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Sixth form option booklet

Introduction to Stephenson Studio School Sixth Form The Stephenson Studio School is a small school. Our whole approach is in supporting learners to be successful at work, in further education or training, or in university. Seven essential elements lie at heart of the Stephenson Studio School model, elements that have been developed through extensive research and consultation with employers, education experts and young people. The essential elements of the Studio School are:

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Employability and enterprise skills

Real work

Key qualifications

Small Schools

Personalised curriculum

Students of all abilities

Practical learning

Contents Subject


Introduction to the sixth form


‘A’ Biology


‘A’ Business studies


‘A’ Chemistry




English literature










Mathematics and further mathematics




Product design






General Studies


Critical thinking




Stephenson Studio School Apprenticeships


Recreational activities


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About The Stephenson Studio School Sixth Form (Year 12 and 13) Stephenson Studio School is a small school with a ‘big school’

Students will have a choice of two qualification routes, ‘A’ levels

breadth of choice. Class sizes are capped at 20 and every

or the Stephenson Studio School Apprenticeship Scheme.

student is treated as an individual with a personal coach to

Those who opt for ‘A’ levels will have the choice of three ‘A’

support you throughout your time in the sixth form.

levels plus one of either General Studies or Critical Thinking ‘A’ level. All of the subject specific studies will involve projects that

All students will have a personal coach with whom they meet at least once per fortnight to review progress and plan further, that

are commissioned by real clients who will use the outputs of the project to support their business or the local community.

supports the learning sessions they have during the three days per week they are in the sixth form centre.

Those who opt for an apprenticeship will study towards an apprenticeship framework set out by the Sector Skills Councils

Sixth form students will undertake two days per week paid employment which is carefully planned and facilitated through

for the specified area of work. The framework includes a Technical Certificate, an NVQ and Functional Skills.

the personal coach. During the time with each employer, which


will usually be for a minimum of six months per internship,

Usually students will be placed with one employer for the entire

students will make a measurable contribution to their business

two years of studies, during which time students will be assessed

and will acquire the CREATE skills (see separate section for

against professional competencies in the work place to attain the

details) which are so highly valued by employers. Students will

NVQ qualification. Students will complete the Technical

be encourages to take part in recreational activities to ensure

Certificate and Functional Skills during the three days per week

that they have a rounded curriculum.

they are in the sixth form centre.

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Key questions before students consider which option to select ●

Did they enjoy the subject at GCSE?

Did they feel at GSCE that they wanted to learn more?

Did the student’s teacher believe they had an aptitude for the subject?

Is the student confident about other related subjects (such as maths or English)?

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Subjects that may be studied at A Level BIOLOGY

Students will develop their microscope skills by observing

The AS and A2 Biology courses involve the study of the

specimens and drawing diagrams. There is also an opportunity

structure of living organisms and their fundamental processes.

to attend a residential field course so that ecological studies can

The topics are varied and extend on those studied at GCSE as

be carried out in a variety of habitats. All ‘A’ level subject studies

well as introducing new areas such as behaviour, cell organisation

are also delivered through projects which enable the application

and biotechnology.

of knowledge and skills to real life situations. The projects are

Key skills required

commissioned by clients who will use the outcomes of the projects to support either their business or the local community.

Enthusiasm and commitment

An enquiring mind – always wanting to know more

What opportunities could this subject lead to?

and understand the subject at a deeper level

Complementary Subjects

An interest in living things and the environment

Students who may wish to pursue a biological subject at

A willingness to learn detailed information

university will find that chemistry is usually a requirement.

An aptitude for practical work

Geography is useful for environmental and ecology-related

Type of Work The lessons involve both theory and practical work and students will use different study skills including: making notes, preparing information for presentations, planning, executing and writing up


courses. Physics, maths, ICT/computing, psychology and food are also complimentary. None of these subjects is essential however and some students choose biology as their only science subject.

experiments. Students will be expected to revise for tests at the

In addition to general degree courses in the biological sciences

end of each topic and be able to apply their knowledge in short

you could apply for more specific subjects such as biochemistry,

structured questions as well as longer essay-type questions.

microbiology, genetics or physiology. Biology is desirable for

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BUSINESS STUDIES This course provides an opportunity to study in depth how businesses operate in the modern world on a local, national and global basis. All aspects of business behaviour and the relationships between businesses and consumers are covered. These include how businesses are managed, their strategies for success and how they deal with the ever-changing business environment. The main emphasis is on the application of knowledge to practical business situations and the course covers a wide range of issues including business start ups and growth, marketing, managing people and the impact of international trade. The teaching is based on current events, placing a premium on upto-date issues, which are accessible to students. medicine and veterinary science. It can also be combined with

Key skills required

other disciplines such as a language or business studies.

