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Kris Ardle - Head Boy ‘Weavers Sixth Form has not only taught me what I need to know to be successful as a student but has also given me valuable life skills that I can take with me wherever I go’ Jack Dimmock Deputy Head Boy

‘Weavers Sixth Form has given me the opportunity to widen my horizons and achieve my goals’

Lorna Mashongamhende Deputy Head Girl ‘Going to Weavers Sixth Form has made me more independant academically and given me the confidence to take on the responsibilities of leadership’

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‘Not only have I developed academically I have also developed as a person. I am ready and excited about the next step in my future’

Puja Mulgi - Head Girl

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‘Together we can achieve great things.’ What We Have to Offer ██ Extended Curriculum

██ Wide range of social activities ██ School Parliament ██ Young Enterprise

██ Sixth Form Leaderhship Team

██ A newly refurbished Sixth Form Area with dining area, kitchen facilities, vending machine, TV. ██ Fantastic support structure ██ A wide range of options

██ Excellent, highly qualified specialist teachers ██ Individual Study Plans

██ Additional Support Tutors

██ Excellent information, guidance and advice on careers, UCAS and CVs ██ Range of Enrichment Activities

██ Basketball Excellence Academy


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Welcome to Weavers Sixth Form

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Thank you for your interest in a place at Weavers Sixth Form. Our aim is to provide the opportunities and environment which will enable every one of our students to reach their academic potential and gain the skills which enable them to proceed to Higher Education or employment and lead fulďŹ lled, successful lives. We fully understand the demands the current economic climate places on future learners and consequently, central to how we operate is the awareness that a modern Sixth Form needs to provide students with the opportunity to develop their personal skills and experiences beyond the classroom and A-level study.

Clear direction, excellent support, detailed information and guidance

Our students are given clear direction and advice about their choices so that we are confident that we fit the right students with the right course, giving them the greatest possible chance of success. Each Sixth Form student receives an Individual Study Plan for each subject. which outlines their AS and A2 studies term by term enabling parents, teachers and the pastoral team to support and

encourage our students at every stage of their A-level programme. The ISP also gives students a clear understanding of what assessments and topics lie ahead in each subject, accurately targeting areas of strength and weakness and most importantly, preparing our students for their final exams.

Course options to meet the demands of a changing world

We offer a wide range of courses designed to cater for current demands, university preferences and future plans, all delivered by our experienced teaching staff. Most of our students will go on to university on leaving school and our specialist tutor team have vast experience of guiding them through this crucial time in their academic lives, so much so that a number of external students contact us for support and advice in the application process. As well as guidance and support in university application we also help students prepare for potentially moving into apprenticeships or employment and training. Our students receive the best possible advice to help them

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he ethos of our Sixth Form is simple, we want all our students to be the best they can be; whatever their ambitions, our job is to help them realize them.


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achieve to their potential at A level and BTEC Level 3 but also to make the right choices beyond this.

More than just academic qualifications

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However, life in our Sixth Form is about much more than academic qualiďŹ cation. I hope as you read this prospectus you will get a avour of the many extracurricular activities that are available to you, and the responsibilities you can assume within the life of the school. We see our Sixth Formers as a vital link between staff and students, able to further inspire and motivate our younger students to meet and exceed their potential.

You could be a prefect, or help run one of our clubs. You could help Lower School students with their reading, or qualify as a Sports Leader and coach sports teams. You could write articles for the school newsletter or be part of our Young Enterprise Team. You may even become a member of Sixth Form Leadership and be part of the dynamic team that is driving us forward at an exciting rate. Students arrive with us as teenagers and leave as motivated young adults ready for the next step in their lives.

The possibilities are endless. Joining the Sixth Form at Weavers will certainly offer you a varied, challenging and exciting two years. I look forward to welcoming you.

Perhaps you will help run our award winning School Parliament giving our younger students a chance to contribute their ideas to the way the school works, or perhaps you will mentor GCSE students, helping them to achieve their potential and raise their aspirations to Magnus Wallace Head of Sixth broaden their own future. Weavers School


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Life and Work in Weavers Sixth Form

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here is no doubt, successfully completing A level studies will broaden your life chances and give you greater choice for the future. Expectations

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If you choose to continue your education here, you accept the package that we offer and all its implications. These involve expectations of regular attendance, following the dress code and participating in the full range of enrichment activities on offer.

Greater Independence Initially in Year 12 you will need to adjust to more independent private study and research. Students will not generally have a homework timetable, but are expected to organise their own time outside of school in order to complete reading, note taking and meet assessment deadlines. A minimum of two hours per day should be set aside for homework and independent learning.

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Team care for the wellbeing of the students and monitor their academic progress. Weavers has an excellent Pastoral structure which runs through all the Key Stages and the Sixth The relationship between teachers Form have the benefit of a designated and students may be more relaxed and Pastoral Mentor to further support the co-operative, but this always relies students’ social and emotional wellon students conducting themselves being. The Sixth Form follow a PSHE and enrichment programme developing sensibly and respectfully. study skills, debating topical and moral


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Life and Work in Weavers Sixth Form issues and preparing for UCAS and job applications. Work rate and attendance are monitored regularly by subject teachers and a procedure exists for dealing with students who fall behind in either respect; this is a collaborative process designed to support students and secure their success.

students will have certain privileges in exchange for the invaluable extra responsibilities and workload they take on in assisting the staff during lunch and break times and representing the school at other times.

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Students who fail to meet course expectations or apply themselves appropriately, or who behave in antisocial or inappropriate ways, may be asked to leave the Sixth Form.

Assessment

During your time in the Sixth Form there will be regular monitoring and assessing of your work through GREAT reports and trial AS and A2 exams. Parents will be informed about progress and invited to Parents’ Evenings. Parents are also encouraged to contact the school to arrange meetings with the Head of Sixth and the Pastoral Team at other times to discuss their child’s progress.

