over time. You are expected to produce two assignments, the first of which will be about a Shakespeare play, and the second will focus on a tragedy from a different playwright. Texts studied include Hamlet, King Lear, Oedipus Rex, Death of a Salesman and A Streetcar Named Desire. A2: Texts and Genres (‘closed book’ examination, 2 hours) The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of genre as established during the AS course. You will study texts from one of two categories (either Gothic or Pastoral), identifying similarities and differences between the works and considering how contextual factors such as social

attitudes and literary traditions could have influenced aspects of style and content. Texts studied include Wuthering Heights, Macbeth, Blue Remembered Hills and Tintern Abbey. Further and Independent Reading (2,700 to 3,500 words). The focus of this part of the course is independent reading and critical analysis. You will study at least three texts, one of which will be a pre-released anthology of critical writing. This unit is assessed by two pieces of coursework, 1200 1500 words each. The first piece is a comparative study of two texts of your choice, and the second piece involves the application of an aspect of the critical anthology to a literary text.

What could I do after the course? An A-Level in English Literature will demonstrate to employers and places of Higher Education that you are articulate, creative, able to communicate clearly and can think critically. These are qualities needed for a wide range of careers and education possibilities. This A-Level is particularly useful if you are interested in the further study of English Literature, Drama, Law, Journalism, Education and PR and Media.

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Environmental Systems & Societies (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board

What will I be studying?

IBO

You will study the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies which will enable you to adopt an informed response to environmental issues. You will carry out practical scientific investigations and you will develop skills in critical evaluation of global environmental issues. Topics covered on the course include: The Ecosystem, Conservation & Biodiversity, Pollution Control & Global Warming.

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? The course is for students interested in environmental issues. Students will study the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies. The course will encourage students to adopt an informed response to environmental issues. The course is equally relevant for students interested in Science or Humanities.

How will I be assessed? Internal Assessment 20% External Assessment 80% Paper 1 - one hour - 45 marks Paper 2 - two hours - 65 marks

What could I do after the course? This course would be beneficial to careers and Higher Education courses in the Environment, Geography, Environmental Science, Planning & teaching. It also serves as a useful preparation to employment as there is a requirement for organised and logical thought.

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Film (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board

How will I be assessed?

IBO

SL & HL - 50% External Assessment, 50% Internal Assessment

How long is the course? 2 years

Who is the course for? For any student to create, to present and to study film requires courage, passion and curiosity: courage to create individually and as part of a team, to explore ideas through action and harness the imagination, and to experiment; passion to communicate and to act communally, and to research and formulate ideas eloquently; curiosity about self and others and the world around them, about different traditions, techniques and knowledge, about the past and the future, and about the limitless possibilities of human expression through film. At the core of the IB Film course lies a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis that is achieved through practical engagement in the art and craft of film.

External Assessment Independent study comprising the rationale, script and list of sources for a short documentary production on an aspect of film theory and/or film history, based on a study of a minimum of two (HL four) films. The chosen films must originate from more than one country (25%). An oral presentation of a detailed critical analysis of a continuous extract from a prescribed film (25%). Internal assessment Production portfolio. One completed film project with accompanying written documentation (HL also includes a trailer). Group work: The film project may be undertaken as a group project, but all accompanying documentation must be individually produced.

What will I be studying? Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form. The Diploma Programme Film course aims to develop students’ skills so that they become adept

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in both interpreting and making film texts. Through the study and analysis of film texts and exercises in film-making, the Diploma Programme Film course explores film history, theory and socio-economic background. The course develops students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives in film. To achieve an international understanding within the world of film, students are taught to consider film texts, theories and ideas from the points of view of different individuals, nations and cultures. The IB Film course emphasizes the importance of working individually and as a member of a group. Students are encouraged to develop the professional and technical skills (including organisational skills) needed to express themselves creatively in film. A challenge for students following this course is to become aware of their own perspectives and biases, and to learn to respect those of others. This requires willingness to attempt to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate cultural diversity, and to have an open and critical mind. The IB Film course can


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become a way for the student to celebrate the international and intercultural dynamic that inspires and sustains a type of contemporary film, while appreciating specifically local origins that have given rise to cinematic production in many parts of the world. The Film course at SL and HL aims to develop in students the skills necessary to achieve creative and critical independence in their knowledge, experience and enjoyment of film. The aims are to promote: • an appreciation and understanding of film as a complex art form; • an ability to formulate stories and ideas in film terms;

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

• the practical and technical skills of production; • critical evaluation of film productions by the student and by others; • a knowledge of film-making traditions in more than one country. What could I do after the course? Film will demonstrate to employers and places of Higher Education that you are articulate, creative, able to communicate clearly and can think critically. These are qualities needed for a wide range of careers and education possibilities. This course is particularly useful if you are interested in the further study of Film or Media, Journalism or PR, or working in the technical side of film or television industries.

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Food Technology Exam Board Edexcel

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Students who enjoy investigating, designing and making products. This course is not just about cooking but also covers associated theory such as nutrition and developing sustainable products.

How will I be assessed? 40% Examination 60% Coursework

A2: Following on from AS, the A2 course consists of a further two modules. Unit 3: Students develop knowledge and understanding of a range of food commodities in relation to nutrition, product development and food innovation. Unit 4: Students produce an externally moderated portfolio whereby they develop a sustainable product, whilst reflecting on how a professional might deal with a design problem and its resolution.

What could I do after the course? Food Technologist, Environmental Health Officer, Food Chemist, Food Consultant, Food Photographer, Hotel/Restaurant Manager, Marketing/Advertising, Dietician/Nutritionist or other medical professional, Home Economist, Catering/Chef.

What will I be studying? AS: Unit 1: Students produce an externally moderated portfolio with three distinct sections demonstrating their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making products. Unit 2: Students study a variety of elements such as additives, processes, food components, large-scale production, preservation and quality of food in relation to the manufacturer and consumer.

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Forensic Science (BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Applied Science) Exam Board Edexcel

There are three core units to be studied in Year 12, followed by an additional 3 units in Year 13.

How long is the course?

What will I be studying?

AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? This course is for students who are well-organised, self-motivated but most of all interested in Science and how it is used in the world around us.

How will I be assessed? Assessment is assignment-based and depends on a portfolio of evidence. This includes practical investigations as well as coursework you produce e.g. photographs, video footage, computer print-outs, research. Work will be marked by your Science tutor, followed by verification carried out at Yate International Academy and then checked by Edexcel.

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The units studied in Year 12 cover a wide range of scientific concepts and skills while in Year 13 the units focus on Forensic Science.

What could I do after the course? This course allows you to follow several pathways e.g. degree courses in associated areas, apprenticeships, employment in a Science-related area such as working in laboratory. The skills developed are essential to all areas and are valued by Higher Education as well as employers.


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French (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board

appropriately in unfamiliar, as well as familiar contexts. Students must be able to adapt their language for different audiences and express ideas with clarity and fluency. It is important that students can structure arguments in a clear, coherent and convincing way.

IBO

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? Studying a language Post-16 is for people with a passion for communication and a desire to expand the skills developed at GCSE.

The course comprises the following topics: Social Relationships; Political Institutions, Philosophies and Programmes; International Issues; The Media; Traditions and Conventions in the Arts and Typical or Distinctive Leisure Activities.

What could I do after the course?

How will I be assessed?

Linguists are in great demand due to their ability to communicate and think independently.

Higher Internal Assessment 30% External Assessment 70% Standard Internal Assessment 30% External Assessment 70%

What will I be studying? The main emphasis of the Modern Foreign Language course is on language acquisition and usage. The course focuses on enabling students to communicate spontaneously and

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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French Exam Board

What will I be studying?

AQA

In Year 12, students will build upon the transactional language learnt at GCSE, developing their skills to become more independent users of the foreign language. Students will study the media, popular culture, family and relationships and healthy living.

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Studying a language Post-16 is for students with a passion for communication and a desire to expand the skills developed at GCSE. Students undertaking this course require at least a Grade B at GCSE.

How will I be assessed? 100% Examination 30% Speaking 70% Listening, Reading and Writing paper

“Learning a language has really boosted my confidence� They will build up fluency through a wide range of authentic listening and reading material, and small group sessions with a Language Assistant.

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In Year 13, students discuss in-depth topics such as wealth and poverty, the environment, new technology and scientific advances, multicultural societies and a culture topic. This may include studying French literature, French films or a French-speaking region.

What could I do after the course? Linguists are in great demand due to their ability to communicate and think independently. Graduates tend to go into Manufacturing, Business, Law and Teaching. A good subject to combine with Law, Engineering or Business.


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Further Mathematics Exam Board OCR

How long is the course? A Level mathematics = 1 year A Level further mathematics = 2 years

Who is the course for?

1 in Jan year 12. Core 3, Core 4 and Decision 1 in June year 12. A2 Further Mathematics - 100% examination, six papers. Further Pure 1, Further Pure 2 and Mechanics 2 in Jan year 13. Further Pure 3 and Statistics 1 and 2 in June year 13.

Mathematics is a highly regarded discipline that increasingly underpins contemporary life and is a fascinating subject in its own right. Mathematical expertise provides insight for decision-making in business and industry, and plays an important role in diverse areas ranging from finance, transport and medical science through to digital communications and weather forecasting.

What will I be studying?

Students who study Mathematics need to be resourceful and diligent in their approach to tackling problems. They need to have been very successful at GCSE Mathematics and really enjoy a challenge. Students study A2 Mathematics in the first year and then take the further Mathematics A2 course in year 13. Consequently, this course is exceptionally demanding.

Decision 1 - The Study of Networks; Linear Programming; Graph Theory; Algorithms.

Students will need to have achieved a high Grade A, preferably an A*, in Mathematics GCSE.

How will I be assessed? A2 Mathematics - 100% examination: Six papers. Core 1, Core 2 and Mechanics

A Level Mathematics Core 1 - Algebra and Functions; Coordinate Geometry; Sequences and Series; Differentiation; Integration. Core 2 - Algebra and Functions; Coordinate Geometry; Sequences and Series; Trigonometry; Exponentials and Logarithms; Differentiation; Integration.

Core 3 - Algebra and Functions; Trigonometry; Exponentials and Logarithms; Differentiation; Numerical Methods. Core 4 - Algebra and Functions; Coordinate Geometry; Sequences and Series; Differentiation; Integration; Vectors. Mechanics 1 - Force as a Vector; Equilibrium of a Particle; Kinematics of Motion in a Straight Line; Newton’s Laws of Motion; Linear Momentum.

A Level Further Mathematics Further Pure 1 - Summation of Series; Induction; Roots of Polynomial Equations; Complex Numbers; Matrices. Further Pure 2 - Rational Functions of Graphs; Polar Coordinates; Hyperbolic Graphs; Differentiation and Integrations; Numerical Methods. Further Pure 3 - Differential Equations; Vectors; Complex Numbers; Groups. Mechanics 2 - Centre of Mass; Equilibrium of a Rigid Body; Motion of a Projectile; Uniform Motion in a Circle; Coefficient of Restitution and Impulse; Energy, Work and Power. Statistics 1 - Representation of Data; Probability; Discrete Random Variables; Bivariate Data. Statistics 2 - Continuous Random Variables; Normal Distribution; Poisson Distribution; Hypothesis Testing and Sampling.

What could I do after the course? Many students carry on studying Mathematics at degree level whereas others study a course with a high mathematical content. All students would tend to attend one of the very top universities. Students and employers find the analytical skills developed in an A2 Further Mathematics course to be essential in the workplace and actively seek those who study this subject.

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Geography (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board

All exams are completed in May in Year 13.

IBO

What will I be studying?

How long is the course?

The course is made up of core and optional themes.

2 years

Who is the course for? Geography is concerned with the study of place, both locally and globally and the questions ‘where, why and how’ are central to its study at this level. It focuses on the interactions between people and the physical environment in both time and space. It seeks to identify patterns and trends in these interactions and examines the processes behind them. If you are interested in the study of places, both physical and human, and why they are like that, Geography is the subject for you.

