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OAKGROVE SCHOOL

A STUDENT AND PARENT GUIDE TO YOUR AS and A2 COURSES 2013-2015 Praestantia Innovatio Reverentia


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INDEX PAGE SUBJECT_____________ 4 Applied Business Studies 6

Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

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ASDAN CoPE Level 3

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Biology

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Chemistry

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Drama and Theatre Studies

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English Literature

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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

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Film Studies

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French

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Further Maths

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General Studies AS Level

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Geography

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German

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Government and Politics

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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

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History

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ICT BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

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Mathematics

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Media Studies

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Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

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Physics

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Psychology

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Sociology

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Sport BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

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Travel and Tourism BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

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Applied Business Studies (AQA Exam Board) Specification

Calendar of Key Events

AS Course

The AS course is comprised of 3 equally weighted units: Unit 1 Investigating Business. This is a general introduction to the world of business. The unit focuses on the ideas of the external business environment, marketing and enterprise skills. Its takes the form of a case study of a local business. Unit 2 People in Business. Students produce all the documents necessary to recruit a new member of staff eg job description, person specification. They are subsequently involved in a role play in order to interview and select staff. Unit 3 Financial Planning and Monitoring. This unit provides students with the techniques necessary to calculate profit and identify the break even point. They will also be introduced to the importance of cash flow forecasting.

The A2 course is again comprised of 3 equally weighted units.

A2 Course

Unit 8:Business Planning. In this unit students have to prepare a detailed business plan for a business they are interested in starting. Unit 11 The Marketing Environment. This unit covers elements of micro economics and marketing. It looks at market structure, the economic environment and ethical considerations. It also explores in more depth the concept of marketing and branding. Unit 12 Managing People. This unit builds on the work started in year 12 and looks at the various ideas about how workers can be motivated and appropriate organisational structures.

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Year 12 1. Unit 3 examination sat in June 2. End of April submission of coursework for unit 2 and unit 3 Year 13 1. End of April submission of unit 8 coursework 2. Unit 11 and 12 exams in June

Examination Assessment Unit 3: Financial Planning is an examination based on a pre-released case study. Students will need to research identified topics. Questions involve calculations and longer written answers.

Unit 11: The Marketing Environment examination questions are based on data and case studies given in the exam paper. Students will be required to apply knowledge but also to analyse and evaluate data.

Unit 12: The Managing People exam paper is comprised of questions based upon a number of case studies. Students will again be able to apply theoretical knowledge to these case studies and be able to analyse and evaluate data.

Units 1, 2 and 8: These units are assessed through longer pieces of coursework.


Useful Revision Sources 1.

For the examined units students will need to use their class notes and the text book to revise for the exam. They will be given additional guidance related to the pre-released case study in unit 3. Students will work through this case study as a group.

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Students need to become familiar with key definitions and equations eg how to calculate profit, break even, etc Practising past exam questions is essential in terms of timing and becoming familiar with the style of question used. Students should also look at mark schemes and examiners reports which are available on line as well as being used as a teaching aid in class. Students should revise thoroughly for mock exams and use the feedback from these mock exams to improve their performance in the actual exam.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3.

Taking an interest in the topics being taught and discuss where possible how they relate to the parents place of work eg marketing, quality assurance, etc. Ensuring that there is a quality news paper available at home so that students can keep up to date with current events. Encouraging students to watch business related television programmes.

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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design Specification (Edexcel)

Calendar of Key Events

1 Visual Recording in Art and Design This unit aims to extend students’ ability to select and visually record from a range of sources in order to communicate information to different audiences, using appropriate presentation methods and for a range of specific purposes.

Unit 1 work to be submitted by end of

2 Materials, Techniques, and Processes in Art and Design The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills and understanding in working safely.

Unit 3 work to be submitted by end of February half term 2014

Year 12 and 13

3 Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design This unit aims to broaden and deepen students’ skills, knowledge and understanding of creative thinking, across contemporary and historical art and design, in order to inform their own practice. 4 Communication Through Art and Design This unit aims to develop the breadth and depth of the students’ knowledge, and understanding of, and skills in, communication through art and design. Learners will achieve this by studying how practitioners use primarily visual imagery to communicate ideas, messages and meaning, and then applying findings to their own ideas 5 Contextual Influences in Art and Design The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills and knowledge of how historical and cultural influences inform art, craft and design. Learners will achieve this by researching and recording information, whilst developing critical and analytical skills, and relating this to their own developing practice. 75 Drawing from Observation In this unit learners will develop the skills associated with drawing from observation and explore a variety of recording media.

Autumn term 2013 Unit 2 work to be submitted by end of Autumn term 2013

Unit 4 work to be submitted by end of Spring term2014 Unit 5 work to be submitted by end of Autumn term 2014 Unit 75 work to be submitted by end of Spring term 2015

Examination Assessment Overview: Assessment if 100% coursework based. Students will complete various aspects of course work throughout the year and will need to submit it at the end of every term, with a final hand in date by the end of May 2015. Students’ are graded on a Pass, Merit, Distinction basis with Distinction being the highest grade a student can achieve. All work can be added to throughout the year and improvements are suggested. There is no final assessment. Mini assessments take place throughout the year and continuous hard work, independent learning and focus is required in order for the students to achieve their goals.

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Useful Revision Sources 

Check you are on target to reach your predicted grades

Attend all booster sessions, especially before any deadlines take place

Book a tutorial session with your Art teacher to check progress and set targets

Read and keep any articles you come across related to your Art and Design BTEC course

Revision Tips 

Students should keep up to date with all course work

Keep an extra sketch book at home to compliment all course work projects

Keep all work completed until the end of the course. Your teacher will select the work to be entered for assessments

Visit galleries and exhibitions and keep an on going journal of what you see and your opinions

Take advantage of any organised visits by the school to galleries and exhibitions

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

If possible have an Art kit at home to complete work.

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Check your son/daughter is completing all home work that has been set.

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Ensure your son /daughter is aware of any deadlines and meets them.

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Help your son /daughter to set a time table to complete all the assessment objectives required.

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Be aware of any booster sessions that your son/daughter can attend to help them complete their work.

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Contact staff in the Art Department if you have any questions or concerns.

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ASDAN CoPE LEVEL 3 Specification

Calendar of Key Events

This is a one year course September : Students choose challenges from 6 modules: 1. Active Citizenship 2. Work Related Activities 3. Career Planning 4. Global Awareness 5. Enrichment Activities 6. Extended Project

Students will meet with their tutor to discuss the challenges they wish to take and will then be expected to plan their own calendar of deadlines. December:

Students gain credits for challenges completed, with 1 credit awarded for every 10 hours of activity. Students must gain a minimum of 15 credits to complete the full qualification.

Students produce a portfolio of evidence, which should demonstrate competence in the following key skills: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Working with Others Improving Own Learning Performance and Problem Solving and Units : Planning and Carrying out Research Communicating through Discussion Planning and giving an Oral Presentation

By December, students are expected to have undertaken 75 hours of Asdan coursework / volunteering. By April, students are expected to have completed 150 hours in total of coursework / volunteering and folders will be internally moderated.

Examination Assessment This course is : 100 % coursework. Folders will be internally moderated at the end of April.

AS Course

Folders will be externally moderated at the end of June.

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Useful Revision Sources

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The Asdan website contains the specification and information on all the units. www. Asdan.co.uk

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During the challenges, completion of their portfolios students are expected to gather information from a variety of resources including the internet, newspapers, T.V, books etc.

Revision Tips

The course is entirely coursework based. Students need to ensure they use all time appropriately.

Students need to be prepared to put in extra time

Students must arrange their placements as early as possible.

Students will have the opportunity to resubmit work throughout the course but will need to stick as closely to their module deadlines as much as possible.

Refer to the Asdan ‘standards booklet’ regularly and check that you are meeting assessment criteria fully.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Students need to experience a couple of placements in their own time. Parents can help by supporting their child in this process.

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Parents can encourage students to use the library and to have access to national and local newspapers, to regularly watch the national news, etc.

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Encourage students to look for a part-time job to develop their key skills..

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Biology (AQA Exam Board) Specification 1411/2411

Calendar of Key Events

AS Course

Unit 1 BIOL1 Biology and disease The digestive and gas exchange systems are examples of systems in which humans and other mammals exchange substances with their environment. An appreciation of the physiology of these systems requires candidates to understand basic principles including the role of enzymes as biological catalysts, and passive and active transport of substances across biological membranes. Body systems may be affected by disease. Knowledge of basic physiology allows us not only to explain symptoms but also to interpret data relating to risk factors. Unit 2 BIOL2 The variety of living organisms The variety of life is extensive and is reflected in similarities and differences in its biochemical basis and cellular organisation. Factors such as size and metabolic rate affect the requirements of organisms and this gives rise to adaptations such as specialised exchange surfaces. Classification is a means of organising the variety of life based on relationships between organisms and is built round the concept of a species. Unit 3 Investigative and Practical skills This is assessed through two methods: • Practical Skills Assessment (PSA) • Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA). The PSA will be based around a centre assessment throughout the AS course of the candidate’s ability to follow and undertake certain standard practical activities. The ISA will require candidates to undertake practical work, collect and process data and use it to answer questions in a written test (ISA test).

A2 Course

Unit 4 BIOL4 Populations and environment Living organisms form structured communities within dynamic but essentially stable ecosystems through which energy is transferred and chemical elements are cycled. Humans are part of the ecological balance and their activities affect it both directly and indirectly. Consideration of these effects underpins the contentof this unit and should lead to an understanding that sustainability of resources depends on effective management of the conflict between human needs and conservation. Unit 5 BIOL5 Control in cells and in organisms Multicellular organisms are able to control the activities of different tissues and organs within their bodies. They do this by detecting stimuli and stimulating appropriate effectors: plants use specific growth factors; animals use hormones, nerve Impulses or a combination of both. By responding to internal and external stimuli, animals increase their chances of survival. Cells are also able to control their metabolic activities by regulating the transcription and translation of their genome. Although the cells within an organism carry the same genetic code, they translate only part of it. Consideration of control mechanisms underpins the content of this unit. Unit 6 Investigative and Practical skills This is assessed through two methods; • Practical Skills Assessment (PSA) • Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA). The PSA will be based around a centre assessment throughout the AS course of the candidate’s ability to follow and undertake certain standard practical activities. The ISA will require candidates to undertake practical work, collect and process data and use it to answer questions in a written test (ISA test).

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December 2013 Unit 1 Mock May 2014 Unit 2 Mock June 2014 Unit 1 and 2 Unit 3 Controlled Assessment through out the Year December 2014 Unit 4 Mock May Unit 5 Mock June 2014 Unit 4 and 5 Unit 6 Controlled Assessment throughout the year.

Examination Assessment Unit 1 BIOL1 Biology and disease Examination paper (60 raw marks / 100 UMS) 5 – 7 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions. 1 hour 15 minutes. 33.3% of the total AS marks.16.7% of the total A Level marks Available in January and June Unit 2 BIOL2 The variety of living organisms Examination paper (85 raw marks / 140 UMS) 5 – 7 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions involving the handling of data and How Science Works .1 hour 45 minutes. 46.7% of the total AS marks. 23.3% of the total A Level marks Available in January and June Unit 3 – Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills in AS Biology BIO3T, Centre Marked Route T (50 raw marks/60 UMS) Practical Skills Assessment (PSA – 6 raw marks) Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA – 44 raw marks). Available June only Unit 4 BIOL4 Populations and environment Examination paper (75 raw marks / 100 UMS) 6 – 9 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions involving continuous prose and How Science Works 1 hour 30 minutes 16.7% of the total A Level marks Available in January and June Unit 5 BIOL5 Control in cells and in organisms Examination paper (100 raw marks / 140 UMS) 8 – 10 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions (a datahandling question and a synoptic essay - choice of 1 out of 2). 2 hours 15 minutes. 23.3% of the total A Level marks Available in June only. Unit 6 – Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills in A2 Biology BIO6T, Centre Marked Route T (50 raw marks/60 UMS) Practical Skills Assessment (PSA – 6 raw marks) Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA – 44 raw marks) Available June only


Useful Revision Sources 1.

http://www.s-cool.co.uk: this site takes you through the main subject areas and theories you need to know for AS and A2 level biology. You can consolidate what you have learned by answering exam style questions and using revision sheets.

