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contents Your Path to success Art and Design biology business studies chemistry computing critical thinking Drama and theatre studies economics english Language english Literature Film studies Foreign Language (to include French, German and spanish) Further Maths General studies Geography Government and Politics History Human biology Ict Maths Music Music technology Philosophy & ethics (Religious studies) Photography Physical education Physics Product Design (Graphics) Psychology Your Path to success – Vocational btec National Level 3 in business btec National Level 3 in sport btec National Level 3 in science Your Path to success – Pre-u Global Perspectives and Independent Research Your Path to success – sports Academies Golf Academy Rugby Academy

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Your Path to success

We offer a wide and flexible range of programmes, each carefully constructed to help maximise your sixth Form experience and realise your ambitions. Naturally, your A-Level or btec course will sit at the heart of your chosen pathway, with each one enhanced by a range of popular combinations and options designed to meet your individual needs and provide opportinities for academic challenge, breadth of study and personal development.

For elite athletes, our sports Academies offer the unique possibility to combine academic and sporting programmes in a way that balances top quality adeuctation with outstanding coaching and training opportunities

... the academic rigour required to gain three A-levels, an AS-level in General Studies, Critical Thinking or Citizenship, the demands of an extended project, and the development through enrichment activities will produce suitable young people to gain from degree-level education. university of birmingham


Art and Design

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Why study Art and Design?

We live in a highly visual world. skilled and knowledgeable artists are ideally placed to interpret and analyse the complex languages of art and design. by learning what it means to be a creative individual and responding to ancient civilisations and contemporary cultures, we hope our students will become immersed in a world of creativity and experimentation that will lead them towards a greater understanding of art and culture.

What will I study?

In the first year of study, students extend their skills in areas such as painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, photography and visual imaging. these units are designed to respond to individual passions as well as focusing on the development of a formal understanding of visual language and art history.

In the second year of study, students embark on a major personal investigation project. this offers the possibility to take inspiration from areas of art and design that they have chosen. the emphasis is on contextual analysis, experimentation and individual creativity.

both As and A2 are 60% coursework and 40% exam. the exam component runs in a similar way to the Art exam project at Gcse – this involves a period researching and developing ideas before completing a final outcome over a timed period.

Art extras

In addition we offer regular life drawing classes and the opportunity to learn advanced Photoshop skills in our dedicated editing suite. there will be study trips to Paris, barcelona or Florence as well as regular visits to London museums and galleries of contemporary art.

Who should I contact for more information? Greg Dean, Head of Art. joe Dean, Art Department.

teaching is presented through workshops, group discussion and individual tutorials and there will be opportunities to explore creativity through a broad range of styles and approaches.

What can I do with Art after sixth form?

A-level Art and Design is strongly recommended if you wish to study at foundation or degree level. this can lead to careers in fine art, illustration, architecture, animation, furniture design, interior design, graphic design, fashion and textiles, photography, digital and print media. the course is designed to encourage individual creativity as well as helping students to develop research and analysis skills as they seek to interpret and change the world around them. All of these are fantastic life skills and would be essential to many other less-obvious career paths. the possibilities are endless!


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biology

Why study biology?

biology is the ‘study of life.’ It allows us to understand the workings of our own bodies and the world around us. today, biological science is still at the forefront of ground-breaking and rapid developments that will shape the future of human kind. Do you want to be part of these? If so, biology is the course for you.

What will I study?

the course covers a range of aspects of biological science. At As-level you will study two core modules which include a number of units including cells, Health and Disease, classification and biodiversity. these will be examined in january and at the end of Year 12. the As qualification also includes the assessment of practical skills through specific practical tasks which occur through the year. to prepare you for these you will have the opportunity to carry out a range of practical lab sessions and a number of fieldwork investigations.

In Year 13 you will continue to study core biological concepts alongside more contemporary issues, including behavioural science, biotechnology and Gene technologies. these will again be assessed in january and at the end of Year 13. You will also have the opportunity to develop further your practical skills through lab work and fieldwork assessed by practical exams throughout the year.

biology extras

the biology course involves a range of hands-on practical lab and fieldwork studies. Due to our close proximity to cambridge university and the local science parks and institutes, students will be able to attend twilight lectures as well as receive guest speakers. Alongside this, you will have the opportunity to apply for a Nuffield science bursary which would allow you to get hands-on experience working in one of cambridge’s leading biological research centres such as the sanger or babraham Institute.

Who should I contact for more information? Ali Hodgson, Head of biology.

What can I do with biology after sixth form?

Many students follow this course with a biologically-related degree that would lead to occupation in a number of areas including: medicine, dentistry, healthcare, veterinary medicine, forensic science, physiotherapy, environmental work, food science, biological research, sports science and pharmacy. Other students find the broad base of skills and knowledge gained from the course useful when pursuing degree courses or careers in other areas including business, marketing, journalism, and psychology.


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business studies Why study business studies?

If you are interested in the world of business and its innovative and exciting theories and you would like to examine, understand and practise the skills, knowledge and attributes of successful entrepreneurs, then this is a fantastic opportunity for you.

What will I study?

the qualification is built around a core unit with an enterprise theme, to enable you to think of a new business idea and how you might research and develop it. You will also think about how your learning applies to your own business idea. It will also introduce you to international business, equipping you to either work in or to manage a business in an international context.

this course is also designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the internal functions of business organisations. It draws on a wide range of disciplines, such as human resource management, finance, production and marketing and integrates them in the context of an organisation’s external environment. through case studies and through visits to a number of businesses, you will have frequent opportunities to see classroom theory applied in real situations. Few business studies problems have a single, simple answer, so you will need to be able to assemble and sift evidence from a variety of disciplines in developing a solution to a problem.

business studies extras

the course is delivered through a variety of case studies, videos, textbooks, student-centred activities and visits to organisations both in the uK and abroad, such as the Mini factory in Oxford and the Nou camp stadium in barcelona. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to attend conferences and have access to excellent business-related facilities.

Who should I contact for more information? chris Warrington, Head of business education.

What can I do with business studies after sixth form?

business studies will allow you to go to university to study a variety of subjects. careers in finance, accounting, marketing, management and other ‘business related’ areas are also possibilities for students who have studied this subject.


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chemistry Why study chemistry?

chemistry is involved in everything that we see and can provide explanations as to why things work in the way that they do. chemistry is the study of how atoms interact with each other, of how new substances are made and the roles they play in the world around us.

As a fundamental part of science, chemistry knowledge is essential in order to understand and appreciate many other scientific disciplines. It can challenge the imagination in many areas such as designing new molecules for use as medicines to treat diseases, or electroluminescent polymers for flat screen digital displays.

As-level

Unit 1: A foundation unit building on materials covered in Gcse courses, e.g. structure, bonding, electron configurations, the mole and equations. 30% Unit 2: A unit including some Organic chemistry (e.g. Alkanes and Alcohols) and Physical chemistry (e.g. rates of reaction and energy changes) as well as modern analytical methods and ‘Green’ chemistry. 50% Unit 3: Internally-assessed coursework. 20%

A2-level

Unit 4: Further Organic chemistry and more coverage of modern analytical techniques, including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. 30% Unit 5: Further Physical and Inorganic chemistry, including rates, equilibrium, entropy, electrode potentials, energy for the future and environmental issues. 50% Unit 6: Internally-assessed coursework. 20%

What can I do with chemistry after sixth form?

chemistry extras

We have a range of enrichment activities through our established links with cambridge university. these will include a range of visiting speakers from university and industry during the course. You will also have the opportunity to experience ‘chemistry in Action’ with visits to places of work; opportunities to enter local, national and international competitions for chemistry; opportunities to join a sixth form science club to carry out research project work.

