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Physics AS – AQA Specification A Course outline Physics is concerned with the discovery and characterisation of the universal laws which govern matter, energy, space and time. Doing physics AS Le vel at SES will let you find out: what the smallest thing in existence is, what a quark is, what antimatter is, why you look strange in a swimming pool, how a wire snaps when you stretch it, what the largest machine in the world does, how anti-glare sunglasses work and much much more…

“It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.” Albert Einstein

Course Structure

There are 3 modules in year 12 which cover six fundamental areas . These are particle physics, quantum phenomena, basic electricity, mechanics, materials and waves. There is also a practical assessment. This challenging yet rewarding course provides a strong background for the study of A2. Assessment Criteria

Module Name

Assessment

%of AS

Module 1 Particles, quantum and electricity

75 minute written exam

40

Module 2 Mechanics, materials and waves

75 minute written exam

40

Module 3 Practical Assessment over the course and Practical examination.

Centre assessed

20

Career prospects Accountant, Air traffic controller, Astronaut, Banker, Barrister, Civil Servant, Computer programmer, Defence specialist, Engineer, Geologist, Musical instrument designer, Pilot, Physicist, Politician, Lawyer, Meteorologist, Stockbroker, Teacher and almost any other career.

Physics

Science Sharjah English School


Physics A2 – AQA Specification A Course outline Physics is concerned with the discovery and characterisation of the universal laws which govern matter, energy, space and time. Doing physics A2 Level at SES will let you find out: what happens when a star dies, why a nuclear power station cannot explode like a bomb, what a black hole actually is, what a quasar and pulsar look like up close, how radioactive decay affects the body, how a fridge works and much more.

“All science is either physics or stamp collecting.” Ernest Rutherford

Course Structure

This year also contains 3 modules which cover five fundamental areas. Work on further mechanics, and electrical fields are extensions of work studied at AS Level but some topics are completely new such as electromagnetism, gravitational fields, nuclear physics, and thermodynamics. There is also an optional module with electives that include astrophysics, medical physics and special relativity. There is also another practical assessment. Assessment Criteria Module Name

Assessment

% of A2

Module 4 Further Mechanics and Fields

75 minute written exam. Section A – Multiple Choice 25marks Section B – Written 50 marks.

40

Module 5 Radioactivity, Thermodynamics and Astrophysics

75 minute written exam

40

Module 3 Practical Assessment over the course and Practical examination.

Centre assessed

20

Career prospects Accountant, Air traffic controller, Astronaut, Banker, Barrister, Civil Servant, Computer programmer, Defence specialist, Engineer, Geologist, Musical instrument designer, Pilot, Physicist, Politician, Lawyer, Meteorologist, Stockbroker, Teacher and almost any other career.

Physics

Science Sharjah English School


Chemistry AS Course outline Chem istry provides im portant understanding of our w orld and how it works. It is an extremely practical science that has a great im pact upon our daily lives. New and better m aterials ranging from super-tough Kevlar fibers to medicines like Taxol (for cancer therapy) help improve our standard of living. This course provides an im portant tool to understand the w orld around us. You will build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of environmental and safety issues. “Wherever we look, the work of the chemist has raised the level of our civilisation and has increased the productive capacity of the nation.” John Calvin Coolidge

AS level Unit 1 covers the core principles of chem istry and allows students to develop the basic skills required throughout the course. The students learn the basics of atom ic structure and bonding, periodicity, organic chem istry, system atically nam ing organic compounds and the fundamental relationships connecting chem ical equations and m ass. Unit 2 focuses on the applications of chemistry. Students learn how different metals are extracted and purified from the earth and gain an understanding of analytical techniques. The unit also includes how biofuels are m ade and have the potential to reduce greenhouse em issions as well as the deleterious use of CFCs and the destruction of the ozone layer. Unit 3 assesses practical skills and is taught as an integrated topic. The students get the chance to carry out various analytical techniques to determ ine the Mr of volatile liquids and the concentration of unknown acids and alkalis. They also have the opportunity to carry out organic and inorganic tests, measure enthalpy changes and investigate rates of reactions and the combustion of alcohols.

