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Plantsbrook School

Sixth Form Prospectus


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Headteacher’s Welcome Assistant Headteacher’s Welcome 05 Investing in the future 07 Partnerships for the future 08 My Study Programme 09 Post 16 Curriculum 10 Course Registration & Requirements 12 General Information 14 Enrichment 15 Student Leaders 16 Careers & Post 16 Advice & Guidance A Level Courses 17 Accountancy 18 Applied Science 19 Art and Design 20 Biology 21 Business Studies 22 Chemistry 23 Computer Science 24 Economics 25 English Language 26 English Literature 27 Film Studies

28 French 29 Geography 30 Global Perspectives 31 History 32 Mathematics 33 Music 34 Philosophy & Ethics 35 Physics 36 Product Design 37 Psychology 38 Sociology 39 Spanish Level 3 Qualifications 40 Business Studies 41 Creative Digital Media Production 42 Health and Social Care 43 IT 44 Performing Arts 45 Sport 46 Travel & Tourism Level 2 Qualifications 47 English & Maths GCSE


‘Plantsbrook is an outstanding school where students attain high academic standards and develop impressive personal qualities. It is a happy school. Strong leadership is at the centre of its success, and the whole school community is encouraged to contribute to its development.’ OfSTED


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Headteacher’s Welcome Dear Students I am pleased that you are considering joining our Sixth Form at Plantsbrook. As Headteacher, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my vision for the future. I believe that above all, education must be about opening doors for youngsters and then keeping them open. My vision for Plantsbrook is one in which students develop into rounded young adults with a love of learning and a desire to succeed. I see Sixth Formers who are actively involved in leading other students, who respect themselves and others and who want to be the best that they can be. I see students prepared for adult life who are able to use the latest technology with confidence and who appreciate the world around them. I see a team of highly professional teachers who are committed to our young people and love teaching their subjects. I see parents who are proud of their children’s achievements and proud of the School and the Sixth Form.

OFSTED confirmed that, as an outstanding school, much of this vision is in place. If you share our ambition to make Plantsbrook even better, Plantsbrook may just be the Sixth Form for you. Yours faithfully

Tracy Campbell (Ms) Headteacher


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Assistant Headteacher - Sixth Form I am very pleased that you are considering Plantsbrook Sixth Form as an option for your child’s Post-16 Education and hope this prospectus will answer some of your questions. At Plantsbrook we aim to provide the best Sixth Form experience possible by developing the whole person, academically, morally and physically. We set high standards and expect our students to aim to be the best they can be. We offer a supportive, warm and friendly environment which we believe will help inspire and motivate them to succeed and achieve their aspirations. This is the beginning of an exciting journey: two challenging years of study which we hope will provide the reward of higher education, employment and opportunities for our students. Our students will be concentrating on subjects they hold a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for, allowing them to become an expert in their subject area. These two years will be challenging but we support our students every step of the way with a strong pastoral team.

Plantsbrook Sixth Form also focuses on developing our students as individuals. We provide many opportunities to develop social skills, build confidence and allow our students to have a wider sense of responsibility as a young adult. Our compulsory Enrichment Scheme guarantees participation in activities within the school and local community and it allows students to enhance their CV through extracurricular activities which are valued highly by employers and universities. We also provide the opportunity to complete work experience at the end of Year 12, which is vital to enhance their CV and Personal Statements whilst improving their employability prospects. Thank you for considering Plantsbrook Sixth Form. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me on the email address below. Yours faithfully Mr W Legood Acting Assistant Headteacher – Sixth Form w.legood@plantsbrookschool.co.uk


Investing in the future Plantsbrook is lucky to be one of eight schools to be rebuilt in the Midlands batch of the Priority Schools Building Programme. The construction phase commenced in January 2016 with the handover of the new building planned for Easter 2017. This will be a state of the art facility enabling us to provide outstanding resources for our pupils and staff, supporting the outstanding teaching and learning that already takes place. In recent years we have also invested significant capital to ensure we have an excellent ICT infrastructure equipped with the latest technologies. This includes: •

Whole school wireless access with improved broadband facilities

A dedicated suite of iMacs

iPads to enhance teaching and learning

A 3D printer

A CAD/ CAM laser cutter

A pupil to computer ratio of 1:1.7, which is far better than the national average


‘I am more than happy with the school. I find the teachers very approachable and willing to solve any problems I may have had. They listen to students and treat them as individuals, basically they care! Plantsbrook is a fantastic school and I am constantly singing its praises. Thank you for helping to make my boys happy and rounded individuals.’ Parental Survey 2015


07 Partnerships for the future We, at Plantsbrook, believe it is important to work in partnership with other local schools and Birmingham Local Authority. Our Headteacher has been designated as a National Leader of Education and the School is a National Support School. We offer support to a number of schools in the North of Birmingham through this national programme. We have strong links with our local primary schools and we regularly organise joint activities. We want to build on their work and ensure children continue to make progress. We sponsor one of our main feeder schools, Town Junior School, as part of the Plantsbrook Learning Trust. We see Plantsbrook as the school of the future, dedicated to providing a top quality education to children of all abilities, including the most able, in a happy and well disciplined environment. We believe there is no better school in the area.


08 My Study Programme Admissions Procedure

Plantsbrook School prides itself on a policy of open enrolment to Sixth Form Education. The courses offered cater for the individual needs of students of different ability levels and applications are welcomed from both Plantsbrook School and other centres of learning. For entry into Sixth Form courses, Year 11 students must have displayed aptitude, ability and commitment to profit from further education in the subjects they have taken. Entry to study here is considered with a minimum of English and Maths at grade 5 with a further 3 GCSE grades in appropriate subjects at A*-C (or L2 Pass and above). Specific entry requirements for each subject can be found on pages 10 and 11. For students to progress from Year 12 – Year 13 we expect them to achieve a minimum of 3 grade Ds (or Merits) in Year 12. It is important for students to study a programme of courses appropriate to their ability. For this reason we look to offer a varied range of subjects and courses at different levels so that every student can find something to match their own individual needs. Below we have included an overview of the different types of Level 3 of qualifications available at Plantsbrook Sixth Form.

Advanced Levels

Advanced Level courses are Level 3 courses that provide solid preparation for Higher Education study at University. As the name implies, Advanced Levels are very difficult and require a lot of dedication from the individual student. Most students who study A Levels will study three subjects, though some may study four subjects if appropriate. To study four subjects, students must achieve a grade 7 in English and Maths, with an average A grade across the remainder of their subjects. Due to the difficulty of Advanced Level study, we have entry criteria to enable students to decide whether the course is appropriate for them to study at this level. Generally, students should have GCSE grades A*-C in 5 or more subjects including English and Maths, or a BTEC/OCR National Merit with English and Maths. For many subjects students will need to have achieved 8 GCSE passes at grade A*-C and

a C grade in that particular subject at GCSE level, although some subjects require a B grade and Maths A Level an A Grade. To be successful at Advanced Level students must be able to work independently and be willing to put a number of hours into private study outside of the classroom. Dedication and an ambition to succeed are essential if students wish to study at this level.

