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Art

Course summary

Coursework (60%) – Internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated, at the end of the second year.

Exam (40%) – Externally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated, at the end of the second year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of coursework and externally set assignment is assessed internally and then assessed externally by Edexcel.

What careers would this course be useful for?

This course is ideal for any students considering a future career where a good grounding in Art and Design skills are required. With a qualification in Art and Design you could go on to further Education studying Fine Art, Three Dimensional Design, Graphic Communication, Photography and Fashion and Textiles.

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have B grade in GCSE.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr. D Babington or Mrs E Snow

Art
Biology

Course summary

AS Level – Module 1 Development of practical skills in biology, Module 2 Foundations in biology, Module 3 Exchange and transport, Module 4 Biodiversity, evolution and disease.

A Level – Module 5 Communication, homeostasis and energy, Module 6 Genetics, evolution and ecosystems.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the AS is via two written papers in June and is a qualification in itself.

The A level is assessed via three written papers in June that cover modules 1-6. There is also a non-exam assessment of practical skills. Please note that the A level exams will cover content from AS plus content delivered in Year 13.

What careers would this course be useful for?

With a qualification in Biology you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Biology/Applied biology or one of the other sciences or related subjects such as biochemistry, science journalism and biotechnology. It is essential for the medicine and environmental science.

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have B grade in Core and Additional Science GCSE. Students may be considered with C grades in the single science GCSEs under certain circumstances.

Who can I contact for more information?

Miss K Brown

Chemistry

Course summary

AS Level – Module 1 Development of Practical Skills, Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry, Module 3 Periodic Table and Energy, Module 4 Core Organic Chemistry.

A Level – All the AS modules listed above plus Module 5 Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements and Module 6 Organic Chemistry and Analysis.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the OCR AS Chemistry course is by two examinations in May/June.

Assessment of the OCR Chemistry A Level course is by 3 papers in the May/June of Year 13 plus a non-examined practical assessment. Please note that the A level exams will cover content from AS plus content delivered in Year 13.

What careers would this course be useful for?

With a qualification in Chemistry you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Chemistry or one of the other sciences or related subjects such as chemical engineering, materials science or biotechnology. It is essential for the medicine, pharmacy and environmental science. Chemistry is also a well-respected subject in its own right and suitable for entry into a wide range of other professions.

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have B grade in Core and Additional Science GCSE. Students may be considered with C grades in the single science GCSEs under certain circumstances.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mrs H Fozard

Chemistry
Computer Science

The aims of these qualifications are to enable learners to develop:

  1. an understanding of and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, with less emphasis on ICT
  2. the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  3. the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  4. the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  5. mathematical skills
  6. the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.

AS Level – OCR Specification H046

The content of the AS Level is divided into two components:

  1. Computing principles component (01) is assessed in a written paper (worth 50% of the total AS Level) recalling knowledge and understanding.
  2. Algorithms and problem solving component (02) relates principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding encountered in the Computing principles component. It is assessed in a written paper (worth 50% of the total AS Level).

 

Both AS and A Level pupils sit the two exams at the end of year 12.

A Level – OCR Specification H446

The A Level builds directly upon the AS Level adding new content to components 01 and 02. These components are then both examined in written papers, each worth 40% of the total A Level. Additionally component 03 (worth 20% of the total A Level), the Programming Project, is introduced. This is a practical portfolio based non-exam assessment with the task chosen by the teacher or the pupil.

 

Both exams are taken at the of year 13.

What careers would this course be useful for?

These qualifications are suitable for learners intending to pursue any career in which an understanding of technology is needed. The qualifications are also suitable for any further study as part of a course of general education.

These qualifications will provide learners with a range of transferable skills which will facilitate personal growth and foster cross curriculum links in areas such as maths, science and design and technology. Computer Science is a very creative subject and skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking will all be refined and explored as learners progress through the learning and assessment programme. It is ideally suited for future careers such as; app developer, website developer, CGI programmer, computer game developer/designer, embedded systems engineer, digital artist, network manager/technician, manufacturing engineer, data analyst.

