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2013-14 COURSE GUIDE


2013-14 CONTENTS Welcome

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ICT

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Information

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Law

Student Support

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English Legal System & Contract Law

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Pathways

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Applied Law

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Course Choices

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Study Routes

Mathematics

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Application Process

Bridging Mathematics

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Health & Social Care

A Level mathematics

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Health & Social Care (Cert)

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First Extended (Cert)

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Languages:

LEVEL 3 Art & Design:

cache Child Care & Education

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English English GCSE

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English ESOL

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functional skills

76

French

43

ITQ

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German

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Spanish

45

Mathematics GCSE

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46

SCIENCE

81

Leisure & Tourism

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WORK SKILLS

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Fine Art

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Graphic

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Media Studies

Photography

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Performing Arts:

Product

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Acting

Textiles

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Dance

48

Music Technology

50

Music Performance

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Sport & Exercise science

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NVQ

86

Psychology

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Advanced

87

Philosophy & ethics

54

Beauty Therapy / Hairdressing

Business Studies: Business

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Business Studies Double Award

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Financial Studies

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Public Services

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Child Care

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Communication & Culture

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Science:

VOCATIONAL Professional Chef

Beauty Therapy

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Chemistry

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Beauty Techniques

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Human Biology

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Design Technology:

Applied Science

Nail Enhancement

Design Craft

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Physics

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Interactive Media

28

Sociology

59

Travel & Tourism

English:

Barbering Level 2

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Hairdressing Level 2

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Advanced Hairdressing Level 3

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Management LEVEL 4

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IBCC

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Construction

IBCC IT in the Global Society

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Carpentry

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Bricklaying

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Towers Football Academy

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Towers Rugby Academy

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Community Sports Leader Level 2

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Higher Sports Leader Level 3

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Sports massage

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Literature

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Language/Literature

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EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION

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Geography

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Government & Politics

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Film studies

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Business Studies:

Health & Social Care

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Business Studies

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History A

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Admin & Customer Services

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History B

37

Public Services

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IBCC Business/Management

LEVEL 1/2

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Welcome Welcome to Towers 6th Form Dear Student Towers 6th is the largest post 16 provider in the Ashford area and one of the largest school 6th forms in Kent. As such we can offer an impressive range of courses to suit all your needs, regardless of your age or previous qualifications. Towers 6th is a place where students are given the freedom to make their own decisions about their course of study and take responsibility for their future. We will work closely with you, giving you the very best of learning and support to help you succeed and achieve your aims, whatever they are. By choosing us, you will be joining a 6th form of over four hundred students and a team of highly qualified teachers and personal advisors. Resources and facilities are excellent and being continually updated to meet the needs of all students. In our recent inspection, Ofsted commented that “The quality of teaching and learning is good”. Furthermore, every year we ask our students their opinion of the 6th form. Over 98% said that they enjoyed the 6th Form and would recommend it to a friend. Our results also highlight the efforts of our students and staff - with 98% passing their ‘A2’ or equivalent last year! In this course guide you will get an idea of what life is like at the Towers 6th and an insight to the large range of courses we offer. We will provide you with the necessary skills and qualifications to help you achieve your career aims, whether they be further study or employment. You will be able to make new friends and enjoy new experiences to make your time with us all the more memorable. We also offer a wide range of enrichment activities including both national and international visits.

Come and see for yourself what we can offer you! I look forward to welcoming you here at Towers 6th.

David Leddington

Deputy Headteacher - Director of Post 16 Studies

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Information Facilities

Part-time employment

We offer wide ranging resources and facilities to our students to support their education:

It is strongly recommended that part time employment should

management of time is necessary to achieve well.

w Air conditioned computer and teaching rooms w Specialist vocational suites in Hair, Beauty, Catering, Hospitality,

Construction and Child Care

w Brand new Sixth Form Common Room with plasma TV screen and

be limited to a maximum of twelve hours a week. Careful

Senior Students And Student Council Each year a number of students are nominated to undertake

Multimedia Projector

the role of becoming a Senior Student. This role involves acting

w Two designated sixth form ‘private study’ computer suite

as an ambassador to external visitors and leading whole student

w School email address and internet access (including Moodle)

events. Each year students are also given the opportunity to

Extra Curricular Activities There are many extra curricular activities available at Towers Sixth:

w Sporting Events/Activities

w Drama and Musical productions

w Charity Events e.g. ‘Climbing Everest’ for children in need

w Charity Work inc. Peer mentoring

w National and International visits

apply to become Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy, Deputy Head Girl or a Subject Leader.

Support for Students There is dedicated support for you throughout your time in Towers Sixth Form.

Personal Advisors All full-time students are allocated a Personal Advisor. Your Personal Advisor plays a key supportive role, providing advice

Dress Code Post 16 students are viewed as important role models for the school community and as such students may dress casually but appropriately to their position within the school.

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and help on a day-to-day basis and will be with you throughout your course.


Student support Additional Educational Needs Our Additional Educational Needs department assists any students who have additional support needs. We are committed to ensuring that people with learning difficulties are equally supported.

Higher Education/UCAS Many of our students continue their studies into Higher Education. Over the last year, as Towers School has moved toward gaining the Investors in Careers Award, increasing emphasis has been placed on providing quality Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) to our 6th Form students. We arrange visits to visiting speakers from Universities, Colleges and from the world of work, to inform students regarding possible career choices. Also, in addition to the school Careers Manager  students have access to a dedicated AimHigher mentor and Connexions advisors,   who will offer guidance and help with career choices and university applications.

POST -16 BURSARY FUND The Government has now finished the EMA scheme for new applicants. However, students attending full-time courses at The Towers Sixth Form may get monthly payments to support their study through the Post-16 Bursary Fund. If you would like to know more about this fund and how to apply please contact the Sixth Form office or look at the policy via our website: www.towers6th.com

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Pathways Pathway

A Level 3

Course Type

Available Courses

AS & A2/BTEC/OCR

AS/A2 Courses

Students should choose 4 Level 3 courses which maybe a mix of AS and BTEC/OCR courses. If there is a mix with any Level 2 courses e.g. Maths GCSE re-sit a minimum of 2 Level 3 subjects are required for this pathway.

Entry Requirements Mathematics*

A Level Pathway

Art Fine*

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Media Studies

Art Textiles*

Film Studies

Spanish

Biology*

French

Psychology

Students who will obtain at least 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C, which should include English and Maths.

Biology Human*

Geography

Chemistry*

German

Philosophy & Religion

Design Technology

Government & Politics

Photography

Graphics

Health & Social Care

Physics*

Design Technology

(Double A Level)

Sociology

Product Design

History

Applied Science

English Literature

Law

English Language & Literature

Communication & Culture

BTEC/OCR Courses

Public Services

Music Performance

BTEC Pathway

Acting

Financial Studies

Music Production

Business Studies

ICT*

Sport & Exercise

Business Studies & Retail Double BTEC

Law

Travel & Tourism

Students who have followed BTECS IN Years 10/11 and will obtain at least 4-5 GCSEs (A* - C) or BTEC level 2 equivalents and usually GCSE English and Maths.

Pupils should gain at least a C grade in the subject they wish to study (* though some require at least a B grade).

Dance Pupils will need a Pass grade in the BTEC subject at Level 2 (* though some require a Merit). BTEC Singles have equivalent UCAS points to an A level and BTEC Doubles to 2 A levels.

B Level 3

IBCC

Business

Equivalent to 3½ A Levels

IT in the Global Society and 2 other AS/BTEC Level 3 subjects

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The IBCC course suits students who have 5 or more GCSEs (A*-C) including Mathematics and English and have achieved a Merit in these subjects.


Pathway E- Level 3

Course Type

Available Courses

Entry Requirements

Full time - CACHE

B grade at Cache L2 and/or 4 A*-C at GCSE (Maths, English & Science GCSE C grade reqd. for 2nd Year)

F- Level 2

Full time - CACHE

C - Level 3

Full time Professional VRQ/NVQ

2 GCSEs at Grade C and English GCSE at Grade D or above. Professional Chef

Beauty Therapy

Carpentry

Nail Therapy

Bricklaying

NVQ/VRQ Level 2 in chosen course.

Hairdressing D- Level 2

Full time Professional VRQ/NVQ

Professional Chef

Beauty Therapy

4 GCSEs (A*-C)

Hair Dressing Barbering

G - Level 2 Improving Grades

GCSE/BTEC

Business Studies BTEC

Health & Social Care

Mathematics GCSE

English GCSE

BTEC Diploma

Science GCSE

Public Services BTEC

Health & Social Care

Travel & Tourism

Exercise & Nutrition

BTEC Certificate

ITQ

Work Skills BTEC

Available to students who have achieved less than 5 Level qualifications (including Maths & English) and who wish to improve their grades. It may be possible to include a re-sit GCSE with some Level 3 courses.

H- Level 1 Key Skills

Work Skills BTEC Functional Skills ESOL

Available to a maximum of 20 students – these courses suit students who have achieved some Level 2 qualifications at Year 11.

I - Apprenticeship Further information to follow

Rugby Academy Football Academy HSLA/CSLA

Available to students who wish to combine their studies with developing sporting skills. These options should be combined with Pathways A or G – to ensure a full complement of subjects/qualifications. Within these courses students will also acquire further qualifications.

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Course Choices Choose the right level of study If you have 4 or more GCSE passes at grade C and above, then you will be eligible to commence a Level 3 course in either a traditional or vocational Advanced level route. (We recommend that you normally take 4 ‘A level’ subjects. Please note that some courses offer double and triple A levels). We strongly recommend a GCSE C grade in English to start any AS course. If you have less than 4 GCSE passes in four separate subjects then you will need to study some Level 2 courses to give you more GCSEs to start a traditional or vocational A level course. Alternatively you could commence an NVQ or VRQ work based qualification. Please note that you will require C grades in GCSE Maths and English for most Higher Education courses and many jobs. It appears that the Government will be insisting on students with less than a C grade re-sitting Math or English GCSE from September 2013. Further details will be available in the 6th Form admission meeting. N.B. We reserve the right to cancel a course published in this prospectus, if student numbers or staffing do not make it viable to run.

STUDY ROUTES Your possible pathways are shown on the next page

Level 3 Route

Level 2 Route

GCSE/Vocational GCSE/BTEC’s

Vocational Route

IBCC

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AS/A2/BTEC’s (4+ GCSE’s generally required)

NVQ/VRQ

Equivalent to 3.5 A levels


Study Routes Professional Employment

Higher ed University Degree

Level 3 A Levels BTECs Professional

full time Employment

level 2 GCSEs BTECs Professional

After Year 11

Apprenticeships

Level 3 Level 2 Professional

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Application Process To find out more about Towers Sixth Form, please look at our web site: www. towers6th.com. To apply for a place and further course information please use www.kentchoices4u.com. You may also fill out the paper ‘initial interest’ form at the back of this prospectus and send it to the address listed. When we receive your application you will be offered an interview and you may wish your parent/guardian to accompany you to this interview. We will discuss your choices and your GCSE predicted grades. The interview is intended to ensure you have made the appropriate course choices for studying here. Please ensure all applications are submitted as early as possible to ensure your place on your chosen course. You will be able to change your course choices right up until you join the sixth form in September 2013. If you wish (or need) to change courses over the summer our 6th Form IAG manager (Mr Davis) is available most mornings. Please note the following: The Government is currently undertaking a curriculum review that may alter some of the courses shown and offered on the following pages. The final course offer rests with the Towers 6th Form based on timetabling restrictions, qualifications and candidate suitability for courses. Finally, some applications for courses maybe subject to satisfactory references.

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6th Form Student Leadership Team

2nd left Mr V Crofts Head of Law photograph by Kentish Gazette

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Level 3 Courses


Level

Examination Board

3

Edexcel

Qualification

Lessons/week

AS/A2

5 lessons a week 6 in year 2

Art & Design Fine Art Entry Requirements B and above in Art & Design. GCSE C and above in English Language or Literature. (Students with a B or above in

can influence their own work. Key Skills will be included into all the

History, Media Studies or Graphics will be looked upon favourably as a combination

process information as well as manipulate imagery. The course is

GCSE C and above in Art & Design. GCSE C and above in English Language or Literature. (one month trial to see if students cope with the course). We do not accept students without a formal art & design qualification. A2 Students applying for A2 must have successfully completed AS (A–D) on the same exam board. They may be accepted with a combination of AS resits.

designed to develop the individual’s skills much further than GCSE.

AS Unconditional Place: GCSE

with Art GCSE) Conditional Place:

Course Overview The AS can be taken as a stand-alone qualification and students

work and the use of IT will encourage students to investigate and

The emphasis is on talent and dedication.

How Assessed Year 1 AS

w Unit 1 Coursework unit + 2000 word essay

w Unit 2 Externally set exam 6 week preparation period

can leave at the end of one year. Those students requiring higher

qualification will progress into a further year’s study and gain a full

Year 2 A2

A2 Level qualification. AS is made up of two units of study. A2 Level is a progression of study with the addition of a further 2 units. All units are compulsory for full certification, where the essay is a necessary

15% of A2 Level or 60% of AS Level culminating in an 8 hour exam 15% of A2 Level or 40% of AS Level

w Unit 3 Coursework unit + 3000 word essay 40% of A2 Level w Unit 4 Externally set exam 6 week preparation period

requirement for successful completion.

Course Structure

Progression

Practical work will consist of drawing, painting, sculpture and

AS Level is a useful qualification for progression into diploma courses

printmaking and the students will be expected to show how their

in graphic design or art based careers in theatre design, advertising

ideas and responses have developed in a logical process in their

and printing. The A2 Level qualification will be a requirement for

notebooks/journals, which are kept throughout the course. An

admission to foundation courses, which lead on to degree courses

important part of the course is the written critical analysis showing

in fine art, fashion, graphic design, jewellery design, sculpture and a

evidence of the understanding of the development of art. Students

multitude of other courses in media, advertising and theatre. Over the

will be expected, in personal studies, to make connections between

last 5 years we have had students progress to visual degree courses

their own work and that of artists and crafts persons. As the students

at Goldsmiths, Slade, St Martin’s, Brighton, Nottingham, Leicester,

develop their critical/contextual studies they will be expected to

KIAD, Kingston Farnborough and Camberwell. We pride ourselves on

understand the work of artists, movement in art, social, political and

trying to push our students to fulfil their potential and be competent

cultural effects. Students must also be able to demonstrate how this

practitioners. We have very strong links with art foundation centres

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Fine Art

culminating in an 8 hour exam. 30% of A2 Level

throughout the county.


Level

3

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

AS/A2

5 lessons a week

Graphic Art & Design Entry Requirements

How assessed

C Grade in English, Maths and a D&T Subject

Year 1 AS

w Unit 1 Portfolio of Creative Skills.

COURSE OVERVIEW

60% of AS, 30% of A2 . This unit comprises of 3 sections of coursework: A

The Edexcel A level in Product Design - Graphic Product is a four

manufacturing element.

unit course over two years that offers the opportunity to study

w Unit 2 Design and Technology in Practice. 40% of AS, 20% of A Level.

areas of graphic design from packaging and product design to

Externally assessed exam. 1 Hour 30 minute written paper. The paper will be

aspects of designing for the built environment.

a question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended-

product analyse of an existing product. A product design assignment. A

writing type questions, all of which are compulsory.

