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Level 3 ART & DESIGN - FINE ART, TEXTILES & 3D STUDIES

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BIOLOGY

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BUSINESS STUDIES

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CHEMISTRY

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DANCE

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DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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ENGLISH LITERATURE

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FILM STUDIES

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GEOGRAPHY

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (SINGLE AWARD)

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (DOUBLE AWARD)

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HISTORY

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) APPLIED 17 MATHEMATICS

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FURTHER MATHEMATICS

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MEDIA STUDIES

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MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES FRENCH, GERMAN AND SPANISH

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MUSIC

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PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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PHYSICS

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PRODUCT DESIGN

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PSYCHOLOGY

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SCIENCE (APPLIED)

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SOCIOLOGY

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Level 2&3 CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION

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Level 2

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BEAUTY THERAPY

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BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE IN BUSINESS

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NVQ PROFESSIONAL COOKERY

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CERTIFICATE IN DIGITAL APPLICATIONS (CIDA)

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HAIRDRESSING

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BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE IN SPORT

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BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE IN TRAVEL AND TOURISM

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NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN MEDIA

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Level 3 AS & A2 Level

ART & DESIGN FINE ART, TEXTILES All AS students must have at least a C grade at GCSE level, in either Art or Textiles to join the course. Description of Course: During your AS/A2 Art course you will be expected to complete the following: AS students will be expected to complete: ● Coursework Portfolio – the portfolio is derived from initial starting points, themes or topics that are determined by the centre. ● Controlled Assignment (5 hr) – This will be a response to a question set by OCR .You will be encouraged to explore and express ideas through various media of your choice, having carried out your research over a period of time, 4 – 6 weeks before the controlled test date. You will be required to produce a focused piece of work in a 5 hour period. A2 students will be expected to complete: Personal Investigation – You will select an area of study from starting points given by your teacher. Your work could be presented in a number of forms, from a structured sequence of drawings/ paintings/photographs/ 3D objects, to a visual and written analysis (maximum 3000 words) or a tape/slide, video or multimedia presentation. ● Controlled Test (15 hr) – This will be a response to a question set by OCR. You will be encouraged to explore and express ideas through various media of your choice. Having carried out your research over a period of time, 4 - 6 weeks, you will be required to produce a final finished piece of work in a 15 hour period.

Assessment: OCR set out very clearly, four assessment objectives in the areas of skills, knowledge and understanding which students have to demonstrate through all aspects of the course .The assessment objectives are the same for both AS and A2. Students are given their own copy of the assessment criteria early in the course when it is also explained to them what needs to be completed to achieve the higher grades.

Is there anything else I need to know? Students are able to take Textiles and Fine Art as separate subjects, enabling students to achieve 2 A Levels. So Fine Art can be studied alongside Textiles if desired. The Department is extremely well equipped and staff are keen that the studios are available for Sixth Form use outside lesson times. Students are encouraged to continue working during their free time and also during lunchtimes. The facilities are also available after school on negotiation with staff.

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BIOLOGY Description of Course: Are you interested in How the Body works? The Environment? The Nature of Disease? Do you want an AS or A2 that is highly regarded by Universities and employers? Then Biology is for YOU! Biology at Advanced Level aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of all life processes and provides you with a framework for further study on a number of undergraduate courses at University and future employment. Underpinning Advanced Level Biology is the consideration of ‘How Science Works’ which illustrates the relevance of Biology in Society. Biology is taught as a modular course both at AS and A2 level. The modular course allows you to be examined on short sections of the course over the two years. Studying modules gives you clear feedback on how you are progressing, identifying the subject areas in which you are performing well and any areas that may need to be improved. The content of the course is divided into six units over AS and A2. Assessment: AS Unit 1 Biology and Disease This unit extends ideas about the function of body systems and introduces biochemistry, cell structure, transport mechanisms and immunology. Assessment: short answer questions, short comprehension and a structured question (33% AS, 16% A2). Unit 2 The Variety of Living Organisms This unit covers DNA and cell mitosis and meiosis. Organism size and surface area will be linked to gas exchange as well as mass transport in plants and animals. Assessment: short answer questions, data handling, assessing analysis and evaluation (46 % AS, 23% A2). Unit 3 Investigative and Practical Skills Practical Examination (20% AS, 10% A2). A2 Unit 4 Populations and the Environment This unit considers the environment as well as the biochemistry of photosynthesis and respiration; some aspects of genetics are also visited. Assessment: short answer questions and continuous prose (16% A2). Unit 5 Control in Cells and in Organisms This unit examines the idea of homeostasis, the nervous system and extends ideas on DNA. Assessment: short answer questions, data handling and a synoptic essay (23% A2). Unit 6 Investigative and Practical Skills Practical Examination (10% A2).

Is there anything else I need to know? Biology at Advanced Level builds on concepts that have been developed at GCSE. You will be taught by dedicated and knowledgeable staff who will work with you to help you to achieve your full potential in this subject. You will be expected to complete Field Work as part of ‘Population and the Environment’ unit. Essential practical skills are integral to all units and are assessed as part of units 3 and 6. Biology is a challenging and demanding course, requiring a high level of commitment. You will need at least a Higher Tier grade B in Science/Biology and at least a grade C in Mathematics at GCSE to take Biology at AS/A2 Level. A good understanding of Chemistry would also be an advantage.

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BUSINESS (APPLIED) Description of Course: The Edexcel GCE in Applied Business is a broad-based qualification that provides the opportunity for you to explore the world of business in a highly practical way. By adopting an investigative approach, you develop a range of skills while discovering the problems and opportunities faced by businesses. The course encourages you to develop an understanding of how business works in the real world. You will discover the problems and opportunities faced by local, national and international businesses. Research will include the study of some well known businesses including Tesco, Marks and Spencer, HBOS and Coca Cola. You will use a range of ICT applications during the completion of the course for both research and project work. Over the two years of the course you will produce four projects towards your Business qualification worth two thirds of the final grade. Topics covered include:  Business Start-ups  Marketing Decisions  Financial Control  The Management of People  The External Influences on Business You will also take two written examinations worth a third of the final grade. The topics include:  Investigating People at Work  Business Development Decisions The Applied Business qualification provides all the skills required for you to go on to study a further Business related course at Degree level.

Assessment: AS Unit 1 – People at Work (external examination) Unit 2 – Investigating Business (coursework) Unit 3 – Investigating Marketing (coursework) A2 Unit 8 – Business Development (external examination) Unit 9 – Managing and Developing People (coursework) Unit 14 – External Influences on Business (coursework) You must have achieved 5 GCSE’s including a grade C in English Language and Mathematics in order to study Applied Business at this level.