BTEC Level 3

We also offer BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas in Business Studies, Engineering, ICT, Music Technology, Performing Arts, Sport and Travel and Tourism. These courses are equivalent of an A2 qualification. It is important to note that these courses are a two year commitment and cannot be dropped at the end of Year 12. Students who prefer coursework and portfolio work may be better suited to BTEC Level 3; you may already study BTEC Level 2 and wish to continue with this style of learning. To be successful at BTEC Level 3 you need to be organised, committed and have the dedication to ensure all portfolio work is up to date at all times throughout the course.

English and Maths Re-sits

English and Maths are particularly important subjects. Students who fail to achieve a C grade are expected to retake in Year 12. Students with a D grade may re-sit the GCSE and some students may take a Functional skills/Level 1 qualification to enable them to complete the GCSE at a later date. We will tailor study programmes to the individual student.


09 Post 16 Curriculum Tier

Subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements

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Accountancy Biology Chemistry English Language English Literature Economics French History Geography Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives Maths Philosophy and Ethics Physics Psychology Sociology Spanish

Maths: 6, English: 6, 6 more qualifications at C/L2 Pass or better. (Plus subject specific entry requirements)

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Applied Science Art Business Studies Computer Science Film Studies BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care Music Product Design BTEC Level 3 in Business Studies BTEC Level 3 in Engineering BTEC Level 3 in ICT BTEC Level 3 in Creative Digital Media Production BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 in Sport BTEC Level 3 in Travel and Tourism

Maths: 5, English: 5, 3 more qualifications at C/L2 Pass or better. (Plus subject specific entry requirements)


10 Course Registration & Requirements Minimum Entry Requirements

A-Level, BTEC, Applied General or Extension Study

English Grade?

Maths Grade?

How many other qualifications at C/L2 Pass or above?

Accountancy

A Level

6

6

Six

Applied Science

Applied General

5

5

Three

C in Core and Additional Science

Art & Design (Fine Art)

A Level

5

5

Three

C in Art or equivalent

Biology*

A Level

6

6

Six

Business Studies

A Level

5

5

Three

C/L2 Merit in Business if studied in KS4 (not essential)

Business Studies

BTEC

5

5

Three

C/L2 Pass in Business if studied in KS4 (not essential)

Chemistry*

A Level

6

6

Six

Computer Science

A Level

5

6

Three

Economics

A Level

5

6

Six

English Language*

A Level

6

6

Six

English Literature*

A Level

6

6

Six

6 in English Literature

French*

A Level

6

6

Six

B in French

Geography

A Level

6

6

Six

B in Geography if studied in KS4 (not essential)

Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Extension Study

6

6

Six

BTEC

5

5

Three

Subject

Health and Social Care

Other Requirements

A in Biology, or A in Additional Science and B in Core.

A in Chemistry, or A in Additional Science and B in Core. C in Computer Science


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A-Level, BTEC, Applied General or Extension Study

Minimum Entry Requirements English Grade?

Maths Grade?

How many other qualifications at C/L2 Pass or above?

Other Requirements

History*

A Level

6

6

Six

B in History if studied in KS4 (not essential)

Mathematics*

A Level

6

7

Six

Creative Digital Media Production

BTEC

5

5

Three

Film Studies

A Level

6

5

Three

Music

A Level

5

5

Three

Grade 5 Level on an instrument

Performing Arts

BTEC

5

5

Three

C/L2 Merit if studied in KS4 (not essential)

Philosophy and Ethics

A Level

6

6

Six

C in RE if studied KS4 (not essential)

Physics*

A Level

6

6

Six

A in Physics, or A in Additional Science and B in Core.

Product Design

A Level

5

5

Three

Psychology

A Level

6

6

Six

Sociology

A Level

6

6

Six

Spanish*

A Level

6

6

Six

Sport

BTEC

5

5

Three

C/L2 Merit in Sport if studied in KS4 (not essential)

Travel and Tourism

BTEC

5

5

Three

L2 Pass in Travel and Tourism if studied in KS4 (not essential)

C in a Design and Technology subject

B in Spanish

* This is a facilitating subject: The Russell group, a group of 24 leading Universities, suggests that students wishing to study at them should have studied at least 2 of the facilitating subjects in Sixth Form. For more information see www.russellgroup.ac.uk.


12 General Information Why Plantsbrook Sixth Form?

Monitoring Progress and Achievement

We recognise that our Sixth Formers are growing into young adults and are therefore granted privileges to reflect this; we treat you like young adults and expect you to be responsible like young adults. Sixth Form students at Plantsbrook are seen as role models by those lower down the school, they look to you for guidance and inspiration. The relationships between staff and students are friendly, supportive and challenging when you need that push to keep you going. The voluntary nature of Sixth Form study results in students who want to be here, leading to a calm, hard working atmosphere. Plantsbrook Sixth Form is about developing you as an individual both academically and socially, whether this is through your study programme, charitable work, work experience, career advice or enhancing your CV through extracurricular activities.

Students are supported through Progress Review throughout the academic year by being given ‘Projected grades’ based upon achievement in their subjects. This will be an overall grade based upon their current achievement. They are also awarded for their ‘Attitude to Learning’, which represents their overall ethos in relation to independent study, meeting deadlines and general attitude within their lessons. Students are awarded grades A-D from each subject area. The process of review and reflection creates a dialogue between the students, their tutor and the subject teacher regarding the subject specific skills required for success. This information is also shared with parents allowing everyone to be able to support our students throughout the year. The overall progress of each student is reviewed three times during the year and targets can be put in place, where necessary.

Academic Life Most of our students will take three subjects in Year 12, some students will take four if it is appropriate. Read through the entry requirements, course information and assessment guidance within this prospectus before making any decisions. Choosing the right course is essential to your success at A level and beyond whether your future is in Higher Education or an Apprenticeship. Spend time researching University entry requirements before making your A Level choices, it is important to ensure you pick the correct A Levels to continue with your education. Also, be realistic with your choices and consider your approach to your GCSE lessons. What are your strengths and weaknesses? A Levels are hard, they require dedication and a lot of independent study; you need to ensure your subjects are right for you.

Sixth Form Life Plantsbrook Sixth Form is not only about lessons and your academic life. We believe it is important to provide opportunities for young people to be involved within the local community, enhance their CV through extracurricular activities and develop social skills through team work activities. Whilst at Plantsbrook you will take part in a compulsory enrichment programme, be part of a tutor group, carry out charity work, participate in interform competitions and support school based projects. You will also have the opportunity to participate in Envision, The Challenge, Duke of Edinburgh, The BIG Debate and Rewards Trips, our alternative Sports day, work experience and many other extra curricular activities.


13 Attendance There is a clear link between achievement and attendance. We expect 100% attendance to school and lessons at all times as we know this will ensure our students’ success in their A Level studies. Students have private study periods on their timetables and should use this time to complete further study within one of the dedicated Sixth Form Facility areas. Students are not allowed to leave the site during this time. All Sixth Form students should arrive to school at 8.40am for tutorial/assembly. We believe that communication with students and parents about attendance is fundamental for achievement and as a result we will share your son/daughter’s attendance level with you every half term.

