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ST VINCENT SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

www.stvincent.ac.uk Adult Education: (023) 9258 3890 Leisure Centre: (023) 9260 3560

PROSPECTUS September 2018 Entry

St Vincent Sixth Form College Mill Lane, Gosport Hampshire PO12 4QA Tel: (023) 9258 8311 Fax: (023) 9251 1186 e-mail: info@stvincent.ac.uk

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A-Levels

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The St Vincent Sixth Form College campus is an historic and beautiful site on the Gosport waterfront; it really is a great place to study – and how many colleges have their own creek! Students tell us that they love the fact that we are a relatively small college and so they benefit from the individual attention they receive and the opportunity to make their mark and develop. They can also enjoy one of the most spacious campuses in the country. We have recently completed a £5 million programme of campus modernisation enabling us to provide state-of-the-art classrooms, study and support facilities. The College continues to improve. According to our recent Ofsted report, ‘students thrive at college; they feel safe and respected and are expected to achieve highly’. We are justly proud of the quality of teaching here and this is confirmed by the improvement in results we have seen over the last few years. Like all sixth form colleges, most of our students study either an A-Level programme or other specialised vocational advanced level courses such as BTEC Diplomas. We also offer a range of qualifications for students needing a further year of study before embarking on a traditional sixth form programme. As a relatively small college we pride ourselves on being able to offer combinations of courses most suitable to students’ aspirations and career intentions: high achievement, leading to successful progression to University or a positive career choice, is our priority right from the start. This is why we have outstanding careers provision, provided by our in-house team, who can help you when making your decisions on your course options and progression plan. St Vincent is a college which values and promotes hard work and high achievement. Our students learn in a harmonious and mutually respectful environment and they are increasingly articulate and confident. We challenge all our students to aim high and stretch themselves academically and we also offer extensive additional opportunities, through a wide ranging extra curriculum programme and a huge variety of trips and visits. Do come to one of our Open Evenings. You will then see for yourself that we are an exciting place to study, where students are known, taught well, supported to achieve and valued as individuals. I believe we can be a safe and accepting place where you will be encouraged to expressive yourself; your creativity and your individuality. Matt Atkinson, Principal

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Welcome to the St Vincent Sixth Form College prospectus for 2018-19 and thank you for considering us for your sixth form education.

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Principal’s Message


Key Dates Autumn Open Evenings 10th October 2017 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm 15th November 2017 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Spring Open Evening 3rd May 2018 5.30 pm – 8.00 pm

Parents’ Introduction Evening 3rd July 2018

Introduction Day for new students 4th July 2018

GCSE Results 23rd August 2018

Enrolment 24th – 31st August 2018

Find out more online

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g Choosing your Study Programme

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g The Sixth Form College Experience

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g Supporting Our Students

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g Enrichment and Student Voice

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g A-Level Options

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g Vocational Courses

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g Cross College Support

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g Careers, Guidance and Progression

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Why Choose St Vincent Sixth Form College is a ‘good’ college. To quote from the Ofsted report of January 2016: ‘the proportion of students making good or better progress and completing their main qualification successfully has improved over the past three years and is now high’. We are driven by our strong set of values and these lead us to strive for excellence in teaching and learning. Our belief and commitment is to the power of education to improve lives and improve life chances. This allows us to have a fully comprehensive intake comprising the A-Level learner, the vocational learner, the apprentice, the adult returner and those needing additional help to pass their GCSEs. Alongside a thriving and lifeaffirming provision for young people with significant learning difficulties. This makes it an exciting community to be a part of and we all learn from each other. Whatever your achievements before coming to College, and whatever is your personal story there is a course relevant to you.

St Vincent?

Our key strengths: St Vincent Sixth Form College provides you with: • An A-level programme where all students are supported through our ASPIRE programme which is led by the Principal and specially selected staff to develop the academic and leadership skills appropriate to their aspirations. • A range of highly successful advanced level General Vocational Courses each with a unique selling point and additional activities which prepare students for Higher Education or employment in their chosen field. Depending on individual circumstances these programmes of study may include an A-Level or work experience placement. • A Careers, UCAS (university entrance) and progression service which has received National Level recognition for its effectiveness. • A well-established and effective framework of support for learners needing additional learning support to help them make progress. In addition to these, all St Vincent students benefit from access to our: • Excellent Student Support facilities (including tutor support and access to specialist services) • Financial support (including the purchase of bus passes for eligible students) • Excellent enrichment opportunities (sport, performing arts, Student Union, ambassador programme, themed week activities and special college guests/speakers) • State-of-the-Art learning and study facilities The best way to see this first hand is to attend one of our Open Evenings, or why not just give us a ring to arrange your own personal visit.

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To find out more about the ASPIRE Programme please email info@stvincent.ac.uk and reference your email ‘The Aspire Programme’.

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ASPIRE Programme Debating Team, the current holders of the Inter-College Debating Trophy, sponsored by Friends of the Earth

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Students who join the ASPIRE Programme will be encouraged to undertake additional qualifications such as the Extended Project, critical thinking or something appropriate to their career aspirations. With support from the Principal, students will be able to participate in inter-college debates, quizzes and other leadership development activities. Students will also be mentored to complete applications to the best universities in the country, including Oxbridge and the Russell Group.

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A key feature of our A-Level provision is the ASPIRE Programme. Students whose GCSE grades are mainly 5 or above, including English and Maths can apply to join the Programme. The Programme is led by the Principal and designed to help each student develop their academic skills and leadership qualities.

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Our Elite Offer

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Which Level is right for you? When choosing your course options you need to ensure you apply for a level of qualification in line with your predicted GCSE grades and your career aspirations. Our staff can help you decide which programme of study is right for you. Each level of study has specific entry requirements as outlined in the tables below and right. These requirements are for general guidance only and some courses have additional entry requirements which are included in the subject descriptions.

Importance of Maths and English at Level 4 or above If you want to gain Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in order to go on to employment, training or Higher Education it is very important that you have the vital qualifications of Maths and English. Please note that if you do not have a GCSE or Level 4 in either English and/or Maths at the time of enrolment you will be required to include Maths and English at a suitable level as part of your programme. This will help to prepare you for your progression after you complete your courses with us.

For further advice please contact our friendly admissions team on 023 9258 8311.

