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A Humanities College


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011/12

Simon Balle School

Sixth Form Prospectus 2011/12

Simon Balle School


Mangrove Road

Alison Saunders

Hertford SG13 8AJ

Chair of Governors Dr Viv Jones


(01992) 410400, ext. 230


(01992) 410401

Director of Sixth Form


Steve Preshous

Web site: Sixth Form Manager Lynn Salt


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Contents An Introduction from the Headteacher . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Admission to the Sixth Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Sixth Form Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The Sixth Form Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 A message from the Director of Sixth Form . . . . . . . 10 Art – Fine Art/Ceramics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Biology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Business Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 OCR Level 3 National Certificate in Business . . . . . . . 12 Chemistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Drama & Theatre Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Economics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 English Literature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 English Language & Literature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Film Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Design & Technology: Food Technology . . . . . . . . . . 16 French and German . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Geography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Government & Politics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 OCR Level 3 National Certificate in ICT . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Mathematics and Further Mathematics . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Music Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Physical Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Physics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Design & Technology: Resistant Materials . . . . . . . . . 22 Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Religious Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Sociology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Design & Technology: Textile Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 What’s so great about Simon Balle? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25


Sixth Form Prospectus 2011/12

An Introduction from the Headteacher achieve. Indeed our recent results show an upward trend with 52% of students achieving A*–B grades in their A level studies. This is a sixth form where research and enquiry are at the forefront. We are one of the few schools in Hertfordshire that offer the “Extended Project Qualification” as part of our range of “Pre-University Studies”. Following excellent results last year, our students continue to speak highly of the skills acquired and the local authority has praised the course for best practice. Our recently refurbished library exemplifies this; an up-to-date collection of books, sitting alongside on-line academic journals, state-of-the-art ICT facilities, with highly professional staff who act as guides to the collection and facilitate research. Our sixth form students greatly value this resource as a quiet, reflective but stimulating place to think and work. However, our success is not just about academic study. The level of care, guidance and support for all students is outstanding. They rightly feel that they are part of an amazing community which has so much to offer. Parents are kept up-to-date with all events through a weekly bulletin and are fully involved with their child’s progress at every step. We want to ensure that all of our young people are able to develop and grow into responsible, happy and successful adults. Sixth form is hard work, with many challenges, as well as opportunities. Our Senior Student Leadership development programme is another unique feature of Simon Balle, whereby all students are able to contribute to the daily running of our school. What better way to spend the next two years of your education? We look forward to welcoming you at Simon Balle. It is such a privilege and pleasure to be able to introduce you to our very special Sixth Form at Simon Balle. The sixth form plays a key role in our school and shares its distinct ethos: “a delightful place in which to teach and learn” (Ofsted 2009). Our curriculum is excellent. We are able to offer a wide choice of subjects and combinations, all taught to a very high standard in appropriate group sizes, with specialist teachers and facilities.

Alison Saunders Headteacher

“Students benefit from an outstanding level of care, guidance and support, and an excellent curriculum that is taught well.”

Our vision is clear: we aim to be a centre of excellence where all students are passionate about their learning and driven to

Ofsted Inspection report, 2009


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Admission to the Sixth Form What are the entry requirements?

What do we offer students? ■■ High quality teaching and learning

The key to success in the Sixth Form is studying the right courses at the right level. At Simon Balle Sixth Form, we offer courses at different levels and in a wide range of subjects.

■■ Wide range of subject combinations ■■ Personalised programme to meet each student’s needs ■■ An extensive range of additional learning opportunities

By analysing our own data and UK national statistics we have established different pathways for students to follow to give them the best chance of success. The thresholds for each pathway are designed to be inclusive and optimistic, and while they do not guarantee success at any level, they help decide the sort of course package that should be chosen.

■■ A supportive transition from Year 11 into the sixth form and

beyond ■■ Exceptional facilities for sixth form students ■■ Outstanding student support ■■ Work experience opportunities for all Year 12 students.