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have a C grade in GCSE Maths or GCSE Computer Science.

Where can I find out more information?

Both exam specifications may be found at:

http://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-computer-science-h046-h446-from-2015/

 

Alternatively contact, Mr Endacott or Mr Morrison.

IT
Drama

Course summary

The GCE Drama and Theatre Studies specification is designed to provide a balance across a range of learning activities. It combines the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, the performing of plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical evaluation of all of these elements.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre. AS An internally assessed exploration of two plays 60 Marks
Unit 2 Theatre Text in Performance AS Externally assessed performances of a published play and of a monologue. 80 Marks
Unit 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance A An internally assessed production. Candidates develop and perform a play to an identifiable performance. 60 Marks
Unit 4 Theatre Text in Context A An externally assessed examination. In sections A and B students explore a play from the point of view of a director. In section C a historical text is explored. 80 Marks

What careers would this course be useful for?

Students completing the course successfully will have developed their analytical and creative skills and have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre and an ability to communicate effectively with others. This will prepare them for a range of appropriate careers and for further study.

What are the entry requirements?

Students need to have achieved a grade C or equivalent in five Key Stage 4 subjects.

Who can I contact for more information?

Ms. R. Lewis

English

Course summary

AS level – The AS qualification is one year long and will require students to study a range of text. Assessment is by examination at the end of the Year.
Paper 1: Love through the Ages: Shakespeare and Poetry
Paper 2: Love through the Ages: Prose.

A Level – The full A Level will require students to study the content above, alongside more texts. It is assessed at the end of the two years by two examination papers and a piece of coursework.
Paper 1: Love through the Ages.
Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts.

Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the AQA AS English Literature is by written examinations. The assessment for the A Level English Literature course is by written examination and coursework. All students who wish to study this subject will sit the AS qualification. If they wish to carry on to complete the full A Level they will be assessed at the end of Year 13 on the full two years of study. At the end of the two years they will sit two examinations and will also complete one piece of coursework. The AS qualification will not contribute to the A Level qualification, but rather is a separate award.

What careers would this course be useful for?

English Literature would be useful for a career in law or journalism that require thoughtful, reflective thinkers who can skillfully communicate ideas. English Literature would be useful, given the many parallels, for a career in teaching, drama, psychology, social work, history or any career that requires you to communicate and think analytically. English Literature is a well-respected subject in its own right and suitable for entry into a wide range of other professions. It is a highly regarded academic qualification that universities respect.

What are the entry requirements?

Students need a B grade in GCSE English and GCSE Literature. Students will be accepted with a B in English Literature and a C in English language based on work ethic and attitude to study.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mrs. J. McIlroy

English
Food

Course summary

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • Develop a broad view of design and technology
  • Develop their capacity to design and make products
  • Appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

There are two units for each of AS and four for A level, with an examination and a coursework unit at both levels. Candidates taking the A level qualification must take all four units.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by coursework and written examinations of equal weight throughout the AS and A level qualification.

What careers would this course be useful for?

A Level in Food Technology will prepare you for higher education and a rewarding career as a chef, food technologist, food designer or nutritionist. Other possible career paths include social work, teaching or medicine.

What are the entry requirements?

It would be beneficial for students to have a GCSE qualification in Food Technology A-C grade.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr Goddard

French

Course summary

AS – Unit 1: Youth culture and concerns; the world around us; Education and employment; Lifestyle, health and fitness.

A Level – Unit 1: Environmental issues. Unit 2: Social and political issues. Unit 3: Study a book and/or a film and/or a region of France.

How will I be assessed?