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5 or more GCSEs at Level 4 or above (or equivalent), or successful completion of a Level 2 qualification e.g. BTEC/CTEC at Merit or Distinction (some courses require English and/or Maths)

5 or more GCSEs at Level 2– 8 (or equivalent) in English and Maths

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„„A-Level (English and Maths Level 5 recommended) „„BTEC Triple – Diploma „„BTEC Double – Subsidiary Diploma „„BTEC Single – Certificate „„OCR Certificate/Diploma

„„BTEC Extended Certificate Level 2 „„City & Guilds Diploma Level 2 „„GCSEs Level 2

Progression routes

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„„Progression on to University or employment

„„Progression on to a Level 3 qualification, employment or an Advanced Apprenticeship

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Entry Level Entry requirements

No formal qualifications required although a range of GCSEs preferable

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A range of Level 1 and Entry Level qualifications as part of a Foundation Learning Programme (See page 69)

A range of Level 1 and Entry Level qualifications as part of a Foundation Learning Programme (See page 69)

Progression routes

Progression routes

„„ Progression on to a Level 2 qualification, employment or an Apprenticeship

„„Progression on to a Level 1 qualification or employment

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Sixth Form College

Experience

It is important to note all of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that you can have by attending a Sixth Form College. Students thrive at St Vincent and here are a few reasons why‌

Our fantastic student results We are specialists Our teachers are specialists who not only have passion for their subjects but a range of relevant experience in their fields of study. This does not only apply to our teachers with our support staff sharing our common goal of supporting students to succeed. You will not find a more dedicated staff team, each of whom will challenge you to succeed and achieve great things Excellent A-Level pass rates In each of the past three years our students have achieved our BEST EVER A-Level results with a 99% pass rate last year. This success has seen more students progress to university, more start their careers and more undertake apprenticeships to support their development. Excellent vocational course pass rates The success of students who have studied vocational programmes has seen St Vincent ranked in the Top 10% of colleges nationally for these qualifications. Not only this, but the number of students achieving high grades in these subjects has seen more and more progress on to university in recent years and go on to amazing careers, both here in the UK and abroad.

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Our high quality learning environment Students treated like young adults At St Vincent we set high expectations for our students and as such treat them as young adults. Like a school we have the same strong pastoral framework but also provide you with the freedom and support to develop as an individual. We are a small college with a great campus Compared to most colleges, St Vincent has a smaller number of students, more akin to a small school. Our students therefore benefit from a more personalised learning experience. As a small college, you will not find yourself ‘cast adrift’ in a sea of thousands of students vying for the time of over stretched staff. You will be part of a bustling, vibrant, connected community - where everyone is monitored, supported, cared for and guided through their course programme. Class sizes support your learning Whilst class sizes vary depending on the popularity of subjects, our class sizes are generally smaller than other local post-16 providers. This means you get plenty of individual attention and support from teachers, plenty of space to have your say and contribute to class discussions and activities. There is also plenty of opportunities to get to know you classmates and teachers and plenty of help and support when you need it.

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Use your voice Students are encouraged to use their voice and opinion to support local developments. As a student at St Vincent you can join the Student Council or become a College Ambassador, supporting college events and activities. Your voice is powerful, it has meaning and at St Vincent you will be encouraged to use it. (See page 13). Amazing enrichment activities and trips We recognise the power of learning outside of the classroom. Therefore, we provide students with a range of enrichment activities and trips to enhance your college experience. Be your interest sports, adventure, travel, languages, art, dance, theatre, computing and debating amongst others – St Vincent will provide you with opportunities to access a range of additional activities. (See page 12). Fantastic student resources Whether it be our purpose built Learning Centre equipped with the latest IT, our student Study Hub, Quad, refectory, Costa Coffee, field or waterside creek, there is almost no end to the amazing facilities our students can access to study, work, research and spent time with friends

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Supporting you to become an independent learner Our students do not all start out as independent learners, but we aim to equip them with the necessary skills and experiences so that by the time they leave us, they are ready and able to succeed at university or in the work place. We will help you grow and mature by encouraging you to push yourself, to try new things – to step up your game, be aspirational and forward thinking. We are a bridge to University and employment 97% of our students progress to university, employment, apprenticeships or other positive progression pathway after leaving St Vincent. We are experts in providing advice and support for university applicants and have staff dedicated to helping you with UCAS and personal statements. Our careers department will help you with choices and we regularly have visiting universities on site, giving out degree specific information and lecturing in subject areas. We also host various higher education and employment events to enable our students to speak to universities and employers about progression routes. (See page 20). We care We pride our self on our ability to support our students, whatever their needs. We have an extensive student support network with a vast amount of experience in dealing with the stresses and problems of young adults. If you have any problems at all, be they academic, personal or emotional, we have someone you can go to who can steer you in the right direction, help you overcome any obstacles and succeed. (See page 11).

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Don’t just take our word for it... turn to page 10 to see what Ofsted said about us.

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What Ofsted said..... ...on Culture: ‘Strongly focused on successfully developing students to achieve their best.’ ‘A strong and well-established work ethic.’ ‘Students thrive at college; they feel safe and respected.’ ‘Students take pride in their work.

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...on Teaching: ...on Support:

‘Standards of teaching, learning and assessment are good and much improved since the previous inspection.’ ‘The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding in sports and public services.’ ‘Students often combine vocational, AS and A Level subjects’ and ‘carefully match their programme to their skills and aspirations.’

‘Support for students is particularly well coordinated and highly effective.’ ‘Staff encourage students to set ambitious targets for academic performance and support them very successfully to meet these.’ ‘Students value highly and overwhelmingly benefit from very effective pastoral, academic and additional learning support.’

‘The proportion of students making good or better progress and completing their main qualification successfully has improved over the past three years and is now high.’ ‘Students achieving more than their initial target grades has steadily improved and is now good.’ ‘Most successfully progress to higher education or employment.’

...on Careers: ‘Students benefit from highquality careers advice and guidance’ ‘Careers advice and guidance are effective in enabling students to make the right choices.’ ‘The majority of students on study programmes benefit from useful work experience.’

To read the full report Ofsted report visit http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk and search for St Vincent College.

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Whilst we expect all students to conduct themselves as young adults we value the links our staff have with parents and carers. Parents and carers are encouraged to speak to our Progress Tutors and support services to ensure any worries or concerns can be addressed for each student should they arise. The College keeps in touch in various ways: • By developing a relationship with you and your Progress Tutor • By inviting you to Parents’ Evenings and events • Through written Reviews of Progress at key stages of a course We welcome parent/carer liaison so please feel free to contact our staff by phone or e-mail should you have any queries.

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Links with Parents and Carers

At the heart of all the support we offer to you at college is the Student Support Team. The role of the team is to guide you through the successful completion of your course and support your welfare. Our staff will be able to support you with any matters of concern and will also pass on useful information about college events and activities. The team is there to assist you with anything you may wish to discuss or need support with during your studies. Heading up your individual support will be your Progress Tutor. You will meet them weekly in a timetabled Study Community session where your progress and support needs will be discussed and monitored. Should you need specialist support our Welfare Officers are on hand to support you and your family and can liaise with external services if needed to ensure the right support is provided for you. In addition to this we also offer a range of services including learning support, financial assistance, careers services, external specialist groups, guest speakers and counselling amongst many others.

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At St Vincent Sixth Form College we want all our students to enjoy their courses and succeed to the very best of their ability. The College aims to not only meet the needs of every student, but also to anticipate those needs. This aim is embedded throughout all aspects of college life and each step of the student experience, from enquiry to admission, enrolment and finally to moving on from college onto your next step.

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Your chance to enrich your learning experience A key part of college life is the range of enrichment opportunities you can access as a student. Enrichment activities are available that you can undertake in addition to your studies. These not only enhance your learning experience but provide you with the opportunity to try new things and develop core skills to support your development.

ASPIRE Programme for high achieving students

Activities and trips

Our high achieving students will be encouraged to participate in this programme which is designed to help each student develop their academic skills and leadership qualities via a range of activities which include, debating, trips, additional qualifications and visits from universities and guest speakers (see page 5 for more information).

Sports Included in this is our prestigious Sports Academy which enables all student to receive the highest standards of coaching and represent the College in a range of physical activities, including football (men’s and women’s), rugby, netball and basketball.