■■ For subject-specific requirements to study AS level, please

refer to the the Entry Requirements Handout, or the summary given with each subject in this Prospectus. ■■ Students are expected to have displayed a mature and co-operative attitude towards academic work, fellow students and staff during their GCSE courses. ■■ All prospective entrants are required to fill in an application form and will then be interviewed regarding their suitability for courses.

Who is elegible? ■■ There is no restriction on where students live when applying

for Simon Balle Sixth Form – we welcome students from outside our immediate area. ■■ We welcome applications from Simon Balle School students, students from other local schools, from the Independent sector, and from overseas.

Please note that the courses and options offered on pages 11–23 are subject to change without notice. You may wish to discuss details of a particular course with the teacher in charge of that subject.

“The Sixth Form welcomes a considerable number of new students from other schools … These students are all very clear about what makes the school so special, which is its inclusive and holistic ethos. They are very keen to point out that they had not previously experienced such a high calibre of care, guidance and support. As a result, these students are thriving alongside their peers and are now fulfilling their potential.”

For all enquiries and appointments, please contact:

Mrs Lynn Salt, Sixth Form Manager telephone: (01992) 410400, ext. 230 email: Please note that throughout this process we are happy to offer advice and guidance to students and parents.

Ofsted Inspection report, 2009


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The Application Process 17 November 2011

1 December 2011

Sixth Form Open Evening

In-house application deadline

This is an important evening for all students interested in joining us in September 2012. On the evening students and their families will be able to discuss the various options available, talk to the staff who may be teaching the subjects, and speak to our current Year 12 and Year 13 students who are studying the subjects. Application forms will be available on the Open Evening or via the school website.

This is the deadline for all students currently attending SBS. During the autumn term students will be offered help and guidance with the application process and information will be given on how to choose the right courses.

February 2012 All applicants meet with a member of the sixth form team to discuss Post-16 options and entry criteria. The student is expected to bring with them their last academic report and inform the school of any additional needs they may have.

1 December 2011 External application deadline

March/April 2012

May/June 2012

Provisional offers letter

Students sit their GCSE exams.

All students will receive a letter notifying them if they have secured a place in the Sixth Form. The letter will be a provisional offer. It will identify the subjects the student has opted for and the grades they are required to achieve in order to gain a place at Simon Balle Sixth Form.

This is the deadline for all students not currently attending SBS. External applicants are invited to the Open Evening. If an additional visit is required before submitting an application students or their parents are advised to contact the Sixth Form Manager. Application forms will be available on the Open Evening or via the school website.

June/July 2012 Students attend a two-day induction programme.

August 2012 Results Day: students receive their GCSE results. All students finalise their options in an interview.


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Sixth Form Study


■■ The majority of Year 12 students study four AS Level subjects.

The Library has a very clear vision and strategy for encouraging and supporting use by sixth form students. It is available for study use throughout the school day; 24/7 access to the catalogue and online resources is being developed through our cloud-based MyLibrary button.

■■ In Year 13 the majority of students continue to study three

subjects to A2 Level. ■■ Students complement their studies by taking examinations in

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the IFS Level 3 Certificate in Financial Capability, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), or the Level 3 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness. Students are encouraged to structure their private study by using the range of facilities available. The spacious split-level Sixth Form area and computer resource room (see photographs on this page) are exclusively available to Years 12 and 13. In addition to this, the newly refurbished School Library has excellent research materials available and we publish a list of quiet rooms for students to use. Study skills are taught as part of the comprehensive induction programme, and across subjects. All students are issued with a personal planner to assist them with organisation.

Or qualified Library staff provide a range of tutorials on research, referencing and creating bibliographies, and they are also available for one-to-one guidance. They work closely with subject teachers to promote print and online resources to sixth formers. A variety of current newspapers, journals and revision aids are also located in the Library. We believe that the Library offers our sixth form students a purposeful and well-resourced study space where they can develop independent research skills that will serve them well at university and in employment. For more information, see

Sixth Form study

The new library


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The Sixth Form Team Dedicated to supporting students Director of Sixth Form

Sixth Form Careers and Higher Education Advisor

The Director of Sixth Form is an Assistant Headteacher who has a strategic overview with the aim of shaping the future of our sixth form to enable young people to achieve their potential and provide outstanding opportunities for personal growth.

