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Please note: course information is correct at time of going to press. Government changes to qualifications and funding may mean that information in this guide is subject to alteration. For the latest information, please visit our website www.sussexdowns.ac.uk or contact Student Services on 030 300 39551.

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Eastbourne Courses Welcome

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Your Future Starts with us 

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Conquering the ALPS

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Be The Best

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Russell Group Universities Art & Schools Partnerships

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Here To Help You Succeed

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Parent & Carer Information A Level Reform

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Entry Requirements Explained 30 Beyond The Classroom



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Accounting

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Biology

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Business Studies

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Chemistry

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NUS & Student Voice

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Uganda Study Programme

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WELCOME TO THE A LEVEL CENTRES AT

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Welcome to the new edition of the Sussex Downs College A Level course guide. I am delighted that you are considering SDC as a place to study. Our A Level Centres at Lewes and Eastbourne nurture and celebrate the success of all of our learners. We are passionate about providing high-quality education for students embarking on their journey to Further Education, university and ultimately to fulfilling careers. We have an unwavering commitment to providing you with an experience that’s challenging, inspiring, motivating and fun! We are continually developing the best learning environments for our students, ensuring you reach your full potential. View the facilities at one of our Open Events or call the College for a campus tour. Only then will you experience the College environment and get a feel for the campus. This includes the new, state-of-theart science laboratories at our Lewes campus. Here at SDC we pride ourselves in building strong partnerships between our students, parents, staff and community. Not only are we committed to creating a shared partnership in learning, but we also guarantee to provide the support our students need in order to achieve their A Levels and secure their progression into the next stage of their lives.

We have great expectations for both our students and our staff to secure outstanding results. In 2016 we achieved exactly that, celebrating our best results in five years. We also rank among the best Colleges in the country for students surpassing their expected academic achievements. With a larger selection of A Level courses on offer than any other college in Sussex, we strive to bring all our students successful futures, tailoring their education to fit the passion and ambition of each individual. In addition, our experienced teachers offer exceptional academic support, nurturing the creativity and vibrancy of students within a broad curriculum. When you come to College, you will have the chance to participate in activities beyond your chosen qualifications. These include work experience opportunities and overseas trips. You will develop employability skills so you are ‘work ready’ and give you all important life experience outside of the classroom. The A Level centres have seen dramatic change over the past year, all for the better and evidenced by recent exam results. It’s time to be a part of our future success and fulfil your ambitions. We look forward to seeing you soon. David Williamson Faculty Director, Academic Studies

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“ W E A R E C O N T I N U A L LY D E V E L O P I N G T H E B E S T L E A R N I N G ENVIRONMENTS FOR OUR STUDENTS, ENSURING YOU R E A C H Y O U R F U L L P O T E N T I A L .”

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OUR STUDENTS ARE HAPPY!

Y O U R FUTURE STA RTS WITH US

We have previously been voted the number 1 FE College in the South for student satisfaction.

OUR STUDENTS WIN AWARDS!

STUDENTS ARE TAUGHT BY AWARD WINNING TEACHERS!

SDC is home to the Claude Gordon ‘Law Student of the Year’; City and Guilds Medals of Excellence; the Max Healey Student of the Year Award and the Ivor Novello Award to name a few.

Sociology teacher, Steve Bassett, won the award for ‘Innovative Use of Technology in Education’ at the FE Sussex Spring Awards in March 2015.

SPEAK UP! The Student Union gives a voice to all our students during their time with us. Ideas and suggestions are listened to and taken on, promoting positive changes across the College. The Students’ Union team also hosts fun events throughout the academic year!

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OUR STUDENTS ARE THE STARS OF TOMORROW!

SDC GIVES YOU REAL EXPERIENCE! Our students gain invaluable work experience, preparing them for the world of work with our links to nearly 1,000 local and national employers. In addition, SDC organises trips locally and around the world, providing our A Level students with outstanding life experiences.

Sam Tompkins, one of our many talented students, has landed himself a record contract after only 8 months in the music industry!

WE GET RESULTS! Our A Level pass rate is 98.3%, amongst the best in the region and above the national average. In addition, nearly three quarters of subjects (73%) had a 100% pass rate.

WE HAVE A LEVEL CENTRES IN EASTBOURNE AND LEWES. Each benefitting from excellent public transport links and free parking, making courses easily accessible.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS.

AT SDC WE ARE COMMITTED TO YOUR FUTURE! Our A Level Centre has outstanding study and enrichment programmes designed to enhance your study skills and prepare you for university and future careers.

Between our students, teachers and parents, creating a strong sense of community at SDC. These partnerships are designed to drive the success of each and every student. By collaborating with students and parents, our teachers excel in giving students the support they need to secure outstanding A Level results.

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CONQUERING T H E A L P S

Sussex Downs College reflects on a highly successful year and looks forward to welcoming new students.

Here at Sussex Downs College, we look forward to welcoming new students with confidence; confidence in the fact that we are going above and beyond to offer one of the best educations available to school leavers in the local area. Our 98.3% A Level pass rate for 2016 places us above the national average and reflects this. Our vocational pass rate is also exceptional this year at a fantastic 98.7%. What’s more, we continue to offer a variety of A Level and vocational courses to suit all levels of ability. Results aside, I am pleased to announce that Sussex Downs College is successfully “conquering the Alps” – that’s ‘Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings’ to the uninitiated. Similar to an Ofsted report, Alps grades educational institutions, but measures our ‘value added results’. What do we mean by ‘value added’? Put simply: each student comes to us with expected results based on their GCSE performance. For example, a C grade student would generally be expected to achieve a C grade on their Level 3 course. When said student achieves an A grade, they have surpassed expectations.

We have been focusing our work with learners to help them achieve their best and improve their grades. We received our ‘Value Added’ information for 2016 with delight; the hard work for both students and staff paid off. ‘Value added’ is exactly what we have achieved. Surpassed; bettered; exceeded… insert your synonym of choice here. In effect, we are going above and beyond for our students and they are doing the same in return. It’s not too late to be a part of our future success. I look forward to seeing you at Sussex Downs College. Mike Hopkins Principal & Chief Executive

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Our results speak for themselves, and we want to shout about them:

AS Levels at Sussex Downs College rank in the top 25% of UK colleges for surpassing their expected academic achievements.

The number of AS subjects rated excellent or outstanding doubled from the 2014/15 academic year to the 2015/16 academic year.

Nearly a fifth of A Level subjects are rated excellent/outstanding in 2015/16. Overall, the College has achieved an Alps score of ‘Very Good’ (4) in A Levels subjects, placing Sussex Downs among some of the best colleges in the UK.

AS Level subjects with an Alps score of 4+ cross college include: Accounting, Applied Art, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Business Studies, Economics, English Language and Literature, Film Studies, German, Health & Social Care, Biology, History, ICT and Sociology.

A Level subjects with an Alps score of 4+ cross College include Accounting, Applied Art, Business Studies, Economics, English Literature, Film Studies, French, German, Graphic Design, Health & Social Care, History, Sociology and Textiles.


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BE THE B E S T As well as completing your qualifications, your time at Sussex Downs College can be rewarding in so many ways. You will be encouraged to challenge yourself and there are various activities you can take part in to increase your success and help you enjoy your time with us.


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I N S P IR I N G S U C C E S S

At Sussex Downs College, there will be opportunities to achieve national awards, gain performance recognition and win medals in regional and national competitions. Here are just a few examples from some of our recent students:

THE G B R I T IR E A T SH SEWI NG BE FINAL E IST 20 16!

Jade Earley Art & Design student Jade, from Uckfield, was the youngest ever contestant on the BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee. When an accident in 2012 meant Jade couldn’t pursue her first ambition in competitive swimming, she decided to take up sewing and hasn’t looked back. She told FE Week in 2016: “I will be sewing for the rest of my life. I live, eat and breathe it. Sewing is my career now.”

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Making the grade A Level English Literature students Sophie Stevens and Ellie Dodridge offer advice to GCSE students considering their options. For students struggling to decide on subjects to study at A Level, Sophie advises: “Go with your instinct and don’t get pressured into courses by friends and family. I’m always reading, whether it’s novels or newspapers so English and Sociology are ideal for me. Choose whatever peaks your interest.” Ellie adds: “Choose subjects you enjoy, even if they don’t seem to ‘sit together’. And don’t forget that your choice isn’t the be-all and end-all. You can change your subjects early in the year.” Outside the classroom, opportunities are given to A Level students to reinforce their studies, including a Shakespearean Workshop at The Globe, opportunities with London Book Fair and a visit to the British Library for those studying English.

Cristian & Guido Bowen Identical twins Guido and Cristian Bowen, achieved identical A-Level exam grades, albeit in different subjects. The brothers, who are from Eastbourne but studied at the college’s Lewes campus, are going on to study at opposite ends of the UK after both won places at prestigious universities. Cristian achieved an A* grade in Philosophy and A grades in both History and French. He is going to the University of Sussex to study Philosophy and French. Meanwhile Guido achieved an A* grade in Geography and A grades in both Spanish and Mathematics. He is going to Edinburgh University to study Languages and Classics.

Students take a leaf out of University’s book Sussex Downs College aims to provide an enriching and fulfilling College experience to all its learners. Staff utilise their relationships with business professionals and University lecturers to provide opportunities to students both in and out of the classroom. These opportunities allow students to better themselves, and create all important contacts in higher education and the workplace. Visitors in 2016 included Dr Miles Leeson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Chichester, who gave a taster session in English Literature to first year English students.

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A L U M N I

Many of our former students keep in touch and tell us about how they have progressed in their chosen careers - their stories are amazing! Here are just a few examples from some of our recent students:

(Clockwise from top left) Mazvita Thembela Makwanya Mazvita studied Law, English Language and History at Sussex Downs College. She says: “The skills that I acquired over the two years I studied at SDC were very apparent to prospective universities, and this is what has helped me to get into Canterbury University to study Criminology.” Alie Mackintosh Fashion Designer Alie, 24, from, Uckfield, studied Art & Design and Economics A Levels at our Lewes campus and now runs the online fashion business Boom Boom Boutique. Alie can now count one of the most photographed women in the world, Kim Kardashian, as one of her clients. In 2016, Alie won an order from the US reality star/entrepreneur, with the design available in the Kardashian sisters’ USA stores: Dash. Testing the water of Alie’s designs, Kim had 83 million hits on Instagram wearing one of the young designer’s skirts. Katie Jones Former Textiles and Art & Design student Katie is one of nine designers chosen to collaborate with Selfridges and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion as part of Bright New Things. Katie’s label takes a waste-not approach to design by sourcing surplus materials from British and Italian design houses, proving that sustainable fashion doesn’t have to be plain or unimaginative.

Alexander Maskill Alex Maskill was a Sussex Downs College student from 2008-2011 and studied Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Chemistry at A Level before heading to Leicester University to study Politics. In 2013, Alex won the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award for his book The Hive, the prize for which was a £20,000 publishing contract. According to Alex; “My time at Sussex Downs College was one of huge growth and personal development. For me, it was a fun, challenging and rewarding environment in which to mature and it helped me to get to where I am today.” Lucas and Marco Belim studied Business and Accounting at Sussex Downs College. The twin brothers applied for apprenticeships with Eastbourne Accountancy firm Humphrey & Co. during their last year at College. They were supported by staff at the College through the entire application process. “Our Business lecturer carried out mock interviews with us so we could practise our interview skills,” says Marco. “This was invaluable to us both and we are so grateful for that.”

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RUSSELL GROUP UNIVERSITIES At Sussex Downs College we have a breadth of courses and programmes available to provide you with a tailored education that suits your Higher Education and career goals - perfect if you are aiming to attend a Russell Group University. Universities in the prestigious Russell Group, including Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol, identify the following ‘facilitating’ A Levels as the most rigorous and therefore most desirable when applying to these institutions: Physics; Biology; Chemistry; History; Geography; Modern and Classical Languages; English Literature; Maths and Further Maths. In addition to the Russell Group subjects offered, students at SDC can combine these subjects with other A Levels that interest them, strengthening their knowledge and preparing them for Higher Education.

Whether you are thinking of applying to a Russell Group university, or for a competitive course such as Medicine or Law, including a Russell Group A Level in your courses at SDC will strengthen your university application. By pursuing a facilitating subject, you will be able to access highly competitive degree courses at top universities across the country.

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ARTS & SCHOOLS PA RT N E RS H I PS Sussex Downs College offers an exciting range of the arts at A Level, including Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Film Studies, Media Studies, Literature, Music, Music Technology, Photography and Textiles Design. As well as very good results we have a track record for outstanding progression to some of the country’s best undergraduate programmes throughout the arts, and very good relationships with the top universities and specialist institutions. They regularly visit us to support our careers events and to inform students about their degree programmes. We also offer the highly successful post-A Level UAL Foundation Art and Design Diploma for students looking to find their niche and specialise in Art and Design.