How will I be assessed? Higher Internal Assessment 20% Written report based on fieldwork. External Assessment 80% Paper 1 - Core (structured and extended response questions) Paper 2 - Optional Topics (structured questions on 3 topics) Paper 3 - Extension Paper (essay) Standard Internal Assessment 25% Written report based on fieldwork. External Assessment 75% Paper 1 - Core Topics (structured and extended response questions) Paper 2 - Optional Topics (structured questions on 2 topics)

The core focuses on human geography and the interrelated themes of population change, disparities in wealth and development, patterns in environmental quality and sustainability and patterns in resource consumption. Optional themes are also undertaken at both Higher (3) & Standard (2) Levels and the topics include: Freshwater - issues and conflicts - where you will study rivers landforms and processes as well as the causes, effects and responses to flooding in contrasting parts of the world. Hazards and disasters - where you will study the causes, effects and responses to the following: Earthquakes or Volcanoes, Hurricanes, Droughts and one recent human induced hazard. Urban environments - where you will study the causes of urban change and urban land use in both more and less developed countries. You will also look at aspects of urban stress including urban climates, social deprivation, congestion and crime and have the opportunity to study a city as system and consider sustainable city management.

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Global Interactions - Higher Level students have to complete an additional course on Global interactions which looks at seven aspects of interaction. Fiedwork - You will have the opportunity to develop and evaluate your range of data collection, presentation and analysis skills needed for your fieldwork report. This will include a range of statistical tests to describe and measure relationships between data sources. All students will go on a week’s field course in Year 12 to enable them to complete their fieldwork report.

What could I do after the course? Geography is beneficial to any career in the environment and also to a wide range of careers, where the skills of analysis and good judgement are integral, including business, marketing and management.

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk


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‘I chose Geography as I enjoy learning about the world and people who live in it. What I find really interesting about this subject is the physical aspect which involves natural landscapes and how they were formed by the earth’s forces millions of years ago. The teachers are fun and show us lots of examples of geographical locations where we then have to study and learn how they got there.’

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Geography Exam Board AQA

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Geography is concerned with the study of place, both locally and globally and the questions ‘where, why and how’ are central to its study at this level. Patterns and change are key elements of the courses as are issues. If you are interested in the study of places both physical and human and why they are like that Geography is the subject for you. Geographers need to be aware of the ever changing world we live in and the reasons for these patterns and changes.

How will I be assessed? AS - 100% examination. Two papers, both sat in May of year 12. A2 - 100% examination. Two papers, one sat in January, one in June of year 13.

What will I be studying? AS Level Paper 1 In this module you will study two physical and two human topics and in the examination you will have to answer a structured question and piece of extended writing on each topic. You will study the core physical topic of Rivers, Flooding and Management, which

includes the study of landforms and processes as well as the causes, effects and responses to flooding in contrasting parts of the world. The other physical topic is Coastal Environments where a similar approach is applied to the coastal landforms and issues where the sea overlaps the land.

‘It gives me a wide range of skills’ You will also study the human core topic of Population Change which deals with the causes, effects and issues resulting from both natural change, where the demographic transition model is key, and migration. The other human topic is Energy Issues which again deals with present global issues linked to the exploitation and use of energy. Paper 2 This is a skills module where you will have the opportunity to develop and evaluate your range of data collection, presentation and analysis skills. This will include a range of statistical tests to describe and measure relationships between data sources. The first half of the assessment will be based on either of the core topics of Population or Rivers. The second half is based on a piece of fieldwork that you have completed where the question ‘How’ will be key. All students will go on a week’s field course in Year 12 to enable them to complete this section.

A2 Level Paper 3 In this module you will study four Contemporary Issues looking at their causes, effects and responses. Appropriate case studies will be used to support your studies. On the physical side you will look at the tectonic issues of earthquakes and volcanoes as well as climatic hazards and change, including hurricanes and global warming. On the human side, you will study world cities which deals with the issues resulting from urban change in both the more and less developed world as well as the topic of development and globalisation where the case studies of both China and India are an integral part. Paper 4a This is another skills module where you will have the opportunity to further develop and evaluate your range of data collection, presentation and analysis skills. The first half of the assessment is based on a piece of fieldwork that you have completed where the question ‘why’ will be key. All students will be able use their fieldwork from the Year 12 field course to complete this section. The second section will be based on data provided by the board.

What could I do after the course? Geography is beneficial to any career in the environment and also to a wide range of careers, where the skills of analysis and good judgement are integral, including business, marketing and management.

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Geography Exam Board Edexcel

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? All students should have at least a C grade in Geography at GCSE. Candidates who have not studied Geography before will be considered if they have 5 or more GCSE’s at A*-C.

How will I be assessed? AS - Two exams 1. Global Challenges 2. Geographical Investigations A2 - Two exams 3. Contested Planet 4. Geographical Research

What will I be studying? This course offers the opportunity to study Physical, Human and Environmental topics. Global Challenges

consist of two topics: World at Risk and Going Global. We will study the meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges including hazards and global warming. Geographical Investigations will look at how physical and human issues influence our lives. The physical topic will be either extreme weather or crowded coasts. The Human topics will be either Unequal Spaces or Rebranding Places. In the A2 course, contested planet will consist of six topics, including energy, superpowers and development. In Geographical Research you will study tectonic activity and hazards. Many of the topics will be studied through discussion and research. You will be expected to play an active part in discussion work as well as completing extra reading tasks and using the internet. Video extracts will be used and library research used when necessary. There will be a compulsory fieldwork element that will take place during the autumn term of the AS course. There will be a cost involved.

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What could I do after the course? Geography will develop your thinking skills, help you in decision making and keep you up to date with current affairs. Geography is also a subject which will allow you to develop your empathy skills. At degree level you could complete a Science Degree or an Arts Degree. It will be an A Level to consider if you are looking at a career in Engineering, Environmental Work, Social Work, the Police Force, or Teaching or as an Aid or Development Officer. Geography is a subject that links well with A Level Science subjects, particularly Biology and Chemistry, and it is a popular subject to take with Business Studies, English and Mathematics. Geography is linked with many further and Higher Education courses.


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German (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? Studying a language Post-16 is for people with a passion for communication and a desire to expand the skills developed at GCSE.

How will I be assessed? Higher Internal Assessment 30% External Assessment 70% Standard Internal Assessment 30% External Assessment 70%

What will I be studying? The main emphasis of the Modern Foreign Language course is on language acquisition and usage. The

course focuses on enabling students to communicate spontaneously and appropriately in unfamiliar as well as familiar contexts. Students must be able to adapt their language for different audiences and express ideas with clarity and fluency. It is important that students can structure arguments in a clear, coherent and convincing way. The course comprises the following topics: Social Relationships; Political Institutions, Philosophies and Programmes; International Issues; The Media; Traditions and Conventions in the Arts and Typical or Distinctive Leisure Activities.

What could I do after the course? Linguists are in great demand due to their ability to communicate and think independently.

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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German Exam Board

What will I be studying?

OCR

In Year 12, students will build upon the transactional language learnt at GCSE, developing their skills to become more independent users of the foreign language. Students will study, in-depth, the topics of daily life, leisure, media and education. They will build up fluency through a wide range of authentic listening and reading material, and small group sessions with a Language Assistant.

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Studying a language Post-16 is for students with a passion for communication and a desire to expand the skills developed at GCSE.

How will I be assessed? 100% Examination 30% Speaking 70% Listening, Reading and Writing paper

In Year 13, students will further develop their skills to enable them to discuss in depth topics such as the environment, social issues, science and technology and the arts.

What could I do after the course? Linguists are in great demand due to their ability to communicate and think independently. Graduates tend to go into Manufacturing, Business, Law and Teaching. A good subject to combine with Law, Engineering or Business.

�Being taught in smaller groups really helps to boost confidence and aid our learning.�

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Applied Health & Social Care (Single) Exam Board Edexcel

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Students interested in careers in health or social services. There are some scientific aspects and some sociology aspects to the course.

How will I be assessed? 33% Examination 67% Coursework

What will I be studying? AS: A one-year course normally taken in Year 12. Students will cover modules across the whole spectrum and may address

health, care and early years within the coursework modules. Students will study three modules, two are assessed by coursework portfolio and one by external examination. Topics covered are Human Growth and Development, Communication and Values and Positive Care Environments. A2: A two-year course for which students must complete the AS course in Year 12 and a further three modules in Year 13. These modules will allow a degree of specialisation in health, care and early years. Students will study three modules; two are assessed by coursework portfolio and one by external examination. Topics covered are Meeting Individual Needs, Promoting Health and Well-Being and Investigating Disease.

What could I do after the course? Further study in Health and Social Care, Social work, Occupational Therapy and other opportunities for employment in care settings.

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History (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? This course is for people who enjoy grappling with the key questions and dilemmas that have shaped the world today. Historians have to develop the skills to explain why complex events and changes have occurred in the world and account for the reasons why people see these events and changes in different ways through time. The ability to construct arguments and clearly express yourself is an important quality of a good Historian.

How will I be assessed? HL - External Assessment 80%, Internal Assessment 20% SL - External Assessment 75%, Internal Assessment 25%

What will I be studying? The IB History course focuses on European and World History in the twentieth century, giving students an understanding of some of the major issues and events which have formed our current global landscape. The

course develops skills of evaluating and interpreting sources, as well as developing the ability to explain, argue, analyse and construct balanced arguments. Topics covered include: The Arab Israeli Conflict, The Origins of The People’s Republic of China, The Emergence of Nationalist and Independence Movements and The Rise and Rule of Single-Party States. In order to develop skills of independent enquiry, students will be required to research and produce an internally assessed historical investigation on a topic of their choice. At Higher Level, students will also take modules on The French Revolution, Napoleon I and Post-Napoleonic Europe to 1852.

What could I do after the course? Apart from being regarded highly by universities as a facilitating subject, the following careers are all possible ways to make use of a History A level: Education, Law, Research, Writers and Editors, Journalists, Documentary Editors, Producers of Multimedia Material, Archivists, Records Managers, Librarians, Information Managers, Museums, Think Tanks.

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Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk


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History Exam Board OCR

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? This course is for people who enjoy grappling with the key questions and dilemmas that have shaped the world today. Historians have to develop the skills to explain why complex events and changes have occurred in the world and account for the reasons why people see these events and changes in different ways through time. The ability to construct arguments and clearly express yourself is an important quality of a good historian.

How will I be assessed? 80% Examination - Two in AS, one in A2. 20% Coursework - 1 Assignment in A2.

What will I be studying? AS: Unit 1 Historical Explanation - British History. Liberal Sunset: the Rise and Fall of ‘New Liberalism’, 1890-1922. The birth of the UK’s social service state, and the rise and fall of its architects.

Unit 2: Using Historical Evidence Non-British History. European Nationalism, 1815-1914: Germany and Italy. The unification of Italy and Germany in the 19th Century and the effects of this leading to WWI. American Race and Society - Slavery to the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s. A2: Unit 3: Historical Controversies Non-British History. Debates about the Holocaust - The study of sources and varying interpretations of the Holocaust. Unit 4: Historical Significance. Coursework: A personal study designed by the student on an area of personal interest.

What could I do after the course? Apart from being highly regarded by universities as a facilitating subject, the following careers are all possible ways to make use of a History A level: Education, Law, Research, Writers and Editors, Journalists, Documentary Editors, Producers of Multimedia Material, Archivists, Records Managers, Librarians, Information Managers, Museums, Think Tanks.

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ICT (OCR Nationals) Exam Board OCR

• applying a presentation style to documents

1 year for Certificate, 2 years for Diploma

Unit 2 — Collaborative working • understanding how collaboration is used in ICT related projects

Who is the course for?

• planning as part of a group

Those studying in preparation for employment in the Information and Communication Technology sector particularly in job roles where they will be expected to use ICT skills and liaise with users.

• investigating the use of ICT tools to support collaborative working

How long is the course?

How will I be assessed?

• carrying out research for a group project Unit 3 — Problem solving • using various techniques to analyse and interpret numerical data

All units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by OCR. There are no timetabled exams for this qualification; candidates may complete units at a time that suits the centre. The full award and units from this qualification are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

• defining statistical problems, collecting data, using spreadsheets to store and analyse data, presenting data

What will I be studying?

• demonstrating how to specify requirements, design solutions and write an interactive media product.

