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ST CATHERINE’S, BRAMLEY

2018


By the time they leave school, they are able to think critically, have high aspirations and a self-belief that there are few things that they cannot achieve. Independent Schools’ Inspectorate October 2016

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The Headmistress

Head of Sixth Form

One of the most enjoyable things about being Headmistress of St Catherine’s is the privilege of watching our Sixth Form students develop into the most wonderful young women as the two years unfold.

The Sixth Form is not only the culmination of your school career, but also preparation for life as an independent, confident adult. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our Sixth Form where you will find an inclusive and happy atmosphere and an enthusiastic ‘can do’ ethos.

During your two years of study you will have the chance to appreciate at first hand the AS and A Level qualifications. Your timetable will be built round your choices. You can gracefully say goodbye to those areas where you may not have a natural flair and you can immerse yourself completely in the subjects you thoroughly enjoy. Our candidates find that very reassuring and helpful. Please look at our A Levels and the Destination of our Leavers which are a testament to this each year. Enjoying all of your subjects means that you find you have even more energy for other activities outside the timetable, and you start to be ready to lead. Leadership skills are extremely useful in later life. Our Sixth Form genuinely help run the School and maintain its ethos as a place where academic achievement goes hand in hand with care for others and an increased sense of responsibility. The much closer relationship with the staff also leads to a camaraderie which develops over time. And, the whole experience includes having a lot of fun, too. I hope that these pages will give you much of the information you need about the Sixth Form at St Catherine’s. The staff and current Sixth Form students are on standby to answer any further questions you may have . I hope you will look forward to life in the Sixth Form at St Catherine’s and to two years of enjoyment and fulfilment ahead. Mrs Alice Phillips MA Cantab - Headmistress

The Sixth Form will provide you with so many opportunities to explore your interests, to study your favourite subjects in depth, and to develop new and existing skills in a wide range of areas of your choice, from fundraising to film-making. You will strengthen existing friendships, make new ones and support each other as you begin to make important decisions about your future. You will then leave St Catherine’s as capable and mature young women who have the ability to rise to the challenges of life and to make a positive contribution to society. The Sixth Form at St Catherine’s is a notable transition from School to Higher Education. You will have independence: to manage your own time, to wear your own clothes (with suits saved for our more formal occasions), to make a genuine and significant contribution to the running of the School and your House, and to be a role model for the younger girls. You will receive our full support, in subject-specialist tutor groups, as you begin to plan in earnest and to make exciting choices about your future. Whether it is the team-building camping trip at the start of the L6, the musical, the leadership of House events and a whole range of new activities and trips, the Sixth Form is characterised by energy, hard work, enthusiasm and fun. Our wish is for you to leave St Catherine’s with a sense of achievement, purpose and self-worth, and a secure knowledge of your strengths and abilities. Kate Hawtin - Head of Sixth Form

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Why CHOOSE St Catherine’s? We can list the reasons why St Catherine’s offers the very best Sixth Form experience but that won’t give you the whole story. Excellent examination results and outstanding facilities are tangible factors but what about the fundamental ethos and values which underpin the Sixth Form? It is hard to see where you would find such a close-knit community resulting in events such as the amazing annual Sixth Form productions. House spirit is both unquantifiable and unthinkable without the leadership and energy the Sixth Form girls provide. The Sixth Form at St Catherine’s provides an exciting launch pad for your future.

ST CATHERINE’S SIXTH FORM IS THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN.

Head Girls

The Sixth Form at St Catherine’s feels different from the rest of the school - more freedom, more friends, and access to toast and tea at any time! Friendships become stronger, the year group becomes even more united, and the time goes incredibly quickly. At the same time, we are all very much focused on the future as we become more involved in university and Higher Education options. The increase in workload is countered by the valuable support freely given by teachers and tutors, who walk with us every step of the way. We are glad to have chosen St. Catherine's, where we have had some of the best times of our lives.   We wouldn’t exchange it for the world.  Anisha and Maddie

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650

ALL GIRLS AGED 11-18

91

A*/A IGCSE

A-B A LEVEL

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TOP 5 GIRLS’ BOARDING SCHOOL BY A LEVEL RESULTS

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91

%

%

A LEVEL SUBJECTS

101

170

HIGHLY QUALIFIED

GIRLS IN THE SIXTH FORM

TEACHERS

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1:1

AVERAGE SIZE

TEACHING GROUPS

UCAS ADVICE

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DEDICATED SIXTH FORM STUDY CENTRE 6

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4 IN SUNDAY TIMES PARENT POWER UNIVERSITY DESTINATIONS th

12 TUTOR GROUPS


65

SIXTH FORM BOARDERS

142

37

CONCERTS PER YEAR

GOLD DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD HOLDERS

19 DIFFERENT SPORTS PLAYED

ART & DESIGN STUDIOS

CAST, CREW & BAND OF THE SIXTH FORM MUSICAL

PREFECT ROLES

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CLUBS

Book Club, Debating, Gymnastics, History Club, 6th Form Dissection Club, 6th Form Physics Club, Young Enterprise etc

7000+ MEMBERS OF THE STCATHERINE’S ASSOCIATION Careers network for life

32 15 DANCE CLASSES PER WEEK

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An Unforgettable Sixth Form Experience

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St Catherine’s sets out to maximise your Sixth Form experience. We understand girls. After all, we’ve been involved in girls’ only education for over 130 years! These next two years will fly by – St Catherine’s ensures every day is worthwhile.

Academic Excellence

Superb Facilities

Opportunities Galore

You will enjoy the benefit of highly qualified staff, who are prepared to go the extra mile to help you. We work very hard to tailor the timetable to fit your dreams and future plans – not the other way around.

You will enjoy ready access to everything you could possibly need to make your next two years a success. An attractive and dedicated Sixth Form Library, with full access to fast broadband and docking stations for your mobile devices, a state of the art Sports and Performance complex – the Anniversary Halls, and plenty of resources from books to Apple-Mac computers ensure you have everything you need to be an effective learner Extensive grounds and attractive green spaces add to the mix, making St Catherine’s Sixth Form a wonderful environment in which to both work and relax.

St Catherine’s offers a raft of opportunities, inside and outside the classroom, and via our incredible House System. See page 10 for more details. When it is time to complete your Personal Statement for UCAS, you will be pleased you chose St Catherine’s because your active participation in sport, music, drama, outdoor pursuits, charity work will make your application stand out. Moreover, you will all have had the opportunity to lead and take responsibility. As a result you will develop those so-called ‘soft-skills’, which will benefit you in all sorts of ways at university and in the world of work. Girls appreciate the advice and support they receive throughout their university applications and, for those who decide to take a gap year, that help continues, with discrete sessions for those girls.

Although one of the largest independent sixth forms in the area, class sizes are small to ensure your teachers know you, allowing them the time you need to provide extra attention whether in the classroom or in assessing your work and giving you meaningful feedback. St Catherine’s Sixth Form girls are bright and have high aspirations, creating an exhilarating climate which fosters intellectual curiosity, develops confidence and a joy in learning. At St Catherine’s you do not need to feel embarrassed about enjoying your subjects!

Our results are nationally recognised. For example, The Sunday Times Parent Power League placed St Catherine’s 4th nationally for sending students to the most prestigious universities whilst In the Times and Telegraph we are 3rd in the table of top girls’ independent boarding schools based on A Level results.

St Catherine’s is an incredible community filled with spirit, enthusiasm and loyalty. The staff are dedicated, professional and supportive, and lessons are engaging and fun. For me, what makes St Catherine’s so special are the endless opportunities and the amazing togetherness. 9


Pastoral Care

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One of the best features of the St Catherine’s Sixth Form is the level of pastoral care you will enjoy. As you build the foundations for the next important and exciting phase of your education, it is good to know you are in very capable hands. Make the best of everything on offer.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will, more than likely, be a specialist in one of your chosen subjects areas and who has the experience to guide you in your academic studies and oversee your progress in general. Your tutor will be your first port of call if you have any worries. In addition you can, of course, also talk to the Head of Sixth Form or your School House Mistress and for boarders, the Head of Sixth Form Boarding at any time.

A Sixth Form just for Girls

It creates a risk-taking environment where girls can learn from their mistakes without fear of being put down or dismissed, where there is no shame in working hard or being successful:

It counters mass media influences by freeing you from the pressure to conform to stereotypical patterns of behaviour, and provides you with a framework with which to judge the image of girls in today’s media. It supports a ‘can-do’ philosophy. Girls hold all the senior positions at St Catherine’s: all the scientists are girls, all the mathematicians are girls. There is no subject area or activity in which girls do not excel here. St Catherine’s staff are experts in teaching girls.

House System

Those of you in the Fifth Form will understand the fundamental role of the House system at St Catherine’s. As a Sixth Former, you will play your part in running your House, gaining valuable, transferable skills. St Catherine’s Sixth Formers experience genuine roles of responsibility and leadership which make a real difference and to which the younger girls aspire. Head Girls, House Captains and a whole host of other prefect position are pivotal. It is hard to imagine the School could run with out this input.

Libraries

In addition to the Speech Hall Library, the Senior School Library also provides excellent support for pupils in the Sixth Form. As well as titles supporting curriculum teaching there is a particular focus on providing extended reading material and students are encouraged to read around their subjects to support their university applications. The Library takes a selection of national newspapers and magazines including the Economist, The Week and Spectator. We subscribe to an impressive list of online services. We also have a school membership of Surrey University Library for all Sixth Form students. Pupils can access the Oliver Library Catalogue on any computer in school or from any device at home: an excellent resource.

Ultimately, I felt St Cat’s offered me everything I needed for the next two years - quality teaching, great facilities, more freedom, more opportunities, great careers and uni advice.