The course content is broad. Students are not required to have

An interest in biology can lead to an extensive range of different

taken particular subjects prior to this course, however, students

careers. These include careers in medicine and healthcare,

should have an interest in current affairs. They should be

education, the environment, food and drink, biotechnology and

comfortable with expressing themselves in short essay form.


They should also be able to carry out financial analyses.

For further details, visit the Institute of Biology website

The course relies upon personal research and students’ ability to

undertake independent investigations using periodicals, the

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internet and books. Such research will be used in set assignments and classroom discussions. Assessment is through two exams each year which require candidates to interpret and evaluate selected current news items using their knowledge of how businesses work. Type of work All ‘A’ level subject studies are also delivered through projects which enable the application of knowledge and skills to real life

CHEMISTRY Chemistry lessons involve both theory and practical work. Students will use different study skills including: making notes, preparing information for presentations, revising for tests at the end of each topic, executing and writing up experiments. They will be expected to spend more time outside lessons consolidating the ideas and reading around them. The use of ICT is encouraged and some specialised software introduced.

situations. The projects are commissioned by clients who will

Students who have taken Chemistry at GCSE will extend their

use the outcomes of the projects to support either their

practical skills. All ‘A’ level subject studies are also delivered

business or the local community.

through projects. These enable the application of knowledge

Using Advanced GCE Business beyond school

and skills to real life situations. The projects are commissioned by clients who will use the outcomes of the projects to support

Students may apply to university business schools offering

either their business or the local community.

degrees in management-related courses in specialist areas such as marketing, finance or retailing. The discipline also fits well

What opportunities could this subject lead to?

with social sciences and politics. The subject provides an ideal

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s posters say “Not all chemists

basis for a career in business as an entrepreneur or in a senior

wear white coats”. Sixth form chemistry can lead to a degree in

corporate role. It is also an excellent means of gaining a better

Chemistry which opens up an enormous range of career

understanding of current affairs.

possibilities, both in and out of science. For details and ideas go to An exciting career in chemistry research is available to those who really excel at the


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subject. Some sixth formers find chemistry an asset in applying

Students need to enjoy mathematics and following current

for courses in another scientific field, eg. materials science,

affairs to consider the course. There is a strong emphasis on

biochemistry, medicine and physiotherapy. Degree courses

personal research and the ability to undertake independent

combining chemistry with languages, management, law and

investigations using periodicals, the internet and books is

countless other disciplines are also available.

essential. The research is used in set assignments and classroom discussions. Assessment is by two exams each year which

ECONOMICS What is Economics?

require candidates to interpret data and evaluate case studies using their knowledge of economic concepts.

Economics is a social science concerned with how the resources

Type of work

of the works (natural, manufactured and human) are allocated.

All ‘A’ level subject studies are also delivered through projects

This can determine who are rich and poor, how standards of

which enable the application of knowledge and skills to real life

living change and the relationship between businesses and

situations. The projects are commissioned by clients who will

consumers; the range of study includes local activities, the

use the outcomes of the projects to support either their

national perspective and international relationships. The subject

business or the local community.

is based on theories, which are then applied to situations ranging from how prices in a UK industry are determined to how

What opportunities could this subject lead to?

international trade works. As a subject concerned with seeking

Direct applications of the GCE are in degrees covering

to explain events in the real world, it is constantly evolving and

economics, finance, accounts and management sciences. The

so case studies used vary from year to year.

discipline also fits well with law, philosophy and politics. It is an

Key skills required Students should be comfortable expressing themselves both in

ideal basis for a career in senior corporative management, the city or in government. It is also an excellent means of better understanding human activities.

short essay form and in diagrams using mathematical analysis.