Unit 1 — Digital business communication • developing a thorough knowledge and understanding of communication in a business context

Unit 4 — Creating a digital showcase • developing an interactive media product to showcase an event or situation

• understanding document and computer security in the workplace

Optional units Non-specialist units Unit 5 Advanced spreadsheets Unit 6 Advanced databases Unit 7 Desktop publishing Unit 8 Career planning for ICT* Unit 9 Work experience in ICT*

• understanding the role and contribution of communication technology to business

Creative specialist pathway Unit 10 Digital imaging and photography Unit 11 Digital video

• learning how to use ICT in effective business communications

Unit 12 Digital audio Unit 13 Music technology Unit 14 Cartooning and animation Unit 15 Art and animation for computer games Unit 16 Programming for computer games Unit 17 Computer games production Unit 18 Computer games technology Unit 19 CAD/CAM Website specialist pathway Unit 20 Web authoring Unit 21 Hosting and managing websites Unit 22 Databases for e-commerce Unit 23 Web security and regulations Unit 24 Internet past, present and future Unit 25 Scripting and coding for websites Business enterprise specialist pathway Unit 26 Project management Unit 27 e-marketing Unit 28 e-commerce Unit 29 Producing a business plan * Only one of units 8 and 9 will count towards a full award. If candidates choose to complete both, one will count towards the full certificate and the other will be recognised on a unit certificate.

What could I do after the course? This qualification is suitable for those wishing to gain a Level 3 qualification to support further study in FE and HE, or for those wishing to gain a related apprenticeship or employment.

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Italian ab initio (Standard Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 years

Who is the course for? Studying a language Post-16 is for students with a passion for communication and a desire to expand the skills developed at GCSE. Students undertaking this course require at least a C at GCSE.

How will I be assessed? External assessment - 75% (Reading and Writing) Internal Assessment 25% (Oral)

What will I be studying? Italian ab initio is a language acquisition course designed to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. This process encourages the learner to go beyond the confines of the classroom, expanding an awareness of the world and fostering respect for cultural diversity.

Italian ab initio develops students’ linguistic abilities through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills. The Italian ab initio course is organized into three themes. •

Individual and society

Leisure and work

Urban and rural environment

Each theme has a list of topics that provide students with opportunities to practise and explore the language as well as to develop intercultural understanding. Through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills, students should be able to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday situations.

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

What could I do after the course? Linguists are in great demand due to their ability to communicate and think independently. Graduates tend to go into Manufacturing, Business, Law and Teaching. A good subject to combine with Law, Engineering or Business.

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Law Exam Board AQA

A2 - 100% examination. Two papers, both sat in June.

How long is the course?

What will I be studying?

AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

AS: The first module, ‘Law Making and the Legal System’, develops knowledge and understanding of sources of Law and the legal system, together with an evaluation of its operation and performance. It includes delegated legislation, statutory interpretation and judicial precedent, civil courts and alternative dispute resolution, criminal courts and lay people (magistrates and juries).

Who is the course for? Anyone who is interested in studying Law further at degree level, entering the legal profession or just interested in finding out more about how the English Legal System works and areas of Law that are found in everyday life. Lawyers apply the rules of Law to various situations logically and objectively and put forward arguments to support the cases they have chosen to apply. Being able to use Case Law Authority is a skill that will be learnt as well as the ability to critically analyse the current Law and proposals for change.

How will I be assessed? AS - 100% examination. Two papers, one sat in January, one in June.

The second module, ‘The Concept of Liability’, introduces substantive Law and requires simple application of aspects of Criminal and Civil Law. It includes non-fatal offences against the person (assault and battery, ABH, wounding and GBH, and wounding and GBH with intent), criminal court procedures and sentencing; liability in negligence (duty, breach and damage), civil court procedures and damages.

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A2: The first module provides a good grounding in knowledge and evaluation of Criminal Law (offences against the person). It includes the non-fatal offences, murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and the defences. The second module includes the Law of Tort and investigation into the concepts of the law. It includes medical negligence, consumer protection, psychiatric injury, pure economic loss, nuisance, Rylands v Fletcher, vicarious liability and defences. The concepts include law and morals, law and justice, fault, balancing conflicting interests and judicial creativity.

What could I do after the course? Entry into the legal professions: Barrister, Solicitor, Legal Executive and Legal Departments in a variety of private and state organisations.


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‘I chose Law as there are a lot of opportunities to develop knowledge of how things are dealt with in the real world. There are chances to gain Higher Education knowledge. I came to this Sixth Form as it offered the courses I needed for University and it has a good reputation’.

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Mandarin ab initio (Standard Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 years

Who is the course for? Studying a language Post-16 is for students with a passion for communication and a desire to expand the skills developed at GCSE. Students undertaking this course require at least a C at GCSE.

How will I be assessed?

students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. This process encourages the learner to go beyond the confines of the classroom, expanding an awareness of the world and fostering respect for cultural diversity. Mandarin ab initio develops students’ linguistic abilities through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills.

External assessment - 75% (Reading and Writing)

The Mandarin ab initio course is organized into three themes.

Internal Assessment 25% (Oral)

Individual and society

Leisure and work

Urban and rural environment

‘It has taught me about the real world and every lesson we learn something new’. What will I be studying? Mandarin ab initio is a language acquisition course designed to provide

Each theme has a list of topics that provide students with opportunities to practise and explore the language as well as to develop intercultural understanding. Through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills, students should be able to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday situations.

What could I do after the course? Linguists are in great demand due to their ability to communicate and think independently. Graduates tend to go into Manufacturing, Business, Law and Teaching. A good subject to combine with Law, Engineering or Business.

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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Mathematics Exam Board

How will I be assessed?

OCR

AS-100% examination: Three papers, Core 1 in January, Core 2 and Decision 1 in June.

Core 4 - Algebra and Functions; Coordinate Geometry; Sequences and Series; Differentiation; Integration; Vectors.

A2-100% examination: Three papers, Core 3 in January, Core 4 and either Statistics or Mechanics in June.

Statistics 1 - Representation of Data; Probability; Discrete Random Variables; Bivariate Data.

What will I be studying?

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AS Level

Mechanics 1 - Force as a Vector; Equilibrium of a Particle; Kinematics of Motion in a Straight Line; Newton’s Laws of Motion; Linear Momentum.

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Mathematics is a highly regarded discipline that increasingly underpins contemporary life and is a fascinating subject in its own right. Mathematical expertise provides insight for decision-making in business and industry, and plays an important role in diverse areas ranging from finance, transport and medical science through to digital communications and weather forecasting. Studying mathematics at AS or A2 is an excellent preparation for a career in these exciting fields. Students who study mathematics need to be resourceful and diligent in their approach to tackling problems. They need to have been successful at GCSE mathematics and enjoy a challenge. Students will need to have achieved a high grade B in mathematics GCSE.

Core1 - Algebra and Functions; Coordinate Geometry; Sequences and Series; Differentiation; Integration. Core 2 - Algebra and Functions; Coordinate Geometry; Sequences and Series; Trigonometry; Exponentials and Logarithms; Differentiation; Integration. Decision 1 - The study of Networks; Linear Programming; Graph Theory; Algorithms. A2 Level Core 3 - Algebra and Functions; Trigonometry; Exponentials and Logarithms; Differentiation; Numerical Methods.

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What could I do after the course? Many students carry on studying Mathematics at degree level whereas others study a course with a high mathematical content. Students and employers find the analytical skills developed in an AS/A2 course to be essential in the workplace and actively seek those who study this subject.


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‘I chose Maths because it is an enjoyable subject and I have always loved how it challenges you to the full. I love learning all the different ways of doing equations and I know I will need it throughout my life. I also enjoy how closely my class works as it helps make the learning a lot easier.

Sarah Munk

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Mathematical Studies (Standard Level) Exam Board

How will I be assessed?

IBO

Two core examinations each worth 40%

How long is the course? 2 years

Two pieces of extended investigation each worth 10%

Who is the course for?

What will I be studying?

Mathematics is a highly regarded discipline that increasingly underpins contemporary life and is a fascinating subject in its own right. Mathematical expertise provides insight for decision-making in business and industry, and plays an important role in diverse areas ranging from finance, transport and medical science through to digital communications and weather forecasting. Studying Mathematics is an excellent preparation for a career in these exciting fields.

Algebra, circular functions and trigonometry, statistics and probability, differentiation and integration, matrices and vectors,

Students who study Mathematics need to be resourceful and diligent in their approach to tackling problems. They need to have been successful at GCSE Mathematics and enjoy a challenge.

The use of a graphical calculator is an essential part of this course.

What could I do after the course? Many students carry on studying Mathematics at degree level whereas others study a course with a high mathematical content. Students and employers find the analytical skills developed in this course to be essential in the workplace and actively seek those who study this subject.

Students will need to have achieved a high Grade B in Mathematics GCSE.

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Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk


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“Maths is fun. It makes me challenge myself.” Jayne Souter - Maths

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Mathematics (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 years

Who is the course for? Mathematics is a highly regarded discipline that increasingly underpins contemporary life and is a fascinating subject in its own right. Mathematical expertise provides insight for decision-making in business and industry, and plays an important role in diverse areas ranging from finance, transport and medical science through to digital communications and weather forecasting. Studying Higher Mathematics is an excellent preparation for a career in these exciting fields and is regarded almost as a prerequisite for studying Mathematics and other related degrees at the very top universities. Students who study Higher Mathematics need to be resourceful and diligent in their approach to tackling problems. They need to have been very successful

at GCSE Mathematics and really enjoy a challenge. Students will need to have achieved a high Grade A, preferably an A*, in Mathematics GCSE to do HL, or a B for SL.

How will I be assessed? Two core examinations each worth 30% One option paper worth 20%

What could I do after the course? Many students carry on studying Mathematics at degree level whereas others study a course with a high mathematical content. All students would tend to attend one of the very top universities. Students and employers find the analytical skills developed in a higher IB Mathematics course to be essential in the workplace and actively seek those who study this subject.

Two pieces of extended investigation each worth 10%

What will I be studying? Core: Algebra, circular functions and trigonometry, statistics and probability, differentiation and integration, matrices and vectors, complex numbers, induction. Options: Number theory and decision Mathematics The use of a graphical calculator is an essential part of this course.

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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Mathematics (AS Level - over two years) Exam Board

How will I be assessed?

OCR

AS -100% examination: Three papers, Core 1 in June year 12, Core 2 in June Year 13 and Statistics 1 in January Year 13.

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? Mathematics is a highly regarded discipline that increasingly underpins contemporary life and is a fascinating subject in its own right. Mathematical expertise provides insight for decision-making in business and industry, and plays an important role in diverse areas ranging from finance, transport and medical science through to digital communications and weather forecasting. Studying Mathematics at AS Level is an excellent preparation for a career in these exciting fields. Students who study Mathematics AS over two years need to be resourceful and diligent in their approach to tackling problems, and may find this longer course more suitable to their ability and ambitions. They need to have been successful at GCSE Mathematics and enjoy a challenge.

What will I be studying? AS Level Core 1 - Algebra and Functions; Coordinate Geometry; Sequences and Series; Differentiation; Integration. Core 2 - Algebra and Functions; Coordinate Geometry; Sequences and Series; Trigonometry; Exponentials and Logarithms; Differentiation; Integration. Statistics 1 - Representation of Data; Probability; Discrete Random Variables; Bivariate Data.

What could I do after the course? Students and employers find the analytical skills developed in an AS course to be essential in the workplace and actively seek those who study this subject. Many degree courses have a large mathematics content and students will be using their acquired skills in a variety of situations.

Students need to achieve at least a high Grade C on the higher GCSE course.

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Mechanical Engineering BTEC (National Award or National Certificate) Exam Board Edexcel

How long is the course? Award - 1 A Level equivalent (Year1) Certificate - 2 A Level equivalent (Year 2) Currently the course runs as a double subject, taking up two subjects in the options blocks.

You will learn to apply principles of physics for analysis, design and manufacturing of mechanical systems.

• Testing Techniques

The Mechanical Engineering student will develop knowledge and skills in:

• Communication

• Engineering Science & Maths

• Manufacturing Processes

• Business Systems

• Engineering Project

• Testing Techniques

The course is made up of eleven individual units including five core units plus six specialist units. The six specialist units allow you to study particular areas in depth.

Who is the course for?

• Material Properties

The course is for students who have an interest in Engineering and have studied BTEC First Certificate or First Diploma in Engineering or a relevant GCSE in Design Technology.