■■ Provides guidance for the Year 12 work experience

programme. ■■ Provides UCAS and post-18 careers guidance for students

and parents.

Within the Sixth Form structure we are extremely fortunate to have the following members of staff to help support the students:

Sixth Form Administrator ■■ Provides additional support for both staff and students ■■ Data provision.

Sixth Form Manager

Lead Tutors

■■ Responsible for the day-to-day management of the Sixth

■■ Sixth Form UCAS and ALIS Co-ordinator

Form ■■ Offers pastoral and academic support to students and their parents ■■ Co-ordinates the application process for prospective students new to Simon Balle. ■■ Monitors student attendance.

■■ Sixth Form Induction and Enrichment Co-ordinator.

Form Tutors for Year 12 and 13 ■■ Pastoral and Academic support to students with a focus on

transition, progress and well-being.

Student Leadership Team This team includes: ■■ Student Leaders with direct responsibility for: Environment,

School Parliament, Events, Specialist School, House Events, Learning Group, Sport, and Key Stage 3 ■■ These students meet regularly to discuss and plan changes that will develop the Sixth Form and wider school community.

The success of the Sixth Form is a result of a strong staff team dedicated to supporting and motivating its students.


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Enrichment and Learning Opportunities

Numerous educational opportunities: ■■ Chief Examiners visit and advise students and staff

We believe that these events are key to student success, so we ensure that we are meeting all students’ needs by providing a vast range of activities. Many are linked to particular curriculum areas, some are targeted at particular groups whilst others promote certain skills (leadership, team work, entrepreneurial abilities, etc.).

■■ Science – Nuffield Bursaries ■■ Model United Nations ■■ Higher Education Convention ■■ Medlink – Course for prospective medical students ■■ Annual Public Art Exhibition

Further details can be found on our website, and in the Sixth Form Weekly Bulletin.

■■ Application to register for the Young, Gifted & Talented

Some recent opportunities:

■■ Question Time – organised by Year 13

Learner Academy ■■ Wide-ranging opportunities within the Music Department ■■ Extended Project Qualification (Designed to stretch A-level

■■ Individual advice and guidance on academic and personal ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

students, the EPQ requires students to complete a project ranging from a mini-dissertation to creative visual work.) ■■ A wide variety of musical ensembles and concerts.

development Taster lessons and guidance on AS subject choice Careers/Higher Education Advisor within the Sixth Form Medicine/Law/Oxbridge support and guidance Headstart – Programme of support for Oxbridge students Sixth Form Conferences UCAS training for staff, students and parents.

Trips, activities and charity events: ■■ Annual Leaver’s Ball ■■ Annual ski trip ■■ House music, dance and drama ■■ Annual overseas music tour

Personal Development Opportunities:

■■ Overseas Sixth Form trips

■■ Student Leadership Team

■■ Pink Day – Breast cancer awareness

■■ Community Sports Leadership Award.

■■ Blue Day – Testicular cancer awareness

■■ Higher Sports Leadership Award

■■ Sporting opportunities for all students including girl’s football

■■ Opportunities for gap year students to work within the ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

■■ Yoga

school School Parliament Debating Club Philosophy Club Amnesty International Model United Nations.

■■ Year 12 visit to Corpus Christi College, University of

Cambridge ■■ Head Start Day for Oxbridge candidates.


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PE and Games

encouraged and in recent years, with the help of the P.E staff, a dodgeball league has been set up. This is but one example of some of the more unusual activities on offer. A strong emphasis is placed upon equal opportunities for both sexes and the Simon Balle Sixth Form boasts successful girl’s football and rugby sides.

There are many opportunities for students to become involved in sporting activities while in the Sixth Form. There are extensive senior fixtures covering a range of sports and students are welcome to join in lunchtime practices as well as coaching and helping with the running of junior teams. The CSL and HSL courses in sports leadership are available through the school, and involve students coaching sport in local primary schools. As well as offering most conventional sports, student led activities are

For images of our sports facilities, see our website. Below: our team became Lea Valley District 1st XI football champions in 2011.


