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2017 Prospectus


Don’t just start somewhere...,


...start at South Hunsley Sixth Form 3

“Sixth formers are ambitious to succeed and report they get a really good deal” - Ofsted, May 2013 4


to South Hunsley Sixth Form We can offer you a fun and enjoyable sixth form experience with a variety of subjects, outstanding teaching, great facilities, plenty of work opportunities and lots of enrichment and social activities. The two years you will spend in post 16 education are potentially the most important years in your educational life. The subjects you choose to do now will shape what career options will be open to you and the skills and experiences you gain will play an enormous role in helping you take full advantage of opportunities in the future. We work hard to offer you courses, experiences and opportunities that make sure you can achieve. After your two years as a South Hunsley student, you’ll have some great memories and all the skills and knowledge you need for a bright and successful career. Ofsted have judged our Sixth Form as ‘Outstanding’, something we are particularly proud of, as it shows we are the very best in our field and everything we offer in our Sixth Form is to help you stand out from the crowd and fulfil your ambitions. It’s your life, your future, and we do everything we can to make sure you get where you want to be. We believe in you and we’ll help you achieve your very best. The key things for you to know are we work hard, set high standards and get amazing results. If you’re ready to aspire, achieve and succeed, South Hunsley Sixth Form is the place for you.

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Outstanding Results Learn from the Best Social Life Sports in Sixth Form Student Support University Careers Alumni Sixth Form Transport Course Requirements How to Apply The Courses Application Form 5

Outstanding A Level results Exceptionally high grades with 9% at A* This years A Level results continued a four year trend of consistently high grades. A Level results day saw smiling faces all round as students came to collect their outstanding results. Nearly 200 students sat exams with us this summer for both A Level and applied academic courses. There have been some truly exceptional individual achievements with a number of students being awarded straight A* and A grades and 74% of students achieving at least one A*-B grade. Our applied academic courses also achieved large numbers of Distinction* and Distinction grades.

South Hunsley Sixth Form has once again achieved a very high average point score and average point per student, resulting in us continuing to be one of the top sixth form providers. On average, students studying at South Hunsley Sixth Form achieve the equivalent of three B grades at A Level. Students had aspirations to study at some of the most competitive and sought after universities in the country, many striving to secure places at Russell Group universities. Over 80% of students were accepted at their first choice university, which is a fantastic to see. This is testament to students’ continuous hard work and dedication. 6

Mary Forman Maths A Biology B Chemistry C Future Plans: Veterinary Medicine at University of Nottingham “I could not wait to find out if I had got in to my first choice university. I was quite lucky that I was able to relax this morning knowing I’d been accepted before I opened the envelope. I’m looking forward to the next five years. I’ve always wanted to study veterinary medicine – I’m sure it’s going to be hard but I’m more than prepared.”

Holly Skinner Biology A* Maths A* Chemistry A Future Plans: Chemistry at Oxford University “I knew I’d been accepted into Oxford before I got my results this morning but when I opened the envelope it was still a complete shock. I had done even better than I expected and it really was just the icing on the cake for me. I’ve fallen in love with Oxford, the city is beautiful and I can’t wait to move there to study chemistry. The teachers have been brilliant, I can’t thank them enough. I’m looking forward to a new adventure.”

Rob Swain Maths A* Business Studies A Physics A General Studies B Future Plans: Aerospace Engineering at University of Sheffield “I am lost for words, the results are definitely better than I expected. I’m looking forward to seeing what my aerospace engineering course has to offer, but I’m most looking forward to the independence that comes with university life.” 7

Learn from the best Our teachers are some of the best in the business - friendly, experienced, full of ideas and real experts in their subjects. Above all, they are committed to helping you get the grades you need for whatever you plan to do next. You’ll find lessons in our sixth form very different to school. You’ll have much more independence and responsibility for your own learning. However, our teachers and sixth form team are always available to offer you any support, advice and guidance.


Educational visits Trips and visits will also play a big part in your sixth form learning and no matter what courses you study, you are sure to find yourself somewhere exciting to help you gain as much as you can from your chosen subjects. Trips to Berlin, Iceland, New York and Washington are all included in our sixth form calendar plus there are also plenty of theatre trips, Art exhibitions and university visits for you to take part in. These often link to your studies, but also allow you to broaden your horizons and share new experiences with your friends.

When Ofsted visited the Sixth Form in May 2013, they found that every single lesson they observed was good or outstanding. Our teachers always make sure your lessons are challenging and inspiring and Ofsted said: “Teachers’ skilful use of questioning to draw out students’ understanding, to tackle any misconceptions and challenge their critical and creative thinking skills further.” “Students take an active part in the lesson and as a result develop independence, listening and collaborative skills successfully.” “Teachers’ high expectations and careful use of information about students’ current abilities provide varied activities that challenge everyone, whatever their starting points.” 9

Enjoy a great social life Student Union


South Hunsley’s Student Union is run by students, for students. The Student Union sets the social calendar for the sixth form and organises all the main student events including the Year 13 Prom, end of term parties and fun charity activities such as the Christmas Fayre.

Our Sixth Form Centre is open throughout the school day and offers our sixth formers their own café, learning resource centre and social spaces. There is also free Wi-Fi access so you can bring your laptop or device in and connect to the internet anywhere.

On a more serious note, the Student Union also elects representatives to communicate the students’ view to the senior leaders so students’ opinions are heard and considered when we are looking at ways to improve your sixth form experience.


Sixth form students have access to dedicated subject facilities such as our Media Music Suite and Post 16 Art Studio as well as use of the Sports Centre facilities. One thing’s for certain, you can be sure that you’ll have all the resources you need to help you excel in your studies.

Clubs and Societies We have countless clubs and societies for you to join which will help you gain new skills, meet different people and simply have fun. Whatever your interests there is something for you and if you can’t find what you are looking for, why not set up your own club? That’s exactly how the debating society was formed and is a perfect example of what can be achieved when a group of students share an interest and want to pursue it further.

NUS Extra Card Don’t forget as a South Hunsley Sixth Form student you can also apply for an NUS Extra Card. You’ll be sure to get money off at your favourite stores with participating companies including Amazon, New Look, Pizza Express and Odeon plus many other online and high street stores.

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Sixth Form Sports Sport Leadership Academy Our Sport Leadership Academy is designed to offer you a pathway into sport. You can develop your leadership skills and achieve a nationally recognised qualification by taking either our Community Sports Leaders Award (CSLA) or the Higher Sports Leaders course (HSLC). The PE Department will work with you to give you access to the sport volunteering hours you need either at South Hunsley School or through the links they’ve established with our local primary schools. You could also find yourself as a Sports Captain for the college and in your final year of sixth form become a member of the PE Department as a Young Ambassador for PE. This will see you attend conferences and give you the opportunity to champion and promote school sport to other students.

Sports Teams South Hunsley has a strong sporting tradition which continues into the sixth form. You can join one of our teams and represent South Hunsley on a local, regional and national level. We currently have football, rugby and girls’ football teams and, as always, the option to set up your own is there. 12

Discounted Gym Membership At South Hunsley Sixth Form, you can exercise your body as well as your brain. South Hunsley Sports is perfectly located if you fancy a work out in the gym or a go on the climbing wall. Sixth formers are able to access the sports facilities with a membership for £12.50 a month.

15th best state school for sport in the country


Higher Education Skills Development We have partnered with the University of Hull to make sure that you are fully equipped for higher education study.


Completing our Higher Education Skills Certificate will demonstrate to universities that you are ready for the next level of study thanks to University of Hull lecturers and Graduate Study Skills Ambassadors who will visit South Hunsley to deliver workshops on note taking, referencing, independent study and university life.

Student Support Everything we do in our Sixth Form is to help you stand out from the crowd and shine in your chosen field. We are here to listen, advise and support you in your choices; there’s always someone available to discuss the options available to you. Financial Support

Advice and Guidance

As a sixth form student you will have access to a range of financial support depending on your circumstances.

You will have access to professional advice and guidance throughout your time in the sixth form.

All students can receive subsidised bus travel, ensuring a single journey to our sixth form will cost you no more than 70p. To take advantage of these rates you need to buy either a bus pass or bus tickets from our finance office. You might also qualify for a bursary which helps those most in need with travel and equipment costs, or you could also apply for one-off support payments.

Personal Development days and tutor time will be used to provide you with information on a range of important topics such as university and careers, and you will also receive advice and guidance from a number of experts and external visitors.

Academic Mentoring

Personal Tutor

We partner with the University of Hull to make sure you can access mentoring and academic support from undergraduates on degree courses in your chosen subject areas. Hull University undergraduates are assigned placements at our sixth form over a number of weeks which gives them the time to come into your lessons and offer subject support. Plus, you can also book slots with them during your ‘free’ periods to get exam skills support or some HE guidance.