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Sixth Form Boarding Boarders are fully immersed in life at St Catherine’s, with so many opportunities for ‘work, rest and play’. The Sixth Form Boarding House is run by Mrs Vic Alexander, along with her Assistant, Miss Alice Kirrage, and a team of resident House Tutors. Together, they aim to ensure you feel welcome and that you enjoy a home-from-home experience.   Sixth Form boarding offers an enormous number of benefits and is a very popular option because it is a great transition between school and university. A number of current day girls opt into boarding when they enter the Sixth Form as well as new girls joining us from the UK and abroad. Boarders enjoy a wider range of freedoms in the Sixth Form, based on mutual respect and trust. Resident boarding staff enjoy their roles, ensuring there is always the right level of support and structure at this important time. We asked girls what they like about boarding in the Sixth Form. They all agree the opportunity to make friends and be a part of a close-knit community are compelling reasons but there are others! Time saved is a huge bonus, with easy access to sports, drama, art and music facilities into the evening. Boarders can choose to work in their rooms during study periods or in the Speech Hall Library which is open late and at weekends. Two light and spacious common rooms are popular places to gather with fellow boarders, and enjoy the famous St Catherine’s toast experience! Boarding helps you manage your time. It enables sportswomen to attend early morning practice, have a delicious breakfast, shower and still be ready for lessons at 9.00 a.m. Music practice rooms, drama rehearsals, Young Enterprise, Tante Marie, St Catherine’s Presents, and school concerts all become blissfully simple. The fitness suite, squash court and swimming pool are available for use by boarders. Open House is a popular weekly social event hosted by Mrs Alexander, the Sixth Form Boarding Housemistress. And weekends are never dull with lots of exciting trips as options, sports fixtures, concerts and

Sixth Form boarding is a great transition between school and university because it teaches you to be independent and to be away from home whilst still providing a strong support base. The pastoral care is exceptional. As a boarder I enjoy the ready access to the gym, and all the other great facilities.

rehearsals as well as time to study.

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The Sixth Form Curriculum Why A Levels & not IB or Pre-U?

There are a number of reasons why we offer A Levels at St Catherine’s but chief amongst these is that they continue to be the best guide to potential. Admissions tutors have told us that they like the fact that A Level students have studied topics in depth. Moreover, the A Level structure offers students much more flexibility and personal choice; for example in IB you may not study all three sciences together, which many girls wish to do at St Catherine’s, and indeed, do so with great distinction. We believe students about to enter the Sixth Form are already highly qualified at GCSE across a broad range of subjects; they are more than capable of making wellinformed choices, fully ready to focus on subjects they enjoy and which will prepare them for Higher Education and potential career choices. Girls can choose freely from 27 subjects. Additional languages such as Mandarin, Cantonese and Russian are also available by arrangement. It may be possible to pick up GCSE Italian in the L6.

SCOPE

Alongside the A Level subjects, the Sixth Form curriculum also includes SCOPE (St Catherine’s Ongoing Programme of Enrichment), which is an hourlong session each week, designed to complement academic study. Education encompasses more than specialised areas of study and, in SCOPE, you will encounter a broad range of

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topics, which will help you to approach the challenges of adult life, the world of work and university study. As part of this programme, students are given an overview of higher education, work experience, Gap Year information, student finance, interview techniques and careers guidance, as well as specialist support with their UCAS or overseas applications via the BridgeU online resource.  The programme also covers a select range of healthcare and citizenship issues.  Topics include advice on personal safety, sexual health, alcohol and drug awareness, safe driving, digital skills and other relevant subjects, which will be useful as you gain independence.  SCOPE incorporates visiting lecturers, cultural and current affairs sessions, and is excellent preuniversity experience. 

House study/ Subject ‘clinics’

On Tuesday - Friday, a supervised House Study period of 30 minutes allows you to begin your prep in the Speech Hall Library or access subject clinics. You may also be asked to help lead in clinics and teach younger girls. Subject mentors particularly enjoy this opportunity.

Tuesday Tutes

From 4.30 - 5.30 on Tuesday, after Senior Games, all academic departments offer extension sessions for girls in U5-U6 in which the subjects are explored beyond the confines of public examination specifications.

Physical Education You will take part in a general programme which takes place on on Tuesday afternoons each week. A range of interesting activities is offered, designed to encourage you to think in terms of exercise and fitness for fun and for life. The sports facilities at St Catherine’s are second to none.

Chapel

The Chapel at St Catherine’s offers a quiet place for reflection and contemplation in an otherwise busy environment. All Sixth Formers attend a weekly Chapel Service conducted by our very popular Chaplain, Rev’d Dr McNair Scott.

Choosing Your A Level Subjects There is lots of flexibility at St Catherine’s over the choice of subjects enabling you to specialise in those you most enjoy and at which you are most successful. If you do have a specific career in your sights, then bear this in mind when you make your choices. We do emphasise that study in the L6 is very important and will provide you with a sound platform for A Level in the U6, and for your future career. It is never too early to start researching your subjects and trying to glean as much information as you can. Ask students already studying the subjects you are considering taking as well as friends and family. Make sure, however, that the information is as up to date and accurate as possible.


Subject Choices & Implications for University Courses There are particular subjects which may be required or expected for entry to certain degree courses. These requirements may change as universities adjust their expectations, but at present the following guidelines should be borne in mind: Career Area

Useful A Levels

Business Studies, Management

Mathematics helpful, but not essential

Computing

Mathematics required

Economics, PPE

Mathematics strongly advised

Engineering

Mathematics and Physics essential; Further Mathematics very useful

Foreign languages

Two languages (modern or classical) desirable

Law

Any A-levels at the highest grade with at least one essay based subject e.g. English, History, R.S.

Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy

Both Chemistry and Biology strongly advised

Natural Science

Mathematics plus at least two of the three sciences advised

Psychology

Usually two sciences advised for BSc, but entry via arts subjects for BA courses is possible

Teaching

Primary teachers require at least one from English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Physics, P.E. and R.S.

I have really appreciated the flexibility St Catherine’s offered when choosing my A Level subject combinations, I didn’t have to choose from ‘blocks’. The staff work hard to build the timetable around the girls, not the other way around. 15


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CHOOSING YOUR A LEVEL SUBJECTS IF YOU ARE ALREADY A ST CATHERINE’S STUDENT

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING JOINING ST CATHERINE’S IN THE SIXTH FORM

Study this booklet carefully to find out what St Catherine’s can offer you in the next stage of your education.

Study this booklet carefully to find out what St Catherine’s can offer you in the next stage of your education.

Read through the subject pages and draw up a short list.

Read through the subject pages and draw up a short list.

Talk to as many people as possible to get more advice, views and guidance especially Heads of Department, subject mentors and your Housemistress etc.

Talk to as many people as possible to get more advice, views and guidance, especially Heads of Department and subject teachers.

Come to the Sixth Form Open Evening in September. Look around, ask questions and keep an open mind!

Come and visit St Catherine’s. Look around, ask questions and keep an open mind!

Choose the subjects you would like to explore further over the two day Sixth Form Experience. Use this opportunity to try some new subjects. Why not try taster boarding?

You are invited to sit the Entrance Examination. There will be an interview with the Director of Studies or the Head of Sixth Form and a Head of Department of a subject you intend to study.

You will be invited for interview with a senior member of staff. Come prepared to talk about YOU. It’s your future!

Overseas applicants may have a Skype interview. We can arrange for the Entrance Examination papers to be sent to your current school or an approved centre.

Assess all the information and then submit your final option AS choices in February after mock exams.

Assess all the information and then submit your final option AS choices promptly as advised by the Registrar.

Concentrate on your GCSEs and IGCSEs, enjoy your summer and wait for excellent results!

Concentrate on your GCSEs and IGCSEs, enjoy your summer and wait for excellent results!

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AS/A LEVEL SUBJECT GRADE BREAKDOWN & ANALYSIS 2016

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A Level Grade Breakdown Biology Business Studies Chemistry Chinese Classics D&T Drama & Theatre Studies Economics English Literature Fine Art French Further Mathematics Geography German Greek History History of Art Latin Mathematics Music Photography Physical Education Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Russian Spanish Textiles

A* 6 0 5 2 0 0 0 8 2 5 2 2 2 0 0 3 1 2 8 0 2 1 0 0 6 0 1 2 2

A 6 1 7 8 2 1 3 8 10 0 6 0 9 3 1 3 2 4 14 1 2 3 5 7 12 6 1 4 1

B 2 0 2 0 1 0 3 3 6 1 1 0 5 1 0 3 2 0 13 1 0 1 4 0 7 3 0 3 0

C 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0

D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0

E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

AS Grade Breakdown Biology Business Chemistry Classics D&T Drama & Theatre Studies Economics English Literature Fine Art Food and Nutrition French Geography German Greek History History of Art Latin Mathematics Music Photography Physical Education Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Russian Spanish Textiles

A 11 2 19 1 3 6 5 12 3 0 8 14 1 1 6 1 5 31 2 0 0 18 5 11 10 1 4 1

B 7 1 9 0 0 2 4 5 3 0 4 3 1 0 3 0 1 13 1 4 0 7 4 5 5 0 6 0

C 5 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 5 0 1 1 2 2 4 1 0 2 0

D 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

E 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

U 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

U 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 27 3 35 1 3 8 13 17 6 1 13 18 2 1 11 3 6 54 3 5 1 28 12 21 16 1 12 1

