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Contents Welcome to Worthing College.................5 The New Worthing College.......................6 Our Commitment.....................................12 Equality and Diversity.............................14 College+...................................................16 Student Services.....................................18 Student Advice and Support................. 20 International Students............................22 Stretch and Challenge............................26 The Student Experience.........................28 The Aspire Programme...........................30 Financial Assistance for Students.........32 Academies...............................................34 Academy of Arts......................................35 Academy of Mathematics ......................36 Academy of Performing Arts.................40 Academy of Sport....................................42 Courses ...................................................54 Guide to Qualifications...........................58 How to Join Worthing College.............158 Frequently Asked Questions................159 Dates to Remember...............................160 Student Union.....................................161 Index......................................................162

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Welcome to Worthing College Dear Student I am pleased to introduce you to the Worthing College Prospectus. This prospectus 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. The college continues to go from strength to strength. Year after year the college continues to expand and more students want to join us to be part of our success. Worthing College achieves very good A Level and Vocational course outcomes and 67% of our students progress to Higher Education. Worthing College’s main priority 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 a large number of 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 college you will also have the opportunity to keep fit, play sport to a high level with the Academy of Sport, join the Academy of Mathematics, or the Academy of Arts or Performing Arts, get involved in music, dance and drama and join many clubs and societies. You will find Worthing College can meet your needs and goals very well and help you to achieve a successful outcome. Plus, with the proposed move to a new campus with state of the art facilities at The Warren in 2012 this is a very exciting time to be joining. Come to Worthing College and be part of our continuing success story. Peter Corrigan Principal

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The New Worthing College A vision for the future

A bright new future beckons for Worthing College with the exciting plans for relocation from the old site in Bolsover Road to a magnificent new campus at The Warren in Hill Barn Lane, Worthing. The new college is scheduled to open in August 2012 after the existing buildings have been refurbished to create new classrooms, Learning Centres, Refectories, a Performing Arts Centre and a Fitness Suite. Set in 18 acres of parkland, the new site will be a superb learning environment fit for the 21st century. College Principal, Peter Corrigan, said: “There is massive local support for Worthing College to redevelop. This scheme will provide superb new facilities on a prestigious site. It will meet the education and training needs of young people in Worthing for generations to come and be a key part of local regeneration. The new Worthing College will provide a great opportunity to improve the qualifications and skill levels of young people at a critical time for the local economy.�


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The Warren campus The New College Worthing College is planning to move from Bolsover Road to The Warren, Hill Barn Lane, Worthing. The college is applying for the necessary planning permissions and if these are granted will move into the new college in the Summer 2012. At Worthing College, students come first. Worthing College is a popular choice to study for 16-19 year-olds in the Worthing, Littlehampton, Angmering, Lancing and Shoreham areas. Worthing College offers the largest range of A Levels and AS 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.

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Worthing College provides local 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. Our mission is to provide: • Opportunity – with a curriculum designed to meet the needs of students • Achievement – making teaching and learning a top priority • Success – working in partnership with students to meet their needs • Progression - helping students make the right move for their future growth In recent years Worthing College has grown and now has more than 1,700 students including international students. As Worthing College is such a popular choice, we need to plan for our future. We have outgrown our current site and this is why we are hoping to develop The Warren as our new college campus.

The Warren site will enable Worthing College to offer a learning environment for students and staff with state of the art facilities that are fit for a 21st Century education. The new site will offer students an inspirational learning experience in new learning environments. The 18 acre site will provide large teaching rooms, extensive outdoor space, sports pitches and access to the South Downs. The new facilities at The Warren will be created from refurbishing and re-modeling existing buildings offering Worthing College a unique opportunity that does not exist at any other site in Worthing. The new facilities will include a range of very good sized classrooms, laboratories, vocational rooms and Learning Centres. The extensive site will allow for two new refectories/coffee bars for students and staff as well as a larger nursery, library, Fitness Suite and Performing Arts Centre.


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There will also be opportunities to develop a major community facility which will include evening classes and lettings and hirings for a range of community uses. Our students deserve the best – and The Warren gives students a prestigious location that will inspire everyone who studies or works there.

College Principal, Peter Corrigan said:

“This scheme will provide superb new facilities in a prestigious site in Worthing which will largely be retained in its existing form and layout. The scheme will meet the education and training needs of young people in Worthing for generations to come and will be a key part of local regeneration�.

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New facilities at the Warren campus Visual Arts The new Visual Arts Centre will include open plan studios in Fine Art, Graphics, Photography, and Media Studies. There will be darkrooms and media editing suites as well as a Learning Centre. The new facilities will allow all Visual Arts disciplines to be located together to gain all the benefits of working alongside each other. Performing Arts The new Performing Arts Centre will include a Drama Studio, classrooms, a Dance Studio, showers and toilets, a Green Room and an area for making and storing stage props for productions. Science and Mathematics The new Science and Mathematics area will provide large laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Electronics and Applied Science. The large Mathematics teaching area will meet the needs of the Mathematics Centre of Excellence and the Academy of Mathematics.

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Modern Foreign Languages There will be a new large Language Laboratory and classrooms equipped with IT hardware and software for languages teaching. Business Studies In Business, Accounting, Economics and Sociology large classrooms will be supplemented with a large Learning Centre. In a range of other subjects English, Psychology, IT, Travel and Tourism, History, Philosophy, Law and Health and Social Care teaching will take place in large classrooms and students will have access to large Learning Centres. Sport at the new College The new site will include two sports pitches, a Fitness Suite, changing facilities and access to the Rotary and Hill Barn playing fields. The planning application will also include a floodlit netball/tennis facility which will not be built immediately.

Student Services and Social Space The new college will have two Refectories, a Fitness Suite, student parking, sport changing rooms, a large library and an integrated student services area including a College shop, Student Advice and Support, Finance Services and Examinations. There will also be a Health and Wellbeing Centre. Learning Centres All curriculum areas will have access to a Learning Centre. This will be used as an innovative learning environment that will see a wide range of teaching and learning approaches including group work, 1:1 with a teacher, research and independent learning as well as lectures. This will be a way of developing students as more independent learners creating a transition between college, university or the world of work.


College Nursery There will be a large college nursery open all year round for children age 6 weeks to five years to meet the need for childcare for staff, students and members of the local community.

Learning Technologies The new Worthing College will be well equipped with learning technology resources including laptops, hard wired computers, Apple Macs, electronic white boards and LCD screens. The whole college will be wireless enabled and students will be able to access the network with their own laptops.

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Our commitment The Mission of Worthing College is to provide Opportunity, Achievement, Success and Progression for students and staff

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College Vision Worthing College will be an outstanding and inclusive college renowned for excellence in teaching and learning.

College Values To achieve the College Mission of Opportunity, Achievement, Success and Progression the College will:

The College will: • 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.

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 achievements of everyone.

Come and be part of our success story. Please find further details in this brochure including how to apply for a place at Worthing College.

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 a whole.

Quality Assurance As a student or other user of Worthing College services, we will ask for your views and feedback on how we are performing. Along with your views (and other evidence, such as examination results) we are constantly reviewing the quality of what we offer and planning to ensure improvements. We give regular feedback to staff, students, governors and other groups on the quality of service at the college. Essentially we want to offer the best possible service and are constantly looking at how this can be achieved.


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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 and learning, guidance and services.

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Equality and Diversity at Worthing College 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 victimization of any kind. • Preparing students for life and work in a multi-cultural society. • Enabling a representative cross-section of the local community to take part in educational activities. • Working to establish a workforce and Corporation 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. • Set targets for, and monitor and evaluate provision and policies. • Complying with all current equalities legislation in employment and provision of teaching and services.

In delivering one of the college’s key values to ‘Embrace diversity and challenge all forms of discrimination,’ we set out that we believe: • Everyone can benefit from education. • Worthing College should have courses available for all abilities. • 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. 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:


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Age Disability Gender reassignment 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 our Equality and Diversity Group who report to the Strategic Leadership Team and College Corporation regularly. All college policies, action plans and impact assessments are published on Worthing College’s website.


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College+ There’s so much more at Worthing College Worthing College is about more than courses - it is also about participating in a range of additional enrichment activities to have fun, keep fit, express yourself, stretch and challenge yourself, develop teamwork skills, and 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 Worthing College.

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Sports and Fitness Activities Sport and Active Recreation (SPAR) is for everyone, and the college offers a range of fun and healthy activities each week. There are opportunities to represent the college competitively in sports like football and swimming, and even a Sussex-wide Colleges Sports day. Other activities include trampolining, table tennis, Pilates, 6-a-side football or volleyball tournaments, rowing and self defence for women. Most popular are the Street Dance sessions open to all. Opportunities exist to gain sports coaching awards, and the college supports a Sports

Fair, Healthy Eating Days, and even a Relaxation Day to help prepare for Exams. Music, Drama and Dance There are plenty of opportunities for Music, Drama and Dance even if you aren’t taking them for A Level. Worthing College has a Choir, and an instrumental ensemble - Worthing College Sinfonia. Students are encouraged to form their own groups such as jazz and rock bands which are supported with equipment and rehearsal space. Regular music recitals and the popular Carol Concert give performers a chance to demonstrate their talents, and in the spring term there is a night of powerful short drama pieces, songs, music and dance. Internationally acclaimed performers visit college to put on workshops that are open to all students. Students have the opportunity to gain the new Arts Award through performing or visual arts. Student Union The Student Union is elected to work for the benefit of all students by organising social events and activities such as parties and

the Worthing College Prom. Two members of the SU represent students on the college governing body. The SU also works to raise thousands of pounds for local and national charities through events such as Red Nose Day. 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 Parliament, through which Student Reps feed back views and opinions from students. The college also has representatives on local youth bodies, and for two years has had a Member of the UK Youth Parliament. We also encourage students to help out at public events such as Open Days, Schools Visits and Awards Evenings. Others work together to produce a regular college magazine. Clubs There is a variety of clubs and groups at college which give students opportunities to make new friends or take up new interests. These normally include clubs such as Film Club, Book Group, Chess Club, Creative


Writing, and the ‘Save the World Club’. If you want to start your own group, we might be able to help. Voluntary Activities Worthing College students have lots 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 else’s life. Work experience is an essential opportunity for students interested in careers such as Medicine, Nursing or Teaching. Duke of Edinburgh Award One of the most popular enrichment activities is the Duke of Edinburgh award, with many students each year gaining Silver or Bronze award. Some continue it from High School; many others start here at Worthing College. All 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.

Trips and events There is a large range of talks, trips and events available to all students - from a Hypnotist or Magic show, through talks on Jack the Ripper or the Holocaust, to the opportunity to save someone’s life by becoming a Blood Donor. Politicians and acclaimed authors also visit the college. One of the most important days is the Safe Drive Stay Alive Roadshow which all students are encouraged to attend. College+ trips might be local, to London, to Parliament, or to the theatre or an art gallery. There is even the opportunity of a day trip to Auschwitz in Poland. Most popular of all is the ‘awesome’ Worthing College Ski trip to Italy. All students are expected to get involved in some way in College+ activities, especially to help with their university applications. Prizes are often given to those who make significant contributions to college life.


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Student Services Student Advisers - one to one support and advice, when you need it • All students are assigned to a Student Adviser throughout their time at the college. • The Student Adviser is the first point of contact for students and parents / carers, providing support, advice and guidance. • They offer weekly drop-in support and one to one appointments so that you can see them when you need them for advice on things such as study skills, time management and careers.

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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 Work Experience Adviser, to help with work experience placements – 500 work experience placements arranged every year. • The first school or college in West Sussex to achieve the Quality Standard

for Work Experience. Annual Careers Day for Year 12 students with visiting speakers from universities, further education, training and employment.

“The work experience went brilliantly; I really enjoyed myself on the day. I have finished editing my film of the show. Thank you for setting this all up, it’s been brill.” Louis Gibberd-Thomas (film student and would-be film director) 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. • Over 400 students visit university open days each year. • Annual Higher Education Evening for parents and carers of students considering university. • The Aspire Programme to support high achieving students applying to Oxbridge

Worthing College is 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.

and the Russell group of universities. Annual Medical Conference for students across Sussex considering a career in medicine. The Extended Project qualification for students who want to earn UCAS points, stretch themselves and stand out.

Library and Learning Services • A well equipped Library, with a full range of text books, background reading, magazines, newspapers and audio visual resources. • Networked computer workstations with full internet and e-mail access. • Specialist IT and resource centres for Science, Mathematics and Languages. Regular Subject Consultation Events • Opportunities to discuss your work with subject teachers on a regular basis. • A programme for developing action plans and setting targets on all of your courses. • Consultation evenings for parents/ carers are an important feature of Worthing College. Subject reports


and statements of achievement are regularly available on both the student and parent/ carer areas of the website. A Confidential Advice Service • Support on issues such as benefits, health, housing and relationships. • Counselling services by arrangement. Health and Wellbeing Centre The Worthing College Health and Wellbeing Centre provides a range of health services with a view to maintaining and improving the health of the college’s students within the educational environment both on a physical and mental level. The service works on a drop in basis and is completely free of charge. Being safe and healthy are key themes throughout the further education sector. Providing health services on site enables us to offer advice and support to students to help them make informed choices about their health and lifestyles and help them to stay healthy and on track for success. Registered nurses and other specialists provide a confidential drop in service for students including: • Sexual health and contraceptive services. • MOT checks including blood pressure, weight and height, blood sugar levels. • Smoking cessation.

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Healthy eating/weight management. General health enquiries.

There is a range of information available and we run health promotion campaigns to increase students’ awareness of various health issues. We also aim to offer health educations sessions based on student led agendas. The Student Union • Part of the National Union of Students (NUS). • A wide range of social and cultural events arranged on behalf of students. • Key charity events such as quiz evenings and special collections for charity. Nursery • An on-site nursery for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. • Very good quality, accessible childcare registered with Ofsted. • Attractive, purpose-built accommodation. • Places are available on a full or parttime 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 available from Jean Bishop on 01903 243389 ext.305.


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Student Advice and Support All students at Worthing College are supported by their course teachers. 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. Do use this opportunity to tell us about any support you have already had, 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 use computer based screening for learning needs and we also screen for literacy and numeracy skills where we feel we need more information than GCSE grades can provide for us; the results will enable us to pin point the best courses 20

for you and whether additional support is needed. Another computer screening test enables us to identify the need for dyslexia support and further specialist assessment through an Educational Psychologist. The support we offer is designed to meet your individual needs. For some students this means access to a support assistant in the classroom or on a drop-in basis outside the classroom. 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 English is not your first language we are able to assess your needs and provide support and qualifications in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and/or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

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 a confidential service; 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 want to discuss your support needs or call into the Student Advice and Support centre as we are here to help you. You can access this support by requesting a confidential interview on the application form or by dropping in to the Student Advice and Support Centre while you are at college. Do make the most of what we have to offer. We are here to help. Helen Elswood Student Advice and Support Manager


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International Students What does Worthing College offer to International Students? • UK A Level qualifications – for university entrance. • One or two year Diploma Courses. • 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 (1700 16-19 year olds; about 80 international students). • Sports Academies - in Football, Rugby, Netball and Basketball. • Induction programme for all international Students.

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Excellent value for money in one of the UK’s top state Sixth Form Colleges Our inclusive fees are £6450 per year and cover: • Tuition and examination fees (except re-sits). • International introductory week to help students settle and prepare for their studies. • Expert advice on choosing subjects.