At the beginning of Year 12 you will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will offer one to one academic mentoring and pastoral support to ensure your time at South Hunsley Sixth Form is happy and successful. Your tutor will be available to discuss your progress and assessments in order to set you challenging but achievable targets, and will help ensure the best possible outcomes for you and your future. 15

Secure a place at your

chosen university

We are the highest ranking state school in the area for progression to Russell Group universities

UCAS Support Your UCAS application is our priority. We have highly experienced members of staff who successfully guide students through the UCAS process every year. Your Personal Tutor will work with you throughout your time at sixth form to make sure you’re taking advantage of all that is on offer to support your application and ensure you gain a place at your chosen university at the end of your course.


In 2016, over a third of our students progressed onto Russell Group universities. All our staff will work hard and support you to make sure you have the best chance of getting where you want to be in life.


Russell Group

If you are aiming for a place at Oxford or Cambridge you will be invited to join our Early Applicant Scheme as you’ll need to make an application to UCAS earlier than most other students. Also, as places at Oxford and Cambridge are highly competitive, you’ll need to start evidencing your skills and wider passion for your subject area from the moment you start in sixth form.

Many of our students have ambitions to access a HE course at one of the 24 leading UK universities that make up the Russell Group.

We offer you additional support and give you the chance to visit Oxford and Cambridge universities to make sure you can fully prepare your application and perfect your interview technique well before the deadline for submissions in the October of Year 13. Thanks to the success of this scheme, we see students head off every year to these very competitive courses and institutions.

In 2016, over a third of our students progressed onto Russell Group universities. South Hunsley is the top non-fee paying school or college in the county for placing students at Russell Group universities. If you are aiming to access a place at a Russell Group university you will be invited to join our HE+ initiative in Year 12. This is run throughout Year 12 by the University of Cambridge and its colleges with South Hunsley Sixth Form to help you feel more confident and well prepared when applying to higher education in Year 13.

If your goal after sixth form is to secure a place at a Russell Group university or join a highly competitive degree course, you’ll be interested in our University Mentoring Scheme.

University Mentoring Programme If you choose to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to enhance your UCAS application you can access a university e-mentor to help you achieve the highest grades in this additional qualification. You will be assigned a university e-mentor who is a specialist in your chosen subject area and will be able to provide guidance on the most up-to-date university writing styles for dissertations as well as help with research and reference writing skills. 17

Fulfil your

career aspirations Our work-related activities are developed with the CBI employability skills in mind. This way, not only can you take part in a range of exciting and work relevant opportunities in our sixth form, you can also build up evidence for an employability passport that’s validated by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership. This will clearly demonstrate to employers that you’re ready for work and will ensure employers know that you are capable of applying for the more high profile and stretching work positions in their companies. Our sixth form students successfully progress into employment and apprenticeships every year. In 2015 and 2016, we have seen our students head off to work in fields such as accountancy, marketing, engineering, youth support, the armed forces, health care and hair and beauty to name just a few. You can be sure that we know what employers are looking for and we will make sure that you can demonstrate you have the right knowledge, skills, qualities and attributes in addition to qualifications.

Become a leader Developing leadership and having the ability to work in a team are essential for your future employability and our Student Union offers you the opportunity to build up these skills in a number of ways. Every year, Sixth Form students are elected to roles in the Student Union and you could choose to run as Head Boy or Head Girl, become a Sixth Form House Leader or join a Student Union committee. Becoming a leader in your Student Union or participating in one of the many committees is a great way to contribute to sixth form life plus it will look good on your CV or UCAS application and your employability passport. There are also plenty of other ways for you to get involved with student life and play an important role in your House by supporting charity fundraising events. You might find yourself organising a bake sale for your house charity or collecting donations for Children in Need.

Improve your Employability You will already know that in the sixth form you are not in lessons all day every day. We offer a huge range of activities that you can get involved in outside of lessons that are aimed at developing your employability skills. Being linked so closely to South Hunsley Secondary School presents lots of opportunities for you to help out teachers and younger students. In any course you study you can help Year 7 students in that subject, acting as a Teaching Assistant or giving general classroom support. Alternatively, you could choose to be a Student Ambassador and play an active role in promoting our Sixth Form, sharing your knowledge and experiences with school students at our Open Events as well as being an advocate for the sixth form at other important events. Either way, you are building up a great set of skills to add to your CV or UCAS application. 18

Earn while you learn Whilst studying with us you can also find part time work that fits nicely around your studies. We employ over 70 sixth form students in various roles throughout the school and sports centre. You could become an Art or Textiles Technician or there are positions in the library and dining halls as a Lunchtime Supervisor. If being active is more your thing then head over to South Hunsley Sports where you could gain extra qualifications and then find employment at the centre. Whichever job you choose it will provide you with work skills and experience which will stay with you beyond college and help boost any university or job application.


Link up with Industry


We have links with well over 50 business organisations. These businesses offer their employees’ time to provide mentoring and support to our sixth form to help you prepare for life after sixth form.

Industry Mentoring Scheme One of the main ways you can connect with businesses is through our Industry Mentoring Scheme. We will help you gain invaluable skills, knowledge and experience by assigning you an Industry Mentor who will support you with your academic studies and plans for the future. Your mentor will offer first hand advice and guidance on interview technique, university and job applications, and can help you develop more day to day skills such as time management and organisation. This scheme has opened up many doors for our ambitious and driven students and helped give them the best possible preparation for the world of work. Thanks to this scheme, some businesses actively recruit our sixth formers to work for them after A Levels. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself on a work experience placement or even secure your first job! 20

Career Workshops Industry professionals regularly visit our sixth form to deliver workshops about careers in their sector. This allows you to gain first hand knowledge, advice and guidance from a practitioner working in your chosen industry and, of course, could help you build links that will be invaluable in the future! You can also use these sessions to evidence skills that you need to complete your employability passport.


Sixth Form


A big reason students choose South Hunsley is because of our university success rates and the awareness we have of what students need to make sure their applications stand out from the crowd.

Paul Woodford TV and Radio Presenter and Marketing Manager University of Hull graduate South Hunsley leaver 2003 “I found South Hunsley to be very aspirational, with a go anywhere, do anything approach to life. I studied Media Studies, History and English and these subjects have helped me to develop useful skills which I have gone on to use in my career so far and have led to me fulfilling my dream of becoming a broadcaster! After leaving sixth form, I studied English with script writing at the University of Hull, and at this point I started working for car magazines as a freelance writer. When I left university I got a job with a local marketing agency and did further studies in marketing and communications. My marketing career has now led me to take up a position as Marketing Manager at a large local company. Alongside this, I continued my motoring journalism and started to race cars myself. This led me to get a shot at presenting a well-known motorsport series on Sky and, in turn led to me becoming a presenter with Yorkshire Coast Radio and KCFM. It just goes to show – you never know where an opportunity might lead, and you should always follow your dreams. South Hunsley had a big impact on me chasing my ambitions and gave me vital life skills. I can still recall individual pieces of advice and guidance given to me by my teachers in various subjects, and I call on that guidance, even today. At South Hunsley you’re lucky to be surrounded by a lot of very good people, and you can learn a lot from every single one of them.” 22

Ben Coletta Working Gap Years Psychology and Sport Science undergraduate at Northumbria University South Hunsley leaver 2013 “I have spent the last two years travelling and working abroad before beginning my degree this September. I spent two seasons working in Austria initially as a kitchen assistant and then a chef. I also spent four months travelling solo from the UK to Malaysia over-land taking only trains, ferries and buses. This amazing journey took me over 6,000 miles through 22 countries including Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia and China. I saw first hand the crisis in Ukraine, avoided riots in Istanbul and met some fantastic people from all over the world, who I am still in contact with. Earlier this year I also cycled from the UK to Munich on an exhausting 1000 mile ride taking 16 days. I would have never even contemplated such an undertaking without the huge support and encouragement of staff at South Hunsley and taking part in projects run by the sixth form such as the student leadership team and programmes run by the PE department such as CSLA, HSLA, and opportunities to volunteer on fantastic trips such as Ribblesdale.”

Callum Simpson Creative Designer Northumbria University graduate South Hunsley leaver 2010 “The help and support from the teachers at South Hunsley was second to none and has certainly helped me get where I am today – in my dream job as a Creative Designer! Art was my passion at South Hunsley and I loved getting the chance to work in a proper art studio and exploring the elements of art that really interested me. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and my experiences at South Hunsley helped me to become more confident and independent. After South Hunsley, I went to study at Hull School of Art and Design on a Foundation course, this is considered a pre-requisite for entering some of the top creative universities and art schools around the country. I then went on to Northumbria to study Graphic Design. I specialised in branding whilst studying and interned at a design agency during the summer holidays. After leaving I did more placements before securing a job at StrawberryToo, an agency run by graduates. This was a great chance to learn in a fast-paced environment and one year on, I’ve secured a job at Strawberry as a creative designer. I’m really grateful for my time at South Hunsley. It was because of the support and opportunities in the sixth form I was able to get into my preferred university and I’ve been progressing ever since!”