Totals 17 1 15 10 5 1 6 21 21 6 10 3 17 4 1 9 5 6 35 2 4 5 11 7 27 10 2 12 3

A Level % Breakdown Biology Business Studies Chemistry Chinese Classics D&T Drama & Theatre studies Economics English Literature Fine Art French Further Mathematics Geography German Greek History History of Art Latin Mathematics Music Photography Physical Education Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Russian Spanish Textiles

A* 35 0 33 20 0 0 0 38 10 83 20 67 12 0 0 33 20 33 23 0 50 20 0 0 22 0 50 17 67

A 35 100 47 80 40 100 50 38 48 0 60 0 53 75 100 33 40 67 40 50 50 60 45 100 44 60 50 33 33

B 12 0 13 0 20 0 50 14 29 17 10 0 29 25 0 33 40 0 37 50 0 20 36 0 26 30 0 25 0

C 6 0 7 0 40 0 0 10 14 0 10 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 7 0 0 17 0

D 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 8 0

E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

AS% Breakdown Biology Business Chemistry Classics D&T Drama & Theatre Studies Economics English Literature Fine Art Food and Nutrition French Geography German Greek History History of Art Latin Mathematics Music Photography Physical Education Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Russian Spanish Textiles

A 41 67 54 100 100 75 38 71 50 0 62 78 50 100 55 33 83 57 67 0 0 64 42 52 63 100 33 100

B 26 33 26 0 0 25 31 29 50 0 31 17 50 0 27 0 17 24 33 80 0 25 33 24 31 0 50 0

C 19 0 9 0 0 0 15 0 0 100 0 0 0 0 18 67 0 9 0 20 100 7 17 19 6 0 17 0

D 15 0 9 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 4 8 0 0 0 0 0

E 0 0 3 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0

U 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

U 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0

Grade Analysis A*

63

A

130

B

63

C

17

D

4

E

1

U

1

Total

279

% Analysis A*

23%

A

47%

B

23%

C

6%

D

1%

E

0%

U

0%

Cumulative A*

23%

A*-A

68%

A*-B

92%

A*-C

98%

A*-D

99%

A*-E

100%

A*-U

100%

Grade Analysis A

201

B

108

C

33

D

15

E

5

U

0

Total

362

% Analysis A

56%

B

30%

C

9%

D

4%

E

1%

U

0%

% Cumulative A

56

A-B

85

A-C

94

A-D

99

A-E

100

A-U

100


AS/A LEVEL SUBJECT GRADE BREAKDOWN & ANALYSIS 2017 A Level Grade Breakdown Biology Business Studies Chemistry Chinese Classics D&T Drama & Theatre studies Economics English Literature Fine Art French Further Mathematics Geography German Greek History History of Art Latin Mathematics Music Photography Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Russian Spanish

A* 9 0 5 0 0 0 0 3 6 2 5 5 5 1 0 1 0 5 14 0 2 1 1 4 4 0 2

A 3 2 8 4 2 3 3 2 8 2 6 2 7 0 1 2 0 0 13 2 1 6 3 8 4 1 4

B 5 1 5 0 0 0 4 1 2 0 2 1 3 0 0 1 2 1 16 0 0 11 4 4 3 0 3

C 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 1 1 3 1 0 0

D 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0

E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

AS Grade Breakdown Biology Business Chemistry Chinese Classics D&T Drama & Theatre Studies Economics English Literature Fine Art Food and Nutrition French Geography German History History of Art Latin Mathematics Music Photography Physical Education Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Spanish Textiles

A 11 1 11 4 1 1 7 6 22 3 0 3 13 2 15 3 2 23 0 3 1 10 3 17 4 4 1

B 7 1 4 0 2 2 0 3 2 4 2 2 2 1 4 2 2 13 0 1 1 4 2 9 0 3 0

C 8 0 6 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 2 1 1 6 1 0 2 2 3 3 0 1 0

D 6 0 4 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0

E 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0

U 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

U 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 34 2 28 4 4 4 7 12 24 7 2 8 16 6 21 7 5 53 1 4 4 18 9 31 4 9 1

Totals 22 3 22 4 2 3 7 6 16 4 13 8 15 2 1 4 3 6 47 3 3 20 10 20 12 1 9

A Level % Breakdown Biology Business Studies Chemistry Chinese Classics D&T Drama & Theatre studies Economics English Literature Fine Art French Further Mathematics Geography German Greek History History of Art Latin Mathematics Music Photography Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Russian Spanish

A* 41 0 23 0 0 0 0 50 38 50 38 63 33 50 0 25 0 83 30 0 67 5 10 20 33 0 22

A 14 67 36 100 100 100 43 33 50 50 46 25 47 0 100 50 0 0 28 67 33 30 30 40 33 100 44

B 23 33 23 0 0 0 57 17 13 0 15 13 20 0 0 25 67 17 34 0 0 55 40 20 25 0 33

C 18 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 0 0 33 0 9 33 0 5 10 15 8 0 0

D 5 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 10 5 0 0 0

E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

AS% Breakdown Biology Business Chemistry Chinese Classics D&T Drama & Theatre Studies Economics English Literature Fine Art Food and Nutrition French Geography German History History of Art Latin Mathematics Music Photography Physical Education Physics Politics Psychology Religious Studies Spanish Textiles

A 32 50 39 100 25 25 100 50 92 43 0 38 81 33 71 43 40 43 0 75 25 56 33 55 100 44 100

B 21 50 14 0 50 50 0 25 8 57 100 25 13 17 19 29 40 25 0 25 25 22 22 29 0 33 0

C 24 0 21 0 25 0 0 8 0 0 0 25 0 50 10 14 20 11 100 0 50 11 33 10 0 11 0

D 18 0 14 0 0 25 0 17 0 0 0 13 6 0 0 14 0 13 0 0 0 6 11 3 0 11 0

E 6 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 0

U 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

U 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Grade Analysis A*

75

A

97

B

69

C

19

D

6

E

0

U

0

Total

266

% Analysis A* 28% A

36%

B

26%

C

7%

D

2%

E

0%

U

0%

Cumulative A*

28%

A*-A

65%

A*-B

91%

A*-C

98%

A*-D

100%

A*-E

100%

A*-U

100%

Grade Analysis A

171

B

73

C

43

D

27

E

10

U

1

Total

325

% Analysis A

53%

B

22%

C

13%

D

8%

E

3%

U

0%

% Cumulative A

53%

A-B

75%

A-C

88%

A-D

97%

A-E

100%

A-U

100%

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Where do St Catherine’s girls go next?

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We have an enviable reputation for girls gaining offers from top universities in the UK and further afield. You will be offered advice and encouragement every step of the way. Girls who choose to take a gap year come back to benefit from the support we offer or can be supported on-line from far-flung locations. In an increasingly competitive application process it is good to know you are going to be taken very seriously. Take a look at the Destination of Leavers data which can be found on the following two pages to see where our Sixth Formers go - no editing, the full story!

University Destinations

Russell Group Non Russell Group Specialist training

Oxbridge Overseas

The Association Office provides us with so many connections to alumnae who may be studying or have studied the subject we would like to do at university. It also has a number of links with companies who are able to provide us with work experience and guidance on our CVs.

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which includes Oxford and Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Leeds, Liverpool, London School of Economics, Manchester, Newcastle , Nottingham, Queen Mary’s London, Queen’s Belfast, Sheffield, Southampton, University College London, Warwick and York. Other leading universities include Bath, Leicester, Royal Holloway, Lancaster and St Andrews.

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UNIVERSITY DESTINATIONS - 2016

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UNIVERSITY

COURSE

UNIVERSITY

COURSE

Aston University

Computing Science

Leeds

Economics

Bath

French and International Management

Leeds

Music Performance

Bath

Business Management

Leeds

Spanish and Italian

Birmingham

Psychology

Leeds

Film, Photography and Media

Birmingham

History of Art

Leeds

French and Spanish

Birmingham

Business Management

Leicester

Biological Sciences (Neuroscience)

Birmingham

Medicine

London College of Fashion

Make up, Hair and Prosthetics for performance

Birmingham

Geography

Loughborough

Management Sciences

Birmingham

Medicine

Loughborough

Art Foundation

Birmingham

International Relations with Economics

LSE

Law

Bristol

Civil Engineering

Manchester

Anthropology

Cambridge

History

Manchester

Geography

Cambridge

Veterinary Medicine

Northampton

Primary Education

Cambridge

Natural Sciences

Nottingham

Mechanical Engineering with industrial placement

Cardiff

Medicine

Nottingham

History of Art

Cardiff

Maths and Physics

Oxford Brookes

Architecture

Cardiff

Economics and Accounting

Oxford Brookes

Sport and Exercise Science

Cardiff

Medicine

Oxford Brookes

English Literature

Cardiff

Sociology

Oxford Brookes

English Literature with Creative Writing

Durham

Law

Oxford Brookes

Sociology

Durham

Modern Languages

Reading

Classical Studies

Durham

Chemistry

Royal Holloway

Biomedical Science

Durham

Theology and Religion

Southampton

Physical Geography

Durham

Sociology

Southampton

Economics

Edinburgh

Psychology

St Andrew's

English and History of Arts

Edinburgh

International Relations

St Andrew's

Classics

Edinburgh

Psychology

St Andrew's

Classics and English

Essex

Business, Management and Economics

Tufts University, Boston

Liberal Arts

Exeter

Business and Management

UCL

Architecture

Exeter

Philosophy

UCL

English Literature

Exeter

Spanish and Portugese

UCL

Bioprocessing of new medicines

Exeter

Geography

UCL

Architecture

Exeter

Economics and Finance

UCL

Biomedical Engineering

Exeter

International Relations

UCL

Human Sciences

Exeter

Sociology

University of Hong Kong

Pharmacy

Exeter

Business Management

Warwick

Law

Exeter

English

Warwick

Language Culture and Communications

Exeter

Business Economics

Warwick

Law

King's College

Religion, Philosophy and ethics

Warwick

History

King's College

Religion, Philosophy and ethics

Warwick

English Literature

King's College

Philosophy

York

Interactive Media

Leeds

Psychology

York

English (Literature)

