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Sixth Form Application Process 2020 - Apply Now!

The Misbourne Sixth Form is a high performing, well established centre of excellence offering a wide range of qualifications and opportunities.  Students not only have the fantastic facilities of our modern Sixth Form Study Centre (opened September 2015) but the opportunity to develop leadership skills within a whole school setting as part of our Student Leadership Accreditation.  

Click here to apply now for a place in The Misbourne Sixth form for 2020.  Please apply by the initial deadline of Friday 31 January 2020.  This enables us to return your offer of a place by the end of February and contact you if there are any issues.

Courses and enrichment programme on offer, including:
  • Over 20 A-level and BTEC courses with revised entry requirements for 2019;
  • The Extended Project Qualification;
  • Our Elective Enrichment programme of additional courses open to all students;
  • Duke of Edinburgh's silver and gold award programme;
  • World Challenge expedition (Madagascar 2020);
  • The 16-19 financial bursary scheme;
  • Masterclass speakers from local, national and international roles in business, politics, science and the media; 
  • Acclaimed University and Careers programme including applications to Russell Group universities, Oxbridge, Medicine and Veterinary Science, music conservatoires and Degree Apprenticeships.

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If you would like any other information please email Mr Dwight, Head of Sixth Form: ddwight@themisbourne.co.uk

Course Offer and Admissions Policy

Sixth Form Entry Requirements

A minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, plus the subject specific entry requirements below.

GCSE English language and mathematics resit courses

All students who have not yet passed GCSE English/Mathematics at Grade 4 join a resit course in Year 12
until they have passed. They can still apply to Sixth Form but must also hold a minimum of four GCSEs at
Grade 4 or above and meet the subject entry requirements below for their chosen three subjects. 

Subject

Minimum GCSE grade requirements

Where English is listed, this can be either English Language or English Literature.
BTEC
and other equivalent grades can be used: eg a Level 2 BTEC Pass = Grade 4. Our vocational courses (BTEC, CTEC, WJEC) are A Level equivalent Level 3 courses.

Art and Technology Courses

Art and Design

Art 4

 

 

Art and Design: Photography

Art or Photography 4

 

 

Food and Nutrition WJEC

English 4

 

 

Business Courses

Business

English 5

Mathematics 4

Business (if taken) 4

Business CTEC

English 4

Mathematics 4

 

Economics

English 5

Mathematics 5

 

Health and Social CTEC

English 4

Mathematics 4

 

Tourism WJEC

English 4

Mathematics 4

Travel and Tourism (if taken) 4

English Courses

English Language

English Language 6

 

 

English Literature

English Literature 6

English Language 6

 

Media Studies

English Language 5

 

 

Humanities Courses

Geography

Geography 5

 

 

History

History 5

English 5

 

Philosophy

English 5

Philosophy (if taken) 5

 

Politics

English 5

 

 

Psychology

English 5

Mathematics 5

Science 55 or Biology 5

Sociology

English 5

 

 

ICT Courses

IT CTEC

Computer Science /ICT 4

 

 

Mathematics Courses

Mathematics

Mathematics 6

 

 

Modern Foreign Languages Courses

French

French 6

 

 

Performing Arts Courses

Drama BTEC

English 4

Drama (if taken) 4

 

Music RSL

Music 4

 

 

PE Courses

Sport CTEC

PE 4

 

 

Science Courses

Biology

Science 65

Mathematics 5

Biology exam paper 6

Chemistry

Science 65

Mathematics 5

Chemistry exam paper 6

Physics

Science 65

Mathematics 6

Physics exam paper 6

The Extended Project Qualification can be taken by any student successfully proposing a project idea on any topic area.

 

 

Art, Design and Technology Courses

Art and Design
(A Level, AQA exam board)

Why study Art?  

The course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to access a wide range of careers in the creative industries or progress to higher education.  It will also develop your analytical skills, organisational ability, and time-management skills; it will allow you to see the world around you from a unique perspective. You do not need to have studied Art at GCSE but will need a portfolio interview if this is the case.

What can it lead to?  

A variety of creative fields including: illustration, interior design, graphic design, theatre costume and set design, fashion, architecture and advertising. It can also lead to other careers like teaching, museum education and art therapy.

What are the areas of study?  

Following an introductory programme in Year 12, allowing you to develop skills in a range of media and techniques, you will complete two components.  Component 1 is a Portfolio (60% of the A Level); you select your own area of interest to explore and through research, investigation and experimentation and you will develop a creative body of work to submit.  Component 2 is an externally set assignment (40%), a theme that you are required to develop into an exam piece. You are required to investigate artists and visit exhibitions, showing how these artists have influenced your own work.

