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Welcome to St Wilfrid’s St Wilfrid’s Sixth Form is a place where we can nurture our students to realise success in a caring environment, where the pastoral care works in harmony with high quality teaching and learning. Here you will find yourself in a community built on Christian values, where your well-being and attainment are central to all that we do. We see our Sixth Form students as leaders at the Academy, which brings both privileges and responsibilities to these students and to the Academy. Every student can take on a leadership role, from a Prefect or Mentor, to House Captain or Sports Coach. You will have the opportunity to make a difference to Academy life and gain from the experience. I know that if you join us in our Sixth Form, you will very quickly feel integrated into Academy life. This will enable you to focus on your academic studies whilst maximising your own personal development to ensure that you are ready for your next step, wherever that may be! The Principal
Head Student Team
As the HST, we want to invite you to come and be part of a Sixth Form, of which we are very proud. We have great fun in lessons and enjoy strong relationships with the staff and each other. We are here to ensure all students mix together and have a great time at St Wilfrid’s. As a result of this, your face won’t be lost in the crowd.
A Christian Community Christian values underpin our Sixth Form community, however, students of all faiths are welcome. The Parable of the Talents is central to our work; we aim to maximise the talents of all, in a culture based on mutual respect between staff and students alike. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their work and actions, to ensure that they contribute to the Sixth Form community so that they are ready to make a positive difference to the world tomorrow.
Subjects We Offer At St Wilfrid’s Sixth Form, we offer a wide range of courses to match your interests. You have up to 4 choices from a selection of A-Levels and vocational courses. You will receive advice and guidance at your interview, helping to ensure that your selection fits a specific career or a need to keep your options open. If you are not sure about what to choose, don’t worry, simply contact the Sixth Form staff to discuss your needs. You will need at least 2 GCSEs at grade 5/B or above and 3 GCSE’s at Grade C/4 or above to get into the Sixth Form. Each subject also has its own entry criteria (see inside back cover). Once you meet these requirements, we believe you are ready to study with us. • Biology • Business • Business (OCR Level 3 Certificate in Business) • Chemistry • CPLD BTEC • Computing • Dance • Digital Photography • Drama • English Language • English Literature
• Fine Art • French • Geography • German • Health and Social Care BTEC • History • Information Technology (OCR Level 3) • Law • Mathematics • Mathematical Studies
• Media Studies • Music • Music BTEC • Physical Education • Physics • Product Design • Psychology • Religious Studies • Sociology • Textiles
Great Results Whatever subjects and courses you choose, your aim is simple; to achieve your potential! That is what we want too.
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With your positive attitude and our guidance, you will develop the study skills that prepare you for success. It is this combination that has led to our students achieving our best ever results, three years in a row. Once again, our analysis indicates that this year, St Wilfridâ€™s Sixth Form students make better progress than the National Average. Come and be part of the next chapter of success! 4
Mohammed Patel Apprenticeship at KPMG
Sophie Pickering Medicine at Newcastle University
George WIlliams Biomedical Science at Kingâ€™s College London Peris Newlove Philosophy, Ethics and Religion at Leeds University
Eleanor Stirrup Apprenticeship with BAE Systems
Levi Longworth Apprenticeship at EY
Destinations The whole purpose of our Sixth Form is to get you ready for your next step. Our students progress on to some fantastic apprenticeships, universities and gap year destinations. Our links with universities, apprenticeship providers and careers advisors, mean that you will have the information that helps you to choose the path that most suits you. If you are still looking for another option, we also have great links with gap year providers, a fantastic way to continue your personal development whist having an exciting adventure around the world!
Aspire...to Achieve Our Aspire programme creates fantastic opportunities for students who love their subjects and wish to deepen their understanding of them. Throughout the year you can take part in debates, attend academic discussion groups and enjoy collaborative work with fellow students. The aim of the programme is to provide additional preparation for the process of applications and interviews, and is designed to put you one step ahead of the competition.
There are focussed spin-off groups, which support those applying in specialist fields such as Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary (MDV). MDV students are provided with a bespoke programme over the year in order for them to be able to build a solid portfolio in preparation for their applications. Our HE+ group also enables students to attend a range of meetings, lectures and support activities for those applying to Oxbridge. Both MDV and HE+ benefit from regular 1:1 support as well as additional support arranging work placements.
...to Lead We offer a range of opportunities for you to develop your leadership skills. All students are welcome to apply for the Head Student Team or HST Support roles; these roles require students to represent the student body and organise events leading up to the Leaversâ€™ Ball. As House Captains, you are responsible for motivating and organising teams in a multitude of events. Subject Ambassadors can support students in lessons, helping you to develop communication skills and demonstrate your commitment to your favourite subjects. Students are also encouraged to run their own enrichment sessions or societies; if there is something you want to lead on, just let us know!
...to Develop Universities and employers donâ€™t just want someone with good qualifications, they want to see evidence that youâ€™re willing to take responsibility for your own development. All students take part in a variety of enrichment activities. What you choose to do, and how many, is up to you. Sessions include a range of activities, such as debating, scientific investigation, business consultancy and for those all important legal skills, mooting. For those students wishing to develop their work based skills in competitive careers such as pharmacy, assistance in sourcing work placements is provided.
...to Perform If sport is your thing, then we have both football and netball teams who compete with the major local colleges. They have a strong track record of success that we challenge you to uphold! Enrichment offers you the chance to play at a less competitive level, whilst music performances and the Gym and Dance show enable students to demonstrate their artistic talents.
About the Subject Biology is the study of living things; how they work, how they interact and how they affect the world around us. You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers who have a passion for Biology. Your teachers will make sure the course is interesting and fun, but they will also challenge you to make sure that you gain the highest possible grade at the end of the course. You will have the chance to enter for local and national Biology competitions and St Wilfridâ€™s have had great success in these competitions in recent years. A large proportion of our students enjoy Biology so much that they go on to study Biology-based degrees at university, a true measure of our success.
Course Content In the first year of A-Level, you will study: • Biological molecules • Cells, viruses and reproduction • Classification and biodiversity • Exchange and transport In the second year of A-Level, you will study: • Energy for biological processes • Microbiology and pathogens • Modern genetics • Origins of genetic variation • Control systems • Ecosystems
Entry Requirements To begin the course, we expect you to have a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Biology or in GCSE Combined Science. You must have a grade 6 in Maths.
Career Paths Biology A-Level is vital if you want to go on to study subjects like medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, but it can also be used for entry to a vast range of other university courses, not just those which are directly related to science. It is relevant to everyone throughout their life and will train you to think scientifically, a skill which is useful in all careers. There’s no such thing as a typical biologist. Entering a career in biology could take you in almost any direction you can think of, and also to anywhere in the world.
About the Subject The new business specification is intended to be robust and challenging to students. The content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in todayâ€™s society â€“ for example they will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation. Students of this course will study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK-focused/global, service/manufacturing) and consider the importance of the context of business in relation to: - Decision making - The interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness - The influences on functional decisions and plans, including ethical and environmental issues - The factors which might determine whether a decision is successful e.g. the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty
Course Content Year 12 What is business? • Managers, leadership and decision making • Decision making to improve marketing performance • Decision making to improve operational performance • Decision making to improve financial performance • Decision making to improve human resource performance Year 13 • Analysing the strategic position of a business • Choosing the strategic direction • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies • Managing strategic change You will be assessed by 3x 2 hour Examination Papers
Entry Requirements You will require a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Business Studies. If you have not previously studied business you will require a 6 in English Language and a 5 in Maths.