Assessment Criteria The course will be assessed by both exam ination and internal assessment. • • •

Unit 1: Written exam ination paper (75 m inutes) 33% of the final AS m ark Unit 2: Written exam ination paper (105 m inutes) 47% of the final AS m ark Unit 3: Assessments in a range of practical activities 20% of the final AS m ark

Career prospects Chem istry leads on to a wide range of courses and careers. These include chem ical engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, biological sciences, environmental science, pharm acy, forensic science and dentistry.

Chemistry

Science Sharjah English School


Chemistry A2 Course outline Chem istry provides important understanding of our world and how it w orks. It is an extremely practical science that has a great im pact upon our daily lives. New and better m aterials ranging from super-tough Kevlar fibers to medicines to help im prove our standard of living. This course provides an important tool to understand the world around us. You w ill build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of environmental and safety issues. “Wherever we look, the work of the chemist has raised the level of our civilisation and has increased the productive capacity of the nation.” John Calvin Coolidge

A2 level A2 Chemistry consists of 3 units. Unit 4 develops 3 of the m ain areas of chem istry and helps the student to gain a real insight and appreciation of the depth needed in order to study the subject at university level. Features of Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chem istry are all covered. Unit 5 focuses on Energetics, Redox reactions and Inorganic Chem istry, this unit is a large chunk of the course and ensures that the students have a firm grounding in physical chem istry. Unit 3 assesses practical skills and is taught as an integrated topic. The students get the chance to carry out m ore detailed investigations and study error analysis. These 3 modules are combined with the 3 AS m odules to form a full A2 qualification.

Assessment Criteria The course will be assessed by both exam ination and internal assessment. • • •

Units 4: Written exam ination paper (105 m inutes) 20%of the final A2 m ark Units 5: Written exam ination paper (105 m inutes) 20%of the final A2 m ark Unit 6: Practical Exam ination and written paper 10% of the final A2 m ark

Career prospects Chem istry leads on to a wide range of courses and careers. These include chem ical engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, biological sciences, environmental science, pharm acy, forensic science and dentistry.

Chemistry

Science Sharjah English School


Biology AS Course outline Biology is at the forefront of many of the most important and exciting current issues, whether it is the effect of global warming and environmental degradation on the planet’s flora and fauna; our continuing fight against disease and pathogens; the search for novel life-forms on earth… and elsewhere, and indeed what “alive” means. Studying AS Biology at SES will not only introduce you to many of the fundamental biological concepts that underpin the science, but also equip you with the knowledge and ability to question assumptions about the world around you and to take part in the debates surrounding these and many other scientific advances. Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. Edwin Powell Hubble, The Nature of Science, 1954

Course structure There are 3 modules in which you study molecular biology, cell biology (cell structure and cellular division), disease (pathogens, pulmonary and heart disease and our bodies defences against pathogens), transport of substances and gaseous exchange in plants and animals, DNA (what it is, how it is organised and how mutations occur), and the diversity of life.

The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification or contribute towards A Level Biology. Assessment Criteria Module

Assessment

% of AS

Module 1 Biology and disease

75 minute written examination

33.3

Module 2 The variety of living organisms

105 minute written examination

46.7

Module 3 Internal Practical Assessment over the course and practical examination

Centre assessed

20

Career prospects

Conservation, ervation, Forensic Biotechnology, Biological Testing, Dentistry, Environmental Cons Biology, ogy, Nursing, Science, Independent Research, Medicine, Midwifery, Marine Biol nd almost any other Physiotherapy, Sports Science, Teaching, Veterinary Medicine, aand career.

Biology

Science Sharjah English School


Biology A2 Course outline Whether your interests lie in the basic biological principles such as respiration and photosynthesis or the very latest techniques involving our ever increasing ability to manipulate DNA, the very code of life, studying A2 Biology at SES provides an exciting opportunity to develop your knowledge and practical skills. Covering a wide range of topics the course not only teaches the latest academic advances and theories, but also emphasises the social and ethical aspects of the application of research in fields such as medicine, genetics and the environment. The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not " Eureka!" but "That's funny..." Isaac Asimov

Course structure There are 3 modules in which you study respiration, photosynthesis, ecology, DNA technologies including cloning and genetic engineering, homeostasis and co-ordination.

