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  • 2. Welcome With currently over 350 students, The Arthur Terry Sixth Form About Us is one of the West Midlands’ largest school based sixth forms. It is the normal progression route for over two thirds The Sixth Form Team currently of our Year 11 students each year. We have applications for consists of : places from external students also, from across Birmingham Mr N Bowater - Director of the Sixth and South Staffordshire. Our Average Points Score in 2008 Form / Assistant Headteacher ranked us as the highest performing non-selective or private Mr J R Townsend - Post-16 school in Birmingham; we are particularly proud of our recent Admissions Coordinator Ofsted report which stated “The overall effectiveness of the Mrs P Davies - Sixth Form Secretary sixth form is outstanding” and “students make outstanding Mrs V Aspinall - Post-16 Study progress because of the excellent education they receive” Support Assistant Mrs A Gambles – Post 16 Study The Sixth Form now offers over 30 A Level and/ or Applied subjects. This Support Assistant increased provision will enable students to choose subjects that complement a range of progression routes; opening up more opportunities when selecting higher education courses and at the same time preparing students for the world of work. Curriculum provision is reviewed each year with our most recent new All staff have considerable expertise in subjects being Economics, Law, Food Technology, BTEC Retail and Textiles. The providing support, information, advice possibility of offering AS Level Environmental Studies next year is currently being and guidance and they are permanently investigated and we are also researching how the introduction of the Extended available for students in the Sixth Form Project and the International Baccalaureate could benefit our students. Centre. 213812 TEXT.indd 2 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 3. “ The Arthur Terry School has recently undergone a complete rebuild which has replaced the majority of the The overall old school with state of the art facilities. effectiveness of The Sixth Form benefits directly from: the sixth form is ” • Classrooms installed with digital projectors and audio-visual facilities • A well equipped Library / Learning Resource Centre • Music Technology Suites, Recording Studio and Practice Rooms outstanding OFSTED 2009 • Air Conditioned ICT Rooms • Spacious and expertly designed Art Rooms, Science Labs and Technology Workshops Financial Support • Sports Hall, Gymnasium, Fitness Centre, Dance Studio, All-weather pitch, Educational Drama Studios • Sixth Form Centre, Quiet Study Room, Mezzanine refreshment area. Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Educational Maintenance Allowance Information, Advice and Guidance is a weekly payment of upto £30 that is paid directly into a student’s bank Over 90% of our sixth formers apply to higher education and they are very well account. The payment is only paid served by a comprehensive Information, Advice and Guidance programme if you have an excellent attendance which begins in Year 12. All students attend an Enrichment Day in June to begin record and perform well in your AS/ the process of identifying an appropriate University Course or Career Path. The A2 subjects. The EMA is designed Post-16 Admissions Co-ordinator interviews students individually about university to help you with cost of books, and career choices and leads tutors in the completion of UCAS applications equipment, travel that you may incur and academic references. All students are encouraged to attend university as part of your AS/A2 courses. Open Days and all Year 12 students attend a higher education fair at one of the universities in Birmingham. A number of our most able students are encouraged If you have any questions in relation to apply for Oxford and Cambridge, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and to the EMA, Mrs Gambles (Study Law. Students who do not want to go to university or wish to take an alternative Support Assistant) will provide any career route are supported through the Connexions service and a programme of help that is required. outside speakers to provide students with careers information. 213812 TEXT.indd 3 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 4. “ Students make Links with Parents The part that parents play in encouraging and motivating students cannot be outstanding understated, and there are a number of methods used for keeping parents informed of their son/daughter’s progress and attendance throughout the year. progress There will be two interim reports and one full report that provide information on student progress and targets for improvement in each subject area. There will be because of a Parent’s Evening where parents will have the opportunity to discuss progress with each subject teacher. In addition to these formal links, subject teachers the excellent and tutors are always available by prior arrangement to discuss the progress of individual students. education they receive ” OFSTED 2009 The Vertical Tutoring System Each student is allocated a Personal Tutor who will support their academic Admissions and personal development. The There is a rigorous application process for all students who wish to join Arthur Personal Tutor is the first point of Terry Sixth Form. The process begins with an initial Sixth Form Open Evening contact regarding each student’s in November where students will have the opportunity to collect the Sixth Form progress. Students will meet with Prospectus and find out more information about the subjects they would like to the Tutor every morning as part of study at Advanced level. All applicants will then need to submit an application a Vertical Tutor Group which will form by the published deadline. include approximately 22 students from across Year groups 7-13. Every Our internal applicants are interviewed from January about their preferred Personal Tutor is supported by an options, when advice is given by the Director of Sixth Form and the post-16 Achievement Coordinator and a Admissions Officer about careers and university courses. External applicants Head of School who all work together are, upon receipt of satisfactory references, interviewed by the Director of to ensure that all students reach their Sixth Form and other members of the Leadership group during the spring full potential. The Director of Sixth term. Successful applicants will then receive a conditional offer (see entry Form works closely with the Heads requirements) by letter. Applicants who haven’t been successful will also be of School, Achievement Coordinators notified by letter. and Tutors to ensure the programmes of study for Years 12 and 13 are Two Induction Days are held during the first week of July for all students who appropriate and provides an overall have received a conditional offer. This is an opportunity to experience a taster Post 16 perspective that is so vital for lesson in your four chosen AS subjects and to begin to adjust to a new way of the school. thinking and learning. 213812 TEXT.indd 4 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 5. On receipt of GCSE examination results in August, students Choosing the Right Subjects who meet the conditions of their offer will automatically start their courses in September. Students who do not meet In choosing your A-level subjects the best general advice is the conditions of their offer will not be able to join the Sixth to pick those that you like and are good at, so that you will Form in September and this will be confirmed in writing. play to your subject strengths. However, do note that some degree courses and occupations require you to have taken *Please be aware that any application, and subsequent certain subjects at A-Level. If you know what degree you offer, of a place at Arthur Terry Sixth Form does not want to take or occupation you want to go in to, then you guarantee any younger siblings, (brothers or sisters) a should check that you are taking the right combination of place at our school. subjects before you make your final choices. Arthur Terry School is full to its admission number in all Look carefully at the subject descriptions and at the Goes year groups and to admit pupils above the admission well with . . . section. It is possible to take a combination number would prejudice the provision of efficient use of subjects that are interconnected and your choice could of resources and the efficient education for the existing start a useful vocational specialisation, leading to degrees pupils on roll. in technology and engineering, creative design, business administration and so on. If you wish to pursue a place for any younger children you have the right to appeal and advise that this No university will require more than three A-Levels, but correspondence will be brought to the attention of the some universities are particularly keen that students have a independent Appeals Panel. fourth AS-Level. Some universities like students to choose a fourth subject that is significantly different to the other three, for example, Maths, Physics, Chemistry - plus Art or Music For admissions enquiries please contact the Sixth or English Literature, to encourage breadth, while others Form Centre : like you to choose subjects that form a natural and related group. On the other hand, you should not choose subjects Telephone (Sixth Form Centre) : 0121 323 1167 where there is too much overlap, as this could affect your Email : UCAS points total. Therefore, you may have to do some Fax (School) : 0121 308 8033 checking before settling on your choices. 213812 TEXT.indd 5 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 6. We offer a number of Applied A-Levels - Business Studies, students to be “leaders of learning” within the whole Health & Social Care, ICT and Leisure. These have exactly school community and we will determine through the same worth as the GCE A-Levels: universities accept references and interview if you have demonstrated the them on exactly the same basis and they have the same necessary skills and abilities throughout KS4 to fulfil UCAS grade and points weighting. Applied A-Levels have this role. more coursework components and fewer end of unit exams. Depending on your preferred learning style, you may opt for this approach to advanced level work. Enrichment The Enrichment Programme, together with the many extra- Entry Requirements curricular options available in the school, provides all Year 12 and 13 students with opportunities to complement their The minimum entry requirement to get on to a full advanced main programme of study and for personal development. level programme at The Arthur Terry Sixth Form is 5 Drama and music have a high a particularly high profile in GCSE grades at A* - C including English and Maths. We the school and Sixth Form students regularly take leading would also normally expect you to have at least a grade roles. Students can pursue sporting interests and complete C at GCSE, where taken, in the subject or course you the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme up to Gold. Students wish to take at advanced level. Where the GCSE has not are encouraged to take responsibility in the school; they been taken the Core and/or a related GCSE will be used supervise at lunchtimes and work alongside tutors and to determine suitability. In addition, due to the academic subject teachers offering in-class and other support. demands of some subjects, special entry requirements will Students willingly volunteer their services to help out with a apply. Further detail regarding any special requirements will range of school events: parents’ evenings, open evenings, be provided at the Sixth Form Open Evening and during induction days for younger pupils and prospective Sixth interview. Be careful about opting for more than one subject Form Students. Support of pupils in the lower school is that is completely new, as this can put you under a lot of central to the role of Sixth Form students at Arthur Terry pressure to adjust to too much that is unfamiliar. with the introduction of vertical tutoring. Younger students As well as 5 GCSE grades A* - C (including English and do look up to Sixth Form students so it is important they Maths), there is a further entrance test for our Sixth present the highest standards of dress, behaviour and Form which you will be sitting throughout Key Stage respect and are Leaders of Learning within the school. 