First year for the AS:
Unit 1: Spoken expression and response in French. (30% of AS mark and 15% of overall A-LEVEL mark.)
Unit 2: Understanding and written response in French. (70% of AS mark, 35% of total A-LEVEL mark)

Second year for A-Level:
Unit 3: Understanding and spoken response in French. (17.5% of total A-LEVEL mark.)
Unit 4: Research, understanding and written response in French. (32.5% of total A-LEVEL mark.)

What careers would this course be useful for?

With a qualification in French you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying French by itself or combined it with another subject (French and Law or French and Politics or French and Business are common ones). It is now very much recommended for a career in business, travel and tourism or any other job with an international dimension.

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have B grade in French GCSE. Students may be considered with C grades under certain circumstances.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mrs Moss or Mrs Stanford via this link

French
Geography

Course summary

AS Level – Physical and Human Geography (rivers floods and management; population change; energy issues and coastal management) and Geographical Skills.

A Level – Contemporary Geographical Issues (plate tectonics and hazards; world cities; development and globalisation) and a Geographical Issue Evaluation.

How will I be assessed?

At AS Level the Physical and Human Paper is worth 35% of the A Level and the Geographical Skills paper 15%. Half of the Skills paper is based on the field work which takes place on a residential field study on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. At A Level Contemporary Geographical Issues is worth 30% of the two year course and the Issue Evaluation Paper 20%. This paper is based on studying pre-release material before the examination.

What careers would this course be useful for?

A Level Geography is related to a vast number of careers for a number of reasons. Geography as a subject develops a huge range of transferable skills which employers value highly, for example problem solving and analysis. Some of the main vocational areas which employ geographers include: environmental management; management and administration; leisure, travel and tourism, business and finance, scientific services, education, professional and social services etc.

What are the entry requirements?

Students do not need a GCSE qualification in Geography, but should have an interest in the world around them.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr P. Bradley

Geography
History

Course summary

AS Level – Paper 1: In Search of the American Dream: The USA 1917-96; Paper 2: India c.1914-47: The Road to Independence.

A Level – All the AS modules listed above plus; Paper 3: The British Experience of Warfare c.1790-1918; Paper 4: Coursework based on one of the above topics.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the Edexcel History course is by 2 written examinations at AS Level. The examinations are in May/June. At A Level assessment is by 3 written examinations and coursework submitted in May/June of Year 13. Please note that the A level exams will cover content from AS plus content delivered in Year 13.

What careers would this course be useful for?

With a qualification in History you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying History, Archaeology or Politics. History teaches you how to read evidence for fact and opinion and therefore essential for lawyers, the police and politicians. History teaches you effective written communication skills, leading to careers in the Civil Service, law and journalism. History teaches skills of analysis and strategy, vital for jobs in the Army, teaching, advertising, medicine, banking and accountancy. Therefore History is a well-respected qualification in its own right and the skills gained from studying it transfer to a wide range of careers.

What are the entry requirements?

Students DO NOT need a GCSE qualification in History but a good level of skill in written English is important.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mrs C. Kenway

Mathematics

Course summary

AS level content – Core 1 Pure mathematics, Core 2 Pure mathematics, Statistics

Full A level content – AS content plus Core 3 Pure mathematics, Core 4 Pure mathematics, Mechanics

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the Edexcel A level mathematics course is by written examination. Examinations are in June; Statistics, Core 1 & Core 2 are taken in year 12 and Mechanics, Core 3 & Core 4 in year 13.

What careers would this course be useful for?

With a qualification in Mathematics you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Mathematics or related subjects such as engineering, economics or accountancy. It is essential for mathematics or statistics based subjects such as engineering. Mathematics is also a very well-respected subject in its own right and suitable for entry into a wide range of professions.

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have grade A in Mathematics GCSE. Students may be considered with B grades in GCSE under certain circumstances.

Who can I contact for more information?