Career Paths This is a very good course for anyone considering studying business, finance or management at university. A Level Business provides an excellent foundation. The skills that you learn are transferable across a broad range of subjects and careers. Whatever you choose to do in the future, you will find that the things you learn in this course will help. Business graduates are in high demand worldwide and careers are diverse and often highly paid.
“Business is one of the most intriguing subjects to study at St Wilfrid’s and gives an opportunity to apply knowledge to real world situations.” Year 13 Student
Business (OCR Level 3)
Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business
About the Subject You will cover a range of key business topics including: - How businesses evolve from small start-ups to large multinational organisations - Different business types and how the choice of business type might affect the objectives that are set - The internal workings of businesses, including their internal structure and how different functional areas work together - External constraints under which a business must operate, such as legal, financial and ethical factors The business world places a high value on the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information in order to make considered decisions and you will have the opportunity to gain these vital skills. Alongside this you will develop practical employability skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders, and to manage your time effectively.
Course Content 2 x Externally assessed examinations - The Business Environment - Working in a Business 3 x Internally assessed coursework - Marketing and Market Research - Customers and Communication - Business Events
Entry Requirements You will require a grade 4 or higher in English and Maths.
Career Paths You could go on to gain a role in an organisation, start your own business or become a specialist in a particular area such as: Marketing and Advertising, Finance and Accounting, Retail and Sales, Personnel Development or Administration.
â€œDuring the course of this year, I really enjoyed this subject because it has given me an insight into the structure of a business and how important communication and effective customer service is. This course gives a good balance between coursework and exams.â€? Year 13 Student
About the Subject We follow the OCR Chemistry A-Level course. Chemistry is the science which looks at how all matter is composed, what its properties are and how it reacts and interacts with other matter. It helps you to understand how reactions can be used to form new substances, how easily and quickly they can be made and how you can analyse and identify them. At A-Level, we teach Chemistry with four aims in mind: • Development of the student who wants a Chemistry career • Development of the student whose career demands a high Chemistry grade (e.g. Doctor, Dentist, Pharmacist, Chemical Engineer, Specialist material designer) • Development of the student who wants to know more about how our world works • Development of the student who just loves the subject and simply wants to know more
Course Content Year 12 - The content in these modules builds on your GCSE knowledge but also introduces new content which will start to deepen your understanding of the chemical world, including topics such as ‘The periodic table and periodicity’, Qualitative analysis and Organic Synthesis’. Year 13 - There are additional modules for the A-Level. These modules expect even greater depth and understanding of chemistry. They move away from the recall of knowledge which was relied on heavily at GCSE, and really test your ability to adapt to new situations and problems. The course is assessed by examinations covering content from all six modules. These modules require a good level of analytical skill, mathematical ability and problem solving. Throughout the AS/A-Level Chemistry course Module 1, a practical based course will be taught. This will be examined within written examinations and also internally assessed within the Practical Endorsement section of the A-Level.
Entry Requirements To begin the course, we expect you to have a 6 or higher in GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Combined Science. You must have a grade 6 in Maths.
Career Paths Chemistry is sometimes described as the “hidden science” in that its work is not always recognised but its influence is felt in every aspect of our lives. Clothing; food; fuels; building materials; cosmetics (from simple cleaning materials to expensive perfume); plastics; recycling; medicines; new technologies - these have their development rooted in Chemistry.
“Chemistry is a challenging, yet exciting subject that tests us in a variety of ways. The teachers are very encouraging and we are provided with the skills and resources to achieve our potential.” Year 12 Student
CPLD - BTEC
(Children’s Play, Learning and Development)
About the Subject Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (540 GLH) 601/7570/9. Equivalent to 1 A level. Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) (720 GLH) 601/7571/0 - Full two-year programme of study. Equivalent to 2 A levels. Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) (1080 GLH) 601/7572/2 - Full two-year programme of study. Equivalent to 3 A levels. On successful completion of the National Diploma course, students receive ‘Early Years Educators’ status and become qualified practitioners at Level 3. This qualification has been supported by employers and professional organisations e.g. The National Day Nursery Association, Montessori Centre International, Skills Active. Placement: 750 hours work placement in at least three settings: • Birth up to 1 year (11 months in a nursery) • 2 up to 4 yrs (11 months in nursery, or pre-school) 16
• 5 up to 7 yrs (11 months in a classroom setting) • Up to 150 hours can be in a setting for children with additional needs. We are proud of our consistently outstanding results. Students usually achieve their target and above; those in our Year 13 classes achieve places at Universities or direct employment in the sector.
National Diploma Level 3 - Core Units Externally Assessed: Unit 1: Child Development - external examination Unit 2: Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills- externally assessed Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Early Years Practiceexternally assessed. The course also includes other Core Units, for example: Unit 3: Play and Learning Unit 5: Keeping Children Safe Unit 7: Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development Optional Specialist Units for example: Unit 11: Children’s Development Outdoors Unit 16: Working with Children Who Have Additional Needs Unit 21: Children’s Imaginative Play and Creativity
Entry Requirements Grade 4 or above in English and Maths. Students wishing to progress to teaching, require at least a grade 5 in English, Maths and Science. All students taking CPLD will be required to purchase a core textbook and a placement uniform. Students will also be required to apply and pay for a DBS. Financial assistance may be available.
Students often progress directly into Early Year Educator roles within the industry, or progress to university. Careers can include: Nursing, Child Psychology, Early Years or Primary Teaching, Special Needs, Social Work, Youth and Crime, and other Childhood Studies courses. Skills that will be developed include: linking theory to practice; becoming a reflective practitioner; learning to accurately observe and record findings; excellent communication; understanding and applying the Early Years Curriculum (EYFS).
“I have enjoyed the challenge of experiencing a placement in a local special school and through this I have decided that this is an area that I would like to specialise in at university” Year 12 Student
About the Subject Advances in computing are transforming the way we work. Technology is everywhere and all of it relies on software. This course covers the fundamentals of computer science and develops a high level of programming skills. You will study how computers work - from understanding hardware to the way data is stored and processed. Almost half the course is practical. You will spend a lot of time learning how to program. By the end of Year 12 you will be writing complex programs to solve given problems. In Year 13 you will undertake a practical computer project in which you are encouraged to solve or investigate an area of your own interest. The main programming language used will be Python but you will also study functional programming.
Course Content Unit 1 • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices • Software and software development • Exchanging data • Data types, data structures and algorithms • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues Unit 2 • Elements of computational thinking • Problem solving and programming • Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms Unit 3 • Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project
Entry Requirements Students will need at least a 6 in GCSE Maths and be confident with Algebra. Students also require a grade 5 in Computing or another ICTrelated course. Students studying A-Level Mathematics find the course more accessible than those who do not.
Career Paths This course will help you to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge of computing as a basis for progression into further learning or employment in computing-related fields. The current OCR A-Level Computing is an established course and designed so that students are able to go on to work in the industry. At the heart of program design is the skill of problem solving. A lot of time is spent in Year 12 on developing your problem solving skills and your ability to think. This will be of great help in whatever career path you choose.
“I particularly enjoyed the opportunities presented, such as becoming a subject ambassador, using the Raspberry Pi and working with our resident robot, Nao.” Year 13 Student
About the Subject Dance allows students to study a subject which can be extended through higher education and promotes a healthy lifestyle through an awareness of the importance of exercise and training. If you decide to choose Dance at St Wilfrid’s, you will be joining a fun and hard-working Learning Area that offers various performance and extra-curricular opportunities. You will be able to choose from a range of experiences to take part in and be pushed to achieve your full potential. We work as a close-knit team, you will have one-to-ones with your teacher each term, who will set realistic but challenging targets to help you progress. In order to enrich your experience, we provide experiences such as;
• Dance Workshops by famous/professional dance companies such as London-based ‘Rambert Dance Company’ • Audition for our Academy’s ‘A.D.Versity Dance Company’, where repertoire is toured around Lancashire (this year the company performed at the Lowry) • Annual ‘Gym and Dance Show’ - opportunities to audition/perform • Annual ‘Evening of Dance’, which will showcase all of the A-Level class and extra-curricular work.