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purpose and methods of achieving that purpose; this means building on the skills gained at GCSE. You will develop a broad understanding of some of the ways in which literature is written

English at AS and A2 has always been a dynamic and forward looking subject. It is a literature-based course which includes the study of an exciting range of poetry, prose and drama and covers a period of time ranging form the 14th century to the present day. Students should expect to read texts from Shakespeare, Chaucer and Austen as well as from contemporary authors such as Mark Haddon, Angela Carter and Khaled Hossein! Key skills required ●

Choose this subject if you have a passion for reading and discovery and a genuine interest in the way writers express their ideas

Choose it if you are confident about your ability to write – and enjoy expressing your ideas both on paper or orally

Choose it because you like to think independently and know you are well-motivated

Choose it because you enjoyed GCSE and want to explore literature more deeply


and read and will be prepared for written exam and coursework – much as you are already used to. In terms of workload, expect an exam-style essay about once a week, independent note taking and wider reading, especially in relation to coursework. Thorough preparation for lessons will be vital, as will be the enthusiasm to communicate your ideas in discussion and debate which is the basis of all lessons. All ‘A’ level subject studies are also delivered through projects which enable the application of knowledge and skills to real life situations. The projects are commissioned by clients who will use the outcomes of the projects to support either their business or the local community. Where will it take me? English will complement other subjects such as history and geography and is extremely popular with linguists and scientists who enjoy a different method of study. With respect to further education, the subject is highly popular in its own right and well

What will the work involve?

respected for its academic rigour, but is also useful for any arts-

All tasks undertaken during the course relate to close literary

related courses such as journalism, law philosophy and PPE. In

analysis: understanding the relationship between the writer’s

career terms, “the world is your oyster”

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FRENCH What is French? Advanced qualifications in modern languages are a huge plus in our increasingly international world. They are an enormously useful tool in themselves, or as add-ons to a very wide range of other subjects, and open many doors to you. Key skills required Advanced GCE languages are basically more of what you are used to from GCSE. Languages do not get more difficult the further you take them; you just learn more of them, spread your

modern language, at least at AS, is not seen as a plus. As with

wings and enjoy being able to cope in a bigger range of

University courses, so with careers. The possible range is huge,


and only a minority make their languages their career, though

Where will it take me?

very many use their languages as a tool in their working life. A good A grade or better at GCSE shows you could make a real

Languages go with any other subjects, at least up to AS, and we

success of that language at Advanced GCE.

have had people use an A2 language as part of their package for medicine at University too, though it is more usual to combine a

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language at that level with at least one other non-science subject

All ‘A’ level subject studies are also delivered through projects

– or other language! Doing a language at Advanced GCE does

which enable the application of knowledge and skills to real life

not for a minute mean you have to carry it on at University.

situations. The projects are commissioned by clients who will

Some do, but many use it as part of their bundle for a huge

use the outcomes of the projects to support either their

range of courses. It is difficult to think of any course for which a

business or the local community.

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that people have different views and there are different solutions to issues

What is Geography? Geography at both AS and A2 comprises both human and physical units in which you will earn about a wide range of topics such as: ●

The issues that affect people and the places they live in

How people affect the environment we all live in

What decisions are being made about the management of resources

Type of work All ‘A’ level subject studies are also delivered through projects which enable the application of knowledge and skills to real life situations. The projects are commissioned by clients who will use the outcomes of the projects to support either their business or the local community.

An appreciation of current events and world problems

Where will it take me?

such as natural hazards and the plight of refugees

You can combine geography with a range of other subjects. The

How to plan a fieldwork investigation – the collection of

following show some complementary subjects and the possible

primary and secondary data and how to analyse it

careers, but they are merely illustrations to stimulate your

Key skills required

imagination and there are many, many more.

The skills you learn are wide and varied. If you study geography

Maths, physics, chemistry + geography = medicine, surveying,

you will have the following advantages:


You will know about local, national and global issues and be able to talk about them

You will have developed skills such as using maps, photographs, diagrams and statistics, explaining your ideas clearly to others

You will be aware of events around you and appreciate

Economics, ICT, languages, maths + geography = banking, planning, tourism, accountancy Art, design, ICT + geography = architecture, cartography, graphic design English, languages, history, ICT + geography = publishing, law, journalism Biology, chemistry + geography = management, environmental sciences


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HISTORY What is history?

