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Applied Science - BTEC Level 3
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam Board : Pearson

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science (equivalent to one A-Level)

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science (360GLH) 601/7436/S

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).  A minimum of 2 grade 5’s in Science.

 

Skills Required

An interest in everything scientific, an ability to methodically carry out practical work safely and carefully and the ability to work to deadlines are essential for this course. Good research and presentation skills are necessary for the portfolio based assignments, along with proficient IT skills. You will need to be highly self-motivated, have resilience, and be able to work  independently and also as part of a small group.

 

Course Outline

BTEC National qualifications provide a broad introduction that gives students transferable knowledge and skills. The qualification is best suited for students who want to continue their education through applied learning. The qualifications prepare students for a range of higher education courses and job roles related to a particular sector, such as medical and forensic sciences. The course assessment involves 4 units, 3 of which are mandatory plus an additional optional unit. The assessment takes the form of a combination of internal assignment and external examinations.

Qualifications in the suite are graded using a scale of Pass, Merit, Distinction to Distinction*.

 

Student Testimony

Quotes from our end of year 12 survey

 “There were plenty of resources available, which helped the revision a lot.”

“The quality of teaching was very good. I found the lessons interesting and got the individual attention I needed.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

BTEC students benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections between units and select areas of interest for detailed study. BTEC National in Applied Science provide a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, such as medical and forensic sciences. Students are given the opportunity to explore, through the optional units, a particular area of science if they wish, to support progression to applied science courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas.

 

Year 12

Unit 1

Principles and Applications of Science 1

1 hour 30 minutes written exam

50% of AS

3 x 40 minute exam

1 x Physics, 1 x Chemistry, 1 x Biology

 

Unit 2

Practical  Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Internally assessed through an assignment portfolio

 

Year 13

Unit 3

Science Investigation Skills

A task set and marked externally under supervised condition.

An internal supervised assessment

3 hours for Part A and 1 hour 30 minutes for Part B

Marked externally

 

Unit 4

Physiology of Human Body Systems

 

Biology
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: OCR H420 (A2)

A Level in Biology (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).  A minimum of 2 grade 6’s in Science. Past results we would review attainment in each scientific discipline.

 

Skills Required

You will need to be well motivated and committed to be successful on this course. An interest in Biology is essential of course, but aspects of the syllabus require some understanding of chemistry and competence in Mathematics. There is also a fair amount of practical work, some of which needs to be completed and recorded in a practical file over the two year A level course for the practical endorsement.

 

Course Outline

The modules include many of the popular topics covered in GSCE Science/Biology. Practical skills are integrated within the theoretical work and the course is extremely well resourced including text books and the Kerboodle online package. During the two years visits to the University, Wembury Marine Reserve and Dartmoor Wildlife Park are arranged.

In addition to terminal examinations students will carry out a practical endorsement for Biology.

 

Student Testimony

Quote from the end of year 12 survey:

 “Biology is challenging and rewarding.  It involves lots of Mathematics and reading outside the lesson to pass.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Biology is relevant! From human health and medicines to genetics and the environment, you will find something to interest you. There are many higher education and career opportunities. It is obviously a passport to biologically based courses and careers like medicine, nursing, veterinary science, sports studies, psychology, forensics, teaching, conservation and many more, but also to other courses and career pathways where a science qualification will always have 'currency’. 

Multiple choice, structured and extended questions covering theory and practical skills

 

Year 13 Exams

Paper 1 - Biological Processes

Multiple choice, structured and extended questions covering theory and practical skills

2 hour 15 minute written examination

37% of A level

Paper 2 - Biological Diversity

Multiple choice, structured and extended questions covering theory and practical skills

2 hour 15 minute written examination

37% of A Level

Paper 3 - Unified Biology

Structured and extended questions covering theory and practical skills

1½ hour written examination

26% of A Level

Business
 

Qualifications

Exam board: Edexcel A Level Business

A Level Business (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 5 in Business.  If Business is not studied at GCSE a grade 5 in Maths and Science is required.

 

Skills Required

With Business being a living and fast changing subject, this course is ideally suited to those students who excel at research and independent study.

Therefore, the most important attributes needed to take Business are a positive attitude, self‐motivation and organisation, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate those ideas effectively to accept a challenge and take a risk. Critical and analytical skills are used to evaluate a student's own work and that of others.

Business is front‐page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of business to a new generation.  Our aim is to bring the subject to life, enabling students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what business is, what it does and why it does it.

 

Course Outline

This was a reformed A level for first teaching from September 2015.

The Business course covers elements of: Marketing, Production, Accountancy and Finance, Economics, Law and Human Resource Management.

 

Student Testimony

“Business is an important part of the world today and therefore Business Studies is a useful subject to do.”

 

“Many careers are business related, therefore putting you in good stead for the future.”

 

“Business Studies is an interesting subject, which is also mentally challenging and gives many useful skills.” 

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Almost every career has some element of business within it, and therefore the career opportunities after studying Business are almost unlimited. It will be relevant for all business related degrees such as Business, International Business, Management, Marketing and Human Resources. 

 

Year 12 and 13

Paper 1 - Marketing, people and global businesses

Sections A and B each comprise one data response question, broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question.

The assessment is 2 hours - 35% of the total qualification

Paper 2 - Business activities, decisions and strategy

Sections A and B each comprise one data response question, broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question.

The assessment is 2 hours - 35% of the total qualification

Paper 3 - Investigating business in a competitive environment

Section A will focus on the broad context provided in a pre-released document issued on our website in the November Year 13.  Section B will focus on at least one strand within the context provided.

Each section will contain unseen stimulus materials comprising quantitative and qualitative evidence.

The assessment comprises 2 questions - 30% of the total qualification

Chemistry
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: OCR A and H432

A Level in Chemistry (two year course only)

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).   A minimum of 2 grade 6’s in Science and grade 6 in Maths is recommended.  Past results we would review attainment in each scientific discipline

 

Skills Required

Our most successful students have a passion for Chemistry and a keen eye for detail. They are curious about science, have good practical skills and enjoy learning about complex theories.

Students must possess high levels of literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills.  The ability to relate to abstract concepts is vital. Students will be expected to do a substantial amount of work outside of lesson time in order to master the more challenging chemical principles.

 

Course Outline

OCR A level Chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of Chemistry. It covers the key concepts of Chemistry, and practical skills are integrated throughout the course.

You will learn about Chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. You will learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts and will be able to explain fascinating facts such as why ice floats and how aspirin stops pain in the body.

In addition to terminal examinations students will carry out a practical endorsement for Chemistry.

 

Student Testimony

“The course was well organised and the delivery was such that I was not overwhelmed by the new concepts, which were gradually developed over the weeks. Practical work was very enjoyable.”