• Two yearly Production/Musical • Half-termly theatre trips; particularly to the Lowry in Manchester • Visit London on a Performing Arts based trip, including a class at Pineapple Dance Studios • Various extra-curricular clubs that lead to show work and work on technique and performance • Lead / support dance classes for Key Stage 3
Course Content Component 1: Performance and Choreography - 50% • Practical exam (80 marks) • Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study • Performance in a quartet • Group choreography Component 2: Critical Engagement - 50% • Written exam (100 marks) • Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of a compulsory set work and its location within a corresponding area of study • Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of one optional set work
Entry Requirements A grade 5 at GCSE Dance. Those that have not participated in GCSE Dance will need to take part in an informal audition prior to enrolment. Please contact the Academy to discuss this.
Career Paths Due to the versatility of the A-Level Dance course, it can support many career paths. These include moving into performing arts, such as: dancer; teacher; actor; directors; choreographers; Many of our students also progress to other career options drawing on the analytical, communication and team working skills that they develop during this course.
“I enjoy Dance because the content is fun and the practical and theory have a nice contrast - both are really enjoyable!” Year 13 Student
About the Subject Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas: • portraiture • landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment) • still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world) • documentary photography, photojournalism • experimental imagery • multimedia • moving image (video, film, animation).
Course Content Year One • Introduction to and exploration of ideas, materials, techniques and processes aiding the development of skills, knowledge and understanding • Introduction to research skills and processes • Extended collection of work lasting until end of January. (This becomes UNIT 1 60% if studying AS) If choosing to study AS: UNIT 2 EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT. Preparatory period + 10 hours supervised time. (Preparation period begins in February) - 40% of AS. If choosing to study full 2 year A-Level: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT will provide starting point for PERSONAL INVESTIGATION (UNIT 1 or full A-Level 60%). Year Two (FULL A-LEVEL ONLY) PERSONAL INVESTIGATION continued: Assessed (60% of A-Level) • This is an extended practical project exploring an area of interest you developed in the first year, supported by an essay (1000-3000 words) • No time limit - 96 marks EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT: Assessed (40% of A-Level) • Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time (Preparation period begins in February) - 96 marks You will choose a theme from the exam board and complete an extended project. It ends with a 15 hour assessment.
Entry Requirements GCSE in Photography or Art at grade 5 or higher, or a portfolio of work.
Career Paths This course directly supports progression to further and higher education, providing students with a rich platform to inspire a lifelong interest in Photography. Students can progress onto university to study degrees within a variety of fields, including Photography, Art & Design, Fine Art, Illustration, Animation, Film, Journalism, Advertising, Graphics, Cinematography, Fashion, Marketing and Visual Communication.
About the Subject We have a vibrant Drama Learning Area at St Wilfrid’s, which offers a rich and diverse programme. A comprehensive exploration of the works of theatre practitioners (Berkoff, Brecht, Stanislavski and Artaud) encourages students to push boundaries with their performances and to work creatively at an impressive standard. Extra Opportunities include:
• Drama workshops by professional theatre companies • Whole-Academy musicals where the Sixth form students generally take the lead roles • Half-termly theatre trips to various theatres around the North West. • A London trip to watch West End productions and take part in professional workshops • The chance to tour exam work to local schools • Students are offered extra-curricular rehearsals after school and in the holidays to provide the time that is needed to truly perfect a performance; consequently students receive a substantial amount of one-to-one time with their tutor • Students are kept up-to-date with arts news via the noticeboard, where teachers share audition information, and via The Stage newspaper, which is delivered weekly
Course Content Drama and Theatre • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre • Study of two set plays • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre professionals • 3 hour written exam (40% of A-Level) Creating Original Drama • Process of creating a devised drama piece, influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner • Performance of the devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director) • Working notebook and performance (30% of A-Level) Making Theatre • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from different plays • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts • Performance of an extract and reflective report (30% of A-Level)
A grade 5 or higher is required in Drama at GCSE. It is desirable for students to have a grade 5 at GCSE in English Language, and practical experience of Drama.
Many Drama students go on to pursue careers in the Arts. A few of our past students are currently on the Musical Theatre course at the prestigious Bird College in London. Two of our past students are studying at Rare Studios in Liverpool, while others are studying at Russell Group universities. Past students often come back to the Sixth Form to run workshops with our current students.
“Many underestimate the impact that studying drama can have on your daily life. Being part of group activities has improved my leadership skills and helps me to be more confident in new social situations. It’s very academic too - we analyse and evaluate in our theatre reviews as well as developing creative concepts for two set texts.” Year 12 Student
About the Subject English Language is a hugely popular subject here at St Wilfrid’s. Our students study a range of fascinating topics and begin to think about how language is used by different groups in the real world. How written and spoken texts work is a complicated process, which involves considering the purpose, genre and audience for a text, but also the society in which it was written. So, we analyse the influence of, for example, gender; on how women and men talk and how power can shape the language choices that a writer or speaker may make. Over recent years, the results students have achieved have been absolutely fantastic! This is down to the hard work and dedication from specialist staff, and also the passion and enthusiasm shown by students. We also make sure that the choice of topic for your Language Investigation – which is your A-Level coursework – is up to you: we give you guidance but we will encourage you to pursue the area of English Language which interests you most.
Course Content Year One We begin by introducing you to key concepts and skills that you will need throughout the course, before moving on to the following topics: • Textual variations and representations • Language Diversity and Change • Language Discourses Year Two • Language Investigation and Original Writing (non-examination assessment) • Children’s Language Development • Language Change Assessment takes place at the end of the two year course through external examinations (80%) and non-examination assessment (20%).
Entry Requirements To study English Language with us, you will need to have achieved at least a grade 6 in GCSE English Language.
Career Paths Marketing; Advertisements; Publishing; Research; Language therapy; Law; Human resources; Social work; Policy work; Civil service; Teaching; Journalism.
“I really enjoy studying English Language: it’s interesting to learn about different accents and dialects.” Sicily (Year 12)
About the Subject Everything that has ever been written in poetry, prose or drama is a record of the thoughts and ideas which people have had through the ages. By taking English Literature, you will be studying the history of what people have thought and felt. This subject considers how and why writers make the choices they do, so that readers respond to the messages in their texts: this involves analysing the choices writers make with structure and language but also involves thinking about the contexts surrounding the production of the texts. Students who take English Literature with us, tend to achieve highly in the subject: we have a track record of students often achieving A* grades. The quality of teaching is superb and your lessons will be very much about you exploring how Literature works. You will read and analyse poetry, drama and prose, some of which we will decide upon in advance. However, we take pride in giving students opportunity to choose some texts that they will study: the nonexam assessment is up to individual students to choose texts and therefore pursue your own reading interests. 28
Course Content Over the two years, you will study the following topics. Text choices given here are current for 2017-18. YEAR ONE Aspects of Tragedy King Lear, William Shakespeare Elements of Crime Writing The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge Atonement, Ian McEwan At the end of your first year, you will begin work on the nonexamination assessment: Theory and Independence 2 essays: one on a prose text (your choice) and one on a poetry text (Selected Poems, Thomas Hardy) These essays will be connected to your study of the critical anthology, which looks at different ways of interpreting texts: areas for study include Feminism and Marxism. YEAR TWO Aspects of Tragedy Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller Elements of Crime Writing Hamlet, William Shakespeare Assessment takes place at the end of the two year course through external examinations (80%) and non-examination assessment (20%).