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HERE TO HELP YOU SUCCEED At Sussex Downs College we pride ourselves on our dedicated support ethic. We deliver high levels of support and guidance to every individual student, ensuring your time at SDC is as successful as possible.

Progression to Higher Education: Support and Guidance As a student at Sussex Downs College, you can benefit from a variety of support and guidance along your pathway from College to university and a fulfilling career. Our Student Tutorial team is here to advise you throughout this exciting transition. Here are some of the ways we can help:

Please visit our website for information on the wide range of Higher Education courses on offer at Sussex Downs College.

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Higher Education

Study Programme Tutors

Additional Learning Support

At Sussex Downs College we are here to help you achieve your goals and the qualifications you need to succeed. Throughout your progression to Higher Education we provide group and one-to-one sessions focused on completing UCAS applications. These sessions, along with our Progression Information Pack, will equip you with everything you need to know during the application process, including; how to apply, advice on writing strong Personal Statements and preparation tips for interviews and auditions. Each campus has a dedicated UCAS Co-ordinator, who is able to provide general information, advice and guidance to students, and acts as our main point of contact with UCAS headquarters.

Our Study Programme Tutors will give you the support you need to make your move into College life and beyond. You will have a Study Programme Tutor for the duration of your time at College, helping you to become a confident, independent learner with high achievement and excellent progression prospects. Your Tutor will be ready to listen to you and offer individual support when you need it, setting and reviewing with you the targets you will need to support your progression throughout your journey as a learner and on into the rewarding university course or career of your choice.

ALS is included in our comprehensive range of support services and it is important that you let us know early on in the application process if you have a learning difficulty, disability or support need. You can do this by filling in the relevant sections of the application form and by talking to a member of staff at interview. We will then arrange for a member of the Additional Learning Support Team to contact you and assess your level of need.

Students also benefit from our links with local universities including the University of Brighton’s COMPACT/ COMPACT+ Programme and the First Generation Programme at the University of Sussex. Representatives from both schemes visit the College to talk to students and provide Personal Statement workshops, as well as generally supporting participation in Higher Education through a range of activities.

Please contact us as soon as you can to ensure you have the right support to help you succeed when you come into college. For further details about the Learning Support available, visit www.sussexdowns.ac.uk/als The text number for hearingimpaired students is 07584 684363 or (Minicom) 01323 637216.

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VISION EFFORT SYSTEM PRACTICE AT T I T U D E

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V E S P A AND THE A LEVEL MINDSET

VESPA is the A Level Centre’s acronym of choice to help you on the road to success. Come with us on a journey into our new A Level mind-set – no driving licence required.

What does VESPA stand for? Vision, Effort, System, Practice and Attitude: five key words that equal A Level success with us here at Sussex Downs College. During your time at College, you will adopt the VESPA mind-set to help you develop and succeed. It may be alien at the start of your course, but through your studies, your teachers and your peers, VESPA will be a normal part of your academic life. How can parents/guardians support students? Using our VESPA mind-set is an easy way to keep track of your son/ daughter’s study habits. Do you know where they ultimately want to end up working? Take an interest in what your son/daughter wants to progress to after A Levels. Know what A Level grades are needed for different university courses and careers.

Do you know the dates of your child’s mock exams? Make sure you know their current working grade, their target grade and improvement plan. We urge you to become familiar with your child’s study habits and lend support where you can. Studying A Levels is a full-time commitment and requires study time outside of the classroom. We appreciate our students need to earn money and have a social life too. Agree the work-study-life balance. Their week should look something like this: •   12 hours per week attending lessons •   3 hours per week attending extra workshops •   15 hours per week completing independent study •   8 hours per week part-time employment •   Leaving plenty of time for a social life and sleep!

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PA R E N T & C A R E R I N F O R M AT I O N Working in partnership with you to ensure a smooth transition for students from school to College and beyond with care, guidance and support. Support We have a wide variety of support opportunities available to help each student adjust and grow during their studies at SDC. In addition to this, we offer expert information and workshops for parents and carers throughout the UCAS application process, including advice about Student Finance. This support provides you with the necessary information to help your child along their path to Higher Education.

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Open Events & Partnerships We host a variety of information sharing events, including Parent Consultation Evenings, Progression Evenings and Higher Education Events. Our Open Events can help you discover what our College has to offer. You will have the opportunity to look around and meet our lecturers and tutors and you can find out about the support that is available, from additional learning to financial help. We believe that working in partnership with parents is a key element of student success at College. The College is a learning community and welcomes the involvement of parents and carers in the development of all of our learners. Our learner destination data shows that we have a strong record of supporting our students onto their chosen progression pathway and this is because we invest in information, advice and guidance. We successfully place learners into universities, training programmes, apprenticeships and work suited to their aspirations, skills and abilities.

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Study Programme Tutors Our Study Programme Tutors will give you the support you need to make your move into College life and beyond. You will have a Study Programme Tutor for the duration of your time at College, helping you to become a confident, independent learner with high achievement and excellent progression prospects. Your Tutor will be ready to listen to you and offer individual support when you need it, setting and reviewing with you the targets you will need to support your progression throughout your journey as a learner and on into the rewarding university course or career of your choice.

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A LEVEL REFORM Further government changes to A Level and AS Level qualifications from September 2016 Since September 2015, changes to A and AS Level qualifications have been introduced in schools and colleges across England and Wales. The changes will be phased in over a three-year period and it is currently planned that all new A and AS Levels will be in place by September 2017.

How will this affect you as a student at SDC?

What benefits will students gain from the new A Level programme?

As a student on the pathway to Higher Education, you will be expected to study for 3 A Levels rather than 4, even if you are aiming for a Russell Group university including Oxford or Cambridge. All universities require students to have 3 good A Levels as part of their standard offer so there is no disadvantage to this new model. If you still want to take more than the standard 3 A Levels, please refer to our entry criteria.

After completing this rigorous A Level programme you will have specialised qualifications that have been endorsed by the top universities. You will be able to demonstrate a deeper understanding of these subjects, which will equip you with the necessary skills to be successful at university and your future career. This qualification encourages excellence in a more refined area of education for each individual, making you a stronger candidate for highly competitive degree courses.

A Level courses on offer at SDC have been designed with the support of universities and form ideal preparation for Higher Education to ensure you are well prepared for your next step. These courses will be assessed at the end of the second year with exams that cover both years of the course, making this qualification a rigorous programme.

Are AS Levels still available? AS Levels are still available as a stand-alone qualification but they no longer contribute to your overall A Level grade. It is for this reason that SDC will not be offering AS Levels when new A Levels are introduced, although students will undertake mock examinations during their 2 years on the programme.

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“ C H O O S E S U B J E CTS T H AT Y O U E N J OY S O T H AT Y O U CAN GET THE MOST OUT O F C O L L E G E .” Rebekah Wiggins, English Literature student. Previous school: International School

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS EXPLAINED

YOUR PREDICTED GRADES

To study 3 A levels: You will need 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and/or Maths.

WHAT YOU CAN STUDY WITH US

LEVEL OF STUDY

WHAT YOU CAN DO NEXT

LEVEL 3 3 A Levels (and English and Maths, if required).

Some subjects may have specific entry criteria.

A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Extended Project Qualifications NVQ/QCF/Advanced

To study 4 A levels: You will need 6 GCSEs at A* to A including English and Maths.

You may progress on to Higher Education, Higher Apprenticeships or enter full time employment.

Apprenticeship 4 A Levels

VRQ (Certificate Diploma)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Your GCSE results will determine your initial level of study post 16. As you complete each level of education you can progress to the next. To see how qualifications compare and our standard entry requirements, see the table above. Most students studying A levels will not combine these with BTECs – there are a few exceptions to this which can be discussed at interview (specific entry criteria will apply). There may be flexibility around these entrance criteria, depending on your individual situation. Please contact our Admissions Team if you need any further information, advice and guidance. Please note, if you have not achieved GCSE English Language and/or Mathematics at grade C or above, you will be required to do these (or similar) qualifications as part of your full time programme.

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NEW GCSE GRADING STRUCTURE

NEW STRUCTURE

Reformed GCSEs will be introduced gradually over 3 years from September 2015. They will be graded from 9 to 1, instead of A* to G. Students awarded GCSEs in 2017 and 2018 will therefore receive a mixture of 9 to 1 and A* to G grades. Students will not lose out as a result of the changes. Ofqual will use a statistical method (known as comparible outcomes) so that: •  broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above. •  broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 7 and above as currently achieve a grade A and above. •  the bottom of grade 1 will be aligned with the bottom of grade G. •  a grade 5 will be awarded to the top third of students gaining the equivalent of a grade C or bottom third of a grade B. •  In addition, the top 20 percent of those who get a grade 7 or above in each exam will be awarded a grade 9.

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BEYOND THE CLASSROOM Academic Enrichment Opportunities As well as completing your qualifications, your time at Sussex Downs College can be rewarding in so many ways. You will be encouraged to challenge yourself and there are various activities you can take part in to increase your success and help you enjoy your time with us. Here are just some of the Enrichment Opportunities you can be a part of at Sussex Downs;

STEP and AEA Programmes At Sussex Downs College we passionately believe that mathematics is so much more than just an A Level and associated grade; it is a language and a framework for problem solving. We offer guidance and resources that are tailored to the needs of our students in order to extend their studies beyond the classroom. Problem solving is at the heart of mathematics and we aim to promote a deeper understanding of the subject by encouraging students to solve problems independently. The intention is to give them the ability to perform

well in their exams and develop the mature study skills that will best equip them for further education. We build on this approach by offering students the chance to study for the STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) suite of exams and the AEA (Advanced Extension Award) exam. These exams are a requisite for studying mathematics at degree level at top universities. They are specifically designed to prepare students for the advanced mathematical thinking required for these Higher Education courses.

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Science Enrichment Opportunities

Science courses at SDC enable students to develop skills and competencies that develop a deeper understanding of the A-level Curriculum by learning through a handson approach. Our Science courses provide students with the skills needed to excel. Where this be moving into Science based further study or Science based careers. The practical activities students will participate in include dissections and identifying cells in different stages of mitosis in Biology; titrations to identify concentrations of unknown chemicals and calorimetry to measure the energy content of fuels in Chemistry; building electric circuits in Physics; conducting simple genetic manipulation and forensic based tests in Applied Science. The Bio Medical Society is open to all students and is a specialised society for students interested in all aspects of science, including; Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and ethical debates. This enrichment programme enables students to take control of their own development, giving them the opportunity to research a topical medical issue that interests them and present this to other students.

These projects supplement the standard science curriculum, allowing discussions and research on modern cancer treatments, new treatments for mental health issues and technological advancements in medicine. This research enables students to learn beyond the curriculum, for example, students are interested to learn more about diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The Bio Medical Society at SDC benefits from links with the Eastbourne District General Hospital. Each year our students visit the hospital for research and development trips, enabling them to speak directly with doctors and nurses. In the last academic year, students were invited to attend special seminars and lectures given by surgeons and doctors, a unique opportunity for science students at SDC. The enrichment opportunities support students with their University applications and we ensure our students applications stand out. We are very successful every year at ensuring our students go on to study medicine.

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“ B E P R E PA R E D TO P U T IN THE TIME AND EFFORT AND COLLEGE WILL T A K E Y O U F A R .”

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Developing Futures in Business, Accounting and Law As a Business or Accounting student at Sussex Downs College, you can benefit from the extensive support our experienced team offers. This knowledge includes helping you when; applying for and securing sponsored degree programmes and apprenticeships with the Big Four accounting firms. Every year we have students who are successful in achieving some outstanding placements. We are incredibly proud of their success as well as our team who are able to make these programmes accessible to SDC students. The teachers who are involved in this process have worked for KPMG, and therefore have the experience and knowledge to prepare students for these opportunities. This extensive

service offers students 20 hours of dedicated one-to-one support throughout the rigorous recruitment and selection process, ensuring each student feels confident and prepared for the highly competitive industry standard. In addition to the extensive support offered to students on Business, Accounting and Law courses, each year students have the opportunity to go on international enrichment trips. Previous trips have included; a visit to Amsterdam to see the international law courts, Portugal to have a tour of a manufacturing company and to Germany for a two -week work experience programme at German manufacturing company BASF - the largest manufacturing company in Europe. These global

trips offer students the chance of a lifetime providing fun and interesting ways to learn more about their area of study. Alongside these trips, our Law students are given the opportunity to compete against the very best in the National Bar Mock Trials. This year was a great success with our students being crowned regional champions and earning their place in the prestigious National Finals. Identified as a Centre of Excellence for A Level Accounting, students at SDC benefit from a vibrant provision with proactive and experienced staff with strong links to businesses across Sussex and London.

