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Welcome to the Wilberforce Sixth Form College prospectus for 2013-14. I hope it will give you a flavour of the terrific range of courses, opportunities and facilities available for you at college. The strength of Wilberforce comes from our focus as a specialist college, delivering exclusively to 16-19 year olds. The courses that we offer, our staffing and resources are all targeted at helping you achieve your full potential, and in an environment designed especially for you. The range of courses on offer is outstanding. Wilberforce students achieve exceptional results, and their track record of winning top university places and going on to exciting careers is second to none. There’s the opportunity to take part in drama, music, sports and charity events, or simply to make new friends and have a wonderful social life. Choosing to come to college is about being ready to make some changes and move on, and Wilberforce is the top choice for young people in the area. You can also visit the college and experience it for yourself on one of our many open days and evenings. I hope you will be encouraged to make Wilberforce College your college.

David Cooper Principal


Contents Student life


Making the right choice


Our campus


College life




Getting involved


Representing your college




Support for our students


Financial help




Your future career


Your journey to Wilberforce


Choosing the right course


Courses Level 3 Courses A Level


Vocational (BTEC and other)


Level 2 Courses Vocational (BTEC and other)




Level 1 Courses BTEC Vocational Studies


Course index


Join us! Application form


Visit the college


How to contact us



New opportunities

College isn’t just about the qualifications you will gain. It is also a fantastic opportunity for you to try new things, gain new skills and take trips to places you have never been! We offer a diverse programme of enrichment activities, fantastic trips to places such as Amsterdam, Spain and London, plus lots of opportunities to take part in national competitions.

A helping hand

We pride ourselves on the fantastic support we offer to ensure students achieve the very best they can with us. We have a dedicated Study Support team, offering additional help to all students, along with an expert Student Services department that assists students with issues surrounding finance, transport and everyday life.

Fantastic facilities Every year we invest time and money into the college to ensure our students have an exciting environment in which to learn. Check out our campus map for more information about the fantastic facilities available to students at Wilberforce College, such as our brand new music production suite.

Bright futures

Each year, we help more students secure places at the top universities across the country, from Hull, Leeds and York - to Durham, Oxford and Cambridge. Our students have gone on to a wide range of successful careers and you can read more about their career journeys on our website at

Great results Not only do we have a 99% pass rate for A Level and BTEC courses, but we also help students make the most progress from their GCSE grades. This means that you will get the best grades possible with us.



Making the right choice Choosing where to go to college is a big decision, and we want to make sure you choose the right college for you. You will be likely to spend at least two years wherever you choose, so make sure you take some time to make your decision. Your school, or careers advice service, will be on hand to answer any questions you have, and you will have plenty of opportunities throughout the year to visit the college. If you attend one of our open days you can meet students and talk to teaching staff about the courses you are interested in. This prospectus will help you begin to decide which subjects and which courses you want to study.

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Our extensive college campus has changed a lot over the past 25 years. Every year we invest time and money in the college to ensure that our students have the fantastic facilities they deserve and an exciting environment in which to learn. This year is no exception, and our newest students are currently enjoying our brand new music production suite, redeveloped student social areas and state-of-the-art IT facilities, as well as many other improvements. We have shown a few highlights here, but to fully explore the campus you can visit the interactive map on our website. 6


Reception & Student Services

Our campus IT Suite

Performance Theatre

The Dome

Music Suite

College life You’ll soon find that Wilberforce Sixth Form College feels like a small and friendly place . Being a sixth form college, most people here are just the same as you - school leavers aged 16 to 19 - so you will find plenty of people with whom you have things in common. Coming to a new place can sometimes seem daunting, but our students say they quickly found it easy to get around the campus and make new friends. We know that socialising is a big part of college life for our students. Getting to know your new friends and making time to relax are very important, so we have provided spaces around campus to allow you to do this. The modern, spacious grounds here have lots of different areas where you and your friends can socialise. The social hub of the college is the Dome, a large, recently refurbished indoor space with comfortable seating areas. Based right at the heart of the college, it is a great meeting place for you and your friends and we often hold events here, such as charity shows,


performances and fairs. The college also has a student common room, which is a large seated area close to the canteen and a great place to eat your lunch or meet up with friends. Of course, in the summer you’re going to want to get outside and we have plenty of outdoor space for you to enjoy the sunshine, whether it’s eating lunch at a picnic table, relaxing on the field, or having a kick about on one of our football pitches. If you want to catch up on some studying the Library has quiet study areas, and the IT Suite has computers which are available for all students to use. All of the indoor communal areas are equipped with TVs which are on all day, so you can watch them during your breaks. We also use these to announce important and upcoming events at the college so that you are always in the know.

Wilberforce is a friendly environment with lots of space around campus for you to meet your friends.


Students enjoy a frappuccino at our coffee bar, Refresh, which serves sandwiches, hot snacks, homemade cakes and ice cream, plus a full range of speciality teas, coffees and hot chocolates.


Food We have an appetising array of places to eat at Wilberforce College, so whatever your tastes, there will be something to suit you.

Refuel Our main canteen, Refuel, serves a range of hot foods. The lunch menu changes every week, but it often features choices such as fish and chips, pasta, pizza, curries and jacket potatoes. Refuel opens at 8:15am, so you can get your breakfast here too. There are lots of options to choose from like cereal, pastries, toast or even a full English breakfast to make sure you start the day in the right way. If you fancy a lighter option, we also have a salad bar which serves a range of paninis, sandwiches and customisable salads.

Refresh In addition, we have our coffee bar, Refresh. As well as a selection of speciality teas and coffees, hot chocolate and homemade cakes, Refresh serves up a range of sandwiches and hot snacks to suit all tastes. We also have a number of vending machines around the college, selling cold drinks and snacks, for those times when you have stayed late, or need an extra afternoon boost.


Getting involved Enrichment

Events and fundraising

College isn’t just about your lessons and the subjects you study. There are lots of other great things you can get involved in. We call this ‘enrichment’. Being involved with enrichment activities at the college gives you the chance to make friends, have fun, develop new skills and be part of something different. Universities and employers place a high value on enrichment activities, so being involved can have benefits for your career and academic future too. Our programme provides a wide range of fun activities for everyone and you can do as many as you like. All enrichment activities are free, so there is no reason not to give them a go!

There is always something fun happening at Wilberforce College. Throughout the year there are all kinds of organised events taking place. We play host to a variety of fundraising fairs for different charities, from small bake sales, to days such as Children in Need or Comic Relief. We encourage students to get involved in any way they can – from performing and organising, to donating and taking part in activities.

We have listed some of the activities available this year, but we are always open to new ideas as well. So, if there’s something that you want to try - from archery to karate - just let us know!


Previously, students have karaoked their way through ‘Wilberfactor’, gunged our Principal and taken on the Sport Department in a tug of war. Check out our Facebook page for photos and news of the latest events at Wilberforce College.


Take part in our annual dance show and other college events. No experience needed!


Whether you’re a budding star or karaoke king, get your vocal chords going here.


Try your hand at everything from performing and directing, to costume and stage design.

The Quills

Come and hang out with fellow literary geniuses at the creative writing club.

Vox Magazine

Improve your CV by writing an article, send us your artwork or be our resident agony aunt!

Keep Active

Keep fit with classes such as zumba, pilates, five-a-side football, judo, pool or darts.

Duke of Edinburgh

Take off on expeditions, learn life skills and generally have the time of your life!

Driving Theory

Be expertly guided through your driving theory test by an expert tutor for free.


Continue William Wilberforce’s legacy by helping to raise awareness about human rights.

Debating Society

Work out your argument muscles in a safe environment with this vocal bunch!


Representing your college Student Council Every September, college turns political as students campaign for the role of President or Vice President of the Wilberforce College Student Council. There are lots of different positions on the Student Council, such as Fundraising, Welfare or Finance. So whatever your interests are, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the running of the college and be a representative for other Wilberforce College students. The Events Committee is another part of the Student Council, and gives more students the opportunity to be involved with college life, including getting stuck into the organisation of college parties!

Student Force The Student Force is our team of highly dedicated and enthusiastic students who go above and beyond to publicise and promote the college at grassroots level.


Being a member of the Student Force gives students hands-on marketing and business experience, as the team works out and about in the community, speaking with future students at events and organising links with local businesses. The activities that the Student Force organise and take part in vary but you will be your own ‘bosses’ and choose when and where to represent your college, with all the support you need from the college marketing experts. Of course, you’ll also make lots of new friends and gain plenty of confidence and experience along the way, so what’s not to like? Any student can apply to join the Student Force. You just need to be willing to work alongside a fun and friendly team of fellow students, as well as going the extra mile for your college! If you would like to find out more about joining the Student Force, e-mail telling us why you want to join.

The Student Force is managed and run by students who represent the college at all the best local events.


In 2012 a whole team of students made it to the BCS Championship Finals to compete in cross country running, swimming, squash and football.

Sport Sport is extremely popular at Wilberforce College. We have rugby, football and netball teams who compete in the British Colleges Sport (BCS) Programme, with lots of opportunities for students at all levels to be involved. Fixtures are held every Wednesday afternoon, both home and away, as all students have Wednesday afternoons free. In 2012 our sporting success was incredible. That year our netball team made it through to the quarter-finals of the BCS National League, one of our first team footballers represented and captained the BCS England Football Team, and a whole group of students made it to the BCS Championships in sports such as cross country, swimming and squash. We support all of our students to strive and achieve their best in their chosen sport, providing transport and covering any competition entry fees to ensure that there are no barriers to participation. In addition to the college teams, there are also plenty of other sport enrichment programmes that you could try out, including: • Badminton • Netball • Football • Zumba

• Trampolining • Pool and Darts • Pilates • Judo


Support for our students Student Services If you have an issue affecting your studies, your finances or your life - no matter how big or small - you’re likely to find the answer at Student Services. Our experienced and supportive Student Services team have information about student transport, financial help and attendance issues and are always on hand to offer support and advice should you need it. We also have qualified counsellors available to support students who may be experiencing personal problems. The counsellor will listen to you and support you for as long as you need.

as essay writing, planning, organisation, interview techniques, functional skills and general help with coursework. We aim to help you to achieve the best results possible on all of your courses. The college also has a team of Student Mentors, all exceptional former students who are now studying locally at university. The Student Mentors commit to spending Wednesday afternoons here at Wilberforce College to help you with your studies. If you would like to benefit from subject-specific support from the Mentors, you can speak with your teachers who will arrange for you to meet with them.