• Analysis and Evaluation

How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of six individual units including two core units plus four specialist units. The four specialist units allow you to study particular areas in depth. The course is equivalent to one A Level. Assessment is largely by coursework

The BTEC course is 100% coursework and will be assessed continuously through assignments.

What will I be studying? The course is designed to be adaptable to your abilities and needs: it consists of core units plus a choice of specialist units. The structure of the course allows you to focus on your interests, such as engineering design, computer aided drafting or electrical installation. Please note that the units studied may vary to meet local or learner needs. The BTEC National Award in Mechanical Engineering enables you to make use of the opportunity to develop a creative approach to problems.

• Communication • CAD/CAM • Manufacturing Processes

The BTEC National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering enables you to make use of the opportunity to develop a creative approach to problems. You will learn to apply principles of physics for analysis, design and manufacturing of mechanical systems. The Mechanical Engineering student will develop knowledge and skills in: • Engineering Science & Maths

• Material Properties • Analysis and Evaluation • CAD/CAM

What could I do after the course? Employment opportunities With the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, you can progress straight into employment. If successful there are a variety of prospective careers that you can explore, all of which will benefit from your studies, for example: electrician, electronics engineer or mechanical engineering technician. Further vocational and academic qualifications The BTEC National in Engineering has the equivalence of GCE A Levels, and it is possible for you to progress further into Higher Education, as successful BTEC National qualifications give UCAS points for university applications.

• Business Systems

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Media Studies Exam Board AQA

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Media Studies is a fascinating course which encourages students to question the world around them. It is a multi-million pound industry and plays a pivotal role in all aspects of both work and social life. Media Studies is a creative course which allows students to design and develop their own products. Students will need to have an interest in developing skills in photography, photo editing, filming, film editing, web-design, journalism, magazine design and advertising construction.

How will I be assessed? AS 50% Coursework - Two fully realised Media products created based on a brief chosen individually from a selection of 3. 50% Examination - External written examination split into two areas, applying media knowledge to an unseen media product and essay on the cross-media topic Film Fiction.

A2 50% Coursework - A fully realised independently selected media product with a linked written investigation into a key issue within the media

pursuing a media industry based career or a career in many other industries, transferable skills include web design, advertising and marketing, presentation design and directing

50% Examination - External written examination split into two areas, applying media theory to an unseen media product and essay on a previously selected independent study area.

Media Studies is also valuable to any career requiring analytical thought, personal communication skills and understanding of communications media - e.g. Teaching, Law, Media and Public Relations.

What will I be studying? AS: Students will explore key concepts in the ways media, such as television, radio, film, the internet and newspapers, represent reality. There are two modules: Investigating Media, dealing with a variety of media and media products (written exam) and Creating Media, in which students produce their own media projects (coursework). A2: Students must follow the AS course in Year 12 and take two further modules in Year 13: Critical Perspectives, dealing with ethical and social issues relating to the mass media (written exam) and Research and Production, for which students do an investigation and a linked production piece (coursework).

What could I do after the course? The course offers students the ability to develop a variety of media skills, which are useful to students interested in

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Music (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 years

Who is the course for? Students who have reached a high level of technical ability on an instrument and/ or enjoy composing at a high level. Since the range of options for IB Music is vast there is an option for everyone. Please note, if you intend to study Music at University it is recommended that you study A Level Music as IB provides a lot of breadth but not as much depth as A Level.

25% = Musical Investigation comparing music from two different cultures Standard Level Composition 50% = 10 minute composition portfolio 25% = Listening examination on any area of music and two set works which change every two years 25% = Musical Investigation comparing music from two different cultures

Standard Level Performance 50% = 15 minute solo recital

25% = Musical Investigation comparing music from two different cultures

25% = Listening examination on any area of music and two set works which change every two years

What will I be studying?

25% = Listening examination on any area of music and two set works which change every 2 years

As well as being able to access the full range of HE Music degrees, students will also have developed a range of skills useful for working in the Music industry or other business environments.

25% = 15 minute composition portfolio

How will I be assessed?

Standard Level Group Performance 50% = 15 minute ensemble recital

What could I do after the course?

Higher Level 25% = 20 minute solo recital

25% = Listening examination on any area of music and two set works which change every two years

25% = Musical Investigation comparing music from two different cultures

Western and Non-Western styles, and a Musical Investigation into the relationship between two identifiable and distinct musical cultures.

The Music course aims to encourage students to develop an understanding and knowledge of music from around the world. It will provide an opportunity for students to develop their own creative potential through composition and performance, as well as developing analytical and aural skills. All students will undertake a module in Musical Perception and Analysis in

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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Music Exam Board AQA

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Students who have a high level of ability on an instrument or as a singer (equivalent to grade 4). Students that have a broad musical understanding and interest.

How will I be assessed?

MUSC6: One performance lasting 10-16 minutes assessed under informal conditions

What will I be studying? MUSC1: Beethoven Symphony No 1, The Musical up to 1980, Music from any style and genre MUSC2: Bach Chorales, Writing a piano accompaniment, techniques in harmony, cadences, modulation, melody composition, controlling texture MUSC3: Developing performance skills

MUSC1: 2 hour listening examination in three sections (a) Set Works - Beethoven Symphony No 1 (b) Historical Study c) general aural

MUSC4: Elgar Symphony No 1 or Shostakovich Symphony No 5, English Choral Music in the 20th Century, Music from any style and genre

MUSC2: 20 hour controlled coursework, choice of 3 briefs (a) Compositional techniques exercises (b) Free composition (c) Arranging

MUSC5: as MUSC2 but also including post tonal composition

MUSC3: Two performances each 5-8 minutes assessed under informal conditions

What could I do after the course?

MUSC4: 2 hour listening examination in three sections as MUSC1 MUSC5: 20 hour controlled coursework as MUSC2

MUSC6: as MUSC3

Higher Education degrees in Music, Music Technology, Musicology, Composition, Performance, Music Therapy, Arts Administration, Teaching (instrumental and classroom), Events Management.

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Music Technology Exam Board

What will I be studying?

Edexcel

AS: Students will use sequencing, arranging and recording skills to create a CD portfolio of their skills. They will then be required to sit an exam about popular music since 1910 including the developments in Music Technology.

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Students who have a practical interest in the recording and producing side of the music industry. It is expected that students will have competent working knowledge of an instrument and basic keyboard skills.

How will I be assessed? Portfolio 1: (60 hours controlled coursework) A sequence of a piece of music specified by the exam board, a recording of your own choice and an arrangement of a piece specified by the board.

A2: Students will use sequencing, composing and recording skills to create a CD portfolio of their skills. They will also sit an exam in which they analyse recordings and music technological processes and then complete a practical recording exam.

What could I do after the course? Higher Education degrees in Music Technology, Composition, Arts Administration, Teaching (Instrumental and Classroom), Events Management and Sound Engineering.

Listening and Analysing examination on popular music since 1910 including the developments in Music Technology. Portfolio 2: (60 hours controlled coursework) in the same structure as portfolio 1.

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Performing Arts BTEC Exam Board

What will I be studying?

Edexcel

Who is the course for?

A wide range of disciplines. E.g. Performing to an Audience; Musical Theatre Performance; Auditions for Actors; Performing with Masks; Site-Specific Performance; The Healthy Performer.

Students with an interest in performing i.e. acting, dance, music.

What could I do after the course?

How long is the course? 2 years

How will I be assessed?

Progression to college or drama school.

All assessment is internal. Students will complete six units over a two year course. Written notes and video evidence will support production work performed to live audiences.

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Philosophy (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 years

Who is the course for? The emphasis of the Philosophy course is very much on “doing” Philosophy. Doing Philosophy requires a willingness to attempt an understanding of alternative views by applying intellectual rigour and cultivating an open and critical mind. It also invites the development of perspectives that encompass cultural pluralism and an awareness of the international context within which it unfolds. This constitutes a new challenge for students doing Philosophy within a worldwide perspective—an important feature that is reflected in the themes and activities of the course.

How will I be assessed? HL - 80% External Assessment (over 3 papers), 20% Internal Assessment

to be inclusive and to deal with a wide range of issues that can be approached in a philosophical way. A concern with clarity of understanding lies at the core of the Philosophy course. This clarity is achieved through critical and systematic thinking, careful analysis of arguments, the study of philosophical themes and a close reading of texts. Through this examination of themes and texts, the Philosophy course allows students to explore fundamental questions that people have asked throughout human history. For example: What is it to be a human being? How do I know what is the right thing to do? Moreover, it confronts new problems arising within contemporary society, including those that result from increasing international interaction. The aims of the Philosophy course at HL and SL are to enable students to: • develop an intellectually independent and creative way of thinking

SL - 70% External Assessment (over 2 papers), 30% Internal Assessment

• relate their philosophical understanding to other disciplines and to personal, social and civic life

What will I be studying?

• formulate arguments in a sound and purposeful way

Philosophy deals with issues that are profound, complex, challenging and important for humanity. The Diploma Programme Philosophy course aims

• examine critically their own experience and their ideological and cultural perspectives

• appreciate the diversity of philosophical thinking • appreciate the impact of cultural diversity upon philosophical thinking.

What could I do after the course? Philosophy qualifications are useful for a variety of careers that call for the ability to communicate orally and in writing, and the capability to think critically; specifically Teaching, Law, Government and Business, or any field where a combination of analytical skills and cultural understanding may be useful.

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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Philosophy Exam Board AQA

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? We are looking for students who are willing to embark upon some of the most difficult - some say unanswerable questions of the universe - in a meagre two years! If you wish to gain a wide range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of philosophy, this course is for you. There is no requirement to have studied Religious Studies before.

How will I be assessed? AS:100% Examination A2: 100% Examination (includes AS results)

What will I be studying? AS: You will study two units intended to provide a broad introduction to philosophy. The first major area of

study is to address conflicts between understanding based reason and experience; for instance, is there a way the world is or only as it appears to me? Secondly, you will investigate the idea of “God�; the origins, attributes and interactions of God with the world. A2: Involves specialising further by studying two themes and a philosophical problem by analysing the work of David Hume or Descartes. Theme one is philosophy of mind which addresses the status of the human mind in relation to the body; how does the water of the brain give rise to the wine of consciousness? Theme two looks at making sense of religion in the world.

What could I do after the course? Philosophy is useful in a wide variety of career options because you will develop critical thinking and analysing skills; you will improve your reasoning and become better at making sound judgements. These skills would suit a professional career in Law, Government, Business or Teaching.

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Photography Exam Board AQA Syllabus A

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? The Photography course is for students who are keen and interested to learn about all aspects of photography. This includes looking at both traditional approaches and new technologies. The course is very practical in nature and encourages students to use photography in an artistic and imaginative way. It also explores the theoretical elements of photography through both technical and critical study. This helps underpin knowledge and allows students to make informed choices about how and what they want to photograph. The aim is to use photography as a form of self expression and explore its visual language. As practical skills are gained, the course involves lots of group critiques and discussion. All students are required to

participate in these sessions and are actively encouraged to analyse, discuss and evaluate their own work as well as others.

How will I be assessed? AS Photography, one coursework and one exam unit. 50% each A2 Photography, one coursework and one exam unit. 50% each

What will I be studying? AS The main aim of Year One is to look at the workings and controls of the compact and SLR camera. The aim is to allow students to get the best out of their camera and gain confidence in making and taking photographs. In particular, they learn about the creative controls of the aperture and shutter. These initial skills help develop their use of photography beyond simply a mechanism for recording things. Students are set various practical assignments in order to try out acquired skills and experiment with different genres, approaches and techniques in photography.

A2 Year Two is revolved around the notion of a personal investigation. Students are required to produce a self directed practical project that needs to be linked to some aspect of contemporary or past practice in photography. Although choice of subject matter is completely open, a comprehensive workbook is again needed to show relevant and appropriate research and clear development of ideas, as well as evidencing all stages of practical work.

What could I do after the course? Many A Level Photography students progress onto BA Hons degree courses in Photography, Graphics, Media or Film. They can choose from many specific courses and pathways such as, Documentary. Fashion, Editorial and Fine art. There are also various opportunities to progress straight into the industry through apprenticeships and assisting work. It is also not unusual for photography students to find an allied career path in related media, such as journalism, radio, T.V and advertising.

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Physics (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? Physics is important for all mechanical, structural and electrical university courses and related career fields.

