Welcome to Worthing College
Welcome to Worthing College..................... 3
At Worthing College, students come first..... 4
How to join Worthing College.......................... 110
How to get to Worthing College................... 6
Dates to remember.......................................... 112
Our commitment: Mission, Vision and Values 7
Equality and Diversity...................................... 8
College+.......................................................... 10 Services to support students........................... 12 Student Advice and Support............................ 14 The student experience................................... 15 Stretch and Challenge..................................... 16 The Aspire Programme................................... 18 International students..................................... 20 Financial assistance for students.................... 22 Academy of Visual Arts................................... 24 Academy of Mathematics............................... 26 Academy of Performing Arts.......................... 28 Academy of Sport........................................... 30 Guide to qualifications..................................... 34 Course listing.................................................. 38 A Level courses........................................40 - 71 BTEC courses..........................................72 - 93 Other courses...........................................94 - 103 Apprenticeships at Worthing College.............. 104 Academy of Sport Apprenticeships................. 106 Frequently asked questions.............................108 2
Worthing College is a GOOD College. Our Ofsted inspection of April 2016 said we were GOOD in every respect with high pass rates for exams and students who enjoy challenging lessons based on high teacher expectations. Worthing College students enjoy college life, are confident, self assured and hard working. Also in 2016, for the second year in succession, we celebrated our best ever A Level and BTEC Level 3 results, and our best ever GCSE retake results, reflecting the quality of the teaching and learning experience available to our students. I am pleased to introduce you to the Worthing College Prospectus. It contains full details of a wide range of subjects. It also gives details of the facilities and support available to you if you choose to come here. Worthing Collegeâ€™s main aim is to be an outstanding institution where teaching, learning and student success are second to none. The college mission is to provide all students with opportunity, achievement, success and progression. We do this by offering a wide range of courses that can be combined in flexible ways leading to a successful future. We have over 60 course choices that provide opportunities for a wide range of students. If you come to Worthing College you will find teaching staff who will work to maximise your success. You will also find good guidance and support systems to assist you through your time with us.
Joining Worthing College represents a great opportunity. Students work hard but they also have a great time. An important feature of college life is the friendly atmosphere, the chance to meet new friends and have new experiences. At Worthing College you will also have the opportunity to keep fit, play sport to a high level with the Academy of Sport, join the Academies of Mathematics, Visual Arts and Performing Arts, get involved in music, dance and drama and join many clubs and societies. The Worthing College campus is a truly special place. Students have the very best teaching and learning and social and recreational facilities in a stunning parkland campus adjacent to the South Downs National Park. I really look forward to welcoming you to Worthing College which has been designed to offer students the best possible experience. I hope you apply to join us and become a member of our college community. Come to Worthing College and be part of our continuing success story.
Paul Riley, Principal
The Aspire Programme At Worthing College, students come first.
Worthing College is a popular choice for 16-19 year olds in the Worthing, Littlehampton, Angmering, Lancing and Shoreham areas. We also attract students from the whole of the Sussex coastal strip and across the South East. Worthing College offers the largest range of A Levels in the local area alongside a wide range of Level 2 BTEC, Level 3 BTEC, GCSE and ESOL courses. For sports students, The Academy of Sport offers unrivalled opportunities to combine sporting success with academic achievement. Worthing College provides young people with the qualifications and skills they need for the future, making a major contribution to the education and training needs of the community. In recent years Worthing College has grown and now has more than 1500 students including international students. The campus is an inspiring
OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE: Opportunity - with a curriculum designed to meet the needs of students. Achievement - making teaching and learning the top priority. Success - working in partnership with students to meet their needs. Progression - helping students make the right move for their future growth.
place to be a student and offers a learning environment of the highest quality fit for a 21st Century education with state of the art facilities including: • Large, spacious classrooms all with internet access. • Eight Learning Zones, one for each curriculum area. These are inspirational spaces with full internet access for independent study. • State of the art science labs with cutting edge equipment and technologies. • Sports facilities including a state of the art fitness gym, floodlit netball and tennis courts and a county standard rugby pitch. • A dedicated guidance area with access to personal tutors and senior tutors for help with careers and applications to university, as well as a dedicated study area. • A fully resourced library with inspirational views, extensive IT facilities and internet access. • IT suites including suites of Apple Macs.
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Dedicated Art, Textiles, Graphics, Photography, Media and Film studios all with the latest equipment and technologies. The Sealight Theatre with seating for 120, a professional standard dance studio, classrooms, music room and music practice facilities. Two large cafes, one with coffee shop and outside terrace seating. A college shop for everyday essentials. Disabled access to all areas.
All within a setting of 18 acres of mature parkland adjacent to the South Downs National Park. The college campus also provides a major community facility which includes a conference centre and rooms for hire, evening classes, and also hosts business, networking and community events. Our students deserve the best - and the campus provides students with a prestigious location to inspire everybody who studies and works here.
How to get to Worthing College
Findon, Horsham, London Arundel and Chichester
Shoreham and Lancing Worthing Station
On foot or by bicycle There is pedestrian and bicycle access to the College at Hill Barn Lane, Warren Road and at the Grove Lodge roundabout. The Grove Lodge roundabout entrance leads to a well lit pedestrian and bicycle path to the main building. There are also pedestrian and bicycle routes in the local area. There are safe crossing points on Warren Road, the Upper Brighton Road and at the Grove Lodge Roundabout. Worthing College offers â€œBikeabilityâ€? training to students and staff to help improve cycle safety. There are hundreds of bicycle spaces around the campus.
The map above shows Worthing College and the main routes from the local area.
By bus There are numerous bus services which students can use to travel to Worthing College. This includes a bus at the start and the end of the college day that drops off and picks up passengers on site. Please go to www.westsussex.gov.uk and search Public Transport for further information and access to leaflets and guides about buses and trains or www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables for bus details. Real-time bus information is displayed in the college reception. By rail Train to Worthing station then take a bus or walk to Worthing College.
By car or motorcycle Easily accessible from the A27, there is one main vehicle entrance in Hill Barn Lane. There are more than 230 car parking spaces on site plus 10 spaces for Blue badge holders, close to the main entrance. There are 28 motorcycle spaces near the main entrance. All student drivers will need to apply for a free parking permit for on site parking which can be done at reception.
Our commitment: Mission, Vision and Values
Our College Mission is to provide Opportunity, Achievement, Success and Progression for students and staff. Our College Vision Worthing College will be an outstanding and inclusive college renowned for excellence in teaching and learning. The college will: • •
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Raise aspirations to achieve outstanding results. Provide an engaging and inspiring learning experience in new learning environments on a new campus. Have an excellent reputation and celebrate all achievements. Engage and value staff. Be at the heart of the local community. Be the college of first choice.
Our College Values To achieve the college mission of Opportunity, Achievement, Success and Progression the college will: • Put people first, care for students and staff, recognise each individual’s needs. • Make teaching and learning the top priority, value each person and foster individual learning to develop the whole person. • Work together with others to raise the ambitions and achievement of everyone.
Embrace diversity and challenge all forms of discrimination. Strive for excellence, foster openness and trust and commit to continuous improvement where learners help shape improvements and the organisation as whole.·
Listening and Learning The college is a learning organisation and strives for continuous improvement. We seek the views and feedback of all our students and other users of our services. In considering your views (and using other evidence, such as examination results) we review the quality of what we offer and plan to secure improvements. We give regular feedback to students, staff, governors and other groups on the quality of service and provision at Worthing College.
The Aspire Programme Equality and Diversity
Worthing College believes that: All people have a right to work or study at the college with an equal chance of success, free from fear of discrimination, harassment or intimidation. Promoting equality, fairness and diversity in the college is everybody’s responsibility. Worthing College places equality and diversity at the heart of all activities and believes that the following values are central to achieving its Mission and Vision: • Embracing and celebrating diversity. • Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. • Removing barriers to access. • Raising awareness of equality and diversity issues. • Combating all forms of discrimination and harassment. • Embedding equality and diversity in teaching, learning and assessment, tutorial and guidance services.
Worthing College will strive to achieve these values by: • Working to ensure equality of access and resources for all. • Providing an environment which promotes equality and diversity and is free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation of any kind.
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Preparing students for life and work in a multicultural society. Enabling a representative cross-section of the local community to take part in educational activities. Working to establish a workforce and governing body which broadly reflects the local community. Respecting equally, supporting appropriately and rewarding fairly each student, employee, and user of its services. Training staff in equality and diversity issues and how to put them into practice. Setting targets for monitoring, evaluating provision, policies and procedures. Complying with all current equalities legislation in employment and provision of teaching and services.
Single Equality Act 2010 Worthing College is duly responsive to the Single Equality Act 2010 in ensuring that its policies, procedures, plans and practices protect against discrimination and actually promote equality of opportunity with specific reference to the protected characteristics associated with an individual’s identity, including:
In delivering one of the college’s key values to ‘Embrace diversity and challenge all forms of discrimination’, we believe: • Everyone can benefit from education. • We should match abilities to appropriate courses so students can succeed. • All courses, students and staff, should be equally valued regardless of level or whether they are working or studying on academic provision or vocational provision. • All sections of society are welcome to join our college community.
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Marriage and civil partnership Pregnancy and maternity Race Religion or belief Sex Sexual orientation
In addition, Worthing College recognises its responsibility as a public sector organisation to conduct its functions as a college in a way that reduces the inequalities of outcome which result from social economic disadvantage. Worthing College’s responsiveness to its commitments to equality and diversity are monitored by its ‘Every Student Matters’ group which regularly reports to the senior management team and governors. Worthing College policies and action plans are published on Worthing College’s website. 9
Worthing College is about more than courses - it is also about participating in a range of additional enrichment activities to express yourself, challenge yourself, develop teamwork skills, keep fit, have fun and generally contribute to the life of the college. That’s why our enrichment programme is called College+. Here are just some of the ways you can get more out of your time at college. Health and Wellbeing We offer a range of fun and healthy activities. The large gym offers excellent facilities for all students and the college promotes regular health campaigns and healthy eating days. There is even a relaxation day with special therapies and massage to help prepare students for exams. Music, Drama and Dance There are plenty of opportunitiesto get involved in music, drama and dance even if you aren’t taking exams in them. The college has a choir and an instrumental ensemble. Competitive events such as ‘Battle of the Bands’ and ‘College’s got Talent’ are popular.
Regular music recitals and the annual Carol Concert give performers a chance to demonstrate their talents. Student Union The Student Union is elected to work for the benefit of all students by organising social events and activities such as the college Leavers’ Party. Two members of the Student Union represent students on the college’s governing body. The Student Union works to raise funds for local and national charities through events such as the sleep out for Worthing Churches Homeless Project. They are also concerned for the welfare of students. Have Your Say We want to involve you in the way the college is run. The main forum is our Student Voice, through which Student Representatives represent the views and opinions of their peers. The college has representatives on local youth councils, and we encourage students to stand for the UK Youth Parliament. Students also help out at public events such as open days, school visits and awards evenings as college ambassadors. Clubs There is a variety of clubs and groups at Worthing College which give students opportunities to make new friends or take up new interests. These normally include clubs such as Anime, Chess Club, Christian Union, Science Club, Creative Writing,
Duke of Edinburgh Award This is one of the most popular enrichment activities with many students each year gaining Gold or Silver awards. Some continue this from school; many others start here at college. All participants have to do a skills activity, a community service project, a sports activity and the challenging expedition to places like Snowdonia or the Lake District. This is highly regarded by universities and employers. Trips and events There is a large range of talks, trips and events available to all students One of the most important events is the â€˜Safe Drive Stay Aliveâ€™ roadshow which all students are encouraged to attend. College+ offers trips to Parliament and to talks at local universities. There is even the opportunity of a day trip to Auschwitz in Poland. A highlight is an exchange visit to a school in Ohio, USA. and the successful Debating Team. If you want to start your own group, just ask. Voluntary Activities Students have plenty of opportunities to help out in the community, from visiting elderly people, working in local schools or charity shops, to helping at Worthing Hospital. These are excellent ways to explore career options, as well as making a difference in someone elseâ€™s life. Work experience is an essential opportunity for students interested in careers such as medicine, nursing or teaching.
All students are encouraged to get involved in some way in College+ activities, especially to help with their university applications or to enhance their CV.
Services to support students
Tutorial support - one to one support and advice, when you need it • All students are assigned a personal tutor throughout their time at the college. • The personal tutor is the first point of contact for students and parents / carers, providing support, advice and guidance. • At key points in the year students attend tutorials on a range of topics to support their development as safe, effective and employable learners. • They offer a range of group support and one to one appointments so that you can see them when you need to for advice on things such as study skills, time management and careers. Careers Advice - helping you plan your future • A well-resourced careers section within the college library. • An extensive network of links with local employers and universities. • A careers adviser offering appointments for students needing guidance about their future choices. • A work experience adviser, to help with work experience placements – more than 500 work experience placements are arranged every year. • Annual careers inspiration day for Year 12 students with visiting speakers from universities, further education, training and employment. 12
Worthing College was the first college in Sussex to
be presented with the Quality Standard for Work Experience by West Sussex County Council for their work experience programme. Getting into university – expert support • A dedicated and experienced team of UCAS advisers providing individual support with university applications in Year 13. • Excellent links with local universities with regular visiting speakers. • Hundreds of students visit university open days each year. • An annual higher education evening for parents and carers of students considering university. • The Aspire programme to support high achieving students applying to Oxbridge and the Russell group of universities. • The Extended Project qualification for students who want to earn UCAS points, stretch themselves and stand out.
A Confidential Advice Service • Support on issues such as benefit entitlements, health, housing and relationships. • Confidential counselling services by arrangement.
Library and Learning Services • A well equipped library with a full range of text books, background reading, magazines, newspapers and audio-visual resources. • Networked computers with full internet and e-mail access. • A student intranet with a dedicated site for every course, as well as live data about your progress at college. Specialist IT and resource centres for students studying Science, Mathematics and Languages. Regular Subject Consultation Events • Opportunities to discuss your work with subject teachers in regular one to one meetings. • A programme for developing action plans and setting targets on all of your courses. • Consultation evenings for parents / carers are an important feature at Worthing College. • Subject reports and statements of achievement are regularly available on the website for both students and parents / carers.
Health and Wellbeing Being safe and healthy are key themes throughout the further education sector. Our aim is to provide health awareness activities to help students make informed choices about their health and lifestyles and help them to stay healthy and on track for success. Nursery and Forest School • An on-site nursery for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. • Excellent, accessible childcare registered with Ofsted. • Attractive, purpose-built accommodation. • Places are available on a full or part-time basis to fit with your studies. • Up to £160 funding per child, per week, to cover the cost of childcare, depending on circumstances. Further information is available from the Finance team. Student Services Team This team deals with the day to day questions that students may have including questions about timetabling, attendance, exams and applying to university. They will make an appointment for you if you need to see a senior tutor or college director for more expert advice.
Student Advice and Support
All our students are supported by their course teachers and their personal tutors. Some students need more than this: we provide for them through our additional support service called Student Advice and Support. We aim to help you identify the support you need and to plan with us how we will provide it. This is why we ask questions about support on the application form. Please do use this opportunity to tell us about any support you have had before, or what you think you might need in the future. Some people mistakenly think this will count against them in trying to secure a place at the college. This is definitely not the case. The more we know about your support needs, the more confident we can be that we can support you properly. We ask all students to undertake a ten-minute free-writing exercise to allow us to screen for any difficulties with literacy or handwriting. We may then offer another computer screening assessment which enables us to identify the need for further specialist assessment.
The support we offer is designed to meet your individual needs. For some students this means access to support in the classroom or on a dropin basis outside lesson time. In some cases this is backed up with individual support outside the classroom. We also help to put in place special arrangements such as extra time, a reader or a scribe or use of a PC in examinations where the need for this has been assessed. If you are a Child Looked After, Care Leaver or carer we are happy to provide a regular point of contact for additional support and guidance. Another important part of our service is the support we can offer to students with emotional, social or physical needs. We offer a listening service and have excellent links to external agencies for counselling, housing and benefits. This is in addition to the counselling that is available on site. We will work with you to enable you to make the most of college whilst respecting your rights and privacy. Please tell us on your application form if you wish to discuss your support needs. You will then be offered an interview with a member of the support team. Do make the most of what we have to offer. We are here to help you.