Assessment Criteria Module

Assessment

% of A2

Module 1 Populations and the environment

90 minute written examination

33.4

Module 2 Control in cells and in organisms

135 minute written examination

46.6

Module 3 Internal Practical Assessment over the course and practical examination

Centre assessed

20

Career prospects

Conservation, ervation, Biotechnology, Biological Testing, Dentistry, Environmental Cons Marine rine Forensic Science, Independent Research, Medicine, Midwifery, Ma Veterinary rinary Biology, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Sports Science, Teaching, Vete Medicine, and almost any other career.

Biology

Science Sharjah English School


DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY (Product Design 3D) Course outline ‘A’ level Product Design has evolved through consultation with design practitioners, to offer a fresh approach to the dynam ic w orlds of Design and Technology. The course aims to develop students‘ know ledge and understanding of product design through a range of teaching and learning styles focusing on, research, analysis, product development, project planning and evaluation. ‘Product design is paramount to every company involved in the manufacture and marketing of physical products of any type. Design is fundamentally about making things better - better for consumers and users, better for business and better for the world.’ Dick Powell (director Seymourpowell Ltd.)

AS level Unit 1: Materials, components and applications In this unit the students will develop their know ledge of a w ide range of m aterials and processes so that they can develop a greater understanding of how products can be designed and m anufactured in the real w orld. Unit 2: Design and Making (portfolio) The students will build up their creative, technical and practical skills through the development of a portfolio inclusive of a series of product investigation, design and m anufacturing activities.

A2 Level Unit 3: Designing and m anufacture In this unit we will investigate modern design and m anufacturing practices and contem porary design issues. Topics include the use of ICT, the contributions of designers from the past and the impact of commercial activity on the environment. Unit 4: Designing and Making (project) In this unit students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and m ake a product of their choice that complies w ith the requirements of the course.

Assessment Criteria Unit Unit Unit Unit

1: Materials, components and applications 2: Design and Making (portfolio) 3: Designing and m anufacture 4: Designing and Making (project)

(2hr Paper) (internally assessed) (2hr Paper) (internally assessed)

25% 25% 25% 25%

Career prospects Product design encompasses a w ide range of design disciplines allow ing the students to move on to further studies many areas of creative activity. Possible direct career pathways include: Industrial Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Web Design, Architecture, Engineering (Mechanical and Electronic), Retail Design, Interior Design, Automotive Design, Service Design, Architecture and many more. The planning, decision-making and communication skills gained are considered to be transferable and valuable in almost every other profession.

AS/A2 LEVEL

Design & Technology Sharjah English School


MUSIC wwwedexcel.com

Course outline In the AS and A2 courses, students deepen and extend their knowledge gained during GCSE music. The three inter-related areas of performing, composing and listening/ understanding are explored in depth.

AS level *Perform ance of a piece or pieces on your m ain instrument or voice, to be recorded. This should last for 5-6 m inutes and any style of m usic is acceptable. Students m ay also submit im provised perform ances. Expected standard approxim ately Grade Five. *One 3 m inute composition com pleted in 15 hours under controlled conditions. Students choose from four com position tasks set by Edexcel. You must also produce a CD sleeve note to accom pany your com position. *One 2 hour exam ination set and m arked by Edexcel. This is based on the study of four instrumental and vocal pieces, along w ith questions exam ining understanding of features such as chords, keys and key changes. You must be able to read music to access this area of the course.

A2 Level *An extended perform ance on your m ain instrument or voice in any style of m usic, including improvisation. These pieces should form a balanced programme of music and should last for 12-15 m inutes in total. Expected standard approxim ately Grade Six. *Either two 3 m inute com positions, or one com position and one technical study, or two technical studies, to be completed under controlled conditions. Students w ill be given 14 hours to com plete each composition, and 3 hours for each technical study. For the technical study, candidates choose from the topics of: The Pop Song; Baroque Counterpoint; Bach Chorales. *One 2 hour exam ination set and m arked by Edexcel. As with AS level, this is based around the study of several set pieces, along with the understanding and recognising of harmonic and rhythm ic features.