 

Art and Design: Photography
(A Level, AQA exam board) 

Why study Photography? 

You will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the photographic industry or progression to higher education.  You will undertake practical structured learning with the flexibility to specialise in different photographic areas directly relevant to employment within the industry, including digital imaging, darkroom technology, studio photography, photojournalism, documentary photography and art installation. 

What can it lead on to?

The flexibility and range of units on this course lead naturally on to the photographic industry, where those seeking employment will produce a comprehensive and varied portfolio covering a breadth of relevant skills.  This can lead to a myriad of careers in the industry from photographer to set designer, art director to make-up artist, picture editor to cinematographer and many more.  This qualification can also be used for entry for higher education courses and careers, not just in photography but also in media, fashion, journalism, fine art, education and film studies.

What are the areas of study?

This qualification focuses on the recognition of achievement through practical photography skills, analytical and planning skills, editing skills and artistic presentation.  You will undertake one internally assessed coursework unit which requires you to work to a theme of your own choosing, covering a variety of photographic styles.  This will involve exploring four separate and distinct ideas relating to your theme, followed by further developments of your ideas which will lead to the presentation of a final piece or series.  This coursework unit also includes a sustained critical and contextual study of current and historical photography relevant to your theme.  In addition, you will take an internally assessed examination unit which will further develop your skills and understanding of photography.  Both units are externally moderated following internal assessment.

 

Food Science and Nutrition   
(WJEC Level 3)

Why study Food Science and Nutrition?

‘’Just as society has evolved over time, our food system has also evolved over centuries into a global system of immense size and complexity.  The commitment of food science and technology professionals to advancing the science of food, ensuring a safe and abundant food supply, and contributing to healthier people everywhere is integral to that evolution” (Nelson, 2007 World Food Prize Laureate).  You will gain an understanding of food science and nutrition which is relevant to many industries and job roles.  Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors.  Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that that support healthy eating initiatives.

What can it lead on to?

The course is mainly designed for those wanting to pursue careers or learning in related areas such as the food industry production.  The subject is designed primarily to support you progressing to university and by studying this award alongside other relevant qualifications at Level 3 such as Biology, Sociology or Sport, you will gain the required knowledge to use the qualification to support entry to higher education courses such as BSc degrees in Food and Nutrition, Human Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition and Food Science and Technology.

What are the areas of study?

Unit 1 (Meeting Nutritional needs of Specific Groups) is delivered through Year 12 and consists of one controlled assessment (internally assessed) and an externally assessed exam in May / June of the same academic year.  Year 13 consists of Unit 2 (Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat) and 1 other optional Unit; Unit 3 (Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems) or Unit 4 (Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition planning), both of which are externally assessed tasks. 
 

Business Courses

Business (A Level, Edexcel exam board) 

Why study Business? 

Business helps you to develop an understanding of business organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value.  You will consider business behaviour from a variety of perspectives, incorporating interests of all stakeholders. The subject will equip you with the knowledge and skills to function in the world of work.

What can it lead on to?

Business leads to a wide range of opportunities in many careers such as accountancy, law, civil service, commerce, teaching, leisure and tourism management, to name but a few. You could work in a variety of different jobs in the private or public sector, or even start up your own business.

What are the areas of study?

You will study four key areas over the two years.  

Marketing and people enables you to understand how businesses identify opportunities and to explore how businesses focus on developing a competitive advantage through interacting with customers. 

Managing business provides you with the opportunity to look at how businesses raise and manage finance and how they measure business performance.  

Business decisions and strategy focuses on the analysis of corporate objectives and strategy against financial and non-financial performance measures and how businesses grow, and develop an understanding of the impact of external influences. 

Global business allows for the investigation of businesses that trade on a global scale and explore their reasons for doing so.  You will develop an understanding of the globally competitive environment and consider the ethical and moral dimensions of global business activities.

 

Business CTEC (Cambridge Technical Business Level 3 Extended Certificate) 

Why study Cambridge Technical Business? 

From small, single-owner enterprises to large multinational organisations, the impact of businesses is far reaching.  They provide goods and services; create jobs and growth in the economy, as well as creating new opportunities through skills development and innovation.  The Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business offers a wide range of units enabling you to focus on specific areas including business functions, the external environment, working in a business and the importance of making decisions in business.   You will be required to work in groups; write detailed reports; work with external organisations and business people and deliver presentations.  The course is student led with a strong emphasis on independent learning and research based.