Dress Code

To further prepare students for the expectations of the careers many will go on to pursue, we require students to dress according to our formal dress code. This consists of, for male students, appropriate trousers or a suit, a tie, a conventional shirt and dark shoes (not trainers) and female students should wear the formal equivalent – smart and professional. Students are invited during Year 12 to apply to become prefects. These

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ixth Form represents the ability to exercise more of your independence and freedom. A place where you can tap into your unknown abilities and form unlikely friendships, through various roles and events. It provides the opportunity to build character, gain knowledge and improve leadership qualities as well as have fun doing it. The whole process thus far has been a great experience.”


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Sixth Form Enrichment Programme

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t Weavers School we believe that an essential part of our Sixth Form provision involves providing our students with opportunities to extend and develop their skills beyond just A level studies. In these increasingly competitive times we want our students to stand out from the crowd, central to this is the Enrichment Programme.

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learning support in the lower school. Coordinated by members of the Year Work Experience 13 Leadership Team, volunteers help We encourage students to take up develop literacy skills in Year 7 and 8 work experience opportunities to help students, giving them the confidence support UCAS and job applications – and encouragement needed for them to this is essential for students wishing thrive and progress. to progress onto university courses in Teaching and is recommended for those Peer Mentoring wishing to study Law. Mentors can provide tips, tools, and advice that can reduce stress The EPQ and provide confidence to younger The Extended Project Qualification students. Student mentors know provides students with the opportunity what it’s like, they have successfully to conduct in-depth research into navigated to the next level, and they a subject or topic of interest. This have an understanding of what younger qualification is becoming increasingly students are experiencing. They can popular with universities who are provide support and encouragement in looking to recruit students with the innovative ways; a real chance to make a ability to research independently; the positive difference! EPQ prepares students for the demands of university work and in particular, the Subject Support final year dissertation. The EPQ is worth AS equivalent UCAS points. Involves providing support to a particular subject area, meaning you get to work in an area that you are Peer Reading interested in. You may support students Peer reading offered by Sixth Formers who are struggling on a particular topic has developed into a vital part of the or who need help to focus, giving you excellent DSEN provision at Weavers; it valuable experience but also improving is one of a number of opportunities for younger students’ chances of success. successful students to give something back and help students who require


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Anti-Bullying Group

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helping things run smoothly. As Sixth Formers you are the senior students in Bullying is not tolerated at Weavers and school and this duty reflects that. Sixth students working as part of the ABG Formers who help during Lunch Time understand that sometimes it’s difficult receive credits for use in the school to talk to adults about being bullied. canteen. Quite simply, you could make a vital difference to any student who is scared Fundraising Team to speak out. This year the Sixth Form have helped raise nearly £2000 for local and national Young Enterprise charities. This is something we want to Giving students an exciting experience continue to grow and develop. If you of business, innovation and a chance have fresh ideas and the passion and to work as a successful team. Young drive to help charitable causes then Enterprise gives you the opportunity look no further… to start up and run a small business – hat struck me most was where you take it to from there is only how we are all constantly limited by the size of your ambition and encouraged to improve, to aim your ideas!

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high, to be anything we want to be. Being at Weavers Sixth Form Duty Team has totally changed the direction I Members of the Duty Team help around want to go in, I’ve got clear goals the school site during break times, and ambitions and I’m really excited supporting students and generally about the future – it is hard work though, but you know it’s hard work that really gets you somewhere great.”

Weavers School students presenting donations to Soane Tonga’uhia and the “Boxes for Tonga Appeal”


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Individual Study Plans

ISPs

are a key part of our Sixth Form. Every student receives one for each of their subjects, the purpose of an ISP is to help students manage the changes involved in moving from GCSE to A level. Each ISP runs over one GREAT cycle and gives students tasks to complete during their study periods at school. This is what each section of the ISP contains

Study Task Outline

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██ Information about how this ISP fits into what students are studying. ██ What skills/knowledge the student needs to be successful in this part/stage of the course. ██ Student friendly explanation of what types of exam questions or skills this section focuses on. ██ Tips/suggestions to help the student complete the work successfully.

Task Detail

██ Clear, understandable tasks with a well defined outcome/end product. ██ Specific resources which are accessible to the students ██ A record of whether the student has completed the task.

How this Study Task Will Be Assessed

██ The ISP is designed to prepare students to successfully complete an end of GREAT assessment - the assessment will often be an exam paper or questions.

Success Criteria

██ Key information related to the student’s target grade – what do they need to be doing to get the marks/ grade they need. If students fall off target and do not meet their target grade in the assessments then they will receive a Comprehensive Red Individual Study Plan or CRISP. This is designed specifically to give the student the correct guidance and information to help the student fill the gaps in their knowledge or skills to enable them to meet their target grade and be successful.


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ISP Template


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Student Timetable


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Suggested Combination & Must Haves

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f you decide to opt for A levels this would normally be with the future expectation of moving on to a University Course. Consequently, it makes sense to choose subjects that work well together and are often required by some HE courses. This makes particular sense if you have a really clear idea of what you want to do in the future, but there are also some A level combinations which fit well together and compliment each other. We’ve included some of these combinations and a few tips below but obviously this is not an exhaustive list. Most students will drop from four to three A levels at the end of Year 12.

██ Engineering

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You will need to study Maths and Physics at A level. (Design Technology is not a requirement.).

██ Physics

Usually requires Maths as well as Physics.

██ Medicine / Veterinary Studies

All entrants will be expected to have a minimum of three very strong A levels (definitely Biology and/or Chemistry and preferably Maths and Physics), as well as a strong GCSE Science background.

Some subjects at university require an A level in the subject itself (English, History, Maths). There are some exceptions however: Economics requires Maths; Computer Science also requires Maths. Business Studies does not require an A level qualification in business.