Entry Requirements To study English Literature with us, you will need to have achieved at least a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and at least a grade 6 in GCSE English Literature.
Career Paths English Literature is considered to be one of the most important A Levels in helping students develop their ability to critically analyse ideas. It is therefore helpful in many careers including publishing, research, law, teaching and journalism
“The course is highly challenging but rewarding: we are studying some of the greatest novels of all time.” Lois (Year 12)
About the Subject You will be required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, such as those listed below. You may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas: Drawing and painting; mixed-media, including collage and assemblage; sculpture; ceramics; installation; printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography); moving image and photography. The Art Learning Area is a relaxed and supportive environment. You will be guided to develop your own independence and encouraged to explore and experiment in response to different sources. As this is a small Learning Area, we can guarantee your support will be personal and tailored to your needs. Visits: A London trip is offered each year.
Course Content Year One • Introduction to and exploration of ideas, materials, techniques and processes aiding the development of skills, knowledge and understanding • Introduction to research skills and processes • Extended collection of work lasting until end of January. (This becomes UNIT 1 60% if studying AS) If choosing to study AS: UNIT 2 EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT. Preparatory period + 10 hours supervised time. (Preparation period begins in February: (40% of AS) If choosing to study full 2 year A-Level: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT will provide starting point for PERSONAL INVESTIGATION (UNIT 1 or full A-Level 60 %) Year Two (FULL A-Level ONLY) PERSONAL INVESTIGATION continued: Assessed (60% of A-Level) • This is an extended practical project exploring an area of interest you developed in the first year, supported by an essay (1000-3000 words) • No time limit - 96 marks EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT: Assessed (40% of A-Level) • Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time (Preparation period begins in February) - 96 marks You will choose a theme from the exam board and complete an extended project. It ends with a 15 hour assessment.
Entry Requirements Grade 5 or higher at GCSE Level Art or a portfolio of work.
Career Paths This course directly supports progression to further and higher education, providing students with a rich platform to inspire a lifelong interest in Art and Design. Jobs directly related to Art can include: Art therapist; Community arts worker; Fashion designer; Fine artist; Graphic designer; Illustrator; Printmaker; Textile designer; Photographer. Jobs where Art would be useful can include: Advertising account executive; Arts administrator; Multimedia specialist; Museum/gallery curator.
About the Subject This course helps students to develop their understanding of spoken and written French. They will learn to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively using increasingly accurate language. Students are also encouraged to develop their use of complex and varied language, their critical insights into society, culture and the way of life in France and French-speaking countries. A wide range of topics are explored whilst improving reading, listening, speaking and writing competencies, therefore ensuring this well-rounded subject is of real interest to universities.
Course Content â€˘ Current issues in French-speaking society (including positive features of a diverse society, life for the marginalised and how criminals are treated). â€˘ Understanding political and artistic culture in the French-speaking world: Artistic culture Including regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities and the cinema and music in the French-speaking world. Political culture Including rights and responsibilities, demonstrations and strikes and immigration.
Entry Requirements We recommend that you meet the minimum requirement of GCSE grade 6 in French and a grade 6 in English Language. In order to prepare for your AS/ A2 programme, you should aim to read as much as possible in French to extend your knowledge of vocabulary. Try to watch some French films and listen to some French music. You should also regularly revise your grammar. Take every opportunity to speak French, and if at all possible, go to France or another French-speaking country.
Career Paths Languages can open many career possibilities. Industry, business and many professions are always keen to recruit people with language qualifications. A language qualification can be essential or highly desirable in careers in the media, journalism, banking, marketing, advertising, international aid and teaching in the primary and secondary sectors. Stand out from the crowd, study French!
About the Subject Geography is a broad and well-rounded curriculum, which is highly regarded by Russell Group Universities. Geography enables learners to develop a wide range of transferable skills taught explicitly through the curriculum, working on learner’s analytical, investigative, numerical and written skills as well as incorporating the use of new technologies. The content inspires students with their geographical understanding, to engage critically with real world issues and places, and to apply their geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. Students will grow as independent thinkers and as informed and engaged citizens, who understand the role and importance of geography as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding the world’s changing peoples, places and environments. Fieldwork is an integral part of geography and is conducted in both Year 12 and 13 to give you an experience of both human and physical fieldwork. In Year 12 we undertake a 3-day residential fieldwork study where you will collect data to write your internally assessed piece of coursework which is worth 20% of you’re A-Level. In Year 13 you will complete a fieldwork day which will link to a core topic in your course. 34
There are also opportunities to participate in international fieldwork to inspire you and get into the outdoor classroom. These trips are designed to provide you with a new geographical experience and visit new areas through the eyes of a geographer; previous visits have been to the Alps and the Amalfi Coast, Italy. There is also the opportunity to become a Geography Ambassador to enhance your extra-curricular CV or as part of your enrichment by helping out once a week in a KS3 or KS4 lessons to provide support to learners and also participate in open evenings. This is an opportunity to develop a leadership role and develop your geographical understanding. Students have used this programme to show their commitment to the subject, enthusiasm and flair when applying through UCAS.
The core content (80%) of your A-Level covers the following topics; UNIT 1 - Physical Geography (40% - examination) • Water and Carbon Cycles • Coastal Processes and systems • Hazards UNIT 2 - Human Geography (40% - examination) • Global systems and global governance • Changing places • Contemporary Urban Environments Fieldwork equates to the remaining 20% of the course. This will consist of 4 days study at A-Level. Students are required to undertake a Human and Physical fieldwork experience as part of the A-Level course this fieldwork is assessed internally as controlled assessment.
Entry Requirements You will require a 6 in Geography (If you achieve a 5 in Geography, you may be accepted with a 6 or higher in both English and Maths).
Geography is a broad based academic subject, which is well respected by employers. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment. Geographers enter a very wide range of career areas and put simply there is no such thing as a geography job, there are jobs that geographers do. Studying geography provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning. For more information on Geography careers, please visit: http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Study+Geography/Study/ Careers+with+geography.htm You can also follow us on Twitter @GeogStWilfs
About the Subject This course helps students to develop their understanding of spoken and written German. They will learn to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively using increasingly accurate language. Students are also encouraged to develop their use of complex and varied language, their critical insights into society, culture and the way of life in Germany and German-speaking countries. A wide range of topics are explored whilst improving reading, listening, speaking and writing competencies, therefore ensuring this well-rounded subject is of real interest to universities.
Course Content Year 1 themes: • Being a young person in German-speaking society (including families and citizenship, youth trends, personal identity and education and employment opportunities). • Understanding the German-speaking world (including regional culture and heritage in Germany, German-speaking countries and communities and media, art, film and music in the German-speaking world). Year 2 themes: • Diversity and difference (including migration and integration, cultural identity and marginalisation, cultural enrichment and celebrating difference, discrimination and diversity) • The making of modern Germany: 1989 onwards (including the process of reunification, social cohesion in present-day Germany and the economic impact of a united Germany)
Entry Requirements We recommend that you meet the minimum requirement of GCSE grade 6 in German and a grade 6 in English Language. In order to prepare for your AS programme, you should aim to read as much as possible in German to extend your knowledge of vocabulary. Try to watch some German films and listen to some German music. You should also regularly revise your grammar. Take every opportunity to speak German, and if at all possible, go to Germany or another German-speaking country.
Career Paths Languages can open many career possibilities. Industry, business and many professions are always keen to recruit people with language qualifications. A language qualification can be essential or highly desirable in careers in the media, journalism, banking, marketing, advertising, international aid and teaching in the primary and secondary sectors. Stand out from the crowd, study German!