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Students will access a range of trips and activities whilst at college. Trips include visits to New York, London, European destinations and course related activities. In addition to this, all students will select time tabled activities to participate in including: • Sports • Adventurous pursuits • Duke of Edinburgh Award • Languages • Art • Dance • Theatre • LGBT • Computing • Debating amongst many others.

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Both the Student Council and Student Ambassador programmes provide students with skills and experience of advocating for others. Universities and employers are impressed by students who have undertaken these roles as they show commitment to the student community and help to develop your personal and social skills.

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The role of an ambassador is to help support the promotion of the College to schools, parents and potential students. Our ambassador programme provides students with the opportunity to support College events such as Open Evenings, Introduction Day and Parents’ Events by acting as guides, offering advice and talking about their experiences. Students must apply to be an ambassador and will be interviewed for one of these prestigious positions.

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Student Ambassadors

Joining the Student Council gives you a chance to make yourself heard and influence the way the College develops. It is a great opportunity to take part in College life, organise events, including the fund raising activities and special guest speakers. The Council is led by a Chair and Vice-Chair voted for by all College students. They meet regularly with the Principal so they can convey students’ opinions to the people making decisions about College developments. The Council elects a number of officers to support their function and everyone is welcome to join and help shape the College community.

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A-Level Options At St Vincent Sixth Form College we have a proud tradition of supporting students to achieve excellent A-Level results to support their progression to University or chosen career. A-Levels are a traditional academic route for those intending to go on to Higher Education or employment which requires evidence of a student’s ability to study at an advanced level. Students undertaking A-Levels at St Vincent not only benefit from high quality teaching and learning, but also have the opportunity to join our elite ASPIRE programme which supports students to develop their academic skills and leadership qualities. Our continuing success as a College follows three consecutive years in which our students have achieved the best ever A-Level results we have seen. This led to a 99% Pass Rate for our A-Level students last year which led to 83% awarded their first choice University course (10% above national average). These fantastic outcomes for our students illustrates the benefits of A-Level studies at St Vincent. A unique feature of our provision is that you can choose to select a full A-Level programme, or you can choose to study a combination of A-Level and BTEC/Vocational qualifications. St Vincent is the only college in the Gosport and Fareham area to offer the opportunity to have a blended learning programme which provides you with a wider choice of study to support your future aspirations. To study A-Levels you will need five GCSEs at levels 4+ with some subjects having additional entry criteria (please see subject descriptions). If you are considering A-Levels or a combination programme you will need to identify three subjects to study. We will discuss your choices and career plans in more detail at interview and enrolment and ensure you are provided with the information, advice and guidance to make an informed decision about the best courses to support your goals. On the next page you will find a list of A-Level and BTEC single qualifications. You will need to select the A-Levels (or combination of A-Level and BTEC qualifications) that you would like to study. You will find out more detailed information about each A-Level/BTEC, including entry criteria by reading the information on the page indicated next to the qualification in the table on the next page. Below is a table that will help you should you wish to consider studying a combination of A-Level and BTEC subjects.

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BTEC triple Please contact us by e-mail us at info@stvincent.ac.uk if you have any queries regarding A-Level reforms and what this means for students applying to college.

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Vocational Courses

Students wishing to study a vocational qualification can choose from our varied range of course programmes. Each of these subjects will provide you with a hands-on, practical learning experience in state-of-the-art facilities with staff who have a wealth of industry experience relating to their respective field of work.

Level 3 Courses

Level 2 Courses

The Level 3 vocational offer available at St Vincent Sixth Form College provides students with an opportunity to study at an advanced level in their chosen area of study. These qualifications are equivalent to three A-Levels and will provide a foundation for you to progress to higher education, employment or an apprenticeship. You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at Level 4 or above (or equivalent), including Maths and English for most subjects.

St Vincent Sixth Form College offers a range of courses at Level 2. If you want to gain Level 2 qualifications in order to progress to work, training or on to other courses it is very important that you have the vital qualifications in English and Maths needed to support your progression. If you do not yet have a Level 4 in either English or Maths, you will study either or both of these subjects as part of your Level 2 programme at an appropriate level.

Page no. Access to HE 78 Health & Social Care (Triple) 36 Sport 63 Pathway to Nursing and the Health Care Profession 35 Pathway to Social Work and Social Professions 35 Pathway to Primary Teaching 53 Uniformed Public Services 67

Apprenticeships

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St Vincent Sixth Form College offers bespoke courses at Level 1. No formal qualifications are required although a range of GCSEs are preferable. These courses provide progression opportunities to a Level 2 course or employment.

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St Vincent Sixth Form College sits in the heart of Gosport and is the main provider of Post-16 Sixth Form education for Fareham and Gosport schools. For students with aspirations to study at a Sixth Form College our campus is ideally located in an easily accessible part of Gosport which is well served by bus, cycle and road links. Travel times to St Vincent are significantly shorter from Fareham and Gosport schools than other Hampshire providers meaning you could save up to two hours a day of travelling and hundreds of pounds in fares by enrolling with us. Imagine that – an extra two hours a day to study, spend time with friends, do your hobbies, work and relax. Car, Motorcycle and Bikes St Vincent has extensive car and motorcycle parking facilities and secure cycle storage facilities on-site which are accessible to all students every day.

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“support” Definition: Give approval, comfort, or encouragement to. “The idea was supported by many students”.


Exam Access Arrangements

We value the diversity of our students and work to ensure that each individual need of our student body is met. Listening and working with parents is an important part of our individualised and successful support for students. We can arrange support for students with: • Dyslexia • Dyspraxia • Dyscalculia • Autistic Spectrum Disorder • ADHD and ADD • Physical difficulties • Sensory Impairment • Medical conditions (including on-site College Nurse and specialist facilities and resources) • Other learning and support conditions not listed Our provision is led by highly experienced and qualified staff who work to ensure all aspects of each student’s learning experience is supported. This may include: • One-to-one and/or workshop sessions with specialist support staff • Learning Support Assistants in class • Counselling • Individual timetables • Access to an extensive range of learning resources and technologies relevant to your needs

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Exam Access Arrangements can be made where appropriate for students who are entitled to these. This can include extra time of 25% or a separate room, a scribe or use of a computer or a reader/ computer reader (*assistive software ClaroRead). If your son/daughter had such arrangements in school, please contact the Cross College Learning Support Team on 023 9258 8311/ext 559. Alternatively, email: ccsupport@stvincent.ac.uk

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At enrolment all students undertake an assessment which identifies each student’s learning strengths and areas of potential difficulty where the Cross College Support team may be able to offer support. Any student identified who may benefit from accessing our Learning Support will be provided with advice and support about such services in a discreet and understanding manner. By identifying students’ individual needs promptly and providing the appropriate support, we enable our students to achieve the best they can.

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C A REERS G U IDA NCE A ND PROG RES SION

97% progression to university, employment or apprenticeship National award nomination 2017 – Alistair Lambon, Careers Manager


We are also pleased to hold the Matrix Quality Standard which is awarded to organisations providing professional information, advice and guidance services. ‘The information, advice and guidance provided is based exclusively on student aspirations. Impartiality is identified as a strength and it is clear that students receive a complete bespoke service’. (Matrix Quality Standard Inspection Report 2016).