Affordable travel from across East Riding The fare for a single journey to our sixth form is only 70p whether you are travelling from one of the nearby villages or the surrounding areas. We run a number of bus routes across East Riding and we heavily subsidise sixth form transport to make your journey affordable. To take advantage of these rates you need to buy either a half termly bus pass or bus tickets from our finance office. What you need depends on the bus service route you take and you can find out more information on our website.









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Sixth Form Pathways Students will have the opportunity to follow one of six bespoke pathways in the sixth form. These pathways fit around a student’s interests and future aspirations and offer a wide-range of opportunities. Students are not formally assigned to one pathway and students may find that they pick and mix elements of more than one pathway. Some pathways, such as Employer Led and HE+ will have an element of selection, but again there will be elements of these pathways open to all students.

EMPLOYER LED PROGRAMME The Employer Led Programme is a unique pathway for high achieving students who want to strengthen their employability skills whilst also studying on our A Level programme. This is a demanding programme of study that has been developed in consultation with employers and offers students work-related opportunities that are not available in any other Sixth Form College.  

This programme will equip you with key employability skills and give you access to professional industry placements. If you are aiming for a high profile career, whether via a graduate route or via a traineeship or apprenticeship straight after sixth form, this programme would be ideal to help you develop business contacts in your chosen career sector.  

HE PLUS / EARLY APPLICANTS This pathway is designed for students who are prospective applicants for Oxford or Cambridge universities or for medicine, dentistry or veterinary science courses, or who intend to apply for Russell Group universities. The pathway is designed to enable students to receive specific oneto-one support with their university applications and personal statement and to have access to a range of university and course-related activities. Students will be enrolled on the HE+ programme, which is

run by Cambridge University in order to support students applying to any of the Russell Group universities, which are the top research-focused universities in the UK and therefore have the most competitive applications processes. As part of the HE+ and Early Applicants pathway, students will have the opportunity to attend subject seminars, applications workshops university summer schools and residential visits – including the chance to visit both Oxford and Cambridge universities.

MEDICAL AND HEALTHCARE South Hunsley Sixth Form has formed strong links with Hull York Medical School (HYMS) from which students will receive support and guidance from. Through this, students will be able to participate in work experience opportunities and attend university 26

taster days to gain an insight into medical courses and careers. Specialised Industry Mentoring will also be available to all students on this pathway, providing them with subject specific guidance.

Entry Requirements

Students will typically take 4 subjects in Year 12 (either AS Levels or vocational equivalents). All students on AS courses will sit an AS exam at the end of Year 12 and will be required to pass with a suitable grade in order to proceed into Year 13. In order to take A Level courses students will need to pass 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-5 (including English and Maths). Students taking vocational courses will need 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-5. Students not achieving a grade 5 in English or Maths will be required to re-sit these courses.

APPRENTICESHIP AND EMPLOYMENT We realise that employers are now seeking technical experience and employability skills for their future job roles so it is crucial that we are able to deliver a programme that meets these changing labour market requirements. This pathway is designed to help those students who do not want to go to university develop the key employability skills needed to succeed by increasing

their engagement with local employers. Students on this pathway will benefit from industry mentoring, specialist apprenticeship careers guidance, employer networking opportunities , master classes and workshops and trips in order to help reach their career goals, boost their CV’s and create a stand out application.

SPORTS PATHWAY The Sports Pathway is ideal for students who have a keen interest in sports and physical education. Aside of timetabled lessons, students will participate in sports community contribution and will have opportunities for coaching and refereeing. Students will complete their Sports Leader Awards and will also benefit from the Industry Mentoring, gaining knowledge and receiving guidance from industry professionals.

HE Each year around 80% of our Year 13 students apply to progress on to Higher Education through UCAS. A number of trips and visits, as well as talks and seminars from our partner institutions throughout Year 12 and Year 13 ensures that students are given the support and information necessary to make a competitive application to a wide-range of courses at universities up and down the country. 27

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You can visit our website and submit an application directly to us. You will also find our website a really useful source of information and you’ll be able to find out more about all the courses we offer, what life is like in the sixth form and details of our open evenings.

At the back of this prospectus you will find an application form. You can make an application by completing this and returning it directly to us at the main reception at South Hunsley. 29

A Level

Art and Design (including Textiles and Fine Art)

Is this course for me? The emphasis in this course is learning by doing. If you are a creative and imaginative person who is hard working and able to work with independence and initiative, then this course could be for you. Specific entry requirements: C grade in GCSE Art

What will I learn? > Knowledge of art, craft and design media and technologies in current and past societies and cultures.

The Thebasics... basics... > Study a wide range of artists and designers > Develop and produce your own art and design work > Organised visits to art galleries and exhibitions > Requires self discipline and motivation

> Gain experience and skills working with a range of media and techniques, both traditional and new. > Develop your intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers. > Develop your analytical, practical and expressive skills. > Develop your aesthetic understanding and critical judgement. > Develop your independent thinking skills.

Future careers Graphic Designer Illustrator Fashion Designer Photographer Architect Textile Designer 30

Anything else I need to know? You will be expected to be active in seeking out inspiration, ideas and resources. This course offers the opportunity to explore and develop areas of personal interest. Each student’s work is the work of a creative individual and will clearly reflect that.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

Art and Design Is this course for me? This course will suit you if you like to learn lots of skills and techniques and you also like to develop your own ideas. The first year covers a wide range of techniques and themes, the second year gives you the opportunity to specialise in areas that you like the best such as graphics, sculpture, and photography.

The basics... > Gain knowledge of professional artists and designers > Flexible course structure Prepare for the world of work/ higher education > Study topics such as photography, fine art, 3D design, graphic design and more

What will I learn?

Students who start their Cambridge Art and Design course in September 2017 will follow a new syllabus. There will be a mixture of ongoing assessment throughout the course. This course will build the essential skills, techniques, attitudes and understanding needed to work in the world of art and design or to move onto higher education. You will gain a strong understanding of the fundamentals of art and design techniques and materials, concepts and influences, visual recording and communication.

Future careers You will be well prepared for the next steps in Art and Design; there are a number of courses and numerous careers available

Anything else I need to know? The course is very suitable for students who want to study a broad based course and who enjoy working independently. This qualification is the equivalent of two A Levels and is accepted by universities just like A Levels.


A Level

Biology Is this course for me?

If you have enjoyed Biology at GCSE and want to study the subject in more depth, then this is the subject for you. You must be willing to work hard and read around the subject from the start of this course and you will need to spend quality time on understanding and learning in Biology. Specific entry requirements: Two B grades in GCSE Core and Additional Science or a B grade in Biology and one other science.

What will I learn? Topics you will study include: > Biological molecules. > Cells. > How organisms exchange substances with their environment. > Genetic information. > Variation and relationships between organisms, energy transfers in and between organisms (A Level only), > How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A Level only). > Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A Level only). > The control of gene expression (A Level only).

Future careers


Doctor Physiotherapist Vet Sports Scientist Environmental Scientist Microbioloogist Biotechnologist

The basics... >Develop practical skills and knowledge of biological principles > Strongly advised to study another science alongside Biology > Independent research required

Nathaneal Smalley “I initially picked A-level Biology because I wanted to go down the medical route at university, but when I decided I didn’t want to do this any more, I was surprised by the number of pathways still available involving Biology. The main thing I enjoy about the subject is its real-life applications- towards the end of the AS course, I began to realise how everything fitted together into one big picture, something which I found genuinely interesting and inspiring. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a more detailed look at the world around us than GCSE Biology provides, and is suited to a very academically challenging but rewarding course.”

Anything else I need to know? Overall, at least 10% of the marks in assessments will require the use of mathematical skills. These will be the standard of higher tier GCSE Mathematics.

A Level

Business Studies Is this course for me?

There are many reasons why people want to set up businesses – perhaps they want to make money for themselves or their family or they want to contribute something special to the life of their community. Whatever their motivation, common characteristics of successful entrepreneurs are enthusiasm and commitment. If you have these skills, then Business Studies may be the course for you. Specific entry requirements: C grade in GCSE Business Studies

The basics... > Gain skills and confidence to set up own business > Trips to global companies such as Coca Cola and Cadbury > Transferable skills desired by universities and employers

What will I learn? Marketing and people Understand how businesses identify opportunities and develop competitive advantage through marketing and through the people they employ. Managing business activities Consider external influences that impact on business, learn about raising and managing finance and measuring business performance as well as the importance of using resources efficiently. Business decisions and strategy Develop knowledge of core concepts to take a strategic view of business opportunities and issues and look at the causes and effects of change and how businesses mitigate risk. Global business Investigate businesses that trade on a global scale and develop understanding of the globally competitive environment.