How will I be assessed? Higher Internal Assessment 24% External Assessment 76% Standard Internal Assessment 24% External Assessment 76%

What will I be studying? This course aims to explain the basic features of the natural world primarily in terms of the interaction between matter and energy. Students look at the way in which physical principles have been applied to construct various devices and machines in everyday life.

Topics to be studied include: Measurement, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, Electromagnetism and Nuclear Physics and there are further options to be chosen later. All students must participate in the Group 4 Project - an interdisciplinary activity in which all Science students work collaboratively to analyse a topic or problem, which will enable them to develop their personal skills. At Higher Level students also study further options in two topics.

What could I do after the course? Physics provides a qualification that allows entry into numerous degree courses E.g. Engineering (Civil and Mechanical), Science, Medical Courses etc.

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Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk


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Physics Exam Board

What will I be studying?

OCR

Physics in Action (Unit G491) provides a graduated path from GCSE into the AS course, showing a wide variety of ways in which physics is currently put to use:

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? The Advancing Physics course provides a distinctive structure within which students can learn both about fundamental physical concepts and about physics in every day and technological settings. A primary aim of the course is to show how physics is practised and used today. Equally important, however, is to show the usefulness of the subject, and to illustrate the kind of impact which discoveries in physics have had on the way people live. This specification has been developed in consultation with the Institute of Physics. There is new material in this course that is simple, direct and has a rigorous approach to modern ideas. There are also new perspectives and of course different angles on familiar topics.

How will I be assessed? AS 80% Paper 1 and Paper 2 in May, 20% Internal assessment of practical skills The AS exam contributes 50% to the final A2 examination grade A2 40% Paper 3 in January and Paper 4 in June. 10% of A2 is examined in practical investigation and independent research

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Communication is about electric circuits and sensors, waves as signals and about imaging, including some simple optics; Designer materials introduces properties of materials, how these depend on the structure of the material and how they help determine the choice of material for a given purpose. Understanding Processes, Experimentation and Data Handling (Unit G492) is organised around different ways of understanding processes of change, the focus being on ‘curiosity-driven’ physics: Waves and quantum behaviour is mainly about superposition phenomena of waves, especially electromagnetic waves, with a brief account of the quantum behaviour of photons and electrons; Space, time and motion develops classical mechanics, including vectors. During this unit, the earlier work on uncertainties and systematic errors of measurement, and methods of making better measurements, are further developed. Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Universe (G494) develops the grand conception of the world as a ‘mathematical machine’. Some of its limits are also shown. The content of this unit is set out in two modules: Models and rules covers the core physics of random decay and the decay of the charge on a capacitor, energy and


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momentum, the harmonic oscillator and circular orbits. The field model is developed through consideration of gravitational fields; Matter in extremes shows how theories of matter and atoms explain behaviour: covering the kinetic theory of gases, thermal behaviour of matter and the effect of temperature. Field and Particle Pictures (G495) introduces the modern picture of fields and particle interactions as fundamental mechanisms of nature. The content of this unit is set out in two modules:

What could I do after the course? Physics students who have studied this course have gone into a variety of professions. They range from mechanical, structural, electrical and electronic engineering to medicine, teaching, business and accounting. All of these professions value Physics because of its logical and mathematical nature that allow us to model, predict and analyse the world.

Fields covers ideas about electromagnetism, electric field and potential; Fundamental particles is about atomic, nuclear and sub-nuclear structure, with attention to ionising radiation and risk.

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Political Studies Exam Board Edexcel

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Political Studies is for students with enquiring minds who like to debate. It is a social science subject for those interested in understanding the political philosophies, ideologies, institutions and processes which have shaped the world around us.

How will I be assessed? This course is 100% examination based with two examinations at the end of Year 12 (AS) and two at the end of Year 13 (A2)

What will I be studying? AS: Unit 1: People and Politics Ever wondered what political parties actually stand for? How else can we affect change in the country? What do pressure groups do?

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Unit 2: Governing the UK What powers does the Prime Minister really have? Who really makes the decisions that affect the country? What does Parliament really do? A2: Unit 3 B: UK Political Ideologies This is a philosophy course covering the major political traditions within the UK including Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism. Unit 4 B: Other Ideological Traditions Continues the theme to study traditions such as Feminism, Nationalist and Ecologist approaches to political philosophy.

What could I do after the course? Career and Higher Education opportunities in - Education, Law, Political Research, Writers and Editors, Journalists, Think Tanks, Political Organiser, Campaign Management, Political Parties and Politics, Philosophy.


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‘I was given the chance to attend an Internet safety camp in Romania, where I took part in a number of team building exercises and International conferences. Meeting and communicating with people from all across Europe was a brilliant experience and one in which I’ll never forget.’

Jacob Brown – Head Boy

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“It’s clear that Britain’s future lies in design and technology,” Emma Williams - Product Design

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Product Design Exam Board

What will I be studying?

AQA

At AS Level, you will develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. This specification also considers the broader issues for the designer, including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety. Students will look at materials, production processes and the impact of cost and design. In ‘Learning through designing and making’ students produce coursework using their own design with a range of materials and media.

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Returning Technology students who seek to be aspiring Designers, Entrepreneurs, Inventors. We are looking for students who like to get stuck in and make things. Some creativity and academic ability is important, we can help you work on the rest.

How will I be assessed? The full A Level comprises of 4 Units. AS outline • Unit 1 - Materials, Components and Application. 50% two hour written paper • Unit 2 - Designing and Making. 50% Coursework - approx 50 hours A2 outline • Unit 3 - Design and Manufacture. 25% two hour written paper • Unit 4 - Design and Making Practice. 25% Coursework - approx 60 hours

a number of specialist routes into the design industry. Our students generally go on to university to study in design specialisms ranging from Architecture to Web Design. Further specialisms also include Graphic Design, CAD, Product Design, Automotive Design, Illustration, Engineering and Animation, with many more besides. If you remain uncertain of the direction you would like to take at university then a single year Foundation Degree is very popular allowing you to develop further skills and experience across a full range of specialisms before committing to a full Design Degree.

In the second year, students will get to grips with ‘Design and Manufacture’ helping you to appreciate the relationship between design and technology, or form and function. ‘Design and Making in Practice’ is the practical, coursework part. Students will make an object and record the processes that you went through. At A2, the specification offers the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills picked up from AS.

What could I do after the course? As a successful 3D product designer at A Level you will be at the crossroads of

“Art is for Pleasure, Invention is our Treasure.” Trevor Graham Baylis OBE - English inventor of the wind-up radio.

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Psychology (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board

What will I be studying?

IBO

This course addresses complex psychological issues so that students can develop a greater understanding of themselves and others. The Biological Perspective looks at the interaction between the different factors that contribute to behaviour. The Cognitive Perspective looks at how people acquire, store, transform and communicate information. Students also study the sociocultural perspective and consider how social and cultural groups influence behaviour.

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? Psychology is the scientific study of people’s behaviour and their mental processes. Psychologists are concerned with how people act, think, reason, and feel. If you are interested in the study of mind and behaviour, of examining the possible causes for people’s actions and exploring ways of helping others to improve their lives then Psychology is for you. Psychologists need to be objective in their outlook and receptive to a variety of perspectives. There is rarely a simple answer for any animal or human behaviour and therefore Psychologists need an inquiring mind in order to explore all possibilities. During the course you will use and develop the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

How will I be assessed? Higher Internal Assessment 20% External Assessment 80% Standard Internal Assessment 25% External Assessment 75%

Students are invited to think analytically and critically throughout the course and are provided with the opportunity to express themselves through written communication and oral presentations. In the second year students study elements of abnormal psychologies and social psychology.

What could I do after the course? Research skills developed through this course are highly regarded by universities and employers. Prisons, hospitals and schools all employ Psychologists to help people with various difficulties. Many firms also have Psychologists in their Personnel Departments.

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Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk


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Psychology Exam Board

What will I be studying?

AQA

AS Level

How long is the course?

Paper 1 There are three aspects to the paper, Cognitive Psychology (memory), Developmental Psychology (early social development) and Research Methods. We will learn about how memories are encoded, stored and retrieved and how these relate to eyewitness testimony (EWT) and its accuracy. The developmental topic focuses on explanations of attachment including learning theory and the evolutionary perspective, cultural variance, the effects caused by disruption of attachment and the impact of different forms of day care on children’s social development. Students will also learn about different ways research is conducted such as experiments, observations and case studies, and their relative strengths and limitations. There is some Mathematics involved in this section e.g. calculating mean, median and mode and analysis of graphs, but it is easily accessible to those with GCSE Mathematics.

AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Psychology is the scientific study of people’s behaviour and their mental processes. Psychologists are concerned with how people act, think, reason, and feel. If you are interested in the study of mind and behaviour, of examining the possible causes for people’s actions and exploring ways of helping others to improve their lives, then Psychology is for you. Psychologists need to be objective in their outlook and receptive to a variety of perspectives. There is rarely a simple answer for any animal or human behaviour and therefore Psychologists need an inquiring mind in order to explore all possibilities. During the course you will use and develop the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

How will I be assessed? AS - 100% examination. Two papers, (one sat in January, one in June). A2 - 100% examination. Two papers, (one sat in January, one in June).

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Paper 2 There are three aspects to the paper, Biological Psychology (Stress), Social Psychology (Social Influence) and Individual Differences (Psychopathology - Abnormality). Students will learn about the body’s response to stress, stress-related illness and the immune system, factors that affect stress and psychological and physiological methods of stress management, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and drugs. Social Influence


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involves the study of conformity and obedience and the reasons for these and the implications these have for facilitating social change. Students will also learn about how we define abnormality, biological and psychological approaches to psychopathology and how abnormality can be treated including drug therapy, ECT, psychoanalysis and systematic de-sensitisation. A2 Level Paper 4 Paper 4 is studied first as it has a Research Methods section in it and therefore we start by building on what is learnt in Year 12. Students then study two additional topics: Media Psychology and Schizophrenia. Media Psychology involves the study of explanations of media influences on pro and anti social behaviour, how the media influences attitudes and change and the psychology of celebrity including intense fandom. The biological and psychological explanations of Schizophrenia are explored and their resultant therapies critically evaluated.

Paper 3 Involves the study of three topics: Aggression, Relationships and Intelligence and Learning. Students will learn about different explanations of aggression such as Social learning theory and Genetic factors, the formation, maintenance and breakdown of relationships and the different cultural views of relationships and theories of intelligence, of how we learn through conditioning and how genetic and environmental factors influence intelligence.

What could I do after the course? Many students choose Psychology because they want to help others improve their lives. When you pursue a career in Psychology, you may help people in many different ways. There are career opportunities in Health, Forensic, Educational, Clinical and Counselling psychology specifically, however, there are few professions that do not, in one way or another, rely on psychological knowledge.

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Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) Exam Board OCR

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Anyone interested in philosophy will enjoy this course. If you like exploring challenging concepts, and finding out how religious beliefs have influenced our culture, you will find this course fascinating. In order to achieve, you will need to read widely and be able to get your ideas across in written examinations.

How will I be assessed? AS: 100% Examination A2: 100% Examination (includes AS results)

What will I be studying? AS: Spanning over two thousand years of philosophical and religious thought, the course travels from Plato’s ancient Greece, asking questions such as ‘Do we

have a soul?’ through to modern ethical dilemmas such as ‘Should euthanasia be legal?’ and ‘Should British troops ever have gone to Iraq?’ The topics are studied in a variety of ways to ensure your lessons will always be lively and interesting! A2: At A2 you will study philosophy and ethics in greater depth. In philosophy, you will study the concept of the afterlife, the nature of miracles, and religious language. In the ethics course, you will explore the nature of freewill and conscience, and apply ethical theories to issues concerning the environment, sexuality, and the business world.

What could I do after the course? Religious Studies qualifications are useful for a variety of careers that call for the ability to communicate orally and in writing, and the capability to think critically; specifically Teaching, Law, Government and Business, or any field where a combination of analytical skills and cultural understanding may be useful.

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Sociology Exam Board AQA

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Sociology is the study of how human behaviour is influenced by living in social situations. It explores how people learn culture, beliefs and patterns of behaviour, and how interactions with others shape our identity. Sociologists use research and evidence to develop theories about social issues. Sociology complements other subjects such as Psychology, History and Politics. Lessons are varied, employing a variety of teaching techniques including research, debate and presentations. It is a lively, academic subject for students with enquiring minds.