The student experience
Moving On • Help and support for you in whatever you plan to do next; for example applying to university, seeking employment or taking a gap year. • The chance to complete work experience or become a local volunteer to add to your experience. • Good links with local employers and agencies. • An increase in apprenticeship opportunities. At Worthing College students benefit from a rich and varied curriculum, and extensive extracurricular activities, and services which are underpinned by our commitment to core values. Your college courses and the personal support you will receive provide • Each student has a personal tutor who is responsible for monitoring progress. • An opportunity to join our Academies in Sport, Mathematics, Performing Arts or Visual Arts. • Academies offer additional activities to enrich students’ experience at college. • Stretch and challenge activities to extend your experience and your learning. • Large learning zones in every curriculum area to help you develop your independent learning skills. • Extra help if you have any learning difficulties or disabilities. • Help and support from our experienced staff. • A well-stocked college library to support your studies and leisure reading.
Every Student Matters • A secure college environment where students and staff feel safe. • A healthy college environment with healthy food options, access to sport and fitness activities, an outstanding gym, and counselling services. • An emphasis on enjoying and achieving at college. • Supporting and encouraging you to make a positive contribution at college and in the community. • Supporting you to achieve your future ambitions.
Stretch and Challenge
Worthing College offers opportunities for all students at all levels to achieve as high grades as possible through high quality teaching and learning strategies, differentiated tasks, support workshops, and enrichment activities.
maths and science olympiads, the National Mock Trial Competition for law students, the Sussex Investment Challenge, and the Debating Matters competition.
Work experience in a range of settings including hospitals, schools, businesses and other local employers. Students are also offered extensive support through a programme of activity throughout the year to develop work related learning and employability skills.
Opportunities for on-course enrichment activities such as subject conferences, trips, additional short course qualifications, visiting speakers and examiners.
Opportunities include: • A co-ordinated ‘Aspire’ programme for students with high GCSE grades who are applying to competitive universities or are considering courses with very demanding entrance requirements such as Medicine or Law. •
The Cambridge Pre-U qualification, an exciting post-16 qualification which equips learners with the skills and knowledge they need to make a success of their subsequent studies at university. It focuses on global issues and includes an Independent research project.
The Extended Project Qualification which allows students to research a subject of their own choice and produce an extended essay, art work or a performance. Taking 6-9 months to complete (normally including the summer holiday) this is equivalent to half an A Level and successful students gain additional UCAS points.
Offering all students opportunities to participate in external competitions and succeed on a wider stage. This includes events such as
Overseas trips including Auschwitz, Brussels, Berlin, Cern, Disneyland Paris, Holland, Spain and the USA.
Preparing students for the A* criteria within A Level specifications through master classes and workshops.
Links with universities at Sussex, Brighton, Chichester, Winchester, Portsmouth, Surrey, Oxford and Cambridge for lectures, visits and additional guidance on university applications and student life. Our students even help university staff with their research projects.
Membership of four different Academies within the college: Sport, Mathematics, Visual Arts and Performing Arts. All offer great opportunities to extend studies in specific subject areas.
Upgrade centre and study skills workshops are referral options for students to support their development as independent learners with a mix of skills that are critical for success in their individual courses.
Other opportunities for enrichment activities, clubs and societies through the College+ programme. A triumphant Worthing College wins the High Stakes Quiz at Southampton University which was shown on Solent TV.
The Aspire Programme
The Aspire Programme is targeted at students who achieved highly at GCSE and who are aiming to apply for places at the most competitive universities and for highly competitive courses. Entrance to these universities often requires more than just good A Levels, and the Aspire programme provides opportunities, advice and challenges for students who want to make themselves stand out. The programme is run by a dedicated co-ordinator whose role is to support students individually and to put on a challenging programme of activities throughout the year.
What does the Aspire programme involve? University visits Every year we take students to a range of open days at universities which include Oxford, Cambridge and Sussex universities as well as the Oxbridge conference at the Epsom Stadium and the annual medical conference organised by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Visiting speakers A programme of talks on a range of challenging topics such as ethical dilemmas, scientific debates, philosophical questions and advanced study skills. Completing high quality university applications One to one support with personal statements and subject choices. Talks from university admissions staff.
Preparation for tests and interviews Mock interviews with subject specialists and lessons in preparation for university entrance exams.
Summer schools and higher education shadowing schemes Students regularly apply to attend Sutton Trust summer schools which are designed to support students aiming for competitive university courses. We also have students who spend some days at a university like Cambridge shadowing undergraduate students to get a taste of university life. University lectures We regularly take students to hear the public lectures offered by our local universities on a range of topical issues. Financial support - bursaries and scholarships We provide advice about the scholarships which universities are increasingly offering to high flying students who are expecting to achieve top grades. We also provide information about the bursaries and other kinds of support available to students who face obstacles to progressing to university. Our â€˜First Generationâ€™ co-ordinator focuses all of their support on students who are the first generation in their family to attend university.
Opportunities, advice and challenges for students aiming higher
Practical work experience We arrange work experience and voluntary work to enhance students’ prospects in applying for the most competitive university places. This includes placements for prospective medics and physiotherapists at Worthing Hospital and placements in Crown Courts for prospective law students. The Extended Project Qualification The extended project is well-respected by universities and is a fantastic way to help you stand out in your university application. It will help to demonstrate your commitment to higher level study and your enthusiasm for your chosen subject. Students decide on a topic they want to study in depth and then have a timetabled session every week to access individual support and guidance on their project. When they have completed their project they must give a presentation of their main findings as well as submit a substantial written report. The qualification is worth half an A Level and is graded A* - U. As well as earning you UCAS points it will stretch you to develop higher order skills, such as research, analytical and evaluative skills. Which courses are more competitive? Certain degree courses are particularly popular, and so often require higher grades than other courses at the same university. These include Medicine, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Law, Dentistry, Speech Therapy, English, History and
Psychology. There are also some courses which are particularly competitive at specific universities such as Media Production courses at Bournemouth and Primary Teaching at Brighton. Peter Vaughan Scholarship University applicants in their final year of study at Worthing College and who are ‘First Generation Scholars’ whose parents/carers have not progressed to higher education can apply for this scholarship which offers a £500 annual payment to the successful applicant enrolled at a Russell Group University. Post-graduation, the beneficiary of the scholarship will also access mentoring support from leading figures in industry. .
Students from Worthing College gained places at Oxbridge as well as medical and dentistry schools in 2016. These places are widely regarded as just about the toughest challenge for A Level students and reflect student achievement in university admissions tests and interviews, as well as outstanding achievement in their academic courses. 19
What does Worthing College offer to International Students? • UK A Level qualifications - for university entrance. • High School programme - for those studying less than one year. • Tuition in classes with UK students. • Specialist tuition in English - leading to IELTS qualifications (required for UK university entrance). • Lively social life in a vibrant student community. • Academy of Mathematics, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. • Sports Academies in Football, Rugby, Netball and Basketball. • Induction programme for all international students. Excellent value for money in one of the UK’s top state Sixth Form Colleges Our inclusive fees for A Level programmes are £7950 per year and cover: • Tuition and examination fees (except re-sits and some IELTS tests). • Expert advice on choosing subjects and assessment of student’s current level of English. • A personal tutor to help throughout the programme. • Expert advice and support in applying to UK universities. 20
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Online access for parents to see student reports and progress. Extra-curricular activities (College+). Email and internet access. Use of the library and loan of books. Access to campus sports facilities. Opportunity to join one of Worthing College’s Academies in: Sport, Mathematics, Visual Arts or Performing Arts. Airport transfer from Gatwick or Heathrow on arrival. Arrangements for a host family.
Accommodation Accommodation is arranged with English speaking families living close to the college. This is a very good way for students to improve their speaking and language skills and to experience the British way of life.
We take great care in choosing a family that will be suitable for each student. The family provides bed, breakfast and dinner every day. During the week, lunch can be taken with other students in one of the collegeâ€™s cafes. IELTS English Classes for International Students IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. At Worthing College, international students normally follow a 2 year course to prepare for the academic IELTS, which is specially designed for university entry. Universities usually require a minimum level 6.0 or 6.5 for entrance to study on degree courses. You will have the opportunity to take the IELTS test each year to improve your score. As part of this course, you will develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will have access to a range of resources such as video, TV and a computer based language laboratory to help develop these.
What subjects should I choose? Our most popular A Level courses for international students are Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Statistics, Accounting, Fine Art, Photography, Physics, Electronics, Graphic Design and Textiles. Location: Worthing Worthing is a busy friendly town by the sea on the sunny south coast of England. It is in the warmest and driest part of England. The largest town in West Sussex, with a population of more than 104,600, it is ideally situated for the beach and the beautiful countryside of the South Downs National Park. There are many shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Worthing, and sports facilities include a large swimming pool and bowling alley in the town centre. There are sports facilities on site and near to the college, as well as opportunities for horse riding, windsurfing, kite-boarding and sailing in the area. London is one and a half hours away by train and the regular direct service offers two trains per hour.
Financial assistance for students Bursary and Discretionary Funds
Vulnerable Bursary scheme for 16 - 19 year olds If you are between 16 and 19 years of age on 31st August of the year you start at college, and you fall into one of the following categories, you may apply for a bursary of £1200 to support you in your studies. A child looked after placed into care by a local authority. A care leaver who has been a Child Looked After for 13 weeks or more since the age of 14 or anyone who has recently ceased to be looked after or accommodated. A student in receipt of Income Support you should qualify in this category if you are: A teenage parent, or living away from your parents, or if both of your parents are deceased. A disabled student You must be in receipt of both the Employment Support Allowance and the Disability Living Allowance (or the Personal Independence Payment). All 16-19 bursary funding is for specific needs such as travel, books, course materials and equipment. It cannot be used for living expenses. Payments will be dependent upon 100% authorised attendance and will also be linked to good behaviour. Discretionary funding for 16-19 or 19-23 year old students In addition to vulnerable bursaries the college has been allocated some funding for discretionary support. This funding is limited and amounts awarded will be governed by the number of qualifying students who apply. To qualify for discretionary funding your family income must be below £24,000 and written 22
evidence of this will be required. You are ineligible for discretionary funding if you qualify for a bursary. Discretionary funding is for specific needs such as travel, books, course materials and equipment and is not to be used for living expenses or tuition fees. Payments will be dependent upon 100% authorised attendance and will also be linked to good behaviour. Application forms for bursary and discretionary funding schemes are available at enrolment, or from the Finance Office at the beginning of term. 19+ advanced learning loans If you are age 19 or older you may be eligible for an advanced learning loan to cover tuition fees for our A Level and other Level 3 and Level 4 courses. To access a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan you must not have achieved a full Level 3 qualification. Call us for advice on 01903 275755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Free meals If you are aged 16-18 on 31st August of the year you start at college, and your total household income is £16,190 or less you may be entitled to claim a free meal at college each day you attend. If you are eligible for a bursary or discretionary funding you can receive a free meal each day in addition to your monthly payment. If you are not sure if you are eligible to apply for any financial support or you have any financerelated queries please contact the College Finance Office on 01903 275744 or email email@example.com
What is the Advanced Learning Loan? • A government backed Loan which helps learners aged 19 or over to study a course at Level 3 or above. •
Students can borrow a minimum of £300 or the maximum of the loan available for that qualification. This is usually the full cost of the course but we will tell you if it is not.
Any associated costs (e.g. childcare, travel to college) are not covered by the Loan but students can ask in the Finance Office about the Advanced Loan Bursary.
Household income is not taken into account when applying for a Loan and applicants will not have to undergo a credit check.
Money is paid directly to the College for the course and the College is required to send information about students’ attendance to Student Finance England.
Students’ monthly repayments will be based on their income and the amount they borrowed. Payments will not start until the course has finished.
Interest rates are variable and students will pay between RPI and RPI +3% depending on their income.
Students will only start making repayments when their income is more than £404 per week; £1,750 per month or £21,000 per year.
If students stop working or reduce their hours of work, the payments will stop and start again when they earn more than £21,000. You will need to inform Student Finance England of your circumstances.
Read more about the Advanced Learning Loan at www.direct.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans Who is Eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan? • Will the student be aged 19 or over on the first day of their course? Yes /No •
Will the student be studying a level 3 or above funded course? Yes / No
Is the student a UK national or do they have “settled status” in UK? Yes / No
Will the student be living in the UK on the first day of the course and have they lived in UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years immediately before this? Yes / No
If the answer to ALL of these questions is “Yes” – then the student is eligible to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan (Worthing College cannot guarantee anyone will be accepted for a loan by Student Finance England).
Academy of Visual Arts
The aim of the Academy of Visual Arts is to offer students who are studying visual arts, film and media courses a range of enriching and interesting opportunities and activities that support and extend their learning, reward achievement and promote ambitious progression and employability.
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Academy activities include: • Silver Arts Award projects. • A programme of resident and visiting visual arts and media practitioners who run specialist practical workshops and show their own work. • Opportunities to take part in competitions, work experience and commissions. • Opportunities to visit galleries and exhibitions. • Participation in the mid and end of year exhibitions. • Awards for selected fine art, design, textiles, photography, media and film works which are distributed at the end of year exhibition. • Information about progression opportunities and advice on portfolio preparation.
Who is eligible to join the Academy of Visual Arts? All students studying Level 2 and 3 Art and Design, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textiles, Photography, Media Studies, Film Studies and Creative Media Production courses will be eligible to join the Academy. Selection will be by participation in events and creative and consistent performance in these subjects while studying at college.
Academy of Mathematics
The Academy of Mathematics provides aspiring young mathematicians with the opportunity to access top quality teaching. The dedicated teaching team has excellent subject knowledge and is supportive and nurturing of all students. What is the Academy of Mathematics? The Academy of Mathematics is available to all students studying mathematical subjects, All students in the Academy will have the opportunity to attend organised activities to enhance their
enjoyment and experience of mathematics. Within college there is a weekly meeting with quizzes, challenges and talks and students can belong to the Maths Academy Facebook group. They will have the opportunity to participate in competitions such as the UK Mathematics Trust Senior Maths Challenges and the Team Challenge (in previous years Worthing College has qualified for the national finals). There will be trips such as to the Maths in Action and Maths Fest lectures at the London Institute and Exploring Maths at Royal Holloway and CERN. In the Academy of Mathematics, students will experience the excitement and beauty of mathematics and will be introduced to the many careers available to mathematicians. Worthing College Academy of Mathematics encourages all students with grade 7 or higher in GCSE Mathematics to access A Level Further Mathematics in Year 12. This prestigious qualification offers the best preparation for a degree which has a significant mathematical content and is valued highly by top universities as well as by employers.
The top mathematicians in the Academy are prepared for the Sixth Term Exam Paper (STEP) which is required by Cambridge, Warwick, Bath, Bristol and other top universities for mathematics undergraduate applicants.
What the students say “The Maths Academy gives you the opportunity to show off your mathematical talent in competitions such as the senior UKMT individual and team challenges. These, along with enrichment activities in the Maths Academy sessions, make for great personal statement material.” Andrew Jeffery and Alfie Spencer “The Maths Academy is more than just an extracurricular activity - it allows you to explore beyond the syllabus with like-minded people. Trips to London featuring respected mathematicians provided a source of inspiration and drive you to complete your studies.” Sophie Collings, Rosie Scardoulis, Caitlin Bone and Hazel Bacon
Academy of Performing Arts
Who are we? Our Academy has close links with the performing arts professions and we believe this keeps our training relevant and accessible to young people developing their talents in a range of performance related skills. Opportunities for performing include playing at theatres in Worthing and Brighton, taking part in local tours across Sussex, and performing in Rock Challenge and the National Theatre Connections Festival. At least two professional touring companies perform at The Sealight Theatre each year, as well as speakers from the creative industries. We also have excellent links with drama schools and universities with performing arts courses. The Academy of Performing Arts offers exceptional teaching skills to develop your technical and performance skills. It has strong links with the industries to which our students aim to graduate. The Academy’s student population is a diverse community united by a shared passion for creating performances.
We have our own fantastic teaching and performance venue The Sealight Theatre and the Academy prides itself on the professional standard of its student productions, some of which may be attended by industry professionals. What courses do we run? Worthing College already provides an extensive range of highly successful courses, including: •
A Level Drama and Theatre Studies
A Level Dance
A Level Music
RSL Music Practitioner
BTEC Performing Arts
All five courses make the most of our teaching and performance spaces which include the Sealight Theatre, a dance studio, dedicated classrooms, music practice rooms and a performing arts learning zone.
What can you do outside lessons? The Academy programme offers industry standard qualifications including two projects run with the National Theatre, London.