Career prospects The full GCE course (AS plus A2) is excellent preparation for higher education courses leading to professional performance or teaching of music. The AS units alone offer a broad and satisfying experience for those who want a second or third area of study.

AS/A2 LEVEL

Music Sharjah English School


GCE English Literature (8ET01 / 9ET01) wwwedexcel.com

Course outline The AS and A2 Literature course aims to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE. There is great freedom of choice in the texts you study – and you can expect to have a say about the directions we m ight take. Most of the units involve clustered texts; texts are grouped in both expected and unexpected w ays. At AS the focus is m ore on developing an understanding of genres, whilst A2 m oves on to m ore independent interpretation and reflection. ‘Literature is news that stays news.’ Ezra Pound, American poet ‘I can’t believe it! Reading and writing actually paid off!’ Matt Groening, The Simpsons

AS le vel Unit 1: Explorations in Prose and Poetry You w ill study a poetry selection, and a core novel in detail, w ith a subsidiary novel to support the main novel. There is choice of three selections in poetry and the novels can be selected from a set of five options. There is also a short question on unseen poetry or prose. Unit 2: Explorations in Dram a You have an unlimited range of plays to choose from, provided one is a Shakespeare play and the other w ritten before 1800. A third supporting critical text w ill help you understand context. You need to produce a piece of exploratory coursew ork (a more advanced version of GCSE coursew ork) and a piece responding to a live or filmed performance of a play.

A2 Level Unit 3: Interpretations of Prose and Poetry A slighter more advanced version of Unit 1. You w ill study tw o novels and a poetry selection. (You do not need to study all three in the same detail.) These can be selected from themed groups (themes are Relationships / Identifying Self / War / Journeys). As in Unit 1 there is also an unseen poetry or prose section. Unit 4: Reflections in Literary Studies This synoptic unit allow s a free choice of texts, one to be studied in detail and tw o as supporting texts. The texts may include cultural commentary or literary criticism, as w ell as literary texts. The coursework can be an extended study, two shorter studies or a creative response.

Assessment Criteria Unit Unit Unit Unit

1: Explorations in Prose and Poetry 2: Explorations in Dram a 3: Interpretation of Prose and Dram a 4: Reflections in Literary Studies

(2 ¼ hr Paper) (internally assessed) (2 ¾ hr Paper) (internally assessed)

30% 20% 30% 20%

Career prospects Successful English candidates are likely to aim towards further study or careers in: media (TV / film) or journalism; advertising or copywriting; public relations; drama or theatre; writing; publishing etc. An English qualification is also an established route into law. There are, in fact, few careers where enhanced communication skills would not be highly valued; all successful business people, politicians and leaders need to be excellent communicators.

AS/A2 LEVEL

English Literature Sharjah English School


MATHEMATICS wwwedexcel.com Course outline The units have been designed such that they will encourage students to develop their understanding of m athem atics and m athem atical processes in a w ay that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment. Students will greatly extend their range of m athem atical skills and techniques and use them in m ore difficult, unstructured problems. They w ill develop an understanding of coherence and progression in m athematics and of how different areas of m athem atics can be connected. Also, they will develop an awareness of the relevance of m athematics to other fields of study, to the w orld of work and to society in general.

‘Defendit numerus’ AS level Combinations leading to an aw ard in Advanced Subsidiary Mathematics comprise three AS units. Core Mathematics units C1 and C2 plus one of the Applications units M1, S1 or D1. A2 Level Combinations leading to an aw ard in Advanced GCE Mathematics must comprise six units, including at least tw o A2 units. Core Mathematics C1, C2, C3 and C4 plus tw o Applications units from the follow ing six combinations: M1 and M2, S1 and S2, D1 and D2, M1 and S1, S1 and D1, M1 and D1. Further Mathem atics This syllabus is intended for high ability students w ho have achieved, or are likely to achieve, a high grade in the A Level Mathematics examination. The A Level Further Mathematics syllabus enables students to extend their mathematical skills, know ledge and understanding developed in the A Level Mathematics course. AS Further Mathem atics Combinations leading to an aw ard in Advanced Subsidiary Further Mathematics must comprise Further Pure Mathematics (FP1) plus tw o other units (excluding C1 –C4). A2 Further Mathem atics Combinations leading to an aw ard in Advanced GCE Further Mathematics must comprise FP1, FP2 and FP3 plus three Application units, or FP1, FP2 and four Application units, or FP1, FP2 and four Application units. Assessment Criteria The assessment will test students ’ ability to recall, select and use their knowledge of m athem atical facts, concepts and techniques in a variety of contexts. • All exam ination papers last 1 hour 30 m inutes. • All exam ination papers have 75 m arks. • C1 is a non-calculator paper. Career prospects This core subject is highly valued by m ost em ployers and is often required for entry to further or higher education. Possible careers are: accountant, actuary, air traffic controller, architect, banker, bursar, CAD draughts person, tax inspector, econom ist, engineer, financial consultant, insurance, pilot, surveyor, teacher, stockbroker, operational research.

