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Welcome to Olchfa Sixth Form Centre The Sixth Form at Olchfa is an outstanding success story. With over 450 students, studying a wide range of courses, it provides progression, challenge and a genuine opportunity for active involvement in the life and wider work of this leading school. Our results and valueadded performance, together with the strong endorsement of ESTYN, all place us in the top rank of Post 16 provision in Wales. At Olchfa, the Sixth Form is very much part of school life and students are given tutorial support and guidance as well as a wide range of social and cultural opportunities. As senior members of this large school, students have ample opportunity to develop leadership skills and fulfil their potential in a number of voluntary roles and activities. We believe that students need an environment that allows for the full development of individual personality whilst at the same time acknowledging joint responsibility for work ethic, appearance and general attitude.

Large numbers of our students progress each year to higher education, aided by a curriculum which combines Level 2 and 3 courses, both of a vocational and more traditionally academic nature. Links with local business and commerce are strong and the opportunity for students to learn new skills or enhance existing ones is valued and planned for. Partnership is key to our philosophy. We work closely with students, staff, parents and the local community to ensure that this partnership is real and effective. This gives students an important role in decision making throughout their time at the school.

H Davies Headteacher

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Contents Art & Design Art & Design – Graphic Communication Design & Technology: Product Design

Performing Arts 3 3 3

Drama Music


Business and Economics Applied Business Economics

Physics Chemistry Biology

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Computing and ICT Computing and ICT Information Technology

Citizenship Creative Writing Critical Thinking Film Studies Photography Media Studies Welsh Baccalaureate

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Geography and Global Issues Geography World Development

Courses Available How to Combine Courses

Responsibility and Wider Skills The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award



Careers and Guidance Resources Individual Guidance Oxbridge Support

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Joining Olchfa Sixth Form

PE, Sport, Leisure and Health Leisure Studies Health and Social Care Physical Education Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Sport

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Student Support

Languages 12 12 12 13

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Extra-Curricular Activities

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French German Spanish Welsh

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Vocational Courses

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Humanities Government and Politics History Law Religious Studies Psychology Sociology

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Enrichment Activities 6 6

English English Literature English Language and Literature

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The School Day Entry Requirements Entry Procedures

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How to find us


01792 534300 Olchfa School, Gower Road, Sketty, Swansea SA2 7AB



Art & Design and Design & Technology

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Art & Design and Design & Technology

Art & Design Art & Design Art & Design is a subject that offers a particularly rich and diverse range of learning experiences. It provides students with the opportunity to undertake an enjoyable and stimulating course of study which is broad, purposeful and relevant to their needs. The personal views and ideas, thoughts and feelings of the individual are carefully considered, and expressed and communicated through a visual and tactile vocabulary. Critical judgement and aesthetic sensibilities are fostered, and learning experiences are provided to help students understand more about the society in which they live and feel confident in their environment. For AS and A2 Art & Design the WJEC courses are followed. At both levels, all units of work are expected to have annotated sketchbooks of preparatory studies to support end products. Written assignments are regularly set to help develop critical faculties. Initially the course is structured. Drawing is key. Students are encouraged to experiment with a range of materials, techniques and processes to further develop their skills in drawing, painting and other disciplines (eg. textiles, printing, graphics and 3D studies). Olchfa is fortunate to have a specialist Sixth Form Art Studio and a 3D area with ceramic facilities. Where possible, students spend a short period working in a local primary school in the summer term on art-based projects which provides opportunities for work in the key skills. Group visits to major galleries and important exhibitions are encouraged and form a compulsory part of the course.



Coursework portfolio


Demonstrating different processes developed from personal starting points


Controlled Assignment


Externally set assignment demonstrating personal intentions during a continuous period of focused study and supervised and time eight hour controlled test





AS A Level weighting Assessment weighting (marks)

AS Level

100% (200)

Internally Assessed


Externally moderated

Internally Assessed


Externally moderated


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Design & Technology Design & Technology: Product Design The Design & Technology department allows students to work in Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Engineering and/or Textiles. Each focus area offers experience of extensive use of Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture. At AS Level you will be required to produce a Design and Make Task, with an open choice of design situation, which will allow you to create products to meet the needs of the 21st Century. At Advanced Level the Major Project should be distinctly different from the AS level project and is selected from a list of design briefs set by the examination board. It is expected that you will demonstrate a greater depth in your designing and making skills.

Art & Design: Graphic Communication This course is designed for a wide range of candidates to experience design thoroughly and comprehensively.

There is a greater emphasis on the industrial and commercial aspects of designing and making with an increased awareness of a wider range of users such as clients, manufacturers and the potential end-user.

The course encourages pupils to develop their own ideas then refine their intentions and personal outcomes. It aims to develop interest and enthusiasm for both art and design while working with a range of media.

Projects produced by Olchfa students have been selected for the WDA / WJEC Innovations Awards Exhibition for the last seven consecutive years and this year an AS student achieved a “highly recommended” at the Award.

Pupils will develop ideas through a variety of focused investigations and by looking at specific Artists both past and within the current media.

AS / A Level Design and Technology can be used as a third subject together with Mathematics and Physics for entry to an Engineering Degree or Diploma course, or for entry to many other Higher Education courses which require a foundation in a creative / innovative subject eg. Architecture, Product Design, Fashion Design, 3D Design.

They can cover the following: • Illustration • Web design • Advertising • Packaging • Design for print • Multimedia • Animation

Design and Technology enhances the study of Art, Electronics, IT / Computing via related knowledge and skills and can be used to enter directly into a career in Design & Manufacture.

Knowledge, understanding and skills are enhanced by integrated practical and theoretical elements.


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Business & Economics Economics

This award is equivalent to one AS or A Level and can be studied alongside the more traditional courses. Within this course you can study businesses and find out how they operate within the environment.

The nature of the subject means it sits easily with a wide variety of A Level combinations. It is a popular companion to Maths and the Sciences and combinations involving English, History, Geography, Sociology and Computing. Increasingly, students with a flair for languages are incorporating Economics with a mind to applying for European Business courses at degree level.

The general areas of study include: the structure of the organisation; consumers and customers; marketing and financial transactions.

Other doors are opened by A Level Economics. For instance, the course gives exemption from certain aspects of professional qualifications in the banking, accounting and administrative fields. Furthermore, many of our students go on to pursue studies at University in Business-related areas, Law and the Social Sciences.

Students who can perform their best through a system of continuous assessments will gain most benefit from studying a vocational course, as two thirds of the course is assessed through assignments while one third is exam based. This course provides a great learning experience that will help you in your future.

Economics remains a popular course in the Sixth Form. It requires no previous experience in the subject and students are drawn from a wide range of academic backgrounds having studied quite different GCSE subjects. The subject is very much based in the real world and an interest in current affairs and a questioning mind are great assets. The main aims of Economics are to provide students with an understanding of economic techniques and concepts, and apply them to society, such as unemployment, inflation and environmental issues. It should promote economic thoughtfulness in students and develop an ability for expression in writing and in the use of diagrams.

The modules studies are: Investigating Business; People in Business; Financial Planning and Monitoring; Business Planning; Marketing Strategy; Managing People.

ICT is increasingly used as a teaching medium and students will have the opportunity to research work and present their findings in a variety of new ways such as powerpoint presentations.


Business & Economics

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Computing and ICT

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Computing and ICT Computing and ICT

A Level ICT

All modern industries, businesses and services use computers in some way, and in fact some tasks are totally impossible without the use of computers.