A small technical team is also developed each year within the Academy providing ample opportunities for those interested in production work. Who is eligible to join the Academy of Performing Arts? Any student who attends Worthing College! The Academy of Performing Arts is looking for passionate, talented, and focused performers and production crew - irrespective of their background, disability, gender, nationality, political persuasion, race, religious belief or sexual orientation. We consider diversity to be enriching and a vital part of what makes us one of the best choices. West Side Story
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Academy of Sport
The mission of the Academy of Sport is to set new standards in sporting excellence and opportunity. The college is a centre of sporting excellence that offers unrivalled opportunities for young people in Sussex and on the south coast. Our holistic sport, fitness and wellbeing offer consists of five strands: • • • • •
Sports Education (full details of the qualifications are listed in the Course Guide) Sports Performance Sports Apprenticeships - (see the Apprenticeships section of this prospectus) Active Health and Wellbeing Community and Partners
Our mission and commitment is to: • Be the Sussex and south coast college of first choice for young sports men and women with high aspirations. • Deliver outstanding provision for all. • Prepare students for further and higher education and employment. • Attract and retain the most talented and committed staff. • Be inwardly and outwardly focused to ensure that our provision continually meets the needs of our students, staff and the local and wider communities. • Develop a strategic hub for external sports agencies and organisations.
Academy of Sport: Sports Performance
As a first step you should apply to study at Worthing College. Your application should state your chosen Sports Performance squad in the ‘Subjects to Study’ section of your application. Squads are available in the following sports: • Basketball • Football (Men’s) • Football (Women’s) • Netball • Rugby (Men’s) • Rugby (Women’s) After your application is received by the college you will be sent an interview date and time. At interview we will discuss your academic and sporting goals and a programme of study will be tailored to meet your needs.
Academy of Sport: Sports Performance
The highly competitive selection process involves a trial and a reference from a PE teacher or current coach. Trials are normally held in May with final selection confirmed by the end of June. Although not a requirement, many of our Sports Performance students do study one of our sports related qualifications. In this prospectus you will find details of: • • • •
Physical Education A Level Sport Level 2 BTEC Sport Level 3 BTEC Sport and Exercise Science Level 3 BTEC
Sports qualifications are amongst the most popular and successful at Worthing College. Our talented, experienced and committed staff use the latest teaching methods and technology to inspire students to successfully complete their qualification of choice. Our outstanding sports performance programme is delivered by our team of successful and renowned coaching staff. Timetabled sessions include: • • • •
Video analysis. Strength and conditioning including regular fitness testing. Individual skill development. Regular one to one discussions with your coach where we will focus on your progress and development. Sports nutrition. Sports psychology.
Team preparation for regular weekly fixtures. Home fixtures are played in and around the Worthing area. Away fixtures can be at venues throughout England and Wales depending on progress in regional and national competitions.
Your college year will begin with a pre-season week normally in late August. Membership of a sports performance squad is for one year. To extend this you will need to take part in trials alongside new applicants. Your previous commitment to attendance, punctuality and performance standards will be taken into account. We recognise that our sports performance programme attracts applicants from a wide area of Sussex and the south coast and we can assist with local host family arrangements if required. Host family fees are the responsibility of applicants. We are happy to offer further advice at any time. Costs for sports performance squad members at the time of going to press are £150 for the kit package (purchased through our retail partner Broadwater Sports) and £100 per year as a contribution to travel costs. Our vision for sports performance is to ‘create autonomous, skilled and fearless performers who are equipped for the future’. 31
Academy of Sport: Active Health and Wellbeing Community and Partners Active Health and Wellbeing
long term player development alongside access to
Did you know that between the ages of 16 -19 you are
the elite sports facilities and services of the club at the
more likely to stop participating in physical activity than
prestigious training ground in Lancing.
at any other time in your life? Worthing College active health and wellbeing initiatives are focused on supporting the development of positive lifelong habits and healthy lifestyles for all students. Our active health and wellbeing opportunities range from our in-house gym to representing the college competitively in sports like football and swimming, and even a Sussex-wide Colleges sports day. Other activities
junior club in Sussex, NRG, to enable them to play in local and regional leagues to develop their netball further. The college works with Albion in the Community to offer a mix of apprenticeship opportunities throughout Sussex, including instructing exercise & fitness, activity leadership, leisure operations and leisure management.
include go-karting, table tennis, zumba, 6-a-side football
All sports performance squad members are encouraged
or volleyball tournaments, rowing and self-defence for
to participate in fund raising to support the essential
women. Special rates have been negotiated with South
work of the Chestnut Tree House. To date the Worthing
Downs Leisure for students and staff and we are active
College Academy of Sport has raised over £30,000 for
in supporting community projects such as Alive and
the Chestnut Tree House. Worthing College Academy
Kicking and West Sussex sugar reduction campaigns.
of Sport has an outstanding reputation for volunteering
Our vision for active health and wellbeing is to ‘engage all staff and students to improve their health and wellbeing’.
Community and Partners The Academy of Sport has partnership links with various sports clubs in the community. The men’s and women’s rugby teams play in the Raiders Viper 10 kit for home and away matches and play our home fixtures at Worthing Rugby Club. Our women’s football programme is run by Brighton & Hove Albion Women’s Football Club. This provides our players with the experienced support of elite women’s football provision in preparing, delivering and supporting
The college netball squad are invited to join the biggest
and work experience. Every year our students complete over 2,500 hours of volunteering and work experience and our key achievements include: delivering PE lessons and officiating football and netball matches at local primary schools, running a talent identification programme designed to develop motor skills at local primary schools, leading the annual Durrington First School sports day and Worthing Schools Olympic and legacy events. Our vision is to ‘be an active, committed and innovative partner in the community helping to promote the benefits of sport, active health and wellbeing to maximise the opportunities for participants’.
Women’s Rugby Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) Level 3 The Women’s Rugby Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence is delivered in partnership with the RFU and takes two years. Places are limited and due to the elite nature of the provision applicants are required to trial and be able to demonstrate that they are playing county, regional or international age group women’s rugby.
“It’s the attitude and ambition behind Worthing College’s sports teams that make them so successful and appealing to so many young athletes in the area.”
Talented club players who are new to the game, or who can demonstrate excellence in another sport (eg athletics, football, basketball, rowing etc) may also be eligible to join the programme.
“Our outstanding staff team of leading coaches and inspirational teachers will ensure that the aspirational and talented women’s rugby players who choose to study and train at Worthing College will meet their potential and no doubt go on to have long and successful elite sporting careers. The college gym provides an outstanding strength and conditioning facility that will complement their classroom and on-field experience.”
AASE focuses on enhancing your technical, tactical, physical and psychological understanding and performance. Possible jobs: Elite Women’s Rugby Player Duration: 12 - 24 months
Amy Wilson-Hardy, Team GB Rugby Sevens at Rio Olympics, former Worthing College student.
Paul Riley, Worthing College Principal.
A guide to qualifications
Qualifications can be considered under five headings: • The subject area studied.
The level of qualification These are standardised in the National Qualification Framework.
The level of the qualification.
The size and range of the subjects studied at a particular level.
Level 4 and higher qualifications are offered by higher education bodies such as universities.
Moving from one level to the next.
The subject area studied Some qualifications are in general subject areas. These are typically traditional school subjects in which you can gain GCSEs and GCE A Level qualifications. The “G” in the qualification name stands for general. Other qualifications are vocational, covering the skills and capabilities required for particular jobs or occupations. You could gain these while learning in the workplace as well as at college. NVQs are examples of this type of qualification. Another group of qualifications combines elements of general and vocational qualifications. BTECs are the main example. At Worthing College the emphasis is on general (A Levels and GCSEs) and mixed vocational and general qualifications such as BTECs.
Level 3 qualifications include A Levels and Level 3 BTECs. Most qualifications offered at Worthing College are at this level. Level 2 qualifications include GCSEs grades A* - C / 9 - 4 and Level 2 BTECs. We offer a significant programme of Level 2 qualifications. Level 1 qualifications include GCSEs grades D - G / 3 - 1 and BTEC Introductory qualifications. We offer Level 1 courses in Functional English and Mathematics Functional Skills. Entry Level qualifications lead up to Level 1 from Entry 1 to Entry 3. Worthing College offers Entry Level and Level 1 and 2 qualifications in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). A Level changes Over the three year period 2015 - 2018 reforms which the Government have been making to AS and A Levels will gradually change the educational provision which colleges offer nationally.
What are the Government’s plans? The key elements of the plans are: 1. Ensuring that the courses students follow match their abilities and help them progress into employment or Higher Education. 2. Ensuring that any student who has not achieved a GCSE ‘C’ / ‘4’ grade or better in Maths and/or English at school enrols on a GCSE retake or works towards this via another appropriate qualification. 3. De-coupling AS level from A Level. Since 2000, AS Level has been the first year of the two-year A Level course. AS Level has now reverted to what it was before 2000, a qualification demanding one year’s study which can be taken alongside A Levels or other qualifications but which is not part of the A Level course.
students choosing A Levels benefit from greater choice about how many to study and whether or not to combine A Levels with AS Levels. Three A Levels or equivalent (such as a combination of BTECs and A Levels) is likely to remain the normal requirement for entry to Higher Education and as such the majority of students enrolling at Worthing College from September 2017 having achieved our minimum entry requirements for entry to advanced level courses, will enrol on such a study programme. How will students find advice on these choices? Prospective students will be able to access information, advice and guidance on finding the programme of study which best matches their aptitudes and ambitions here at Worthing College through open events and the interview process.
4. Promoting work experience or other work related learning so that students can learn first-hand about the world of work and be guided in their career planning. What does this mean for students? The Government reforms mean that students have more choice about what to study. Vocational courses such as the Information Technology BTEC Level 3 and Sport BTEC Level 2 at Worthing College remain unaffected but
A guide to qualifications Continued The size and range of the subject area studied At any level you could study a wide or narrow range. For example at Level 2, you could study either Functional Skills English or GCSE English. The amount and range of material covered in the GCSE will be greater and wider than in Functional Skills. Hence the two qualifications are not identical although they are at the same level. Grades A*- C or 9 - 4 in eight GCSEs indicates a stronger achievement than A*- C or 9 - 4 in four GCSEs although they are both sets of Level 2 qualifications.
to move up to the challenge of the next level. We aim to build a programme of study big enough to prepare you to move up to the next level when you have completed it.
Likewise grades A*- E in three A Levels indicates a stronger achievement than A*- E in two A Levels although they are both sets of Level 3 qualifications.
Your first full Level 2 qualification is the name given to grade A*- C or 9 - 4 in five GCSEs or equivalent or a BTEC Level 2 alongside a Level 2 Pass in English and Mathematics. This is the minimum we require to show you are ready to face the challenge of moving up to Level 3.
The following table shows how BTECs compare to GCSEs and A Levels. Level 2 BTECs are GCSE equivalent and do offer a progression route through to Advanced Level study, employment or Apprenticeships.
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma
3 A Levels
Level 3 BTEC Diploma
2 A Levels
Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma
1.5 A Levels
Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate
1 A Level
Level 3 BTEC Certificate
0.5 A Level
Moving from one level to the next When you have achieved enough qualifications at one level you will have shown you are ready
Your first full Level 3 qualification is the name given to grade A*- Es in two A Levels or their equivalents. This is normally the minimum required to progress to Level 4 at university or college. To ensure you are as competitive as possible we usually aim for three A Levels or their equivalents.
We require a minimum of grade D or 3 in two GCSEs or equivalents to show you are ready to start a Level 2 programme with us. Sometimes we advise you to take a programme which mixes levels. For example you could combine a Level 3 BTEC with a GCSE in English or Mathematics. A course may have a minimum entry requirement of a stated grade in Mathematics and English GCSE. All applicants presenting with a lower grade will be considered on an individual basis relative to their total GCSE profile.
Nested Qualifications In the process of completing a large qualification you may achieve a smaller qualification along the way.
you two years. At the half-way stage (ie after one year) you will be able to achieve a smaller qualification depending on unit achievement.
This is a nested qualification. For example if you embark on a Level 3 BTEC Diploma it will take
Our main vocational qualifications are listed below:
Equivalent to: Worthing College offers this in the following subjects:
Length of Alternative Qualification course
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma
3 A Levels
Health and Social Care Public Services Sport Performing Arts
2 years 2 years 2 years 3 years
Level 3 BTEC Diploma
2 A Levels
Applied Science (Medical) Business Performing Arts Sports Science Travel and Tourism
2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years
Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate
1 A Level
Applied Law Applied Physics (Engineering)*1 Applied Science Creative Media Production Environmental Sustainability*2 Health and Social Care Information Technology Music Practitioner (RSL)*3 Performing Arts Public Services (Social Science)*4 Sport and Exercise Science*5
2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 1 year 2 years 1 year
Level 2 BTEC Certificate
Applied Science Art and Design Business Sport
1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Level 2 City and Guilds Diploma
Travel and Tourism
*1 Cambridge Tech Level 3 *2 QCF Subsidiary Diploma
equivalent to one A Level.
*3 QCF Subsidiary Diploma
equivalent to one A level.
*4 QCF Subsidiary Diploma
equivalent to one A Level
*5 Extended Certificate option
being introduced in Sept 2017
Choosing the right courses for you A LEVEL COURSES Biology................................................................................................................................. Business Studies.................................................................................................................. Chemistry............................................................................................................................ Computer Science.............................................................................................................. Dance................................................................................................................................. Drama and Theatre Studies............................................................................................... Economics.......................................................................................................................... Electronics.......................................................................................................................... English Language and Literature........................................................................................ English Language............................................................................................................... English Literature................................................................................................................ Film Studies.......................................................................................................................... Fine Art................................................................................................................................ French................................................................................................................................. Further Mathematics........................................................................................................... Geography......................................................................................................................... Government and Politics..................................................................................................... Graphic Communication................................................................................................... History................................................................................................................................. Law..................................................................................................................................... Mathematics...................................................................................................................... Media Studies..................................................................................................................... Music................................................................................................................................... Photography........................................................................................................................ Physical Education.............................................................................................................. Physics................................................................................................................................. Psychology.......................................................................................................................... Sociology............................................................................................................................. Spanish................................................................................................................................ Statistics............................................................................................................................... Textile Design.......................................................................................................................
40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
BTEC COURSES Art and Design Level 2........................................................................................................ 72 Business Level 2.................................................................................................................... 74 Business Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma.................................................................... 75 Creative Media Production Level 3 Extended Certificate..................................................... 76 Environmental Sustainability Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma.................................. 77 Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Certificate.......................................................... 78 Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma............................................................. 79 Information Technology Level 3 Extended Certificate......................................................... 80 Law, Applied, Level 3 Extended Certificate......................................................................... 81 RSL Music Practitoner Level 3 Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma.......................... 82 Performing Arts Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma.......................... 83 Physics, Applied, (Engineering) Cambridge Technical Level 3............................................ 84 Public Services Level 3 Extended Diploma.......................................................................... 85 Public Services (Social Science) Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma............................. 86 Science, Applied, Level 2 Awards........................................................................................ 87 Science, Applied, Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate................................................. 88 Science, Applied, Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma.................................................... 89 Sport Level 2......................................................................................................................... 90 Sport Level 3 Foundation Diploma....................................................................................... 91 Sport and Exercise Science Level 3 Diploma....................................................................... 92 Travel and Tourism Level 3 Diploma..................................................................................... 93
OTHER COURSES Cambridge Pre-U................................................................................................................. English GCSE........................................................................................................................ English Functional Skills Levels 1 & 2.................................................................................... ESOL Skills for Life Entry 2 & Entry 3...................................................................................... ESOL Vocational Levels 1 & 2.............................................................................................. Financial Studies LIB&F Certificate/Diploma Level 3 Certificate/Diploma........................... IELTS (International English Language Testing System)......................................................... Mathematics GCSE.............................................................................................................. Mathematics Functional Skills Levels 1 & 2.......................................................................... Travel and Tourism City & Guilds Level 2..............................................................................
94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103
Biology A Level Two year course
How will my work be assessed? There are three exams, taken at the end of the course. A combination of short and long answer questions, analysis of data, and comprehension exercises. You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress.
I find Biology very interesting. It is
What is this course about? Biology is a course that develops essential knowledge and understanding of humans and other living organisms, along with vital practical and study skills. You will look at cell biochemistry, DNA technology, genetics, physiology and the interactions of humans with their environment. You will be made aware of recent advances, be able to discuss the value and responsible use of biology in society and have the opportunity to sustain and develop your enjoyment of science.
full of useful things to know; however
the course is challenging.