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http://www.biology-innovation.co.uk/: a revision site written bt a student. A and AS-level modules are covered in an easily digestible and printable format. A range of annotated diagrams and features, such as Youtube links, make each subject interesting and there are further links for even more depth on each subject.

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http://www.biologymad.com/: another biology website designed for AS and A-level biology students. All the key modules are covered from blood and circulation to hormones and genetic engineering. The link to download past papers and examiners reports will be particularly useful for focussed revision.

Revision Tips The main emphasis of A level Biology is on detailed subject understanding. Processes are not covered in depth at GCSE level, and the level of actual subject knowledge expected from students is rudimentary at best. The A level biology exam paper structure and expectations are based around a good grasp of the detail of biological processes. The students are usually asked to apply this subject knowledge to explain data from biological investigations and fieldwork. Most of the marks can be gained from recall of detail once the demands of the question have been interpreted. Missed marks normally stem from many possible sources:

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Misapplication of subject matter (answering questions on one topic using information from another) Lack of clarity in communication (student answers using colloquial terms or sloppy use of language fails to address the precise demands of the question) Repetition of the same point of subject knowledge simply using a different sentence (the multi mark questions usually require different points to be made for each mark to be gained) Insufficient detail (the molecular level explanation is the current default for Biology) Lack of data reference - when describing changes, students should always refer to data referred to in the question set, and describe the changes in a direct way (e.g. an increase of 55KPa) rather than a vague way (it will change...)

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Download a copy of the current specification.

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Encourage your son/daughter to organise and write up their notes on a weekly basis.

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Encourage your son/daughter to produce summary notes at the end of each topic.

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Download and practice past papers.

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Chemistry A (OCR Exam Board) Specification H034/H434

Calendar of Key Events 1. Dec 2013 Unit 1 /May 2014 Unit 2 Mock 2. June 2014 Unit 1 and 2 3. Unit 3 Controlled Assessment through out the year 4. Dec 2014 Unit 4 /May 2015 Unit 5 Mock 5. June 2014 Unit 4 and 5 6. Unit 6 Controlled Assessment throughout the year.

During the AS course students will study:

A2 Course

AS Course

Unit F321: Atoms, Bonds and Groups • Atoms and reactions • Electrons, bonding and structure • The Periodic Table Unit F322: Chains, Energy and Resources • Basic concepts and hydrocarbons • Alcohols, halogenoalkanes and analysis • Energy • Resources

Examination Assessment

Unit F323: Practical Skills in Chemistry 1 • This AS (practical skills) unit is teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR. • Candidates are assessed on one task from each of the following categories: qualitative, quantitative and evaluative tasks.

AS Unit F321: Atoms, Bonds and Groups 30% of the total AS GCE marks 1 hr written paper (60 marks). Candidates answer all questions. Available in January and June. AS Unit F322: Chains, Energy and Resources 50% of the total AS GCE marks. 1.75 hr written paper (100 marks). Candidates answer all questions Available in January and June.

During the A2 course students will study:

AS Unit F323: Practical Skills in Chemistry 1 20% of the total AS GCE marks. Coursework 40 marks. Candidates complete three tasks set by OCR. Tasks are marked by the centre using a mark scheme written by OCR. Work is moderated by OCR. Available June only.

Unit F324: Rings, Polymers and Analysis • Rings, acids and amines • Polymers and synthesis • Analysis

AS Units as above, Unit F321 being 15% of the total Advanced GCE marks, Unit F322 being 25% of the Advanced GCE marks and Unit F323 being 10% of the Advanced GCE marks.

Unit F325: Equilibria, Energetics and Elements • Rates, equilibrium and pH • Energy • Transition elements

A2 Unit F324: Rings, Polymers and Analysis 15% of the total Advanced GCE marks 1 hr written paper (60 marks). Candidates answer all questions. This unit contains some synoptic assessment and Stretch and Challenge questions. Available in January and June.

Unit F326: Practical Skills in Chemistry 2 • This A2 (practical skills) unit is teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR. • Candidates are assessed on one task from each of the following categories: qualitative, quantitative and evaluative tasks.

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A2 Unit F325: Equilibria, Energetics and Elements 25% of the total Advanced GCE marks. 1.75 hr written paper (100 marks). Candidates answer all questions. This unit contains some synoptic assessment and Stretch and Challenge questions. Available in June only. A2 Unit F326: Practical Skills in Chemistry 2 10% of the total Advanced GCE marks. Coursework40 marks. Candidates complete three tasks set by OCR. Tasks are marked by the centre using a mark scheme written by OCR. Work is moderated by OCR. Available June only.


Useful Revision Sources 1.

http://www.s-cool.co.uk: this is a great place to come for comprehensive review of all the main areas covered by Chemistry AS and A2 level. There are detailed notes on all areas and revision summaries that you can print out.. Once you feel like you’ve absorbed enough information, have a go at practising the sample questions.

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ww.chemguide.co.uk: an easy to use website, which leads you to clear and detailed explanations of the topics you need to know for A level chemistry. The notes come with diagrams and an option to test what you’ve learnt.

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www.docbrown.info: a big friendly site that will help you get to grips with AS and A2 chemistry. Try taking the multiple choice quizzes after you’ve revised a subject to help judge how much you’ve taken in.

Revision Tips Know your exam board: From the beginning, you must get the following information from your teacher: which specification are you studying? 

Specifications are always available on the examination board website and you have to make sure that you are looking at the correct specification: that is, the correct year and the correct subtype.

The specification serves as a guide of what they expect you to know, and often how they expect you to answer some questions (e.g. explaining something in terms of cation size not lattice stability) Ideally, you should be able to reel off anything the specification expects you to know. It is a good framework from which you can target your revision.

Another tool are past examination questions from your own specification board. Make sure you do these with their mark schemes, and lots of them. Note that even if the same question pops up, sometimes they can get a bit more pedantic with the answers they'll accept.

Complete at least two past exam papers within the time set (and many more for practice), as it is easy to run out of time. Remember to include checking back over your question paper within your strategy, as it is easy to confuse numbers and amounts in calculations as well as other mistakes including missing information in the question, missing bits in diagrams, improperly balanced equations or simple spelling mistakes or words missing.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Download a copy of the current specification

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Encourage your son/daughter to organise and write up their notes on a weekly basis.

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Encourage your son/daughter to produce summary notes at the end of each topic

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Download and practice past papers.

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Encourage use of Best Choice.

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Drama & Theatre Studies ( Edexcel Exam Board) Specification 8/9 DR01

Calendar of Key Events

Unit 1 Exploration of Drama & Theatre [40%] 

AS Course

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May AS Practical Exams TBC Dec A2 Performances TBC mid-June A2 written exam

Practical exploration of two different and contrasting plays; one will be studied in the light of a leading theatre practitioner. Written record of this exploration, showing knowledge and understanding. Experience of a live performance and a written evaluation of this production. Marked by your teachers.

Examination Assessment

Unit 2 Theatre Text in Performance [60%] 

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Section A: prepare, direct and perform before an audience either a monologue or a duologue. Written Performer’s Concept for above. Section B: contribute to a group performance of a published play before an audience. Directed by your teacher. Marked by a visiting Examiner.

AS Practical Exam [evening]: Section A : (marked out of /30) The written concept (marked out of /10) Section B: ( Marked out of /40) Total: 60% of AS

Unit 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance [40%]  

A2 Course

Devising and performing an original performance in a small group Recording and evaluating process and product in the form of a written document Marked by your teachers.

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Detailed study of one prescribed play: ‘Woyzeck’ by George Buchner. Developing and shaping ideas for this from the perspective of director. Detailed study and research of original performance conditions of a Shakespeare play. Comparison of above with contemporary performance from a production seen. Written exam, marked externally.

A2 Written Exam: 2 1/2 hours. This exam has three sections: Section A & B: Is based on ‘Woyzeck’. Students are given an extract, and have to answer three questions about rehearsal methodology (marked out of /20) They also have a choice of two questions on approach to the play as a whole, from the point of view of director (marked out of /30) Section C: This section is based on research, comparing Shakespeare performed now and in its original context Students have a choice of two questions ( marked out of /30) Total: 60% of A2

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Useful Revision Sources 1.

The Drama Dept provides Student Guides for all aspects of the AS & A2 courses. Study Guides include Essential Reference, Who’s Who in Theatre, Guide to Devising, as well as general guides for each year.

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It is important for students to visit the theatre and see as much performance and as varied performance as possible. [keep an eye out for student discount schemes]

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Students should try to read theatre reviews in the Sunday newspapers and/or The Stage [the weekly newspaper for all those connected with the theatre—also available on-line]

Revision Tips 

Students should try to get involved with productions themselves—either in or out of school.

Rehearsals for AS Practical exams require some after school sessions from March onwards and at least one full day in the Easter holidays.

Friday night drop-ins will be available Dec for A2 and Feb /March for AS. These will be specifically for written coursework.

There will be weekly materials provided or suggested that students will be expected to read, digest and keep a record of.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Encourage students to go to the theatre.

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Help them learn their lines!

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English Literature (AQA Exam Board) Specification 2740

Calendar of Key Events

AS Course

Unit 1: Texts in Context and Poetry This unit focuses on one specific area of study: The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature.

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Year 12 Final Draft coursework Deadline March of Year 12 Year 13 Final Draft coursework Deadline April of Year 13

Candidates will study texts (both whole and in extracts) which cover different genres within this chosen area and develop wider reading and contextual support. Students will also study the poems of Carol Ann Duffy, focusing on their analytical skills, as well as forming their own personal responses. Unit 2: Creative Study This unit requires in-depth study of one prose text and two drama texts from the student’s chosen area of study in Unit 1: The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature. Candidates will produce a creative interpretation or transformation of the chosen prose text and a piece of analytical writing on the drama text, focusing on the text in context and aspects such as theme, structure and characterisation. Unit 3: Reading for Meaning This unit consolidates the skills and learning of the whole course. Candidates will prepare for a paper which will contain unprepared passages for close study, comparison and critical commentary, on the theme ‘Love through the Ages.’

A2 Course

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Students should read at least three texts on this theme including prose, poetry and drama, work by male and female writers, literature through time and non-fiction texts. Unit 4: Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study This unit requires the study of three texts with a shared theme, none of which will have been studied at AS and one of which will be a Shakespeare play. Candidates will write an extended essay which compares the three texts, focusing on the writers’ choices of form, structure and language, different interpretations and the significance of context.

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Assessment Overview: Both the ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ sections of the course are assessed by both coursework and end of unit examinations. The examinations can be taken in the summer of Year 12 the summer of Year 13.