ICT is increasingly being included in University courses either as a subject in its own right or as a combination subject with a wide variety of other subjects, where it is seen as an extremely useful skill.

It is essential therefore that everyone, whatever their intended career, should have some knowledge of Computing or ICT. The question is really which to take as a subject. Both Computing and ICT can be taken up as a subject at A Level without previous experience in the subject, but many who do so find the courses very exacting.

Theory for the A Level ICT course covers a very wide range of topics. The course is split into four modules, two of which are done at AS Level (IT1 – Information Systems, IT2 – Presenting Information) and two at A2 level (IT3 – Use and impact of ICT, IT4 – Relational Databases). As there is a considerable overlap with the theory content of the Computing and ICT courses, this is an excluded combination of subjects.

Students must be prepared to undertake some individual research in order to complete both the practical coursework and theoretical aspects of the course they choose.

The practical work in this course entails using advanced features of commonly used applications packages such as word-processing, DTP, presentation packages, spreadsheets and databases, together with other packages such as web design. Although GCSE ICT is not essential, it would be advantageous.

A Level Computing The Computing course is intended for those students who intend to take up careers requiring computer programming abilities such as Computer Programming itself, Computer Systems Engineering, Systems Analysis, all other Engineering disciplines and Scientific/Mathematical related careers.

This is a demanding course, as coursework requires a great deal of time, in addition to normal teaching. It is therefore essential that students can manage their time effectively and be willing to work outside time tabled lessons. The course follows the WJEC GCE ICT specifications.

Students will find the course more rewarding if they have some mathematical skills in logic. The course covers software and system development as well as the collection, storage and processing of data, and the use of computers in different applications. The course will enable students to design their own solutions to problems and produce their own programs for realistic situations. Although GCSE ICT is not essential, it would be advantageous. The course follows the WJEC GCE Computing Specifications.


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English If you enjoy reading, discussing and writing in an environment where judgement and creativity are valued alongside understanding and knowledge, then English Literature or English Language and Literature are for you. English students will develop a sensitive appreciation of a wide range of literary and cultural styles. English may be taken alongside a wide variety of other courses, although popular choices combine it with Humanities or Languages. It is a useful A Level for careers in Journalism or other MediaAdministration, Management, Publishing or specialised technical writing. A successful A Level English course will also provide you with a lasting interest in reading and writing, in the theatre and the vagaries of human nature. We offer two courses.

English Literature

English Language and Literature

English Literature involves close, informed study of prose, poetry and drama through class and private reading, discussion, presentations and essay writing. Texts for examination are prescribed but individual choices may be submitted for coursework.

English Language and Literature is a course designed to develop and nurture students’ skills in analysis of fiction, non-fiction and the spoken word. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop their own skills as self-reflective creative writers.

An informed personal response is developed through study of texts from different periods and varying social backgrounds. As well as studying set texts, students will be required to submit one piece of extended creative writing in response to reading of prose.

It is a course which encourages students to investigate the ways in which language can be used in a variety of contexts such as the media, the world of politics and the world of entertainment. Students study novels, drama texts, including Shakespeare, and a poetry anthology as part of the Literature element of the course; they produce several pieces of creative writing as part of the Language coursework element.

Theatre visits and workshops are often arranged by members of the English Faculty and it is hoped that students too will take the initiative in organising local visits and that the course will provide all students with a lasting interest in theatre.


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Geography & Global Issues

Geography & Global Issues Geography In today’s world, the emphasis is increasingly on the ways in which environments, societies and places interact. Geography avoids the problems inherent in over-specialisation and provides a unique contribution to education with its ability to bridge the ScienceHumanities divide. Geography combines well with a wide range of subjects and develops many transferable skills which are valuable for higher education and future career choices. At AS, the Changing Physical Environment unit includes the study of climate change, earthquakes and volcanoes, as well as rivers and flooding. In the Changing Human Environments unit we look at global population and settlement change. At A2 we will study a choice of contemporary themes, such as Extreme Environments (eg the desert/arctic) and development. The course is modular in organisation and each unit is taught from first principles. Whilst a background in GCSE Geography is useful, it is not essential. A variety of valuable skills are developed by the student of Geography. These include communications, numeracy and graphicacy, together with those skills of a more specific nature, such as problem solving, data collection and analysis. Fieldwork is an essential element of the course.

World Development This is an exciting A Level course which we started teaching in September 2006. Until then, it had only been available as a one year AS course but, due to so much demand, the WJEC has developed it into a full two year A Level course. The title ‘World Development’ has currency in both academic and educational fields and is associated with a ‘one world vision’. The concept of interdependence amongst the countries of the world is the over-arching theme as we study the impact of development on the earth’s resources, people and the environment.

“Geography is one of those richly comprehensive subjects whose relevance is all around us. Where we come from, what we do, what we eat, how we move about and how we shape our future are all directly the province of the geographer. More than ever we need the geographer’s skills and foresight to help us learn about our planet – how we use it and how we abuse it.”

It is a truly cross-curricular course which is largely concerned with economic growth, sustainable development, the management of the natural environment and issues surrounding global poverty and social justice in the twenty first century. It will appeal to students who wish to keep a broad balance to their studies by improving their knowledge of world issues. By its very nature, the subject “World Development” draws upon a range of other disciplines, especially Geography, Politics, Economics, Sociology and History, but the content is dealt with in a different way, contributing to its holistic approach. World Development studies are multi-disciplinary and students will learn to interpret and analyse a wide variety of comparative data. Wider skills, such as research, report writing and the ability to critically evaluate articles, which are sought by higher education and employers, are also developed as we progress through the course.

Michael Palin


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Humanities The study of Politics at this level presumes no previous knowledge, although a willingness to pursue an interest in current affairs is essential.

History emphasises logical analysis of past situations and teaches you to write fluent and persuasive English: this makes it a soughtafter qualification for a wide range of careers including journalism, accountancy, business management, teaching, the civil service, and the legal profession.

In the first year your studies will encompass a wide range of topics, including the British political system, pressure groups, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the European Union. Through a variety of teaching methods, such as debates and discussions, you will gain a thorough understanding of not only the institutions within which politics is enacted, but also an insight into the major issues confronting citizens of the UK today.

The issues covered are highly relevant to modern life: for example, the ways in which countries are governed, attempts to change official policies, the treatment of minority groups, and improving the lives of ordinary people. You will be encouraged to compare past and present situations - can we learn from the mistakes of the past? At AS Level you will study: • Aspects of the History of Britain c.1780-1846 • Aspects of the History of Germany from c.1933 to 1945

In your second year you will build on this foundation by focusing upon political ideas and ideologies. This component of the course is concerned with the philosophical assumptions upon which our society is founded. For example, can we enjoy both freedom and equality? What, if any, duties do we owe to the state? Are human beings inherently war-like, or can we exist without government?

The A2 course focuses on: • Overview of British History c.1780-c.1880 • Britain under Gladstone and Disraeli • The Czech crisis 1938-39 • Support, Opposition and Resistance within the Third Reich c.1933-1945

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to access a range of resource material – whether through the quality press, the internet or broadcast media – in order to become familiar with contemporary political issues and to contribute to classroom discussions with confidence.

History is a literary subject: therefore you will learn how to write clearly and concisely, especially when working to a time limit. You will have plenty of opportunities for debate and argument, based on exercises in which you marshal evidence for and against particular explanations of past events. History is also a research subject much time will be spent on private study reading and making notes to answer questions.

Politics can be studied with any combination of AS and A2 subjects and serves as an excellent preparation for all Humanities degrees. Given that it provides both contemporary and philosophical insights into the world within which we live, many lawyers and journalists will have studied Politics at some time during their education.