Course Structure Year 2 A2

Year 1 AS

At AS level the students will develop a broad understanding and knowledge of many aspects of Graphic Products.

They

will develop their own skills in research, analysis, design and manufacture along with how the subject fits within the wider world of the design industry. At AS Level students study two units throughout the year:

w Unit 3 Designing for the Future 20% of A Level. Externally assessed

exam 2 hour written paper. The paper will be a question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended-writing type questions, all of which are compulsory.

w Unit 4 Commercial Design 30% of A Level Coursework.

Students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its

w Unit 1 Portfolio of Creative Skills

resolution. A key feature of this unit is that students consider issues related to

w Unit 2 Design and Technology in Practice

sustainability and the impact their product may have on the environment. Students will develop a manufactured product, model or prototype supported

Year 2 A2

by a design folder of 30 – 40 pages outlining the complete research, design,

At A2, the specification offers candidates the opportunity to

development, manufacture and evaluation of their product.

further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. At A2 Level students study two units throughout the year:

PROGRESSION

w Unit 3 Designing for the Future

Product Design -Graphic Product A level can help towards a career

w Unit 4 Commercial Design

in graphic design, product design, interior design, media, computer graphics, automobile design or architecture. It is also a good grounding for continued study at University.

Graphic Products

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Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

AQA

GCSE AS/A2

5 lessons a week 2 year course.

3

Art & Design photography Entry Requirements Access to a good quality digital camera (either a bridge camera or a preferred SLR). Ability to work independently. Students with a B or above in Art and Design or Media Studies. C or above in English. You may be requested to show your photographic skills, at an interview, with a portfolio of your photographs.

Course Overview

How assessed w 2 year course split into As and A2. w 60% coursework, spread over 3 projects. w 40% final exam, with a 4 week preparation period. Progression AS/ A2 Level is a useful qualification for progression into diploma/ degree courses in photography graphic design or art based

Photography: lens-based and light-based media Students can

careers in theatre design, advertising and print based multimedia.

select from a range of study areas within photography including

A Level Photography, BTEC Certificates courses, which lead on

portraiture, landscape or still life photography and documentary

to degree courses in fine art, fashion, graphic design, jewellery

photography.

design, sculpture and a multitude of other courses in media,

Course Structure

advertising and theatre. Over the last 5 years we have had students progress to visual degree courses at Goldsmiths, Slade, St Martin’s,

Initially in AS, students will look at the formal elements of photography.

Brighton, Nottingham, Leicester, KIAD, Kingston Farnborough and

Namely line / perspective, composition / proportion, tone / form,

Camberwell. We pride ourselves on trying to push our students to

texture/abstract, depth of field, photo manipulation etc.

fulfil their potential and be competent practitioners. We have very strong links with art foundation centres throughout the county.

Candidates are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

w portraiture, documentary and/or photo-journalism w environmental photography w experimental photography w working from objects, still life and/or from the natural world Candidates may use digital and digital manipulation to create images. There is also an emphasis to use photographs in experimental ways both 2 dimensionally and 3 dimensionally.

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Art & Design


Level

3

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

AQA

AS/A2

5 lessons a week

Product Art & Design HOW ASSESSED

Entry Requirements C Grade in English, Maths, Science and a D&T Subject.

Year 1 AS

COURSE OVERVIEW

50% of AS, 25% of A Level. 2 hour written paper. Based primarily on Materials & Components and consisting of three Sections. Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions. Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two. Section 3 contains one compulsory question.

w Unit 1 (PROD1) Materials, Components and Application

The AQA A level in Product Design – 3D Design is a four unit course over two years that offers the opportunity to study areas of resistant materials and product design using a range of materials including wood, metal and plastics.

w This specification is designed to encourage candidates to

w Unit 2 (PROD2) Learning Through Designing and Making

w develop their capacity to design and make products.

50% of AS, 25% of A Level. Coursework – approx 50 hours. Written (or electronic) design portfolio. Manufactured outcome(s). Coursework will take the form of a portfolio of work from a variety of projects.

w appreciate the complex relations between design, materials,

Year 1 A2

develop a broad view of design and technology.

manufacture and marketing.

Manufacture and consisting of two sections. Candidates answer three

Year 1 AS

questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question

At AS level candidates develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. This specification also considers the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety:

w w

Unit 1 (PROD1) Materials, Components and Application Unit 2 (PROD2) Learning Through Designing and Making.

YEAR 2 A2 At A2, the specification offers candidates the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. Candidates will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture:

w w

w Unit 3 (PROD3) Design and Manufacture 25% of A Level. 2 hour written paper. Based primarily on Design and

Course Structure

from either section. Includes synoptic assessment.

w Unit 4 (PROD4) Design and Making Practice 25% of A Level. Coursework – approx 60 hours. Written (or electronic) design folder. Manufactured outcome. Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity. PROGRESSION Students studying 3D Product Design will gain an underpinning knowledge to the subject of Design and Technology. This can be the basis towards gaining a career in Product Design, Engineering Design or a broad range of engineering disciplines. It is also a good grounding for continued study at University.

Unit 3 (PROD3) Design and Manufacture Unit 4 (PROD4) Design and Making Practice

Product Design

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Level

3

Examination Board

Edexcel

Qualification

Lessons/week

AS/A2

5 lessons a week 6 in year 2

Art & Design Textiles Entry Requirements AS Unconditional Place: GCSE B and above in Art & Design or DT/Art Textiles. GCSE C and above in English Language or Literature. (Students with a B or above in Graphics/Res Mat will be looked upon favourably as a combination with Art / Textiles GCSE) Conditional Place: GCSE C and above in Art and Design / Textiles. GCSE C and above in English Language or Literature. (one month trial to see if students cope with the course). We do not accept students whom have not had any creative education at KS4. A2 Students applying for A2 must have successfully completed AS (A–E) on the same exam board. They may be accepted with a combination of AS resits.

contextual studies they will be expected to understand the work of artists, designers, movements in art, social, political and cultural effects. Students must also be able to demonstrate how this can influence their own work. Key Skills will be included into all the work and the use of IT will encourage students to investigate and process information as well as manipulate imagery and materials. The course is designed to develop the individual’s skills much further than GCSE. The emphasis is on talent and dedication.

HOW ASSESSED Year 1 AS

COURSE OVERVIEW The AS can be taken as a stand-alone qualification and students can leave at the end of one year. Those students requiring higher qualification will progress into a further year’s study and gain a full A2 Level qualification. AS is made up of two units of study, Unit 1 is coursework and Unit 2 is an exam. A2 Level is a progression of study with the addition of a further 2 units. All units are compulsory for full certification.

Course Structure During the course, practical work will consist of sewing, three dimensional planning, design sheets, drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. The main focus of the course is the manipulation of cloth and textiles in an artistic way. The students will be expected to show how their ideas and responses have developed in a logical process in their notebooks/journals, which are kept throughout the course. An important part of the course is the written critical analysis showing evidence of the understanding of the development of art. Students will be expected, in personal studies, to make connections between their own work and that of artists and crafts persons. As the students develop their critical/

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w Unit 1 Coursework unit + 2000 word essay.

15% of A2 Level or 60% of AS Level

w Unit 2 Externally set exam. 6 week preparation period

culminating in an 8 hour exam. 15% of A2 Level or 40% of AS Level.

Year 2 A2

w Unit 3 Coursework unit + 3000 word essay 40% of A2 Level. w Unit 4 Externally set exam. 6 week preparation period

culminating in an 8 hour exam. 30% of A2 Level.

PROGRESSION AS Level is a useful qualification for progression into diploma courses in textile design, fashion design or art based careers in theatre design, advertising and printing. The A2 Level qualification will be a requirement for admission to foundation courses, which lead on to degree courses in fine art, fashion, textile design, media studies, fashion journalism, computer graphics, jewellery, sculpture and a multitude of other courses. Over the last 5 years we have had students progress to visual degree courses at Goldsmiths, Slade, St Martins, Brighton, Nottingham, Leicester, KIAD, Kingston Farnborough and Camberwell. We pride ourselves on trying to push our students to fulfil their potential and be competent practitioners.

Design Textiles


Level

Examination Board

3

Edexcel

Qualification

Lessons/week

BTEC

5 lessons a week 2 year course

Why study this course The BTEC Level 3 courses are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications. They give students the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment or continued higher study. The BTEC Level 3 in Business explores the dynamic world of Business through investigations of real businesses. Evidence can

Business Studies How assessed Assessment is 100% coursework.

Progression This qualification is useful when pursuing a wide range of careers in the world of Business and Retail or to go onto Higher Education at University.

be provided in a variety of formats including presentations, log/ books diaries, role play, surveys, articles for journals, press releases, observations of practical tasks, written reports and accounts of students own experiences of business. As well as visits to real businesses, students will undertake one-week work experience during the course to support their learning.

Course Structure Year 1:

w Unit 1 The Business Environment w Unit 2

Business Resources

w Unit 3 Introduction to Marketing Students can now achieve an AS qualification after one year Year 2:

w Unit 4

Business Communication

w Unit 5 Business Accounting w Unit 18 Managing a Business Event

Business

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Level

Business Studies Double award Entry Requirements

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

BTEC Double Award

10 lessons a week 2 year course.

3

Year 2

Entry Requirements: BTEC First in Business, Retail, Sport or Public

w Unit 4

Business Communication

Service and a GCSE grade C in English and Maths OR a minimum

w Unit 5

Business Accounting

of 4 GCSE’s grades C or above including English and Maths

w Unit 9 Creative Product Promotion

Course Overview

w Unit 18

The BTEC Level 3 courses are designed to provide specialist work

w Unit 19 Developing Teams in Business

related qualifications. They provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to prepare for employment

Managing a Business Event

w Unit 27 Understanding Health and Safety in the Business Work Place

or continued higher study. The BTEC National Diploma in Business and Retail explores the dynamic world of business through investigations of real businesses, and gives you the opportunity to follow a specialist pathway to gain a qualification with an endorsed

How assessed Assessment is 100% coursework.

title in Retail. Retailing comprises a whole range of careers from buying, selling and logistics to finance and management, and will

Progression

open students up to a variety of career paths. This qualification is useful when pursuing a wide range of careers in

Course Structure

the world of Business and Retail or to go onto Higher Education at University.

Year 1

w Unit 1

The Business Environment

w Unit 2

Business Resources

w Unit 3 Introduction to Marketing w Unit 13 Recruitment and Selection in Business w Unit 16 Human Resource Management in Business w Unit 33 The Impact of Communications in Technology

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on Business

Business


Level

3

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

ifs School of

AS Certificate A2 Diploma

5 lessons a week 2 year course

Finance

Business Financial Studies Studies

Entry Requirements A minimum of 4 GCSE’s grades C or above. English at grade C is essential.

Course Structure Year 1 CeFS

Course Overview This is a course that will give you crucial life skills and will prepare you for financial independence. The Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) has been designed

w Unit 1 Why Money Matters

w Unit 2 Risk and Reward

w Unit 3 Making Personal Financial Judgements

to encourage students to be inspired to meet their lifetime

DipFS

aspirations. On completion students will be able to appreciate

w Unit 1 Financing the Future

w Unit 2 Financial Services from the Providers’ Perspective

w Unit 3 Enhancing Financial Capability

the benefits of a range of financial products and how they can contribute to personal aspirations, develop an awareness of risk and reward, have an understanding of the impact of the financial industry on the individual, and be able to compare and contrast a range of financial solutions making informed and

How assessed

sound financial judgements.

For both CeFS and DipFS

The Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) will enhance their financial capability, giving an understanding beyond their own and an appreciation of the consequences of decisions. On completion students will be able to create and monitor personal budgets, understand the wider financial environment, appreciate

Units 1 and 2 are objectively tested using online multiple choice questions. Unit 3 is a written examination based on previously unseen case study material.

Progression

a financial provider’s perspective, understand more complex

Not only does study of this course give you crucial life skills it can also lead

products such as pensions and investments and appreciate

to employment in a financial related career or you can study Financial

ethical considerations.

Services at degree level with the ifs BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management, a specialist professional degree programme that prepares you for a future in financial services management.

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Level

3

Business Studies Public services

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

BTEC Diploma

5 lessons a week. 2 year course.

Entry Requirements BTEC First in Business, Retail, Sport or Public Service and a GCSE grade C in English and Maths OR a minimum of 4 GCSE’s grades C or above including English and Maths Students taking this course should have an interest in outdoor adventure and fitness and one of the Public Services career paths.

Course Overview

Students can now achieve an AS qualification after one year

Year 2

w Unit 3

w Unit 33 Volunteering in Public Services

Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services

How assessed Assessment is 100% course work.

The BTEC Level 3 in Public Services is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in future employment in the Uniformed Public Services such as the Army, Police, Fire Service, Prison Service and Ambulance Service. The course is practical based with a strong emphasis on fitness and outdoor adventure and key skills, such as, team building, communication and leadership, as well as covering Government Polices and Citizenship. The course involves looking closely at the

Progression The qualification and experience you gain on this course will enable you to gain employment in the Uniformed Public Services such as the Army, Police, Fire Service, Prison Service and Ambulance Service. This course is also a recognised qualification that will give you access towards a Degree Course in Higher Education.

Emergency Services and the Armed Forces so that students get an insight into working within the Uniformed Public Services.

Course Structure Year 1

w Unit 1

Government, Policies and Public Services

w Unit 2

Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services

w Unit 5 Physical Preparation, Health and Lifestyle for

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the Public Services

Public Services


Level

3

Examination Board

Cache

Qualification

Lessons/week

Diploma

3 full days in school, 2 days in placement

Possible progression to 2 year carrying sufficient UCAS points to progress to further education

Child work force child care Entry Requirements 4 GCSE’s at A-C one of which should be English. Level 2 qualification in Child Care & Education/ or the new C&YPWF certificate.

Course Overview This is a course for students who like working with and would like a career working with babies and children from 0-16 years. To do this course the student needs to be: enthusiastic, reliable, practical, a good team worker, fun, hardworking, a good time keeper as well as a good role model for children. This qualification

Year 2 5 units which have essay based assignments of 3,000 words. Internally marked. 1 unit which is assessed by a portfolio with no word limit. Internally marked. 1 research task of 5,000 words which is externally marked. Units over 2 years cover:

w child development 0-16 years. w Play learning & education 0-16 years. w Protecting, supporting and caring for children in placement settings.

prepares you to work unsupervised or in a supervised capacity

w Promoting a healthy environment for children.

with children and their families in a variety of settings. These could

w Care of sick children

include nurseries, children’s centres, home based child care, preschools or schools.

w Care of babies w Developing children’s language and literacy skills 3-8 years.

Course Structure How assessed Year 1 5 units which have essay based assignments of 3,000 words. Internally marked. 2 units which are assessed by portfolios with no word limit. Internally marked.

w 1 hour short answer question paper externally marked. w

2 days a week placement for a year, one day in a

Nursery one day in a Primary School.

The completed Diploma caries: 120- 360 UCAS points. (The equivalent to 3 A levels marked A-E).