Study Support

The personal tutor programme

If at any point you feel as though you’re struggling with any aspect of your course, our Study Support Tutors are available to help. They offer individual or small group tuition, as well as extra support in the classroom.

Your personal tutor will meet you individually once every three weeks for a Learning Progress Meeting. This flexible meeting focuses on your needs at the time, such as how you are settling in at college or your university application.

Time with a Study Support Tutor is available to all students at each and every ability level within the college. The support covers a variety of skills such

You can also arrange to talk with your tutor in between scheduled meetings, and throughout the year you will have additional group tutorials. We


developed this system in response to student feedback about tutorials, so that students can talk more about their own progress and benefit from advice from trained professionals.

IT facilities Students can now access their college desktop and emails any way, anytime, anywhere. As well as recently installing a brand new IT Suite with stateof-the-art facilities, the college has also implemented WiFi throughout the campus, so you can access your emails on your phone, tablet and laptop. A brand new cloud email and storage system – live@edu – also ensures that you get a 10GB inbox and 10GB SkyDrive storage. On top of this, you’ll also have remote access to all of the latest Microsoft Office programs, as well as up-to-date and industry standard Adobe Creative Suite software, so you can choose to work on projects and assignments at home and in your free time.

As well as a flexible tutorial system for all students, time with a Study Support Tutor is available at every ability level within the college and covers a variety of skills to help you to achieve the best results.


We understand that students often have questions about how much college is going to cost. Don’t worry! There are no enrolment fees to pay, and attending college is completely free for students aged 16 to 18 (you must be aged under 19 on the 1st September 2013). We also provide all course materials free of charge and exam entry fees are taken care of for you as part of the course. For those students who may need extra financial help, the college runs a bursary and award scheme. More information on this can be found at Student Services.

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We try to keep the cost of attending college as low as possible for all students to make sure that you won’t have any money worries during your time here. The college also subsidises lots of different products and services for you, such as food, stationery, clothing (e.g. college hoodies) and buses . We also pay any costs arising (such as entry and transport fees) for students who

Financial help excel in competitions, such as the British Colleges Sport events. So, don’t worry, there are several sources of financial help available, which could help you meet the cost of college, depending on your individual circumstances.

College Bursary Award For students who need financial help to continue with their studies, a College Bursary is available. Any student at Wilberforce College who meets the criteria is eligible to apply for the full Bursary Award. The bursary is worth £135 a month (total £1200) and is open to students in care, leaving care, in receipt of income support or in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.

College Maintenance Allowance Students who received free school meals in Year 11 at school are eligible to apply for College Maintenance Allowance. There is also some provision for students

who were not on free school meals, but who come from a low income family. For example: • If you received free meals in Year 11 or if your household income is below £16,190, you could receive up to £50 per month. • If your household income is between £16,190 and £23,000, you could receive up to £20 per month. Receipt of these payments is based on students having no unauthorised absences, and will be paid directly into the student’s bank account.

Hardship Fund Students who are experiencing exceptional financial hardship can apply for additional assistance through Student Services, where their circumstances and eligibility will be assessed on an individual basis.


Transport Buses


Five dedicated buses run to and from Wilberforce College. The W1, W2, W3 and W4 cost a maximum of 50p per single journey. As well as these dedicated services, we have added the new 10W service for students travelling from West Hull. This is a Stagecoach service, so students can use Megariders, which are available from the college for a subsidised price of ÂŁ5. If you use a Megarider to get to and from college everyday this will equate to each journey costing just 50p, use it more often and your journeys will be even cheaper!

If you drive a car or motorbike there is some student parking available in front of the college. You will just need to apply to get a free parking permit by visiting Student Services.

As well as selling subsidised Stagecoach Megariders, the college now sells East Yorkshire Hull Plus weekly tickets for the subsidised price of ÂŁ5. This means that all students in Hull, Hessle, Cottingham, Willerby, Kirk Ella and Anlaby can travel to and from college for no more than 50p per journey by using one of these tickets. Many Stagecoach and East Yorkshire buses pass the college every day, so please visit our website to find up-todate information. 22

Cycling Many of our students cycle to college, so we have just installed a large secure cycle compound with a thumb print scanner. You will be given your student ID card at the beginning of term and then you just need to register your cycle for free at Student Services.

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W1 W2 W3 W4 Beverley via Kingswood Hedon via Preston Holderness Express Hornsea via Leven 7.35am Withernsea Waxholme Rd 7.40am Withernsea Memorial Ave 7.47am Hollym Cross Roads 7.53am Patrington Memorial 8.01am Ottringham White Horse 8.05am Keyingham Ship Inn 8.11am Burstwick Station Rd 8.14am Thorngumbald Royal Mail 8.15am Thorngumbald Post Office 8.40am Wilberforce College Return journey at 4.00pm

7.45am Hornsea EYMS Depot 7.51am Hornsea The Willows 7.58am Seaton 8.00am Sigglesthorne Lane End 8.03am Catwick Smithy 8.06am Leven The New Inn 8.08am White Cross 8.11am Long Riston Smithy 8.15am Skirlaugh Duke of York 8.18am New Ellerby Railway Inn 8.25am Sproatley Memorial 8.29am Wyton Bar 8.40am Wilberforce College Return journey at 4.00pm

7.45am Beverley Sow Hill 7.53am Woodmansey Warton Arms 7.59am Dunswell Coach & Horses 8.05am Beverley High Road 8.10am Sutton Road 8.13am Littondale/Bude/Bodmin Rd 8.17am Kingswood High School 8.20am Wawne Road Biggin Ave 8.25am Robson Way 8.35am Wilberforce College Return journey at 4.00pm (Subsidised Megariders may be used within the Hull boundary)

8.20am Hedon New Road 8.22am Hedon Market Square 8.25am South Holderness School 8.27am Preston Cross Roads 8.29am Preston Nags Head 8.31am Wyton Bar 8.34am Bilton Main Road 8.35am Bilton Asda 8.37am Swiss Cottage 8.40am Wilberforce College Return journey at 4.00pm (Subsidised Megariders may be used on the W4)

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Your future career At Wilberforce College, we offer a series of specially developed programmes to help students achieve their career goals. These cover a wide variety of career paths, including medicine, veterinary science, teaching and law. Students taking part will get the extra support and specialist experience needed to get relevant university places and take the next step towards their dream jobs. As well as this, all students have access to individual careers guidance and support whenever they need it, at any time throughout their course. Although qualifications are key factors in getting a great job or going on to university, we also understand the importance of work experience. The college works hard to forge links with local and national companies to help our students get industry placements, or find a suitable job relevant to their area of study. If you would like to find out more about the career programmes Wilberforce College offers, we have produced a guide which can be read online by visiting our website at


July 2012 School Taster Days

October 2012 onwards Apply for a place

8th November 2012 Open Evening 5.30pm-8pm

1st December 2012 Open Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm Open Events


If you feel you need to know more about Wilberforce College before you decide where to go, why not visit us. At our Open Evenings you can explore the full campus, find out more about the courses we offer and get advice from staff and students.

In most schools your tutors will give you advice on how to apply. This may be through the electronic common application form (Log on, Move on), or applications submitted via the college website, You could also complete and post the application form at the back of this prospectus.

Open Saturdays are opportunities to visit the college to speak with staff about courses you’re interested in. Parents’ Information Evenings are when parents/guardians meet with the management team and find out more about the college. 26

Although it is good to get your application in early to secure your place, we still take applications right up until enrolment time. If you have any queries or problems about applying to Wilberforce College, please telephone 01482 711688 or email

Your journey to Wilberforce February 2013 onwards Interviews

March 2013 onwards Offer of a place

30th & 31st January 2013 Parents’ Information Evenings Interviews Meet one of our course counsellors to make sure the courses are just right for you. If you are in one of our Hull partner schools, this meeting will take place at your school. Otherwise, if you send us an application we will be in touch to arrange a convenient appointment.

13th March 2013 Open Evening 5.30pm-8pm 20th April 2013 Open Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm 27th & 28th June 2013 Welcome Days

Welcome Days Your first day as a Wilberforce College student! Meet other students, find out more about the courses you plan to take and get a feel for what life will be like in September.

Late August 2013 Enrolment Early September 2013 College starts


Choosing the right course Your choice of course and level will depend on your interests, career ambitions and the grades you achieve before joining us. Here are a few things you might want to consider:

Subject It’s important to have a passion for your subject, so think carefully about what will interest and motivate you.

Assessment Our courses are assessed in a variety of ways. Do you work best under pressure in an end of year exam, or would you prefer to be continuously assessed?

Future plans If you’ve got an idea of the kind of work that you want to do in the future, find out if you’ll need a certain qualification to get into that particular career. What are your GCSE results likely to be?

5 A* - C Grades

4 A* - C Grades

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(mainly in GCSEs including Maths or English)

(in at least 3 subjects including a D in English)

2 D Grades

You could study

You could study

You could study

BTEC Level 3

BTEC Level 2

4 AS Level Subjects (pg 30 - 63)

or BTEC Level 3 (pg 66 - 84)

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(pg 88 - 99)

or City & Guilds Level 3 (pg 86 - 87)

or City & Guilds Level 2

or City & Guilds Level 3

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then go on to

then go on to

University or employment

Level 3 course(s) or employment

(pg 100 - 101)

(pg 86 - 87)

University or employment

Entry requirements Different courses have different entry requirements, so check to make sure that you meet the right criteria. If you don’t, we offer courses which allow you to progress on to the higher level within a year.

Whatever your qualifications, Wilberforce College will have something to offer you. Use the course diagram as a guide, or come in and see one of our course counsellors to discuss your needs.


E Grades You could study

BTEC Level 1 (pg 105)

then go on to Level 2 course or employment


Art - Digital Photography Art - Fine Art Art - Textiles Biology Business Studies Chemistry Classical Civilisation Communication & Culture Drama & Theatre Studies Economics English Language English Literature English Literature & Language Film Studies French Geography Government & Politics Graphics - Product Design History - Medieval or Modern Information Technology Law Mathematics Mathematics - Further Media Studies Performance Studies Physical Education Physics Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Spanish

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A Level This is the traditional Level 3 route to university, and also highly regarded by employers. We offer over thirty subjects at A Level and AS Level, so there is a wide range of subjects for you to choose from. It takes two years to complete the full A Level, but after the first year you will have gained stand-alone AS Level qualifications. You will usually begin with four AS Level choices in your first year and go on to complete three subjects in the second year, leaving college with three complete A Levels and one AS Level. Some students who have excelled at GCSE choose to undertake five AS Levels, or to continue with four A Levels, and this can be discussed with college staff at enrolment. To study A Levels you need to achieve at least five grade Cs or above at GCSE. Some A Levels may require specific grades being attained at GCSE, but this will be discussed with you at interview. To give you the widest possible range of options, you should aim to achieve a C grade or better in English Language and Mathematics.