Assessment of the student’s current level of English. A personal tutor to help throughout the programme. Expert advice and support in applying to UK universities. Progress reports for parents. Extra-curricular activities (College+). Email and Internet access. Use of Worthing College library and loan of books. Access to Worthing College campus sports facilities. Opportunity to join one of Worthing College’s Academies in: Sport, Mathematics, 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 English and to experience an English 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 the college cafe. IELTS English Classes for International Students IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. At Worthing College, all international students follow a 2 or 3 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. Other A Level choices made by International Students are Business Studies, Economics, Film Studies, Geography, Government and Politics, Law, Media Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Dance, Psychology, Sociology, Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, Travel and Tourism and Information Technology. All other subjects are listed in this prospectus and at www.worthing.ac.uk and require good skills in English and additional specialist knowledge. 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 103,000, 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 Worthing town centre. There are Sports facilities on site and next 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.

Direct trains to Gatwick Airport take just 45 minutes. There are many local tourist attractions in Sussex including the City of Brighton and Hove, Arundel Castle and the City of Chichester all within 30 minutes train ride. Day visits include Stonehenge, Winchester, Portsmouth and Bath; even a return day trip to France or Belgium is easy through the Eurotunnel. 23


The New York skyline at night photographed from the top of the Empire State Building by students on the Art and Design trip in February 2011.


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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. Stretch and Challenge has two aspects that go beyond the ‘normal subject specifications’.

Depth – Extension activities to introduce more difficult concepts or activities to ensure students achieve their full potential. Breadth – enrichment activities that go beyond the main programme of study and are often cross curricular.

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Opportunities include • A co-ordinated ‘Aspire’ programme for students with high GCSE grades who are applying for Oxford or Cambridge and other competitive universities, or are considering courses with very demanding entrance requirements such as Medicine or Law.

The Cambridge Pre-U qualification, an exciting new post-16 qualification which prepares learners with the skills and knowledge they need to make a success of their subsequent studies at university. It focuses on Global Issues and involves an Independent Research Project. The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which allows students to research a subject of their own choice and produce an extended essay, art work or a performance. Taking 3 - 6 months to complete (normally including the summer holiday) this is a full AS qualification 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 Young Enterprise, Maths and Science Olympiads (winning a number of Gold medals), the National Mock Trial Competition for Law students, Sussex

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Work experience in a range of settings including Worthing Hospital, schools, nursing homes 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.

Overseas trips including the USA, Brussels, Venice, Disneyland Paris, Auschwitz, and Spain.

Preparing students for the A* criteria within the new A level specifications through master classes and workshops.

Links with Universities at Sussex, Brighton, Chichester, Winchester,


Portsmouth, Surrey (Guildford), 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, Arts or 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.


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The student experience at Worthing College At Worthing College students benefit from a rich and varied curriculum and extensive extra-curricular activity and services which are underpinned by our commitment to core values.

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Your college courses and the 1 to 1 help you will receive • A rich and varied curriculum and extracurricular activities. • Each student has a Student Adviser who is responsible for monitoring progress. • An opportunity to join our Academies in Sport, Mathematics, Arts or Performing Arts. Academies offer additional activities to enrich students’ experience at college. • Stretch and Challenge to get you the best grades you can achieve. • Extra help if you have any learning difficulties or disabilities. • Extra help and support from our staff in Student Services, Student Advice and Support and the Library. • Upgrade Centres to help you achieve your best grades.

A well stocked college Library to support your studies.

College+, Active Health and Wellbeing, Music and Drama, Student Union, Student Centre • A large number of clubs and societies. • A chance to participate in activities for fitness and fun. • The chance to participate in music and drama events. • A Student Union elected by and working for the best interests of students. • Improved social and recreational space for students. Moving On • Help and support for you in whatever you plan to do next; for example applying to University, work or taking a gap year. • The chance to complete work experience or become a local volunteer to add to your experience. • An increase in apprenticeship opportunities.

Every Student Matters at Worthing College • A safe college environment where staff and students can be readily identified. • A healthy college environment with healthy food options, access to sport and fitness activities, a Health and Wellbeing Centre and a focus on your safety in all the things you do. • An emphasis on enjoying and achieving at college. • Supporting and encouraging you to make a positive contribution at college and beyond. • Supporting you to achieve your future ambitions.


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The Aspire Programme for students aiming high 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 on 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 the Aspire Coordinator 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? Visits to universities and conferences Every year we take students to open days at Oxford, Cambridge and London Universities (and many more) as well as the Oxbridge conference at the Emirates Stadium and the annual Medical conference organised by the college and held at Worthing Hospital. 30

Visiting speakers A programme of talks on a range of challenging topics such as ethical dilemmas, scientific debates, philosophical questions and advanced study skills. Support with completing high quality university applications 1 to 1 support with personal statements and subject choices. Talks from university admissions staff. Preparation for tests and interviews Mock interviews with subject specialists, lessons in preparation for entrance exams. The Aspire Award Students who complete the requirements of the Aspire Programme receive the Aspire Award at the end of Year 12 to recognise their participation in the stretch and challenge opportunities offered by the programme.

University lectures We regularly take students to hear the public lectures offered by our local universities on a range of topical issues. Support for students Support for those applying for bursaries, summer schools and university workshops. Practical work experience At Worthing Hospital for medics and physiotherapy, placements in schools, crown courts for law students and voluntary work. The Extended Project Qualification‌.

The Extended Project – helping you to stand out This qualification is worth half an A Level, is graded A* - U and carries UCAS points to support university applications. Every year we have about 30 students who opt to pick up this qualification which begins in June of year 12 and runs through to January of Year 13.


Students from Worthing College gained places at medical school in 2011, widely regarded as just about the toughest challenge for A Level students. As well as excelling in a wide range of academic and non-academic pursuits they have also been successful in both the demanding UKCAT and the BMAT entry tests.

Students decide on a topic they want to study in depth and then choose a member of staff to be their academic mentor, providing 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 written report. The Extended Project is well-respected by universities and is a fantastic way to demonstrate in your university applications your commitment to higher level study and your enthusiasm for your chosen subject. As well as earning you UCAS points it will stretch you to develop higher order skills, such as research, analytical and evaluative skills. Which universities are more competitive? There is no set list of competitive universities, but it includes the “Russell Group” of universities – Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Imperial, Kings, Leeds, Liverpool, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham,

Queen’s Belfast, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, UCL, and Warwick. These universities, and several others, require high grades for entry onto all their courses. 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. In 2010 seventy Worthing College students achieved places in Russell Group universities. Further information from: Antony Allchin, Aspire and Extended Projects Coordinator: a.allchin@worthing.ac.uk


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Financial assistance for students Financial help for students at Worthing College 2011/12. The new Bursary and Discretionary Funds. To replace the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and the Adult Learning Grant (ALG) the Government has set up Bursary and Discretionary Funding schemes to be administered by Colleges. This means we have been given limited funds to help those students who are most in need of financial support to enable them to study at College. Bursary scheme for 16 - 18 year olds If you are between 16 and 19 years of age on 1st September of the year you start at College you may apply for a bursary of £1200 to support you in your studies. You must fall into any one of the following categories to qualify: A Looked After Child placed into care by a local authority. A Care Leaver who has been a Looked After Child for 13 weeks or more since the age of 14 or anyone who has recently ceased to be looked after oraccommodated.

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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 your parents have died. A Disabled student You must be in receipt of both the Employment Support Allowance and the Disability Living Allowance. How to apply for a Bursary You should do this on line at www.worthing. ac.uk by logging into Application Tracker using your PIN. You will be contacted by the College after you have enrolled if you declare the required information. All 16-18 Bursary funding is for specific needs such as travel, books, course materials and equipment and is not to be used for living expenses. Payments will be dependent upon 100% authorised attendance and will also be linked to good behaviour. Students will be required to say exactly what any bursary money will be used for.

Discretionary Funding for 16-18 and 19+ In addition to the guaranteed 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. There will be an unavoidable delay in making decisions on discretionary funding while we gather and process this information. To qualify for discretionary funding your family income must be below £16,190 and written evidence of this will be required. You are ineligible for discretionary funding if you qualify for a bursary. How to apply for a Discretionary Funding You should do this on line at www.worthing.ac.uk by logging into Application Tracker using your PIN. You will be contacted by the College after you have enrolled if you declare the required information.


Discretionary funding is for specific needs such as travel, books, course materials and equipment and is not to be used for living expenses. Payments will be dependent upon 100% authorised attendance and will also be linked to good behaviour. Students will be required to say exactly what any discretionary funding will be used for. If you are not sure if you are eligible to apply for any financial support or you have any finance-related queries please contact: Dawn Leggett in the College Finance Office on 01903 705310 (direct line) or by email at: d.leggett@worthing.ac.uk EMA and ALG There are some transitional arrangements in place for students who have been receiving EMA or ALG and who are continuing with their courses. Students who are starting in September 2011 or later will not be eligible for either the EMA or ALG.


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Academies at Worthing College Hot on the heels of the success of our Academy of Sport and Academy of Mathematics, Worthing College launches two new Academies in 2011 and 2012. In welcoming the introduction of the Academy of Arts and the Academy of Performing Arts, Admissions Director Steve Flitton enthuses, “ The Academies at Worthing College provide a great bonus to many people studying here. They add an extra dimension to our existing and highly successful courses in a whole range of subjects. Our students have told us they want an even wider range of Academies and I am delighted with our latest introductions.�

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Worthing College Academy of Arts The Academy of Arts will open in September 2011. It will offer students who are studying on Visual Arts and Media courses, a range of enriching and interesting opportunities and activities that support and extend their learning and promote ambitious progression. Academy activities will include: • A programme of visiting Visual Arts and Media practitioners who will 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. • Exhibitions that showcase students’ work with awards for significant achievements. • Information about progression opportunities and advice on portfolio preparation. • Opportunities to work with peer mentors.

Who is eligible to join the Aacdemy of Arts? All students on level 2 and 3: Art and Design, 3D 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 the college based on creative and persistent performance in these subjects while studying at Worthing College.

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Worthing College Academy of Mathematics The Academy of Mathematics at Worthing College provides aspiring young mathematicians with the opportunity to access top quality teaching at a college with an excellent mathematics provision. The teaching team includes a number of A Level examiners and text book authors with high levels of expertise and exam board knowledge. Worthing College also hosts the Further Mathematics Support Programme regional coordinator and is a research centre for the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics.

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There are over 300 students taking Mathematics at A Level and, of these, 95 study also for Further Mathematics at AS or A2 Level. These numbers include a strong cohort of international students who make a significant contribution to the college. Pass rates are 97% for A level Maths and 100% for Further Maths. High grades (A*-B) are 66% and 100% respectively. There is also the opportunity to study for an A Level in Statistics.

The college is dedicated to encouraging young mathematicians and offering them the best possible opportunities to develop their skills. Support sessions are offered by staff every lunchtime and students have the opportunity to share their love of mathematics by acting as peer mentors. In the Academy of Mathematics, mathematics students will experience the excitement and beauty of mathematics and will be introduced to the many careers available to mathematicians.


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What is the Academy of Mathematics? The Maths Academy consists of a group of about 300 students studying AS and A Level mathematical subjects. Students in the Academy will be expected to attend many organised activities outside college to enhance their enjoyment and experience of mathematics. Scholars at the Academy will be encouraged to consider pursuing a degree rich in mathematics at the top UK universities. They will have the opportunity to attend preparation sessions for interviews and will be encouraged to access all the enrichment opportunities available.

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. There is also the opportunity for students to gain the Maths Leader Award which provides young mathematicians with evidence that they have developed communication, organisational and motivational skills in working with others through leading maths activities.

Worthing College Academy of Mathematics encourages all students with A and A* grades in GCSE Mathematics to access Further Mathematics AS 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.

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The Academy of Mathematics Scholarship What are the Academy of Mathematics Scholarships? These prestigious scholarships are open to all mathematics applicants to Worthing College and to mathematics students in Year 12 and Year 13. Applicants can apply for the scholarship in Year 11, Year 12 or both years. The scholarships offer merit payments each term together with a graphical calculator at the start of the A Level course and an Academy Scholar sweatshirt. Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in the Senior Maths Challenge and will be able to apply to represent Worthing College in the Senior Maths Team Challenge. They will have the opportunity to attend Maths in Action lectures at the London Institute, Royal Institution Mathematics lectures and Mathematics Masterclasses at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

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Scholars will be encouraged to attend Mathematical Association lectures locally and any enrichment events for Year 12 students. Scholars will be able to apply to be peer mentors in the Mathematics department and will be expected to share their mathematical ability with others, for which they will receive payment. They will also be able to attend the Maths Club and experience running activities as a group. They will have access to STEP (Sixth Term Exam Paper) and Challenge sessions where Mathematics is explored beyond the confines of the A Level specification in order to enhance their knowledge and experience of Mathematics and support their university application.

How do I apply for an Academy of Mathematics Scholarship? It is anticipated that applicants will have achieved or be predicted to achieve an A or A* in GCSE Mathematics or an A in AS Mathematics. Applicants will be required to provide a personal statement outlining their reasons for applying for the scholarship and they will be expected to provide a reference from their Mathematics teacher at school or college. Further details and an application form are available at www.worthing.ac.uk or for more information or an informal chat please contact the Academy of Mathematics Co-ordinator, Gill BuquĂŠ, at g.buque@worthing.ac.uk.


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The Academy of Mathematics: What the students say Christine (Qianwen) Li, Sara Eastwood and Joe Bamford went to a Maths Masterclass at Churchill College Cambridge. Both Christine and Sara said how much they enjoyed the tours of the college and the Maths Centre. Joe found the talk on Bio-fluidmechanics, showing Maths applied to Biological situations, very interesting. They also considered mathematical paradoxes and joined in activities on Transformations and saw this aspect of Maths applied to solving the Rubic Cube. Mark Austin Mark took Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A Level and is currently studying at Cambridge university. “Further Maths proved to be a very useful subject to study and acts as very worthwhile preparation for a degree in science subjects such as engineering, physics and maths. Also Further Maths builds on the Mathematics A Level, so doing both is

achievable and probably easier than doing two contrasting A Levels.” Jessica Sepe studied Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A Level. She is currently in her second year at Bath University. “Doing Further Maths A Level really helped with the first year of my Chemical Enginering degree as I had covered all the maths topics already.” Tom Conway Tom took Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A Level and is currently studying at Cambridge University. “I had a great two years at Worthing College, especially the Maths and Further Maths lessons. Studying Further Maths was particularly important, it was an interesting course, and I couldn’t do my degree course without it. It’s also liked by universities, so it made getting offers a lot easier.”

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Worthing College Academy of Performing Arts The Academy of Performing Arts will open in September 2012 in tandem with the planned opening of the New Worthing College at The Warren. The Academy will offer exceptional teaching and strong links with the industries to which our students aim to graduate. The Academy’s student population will be a diverse community, united by a shared passion for theatre-making. The Academy will pride itself on the professional standard of its student productions, some of which may be attended by agents, casting directors and theatre practitioners. Our belief is that the Academy’s close links with the profession will keep our training relevant and accessible to all people with exceptional talent.

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Opportunities for performing will include playing at theatres in Worthing and Brighton, taking part in local tours across Sussex, and performing at the Brighton Festival in your second year.

Among the many things which are distinctive to the Academy is the level of personalisation throughout all the training – the skills of highly experienced specialists are harnessed in providing a training tailored to the needs of each individual student. Qualifications and Courses Worthing College already provides an extensive range of highly successful courses, including: • A Level Drama and Theatre Studies • A Level Dance • A Level Music • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Musical Theatre. The Academy programme will incorporate industry standard qualifications including the Arts Awards and the LAMDA Certificates in Acting.

Who is eligible to join the Academy of Performing Arts? The Academy of Performing Arts is looking for passionate, talented, and focused performers - 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. Whilst it is encouraged, Academy students are not required to study one of the qualifications listed. This ensures that all students can potentially access the benefits of the Academy of Performing Arts. When you apply to study at Worthing College you will automatically be invited for an interview where you can discuss the Academy in more detail. Places are limited and wil be highly competitive, as such each applicant wil be required to audition.