Career Progression Primary School teaching, Children’s Nursing, Social work (all will require GCSE C and above in Maths, English and Science). Early years/ Nursery supervisor, Nanny, Youth work, Holiday play schemes.

w Placement related tasks and observations which are

internally marked and assessed.

w Placement reports from placement supervisor. w Placement visits from tutor once a term

Cache

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Level

Communication and Culture

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

AQA

AS

5 lessons a week

3

Entry Requirements

Course Structure & EXAMINATION

Minimum C grade in GCSE English required.

AS Level Course

Why study this course?

w Unit 1

This academically exciting subject investigates how we become the

4 questions; 1 hr 45 mins

Examination; 25%

people we are. It looks at the ways society communicates its values and rules for behaviour – our culture – and the ways we express our

w Unit 2

individuality within those rules.

Coursework; 25% Two written pieces Visual / audio digital presentation

The course has a strong theoretical foundation but you will then need to take these general theories and apply them to specific experiences, often from your own life. You will learn to recognise – thus potentially manipulate – the signals your clothes, your music

A2 Level Course

w Unit 3

and even the choice of your phone create.

Examination; 25%

As a student of this subject, you will therefore learn to recognise

w Unit 4

that we of course communicate through language, but also that

Coursework; 25%

powerful messages are sent through gesture, posture, clothing and,

2000-word portfolio Visual / audio digital presentation

2 questions; 2 hrs

in short, every other choice we make, and that we thus receive similar messages from family, friends, work, the media, education and, in short, every other group within our society.

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Communication


Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

BTEC

5 lessons a week

3

Design Design craft Technology

Entry Requirements

Progression

C grade in English, Science and a D&T subject and / or an Art

Students studying Design Craft will gain an underpinning knowledge

subject.

to the subject of making jewellery. This can be the basis towards gaining a career in Silversmithing, or any design based discipline. It

Course Overview

is also a good grounding for continued study at University.

The BTEC Level 3 in Design Craft offers students a more creative approach to the Design and Technology industry. Learning through practical activities and small projects, students will design and create products, including jewellery and other craft items. Students will learn how to use many different materials and techniques whilst also studying and comparing designers to assist with their own creative thinking. Students will learn to communicate ideas through drawings, photography, models and CAD (computer aided design). They will learn forgotten and specialist crafts along with new technologies.

Course Structure Over the two years students will complete a variety of coursework based units, through both a practical and theoretical approach to making jewellery. Students will learn:

w

Craft Skills including, enamelling, joining metal, casting, wire

jewellery, laser cutting and more.

w Techniques in Finishing jewellery such as polishing and

buffing.

w

Drawing skills

w

CAD/CAM

w

Photoshop and 2D Design

Design Craft

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Level

Design Technology Interactive media

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

BTEC

5 lessons a week.

3

Entry Requirements 5 GCSEs A*-C, including Maths and English. Preferable Art, D&T

Each of the units within the qualifications have specified assessment

and/or ICT based subject.

criteria and grading criteria which must be used. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction.

Course Overview

w To achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have successfully completed

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Interactive Media (QCF) have been developed to give learners the opportunity to:

all the assessment criteria

w To achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have successfully completed all the merit grading criteria

w gain a qualification that is an additional specialist learning component of a Diploma

w To achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have successfully completed all the distinction grading criteria.

w develop specialist interactive media skills in the art and design sector

w achieve a stand-alone interactive media skills qualification in the art and design sector

w achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 vocationally-related qualification

Coursework Across the two years of the course students will study 6 units to achieve the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Interactive Media. These units may include:

w progress to related general and/or vocational qualifications

w

Computer Game Story Development

w engage in learning that is relevant to them and which

w

Human-computer Interfaces for Computer Games

will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and

w

Interactive Media Design

techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful

w

Film and Video Editing Techniques

performance in working life.

w

Stop Motion Animation Production

w

3D Animation

w

Web Animation for Interactive Media

w

Image Manipulation Using Computer Applications

Course Structure & Assessment Year 1 AS Year 2 A2 All units within these qualifications are internally assessed. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

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Progression Successful completion of this course would allow students to go on to study at college or university, or prepare them for the world of work.

Design Tech


Level

3

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

AQA

AS/A2

5 lessons a week

Possible progression to 2 year carrying sufficient UCAS points to progress to further education

Literature English Entry Requirements A minimum of a C grade in GCSE English or English Language.

Year 2 A2

w Unit 3 (A2) Reading for Meaning:

Two questions involving unprepared extracts and wider reading on the theme of Love Through the Ages.

Course Overview The English Literature A specification encourages students

w Unit 4 (A2) Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study

to develop interest in and enjoyment of English Literature,

(Coursework of 3000 words)

through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genre and gender, and through experience of an extensive range of views about texts and how to read them. Each year students will examine prose, poetry and drama. They will improve their written expression and independent study skills, through analytical and comparative coursework, with the

How assessed Examination 60% Coursework 40%

Progression

majority of the assessment in a single exam.

The study of English Literature can lead to a broad range of further

This course helps to develop reading, writing and communicative

such as Media Studies and History, and on to varied careers including

skills, so can complement a range of other courses that also

study at university level including English Literature and related courses journalism, law or teaching.

utilise such skills. It would combine well with the study of any course that involves reading and the close analysis of texts such as history, modern foreign languages or media studies.

Course Structure Year 1 AS

w Unit 1 (AS) Texts in Context: World War One Poetry

(2 hour exam – open book)

w Unit 2 (AS) Creative Study: response to novel and a

play on World War One (Coursework of 2500 words)

Literature

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Level

3

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

AQA

AS/A2

5 lessons a week

English language/Literature Entry Requirements A minimum of a C grade GCSE English Language.

w Unit 2 (AS) Analysing Speech and Its Representation:

Course Overview

Two questions: one on a set text, one an unseen analysis (Exam 1.5 hours)

At AS, this course will enable students to examine different forms of literature and analyse the ways language is used, identifying and commenting on specific language features. Students will also develop their own writing skills and be able to write fluently and coherently in response to questions. One unit looks specifically at speech and how it is presented in literature and in real life. At A2, coursework is used to comment on different features of

Year 2 A2

w Unit 3 (A2) Comparative Analysis and Text Adaptation:

Two questions: one an unseen analysis, one on a set text.

(Exam 2.5 hours)

w Unit 4 (A2) Comparative Analysis through Independent

texts (characters, setting and themes for example) and how they are presented through language. Set texts can include novels and drama and will include poetry. This course helps to improve your analytical skills and appreciation of how language is used in fiction, non-fiction and spoken texts. It would combine well the study of any course that involves reading and the close analysis of texts such as history, modern foreign languages or media studies.

Course Structure Year 1 AS

w Unit 2 (AS) Integrated Analysis and Text Production:

Study:

One coursework task to be completed on an aspect of two texts, one of which must be poetry. (Coursework)

How assessed Examination 80% Coursework 20%.

Progression The study of English Language and Literature can lead to broad range of further study at university level including English and related courses such as Media Studies and History, and on to varied careers including journalism, law or teaching.

Two questions on two set texts: one will address literary and stylistic issues; one will be a language production task. (Exam 1.5 hours)

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Language/Lit


Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

AQA

EPQ AS

2 lessons a week.

3

Extended Project EPQ Qualification

Entry Requirements

How assessed

GCSE in English Language C Grade preferred. Candidates with D

The overall project is assessed based on these key skills with the

grade will be considered.

following weighting:

Course Overview

w 20% Management of project;

This is very much a course to develop and promote students’

w 20% based on use of resources;

independent learning skills, through a self-directed project.

w 40% development and realisation of the project;

They start by taking responsibility for the choice and design of

w 20% evaluation and review of project.

an individual project, or individual role in a group project, and during the process learn to: mature into critical, reflective and

The final grade is based on AS grades: A*-E. The work is internally

independent learners; develop and apply decision-making

assessed by the supervisor and moderated by the Course Co-

and problem-solving skills increase planning, research, analysis,

ordinator. The Exam Board checks a certain number of called

synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills. The final Project

projects.

Qualification is equivalent to an AS and it is viewed very positively by Universities and Employers.

Progression

Course STRUCTURE

This course is perfectly suited for those who wish to have further UCAS points and are taking 2-3 other Level 3 courses.

Students will attend lessons to develop their studies skills in order to prepare for the project. All Project students follow the same basic Project process and have to supply the following evidence for assessment:

w Project product, in the form of a research report,

production or artefact

w Written report

w A Presentation of the completed Project

w Completed Production Log

*a written report must accompany a production or artefact

EPQ

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Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

AS/A2

5 lessons a week

3

GEOGRAPHY Entry Requirements 5 passes at GCSE grade A* - C (including GCSE Geography)

Course Structure & Assessment

w

Unit 3 Contested Planet

Topic 1: Energy Security Topic 2: Water Conflicts

This course gives a great balance of human and physical Geography.

Topic 3: Biodiversity Under Threat

It also links the fundamental relationships between humans and the

Topic 4: Superpower Geographies

physical environment. This gives students a huge range of skills that

Topic 5: Bridging the Development Gap

will help them in their future career choice.

w Unit 1 Global Challenges Topic 1: World at Risk includes an introduction to a range of global natural hazards which threaten some areas of the world more than others and then focuses on climate change and global warming, seen by many as our greatest environmental challenge.

Topic 2: Going Global brings together today’s rapid economic changes which are impacting unfairly on people across the globe, and the related international issues of population change and migration. Assessment: 1-hour-and-30-minute examination in two sections. Section A: Objective items, data response and short-answer questions. Section B: Choice of Going Global/World at Risk longer-essay questions.

w Unit 2 Geographical Investigations

Topic 6: The Technological Fix

Assessment: 2-hour-and-30-minute examination in two sections. Students will be asked to select and answer two questions from five in Section A and all questions in Section B. Section A: A choice of two short essay questions from five. Section B (Synoptic Investigation): One question with three parts, including a pre release paper.

w Unit 4 Geographical Research Option 1: Tectonic Activity and Hazards e.g. why the impacts of tectonic hazards varies from place to place, depending on a range of dynamic physical and human factors. Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute examination. Candidates will be given a list of questions based on the six options. Candidates will select and answer one question that relates to the option they have studied.

Physical topics (one field day)

Topic 1: Extreme Weather with its increasing ferocity and frequency, fascinates some people and threatens many others. Human topics (one field day)

Topic 4: Re-branding Places focuses on how we need to re-image and regenerate rural and urban places, using appropriate strategies. Assessment: 1 hour 15 minutes examination in two sections.

The paper will assess the four optional topics offered. Candidates will answer one physical question from Section A and one human question from Section B. The questions require longer responses, each with three parts, designed to include data response, investigation and evaluation skills and related impacts/management issues.

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Progression Geography equips students with a broad range of personal learning and thinking skills such as teamwork, independent enquiry and creative thinking - all highly valued by employers. Students may decide to progress to university or other higher education institutes. Degrees (BSc) can be found in Geography, Geology, Volcanology, Seismology and Meteorology. There are also a variety of human Geography courses (BA). There are a huge range of jobs for Geographers: Urban Planner/Community Development, Cartographer, GIS

Geography

Specialist, Climatologist, Transportation management, Environmental Management, Film location manager, Teacher.


Level

Examination Board

3

Edexcel

Qualification

Lessons/week

AS/A2

5 AS lessons a week 6 A2 lessons a week

Entry Requirements Minimum C grade in GCSE English required

Government And Politics Year 2 A2 w Unit 3 Introducing Political Ideologies.

Course Overview If you are fascinated by the way decisions are made, who makes them and the thinking behind them, then this subject is for you. Decisions are constantly being made which will affect you and society at large. Studying Government and Politics will provide a greater insight into political beliefs central to an understanding of the modern world. This course allows you to study modern politics and develop a strong understanding of the factors and ideologies that shape the British system. This subject also helps in the development of discussion and debating skills and encourages student’s ability to think for themselves. Politics combines particularly well with Business Studies, English, History, Geography, Law and Sociology, but equally complements most subjects because of its immediate relevance and focus on

Students will develop and understanding of competing ideologies in order to become aware of how far they shape political argument and understanding. In particular, the ideologies of anarchism, conservatism, liberalism, socialism and Marxism are studied.

w Unit 4 Other Ideological Traditions.

The ideologies of nationalism, feminism, multiculturalism and ecologism are studied. It is important that students understand the differences within ideological traditions are as important as differences between them.

HOW ASSESSED AS Units 1 & 2 each have a 1hour 20min examination. A2 Units 3 & 4 each have a 1 hour 30min examination There is a combination of short answer and essay questions

current affairs.

Progression

Course Structure

Well regarded by all universities, Politics A-level can lead directly to single subject degrees in Politics or International Relations, and to a wide variety of combined courses. There is a considerable range of options open to graduates, including TV and newspaper journalism, the law, the home and diplomatic civil service, local government, business management and political research.

Year 1 AS w Unit 1 People and Politics

This unit introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people. It covers the concepts surrounding democracy, elections, political parties and pressure groups.

w Unit 2 Governing the UK

This unit examines the major governmental processes within the UK. We look at Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the Constitution. The protection and erosion of human rights is also explored in this unit.

One main strength though, is that it will give you the knowledge and transferable skills to evaluate and understand some of the most important forces shaping the future of us all.

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Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

WJEC

AS/A2

5 lessons a week

3

Film studies Entry Requirements Minimum GCSE English ‘C’ and/or minimum GCSE Media Studies

These are studied in the context of two national cinemas –

‘C’ and/or minimum GCSE Film Studies ‘C’

those of the UK and the USA. This is assessed by a 2½ hour exam and is worth 60% of the AS Level and 30% of the full A Level.

Course Overview This course is designed to deepen learners’ understanding,

Year 2 A2

appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the

w Unit 3 This unit is a portfolio based unit consisting of 2 projects

20th century, and one developing new modes of expression and

– a research project and a creative project. The research

exhibition in the first decades of the 21st century. Learners will study

project will be related to films of the learners’ own choice, in

film from a variety of production contexts and will engage with

negotiation with the teacher. The creative project may include

a wide variety of different films, developing skills of observation,

a film extract, a screenplay, or similar material. This is assessed

critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their

by coursework and is worth 25% of the full A Level.

creativity and practical skills.

COURSE STRUCTURE & ASSESSMENT Year 1 AS

w Unit 4 This unit involves studying complex films from different contexts, including films made in countries other than the UK and USA. Students will also engage in a close critical study of one particular film. This is assessed by a 2¾ hour exam and is

w Unit 1 A portfolio unit where learners complete a 1500 word

worth 25% of the full A Level.

analysis of a film extract considering how the film constructs meaning and provokes a response in the audience, in addition to a creative project demonstrating understanding of how micro elements of film construct meaning. This is assessed by coursework and is worth 40% of the AS Level and 20% of the full A Level.

w Unit 2 An exam-based unit covering producers and audiences and the relationship between them, and the role of macro

Progression This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of Film Studies or a related area through a range of higher education degree courses; progression to the next level of applied qualifications (e.g. HND); or direct entry into employment. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and valuable course of study for all learners.

features of film (narrative and genre) in constructing meanings.