Career Paths & Degree Courses

There are former Hele’s A level students in the Chemistry departments of many Russell group universities and they are well on the way towards successful careers in industry and research. Chemistry is an essential A level for any medical or biological degree course and very useful for engineering courses. Universities are aware of the demands of A level Chemistry – a high grade will help you to gain a place on any degree course, even in non-scientific subjects such as French or Law.

 

Year 13 Exams

Paper 1 - Periodic Table, Elements and Physics Chemistry

Multiple choice, structured and extended questions covering theory and practical skills

2 hour 15 minute written examination

37% of A level

Paper 2 - Synthesis and Analytical Techniques

Multiple choice, structured and extended questions covering theory and practical skills

2 hour 15 minute written examination

37% of A level

Paper 3 - Unified Chemistry

Structured and extended questions covering theory and practical skills

1½ hour written examination

26% of A level

 

Criminology
 

Qualifications

Exam board: WJEC

1.3 Diploma

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths)

 

Skills Required

You need to enjoy researching and exploring the world around you.  You need to be able to see two sides of an issue and be interested in exploring why people commit crimes and the way that society deals with these.  You will need to be well organised and keep up to date with all internally assessed work.

Course Outline

 50% examinations and 50% controlled assessment.

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

This course provides a useful foundation for degree courses in areas associated with criminology.  An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, including police officers, social workers, probation and prison officers.  With their critical thinking, analytical and communication skills, criminology/sociology/forensic psychology graduates are also attractive to employers outside the criminal justice sector in areas such as social research and politics.

Year 12 and 13

Not all types of crime are alike.  What different types of crime take place in our society?  How do we decide what behaviour is criminal?  What is the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance?  What happens to those who commit a crime?  Why and how    do we punish people?  What organisations do we have in our society to control criminality?

Unit 1: Changing Awareness of Crime

Internally assessed (Controlled Assessment)

In Changing Awareness of Crime, you will develop an understanding of different types of crime, influences on perceptions of

Unit 2: Criminology Theories

Externally assessed (Exam)

Criminological Theories enables you to gain an understanding of why people commit crime, drawing on what has been learned in Unit 1.  Learners explore the difference between criminal behaviour and deviance and the theories behind why people commit crime.

Unit 3: Crime Scene to Courtroom

Internally assessed (Controlled Assessment)

Crime Scene to Courtroom provides you with an understanding of the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict.  You develop the understanding and skills needed to examine information in order to review the justice of verdicts in criminal cases.

Unit 4: Crime & Punishment

Externally assessed (Exam)

In Crime and Punishment, you will apply your understanding of the awareness of criminality, criminological theories and the process of bringing an accused to court in order to evaluate the effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.

Design and Technology: Product Design
 

Qualifications

Exam board: AQA A Level  Design and Technology: Product Design (7552)

Year 13  - A2 Level.

 

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE in Design & Technology

Grade 6 at GCSE in Maths & Science

 

Skills Required

Analytical approach and creative thinking!  Good manufacturing/practical skills. Dedication and commitment.  Being able to meet deadlines.  Individual and group working.

 

Course Outline

Underlying principles

  • · Students will study historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on Design and Technology and put their learning into practice by designing and making products.
  • · Students will develop an understanding of what it is like to be a designer and maker.
  • · Students will develop skills useful for employment and higher education.

The course is an independent A level (2 years).

Five units are studied in total:

Unit 1:  Core technical principles and designing and making principles, Additional specialist knowledge

(Examined through a terminal Written 2 Hour Paper)

Unit 2:  Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

(Examined Single design and make project 35 hours. Context set by AQA.)

Unit 3: Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

Unit 4:  Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

         (Units 1 & 2 are examined through two 2hour papers respectively)

Unit 5:  Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

(Examined Single design and make project 45 hours.  Open context)

 

Student Testimony

“I took A level Product Design as it allowed me to further my studies from GCSE in an exciting and creative way."

“I really like the flexibility of the subject, it allows me to be creative and explore designing and making with freedom while also being very flexible as to what I want to do and how I want to achieve it.”

“I signed up to do A level Product Design as I enjoy designing and making.  I’m loving it!  It’s made me completely re-evaluate my career path and I am now looking to go to university to study Product Design or look for a higher apprenticeship.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

This course will support your entry into Engineering sectors, Product design, Architecture, Modern Apprenticeships, Fine Art and Teaching.

 

Year 13

Unit 1 - Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

How it’s assessed

· Written exam: 2 hours

· 100 marks

· 25% of A-level

Questions

Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.

Unit 2 - specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

How it’s assessed

· Written exam: 2 hours

· 25% of A-level

Questions

Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.

Section A:

· Product Analysis

· Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s)

Section B:

· Commercial manufacture

· Mixture of short and extended response questions

 

Unit 3 - Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

 

How it's assessed

• Substantial design and make task

• 45 hours

• 100 marks

· 50% of A-level

 

Evidence

Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype. 

Digital Media
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Digital Media (equivalent to one A Level) (two-year course)

 

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, but you will need a minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 or equivalent. It is recommended that learners have a grade 4 or above in English GCSE.

 

Skills Required

This qualification is for students who want to gain a Level 3 qualification to support further study in in Digital Media as well as those who want to progress into a media-related apprenticeship.

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

This Cambridge Technical course provides a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points. As the course covers a broad spectrum of content there are many possible career paths in Digital Media.

 

Year 12 and Year 13

Unit 1: Media products and audiences

The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of how different media institutions operate to create products that will appeal to specific target audiences. You will learn about the different ownership models within media industries, and they will learn how to analyse different media products within the sector to understand the fundamentals of how meaning is created for audiences.

Unit 2: Pre-production and planning

By completing this unit, you will understand the pre-production process the creative media industry follows when creating a product. You will learn how to carry out research in the planning stage of a media production and about the various acts of legislation that need to be considered. You will learn about the constraints that need to be considered when planning a new media production, including timescales and resources.

Unit 3: Create a media product

The aim of this unit is for you to develop knowledge and understanding of the production processes of producing a media product from one of the following:

· Print-based product

· Audio-visual product

· Audio product.

Unit 6: Social media and globalisation

The aim of this unit is to enable you to understand the ways in which online technologies and social media products have    created a globalised, connected society and how such tools are used by media producers. As part of this you will evaluate the positive and negative impacts of social media on businesses, individual users and producers. You will also learn about issues surrounding censorship and regulation of social media, and the impact this has on media production and distribution. 

Unit 20: Advertising media

In completing this unit, you will understand advertising campaigns and how audio-visual, print based, or audio advertising    media are used within them. You will plan an advertising campaign for a product or service, selecting the appropriate media components to produce it.

Drama and Theatre Studies
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: Edexcel Drama & Theatre Studies 9DR0 – QAN: 601830210 (two year course)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 or higher (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 5 in Drama is recommended.