4; it’s a test of good social behaviour and commitment Sixth Form students will contribute to the Vertical Tutor to academic study. Make sure you pass this test by group sessions each morning by leading activities, showing a consistent effort in both areas throughout coaching students and providing support for their personal your studies in Key Stage 4. We expect our sixth form tutor. The Enrichment Programme includes: • Arts Award • pen University Young Applicants in O Schools Scheme • Arthur Terry Radio • Orchestra, School Show, Senior Choir • Duke of Edinburgh Award • Sports Leadership Award • The Extended Project, In-Class Support • Sports Teams • Life Coaching • Volunteer Work 213812 TEXT.indd 6 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 7. International Baccalaureate Diploma Arthur Terry School is a candidate school for the IB Diploma Programme. We are pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our students. Only schools authorised by the International Baccalaureate (IB) as IB World Schools can offer any of its three academic programmes : the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted. The International Baccalaureate programme at Arthur Terry School will ensure Theory of Knowledge that we have a curriculum provision that stretches the capabilities of all students. It is a two-year course which is an alternative to our A level courses to give (ToK) students as broad a choice as possible post 16. The interdisciplinary ToK course is It leads to a qualification that is widely recognised by the world’s leading designed to provide coherence by universities and it challenges students to become well rounded individuals ready exploring the nature of knowledge for the wider world. across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. Essentially, this course Course Outline Language A1 offers the opportunity for reflecting Students on the Group 1 on the knowledge acquired in all of International Baccalaureate Second Individuals the 6 chosen subjects. Students must language Group 2 Group 3 and Societies Diploma Programme study experience a minimum of 100 hours six subjects selected CORE across the 2 year course. from the subject groups. REQUIREMENTS Normally three subjects are studied at Higher Level Experimental sciences Group 4 Group 5 Mathematics and computer Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) science (courses representing 240 Group 6 teaching hours), and the Participation in the Academy’s CAS The Arts remaining three subjects programme encourages students are studied at Standard to be involved in artistic pursuits, Level (courses representing 150 teaching hours). Students must also follow all sports and community service work, three of the core elements: Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, thus fostering students’ awareness Action, Service. These are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the and appreciation of life outside the Diploma Programme. academic arena. This can be offered in a number of ways however, one What are the three core requirements ? model would be students following the CAS programme for ½ day a It is a requirement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme that all week for the duration of their Sixth students must complete the following core elements: Form studies. We would expect a minimum of 150 hours to be devoted to these activities during the course. Extended Essay The Extended Essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students What subjects will with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. A student we offer? will be allocated a supervisor and we will offer students a course in research There are three core subject areas and referencing skills. In schools around the world this piece of work is usually that all IB students are required to completed between Years 12 and 13. 213812 TEXT.indd 7 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 8. study either at Higher or Standard External assessment Level. Examinations form the basis of the assessment for most courses because of Group 1 Language A1: English. This 11 their high levels of objectivity and reliability. They include : essays, structured is the study of literature in a student’s problems, short-response questions , data-response questions, text-response first language. questions, case-study questions, multiple-choice questions (limited use of these). Group 2 Second Language: A 20 There are also a small number of other externally assessed pieces of work, for Modern Foreign Language from example, theory of knowledge essays, extended essays and world literature French, German and Spanish. assignments. These are completed by students over an extended period under This is designed to promote the teacher supervision instead of examination conditions, and are then marked by understanding of another culture external examiners. through the study of a second BER language. Internal assessment Group 5 Mathematics Teacher assessment is also used for most courses. This includes: oral work in languages , fieldwork in geography, laboratory work in the sciences, Students are then required to choose investigations in mathematics, artistic performances. 3 subjects from the following groups: Group 3 Individuals and Societies: Assessments are checked by external examiners and normally contribute Business and Management, between 20 and 30 per cent of the total mark. Geography, Psychology. Group 4 Experimental Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics. Group 6 The Arts: Music, Theatre, Visual Arts. TEM Some of the arts courses, for example, music, theatre arts and visual arts, have assessment of a major practical component, which can account for as much as 50 per cent of the total mark. The IB Diploma only has terminal exams; no course is modular. These exams are in the first weeks of May of the second year (Year 13). The maximum time for Group 6 subjects are optional SEP HL subjects is 5 hours of exams, and for SL subjects, 3 hours. All groups of the and students can choose another Diploma have internal assessment (coursework) which is between 20-50% of the subject from any group or Computer final score. The results are published in July. Science which is offered as an additional optional subject. In each subject students can gain a score of 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). The maximum for the six subjects is then 6 x 7 = 42 points. There are up to an extra In total then, students will study 3 3 points for both the TOK assessed work (one 1200 word essay and a 10 minute subjects at Higher Level (HL) and 3 presentation) and the Extended Essay (4000 words) together. So the maximum subjects at Standard Level (SL) score in a Diploma is 45 points. Usually 24 points gains you a Diploma. Six FOR The IB curriculum and timetable month retakes are possible in November. will be constructed following the submission of applications from Specific Entry Requirements students. We will endeavour to meet The IB Diploma programme may interest you if any of these apply to you : the subject requirements of the vast You are undecided on your final subject choice at university; you wish to maintain majority of students, however there the study of a broad range of subjects; you are considering going overseas to may be some subject combinations study or to work; you want a broad-based international education; you are keen that may not be offered due to to challenge yourself mentally and physically and to contribute to the whole- NEW timetable restrictions. school community. You will be a student who achieves a minimum of 8 A*-C grades and you will also be expected to achieve an A or A* grade in the 3 subjects that you study How is the IB at Higher Level and a minimum of a grade B in the subjects that you study at Diploma Programme Standard Level. assessed? Further advice More detail can be found in the IB Prospectus. A variety of different methods Or contact: are used to measure student Mr N Bowater, IB Coordinator Designate achievement against the objectives Email for each course: 213812 TEXT.indd 8 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 9. Business Studies AQA & Applied Business Exam Board: OCR We offer two alternative Business Studies Courses. Both deal with all aspects of business described, but you need to decide which type of learning and assessment best suits you. Both courses have exactly the same worth as an A-Level. The choice is either a 2 year BTEC Business course, in Core Unit 1 Exploring Business Activity which 100% of the course is internally assessed through (Coursework 1/6 of award) a portfolio of coursework (marked by teachers and This unit is designed to introduce learners to a wide range moderated by the exam board); Business Studies AS (1st of business activities. year ) and A2 (2nd year) is assessed through traditional examinations with no coursework. Core Unit 2 Investigating Business Resources (Coursework 1/6 of award) Course outline This unit considers the importance of the day-to-day Business deals with the internal and external influences on requirements to the business of suitable staff working well the behaviour and structure of an organisation. In addition in appropriate teams and departments as well as physical it considers things like responsibilities to the community, and technological resources. the consumer, the government and its employees. It equips you with the necessary skills knowledge and techniques Core Unit 3 Introduction to Marketing to make effective business decisions. The subject stays (Coursework 1/6 of award) relevant by investigating major topical issues that can This unit will introduce learners to the tools and techniques generate change for business organisations and the ways used in the modern marketing industry to achieve business in which businesses respond to these issues. A broad objectives by meeting the customer’s needs and expectations. range of topics is covered, including aspects of accounts, economics, management studies, human resources, Core Unit 4 Effective People, Communication and marketing, industrial relations and business law. Information (Coursework 1/6 of award) This unit learners explore how this process starts by Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Award in Business organisations selecting, recruiting and employing the most qualified, skilled and experienced people. Staff This course will be delivered over a 2 year programme and must possess good verbal and written skills in order to therefore students will only receive any accreditation at the communicate and share information. The ability to decide end of the 2 years. The BTEC National Award in Business on the correct method for communicating different forms of consists of four core units plus two specialist units. Each of information is necessary for the maximum effect. the 6 units carries equal weighting towards the final Level 3 qualification. Students receive a Distinction (Grade A Students will study 2 further units equivalent), Merit (Grade C equivalent), Pass (Grade E (worth 1/3 of the award) that will be selected by the equivalent) for the portfolio work that they submit over the Business Studies Department during the next academic course of the award. year. 1 213812 TEXT.indd 9 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 10. A-Level Business Studies Course Outline in the strategic management of businesses, for example, leadership and corporate culture. AS Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business (1 hour 15 min exam: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) Goes well with… This unit provides an introduction to the scope of Business Business encourages you to develop a range of Studies within the context of starting a new business. You important and transferable skills such as: will be expected to have an understanding of the range of activities involved in setting up a small business. You • data skills – you will be expected to manipulate data in a will also gain an understanding of key financial concepts variety of forms and to interpret their results essential for the planning of small businesses and be • presenting arguments and making judgments and expected to carry out calculations and interpret their justified recommendations on the basis of the results. available evidence • recognising the nature of problems, solving problems AS Unit 2: Managing a Business and making decisions using appropriate (1 hour 30 min exam: 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level) business tools and methods This unit covers four key areas of marketing, finance, human resources and operations. You will gain an • planning work, taking into account the demands of the understanding on the ways to make each area of a task and the time available to complete it business more effective and learn the strategies used to • conducting research into a specific theme in preparation ensure and integrated approach to business. for one or more tasks • challenging your own assumptions using evidence that A2 Unit 3: Strategies for Success has become available. (1 hour 45 min exam: 25% of A-Level) In this unit you will study the mechanisms for setting objectives, measuring performance and devising strategies. With these points in mind, it can be argued that Business will go well with almost all other A-Level subjects, as at least some aspect of the course will be relevant. A2 Unit 4: The Business Environment and Managing Change For advice (1 hour 45 min exam: 25% of A-Level) Contact Mr M Birch This unit considers the relationship between businesses and external factors. It examines how external factors can Email impact upon businesses, and the responses they may take. It also examines a number of themes which are important Careers and Higher Education Traditionally, a very high proportion of students studying a Business A-Level go on to study some form of Business degree at university. Either of these courses will offer a fantastic foundation for that. The broad skills base required by Business also supports a wide range of other subjects when progressing to degree level. Business is widely recognised by industry, and a number of students each year will use their A-Levels to get a job. Both courses provide practical knowledge and application of skills for the work place. In recent years a number of students have used their knowledge to begin their own business ventures and while this is not common place it is clearly a route of progression. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 2 213812 TEXT.indd 10 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 11. Economics Exam Board: AQA Throughout the course of study you are encouraged to develop a critical understanding of economic concepts and the theories through awareness of current economic issues, institutions and problems that affect everyday life. You will develop and apply your understanding of different aspects of economics that are of relevance in today’s complex global economy. This course also has significance for fostering a better appreciation of contemporary economic issues in the UK economy. Course Outline History and any of the Social Sciences. Economics combined AS Unit 1: Markets and with Mathematics could lead to Market Failure Accountancy or a finance related (1 hour 15 min exam: 50% of AS, degree course. Please note that there 25% of A-Level) is a small degree of overlap between You will explore the basic the content of this A-Level and that economic problem, how resources are of Applied Business. Generally allocated, how markets can become speaking, universities do not like efficient, the causes of market failure subjects to overlap. You should take and how and why the Government this into consideration if you are intervenes. looking at both of these subjects. AS Unit 2: The National For advice Economy Contact Mr M Birch (1 hour 15 min exam: 50% of AS, 25 % of A-Level) Email You will learn about macro economics and how the economy works as a whole, and the economic performance of the UK, including investigating things such as inflation, economic growth and unemployment. A2 Unit 3: Business Economics and the Distribution of Income (2 hour exam: 25% of A-Level) You will investigate a wide range of markets and applying economic thinking to them. A2 Unit 4: The National and International Economy (2 hour exam: 25% of A-Level) You will look at ways to manage the economy and investigate international economies and make appropriate comparisons. Goes well with… Subjects which would go well with Economics are Geography, Careers and Higher Education The course provides a suitable foundation for the study of economics or related courses in higher education. Equally there are suitable for candidates intending to pursue business careers or further study in business studies or social sciences or as part of a course of general education. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 3 213812 TEXT.indd 11 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 12. ICT Exam Board: OCR The course offers you a fantastic opportunity to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of ICT and develop the knowledge and skills that will allow you to participate in an evolving information and communications based society. You will also be able to develop your inter-personal, technical, academic and communication skills which will help you to meet career challenges in the future. Course Outline solve a client driven problem. It will cover the system lifecycle AS Unit 1: Information, Systems consisting of the following: analysis, and Applications design, implementation, testing, (2 hour exam: 60% of AS, 30% of documentation and evaluation. A-Level) This unit covers the fundamental Goes well with . . . knowledge required to support ICT compliments just about all other all subsequent units of study. It is subjects but goes especially well intended to provide candidates with Business Studies and Leisure. with a deeper understanding and knowledge of basic concepts of ICT. For advice This unit is assessed by an external Contact Mr D Tracey examination and covers the use of information, hardware, software, Email information systems and the impact of ICT. AS Unit 2: Structured ICT Tasks (Coursework: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) This unit is designed to develop practical aspects of the subject. A set of structured tasks give you the opportunity to develop your design, software development, testing and documentation skills. Tasks may involve the design of part of a system, the production of a testing strategy or the use of software for development. A2 Unit 3: ICT Systems, Applications and Implications (2 hour exam: 30% of A-Level) This module covers communication between computers and interaction between humans and computers. A range of other information and communications technologies are also covered. You will be introduced to the design and selection of ICT solutions for a range of problems. A2 Unit 4: ICT Project (Coursework: 20% of A-Level) In this unit you will complete an ICT based project in order to Careers and Higher Education A good grade in ICT is sufficient for entry into higher education or a wide range of careers. These include ICT Product Developer, Multimedia/Website Designer, Software Developer/Programmer. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 4 213812 TEXT.indd 12 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 13. Leisure Studies Exam Board: AQA Over the past few decades recreation and leisure have become increasingly important in our lives: the working week may have shortened, giving extra leisure time, whilst pressure of work may have become more intense, thus requiring us to seek leisure activities where and when we can find the time and in many diverse ways. A huge leisure industry has developed to meet our needs. Through this course you will: • ain a broad understanding of what Leisure and Recreation and be able to study g selected areas in more depth • evelop skills, that are particularly relevant to work in the Leisure Industry d • ave an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and relevant way h Course outline A2 Unit 6: Current Issues (Coursework: 162/3% of A-Level) AS Unit 1: The Leisure Industry Today This unit is a research based project that allows you to (Coursework: 331/3% of AS) examine one topic in depth either at local or national In this unit you will investigate the range and scale of the level. You can study an area of leisure you are particularly Leisure Industry in the UK and Europe and study the key interested in although the module is synoptic and will factors that influence access, participation and the barriers demonstrate understanding from a broad range of key in leisure. There is a focus on the current developments topics within Leisure. within the leisure industry which includes a study of the role of the media in influencing the dynamics of leisure. AS Unit 2: A People Business (External Assignment 6 hours: 331/3% of AS) This unit studies the importance of customer service in the leisure industry and the key factors that influence the quality of the service received. Customer needs and expectations are explored as are the ways in which technology is used to support the leisure industry. AS Unit 3: Getting It Right in the Leisure Industry (Coursework: 331/3% of AS) You will investigate ways to ensure sufficient quality control and management systems are in place and have an understanding of the safe working practices required in the leisure industry. Goes well with . . . A2 Unit 4: Leisure in Action The course will go well with Business because it is in some (Coursework: 162/3% of A-Level) respects a business course applied to the Leisure industry. This is a very practical unit of work which requires you Leisure also goes well with PE and Geography. The skills to plan, prepare and run a leisure based event. You will required for successful completion of the course are become familiar with all aspects of event management and also likely to help with all A-Level courses. Presentation, will carry out feasibility studies, produce a business plan research, analysis, data management, and report writing and ensure the smooth running of the event itself. are all skills found in Applied Leisure which could be used in other subjects. A2 Unit 5: Working in the People Business (2 hour exam: 162/3% of A-Level) For advice In this unit you will learn about the range of employment Contact Mr M Birch opportunities in the leisure industry, the types of motivational techniques used as well as the recruitment and Email selection process commonly found in the leisure industry. Careers and Higher Education The course can lead to a university degree in Business, Sports Science, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Recreational Management, Armed Forces, Environmental Studies, Hospitality and Events Management, or it can lead directly into a job in one of these employment sectors. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 5 213812 TEXT.indd 13 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 14. Food Technology Exam Board: AQA At AS you will have the opportunity to study nutrition and design and making in the human context. Knowledge of food science and of a wide range of materials and components used in the making of food products will be developed. You will be given the opportunity to develop and solve a problem relating to food design and making. You will gain an understanding of industrial and commercial practices within the area of Food Technology. At A2, the specification offers you the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from the AS. You will continue to develop design work alongside an understanding of food science, processes and commercial food manufacture. The AS and A2 course are taught through 3 main sections : Materials, Components and Application, Design and Market Influences and Processes and Manufacture. Course outline AS Unit 2: Coursework (50% of AS; 25% of A-Level) AS Unit 1: Topics (2 hour exam: 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level) A2 Unit 3: Topics • Macro and micro nutrients, measurement of energy and (2 hour exam: 25% of A-Level) the importance of adequate water intake • The physical and chemical structures of the macro • Dietary planning, BMI and health and health promotion nutrients • The relationships between diet and health • Working characteristics in relation to the physical and sensory attributes of the food • Social factors: the family, family patterns, family lifecycle, changes in family composition, culture economics and • The nutritional composition of food work • Manipulating and combining food materials and • Dietary needs of individuals at different life stages, components and the application of this in food special diets and lifestyles processing and product development • Food additives • The beneficial and detrimental effect of micro organisms and enzymes • Environmental factors influencing food choices; organic food and sources of energy • Issues affecting the design of new products • Mass media; advertising, television, magazines and the • Design in practice press • Preservation methods and extending shell-life; quality • Issues affecting the design of new food products assurance and quality control • Food safety and hygiene, food labelling and nutritional • Legislation information • Systems and control • Health and Safety A2 Unit 4: Coursework (25% of A-Level) Goes well with . . . Food Technology A-Level will complement other A-Levels such as Biology, Chemistry, PE and Health & Social Care For advice Contact Mrs S Hemmings Email Careers and Higher Education There are obviously a wide selection of degree and vocational courses on offer that will extend the learning in this area. Career options in the food industry include roles within:- • Enforcement Agencies such as Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Food Safety • Product Development and Manufacture incorporating Quality Control and New Product Training • Food Science and Microbiology • Hospitality, Catering and Retail Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 6 213812 TEXT.indd 14 05/08/2010 11:52
  • 15. Product Design Exam Board: EDEXCEL At AS you will be developing your knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products. Product design covers a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products. Products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day-to-day lives and, most importantly, give you the opportunity to demonstrate your design and technology capability. Course Outline AS Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative past which may provide inspiration Skills for future design. It is increasingly (Portfolio of work: 60% of AS, 30% of important that students develop an A-Level) awareness of the impact of design In this unit students are given the and technological activities on the opportunity to develop their creative, environment. Sustainable product technical and practical skills through design is a key feature of modern a series of product investigation, design practices. design and manufacturing activities. A2 Unit 4: Commercial Design AS Unit 2: Design and (Product and Design Folder : 30% of Technology in Practice A-level ) (1 hour 30 min exam: 40% of AS, 20 In this unit students are given the % of A-level) opportunity to apply the skills they In this unit students will develop have acquired and developed a knowledge and understanding throughout this course of study, of a wide range of materials and to design and make a product of processes used in the field of design their choice that comply with the and technology. It is important for requirements of either a resistant students, as designers, to learn materials technology product or a about materials and processes so graphic products, depending on the that they can develop a greater route they are studying. understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured. Goes well with . . . Maths, Science, Art and Textiles Students will also learn about and will compliment other A-levels industrial and commercial practices, such as Food Technology, Business and the importance of quality checks studies and Retail. and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times. For advice Contact Mr S Canty A2 Unit 3: Designing for the Email Future (2 hour exam: 20% of A-level) In this unit students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. They must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the Careers and Higher Education There are a wealth of product design related degrees. You can choose to take a design/manufacturing route, or a managerial / marketing route. You could work in engineering, manufacturing, design, research and development. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 7 213812 TEXT.indd 15 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 16. Textiles Exam Board: AQA At AS you will be developing your creative skills through the design and make process, using a wide variety of Textile based applications. You will complete a portfolio over the year, demonstrating your ability to carry out research into specific topics. You will then be expected to produce two practical outcomes of high quality to support your design / written work. Alongside the practical component you will study fabrics and their properties, linking their uses to contemporary issues and industrial practices. At A2 your practical work will consist of one final project, demonstrating your ability to draw together, knowledge and experience gained from AS. Course outline A2 Unit 4: Coursework (25% of A-level ) AS Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application A portfolio of design work with one final high quality (2 hour exam: 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level) practical outcome, completed over 60 hours • Source and classification of fibre groups • Yarn types – blending and mixing fibres • Fabric manufacture – specific properties • Fabric finished – including surface decoration • Product components- function and use • Industrial and commercial practice • ICT application • Design and development communication AS Unit 2: Coursework (50% of AS, 25 % of A-level) A portfolio of design work with two practical outcomes completed over 50 hours A2 Unit 3: Synoptic written exam Goes well with . . . (2 hour exam: 25% of A-level) Product Design Textiles will compliment other A-levels such You are required to answer three questions from a choice as Art, Product Design, Business studies and Retail of six For advice You are tested on your ability to bring together all elements Contact Mrs M Suthons-Hart of the subject and to show your understanding in a holistic way Email Careers and Higher Education There are a wealth of design and fashion related degrees. You can choose to take a creative and design route, or a managerial / marketing route. You could work in Interiors, Media, Retail or Technology. You may also choose to focus on one area alone, eg. Embroidery, Footwear, Millinery or Photography. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 8 213812 TEXT.indd 16 05/08/2010 11:53