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Film Studies


Level

Examination Board

3

Edexcel

Qualification

AS Double Award leading to A2 in second year

Lessons/week

10 lessons a week

Health and social Care

Entry Requirements

PROGRESSION

Minimum 5 subjects at C grade including English

Health and social care A/S supports progression into further education, training or employment as it offers a mix of both theoretical and

Course Overview

vocational learning. It can help towards a career in nursing, midwifery,

This course can be taken as a stand alone double A/S qualification

physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work and the police.

over one year or can be carried forward to complete the Double GCE A level at A2 in the second year. It is a vocational subject designed to allow learners to develop an understanding of the diverse and complex nature of the health and care sector. All units are compulsory but allow students to follow areas of interest by selecting vocational pathways in each coursework unit.

Course Structure w Unit 1 Human Growth and Development (6938/1) w Unit 2 Communication and Values (6939) w Unit 3 Positive Care Environments (6940) w Unit 4 Social Aspects and Lifestyle Choices (6941) w Unit 5 Activities for Health and Well-being (6942) w Unit 6 Public Health (6943) HOW ASSESSED External Examinations: Units 1 and Unit 4 (1 Hour and 30 minutes) Coursework: Internally examined: Units 2,3,5 and 6.

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Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

AS & A2

5 lessons a week

3

HISTORY A Entry Requirements Grade C in GCSE History & English.

Course Overview The History course can be taken at both AS and A2 level. The Edexcel syllabus allows students to explore History in a dynamic new way. It incorporates both in depth studies of local history as well as

Unit 2

w Poverty, Public Health and the Growth of Government in

Britain 1830-1875 Externally examined: 1 hour 20 minutes examination, answer 2 questions.

Year 2 A2

a general overview of world controversies. Students choosing History

w From Kaiser to Fuhrer: Germany 1900 – 1945

will develop their skills of analysis and evaluation by examining

Externally examined: 2 hours examination,

primary and secondary Historical sources. Lessons are typically spent

answer 2 questions.

discussing, debating and making judgements about Historical events and the actions of Individuals. Student led research, presentations

w The USA: From Reconstruction to Civil Rights 1877-1981

and essay writing also form a large part of the lesson time. History

Coursework: an extended essay which addresses

students benefit from taking the course in conjunction with other

2 enquiries.

subjects such as English, Government and Politics, Sociology, Law and Media, which involve similar skills.

Course Structure & Assessment Year 1 AS Unit 1

Progression Qualifications in History are highly respected when candidates are looking to enter further education. This is because History teaches students to use higher order thinking skills to analyse information. It is equally well received by employers when entering straight into a career and is especially relevant to jobs in

w Topic 1 Russia in Revolution, 1881-1924:

fields such as Law, Business, Archaeology, Teaching, Journalism

From Autocracy to Dictatorship.

and the Media. This course has a natural link to the Government

Externally examined: 1 Hour and 30 minutes

and Politics A Level.

w

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Topic 2 Stalin’s Russia, 1924-1953 Externally examined: 1 hour 20 minutes examination, 2 questions to answer from the 2 topics.

History


Level

3

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

A2 & AS

5 lessons a week

History b Entry Requirements Grade C in GCSE History and English.

w Option A1 Henry VIII: Authority, Nation and Religion 1509-40

Course Overview The History course can be taken at both AS and A2 level. The Edexcel syllabus allows students to explore History in a dynamic new way. It incorporates both in depth studies of local history as well as a general overview of world controversies. Students choosing History will develop their skills of analysis and evaluation by examining primary and secondary Historical sources. Lessons

Externally examined: 1 hour 20 minutes examination,

answer 2 questions.

Year 2 A2 w

Option A1 Protest, Crisis & Rebellion in

England 1536-88

Externally examined: 2 hours examination,

answer 2 questions.

w

CW4 Medieval Medicine 1000-1650

in conjunction with other subjects such as English, Government

Coursework: an extended essay which addresses

and Politics, Sociology, Law & Media, which involve similar skills.

2 enquiries.

are typically spent discussing, debating and making judgements about Historical events and the actions of Individuals. Student led research, presentations and essay writing also form a large part of the lesson time. History students benefit from taking the course

Course Structure

Progression

Year 1 AS

Qualifications in History are highly respected when candidates are

looking to enter further education. This is because History teaches

w

Topic 1 A2 The Norman Conquest and its impact

students to use higher order thinking skills to analyse information. It

on England 1066-1135.

is equally well received by employers when entering straight into a

w

Topic 2 A4 From Black Death to Great Revolt,

England 1348-81

Externally examined: 1 hour 20 minutes examination,

2 questions to answer from the 2 topics.

career and is especially relevant to jobs in fields such as Law, Business, Archaeology, Teaching, Journalism and the Media.

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Level

3

Examination Board

OCR

Qualification

Lessons/week

Certificate

Y 12 5 lessons a week Y 13 6 lessons a week

ICT Entry Requirements

How assessed

3 GCSEs:

w Portfolio of evidence for each unit

• ICT (OCR Nationals Level 2 Single Award – Merit or above, Level 2

w

Double Award – Pass or above, GCSE grade B or above)

There is no formal examination

Internally and externally

• Mathematics and English (grade C or above)

Progression Course Overview These qualifications aim to:

These qualifications are designed to enable candidates to enter:

w

w Develop your knowledge and understanding of the ICT w

range of ICT environments. Such candidates would

sector.

normally enter employment through a work-related

To develop your skills in contexts that are directly relevant to

training programme.

employment situations.

w Develop your ability to work autonomously and effectively in an ICT context.

Course Structure Compulsory units

w Communication and employability skills for IT

w Information systems Optional Units

One further unit is required for AS equivalence, or four for A2 equivalence. The units to be studied have not yet been determined but are likely to include:

w

Spreadsheet modelling

w

Computer animation

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Employment at operative or trainee level within a wide

ICT

w

Higher level qualifications part-time or full-time in further or higher education, e.g. HNC, HND, degree.


Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

OCR

AS

5 lessons a week

3

English Legal System & Contract LAW Entry Requirements

Year 2 A2

GCSE Grade C in English (and/or Law GCSE if taken).

w

Paper on Consideration Pre-Release Paper.

AS Course Overview

w

Unit 3 Special Study

Unit 4 General Principles of Contract

Two written papers for A/S Law: Sources of Law and General

One Paper with three sections and one question to be answered

Principles of the English Legal System. Year 2: Two written papers

from each section:

on Contract Law one of them being a Special Study Paper on Consideration.

w

One Essay

w

One Problem

w

One Multiple Choice Question

Course Structure & Assessment Year 1 AS

Progression Students can progress from A/S to A2 provided that they have

w Unit 1 Sources of Law

reached a satisfactory standard at A/S Level. Many students from this

European Law, Legislation, Delegated Statutory Interpretation

course go onto to study Law at University. This subject has natural links

and Judicial Precedent. One question to be answered.

with the Government and Politics A level.

w Unit 2 English Legal System Sentencing; Police Powers; Courts System; Legal Profession; Magistrates and the Jury System Funding for Legal Services and the Alternative Dispute Resolution.

LAW

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Level

Examination Board

3

BTEC

Qualification

BTEC National Award

Lessons/week

5 lessons a week

Applied Law Entry Requirements

Progression

You should have a broad education including, for example, a

With the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, you

BTEC First in Business and/or four GCSEs (graded A* - C) and, in

can progress straight into employment. If successful there are a

addition, the interest and potential to succeed in achieving the

variety of potential careers that you can explore, all of which will

qualification.

benefit from your studies, for example: legal secretary, paralegal or court administrative officer.

Course Overview This qualification gives you an understanding of the essential knowledge and skills needed to help you begin or progress in a broad range of careers in the business and legal sectors. The BTEC National Award can also open up further areas of study to you.

Course Structure & Assessment The course is designed to be adaptable to your needs, abilities and career aspirations and consists of three compulsory core units plus a choice of three specialist units totalling 360 guided learning hours. The structure of the course allows you to focus on your interests, and the areas which you feel will benefit you most, such as: aspects of legal liability, contract law or understanding aspects of employment law. Please note that the units studied can include Police Powers, Criminal Law and Procedure.

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Applied Law


Level

Examination Board

3

OCR

Qualification

Lessons/week

Homework

AS

5 lessons a week

4-5 hrs week plus independent study

BRIDGING MATHEMATICS Entry Requirements Grade C, or better, at GCSE Mathematics.

AS Course Overview This course is set up to allow you to bridge that gap between GCSE and AS Mathematics. It is also there for you to have a qualification above L2 GCSE Mathematics.

Course Structure & Assessment

Higher GCSE Algebra and Core Mathematics 1.

Progression For students there is the opportunity to go on to study AS or A Level Further Mathematics. This would mean studying the full AS Level course in Year 13 and any additional modules in Year 14. An Advanced qualification in Mathematics is useful for many careers, especially in areas such as business, finance, management, education, engineering and computing. A recent employment survey indicated that people with some form of Advanced Mathematics actually tended to earn higher salaries!

Bridging

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Level

Examination Board

3

Edexcel

Qualification

Lessons/week

Homework

AS/A Level

5 lessons a week 6 lessons Y13

4 - 5 hrs a week, including independent study

Mathematics A level Entry Requirements

A Level

Grade B, or better, at GCSE Mathematics, plus a pass on the

For A Level, subject to successful examinations in Year 12, you

Bridging Course Test. Automatically on the course if you have

must study Core Mathematics 3 and 4 and Statistics 1.

passed C1

Course Overview

Progression

This course develops your skills and understanding of the subject. It

For particularly talented students there is the opportunity to

is quite challenging, often asking you to pose your own questions

study AS or A Level Further Mathematics. This would mean

and create your own mathematical situations.

studying the full A Level course in Year 12 and any additional modules in Year 13.

Course Structure & Assessment w Core Mathematics 1 w Core Mathematics 2

An Advanced qualification in Mathematics is useful for many careers, especially in areas such as business, finance, management, education, engineering and computing. A recent employment survey indicated that people with some

w Core Mathematics 3

form of Advanced Mathematics actually tended to earn higher

w Core Mathematics 4

salaries!

w Statistics 1 w Statistics 2

AS Level For AS Level, you must study Core Mathematics 1 and 2 and Decision 1

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Maths

For those students who wish to continue their studies in Mathematics but do not yet meet the criteria for AS Mathematics, we will be running an alternative Level 3 Mathematics course next year.


Level

Examination Board

3

AQA

Qualification

Lessons/week

AS/A2

5 lessons a week AS 6 lessons a week A2

French Entry Requirements

Cultural Topics

B grade in French at GCSE

w A target language-speaking region/ community

Course Overview

w A period of 20th century history from a target language speaking country/ community

The AQA A level in French is a four unit course over two years

w The work of an author from a target language speaking

that offers you the opportunity to study the topics from a variety

of traditional and new media from books, newspapers and

country/ community

magazines, literary texts and film.

w The work of a dramatist or poet from a target language

Course Structure & Assessment

w The work of a director, architect, musician or painter from a

Year 1 AS

and relationships

w Unit 1: Speaking 1651 Internally examined / externally marked: 15 minutes

w Unit 3: Speaking 2651

w Unit 4: Listening, Reading and Writing 2651

Internally examined / externally marked: 15 minutes (15%)

Externally marked: 2 hours 30 minutes (35%)

(15% of overall grade) (30%) (15% of overall grade)

w Unit 2: Listening, Reading and Writing 1651

target language speaking country/ community

You will study:

Media/Popular culture/Healthy living/ lifestyle/Family

speaking country/ community

Externally marked: 2 hours (70%) (35 % of overall grade)

Progression French can be continued at university level and can help towards so many careers. Career opportunities in the leisure and tourist

Year 2 A2

industries exist for well-qualified people with a blend of land-based

For A2, candidates must study TWO of the five cultural topics

addition of foreign language skills can only enhance European and

listed, together with the remaining three topics of Environment,

international employment opportunities.

and management skills to develop these amenities, and of course the

the Multicultural society and Contemporary Social Issues.

French

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Level

3

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

OCR

AS/A2

5 lessons a week

German Entry Requirements

w Unit 2: Listening, Reading and Writing (F712)

B grade in German at GCSE.

Course Overview OCR A level in German is a four unit course. Two years that offers you the opportunity to study topics from a variety of traditional and new media from books, newspapers and magazines, literary texts and

Externally marked: 2 hours 50 minutes (70%) (35% of overall grade)

Year 2 A2 You will study material that relates to the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of one or more of the countries or communities where the language is spoken. Topic areas are:

film. You will cover aspects of daily life, leisure and entertainment,

w Society (integration & exclusion, law & order, unemployment)

communication and media and education and training.

w The Environment (the individual and the environment recycling,

Course Structure & Assessment Year 1 AS You will study material that relates to the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of one or more of the countries or communities where the language is spoken. The topic areas are: w Aspects of daily life (the family relationships, living conditions, food, drink, health, obsessions and addictions, transport, trends and patterns in usage)

w Leisure & entertainment (sport, national sporting concerns and traditions, tourism and related themes, leisure activities, aspects of cultural life.)

w Communication & media (communication technology: patterns and changes to communication in daily life, media)

w Education and training (school and school life: individual experiences, school to work preparation, transition and aspirations)

energy management, alternative energy sources, nuclear energy, pollution, conservation of the natural world, local, national or global initiatives)

w Science and technology (medical progress, development and change, scientific advances, changes and innovation, technological developments: change and development)

w Culture (literature and the arts: trends, changes, influences and impacts on individuals and society, political issues: changes at local and national level, impacts on the individual and society, heritage and history: influence and impacts of heritage and historical events on contemporary society)

w Unit 3: Speaking (F713)

Internally examined / externally marked: 15 minutes (15%)

w Unit 4: Listening, Reading and Writing (F714)

Externally marked: 2 hours 30 minutes (35%)

w Unit 1: Speaking (F711) Internally examined/externally marked:

Progression

so many careers. Career opportunities in the leisure and tourist

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15 minutes (30%) (15% of overall grade)

German

German can be continued at university level and can help towards industries exist for well-qualified people with a blend of land-based and management skills to develop these amenities, and of course the addition of foreign language skills can only enhance European and international employment opportunities.


Level

3

Examination Board

OCR

Qualification

Lessons/week

AS/A2

5 lessons a week AS 6 lessons a week A2

Spanish Entry Requirements B grade in Spanish at GCSE.

Course Overview OCR A level in Spanish is a four unit course. Two years that offers you

Year 2 A2 You will study material that relates to the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of one or more of the countries or communities where the language is spoken. Topic areas are: w Society (integration and exclusion, law and order, unemployment) w

The Environment (the individual & the environment- recycling, energy management, alternative energy sources, nuclear energy, pollution, conservation of the natural world, local, national or global initiatives)

w

Science & technology (medical progress: development and change, scientific advances: changes and innovation, technological developments: change and development)

w

Culture (literature and the arts: trends, changes, influences and impacts on individuals and society, political issues: changes at local and national level, impacts on the individual and society, heritage and history: influence and impacts of heritage and historical events on contemporary society)

the opportunity to study the topics from a variety of traditional and new media from books, newspapers and magazines, literary texts and film. You will cover aspects of daily life, leisure and entertainment, communication and media and education and training.