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Humanities: Extended Project Qualification & Academic Extension Programme Humanities subjects are the beating heart of many A-Level programmes, and the Humanities Department at Sussex Downs College offers a fantastic range of humanities courses to excite and stimulate thought and discussion and to open students’ minds to a world of challenging new ideas. We offer A-Level courses in many of the core Humanities subjects; History, Philosophy, Geography, Sociology and Government and Politics along with the research-based Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in the second year of study. The EPQ is a qualification much praised by universities for developing all the crucial skills required for study at undergraduate level and, in particular, for fostering independent learning. It is this commitment to developing independent learners that is central to the department’s ethos.

Led by Humanities Programme Manager Dr Stephen Robinson, we have a highly committed team of subject-specialist teachers who are as passionate about their respective disciplines as they are committed to effective, studentcentered, learning. With two of our courses having been rated as ‘Outstanding’ (top 90th percentile nationally) and a further two as ‘excellent’ (top 75th percentile nationally) in terms of value added, and 5 subjects achieving between 50% and 70% high grades, our students clearly thrive. Moreover, the transferable skills that Humanities students develop, such as higherorder thinking skills, analysis and evaluation, problem solving and time and project management, prepared our students well for both university progression pathways and for the world of work.

The Humanities Department is also home to the Sussex Academic Extension programme which offers supercurricular, university-style, seminars to those students that begin their studies at SDC with exceptionally high GCSE grades. We offer subject streams in History, Philosophy, Maths, English and Natural Sciences which are taught by staff with university teaching experience and who have, or are completing, PhDs in their chosen disciplines. The Humanities Department also offers a range of enrichment opportunities to widen our students’ experiences and deepen their understanding of their subjects. Our History students, for example, who study 100 years of Russian history as part of their course, recently took a truly thrilling trip to Moscow and St Petersburg, returning with over 10,000 photos and a lifetime’s worth of memories and thoughts about the world.

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THINKING HARD AND RAISING S T A N D A R D S The Raising standards initiative ensures successful tracking of key marginal students to achieve and exceed their target grades.

MEET THE STAFF Sam Alvarez Raising Standards Manager at Sussex Downs College

Thinking Hard The contrast between studying GCSEs and A Levels is huge. School is all about knowledge recall. You learn the facts and repeat them. Thinking Hard is a phrase coined to define your time at College. No longer is the emphasis purely on building knowledge. You will also be developing your thinking skills which in turn leads to deeper knowledge and understanding. At Sussex Downs College you can look forward to engaging in thinking activities; applying knowledge to subject specific contexts as well as analysing and evaluating pieces of work.

With 16 years’ teaching and management experience, Sam has a history of outstanding results in A-Level Accounting. In 2016, A Level Accounting results were the highest in the local area and among the top 15% in the whole country. In Autumn 2016, Sam started her new role as Raising Standards Manager, working across all A Level subjects, supporting individuals and teams through coaching, observation and training

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“ L E A R N I N G I S F U N , E X H I L A R AT I N G A N D G R AT I F Y I N G – BUT IT CAN ALSO BE DAUNTING, EXHAUSTING AND S O M E T I M E S D I S CO U R A G I N G . AT S U S S E X D O W N S CO L L E G E W E R E CO G N I S E T H AT C H A R A CT E R I S A S I M P O R TA N T AS INTELLECT AND ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE A S P E C T S O F M Y W O R K I N V O LV E S S U P P O R T I N G S T U D E N T S WITH DEVELOPING THEIR A LEVEL MINDSET”

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CAMPUS LIFE AND CAMPUS FACILITIES At Sussex Downs College we want your time with us to be enjoyable, memorable and successful. To fulfil this our campuses offer a variety of supportive facilities and student experiences to engage, motivate and inspire you.


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E A S T BOURNE CAMPUS

The Eastbourne campus is made up of ten specialist and general teaching buildings.

Learning facilities

A Level Centre

Facilities include realistic industrystandard vocational workshops, media suites, art and design studios, a custom-built sports hall, full use of a 400m athletics track and all weather sports pitches, wellequipped classrooms, a high-spec laboratory with full disabled access and a Construction Centre. There is also an on-site restaurant and hair and beauty salons, all of which are open to the public and allow students to gain first-hand experience with customers.

SDC is proud to be home to the A Level Centre at the Eastbourne Campus. As the new A Level reforms take place, this centre provides a dedicated learning environment for A Level students. It has been designed to provide easy access to independent learning space through our new, fully equipped Independent Learning Hub. Furthermore, a new Tutorial Centre provides all of the support students could ask for and a new IT Centre means working at college is a breeze.

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Learning Centres

Childcare facilities

The College has Learning Centres in Lewes and Eastbourne to accommodate individual or group study outside of lessons. The Learning Centres feature a wide range of books, newspapers, magazines, e-books and searchable databases, PCs that can be used on a drop-in or bookable basis, as well as an Information Technology Centre in Lewes.

Sussex Downs College has two registered nurseries, one at the Lewes campus and one at the Eastbourne campus.

iLearn

Gym and Fitness Classes

iLearn is the College’s online learning environment for students, helping to support learning outside of lesson time. You will use iLearn throughout your time at the College to access material, submit assignments and communicate with your peers.

For further information, please contact: Manager, Kittens Nursery Eastbourne: 030 300 39555 Manager, Clocktower Nursery Lewes: 030 300 38299

The A Level Centre at Eastbourne Campus is equipped with a gym which is available for use by all students at Sussex Downs College. There are also a number of fitness classes available throughout term time.

Catering Whether you’re looking for a quick cup of coffee or a hot meal, the Eastbourne campus offers a wide range of food and drink options to suit all tastes. As well as vending machines, there are catering outlets situated throughout the campus.

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LEWES CAMPUS

The Lewes campus is made up of five specialist and general teaching buildings.

Learning facilities

Learning Centres

Facilities include a purpose-built Performing Arts Centre, visual art studios, media suites, a sports hall, well-equipped classrooms and a high-spec laboratory with full disabled access. There are also on-site hair and beauty salons, both of which are open to the public and allow students to gain first-hand experience with customers.

As well as an Information Technology Centre, the campus has a wellresourced Learning Centre to accommodate individual or group study outside of lessons. The Learning Centre features a wide range of books, newspapers, magazines, e-books and searchable databases, as well as PCs that can be used on a drop-in or bookable basis.

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Childcare facilities Sussex Downs College has two registered nurseries, one at the Lewes campus and one at the Eastbourne campus. For further information, please contact: Manager, Kittens Nursery Eastbourne: 030 300 39555 Manager, Clocktower Nursery Lewes: 030 300 38299

iLearn

Catering

iLearn is the College’s online learning environment for students, to help support learning outside of lesson time. You will use iLearn throughout your time at the College to access material, submit assignments and communicate with your peers.

Whether you’re just looking for a quick cup of coffee or a hot meal, the Lewes campus offers a wide range of food and drink options to suit all tastes. As well as vending machines, there are catering outlets situated throughout the campus.

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SPORTS ACADEMIES Our sport academy programme provides opportunities at the highest level of sporting performance. Sport Academies Overview The College seeks to identify elite sportsmen and women to offer additional training and fitness opportunities and to represent the College at British College’s Sports events. We will encourage and support these athletes to compete regularly, with the prospect of competing in national competitions if successful in regional heats. Sussex Downs College has a number of high level sports performers who attend the College, some of whom are active within the Academies and Sports Performance options. These include regional and national representation in sports such as football, taekwondo, sailing, mountain biking and karate. We have a number of students who have trained for and represented Great Britain. The Sports Academy programme at Sussex Downs College aims to provide opportunities at the highest level of sporting performance for students. The Academies enable talented athletes to receive high level coaching and competition alongside their academic and vocational studies. Our students have access to the best facilities in the local area, including Eastbourne Sports Park, athletics tracks, College gyms, Lewes Leisure Centre and Southdown Private Sports Club. Each Academy trains three times a week with fixtures taking place on Wednesday afternoons.

Academies Five Focuses 1. 2. 3. 4.

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Development of individual and team skill Enhancement and knowledge of personal fitness and nutrition Understanding of strategies and tactics of the game Competing and performing at the highest level possible, both individually and as a team Understanding and practice of the basic principles of coaching sport

Academy Requirements All students who join are expected to have a high level of attendance, performance in the classroom, attitude to learning and personal presentation. There is no additional fee for being a part of an academy, however training kit and academy apparel is available for purchase on the Eastbourne sport department kit website page: www.kukrisports.co.uk/teamshop/ sussexdownscollege

E AST B OURNE C A MPUS Sussex Downs College Football Academy The Football Academy comprises of a men’s U19 team competing in the Sussex county college league and English schools and colleges cups. Each student will receive four hours of skill and match development training per week, in addition to strength and conditioning training from a qualified personal trainer.

Eastbourne Borough Semi-Pro Football Academy Eastbourne Borough offer opportunities for both men’s and women’s U19 football, competing in the Conference Youth Alliance League - the highest level of non-league football, and the Ryman Youth League. The primary goals for this Academy programme is to firstly provide its players with the opportunity to develop their footballing abilities through the Academy’s holistic, multidisciplinary approach, with a view to progressing the club’s young, homegrown players into the Eastbourne Borough FC 1st team squad. And secondly, on an educational level, to give students the opportunity to study a broad choice of A Level subjects and or BTEC courses alongside their individual full-football programme to provide players with the academic qualifications required to open up and make available the preferred future educational pathways. All Academy scholars will be coached by the club’s carefully selected coaching team and will train regularly alongside the Eastbourne Borough FC 1st team squad.

Tennis Academy The Tennis Academy offers each student four hours per week of skill and match development training, delivered by a Level 3 Lawn Tennis Association coach. They also receive one and a half hours’ fitness training from a qualified personal trainer. They will take part in matches for the Aegon League and British Colleges Sports events.

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Golf Academy

Men’s Football Academy

The Golf Academy offers access to professional golf instruction, training with a Strength and Conditioning Coach from the University of Brighton and access to the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club. Students can take part in British Colleges Sports Events such as the British Schools and Colleges Golf Tour. Many graduates of the Golf Academy are successful in securing American collegiate scholarships.

Average Number of Students: 30+

L E W E S CAMP US Men’s Rugby Union Academy Average Number of Students: 50+ Course Code: 1288/010 Competitions Entered: Natwest Cup, British Colleges Cup, British Colleges Elite League, Sussex League, Sussex Cup and various 10’s/7’s competitions.

“I have really enjoyed being a part of the rugby academy this year. I feel my game has improved a lot since I started and I feel this is down to the highly competitive environment that has been established. I would highly recommend being a part of the academies here at Lewes as you can do it alongside your other courses and it is all done within the college timetable.” Ed Chrusciel (A Level PE, A Level Biology, A Level Business & A Level Psychology 2014-16)

Course Code: 4962/010 Competitions Entered: British Colleges Cup, ESFA Cup, Sussex League, Sussex Cup and various 5-a-side competitions

“The men’s football academy has been great over the last year. I have been able to play football at a high level whilst still focusing on my academic studies. We enter many competitions which provide us with regular matches that are all highly competitive. If you play football you should definitely choose the men’s football academy whilst studying at SDC.” Paul Woods (BTEC Sport Diploma, A Level Human Biology, Community Sports Leader & Higher Sports Leader 2014-16)

Women’s Netball Academy Average Number of Students: 20+ Course Code: 1293/010 Competitions Entered: British Colleges Cup, Sussex League, Sussex Cup and various mixed and Fastnet competitions.

“I have loved being a part of the netball academy this year. I have made loads of new friends and have been able to continue playing netball at a high level inside and outside of college. The facilities we use and level of competition we face are really high and this has helped me improve as a player and the whole team as well.” Elizabeth Noakes (BTEC Sport Diploma, A Level English Language, Community Sports Leader & Higher Sports Leader 2014-16)

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SPORTS FACILITIES Sports Park Facilities As a student at SDC you can benefit from the industry standard sports facilities at The Sports Park. These include a floodlit 3G Astro turf, indoor multi-purpose sports hall, athletics track, gym, three rugby pitches and eight football pitches.

Athletics Programmes The Athletics Department embraces a modern technological based approach to teaching and learning. With strong links to the workplace and progression to university, embarking on the PE A Level is an interesting and invigorating field to pursue at the College. Our PE programme offers students enrichment opportunities in health and fitness and a high academic achievement. The A Level PE course encourages high order thinking due to the nature of the exam and level at which students study human anatomy and psychology.