Who should I contact for more information?

Nadine Malcolm, Head of chemistry.

A-level chemistry is essential for the higher education courses in chemistry, chemical engineering, Medicine, Veterinary science, Pharmacy and Dentistry. For students who wish to study biological science or courses such as biochemistry or Pharmacology, chemistry is also highly desirable. students who wish to go on to university to study Medicine, Veterinary science or Dentistry are expected to attain the highest As-level grades in Year 12 if they are to be considered viable applicants. Many students are also now required to take the uKcAt test between Years 12 and 13, to be able to apply for these popular subjects.


computing

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Why study computing?

“Growing at four times the UK average for the coming decade, we expect the IT profession will need more than 550,000 new entrants over the next five years.” Karen Price, chief executive Officer of e-skills uK (March 2010)

computer science is wide ranging from theory through programming, to cutting-edge development solutions, to real world situations. If you want to focus on how systems work, how software works and how it all fits together, this is the course for you.

computer science falls into three categories:

a) designing and building software or hardware

b) developing effective ways to solve computing problems, such as storing information in databases, sending data over networks or providing new approaches to security problems

c) devising new and better ways of using computers and addressing particular challenges in areas such as robotics, computer vision, or digital forensics (although these specialisations are not covered at As/A2-Level computer science)

What will I study?

the course includes units on: system architecture and development; programming (e.g. Visual basic 6/java/Pascal/Delphi); networking; computer system creation (hardware); system security (from passwords through encryption to lockable drives in biometric protected buildings); database interfacing (using web pages to interact with a database); operating systems and finally data structures and manipulation.

Who should I contact for more information?

Diane stell, Head of A-level computing.

What can I do with computing after sixth form?

You could study a computer science, software engineering or Web Applications course at university. Or even Digital Forensics, Robotics, Game Design, Remote sensing…the list of possible areas of study is long, and growing all the time as new applications for technology are invented. Or you may go into the workforce, become a system administrator and maintain an organisation’s systems, or a hardware engineer who builds and maintains computers.


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critical thinking Why study critical thinking?

ever found yourself locked in an argument with a friend who refuses to back down? You know they are wrong, but you cannot pinpoint the mistake they are making. Your frustration grows as you desperately look to land a knockout blow – figuratively speaking, of course. Well, as a student of critical thinking, your prospects of future success should be greatly enhanced.

critical thinking is devoted to helping you improve your powers of reasoning, and central to this is the study of arguments. In our society and culture we are surrounded by information and arguments that need critical analysis and evaluation, whether it is the case for waging war in Afghanistan or the debate around euthanasia. critical thinking will help you to make sense of these sorts of debates and equip you with the tools to put forward your own arguments on the issues of the day.

by pursuing an option in critical thinking, you will be tackling the subject that arguably unifies all areas of human knowledge: the ability to make reasoned judgments and to construct effective arguments. You might even win the odd one…

What will I study?

the course is divided into four units across the two years. At As-level, unit One provides an introduction to the language of reasoning before moving on to explore techniques used in assessing the credibility of evidence. unit two promotes the analytical and compositional skills required to evaluate and develop arguments. At A2, these skills are developed through their application in the context of ethical reasoning and decision making (unit three), and through

advanced higher – order critical reasoning challenges (unit Four). Assessment is in the form of modular exams taken at the end of each level.

supporting materials are drawn from a wide variety of sources and contexts to help students practise key skills across a diverse range of topics.

critical thinking extras

Proposed activities will seek to give students the opportunity to experience live debate, with venues such as cambridge union, speakers’ corner, and the Old bailey among a range of possibilities.

Who should I contact for more information? stephen Leggott, Deputy Head of sixth Form.

What can I do with critical thinking after sixth form?

At the heart of critical thinking are the transferable thinking skills which underlie so many branches of academic study. the ideas and concepts that make up its study have been an element of university courses such as Psychology, Law and business studies for many years, and it also usefully complements the study of english Language, History, and Philosophy and ethics. the skills learned are also at the core of Oxbridge aptitude assessments, whilst for those considering a career in law or medicine, critical thinking is excellent preparation for the LNAt and bMAt tests.


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Drama and theatre studies Why study Drama and theatre studies?

the roar of the grease paint, the smell of the crowd… Actually it is not quite like that; you don’t have to be a great thespian to take the course because it covers all elements of the theatre from design to directing, lights to performing, makeup to set building and history of the theatre to the styles of theatre around the world.

What will I study?

the Drama and theatre studies course is designed to provide a balance across a range of learning activities. these include exploring plays, creating theatre, the performance of plays, the analysis of theatre and the evaluation of all of these elements. students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of drama and the theatre, highly - toned analytical and creative skills and have an ability to communicate effectively with others. the coursework will be assessed internally and the exam piece by an external examiner.

Drama extras

the course will be delivered in the new, purposebuilt Performance studio which will have a full recording and editing suite. Productions will be played in the Performance Hall.

Who should I contact for more information? jeremy Frost, Head of Drama.

One of the elements of the course will be to visit as many different forms of theatre as possible. Visiting theatre companies will be brought in to help deliver parts of the course with a particular focus. Of course the possibilities to perform plays and shows of a more mature style will also be open to students at A-level.

What can I do with a Drama A-level?

the list is endless. Many students will take a degree in theatre, Drama, Film, Media or Performing Arts. Others will gain entry into a specialist drama college such as RADA. there is also the chance to work behind the scenes in theatre, film or television. You only have to see the credits of a play to see how many people work on a production in different capacities, or there is work in newspapers, magazines or journalism in general. If that is not enough, many lawyers and barristers take courses in performance. then there is one of the fastest - growing industries in the country - PR and management.


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economics Why study economics?

You might wish to study economics because it is fundamental to our world. Any news programme will almost inevitably contain several economic issues. Do you want to understand these, develop your own views on them and consider what you feel the Government should or should not do about them? If so, then study economics.

What will I study?

You will study both ‘Micro’ and ‘Macro’ economics. this involves both key economic theory and lots of relevant and current applications. thus the theory of supply and demand is investigated. We then use this to investigate how businesses operate, why we get environmental problems and what the Government should or should not do in these different market situations. We look at how the aggregate forces of supply and demand in the whole economy operate in order to dictate the major issues of economic growth, unemployment and inflation. We look at the theory of why countries trade with each other, how exchange rates affect matters and whether the single currency for europe is a good or a bad idea.

the AS-level in Year 12 concentrates on the basics of microeconomic theory and macroeconomic theory and their applications to a range of different situations. It is assessed through 2 examination modules. the A2-level in Year 13 looks at more advanced theory and its implications, including new areas of study in transport economics and the economics of development. It is assessed through two examination modules. the A2 course is also

What can I do with economics after sixth form?

available in Year 12 as an extra option for those who have already studied As-level economics by the end of Ks4.

economics extras

there are visits and conferences available to students, with the possibility of a european conference to look at major economic issues relating to the uK and the european economy.

Pre-u

Appropriate students may have the opportunity to gain a Pre-u qualification in this subject in addition to an A-level.