 

Skills Required

GCSE Drama is preferred, however with experience, passion and a desire to learn more about the Arts, you can take Drama without a GCSE in Drama.

 

Course Outline

Year 12: You will explore with the practices and principles of Antonin Artuad, a French surrealist and apply his techniques to Steven Berkoff’s “Metamorphosis.” You will devise as a theatre company a performance for a selected audience and be examined on the developmental process and the final performance.  There will be a performance to a live audience based on a complete play text and also the opportunity to perform either a monologue or duologue, which are both teacher directed.  Throughout year 12 we will also study Sophie Treadwell’s “The Machinal”, a feminist play text written within the German expressionist era, exploring the text form a perspective of a performer, director and designer.

Year 13: You will tour as a theatre company to our feeder primaries in our Arts Council initiative “Transition”, leading large workshops and Drama activities to over 500 students over the course of a week.  You will explore Georg Buchner’s “Woyzeck” in light of Bertolt Brecht, designing a directorial adaptation for a 21st century audience.  You will see numerous pieces of live theatre throughout the course and you will write about one within your final written examination, detailing its theatrical elements and how they shaped the audience’s experiences.

Component 1: Devised (40%, internally moderated)

Component 2: Performance of a complete play text, monologues and duologues (20%, externally moderated)

Component 3: Written examination based upon Woyzeck, The Machinal and a live theatre production (40% written examination)

 

Student Testimony

“I am thoroughly enjoying the course and it is varied and stimulating. We have the opportunity to take part in and see lots of different styles of theatre. My knowledge and skills have truly developed in the subject, plus there is a real family bond in my group.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Drama schools, Drama degree courses in performance, film, media, direction, writing for film and performance, technical theatre, costume making, set and stage design.  Drama is also highly valued due to the skills set which students develop throughout the 2 years of study. English, Business, Law, Marketing, Health Care, Social Work, Events Management are just some of the Degree courses which showcase a desire to have an A level in Drama and Theatre.

 

Year 12

Year 13

Component 1 - Devising

Coursework

40% of AS

Component 1 - Devising

Coursework

40% of A level

Component 2 - Text in Performance

Coursework

20% of AS

Component 2 - Text in Performance

Coursework

20% of A level

Component 3 - Theatre Makers in Practice

2½ hour written examination

40% of AS

Component 3 - Theatre Makers in Practice

2½ hour written examination

40% of A level

English Literature
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: AQA 7712 (A Level)

A Level English Literature (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 or grade 6 (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 6 in English Literature is recommended.  A grade 5 for Literature will be considered with a grade 6 in the Language paper.

 

Skills Required

Do you have a curiosity about life and human nature? Or a desire to observe, question and explore the nature of relationships? Are you perceptive, creative and inquisitive? Are you a maverick, unwilling to follow the crowd?

This course will advance your burgeoning interpretative, creative problem-solving and evaluative skills. You will develop your ability to engage with and analyse a range of texts, satisfy your love of reading and hone your fluent and accurate writing style.

 

Course Outline

Year 1 Love through the ages:   Study of three texts: one poetry (15 poems) and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play.

Year 2 Texts in shared contexts:   You will study three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000.

Independent critical study (NEA): Texts across time:  You will complete a 2500 word comparative critical essay of two texts of your own choosing,  at least one of which must have been written pre-1900.

 

 

Student Testimony

 “The subject allows you to explore texts in your way, allowing you to develop your own opinions and, more often than not, engage in heated debates, defending your views.”

“English Literature has allowed me to delve deep into the recesses unknown and made me appreciate history, writers and the written word more than ever before: a fantastic experience and an exciting subject recommended for all. ”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Academically respected by universities and employers, the study of English Literature develops creative, analytical, and evaluative cognitive skills that are widely applicable. English Literature is one of the most popular degree courses offered at university and many graduates go into print and television journalism, publishing, law and teaching.

 

Year 12 and 13

Love through the ages

3  hour written examination

40% of A level

Texts in shared contexts

2½  hour written examination

40% of A level

Independent critical study: Texts across time

Coursework - 2500 words in total

20% of A level

Extended Project
 

Qualifications

Exam board: EDEXCEL ZPJ30

Year 12 – AS Level (one year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).

 

Skills Required

The course centres on your capability to develop, explore, record and realise ideas. The course is not taught, but you will have a mentor and this will demand that you are good at managing your own time and can keep to deadlines with minimal supervision. It is important to be open to new ideas, techniques and processes as well as having a willingness to accept a challenge and take a risk. You are required to give a presentation to a small audience at the end of your project.

 

Course Outline

The Level 3 Extended Project supports students with the transition to Higher Education or into the world of work. It provides opportunities for the development of critical, reflective, problem-solving and independent learning skills through the planning, research and evaluation of a self-selected project.

You will study a topic area which extends your learning in your chosen area of study, and select one of the four units, which is usually completed over one year. You should select a project topic which expands your learning in your field of study, in a related area, or that is relevant to your own personal interests. Each of  the four units offers a different type of project and you select the one most appropriate to your project.  Throughout your in-depth study, you will develop and apply skills creatively, resulting in one of the four following project outcomes:

  • A dissertation
  • An investigation
  • A performance
  • An artefact

 

Student Testimony

“It really helped me to develop my independent research skills and gave me the opportunity to explore an area of interest in depth.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

This course provides an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to pursue Higher Education, and is valued by many universities. Although it may not form part of a particular offer for entrance to university, it can be used to demonstrate a particular interest in a career which has not been possible through subject choices. 

"We welcome the introduction of the Extended Project and would encourage you to undertake one as it will help you develop independent study and research skills and ease the transition from school/college to higher education."                                                                                                               -Cambridge University.

 

Year 12 

Assessment

You will be assessed on your ability to plan, manage, complete and review your project. It is assessed by a tutor-assessor from within school.

 

Externally moderated by Edexcel.

Fine Art
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: EDEXCEL Art and Design (Fine Art) 9FA0

End of Year 13 – A2 Level (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 or higher (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 5 ususally is required although a portfolio of work in place of GCSE will be considered.

 

Skills Required

The course centres on the capability to develop, explore, record and realise ideas. To do this, students need effective observation and visual recording skills using a variety of styles and techniques. It is important to be open to new ideas, techniques and processes as well as having a willingness to accept a challenge and take a risk. Critical and analytical skills are used to evaluate students’ own work and that of others. Effective organisation is crucial to managing your time and ensuring that you meet the deadlines.

 

Course Outline

Year 12 is a foundation where you can explore new techniques  and approaches.  The aim is to understand what you are interested in and subjects to want to look at.  You will be introduced to new ways of working in areas such as photography, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, as well as developing your painting and drawing skills.  Topics vary each year but have included Forgotten Places, the narrative in Ceramics.  Gallery visits are an important part of the course and we aim to see a range of work by national and internationally renowned artists. At the end of Year 12 you will produce a project which will be a transition to the Year 13 course.