What can it lead on to?

This qualification will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into higher education on a business-related programme such as Business, Business Management, Marketing, Business and Finance, Business and Economics, Accounting, and Certificate or Diploma in Human Resource Management.  It will also allow you to choose non-business related degree programmes or enter the world of work.

What are the areas of study? 

The business environment provides you with the opportunity to develop an understanding of how and why businesses operate in the way they do. 

Customers and communication examines the purpose, methods and importance of communication in business and the appropriateness of different forms of communication for different situations. 

Principles of project management allows you to study the stages of project management and the type of skills a project manager should have. 

 

Economics (A Level, Edexcel exam board) 

Why study Economics? 

Economics is the study of the factors that influence income, wealth and well-being.  You will study a range of economic concepts over the duration of the course including microeconomics, economic problems and the ways economists think and work.  You will go on to consider key measures of economic performance and the main instruments of economic policy primarily in a UK context.  Building upon your knowledge, skills and understanding you will then apply them in the context of a business and finally a wider global context.

What can it lead on to?

Economics leads to a wide range of opportunities in many careers such as accountancy, banking, the civil service and other jobs in the financial sector.You could work in a variety of different jobs in the private or public sector, or even start up your own business.

What are the areas of study?

Introduction to markets and market failure provides you with the opportunity to consider how markets work, looking at how supply and demand interact to allocate resources in local, national and international markets. 

The UK economy – performance and policies introduces the aggregate demand/aggregate supply model so that you can use it to analyse changes in real output and the price level. 

Business behaviour and the labour market examines how the number and size of market participants, and the level of contestability, affect the pricing and nature of competition among firms. 

A global perspective places the expectation upon you to understand the significance of globalisation, international trade, the balance of payments and exchange rates. 

 

Health and Social Care CTEC 
(Cambridge Technical Business Level 3 Extended Certificate) 

Why study Health and Social Care? 

Health and social care allows you to develop an understanding of the diverse and complex nature of the health and social care sector.  You will gain an understanding of health and social care in the wider contexts of different environments and settings where care takes place, the importance of effective communication in health and social care, the importance of legislation in health and social care and how to deliver a person-centred approach in the care given.  You will also develop transferable skills such as communication, research, planning and organisation.

What can it lead on to?

This course supports progression into higher education, training or employment.   You have the option to go on to study a range of degrees in the health and social care sector of industry.

What are the areas of study?

Building positive relationships in health and social care aims to introduce you to the many different relationships that you will encounter within the health and social care sector; whether with colleagues, senior members of staff, other professionals within the sector or individuals who require care and support.  

Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care will help you understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on individuals who require care or support.  

Health, safety and security in health and social care introduces you to health, safety and security.  

Anatomy and physiology in health and social care aims to introduce you to the basic structure and functions of the body systems involved in everyday activities and maintenance of health, including cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems.  

Sexual health, reproduction and early years development will look at the development from conception to a one-year-old child.  

 

Tourism
(WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma) 

Why study Tourism?

The Level 3 Applied Diploma in Tourism is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills associated with tourism organisations and activities.  The qualification provides a broad basis for further or higher education or for moving into employment.  The Applied Diploma in Tourism also enables you to gain essential employability skills that are valued by employers, further and higher education including literacy and numeracy, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving, planning and organisation, creativity and innovation and personal effectiveness.

What can it lead on to?

The course gives you a wide choice of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment in the travel and tourism sector.  You will be well equipped to move on to degrees, Higher National Diplomas, or modern apprenticeships.

What are the areas of study?

The United Kingdom tourism product considers the wide range of tourist destinations within the UK and why they are such popular destinations.  

Worldwide tourism destinations allows you to gain an understanding of the reasons or motivation for people to travel to different destinations. 

Event and itinerary planning provides you with the opportunity to develop the skills of critical thinking by assessing the business elements which are involved in planning and organising a tourism event.

The Dynamic Tourism Industry:  tourism is an ever-changing industry which has to adapt quickly to external pressures and changes in society at the national and global scale.   Students will study how the global tourism industry has embraced new information and communication technology to revolutionise travel, as well as evaluating how the tourism industry has developed strategies to deal with climate change and how important attractions and destinations are managed.

English Courses

English Language
(A Level, Edexcel exam board) 

Why study English Language? 
 

It will enable you to develop your interest in and enjoyment of English through learning about its structures and its functions, its developments and its variation.  It allows you to develop your ability to express yourself through speech and writing, producing texts for different purposes and in different genres.  You will develop the ability to communicate clearly using appropriate terminology and accurate and coherent written expression.  Such skills are valued highly by higher education institutions and employers. “The pen is mightier than the sword” (Edward Bulwer-Lytton).