York

Accounting, Business Finance and Management


UNIVERSITY DESTINATIONS - 2017 UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY

COURSE

Arts University Bournemouth

COURSE Foundation Art

Exeter

Psychology

Bath

Psychology (with placement)

Exeter

Liberal Arts

Bath

Mathematics (with Industrial Placement)

Exeter

Business and Management

Bath

Mechanical Engineering (Sandwich)

Harvard

Pre-med Biology Major

Bath

Psychology

Imperial

Chemistry with Medicial Chemistry

Bath

French and International Management

Imperial

Biological Sciences with a year in Industry/Research

Birmingham

Political Science

Imperial

Medicine

Birmingham

Law

Kent

Architecture

Birmingham

Biological Sciences

Kent

Biomedical Sciences with a Sandwich year

Birmingham

Physics

King's College

Geography

Birmingham

Modern Languages

Lancaster

Spanish Studies and History

Birmingham

Geography

Leeds

Religion, Politics and Society

Bristol

Liberal Arts With Study Abroad (4 years)

Leicester

Medical Biochemistry

Bristol

Politics and International Relations

Liverpool

Geography

Bristol

English Literature

LSE

Economics

Bristol

Physics

Newcastle

Psychology

Cambridge

Natural Sciences

Newcastle

Chemistry

Cambridge

Geography

Nottingham

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Cambridge

Modern and Medieval Languages

Oxford

History and German

Cambridge

Medicine

Oxford Brookes

Psychology

Cambridge

Human, Social and Political Sciences

Pratt Institute, New York

Communication Design

Cambridge

Classics

Queen Mary, Univ of London

Biomedical Sciences

Durham

General Engineering (4 years)

Queen Mary's - London

Biomedical Engineering

Durham

English Literature

Reading

Psychology

Durham

Music

Royal Holloway

Biomedical Sciences

Durham

Modern Languages and Cultures

Sheffield

Philosophy

Durham

Physics

Southampton

Politics and Spanish (or Portugese) and Latin America

Durham

Psychology

Southampton

Philosophy

Edinburgh

History of Art

St Andrew's

Classics

Edinburgh

Economics and Politics

St Andrew's

Geography

Edinburgh

Philosophy and Politics

Business and Economics

Edinburgh

Chemistry

Stockholm School of Economics in Riga

Edinburgh

Geography

UCL

Medicine

Essex

Law

UCL

Physics

Exeter

Liberal Arts

UCL

Engineering with Architectural Design

Exeter

Medical Sciences (Neuroscience)

Warwick

Sciololgy

York

English

The Class of 2017 excludes nine girls who will apply to university during a gap year of structured work/internships/travel . They continue to be supported by St Catherine’s staff as they make these applications.

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Beyond the Classroom

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St Catherine’s offers an outstanding extra curricular experience. With superb facilities for Art, Drama, Music and Sport, extensive grounds, impressive Performing Arts and Sports Complex, orchestra pit, sound and lighting box, numerous music practice rooms, recording studio, three full lacrosse pitches, floodlit netball and tennis courts, a fully equipped fitness centre, squash court, professional dance studio and indoor swimming pool, there is something for everyone. And with miles of countryside on our door step, outdoor pursuits are a breeze. Three miles away lies Guildford offering theatres, multiplex cinema, shopping and fast rail link to London and the coast.

Sports

In the Sixth Form there is a wider range of sports to choose from during Senior Games. This allows you to pursue your individual interests such as badminton, or try something new, for instance, football.

Every Tuesday offers an afternoon of sport, which is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a break from academics and, also, to maintain personal fitness. This is also a perfect time for anyone in school teams to try something different, or to train for upcoming matches or tournaments. Being a member of a team sport is an excellent way of making friends, having a competitive attitude and playing the sport you love.

With the help and encouragement from teachers and Sixth Form tutors, managing work and outside school commitments is achievable. National teams’ athletes and sportswomen can make good use of the school’s outstanding facilities to train, for example, using the fitness suite, swimming pool and the athletics track.

Music

In the Sixth Form there is a vast range of opportunities to continue playing, or to try something new. You can use skills already learned and take part in a large number of musical ensembles such as Symphony Orchestra. However if you prefer to be part of a smaller group there are chamber groups and small recorder consorts. There are four choirs in the Sixth Form: Senior Choir (non-auditioned), Chapel Choir (for boarders, non-

auditioned), Senior Chamber Choir and Cantores (auditioned), with Cantores being made up of the 16 best choral singers from L5 to U6. There are also lots of solo opportunities, with many informal and sectional concerts. The Gala Concert on St Catherine’s Day sees players of all abilities showcase their talents, with performers ranging from U3 to U6. In the Sixth Form, you may have the opportunity to lead a choir, orchestra or ensembles. Whatever you decide to do, you will have lots of fun!

Jennifer Bate Organ Scholarship This is an exciting and valuable opportunity for a girl who plays the organ and would like to develop her all-round performance expertise. Dr Jennifer Bate is an internationally acclaimed organist and a world authority on organ music. She is committed to helping and encouraging young musicians and is patron of our Scholarship which is open to any student who meets our academic standards for Sixth Form entry and who can show she has the potential to maximise her talents through this Scholarship which is awarded in conjunction with Guildford Cathedral. For further details please contact David Hobourn, Director of Chapel Music and Organ Studies. A full bursary place may be available to support the Scholarship. Attendance at the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy (10th - 14th April 2018) may help you explore this option. Please see the website for further details - www.stcatherines.info /JBOA.

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The Sixth Form Musical

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

One of the real highlights of the Sixth Form is The Sixth Form Musical. This is directed, produced and choreographed as well as performed by members of the L6 after their AS examinations. The production in 2017 was Joseph and his Technical Colour Dreamcoat. Past productions have included How to succeed in Business without Really Trying, The Producers, Oliver!, Cabaret, Oklahoma! and Grease .

The Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award is a well-respected and recognised achievement and you will enjoy an unforgettable experience. An impressive number of St Catherine’s girls go on to complete this prestigious award which also stands out on your CV and university application.

Young Enterprise

In L6, you have the opportunity to set up and run your own private limited company as part of the Young Enterprise’s ‘Company Programme.’ You elect your own management team which allocate roles and responsibilities; design and produce a product of your own; raise start-up finance and, finally, wind-up the business, producing an end of year balance sheet and profit and loss account in the process.

Tante Marie

You may like to sign up for the Tante Marie School of Cookery course which runs at St Catherine’s during term time. Charged as an extra, this is a well-respected, internationally recognized qualification. You will make some delicious dishes and have lots of fun in the process! Girls who have completed the Tante Marie course can look forward to practising their culinary skills at university or gaining well paid vacation or gap year work.

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Charity Involvement

Raising money for good causes is a very important aspect of life at St Catherine’s, especially in the Sixth Form. Two fund raising groups: the Charities Board and the Philanthropy Board work to promote further awareness of and maintain links with schools and projects in Afghanistan, Kenya, South Africa and Vietnam and also work to identify other areas where they feel they can offer help. You may apply to become a member of these Boards which agree upon and organise a number of  major events every year. In the past these have included the very popular  Fashion and Talent show, an African themed dinner dance, a Father-Daughter Dinner and jumble sale, all of which raised over £9,000 last year. In the past, Sixth Formers have been able to take the money out to some of these link projects to see first-hand how the money raised can benefit communities. You can also experience the challenge of running a fun sports day for Year 3 and 4 pupils from St Peter’s School in Lambeth at the end of the summer term.

Discussion & Debate

There are many occasions throughout the Sixth Form to get involved in talking about all sorts of issues. We hold regular discussion evenings known as Dialogue where Sixth Formers select and introduce topics which are as wide-ranging as they themselves want them to be. There are plenty of opportunities for internal and external combative British Parliamentary style debate, whilst maintaining regular ‘friendly’ debates with other schools. Eminent speakers address the Sixth Form on important issues as a means of curricular enrichment. We participate annually in the prestigious Dicey Conference.


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Trips

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You will be offered the opportunity to take part in trips both close to home and further afield. Some are curriculum focused, and will enable you to deepen your understanding and bring to life a topic which you may only have been able to study from a book. Other trips will take you out of your comfort zone, where you tap hidden depths in your own personality. Whatever you decide to do, St Catherine’s trips will contribute to your Sixth Form experience. Here is a flavour of what we have offered recently: Art & Photography Biology Business Classics Geography History History of Art Music Politics Sport Theatre Studies

Regular trips to London Galleries Field trips e.g. Juniper Hall, Dorking Mini Factory, Cowley Italy, Greece Field Study trip to Dorset, Iceland French Revolution, Paris Amsterdam Sweden, Austria Houses of Parliament French Alps, USA Edinburgh Fringe, London theatres

The St Catherine's Association

As a member of the St Catherine's Association you will benefit from extremely valuable opportunities. We offer girls networking opportunities as you start thinking about university and future careers. We work closely with the Careers Department and have an impressive list of contacts. The Association’s database comprises over 7,000 members and we are able to put you in touch with alumnae who are already at university, in employment or quite senior in their careers. We have helped with work experience in areas ranging from pharmaceuticals to fashion or with advice on particular careers options.