What do people do with A Level Biology? Biology provides you with the essential skills to continue to a variety of higher education courses or types of employment. Many students progress to courses such as medicine, physiotherapy, veterinary science, exercise science and nursing; others pursue scientific careers by combining biology with other science A Levels, for example in the pharmaceutical industry. Frequently however, students may go on to completely different careers such as law or business. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including double B in higher tier Science GCSE, or at least B in Biology plus another B in a single Science, grade 5 or above in English and grade 6 or above in higher tier Mathematics (grade 5 considered on individual basis). Many people on this course will have achieved significantly above this minimum level.
Business Studies A Level Two year course
I want to start my own business
What is this course about? This course covers all sizes of businesses from those selling locally to those selling globally. All aspects of business will be studied and the many external influences that require decisions, planning and responses.
and the course is going someway to
prepare me for this .
How will my work be assessed? In the second year there are three 2 hour exams taken at the end of the course. Paper 1 consists of multiple choice, short answer and two essay questions. Paper 2 will be three data response questions. Paper 3 will be a case study with approximately six questions. There is no coursework in either year. Students may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of the first year as a measure of your progress.
What do people do with A Level Business Studies? Business Studies is an excellent preparation for higher education in a number of areas, including the further study of the subject itself or economics and entrepreneurship. It is also an extremely useful background for those considering setting up their own business. It provides an understanding of businesses, which will be useful for nearly all careers and workplaces. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent). 41
Chemistry A Level Two year course
Lots of practicals which make it
What is this course about? Through understanding atoms and how they interact, A Level Chemistry lays the foundations for solving some of the big questions facing society. Creating new materials and drugs, replacing crude oil for fuel and polymers and doing all of this in an environmentally sympathetic manner. The skills developed on this course are highly regarded in a wide range of careers.
interesting. And the lessons are very
How will my work be assessed? There will be three 2 hour A exams taken at the end of the course. These will include different styles of questions such as multiple choice questions, short structured questions and questions that require a longer response. Approximately 20% of the questions will require the use of mathematics and 15% of the total marks will be based on practical questions. You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress.
What do people do with A Level Chemistry? Chemistry helps progression to a wide range of degree courses. It is an essential qualification for progression into medicine, veterinary science, chemical engineering and pharmacy. It is also an advantage to have studied chemistry if you intend to study any area of biological or geological science. About one third of chemistry graduates work in finance, management services and computing.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including two Bs in higher tier sciences and grade 6 or above in higher tier GCSE Maths. Many people on this course will have achieved significantly above this minimum level.
Computer Science A Level Two year course
What is this course about? Computer Science is the study of problem solving and computational thinking. Our modern world is dominated by technology, but computer scientists are more than just hi-tech consumers, they are the people who make it happen and shape our future. Students will learn practical programming skills, how computers actually work and the theory that binds it all together. Students will be encouraged to think logically and to seek creative solutions to real world problems.
How will my work be assessed? At the end of the second year students will take two exam papers and submit coursework. Paper 1 - tests studentsâ€™ ability to program, as well as theoretical knowledge of computer science. It is an on-screen exam; 2 hours 30 minutes and worth 40% of A Level. Paper 2 - tests studentsâ€™ ability to answer short and extended questions. It is a written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes and worth 40% of A Level. Non-exam assessment - assesses studentsâ€™ ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. It is worth 20% of A Level. What do people do with A Level Computer Science? There is a huge global demand for IT professionals, with rewarding salaries and excellent prospects and a huge range of opportunities for further studies at universities in the UK and overseas.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics.
As a branch of science and maths, computer science dominates most sectors of society, so while many students become programmers and designers, others progress to a diverse range of fields including medicine, psychology and artificial intelligence, criminology and engineering.
Dance A Level Two year course pieces which will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner. You will also be assessed by written examination, also marked externally.
What is this course about? The course is a highly enjoyable, creative exploration of a variety of genres of dance. It develops studentsâ€™ skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of dance styles, practitioners and areas of dance. Through development of physical, technical and expressive skills students are able to communicate choreographic intention and develop their individual qualities as performers. It also develops studentsâ€™ resilience and confidence. Students will be able to learn and develop within the high spec dance studio, as well as have opportunities to watch and work with professional companies and choreographers.
How will my work be assessed? Course assessment consists of practical and written examinations. The course will be assessed partly by the performance of dance
What do people do with A Level Dance? Students could take a degree in Dance, Physical Theatre or Choreography, and can go on to study higher education courses at either dance schools or university. Employment can be directly related to the skills developed in the course, leading to work as a performer, as a choreographer or in the wider creative industries. However, the confidence, creative thinking and presentation skills students develop through A Level Dance will also serve you well in a variety of other careers, for example: arts administration, dance therapy, teaching/workshop co-ordination, journalism, business, advertising & marketing, law, marketing & PR, hospitality, events management, sales, physiotherapist, personal trainer, dance theatre critic. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent). If you do not have GCSE Dance you will be invited to audition. You must have good practical skills and should be taking some form of dance class outside College.
Drama and Theatre Studies A Level Two year course
Explore plays through both practical and written responses.
Work on specific roles in contrasting plays and be assessed on their performances.
Work in a group to produce an original piece of devised theatre.
Examine how some plays were originally performed.
We are always keen for you to learn theory through practice so your written work is relevant and informed. Our aim is to develop you as both an individual and team player throughout the course – skills which are valuable to a range of career paths. How will my work be assessed? Course assessment consists of practical and written examinations. There are exams for the written units which are externally set and marked and are worth 40% of the A Level. The practical units are worth 60% in total and are internally assessed. Students may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of the first year as a measure of progress. What do people do with A Level Drama and Theatre Studies? Students could take a degree in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts, and can go on to study
The course combines a creative
way of performing drama whilst using
What is this course about? This exciting and varied course will require students to:
an academic lens to analyse theatre in
a range of interesting ways.
either at drama school or university. Employment can be directly related to the skills developed in the course, leading to work as a performer, in theatre management or the broad range of production roles. However, the confidence, creative thinking and presentation skills students develop through A Level Drama will also serve you well in a variety of other careers, for example: arts administration, drama therapy, teaching/workshop co-ordination, sales, journalism, business, advertising & marketing, law, marketing & public relations, hospitality, events management. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent). 45
Economics A Level Two year course
Both years are divided into halves; Microeconomics, the study of individual markets and their workings. Macroeconomics, the study of the workings of the whole economy. How will my work be assessed? At the end of the second year there are three exams, two with an identical format - a choice of one data-response question from two options, and one essay from a choice of three.
Economics is particularly relevant to the world today; it gave me a greater understanding of news headlines, such as interest rates and takeovers.
What is this course about? Economics is the study of how society produces, distributes and consumes resources and wealth. It tries to explain why we make and buy different things, and also how the government manages and runs the economy. In both years students will study related topics, but with different levels of complexity.
Paper 1 is the microeconomics exam. Paper 2 is macroeconomics. Paper 3 is made up of two parts: 30 multiple choice questions and a case study question requiring written answers. In addition to testing understanding of the modules, the exams include synoptic assessment. Each exam makes up 33.3% of the course. There is no assessed coursework. Students may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of the first year as a measure of progress. What do people do with A Level Economics? A good grade in economics is highly regarded by universities and employers. It provides an excellent background for degree level study and careers in business, management, finance, accounting, law and politics. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of five GCSEs at A*-C grade (or equivalent) including grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths (as there is a need to interpret graphs and data, as well as carrying out some calculations) and a grade 5 or above in English GCSE.
Electronics AS/A Level One year course for AS; two year course for A Level
What is this course about? Would you enjoy finding out how a drinks machine is programmed to give you a perfect cup of coffee? Are you keen to learn how the modern world communicates and controls the vast amount of data that it generates? Are you interested in building and testing basic electronic circuits from fundamental principles? Ever thought about how an amplifier works? If you answer ‘yes’ to most of these questions then Electronics AS/A Level could be for you.
It goes well with Physics and Maths and I really enjoy the practical work.
How will my work be assessed? There will be a mixture of exam and coursework assessment. Further details are yet to be released by the exam board. What do people do with A Level Electronics? It is an excellent preparation for most physical science first degrees, particularly those in engineering and research disciplines. Electronic Engineering at university can lead to the international job market with many vacancies throughout Europe. Good electronics engineers are scarce and starting salaries often reflect this. As there is a programming element to Electronics A Level it is a very useful entry qualification for a degree in computing. For those not intending to take the subject to a higher level, an appreciation of the fundamental
concepts of electronics is useful in careers such as the armed forces, aviation, computing and many technological industries. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent) including a grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths and two grade Bs in GCSE science. You will also have to study Physics A Level or Maths AS/A Level. 47
English Language and Literature A Level Two year course
You have to study hard, but the variety
What is this course about? The specification provides an integrated linguistic and literary approach to the study of texts in each of the three units which make up the full A Level. It offers students an accessible and stimulating course in which they will engage with a variety of spoken and written texts, both fiction and nonfiction.
of written and spoken work keeps you
interested and involved all the time.
How will my work be assessed? You will be assessed by two examinations at the end of the second year. The first exam will test your knowledge of an anthology of short non-fiction texts, a novel and a selection of poems. The questions will ask you to write analytical essays in response to the texts. The second exam will test your knowledge of a full length non-fiction text and a play. The questions will ask you to write an essay in response to the play, and a creative piece in response to the non-fiction text. You will also be asked to write a commentary explaining the effects you have achieved in your creative response. You will also be assessed by one piece of coursework (non-exam assessment) of 25003000 words, in which you will make connections between one literary text and some non-literary material.
You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress.
What do people do with A Level English Language and Literature? • Go on to study it at a higher level at university. • Use it as a widely recognised entry qualification for many degree courses. • Use it as a helpful qualification in careers such as teaching, journalism, publishing and the media. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including grade 4 or above in both English Language and English Literature.
English Language A Level Two year course
You really have to move your skills
What is this course about? The course aims to develop your understanding of the english language - what it is, how it works and how it has changed since 1600. You will explore a wide variety of english language texts - spoken, written and multi-modal, and you will learn how to analyse language use in different contexts.
up a gear from GCSE; it’s hard work
How will my work be assessed? You will be assessed at the end of two years by three exams, one of 2 hours 15 minutes, one of 1 hour and one of 1 hour 45 minutes. Also by non-exam assessment (coursework) which adds up to 3000 words in total. You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress. What do people do with A Level English Language? Go on to study it at a higher level at university. Use it as a widely recognised entrance qualification for many degree courses. Use it as a helpful qualification in careers such as teaching, journalism, publishing and the media.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of five GCSEs at A*-C grade (or equivalent), including a grade 6 in English Language. 49
English Literature A Level Two year course
The course complements a real
What is this course about? The course is designed to offer opportunities to explore english literature through time, across different types of literature and writing styles and to encourage the development of wide and close reading skills and independent judgements.
interest in literature by providing deep
analysis of every aspect of a text.
How will my work be assessed? There are three exams and one piece of non-examined assessment (coursework). All exams are open book exams requiring clean (unannotated) copies of the texts. The first exam is a two-and-a-half hour exam on drama and aspects of tragedy. One question will focus on Shakespeare and the other will focus on the modern play. The second exam is one hour long and focuses on the prose texts focusing on the theme of science and society in one pre-1900 and one post-1900 text. You are required to answer one question from a choice of two. The final exam is the poetry exam which has a duration of two hours and fifteen minutes. This exam focuses on an anthology of post-2000 poetry and a named poet or poetic movement. The non-examined assessment (coursework) is a comparative study of two texts of your choice in the form of a 2500-3000 word essay.
You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress.
What do people do with A Level English Literature? Go on to study it at a higher level at university. Use it as a widely recognised entry qualification for many degree courses. Use it as a helpful qualification. in careers such as teaching, journalism, publishing and the media. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including a grade 6 or above in English Literature.
Film Studies A Level Two year course
I like the fact that I have been
What is this course about? This course aims to give students an opportunity to combine creative work with an academic exploration of a broad range of film – from Hollywood mainstream to World Cinema.
given the opportunity to work to my
own interests and strengths.
For the coursework unit you will be asked to carry out individual research and choose from several creative options including scriptwriting, storyboarding and film making. You can develop the skills necessary for preparation for a wide range of degree subjects and career choices. How will my work be assessed? Coursework units are internally marked, with reference to the set assessment objectives, and externally moderated. Exams are externally marked. What do people do with A Level Film Studies? Many students go on to study film, media or cultural studies or to study film as part of a combined degree at university. Career opportunities exist in the film industry, teaching, and any jobs that require thoughtful, adaptable and skilled people. Film Studies A Level can also accompany many other subjects and can form part of an application to a huge range of university courses and career paths.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), and one of these should be in English Language. 51
Fine Art A Level Two year course
Studying A Level Fine Art gives you the skills and knowledge to create personal and imaginative work. If you have an adventurous, creative and enquiring mind and are excited by shaping and determining the visual world around us, there is a career opportuntiy waiting for you. How will my work be assessed? At A Level for component 1 you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme. This will consist of a portfolio of work supported by written material. This will count for 60% of your total A Level mark. In component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points which count for 40% of your total mark. Your work will be assessed by your teacher throughout the year with written and verbal feedback given.
What do people do with A Level Fine Art? Many students go on to an Art Foundation course. This is a general diagnostic year that
Although we started off from the same theme, everybody ended up with totally different work by the end of the project.
What is this course about? A Level Fine Art offers opportunities to use your creativity to express yourself. You will develop your understanding of creative processes, your ability to observe and think, to solve problems and communicate in a visual way. It will enable you to work independently and to make your own discoveries by exploring ideas, other artistsâ€™ work and different materials and techniques.
allows students to try all art and design specialisms before going on to choose from a wide range of degree courses such as 2D and 3D animation or design, architecture, ceramics and digital media right through to fine art printmaking, painting or sculpture, illustration, game design, industrial design or visual effects for TV or film. Some universities will accept students on to a fine arts degree with A Levels and a portfolio, but many prefer students to complete a Foundation year. Studying a fine art related degree at university will give you all sorts of exciting career opportunities from architect, art therapist, arts administrator or technician, community arts worker to lecturer, museum or gallery curator, illustrator, painter, printer, sculptor or teacher to name but a few. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including Art and Design. Students who do not have Art and Design GCSE will be invited to do a short practical task before being accepted on the course.
A Level Two year course
Lots of fun group work and lots of
support for oral examination.
What do people do with A Level French? French is a recognised academic subject and therefore is an excellent preparation for higher education in languages as well as a number of other areas such as business, law, and european studies. Former students have also gone on to study and work in media, journalism and tourism. It is the necessary background for careers in teaching French at both primary and secondary levels. Students with language qualifications are sought after by employers and this is reflected in enhanced salaries.
What is this course about? The course aims to develop your understanding of the language and culture of France and other French speaking countries. How will my work be assessed? By exams at the end of the course. Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing. Paper 2: Writing. Paper 3: Speaking.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), and a grade B or above in French (all papers at Higher Tier). 53
AS/A Level One year course for AS; two year course for A Level (You must combine Further Mathematics AS/A Level with Mathematics A Level)
The Further Mathematics course is more difficult than A Level Mathematics and is therefore suited to those students who are able mathematicians. How will my work be assessed? This course is assessed by examinations at the end of the two year course. There is no coursework. You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress but this will not count towards your final A Level grade.
If you are good at maths and enjoy
it then it is well worth having a go at
What is this course about? In combination with maths this is the double maths course for those who wish to study the subject, to a higher level. It is particularly useful to those who want to go on to study a degree in a mathematically related discipline.
further maths, but be prepared to work hard and think hard.
What do people do with A Level Further Mathematics? A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics is an important pair of qualifications if you wish to study mathematics, sciences, engineering or computing at university. Many universities require at least AS Further Mathematics to study maths, physics or engineering. It also provides the basis for a career as a mathematics teacher. A Level Further Mathematics is also useful for going directly on to competitive training schemes in careers such as engineering, accountancy, insurance, tax and finance.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including at least a grade 7 in Mathematics. 54
Geography A Level Two year course
It is a very exciting and stimulating
subject to study. The topics relating to
everyday issues are most interesting.
geographical skills. A key part of Geography A Level involves an exciting residential fieldwork trip in Devon.
What is this course about? How do people change their environment? How does the environment affect people? By focusing on current global issues linked to physical and human geography, you will explore the relationship between people and their environment. You will be encouraged to think critically about the world around you; to make decisions about the future; and to develop a wide range of ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent). You do not need to have studied GCSE Geography, although you must have an interest in the world around you and be motivated by the subject. You will need to have a minimum of grade 5 in Maths and English.