Sixth Form Facilities At Plantsbrook Sixth Form we have a number of areas dedicated for our Sixth Formers along with all the other school facilities. Sixth Formers have access to the Sixth Form Common Room, with WiFi connection available for students to connect their own devices, where students can work in groups or independently during lesson times. There are also a number of laptops available to borrow. The common room is available during break and lunch to relax and socialise with your friends. We also have the Learning Resource Centre with a suite of computers and a fully resourced library which is available all day for Sixth Form students to use. In addition to this, Sixth Form students have access to a dedicated classroom for private study, group work or to use ICT facilities when this room is not being used to teach a class.

Student Welfare On joining the Sixth Form you will be part of a tutor group. Your tutor is there to support and guide you through your two years of Advanced Level study. They are a vital part of your success and will take personal responsibility for you, assisting you on daily matters and ultimately your progress to Year 13 and into HE or employment. Within the tutorial time you will have the opportunity

to be a part of the Sixth Form community, signing up for events and participating in various activities throughout the year. As well as this your tutor will guide you through your transition into Higher Education through the UCAS application process. All students will attend tutorial or assembly every morning other than during “Review Weeks” where you will meet with your mentor to review your progress and set targets where necessary.

The Sixth Form Team

• Miss Proctor - Assistant Headteacher - Sixth Form • Mr Legood - Acting Assistant Headteacher Sixth Form • Mr Watson - Assistant Achievement Coordinator • Dr May - Assistant Achievement Coordinator • Mrs Cook - Careers Guidance • Mrs Dodd - Sixth Form Administrator • Mr Handy - Sixth Form Student Welfare Officer


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Enrichment The Sixth Form Enrichment Programme is compulsory for all students enrolled at the Sixth Form. It is our aim to give every student the opportunity to access new activities/courses, to develop and broaden skills, abilities, knowledge and experiences. Employers and Universities will look for well rounded individuals who are good academically as well as skilled in other areas. The more extracurricular activities students participate in, the more attractive they are to future employers or higher education institutions. Each Year 12 student will select at least one enrichment activity to participate in over the year. The enrichment programme is designed to give students the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and create their own portfolio of academic subjects and extracurricular activities. Each student will choose an enrichment programme to sign up for. They will be issued an enrichment booklet to track their progress and will need to write a reflective statement at the end of their enrichment activity. This will support them on their personal statement and form part of their CV or UCAS application.

Below are some of the ideas we are hoping to run in the 2016/17 academic year: • Duke of Edinburgh • Envision • Student Leader Program • World Challenge • Football training • Rugby training • Voluntary work in the local area • Learning support in Town Junior School • Link to Noah’s Ark Project in Zambia • Fundraising for various charities • Sutton Coldfield Sixth Form Schools’ Debating Competition • Senior Citizens Christmas Party • Lord Mayor’s quiz • First Aid qualification • Orchestra • And many more...


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Student Leaders Our Sixth Form Student Leaders form a vital part of life in our Sixth Form and the whole school community. The Student Leader vision means that these students help to build an environment where there is a love for learning and a desire to succeed. Our Student Leaders believe this enrichment is a great way to form new friendship groups and enhance their CVs. Year 12 students are invited to apply to be Student Leaders when they enroll in September and are chosen by the Year 13 Student Leaders through an application and interview process. Student Leaders carry out many tasks as part of their role: • They act as ambassadors at school events • They deliver assemblies to younger students • They organise fundraising events for many local charities • They are involved in School Council meetings. We are extremely proud of our Student Leaders. Their work represents the ethos of Plantsbrook School “to be the best that you can be”. If you are interested in becoming a Student Leader please contact the Sixth Form Office or speak to one of our Student Leaders at Open Evening.

Message from a Student Leader As a Student Leader, I have a variety of responsibilities within Sixth Form; primarily, my role involves organising and promoting Sixth

Form events, such as charity fund-raising occasions. Over my time as a part of the Student Leader team, these have included cake sales, ‘sponge-the-teacher’ events and penalty shootout competitions for Children In Need, a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support, and themed charity days for a variety of other good causes, where students can dress-up or pay to wear their own clothes. Other responsibilities include speaking in year group assemblies, designing and distributing posters and digital adverts to be displayed around school in order to promote events, coming up with new ideas to engage both the Sixth Form and Secondary School students in school events, and above all organising and ensuring that such events run smoothly. Likewise, Student Leaders are involved in representing the voices of our peers in Sixth Form, and also help out with Open Evenings over the course of the year.


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Careers & Post 16 Advice & Guidance Mrs Cook is our Sixth Form Student Adviser and is based in the LRC. She has a wide range of resources and works closely with employers and Apprenticeship Training Providers as well as many of the HE establishments. She will be able to give you advice and guidance throughout your time in the Sixth Form on the following: • CV writing • Interview techniques • Career choices and progression routes • University courses • Applying to university through UCAS • Financial Support for Higher Education • Work Experience All students are entitled to careers interviews. Throughout the year you will be offered a full programme of activities to ensure that you have the advice you need to progress on to higher education, employment or further courses at college. A weekly Careers Bulletin will be displayed in Tutor Groups and on the school website detailing apprenticeships, School Leaver Programme opportunities, University

Masterclasses, University Scholarship and Bursary information, Gap Year opportunities, etc. This will also be displayed in the Common Room on the Careers Notice Board. A work experience programme is built into Year 12 which will enable you to gain valuable experience for your CV and UCAS application, as well as giving you the opportunity to experience life in the work place. We also offer a range of special events for students throughout the year, preparing you for applying to university and for interviews. This includes a trip to a local university to experience university life, incorporating taster lectures and attendance at the Birmingham UCAS Higher Education Convention. We will also organise assemblies throughout the year with representatives from universities and other organisations to give you varied and valuable information regarding your Post-18 options.


A Level | AQA

Accountancy

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If you like working with numbers, are good at analysing data and work in a very logical manner then accountancy would be a great A-Level (and possibly career) for you. Why Choose Accountancy? If you are interested in pursuing a career in business, accounting can provide an excellent basis for this, especially for those planning to enter the accounting profession. This course introduces candidates to accounting concepts and principles and promotes their application in a range of accounting situations. The aim of this course is to enable students to: • develop knowledge and understanding of the purposes of accounting, its concepts, techniques and procedures • apply this knowledge and understanding to a variety of accounting problems • develop an appreciation of the role and limitations of accounting in decision-making • analyse, interpret and evaluate accounting information, assess alternative courses of action and make reasoned judgements taking into consideration economic, legal, technological and social factors. Students will also develop a range of important and transferable skills: • data skills: candidates will be expected to manipulate data in a variety of forms and to interpret their results • presenting arguments and making judgements and justified recommendations on the basis of the available evidence • recognising the nature of problems, solving problems and making decisions using appropriate accounting tools and methods • planning work, taking into account the demands of the task and the time available to complete it.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“Accountancy is a fun and interesting subject that tests your knowledge of business and helps you think logically about a wide variety of financial scenarios.” Zeshaan Hussain


Applied General | AQA

Applied Science

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Sparking your Scientific imagination and making you change how you think about Science in the real world. Why Choose Applied Science? Applied Science is for those students who dream of working in a science-related industry in the future. The course gives you the opportunity to study the main disciplines of Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, in a more practical way, giving you the relevant laboratory experience needed in the workplace. Through hands on experience, case studies and projects, you will develop skills, knowledge and understanding. A range of carefully selected topics equips you with a broad view of all the main subjects needed to fully understand this area. Embark on a journey of discovery that could lead to a variety of worthwhile careers in the scientific industries. Career options range from a vast choice of medical opportunities through to employment in conservation and environmental projects. Those who study Science can also, for example, go on to work as electronic or mechanical engineers, dieticians, technicians and research scientists. In fact, science based careers form one of the largest employment areas in the UK.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements. Students are expected to have an interest in Science. It is essential that students are self-motivated, independent thinkers, organised, can meet deadlines, work independently and are prepared to work hard, both in lessons and in their own time.