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St Vincent Sixth Form College provides comprehensive support for students wanting to progress to Higher Education. We have a dedicated team of staff who will assist students with their research and applications to university. The percentage of students gaining their first choice of University is above national figures and we are pleased that the number of applications have risen for the last three consecutive years.

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Volunteering For students seeking to progress to employment or other progression options such as Apprenticeships, further training/education or volunteering, our Careers Team provide support in a variety of ways. Our annual Apprenticeships, Employment and Volunteering Fair attracts national and local employers, bespoke apprenticeship providers and international volunteering organisations. We also search and promote local part time employment opportunities and provide CV writing workshops, preparing for interviews and help with job search.

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ART & DESIG N

“art� Definition: Creative art, especially visual art whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content. An activity requiring great skill or accomplishment.


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Fine art is an integral part of the development of each human being and society as a whole. This course aims to enable you to work with a broad range of materials using innovative techniques in your own original manner but always referencing fine art. We will introduce you to drawing and painting methods to produce a portfolio of work in individual and creative ways. Print making is explored to extend your expressive possibilities. You will learn more about art context and contemporary art forms. The course aims to give you the confidence to develop as an expressive individual and the chance to build up a very rich and personal portfolio that will get you into Higher Education.

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Graphic Design

Photography

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A-Level

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(Also consider: Art, Graphics, Film Studies or Media)

If you are passionate about communicating using images and words this is the course for you! Graphic Design combines creative and intellectual skills to communicate in visual ways. You will develop your skills in using images, photography and text both in traditional and digital ways. Advertising, packaging, Illustration and typography and promotion are all crucial areas of Graphical Design. You will create digital sketchbooks, publications and professionally presented final outcomes to develop a personal, creative portfolio.

Do you want to communicate in a visual and creative way? Even if you’ve never studied a creative course before you will be encouraged to reconsider how to see the world around you in a refreshing and dynamic way. You will learn to use a wide range of photographic processes and equipment (general camera techniques, darkroom, studio) enabling you to create your own photographic imagery. You will work digitally and traditionally documenting your ideas and analysing creative influences in multimedia presentations and sketchbooks. You will be encouraged to consider the bigger picture of how photography links to all aspects of life.

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Entry Requirements:

„„A portfolio of creative work for interview „„Five GCSEs Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including Art or Graphics)

„„A portfolio of creative work for interview „„Five GCSEs Level 4 and above (or equivalent)

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Art and Creative Media comprises of two smaller qualifications taught as one course. You will get the opportunity to explore aspects of Art & Design, Graphics and Photography alongside Media Theory and Practices including print and film-making. As part of the course you will be required to research, explore and analyse media products and visual artists to broaden/influence your creative ideas and outcomes. This course is a combination of course work, controlled assessment and examination.

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BUSINES S & I.T

“business” Definition: Business is work relating to the production, buying, and selling of goods or services. “Jennifer has an impressive academic and business background”.


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If you like the idea of being an entrepreneur, you will also have the opportunity to participate in Young Enterprise, where you can set up and run your own business, adding to your skill set and preparing you for the world of work or further study. This is an excellent course leading to a wide range of career opportunities including Accountancy, Marketing, Human Resources, Administration and Retail. It also provides an excellent course for entry to University. Business combines well with many other subjects, especially Law and IT. „„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English and Maths)

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This two year extended certificate qualification provides the opportunity to study Business as a practical and topical subject drawing on both theory and business case studies to develop your awareness and understanding of the business environment. Under the new BTEC framework your work will be assessed in a variety of ways both internally and externally. This includes some units which will be assessed by course work and other units which will be assessed by examination or by controlled assessment focussing on a pre-released scenario. Over the two years you will study four interesting and varied topics including: ‘Exploring Business’, ‘Developing a Marketing Campaign’, ‘Personal & Business Finance’ and an optional unit taken from either ‘Recruitment & Selection’, ‘Customer Service’ or ‘Market Research’. We will explore these topics in the classroom, enhanced by trips, visits and guest speakers.

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Computer Animator Computer Games Designer

Level 3 This stimulating and informative vocational qualification is a fantastic way to enter the exciting professional world of IT. The course has a particular focus on games/software development and will enable you to learn about interactive platforms. This specialist work-related course has been designed to offer a combination of interesting and challenging units. Through a combination of theoretical and practical content, you will gain an excellent level of knowledge and understanding as well as a substantial range of IT skills - all of which are required for the appropriate vocational sectors of IT employment or for university applications.

Computer Repair Technician Database Administrator IT Analyst Online Community Manager Network Engineer Systems Engineer Web Page Designer

Entry Requirements: „„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (to include Maths and English)

Assessment: „„Mixture of internally assessed units/projects and external assessments

Information Technology Games and Enterprise Vocational Level 2 A practical and work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It introduces you to the IT sector, as well as games and business development, and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced Level 3 qualification.

Entry Requirements: „„Five GCSEs at Level 2 – 8 in English and Maths

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“carpentry” Definition: The activity or occupation of making or repairing things in wood and the work made or done by a carpenter. “The superb carpentry of the timber roof”


Site Carpentry Level 2 Building on your skills acquired in the foundation year course, you will develop further skills needed to work in the construction industry, focusing particularly on developing your ability to work on site.

Entry Requirements: „„Successful completion of Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 and any English or Maths courses you need to take

Assessment: „„Assessment portfolio „„Externally assessed examination „„Practical assessment

Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 You will learn all aspects of the carpentry trade, including selection and use of materials, setting up and using portable power tools and the formation of basic wood-working joints. You will also cover aspects of health and safety and how to maintain good working relationships, both with colleagues and customers. You will be trained by experienced trade persons in our purpose designed Construction Centre.

Career Pathways Caretaker Gardener General Labourer Joiner Kitchen Fitter

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“English” An academic discipline that includes the study of literature and linguistics. “Keep reading it’s one of the most marvellous adventures that anyone can have”. – Lloyd Alexander

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Text Level 3 English

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It is possible to study both English Literature and English Language (Linguistics), or you can choose to study only one of the disciplines. If you are considering studying English at university, you need to choose English Literature. A-Level English Language will prepare you for the study of Linguistics. Studying English at Level 3 is designed for students who have a love for reading and analysing and a passion for the language. English combines very well with nearly any A-Level subjects, but works particularly well with a humanities-based programme (Literature) or a social sciences programme (Language).

If you enjoy exploring in depth how language is used as a tool of influence and power as well as how it has changed over time, this is the course for you. We investigate the many varieties of both spoken and written English as well as modern electronic texts from text messages to websites. Component 1 – Language Variation (2 hours 15 minute examination) Component 2 – Child Language (1 hour examination) Component 3 – Investigation (1 hour 45 minute examination)

A-Level Course Work: The course work (20% of A-Level) allows students to select a genre and create two original creative pieces (2500-3000 words) that vary by function and/ or audience and write a commentary (1000 words) explaining their language choices and research.