██ Sport Science

May require a science as well as Sport and Physical Education, but many count Psychology or Maths as well. (They also require a good deal of high level participation or at least coaching or refereeing in addition to what you will do in school.)

██ Psychology

Often helped by having science subjects, however, psychology degree courses now may often request Psychology A level as the links between the two courses have become closer. GCSE Psychology is not required to study A level

██ Law

English and History are a useful combination for a Law degree, a law degree involves extensive reading and research as well as being able to evaluate and analyse, these A levels offer the closest comparison at this level. A level Law is certainly not a requirement for a law degree.

██ Journalism

You will need to have strong GCSEs in English Language and Literature as well as A level English at grade C or above (at least); Journalism courses also demand that candidates have an active interest in writing and be able to show evidence of this.


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Entry Into The Sixth Form We have to be sure that you will be able to cope with the academic demands of Sixth Form study. The entry requirements are therefore Entry to Year 12 - Academic Requirements

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██ Five GCSE passes at grade C or above (preferably including English and Mathematics) ██ We recommend that you achieved a grade B or above in the subjects you intend to take to AS. ██ See the subject choices for any specific academic requirements.

Students must also have a good record of behaviour and attitude to study. NB Borderline cases will be looked at closely. In such cases the general level of academic achievement will be looked at, as well as an estimate of the student’s potential and ability to cope with A level courses. Applicants from other schools will be expected to reach similar levels of qualification and will also be interviewed by the Head of Sixth Form.

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y time at Weavers School Sixth Form is a time that I will not forget. Not only has it developed me academically but also it has helped me gain confidence in my ability to achieve but also confidence in interacting and talking with people. When I entered into the Sixth Form it was amazing the difference between the learning of a Year 11 student and the learning of a Sixth Form student it is much more independent and it relies on you doing your own individual work and consolidating your own knowledge. The jump between Year 11 and Year 12 is huge but also is the change in perception of lower school students, you become a role model rather than just a pupil. It is an experience I will most definitely take into the future.”


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Course and Subject Options


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Art at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: AQA

██ Why consider this course?

If you are interested in developing an understanding of the holistic nature of art and design and are motivated by the exploration and creation of art through a wide range of materials in an independent way, this course is for you.

██ Qualifications

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Art GCSE (or similar couse) grade C or above. If you have not studied art GCSE then you will need to see your current art teacher about your suitability for this course.

██ Course Content

What will I do in AS level art? The course is interesting, enjoyable and demanding. You will learn new skills and techniques as well as developing skills you have already. You will explore a range of media and processes including digital imagery, fine art drawing and painting, mixed media, printmaking, working in ceramics, 3D material and sculpture. You will research the work of other artists and visit exhibitions to inspire your own work. You will create one in-depth coursework unit of personal individual work developed from a brief.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

AS level art combines well with other art and humanities subjects such as history or English, the sciences and design technology. We cover aspects which link with these areas when we look at the context and history of artists’ work or explore contemporary issues in society. The design element also works well in design technology and other creative and expressive subjects like music and drama. A level art complements most of the other subjects. Art is seen by employers, colleges and in Higher Education as providing a good balance to your studies and is useful in many career paths as it shows you are a creative thinker able to think outside the box. A requirement welcomed in today’s world.

██ Career Options

What can AS level art offer me for the future? Art is well recognised for broadening your skills of observation, recording, researching, development of ideas, visual communication and practical skill. Students frequently choose to continue their art studies at Foundation course then proceed to Higher Education degrees in a range of art disciplines from printmaking, fashion design, interior design, painting to architecture and art history, make-up and technical effects, multi-media design.


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Biology at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: AQA

██ Why consider this course?

If you are interested in the study of how and why biological systems work and their importance in our world, then I strongly advise you to consider this course. The programme of study has an integrated focus with both human, animal and plant biology being studied; thus it will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to progress your career further, either in the work place or at University.

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██ Qualifications

Science GCSE at grade B or above and mathematics GCSE at grade B or above.

██ Course Content

At AS level the assessed components are: Molecules, Cells and Systems DNA, Behaviour, Classification Coursework (Practical) Unit 1+2 At A2 level the additional components are: Inheritance, Evolution and Ecosystems Physiology and the Environment Synoptic Assessment Written examinations are taken in the Summer Term

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Mathematics, Chemistry, Psychology and Physics. If you already have a particular interest in a career in any area you can mix Biology with other subjects if you are sure the mix will be accepted by your university/college or employer.

██ Career Options

Biology is essential for many higher education courses and advisable for many others, for example, Biology, Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Food Science, Human Biological Studies, Pharmacology and Veterinary Science.


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Business Studies: BTEC Level 3 ██ Examination Board: Cambridge Technicals

██ Why consider this course?

Business is the heart of the economy, encouraging innovation and creating wealth. Cambridge Technicals offers students the opportunity to explore the world of business with over 35 units across the two levels. Created in collaboration with leading businesses, the qualifications explore all aspects of the business world including practical activities—deals for a wide range of learning styles.

██ Qualifications

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Students wishing to study this course must have 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above.

██ Course Content

The business environment Understanding the different types of business and how they are influenced by the wider environment. Business resources Developing an understanding of managing core resources available to businesses, including human, physical, technological and financial. Introduction to marketing An introduction to the basics of marketing, focusing on the role of market research and how it contributes to marketing planning and the marketing mix. Business accounting Creating some of the most common financial accounting methods, including ratios, to determine business performance. Business communication Developing skills, evaluating and reviewing performance of different types of business communication.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

With the wide variety of topics on offer this course compliments most subjects.

██ Career Options

Pathways for choice - the Business Studies course provides an ideal foundation for students to progress to more advanced studies and to the workplace.


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Chemistry at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: OCR

██ Why consider this course?