Digital Photography A Level Experience life through a lens, make digital art, and take a creative approach with your camera. You will explore a variety of specialist techniques to transform you into an insightful and effective photographer, developing your own responses to themes that you choose and producing photographic images that are unique and personal to you. All of the basics of digital photography will be taught on this course, so no prior photography knowledge is required – you don’t even need to have your own camera! This course will challenge you both intellectually and creatively, allowing you to delve into formal elements of photography, whilst expressing your artistry by creating an original set of work. You will also go beyond digital approaches, experimenting in darkroom and pinhole approaches, as well as visiting galleries and photographing on location. Digital Photography students find that this course unlocks their articulate side and creates opportunities across a wide range of courses and careers.



Fine Art A Level If you want to shape your future and add texture to your studies, A Level Fine Art offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, digital imaging and print media. You will cultivate your own ideas, work from observation, and appreciate the work of both well known and obscure artists. Skills developed will prepare you to understand visual arts, leading the way for you to interpret images and make informed personal comments. This is a hands-on course that will enable you to build impressive sketchbooks full of enchanting images and ideas, whilst taking up exciting opportunities to work on a large-scale canvas, visit art galleries and take part in life drawing classes. Fine Art students also find that this qualification is an important asset in gaining a place on an art or photography-based degree or foundation course.


Art Textiles A Level Embrace the world of textiles, develop your drawing skills, and make the cut for a stylish future in the fashion industry. You will take an experimental approach to creating textiles through a wide range of processes, including printed and dyed textiles (such as screen printing, transfer painting and block printing), constructed textiles (such as embroidery, appliquÊ and felt making) and fashion – which could include designing and making garments or accessories.


A student models work created by a fashion student, at one of three fashion shows Wilberforce College held in 2012.

This course will take you on a great experience, making art from original approaches and studying historical or contemporary fashion textiles. You will also develop your art-based research, including photography and observational drawing, through a series of projects to cultivate your own personal style. After the course you may choose to go on to study an Art Foundation course, a degree, or explore a career in fashion or textiles.

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Case Study:

Peter Gawthorpe First year Biology student

School: South Holderness Subjects: A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics Career Plans: Doctor “ I’ve had a lot of contact with medicine during my life so it’s an area I’ve always been interested in. I’ve had loads of support from staff on my course so I’ve already pretty much chosen my degree course and university. “Wilberforce was better suited to me than school - the facilities are great and it seemed a much better option. I feel like I get more respect from teachers and students.”

Biology A Level Study a fascinating topic, delve into the living environment, and climb the building block of life for a career in science. You will discover how scientific organisms work and cover a broad range of interesting and important topics, such as cell structure, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and ecology. You will also gain a range of transferable skills, including experimental abilities, investigation competence and research technique. Additionally, you will benefit from taking part in research and field work, enrichment activities, guest speakers and opportunities to work with our partner organisations. This course could be a stepping stone for a rewarding future in biological employment, the health services, environmental protection, microbiology or biotechnology. A Level Biology students often go on to progress their studies at university and this qualification could lead on to further study with degrees in ecology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medicine and microbiology.


Business Studies A Level Investigate the global business market and embark on a stimulating and rewarding journey into enterprise and commerce.

Case Study:

Amy Aistrop Second year Business Studies student

School: Winifred Holtby Subjects: A Levels in Business Studies, English and Maths Career Plans: Accountant “My interest in Accountancy is something that has only developed while I have been studying business at Wilberforce. “I’ve successfully gained an accountancy scholarship with Kaplan Financial, so I’ll be completing that next on placement at a chartered accountants. “I think anyone can take something from studying business whether you have 36 studied it before or not.”

What’s in a brand name? Why do businesses need to plan? How do managers motivate their staff? On this highly relevant course, you will develop an understanding of business objectives, what business organisations do, and why they do it. Topics covered include finance, marketing, managing operations, people in business, and external influences. Business Studies at A Level is extremely valued by employers, as students gain experience of teamwork and the key issues encountered by management trainees. You will also interact with guest speakers, have the opportunity to go on field trips and make contact with prospective employers. This course could lead you to gain entry to a degree in business or marketing, or associated areas such as management science.

Chemistry A Level A Level Chemistry is an explosive, vibrant and lively subject – which could provide the solution for your next big step. You will devise and plan investigative and experimental activities, as well as interpret, explain, evaluate and communicate the results of these. You will also improve your understanding of this fascinating subject, studying areas such as atomic structure, chemical bonding, organic chemistry and the Periodic Table. This course will add depth and breadth to your GCSE science knowledge, and you will gain awareness of chemistry’s ethical, environmental and technological aspects. Your studies will also include talks from guest speakers, field work trips, enrichment activities, and you will be taught all of the key practical techniques by experienced chemists. A Level Chemistry is also an essential qualification required to study degree courses such as medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy, biochemistry, and chemical engineering.


Classical Civilisation A Level Get under the skin of the Ancient World, journey back to the Rome and Greece of yesteryear, and explore this historical era through carefully selected works of classical literature. You will unearth what life would have been like for a Gladiator, study the master tactician Hannibal, gain an introduction to Greek Tragedy, explore the reigns of Roman emperors Tiberius and Claudius, and much, much more. Modules offered also include the study of the work, genius and times of the great orator, senator, and father of the Roman Nation, Cicero. This course is a fascinating, informative and historically stimulating adventure into the past. You will also benefit from a range of additional opportunities, such as field trips to Roman York and Hadrian’s Wall. This course is excellent preparation for many university courses, and you could enjoy success in a variety of careers from journalism to accountancy.


Communication & Culture A Level Learn from the text book of life, examine the world around you and populate your studies with popular culture. This subject is as real as it gets! You will look at the nature of culture and how it’s communicated to the people living within it. You’ll also analyse whether some cultural products are of more value than others. Answer this, is Tchaikovsky better than Tinie Tempah? You will also question the word ‘culture’, theories of communication, issues of identity, and self presentation. Studying communication and culture can help you progress, reflect and analyse your environment in everyday life. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy lively discussion, debate key issues and perhaps join the audience of a television show to see live programme-making in action. Students of this course often go on to develop careers in journalism, media, public relations, communication, and culture.


Drama & Theatre Studies A Level If you love theatre and want to take your studies to the next stage, why not indulge your passion for acting, directing and set design? You will study a set play, perform extracts from practitioner perspectives, and combine practical elements of drama with the theory and analysis of theatre. You will also write a critical analysis of a production, and work on perfecting specific theatre skills from directing, acting, costume design, mask design, set design, lighting and technical elements. Your time spent in our outstanding performance theatre will be a key element to your success. There will also be opportunities to encounter plenty of live theatre on visits to the ‘big stages’ around the country, and here at home in Hull. Students find that this course really develops their analytical skills, and they often go on to study theatre at university, or to write and perform plays within the industry.


Students perform their adaptation of a Steven Berkoff play before an audience, as part of their course.

Economics A Level Money makes the world go round! You will find out exactly how with this fascinating course, which also looks at how money is the driving force of human activity and behaviour. This is a thought-provoking subject, which studies how people interact with each other, how they behave, and how we provide for our wants and needs. You will learn about wealth, what is happening in the economy today, the global ups and downs, and the current financial crisis. You will also analyse and determine data, and research how consumers, businesses and the government make decisions. On this course you will take part in interactive activities, contribute to teamwork, and hear from guest speakers who are successful in business. You will also get the chance to visit London to see the City first hand, and also take part in apprenticestyle challenges! Many students use this subject to gain entry to a degree in economics, or associated areas such as accounting, management science or law.


English Language A Level Why are words so powerful? If you’re captivated by language, from text messages to textual analysis, this course will indulge your interest in speech and writing. You will gain an introduction to the language of texts, discover how language works and learn how to analyse speech. You will also apply language frameworks, such as grammar and pragmatics, to different texts and learn to interpret how context influences the use of language. This is a course for those who enjoy both creative and analytical language. Students will also produce a folder of writing in fictional or literary mode and explore how language is adapted for stage, television and into stories. You will also analyse the language of comedians, actors, TV journalists and advertising. Students find that this course forms a good basis for degrees in writing, journalism or communication, plus it also complements scientific study due to its analytical nature.


English Language student Chloe McKenzie shows off the work entered into our Creative Arts Festival in 2012.

English Literature A Level If you love reading, have an enquiring mind and want to expand your horizons, studying English Literature will open up new worlds for you! You will gain a wide knowledge of texts and genres, applying literary theory and expanding your insights into issues of gender, class and the workings of the human mind. As well as learning to understand culture and history, you will also increase your critical, analytical, research, and evaluation skills whilst reading and analysing novels, plays and poetry. This is a course where you will approach literature in practical and exciting ways. You will be given exciting opportunities to make independent and creative coursework choices, as well as the option to see live theatre to enrich your studies. English Literature is a highly respected qualification that will prepare you for the top universities and your future career, this subject is also especially compatible with courses in law, history, psychology and art.


English Literature & Language A Level Love both literature and language but just can’t choose between the two? Get the best of both worlds with this fascinating combined course. You will explore a range of exciting and modern literature alongside the study of language. This will include using language frameworks to analyse and interpret literary texts to form an essay based on a range of features. You will also learn an entirely new language - the language of speech. Using a special key you will learn to decode the hidden meanings behind everyday conversations. On this course you will study hugely entertaining texts, contemporary plays, poetry and you will also produce a piece of creative writing by reproducing the style of a specific author. The wide base of skills gained in English analysis and creative writing will give you a choice of excellent careers, particularly useful for law, teaching or professions where communication is essential.