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A message from the Director of Sixth Form Welcome to our Sixth Form Prospectus which I hope will give you just a flavour of what a special place this is. Having decided to investigate becoming a student at Simon Balle Sixth Form, you will need some information regarding the courses on offer. The following section of the Prospectus provides you with the information you need to start making choices about the subjects you intend to study. Choosing AS level subjects can be a daunting prospect as there are so many to choose from. Whatever your final decision, you need to consider the following: ■■ what subjects are you good at and enjoy? ■■ what are your predicted grades and the entry requirements? ■■ what are the career implications of your choices, including

the subject requirements of universities? Support and advice is available when you are making your choices during the Sixth Forma Open Evening in November, and in guidance discussions in the Autumn and Spring terms. External students also have the opportunity to have this guidance during a visit to the school. Our Sixth Form is a vibrant, friendly and comfortable environment where students are challenged to succeed and are supported by caring and experienced staff. Academic achievement is high and when students complete their courses they are well equipped for their next steps, whatever those steps may be. I wish you every success in your GCSEs. Steve Preshous Director of Sixth Form


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Art – Fine Art/Ceramics


This course will test and develop your creative imagination and improve your analytical response to art. You are required to work in at least two of the following disciplines, from which you can choose your own direction. Options include: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, collage, photography and installation work amongst others. AS assessment: this is based on your ‘portfolio of work’ (50%) and an externally-set assignment. At A2 level, you are assessed on your personal investigation.

You will develop essential knowledge and understanding of biological concepts, and further understand how these concepts are applied in the constantly adapting field of biology. You will also gain an awareness of advances in biotechnology, and the value and responsible use of biology in society.

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Developing and extending your technical skills?

P hotography/film/media Architecture Fashion Fine Art

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The natural processes which control the world around us?

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The human body?

edicine M Environmental work Forensic Science Physiotherapy/OT

Being able to further understand the science behind contemporary news stories? AQA AS 5411, A2 6411 Required GCSE grade: Biology B (or Science Core A Additional B)

And many other areas… Observing the world around you? AQA AS 5201, A2 6201 Required GCSE grade: B in Art


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Business Studies

OCR Level 3 National Certificate in Business

This course is designed to develop your understanding of business concepts and theories and how to apply these in a range of contemporary contexts. You will acquire a broad range of skills including the ability to make decisions through analysis of information. By the end of the course you will be able to analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of businesses and the role they play.

This course is equivalent to one GCE A-level. It allows you to develop an understanding of business and the operation of business functions in an investigative and practical way. Students work autonomously to produce portfolios of evidence to satisfy the assessment criteria. Although externally assessed, there are no examinations for this qualification.

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Investigating business Customer service Business communication Finance for business.

A further two units follow the basic units. The award is graded as a Distinction, Merit or Pass – equivalent to an A, C or E grade in one A-level.

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Understanding more about contemporary business issues?

■■ B usiness management ■■ Finance and banking ■■ Project management

How new products are developed? Understanding how and why business behaviour affects various sections of the population?

See http://simonballebusinesseducation. for more information.

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How business works?

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How new products are developed? Exploring business through research and investigation?

Exploring business through research and investigation? AQA AS 1131, A2 2131 Required GCSE grade: B in English and Maths

Customer-facing roles Business administration Finance and banking Entrepreneurship

And many other areas… What makes a business successful? OCR Level 3 National Certificate in Business Details of entrance requirements on application


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Through a highly practical course, you will study a wide range of topics ranging from fuels and atmosphere through to biochemical sciences and chemistry in industry. In the process you will gain essential knowledge and understanding of the concepts involved in chemistry, as well as refining and extending your practical and research skills. You will also develop a better understanding of the link between theory and experimentation.