Miss A. Fletcher

Maths
Media Studies

Course summary

1. Exam (25%): Investigating media. A range of Media products are assessed using the key concepts of Form Institution Representation and Audience. A case study into film and television is also undertaken.
2. Coursework (25%): Creating media. Students plan and shoot, for example, a trailer for a film and linked pages from two existing magazines.
3. Exam (25%): Critical Perspectives. Representations are explored across a range of media platforms.
4. Coursework (25%): Research and Production. Students complete a written investigation and a linked practical production.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification is assessed by written exam and by coursework. The assessment weighting is 50% exam and 50% practical coursework.

What careers would this course be useful for?

This course is suitable for any students considering a future career in the media and communications industries. It can also be used as a route into higher education.

What are the entry requirements?

Five GCSEs at grade C or above.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr C. Purnell

Media
Photography

Course summary

AS Unit 1 (40%) – Personal Creative Enquiry; determined by the learner and teacher. Assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.
A2 Unit 2 (36%) – Personal Investigation; determined by the learner and teacher. Assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.
A2 Unit 3 (24%) – Externally Set Assignment; Preparatory study followed by a 15 hour examination period. Set by the exam board, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of coursework and externally set assignment is assessed internally and then assessed externally by WJEC.

What careers would this course be useful for?

This course is ideal for any students considering a future career where a good grounding in Photography is required. With a qualification in Photography you could go on to further Education studying Photography, Fine Art, Film and Media, Graphic Communication, Fashion and Textiles.

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have B grade in GCSE Art and a Merit Grade in BTEC First Certificate Art.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mrs Snow

Photography
Physics

Course summary

AS Level – Module 1 Development of practical skills in physics; Module 2 Foundations of physics; Module 3 Forces and motion; and Module 4 Electrons, waves and photons.

A Level – Includes the four modules from AS in addition to Module 5 Newtonian world and astrophysics; and Module 6 Particles and medical physics.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of AS Physics, a stand-alone qualification, takes place in June as two, one and a half hour written examinations.
Assessment of A level Physics takes place at the end of the final year, with 2 x two and a quarter hour exams and a 1 x one and a half exam. The A level also includes a practical endorsement.

What careers would this course be useful for?

With a qualification in Physics you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Physics or a range of related subjects such as engineering, medicine and maths, being essential for engineering. Physics is also a well-respected subject in its own right and suitable for entry into a wide range of other professions, including law and technological subjects.

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have B grade in Core/Additional Science and Maths GCSEs. Students may be considered with C grades in the single Science/Maths GCSEs under certain circumstances.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr P Pawlitta

Product Design

Course summary

Unit 1 (AS – Level): PROD1 Materials, Components and Application.
Unit 3 (A – Level): PROD3 Design and Manufacture.

The content has been divided into three sections:

  • Section A: Materials and Components
  • Section B: Design and Market Influences
  • Section C: Processes and Manufacture

Unit 2 (AS – Level): PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making.
Unit 4 (A – Level): PROD4 Design and Making Practice.
This is a design-and-make unite whre knowledge of the AS subject content is applied to the design and making of the candidates’ own projects.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the AS and A level Product Design is by coursework and written and design examinations. The examinations are in June of each year. Preparations for the exams are carried out in lessons throughout the course.

What careers would this course be useful for?

This course will provide a suitable foundation for the study of a wide range of design related courses at University or direct entry into employment. Career opportunities would include, Product Designer, Architect, Interior Designer, Furniture Designer and Engineer.

What are the entry requirements?

It would be beneficial for students to have a GCSE qualification in Product Design, Resistant Materials or Graphics although this is not essential.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr Goddard

Product-Design
Psychology

Course summary

AS Level – Topics include: Social influence, memory, attachment, approaches in psychology, psychopathology and research methods.

A Level – AS content plus the following topics: Biopsychology, issues and debates in psychology, relationships, schizophrenia and forensic psychology.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the AQA Psychology course is by written examination. The examinations are in June. Preparations for the exams are carried out in lessons throughout the course, with a mock exam after Christmas.

What careers would this course be useful for?