Film Studies A Level If you love the silver screen and want to take your enjoyment of cinema to the next level, you will get a real close-up of the film industry with this course. You will learn about cinematography, analyse world cinema and look at issues surrounding the films that you will study. Through theory and practice you will also discover how meaning is produced in film and look at the relationship between the producers, narrative and the audience. This will include examining genres such as British Horror, discussing American classics and investigating how films make us laugh, cry and scream. On this course you’ll be taught in specially designed classrooms with surround sound and high definition projectors. You’ll also enjoy a whole range of extra-curricular activities, including trips to local cinemas. Students taking A Level Film Studies have gone on to study degrees in a range of subjects, including film, media, English, law, journalism and architecture. Student films are screened as the awards are announced at our yearly ‘Woscars’ ceremony.


French A Level Become an expert in this beautiful language and discover your potential to communicate in the lingo of Britain’s closest neighbour. You will acquire a variety of communication skills to gain the fluency to converse in a business or social environment, broadening your existing knowledge of vocabulary and grammar learned at GCSE. You will also improve your four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing and have the opportunity to take a trip to France! Many of your lessons will be taught by a native speaker in our dedicated language room, with regular access to high quality listening and recording equipment and up-to-date wireless computers. On this course you will explore what is happening in the French-speaking world today and study topics relevant to young people, including media, popular culture and family. Students find that A Level French is highly regarded at universities and by the professions. It will give you the breadth of transferable skills that employers are looking for.


Geography A Level Discover the world around you, develop your research skills and learn about the global issues affecting the environment in which we live. If you have a genuine interest in the wider world, this course will develop your skills whilst you explore a mix of both physical and human geography. This is a strong academic subject that will challenge your assumptions and make you think about how the world works. You will study topics such as rivers, floods, coastal environments, energy issues, and population change. You will also look at plate tectonics, weather and climatic hazards, world cities, and contemporary challenges and conflicts. Developing your fieldwork skills is an important part of the course and you will investigate both river and coastal environments. This is a course that works well with a wide variety of other subjects and it will allow you to progress on to a large number of degree courses at university. A Level Geography could lead you to a diverse range of careers in the future, such as in civil service, politics, town planning, travel, or risk analysis.


Government & Politics A Level What does the Prime Minister actually do? Look at how our country is governed, discuss the political power struggle and discover how politics unites and divides people. You will explore key government processes and institutions to gain a better understanding of political behaviour in the UK and USA. You will also consider people, parties, pressure groups, voting systems, constitution and the government. This will include examining key themes in political analysis and studying ideologies, theories, tradition, current debates and issues of the day. Overall, you will develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics. If you are fascinated by current affairs, then this is the course for you. Students will also enjoy a range of additional opportunities, including visiting speakers and a trip to the Houses of Parliament. This is a highly rated social science qualification and it could lead to university courses, such as law, politics and economics.


MPs Karl Turner and Graham Stuart visit the college in 2012 to take part in a live debate with students about renewable energy.

Graphics Product Design A Level At the heart of great products lies clever engineering. If you can appreciate the design of everyday objects, why not develop your design skills and bring your own ideas to life? You will look at how design has shaped our world and discover how to develop and produce products. You will also learn about skills needed to work with traditional and modern graphics media to produce advertising, packaging, artwork or high quality presentation drawings. This will involve investigating, producing and manufacturing products to produce 2D and 3D models. This is a course that encourages a fusion of creativity and technological skills. You will learn about manufacturing techniques, materials, design practice and how it has shaped the society we live in. Students will also create a portfolio of work and take part in visits to museums and design shows. A career in architecture, car design, products, or the creative industries could beckon.

A concept architectural model created by a graphics student as part of their coursework, and presented at our Creative Arts Festival.



History Medieval or Modern A Level Take a fascinating and vibrant look at the past, travel along the passage of time and explore either medieval or modern history. You will study contrasting countries and time periods, examining historical sources and the work of historians. You will also develop valuable skills of discussion, enquiry, analysis and expression of opinion. During the first year you could study the Norman Conquest, Henry VIII, King Richard and King John, Indian Independence, civil rights in America and Stalin’s rule in Russia. Second year options include China in the 20th Century, England under the Tudors, the Crusades and Germany from 1900-1945. This is a course where class discussion is expected and you will also have the opportunity to bring your studies to life by participating in field trips to historic sites. Studying A Level History blends many areas of knowledge and could lead to occupations ranging from lawyers to fashion designers.

The statue of our namesake, William Wilberforce, in Hull City Centre.


Information Technology A Level Information and communication technology systems now dominate our everyday lives. On this technological course you will learn about the fast moving and increasingly important role of information and communications technology (ICT) in business and industry. You will develop the essential technological and information skills needed in today’s world, including the ability to gather, process and manipulate data. This will include evaluating areas of study, such as data analysis, desktop publishing, networks, security issues and human computer interfaces. Information is everywhere, so you will also explore the impact of IT on individuals, organisations and society. This is a dynamic subject that will let you maximise your own strengths whilst learning essential skills. Students will also benefit from guest speakers and offsite visits to see how ICT is incorporated into companies. A Level ICT is excellent preparation for a wide range of degree courses, and it could be useful for careers in systems design, sales, marketing, music or technology. 52

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Success Story:

Jade Ferguson Trainee Solicitor

School: Winifred Holtby Subjects: A Levels in Law, Psychology and English Language “ I originally wanted to do an apprenticeship but I followed my friends to Wilberforce. I am so glad I did! I made new friends and the college was relaxed, supportive and encouraging. In fact, it was my law teacher who convinced me to do a law degree. “After my degree I did a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Criminology. The course was challenging, but I made friends with people from all over the world. “ In July of this year I got a job at a Solicitors in Hull, who help those who have been injured or subject to negligence.”

Law A Level Interested in law? This course is ideal if you aim to get into the legal profession, become a police officer, or simply want to find out more about the justice system. You will explore the English legal system and the work of judges, juries, solicitors and magistrates. This will involve developing a thoughtful and articulate approach, learning to see both sides of an argument and distinguishing evidence from irrelevant information. You will also study the criminal law of murder, manslaughter, theft, robbery, burglary and assaults. On this course you will be involved in classroom debates, participate in a mock trial and see how the law works through videos and research. Students will also go on educational visits to the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court, Hull Prison and master class sessions at selected universities. A Level Law is highly valued by universities, employers in the legal profession and a whole range of other careers, including commerce, business and teaching.


Mathematics A Level Mathematics in everyday life is all around you, from computing to cooking and shopping to sport. It’s a universal language, used to solve problems in every profession you can think of - and this is why Mathematics is one of the most useful courses to study! You will develop your skills learned at GCSE and further your ability by exploring maths that is unlike anything you’ve seen before. You will study quadratic and cubic graphs, calculus, probability, circles and expand on your trigonometry knowledge. Looking at ‘business style’ maths is also a key module on this course, such as finding the fastest route between two places. This engaging course is for those who enjoy mathematics problem solving, and want to improve their logical thinking. The mathematics department is extremely qualified and highly rated by Ofsted, with lessons consisting of creative ideas and a great mixture of individual, paired and group work. This is an essential A Level if you would like to go on to degree courses such as mathematics, engineering or physics.


Case Study:

Abigail Pearson Second year Mathematics student

School: Andrew Marvell Subjects: A Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and English Language Career Plans: Teacher “The teachers give you such a lot of support in this subject, so don’t be scared by it. It gives you so many more skills than just arithmetic, like problem solving, research and analysis, and essay writing. “Wilberforce is much more relaxed and you have more free time to study on your own. It’s closer to being at university than school is.”

Further Mathematics A Level Further Mathematics is becoming increasingly popular because more and more universities require it for specific degree courses. Employers also value students who have taken maths due to its problem-solving elements. You will look at ‘business’ mathematical problems, including methodically working through an algorithm to reach a solution, and applying numerical methods for solving equations. You will also study mechanics, such as exploring forces on objects, the momentum of colliding objects, and projectiles flying through the air. This course will also include algebra, imaginary numbers, statistics, matrices, three dimensional objects, and determinants and transformations. This is a structured and organised course comprised of creative ideas and a great mixture of individual, group and paired work. With Further Mathematics, your mathematical ability will be pushed to the best it can be and you will be taught by experienced teachers, whose lessons have been highly rated by Ofsted. This course has proved perfect preparation for progression to university to study any degree with mathematical content. 55

Media A Level We can’t ignore its power, influence, and the significant role that it plays in today’s society. From films to Facebook, the media is all around us – and it is becoming one of the fastest growing industries in the world. You will learn how people and places are represented in the media, explore media institutions and look at how they target particular audiences. This will involve studying genres, broadcast texts, narrative structures, and understanding the role of the marketing and advertising industry.


You will also consider the impact of new technology in the media and have the opportunity to create a mass media product of your own. This subject mixes theory with practical work and classes will take place in our specially designed media building. There will also be opportunities to take part in a range of exciting visits, including to the BBC. This course is excellent preparation for media degrees at university and it will also demonstrate the depth of your interest in media to future employers.

Performance Studies A Level Step into the spotlight! Students of A Level Performance Studies learn to perform in a wide range of styles, whilst also developing the skills to become versatile and confident performers.

Success Story:

Amy Clark Dance Teacher

School: Winifred Holtby Subjects: A Levels in English, Biology, Health & Caring, Physical Education, and Dance “Originally I wanted to be a PE teacher but when I found I didn’t like it I tried dance instead. It was so much fun I was inspired to make a career out of it. “I studied Dance at university and now I’m back at Wilberforce teaching as part of my PGCE. “Wilberforce has such a friendly atmosphere and students want to come here because it’s so chilled out.”

You will learn new performance competencies across drama, music and dance. This will involve devising, choreographing and composing a drama, as well as looking at the work of established theatre practitioners, artistic directors and performance companies. You will also work as a team, create a realisation piece, and discover how postmodern songs, plays and dance pieces are devised. This is a lively course that will build your confidence and it is suitable for anyone who loves performing, plus those who have the enthusiasm, willingness and commitment to learn. There will be plenty of opportunities for practical performance in the college theatre and to investigate the real purpose of performing arts. Following this course, students could explore a career in entertainment, or progress on to university and study creative, media or performing arts courses.