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CHEMISTRY Description of Course: Have you ever wondered what you are made from? Do you know why ice floats? Do you want an AS or A2 that is highly regarded by Universities and employers? Studying Chemistry is the solution! Chemistry is taught as a modular course at both AS and A2 level. The modular course allows you to be examined on short sections of the course over the two years. Studying modular units gives you clear feedback on how you are progressing, identifying the subject areas in which you are performing well and any areas that may need to be improved. An AS or A2 in Chemistry shows you have the ability to work hard and think clearly and logically. This course will give you the opportunity to look more closely at topics introduced at GCSE and to learn more about Chemistry and how it influences the world around us. The content of the course is divided into six units over AS and A2 which cover the three main areas of Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic and Physical). For you to succeed, you will have to show ability in each of the three areas. Practical skills are integral to each unit so they are developed throughout AS and A2 and assessed as part of units 3 and 6. Assessment: AS Unit 1 – Foundation Chemistry This unit extends ideas on atomic structure, bonding and the Periodic Table from GCSE and introduces Organic Chemistry with the study of simple carbon compounds. Assessment: structured question paper in Year 12 (33% AS; 17% A2) Unit 2 – Chemistry in Action Covering the applications of Chemistry this unit develops ideas on reaction rates and considers the chemicals we use everyday. Assessment: structured question paper in Year 12 (47% AS; 23% A2) Unit 3 – Practical and Investigative Skills Practical skills acquired during units 1 and 2 are centre-assessed in unit 3. (20%AS; 10% A2) A2 Unit 4 – Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry This unit builds upon areas such as rates of reaction that were introduced in units 1 and 2, with a more in-depth study of organic compounds. Assessment: structured question paper in January Year 13. (20% A2) Unit 5 – Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry The importance of transition metals to industry and their everyday applications are covered in this unit. Assessment: structured questions in June Year 13. (20% A2) Unit 6 – Practical and Investigative skills Practical skills acquired during units 4 and 5 are centre-assessed in unit 6. (10% A2)

Is there anything else I need to know? You will be taught by enthusiastic and experienced staff who will work with you to ensure you achieve your best. Chemistry is an interesting but demanding course, requiring a high level of commitment and good mathematical skills. You will need at least a Higher Tier grade B in Science/Chemistry and at least a grade C in Mathematics at GCSE to take Chemistry at AS/A2 Level.

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DANCE Description of Course: At AS Level, the examination will focus on the development and performance of own choreography and performing within a duo/trio. Candidates will receive training on technique and the health and safety of the dancer. They will begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire. At A2, the examination provides candidates with the opportunity to develop skills and extend and apply knowledge gained at AS Level. The focus of choreography is shifted towards group dance. Candidates will develop knowledge and understanding of a specific area of study related to the development of one of the following: modern dance, ballet, jazz dance. Performance skills will be developed in relation to one of the specific areas of study. Candidates will continue to receive instruction on technique and the health and safety of the dancer. Candidates will make an analytical study of one set work and its cultural and artistic context.

Assessment: AS Level Unit 1: Understanding Dance (Written – 40%) The unit has 2 sections, A and B. Both structured and essay style questions will be set on the dancer as a performer, the process and craft of choreography and the significance of dances. Unit 2: Choreography and Performance (Practical – 60%) The unit has 2 sections, marked by the teacher and moderated by an examiner. In Section A, candidates choreograph and perform a solo dance, based on questions set by the exam board. In Section B, candidates show their performance skills as a duo/trio, presented in any genre or style. A2 Level Unit 3: Appreciation: Content and Context (Written – 25%) Candidates answer questions in 2 sections, one on a chosen area of study within ballet, modern dance or jazz dance and one other on the set work studied. Unit 4: Group Choreography and Solo Performance (25%) In Section A, Candidates choreograph a group dance, of 2 – 3 minutes’ duration, in which they do not perform, based on questions set by the exam board. In Section B, candidates present a solo performance, which demonstrates understanding of a performance style linked to a specific practitioner from the areas of study in Unit 3.

Is there anything else I need to know? This advanced level qualification helps you on your way to a career in Dance - Community Dance Officer, Professional Theatre Dancer, Teacher of Dance in Education, Outreach Worker, Dance Education Officer, Arts Officer, Arts Critic, Choreographer. You must have achieved at least a grade C in Dance at GCSE to study this course

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DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES Description of Course: This course is for you if you enjoy: ● Performing, directing and designing for the theatre ● Theatre visits and writing reviews ● Reading and studying plays ● Creating a performance piece as a member of a group The AS course builds upon work that you have studied at GCSE and also extends into new areas. The course aims to develop interest and appreciation of drama and theatre, through: ● Experience as an audience member, and writing critical reviews. Developing dramatic and theatrical skills for performance, including: acting, lighting, set and costume design. Practical study of dramatic texts. You will be expected to visit a wide range of theatre productions, and also work with others to create performances for an audience. The work and subject particularly compliments English Literature, Media Studies, Film, Art, Music, Dance, and History A levels but you can include it in any combination of subjects.

AS Unit 1: Live Theatre Productions Seen and Set Text 60% of the total AS marks. This is a written paper: Section A is a response to live theatre seen during the course and Section B is a study of one set play. Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a Play 40% of the total AS marks. This is a practical paper,involving a performance in small groups, of an extract from a published play. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparation and development work, with supporting notes. A2 Unit 3: Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century 30% of the total A Level marks. Study of two further set plays, pre-twentieth century plays and twentieth century or contemporary plays. Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama 20% of the total A Level marks. Performance by a group of devised drama. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

Is there anything else I need to know? It is preferable to have achieved a good grade in GCSE Drama, (at least a C) as the A Level course builds upon the GCSE course. A knowledge and experience of acting / theatre is essential. As the course is predominantly based upon play texts and written work, you should have at least grade C in English Language and English Literature. AS & A Level Drama & Theatre Studies are considered valuable qualifications for progression to either Higher Education or employment.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE Description of the course: No matter which career you finally choose you will need to use the English Language effectively. If you understand the rules which govern interaction you will be able to use it more effectively. Just think – if you go for an interview for a college or university, apply for a job or even ask for a pay rise – you will need those skills! This course helps you to think about and analyse both the written and spoken language you and others use. How does a conversation work? How does a baby learn to speak? Do women and men speak differently? Why do we change our language style to speak to different people? Coursework will give you the opportunity to write for different audiences of your own choice.

Assessment: AS Unit 1: Categorising Texts This unit covers the introductory aspects of the study of language, using a variety of texts for the basis of the study. In addition, it focuses on three specific topic areas: Language and Power, Language and Gender and Language and Technology. 2 hour examination = 60% of the total AS marks Unit 2: Creating Texts In this unit, you will be encouraged to develop your writing skills, producing writing in different genres and for a variety of audiences and purposes. Coursework = 40% of the total AS marks 2500-3000 words A2 Unit 3: Developing Language This unit builds on the knowledge and skills developed in AS studies, as well as having an additional focus on two new specific areas of language study: Child Language Acquisition (focusing on how children learn language) and Language Change (focusing on how language changes over time). 2 hours 30 minutes examination = 30% of the total A2 marks Unit 4: Investigating Language In this unit, you will apply the knowledge you learn during the course in the production of two pieces of writing: a language investigation and an informative media text. Coursework = 20% of the total A2 marks2500-3000 words

Is there anything else I need to know? Studying English Language will provide with life long skills needed in any occupation. The subject complements both the arts and science based subjects. You will need to achieve a grade C or above in English and English Literature at GCSE.

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ENGLISH LITERATURE Description of the course: Do you love reading? Have you enjoyed the poetry and fiction you have studied for GCSE? Do you want an A level that is highly regarded by universities and employers? Studying English Literature immerses you in some of the major texts of English culture. You will learn about the wonderful tradition of writing in English, and you will become familiar with many of the greatest writers. You will study a variety of forms of literature including poetry, fiction and drama. The course covers a wide range of writers: some that you would expect like William Shakespeare, and some more unusual writers like the modern feminist poet Carol Ann Duffy. This is a course that also offers you the opportunity to do your own research and supplement your knowledge of key texts by wider reading of your own. If you love literature, this is the course for you. This A level will develop you as a writer, and your own essay writing skills will then be extremely useful in many other areas of study, for example, History, Sociology, Psychology. You can include this A level in most combinations of subjects.