Unit 1: Assessment: 60% of ’AS’ grade/ 30%of ‘A2’ grade. One Written Examination: Section A - Contextual Linking Task - 1 hour Section B - Poetry Essay Question—1 hour Unit 2: Assessment: 40% of ‘AS’ grade/ 20% of ‘A2’ grade. One coursework folder containing: One piece of Transformational Writing One Comparative Essay (2000—2500 words, in total) Unit 3: Assessment : 30% of ‘A2’ grade. One Written Examination . Two questions comparing unseen extracts on the theme of Love - 2 and a half hours Unit 4: Assessment : 20% of ’A2’ grade. One piece of coursework comprising a comparative essay on three texts. (3000 words, in total).


Useful Revision Sources 1.

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Extra-curricular revision sessions held after school and before the summer exams. AS’ English Literature A: The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature course book (published by Nelson Thornes) ISBN 978-0748782932), available from school. ‘A2’ English Literature A course book (published by Nelson Thornes ISBN 978-0748782956), available from school. ‘The English Review’ magazine (published by Philip Allan), available from the school library AQA website for past exam papers: www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications/a-level/english-and-media/english-literature-a.php Study websites, providing information on key texts including plot summaries, characters and themes, such as: www.sparknotes.com or www.online-literature.com Revision websites, providing exam preparation, such as: www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/english-literature http://revisionworld.co.uk/a2-level-revision/english

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Keep up-to-date with class work and homework. Ask for support from the teacher, as and when required. Read widely around the key topics, using the prescribed ‘A’ Level Reading List, as a guide. Make effective notes on key topics, based on discussions, reading and written tasks completed. Organise notes clearly into topics (e.g. gender, religion, race, class and sexuality) Read and re-read key texts and extracts studied. Highlight references to key topics in texts and extracts. Identify key quotations from texts and extracts, to support ideas and provide evidence. Learn key quotations over a period of time and gradually build up your knowledge. Revise key literary terms. Become familiar with and practise the skills required for each assessment objective (AO1 to AO4) in every written task set. Practise examination tasks in timed conditions and get feedback from the teacher. Use teacher feedback, comments and advice constructively, to set targets and improve specific skills Plan answers, before writing them in full. Extend your vocabulary by using a dictionary and/ or thesaurus. Attend after-school revision sessions which run before the main summer exams. Use study periods for study and make effective use of the school library and the Sixth Form Study Centre.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Provide students with a quiet area where they can study uninterrupted. Encourage students to read widely from the reading list, including prose, poetry, drama and nonfiction, to prepare for the wide reading tasks in Units 1 and 3. Ensure students meet all homework and coursework deadlines. Revise key literary terms. Discuss topics studied, on a regular basis. Support students in gaining access to texts (membership of a public library, buying copies of texts) Provide students with a dictionary and thesaurus. Watch film and television adaptations of key texts. Attend theatre productions of drama texts studied. 17


Extended Project Qualification EPQ (AQA exam Board) Specification

Calendar of Key Events 25th June: EPQ Taught Element

The Extended Project is a Level 3 (AS) Qualification introduced in 2008. The Extended Project will develop and Extend from one or more of the learner’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic chosen by the learner and agreed as appropriate by the centre.

25th June : 5th July: First Mentor Meeting 2nd July: Taught Element w/c 8th July: Meeting 2 with Mentor 12th July: Sheffield University Visit.

Delivery of the EPQ involves compulsory 30 taught hours and a minimum of 90 independent study hours, which are autonomous. Learners are required to:  Chose an area of interest  Draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the centre  Plan, research and carry out the project  Deliver a presentation to a specified audience  Provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.

4th September: Second taught element w/c 16th September: Deadline for First Draught and Log book. w/c 25th October: Deadline for EPQ Project, written Material. w/c 4th November: Presentation of EPQ project.

Examination Assessment Overview: Coursework assessed and moderated internally and externally by the exam board.

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Useful Revision Sources AQA Extended Project Student Companion: Student Journal, Nelson Thorne. (This can be purchased on Amazon).

Revision Tips

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3.

Support students in using Summer Holiday time effectively to do the 90 independent hours work on the chosen project. Ask students to explain their project to you, to aid them in verbalising their project, which will support their final presentation. Ensure students are keeping a log of all changes, decisions and research as the process of the EPQ is under as much scrutiny as the final project.

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Film Studies (OCR Exam Board) Specification H467

Calendar of Key Events 1.

AS Course

Units studied in Year 12 are: F632 Foundation Portfolio in Film:

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Students will produce a portfolio consisting of:

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A textual analysis of two contemporary English language films Evidence of planning for a creative artefact A creative artefact An evaluation of the work produced F631 Film Text and Context: In this unit students will develop an appreciation of how meaning is communicated in films. Students will also develop an understanding of how cinema works as an industry and how film works as a medium of communication.

AS Course: December 2013 Coursework submitted AS Course: May/June 2014 final exam A2 Course: December 2014 Coursework submitted A2 Course June 2015 final exam

Examination Assessment Overview: Students can achieve grade A-E and all exam units will be covered in lesson tasks and homework tasks. Year 12 Exam: Film in Text and Context 50% AS, 25% A2 qualification Section A Contemporary English Language Film 1 question of a choices of two (40 Marks)

Units studied in Year 13 are:

Section B Cinema in Context

F633 Creative Investigation in Film

A2 Course

Students will create a portfolio consisting of: Independent research into a topic within the field of film studies Evidence of planning for a filmed sequence A filmed sequence A critical evaluation of the filmed sequence F633: Global Cinema and Critical Perspectives In this unit students will assess and extend their knowledge and understanding of issues and debates in the world of cinema. Students will explore the ideological, historical and social contexts in which films operate and demonstrate this understanding by applying key concepts and critical approaches.

2 questions from a choice of four topic areas (2x 30 marks)

Year 13 Exam: Global Cinema and Critical Perspectives 25% of the full Advanced GCE qualification Messages and Values in Global Film (NonEnglish Language Film 1 compulsory question (50 marks) Section B Critical Engagement with Film and Cinema (no language restrictions) 1 question from a choice of three topic areas (50 marks) Total 100marks

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Useful Revision Sources 1. Revision books: AS Film Studies: The Essential Introduction, Sarah Casey Benyahia, Freddie Gaffney and John White: Routledge (2008) A2 Film Studies: The Essential Introduction, Sarah Casey Benyahia, Freddie Gaffney and John White Routledge (2009) Sight and Sound Magazine (Copies can be found the library at Oakgrove School) 2. Useful information relating to the course can be found at: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-film-studies-h067-h467/.html 3. Key websites: http://film.edusites.co.uk/

Revision Tips Look at past questions and plan answers. Answer exam questions under timed conditions and hand in to a Film Studies teacher to get feedback. Use feedback and attempt to improve your answer. Independent research around the subject using library facilities and internet facilities.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Ensure your child attends the extra revision sessions provided by the Film Studies Department when necessary. Students are expected to complete at least 2-3 hours additional research per week for the course. Create a revision/ independent study timetable with your son/ daughter Help revise key terms using ‘Flash’ cards If financially possible subscribe to a film magazine such as Empire or Total Film Experience a variety of cinema, films with your son/daughter If possible visit the BFI in London for a screening or exhibition

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French ( AQA exam Board) Specification 1651/ 2651

Calendar of Key Events

AS French with AQA encourages students to speak French confidently while developing an awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken.

1. AS Unit 1 exams — May/ June 2. AS Unit 2 exams — May/ June 3. A2 Unit 3 exam— June 4. A2 Unit 4 exam— June

AS Course

All units are externally assessed by AQA. There is no coursework. In AS level French, students develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening through studying the following topics:    

Media (including TV viewing habits, communication technology and advertising) Popular culture (including the cinema, music and fashion) Healthy living/ lifestyle (including sport, exercise, health and well-being, holidays) Family relationships (marriage, partnerships, friendships.)

In A2 French, students continue to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through studying the following topics:   

The environment The multicultural society Contemporary social issues

A2 Course

Candidates must also study two of the following five cultural topics:     

A French speaking region or community (eg, its economy/ history/ geography) A period of 20th century history from a French speaking country/community An author from a French speaking country/ community A dramatist or poet from a French speaking country/ community A director, architect, musician or painter from a French speaking country/community

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Examination Assessment AQA Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing Exam (Unit code FREN1) 70% of the total AS marks, 35% of the total GCE marks This is 2 hour exam with a reading, writing and listening section. Students spend half an hour listening to extracts in French and answering questions. 45 minutes should be spent on the reading and writing sections. AS Unit 2: Speaking Test (Unit code FRE2T/V) 30% of the total AS marks, 15% of the total GCE marks. This is a speaking exam which lasts 35 minutes. 20 minutes are spent preparing one of two cards given to the student. The cards are based on the AS topics above. Candidates must answer 5 questions on the card as the basis of a 5 minute discussion. The second part of the speaking exam involves a 10 minute conversation based on 3 of the 4 as topics above. A2 Unit 3: Listening, Reading and Writing Exam (Unit code FREN3) 35% of the total A2 marks This exam lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes and begins with a 30 minute listening section. The reading and writing sections last one hour. For the writing, candidates respond with one piece of writing of 250 words to one question from a choice of two, based on each of the 5 A2 Cultural Topic areas, i.e. ten questions are set. A2 Unit 4: Speaking Test (Unit code FRE4T/V) 15% of the total A2 marks This Speaking Test lasts 35 minutes, 20 minutes of which are spent preparing one of two cards based on the A2 topics above. This will lead to a 5 minute discussion followed by a 10 minute conversation based on the candidates’ 2 chosen cultural topics.


Useful Revision Sources Students will be provided with copies of the core texts below. However, if they wish to keep/ annotate the text books, they must purchase their own copies: AQA French AS —ISBN 978-0-7487-9807-0 AQA French A2 — ISBN 978-0-7487-9808-7 AQA French AS Grammar Workbook — ISBN 978-1-4085-2011 Recommended texts: The Collins-Robert bilingual French dictionary—ISBN 978-0-007-33155-0 Barron’s 501 French verbs—ISBN 978-0-764-17983-9 For A2: L’Etranger, Albert Camus—ISBN 978-2-070-36002-4

Revision Tips To succeed in learning French, students must ensure they do the following:             

Revise vocabulary continuously. At the end of each unit, test yourself on the vocabulary you have learnt and revisit it on a regular basis Listen to French radio on the internet Read French newspapers online Watch French television— TV5 Monde on channel 799, sky Download a free app to your mobile, like lemonde.fr Buy the ‘Collins-Robert’ bilingual French dictionary Buy Barron’s ‘501 French verbs’ Complete extra exercises in the core grammar practice book Attend Easter revision sessions for extra exam practise Attend weekly drop-in sessions if necessary Record yourself on an MP3 player to practise your spoken French Practise past exam papers—from AQA and other boards Take any opportunity to go to France to practise!

How Parents Can Help at Home   

Purchase the core texts for your son/ daughter Help your son/ daughter make a revision timetable as exams approach Pay for a subscription to an advanced-level magazine such as ‘chez nous’. Subscriptions cost £17 and include 5 issues of the magazine per year, 2 optional CDs and access to a linked website. To subscribe and for more information, visit http://maryglasgowplus.com Book a trip to France!

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Further Mathematics ( AQA Exam Board ) Specification 6360

Calendar of Key Events

AS Course

In Year 12, students will study 3 units, each of which has an equal weighting. Students will study Further Pure 1, Statistics 2 and Decision 1.  Further Pure 1 develops the Maths that students learn in the Core modules. 

Statistics 2 builds on elements studies in Statistics 1 (which students study as part of their Mathematics AS level).

Decision 1 develops skills required for operational research; this type of Maths is often used in business situations.