Physical Education A Level Passionate about sport? Introduce a physical dimension to your studies and bring sporting theory to life with this active A Level. You will learn to understand and analyse the major concepts and principles underlying sport and physical education. This will include exploring movement, the effects of exercise and training, acquisition of skills, healthy lifestyle, and barriers faced by minority groups. You will also look at elite preparation, training, contemporary issues within sport, psychological techniques and sports injuries. This is an academic course that mixes theory with practical sessions, so students should already have an active interest in sport and be prepared to evaluate their own performances. You will also have the use of our brand new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and the opportunity to adopt the roles of performer, official, umpire, judge or coach. Lessons will be taught in a variety of teaching styles and this course is ideal if you are considering a career in the leisure or sports industries. 58

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Success Story:

Joseph Sturdy F1 Research & Development Engineer

School: South Holderness Subjects: A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Graphics “ I’ve always had an interest in motorsport and I’ve been competing since my early teenage years. After Wilberforce I studied MEng Motorsport Engineering at Oxford Brookes University and I’m now working full time in the Research & Development department at Sahara Force India Formula One. “Wilberforce was a more adult environment than school and being taught by people who made the courses interesting created an enjoyable experience. I’ve got a lot of good memories of the social side of college too.”

Physics A Level If you’re interested in the study of matter, energy and the interaction between them, bring out your inventive and industrious nature with A Level Physics. You will learn the basic principles of physics, as well as exploring electricity and quantum mechanics. You will also discover how waves transfer energy, and study reflection, refraction and interference. Other topics will include gravity, oscillations, nuclear physics and thermal physics. On this course you will be taught in our well-stocked labs by a physicist and mechanics specialist, you’ll also engage with the surrounding physics and engineering community with visits to local businesses and organisations. Students of this subject prove to be coherent, logical thinkers and this course is excellent preparation for anyone wanting to pursue physics or related subjects at degree level. Following this course you will be equipped to apply for courses such as medicine, engineering, astronomy, astrophysics, dentistry and veterinary science – the list is endless! 59

Psychology A Level Psychology is the scientific study of people, which tries to understand and explain thought, behaviour and emotion. If you’re fascinated by the mind, this course is sure to capture your imagination! You will look at different ways of investigating human behaviour, covering several areas of psychology and studying major psychological approaches and studies. You will also discover if behaviour is affected by our thoughts, how our bodies respond to a situation, and why childhood learning affects our future. This is a highly interactive course where you will take part in classroom debates, apply research methods to your own behaviour, criticise material, and form your own opinions. You will also learn from analysing films and taking part in field trips where you can observe human behaviour. A Level Psychology will combine well with other subjects and it is a useful qualification if you are considering degree courses in social sciences, business studies, sports science, teacher training, physiotherapy or paramedical subjects.


Success Story:

Adam McGowan Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

School: Malet Lambert Subjects: A Levels in Chemistry, Maths and Psychology “To be honest, at 16 I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do as a career. My career choice evolved throughout my academic studies, starting with Wilberforce. From this, I decided I would undertake Psychology as a degree, and my aspiration to become a psychotherapist grew from there. “The Psychology teacher taught in a way that was engaging and interesting. The material is much easier to learn, and remember, when it is in this format. Twelve years on I still remember the things he taught, and the powerful snippets of insight he gave us.”

Religious Studies A Level What is the meaning of faith? Discover how belief has shaped our lives and why the study of religion is central to an understanding of the modern world. You will explore how religion affects the way in which we live and gain insights into knowledge, belief and thought. You could also look at the study of the world’s religions, the history of Christianity, religion and art, and the role of faith in contemporary society. This is a course that will suit students with an enquiring mind, who enjoy exploring perspectives and are open to the rigorous study of religion. There will also be the opportunity to take part in visits to places of religious significance, including churches, mosques, temples and synagogues. A Level Religious Studies will work well with a wide range of other courses and it is particularly useful if you are considering a career in medicine, the police, teaching or community work.

Students visiting a temple in Bradford as part of their course. 61

Sociology A Level Investigate civilisation’s social and cultural side with this living subject, which explores contemporary events and the current issues affecting humanity. You will focus on themes of socialism, culture and identity, and apply sociological ideas to the world with which you are familiar. You will also discuss how people can become more socially aware of the issues around them, as well as looking at topics of femininity, masculinity, family life, crime, and deviance in society. This course will help you develop high-level transferable skills, such as analysis and critical thinking, through considering the norms and values of different cultures. Students will also have the chance to explore subcultures through observing groups of people on organised field trips, such as to the Whitby Goth Festival. A Level Sociology can be followed through to degree level and it is ideal for careers where there is a high level of contact with people, including teaching, public administration, social work, law and journalism.


Spanish A Level Improve your confidence and fluency when speaking Spanish, whilst also learning about Spain’s society, culture and heritage. You will build upon your GCSE knowledge and broaden your vocabulary and grammar. You’ll also develop your listening, reading and writing, and sharpen your language skills through both lessons and independent study. This will involve keeping up to date with what is happening in the Spanish-speaking world and developing your speech in individual sessions with a native speaker. Many lessons will be taken in our dedicated language room with regular access to high quality listening and recording equipment, plus state-ofthe-art wireless computers. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a trip to Southern Spain and apply your Spanish in real life situations, as well as simply experiencing the culture and way of life in España! This qualification will give you the diversity that employers are looking for in this global business world and there are many compatible degrees available at university.



Extended Project Qualification Extend your abilities in a chosen subject, embark on a self-directed project and prepare for university or your future career. You will choose your own topic that inspires and motivates you and this will enable you to demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise. You will be responsible for your own learning and development as you will carry out independent research, self-directed learning, project management, and reflection. The assessment on this course will focus on your ability to manage, develop, record and realise your project, as well as your application of transferable and key skills. This is a course that is equivalent to half an A Level and it is valued by universities and employers because it encourages you to research and analyse material independently, so it will demonstrate that you are a more critical and reflective learner. This qualification will develop and provide evidence of the skills that higher education establishments are looking for and you will have the added confidence to work independently and creatively. Most students start work over the summer holidays, after their first year is complete, so it won’t interfere with your studies. You will be able to find out more about the Extended Project Qualification and getting involved during the Spring Term.


BTEC Extended Diploma Business Children’s Play, Learning & Development Creative Media Production Engineering Fashion & Clothing Graphic Design & Illustration Health & Social Care Information Technology Music Technology Public Services Sport - Performance & Excellence Travel & Tourism

68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Information Technology Law Performing Arts - Dance Performing Arts - Musical Theatre Social Sciences

80 81 82 83 84

BTEC Foundation Diploma Art Foundation Course


City & Guilds Level 3 Beauty Therapy Hairdressing


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Vocational Level 3 BTECs are practical, vocational courses which will lead you to further study at university, or employment within a particular occupational area. You learn and are assessed by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, rather than being assessed by formal exams. To study BTEC Level 3 you need to achieve at least four grade Cs or above at GCSE in at least three subjects. Some courses require a grade C in a certain subject. College staff will advise you of any particular requirements when they meet you. The types of Level 3 course are: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma This two year course is worth three A Levels and carries full UCAS points for university. It is popular amongst school leavers who wish to pursue professions such as nursing, as the course offers thorough practical preparation for a professional degree course. The work placement element of this qualification is particularly valued by universities.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma This two year course is worth one full A Level and carries equivalent UCAS points for university. These courses can be combined with other Subsidiary Diplomas or A Levels. You will gain a certificate after completing your first year, which is equivalent to one AS level (please note that Musical Theatre is a one year course). BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma This one year course is a specific art qualification, which prepares students wishing to go on to study art or design-related subjects at university. It is the equivalent of two A Levels, but is only open to students who have already completed A Level or BTEC qualifications in an art-related subject. This qualification also carries UCAS points. City & Guilds Level 3 This two year course is a nationally recognised occupational award, which will give you the skills and experience you need to work in a particular area. As these courses are occupational awards, they do not carry UCAS points.


Business BTEC Level 3 (Extended) Prepare for a career in the world of business, gain practical insight into how products and services work and discover why business is so important for the economy. This vocational course will prepare you for working in business and develop the skills which employers value and expect from workers. Taught by specialist staff, you will complete projects, investigate the nature of business and look at topics such as marketing, resources, communication, and internet retailing. You will also explore how to start a small business, write a marketing plan, and learn about human resources and business management.


Student Andy Selby takes part in the BASE competition as part of his course.

This course uses a variety of learning activities, including visits to local or regional businesses, a two week work placement, and the opportunity to hear from experienced speakers who are industry experts. It is an ideal stepping stone to a job in business, which could include working in a retail environment, the public sector or within finance. You could then pursue further study at university in a business-related field, including marketing, finance or personnel.

Children’s Play, Learning & Development BTEC Level 3 (Extended) If you can visualise yourself working with children and families, this engaging course will prepare you for a future in play, learning and development.

Success Story:

Lauren Kent Nursery Nurse

School: Winifred Holtby Subject: Childcare and Education “I chose this course because I wanted to work with children. I found it challenging at times but it’s a great course to get you into the child care industry. “Through a placement during my course, I was offered a full time position in a nursery after my course ended and I’ve been there since then. “My best memory from college is being with all the great friends I’ve made. I’m still close to them now, even though we’ve all left college.”

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of childcare and education so that you develop the qualities required to work in the early years sector. This will include learning about child development, play, physical needs, communication, language, and health and safety. You will also complete up to eight hundred hours of practical training in an early years setting, which could take place at various organisations, from local primary schools to children’s centres and nurseries. On this wide and varied curriculum, you will learn through organised visits so that you experience alternative approaches to education, culture and religion. Your teachers will engage you by using presentations, group tasks, case studies and practical sessions to support your learning. Following the course you may progress on to a related degree or seek employment such as in a day nursery, primary school, or as a nanny.


Creative Media Production BTEC Level 3 (Extended) Establish your future in the creative industries and learn how to communicate and produce content for a wide range of media channels. You will gain hands-on experience of media production and develop an understanding of both practical techniques and research approaches. Lessons will take place in the college’s state-of-the-art media centre and you will be taught by highly qualified industry professionals and use the latest technical media equipment. Specialist units will include production management, shooting a single camera drama, video editing, and animation production. You will also cover topics such as pre-production techniques, music video production, soundtracks, advertisements, writing for television and radio, and multicamera techniques. This is a course where you will improve your communication skills, critical approaches and interview techniques for creative media production. It will also prepare you to work independently whilst you learn many new technological skills. This course is ideal for progressing on to a degree in a media-based subject and preparing you for a future in broadcast, communications, or related industries. 70

Engineering BTEC Level 3 (Extended) Discover the fundamentals of engineering by setting your sights on an industrious career in this fast-growing and dynamic field. This highly specialist and work-related qualification will provide you with the skills that are sought after by employers in the modern day workplace. This will include learning from a wide range of modules which could include diverse topics, such as mechanical applications, production system design, welding, electronic principles, mathematics for engineering, fabrication processes, and much more. This hands-on course with theory elements is widely recognised by employers nationally, and developed to satisfy the demand for engineers in the world today. Following this course, you could progress on to university to study relevant subjects, including specialist engineering degrees, design, or architecture. You could also explore a range of employment opportunities, such as seeking work as a junior engineer, or entry-level positions in the aeronautics, manufacturing, contracting, mechanics, electronics, or energy sectors.