At AS level, the focus is on the development and performance of the students own choreography and performing within a duet/ trio. All students will receive training on technique and the health and safety of the dancer. They will begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and professional repertoire. At A2, the focus of choreography is shifted towards group dance. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of one of the following: modern dance, jazz dance, ballet. Students will also make an analytical study of one set work and its cultural and artistic content.

See the Pathways booklet for further information

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Research work?

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Problem Solving?

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Expressing yourself creatively through a ■■ Higher education physical medium? ■■ Performance ■■ Arts administration Working corroboratively with other dancers creating innovative ■■ Teaching performances? Edexcel AS 8DR01, A2 9DR01 Required GCSE grade: B in Dance and C in English

edicine M Veterinary Sciences Biochemistry Pharmaceuticals

Applying analytical skills in practical contexts? OCR AS H043/H034, A2 H434/H435 Required GCSE grade: Chemistry B (or Science Core A Additional B)


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Drama & Theatre Studies


This course combines the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, performing scripted plays, analysing theatre productions and critically evaluating all these elements of drama and theatre. Students who complete the course will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, and will have developed their analytical, creative and team skills. Because of the course’s performance nature, the course requires confidence, creativity and good communication skills.

Economics is all about how the forces of demand and supply work in markets, and about how resources can be allocated effectively at an individual, business, national and international level. The economics course aims to develop your understanding of economic theories and how to apply these in the real world, realising their value and limitations in explaining issues and phenomena. You will acquire a range of skills including the ability to make decisions having considered appropriate information and you will analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy. During the first year you will study markets, how they work and how they might fail; the national economy, and how the government seeks to manage it. Are you interested in…

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Applying your creativity in a dramatic context?

■■ A ny career in which confidence and communication skills are valued ■■ Architecture ■■ Fashion ■■ Fine Art

Developing performance and communication skills? Critically analysing drama and theatre?

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Developing an understanding of economic concepts?

■■ F inance, insurance and banking ■■ Politics ■■ Marketing and advertising

Understanding the use of global resources? AQA AS 1141, A2 2141 Required GCSE grade: B in English & Maths

And many other areas… Edexcel AS 8DR01, A2 9DR01 Required GCSE grade: B in Drama and C in English, or a proven record in performance


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English Literature

English Language & Literature

This course aims to develop clear and effective responses to literature through looking at pre-1900 to modern-day novels, drama from Shakespeare to contemporary and poetry from the middle ages to the late 20th century. It will extend your ability from GCSE to use critical concepts and terminology. You are encouraged to develop personal responses to texts, and to explore connections between pieces of literature.

The course aims to nurture students’ analytical skills by studying texts from a list of drama and prose texts. Students also have an opportunity to write in a particular style, register or voice based on their study of texts. The course explores spoken language and how form and context can help shape meaning. Candidates are taught how to respond to texts by the use of appropriate terminology and will examine non-fictional texts and other examples of the spoken and written word.

Literature at A level is an exciting and demanding course in which a love of reading and a willingness to undertake independent research is essential.

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Ultimately, this course introduces the student to the principles of integrated literary and linguistic analysis, and to enhance their skills as writers and readers. Students must be enthused by literature and by challenging reading.

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■■ A ny career where critical skills are required ■■ Journalism Reading widely around literature ■■ Publishing from different periods? ■■ Media/Advertising AQA English Literature B AS 1746, A2 2746 Required GCSE grade: B in English Language & Literature Extending your analytical abilities?

Extending your analytical abilities?

Exploring and sharing ideas?

Exploring and sharing ideas?

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■■ A ny career where critical skills are required ■■ Journalism Reading widely around literature from ■■ Publishing different periods? ■■ Media/Advertising AQA AS 1721, A2 2721 Required GCSE grade: B in English Language & Literature


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Film Studies

Design & Technology: Food Technology

The Film Studies course is designed to encourage your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. You will study cinema as a medium, as an art form and as a social and economic institution. The course will develop your analytical skills by encouraging your responses as to how films communicate meaning.

This course encourages candidates to take a broad view of food science and nutrition, to develop their capacity to to design and make products and to appreciate the relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. Students will have the opportunity to cook during most weeks in the year. In both As and A2 years, 50% of the marks derive from a piece of internally assessed coursework and 50% from an externally marked examination.