How will my work be assessed? You will sit three exams as detailed below. Paper 1: The ‘physical’ paper Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes 30% of the qualification - 105 marks . Paper 2: The ‘human’ paper Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes 30% of the qualification - 105 marks. Paper 3: The ‘synoptic’ paper Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes 20% of the qualification - 70 marks. You will also carry out and write an independent investigation based on guided fieldwork in Devon. This is non-examined, but is marked internally by your teacher. It is worth 20% of the qualification or 70 marks. What do people do with A Level Geography? This course has been designed to prepare students to either enter the workplace in an environmental career, or to go on to higher education or further training.
Government and Politics AS/A Level One year course for AS; two year course for A Level
How will my work be assessed? At AS Level: Students will take two exams (each exam is 1 hour 20 minutes). The exams include source material, structured questions and essays. At A2 Level: Students will take another two exams (each exam is 1 hour 30 minutes), which assess understanding of the A2 modules. There is no assessed coursework at either AS Level or A2 Level.
Government and Politics has
enabled me to see current affairs in a
whole new light. It really developed
What is this course about? This course aims to develop a critical understanding of government and politics in the UK and the USA. For AS Level, students will study UK government and politics, and at A2 Level the government and politics of the USA.
my interest for the 2015 elections, meeting MPs was a highlight.
and one is even Professor of Politics at St Andrews University. None are yet MPs though some have stood in elections and several have been local councillors; one student works at Westminster, employed by a local MP.
What do people do with A Level Government and Politics? Government and Politics is a recognised academic subject and therefore is an excellent preparation for higher education in a number of areas including the humanities and the social sciences. It is also an extremely useful background for those considering careers in the media, law and public services. Former students can be found broadcasting on radio and television, running large commercial companies, teaching, cartooning, working as barristers and solicitors 56
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language.
Graphic Communication A Level Two year course
What is this course about? Graphic communication conveys information and ideas through visual means. The critical element for a graphic designer is the effective communication of a message or idea through the organisation of images and words. Graphic designers need to understand user and audience needs and how these groups respond to various forms of visual communication. How will my work be assessed? At A Level for component 1 you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme. This will consist of a portfolio of work supported by written material. This will count for 60% of your total A Level mark. In component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points which counts for 40% of your total mark. Your work will be assessed by your teacher throughout the year with written and verbal feedback given.
What do people do with A Level Graphic Communication? Many students go on to an Art Foundation course. This is a general diagnostic year that allows students to try all art and design specialisms before going on to a range of higher education courses such as animation, digital arts, graphic communication or graphic design, as well as media design, illustration, packaging or typographic design. Some universities will accept students onto a design degree with A Levels and a portfolio, but many prefer students to complete a Foundation year. Studying a graphic design related degree at university will give you all sorts of exciting career opportunities from advertising, animator, exhibition or graphic designer, illustrator, interior and spatial design to marketing, publishing, product design, teacher, typographer or web and app designer. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A* - C grade (or equivalent), including Art and Design or Graphics. Students who do not have Art and Design or Graphics GCSE will be invited to college to do a short practical task before being accepted on the course. 57
History A Level Two year course
A Level History widens career choices
and develops analysis and communication
What is this course about? The course looks at some important historical issues in breadth as well as in depth. It helps students to understand how the world has become what it is and our place in it. It develops students’ ability to think critically and reach conclusions based on evidence.
skills and also gives an understanding of
How will my work be assessed? End-of-course exam testing ability to assess different historical interpretations in the light of secondary evidence. Students may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of the first year as a measure of progress.
What do people do with A Level History? History is an important academic subject and an excellent preparation for higher education. It is particularly useful if you are considering higher education and a career in public service, law, media, education, and indeed, most professions. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You need to have a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including a grade 4 or above in English. 58
AS/A Level One year course for AS; two year course for A Level
At AS Level students will study the sources of law, people who work in the law, and the criminal process. At A Level you study the law of contract. How will my work be assessed? At AS Level AS Law is assessed by summer exam. The English Legal System exam covers the topics relating to people in the law and how cases go through the courts. Each question requires both factual description and evaluation of a topic. The Sources of Law exam requires you to give both factual descriptions of the topics and to give some critical comments as well. At A2 Level A2 Law is assessed by summer exam. Two exams based on contract law topics: a special study paper based on pre-released source material and a paper covering the law of contract in general. There is no assessed coursework at either AS Level or A2 Level.
What is this course about? This course aims to give students an understanding of how the law operates in this country.
I like the arguments about
legal topics like sentencing.
What do people do with A Level Law? Law is an academic subject and is suitable for entry into any higher education course that requires skills of evaluation and analysis. The subject matter combines well with business subjects and is often studied during business and accountancy degrees.
Law students have gone on to many universities to study law, including Cambridge. Former law students have become solicitors and work for both local firms in Worthing and large city firms in London. Do I need to do A Level Law if I want to do a Law degree? It is neither an advantage nor a disadvantage for going on to study a Law degree. Around 25% of A Level Law students go on to study Law at university and they usually say it helps them in the first year. Universities are mostly interested in good grades and a genuine interest in the subject. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need to have a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including a grade 4 or above in English. 59
Mathematics A Level AS/A Level Oneyear Two yearcourse course for AS; two year course for A Level
We will teach you how to communicate your mathematics clearly using correct notation and prepare you for degree level study in a mathematical subject.
It goes very well with my
physics course as this has a lot of
What is this course about? This course extends the mathematical skills you have acquired at GCSE. You will learn to apply your skills to solve more complex problems and apply mathematics to real-life situations.
maths in it. Although it is a hard course I find it rewarding.
How will my work be assessed? This course is assessed by examinations at the end of the two year course. There is no coursework. You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress but this will not count towards your final A Level grade. What do people do with A Level Mathematics? It is a valuable qualification in many higher education courses including degrees in mathematics, the sciences, engineering, finance, computing and architecture. Many of these degree courses specify that you must have A Level Mathematics.
Mathematics is also useful for going directly on to training schemes and apprenticeships in careers such as engineering, accountancy, insurance, tax and finance.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS We recommend that students have at least a grade 6 from the new GCSE Mathematics. If you have taken the old GCSE Mathematics then you will need at least a B grade.
Media Studies A Level Two year course
It has completely changed how I
What is this course about? A Level Media Studies encourages you to think critically about the messages you receive daily from the mass media.
look at the media and now I analyse
everything I watch.
The syllabus covers film, newspapers, magazines, new media, radio and advertising. We look at media institutions - who owns which companies and how are they run - the outputs they produce (newspapers, TV, films, websites etc) and the audiences who watch or read them.
How will my work be assessed? The coursework unit will be worth 30% of the marks. It will be internally set and externally moderated. The remainder of the course will be assessed through two examinations sat at the end of the second year, both externally marked.
The course includes a practical production unit in which students are asked to create media products in video, print or e-media. The course develops skills which are a valuable preparation for a wide range of degree subjects and career choices.
What do people do with A Level Media Studies? Many students choose to study the media further and go on to take academic degree courses in film, media and cultural studies. Others decide to take more practical degree courses in subjects such as television production, journalism and video editing. If you decide not to continue your study of the media any further, an A Level in Media Studies will still support your application to a huge range of unrelated university courses and career paths. It is very difficult but not impossible to progress straight from an A Level in Media Studies to working in the media. Most media careers will expect you to have studied at a higher level. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language. 61
Music A Level Two year course
Performance – students will be supported to develop their performance skills, to enhance their technical control and to rehearse and refine performances on their chosen instrument or voice.
Composition – students will develop the technical and expressive skills needed by a composer when creating music.
Appraisal - students will develop their listening and appraising skills through the study of musical set texts across a variety of styles and genres.
Students will work on each of these skills in both years of the course How will my work be assessed? Component 1: Performing Students will perform at least one piece for a duration of at least 8 minutes. It will be assessed by an external examiner and and can be a solo or ensemble performance. This will be worth 30% of the total mark. Component 2: Composing Students will create two compositions lasting a total of at least 6 minutes, one of which is in response to a set brief. This will be worth 30% of the total mark.
Component 3: Appraisal A two hour exam worth 40% of the total mark. This
An excellent course choice in that it
allows you to develop your passion for
What is this course about? The A Level Music course focuses on three main skills:
music and at the same time study for
an academic qualification.
will cover 6 areas of study, each with 3 set works. The areas of study are: vocal music, instrumental music, music for film, popular music and jazz, fusions, new directions. Students may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of the first year as a measure of progress. What do people do with A Level Music? Music is recognised as an academic subject and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of music or related courses in higher education. It also develops personal and communication skills in a unique way which is recognised by many employers. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including GCSE Music at grade C or play to grade 5 standard. All styles of playing are acceptable and Rock and Pop players are most welcome if they are willing to learn traditional music notation. Students without GCSE Music at Grade C or Grade 5 practical will be auditioned.
Photography A Level Two year course
How will my work be assessed? There are two parts to the A Level. Component 1: Personal Investigation This component incorporates three major elements: • Supporting studies. • Practical work. • Personal study of a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose. Component 2: Externally Set Assignment The exam board sets a theme and you will have 8 weeks to investigate, develop and plan your response to a choice of themes. Your work will be assessed by your teacher with feedback given by them. At the end of the course both components are internally marked and externally moderated. Students may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of the first year as a measure of progress. What do people do with A Level Photography? Many students go on to an Art Foundation course. This is a general diagnostic year that allows students to try all art and design specialisms before going on to choose from a wide range of higher education courses such as animation, commercial, fashion, editorial,
What is this course about? Photography is used to record, document, and present examples of everyday life, in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. It has also been used as the vehicle for artistic expression, communicating personal ideas about the world around us.
I have really enjoyed working with
the various darkroom techniques.
forensic or medical photography to digital media, film and television, graphics and visual communication. Some universities will accept students on to a Photography degree with A Levels and a portfolio, but many prefer students to complete a Foundation year. Studying a photography related degree at university will give you all sorts of exciting career opportunities including commercial, fashion, fine art, forensic, medical, industrial, sports or nature photographer to photographic illustrator, technician, teacher, photojournalist, picture editor or researcher. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent). You will also be asked to bring evidence of your interest in photography to your enrolment interview. 63
Physical Education A Level Two year course
This course is challenging but
What is this course about? The course is intended to encourage students to develop their all round understanding of physical education (PE) and sport focusing on physiology, psychology and evaluating contemporary issues. All theoretical areas of study are linked to elite performance, life long health, fitness and wellbeing. In addition to the theoretical study of PE and sport, students are also required to demonstrate their level of practical performance in a sport.
enjoyable. It covers a range of subjects
and therefore you never get bored.
Students can and are encouraged to study this course alongside other areas of the Academy of Sport provision. See page 30. How will my work be assessed? 70% of the A Level is based on performance in the summer examination; 30% is based on practical performance and coursework. Students may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of the first year as a measure of progress. What do people do with A Level Physical Education? A Level PE provides an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue careers or higher education courses in; teaching and coaching, sports development, the leisure industry, recreational management, health, leisure and fitness, sports science, sports physiotherapy, public services and professional sport. 64
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including a grade C in Science. Applicants must also be able to demonsrtrate a high level of performance, coaching and/or officiating in one sport.
Physics A Level Two year course
How will my work be assessed? There will be three exam papers at the end of the course with a range of questions such as multiple choice, structured questions and questions requiring an extended written response. The practical endorsement is assessed by the teacher and requires students to complete a minimum of 12 practical activities that demonstrate practical competence. The performance in practical work is reported seperately to the A Level grade. Students may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of the first year as a measure of progress. What do people do with A Level Physics? Popular degree courses taken by students who have an A Level in Physics are: Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Economics and Business.
What is this course about? Physics is about the fundamental laws of nature from before Newton to Einstein and beyond. It describes the behaviour of things we can see and touch, such as the motion of cars and footballs, and the behaviour of particles too small to see like electrons and quarks, as well as the birth and death of stars and galaxies. It is at the heart of our increasingly technological world such as GPS, mobile phones, computers and medical diagnosis techniques such as MRI.
It is really useful for engineering at
university. It is hard but rewarding.
You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more; the opportunities are endless. Studying A Level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including: geophysicist/field seismologist, healthcare scientist, medical physics, radiation protection practitioner, research scientist, scientific laboratory technician, teacher, meteorologist, structural engineer, acoustic engineer, product/process development scientist, systems developer and technical author. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of a five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including a minimum of grade 6 from higher tier GCSE Maths and two grade 6s from higher tier GCSE Science. 65
Psychology A Level Two year course
Being able to analyse things from
a psychological point of view is an
amazing thing to be able to do.
Students may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of the first year as a measure of progress.
What is this course about? This course aims to develop students’ understanding and awareness of psychological theories and research over a variety of different areas concerned with humans and animals. Students will learn about classic studies as well as contemporary research which will help them understand why people behave as they do. How will my work be assessed? All units will be assessed by examinations at the end of the second year. There are three examinations: Paper 1: Research Methods. Paper 2: Psychological themes through the core studies. Paper 3: Applying Psychology in the real world. 66
What do people do with A Level Psychology? Psychology is recognised as an academic subject which counts as both an arts and a science subject for university entrance purposes. It is also useful for all careers dealing with people. It is particularly good for jobs in medicine (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, midwives), sport (training and managing teams), education and law, as well as the more obvious psychology-related areas (e.g. educational psychology, or psychotherapy). However, as psychology is interesting and related to animals or humans, people take it to use wherever they may go!
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including a grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths, though a 5 in either Maths or English would be preferred.
Sociology A Level Two year course
How will my work be assessed? By three exams held in the summer at the end of the second year. • •
I like sociology because the things
we study relate to my own life. I enjoy
What is this course about? This course aims to develop students’ awareness and critical understanding of society. It’s about the way social factors such as families, the education system and mass media shape our thinking and behaviour.
listening to people’s opinions during
Education with Theory and Methods - 33.3% of total mark. Topics in Sociology (includes families and households and beliefs in society) - 33.3% of total mark. Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods - 33.3% of total mark.
All three exams are held in the summer at the end of the second year. Students may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of the first year as a measure of progress. What do people do with A Level Sociology? Sociology helps you develop an analytical approach to issues, which is a useful life skill. It is a recognised academic subject and an excellent preparation for all social science and many other courses at university or college. It is particularly useful for careers in teaching, nursing, social work, social administration, the
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language. 67
Spanish A Level Two year course
How will my work be assessed? Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing.
I really enjoy using the language
laboratory because we can communicate
What is this course about? The course aims to develop your understanding of the language and culture of Spain and other spanish speaking countries.
with other students and the teacher in
a very interactive way.
Paper 2: Writing. Paper 3: Speaking. What do people do with A Level Spanish? Spanish is a recognised academic subject and it is an excellent preparation for higher education in languages. There is a wide choice of degree courses focusing on various aspects of spanish studies, combined degrees such us business and spanish, law and spanish, and european studies, which combines cultural, social and language studies. A year studying in a spanish speaking country usually forms part of the degree course and past students can be found in media, journalism and tourism. A Level Spanish is necessary for careers in teaching spanish at both primary and secondary education.
Students with language qualifications are sought after by employers and this is reflected in enhanced salaries.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), and a grade B or above in Spanish (all papers at Higher Tier).
Statistics A Level Two year course
I liked being able to relate my
conclusions to real life problems and
I appreciated being shown why the
measure of your progress but this will not count towards your final A Level grade.
What is this course about? Statistics is about turning figures into facts and information which enables us to make decisions in the real world. It is for those students who wish to study statistics to help them with any statistical work that they may encounter in future careers or higher education, or because they have enjoyed studying statistics as part of their GCSE course. How will my work be assessed? This course is assessed by examinations at the end of the two year course. There is no coursework. You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a
What do people do with A Level Statistics? It is a useful qualification for higher education courses including biology, biochemistry, geology, geography, psychology, finance, business, medicine, physiotherapy or sports science. Statisticians can work in a wide variety of sectors; the healthcare environment, the pharmaceutical industry, quality control, as a government statistician or for major companies as highly paid actuaries.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including a minimum of a grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics and a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language. You do not need to have studied GCSE Statistics. 69
Textile Design A Level Two year course
You learn brilliant techniques that
help you create great ideas.
which count for 40% of your total mark. Your work will be assessed by your teacher throughout the year with written and verbal feedback given.