With a qualification in Psychology you could go on to Further or Higher Education. Additionally to this, if you do not use it for your main subject area it is a multi-disciplinary subject and will offer you a more effective way of thinking. Employers favour the subject as it requires the ability to be a flexible and forward thinking individual. For those interested in careers in psychology, visiting the British Psychological Society website will provide further information.

What are the entry requirements?

The course requires students to be skilled in Mathematics, Science and English as these are all assessed as part of the qualification. Students are required to have a grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science.

Who can I contact for more information?

Miss N. Preston

Religious Studies

Course summary

AS course:
Unit 1: Philosophical issues including the problem of evil and suffering
Unit 2: Interpretation of the New Testament
Unit 3: Religious beliefs, values and teachings

Full A level will contain AS course units, plus:
Unit 1: Philosophers and religious experience
Unit 2: Historical and scientific challenges to faith
Unit 3: Religion and society

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the Edexcel AS and Full A Level Religious Studies with Philosophy course is by written examination. The examinations are in June of each year. Preparations for the exams are carried out in lessons throughout the course.

What careers would this course be useful for?

With a qualification in Religious Studies you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Philosophy, Religious Studies or Theology. It is extremely desirable for future careers that deal with people e.g. teaching, the legal profession or any of the public services. Areas of work such as journalism that require thoughtful, reflective thinkers who can skillfully communicate ideas would also benefit. In addition to this, Religious Studies is a well-respected subject in its own right and suitable for entry into a wide range of other professions.

What are the entry requirements?

Students DO NOT need a GCSE qualification in Religious Studies but a good level of skill in written English is important.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr S. J. Richardson

Sociology

Course summary

AS content:
Topics include – Education, with specific reference to UK policy and globalization, families and households, with an emphasis on changing characteristics over time. Students will also study research methods.

A level Content:
AS content plus the following topics – Crime and deviance and beliefs in society. In addition to research methods at AS level students will also study sociological theory, this will be applied to the crime and deviance topic.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the AQA Sociology course is by written examination. The examinations are in June. The AS course features two 90 minute examinations. The full A-level course features three 120 minute exams. All exams are at the end of the year (summative assessment).

What careers would this course be useful for?

With a qualification in Sociology you could go on to Further or Higher Education. Sociology is positively regarded by university admissions tutors so makes an exceptional additional subject within an academic A-level programme. A-level Sociology also requires the development of critical thinking skills. This is seen as a huge positive in the employment market.

What are the entry requirements?

The course requires students to be skilled in Mathematics, Science and English as these are all assessed as part of the qualification. Students are required to have a grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr M. Lipton

Sociology
Spanish

Course summary

AS Level – Unit 1: Youth culture and concerns; the world around us; Education and employment; Lifestyle, health and fitness.

A Level – Unit 1: Environmental issues. Unit 2: Social and political issues. Unit 3: Study a book and/or a film and/or a region of Spain.

How will I be assessed?

First year for the AS:
Unit 1: Spoken expression and response in Spanish. (30% of AS mark, 15% of total A-LEVEL mark.)
Unit 2: Understanding and written response in Spanish. (70% of AS mark, 35% of total A-LEVEL mark)

Second year for A-Level:
Unit 3: Understanding and spoken response in Spanish. (17.5% of total A-LEVEL mark.)
Unit 4: Research, understanding and written response in Spanish. (32.5% of total A-LEVEL mark.)

What careers would this course be useful for?

With a qualification in Spanish you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Spanish by itself or combined with another subject (Spanish and Law, Spanish and Politics or Spanish and Business are common ones). It is now very much recommended for a career in business, travel and tourism or any other job with an international dimension.

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have B grade in Spanish GCSE. Students may be considered with C grades under certain circumstances.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr Pardo Roques: rpardoroques@ripleyacademy.org or via this link

Textiles

Course summary

Unit 1: In this unit, students will have the opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources. You will experiment with a textiles technique and develop and refine ideas presenting a final piece of work.