Each AS and A2 student is given copies of the main textbooks – you do not have to buy your own! In addition, significant numbers of relevant History books can be borrowed from the school library. Many lesson resources are available on the History Department website and students have access at school to the Internet. We encourage students to use the internet for research purposes, especially in connection with coursework.

History Understanding the past is the key to decoding the present. This makes our A Level History course both fascinating and engaging, providing detailed insights into 18th and 19th century England and Wales as well as modern European history. A Level History is also invaluable for developing vital analytical and research skills.



Government and Politics


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Law Why study this course?

Unit 2: Understanding Legal Reasoning, Personnel and Methods – Sources of European Law, Legislation, Statutory Interpretation, delegated legislation, doctrine of precedent, legal reasoning, court hierarchies, law reform, legal personnel.

Students will: • Find out how laws are made and applied • Understand the impact of European Law • Benefit from small class sizes • Study in an innovative and interactive way • Enhance their independent study skills • At A2, study Criminal Law in depth

Unit 3: Criminal Law and Justice – Factors which may negate criminal liability (defences), homicide, non-fatal offences against the person, police powers.

What can this course lead to?

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Unit 4: Criminal Law and Justice – Principles of criminal law and justice, factors which may negate criminal liability, prosecution & criminal trial processes, sentencing and the role of the courts.

AS Law is relevant to almost every aspect of everyday life and any legal knowledge will be useful whether students continue with their studies or enter employment Gives a thorough foundation for those intending to study Law A well regarded A Level which is accepted by all universities, for all degree courses

Method of Assessment: LA1: LA2: LA3: LA4:

Unit Content: Unit 1: Understanding Legal Structures and Processes – Development of the Common law & Equity, Rule of Law, Human Rights, Morality, Institutions of the European Union, Criminal and Civil Process, Sources of Funding.

Written Paper (1½ hours) Written Paper (1½ hours) Written Paper (1½ hours) Written Paper (2 hours)

Minimum Entry Requirement: GCSE Score of 5.5 including English at Grade C or above


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Religious Studies covers World Religions, issues in Religion, Art and the Media as well as an examination of religious perspectives on life, death and beyond. It is an academic discipline and trains students in handling and interpreting abstract concepts which will be of benefit in any profession or higher education course. Religious Studies can support a wide range of other AS/A Levels, particularly the Humanities. It provides skills which can be adapted to a wide range of careers including the legal profession, administration, management, journalism, social work, etc. This course requires a detailed study of how people interpret the meaning of life and apply it within a moral code. Students are asked to reflect on the effect of religion in today’s society. This course requires an open mind that focuses on philosophical issues and encourages debate and detailed analysis, as well as considering the importance of religious art and issues such as the opportunities and challenges of the Internet for religion. Learning support is based on a similar structure coupled with individual consultation with tutors. Students are also supported in developing their writing skills to meet the demands of this subject.



Psychology is the science of the mind. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour. Psychologists use human behaviour as a clue to the workings of the mind. Although we cannot observe the mind directly, everything we do, think, feel and say is determined by the functioning of the mind. So psychologists take human behaviour as the raw data for testing their theories about how the mind works. Research in Psychology therefore seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion, and behaviour.

What’s it all about? Sociology is the study of societies and the way that they shape, and are in turn shaped by, people’s behaviour, beliefs, attitudes and identity. Sociology is a wide-ranging and living subject dealing with all aspects of life and the problems that face modern society. It challenges many of the “common sense” notions that people may have concerning issues such as class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality. Sociology therefore attempts to explain human behaviour in a variety of situations. It operates at many different levels, from analysing the face-to-face interaction of daily life to examining the relationships between the social institutions that we spend most of our lives within.

The discipline of Psychology embraces all aspects of the human experience - from the functions of the brain to the environments in which humans and other animals develop; from child development to ageing. Psychologists study two critical relationships: one between brain function and behaviour, and one between the environment and behaviour. As scientists, psychologists follow scientific methods, using careful observation, experiments and analysis to learn more about the world in which we live and its inhabitants.

What will I learn? Sociology will give you the opportunity to reflect upon your own experiences of the world and give you new ways of seeing the world around you. From this point of view, Sociology offers the opportunity for personal development, and can provide you with the ‘tools’ to become a better informed and more socially aware member of society. You will also develop the necessary skills to assess different views and reach conclusions.

Psychologists are asked to find answers to questions such as: “How does memory work?”, “Is eyewitness testimony reliable as evidence in court?”, “Does stress really make you ill?”, “Why do people suffer from phobias, and how can we treat them?”, “How does the human brain work?”, “What is a split-brain operation?”, “Why do some people conform while others rebel?”

What about the content? Sociology analyses various institutions and patterns of inequality/difference, such as the family, mass media, crime and deviance, education, gender, class, ethnicity, etc. What can I do with it? Sociology is a flexible and versatile subject, which allows it to be easily combined with most AS / A / vocational courses. Sociology qualifications are almost universally accepted as an entry qualification to higher education and employment.

The study of Psychology provides an excellent stepping stone to work in a variety of subject-related professions, such as: clinical psychology, teaching, research, educational psychology, sports psychology, human resources and counselling. Psychology is also a good basis for many other careers.

Sociology results at Olchfa are well above the national average.



Religious Studies


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Languages French Through your study of French at GCSE, you will have already gained some knowledge and understanding of the language and culture of France and you will have developed a range of language skills. The study of French at AS/A level will enable you to: • further develop an interest in and enthusiasm for language learning communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in French for a • range of purposes • develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries where French is spoken • acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and/or employment • take your place in a multilingual global society You will be studying in a department with a proven track record of continuing success. The transition from GCSE to A Level is handled sensitively by staff, and your progress will be enhanced by the expertise of a foreign language assistant in your weekly conversation classes in small groups. The two topic areas you will study at AS are: Leisure and Lifestyles (travel, tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living, etc.) and The Individual and Society (relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture, education and training). At A Level, the two topic areas you will study are: Environmental Issues (technology, pollution, transport, energy, conservation and sustainability) and Social and Political Issues (the role of the media, racism, immigration, terrorism, the world of work) Nowadays, competence in a foreign language is an extremely desirable commodity. It distinguishes one candidate from another with similar qualifications. University courses increasingly include French as a combination subject with a wide variety of other subjects including Maths and Science. Careers involving direct and indirect use of French range from teaching, interpreting, marketing and sales to accountancy, banking, tourism and travel, engineering and business and social services. For further details, please contact Mrs J Cowley

German German is a major European language, spoken by millions of Europeans in Germany itself, Austria and Switzerland. Moreover it is a highly useful means of communication in several Eastern European countries and increasingly the language used in the dayto-day running of the European Community. The possession of qualifications in German has long been regarded as an indication of high academic standing, and therefore all institutions of higher education offer courses for continued study in German. Advanced study in German also promotes the development of one's powers of logic, and linguistic ability is proven to be directly related to the development of other cognitive skills.


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Since September 2008 a new team of teachers is in charge of teaching Welsh here at Olchfa – Mrs Eirlys Madoc-Jones, Mr Ryan Scourfield, Miss Aimee Allin and Miss Rachel James. We are eager and committed to providing a good programme of learning with varied, vibrant and informative lessons. We will work hard to ensure that every KS5 pupil achieves a good AS/A2 Level qualification in Welsh Second Language. Both the AS Level and A Level courses promote the appreciation of German civilisation and culture and provide an opportunity to undertake work experience in Germany.