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Exploring how films communicate meaning and provoke response?

■■ T he film industry ■■ Television ■■ Advertising

The impact of films on society?

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■■ Product development ■■ Retail Understanding contemporary design ■■ Hospitality and Entertainment industries and technology practices? ■■ the Food, Health and Safety, Learning to develop quality products? Sports and Leisure industries ■■ Teaching Thinking creatively? Edexcel AS 8RM01, A2 9RM01 Required GCSE grade: B in Food and Catering and/or Science Building on your knowledge of food/ nutrition/catering?

Film Making? WJEC AS 2181, A2 3181 Required GCSE grade: B in English


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French and German


The geography course is designed to offer you an insight into the nature, characteristics and functioning of certain physical and human systems and environments. You will develop a wide range of geographical skills and techniques and be able to appreciate differing view points and values. In Year 12, all students take part in a residential field trip to develop their geographical skills.

These courses will take your fluency in the foreign language to the next level, allowing confident communication. This is achieved through studying a range of topics including human relationships, work and leisure and the environment. The components include speaking, listening, reading and writing.

For further information, please visit simonballegeography.

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■■ A nything! A language demonstrates skills valuable to all employers Understanding how language works? ■■ Business Living or working abroad? ■■ Politics ■■ Teaching OCR French AS H075, A2 H475; German AS H076 , A2 H476 Required GCSE grade: B in French or German

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■■ A ny career requiring a wide range of academic and written skills ■■ Geographical research Understanding and appreciating ■■ Cartography and Meteorology other cultures? ■■ Travel and Tourism Edexcel AS 8GE01, A2 9GE01 Required GCSE grade: B in Geography

Developing your understanding of French or German?

The physical world?

The difficulties facing the environment?


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Government & Politics


This course will extend and develop your abilities to evaluate and interpret source materials through a study of Germany 1933-63. Analytical and explanatory skills are extended through an in-depth study of Britain from 1873-1946. A focus is placed upon being able to present a clean, concise and relevant answer, meaning skills are valuable in a broader sense. The course at A2 refines these skills as well as developing students’ independence through a critical evaluation of Russia 1894-1924.

Politics is central to all aspects of the lives we live and the society we live in. This is a topical course which explores current political debates in Britain and around the world. It will develop your understanding of the political process, the people within it and the events that shape it. You will have the opportunity to participate in debate, examining and evaluating the nature of government and the rights and responsibilities of individuals. The AS course examines British politics, whilst the A2 course covers US government and politics. Are you interested in…

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The way in which governments function?

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Current political issues?

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P olitics Journalism Media Public Administration

■■ Any career which requires skilful interpretation of information ■■ Law ■■ Education OCR AS F961/F964, A2 F965/F966 Required GCSE grade: B in History

Exploring interpretations? Thinking and discussion? Research?

International affairs? Edexcel AS 8GP01, A2 9GP01 Required GCSE grade: B in English Language & Literature


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OCR Level 3 National Certificate in ICT

Mathematics and Further Mathematics

This course encourages you to develop a wide range of ICT skills and knowledge in a more vocational and practical context than traditional A-levels. The four basic units cover: Digital business communication; Collaborative working to produce a quality magazine product; Problem solving in ICT; and Creating a digital showcase. A further two units follow the basic units.

These courses give you the opportunity to extend your mathematical skills and develop your mathematical brain. You will be able to sample each of the areas of mathematics and the course will provide good preparation for a degree course, not necessarily in mathematics. For information on both courses please see the website.

The award is graded as a Distinction, Merit or Pass – equivalent to an A, C or E grade in one A-level.

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■■ F inance, insurance and banking ■■ Engineering ■■ Science-related fields Sampling a range of mathematical areas? ■■ Psychology Preparing for a maths-related degree course? Edexcel AS 8371, A2 9371 (Maths); Edexcel AS 8372, A2 9372 (Further Maths) Required GCSE grade: B in Maths (300 UMS and B in final module) Problem solving?