Who should I contact for more information? chris Warrington, Head of business education. stephen Munday, executive Principal and economics teacher.

economics provides an excellent range of knowledge and skills relevant to the study of many subjects at university and many jobs and professions. economics is also a very popular degree subject in its own right. Many of those studying economics at A-level decide to continue their study of the subject into higher education. economics graduates are said to be some of the most employable graduates in the jobs’ market.


english Language

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Why study english Language?

Do you enjoy being at the cutting edge of a subject? Do you ever wonder why it is that accent and dialect really do matter? Do you have a flair for creative writing? If so, then english Language is the course for you. english Language is a vital part of our individual lives, the behaviour of social groups and the structure of our whole society. We are continually talking and texting, listening to friends and employers, reading websites, telling stories and giving advice – this is what makes the study of english Language so topical and so relevant.

What will I study?

english Language will require you to analyse existing texts and also to write your own. As part of the As course you will develop your own original writing skills as a piece of coursework, creating different genres of writing for different purposes and audiences.

You will also learn how to analyse similarities and differences between a range of spoken and written texts, and how issues relating to gender, power and technology are reflected in the way language is used.

english Language extras

You will have the opportunity to listen to presentations from professionals in the field of publishing and journalism. students will also have the chance to visit news providers and see journalism at work. We will also make use of relevant exhibitions and opportunities as they arise.

Who should I contact for more information? eleanor Norman, Head of A-Level english Language.

the A2 course involves an investigation of your choice into an area of language, as well as an indepth exam paper on child language acquisition and on how english has developed since 1700 in the different countries in which it is used.

What can I do with english Language after sixth form?

A variety of occupations will be open to you, including publishing, journalism, media, law and teaching. In addition, the great variety of skills acquired are highly regarded by both employers and universities and are also valuable in their own right. Apart from supporting other subject areas, english Language offers an ideal preparation for a university degree in english or a related subject.


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english Literature Why study english Literature?

Do you love reading? Do you enjoy gaining insights into different worlds and different people? Would you like the opportunity to discuss reading with enthusiastic teachers and students? If so then english Literature is the course for you!

If you have enjoyed exploring plays, poems and novels at school you will be well suited to english Literature at A-level. this course will help you to develop your skills of reading and critical analysis through the study of a diverse range of texts, ranging from the sixteenth century to the present day.

What will I study?

At As level you will study drama, poetry and prose texts. there is a coursework element, focussing on Dramatic Genres, in which you will study comedies such as Twelfth Night, Lady Windermere’s Fan and The History Boys. You will also study Aspects of Narrative, exploring such works as The Great Gatsby, Enduring Love and poetry by Auden, browning and christina Rossetti.

At A2 the focus is upon Texts and Genres, looking at elements of Gothic Literature, focussing on works that will include Mary shelley’s Frankenstein and Angela carter’s The Bloody Chamber. Finally, there will be a unit of Further and Independent Reading which will allow you to study at least four texts. You will produce a piece of coursework that requires you to make connections across texts and to demonstrate that the study of Literature is underpinned by certain methods and ideas.

english Literature extras

You will have the opportunity to go to see plays in performance which will help you to develop a deeper understanding of the texts studied. You will also be invited to undertake a residential trip to stratford to see shakespeare comedies in performance and take part in workshops. In addition, links with the university of cambridge will provide opportunities to attend occasional lectures.

Who should I contact for more information? sandra blackford, Head of A-Level english Literature.

What can I do with english Literature after sixth form?

A variety of occupations will be open to you ranging from journalism to law, social services and teaching. the great variety of skills acquired are both highly regarded by employers and universities and are also valuable in their own right. Many students who have studied english Literature go on to Higher education to take a degree in english, Media studies, communications, Languages, Performing Arts, or in combined arts subjects.


Film studies

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Why study Film studies?

Do you love films? Are you interested in how films are created? Have you ever wanted to produce your own piece of film? Have you ever thought about the physical experience of seeing films or how films are marketed to you? Additionally, if you have a keen interest in cinema – its history, its relationship with an audience and its cultural diversity – then this is the course for you!

What will I study?

At As level the coursework is divided into two: Film analysis and what is described as ‘creative Application of Learning’ – the production of a digital storyboard. the exam element is divided into a section on Producers and Audiences, a section on british films of the sixties and a section comparing American films from the same genre. the examination is 2 hours and 30 minutes long.

At A2 the focus is increasingly upon developing independent study skills: for the coursework you will produce an individual piece of research and work in groups to produce a short film. the exam is divided into three parts: World cinema, Film spectatorship and a critical study of a single film. the examination is 2 hours and 45 minutes long.

Who should I contact for more information? sandra blackford, Head of Film and Media studies.

Film studies extras

• First hand experience of film being created, at a Film studio. • excursions to Film/tV Production facilities for a taste of 21st century editing and production techniques. • Access to World cinema new releases. • experiencing film in its intended location: classic cinema trips.

What can I do with Film studies after sixth form?

A variety of occupations will be open to you including politics and journalism, and of course, working in television, radio or the film industry. Having studied a rich variety of film texts, you will have analytical insights into how films are created and marketed, how they reflect the concerns of the societies that produce them and how consumers engage with the world of film in the twenty-first century. this will complement other areas of study and prove a cultural touchstone for a variety of occupations, including Politics, journalism and Media communications or for working in the television, Radio and Film industries.


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Foreign Language

to include French, German and spanish Why study a Foreign Language?

Do you hope to one day work abroad or speak a language fluently? Are you interested in an academically challenging course with a strong practical application? If so, then studying a Modern Language to A-level could be for you. We offer French, German and spanish to As and A2. the MFL course will develop language skills, cultural and international understanding, and lifelong communication, analytical and research skills which can be applied at work or for leisure purposes.

What will I study?

the As and A2 courses enable you to gain an indepth knowledge and understanding of French/German/spanish-speaking society through the study of a range of contemporary issues. the course will cover and assess the four skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and speaking. You will learn to speak and write confidently and fluently on contemporary issues and understand written or spoken authentic material in a range of media including internet, tV, radio, newspapers and magazines. You will also research in depth an area of interest to you which relates to the culture and/or society of the country you are studying. the AS course includes units on Youth culture and concerns; Lifestyle, Health and Fitness; the World Around us: travel, tourism, environmental Issues and the French/German or spanish-speaking world, and education and employment. In addition to the topics above, the A2 course covers customs, traditions, beliefs and religions; national and international events: past, present and future, and literature and the arts.

What can I do with a language after sixth form?

MFL extras

students will have access to a state-of-the-art language laboratory offering individual language-learning facilities. Foreign language assistants will be available to develop your speaking and listening skills through individual or small group conversation. In addition, the department’s strong links with both cambridge and Anglia Ruskin universities will provide additional opportunities though the cuLP and ‘Routes in Languages east’ projects. there will also be numerous opportunities to spend time in another country though a programme of trips, exchanges and foreign work experience.

Who should I contact for more information?

Rachel Hawkes, Assistant Principal and Acting Head of Languages

Many students follow this course with a languages degree, which usually involves learning two languages alongside literature and/or linguistics. Languages also complement any other subject, and are often combined with popular degree courses such as Law, business, Marketing, History, engineering and Medicine. Language graduates are in high demand by employers in the uK and abroad.


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Further Maths Why study Further Maths?

If you are fascinated by mathematics and want an additional challenge, or if you are perhaps considering studying maths at university, then this could be the course for you. Also, it’s worth doing your research in advance: there are some maths courses at some universities which require both Alevel Mathematics and Further Mathematics to gain a place.