Entry Requirements:

Career Pathways

„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English Language and English Literature at Grade 5 or above)

Careers Advisor Digital Copywriter

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Editorial Assistant Education Administrator Human Resources Advisor Journalist Market Analyst Marketing Assistant Office Manager Proof Reader Professional Organiser Publishing Copy Editor Teacher Writer

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A comparison between two texts of your own choosing. (20% of A-Level; 2500 – 3000 words) For example, two novels on a similar theme, such as Ian McEwan’s Atonement and Dodi Smith’s I Capture the Castle or Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea or Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

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A-Level English Language and Literature enables you to deepen your understanding of both linguistic and literary texts. In this two-year course, you will develop your understanding of how writers and speakers shape and craft language to present an identity or persona, and you will look at connections between texts and their contexts. Component 1 – Voices in Speech and Writing (Examination – 40% of the course) Component 2 – Varieties in Language and Literature (Examination – 40% of the course) Component 3 – Non-examination Assessment (Examination – 20% of the course)

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If you enjoy reading and discussing books, this is the subject for you. We study novels, plays (including Shakespeare) and poetry, which will include set texts as well as unseen materials. There is one course work unit in the second year. Component 1 – Drama (2 hours 15 minute examination) Component 2 – Prose (1 hour examination) Component 3 – Poetry (2 hours 15 minute examination)

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HE A LT H & SOC I A L C A RE

“health & social care” Definition: The organized provision of medical care to individuals or a community. “A dedicated team of Healthcare professionals”

Health & Social Care


Health Care Professions

Level 3

Level 3 Here at St Vincent Sixth Form College we understand that nursing and other healthcare professions have become more competitive and harder to get into. That is why we have specifically designed this Pathway Programme for you. Working in conjunction with the NHS and local universities, we have put together a programme that is designed to give you a head start in your chosen field. You will study Health and Social Care, Sociology and Psychology which will prepare you for life in the medical profession and help you stand out from the crowd. So if you are ambitious to become a midwife, nurse or other healthcare professional, then give us a call today and book an interview.

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Social work is currently one of the most popular professions in the country and understandably the competition for university places and jobs is fierce. Here at St Vincent Sixth Form College we have designed a programme, working in conjunction with local universities, to make those of our students who wish to become social or youth workers stand out from the crowd. By enrolling on our Pathway to Social Work and Social Care, you will be joining a high calibre programme, designed with the universities, that aims to start teaching the social workers of the future. Based around our Triple Health & Social Care level 3 you will undertake lessons, work experience and extra-curricular activities needed to build the skills and understanding a social worker needs. So don’t hesitate, contact us today to find out more about our Pathway programme.

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Extended Diploma in

Extended Certificate in

Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care

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Level 3 (Single)

This full time two year programme forms part of our ‘Pathway to Healthcare’ programme and offers in-depth study of the health and social care sector and supports progression to health and social care related degrees. You will fully explore an extensive range of theory, concepts and societal trends by applying them to the UK NHS and healthcare environment. The course is a mixture of external exam-based assessments and internal course work. Content includes: • Human Life Span Development, Anatomy and Physiology, Working in Health and Social Care, Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care, Meeting Individual Care and Support, Health Psychology and Sociological Perspectives • Liaison events with universities, guest lecturers and enrichment opportunities • 60 hours vocational practice in a comprehensive range of health settings • 200 hours vocational practice in a comprehensive range of health settings The course allows you to develop self-confidence; presentation skills; personal discipline; time management and group work skills, which are highly regarded by both employers and higher education. The knowledge, understanding and skills that you develop will underpin a future in higher education including Adult Nursing, Paediatric Nursing, Paramedic Science, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Health Studies and Healthcare Science. Learners also successfully progress into valuable apprenticeship programmes or employment.

This full time two year programme forms part of our ‘Pathway to Healthcare’ programme and offers in-depth study of the health and social care sector. The course is a mixture of external exam-based assessments and internal course work, and runs alongside two other A-Level subjects. • Human Life Span Development, Working in Health and Social Care, Meeting Individual Care and Support, Physiological Disorders, Sociological Perspectives • Liaison events with universities, guest lecturers and enrichment opportunities • 60 hours vocational practice in a comprehensive range of health settings • The course allows you to develop selfconfidence; presentation skills; personal discipline; time management and group work skills, which are highly regarded by both employers and higher education. Progression into higher education degrees includes Adult, Paediatric and Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Operating Department Practitioner. Learners also successfully progress into valuable apprenticeship programmes or employment.

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Entry Requirements:

„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English Language and Maths)

„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English Language and Maths)

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Entry Requirements: „„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English Language and Maths)

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This course will give you the understanding and competency needed when considering employment in the Health, Social and Child care sector. This course allows you to develop your interests while introducing you to areas such as cultural diversity, safeguarding children and activity provision for adults and young people. In addition you will have the opportunity to experience working in a range of different settings. It will enable you to gain employment at a junior level within the Health or Early Years sector or you may progress on to a Level 3 course or an apprenticeship subject on completion of all course work to a good standard, excellent attendance and reports from your work placement and your course tutors.

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If you enjoy working with people and want to make a difference to their lives, then the Health and Social Care courses may well be for you. Our courses cover a wide range of related subjects that will give you a detailed understanding of what is required to work within a whole range of care based industries. These qualifications are ideal for students who either want to progress onto higher education, training, apprenticeships or employment. Students do have a choice of courses available to them; if you do our Pathway to Nursing then the Single (equivalent to one A-Level) is the best option. If you want to work in Social Care then the Triple offers a course work based alternative course (equivalent to three A-Levels).

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HUM A NI T IES

“humanities” Definition: Learning concerned with human culture, especially literature, history, art, music, and philosophy. “Digital Humanities has forced us to think outside the box”.


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Our exciting history course explores the Wars of the Roses (1450-1499) and the Crusades (1071 – 1204), as well as giving the opportunity for indepth research into any historical period through course work. We start by exploring the concept of kingship in Medieval England, followed by the ineffective reign of Henry VI which triggered the struggle for the throne between the Houses of York and Lancaster. In our second year we delve into history’s greatest religious war in the Medieval Middle East, learn about Templar Knights, the early rise of Islam, and great leaders like Richard the Lionheart and Saladin.

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Entry Requirements:

„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English Language and preferably History)

„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English Language and preferably History)

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This course gives students the opportunity to study a wide range of material spanning both Greek and Roman history. We study the epic stories of Achilles and Aeneas, two classical heroes whose adventures have inspired many films and novels down the ages. This is followed by the exploration of Greek religion, ritual and mythology and the Roman imperial image and propaganda under the emperors.

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‘Geography is an adventure with a purpose’

Geography A-Level Geography is a subject that inspires curiosity and helps us to understand the complex processes of the world around us. Unlike any other subject, it is both a humanity and a science and will help you to develop your skills in social as well as scientific research, from coding interview transcripts to statistical analysis and GIS. You will attain these skills through the study of a diverse range of topics, based on the latest academic research. You will spend at least 4 days in the field learning a variety of specialist techniques in both human and physical geography. At the end of the first year you will have the opportunity to carry out an independent research project (worth 20% of the course) on a topic of your choice. The remaining 8-% of the course is assessed through 3 exams at the end of Year 2. Geography is also one of the eight ‘facilitating subjects’ sought after by universities for a wide range of different degrees courses. The transferable skills acquired through this A-level are applicable to many different careers and are highly desired by employers. Those who go on to study Geography at university will find themselves among the most employable graduates, with 94% in work or further study within 6 months.