Students will sit all modules in the Summer exam series. Each exam is a calculator paper.

1. 2. 3. 4.

Revision sessions - Easter 2014 Decision 1 Exam—May 2014 Further Pure 1 exam - May 2014 Statistics 2 exam - May 2014

Examination Assessment Further Pure 1 (MFP1) This exam is worth a third of the AS Grade. The exam is 90 minutes long and consists of approximately 8 compulsory questions. Graphical calculators are allowed in this exam.

In Year 13, students will study a further 3 units, each of which has an equal weighting. Students will study Further Pure 2, Decision 2 and Mechanics 2. Each of these modules will develop skills from the AS Level.

A2 Course

Students will sit all modules in the Summer exam series. Each exam is a calculator paper.

Decision 1 (MD01) This exam is worth a third of the AS Grade. The exam is 90 minutes long and consists of approximately 8 compulsory questions. Graphical calculators are allowed in this exam.

Statistics 2 (MS/SS2B) This exams is worth a third of the AS Grade. The exam is 90 minutes long and consists of approximately 8 compulsory questions. Graphical calculators are allowed in this exam.

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Useful Revision Sources 1.

Students will all have a textbook for each module that they are examined in.

2.

The most effective way to revise mathematics is by practising past paper questions. Students will be given a pack of these by their class teacher in the lead up to the exam period.

3.

In addition to this, we recommend the book: AS-Level Maths Complete Revision and Practice by CGP, ISBN 978-1841469881

5.

Website: www.mymaths.co.uk

Revision Tips 

The best way for students to learn advanced mathematics is to practise regularly, from the start of the course. As well as completing the work set by their class teacher, students should be attempting additional questions independently.

The mathematics department holds revision sessions during the Easter holidays and also operates drop in support sessions to help students with any difficulties they are experiencing. Students are encouraged to seek help when needed.

Students should start revision for external exams early, initially focussing on one topic area at a time and then moving on the whole exam papers. Students will be provided with packs containing past exam papers and solutions which will be used both in class and for independent revision. These are a very effective way of revising over the exam period.

In addition to past paper revision, students should make sure that they are confident using their graphical calculators and formulae booklets.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

We would expect students to be spending an equal amount of time working on their maths at home as they do in lessons. As the mathematics course contains no coursework it is important that students are practising their maths skills consistently throughout the year: support from parents can make a big difference!

2.

Ideally, we would like all students to have access to the internet at home, as well as their own graphical calculator.

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General Studies B (AQA Exam Board) Specification

Calendar of Key Events 1.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 examinations in the summer term.

This course is only offered as an AS only. The AS course consists of 2 units: Unit 1: Conflicts. This unit assesses candidates’ abilities to analyse the question; conduct arguments and justify opinions with appropriate knowledge and illustrations; synthesise and communicate ideas; make overall judgements and draw valid conclusions. Unit 2: Space: This unit will assess candidates’ abilities to interpret statistical information or graph; to complete simple calculations to determine trends, make comparisons or otherwise assess the significance of the data; to analyse and comment on images; to evaluate sources and own knowledge to present arguments.

Examination Assessment Overview: Each unit will be assessed by examination.

AS Units: Unit 1: This is a written exam (1 hour 30 mins) and is worth 50% of the AS Level Marks. The exam paper consist of 5 questions each worth 30 marks. Students need to answer 3 of the 5 questions. The total mark for the paper is 90. Unit 2: This is a written exam (1 hour 30 mins) and is worth 50% of the AS Level Marks.

AS Course

There are 3 questions which are split into a, b and c sections. Each question is worth 30 marks. Students need to answer all questions.

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Useful Revision Sources AQA/Nelson Thornes online resources found at www.nelsonthornes.com/agagce AQA (B) Advanced General Studies, by Colin Swatridge, published by Philip Allan Updates, 2008. AS Coursebook (2nd edition), by Colin Swatridge, published by Collins educational, 2000.

Revision Tips        

Start revision early Make revision notes for each topic and relate the skills you need to the case studies to illustrate your point of view. Practice forming an argument, ensure it is balanced and you have evidence to be able to draw conclusions and evaluate. Study marking schemes and past papers: go on the AQA website Remember, recent examples are worth their weight in gold Attend “optional” revision lessons Write extra SAQs and essays at home and bring them in to be marked Practise writing against the clock. Timing is very important in these exams.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2.

Have discussions on the topics to be tested with family members. Watch the National news to keep up to date with current affair issues.

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Geography ( Edexcel Exam Board) Specification

1. 2.

Unit 1: Global Challenges 6GE01

AS Course

1.1 World at Risk - Natural Hazards, Global Warming and Climate Change 1.2 Going Global - Globalisation, Groupings of nations, Levels of Power and Wealth, Interconnectivity, Population Change, Migration and Urbanisation

3. 4. 5.

Unit 1: AS May/June 2014 Unit 2: Fieldwork day trips to Shortditch and Epping Forest Oct 2013 Unit 2: AS May/June 2014 Unit 3: A2 May/June 2015 Unit 4: A2 May/ June 2015

Examination Assessment

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations 6GE01 2.1 Extreme Weather - Extreme Weather conditions and events, Impacts on people, economy and the environment, Increasing risk of extreme weather and responding to and coping with extreme weather 2.4 Rebranding Places - What is rebranding and why is it needed in some places? Rebranding strategies, Managing rural and urban rebranding

Unit 3: Contested Planet This unit consists of 6 taught sub-topics: Energy Security, Water Conflicts, Biodiversity under threat, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap, The Technological Fix. Students will receive a pre-released synoptic issues resource paper 3 weeks before the January exam date to work through and research.

A2 Course

Calendar of Key Events

8GE01 (AS) 9GE01 (A2)

Unit 4: Geographical Research One of the following research topics will be chosen as a focus: Tectonic Activity and Hazards, Cold Environments – Landscapes and Change, Life on Margins: the food supply, The World of Cultural Diversity, Pollution and Human Health Risk, Consuming the Rural Landscape (Leisure & Tourism). The students are expected to be independent learners and lessons will follow a tutorial style of learning and group discussions. Students will produce reports to practice exam techniques. Students receive a pre-released research and explore focus for their chosen topic. 28

All exams are externally assessed. Course Weighting: Unit 1: Global Challenges: 60% of the AS course (30% of the A2 course) Unit 2: Global Investigations: 40% of the AS course (20% of the A2 course) Unit 3: Contested Planet: 60% of the AS course (30% of the A2 course) Unit 4: Geographical Investigations: 40% of the AS course (20% of the A2 course) AS Course: Unit 1: World at Risk (1 hour 30 mins): Section A: 6 short answer questions, 3 are on the World at Risk topics, 3 are on the Going Global topics. Answer all 6 questions Section B: Choose one out of a choice of 5 essay style questions. Unit 2: Geographical Investigations (1 hour 15 mins) For each topic Extreme Weather and Rebranding answer 3 questions: a, b and c. A: based on source evidence and data B: based on field work and research techniques C: based on case study examples. A2 Course: Unit 3: Contested Planet (2 hours) Section A: (80 marks) students choose to answer 2 of the 5 essay style resource and case study based questions based on 5 of the topics taught. Section B: (70 marks) based on the synoptic issues pre-released resource booklet; 3 questions focused on players, actions and futures. Unit 4: Geographical Research (1 hour 30 mins) Students write a report to answer the question posed about their chosen topic.


Useful Revision Sources 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

AS Geography for Edexcel Student Book, Oxford ISBN 9780199134823 Edexcel AS Geography Philip Allan ISBN 9780340949290 A2 Geography for Edexcel Student Book, Oxford ISBN 9780199134830 Edexcel A2 Geography Philip Allan ISBN 9780340949542 Edexcel AS Geography: Unit 1: Global Challenges (Student Unit Guide) Philip Allan ISBN 978-0340949313 Edexcel AS Geography: Unit 2: Geographical Investigations (Student Unit Guide) Philip Allan ISBN 978-0340971093 Edexcel A2 Geography: Unit 3: Congested Planet (Student Unit Guides) Philip Allan ISBN 9780340987131 Edexcel A2 Geography: Unit 4: Geographical Research (Student Unit Guides) Philip Allan ISBN 978-0340990841 The Access to Geography Series has a number of books which are good introductions to various Geography topics—they are published by Hodder Education The AS/A2 Contemporary Case Studies Series published by Philip Allan have also proved valuable.

Revision Tips  

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Throughout the course ensure all class notes and homework tasks are completed in detail and neatly. Experiment with different revision techniques e.g. read through your notes regularly, condense your notes, design quizzes, discuss topics with others to cement your learning, use post-it notes to consolidate key points and locations, make revision flash cards, mind maps and highlight your class notes/extra research. Make sure you know your case studies inside-out and back to front! Read the examiners report on previous years’ exams so you know what mistakes others have made and you learn from them. Practice exam technique by answering either specimen or past paper questions and giving them to a class mate to mark using the exam mark scheme. Keep up to date with current geographical issues that relate to the various aspects of the course. Use Moodle effectively and take part in online forum discussions and resources at http://moodle.oakgrove.milton-keynes.sch.uk.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Ensure your son/daughter is completing the homework tasks set and additional research around the topics being studied. Ensure your son/daughter revises– help them produce a detailed revision timetable so there is enough time to revise each topic prior to the exams and allow for regular breaks. Help your son/daughter acquire the key concepts of each topic by encouraging them to compile glossaries to key ideas, case studies and geographical terminology and quiz them regularly. Purchase a copy of the core text book(s), student guides and any of the other resources mentioned above. Encourage your son/daughter to read a quality newspaper and/or watch the news regularly so that s/he is up-to-date with current affairs and is able to apply the ideas they have learnt in class to topical case studies. Discuss current geographical issues with your son/daughter and encourage them to ask questions about what they see/hear. 29


German ( AQA exam Board) Specification 1661/ 2661

Calendar of Key Events

AS German with AQA encourages students to speak German confidently while developing an awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken.

1. AS Unit 1 exams — May/ June 2. AS Unit 2 exams — May/ June 3. A2 Unit 3 exam— June 4. A2 Unit 4 exam— June

AS Course

All units are externally assessed by AQA. There is no coursework. In AS level German, students develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening through studying the following topics:    

Media (including TV viewing habits, communication technology and advertising) Popular culture (including the cinema, music and fashion) Healthy living/ lifestyle (including sport, exercise, health and well-being, holidays) Family relationships (marriage, partnerships, friendships.)

In A2 German, students continue to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through studying the following topics:   

The environment The multicultural society Contemporary social issues

A2 Course

Candidates must also study two of the following five cultural topics:     

A German speaking region or community (eg, its economy/ history/ geography) A period of 20th century history from a German speaking country/community An author from a German speaking country/ community A dramatist or poet from a German speaking country/ community A director, architect, musician or painter from a German speaking country/community

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Examination Assessment AQA Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing Exam (Unit code GERM1) 70% of the total AS marks, 35% of the total GCE marks This is 2 hour exam with a reading, writing and listening section. Students spend half an hour listening to extracts in German and answering questions. 45 minutes should be spent on the reading and writing sections. AS Unit 2: Speaking Test (Unit code GER2T/V) 30% of the total AS marks, 15% of the total GCE marks This is a speaking exam which lasts 35 minutes. 20 minutes are spent preparing one of two cards given to the student. The cards are based on the AS topics above. Candidates must answer 5 questions on the card as the basis of a 5 minute discussion. The second part of the speaking exam involves a 10 minute conversation based on 3 of the 4 as topics above. A2 Unit 3: Listening, Reading and Writing Exam (Unit code GERM3) 35% of the total A2 marks This exam lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes and begins with a 30 minute listening section. The reading and writing sections last one hour. For the writing, candidates respond with one piece of writing of 250 words to one question from a choice of two, based on each of the 5 A2 Cultural Topic areas, i.e. ten questions are set. A2 Unit 4: Speaking Test (Unit code GER4T/V) 15% of the total A2 marks This Speaking Test lasts 35 minutes, 20 minutes of which are spent preparing one of two cards based on the A2 topics above. This will lead to a 5 minute discussion followed by a 10 minute conversation based on the candidates’ 2 chosen cultural topics.