Assessment: AS Unit One: Text in contexts This unit involves the detailed study of Victorian Literature, World One Literature or The Struggle for identity in Modern Literature. 60% of the total AS marks Unit Two: Creative Study You will complete two coursework tasks: one on a prose text and one on a drama text. 2000-2500 words in total 40% of the total AS marks A2 Unit Three: Reading for Meaning You will study a variety of literature texts based on the theme of Love Through the Ages. 60% of the total A2 marks Unit Four: Extended Essay and Shakepeare Study You will study at least one of Shakespeare’s plays and produce a piece of coursework based on the texts you study. 40% of the total A2 marks Coursework = 3000 words

Is there anything else I need to know? You will need to achieve a grade C or above in GCSE English and English Literature. You will need to be able to ready independently, explore the ideas behind a novel and focus on the subject that the exam will test.

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FILM STUDIES Description of Course: The course is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the twenty-first century. You will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. You will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing your creativity and practical skills. The study of film producers and audiences explores issues of production and consumption: the supply of and demand for films. Some of the recurring debates within film culture will be explored. These include the global dominance of Hollywood, strategies for supporting indigenous film and the significance of fandom. The course will also introduce you to the diverse range of film forms and film styles developed in different places throughout the history of cinema. Is it for you? ● YES if you have a real interest in a wide variety of films. ● YES if you can articulate what you enjoy/dislike about films and are willing to contribute to class discussions. ● YES if you can express yourself fluently in writing. ● YES if you have an interest in film making and want to develop your skills.

Assessment: AS FM1: Exploring Film Form 20% This is the coursework unit and consists of: ● One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract (cinematography, sound, editing and mise-en-scene) from a film of your choice produces meanings and responses. ● One creative project, which is to produce a photo storyboard of a scene from a new film. You will then write a reflective analysis of your production. Your work will be internally assessed and externally moderated. FM2: British and American Film 30% This unit focuses on two key aspects of Film Studies: ● Producers and audiences and the relationship between them ● The role of macro features of film (narrative and genre) in constructing meanings. These will be studied in the context of two national cinemas – those of the UK and the USA., including: ● A comparative study of Halloween and Scream ● A study of British Cinema in the Swinging Sixties 2 hour 30 minute examination.

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FILM STUDIES continued A2 FM3: Film Research and Creative Projects 25% This is the coursework unit and consists of: ● An individual small-scale research project. You will choose a focus for your study, for example a film director such as Quentin Tarantino or a star such as Marlon Brando, and will conduct detailed research. You must base your study on one relevant focus film, making appropriate reference to at least two other related films. You will then write a script for a presentation about your chosen focus. ● Creative project, consisting of creating and producing a new short film and writing a reflective analysis of your production. This work is internally assessed and externally moderated. FM4: Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates 25% In this unit you will study complex films from different contexts, extending knowledge of the diversity of film and its effects; explore speactatorship issues in relation to a particular type of film; and apply key concepts and critical approaches gained throughout the course to explore one film in detail. You will study: ● Mexican Cinema since 1990 ● Popular Cinema and Emotional Response ● The close film (which is the individual film you will study in detail) will be Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock 2 hours 45 minutes examination

Is there anything else I need to know? Film Studies is a well established, academic subject, supported by the British Film Institute. Your practical work will be facilitated by excellent resources and the support of Media Demonstrators. Exam results at Weatherhead are excellent and many students go on to study Film or Screen Studies as part of their Higher Education.

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Level 3

GEOGRAPHY Description of Course: The syllabus offered is the AQA syllabus in which the emphasis is on change in both the physical and human environments along with the study of the interaction between them. The course is stimulating and topical including the study of cold environments, hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic activity and recent changes in urban areas. It builds on the topics you studied at GCSE but looks deeper into the causes of change. You will be required to complete fieldwork both at AS and A2. Although there is no coursework to complete for this syllabus you will gain a variety of practical skills which will be assessed through the examinations. In recent years we have completed much of the fieldwork through a residential visit to the Lake District and a day trip to North Wales. The Geography department has also run a successful trip to Italy and the opportunity to climb an active volcano is not to be missed! Many past students have gone on to study Geography at university, as either a science or in the arts faculties. Your skills of data analysis, interpretation and your ability to present logical arguments all match the skills needed in today's work place. Employers recognise the abilities A Level Geographers possess.

Assessment: AS Module 1 Rivers, Cold Environments, Population Change, Health Issues Module 2 Geographical Skills A2 Module 1 Plate Tectonics, Weather or Ecosystems Cities, Globalization or Conflicts

Module 2 Geographical Fieldwork Investigation or Geographical Issue Evaluation

Is there anything else I need to know? You must have achieved at least a grade C on the higher paper in GCSE Geography.

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (SINGLE AWARD) Description of the course: Do you enjoy a challenge? Are you a good communicator? Do you care about other people and how our society develops? Health and Social Care can give you these opportunities as the course is delivered alongside actual health and social care settings . You will be expected to be part of the team, in Year 12, which organises and runs our local community mums and toddler group ‘Weathertots’, whilst in Year 13 you will be running our Cyber Café for the over 60s.You will also visit and work with the elderly and children with specific needs to develop interpersonal and communication skills. The course covers a wide range of health, social care and early years issues which allow you to follow pathways of interest to your future career. Progression routes into further training and higher education are far reaching: Nursing, social work, youth and community workers, health promotion, nursery managers are some of the potential careers open to you. Health and Social Care is specially designed to be studied alongside Applied Science, Biology, Psychology and Sociology.

Assessment: ALL assessments are equally weighted AS You will complete an external examination in the following unit: UNIT 1 Human growth and development Examination is 1 hr 30 minutes You will complete the following units as internal assignments: UNIT 2 Communication Skills within Health and Social Care UNIT 3 Positive Care Environments A2 You will complete an external examination in the following unit: UNIT 7 Meeting individual needs Examinations are 1 hr 30 minutes Internal assignments are completed for the following units: UNIT 8 Promoting health and well-being UNIT 9 Investigating disease

Is there anything else I need to know? There is 66% worth of coursework in this course.

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (DOUBLE AWARD) Description of the course: Do you enjoy a challenge? Are you a good communicator? Do you care about other people and how our society develops? Health and Social Care can give you these opportunities as the course is delivered alongside actual health and social care settings.You will be expected to be part of the team, in Year 12, which organises and runs our local community mums and toddler group ‘Weathertots’, whilst in Year 13 you will be running our Cyber Cafe for the over 60s.You will also visit and work with the elderly and children with specific needs to develop interpersonal and communication skills. The course covers a wide range of health, social care and early years issues which allow you to follow pathways of interest to your future career. Progression routes into further training and higher education are far reaching: Nursing, social work, youth and community workers, health promotion, nursery managers are some of the potential careers open to you. Health and social care is specially designed to be studied alongside Applied Science, Biology, Psychology and Sociology.