Health and Social Care - BTEC
About the Subject This course prepares you for careers in Health and Social Care. This is an area of work which will provide varied opportunities to make a difference to peopleâ€™s lives in a positive way. This course allows you to gain skills that you can transfer to other professions later. BTEC National Certificate in Health and Social Care: 2 units: 0.5 A-Level 9 (Year 1) BTEC National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care: 4 units: 1 A-Level (year 2) Units: 1, 2, 5 and one other specialist unit. Possible voluntary placements may include; Early Years settings; Nursery school; Special school; Care home; Hospital; Hospice; Mental health unit; Adult learning centre; Health centre; Therapy centres e.g. Art therapy or Alternative therapy. We are proud of our consistent outstanding results. Students usually achieve their target and above; those in our Year 13 classes achieve places at Universities or in direct employment in the sector.
Course Content YEAR 1: Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (Externally assessed) Mandatory Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (course work) Mandatory YEAR 2: Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (Externally assessed) Mandatory Optional Units: 1 Optional unit • Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives • Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives • Unit 12: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs • Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care
Entry Requirements Grade 4 or higher in both English and Maths.
Career Paths Learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills for direct progression to careers in Health and Social Care and specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector and beyond. Examples include: nursing; midwifery; disability studies; child psychology; special needs; social work; youth and crime studies; nursing health studies; physiotherapy; radiography; occupational therapy and other related courses. Skills that will be developed include: Good communication (to work with clients and professionals), teamwork, showing initiative in working life, good time management, compassion, empathy, the importance of following guidelines and procedures in a Health and Social Care setting, recognising and reflecting on your own personal skills e.g. code of conduct.
“I have really enjoyed studying Health and Social Care. I volunteered to help out at a local care home, where a lot of the clients had dementia, I found it a rewarding experience and it helped me to understand the needs of older adults.” Year 13 Student
About the Subject History is a challenging and rewarding A-Level subject. Students that take History do not just learn facts; they develop skills in analysis, problem solving, independent learning and communication. Students who study history have the opportunity to explore events that have shaped the world we live in. Our topics covers a wide chronological, geographic and thematic range; from late medieval times to the present day; from the United States, to Russia; from the English Reformation to the US Civil Rights campaigns of the 1960s.
Course Content Our exam board is OCR specification A and our examined units are England 1485–1558: The Early Tudors, Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919-1963 and Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992. Students are required to submit an Independent Investigation of 3,000-4,000 words.
Entry Requirements Grade 6 or higher in History (If you achieve a 5 in History, you may be accepted with a 6 in an English).
Career Paths History is still one of the great A-Level subjects that has a lot of credibility at university and elsewhere. It is useful in careers such as journalism, where being able to write clearly and accurately in a given space is a necessary skill; in the law, where the capacity to analyse and evaluate evidence is essential; and in investigative police work, where forensic attention to detail helps to piece a case together. St Wilfrid’s historians have gone on to study a whole range of subjects and then have taken up varied careers, and not just the traditional roles of librarianship, museum work, archaeology and teaching that you might expect. Many have also found places at the top universities where History is highly valued.
“Studying History at St Wilfrid’s has given me a greater understanding of how the past can be interpreted in different ways. It has helped me to enhance my analysis and evaluation skills; considering impact and significance, cause and consequence.” (Year 13 Student)
Information Technology (OCR Level 3)
Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Information Technology
About the Subject In this subject you will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems and an insight into the IT sector. Investigating the pace of technology change, IT Infrastructure, the flow of information of a global scale and the important of legal and security considerations. This course takes the â€˜application developerâ€™ pathway, focussing on a range of applications across different platforms and sectors. However, two units will focus on networks, software, hardware and the uses of IT. Students will also look at games proto-typing and interface design and the logic of programming structures required for app and game design.
Course Content 2 x Externally assessed examinations - Fundamentals of IT - Global Information 3 x Internally assessed coursework - Application Design - Games Design and Prototyping - Web Design and Prototyping
Entry Requirements You will need a grade 4 or higher in English and Maths. You should also be able to demonstrate an interest In ICT.
Career Paths This course allows students to develop a broad range of skills preparing them for apprenticeships and university technical based courses and opens the door to careers focused around computer science or IT.
â€œI like the different aspects of the course, especially when we get to study new things like app design and gaming.â€? Year 12 Student
About the Subject Law is about the Legal System in England and Wales. Studying Law at A-Level will allow you to develop problem solving skills through the application of legal rules. It also develops analytical ability and critical thinking skills. If you decide to study A-Level Law you will join a popular, outstanding Learning Area which believes that your academic achievement should be our complete focus. You will have the opportunity to visit the Magistrates Court and Crown Court and be encouraged to undertake work experience in a legal setting during the Year 12 Summer enrichment week. In the first Unit, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the nature of Law and the English Legal System. Following this you will study substantive law which requires simple application of both Criminal and Civil Law. These techniques will then be developed further in order to explore criminal, tort and contract law in greater depth.
Course Content You will study the following topics, all of which will be assessed by external examinations at the end of Year 13. Paper 1: Criminal Law & the English Legal System Paper 2: Tort Law & the English Legal System Paper 3: Law of Contracts & the English Legal System
Entry Requirements You will require a grade 5 or higher in an English and a grade 5 or higher in a GCSE in which you need to write essays (e.g. English Literature, History, Geography or RE).
Career Paths This is a very good course for anyone considering a career in any area of law or looking to study most other subjects at University. Many of our students have gone on to study a Law degree at universities such as Manchester and UCLAN. A number of ex-students are now practicing solicitors.
“I’ve always wanted to join the Police and saw this course as an ideal opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Law in our society.” Year 12 Student
About the Subject The A-Level Mathematics course extends the work covered at GCSE and introduces further topics such as calculus, numerical methods and coordinate geometry. These topics are fundamental to many other areas of study as well as Mathematics itself. The course is a linear course with three exams being taken at the end of the two years. St Wilfridâ€™s are using the AQA exam board for the A-level mathematics. These will assess both pure mathematics and statistics. The Mathematics staff at St Wilfridâ€™s are highly experienced and knowledgeable. Their wide range of skills allows the Learning Area to offer courses that support other areas of study. For example, the study of Mechanics supports the study of Physics and the work in Statistics can support study in a wide variety of subjects, such as Biology, Geography and Psychology.
Course Content Students study pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics, covering a range of topics that broaden the knowledge gained at GCSE. Pure mathematics focuses on the algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus content of the course. Alongside this is the study of statistics which extends the work on data analysis and probability, looking at hypothesis testing and the Normal Distribution. Mechanics introduces topics such as mathematical modelling, kinematics, statics and dynamics. Students wishing to study Further Mathematics A-Level will cover a separate course alongside the main A-Level course. Further Mathematics gives the student a greater range of topics in the mathematical canon, with the standard of the topics at the same level as the main A-Level course.
Entry Requirements You will require a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Maths. Key skills that will be useful from GCSE are those used in algebra. An 8 or higher is needed at GCSE in order to study Further Mathematics, which leads to 2 A-Levels and thus encompasses 2 Option blocks.
Career Paths Mathematics is involved in and supports university courses from Architecture to Zoology. It is commonly thought of in areas such as Medicine, Science and Engineering, but is widely used in fields such as Economics, Business and Sports Sciences. Mathematics is regularly used in the Financial Services by accountants and actuaries, but also supports careers in many other areas. A-Level Mathematics is a widely-respected qualification. Students who have studied mathematics have not only gone on to study maths at university, but also have taken up apprenticeships in accounting with major companies such as Ernst and Young. Famous mathematicians range from Leonardo Da Vinci to Dara O‘Briain. Contemporary mathematicians Marcus Du Sautoy and Simon Singh regularly appear in the media but there are many internationally renowned mathematicians that are not-so-well-known in the public arena, such as Terence Tao, Andrew Wiles, Yuri Manin and the first female recipient of the ‘Fields Medal Mathematics Prize’; Maryam Mirzakhani.
