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International School, Luxembourg A.S.B.L.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum


Table of Contents Introduction ......................................................................................................................... 3 AS Subject Entry Requirements Matrix ................................................................................... 5 AS/A2 Art ............................................................................................................................ 7 Biology .............................................................................................................................. 10 Business Studies ................................................................................................................ 12 Chemistry .......................................................................................................................... 14 CIE Applied ICT ................................................................................................................. 16 Economics ......................................................................................................................... 18 English Literature ............................................................................................................... 21 English Language ............................................................................................................... 23 Geography ......................................................................................................................... 25 MFL (German, French)........................................................................................................ 27 History .............................................................................................................................. 29 Mathematics ...................................................................................................................... 31 Media Studies .................................................................................................................... 33 Music Technology............................................................................................................... 35 Physics .............................................................................................................................. 37 Psychology ........................................................................................................................ 39

Version: 13th February 2014

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Introduction At St. George’s International School, we offer students a range of international AS and A Level courses from a variety of UK exam boards (Edexcel, AQA and CIE). The international AS (Advanced Subsidiary) Level and the A (Advanced) Level courses focus on traditional study skills and take a minimum of 2 years to complete. They are the accepted route into University and Higher Education in the UK and worldwide, although they are not the only route. A Levels are very demanding and academically rigorous courses offered by UK examination boards. They enable students to study individual subjects in depth, and to specialise in those areas in which they feel they are particularly strong and have a keen interest. The AS qualification is designed to provide a “stepping stone” to full A Level standard and also allows the student to maintain a broader curriculum (up to four AS) in Year 12. They are highly regarded throughout the world as excellent preparation for undergraduate study. HOW TO SELECT YOUR COURSE   

You may choose up to 4 subjects to study at AS level in Year 12. You should choose subjects that you enjoy and that you feel you can do well in. You should also consider the subjects that you may need if looking to move on to university.

This shows the model that we recommend for the majority of our students:

The 2 Year Programme 4 A/S Qualifications

Choose 1 A/S to ‘drop’

Continue 3 to A2 level

Year 1

End Year 1

Year 2

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MOVING FROM AS TO A2 Students are advised to take a minimum of 3 subjects at A2 level and should have already passed the AS course. For most University applications it is necessary for students to have a minimum of 2 A Level passes. Universities are interested in quality rather than quantity and usually require three A Level passes in their offers. In order to move from AS to A2 students will be required to achieve a minimum of a grade C at AS in that subject. Each student’s entry on to the A2 course will be judged individually and will require a discussion between the student and subject teachers. There is an opportunity for the students to resit the CIE AS examinations only in November of Year 13, however this will only be made available to students who could improve their grade or get a grade C and where the subject teacher feels that they are able to continue on the A2 course. It is also possible for the students to take up further AS levels in Year 13 should their timetable allow.

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AS Subject Entry Requirements Matrix These entry requirements are a guideline as to the minimum requirements needed to succeed at AS level, each student’s suitability for a course will be judged on an individual basis. Please note that a minimum of 4 students are required for a course to run. SUBJECT

EXAM BOARD

8AD01 Art and Design

Edexcel

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (GCSE or equivalent)  Grade B in Art  A good portfolio of work

PREFERRED SKILLS and/or QUALIFICATIONS   

9700 Biology

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CIE

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Grade B in Science Grade C in English Grade C in Maths

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9707 Business Studies

CIE

9701 Chemistry

CIE

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Grade B in Maths Grade C in English

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Grade B in Science Grade C in Maths Grade C in English

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9713 Applied ICT

CIE

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9708 Economics

CIE

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Grade A* to C in GCSE ICT or equivalent A high level of mathematical skills

Grade C in English Grade C in Maths

 9695 English Literature

2705 English Language (B)

CIE

AQA

Grade B or above in English or the recommendation of the teacher

Grade C in English

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An interest in Art, both contemporary and historical is essential The ability to work independently Willingness to visits art galleries and exhibitions in your own time Grade A in Science recommended A high level of motivation and enthusiasm for science is also required An aptitude for literacy is of benefit IGCSE in Business Studies is an advantage An interest in business issues is essential Grade A in Science recommended Grade B in Maths recommended A high level of motivation and enthusiasm for science is also required An interest in computing is essential Self-motivation – you will be required to work using your own initiative No previous study of the subject is assumed, but IGCSE in Economics is an advantage An interest in economic issues and current affairs is essential An interest in literature in all its forms is essential A strong work ethic and the desire to be challenged

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A strong work ethic and the desire to be challenged

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8FR01 French Language

Edexcel

Grade A in French

 9696 Geography *

CIE

Grade C in English

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8GN01 German Language

Edexcel

8HI01 History *

Edexcel

8371 Mathematics

Grade A in German

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Grade C in English

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Edexcel

Grade B in Maths

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2570 Media Studies

AQA

Grade C in English

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8MT01 Music Technology

9702 Physics ±

9698 Psychology *

Edexcel

CIE

Edexcel

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Grade C in English Grade B in Music or a portfolio to demonstrate musical ability and understanding

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Grade B in Science Grade B in Maths Grade C in English

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Grade B in English Grade B in Science Grade C in Maths

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Interest and good understanding of the French language and culture Willingness to communicate orally and in writing

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An interest in Geography and current affairs is essential Geography GCSE (or equivalent) is essential Interest and good understanding of the German language and culture Willingness to communicate orally and in writing An interest in History is essential History GCSE is desirable but not essential A-A* recommended in Mathematics An interest in Mathematics is essential Self-motivation – you will be required to work on your own initiative A logical and inquisitive mind Grade B in GCSE media is desirable An interest in current trends in different types of media Capable of demonstrating flair and creativity with a good eye for art & design Have been studying at least one instrument for several years An ability to study and work well on your own Must be ICT literate. Grade A recommended in Science Grade A recommended in Maths A high level of motivation and enthusiasm for Science and Mathematics is also required. Ability to carry out independent research Genuine interest in the research of human behaviour

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NB: * For students coming from a non-British school background it may be necessary for testing of their level of English in these subjects. ±

For students coming from a non-British school background testing will take place should the student wish to take one of these courses.