All ‘A’ level subject studies are also delivered through projects which enable the application of knowledge and skills to real life situations. The projects are commissioned by clients who will

This is not simply learning the facts of the past but analysing key historical events and developments to better understand the

use the outcomes of the projects to support either their business or the local community.

modern world. History allows us to look at a vast array of other subjects such as politics, economics, psychology, geography,

Where will it take me?

medicine and other sciences in order to understand why things

History compliments most other subjects:

are as they are.

with subjects like English, classics and religious studies

Key skills required ●

Well motivated and capable of working independently

Articulate with sound literacy skills

Interested and willing to debate ideas and interpretations

The literacy and communication skills developed fit in well

The analytical skills complement maths and sciences very well

Linguists and geographers are also very welcome – an international outlook is always useful

Above all, you should be genuinely interested in the past. History is a highly regarded subject and admissions tutors will Type of work

see a good grade as proof of intelligence, regardless of what you

As well as document work, where you will be analysing

go on to do next. The skills of assimilating and analysing

historical sources, you will be expected to write essays – but

information and formulating and communicating arguments are

that isn’t actually as bad as it sounds. You will be expected to

ones which employers in business, law, journalism and the civil

read around the subject and use a wide range of materials –

service are always keen on. Your particular expertise might also

articles, books, films and internet sites. Willingness to chip into

take you into areas like research, museums, the arts and

any discussion will also be helpful.


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ICT What is ICT? Information and Communication Technology is an exciting subject that enables students to have a thorough understanding of how technology improves business: when to use ICT; to understand the successful application of ICT and value for money. The course tests students on practical experience in identifying methods of solution, and the design, implementation, testing and evaluation of actual solutions based on a variety of applications software that processes different types of data. Key skills required ●

Patience and tenacity to stick with a problem to find the right solution


An interest in business and how ICT supports businesses

business or the local community.

Accurate attention to detail

What opportunities could this subject lead to?

Creative flair

ICT and Business Studies are excellent ‘A’ level subjects to study

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together should students wish to pursue a career in big business

All ‘A’ level subject studies are also delivered through projects

via a Business and Information Systems degree. There remains

which enable the application of knowledge and skills to real life

strong demand for new employees with business and technology

situations. The projects are commissioned by clients who will

common sense. Over 90% of all management jobs require

use the outcomes of the projects to support either their

significant use of ICT.

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MATHEMATICS AND FURTHER MATHEMATICS Mathematics The AS course consists of three units; two core units of pure mathematics and one application unit of statistics. The core units deal with algebraic techniques, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry, series and elementary calculus. One of the core units is examined with a non-calculator paper. Statistics is essentially about probability techniques and correlation/ regression. The A2 course extends the pure mathematics with two further units and introduces and mechanics unit. Mechanics covers forces in equilibrium and motion, kinematics and momentum. Further mathematics Further mathematics is also available, requiring another three

AS/A2 mathematics as the course relies heavily upon algebra. It

units for AS or six for A2. These will include further compulsory

is vital that students supplement any homework given by trying

pure mathematic units and some choice of additional application

extra examples, especially from the end of chapter exercises.

units in statistics, mechanics or discreet mathematics. Discrete

Mathematics, apart from its own inherent value, supports a wide

mathematics covers algorithms, graph theory, networks and

range of subjects and has applications to many fields –

linear programming. Further mathematics cannot be taken

mathematics can be studied with anything at AS and A2!

alone. Key skills are required.

Further mathematics is advisable for those going on to a maths,

Students’ algebraic skills need to be basically sound to attempt

physics or engineering degree.