Sports Academies at Sussex Downs College The Sports Academy programme at Sussex Downs College aims to provide opportunities at the highest level of sporting performance for students. The Academies enable talented athletes to receive high-level coaching and competition alongside their academic and vocational studies.

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NUS AND STUDENT V O I C E Sussex Downs College Students’ Union is the only Further Education College Union in the country to have achieved the NUS Quality Union Audit kitemark, usually awarded to university Student Unions.

This remarkable achievement is due to the commitment and hard work of our Students’ Union Teams. As a result of this, they have been invited by the NUS to help develop a specific quality standard for other colleges to follow. This shows that the students have an influential voice – both locally and nationally. Our latest student survey contained great results, with 91% of learners saying that teaching on their course was very good and 94% stating that they felt safe at College.

What our students say….

COLLEGE HAS PUSHED ME TO BECOME MORE INDEPENDENT AND GIVEN ME SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES. I HOPE TO PURSUE A CAREER AS A SPORTS OR GAMING J O U R N A L I S T. Mike King, Creative Media Production student Previous school: Heathfield Community College

T H E AT M O S P H E R E ACROSS THE COLLEGE I S R E A L LY I N C L U S I V E , WHICH MAKES FOR A FUN LEARNING E N V I R O N M E N T. E V E R Y O N E I S R E A L LY HELPFUL TOO. Thea Fox, Musical Theatre student Previous school: Priory School

THE COLLEGE OFFERS A WIDE VARIETY OF COURSES FOR EVERYONE TO F I N D T H E I R PA SS I O N . Annie Nagyilles, Biology student Previous school: Varndean School

THE LEARNING RESOURCES AVAILABLE AT T H E CO L L E G E A R E G R E AT; ST U D E N TS A R E F R I E N D LY A N D T H E T E A C H E R S A R E L O V E L Y. Steph Williams Previous school: Falmer High School


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U G A N D A S T U D Y PROGRAMME Since 2003, students at SDC have been visiting Uganda, volunteering in schools and at the Bungokho Rural Development Centre (BRDC), as well as assisting with the tree planning programme in the Bulambuli District. The BRDC trains Africans in a wide range of vocational skills, from nursery care to beekeeping and bricklaying. The range of topics attracts student volunteers on various College courses including Sociology, Geography, Politics and Sports Coaching. The trip teaches students about poverty in a different culture and how it can be overcome.

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“IT’S A LIFE-CHANGING PROGRAMME FOR SUSSEX DOWNS COLLEGE STUDENTS. IT IS HARD WORK BUT THE EXPERIENCE THEY GAIN IS AMAZING. BIOLOGY STUDENTS WITH AN INTEREST IN MEDICINE BENEFIT FROM WORKING IN HOSPITALS. LIKEWISE, BRICKWORK STUDENTS CAN LEARN DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES AND DEVELOP THEIR OWN SKILLS A S T H E Y H E L P O T H E R S . I T ’ S G R E AT FOR THE STUDENTS’ CV AND P E R S O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T. E V E N Y E A R S A F T E R T H E I R E D U C AT I O N , STUDENTS IN THE PROGRAMME CAN STILL BENEFIT FROM THE LINKS T H E C O L L E G E H A S W I T H U G A N D A .” Ian Elgie (first visited Uganda in 1964)

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COUNTDOWN TO COLLEGE 2016/17

Our Eastbourne and Lewes Open Events take place in October, so visit us and check out what we have on offer!

Need some more help? Don’t worry, visit us at our Spring Open Events:

Lewes: 7th & 8th October

Lewes: 25th January

Eastbourne: 14th & 15th October

Eastbourne: 1st February

O CTOB E R

J A NUA RY

S E PT E M BE R Check out the Sussex Downs College prospectus online at sussexdowns.ac.uk or pick up a copy from your school. Find out about all of the courses on offer and how to apply for a place. Study academic courses such as A Levels, choose a vocational course or follow an apprenticeship.

NOV E M B E R / DE CE M B E R

FE B RUA RY/ M A RCH/AP RIL

Make sure you have completed your College application form online through UCAS Progress.

Decision and revision time! After your visit to College, you will receive your ‘offer’ letter from us for courses starting in September. This will include an acceptance form that you will need to fill in and return to us within three weeks to guarantee your place. Spring also means revision time. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize for some great exam tips. The preparation you put in now will definitely be worth it!

We’d really like to meet you! From November onwards, you’ll receive an email or letter inviting you to the College. This is your chance to find out all about us and discover what’s right for you. There are also additional open events in November: Eastbourne: 14th Nov Lewes: 15th Nov

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The next chapter of your life begins with Sussex Downs College!

Keep an eye out for the post! This month you’ll receive details and a booking form for our upcoming Sussex Downs College Introductory Days. These take place at the College before you start your course and will prepare you for College life. And as you can’t have failed to notice, May is also the start of exam time! All of the hard work you’ve put in at school over the past few years will now be put to the test.

M AY

Check your enrolment pack for your official start date, as some courses may differ. Remember, to guarantee your place at Sussex Downs College, you will need to have attended an enrolment meeting and registration session. See your enrolment pack for full details.

With your exams finished, your College place sorted and the excitement of what’s to come, it’s time to take a break for the summer holidays. Enjoy it – you’ve earned it!

SE PTE M B E R

J U LY

JUNE

AUGUST

June and July are the months to attend your Introductory Days taking place at our Eastbourne and Lewes campuses. It’s a great time to sample your courses before your September start, hear from tutors and get a really good feel of the College. (Remember you need to have returned your form to us to confirm you will be attending!)

Make sure you are up-todate with any assignment work or reading that you may have been set during your Introductory Days. Keep an eye on the post – this month you’ll receive your Sussex Downs College enrolment information which contains all you will need to confidently start your course with us in September. Enrolment starts this month. And the moment is here… August is exam results time! Fingers crossed your grades are as you expected but if not, don’t panic – Sussex Downs College can offer you guidance on your next steps if you are worried. Contact details will be in your enrolment information.

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COURSES EASTBOURNE CAMPUS


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Accounting

Biology

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Course Code 0301/050

Course Code 5589/011

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements. As part of the above, this must include at least GCSE English Language and Maths grade B or 6 and Science grade B.

You must have a grade B in both Core and Additional Science (or grade B in Biology and grade B in Chemistry if taken separately). Minimum of B grade in GCSE Mathematics is recommended. Vocational Qualifications such as BTEC are not accepted.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this course you will learn many aspects of both financial and management accounting including the double entry procedures, the verification of accounting records and the preparation of income statements and balance sheets. In addition you will learn budgeting and budgetary control. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course can provide a pathway to study Accounting at A2 Level.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this course you will learn about Biology and disease, and the variety of living organisms. Biology is a fascinating subject - the key question that underpins Biology is ‘How does life work?’. To begin with you will study the components of cells and how molecules transport across a cell membrane. Next you will study the structure and function of full organs such as the heart and the lungs. During the first year you will also study the structure and function of DNA, cell division and immunity. Practical and investigative skills are also assessed. This is certified by AQA. We strongly recommend that Biology be taken along with another Science subject at A Level e.g. Psychology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? A level Biology can lead to a wide range of degree courses e.g. biology, medicine, nursing, biomedicine, veterinary science, food technology, optics, pharmacy, marine biology, pharmacology, neuroscience, environmental health, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. For many biological degrees you will need Chemistry A Level.


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MEET A STUDENT Ryan Turner Ryan is studying A Level Biology, Mathematics and Physical Education. He’s also studying Chemistry A Level in one year and an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) looking at the uses of nanotechnology in medicine. He achieved A*A*A* and is predicted A* in Chemistry and A* in EPQ this year. Ryan plans to apply for undergraduate medicine given his academic record, rather than taking the longer route and going through a graduate course.

“ O N E O F T H E M O ST F U L F I L L I N G T H I N G S F O R M E AT S D C WAS TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY OWN STUDIES AND A C H I E V I N G R E S U LT S T H A T F U L L Y R E F L E C T E D T H E A M O U N T O F W O R K T H AT I H A D D O N E . I CO U L D ST U DY A N D R E A D I N A W A Y T H AT W O R K E D B E ST F O R M E W H I LST A LS O RECEIVING INVALUABLE TEACHING AND SUPPORT REGARDING A C A D E M I C W O R K , T H E A P P L I C AT I O N P R O C E S S TO U N I V E R S I T Y A N D P R E P A R A T I O N F O R E X A M S .”

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Business Studies

Chemistry

Computer Science

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Course Code 5912/021

Course Code 5590/011

Course Code 5884/011

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements. As part of the above, this must include GCSE’s in Maths and English Language at grade C or above. A genuine interest in business is also required, as you will be expected to make use of your knowledge of the business world.

You must have a grade B in both Core and Additional Science (or grade B in Chemistry and another grade B in either Physics or Biology (if taken separately)). You must also have a B in GCSE Maths. Vocational Qualifications such as BTEC are not accepted.

You will need at least GCSE Maths grade B or 6. You should also enjoy experimenting and problem solving.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

On this course you will gain an overview of the business world. The AS year focuses on starting a small business and centres around entrepreneurs and the development of a business plan.

A Level Chemistry builds on chemical concepts from GCSE. On this course you will develop essential knowledge and understanding of different Chemistry topics and how they interrelate. You will study topics including atomic structure, electrons and bonding, the periodic table, organic chemistry, modern analytical techniques, energy and resources. Over the course you will deepen understanding of how science works; appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how science affects the economy, environment and society; develop safe and effective practical skills of manipulating lab equipment, handling chemicals, observation, analysis and evaluation; develop your enthusiasm for chemistry and prepare for further study and careers in chemistry and the sciences.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? After successfully completing the AS Level, most students go on to study Business Studies A2. This can then provide a pathway to business studies degree courses, which are a popular progression route for students wishing to continue with their education. This course also provides a good introduction for those wishing to pursue a career in business.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? A Level Chemistry is essential for entry to courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, some Biology courses, Chemical Engineering, and, obviously, Chemistry.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? Computing Science is a new style, two-year A Level. The course is designed to give you a good understanding of both the practical side of programming and using computer systems together with the theoretical ideas which computer systems depend upon. You will learn programming using the commercially widely used Java programming language. You do not need any programming experience but you do need to be a confident computer user. You will learn how computer systems operate from the construction of the processor through to operating systems and networking. You will also investigate a variety of computer applications from Artificial intelligence to weather forecasting. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course can provide a pathway to a degree in Computing, Forensic Computing, Programming, or Software Engineering. It can also lead to a foundation degree in Games Development at Sussex Downs College. Alternatively it may lead to an apprenticeship or employment in IT and computing.

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MEET A TEACHER Adrian Beasley Lecturer of Graphic Design, Illustration and Motion Graphics Adrian is an accomplished designer and illustrator, with a strong background within visual communication and 19 years in education as a Course Leader. Having worked collaboratively with some of the industry’s top professionals in creating award-winning visual systems for a range of distinguished clients and academic institutions, including Dulux, Routledge, Lloyds of London and Schweppes, has enabled the chance to work across a full range of design environments, two and three dimensional, static and moving. Most recently, Adrian has been curating and designing editorial illustration, children’s book illustration and graphic advertising studios for a London based University.

“WORKING WITHIN THE PRACTICE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN I S A N E S P E C I A L LY E X C I T I N G P R O P O S I T I O N A S I T E N A B L E S Y O U TO I N V E ST I G AT E , Q U E ST I O N A N D C H A L L E N G E T H E C O N T E M P O R A R Y R O L E O F D E S I G N , T O N O T O N LY B E C O N C E R N E D W I T H I M A G E R Y, V I S U A L C O M M U N I C A T I O N O R A P P LY I N G T E C H N O L O G Y B U T A L S O I N C R E A S I N G LY TO D E V E LO P Y O U R O W N P E R S O N A L , I M A G I N AT I V E A N D R E F L E C T I V E A P P R O A C H T O D E S I G N I N G . S T U D E N T- F O C U S E D TEACHING WILL AIM TO BROADEN THE UNDERSTANDING OF GRAPHIC DESIGN, ITS SIGNIFICANCE AND VISUAL LANGUAGE T O S T I M U L A T E , C H A L L E N G E A N D I N F O R M A N A U D I E N C E .”

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Drama and Theatre Studies

Economics

English Language

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Course Code 5886/011

Course Code TBC

Course Code 5881/011

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements. You will also need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and if taken Drama grade C or above.

You will need at least GCSE Maths grade B or 6.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade B or 6.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

On this course you will study key theoretical concepts, such as supply and demand, competition and monopoly, and government policy. You will discover the answer to questions such as: Why does the price of petrol keep rising? Why is education free in the UK? Do all nations benefit from free trade and globalisation? The main thing is to have some interest in the world around you - in politics, current affairs, the environment, etc. Economics can be applied to most situations in life.