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Worthing College Academy of Sport What is Worthing College Academy of Sport? The Worthing College Academy of Sport 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: 1. Sports Education (full details of the qualifications available are listed in the Course Guide on page 54) 2. Sports Performance 3. Sports Apprenticeships 4. Active Health and Wellbeing 5. Community and Partners

Our mission and commitment is to: • Be the Sussex and South Coast college of first choice for young sports-people with high aspirations. • Deliver outstanding provision for all. • Best 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 into a strategic hub for external sports agencies and organisations.

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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:

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:

Our outstanding Sports Performance programme is delivered by our team of successful and renowned coaching staff. Timetabled sessions include:

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“Excellent provision in the Sports Academies” - Ofsted 2011 -

Golf Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) Physical Education AS/A Level Sport Level 2 BTEC Diploma Sport Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise Science Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Sport (Outdoor Adventure) Level 2 BTEC Diploma Sport (Outdoor Adventure) Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

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Sports qualifications are amongst the most popular and successful at the College. Our talented, experienced and committed staff use the latest teaching methods and technology to inspire students to successfully complete their qualification of choice.

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 preseason week that normally starts on the first morning after the August Bank Holiday weekend. 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 Performance Squad members at the time of going to press are ÂŁ150 for the kit package and ÂŁ25 per year as a contribution to travel costs.

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Setting new standards in sporting excellence and opportunity

The Worthing College Academy of Sport continues to go from strength to strength. In 2011 the college proved its commitment to not only sporting excellence but also to the support and development of its students. Seen here is Worthing College rugby captain Jack Roberts being interviewed prior to receiving the 2011 Pearson Award for Most Improved BTEC Learner of the year at the FE Sussex Spring Awards. Follow Our Academy of Sport Successes on our blog: www.academyofsport.blogspot.com


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Sports Performance highlights Notable achievements in 2010/11 include: Basketball • County Cup Runners up • BCS South East League Runners up Dance • Dance Challenge regional Runners up Football Men’s • ECFA South East League Winner • ESFA Cup Semi-Finalists Football Women’s • ECFA South League Runners up • ESFA Cup Semi-Finalists • County Cup Winners • Quarter Finalist ECFA Knockouts – On going Golf • ICT Team National Finalist – On going • ICT Players Championships – 4 qualifiers - On going • British Schools and Colleges Tour Final – 3 qualifiers

Hockey • National Plate Runners up Netball • County Cup Semi-Finalist Rugby • BCS Elite League Runners up • BCS Knockouts Semi-Finalists • County Cup Winners Tennis • AEGON National Finalists Representative Honours • Alex Cranford – Great Britain World Deaf Swimming Championship • Alice Gilbert - Commencing professional Dance training 2011 • Naomi Robinson – England Colleges Women’s Football • Phoebe Standing – Commencing professional Dance training 2011

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Annual Sports Awards The Annual Sports Awards Evening is held at the Assembly Hall, Worthing and continues to be one of the largest and most prestigious awards nights in the whole county. The evening is attended by students, parents and carers, friends, staff and college Governors. Over 200 students receive ‘Colours’ in recognition of their year-long commitment and dedication. Awards are also presented for the Coaches and Players’ Player of the Year for each of our squads. The evening culminates with the presentation of the Fundraiser of the Year, Team of the Year and Sports Person of the Year trophies. Pictured below are the major prize winners at the 2010/2011 Awards Evening.


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Academy of Sport: Sports Apprenticeships Apprenticeships in Sport are a fantastic opportunity to put knowledge and skills into practice within a working environment.

Worthing College is committed to developing progression opportunities for students and young people.

You can access Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships through ‘onthe-job’ training. Apprentices can build up knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and earn money all at the same time.

These Apprenticeships are an exciting opportunity for those who want to work with highly talented, experienced and committed staff who are focused on delivering outstanding opportunities for students, staff and the local community.

Both the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence and Sports Development and Coaching Apprenticeships lead to National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) that develop essential employability skills for the sport and active leisure industry. The government has set up a website to inform students, parents and employers about Apprenticeships. Go to www.apprenticeships.org.uk to find out more. 50

Worthing College is a centre of sporting excellence and our Academy of Sport delivers unrivalled sports opportunities across Sussex and the South Coast strip. If this is an opportunity that excites you and you want to make a difference it is important to monitor our vacancies for apprentices at www.worthing.ac.uk. For more information contact Worthing College on 01903 243389 or email info@worthing.ac.uk


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Academy of Sport: Active Health and Wellbeing Did you know that between the ages of 16-19 you are most likely to stop participating in physical activity than at any other time in your life? The college Active Health and Wellbeing initiatives are focused on supporting the development of positive lifelong habits and healthy lifestyles for all students. Every day at college offers different Active Health and Wellbeing opportunities. From Street Dance to Spinning to Table Tennis to Yoga we ensure that our provision meets the needs of all students. The college also holds regular whole day events to promote health and wellbeing. Local and regional clubs and agencies support us with these events.

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Academy of Sport: Community and Partners Working with the Community The Academy of Sport supports the local the community in many ways. In 2010/11 Academy of Sport students volunteered for a total of 1,745 hours delivering sports coaching and leadership opportunities for young children.

Working with partners Worthing College Academy of Sport has built up many strong working relationships with partners including local, regional and national clubs and organisations. These partnerships are essential to our ongoing and outstanding success.

In addition to the extensive voluntary work, the Academy of Sport supports the Chestnut Tree House which is the only children’s hospice in Sussex. Chestnut Tree House cares for children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive lifelimiting and life-threatening illnesses. All Sports Performance squad members are required to raise awareness and strongly encouraged to participate in fund raising to support the essential work of the Chestnut Tree House.

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Our Sports Performance students have raised ÂŁ11,740 over the past two years. Pictured here is the end of the Annual Sponsored Walk from Wothing Pier to Brighton Pier.


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Courses at Worthing College

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3D Design GCSE

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Accounting AS/A Level

62

Applied Law Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

116

Applied Science (Medical) Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma

138

Applied Science Level 2 BTEC Diploma

137

Applied Science Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma (Biology and Chemistry options)

140

Art & Design Level 2 BTEC Extended Diploma

63

Biology AS/A Level

68

Biology BTEC (see Applied Science)

140

Business Level 2 BTEC Diploma

70

Business Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma

71

Business Studies AS/A Level

73

Cambridge Pre-U Certificate

74

Chemistry AS/A Level

77

Chemistry BTEC (see Applied Science)

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Creative Media Production TV and Film Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma

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Dance AS/A Level

79

Design 3D GCSE

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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level

82

Economics AS/A Level

83

Electronics AS/A Level

84

English GCSE

86

English Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2

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English Language AS/A Level

88

English Language and Literature AS/A Level

89

English Literature AS/A Level

90

ESOL Skills for Life Entry Levels 2 or 3

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ESOL for Vocational Learners Entry Level 3 and Levels 1 and 2

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Film Studies GCSE

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94

Fine Art AS/A Level

95

French AS/A Level

99

Further Mathematics AS/A Level

120

Geography AS/A Level

100

Geology AS/A Level

102

Golf Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE)

103

Government & Politics AS/A Level

105

Graphic Communication AS/A Level

106

Health and Social Care Level 2 BTEC Diploma

108

Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma

109

Health and Social Care Applied AS/A Level

110

History AS/A Level

111

Information Technology Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2

112

ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Applied AS/A Level

113

Information Technology Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma

114

Law AS/A Level

115

Law: Applied Law Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

116

Mathematics GCSE

117

Mathematics AS/A Level

118

Mathematics Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2

119

Mathematics (Further Mathematics) AS/A Level

120

Media Studies AS/A Level

121

Music AS/A Level

122

Performing Arts Musical Theatre Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma

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Philosophy AS/A Level

125

Photography GCSE

126

Photography AS/A Level

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Physical Education AS/A Level

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Physics AS/A Level

129

Psychology GCSE

130

Psychology AS/A Level

131

Public Services Level 2 BTEC Diploma

132

Public Services Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

133

Public Services Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma

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Science GCSE (Single Award)

136

Science: Applied Science Level 2 BTEC Diploma

137

Science: Applied Medical Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma

138

Science: Applied Science Level 3 BTEC Certificate

140

Science: Applied Science Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (Biology or Chemistry options)

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Sociology AS/A Level

141

Spanish NVQ Level 1

142

Spanish AS/A Level

143

Sport Level 2 BTEC Diploma

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Sport Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma

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Sport and Exercise Science Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

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Sport Outdoor Adventure Level 2 BTEC Diploma

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Sport Outdoor Adventure Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma

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Statistics AS/A Level

151

Textiles AS/A Level

152

Travel and Tourism Level 2 BTEC Diploma

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Travel and Tourism Applied AS/A Level (Double Award)

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Workskills Level 3 BTEC

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A guide to qualifications Qualifications can be considered under five

The level of qualification

covered in the GCSE will be greater and wider

headings:

These are standardised in the National

than in Functional Skills. Hence the two

The subject area studied.

Qualification Framework.

qualifications are not identical although they are

The level of the qualification.

Level 4 and higher qualifications are offered by

at the same level. Grades A*-C in eight GCSEs

The size and range of the subjects studied at

higher education bodies such as universities.

indicates a stronger achievement than A*-C in

a particular level.

four GCSEs although they are both sets of

Moving from one level to the next.

Level 3 qualifications include A Levels and Level

Level 2 qualifications. Likewise grades A*-E in

Nested Qualifications.

3 BTECs. Most qualifications offered at Worthing

four A Levels indicates a stronger achievement

College are at this level.

than A*-E in two A Levels although they are both

The subject area studied

sets of Level 3 qualifications.

Some qualifications are in general subject areas.

Level 2 qualifications include GCSEs grades

These are typically traditional school subjects

A* - C and Level 2 BTECs. We offer a significant

The following table shows how BTECs compare

in which you can gain GCSEs and GCE A Level

programme of Level 2 qualifications.

to GCSEs and A Levels.

qualifications. The “G” in the qualification name stands for general.

Level 1 qualifications include GCSEs grades D-G and BTEC Introductory qualifications.

Other qualifications are vocational, covering

Equivalent to:

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

3 A Levels

Level 3 BTEC Diploma

2 A Levels

the skills and capabilities required for particular

Entry Level qualifications lead up to Level 1

jobs or occupations. You could gain these while

from Entry 1 to Entry 3.

Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

1 A Level

Worthing College offers Entry Level and Level

Level 3 BTEC Certificate

1 AS

Other Languages (ESOL).

Level 2 BTEC Diploma

4 GCSEs A* - C

Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate

2 GCSEs A* - C

The size and range of the subject area

learning in the workplace as well as at college. NVQs are examples of this type.

1 and 2 qualifications in English for Speakers of Another group of qualifications combines elements of general and vocational qualifications. BTECs and Applied A Levels are examples.

studied

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BTEC Title

At Worthing College the emphasis is on general

At any level you could study a wide or narrow

(A Levels and GCSEs) and mixed vocational and

range. For example at Level 2, you could study

general qualifications (BTECs and Applied

either Functional Skills Mathematics or GCSE

A Levels).

Mathematics. The amount and range of material


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Moving from one level to the next

Your first full Level 2 qualification is the name

Nested Qualifications

When you have achieved a number of

given to grade A*-C in five GCSEs or equivalent

In the process of completing a large qualification

qualifications at one level you will have shown

or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma. This is the minimum

you may achieve a smaller qualification on the

you are ready to move up to the challenge of the

we require to show you are ready to face the

way. This is a nested qualification. For example

next if you want to. We aim to build a programme

challenge of moving up to Level 3.

if you embark on an A Level it will take you two

of study which will prepare you to move up to the next level when you have completed it. Your first full Level 3 qualification is the name

years. At the half-way stage (ie after one year) At Level 1 we require a minimum of grade D in

we will expect you to have achieved the AS

two GCSEs or equivalents to show you are ready

qualification in the subject you are studying.

start a Level 2 programme with us.

You then move on to the second year (called

given to grade A*-Es in two A Levels or their

A2) to complete the full A Level. If you achieve

equivalents. This is normally the minimum

Sometimes we advise you to take a programme

this you have the A Level and no longer count

required to progress to Level 4 at university or

which mixes levels. For example you could

the AS you achieved in the process because it is

college. To ensure you are as competitive as

combine a Level 3 BTEC with a GCSE in English

nested. Some large qualifications such as BTEC

possible we usually aim for three or four A Levels

or Maths.

Level 3 Extended Diplomas have several nested

or their equivalents.

qualifications (see table below).

Qualification

Equivalent to:

Worthing College offers this in the following subjects:

Length of course

Nested Qualification after 1 year of a 2 year course

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

3 A Levels

Sport Sport Outdoor Adveture Public Service

2 years 2 years 2 years

Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Level 3 BTEC Diploma

2 A Levels

Applied Science (Medical) Business Health and Social Care Performing Arts Musical Theatre

2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years

Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

1 A Level

Applied Science (Chemistry options) or (Biology options) Creative Media Production

2 years 2 years 2 years

Level 3 BTEC Certificate

Applied Law Public Services Sport and Exercise Science

1 year 1 year 1 year

N/A

Level 2 BTEC Diploma

4 GCSEs A* - C

Applied Science Business Health and Social Care Public Services Sport Sport Outdoor Adventure Travel and Tourism

1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year

N/A

Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate

2 GCSEs A* - C

Art and design

1 year

N/A

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Accounting AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? This course aims to develop technical understanding of Accounting and a strong awareness of the financial control needed in commercial organisations. It also shows how different organisations and people use accounting information to make decisions about managing their financial resources. How will my work be assessed? At AS: January exam and end-of-year exam. Both 90 minutes, including source data, upon which you will structure your formal calculations and answers. At A2: January exam and end-of-year exam. Both 120 minutes, including source data, upon which you will structure your formal calculations and answers. There is no assessed coursework at either AS or A2.

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Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including Mathematics at grade B or higher. What do students say about this course? “I liked the inherent discipline of the Accounting system, which provides concise outcomes from the detailed data fed in at the start of the process.” “It is satisfying to see how we progressed from zero knowledge in September to being able to set up and operate a basic Accounting system by the end of the course.” “Doing homework was difficult at first, but I could see the need for plenty of independent practice of the intricate procedures.”

What do people do with A Level Accounting? There are clear employment openings in Accounting after either AS or A Levels. Continuing to degree level is not essential, though many students choose this route. Accounting is a recognised academic subject and, therefore, is an excellent preparation for higher education in a number of areas, including all Business subjects. It is a profession in its own right and opens up a high-status, lucrative career. It is the key to fast-tracking any career in business. The people who run big companies want senior managers with a thorough understanding of financial control. Anyone launching their own business in the future will be very glad they have this most essential of business skills!


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Art and Design BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate Equivalent to two GCSEs grade A* - C. One year course. What is this course about? This course provides a broad based experience of the Art and Design sector and is suitable for students who are seeking to progress into employment or onto further study at a higher level. How will my work be assessed? All assessment is through coursework; there are no exams. All work produced on the course contributes to the final mark. Units are internally marked by your teachers and externally verified. Students can achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. Students are given frequent feedback on their current level of achievement and advice on how to improve.

Are there any specific entry requirements? Students will need at least 2 grade Ds at GCSE to start the course and an interest in Art and Design. What do students say about this course? “I was interested in Art and Design and have learnt a lot of new skills.” “The course has been fun and I am pleased with my success.” “The teachers give me feedback so I always know how to improve my grade.”