Course Structure and Method of Assessment AS – Year 12

In this time of fast economic and technological change, of Britain's greater integration into Europe, and with Germany as Britain's greatest trading partner, linguistic competence in German has never been more crucial in terms of enhanced career prospects.


With existing knowledge of what pupils have achieved at GCSE, staff are able to enhance linguistic skills and ease the transition to A Level. The friendly atmosphere of classes is most conducive to practising speaking skills. Moreover, additional conversation classes are given by our German Language Assistant.



Unit 1 CA1

In pairs / groups talk about themselves, External oral Welsh media and popular culture, the examination Welsh film HEDD WYN

Unit 2 CA2

Folio of written Course Work

Internal assessment

Unit 3 CA1

Using Language and Poetry

Written examination

Spanish As Spanish is the second most widely-spoken language in the world, this course is particularly valuable and can open many career doors in the future.

A2 – Year 13 Units

In recent years it has become increasingly important that students acquire knowledge of and competence in foreign languages. In view of the growing importance of the European dimension of British business, nowadays many further education establishments have sought to provide a wide range of courses in modern languages such as Spanish, to enable the student to study a variety of disciplines with a strong linguistic element. Spanish and Management, Spanish and Law, Spanish and Information Systems, Spanish and European Studies, Spanish and Marketing/Business Studies are but a few of the options available post A Level.



Unit 4 CA4

Discuss the play SIWAN, popular culture

External oral examination

Unit 5 CA5

Study a series of short stories

Written examination

Unit 6 CA6

Using Language, Poetry and Appreciating Literature

Written examination

Hundreds of young people across Wales are opting to continue studying Welsh in Years 12/13 and follow the AS/A2 Level courses.

Nationally, Spanish has become very popular and the number of students studying Spanish in schools and universities has increased rapidly in the last few years.

Why study Welsh?

The department strongly recommends that if you are thinking about the possibility of studying a language at A Level with other disciplines, you seriously consider Spanish. Within a few months you will be surprised to discover that you will be able to understand and communicate in a great deal of Spanish. You will attend a weekly conversation lesson with a Spanish native speaker who will enable you to use the language orally very soon.

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It is a very intensive course demanding dedication and commitment, but one which has been pursued very successfully by hundreds of students over the last 25 years. Students have said that the degree of progress achieved in a short time is remarkable and most satisfying.


Young students are becoming more aware that Welsh is increasingly used as a business language, especially within the public sector. The ability to speak Welsh and use Welsh could offer different career options. Young people choose to learn Welsh for personal aspiration. The course will enable them to enjoy and develop a sense of pride in Wales and the Welsh Language. The subject combines well with a variety of other subjects. The course develops analytical, philosophical and thinking skills. Learning Welsh could give young people the opportunity to expand their horizons - both in their career choices and socially within the wider community in Wales.




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We can also offer one A level in Mathematics and a completely distinct AS level in Further Mathematics. Any student interested in this option, or Double Mathematics, should contact Miss Stevens, Learning Co-ordinator for Mathematics, for further information.

Mathematics is more than just figures on a page – it is about problem solving . . . which is not quite as routine as it sounds! Mathematicians learn to be analytical by taking a real life problem and turning it into a mathematical model. If you choose Maths, you will develop problem-solving strategies used in a wide variety of careers.

We are well aware that studying Maths can be a challenge – that is one reason why it is so worthwhile! Should you choose to study Mathematics at Olchfa you will find the staff well qualified, experienced and willing to support you in your work.

Mathematics has always been essential for Engineering and the Physical Sciences and is now becoming increasingly important in the Social Sciences, Medicine, Management and Business. However, Mathematics is not only studied for its applications – it has a fascination and beauty of its own characterised by precision and logical rigour.

You will find yourself part of a department which prides itself on its excellent results – all well above national averages. All we ask is that you have studied Mathematics at GCSE Higher Tier, achieving at least a ‘B’ grade.

At Olchfa we are able to offer a choice of three Mathematical courses as a single choice at AS/A Level – Pure with Mechanics, Pure with Statistics and Pure Mathematics. For the real enthusiast there is the ‘Double’ Mathematics course, which leads to two A Levels – Mathematics and Further Mathematics.




PE, Sport, Leisure and Health

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PE, Sport, Leisure and Health Leisure Studies

Health and Social Care

This is an exciting new course, which gives students a broad introduction to the leisure business. Through case studies and visits, it helps them to develop skills and apply knowledge to a variety of leisure organisations and situations.

Health and Social Care is a varied course, which deals with the health and social welfare and needs of the individual and vulnerable groups within our society.

It requires no previous experience of the subject and can be studied alongside a variety of other courses eg Economics, Geography, Sociology, Business Studies, ICT.

At AS level you will study: • Equal Opportunities and the Client’s Rights • Communication within Health, Social Care and Education • Promoting Good Health

The AS course examines aspects and issues associated with: UNIT 1 The Leisure Industry UNIT 2 Working Practices in Leisure UNIT 3 The Leisure Customer

The A2 course focuses on: • Care Practice and Provision • Social Trends • Child Development

Units 1 and 3 are Assignment based, whilst Unit 2 is assessed by a one and a half hour examination.

AS and A2 involve you organising placements at local providers to help you complete the course.

AS Modules are designed to give students the opportunity to investigate local issues and events as part of their Assignment work.

If you have thought about a career in the health, social care or education sectors then this course is an excellent preparation for all degrees in this area.

The course is designed so as to provide a progression route to higher education or further training for employment, and is examined at GCE AS and A2 Level. A2 modules are: UNIT 4 UNIT 5 UNIT 6

Assessment is a mixture of course work and examinations. You will be asked to produce four assignments which account for 66% of the total score and you will sit two theory examinations which account for 33% of the overall mark.

Leisure in Action Employment in Leisure Current Issues in Leisure

You may follow the subject up to AS level or complete the two year course and obtain an A2 Level in this subject.

Unit 4 offers students the opportunity to develop the skills required to organise a Leisure Event, whilst Unit 6 allows them to investigate an issue/topic of their own choice related to leisure.


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What is the Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)? The qualification will enable you to develop the essential skills and knowledge for starting a career in the sports sector, with a specific focus on sports development, coaching and fitness. The qualification will give you insight into the various different occupational routes you can take within the sector, plus help you progress in existing employment, or move onto further study. The course consists of two compulsory core units plus five specialist units (which will total 720 guided learning hours). The structure of the course focuses on areas such as sport and exercise massage, rules, regulations and officiating in sport or exercise, health and lifestyle. Please note that the units studied may vary to meet local or learner needs.

Where will this qualification take me? Employment opportunities With the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, you can progress straight into employment. If successful there are a wide variety of prospective careers that you can explore, for example: health and fitness instructor, sports therapist or sports development officer.

Physical Education AS/A2 Physical Education offers a unique insight into the theoretical and practical elements of sport and the analysing of human movement. The Physical Education course is a diverse and multifaceted qualification that incorporates sports science, sports psychology and the sociology of sports performance, alongside high level practical performance and analysis.

Further vocational and academic qualifications The BTEC National Certificate in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) has the equivalence of two GCE A Levels, and it is possible for you to progress further into higher education, as successful BTEC National qualifications give UCAS points for university applications.

At AS level students will study the theoretical components of Anatomy and Physiology, Skill Acquisition and Contemporary Issues. These challenging theoretical components sit alongside a practical component which involves the performance of two sports and the further critical analysis of one of those sports.

How long will it take me to complete this qualification? It will take two academic years to complete.