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If you are interested in the study of how and why chemicals react and their use, then this is the course for you. The Salters Chemistry course has an emphasis on understanding and application rather than recall and the level of work required will support any job or University application in the future. The course has an emphasis on how Chemistry is used in the real world, and many industrial companies favour the Salters framework Chemistry brings a lot of scientific theory and thinking together, and a good A level grade in the subject demonstrates that a student can apply themselves in analytical thinking, practical skills and scientific writing; all of these qualities are highly prized in today’s competitive job market.

██ Qualifications

Science GCSE at grade B or above and mathematics GCSE at grade B or above.

██ Course Content

At AS level there are three assessed components. These are: Atoms, bonds and elements. Chains, energy and resources. Practical skills (1).

At A2 level there are three additional components: Rings, polymers and analysis. Equilibria, energetics and elements. Practical skills (2).

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Mathematics, Biology and Physics. If you already have a particular interest in a career in any area, you can mix Chemistry with other subjects. Chemistry is often looked on as a favourable contrasting subject to Languages, Design or I.T.(not BTec).

██ Career Options

Chemistry is essential for many higher education courses, for example, Chemical engineering, Chemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Food Science, Materials Science, Pharmacology, Veterinary Science and Teaching.


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Citizenship at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: AQA

██ Why consider this course?

At AS level the specification enables students to develop a range of skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Citizenship. Students will address the relationship between the individual, the law and the state and the nature of identities, so this subject can support any of these areas of study.

██ Qualifications

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Students wishing to study AS level must have 5 GCSEs at grade C and above

██ Course Content

The course currently comprises three, one-hour module papers each of which are equally weighted and together make up the total assessment package. Each of the modules has a theme i.e. the Citizen and the State, the Citizen and the Political Process and the Citizen, Society and the Community and therefore broadly relate to the discipline of Law, Politics and Sociology. Each module is divided into three sub-sections – each based upon a separate theme.  Module One: The Citizen and the State This module comprises three sub-sections, each of which is further divided into two components. Module Two: The Citizen and the Political Process This module comprises three sub-sections, each of which is further divided into two components. Module Three: The Citizen, Society and the Community This module comprises three sub-sections, each of which is further divided into two components.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Citizenship AS combines well with subjects like History, Sociology, Communication and Cultural Studies. Some students also take it to broaden their subject choice.

██ Career Options

Citizenship would be a useful subject to study, whether at AS or A2 for students who have an interest in politics, public services and law


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Communication & Culture at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: AQA

██ Why consider this course?

If you are fascinated by the way people communicate with each other, this is the course for you. If you are interested in things as varied as reality TV shows to political news broadcasts, you will find this course thought-provoking and often life-changing. If you like debate and challenge, choose this course!

██ Qualifications

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Alongside the above, you will need to be a reasonably confident essay writer: your acceptance on the course is confirmed by your current English teacher.

██ Course Content

You will focus on ways that apparently simple body language can convey complex messages issues of identity (who are you?!), how groups work – and why they don’t. Wider issues involving the importance of culture and the media in our lives. Is pop music less valuable than classical? Is TV being dumbed down? Have women and men achieved equality in Britain? (and much more) developing your IT skills to improve communication. You will learn lots of new techniques to help you analyse communication texts and to explore the cultural messages behind them. You will acquire a new vocabulary, and a new sensitivity to how communications that you are involved in actually work.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Psychology, Sociology, Drama, History and English Literature are obvious choices. However, Communication and Culture can also be studied successfully by those of you taking a Maths/Science route, and will keep you in touch with how people are motivated when they communicate with each other.

██ Career Options

Any career that involves working with people will benefit from a study of Communication and Culture. Since you will focus on issues of self-presentation, as well as exploring the importance of culture, you will acquire skills that many careers will value highly.


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Creative Writing at AS Level ██ Examination Board: AQA

██ Why consider this course?

It’s a brand new course nationally and allows progression for those who have enjoyed writing creatively at KS4. It will develop your ability to express yourself in writing, for a range of audiences, as well as improving your clarity of expression and developing your critical and analytical skills. If you are aiming for a career that will involve some form of writing, this is the course for you.

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██ Qualifications

Grade C or above in English

██ Course Content

Reading will be used as models for writing: journalism, prose fiction, screenwriting etc. You will focus on the craft of writing: generic rules and how they are manipulated, the creation of distinctive voices, narrative perspective and writer’s intention.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

This subject goes well with every AS: your desire to write is the key. English and Humanities are obvious links; however, Science also is a creative subject.

██ Career Options

Media, Journalism, Film, Art, English, Science: this subject develops your writing skills.


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Drama at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: Edexcel

██ Why consider this course?

If you are creative and expressive, enjoy working with others and have the ability to hold an audience – this is the course for you. This course offers the opportunity to work both practically and theoretically with Drama. It is a full and exciting course that will develop your independent and group skills.

██ Qualifications

Drama at Post-16 level is best suited to students who have attained grade C or above at GCSE level. If you have not previously taken Drama, an audition/interview can be given.

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██ Course Content

Drama and Theatre Studies integrates theory and practice, offering a range of opportunities to develop drama and theatre skills creatively and imaginatively.

AS Level (year one) Unit 1 Unit 1 involves the exploration and study of two contrasting play texts. You will produce practical and written coursework on each play. You will also visit the theatre and write an evaluation of a live performance. Unit 2 In Unit 2 you will be involved as an actor or a designer in a full-scale group production. You will also produce either a monologue or a duologue. A Level (year two) Unit 3 Unit 3 requires you to work as a group to create a piece of devised theatre, which you will need to research and evaluate. Unit 4 In Unit 4 you will study a historical set text, which you approach from the viewpoint of a director. You will also attend a production of a play from another historical period, which you will compare with its original performance conditions.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Drama supports a wide variety of other Post-16 subjects such as English, English Literature, Psychology and Communication Studies.