“I enjoy studying maths because I enjoy problem solving and using different mathematical ideas and techniques to find solutions to the problems.” Year 12 Student
Mathematical Studies (AS)
About the Subject The AS Mathematical Studies course aims to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE. This is a linear qualification which is designed to be studied over two years, with a final exam taken at that point. The focus is to consolidate studentâ€™s mathematical understanding and build both their confidence and competence in applying a range of mathematical techniques to solve a variety of problems. The course introduces new techniques and concepts that will prepare them for further study and future employment within a broad range of academic, professional and technical fields. Mathematical Studies aims to prepare students for the mathematical demands of higher education and work, where there is a distinct mathematical element, but where the mathematical demands do not stretch to a requirement for A Level Mathematics.
Course Content Students will be expected to: • Develop and demonstrate confidence and competence in the understanding and application of calculations in the solution of problems relating to personal finance • Become familiar with and gain confidence in ideas concerning the formulation of mathematical models • Develop and demonstrate confidence and competence in the understanding and application of statistical techniques, interpreting data and drawing conclusions when solving problems To further the links with other subjects, there will be a focus on research methods. Students will also be expected to: • Use the data and models they are given and to be mathematically critical of these • Recognise that many things closely follow a normal distribution, e.g. heights of people, size of things produced by machines, errors in measurements, blood pressure, marks on a test etc. In these and similar situations, a graph of the distribution will have a ‘bell’ shaped curve • Understand the sampling process and the underlying populations • Recognise and use correlation and regression for pairs of data
Entry Requirements The entry requirements for Mathematical Studies is a grade 5 or above in Maths at GCSE.
Career Paths As this qualification is aimed at supporting those who are not doing A Level Mathematics, but have a strong mathematical content in their future careers, it will be suitable for entry on to a wide range of higher education courses, from Nursing to Psychology, Geography to Sport Science. Alongside this, it gives an extension to the GCSE course for apprenticeships in business, financial services etc. The government has recognised the need for more students to continue with mathematics and this course allows this with the more practical approach to certain areas. This course will give the extra study and develop key problem solving skills that are required by all employers.
“I find that the course gives you an insight into the maths that you would use beyond education and in your future life.” Year 13 Student
About the Subject Is this a Mickey Mouse subject? Yes. With companies like Disney reaching every corner of the earth and making a global profit of $1.49 Billion last year, the power, influence and effects of the media are certainly worth studying. Taking Media Studies requires an inquisitive mind and is suitable for anyone who asks questions about the world in which we live. You will study the following: • How various media products are constructed • Why they are made and who they are made for • The effects media products have on society and culture • The power of the media and the people behind it Lessons will involve analysing media products from broadcast, print and e-media platforms. We learn how and why they are constructed, in order to make our own products and to evaluate the effects of this mass communication on the audience.
Course Content Component 1 - Media Products, Industries and Audiences An external paper comprising of four compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print-based material. Exam - 2 hours 15 minutes (35% of The A-Level) Component 2 - Media Forms and Products in Depth Television, magazines and Online Media - Applying knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Component 1. An external paper comprising of three compulsory questions. Exam - 2 hours 30 minutes (35% of The A-Level) Component 3 - Cross Media Production Two production pieces that respond to a set brief. Internally Assessed (30% of The A-Level)
Entry Requirements To study Media Studies with us, you will require a grade 4 or higher in GCSE English Language.
Career Paths Journalism; Television; Film; Marketing; Advertising; Communications; Teaching; Radio
“Media Studies will inspire both your creative and practical side. I’ve really enjoyed studying this subject and would recommend it to anyone.” Callum (Year 12)
About the Subject This course is designed for students who wish to follow a more traditional and classical career in Music. If you have aspirations to study for a traditional Music degree, then this is the course for you. Students who have studied Music A-Level at St Wilfridâ€™s have gone on to study this course at a variety of universities and conservatories. A-Level musicians are taught and guided on how to become creative, thoughtful and informed composers. Using the latest music technology, A-Level musicians are able to compose in a range of genres. Guided by enthusiastic and professional musicians, A-Level musicians have the opportunity to perform on a regular basis in a variety of formal and informal contexts. In addition, students are encouraged to become critical, independent and reflective listeners who embrace all musical traditions. There are many opportunities for musicians to perform at St Wilfridâ€™s. We have a vibrant and exciting extra-curricular programme of choirs, bands and instrumental ensembles. We regularly perform at different venues in the local community from Blackburn Cathedral to King Georgeâ€™s Hall. 52
Course Content The course is divided into 3 components: Performing (35%), Composing (25%) and Listening (40%). You will be expected to perform on your main instrument to Grade 5 standard as well as perform on a second instrument or in an ensemble. You will study a wide range of musical styles and will be required to create your own composition using music technology such as ‘Sibelius’.
Entry Requirements You will require a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Music or ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.
Career Paths DJ; Music Therapist; Tour Manager; Record Producer; Session Musician; Songwriter; Music Journalist; Concert Promoter; Teacher; Cruise Ship Entertainer. Former students have progressed on to different universities to study Music. One student was also accepted into the RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music).
“It was one of the most enjoyable concerts we’ve heard, not only because of the variety of each item, but because of the quality too. Everyone performed so musically and with such confidence. It has been a real delight - a most memorable concert!” St Wilfrid’s Lunchtime Recital at Blackburn Cathedral
Music - BTEC
About the Subject This course is more vocationally orientated than A-Level Music. It is designed for students who have a passion for performing (vocal or instrumental) and would like to work in a more informal and popular musical context. This course is very popular with Sixth Form students who also study Dance and Drama at St Wilfrid’s. The Music staff at St Wilfrid’s are passionate about performing music. We have a dedicated performing room for BTEC students equipped with theatrical lighting, LED-lit black stage curtains, and sound facilities (PA). This course is a performer’s dream as you get the opportunity to hone your musical skills in a supportive, challenging and creative environment. There are many opportunities for BTEC musicians to perform at St Wilfrid’s. We have a vibrant and exciting extra-curricular programme of choirs, bands and instrumental ensembles. We regularly perform at different venues in the local community from Blackburn Cathedral to King George’s Hall. 54
Course Content The aim of this course is to develop your skills as a performer through the study of a variety of units, including: • Music Performance Techniques (You will develop your technique and skill on your main instrument) • Special Subject Investigation (You will undertake a study of a composer / performer / band that interests you) • Solo Music Performance Skills (You will perform a 30 minute recital) 100% coursework, consisting of recitals in a variety of settings as well as written assignments.
Entry Requirements The ability to play a musical instrument or sing to an approximate standard of Grade 5. Please contact the Music department if you need any further clarification.
Career Paths DJ; Music Therapist; Tour Manager; Record Producer; Session Musician; Songwriter; Music Journalist; Concert Promoter; Teacher; Cruise Ship Entertainer.
“Music BTEC at St Wilfrid’s is a brilliant opportunity to enhance your musical talent. The staff are supportive every step of the way and will provide you with everything you need to become a skilled performer.” Year 13 Student
About the Subject This course combines the development of your Physical Education theory, whilst encouraging you to develop your practical skillset. You will be taught by highly dedicated and experienced staff. Over several years the staff have developed specialist units on the course. We are proud of our performance in A-Level PE, with students often achieving well in excess of their target grade.