What are the entry requirements? The entry requirements for the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Award in Sport are the same as all A Level courses at Olchfa. In addition, an interest in sport and some practical potential will help you succeed in achieving the qualification.

At A2 level students develop the topics introduced at AS, and are exposed to the areas of Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology and the History of Sport. They will also receive practical assessment under effective performance criteria.

How can I find out more? Ask Mr Evans or a member of the PE Department for more information.

The nature of the course encourages the student to develop a whole range of transferable skills across a broad range of topic areas. The course encourages the key skills of ICT, working with others and communication. The critical analysis of sport encourages students to interact with groups of peers and staff alike and has tremendous benefits with regard to the development of confidence levels. Pupils considering the course should obviously have a keen interest in all aspects of sport and should possess a background in sports performance. The course is suitable particularly for students who have studied GCSE Physical Education.


PE, Sport, Leisure and Health

Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)

Performing Arts

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We study 18th and 19th Century instrumental music and 20th Century Jazz and Pop. For A2 the emphasis changes to 20th Century music.

Drama is a unique subject at A Level in that it allows you to work collectively in a creative and practical way. Not only will you learn more about the theatrical process in both theory and practice but you can also expect to develop a range of key skills demanded by group working and exploration. It is for these reasons that Drama is a valuable subject for both personal development and University matriculation.

The EdExcel AS Music Technology course focuses on three tasks: Sequenced Realised Performance, Multi-Track Recording and Creative Sequenced Arrangement.

The study of Post-16 Drama also offers strong preparation for those students wishing to pursue the subject vocationally or seeking employment / training in areas which require a high degree of social skills / confidence and interaction with others.

There are many opportunities for you to broaden your musical skills even if you do not choose to study Music at AS or A Level. The school has an Orchestra and String Orchestra, Wind Band, Jazz Group, Olchfa Brass and Junior Brass, Choir, Chamber Choir and Male Voice Choir. In addition we can provide accommodation and facilities [for example drum kits, amps and electronic keyboards] for many smaller groups to rehearse including rock and pop groups.

The focus of this course is on the creative and practical skills of acting. You can therefore expect to be working in groups developing social skills such as confidence, leadership and positive interaction.

Instrumental lessons are provided free of charge by a team of eight peripatetic teachers from the County Music Service. At present we are able to provide tuition for each orchestral instrument as well as guitar [acoustic and electric], keyboard and drum-kit/percussion. The team of peripatetic staff makes a valuable contribution to the extra-curricular activities provided by the Music Department.

The rehearsal process allows groups to develop performance skills based on use of voice and body to create character and present them to an audience. Therefore the creative, practical skills will always be underpinned by a theoretical awareness of the demands of performance. A key feature of this learning will be the exploration of texts and frequent visits to the theatre to see how ideas are applied by professional companies.

We have been represented in the NYOW with several of our instrumentalists in different national ensembles.

Please note that for examination purposes all candidates studying AS and A2 will need to be photographed and their practical work recorded on video.

There are important whole-school musical events in the calendar each year. In November we put on a major production and in 2009 this was ‘Annie’. This has a significant input from students in Years 12 and 13. The Carol Service, in St Paul’s Church, Sketty, provides an opportunity for each of the major school groups to perform.

Music We offer WJEC AS and A2 courses in Music, as well as EdExcel AS in Music Technology.

In the Spring Term our musicians perform in the Annual Presentation Evening at the Brangwyn Hall.

WJEC AS Music focuses on Performing, Composing and Listening.


Performing Arts

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Science Physics


If you have ever wondered ‘Why is the sky blue?’, ‘How does a mobile phone work?’ or ‘How does the sun keep on shining?’, then you should consider studying Physics.

Chemistry occupies a central position in science. It has links with Physics, Materials and Engineering, and also with the Biological and Environmental Sciences and Medicine. Its applications form the basis of industry and indeed our everyday life. Our clothes, the paper we write on, the food we eat, even the celebratory drink when we pass our exams have been made better by chemists.

A Level Physics is an important qualification for many careers. It is a fascinating and stimulating area of study which continually challenges students and demands creative thinking.

Above all, Chemistry is the science of life: all life depends on chemical change. A Level Chemistry will be found to be a useful qualification for a wide variety of Science, Engineering and other courses in Higher Education and is an essential subject requirement for courses in Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and many Biology-based courses. It will be acceptable for a whole range of courses in Law, Accountancy, Management, Geology, Geography, Marketing, Computing, Surveying, Environmental Studies and Agriculture.

There are many career paths that can be taken with a post-16 qualification in Physics - communication; astronomy; transport and aerospace engineering; research and development; education; meteorology; environmental science; medicine and health; oceanographer; audio technician and many others. Physics will also teach and enhance many of your key skills such as application of number, ICT, problem solving and logical thinking. Therefore even if you do not feel that Physics is essential for your career, it could still prove to be a useful qualification. This is why Physics is so highly regarded by universities and employers.

The Chemistry staff at Olchfa are committed to maximising the success of our students, by teaching the content of the course in combination with learning strategies designed to get the most out of our students. This commitment is reflected in the fact that the great majority of our Chemistry students have been accepted onto the Higher Education courses of their choice.

We will be offering the new AQA (A) course at AS and A2 Level. This involves no coursework but practical and investigative skills are assessed in the same way as they are at GCSE, that is through individual PSAs and ISAs.

We emphasise a practical approach designed to bring the ideas of Chemistry alive and make them relevant to our students. The skills they can acquire on the course are transferable to other areas, whether or not they go on to study Chemistry at a higher level.

Students interested in studying Physics will need to have competed GCSE Physics or Core plus Additional Science all at Higher Tier level.


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Biology Biology is one of the most popular A-Level subjects in the country. The new AS/A2 specifications were examined for the first time in 2009. They build on the concepts and skills that will have been developed in the new GCSE Science specifications. Biology is presented as being exciting, relevant and challenging, and will perform a useful educational function for students intending to study Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry, Physiotherapy, Nursing, etc. The specifications emphasise the way in which scientists work and the contribution of science to modern society. It involves the study of a wide range of topics ranging from Molecular Biology to the study of Ecosystems and from Micro-organisms to Mammoths. In Year 12 you’ll study three major topics: • Biology and Disease • The Variety of Living Organisms plus • Practical Assignment – to sharpen your investigative skills Year 13 has also has three academic topics: • Populations and the Environment • Control in Cells and in Organisms plus • Investigative and Practical Skills Olchfa Biology Department has a varied selection of text books and word processed notes. Students receive regular practice in past paper questions, essays and laboratory skills. Emphasis is placed on the application of biological facts and principles. The course helps students develop a number of skills: • How to collect data and evaluate it. • How to investigate facts and make deductions. • How to put over your point of view effectively. • How to take responsibility for your own learning. Potential AS students should have studied GCSE Higher Tier specifications.



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Enrichment Citizenship Citizenship at AS will provide you with an insight into some of the most challenging questions facing Britain today. The first unit explores issues concerning identity in contemporary Britain. What do we mean by British? Are we a multicultural society and how have patterns of migration contributed to Britain? With these issues in mind, students then study problems surrounding inequality, prejudice and disadvantage and ways in which they can be reduced. Finally, the last section looks at the rights citizens enjoy and the responsibilities they owe. Unit two picks up on and develops these themes by examining where the power lies in the UK and how citizens can make a difference. The course is examined through a combination of traditional essays and participation in active citizenship, where students focus upon their own contribution to society.