██ Career Options

Because the course covers the full spectrum of drama activities and credits the depth of knowledge, range of skills and the level of understanding with the rigour of A-level, it is designed to meet the expressed needs of University Drama departments. Drama links well with all the arts subjects, but particularly with English. It is valuable for entry to all types of career where good communication skills are important. It is not, therefore, just for aspiring actors and actresses.


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English Language at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: AQA Specification B

██ Why consider this course?

If you are interested in studying English at A Level with the focus on analysing all kinds of texts and researching the writer’s craft, then English Language A Level is for you. Do you want to have an academic subject on your Curriculum Vitae but stands out from the others. Something using up-to-date theories of how people use language and the different technological effects on language. Then Ladies and Gentleman, English Language is your answer.

██ Qualifications

Grade C or above in English.

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██ Course Content

This course is completely different from GCSE English Language. The aim of this subject is to introduce students to methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use. Students will be examined on their understanding of the way purposes, audiences and contexts impact upon language production and reception. Students will be required to use linguistic methods to analyse and investigate a variety of texts taken from everyday sources. The examination uses a generic question designed to test ability to explore ways in which varieties of data can be grouped using linguistic knowledge gained over their studies. Students will also be required to study how spoken and written texts reproduce ideas about cultural values and assumptions, with a key focus on the areas of ‘Language and Gender’ and ‘Language and Power’.

Module 2 is for students to develop their own expertise as a writer, putting in practice all they have learnt during the course about the diversity of choices available to writers when they ‘craft’ their texts. A Level At A Level, students will be expected to develop skills and knowledge from their AS studies. They will develop understanding of the key concepts and theories surrounding language study with an additional focus on two new topics: the acquisition of language by children and development of, and changes in, English over time. The coursework unit is to develop ability to explore and analyse language data through a variety of methods. It enables students to build upon key concepts and ideas gained during the course as well as demonstrate expertise in areas of individual interest.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Psychology, Sociology, Drama, French, History, Music and Communication and Culture all link well with this subject.

██ Career Options

English Language at AS/A2 is highly respected by universities, leading on to a wide variety of careers which involve an understanding of the written word, including law and teaching and journalism.


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English Literature at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: AQA Specification B

██ Why consider this course?

What is it about reading that you love? This course will enhance your understanding of why the written word is so powerful, as you explore the ways that literature constructs different realities and represents current issues - often with a critical eye.

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██ Qualifications

Grade B or above in English.

██ Course Content

At AS, you will focus on comparing the ways stories are told through narrative voices, as well as studying the genre of comedy and how laughter is a route to making us think about the world. Students will read and study 4 texts as well as investigate dramatic genres.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Psychology, Sociology, Drama, French/Spanish, History all link well with this subject.

██ Career Options

English Literature is highly respected by universities. It leads to a wide variety of careers which involve an understanding of the written word: law, journalism, teaching and any profession where language (and its connotations) is paramount.


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French at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board

██ Why consider this course?

Interested in becoming more fluent in French and learning more about French life and culture? A Level French will take you a step further towards achieving this by building on the skills you acquired at GCSE level. The A Level French course will focus on developing and testing your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. You will start by covering topics studied at GCSE in more depth before moving on to new topics looking at the wider society at A2. When developing this knowledge you will be encouraged to develop an oral fluency in French at a conversational level, whilst the emphasis on reading and writing in French will be to improve your grammatical knowledge of the French language. You will develop the ability to manipulate the language and learn more about aspects of French culture such as music, film and art.

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██ Qualifications

Grade C or above in French.

██ Course Content

AS Level– Society and me Listening/reading and writing paper= 35% of A2 marks Speaking test= 15% of A2 marks Media - Television, advertising, communication technology Popular culture - Cinema, music, fashion/trends Healthy living/lifestyle - Sport/exercise, health and well-being, holidays Family/relationships - Relationships within the family, friendships, marriage/partnerships A Level.- The Wider Society Listening/reading and writing paper= 35% of A2 marks Speaking test= 15% of A2 marks Environment - Pollution, energy, protecting the planet The multicultural society - Immigration, integration, racism Contemporary social issues - Wealth and poverty, law and order, impact of technical and scientific progress Cultural topics which can be either the study of a film director, a playwright, an artist or a region of France

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Studying a language combines well Arts and Humanities subjects, but goes equally well with Science subjects as knowledge of another language can enhance your career prospects in many fields. Universities offer a wide range of degrees which allow you to study a language either on its own or alongside other subjects e.g. Law and French, Engineering with French, Business with French

██ Career Options

There are specialist language occupations Translation, interpreting, language teaching and training New angles: telephone interpreting, digital subtitling But there are also many occupations where languages are useful Journalism, market research, accountancy, law Tourism and hospitality Software-developer, engineering, manufacturing Did you know that 57% of science, manufacturing and engineering firms use foreign languages on a regular basis?


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Geography at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: AQA

██ Why consider this course?

Geography is a great option for pupils wishing to do A level studies because you will build on existing knowledge and skills and develop a wider understanding of the modern world. If you enjoy studying Geography and are good at it – carry on studying it! You are more likely to obtain your best results in a subject you enjoy and are good at!

██ Qualifications

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Geography at A level is best suited to pupils with an A*– C grade at GCSE, however candidates with good GCSEs that did not do GCSE Geography who have been successful in the past may be considered.

██ Course Content

There are many good reasons for studying Geography - you explore our exciting world and our dynamic societies, environments, landscapes and cultures. Topics studied at AS include Rivers, Coasts, Population and Health, alongside Geographical Skills, such as literacy, numeracy, ICT, problem solving, teamwork, thinking skills and fieldwork/ enquiry skills. Research and analytical skills are further developed at A2 through topics such as Tectonic Hazards and Development. You will have many opportunities to conduct your own research by attending a range of field courses to study river processes and urban redevelopment.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Geography shares common themes with the Sciences and other Humanities subjects, especially Biology, Sociology and Citizenship, but also combines successfully with nearly every other AS/A2 combination, including Mathematics and English.