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Entry Requirements: „„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English Language and Maths)

Assessment: „„80% Externally assessed examinations „„20% Externally assessed coursework

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M AT HEM AT IC S

“mathematics” Definition: The abstract science of number, quantity, and space, either as abstract concepts (pure mathematics), or as applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering (applied mathematics). ‘It is magic until you understand it and it is Mathematics thereafter’ – Bharati Khrishna


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A-Level

A-Level

Building on the skills from GCSE, this course further develops techniques in algebra and introduces new concepts from pure mathematics such as calculus and logarithms. It also provides the opportunity to study statistics and mechanics.

Taken as a separate course alongside A-Level Mathematics, this course develops a range of more advanced topics in pure mathematics such as matrices, complex numbers and proof by induction. You will also study a combination of applied modules including mechanics and decision to complement the pure mathematics. If you enjoy mathematics, this course is the ideal way to explore the subject at a deeper level.

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Entry Requirements:

„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (preferably including Maths at Grade 7 or above)

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„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including Maths at Grade 8) „„Must also study A-Level Mathematics

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MEDI A & FI L M S T UDIES

“media” Definition: The main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet) regarded collectively. “Their demands were publicised by the media”.


A-Level (Also consider: English, Film Studies, Graphics, Moving Image or Photography)

Films have an important part to play in popular culture, representing both our desires and our dreams. They also play a major part in shaping and designing our society. You will learn to approach film from a number of perspectives, exploring films from across genres and decades, examining the roles we play as spectators and consumers and the production of film as an industry. There is also a creative opportunity to produce a film that demonstrates your theoretical and analytical understanding.

Film, newspapers, television, magazines, radio and advertising surround us all and have a huge influence upon the way in which we view the world. The media is exciting, innovative and constantly changing. The course will allow you to explore a vast range of differing media and ever-changing technologies. This will be done both practically and from theoretical standpoints.

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Entry Requirements:

„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) including English Language at Grade 5 or above)

„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English Language at Grade 5 or above)

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(Also consider: Art, Graphics, Film Studies, Media Studies and Photography) Moving Image takes strands of Art, Film, Media and Photography to create an exciting art form. You will explore all aspects of visual art to inspire and inform your ideas. You will produce work in the form of filming, written work and taking photographs. You will learn: how to compose a film/photographic image; how to use industry standard editing software; experimental imagery techniques in the form of workshops; basic Photoshop editing; how to analyse the work of other practitioners; and how to present your work. The Moving Image course uses the film as an art form to express imagination, ideas and opinions.

(Also consider: Classic Civilisation, English Literature, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphics, History, Media Studies, Photography and Sociology) Wide ranging subject matter including Consumerism, Feminism and Capitalism are covered, referencing the media, society, historical and political developments. The impact of Cultural representations within visual communication, multi-media and emerging technologies, is central to this subject. You will have the opportunity to study different movements, styles and genres and the impact this can have on individuals and a wider audience. You will be encouraged to approach theories and imagery in an analytical way; to write fluently about, subject matter; to discuss and share ideas confidently; and present your findings in a visual and professional way. The knowledge and understanding of how images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural context, underpins this course. The final grade is based on the completion of 60% Personal Investigation (this includes a Related Study) and 40% Externally Set Task, both completed in the second year.

Entry Requirements:

Entry Requirements:

„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English Language at Grade 5 or above)

„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English Language at Grade 5 or above)

Assessment: „„All units assessed through Portfolio

Career Pathways Broadcast Engineer

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Entry Requirements: „„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) and the ability to play an instrument at Grade 4 or above

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If you have an interest in the Performing Arts and wish to become a professional performer or work in the Performance Industry then this multidisciplinary course is for you. This is a highly practical course in which you will study a variety of theatrical disciplines including acting, dance, musical theatre, physical theatre and even circus skills. You may already have a qualification in drama, music or dance at GCSE level or the equivalent but this is not a requirement of the course. Whatever skills and experience you bring with you will be developed and improved through practical workshops and public performances. The course suits dedicated and enthusiastic students with a genuine passion for performing. You will take part in regular classes where you will develop core technique, applying your skills in acting, singing and dancing whilst analysing and evaluating your progress through logbooks and practice diaries. The majority of your assessment will take place via the public performance of your work either in one of St Vincent’s dedicated theatre spaces or at other local professional venues. Entrance onto the course will be based on your academic qualifications, success at interview and via an audition process in which teaching staff will assess your potential across a variety of performance disciplines.

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Are you ambitious to work with children? Do you wish to become a Primary school teacher or work with young children? Here at St Vincent Sixth Form College we offer you the opportunity to join our pathway programme focused on helping you move into the career you have chosen. The Primary Teaching Pathway is ideal if your interests lie in early years or primary school education. The programme will show you avenues to explore by looking into children’s journeys through their early school experiences and understanding how educators are making a real impact on their learning and progress. Current trends, practice and governance will be explored to help support your interest in the Education sector. Courses studied as part of this Pathway will be discussed with applicants at interview.

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Designed for learners who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, work or an apprenticeship, not necessarily in applied science. To be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTECs or A Levels. We will complete four units to include; principles and applications of science, practical scientific procedures and techniques, science investigation skills and another optional unit. Two of these units will be externally assessed and contribute to 58% of your final grade. This course gives students the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as personal organisation and time management, developing a portfolio of assessment evidence and presentation and communication skills.

This dynamic and modern course approaches Biological topics through the world around us, with lots of practical work and activities both in and outside the laboratory to support your learning. Units covered include; biological molecules; cells; organisms exchange substances with their environment; genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms; energy transfers in and between organisms; organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments; genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems; the control of gene expression.

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A-Level As well as fundamental topics such as force, energy and waves you will learn about new ideas such as imaging techniques, designer materials, particles and quantum physics and the universe. You will be involved in activities such as practical work, individual research, discussions and problem solving. There is a strong emphasis on exploring the physical world by studying examples which are of interest to you.

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Criminology is one of the fastest growing courses in the country and focuses on the study of crime. It draws from Psychology, Sociology, Forensic Science, Law and Criminal Investigation to develop students’ understanding of both the academic and practical elements of Criminology. This course forms an integral part of studies leading to multiple careers when studied alongside Law, Sociology, Science and many others. Upon completion of this course you can qualify for careers in Crime Scene Investigating, Police, Legal Practice and Social Work as well as going on to gain a place on a range of university courses. • You will study: the measurement of crime and crime patterns and the agencies for controlling crime

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This qualification gives you the opportunity to learn about the law and put your knowledge into practice. From sentencing activities to compensation awards, you will focus on real life scenarios to develop your understanding of the legal system. You can progress to higher education or to law-related employment. We recommend this course is taken as a part of our CSI pathway in conjunction with Criminology and Sociology.

Are you interested in studying Law, Sociology, Criminology, Psychology and Crime Scene Forensic Science? Then this is the course for you. Designed as a one year programme to prepare you for successful study at Level 3, you will undertake qualifications in the above subjects as well as building your study skills ready for the years ahead.

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„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English Language at Level 5 or above)

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Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour; it is a popular course that can complement almost all other subjects within the college. We will introduce you to key themes explored through pieces of classic and contemporary research. Examples of key themes are; how we respond to people in authority, external influences on children’s behaviour, understanding disorders and regions of the brain. In year 2, we will focus on the application of psychology to specific areas such as criminal behaviour, child psychology and mental health. In both years, there are research methods where you will learn about planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research using a range of experimental and non-experimental methods.