English Language A Level is an exciting course in Linguistics and will develop your understanding of the way language is used in a wide range of situations. You will analyse and discuss language use in literature, advertising, conversations and a wide range of other genres.

On this course you will develop your performance and textual analysis skills. It looks at practical acting techniques in detail to make you a better, more confident performer and director, and greatly increases your understanding of how theatre works. You must demonstrate a practical and academic interest and ability in drama. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Many of our students gain places at university/drama school. We will support you in your applications and auditions. It also acts as an excellent basis for further study in many other curriculum areas where confidence is key. It is often taken alongside Photography, Media, Psychology and Law or as part of a programme with other Performance courses.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This can then lead to a variety of university courses and careers. It can provide an insight into decision making in a variety of occupations, including law, town planning, business management and marketing, as well as conservation and environmental management.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? An English Language A Level is of use in many professions as it is evidence that you understand how to communicate effectively. This course is also especially useful for students interested in studying for a career in journalism, law, education or social sciences.

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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English Literature

Fine Art

French

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Course Code 5882/011

Course Code 5880/031

Course Code 5696/011

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need at least GCSE English Language and if taken English Literature grades B or 6.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and an Art related subject grade C.

You will need at least French GCSE grade B. Candidates without French GCSE but who are bilingual (can write and speak in French fluently) will also be considered.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This course provides you with the opportunity to read a range of texts from different periods. You will study a variety of modern and classic literature, focusing on specific forms and conventions of drama, prose and poetry. You will develop your analytical skills through discussion and evaluation of literary criticism. You can look forward to studying an eclectic range of literature from Shakespeare to Blake to Margaret Atwood.

This course will introduce you to the amazing breadth of study available in fine art. Practical assignments include drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture. There is also an opportunity to work in a range of other media which include video and time based media, all achievable in or near to your art room / studio. You will learn how to form and develop creative ideas and working methods in response to stimulating starting points, and to make exciting and personal outcomes. An aptitude for critical analysis of art history and contemporary art practice is useful and a requirement for primary and contextual research is incorporated throughout the course. There is a compulsory piece of written communication (essay of approx. 2,000 words) in one of the Y2 units.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? English is useful in many professions and can provide a pathway to university degrees in Journalism, Teaching, Law, Acting, Creative Writing, Theatre and Publishing.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Generally, if specialising in Art and Design, you will progress to the Year 1 Art & Design Foundation Diploma. This will help you to find the right pathway and prepare the best portfolio possible for entry to specialist Art and Design degree courses. Some students progress to other degree courses from A Level using art as one of their 3 diverse A levels.

The A Level French is a challenging and rewarding course which will widen your horizons. You will develop more advanced listening and reading skills in a variety of contexts, whilst finding out about French culture and ways of life. You will learn to communicate with confidence and increased accuracy in written and spoken French, expressing your point of view. The study of French grammar and translation is an integral part of the course. The study programme is supplemented with weekly oral classes in small groups with a native speaker. You will also study independently in the Learning Centre, which is fully equipped with books, films, magazines, and computer-assisted learning resources. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Languages are in great demand in the modern workplace and having an A Level in a language will improve your prospects of employment within the UK or abroad. A language qualification provides an opportunity to progress to language courses at university as single or joint honours degrees.

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MEET A STUDENT Amanjot Heer Amanjot attended Cavendish School in Eastbourne before studying A Levels in Accounting, Business and Maths. He has been predicted straight A’s and hopes to achieve at least one A*. The academic student has returned to College to complete his Maths A Level and has applied to universities to study Accounting and Finance. Talking about the support from staff at SDC, Amanjot says:

“ T H E T E A C H E R S H A V E B E E N E X T R E M E LY H E L P F U L A N D A R E A LW A Y S W I L L I N G TO GO THE NEXT STEP IN ORDER TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL WITH COUNTLESS 1-2-1 SESSIONS AND EVEN HAVING ADDITIONAL LESSONS. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN ORDER TO PUSH YOU, THEREFORE M A K I N G Y O U E X A M R E A D Y. O V E R A L L T H E AT M O S P H E R E I S B R I L L I A N T A N D T H E C O L L E G E R E A L LY H E L P S Y O U W I T H THE JUMP FROM SECONDARY SCHOOL T O C O L L E G E .”

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Geography

Graphic Communication

Health & Social Care

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Course Code 5902/011

Course Code 5880/051

Course Code TBC

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

As part of the above this must include GCSEs in Maths and English. Geography GCSE is not essential, but if you have studied Geography at GCSE, you must have achieved grade C or above.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and an Art related subject grade C.

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements, including at least a grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Graphic Communication is an exciting area of study, involving the generation and development of ideas about visual communication and the production of wide ranging outcomes. On this course you will undertake practical art and design assignments based on drawing, use of colour, layout, printing, animation, illustration and typography. You will then learn how to design on the computer screen.

The course covers contemporary issues in Health and Social Care, Core Values and Services, Employment within the Sectors, Experience of Disease, Illness and Disability and Human Behaviour and Development. Health and Social Care enables leaners to gain essential employability skills that are valued by employers, further and higher education including: literacy and numeracy, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving, planning and organisation, creativity and innovation, and personal effectiveness.

On this course you will study a qualification that enables you to engage critically with real world issues and places, apply your own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around you, and help prepare you to succeed in your chosen pathway. Units include, Consequences of Globalisation, Responses to Hazards, Water Insecurity and Climate Change. The course gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners.

Critical analysis of design history and the study of recent and current practitioners are incorporated into all units. Written annotation is expected throughout and there is a compulsory requirement for a piece of written communication (essay of 2,000 approx.) in unit 3, which is usually taken in Y2.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE?

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE?

Geography is a high-profile humanities subject, which shows a breadth of knowledge and can provide a pathway to a range of degree courses. It is seen as a ‘facilitating’ subject by Russell Group universities. Our students have gone on to study subjects including town planning, medicine, environmental planning, architecture and oceanography.

Many students progress from this course to a 1 Year Art & Design Foundation Diploma, before applying to a degree course in a specialist creative subject. Some students apply directly to university courses.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? A job in the health care setting: residential. Care homes, nursing homes, health care assistant or mental health worker or can lead you on to university to study to become a nurse, midwife or social/ youth worker.

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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History

IT: Data Analytics

Law

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Course Code 0917/021

Course Code 6054/031

Course Code 0313/090

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and if taken History grade C.

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements and you should also enjoy experimenting and problem solving.

You will need at least GCSE English Language and Maths grade C or 4.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Modern history is an exciting, engaging and rewarding subject. Students will explore a number of topics that will develop their knowledge and a range of highly sought after skills, from critical thinking to analytical writing. A large focus of the History A Level course will be on understanding the development and changes of modern Communist states in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These will include Russia between the Revolution of 1917, right up until the end of the Cold War in 1991, as well as Communist China under Chairman Mao. You will be studying challenging historical controversies, such as the reasons for the fall of the USSR or the rapid and tragic transformation of Chinese society during the 1950s and 60s.

This qualification is designed to give learners a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills in the context of applied IT, using it as a tool to analyse data in a variety of business contexts, as well as providing them with the opportunity to progress to a Higher Education (HE) course. On this two year linear qualification, learners will study the following modules: Fundamentals of IT, Global Information, Socila Media and Digital Marketing, Data Analysis and Design and Big Data Analytics. This course can be combined with a range of other courses including A levels. Students could combine these courses with Computer Science, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Business.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? Our A Level Law course provides students with an understanding of the English legal system and substantive law, including both criminal and civil law. In addition, you will develop analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which will assist you in higher education, in the workplace and in everyday life. The second year of the course has a much larger focus on case law and real life application of legal principles and legislation to everyday circumstances. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course can provide a pathway to Law A2 or you may choose to apply for a position as a trainee legal executive and enrol on our Ilex course. Alternatively, you can apply to study Law at University.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? As a traditional academic subject, History is highly respected in all areas of education and employment, and is highly sought after by universities and employees. Students with a History A Level will have proven analytical skills, able to evaluate, analyse and assess a range of historical sources, arguments and ideas.

You will achieve an Introductory Diploma in IT Level 3 (equivalent to a single A level). Completing this course can provide a pathway to a degree in Computing, App Development, Data Analysis or Software Engineering.

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Mathematics Eastbourne Campus Course Code 1011/011 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Our standard requirement is 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above including Maths at least at grade 6. WHAT WILL I STUDY?

MEET A TEACHER Jon Underwood Programme Manager of Science & Lecturer of Biology

“I ENJOY HELPING Jon has nearly seven years’ experience teaching A Levels and in 2016 achieved an ALPS grade 2 – on of the highest results in Biology in the area. “I have links with the Eastbourne District General Hospital which means members of the medical society are invited to attend lectures given by Doctors visiting the hospital. Each year I have been successful in helping students gain interviews and entry onto Medicine related courses.” Jon has a particular interest in diseases and how they can affect the human body. His dissertation was on spinal cord injuries and was nominated to be published in a magazine. He strives to engage all students in lessons and make them curious and eager to learn more about Biology.

STUDENTS AND STAFF BE THE BEST THEY CAN BE. I AM WORKING WITH MY D E D I C AT E D STA F F TO IMPLEMENT I N N O V AT I V E A N D

On this course you will study the content of the new A Level EDEXCEL Maths syllabus which consists of the study of Pure Mathematics and the study of the application of mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics. In the first year, you will study pure mathematics content covering topics in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus and coordinate geometry, amongst others, and basic applications of Mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics. In the second year you will study further pure mathematics topics covering more algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and other topics, and extended applications of Mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Mathematical skills are highly prized and an A Level qualification in some form of mathematics will be valuable when applying for university entry and will give you a very significant advantage in the job market.

C R E AT I V E W A Y S O F DEVELOPING THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLSET OF OUR S T U D E N T S .”

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Further Mathematics

Media Studies

Philosophy

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Course Code 1016/011

Course Code 1021/021

Course Code 1015/021

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard requirement is 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above including Maths at grade 7 or above.

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements. This must include English Language at grade C or above. It is not necessary to have studied GCSE Media Studies but if you have, then you should have achieved grade C or above. You must have a keen interest in the media.

You will need at least 5 GCSE grade B including English Language and Maths grade B or 6.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? Further Mathematics is an A Level qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A Level Mathematics. Further Mathematics is taken alongside an A Level in Mathematics. On this course you will study the content of the new A Level EDEXCEL Further Maths syllabus which consists of the study of Pure Mathematics content and the study of the application of mathematics in Mechanics, Statistics or Decision. In the first year, you will study pure mathematics content covering topics in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus and coordinate geometry, amongst others, and applications of Mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics. In the second year you will study further pure mathematics topics covering more algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and other topics, and extended applications of Mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? The skills gained from studying a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subject at A level or degree level are in demand by employers. Graduates with STEM degrees earn on average 5% to 10% higher salaries than the mean for all graduates. These subjects are underpinned by mathematics.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? This course is split into two elements; exam and coursework. The exam element looks critically at a range of media forms from music videos to magazine adverts. You will analyse the way they are constructed, engage audiences and represent social ideas and beliefs. One focus will be on the representation of social groups, issues and events. Previous case studies have included the cult of celebrity, the London riots and teen delinquency. There will be one end of year exam that assesses your understanding of textual analysis, representation and audience theories. You will undertake practical and creative coursework, which may include the production of a script and the marketing materials for a teen horror film and will develop your skills in design, desktop publishing and digital photography.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this course you will study four compulsory modules. In Section A of Year 1, you will study Epistemology: What can we know? and in Section B, you will study Philosophy of Religion: Can the existence of God be proven? In Section A of Year 2, you will study Ethics: How do we make ethical decisions? and in Section B, you will study Philosophy of the Mind: Are the mind and body separate? The course will develop your critical and intellectual skills as well as give you a knowledge and understanding of major philosophical issues. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course can provide a pathway to university or employment. A significant number of students have progressed on to a philosophy or humanities-based degree or any degree requiring high level thinking and analytical skills such as Law, Politics, Media, Journalism and Business.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course can provide a pathway to Media Studies A2 and then on to a wide range of media related courses on offer in Higher Education.

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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Photography

Physical Education

Physics

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Course Code 5880/071

Course Code 5915/021

Course Code 5883/011

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and an Art related subject grade C. You will also require an interview with a teacher from the Visual Arts staff and a review of your portfolio of photographs.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4, Science grade CC and if taken PE grade B.