What can it lead on to?

English Language can be studied as a single subject in higher education.  Alternatively it can be a foundation for study in any arts based subject.  With English Language A Level you could go straight into employment.   There are opportunities for training in careers such as journalism, the media or the law or in teaching. 

What are the areas of study?

You will develop methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use whether it be in articles, adverts, children’s story books and of course the internet.  You will learn to understand the roles of purposes, audiences and contexts and the impact of these pressures upon language production and reception.  You will also develop a whole new vocabulary, learning about key linguistic methods in order to analyse and investigate a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources.  Key topics include Child Language Development, Language and Change, Language and Gender and Language and Power. You will also complete a non-examined unit (coursework), where you will have to research, propose, and write two different pieces of writing of the same genre but for different audiences.  

 

English Literature
(A Level, AQA exam board) 

Why study English Literature? 

It will enable you to develop interest in and enjoyment of English literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genre and gender.  You will develop the ability to communicate clearly using appropriate terminology and accurate and coherent written expression.  Such skills are valued highly by higher education institutions and employers. “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life” (W. Somerset Maugham).

What can it lead on to?

English Literature can be studied as a single subject in higher education.  Alternatively it can be a foundation for study in any arts based subject. With English Literature A Level you could go straight into employment.  There are opportunities for training in careers such as journalism, the media or the law or even teaching.  Studying this subject shows future employers that you are able to read between the lines, think analytically and research around the history and contexts of texts.

What are the areas of study?

You will develop methods of exploring and understanding a range of writers and different genres of literature.  You will learn to understand the importance of the historical context of texts.  Other texts include the dramatic and tragic Othello, pre-20th century love poetry and the turbulent and thought-provoking A Streetcar Named Desire.  All texts will be studied in detail in class but we will also expect you to be an avid reader to develop your knowledge and understanding.  You will also complete a non-examined unit (coursework), where you will have to choose two different texts to compare on a theme of your choice. 

 

Media Studies
(A Level, OCR exam board) 

Why study Media? 

In today’s world you are saturated with information from the media and it is vital that you learn to deconstruct media texts with the same proficiency that traditionally you have applied to literary texts.  It is equally important that you learn to construct your own media texts.

What can it lead on to?

You could study a range of associated courses at universities, from general media and film courses to specific courses concentrating on particular media with either a practical or theoretical bias.  There are many careers in media related subjects, some traditional like journalism and broadcasting and others more recent involving special effects and animation.  The course covers a range of media texts in order to best inform our students.  The course will be a combination of practical and theoretical elements with a strong focus on the analysis of real media products. You will be encouraged to examine and develop your own media literacy throughout the course, delving in to new ways to present information and communicate ideas.    
 
What are the areas of study?


You will study ‘news’ in a modern context by exploring how institutions such as The Guardian and The Daily Mail use print, online and their social media presence to deliver different social, cultural and political values.  You will examine representation within music videos and advertising, analysing how media conveys meaning and messages to its audience.  You will compare American and European television dramas, studying the approach of ‘Stranger Things’ to everything from representation to postmodernism.   Another focus is on ‘Evolving Media’, contrasting modern and traditional approaches to production, distribution and marketing in film and radio as well as audience interaction and the conception of ‘prosumers’ in the video games industry.   You will also complete a non-examined unit (coursework) where you will have to research, film and edit a music video.

 

Humanities Courses

Geography (A Level, AQA exam board) 

Why study Geography

For those interested in current issues and their surrounding environment this subject focuses on the interrelationships between people and their environments.  The course provides the opportunity to study questions, issues and problems, which arise from these relationships.  This course encourages students to think critically on a range of issues, develop possible solutions to current environmental problems and consider moral, cultural and political dimensions to problem solving and decision making.

What can it lead onto?

The skills covered in Geography are much sort after by employers.  During the course you will develop your experience and abilities in the collection and handling of primary data; representation and analysis of data sources including maps, photographs and statistics; analysing global concerns such as pollution and the energy question; presenting reports, essays and field study accounts; the application of statistical methods.

What are the areas of study?

The two elements of this course contain a people-environment approach to Geography and an enquiry approach to learning.  The syllabus content is divided into a series of chapters, Part 1 (Physical Geography) is worth 40% and covers water and the carbon cycles, coastal systems and landscapes, and hazards. Part 2 (Human Geography) is also worth 40% and covers global systems and global governance, changing places, and population and the environment.  The final 20% is a non-examined assessment based on fieldwork under taken in the second year.