AS/A2 LEVEL

Mathematics Sharjah English School


GCE Film Studies (42080 / 06990) www.wjec.co.uk

Course outline AS Film Studies builds on GCSE m edia w ork and students’ fam iliarity w ith cinem a, in order to develop their critical thinking and evaluation skills. Students m ay study film from the US and UK, as w ell as offering opportunities to study world cinem a. There is a focus on ‘reading’ and understanding the language of film , exploring producers and audiences w ithin the film industry, and analyzing the messages and values contained within films. ‘The camera is more than a recorder, it's a microscope. It penetrates, it goes into people and you see their most private and concealed thoughts.’ Elia Kazan

AS level FS1 Film : Making Meaning 1 You will study how film conveys meaning by understanding ‘macro’ aspects of film (such as genre) and ‘m icro’ aspects (such as cinematography, editing and sound). Written tasks will be supplemented by practical film work such as storyboarding, producing screenplays or short video sequences.

FS2 Producers and Audiences: Hollyw ood and British Cinem a Study in this module focuses on the workings of the film industry (financing, distribution, the studio system etc.) and film audiences (film demand and consumption, ‘home cinema’ etc.). The commercial and cultural significance of film will be considered.

FS3 Messages and Values: British and Irish Cinem a This module helps you identify messages and values in films, and study their historical and social contexts. There is a mixture of comparative study and close study of single films. Broad categories include films dealing with Social Conflict, The War and its Aftermath, Britain in the ‘60s etc.

Course Content: the variety of films which can be studied is extremely broad; it includes contem porary Hollyw ood genre films, as well as specific exam ples from Irish and British Cinem a. In some units it is likely that students w ill be working on different films, with a large degree of personal choice. Film Studies is being offered initially as an AS option. Should there be a demand for continuing the course into A2 in Year 13, the school will offer the course through to that level.

Assessment Criteria FS1 Film: Making Meaning 1 Internal Assessment 40% FS2 Producers and Audiences: Hollyw ood and British Cinema 1 ½ hr paper 30% FS3 Messages and Values – British and Irish Cinema 1½ hr paper 30%

Career prospects Film Studies w ould lead naturally to a w ide range of media or film courses at university level: careers in j ournalism, TV, adv ertising, writing and publishing might follow.

AS/A2 LEVEL

Film Studies Sharjah English School


Art, Craft & Design wwwedexcel.com

Course outline Art & Design is an exciting and challenging subject that encourages creative expressive skills and aesthetic understanding. The aim of this course is to promote a broad based Art & Design experience; the course offers a rich varied experience and encourages individual creative development. You w ill have the opportunity to create w ork using a variety of Art & Design activities including draw ing, painting, pr intmaking, textiles, 3D design, photography and digital manipulation. You w ill develop know ledge and understanding of the w ork of other artists through critical analysis.

AS Level

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.� Edgar Degas

Unit 1: Them atic Enquiry This first unit of the AS course is designed to introduce you to a range of different art processes, techniques and materials as w ell as challenging your idea of what art is. Unit 2: Externally set assignment The theme for this unit is set by the examination board using a w ord or startingpoint. Over a period of 8 w eeks you w ill w ork through the creative process in preparation for an 8 hour examination.