You must have a grade B in both Core and Additional Science (or grade B in Physics and another grade B in either Chemistry or Biology (if taken separately). You must also have a B in GCSE Maths. Vocational Qualifications such as BTEC are not accepted.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? We live in a visual world and lens-based imagery (photography) is all around us. This course is designed to help you become visually literate by getting you to explore how images work, what composition does and how control of lighting, focus and exposure adds to your power to communicate. This exciting and creative course encourages you to explore the visual language of photography. You will develop skills in both digital and chemical image making and explore the work of many other photographers, artists and film makers. The course is project and assignment based giving you practical experience of elements such as light, lenses and digital techniques.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On the A Level PE course you will study 4 major elements, with theoretical and assessment in a practical performance at its core. The course will equip students with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education and the use of data to analyse physical activity. Students are assessed in one practical performance in which students must be actively competing in prior to the start of the course. Students will sit one exam at the end of their second year which will represent 70% of their overall grade with 30% being assessed via practical assessment. Students must have a keen interest in PE and enjoy studying the areas that will be the focus of the courses.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this course you will discover a large range of Physics concepts and use mathematical models to understand the real world. The topics in the first year include: Measurement and their errors; Particles and radiation, including constituents of the atom, particle interactions, collisions of electrons with atoms; Waves, including progressive waves, interference and diffraction; Mechanics and energy, including projectile motion, and Newton’s laws of motion; Electricity, including current/voltage characteristics, circuits, electromotive force and internal resistance. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE?

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? After completion you can go onto employment or an apprenticeship or further specialism in Education. Students wanting to progress in the Creative Industries may take the 1 year full time Art Foundation Course, the 2 year Foundation Degree or the 3 year full B.A. Honours course in the specialism of your choice.

Sport is a massive growth industry and this course can provide a pathway to a wide range of sport and non-sport based careers. Common progression routes into university include PE teaching, sports science/studies/development or coaching, leisure management and physiotherapy.

Physics A Level can lead to a range of university degrees such as physical sciences, engineering, applied maths and medicine. Many employers and universities see the skills gained in A Level Physics is valuable in other careers as well, such as the armed services and financial industries.

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Politics Eastbourne Campus Course Code 1014/011 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS An interest in current affairs and high levels of literacy are essential. WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this course you will study the following modules in the first year: Political Participation in UK Politics and Government of the UK. In Participation in UK Politics you will study Elections, Pressure Groups and Democracy and Political Participation. In Government of the UK you will study issues relating to government and the role of the Executive. In the second year of the course you will study Politics in the USA and The Comparison Between Politics in the USA and UK. This course provides a broadbased background in political theories and practices, which will allow you to develop skills in analysing and evaluating the current political scene. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course provides a number of qualifications providing the pathway to university or employment. Employment opportunities with a politics background include Journalism, Civil Service or working with pressure groups.

MEET A STUDENT Urjit Soni Originally from Cavendish School before heading to Sussex Downs College for further education, Urjit Soni enjoyed completing his exciting but challenging subjects. For his A Level’s Urjit achieved two A*’s and an A in Biology, Maths and Chemistry. He also studied Psychology at AS Level. Concentrating on the subjects that really interested him at college meant that he has now fulfilled his dream and is now a first year medical student at the prestigious Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

“ T H E T E A C H E R S W E R E A LW A Y S V E R Y K E E N T O H E L P. T H E T E A C H E R - S T U D E N T I N T E R A C T I O N WAS OUTSTANDING - THEY PRIORITISED THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS IN ORDER FOR US TO ACHIEVE OUR POTENTIAL. T H E FA C I L I T I E S W E R E G R E AT TO O . T H E A CC E S S TO BOTH THE LIBRARIES IN THE A-LEVEL C E N T R E A N D G R O V E M E A N T T H AT T H E R E W A S A L W A Y S A P L E A S A N T P L A C E T O S T U D Y.”


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Psychology

Sociology

Spanish

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Eastbourne Campus

Course Code 0339/011

Course Code 5608/011

Course Code 5697/011

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need grade B or above in English Language GCSE, and grade C or above in Mathematics GCSE and Science GCSE (due to the scientific and statistical content of the course B grades are recommended).

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and if taken Sociology grade C.

You will need at least Spanish GCSE grade B. Candidates without Spanish GCSE but who are bilingual (can write and speak in Spanish fluently) will also be considered.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this course you will develop an understanding of the scientific methods used by psychologists. You will be familiarised with four key techniques for collecting and analysing data: self-report, experiment, observation and correlation. You will also be introduced to the five main approaches in psychology. To do well in this subject you need to have good thinking and analytical skills and should enjoy reading, researching and problem solving. An interest in science is essential, as is the need to be well organised. Psychology is based on empirical evidence therefore you will need to enjoy working with statistics and interpreting data. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Completing A Level Psychology can lead to a range of university degrees such as psychology, nursing, law, social sciences, physical sciences and medicine. Many employers and universities see the skills gained in A Level Psychology as valuable in many other careers as well.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? WHAT WILL I STUDY? Sociologists study the relationship between individuals and society. This course requires and encourages you to develop a critical view of the world that you live in and question some of the opinions and stereotypes that exist in society. Sociology is not just about Britain, it also deals with global issues including the environment, migration and ‘globalization’ itself. This course consists of the following components: Socialisation & Culture, Youth Cultures and Media; Methods of Sociological Enquiry; and Social Stratification & Inequality and World Sociology. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course can provide a pathway to employment or Higher Education. The traditional occupation for sociology students has been social work or another form of public sector welfare work. However, in practice, sociology students go into a much wider range of jobs, including human resource management.

A Level Spanish is a challenging and rewarding course which will widen your horizons. You will develop more advanced listening and reading skills in a variety of contexts, whilst finding out about Spanish culture and ways of life. You will learn to communicate with confidence and increased accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, expressing your point of view. The study of Spanish grammar and translation is an integral part of the course. The study programme is supplemented with weekly oral classes in small groups with a native speaker. You will also study independently in the Learning and Resources Centre, which is fully equipped. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Languages are in great demand in the modern workplace and having an A Level in a language will improve your prospects of employment within the UK or abroad. A language qualification provides an opportunity to progress to language courses at university, as single or joint honours degrees.

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MEET A TEACHER Roseanne Briffitt Teacher of A Level Chemistry Before working at SDC Rosie studied her Masters in Chemistry at the University of Sussex and completed her PGCE at the University of Brighton. Rosie makes a positive impact on students’ learning by taking time to check in with a student, whether it is only for a moment or for longer to help with a problem they are struggling with. This has a positive impact as it makes the student more willing to seek help in the future, before something becomes a major issue, allowing them to progress.

“A S A R E C E N T LY Q U A L I F I E D T E A C H E R , I A M I N A G R E AT P O S I T I O N TO E M PAT H I S E W I T H T H E ST U D E N TS A N D W O R K C O L L A B O R AT I V E LY W I T H T H E M T O H E L P T H E M REACH AND EXCEED THEIR GOALS BY ADAPTING THE T E A C H I N G T O S U I T T H E S T U D E N T S .”

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Accounting

Biology

Business Studies

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Course Code 0301/010

Course Code 5589/021

Course Code 5912/011

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need at least GCSE English Language and Maths grade B or 6 and Science grade B.

You must have a grade B in both Core and Additional Science (or grade B in Biology and grade B in Chemistry if taken separately). Minimum of B grade in GCSE Mathematics is recommended. Vocational Qualifications such as BTEC are not accepted.

You will need at least GCSE English Language and Maths grade B or 6. A genuine interest in business is also required, as you will be expected to make use of your knowledge of the business world. The ability to write extended essays under exam conditions is also essential.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this course you will learn the core functions of financial accounting and management accounting and how these are applied in a range of businesses from sole traders through to household name companies. You will learn the building blocks of accounting including the essential skills of double entry bookkeeping, budgeting and ratios to manage a business’ performance. You will also learn how to produce the end product of accounting, the financial statements including the income statement and balance sheet.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this AQA Biology A level course you will study the following course content: In the first year: • Biological molecules • Cells • How organisms exchange substances with their environment • Genes, variation and relationships between organisms

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Many students progress from the AS to A2 in their second year of study. The course provides a pathway into both degree level study in a financial subject and also into employment as a trainee accountant or in a related field. As a trainee accountant you may further your accounting studies through one of the professional accounting qualifications.

In the second year: • Energy transfers in and between organisms • How organisms respond to changes in their internal & external environments • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems • Control of gene expression In addition to course content you will develop a range of practical skills, analytical and evaluative skills.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? Are you a budding entrepreneur? Do you aspire to being in a managerial position? Are you a customer or an employee? Business Studies is relevant to everyone! This course will give you a good overview into the internal workings of business as well as the external environment which affects their ability to meet objectives and strategies. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course can provide a pathway to business studies degree courses, which are a popular progression route for students wishing to continue with their education. This course also provides a good introduction for those wishing to pursue a career in business or embark on a business related apprenticeship.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course offers a pathway to many university courses where you can study either a broad-based biological science course or one in which you specialise in a particular area of science. The course also provides you with many transferrable skills should you decide to take an alternative pathway.

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MEET A TEACHER Therese Osula Winthe Teacher of A Level Biology/ Access (all Science modules) GCSE Core & Additional Science Therese started out as a Biomedical Scientist and was a director of a diagnostic and fertility Research lab before coming to the UK. She is a STEM ambassador, member of the Royal Society of Biology, and a student member of CIMA. In 2016, Therese’s students achieved a 100% pass rate with 13 out of 15 students gaining scholarship to go into university.

“I LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING A SCIENTIST OUT OF EVERY S T U D E N T AT S D C ! T H E S E S C I E N C E CO U R S E S P R O V I D E S T U D E N TS W I T H V I TA L S K I L LS FO R F U RT H E R ST U DY A N D F U T U R E C A R E E RS IN A WIDE VARIETY OF FIELDS. I TEACH WITH A SMILE ON MY FAC E A N D K E E P M Y L E SS O N S E N T E RTA I N I N G A N D E N GAG I N G . I T R Y TO I M P R O V E S T U D E N TS ’ AT TA I N M E N T A N D AT T E N D A N C E T H R O U G H P O S I T I V I T Y, E N C O U R A G E M E N T A N D B Y P R O V I D I N G A S A F E A N D F U N S P A C E F O R S T U D E N T S T O L E A R N .”

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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Chemistry

Computer Science

Dance

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Course Code 5590/021

Course Code 5560/011

Course Code 1020/011

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You must have a grade B in both Core and Additional Science (or grade B in Chemistry and another grade B in either Physics or Biology (if taken separately). You must also have a B in GCSE Maths. Vocational Qualifications such as BTEC are not accepted.

You will need at least GCSE Maths grade B or 6. International student much have an IELTS score of at least 6.0.

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements. As part of the above this must include a grade B or above in GCSE Dance or grade 5 in private dance school exams, or equivalent. You must also demonstrate a real ability and interest in contemporary dance.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this AQA Chemistry A Level course you will study the following content in the first year (the full specification can be downloaded from http://www.aqa. org.uk): Physical Chemistry, including the study of the atomic structure, amount of substances and how different chemicals and elements bond together and react. You will also study Inorganic Chemistry; the study, bonding and synthesis of inorganic compounds such as metals (eg, Na, Mg and Al), non-metals (eg, F2, Cl2, Br2 and I2), salts (eg NaCl and MgCl2 ) and metal oxides (eg, Na2O. MgO and Al2O3 ). And finally, Organic Chemistry, including the study of compounds containing carbon and hydrogen such as alkanes, alcohols, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, ketones and amines. In the second year these topics are studied in more depth and detail. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE?

WHAT WILL I STUDY? Technology has revolutionised how we live today. From social networks to augmented reality, self-driving cars to wearable technology, all of these are made possible through Computer Science. During the first year of this course, you will gain a solid foundation in the art of programming. This is more than learning a specific language, it is a new way of thinking that requires a creative and precise approach to problem solving. You will learn the key data structures and techniques required for program design. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Many students continue to university to study Computer Science, Software Engineering or more specialist fields such artificial intelligence, robotics or games development.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this contemporary dance course you will build your practical skills in both dance technique and choreography. The course also explores anatomy and physiology, and dance analysis, which will provide you with a solid understanding of the theory and practise of contemporary dance. For students interested in a career in dance this course works as an excellent companion to the BTEC National Award in Dance. The course will require you to take part in physically active practical sessions and solo dance performances. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course can lead to Dance A2, and then on to full-time professional dance training at the London School of Contemporary Dance, the Laban Centre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and a range of universities. There is also an exciting opportunity to move on to our Contemporary Dance Degree.

This course offers a pathway to many university courses where you can study either a broad-based science course or one in which you specialise in a particular area of science. Many students go on to study Medicine, Veterinary, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Chemical or Physical Engineering.