Useful Revision Sources Students will be provided with copies of the core texts below. However, if they wish to keep/ annotate the text books, they must purchase their own copies: AQA German AS —ISBN 978-0-7487-9811-7 AQA German A2 — ISBN 978-0-7487-9812-4 AQA German AS Grammar Workbook — ISBN 978-1-4085-2015-4 Recommended texts: The Collins bilingual German dictionary—ISBN 978-0-0072-5275-6 Barron’s 501 German verbs—ISBN 978-0-8120-0434-2 For A2: Goodbye Lenin (DVD)

The Lives of Others (DVD)

Revision Tips To succeed in learning German, students must ensure they do the following:           

Revise vocabulary continuously. At the end of each unit, test yourself on the vocabulary you have learnt and revisit it on a regular basis Listen to German radio on the internet Read German newspapers online (www.diewelt.de/ www.sueddeutschezeitung.de) Buy the Collins bilingual German dictionary Buy Barron’s ‘501 German verbs’ Complete extra exercises in the core grammar practice book Attend Easter revision sessions for extra exam practise Attend weekly drop-in sessions if necessary Record yourself on an MP3 player to practise your spoken German Practise past exam papers—from AQA and other boards Take any opportunity to go to German to practise!

How Parents Can Help at Home   

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Purchase the core texts for your son/ daughter Help your son/ daughter make a revision timetable as exams approach Pay for a subscription to an advanced-level magazine such as ‘authentik’. Subscriptions cost £17 and include 5 issues of the magazine per year, 2 optional CDs and access to a linked website. To subscribe and for more information, visit http://maryglasgowplus.com Pay in interest in your son/ daughter’s learning Book a trip to Germany or Austria!

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Government & Politics (Edexcel Exam Board) Specification

Calendar of Key Events 1.

AS Course

Unit 1 – People & Politics 1. Democracy and political participation 2. Party policies and ideas 3. Elections 4. Pressure groups

2. 3.

Unit 2 – Governing the UK 1. The Constitution 2. Parliament 3. The Prime Minister and Cabinet 4. Judges and civil liberties

Feb/Mar—trip to Parliament and the new UK Supreme Court May/June— exams in Unit 1 and Unit 2 for AS students May/June—exams for Units 3c and 4c for A2 students

Examination Assessment Overview: Half a term per topic = 4 half terms; content finished by Easter All modules sat in June 2 exams for AS, equally weighted 2 exams for A2, equally weighted No coursework AS modules: Unit 1 exam:

A2 Course

Unit 3c—Representative Processes in the USA 1. Democracy & Elections 2. Political Parties in the US 3. Pressure Groups in the US 4. Racial and ethnic politics in the US

I hr 20 mins 2 questions from a choice of 4 Each question has an “a” (5 mark), “b” (10 mark) and “c” (25 mark) part structure 80 marks in 80 mins = a mark a minute Unit 2 exam: I hr 20 mins Answer 1 document question from a choice of 2. Each document question has an “a” (5 mark), “b” (10 mark) and “c” (25 mark) part structure Then answer 1 essay from a choice of 2, worth 40 marks

Unit 4c—Governing the USA 1. The US Constitution & Federalism 2. Congress 3. The Presidency 4. The US Supreme Court

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Useful Revision Sources Websites for AS course: www.parliament.uk www.hansardsociety.org.uk www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/ www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

www.theyworkforyou.com www.revolts.co.uk www.charter88.org.uk www.number10.gov.uk www.justice.gov.uk/

Websites for A2 course: www.cnn.com www.congresslink.org http://uspolitics.about.com/od/usgovernment/u/politics_101_guide.htm www.senate.gov www.house.gov www.c-span.org www.centeroncongress.org www.cqpolitics.com www.washingtonpost.com www.realclearpolitics.com www.uspolitics.einnews.com www.searchuspolitics.com www.thisnation.com http://wps.ablongman.com/long_edwards_ga_12/33/8514/2179653.cw/index.html

www.whitehouse.gov www.presidency.ucsb.edu www.supremecourtus.gov www.law.cornell.edu Cornell University Law School website – good for Supreme Court cases

Revision Tips            

Start revision early Make revision notes for each topic Make sure you are very clear on the concepts—you need to be able define terms very accurately and precisely. No wooliness! Study marking schemes and past papers—go on the Edexcel website Have favourite topics but revise everything so you have a choice in the exam Read—Cover—Write out—Check. Keep repeating this until you know it! Remember, recent examples are worth their weight in gold Learn the “News Log” for the past year / 2 years For A2 remember you are assessed on synopticity—need to get into the debate and the opposing arguments Attend “optional” revision lessons Write extra SAQs and essays at home and bring them in to be marked Practise writing against the clock. Timing is very important in these exams.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Buy newspapers daily Encourage student to watch the TV news daily including programmes like Question Time, Channel 4 News & Newsnight on BBC2 Buy revision guides—check out the Philip Allan guides Talk about politics at home—especially UK and US politics Make sure the student is organised with a separate folder for each Unit Make sure they attend all lessons. Attendance slipping is often one of the first signs of a 6th form student not coping.

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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Dipolma Specification (Edexcel Exam) The AS course consists of three compulsory units:

Unit 1—Developing effective communication in Health and Social Care

Calendar of Key Events All assessments to be completed by June of Year 12.

This unit aims to enable learners to understand effective communication, the barriers that may exist and ways to overcome these. The unit will give learners the opportunity to gain the interpersonal skills needed to embark on a career within the health or social care sectors.

AS Course

Unit 2—Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care This unit aims to develop learners’ understanding of concepts related to equality, diversity and rights in health and social care. Learners will be able to gain knowledge of discriminatory practice and means of combatting this. They will also develop understanding of national initiatives that promote antidiscriminatory practice in health and social care settings. Unit 3—Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

A2 Course

This unit aims to enable learners to gain an understanding of the health, safety and security of individuals in a health and social care context. They will explore legislation, policies and procedures and gain an understanding of the purpose of risk analysis. Learners will also gain an understanding of how to deal with incidents and emergencies in a health and social care environment. The A2 course consists of a further three units chosen from eighteen options. Options include: 

Development through the life stages

Caring for children and young people

Working in the social care sector

Physiological disorders

Health education

Nutrition for health and social care

Values and planning in social care

Supporting and protecting adults

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Examination Assessment In BTEC Nationals all units are internally assessed. All assessment for BTEC Nationals is based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction:  

to achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria to achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria to achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria.

Learners who complete the unit but who do not meet all the pass criteria are graded ‘unclassified’.


Useful Revision Sources

Revision Tips Not applicable

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2.

Encourage interest in health and social care related topics in the news. Encourage interest in health and social care related TV programmes. E.g. The Health Channel.

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History (AQA Exam Board) Specification 2040

Calendar of Key Events

AS Course

Unit 1: USA, 1890–1945 HIS1M This unit provides an overview of US history in the period 1890–1945 as it responded to a series of challenges both from outside and within the USA. You will examine the role of individual presidents, the factors working for and against change, and how foreign and domestic policy changed to meet the various crises. There will be opportunities to consider interpretations of how the USA developed during this period and to engage in the various debates over key incidents in US history. The study of events between 1890 and 1945 will enable students to compare, explain and assess the nature, pace and extent of change and its impact on domestic and foreign policy.

Unit 2: A Sixties Social Revolution? British Society, 1959–1975 (B) HIS2R This unit provides an opportunity to investigate the nature and the extent to which there was social and cultural change in Britain during the 1960s. You will need to demonstrate a sound understanding of the key changes and attitudes developing in the 1960s, but the main emphasis will be on analysis and assessment of these changes between the years 1959 and 1975 and whether their impact can be interpreted as a social revolution or not. An examination of the 1960s will focus on the extent to which British values were transformed and will include a study of new trends in popular culture, the changing status and roles of women and youth, the importance of government legislation and the impact of immigration on Britain by 1975.

For the A2 History course, students will study two separate units in Year 13.

A2 Course

Unit 3: From Defeat to Unity: Germany, 19451991 Through this unit you will investigate the relationship between the state and the people. Topics covered include: the division of Germany following defeat in the Second World War, the Berlin Airlift, the construction of the Berlin Wall, the diverging economies and political systems in the East and West and the re-unification of Germany marked by the falling of the Berlin Wall.

Unit 4: Historical enquiry This will require you to do a considerable amount of independent study in order to help you answer a question based upon a unit of work you have studied in class. The historical enquiry will focus on the Holocaust, within the broader context of the history of European anti-Semitism between 1789-1945. It will begin with initial teaching about the history of anti-Semitism and the Nazis, then you will begin your independent reading on the topic and lastly will write your 4000 word assignment. 36

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Year 12 exam for units 1 and 2 will take place in summer 2013

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Year 13 exam for unit 3 will take place in summer 2014

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Year 13 hand in for historical enquiry will be Easter 2014

Examination Assessment Unit 1: USA, 1890–1945 HIS1M (Exam-1 hour 15 min) 50% of total AS grade/25% of total A Level marks. In this unit you will be given three questions, from which you choose two. All questions will be in two parts, the first carrying 12 marks and the second 24 marks. The first part will have a focus on a narrow issue or development; the second will test your understanding of the links between a narrow issue or development in a wider context. Unit 2: A Sixties Social Revolution? British Society, 1959–1975 (B) HIS2R Unit 2 (Exam-1 hour 30 min) 50% of total AS grade/25% of total A Level marks. In this unit you will be tested on your ability to analyse sources and answer questions based on these and your own knowledge. You will have to answer two questions, each with two parts. The first set are compulsory and will be based on sources, which will be worth 12 and 24 marks. Whilst the second question, which is a choice between two, will be based on your contextual knowledge of the topic and is also worth 12 and 24 marks. Unit 3: From Defeat to Unity: Germany, 1945-1991 Unit 3 (Exam-1 hour 30 min) 30% of total A Level You will answer two essay questions from a choice of three. Each question carries 45 marks. These will test your understanding of change and development either in key critical periods or over the period as a whole. Unit 4: Historical enquiry (20% of total A Level This is not examined as a timed exam at the end of the course.