How will I be assessed? There are four modular exams, and no coursework.

What will I be studying? Unit 1 is ‘Families and Households’. This unit examines the role of families

in society and how they have changed. Students explore problems within the family, E.g. divorce, domestic violence etc, and consider how the nature of childhood has changed over time.

‘I chose Sociology because people and society interest me. It is enjoyable because it is easy to relate to as we are all part of society.’ Unit 2 is ‘Education plus Research Methods’. This unit includes theories on the role of education in society. It examines the reasons behind the statistics on different groups’ chances of success in school, and how pupil-teacher interactions can affect a child’s chances. This unit also includes the methods used by sociologists when they carry out their research, and the theories which underpin their work. This includes a wide range of research examples into criminal gangs, religious cults, football hooligans, youth culture etc.

Unit 3 studies ‘Beliefs in Society’. This examines the function of religious beliefs in society, and considers whether society is getting less religious. It looks at different types of religion, and explores people’s reasons for joining religious sects and cults. Unit 4 looks at ‘Crime and Deviance’. This unit includes different explanations for crime, and considers how it could be reduced. It examines whether crime statistics are accurate and whether the picture they give of the ‘typical criminal’ is realistic. Students will look at how equitable the justice system is, and consider contemporary policing issues. This unit also includes a more detailed study of the theories and methods used by sociologists.

What could I do after the course? Sociology is recommended for careers in the police, personnel management, health and social care professions, journalism, the media and many higher education courses.

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Social and Cultural Anthropology (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 years

Who is the course for? The IB Social and Cultural Anthropology course offers an opportunity for students to become acquainted with anthropological perspectives and ways of thinking, and to develop critical, reflexive knowledge. Social and Cultural Anthropology contributes a distinctive approach to intercultural awareness and understanding, which embodies the essence of an IB education. Anthropology fosters the development of citizens who are globally aware and ethically sensitive. The Social and Cultural Anthropology course for both SL and HL students is designed to introduce the principles, practices and materials of the discipline.

How will I be assessed? SL - External Assessment 80% (over two papers), Internal Assessment 20% HL - External Assessment 75% (over three papers), Internal Assessment 25%

What will I be studying? Social and Cultural Anthropology is the comparative study of culture and

human societies. Anthropologists seek an understanding of humankind in all its diversity. This understanding is reached through the study of societies and cultures and the exploration of the general principles of social and cultural life. Social and cultural anthropology places special emphasis on comparative perspectives that challenge cultural assumptions. Many anthropologists explore problems and issues associated with the complexity of modern societies in local, regional and global contexts. Anthropology contributes to an understanding of contemporary issues such as war and conflict, the environment, poverty, injustice, inequality, and human and cultural rights. The study of anthropology offers critical insight into the continuities as well as the dynamics of social change and the development of societies, and challenges cultural assumptions. The aims of the Social and Cultural Anthropology course at SL and HL are to enable students to: • explore principles of social and cultural life and characteristics of societies and cultures • develop an awareness of historical, scientific and social contexts within which social and cultural anthropology has developed

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• develop in the student, a capacity to recognize preconceptions and assumptions of their own social and cultural environments • develop an awareness of relationships between local, regional and global processes and issues.

What could I do after the course? Anthropology qualifications are useful for a variety of careers that call for the ability to communicate orally and in writing, and the capability to think critically; specifically Teaching, Law, Government and Business, or any field where a combination of analytical skills and cultural understanding may be useful.

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk


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Spanish ab initio (Standard Level) Exam Board

What will I be studying?

IBO

The objective of the Spanish Ab Initio course is for students to achieve

How long is the course? 2 years

Who is the course for? Studying a language Post-16 is for students with a passion for communication and a desire to expand the skills developed at GCSE.

‘It can influence other subjects and helps with English grammar’ How will I be assessed? Internal Oral Assessment 30% Reading exam 40% Writing exam 30%

‘It boosts confidence’ communicative competence in a variety of everyday situations. Students will be expected to understand and use accurately the essential spoken and written forms of the language, to understand and use a limited range of vocabulary in common usage, to use a register that is generally appropriate to the situation and to show an awareness of some elements of the culture related to the language studied. The course comprises the following topics: The Individual, Education and Work, Town and Services,

Food and Drink, Leisure and Travel, The Environment and Health and Emergencies.

What could I do after the course? Linguists are in great demand due to their ability to communicate and think independently. Graduates tend to go into Manufacturing, Business, Law and Teaching. A good subject to combine with Law, Engineering or Business.

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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Spanish (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? Studying a language Post-16 is for students with a passion for communication and a desire to expand the skills developed at GCSE.

How will I be assessed? Higher Internal Assessment 30% External Assessment 70% Standard Internal Assessment 30% External Assessment 70%

What will I be studying? The main emphasis of the Modern Foreign Language course is on language acquisition and usage. The course focuses on enabling students to communicate spontaneously and appropriately in unfamiliar as well as familiar contexts. Students must be able to adapt their language for different audiences and express ideas with clarity and fluency. It is important that students

can structure arguments in a clear, coherent and convincing way. The course comprises the following topics: Social Relationships; Political Institutions, Philosophies and Programmes; International Issues; The Media; Traditions and Conventions in the Arts and Typical or Distinctive Leisure Activities.

What could I do after the course? Linguists are in great demand due to their ability to communicate and think independently.

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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Spanish Exam Board

What will I be studying?

EDEXCEL

The course consists of four broad themes: Youth Culture, Education, Lifestyle, Health and Fitness, the World About Us. These will be examined by way of a variety of sources such as press articles, news reports etc.

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Studying a language Post-16 is for students with a passion for communication and a desire to expand the skills developed at GCSE.

‘It’s completely different to any other subject’ What could I do after the course?

‘It’s challenging but rewarding’ How will I be assessed? 30% Speaking assessment, 70% combined listening, reading and writing exam

Linguists are in great demand due to their ability to communicate and think independently. Graduates tend to go into Manufacturing, Business, Law and Teaching. A good subject to combine with Law, Engineering or Business.

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Sport Exercise and Health (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board

What will I be studying?

IBO

Scientific inquiry conducted over many decades, has accumulated a vast amount of information across a range of sub-disciplines that contribute to our understanding of health and human performance in relation to sport and exercise. The Diploma Programme course in sports, exercise and health science involves the study of the science that underpins physical performance and provides the opportunity to apply these principles.

How long is the course? 2 years

Who is the course for? In a world where many millions of people are physically inactive and afflicted by chronic disease and ill health, the sport and exercise scientist should be equally proficient when prescribing exercise for the promotion of health and wellness. This course is designed for students wishing to pursue careers in sport or health related fields.

How will I be assessed? SL & HL - External Assessment 76% (over three papers), 24% Internal Assessment.

The course incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport, exercise and health. Students will cover a range of core and option topics and carry out practical (experimental) investigations

in both laboratory and field settings. This will provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyse human performance. Where relevant, the course will address issues of internationalism and ethics by considering sport, exercise and health relative to the individual and in a global context.

What could I do after the course? Excellent foundation for Higher Education and those interested in sport-based careers, such as the Armed Forces, Physiotherapy, etc.

Students on the IBDP Programme will undertake an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as intercultural understanding. As an international qualification the Diploma provides an opportunity for students to go on to study degree courses at universities around the world. To find out more about the IBDP programme please refer to pages 19-24 or contact the co-ordinator at shelley.swift@trfa.org.uk

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Sport BTEC Exam Board Edexcel

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? Anyone who is interested in sport and the sport industry. It is vital that you apply your general interest and enthusiasm of sport and its surrounding issues, to both academic and practical elements of the course.

How will I be assessed? All work will be assessed through ongoing assignments. These range from written tasks, to practically assessed scenario tasks. All the units are assessed and graded by Sixth Form staff and external verifiers. There are no formal examinations.

What will I be studying? BTEC qualifications have been developed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of areas. The course offered is practical and will give you the opportunity to complete assignments and activities based on realistic situations linked to working in a variety of sport-related environments. It will give you a good feel for what

it will be like to be at work in the sports industry as well as developing your communication, numerical, IT, time-management and teamwork skills. Students following the course will also be expected to follow the new Level 2 award in Community Sports Leadership during Sixth Form enrichment lessons.

What could I do after the course? The BTEC National Award in Sport is a recognised route into Higher Education. This qualification, along with your other Level 3 qualifications, will enable you to progress to degree courses in associated areas, as well as teaching. You could, alternatively, go into employment in a sports-related area, such as working in a sports or leisure centre or outdoor activity work with young people. This award will earn you UCAS points in the same way that A-levels do.

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Sport Science Exam Board OCR

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Anyone who is interested in sport and the study of human movement. It is vital that you apply your general interest and enthusiasm of sport and it’s surrounding issues, to both academic and practical elements of the course.

How will I be assessed? Throughout the course you will get the opportunity to perform and be a critical performer. This means taking on various roles such as coach, leader and official. You will be required to analyse and improve performance for the coursework

element of Sport Science. You will also need to perform two different sports to a good standard as this is an essential aspect of your assessment. AS 60% Examination 40% Coursework/Practical A2 70% Examination 30% Coursework/Practical

What will I be studying? AS: Unit 1: Theoretical aspects, externally assessed, 60% weighted. Topics cover Anatomy and Physiology, Acquiring movement skills and Socio-cultural studies relating to participation relating to physical activity.

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Unit 2: Coursework unit, internally assessed, externally moderated, 40% weighted. A2: Unit 3: Theoretical aspects, externally assessed, 70% weighted. Students will cover topics on exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, historical and comparative studies. Unit 4: Coursework unit, internally assessed, externally moderated, 30% weighted.

What could I do after the course? Excellent foundation for Higher Education and those interested in sport-based careers, such as the Armed Forces, Physiotherapy, etc.


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Textiles Exam Board

What will I be studying?

AQA

AS: A one year course, normally taken in Year 12.

How long is the course? AS - 1 Year A2 - 2 Years

Who is the course for? Students who enjoy following through a project from inception to completion of the final product. Practical ability in textiles is of course useful and the ability to design from initial ideas.

How will I be assessed? 50% Examination 50% Coursework This equates to two equally weighted units at AS and four at A2.

Unit 1: Assessment by external examination. Subjects covered include: Source and classification of the main fibre groups, Yarn types and properties, Fabric manufacture, finishes and surface decoration, Product components, Industrial and commercial practice, Development of design and ICT. Unit 2: Assessment is done both internally and externally. Students produce design and make portfolios for coursework purposes, where they are able to choose their own subject areas to produce their own unique sought after product. A2: Following on from AS the A2 course consists of a further 2 modules.

Unit 3: Assessment is by external examination. Subjects covered include: Testing and comparing the relative merits of fabrics in relation to their intended use, Manipulating and combining fabrics, Major developments in textiles technology, Product life cycle and fashion cycles, Design in the human context, Industrial and commercial practice, Fabric and product manufacture. Unit 4: A substantial design and making activity produced in the form of a portfolio, which is both internally and externally assessed.

What could I do after the course? Product Design, Furniture, Industrial, Interior Design, Materials Science, Fashion Design, Textiles Technology. There are numerous career opportunities within the clothing and retail industries.

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Theatre (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board

What will I be studying?

IBO

This course looks at all aspects of theatre, from the viewpoint of the actor, playwright, director and designer. You will study theatre from a wide range of historical and cultural contexts and learn to explore a variety of theatrical styles of more than one culture.

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? Students wanting entry to degree level courses, particularly Performing Arts and Theatre courses. The skills of analysis, communication and teamwork are however transferable to a variety of careers/courses.

How will I be assessed? Higher Internal Assessment 50% External Assessment 50% Standard Internal Assessment 50% External Assessment 50%

Studying Theatre Arts will enable you to develop practical skills and you will learn to express yourself more fluently and confidently. The course is divided into four parts; Theatre in the making, Theatre in performance, Theatre in the world and an Independent Study Project where students have the opportunity to explore practically and experiment with an aspect

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of theatre of their choice. At Higher Level students will look at devising or exploring theatre practice as part of the independent project.

What could I do after the course? Students can progress to Higher Education, particularly Performing Arts and Theatre courses as well as varied career opportunities, including Theatre Production and Teaching.