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


MEET A STUDENT Lewis Massie Lewes Massie attended Lewes Priory before coming to Sussex Downs College to study Maths, Computer Science, Chemistry and Decision Maths & Statistics. He aims to achieve A-C grades in all these subjects and plans to study Chemistry BsC at University.

“THE TEACHERS PUT IN A LOT OF EFFORT INTO EACH OF THEIR S T U D E N TS , A N D T H E Y A R E A LW A Y S RUNNING EXTRA SESSIONS TO HELP U S I F N E E D E D .”


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MEET A TEACHER Luke Browning Coordinator for Btec Law and Business Provisions, Lecturer of A Level Law Luke gained an LLB Law degree with Honours at Birmingham City University. He originally started to train as a solicitor when he found a passion for the academic study of Law and Business. He completed his PGCE at the University of Brighton where he won Trainee Teacher of the Year in their annual partnership awards. In addition to this he is SDC Alumni, having studied his A Levels here 2008-2010.

“ I N M Y F I R S T Y E A R T E A C H I N G H E R E AT S D C I S TA R T E D U P A D E B AT I N G S O C I E T Y W H O F O R M E D L I N K S W I T H M A S T E R S ’ STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX. I PRIDE MYSELF O N A S T U D E N T L E D C L A S S R O O M W H I C H C R E AT E S A N I N T E R A C T I V E AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO LEARN. DURING THE A LEVEL E X A M I N AT I O N S I W A S PA R T O F A T E A C H I N G T E A M T H AT D E L I V E R E D T H E H I G H E S T L A W R E S U LT S A T S D C F O R F I V E Y E A R S . AS FORMER ALUMNI I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING SDC GROW AND DEVELOP AS A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR A LEVELS. I LOOK TO IMPROVE ON THE STUDENTSHIP OF OUR STUDENTS A N D B U I L D T H E I R C O N F I D E N C E I N T H E I R A B I L I T Y. I A L S O L O O K TO HELP NURTURE THEIR EXTRACURRICULAR SKILLS WHICH WILL AID THEM IN EMPLOYABILITY AND GETTING STUDENTS READY F O R H I G H E R E D U C AT I O N . I H O L D T H E V A LU E O F E A C H I N D I V I D U A L STUDENT WITH THE UPMOST RESPECT AND LOOK FORWARD TO H E L P I N G I N D I V I D U A L S C O N T I N U E T H E I R P R O G R E S S I N E D U C A T I O N .”

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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Drama and Theatre Studies

Economics

English Language

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Course Code 5956/011

Course Code 5640/011

Course Code 5881/021

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and if taken Drama grade C or above.

You will need at least GCSE Maths grade B or 6.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade B or 6.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

On this course you will study key theoretical concepts, such as supply and demand, competition and monopoly, and government policy. You will discover the answer to questions such as: Why does the price of petrol keep rising? Why is education free in the UK? Do all nations benefit from free trade and globalisation? The main thing is to have some interest in the world around you - in politics, current affairs, the environment, etc. Economics can be applied to most situations in life.

In this course you will study the concepts and methods of linguistic analysis to explore a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal forms of English. The syllabus puts the system of English language (pronunciation and writing, grammar and meaning) at the heart of the course, and will develop your ability to apply the system to texts, both in comparing them and in explaining how particular language features contribute to meaning. You will develop skills of original writing for a real-world purpose on topical language issues. You will also study how language develops, and its use in the media. You will complete an independent language investigation which will develop your research and presentation skills.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this course you will study the ideas and themes behind key dramatic texts and explore these through practical workshops, leading to your own presentations and performances. You will have the opportunity to develop both your analytical and research skills, as well as demonstrate and explore your practical ideas and ability. The course will help you develop your subject specific skills related to performance and the theatre, as well as various transferrable academic and personal skills. It will be under the New A Levels so only operates as an A LEVEL (ie No AS). WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This popular subject can prepare you for a specialist course at university or drama school. Past students are currently studying or have studied at Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15, Rose Bruford, Guildhall, the London Studio as well as a range of universities such as Cambridge, Royal Holloway, Kent, UEA, Manchester and Leeds.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This can then lead to a variety of university courses and careers. It can provide an insight into decision making in a variety of occupations, including law, town planning, business management and marketing, as well as conservation and environmental management.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Students are well prepared not only for undergraduate study in English Language or Linguistics, but also for progression into other language-related degrees such as Modern Languages, Classics, or Speech Therapy. Students will develop advanced reasoning skills and abstract thinking, skills that are required in most fields.


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English Language and Literature

English Literature

Film Studies

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Course Code 5601/011

Course Code 5599/011

Course Code 0330/010

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 5 and if taken English Literature grade C or 5.

You will need at least GCSE English Language and if taken English Literature grade B or 6.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

On this course you will study a wide range of engaging literary and non-fiction texts (mainly modern). You will also use literary and linguistic methods to develop clear and coherent study techniques. The course will help you to make connections between texts using the analytical concepts and methods you learn. To demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of narrative techniques you acquire through your prose study, you will create original creative and non-fiction writing for coursework.

The course aims to encourage learners to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies. You will read widely and independently both set texts and others that you have selected for yourself. You will develop and apply your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in writing. You will explore the contexts of the texts you are reading, considering the interpretations of others and possible ways of responding to them. Set texts will include both classics and more modern works of literature including prose, poetry and drama. In the second year you will complete coursework based on post-1900 texts, developing independent skills of reading and research.

On this course you will study how popular British and American films are put together and understood by their audiences. You will look at camera and editing techniques, design, acting, and other aspects of the ways meanings are produced in films. We also consider narrative, genre and the workings of the film industry. A special study is made of how films communicate social messages and values, possibly looking at how crime or the immigrant experience is reflected in British films. In addition you will explore new approaches to analysing film and consider a range of themes such as the depiction of city life in films from France and Brazil, and the relation between films and emotional response.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE?

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE?

A Level English Literature is highly prized by many universities demonstrating advanced skills in critical reading and discursive essay writing. It provides an excellent basis for a variety of university courses, including humanities, languages and law. It is valued by employers as evidence of excellent communication skills.

This course can provide a pathway to employment or as a foundation for a more specialised study of film or media at university.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? A Level English Language & Literature is highly prized by universities demonstrating advanced skills in critical reading and discursive essay writing. It provides an excellent basis for a wide variety of HE courses, especially Journalism, Creative Writing and English. It is valued by employers as evidence of excellent communication skills.

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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Fine Art

French

Geography

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Course Code 5880/021

Course Code 5696/021

Course Code 5902/021

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and an Art related subject grade C. You will also require an interview with a portfolio of art work from your GCSE or equivalent courses.

You will need at least French GCSE grade B. Candidates without French GCSE but who are bilingual (can write and speak in French fluently) will also be considered.

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements. As part of the above this must include GCSEs in Maths and English. Geography GCSE is not essential, but if you have studied Geography at GCSE, you must have achieved grade C or above.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? WHAT WILL I STUDY? Fine Art is a course for anyone who enjoys drawing, painting and making images. We help students to find out who they are and discover their original voices. The work you produce in Fine Art will give you a sense of achievement, and we will show you artists that will bring art to life for you. You will take part in exhibitions as well as go on trips and visits to galleries. You will learn about a range of modern artists and focus on the ones who are most meaningful to you and your development. All art and design starts with learning and practising drawing. Drawing is an essential step on your journey to university and art school. You can also enjoy this course as a creative foil to other subjects. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Fine Art will prepare you for university. Fine Art courses lead to a range of creative subjects as well as Art School. People in the creative industries often have Fine Art training since it provides transferable skills and brings creativity and imagination to managing information.

This new two year course will be an exciting and motivating journey that will enable you to develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the French language, the culture of France and other francophone countries. There will be varied and dynamic lessons where you will study a range of inspiring and engaging topics and learn how to express your point of view fluently and with confidence. Studying grammar at A Level is integral and will enable you to develop translation skills into French and into English. A popular literary text and a contemporary French film will be studied over two years. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Languages are in great demand in the modern workplace and having a language at A Level will certainly improve your prospects of employment within the UK or abroad. A language qualification provides an opportunity to progress to language courses at university, as single or joint honours degrees.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this course you will study a qualification that enables you to engage critically with real world issues and places, apply your own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around you. Topics studied include, Consequences of Globalisation, Responses to Hazards, Water Insecurity and Climate Change. The course gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Geography is a high-profile humanities subject, which shows a breadth of knowledge and can provide a pathway to a range of degree courses. It is seen as a ‘facilitating’ subject by Russell Group universities. Our students have gone on to study subjects including Town Planning, Medicine, Environmental Planning, Architecture and Oceanography.

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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German

“ S T U D Y I N G AT C O L L E G E E N C O U R A G E S Y O U T O W O R K I N D E P E N D E N T LY.�

Lewes Campus Course Code 5716/011 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need at least German GCSE grade B. Candidates without German GCSE but who are bilingual (can write and speak in German fluently) will also be considered.

Tim Russell, Business Studies Previous school: Bishop Bell

WHAT WILL I STUDY? You will have fun learning German over two years in this exciting new A Level. Classes will involve lots of conversation practice, role plays and grammar exercises which will enable you to become a fluent speaker. You will broaden your knowledge about Germany and German speaking people around the world. You will study a range of stimulating and challenging topics which will enable you to express yourself fluently and with confidence. The study of German grammar is an important, integral part of the course and will prepare you for increased accuracy in writing and translation tasks. One literary text and a German film will be studied over two years. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? German is the most spoken language in Europe and the most important business language in the EU. With German A Level, you can improve your chances of getting a job either in the UK or aboard. This language qualification also provides an opportunity to progress to language courses at university, as single or joint honours degrees.

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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Graphic Communication

Health & Social Care

History

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Course Code 5880/041

Course Code TBC

Course Code 0917/011

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and an Art related subject grade C. You will also require an interview with a member of the Visual Arts teaching staff and a discussion of your portfolio.

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements, including at least a grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and if taken History grade C.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The course covers contemporary issues in Health and Social Care, Core Values and Services, Employment within the Sectors, Experience of Disease, Illness and Disability and Human Behaviour and Development. Health and Social Care enables leaners to gain essential employability skills that are valued by employers, further and higher education including: literacy and numeracy, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving, planning and organisation, creativity and innovation, and personal effectiveness.

On this two year A Level programme you will study four key areas; one coursework element plus three examined units at the end of year two. In year one you will study global issues in China, USA and Britain. In year two you will study Germany 1900-45’ plus the coursework unit ‘The making of modern Russia 1856-1964’.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? Much information we take in from phones, computers, tablets, magazines and print media is of a visual nature. A graphic designer uses words and pictures to communicate, inspire, entice, inform and educate, as part of a growing industry. This practical course builds on your traditional skills (drawing, photography and printmaking) and new skills in IT based media such as Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) and web applications.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE?

You will work on projects which teach you about the design process, where you will be required to solve real life graphical problems. This will encompass a range of graphic design techniques including the use of typography, illustration, advertising, branding and packaging design, in a range of contemporary contexts.

A job in the health care setting: residential. Care homes, nursing homes, health care assistant or mental health worker or can lead you on to university to study to become a nurse, midwife or social/youth worker.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? As a facilitating subject History combines well with other A Levels including Philosophy, English Literature and Sociology, as well as modern languages. History is a sought after A level and thus can provide a pathway to most university courses and it reveals a wide range of skills valuable for any career.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? After completing this course you may seek employment or an apprenticeship. Or you may decide to continue in specialist education either a 1 year full time Art Foundation course, 2 year Foundation Degree or 3 year BA Honours degree.

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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IT: Data Analytics Lewes Campus Course Code 6054/021 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need to meet our standard entry requirements and you should also enjoy experimenting and problem solving. WHAT WILL I STUDY? This qualification is designed to give learners a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills in the context of applied IT, using it as a tool to analyse data in a variety of business contexts, as well as providing them with the opportunity to progress to a Higher Education (HE) course. On this two year linear qualification, learners will study the following modules: Fundamentals of IT, Global Information, Socila Media and Digital Marketing, Data Analysis and Design and Big Data Analytics. This course can be combined with a range of other courses including A levels. Students could combine these courses with Computer Science, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Business. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? You will achieve an Introductory Diploma in IT Level 3 (equivalent to a single A level). Completing this course can provide a pathway to a degree in Computing, App Development, Data Analysis or Software Engineering.

MEET A STUDENT Paige Cavallari Former student Paige Cavallari achieved A Levels in Law, Geography and Maths before moving on to the renowned Goldsmiths University to study Law. Paige, who came to SDC form Cavendish School, praised the time and efforts staff at SDC put into teaching their subjects. She also felt the individual attention given to each student during their time at college was outstanding.