Useful Revision Sources Past papers can be accessed online via the AQA website. There is also a student area on the AQA website that may be useful, especially for guidance on the exam. Unit 1: C Rowe AS History: USA 1890–1945 Nelson Thornes, 2008 ISBN: 9780748782727 P Brett The USA and the World Hodder Arnold, 1997 P Clements Prosperity, Depression and the New Deal: USA 1890–1954 Hodder Murray, 2008 Murphy et al United States 1776–1992 Harper Collins, 2001 ISBN: 007116217 V Sanders and A Farmer An Introduction to American History 1860–1990 Hodder Murray, 2002 Websites: www.pbs.org/history/ www.ellisisland.org http://www.mhric.org/fdr/fdr.html Unit 2: S Waller AS History: A Sixties Social Revolution? British Society,1959–1975 Nelson Thornes, 2008 9780748782680 M Donnelly Sixties Britain Longman, 2005 1405801107 Websites: www.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/ www.sixtiescity.com www.retrowow.co.uk/60s.html Unit 3: S Waller A2 History: From Defeat to Unity:Germany, 1945–1991Nelson Thornes, 2009 140850293 M Fulbrook Interpretations of the Two Germanies 1945–1990, 2nd Edition Palgrave Macmillan, 2000 Access to History: Germany Divided and Reunited 1945-91 (2009) Nigel Bushnell, Angela Leonard 9780340986752 Websites: www.dailysoft.com/berlinwall www.h-net.org/~german http://history1900s.about.com/od/ coldwa1/a/berlinwall.htm

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Attend revision sessions where possible. These will be provided during key revision periods in the lead-up to exam season. Complete past exam questions and submit to your teacher for feedback so you know what you are doing well and how you can improve Respond to feedback from your teacher—attempt questions repeatedly until you achieve a mark of which you are proud! Drop-in sessions or booster sessions will be provided at key points throughout the course as required. Attend as many as you can and make the most of the extra support that is available! Use MOODLE to access extra revision tasks set by your teachers

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4.

Ensure the student is prepared for their studies—e.g. before the course starts they should have all of the necessary stationery and materials for organising their notes. Support with time management. Revision schedule timetables will be issued to your son/daughter during key revision periods. You may wish to discuss their revision planning with them. Purchase the core textbooks (highlighted bold in ‘useful revision sources’ above) Support with private study. Students will be expected to undertake approximately two hours of private study per week. This will involve completion of set tasks which need to be submitted in subsequent lessons, ongoing revision of taught content following each lesson—involving creation of revision materials, such as key term cards and independent research 37


ICT BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Specification (Edexcel)

Calendar of Key Events

AS Course

Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills for IT The aim of this unit is to ensure that you understand both the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of communicating effectively whist developing effective communication skills and addressing their own personal development needs. Unit 2: Computer Systems The aim of this unit is to enable you to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes and set up and maintain computer systems. Unit 28: Website production The aim of this unit is to enable you to understand web architecture and the factors that affect its performance and to be able to design and create interactive websites.

Unit 30: Digital Graphics This unit aims to enable students to understand different types of digital graphics images and file formats and to be able to create, edit, modify and manipulate digital images of various types and complexity.

Examination Assessment Assessment is 100% coursework based. Students will complete various aspects of course work throughout the year and will need to submit all work by the deadlines set Students are graded on a Pass, Merit, Distinction basis with Distinction being the highest grade students can achieve. All work can be redrafted throughout the year and resubmitted until the student has the grade they desire. Feedback is offered to students throughout the year and improvements are suggested. There is no one final assessment. Mini assessments take place throughout the year and continuous hard work is required in order for the students to achieve their

Unit 22: Developing computer games

A2 Course

1. Unit 2: February 2014 (AS) 2. Unit 1: May 2014 (AS) 3. Unit 28: June 2014 (AS) 4. Unit 30: (A2) 5, Unit 5: April 2015 (A2) 6. Unit 30: April 2015(A2)

The aim of this unit is to ensure students know about different types of computer game, understand the impact gaming has on society and are able to design, develop, test and document computer games Unit 5: Managing networks The aim of this unit is to enable students to understand network management functions and develop the knowledge and skills needed to use the tools and technologies available to the network manager.

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Useful Revision Sources The Edexcel Website contains the specification and information on all units. http://www.edexcel.com/quals/nationals10/it/Pages/default.aspx ICT Level 3: Study Skills Guide (free to all students taking the BTEC) BTEC Level 3 National IT Student Book 1 (ISBN: 978-1846909283) BTEC Level 3 National IT Student Book 2 (ISBN: 978-1846909290) Construct 2 Manual — https://www.scirra.com/manual/1/construct-2 Scratch Reference Manual — http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Support/Reference_Guide_1.4 Computer Active magazine

Revision Tips 

The course is entirely coursework based. Students need to ensure they use all time appropriately.

Students need to be prepared to put in extra time.

Students will have the opportunity to resubmit all work and should therefore stick to deadlines given to give them the best chance of success.

Refer to the unit assignments regularly and check that they are meeting assessment criteria

How Parents Can Help at Home Students may need to research and develop digital products in their own time. Parents can help by allowing students to use a computer to do this. Encouraging students to read computer related magazines and ICT programmes such as Click on TV.

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Mathematics ( AQA Exam Board ) Specification 6360

Calendar of Key Events

AS Course

In Year 12, students will study 3 units, each of which has an equal weighting. All students will study Core 1 and Core 2. These units contain a lot of work on algebra, as well as trigonometry. The core maths supports other branches of Mathematics, as well as being an area of mathematics in itself. Students will also study Statistics 1 alongside these. Statistics 1 builds on the data handling that is studied at GCSE. Each exam is 90 minutes long and will be sat in the Summer exam series. Core 1 is a non-calculator paper.

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Revision sessions - Easter 2014 Core 1 exam - May 2014 Core 2 exam - May 2014 Statistics 1 exam - May 2014

Examination Assessment Core 1 (MPC1) This exam is worth a third of the AS Grade. The exam is 90 minutes long and consists of approximately 8 compulsory questions. This is a non calculator exam.

In Year 13, students will study a further 3 units, each of which has an equal weighting. All students will study Core 3 and Core 4. These units build on the core topics that they studied in year 12.

A2 Course

Students will also study Mechanics 1 alongside this. This will enable students to experience another branch of Mathematics.

Core 2 (MPC2) This exam is worth a third of the AS Grade. The exam is 90 minutes long and consists of approximately 8 compulsory questions. Graphical calculators are allowed in this exam.

Each exam is 90 minutes long and will be sat I the summer exam series. Statistics 1 (MS/SS1B) This exam is worth a third of the AS Grade. The exam is 90 minutes long and consists of approximately 8 compulsory questions. Graphical calculators are allowed in this exam

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Useful Revision Sources 1.

Students will all have a textbook for each module that they are examined in.

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The most effective way to revise mathematics is by practising past paper questions. Students will be given a pack of these by their class teacher in the lead up to the exam period.

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In addition to this, we recommend the book: AS-Level Maths Complete Revision and Practice by CGP, ISBN 978-1841469881

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Access the website: www.mymaths.co.uk

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The best way for students to learn advanced mathematics is to practise regularly, from the start of the course. As well as completing the work set by their class teacher, students should be attempting additional questions independently.

The Mathematics department holds revision sessions during the Easter holidays and also operates drop in support sessions to help students with any difficulties they are experiencing. Students are encouraged to seek help when needed.

Students should start revision for external exams early, initially focussing on one topic area at a time and then moving on the whole exam papers. Students will be provided with packs containing past exam papers and solutions which will be used both in class and for independent revision. These are a very effective way of revising over the exam period.

In addition to past paper revision, students should make sure that they are confident using their graphical calculators and formulae booklets.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

We would expect students to be spending an equal amount of time working on their Maths at home as they do in lessons. As the Mathematics course contains no coursework it is important that students are practising their Maths skills consistently throughout the year: support from parents can make a big difference!

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Ideally, we would like all students to have access to the internet at home, as well as their own graphical calculator.

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Media Studies (OCR Exam Board) Specification H540

Calendar of Key Events 1.

AS Course

Units studied in Year 12 are: G321 Foundation Portfolio: Students are expected to create a preliminary sequence and then move on to the main part of this unit which is coursework based where they create the title sequence for a new fictional film which lasts for two minutes. Students are required to review their work in the form of a blog. G322 Key Concepts (TV drama): In this unit students explore key media concepts which they then apply to two areas of study. Section one explore TV drama– students will analyse a variety of extracts from different TV genres and will explore themes such as Age, Class, Gender and Status. Section two explores the music industry and students explore institutions and audiences looking in detail at two case studies in the music industry.

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AS Course: December 2013 Coursework submitted AS Course: May/June 2014 final exam A2 Course: December 2014 Coursework submitted A2 Course June 2015 Final exam

Examination Assessment Overview: Students can achieve grade A-E and all exam units will be covered in lesson tasks and homework tasks. Students will be fully prepared for all examinations and will have the opportunity to look at past papers and to submit essays for marking.

Units studied in Year 13 are:

A2 Course

G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media: Students are required to produce all of the planning and preproduction for a short film (5 minutes). They then create the film and also undertake two additional tasks where they create a film review and a film poster using appropriate codes and conventions to show promotional stylistic features. G325 Critical Perspectives in Media: Students will describe and evaluate their skills development over the two years in relation to one theoretical concept. Students also study contemporary media issues and focus on ‘We Media’ and Democracy and Postmodern Media.

Year 12: AS– G322 Key Concepts (TV drama) 2 hours external assessment. Two questions to answer Worth 50% of the AS Level and 25% of the A Level.

Year 13: A2– G325 Critical Perspectives in Media 2 hour external assessment 2 questions to answer Worth 25% of the overall A Level.

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Useful Revision Sources 1. Revision books: OCR Media Studies for A2, Peter Fraser, Julian McDougall Hodder Education (2009) A2 Media Studies OCR Module 2735 Media Issues and Debates, Tanya Jones, Phillip Allan Updates A2 Media Studies Module 2734 Critical Research Study, Tanya Jones, Phillip Allan Updates 2. Past papers and mark schemes can be found at: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/type/gce/amlw/media_studies/documents/index.html 3. Key websites: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/type/gce/amlw/media_studies/documents/index.html http://media.edusites.co.uk/ To gain access to the site students can use the following:Username: JWarner, Password Shakespeare

Revision Tips 

Look at past questions and plan answers

Answer exam questions under timed conditions and hand in to Miss Newton/ Miss Hawker to get feedback.

Use feedback and attempt the question again.

Independent research around the subject using library facilities and internet facilities

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3.

Students are expected to complete at least 2-3 hours additional research per week for the course. Ensure that your child attends the extra revision sessions provided by the Media Deaprtment when necessary. Create a revision/independent study timetable with your son/daughter Help revise key terms with the use of ‘Flash’ cards.

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Certificate Course (Y12)

Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Specification (Edexcel)

Calendar of Key Events

Students will study three units, each of which are equally weighted) in Year 12 as follows:

1. May/June Y12/Y13—All work must be submitted prior to the May/June half term.

Unit 25 - Music Production Techniques The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ awareness of the equipment and techniques used in recording studios to the extent that they can produce a complete studio recording.

2. Students will be given deadlines according to the assignment they are working on including both interim and final deadlines.

Unit 32—Sequencing Systems and Techniques The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ knowledge of music sequencing software and the transferable skills that facilitate the realisation of musical ideas in both audio and MIDI environments. Learners will develop the skills to set up, use and discuss sequencing systems and techniques. Unit 17—Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop their knowledge of the types of marketing strategies used by music organisations. Learners will then apply their learning to the marketing of a re-

Subsidiary Diploma Course (Y13)

Students will study three units, each of which are equally weighted) in Year 13 as follows: Unit 9—Delivering a Music Product The aim of this unit is to enable learners to experience the process of creating and delivering a product – probably a concert within guidelines typical within the music industry. Unit 29—Live Sound Techniques The aim of this unit is to develop skills in the use of live sound reinforcement equipment. Learners will become familiar with the sound equipment used in a music venue and will set up a sound system, use outboard equipment and set up monitor mixes. Unit 43—Special Subject Investigation This unit gives learners the opportunity to carry out an in-depth and practical investigation into a chosen area of interest.

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Examination Assessment All BTEC units are assessed by coursework and portfolios covering a mix of practical and written work. There is no examination assessment.