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AS/A2 Art Edexcel (8AD01) What will I learn about? The aims of the AS & Advanced GCE in Art & Design are to encourage students to develop:  intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers  investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement  independence of mind in relation to developing their own ideas, refining their own intentions and personal outcomes  an interest in, enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of art, craft and design  experience of working with a broad range of media, including traditional and new media technologies  an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate  experience of working within relevant and real frameworks and, where appropriate, make links to the creative industries  knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures  an awareness of different roles, functions and audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practice. Students will need to show the following qualities This specification requires students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of:  relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources  how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts  how images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural contexts  continuity and change in different genres, styles and traditions  a working visual/written vocabulary and specialist terminology. This specification requires students to develop the skills to:  record experiences and observations, mainly in visual form; undertake research and gather, select and organise visual and other appropriate information  explore relevant resources; analyse, discuss and evaluate images, objects and artefacts; make and record independent judgements  use knowledge and understanding of the work of others to develop and extend thinking and inform own work  generate and explore potential lines of enquiry using appropriate media and techniques  apply knowledge and understanding in making images and artefacts; review and modify work, and plan and develop ideas in the light of own and others’ evaluations  organise, select and communicate ideas, solutions and responses, and present them in a range of visual, tactile and/or sensory forms. 7


How will I be Assessed & Examined?

Unit number and unit title Unit 1: AS Art and Design Coursework

Unit 2: AS Art and Design Externally Set Assignment

Unit 3: A2 Art and Design Coursework

Unit 4: A2 Art and Design Externally Set Assignment

Assessment information

Students should submit supporting studies and practical outcome(s) from personal starting points. Work to be submitted for final teacher assessment. Centre marks are submitted to Edexcel in advance of sample moderation.

Students should submit supporting studies and practical outcome(s) in response to the given theme. The externally set paper will be available to centre staff during January of each year as a paper copy and through the secure content section of the website. The papers should be released to the students from 1 February. The timed element of eight (8) hours is carried out under controlled conditions at any time at the centre’s discretion after the papers are released to students. Work to be submitted for final teacher assessment. Centre marks are submitted to Edexcel in advance of sample moderation. Students should submit supporting studies, a linked personal study of 1000-3000 words and practical outcomes from personal starting points. Work to be submitted for final teacher assessment. Centre marks are submitted to Edexcel in advance of sample moderation. Students should submit supporting studies and practical outcome(s) in response to the given theme. The externally set paper will be available to centre staff during January of each year as a paper copy and through the secure content section of the website. The papers should be released to the students from 1 February. The timed element of twelve (12) hours is carried out under controlled conditions at any time at the centre’s discretion after the papers are released to students. Work to be submitted for final teacher assessment. Centre marks are submitted to Edexcel in advance of sample moderation.

Number of marks allocated in the unit 80 marks 60% of the total AS marks 30% of the total GCE marks 80 marks 40% of the total AS marks 20% of the total GCE marks

80 marks 60% of the total A2 marks 30% of the total GCE marks 80 marks 40% of the total A2 marks 20% of the total GCE marks

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What do I need to take this course?

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Grade B or above in Art at GCSE and a good portfolio of work An interest in Art, both contemporary and historical is essential The ability to work independently Willingness to visits art galleries and exhibitions in your own time

What can I do after I finish this course? Art is good for students who wish to undertake further studies in art, craft and design, usually at Art College or in further education. It is also useful for those who are hoping to take up careers for which an art and design background is relevant. Employment opportunities with Art qualifications: Animator Architect Art director Art therapist Ceramicist Fine Artist Film maker Illustrator Musician Printmaker Publisher Teacher Stylist

Automotive designer (transport) Costume designer Fashion designer Games designer Graphic designer Industrial designer Interior designer Product designer Textile designer Theatre / set designer Shoe designer Web designer

Advertising layout Exhibition curator Fashion buyer Fashion journalist Landscape architect Location finder (TV & films) Magazine layout Make-up artist/ stylist Performing arts Photographer Picture editor TV producer Window dresser Writer/ Radio

Famous people who went to Art school: Actors: Rachel McAdams, Adam Sandler, Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Bonnie Wright, Peter Capaldi, (Dr Who), Lily Cole (model/actress/broadcaster). Musicians: Kanye West, Chuck D, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Ian Dury (Ian Dury and the Blockheads), Keith Richards, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Franz Ferdinand, Steve Mackey, (bass guitarist for Pulp), Florence Mary Welch (Florence + the Machine). Film directors: Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator). Fashion designers: Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Bailey (Burberry). Artists: David Hockney (painter, printmaker), Peter Blake (Designed the Beatles' album cover “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”), Raymond Briggs (illustrator and author, The Snow Man, Fungus the Bogeyman). Car designers: Ian Callum, (Director of Design for Jaguar), Dirk van Braeckel (Head of Design at Bentley Motors). 9


Biology CIE (9700) What will I learn about? The A Level Biology course is split into 2 modules. The first you will study in the first year and be examined in June of year 12 (AS) and the second you will study in the second year and be examined in June of Year 13 (A2). The AS level course will cover the following topics:              

Cell structure Biological molecules Enzymes Cell membranes and transport Genetic control of protein structure and function Nuclear Division Energy and ecosystems The mammalian transport system The mammalian heart Transport in multicellular plants Gaseous Exchange Smoking and Disease Infectious diseases Immunity

The A2 course will then continue with the following topics:          

Energy and respiration Photosynthesis Meiosis, genetics and gene control Selection and evolution Control, coordination and homeostasis Biodiversity and conservation Gene technology Biotechnology Crop plants Aspects of human reproduction

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How will I Be Examined? Exam Paper

Components

Exam Weighting (%)

PAPERS 1, 2 and 4

Knowledge with understanding

45

PAPERS 1, 2 and 4

Handling information and solving problems

32

Experimental skills and investigations

23

PAPERS 31/32 and 5

What do I need to take this course?