Sociology (the study of society) is a popular and successful course that enables and challenges learners to look at the world and society in which they live differently. We will introduce you to many of the key areas of sociological study, such as the concept of culture, the notion of youth and the major issue of social inequality (based around social class, gender and ethnicity). Furthermore, in your second year, you will focus upon the study of crime (addressing issues such as anti-social behaviour and violence in society) as well as new and emerging themes such as the impact of social media on the way in which we live and ever-present issues arising from increasing globalization.

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„„Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) (including English Language and Maths at Level 5 or above)

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SP OR T S

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This is a 2 year course and is equivalent to 3 A-Levels. It is a mixture of course work and external assessment. If you know you want a career in sport, then this is the course for you. Units include: • Anatomy and Physiology • Fitness Testing • Fitness Training • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities • Practical Sport • Sports Massage This course is highly valued by universities for those students who want to go onto Sports Coaching, PE Teaching, Strength and Conditioning, and Outdoor Education.

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There is dedicated team training and fixtures within the timetable for Football, Rugby, Netball and Girl’s Football. You can also take part in enrichment opportunities in Archery, Climbing, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Military Boot Camp, Frisbee, Exercise to Music and Kayaking. If you love sport, St Vincent Sixth Form College is the place to come. Included in the sports courses are a wide variety of trips and visits, including camping, orienteering, climbing, surfing, laser quest and paintballing. The National Citizen Service (NCS) will be part of the sport courses, along with the option to undertake the Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership.

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This is a 2 year course and is equivalent to one A-Level. It is a mixture of course work and external assessment. Taken alongside a further qualification related to their chosen field, for example A-Level Biology, Mathematics or Psychology, this course is for learners who are intending to study towards a degree in the Sport and Exercise sector. Units include: • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology • Coaching for Performance and Fitness • Functional Anatomy • Specialised Fitness Training This course is highly valued by universities for those students who want to go onto Sports Therapy, Sport, Health and Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning, and Physiotherapy.

This is a one year course and is a mixture of course work and external assessment. If you love learning about the theory of sport, taking part in activities and leading sport sessions, then this is the course for you. Units include: • Anatomy and Physiology • Fitness Testing and Training • Injury in Sport • Planning and Leading Sports Activities • Practical Sport • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport Successful completion of this course can lead to progression onto a Level 3 Sport course.

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„„Minimum of five GCSEs at Level 2 – 8 in English and Maths

„„Minimum of five GCSEs at Level 2 – 8 in English and Maths

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Career Pathways Coach and Sport Therapist Fitness Instructor Leisure and Sports Manager/Assistant PE Teaching Professional Physiotherapist Secondary Education Teaching Professionals Sports Coaches, Instructors and Official Sports Nutritionist Sports Player Sports Psychologist Sports Scientist Strength and Conditioning Coach Vocational and Industrial Trainers and Instructor Youth and Community Worker

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Leadership – Level 2 This is a 1 year practically assessed course. If you wish to develop your leadership and coaching skills whilst also building your confidence, then this leadership course is for you. It is completed alongside the Sport – Level 3 (triple) course. Units include: • Developing Leadership Skills • Lead Sport and Physical Activity Sessions in the Community • Plan, Lead and Evaluate Sports Sessions • Planning and Leading a Sport Event • Voluntary Leadership Successful completion of this course can lead to progression onto the Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership.

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UNIFORMED P UB L IC SERV ICES

“public services” Definition: Activities and jobs which are provided or paid for by a government, especially through the civil service. “She has devoted her life to public service”

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This is a one year course and is a mixture of course work and external assessment. If you are looking for a specialist course which focuses on team work and personal development, giving you an insight into the roles within the Uniformed Public Services, then this is the course for you. Units include: • Career Planning and Employment Skills • Expedition Skills • Improving Health and Fitness • Personal Development through Outdoor Adventurous Activities • Teamwork and Communication • Volunteering. Successful completion of this course can lead to progression onto a Level 3 Uniformed Public Services course.

Border Agency Fire and Rescue Service HM Coastguard Immigration Services Mountain Rescue Navy Paramedic Police Prison Service RAF RNLI Royal Marines

Entry Requirements: „„Minimum of five GCSEs at Level 4 or below (or equivalent)

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Foundation Learning Level 1 and 2 courses At St Vincent College we recognise that not all students can begin their learning programme at a higher level. Some require a foundation learning programme at Level 1 or 2 to enable them to develop their core learning skills with the aim of supporting them to progress to high levels or in to sustainable employment. Due to this St Vincent have introduced a new curriculum offer designed specifically for students working at Level 1 and Level 2 which will enable them to undertake a range of activities linked to their careers aspirations whilst also enabling them to develop their English, maths and IT skills and qualifications. Students can apply for the following foundation level programmes: • Computing • Health Care and Early Years • Hospitality • Land Based Studies • Performance and Creative Arts • Sport and Public Services

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In addition to their main subjects all Foundation Learning students will participate in the Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme and Work Experience. The Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme is enrichment programme designed to connect young people with the world of work by equipping them with the transferable skills and knowledge they need to succeed. This includes activities to develop students’ use of literacy, language and numeracy as well as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Entry criteria „„Successful interview. No specific GCSE grades needed

Progression „„Students can progress to higher-level programmes at Level 2 and beyond or alternatively opt for one of our employabilitybased courses. In addition to this, students may seek begin their work career for which they will be supported by the College.

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The School of Personalised Learning provides over 200 students with access to a range of specialised and bespoke courses; from Entry Level 1 to 3. Based in the heart of our main campus each of the courses available are specifically tailored to the individual learning and support needs of our students who are taught in highly supported learning environments with state-of-the-art resources and facilities. In addition to our individualised curriculum offer, the College is able to provide medical assistance, support and care with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities. We work very closely with local schools and local authorities to ensure the learning and support needs of each student are appropriately met and can provide a range of services to support transition to our learning environment. Our curriculum offer includes education activities designed to specifically support: • Sensory • Life Skills • Communication • Supporting independence • Social communication

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Employment Supporting our students in to sustainable employment and progression opportunities is at the forefront of our Futures programme. This is an introduction to work programme tailored to support students progress in to work. This includes Support Internships for students aged 19 plus who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The Futures programme prepares learners for supported internships/employment and features four key theme: • Community and Enterprise • Core skills and Vocational Skill Kit • Work Experience • Self Help and Independence skill

As each course in our specialist provision is specifically tailored to the needs of each student, should you wish to find out more please contact the Head of School for Personalised Learning at admissions@stvincent.ac.uk and we can arrange a time for you to visit or discuss the specific provision we can offer.

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St Vincent Sixth Form College works to ensure that a quality education is available to all when young people finish school. We support students from lower income households with the cost of attending the College by helping to cover essential course-related costs. The College can provide access to funds which students can use to pay for: • Discounted bus pass (see next page) • Electronic learning devices • Refund ferry tickets • Meal vouchers • Books and equipment • College trips • Exam fees (where applicable) • Travel costs to work placement Eligible students will be provided with a termly allocation of funds which the College will use, on their behalf, to purchase any of the above relevant items. If you are in Local Authority Care, living independently or receive Disabled Support Allowance and Employment Support Allowance you will be eligible for a grant of £1,200 a year. The College can also provide small grants to support students with the costs associated with studying in specific instances of financial hardship. If you require information about how to apply please call our Finance Office on 023 9260 3633 or email finance@stvincent.ac.uk and a member of staff will be happy to assist you. Application forms will be sent out to all applicants in June 2018. We encourage you to complete and return your applications as soon as possible to enable funding to be allocated before the start of the academic year.