Andrew Quinn “Business Studies is a very diverse option. I thoroughly enjoy studying the different aspects of ‘marketing’ and ‘finance’ as the topics give me an insight into what it’s like to run a business. I would recommend the subject to prospective sixth form students as it will help you understand how and why businesses operate. I can’t wait to see where the subject will lead me in the future!”

Anything else I need to know? There are many skills that are needed to be successful: calculations, interpreting data, making and presenting arguments, justifying business decisions, identifying problems and proposing solutions. The element of maths is nothing to be afraid of, you will be required to calculate and interpret percentage changes, or calculate how responsive a change in price will be on the level of demand. 33

Cambridge Technical Diploma

Business Is this course for me?

The Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory certificate can be studied for one year, or extended to the Introductory diploma which is a two year course. This course takes up a single option block and is ideal if you have a particular interest in business. Students who wish to pursue higher education or careers in business related subjects or vocations are also well suited to the course. There are five untis across two years and two exams.

What will I learn?

Students who start their Cambridge Technical Business course in September 2017 will follow a new syllabus. There will be a mixture of ongoing assessment and an expectation that students sit examinations as part of the course. You will learn about an overview of many different areas of business, ranging from types of ownership to business accounts. Year 12 > The Business Environment > Customers and Communication > Marketing and Market Research Year 13 > Working in Business > Accounting Concepts

Future careers The transferable skills which are part of the course are required by universities and employers alike. 34

The basics... > Gain business related skills and knowledge > Be prepared for life in the workplace > Covers contemporary business topics > Ideal foundation for any business related job/higher education courses

Katie Moore “Studying Cambridge Technical Business has allowed me to develop an understanding of how businesses work and how they are run. The topics are varied and cover all aspects of running a business, from finance to health and safety within the workplace. As a result, this subject has allowed me to gain a more in depth understanding as to why businesses make the decisions they do. This course has allowed me to develop a wide range of skills such as how to write a balanced argument and how to evaluate, which I have also been able to use in my other subjects. The teachers are always willing to help and are enthusiastic about the subject making it more enjoyable.�

Anything else I need to know? This course is mainly vocational with units that tailor to meet your interests. The course does rely on you being organised, motivated and able to meet deadlines and has the same status as any other A Level.

A Level

Chemistry Is this course for me?

This course requires you to be competent at mathematics in areas such as standard form and rearranging equations. It is a challenging course but if you work hard from the start by reading through notes, reading around the subject and practising questions then you will be successful. Specific entry requirements: Two B grades in GCSE Core and Additional Science or a B grade in Chemistry and one other science.

What will I learn?

AS Level (one year course) You will study core parts of three areas of Chemistry, namely physical, inorganic and organic. Areas studied include atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding and structure, calculations, energetics and various families of organic compounds. This is a one year course and at the end of it you have two exams. A Level Chemistry (two year course) You study core parts of the three areas of Chemistry, namely physical, inorganic and organic. The content is that of the AS and then further work on areas such as equilibrium, organic chemistry, energetics and redox. This is a two year course and at the end of it you have three exam papers one of which is a synoptic paper which will also test understanding of experimental techniques.

Future careers Chemical Engineering Medicine Veterinary Science Biochemistry Dentistry

The basics... > Develop practical skills > Gain deeper understanding of concepts in chemistry > Strongly advised to study another science as well

Holly Skinner “A Level Chemistry is a satisying subject for anyone who enjoyes extending their own knowledge. I love chemistry because it continually builds upon topics you have already learnt at GCSE and below, meaning that new learning and comprehension can be easily grasped. In addition, chemistry is fascinating because it all links together; whether it be structure of an atom to how molecules bond, there is always a connection to be found. I would recommnend Chemistry A Level to those who enjoy a challenge, but also to students who take more time to fully understand a concept because the tution and support provided by the chemistry team is truly unparalleled.”

Anything else I need to know? The exam papers are made up of a variety of types of questions from multiple choice to essay style questions. Questions involving the use of mathematical skills will contribute 20% of the assessment total. Assessment of ‘practical competency’ will be teacher led and reported on separately, to assess the practical abilities of the learner. 35

A Level

Computing Is this course for me?

This course will give you a thorough understanding of the principles of computing, which include programming, software development, data types and structures and hardware and software. You will also study algorithms and problem solving and these will feature in almost all the tasks you complete. During the first year of the course, you will complete all course content for the AS qualification, which is now completely separate from the A Level qualification. During your second year, you will study for the full A Level course. This will include completing topics started at AS Level and further developing some of them to a higher level, as well as studying new topics. Specific Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Maths

Anything else I need to know? The main prerequisite for the course is a genuine desire to learn about how computers can be applied to solve real problems. Whilst previous study of ICT would be an advantage, this is not essential. However aspects of the course will require a good understanding of Mathematics.


The basics... > Solve real problems in real situations > Find out how computers really work > Elements require good understanding of Mathematics > Ideal course if you have good ICT skills and enjoy solving problems

What will I learn?

Computer Systems In this unit you will learn about computer components and their uses, types of software and the different methodologies used to develop software, how data is exchanged between different systems, how data is represented and stored within different structures, different algorithms that can be applied to data structures and the laws and ethical issues around the use of computers. Algorithms and Programming In this unit you will learn what is meant by computational thinking, how computers can be used to solve problems, how programs can be written to solve problems, the use of standard algorithms and their use in describing problems. Programming Project In this unit you will learn how to produce a coded, computing solution to a real-world problem, including analysis of the problem, design of the solution, development of the solution and evaluation of the finished project.

Future careers This course is excellent preparation for computing studies at degree level or for any kind of career in computing. Computers are increasingly being used in a variety of applications so a qualification in Computing is relevant to most subsequent courses and careers.


The basics... > Perform in front of live audiences > Get involved in costume, lighting and set design work > Theatre trips > Explore different social, political and cultural ideas

Future careers Theatre Management Director Actor Producer Arts Journalism 38

A Level

Drama and Theatre Studies Is this course for me? You will need to be able to research, revise and express your ideas in exam conditions and be dedicated to independent reading and learning outside of lessons. You will need to be flexible in your approach to the course, and committed to meeting rehearsal schedules.

What will I learn? Devising You will explore one key text and one theatre practitioner, and use these as a basis for your own devised performance. This will be performed in front of an invited live audience. Text in Performance Prepare a performance of a monologue/ duologue and a performance of a key extract from two contrasting plays. This is performed in front of a live audience. Alternatively, you can be assessed on your design skills. Theatre Makers in Practice Includes a review of a live piece of theatre and studies in detail two performance texts and contrasting practitioners, focusing on how to reimagine texts for contemporary audiences.

Dean Makowski-Clayton “Drama is a fantastic subject for those with a creative mind. It brings together skills such as vocalisation, spatial awareness, confidence and innovation. Through multiple, practical exercises the class comes together to create pieces that you wouldn’t thought possible of an A Level class. The input from the teachers is amazing, they always help you to see a piece of theatre from a different angle and help you improve it and make something spectacular.�

Anything else I need to know? You will learn about how to create dramatic performances and will also become immersed in the rich and colourful history that surrounds dramatic performance in all countries, cultures and ages. You will need to have the confidence to perform in front of an audience and have self management skills to meet deadlines.


A Level

Economics Is this course for me? If you choose to study A Level Economics you will look at the production, consumption and sale of goods and services. You will also compare alternative ways of using the limited resources that countries and individuals possess and consider how efficient and/or fair such alternatives are. Behind these alternatives lies the fundamental economic problem scarce resources and infinite wants. Specific Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

What will I learn?


The basics... > Investigate how society meets the demands of what is consumed > Learn about inflation, unemployment and government policies > Study business economics and the global economy

Introduction to Markets and Market Failure Considers questions such as: who sets prices for cars? Why are footballers paid more than nurses? Are some supermarkets too powerful? What happens when markets go wrong?

Business Behaviour and the Labour Market Looks at the activities of firms and their actions when part of different market structures with specific focus on how their economic output affects their efficiency.

The National and Global Economy Investigates national and international issues such as who caused the global recession, how countries like the UK get in to debt and why investing in young people’s education is key.

A Global Perspective Focuses on globalisation, international trade, development and sustainability. Why are some countries less developed than others? How can developing economies be supported?

Future careers

Anything else I need to know?