History (A Level, OCR exam board)

Why study History? 

You will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in a wide variety of industries, or progression to higher education.  History is a highly respected, academic subject desired by employers and universities alike.  History at The Misbourne will give you a fascinating insight into our past and how it has shaped our lives today with a focus on both international history and British history. 

What can it lead on to?

The strength of History as an academic discipline opens many doors to those who study it. A confident knowledge of world history and the skills that come with it will be useful in many jobs including; law, politics, education and research, civil service, local government, journalism, archaeology, anthropological study, marketing, editing, archive work and much more.  A Level History will teach you important transferable like skills too such as, analysis, problem solving, evaluation, justification, synthesis and collaboration as well as using evidence to inform opinions – all of which are highly regarded and useful at university level.  A Level History can lead to a number of apprenticeship or volunteering opportunities including in areas such as; museums, media and publishing, library or archive work, stately homes and houses e.g. National Trust or English Heritage. 

What are the areas of study?

This qualification focuses on both British and international history; with a variety of units offered. The course will explore the transition from Tsardom to communism in Russia, the development of British history and politics between 1930 and 1997, the American Revolution and subsequent independence from British rule as well as your own research and personal study related to the Nazi regime.  This course is 80% exam and 20% coursework. 

 

Philosophy and Ethics
(A Level, AQA exam board) 

Why study Philosophy and Ethics? 

You will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in a wide variety of industries or progression to higher education.  You will partake in structured learning with frequent opportunities to engage in discussion and debates - often due to some of the controversial topics it covers.  

What can it lead on to?

The flexibility and range of units on this course lead naturally onto several areas of employment. Knowledge of other cultures and world religions can be useful in many jobs including; law, politics, education, public services, medicine, journalism, religious ministry, counselling, aid worker, social service roles, marketing and tourism.  This course will teach you important transferable like skills such as, analysis, problem solving, evaluation, justification, synthesis and collaboration – all of which are highly regarded and useful at university level.  In addition, this course is deemed a ‘classic’ which universities highly regard.  This course can also lead to exciting apprentice opportunities including in areas such as: art, media and publishing, eg exhibition guide, visitor services support, leisure, travel and tourism, eg tourist guide, travel adviser and; health, public services and care, eg community support worker. 

What are the areas of study?

This qualification focuses on Philosophy (both modern and ancient), Ethics and Christianity (how can people be Christian in today’s society?).  It discusses a wide range of issues including; abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, life after death, animal rights, religious language, evil and suffering, issues of multiculturalism, religious pluralism and the conscience.  All areas of this study are relatable to current affairs and the world that you live in.  This is a 100% examined course. 


Politics (A Level, Edexcel exam board) 

Why study Politics? 

A Level Politics is a fascinating subject to study in an ever changing and modernising world.  You will cover a broad range of topical and historically political issues that will enable a deeper understanding of current and previous events.  Politics provides students with transferable skills that are highly desired by universities and employers alike; you will learn to be critical and analytical in your approach to new concepts.  You will be taught to question what you learn and challenge your understanding of the status quo.  You will develop your written and oral communication skills to put forward your opinions, using research and further study to inform ideas. 

What can it lead on to? 

The strength and quality of politics as an academic discipline opens many doors to those who study it.  A confident knowledge of both British and international politics and the skills that come with it will be useful in many employment sectors, including; local or national government, journalism, law, further academic research or higher education, Civil Service fast stream, public relations, market research, charity work, non-governmental organisation, pressure groups, local political party, politician’s or MP’s assistant. 

What are the areas of study? 

This qualification focuses on both British and international politics; a variety of topics and issues are taught ranging from the British constitution and importance of modern democracy to the European Union and global governance.  Political thought and theories such as feminism, liberalism, anarchy and nationalism will also be taught to give you a broad understanding of the foundations of our political system.  This course is 100% examined.

 

Psychology (A Level, AQA exam board) 

Why study Psychology? 

Studying A Level Psychology will give you an understanding of the processes of the mind and brain and allows you to gain insights into peoples’ motivations, perceptions and behaviour.  It will give you a different perspective on why people react in the ways they do and help you to understand people a little better. The insights you gain into thought processes, the influences of groups you interact with and many other aspects of human behaviour will all help you gain a better understanding of yourself.  You will develop your communication skills which will help you communicate effectively with others.  You will also learn how to structure an argument, to discuss a topic clearly and objectively, and to reference relevant sources. 