██ Career Options

Geography is a broad based academic subject, combining scientific knowledge with an understanding of the arts, and is well respected by employers and HE courses. Geographers enter a very wide range of career areas and put simply there is no such thing as a geography job, there are jobs that geographers do. Studying geography provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment. Recent surveys about the career destinations of Geography graduates show that the majority went into management and administration or further training, whilst many joined media, financial and retail sectors.


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History at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: AQA

██ Why consider this course?

History is a course that is right for you if the past fascinates you. History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the sense of reward born of successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging problems. History helps us to make sense of our past, our present and looks ahead to our futures – it’s about the world we live in, the world our ancestors lived in and the world our future descendants will inherit.

██ Qualifications

5 A*-C grades at GCSE (English should be one of these)

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██ Course Content

At AS level, students will complete 2 units of study.

Unit His1N —Totalitarian Ideology in Theory and Practice 1848 – 1941 An opportunity to study some of the most notorious names in history, their governments, atrocities and leadership. This unit compares Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler through examination of their cult of personality and ultimate control over their countries. Who was adored more Stalin or Hitler? Why did the Nazis hate the Jews? Why is Lenin still loved despite his violent temper? Who was Mussolini and how did he change Italy? Unit His2A— Conqueror and Conquest, c1060–1087 This unit provides an opportunity to study the dynamics of change caused by the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 and the extent to which there was continuity between AngloSaxon and Norman England after this date. Students should have a sound understanding of the context and chronology of Edward the Confessor’s reign, but the main emphasis will be on the events following his last years, and their subsequent effects. The role of William the Conqueror and the consolidation of his hold on England will be central, as will be the work of individuals such as Lanfranc. The study of the conquest and its subsequent effects in the political, religious, military, economic, social and cultural spheres will allow candidates to judge the degree of change and continuity that it engendered. At A2—You will go on to do an examination topic focused on the reign of Elizabeth 1st and a Historical enquiry into African American Civil Rights.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

English Literature, Communication and Culture, Sociology, English Language, Art and Citizenship all compliment students studying this subject.

██ Career Options

Apart from being a valued subject by university admissions officers some of the careers open to you are teaching, social work, criminology, law, journalism, publishing, media, politics, business, management, marketing, advertising, public relations. These are just a few - studying History can open many doors for you.


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ICT National Award Level 3 ██ Examination Board: Cambridge Technicals

██ Why consider this course?

IT is at the heart of everyday life, at home, work and in our leisure time from computer graphics and control systems to communications and problem - solving, IT has an ever increasing role to play

██ Qualifications

Merit at ICT BTEC Level 2

██ Course Content

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Communication and employability skills for IT This unit will equip students to use a variety of communication skills, provide them with an understanding of the skills an employer wants and how to adapt the message to their audience. Information systems This unit demonstrates the types of information held in the workplace, how it can be used to gain a competitive edge and how it must comply with legislation. Computer systems This unit will provide students with an insight into the role of an IT support technician as they learn about working with software, including two types of operating systems. E-commerce Most businesses also operate on the internet; this unit gives students the opportunity to create an e-commerce strategy and the knowledge that underpins it. Computer networks Once completed, students will understand the key components of networks, the protocols and service provided by network systems. IT technical support Students will step into the shoes of the IT professional as they understand the support role in the organisation and the impact of organisational policies on IT.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

With the wide variety of topics on offer this course compliments most subjects.

██ Career Options

Pathways for choice - the ICT course provides an ideal foundation for students to progress to more advanced studies and to the workplace.


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Mathematics at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: Edexcel

██ Why consider this course?

If you like Maths can work well with numbers and enjoy problem solving then this course is definitely for you. With a range of opportunities involving reflection, logic and critical analysis this subject provides the skills and the challenges to impress any future employer and prospective university.

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██ Qualifications

Mathematics at Post-16 level is best suited to students who have gained a grade B at GCSE Higher Tier. Your Maths teacher will be able to advise you on your suitability for the course, if you are unsure.

██ Course Content

This course is modular, consisting of two AS units in Pure mathematics, C1 and C2, together with one Applied unit, S1 (Statistics). The course is covered in one academic year with exams available in January and June. There is no coursework component in Year 12. Students intending to study Physics Post-16 will find AS level Mathematics particularly useful, as will those interested in studying other sciences at university. To complete the A2 course students take three more units, two in Pure mathematics, C3 and C4 and another Applied unit, M1 (Mechanics).

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Mathematics supports a wide variety of other Post-16 subjects such as the Sciences, Humanities, Psychology and Business Studies.

██ Career Options

Mathematics at AS and A2 level is useful, in many cases essential, for students planning to take higher education courses in, among many other subjects, Accountancy, Business Management, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Economics, Electrical or Electronic Technology, Engineering Science, Management Science, Materials Science and Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Statistics, Systems Analysis and Telecommunications Engineering. It is an essential requirement for courses in Mathematics and, usually, for many of the science subjects.


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Further Mathematics at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: Edexcel

██ Why consider this course?

If you are planning to take degrees with significant mathematical content you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics, at least to AS level. Students who are not planning to study for mathematics-rich degrees but who are keen on mathematics will find Further Mathematics a very enjoyable course and having a Further Mathematics qualification identifies students as having excellent analytical skills, whatever area they plan to study or work within. Further Mathematics qualifications are very highly regarded by university departments in these Mathematics - rich subject areas. Some prestigious university courses will not accept students without Further Mathematics qualifications and many others will give students with Further Mathematics qualifications preferential offers. 