Assessment: ALL assessments are equally weighted AS You will complete external exams in the following units: UNIT 1 Human growth and development UNIT 4 Social Aspects and Lifestyle Choices Examinations are 1 hr 30 minutes You will complete the following units as internal assignments: UNIT 2 Communication Skills within Health and Social Care UNIT 3 Positive Care Environments UNIT 5 Activities in Health and Social Care UNIT 6 Public Health A2 You will complete external examinations in the following units: UNIT 7 Meeting individual needs UNIT 12 Understanding Human Behaviour Examinations are 1hr 30 minutes Internal assignments are completed for the following units: UNIT 8 Promoting health and well-being UNIT 9 Investigating disease UNIT 10 Using and understanding research UNIT 11 Social issues and welfare needs

Is there anything else I need to know? There is 66% worth of coursework in Health and Social Care Double Award and it is worth 2 A Levels..

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HISTORY Description of the course: So you want to take History? A good History student must be someone who has a keen interest in the past, enjoys examining and analysing why an event happened and who always has an open mind about new ideas. The A-Level course is designed to build upon skills developed at GCSE. It is essential to have studied GCSE History in order for you to have the required skills to achieve a good grade at A-Level. The History Department requires you to gain a grade C or above at GCSE in order for you to opt for A-Level History. You will complete three areas of examined historical study during the two year A-Level course. These are ‘British History 1815 – 1865’, ‘British History 1865-1905’ and ‘Anti-Semitism and the Rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany’. In addition, you will undertake a personal Historical Enquiry at A2. This will be based upon 100 years of Russian History covering the rule of the Tsars, the Russian Revolution, the rise of Lenin and terror under Joseph Stalin. This Historical Enquiry will partly be a taught course and a 3500 word essay to be completed on one aspect of the 100 years chosen by individual students. This will be internally marked. Through these areas of study you will have the chance to: ● Gain an understanding of some of the important events that have shaped our world. ● Learn to express your ideas clearly. ● Develop your ability to form a coherent and reasoned argument. ● Develop your ability to analyse sources. The Advanced GCE History can lead to further study of History at degree level. But irrespective of the career route you choose the Advanced GCE can also help you on your way, as employers view History as a favourable subject on CVs. Assessment for 2011: AS Level: ● ‘British History 1815 – 1865’ – 1 hour 15 minutes paper in June ● ‘Anti-Semitism and the Rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany’ – 1 hour 30 minutes paper in June. A2 Level ● ‘British History 1865 – 1905’ – 1 hour 15 minutes paper in June. ● One 3500 word Historical Enquiry based on “Repression and Revolution in Russia 1825 – 1939’ – due in March.

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) (APPLIED) Description of Course: The Edexcel Applied ICT course is a ‘must-have’ qualification for students. Highly motivating, it develops the knowledge and skills you need to be a competent and informed ICT user and practitioner in the 21st Century. The course complements many other subject combinations of study at Sixth Form level. The course aims to produce discerning ICT users who can select and use appropriate ICT tools and techniques to help them to:  Carry out investigations  Capture and handle data  Solve problems  Make decisions  Present and communicate information Over the two years of the course you will produce four projects towards your ICT qualification, worth two thirds of the final grade. Each project will be presented via the design and production of an e-portfolio. Topics covered include:  Life in the Information Age  Digital Economy and Transactional Websites  Managing ICT Projects  Multimedia Design You will also take two practical examinations worth a third of the final grade. The topics are:  The Knowledge Worker  Using Database Software The Applied ICT qualification provides all the skills required for a student to go onto study a further ICT or Computer related course at Degree level.

Assessment: AS Unit 1 - The Information Age (e-portfolio) Unit 2 - The Digital Economy (e-portfolio) Unit 3 - The Knowledge Worker (external practical examination) A2 Unit 7 - Using Database Software (external practical examination) Unit 8 - Managing ICT Projects (e-portfolio) Unit 10 - Using Multimedia Software (e-portfolio) You must have achieved 5 GCSE’s including a grade C in English Language and Mathematics in order to study Applied ICT at this level.

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MATHEMATICS Description of the course: Do you like a challenge? Are you good at Algebra? Do you want an A level that is highly regarded by universities and employers? Then think about taking Mathematics. Studying Mathematics teaches you how to analyse and solve problems, reason logically and communicate concisely. You will have two teachers; one for the Pure Maths part (called core modules) and one for Applied Maths (statistics and decision maths). Pure Mathematics builds upon topics such as Algebra, Trigonometry, Functions and Vectors. Statistics deals with the representation of information and the study of Probability. Decision Mathematics involves solving problems using networks and algorithms. Each part of the course will begin with work that you have studied at GCSE Higher level and then extend onto new areas. The work covered will help you if you also study Geography, Psychology, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, PE and Business studies at A level, but you can include it in any combination of subjects.

Assessment:

By Modular Exams which you can resit to improve your mark. AS 3 Exams: 1 hr 30 minutes each: to be sat in June of Y12. Core 1:

Core 2: Decision 1:

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Algebra and functions: coordinate geometry in the (x,y,) plane (graphs); sequences and series; differentiation; integration More on each of the above topics plus exponential and logarithms Algorithms: algorithms on graphs; the route inspection Mathematics problem; critical path analysis; graphical linear programming; matchings

3 Exams: 1 hr 30 minutes each: one to be sat in January of Y13: the remaining two in June. Core 3 (Jan): Algebra and functions: trigonometry; exponential and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods Core 4: Algebra and functions: coordinate geometry in the (x,y,) plane (graphs); sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors Statistics 1: Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution

Is there anything else I need to know? There is NO COURSEWORK in A level Maths.

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FURTHER MATHEMATICS Description of Course: An extra 6 modules to broaden and deepen your understanding of mathematics. The course provides an excellent grounding in the mathematics required for engineering and other degree courses.

Assessment: AS Mechanics 1 You will study systems such as pulleys, friction, momentum and impulse Decision Mathematics 2: Extends the study of algorithms to include business applications for optimising the allocation and the transportation of goods. You will also have the opportunity to study network flows, game theory and simplex – the algebraic solution for linear programming. Further Pure 1 (and 2): Extends and builds on the topics studied in the core modules of the Mathematics A-Level.You will also study new areas of mathematics e.g. complex numbers where you will be introduced to imaginary numbers allowing you to solve equations like x2 = -25. A2 Further Pure 2: (See above) Mechanics 2 You will study topics covered in Mechanics 1 in more depth and extend your studies to systems such as projectiles, rotating bodies, work and energy Statistics 2: Extends the study of statistical analysis to include the Binomial and Poisson distributions along with hypothesis testing.

Is there anything else I need to know? There is no coursework element. This course will only run if there is sufficient demand so make sure you express your interest!

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MEDIA STUDIES Description of Course: Wherever you go and whatever you do, you can not escape the media, whether it is in-store radios playing in supermarkets; billboards you see when you are on the bus; or media you specifically choose to engage with such as newspapers and magazines you buy, TV programmes or films you choose to watch or radio programmes you choose to listen to. Media industries are among the biggest in the world and are most people’s sources of entertainment and information. As such their products, influence and relationships with audiences are things which merit study and Media Studies has become one of the fastest growing subjects in recent years. Is it for you? ● YES if you want a course which balances examination and coursework production. ● YES if you want to develop your creative and technical skills in media production. ● YES if enjoy analysing and discussing media texts you have watched or read.