A2 Level Unit 3: Them atic Enquiry Aims to give you the opportunity to pursue your ow n creative ideas and personal interests in a chosen area of art and design, building on the w ork and skills developed throughout the first year. Unit 4: Externally set assignment Is set by the examination board and takes the form of a w ord and or startingpoint. Students w ill prepare supporting studies for a 12 hour examination that w ill take palce during the 2nd or 3rd ter m. Past exam themes have included; Diversity, Icons Structures and Forms.

Assessment Criteria (All work is externally moderated) Unit 1: Thematic Enquiry Unit 2: Externally set assignment Unit 3: Thematic enquiry Unit 4: Externally set assignment

(internally assessed) (Internally assessed) (internally assessed) (internally assessed)

30% 20% 30% 20%

Career prospects Studying art equips you w ith a w hole set of transferable skills both for life and for a wide range employment in art and design including; animation, art therapy, architecture, community arts, calligraphy, engineering design, fine artist, interior design, fashion, gallery curator, photography, illustration, art historian.

AS/A2 LEVEL

Art, Craft & Design Sharjah English School


GCE Business Studies 8BS01/9BS01 wwwedexcel.com

Course outline The EDEXCEL GCE Business Studies course is a two year course of study. The first year covers units 1 and 2a and leads to the aw ard of an AS qualification and in the second year know n as A2, a further 2 units, Units 3 and 4a are studied and an overall grade is then given for the combined tw o years of study. The tw o core units of each year build practical business know ledge through business theory applied to real business case studies. This gives students the best opportunity to develop their analytical skills against practical examples. Business and Economic AS Level NEW for 20013 Replacing Unit 2a and 3a with the Economics Unit 2b and 4b changes this to an A level in Economics and Business.

AS Le vel Unit 1: Developing New Business Ideas This unit covers the characteristics and skills students’ would need to develop to be successful in business and how new or existing businesse s generate their product or service ideas and initially bring them to market.

Unit 2a: Managing Business This unit covers key activities which students’ may be involved in if they were to set up and/or manage a business, whether small, medium-sized or large. It also introduces students to some basic management tools and models .

Unit 2b: Business Econom ics This unit is interested in the market the business operates in and how it is influenced by competition and macroeconomic factors. It develops the student knowledge and understanding of economic theory of supply, demand and elasticity and factors affect these and subsequently the business itself.

A2 Level Unit 3 International Business Unit 4a Making Business Decisions Unit 4b: The Wider Econom ic Environment and Business Assessment Criteria Unit 1 Unit 2a Unit 2b Unit 3 Unit 4a Unit 4b

Developing New Business Ideas Managing Business Choose either a or b Business Economics International Business Making Business Decisions The Wider Economic Environment and Business

(1 hr 15mins Paper)

25%

(1 hr 15mins Paper)

25%

(1 ½ hr Paper) Choose either a or b (1 hr 15mins Paper)

25% 25%

Career Prospects There are many courses and careers opportunities available for students of Business Studies which include some of the following: accounting, advertising account executive, banking, marketing, management, manufacturing, teaching, logistics, finance, market research, human resources and being your own boss.

AS/A2 LEVEL

Business Studies Sharjah English School


GCE ICT 2520 Course outline This course looks at students working co-operatively and managing projects. They w ill develop personal learning and thinking skills, provide quality ICT-based solutions to a range of problems and develop an aw areness of developments in technology. ‘To err is human - and to blame it on a computer is even more so’ Robert Orben

AS level

Unit 1: Practical problem solving in the digital w orld Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the development of ICT systems through the practical experience of using a range of applications software in a structured way, to create solutions to realistic problems for clients, end users and their audiences. Unit 2: Liv ing in the digital world Students will look at ways in which ICT has been integrated into, and also changed, society and the way in which it works. They will investigate computer sy stems, people and ICT systems, data transfer, safety, security, backup and recovery.

A2 Level Unit 3: The use of ICT in the digital w orld This unit covers the importance of information to large organizations and how ICT sy stems provide such information. It investigates the management of ICT, developing and introducing ICT systems into organizations as well as training and supporting users of ICT sy stems. Unit 4: Practical issues inv olved in the use of ICT in the digital w orld Students will gain the opportunity to get involved in a real or realistic situation to use their skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT to solve a problem for a client through analysing, designing, implementing, testing and evaluating an ICT system.