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Sixth Formers may also apply for three types of Travel Bursaries, worth in total over £2,000, to assist in gap year or summer holiday projects. Our London Networking events have taken off spectacularly well. The launch, in 2016, held in the spectacular surroundings of Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners head office in the iconic Cheesegrater building, attracted over 50 young alumnae, all of whom expressed their enthusiasm for the relevance and timely nature of the advice and mentoring offered so willingly by more senior members of the Association. A second event, held at Imperial College, focused on STEM careers. These networking evenings offer tangible benefits to you as a Sixth Former, providing you with role models and an opportunity to speak to adults, other than teachers and your own families, in a more formal context, adding to your self-confidence and broadening your career options and aspirations.  We received an email recently from a City company, about one of our Sixth Formers, applying for one of their scholarship opportunities which she had discovered as a result of her involvement in the London Network:

It was her outstanding ability to look the panel in the eye, to express herself fluently, clearly and with confidence and, above all, to speak persuasively about herself and passionately about her subjects. We believe that she is a credit to herself, to you and your colleagues and to the school.


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BIOLOGY

6

Head of Department: Mrs Claerwen Patterson Examination Board: CIE (Cambridge International Examinations)

Head of Department: Mr Nigel Watson Examination Board: Edexcel

WHY STUDY BIOLOGY?

WHY STUDY BUSINESS?

“Overpopulation, the destruction of the environment, and the malaise of the inner cities cannot be solved by technological advances, nor by literature or history, but by measures that are based on an understanding of the biological roots of these problems”. Ernst Mayer - This is Biology: The science of the living world. Biology not only unlocks some of the mysteries of living things but also inspires young people to want to know more about themselves. COURSE CONTENT

AS Level: We explore the ultrastructure of cells and the importance of the biological molecules which make up the cell components and enable them to carry out their functions. We also discover the vital roles of DNA, RNA and enzymes. Transport systems in plants and animals are investigated and you will be able to apply this knowledge to gain an in-depth understanding of how the heart beats, the role of haemoglobin in the blood and how sucrose is transported around a plant. You will learn about the role of antibodies as they assist our immune systems and explore the world wide importance of diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS. A Level: We explore biodiversity, classification and the importance of species conservation. This is complemented by studying evolution and natural selection. We delve into the intricacies of respiration and photosynthesis which will unlock many of life’s mysteries. We also study homeostatic mechanisms including the structure and function of the kidneys and the role of nerves and hormones. We then take a journey through the important role that genes play in our lives and get to grips with cellular control, biotechnology and the fascinating world of plant responses. ASSESSMENT NB. The AS can be carried forward to contribute to the A Level. AS: 1 multiple choice paper, 1 structured question paper, 1 practical skills paper.

A Level: (In addition to AS) 1 structured question paper, 1 planning analysis and evaluation paper

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BUSINESS STUDIES

Have you ever wondered how Ryanair can sell its plane tickets for a fraction of the price charged by other airlines such as B.A. and still be a highly profitable business? Or what causes once successful companies such as Tesco and Gap, to go into decline? And why has Sainsbury teamed up with EDF Energy to supply electricity and gas? If you decide to study Business you will be able to answer these questions and a whole lot more. Studying Business will give you a critical insight into modern effective management. You will also gain an understanding of the role of the entrepreneur and business in society. Business and management is a growing subject at both undergraduate and post graduate level. There are now over a hundred MBA courses on offer in the UK and the numbers of students enrolling on them are increasing. At degree level many universities offer options to combine Business with a language; in today’s globalised business environment a Level Business is definitely an option worth considering. COURSE CONTENT

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The key internal functions of business including: marketing, people management, finance and operations management. How managers use quantitative and non-quantitative data in decision making, and the factors that affect whether a decision is successful. Markets and the competitive environment in which businesses operate. Business ethics and corporate social responsibility, including environmental issues.

ASSESSMENT

AS: two 90 minute examinations at the end of the L6. Paper 1 Marketing and people: data response questions and an essay. Paper 2 Managing business activities: data response questions and an essay. A Level: three two hour examinations taken at the end of the U6.

Paper 1 Marketing, people and global business: consisting of data response questions and an essay. Paper 2 Business activities, decisions and strategy: consisting of data response questions and an essay. Paper 3 Investigating businesses in a competitive environment: data response questions based on a pre-released theme.


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CLASSICAL CIVILISATION

Head of Department: Mrs Nicola Austin Examination Board: Edexcel

Head of Department: Mrs Jessica Ashby Examination Board: OCR

WHY STUDY CHEMISTRY?

WHY STUDY CLASSICAL CIVILISATION?

One of the first things that you will notice as you progress through to A Level is that some of the ideas that you took for granted at GCSE have more to them than you thought. As you gain a deeper understanding of the underlying principles involved, you will start to see how all the many and varied aspects of the subject are held together. The ability to apply your mind in this way is very highly valued in the wider world, hence why Chemistry students rarely find difficulty in obtaining employment. Studying A Level Chemistry will allow you to discover more about the fascinating world we live in and the science behind major technological developments.

Classical Civilisation is a rewarding, stimulating and enjoyable subject – brilliant for lovers of Literature, Drama, History and Art. You will revisit many of the myths that might have inspired you as a child, examine works of art that you will have seen in books and on posters, and study the history and culture that shaped Western Civilisation. Through your studies you will learn how the ideas and institutions, the artefacts and achievements of the Greeks and Romans continue to have an enormous impact on our modern lives.

COURSE CONTENT

AS: You will study many topics covered at GCSE in more depth. These include atomic structure, energetics, rates and amounts of substance. You will also study the foundations of Organic Chemistry and analytical techniques. A Level: You will learn a wider selection of reactions in Organic Chemistry and how they can be used to synthesise everything from pharmaceuticals to fabrics. You will study analytical techniques with a wide range of applications including forensics, medicine and in industry. Physical Chemistry topics are developed and mathematical techniques are applied to predicting whether reactions occur, interpreting pH and analysing rates information. The colourful world of transition metals and their applications to modern day life are also explored. 16 core practical are integrated into the two year course and you will have ample opportunities to develop your understanding of experimental methods and practical skills. ASSESSMENT

AS: 2 x 1 hour 30 minutes papers

A Level: 2 x 1 hour 45 minutes papers and 1x 2 hours 30 minutes paper

At A Level there is also a teacher assessed practical competency. This will be reported separately to your A Level grade.

As well as appealing to Arts students, it makes an exciting and enjoyable 4th subject for scientists. No knowledge of Latin or Greek required. COURSE CONTENT

You will study two modules at AS level - The World of the Hero, and Culture and the Arts.

The World of the Hero Paper involves the study (in translation) of one of Homer’s incredible epics, the Odyssey, charting the Greek hero Odysseus’ adventure-packed journey home to Ithaca. Among the many themes this story presents, you will explore the concept, values and behaviour of a hero, including the ideas of honour and reputation. The Culture and Arts Paper explores different aspects of Greek Theatre. You will look not only at three plays from both the comic and tragic genres - texts which continue to be performed today and which have had a profound and wide-reaching influence on modern culture - but also at the physical and cultural context in which theatrical performances developed: for example, looking at evidence for costumes, masks and the theatres themselves. At A-Level, you will supplement your AS study of Homer’s Odyssey with study of Virgil’s Roman epic, the Aeneid. You will also develop your awareness of the culture of Greece and Rome by exploring in more detail some of the religious, political and social beliefs which underpinned these societies. ASSESSMENT (no coursework)

AS: The World of the Hero paper, 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS mark Culture and Arts paper, 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS mark A-Level: The World of the Hero paper, 2 hours 20 minutes, 40% of A-Level mark Culture and Arts paper, 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of A-Level mark Beliefs and Ideas paper, 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of A-Level mark

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CLASSICAL GREEK Head of Department: Mrs Jessica Ashby Examination Board: OCR WHY STUDY CLASSICAL GREEK?

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If you have studied Greek GCSE, AS should be well within your grasp as we have plenty of time to cover the syllabus and revise grammar. The girls currently studying the subject in the Sixth Form love the small groups and informal nature of the lessons. Discussions range from the sublime to the ridiculous, taking in all sorts of aspects of the Greek World – from the status of women in Athenian society to why Persians got drunk when making decisions. COURSE CONTENT

The key elements of the reformed course are still Language and Literature.

The AS Language paper involves unseen translation from Greek into English and a choice of further unseen translation or EnglishGreek sentences. These are very straightforward and even enjoyable! Translating into Greek can be very satisfying and excellent for your knowledge of those tricky principal parts. At AS you will study Plato’s “Phaedo”, also known as “On the Soul”, in which Plato recounts Socrates’ thoughts on the afterlife on his last day before being executed by taking hemlock. In this text, Socrates posits his four arguments for the immortality of the soul, which are a fascinating lesson in philosophical argumentation. You will also read passages from the incredibly moving 18th book of Homer’s Iliad. Here, the ruthless hero, Achilles, is shown to suffer heart-wrenching grief at the death in battle of his beloved friend, Patroclus. The emotional tenderness shown to him by his mother who, although immortal, knows she will be unable to prevent his own fated death is as real and powerful now as it ever was. You will extend these linguistic and literary studies at A-Level by studying further prose and verse set texts, which can be tailored to suit the interests of the typically small but stimulating teaching groups. ASSESSMENT (no coursework) AS: Language paper: 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS Level Literature paper: 2 hours, 50% of AS Level A Level: Unseen Translation: I hour 45 minutes, 33% of A level Prose Composition or Comprehension: 1 hour 15 minutes, 17% of A level Prose Literature: 2 hours, 25% of A level Verse Literature: 2 hours, 25% of A level

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DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT DESIGN

Head of Department: Mr Alastair White Examination Board: AQA

WHY STUDY DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT DESIGN?