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Bus Passes and Travel Information

Getting to St Vincent Sixth Form College could not be easier. The College is serviced by several bus routes and has a wealth of parking for cars, mopeds and bicycles available on site. Students enrolling with us will benefit from a range of bus travel options. This includes our fantastic new college bus service in partnership with First Hampshire which will see students being able to access direct travel links to and from the College every day of the week on state-of-the-art modern buses. Applications to purchase a bus pass are sent to all applicants in June along with information about costs. The cost of the bus pass can be covered by the College for students eligible for a Financial Support (see previous page). The pass provided can be used on any college bus service as well as all local First Hampshire bus routes, including the Eclipse service and will provide students with a safe and efficient way of travelling to and from college. We will provide a morning and end of day service every day of the College week.

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Apprenticeships Available St Vincent Sixth Form College currently offers two levels of apprenticeships in areas including: • Business Administration • Child Care • Customer Care • Hairdressing • Health and Social Care • Supporting Teaching and Learning Please contact us for details of other apprenticeship areas you may be interested in.

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Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 competence-based qualification, Functional Skills and in most cases a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

Entry Requirements: „„Level 2 – 8 GCSE English and Maths (and IT where required)

Level 3 (Advanced) Apprentices work towards work-based qualifications such as a Level 3 competence-based qualification, Functional Skills and in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

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What is an Apprenticeship?

Types of Apprenticeships

A good job leading to a great career There has never been a better time to consider an Apprenticeship as more and more employers are offering high quality Apprenticeships. They can be an excellent alternative for young people who have completed their A levels and might want a different route to traditional university study, or for those who want to begin an Apprenticeship programme following their GCSEs. Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes leading to a nationally recognised qualifications. On an Apprenticeship you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to progress and fulfil your career prospects while working and earning. The Apprenticeship training that we provide is specifically tailored to ensure that you develop the skills that employers want; this will give you a real advantage in the workplace. Apprentices have excellent long term salary prospects and great progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.

If you live in England and are aged over 16 you can apply for an Apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are available in many different industries and at various levels. The Apprenticeship you can undertake will depend on your current skills and qualifications and the role offered by the employer.

How does an Apprenticeship work? • All Apprenticeships are real jobs, so apprentices earn a salary. • You must be paid at least the national minimum Apprenticeship wage and many employers pay significantly more. • Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week. • An Apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level and the industry sector. • Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. • The rest of the training is delivered by St Vincent College, either at the workplace, at College or via e-learning.

Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships We support Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeships in a wide range of sectors. Intermediate Apprenticeships are equivalent to five GCSEs at grade A-C and Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to two A Levels. We are continually expanding the range of Apprenticeships that we support. We currently provide Apprenticeships in the following sectors: • Business Administration • Childcare/Early Years Educator • Customer Services • Health and Social Care • Support Teaching and Learning in Schools These Apprenticeships have been developed alongside local employers to ensure we meet the skills gap for these businesses to provide a quality and bespoke training package.

Apprenticeship progression routes At St Vincent College, we create lasting relationships with Apprentices that are focused on progression. Beginning with an intermediate Apprenticeship, our students can advance through Apprenticeships in a vast range of subjects and disciplines, forming a sound career pathway. Your career development does not have to stop at the end of your Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeship. You may wish to continue your professional development and go on to University or a higher level Apprenticeship. Undertaking an Apprenticeship means you have real workplace experience alongside skills and knowledge gained from working in the sector which many higher education providers and certainly employers will value.

For more information, please contact a member of our Apprenticeship Department on 023 9260 3668/9 or email: apprenticeships@stvincent.ac.uk

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Adult and Higher Education The Adult and Higher Education Department at St Vincent Sixth Form College offers a range of courses for learners who are aged 19 or over. With a thriving and vibrant range of courses, we are sure that we can support you in furthering your interests and ambitions. For an informal chat about your options, please call us on 02392 583 890 or write to us by email: adulted@stvincent.ac.uk. You can also get in touch via our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stv6fcahed.

Our curriculum includes: • Core Skills (Functional Skills English and Maths) • GCSE (English, Maths, Biology and Psychology) • Elevate (College certificate courses) • Access to Higher Education Diplomas • FdA Early Years Care & Education • Teacher Training (Cert Ed/PGCE Further Education & Training) • First Aid • Counselling In addition, we offer a wide range of community learning opportunities at both the main college site and our Out There Project based at the Nimrod Centre in Rowner. Contact us on 02932 525 704 or via outthere@stvincent.ac.uk. Furthermore, our vocational (work based learning) provision continues to flourish. We offer a variety of programmes such as: • Business Administration • Health and Social Care • Early Years Education For more information regarding our vocational programmes, please call us 02392 603 600 or write to us via email: wbl@stvincent.ac.uk.

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Why take this course? Would you like to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of your education support role? If you have at least a year’s experience in a learning support context, paid or voluntary, and the ability to study at this level you could work towards a nationally recognised qualification in your field. What opportunities might it lead to? Successful completion of this course allows you entry to an appropriate BA degree, such as the University of Portsmouth’s BA (Hons) Education and Training Studies, at level three (i.e. the final stage). It may also be used as a stepping-stone to Qualified Teacher Status or to promotion in learning support roles. What will I experience? On this course you can: • Study alongside your existing learning support role (whether you are in a general or special educational needs setting; in a school, college or other institution) • Share experiences in study groups with practitioners from a range of backgrounds • Enter the BA (Hons) Education and Training programme at an advanced stage

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How to Apply Information about Applying We aim to give you the information you need to make the right choices for your College courses. We recommend that you visit one of our Open Evenings to enable you to experience what life as a St Vincent Sixth Form College student is like. We are sure that once you have been to visit you will see why so many young people choose us as their further education provider. Our Open Evenings are on: • Wednesday 10th October 2017 from 5.30 – 8.30 pm • Tuesday 15th November 2017 from 5.30 – 8.30 pm • Tuesday 3rd May 2018 from 5.30 – 8.00 pm

Completing an application In order to apply please complete either the enclosed blue application form and return it to us at the address shown on the form or alternatively you can choose to apply via online at www.stvincent.ac.uk We accept applications throughout the year but recommend applying as soon as possible. Once we have received your application you will be invited to attend an interview at the College where a member of our Admissions Team will provide you with information and advice about your course choices and answer any questions you may have. If you have any queries regarding applying to the College or need any further information please call us on 023 9258 8311 or visit us at www.stvincent.ac.uk If you have a visual impairment and require a larger scale copy of this prospectus, please call us on 023 9258 8311 and we will make one available to you.

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PROSPECTUS September 2018 Entry

St Vincent Sixth Form College Mill Lane, Gosport Hampshire PO12 4QA Tel: (023) 9258 8311 Fax: (023) 9251 1186 e-mail: info@stvincent.ac.uk

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