In Year 13 you progress to creating your personal portfolio and this will be your examined coursework.  This will be based upon a topic of your own choice.  You will be expected to demonstrate effective practical skills, good organisation in your work journal, as well as be able to research artists’ work critically.  This will constitute 40% of your marks.  A further 10% will come from a written study of an art subject linked to your practical work.

You will complete the course by undertaking  an externally  set piece of work.  You have 2 terms to prepare for this and 12 hours to complete the work.

 

Student Testimony

“I think the Fine Art course gives you the opportunities to really explore the subject that you're interested in. It also gives you the chance to push your own ability to the very limit. You learn how to develop a piece of work or an idea from a basic starting point to a fantastic and creative outcome. It also encourages you to think in depth and you have to keep trying new things which means that you are not always in your comfort zone. But once you have done it, the satisfaction is the best feeling you'll get in the world.”

Career Paths & Degree Courses

This course provides an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to pursue the subject further. The common route is to progress to a foundation course and then to degree level. Thereafter careers in the creative industries are all possible. An Art A Level is also an asset for anybody considering a variety of other careers as it demonstrates skills such as creativity, imagination, organisation, analysis, teamwork and perseverance to name a few.

 

Year 12

Year 13

Coursework

Continual assessment which is internally marked.

Coursework

Continual assessment which is internally marked and externally moderated at the end of the course.  A critical and continual study

Internally Set Assignment

Internally marked

Externally Set Assignment

Internally marked and externally moderated

French
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: AQA and 7652 (A2)

End of Year 13 – A2 Level (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 or higher (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 6 in French is required.  A grade 5 will be considered with a 6 in the written component of the exam.

 

Skills Required

The course enables students to develop communicative skills learnt at GCSE with greater confidence and accuracy.  Students are expected to express opinions, and debate current affairs topics, looking at both sides of the argument.  An independent love and interest in French culture and current affairs is essential.

 

Course Outline

A Level language courses immerse students in the culture of the foreign language and allow for more personalised contact with the Foreign Language Assistant.  Students develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of French-speaking countries, studying the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities, technological change, French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema.  Students study a literary text and a film, exploring aspects such as plot, characterisation, imagery or other stylistic features.

 

Student Testimony

“I love studying French.  It’s a good asset to have; languages are highly respected and French is fun.  It’s my favourite subject at A level, as you are discussing and having conversations, yet it’s work at the same time.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Studying a foreign language equips students with skills that are much in demand in the world of business and commerce, both in the UK and abroad.  We often hear that language study is declining but this course will give our students the competitive edge in the global marketplace.  Languages are often complementary and are not always necessarily the key skill.  There are many language/combined courses available to choose from at University.  Particular careers involving languages consist of: Interpreting, translation, journalism, marketing, software development, engineering.  The list is endless!

 

Year 12

Year 13

Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

80 marks

40% of AS

Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing

Written exam: 2½ hours

160 marks in total

40% of A level

Paper 2 - Writing                     

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

60 marks

30% of AS

Paper 2 - Writing                     

Written exam: 2 hours

90 marks in total

30% of A level

Paper 3 - Speaking                  

Oral exam: 12-14 minutes (15 minutes preparation time prior to this)

60 marks

30% of AS

Paper 3 - Speaking                  

Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (5 minutes preparation time prior to this)

60 marks in total

30% of A level

Geography
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: Edexcel Geography A Level

End of Year 13 - A Level (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 or higher (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 6 in Geography is recommended .  A grade 5 will be considered with a strong performance in the exam.

 

Skills Required

First and foremost geographers have an interest in, and a curiosity about, the world around them – places, people, environments and the interactions between them. Students should take an active interest in the news, current affairs, and local and global issues.

Students need to be able to identify relevant questions for study and have the research and enquiry skills to find and make sense of the answers. This involves: the use of practical fieldwork skills and data handling; research from books and internet sources; and the interpretation of statistical and spatial data. The ability to synthesise and evaluate information from a variety of sources is essential and students must be able to communicate clearly in writing and through graphical methods.

 

Course Outline

The course offers an issues-based approach to studying geography, enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change. Students will be encouraged to engage critically with real world issues and places, and to apply their geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. Students will grow as independent thinkers and as informed and engaged citizens, who understand the role and importance of geography as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding the world’s changing peoples, places and environments.

Students will undertake an individual geographical investigation which can be based on any aspect of the course content and this accounts for 20% of the final A level grade. Fieldwork is central to this aspect of the course and there is a requirement to complete at least four days of fieldwork through the course. A further 20% of the marks come from a synoptic investigation that gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to a geographical issue within a particular place-based context.

 

Student Testimony

“The study of geography is interesting, relevant and rewarding.”

“Geography has inspired me to go on to do a degree. Geography is the future.”

“This subject has challenged my learning in a way that helps me to understand the world around me.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Geography is widely seen as a valuable and versatile subject because of the range of skills it develops. University geography courses are immensely varied with the opportunity to specialise in areas from mountain glaciers to sea bed morphology and everything in between. Geography is seen as a bridging discipline crossing the arts/sciences divide and the range of courses available reflects this.

It is also regarded as a useful facilitating subject for those wishing to study other courses at university and can lead to an array of different careers some of which are directly linked (e.g. conservation, weather forecasting, surveying, international relations) and others which make use of transferable skills that geographers offer (e.g. marketing, finance, research, civil engineering).

 

 

Year 12

Year 13

Physical topics:

Tectonic processes and hazards

Coastal landscapes and change

 

Human topics:

Globalisation

Shaping places

Physical topics:

Water cycle and water insecurity

Carbon cycle and energy security

 

Human topics:

Superpowers

Global development and connections

AS - one year course only

2 x 1 hour 45 minutes exams at the end of Year 12

A Level  - two year course only

3 exams at the end of Year 13 (80%)

Plus a 3000 - 4000 word fieldwork investigation (20%)

German
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: AQA 7661 (AS) and 7662 (A2)

End of Year 13 – A2 Level (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 or higher (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 6 in German.  A grade 5 will be considered with a 6 in the written component of the exam.

 

Skills Required

The course enables students to develop communicative skills learnt at GCSE with greater confidence and accuracy.  Students are expected to express opinions and debate current affairs topics, looking at both sides of the argument.  An independent  love and interest in German culture and current affairs is essential.

 

Course Outline

A Level language courses immerse students in the culture of the foreign language and allow for more personalised contact with the Foreign Language Assistant. Students develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of the countries where German is spoken, studying the influence of the past on present-day German-speaking communities, technological change, German-speaking artistic culture, including art and architecture.  Students study a literary text or a film, exploring aspects such as plot, characterisation, imagery or other stylistic features.