“So far on the course I’ve learnt a range of practical and theoretical knowledge, which can be applied at university or in industry. This course really shows me how Science can be applied to the real world.� James Peppiatt


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A Level | OCR

Art and Design

Explore how you can harness your creativity and imagination to inspire your own art. Why Choose Fine Art? Fine Art provides you with an opportunity to develop intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive skills and apply them to your own pieces. You will initially develop investigative and analytical skills through research into inspirational artists, and explore how you can apply their techniques through a series of experimental and developmental pieces. Your work will evolve as you develop your technical and expressive skills, in addition to aesthetic understanding and historical/critical/contextual judgement of existing and personal pieces. The course enables you to explore personal interests in art and develop an understanding of the relationship between, and the connections across, disciplines in art, craft and design. We encourage you to take risks through your art in a supportive and friendly environment. We can support students in developing their own portfolios of work and provide guidance and assistance to students wishing to further their knowledge and skills in Art outside the classroom and on completion of their studies at Plantsbrook School. There are opportunities to visit a range of exhibitions, galleries and Universities during the two year course to help broaden your knowledge.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements. Applicants are also required to submit a portfolio of work as part of the application process.

“I’ve really enjoyed studying Art at this level because I am now able to explore my own ideas and work creatively. I get loads of feedback so I know exactly what I need to do to improve.” Nikki Westwood


A Level | AQA

Biology

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Engaging pupils with fundamental and contemporary ideas about the Living World. Why Choose Biology? The study of Biology aims to develop the essential knowledge and understanding of biological concepts which will allow a greater insight into many of the changing situations in the world. Issues such as the cloning of human embryos and genetic modification are studied in depth to enable informed decisions to be made about the ethics of these practices. Biology A Level could be the opening to an exciting range of Biology careers or work and study in other Sciences. The origins of living things and how they work is fundamental to the world we live in and, whether your interest is in the animal world, marine life, humans or plant life, the study of Biology is the core of further knowledge and discovery. A Level Biology is a versatile stepping stone to many fields of work and study, examples include Veterinary Science, Medicine and Biochemistry.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements. Students are expected to have an interest in Science, particularly Biology. It is essential that students are self-motivated, independent thinkers, organised, can meet deadlines, work independently and are prepared to work hard, both in lessons and in their own time.

“Biology at A Level is really interesting but can also be hard work. Teachers really make the subject interesting and I love all of the strange dissections and practical investigations. It is really important to read around the subject outside of lessons as well as work hard in lessons. The practical coursework is very straightforward which makes it easy to prepare for and do well. I would really recommend Biology to anyone interested in studying or working with living things or the environment�. Sophie-May Collins


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A Level | AQA

Business Studies

Whether as a customer, employee or an owner we are constantly exposed to the business world in our lives – so study it. Why Choose Business Studies? Wouldn’t it be nice to be an informed customer, to understand why your boss behaves in the way that they do, know your rights as a customer and as an employee and be able to show potential investors or employers that you know how the different functions of a business work together to create success? This course is designed so that you learn all of the above and much more, you will cover all of the different functions that operate within a business over the 2 years of study. A Level Business is structured so that you demonstrate your learning under exam conditions, you will be required to apply your knowledge and understanding to a range of types and sizes of business organisations. The course is designed so that you will: • gain a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts • develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants • generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues • be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals • take a more strategic view of business opportunities, problems and issues • acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis • apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“Business is a really enjoyable and relevant subject as it allows me to understand how different organisations function and what their purposes are. I have a better understanding of things like interest rates and inflation and how they can impact on me and my family. The teachers are very supportive and we learn in different, interesting ways.” Callum Massey


A Level | AQA

Chemistry

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Fascinating students with matter that makes up the world as we know it. Why Choose Chemistry? A-level Chemistry goes into much more detail than GCSE. It attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of?’ and it’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that Chemistry provides are endless. You will study three main areas; Organic Chemistry: the study of the compounds of carbon. These compounds are used to make a vast range of useful products – plastics, fuels, pharmaceuticals, food and all living things. Physical Chemistry: the “hows and whys” of chemistry. The study of reactions as a whole and how they behave, Inorganic Chemistry: the Chemistry of all the other elements in the periodic table, their reactions and the compounds that they form. A-level Chemistry provides skills that are of use in many areas of employment and is routinely required for progression onto numerous higher educational courses including: Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine etc.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements. Students are expected to have an interest in Science, particularly Chemistry. It is essential that students are self-motivated, independent thinkers, organised, can meet deadlines, work independently and are prepared to work hard, both in lessons and in their own time.

“Even though Chemistry at A Level is a demanding subject I really enjoy the challenge. We are expected to study independently, as well as in class. We often work together outside of lesson to help solve problems and discuss our homework. I have definitely become more confident with the practical aspects, so the fact that the coursework is worth quite a big part of the final grade and is practical has really contributed to my successes so far.” Ben Wooley


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A Level | AQA

Computer Science

Why watch the digital revolution, when you could be leading it? Why Choose Computer Science? This course has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computing would be beneficial. One can study Computer Science and go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science. The course is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language. Instead the emphasis is on computational thinking which is an important life skill. It is the ability to use abstraction and decomposition (to be able to break down a problem into smaller, more manageable chunks). You will learn many new and exciting things, from the fundamentals of programming to the theory of computation and the consequences of uses of computing on society.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.


A Level | AQA

Economics

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Economics is a subject that will help you understand how the world’s scarce resources are allocated to meet our unlimited wants. Why Choose Economics? Have you ever wondered why some people earn minimum wage whilst others are earning six figure salaries weekly? Do you want to know what the Chancellor is actually talking about when he holds up his red briefcase on budget day? Economics will give you the answers to these questions and many more. Economics is the study of how scare resources are allocated to meet our unlimited wants. There are three key components to the course, focusing on microeconomics, macroeconomics and themes in economics, with the latter offering an exciting opportunity for learners to apply theories and concepts to up-to-date contexts. This content structure gives a superb grounding in economic theory, offering a complete course for those who are interested in achieving a greater understanding of what they see in the news and the world around them. If you want to study a brand new subject, if you have an analytical mind and are able to present your knowledge and understanding through well written extended answers then economics could be a subject for you. The course is designed so that you will: • appreciate the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social environment; • develop an understanding of a range of concepts and an ability to use those concepts in a variety of different contexts; • use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and develop an ability to think as an economist; • understand that economic behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives; • develop analytical and quantitative skills, together with qualities and attitudes which will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“Economics helps me to relate to the real world. I now understand a lot of the jargon in the news. It’s interesting and topical and a subject that is constantly evolving and changing. This subject has equipped me with the necessary skills that are transferable to further study and the world of work.” Francesca Strothers