What do people do with Art and Design Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate? You must achieve a Merit at Level 2 if you want to progress to level 3 at Worthing College. Some students progress to a level 3 qualification in Art and Design. This could be A Levels at Worthing College or a Level 3 BTEC qualification at another college such as Northbrook College. Other students go into employment, but it can be difficult to find work in an Art and Design area with a Level 2 qualification. You can apply for other subjects having achieved the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Art and Design.

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3D Design GCSE

One year course. What is this course about? This course gives you the opportunity to research, design and produce 3 dimensional outcomes. You will learn to be creative in using a range of materials and explore the work of other artists and designers. Previous experience in Art and design or a Design Technology subject would be useful. A key focus of the course will be theatrical costume design and accessory design. How will my work be assessed? The course is assessed by 2 units. The coursework unit requires you to produce a portfolio of 3D Design work and supporting sketchbook. The exam unit gives you 8 weeks of taught lessons to respond to a set theme and 10 hours timed unaided exam to produce a 3D outcome. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 2D grades at GCSE.

What do students say about this course? This is a new course. Students on similar courses say: “They have enjoyed learning new practical skills.” “It is fun to be experimental with everyday materials like plastics.” “The course is very practical so you need to organise your time well to keep up to date with tasks.” What do people do with GCSE 3D Design? GCSE 3D Design enables you to go onto Visual Arts or Media A/AS Levels or BTEC courses at Worthing College or to go on to a full time Level 2 or 3 Media or Arts BTEC course at another college such as Northbrook College.

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Biology AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. 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 within 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. How will my work be assessed? There are two exams at both AS and A2 worth 80% of the marks. They consist of structured questions, asking you to both recall information and apply it, to carry out analysis of scientific data and to demonstrate an understanding of how science works.

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The remaining 20% is based on investigative and practical skills, with tasks similar to the ISAs you will have met in Science GCSEs. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C, including double C in higher tier Science GCSE, or at least C in Biology plus another single science, and grade C in higher tier maths. Many people on this course will have achieved significantly above this level. What do students say about this course? “Nice teachers, interesting experiments and challenging!” “Biology is consistently interesting – all the sorts of questions I had from GCSE about ‘how this works’ in more detail get answered. It isn’t that hard but you have to keep up with a lot of work, so be careful.”

“I find Biology very interesting. It is 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 and Nursing; others pursue scientific careers by combining Biology with other science A Levels, for example in the pharmaceutical industry. Frequently students may go on to completely different careers such as law or business.


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Business Level 2 BTEC Diploma

Equivalent to four GCSEs grade A* - C. One year course. What is this course about? This qualification is designed to prepare learners for employment in the appropriate vocational sector or to progress to a Level 3 programme of study. How will my work be assessed? All the units are internally assessed and graded at one of the following levels: Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. There are no exams. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D.

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What do students say about this course? “I want to start my own business and the course is helping me to prepare for this.” “At the start I found it confusing, but all of a sudden what was on the news started making more sense.” “We have the opportunity to constantly contribute to lessons which enhances our learning.”

What do people do with a Business Level 2 BTEC Diploma? You can progress to a Level 3 course or programme of study. You will need to achieve at least a Merit to progress to level 3 courses at Worthing College. It is also an extremely useful background for those considering setting up their own business. This course also provides an understanding of business, which will be useful for nearly all careers and workplaces and it provides skills which can be used to gain employment.


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Business Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma

Equivalent to two A Levels. One year course for Subsidiary Diploma. Two year course for Diploma. What is this course about? The qualification is designed to prepare learners for employment in the Business sector or progress to a Level 4 or higher programme. How will my work be assessed? All assessment is through coursework. There are no exams. All the units are internally assessed and graded at one of the following levels: Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

What do students say about this course? “I do better in course work than in exams which is why I chose the BTEC instead of the A Level.” “It relates to the real world and if you work hard you will do well.”

What do people do with a Business Level 3 BTEC Diploma? You can use it as an entrance qualification to progress on to Level 4 and higher courses at university. It 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, as well as skills which can be used to gain employment.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, or at least a Merit in our Buiness Level 2 BTEC Diploma.

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Business Studies AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? This course aims to develop a critical understanding of organisations and the markets they serve.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A* - C.

How will my work be assessed? AS: Two exams (January and May) including short answer questions and extended responses based on a mini case study.

What do students say about this course? “This course has helped me to get into university to study Business and Law.”

A2: Two exams (January and June) including an unseen case study with a range of numerical data, questions based on prior research and an essay.

“I enjoyed the course so much that I wanted the opportunity to come back and tell prospective students about it.” “I decided to set up my own business after college and this course gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to succeed.”

What do people do with A Level Business Studies? Business Studies is an excellent preparation for higher education in a number of areas, including further study of the subject itself and Accounting. It is also an extremely useful background for those considering setting up their own business. The course also provides an understanding of businesses, which will be useful for nearly all careers and workplaces.

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Cambridge Pre-U Equivalent to one A Level. Two year course. What is this course about? In this course you will study topics that present dilemmas in the world today; these could include climate change, wealth distribution and artificial intelligence. You will study these topics with a view to developing your skills of analysis and evaluation. The exams are based on the skills you have developed and not the topics you have studied. Taking this subject is likely to improve your performance in the other subjects you take. How will my work be assessed? The first year of the course is called Global Perspectives. This is assessed through one exam of 1.5 hours, one essay of 1500 words and one multi-media presentation based on pre release material. The second year is called the Independent Research Report. This is assessed by a major study based on your research and analysis. You choose the topic for this study.

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Your marks for both the Global Perspectives components and Independent Research Report are added to give one overall grade of Distinction, Merit or Pass. Are there any specific entry requirements? Seven GCSEs at grade A or A* including Maths and English. What students say about this course “The entry requirements say it all…you need to have a really good track record.” “Very demanding …. but very rewarding.” “I need this on top of my four A grade A Levels to improve my chances of a top university place.”

What do people do with Cambridge Pre-U? This course will be seen as a very good addition for students who apply to study at more competitive universities. Increasingly universities are looking for ways to distinguish between a large number of students who are applying for a limited number of university places, all of whom will have excellent A Level grades. This course will help demonstrate the skills that top universities require from their students.


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Chemistry AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? This course will foster your imaginative and critical thinking about chemical problems. Chemistry is about electrons – how they are organised in atoms, how they bond atoms together, hold molecules together and produce 3D shapes, and, of course, how they are rearranged in chemical reactions. You should be interested in the importance of science in modern society, and enjoy practical work. How will my work be assessed? There are two exams at both AS and A2 worth 80% of the marks. They consist of structured questions, asking you to both recall information and apply it, also carry out analysis of scientific data and how science works. The remaining 20% is based on investigative and practical skills, with tasks similar to the ISAs you will have met in Science GCSEs.

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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.

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Creative Media Production (Film and Television) Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma Equivalent to one AS/A Level. One year course for Certificate; two year course for Subsidiary Diploma. 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. The emphasis is on studentled practical study (video production) coupled with a theoretical/conceptual study of production practice. Above all it’s about passion: passion for filmmaking, for storytelling, for revealing the truth as you see it.

What students say about this course “This course helped me to get a head start on my degree course.” Said by undergraduates on TV and Video Production and Documentary Production courses.

How will my work be assessed? All Assessment is through coursework which creates pressure throughout the course. Although there are no exams this course is not an easy option. Your work will be assessed by your teacher throughout the year and you will receive written and verbal feedback.

“I am proud of my short films and documentaries.”

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C.

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“This course has helped me to decide on my career.”

What do people do with Creative Media Production Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma? 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.

“This is my favourite course!” Many students go on to do an Art Foundation course. You can readily combine the course with A Levels to gain entry to an enormous range of higher education courses. Recent students have successfully applied to degree courses in Philosophy, History and Law.


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Dance AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? Dance is a study of various forms and styles of dance together with an insight into the work of various choreographers. You will have the opportunity to choreograph work, both individually and within a group. AS/A level Dance is designed to improve the accessibility of dance as a performing art, while at the same time fostering imagination and creativity and promoting personal and social development. How will my work be assessed? At AS: One written examination lasting 1.5 hours and presentation of practical coursework that will be marked internally and with a visiting examiner. At A2: One written examination lasting 1.5 hours and a practical examination that will be marked by a visiting examiner.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C, including GCSE Dance at grade C or above or other significant dance experience. 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.

What do people do with A Level Dance? Dance is recognised as an academic subject and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Dance or related courses in higher education.

What students say about this course “A fun and energetic course.” “Gives you the opportunity not only to develop your own skills, but also teaches you to appreciate the styles, genres and techniques used by expert practitioners.” “Trips and visits widen your experience and understanding.”

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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? This course is designed for students who enjoy reading and watching plays and taking part in drama, as a performer, director or designer. How will my work be assessed? There are exams for the written units which are externally set and marked. The practical units are internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by a visiting moderator. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C. What do students say about this course? This is a new course starting in September 2012.

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What do people do with A Level Drama and Theatre Studies? Careers in acting, performing, TV, film, technical theatre, and teaching are all possible using this course as a starting point for further study and training. This A Level is also accepted as an entry requirement for a whole range of Higher Education courses not directly related to the performing arts. Many people maintain a lifetime interest in performing arts and will join this course as a means of enhancing their insight and enjoyment.


Economics AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? Economics is the study of how society produces, distributes and consumes resources and wealth. It tries to give an explanation to the reasons why we make and buy different things, and also how the government manages and runs the economy. The AS and A2 years study related topics, but with different levels of complexity. 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 AS: January exam on Microeconomics, June exam on Macroeconomics. Both AS exams will include multiple-choice and data response questions based on source material provided.

At A2: January exam on Microeconomics, June exam on Macroeconomics Both A2 exams consist of data-response and essay questions. In addition to testing your understanding of the A2 modules they include synoptic assessment of AS topics. There is no assessed coursework at either AS or A2. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs, four at grade A* - C, including Mathematics (as there is a need to interpret graphs and data, as well as carrying out some calculations) and a grade B in English GCSE.

What do students say about this course? “Economics is particularly relevant to the world today; it gave me a greater understanding of news headlines on many issues, from interest rates to company takeovers.” “The variety of teaching methods used in this course constantly keeps your attention.” “You get the chance to discuss issues in the news and about the broader economy, as well as following the syllabus.” 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.

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Electronics AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level.

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What is this course about? To develop essential knowledge and understanding in electronics and to gain the skills needed to apply the theory to practical situations. You will study units in digital systems, circuits and components and a control system project for AS together with communication systems, system applications and a major design project for A2.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 5 GCSE grades at A* - C together with a grade C in GCSE Maths and two grade Cs in GCSE science.

How will my work be assessed? In the first year (AS) units 1 and 2 count for 35% each and are examined in January and June. The remaining 30% is assessed by the control system project (unit 3) which will take place during the winter. In the A2 year unit 4 (30% of the A2) is examined in January with unit 5 in June (40%). The major design project accounts for 30% and takes place during the winter term.

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What students say about this course “It goes really well with Maths and Physics.” “I really enjoy the practical work.”

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 an international job market with many vacancies throughout Europe. Good electronics engineers are scarce and starting salaries often reflect this. 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.


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English GCSE

One year course. What is this course about? This course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of English language and literature. 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 D in GCSE English and need to improve on this grade. If you have not yet achieved a grade D you should consider our Functional Skills English course. If English is not your first langauge you should consider our courses in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) or in IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

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How will my work be assessed? You will be assessed by an examination at the end of the year and by a coursework folder of written work and speaking & listening assessments.

What do students say about this course? “I’m just pleased to have had the chance to retake GCSE English. I realise now it is the most important qualification ….I will not miss my big chance this time.”

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of two grade Ds at GCSE including a grade D in GCSE English or a Pass in Level 2 Functional Skills English.

“…and the course was fast compared to school because it was all revision.” What do people do with GCSE English? All university courses, many college courses, as well as many employers, require you to have a minimum standard (often grade C) in GCSE English.


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English Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2 One year course.

What is this course about? The course will give you the skills to use English in your life, work and education. It is an alternative to GCSE English; English Functional Skills focuses more on how to use English in everyday situations in the real world. It is designed to show employers that you have a firm grounding in basic English language skills. 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: participate in a debate.

How will my work be assessed? Students will normally take the Level 1 Functional Skills exams in January. Those who pass will 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 45minute external exam. Unit 3 Writing: assessed by 45 minute external exam. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of grade F in GCSE English or the equivalent.

What do students say about this course? “I like it that we are practising skills that I can use in the real world.” “This is real English rather than just Shakespeare.” 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 English Functional Skills can progress to GCSE English in the following year.

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English Language AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? The course aims to develop your understanding of the English Language what it is and how it works. You will explore a wide variety of English Language texts - spoken and written - and learn how to analyse language use in different contexts. How will my work be assessed? At AS: You will be assessed by an examination at the end of the year and by a coursework folder of original writing.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including English. What do students say about this course? “If you have enjoyed GCSE English you will like this.” “You really have to move your skills up a gear from GCSE….hard work but rewarding.” “I am really glad I chose this subject.”

At A2: You will be assessed by an examination at the end of the year and through language investigation coursework.

What do people do with A Level English Language? You can go on to study English at a higher level at university. It is also a widely recognised entrance qualification for many degree courses and can be used as a helpful qualification in careers such as teaching, journalism and the media.

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English Language and Literature AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? The specification provides a full and coherent integration of literary and linguistic study in each of the four units. It offers students an accessible and stimulating course in which they will engage with a variety of spoken and written texts. An attractive feature of the specification is the opportunity it provides students to respond creatively to texts, both in coursework and examined units. How will my work be assessed? At AS: You will be assessed by an examination at the end of the year with two questions: one on an unseen text(s) related to the theme(s) of the Anthology, produced by AQA as a set text; the second on the Anthology itself. Also, you will complete a two-part assignment on a chosen pair of texts: discussion of a set theme in relation to the texts; a piece of creative writing, demonstrating understanding of texts as a whole.

At A2: You will be assessed by an examination at the end of the year - two questions: one based on extract from prescribed play; one requiring comparison of unseen texts. Also, through a coursework folder of transformed texts and associated commentary or commentaries. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including English. What do people do with A Level English Language & Literature? Go on to study it at a higher level at university. It is also a widely recognised entry qualification for a wide range of degree courses, and is also a helpful qualification to have for careers such as teaching, journalism, publishing and the media.

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English Literature AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? The course aims to develop your understanding of the English Language what it is and how it works. You will explore a wide variety of English Language texts - spoken and written - and learn how to analyse language use in different contexts. How will my work be assessed? At AS: You will be assessed by an examination at the end of the year and by a coursework folder of original writing. At A2: You will be assessed by an examination at the end of the year and through language

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C including English. What do students say about this course? “If you enjoy literature you will like this course....I certainly did.” “You have to work really hard but there is such a lot of variety, it keeps you involved all the time.” What do people do with A Level English Literature? Go on to study English at a higher level at university.

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ESOL Skills for Life

(English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Entry Levels 2 or 3 One year course.

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. The course will help you to prepare for further studies or other courses at Worthing College or elsewhere. How will my work be assessed? You will take final examinations at the end of the year in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing at a level appropriate to your needs and skills. These exams will either be ESOL Entry 2 or Entry 3. Are there any specific 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.

What do students say about this course? “A very important qualification for living in the UK.” “You have to work hard but lessons are fun.” “Make sure you attend all your lessons and do your homework if you want to pass the exam. It is not easy.”

What do people do with ESOL Skills for Life Entry Levels 2 and 3? It provides a foundation for further study in ESOL. If you achieve Entry Level 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 Vocational programme.

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ESOL for Vocational Learners (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Entry Level 3 and Levels 1and 2 One year course.