 Grade B or above in Science GCSE  Grade C or above in English GCSE  Grade C or above in Mathematics GCSE  An aptitude for literacy is of benefit as the A-level Biology course has an abundance of

unfamiliar vocabulary embedded in it that requires it to be learned and used articulately in the correct context.  A high level of motivation and enthusiasm for science is also required. Biology is a difficult subject which is covered in great depth and, as such, requires a large amount of home study. What can I do after I finish this course? A Level Biology will give you an awareness of the natural world around you. It will provide you with the ability to think objectively and apply a scientific argument to situations outside of the classroom. These skills are transferrable and are recognised by universities even if you do not intend to pursue a career in the sciences. A qualification in biology will increase your chances of access to a variety of science based courses at a tertiary level and is especially useful if you have ambitions to enter a career in the natural/biological sciences such as Marine biology, medicine, dentistry, microbiology, biochemistry and many more other avenues which you may care to study.

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Business Studies CIE (9707) What will I learn about? The A Level Business Studies syllabus enables students to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business and the role it plays in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues and leads to an understanding of organisations and the markets they serve. Students also study the management of organisations and, in particular, the process of decisionmaking. The following topics are studied in the core syllabus (AS) during year 12 and in the extended syllabus (A2) during year 13: 

Business and its environment: Enterprise, business structure, size of business, business objectives, stakeholders, external influences

People in organisations: Management and leadership, motivation, human resource management, organisation structure, business communication

Marketing: market research, the marketing mix, marketing planning, international marketing

Operations and project management: operations planning, inventory management, capacity utilisation, lean production, quality, project management

Finance and accounting: sources of finance, cash flow forecasts, costs, budgets, accounting fundamentals, budgets, published accounts, investment appraisals

Strategic management: strategic analysis, strategic choice, strategic implementation

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How will I be examined? Exam Paper Paper 1

Components Based on core topics

Exam Length/ Weighting 1 hour 15 minutes 40% AS 20% A2

Paper 2

Based on core topics

1 hour 30 minutes

Breakdown of Exam Section A: 4 short answer questions Section B: Essay on core curriculum (1 from a choice of 3 questions) 2 data response questions

60% AS 30% A2 Paper 3

Based on core and extension topics

3 hours 50% A2

Case study: 5 questions + 1 essay (from a choice of 2)

What do I need to take this course?

 No previous study of the subject is assumed, but IGCSE in Business Studies is an advantage  An interest in business issues is essential  Grade B in GCSE Maths  Grade C in English What can I do after I finish this course? By the end of this course you will understand the nature of business and its role in society and have an appreciation of the diverse issues that are associated with business activity. You will also have developed skills in decision-making and problem solving, the management of information and effective communication. These skills are valuable for both further studies and in most careers. A Level Business Studies is widely recognised and is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. As well as providing an excellent base for a career in all kinds of business, it is also useful for those thinking of careers in law, economics and accounting.

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Chemistry CIE (9701) What will I learn about? The A Level Chemistry course is spread over two years and consists of Physical chemistry, Inorganic chemistry and Organic chemistry. Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding skills; data-handling and problem-solving skills and experimental skills and investigations. Physical Chemistry includes the study of: Atomic structure; atoms, molecules and ratios; chemical bonding; states of matter; chemical energetic; electrochemistry; equilibria and acid-base equilibiria; and reaction kinetics Inorganic Chemistry includes the study of: A selected range of elements and their compounds; patterns in the Periodic Table across Period 3 and down Groups II, IV and VII; transition elements and their compounds; everyday aspects of nitrogen, sulphur and their compounds Organic Chemistry is the study of hydrocarbon compounds and their associated functional groups. This includes: alkanes, alkenes, arenes, halogenoalkanes, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and esters, nitriles, amides, amines and amino acids. Students will study the structures, reaction mechanisms, uses and impacts on environment and economy. At the end of the first year students will take an AS examination on the material covered. During the second year, these topics are studied in greater depth leading to an A level qualification after examination. During the second year students will also study the Applications of Chemistry which includes:   

The chemistry of life (protein chemistry, energy, genetic information and metals in biological systems) Analytical chemistry (including DNA fingerprinting and mass spectroscopy) Design and Materials (medicinal chemistry, drug delivery, polymers, nanotechnology and the environment)

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How will I be examined? Exam Paper

Components

Exam Length / Weighting

1

Multiple Choice

1 hour 31% AS level 15% A level

2

AS Structured Questions

1 hour 15 min 46% AS level 23% A level

31/31

Advanced Practical Skills

2 hours 23% AS level 12% A level

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A2 structured questions

1 hour 45 min 38% A level

5

Planning, Analysis and Evaluation

1 hour 15 min 12% A level

What do I need to take this course?

 Grade B or above in Science GCSE  Grade C or above in Mathematics GCSE  Grade C or above in English GCSE  A high level of motivation and enthusiasm for science is also required What can I do after I finish this course? A level Chemistry will provide you with the ability to think objectively and logically; analyse data; plan and execute investigations; recognise usefulness and limitations of scientific method and apply to other disciplines or everyday life. These skills are transferrable and are recognised by universities. Chemistry is essential for further study in Chemistry or Biochemistry Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. It is also recommended for studying Life Sciences (including Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience and Pharmacy). The analytical skills gained in Chemistry provide a good basis for careers in many sectors including finance, management, law, computing and IT.

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CIE Applied ICT CIE (9713) What will I learn about? The Applied ICT syllabus is split into 4 units. Unit 1 This is a written paper, all questions are compulsory. The candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:  the functions and uses of the main hardware and software components of ICT systems, including portable communication systems;  the ways in which organisations use ICT;  the impact on society of the use of ICT in the home;  the stages of the systems life cycle and the methods used within each of these stages;  ICT and computing terminology.

Unit 3 This is a written paper, all questions are compulsory. The candidates should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of:  the ways in which a wide range of organisations use ICT;  the impact on society of the use of a wide range of online applications;  the networking of information-processing systems and the use of online services.

Unit 2 A practical test assessing skills. The candidates should be able to:  select the right software for the task;  communicate effectively with other ICT users using email and search for appropriate information using the internet;  prepare, create, amend and edit documents and interactive presentations;  create both flat-file and relational database structures, add data, check the data entry, perform searches, reorganise data by sorting and present calculated values based on the data;  create graphs and charts;  integrate data from several sources;  output data in different forms;  create and test a data model using a spreadsheet, extract and summarise data in a variety of forms.

Unit 4 A practical test assessing skills. The candidates should be able to fulfil all of the practical skills:  create a mail merged document using a word processor and data handling package;  create an automated procedure which enables a user to select both the required document and the data to merge it with;  output data in different forms.