Studying D&T enables you to get to grips with social and environmental issues surrounding the use of the materials of our world in a way that is practical, thought provoking and intellectually challenging. D&T is a rapidly growing subject at AS Level; some students choose D&T because it fits well with their Science courses, others because it gives them a valuable life-experience in managing a truly personal project across long timescales. COURSE CONTENT

At AS level you will choose a personal project to design and make from a selection of design briefs provided by the examination board. This will be a substantial project with a portfolio of supporting design work. At A level you will be required to undertake a project based on a need or opportunity of your choice. The project will hopefully address some need for improvement in the world. Originality, spontaneity and a willingness to take risks (not too many!) are all really important. New technologies such as electronics will be incorporated into your project as required. The content of the written paper is taught separately to your project work, but where possible you will study the theory work through practical activities. ASSESSMENT

AS: Written Paper (50%)

AS: Non-Examined Assessment, I major project over 1 year (50%) A Level: Core Written Paper – 2 Hours (25%)

A Level: Specialist Knowledge Written Paper – 2 Hours (25%) A Level: Coursework, 1 Major Project over 1 Year (50%)


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Director of Drama: Mrs Sally Gallis Examination Board: AQA

ECONOMICS

Head of Department: Mr Nigel Watson Examination Board: Edexcel

WHY STUDY DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES?

WHY STUDY ECONOMICS?

Drama and Theatre Studies is a fascinating subject for anyone with a genuine interest in theatre and is not just for students who want to take up the Performing Arts as a career. The course involves practical performance and/or design work, the study of set texts and practitioners, and the analysis of contemporary productions. Going to the theatre is therefore, an essential part of the course and that is a definite plus! It is a highly respected academic subject (past students have gone on to study at Oxbridge and other reputable universities) and it combines well with a wide range of other subjects at A Level.

Economics is a fascinating subject that will enable you to learn more about how the world works. For example, in the last eight years the global financial crisis has rarely been out of the news, because its effects are still being felt. The government has cut spending and raised taxes to reduce government borrowing. How have these changes affected the economy and the quality of life in Britain? Is our current economic recovery, based on ever higher levels of private and public debt, sustainable?

COURSE CONTENT

AS: You will work on sections of text from two scripted plays, one of which will be performed to an audience, study a set play, see a minimum of three productions at the theatre and learn to analyse the production and performance techniques employed on stage. You will keep a portfolio of your research and performance development.

A Level: You will create a devised piece of performance and work on a further section of text which will be performed to an audience. The written exam at the end of the A Level year will comprise of Live Theatre analysis and your study of the set texts. ASSESSMENT

AS: A practical scripted project featuring two different texts + portfolio (coursework) - 60% A written paper on: a set play and productions seen - 40%

A Level: A written paper on two set plays and their potential for performance and Live Theatre. - 40% A practical group project (Devised group piece) + working notebook (coursework) and the performance of practical scripted pieces + working notebook – 60%

If you opt to study Economics you’ll find out the answer to this question and many more, such as: Why are some countries richer than others? The wealth gap between rich and poor in Britain has grown over the last decade. Why has this happened? And does the issue of inequality matter anyway? COURSE CONTENT

AS: Microeconomics is the study of individual markets. A good example of a micro market that has rarely been out of the news in the last decade is housing. For many years house prices rose at a spectacular rate, will this continue? Occasionally, market forces can create unfavourable outcomes for society, for example, should the government allow firms to pollute the environment and to employ children? During the second half of the L6 year our attention switches to macroeconomics. Macroeconomics concerns economywide issues such as the causes of economic growth, inflation and unemployment. You will also study the impacts of government economic policy on the economy. For example, will the policy of quantitative easing - quite literally printing money – lead to recovery, or eventual currency collapse and hyperinflation Zimbabwe style? A Level: In the second year you will study micro and macroeconomics in more depth, applying your knowledge to specific markets and economies. For example is electronic road pricing the answer to the UK’s congested roads? A Level macroeconomic issues include: the economics of international trade, exchange rate determination, the balance of payments, and development economics. ASSESSMENT

The AS Level course is assessed via a two 90 minute examinations, the questions being a mixture of multiple-choice questions, data response and essay. The full A Level qualification is assessed via three two hour examinations that take place at the end of the U6. These examinations consist of a mixture of essays and extended data response questions.

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ENGLISH Head of Department: Mr Jonathan Worthen Examination Board: Cambridge International Examinations WHY STUDY ENGLISH?

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A Level English Literature is a very popular academic subject, highly regarded by universities and employers in a variety of careers. It is a good companion to studies in History and in Languages both Ancient and Modern, though it may profitably be taken in conjunction with a range of subjects in both the Humanities and Sciences.  Like any academic subject, English naturally makes demands upon those who study it: you should come prepared to work diligently, to read both extensively and with close attention to detail, to think hard, and to discuss your ideas in the classroom and beyond.  The rewards lie in the enriching of your mind that comes with encountering a variety of great literature, in the sharpening of your ability to express yourself clearly and coherently in speech and writing, and in the sheer pleasure that reading and discussion provide.  By the end of the course, the books you have read, discussed and written about will ideally be part of an unfolding lifetime’s enjoyment of literature. COURSE CONTENT

The L6 of 2017-2018 are taking two AS papers, one on poetry and prose, and one on drama. The set texts on the former paper will be stories from the CIE anthology Stories of Ourselves and either poems from the CIE anthology Songs of Ourselves Volume 2 or poetry by Elizabeth Jennings, depending on the teaching group.  The drama set texts for all pupils are Twelfth Night and Philadelphia, Here I Come!   The U6 of 2017-2018 are taking an examination paper on Shakespeare and another classic writer: the set texts are Measure for Measure or Richard II, and Great Expectations or Wuthering Heights, again depending on the teaching group.  There is also a coursework paper, for which the girls write an essay on each of two texts: the combinations will be Doctor Faustus and Selected Poetry by Wilfred Owen for two of the teaching groups, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Great Gatsby for the third group.

The full A Level course, therefore, requires the detailed study of eight texts, covering drama, poetry and prose, and ranging across several centuries. ASSESSMENT

The content above is assessed in three two-hour papers and two coursework essays, each of about 1500 words.

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FRENCH

Heads of Department: Mrs Catherine Peel Examination Board: AQA WHY STUDY FRENCH?

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Studying a foreign language and the people who speak it will: give you skills and experiences that will expand your horizons for the rest of your life; give you an advantage over others in an increasingly globalised labour market and open up career opportunities in Europe and beyond; help you to understand the motives, politics and culture of countries that are vital to the future of the UK, especially in the EU; teach you to look at the world through the eyes of others; develop important and highly transportable skills of analysis, debate and independent thought.

Do not fall into the trap of thinking that studying a foreign language (or two!) is just for those who want to teach or translate. Ask your teachers about the vast array of career opportunities with languages as your main academic pursuit or in combination with other subjects. Just think how much more confident a communicator you would be – and how much more of an asset to your future employer - if you weren’t tongue-tied every time you left Heathrow!

Be an entrepreneur or an agent provocateur, read Sartre in Montmartre or eat gâteau in a chateau. We offer entente cordiale and many a grand prix. There may be some déjà vu but you will be always bienvenue! COURSE CONTENT

AS: Aspects of society and Artistic Culture and the study of a film.

A Level: Aspects of political life and current issues in society and the study of a book ASSESSMENT

AS and A Level: you will be assessed on all four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. There will be no coursework.


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GEOGRAPHY

Head of Department: Mr Alex Perry-Adlam Examination Board: Edexcel

Head of Department: Mrs Sophie Mackness Examination Board: Edexcel

WHY STUDY FINE ART?

WHY STUDY GEOGRAPHY?

Art is not only about making beautiful images and objects, it is also about creative problem solving, developing personal opinions about art works, as well as responding to historical events, and becoming more in touch with the visual world that surrounds us.

Geography’s strength comes from its ability to unite knowledge from different disciplines and to interpret the bigger picture within a spatial context, dealing with issues of genuine contemporary significance. Geography is the only subject that combines scientific concepts with social and cultural understanding, making it an ideal subject to place with both Arts and Science subjects. Geography encompasses a vast array of transferable skills such as data collection and analysis, research, decision-making, IT and communication skills.

We are in the middle of an artistic renaissance with Britain being at the forefront of creativity in all areas from fine art to graphics, fashion to film. All the leaders in this new wave of creativity took Art for A level and credit the course with teaching them the foundation of how to work experimentally and creatively. Most importantly the course is about you. It’s about finding your style of working and developing your personal interest in the subject. COURSE CONTENT

The start of the course is more traditional where you will learn formal elements of Art and how to develop your ideas through sustained investigations to a number of outcomes. The second coursework project is more self guided and where you will investigate an area of Art that interests you. You will also write a 2500 word extended essay on the theme of the project you have chosen. The final exam is a topic given by the exam board in January of the final year. ASSESSMENT

AS: 50% Personal Investigation, 50% Externally Set Assignment: 10 hour examination

A Level: 60% Personal Investigation, 40% Externally Set Assignment: Practical work and a personal study; a written essay of 2000 - 3000 words - assessed as an independent unit: 15 hour examination

COURSE CONTENT

Dynamic Landscapes: Tectonic Hazards and Coastal Landscapes and Change Dynamic Places: Globalisation: You will study shifting patterns of wealth and the cultural implications of globalisation. Regenerating Places: You will study how places are economically dynamic and how regeneration affects people’s lives. Water Insecurity: You will investigate conflict over national and international water sources.

Carbon cycle and Energy Security: You will investigate how the carbon cycle maintains planetary health and the consequences of the increasing demand for energy. Human systems and Geopolitics: Superpowers: The impact of superpowers on the world economy, global politics and the environment. Geopolitical conflict and new geopolitical relations.