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? You will take final examinations at the end of the year in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing at a level appropriate to your needs and skills. Are there any specific 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. 92

What do students say about this course? “I had to study ESOL Skills for Life first before I could start ESOL Vocational….it was good preparation for me.” “There are no short cuts, you have to work hard.” 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), a qualification which could give you access to furher study including university.


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Film Studies GCSE One year course.

What is this course about? This course is designed to build upon your own experience of film and you will view and study a variety of case study films from a range of different cultures. The course allows you to build on your existing interest by developing your ability to investigate and analyse the different techniques used by film makers.

The second will require students to explore one film produced outside Hollywood and show understanding of:

What do students say about this course? This is a new course starting in September 2011.

Characters, narratives, themes and issues in the film chosen.

What do people do with GCSE Film Studies? This course would enable you to progress to A Level film Studies, or other A Level or BTEC subjects at Worthing College.

Starting with the familiar, the course allows students to study the different ways that we experience film and how film communicates ideas and beliefs about society both now and in the past.

A creative question involving individual responses to the film.

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The way people, places, events and issues are represented in the film.

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Film Studies AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. 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. • You can carry out individual research and chose from several creative options •

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.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C and one of these should be in English.

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What students say about this course “I like the fact that I have been given the opportunity to work to my own interests and strengths.” “We are frequently given individual advice on our work. We are also given the chance to express and develop our own viewpoints.” “Discussions are lively!” “It’s given me the chance to broaden and develop my love of film.”

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.


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Fine Art AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? This course aims to give students experience and expertise in working with a range of art techniques and an understanding of the work of a range of artists. Students are encouraged to be creative and inquisitive when exploring ideas and practical skills.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C including Art and Design. Students who do not have an Art and Design GCSE will be invited to college to do a short practical task before being accepted on the course.

The AS units are mainly practical, at A2 you will produce a written personal study in addition to developing your practical skills further.

What students say about this course “The work in class and for homework is structured which helps me keep organised, but it’s usually quite fun and I can do it in my own way.”

How will my work be assessed? Your work will be assessed by your teacher throughout the year and written and verbal feedback given. At the end of the year all units are internally marked and externally moderated. Marking is done with reference to 4 set assessment objectives.

“You can always ask the teacher for advice and get individual help in class.”

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 allows students to try all Art and Design specialisms before going on to a higher education course. Some universities will accept students onto a Fine Art degree with A Levels and a portfolio, but many prefer students to complete the Foundation year. Career opportunities exist in Fine Art and craft areas, research or museum and gallery work. Artists often combine their own work in studios and workshops with teaching, or community arts and youth work. Fine artists also move into employment in related visual areas such as art journalism and aspects of design for theatre, film, photography and performance. Others lean towards art as illustration or artwork for textiles. Fine Art A Level can also accompany other subjects and contribute a qualification to unrelated higher education applications and career paths.

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French AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? The course aims to develop your understanding of the language and culture of France and other French speaking countries.

What do students say about this course? “Lots of fun group work.” “Lots of support for oral examination.” “We love the songs and videos.”

How will my work be assessed? At AS: End-of-year exams in Unit 1 (a written paper, testing your reading, listening and writing skills) and Unit 2 (the speaking test) . At A2: Unit 3 exam (a written paper with a variety of tasks involving comprehension as well as an extended essay). Unit 4 exam (speaking test). Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C and a grade B or above in French (all papers at Higher Tier).

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. Past students can also be found 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.

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Geography AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. 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 geographical skills.

How will my work be assessed? At AS: Unit 1 will be assessed by a 1½ hour exam consisting of data response, short answer and essay questions. Unit 2 will be assessed by a 1¼ hour exam consisting of longer answers. At A2: Unit 3 will be assessed by a 2½ hour exam consisting of data stimulus essay questions and pre-released material. 100

Unit 4 will be assessed by a 1½ hour exam consisting of a long essay based on prereleased material. There is no assessed coursework at either AS or A2. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C. You do not need to have studied GCSE Geography but you must be motivated by the subject. What do students say about this course? “It is a very exciting and stimulating subject to study.” “The field trips make the work really enjoyable and easier to remember when it comes to the exam.”

What do people do with A Level Geography? Geography is an excellent preparation for higher education because it crosses the arts/science divide and enables students to develop a wide range of valuable skills. A Level Geography can be used to progress onto a variety of geography and environmental degree courses and it has relevance to a wide range of career opportunities, Past students can be found working in town planning, weather forecasting, surveying, teaching and estate agencies, and for organisations such as the Environment Agency and Southern Water.


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Geology AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? You will study processes that operate at and below the Earth’s surface, today and in the geological past, learning about the Solar System, plate tectonics, rock cycle, fossils, including dinosaurs, and economic uses of rocks and minerals. Local and residential trips are an essential part of the course and help provide a life long interest in the world around you. How will my work be assessed? Exams count for 80% of the marks for AS and A2; the remaining 20% is an internally assessed task testing students’ practical skills. The practical assessment is set by the awarding body and can be fieldwork or classroom based. One exam is taken in January and one in June. Are there any specific entry requirements? You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C.

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What do students say about this course? “We’ve learnt loads in a short space of time. It’s not just about rocks; there’s lots of other stuff too. It’s really interesting finding out about how the Earth works.” “Geology is a really interesting and different subject. Each lesson is exciting and entertaining, and this is why it is my favourite subject and the best lesson choice I ever made.” “Geology has lots of interesting topics. It rocks my world!” What do people do with A Level Geology? Many former students have progressed to study Geology at university and have become professional geologists, employed by engineering and water companies, oil and mining industries, and universities. A background in Earth Science is useful for science and geography based courses. Often A Level Geology students find their interest continues throughout their lives.


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Golf Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) Two year course.

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Golfing Excellence offers an unrivalled performance opportunity for talented and aspiring young golfers. Designed to enhance your performance and knowledge of golf, this 2 year apprenticeship delivers significant coaching, practice and competitive opportunities all led by our highly talented, experienced and committed staff team in partnership with Worthing Golf Club and England Golf. Apprenticeship highlights: • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance. • Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence. • Opportunity to progress to University or other Higher Education with maximum of 360 UCAS points. • Free membership of Worthing Golf Club • Bursaries for kit and other support (eg gym membership). • Specialist sports science support (initial screening and diagnostics, fitness training and testing, sports psychology).

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Regular high level competitions as part of the Intercollegiate Tour. Approved host family arrangements if required (approximately £100 per week).

Apprenticeship Qualifications: • Achieve both the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance and the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence. • NVQ performance units taught practically on the golf course, short course, range, practice area or in competition. • NVQ knowledge units taught in practical settings and linked to and supported by the BTEC qualification some of which is college-based. • Many BTEC assessments based on your development as a golfer and your performance and knowledge of golf. • BTEC units further enhance your performance and knowledge in sport. • Many transferable skills including personal learning, thinking and

presentation skills embedded in the NVQ and BTEC. Parallel Level 2 qualifications offered in Functional Skills English and Maths if required.

College guidance and support for: • Health and personal wellbeing and safety. • Career options (including employer rights and responsibilities). • UCAS applications to Higher Education.

Entry Requirements Male applicants must be playing to a handicap of 5 and female applicants to a handicap of 10. We are able to accept handicaps above this if real potential is evident during the selection process. Academic entry requirements are a minimum of five grade Cs at GCSE. Applicants must additionally study Functional skills English and Maths where GCSE grades in these subjects are below C.

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Golf (continued) Worthing Golf Club and Staff Team Stephen Rolley – Head Coach Stephen is a vastly experienced and talented elite coach who is a fellow of the PGA and has been an England Regional and National squad coach for 20 years. As head professional at Worthing Golf Club Stephen has established an enviable reputation for elite player development within Sussex and beyond. Justin Rose and Paul Casey were both members of the first EGU squad Stephen coached and since then Stephen has coached many International, Walker Cup and European Tour Players. Stephen also has an enviable professional playing record including a European Tour Card Holder for 12 years, five times qualified for the Open and England Boy and Great Britain & Ireland U23 International.

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Gary Dawes – Sports Psychologist Gary has vast coaching experience both within and outside golf. Gary has worked with tour players and aspiring amateurs and has built up an enviable reputation.

Working within the Sussex Boys County Coaching team Gary complements technical development with his extensive knowledge of sports psychology including neuro linguistic programming and hypnotherapy. Sam Hollingdale – Fitness Coach Sam works with all golfers from Tour professional to weekend golfers and currently works with clients from International Squads, County Squads, College / University Teams and individual clients. Sam also has private studios / offices and associations with various golf clubs. Sam brings a wealth of experience from personal training, strength and conditioning, health club management, golf club management and military service. Current qualifications held include REPS3 and NASM, Strength & Conditioning, Paul Chek, Titleist Certified, Golf Athlete Level 1 & 2, Master NLP practitioner, Cognitive Hypnotherapy.

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Government and Politics AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? This course aims to develop a critical understanding of government and politics in Britain and the USA.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including English.

For AS you will study British government and politics and at A2 you will study the government and politics of the USA.

What do students say about this course? “ I liked the fact that we were encourage to ask questions if we didn’t understand, but also that we were allowed to have our own opinions”..

How will my work be assessed? At AS: The end of the year you will take two exams based on the AS modules you have studied. All the exams include source material and structured questions as well as essays. At A2: You will take another two exams which assess your understanding of the A2 modules. There is no assessed coursework at either AS or A2 .

“I didn’t have any interest in politics when I started the course, but now I am thinking about studying it at uni.” “At the start I found it confusing, but all of a sudden what was on the news started making more sense.”

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, the law and the public services. Past students can be found broadcasting on radio and television, running large commercial companies, cartooning, teaching, working as barristers and solicitors and one is even Professor of Politics at St Andrews University. None are MPs though several have been local councillors.

“Doing homework was difficult at first, but I could see the reason for it and in the end it paid off – I got an A at AS.”

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Graphic Communication AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? Graphic Communication is the successful communication of information and ideas through the organisation of images and words. The AS units are mainly practical, at A2 you will produce a written personal study in additional to developing your practical skills further. How will my work be assessed? Your work will be assessed by your teacher throughout the year and written and verbal feedback given. At the end of the year all units are internally marked and externally moderated. Marking is done with reference to four set assessment objectives.

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Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, 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. What students say about this course “I am surprised at the way my work has changed and intend to study Graphic Design at a higher level when I finish my A Levels.” “We are frequently given individual advice on the development of practical ideas and introduced to inspiring sources.”

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 an higher education course. Some universities will accept students on to a Design degree with A Levels and a portfolio, but many prefer students to complete the Foundation year. Career opportunities exist in graphic design, illustration, publishing, marketing, trend prediction, interior design, web design, CAD, advertising, animation, and teaching. Students can go on to work for companies or as freelance designers. Graphic Design A Level can also accompany other subjects and contribute a qualification to unrelated Higher Education applications and career paths.


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Health and Social Care Level 2 BTEC Diploma

Equivalent to four GCSEs grade A* - C. One year course. What is this course about? This course aims to give you an understanding of the health and social care environment. The course is vocational, which means it is mostly suitable for people who are seriously considering a career in a related field. How will my work be assessed? All 6 units are assessed as coursework; there are no exams. Work experience is an assessed unit on this course. As well as your lessons at college you must be available for one whole day every week to attend a work experience placement.

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Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade D or above. You must also complete and pay for an enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check before starting this course. What do students say about this course? “This course helps you grow up because it’s all about life.” “We like the practical work, the lessons are relaxed and friendly.” “We like learning about the body.”

What do people do with Level 2 BTEC Health and Social care? If you achieve at least a merit in this course you can go on to Level 3 courses at Worthing College including the Applied A Level in Health and Social Care or the Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Diploma. After completing a Health and Social Care course, students go on to further courses and careers in nursing, primary school teaching, social work and working in care homes.


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Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma

Equivalent to two A Levels. One year course for Subsidiary Diploma. Two year course for Diploma. What is this course about? This course looks at a number of topics that are related to working in Health and/ or Social Care, such as anatomy, personal development and diversity. The course is vocational, which means it is mostly suitable for people who are seriously considering a career in a related field.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C.

What do people do with a Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Diploma? Enter into higher education for professions like health care and teaching.

You must also complete and pay for an enhanced CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) check before starting this course.

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How will my work be assessed? All 12 units are assessed as coursework; there are no exams.

What do students say about this course? “I prefer coursework assessment to exams which is why I chose this BTEC instead of the applied A Level.”

Work experience is an assessed unit on this course. You will go to a work experience placement for 1 day a week for most of the course.

“You have a chance to put into practice the theory you learn from class. The work experience encourages you to use your skills in an effective and professional way.”

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Health and Social Care Applied AS/A Level

This is a double award equivalent to two A Levels. One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? This course aims to give you an understanding of the health and social care environment. How will my work be assessed? There are three units at AS and three at A2. Two units are assessed by coursework and one by exam each year. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C. You must also complete and pay for an Enhanced CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) check before starting this course.

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What do students say about this course? “It’s hard work but very rewarding at the end.” “There are lots of resources that are useful for the course and which help it all come together.”

What do people do with Applied A Level Health and Social Care? A large number of students go on to training courses in nursing. Other career routes include social work, working in care homes and teaching in primary schools. If you want to be a teacher you should ask for further advice about subject combinations.


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History AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? The course looks at some important historical issues in breadth as well as in depth. It helps you to understand how the world has become what it is and your place in it. It develops your ability to think critically and reach conclusions based on evidence. How will my work be assessed? At AS: Two end-of-year exams: Paper 1 has an essay question and Paper 2 is based around source material. At A2: Coursework essay and a personal enquiry into a significant issue arising out of the chosen topic. End-of-year exam testing your ability to assess different historical interpretations in the light of primary evidence.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C, including a grade C or above in English. What do students say about this course? “A Level History not only widens career choices but develops analysis and communication skills and gives an understanding of present-day conditions.”

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 other professions.

“Though I originally planned to take History only to AS, I decided to continue to A2 after finding the first year interesting and enjoyable.” “AS History is a breath of fresh air compared to other forms of history I’ve studied. The topics are both interesting and informative. There is never a dull moment.”

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Information Technology Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2 One year course.

What is this course about? The course will give you the skills to use IT in your life, work and education. It is a respected qualification which focuses on how to use IT to solve everyday problems in the real world. It is designed to show employers that you have a firm grounding in basic IT skills. The course will focus on essential skills such as how to word process, use websites and create presentations using computer software. You will learn how to use ICT tools to solve real world problems by finding and communicating information. Students will normally take the Level 1 Functional Skills exams in January. Those who pass will be considered for entry to the Level 2 exams in May.

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How will my work be assessed? There is one external exam lasting 2 hours. Are there any specific entry requirements? No specific entry requirements. What do students say about this course? “The skills I have learned have been really useful in my other courses.” “I have far more skills to offer employers now that I have done this course.”

What do people do with Levels 1 and 2 Information Technology Functional Skills? Many employers and colleges require you to have a minimum standard of ICT and this course will help you in your application to a wide range of courses and jobs. Students who enjoy the course may choose to study Applied ICT at A Level.


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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Applied AS/A Level One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? The course will give you broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the ICT sector. In particular you will be encouraged to: • Apply your knowledge and understanding of ICT and use skills (e.g. planning, research, evaluation, problem solving) in vocational contexts. • Develop an understanding of the impact of information systems on organisations’ personnel, policies and practices. • Develop project management skills and an understanding of the need to work with others. How will my work be assessed? At AS: One exam plust two coursework units both in e-portfolio format (with table of contents, using hyperlinks to locate information easily, in a format appropriate for viewing in a browser and to technical specifications).

At A2: One exam plus two coursework units both in e-portfolio format (with table of contents, using hyperlinks to locate information easily, in a format appropriate for viewing in a browser and to technical specifications).