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Exam Paper Paper 1

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Paper 2

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Paper 3

Paper 4

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ICT systems including portable communication devices How organisations use ICT Impact of ICT on society Computer networks Software selection Communication Document presentation and production ICT systems including portable communication devices How organisations use ICT Impact of ICT on society Computer networks Integration 1 Output Data Data Handling 2 – Spreadsheets ICT systems including portable communication devices How organisations use ICT – Part 1 Impact of ICT on society – Part 1 Systems life cycle How organisations use ICT – Part 2 Impact of ICT on society – Part 2 Computer networks Integration 2 – Mail Merge Integration 3 – Automation Output Data

Exam Length/Weighing Duration: 1Hr 15 min (80 Marks)

Breakdown of Exam Written paper on sections from 1 to 4

40% - AS Level 20% - A level Duration: 2Hrs 30 min (120 Marks)

Practical paper on sections from 8 to 14

60% - AS Level 30% - A level

Duration: 1Hr 15 min (80 Marks)

Written paper on sections from 1 to 7

20% - A level

Duration: 2Hrs 10 min (90 Marks) 30% - A level

Practical paper on sections from 15 to 18

What do I need to take this course?

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Grade A* to C in GCSE ICT or equivalent A high level of mathematical skills Self-motivation – you will be required to work using your own initiative An interest in computing is essential

What can I do after I finish this course? This A and AS level course deals with topics that students may require in the first year of a Computer Science or Engineering degrees. This gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for higher education.

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Economics CIE (9708) What will I learn about? The A Level Economics syllabus aims to provide a basis of factual economic knowledge. It also allows the student to develop a facility for self-expression and an appreciation of the methods of study used by the economist and the most effective ways economic data can be analysed, discussed and presented. The following topics are studied in the core syllabus (AS) during year 12 and in the supplementary syllabus (A2) during year 13:

1. Basic economic ideas

2. The price system and the theory of the firm

Core: AS and A Level

Supplement: A Level only

 Scarcity, choice and resource allocation • Production possibility curves • Different allocative mechanisms • Problems of transition • Positive and normative statements • Division of labour • Money: functions and characteristics • Individual and market demand curves • Price, income and cross elasticities of demand • Firms’ supply curves • Price elasticity of supply • Interaction of demand and supply • Consumer and producer surplus • Prices as rationing and allocative mechanisms

• Efficient resource allocation • Concept of economic efficiency

3. Government intervention in the price system

 Externalities • Social costs and social benefits • Decision making using cost-benefit analysis • Private and public goods • Merit and demerit goods • Examples of government intervention

4. International trade

 Principles of absolute and comparative advantage • Arguments for free trade and motives for protection • Types of protection • Types of economic integration • Terms of trade • Components of the balance of payments

• Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility • Budget lines • Short-run and long-run production and cost functions • Demand and supply for labour • Wage determination • Types of cost, revenue and profit • Growth and survival of firms • Differing objectives of a firm • Different market structures • Contestable markets • Conduct and performance of firms • Sources of market failure • Objectives of government microeconomic policy • Additional policies to correct market failure and policies towards income and wealth redistribution • Effectiveness of government policies • Privatisation

There are no additional international trade topics

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Core: AS and A Level

Supplement: A Level only (Additional material for A Level)

5. Theory and measurement in the macroeconomy

 Employment statistics • General price level: price indices • Money and real data • Shape and determinants of Aggregate Demand (AD) and Aggregate Supply (AS) • Interaction of AD and AS

6. Macroeconomic problems

 Inflation • Balance of payments problems • Fluctuations in foreign exchange rates • Policies to correct balance of payments disequilibrium or influence the exchange rate • Comment on possible conflicts between macroeconomic policy objectives

 The circular flow of income • National income statistics • Money supply and the Quantity Theory of Money • Keynesian and Monetarist schools • Aggregate Expenditure function • The demand for money and interest rate determination • Liquidity Preference theory and Loanable Funds theory • Economic growth and development • Unemployment • Inter-connectedness of problems

7. Macroeconomic policies

• Objectives of macroeconomic policies • Policies towards developing economies • Types of policy • Evaluating policy options

How will I be examined? Paper

Weighting

Paper 1 30 multiple choice questions (Core) Paper 2

(b) Structured essay (Core) 1 from a choice of 3 Paper 3

1 hour

30 multiple choice questions (Supplement)

40%

20%

30%

15%

30%

15% 15%

2 hours 15 mins

(a) Data response (Supplement) 1 question (b) Essays (Supplement) 2 from a choice of 6

A Level

1 hour 30 mins

(a) Data response (Core) 1 question

Paper 4

AS Level 1 hour

10%

25%

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There are five Assessment Objectives (AOs) for Cambridge International AS and A Level economics. Students are expected to: AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the specified content. AO2: Interpret economic information presented in verbal, numerical or graphical form. AO3: Explain and analyse economic issues and arguments, using relevant economic concepts, theories and information. AO4: Evaluate economic information, arguments, proposals and policies, taking into consideration relevant information and theory, and distinguishing facts from hypothetical statements and value judgements. AO5: Organise, present and communicate economic ideas and informed judgements in a clear, logical and appropriate form. What do I need to take this course?

 Grade C in English  Grade C in Maths  No previous study of the subject is assumed, but IGCSE Economics is an advantage  An interest in economic issues and current affairs is essential What can I do after I finish this course? The A Level Economics syllabus enables students to acquire a sound foundation of economic ideas, and allows students to gain the ability to explain and analyse economic issues and arguments and to evaluate economic information. These are skills which are useful both in further education and the employment market. Economics A Level is widely recognised and is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. It provides an excellent base for a related career in business, law, economics and accounting.