What can it lead on to?

Through studying Psychology, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in a variety of careers or progression to higher education.  With strong research and communication skills, and an understanding of why people act the way they do, you are well prepared for careers in law, social services, education, business, and many other. You can progress from A Level Psychology to a wide range of university courses, or to vocational studies such as medical training, nursing or social work.  A qualification such as BSc (Hons) Psychology can allow you pursue further professional training including clinical, educational and occupational psychology. 

What are the areas of study?

In Year One you will cover a diverse range of topics including memory, attachments, psychopathology, social influence and biopsychology.  You will study research methods and the ability to interpret statistical results which will provide you with important skills that are transferrable to the work place.  In Year Two you will cover topics including aggression, schizophrenia and gender whilst also studying issues and debates and approaches in psychology. You will learn about applications of Psychology in the real world. 


Sociology (A Level, AQA exam board)

Why study Sociology?

If you are the type of person whose mind is open to the possibilities that things are not as they seem, questions traditional values that are deemed acceptable within society and, more importantly, want to know why we hold these values to be true, then Sociology is for you.  You will need to be able to analyse statistics, find patterns in seemingly disconnected sub-cultures and develop an understanding of sociological theory.  You will also be interested in the world around you, engage in critical debate and regularly read and watch the news.

What can it lead to?

Sociology can help towards a university degree in many of the social sciences including Sociology, Psychology and Anthropology.  Sociology careers range from journalism and media research to law, politics, education, business and social work.

What are the areas of study?

You will study what is meant by the term society and sociology’s place in helping to determine the human need to be part of a collective conscience.  You will complete three units focusing on the sociology of education, sociology of crime and topics in sociology.  You will also learn about the role of research methodology in sociology and gain an in-depth understanding of sociological perspectives including the conflict and consensus approaches.

ICT Courses

Information Technology (Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate)

Why study IT?

This qualification aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and global information system. You will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations. It will provide you with the opportunity through applied learning to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the IT sector.

What can it lead on to?

The Cambridge Technicals in IT have been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector, and prepare you for the challenges they’ll face in higher education or employment. You can also progress into IT-related apprenticeships.

What are the areas of study?

You will study five units over two years. There are three mandatory units that are externally assessed. These are: the fundamentals of IT, global information and cyber security. The first two mandatory units provide you with an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale and important legal and security considerations. The third mandatory unit reflects an important development in the sector around information security and requires you to consider how data should be protected and the response of the IT sector to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism. You then take two optional units that are centre-assessed and moderated by OCR. The optional units are project management and the internet of everything. All units assist in the development of transferrable skills such as communication and problem solving. The optional units encourage the development of time management, research and analytical skills as well as emphasising the need for good written and verbal communication skills.
 

Mathematics Courses

Mathematics
(A Level, Edexcel exam board)

Why study Mathematics?
 

Studying Mathematics will help you develop a wide variety of skills including the ability to think logically, to understand complex situations and to apply a rigorous and flexible approach to solving problems. Mathematics A-Level is highly regarded by both higher education institutions and employers. On average people who have mathematics A Level earn 10% more than those who do not.

What can it lead on to?

You could go on to university to study for a mathematics related degree or pursue a career in mathematics. Engineering and most areas of physics, medicine, biology or chemistry, computer science, accountancy, economics, business, banking, air traffic control, retail management, architecture, surveying, cartography, psychology and, of course, teaching, are just some of the possibilities and for many of these subjects A level mathematics is a requirement.

What are the areas of study?

The course is two years with internal exams being taken at the end of Year 12. These will be at an AS standard which will aid in the determining of predicted grade.
In Year 12 you will study towards two papers: Core Mathematics - proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, Integration and vectors. Two hour calculator paper - 62.5% of mark. Statistics and Mechanics - Statistical Sampling; data presentation and interpretation; probability; statistical distributions; hypothesis testing; quantities and units in mechanics; kinematics; forces and Newton’s laws. Seventy-five minute calculator paper - 37.5% of marks.

In Year 13 you will study towards 3 papers: Core Mathematics - same as Year 12 Core Mathematics but to a greater depth and including numerical methods. This part of the course consists of 2 two hour calculator papers – each worth 33.3% of the total marks. Statistics and Mechanics – same as Year 12 Statistics and Mechanics but to greater depth, also including moments and normal distribution. This part of the course also consists of a two hour calculator paper worth 33.3% of the marks.

Modern Foreign Languages

French (A Level, AQA exam board)

Why study French?