What do people do with A Level ICT? ICT is a recognised A Level for entry to many degree courses in addition to those which are IT related. It is an excellent qualification for entry into employment and provides a base for a set of skills which will last a lifetime.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C. You need some experience of using computers before you start. What do students say about this course? “It gives you skills which will always be useful, whatever you do in the future.” “It’s about applying ICT to the real-world, it’s not just about technical skills.”

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Information Technology Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma

Equivalent to one AS/A Level. One year course for Certificate. Two year course for Subsidiary Diploma. What is this course about? This is a work-related qualification which provides preparation for employment in a variety of IT-based occupations or progression onto further study. The topics covered include: â&#x20AC;˘ Practical experience in a variety of software packages including web-page design. â&#x20AC;˘ Investigation into how IT is used in the world of business. How will my work be assessed? All units are assignment based, allowing you to build up a portfolio of your work. There are no exams. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C.

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What do students say about this course? This is a new course. We will add student comments at www.worthing.ac.uk in due course. What do people do with a Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT? The Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT valued by employers and can lead to career opportunities in Business Systems Management, E-Commerce, Management Information Systems or Database Management. Alternatively, you my wish to progress to a BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma, to a degree course or work based training.


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Law AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? This course aims to give you an understanding of how law operates in this country. At AS you will study the sources of law, people who work in the law, and the criminal process. At A2 you will study the law of contract. How will my work be assessed? At AS: January exam: This 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. Summer exam: requires you to give both factual descriptions of the topics and to give some critical comments as well. At A2; Two exams based on contract law topics, a special study paper in January and an exam in June. There is no assessed coursework at either AS or A2.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including a grade C or above in English. What do students say about this course? “It has helped me to decide that I want to go on to do a law degree and be a solicitor.” “I like the arguments about legal topics like sentencing.” “It helps you to understand the things that you see on the news.”

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. Past law students here have become solicitors, and work for both local firms in Worthing and large city firms in London.

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Applied Law Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma One year course, equivalent to one A Level. 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. You will also study several aspects of criminal law such as homicide, theft, burglary and robbery How will my work be assessed? All assessment is by coursework assignment. This may involve written work, presentations and role plays. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C, including a grade C or above in a written subject like English, history or media studies.

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What do students say about this course? “The BTEC law course has helped me to understand different areas of law and will help me when I apply to join the police force in a few years.” “I like presenting my ideas in assignments instead of doing lots of exams; I think this suits my learning style much better.” “It’s hard work but if you keep on top of the deadlines you should be ok.”

What do people do with an Applied Law Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma? This qualification would provide a good foundation to move onto law related careers such as legal secretary or progression to the institute of Legal Executives exams. It could also contribute to progression to higher education courses such as criminology or business studies. This course is not recomended for progression to a law degree due to the practical nature of assessment.


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Mathematics GCSE One year course.

What is this course about? This course is for those students who wish to improve their GCSE Mathematics grade.

What do students say about this course? “I needed a C grade in Maths to go to University – it gave me a second chance.”

How will my work be assessed? There are exams for modules 1, 3 and 5. There is no coursework.

“If you have got a lower grade than expected, or want to achieve a higher grade I really suggest taking just one more year of Maths, it’s really worth it in the long run.”

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a grade D or above in GCSE Mathematics or a Level 2 pass in Adult Numeracy or Maths Functional Skills.

What do people do with GCSE Mathematics? In most jobs, Maths is a necessary part of the job. Many career and many higher education entry requirements include a C grade or above in Maths.

“This is a really useful course for most things after college. I liked the resources we used.” “To do well you need to make sure you don’t miss any lessons.”

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Mathematics AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. Choose either Mathematics with Mechanics or Mathematics with Statistics. What is this course about? It is to extend your range of mathematical skills and techniques. You will acquire the foundation necessary for the further study of Mathematics and other related disciplines and develop the ability to recognise real-life situations which can be modelled mathematically. You will gain the appropriate knowledge of procedures to be followed in order to produce useful results and develop confidence and enthusiasm in your approach to the subject. How will my work be assessed? In the January of each year the first Pure Maths unit exam is taken with the exams for second Pure Maths unit and the Application unit taken in June. The first three units make up the AS qualification and all six form the full A Level. There is no coursework for this subject.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need grade B or above in GCSE Maths higher tier to start the course. If you have a grade C you should consider studying Statistics AS/A Level. What do students say about this course? “It goes very well with my Physics course as this has a lot of Maths in it.”

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 and Computing. It gives a sound basis for following these areas up as careers too.

“Although it is a hard course I find it rewarding when I solve a complicated problem. I found the homework useful as it gave me a chance to see if I could do the work on my own.”

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Mathematics Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2 One year course.

What is this course about? The course will give you the skills to use maths in your life, work and education. It is an alternative to GCSE Mathematics. Mathematics Functional Skills focuses more on how to use maths in everyday situations in the real world. It is designed to show employers that you have a firm grounding in basic maths skills. The course will focus on essential skills such as fractions, averages, calculations and simple formulae. You will be taught how to understand mathematical problems, how to analyse them and how to present solutions. How will my work be assessed? Students will normally take the Level 1 Functional Skills exam in January. Those who pass will be considered for entry to the Level 2 exam in May.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of grade F in GCSE Mathematics or the equivalent. What do students say about this course? “I like the fact that we have to solve problems from the real world.” “I have actually found this useful for my everyday life.” What do people do with Mathematics Functional Skills? Many employers and colleges require you to have a minimum standard of Mathematics and this course is respected as an alternative to GCSE. Students who pass Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics can progress on to take GCSE Mathematics in the following year.

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Further Mathematics AS/A Level

You must combine this with AS/A Level Mathematics with Mechanics. One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? In combination with Mathematics with Mechanics, this is the double Maths course for those who wish to study Mathematics to a higher level.

How will my work be assessed? At AS: You will take the Decision 1 and Statistics 1 modules in January with the Further Pure 1 unit in June.

What do students say about this course? â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are good at Maths and enjoy it then it is well worth having a go at Further Maths, but be prepared to work hard and think hard.â&#x20AC;?

It is particularly useful to those who want to go on to study a degree in a mathematically related discipline. The Further Mathmatics course is more difficult than the Mathmatics course and is therefore suited to those students who are able mathematicians.

At A2: The Decision 2 module and Further Pure 2 modules are taken in January with Further Pure 3 in June. There is no coursework for any of the modules studied.

What do people do with A Level Further Maths? Maths and Further Maths is an important pair of qualifications if you wish to study Mathematics, the Sciences, Engineering, Computing or Finance at university. It also provides the basis for a career as a Mathematics teacher.

To study Further Mathmatics you must take the Mathmatics with Mechanics course as well.

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Media Studies AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? This course aims to develop your understanding of the media, their role in our society and their effect on our lives. Topics studied at AS include film, television and print media. Topics studied at A2 include media representations and audience responses. In both the AS and A2 years there is 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. How will my work be assessed? At AS: • Unit 1: Exam – externally set and marked. • Unit 2: Coursework: - internally marked, externally moderated. At A2: • Unit 3: Exam – externally set and marked. • Unit 4: Coursework: - internally marked, externally moderated.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, one of these should be English. What students say about this course “It has completely changed how I look at the media. Now I analyse everything I watch.” “It was fun learning to use the cameras and making my own film trailer. At first I was worried about using the computers to do the editing but I quickly got the hang of it.”

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 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.

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Music AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? The AS/A Level Music course is simple in design and comprehensive. It is intended to be stimulating and enriching for students. At both AS and A2 students experience the musical disciplines of performing (solo and/ or ensemble), composing, listening and understanding.

At A2: An internal assessment of a 12-15 minute performance of music using any instrument(s) and/or voice(s).

How will my work be assessed? At AS: An internal assessment of a five-six minute performance of music using any instrument(s) and/or voice(s).

A two hour examination testing studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; abilities to listen to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understand how it works.

A controlled conditions examination of preparation for a three minute composition and preparation of CD sleeve note. A two-hour examination testing listening skills, knowledge and understanding of familiar music.

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A controlled conditions examination of preparation of composition and technical study.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, 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.

What do students say about this course? â&#x20AC;&#x153;An excellent course choice in that it allows you to develop your passion for music while at the same time study for an academic qualification.â&#x20AC;? 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.


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Performing Arts: Musical Theatre Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma

Equivalent to two A Levels. One year course for Subsidiary Diploma; two year course for Diploma. What is this course about? This course gives learners the opportunity to develop their wider understanding of a wide range of the performance 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 College+ enrichment in music, drama and dance as well as to audition for a place in our Dance Company. 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 may be generated through a range of activities, including written assignment, oral assessment, presentations, and assessment of practical competency and level of performance.

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Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, or Level 2 Diploma at Merit, Distinction or Distinction* level. You will also need to demonstrate a real passion for the performing arts. What students say about this course The Diploma in Performing Arts: Musical Theatre will be available at the college for the first time in September 2011. Performance Studies, Music and Dance are well established A Level courses at the college and we are excited by the opportunity that this new area of provision will present for our students. We expect places on this course to be very competitive so an early application is advised.

What do people do with a Performing Arts: Musical Theatre Level 3 BTEC Diploma? This qualification will enable you to meet entry requirements for Higher Education courses and drama schools, this includes the Foundation degree in Musical Theatre delivered at Northbrook College (www.nbcol.ac.uk). The course also provides an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue a career in: • Stage management • Acting • Production • Media • The arts


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Philosophy AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? The course concerns thinking about things. How will my work be assessed? For both AS and A2 all units are assessed through exams. There is no coursework assessment. Are there any specific entry requirements? Due to the importance of written communication, you will need grade B or above at English GCSE, along with a minimum of four other GCSEs from A* - C.

What do students say about this course? “Philosophy seems quite difficult at first, but it can be fun at times.” “I like to learn new things about new things!” “I think it is good to learn a new subject that is not like anything else I have studied.” What do people do with A Level philosophy? Philosophy is a well-respected A Level that combines readily as an entry qualification to any degree choice that requires independence of thought or analytical thinking. It will also demonstrate to employers an ability to write well. Most importantly, philosophy is worth studying for its own sake.

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Photography GCSE One year course.

What is this course about? This course gives students the opportunity to learn and explore black and white darkroom photography and colour digital photography. The course starts assuming you have little previous experience of the subject and will require you to enjoy taking photographs and be interested in studying the work of other photographers. You will be experimental with photographic techniques and explore different types of photography like fine art photography or documentary photography. You will need to have access to a digital camera, we can lend you film cameras if you do not have one, and there will be costs involved for film, sketchbooks, paper and printing. How will my work be assessed? The course is assessed by two units. The coursework unit requires you to produce a portfolio of photographic work and supporting sketchbook. The exam unit gives you 8 weeks of taught lessons to respond to a set theme and 10 hours timed unaided exam to produce photographic outcomes. 126

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D. What do students say about this course? This is a new course, Students on similar courses say: “They have enjoyed learning new practical skills.” “They did not realise there were so many different types of photography.” “The course is very practical so you need to organize your time well to keep up to date with tasks.” What do people do with GCSE Photography? GCSE Photography enables you to go onto Photography A Level or another Visual Arts or Media A Level or BTEC course at Worthing College. Alternatively you may go on to a full time Photography or Media Arts BTEC course at Northbrook College.


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Photography AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? The course involves learning techniques associated with black and white film and darkroom based photography, and digital colour photography. The AS units are mainly practical. At A2 you will produce a written personal study in addition to developing your practical skills further. How will my work be assessed? Your work will be assessed by your teacher throughout the year and written and verbal feedback given. • At the end of the year all units are internally marked and externally moderated. • Marking is done with reference to four set assessment objectives. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C.

What students say about this course “I have really enjoyed working with the various darkroom techniques.” “I am pleased with the way my work has developed and intend to study Photography at a higher level when I finish my A levels.” 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 a higher education course. Some universities will accept students on to a Photography degree with A Levels and a portfolio. Career opportunities exist in many areas of photography, advertising, interior design, teaching, animation, web design, CAD and publishing. Students can go on to work for companies or as freelance photographers. Photography A Level can also accompany other subjects and contribute a qualification to higher education applications and other career paths. 127


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Physical Education AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. 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 socio-cultural aspects of sport. 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 two sports at AS and one sport at A2. To view the full course specification visit http://tiny.cc/ j3hdk. Students can and are encouraged to study this course alongside other areas of Academy of Sport provision.

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How will my work be assessed? At AS: 60% (90 marks) of the AS is based on performance in the summer examination; 40% (80 marks) is based on practical performance, coaching and/or officiating in two sporting activities. Also included in the practical assessment is an oral assessment of an individual sports performer.

At A2: 70% (105 marks) of the A2 is based on performance in the summer examination; 30% (60 marks) is based on practical performance, coaching and/or officiating in one sporting activity. Also included in the practical assessment is an oral assessment of an individual sports performer. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including a grade C in science. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a high level of performance, coaching and/or officiating in two sports. Further advice will be avaialble at the application and interview stage. What do students say about this course? In a recent survey 97% of respondents rated the planning of A Level PE lessons as excellent or good; 96% rated teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; subject knowledge as excellent or good.

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.


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Physics AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? The course aims to develop essential knowledge and understanding in physics and to apply this to a wide variety of applications and developments in science and technology.

What do students say about this course? “It is really useful for engineering at university. It is hard but rewarding.”

How will my work be assessed? At AS: Unit 1 exams (30% of the AS marks) will be taken in January with units 2 (50% of the marks) and 3 (20%) in June.

“I enjoy applying the theory to experimental work.”

At A2: Unit 4 exams (30% of the A2 marks) will be taken in January with units 5 (50%) and 6 (20%) in June Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of a grade B in higher tier GCSE Maths and two grade Cs from higher tier GCSE Science. You will need at least a further three GCSEs at grade A* - C.

“I found that it went well with Mathematics with Mechanics.”

What do people do with A Level Physics? It is a required A Level for degree courses in engineering, astronomy and the physical sciences and is a sound preparation for a wide range of other opportunities including radiography, biotechnology, astronomy, the armed forces, the aviation industry (including pilot training) and medicine. On a cultural level students experience a sense of amazement as they begin to see how particle physics has informed our understanding of the natural world and the nature of the universe.

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Psychology GCSE One year course.

What is this course about? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about people, and how we understand them. It looks at different explanations for why people do what they do, and the research behind these behaviours. Two units cover different aspects of human behaviour and provide up to date explanations for them. How will my work be assessed? Both units are assessed by examination in the summer season. Each exam lasts one and a half hours. Both units are equally weighted for exam purposes. During the course there will be numerous ways in which your learning will be assessed, e.g. homework questions, set reading, researching using real participants, etc. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C. This is a GCSE to combine with Level 3 BTECs and AS/A Levels; hence the entry requirement.

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What do students say about this course? This is a new course starting in September 2011. We will update student comments at www.worthing.ac.uk What do people do with GCSE Psychology? Often it starts out as a subject which they know little about, and tack it on to their other subjects. But as studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; knowledge develops, the popularity of the subject develops and rises up through the ranks of their choices. So, depending on where you want to go, Psychology will always stand you in good stead. It is useful in itself in helping you to understand people, but also it is specifically useful if you want to work with people in any field. Eventually you might use this subject to progress to a degree level course.


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Psychology AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? This course aims to develop your understanding and awareness of psychological theories and research over a variety of different areas concerned with humans and animals. Topics studied include: how our memory works; why we forget things; how can we improve our memory? It also includes child care and the importance of forming bonds with others: is day-care a good thing, and how can we ensure it is good quality? What makes us stressed: how can we deal with stress? The effect of others on our behaviour: why do we obey authority? At A2, students expand on these areas, covering topics such as sleep and dreaming, evolutionary psychology, aggression and anti-social behaviour, visual illusions, addiction and how to treat mental illnesses.