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English Literature CIE (9695) What will I learn about? The A Level English Literature course is split into two modules. The first you will study in the first year and be examined in May/June (AS), and the second you will study in the second year and be examined in May/June of the following year (A2). The assessment objectives for the course include: 1. The ability to respond to texts in the three main forms (prose, poetry and drama) of different types and from different cultures. 2. An understanding of the ways in which writers’ choices of form, structure and language shape meanings. 3. The ability to produce informed, independent opinions and judgements on literary texts. 4. The ability to communicate clearly the knowledge, understanding and insight appropriate for literary study. 5. The ability to appreciate and discuss varying opinions of literary works (A2 Level only). AS Module This module will explore a selection of poetry, prose and drama:  Poetry selection (one of these will be studied): o Either the work of a pre-20th century author; or one specific modern author; or a selection of poems from the Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Poetry in English which has a range of authors from different time periods and cultures.  Prose selection (one of these will be studied): o Either a modern novel; or a 19th century novel; or a selection of short stories from the Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Stories in English.  Drama selection (two of these will be studied): o Either a Shakespeare play; or a 19th century play; or a 20th century play. A2 Module  A Shakespeare play and a pre-20th century text: o Choice of one of two Shakespeare plays; choice of six novels and two selected poems collections, of which one will be studied in depth. th  20 century writing: o Choice of eight novels of which two will be studied in depth. o Choice of play texts of which one will be studied in depth.

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How will I be examined? Exam Paper

Components

Exam Length/ Weighting

AS Level:

2 hours

Section A: Poetry Section B: Prose

Paper 3

Poetry & Prose

50% AS

Paper 4

Drama

25% A2 Level

A Level: Paper 5

Paper 6

Breakdown of Exam

Two questions on two different plays. Section A: Shakespeare

Shakespeare & other pre20th Century texts

20th Century Writing

2 hours 25% A2 Level

Section B: Other pre-twentieth century texts

Students must answer one question each, on two different 20th century novels.

What do I need to take this course?

 Minimum Grade B in GCSE English or the recommendation of the teacher  An interest in literature in all its forms is essential  A strong work ethic and the desire to be challenged What can I do after I finish this course? English Literature students develop an understanding and enjoyment of literary texts that is a pleasure for life, and in addition gain skills for life, including:     

The ability to write clearly and effectively Skills in developing arguments Skills in researching and managing information The ability to synthesise critical arguments with their own The ability to analyse complex texts in different forms and styles

All the above skills are invaluable at university. The course builds a strong foundation for your ability to excel in all subjects where writing and analysis of any kind are expected. Furthermore, the ability to communicate eloquently and persuasively is admired and indeed sought after in most professions be it a lawyer, doctor, engineer, environmentalist, teacher or any other career you decide to pursue.

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English Language AQA (2705) What will I learn about? The A level English Language course follows the AQA Examination Board syllabus B. It is split into 4 units spread out over the two years of AS and A2. You study 2 units at AS in Year 12 and a further 2 units at A2 in Year 13. Examinations and coursework submissions are in the May /June period of each year. AS Units in Year 12: Unit 1: Language and Social Contexts. 50% of AS. 25% of A level    

Language Language Language Language

Variations & Gender & Power & Technology

Unit 2: Creative Writing Coursework. 50% of AS. 25% of A Level 

Students create 2 pieces of coursework based on writing to Inform, Instruct, Advise, Persuade or Narrate. The pieces can be in the form of an extended letter, a speech, a newspaper or magazine article or editorial, a blog, travel writing or a form of the students own choosing. The 2 pieces amount to between 2500-3000 words

A2 Units in Year 13: Unit 3: Developing Language. 50% of A2. 25% of A Level  

Child Language Acquisition English Language Historical & Contemporary Change from 1700

Unit 4: Language Investigations Coursework. 50% of A2. 25% of A Level 

Students undertake an investigation into an aspect of language study through collecting, exploring and analysing a variety of language data. Part of the investigation product is in the form of a Broadsheet style magazine or newspaper article

Assessment Objectives for English Language:    

AO1: To use Linguistic terminology with expertise AO2: To understand a range of Language issues relating to how language is used in various forms in the modern world AO3: To understand the influence of contextual factors in the production of written and spoken language in both a historical and contemporary setting AO4: To demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of Linguistics through producing a range of different texts which reflect a wide variety of forms, audiences and purposes

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How will I be examined? Exam Paper Unit 1: Language and Social Contexts

Unit 2: Creative Writing Coursework

Unit 3: Developing Language

Exam Length/ Weighting

Breakdown of Exam Language Variations. Compulsory Question

50% AS 25% A2 Level

Choose 1 question from the 3 options  Language & Gender  Language & Power  Language & Technology All questions are based around one or more unseen texts. Two pieces of coursework totalling 2500-3000 words

50% AS Level 25% of A Level

50 % A2 Level 25% A Level

Child Language Acquisition. Compulsory Question English Language Historical & Contemporary Change from 1700. Compulsory Question Both questions are based around one or more unseen texts.

Unit 4: Language Investigations Coursework

50% A2 Level 25% A Level

Students undertake an investigation into an aspect of language study through collecting, exploring and analysing a variety of language data. Part of the investigation product is in the form of a Broadsheet style magazine or newspaper article.

What do I need to take this course?

 Grade C in English  A strong work ethic and the desire to be challenged

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Geography CIE (9696) What will I learn about? Geography occupies a central position in understanding and interpreting social, economic, political and environmental conditions and change, in both space and time. The Cambridge syllabus encourages students to think about the specific contribution that they can make to understanding contemporary issues and also the complexity of natural systems, their linkages and their impact upon the human race. Students are also shown that it is equally important to understand the impacts of the human race upon the environment and how these impacts can be managed in achieving sustainable development. The study of environments is rooted in an understanding of physical processes, so this syllabus emphasises studying real examples to show the variety and complexity of human and physical environments.

AS Module: Physical and Human Core Geography This module focuses on the Physical and Human Core Options. The topics are: Physical Core

Human Core

• Hydrology and fluvial geomorphology

• Population

• Atmosphere and weather

• Migration

• Rocks and weathering

• Settlement dynamics

A2 Module: Advanced Physical and Human Geography This module focuses on the Advanced Physical and Human Options. The topics are: Advanced Physical

Advanced Human

• Tropical environments

• Environmental management

• Coastal environments

• Production, location and change

• Hazardous environments

• Global interdependence

• Arid and semi-arid environments

• Economic transition

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How will I be examined? Exam Paper

Components

Exam Length/ Weighting

Breakdown of Exam

Core Geography Paper 1

Physical Core

3 hours

Human Core

100% AS 50% A2

Students answer questions in 3 sections. Section A, they must answer 5 of 6 questions on the Physical and Human Core topics for a total of 50 marks. In each of Sections B and C, students answer 1 of 3 structured questions based on the Physical and Human Core topics, for a total of 25 marks in each section.