Global development and Connections. Migration, Identity and Sovereignty: The study of contested borders, the consequences of disunity between nations. ASSESSMENT

AS: Paper 1: Dynamic landscapes: 1 hour 45 minutes Paper 2: Dynamic Places: 1 hour 45 minutes

A Level: Paper 1 Dynamic Landscapes: 2 hrs 15 minutes Paper 2 Dynamic Places: 2 hrs 15 minutes Paper 3 Synoptic Investigation: 2 hrs 15 minutes Coursework: Independent Investigation 20% of AL

A level Independent Investigation 3000-4000 words marked by teachers, moderated by Edexcel. 20% of AL

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GERMAN Heads of Department: Dr Elodie Nevin Examination Board: AQA WHY STUDY GERMAN? • • • •

Studying German will also: • • • • • •

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German is the most widely spoken language in all of Europe Germany has the third strongest economy in the world German is the language of inventors and innovators, poets and scientists; whatever your academic interest, Germans are at the forefront of research Because fewer students in the UK are studying German, choosing it at A-Level will make you stand out give you skills and experiences that will expand your horizons for the rest of your life; give you an advantage over others in an increasingly globalised labour market and open up career opportunities in Europe and beyond; help you to understand the motives, politics and culture of countries that are vital to the future of the UK, especially in the EU; teach you to look at the world through the eyes of others; develop important and highly transportable skills of analysis, debate and independent thought. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that studying a foreign language (or two!) is just for those who want to teach or translate. Ask your teachers about the vast array of career opportunities with languages as your main academic pursuit or in combination with other subjects. Just think how much more confident a communicator you would be – and how much more of an asset to your future employer - if you weren’t tongue-tied every time you left Heathrow!

COURSE CONTENT

AS: Aspects of society and Artistic Culture and the study of a film (Das Leben der Anderen)

A Level: Aspects of political life and current issues in society and the study of a book (Der Vorleser by Bernhard Schlink) ASSESSMENT AS and A Level: you will be assessed on all four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.  There will be no coursework.

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HISTORY

Head of Department: Mrs Gillian David Examination Board: AQA WHY STUDY HISTORY?

History is a fascinating subject which provides you with a number of extremely transferable skills. You will learn to analyse, debate and argue; your knowledge and understanding of the world today will be further enhanced through studying past events and the great ‘movers and shakers’ who have left their mark. History sits very well with both arts and science subjects. Discussing teaching material in small classes will help you to develop vital communication and critical skills. Here you are expected to listen, engage in debate, offer reasoned arguments and learn to sustain or amend your own views in the light of the response of others. COURSE CONTENT

Breadth Study: A Level – The Tudors: England 1485-1603

You will study government, foreign relations, society, economy, intellectual and religious changes and the role of key individuals. Depth Study: A Level – France in Revolution 1774- 1815

One of history’s watershed moments whose legacy has had a monumental influence on society, politics, literature and culture ever since. Historical Investigation 3,000 – 3,500 words (non –exam assessment). A piece of independent research using primary and secondary sources, using the works of academic historians to evaluate and analyse differing interpretations of key features of Russia 1855-1964. ASSESSMENT

AS Breadth Study: exam 1 hour 30 minutes AS Depth Study: exam1 hour 30 minutes

A Level Breadth Study: exam 2 hours 30 minutes, three questions 40% of A level

A Level Depth Study: exam 2 hours 30 minutes, three questions 40% of A level A Level: Independent Investigation 3000-3500 words, 20% of A Level, marked by teachers, moderated by AQA


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LATIN

Head of Department: Miss Emily Ward Examination Board: AQA

Head of Department: Mrs Jessica Ashby Examination Board: OCR

WHY STUDY HISTORY OF ART?

WHY STUDY LATIN?

Art History is one of the most relevant and influential subjects on offer in the Sixth Form. The development of visual literacy and cultural understanding of your own history and that of others is a vital stepping stone into the multi-cultural, image conscious world in which we live. In Art History, you will examine architecture and artefacts from across the globe, exploring the contextual, political and stylistic influences and impacts of key works.

No translated text can ever express in full the nuanced and layered meanings which are exposed and explored when studying a text in the language in which it was originally written. By choosing Latin at AS and A-Level you will have the opportunity to read some of the world’s greatest literature in the original language – a challenging, exhilarating and enlightening experience! Latin appeals to lots of different sorts of students: we regularly have scientists as well as arts students in the Department. Several successful Oxbridge science applicants have done Latin as their 4th subject for example. To enjoy Latin at AS, you should like one or more of the following: variety, challenges, logical analysis and problem solving, discussion, great literature, sarcasm and scandal!

You will need to develop your skills of reading, research and analysis. You will learn to work independently and as part of a team, to prepare and respond to creative briefs learning from some of the most creative problem solvers to have lived across the ages. This is a genuinely fascinating course which is inter-disciplinary by nature, combining aspects of history, art, politics, sociology, literature and languages. You do not need to be a practising artist, although all artists will find this course adds extra depth to their own experimentation. COURSE CONTENT

This a two year course leading to a full A Level. (There is no AS available.)

The course begins with an introductory Visual Analysis module, before embarking on two Themes (Identities and Nature) which will be explored across the world and over time. Then, we will explore two Periods of Western Art History (the Baroque in Catholic Europe, 1597-1680, and European Modernism, 1900-1939) to provide students with a ‘depth’ of knowledge and analysis to pair with their broad understanding of thematic study. ASSESSMENT

Paper 1: Visual Analysis and Themes (3 hours, 50%) Paper 2: Periods (3 hours, 50%)

COURSE CONTENT

The reformed Latin A-Level retains the same key components of study: Language and Literature.

The Language paper at AS involves unseen translation from Latin, and English to Latin sentences. Translating into Latin is enjoyable and satisfying and we teach it in bitesize chunks to build up your confidence and precision.

The AS set texts will be Tacitus Histories 1, and Virgil’s Aeneid Book 11.

The historian Tacitus here writes about the turbulent Year of the Four Emperors following the downfall of Nero. It was a corrupt and dangerous period of Roman history and makes for fascinating reading, particularly when delivered in Tacitus’ pacy and dramatic style. Book 11 of the Aeneid deals with the truce and period of mourning which follow the death in battle of Aeneas’ friend and ally, Pallas. Virgil’s greatest skill perhaps lay in his ability to convey so powerfully the tragic loss of innocent life which was the high price paid for success in battle. You will extend these linguistic and literary studies at A-Level by studying further prose and verse set texts, and by translating passages from a varied and stimulating range of authors. ASSESSMENT (no coursework)

AS: Language paper: 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS Level Literature paper: 2 hours, 50% of AS Level

A Level: Unseen Translation: I hour 45 minutes, 33% of A level Prose Composition or Comprehension: 1 hour 15 minutes, 17% of A level Prose Literature: 2 hours, 25% of A level Verse Literature: 2 hours, 25% of A level

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MATHEMATICS & FURTHER MATHEMATICS Head of Department: Mr Alasdair Wright Examination Board: Edexcel WHY STUDY MATHEMATICS?

Studying Mathematics enables you to think logically and reason effectively. You learn the importance of independent thought and what constitutes proof. Everyone now will study both Statistics and Mechanics as part of the course

Mathematics is a much respected academic subject, combining well with both science and arts A levels, and valued by universities and employers alike. COURSE CONTENT

AS: The course consists of Pure Mathematics topics and includes algebra, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry, calculus and numerical methods. Alongside this, you will study Mechanics and Statistics. A Level: The balance of the course remains the same, and the topics become more challenging. Further Mathematics: Further Pure Modules, Statistics and Mechanics continue to be studied in the U6. ASSESSMENT Mathematics: AS: 1 X 2 hour paper and 1 X 1¼ hour paper A Level: 3 X 2 hour papers Coursework Requirements: None Further Mathematics: AS: 2 X 1 hr 40 min papers A Level: 4 X 1½ hour papers Coursework Requirements: None

MUSIC

Head of Department: Mr Matthew Greenfield Examination Board: Edexcel WHY STUDY MUSIC?

Studying Music gives you the ability to express yourself through different media, as both an academic and creative musician. You will develop your performance and compositional skills, as well as gaining a more informed understanding of how and why music was written and performed. It is a highly respected academic subject, combining well with other Arts and Humanity A Levels or Sciences. Universities welcome musicians as they are self-motivated, inquisitive, cultured and inspiring people. COURSE CONTENT

Students will have opportunities to practise performance skills in solo and/or ensemble work, to compose music in styles of their own choice, and to learn about the basics of Harmony through specific technical study. Aural and analytical skills will be cultivated by way of six Areas of Study: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions. For students who want to take this course, the experience of interacting with music from a wide range of time and place will provide you with a broad and satisfying experience with valuable new insights into the world of music. This course also offers ideal opportunities for those who wish to progress further to degree level qualifications in music. ASSESSMENT

AS: Performing (30%): 6 minute recital (approx. grade 6-7 standard) Composing (30%): two compositions (at least one to a specific brief ) with a combined length of at least 4½ minutes. Appraising (40%): a 1h30 written paper focusing on set works and listening skills A Level: Performing (30%): 8 minute recital (approx. grade 7-8 standard) Composing (30%): two compositions (at least one to a specific brief ) with a combined length of at least 6 minutes. Appraising (40%): a 2h written paper focusing on set works and listening skills

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66 PHOTOGRAPHY

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Head of Department: Mr Alex Perry-Adlam Examination Board: Edexcel

Head of Department: Mrs Nancy Moore Examination Board: OCR

WHY STUDY PHOTOGRAPHY?

WHY STUDY PHYSICAL EDUCATION?