Whether you dream of living overseas, travelling the world with work and helping people communicate: gaining language skills can help you. There are 27 countries in the world where French the first language. Most degree courses appreciate those who take a language. There are many courses around the UK where you can study towards a Single Honours degree in French. The majority of these courses involve a year studying in France or another French- speaking country. Also, there are many courses where you can take a language in addition to another subject.  If you are able to speak a foreign language, it will increase your chances of finding work abroad, whatever job you want to do, so being able to speak a second language could increase your chances of getting hired and moving up within a company. 

What can it lead on to?

Languages are an excellent subject choice for a wide variety of careers especially those involving translation or communication with people from non-English speaking countries. This can include careers in tourism, government, politics, media, publishing, and journalism.  You can also work in education, fashion or law. 

What are the areas of study?

This linear qualification focuses on three core elements: social issues and trends; political and artistic culture; grammar.  The course is divided into three different elements of assessment. 

Listening, Reading and Writing, (Two hour and 30 mins, 100 marks, 50% of A Level).  Listening: Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts. All questions are in French.  Reading: Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources. All questions are in French.  Writing: Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words. Translation into French; a passage of minimum 100 words.

Writing, (Two hours, 80 marks, 20% of A Level) Either one question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in French on set texts from a choice of two questions on each.

Speaking, (21-25 minutes, including five minutes’ preparation time, 60 marks, 30% of A Level). Individual research project covering one of four sub-themes ie aspects of French-speaking society: current issues: artistic culture in the French-speaking world: aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.
 

Performing Arts Courses

Drama (BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts)

Why study Drama?

You will take part in a strongly practical course backed up with theoretical study especially for students with a strong performance ability that are committed to working in the performing arts industry, specialising in acting and drama.  You will hone your presentation and performance skills and gain confidence in your performing abilities.  You will deepen your knowledge and experience by participating in a range of specialist performance units, with an emphasis on acting.  As well as taking part in regular practical classes in, for example, acting, voice, physical theatre and directing, you will participate in a range of professional standard public shows as well as reviewing professional performance work. 

What can it lead on to?

The flexibility and range of units on this course lead on to the performing arts industry; theatre, stage management, media, film and TV.  This qualification also achieves the same amount of UCAS points equivalent to an A Level qualification and can be used for entry for all kinds of higher education courses and careers.

What are the areas of study?

The course will be delivered through practical workshops based on theatrical theories, practitioners, playwrights and choreographers. This qualification has four units of study, three mandatory units (investigating practitioners’ work, developing skills for live performance and group performance workshop) and one optional unit (ranging from performing classical texts, acting styles, use of voice, improvisation and movement). Two of the units are externally set briefs and assessed by Pearson, the examination board, with the other two internally assessed. All of the units focus on rehearsal, live performance, evaluation and the development of acting skills and characterisation. 

 

Music (RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners)

Why study Music?

You will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the music industry or progression to higher education.  You will undertake practical structured learning with the flexibility to specialise in different disciplines directly relevant to employment within the music industry, including composition, performance, business and technology.  

What can it lead on to?

The flexibility and range of units on this course lead naturally on to the music industry, where portfolio careers are the norm and those seeking employment often require knowledge and skills covering a breadth of relevant disciplines.  “The UK’s music sector is dynamic, innovative and fast-moving, and the range of job roles available follows suit.  Many of those working in the sector take on more than one role at a time, or adjust the role to suit the needs of their business.” (Creative and Cultural Skills, The Music Blueprint – An Analysis of the skills needs of the music sector in the UK, 2011).  This qualification also achieves the same amount of UCAS points as an equivalent BTEC qualification and can be used for entry for all kinds of higher education courses and careers.

What are the areas of study?

This qualification focuses on the recognition of achievement through practical musical skills, production skills and business skills.  On the performing pathway, you will undertake one externally assessed core unit (‘Rehearsal and Performance’) which requires you to work to a brief, set with input from industry practitioners and employers specific to the area of specialism.  In addition you will take an internally assessed core unit (‘Planning a Career in Music’) together with a number of optional units that will develop your skills and understanding of musicianship, repertoire, rehearsal, promotion, and live/recorded performance.
 

PE Courses

CTECH Sport OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity     Equivalent to 1.5 A Levels

Why study CTECH Sport?        

You will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to higher education or  a range of career paths.  You will have the opportunity, through applied learning, to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the sport and physical activity sector.  It is a practical based course, where you have to apply your knowledge to a variety of different scenarios. We follow the fitness instructor pathway, which includes a wide range of units that suit all learners. 

What can it lead on to?