 

Student Testimony

“I have found A Level German very different to GCSE, and it is an exciting change. I love the challenge of not only learning the language but also learning about a different culture.”

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Studying a foreign language equips students with skills which are much in demand in the world of business and commerce, both in the UK and abroad.  We often hear that language study is declining, but this course will give our students the competitive edge in the global marketplace.  Languages are often complementary and are not always necessarily the key skill.  There are many language/combined courses available to choose from at University.  Particular careers involving languages consist of: Interpreting, translation, journalism, marketing, software development, engineering.  The list is endless!

 

Year 12

Year 13

Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

80 marks

40% of AS

Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing

Written exam: 2½ hours

160 marks in total

40% of A level

Paper 2 - Writing                     

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

60 marks

30% of AS

Paper 2 - Writing                     

Written exam: 2 hours

90 marks in total

30% of A level

Paper 3 - Speaking                  

Oral exam: 12-14 minutes (15 minutes preparation time prior to this)

60 marks

30% of AS

Paper 3 - Speaking                  

Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (5 minutes preparation time prior to this)

60 marks in total

30% of A level

History
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: Edexcel History - 9HIO

End of Year 13 – A2 Level (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5  (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 6 in History is recommended.  A grade 5 will be considered with a strong performance in the exam.

 

Skills Required

We expect students of History to have an enthusiasm for learning about the past and the commitment and determination to achieve their potential. They should have the self-motivation to be prepared to work independently and take responsibility for their own learning. Students are expected to read widely to broaden their understanding.

Successful History students are able to assimilate large amounts of information in order to present a coherent and logical argument. Students will also be required to analyse and evaluate evidence from the time period that they are studying, as well as varying interpretations of historical events. For these reasons, students benefit from having well developed literacy skills.

 

Course Outline

The Post 16 course has been designed to further develop students’ enthusiasm for History by offering a broad and balanced course of study that will build on existing understanding and appreciation of the intrinsic value of History.

The Year 12 course has a medieval theme: Paper 1 focuses on the first four crusades of the Middle Ages, exploring the world of medieval knights and the clash of Christianity and Islam between the 11th and 13th centuries. Paper 2 examines England and Normandy between 1053 and 1106. Encompassing the Norman Conquest, this course explores a dramatic period of change for England that would shape the course of history for generations.

At Y13 students study the British experience of warfare from 1790-1918, focusing on different aspects of overseas conflicts including the British and French Wars, the Crimean War, the Second Boer War and World War One. The coursework element asks students to explore the historical controversy of the extent to which German imperialism was responsible for the outbreak of WWI.

 

Student Testimony

“I enjoyed learning about the courses we studied as they were very interesting.”

“I enjoyed it when teachers gave us essay technique; I really feel this will help in my future education.”

“The way the subjects are taught make History easy and fun to learn.”

“Learning the topics with a very positive vibe throughout the class.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

History provides essential skills for students wishing to further their academic studies and for students seeking employment in competitive careers. History students have an understanding of human motivation and the way societies develop. History students learn how to argue a case from evidence, even if it is a viewpoint that they do not agree with at first. In addition, History teaches how to scrutinise sources of information in a way that is intelligent and sceptical. For these reasons, historians are valued especially in the following professions: journalism; politics; business; teaching; law; civil service. History links to most academic subjects, but especially to English, law, psychology, sociology, geography and media and is respected as a rigorous academic subject.

 

Year 12

Year 13

Paper 1 - The Crusades, c1095-1204

Written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes

30% of A level (examined at the end of year 13)

Paper 3 - The British Experience of Warfare, c1790-1918

Written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes

30% of A level

Paper 2 - Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman

Kingdom, c1053-1106           

Written exam: 1hour 30 minutes

20% of A level (examined at the end of year 13)

Coursework                 

Historical controversy concerning the significance of German imperial ambitions in the origins of the First World War.

20% of A level

Mathematics
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: OCR Mathematics B (MEI) H640 (full A level) (two year course)

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 6 (preferably 7) in GCSE Maths and in addition students should have studied grade 7, 8, 9 material and have particularly strong algebraic skills.

 

Skills Required

Strong candidates will have a range of skills, for example good study skills, an enquiring mind, problem solving skills, mathematical ability and the ability to relate to abstract concepts. A good grasp of algebra is essential.

Students will be expected to do a substantial amount of work outside of lesson time in order to fully develop their skills and knowledge, so good organisation and the ability to meet deadlines are essential for examination success in this subject.

 

Course Outline

AS and A level Mathematics builds on GCSE Mathematics, with topics such as trigonometry, coordinate geometry and algebra. We will also look at developments of the number system and the application of mathematics in problem solving. Pure Mathematics forms the foundations of all mathematics and includes the study of calculus, sequences, functions and numerical solutions. It also includes some applications of mathematics.

In Statistics, you will develop further methods to represent data, deal with probability, look at permutations and combinations, and how to test hypotheses.

In Mechanics you will learn to model different situations, for example constant acceleration and friction.  You will learn how to use vectors and deal with forces that produce motion.

 

Student Testimony

“I really enjoyed Post 16 Mathematics; the range of different skills we learned and the constant challenge made every lesson different and interesting. The enthusiasm of the teachers meant that the lessons were always engaging as well as informative.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

A Level Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry into a wide range of careers and higher education courses and is considered a facilitating subject by Russell Group Universities. Courses or careers that either require A Level Mathematics or are strongly related include: economics, medicine, architecture, engineering, accountancy, teaching, psychology, physics, computing and information and communication technology.

There are also many areas of employment that see a Mathematics A level as an important qualification and it is often a requirement for the vocational qualifications related to these areas. Graduates of mathematical based courses can go on to highly paid careers, in some cases substantially higher than other disciplines. Employers believe that Mathematics teaches people how to think carefully and regard numerate people highly.

 

Year 12 and Year 13

The A2 course is examined by a 2 hour examination on Pure Mathematics and Mechanics, a 2 hour examination on Pure Mathematics and Statistics and a 2 hour examination on Pure Mathematics and Comprehension.

Mathematics (Further)
 

Qualifications

Exam board: OCR Further Mathematics B (MEI) H645 (full A level) (two year course)

Year 13 - A2 Level

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a Maths grade 7 at GCSE and also be studying A Level Maths.

 

Skills Required

Strong candidates will have a range of skills, for example good study skills, an enquiring mind, problem solving skills, mathematical ability and the ability to relate to abstract concepts. Good algebra skills are essential for this course. Students will be expected to do a substantial amount of work outside of lesson time in order to fully develop their skills and knowledge, so good organisation and the ability to meet deadlines are essential for examination success in this subject.