How will my work be assessed? All units are assessed by exams in January (A2 only) and June (AS and A2). AS exams contain short answer questions, whereas the A2 exam is essay-based. There is no assessed coursework at either AS or A2. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including a C in GCSE English. What do students say about this course? “It’s really interesting because you can relate personal experiences to the research you’re being taught, plus it is a fascinating subject.” “The course has never bored me, and there is a lot of variety in the way we are taught and learn things. I’m really pleased I took psychology.” “It’s great because you do learn a lot about human behaviour, and it is very rewarding;

but that does mean you have to work hard to cover all aspects of the course!” “I would recommend psychology to any student who is in two minds about taking it..... don’t think it’s an easy subject because it does involve a lot of hard work and effort, but at the end of the day, what course doesn’t?” 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, law, as well as the more obvious psychologyrelated areas (eg educational psychology, or psychotherapy). However, as psychology is interesting and related to animals or humans, people take it to use wherever they may go! 131


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Public Services Level 2 BTEC Diploma

Equivalent to four GCSEs grade A* - C. One year course. What is this course about? This qualification is designed to equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success when moving towards a career in the uniformed and non-uniformed public services, for example: Emergency Services, Prison Service, Local Government Administration, Security and Armed Services. It can be studied alongside College+ Sport and membership of the Academy of Sport. How will my work be assessed? Each of the 6 units is assessed as coursework; there are no exams. You receive feedback on your 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.

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Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D. What do students say about this course? “I joined Public Services as it looked a great course to do at college.” “We hear so many real life speakers in who tell us about their work. It is great, the course is really enjoyable and I am working hard to get a distinction because I want to progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma.”

What do people do with Public Services Level 2 BTEC Diploma? The course provides an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue a career within a wide area of public sector jobs, such as: • Emergency Services • Prison Service • Local Government • The Care Sector • Security Services • Armed Services. If you achieve a merit or higher you may progress to level 3 courses at Worthing College such as the Public Services Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.


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Public Services Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Equivalent to one A Level. One year course.

What is this course about? The course will prepare you both physically and mentally for the public service industries. You will learn about the public services including uniformed services and the careers they offer. You will develop skills such as self-discipline and fitness, learn transferable skills like teamwork, navigation and communication. It can be studied alongside College+ Sport and Sports Academy activities.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C or Public Services Level 2 BTEC Merit or better.

How will my work be assessed? Each of the 6 units is assessed as coursework; there are no exams. You receive feedback on your 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.

“I am interested in joining the Public Services but didn’t want to do a 2 year full time BTEC, so this one year course is great.”

What do students say about this course? “A great one year course that gives me an A Level equivalent without an exam but also means I can study other courses and keep my options open.”

What do people do with a Public Services Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma? This qualification provides an excellent foundation for those, who would like to gain employment in the public services sector with organisations such as the Police Service, Fire and Rescue Services, Ambulance Service, The Armed Forces, Prison and Security Services, HM Customs and Excise, Coastguards. It also assists you to meet entry requirements for Higher Education in a number of courses such as Criminology, Public and Uniformed Public Services, Adventure Education.

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Public Services Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma Equivalent to three A Levels; not normally combined with other subjects. One year course for Subsidiary Diploma; two year course for Diploma/Extended Diploma. What is this course about? This course prepares you physically and mentally for the public services industry. You 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 College+ Sport and Academy of Sport membership.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, or Public Services BTEC Level 2 Merit or better.

How will my work be assessed? Each of the 18 units is assessed as coursework; there are no exams. You receive feedback on your progress throughout the course. Evidence for assessment is generated through a range of activities, including written assignment, role play, oral assessment, presentations and practical performances.

“I joined a public service course because it was more of a practical course and there are no exams.”

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What do students say about this course? “The best things about doing public services is that you do a lot of practical work like going to North Wales, climbing Snowdon and gorge walking. After this course I would like to join the Royal Marines.”

“The staff really link the course to their real life public services experience, they make the course fun and I am really enjoying the course and it will help my application to the Army.” “I joined the public services course because I was interested in joining the Police Force. Throughout this course we have looked at all the different public services and now I

am interested in joining the Fire Brigade. I have enjoyed studying different areas of the public services like discipline, major incidents and leadership.” What do people do with a Level 3 BTEC Public Services Extended Diploma? 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 Customs and Excise • Coastguards. It also enables you to meet entry requirements for Higher Education in a number of courses such as Criminology, Public and Uniformed Public Services, Adventure Education.

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Science Single Award GCSE One year course.

What is this course about? This course allows you to qualify in one of the three core subjects of the National Curriculum. It is designed to provide you with a basic knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and how these ideas are relevant to your life. You will also take part in practical work related to the themes covered and develop your communication and data handling.

Do I take Foundation or Higher papers? This can be decided after you start the course, depending on the grade you wish to aim for and your progress in early units.

How will my work be assessed? Most of the assessment is by modular exams: multi choice papers that can be taken in November, March and June. There are two papers in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics, each worth 12.5% and totalling 75%.

What do students say about this course? “I needed to improve my GCSE Science grade so I can go into teaching. So far, I’m finding it makes more sense second time around.”

The remaining 25% is assessed by an internally verified practical assessment, set by the exam board and marked by your teachers.

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Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D, including a grade D in GCSE Science.

“There is enough new stuff to keep it interesting and I find I understand it better now.”

What do people do with GCSE Single Award Science? Very useful when applying for a job; some areas like nursing and teaching insist on it. It shows employers that you are capable of logical reasoning and problem solving. If you can gain a grade B in the higher paper, it can be accepted at Worthing College in lieu of the grade CC Double GCSE Science entry requirement for the Level 3 BTECs in Medical Science or Applied Science (Biology or Chemistry Options).


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Applied Science Level 2 BTEC Diploma

Equivalent to four GCSEs grade A* - C. One year course. What is this course about? This course investigates Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. As well as providing basic information, it looks at how science is used in every day situations. The course involves a lot of research, completing tasks based on a variety of scientific ideas. Much of the work is covered during practical investigations and you will learn about laboratory safety and good practice. How will my work be assessed? Assessment is 100% by coursework. There are no exams. You complete between 4 and 6 tasks in each of the 9 units, then each unit is given a grade. These grades are then added together to give you your final result: Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D, including science or maths GCSE at grade D.

What do students say about this course? “It is very good if you don’t like exams but like coursework.” “A lot of learning time but it’s worth it for the qualification – that’s why I chose it!” “I chose it because it sounded interesting – and it is!” “I like this course but there is a lot of course work to keep on track with, so I had to learn to be organised quickly.” What do people do with an Applied Science Level 2 BTEC Diploma? 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 course at Worthing College such as the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science) or the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Biology or Chemistry Options).

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Applied Science (Medical) Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma

Equivalent to two A Levels. Can be combined with other A Levels or GCSEs. One year course for Subsidiary Diploma; two year course for Diploma. What is this course about? This practical, work-related course allows you to study aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics to advanced level. You will complete practical and theoretical assessments that are based on some topics that are linked to medical science. You look at development of scientific knowledge, science in the media and ethical issues. There is also the opportunity for a work experience element. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C (including two grade Cs in GCSE Science or a BTEC First Diploma in Applied Science at Merit grade) and a minimum grade D at Maths GCSE.

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What do students say about this course? “Most of the work is on our own with teachers for help and guidance. I am hoping to move on to university.” “I chose this course because I prefer to do coursework rather than exams. I get to learn a variety of things in all the areas of science. My aim next is to gain a job hopefully from my work experience in Medical Science.”

What do people do with a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Medical)? 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 a BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma, a degree course or work based training. This course is not normally a route into highly competitive areas such as Medicine, Dentistry or Physiotherapy.


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Applied Science Level 3 BTEC Certificate Applied Science (with Biology or Chemistry Options) Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma One year course for Certificate; equivalent to one AS Level. Two Year Course for Subsidiary Diploma, equivalent to one A Level What is this course about? This practical, work-related course allows you to study aspects of Biology or Chemistry to advanced level. You will complete practical and theoretical assessments. You have the chance to learn scientific practical techniques and get an insight into what it is like to work in the science industry. How will my work be assessed? In year 1, for the BTEC Level 3 Certificate there are 3 core units: • Fundamentals of science • Working in the science industry • Scientific practical techniques After success in your first year you can choose to take either three Biology or three Chemistry options in your second year to achieve the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. Biology options cover aspects such as the physiology of human body systems, human regulation and reproduction, and microbiology. 140

Chemistry options cover aspects such as practical chemical analysis and lab techniques, the periodic table and industrial applications of chemistry.

“I wanted to carry on studying biology but I was most interested in how the human body works – this course gave me just what I wanted.”

If you are interested in both Biology and Chemistry options you need to be doing the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)

“You can see how you’re doing as you go along against your own targets – no exams!”

All 6 units are assessed as coursework. There are no exams. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including two grade Cs in GCSE Science or a Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Applied Science at Merit level and a minimum of grade D at Maths GCSE. What do students say about this course? “It’s not about learning loads of facts, it’s more a question of doing your own research - with some help of course!”

What do people do with a Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Biology or Chemistry Options)? If you want to enter employment straight away you could work in areas such as a hospital or pharmaceutical laboratory. Alternatively, you my wish to progress to a BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma, a degree course or work based training. This course is not normally a route into highly competitive areas such as Medicine, Dentistry or Physiotherapy.


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Sociology AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? This course aims to develop your awareness and critical understanding of the society you live in. How will my work be assessed? At AS: Two exams including source material, structured questions and short essays. At A2: Two further exams. There is no coursework at either AS or A2.

What do students say about this course? “I like Sociology because the things we study relate to my own life.” “I enjoy listening to people’s opinions during class discussions.” “At first I found the sociological theories quite difficult to understand, but as I began to apply them to real life they started to make more sense.” “Sociology is good because it really makes you think about things which you’ve taken for granted before.”

What do people do with A Level Sociology? Sociology helps you to 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 police force, childcare and human resources.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including English.

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Spanish NVQ Level 1 One year course.

What is this course about? This course is vocational and set in the context of the world of work.

What students say about this course “I enjoy working in the language lab especially with the interactive resources.”

You will develop conversational skills in Spanish. The skills covered are listening and speaking.

“I like the fact there is no exam in this subject and I build on my coursework as I go along.”

This subject will be taught in one period per week.

I hope to travel in my gap year to South America and learning Spanish this year will be very useful.”

How will my work be assessed? There are no written exams. A portfolio of evidence, built up during the course, will be presented at the end. A short oral assessment will also take place. Are there any specific entry requirements? No, but previous learning of a language will help you with this course.

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“I go to Spain every summer with my family and now I feel confident enough to order my own food and drinks.”

What do people do with NVQ Level 1 Spanish? This qualification will help students with their application to university as it shows they have a range of skills and different learning styles. NVQ Spanish also helps progression to employment as languages are considered to be a valuable skill in the workplace. An NVQ also gives students a basic knowledge of Spanish to enable them to develop their skills further.


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Spanish AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? The course aims to develop your understanding of the language and culture of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries.

What do students say about this course? “I went to Madrid as part of the AS Spanish course and it was a brilliant experience. I learnt a lot about the culture and there was so much opportunity to use the language.”

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.

How will my work be assessed? At AS: Unit 1 is an end-of-year exam which is a written paper, testing your reading, listening and writing skills. Unit 2 is a speaking test.

“I really enjoy using the language laboratory because we can communicate with other students and your teacher in a very interactive way.”

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.

At A2: Unit 3 is a written exam paper with a variety of tasks involving comprehension as well as an extended essay. Unit 4 exam is a speaking test. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including grade B or above in Spanish (all papers at Higher Tier).

“Most enjoyable. It is hard work and we get challenging homework but people say the good things in life are worth working for. I want to be a translator one day.” “I think the Spanish course gives you every possibility to improve your language.”

Past students can be found in Media, Journalism and Tourism. A Level Spanish is the necessary background for careers in teaching Spanish at both primary and secondary levels. Students with language qualifications are sought after by employers and this is reflected in enhanced salaries.

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Sport Level 2 BTEC Diploma One year course.

What is this course about? By studying the Level 2 Sport Diploma students will develop a broad 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 Diploma students complete modules in practical sport as well as coaching. All modules are underpinned by more theoretical units. Students are supported by our talented, experienced and committed teaching staff. Students can and are encouraged to study this course alongside other areas of Academy of Sport provision. How will my work be assessed? Each unit is assessed as coursework; there are no exams. You receive feedback about your progress throughout the course. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of activities, including written assignment, role-play, oral assessment, presentations and assessment of practical performances.

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Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of two grade Ds at GCSE and be able to demonstrate a real passion and interest for sport. What do students say about this course? In a recent survey 100% of students rated the planning of lessons, the quality and availability of teaching materials and “making the subject challenging” as excellent or good. “The course covers lots of areas of sport. I am using it as a route to progress to Level 3 BTEC Sport at the College.”

What do people do with a Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Sport? 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 attendance and behaviour criteria you can progress to Level 3 courses at the College such as the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport.


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Sport Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma Equivalent to three A Levels; not normally combined with other subjects. One year course for Subsidiary Diploma. Two year course for Diploma/Extended Diploma. What is this course about? This 2 year course is equivalent to three A Levels and gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful progression into the sports industry or to sports related higher education courses. In year one all students will study a core programme and in year two will be able to specialise in either Sport Performance and Excellence or Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness. Students can and are encouraged to study this course alongside other areas of Academy of Sport provision. How will my work be assessed? Each unit is assessed as coursework; there are no exams. You receive feedback about your progress throughout the course. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of activities, including written assignment, role-play, oral assessment, presentations and assessment of practical performances.

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Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, or Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Sport at Merit, Distinction or Distinction* What do students say about this course? In a recent survey 96% of students rated the planning of lessons as excellent or good and 98% rated teachers’ subject knowledge as excellent or good. 95% scored the quality and availability of teaching materials as excellent or good.

What do people do with a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport? This course provides an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue careers in: • Teaching and coaching • Sports development • The leisure industry • Recreational management • Health • Leisure and fitness • Sports studies • Sports therapy • Public services • Professional sport. It also enables you to meet entry requirements for many higher education courses at both local and national institutions.


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Sport and Exercise Science Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma One year course.

What is this course about? This course gives learners the opportunity to explore the exciting and innovative world of Sport and Exercise Science. The Subsidiary Diploma is delivered in one year and is equivalent to one A Level. With London 2012 fast approaching the field of Sport Science will continuously evolve especially as Team GB target an increased medal haul to that of Beijing. Students are supported by our talented, experienced and committed teaching team. Students can and are encouraged to study this course alongside other areas of Academy of Sport provision.

How will my work be assessed? Each unit is assessed as coursework; there are no exams. You receive feedback about your progress throughout the course. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of activities, including written assignment, role-play, oral assessment, presentations and assessment of practical performance. Are there any specific entry requirements? As the course is delivered in one year it is very demanding, you will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C. These should include a minimum of a grade C in Science (double award), English, Maths and PE. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a real passion and interest for sport.

What do students say about this course? In a recent survey 99% rated as excellent or good the planning of lessons and teachers’ knowledge of the subject. 96% rated as excellent or good “making the subject interesting and/or enjoyable”. What do people do with a Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science? The course provides an excellent foundation for candidates who may wish to pursue foundation degrees/degrees in sports science and or a career in: sports psychology, physiology, nutrition, coaching, management, biomechanics, research and professional sport.