Everyone has a camera on their phone but not many people know how to take a truly great photograph. It is not about taking a snapshot, but about capturing the atmosphere, feeling and essence of a moment and expressing your view to other people. You will learn how to use the latest camera equipment and studio lighting to start developing your eye for an image. You will then go on to learn how to create a narrative and use the formal elements of colour, composition, perspective and form to allow you to express your own personal interests or style.

Studying PE gives you an insight into all theoretical concepts of the sport you play. It covers the physiology, psychology, biomechanics and sociology aspects of sport and provides an in depth understanding of how to improve your own, and others’, performance. It is a well-respected subject, combining positively with other Science and Arts A Levels.

You will also be learning how to use film as a medium and how time and image can be brought together to enhance the message you want to express. Most importantly the course is about you. It’s about finding your style of working and developing your personal interest in the subject. COURSE CONTENT

The start of the course is more traditional where you will learn formal elements of Photography and how to use digital manipulation to enhance an image and develop your ideas through sustained investigations to a number of outcomes. The second coursework project is more self guided and where you will investigate an area of Photography that interests you. You will also write a 2500 word extended essay on the theme of the project you have chosen. The final exam is a topic given by the exam board in January of the final year. ASSESSMENT

AS: 50% Personal Investigation, 50% Externally Set Assignment: 10 hour examination

A Level: 60% Personal Investigation, 40% Externally Set Assignment: Practical work and a personal study; a written essay of 2000 - 3000 words - assessed as an independent unit: 15 hour examination

COURSE CONTENT

AS: Focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the body, exercise physiology, biomechanics, including technology in sport, how the mind interprets and develops sports skills, the teaching and learning of skills, the social issues in sport such as drugs etc. and a look at other countries in comparison with the UK, in achieving excellence. The Practical looks at your skill in one sport and evaluating and assessing others’ performance for improvement.  A Level:  Extends knowledge within applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sports psychology, sport and society, contemporary issues in physical activity and sport. The Practical focuses on performance or coaching, demonstrating skill and tactical awareness in competitive situations in one sport, as well as evaluating and assessing others’ performance for improvement. ASSESSMENT

AS: 2 x 1hour 15min written paper (70%), practical (30%)

A Level: 1 x 2 hour written paper, 2 x 1 hour written paper (70%), practical (30%)

Coursework Requirements: AS - Practical assessment in one sport + EPI A-Level - Practical assessment in one sport + EAPI

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PHYSICS Head of Department: Dr Kathleen Puech Examination Board: OCR A WHY STUDY PHYSICS?

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Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences. It forms the basis of our understanding of the Universe and provides an excellent general knowledge base for understanding the physical world. It gives you a real edge in the modern world that is increasingly dependent on scientific advances. It provides skills for life in problem solving, practical skills, synthesising information and linking ideas. COURSE CONTENT

AS Level: A mixture of taking familiar topics further and encountering some that are totally new, including Quantum Physics and photons.

A Level: You will study all of the material for the AS course as well as more advanced topics such as electric, magnetic and gravitational fields, simple harmonic motion, astrophysics, particle physics and medical physics. ASSESSMENT

Assessment will be based on performance in written papers, which will test both theory and practical skills. Practical work will be carried out throughout the year as a standard part of the course.

POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Head of Department: Mr Carl Gladwell Examination Board: Edexcel

WHY STUDY POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS?

The world is a complex place with problems that cross borders. Here in the UK we continue to deal with our budget deficit, and this means that difficult decisions are being made on issues like university tuition fees, health, and welfare. The UK has voted to leave the EU and has major implications for the future of Northern Ireland and  Scotland respectively.  The Politics course will deepen your understanding of these major issues and how we can have an influence upon them. The course also looks at more global aspects of politics such as security, human rights, and relations between the major powers. We also consider how much power politicians should have over us and whether our society can do things better. Girls at St. Catherine’s do extremely well in their Politics examinations and achieve excellent results. COURSE CONTENT

In the first year we look at politics in the UK and how it is constantly changing. We have voted to leave the EU, but in reality what does this mean and what might it lead to? How will Brexit, and the 2017 General Election, affect the future of the political parties in Britain? How will leaving the EU change the way we ‘do’ politics in the UK? We investigate the UK political system to try to understand the extent of the change that could happen and analyse the possible effects. The second year is split into two sections so feels very much like a university modular course. The first section focuses on political ideological thought that gets to the essence of what politics is about – what sort of society do we want to live in? We look at four ideologies in our search for answers. The second section addresses some of the great global political issues of our time such as what’s causing the global refugee crisis? Does President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement mean that political action on climate change is doomed? Can the West work with China and Russia to address security issues such as North Korea, or is conflict inevitable? Both sections contain ideas and concepts which will challenge the way that you think about the world in which you live. ASSESSMENT

AS: Two papers, each 1 hour 45 minutes A Level: Three papers, each 2 hours Coursework Requirements: None

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SPANISH

Head of Department: Mrs Jean Arrick Examination Board: OCR

Head of Department: Mrs Carol Ann Van Deventer Examination Board: AQA

WHY STUDY PSYCHOLOGY?

WHY STUDY SPANISH?

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and experience. The course will introduce you to the theories and methods of psychology. It offers the opportunity to look at some of the explanations psychologists make to understand humans and their interactions with the world. From a personal perspective you should find the fundamental questions of the psychologist interesting: Why do I behave like this? Why do I think like this?

Studying a foreign language and the people who speak it will:

COURSE CONTENT

Research Methods: Planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and nonexperimental methodologies and techniques.

Core Studies Paper: Introduces some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study. The studies include: one of the first accounts of the phenomenon of multiple personality; an experimental study that explores the mental world of autistic children and a study that uses split-brain patients to look at the functions of different areas of the brain Applied Psychology: Compulsory section on Issues in mental health. Learners will also study two out of the following applied options: Child psychology, Criminal psychology, Environmental psychology, Sports and Exercise psychology ASSESSMENT

The reformed Psychology A level will be taken at the end of a two year linear course. Typically this will involve 3 papers of two hours each assessing Research Methods, Core Studies and Applied Psychology. All girls will sit the interim AS Level in Psychology which will provide a stepped approach to the final examination. The outcome will support their university application.

give you skills and experiences that will expand your horizons for the rest of your life

give you an advantage over others in an increasingly globalised labour market and open up career opportunities in Europe and beyond

help you to understand the motives, politics and culture of countries that are vital to the future of the UK, especially in the EU

teach you to look at the world through the eyes of others

develop important and highly transportable skills of analysis, debate and independent thought.

Do not fall into the trap of thinking that studying a foreign language (or two!) is just for those who want to teach or translate. Ask your teachers about the vast array of career opportunities with languages as your main academic pursuit or in combination with other subjects. Spanish is considered to be the second most widely spoken language in the world. Needless to say, a knowledge of the language and an understanding of Hispanic culture, opens many doors. COURSE CONTENT

AS: Aspects of Hispanic society and Artistic Culture and the study of a film

A Level: Aspects of political life and current issues in society and the study of a book ASSESSMENT

AS and A Level: you will be assessed on all four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. There will be no coursework.

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES Head of Department: Mrs Cecilia Townley Examination Board: OCR WHY STUDY RELIGIOUS STUDIES?

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Does God exist? Why is there evil and suffering in the world? Does science fatally challenge belief in God? How do we decide between right and wrong? What is our conscience and are we really free? If you have ever wondered about the answers to questions such as these, then Religious Studies is the subject for you! When you study religion, you study what people live for and what they die for; what they love most and what they hate most; how they make sense of the world and how they shape the world. The world urgently needs more people who are good at thinking about religion. For good and for ill – globally, nationally and locally – religion makes a difference to the world. It makes a difference to politics, to society, to families, to education, to culture, and to economics. Religion is too important and too powerful to be left to the large number of people who don’t think about it. We invite you to become one of the people who think deeply and intelligently about religion. COURSE CONTENT

Philosophy of Religion: Arguments for the existence of God; challenges to God’s existence and the problem of evil, the nature of God and Religious Language

Ethics: a study of ethical theories, for example, Natural Law, Kant and Utilitarianism, and applied ethics, for example, medical ethics and sexual ethics and business ethics. The nature and role of conscience in ethics. Developments in Christian Thought: Human nature, death and the afterlife, the nature of revelation, religious pluralism and society, feminist theology, liberation theology, religion and the challenge of secularism. ASSESSMENT

There is no coursework. You will be assessed by examination essays.

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TEXTILES

Head of Department: Mrs Lorna Crispin Examination Board: Edexcel WHY STUDY TEXTILES?

Textile Design is a dynamic and highly creative subject that encompasses many disciplines in Art and Design. The field of Textiles is a broad and exciting one that combines drawing and painting with print, felt making, fabric manipulation, machine embroidery and constructed textiles. During the course you are encouraged to develop and build on your creative strengths through an expressive and experimental approach. This allows for a high level of creative individuality. Final outcomes are a personal decision arrived at through rigorous investigation and can take any form. Through the study of Textiles you have the opportunity to follow pathways into many areas of design. COURSE CONTENT

The start of the course involves the exploration of a theme using analysis and research to develop skills and knowledge in design, colour and stitch techniques. Contextual studies in art and design are required as a written element and will support your practical investigations.

You will have opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes. ASSESSMENT

AS: 50% Personal Investigation, 50% Externally Set Assignment: 10 hour examination

A Level: 60% Personal Investigation, 40% Externally Set Assignment: Practical work and a personal study; a written essay of 2000 - 3000 words - assessed as an independent unit: 15 hour examination


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Sixth Form Prospectus 2018  

St Catherine's, Bramley Sixth Form Prospectus 2018