Critical Thinking

Creative Writing

Critical Thinking is a skills-based rather than content-based A Level. It develops the ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate ideas and arguments and can support thinking skills in all subject areas, from arts and humanities to sciences. Are you passionate about using your grey matter to reach logical answers? If so, this is the course for you.

This course offers a range of strategies and possibilities to help students develop as writers. Through the study of a cross section of lively and contemporary literature, students will explore and improve their own writing skills in four key modules: • Exploring Contemporary Poetry • The Comedy Sketch • Writing for Radio • The Short Story

Why is Critical Thinking so popular? It is certainly one of the fastest growing AS/A Levels around. Many find that proficiency in the core skills of Critical Thinking is vital to successful academic study at all levels. And the good news is that research provides evidence that these skills are transferable into achievement in other school subjects. In many ways, this is not surprising. A good grasp of analysis, an understanding of what constitutes a sound argument, knowing how to spot flaws and weaknesses in the reasoning, and the ability to compose coherent and focused arguments are all at the heart of academic endeavour.

While this course is not externally assessed, each unit will culminate in the submission of a coursework folder, including the publication of a poetry anthology, a filmed comedy sketch, a class recording of a play for voices and a short story to be included in the class collection.

Why learners should study for an AS-Level in Critical Thinking • It provides learners with skills such as analysis, evaluation and the ability to compose reasoned and coherent arguments which can benefit their performance across a range of subjects both in the humanities and sciences.

The emphasis of each of these modules will be highly practical, with a range of exercises and activities designed to ignite and sustain the writing impulse. Students will be encouraged to be confident, adventurous and constructively self-critical in their creative writing, while valuing the importance of their own experience and observations. As part of the course, students will be involved in a wide range of writing related activities including sessions led by guest authors, public readings and creative writing trips. All students will be encouraged to participate in local arts events and build upon the links we have with the Dylan Thomas Centre and Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre for Wales.

It provides opportunities for learners to think deeply, and in a structured way, about issues that are key to participating in society, eg ethical questions, cultural issues and issues of personal responsibility.

A Level Critical Thinking drives higher-order thinking skills and is valued by universities as well as employers. It offers excellent preparation for study at Higher Education level but also prepares learners for the tests they will be asked to complete while looking for employment.

Learners with an A Level in Critical Thinking have secured places in some of the country’s most reputable universities.

This course is suitable not only for aspiring writers, but for any students with a strong enquiring interest in reading, writing and performance.


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Film Studies is an enjoyable, interesting and diverse subject for those students with a real passion for film, film theory and film history. More and more students are studying this subject across the UK because it helps to prepare them for promising careers in Journalism and the media.

The AS-Level Photography: Lens and Light-based Media course is designed to explore light based media through the mediums of traditional and digital photography. Students will develop skills in photography through personal enquiry, experimentation and manipulation within the media over two years.

This exciting and diverse course aims to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the 20th Century. The specification builds on the cineliteracy learners have developed informally since childhood. They will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. They will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form. A variety of forms of assessment are used, with the intention of producing imaginative, active learners. In particular, the specification explores the relationship between the film and the individual by exploring how films create meanings and produce both intellectual and emotional responses. Additionally, the aesthetic and sensory qualities of film are emphasised as integral to a study of the interaction between films and spectators. Analysis is enabled by the application of critical approaches appropriate to this level, as well as through creative project work.


The study of film producers and audiences explores issues of production and consumption: the supply of and demand for films. Some of the recurring debates within film culture will be explored. These include the global dominance of Hollywood, strategies for supporting indigenous film and the significance of fandom. The specification introduces students to the diverse range of film forms and film styles developed in different places throughout the history of cinema. In giving students the opportunity to study significant film movements and aspects of national cinema, it is intended that an interest in film culture will be fostered which can be taken forward in lifelong learning. This course really does require a strong work ethic as a large number of coursework tasks require students to set essay questions for themselves based on their own choice of film.

Students will produce over the duration of the course a portfolio of work journals exploring different themes set by the department which fit the needs of the specification. These will include gaining knowledge and understanding of the use of light, viewpoint, composition, focus, shutter speed and aperture as well as the use of traditional and digital darkroom processing. Work journals will also provide evidence of personal enquiry and expression involving the selection, manipulation of images and show connections with the work of others. The work journals and the outcomes produced from them form the coursework element of the AS Level and will be developed using lesson time and homework. At the end of the course they will take an eight hour exam which they will have a number of weeks to prepare for. The theme for the exam is chosen by the exam board.

Course Outline You will work towards the AS-Level in Art and Design: Photography Lens and Light-based Media with the WJEC Exam Board.Specification number 1051/1052

Exam Board Specification The specification is designed to encompass four principal areas. These areas are incorporated into the four Assessment Objective headings: • Contextual understanding • Creative making • Reflective recording • Personal presentation

By the end of the course Students are assessed on the coursework and final exam. The coursework portfolio of work counts for 60% of the AS-Level. This is the work that the students have produced in the lesson and for homework. The controlled assignment accounts for 40% of the final marks and is externally set and includes a controlled test that will be a continuous period of focused study of eight hours. It is strongly recommended that pupils wishing to study this course invest in a good quality Digital SLR as, although both film and digital cameras will be available for use, the experience one gains from getting to really know your own camera is invaluable.



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Media Studies A Level Media Studies is a fascinating subject that is about a lot more than just watching TV! Students will be given the opportunity to explore the significant role that the media plays in our 21st century lifestyles. The course allows pupils to create their own media products such as magazine front covers, short films, CD covers, newspaper articles and much more. In recent years the mass media have become an important focus for exploration by students in an increasingly media saturated world. This course offers candidates a framework through which they can study the distinctive contributions which the mass media make to their understanding and enjoyment of the world in which they live. Through a variety of approaches to the changing media environment students will develop a critical and analytical approach to the range of media texts, as well as the media institutions which create and circulate them. This will include attention to the textual characteristics of the forms of output and representation to be found in those media texts. Candidates will further explore the kinds of relationships the texts propose with audiences, through a range of research, pre-production and production activities. The framework will be further extended by directing attention to the deeper study of selected media industries and to the changes and debates surrounding the deployment, expansion and impact of media technologies such as the Internet and the growth of digital media within an international context.

The Welsh Baccalaureate A small group of students will be offered the opportunity to study for the “Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma” in order to broaden their studies and gain an additional 120 UCAS points (equivalent to an extra ‘A grade at A Level). The Welsh Baccalaureate is an over-arching qualification formed of two parts:

The specifications build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in GCSE Media Studies and it will be of advantage to candidates to have progressed from such a course in GCSE Media Studies, where the basic concepts and approaches which this specification seeks to extend and develop will have been established. This specification will progress through a series of linked units which have greater depth and breadth than GCSE and offer greater opportunities for analysis, personal research, deeper knowledge of media forms and production work. It is not, however, a condition that candidates should have followed a course in GCSE Media Studies as this specification has been designed to attract candidates with a broad based set of qualifications.


The Options are the A level subjects that students take now. Students must achieve a pass grade in at least 2 subjects.


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The Core is the new and innovative part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. It is compulsory and includes four components: Wales, Europe and the World Work Related Education Personal and Social Education

These three components are designed to offer opportunities for students to achieve the fourth component: Key Skills

Students wishing to be considered for the Welsh Baccalaureate should write it in as an option on page 2 of the “Preliminary Application and Survey Form”.


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Vocational Courses Vocational Qualification for the Sports Industry

These are work related subjects where students learn about these areas within the ‘real world.’ While studying on one of these courses all students will develop both academically and socially as they have to communicate with people from different organisations, work within groups and make oral as well as written presentations of their work. Most courses involve a period of work placement, which is directly linked to the study. These vocational courses can be studied alongside the more traditional AS or A Levels.