Course Structure & Assessment Year 1 AS You will study material that relates to the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of one or more of the countries or communities where the language is spoken. The topic areas are: w Aspects of daily life (the family relationships, living conditions, food, drink, health, obsessions and addictions, transport, trends and patterns in usage) w Leisure & entertainment (sport, national sporting concerns and traditions, tourism and related themes, leisure activities, aspects of cultural life.)

w Unit 3: Speaking (F723) Internally examined / externally marked: 15 minutes (15%) w Unit 4: Listening, Reading and Writing (F724)

Externally marked: 2 hours 30 minutes (35%)

Progression

w Communication & media (communication technology: patterns and changes to communication in daily life, media)

Spanish can be continued at university level and can help towards

w Education & training (school and school life: individual experiences, school to work preparation, transition and aspirations)

for students intending to study Spanish at degree level or who are

so many careers. This new specification is excellent preparation interested in careers where Spanish may be useful. Languages

w Unit 1: Speaking (F721) Internally examined / externally marked:

are useful for trade. Career opportunities in the leisure and tourist

and management skills to develop these amenities, and of course the

15 minutes (30%) (15% of A level overall grade)

w Unit 2: Listening, Reading & Writing (F722) Externally marked:

2 hr 50 minutes (70%) (35% of A level overall grade)

industries exist for well-qualified people with a blend of land-based addition of foreign language skills can only enhance European and

Spanish

international employment opportunities.

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Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

OCR

AS/A2

5 lessons a week

3

Media studies Entry Requirements Any of the following at Grade C or above: GCSE English, GCSE Media, GCSE Film, BTEC Media.

Year 2 A2 w Unit 3 This unit is a development of the skills learned for Unit 1 with learners producing a more substantial portfolio of media products, including research, planning and

Course Overview This course enables students to engage with contemporary media, including (although not limited to) television, film, radio, magazines, and online media. The course combines both theoretical and practical approaches to the media.

Course Structure & Assessment

evaluation. This is assessed by coursework and is worth 25% of the full A Level.

w Unit 4 This unit covers theoretical evaluation of media production alongside a study of contemporary media issues, such as the regulation of film and video games. This is assessed by a 2 hour exam and is worth 25% of the full A Level.

Year 1 AS w Unit 1 A portfolio unit where learners produce 2 media

Progression

items from a set brief. This involves progression from a pre-

This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of Media

production preliminary task to a more fully realised piece. This

Studies or related courses in higher education. Equally it is also

is assessed by coursework and is worth 50% of the AS Level

suitable for learners intending to pursue business careers or further

and 25% of the full A Level.

study in business studies, or social sciences, or as part of a course of general education.

w Unit 2 An exam-based unit covering textual analysis, representations, institutions and audiences. Learners learn about these areas through close study of Television Drama in addition to a specific media industry, such as the British film industry. This is assessed by a 2 hour exam and is worth 50% of the AS Level and 25% of the full A Level.

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Media Studies


Level

3

Examination Board

Edexcel

Qualification

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma = A Level

Lessons/week

5 lessons a week

Acting Entry Requirements A level 2 qualification such as GCSE Drama or BTEC First are

The remaining units are chosen from a list that includes:

desirable, however being able to demonstrate drama ability

and technical awareness are essential and you will be expected

w

Devising Plays

w

Acting Auditions

Course Overview

w

Musical Theatre Performance

This course will give you an understanding of the performing

w

Drama Improvisation

w

Applying Acting Styles

w

Contemporary Theatre Performance

w

Movement in Performance

to demonstrate this in order to be accepted on to the course

arts with a specific focus on the essential skills, techniques and disciplines of the acting profession. The qualification provides you with an insight into the employment opportunities available, helping you to choose a career in the acting profession.

Course Structure & Assessment

Each unit is assessed through practical assignments and portfolio.

This course consists of 6 units (with one double unit) over 2 years. The two compulsory units:

Progression

w

Performing to an Audience (double unit)

Successful completion of this course would allow students to go on to

w

Principles of Acting

study at college or university, or prepare them for the world of work.

Acting

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Level

3

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma = A Level

5 lessons a week

Dance Entry Requirements

How assessed

A level 2 qualification such as GCSE Dance or BTEC First are desirable;

Each unit is assessed through practical and written assignments.

however being able to demonstrate dance ability and technical awareness are essential and you will be expected to demonstrate this in an audition in order to be accepted on to the course

Course Overview This course provides students with an understanding of dance with

Progression Successful completion of this course would allow students to go on to study at college or university, or prepare them for the world of work.

specific focus on the essential skills, techniques and disciplines needed for a career in the dancing profession.

Career progression Course Structure

Dance teacher, Dance performer, Theatre work (on stage or

The course of 6 units over 2 years. There are two mandatory units:

behind scenes); key skills learnt are also transferable to other

w

Performing to an Audience

professions.

w

Dance Performance

The remaining units are chosen from a list that includes:

w Choreographic Principles w Developing Contemporary Dance Technique w Rehearsing for Performance w Site-specific Performance w Dance Improvisation w Dance Appreciation w Jazz Dance w Developing Physical Theatre

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Dance


Level

3

Examination Board

Edexcel

Qualification

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma = A Level

Lessons/week

5 lessons a week

Music technology Entry Requirements A level 2 qualification such as GCSE Music or BTEC First is desirable, however being able to demonstrate strong musicianship and technical awareness are essential and you will be expected to demonstrate this in order to be accepted on to the course.

Course Overview This course provides students with a program of learning in Music focused specifically on recording skills. It will give students the vital

The remaining units are chosen from a list that includes:

w

Live Sound Techniques

w

Music Production Techniques

w

Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry

w

Listening Skills

w

Delivering a Music Product

abilities to begin a professional career or move on to further study as well as an insight into employment opportunities available.

Course Structure The course consists of 6 units studied over 2 years. There are two compulsory units:

w w

Music Production Techniques

or

w

Sound Creation and Manipulation

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Sequencing Systems and Techniques

Music

How assessed Each unit is assessed through practical assignments and portfolio.

Progression Successful completion of this course would allow students to go on to study at college or university, or prepare them for the world of work.


Level

Examination Board

3

Edexcel

Qualification

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma = A Level

Lessons/week

5 lessons a week

Performance music Entry Requirements A level 2 qualification such as GCSE Music or BTEC First is desirable,

The remaining units are chosen from a list that includes:

however being able to demonstrate strong performing skills is essential and you will be required to audition for acceptance on to this course.

w Listening Skills for Musicians w Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry

Course Overview

w Pop Music Practise

This course provides students with a program of learning in Music

w Music Performance Session Styles

specifically on performance. It will give you an understanding of the vital skills to start a professional career or move on to further study, and an insight into employment opportunities available.

Course Structure & Assessment The course consists of 6 units studied over 2 years. The units reflect that this course is focused on musical performance and allows for students to specialize in specific areas within this, such

How assessed Each unit is assessed through practical assignments and portfolio.

Progression Successful completion of this course would allow students to go on to study at college or university, or prepare them for the world of work.

as singing or instrumental performance. There are two compulsory units:

w Music Performance Techniques w Solo Music Performance Skills

or

w Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble

Music

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Level

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

BTEC

A2 grade A-E

5 lessons a week

3

Entry Requirements

Year 2 A2

C grade in English or English Literature; B grade in GCSE PE; Merit in

w Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

BTEC Sport.

w Sports Injuries

The ability to work independently and have a basic knowledge

w Exercise, Health and Lifestyle

and confidence using ICT.

How assessed Course Overview The course provides an excellent opportunity for you to combine the theoretical side of sports science with the practical application of that knowledge. The course is a practical, work-related course. You

All units are assessed and graded through completion of coursework and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded (Pass/Merit/Distinction - Equivalency = E/C/A). There are no formal examinations.

learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It introduces you to the employment area you have chosen and provides a good basis to progress to a more advanced worked related qualification or degree course.

Progression The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences provides very good preparation for going onto a BTEC Extended Diploma or a degree in Sports Science and related subjects. They are also valued by employers and progression into this field is also

Course Structure & Assessment

achievable with this type of qualification.

Year 1 A2

w

Anatomy for Sport and Exercise

w

Sport and Exercise Physiology

w Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Sport & Exercise


Level

3

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

OCR

AS/A2

5 /6 lessons a week

Psychology Year 2 A2

Entry Requirements C grade in English or English Literature, C grade in Maths.

Course Overview At the Towers School the Psychology course is designed to allow students to cover the main areas in Psychology and how the subject is applied to the real world. The course focuses essentially on the development of psychological skills, as well as the learning of psychological knowledge. This course is aimed at those interested in the study of the human mind and investigating explanations of human & animal behaviours.

w

Unit 3 Options in Psychology

Forensic Psychology, Health and Clinical Psychology

External examination worth 50% of A2 mark

w Unit 3 Approaches & Research Methods in Psychology

Research Methods, Design of a practical project, Approaches,

perspectives, methods, issues and debates

Assessment = external examination worth 50% of A2 mark

Course Structure & Assessment 2 year course

w At AS level you will spend your time learning the basics of Psychology and the 5 main approaches within it. Alongside this you will investigate 15 famous Psychological studies.

How assessed 100% Examination

w At A2 level you will expand your understanding of psychology and investigate how research can be applied to the real world and be used to improve society. The options studies are Forensic Psychology & Clinical Health Psychology.

related medical and social science programmes, media, business

Unit One = Psychological Investigations

studies and teaching degrees.

w Unit 1 Research Methodology Assessment = external examination worth 30% of AS mark

w Unit 2 15 Core Studies Approaches & Perspectives

If you want to study the subject at university then there are a huge range of courses available to you including degrees in psychology,

Year 1 AS

Progression

Assessment = external examination worth 70% of AS mark

Psychology can help towards a career in many different areas including Social Work, The Health Service, The Police Force, The Prison Service, Psychological Research and Business Sectors. It is also an excellent grounding for continued study at University as it develops both your writing and critical thinking skills.

Psychology

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Level

3

Philosophy And ethics Entry Requirements C grade required in GCSE English or English Literature.

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

AS / A2

5 lessons a week

Year 2 A2

w Unit 3 Developments Philosophy of Religion & Ethics

Course Overview

The Edexcel A level in RE: Philosophy and Ethics is a four unit course

w Unit 4 Implications

over two years that offers you the opportunity to investigate study

This is a synoptic unit that focuses on the implications of beliefs and values for religion and human experience, through the study of texts produced in an anthology.

Externally examined: 1 hour 15 mins 1 essay question

and interpret significant philosophical and ethical issues. You will interpret and evaluate religious concepts, ideas, arguments and the views of scholars. Is this the right course for you? – Yes, if you think you will enjoy exploring the mysteries of human existence, being challenged, testing the views of others, exploring questions that have no answers and looking at issues such as “Does God exist?” and “What happens when we die?”

Externally Examined; 1 hour 45 mins 3 essay questions

Progression If you want to study the subject at university then there are a huge range of courses available to you, including Philosophy, Ethics, Theology, World Religions and Anthropology.

Course Structure

Other related degrees or areas of work favouring Religious Studies

Year 1 AS

Work and Education.

w Unit 1 Foundations Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

Externally Examined: 1 Hour 45 mins 3 essay questions

w Unit 2 Investigations The study of Philosophy of Religion

and the Study of Ethics

Externally examined: 1 hour 15 mins 1 essay question

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RE

Advanced Level include History, Psychology, Social Policy, Social


Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

AQA

AS/A2

6 lessons a week

3

CHEMISTRY Entry Requirements The AS specification has been written to provide progression

w Unit 3

from GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science, or from GCSE

Internal Assessment: 20% of the total AS marks

Investigative and Practical Skills

Chemistry; a minimum of grade B at GCSE Chemistry or Core and Additional Science is required. Candidates without the entry grades should discuss their options on an individual basis with Miss Brown or Mr Wilson.

Year 2 A2 At A2 Level the specification develops the concepts of physical

Maths and English at a minimum of a grade B will also be advisable.

chemistry introduced at AS. Candidates study kinetics, equilibria, organic chemistry and spectroscopic techniques to determine the molecular

Course Overview

formulae and structures of organic compounds. Candidates continue

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to: gain

to be assessed through PSA, gaining credit for work done in routine class

hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills appreciate

practicals:

how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory

w Unit 4 Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

develop an enthusiasm for Chemistry demonstrate a synoptic

understanding study Chemistry in a contemporary context.

w Unit 5 Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

Course Structure & Assessment

20% of the total A Level marks 20% of the total A Level marks

w Unit 6 Investigative and Practical Skills

Year 1 AS

Internal Assessment: 10% of the total A Level marks

At AS Level candidates are given a solid grounding in foundation Chemistry. The specification introduces the chemical reactivity of atoms and molecules and provides an understanding of their structures. The development and use of periodic table is explained. The introduction of Practical Skills Assignments (PSA) into the specification allows teachers to credit candidates for work done in routine class practicals. Assessment becomes linked to the work of the course, and moves away from formulaic testing:

Progression The specification thus provides a valuable education for candidates who take Chemistry or related subjects no further. It is also an excellent foundation for further study of Chemistry (and related subjects such as biochemistry/pharmaceuticals) or other sciences.

w Unit 1 Foundation Chemistry

33 1/3% of the total AS marks

w Unit 2 Chemistry in Action

46 2/3% of the total AS marks

Chemistry

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Level

3

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

OCR

AS / A2

5 lessons a week

Human Biology Entry Requirements

Course Structure & Assessment

The AS specification has been written to provide progression from GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science, or from GCSE Biology; a minimum of grade B at GCSE Biology or Core and Additional Science is required. Candidates without the entry grades should discuss their options on an individual basis with Miss Brown or Mr Wilson.

OCR AS GCE in Human Biology

Maths and English at a minimum of a grade B will also be advisable.

Course Overview Designed for those students who wish to focus their study of biological science more specifically on the human animal. Due regard is given though to the importance of plants and microorganisms, particularly in their interactions with humans. Key biological concepts are presented in real-world, work-related contexts.

Main aims:

w AS Unit F221 Molecules, Blood and Gas Exchange 30% of the total AS GCE marks 1h written paper 60 marks. Candidates answer all questions.

w AS Unit F222 Growth, Development and Disease 50% of the total AS GCE marks 1h 45 min written paper 100 marks. Candidates answer all questions. This assessment contains an advanced notice element.

w AS Unit F223 Practical Skills in Human Biology 20% of the total AS GCE marks Coursework 40 marks. Candidates complete 3 tasks from a selection supplied by OCR. OCR A Level GCE in Human Biology

w A2 Unit F224 Energy, Reproduction and Populations 15% of the total Advanced GCE marks 1h written paper 60 marks. Candidates answer all questions.

w A2 Unit F225 Genetics, Control and Ageing 25% of the total Advanced GCE marks 1h 45 min written paper 100 marks. Candidates answer all questions.

w develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, human biology,

w A2 Unit F226 Extended Investigation in Human Biology 10% of

including developing an interest in further study and careers in human biology;

the total Advanced GCE marks Coursework 40 marks. Candidates complete a single extended investigation set by themselves and/ or their teacher(s). Investigations are marked and authenticated by the teacher using a generic mark scheme.

w appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;

Progression The specification thus provides a valuable education for

w develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works;

w develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of human biology and how they relate to each other.