Course Content 70% Theory You begin with looking at how modern day sport has emerged and will go on to study modern day issues such as drugs, the media and the Olympics. There is also an anatomy and physiology section examining how the body’s systems affect performance. In the second year, we look at biomechanics, energy systems and injury prevention. Finally, the course has a component relating to how we learn skills and sports psychology; there are three theory exams. 30% Practical Performance is measured in one sport and an assessed speech.
Entry Requirements You will require a grade 6 or higher in GCSE PE. If you achieve a grade 5 in PE, you may be accepted with a grade 6 or higher in English or Science. Regular participation in two competitive sports is also important.
Career Paths Our successful students often study sport at degree level before following careers in sports coaching, sports management, physiotherapy and Primary / Secondary PE teaching.
“It’s great to understand some of the anatomy and physiology behind our movements and learn how this knowledge can help to promote both mass participation and elite performance.” Year 13 Student
About the Subject Physics is the science which underpins all others; it is ultimately the study of how the universe works. It is a dynamic subject which is constantly developing, and there are always new ideas to be explored. Physicists ask the really ‘big questions’, such as: • How did the universe begin? • How will the universe change in the future? • How does the Sun keep on shining? • What are the basic building blocks of matter? If you are fascinated by these questions, you will enjoy studying Physics at A-Level and beyond. Studying Physics at St Wilfrid’s will allow you to explore the subject and develop your skills in a supportive environment where the focus is on your development. You will be supported by a dedicated teaching team, who are committed to ensuring all students achieve their potential. We have an open door policy and provide targeted support to ensure you reach your goals. In addition, we are passionate about Physics and our aim is for 58
you to feel the same! You will be encouraged to pursue a deeper understanding of the subject through wider reading and we often provide opportunities to experience what studying Physics at university or pursuing a related career is like, by running trips or inviting guest speakers. Recent sixth form visits include attending lectures at Manchester University and practical workshops at Liverpool University.
Course Content The first year of the course will introduce you to four main topic areas: Forces and motion; Current and electricity; Waves; Quantum physics. Much of this will build on what you learned at GCSE, but some ideas, such as quantum theory, will be brand new and may change the way that you look at the universe! The second year, in addition to the above areas, will also cover: Thermal Physics, Circular Motion and Oscillations, Gravitational Fields, Astrophysics and cosmology, Capacitors, Electric Fields, Electromagnetism, Radioactivity and Medical Imaging. Assessment is in the form of 3 written exams at the end of the course. You will also have plenty of opportunities to enhance your practical skills throughout the course. You will develop skills in planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation, providing you with excellent preparation for practical work in scientific careers and at university.
Entry Requirements To begin the course, we expect you to have a 6 or higher in GCSE Physics or a 6 in Combined Science. You must have a grade 6 in Maths.
Career Paths Employers regard Physics qualifications extremely highly and physicists can be found in all fields from Medicine to Business. Some typical industries entered by Physics students include: Engineering; Manufacturing; Medical; Energy; Space; Telecommunications; Finance; Business; Computing and Gaming; Technology; Military and Defence; Academia and Research.
â€œI chose Physics as I am fascinated by many of the topics within the subject and how they link to the universe around us.â€? Year 12 Student
About the Subject This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives you the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in creative industries. You will investigate social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of your choice. The specification content follows three core principles: - Core technical principles - Core designing and making principles - Additional specialist knowledge and skills The course will encourage students to be take design risks, show innovation and enterprise whilst considering their role as responsible designers and citizens. Developing knowledge and experiences of real-world contexts or design and technological activities will support informed decision making when analysing and exploring design concepts.
There is a strong emphasis on gaining insights into the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries. You will develop and demonstrate high level skills using a wide range of equipment
safely and independently, ensuring design meets the needs, wants and values of the users.
Course Content The course is linear and covers two main areas: Technical principles: Develops the learnerâ€™s knowledge, understanding and application of specific materials. Learners are expected to be able to name specific materials and reference physical and mechanical properties (working characteristics), product function, aesthetics, cost, manufacture and disposal. The main materials investigated are Wood, Metal and Polymers. Designing and Making: Learners develop the ability to explain and experience design challenges. They will recognise that through the Design Process many constraints and considerations need to be reflected upon and addressed. Specialist knowledge and skills: Learners develop confident and independent skills when using a wide range of industrial equipment. They are encouraged to create products that have a range of materials incorporated into the design to demonstrate their capabilities. Examination 50%: Paper 1 Technical principles 30%. Paper 2 Design and Making principles 20%. Non Examined Assessment 50%: Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles. One piece of coursework.
Entry Requirements You will require a grade 5 or higher in Design Technology.
Career Paths Opportunities can be varied and are expanding as the Manufacturing sector moves rapidly towards creating sustainable design. A career in Product Design can offer opportunities to make a real impact. The process of nurturing a design, from the early concept stages to a commercially viable solution is an exciting process to be a part of. A Product Designer will typically work as part of a team within a consultancy based Design company where design is driven by external client needs or as part of an in-house company, where all design is conducted and driven by a marketing department. Some examples include graphic designer, industrial/product designer or architecture. conducted and driven by a marketing department.
About the Subject If you decide to do A-Level Psychology at St Wilfridâ€™s, you will be joining a popular and very successful Learning Area, which believes that your high personal achievement should be our complete focus. We work hard to make sure our lessons are fun and engaging and this is reflected in the positive feedback we receive from past and present students. Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour and you will be able to enjoy a range of engaging and exciting topics such as forensic psychology. Students are given full support and one-to-one sessions with their teachers. Our examination results are excellent with many of our students achieving at least one grade or more above their predicted grade.
Course Content Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology This is a written paper lasting 2 hours and is worth 96 marks. It makes up 33.3% of the full A-Level. Topics in this paper are: 62
Social influence (Types of conformity/conformity to social roles/ explanations of obedience/social change), Memory (Models of how memory works/eyewitness testimony/the science of forgetting), Attachment (caregiver-infant interactions in humans/maternal deprivation/explanations of attachment), Psychopathology (what is abnormality/explaining phobias/treating phobias). Paper 2: Psychology in context This written exam also lasts 2 hours and is worth 96 marks. Topics in this paper are: Approaches in Psychology (approaches such as behaviourism/ behavioural/biological approach), Biopsychology (ways of studying the brain, flight or fight, biological rhythms), Research Methods (types of experimental method/observations/correlations/case studies/data analysis). Paper 3: Issues and options in Psychology Issues and debates in Psychology (Gender and culture in psychology/ nature - nurture debate/ethical issues), Relationships (evolutionary theories of relationships/theories of romantic relationships/factors affecting attraction), Stress (sources of stress/individual differences in stress/managing and coping with stress), Forensic psychology (problems in defining crime/offender profiling/dealing with offending behaviour). In addition, there are many opportunities within the Psychology Learning Area for extra study, including research investigations students carry out themselves, and a visit to London to explore Freudâ€™s museum and other Psychological places of interest. Students are also given the opportunity to attend revision conferences.
Entry Requirements You will need a grade 5 or higher in English Language, Maths and a Science.
Career Paths There are several career paths if you pursue Psychology at a higher level such as forensic psychologist, clinical psychology and sports psychology.
About the Subject Religious Studies is the social study of religion and religious practices. It focuses on contemporary issues and encourages students to engage critically. Although it is a traditional subject it carries much relevance to understanding the modern world. Religious Studies is a rigorous A-Level, akin to philosophy in its demands and degree of difficulty. Choosing Religious Studies helps to give students a much better understanding of themselves and the society in which we live whilst helping them to become logical, open minded and analytical in thought.
Course Content Religious Studies at St Wilfridâ€™s can be studied as either a one year AS-Level or an A-Level over two years. The course is assessed by three externally-examined papers; each lasting 2 hours and holding 33.33% of the overall weighting of the grade achieved at the end of the course.