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Fashion & Clothing BTEC Level 3 (Extended) Design and make garments that can set a trend, and become skilled at creating clothing and accessories to a professional standard. This course will enable you to develop your interest in fabric and advance your creative skills to produce your own work. You will be taught about materials, techniques and processes in fashion, including how to use media for drawing and visual communication. You will also explore ideas and concepts in art and design, and apply these to fashion - such as how different decades influence clothing design. Developing your own style and gaining competence in pattern construction, pattern cutting and garment making are also key aspects of this course. This qualification provides significant experience for working in the textile and fashion industries, and there will also be opportunities to visit galleries, museums and learn about the history of art and design. It is also an excellent way of preparing you for the Foundation Diploma, which could guide you toward higher education courses. 72

Graphic Design & Illustration BTEC Level 3 (Extended) Be creative with your ideas, explore all aspects of illustration and shape your skills in drawing, sketching and painting. This is a varied course where you will find new opportunities to develop your approaches to drawing, the study of art and design, information graphics, and the creative use of media. You will also discover a variety of techniques appropriate to traditional and modern illustration and graphic design, taught through the use of drawing, painting and computers. Producing illustrations that can be applied to books, television animation and the internet will also be achieved through covering units on typography, location photography, 2D animation and graphic image making. This course provides you with excellent preparation to go into a wide variety of design-based industries including graphic design, interior design, architecture and games design. It is also excellent grounding for the Foundation Diploma at Wilberforce College, from which you could progress on to a wide range of higher education courses.

Design students have their work projected on the front of college in 2012.


Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 (Extended) The social care sector is exciting and worthwhile. If you would like to help support people, care for their needs and build trusting relationships then this course is for you.

Success Story:

Annelise Day Social Worker

School: St Mary’s College Subjects: BTEC Caring; Health and Social AVCE, GCSE Maths and English, and A Level Psychology “With support of staff from the Health and Caring department, I went to the University of Hull to study Social Work after I finished college. I had been able to tailor the practical placements I did as part of my courses, which gave me the experience I needed to get on to this competitive course. “Students here get lots of support to make sure they get the best grades possible. The buildings here now are fantastic; really modern with everything students will need.”

You will learn how to help people become increasingly independent and to have dignity and choice in their lives. Some of the topics that you will cover include communication, equality, the human body, nutrition, learning disabilities, and development through the life stages. Specialist units in the subject will range from studying risks of abuse to providing dementia care. As part of your studies you will also complete four separate weeks of work placements, which could be in a residential home, day care organisation, or an early years setting. This is a course that facilitates learning through a combination of presentations, role play, discussions, reflection, observations and written documents. Previous students have either progressed on to university or have gained employment in the statutory and private sectors, working in a variety of settings from nurseries to residential and domiciliary care for the elderly, and with people with learning disabilities.

Information Technology BTEC Level 3 (Extended) A technical course designed to prepare you for exploring a specialist career in Information Technology. You will discover how IT works through studying a wide range of topics that will teach you about computers, information systems, and business systems. You will also learn about communication technologies and systems, with units that include databases, control systems, human computer interfaces, networking, and software and hardware installation. You will also have the opportunity to be creative in your approach by undertaking topics in subject areas such as games design, website development, e-commerce, and digital graphics for interactive media. This is a course where you will be taught through a mixture of formal lessons, practical workshops, team projects and discussions. Your teachers will encourage your enthusiasm of IT and you will be able to choose to specialise in specific IT disciplines. Following this course, you could progress on to university to study an IT or business degree, or consider IT professions, such as a systems analyst, project manager, or web developer.


Music student, Jessika-Mae Bennett putting on a live performance as part of her course at The Lamp in Hull. JessikaMae is now studying at the famous Brit School.

Music Technology BTEC Level 3 (Extended) This course is suited to you if you enjoy performing, are interested in learning about music, and would like to engage with live sound and sound production. This is a hands-on programme of study for which you should already have the ability to play a contemporary instrument, or the confidence to sing to a reasonable standard. You will have opportunities to record music, explore new styles and use computer software to learn technological audio skills. You will also study the elements of many different forms of music, as well as music in society and how to recognise recording faults. Taught and guided by specialist teachers, you will develop your creative approach and make quick progress with your technological and performing confidence. Following this course you could pursue a musical occupation, or progress on to university courses in music, creative, media, or performing arts subjects. Other careers open to you would be professions that require outgoing and confident people, who are skilled at communicating to a high standard.


Public Services BTEC Level 3 (Extended) The public services industry is one of the largest employers in the country. This vibrant vocational course could lead you toward one of the many careers in the public sector and uniformed services.

Case Study:

Andrew Parker First year student

School: Trinity House Subjects: BTEC Level 3 Public Services Career Plans: Police Officer “When I was at school, I did a BTEC Level 2 course in Uniformed Services and from there I decided I wanted to carry on and gain more knowledge about the subject. I’ve learned so much while I’ve been doing the course and I really like the mix of practical and academic units. “ I love being involved in all the charity work that the college does. I also love the atmosphere. It’s great to walk in somewhere, feel welcome straight away and be part of a great team.”

You will learn how government policies are developed and implemented to deliver a huge range of services to the public. This will be achieved through studying topics that include leadership, citizenship, police powers, law, custodial care, and fitness testing. You will also look at adventurous activities and have the opportunity to experience them for yourselves, such as the thrill of kayaking and the dizzy heights of rock climbing. You will also meet various teams that work within the public services and have the chance to gain first hand experience. This course will prepare you for a career in any public services occupation, including the police, fire service, army, navy, RAF, ambulance service, coastguard and many officebased government jobs. You could also progress on to university, with a wide choice of subjects to specialise in, such as law, criminology or sociology.



Performance & Excellence BTEC Level 3 (Extended) With the use of the college’s state-of-theart sports facilities, this course will allow you to pursue the sporting success that you desire. You will be well supported to gain an insight into the various vocational aspects of sport from both practical and theory-based approaches. You will also work toward understanding performance and excellence in sport through themes that include fitness testing, tactical skills, coaching, anatomy, physiology and nutrition. Your existing practical ability in sport will be challenged and you will take part in practical assessments with the opportunity to compete in national competitions. You will also be offered the chance to obtain qualifications in a range of sports coaching courses. Lessons will make use of the college’s brand new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and you will also benefit from the expertise of guest speakers from professional clubs through trips to centres of excellence. This course is for you if you are considering a career path that enables you to use this knowledge, or if you would like to progress on to university. 78

Case Study:

Dan Smith Second year student

School: Malet Lambert Subjects: BTEC Level 3 Sport Career Plans: Footballer “Playing football is something I’ve been interested in for the majority of my life. I’ve been playing since I was 6 or 7. “Whilst at Wilberforce I’ve successfully made it on to the England Colleges Football team which is not an opportunity I feel I would have had if I hadn’t been here. It has been such a brilliant experience. I feel so proud to have been a part of it. “I’ve applied for a football scholarship in America and then will go into further education. Ideally though, I’d like to play professionally. ”

Travel & Tourism BTEC Level 3 (Extended) Prepare to work in one of the UK’s most exciting industries by discovering the travel and tourism sector. If you would like your career destination to be adventurous, this vocational course will teach you about the industry and introduce you to many different aspects of travel and tourism. You will investigate customer service, the business of travel and tourism, and various UK travel destinations. You will also explore the work of holiday representatives, look into entertainment providers, and examine tour operators. Teaching staff will share your enthusiasm for travel and you will benefit from guest speakers and have the opportunity to visit local and national tourism venues, including Amsterdam. This course will help develop the skills which are valued by employers and it is an ideal springboard for a job in the industry, or perhaps further study in a related field at university. Future occupations could include travel agent, cabin crew, holiday representative or airport worker.

Students enjoy our annual trip to Amsterdam as part of their course.


Information Technology BTEC Level 3 (Subsidiary) A course that is ideal if you are unsure about pursuing IT as a career, but would like to study the subject alongside another course. Information technology is a way of life and this course will enable you to discover the many different ways that IT is used both in the workplace and in day-to-day activities. You will learn about computer systems and information systems, how these are used to communicate and how information travels across these systems and around the world. Lessons will take place in our well equipped computer labs, and you will experience using the college’s up-to-date software and hardware as a key part of your learning. This course is advantageous as it explores the fast-moving role of IT in business, which is useful for almost every profession and career today. Following this course you could progress to university or explore going into a wide range of professions, such as IT, marketing, or design. 80

Law BTEC Level 3 (Subsidiary) If the subject of law appeals to you, this work-related course will allow you to investigate how it works, whilst preparing you for a career in the legal sector. The course is designed for learners who are interested in the vocational aspect of the subject, with a view to working in the field of law or a related industry. During your studies you will learn how disputes are resolved in the legal system. You will also analyse how the law is interpreted by judges and its influence on Parliament. In addition, you will look at criminal liability, police powers, murder and manslaughter, property offences, and family law. This is a course which provides you with a highly specialist work-related qualification and you will learn through case studies, video clips, debates, discussions, and educational visits to the Magistrates’ Court. The skills you develop will be relevant to a wide range of roles, including working in a firm of solicitors, as a paralegal, or a trainee legal executive. The course also lends itself to a variety of other professions, including working in local government or public services such as the police force.