Assessment Criteria Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World 50% of total AS marks 25% of total A Level marks

(1 ½ hr Paper)

Unit 2: Living in the Digital World 50% of total AS marks 25% of total A Level marks

(1 ½ hr Paper)

Unit 3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World 60% of total A2 marks 30% of total A Level marks

(2 hr Paper)

Unit 4: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World 40% of total A2 marks 20% of total A Level marks

(Coursew ork)

Career prospects This new specif ication has been designed to help students who w is h to go on to higher education courses or employment w here understanding how ICT can be used in society and business, and the implications of its use, w ill be a valuable asset.

AS/A2 LEVEL

ICT Sharjah English School


AS/A2 French AS 8FR01/A 9FR01 wwwedexcel.com

Course outline French at AS and A2 level builds upon the GCSE French course. However, at this level the course is much more topic and debate led. Independent research into Francophile issues is a main course requirement in addition to a passion for language and hard work. Students will further enhance their knowledge of grammar and become much more effective communicators. Impossible n’est pas français

AS level The French course at AS level is firmly centered around issues and debate which affect young people within the French speaking world. Through the medium of French the course explores topics such as youth culture, lifestyles, health and fitness, education and career opportunities, tourism and the environment.

A2 Level The French course at A2 level builds upon and extends the work of the AS course. Through the medium of French the course further explores the additional topics such as customs, beliefs and religions, French literature and the arts and international concerns and events.

Assessment Criteria The assessment of the course focuses on the four main skill requirements of language acquisition; •Speaking, questioning and a pre-prepared debate. •Writing, topic essays and English to French translation. •Reading, understanding and responding. •Listening, understanding and responding.

Career prospects Students with an AS/A Level language qualification will find many career opportunities such as Banking, Translation, Business Management, Teaching and Tourism. In addition French acquisition will be a useful tool to many international career routes such as Law, Finance and Medicine.

AS/A2 LEVEL

French Sharjah English School


HISTORY (8HIO1&9HIO2) HISTORY (8HIO1&9HIO2) wwwedexcel.com

Course outline The course offers a wide and stimulating choice of content including British, European and World history, covering areas such as Medieval England and the British Empire. There are four units, two to be completed in each year of the course. Coursework is a feature of A2 and the specification offers a choice of question in e very unit. History, by appraising. ..[the students] of the past, will enable them to judge the future. Thomas Jefferson

AS level Unit 1: Historical Themes in Breadth. Option D – A World divided: Communism and Democracy in the 20th Century. Students explore aspects of Chinese history between 1900 & 1976 to assess the historical significance of events, ideas, attitudes and beliefs and how these influenced behaviour and action. Unit 2: British History Depth Studies. Option E – British political history 1945-90: Consensus & Conflict. Students will study the period 1945-90 looking particularly at the reason for political victories, key policies, the economy and social problems.

A2 Level Unit 3: Depth Studies and Associated Historical Controversies. Option C – The United States Challenged and Transformed. In this unit students will investigate the Civil War and the historical controversies and debates surrounding it. Unit 4: Historical Enquir y. Internally assessed coursework – Twentieth Century America. Students will carry out an enquiry looking at factors influencing change and development in the short and long-term over a period of at least 100 years.

Assessment Criteria •Unit •Unit •Unit •Unit

1 – Written exam ination, answer 2 questions, 25% 2 – Written exam ination, answer 2 source based questions, 25% 3- Written exam ination, answer 2 questions 30% 4 – Coursework, answer 2 extended essay questions 20%

Career prospects The study of history sharpens logical, critical, and analytic thinking; providing young people with opportunities to develop a variety of skills that w ill contribute to their em ployability, whatever their chosen career. The transferable skills, abilities and attitudes to independent learning developed through the study of history m ake young people attractive to employers.

AS/A2 LEVEL

History Sharjah English School


Geography wwwedexcel.com

Course outline This course recognises and confirms the essential unity of geography, w hile also allow ing students to study discrete areas of the subj ect. Wherever appropriate the course suggests a systems approach w ith recognition of the interrelationships betw een physical and human env ironments, but it also provides an opportunity to establish an in-depth understanding of physical, human and environmental geography before the more complex interrelationships are explored in a synoptic context.