 

Course Outline

Further Mathematics enables you to study mathematics at a greater depth and breadth. You will study a range of topics that complement those in A Level Mathematics, including more on new number systems, calculus, numerical methods and complex numbers.  In Mechanics, you will learn to use moments, study work, energy and power, find centres of mass and study circular motion and Hooke’s Law.  In Modelling with Algorithms, you will further your knowledge of algorithms, networks and linear programming.

 

Student Testimony

“Further Mathematics at Hele's saw us constantly striving to improve ourselves.  The challenging Mathematics kept every lesson interesting and full of information. The teacher was always enthusiastic and encouraging, helping to boost our confidence even when we didn't think we understood it.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Further Mathematics is particularly useful for students who are looking to study Mathematics  at university, or other courses with a large mathematical element, such as many engineering courses.  Mathematics is very useful in biological subjects, geography, management studies, accountancy, research, financial management and education. Graduates of mathematical based courses can go on to highly paid careers, in some cases substantially higher than other disciplines. Employers believe that Mathematics teaches people how to think carefully and regard numerate people highly.

 

Year 12 and Year 13

The full A level course is examined by a 2 hour and 40 minutes examination on Core Pure Mathematics, a 2 hour and 15 minutes examination on Mechanics and a 1 hour and 15 minutes examination on Modelling with Algorithms.

Media Studies
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: AQA 7572

A Level (Two Year Course)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5  (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a  grade 6 in English Language or Literature is recommended.  A grade 5 will be considered with a 6 in the reading aspect of the English Language paper.

 

Skills Required

To complete this A Level you will be expected to engage in the study of a mix of theory and practical application, covering a broad range of subjects and developing core skills in critical analysis, research, flexible, creative and independent working practices and the ability to work to a brief and meet deadlines.

You need to be intrigued by the world around you and interested in how that world is being presented to you by the media. The course will require you to consider media representations with reference to social, cultural, economic, historical and political beliefs and ideologies, an interest in these areas will be an obvious benefit. It is essential that you are able to read a variety of media texts analytically and critically.

 

Course Outline

The A Level course is structured around a core content that covers:

  •  Media Language, Media Representations, Media Industries and Media Audiences.

 

You will be required to study media products from all of the following media forms:

  • audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising and marketing, video games and music video)
  • online forms (social and participatory media, video games, music video, newspapers magazines, advertising and marketing)
  • print forms (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing)

You will complete two examined assessments:

 

Paper One - Issues and Debates: You will apply your knowledge of Media theories to critically explore the ideas presented in a selection of pre-released exam materials. (35% of total A Level grade.)

 

Paper Two – Analysing Media Products: You will be provided with six CSPs (Close Study Products) that cover media texts that reflect: a range of historical and global settings (including at least one text for a non-English speaking audience); social, historical and culturally significant ideas; the needs of different intended audiences (including commercially mainstream and minority or niche audiences); and demonstrate emerging developments and the future of the media. You will need to apply theories, research and your understanding of the context of production to your analysis of these CPSs. (35% of total A Level grade.)

 

The final assessment is a Non-Examined Assessment: Creating a Media Product (coursework).  You will be asked to create cross-media products that fulfil a brief and address the needs of an intended audience. (30% of total A Level grade.)

 

Student Testimony

“It opens your eyes and makes you see the world differently.”

“Media was my favourite subject in school.  I was so inspired by your lessons and I would like to say thank you for teaching me a whole new way of thinking.  Media has opened up more opportunities than I could have ever known”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Media Studies provides a useful foundation for any degree in the arts or business. Skills developed provide a firm foundation for study at higher education level and the areas of study provide a good background particularly for careers in journalism, advertising, marketing, television, PR or training.

 

Year 12 and 13

Issues and Debates

Written examination 35%

Analysing Media Products

Written examination 35%

Creating a Media Product

Coursework 30%

Music
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam Board: OCR H142 (AS) and HS542 (A2)

End of year 13 – A2 Level (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 5 in Music is required and students must have a good level of musical performance.

 

Skills Required

Students must be able to demonstrate a broad range of performing skills both on their own and in a group. They will have to show the capacity for the critical analysis of music and to develop the subject specific language to convey their ideas and insights. They need to develop their creative skills in composition and will need to develop their understanding of harmony. An ability to manage time and workload is essential for this course.

 

Course Outline

AS Level Music

For the performance unit you have to perform at least 2 contrasting pieces with a combined total of 6 minutes and you will have to complete 2 compositions. The listening and appraising exam is 2 hours long and you will study the instrumental music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, Jazz and Popular music.

A2 Level Music

In the A Level course you can add extra weight to performing or to composing depending on your strengths. You also have to study an extra area of music which is programme music.

 

Student Testimony

‘'I found the subject a great way to develop my knowledge and understanding of how music is structured and composed. It has also given me a better insight and respect for classical composers.'’

‘'I would recommend music, it not only improves your musical skills, but allows you to meet new people through concerts and musicals.'’

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Music provides a useful foundation for any music degree and provides a good background for a large number of careers such as: teaching, performing, television, sound producer/engineer, advertising, and many others.

 

Year 12  and 13

Year 13 candidates take modules (1,3&5) OR (2,4&5)

Performing A (01)

Two contrasting pieces, minimum of 6 minutes long

25% of A level (75 marks)

Performing B (02)

Three contrasting pieces, minimum of 10 minutes long

35% of A Level

Composing A (03)

Two composition and three technical exercises with a combined total of 8 minutes

35% of A Level (105 marks)

Composing B (14)

Two compositions with a combined total of at least 4 minutes

25% of A Level (75 marks)

Listening and Appraising (05)

2 hour 30 minutes written examination including aural extracts

40% of A Level (120 marks)

Philosophy, Ethics and Buddhism
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: Eduqas 601/8700/1

End of Year 13 - A Level (two year course only).  No coursework. 100% examination.

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).  There is no requirement to have done GCSE full course for A Level

 

Skills Required

Analyse, develop and formulate logical arguments.

Capability to make knowledgeable decisions, examining thoroughly the consequences of various actions.

Aptitude to examine various angles of topics.

Ability to write and speak clearly and effectively.

Interpret and assess various thoughts and theories.

Prepared to have your thinking constantly challenged.

Open-mind willing to be shaped.

 

Course Outline

The areas of study in this course are fascinating: Philosophy being the original art of thinking from which all other academic subjects have arisen; Ethics (being a branch of Philosophy itself) is the study of how human beings ought to behave; Eastern Philosophy (Buddhism). We will analyse ultimate questions and sources of wisdom such as ‘what do we believe and why do we believe it?’ ‘Who are we and why are we here?’ ‘What ought we do and why should we do it?’ Philosophy and ethics encourages critical and systematic inquiry into fundamental questions of right and wrong, truth and falsehood, the meaning of life, and the nature of reality, knowledge and society. More than any other discipline, philosophy and ethics explores the core issues of the Western intellectual tradition. The additional academic study of Eastern Philosophy and Buddhism enables a contrast of thinking.