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Problem solving?

■■ B usiness and e-commerce ■■ Finance ■■ Computer science

Using IT effectively? Project development?

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Extending your knowledge of pure maths?

And many other areas… OCR Level 3 National Certificate in IT Required GCSE grade C or pass in ICT


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Music Technology

Through a wide range of techniques, you will gain a wider understanding of both practical and academic music. You will study a broad range of topics including performance, composition, music history and aural perception. For further information, please visit

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This course develops your ability to create music and develops competence in the use of studio recording equipment. Modules on sequencing, recording, computer based music and microphone techniques are all included.

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■■ Performance ■■ Teaching ■■ Music Production Improving your analysis of music through listening? ■■ Music Retail OCR AS H142, A2 H542 Required GCSE grade: B in Music Extending your composition and performance skills?

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■■ R ecording Industry ■■ Music Production ■■ Radio/Media

Composing using technology? Performing?

Edexcel AS 8MT1, A2 9MT01 Interested students should speak with the music staff to discuss suitability


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Physical Education This course, as well as retaining a strong practical element, develops an appreciation of the social, moral and cultural issues which affect provision, participation and performance in physical activity. Modules on sports psychology and the history of sport provide a chance for you to explore many of the issues, past and present, surrounding sport.

In this course you will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes and will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies Through the study of the work of other photographers you will gain an appreciation of the formal elements involved and improve your critical skills. AS assessment is based on your portfolio of work (50%) and the externallyset assignment. At A2 level, you are assessed on your personal investigation. Are you interested in…

Leading to opportunities in...

Are you interested in…

Capturing the world around you?

■■ P hotography ■■ Media ■■ Television

Practical performance?

Printing and developing film?

Leading to opportunities in...

■■ Teaching ■■ Science related areas The issues surrounding physical ■■ Journalism activity? ■■ Media OCR AS H154, A2 H554 Required GCSE grades: B in PE (C in PE theory) and C in Science

Lighting and exposure techniques? AQA AS 5206, A2 6206 Required GCSE grade: B in Art


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Design & Technology: Resistant Materials

Physics at ‘A’ level is about bringing your analytical skills to bear on the world around you, with a strong emphasis on logical thought and the interpretation of evidence. You will also have the opportunity to verify the theory you learn through experimentation and practical experience. Topics taught include Mechanics, Particle Physics, Astrophysics and more. This course is of particular interest to anybody who is wanting to demonstrate and develop their skills in critical analysis of evidence and/or scientific thought.

This course builds both the theoretical and creative aspects of Resistant Materials Design and Technology. Students develop their capacity to design and make products using woods, metals and plastics. Students also learn to appreciate the relationship between design, materials, manufacturing, industrial processes and marketing. Students have the opportunity to design and make a resistant materials product in both years of the full course. In both As and A2 years, 50% of the marks derive from a piece of internally assessed coursework and 50% from an externally marked examination. Are you interested in…

Leading to opportunities in...

Are you interested in…

Leading to opportunities in...

Developing practical skills?

Intellectual challenge and stimulation?

■■ P hysics ■■ Engineering ■■ Medicine

Understanding the ‘design process’?

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Experimental work? Problem solving?

Learning about industrial processes and approaches?

P roduct design Engineering Graphic design Architecture

Thinking creatively? Edexcel AS 8RM01, A2 9RM01 Required GCSE grade: C in Product Design

AQA AS 5451, A2 6451 Required GCSE grade: Physics B (or Science Core A Additional B)


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Religious Studies You do not need to be religious to undertake this course. You will contribute opinions as well as listening to the ideas of others. The course focuses on religious Ethics and Buddhism. Buddhism studies the life of the Buddha and his teachings. Ethics covers how people make ethical decisions.