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Travel & Tourism BTEC Exam Board

What will I be studying?

Edexcel

We will aim to deliver topics and units which interest the students. The Units in the first year will include, ‘An Introduction to Travel and Tourism’ which will look at the Industry on a worldwide scale. The Customer Service Unit will involve a lot of role-play and decision-making. The ‘The UK as a Destination’ Unit will give the students a detailed knowledge of tourism in the UK.

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? Students who are interested in following a vocational course in Travel & Tourism. Students who prefer coursework to exams. Students who want to develop a range of practical and academic skills including research, communication, report writing and working as a team.

How will I be assessed?

What could I do after the course? Go onto Higher Education, at college or university, or pursue a career in the Travel and Tourism, or related industries.

100% coursework (assignments and report writing).

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Visual Arts (Standard and Higher Level) Exam Board IBO

How long is the course? 2 Years

Who is the course for? This course is for students who enjoy being practical and creative. You’ll have an inquisitive nature and want to develop your art skills and experience a range of different media, techniques and processes, from charcoal to sculpting and digital editing to traditional printing. This course centres on ‘hands-on’ experience as it’s the work you produce that counts, therefore you have to have the dedication and enthusiasm to realise your creations beyond the confines of class time. This course will allow you to develop your creativity and independence of thought whilst embracing your imagination to create visually expressive outcomes.

How will I be assessed? At Standard Level (A) and Higher Level you will be assessed on the body of work submitted which must consist of two parts 1. Studio Work—this involves practical exploration and artistic production. It constitutes 60% of the assessment and is externally assessed. 2. Research Workbook/Journal- this involves independent contextual, visual and critical investigation and reflection,

both visual and written. It constitutes 40% of the assessment and is internally assessed. At Standard Level (B) you will be assessed on the two areas above, but Studio Work will constitute 40% and is internally assessed and the Research Workbook/Journal will constitute 60% and be externally assessed.

What will I be studying? Across the two years you will study art through four set themes; Portraiture, Multicultural Britain, Local Environment and a Personal Investigation. You will engage with visual arts in cultural, historical and practical contexts through personal study and practical experience. The core elements include: opportunities for practice in the use of various media and the acquisition of studio techniques, an introduction to basic art concepts, ways of extending research into practical work and an introduction to the practice of arts criticism and analysis. At Standard (A) and Higher Level, you will spend a greater amount of time on studio work and artistic production than on producing research workbooks. Standard (B) is aimed at students who are interested in art but whose strengths do not lie in practical work. More time will be devoted to workbooks and although studio work will be explored, you may not necessarily produce fully resolved/ finished work.

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What could I do after the course? After completing an IB diploma in Visual Arts students can go on to take a Higher Education course in Art and Design, then aim to join the world of advertising as graphic designers, illustrators, typographers or become painters, sculptors, textile designers, fashion designers, photographers to name just a few. The career opportunities following this course are many and varied and for those wishing to follow a career in Art and Design, this is the first step to a Higher Education course.

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Level 2 Courses

Beauty Therapy

130

Business BTEC

131

Childcare 133 Construction BTEC

134

Engineering BTEC

135

Hairdressing

136

Health & Social Care BTEC

137

ICT BTEC

138

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Beauty Therapy: Diploma in Beauty Specialist Techniques Exam Board VTCT

How long is the course? 1 Year

Who is the course for? Students wishing to pursue a career in beauty. Due to the necessity of working with clients, students should be good communicators and be comfortable with touching people’s faces, hair, hands and feet.

How will I be assessed? 100% internal assessment. All the units are assessed and graded by Sixth Form staff and external verifiers.

What will I be studying? This course provides an introduction and qualification to those with an interest in beauty therapy. The course comprises a variety of beauty-related units, for example, facial make-up, massage,

manicure and pedicure, as well as client care and health and safety. The emphasis is on practical work and through working with clients, building up a portfolio of evidence. All units are assessed through practical work and coursework and there are opportunities for you to review and improve your work as you go along. Continual assessment is a key feature and you will need to be hard working, well organised and self-motivated to be successful on this course. This qualification is taught in a purpose-built beauty therapy training centre at Yate International Academy. Please note, for this course, there is a need to buy a uniform and an industry standard kit through the Sixth Form.

What could I do after the course? This course can lead to employment in salons, as mobile therapists, or as a stepping stone to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Diploma Course.

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Business BTEC: First Diploma in Business Exam Board

What will I be studying?

Edexcel

The course consists of six units covered in one year. Three compulsory units and three optional units, chosen to reflect the interests of the students. Due to charges in the 2012 course specification, further information will be available on request.

How long is the course? This is a one-year course which is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at A* to C.

Who is the course for? Students interested in business, promotions and marketing. You should have good communication and time management skills.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through assignments, no exams.

What could I do after the course? The course can lead to progression to Level 3 Business. Other possibilities include access to a modern apprenticeship or employment.

100% internal assessment. All the units are assessed and graded by Sixth Form staff and external verifiers.

‘I like business because I learn more stuff and work in a team to organise things like our enterprise project and trip. I chose it because it looked interesting’

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Childcare (CACHE) Level 2 Exam Board

What will I be studying?

CACHE

To achieve this qualification students must achieve a minimum of 35 credits. There are 13 compulsory units covering communication, equality, personal development, welfare, health and safety and paediatric first aid (plus several more general units) all related to children and young people. There are a range of optional units that will be selected in negotiation with the teacher.

How long is the course? This is a full-time one year course. Other Level 2 courses cannot be studied alongside it. The course is timetabled as two days per week in the Sixth Form, and two days per week spent on placements. Students also take part in the Sixth Form General.

Who is the course for? Those wishing to progress to Level 3 Childcare or work with young people. You must have qualities of patience, enthusiasm and a caring disposition.

How will I be assessed? Assessment is a mixture of portfolio work completed on placement, assessments, short tests and performance in real-life situations.

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We have a bank of very highly regarded placement providers in both the Winterbourne and Yate areas. Under safeguarding guidelines students are supervised at all times.

What could I do after the course? This Level 2 course allows students to be employed in a childcare setting, working under supervision. (The level required to be in a supervisory position is Level 3).


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Construction BTEC: First Diploma in Construction Exam Board Edexcel

How long is the course? This is a one-year course which is equivalent to 4 GCSEs

Who is the course for? Students who are seeking a practical course leading directly into a career in construction.

How will I be assessed? 100% internal assessment. All the units are assessed and graded by Sixth Form staff and external verifiers.

What will I be studying? The course teacher aims to provide a broad introduction to working in the construction industry. There are no formal examinations on this course - it is assessed through coursework. You must be prepared to work hard for the duration of the course. There will be the opportunity to provide some evidence for assessment through photographs,

or confirmation by the teacher, but apart from that, you must provide your evidence in writing. Visits to firms in the construction industry will be arranged. The course is taught through a combination of practical and classroom lessons, in a newly refurbished workshop at Yate International Academy. Safety in the construction workshop is vital, and you will be taught how to conduct yourself appropriately. You will be able to produce written work through the use of IT and typically, you will watch a demonstration by the teacher before carrying out construction work yourself. Please note, students on this course are responsible for buying their own safety footwear and overalls.

What could I do after the course? This course will equip students to know which part of the construction industry they would like to work in, and which areas their skills lie. Students could move on to study at Level 3, or to an apprenticeship in the construction industry.

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Engineering BTEC: First Diploma in Engineering Exam Board Edexcel

How long is the course? This is a one-year course which is equivalent to 4 GCSEs.

Who is the course for? Students wishing to pursue in an engineering related career with good practical ability.

How will I be assessed? 100% internal assessment. All the units are assessed and graded by Sixth Form staff and external verifiers.

What will I be studying?

Whilst there may be opportunities to provide evidence for this course through producing items, and through photographs and videos, students also have to complete written assignments. The course is taught through a combination of classroom and purpose-built workshop sessions at Yate International Academy. Visits to engineering firms will be arranged to show students how engineering is used in the working world.

What could I do after the course? Successful completion of this engineering course can lead to a Level 3 course, or to an apprenticeship within the engineering sector.

The course aims to provide a broad overview of the engineering industry.

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Hairdressing Exam Board

How will I be assessed?

required in these skills together with client care and health and safety. This course will be taught in a purpose built training salon at Yate International Academy, where all the practical units and underpinning knowledge to support them will be continually assessed. You will be given opportunities to improve your work throughout to successfully complete the course and become a competent junior stylist in the hairdressing industry.

100% internal assessment. All the units are assessed and graded by Sixth Form staff and external verifiers.

Please note, for this course, there is a need to buy a uniform and an industry standard kit through the academy.

What will I be studying?

What could I do after the course?

VTCT

How long is the course? 1 year

Who is the course for? Students interested in a career in hairdressing.

This course and qualification is for students with an interest in hairdressing. The course will provide a basic range of practical skills in cutting, styling, colouring and perming hair. It also features the underpinning knowledge

This course can lead to employment in salons, self employment as a mobile hairdresser or progress further onto advanced NVQ Level 3.

When we started we were taught and practised our skills on blocks covering cutting, colouring, perming and styling hair. As we got better and Our skills developed our confidence grew and we were able to work on clients hair in order to gain practical assessments which we need to gain the qualification. I enjoyed working with clients because there are so many different types of people all with different types of hair. It’s good to be able to change people’s hairstyles and make them feel good. I really enjoyed this course and have been able to get a job in a hairdressers when I leave.S Hairdressing – Lauren

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Health & Social Care BTEC Exam Board Edexcel

How long is the course?

communication, rights, needs and safe environments in health and social care, plus four optional units (a further 40 credits). The optional units will be selected by the teacher to reflect the interests of the group and their career aspirations.

1 Year

What could I do after the course?

Who is the course for?

This course provides an insight into a range of occupations in the health and social care fields. Students may choose to continue to study this subject at Level 3 in which case they could consider university or college courses. Many choose to go into caring, nursing, working with the elderly or young children, or in an office-based support role within the health service.

Students with a caring disposition and an interest in working with the elderly or children.

How will I be assessed? 100% Coursework

What will I be studying? Students must achieve a minimum of 60 credits. This is made up of four compulsory units (20 credits) covering

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ICT BTEC: First Diploma for Information Technology (ICT) Practitioners Exam Board

What will I be studying?

Edexcel

This is a one-year course which is equivalent to 4 GCSEs.

Two compulsory units, followed by four optional units, chosen to reflect the interests of the students. Due to changes in the 2012 course specification, further information will be available on request. Assessment solely by assignments, no examinations.

Who is the course for?

What could I do after the course?

Those interested in a career in ICT or any field requiring ICT skills.

The course can lead to progression to Level 3 ICT or A Level IT. Other possibilities include access to a modern apprenticeship or employment.

How long is the course?

How will I be assessed? 100% internal assessment. All the units are assessed and graded by Sixth Form staff and external verifiers.

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Level 1 Courses

NVQ Languages: French

140

NVQ Languages: German

141

NVQ Languages: Spanish

142

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NVQ Languages: French Exam Board OCR

How long is the course? 1 Year

Who is the course for? Students interested in communicating and developing their skills in another language.

How will I be assessed? 100% Class-based assessments. Students are allowed access to notes in all assessments. 25% Speaking , 25% Reading, 25% Listening, 25% Writing

What will I be studying? This course looks at the language used in a business context. It can either be taken as a new language, or as an additional qualification to GCSE. Students will learn how to deal with foreign visitors in England and how to cope on a business trip abroad, in a range of situations.

Level 1: Students will complete a number of assessments in the four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking). These are all completed in the classroom, as and when students are ready to sit them. Level 1 is the equivalent of a grade E at GCSE. Level 2: Once a student has completed Level 1 they can progress to Level 2. All assessments are completed in the classroom. Level 2 is the equivalent of a grade B at GCSE.

What could I do after the course? Linguists are in great demand due to their ability to communicate and think independently. This course gives students an additional qualification using a foreign language in a practical, work-related context.

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NVQ Languages: German Exam Board OCR

How long is the course? 1 Year

Who is the course for? Students interested in communicating and developing their skills in another language.

How will I be assessed? 100% Class-based assessments. Students are allowed access to notes in all assessments. 25% Speaking, 25% Reading, 25% Listening, 25% Writing

What will I be studying? This course looks at the language used in a business context. It can either be taken as a new language, or as an additional qualification to GCSE. Students will learn how to deal with foreign visitors in England and how to cope on a business trip abroad, in a range of situations.