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candidates who take human biology or related subjects no further. It is also an excellent foundation for further study of human biology, biology, medicine (and related subjects such as physiotherapy) or other sciences.

Human Biology


Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

edexcel

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

6 lessons a week

3

Applied science Entry Requirements

How assessed

Merit at OCR National (pass candidates should discuss their

Teachers will deliver a variety of lessons covering a wide range of

suitability with their teacher) GCSE Science C or above. English and

scientific topics. In year 12 the 3 disciplines are all covered. In Y13

Maths at a C or better would be beneficial.

the units become more specialised. The style of the lessons may be familiar (practical investigation) or rather newer (lecture, extended

Course Overview

practical work, research work, presentation work, etc).

In year 12 You will be presented with 3 units (1, 2 & 4). When you complete those units to a Pass level or better you will be awarded a Certificate in Applied Science.

You will be given an assignment sheet where you will adopt the role of a technician or a chemist or a research scientist, etc. You will be given the information, equipment, opportunity and guidance to complete

You do not need to complete a second year to obtain an award

the assignment.

In year 13 Should you choose to continue, you will complete a

Managing your time and your workload is something we will train you

further 3 units. You will then be awarded a Subsidiary Diploma in

in. It is essential that you adopt good practise in these areas to ensure

Applied Science.

a smooth progression throughout the course. These are transferable life skills that will prove extremely useful wherever your future lies.

w A Certificate is the equivalent of an AS (with regards UCAS points)

BTEC Applied Science should not be perceived as an ‘easy’ option.

w A Subsidiary Diploma is the equivalent of an A level

is less than 100% committed will struggle to complete the course.

There are no exams but there is a lot of work to complete. Anyone who

(with regards UCAS points)

w A pass is the equivalent of an E at AS/A level w A merit is the equivalent of a C at AS/A level

Progression The specification thus provides a valuable education for candidates who take Science or related subjects no further.

w A distinction is the equivalent of an A at AS/A level It is also an excellent foundation for further study of General Science or other sciences. Progression into the workforce in science.

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Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

OCR

AS / A2

6 lessons a week

3

Physics Entry Requirements The AS specification has been written to provide progression from

w G482 Electrons

GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science, or from GCSE Physics; a

Exam 1 hr 45 mins

AS 50%

A2 25%

Jun 2013

minimum of grade B at GCSE Physics or Core and Additional Science is required. Candidates without the entry grades should discuss their

w G483 Practical Skills in Physics 1

options on an individual basis with Miss Brown or Mr Wilson. Maths and English at a minimum of a grade B will also be advisable.

Coursework

AS 20%

A2 10%

May 2013

There are 2 externally examined units in A2 Physics and 1 unit of coursework.

Course Overview

w G484 Newtonian World

A Level Physics A has been developed for students who wish to

Exam 1 hr

continue with a study of Physics after GCSE. Some students may wish to follow a Physics course for only one year as an AS GCE, in order to

prepare students to progress into further education, to follow courses

A2 15%

Jun 2014

w G485 Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics

broaden their curriculum. Others will continue their course for a further year extending their course to Advance GCE. Such a course will

AS N/A

Exam 1 hr 45 mins

AS N/A

A2 25%

Jun 2014

A2 10%

May 2013

w G486 Practical Skills in Physics 2 Coursework

in Physics, Engineering, one of the other sciences or related subjects,

AS N/A

or to enter employment where a knowledge of physics would be useful for assessment purposes, knowledge and understanding of key concepts are treated separately at AS; important links between different areas of physics are largely assessed synoptically at A2. While the teaching of practical skills may be integrated with the theoretical topics, they are assessed separately. This allows skills to be developed in a way suited to an individual centre

candidates who take Physics or related subjects no further. It is also an excellent foundation for further study of Physics (and sciences.

There are 2 externally examined units in AS Physics and 1 unit of coursework.

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The specification thus provides a valuable education for

related subjects such as astrophysics/biomechanics) or other

Course Structure & Assessment

w G481 Mechanics Exam 1 hr AS 30%

Progression

A2 15%

Jan 2013

Physics


Level

3

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

AQA

AS/A

5 lessons a week

Sociology Entry Requirements GCSE C grade in English, English literature or Sociology.

w

Unit 2 Education and Sociological Methods (SCLY2)

Course Overview

One question on the sociology of education. One question on the connection between education and sociological research.

AQA A level in Sociology is a four unit course over two years and

One question on sociological research.

offers you the chance to study society in a critical way. You will try to understand human behaviour, and to do this you will research

Externally Examined: 2 hours

Year 2 A2

how other people and society affect us. This will be done via an examination of the influence power, politics, education, crime

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Unit 3 Beliefs in Society (SCLY3)

and the family has on your everyday life.

Externally Examined: 1 hour 30 mins.

Two compulsory questions and one essay from a choice of

You will need to have a questioning mind, be able to look beyond

two.

what we consider to be normal and ask the interesting questions such as:

w ‘What role does the public punishment of crime have for society?’

w Unit 4 Crime and Deviance (SCLY4) Externally Examined: 2 hours

w ‘Is the education system fair?’

w ‘How important is youth culture?’ w ‘Why are cults such controversial aspects of society?’ As part of the course you will be given the chance to attend Sociology conferences and listen to outside speakers.

One question on crime and deviance and one general question. One question on the link between crime and deviance and sociological research.

Progression Sociology A level can help towards a career in journalism, law, media, advertising and education. It is also a good grounding for University

Course Structure & Assessment

courses.

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Unit 1 Families and Households (SCLY1)

Three short answer questions and two essay questions

Externally Examined: 1 hour based on two unseen pieces of stimulus material.

Sociology

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Level

Travel and Tourism Entry Requirements 5 passes at GCSE grades A* - C preferred.

Course Overview

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

BTEC

Diploma

5 lessons a week

3

w Unit 4 Customer Service in Travel and Tourism L/600/9488 This unit introduces students to the principles of customer service as they apply to travel and tourism. Aspects such as personal presentation, teamwork and communication skills are all exceptionally important to the provision of excellent service.

The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist

Students will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate

work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and covers

these skills with customers in real or simulated situations across

the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. It is equivalent to one GCE A Level. Students will study six units over two years. The first four units are mandatory, the remaining two are chosen by the department.

Course Structure

different industries.

w Unit 8 Long-haul Travel Destinations Y/600/9493 Travel to long-haul travel destinations is often influenced by external factors and students will explore the impact of factors such as health restrictions, travelling times and international conflicts on the long-haul market. Students will research one destination in depth, examining all of the features which make

w Unit 1 Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector Y/600/9476

it appealing to visitors including accessibility, facilities and

Students will be required to understand the role of travel and

attractions.

tourism organisations and their interrelationships. Furthermore the unit requires students to know the developments that have shaped the present day travel and tourism sector. Finally to help attain a pass or more they must understand how trends and factors are currently affecting the travel and tourism sector.

w Unit 2 The Business of Travel and Tourism D/600/9480

w Unit 19 Visitor Attractions D/600/8488 Students will investigate the appeal that different types of visitor attractions have for different types of visitor, looking at features such as location, price, the products and services they offer, what they do to generate interest and to attract and entertain visitors, as well as considering ways to increase their appeal.

This unit will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding about travel and tourism as a business and appreciate that travel and tourism organisations operate and have a role to play in a business environment.

w Unit 3 The UK as a Destination A/600/9485 Students will locate key destinations, gateways and geographical features. The location of a destination, its geographical features, its attractions and its transport links with other areas can be

After the successful completion of this course, students could go onto higher education and study Travel and Tourism or Leisure and Tourism. There are many jobs associated with this industry. Hotel Reservations, Reservations Adviser, Sales Co-ordinator Visitor Assistant, Receptionist, and Customer Services.

Travel & Tourism

important factors in attracting tourism to that destination.

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PROGRESSION


IBCC

The International Baccalaureate Career Certificate (IBCC) The International Baccalaureate Career related Certificate is a unique new qualification being offered at the Towers school. We are lucky enough to be one of only a handful of schools internationally who can offer this course. It involves students studying two A Level or BTEC subjects alongside 2 of our IB Diploma courses; IT in a Global Society or Business & Management. Students will also complete a Core Studies Unit which focuses on personal development, study skills and an international understanding of life.

This qualification is worth up to 400 UCAS points or the equivalent of 3.5 A levels. It has the advantage of being internationally recognised and it carries the IB stamp of quality which makes it highly desirable for University applications.

For more information on this exciting new course please speak to the IB Coordinator; Mr Brett http://www.ibo.org/ibcc/

Please note: We are always looking to further develop these courses and may well also offer the Mathematical Studies IB Diploma course for September 2013.

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Level

3

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

IBCC

IB Diploma

3 lessons a week

IT in the Global society

Entry Requirements

Progression

C Grade in English GCSE.

University

To study IT related courses.

Workplace

Well respected International Qualification.

Course Overview The course aims to study:

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Human experience and behaviour

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The varieties of physical, economic and social

environments that people inhabit

The history of social and cultural institutions

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In addition it is designed to foster in students the capacity to identify, to analyse critically and to evaluate theories, concepts and arguments relating to the nature and activities of individuals and societies through IT.

Course Structure Up to 30% Coursework. Examinations at the end of Year 2.

IBCC Society

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Level

IBCC business & Management

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

IBCC

IB Diploma

3 lessons a week

3

Entry Requirements

Assessment

C grade at GCSE English, at least 4 other GCSE’s C grade and

There are 2 external exams and a coursework project worth 25%

above.

of the mark.

Course Overview

Progression

The course aims to promote the importance of exploring

We recommend this course to anyone thinking of entering a career

business issues from different cultural perspectives, encourage

in Business or looking to study the subject further at University.

a holistic view of the world of business, develop student’s ability to think critically about individual and organisational behaviour, enable student’s to make informed business decisions, give an appreciation of the nature and significance of change and to promote awareness of social, cultural and ethical factors and the associated responsibility of organisations and individuals in international markets.

Course Structure

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Unit 1

Business organisation and environment

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Unit 2

Human resources

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Unit 3 Accounts and finance

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Unit 4

Marketing

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Unit 5

Operations management

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IBCC Business


Level 1 & 2 Courses


Level

BUSINESS STUDIES

2

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

BTEC

5 lessons a week

Entry Requirements

How Assessed

No formal qualifications, however students should have good

Year 1

basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Course Overview This is an excellent vocationally related qualification, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning

75% of this course is coursework taken over two years. 25% one hour external assessment using an on-screen test.

Progression

and skills in a work-related context. This BTEC is designed to engage

The qualifications and experience you gain on this course will

young learners in taking responsibility for their own learning, and

enable you to gain a junior post in business. You will also be eligible

develop essential work-related skills, such as working to deadlines

to progress to a BTEC National in Business.

and presenting information effectively. BTEC Firsts motivate young learners, and open doors to progression into further study or the workplace.

Course Structure Year 1 You will study two core units and two of specialist units:

w Unit 1 Enterprise in the Business World

w Unit 2 Finance for Business

specialist unit

w Unit 8 Recruitment, Selection and Employment

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core unit, test.

w Unit 3 Promoting a Brand

core unit, coursework.

specialist unit

Business Studies


Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

BTEC

5 lessons a week

2

BUSINESS Admin & customer services STUDIES

Entry Requirements English & Maths GCSE Pass grade or above.

COURSE OVERVIEW This course provides learners with an introduction to the Business and Administration environment and will give them the opportunity to develop essential knowledge such as covering personal responsibilities, working with and supervising others managing information and producing documents and providing and maintaining administrative services.

Course Structure Some units include:

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Unit 1

Principles of Personal Responsibilities and working in a Business Environment.

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Unit 2

Principles of providing Administrative Services.

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Unit 3

Principles of managing information and

producing documents.

How assessed This course can be assessed internally by coursework or externally by multiple choice tests online.

Business Studies

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Level

BUSINESS STUDIES Public services

2

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

BTEC

5 lessons a week

Entry Requirements

HOW ASSESSED

No formal qualifications, however students should have good basic

Assessment is 100% coursework

literacy and numeracy skills. Students taking this course should have an interest in outdoor adventure and fitness and one of the Public Services career paths.

Progression The qualifications and experience you gain on this course will enable you to begin a career within Uniformed Public Services or

Course Overview

allow you to enrol on the BTEC Level 3 Public Service Course.

The BTEC Level 2 in Public Services is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success when moving towards a career in the Uniformed Services, for example, Police, Emergency Fire Services, Prison Service, or Armed Services. It allows you to investigate the Uniformed Services — what they are, what do people who work for them do, what careers are available to them. The course is practical based with a strong emphasis on fitness and outdoor adventure and key skills, such as, team building, communication and leadership.

Course Structure Year 1 You will study two core units and two of specialist units:

w Unit 1 Public Service Skills

w Unit 2 Employment in the Uniformed Public Services

w Unit 4 Career Planning for the Public Services

w Unit 9 Sport and Recreation in the Public Services

How Assessed

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Business Studies


Level

2

Examination Board

Cache

Qualification

Lessons/week

Level 2 Certificate

5 days a week 3 days placement 2 days theory in school

Children’s & Young Peoples work Force CACHE

Entry Requirements 1 GCSEs C. (Inc. English grade D or above)

Optional units Such as:

This is a course very much centred on the Early Years practical

w Support children and young people’s play and leisure w Contribute to the support of children’s communication

placement where the student learns all aspects of care and

Course Overview

language and literacy

education of young children in the setting. The student therefore has to be committed to the long hours of nursery work, want to work with young children and be able to work within a team.

HOW ASSESSED

units.

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Mandatory units include:

There is no formal examination

Course structure To achieve the qualification students will need to achieve a minimum of 35 credits. All students will need to complete 13 mandatory units with a total of 31 credits, and achieve a minimum of 4 credits from optional

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Observation in the placement setting Portfolio of evidence Written assignments Students own plans and written records Externally set and internally marked tasked

Communication, equality and inclusion in children and young people’s settings

Progression

Child and young person’s development

Careers in Child care settings i.e. Nurseries, youth work, Nanny, Holiday play schemes. Progression to level 3 course.

Safeguard the well being of children and young people

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Support positive environments and behaviour

for children and young people

CACHE

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Level

2

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

WJEC

GCSE

3 lessons a week

GCSE English Entry Requirements GCSE English Pass.

w Unit 3 English in the World of the Imagination

Course Overview This is a one year course, offering the opportunity to take examinations in November and June. This course will help to develop your reading, writing and communication skills. You will examine a range of literary texts including Shakespeare and

(Reading and Writing) Assessment 40%:

w Unit 4 Speaking and Listening

20%: 3 spoken tasks, 1 completed individually.

How Assessed Examination 40% Controlled assessment 60%

poetry as well as non-fiction texts such as newspapers, magazines and websites. You will learn how to write for different purposes and audiences. You will also complete a variety of spoken tasks,

Progression

appreciating how to communicate and adapt language, interact

It would combine well the study of any course that involves

with and respond to others and create and sustain a role.

reading and the close analysis of texts such as history, modern foreign languages or media studies. It can lead on to A level

Work is assessed either by examination or by controlled assessment.

study of English Literature or English Language and Literature at

This is work completed planned in class, and completed under strict

Towers. A pass at C grade or above is a requirement for most

supervised conditions over a period of time.

university courses.