Unit 2: This unit consist of an independent supported study within a chosen theme set by the examination board. A final piece is created within a timed examination.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the AS Textiles course is by the completion of 2 units of work per year which are weight equally.

What careers would this course be useful for?

This course will provide a suitable foundation for the study of a wide range of design related courses at University or direct entry into employment. Career opportunities would include; Fashion Design, Interior Design, Theatre Studies, Textiles design and Fashion Buyer.

What are the entry requirements?

It would be beneficial for students to have a GCSE qualification in Art or Textiles Technology although not essential.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr Goddard

Textiles

Vocational & Applied

Applied Science

Course summary

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Science – Two units studied: Principles and Application of Science 1 (externally assessed, by examination) and Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (internally assessed).

Extended Certificate (Year 13) – Two further units: Science Investigation Skills (externally assessed, by examination) and Genetics and Genetic Engineering (internally assessed).

How will I be assessed?

In each year there is one unit is assessed by examination (50%) and one internally assessed unit (50%) made up from a couple of assignments which can be graded at a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What careers would this course be useful for?

This course is ideal for any students considering a future career where a good grounding in scientific principles and practice is useful. It provides a route into employment that uses science e.g. technician in laboratory, hospital, research, testing, forensic science service, chemical or engineering industries, police, armed forces etc. It can also be used as a route into higher education.

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have C grade in Core and Additional Science GCSE or a Merit in a BTEC Science Level 2 course.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mrs S. Fidler

Chemistry
Business

Applied General L3 Certificate in Business

This qualification is excellent for students who are in full time education and are keen to progress to higher education and/or pursue a career in business or business related subjects. It is a substantial vocational qualification which provides a broad, deep understanding of business knowledge and skills to support students’ progress to either higher education or the world of work.

This course prepares students to take up employment in business and entrepreneurship in the future as it develops key fundamental knowledge and skills recognised by employers such as Teamwork, Communications skills.  Students are assessed during the course, not only on knowledge and understanding gained but on how these can shape their key skills.

 

Students will learn about the way that a successful is a function of the relationship between its people, marketing, finance and its ability to deliver operationally on its commitments.

 

This course is assessed using a variety of methods and is detailed below, as such students will also need to be able to organise their own time and meet coursework deadlines effectively and consistently.

 

Level 3 Certificate in Business 

Year 1 Topics of Study (Year 12)                             

  • Financial Planning and Analysis (Exam)
  • Business Dynamics (Coursework portfolio)
  • Entrepreneurial Opportunities (Externally assessed portfolio)

 

L3 Extended Certificate in Business 

Year 2 Topics of Study (Year 13)- Year 1 content plus:                        

  • Managing and Leading People (Exam)
  • Developing a Business Proposal (Coursework portfolio)
  • 1 Optional Unit (Coursework portfolio), either
    • Managing an event or
    • Marketing communications or
    • E-business implementation

 

The overall qualification is graded as P, M, D and D*and carries the same UCAS equivalent points from a traditional ‘A’ Level.

Upon successful completion of the first year units, the student will be eligible for the award of a Level 3 Certificate which is the equivalent of one AS Level. Upon successful completion of the first and second year units, the student will be eligible for the award of the Level 3 Extended Certificate which is equivalent of one A Level.

 

Further information about the course which is endorsed by UK Universities, can be found on the AQA website www.aqa.org.uk

For further information about the course, please contact Mrs Taylor in school.

 

Internet resources to support the course

http://www.tutor2u.net/business

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpsvr82

http://www.businessed.co.uk/

Health & Social Care

Course summary

This course is broadly equivalent to two A Levels. During the course there are various units covering topics such as: human lifespan development, working in health and social care, principle of safe practice, psychological and sociological perspectives.

How will I be assessed?

This two year course is assessed by coursework (internal assessment) and exam (external assessment). The split is 50% exam and 50% coursework across the two years.