What will I study?

the modules taken for A-level Further Mathematics extend and develop those studied in A-level Maths. the content is more sophisticated and conceptually advanced than on the standard course and extends your knowledge further. You will also cover all areas of applied mathematics: mechanics, statistics and decision maths.

If you choose this option and study A-level Maths and Further Maths, these courses are both modular in nature, with discrete modules having assessment opportunities in january and june of Years 12 and 13.

Further Maths extras

students of A-level Further Maths will have the option of taking an additional qualification that extends their learning to levels beyond that of the A-level. the cambridge Pre-u is a relatively new post-16 qualification with a strong focus on preparing you to study a subject at university. the main difference to As and A-level Mathematics is that it is a linear course, with all examinations being taken at the end of Year 13. Obtaining a Preu does allow students to achieve a grade above an A* grade at A-level and as a result is awarded more ucAs points.

Whatever your reasons, if you are considering Preu Mathematics or Further Mathematics, you need to be up for a challenge!

Who should I contact for more information? jamie Freeman Head of Maths. Gosia Marschall, Head of A-Level Maths.

What can I do with Further Maths after sixth form?

Having an A-level in Further Maths or a Pre-u in Maths demonstrates an exceptional ability in the subject and most students would be expected to either continue their maths study on to degree level or to continue to study a very mathematically-based subject at university.


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General studies Why study General studies?

Are you looking for a course that develops your understanding across a range of subject areas? that will help you foster your enquiry and critical thinking skills as well as your knowledge of a range of contemporary issues and topics?

If so, General studies is the course for you.

What will I study?

the course structure encourages thinking across specialist subject areas by focusing on four overarching themes: conflict, space, Power and change. In each theme there are five areas of study: science and technology; society and Politics; Arts and Media; business and Industry and beliefs and Values.

the As qualification concentrates on the first two themes (conflict and space) where specific topics of investigation include human aggression, tensions in society, space exploration and climate change. this is assessed by two exams sat at the end of Year 12.

General studies extras

students on this course will benefit from the expertise of outside speakers who will contribute to its delivery.

Who should I contact for more information? stephen Leggott, Deputy Head of sixth Form.

What can I do with General studies after sixth form?

General studies is a widely recognised and respected subject which demonstrates you have a range of skills and a level of understanding useful in the rapidly changing world. It is therefore beneficial in preparing you for either further study or the world of work.


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Geography Why study Geography?

Does the earth fascinate you? Do you want to know what a pingo is? Or why the average life expectancy between people born in Glasgow and Kensington and chelsea varies by 12 years? Have you ever wondered whether you are a Malthusian pessimist or a boserupian optimist? Or whether the us government has actually made flooding worse on the Mississippi river, despite spending billions of dollars trying to protect it? If you do, then Geography is the subject for you. this is a topical course focusing on many issues facing the world both today and in the future. It will help you to understand how these changes are affecting societies and the natural environment, and look at ways of managing them sustainably.

What will I study?

the course will cover both elements of physical and human geography. the As course includes units in ‘Rivers, Floods and Management’, ‘Population change’, ‘cold environments’ and ‘Global Health Issues’. these will be examined at the end of Year 12. the As qualification also includes a ‘Geographical skills’ paper. to prepare you for this, you will have the opportunity to carry out a fieldwork investigation in Malham, North Yorkshire.

In Year 13 you will study a number of contemporary geographic issues, including plate tectonics and associated hazards, ecosystems – challenge and change, and development and globalisation. You will also have the opportunity to develop your geographic enquiry skills further through fieldwork in Osmington bay, Dorset, for the final part of the qualification. this will be assessed though an exam at the end of Year 13.

What can I do with Geography after sixth form?

Geographical extras

Geography offers you a range of fieldwork opportunities in the local area, within the uK and further afield, with a trip to Iceland incorporating parts of the course from year 12 and 13 being offered. In addition, links with the Geographical Association, cambridge university and the british Antarctic survey will allow students to attend lectures on relevant geographic topics outside the sixth form as well as at lunchtime lectures.

Pre-u

Appropriate students may have the opportunity to gain a Pre-u qualification in this subject in addition to an A-level.

Who should I contact for more information? Nicola jones, Head of Geography.

Many students follow this course with a geography-related degree. the course also has clear links with a range of other subjects which are popular degree courses such as biology, economics, business studies, and environmental science. Other students find the skills and knowledge gained from the A-level Geography course useful when pursuing degree courses or careers in other areas including journalism, travel, Ict, finance, meteorology, environmental management, planning and marketing.


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Government and Politics Why study Government and Politics?

From the moment you get up to the moment you go to bed, politics affects nearly everything you do: the information on the packet of cereal; the licence fee you have to pay for the tV you watch whilst eating breakfast; the age at which you can drive; what you study at sixth form; how much money comes to your sixth form; the way that healthcare is run – the list could be endless!

studying politics will enable you to reflect critically on your role as a citizen and will give you a good understanding of the british and American political systems

What will I study?

At As-level, there are two compulsory units:

Unit 1 (6GP01): People and Politics topics: Democracy and Political Participation; Party Policies and Ideas; elections; Pressure Groups

Unit 2 (6GP02): Governing the UK topics: Parliament; Prime Minister and cabinet; justice and civil Liberties

At A2, it is likely that we will study:

Unit 3 (6GP03): Representative Processes in the usA

We run a number of uK-based visits including visits to the Houses of Parliament. We also have MPs coming to talk and discuss issues with students We are planning a usA trip with the History Department for 2014.

Who should I contact for more information?

sarah Gadd, Head of History.

Unit 4 (6GP04): Governing the usA

Government and Politics extras

What can I do with Government and Politics after sixth form?

Politics will obviously equip students for the further study of Politics at university. As a subject which encourages critical thinking, it is respected and could contribute, along with other subjects, to a career in politics, journalism, law, social work and related areas.


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History Why study History?

Apart from the transferable skills that history gives us, it is important to study history because: • History is a fascinating subject • History isn’t just about the past. It plays a vital role in helping us understand the present: who we are, where we have come from, the people we meet, the world and societies in which we live, the way people behave, and where we are going • History contributes to understanding between different cultures and people

What will I study?

AS Units: unit 1: Modern us history: ‘Pursuing Life and Liberty: equality in the usA, 1945-68’ and ‘Politics, Presidency and society in the usA, 1968-2001’ unit 2: Modern british history: ‘british Political History, 1945-90’.

both of these papers have exams lasting one hour and 20 minutes, to be taken at the end of Year 12.

A2 Units unit 3: ‘From Kaiser to Fuhrer: Germany 1900 – 45’ which focuses on Germany in the immediate period before Nazi Germany, and during Nazi Germany itself. there is an exam at the end of Year 13. unit 4: ‘Making of Russia and the ussR 1856-1964’ is the coursework unit, offering the opportunity for independent study, with an essay focusing in depth on one event or period and an essay focusing on the whole of the period.

What can I do with History after sixth form?

Historical extras

the History Department is planning to offer the following international visits: • America 2014 • berlin in 2015 there will be visits in the uK to the Houses of Parliament and to lectures. the department has links with universities and will invite a range of lecturers.

Pre-u

Appropriate students may have the opportunity to gain a Pre-u qualification in this subject in addition to an A-level.

Who should I contact for more information?

sarah Gadd, Head of History.