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██ Qualifications

AS level Further Mathematics is designed to be learnt alongside AS level Mathematics in Year 12, or taken up as a new AS subject alongside A2 Mathematics in Year 13. Further Mathematics is not just for the top A level Mathematics students, especially at AS level. AS Further Mathematics is accessible to any student capable of passing A level Mathematics.

██ Course Content

This course is modular, consisting of one AS unit in Further Pure Maths, FP1, together with two Applied units, D1 (Decision) and S2 (Statistics). The course is covered in one academic year with exams available in January and June. There is no coursework component . To complete the A2 course students take three more units, one further maths module, Further Pure 2 (FP 2), and two other Applied units, D2 (Decision) or M2 (Mechanics) or M3 (Mechanics).

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Further Mathematics supports a range of other Post-16 subjects such as Mathematics and the Sciences.

██ Career Options

Any student planning to take a mathematics-rich degree (this covers a very wide range of academic areas - Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., as well as Mathematics itself) will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics, at least to AS level.


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Music at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: Edexcel

██ Why consider this course?

If you have an active interest in performing, composing or listening to Music.

██ Qualifications

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Music A level is the most advisable pathway for students who are actively involved in music making and have some instrumental experience performing as a group and/or solo up to or beyond grade 4/5 standard (associated board). A level music is the natural follow on for successful GCSE Music students who have gained a grade C or above. Your Music teacher will be able to advise you on your suitability for the course, if you are unsure.

██ Course Content

The course is split up into 3 components. Performing (30%) is assessed internally by your teachers. Each year students will submit 5-6 minutes of performing which can be either a solo and/ or ensemble in any chosen style. The ideal standard for performing is grade 5. Composition (30%) is sent away for external assessment. All A level students will be required to produce a composition which has a score, audio recording and accompanying notes. The brief is set by the exam board in September and all composition will need to be completed in school. Developing Musical Understanding (40%) is a single listening exam. There are 3 areas of study i) instrumental Music (AS and A2) ii) Vocal Music (AS Music) iii) Applied Music (A2 only). The exam is divided into 3 sections where students will respond to questions on set studies from the Anthology of Music, Investigating Musical Styles and Understanding chords and lines.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Music goes well with and compliments all other academic subjects through its diverse nature and skills base

██ Career Options

A full Music A level is recognised by universities for entry onto course of both a musical and non-musical nature. As well as traditional music degree many other music courses are provided by Universities and colleges across the UK in areas such as such as Composition, Popular Music, Electro-Acoustic Music, Jazz, Music Technology, Music Therapy, Music Theatre, Performing Arts. The music industry is one of the largest and most diverse industries with a wide range of career opportunities from journalism and reviewing to sound engineer or session playing.


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Music Technology at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: Edexcel

██ Why consider this course?

I love playing an instrument and performing? I have an interest in exploring Music through technology? I can recognize and describe music from a range of pop and jazz styles. I can recognize different musical effects. If you answer yes to the majority of these, then you are an ideal candidate for the music technology course.

██ Qualifications

Ideally a grade C or above in GCSE Music however students with a background of using or having a keen interest in Music technology programs will be considered.

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██ Course Content

The course is made up of two components at AS level and two more units of work at A2 level. Unit 1: This unit consists of three pieces of coursework and a logbook to be completed by the students to explain how they completed each piece of work. Task 1A: A Sequenced realised performance – This piece is released by the exam board in September. You will be assessed on your ability to recreate the song as accurately as possible in terms of pitch, rhythm and the sounds used in the original recording. Task 1B: A multi track recording – You will record a piece of your own choice lasting between two and four minutes. Recordings must have at least eight live tracks of which at least four tracks captured using microphones. Task 1C: A creative sequenced arrangement. – The exam board releases this piece in September. The work must show creative development and/or manipulation of the chosen stimulus. You will also complete a logbook explaining the processes you went through and the equipment used. All of the above pieces of coursework totals 35% of the music technology course. Unit 2: A listening and analysing exam, which will be based on popular music. You will study a wide range of styles including blues, jazz, soul, reggae, rock, hip-hop, and pop. You will look at the melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and structural elements, as well as the technological processes regarding recording and production of each style. This unit is equivalent to 15% of the music technology course.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Music goes well with and compliments all other academic subjects through its diverse nature and skills base

██ Career Options

A full music technology A level is recognized by universities for entry onto courses of both a musical and non-musical nature. As well as traditional music technology degrees many other music courses are provided by universities and colleges across the UK in areas such as popular Composition, Popular Music, Electro – acoustic Music, sound engineering, Music technology and so on. The Music industry is one of the largest and most diverse industries with a wide range of career opportunities from studio technician, recording engineering, producer, composer, Roadie etc


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Photography at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: Edexcel

██ Why consider this course?

If you are interested in understanding the development of a photographic image through traditional methods and digital technology and how the image is then displayed to create maximum impact, then this course is for you.

██ Qualifications

5 GCSEs at grade C or above which includes Art and Design at a C grade.

██ Course Content

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Students will take and develop photographs using traditional methods and through computer technology with SLR cameras and digital cameras. They will study a range of topics including Portraiture, Architecture, Natural Objects, Music, Sport and animation. The work of photographers will be researched and visits may occur. Two in depth units of coursework will be developed for the final pieces of work. Unit 1 is at AS level and involves pupils developing their knowledge and understanding of photography. Digital photography is used within unit 1 and Photoshop software is explored. Pupils develop understanding of key artists and techniques through their work. Unit 2 is the externally set exam. Pupils use this time to research, develop and produce a final piece. The exam is worked over twelve weeks and at the end pupils complete a eight hour exam. Unit 3 is at A2 level and involves pupils showing and developing a grater depth of knowledge through photography. During this time traditional methods are using as well as digital. Pupils are encourage to work in a fine art sense and create work outside of the photographic form. Unit 4 is the externally set exam. Pupils use this time to research, develop and produce a final piece. The exam is worked over twelve weeks and at the end pupils complete a twelve hour exam.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

This course supports and compliments a wide variety of other AS courses such as the social sciences and ICT. However, it is possible for candidates to study this subject alongside any others on the programme.