AS level Global Challenges. Students complete two compulsory units – World at risk & Going Global Global challenges includes the causes, impacts and management of natural hazards and globalisation. The unit also identifies how we can influence global challenges through our own lives. Geographical Investigations. Students pick one physical and one human topic to study. Physical topics Topic 1: Extreme Weather, with its increasing ferocity and frequency, fascinates some people and threatens many others. Topic 2: Crowded Coasts reveals how increasing development is testing our ability to manage these valued environments. Human topics Topic 3: Unequal Spaces explores the causes and consequences of rural and urban disparities and how to manage them. Topic 4: Rebranding Places focuses on how we need to re-image and regenerate rural and urban places, using appropriate strategies.

A2 Level Contested Planet - The use and management of resources is a key issue for geography in today’s world. Consumption patterns highlight stark inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people. Many resources are finite, and rising consumption means that difficult decisions over the use of resources will have to be taken more frequently. There are six compulsory topics: Energy Security, Water Conflicts, Biodiversity Under Threat, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap and The Technological Fix? Geographical Research Options range from those with a strong physical geography focus, to those concerned more with environmental, social and cultural geographies. Students must select and study one of the following research options: Tectonic Activity and Hazards, Cold Environments — Landscapes and Change, Life on the Margins — the Food Supply Problem, The World of Cultural Diversity, Pollution and Human Health at Risk, Consuming the Rural Landscape — Leisure and Tourism. Unit AS

A2

Exam

Weighting

1. Global Challenges

1h 30m

30% (60%)

2. Geographical Investigations

1h 15 m

20% (30%)

3. Contested Planet

2h 30m

30% (60%)

4. Geographical Research

1h 30m

15% (30%)

Career prospects Geography helps us to understand and explain the complex world we live in. The important role of geographical knowledge in understanding current local and global issues, such as climate change and world trade, is increasingly recognised by governments and businesses. Furthermore, the specific skills and expertise gained by geographers makes them highly prized by a huge variety of employers.

AS/A2 LEVEL

Geography Sharjah English School


PHYSICAL EDUCATION Course outline The specification offers students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport such as performer, official and/or leader/coach at AS and then be able to specialise in one at A2. The content of the course will address current contemporary topics in sport such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and increasing commercialisation of sport. The course w ill also address physiological, psychological and historical im pacts with sport, recreation and perform ance.

AS level Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle This section focuses on how understanding the body and its systems can help lead to a healthy and active lifestyle and is limited to the following topics: Applied Exercise Physiology, Skill Acquisition, Opportunities for Participation.

Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer and/or in an adopted role/s. The coursework component is based upon the principles of acquiring and applying knowledge, skills and understanding from the learning of the theoretical aspects covered in this unit, in order to develop and improve performance in a minimum of two sport related roles. Candidates will be given the opportunity to analyse the performance of themselves and others, facilitating a refining of skills via an analysis of techniques and their application in isolation and modified conditions or conditioned practices.

A2 Level Unit 3: Optim ising perform ance & evaluating contemporary issues w ithin sport. Section A Applied physiology to optimise performance ( Energy sources and systems) Section B Psychological aspects that optimise performance Section C Evaluating contemporary influences Cultural, Historical, Socio- Economical Unit 4: Optim ising practical perform ance in a competitive situation The nature of the unit requires candidates to utilise the knowledge and understanding developed from the course to improve their own personal performance, as a practical performer, coach/leader or official in one activity.

Assessment Criteria Unit Unit Unit Unit

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60% of 40% of 30% of 20% of

AS, 30% of A Level (2 hour written examination) AS, 20% of A Level (Internal assessment w ith external moderation) A Level (2 hour written examination) A Level (Internal assessment w ith external moderation)

Career prospects Most students go on to Higher Education, some to become PE Teachers, others to study Sport Studies, Sport Science, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Journalis m, Sports Nutrition, Leisure Management, Sports Coaching and Development or even Medicine. The course is also a good basis for anyone entering the Uniformed Services.

AS/A2 LEVEL

Physical Education Sharjah English School

Subject Sheets 2013 -New  

Subject Sheets 2013 -New