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A Level | AQA

English Language

❝Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.❞ Rita Mae Brown, author and screenwriter. Why Choose English Language? A-level English Language offers countless opportunities to engage creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses. You will create texts and reflect critically on your own processes of production, while analysing the texts produced by others. You will explore the study of English Language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on your ability to pursue lines of enquiry, debate different views, and work independently to research aspects of language in use. Language is seen as a creative tool for expression and social connection, as well as for individual cognition. The study of language as a symbolic system used to assert power in society is also fundamental to the scope of this course. Studying English Language will open many doors for you in higher education. You may look to continue with English, focusing on one of a wide range of related courses offered by universities: sociolinguistics, for example, which looks at language and society, or applied linguistics, one part of which looks at how different languages work in different ways. Alternatively, the course could help you in many other areas, such as psychology, law, medicine, journalism, advertising and teaching. Even if you decide to move totally beyond the subject, your course will have helped you to become a better language user, to express your thoughts more precisely and persuasively – skills valued in all areas of life.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

‘’English is the language of opportunity. It provides you with life skills, communication strategies and the ability to understand how the beauty of language is acquired. The drive and passion of the teachers at Plantsbrook School, along with the nurture and support they provide is impeccable. They inspired me, so if English is your option, they will definitely inspire you to achieve.” Nikki Wosket


A Level | AQA

English Literature 26 Begin your literary journey: Love and War Why Choose English Literature? English Literature at A Level is an historically popular yet challenging subject throughout schools and at Plantsbrook, this is no different. The new specification created by AQA involves the themes of “Love through the Ages” as well as “World War One and its Aftermath” and the demands of the course are both exciting and challenging. In Year 12 you will study texts such as ‘Othello’, ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and pre-1900 poetry; therefore a love of reading is paramount to not only enjoying this subject but also to achieving. All of these texts will feature in the two end of year examinations and you will improve your critical skills of different types of texts throughout the year. At the end of Year 12, you will begin reading one of their coursework texts; the second will be read over the summer. In Year 13 you will study the World War One texts such as ‘A Long, Long Way’, ‘Journey’s End’ and ‘Up the Line to Death’ poetry anthology. The examinations in Year 13 will include both the Year 12 and the Year 13 texts.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements. Students need to enjoy reading a variety of literature including different forms as well as different time periods. They must also be able to work independently as this course requires a significant amount of wider reading which will be monitored through the use of a ‘wider reading’ blog. Their wider reading in Year 12 should cover from medieval literature to modern; in Year 13 their wider reading should extend to World War One Literature. Pupils will need strong analytical skills and be able to analyse language, form and structure throughout all forms of literature. They will learn how to hone the skill of language, form and structure analysis as well as developing the skill of alternative interpretations of texts such as through the use of literary criticism.

“I am really enjoying the A level English Literature course here at Plantsbrook, as it gives me the opportunity to truly immerse myself into all forms of literature, from plays to novels to poems. The diversity of the course and the support from the English department allows me to explore and develop my own writing style and discover new analytical skills that I can apply across all my subjects.” Victoria Willis


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A Level | OCR

Film Studies

“We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls. They allow us to enter other minds by seeing the world as another person sees it.� Roger Ebert, Film Critic

Why Choose Film Studies? A-level Film Studies offers students an exciting opportunity to engage academically with a field of the arts and entertainment that has a rich and diverse history. The subject allows students to explore films and the craft of film making at an analytical level. There is also a practical, coursework element (worth 30% of the overall mark) that teaches students film making and editing skills in order for them to produce their own short film. Students will study a range of film texts and the development of film from its beginnings in the silent era, all the way through to contemporary cinema. They will look at film as a global art form, encompassing the USA, Europe and a range of diverse cultures. Students will learn about the history of film, exploring issues such as genre, narrative, representation and other critical debates. As well as fictional films, students will look at documentaries and learn about the ideologies that inform all film making. A-level Film Studies offers students a unique opportunity to combine academic study with a practical, creative coursework element. It is also a well-regarded subject at university (even Cambridge offer a BA in Film Studies!).

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements. Students must also have strong ICT skills and want to develop these further. They need to be open-minded, enthusiastic, creative, and have an interest in all aspects of film, including the film industry and its history, different genres, eras and cultures.


A Level | AQA

French

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Discover the delights of the bilingual world! Here is your chance to become fluent in another language and to immerse yourself into the beauty of French-speaking culture. Why Choose French? French A-Level provides you with a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture of the ‘Francophone’ world. Not only will you be perfecting your fluency and communicating with others in this beautiful symphonic language, you will also be developing your knowledge and appreciation of a wealth of French-speaking materials in the original language. You will be discovering a range of issues and trends within the social, artistic and political world where French is spoken including the study of film, music, literature and current affairs. This is a stimulating course which will equip you with many transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, analysis and linguistic flexibility enabling you to proceed to further study or to employment. Imagine being able to mediate between speakers of French and English, directly experience another culture and develop the ability to learn other languages. The MFL department is both dedicated and passionate. Communicating in another language is an invaluable and impressive life skill. We are here to help you build in confidence and develop your ability and flair to use French for both practical and intellectual purposes, both now and in the future.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“I love doing AS French as it is so interesting and enjoyable to broaden my horizons concerning the French language. I have really noticed my own progress in French grammar and speaking. The lessons are always interactive and fun, so I always look forward to them. I can’t wait to continue my French studies to A2 and learn even more techniques and ideas to improve my work.” Victoria Willis


A Level | AQA

Geography

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Develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to discover how and why the world is changing so rapidly. Why Choose Geography? The Guardian view on geography: it’s the must-have A-level 13.08.2015 According to the Royal Geographical Society, 13% more students took the subject at A-level in 2015, up to 37,100 – the biggest jump of any of the major subjects. It may be that geography is a subject for our times. It is inherently multidisciplinary in a world that increasingly values people who have the skills needed to work across the physical and social sciences. They can turn maps from a two-dimensional representation of a country’s physical contours into a tool that illustrates social attributes or attitudes: not just where people live, but how, what they think and how they vote. They learn about the physics of climate change, or the interaction of weather events and flood risk, or the way people’s behaviour is influenced by the space around them. All these are not just intrinsically interesting and valuable. They also encourage ways of seeing and thinking that make geographers eminently employable, which is why, according to the latest information from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, only 5.8% of geography graduates were still job-hunting six months after they graduated, against an average of 7.3%. ‘Geographical skills have never been more crucial than they are now. Our world is changing faster than ever. And not in a good way. The global population has rocketed, resources like oil, water and food are becoming scarce. And the pollution and waste we produce are changing our ecosystems and climate... The next generation of geographers, your generation, are going to have one heck of a task. It’s going to be up to you to explain and understand how the world is changing.’ Dr Iain Stewart, Professor of Geosciences

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“Geography has been fascinating and rewarding to study at Plantsbrook. The teachers are amazingly passionate and supportive; I now intend to study Geography at university, something that I did not know I wanted to do before.” James Peppiatt