What careers would this course be useful for?

This course is ideal for any students considering a future career in areas such as social worker, nursery nurse, residential carer, physiotherapist, nursing or probation officer

What are the entry requirements?

It helps if students have achieved a pass in Level 2 Health and Social Care, although this is not essential.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr M Lipton

Public Services (Level 2)

Course summary

This new NQF Level 1/2 First Award is specific to Year 12 Sixth Form students who want to gain more GCSE and GCSE equivalent qualifications – This one year course provides opportunities to develop work and study skills to prepare for level 3. There are four units of work. Topics covered include the role and work of the public services, working skills in the public service sector, employment planning and community protection.

How will I be assessed?

There is a one hour examination for Unit 1, and Units 2, 3 and 4 are achieved by the completion of a number of assignments which can be graded at a Pass, Merit or Distinction. These are issued regularly throughout the year to a specific schedule that must be followed in order to complete the course. For lower level ability a Level 1 can be awarded.

What careers would this course be useful for?

This course is ideal for any students considering a future career where a good grounding in understanding public services and working with the public is useful. It provides a starting point into a range of careers like The Police Service, The Fire Service, The Prison Service and The Armed Forces, as well as a range of non-uniformed careers and employment opportunities in the Civil Service. It can also be used as a route to Level 3 work with sufficient grades and eventual higher education.

What are the entry requirements?

Students can join this course to gain a further GCSE equivalent qualification, and it can be studied in combination with other Level 2 or 3 subjects.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr. M. Kestas

Public Services (Level 3)

Course summary

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (Year 12) – Five units worth 60 credits and equivalent to one A level cover Government, Policies and the public Services, Leadership and Teamwork, Citizenship and Diversity, Understanding Discipline, and Crime and its Effects on Society.

Level 3 Diploma (Year 13) – Nine units worth 60 credits and completing the Diploma which is worth two A levels covers: International Institutions and Human Rights, Understand the Impact of War, Conflict and Terrorism, Planning and Management of Major Incidents, Police Powers, Behaviour in Public Sector Employment, Current and Media Affairs and Employment in the Uniformed Public Services, and Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions.

How will I be assessed?

There are no examinations; the qualification is entirely assessed via the completion of a number of assignments which can be graded at a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What careers would this course be useful for?

This course is ideal for any students considering a future career where a good grounding in understanding public services and working with the public is useful. It provides a route into a range of careers like The Police Service, The Fire Service, The Prison Service and The Armed Forces, as well as a range of non-uniformed careers and employment opportunities in the Civil Service. It can also be used as a route into higher education.

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have C grade in English and four other subjects or a Merit in BTEC Public Services Diploma Level 2 course.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr M. Kestas

Sport

Course summary

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is a course taking two academic years to complete and is equivalent to 1 A level. The course involves 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed. The mandatory units are: Anatomy & Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being and Professional Development in the Sports Industry.

Following the completion of these units one additional unit from the list below can be selected. To offer you greater flexibility and choice, especially for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter, the PE department is allowing you to choose which unit you would like to study.

  • Unit 4 – Sports Leadership
  • Unit 5 – Application of fitness testing
  • Unit 6 – Sports Pyschology
  • Unit 7 – Practical Sports Performance

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed via both internally and externally assessed assignments and 1 externally marked exam. This breaks down as:
Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology – Externally assessed exam.
Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being – Externally assessed assignment
Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry. Internally assessed assignment.
Units 4,5,6,7 assessed via internal assignments.

What careers would this course be useful for?

This course is ideal for any students considering a future career where a good grounding in physical education is important. It provides a route into employment, such as teaching, coaching, recreation management police, armed forces etc. It can also be used as a route into higher education.

What are the entry requirements?

We prefer students to have a good understanding of Physical Education or have studied GCSE Physical Education. Ideally a grade C would have been achieved at GCSE level.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr Kingsland / Mr McTaggart