Assessment: AS Foundation Portfolio in Media 25% This is a coursework unit where you will produce two paired media artefacts following a set brief. This process involves progression from a pre-production, preliminary exercise to a more fully realised piece. Your preliminary task is to produce a front cover and contents page for a new school magazine; and the main task is to produce the front cover, contents page and a double page spread article for a new music magazine. All the work you produce must be original and so you will take all the photographs you use in your production and write all the text. You will also create a blog which will detail all of your work throughout this unit. This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated. Key Media Concepts 25% There are two parts to this module: Textual Analysis and Representation; and Institutions and Audiences. For the first part of the module you will study Television Drama and in the examination you will answer questions on an unseen moving image extract that is then linked to some aspect of the representation within the sequence. For the second part of the module you will study the radio industry, looking at contemporary institutional processes of production, distribution, marketing and exchange/exhibition at a local, national or international level as well as British audiences’ reception and consumption. We will do a case study of BBC Radio 5Live which will form the basis of your answer in the examination. 2 hour written examination (including 30 minutes for viewing and making notes on the moving image extract). You will answer two questions, one on each aspect of this module.

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MEDIA STUDIES continued A2 Advanced Portfolio in Media 25% This is a coursework unit where you will follow a set brief to produce the opening 5mins of a new television documentary programme, and a radio trailer and newspaper advertisement to promote your programme. As with the AS coursework, you must create and keep a blog of all your work throughout this unit. This is a development of the skills from the Foundation Portfolio unit for AS and is also internally assessed and externally moderated. Critical Perspectives in Media 25% This unit covers the two areas of Theoretical Evaluation of Production and Contemporary Media Issues. For the first part you will describe and evaluate your skills development in your production work throughout the two year course and then select one production to evaluate in relation to a media concept. For the second part you will focus on Media and Collective Identity and ‘We Media’ and then demonstrate your understanding of a contemporary issue through a range of texts, institutions, audiences and debates. 2 hour written examination.

Is there anything else I need to know? You will be taught by specialist teachers and supported by highly skilled media demonstrators. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used throughout the course, including: small group work; independent research; whole class discussions; presentations; and teacher-led lessons.

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MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES: FRENCH, GERMAN AND SPANISH Why a language? Are you a good communicator? Do you enjoy travelling to new places? Are you interested in people and other cultures? Do you have a grade C or above in the language you want to study? Would you like to be involved in a school trip to either France, Germany or Spain? Then how about studying a language to AS or A2 Level? More and more universities are asking for a language qualification for their courses. Irrespective of your chosen career path, a language will complement most other subjects. In a recent survey 74% of British companies said they wanted people who can speak languages, and students leaving university with a qualification in a language can be successful in many different areas including tourism, journalism, media, engineering, web and computer design, customer relations and interpreting. Unemployment among Languages graduates is lower than many areas, including computer science, architecture and even Business studies! (HESA graduate destination survey 2007/8) Description of the course: ‘The limits of my language are the limits of my world’ (Wittgenstein) In Year 12 we study a variety of topics such as health, education and the media, but in greater depth than GCSE. Students also have regular weekly access to our foreign language assistants to help with oral skills, and will be expected to regularly read and research current news stories on the internet. It is also envisaged that Sixth Form students will take part in trips to supplement their studies. At the moment the MFL department is looking to take students on an induction weekend to practise their MFL skills in this country, and there will be opportunities to travel to either France, Spain or Germany.

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Is there anything else I need to know? You must have studied your chosen language at GCSE and have at least a grade C or above.

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MUSIC Description of Course Are you a natural performer? Or maybe you enjoy writing your own music? Perhaps you already play your instrument on a regular basis? Do you want an A level that will prepare you for a performance based course at college or university or a career in Arts administration? If the answer is yes then this would be an ideal subject for you. Assessment: AS Performing Unit 40% of AS (20% of A2) An 8 minute performance (with potential for some improvisation) given to a visiting examiner of pieces of your own choice on any solo instrument, plus 1 other piece as part of an ensemble and a short musical discussion. Completed in Spring term of YR12. Composing Unit 30% of AS (15% of A2) Compose a piece of music for between four and ten instruments lasting not longer than three minutes and submit a folio of not less than six extracts of harmony exercises. Coursework submitted in May YR12 Introduction to Historical Study 30% of AS (15% of A2) Answer questions on previously unheard recorded extracts of music. Study the scores of 3 prescribed Orchestral works and 3 Instrumental Jazz pieces. You will be asked a variety of listening questions and longer essay style questions to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. 2 hour written paper completed in June YR12 A2 Performing Unit 20 % A well researched performance given to a visiting examiner of between 12 and 15 minutes duration on one solo instrument. The recital programme must have a focus and should demonstrate in depth understanding of a style or genre as there will be a viva voce discussion about your pieces with the examiner. Completed in Spring term of YR13. Composing Unit 15% Completion of a folio of short composition exercises demonstrating skills in a specific area e.g. popular song. One composition from the options: vocal text setting, interpretation of a programme or music for film/TV. Coursework submitted in May YR13 Introduction to Historical Study 15% Answer questions on two previously unheard recorded extracts of vocal music recorded between 1900-1945 and study 3 prescribed pieces of popular music (‘Sgt Pepper’ – The Beatles, A Night At The Opera’ – Queen and ‘Not Too Late’ – Norah Jones). You will be asked to answer two essay questions. 2 hour written paper completed in June YR13.

Is there anything else I need to know? 70% is COURSEWORK which means you will have a good idea of how well you are doing before the final written examination.

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES: PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS Description of Course. Philosophy and Ethics offers you an interesting and intellectually challenging A Level. This course will help you develop an understanding of moral, ethical and cultural studies. Philosophy and Ethics develops a variety of skills including discussion and debate, logical argument and critical evaluation. All these skills are transferable. Students study 2 units at AS Level: Philosophy ● Ancient Greek influences ● Judaeo – Christian influences ● Arguments for and against the existence of God Ethics ● Ethical theories e.g. Natural Law, Utilitarianism ● Applied Ethics e.g. Abortion, Euthanasia, War & Peace These units are then carried forward to A2 study. Areas of study include ● Life after Death ● Free Will ● Conscience and Virtue Ethics ● Environmental Ethics ● Sexual Ethics

Assessment: AS Students sit 2 x 1 hr 30 mins hour papers. One on Philosophy and one on Ethics. Students answer two questions from a choice of four. A2 Again, students sit 2 x 1 hr 30 mins papers. Answering two questions from four. There is no coursework.

Is there anything else I need to know? You will need to Achieve 5 A*-C grades. Ideally Philosophy and Ethics and English Language should be grade B or Above. You will also be required to be interviewed by the Head of Department if you have not studied Philosophy and Ethics at GCSE. Philosophy and Ethics is highly regarded by universities and employers. According to the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service. Graduates in Philosophy and Ethics enter a wide range of careers. For example: Broadcast, Education, Finance, Legal, Politics, Journalism, Medicine, Police and Social Work.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION Description of Course. Do you have a genuine interest in sport? Are you interested in pursuing a career related to Physical Education or Fitness and Health? This is a course offering students with a natural interest in sport the chance to study for 1 year (AS) or 2 years (A2), to gain qualifications which will provide a broad and balanced Physical Education background for entry into higher education and / or employment. The course encourages the development of different methods of enquiry drawn from a wide range of disciplines, with the focal point being on the performer and the performance. All theory work is supported with practical examples from a wide range of sports and activities. Students will combine their theoretical knowledge with practical performance. Students must have a genuine interest in sport and be responsible for their own level of fitness. In addition, students must be committed to extra curricular sporting activities.