With History A-level, students can go on to study the subject at university. However, there is a huge number of transferable skills which students develop through studying History: communication skills (written and verbal), the ability to evaluate critically evidence in a variety of forms, and the ability to evaluate critically arguments and interpretations. It is very highly regarded by employers and will equip students for many different occupations, including teaching, law, journalism and working in the civil service.


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Human biology Why study Human biology?

Human biology encompasses a wide range of subjects ranging from human genetics and biotechnology to biomedical and physiological studies of the human body. the course will suit anyone interested in health, sports science or biomedical studies and is keen to learn biology but would prefer to focus their attention on the workings of the human body.

What will I study?

the course covers a range of biological science issues taught through the context of what is occurring in the human body. At As-level you will study two modules which include a number of units including blood, circulatory and Gas exchange systems, Disease, Human Development and cell biology. these will be examined in january and june of Year 12. the As qualification also includes the assessment of practical skills through specific practical tasks which occur throughout Year 12. to prepare you for these you will have the opportunity to carry out a range of practical lab sessions and a number of fieldwork investigations.

In Year 13 you will study a further two modules, comprising units including Reproduction and Population biology, the Nervous system, and Future biotechnologies and Genetics. these will be again assessed in january and june of Year 13. You will also have the opportunity to develop further your practical and enquiry skills through the completion of an extended investigation.

Human biology extras

the Human biology course allows you to be involved in a number of hands-on practical tasks including dissection and sports science analysis. Due to our close proximity to cambridge university, the Anglia Ruskin university sport science centre and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, students will be able to attend twilight lectures as well as receive guest speakers. Alongside this, you will have the opportunity to apply for a Nuffield science bursary which would allow you to get hands-on experience working in one of cambridge’s leading biological research centres such as the sanger or babraham Institute.

Who should I contact for more information? Ali Hodgson, Head of biology.

What can I do with Human biology after sixth form?

Many students follow this course with a Human biology degree that would lead to occupation in a number of areas including health care, physiotherapy, biomedical research or sports science. Other students find the broad base of skills and knowledge gained from the course useful when pursuing degree courses or careers in other areas including business, marketing, journalism, fitness and coaching.


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Ict Why study Ict?

“Growing at four times the UK average for the coming decade, we expect the IT profession will need more than 550,000 new entrants over the next five years.” Karen Price, chief executive Officer of e-skills uK (March 2010)

studying Ict gives you the knowledge and understanding to use a variety of software packages which are commonly used in all lines of business, education, retail and industry. In addition you will gain an understanding of how the recent advances in technology, and the world of work and leisure affect us all.

by studying packages and their practical applications, you can ensure that you have a solid grounding to use any software package to a high level. studying Ict also supports creativity and logical thinking within its modules, to help support your other option choices and includes project planning skills.

What will I study?

the course will include elements on:

• Data, information, knowledge and processing • software and hardware components of an information system • characteristics of standard applications software and application areas • the role and impact of Ict – legal, moral and social issues

What can I do with Ict after sixth form?

• • • • •

the systems life cycle Designing computer-based information systems Networks and communications Applications and implications of Ict Implementing computer-based information systems

Who should I contact for more information?

Matt Mannas, Ict Department.

You may choose to study Ict further at university, or you may use the skills you have learned to support your study of other subjects. If you decide to enter the world of work, the skills learned will support you in almost every job you can think of!


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Maths

Why study Maths?

Many students study mathematics because they find it interesting and enjoyable. At its core, the subject is about pattern and structure and the course aims to develop your logical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

What will I study?

the topics in mathematics post-16 can be broadly broken down into two areas.

In Pure Maths, we continue some familiar topics such as algebra and trigonometry, whilst introducing many new ones, most notably calculus.

the Applied Maths aspect of the course offers students the chance to follow their interests. some will study mechanics which is about modelling the physical world mathematically. Others will develop their statistical knowledge and understanding.

students studying for A-level Mathematics will opt for either:

Pure Maths with Applied Maths: Mechanics Pure Maths with Applied Maths: Statistics

these courses are modular in nature, with discrete modules having assessment opportunities in january and june of Years 12 and 13.

What can I do with Maths after sixth form?

Maths extras

We will use our proximity and links to the Mathematics Department in cambridge to enrich your learning with visits from speakers, attendance at lectures (such as the Maths Inspiration Days) and in taking part in other activities, such as the uKMt senior Maths challenge. We are confident that these opportunities will enrich your learning over and above the formal curriculum such that your appetite will be whetted for further mathematical study at university and beyond!

Who should I contact for more information? jamie Freeman Head of Maths. Gosia Marschall, Head of A-level Maths.

Any maths qualification post-16 is a challenging but highly-valued qualification. It is difficult to think of a course or career that would not welcome it in combination with other subjects. some students go on to study strongly-mathematical courses such as Mathematics, Physics, computing, or engineering. Others use the skills they have learnt by continuing on courses in business studies, Psychology, economics, business, Geography or Architecture.


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Music Why study Music?

You will probably choose to study Music if you are a competent instrumentalist or singer and/or have a strong interest in composing your own music. Music A-level is about building skills in performance and composition and gaining a broad musical knowledge through the study of set works. the As and the Alevel Music courses are valuable qualifications in their own right as they not only demonstrate academic, practical and creative skills but also highlight your qualities of self-discipline and commitment.

As and A2 Music students should be competent instrumentalists or singers of at least Grade Five standard on at least one instrument or voice and Grade Five standard for theory.

What will I study?

the course caters for a wide spread of musical tastes, the repertoire covering many centuries, and the choice of subjects for composition ranging across many genres. A wide range of classical, popular, jazz and world music is covered, from Dowland to Reich, string quartet to steel band and raga to reggae. You will study performance techniques, performing solo and/or in an ensemble, a 6 minute programme at As and a varied 12-15 minute programme at A2. Performances can be recorded and rerecorded at any point during the year. composition units offer a choice of vocal and instrumental briefs and a technical study element at A2. Assessment of the third area (Musical understanding) is via examination and is based on the set works.

Music extras

It is assumed that those taking A-level will wish to contribute significantly to the many performance opportunities organised by the music department and to find time to visit live events elsewhere. Arrangements will be made for you to attend numerous professional concerts in London and cambridge throughout the year and to participate in workshops led by cambridge university Outreach.

You will be encouraged to participate in the wellestablished exchange with Modelleschule Obersberg, bad Hersfeld, Germany, undertaking ongoing, joint online composition and research projects. there is also an opportunity to visit Vienna to undertake an investigation of the working lives of set-work composers Haydn, Mozart, schoenberg and Webern.

Who should I contact for more information? ben Parker, Head of Music.

What can I do with Music after sixth form?

You may wish to study music in higher education either on an academic degree course or on a more practically-based course for performers. the full A-level provides a sound basis for students wishing to proceed to degree courses in Music or Performing Arts. It can lead to careers in teaching, performing, and composition as well as related areas in publishing and media. It combines well with most other subjects but complements in particular theatre studies and Music technology.


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Music technology Why study Music technology?

the As and A2 Music technology courses aim to develop the knowledge and skills required for the production of music (mainly focused on popular and jazz genres) using MIDI sequencing and studio recording techniques. You may have had the opportunity to produce music as a part of your Gcse course or you may simply have a genuine, keen interest in music as a performer. A degree of practical instrumental skill is extremely helpful. Whatever your background, if you are keen to develop your musical/technical skills to learn about arranging, composing, recording and producing music, Music technology could be the ideal course for you. Music technology is a good companion for Music, Media studies, theatre studies, Information and communication technology, Maths and Physics.