BTEC National Certificate in Sport Level 3 “Enhance your sport knowledge” BTEC qualifications are aimed at pupils seeking a career in the sports industry. This qualification has been accredited onto the National Qualification Framework (NQF) at Level 3. It has been developed to recognise candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding of the sports industry. Pupils study in preparation for employment in job roles in an operative or supervisory level within a wide range of sport related environments. In addition this qualification is suitable for those wishing to gain a Level 3 qualification to support further study in Further Education and Higher Education.

BTEC National Certificate in Sport Level 3 The certificate is ideal for candidates wishing to complete the qualification within 2 years, and is equivalent to studying 2 A Levels. (See PE/Sports course Section.)

OCR Level 2 National Certificate in Business This qualification is equivalent to 4 GCSEs A* to C. It is a one year course and is relevant to the real world. You will learn about how products are bought and sold, how businesses are organised, the importance of communication in business as well as recruitment procedures and customer care. The course will involve a period of work placement. The style of learning is beneficial to those students who work well with a system of continual assessments, as all the course is assignment based.


Vocational Courses

At Olchfa we offer Vocational Courses in the Business and Sport areas.


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Courses Available

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Courses Available

How to combine courses

The courses available at Olchfa School in post-16 classes are: • GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science • OCR Level 2 National Certificate in Business and • a wide range of GCE A/AS Levels, the OCR National Certificate/Diploma in Sport Level 3 and the Welsh Baccalaureate.

These courses can be combined in a variety of ways, and students from Olchfa and Bishopston will be given the opportunity to discuss the best pattern of courses with the school’s Post-16 Team and careers staff on a one to one basis. Students joining from other schools should contact Mrs B Ryan to arrange an appointment to do this.

It is also possible for sixth formers to resit a number of other GCSEs by attending Year 11 classes for particular subjects.

AS Levels are completed in the first year of Sixth Form and students may take up to five of these, taking three or four on to A Level in the second year by completing an A2 course.

A number of AS Levels do not require prospective students to have studied the subject previously at GCSE. These include: Computing, Critical Thinking, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, ICT, Music, Physical Education, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish and World Development.

AS Levels are easier, in terms of both content and assessment, than the A2 courses necessary to complete the A Level. It is possible to start new AS courses in the student’s upper sixth year, and all students have opportunity to achieve the Key Skills national qualification if they so wish.

Swansea Sixth Forms’ Consortium

Combinations that students might take include:

For some years now we have worked very closely with the other Sixth Forms in Swansea to give our students a greater choice of courses.

Starting 5 subjects at Advanced Level, which after 2 years leads to: plus 1 AS • 4 A Levels or 3 A Levels plus 2 AS •

For those who wish, this involves spending two afternoons a week at another school, with transport provided. This may be to take a subject that, although provided at Olchfa, we cannot fit with your other subjects. Alternatively you may wish to take courses that we do not provide here.

Starting 4 Advanced subjects, leading to: • 4 A Levels • or 3 A Levels plus 1 AS Level

For further details on any course please contact the school by telephone, by post, or at an open evening.

Some students will start 3 Advanced subjects leading to: • 3 A Levels • or 2 A Levels plus 1 AS Level

The availability of all courses is subject to there being a viable level of demand and staffing.


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Young Enterprise

The Sixth Form places considerable emphasis on study along traditional academic or vocational lines, but recognises the great value of extra-curricular activity in developing social and organisational skills as the student moves into the independence and responsibility of adulthood.

Young Enterprise is a UK wide programme which aims to give young people the experience of setting up and running their own company for one year. It is open to students in Year 12 at the school and has a long tradition of being an interesting and rewarding extracurricular activity. The participants think of an idea, elect a board of directors from within the group, raise share capital, and market and finance a product or service of their own choice. At the end of the year they present a report and accounts to their shareholders.

The Block A particular strength of the Sixth Form is the large number of events and projects students initiate and organise themselves. All Sixth Form Students share a Sixth Form Common Room and terrace at break, lunchtime and during their private study time, as an alternative to supervised library conditions. The Common Room is well equipped with TV, coffee, soft drinks and snack machines as well as pool and football tables.

Company members gain experience of the real world; taking responsibility and being accountable to their shareholders for the running of the business. They attend Trade Fairs at which they sell their product or service.

The Common Room, which is very much the Sixth Formers’ own province, is, in many ways, the hub of social activity. From this comes a steady stream of ideas and projects for Sixth Form social events, business schemes and charity fund raising. Suggestions are channelled through elected Sixth Form representatives and the level of activity depends very much on the enthusiasm of the students involved. In most years this is considerable, with students organising, for example, discos, several companies under the Young Enterprise Scheme, a host of charity fund-raising drives and the Sixth Form Ball.

There is also an optional Young Enterprise examination offering a recognised OCR qualification, and an annual competition to identify the top companies in the UK and Europe. The school has been particularly successful in the Swansea area and has represented the county at national level. The programme aims to simulate the real world of business but in a fun and enjoyable way. The next Bill Gates may well be a director in one of our Young Enterprise companies!


Community Involvement

The Sixth Form at Olchfa offers a very full range of sports and outdoor activities, so students with an interest in sport, will find every opportunity to participate in their chosen activity. Our facilities include two full-size rugby pitches, a full size football pitch, sports hall, two gymnasiums, red gravel hockey pitch, cricket nets, swimming pool and a fitness training gym.

The Sixth Form is extremely involved in the local community making the most of a wide range of links with local businesses, charities and hospitals. Those students considering a career in teaching take advantage of a programme giving them work experience at local junior schools. Within the school community, sixth formers can take responsibility in dealing with and helping younger students through organising competitions, “mentoring” students with achievement difficulties, involvement in our anti-bullying schemes and helping younger readers through our “buddy” scheme.

Students are encouraged to participate in school representative teams; however, there is a great deal of opportunity to participate in physical recreation for its own sake. The Physical Education Department attempts to be as flexible as possible, so if you have an idea, please see us.

Drama The Sixth Form provides an excellent opportunity for those interested in all aspects of Drama to perform or to assist with school productions. Auditions are held annually for the school musical where acting/singing/dancing skills are required. Perhaps you would like to be part of the backstage team where we are always in need of students to take responsibility for lighting, set, stage management or front of house duties. All you need to do is to make yourself known to any member of the Music or Drama departments at the beginning of the year. For those who wish to study Drama on a more formal basis, there is the opportunity to follow the Drama AS Level course, utilising our well-equipped drama facilities.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-Curricular Activities

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Why should you give serious consideration to participation in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Olchfa? When it comes to gaining a place at the University of your choice or getting onto the short-list for a career or job, you will be in competition with other people who have good A Level results or a good Degree and that is fine! You will need an edge! In addition to academic or vocational qualifications, a Gold Award can say a lot of things about you and set you apart from the crowd. It says - that you have ‘stickability’; that you can work effectively as a member of a team; that you can organise yourself and others; that you are a caring person; that you can work effectively with people who are older than you … and lots of other marketable attributes. All Students who are over the age of Sixteen are eligible to participate in the GOLD AWARD, providing you have completed the Bronze and Silver sections of the Award. The AWARD at GOLD LEVEL is made up of FIVE SECTIONS:

Service - Which involves giving some form of beneficial service to the community in which you live.

Skill - Which involves the development of new or existing skills or hobbies.

Physical Activity - Which involves participation in some Sport or other Physical Activity and developing your Skill, Technique and Knowledge.