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The future with mathematics


Mathematics at Advanced GCE is essential for many University

What is Physics?

degrees, but is also a good background for degrees in geography, psychology, sports science, economics and many others. Careers which need mathematics include scientific research, actuarial work, economics and statistical services and

Physics help us to understand how our world works, from the smallest particles through to the huge galaxies that make up the universe. It is the bases of modern technology from mobile phones to space travel.

teaching. Other avenues include investment banking and financial modelling, accountancy, information technology

If you have enjoyed physics so far and want to know more, then

systems, operational research and producing coding systems for

consider joining us in the sixth form. We promise that the

banks and government. Companies often look for people who

course will be varied and challenging. Each group will be taught

have been trained in mathematical thinking.

by two teachers to give you the benefit of their particular expertise and interest and to add variety.

Type of work Key skills required Lessons will be mainly through class teaching on electronic interactive or ordinary whiteboards with discussion, but use of

challenge and likes problem solving

appropriate software, spreadsheets, revision dvds/materials and web sites will support your studies.

an enquiring mind and asks how things work, enjoys a

strong mathematical skills (at least AS maths is helpful, especially for A2 physics)

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strong practical skills, can relate theory to real experiments

ability to write logically, expressing complex ideas clearly and concisely

The nature of the course

accountancy and business since they have the necessary

AS is very similar to GCSE, but it moves much faster and

analytical and numerical skills. See the Institute of Physics

students will be expected to spend more time outside lessons

website for more ideas.

consolidating the ideas and reading around them. Students will extend their practical skills, again building on their experience at


GCSE, with practical work being an integral part of the course.

What is product design?

All ‘A’ level subject studies are also delivered through projects which enable the application of knowledge and skills to real life situations. The projects are commissioned by clients who will use the outcomes of the projects to support either their business or the local community.

Product design is the bringing together of art, design and technology to be able to design a product that is fit for purpose, easy to manufacture and will provide value for money. This requires understanding client’s needs and turning them into a product that can be made for the right price. Students will

What opportunities could this subject lead to?

explore manufacturing techniques and raw materials as well as

Complimentary subjects – Maths is essential for anyone

how to develop a design brief and evaluate the performance of a

thinking of taking physics or engineering past A2 and chemistry


helps to deliver similar skills. Biology, geography, economics or

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languages often feature in the package but then so do most

This subject is primarily coursework based and so demands a lot

other subjects from art for architects to English for science

of time and commitment, but no more than would be expected


of you in any Advanced GCE subject.

Careers – Apart from the obvious degrees in physics/

All ‘A’ level subject studies are also delivered through projects

engineering/maths, physics is relevant to courses such as

which enable the application of knowledge and skills to real life

dentistry, medicine, meteorology, physiotherapy, sports science

situations. The projects are commissioned by clients who will

and architecture to name but a few. Many physicist turn to

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use the outcomes of the projects to support either their business or the local community.

PSYCHOLOGY What is Psychology?

What opportunities could this subject lead to?

Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind, and

The product design course at AS and A2 is an ideal introduction

behaviour. It is both a thriving academic discipline and a vital

to the practical processes, as well as the theoretical knowledge,

professional practice. Psychologists and psychological research

that will be required if you intend to study engineering in higher

have a big impact on all aspects of public life, particularly in areas

education. It will give a head start at the application process for

such as education, health, the economy, industry, and the

University, as many are now looking for practical experience.

criminal justice system. Advanced GCE psychology gives you an

Students will acquire the basic understanding of the terminology,

understanding of important aspects of human behaviour. The

techniques and experiences of the discipline and show that you

course covers a range of fascinating topics such as child

are committed to engineering as a career. There is a possibility

development, stress, aggression, eating disorders, social

that AS can be taken in year 13 as well as year 12. We follow

relationships, media influences on behaviour, schizophrenia,

the AQA product design specification so for details of the

ethics, and memory; and will give you a critical understanding of

specifications please look on their website

a range of theories such as psychoanalysis and behaviourism.

Key skills are required.

Key Skills required

Though previous experience in the subject is helpful, it is not

A genuine interest in human behaviour

necessary if you are willing to spend the time learning the

An ability to learn and critically evaluate theories and

necessary processes; these will be taught as your design folder progresses. An ability to draw and get your ideas down on paper is essential, as is the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages.