Students are required to choose three papers from four. The modules taught at St Wilfridâ€™s are: Philosophy of religion; Religion and Ethics and New Testament Studies.
Paper 1 - Philosophy of religion - Content overview: Philosophical issues and questions; The nature and influence of religious experience; Problems of evil and suffering; Philosophical language; Works of scholars; Influences of developments in religious belief. Paper 2 – Religion and Ethics - Content overview: Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; A study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance; Ethical language; Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars; Medical Ethics: beginning and end of life issues. Paper 3 – New Testament Studies - Content overview: Social, historical and religious context of the New Testament; Texts and interpretation of the Person of Jesus; Interpreting the text and issues of relationship, purpose and authorship; Ways of interpreting the scripture; Texts and interpretation: the Kingdom of God, conflict, the death and resurrection of Jesus; Scientific and historical-critical challenges, ethical living and the works of scholars. Exam board: Pearson Edexcel Advance GCE in Religious Studies (9RS0)
Entry Requirements Grade 5 or higher in two essay-based subjects, preferably including RE.
Career Paths Religious Studies gives students a valuable insight into the truly diverse and multicultural society in which we live. It is a demanding A-Level and adequate preparation for a number of popular and demanding undergraduate courses. The skills learned by doing Religious Studies are transferable and are highly valued in many occupations and useful for entry to many degrees, even if you do not pursue a direct career in Religious Studies. As a result of this careers within Religious Studies are wide-ranging. Previous students have proceeded to careers in teaching, Business, Politics, social work, and graduate fast-track training programs.
“I am glad I had the opportunity to open my mind, from the obvious to the obscure. I enjoyed R.S. as it allowed for freedom of expression within my work; encouraging me to find my individuality, develop the foundations in which to base my standpoint on ethical issues, whilst providing the environment for me to explore my own beliefs.”
Year 13 Student
About the Subject Sociology is the study of human behaviour. It is concerned with humans in their collective aspect and encompasses all group activities, whether economic, social, political or religious. Sociologists study areas such as community, deviant behaviour, family, social change and specific problems such as crime, educational failure and divorce. You will have the opportunity for educational visits to the Crown Court, a public school and a visit from a Buddhist monk. If you decide to study A-Level Sociology, you will be joining a popular, highly successful Learning Area which believes that your high personal achievement should be our complete focus.
Course Content In the first year, you will study the following topics: • Education with methods in context • Research methods • Families and households. In the second year, you will study: • Beliefs in society • Crime and deviance with theory and methods.
Entry Requirements You will require a grade 5 or higher in English Language and one other essay-based subject.
Career Paths This is a very good course for anyone considering a career in occupations such as the police, teaching, human resource management and social work. Many of our students have gone on to study sociology and related degrees at university.
“Spending more time looking at the Family and Education in greater detail has given me a real insight into how our society and other cultures function smoothly.” Beth (Year 13)
About the Subject A level Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles promotes and develops knowledge and understanding of how historical, social and technological factors influence design, manufacture, fashion and trends. Students enjoy opportunities to explore, challenge and develop their practical skills, using a range of equipment. The specification content follows two core principles: • Technical principles • Designing and making principles You will be given opportunities to work with a wide range of different products, construction and decorative techniques and materials in order to create high quality products. You will learn how to make informed design decisions in order to support highlevel prototyping. Testing and evaluation will help ensure that you create a product that meets your client’s needs.
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Technical principles: Develops the learnerâ€™s knowledge, understanding and application of specific textile materials. Learners are expected to be able to understand the application of textile materials and their performance characteristics. They will learn about enhancement of materials, fastenings and appropriate finishing processes. They will look at modern industrial and commercial practice including computer systems and global production. The advantages of digital design and manufacture will be explored as well as production planning, health and safety, manufacture, repair, maintenance and disposal. Students will learn about enterprise and marketing within industry but also when promoting their own designs and prototypes. Designing and Making: Learners develop the ability to explain and experience design challenges. They will recognise that through the design process many constraints and considerations need to be reflected upon and addressed. Specialist knowledge and skills: Learners develop confident and independent skills when using a wide range of industrial equipment. They are encouraged to create products that have a range of materials and techniques incorporated into the design to demonstrate their capabilities. Examination 50%: Paper 1 Technical principles 30%. Paper 2 Design and Making principles 20%. Non Examined Assessment 50%: Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles. One piece of coursework.
Entry Requirements A grade 5 in Design Technology.
Career Paths The modern textile industry offers a broad range of career opportunities from raw materials processing to the design and creation of soft furnishings and interior design and fashion. Fashion and Textiles is used across a broad spectrum of industries and you could become part of any one of these diverse sectors with this qualification as a platform. Whether it is fashion design, textile design, textile technology, retail buyer, merchandiser, stylist, smart technology, eco design or pattern creation, Fashion and Textiles creates opportunities for you to design and be creative. In the Fashion and Textiles industry you will typically work as part of a team, where design is driven by external client needs or as part of an in-house company, where all design is conducted and driven by a marketing department. Two of our recent students have gone on to study at the London School of Fashion.
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Entry Criteria To study in our Sixth Form you will require at least 5 GCSE passes, 2 of which at grade 5 or higher, with a further 3 at grade 4 or higher. A-Levels
• Biology - 6 in Biology or Combined Science with a 6 in Maths • Business Studies - 6 in Business Studies. If you achieve a 5 in Business Studies, you may be accepted with a 6 in English Language and a 5 in Maths. • Chemistry – 6 in Chemistry or Combined Science with a 6 in Maths • Computing – 6 in Maths and a 5 in another ICT course • Dance – 5 in Dance. If you have not previously studied Dance, an audition will be required. • Digital Photography – 5 in Art or Photography. If not previously studied, a portfolio of work can be considered • Drama – 5 in Drama. If you have not previously studied Drama, an audition will be required. • English Language – 6 in English Language • English Literature – 6 in Literature and a 5 in English Language • Fine Art – 5 in Art. If not previously studied, a portfolio of work can be considered. • French – 6 in French and 6 in English Language • Geography – 6 in Geography. If you achieve a 5 in Geography, you may be accepted with a 6 in English Language and a 6 in Maths. • German – 6 in German and 6 in English Language. • History – 6 in History. If you achieve a 5 in History, you may be accepted with a 6 in an English Language. • Law – 5 in an English and 5 in one other essay-writing subject. • Mathematics - 6 in Maths. You will require a grade 8 to study Further Mathematics. • Mathematical Studies - 5 in Maths. • Media Studies – 4 in English Language. • Music – 6 or ABRSM Grade 5 Theory. • Product Design – 5 in Design Technology. • Physical Education – 6 in PE and regular participation in 2 sports. If you achieve a 5 in PE, you may be accepted with a 6 in an English or a Science. • Physics - 6 in Physics or Combined Science with a 6 in Maths. • Psychology – 5 in English, Maths and a Science. • Religious Studies – 5 in two essay-based subjects, preferably including RE. • Sociology – 5 in English and one essay-based subjects. • Textiles – 5 at GCSE in Design Technology.
Vocational • Business OCR Technical – 4 in English and 4 in Maths. • Children’s Play, Learning and Development BTEC – 4 in English and Maths. • Health and Social Care BTEC – 4 in English and Maths. • IT OCR Technical - 4 in English and Maths. • Music Performance BTEC – approximately grade 5 for an instrument/singing
Students will be required to resit English or Maths GCSE if they do not achieve a grade 4 or above. We are unable to accommodate students who do not achieve a grade 4 in both subjects. We reserve the right to alter this offer according to individual circumstances.
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Published on Nov 20, 2017