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  • 18. English Combined (Literature and Language) Exam Board: AQA The study of English Language and Literature as a combined course encourages you to develop your interest in both language and literature as interconnecting and mutually supportive disciplines. If you enjoy reading and discussing a range of literature but also have an interest in the linguistic approaches to language you will enjoy this course. We explore the relationship between language and literature through a wide range of reading opportunities; critically reading and responding to both literary and non-literary texts, as well as writing for different audiences and purposes. Course outline AS Unit 1: Introduction to Language and Literature Study (1 hour 30 min exam: 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level) This introductory unit is taught through an anthology of literary and non-literary texts. You will be tested on your knowledge and understanding in an examination. AS Unit 2: Themes in Language and Literature (Coursework: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) In this unit, you study a pair of texts and respond through coursework on your knowledge and understanding of the texts and from a creative perspective. A2 Unit 3: Talk in Life and Literature (2 hour exam: 30% of A-Level) You will study a play and respond in an examination to the way the writer uses language to create dramatic effects, and compare to unseen texts. A2 Unit 4: Text Transformation (Coursework: 20% of A-Level) In this unit you will be required to produce coursework in changing texts into another form. Goes well with . . . This course goes well with any other A level. Critical reading is an invaluable academic asset and important in any form of further education, as well as being an important life skill. Any English A level is well regarded by higher education facilities. For advice Contact Miss J Thomas or Mrs J Wilson Email or Careers and Higher Education The Literature and Language Combined A-Level is a flexible and adaptable course that opens up a wide range of career choices. It will enable students to develop skills in written and spoken communication, working independently and thinking critically; skills all highly valued by employers. Excellent written skills and skills of analysis are essential in a wide range of jobs, but are particularly relevant in journalism, media, public relations, law, education, advertising and marketing. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 10 213812 TEXT.indd 18 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 19. English Language Exam Board: AQA English Language is the study of language and how it reflects and influences changes in society. It challenges you to explore how texts are constructed and how language impacts on communication in its diverse forms. You will study a wide range of topics and, although it is not primarily a creative writing course, you are given the opportunity to create and categorise texts. Debate and discussion are as important as grammatical frameworks in English Language, allowing both analytical and creative students to excel in this course. Do be aware that English Language is an academic and demanding A Level that relies upon detailed analysis and research of language issues, and is unlike anything students will have experienced at GCSE level. The study of the English Language is fascinating and suits students who are analytical, exploratory and curious to understand more about human behaviour and how language is learnt, used and changes in different situations and through time. Course Outline skills are invaluable academic For advice assets and important in any further Contact Ms E Sheridan education as well as being an Unit 1: Categorising Texts important life skill. Any English Email (2 hour exam: 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level is well regarded by higher A-Level) This unit introduces students to the education establishments. study of language and focuses on Language and Power, Language and Gender and Language and Technology. Students will be assessed in a 2 hour exam. Unit 2: Creating Texts (Coursework: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) This coursework component tests students writing skills. Students will use writing fames and models to create their own texts. Unit 3: Developing Language (2 hour exam: 30% of A-Level) Students will study Child Language Acquisition and Language Change. Unit 4: Investigating Language (Coursework: 20% of A-Level) Students apply their knowledge of linguistic methods and concepts to a coursework investigation of their choice. Goes well with . . . This course will go well with any other A Levels, particularly English Literature, Modern Foreign Languages, Psychology, Sociology and History. Critical reading, conceptual thinking and discussion Careers and Higher Education Excellent written skills and skills of analysis are essential in a wide range of jobs, but particularly relevant in journalism, Media/ advertising, PR/Marketing, Law, Education, clerical jobs and indeed any job which requires good communication skills. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 11 213812 TEXT.indd 19 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 20. English Literature Exam Board: AQA As you will already know, English Literature comprises Drama, Poetry and the Novel – and also a good helping of Shakespeare. We study any literature for pleasure, but also to widen our emotional sympathies by entering into the lives of other people. As we read we are forced to take sides and pass moral judgement, as supposedly real characters grapple with the most important issues of life. Moreover, the chief new requirement of English Literature is that we study ‘Literature in History’. A level Literature requires us to see how writers are using their work to bring out the crucial issues of their own day and their own lives e.g. the role of women, love and marriage, the plight of the poor, death, slavery and so on. This is literature in History, or, as the specification says, ‘Texts in Context’. Course outline For advice Contact Mr N Abbey or Mrs J Wilson Unit 1: Texts in context (2 hour exam: 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level) Email You will study Victorian, World War One or Modern or Literature and be assessed in a 2 hour examination. Unit 2: Creative Study (Coursework: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) You will study set prose and drama texts and produce a coursework folder containing two pieces of writing comprising 2,000 words in total. Unit 3: Reading for Meaning (2 hour 30 min exam: 60% of A2, 30% of A-Level) This unit focuses on studying and responding to a range of literature on the theme of love. Unit 4: Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study (Coursework: 40% of A2, 20% of the A-Level) Students will study three texts, including one Shakespeare play and produce a coursework folder containing two essays totalling 4,000 words. Goes well with . . . Studying English Literature develops the skills of careful reading, close analysis and developing a thoughtful written argument. It goes well with any other A Level subject. It is of special relevance to students interested in Modern Foreign Languages, the Humanities, especially History and Religious Education, Art and Drama. Careers and Higher Education English Literature provides an excellent foundation for anyone considering a career in Media, Education, Law, the Arts, Psychology and Sociology. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 12 213812 TEXT.indd 20 05/08/2010 11:53
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  • 22. General Studies Exam Board: OCR All students take AS & A-Level General Studies as part of the Sixth Form Enrichment Programme. General Studies aims to give you the opportunity to extend your interests to a wide range of disciplines; recognise the interdependence of different areas of study and experience; think critically and logically; develop the skills of study, analysis and evaluation of chosen issues, and provide clear, accurate and effective communication of information and evaluation. Therefore, General Studies seeks to broaden your mind and develop the skills of critical and logical thinking so that you can form your own opinions. Course outline For advice Contact Mr N Bowater AS Unit 1: The Cultural and Social Domains (2 hour exam: 70% of AS, 35% of A-Level) Email Key content includes: Political systems, processes and goals, social and economic trends and constraints, explanation and evaluation of human behaviour, beliefs, values, and moral reasoning, media and communication, creativity and innovation. AS Unit 2: The Scientific Domain (1 hour exam: 30% of AS, 15% of A-Level) Key content includes: Characteristics of the sciences (physical, life and earth), understanding of scientific methods, principles, criteria and their application, mathematical reasoning and its application. A2 Unit 3: Domain Exploration: Applying Synoptic Skills (1 hour 30 min exam: 25% of A-Level) This unit provides you with the opportunity to develop your thinking and analytical skills through the exploration of the Cultural, Scientific and Social Domains. • Section A questions explore the three domains to enable you to develop thinking and analytical skills. • Section B questions allow further development of your analytical skills through the three domains. A2 Unit 4: Culture, Science and Society: Making Connections (1 hour 30 min exam: 25% of A-Level) This unit enables you to make connections between information, data, concepts and opinions drawn from the Cultural, Scientific and Social Domains. Goes well with . . . General Studies is taken in addition to your main subjects, not instead of them. In this sense it stands alongside every other A-Level. C T Careers and Higher Education v Having an ‘A’ level pass in General Studies can be enormously helpful in getting into university. Even where a university • department does not normally accept General Studies, a good pass is bound to be a favourable influence. Moreover, if you do • less well than you had hoped in one of your main subjects and you may think you have lost your place at a university, General Studies will sometimes be swapped in as an alternative by the university if they are interested in you. So you may never realise • how important General Studies is to you until Results Day at the end of Year 13! • Tel 0121 323 2221 Web T 14 213812 TEXT.indd 22 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 23. Applied Health & Social Care Exam Board: EDEXCEL This course has been designed to provide a broad educational basis for further training, further education or for moving into appropriate employment within the health and social care sector. The qualification has been designed to be delivered in a work-related context and to allow you to develop an understanding of the diverse and complex nature of the health and social care sector. It is delivered via a work related context and a work experience is organised early in the course with the support of teaching staff. This is arranged to coincide with one delivered lesson, as the work experience is the basis of the coursework. Course outline A2 Unit 6: Investigating Disease (Coursework: 162/3% of A-Level) AS Unit 1: Human Growth and Development This unit builds on the concepts of health and disease (1 hour 30 min exam: 331/3% of AS ) you were introduced to in Unit 1. You will learn about Health and social care practitioners need to develop a the disease process, and will carry out an individual knowledge base for working with people in every stage investigation into various aspects of two specific diseases. of their lives. This unit will develop your knowledge This will include the biological basis of diseases, the ways and understanding of patterns of human growth and in which a diagnosis may be made, the availability of development. treatment, the factors that may influence the outcome of the