Useful Sources of Help 1. Unit specifications on the EDEXCEL website: www.edexcel.com 2. Assignments as given out by teachers. 3. www.soundonsound.com: Sound On Sound is a music technology magazine with many helpful articles for personal research. 4. www.dv247.com and www.ebuyer.com are both online stores where students can find information and specifications on various items of sound equipment.

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Use private study time in school to access the specialist equipment/software in the music department. Liaise with Miss Lodge and Miss Gibbons to find out what times are most suitable for this. Meet all of your interim deadlines—this ensures that you will get the feedback you need to make sure you pass each unit and hopefully do even better and get a Merit or Distinction. A lot of assignments will require you to work well with other students. Make sure you play an active role in the team otherwise you may find that you miss out on opportunities to get criteria and have to re-do large pieces of work without your group’s support. Keep your file organised so that you can clearly keep track of completed work and feedback for resubmissions.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2.

Ensure students make interim and final deadlines and make the most of the feedback given to them by teachers. Ensure students are organising their coursework and time effectively at home.

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Physics (AQA exam Board) Specification 1451/2451

Calendar of Key Events

AS Course

Unit 1 PHYA1 Particles, Quantum Phenomenon and Electricity This unit involves two contrasting topics in physics: particle physics and electricity Unit 2 PHYA2 Mechanics, Materials and Waves This AS unit is about the principles and applications of mechanics, materials and waves. The first section introduces vectors and then develops knowledge and understanding of forces and energy from GCSE Additional Science. In the second section, materials are studied in terms of their bulk properties and tensile strength. The final section extends GCSE studies on waves by developing in-depth knowledge of the characteristics, properties and applications of waves, including refraction, diffraction, superposition and interference. Unit 3 PHA3T Investigative and Practical skills This is assessed through two methods; • Practical Skills Assessment (PSA) • Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA). The PSA will be based around a centre assessment throughout the AS course of the candidate’s ability to follow and undertake certain standard practical activities. The ISA will require candidates to undertake practical work, collect and process data and use it to answer questions in a written test (ISA test).

A2 Course

Unit 4 PHYA4 Fields and Further Mechanics This is the first A2 unit, building on the ideas and knowledge covered in A Physics. The first section advances the study of momentum and introduces circular and oscillatory motion and covers gravitation. Electric and magnetic fields are covered, together with basic electromagnetic induction. Electric fields lead into capacitors and how quickly they charge and discharge through a resistor. Magnetic fields leads into the generation and transmission of alternating current. Unit 5 PHA5A-5D Nuclear Physics, Thermal Physics and an Optional Topic This unit consists of two sections. The first part of Section A ‘Nuclear and Thermal Physics’ looks at the characteristics of the nucleus, the properties of unstable nuclei and how energy is obtained from the nucleus. In the second part of section A, the thermal properties of materials and the properties and nature of gases are studied in depth. Section B follows Medical Physics and offers an opportunity for students with an interest in biological and medical topics to study some of the applications of physical principles and techniques in medicine Unit 6 PHA3T Investigative and Practical skills This is assessed through two methods; • Practical Skills Assessment (PSA) • Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA). The PSA will be based around a centre assessment throughout the A2 course of the candidate’s ability to follow and undertake certain standard practical activities. The ISA will require candidates to undertake practical work, collect and process data and use it to answer questions in a written test (ISA test).

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December 2012 Unit 1 Mock May 2014 Unit 2 Mock June 2014 Unit 1 and 2 Unit 3 Controlled Assessment through out the year December 2014 Unit 4 Mock May Unit 5 Mock June 2015 Unit 4 and 5 Unit 6 Controlled Assessment throughout the year.

Examination Assessment Unit 1 – PHYA1 Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity Written Examination – (70 marks/120 UMS), 6 or 7 structured questions 1¼ hours. 40% of the total AS marks, 20% of the total A Level. Available January and June. Unit 2 – PHYA2 Mechanics, materials and waves Written Examination – (70 marks/120 UMS), 6 or 7 structured questions 1¼ hours 40% of the total AS marks, 20% of the total A Level. Available January and June. Unit 3 Investigative and practical skills in AS Physics PHA3T, Centre Marked Route T – 50 marks Practical Skills Assignment (PSA – 9 raw marks) Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA – 41 raw marks) Available June only. Unit 4 – PHYA4 Fields and further mechanics Written Examination – (75 marks/120 UMS) 1¾ hours. Section A is 25 multiple choice questions, each worth one mark. Section B is a written paper of 4/5 structured questions and consists of 50 marks. 20% of the total A Level marks. Available January and June. Unit 5 – Unit 5 – One of Units PHA5A, PHA5B, PHA5C, PHA5D Written Examination – (75 marks/120 UMS) 1¾ hours Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics – 40 marks – Compulsory section 4/5 structured questions Section B: option topic section 4/5 structured questions and 35 marks. 20% of the total A Level marks (Section A 10%, Section B 10%) Available June only. Unit 6 Investigative and practical skills in A2 Physics PHA6T, Centre Marked Route T – 50 marks Practical Skills Assessment (PSA – 9 marks) Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA – 41 marks). Available June only.


Useful Revision Sources 1.

http://www.s-cool.co.uk: covers all the important modules from mechanics to quantum physics and much more. Each section is broken down into small easy-to-understand chunks, with test ques tions and clear diagrams to make revision more manageable.

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www.physlink.com: this site allows you to post physics questions for experts to answer. You can also check out responses to previous questions and take a look at all the latest physics and astronomy news, which should come in handy if you have any university interviews for physics courses.

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www.revisionworld.co.uk: a wide range of topics covered on this site and details of how the exams work, as well as techniques for getting the grade you want.

Revision Tips General Advice • Don’t give up if you think that you have calculated the answer to the first part of a question incorrectly. You can still score marks for your follow on answers in the remaining parts of the question provided that your follow on calculations are correct. • Always show your working when answering a question. This will allow you to score marks for your method, even if you make a mistake with the final answer. • When you have calculated an answer always ask yourself if it is sensible and realistic. If it isn’t, go back and check your working. • Ensure that you are fully aware of what data and formulae are given at the front of the question paper. Learn those formulae that are not. • All answers should have their correct unit. Pay particular attention to questions that ask you to give the units of your answer and so do not give a unit in the answer space. • Always give your answer to an appropriate number of significant figures. This can be judged from the number of significant figures of the data given in the question. • Do not prematurely round up figures at an intermediate stage during a calculation – wait until the

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Download a copy of the current specification

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Encourage your son/daughter to organise and write up their notes on a weekly basis.

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Encourage your son/daughter to produce summary notes at the end of each topic.

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Download and practice past papers.

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Psychology A ( AQA Exam Board) Specification 2180

Calendar of Key Events

AS Course

Unit 1— PSYA1 Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods Students will focus on the issues of memory, attachment and research methods. Students study how and why children develop attachments to their primary caregivers, as well as examine case studies on what happens when these attachments are not made. When studying memory we examine long term and short term memory, as well as eye witness testimony among other things. Within both these units students will learn about research methods, including how studies are conducted and what happens when an experiment is unethical and lacks validity.

Unit 1 exam will be sat in June 2014 Unit 2 exam will be sat in June 2014 Unit 3 exam will be sat in June 2015 Unit 4 exam will be sat in June 2015 Retakes in January/June of 2015

Examination Assessment

Unit 2 – PSYA2 Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences The main focus of this unit is on the areas of social influence, abnormality and stress. In the social influence topic students examine conformity and obedience, which they relate to historical events such as the Holocaust. They will also look at how individual differences can change how and why people behave in certain ways. Within the abnormality topic students will look at different approaches that explain why some people behave abnormally. When studying stress students will look at how the body responds to stressful situations as well as how different factors can have an impact on health.

Unit 3 - PSYA3 Topics in Psychology: Relationships, Aggression and Eating behaviour

A2 Course

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Students study how and why relationships are formed and end, how these differ between cultures and how and why people act in an aggressive manner. Finally, the factors influencing attitudes to food and eating behaviour, for example cultural influences, mood and health concerns are studied, as are the biological explanations of eating behaviour, the neural mechanisms involved in controlling eating behaviour.

Unit 4 - PSYA4 Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods The main focus of this unit is on schizophrenia, addictive behaviour and psychological research and scientific method. When studying schizophrenia, students will find out about the difficulties of defining and treating this disease, as well as the explanations for how and why schizophrenia occurs in some people and not others. In addictive behaviour students examine reasons why addictions happen, through examining biological and social factors. Lastly students build on their knowledge and understanding of research methods.

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AS course: You will answer questions that make up 25 marks per unit (72 marks per paper). These will range from basic 1 mark questions to 12 mark extended answers. You will be tested on your ability to recall key studies, the application of knowledge and your understanding of how psychological experiments are conducted. Examiners base their marking on two assessment objectives which are as follows: - Your ability to show you have a good understanding of psychological theories and/or studies - Your judgments about different research techniques, important studies and psychologist’s findings.

A2 Course: In the second year of the A Level course you will still be tested on your ability to learn about, and from psychological studies but the style of questions are different to the year 12 course. You will be expected to answer 3 essay style questions in both unit 3 and 4, which are made up of 24 marks for each question. The questions are always divided into 8 marks (testing the ability to recall facts about studies and topics) and 16 marks (on analysis of the studies).


Useful Revision Sources 1. Core text: Psychology A2—The Complete Companion (for AQA A) by Mike Cardwell and Cara Flanagan. ISBN: 9781850082897 2. Additional textbook recommended by previous students: AQA Psychology A A2: Student’s book by James Bailey, Simon Green, Julia Willerton, Jane Willson, Nick Lund. ISBN: 978 0748 798254 3. Useful websites:  http://www.holah.co.uk  http://alevelpsychology.co.uk  http://www.getrevising.co.uk  http://www.simplypsychology.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

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Ensure your notes remain organised from the very start of the course! Your memory works more effectively when information is organised in a systematic way. This will enable you to locate content quickly and assist with the on-going consolidation of your subject knowledge. Attend revision sessions where possible. These will be provided during key revision periods in the lead-up to exam season. Research shows that students who attend these type of sessions feel more confident about their subject knowledge and show a greater awareness of exam technique. All past papers and mark schemes are downloaded electronically and can be accessed via the shared area on the school system. Students can either print these documents at school or email to their personal accounts for use at home. Students are strongly advised to make use of the mark schemes alongside past papers. Complete past exam questions and submit to your teacher for personalised feedback. Respond to feedback from your teacher—attempt questions repeatedly until you achieve a mark of which you are proud! Make good use of the sixth form library—here you will find a wide range of Psychology resources, including some excellent revision materials to help you consolidate your knowledge. Find a study buddy. Psychology AS students during last year discovered that they learnt information more securely when they discussed key psychological theories or research studies with a friend. They would arrange to meet at mutually convenient times, during a free lesson in the library or when they both had a free evening at home and explain challenging concepts to one another. You might also like to test each other using key term cards which you will make throughout the course. Drop-in sessions or booster sessions will be provided at key points throughout the course as required. Attend as many as you can and make the most of the extra support that is available!

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3.