This course opens doors to a number of careers and life options including; physiotherapy, teaching, sports science, sports management, sports coaching, personal trainer or dietician.

What are the areas of study?

The qualification consists of three exams (44%), which are multiple choice, short answer and ten mark essay style questions.  The exams are split across the two years with an opportunity to retake each one. The remainder of the qualification is coursework (56%) which consists of five units. The units may include sports coaching and leadership, sports injuries, group exercise to music, health and fitness testing and physical activity for specific groups.  However, there is an opportunity to select alternative units, depending on the group.  The coursework is assessed in a variety of ways, for example presentations, practical coaching sessions, fitness testing, essays and reports.

Science Courses

Biology A (A Level, OCR exam board)

Why study Biology?

Biology is the most mysterious discipline left on the planet. Scientists estimate that there are between five and 40 million species on the earth. At the present time, scientists have identified between one and two million species, meaning that there are still as many as 38 million species to be identified. For those who have a questioning mind, Biology is the perfect fit. Life is still more complicated than anything humans have ever built. Many of our most significant inventions have come from reverse-engineering what we see in biological systems. Flying is a prime example. Therefore, if you want to be an inventor, consider Biology. Lastly, by studying biology, you will in turn help yourself make more informed decisions about your own body and health. You’re a living thing and Biology is the study of all living things.

What can it lead on to?

In most cases Biology is an essential subject for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and some biological sciences. Other students go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find Biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

What are the areas of study?

You will begin with the basics of Biology, focussing on the two key areas of cell structure and biological molecules, such as enzymes, proteins and DNA. After these basics the course branches out to cover four more main modules focussed on the exchange and transport of materials in animals and plants; biodiversity, evolution and disease; communication, homeostasis and energy, and lastly genetics, evolution and ecosystems. Throughout the course, practical science is a requirement, and as well as completing a core set of practical tasks, you will also study the scientific method and its role in tackling scientific problems.

 

Chemistry A (A Level, OCR exam board)

Why study Chemistry?

Firstly, just pick up a can of soft drink and you’ll find chemistry everywhere, from the metal can you’re holding, to the paint used to cover it and the liquid inside. Just breathe in and out and you’re performing a chemical reaction. Studying Chemistry will help you gain a better understanding of the world around you, and is sometimes known as the “central science” because it helps to connect physical sciences, like Maths and Physics, with applied sciences, like Biology, Medicine and Engineering. Chemistry helps you to develop research, problem solving and analytical skills. It helps to you challenge ideas and show how you worked things out through logic and step-by-step reasoning. Lastly, Chemistry often requires teamwork and communication skills too, which is great for whatever career you decide on.

What can it lead on to?

A Chemistry qualification at A Level provides the necessary skills to follow any science-related degree course or profession. In most cases, Chemistry is an essential subject for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and some biological sciences. It is also accepted for non-science careers such as accountancy and law.

What are the areas of study?

You will begin with the basics of Chemistry, focussing on the two key areas of calculations involving the amounts of substances, and structure and bonding. The course branches out to cover four more main modules focussed on the periodic table and energy; core organic chemistry; physical chemistry and transition elements and chemical analysis. Throughout the course, practical science is a requirement, and as well as completing a core set of practical tasks, you will also study the scientific method and its role in tackling scientific problems.

 

Physics A (A Level, OCR exam board)

Why study Physics?

Although physicists have made huge progress in answering many questions, there still plenty to find out. Although only a lucky few get the chance to become an astronaut, studying Physics can help you land a job in space. Perhaps more importantly, you will develop skills that can be transferred to just about any other area of work, from setting up a business to saving the planet. Even if you don’t go on to become a physicist, learning to think like one will help you get to the root of any problem and draw connections that aren’t obvious to others. Physics won’t give you all the answers, but it will teach you how to ask the right questions.

What can it lead on to?

A Physics qualification at A Level provides the necessary skills to follow any science-related degree course or profession. In most cases, Physics is an essential subject for engineering, medicine, science and some biological sciences (e.g. Biomechanics). The individual without knowledge of the subject is at a disadvantage. It is also accepted for non-science careers such as banking and law.

What are the areas of study?

You will begin with the basics of physics, focussing on the two key areas of quantities and units, and making measurements and analysing data. The course branches out to cover four more main modules focussed on the forces and motion; electrons, waves and photons; Newtonian world and astrophysics; and lastly particles and medical physics. Throughout the course, practical science is a requirement, and as well as completing a core set of practical tasks, you will also study the scientific method and its role in tackling scientific problems.