What is this course about? The A Level Textile Design course offers the opportunity to develop skills over a broad range of textile and fashion techniques and applications, such as printing, weaving, knitting, mixed media, digital applications, surface design, embroidery and installation. Practical work is produced by researching and developing ideas using drawing, digital exploration, sketchbooks and work sheets, supported by critical evaluation and an awareness of contemporary and historical influences. How will my work be assessed? Component 1: You will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme. This will consist of a portfolio of work supported by written material. This will count for 60% of your total mark.
Component 2: You will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points
What do people do with A Level Textiles? Many students go on to an Art Foundation course. This is a general diagnostic year that allows students to try all art and design specialisms before going on to a wide range of degree courses such as constructed textiles, digital textiles, costume and fashion design to textile science & technology and theatre design. Studying a textile design related degree at university will give you all sorts of exciting career opportunities from costume designer, creative director, fashion designer, illustrator, stylist or journalist to interior designer, retail buyer and teacher or lecturer to name but a few. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including Art and Design or Textiles. Students who do not have Art and Design or Textiles GCSE will be invited to do a short practical task before being accepted on the course.
Art and Design BTEC Level 2 Diploma One year course
This course involves students learning to create 2D and 3D artworks. Course activities include drawing and learning from other artists and designers. Speacialist techniques studied will include textiles, photography, sculpture and graphic communication. In addition students investigate employment opportunities in art and design and complete a week of relevant work experience. How will my work be assessed? All units are assessed by coursework. Units are internally marked by your teacher and externally verified. The unit grades are added together to give you your final results: Pass, Merit, or Distinction. Exceptionally talented students are awarded a Distinction*.
We have learnt many practical techniques on the course. It was good to be able to choose the materials we preferred.
What is this course about? This course provides a broad based experience of the specialist areas within art and design. It is suitable for students who are seeking to progress into employment or onto further study at a higher level. The course is equivalent to 2 GCSEs.
What do people do with Art and Design BTEC Level 2? • Further study, eg progress to Level 3 BTEC or A Level in Art and Design. • An apprenticeship. • Full time work in a local business. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade D (or equivalent), and an interest in Art and Design.
Business BTEC Level 2 One year course
How will my work be assessed? Units are internally assessed with two externally assessed units. The unit grades are added together to give final results: Pass, Merit, or Distinction. Exceptionally talented students are awarded a Distinction*.
The course is providing me with lots of ideas about how to set up my own business.
What is this course about? This qualification has been developed to inspire students to learn about business and develop the skills that employers are looking for from the best applicants. There are a number of units which prepare students for a career in a range of business sectors, including retail.
What do people do with a Business BTEC Level 2? Further study e.g. progress to BTEC Level 3 in Business. An apprenticeship in business, retail or customer service or full time work in a local business. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D (or equivalent), to start this course.
Business BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma Equivalent to one A Level/two A Levels - Two year course
How will my work be assessed? Externally assessed units will be examination based or set tasks. Internally assessed units will be in a range of formats. These include practical tasks, written or typed documents, presentations as well as professional conversations and role plays.
This course is preparing me for a
junior management role by giving me
a good general understanding of all
What is this course about? The qualification is designed to prepare students for employment in the business sector, progression to higher education or apprenticeship opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to develop practical, interpersonal and thinking skills alongside gaining a theoretical understanding of business related topics. This qualification fits well alongside subjects such as financial studies and economics. Government & Politics and Law are other popular subject combinations.
areas of business and the necessary skills to manage.
What do people do with a Business BTEC Level 3? This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admissions requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two year programme of learning. The course is also an extremely useful background for those considering setting up their own business. It provides an understanding of business, which will be useful for nearly all careers and workplaces giving students valuable skills and experience which can be used to gain employment.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), or a BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Business. 75
Creative Media Production BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate Equivalent to one A Level - Two year course
Students will learn how to plan, shoot and edit video projects such as short films, documentaries and music videos.
This course has helped me to
What is this course about? This course aims to give students experience and expertise in planning and making video productions in a range of contexts.
decide on my career and given me a
head start on my degree course.
How will my work be assessed? Units are internally assessed with two externally assessed units. The unit grades are added together to give you your final results: Pass, Merit, or Distinction. Exceptionally talented students are awarded a Distinction*. What do people do with a Creative Media Production BTEC Level 3? Past students have gone on to study degrees in TV and video production, documentary production, digital screen arts, scriptwriting, video and film production, critical and historical studies and games design. Some have found employment in the media. Some students go on to an Art Foundation course. You can readily combine the course with A Levels to gain entry to an enormous range of higher education courses. Past students have successfully applied to degree courses in philosophy, history and law. 76
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent).
Environmental Sustainability BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) Equivalent to one A Level - Two year course
the environmental issues through
coursework as opposed to exams.
A great opportunity to study
What do people do with an Environmental Sustainability BTEC Level 3? The course is designed for students to either enter the workplace in an environmental career, or to go on to higher education or further training.
What is this course about? This course will give students a vocational understanding of important issues such as climate change, the need for conservation, the development of a low carbon economy and develop practical and field skills in environmental monitoring. The course has an emphasis on understanding the natural world, how to responsibly exploit natural resources and how to limit damage to the natural environment. How will my work be assessed? All units are assessed in the main as coursework with some exams. You complete between 4 and 6 tasks in each of the units, and then each unit is given a grade. These grades are then added together to give you your final results; Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent). 77
Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate Equivalent to one A Level - Two year course
The course is vocational, which means it is most suitable for people who are seriously considering a career in a related field.
I like the way this course links the
What is this course about? This course looks at a number of topics that are related to working in health and/or social care.
things we study with what happens in
How will my work be assessed? Units are internally assessed with two externally assessed units. The unit grades are added together to give you your final results: Pass, Merit, or Distinction. Exceptionally talented students are awarded a Distinction*. What do people do with a Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Enter into higher education for professions like health care and teaching. Go directly into care work as a practitioner. You should always seek advice on subject combinations for specific career aims.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need to have a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent). 78
Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Equivalent to three A Levels - Two year course
Pathway 1: Nursing and Midwifery This pathway is designed to lead students to higher education and careers in nursing and midwifery. More of the units will be focused on anatomy and health care. This, along with work experience placements, will influence the way lessons are taught in class. Pathway 2: Social Care and Education This pathway is designed to lead students to higher education and careers in the children and young people’s workforce, social work and primary teaching. During the course students will study a range of units and undertake work experience which will prepare them for their chosen career. How will my work be assessed? All units are assessed as coursework; there are no exams. What do people do with Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Diploma? Most students take this course because they are interested in a career in nursing and midwifery, the children and young people’s workforce, social work or primary teaching. Most of these careers require you to go to university but some students have progressed directly to work in the care sector, working in places such as care homes and
The work experience encourages
What is this course about? There are two pathways students can take on this course:
you to use your skills in an effective
and professional way.
nurseries. Previous students have also used health and social care qualifications to study a wide range of courses at university including youth work, criminology, psychology and occupational therapy. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need to have a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent). Additionally, for Pathway 1 - Nursing and Midwifery, you must have a C in GCSE Science. For the work experience placement you will need to complete and pay for a DBS (Disclosing and Barring Service) check; you must have applied for this before you start the course. 79
Information Technology BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate Equivalent to one A Level - Two year course
The website creation has been my
favourite aspect of the course so far,
What is this course about? This course is intended as an applied general qualification and is equivalent to one A Level. Students will be introduced to the study of creating IT systems, to manage and share information alongside other fields of study, with a view to processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.
as I have always been interested in the design and coding side of IT.
How will my work be assessed? Externally assessed units will be examination based or set tasks. These are available twice a year. Internally assessed units will help you to build a portfolio of work. What do people do with an Information Technology BTEC Level 3? When taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications it could support further study in: • HND in Business • BA (Hons) in Computer Arts • BSc (Hons) in Fashion Buying Management • BSc (Hons) in Software Development for Animation • BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance Some university courses may require the achievement of specific units and students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers. 80
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent).
Applied Law BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate Equivalent to one A Level - Two year course
How will my work be assessed? Externally assessed units will be examination based or set tasks. These are available twice a year.
I like presenting my ideas in
assignments instead of doing lots of
What is this course about? The course looks at the way the law works, how law is made and the people involved in the law. Students will also study several aspects of criminal law such as homicide, theft, burglary and robbery.
exams; I think this suits my learning
style much better.
Internally assessed units will help you to build a portfolio of work. What do people do with Applied Law BTEC Level 3? This qualification provides a good foundation to move on to law related careers such as a legal secretary, or progression to the Institute of Legal Executives exams. It will also contribute to progression to higher education courses such as criminology or business studies. This course is not suitable for progression to a Law degree due to the practical nature of assessment. Students looking to apply for a degree in Law should look at A Level Law. See page 59. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including a grade C / 4 or above in a written subject, such as English, History or Media Studies. 81
RSL Music Practitioner Level 3 Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma One year for Extended Certificate; two years for Subsidiary Diploma
The course provides me with lots
What is this course about? Equipping learners with the professional skills to develop realistic employment opportunities in the music industry and/or to progress to higher education. Learners will develop skills in:
of opportunities for solo and group
performances throughout the year.
Rehearsing and performing effectively on their instrument/voice.
Pass, Merit or Distinction. Exceptionally talented students are awarded Distinction*.
Developing musicianship skills and repertoire.
Exploring contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry.
Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of activities, including performance, written assignment, oral assessment, presentations, and assessment of practical competency.
Understanding and using music technology.
How will my work be assessed? Each unit will be internally assessed. Unit grades are added together to give your final results:
What do people do with RSL Music Practitioner Level 3? Students could take a degree in music performance at university. Employment can be directly related to the skills developed in the course, leading to work as a performer or the broad range of production roles. However, the confidence creative thinking and presentation skills students develop through this course will also serve you well in a variety of other careers, for example: arts administration, music therapy, teaching, marketing, hospitality and events management. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need to have a minimum of four GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent) or Level 2 Diploma at Merit or Distinction Level. You will also need to demonstrate a real passion for the performing arts.
Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma Equivalent to one A Level/two A Levels/three A Levels - One year for Extended Certificate; two for Diploma; three for Extended Diploma
How will my work be assessed? Each unit is assessed as coursework; there are no exams. You will receive feedback about your progress throughout the course. Evidence for assessment will be generated through a range of activities including your own performing arts blog that records all written work and can also include oral assessment, presentations, and assessment of practical competency and level of performance. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A*- C (or equivalent) or a Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above. You will also need to demonstrate a real passion for the performing arts and an enthusiasm for musical theatre.
The course is really fun and the shows
What is this course about? This course gives learners the opportunity to develop their wider understanding of a wide range of the performing arts. The course combines dance, singing, music and drama and has the flexibility to allow students to follow specialised pathways or to develop their skills more broadly. Students can and are encouraged to study this course alongside the Academy of Performing Arts enrichment classes held at lunchtimes in music, drama and dance. There are also many opportunities to get involved in the production side of performances throughout the year.
are a great experience - my confidence
has grown as a performer.
What do people do with a Performing Arts BTEC Level 3? Students could take a degree in performing arts, drama or theatre studies, and can go on to study either at drama school or university. Employment can be directly related to the skills developed in the course, leading to work as a performer, in theatre management or the broad range of production roles. However, the confidence, creative thinking and presentation skills students develop through BTEC Performing Arts will also serve you well in a variety of other careers, for example: Arts administration, drama therapy, teaching/workshop co-ordination, journalism, advertising & marketing, business, law, marketing & public relations, hospitality, event management and sales.
Applied Physics (Engineering) BTEC Level 3 Equivalent to one A Level - Two year course
You will have the chance to learn scientific practical techniques relating to materials testing and electronic devices. There will be visits to help give you an insight into what it is like to work in the science industry.
I wanted to carry on studying
physics but I was better at coursework
What is this course about? This practical, work-related course allows you to study aspects of applied physics to an advanced level. You will complete practical and theoretical assessments that are based on topics linked to the application of physics, electronics and mechanics in the engineering workplace.
than exams - this course gave me just
what I wanted.
How will my work be assessed? Units are assessed by both exams and coursework. What do people do with Applied Physics BTEC Level 3? If you want to enter employment straight away you could work in areas such as an engineering company. Alternatively you may wish to progress to higher or further education or an apprenticeship.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including a minimum of a grade C in GCSE Science and grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics. 84
Public Services BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Equivalent to three A Levels - Two year course
How will my work be assessed? Each of the 18 units (9 each year) is assessed as coursework; there are no exams. Students receive feedback on progress throughout the course. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of activities including written assignment, role play, oral assessment, presentations and practical performances. What do people do with Public Services BTEC Level 3? This qualification provides an excellent foundation for those who would like to gain employment in the public services sector with organisations such as: • Police Service. • Fire and Rescue Services. • Ambulance Service. • The Armed Forces. • Prison and Security Services. • HM Revenue and Customs. • Coastguard.
This course covers a wide variety of areas opening up doors to discovery. Public Services develops skills and qualities required for employment. A great course giving a range of opportunities whilst developing essential skills.
What is this course about? This course aims to prepare students both physically and mentally for the public services industry. Students will learn about the public services including uniformed services and the careers they offer, develop skills such as self-discipline and fitness, learn transferable skills like teamwork, navigation and communication, and take part in outdoor pursuits and physical challenges. It can be studied alongside Academy of Sport provision.
It also enables students to meet entry requirements for higher education in a number of courses such as criminology, public and uniformed public services, adventure education. With public service recruitment being very competitive this course provides skills which enable students to apply for jobs that will enhance their CV in preparation for later applications to the public services. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent) or Public Services BTEC Level 2 to start this course. 85
Public Services (Social Science) BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma Equivalent to one A Level - Two year course What is this course about? This course gives students an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the widespread nature of public sector employment. Students will learn transferable skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication that will help prepare for higher education or employment in this sector. How will my work be assessed? There is no final written examination as students achieve their qualification through coursework assignments. This may involve written work, presentations and role plays.
The work completed in each unit is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. What do people do with Public Services (Social Science) BTEC Level 3? This qualification provides a good foundation to move on to public sector careers in the health sector, education, prison and security services and other government departments. It will contribute to progressing to higher education courses and provide valuable skills to help with any career that involves working alongside others.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at A*- C (or equivalent), including a grade 4 or above in a written subject, such as English Language. 86
Applied Science BTEC Level 2 Awards 1st Awards in Application of Science and Principals of Applied Science What is this course about? Each Award is equivalent to 1 GCSE and is made up of four Mandatory units. These mandatory units cover aspects of biology, chemistry and physics, and focus on how our knowledge of these sciences is used in everyday life. The four units in Principles of Applied Science cover core concepts to develop your knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics topics. The four units in Application of Science look at how scientific knowledge is applied and is more practical in nature. How will my work be assessed? One Mandatory Unit in each Award (Priciples of Science and Scientific Skills) are assessed by exams. The rest of the units are all assessed by coursework. You complete between four and six tasks in each of the six coursework units, then each unit is given a grade. These grades are then added together to give you your final results: Pass, Merit, or Distinction. Exceptionally talented students are awarded a Distinction*.
What do people do with an Applied Science BTEC Level 2? This course prepares you for employment, possibly in an area that uses science, and gives you a good grounding to go on to Level 3 courses at Worthing College such as the BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science Certificate or Extended Certificate. It is not a suitable route to science A Levels. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D (or equivalent); including Science grade D and Mathematics minimum of a grade 3. 87
Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate Equivalent to one A Level - Two year course
I wanted to carry on studying
biology but I was most interested in
how the human body works. This was
just the course for me.
This course is not normally a route into highly competitive areas such as medicine, dentistry or physiotherapy. However, it does qualify you to progress to related options such as nursing, paramedicine or pharmacology.
What is this course about? This practical, work-related course allows you to study aspects of biology, chemistry and physics to an advanced level. You will complete practical and theoretical assessments in all three sciences. How will my work be assessed? 50% by exam and 50% by coursework, including practical work.
What do people do with Applied Science BTEC Level 3? If you want to enter employment straight away you could work in areas such as a hospital or pharmaceutical laboratory. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to higher or further education or an apprenticeship.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent) including two grade Cs in GCSE Science or a Level 2 BTEC in Applied Science at merit level and a minimum grade 3 at Mathematics GCSE.
Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma Equivalent to two A Levels - Two year course
I get to learn a variety of things in
What is this course about? This practical, work-related course allows you to study aspects of biology, chemistry and physics to an advanced level. You will complete practical and theoretical assignments, which are assessed as coursework, and three units which are assessed by exam (one in the first year and two in the second).
all areas of Science. I am hoping to
move on to university.