██ Career Options

Photography is recognised for improving the observation and development of visual communication. Students who take this course can move into various fields of work and study. There are opportunities to study further at universities taking courses in art, applied art and photography. There  are also employment prospects with magazine publishers, freelance photography and  photographic studio work


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Physics at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: Edexcel

██ Why consider this course?

Edexcel Physics will allow students to build on the work covered in there GCSE Science course. It would also prepare students for the rigour of studying mathematical or science based course at university. Physics allows you to understand how the world around you works, apply mathematical principles and scientific processes to everyday life.

██ Qualifications

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5 GCSE grades at A*-C (including English and Maths). Preferably a B in Maths and a Science based subject (Science, Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

██ Course Content

At AS level there are five modules, two forming unit 1 and three forming unit 2: Mechanics—applying mathematical laws to forces, motion and energy Materials— the properties of fluids and solids Waves—the properties of waves; reflection, refraction and diffraction DC Electricity—builds on the basic ideas of circuit theory studied in Year 10 and 11 The nature of light —Wave particle duality and an introduction to quantum physics There is also a controlled assessment component (Unit 3) which counts 20% towards a AS level in Physics.

At A2 level there are seven modules, three forming unit 4 and four forming unit 5: EM fields—introduces pupils to the idea of electromagnetic induction Further Mechanics—builds on the AS mechanics unit, adding circular motion and momentum Particle Physics—discusses the physics behind particle accelerators Heat—discusses the mathematical link between temperature and kinetic energy Radioactivity—describes mathematically the process of radioactive decay Simple harmonic motion—uses further mechanics to describe ideas such as pendulums Astrophysics—explains the physics of investigating the universe. Written examinations are taken in June

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Mathematics, Further Maths, ICT, Biology, Chemistry and Art & Design. If you already have a particular interest in a career in any area you can mix Physics with other subjects if you are sure the mix will be accepted by your university/college or employer.

██ Career Options

Physics is essential for many higher education courses and advisable for many others, for example, Physics, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Design, Computer Systems Engineering, Engineering Science, Medicine, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Accountancy and Materials Science.


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Psychology at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: AQA

██ Why consider this course?

AQA Psychology will provide students with a broad understanding of the subject and provides good grounding for students who wish to go on and study in Higher Education. Psychology is relevant to any career which requires an understanding of human behaviour, communication and interaction – ranging from work in the media to counselling and mental health services.

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██ Qualifications

5 GCSE grades A* - C (one of which must be English as students will be required to engage in extensive research and written assessment as well as a grade B in science)

██ Course Content

If you are someone who has often wondered why people act the way they do; wondered how human memory works; are interested in the effects of stress, what makes someone abnormal, how mental illness is diagnosed and treated; what causes eating disorders – then the course content at AS Psychology will be of interest to you. In year 13 we have the choice of a range of topics but currently study explanations of Relationships, Intelligence, Aggression. We then look at the psychology of the media and explanations and treatment of mental disorders.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Suitable partner subjects are Sociology, English, Biology and Chemistry

██ Career Options

Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology Neuropsychology, Occupational Psychology, Sport & Exercise Psychology, Teaching and Research in Psychology.


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Sociology at AS and A2 Level ██ Examination Board: AQA

██ Why consider this course?

AQA Sociology provides students with the opportunity to investigate and understand the patterning of human relationships and provides a strong foundation for those who progress into higher education. It has particular relevance for those careers which focus on developing an understanding of who we are and why we do the things we do, ranging from law, to social work, to teaching.

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██ Qualifications

5 GCSE grades A*-C (one of which must be English) as students will be required to study a range of research articles, and reports and to produce a variety of number of written responses to successfully meet the assessment requirements of the course.

██ Course Content

There will be a focus on ‘looking beyond the obvious’ to explain why people make the choices they do. To do this you will consider different explanations for peoples’ behaviour and learn how to ‘critically evaluate’ these. You will also examine how and why society changes over time. If you are someone who is ready to question ‘common-sense ‘assumptions about what influences human behaviour by asking why ?, then this course will match your needs.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Psychology, Communication Studies, English, History, Citizenship

██ Career Options

A qualification in Sociology can be useful in a range of careers which involves an understanding of human behaviour, of both individuals and groups- Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing, Law , Advertising, Media, Social Work, Teaching, Nursing.


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National Diploma in Sport (Sports Development & Fitness) ██ Examination Board: Edexcel BTEC Level 3

██ Why consider this course?

A two year full-time course combining theory and practical. Intermediate qualifications will be achieved . The course is designed to specialise in the principles of sports development, including sports business, working with children and covers the key areas of fitness, including testing, nutrition, health and safety.

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██ Qualifications

Four GCSE passes at grades A to C and a real enthusiasm for sport and a multitude of associated industries.

██ Course Content

The course covers the sociology of sport, ethics and values in sport, fitness testing and training, principles of coaching, sports enterprise, sports psychology and sports clubs, Each student will complete a practical sports study where they select either two team sports or two individual sports and research them in depth. The students will also complete a period of work experience. There is also an opportunity to achieve the BST Community Sports Leader Award, YMCA Assistant Fitness Instructor Award and a First Aid Certificate.

██ AS Levels that go well with this subject

Students will need a diverse range of academic skills which both complement and support this course. These include: the Sciences, Humanities, English and Physical Education

██ Career Options

On completion of the course students may wish to progress on to a Higher National Diploma or Degree in Sports Management or to seek employment in the area of sports development and/or fitness and further their studies on a part time basis.


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