You will be well supplied with texts and given clear guidance on what to read and when and how to organise your work. Your essay writing skills will mature to a level which will benefit essay writing in other academic courses and give you confidence to cope with essay writing at degree level.  The Philosophy and Ethics department are part of the Plymouth Hub working alongside other schools in the city. This will enable you to encounter a variety of learning experiences, including global video conferences with international peers.

 

Student Testimony

“RS has enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of the world around me.  It has helped me be more critical in all my subjects and essays”  Evie Witts (Deputy Head Girl, 2019-2020).

“RS has greatly improved my debating and persuasion skills around sensitive issues ” Joe Wilson (Year 13 student).

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

In 2015 40% of students studying at Oxford or Cambridge university studied Philosophy and Ethics at A Level due to the academic rigour and  skill-sets developed throughout the course.  The qualification is highly regarded by universities and employers because of its underlying skills base. Philosophy and Ethics at A Level is as useful to those students considering Further Education as it is to pupils entering employment. The skills of empathy, evaluation, forming a coherent argument, critical analysis and debate are applicable across a wide range of professions. It is an excellent preparation for a career in law, medicine, business, international diplomacy, social work, banking, armed forces, public relations, publishing, journalism, retail, librarian, counselling, marketing, consulting, civil service, teaching and accountancy (to name just a few)!  

 

All exams at the end of Year 13.  No coursework

Paper 1 - Philosophy of Religion - 2 hour written exam                                    Paper 2 - Religion and Ethics - 2 hour written exam

Paper 3 - Eastern Philosophy (Buddhism) - 2 hour written exam

Physical Education
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: AQA 7582   QAN:60186331

End of Year 13 – A Level (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 6 is recommended.  A grade 5 will be considered with a grade 6 in the written examination component.

 

Skills Required

This A level requires good practical ability in one activity and students must be taking part in club sport outside of school. A number of other skills are also essential due to the diverse nature of the course. A confidence in science, especially Biology, is needed to cope with the challenging exercise physiology content at both AS and A2. An ability to analyse, discuss and argue is required when studying both the origins of sport and technology in sport, and their development in the UK. Furthermore, an interest in the wider sporting world is essential when studying global issues, such as world games. Finally, a good grasp of Mathematics would be beneficial in order to fulfil the biomechanics requirement, studying areas such as Newton's Laws and projectile motion.

 

Course Outline

This course studies the wide and varied area of sport. Sport in modern society is a multi-million pound industry that pulls in specialists in an astonishing range of careers. The syllabus covers aspects of performance analysis such as how to optimise the physiology of an athlete by training, perfecting technique through sports mechanics and the vital role that the mind plays through sports psychology.  These topics are introduced at a participation level in the AS course and then further developed and applied to the elite performer at A2.

 

Student Testimony

“I really enjoyed the course; you learn a lot more about the theories behind sport. Students will need to be playing a lot of sport outside of school to do well in this subject and you can apply the theories to your sport. Understanding the body and how it works was extremely important for me as I want to go into the Armed Forces as an Officer and I learned a lot about the physiology and anatomy that will stand me in good stead when I am in the Forces.”

“PE is a great ‘A’ Level but you need to work really hard to get the most from it.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Physical Education provides a useful foundation for degree courses in a wide variety of subjects including: sport sciences, physiotherapy, sports management, sports coaching, teaching and leisure and recreation. It is also useful for Public Services and the Armed Forces.

 

Year 12 and 13

Theoretical Content - Paper 1

Applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, sport and society

2 hour written examination

35% of A level

Theoretical Content - Paper 2

Exercise physiology

Biomechanical movement

Sports psychology

Sport and society and role of technology

2 hour written examination - 35% of A level

Practical Content: Non-exam assessment

Students ability is assessed as a performer in a competitive situation within a sport of their choice. (practical performance)

Performance analysis assessment (analysis and evaluation)

30% of A level

Physics
 

Qualifications

Exam board: OCR Physics A (H556)

End of Year 13 – A Level (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).  A minimum of 2 grade 6’s in Combined Science is required and grade 6 in Maths is recommended.  Past results we would review attainment for each Scientific discipline.

 

Skills Required

This A Level requires students who have a real passion for Science and a desire to learn more about how Physics plays a part in many aspects of our everyday lives. An attention to detail when carrying out practical work and the ability to discuss, analyse, draw conclusions and evaluate is essential if progress is to be made.

Students will need to have the discipline to engage with the necessary independent study required in order to reinforce ideas and gain new knowledge. An interest in current Physics developments and the discoveries that continue to be made will allow the student to gain a better understanding of the role that Physics plays in the modern world.

 

Course Outline

We currently follow the OCR A Physics specification.  The course provides a balance between traditional/contemporary approaches with integrated practical work which delivers the required skills for the practical endorsement.  The course structure also provides for opportunities to carry out some work within university environments as well as experiencing some  real world applications/uses of Physics.

This is the current course followed.  This will be reviewed annually to ensure we have the most suitable course for each cohort.

 

Student Testimony

"Physics at A Level can be rather challenging at times, but equally as rewarding. The course allows many fundamental principles to be investigated both theoretically and practically, as well as establishing the link between these ideas and real world applications.  Our class had the opportunity to visit CERN in Geneva, which was one of the most valuable, unforgettable experiences of my life so far."

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

As well as learning about how the universe works, you'll get a broad training in skills that all employers value – an ability to grasp concepts quickly, a determination to find coherent answers, not to mention problem-solving, analytical, mathematical and IT skills. If you choose to continue your Physics studies there are a wide range of Physics and engineering degrees that you have access to. Equally, you could look to take up an Advanced Apprenticeship in industry, e.g. aerospace, nuclear power generation or electrical power distribution. Even if you don't end up working in a physics-related industry, these skills are still highly regarded.  Studying Physics is a good way of keeping your options open and earning a good salary.

 

Year 13

Paper 1 - Modelling Physics

2 hour 15 minute written examination

37% of A level

Paper 2 - Exploring Physics

2 hour 15 minute written examination

37% of A level

Paper 3 - Unified Physics

1½ hour written examination

26% of A level

Practical endorsement in Physics (non-exam assessment)

Reported separately
 

Psychology
 

Qualifications

Exam board: AQA 7182   QAN:6014838X

Two year A Level course to be assessed by external examination at the end of Year 13.

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).

 

Skills Required

Psychology is often defined as the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychology is a science and students will study psychological research and scientific methods together with analysing and exploring the human mind and how it affects behaviour. An analytical and evaluative mind is an essential skill together with mathematical ability in order to grasp statistical techniques. You will also need to enjoy reading and writing essays and have the ability to examine different theories and the reasoning behind them.

 

Course Outline

At AS Level you will sit two exam papers.