“ T H E T E A C H E R S AT S U S S E X D O W N S GIVE YOU LOTS OF SUPPORT AND YOU CAN TELL WANT YOU TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS. AROUND EXAM SEASON LOTS OF EXTRA REVISION SESSIONS A R E O R G A N I S E D TO P R E PA R E YO U A S T H E E X A M S G E T N E A R E R .�


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Law

Mathematics

Further Mathematics

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Course Code TBC

Course Code 1011/021

Course Code 1016/021

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need at least GCSE English Language and Maths grade C or 4.

Our standard requirement is 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above including Maths at least at grade 6.

Our standard requirement is 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above including Maths at grade 7 or above.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

On this course you will study the content of the new A Level EDEXCEL Maths syllabus which consists of the study of Pure Mathematics and the study of the application of mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics. In the first year, you will study pure mathematics content covering topics in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus and coordinate geometry, amongst others, and basic applications of Mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics. In the second year you will study further pure mathematics topics covering more algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and other topics, and extended applications of Mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics.

Further Mathematics is an A Level qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A Level Mathematics. Further Mathematics is taken alongside an A Level in Mathematics. On this course you will study the content of the new A Level EDEXCEL Further Maths syllabus which consists of the study of Pure Mathematics content and the study of the application of mathematics in Mechanics, Statistics or Decision. In the first year, you will study pure mathematics content covering topics in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus and coordinate geometry, amongst others, and applications of Mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics. In the second year you will study further pure mathematics topics covering more algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and other topics, and extended applications of Mathematics in Mechanics and Statistics.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? Our A Level Law course provides students with an understanding of the English legal system and substantive law, including both criminal and civil law. In addition, you will develop analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which will assist you in higher education, in the workplace and in everyday life. The second year of the course has a much larger focus on case law and real life application of legal principles and legislation to everyday circumstances. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course can provide a pathway to Law A2 or you may choose to apply for a position as a trainee legal executive and enrol on our Ilex course. Alternatively, you can apply to study Law at University.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Mathematical skills are highly prized and an A Level qualification in some form of mathematics will be valuable when applying for university entry and will give you a very significant advantage in the job market.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? The skills gained from studying a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subject at A Level or degree level are in demand by employers. Graduates with STEM degrees earn on average 5% to 10% higher salaries than the mean for all graduates. These subjects are underpinned by mathematics.

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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Media Studies

Music

Music Technology

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Course Code 1021/011

Course Code 5609/011

Course Code 0334/010

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements. As part of the above this must include GCSE English Language at grade C or above. It is not necessary to have studied GCSE Media Studies, but if you have, you will need to have achieved grade C or above.

You will need to demonstrate your ability to play an instrument or sing and understand music theory to grade 5 standard. We audition all potential students.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and be able to play an instrument or sing.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? This course is split into two elements; exam and coursework. The exam element looks critically at a range of media forms from music videos to magazine adverts. You will analyse the way they are constructed, engage audiences and represent social ideas and beliefs. One focus will be on the representation of social groups, issues and events. Previous case studies have included the cult of celebrity, the London riots and teen delinquency. There will be one end of year exam that assesses your understanding of textual analysis, representation and audience theories. You will undertake practical and creative coursework, which may include the production of a script and the marketing materials for a teen horror film and will develop your skills in design, desktop publishing and digital photography. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course can provide a pathway to Media Studies A2 and then on to a wide range of media related courses on offer in Higher Education.

At your audition you should demonstrate your ability to play or sing to around Grade 5 standard; and demonstrate your understanding of music theory (grade 5 recommended). WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this course you will study 3 areas of music. For that exam, you will be required to give 1 solo recital. In addition, at ESAM you will perform up to 4 recitals per year, which gives you more experience and the opportunity to produce your best possible performance. You will study a range of set works that are certain to expand your musical horizons. Classroom listening, learning and written work is enhanced by trips to hear professional performances. In addition, you will have your compositions performed and recorded by professionals. Students also study traditional harmony the skill at the heart of all fine composition.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? This Music Technology course explores the technical ‘behind the scenes’ work of the pop music world. On this course you will learn how to record pop music including live multi-tracking, and how to produce your own sequenced arrangement of a well-known song. You will also study pop and jazz styles since 1910. Music technology is taught on Macs using Logic software. We also have 2 recording studios here at the Performing Arts Centre in Lewes. You will receive mentoring from professionals currently working in the industry. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? A high percentage of Academy students go on to study music, music technology or music production at colleges or universities offering such courses. A number of students move on to study at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM).

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? This course can lead to Music Technology A2. A high percentage of Academy students go on to study music, music technology or music production at colleges or universities offering such courses. A number of students move on to study at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM).

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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Philosophy

Photography

Physical Education

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Course Code 1015/011

Course Code 5880/061

Course Code 5915/011

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need at least 5 GCSE grade B including English Language and Maths grade B or 6.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and an Art related subject grade C. You will also require an interview with a teacher from the Visual Arts staff and a review of your portfolio of photographs.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4, Science grade CC and if taken PE grade B. Studying of PE at GCSE or BTEC Sport at school is not essential. However, studying these two subjects would be advantageous.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

We live in a visual world and lens-based imagery (photography) is all around us. This course is designed to help you become visually literate by getting you to explore how images work, what composition does and how control of lighting, focus and exposure adds to your power to communicate. This exciting and creative course encourages you to explore the visual language of photography. You will develop skills in both digital and chemical image making and explore the work of many other photographers, artists and film makers. The course is project and assignment based giving you practical experience of elements such as light, lenses and digital techniques.

On the A Level PE course you will study 4 major elements, with theoretical and practical performance at its core. The course will equip students with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education and the use of data to analyse physical activity. Students are assessed in one practical performance in which students must be actively competing in prior to the start of the course. Students will sit one exam at the end of their second year which will represent 70% of their overall grade with 30% being assessed via practical assessment. Students must have a keen interest in PE and enjoy studying the areas that will be the focus of the courses.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? Philosophy is concerned with the big questions: What is knowledge? What is truth? What is beauty? Philosophy is a rigorous intellectual discipline focused on reasons, arguments and justification. This course introduces you to Epistemology (theory of knowledge), Philosophy of Religion as well as indepth studies in Moral Philosophy, including Normative Ethical theories, Utilitarianism, Deontological Ethics, Virtue Ethics and Metaethics. You will also study the Philosophy of Mind, which concerns questions about the relationship between mind and body, the mental and the physical. The course is designed to develop critical and intellectual skills, to challenge preconceptions, and to develop knowledge and understanding of major philosophical issues. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE?

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Philosophy A Level is extremely popular with universities as it demonstrates the capacity for original and rigorous thought and the critical analysis of difficult texts. These skills form an important basis for intellectual development, and are useful for any Higher Education course.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? After completion you can go onto employment or an apprenticeship or further specialism in Education. Students wanting to progress in the Creative Industries may take the 1 year full time Art Foundation Course, the 2 year Foundation Degree or the 3 year full B.A. Honours course in the specialism of your choice.

Sport is a massive growth industry and this course can provide a pathway to a wide range of sport and non-sport based careers. Common progression routes into university include PE teaching, sports science/studies/development or coaching, leisure management and physiotherapy.


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MEET A TEACHER Dr Stephen Robinson Programme Manager for Humanities Stephen taught Undergraduate Philosophy at the University of Sussex before joining Sussex Downs College as Philosophy Coordinator in 2004. In 2016 he embarked on a new role as Programme Manager for Humanities at the College. His specialist subjects include Philosophy, Religious Studies, Critical Thinking and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

“I AM EXCITED TO BE IN MY NEW ROLE MANAGING T H E H U M A N I T I E S P R O V I S I O N H E R E AT S U S S E X D O W N S CO L L E G E . C R I T I C A L T H I N K I N G I S AT T H E CO R E O F T H E S E SUBJECTS AND I LOOK FOR WARD TO ENGAGING WITH S T U D E N T S , E N A B L I N G T H E M T O A N A LY S E A N D C R I T I Q U E T H E D ATA P R E S E N T E D TO T H E M . T H E S K I L LS T H E Y A CQ U I R E AT A L E V E LS , B OT H T H R O U G H E X A M P R A CT I C E AND COURSEWORK, WILL HELP STUDENTS PROGRESS O N T O H I G H E R E D U C A T I O N A N D E M P L O Y M E N T.”

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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Physics

Politics

Psychology

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Course Code 5883/021

Course Code 1014/021

Course Code 0339/021

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You must have a grade B in both Core and Additional Science (or grade B in Physics and another grade B in either Chemistry or Biology (if taken separately). You must also have a B in GCSE Maths. Vocational Qualifications such as BTEC are not accepted.

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements. There are no other course specific entry requirements.

You will need grade B or above in English Language GCSE, and grade C or above in Mathematics GCSE and Science GCSE (due to the scientific and statistical content of the course B grades are recommended).

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

On this Edexcel Physics A level course you will study the following course content in the first year: Working as a Physicist, Mechanics, Electric Circuits, Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Nuclear and Particle Physics. In the second year you will study Working as a Physicist, Materials, Waves and Particle Nature of Light, Thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation, Gravitational Fields and Oscillations. In addition to course content you will develop a range of practical, analytical and evaluative skills.

On this course you will study the following modules in the first year: Political Participation in UK Politics and Government of the UK. In Participation in UK Politics you will study Elections, Pressure Groups and Democracy and Political Participation. In Government of the UK you will study issues relating to government and the role of the Executive. In the second year of the course you will study Politics in the USA and The Comparison Between Politics in the USA and UK. This course provides a broadbased background in political theories and practices, which will allow you to develop skills in analysing and evaluating the current political scene.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE?

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE?

This course offers a pathway onto many university courses where you can study either a broad-based physics science course or one in which you specialise in a particular area of science. In addition, many students who study physics go on to study engineering or mathematics.

This course provides a number of qualifications providing the pathway to university or employment. Employment opportunities with a politics background include Journalism, Civil Service or working with pressure groups.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this course you will develop an understanding of the scientific methods used by psychologists. You will be familiarised with 4 key techniques for collecting and analysing data: Self-Report, Experiment, Observation and Correlation. You will also be introduced to the 5 main approaches in Psychology. To do well in this subject you need to have good thinking and analytical skills and should enjoy reading, researching and problem solving. An interest in science is essential. Psychology is based on empirical evidence, therefore you will need to enjoy working with statistics and interpreting data. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Many students go on to study further at university studying Psychology or a combined honours degree. This subject combines well with other university courses such as teaching, nursing, medicine, criminology.

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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Sociology

Spanish

Textiles Design

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Lewes Campus

Course Code 5607/011

Course Code 5697/021

Course Code 5880/011

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and if taken Sociology grade C.

You will need at least Spanish GCSE grade B. Candidates without Spanish GCSE but who are bilingual (can write and speak in Spanish fluently) will also be considered.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C or 4 and an Art related subject grade C. You will also require an interview with a member of the Visual Arts Teaching team in which you show us your portfolio.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? WHAT WILL I STUDY? Sociology involves the analysis of a wide range of social issues. The course requires and encourages you to develop a critical view of the world we live in and question some of the racist, sexist or stereotyped opinions that still exist in society. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Many students continue Sociology or related subjects at university. Students of Sociology at the College have pursued careers in media, IT, teaching, social work, care professions, the police and even the armed forces.

Spanish is spoken by 350 million people worldwide and it is growing in popularity all the time. If you want to be able to communicate in another language and if you are interested in the culture and society of the Spanish speaking world, then this new two year A Level course is for you. You will study a range of interesting and challenging topics and learn how to express yourself fluently and confidently. Studying grammar is essential and will enable you to develop translation skills into Spanish and into English. A literary Spanish text and a popular Spanish film will be studied over two years. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? Languages are in great demand in the modern workplace and having a language at A Level will certainly improve your prospects of employment within the UK or abroad. A language qualification provides an opportunity to progress to language courses at university, as single or joint honours degrees.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? On this two-year course you will explore a range of materials, techniques and ideas within Textiles. The first year is primarily portfolio based, so you will undertake a series of projects which combine working with a wide range of materials and processes. Through these projects you will develop your skills, research and understanding of the subject. In the second year you will continue with a more specialised project-based assignment. As well as developing your understanding of how design works, this course offers you the opportunity to explore and develop skills in the creative areas of printing, fabric dyeing, machine and hand stitching, felt-making, weaving and knitting, alongside developing skills in drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THIS COURSE? After completing this course you may seek employment or an apprenticeship. Or you may decide to specialise further by either going on to a 1 Year full time Art Foundation Course or a 2 Year Foundation Degree or a 3 Year BA Honours Degree.

Admissions: 030 300 39551 or go to www.sussexdowns.ac.uk


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