treatments, the strategies for preventing the spread or AS Unit 2: Communication and Values occurrence of the disease, and epidemiological methods (Coursework: 331/3% of AS) for tracking disease. This unit will give you an understanding of the importance of communication in all caring activities, and about values Goes well with… involved in care. You will learn about the value base of care Health and Social Care combines well with a range of and the transmission of values through communication. other subjects in the social sciences, such Psychology and Sociology, as well as the sciences, especially AS Unit 3: Positive Care Environments Biology, together with technology subjects, such as Food (Coursework: 331/3% of AS) Technology. It might also be taken alongside PE. The knowledge that you gain from this unit will allow you to understand that positive care practice relies on For Advice practitioners having a comprehensive understanding of the Contact Miss R Geillis diverse society we live in, and that the promotion of a care value base can enhance services users’ opportunities in Email accessing services. A2 Unit 4: Meeting Individual Needs (1 hour 30 min exam: 162/3% of A-Level) This unit assesses your knowledge and understanding of how health and social care services are structured and provided within the UK. The unit will focus on how services are tailored to meet individual needs through the use of care plans, and on the importance of working in a multidisciplinary environment. A2 unit 5: Promoting Health and Well-Being (Coursework: 162/3% of A-Level) This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of promoting health and well-being. You will find out why health promotion campaigns are carried out, and how topics and target groups are identified. Careers and Higher Education This qualification supports progression into further education, training or employment, as it offers a mix of both theoretical and vocational learning. Learners who successfully complete the course have several routes of progression: • Degrees in health and social care-related subjects and areas • NVQ in Care • BTEC Higher National Certificates and Diplomas in health and social care-related subjects and areas • Training within employment Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 15 213812 TEXT.indd 23 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 24. Geography Exam Board: AQA The AQA specification for Geography retains the core physical and human aspects of the subject whilst approaching some more contemporary issues. You will study a range of themes, places and environments taking into account different scales and contexts, including the UK and countries that are in different stages of development. You will be expected to use contemporary examples and case studies, and to carry out individual research into these. Course Outline AS Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography (2 hour exam: 70% of AS; 35% of A-Level) This unit will allow you to build on knowledge gained from the GCSE and to develop new skills and a more in-depth understanding. The unit consists of the following topics: • Rivers, floods and management • Coastal environments • Global population change • Health issues The coastal environments unit will be delivered in conjunction with the Y12 Field Trip, where students will develop their research and fieldwork skills. • World cities – evolution or technology based subjects, like revolution? ICT, Biology, Physics, Psychology, AS Unit 2: Applied Geography • Development and globalisation Mathematics and Technology, as well (2 hour exam : 30% of AS; 15% as the more traditional companion of A-Level) Unit 2 assesses • Contemporary conflicts and subjects like History, Sociology and the skills taught through Unit 1. challenges. English. You will be expected to be Broadly speaking, these skills able to write in detail and with flair, as are cartographic, investigative, A2 Unit 4: well as demonstrate more practical graphical, statistical and ICT. (1 hour 30 min or 2 hour exam: 20% and analytical skills. Geographers of A-Level) develop excellent transferrable A2 Unit 3: Contemporary This unit is subject to change, but skills including: communication Geographical Issues will be either a write up of a fieldwork skills; teamwork; flexibility; decision (2 hour exam; 30% of A-Level) investigation under controlled making; time management; analysis/ This unit look a rage of contemporary conditions, or a geographical problem solving; project writing. issues from the following topic list: issues paper based on pre-release materials. For advice • Plate tectonics and associated hazards Contact Mr D Napper Goes well with . . . • Weather and climate and Geography is compatible with a Email associated hazards range of other subjects, and is now • Challenges facing ecosystems often studied with science and Careers and Higher Education A qualification in Geography is very well respected by both universities and employers. As well as progressing onto a Geography based degree, common jobs chosen after studying Geography at A level include: education, professional and social services; environmental management; information services; business and finance; scientific services; management and administration; leisure, travel and tourism. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 16 213812 TEXT.indd 24 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 25. History Exam Board: AQA “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” GEORGE ORWELL History isn’t a subject that’s stuck in the past. Far from it, historical events have shaped society worldwide into what it is today. Moreover, as the quote above suggests, how the past is interpreted has been just as important in shaping peoples’ minds and outlook. While today can be influenced by what happened in the distant as well as the recent past, the course focuses on the latter and, perhaps to us, the most relevant recent era, that of the twentieth century, as we continue to move forward into the twenty first. If you are an independent thinker who wants to learn more about how the past impacts upon the present, then A-Level History could be for you. Course Outline A2 Unit 3: Aspects of subject for the other humanities, International Relations, 1945- of course, but also goes well with 2003 Modern Foreign Languages and (1 hour 30 min exam: 30% of all of the English A-Levels. It also A-Level) compliments many of the Social In the second year you will study Sciences, especially Law, Business the development of Germany in the and Economics, and also sits well aftermath of the Second World War. alongside some of the visual and performing arts, such as Art, Music A2 Unit 4: Historical Enquiry and Theatre Studies. While not (Coursework: 20% of A-Level) always an obvious companion to This is a coursework unit for which the Sciences, some students will be you will write a personal study of found studying Biology alongside approximately 3500 words based on History. an investigation into Race Relations in the USA 1863-1980. For advice Contact Mr Leese Goes well with… History goes well with a wide range Email of other subjects. It is a good partner AS Unit 1: Britain 1906-1951 (1 hour 15 min exam: 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level) This unit looks at a period of rapid and significant change in British politics, society and the economy. AS Unit 2: Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-1945 (1 hour 30 min exam: 50% of the AS, 25% of the A-Level) This unit will look at the methods Hitler and the Nazis used to control people’s lives and how far he succeeded in achieving his aims. Careers and Higher Education History is clearly an essential subject for those who wish to pursue it at university but it also has a much broader relevance. It is highly appropriate to careers in law, journalism, politics and general management, in fact any area in which the ability to evaluate information and present reasoned arguments is useful. Many of Britain’s top company bosses have history degrees. People as diverse as Jonathan Ross, Gordon Brown, Anita Roddick, Chris Martin and Salman Rushdie have History degrees. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 17 213812 TEXT.indd 25 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 26. Law Exam Board: AQA Following this course at AS-Level you will develop a knowledge and understanding of the legal system and an ability to evaluate its operation and performance. The specification introduces substantive law and requires simple application of aspects of criminal law and tort law. At A-Level, the specification further develops knowledge of the legal system through criminal and civil law. Course Outline AS Unit 1: Law Making and the and sentencing and tort covers that causes psychiatric injury, and Legal System negligence and the calculation other torts are studied including (1 hour 30 min exam: 50% of AS, of damages. The emphasis is on occupiers’ liability and nuisance. In 25% of A-Level) solving legal problems and students addition to studying the substantive This unit covers the sources of law learn the skill of applying the rules of law you will also look at some including legislation and how it is law to hypothetical situations. interesting concepts such as the made by Parliament, how the judges extent to which law and morality interpret legislation and how they A2 Unit 3: Criminal Law overlap and the extent to which law create law through decisions in (1 hour 30 min exam: 25% of achieves justice. cases and also delegated legislation A-Level) such as by laws made by councils. This unit covers non fatal offences Goes well with . . . Also covered, is an examination in greater detail and also the crimes Law goes well with many other of how disputes are solved within of murder and manslaughter. You subjects, including the Arts and and outside the court system and will also learn about defences which Humanities subjects such as English the various personnel involved for can be raised to remove or reduce and History. It also goes well with example judges, juries, solicitors and liability such as self defence and Social Science subjects such as barristers. provocation. The skills of using legal Business Studies and Economics, sources and of legal problem solving and will also combine well with a AS Unit 2: The Concept of are developed further Modern Foreign Language. Liability (1 hour 30 min exam: 50% of AS, A2 Unit 4: Tort and Concepts of For advice 25% of A-Level) Law Contact Mrs P Whelan In this unit you will explore two (2 hour exam; 25% of A-Level) areas of substantive law; criminal The tort of negligence is explored in Email and tort. The criminal covers non- more depth, including negligence fatal offences against the person Careers and Higher Education A Level Law has become increasingly popular over recent years and is highly regarded by employers and universities. For students thinking of studying law at degree level, whilst it is not a compulsory subject for admission it provides a valuable introduction to the nature of law as an academic discipline and it starts to develop important skills such as legal problem solving. Many students, after their first year at university, comment as to how much it helped them. However for those not considering law after school, studying it to A Level provides skills development in research and the use of source materials, writing academic essays with reasoned arguments and critical evaluation. Law affects every aspect of our lives and so some knowledge is useful whatever the choice of career. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 18 213812 TEXT.indd 26 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 27. Psychology Exam Board: AQA In 1913 psychologist John Watson claimed Psychology was the science of human behaviour. Today’s exam specifications certainly echo this sentiment and there is a clear emphasis on the scientific approach. As an A-Level Psychology student you will be assessed on the following skills: • Your ability to recognise, recall and show understanding of scientific knowledge. • he way you select, organise and communicate relevant information in your written T work. • Your ability to analyse and evaluate scientific knowledge. • How you apply knowledge and processes to unfamiliar situations. • he extent to which you can assess the validity, reliability and credibility of scientific T information • he level at which you can describe ethical, safe and skilful research techniques and T processes. • Your understanding of how to make, record, and communicate valid observations. • he depth to which you can analyse, interpret, explain and evaluate research T methodology. Course outline A2 Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods AS Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental (2 hour exam: 25% of A-Level) Psychology and Research Methods Topics include research methods and inferential statistics, (1 hour 30 min exam: 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level) debates in psychology, psychopathology and different You will study the following topic areas in this unit: approaches in psychology. • Cognitive psychology, including memory and eyewitness Goes well with . . . testimony If you just want to do a degree in Psychology then it doesn’t • Developmental psychology, including early social usually matter what other subjects you take alongside it, development, attachment and the effects of day care but if you want to work in this area, universities will expect • Research methods, in the context of the topic areas. you to combine it, usually with Biology and Chemistry, or Biology and Mathematics. That said, Psychology goes well AS Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social with many other subjects, including Law, English, Business Studies and Sociology. Psychology and Individual Differences (1 hour 30 min exam: 50% of the AS, 25% of the A-Level) For advice This unit covers the following topics: Contact Miss R Geillis • Biological psychology - stress, factors affecting stress, coping and managing stress Email • Social psychology - conformity, obedience and independent behaviour • Individual differences - definitions of abnormality, approaches and therapies. A2 Unit 3: Topics in Psychology (1 hour 30 min exam: 25% of A-Level) You will study a range of topics, including biological rhythms and sleep, aggression and eating behaviours. Careers and Higher Education Psychology provides you with many useful skills which are sought after in many sectors of the workplace, including health, counselling, teaching and business. If you want to work in clinical psychology further study is required, and your degree will have to be accredited by the British Psychological Society. These degrees allow you to do further training leading to careers such as clinical psychologist, social worker, psychotherapist and speech and language therapist. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 19 213812 TEXT.indd 27 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 28. Religious Studies Exam Board: EDEXCEL This is an exciting and dynamic course which is designed to enable you to develop insights into areas of knowledge, belief and thought central to an understanding of the modern world. Through a study of philosophy, ethics, scripture and some of the world’s major religions, you will be equipped with a range of knowledge and skills which will help you to make sense of contemporary events. Course Outline Goes well with… A-level Religious Studies AS Unit 1: Foundations complements many other subjects, (1 hour 45 min exam: 50% of AS, such as English, History and the 25% of A-Level) Social Sciences. This unit looks introduces two areas of study: Philosophy of Religion and For advice Ethics. Contact Mrs K Shakeshaft AS Unit 2: Investigations Email (1 hour 45 min exam: 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level) This unit allows the students to study ethical issues at more depth through an enquiry-based approach to learning. You will be given the opportunity to undertake individual research into the topic area, which will enable you to study independently and to use, and evaluate, a wide range of source material. A2 Unit 3: Developments (1 hour 45 min exam, 25% of A-Level) This unit has been designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Unit 1: Foundations. You will study further issues in the Philosophy of Religion such as Atheism and Near Death Experiences and as a complete contrast you will also study aspects of Hinduism. A2 Unit 4: Implications (1 hour 15 min exam, 25% of A-Level) This unit has been designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Units 1, 2 and 3. This unit is designed to test you further through the study of religious, philosophical and ethical source material. Careers and Higher Education A-level Religious Studies is highly respected by universities and employers alike. It encourages the development of C transferable skills alongside its academically rigorous subject content, which helps prepare students for work and higher T education. Many of Arthur Terry’s students have gone on to study Religious Studies and Philosophy, but also Nursing, Law, T History, Journalism, Politics and a variety of other subjects. A Religious Studies qualification is also valuable for careers in r Politics and Social Services, Armed Forces and many others. c Tel 0121 323 2221 Web T 20 213812 TEXT.indd 28 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 29. Sociology Exam Board: AQA Sociology definitely makes you question events in society. It is vital you have an interest in the world around you and you need to have an up-to-date knowledge of current affairs to succeed in this subject. There is a good deal of essay writing in the course and you will really develop your evaluative skills. As an A-level Sociology student you will be assessed on the following skills. • our knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives in Sociological Y research. • our ability to understand key concepts and methods used by Sociologists. Y • he extent to which you can understand research evidence and make links to the T chosen methodology and theoretical perspective. • our ability to communicate your knowledge in a clear and effective manner. Y • he level at which you can apply research to the topic under discussion. T • he depths at which you are able to analyse and interpret findings. T • he insight you show when evaluating research studies and theories. T Course outline AS Unit 1: Families and Households (1 hour exam: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) You will sit a one hour exam paper consisting of a five part question, two of which are essay based. The questions all focus on the topic of Family and Households. AS Unit 2: Education & Sociological Methods (2 hour exam: 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level) For this unit you sit a second exam. There will be one question on Education consisting of four parts, one question on sociological research methods in Education, and a final question made up of four parts on free-standing research methods. A2 Unit 3: Beliefs in Society (1 hour 30 min exam: 20% of A-Level) Goes well with… This unit will consist of an exam covering Beliefs in Society. Sociology can be combined with arts or science subjects. The unit is focused on Religion and you will be expected to Health & Social Care, Biology, Law, Psychology, Business answer one compulsory question and a second question and Economics will all go well with it. from a choice of two. As with the AS exams, essay writing skills are important. For Advice Contact Miss R Geillis A2 Unit 4: Crime and Deviance & Theory and Methods Email (2 hour exam: 30% of A-Level) This second exam will be based on Crime and Deviance. You will answer a two part question on this topic, again including essay writing. This is followed by a two part question on research methods used to investigate Crime and Deviance. Finally you are required to answer one question on theory and methods in which essay responses are expected. Careers and Higher Education There are many different kinds of degree in this area, and it can be combined with other degree subjects as at A-Level. There are many graduate jobs related to Sociology, such as education, training and teaching, social/community work, social research, social worker and probation officer. If you do not go on to degree level in the subject, an A-Level will help get you a career in the areas of business, the public sector and the not-for-profit sector. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 21 213812 TEXT.indd 29 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 30. Mathematics and Further Mathematics Exam Board: EDEXCEL Mathematics is the application of a finite number of methods to an infinite number of problems. If you have a reasonable aptitude for Mathematics the subject can be rewarding, enjoyable and very useful. A special advantage is that it is about the only academic subject that does not involve a substantial amount of factual knowledge. A good understanding of the principles involved, together with practice in solving the recurrent type of problems, will make a successful Mathematician. Course outline Universities take this qualification very seriously, but it is accessible for all students with a love of Mathematics and a Mathematics very good GCSE ability. The scheme of Assessment has a modular structure. The A FP1: Mechanics Level award comprises four compulsory Maths Pure Core (1 hour 30 min exam: 331/3% of AS) units, and two optional Applied units, one of Mechanics and Algebra and Graphs, Complex Numbers, Roots and one of Statistics. Coefficients of a Quadratic Equation, Series, Calculus, Numerical Methods, Trigonometry, Matrices and AS Unit 1: MPC 1 Transformations. (I hour 30 min exam : 331/3% of AS, 162/3% of A-Level) Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Differentiation, Integration. S2: Statistics (1 hour 30 min exam: 331/3% of AS) AS Unit 2: MPC 2 Discrete Random Variables, Poisson Distribution, (1 hour 30 min exam: 331/3% of AS, 162/3% of A-Level) Continuous Random Variables, Estimation, Hypothesis Algebra and Functions, Sequences and Series, Testing, Chi-Square Contingency Table Tests. Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation and Integration. D1: Decision (1 hour 30 min exam: 331/3% of AS) A2 Unit 3: MPC 3 Simple Ideas of Algorithms, Graphs and Networks, (1 hour 30 min exam: 162/3% of A-Level) Spanning Tree Problems, Matchings, Shortest Paths in Algebra and Functions, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Networks, Route Inspection Problems, Travelling Sales Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Numerical Methods. Person Problem, Linear Programming, Mathematical Modelling. A2 Unit 4: MPC 4 (1 hour 30 min exam: 162/3% of A-Level) Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry in the (x,y) plane. Sequences and Series, Tirgonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation and Integration, Vectors. Plus the following two units: MS1A: Statistics 1 (1 hour 30 min exam: 162/3% of A-Level) Numerical Measures, Probability, Binomial Distribution, Goes well with … Normal Distribution, Estimation, Correlation and Regression. Mathematics goes well with subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business, Economics and ICT. It can MM1A: Mechanics also be combined with other subjects such as Music and (1 hour 30 min exam: 162/3% of A-Level) Modern Foreign Languages. A-Level Maths can be a good Mathematical Modelling, Kinematics in One and Two companion subject with any other A-Level. Dimensions, Statics and Forces, Momentum, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Connected Particles, Projectiles. For advice Contact Mrs K Robinson Further Mathematics Further Mathematics is offered at AS Level for Year 12 or Email Year 13 students who are enthusiastic Mathematicians. Careers and Higher Education It is essential for almost all Engineering courses, and is very useful (indeed essential at some universities) for Business Studies, Accountancy, Finance, Management Science, Economics, Physics and other Science courses including Medicine, Computing and Architecture. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 22 213812 TEXT.indd 30 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 31. French & German Exam Board: AQA There is a French saying: “A man who speaks two languages is two men”. Mastering another language enables you to become acquainted with another way of thinking and another culture. Apart from the purely practical benefits for business, social life and leisure, having another language is a personally enriching one. Over the two years of the course, you will develop your ability to speak and write in French/German, as well as to understand the spoken and written forms of the language. You will also develop your cultural knowledge of the countries in which the language is spoken, and have an opportunity to discuss topical issues relevant to these countries. You will also have a weekly lesson in a small group with the French/German assistant for most of the course to provide you with opportunities to improve your spoken language. Course outline • Family/relationships (Relationships within the family, Friendships, Marriage/Partnerships) A2 Unit 3: Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hour 30 min exam: 35% of A-Level) A2 Unit 3: Speaking Test (35 min, including 20 min preparation time: 15% of A-Level) The A2 course will cover the following: • Environment: pollution, energy and protecting the planet • The multi-cultural society: immigration, integration and racism • Contemporary social issues: wealth and poverty, law and order and the impact of scientific and technological progress • Cultural topic: the study of a target language speaking region/community or the study of a period of 20th century history from a target language-speaking country/ community or the study of a novelist/dramatist/poet from a target language-speaking country/community or the study of a director/architect/musician/painter from a The structure of the course is the same for both languages target language-speaking country/ community. AS Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing Goes well with . . . (2 hour exam: 70% of AS, 35% of A-Level) You may choose to study more than one language at A-Level or you may wish to combine a language with AS Unit 2: Speaking Test other subjects. Languages go well with almost anything, (35 min, including 20 min of preparation time: 30% of AS, but popular combinations include English Language and 15% of A-Level) English Literature, History, Music, Business, Law and Mathematics. The AS course will cover the following: • Media (Television, Advertising, Communication For advice Technology) Contact Mr M Gannon • Popular Culture (Cinema, Music, Fashion/trends) Email • Healthy Living/Lifestyle (Sport/Exercise, Health and well- being, Holidays) Careers and Higher Education You may study a specific language at degree level or as part of a combined degree in modern languages. To get on to one of these courses you often have studied two languages at A-Level and have a high degree of competence in the language of your choice. Jobs which require a modern language include translation and interpreting, teaching, some areas of journalism and even the Diplomatic Service. Other jobs in which a degree in modern languages might be useful include marketing, publishing and printing and logistics management. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 23 213812 TEXT.indd 31 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 32. Dance Exam Board: AQA Do you love to Dance! Do you have previous experience of dance from outside classes or at school. Then this is the subject for you. In Dance you will be required to demonstrate you imagination and skills in creating your own dances. Ideally you will already be taking regular Contemporary, Ballet or Jazz classes and enjoy watching a range of professional dance works from different styles. During the course you will be expected to extend your knowledge and understanding of dance from current choreographers and companies to choreographers from the past. You want to develop critical thinking skills about dance as an art form, and develop the skills to be able to write clearly and concisely. Course Outline choreography and your performance A2 Unit 3: Appreciation: skills in a duo or trio. Content and Context AS Unit 1: Understanding (1 hour 30 min exam: 25% of You will be required to answer two A-Level) Dance questions, one on solo choreography This unit requires you to investigate (1 hour 30 min exam: 40% of AS, and performance and one other on one area of study within - Ballet, 20% of A-Level) performance in a duo/trio. Contemporary Dance or Jazz Dance In this unit you will study the Dancer as a performer and the knowledge and you will be required to produce a and understanding of the demands critical analysis and appreciation of made in practice and performance one set work. on the dancer. You will also study the process and craft of choreography A2 Unit 4: Group Choreography and the significance of dances. and Solo Performance (Practical examination assessed by a AS Unit 2: Choreography and visiting examiner: 25% of A-Level) Performance In this unit you will research and (Practical Coursework: 60% of AS, choreograph a group dance as well 30% of A-Level) as present a solo performance which During unit 2 you will study the demonstrates an understanding of process of solo choreography from your performance style linked to a investigation and research ideas specific practitioner. through to finished dance. You will be assessed on your physical and interpretive skills in relation to performance of the solo Goes well with . . . This course goes well with any other A level. However students often take subjects including Drama, Music, Art, Textiles, PE and English Language. For advice Contact Miss Z Hopkins Email Careers and Higher Education A level Dance prepares you for degree courses within dance and the performing arts. For the most able practically, it may lead to a dance course at a vocational college like Laban, London Contemporary dance school or Northern school of contemporary dance. Having built up a range of specialist knowledge you will be equipped to lead a healthy life style, experience the joy of exercise and expression through dance and become an informed member of the dance theatre world. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 24 213812 TEXT.indd 32 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 33. Drama and Theatre Studies Exam Board: EDEXCEL The Drama and Theatre Studies course provides you with an exciting opportunity for all of you who are passionate about Theatre and about Acting. It is a vibrant, high-energy subject that will challenge your perceptions on Theatre and Performance. The course is designed to stretch not only your Acting ability but also to develop an in-depth theoretical understanding and appreciation of Theatre. If you choose Drama and Theatre Studies you will not only be part of the most successful subject at Arthur Terry, but you will be a part of the most successful department in the country. More importantly, you will be part of a community that will support and guide you through what will be a very testing time in your educational career. Course outline AS Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre (Internally assessed performance and written elements: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) The written element of Unit 1 requires you to use your knowledge and understanding of Theatre to analyse the social, cultural and historical context of the text and consider its value within today’s society. The practical element of Unit 1 requires you to practically apply your knowledge and understanding to shape and develop a performance of each text. AS Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance (Externally assessed performance: 60% of AS, 30% of Goes well with . . . A-Level) This course goes well with any other A level. However Unit 2 consists of a group performance of a set text and students often take English Literature, Language or of a monologue or duologue from another text. Although Combined to back up the use of language. Psychology is you will be assessed upon your Acting skills only, you will a popular option as it addresses the human responses of also be expected to develop a concept for your given texts characters as well as other creative subjects such as Art, and direct the pieces yourself. Unit 2 will be marked by an Dance and Music. external examiner. Therefore 60% of their mark for AS level comes purely from one performance. For advice Contact Mr Chaplain A2 Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance (Internally assessed performance and written elements: Email 20% of A-Level) This unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre which culminates in a final practical performance in front of an audience. You will be assessed on your ability to create, direct, produce and evaluate the working processes and upon your acting within the final performance. A2 Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context (2 hour 30 min exam: 30% of A-Level) This Unit assesses your knowledge and understanding of two further texts. The examination breaks down into 3 sections. Sections A & B will be questions and essays based upon a text set by the examination board. Section C is a comparison of a contemporary production of a text to the text’s original performance conditions. Careers and Higher Education Drama and Theatre Studies will open up a wide range of career or higher education choices. It will enable students to develop a range of transferrable skills : written and spoken communication, working analytically, working effectively in a group, developing intra and interpersonal skills, ability to work under pressure, application of ICT, working independently. These skills are valued by employers in a wide range of jobs, but are particularly relevant in theatre, media, performance and education. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 25 213812 TEXT.indd 33 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 34. Fine Art Exam Board: OCR We live in an increasingly visual world. Almost everything around us is designed; we are bombarded with advertising, surrounded by images on screens, intrigued by the latest outrageous fashion or architecture and immersed in a digital culture. This dynamic A-Level course develops your creative problem solving skills and requires you to work with independence, motivation and determination. Course outline five sections: Stimuli – typically 1 word starting points, Observational – brief descriptive items, Design brief – AS Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio product based tasks, Art in context – artist directed tasks, (60% of AS, 30% of A-Level) and Visual starting points – tasks derived from 3 or 4 You will produce a portfolio of work during the first term images. of AS. There is a strong focus on including work that shows exploration, research, development of techniques A2 Unit 3: Personal Investigation and skills. Recording from direct observation will form (30% of A-Level) the starting point of projects. Ideas and techniques will The focus of this work is determined by you. One major then be developed to produce exciting personal work and project is produced which must include a related written well-informed responses. You will learn to analyse your study between 1000-3000 words. own work and the work of others in contemporary and historical contexts. Experimentation with new media is very A2 Unit 4: Controlled Assignment much encouraged with video, sound, image manipulation, (20% of A-Level) casting, photography, painting, installation and sculpture You again select one starting point from an early release being explored through a variety of approaches. question paper. The paper takes the same format as the AS Unit 2. You work within a 15 hour controlled period to produce a final outcome. After discussion with individual candidates at interview stage, we may offer the option of Art with a Photography bias. Some of these students may then be entered for Photography A Level, depending upon their commitment and technical ability shown through independent study and photo shoots. Students interested in this option must be willing to experiment with all aspects of Art and Design initially. Goes well with . . . Art is a popular subject at Arthur Terry and the department has had 100% success rate at A’ Level for many years. You should ideally have studied Art and Design at GCSE, but must have taken a creative subject, such as Textiles or Graphics, and have a Grade C or above in English in order to succeed at advanced level. AS Unit 2: Controlled Assignment (40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) For advice You select one starting point from an early release question Contact Mrs C Monteiro paper and are given a minimum of three weeks in which to plan and prepare. Five hours of controlled examination Email time are given to reach an outcome. The paper has Careers and Higher Education Art can be taken in conjunction with any other subject, linking well with other Arts subjects, or providing balance and a wider skills base for Science students. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 26 213812 TEXT.indd 34 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 35. Music Exam Board: OCR AS Music is an exciting and lively course if you enjoy performing / singing, composing and studying music. Music is a popular subject at The Arthur Terry School and we have one of the highest candidatures of any school in the Midlands, with a 100% success rate at A-Level since 1989. You need to be able to perform to a good standard on an instrument or voice (approximately Grade 4 by the start of the AS course, Grade 6 by the A2 course), and be able to read music fluently. Many students have taken GCSE Music before taking the AS course, but this is not an absolute requirement, although we would like to see evidence of musical skills before acceptance. Course outline set works and then be asked questions relating to musical details of the works and their context. You will also be asked AS Unit 1: Performing questions on either classical or popular instrumental music, (40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) is in three parts: comparing, describing and adding missing notes to the score. • You will prepare a solo recital on your main instrument or voice of around 8 minutes duration, to be performed to a A2 Unit 4: Performing 2 visiting examiner in the Spring Term of Year 12. (20% of the A-Level) is in two parts: • There is a short viva voce discussion in which you will • Solo recital on the student’s main instrument or voice of discuss the performance and the preparation of their around 15 minutes duration recital. • Viva voce discussion with the examiner showing • You will also be asked to choose either to perform a four understanding of the works performed in the recital minute piece on a second instrument, to perform in an This unit is assessed by a visiting examiner in the spring ensemble or to improvise. term of the course; you need to be prepared for the exam which could be as early as February half term! AS Unit 5: Composing 2 (15% of the A-Level) is in two parts: • A composition for voice using a text set by the exam board, or a composition for a film storyboard • A set of harmony exercises piano accompaniments in the style of Schumann and Schubert. The last exercise will be under timed conditions. A2 Unit 6: Historical and Analytical Studies in Music (1 hour 45 min exam: 15% of the A-Level) AS Unit 2: Composing This is a written examination sat at the end of the A2 (30% of AS; 15% of A-Level) is in two parts: course, which will include listening questions around vocal music of the early 20th century, and an essay on a historical • You will prepare an arrangement of a lead sheet (a topic studied as part of the course, which will most likely melody with chords, for example a popular song). This be on ‘programme music’ (instrumental music that tells a will be completed on music computers. You will need to story). submit a score and a recording by Easter of Year 12. • You will complete seven exercises of harmony, the last Goes well with . . . of which will be under exam conditions. To prepare for Music can be taken in conjunction with any other subject. this you will receive full training on the methods and Many students opt to take Music Technology alongside conventions of music theory. Music. For advice AS Unit 3: Introduction to Historical Study in Music Contact Mr C Collet (1 hour 45 min exam: 30% of the AS, 15% of the A-Level) This is an exam sat in the summer term of Year 12. You Email will study three classical music set works and three jazz Careers and Higher Education As you can see from the course outline, Music AS level requires a wide range of skills and techniques, attractive to employers and universities. These include analytical techniques, historical techniques, (historical topics), time management skills and self-motivation (with instrumental practise), organisation and people-management (conducting/rehearsing), team work (performing in an ensemble), and creativity (composition). Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 27 213812 TEXT.indd 35 05/08/2010 11:53