Performing Arts Dance

BTEC Level 3 (Subsidiary) Step into dance, explore different styles and learn new skills on this physical course, where you will learn to perform modern dance routines for live audiences. As well as contemporary dance you will study the elements of many different dance styles, including street dance, salsa, rock ‘n’ roll, and physical theatre. You will undertake workshops, learn routines, create solo dances, and choreograph a street dance as part of a small group. You will also explore physical theatre and dances with themes and stories, using elements such as masks and character work. Other components of this course include learning about the dancer’s body, fitness, theatre in education projects, and dance appreciation. This is a varied course, suitable for both experienced performers and those who simply have an enjoyment of dance and would like to learn new skills. You will be encouraged and guided by your experienced teachers in both practical dance and theoretical exploration throughout the course. On completion, you could progress on to higher education or pursue a number of careers, such as in fitness, education or entertainment. 82

Students performing in the 2012 Musical “At the Hop” to an audience of staff, parents and fellow students.

Performing Arts Musical Theatre BTEC Level 3 (Subsidiary) Open your mind to new performance techniques, sharpen up your vocal skills and engage with audiences through musical theatre. If you love performing and enjoy musical theatre and West End shows, this course will enable you to thrive by learning new performance and vocal skills. On this challenging and practical programme you will study performance, acting and singing techniques, whilst exploring theory and learning how to stage a musical theatre number. Lessons will make use of the college’s excellent theatre facilities, where you will perform to live audiences, whilst your expert teachers will inspire your learning and encourage your confidence. This course has a strong focus on techniques and creative styles that will develop your performance and enable you to function as an actor. This will include interpreting texts, developing vocal techniques, characterisation, and performing both in ensembles and as a soloist. Following the course, you could progress on to a number of careers in acting or singing or on to a university degree in drama, performing arts, musical theatre, or related creative courses.


Social Sciences BTEC Level 3 (Subsidiary) Explore society and human behaviour, whilst also gaining knowledge and understanding about the health and social care services. This qualification is built around selected units from the BTEC Level 3 Health & Social Care course, all of which have particular emphasis on the social sciences. You will study sociological and psychological elements, including topics focusing on communication, equality and diversity, and approaches to psychology and sociology. In the second year, there may also be opportunities for students to develop their knowledge much further through additional subject specific units, including Applied Psychology and Applied Sociology. This programme of study mixes theory with practice and there will be no examinations, with all assessment taking place through portfolio work. Learning will include a mix of classroom teaching, group work, presentations, discussions and activities. Following this course you could progress on to a relevant higher education course or seek employment in a hospital, residential, or social care environment.


Art Foundation Course This distinctive foundation programme will give you a solid artistic grounding and prepare you for a degree in art and design. You will extend your skills in drawing, experiment with media and learn to make connections through a variety of approaches. You will then work toward creating a portfolio within your chosen specialist area, which could be in photography, fine art, textiles, fashion, illustration or graphics. Your existing skills will be refined through both independent learning and studio time, and you will complete a final project that will prepare you for higher education and a career in a designbased profession. Throughout the course you will also have guidance from experienced staff so that you are well equipped to make an informed and confident application to a specialist degree or other related programme. This course will see you sharpen your skills in the creative discipline that is the most appropriate match for your individual creative personality. You will also work within a group, benefit from weekly feedback sessions, and explore the theory of art history.


Beauty Therapy City & Guilds Level 3 Beauty therapy is a thriving industry based on personal presentation and relaxation, and this is a course in which you will have the opportunity to become a highly trained Beauty Therapist. You will build upon your existing experience and learn the more advanced theoretical and practical aspects of beauty therapy. During the course, you will be taught both the theory and practice of working in the exciting beauty industry, through topics that could include: client care and communication, body massage techniques, electrotherapy treatments, self tanning, microdermabrasion, camouflage make-up, and personal health and wellbeing. Teaching will take place in both the classroom and in the college’s impressive and fully-equipped training salon, where you will develop your understanding of the practices and procedures needed for a career in beauty therapy. This is a course where you will gain the essential skills and personal qualities needed for a wide range of jobs and work settings in the sector. 86

Hairdressing City & Guilds Level 3 Develop creative hairdressing skills and perfect the smooth running of a business on this practical course. You will be taught in the college’s hairdressing salon and advance your current hairdressing ability. This could include creative cutting, colour techniques, styling, long hair work, and dressing hair. You will also learn how a salon works, including sharpening up your communication skills, health and safety knowledge, technical service, client consultation ability, and the effective running of a hairdressing business. This is a course that mixes salonbased practical assignments with some classroom learning. You will also have the opportunity to showcase your hairdressing skills at college events and shows throughout the year. Students should ideally have completed Level 2 Hairdressing already, and this course could then lead you on to an entry-level or trainee position at a hairdressing salon. You could aim to pursue a career as a hair stylist or salon manager, plus you could also seek opportunities in other places, such as hotels, care homes, hospitals, the fashion industry, or working as a mobile hairdresser.


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Vocational Level 2 BTEC Level 2 Diploma This is a practical, job-related course equivalent to four GCSEs. It is designed to give you all the skills and knowledge you need to be able to kick-start your career in just one year. This nationally recognised Diploma is valued by employers and will help prepare you for further college courses, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas, or employment. To study a BTEC Level 2 Diploma you should have achieved mainly Ds and Es at GCSE, including a minimum of two grade Ds. City & Guilds Level 2 This nationally recognised occupational award will give you the basic skills and knowledge to work in a specific area. After completing this qualification, you will be able to move on to City & Guilds Level 3 to develop your skills and experience. You’ll only need to choose one of these courses as your main programme of study, but you may also be able to study a GCSE course alongside it, especially if you need to improve your grades in English or Maths.


Animal Care BTEC Level 2 Should you be inspired by the animal kingdom, this qualification could be the stepping stone for a fulfilling career caring for creatures great and small. You will learn about the welfare of animals and develop your skills in looking after them. Teaching will take place in our on-site animal house, where you will work with and contribute to the caring of the large variety of small animals that live at the college. Lessons will include looking at animal welfare, retail practices and animal biology, and you will also take part in visits to local employers who use animals as a significant part of their business. This course is excellent preparation for employment in the animal industry or entry to a higher level study of animal welfare. It is an ideal starting point if you would like to study animal care further, and it could then launch you on the pathway to an exciting future in veterinary science or as a carer, animal nutritionist, or zoo keeper.


Art & Design BTEC Level 2 Develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a variety of art and design-based work, such as product design, photography and digital art. You will use your imagination and gain new skills in 2D and 3D communication, where you will look at ways in which artists and designers use drawing, mark-making, photography and construction skills. You will also learn to use media with sensitivity and creativity, understanding how to make images that show that you can think as an individual. Exploring ideas is also a key element of this course, so you will learn how to research and develop your own ideas for a final major project. This course could lead you on to other programmes of study at the college, such as a Level 3 art and design course, or compatible media subjects. By the time you complete this qualification, you will have built up your creative skills and learnt to enjoy seeing new approaches in art. Studying Art & Design could lead to a broad range of creative professions, from teaching to interior design, and from advertising to artist.


Childcare BTEC Level 2 If you are seeking a career working with babies and children, this course will give you the basic knowledge and understanding of childcare and education. You will learn the theory and practice of looking after children from birth to aged 16 years. This will be achieved using a variety of methods, such as presentations, group tasks, case studies and practical sessions to support your learning. Topics will include: The Developing Child (0-16 years); Children & Play; Safe, Healthy & Nurturing Environments; and Communication and Professional Skills within Childcare and Education. If you think that you will enjoy a career within the childcare industry and can visualise yourself working with children and families in the future, this is an ideal course to start with. Following successful completion of the course, you may progress on to the Level 3 programme or seek employment within an Early Years setting as an apprentice or trainee.


Creative Media Production BTEC Level 2 This is a practical course packed with interactivity and entertainment content, where you will benefit from using the up-to-date facilities in the college’s Media Centre. You will learn to understand the media, undertake research for media production, and develop your media skills. This will involve the production of video, internet and print-based media products. Specialist units will cover topics such as creating your own movie trailers, producing radio podcasts, and hosting your own multimedia websites. This is a course that is well suited to students who have an interest in creating and exploring a variety of media products. You will also find out about the media sector, learn how to pitch your own ideas and how to understand audiences. Creative Media Production is suitable for anyone with an interest in creating and exploring filmmaking, print and website design. Following the course you could progress on to Level 3 study at the college or seek training or employment in a creative profession.


Engineering BTEC Level 2 Gain the specialist knowledge and experience required when starting out on the rewarding journey to a career in engineering. You will spend three days a week at Wilberforce College, where you will cover the units required to undertake practical work, including mathematics and interpreting engineering drawings. Two days each week will be spent at Cityworks Training, where you will acquire all of the skills needed to work successfully in an engineering workshop. This work will lead you to designing and producing your own vice and toolbox – objects to keep and use in your future career. Clothing and minibus transport to and from the college to Cityworks will be provided free of charge. You may also choose to study GCSEs in Mathematics or Science, or an AS Level in Product Design alongside this course. On completion, you could progress on to further study, such as the brand new Level 3 Engineering course. Future career options in engineering include a wide range of jobs, from mechanical engineering to aviation, construction, or in the renewable energy sector.


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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 2 If you’re a caring person and enjoy helping people, a career in health and social care could be the vocation for you. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to work in the health and social care sector. This will include topics such as Anatomy and Physiology, Human Lifespan Development, Individual Needs in Health, and the Impact of Diet on Health. Through both practical learning and classroom theory, you will also learn about communication, individual rights, cultural diversity, and how to ensure safe environments in health and social care. On completion of this qualification you will be able to apply for jobs in a variety of settings, including pursuing professions such as a care worker, home care assistant, or nursery assistant. If you would like to advance your studies further, you will also have the option to progress on to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care.


Information Technology BTEC Level 2 Gain a sound introduction to computing with this work-related course, which is vocationally relevant for the IT industry. You will gain an insight into seven different areas of information technology, studying wide and varied topics that will give you a good grounding across many different units. You will look at subjects that include computer graphics, IT security, computer systems, control systems, and installing hardware components. This is a very practical course that will prepare you to move into the IT sector, and you will also learn about communication and the different roles and professions available in the workplace. Your learning will include a mix of formal lessons, practical workshops, and assignment workshops. This course will prepare you for an entry-level role in IT or business and it is also ideal for progression on to a Level 3 course, with a view to studying at university in the future. Professions to consider in the IT industry include games designer, IT technician and web developer.