Course structure w Unit 1 English in the Daily World (Reading)

Examination 20%

w Unit 2 English in the Daily World (Writing)

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Examination 20%

English


Level

1/2

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Cambridge University

GCSE

4 lessons a week

For Speakers of Other Languages ESOL English Entry Requirements

How Assessed

There are no formal requirements but applicants will need to sit a

Reading and writing are assessed through externally assessed

diagnostic test to ascertain the correct level of entry.

examinations.

Course overview

Speaking and listening is assessed by an external assessor. All Speaking

This course is for English speakers of other languages, where English is not the first language spoken at home. It enables students to learn English to a level in order to live successfully within countries where English is the first language. It also introduces students to the culture and way of life within the UK.

and Listening tasks are designed to reflect the everyday experience of the ESOL learner, and involve the candidates in familiar formal exchanges connected with education, training, work and social roles.

Progression Students may progress to GCSE English, further education including level 3 courses, university entry or employment.

Course structure Levels 1 and 2 cover three modes: Reading, writing, combined speaking and listening. Both levels comprise languages for the competent user.

It is

expected that learners’ educational backgrounds may be diverse, as well as their aspirations, literacy levels and language learning skills. This diversity will be reflected in the range of material selected throughout the course and tests.

ESOL English

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Level

Functional Skills

1/2

Examination Board

Qualification

Edexcel

GCSE equiv.

Entry Requirements GCSE Mathematics or English Pass.

Course Overview Functional skills maybe seen as an alternative qualification to GCSE Maths and English with a combined equivalence to 1 GCSE. (Level 2) At Levels 1 and 2 the qualifications are assessed through the national test for communication for literacy; and the national test for application of number for numeracy.  Each of these tests can be taken on screen The tests, at all levels, are based on the National Standards for literacy and numeracy.

Course Structure & Assessment This course develops your skills and understanding of the subject. It is designed for a small number of students who are opting for Pathway H and wishing to develop key employability skills. It should be combined with the Work Skills, ITQ courses and possibly certain vocational subjects.

Progression For students there is the opportunity to use these courses to then improve their GCSE Maths and/or English results or other level 2 courses in the following year. Alternatively, this should be seen as a good preparation for employability.

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Functional

Lessons/week

Homework

3 lessons a week

4-5 hr per week independent


Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Cache

BTEC

5 lessons a week

2

Entry Requirements

HEALTH and SOCIAL CARE Progression

Pass, Merit or Distinction grade in Edexcel First Certificate in Health and Social Care.

This subject is useful for students who are interested in a career in health and social care. Progression may be the NVQ level 3 in employment. Students may be able to go on to the A level at

Course Overview

either A/S or A2.

The BTEC First Diploma in Health and Social Care gives a further broad educational basis for further training, further education or for moving into employment within the health and social care sector. Successful completion is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at C (pass), B (merit) A (distinction)

Course Structure & Assessment This is a one year course which can only be taken if the First Certificate has been successfully completed.

w Unit 5 Vocational Experience in a Health

or Social Care Setting

w Unit 6 Cultural Diversity in Health and Social Care w Unit 9 Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care

How assessed Coursework: Internally assessed. There are no examinations.

Health & Care

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Level

2

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

BTEC extended Cert.

5 lessons a week

HEALTH and SOCIAL CARE First Extended Certificate Entry Requirements

Progression

4 grade D - F GCSEs including English at D or above.

This subject is useful for students who are interested in a career in health and social care. Successful students can progress to the BTEC Level

Course Overview The BTEC Extended First Certificate in Health and Social Care offers a focused qualification for learners who wish to follow a

2 First Diploma in Health and Social Care. Students who achieve the required entry qualifications may progress to A/S or A2 and onwards to higher education and training for a variety of caring professions.

programme of study that is related to an aspect of employment in health or care. It provides students with the opportunity to develop a range of skills and personal qualities essential for working life. Successful completion is equivalent to 2 GCSEs at C (pass), B (merit) A (distinction)

Course Structure Year 1 w Unit 1 Communication in Health and Social Care

w Unit 2 Individual Rights in Health and social Care w Unit 3 Individual Needs in health and social Care

w Unit 4 Ensuring Safe Environments in Health and social care w Unit 8 Human Life-span Development Coursework: Internally assessed

Progression

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Health & Care


Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

BCS

(ECDL) (ITQ)

3 lessons a week

2

ITQ ICT Entry Requirements

w Presenting Information – Using Microsoft Power Point to

N/A

create effective presentations.

w Improving Productivity Using IT. COURSE OVERVIEW This is a one year course, leading to an ECDL/ITQ level 2 certificate. The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the internationally

How assessed Examination 100%

recognised qualification which enables students to demonstrate their competence in computer skills. ECDL Extra is a full level 2

Progression

qualification that is designed to assess the core applications that an IT user requires: Word Processing Software, Spreadsheet Software and

Students who have successfully completed the ECDL/ITQ course

Presentation Software. This qualification also includes a mandatory

will have acquired IT skills over a range of the most popularly used

unit Improving Productivity Using IT which has been developed to

computer applications. These skills are useful in a huge range

reflect the standards of competence expected by employers. This

of work and home environments. This qualification will allow for

unit demonstrates that students can apply their relevant skills and

progression to BCS Level 3 Certificate (ECDL Advanced) and will

knowledge to develop a specified outcome, product or solution.

complement other vocational qualifications.

The student must independently determine, select and apply the necessary IT tools and techniques to achieve their goal. In order to achieve this qualification the candidate must complete all 4 modules.

Course Structure Students will study the following modules:

w Word-Processing – Using Microsoft Word to layout

documents.

w Spreadsheets – Using Microsoft Excel to organise numbers

and create charts.

ICT

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Level

GCSE Mathematics Higher

2

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Homework

Edexcel

GCSE

3 lessons a week

4 hours a week independent study

Entry Requirements Grade E, or better, at GCSE Mathematics.

Course Overview This course develops your skills and understanding of the subject. It is a repeat of the GCSE Linear course. Grade E need to complete the course over 2 years. Grade E over 1 year and Grade D can sit the exam after 3 months or 1 year (depending on teacher assessment)

Content GCSE Edexcel Linear Higher Mathematics.

Progression For students there is the opportunity to resit GCSE Mathematics. This will allow students to achieve a C+ grade which is now required by all universities and in most careers.

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Linear Maths


Level

2

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

GCSE

5 lessons a week 1 year course

Edexcel

Core Science Entry Requirements Level 2 Science Pass grade.

Course Overview The course explores how scientific information is obtained, how reliable it is, what its limitations are, and how this information helps society to make important decisions.

Course Structure Year 1 w 1 Biology unit w 1 Chemistry unit w 1 Physics unit How assessed 3 module exams in June 2013 Coursework : Controlled Assessment

Progression The Science course prepares to deal with science issues they may meet in everyday life, such as mobile phone safety, childhood vaccinations or the sustainable use of resources. GCSE science will give the foundation for progression to level 3.

Science

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Level

Leisure and TOURISM

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

AQA

GCSE

5 lessons a week

2

Entry Requirements GCSE Pass grades.

w Why people use leisure and tourism facilities w Different types of leisure and tourism organisations and facilities

Course Overview

w The UK’s rapidly changing leisure and tourism industry

w This specification has been designed for candidates who wish to

w Leisure and tourism organisations as businesses

gain a sound knowledge and understanding of the leisure and tourism industry.

w The majority of the course is controlled assessment, which is carried out under controlled conditions, assessed internally by teachers and moderated by AQA.

w The UK leisure and tourism industry is huge and rapidly expanding,

w The range of employment opportunities in the leisure and tourism industry.

w Unit 2 The nature of leisure and tourism 48402 Controlled assessment 80 marks - 60% A choice of one of three tasks. All candidates study this unit. This unit is a controlled assessment unit.

offering many career opportunities for today’s young people. In 2008 it employed over 3 million people – more than 13% of UK

w Why people use leisure and tourism facilities

employees. A GCSE Leisure and Tourism qualification is a real

w Different types of leisure and tourism organisations and facilities

first step-up onto the career ladder.

Course Structure

w The UK’s rapidly changing leisure and tourism industry w Leisure and tourism organisations as businesses w The range of employment opportunities in the leisure and tourism

w Unit 1 Understanding leisure & tourism destinations 48401

questions.

industry.

Written paper 1 hr 60 marks - 40% mostly short, some long

This unit is studied by all candidates. It is externally assessed by a 1-hour examination. Unit 1 is intended to provide candidates with a broad knowledge and understanding of leisure and tourism destinations. Double Award candidates will have the chance to deepen their knowledge and understanding by

Progression Candidates who attain A*-C grades will be able to progress onto the BTEC L3 course in Travel and Tourism at Towers. Students can also look into completing GCE’s in Travel and Tourism or Leisure. Some travel and tourism firms may have apprenticeships available for successful students.

undertaking an investigation task in Unit 4 (Investigating tourism destinations and impacts).

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Travel & Tourism


Level

1/2

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

Edexcel

BTEC

5 lessons a week

Equivalence: Level 1 1-2 GCSE grade D Level 2 1-2 GCSE grade B

WORK SKILLS

Entry Requirements

COURSE STRUCTURE

Level 1

There is no exam, assessment is 100% course work.

National standard of English level 1

Level 2

GCSE English/maths grade D or above,

or Functional skills literacy level 2

Progression The knowledge and skills acquired in passing this course will enable and equip you to seek appropriate employment.

Course Overview This course is designed to prepare young people for the workplace.

The purpose of the Workskills units is to enhance

employability and encourage career progression. It enables students to

w Enhance and develop their employability w Build confidence w Prepare for an adult working life COURSE STRUCTURE This is a one year course of up to 12 units of work including:

w Managing your own money w Searching for a job w Applying for a job w Managing your health at work w Solving work related problems w Running an enterprise activity

How assessed

Work Skills

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Vocational Courses


Level

PROFESSIONAL CHEF

2

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

City & Guilds

NVQ Diploma

2.5 days a week 2 year course

Entry Requirements

HOW ASSESSED

4 x GCSE’s no lower than grade C.

You will assessed by our professional chefs in a practical setting and completing on line tests. During the course you will compile

Course overview The NVQ 2 Professional chef course provides a broad coverage of the requirements for staff working in job roles within these areas

a portfolio of evidence

Progression

of hospitality and catering. You will work towards achieving this

Completing of the level 2 course will allow for progression onto

qualification by completing a variety of credits (58 in total).

NVQ 3 Advance chef course.

Course structure Year 1 Will focus on Preparing and cooking a variety of foods from soup, sauces, meat, fish and desserts.

Year 2 Will be used to hone your developing skills and to complete on going assessments and on line tests

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Professional


Level

3

Examination Board

City & Guilds

Qualification

Lessons/week

NVQ Diploma

2.5 days a week 2 year course

Equivalence: Level 1 1-2 GCSE grade D Level 2 1-2 GCSE grade B

PROFESSIONAL Advanced CHEF

Entry Requirements

How assessed

NVQ 2 Professional Chef

You will assessed by are professional chefs in a practical setting and completing on line tests. During the course you will compile a portfolio

Course overview

of evidence.

The NVQ 3 Advanced chef course provides a broad coverage of the requirements for Chef de partie or Sous Chefs working in job roles within these areas of hospitality and catering. You will

Progression

work towards achieving this qualification by completing a variety

Completing of the level 3 course will allow for progression into university

of units (16 units in total).

or other management routes.

Course Structure Year 1 Year 1 will focus on preparing and cooking variety complex foods from soup, sauces, meat, fish and desserts.

Year 2 Will be used to hone your developing skills and to complete on going assessment, and on line tests. There will be also a willingness to attend work place as part of this course

Advanced

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Level

2

Examination Board

City & Guilds

Qualification

Lessons/week

NVQ Diploma

2.5 days a week 2 year course

Beauty therapy Entry Requirements

Course Structure

Candidates should hold or be working towards a level 2 in Literacy

Working in the Beauty Industry, Health and Safety, Client Care

and Numeracy.

and Communication, Promote Products and Services, Create an Image Based on a Theme in the Hair and Beauty Sector,

Course Overview Candidates are required to learn a variety of Beauty Therapy Services whilst working on clients in our realistic working environment. The course includes six generic units that can be transferred across between other Hair, Beauty and Nail courses, and seven technical

Reception, Waxing, Facial, Eye Treatments, Manicure, Pedicure, Nail Art, Head Massage and Anatomy and Physiology

How assessed Practical observations, assignments and online exams.

units.

Progression All of our courses require candidates to purchase a uniform, kit and portfolio. Forms for these are available at the interview process. Due to health and safety and the environment that we work in, all candidates are expected to abide to a strict dress code and code of conduct which is agreed before acceptance onto the course.

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Therapy

Level 3 in Beauty Therapy or Nail Technology


Level

3

Examination Board

City & Guilds

Qualification

Lessons/week

VRQ

2 days a week 1 year course

TECHNIQUES Beauty therapy Entry Requirements

Course Structure

Candidates should hold a Level 2 in Beauty Therapy. Candidates

Health and Safety, Client Care and Communication, Working

are also required to hold or be working towards a Level 2 in

with others, Promote Products and Services, Body Massage, Body

Literacy and Numeracy.

Electrotherapy, Facial Electrotherapy, Pre-Blend Aromatherapy, Self Tanning , Eyelash Extensions and Anatomy and Physiology

Course Overview Candidates are required to learn a variety of Beauty Therapy Services whilst working on clients in our realistic working

How assessed Practical observations, assignments and online exams

environment. The course includes four generic units that can be transferred across between other Hair, Beauty and Nail courses, and six technical units.

Progression Level 3 in Nail Technology.

All of our courses require candidates to purchase a uniform, kit and portfolio. Forms for these are available at the interview process. Due to health and safety and the environment that we work in, all candidates are expected to abide to a strict dress code and code of conduct which is agreed before acceptance onto the course.

Techniques

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Level

3

Examination Board

City & Guilds

Qualification

Lessons/week

VRQ

2 days a week 1 year course

Beauty therapy Nail enhancement Entry Requirements

Course Structure

Candidates should hold a Level 2 in Beauty Therapy. Candidates

Health and Safety, Client Care and Communication, Working with

are also required to hold or be working towards a Level 2 in Literacy

others, Promote Products and Services, Create an Image Based on

and Numeracy.

a Theme within the Hair and Beauty Sector, Explore Technological Developments in the Hair and Beauty Sector, Apply and Maintain

Course Overview Candidates are required to learn a variety of Nail Services whilst working on clients in our realistic working environment. The course includes six generic units that can be transferred across between

Nail Enhancements, Airbrush 3D Designs for Nails, Advanced Hand and Nail Art Techniques and Anatomy and Physiology

How assessed

other Hair, Beauty and Nail courses, and four technical units.

Practical observations, assignments and online exams.