Assessment: AS Unit G451 :

Unit G452 :

A2 Unit G453 :

Unit G454 :

An Introduction to Physical Education Examination – 2 hours. Worth 60% of the AS or 30% of Advanced course. Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education. Externally assessed. Worth 40% of the AS or 20% of Advanced course.

Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education. Examination – 2 hrs 30 mins. Worth 35% of Advanced course. The improvement and effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education. Externally assessed. Worth 15% of Advanced course.

Is there anything else I need to know? You should have at least a Grade C in Physical Education and Science at GCSE. This course will require a high level of commitment and so you must be prepared to work hard.

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PHYSICS Description of Course: Do you love the magic in life? Do you like to question ideas? Studying Physics is about developing and interpreting the laws which unlock the secrets of our physical world. Physics is the most fundamental science, covering everything from smaller than we can see to the entirety of the Universe, and every scale in between. It is a fascinating and intellectually challenging field of study, highly valued by employers. Physicists are highly regarded for their analytical thinking skills, problem solving skills and communication skills and therefore have a wide variety of career choices. The Physics course is a modular course which means that after studying a section of work and being examined, you can obtain clear feedback on how you are progressing. This enables you to identify subject areas in which you are performing well and any areas that may need to be improved. Make sense of the world: study Physics!

Assessment: AS Unit 1 – Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity Delve deeper into the nucleus, looking at sub-atomic particles, antiparticles and photons; hadrons and leptons; the quark model. Assessment: structured question paper in June Year 12. (40% AS; 20% A2) Unit 2 – Mechanics, Materials and Waves Study Newton’s laws of motion, understand about energy and power, explain the properties of materials and the uses of waves. Assessment: structured question paper in June Year 12. (40% AS; 20% A2). Unit 3 – Practical and Investigative Skills Practical skills acquired during units 1 and 2 are centre-assessed in unit 3. (20%AS; 10% A2) A2 Unit 4 – Fields and Further Mechanics This unit advances the study of momentum, introduces circular and oscillatory motion and § develops understanding of electric and magnetic fields. Assessment: structured question paper in January Year 13. (20% A2) Option Unit Section A – Nuclear and Thermal Physics and Section B – Option topic. Assessment: structured questions in June Year 13. (20% A2) Unit 6 – Practical and Investigative skills Practical skills acquired during units 4 and 5 are centre-assessed in unit 6. (10% A2)

Is there anything else I need to know? You will be taught by knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff who will work with you to ensure you achieve your best. Physics is a demanding but stimulating course, requiring a high level of commitment and good mathematical skills. You will need at least a Higher Tier grade B in Science/Physics and Mathematics at GCSE to take Physics at AS/A2 Level. Studying Mathematics at A Level would be an advantage, though it is not essential.

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PRODUCT DESIGN Are you a designer of the future? Thinking about a career in design, engineering, architecture or teaching, then this course is essential. Description of course: AS and A level Product design, at advanced level, is designed to encourage you to broaden your view of design and technology. This course Endeavours to develop your design and problem solving skills and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. You will be given the opportunity to find your own design problems and you will be expected to produce a design folio and 3Dimensional outcome. The topics that will be covered during AS and A level will include: ● Classifications of materials such as timbers, metal, plastics, composites, smart materials and modern materials. ● Processes and manufacture which will give you understanding of the methods by which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products. ● Design and Market Influences through the study and detailed analysis of a wide range of products. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of environment sustainability of products and their manufacture, ergonomics and anthropometrics, inclusive design and consumer safety.

Assessment: AS There are two units that will be assessed: Unit 1 – PROD 1 materials, components and application 2 hours written paper which is worth 80 marks (50% of AS), 25% of A level. Unit 2 – PROD 2 Learning through Designing and Making design portfolio and manufactured outcome(s) which is worth 80 marks (50% of AS), 25% of A level A2 There are two units that will be assessed: Unit 3 – PROD 3 Design and Manufacture a 2 hour written paper which is worth 84 marks, 25% of A level. Unit 4 – PROD 4 Designing and Making Practice, design portfolio and manufactured outcome which is worth 85 marks, 25% of A level.

Is there anything else I need to know? Students must have grade C or above in GCSE Graphic Products or Resistant Materials Technology

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PSYCHOLOGY Description of Course. This course looks at human behaviour and how it interacts with the mind. Why do we do what we do? Psychology is all about understanding and explaining human behaviour. For example why some people obey and others do not, or whether animals can learn a language or why some people are afraid of insects and others are not. In addition, Psychology studies theories of behaviour and how mental illnesses can be treated. For example how to treat phobias or depression. Finally Psychology looks at questions such as the nature / nurture debate and whether humans have free will or are preprogrammed to behave in certain ways. Assessment: AS 2 Modules Unit 1 : 1 hr 15 mins examination= 20% of total marks. Four major psychological approaches are studied along with one theory and therapy from each approach; Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychology and Behavioural Psychology. Unit 2 : 1 hr 45 mins examination= 30% of total marks. This unit is in two parts. Part A is research studies. Students study ten core studies (two from each of the five psychological approaches). Part B is about applied research methods. Students should be able to apply their knowledge of research methods to a real life situation by describing how they would conduct research. A2 2 Modules Unit 3 : 1 hr 30 minutes exam = 20% of total marks. This unit is divided into three parts. Section A and B is concerned with research methods while section C looks at Issues in Psychology. For example should people or animals be used in experiments. Unit 4: 2 hrs 30 minutes exam = 30 % of total marks. This unit is divided into three parts. Section A looks at controversies such as whether psychology is biased. Section B looks at memory and how it is organised, for example why we forget and disorders of memory such as Alzheimers disease. Section C looks at how psychology is used in real life (applications) such as forensic psychology and psychopathology (mental disorders).

Is there anything else I need to know? You must have achieved 5 GCSEs including a grade C in English Language, Mathematics and Science in order to study Psychology at this level. As psychology is a science is is essential students have a C in Single Science, CC if studying for Double Award Science and a distinction in BTEC Science. You will be issued with either your own core text book or departmental booklets and there is a small Psychology library in C005 with its own booking out system just for Psychology students. This contains a variety of back up texts and materials available for further reading. Though Universities ask for high grades for anyone wishing to study Psychology there are lots of options available for Psychology degree graduates, careers can be followed in the following areas: Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Criminal Psychology Forensic Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Police, Social work, Teaching, Health care