What will I study?

the complete A-level course consists of four units that provide a thorough grounding in MIDI sequencing and audio recording techniques as music production tools. the underlying principles of music technology and the development of musical knowledge (including aural/analytical skills) will be taught within an essentially practical course. Performance isn’t assessed as a part of this course, but is made use of when recording in the studios. the course has three prescribed areas of study: Principles and Practice of Music technology; Popular Music styles since 1910 and Development of technology-based Music.

Music technology extras

built into the course, there are opportunities to support and run live gigs in the local area, including arts festivals and community arts projects within catchment. You will also benefit from partnerships with the junction and local studios such as Half-ton studios and Vertical Rooms.

It is assumed that those taking A-level will wish to contribute significantly to the many production opportunities organised by the music department and to experience live events elsewhere. the music department will make arrangements for you to attend numerous professional concerts in London and cambridge throughout the year and to participate in workshops led by cambridge university Outreach. You will be encouraged to participate in the well-established exchange with Modelleschule Obersberg, bad Hersfeld, Germany, undertaking ongoing, joint online composition and research projects.

Who should I contact for more information? ben Parker, Head of Music.

What can I do with Music technology after sixth form?

the skills developed during this course can find use in a wide range of careers that may include sound recording, media music production, composition, radio, television and the film industry, commercial advertising, musical instrument retail, software design, teaching and journalism. there is an ever increasing number of degree courses at universities and music colleges specialising in music technology that can lead directly to the career options mentioned above, including some where music technology can be combined with a range of other subjects.


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Philosophy & ethics (Religious studies) Why study Philosophy & ethics (Religious studies)?

Have you ever wondered why people suffer? Have you considered why people respond to ethical issues in different ways? If so, then Philosophy and ethics is the course for you; it deals with life’s big questions that will affect all of us at some time. the course will develop key skills such as analysis and evaluation and it will improve essay-writing and revision techniques.

What will I study?

Philosophy & ethics comes under the OcR ‘Religious studies’ suite of exam papers (their website has full details: Religious studies H172H575). the course covers both Philosophy and ethics papers at As and A2. As Philosophy of Religion (G571) includes Ancient Greek and judaeo-christian influences on philosophy of religion, traditional arguments for the existence of God, and challenges to religious belief. the A2 course (G581) includes religious language, experience and religion, the nature of God, issues of life and death, and miracles. As Religious ethics (G572) covers key ethical theories (including Natural Law, Kantian ethics, utilitarianism, and situation ethics) and then applies these to the ethical topics of abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, and war & peace. A2 Religious ethics (G582) includes meta-ethics, virtue ethics, ideas of free will & determinism, and the conscience; these are then applied to issues of the environment, business, and sexual ethics.

Philosophy and ethics (Religious studies) extras

P&e will include the opportunity for students to attend external lectures designed for A-level students to extend knowledge and understanding of what is studied in college. We also have a range of contacts that we will invite to talk to students.

Pre-u

Appropriate students may have the opportunity to gain a Pre-u qualification in this subject in addition to an A-level.

Who should I contact for more information? Mike bigg, Head of Philosophy & ethics.

What can I do with Philosophy and ethics (Religions studies) after sixth form?

As a sound Humanities A-level course, P&e could lead on to further study in a range of subjects and be useful in a variety of careers. Many students could follow the course with a degree in Philosophy, Religious studies, theology, sociology or Psychology, but there is always a huge diversity here. students find the skills and knowledge gained from P&e useful in areas such as medicine, law, human resources, and journalism.


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Photography Why study Photography?

there has been an explosion of different media over the last few years creating new ways to share and view imagery. this, in combination with the rapid change of photography from a chemical to a digital technology, has created a resurgence of interest in this exciting art form. software such as Photoshop allows users fine control over every pixel of an image, giving photographers a huge range of creative options. As well as the development of technical skills, the course will teach about the impact of photography, from its political importance over the last century, to its many, often controversial roles, in modern society. Alongside a technical and contextual understanding students will learn to develop their artistry behind the camera and work towards the development of their own unique style.

What will I study?

comberton’s photography course (through the edexcel exam board) will allow you to develop advanced camera and editing skills. A digital editing suite equipped with Imac computers will allow you to work to an industry standard. there is also a lighting kit and darkroom allowing for an advanced approach to many forms of photography. Alongside the development of these technical skills you will study essential elements such as lighting, studio techniques, composition and knowledge of different styles and approaches. the A2 course in particular will give you the opportunity to develop your own identity as a photographer through the close study of other photographers and their developing influence on your work.

both the As and A2 courses are 60% coursework and 40% exam. the exam component runs in a similar way to the Art exam project at Gcse, which involves a period researching and developing ideas before completing a final outcome over a timed period.

Photography extras

Photography A level and Photoshop skills can support applications for further qualifications and careers in many creative fields including film, graphic design, advertising, fine art, illustration and web design. specific careers in photography could involve photojournalism, portrait, scientific, fashion or sports photography, publicity and freelance work.

Who should I contact for more information? Greg Dean, Head of Art.

What can I do with Photography after sixth form?

Photography A level and Photoshop skills can support applications for further qualifications and careers in many creative fields including film, graphic design, advertising, fine art, illustration and web design. specific careers in photography could involve photojournalism, portrait, scientific, fashion or sports photography, publicity and freelance work.


Physical education

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Why study Physical education?

Do you want to find out why carbon-dioxide is essential in sport, how your personality can impact on your sporting performance and what the event of cheese-rolling requires you to do? then you will find the answers on the A-Level Pe course…along with many others!

What will I study?

In Year 12, you will cover three units, which are exercise physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation. Within these units you will explore the function of the heart and lungs when we exercise, how we learn skills and transfer learning, and how the government and schools have influenced the national provision of sport.

the practical unit for the As course will focus on performance within two different sports, as well as analysing and evaluating an athlete’s performance. this will be assessed by an external moderator in April or May.

In Year 13, you will focus on exercise physiology, sports psychology and historical and cultural influences. Within these units you will explore the use of energy systems, the impact of anxiety and stress on sports performance as well as studying the influence of the Olympics on sporting events.

Physical education extras

All aspects of the course will be delivered within comberton’s outstanding sports facilities and newly built sports-specific classrooms.

Who should I contact for more information? jane clarke, Head of Physical education.

the practical unit for the A2 course continues to develop the skills that were introduced within the As course, with particular focus on the analysis and evaluation elements. the assessment will be based on your ability as a performer in addition to a piece of written coursework analysing your own performance against that of an elite performance.

What can I do with Physical education after sixth form?

students who study A-level Pe have the potential to progress to a degree course within sports, fitness or leisure subject area. this course would support students in achieving their career ambitions in becoming a sports scientist, coach, physiotherapist, sports psychologist, nutritionist or sports administrator. With opportunities also in education, the services and in national governing bodies, there is endless potential! this course matches particularly well with Human biology, sociology and Psychology.


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Physics

Why study Physics?

Do you enjoy learning about modern and interesting applications of physics alongside more traditional concepts? Do you enjoy developing your practical, investigative and research skills? If so, then Physics is for you. both the As and A2 Physics courses develop knowledge and understanding of physics and an appreciation of the link between theory and experiment. You will learn how physics has developed and is used in present day society, and appreciate physics as a human endeavour which has historical, social, philosophical, economic and technological connections. Importantly, you will sustain and develop your enjoyment of, and interest in, physics.