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studies ●

A reasonable understanding of statistics (a grade B or above in GCSE maths)

Teaching and learning methods


Psychology is taught using a variety of enjoyable active learning

What is Sociology?

techniques (for example, mind mapping, quizzes, card matching and poster presentations). You will make revision notes, draw diagrams, answer short questions, write 12-mark mini essays, make presentations, discuss theories, and conduct mini experiments and observations. All ‘A’ level subject studies are also delivered through projects which enable the application of knowledge and skills to real life situations. The projects are commissioned by clients who will use the outcomes of the projects to support either their business or the local community.

Sociology is the systematic study of people, social life, and society. It is a highly regarded academic subject that is taught at all the top universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard. Sociologists are interested in a wide variety of fascinating topics such as health and illness (sociology of medicine), feminism (social theory, religious cults (sociology of religion), suicide (criminology, divorce, the cult of celebrity (media), human rights (law), voting behaviour (politics), poverty, and unemployment (socio-economics). AS/A2 sociology gives

What opportunities could this subject lead to?

you an understanding of fundamental aspects of society, and of

Psychology goes well with any subject. It complements both

how sociologists study and explain people’s behaviour.

science and arts subjects, particularly biology, chemistry, physics, geography, sociology, and economics.

Key Skills required ●

Possible careers include medicine, health psychology, psychiatry, forensic psychology, occupational therapy, nursing and

individual behaviour to societies ●

midwifery, engineering, physiotherapy, design, human resource management, marketing, occupational psychology, banking, accountancy, management consultancy, law, teaching, social

A genuine interest in human relationships – from An ability to learn and critically evaluate complex theories and studies

An aptitude for writing short answer questions and miniessays

work, criminology, educational psychology, journalism, publishing and public relations. For more information, visit the British Psychological Society website at Sixth form option booklet


Teaching and learning methods Sociology is taught using a variety of enjoyable active learning techniques (e.g., mind mapping, quizzes, card matching, tabular work). Students will make revision notes, answer short questions, write essays, make PowerPoint presentations and evaluate studies and theories. All ‘A’ level subject studies are also delivered through projects which enable the application of knowledge and skills to real life situations. The projects are commissioned by clients who will use the outcomes of the projects to support either their business or the local community. Where will it take me? Sociology can compliment subjects such as geography,


psychology, English, religious studies and economics. For

Sociology can provide strong foundations for degrees such PPE

students keen to study science and who want a career in

(Oxford), law, international relations, criminology, and SPS

medicine, sociology is a very useful fourth subject. It can

(Cambridge); as well as for careers such as human resource

demonstrate a deeper understanding of the social implications of

management, marketing, banking, management consultancy, civil

core related issues. For example, in addressing health issues

service, local and national government, journalism, teaching,

students may consider the unequal social distribution of health

social work, educational psychology, publishing, public relations,

and illness in the United Kingdom by social class, age, gender,

probation service, occupational therapy, nursing and midwifery.

ethnicity and region, and internationally; the sociological study of

For further details, see the British Sociological Association

the nature and social distribution of mental illness.

website at

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Students will be able to choose between General Studies and Critical Thinking. GENERAL STUDIES General studies broaden the sixth form curriculum and ensures all students have a balance of arts, science and social science subjects. Students follow a rotation of courses to prepare them for the AS and A2 papers. Lessons are organised to maximise student participation and to develop discussion and presentation skills. The rotation of courses is punctuated at intervals by lectures from guest speakers, discussion panels and drama presentations. Some university offers include general studies and the Advanced GCE result may well be taken into account by others if students do not achieve the grades or points required in their higher

Culture and Society – units 1 and 3

Science and Society – units 2 and 4

education offer. Attendance on the course provides evidence

At AS the examinations contain a combination of an objective

that a broader education programme is being followed and

test and a written section containing structured questions. The

maintains literacy and numeracy skills for all students,

written papers at A2 involve responding to a choice of essay

irrespective of their chosen subjects.