Business careers Social Sciences careers Languages careers

You should have an outside interest in current economic affairs.

A Level

English Language Is this course for me? You will be encouraged to develop your interest and appreciation of English through learning about its structures and its functions, its developments and its variations. Independent study is an essential part of the course and you will need to read around the subject and understand new vocabulary and language theories in order to apply them to exam questions. Specific entry requirements: Grade 6 in both GCSE English and English Literature.

The basics... > Explore spoken and written language in use > Express yourself in speech and writing >  Produce texts for different audiences, purposes and genres > Understand new vocabulary and language theories

What will I learn?

Language, the Individual and Society An introduction to textual variations and representations, children’s language development (0-11 years) and methods of language analysis. Language Diversity and Change Explore language diversity and change over time. You will study the key concepts of audience, genre, purpose and mode as well as language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. Language in Action Explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon your writing expertise. This is a non-exam assessment where you will be expected to produce a language investigation (2000 words excluding data) and a piece of original writing with commentary (750 words each).

Future courses Linguistics English Studies English Language

“English Language has broadened my understanding of language use dependent on context and has helped me develop my creative writing skills and analytical ability when looking at a range of texts. I thoroughly enjoyed the year as the teachers are so supportive which has motivated me to perform to the best of my abilities.” ~ Olivia Sutton

Anything else I need to know?

Studying English Language encourages you to take responsibility for your own learning and gives you a strong grounding in the academic principles relating to working with data. This workshop style of teaching and learning gives you academic confidence, as well as knowledge about the English language. 41

Hannah Goodwin “I have thoroughly enjoyed studying literature for the past year- I feel it has given me an opportunity to explore a broader range of texts, improve my personal writing style and form my own argument. I would highly recommend this subject to anyone who enjoyed the English GCSE since the A level has been so rewarding.�

Future courses English Literature Drama English Studies Law


A Level

English Literature Is this course for me? The course will thoroughly prepare you for the academic demands of higher education. Independent study is an essential part of English Literature and therefore you are encouraged to read around the subject to achieve the top grades. Specific entry requirements: Grade 6 in both GCSE English and English Literature.

The basics... > Perfect course if you love reading > Deconstruct, analyse and explore a variety of texts > Study texts from a range of periods

What will I learn? Literary Genres You will study four texts, all representing different aspects of the comedy genre: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare; Emma by Jane Austen, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, and an anthology of poetry covering a range of influential poets. (Written exam; 2.5 hours; closed book; 40% of A Level). Texts and Genres You will study three texts which represent the genres of crime or social protest writing: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry text and one further text, one of which must be written pre 1900. (Written exam; 3 hours; open book; 40% of A Level). Theory and Independence This is a non-exam assessment and is the study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of a Critical Anthology. (20% of A Level).

Anything else I need to know? The course encourages you to take responsibility for your own reading and learning and gives you strong grounding in the critical thinking related to literary and cultural studies. This approach encourages academic exploration and independence.


A Level

Film Studies Is this course for me? Film Studies is a fully academic A Level developed from the subject fields of English Literature, English Language, Media Studies, Art and History. In Film Studies, film is analysed in terms of context, meaning and the beliefs and values that it communicates and reinforces in society. If you want to understand film at a deeper and more analytical level and experience the medium beyond just Hollywood blockbusters, then this could be the course for you. Specific entry requirements: grade 5 in GCSE English Language

The basics... > Deepen your understanding and appreciation of film from across different eras, genres and cultures > Study the social, historical, political and economic contexts of film > Develop your skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection > Learn creative and practical film production skills

What will I learn? > Knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of film from different eras, genres and national cinemas, including: British film; independent film; documentary; short film; experimental film; world cinema, silent film; film movements (such as new wave); and films from the 1930s - 1990s, and contemporary cinema. > The significance of film across national, global, historical, social, political, cultural and technological contexts.

Future careers Film and TV Production Journalism, writing and broadcasting Advertising, marketing and communications Cultural industries College and university lecturing 44

> The way that films generate different meanings and responses in audiences. > The ability to analyse, discuss and understand film as an aesthetic medium. > How to apply critical approaches to film, such as feminist film theory and auteurship. > How to demonstrate and apply your knowledge and understanding of film via practical film making projects.

Anything else I need to know? You should have an interest in film and be willing to study the medium beyond the genres, cultures and eras that you may currently be most familiar with. At both AS and A Level, 70% of assessment is via examination and 30% is via the production and evaluation of practical work.

ifs Certificate or Diploma

Financial Studies Is this course for me? Financial Studies will help you learn how to apply the appropriate solutions from the wide range of products and services available within the dynamic and constantly evolving financial services marketplace.

The basics... > Learn how to make informed financial decisions > Prepare for professional and working environment > Find out more at:

What will I learn? Year 12 (Certificate) You will learn why money matters, the nature of financial risk and reward and how to make personal financial judgements. Year 12 is all about you as an individual; how to manage and organise your finances and how to best prepare for the future. Year 13 (Diploma) You will use your developing analysis and evaluation skills to investigate how financial organisations meet individuals’ and organisations’ needs and wants, what it is like to work in a large financial institution and how to be an active and empowered financial consumer in today’s society.

Future careers Accountancy Finance sector Business Sector

Anything else I need to know? The course is strongly supported by a detailed range of electronic resources on the ifs website which are made available to all students enrolled on the course. The course is examined throughout the year; you will sit two exams for each unit, and have the opportunity to re-sit the exams should you want to further improve your grade. 45

A Level

Geography Is this course for me?

There will be great opportunities to participate in field trips which enhance your understanding of the wider world. To achieve the top grades you will need to read around the subject and understand case studies in depth as well as applying them to questions. Specific Entry Requirements: C grade in GCSE Geography

The basics... > Field trips to Iceland, London and North Yorkshire > Study contemporary topics > Highly regarded by universities

What will I learn?

Physical Geography Investigate how physical processes change and alter our landscapes: includes topics such as tectonic hazards, carbon and water cycles. Human Geography Look at how people have influenced and changed the world around them: topics include globalisation, regenerating urban environment and global superpowers. Geographical Skills Devise and develop your own fieldwork investigation which is then assessed through a piece of coursework.

Future careers Cartographer Surveyor Market Researcher Engineering Development Worker 46

Issy Almond “I chose to study Geography at Sixth Form as I enjoyed the subject at GCSE. What I enjoy about the subject is that it teaches me about physical and human geography. These topics include learning about the world, different cultures and how different landforms are formed. These topics interest me which makes it an enjoyable subject. The teachers are really enthusiastic in the geography department and help me to achieve the grades I want.�

Anything else I need to know? There are lots of opportunities for fieldwork at local, national and international scales. You will need to collect data to complete your personal investigation as part of the A Level. Fieldwork opportunities will include trips to Iceland, the land of fire and ice, North Yorkshire and London.

A Level

Government and Politics Is this course for me?

Politics dominates our lives. From decisions about whether to go to war to decisions about university fees, politicians make choices that impact us as individuals and as a society. This course enables students to understand how and why these decisions are made and what role different people play in that process. Specific Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE English Language

The basics... > Debate controversial issues and explore different political points of view > Study the political systems of the UK and USA > Visit Washington and New York

What will I learn? People and Politics Considers how democratic the UK is and what role ordinary people play in politics. Topics include types of democracy, elections, pressure groups, political parties and ideologies.

Representative Processes in the USA Examines America’s claim to be the greatest democracy on earth. Topics include the influence of lobbying groups and money and racial and ethnic politics.

Governing the UK Looks at how the UK is governed by different groups and institutions. Topics include the Constitution, the Prime Minister, the role of Parliament and the court system.economies

Governing the USA Considers how effectively American government works. Topics include the US Constitution, the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme developing economies

Future careers Politics Public Relations Journalism Law Teaching

Anything else I need to know? You should have a genuine interest in the world around you and must be proactive in following the news.


A Level

History Is this course for me?

Apart from being interesting, studying History is also very useful. If you have a qualification in History, people will know that you have taken on certain key skills which can be applied to a wide variety of situations. Studying History will help you develop practical skills that are valuable in a range of jobs. You will develop an appreciation for the impact of the interaction, motives and emotions of people and learn about countries and societies to understand how current conflicts have roots in the past.

The basics... > Understand the contemporary world > Debate historical issues > Develop good questioning techniques and confidence to present findings > Visit Berlin

Specific Entry Requirements: C grade in GCSE History.

What will I learn?

You will learn both British and modern European history covering the Tudor period 1485-1603, Germany 1918 -1945 and Russia 1856-1964. You will discover how turbulent these time periods were as all of these countries experimented with new religious and political ideas and were affected by radical change. You will study two examined options: the Tudors 1485-1603 and Germany 1918-1945 (each worth 40% of the overall A Level grade). There is also a 20% non-examination component (Russia) to assess how well you can work independently to research an historical enquiry.