This course explores the science of the mind and behaviour how do people behave and how do their minds work? Driven by the debate of nature vs nurture, the course explores the influence of our genetics, society, learning experiences and cognitive abilities on our memory, fears, obedience, speech, choices and mental health. Second year options apply this knowledge to either the understanding of crime, health, drug abuse or child development. For further information, please visit http://sbspsychology.wordpress. com. Are you interested in… Are you interested in…

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■■ A ny career where evaluation and communication skills are valued ■ ■ Law Studying ethics and how ■■ A career where ethics is relevant people make ethical decisions? ■■ Medicine ■■ Teaching OCR AS H172, A2 H572 Required GCSE grade: B in English Exploring religious ideas and concepts?

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■■ Sport psychology ■■ Forensic psychology ■■ Health care Discovering how psychological experiments are conducted? ■■ Research and Education Edexcel AS 8PS01, A2 9PS01 Required GCSE grades: B in Maths and Science Human behaviour and how it is influenced?


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Design & Technology: Textile Design

Sociologists are curious about the world and the way it functions. This course will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary society and the way in which institutions, individuals and groups interact. Through the exploration of the key themes of family, crime and deviance and social stratification, students will actively engage in critical inquiry and sociological research.

This course encourages both the theoretical and creative aspects of textiles technology. It will develop their capacity to design and make textile products and to appreciate the relation between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing. Candidates will have the opportunity to design and make a textile product in both years of the course. Options include: fashion, accessories, furnishings, and decorative textiles. At Simon Balle we strive to develop individual creativity in all our students in a relaxed but work-focussed environment. In both As and A2 years, 50% of the marks derive from a piece of internally assessed coursework and 50% from an externally marked examination.

Are you interested in…

Leading to opportunities in...

Exploring and analysing contemporary social issues?

■■ Journalism ■■ Social work ■■ Teaching Investigating your own personal identity, roles and responsibilities in ■■ Media society? ■■ Law OCR AS H181, A2 H581 Required GCSE grade: B in English Language

Are you interested in…

Leading to opportunities in...

Being creative and using your imagination to design and produce textiles?

■■ G raphic design, media ■■ Fashion & textile retail management ■■ Career in textile industry ■■ Costume ■■ Fashion and textile design ■■ Teaching

Learning new and developing existing skills and techniques?

Using theatre, fashion shows, galleries and other primary sources to help you to develop your work? OCR AS H164, A2 H564 Required GCSE grade: B in Textiles, Art, or any D&T subject


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What’s so great about Simon Balle? What our students say…

What our parents say…

“I like sixth form because you are treated as an adult. Also, it’s nice to be more independent, and there’s always a friendly atmosphere”

“After many years of being very unhappy at school, our daughter joined Simon Balle for Sixth Form. From our very first visit, we found it to be warm and welcoming. Although she has been there for only half a term, the difference in her has been remarkable and her attitude to learning is now completely positive.

Andrew “I moved from a local school and have loved every moment! The staff and pupils made me feel really welcome and I made a lot of lovely friends. All the teachers have helped throughout my studies. The Drama and P.E. departments are spectacular, and all facilities are brilliant and easily accessible. The best thing about this school is they make me feel like I’ve been here since Year 7; they have helped me fit in and are so friendly. I’d encourage and recommend anyone to come here. It’s been the best two years of my life!”

She feels that she is in a school where all the staff care not only about results, but about her. This has given her confidence to work hard, ask questions, and have expectations of what she can achieve. She looks forward to going to school and is beginning to take an active part in school life, which is something she has never done before. As parents we also feel we have been welcomed just as much and that we are able to call the school with any concerns, even when they seem quite trivial. All the staff I have spoken to have been extremely kind and have gone out of their way to help us. We now have a daughter who is happy and has a smile constantly on her face and that is because of the kindness and dedication of the staff at Simon Balle.”

Shannon “Sixth form at Simon Balle is great because all the students get along really well and you get to spend a lot more time on the subjects you enjoy. The teachers give you more responsibility , which helps you become more independent.”

Sixth Form Parent

Katie “I moved to Simon Balle from a boarding school. I really enjoy it here: the people are very welcoming and the teachers really helpful. Subjects are taught really well and the school has a lot of extra-curricular activities to get involved in. I’m enjoying it here.” Emily


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