titles and answering shorter questions on a case study and

Course details The AQA specification A is used. The content is grouped into two areas:

unseen passage. Further information is available on the AQA website

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CRITICAL THINKING The OCR critical thinking specification provides opportunities

beneficial to any candidate. It will show that such candidates

for candidates to demonstrate and apply a wide range of

have attained a national standard in skills which will be prized by

thinking skills (especially reasoning skills) in a range of contexts,

university and employers alike. The reasons for offering the

develop an ability to transfer these skills and make connections,

course are threefold. It is valuable in itself, it may well help the

integrate ideas and develop concepts, use arguments, make

students to perform better in their other A level subjects and it

judgements and evaluate evidence and examine questions from a

should enable them to achieve higher scores in the additional

broad standpoint.

tests which are increasingly being set by those courses at

This course in critical thinking is different from all other subjects

university where there is much competition for places.

at AS. It does not involve learning any facts, but as the title

Unit 1

suggests, it is about learning how to think and reason, as well as

Introduction to Critical Thinking – the language of reasoning,

how to write in a coherent and logical way. It gives candidates


opportunities to understand the importance of examining knowledge and beliefs critically to recognise, analyse and evaluate their own and others’ beliefs and knowledge claims in a variety of contexts to recognise and evaluate assumptions; evaluate reasoning of different kinds, including common and important species of reasoning; make connections and synthesise information and arguments; generate their own arguments and express them clearly. Although these skills are particularly applicable to subjects such as English, history and law, taking critical thinking will be


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Unit 2 Assessing and Developing Argument – analysis of argument, evaluating arguments, developing one’s own reasoned arguments Both units are assessed by written examination

The Studio School CREATE skills framework Whilst at the Stephenson Studio School students will acquire key

CREATE focuses on six key skills that will enable students to

employability and life skills through the CREATE framework.

thrive both at work, at university or through further training or

Five principles underpin the CREATE framework:

study. The CREATE framework is the ‘language’ of the

1 Accessibility – a simple and easy to use structure that is accessible to both students and staff; 2 Simplicity – CREATE uses no jargon, only clear, basic

Stephenson Studio School and these skills are formally accredited alongside your GCSE’s. The six key skills are:

language that anyone can understand;


Relating to people


4 Transferability – students are expected to exhibit

Applying knowledge

their skills in a wide range of settings, not just in


Emotional intelligence

3 Transparency – every skill is assessed so that the students know exactly what is expected of them;

school; 5 Evolutionary – CREATE will evolve every year to reflect new research, qualifications and a changing jobs

The diagram on the following page explains CREATE in further



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The CREATE Framework Communication

Relating to People




Emotional Intelligence

Definition Learners can

Learners understand

Learners are


Learners are able to

Learners understand


and are able to

creative and have

understand and are

independently build

and are able to

effectively through a

successfully interact

the initiative skills

able to effectively


manage theirs and

variety of methods

with others in a

to recognise and

apply their


others emotions,

range of

respond to

knowledge and

information to make

channelling them



skills to a variety


effectively and

of situations

judgements and


solve problems Skill Area Explain



School and Learning


Interpreting myself




Family and Relationships


Managing myself




Work and Employment


Interpreting others


My local Community Wider world


The Stephenson Studio School

Managing other

Reinforcing CREATE skills During year 10 and year 11 students will spend four hours per week with a local employer. This will enable students to put CREATE skills into practice in a variety of situations.

Stephenson Studio School Apprenticeship Our sponsor organisation Stephenson College specialises in Further and Higher education in vocational areas and is major provider of apprenticeships. However, it is recognised that the Stephenson Studio School model is unique and that there may be some students that would prefer to work towards an


apprenticeship within the small school ethos of the studio school

All sixth form students take part in the recreational activities

and with access to the CREATE framework of skills. For any

programme. There is a choice of sporting and fitness activities

students interested in a Stephenson Studio School

both in school and in outside facilities, which provide the

Apprenticeship you will need to show evidence of a passion and

opportunity to enjoy traditional games or develop new interests.

commitment to the area of work in which you wish to study and

In addition there will be the opportunity to work towards a

the specialist Stephenson Studio School application form

‘world challenge’,’ Duke of Edinburgh’ and take part in a host of

provides guidance on how to demonstrate this.


Sixth form option booklet


Stephenson Studio School Thornborough Road Coalville Leicestershire LE67 3TN Tel: 01530 519099 Fax: 01530 814253

Stephenson Studio School - Sixth Form Prospectus