Advanced Geography Paper 2

Paper 3

Advanced Physical Options Advanced Human Options

1½ hours 25% A2 1½ hours 25% A2

Students answer 2 essay questions, each on a different optional topic, from a total of 8 questions, on each paper, based on the Advanced Physical & Human Options syllabus, for a total of 100 marks.

What do I need to take this course?

 Grade C in English at GCSE  An interest in Geography and current affairs is essential  Geography GCSE (or equivalent) is essential What can I do after I finish this course? By completing the A Level Geography course you will have learned how to evaluate and analyse data, relate studied theories to the world around us and gain a thorough understanding of some of the more complex physical and human processes that occur on Earth. Geography is a very open subject sharing cross-curricular content with economics, maths, history, politics and the natural sciences. A qualification in the subject will allow the student to consider either science or arts-based courses at university. Geography is a well-regarded subject by employers, with links to future careers in areas such as environmental management, urban planning, marketing, transport management and teaching.

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MFL (German, French) Edexcel (8GN01), (8FR01) What will I learn about? Students will develop the ability to understand the language from a variety of registers. They will learn to communicate confidently and clearly in the language and will form a sound base of skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure. They will also study the main elements of grammar to include most tenses, sentence formation and parts of speech. Students will widen their knowledge of the culture and civilization of the countries where the language is spoken, including the study of literary texts where appropriate. Topics covered:       

Youth culture and concerns* Lifestyle: health and fitness* The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the German/French/Spanish speaking world* Education and employment* Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions National and international events: past, present and future Literature and the arts.

How will I learn? •

During the language course, you will be taking notes, listening to recordings, reading texts, completing oral work and producing pieces of writing. It is very important to learn vocabulary regularly and spend time on your self-study program.

*at AS Level

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How will I be examined? •

The A Level MFL Language course with the Edexcel exam board is a 2 year course.

Exam Paper

Components

Exam Length / Weighting

AS LEVEL

Unit 1 - Speaking

8 - 10 min 30% for AS 15% for A2

Unit 2 - Listening, Reading & Writing

2 hours 30 min 70% for AS 35% for A2

A2

Unit 3 – Speaking

11 - 13 min 35% for AS 17,5% for A2

Unit 4 - Writing

2 hours 30 min 65% for AS 32,5% for A2

What do I need to take this course?

 Grade A in the chosen language/s at IGCSE  Interest and good understanding of the language and culture  Willingness to communicate orally and in writing

What can I do after I finish this course?

 Among university admission tutors, A Level is a highly regarded qualification due to the wide range of language and study skills acquired during the course. It combines well with humanities, arts and business. Competence in the languages is a great advantage for anyone who will work in an international context or have contact with native or foreign language speakers across the world. Outstanding students could move on to become translators or even interpreters.

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History Edexcel (8HI01) What will I learn? The A Level History course is split into four units. You will study the first two in the first year and be examined in June (AS) and complete the coursework and the third unit in the second year and be examined in June of that year (A2). AS Unit 1: A World Divided: Communism and Democracy in the 20th Century This option concentrates on the theme of contrasting ideologies, with particular emphasis on how Communism developed and the challenges faced by capitalist liberal democracies in the 20th Century. Two topics will be studied:  

Mao’s China 1949-76. Politics, Presidency and Society in the USA 1968-2001

AS Unit 2: British Political History in the Later 20th Century  British Political History 1945-90: Consensus and Conflict A2 Unit 3: Global Depth study 

The United States 1917-54: Boom Bust and Recovery

A2 Unit 4: Historical enquiry (coursework) 

20th Century International Relations 1879-1980

In this unit students will address key aspects of a chosen theme over a period of at least 100 years in order to develop their understanding of the process of change over a long period of time.

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How will I be examined?

Exam Paper

Paper 1

Paper 2

Components

 

Mao’s China 1949-76. Politics, Presidency and society in the USA 1968-2001

1 hour 20 minutes.

British Political History 194590: Consensus and Conflict

1 hour 20 minutes

Paper 3

Exam Length/ Weighting

Unit 3: 1917-54: Recovery

The United States Boom Bust and

25%

25%

2 hours 30%

Breakdown of Exam

Candidates will be required to answer two questions worth 30 marks each and these must be taken from different topics within the same option paper. A choice of two essay questions will be set on each topic. Two source-based questions. Candidates will be provided with seven to nine unseen sources of approximately 550 words in total per topic. In Section A, the essay questions will have an analytical focus that will require candidates to reach a substantiated judgment on a historical issue. In Section B, candidates will be provided with five or six unseen secondary sources totaling approximately 350-400 words per question.

Paper 4

 Coursework on a topic related to 20th Century International Relations 1879-1980

20%

4000 words.

What do I need to take this course?

 Grade C in English at GCSE  An interest in History is essential  History GCSE is desirable but not essential What can I do after I finish this course? By the end of your course you will have learned how to evaluate and analyse information, how to weigh up evidence and how to communicate complex ideas effectively. These skills are recognised and valued by universities, colleges and employers. History provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including, politics, government, journalism, law and business.

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Mathematics Edexcel (8371) What will I learn about? The Mathematics Edexcel Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary GCE syllabus is split into 6 units; Core Mathematics 1, 2, 3 & 4 and Statistics 1 & 2. Students study Core 1 & 2 and Statistics 1 in year 12 (AS) and cover the remaining units in year 13 (A2). The modules are progressive and are taught on a basis of assumed knowledge to IGCSE level.

Core Mathematics Topics

Statistics Topics

In the Core Mathematics modules you will study, in greater depth, pure mathematics. There will also be an introduction to new, previously unexplored topics.

In the Statistics modules you will build on the “data and probability” studied at IGCSE and expand your study of statistics to include various distributions and testing.