Future careers Journalist Accountant TV Researcher Police Solicitor

“There are so many aspects of History to explore and there is something in the subject for everyone to thoroughly enjoy. Not only do you gain a deeper analytical understanding of our historical heritage, the debating skills you aquire are indispensable and will undoubtedly hold you in good stead for the future. Importantly the teachers are so passionate about their subject and this does rub off on you as I love History and hope to persue it at university so I highly recommend it!� ~ Rosie Brookes

Anything else I need to know? Debate and discussion are an important element of studying history. We also run successful A level tripsto Berlin.

Level 3 Cambridge Technical

Health and Social Care Is this course for me?

There is always a demand for qualified staff in the health and social care sector aqnd the diverse nature of this course will prepare you for a career in this field. The course will develop skills that will enable you to make an effective contribution to the care and education sector including skills of research, evaluation and problem solving in a work related context.

What will I learn?

This course has a vast range of modules that are vocationally relevant for this sector. Over the two years you will cover a selection of modules, such as: •

Developing effective communication in health and social care

Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care

Development through life stages

Caring for children, young people and adults

Anatomy and physiological perspectives

You will be assessed through a collection of coursework units/modules and exams.

Anything else I need to know? We have links to different health care professionals who work with us and are available to advise and support you.

Future careers

Physiotherapist Nurse Social Worker Teacher Occupational / Speech Therapist

The basics... > Perfect if you are interested in health, early years care and education, social care and issues affecting the care sector > A diverse course > Work experience in primary schools, special schools and nurseries

Cambridge Technical Diploma


Is this course for me? This is a two year course which is designed to develop your practical ICT skills, problem solving and communication skills and gives you the knowledge and awareness of the benefits and drawbacks of ICT and the general impact it has on the individual lives and on society in general. Specific Entry Requirements: Pass in ECDL

What will I learn? This course combines practical application of ICT skills with a deeper understanding of how ICT systems work and are used. The course is broken into five units over two years, which are as follows: Fundamentals of IT – Exam – Year 12 Whilst studying for this unit, you will develop your understanding of computer systems, including the fundamentals of hardware, software, networks and the ethical and business implications of using IT. Global Information – Exam – Year 13 Whilst studying this unit you will develop a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information you will encounter as well as the legal and regulatory considerations that impact on individuals and businesses.

Application Design – Coursework Whilst studying this unit, you will learn all about the processes involved in creating mobile apps for a specific client. As well as developing your understanding of this industry process, you will also learn how to create a mobile app and create an app which can run on a mobile device. Games Design & Prototyping – Coursework Whilst studying this unit, you will learn all about the processes involved in creating computer games for a specific client. As well as developing your understanding of this industry process, you will also learn how to create a full 3D computer game and create your own PC game. Web Design & Prototyping – Coursework Whilst studying this unit, you will learn all about the processes involved in creating web sites for a specific client. As well as developing your understanding of this industry process, you will also learn how to create a functioning website and create a website for a given client.

Anything else I need to know? This is a vocational course with units that are tailored to meet your interest. The course does rely on you being organised and motivated and has the same status as any other A Level. 50

Future careers The practical knowledge, skills and understanding you learn in this course are especially relevant for employment in any industry, not just the IT industries, where employers can immediately benefit from this industry relevant, vocationally geared and stimulating course.

The basics... > Engaging and practical > Industry relevant > Learn about ICT in the workplace > Gain insight into the role of ICT in specialist careers

A Level

Languages Is this course for me? You will develop and build on the skills you learned at GCSE and gain an insight into another culture and society. You must be willing to immerse yourself in all aspects of the language and to spend lots of time practising the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Specific entry requirements: B grade in relevant language GCSE

What will I learn?

The basics... > Take your language skills to the next level > Gain insight into another culture and society > Contact with native speaking countries > Opportunities to visit France, Germany and Spain

Year 12 Speaking Test and Listening, Reading and Writing.

Year 13 Speaking Test and Listening, Reading and Writing.

You will study social issues and trends relating to native speaking countries covering a range of topics.

You will continue to study the topics in Year 12. In addition, you will also study aspects of political life covering topics such as teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, politics and immigration and you will also undertake an individual research project.

French Changing nature of the family, ‘cyber-society’, voluntary work. You will also study artistic culture looking at French speaking countries and their heritage, contemporary francophone music and French cinema. German Festivals and traditions, art and architecture, cultural life in Berlin, past and present. Spanish Modern and traditional values, cyberspace, equal rights, modern day idols, Spanish regional identity and the cultural heritage and landscape.

Anything else I need to know? You will be given the opportunity to converse regularly with a native speaker and we will also help you to forge links with students of your own age.


A Levels available in French, German and Spanish

During the course you will also improve your knowledge and understanding of the grammar and linguistic structures of the language you are studying.

Etaoin Gaskell “Choosing German at A Level has allowed me to broaden my horizons and further my knowledge in the language and culture. German is my favourite subject, and I can’t wait to be able to utilise my skills on trips to both Austria and Germany, and of course also to study it at university and for future career prospects, in which I hope to pursue German.

A Level

Mathematics Is this course for me? If you enjoyed Mathematics at GCSE, found the subject interesting and did well at it, then these are good reasons for considering an AS or A2 Mathematics course. Also, you may feel that it is a useful subject either for everyday life, or to support other subjects you wish to study. Specific entry requirements: Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.

The basics... > Study 3 units for AS Level and 3 for A Level > Assessed by one exam for each unit >Advised to buy and use own graphic calculator

What will I learn? AS Units Core 1 - includes algebra, geometry and the beginnings of calculus. It is crucial that you succeed in this module in order to progress to further modules. Core 2 - follows on from Core 1 with further algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. Mechanics 1B - is a study of the basics of Newton’s Laws of Motion and applies some of the mathematics taught in Core 1 and 2. A2 Units Core 3 - follows on from Core 2 with further algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. Statistics 1B - is a study of the basics of probability and statistics, including the normal distribution and applies some of the mathematics taught in Core 1.

Nathaniel Smalley “I took A Level Maths because I really enjoyed the subject at GCSE and looked forward to a challenge. Maths is certainly that, but I have found it a very rewarding course which opens up a multitude of career paths. For me, this will help me pursue a career in science, as maths is a very important element of this.”

Core 4 - follows on from Core 3 with further algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus and some new work on vectors.

Future careers Research Scientist Chemical Engineer Dividend Analyst Doctor Architect

Anything else I need to know? Your scientific calculator will be useful but you will benefit from owning your own graphic calculator. You can buy these at South Hunsley, and depending on the type, they cost between £30 and £50. 53

A Level

Further Mathematicss Is this course for me?

This is a course designed for students who enjoy mathematics and are particularly good at the subject. You may need to study mathematics beyond the normal AS or A2 courses because you wish to specialise in mathematics at university or work in particular areas like physics or engineering. Specific entry requirements: must also take A Level Mathematics and have achieved a Grade 7, but preferably a Grade 8 or 9, at GCSE Mathematics.

The basics... > Designed for students who really enjoy Maths >Suitable for those wanting to study Maths, Physics or Engineering at university > Also need to study AS or A2 Maths

What will I learn? AS Units Further Pure 1 - is an introductory module which includes algebra, geometry, matrices and calculus. Decision 1 and 2 - gives insights into the problems met and solved in project management in industry and commerce. A2 Units – three from: Further Pure 2 - covers De Moivre’s Theorem, proof by induction and further work on complex numbers. Further Pure 3 - covers differential equations and polar co-ordinates. Further Pure 4 - involves the study of matrix algebra, transformations and 3-Dimensional geometry. Mechanics 2B - continues the study of Newton’s Laws of Motion, introducing concepts of moments, centre of gravity, energy and power, applying some of the mathematics taught in Core 1 to Core 3. Statistics 2B - continues the study of probability and statistics met in Statistics 1 of the Mathematics A2 course, including the normal distributions and hypothesis testing. 54

Nathan Fielder “The teaching is always of a very high standard, and the teachers are always more than willing to help you if you ever get stuck - no matter how small the problem. By taking this course, it has allowed me to develop my problem solving and perseverance, as well as an in-depth look at the subject. My favourite element of the course was the Mechanics module, as it put a lot of maths into real life scenarios, and was very satisfying to do!”

Future careers Structural Engineer Software Engineer Chemical Engineer Doctor

Core Maths Qualification Core Maths is a two year course for those who want to keep up their valuable maths skills but do not wish to take AS or A Level Mathematics. Specific Entry Requirements: Grade 5 or above in mathematics at GCSE.