What will I study?

the course develops both your knowledge and understanding of physics and your practical and investigative skills. the As course covers a range of modern applications of physics, as well as more traditional concepts and quantum physics. You will study Communications, Designer Materials, Waves & Quantum Behaviour and Space and Time and Motion. this is examined with two written exam papers at the end of the year. Your investigative skills are developed through a quality-of-measurement task, whilst your research skills will be developed through an investigation of a material.

In Year 13, the A2 course builds on the As year. You will cover the topics: Models and Rules; Matter in Extreme and Fields and Fundamental Particles. the A2 course is assessed partly through written exams at the end of the year and

What can I do with Physics after sixth form?

partly coursework. You will have the opportunity to develop further your experimental skills through a practical investigation and you will prepare a research briefing.

Physics extras

Physics offers a range of opportunities both locally (cambridge university) and further afield (ceRN, Geneva). Links with the Institute of Physics and cambridge university will enable students to attend lectures and visit laboratories.

Who should I contact for more information? euan Willder, Head of Physics.

Many students follow this course with a physics-related degree. the course also has clear links with a range of other subjects which are popular degree courses such as Mathematics, Medicine, computing, engineering (electronics / Mechanical) and Architecture. Other students find the skills and knowledge gained from the A-level Physics course useful when pursuing degree courses or careers in other areas including business, finance and management.


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Product Design (Graphics) Why study Product Design: Graphic Products?

Are you interested in the huge impact design has on our daily lives? Would you like the opportunity to create new graphics and products which are inspired by our evolving technology and changing world? Good design is vital to our world and economy, and so are future designers.

this course will enable you to develop your graphics skills and capacity to design and make products. You will learn to appreciate the complex relationship between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. It is helpful but not necessary to have studied a Design and technology subject previously. However, it is much more important to have a genuine interest in the designed world; this could equally stem from studying Art.

What will I study?

the course will cover elements of Graphic Design and 3D Product Design. In Year 12, you will have the opportunity to explore the subject through three distinct projects: Product Investigation, Product Design and Product Manufacture. You will document your development through a portfolio of work and there will be an examination at the end of the year to assess your knowledge of materials and manufacturing techniques.

Year 13 enables you to focus on one design and make activity, in order to create a high quality manufactured product with professional graphics. Your knowledge of industrial and commercial practice is then assessed at the end of the year in an examination.

Product Design: Graphic Products extras

It is expected that you will visit the Design Museum as a part of the course, and there will be some collaboration with industry in order for you to experience the breadth of technology used in product design.

Who should I contact for more information? Kimberley Allen, Head of A-level Graphics.

What can I do with Product Design: Graphic Products after sixth form?

Many students follow this course with a technology related degree, such as Graphic Design, Web Design, Interior Design, Architecture, 3D Product Design, engineering Design, theatre Design, to name but a few. As is apparent from this list, the course has clear links with Art and Design subjects. Perhaps what is less apparent is the link with science, Ict and business studies. Product Design is an excellent preparation for doing a design and technology specialism. Additionally it is equally useful as preparation for a broad range of other courses.


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Psychology Why study Psychology?

Have you ever wondered if chimpanzees can communicate, if playing violent video games can make you aggressive, where you draw the line between sanity and insanity, or what’s really going on when you’re dreaming? If so, then Psychology is the subject for you. throughout the course you will discover some fascinating theories of human behaviour, challenge your previously-held beliefs, and develop your analytical, investigative, evaluative and writing skills along the way.

What will I study?

Psychology is considered to be a science because psychologists try to understand people through careful controlled observation. All sciences rely on rigorous scientific methods, and in this way psychology is no different to biology, physics or chemistry.

However, psychology does not involve the study of molecules or plants; it studies people, their behaviour towards themselves and each other, and how they learn and think. Also, psychologists are people, and so are part of the subject they study, which makes it very difficult for them to be objective. this is very important when we start to look at the different research that psychologists have undertaken and the different explanations that they offer of behaviour and mental processes.

Most of the research that psychologists do falls into one of five general areas: developmental, social, physiological, cognitive and individual differences. We will consider each of these in turn, using previous studies to help us understand

What can I do with Psychology after sixth form?

the different approaches, and how these lead to different theories and explanations. We will also be carrying out some research of our own.

Pre-u

Appropriate students may have the opportunity to gain a Pre-u qualification in this subject in addition to an A-level.

Who should I contact for more information? eleanor jenkins, Head of Psychology.

Many students go on to study a psychology-related degree, but it will also prepare students well for other degrees and careers in areas such as biology, sociology, philosophy, counselling, medicine (particularly psychiatry), nursing, nutrition, policing, criminology and forensics. the skills you will develop during the course will be useful for you no matter what field you choose to enter.


Your Path to success

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Vocational

this is a Level 3 qualification equivalent to A-level, but is designed for students who prefer a more applied and practical approach to learning. As a result these btec courses can lead to higher education or employment. the skills and knowledge you will develop are applicable to a wide range of occupations and degree courses. these courses are each available as an 18 unit course equivalent to three A-levels, or it may be possible to opt for the 12 unit course which is equivalent to 2 A-levels alongside an addition Aslevel. You will also follow an enrichment programme which includes dance, sporting activities, leadership, community work and other non-academic activities.


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btec National Level 3 in business Why study the btec National Level 3 in business?

btec National Level 3 in business is one of the few qualifications that will help you succeed in your future career no matter what you go on to do. the principles of business that you will learn here underpin every organisation from marketing to interpersonal and presentation skills. You’ll have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to your chosen subject or area of work.

What will I study?

With its vocational-based learning, the course gives you a head start in the employment world. You will be able to demonstrate awareness of the needs of businesses in the current environment whilst developing the qualities and skills which are valued by employers.

You can choose to follow the btec Level 3 National Diploma which consists of 12 units over 2 years. this amounts to 120 credits, and is the equivalent of 2 Alevel grades. Alternatively, you may wish to study for the btec Level 3 National extended Diploma, which contains 18 units over 2 years, worth 180 credits, and is the equivalent of 3 A-level grades.

units to be studied will include exploring business Activity; Introduction to Marketing; Introduction to Accounting; Investigating Recruitment and selection; Introduction to e-business and starting a small business. each unit is assessed by means of a vocational assignment; there are no exams for this qualification.

making within a wide range of organisations against a background of changing environments. Much of your work will be set in the context of real businesses.

the course is 100% coursework-based and teaching and learning methods include discussions, team work, seminars, role plays, internet research, visits to businesses and presentations.

You will be required to study real businesses for your coursework in order to give you real-world examples on which to base your assignments. It is a demanding course and students need to work consistently hard throughout the two years, often on more than one piece of coursework at a time, to achieve a good grade. there are, however, opportunities to improve grades on coursework.

Your skills in time management will improve over the two years and this will be vital for gaining good grades.

extras

the course will engage with local and national business organisations and experienced business people will attend the college to speak to and work with the students. there will also be opportunities to visit and investigate business organisations.

Who should I contact for more information? chris Warrington, Head of business education.

You must be very interested in current affairs and the business world. You will be studying decision-

What can I do with btec National Level 3 in business after sixth form?

A btec National Level 3 in business will provide you with a broad-based business education which would be a suitable introduction for both higher education courses and entry into a specialised business career. the successful completion of 12 or 18 units is equivalent to 2 or 3 Gce A-levels, so this can lead on to university degree courses in business.