Level 1: Students will complete a number of assessments in the 4 skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking). These are all completed in the classroom, as and when students are ready to sit them. Level 1 is the equivalent of a grade E at GCSE. Level 2: Once a student has completed Level 1 they can progress to Level 2. All assessments are completed in the classroom. Level 2 is the equivalent of a grade B at GCSE.

What could I do after the course? Linguists are in great demand due to their ability to communicate and think independently. This course gives students an additional qualification using a foreign language in a practical, work-related context.

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NVQ Languages: Spanish Exam Board OCR

How long is the course? 1 Year

Who is the course for? Students interested in communicating and developing their skills in another language.

How will I be assessed? 100% Class-based assessments. Students are allowed access to notes in all assessments. 25% Speaking, 25% Reading, 25% Listening, 25% Writing

What will I be studying? This course looks at the language used in a business context. It can either be taken as a new language, or as an additional qualification to GCSE. Students will learn how to deal with foreign visitors in England and how to cope on a business trip abroad, in a range of situations.

Level 1: Students will complete a number of assessments in the four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking). These are all completed in the classroom, as and when students are ready to sit them. Level 1 is the equivalent of a grade E at GCSE. Level 2: Once a student has completed Level 1 they can progress to Level 2. All assessments are completed in the classroom. Level 2 is the equivalent of a grade B at GCSE.

What could I do after the course? Linguists are in great demand due to their ability to communicate and think independently. This course gives students an additional qualification using a foreign language in a practical, work-related context.

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Student Support Pastoral Care and Mentoring We pride ourselves on the excellence of our pastoral care. The quality and dedication of our tutor/mentor teams enable our students to enjoy and to achieve. Each student will register with their tutor daily and attend weekly tutorial sessions. In addition we have a system of one-to-one mentoring. All students will meet with their tutor/mentor once every 4 weeks and discuss issues relevant to that time of year academically and to the individual student personally and socially.

The Tutorial Programme You will have one lesson each week dedicated to the tutorial programme. During this time you will undertake a variety of activities designed to enhance

your social and academic experience whilst in the Sixth Form.

Monitoring progress Academic work progress will also be monitored in the following ways: • Each department uses appropriate methods of reviewing past work and setting future targets. • There are 2 specific progress monitoring points in both Years 12 and 13. Target grades, current working at grades, estimated grades and attitude scores are communicated home on each occasion. • There will be two opportunities to discuss these in both Years 12 and 13, once with a tutor/mentor, once with Subject staff. • Students experiencing difficulties will be brought to the attention of tutors and the Federation Director of Sixth Form. After discussion, new targets are set so that progress can be achieved. Parents/carers are informed where serious difficulty exists.

Attendance Monitoring All students are expected to register with their tutor/mentor each morning, and attend all their subject and tutorial lessons. Attendance will be monitored

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lesson by lesson using an electronic system and students will have the opportunity to discuss this weekly, with your tutor/mentor. All students, unless travelling between sites should be on site for periods 1 - 4. From the end of period 4 students are able to sign out and leave the premises. If satisfactory attendance is not achieved a three stage procedure will be implemented before consideration will be given as to whether the student remains in Sixth Form. Students are required to apply in advance for authorisation of any absence which can be foreseen.


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Private Study One of the main changes a student will notice on joining the Federation Sixth Form is that the timetable will contain a small number of ‘non contact lessons’ and these must be used effectively. We expect students to spend some of their time getting to know each other in the Social Common Room in a relaxed atmosphere; that is a part of being in the Federation Sixth Form. During morning study periods you will be expected to work in the common areas available or the Sixth Form computer areas/library. However, these private study periods alone are insufficient to cover the amount of individual study required by any Sixth Form course. Students should expect to devote at least four hours per subject each week, conducting their own reading and research, to complete assignments set by staff. Whilst a part-time job is an attractive proposition, to many it is unrealistic to take on an evening, weekday job and expect to complete coursework satisfactorily enough to reach the high standards demanded in that short period. Some sacrifices are required if students are to become qualified for ultimately better paid jobs.

Educational & Vocational Guidance There is a strong emphasis on educational and vocational guidance so that all students are able to assess their future prospects in terms of either full-time employment or Higher Education (HE). The Sixth Form Leadership Team, Tutors, the local Careers Adviser and the Careers Co-ordinator, are all involved in helping students become fully aware of the various possibilities available to them, so that they can make informed decisions about their future. Students receive individual counselling about their Higher Education choices. The Sixth Form also has its own Careers Library, computer programs and Internet access to help students trace HE courses. Throughout Year 12 and Year 13 careers events are organised to focus on choices at 17/18+.

The Academy Day Most lessons are timetabled within the 5 period day; however, due to the wide variety of courses on offer the Sixth Form Academy day is timetabled between 8am and 4.15pm. You may therefore have lessons at any point between these times.

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Community - working with and for others Active Citizenship As well as supporting you in your Academic achievement, Sixth Form is also a time for personal development and community involvement. All students will be involved in active citizenship based around the principles of Creativity, Action and Service. The aims of CAS are to develop a student’s appreciation of their role in society, through meaningful interaction with others in a wide variety of settings within the Sixth Form, local and global community. Opportunities exist in a structured programme provided by the Sixth Form, whilst students will also have the freedom to negotiate their own projects. The Ridings’ Federation Sixth Form has many links with the wider community, including local universities and businesses. Students are given the opportunity to grow in confidence and gain leadership and managerial skills, when working with others through charity fundraising. Students are able to develop many skills through participation at national levels in team sporting activities and mentoring lower Academy Students. There are many possibilities for work experience and work shadowing, and the Academy plays host to a varied and stimulating range of external speakers.

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“Taking part in the Wings of Hope Achievement Awards has been an exciting and rewarding experience for all of us that were involved. I feel that the project has helped me to develop my leadership and teamwork skills. It also gave us the freedom to be creative with our fundraising ideas. Some groups organised cake sales and sold candy canes and our group wrote and produced a staff pantomime. It has been a fantastic opportunity that I would whole-heartedly recommend to other students.”

“The play workers course broadens your mind on children’s play. They focus on the Health and Safety aspect when working with children but still making sure that they have fun, as well as you do. On our placements at a local primary school we were able to use what we learnt on the course by interacting with children, listening to what they say and wanted to do. This course is very helpful if you want to go into playwork, teaching, social work etc as you gain a qualification that others may not have.”

Wings of Hope Achievement Awards - Rosie Beaven

Play work - Ava Jane Thomas and Amy Reeves

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Finance and Travel Transport There are a variety of buses that run from the surrounding area to both Academies. Please ask during interview for the most current details. The Federation runs a complimentary bus service for students who need to travel between sites for lessons.

Finance All courses are fully funded for EU citizens. We regret that we are unable to accept students from outside the EU and we cannot offer courses to students who wish to fund their studies privately.

Student Financial Support As of September 2011, the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) has been replaced with the 16-19 Bursary Scheme. There will be financial support available for certain students who meet the Government set criteria and for those students who are eligible for Free School Meals. Details of the 16-19 Bursary Scheme and how to apply are available at www.trfa.org.uk/sixth form.

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Dress and Appearance Sixth Form Dress Code The Ridings’ Federation Sixth Form has adopted a “Young Professional” dress code. In other words, we have based these guidelines on how a professional person would dress for work. This means students will be smart, well-presented and businesslike. The following details what is and is not acceptable.

For the female student: What is acceptable:

What is not acceptable:

Trouser suit (navy, black or dark colours)

Any type of denim (jeans, jackets, skirts)

Skirt suit (navy, black or dark colours)

Vest tops

Tailored trousers (navy, black or dark colours)

Low-cut tops

Smart dresses

Trainers or similar

Blouses or shirts (long or short sleeves)

Skirts above the knee

Plain V-neck jumpers or cardigans

Hats

Waistcoat

Hooded tops

Tailored jackets

Skorts/shorts

Coat

Flip flops

Sensible shoes/smart boots

Fashion boots, eg UGG

Polo shirt T-Shirts

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For the male student: What is acceptable:

What is not acceptable:

Suit

Any type of denim (jeans, jackets)

Tailored trousers or chinos (navy, black or dark colours)

Large patterned shirts, eg Hawaiian

Collared shirts

Vest tops

Ties

Trainers or similar canvas shoes

Plain V-neck jumpers or cardigans

Hooded tops

Waistcoat

Hats

Tailored jackets

Flip flops

Coat

Shorts

Sensible shoes - black or dark coloured Polo Shirts T-Shirts NB Some courses necessitate alternative dress; Hair and Beauty courses require students to wear a specific uniform and construction courses more casual wear suited to the manual labour involved. PE practical sessions also require more specialised items to be worn. At all other times, however, these students must adhere to the ‘young professional’ dress code. • Where clothing has a logo it will only be permitted where it is discrete and is not offensive in nature. • Facial jewellery should be removed or covered up. • Appropriate jewellery may be worn by Sixth Form students, i.e. wrist watch, earring/ear stud, single necklace, single bracelet. • Extreme hairstyles are not permitted. For guidance, this includes very short hair, very long hair, coloured hair, shaved patterns. • The ultimate decision as to what is/is not acceptable will be made by the Federation Director of Sixth Form or Head of Year 12/13. • No tattoos are allowed to be visible whilst on site.

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How to apply How do I apply? You can apply using the form supplied within this prospectus, or online at www.trfa.org.uk. Instructions as to how to complete are on the form itself. Please make sure that you complete all the fields so that we may process your application as promptly as possible. Please select the application form appropriate to your chosen courses, i.e. the ‘IB Diploma Programme’ application form, or the ‘All other courses’ application form. If you are unsure whether you wish to take the IBDP or other courses please do complete both forms and we will discuss the most appropriate pathway with you at interview. If you have any questions or queries, please contact Miss Giblin via the Sixth Form email address / contact number at the bottom of the page.

What happens next? It is of paramount importance that you start on an appropriate pathway from the start of Year 12, the better the match the more likely you are to succeed in your qualifications, be happy and motivated within the Sixth Form, and achieve or exceed your potential. In order to ensure this is the case, you will be called to interview in the New Year, at this interview your choices will be reviewed and a final programme of study agreed. Subject teachers will be consulted as appropriate to help us make the right selection of courses.

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Key Dates 2nd September 2011

Application for entry 2012-13 opens Prospective Sixth Formers and their parents/carers are welcome to visit either Academy at any time. All we ask is that you telephone to arrange a suitable time.

10th November 2011

Prospective Sixth Form Open Evening Winterbourne International Academy

17th November 2011

Prospective Sixth Form Open Evening Yate International Academy

28th November 2011

IBDP and IBCC Information Evening

1st & 2nd December 2011

IBDP and IBCC Experience Days Join with our students to experience the IBDP and IBCC for a day, find out what the programme is really like.

16th December 2011

Deadline for first round applications Applications received by this date inform our curriculum model. We construct our timetable around student choice, applications received by this date decide the subjects offered in the 5 pools. Students who apply by this date are therefore most likely to be able to study all of their initial choices.

January/March 2012

Interviews All Year 11 students within Winterbourne and Yate Academies will be interviewed at this stage. All other applicants will also be interviewed following receipt of their application form. The interview is designed to ensure you are embarking on the correct pathway in relation to your prior performance and future career plans. Provisional places for those meeting the entry requirements for their chosen courses will be offered at this stage.

24th April 2012

Year 10 and Year 11 Advice and Information Evening For those Year 11 students who would benefit from further advice and guidance regarding Post-16 pathways and how to apply, and Year 10 students who are beginning to plan their Post-16 journey.

1st June 2012

Deadline for second round of applications. Applications received from January to the end of May will need to select options from the pools created following the first round of applications in December.

June-September 2012

Late applications Subject to places being available, applications will be considered until 21st September 2012. Please note that places are limited and early application is advised.

3rd & 4th July 2012

Year 11 into Year 12 Induction days

23rd August 2012

GCSE Results Day

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Notes

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Dr R S Gibson Chief Executive Principal Federation House 17 High Street Winterbourne Bristol BS36 1JJ Telephone 01454 252041 Email federation@trfa.org.uk

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RIDINGS SIXTH form prospectus  

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