Paper 1 - Introductory Topics, will focus on three topic areas: social influence, memory and attachment. You will examine psychological theories and research to develop your understanding of these topics.

Paper 2 - Psychology in Context will focus on how psychology can be applied to everyday life. As well as studying research methods  and psychological approaches, you will also examine psychopathology by investigating depression, OCD and phobias.

The full A Level will examine in more detail those topics studied at AS, as well as examining a range of new topics such as eating behaviour, relationships and forensic psychology.  You will sit three exam papers for A Level Psychology.

 

Student Testimony

“It has made me look at the world differently; I now understand why people react to situations in different ways.  It has a little bit of everything; literacy, Mathematics and science, and really makes you think!”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Psychology provides a useful foundation for any degree course. This subject is also relevant for any job that requires inter-personal skills such as teaching, nursing, health care professions, social work, clinical psychology, educational psychology and law. Psychology combines well with sociology, biology, physical education and health and social care.

 

Topics & Examination papers

Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology

· Social Influence

· Memory

· Attachments

· Psychopathology

Written exam: 2 hours  96 marks in total 33.3% of A-level

Paper 2: Psychology in context

· Approaches in psychology

· Biopsychology

· Research Methods

Written exam: 2 hours  96 marks in total 33.3% of A-level

Paper 3 Issues & options in psychology

· Issues & Debates in psychology

· Gender

· Schizophrenia

· Forensic psychology

Written exam: 2 hours  96 marks in total 33.3% of A-level

Sociology
 

Qualifications

Exam board: AQA 7192   QAN:60139948

Two year A - Level course to be assessed by external examination at the end of Year 13.

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).

 

Skills Required

An interest in people, how they live, how they organise themselves, what they say and do, what their views are based upon; an analytical, evaluative mind; willingness to read widely; able to work independently; be fully prepared for lessons; strong work ethic; excellent attendance; ability to produce clear, coherent argument in essay form.

 

Course Outline

Paper 1:  Education with Theory and Methods - will focus on the education system in modern Britain. You will consider the role of education,  differential achievement by gender, social class and ethnicity, the impact of classroom relationships and social policy. You will also study how research methods can be used to investigate  education.

Paper 2:  Topics in Sociology - Families and Households.

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

 

Student Testimony

“This is probably one of the most challenging subjects I study, but definitely the most interesting. If you want to achieve you have to work hard, and if you are prepared to work hard and put lots in you will get much more out of it.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Career paths are numerous, including; law, police service, journalism, teaching, media, politics, criminology, social services, personnel, business and advertising. An extremely high percentage of degrees at university carry the requirement of following a sociology unit in, at least, the first year of their courses.

 

Topics & Examination papers

Paper 1: Education with Theory & Methods

2 hour written exam 80 marks

33.3% of A-level

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology

2 hour written exam 80 marks - Culture & Identity.  Beliefs in Society

33.3% of A-level - Religion

Paper 3: Crime & Deviance with theory & Methods

2 hour written exam 80 marks

33.3% of A-level

Spanish
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: AQA and 7692 (A2)

End of Year 13 – A2 Level (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 or higher (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 6 in Spanish is required.  A grade 5 will be considered with a 6 in the written component of the exam.

 

Skills Required

The course enables students to develop communicative skills learnt at GCSE with greater confidence and accuracy.  Students are expected to express opinions, and debate current affairs topics, looking at both sides of the argument.  An independent love and interest in Spanish culture and current affairs is essential.

 

Course Outline

A Level language courses immerse students in the culture of the foreign language and allow for more personalised contact with teaching staff and native speakers.  Students develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of Spanish-speaking countries, studying the influence of the past on present-day Spanish-speaking communities, technological change, Spanish-speaking artistic culture, including Hispanic music and cinema.  Students study a literary text and a film, exploring aspects such as plot, characterisation, imagery or other stylistic features, and also undertake an Individual Research Project on a key question which is of interest to them.

 

Set Texts and Films

Students are guided through the study of a literary text and film ’El coronel notiene quien le escribe’ by Gabriel Garcia Marques and El labeninto del Fauno’.

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Studying a foreign language equips students with skills that are much in demand in the world of business and commerce, both in the UK and abroad.  We often hear that language study is declining but this course will give our students the competitive edge in the global marketplace.  Languages are often complementary and are not always necessarily the key skill.  There are many language/combined courses available to choose from at University.  Particular careers involving languages consist of: Interpreting, translation, journalism, marketing, software development, engineering.  The list is endless!

 

Year 12

Year 13

Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

90 marks

45% of AS

Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing

Written exam: 2½ hours

100 marks in total

50% of A level

Paper 2 - Writing                     

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

50 marks

25% of AS

Paper 2 - Writing                     

Written exam: 2 hours

80 marks in total

20% of A level

Paper 3 - Speaking                  

Oral exam: 12-14 minutes (15 minutes preparation time prior to this)

60 marks

30% of AS

Paper 3 - Speaking                  

Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (5 minutes preparation time prior to this)

60 marks in total

30% of A level

Travel and Tourism
 

 

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Qualifications

Exam board: EDEXCEL 601/9023/1 (AS) 603/1224/5

End of Year 12 BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Travel and Tourism = AS Level

End of Year 13 BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certification in Travel and Tourism = 1 A Level

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).

 

Skills Required

Ability to work as part of a team, good interpersonal skills, can carry out research and produce written evidence in the form of a report or leaflet.

 

Course Outline

The course consists of 58% external assessment (1 x written exam and 1 x task completed under exam conditions) and 42% coursework. Guest speakers, visits/trips are an integral part of the course. Coursework can be presented in a number of ways: demonstration of skills, reports, booklets, presentations, exhibitions etc. All work is assessed at a pass, merit or distinction level.

Students will develop and sustain an interest in the travel and tourism industry.  They will acquire knowledge and understanding of the industry, customer service and tourism in the UK and worldwide and investigate employment opportunities.  Throughout the course students will develop skills in organisation, research, planning, presenting their ideas to an audience, teamwork and problem solving.

 

Student Testimony

“I have found the course extremely interesting and it is currently one of my favourite subjects.”

“I have found the Travel and Tourism course inspiring for my future career as I am looking to combine it with hospitality and events management.”

“I have found the course extremely different, but in a positive way, from GCSE and my other courses due to the subject material. I am really looking forward to setting up an exhibition at the end of this term for our current unit of work.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Students can progress into employment, Further or Higher Education which may include a work placement. As the travel and tourism sector is one of the largest employers in the UK there are many employment opportunities.

 

Year 12 - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in T & T

Year 13 - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National  Extended 

Certificate om T & T         

Unit 1                                                                                                                  

The World of Travel and Toursim     

Unit 2

Global Destinations

Unit 3                                                                                                                  

Marketing in Travel and Tourism      

Unit 15

Visitor Attractions