Why should I study Core Maths? Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life maths skills. What you study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life and most courses will include a financial maths element. It will also help with other A-level subjects – in particular with science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics. The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education; studying Core Maths will help you keep up these essential skills with topics that will help you develop your mathematical thinking and problem solving skills.

Will it be recognised by universities and employers? Core Maths is a new course but already several universities have come out in strong support of it. Even subjects like history now recognise the importance of statistics and so a Core Maths qualification will help you hit the ground running at university. Employers from all different sectors are also firmly behind the Core Maths qualification. Many roles in today’s workplace require high levels of budget management and problemsolving skills; Core Maths will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills. ted?

Anything else I need to know? You will study Core Maths for two hours a week and at the end of the course will receive a level 3 qualification equivalent to an AS Level. The qualification is externally assessed by final examination at the end of the course though there may also be the option of submitting a portfolio of coursework.

Most students who study maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.

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A Level

Media Studies Is this course for me?

If you are intrigued by the powerful way in the which the media has reflected, influenced and impacted upon society – in the past, in the present, and in the future – and you are interested in applying critical theories to your own practical work in order to learn media production techniques, then this is the course for you. Specific Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE English Language

What will I learn?

You will critically analyse and discuss all areas of the media from theoretical and practical points of view and explore both historical and contemporary perspectives. Your studies will be structured around the following conceptual areas: Media Language: How the different modes and language associated with media forms communicate multiple meanings; intertextuality; the dynamic nature of genre and how it is affected by social and historical contexts; the way in which media language incorporates viewpoints and ideologies; theoretical approaches such as semiotics, narratology, structuralism and postmodernism. Media Representation: The way events, issues, individuals and social groups are represented in the media; the construction of ‘reality’; the effect of social, historical and cultural contexts on representation; how media representations systematically reinforce values, attitudes and beliefs about society; theoretical approaches to representation and identity including feminism, gender performivity and post-colonialism.

Future careers Film and Television Production Online Media PR and Marketing Cultural Industries Teaching

The basics... > Develop skills in enquiry, critical thinking, decision making and analysis > Critical analysis of historic and contemporary media > Use theory to engage with critical debates > Study both UK and global media Media Industries: Processes of production, distribution and circulation by organisations, groups and individuals in a global context; the impact of technological change on media institutions; patterns of ownership and control in the media, including the significance of economic structures; regulatory structures; theoretical approaches to media industries including power and control; regulation, and culture. Media Audiences: How audiences are grouped and categorised by media industries, including by age, gender social class, lifestyle and taste; how media producers target audiences; the relationship between media technologies and patterns of consumption and response; how different audiences interpret the media and how they can be actively involved in production; theoretical approaches to media audiences including media effects, reception theory, cultivation theory, and fandom.

Anything else I need to know? At both AS and A Level, you will be required to complete practical coursework which will be worth 30% of your overall grade. For your coursework, you will be working in response to a brief set each year by the exam board, and your production work will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of media theories, issues and debates. AS coursework will be focused on one media platform; A Level coursework will be a cross-media production across multiple platforms.

A Level

Music Is this course for me? This is a two year course which is designed to extend your knowledge and appreciation of music. You will be expected to create and develop your own musical ideas and demonstrate technical, interpretative and communication skills through performing music. Specific entry requirements: Students should play an instrument to at least Grade 5 and ideally Grade 5 theory or equivalent.

What will I learn?

Appraising Music Three strands of music are represented covering the three key genres of Baroque: the solo concerto, Classical: the operas of Mozart and Romantic: the piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg. You will also study two other components selected from the following areas of study: Pop music, Music for media, Music for theatre, Jazz, Contemporary traditional music, Art music since 1910

Future careers

A Level Music provides an excellent grounding for a variety of courses at Higher Education Level as it develops analytical skills as well as developing confidence in performance and creativity.

The basics... > Compose, perform and analyse music > Develop critical thinking, research and team work skills > Study music in depth across a range of different genres

Performance A Solo and Ensemble performance as an instrumentalist, vocalist or music production (via technology). Composition Study compositional techniques using and developing your own musical ideas. A minimum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required.

Anything else I need to know? The Performance at A2 should be at least an equivalent standard to Grade 5, although performances at a higher level than this will gain more marks. 57

A Level

Physical Education Is this course for me?

If you are serious about sport and would like to develop an in-depth knowledge of the science behind how the body and mind function in sporting situations, then this is the course for you. Specific Entry Requirements: C grade in GCSE Sports Studies and must include a C grade in the written theory paper

What will I learn?

Components: > Applied Anatomy and Physiology > Exercise Physiology > Biomechanical movement > Skill Acquisition > Sports Psychology > Sport and Society > Role of Technologyomies be supported? A2 PE Component 1 - Physiological Factors Affecting Performance Students will develop knowledge and understanding of body systems during exercise and recovery. Component 2 - Psychological and Socio Cultural Themes in PE Students will gain a deeper understanding of underlying psychological factors that influence performance. Students will learn about sociological and contemporary factors that influence and affect physical activity and sport. Component 3 - Performance within Physical Education This component is in two parts covering performance in approved activity and analysis and evaluation of performance for improvement. You will be assessed in one chosen practical activity. You will also observe a live performance by another student and recommend an appropriate strategy to improve performance. 58

The basics... > Study the theory of physical education > Understand where sports originated from > Investigate how we learn and acquire skills > Observe, assess and critically evaluate performances

Anything else I need to know? This is an ideal pathway for students to expand their knowledge of the many aspects of physical education. The whole curriculum time is theory based. Students should be accessing their practical activity in their own time at least at local club level or higher.

Future careers Leisure Industry Business Coaching Teaching Sports Rehabilitation

A Level

Photography Is this course for me? Photography has changed our world dramatically and has developed from its beginnings in the early 1800s into the complex, fast moving and exciting world of visual media that pervades the modern world. The technology changes and advances at an astonishing pace but creativity is only limited by your imagination.

> Explore and develop areas of personal interest

Specific Entry Requirements: C grade in GCSE Art or Photography

> Learn about photographers and artists

The basics... > Organised visits and regular photo shoots

What will I learn? Year 12

Coursework Portfolio You will create a portfolio which will include technical instructions and projects exploring themes such as Light and Landscape. You will learn how to use a digital camera, editing skills such as Photoshop, lighting and studio photography and develop skills in visual language. You will learn how to evaluate the work of professional photographers and will have the opportunity to develop personal ideas and themes within the criteria set. Externally set unit of work You will be set another assignment by the exam board which includes 5 hours of supervised exam time. You will have a choice of themes for this.

Future careers Journalism Fashion Film Advertising TV Media

Year 13 Coursework Project You will carry out a personal investigation into the work of a photographer/artist or a theme in Photography/Art such as portraiture, or movement. Externally set unit of work You will be set another assignment by the exam board which includes 15 hours of supervised exam time. In both A2 units your work will be much more individual and in depth.

Anything else I need to know? You will be examining some of the diverse roles of the lens based image in society, such as documentary photography, fashion, film and the photographer as artist. The course requires self discipline and motivation. Each student’s work is the work of a creative individual and will clearly reflect that. 59

A Level

Physics Is this course for me?

This course requires you to be competent at mathematics in areas such as standard form and rearranging equations. It is a challenging course but if you work hard from the start by reading through notes, reading around the subject and practising questions then you will be successful.

> Studying AS Level Mathematics is preferable

Specific entry requirements: Two B grades in GCSE Core and Additional Science or a B grade in Physics and one other science.

> Help run the Astronomy Club and visits to observatories

The basics... > Gain a deeper understanding of concepts in physics

What will I learn?

AS and first year of A Level You will study the structure of the atom and other areas of particle physics, along with more classical topics such as the properties of waves, electricity and Newton’s laws of motion. Second year of A Level You will study the more complex and mathematically challenging topics of Simple Harmonic Motion and the Kinetic Model, as well as looking at magnetism, radioactivity and how gravity influences the orbits of the planets. There is also the opportunity to choose a module of astrophysics or medical physics.

Future careers Engineering Astrophysics Law


Eleanor Chapman “Overall I have found A level physics challenging but very rewarding. It provided me with the experience to explore a subject which provides explanations for everyday situations. It helped me build my comprehension of complex tasks and helped me understand processes that happen beyond the earth. This subject developed my maths skills greatly and allowed me to look logically around questions and tasks.”

Anything else I need to know? There is no coursework. Instead there are 12 assessed practical activities in each year of the A Level. These do not contribute to your final grade but you may be awarded a certificate from the exam board for showing competence in Experimental Physics. Many questions in the exams will relate to these practical activities. There are two exams for AS Physics and three exams for A Level Physics. These exams contain a mixture of short answer, long answer and multiple choice questions. All exams are taken at the end of the course. It is advisable the Physics students also take A Level Mathematics. Students without A Level Mathematics will be expected to attend Maths for Physicists sessions.