How will my work be assessed? Externally assessed units will be examination based or set tasks. These are available twice a year. Internally assessed units will help you build a portfolio of work. What do people do with Applied Science BTEC Level 3? If you want to enter employment straight away you could work in areas such as a hospital or pharmaceutical laboratory. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to higher or further education or an apprenticeship. This course is not normally a route into highly competitive areas such as medicine or dentistry or physiotherapy. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent) including two grade Cs in GCSE Science or BTEC Level 2 Award in Applied Science at Merit grade, and a minimum grade 5 at Mathematics GCSE. 89
Sport BTEC Level 2 One year course What is this course about? By studying the Level 2 Sport students develop a range of skills and techniques that are essential for successful progression into the sports industry or to sports related further education courses. Level 2 Sport students complete units in practical sport as well as coaching while all units are underpinned by theoretical studies. Students are encouraged to study this course alongside other areas of Academy of Sport provision. How will my work be assessed? The course will be assessed both internally and externally by controlled assessment set by the exam board. Units 1 and 7 will be assessed via an on screen computer exam or written paper. The rest of the course will be assessed using a variety of methods including written work, presentations and practical assessments.
What do people do with a Sport BTEC Level 2? The course provides an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue a career in: • Sports development • Leisure • Recreation • Health • Leisure and fitness • Public services If you achieve a Merit or above and meet the attendance and behaviour criteria you can progress to Level 3 courses at the college such as the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D (or equivalent), and be able to demonstrate a real passion and interest for sport.
Sport BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma Equivalent to three A Levels - Two year course
In year one students will study seven units that have a vocational (practical) context to develop industry relevant skills within the sports sector. This will be followed by a further eight units in the second year. This qualification fits perfectly alongside any additional Academy of Sport provision.
How will my work be assessed? Externally assessed units will be examination based or set tasks. These are available twice a year. Internally assessed units will be in a range of methods including practical performance, written or typed documents, presentations, professional conversations or synoptic assessments. Students will need to use
Studying BTEC Level 3 Sport opens so many doors for your future and is a great opportunity to further your sporting knowledge.
What is this course about? Students will have the opportunity to develop practical, interpersonal and thinking skills that are vital for progression onto higher education, employment and apprenticeship opportunities, which put the student in a great position to develop as a person.
knowledge from other units of study to complete detailed responses and provide a more holistic approach to their learning and development within the sports sector. What do people do with a Sport BTEC Level 3? Sport is a fast growing industry with many different aspects. This course provides a wide range of study with many options for progression and development. This course is supported by universities with students going on to study at places like Loughborough, Leeds, Bath and more locally to the Universities of Chichester and Brighton. Students could also progress within Worthing College to a Foundation Degree in Sport & Exercise as well as Apprenticeships in Sport & Activity Leadership, Personal Training and Learning Mentors. From this, career opportunities range from teaching and coaching, sports development, personal training, sports therapy, sports management and many more. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), or Sport Level 2 BTEC. 91
Sport and Exercise Science BTEC Level 3 Diploma Equivalent to two A Levels - Two year course What is this course about? This course is an applied general qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the sport and exercise science sector. The qualification is equivalent to two A Levels and has been designed as a full two year programme of study, normally alongside a further Level 3 qualification.
â€˜school leaverâ€™ industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as sport and and fitness training, coaching, and sports performance research. The qualification will carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirement for many relevant sports and sports-related courses including the Foundation Degree in Sport, Exercise and Health Science at Worthing College.
How will my work be assessed? Externally assessed units will require students to sit a 1.5 hour exam and a 2 hour set task over two timetabled days. Unit 1 is a synoptic assessment exam that enables students to bring together knowledge and understanding gained from a number of different units. The exams are available twice a year. Internally assessed units will be in a range of methods including practical performance in field testing, written or typed documents, presentations, professional conversations or synoptic assessments. What do people do with a Sport and Exercise Science BTEC Level 3? This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to university. However, it also supports students who choose to progress directly to employment in a range of entry level roles or 92
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including double Science, English Language and Maths. GCSE PE is very useful but not compulsory. You will need to enjoy physical exercise as this will be an embedded feature of a number of lessons.
Travel and Tourism BTEC Level 3 Diploma Two year course
How will my work be assessed? Coursework will require you to research and gather information relevant to the units, this will then be put together to fulfil the unit coursework requirements. Assessment will be carried out through a variety of formats from role plays to presentation to written submissions. The course is assessed by internal and external bodies with formal progress tests and assignments taken throughout the course with continuous feedback on your progress. What do people do with BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism? Previous students have obtained employment at airports working for airlines and ground staff. Some are working within various tour operators in the UK. Others have found employment on management training schemes in the hospitality industry. Many students choose to go on to higher education to study a range of tourism related degrees. Students have also progressed ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A*- C (or equivalent).
Very interesting, I now have a
better knowledge of Travel geography.
What is this course about? By investigating different areas of travel and tourism the course gives you a broad knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism industry.
My time management skills have
improved beyond belief.
into careers not directly related to the travel industry. These have included: law, teaching, finance and the general business sector.
Additional IATA Qualification The course will give an introduction to the travel industry with a focus on the airline sector. Entry Requirements There are no specific entry requirements but you must be taking BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Travel & Tourism. How will my work be assessed? You will be assessed by an external examination. The exam is one hour with 40 multiple choice questions. The exam is taken online and is open book. What do people do with IATA? This is a travel industry recognised qualification, therefore it gives students the skills and qualifications to gain employment in various sectors of the travel & tourism industry. 93
Cambridge Pre-U Equivalent to one A Level Two year course What is this course about? In this course you will develop skills and new ways of thinking in order to prepare for degree level study. There are debates and discussions in most lessons. Students work individually, in pairs, small groups and large teams to research information, evaluate the sources, deconstruct arguments and reach balanced conclusions on a wide variety of subjects. Most work is presented verbally in the first term. You will develop your ability to think critically, to identify flaws in arguments and to consider the reliability of evidence plus the bias or vested interest an author might have. Writing and presentation skills are developed throughout the following months. The choice of the five topics studied is chosen from a list of twenty by students in the group. Taking this subject is likely to improve your performance in the other subjects and make you a better candidate for the most competitive university courses. How will my work be assessed? Unit 1: written paper using Critical Thinking skills 1 hour 30 minutes exam in May - 25%. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A GCSE average score of grade A or above (or equivalent). The successful candidates have achieved mostly A*- A including Maths and English at grades 9 - 7. 94
Unit 2: 2000 word Essay on a topic chosen from 20 written between February and March - 30%. Unit 3: Presentation based on Pre-Release material from the exam board between March and April - 45%. What do people do with Cambridge Pre-U? Chemistry at Bristol, Theology at Durham, Veterinary Science at Royal Veterinary College, Mathematics at Cambridge, Philosophy at Bournemouth, Biology at Imperial, History at Oxford, Medicine at University College London, Astrophysics at Sussex and many more. If you are determined to go to a top university to study a challenging degree subject the Global Perspectives and Independent Research Report will provide you with the experiences and skills required to succeed at the rigorous university selection process. This course enables you to discover what you think about the most important topics of the day, to present arguments clearly, to refine your debating skills and to write persuasively and coherently about complex ideas. Many Pre-U students participate in the Debating Matters competition and help run the debating society at college. Top universities welcome students with these abilities and our students have enjoyed discussing their essays, presentations and research on UCAS personal statements and during university admissions interviews.
English GCSE One year course
If english is your first language this is probably the most important basic qualification to have to enhance your employability and to support further study in a large range of subjects. This course is specifically designed for people who have already achieved a grade 3 in GCSE English and need to improve on this grade. If you have not yet achieved a grade 3 you should take our Functional Skills English course.
I’m just pleased to have had the chance
to retake GCSE English. I realise now it is
What is this course about? This course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the english language.
the most important qualification. I will not
miss my big chance this time.
If english is not your first language you should consider our courses in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) or in IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems). How will my work be assessed? You will be assessed by two exams at the end of the year and complete one speaking and listening assessment. You will study a range of different fiction and non-fiction texts from different periods whilst developing your skills in writing for different purposes and audiences. What do people do with English GCSE? All university courses, many college courses, as well as many employers, require you to have a minimum standard (often grade 4) in GCSE English. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of two grade D (or equivalent) at GCSE including a grade 3 in GCSE English or a Pass in Level 2 Functional Skills English. 95
English Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2 One year course
The course will focus on the main skills areas of: • Reading and understanding a range of real world documents eg: reading a job description. • Writing in correct english for a range of purposes and audiences eg: writing an effective letter of complaint. • Speaking and listening skills eg: participating in a debate.
I like that we are practising skills
What is this course about? English Functional Skills English focuses more on how to use english in everyday situations in the real world and is a stepping stone to GCSE English. It is designed to show employers that you have a firm grounding in basic english language skills.
that I can use in the real world. This is
How will my work be assessed? There are assessment points through the year, usually in November, March and May. Students who pass Level 1 are likely to be considered for entry to the Level 2 exams in May. Unit 1: Speaking and Listening: assessed internally through classroom activities. Unit 2: Reading: assessed by a 45 minute external exam for Level 1 and a 60 minute external exam for Level 2. Unit 3: Writing: assessed by a 45 minute external exam for Level 1 and a 60 minute external exam for Level 2. What do people do with English Functional Skills? Many employers and colleges require you to have a minimum standard of english and this course is respected as an alternative to GCSE. Students who pass Level 2 Functional Skills English can progress on to take GCSE English in the following year. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of grade 1 or 2 in GCSE English (or equivalent).
ESOL Skills for Life (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Entry 2 and 3 - One year course
The course will help you to prepare for further studies or other courses at Worthing College or elsewhere.
A very important qualification for
living in the UK. You have to work hard
What is this course about? If english is not your first language and you need to develop your language skills, you can choose to study ESOL.
but lessons are fun and my english skills
How will my work be assessed? You will take final examinations at the end of the year in Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing at a level appropriate to your needs and skills. These exams will either be ESOL Entry 2 or Entry 3. What do people do with ESOL? It provides a foundation for further study in ESOL. If you achieve Entry 3 in all your tests you will be eligible to progress to other courses within the college combined with further ESOL qualifications. See details of our ESOL courses Levels 1 and 2.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS No formal qualifications are required to take this subject. Ideally you will have completed or be working towards Entry level 2 at ESOL before starting the course. Your level of English will be tested to make sure you are in the right ESOL group. 97
ESOL Vocational (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Level 1 and 2 - One year course
I had to study ESOL Skills for
Life first before I could start ESOL
Vocational... it was good preparation
What is this course about? If English is not your first language and you need to develop your language skills, you can choose to study ESOL alongside vocational subjects. You will be able to develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and be able to cope better with your programme of study. How will my work be assessed? There are external exams throughout the year, usually in November, December and May/June. Students who pass Level 1 can be considered for entry to the Level 2 exams in May/June.
What do people do with ESOL Vocational? If you achieve ESOL qualifications you will be able to progress to further courses in the college or elsewhere, and you may have the opportunity to progress to IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or GCSE English, qualifications which could give you access to further study including university.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS No formal qualifications are required to take this subject. Ideally you will have completed or be working towards Entry Level 3 at ESOL before starting the course. We will test your level of English at the beginning of the year to make sure you are in the right ESOL group. You will be required to attend all classes on the course to show your commitment to study ESOL.
Financial Studies LIB&F Level 3 Certificate/Diploma Equivalent to one A Level - Two year course
It teaches you loads of useful
What is this course about? The course is designed to develop the skills of students to manage their personal finances over their lifetime and provide an understanding of the financial services sector.
skills to help you make the right choices in the future.
How will my work be assessed? All assessments are a combination of multiple choice questions (35 marks) through on-line tests and written responses based on a pre-released case study (60 marks).
What do people do with LIB&F Level 3 Financial Studies? Progression to an LIB&F degree or other professional qualification for the financial services industry.
For the Certificate (ie in year 1), the tests are in February (Unit 1: Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term) and in May (Unit 2 : Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term).
It provides life skills which will always be needed to help you make the right decisions about personal finances. It provides basic skills and knowledge to enter a career in financial services.
For the Diploma, the assessment follows the same cycle for the 2 units.
It is also an extremely useful background for those considering setting up their own business.
LIB&F - London Institute of Banking & Finance.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade (or equivalent), including Maths and English at grade 9 - 4. 99
IELTS International English Language Testing System
What is this course about? IELTS is probably the most widely recognised qualification in english in the world. It respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who sits the test regardless of nationality.
What do people do with IELTS? Most of our International Students use IELTS to meet university entrance requirements. Last year 86% reached an IELTS score of 6 or higher.
At Worthing College the Academic version of IELTS is taught to all our Visiting International Students to prepare them for further study at english-speaking universities. Some students studying ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) may be advised to progress to IELTS by the college. How will my work be assessed? You are tested in all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Tests are conducted by a certificated examiner at a local IELTS testing centre. Results are on an 8 point scale. Most universities require an IELTS score of 6.5. 9 Expert user 8 Very good user 7 Good user 6 Competent user 5 Modest user 4 Limited user 3 Extremely limited user 2 Intermittent user 1 Non user 0 Did not attempt the test 100
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need an IELTS score of 5.5 to be able to study IELTS alongside A Levels at Worthing College (Individual A Levels have additional entry requirements).
Mathematics GCSE One year course
I needed a C grade in mathematics
What is this course about? This course is for students who achieved a grade 3 in the new GCSE Mathematics (or grade D in the previous GCSE Mathematics exam). The aim of the course is to achieve a grade 4 or 5 in GCSE Mathmatics.
to go to university - it gave me a second
How will my work be assessed? There are three exams: two of which allow the use of calculators and the other does not. What do people do with GCSE Mathematics? Many career, apprenticeship and higher education entry requirements include a grade 4 (or grade C) or above in Mathematics.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a grade 3 or D in GCSE Mathematics or a Level 2 pass in Adult Numeracy or Mathematics Functional Skills. If you already have at least a grade 4 or a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and would like to improve this grade we offer a Higher Class for students who are aiming to get a grade 5 or above. 101
Mathematics Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2 One year course
I have actually found this course
useful for my everyday life. I like the
fact that we have to solve problems
from the real world.
What is this course about? This course is a stepping stone to GCSE Mathematics and is designed for students who have a GCSE Mathematics grade 1 or 2 (or E, F, G, or U under the previous grading system). Our aim is to build your confidence in the areas of maths you will need in every day life. How will my work be assessed? A 90 minute calculator exam. There are three main assessment points during the year (November, February and May) and you will be entered for the exam when we feel you are ready. What do people do with Mathematics Functional Skills? Many employers and colleges require you to have a minimum standard of maths and this course is respected as an alternative to GCSE. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will automatically be enrolled on this course if you have achieved a grade 1 or 2 in the new Mathematics GCSE (or E, F, G or U in the old GCSE). 102
Students who pass Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics can progress on to take GCSE Mathematics in the following year.
Travel and Tourism Level 2 City & Guilds One year course
How will my work be assessed? This course is assessed by coursework and online multiple choice exams. Some coursework tasks are completed in time-controlled conditions. On-line exams for UK Travel and Tourism Destinations and Worldwide Travel destinations are open book and you can take in your work pack that you complete in lessons and an Atlas. All work produced on the course contributes to the final mark. Coursework units are internally marked by your teachers and externally verified. Students can achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
City and Guilds Level 2 is a great
What is this course about? By investigating different areas of travel and tourism the course aims to develop your understanding of the travel and tourism industry.
start if you are thinking about a career
in Travel and Tourism.