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Sport Outdoor Adventure Level 2 BTEC Diploma Equivalent to four GCSEs grade A* - C. One year course. What is this course about? By studying the Level 2 Sport Diploma in Outdoor Adventure students will develop a broad range of skills and techniques that are essential for successful progression into the outdoor adventure industry or to outdoor adventure related further education courses. Students complete modules in practical outdoor activities, leadership, fitness and testing which are underpinned by more theoretical units. Students are supported by our talented, experienced and committed teaching staff as well as their dedicated group tutor. Students can and are encouraged to study this course alongside other areas of Academy of Sport provision. How will my work be assessed? Each unit is assessed as coursework; there are no exams. You receive feedback about your progress throughout the course. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of activities, including written assignment, role-play, oral assessment, presentations and assessment of practical competency. 148

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of two grade Ds at GCSE and be able to demonstrate a real passion and interest for outdoor adventurous activities. What do students say about this course? Our Sport Outdoor Adventure courses are new areas of provision being delivered for the first time from September 2011. We will update students’ comments in the full course description at www.worthing.ac.uk, when they are available.

What do people do with a Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Sport Outdoor Adventure? The outdoor adventure sector is one of the fastest growing in the UK. Specific posts within the sector do require very specialist training however this course provides an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue a career in: • Instructing outdoor adventurous activities • Mountain leadership • Beach lifeguarding • Winter and the snow sport industry • Action sports industry • Hunting, shooting and fishing • Leisure and fitness • Public services If you achieve a Merit or above and meet attendance and behaviour expecations you can progress to Level 3 courses at Worthing College such as the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Outdoor Adventure.

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Sport Outdoor Adventure Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma Equivalent to three A Levels; not normally combined with other subjects. One year course for Subsidiary Diploma. Two year course for Diploma/Extended Diploma. What is this course about? This 2-year course is equivalent to three A Levels and gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful progression into the outdoor adventure industry or to outdoor adventure related higher education courses. The course focuses on developing an understanding of both land and water based outdoor and adventurous activities. Practical work is underpinned by theoretical study with the course delivered both in and outside of the classroom. Students will plan for, take part in and lead expeditions as well as a wide range for outdoor activities including mountain biking, walking, kayaking and climbing. Students can and are encouraged to study this course alongside other areas of Academy of Sport provision as well as to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh award programme.

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How will my work be assessed? Each unit is assessed as coursework; there are no exams. You receive feedback about your progress throughout the course. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of activities, including written assignment, role-play, oral assessment, presentations, completing Governing Body awards and assessment of practical competency. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, or a Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Sport at Merit or Distinction Level. What do students say about this course? “I have really enjoyed the practical activities and the mixture of different units on the course.” “The teachers have very good knowledge of the course and outdoor adventure.”

What do people do with a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport Outdoor Adventure? The outdoor adventure sector is one of the fastest growing in the UK. This qualification will enable you to meet entry requirements for Higher Education Outdoor Adventure courses and whilst specific posts within the sector do require very specialist training this course also provides an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue a career in: • Instructing outdoor adventurous activities • Mountain leadership • Beach lifeguarding • Winter and the snow sport industry • Action sports industry • Hunting, shooting and fishing • Leisure and fitness • Public services


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Statistics AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? Statistics is about turning figures into facts and information which enable 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? Each year, one unit exam is taken in January with the other two units in June. There is no coursework. The first three units make up the AS grade. All six go towards the final A Level grade

What do students say about this course? “It is useful for other A Level courses that have Statistics in them.” “I found it useful to use the graphic calculator to do something quickly and easily without all those calculations on paper that we had to do for GCSE.” ”I appreciated being shown why the methods worked.” “I liked being able to relate my conclusions to real life problems.”

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 the healthcare environment, in the pharmaceutical industry, in quality control, as a government statistician or for major companies as highly paid actuaries.

Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including a grade C or above in GCSE Maths or Statistics.

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Textiles AS/A Level

One year course for AS; two year course for A Level. What is this course about? This course aims to give students experience and expertise in working with a range of textile techniques and an understanding of the work of a range of textile practitioners. Textile surfaces can be made into fashion, interior or fine art products. The AS units are mainly practical, at A2 you will produce a written personal study in addition to developing your practical skills further. How will my work be assessed? Your work will be assessed by your teacher throughout the year and written and verbal feedback given. At the end of the year all units are internally marked and externally moderated. Marking is done with reference to 4 set assessment objectives. The first two units will determine your AS grade and if you decide to continue to A2 the combined marks for all four units will determine your A level grade.

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Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C, including Art and Design or Textiles. Students who do not have Art and Design or Textiles GCSE will be invited to college to do a short practical task before being accepted on the course. What students say about this course “I liked the fact that we were all working from the same theme but producing very different outcomes.” “I have enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere during lessons; we are frequently given individual advice on the development of practical ideas.”

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 higher education course. Some universities will accept students on to a Textiles degree with A Levels and a portfolio, but many prefer students to complete the Foundation year. Career opportunities exist in fashion design, fashion illustration, textile design, marketing, trend prediction, interior design, fine art and craft areas, teaching, and research or museum work. Students can go on to work for companies or freelance.


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Travel and Tourism Level 2 BTEC Diploma

Equivalent to four GCSEs grades A* - C One year course. What is this course about? By investigating different areas of the travel and tourism the course aims to develop your understanding of the travel and tourism industry. How will my work be assessed? This course is assessed by coursework – there are no exams. All work produced on the course contributes to the final mark. Units are internally marked by your teachers and externally verified. Students can achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. Students are given frequent feedback on their current level of achievement and advice on how to improve. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade A* - D.

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What do students say about this course? “Very interesting, I know a lot more about the travel industry.” “A great lesson to attend, fairly informal – but informative and I get lots of help.” “It’s a really friendly atmosphere and I have made lots of new friends as we have all our lessons together.” “I have really enjoyed the trips especially Disney. The day trips have helped me with my coursework as I can get the information I need.” What do people do with a BTEC Diploma in Travel and Tourism? 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 Applied AS/A Level Travel & Tourism.


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Travel and Tourism Applied AS/A Level Double Award Two year course equivalent to two A Levels. 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. Also, as an additional part of your Travel and Tourism course you can take industrial qualifications: IATA in your AS year and ABTAC in your A2 year.

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Additional Industrial Qualifications (IATA and ABTAC)

“I loved going on the trips which included Disney Resort Paris and Madrid.”

In the first year of the course students will take an additional IATA industrial qualification which will support progression into various

“I found the day visits really useful as I found out the information I need for my coursework.”

sectors of the Travel and Tourism industry. The Award in Air Fares and Ticketing will develop students’ knowledge in airport codes and travel geography. This is a practical

How will my work be assessed? At both AS and A2: By a combination of external exams and internally assessed coursework assignments. Two pieces of coursework are submitted in December and you will sit an exam in January. Two further pieces of coursework are submitted in May, and you will sit an exam in June. Are there any specific entry requirements? You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C.

What do people do with A Level 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 into careers not directly related to the travel industry.

course where students will construct fares for different journeys and learn how the airline industry operates. In the second year of the course students will take an additional ABTAC industrial qualification. The Certificate in Travel Services is an industry recognised technical qualification which will support progression to work in the Travel and Tourism industry. Students will learn Worldwide Travel destinations and develop their skills in delivering customer service. This is a practical course giving students the

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What do students say about this course? “Very interesting, I have a better knowledge of Travel Geography.”

These have included: law, teaching, finance and the general business sector.

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Workskills BTEC Levels 2 and 3

One year course, but you can enrol during the year and study for the remainder of the academic year. What is this course about? The qualification is designed to prepare learners for employment, or to progress to a Level 2 or 3 programme. How will my work be assessed? All the units are internally assessed and graded at either Pass or Fail. Are there any specific entry requirements? Ideally, you will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grade A* - D, but all applicants will be considered.

What do students say about this course? “I wanted to know how to go about getting a good job and the course has given me the tools that I need to find a good job and keep it.” “We have the opportunity to constantly contribute to lessons which enhances our learning.” “The course is all about preparing you for the world of work and I have learned lots of skills that I can put into practice when I start my first job.” “I was surprised I could join a course in January. I did well in Workskills and have now started a BTEC Level 2 Diploma for a full year.”

What do people do with a BTEC Workskills qualification? • Progress on to a more specialised Level 2 course or a Level 3 course or programme of study, depending on the qualification achieved (Diploma, Certificate or Award). • If you join the course very late in the year you can complete it the following year. • It is also an extremely useful background for those planning to enter the world of employment. • It provides an understanding of not only how to go about getting a job, but how to be effective in that job, therefore increasing the chance of promotion.

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How to Join Worthing College How do I apply? The best way is to apply on-line at: www.worthing.ac.uk. Alternatively please complete a paper application form (there is one in this prospectus) and return it to: Admissions, Worthing College, Bolsover Road, Worthing BN13 1NS When can I apply? You can apply at any time from September 2011. We plan to schedule admissions interviews from late November 2011. An early application helps you and us to plan for your future and ensures you will not miss out through courses being full.

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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 telephone 01903 707616. • Logging on to our website at: www.worthing.ac.uk

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Asking your school careers advisor. Speaking to Worthing College staff who visit your school. Visiting us on our Open Evenings on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th November 2011, or our Information Evening Thursday 9th February or Thursday 21st June 2012.

If you are aiming to complete qualifications before you join us (eg GCSEs) you will need to find out your latest predicted grades. If you have already completed qualifications you need to check the grades you have already achieved. Do I have to live in Worthing to apply? 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 regular daily basis. But before you join us you may be living some distance away from Worthing College – even overseas. Don’t worry we can make special interview arrangements for you.

What happens after I have applied? We will contact you with a date and time for your admissions interview. We will tell you what to bring with you. You are most welcome to bring someone with you. What happens at the admissions interview? You will meet with an experienced teacher who will discuss the opportunities Worthing College can offer you. Our aim is to discover how we can best meet your needs. In more than 99% of interviews we make you an offer on the spot. What happens after the admissions interview? We will write to you to confirm our offer and provide you with an acceptance form. We will also tell you when to attend your Introductory Day in July 2012 and when to attend your enrolment session in August or September 2012. How do I accept? You can accept online using your PIN. We will explain how when we write to you.


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Alternatively, return the acceptance form as soon as you receive it. Please do not delay. You can accept your Worthing College offer in addition to accepting offers from elsewhere. Do I just turn up to my Introductory Day? Yes! It’s as simple as that. 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. 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 2012 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’re geared-up to give you expert advice. What about enrolment? This is where you officially sign-on at college so it is essential that you attend at the time and date we have sent 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? A day or so after enrolment in early September 2012. The exact date and time depends on the courses you are starting. Please don’t delay your application even if you are uncertain of some details. For example you may not know which courses you want to study or you may be undecided about your career aim. Our admission interview is designed to help you with these matters.

Frequently Asked Questions Where can I find out more details about Worthing College and what it has to offer? Visit our website www.worthing.ac.uk. There you will find many extra details on every course in this prospectus – and you can keep right up to date with any changes.

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 or complete and send in the paper application form in this prospectus. Who can apply? You need to live near enough to Worthing College to be able to travel to study every day. 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 19 fees may be payable – please ask for advice.

When is the best time to apply to Worthing College? If you plan to start in September 2012 you can apply from September 2011 onwards. The earlier you apply the more time we have to plan to provide what is best for you.

Are there fees and other charges for courses? There are no tuition fees for UK and other EU students aged 16 - 18. Fees are charged to some people age 19 or over; please ask for advice. Some courses have charges for consumable materials or specialist equipment. Up to date details are on our website at: www.worthing.ac.uk

Do I have to know what I want to study before I apply? No! We invite every applicant to an interview where we can discuss options with

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Dates to Remember From September 2011

Apply on line at www.worthing.ac.uk or complete the application form and return it to our Admissions Office: Worthing College, Bolsover Road, Worthing BN13 1NS. On receipt of your application, we will invite you to come to college for an interview on a specific date and time.

Saturday 15th October 2011

Worthing Education Fair at Worthing Leisure Centre

Monday 7th November 2011 Tuesday 8th November 2011

Open Evening Open Evening

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Thursday 9th February 2012

Information Evening

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Thursday 21st June 2012

Information Evening

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Monday 2nd July 2012 Tuesday 3rd July 2012

Introductory Day Introductory Day

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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 enrolment 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 160

primarily for the collection and analysis of statistical data but also allows the 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 the college management cannot accept responsibility for any consequences of any changes, errors or omissions. Worthing College reserves the right to cancel or suspend or modify in any way the services set out in this documentation.


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Your College, Your Student Union On behalf of the students at Worthing College, the Student Union would like to welcome you to Worthing College. The Student Union is run by the students as an independent body, for the students.

There are eight members of the Student Union who have all been elected by the students to represent your views and make the changes you want at Worthing College. We are a diverse and approachable group that is passionate about making your time at

Worthing College as enjoyable as possible! We’re always around to listen to your views and opinions and we will do our best to act on them accordingly. We communicate with both the students and the staff at Worthing College to act as a liaison point between the two. We also organise all the local charity events at the college, for example - Freshers’ Week, college parties and a Leavers’ Prom. We are actively involved in Worthing College’s move to the new site next year and are therefore very keen to hear what you think about it. This is our last year at Bolsover Road so let’s make it one to remember! We’ll see you soon. Dominic Stannard Student Union President Amy Rowson Student Union Vice President

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Index Academies at Worthing College........... 34

Courses at Worthing College................ 54

English Language and Literature............. 89

3D Design................................................ 67

English Literature..................................... 90

Accounting............................................... 62

ESOL Skills for Life.................................. 91

Applied Science................................... 137

ESOL for Vocational Learners................. 92

Academy of Mathematics...................... 36

Applied Law........................................ 116

Film Studies............................................. 93

Academy of Mathematics Scholarships... 38

Art and Design......................................... 63

Fine Art..................................................... 95

Biology..................................................... 68

French...................................................... 99

Business.................................................. 70

Further Mathematics.............................. 120

Business Studies..................................... 73

Geography............................................. 100

Academy of Arts..................................... 35

Academy of Performing Arts................ 40

Academy of Sport.................................. 42

Cambridge Pre-U..................................... 74

Sports Performance................................. 44

Chemistry................................................. 76

Sports Apprenticeships............................ 50

Creative Media Production....................... 78

Active Health and Wellbeing.................... 51

Dance....................................................... 79

Community and Partners......................... 52

Drama and Theatre Studies..................... 82 Economics............................................... 83

Aspire Programme................................. 30

Electronics............................................... 84 English..................................................... 86

College+.................................................. 16

English Functional Skills........................ 87 English Language.................................... 88

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Music...................................................... 122

Dates to Remember............................. 160

Student Services.................................... 18

Equality and Diversity........................... 14

Student Advice and Support................. 20

Financial Assistance for Students....... 32

Student Union...................................... 161

Frequently Asked Questions.............. 159

Stretch and Challenge........................... 26

Guide to Qualifications.......................... 58

The Student Experience........................ 28

How to Join Worthing College............ 158

Vision...................................................... 12

International Students........................... 22

Welcome to Worthing College................ 5

Performing Arts: Musical Theatre........... 124 Philosophy.............................................. 125 Photography........................................... 126 Physical Education................................. 128 Physics................................................... 129 Psychology............................................. 130 Public Services...................................... 132 Science.................................................. 136 Science: Applied Science..................... 137 Science: Applied Science (Medical)..... 138 Sociology................................................ 141 Spanish.................................................. 142 Sport...................................................... 144 Sport and Excercise Science................. 147 Sport Outdoor Adventure....................... 148

Mission.................................................... 12

Statistics................................................. 151 Textiles................................................... 152

New Worthing College............................. 6

Travel and Tourism................................. 154 Workskills............................................... 157

Our Commitment.................................... 12

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