Topics include:            

Algebra Coordinate geometry Transformation and interpretation of graphs Indices and surds Sequences and series Calculus – differentiation and integration and differential equations Trigonometry Logarithms Functions Exponentials Partial Fractions Vectors

Topics Include:           

Representation of data Averages Standard deviation Probability Permutations and combinations Binomial distribution Discrete random variable Normal distribution Bivariate data Poisson distribution Hypothesis testing

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How will I be examined? Exam Exam Length/Weighting Paper/Component 1hr 30min – 16.67% of C1 an A Level 1hr 30min – 16.67% of C2 an A Level 1hr 30min – 16.67% of C3 an A Level 1hr 30min – 16.67% of C4 an A Level 1hr 30min – 16.67% of S1 an A Level 1hr 30min – 16.67% of S2 an A Level

Breakdown of exam

Exam sitting

Non- Calculator Paper Calculator permitted All papers:  7-11 Q’s answered on the paper  75 marks per paper  Available January & June

Year 12 AS

Year 13 A2 Year 12 AS Year 13 A2

What do I need to take this course?

   

Grade B, A-A* recommended, in Mathematics An interest in Mathematics is essential Self motivation – you will be required to work on your own initiative A logical and inquisitive mind

What can I do after I finish this course? An AS in mathematics is very valuable as a supporting subject to many courses at Advanced GCE and degree level, especially the sciences, geography, psychology, sociology, medical and business courses. Advanced GCE mathematics is a much sought-after qualification to a wide variety of full-time courses in higher education. There are so many areas of employment and vocational qualifications that would see a Mathematics GCE as a requirement. Higher Education courses or careers that either require Advanced GCE mathematics or are strongly related include:    

Economics Medicine Architecture Engineering

Accountancy

    

Accountancy Teaching Psychology Physics Computing, programming or software development

Computing, programming

Unit 1: Language and

Language Variations.

50% AS

Choose 1 question from the 32 3 options


Media Studies AQA (2570) A-Level What will I learn about? This course helps you develop three relationships with the media. As a ‘consumer’ you’ll become more aware of the many ways in which media messages are presented to us, as well as discovering how the institutions which produce and distribute media products are trying to reach you. And if you want a career in media, producing and evaluating your own media productions will give you a real hands-on understanding of both how media messages are created and what they are aiming to do. A-level Media Studies is designed to encourage candidates to:    

enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of the media and its role in their daily lives develop critical understanding of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of practical skills explore production processes, technologies and other relevant contexts become independent in research skills and their application in their practical work and in developing their own views and interpretations.

AS Module At AS, candidates investigate the media in order to understand and evaluate how meanings and responses are created. The contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts are studied in terms of products, platforms and technologies. Unit 1 requires candidates to carry out a crossmedia study for an unseen examination. The study will then also be used to inform their work on Unit 2. For Unit 2 candidates will produce two media productions in two of the three different media platforms (Broadcasting, Digital/web-based media (e-media) and Print), with an evaluation of the productions, including a consideration of the use of the third media platform. Both units require candidates to look at cross-cultural issues where appropriate. A2 Module At A2, candidates are encouraged to demonstrate, develop and formulate their understanding of the media and its influential role in today's society as well as debating major contemporary media issues. At A2 candidates will build on their AS work to look more fully at the contexts of media production and consumption – why as well as how texts are created as they are. As well as building on the concepts studied at AS, candidates will look at some Media debates and theories. For Unit 3 candidates will be required to study two pre-set media topics on at least one of the three media studies platforms. For Unit 4 candidates will produce a media product linked to their research for an individual critical investigation. In both A2 units candidates should look at crosscultural factors and the effects of globalisation on the media where appropriate.

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How will I be examined? Exam paper Unit 1 Investigating Media 2 hours

Unit 2 –Creating Media (Coursework)

Unit 3 –Critical Perspectives 2 hour

Unit 4 – Media: Research and Production (Coursework)

Components  A - four compulsory short answer questions 

Weighting This is 50% of AS

B - choice of one from two essays

Two linked production pieces taken This is 50% of AS from two of the three media platforms studied in Unit 1 plus a 1500 word evaluation. 

This is 25% of A A - three compulsory Level questions on unseen stimulus pieces B - one essay from a choice of two topics (48 This is 25% of A Level

Critical

marks) Linked production piece (32 marks)

Investigation

What do I need to take this course?    

Essential - Grade C in English Grade B in GCSE media is desirable An interest in current trends in different types of media Capable of demonstrating flair and creativity with a good eye for art & design

What can I do after I finish this course? Students who take Media Studies often also take English Literature/Language, Communication & Culture, Drama & Theatre Studies or Sociology and Psychology. As the media touches every person and every profession, the subject has a really broad application. Media studies naturally leads to careers in journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations. But an awareness of how the world of media works can also support other careers, such as social work, law, medicine and education. By knowing how the media operates you’ll be able to decode messages more skillfully, and engage with topics that interest you. 34


Music Technology Edexcel (8MT01) What will I learn about? The A-Level Music Technology Course is split into 4 units. Unit 1 and 2 you will study in the first year and be examined in June (AS). In the second year you will have to complete units 3 and 4, and be examined in June of that year (A2). Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1 

Externally assessed, 70% of the total AS marks, 30% of the total GCE marks

Content summary: Students will learn and use a variety of music and music technology skills in order to complete this unit. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work carried out. Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 1: Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance Task 1B: Multi-track Recording Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement. Students will also submit a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on their creative sequenced arrangement. Unit 2: Listening and Analysing 

Externally assessed, 30% of the total AS marks, 15% of the total GCE marks

Content summary: This unit provides students with an opportunity to study the styles most common in popular music. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate this knowledge using aural discrimination skills. Students are required to study the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day. This is not intended to be a comprehensive and in-depth study of every popular, jazz or rock music style, but an overview of the main styles and trends during the development of popular music. Two special focus styles will be selected each year for more in depth study. For the special focus styles, in addition to the main fingerprints of the style, students will be expected to have an extended knowledge and understanding of context.

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Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2 

Externally assessed, 60% of the total AS marks, 30% of the total GCE marks

Content summary: Unit 3 builds on skills acquired in Unit 1, and extends these to include a composition task. It involves detailed study of Area of Study 3: The Development of Technology based Music. Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 2: Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance Task 3B: Multi-track Recording Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology. Students will also submit a logbook which will provide information on the resources used in each task. Unit 4: Analysing and Producing 

Externally assessed, 40% of the total A2 marks, 20% of the total GCE marks

Content summary: Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of music and the principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks using material provided on an examination paper and recorded on an audio CD. The examination will test students’ musical understanding, their ability to manipulate and correct recorded music and their ability to write commentaries on technological processes. They will also be tested on their ability to produce a balanced stereo mix.