Students are given frequent feedback on their level of achievement and advice on how to improve. What do people do with Travel and Tourism City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma? Students find that because of the skills they develop on the course they have many employment opportunities available to them. If you achieve a Merit you will have the opportunity to progress to Level 3 courses at Worthing College such as the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D (or equivalent) to start this course. 103
Apprenticeships at Worthing College
An apprenticeship is a real job with training. You earn while you learn and achieve recognised qualifications as you go. With over 20,000 quality vacancies regularly available online at any time there has never been a better time to start an apprenticeship. If you live in England, are over 16 and not in full time education you can apply. Applying has never been easier, follow the steps shown in the separate apprenticeship prospectus, available on our website, to get started. Dedicated Support: From your first contact we provide support and advice for every step of your apprenticeship. Expert Training: All our staff are highly qualified, industry experts and are passionate about your success. Flexible Delivery: Training is tailored to meet your needs and will be delivered at the college and in your workplace. Celebrating Your Success: Through social media, our college website, the college magazine and with employers. Great Facilities: Worthing College provides industry standard facilities on a prestigious site. We Are Online: Whether at your desk, laptop or using your mobile device you can capture and upload all of your work to be assessed at meetings with your assessor. 104
Recruitment: Our dedicated staff team will work tirelessly to match apprenticeship applicants to vacancies. We will support recruitment through our website, the National Apprenticeship Service and LoveLocalJobs.com Business Administration Intermediate (Level 2) Possible jobs: Administrative Assistant, Receptionist or Business Support Officer. Duration: Normally 12 months. Apprentices complete units related to: running a project, supporting event organisation, planning and organising meetings, welcoming visitors and analysing data. Business Administration Advanced (Level 3) Possible jobs: Administration Officer, Personal Assistant, Marketing Assistant. Duration: Normally 12 - 18 months. Apprentices will gain new skills by completing units about: negotiating in a business environment, supervising staff and facilities, planning and organising events, responding to customer service problems and managing budgets.
Leadership and Management (Level 3) Possible jobs: Section Manager, Assistant Manager, Trainee Manager. Duration: Normally 12 - 24 months. Apprentices will complete a combination of qualifications that develop competence, knowledge and skills. Example units include: managing team performance, implementing change and managing a project. Leadership and Management (Level 4) Possible jobs: Manager, Head of Function, Area Manager. Duration: Normally 18 - 36 months. Apprentices will complete a combination of qualifications that develop competence, knowledge and skills. Example units include: designing business processes, managing individualsâ€™ development in the workplace and contributing to the development of a strategic plan. IT Application Specialist Intermediate (Level 2) Possible jobs: Website Technician, Data Administrator, Digital assistant. Duration: Normally 12 months. Apprentices will complete units related to: IT security, drawing and planning software, website software, multimedia software and understanding the potential of IT. IT Application Specialist Advanced (Level 3) Possible jobs: IT Application helpdesk support, IT Supervisor, Website Manager.
Duration: Normally 12 - 18 months. Apprenticeship will gain new skills by completing units about: setting up an IT system, design software, data management software, audio software and working with specialist software. Supporting Teaching and Learning Advanced (Level 3) Possible jobs: Learning Mentor, Teaching Support Assistant, Classroom Assistant or a Pastoral Support Assistant. Duration: Normally 12 - 18 months. Apprentices will gain new skills by completing units about: supporting learning activities, understanding the development of children and young people, delivering activities with a teacher and safeguarding the wellbeing of pupils and students. Worthing College Apprenticeships are part funded by the European Unionâ€™s Structural and Investment Funds.
Academy of Sport: Sports Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships in Sport are a fantastic opportunity to put knowledge and skills into practice within a working environment and Worthing College offers apprenticeships in Activity Leadership, Sports Development, Instructing Exercise and Fitness, and Sporting Excellence. Apprentices build up knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and earn money at the same time. All apprenticeships lead to qualifications that develop essential employability skills in the sport and active leisure industry. Key apprenticeship opportunities in Sport are outlined here. Worthing College is also the sole apprenticeship provider to South Downs Leisure and local sports clubs.
Activity Leadership Intermediate (Level 2) Possible jobs: Activity Leader, Outdoor Instructor or Community Sports Coach. Duration: Normally 12 months. Apprentices will complete units related to: supporting the work of your department and whole organisation, leading activity sessions, managing equipment and evaluating your professional development. Sports Development Advanced (Level 3) Possible jobs: Community Sports Development Officer or Sports Development Officer. Duration: Normally 12 - 18 months. Apprentices will gain new skills by completing units about: involving and motivating volunteers, applying for external funding, managing a project, providing leadership in sport and active leisure, and supporting educational partners. Leisure Operations Intermediate (Level 2) Possible jobs: Park Receptionist, Recreation Assistant or Lifeguard. Duration: Normally 12 months. Apprentices will complete units related to: supporting the work of a team, checking and maintaining sports facilities and equipment and giving customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation.
Leisure Management Advanced (Level 3) Possible jobs: Club or Duty Manager. Duration: Normally 12 - 18 months. Apprentices will gain new skills by completing units about: leading a team, marketing, supervising staff and facilities, working with team members to help them solve problems and promoting customer care.
Personal Training Advanced (Level 3) Possible jobs: Personal Trainer Duration: Normally 12 - 18 months. Apprentices will complete units related to: planning and instructing gym-based exercise, supporting clients, anatomy and physiology and the general principles of exercise, health and fitness.
Instructing Exercise and Fitness Intermediate (Level 2) Possible jobs: Fitness Instructor, Recreation Assistant, Exercise Instructors. Duration: Normally 12 months. Apprentices will complete units related to: planning and instructing gym-based exercise, supporting clients, anatomy and physiology and the general principles of exercise, health and fitness. Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport (Level 3) Possible jobs: School Sports Instructor, Childrenâ€™s Activity Professional, Physical Education Activity Leader. Duration: Normally 12 - 18 months. Apprentices will complete a combination of qualifications that develop competence, knowledge and skills. Example units include: organising and leading a sports event or competition, supporting gifted and talented learners and understanding child and young person development.
Frequently asked questions
Where can I find more details about Worthing College and what it has to offer? Visit our website www.worthing.ac.uk where you will find many extra details on every course in this prospectus – and you can keep right up to date with any changes. When is the best time to apply to Worthing College? If you plan to start in September 2017 you can apply from October 2016 onwards. Apply by December 16th 2016 to ensure your first choice courses. Do I have to know what I want to study before I apply? We invite every applicant to an interview where we can discuss options with you. It’s a good idea to do some research in this prospectus and on our website but please do not delay making an application because you are uncertain about anything. Our expert interviewers will always help you. How do I apply? Apply on line at www.worthing.ac.uk Who can apply? Anyone can apply for a place at Worthing College. You will need to meet the entry criteria for the subjects you choose. These are given with the course descriptions earlier in this prospectus. 108
The majority of our students are aged 16 - 19 but we pride ourselves on being accessible to a wide range of people. If you are over 18 fees may be payable so please ask for advice. Are there fees and other charges for courses? There are no course tuition fees for UK and EU students aged 16 - 18. Fees are charged to some people age 19 or over and international students. Some courses have charges for consumable materials or specialist equipment. All students have to pay a deposit of £60. Can I get financial assistance while at Worthing College? Yes there is limited financial assistance. Further details are on page 22 or via the website.
Worthing College Student Voice
Student voice is central to the culture of community at Worthing College and a very important part of college life. Students who contribute find it to be a rewarding experience, the skills they develop are valued highly both in applications for university and for employment. There are great opportunities for students to get involved in this way through Student Union, Class Representative programme and the Teaching and Learning Academy. Class representatives All classes select a Class Rep who acts as an important liaison between students and teachers. Class Reps will be invited to stand as a Lead Rep for their course and join the Student Union in bringing Student Voice to life across the college. There will be an opportunity for developing their communication and leadership skills through a series of training opportunities organised throughout the year. Students will be invited to stand as a Class Rep in September of each year. Student Voice meetings The Student Voice is managed by our Student Voice co-ordinator alongside our Student Union. Each term the Student Voice meets with college managers and governors to help shape college priorities and plans. The meetings are student led and open to any student in the college to attend. Students have directly been able to influence timetable and curriculum agendas along with developing a stronger social life at Worthing for all students.
Student Voice - Teaching and Learning Academy The Teaching and Learning Academy consists of a small group of students who work alongside staff in developing teaching and learning at the college. The academy is chaired by the Student Union Education Officer who is supported by college staff. The Teaching and Learning Academy is closely involved in gathering student feedback about courses; they meet with teaching staff and with Class Reps, conduct student surveys and help to inform staff development programmes. The relationship between the Teaching and Learning Academy students and college staff is very positive with a strong developmental focus. If you would like to join this academy you should complete an application form following enrolment, you will then be invited to an interview with the Student Union Education Officer and a member of college staff. Teaching and Learning Academy students have often been actively involved with Student Voice at their previous school or college, but this is not an essential requirement.
How to apply to Worthing College
How do I apply? The best way is to apply on-line at www.worthing.ac.uk
Alternatively please complete an application form and return it to: Admissions, Worthing College, 1 Sanditon Way, Worthing BN14 9FD.
If you are aiming to complete qualifications before you join us (e.g. GCSEs) we will need to know your latest predicted grades from a recent school report.
When can I apply? You can apply from October 2016. We will schedule admissions interviews from November 2016. An early application by December 16th 2016 helps you and us to plan for your future and ensures your first choice courses. What can I do before I apply? It helps if you do some preparation before applying. As a first step, make sure you have had a look at all the opportunities we have on offer by reading through this prospectus. You can get further information by: • Contacting our Admissions Office directly on 01903 275751. • Visiting our website at: www.worthing.ac.uk • Asking your school careers advisor. • Speaking to Worthing College staff who visit your school. • Visiting us at one of our open events on Saturday November 5th 2016 (10.30am 2.00pm) or Monday November 7th 4.30pm - 7.30pm). 110
At our open events on Thursday 13th February 2017 (5.00pm - 7.30pm) or Tuesday 6th June 2017 (3.00pm - 6.00pm).
If you have already completed qualifications you need to check the grades you have achieved. Please don’t delay your application if you are uncertain about some details. For example you may not know which courses you want to study or you may be undecided about your career aim. Your admission interview will help you with these matters. Do I have to live in Worthing to apply? No, but when we make you an offer we will need to be assured that you will live near enough to Worthing College to attend on a daily basis. When you apply you may be living some distance away from Worthing College – even overseas. Don’t worry we can make special interview arrangements for you.
Our website is the best place to get up to date information www.worthing.ac.uk
What happens after I have applied? We will contact you via email with a date and time for your admission interview. We will tell you what to bring with you. You are most welcome to bring someone with you. What happens at the admission interview? You will meet with an expert interviewer who will discuss your career plans and aspirations, and how the courses at Worthing College can best meet your needs. In 99% of interviews we make you an offer on the day. What happens after the admission interview? We will email you to confirm our conditional offer. We will also tell you when to attend your Introductory Day in the summer 2017 and when to attend your enrolment session in August or September 2017. How do I accept my offer? You can accept your offer online using your PIN. We will explain how when we email you. Please do not delay. You can accept your Worthing College offer in addition to accepting offers from elsewhere.
We’ll send you a reminder in advance and tell you if you need to bring anything special such as sports kit. Do I need to tell you my actual GCSE results? Yes please. If you are awaiting your GCSE results in August 2017 you need to tell us as soon as you know them. (We’ll tell you how nearer the time). If you need to change your plans in the light of your actual results we will give you expert advice. What about enrolment? This is where you officially sign up as a Worthing College student so it is essential that you attend at the time and date we send you. We’ll send you a reminder in advance, and tell you about the paperwork you need to bring with you. When does teaching start? After enrolment in mid September 2017. The exact date and time may depend on the courses you are starting and you will be advised when you enrol.
What happens on Introductory Day? It’s a great opportunity to meet new student friends and new staff and to sample the offer we have made to make sure you have made the right decision, so it is really important that you attend. 111
Dates to remember
From October 2016
Apply on line at www.worthing.ac.uk or complete the application form (available on our website) and return it by 16 December 2016 to our Admissions Office: Worthing College,1 Sanditon Way, Worthing, BN14 9FD. On receipt of your application, we will invite you to attend an admission interview on a specific date and time.
Saturday 5 November 2016
10.30am - 2.00pm
Monday 7 November 2016
4.30pm - 7.30pm
Thursday 13 February 2017
5.00pm - 7.00pm
Tuesday 6 June 2017
4.00pm - 6.00pm
Tuesday 4 July 2017
8.30am - 3.00pm
Friday 1 September 2017 Monday 4 September 2017 Tuesday 5 September 2017
Enrolment. Your offer letter will give you details about your exact enrolment date and time.
Data Protection Worthing College holds data on applicants and
enrolled students. All data is kept in accordance with the data protection Act 1998. Information on the application form will be entered onto a computer. Worthing College is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998. Information you provide will be passed to the relevant funding body, which is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998. The registration is primarily for the collection and analysis of statistical data but also allows our funding body to share information with other organisations for the purposes of detecting fraud.
Disclaimer Please note at the time of print every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained in this prospectus is accurate. Enrolment at Worthing College is on the understanding that Worthing College cannot accept responsibility for any consequences of any changes, errors, omissions or changes to further education or Government policy. Worthing College reserves the right to cancel or suspend or modify in any way the services and provision set out in this documentation.
Your College, your Student Union
Welcome to Worthing College. The student union is here for you. We will make your college life a more complete experience. We host many charity events to raise money for great causes as well as organising college events for your enjoyment. But most importantly weâ€™re here to represent you, to work with you and to get your voice heard. We in the student union pride ourselves on making the college a place that helps our community. Each year we organise a student sleep out, raising money for the Worthing Churches Homeless Project. We organise many
events at times of great significance like Christmas, Easter and the end of year party - to name but a few. If you have any questions or problems over the next year, please do not hesitate to ask one of us, we will always be there for you in your time of need. If you wish to contact us, please feel free to do so via email, or find us on facebook â€œWorthing College Student Unionâ€? or send us a private message. Also if you see us around college please feel free to stop and ask us anything as we are keen to represent your views. Charlie Suraci Neve
Academy of Mathematics.............................. 26
Economics A Level.........................................46
Academy of Performing Arts......................... 28
Electronics AS/A Level...................................47
Academy of Sport......................................... 30
English GCSE............................................... 95
Academy of Visual Arts..................................24
English Functional Skills................................96
Active Health and Wellbeing......................... 32
English Language A Level ............................ 49
Applied Law BTEC Level 3............................81
English Language and Literature A Level...... 48
Applied Physics BTEC Level 3 (Engineering) 84
English Literature A Level.............................. 50
Applied Science BTEC Level 2......................87
Environmental Sustainability BTEC Level 3... 77
Applied Science BTEC Level 3......................88
Equality and Diversity.................................... 8
Apprenticeships at Worthing College............ 104
ESOL Skills for Life........................................97
Art and Design BTEC Level 2....................... 72
Aspire Programme........................................ 18
Film Studies A Level...................................... 51
Biology A Level.............................................. 40
Financial assistance for students.................. 22
Business BTEC Level 2.................................74
Financial Studies LIB&F Level 3................... 99
Business BTEC Level 3.................................75
Fine Art A Level..............................................52
Business Studies A Level.............................. 41
French A Level...............................................53
Cambridge Pre-U.......................................... 94
Frequently Asked Questions..........................108
Chemistry A Level..........................................42
Further Mathematics AS/A Level................... 54
Choosing the right courses for you................38
Geography A Level........................................ 55
Government and Politics AS/A Level............. 56
Community and Partners...............................32
Graphic Communication A Level................... 57
Computer Science A Level.............................43
Guide to qualifcations.................................... 34
Creative Media Production BTEC Level 3..... 76
Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Ext Cert..... 78
Dance A Level................................................44
Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Ext Dip...... 79
Dates to Remember.......................................112
History A Level...............................................58
Drama and Theatre Studies A Level.............. 45
How to get to Worthing College..................... 6
Statistics A Level............................................69
How to join Worthing College........................ 110
Stretch and Challenge................................... 16
Information Technology BTEC Level 3.......... 80
Student Advice and Support.......................... 14
International Students................................... 20
Student Experience....................................... 15
Law AS/A Level..............................................59
Mathematics GCSE....................................... 101
Mathematics A Level......................................60
Textile Design A Level....................................70
Mathematics Functional Skills....................... 102
Travel and Tourism Level 2 City & Guilds......103
Media Studies A Level................................... 61
Welcome to Worthing College....................... 3
Music A Level.................................................62
Womenâ€™s Rugby Advanced Apprenticeship... 33
Mission, Vision and Values............................ 7 Performing Arts BTEC Level 3.......................83 Photography A Level......................................63 Physical Education A Level............................64 Physics A Level..............................................65 Psychology A Level........................................66 Public Services BTEC Level 3.......................85 Public Services (Social Science) BTEC Level 3.. 86
Worthing College 01903 275755 firstname.lastname@example.org www.worthing.ac.uk
RSL Music Practitioner............................................82 Services to support students......................... 12 Sociology A Level...........................................67 Spanish A Level............................................. 68 Sport BTEC Level 2.......................................90 Sport BTEC Level 3.......................................91 Sport & Exercise Science BTEC Level 3.......92 Sports Apprenticeships..................................106
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