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Ensure the student is prepared for their studies—e.g. before the course starts they should have all of the necessary stationery and materials for organising their notes. Encourage and support your son/daughter with an appropriate study area at home. This should be a quiet area which remains free from distractions. Support with time management. Revision schedule timetables will be issued to your son/daughter during key revision periods. You may wish to discuss their revision planning with them. In Psychology we encourage them to use the planner to allocate revision sessions to all of their exam subjects. We also encourage them to position the planner in a prominent place at home—preferably their study area. Purchase the core textbook (see above in “Useful Revision Sources”). Support with private study. Students will be expected to undertake approximately two hours of private study per week. This will involve completion of set tasks which need to be submitted in subsequent lessons, ongoing revision of taught content following each lesson—involving creation of revision materials, such as key term cards and independent research using the websites suggested above. 49


Sociology (AQA) Specification Code 2190

Calendar of Key Events

Unit 1 (SCLY1) Families and Households  The relationship of the family to the social structure 

AS Course

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and social change, with particular reference to the economy and to state policies. Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, child bearing and the diversity of modern family/household structures. The nature and extent of changes within the family, particularly gender roles and power relationships. The nature of childhood, and changes in the status of children in the family and society. Demographic trends in the UK since 1900; reasons for changes in birth rates, death rates & family size.

Unit 2 (SCLY2) Education with Research Methods  The role and purpose of education, including    

vocational education and training, in society. Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity. Relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil subcultures and the hidden curriculum.

The significance of educational policies, including selection, comprehensivisation and marketization. The application of sociological research methods to the study of education.

Unit 3 (SCLY3) Power and Politics  Theories of the nature/distribution of power.  The role of the contemporary state.  The nature of, and changes in, different forms of

A2 Course

political participation, including voting behaviour, political action and protest, and membership of political organisations and movements. The role of political parties, pressure/interest groups, new social movements and the mass media in the political process. The significance of globalisation for an understanding of power and politics in the contemporary world.

Unit 4 (SCLY4) Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods  Different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control.  The social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime.  Globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the mass media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes.  Crime control, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.  The sociological study of suicide and its theoretical and methodological implications.  The connections between sociological theory and methods and the study of crime and deviance.

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Unit 1 and Unit 2 exams May/June 2014 Unit 1 and 2 resits Jan 2015 Unit 3 and Unit 4 exams May/June 2015

Examination Assessment Unit 1 – SCLY1 Families and Households;  40% of AS, 20% of A Level  Written paper, 1 hour (60 marks) Candidates choose one topic from three and answer five questions.

Unit 2 - SCLY2 Education with Research Methods  60% of AS, 30% of A Level  Written paper, 2 hours (90 marks) Candidates choose answer four questions on the chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context, and four questions on research methods.

Unit 3 – SCLY3 Power and Politics  20% of A Level  Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes (60 marks) Candidates answer two compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two.

Unit 4 – SCLY4 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods;  30% of A Level  Written paper, 2 hours (90 marks) Candidates answer two questions on the chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context, and one question on theory and methods.


Useful Revision Sources Past papers can be accessed online via the AQA website: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/a-level/sociology-2190 AS core texts: Webb, R et al AS level Sociology: The Complete Course for the AQA Specification ISBN: 2008 0 9540 0795 6 Moore, S et al Sociology AS for AQA Collins Educational 2005 (3rd Edition) 0 0071 9564 8 A2 core texts: Moore, S et al Sociology for A2 level Collins Educational 2002 ISBN 0 0071 3465 7 Webb, R et al A2 level Sociology: The Complete Course for the AQA Specification ISBN: 2009 0 9540 0796 4 Additional revision guides: Webb, R and Trobe, K Succeed at AS Sociology - The Complete Revision Guide for the AQA Specification ISBN 2009 978 0 9540 0797 3 AS Unit Specific Texts: Unit 1 Garrod, J Unit Guide Module 1: Families and Households 2004 ISBN 0 8600 3465 8 Unit 2 Cohen, L et al Research Methods in Education 2000 0 4151 19541 1 Trobe, K Revising AS Sociology of Education Lindisfarne Press 2001 0 9537 5393 X Kalof, L Essentials of Social Research Open University Press 2008 ISBN: 9780335217823

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Use the course guide to organise your file(s) and add to your notes from wider reading/research. Subscribe to Sociology Review to stay up-to-date with debates and development within Sociology Read a quality daily newspaper regularly and/or keep up-to-date with news and topical issues by on-line by visiting the following websites; www.bbc.co.uk/www,guardian.co.uk/www.thetimes.co.uk Visit the Open University library to extend your reading—particularly useful for journal articles from titles such as the British Journal of Sociology Read and take action on the feedback you receive from your teacher - re-write work below target. Attend revision sessions where possible. These will be provided during key revision periods in the lead-up to exam season. Create and maintain key term glossaries for each unit and revisit these on a regular basis. Complete past exam questions and submit to your teacher for feedback so you know what you are doing well and how you can improve.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

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Help to keep your son/daughter organised - before the course starts ensure s/he has all of the necessary stationary and materials for organising his/her notes and regularly check that s/he is filing notes correctly. Use the course overview to help your son/daughter identify any gaps and encourage him/her to seek help in addressing these. Support with time management. Revision schedule timetables will be issued to your son/daughter during key revision periods. You may wish to discuss their revision planning with them. Support with private study. Students will be expected to undertake approximately two hours of private study per week. This will involve completion of set tasks which need to be submitted in subsequent lessons, on-going revision of taught content following each lesson - involving creation of revision materials, such as key term cards and independent research 51


Sport BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Specification (Edexcel)

Calendar of Key Events

Within Year 12 students will study four units towards achieving the BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Sport. This is course is equivalent to one AS level.

AS Course

Unit 1: Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport The aim of this unit is to explore the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and also to learn the fundamentals of the energy systems. Unit 2: The Physiology of Fitness This unit provides an opportunity for learners to explore the body’s response to acute exercise and how the body adapts to long-term exercise participation. Unit 3: Assessing Risk in Sport The aim of this unit is to make the learner explicitly aware of the vital nature of risk assessment and its management within the sports industry. Unit 7: Fitness Testing & Training for Sport and Exercise The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain an understanding of fitness testing and the importance of health screening and health monitoring tests.

A2 Course

Within Year 13 students will study three units towards achieving the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport. These units will then be added together with the Year 12 units for the final grade to be calculated. This course is equivalent to one A level. Unit 14: Exercise, Health and Lifestyle The aim of this unit is for learners to assess the lifestyle of an individual and provide advice on lifestyle improvements. Unit 17: Psychology for Sports Performance The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the psychological dimensions of sport and develop techniques to improve sporting performance. Unit 28: The Athletes Lifestyle The aim of this unit is for learners to develop an understanding of the lifestyle factors that can affect athletic performance. 52

The assignment hand in dates will vary dependant many different factors. Students should be aware that the most frequent time where work will be due in is the end of each half term/term. Accreditation will take place in July 2014 for the Level 3 Certificate (Year 12 units for students not continuing into Year 13) and July 2015 for the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma.

Examination Assessment There are no examinations as part of the Level 3 BTEC Sport courses. Students are continually assessed through vocationally applied assignments and are graded as Pass, Merit and Distinction. These are broadly equivalent to the following grades: Pass = E Merit = C Distinction = A


Useful Revision Sources Recommended Texts Complete A-Z Physical Education Handbook by Rob James, Graham Thompson, Nesta Wiggins-James Published Hooder & Stoughton ISBN : 0340849924 BTEC National Sport Level 3 by Kirk Bizley and Simon Chalk Published by Collins ISBN : 9780007418459

Revision Tips 

It is essential that students who follow the BTEC Level 3 Sport course do not forget the content covered in GCSE PE / BTEC Level 2 courses. A large percentage of the content will be built upon, so it is essential that class work and notes are kept and used.

Catch up / booster sessions will take place during the February half term and Easter. There will also be drop in sessions taking place every Friday after school. A key skill associated with the BTEC courses is the ability to use feedback given to them. A successful student will be one who uses their teacher as much as possible to refine their work and also to increase their understanding of the topics covered.

Begin to create a key terms list from each lesson and then create some ‘Flash’ cards to remember key terms associated with each unit.

The schools VLE website has been developed specifically to help you. Try to use it as much as possible.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3.

Students are expected to complete at least 2-3 hours additional research per week for the course. Although there is no exams associated with the course, it is essential that students reinforce content learnt at school through completing additional readings at home. Create a revision/independent study timetable with your son/daughter Help revise key terms with the use of ‘Flash’ cards.

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Travel and Tourism BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Specification (Edexcel)

Calendar of Key Events

AS Course

Unit 1 - investigating the Travel and Tourism sector. Students’ will develop knowledge and understanding of how the sector has developed over the last 50 years, what it is today and how it is being affected by current trends and factors. Unit 22 - Work Experience in the Travel and Tourism sector. This unit develops students’ knowledge and skills to prepare for a work placement, carry it out successfully and evaluate their experience. It will provide an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working life in a travel and tourism organisation. Unit 3 - The UK as a tourist destination. This unit enables students’ to develop their skills in locating destinations in the United Kingdom and also gain an overview of the UK tourism product and how it attracts and meets the needs of domestic and inbound visitors. Learners will develop their understanding of the factors that affect tourism to and within the UK.

A2 Course

Unit 2 - The business of Travel and Tourism. Students’ will learn about how travel and tourism organisations gain competitive advantage to meet their aims and be successful, and will demonstrate business skills in presenting a business case for a feasible business enterprise. Unit 4 - Customer service in Travel and Tourism. This unit enables students’ to gain understanding of how excellent customer service contributes to the success of travel and tourism organisations. Students’ will develop knowledge and skills to provide customer service and achieve sales in travel and tourism situations. Unit 7 - European Destinations. In this unit students’ will gain skills to enable them to locate and explore the diverse destinations that make up the European travel market. They will develop their knowledge of the appeal of destinations for different leisure experiences and gain an understanding of the factors affecting the development and decline of selected destinations. 54

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Unit 1 work to be submitted by end of Autumn term 2013 Unit 2 work to be submitted by end of Spring term 2013 Unit 22 work to be submitted by end of summer term 2014

All AS work to be handed in by end of May 2014 4. 5. 6.

Unit 3 work to be submitted by end of Autumn term 2014 Unit 4 work to be submitted by end of Spring term 2015 Unit 7 work to be submitted by end of Summer term 2015

All A2 work to be handed in by end of May 2015

Examination Assessment Overview: Assessment if 100% coursework based. Students will complete various aspects of course work throughout the year and will need to by submitted at the end of every term, with final hand in date by the end of May. Students’ are graded on a Pass, Merit, Distinction basis with Distinction being the highest grade a student can achieve. All work can be redrafted throughout the year and improvements are suggested. There is no final assessment. Mini assessments take place throughout the year and continuous hard work, independent learning and focus is required in order for the students to achieve their goals.


Useful Revision Sources 1. The Edexcel website contains the specification and information on all the units. See link for more details: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/nationals10/travel/Pages/default.aspx 2. BTEC Level 3 National Travel and Tourism Student Book 1 (free to all students taking the BTEC) 3. A variety of travel magazines and supplements will be a useful resource to expand knowledge and understanding. 4. www.travellerandtourist.co.uk and www.travelweekly.co.uk are good websites to use 5. The Times Newspaper has a variety of travel supplements and information to use

Revision Tips 

The course is entirely coursework based. Students need to ensure they use all time appropriately.

Students need to be prepared to put in extra time.

Students will have the opportunity to resubmit all work and should therefore stick to the deadlines given to give them the best chance of success.

Refer to the Unit Assignments regularly and check that you are meeting assessment criteria fully.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Students need to experience a range of Travel and Tourism in their own time. Parents can help by allowing students to watch relevant films and TV programmes.

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Parents can encourage students to the library and acquire travel magazines, brochures or any other relevant books that might help with the course.

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Encourage students to look for a part-time job within the travel and tourism sector.

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