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btec National Level 3 in sport Why study btec National Level 3 in sport?

this course provides a specialist, work-related programme of study which covers the key knowledge and practical skills required for those who have already decided the specialist area they wish to study. It has been set up for those students who have a real interest in the theoretical and practical aspects of sports development and fitness. It will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and investigate a wide range of sport and exercise aspects, from the scientific to the sociological, from the psychological to the nutritional.

What will I study?

• body in Action / Health and safety in sport / training and Fitness in sport • sport coaching / sports Development / Fitness testing for sport and exercise • Practical team sports / Practical Individual sports

there are also 10 specialist units. these cover a wide range of aspects including nutrition, sports injuries, officiating in sport, sports psychology, work experience and organising sports events.

each unit is assessed through assignments. the methods of producing the assignments can vary to include video, PowerPoints and oral presentations. there is no final exam.

the btec is available as either a 12 unit or 18 unit course over 2 years. each unit will be graded Referral, Pass, Merit or Distinction. Your overall grades will be determined by how well you have achieved across all units. A range of study methods are used including lectures, visits, tutorials, seminars, and practical sessions. students are encouraged to relate theory to practice

at all stages. students build on their work experience in Year 12 by carrying out a work placement of ten days duration at an approved sports facility or business/school.

continuous assessment includes assignments, written and practical tests and work experience.

extras

You will be taught by specialist teachers in classrooms in the new sports science Lab with access to the purpose-built gym, fitness room and playing fields. there may be some costs involved in this course for national governing body qualifications and course-specific literature.

Who should I contact for more information? sean Pollock, Head of btec sport.

What can I do with btec National Level 3 in sport after sixth form?

students may progress to a higher education degree in sport. Alternatively they may seek employment within the sports industry or professional sport.


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btec National Level 3 in science


Your Path to success

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Pre-u

cambridge university Pre-u is a challenging academic qualification designed for high achieving students who obtain at least 5 A-A* grades at Level 2 (Gcse or equivalent). Pre-u is a linear course with all examinations at the end of Year 13. • students can opt to take a Pre-u in ‘Global Perspectives and Independent Research’ as an alternative to As-level critical thinking or General studies and the extended Project Qualification. • students completing a number of subjects at A-level may also have the opportunity to gain a Preu in those areas. see the individual subject pages for more information. students achieving the top Pre-u grades are awarded a greater number of ucAs points than the A* at A-level.

“Cambridge Pre-U is an exciting , new post-sixteen qualification. It prepares learners with the skills and knowledge they need to make a success of their subsequent studies at university” university of cambridge


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Global Perspectives and Independent Research Why study Global Perspectives and Independent Research?

Are you interested in global issues? Do you enjoy intellectual discussions and debates? Do you like a challenge? If so, then this is the course for you. Global Perspectives and Independent Research will enable you to investigate global issues in depth and develop the skills necessary to analyse and evaluate alternative perspectives. You will gain an acute awareness of the complexity of the world and the connections between different people, communities and countries.

What will I study?

the course has two distinct sections: Global Perspectives and Independent Research. the Global Perspectives section focuses on significant global issues such as medical ethics and priorities; migration and work; the economic role of women; global climate change: science and politics; artificial intelligence; the emergence of china as a world superpower and integration and multiculturalism. the course will be taught in a series of seminars where you will learn how to analyse and evaluate different arguments, assess the credibility of sources, identify alternative and rival perspectives, communicate your personal perspectives and reflect on your own arguments. this part of the course is assessed through one examination, an essay and a multi-media presentation.

Global Perspectives and Independent Research extras

students on this course will benefit from the expertise of visiting speakers and lecturers.

Who should I contact for more information? stephen Leggott, Deputy Head of sixth Form.

the Independent Research section of the qualification allows you to demonstrate the skills developed in the Global Perspectives seminars through an individual 5000-word research report, the focus of which is entirely your choice.

What can I do with Global Perspectives and Independent Research after sixth form?

the skills and expertise gained from the course are easily transferable to every university course and a vast array of professions. Achieving this qualification means you have the ability to think critically, analyse, evaluate and question thinking, as well as having an in-depth insight into a number of significant global issues.


Your Path to success

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sports Academies

the sports Academies at comberton will provide elite athletes with the opportunity to undertake academic study while developing their sporting talent. combining extensive sporting activity and academic qualifications in the supportive environment of comberton sixth Form will enable individuals to excel in both areas. Academy places are reserved for individuals who have already reached a defined level in their individual sport as well as achieving the necessary exam grades to meet the course entry requirements. Offers will be made following interviews and assessment with the Director of sports and the relevant lead coach. Academy places are available in the following sports: Golf and Rugby.


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Golf Academy

comberton sixth Form Golf Academy in Association with craig Watson, Head Professional at the cambridge Meridian Golf club.

the sixth Form Golf Academy is aimed at students who wish to further their golfing ability and knowledge to a high standard. the course will give students the opportunity to learn all aspects of the game.

course Programme:

We aim to work in the classroom, gym and golf course facilities. During the winter months we will concentrate on golf etiquette, rules and golf club technology, also with emphasis on gym work to understand golf specific fitness. students will be given an all round game assessment and targets to work towards throughout the year, with lessons on the practice areas and on the golf course. We are also planning factory visits to understand golf club fitting, with students having their clubs fitted to their particular swing needs. We will also arrange matches in the summer months against other schools and county teams.

Key outcomes for the course are for students to gain knowledge of all aspects of golf from swing techniques, psychology, fitness, rules and equipment technology.

A key progress measure will be to reduce the golfer’s handicap by 50%.

craig Watson is PGA Head Professional at cambridge Meridian Golf club and has very close links with comberton sixth Form. craig is a fully qualified PGA Professional and also one of the cambridgeshire Golf Partnership’s senior coaches. cambridge Meridian Golf club has superb practice facilities combined with a par 73 golf course designed by Peter Alliss and clive clarke.

Who should I contact for more information? Nigel carrick, Director of sport.


Rugby Academy

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the Rugby Academy will be focused on providing a high class environment for students who wish to perform at the highest level possible. bringing together an off field support team second to none within rugby in the east of england, the aim will be to create an opportunity for gifted athletes who wish to be involved in a unique environment which dovetails an educational approach with professional sporting standards.

course Programme:

the programme will be focused on four core principles of elite rugby development:

• conditioning • skills development • technical development • tactical awareness

In order that our four key principles are developed to the requisite level there will be a designated conditioner with medical/rehab support, in addition to specific coaches allocated to develop both forward and back play. All of which is overseen by the Director of Rugby.

the Rugby Academy will be closely linked to the cambridge RuFc senior programme therefore ensuring exposure to the highest possible levels of training and development in the region for its students.

the programme will be overseen by cambridge RuFc Director of Rugby bob crooks. With over twenty years experience of coaching from schools to premiership level, bob is highly qualified to run elite development programmes. In addition to this experience he created the initial saracens Academy from grass roots back in 1996 and has developed many players who are currently playing in the Guinness Premiership. He will be ably supported by a technical team who are highly qualified and experienced in their own fields.

Who should I contact for more information? Nigel carrick, Director of sport.


c o mb erto n s ix th F o rm – s u b j ect

Open evening: thursday 7th November 6.30-9pm

comberton sixth Form West street comberton cambridgeshire cb23 7Du

tel. 01223 262470 enquiries@combertonsixthform.org

www.combertonsixthform.or g

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