Extension Study | Cambridge International Examinations

Global Perspectives 30 Do you want to be prepared for Higher Education and University life? Are you interested in the global perspectives around us? This course could be for you. Why Choose Cambridge Pre-U? Cambridge Pre-U is a post-16 qualification available for teaching in the UK since September 2008. This qualification aims to better prepare students for higher education and is designed to help them gain an in-depth knowledge of the subjects studied and to develop the skills needed for university study. Global Perspectives encourages breadth across the curriculum through the interdisciplinary study of a number of themes of global relevance, developing critical thinking and a range of study and research skills. The Research Report promotes the application and development of the skills taught in Global Perspectives, and helps prepare students to cope with the demands of university study.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“I have enjoyed being able to choose my own subject/topic to research and discuss. It allows you to develop skills ready for university.� Amelia Mills


A Level | Edexcel

History

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Is your future in History? Look through a window into the past, and find a world of new experiences. Why Choose History? This course offers you a chance to look through a window into the past and learn about real life experiences. We learn about the significance of individuals like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, and discover what life was like under their regimes. You will investigate how and why societies have changed over time, and consider the different views that a range of historians might have about these periods. You will analyse the impact that conflict has had on our society, and the “Experience of Warfare” unit offers an insight into the Napoleonic, Crimean, Boer and First World Wars. In addition to the examined units, you also complete a coursework component, which enables you to investigate a chosen question, problem or issue. You will be required to form a critical view based on relevant reading and research. The coursework will be set and assessed by your teacher, and you will have the support of the experienced team of sixth form History staff who will assist you in the completion of your enquiry. To supplement your A Level studies, you will also have the opportunity to go on enrichment visits to the WWI Battlefields and Auschwitz in Poland. You will develop a broad range of skills that will support any future career pathway. Evidence handling, analysis and interpretation feature in many of our lessons, and over the course of study, you will master the skill of expressing your own historical ideas effectively and with confidence. You should choose History if you want to keep your options open; History is widely regarded as a useful qualification for a wide range of higher education or career choices.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements. In order to take A Level History, it is important that you have an enquiring mind, an interest in the past and its relevance to current affairs and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.

“The important thing about History is that it enables you to understand the present.” Marianne Mincher


A Level | OCR

Mathematics

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Develop your ability to reason, think logically and solve problems. Why Choose Mathematics? A-Level Mathematics is a stimulating and rewarding course. Your studies at GCSE will have given you an insight into a beautiful mathematical world of pattern and logic: your Advanced-Level studies will continue and further expand this journey. It is a qualification that is highly respected by Higher Education institutions and future employers alike, demonstrating your skills of logic and deduction as well as academic ability. You will learn Pure Mathematics and examine the concepts that underlie many real-life applications. These units extend your GCSE understanding of key topics such as algebra and trigonometry. The study of Statistics enables you to make sense of information and supports the understanding of many other subjects such as Psychology and Geography. Mechanics is a fundamental branch of Mathematics; topics such as kinematics, forces and Newton’s Laws are studied and will develop your knowledge of Physics. The skills that you learn on the course are relevant to a wide range of subjects at both A-Level and degree level as well as providing you with skills transferable to numerous careers and vocations.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“You get a great feeling of satisfaction when you solve a problem. It’s very challenging but very rewarding.” Remi Brown


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A Level | Edexcel

Music

Develop your skills to become a well-trained performer, creative composer and music analyst. Why Choose Music? Studying music at A level gives you the power to engage with music more deeply as a performer, composer and listener. There are many courses available at universities and conservatoires, from which music graduates enter a hugely diverse range of professions both in and out of the world of music and the creative arts. Although A level music involves a lot of creative work (around 60%), the theoretical study of music history and theory is sufficiently rigorous that it is accepted as a serious academic subject for entry to most university courses. Possible careers in music include performing, composing and arranging, education and music therapy, music administration and management, music production and the wider creative industries.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements. Students should be a regular performer in ensembles as well as a soloist. The course is suitable for rock musicians as well as orchestral musicians and singers. An open mind to all kinds of music is essential as there is some study of jazz, pop, rock and world music as well as classical music through time.

“A-Level Music at Plantsbrook has enriched me enormously, with fantastic teaching, and support with the performance, composition, and analytical components of the course. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course which has developed many key skills that universities will look highly upon.� Ben Woolley.


A Level | (Edexcel)

Philosophy & Ethics 34 Have you ever wondered?????? “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” Dr. Seuss Why Choose Philosophy & Ethics? This course presents you with questions; lots and lots of questions. It encourages you to develop your own questions too, and where possible, answer some of them. Our course is designed to challenge you as well as teach you how to challenge others. It will support you in developing arguments from different points of view, broaden your mind and help you acquire academic skills and independence. Philosophy means ‘love of wisdom’ and this subject gets you to think beyond the physical and develop the thought processes that will make you wiser. There will be an exploration of some of the earliest philosophers and later, the development of arguments for God’s existence. However, living in the modern age, we do not forget the challenges that fly in the face of religion every day. Within Ethics, we ask you to consider where the source of your morality comes from and whether any action is always absolutely the right thing to do or are there always exceptions. Can there always be exceptions? You apply different ethical theories to a variety of old and new ethical problems including ‘Is it ever right to kill’ and ‘should we be able to choose the gender of our children?’ The subject is linked to the Christian religion, however your own beliefs or background do not give you any particular advantage in achieving in the subject. The love of learning, curiosity and fundamental inquisitive nature mixed up with some hard work and focus will lead you to success in Philosophy and Ethics. As one of the oldest subjects in the world to be studied, Philosophy and Ethics can be combined with a variety of other subjects ranging from Mathematics, given the emphasis of logic required, to English; as many of the essay skills will be transferrable. It is also highly regarded by admissions tutors across a wide range of university courses for the high level of communication and analytical skills it entails.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“It’s really interesting to think about questions that have been argued about for centuries and then decide for yourself.” Saima Akhtar


A Level | AQA

Physics

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The answer to the Life the Universe and Everything is not 42 – it’s Physics. Why Choose Physics? This course presents you with an engaging and very challenging opportunity to explore a diverse range of topic areas from the subatomic to the infinite. During the course you will develop not only the application of mathematical skills, but also the ability to think with an analytical approach about abstract ideas and concepts. Physics also encourages the use of knowledge and application of skills that have been developed throughout the course. It is more than a subject - it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries. The skills learned during the course are easily transferable and very much in demand by employers and universities: a practical approach to problem solving, ability to reason clearly and communicate well, being numerate and open to new ideas and concepts.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements. Students are expected to have an interest in Science, particularly Physics. It is essential that students are self-motivated, independent thinkers, organised, can meet deadlines, work independently and are prepared to work hard, both in lessons and in their own time.