Residential Project - Which involves a period of FIVE DAYS/FOUR NIGHTS away from home with no more than two of your friends, joining a worthwhile activity with other young people. For example : - an environmental project; helping with a holiday for disadvantaged children etc.

Expedition or Exploration - This involves FOUR DAYS/THREE NIGHTS camping and journeying. The EXPEDITION requires a 50 mile (80 km) ‘Journey with a Purpose’ and the EXPLORATION requires a minimum of ten hours journeying over the four days with a suitably enhanced ‘Purpose’. Between these two extremes, any intermediate combination may be agreed.

There is a popular misconception that the Award Scheme is about climbing up mountains. There is a lot more to it than that! By the way, you might just enjoy the experience and make new friends! If you want to get the edge out there, get yourself a Gold Award.


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Student Support courses for the student during Year 13. This process begins in the spring term and includes the availability of counselling in the summer vacation, in the weeks after the publication of the AS results. All students have full access to the Library for private study. This features a comprehensive range of books, periodicals and newspapers, as well as an Information Communication Technology area with access to internet and PCs. The inclusion of student access to photocopying and audio visual facilities makes this a modern, well-equipped, pleasant working environment.

All these staff are very experienced in post-16 teaching and counselling, and they work closely with the Head of Guidance and Personal Development and Careers Wales West officers to provide both careers and higher education guidance for all members of the Sixth Form. Throughout a student's SixthForm career his/her group tutor will monitor his/her progress in key skills and Higher Education and training applications carefully, consulting with other staff as necessary.

Careers and Guidance Careers and guidance activities in Olchfa Sixth Form Centre continue the work begun in earlier years. All students are supported and encouraged in nurturing positive aspirations based on realistic selfappraisal and awareness of the steps and processes needed to achieve their goals. The Learning Leaders for Years 12 and 13 work closely with the Careers Service and Learning Coordinator for PSE to ensure ongoing support.

With the exception of those taking only applied A Levels, all students have some form of interim internal/external examinations. These examinations serve a number of purposes. First, and foremost, they provide the opportunity for students to consolidate and assess their understanding of the work covered up to that date. Secondly, they are a formal objective assessment of students' progress which can be conveyed to both parents and prospective universities and colleges or employers in references. If there is cause for serious concern over standards of academic progress, the student and parents will be invited to discuss the matter.

Carefully timed provision for all post-16 students occurs at key times. An opportunity to consider choices is provided by the post GCSE counselling service available in the school, from the arrival of examination results until the start of term.

Parents’ Evenings for each of Year 12 and 13 are held annually, while reports are issued after each set of examinations.

All students have an independent career interview with a Careers Adviser in Year 12. In Years 12 or 13 individual interview simulations can be provided for those seeking employment or a Higher Education place. The school Careers Department is also involved in assisting with individual choices and in the post AS and A2 Level results counselling service.

A feature of Year 12 is the close consultation between the individual student and the Sixth Form Team to decide the best combination of


Student Support

The strength of the student support system at Olchfa is that students are allocated to tutor groups that meet with the group tutor daily. He or she is the member of staff from whom students first seek advice and are overseen by the Learning Leader and Director of Studies.

Student Support

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Individual Guidance The importance of guidance on an individual basis is considerable, even within a comprehensive system of careers education. Students are encouraged to negotiate with teaching staff, using ALLIS and predicted grades, to attain a realistic self-assessment, so that they can set themselves appropriate achievement targets and career ambitions. Learners are assisted in this by individual interviews with their form tutor, and with the Learning Leader in Year 13. On these occasions they will be given detailed counselling by experienced staff on employment or Higher Education application forms.

Resouces Resources are located in the Careers Centre in the Library, with form tutors and with the Learning Leaders for Years 12 and 13. In addition to prospectuses, information about sponsorships and the major higher education guides, the Careers Library also offers specific careers information, directories, videos, ICT facilities, books and career leaflets. Notices of vacancies of interest to students are also displayed on the career noticeboard.

Oxbridge Support

The Pastoral Guidance Worker also provides guidance and counselling on an individual basis for those experiencing any difficulty or uncertainty.

In addition to the individual interview with the Careers Adviser in Year 12, the Pastoral Guidance Worker and Post-16 team are available to see Year 12 and 13 students as often as necessary. The Director of Studies is available for consultation at all Parents' Evenings, and at any other time by appointment or otherwise.

Each year the school sends several students to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Students interested in these universities are closely counselled throughout by staff with close working relationships with individual colleges, built up over the school's long tradition of providing them with successful applicants. Specialist support is offered by the school’s dedicated Oxbridge coordinator.


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Joining Olchfa Sixth Form Entry Procedures

The school day starts at 8.30 am with the last formal lessons ending at 3.00 pm, although the individual student’s finishing time is flexible according to their timetables. Most students have approximately seven hours “free” time available per week to spend either relaxing in the Common Room or studying in the Library. Home study is permitted when a student has no lesson in any half-day session.

Offers of places in Olchfa Sixth Form will be made by June. Requests received after this date can only be approved if Year 12 numbers are below the statutory limit of 300. Interested students should return the Application Form enclosed with this prospectus by the date indicated, shortly after our February Open Evening, in order that we may do our best to provide the combination of subjects requested:

Entry Requirements There are no formal entry requirements, in terms of examination results, for entry to Olchfa Sixth Form Centre. There are guidelines for acceptance on to particular courses.

Year 11 students in Olchfa

Entry on to a particular AS Level Subject Course

Year 11 students in Bishopston

Where the subject has been taken at GCSE we would normally expect the candidate to have achieved C grade or above, and an A or B would be admirable. It depends on the subject and the student.

In the envelope provided by February half term

To Form Tutors by the end of February half term

All other students Please return the form directly to Mrs B Ryan at the address below.

Guidelines on the number of A Levels taken For September 2010 entry, universities where competition for places is strong, will be expecting students to have started four subjects, but equally there will be many degree courses where only three or two subjects are required.

Should the form not be enclosed with this prospectus, contact Mrs Ryan by telephone (01792 534300) or post (Director Post-16 Studies, Olchfa School, Gower Road, Sketty, Swansea SA2 7AB). Once the Application Form is received you will be contacted to confirm your choice of courses.

We normally expect six GCSE grades at C or above to take three or more AS Levels and five such passes to take two AS Levels in the first year. These AS Levels may then be converted to A Levels by following the A2 courses in the Upper Sixth. Applied AS courses normally require four GCSEs or more at grade C or better. We would stress that the guidelines listed above are just that and may be subject to negotiation in individual cases, as is entry to GCSE, and the Level 2 OCR National Certificate courses. At the end of any course, entry for the examination is paid for by the school, provided that attendance and completion of assignments are both satisfactory and punctual. We do not "select" examination candidates.


Joining Olchfa Sixth Form

The School Day

How to find us

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Results Subject/Grade Analysis Qualification: GCE Subject Entries Art & Design 12 Biology Human 4 Biology 37 Business 14 Chemistry 48 Chinese 1 Computer Studies/Computing 12 D&T Product Design 8 Drama 18 Economics 22 English Language & Literature 18 English Literature 19 French 9 Geography 26 German 10 Health & Social Care 9 History 42 Information Technology 13 Leisure & Tourism 3 Mathematics Further 6 Mathematics 82 Music 5 Physics 37 Politics 22 Psychology 29 Religious Studies 12 Russian 1 Sociology 30 Spanish 9 Sport/PE Studies 35 World development 9

A Level Results Summer 2009


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