A Level

Product Design Is this course for me?

Studying Product Design offers a chance for you to improve the way we live in many ways, be it technically, commercially or sustainably. Shape, colour, user perception, usability and sustainability are just some of the elements you will learn to work with. Specific Entry Requirements: C grade in GCSE Product Design or Engineering

What will I learn?

The basics... >  Develop critical evaluation skills in a wide range of contexts > Learn problem solving skills >  Work with Ideal Standard to design and make a product

Innovation Challenge This is a seven hour design challenge exam which assesses your ability to be innovative, demonstrate flair, work with materials and apply knowledge and skills gained throughout the AS Course.

Design, Make and Evaluate In this unit you are required to produce a coursework portfolio and product which fully demonstrates your designing, making and evaluation skills, using creativity, flair and innovation.

Product Study This is an inclusive design and make task set by designers from Ideal Standard who will make regular visits throughout. This provides great links with industry and gives valuable experience working with real world clients.

Product Design This is an exam which incorporates all the knowledge you have gained over the course. The main subject content is focused towards products, applications and your analysis. e supported?

Future careers Product Design Industrial Design Engineering Interior Design Architecture

Anything else I need to know? The links we have with Ideal Standard are invaluable and will help develop skills that you will find beneficial throughout life. In Year 13 you are asked to find your own clients to work with. There is a very big emphasis on independent study and excellent time management skills are essential. 61

A Level

Psychology Is this course for me?

This course helps you to understand how we as individuals interact and behave in our own unique way but also how similar we are to one another. If you have a genuine interest in people and are thinking about entering a people orientated career, a willingness to explore new concepts and challenging perspectives Psychology could be the subject for you. Specific entry requirements: to start this course you will need Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Maths.

What will I learn?

The content covers a variety of modules, some of which are listed below.

> The scientific study of the human mind and behaviour > Perfect if you have an enquiring mind and are interested in people and the way they behave and think > Useful if thinking about pursuing a people orientated career

treatments of mental illness.

Developmental Psychology This unit focuses on the importance of early childhood attachments, the different theoretical explanation of attachment and how it can affect the development of adult relationships.

Social Psychology Social influence is very much part of our everyday life, these modules give us insight into why we conform and obey. It allows us to explore the different explanations and consequences of our actions.

Cognitive Psychology This unit covers key explanations of the development of cognitive structures, for example, models of human memory. We explore how reliable our ability in the recall of information and question whether we can be an effective eyewitness.

Approaches in Psychology Psychology understands the uniqueness of human behaviour however not all psychologists agree on the cause or the reasoning behind this behaviour. This module explores the different approaches and how they explain human behaviour.

Psychopathology In these modules you will gain insight into the world of mental illness. Key elements focus on what is normal and abnormal regarding human behaviour. It will also be on a particular mental disorder, such as schizophrenia. This will give in-depth insight into the disorder and the different

Research Method Psychology is a science and these units help you develop an understanding of the scientific process and the need to carry out research in order to support our understanding of human and nonhuman behaviour.

Future careers Counselling and Therapy Education Sport Business Criminal and Probation Service 62

The basics...

Anything else I need to know? In each qualification you will either cover two or four modules (as described above) and you will be externally tested at the end of the course with two or three formal examinations. You will develop a collection of key transferable skills that can be applied to other AS and A Level subjects and help you progress on to university. These include; strong verbal, listening and written skills, debating, researching, interpretation of data, analysis and evaluation skills.


Applied Science Is this course for me?

This course is suitable for those who want to follow a programme of study related to laboratory science. Students who start their BTEC Applied Science course in September 2017 will follow a new syllabus and there will be a mixture of ongoing assessment and external examinations as part of the course.

What will I learn?

The BTEC National Certificate offers flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the specialist units. You will gain experience of a range of instruments and their use as well as analytical methods. You will study several key practical techniques used in the scientific laboratory and their application in the workplace. All BTEC students are assessed by means of assignments and external examinations. The assignments allow you to demonstrate that you have skills and knowledge to achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

Anything else I need to know? The course will be delivered in South Hunsley’s bespoke new suite of laboratories. These new laboratories will house specialist science equipment and you will be encouraged to take part in practical investigative science to help you develop the strong practical science skills required for moving into scientific employment.

Future careers The course provides the opportunity for those who are intending to work in the science sector to gain relevant skills and a qualification that is recognised by colleges, universities and employers.

The basics... > Covers key knowledge and practical skills > Related to laboratory science >Specialist work related programme of study

Lucy Wells “I really liked the thought of doing BTEC Applied Science due to the aspect of being able to do all 3 sciences over the 2 year period. The coursework was also appealing because it meant that exams wasn’t a worry and all the work could be done when needed in order for me to get the level that I wanted. At the moment, I really enjoy BTEC Applied Science and value it as an important subject in being able to learn the work but also other life skills like learning to take responsibility over my work, doing it on time and also other factors like just asking for help when needed. I would definitely recommend doing this subject, the teachers are great at helping out if needed and the work, you can choose which level you want to get and give you some independence too!” 63

A Level

Sociology Is this course for me?

Sociology is the study of society and the way people interact within it. If you are interested in society and how it influences daily living and how the roles of different institutions shape our behaviour then this will be the course for you.

> Gain a different view and understanding of the world

Specific Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE English Language

> Study the development, structure and functioning of human society

What will I learn?

> Have an interest in understanding current affairs and how they impact our daily lives

In AS and A Level Sociology we cover a variety of interesting modules; Families and Households Focuses on the roles and functions of the family and how this institution impacts on the rest of society. Investigating family diversity and how it is slowly impacting on the ‘traditional’ family and whether this has a positive or negative effect on society. Education and Research Methods Ask questions on how some children perform better than others at school. To investigate this, internal and external factors of education are investigated. The second part of this module is Research Methods and the focal point is to understand how sociologists carry out their sociological research.

Future careers

Studying sociology at AS, A Level and university can lead to a variety of different careers. These can include areas within the local government and civil service, criminal and probationary services, health and social care, education and teaching. 64

The basics...

Beliefs in Society Asks the question ‘what role does religion have within society?.’ In order to answer this question a variety of sociological explanations are explored and factors such as age, gender, ethnicity and social class are investigated. Crime and Deviance, Theory and Research Methods Examines crime and punishment from a variety of sociological explanations and questions who commits crime and why. This module allows for an in-depth investigation of a variety of sociological perspectives and theories, e.g. Marxism, Functionalism and Feminism.

Anything else I need to know? In each qualification you will either cover two or four modules and you will be externally tested at the end of the course with two or three formal examinations. Throughout your studies you will develop key skills such as analysis and evaluation, the ability to construct an argument and articulate it in discussions and essays.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

Sport Performance and Coaching Is this course for me? You will develop and gain skills in a vast range of assessment methods. Students who start their BTEC Sport Diploma course in September 2016 will follow a new syllabus and there will be an expectation that students sit examinations as part of the course. You must be enthusiastic and motivated in all aspects of sport. You may also be given the opportunity to undertake additional learning goals to enhance your CV.

The basics... > Gain an insight into different sports industries > Coach, officiate and deliver sports sessions > Additional courses – CSLA and HSLA

This course is aimed at students aspiring for a professional career as a sports performer. The content provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin job roles in the sport industry. Students can progress to a range of degree programmes related to the sports performance sector.

What will I learn?

Everyone taking this qualification will study seven mandatory units: • Anatomy and physiology • Fitness training and programming for health, sport and wellbeing • Sports leadership • Coaching for sports performance • Professional development in the sports industry • Sport Psychology • Sports performance analysis

Plus three additional units, such as: • Application of fitness testing • Sports injury management • Reules, regulations and officiating • Technical and tactical demands • Practical sports • Athlete’s lifestyle

Sam Moment

Future careers Sports Player Sports Coach Sports Development Fitness Instructor Performance Analysis

“I like BTEC Sport because the lessons are fun and engaging. I enjoy both the theory and practical elements of the course.” 65


“Students are very well prepared for their future lives� ~ Ofsted 2013


Index A Level Courses



Art and Design


Applied Academic Courses



Cambridge Technical Art and Design


Business Studies


Cambridge Technical Business






Ifs Certificate/Diploma in Financial Studies


Drama and Theatre Studies


Level 3 Cambridge Technical Health and Social Care




Cambridge Technical ICT


English Language


BTEC Science (Applied)


English Literature


Film Studies


BTEC National Diploma Sport Performance and Coaching




Government and Politics




Languages (French, German and Spanish)




Further Maths


Core Maths Qualification (Enrichment Course)


Media Studies




Physical Education






Product Design





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