“The Physics department helped me to become analytical and tenacious in problem solving and theses attributes have helped through University to achieve my goals. The enthusiasm of the teachers and other students helped my build confidence in practical and theoretical situations. I enjoyed both working independently and as a team member to the benefit of all. It came as a shock that the Earth doesn’t technically revolve around the Sun at a centre point of mass but the barycentre. I love the fact that Physics covers a vast range of phenomena and theories and it is always advancing. As Richard Feynman said, ”If you think you understand quantum mechanics, then you don’t understand quantum mechanics.” Tom King


A Level | OCR

Product Design

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An opportunity to investigate design, manufacture and realise your ideas. Why Choose Product Design? Product Design offers you the opportunity to design and make solutions closely linked to the real world of product manufacture in a range of material areas. The course will encourage you to initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes. Students are encouraged to develop and sustain imagination, innovation and flair and develop an understanding of contemporary design. You will have access to state of the art manufacturing facilities such as 3D printing and laser cutting to enable you to realise your designs. You will have the flexibility to work across a range of material areas, usually specialising in one or two from; resistant materials, textiles, engineering, graphics, manufacturing, systems and control or construction. With the support of our experienced team, you will be able to explore and develop your personal areas of interest within design and they can assist you in investigating opportunities for Higher education, employment or apprenticeships in design, technology, engineering and other related fields. The course is for you if you enjoy developing practical skills and learning through a wide variety of teaching styles.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“Even though I didn’t study Product Design at GCSE, the course is flexible enough to allow me to use my Engineering and Resistant material skills. I have learnt a lot about being creative and have enjoyed testing out all of my ideas. “ James Hewitt


A Level | Edexcel

Psychology

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Learn the reasons behind behaviour, how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. Why Choose Psychology? Psychology is a highly popular subject at both A-level and degree level. In addition to providing you with an understanding of the causes of behaviour, studying Psychology will allow you to develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods as well as competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills. The course will touch upon the main areas of Psychology and how they account for a wide range of behaviours. You will learn how to conduct your own research and discuss how Psychology helps to deal with contemporary issues within society, for example the causes of aggression and how society should deal with this behaviour. The skills you will acquire during the course lend themselves to many pathways. However careers specific to the subject involve those within Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Midwifery, Social Work, Teaching and the Police Force.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“Taking Psychology as an option for A-level was a great choice for me! I now have a better understanding of how people behave and why they behave in that way.� Tat-Leen Nijhar


A Level | AQA

Sociology

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Learn about sociological theories, perspectives and methods and the design of the research used to obtain the data under consideration, including its strengths and limitations. Why Choose Sociology? Sociology is a highly popular subject at both A-level and degree level. You will study the following core themes: socialisation, culture and identity and social differentiation, power and stratification. These themes will run through many areas of social life. In addition, students must understand the central focus of UK society today, with consideration given to the siting of UK society within its globalised context. The main areas of Sociology will be studied, but in particular Education, Families and Households, Crime, Social Stratification and Research Methods. The skills you will acquire during the course lend themselves to a variety of career opportunities. However, occupations specific to the subject involve those within Social Work, Public Relations, Human Resources, Teaching and the Probation Services.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“It is really interesting as you can apply it to the real world and other subjects as it improves essay skills. You do have to have a good memory as there is a lot of content.’ ” Rosie Hansford


A Level | AQA

Spanish

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At last! Here’s your chance to speak Spanish fluently! Perfect an impressive life-long skill whilst discovering the rich and varied cultural wealth in Spanish-speaking countries all over the world, from Spain to Latin-America. Why Choose Spanish? Spanish A’ level will give you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture of the ‘Hispanic’ world. Not only will you be perfecting your fluency and communicating with others in this rich effervescent language, you will also be amazed to discover the enormous and varied culture provided by Spanish-speaking countries all over the world. Through the study of a wealth of materials in the original language, you will be discovering and analysing a range of issues and trends within Spanish-speaking societies, arts and politics, including the study of film, music, literature and current affairs. This is a stimulating course which will equip you with many transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, analysis and linguistic flexibility enabling you to proceed to further study or to employment. Imagine being able to mediate between speakers of Spanish and English, directly experience other cultures and develop the ability to learn other languages. Learning Spanish will open the door to other Romance languages such as Italian, Portuguese and French, making them easier to learn. The MFL department is both dedicated and passionate. Communicating in another language is an invaluable and impressive life skill. We are here to help you build in confidence and develop your ability and flair to use Spanish for both practical and intellectual purposes, both now and in the future.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“Choosing Spanish as one of my A-Levels was not only enjoyable but also equipped me well for future life! As the two years of study progressed, it was rewarding to feel my Spanish flowing with more confidence and fluency. And learning more about Spanish culture and history was fascinating and made me a more accepting person. I have also made invaluable friendships within my class.” Julia Wilson


BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate | Edexcel

Business Studies

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If you want to study business, to reduce stresses of exams and have the proven track record of managing your time and deadlines effectively the BTEC Business could be the course for you. Why Choose BTEC Business Studies? Wouldn’t it be nice to be an informed customer, to understand why your boss behaves in the way that they do, know your rights as a customer, and as an employee, and be able to show potential investors, or employers, that you know how the different functions of a business work together to create success? This course is designed so that you learn all of the above and much more, you will cover all of the different functions within the business over the 2 years of study. On this BTEC course you are required to demonstrate your learning through three portfolios of coursework and one external examination. The course is designed so that three units on this course are assessed through a portfolio of coursework produced by students. These pieces of work are assessed by your teachers and external markers. Students will also undertake a Finance examination, which is marked externally. Work is graded at a Pass, Merit or Distinction Level. This course carries the same amount of UCAS points as a traditional A-Level. As such, successful completion of this course can lead students onto a selection of business related courses at University. It will also provide a solid knowledge base that students might take into a vocational based apprenticeship. Other students may use the course to identify future career paths based upon areas of the course they have enjoyed.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“Business allows me to learn at my own pace and covers lots of interesting and important topics about different organisations. The coursework is broken up really well so it is easy to apply the business theory you learn to the tasks.” Sophie Jones


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BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate | Edexcel

Creative Digital Media Production

If you want to study Creative Digital Media Production and have the proven track record of managing your time and deadlines effectively then this BTEC could be the course for you. Why Choose BTEC Creative Digital Media Production? The qualification provides a coherent introduction to the study of creative digital media production at this level. Learners develop an understanding of the media industry through analysing media representations and pitching and producing media projects. It is designed for post-16 learners who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the creative media industries. You will study the digital processes, techniques and skills needed to progress within this dynamic sector. The qualification offers you a broad programme of study so that you understand the communication and planning skills needed for the further study of the creative media sector. You would work in teams and individually to develop media projects in areas such as film, television, interactive design and publishing. There are four units of mandatory content where you will study how to: • analyse media to better understand audiences and clients, • communicate and present your ideas, • plan and prepare media projects, • develop the skills to work effectively in teams. The optional production units introduce you to various media sectors and genres and enable you to make an informed choice when looking to progress to the next stage of learning. This course carries the same amount of UCAS points as a traditional A-Level. As such, successful completion of this course can lead students onto a selection of media related courses at University. It will also provide a solid knowledge base that students might take into a vocational based apprenticeship. Other students may use the course to identify future career paths based upon areas of the course they have enjoyed.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.


BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate | Edexcel

Health & Social Care 42 Learn how the Health and Social Care sector uses its knowledge and understanding of human development to provide and improve an effective care service. Why Choose Health and Social Care? The Health and Social Care course will provide you with a sound foundation for a career in the allied caring services or as a spring board into further education. The modules of work are designed to develop employment related skills, as well as an understanding of how and why services work in the way that they do. You will develop deep knowledge and understanding of legislation, policies and procedures within the Health and Social sector. The course covers a diverse selection of topics such as Human lifespan development, Psychology and Working with additional needs to incorporate all aspects of health and development. The course will prepare you for and lead you to a range of careers in Health and Social Care contexts such as: midwifery, community work, health services, housing services, social work, welfare work and primary education. This course is made up of 2 externally assessed exams and 2 coursework units.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“I really enjoy Health & Social Care! It has opened many doors for me to be able to pursue my future career within a health profession.� Hattie Boyle


BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate | Edexcel

IT

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Discover the power of tomorrow’s technology, today. Why Choose BTEC IT? Do you use want to learn how businesses use information? Do you use social media all the time? Want to learn how to use social media to promote businesses? Want to have skills that are really valued by employers? Take BTEC Level 3 ICT! On this two year course you will develop a vast range of in-depth skills in computing that will give you the opportunity to gain a university place or a job in or using IT. On the course you will also discover how technology is used around the world from gaming on your mobile phone to using the internet to train for a job. You will look at how new technologies are changing the way that we live our lives, and the impact that IT systems have on our everyday lives.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“The BTEC has given me lots of useful skills that employers are looking for, and it has really helped me to learn more about using Social Media in business and how databases are used all around me. I have found it really interesting and know that the BTEC in ICT will help me if I go to university or if I go straight into work.” Arturs Runcis


BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate | Edexcel

Performing Arts

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Gain the confidence, performance skills, and understanding needed to succeed in the Performing Arts industry. Why Choose Performing Arts? The Performing Arts are a major part of the creative and cultural industries in the UK. It is the second largest sector after Design. Overall, the industry contributes £3.5 billion to the UK economy. The performing arts industry employs 148,030, with actors and entertainers accounting for 23 per cent of this total workforce. This course is designed so that you have the opportunity to practically experience different ways of working within the Performing Arts industry. This course is primarily acting based and would be suitable for anyone wishing to pursue acting within the Performing Arts industry. The possible pathways from this course include going on to study Drama at University, applying for drama school, going straight into working in the industry, or setting up your own theatre company. The course is also a useful stepping stone for anybody considering a career in teaching or business as you will be studying the value of performing arts within the community.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements. You need to have a passion for performing as this course focusses on the Acting pathway.

“The BTEC Performing Arts course has enabled me to develop better skills and knowledge when creating and performing drama. This course has inspired me to be more creative and imaginative in my way of thinking. I have built new friendships which I am sure will remain for many years to come.” Holly Sherlock


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BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate | Edexcel

Sport

“There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out. There is no such thing as life in-between” Pat Riley Former NBA Coach. Why Choose Sport? BTEC Sport is the perfect stepping stone for those pupils who want to go into teaching, coaching or work in the private sector, such as being a fitness instructor. Pupils who are keen to expand their knowledge and understanding of Sport and how we apply this across practical and technical skills will thoroughly enjoy the wide variety of lesson content. The transferable skills that learners will develop throughout the course include; communication, teamwork, independence research and analysis, all of which are crucial in higher education and the workplace. Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment methods and styles suited to vocational qualification sectors. Pupils will be expected, for example, to design their own presentations in a range of formats, conduct research based analysis on data collected, research tasks to evaluate, produce concise and clear reports and demonstrate practical and technical skills. Assessments are both internally or externally conducted. Externally assessed units are either exam or set task. Internally assessed units are created and assessed by lesson teachers and are subject to external standards verification.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“BTEC Sport is harder than I thought it would be, but in a good way. We have to work hard to make sure we complete our work to the deadlines set. We have looked at Sport in many ways and this really keeps me interested, as I can see that what I am learning will help me in my future career.” Paige Young


BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate | Edexcel

Travel & Tourism

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Studying Travel and Tourism is your chance to learn about the skills needed to work in the world’s most valuable industry. Why Choose Travel and Tourism? Are you interested in a career in the tourism, travel or leisure industries? Are you looking to work somewhere that requires face to face communication with customers? Do you enjoy finding out about new places and cultures? If you have answered yes to any of the above questions then Travel and Tourism could be the right subject for you. You will learn about destinations, industries and relevant skills for the Travel and Tourism sector during this course. You will be able to demonstrate what you have learnt through coursework portfolios as well as an exam, thereby reducing the stress of exams. Coursework is assessed by your teachers before final grades are sent to the exam board for moderation. Work is graded at a Pass, Merit or Distinction Level. This course carries the same amount of UCAS points as a traditional A-Level as such successful completion of this course can lead you onto a selection of University courses. It will also provide a solid knowledge base that you might take into a vocational based apprenticeship. You may use the course to identify future career paths based in sectors of the Travel and tourism industry that you have enjoyed studying.

Entry Requirements See page 10/11 for grade requirements.

“If you are organised and dedicated then you can be very successful in Travel and Tourism. It is a great subject to choose because it is interesting, the teachers are helpful and you will be learning about the biggest industry in the world!” Emily Turner


47 General Course Description The GCSE English Language course provides candidates with essential skills in reading, writing and communication. Pupils will learn how to read for meaning and follow writers’ ideas, appreciating how language and structure can be used to convey meaning and certain effects. Pupils will also learn how to write for a range of purposes and audiences and in a range of different formats; communicating effectively through writing.

GCSE

English Section A (30%) – Reading: Understanding of two extracts (about 900-1200 words in total) of high-quality non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions. Section B (30%) – Writing: Two compulsory transactional/ persuasive writing tasks Component 3 – Spoken Language. Component 3 – Spoken Language

The GCSE specification has three units:

This is a non-examined assessment. Students must complete one presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback. Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

Component 1 – Exam: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing (40%)

Career Pathways

Structure & Content Section A (20%) – Reading: Understanding of one prose extract (about 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions.

A GCSE in English Language is essential for most A-Level and BTEC courses.

Section B (20%) – Prose Writing: One creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles. Component 2 – Exam: 19th and 20th Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing (60%)

GCSE

Maths General Course Description Students will study the core mathematical topics of Number, Geometry, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Statistics and Probability. For each topic students will learn the theoretical knowledge together with a focus on applying the mathematics in context, problem solving and reasoning. The course develops skills directly transferable to other qualifications and to future employment.

Structure & Content This course offers a resit opportunity for students to gain a Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics. In order to reach this level, students will attend Mathematics lessons and be required to work independently on those topics highlighted as their areas of weakness. There are ample opportunities for learners to demonstrate their knowledge of mathematics across the whole range of topic areas; it will be possible for learners to apply their knowledge, reason mathematically and communicate clearly.

Assessment The AQA Mathematics (Linear) 8300 specification is designed to reflect the change of emphasis in mathematics teaching set out in the revised programme of study for Key Stage 4. This means an increased focus on applying mathematics in context, problemsolving, reasoning and the functional elements of mathematics as well as examining more challenging content.

In the specification, questions can be asked about all elements of the course in either of the three examination papers. Paper 1: Written Paper (Non-Calculator) 33⅓% - 1 hr 30 mins – 80 marks Paper 2: Written Paper (Calculator) 33⅓% - 1 hr 30 mins – 80 marks Paper 3: Written Paper (Calculator) 33⅓% - 1 hr 30 mins – 80 marks

Career Pathways There are jobs where a basic level of numeracy is sufficient, however, most careers, either via further education or not, require a Grade 4 or 5 in Maths.

Course Teachers All Mathematics staff.


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