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APPLIED SCIENCE (SINGLE AWARD) Description of Course. Are you interested in the broader aspects of Science? Would you like to understand the applications of Science in everyday life and in the workplace? Do you want an AS or A2 that develops your organisational, practical and communication skills ? Then taking Applied Science may be the answer! Applied Science is taught as a modular course at both AS and A2 level. This modular course focuses on the applications of Science in the working world. You will be able to choose portfolio units in A2 that suit the direction of your career/university studies. Assessment: AS Unit 1 – Science at Work Application of science in the workplace – a survey of different science-based organisations and an in-depth study on your choice of organisation e.g. health care, health and fitness centres, public services, science laboratories. Assessment: portfolio unit (33% AS; 17% A2). Unit 2 – Analysis at Work Studying this unit will develop your understanding of analytical techniques used in forensic, pathology and research laboratories, and also in chemical and energy industries. Assessment: portfolio unit (33% AS; 17% A2). Unit 3 – Monitoring the activity of the Human Body In this unit you will learn how healthcare industries collect and use data about the human body and its organs. You will be introduced to medical imaging (X-rays, MRI and CAT scans, Ultrasound) and ethical issues related to diagnosis, treatment and monitoring patients. Assessment: structured question paper in June Year 12 (33% AS; 17% A2). A2 Unit 4 – Investigating the Scientist’s Work Application of science in the workplace – a survey of different science-based organisations and an in-depth study on your choice of organisation e.g. health care, health and fitness centres, public services, science laboratories. Assessment: structured question paper in Year 13 (33% AS; 17% A2). Unit 5 – Option Unit A choice of ‘Sampling, Testing and Processing’ or ‘Working Waves’. Assessment: portfolio unit (17% A2). Unit 6 – Option Unit Depending on your career path, you may choose ‘The Mind and Brain’, ‘Applications of Biotechnology’, ‘Ecology and managing the environment’ or Materials for a purpose’. Assessment: portfolio unit (17% A2).

Is there anything else I need to know? You will be taught by enthusiastic and dedicated staff who will work with you to ensure you achieve your best. You will have an opportunity to look more closely at topics introduced in GCSE Gateway and Additional Science and to learn more about and how Science impacts the world around us. There is 66% worth of coursework in this A Level. You will need at least a Higher Tier grade C in GCSE Additional and Gateway Science or BTEC Science at distinction level to take Applied Science at AS/A2 Level.

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SOCIOLOGY Description of Course: Sociology is an immensely challenging and exciting subject. It’s aim is to understand how societies work. Sociologists try to explain human behaviour but, unlike other scientists, they stress that human behaviour results from the way that people interact and mix with each other. They are therefore interested in what goes on within social groups, from the smallest, such as the family or friendship groups, through to large societies. As a Sociology student you will analyse the various patterns and groupings found in a society such as in the Economy, the Media, Gender and Ethnic Groups, Religion, Politics, Education, Crime, Deviance, Health and Poverty etc. You will also learn how to collect data and investigate society in experiments, surveys questionnaires, interviews, observation, case studies, longitudinal studies, pilot studies and so on. Sociology will certainly help you to help make sense of your own experiences in society. It can provide you with the "tools" which will allow you to become a better informed and more socially aware member of society. Assessment: AS Unit 1 1 hour Examination consisting of one data response question, including 3 short answer questions and 2 essay questions on the topic of Wealth, Poverty and Welfare. Unit 2 1 hour Examination consisting of one data response question, including 3 short answer questions and 2 essay questions on the topics of Education and Research Methods. A2 Unit 3 1hour 30 minutes Examination consisting of two short data response question and one essay on the topic of Beliefs in Society. Unit 4 2 hours Examination consisting of short answer questions and an essay on the topic of Crime and Deviance.

Is there anything else I need to know? You need to be good at writing essays and be inquisitive in your approach to study. An interest in what goes on in the news and in society in general is an essential requirement for a Sociology student.

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CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION Description of Course: Two exciting new CACHE courses will be available from September 2011 to meet the Government requirements for a fully qualified Level 3 workforce, for children and young people, by 2015. DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THIS NEW VENTURE? Choose the pathway to suit your needs and learning. These pathways will provide you with the opportunities you will need to train and be fully prepared for employment. All pathways are full time, with placement as an integral and assessed part of the training. NB. These qualifications replace all existing professional childcare qualifications, including NVQ.

Assessment For both courses the units are all internally assessed. Assessment will be completed in the workplace, through professional discussion, written assessments and tasks set by CACHE, the examination awarding body.

LEVEL 2 – 35 CREDITS must be achieved and passed to gain the Certificate Mandatory units ● Introduction to communication in children and young people’s settings ● Introduction to equality and inclusion in children and young people’s settings ● Introduction to personal development in children and young people’s settings ● Child and young person development ● Supporting childrens development ● Safeguarding and child welfare ● Health and safety ● Supporting positive behaviour ● Positive environments ● Understanding partnerships between services ● First aid ● Managing illness and injury ● Supporting relationships 2 optional units will also be completed – titles TBC

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CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION continued LEVEL 3 – 65 CREDITS must be achieved and passed to successfully gain the Diploma Mandatory units ● Promoting communication in children and young people’s settings ● Promoting equality and inclusion in children and young people’s settings ● Promoting personal development in children and young people’s settings ● Duty of care ● Children’s development ● Safeguarding and welfare of children ● Health and Safety ● Positive relationships ● Multi agency working and team work ● Supporting children PLUS 5 MODULES LINKED TOEARLY YEARS AND 5 OPTIONAL UNITS (tbc)

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LEVEL 2 Certificate for Children and Young People’s Workforce

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LEVEL 3 Extension course to increase qualification to 3 ‘A’ level equivalent and entry to university

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Fully trained to Government standards for employment within the early years sector

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BEAUTY THERAPY Description of Course: Description of Course: Are you creative and would like to work with the general public? Are you interested in beauty therapy? If so, this course is for you. You will spend three days a week with Michael John of Liverpool at the training centre in Liscard; the other two days will be spent at Weatherhead Sixth Form developing the skills acquired in the workplace. Assessment: During your time in the salon and at school you will develop lifelong learning skills in the following areas: ● ● ● ● ●

Team work Communication Developing oneself Reliability Organisation

The training involves 80% work based practical activity in a ‘real’ salon environment, together with 20% theory. Students are required to compile a portfolio of evidence for assessment and must complete all compulsory units in order to achieve the level of qualification. At school you will work in small groups on shared projects related to your work in the beauty salon. Whilst in school you will work toward achieving Level 2 Preparation for Working Life.

Is there anything else I need to know? Full attendance on this course is vital. A uniform will be provided for you.

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BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE IN BUSINESS Description of Course: The BTEC First Extended Certificate in Business is a one year course. The course will allow you to develop your skills in all aspects of business and look at how an organisation is run successfully. It is equivalent to 2 GCSEs at grade A*-C. You will be required to complete various projects and these may often involve you visiting local business organisations to research their systems and what makes them successful. Why take BTEC Business? The BTEC First Extended Certificate in Business will allow you to:  Develop a range of skills and techniques thus improving your personal qualities  Become motivated to succeed  Develop you skills in various aspects of ICT What will I study? The course allows you to cover a large number of areas including: Business Communication  People in Organisations  Providing Business and Administration Support  Personal Selling  Doing Business Online  Exploring Business Enterprise  Starting a Small Business The BTEC First Certificate in Business is a Level 2 course and is designed for students who are not yet ready to move to the demands of advanced level courses. The course is highly regarded by employers and will provide a good progression route to further study in the Sixth Form at advanced level or employment.

Assessment: Assessment will be via a range of assignments completed throughout the course for each unit of study. These will be internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board (Edexcel). Each unit will be graded at Pass, Credit, Merit or Distinction. These grades being equivalent to grade C through to A* at GCSE level. There is no external examination in this subject.