All of our courses require candidates to purchase a uniform, kit and

Progression

portfolio. Forms for these are available at the interview process. Level 3 in Beauty Therapy. Due to health and safety and the environment that we work in, all candidates are expected to abide to a strict dress code and code of conduct which is agreed before acceptance onto the course.

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Nails


Level

2

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

City & Guilds

VRQ

1 day a week 1 year course

Barbering Hairdressing Entry requirements

How assessed

Candidates should hold or be working towards a level 2 in

Practical observations, assignments and online exams.

Literacy and Numeracy

Progression Course Overview

Students successfully completing this course can progress onto

Students will learn all the basic skills required for gents cutting and

Barbering Level 3 and Women’s Hairdressing Level 2 and 3.On

styling, including; health and safety, working in the industry, client

achieving level 3 you can progress to Level 4 salon management.

consultation, promoting products and services, shampooing, colouring techniques and creating an image based on a theme( an introduction to show work), cut men’s hair, cut facial hair, styling men’s hair, scalp massage. All of our courses require candidates to purchase a uniform, kit and portfolio. Forms for these are available at the interview process. Due to health and safety and the environment that we work in, all candidates are expected to abide to a strict dress code and code of conduct which is agreed before acceptance onto the course.

Course Structure 12 modules will be completed. NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service and The Extended Project will also be achieved as part of the framework.

Barbering

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Level

2

Examination Board

City & Guilds

Qualification

Lessons/week

NVQ Diploma

2 days a week 2 year course

Hairdressing Entry requirements

How assessed

Candidates should hold or be working towards a level 2 in Literacy

Practical observations, assignments and online exams.

and Numeracy

Progression Course Overview

Level 3 in Advanced Creative Hairdressing.

The City & Guilds Level 2 Hairdressing qualifications is competence based and involves applying skill and knowledge to a wide range of activities, performed in many contexts. The NVQ course can be achieved in a shorter time frame depending on any previous experiences and qualifications for example; if you already hold an NVQ Level 1 or equivalent you may be accredited for prior learning (APL) All of our courses require candidates to purchase a uniform, kit and portfolio. Forms for these are available at the interview process. Due to health and safety and the environment that we work in, all candidates are expected to abide to a strict dress code and code of conduct which is agreed before acceptance onto the course.

Course Structure NVQ 2 consists of 9 Units/modules over a 2 year period. Including Health & Safety; Positive Impressions to Clients; consult and advise with clients; Promoting additional services and products; Cut hair using basic techniques; Shampoo and Condition hair & scalp; Style hair using basic techniques, Colour hair using basic techniques; Perm and Neutralize using basic techniques.

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Level

3

Examination Board

City & Guilds

Qualification

Lessons/week

NVQ

2 days a week 1 year course

Advanced Hairdressing Entry Requirements Candidates should hold or be working towards a level 2 in Literacy

financial effectiveness of the business, Contribute to the planning

and Numeracy and a Level 2 qualification in Hairdressing.

and implementation of promotional activities, Colour Correction, Develop and enhance your creative cutting techniques, Creatively

Course Overview

dress long hair, Provide creative hair extension services. NVQ Level 2

The City & Guilds Level 3 Hairdressing qualification is competence based and involves applying skill and knowledge to a wide range of advanced activities, performed in many other concepts. The course gives learners an opportunity to be creative and

Customer Service and Extended Project will also be achieved, if not at Level 2.

Progression Level 4 in Salon Management

innovative; learning up to date technique and understand the financial effectiveness of the business. All of our courses require candidates to purchase a uniform, kit and portfolio. Forms for these are available at the interview process. Due to health and safety and the environment that we work in, all candidates are expected to abide to a strict dress code and code of conduct which is agreed before acceptance onto the course.

Course Structure One Year course

9 modules consisting of, Monitor procedures to safely control work operation, Promote Additional Products and Services to Clients, Provide Hairdressing Consultation Services to clients, Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques , Contribute to the

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Level

4

Examination Board

City & Guilds

Qualification

Lessons/week

NVQ Diploma

2 days a week 1 year course

Hair and Beauty Management Entry requirements

How assessed

Candidates should hold a minimum GCSE Maths and English/ level

Practical observations, assignments and online exams.

2 in Functional Skills, Level 3 qualification in Hairdressing and IT skills required.

Course Overview

Progression Higher Education/Salon Management/Own Business.

The City & Guilds Level 4 Hairdressing qualification is based in management across the hair and beauty sector. You require no technical background of hair and beauty as this is based at a management level. Ideal for:

w Setting up your own business w Improving business management skills w Professional Training as CPD w Progression route to HE Course structure Quality management of client care in the hair and beauty sector, Salon Management, Sales Management in the hair and beauty sector, public relations in the hair and beauty sector, research and marketing. Cultural, social and technological influences on beauty related industries, human resource management, physiology of ageing and chemistry of the hair and beauty products.

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Hair & Beauty


Level

1/2

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

C Skills

Diploma

2 years full time course

Carpentry Construction Course Overview The course will involve studying mainly Carpentry but also looks

Strict attendance, behaviour and attitude conditions are attached

at the other major trades and how they interact with each other

to this course as students will be working with others in a simulated

on site. Students will participate in simulated site and workshop

site environment. Students failing to meet these conditions will not

situations.

continue on the course. Students may express an interest in the above course, but

Course structure

acceptance is not guaranteed. Selection will be on the basis of

This Course is the Technical Certificate training towards an NVQ and includes:

student’s educational and future training needs and subject to an interview by Construction staff.

w Seven units, based on Carpentry and including basic tool skills, carcassing, first and second fixing and finishing and

Progression

also including Health and safety, Estimating and pricing jobs,

Students successfully completing this course can progress onto

Legislation and Employers/employees responsibilities.

an NVQ Level 2 work related scheme in the industry or onto an

w Practical instruction and assessment in Carpentry techniques. w Computer based progress assessments and end of unit

apprenticeship. This allowing good entry into the industry, along with the opportunity to achieve on the C S C S card scheme.

knowledge tests

w Practical end of course test. For these courses students will be expected to attend all sessions, provide their own steel capped boots and overalls and complete a portfolio of work along with practical assessments.

Carpentry

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Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

C Skills

Diploma

2 years full time course

3

Construction BRICKLAYING Course Overview The course will involve studying mainly Brickwork but also looks

Strict attendance, behaviour and attitude conditions are attached

at the other major trades and how they interact with each other

to this course as students will be working with others in a simulated

on site. Students will participate in simulated site and workshop

site environment. Students failing to meet these conditions will not

situations.

continue on the course.

Course structure

Students may express an interest in the above course, but

This Course is the Technical Certificate training towards an NVQ and includes:

acceptance is not guaranteed. Selection will be on the basis of student’s educational and future training needs and subject to an interview by Construction staff.

w Seven units, based on brickwork but also including Health and safety, Estimating and pricing jobs, Legislation and Employers/employees responsibilities.

w Practical

instruction

and

assessment

in

Bricklaying

techniques.

w Computer based progress assessments and end of course knowledge test

Progression Students successfully completing this course can progress onto an NVQ Level 2 work related scheme in the industry or onto an apprenticeship. This allowing good entry into the industry, along with the opportunity to achieve on the C S C S card scheme.

w Practical end of course test. For these courses students will be expected to attend all sessions, provide steel capped boots and overalls and complete a portfolio of work along with practical assessments.

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Bricklaying


Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

NA

NA

5 lessons a week

Football Academy Entry requirements

Academy training sessions will fit around academic studies. There

w Tactical Awareness and Game Understanding

will be training sessions on each day of the week with Wednesday

Coaching sessions (once a week with Charlton FC coaches) are organized to improve all aspects of a players understanding

afternoons set aside for fixtures or an extra training session.

of the game.

Course Overview Players selected to attend Academy sessions will have the opportunity to develop their individual and game play through advanced

w Lifestyle Mentoring This will occur through individual meetings, meetings in small groups and meetings with parents, when advice

coaching and high level competition. The player’s academic progress

may be given on careers, courses, and advice given on all

will be closely monitored to support their wider development and long

Academy matters.

term goals. Players will be expected to be role models for younger students in the school and, when possible, visit local primary schools to assist with the development of grass roots football in the area.

w Coaching courses

Players will be given the opportunity to access entry level coaching courses. All squad players are encouraged to

Overview

self-evaluate their football performance. They are then

w Education

assessed by the coach and then targets set for students to

Players can join the Academy regardless of the courses they

work towards. The targets are reviewed on a regular basis

choose. This course would be beneficial to tie in with the CSLA

by player and coach.

(Community Sports Leader Award).quad

Aims/Ben Progression

w Nutrition

We will offer advice to players with regards to diet and

hydration.

w Strength and Conditioning

All academy players have access to multi gym facilities.

Players that are deemed county standard will be selected to attend Kent trials by the school. The school also has direct links with Charlton FC - with sessions run by Charlton coaching staff.

Benefits All squad players will receive playing and training kit. Every

w Technical Skills

player will receive access to multi gym facilities including, where

Players will be given the support to improve and develop

appropriate, having their own personal training programme

their football skills.

to follow. Access to further qualifications is possible eg. Junior

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Football

Football Organisers Award, Level 1 FA Coaching Award, CSLA.


Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

NA

NA

5 lessons a week

Rugby Academy

Lessons/week Academy training sessions will fit around academic studies. With training sessions each day of the week.

w Coaching courses Players will be given the opportunity to take the

Course Overview

w Refereeing Players will be given the opportunity to take the Entry Level

This successful Academy has been a long term achievement of Towers School. The Academy programme is more than just about playing rugby, it’s about producing talented and educated young men. We hope that the benefits of our Academy programme will produce highly talented and self-motivated individuals who will be role models on and off the pitch. With our new partnership with London Irish students will get to level coaching. We will create an environment which will make the players feel valued and part of something special. We have a dedicated coach and educational staff who will be intent on developing their skills and improving them as individuals.

Academy Aim w Education Players can join the academy regardless of the course they choose. The Academy would be beneficial to tie in with the CSLA course.

IRB Rugby Ready course and then progress on to take the RFU level 1 course. Referee Award.

All players of the Academy are encouraged to self-evaluate their rugby performance. They are then assessed by the coach and then targets are put in place for that player to achieve. They targets are reviewed on a regular basis by player and coach. Towers Rugby Academy is an affiliated school to Premiership Rugby Club London Irish. Players will receive training sessions once a month from London Irish Coaches who will support with the development of the academy.

Benefits All Academy players will receive playing and training kit consisting of playing shirt, shorts and socks. Training top, polo shirt, tracksuit top and trousers, hoody and a kit bag, all branded with the Towers Academy logo.

w Nutrition We will offer advice to players with regards as what to eat and when is best to eat.

w Strength & Conditioning All academy players have access to

Every player will receive access to multi gym facilities including having their own personal training programme to follow and improve on.

multi gym facilities.

w Technical Skills Players will be given the support to improve and develop their rugby skills.

w Tactical Awareness & Game Understanding w Lifestyle Mentoring w Leadership Throughout the off season players will take rugby leadership courses and then encouraged to support with the development of tag rugby within primary schools.

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Level

Sports leadership Community

2

Examination Board

Sports Leaders UK

Qualification

Lessons/week

Sports Leadership

2 lessons a week

Entry requirements

How assessed

UK Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership preferred.

Candidates for the Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership are assessed on an on-going basis throughout the course. Each

Course Overview The aim of the Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership is to produce responsible, motivated and confident people who can lead safe and enjoyable sporting activity. It is also designed to encourage people to get involved in organising and assisting with the provision of

student has to demonstrate competence in each unit, which is signed off by the course tutor. The students will also be assessed as sports leaders in line with the learning outcomes of the course.

Progression

sport on a voluntary basis. The award provides a common foundation

Successful candidates can build upon the leadership skills in the

for the coaching schemes of the National Governing Bodies of Sport.

Level 3 Award in Higher Sports Leadership which includes working

As such it concentrates not only on improving the leadership skills

with specific community groups including primary aged children,

required to plan and prepare a sports session but also to deliver and

people with disabilities and older people. It is widely acknowledged

evaluate it. To facilitate this, tutors are encouraged to concentrate

that involvement in leadership training enhances the personal

on delivering practical courses which challenge and develop the

and social development of candidates. However, Sports Leaders

candidate’s leadership skills across a range of activities.

UK is keen to maximise the work of these newly trained volunteers by linking them with appropriate clubs

Course structure Candidates must complete eight units of work, including a minimum of 10 hours demonstration of leadership skills to gain the award.

w Unit 1 Plan, lead and evaluate a sport/activity session w Unit 2 Develop leadership skills w Unit 3 Lead a session to improve fitness w Unit 4 Adapting sports sessions w Unit 5 Establish and maintain a safe sport/activity session w Unit 6 Organise and deliver a sports event or competition w Unit 7 Pathways in sport and recreation (Students must complete a first aid certificate and be observed delivering 10 hours of leadership activities).

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CSLA

who can utilise their skills.


Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

ITEC

Higher Sports Leadership

3 lessons a week

3

Sports Higher Leadership

Lessons/week

How assessed

Achieved the Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership.

Candidates for the Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership are

Course Overview The level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification for learners aged 16 years and over (18 years upon completion) who wish to develop the leadership skills already gained during the Level 2 Award in Community Sports

assessed on an on-going basis throughout the course. Each student has to demonstrate competence in each unit, which is signed off in a logbook. The students will also be assessed as sports leaders in line with the learning outcomes of the course.

Progression

Leadership. The Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership

The award is a nationally recognised qualification, providing a stepping

is a practical qualification in which learners must demonstrate

stone into employment in the sports and leisure industry and higher

ability to lead others in sport/activity sessions. The aim of this

education.

qualification is to prepare, motivated and confident people who can independently lead safe, purposeful and enjoyable sport/ activity sessions.

Course structure w Unit 1 Developing leadership skills w Unit 2 Provision of sport within the community w Unit 3 Lead sessions designed to improve fitness w Unit 4 Organise and lead sports event or competition w Unit 5 Legal and ethical responsibilities when working

with others

w Unit 6 Lead sport/activity sessions for children w Unit 7 Lead sport/activity sessions for disabled and

older people

HSLA

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Level

Examination Board

Qualification

Lessons/week

ITEC

Diploma

1 day a week

3

Sports massage Entry requirements Candidates are required to have achieved a level of education equivalent to 5 GCSE’s A*-C.

Course Overview The main aim of the ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is to enable learners to gain the practical and theoretical

How assessed Practical observations, assignments, case studies and written exams.

Progression Sports Injury Level 4.

skills necessary to provide Sports Massage Therapy. It has been designed to provide learners with the requisite knowledge, understanding and skills to work in an unsupervised capacity as a sports massage practitioner, with non-pathological (non-injured) tissue. In this qualification learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning the practice of Sports Massage Therapy, including functional anatomy and physiology, nutrition, classification of sports injuries and the stages of healing. It will also provide learners with the understanding, skills and techniques to plan, prepare for and apply a range of sports massage methods to uninjured clients. Learners will also develop the skills to evaluate massage strategies and methods to inform on future treatments.

Course structure Functional Anatomy, Physiology and Nutrition for Sports Therapies, Applying Sports Massage Methods to Non-Pathological Tissues, Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme, Taping and Strapping for Sport and Active Leisure.

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