What do I need to take this course?

    

Grade C in English at GCSE Grade B in Music at GCSE or a portfolio to demonstrate musical ability and understanding Have been studying at least one instrument for several years An ability to study and work well on your own Must be ICT literate.

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Physics CIE (9702) What will I learn about? The A level Physics course studied is the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Physics A specification. This course is spread over 2 years and comprises of the AS and A2 components. Students complete the AS course content in the first year and the A2 content in second year. Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the content together with their data-handling, problem-solving, experimental and investigation skills. The AS level course will cover the following topics:        

Kinematics and Dynamics Forces Work, Energy and Power Momentum Matter Electrical Circuits and Fields Waves Radioactivity and the Atom

The AS course will be examined at the end of the first year (see the specific examination details below). A minimum of a grade C is required at this level to gain entry onto the A2 component of the course. The A2 course will then carry on to the following topics:         

Quantum Physics Nuclear Physics Medical Imaging Communication Systems Circular Motion Gravitational Fields Simple Harmonic Motion Ideal Gases and Thermal Physics Electromagnetism

The A2 course will be examined at the end of the second year (see the specific examination details below).

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How will I Be Examined? Exam Paper

Component

Exam Length

Exam Weighting

1

Multiple Choice

1 hour

31% AS level 15% A level

2

AS Structured Questions

1 hour

46% AS level 23% A level

3

Advanced Practical Skills

2 hours

23% AS level 12% A level

4

A2 structured questions

2 hours

38% A level

5

Planning, Analysis and Evaluation

1 hour 15 min

12% A level

What do I need to take this course?

   

Grade B in Double Award Science IGCSE (grade A recommended) Grade B in Mathematics IGCSE (grade A recommended) Grade C in English IGCSE A high level of motivation and enthusiasm for Science and Mathematics is also required. Physics is a difficult, technical subject which is covered in detail and involves a great deal of Mathematics. A significant amount of home study will be required to achieve high grades.

What can I do after I finish this course? A level Physics is a highly respected qualification which will provide you with the ability to think logically and objectively, analyse data, plan and execute investigations, recognise the usefulness and limitations of scientific method and apply these skills to other disciplines or everyday life. A level Physics is essential for further study in Physics or Engineering at University and complements any Mathematics or numerical based subjects. The analytical and mathematical skills gained in Physics provide a good basis for careers in many sectors including finance, accountancy, management, law and IT.

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Psychology Edexcel (9698) What will I learn?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour.

Psychology is now a recognised science subject in the curriculum and always popular. Edexcel psychology focuses on How Science Works by applying psychological theories and methodologies in small-scale research projects. The subject matter relates in particular to the Sciences, Mathematics and English but can also combine successfully with a range of other subjects such as Business and Sociology. At AS Level, students are introduced to 5 major approaches to understanding human behaviour. In each approach you will discover a key topic of research, learn about important studies related to that topic and find out how research is conducted in that area of psychology. You will learn statistical tests to help interpret data collected in classes. UNIT 1  Cognitive: Memory and Forgetting. How reliable is Eye Witness Testimony?  Social: Prejudice and Obedience. What makes people obey orders, even when they are known to be wrong? UNIT 2 Personality and gender development  Psychodynamic: Are repressed memories true memories?  Biological: How ethical are transgender operations?  Learning: How much influence does the media have on our behaviour? A2 Level students will then apply their knowledge of the above approaches into real life issues that psychologists face every day: UNIT 3  Criminology: Are criminals born or made? An opportunity to find out about causes of criminal behaviour, problems with eye witness testimony and treating offenders.  Health Psychology: Is there an addictive personality? An investigation into how drugs work, what makes people take them and how addiction can be treated. UNIT 4  Clinical Psychology: understanding schizophrenia. In this section we explore the symptoms and causes of psychological problems such as schizophrenia and phobias and discover how people with these disorders can be diagnosed and treated.  Issues and Debates in psychology. In this section we consider the social and moral dilemmas raised by psychological research and arguments and the contributions psychology has made to society. At both levels, students are required to engage in small-scale research projects, which underpin their knowledge of psychological research methods and issues, assessed through written examination at both levels. In all areas you will be encouraged to use recent evidence from events in the news.

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How will I be examined? Exam Paper Unit 1 6PS01

Unit 2 6PS02

Unit 3 6PS03

Unit 4 6PS04

Exam Length/ Weighting

Components Social and Cognitive psychology Cognitive Approach Social Approach 2 x key issues 2 x practicals Understanding the Individual Biological Approach Psychodynamic Approach Learning Approach 3 x key issues 3 x practicals Applications of Psychology Criminal psychology Health psychology 2 x key issues 2 x practicals How Psychology Works Clinical psychology Issues and Debates

Breakdown of Exam

1hour 20 minutes

Multiple choice

40% of AS

Short Answer questions

20% of GCE

Extended writing

1 hour 40 minutes

Multiple choice

60% of AS

Short Answer questions

30% of GCE

Extended writing

1 hour 30 minutes

Short answer questions

40% of A2

Extended writing

20% of GCE 2 hours

Short answer questions

60% of A2

Extended writing

30% of GCE

What do I need to take this course?     

Grade B in Science Grade B in English Grade C in Maths Ability to carry out independent research Genuine interest in the research of human behaviour

What can I do after I finish this course? Taking A level Psychology will give you a good grounding in the subject and provide you with an insight into a few different careers in psychology as well as obtaining transferable skills that may be useful in other professions that require working directly with people or in research. A Level Psychology is generally a requirement for entry to Psychology Degree courses (further advice will be offered on these during the course). Work in this area is highly rewarding, but difficult to get into. However, psychology is relevant to many other occupations, and at A2 level, your studies can be geared towards your career interests. Career Possibilities Medicine and Health Care, the Police, Education, Management and and/or work in Human Resources, as well as the various Applied Psychology posts such as Criminal and Forensic, Educational, Organisational and Clinical psychology.

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