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NVQ PROFESSIONAL COOKERY (PREPARATION AND COOKING) The hospitality and catering industry can be found in every county, town and village in the UK, in a variety of forms. Does the challenge of cooking the finest food in the hot and hectic kitchen of a top restaurant appeal? The work is challenging and yet exciting and varied. So if you enjoy preparing and cooking food, like meeting new people, helping them out, working as a team and seeing a satisfied customer at the end of the day, then this could be the right qualification for you. Attendance: Full time course Duration: 1 Year Level: This is a level 2 course Course outline: The course focuses on the preparation and cooking of the different food groups as identified in the profile below. Profile: Students will build a portfolio of evidence to prove their competence in each unit. The units undertaken will be: ● ● ● ● ● ●

Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment Contribute to effective teamwork Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food Prepare, cook and finish meat for basic dishes Prepare, cook and finish poultry for basic dishes Prepare, cook and finish vegetables for basic dishes Plus an extra minimum of 1 unit from a selection of 23

Entry Guidelines: A genuine interest and love of food and its preparation and cooking. A minimum of 2 GCSEs grade D or above (one of which is English). Additional information: Appropriate uniform, textbook and knives will be loaned to the students Opportunities: Progression to level 3 Food Preparation in another centre. Employment in the catering industry.

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CERTIFICATE IN DIGITAL APPLICATIONS (CIDA) Description of Course: Digital media now play an increasingly important part in our everyday lives and in the world of work. With the Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA) you will learn how to manage and present your work using an e-portfolio. This course is equivalent to 2 GCSE’s at grade C or above. Most of us are consumers of this media in one way or another. We use mobile phones and send texts. We browse websites, download music files and send e-mails. We take digital photos, listen to CDs, play computer games and may even keep an electronic diary. For an increasing number of people, producing digital applications is the way they make a living. People serve whole industries by using their skill and expertise in this growing sector. You will complete 2 units of work and study a range of topics including  Website Design  Graphics  Using ICT  Database Design  Spreadsheets  Presentation Graphics  Enterprise Solutions  Multimedia Applications The Certificate in Digital Applications is a Level 2 course and is designed for students who are not yet ready to move on to advanced level courses. It will give you a solid grounding in ICT and enable you to go onto further study at Sixth Form level or to move into the workplace.

Assessment: Assessment will be via an e-portfolio that is produced for each unit. This will be internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board (Edexcel). Each unit will be graded at Pass, Credit, Merit or Distinction. These grades being equivalent to grade C through to A* at GCSE level. There is no external examination in this subject.

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HAIRDRESSING Description of Course: Are you creative and would like to work with the general public? Are you interested in beauty and hairdressing? If so, this course is for you. You will spend three days a week with MTEC training centre in Liscard; the other two days will be spent at Weatherhead Sixth Form developing the skills acquired in the workplace. The choices available are: BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing Services (for age 14-16 years) BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing (for 16+ years) NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing (for 16+ years)

Assessment: During your time in the salon and at school you will develop the following lifelong learning skills in the following areas ● Team work ● Communication ● Developing oneself ● Reliability ● Organisation The training involves 80% work based practical activity in a ‘real’ salon environment, together with 20% theory. Students are required to compile a portfolio of evidence for assessment and must complete all compulsory units in order to achieve the level of qualification - there are also optional units to complete.

Is there anything else I need to know? All equipment and uniform is provided

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Level 2

BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE IN SPORT Description of Course: Do you have a keen interest in sport, exercise and fitness? Are you interested in pursuing a career related to the sport and leisure industry? If the answer is yes then this is the course for you! The BTEC First Certificate in Sport is a practical, work-related course. It is equivalent to 2 GCSEs at grade A*- C. You will be required to complete projects and assignments which are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. Why take BTEC First Certificate in Sport? The BTEC First Certificate in Sport will allow you to: Become involved in both the theoretical and practical aspects of sport.  Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes that are essential for successful performance in working life.  Gain a nationally recognised Level 2 vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the sport sector or progress to further qualifications. What will I study? The course allows you to cover a large number of areas including: The Body in Sport*.  Preparation for Sport.  Practical Sport. NB: specified core units are marked* The BTEC First Diploma in Sport is a Level 2 course and is designed for students who are not yet ready to move to the demands of advanced level courses. The course is highly regarded by employers due to the recent growth in the health, fitness and leisure industries. This course will provide a good progression route to further study in the Sixth Form at advanced level or employment.

Assessment:Assessment will be via a range of assignments completed throughout the course for each unit of study. These will be internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board (Edexcel). Each unit will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. These grades being equivalent to grade C through to A* at GCSE level. There is no external examination in this subject.

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Level 2

BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE IN TRAVEL AND TOURISM Description of Course: This is a course equivalent to two GCSEs at grade C or above. It is suitable for those students who wish to explore a vocational route in their post 16 education.You will study the Edexcel Level 2 First Certificate in Travel and Tourism. It focuses on the UK travel industry examining all the major tourist destinations and how each place keeps its customers coming back. As the course is vocational in nature, you will be expected to complete two weeks work experience, and visit a range of tourist organisations both in school and your own non contact time. The course is divided into three units all of which are assessed by a portfolio of evidence produced over the one year course.

Assessment: You will complete a portfolio on each of the two compulsory units and one more from the list of optional units. Unit 1 The UK Travel and Tourism Industry. Unit 2 Exploring Customer Service in Travel and Tourism Optional units Unit 3 UK Travel and Tourism destinations Unit 4 European Holiday Destinations Unit 5 Business Skills Unit 6 Employment in Travel and Tourism The BTEC First Certificate in Travel is a Level 2 course and is designed for students who are not yet ready to move to the demands of advanced level courses. The course is highly regarded and will provide a good progression route to further study in the Sixth Form at advanced level or employment. Assessment: Assessment will be via a range of assignments completed throughout the course for each unit of study. These will be internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board (Edexcel). Each unit will be graded at Pass, Credit, Merit or Distinction. These grades being equivalent to grade C through to A* at GCSE level. There is no external examination in this subject.

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Level 2

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN MEDIA Description of Course. This one year course is the first step on the ladder if you are considering a future career in some aspect of the media. It is specifically designed for those students who may not achieve the GCSE results required for an Advanced course of study. The qualification you will achieve is equivalent to four GCSE passes at grade C or above and provides a solid foundation of practical and study skills. This is a vocationally related qualification that will provide you with opportunities to develop skills and gain underpinning knowledge and understanding in media production. Is it for you? ● YES if you have a real interest in the media ● YES if you enjoy both group work and individual work ● YES if you enjoy creating media texts ● YES if you are good at coursework

Assessment: There are no exams. It is a practically-based qualification and you will complete six units, all of which are assessed internally. Units studied ● Introduction to media ● Pre-production ● Introduction to production ● Marketing and presenting a media product ● Exploring moving image products ● Exploring photography and digital imaging During the course you will complete at least 4 media productions, including advertisements, a moving image product, a print product and a photography exhibition.

Is there anything else I need to know? While the course is largely practically-based, a variety of learning methods will be used throughout, including small group work; independent research; whole class discussions; presentations; and teacher-led lessons. Your practical work will be facilitated by excellent resources and the support of Media Demonstrators.

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WHS Sixth Form course guide May 2011  

list of courses and explanation

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