Public Services BTEC Level 2 If you’re considering a career delivering services to the public, this dynamic course will let you aim high and gain skills for life. You will develop the knowledge and specific skills required to work within modern public service organisations. This includes discovering what people in uniformed services do in their job roles, how they work, and how they interact with each other. This is a flexible course that mixes practice with theory and topics include Health & Fitness, Adventurous Activities, Crime & its Effects, and Security in the Public Services. There will also be many opportunities to take part in practical activities, such as skiing, rock climbing, mountain bike riding, and kayaking. This course could lead to many careers within the public sector and services, including the police, fire service, army, navy, RAF, ambulance service, coastguard and many officebased government jobs. Following the successful completion of this qualification, you could also advance your studies by progressing on to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services. 97

Sport BTEC Level 2 Challenge yourself with this active course, which aims to further your interest in sport and prepare you for a future in health and fitness. You will gain a strong insight into the various vocational aspects of the sport industry, from both practical and theory-based approaches. Lessons will include use of the college’s brand new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and your learning will take the form of practical assessments, case studies, projects and presentations. Some of the themes that you will examine include fitness testing, training, anatomy, physiology, injuries, personal fitness, and the effect of energy on the body systems. This course is ideal for those with practical sporting ability who are looking for a future in the industry, including occupations based in gyms, leisure organisations, activity centres and fitness retail. Following successful completion you may also choose to progress on to BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, where you will further advance your skills and knowledge of the subject. 98

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Case Study:

Jabu Maliamungu Second year Level 3 student

School: St Mary’s College Subjects: BTEC Level 1, 2 and 3 Travel & Tourism Career Plans: Resort Manager “ I love travelling, which is why I like this subject. The trips are great, we’ve been to France and to Amsterdam. I would 100% recommend this subject to others. It has provided me with a lot of skills and is a really great course. “ I find the college to be really nice. It is very different to school. The students and the teachers are all very friendly and helpful. “Next year I will be going on to study Travel and Tourism Management at university.”

Travel & Tourism BTEC Level 2 Explore a career that will take you places and learn the skills and knowledge required to work in the vocational travel and tourism sector. You will find out how the fast-growing travel and tourism industry works and why it is such an important sector of the economy. This will include developing skills which employers value and expect from workers of the future, such as customer service, knowledge of UK and European destinations, and an understanding of the nature and effects of world travel. There will also be various opportunities to discover more about the industry through talking to people already working in travel and from taking part in visits to tourism organisations. This course combines theory with practical learning and you will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement, which will help you to acquire relevant employability skills. You could then progress on to BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism or pursue a wide range of future occupations, such as with airlines, travel operators, or tour guides.


Beauty Therapy City & Guilds Level 2 If you like to help make people feel good, pampered and relaxed, then specialising as a Beauty Therapist may be an enjoyable career for you. You will be taught the theory and practice of beauty therapy in both the classroom and in the college’s brand new and well-equipped training salon. This will include developing your understanding of the wide range of practices and procedures needed to work in the exciting beauty industry, such as skincare, manicure, pedicure, make-up, waxing, and health and safety. Throughout the course, your enthusiastic teachers will help you to gain the essential customer service skills and personal qualities needed for a successful performance in your working life within the beauty industry. By the time you complete the course, you should have gained confidence and developed your skills to progress on to Level 3 Beauty Therapy or seek a trainee role at a salon or practice.


Hairdressing City & Guilds Level 2 Trained hairdressers are always in demand and this is a course where you will gain the skills and experience for a fashionable future in the art of hair styling. You will be trained in the college’s impressive training salon, where you will learn about the practice of hairdressing. This will include undertaking a wide variety of exciting topics, such as client consultation, cutting women’s hair, colour and lighten, perm and neutralise, scalp massage, shampoo and condition of the hair and scalp, the art of dressing hair, as well as health and safety practices in the salon. Your experienced teachers will help you, both in the classroom and in the salon, to develop the essential skills and personal qualities required to successfully perfect your hairdressing ability. This is a course that could lead to a variety of careers in hairdressing, including as a hair technician, senior stylist or salon manager.


GCSE To complement your main programme of study and complete your timetable, we also offer a range of core GCSE courses.



An essential qualification, which will improve your literacy skills and help you get the career you want.

GCSE Mathematics is one of the most useful subjects that you could study, we all use maths every day and it is an essential qualification for many careers and university courses.

If you would like to improve your GCSE result, Wilberforce College’s team of widely experienced teachers will guide you toward achieving that magic C grade or above. During this one year course you will study written language and master a range of written tasks, which will all be useful in your future career. You will also study a range of exciting issues relevant to spoken media texts and take part in speaking and listening activities, which are built on everyday scenarios. This is a course that will develop your basic reading and writing skills, as well as increasing your choices when going into higher education or employment. GCSE English is an important qualification for most professions and this course will give you an excellent chance to improve your grade and succeed! 102

You will be taught in a unique way, where you choose the topics you want to learn and which types of activities you want to do in lessons! You will develop your understanding of the maths that you met at school and your teacher will use a range of creative ideas and adapted learning techniques to help you achieve your target grade. The Mathematics Department at Wilberforce College received a brilliant report in the latest Ofsted inspection and the experienced teachers will really help you to develop and expand on your problem-solving skills. This course is ideal for students wishing to improve their GCSE grade and it can also help your progression through college and on to university or employment.

Science This is a comprehensive course that mixes the scientific subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. GCSE Science is a fundamental qualification for many university courses and it is also required to enter careers such as nursing, primary school teaching and sports science. You will study the structure of creatures in biology, different materials in chemistry and in physics you will look at how the universe has developed. Lessons will be full of creative ideas, with an enjoyable mixture of individual, paired, and group work. If you have the desire to succeed at science, this course will give you the opportunity to improve your GCSE result and progress on to further levels of study or employment. Gaining that desirable C grade or above will allow you to access a much wider range of higher education courses, as well as the professions where a science qualification is required. 103


Level 1 BTEC Vocational Studies This course is designed to introduce you to a wide variety of sectors and professions, and improve your skills in literacy and numeracy. You will investigate many different vocational topics so that you can gain experience in a variety of study areas. You will also explore the skills, knowledge and understanding required for further college study or employment. Some of the areas that you could study include art and design, health and social care, information technology, media, public services, or sport. Your studies will be supported by mathematics and English lessons to improve your confidence in these subjects and you will also take part in trips and visits to bring your learning to life. Once you have successfully completed this course, you will have widened your knowledge and be better informed to make the right choices for your future. You will have gained additional employment skills to increase your employability and you could also decide to further your studies and progress on to a Level 2 course at the college.


Course index Animal Care (BTEC Level 2) Art & Design (BTEC Level 2) Art Foundation Course (BTEC Level 3) Art - Digital Photography (A Level) Art - Fine Art (A Level) Art - Textiles (A Level)

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Beauty Therapy (City & Guilds Level 2) Beauty Therapy (City & Guilds Level 3) Biology (A Level) Business (BTEC Level 3 Ext) Business Studies (A Level)

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Chemistry (A Level) Page 37 Childcare (BTEC Level 2) Page 92 Children’s Play, Learning & Development (BTEC L3 Ext) Page 69 Classical Civilisation (A Level) Page 38 Communication & Culture (A Level) Page 39 Creative Media Production (BTEC Level 2) Page 93 Creative Media Production (BTEC Level 3 Ext) Page 70


Drama & Theatre Studies (A Level)

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Economics (A Level) Engineering (BTEC Level 2) Engineering (BTEC Level 3 Ext) English (GCSE) English Language (A Level) English Literature (A Level) English Literature & Language (A Level) Extended Project Qualification

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Fashion & Clothing (BTEC Level 3 Ext) Film Studies (A Level) French (A Level)

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Geography (A Level) Government & Politics (A Level) Graphics - Product Design (A Level) Graphic Design & Illustration (BTEC Level 3 Ext)

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Hairdressing (City & Guilds Level 2) Hairdressing (City & Guilds Level 3) Health & Social Care (BTEC Level 2) Health & Social Care (BTEC Level 3 Ext) History - Medieval or Modern (A Level)

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Information Technology (A Level) Information Technology (BTEC Level 2) Information Technology (BTEC Level 3 Ext) Information Technology (BTEC Level 3 Sub)

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Law (A Level) Law (BTEC Level 3 Sub)

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Mathematics (A Level) Mathematics - Further (A Level) Mathematics (GCSE) Media Studies (A Level) Music Technology (BTEC Level 3 Ext)

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Performance Studies (A Level) Page 57 Performing Arts - Dance (BTEC Level 3 Sub) Page 82 Performing Arts - Musical Theatre (BTEC Level 3 Sub) Page 83 Physical Education (A Level) Page 58 Physics (A Level) Page 59 Psychology (A Level) Page 60 Public Services (BTEC Level 2) Page 97 Public Services (BTEC Level 3 Ext) Page 77 Religious Studies (A Level)

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Science (GCSE) Page 103 Sociology (A Level) Page 62 Social Sciences (BTEC Level 3 Sub) Page 84 Spanish (A Level) Page 63 Sport (BTEC Level 2) Page 98 Sport - Performance & Excellence (BTEC Level 3 Ext) Page 78 Travel & Tourism (BTEC Level 2) Travel & Tourism (BTEC Level 3 Ext)

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Vocational Studies (BTEC Level 1)

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Predicted Actual grade grade

Course choices Level e.g. A Level

Course title e.g. English Language

Please tell us your reasons for choosing these courses, including any career aims

Interests & achievements Please tell us about any hobbies, interests, achievements or work experience

Additional needs Please state any medical or educational needs we may need to be aware of

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Please return your completed form to: Liaison & Admissions, Wilberforce College, FREEPOST NEA4146, Saltshouse Road, Hull HU8 9HD

You can also fill this form in online at


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How to contact us

See this prospectus online, apply, keep up to date with news and events and read about our past students. We also have a mobile version of the site.

Get real-time news, information and alerts, watch videos of college events, see students’ work and get an idea of what day-to-day college life is like.

Email: Wilberforce College Saltshouse Road Hull HU8 9HD Phone: 01482 711688

All details are correct at the time of publication, September 2012, however the College may need to make some changes by September 2013 in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control. All pricing (e.g. transport and student finance) is subject to change.

The liaison team are ready to take your calls, emails, posts and tweets!


Wilberforce Sixth Form College Prospectus 2013-14  

View the wide range of courses we have on offer, and find out how you can make it further with Wilberforce Sixth Form College.

Wilberforce Sixth Form College Prospectus 2013-14  

View the wide range of courses we have on offer, and find out how you can make it further with Wilberforce Sixth Form College.