  • 36. Music Technology Exam Board: EDEXCEL This is a new course that is exciting, innovative and vocational in style. The AS Level course prepares you for the vigorous A2 course where you will build upon the fundamentals learned in the first year. Every element of the two-year course is delivered in a fast paced, university style lecture/workshop sessions by industry experienced specialist staff trained in Session Musicianship, Film Composition and Music Production. You will use industry standard hardware and software for the duration of the two-year course. The course ethos is one of an ‘anything is possible’ attitude, even under extreme pressure and focuses upon fully preparing students for the rigours and pressures of working within the music related industry. The course covers a wide variety of practical topics including: Music Sequencing/Arranging, Multi-Track Recording, Popular Music Studies, Sound Design, Electronic Synthesis, Film Composition and Music Production. Course Outline Goes well with . . . This course complements all AS Unit 1: Music Technology subjects including Music, Drama, Portfolio 1 ICT, Physics and English. (70% of AS, 35% of A level) For advice Topics included in this unit include: Contact Mr K Williams or • Sequenced Realised Performance Mr P Bagnato • Multi-track Recording • Creative Sequenced Arrangement Email or AS Unit 2: Listening and Analysing (1 hour 45 min exam: 30% of AS, 15% of A-Level) This unit is based upon popular music since 1910, including two special areas of study: Heavy Rock A2 unit 3: Music Technology and Reggae. Portfolio 2 (30% of A-Level) Topics included in this unit include: • Sequenced Integrated Performance • Multi-track Recording • Composing Using Music Technology A2 Unit 4: Analysing and Producing (2 hour exam: 20% of A-Level) This unit requires you to use computer software to comment upon musical elements and technological processes, find errors in recordings and create a stereo mix from a multi- track session. Careers and Higher Education Music Technology provides a plethora of multi-faceted employment pathways following graduation including: music producer, recording engineer, composer for TV/film, music journalism, A & R, promotion, teaching & session musicianship. The course has enjoyed great successes with the A2 course achieving 100% A-C with overall performance well above national averages. Previous students have gone on to study at: Birmingham Conservatoire, London College of Music – Thames Valley, SAE – School Of Audio Engineering, Leeds College of Music and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 28 213812 TEXT.indd 36 05/08/2010 11:54
  • 37. PE Exam Board: OCR For students who are naturally gifted or seriously involved in any aspect of sport, it is a pleasure to realise that PE is one of the options you can take at A-Level. You will be able to exploit your innate abilities through the practical components of this course, but you should note that you will also have to get down to some serious theoretical academic study for the majority of the course. Course outline Section B – Acquiring Movement Skills • Classification of motor skills and abilities • The development of motor skills • Information processing • Motor control of skills in physical activity • Learning skills in physical activity Section C - Socio-Cultural Studies relating to participation in physical activity (Practical: 40% of AS; 20% of A-Level) • Physical activity • Sport and culture • Contemporary sporting issues AS Unit 2: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education (Practical: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) • Performance – 2 activities from different activity profiles • Evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance A2 Unit 3: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education (2 hour 30 min: 35% of A-Level) This unit is made up of the following topic areas: • Socio-cultural options - Historical Studies • Scientific options - Sports Psychology • Scientific options - Exercise and Sport Physiology A2 Unit 4: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education (Practical: 15% of A-Level) You will be assessed in one chosen activity and in a response to a live performance. AS Unit 1: An Introduction to Physical Education (2 hour exam: 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level) Goes well with . . . This unit is divided into three sections: PE goes well with any ‘A’ Level, but could make a very useful combination of subjects with Leisure, Biology and Section A - Anatomy and Physiology Business Studies. • The skeletal and muscular systems • Motion and movement For advice Contact Miss D Horspool • The cardiovascular and respiratory systems in relation to the performance of physical activity Email Careers and Higher Education Few sportsmen or women make a living as a professional competitor, but A-Level PE is useful for anyone interested in physiotherapy, coaching and sports administration. The course develops valuable team skills, communication skills, self- confidence and independent learning, which are vital in any career and profession. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 29 213812 TEXT.indd 37 05/08/2010 11:54
  • 38. Biology Exam Board: OCR AS Biology studies animals and plants at greater depth than at GCSE. You will be expected to do more independent learning than before. Practical work is an integral part of the course and you will learn to think critically about aspects of Biology that impinge on everyday life. The aims of A-Level Biology are: • To understand essential biological facts, concepts and principles. • To promote the importance of experimental work. • To realise that Biology plays an important role in our society. • o give a sound base for students who simply wish to study Biology to A-Level, but at T the same time provide an excellent foundation for Science degrees at university. The specification ensures that students who have a good Science GCSE background will be able to successfully understand wider aspects of the subject with ease. Course outline • Biotechnology and Gene Technologies • Ecosystems, Populations and Sustainability AS Unit 1: Cells, Exchange and Transport (1 hour exam: 30% of AS, 15% of A-Level) • Plant tropisms and hormones • Cell Structure, Cell Membranes and transport • Animal Responses: The Brain and Muscles • Cell division, diversity and Cellular Organisation • Animal Behaviour • Breathing, Blood & blood vessels A2 Unit 6: Practical Skills 2 • Lymph & tissue fluid, Heart & Circulation (10% of A-Level) • Plant transport of water and nutrients in xylem and Students will also have the opportunity to attend a phloem residential field course, to study ecological techniques. AS Unit 2: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Goes well with . . . Health Biology can be combined with any other subjects but goes (1 hour 45 min exam: 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level) particularly well with Chemistry and Psychology. • Biological Molecules (Biochemistry), DNA and RNA For advice • Enzymes and their reactions Contact Mr G Singh • Biodiversity, Classification and Evolution • Conservation of animal and plant species Email • Healthy Diet and Food Production • Health, Immunity and Diseases AS Unit 3: Practical Skills in Biology 1 (20% of AS, 10% of A-Level) A2 Unit 4: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy (1 hour 45 min exam: 15% of A-Level) • Hormones and the Nervous System • The Kidney and Excretion • Photosynthesis and Respiration A2 Unit 5: Control, Genomes and Environment (1 hour 45 min exam: 25% of A-Level) • Protein synthesis using the genetic code • Meiosis, Variation and Selection Careers and Higher Education Biology can be used as an entry qualification for a wide variety of courses at higher education. These include traditional Biological topics, medicine, dentistry, midwifery, physiotherapy, sports science and environmental science. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 30 213812 TEXT.indd 38 05/08/2010 11:54
  • 39. Chemistry Exam Board: AQA A-Level Chemistry studies the fundamental concepts of Physical Chemistry (energy and rates of reaction), Inorganic Chemistry (patterns in the elements of the periodic table) and Organic Chemistry (carbon based molecules). You will be expected to do more independent learning than before. Practical work is an integral part of the course and you will learn to think critically about aspects of Chemistry that impinge on our modern society. The aims of A-Level Chemistry are: • To understand essential chemical facts, concepts and principles. • To promote the importance of experimental work. • To realise that Chemistry plays an important role in our society. • o give a sound base for students who simply wish to study Chemistry to AS level, but T at the same time provides an excellent foundation for Physical and Biological Science University Degrees. The specification ensures that if you have a good Science GCSE background you will be able to successfully understand wider aspects of the subject with ease. Course Outline • Redox reactions • Amines • Group 7: The Halogens • Amino Acids AS Unit 1: Foundation • Group 2: The Alkaline Earth metals • Polymers Chemistry • Extraction of metals • Organic Synthesis and Analysis (1 hour 15 min exam: 331/3% of AS, 162/3% of A-Level) • Haloalkanes • Structure Determination • Atomic Structure • Alkenes • Alcohols A2 Unit 5: Energetics, Redox • Amount of substance and Inorganic Chemistry • Bonding • Analytical Techniques (1 hour 45 min exam: 20% of • Periodicity A-Level) AS Unit 3: Investigative and • Introduction to Organic Chemistry • Thermodynamics Practical Skills • Alkanes (20% of AS, 10% of A-Level) • Periodicity You will be expected to carry out a • Redox Equilibria range of practical activities through • Transition Metals the year. You are assessed on your • Reactions of Inorganic ability to perform these tasks and Compounds in Aqueous Solution also on the collection and processing of their data in written exams. This is similar to the GCSE ISA A2 Unit 6: Investigative and requirements. Practical Skills in A2 Chemistry (10% of A-Level) A2 Unit 4: Kinetics, Equilibria This unit is similar in structure to Unit 3 and Organic Chemistry (1 hour 45 min exam: 20% of A-Level) Goes well with . . . Chemistry can be combined with any • Kinetics other subjects but goes particularly • Equilibria well with Physics, Mathematics, • Acids and Bases Biology and Geography. AS Unit 2: Chemistry in Action • Nomenclature & Isomerism in (1 hour 45 min exam: 462/3% of AS) Organic Chemistry For advice • Energetics Contact Miss J McConnell • Compounds containing the • Kinetics Carbonyl Group Email • Equilibria • Aromatic Chemistry Careers and Higher Education Chemistry can be used as an entry qualification for a wide variety of courses at higher education. These include the traditional Chemistry topics of medicine, dentistry, midwifery, veterinary courses, environmental science, natural science and forensics. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 31 213812 TEXT.indd 39 05/08/2010 11:54
  • 40. Physics Exam Board: AQA This course is designed for you to progress smoothly from your previous GCSE studies in Physics. You will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of Physics, gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills, appreciate How Science Works and its relevance beyond the laboratory, see how Physics links to other sciences and how the subject underpins important technologies and study optional topics so that you can specialise in areas that interest you. Course outline Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics • This section builds on key ideas about particles and AS Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and energy from AS physics and covers probing the nucleus, Electricity radioactivity, nuclear instability and nuclear energy as (1 hour 15 min exam: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) well as the thermal properties of materials, ideal gases This unit includes the following topic areas: and the kinetic theory of gases • The nucleus including particles, antiparticles and Section B: Option Units photons; hadrons and leptons; the quark model; This section will provide students and teachers with • Quantum phenomena including photoelectricity, energy opportunities to develop deeper knowledge and levels and photon emission, wave particle duality; understanding in one chosen area of the subject: • Electricity including electrical quantities, resistivity, • Astrophysics: lenses and telescopes, non-optical circuits and components, alternating current. telescopes, classification of stars, cosmology AS Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves • Medical Physics: physics of the eye, physics of the ear, (1 hour 15 min exam: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) biological measurements, non-ionising imaging, X-ray imaging This unit includes the following topic areas • Applied Physics: rotational dynamics, thermodynamics, • Mechanics, including motion along a straight line, engines projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion, energy and power, • Turning points in physics: the discovery of the electron, wave-particle duality, special relativity. • Properties of materials, including density and the Young modulus, A2 Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills • Waves, including longitudinal and transverse waves, (10% of A-Level) progressive and stationary waves, refraction, diffraction The skills you will develop will be the same as at AS but at a and interference. higher level of sophistication. AS Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills Goes well with . . . (20% of the A-Level, 10% of A-Level) The study of Mathematics to AS level at least will be In this unit you will develop the practical skills of: essential to any student wishing to study Physics to A2 • Selection and use of various equipment level. The study of Physics will support work in Mathematics and Chemistry and also in Music Technology. • Processing of data, • Making observations and measurements, For advice • Analysing and evaluation of results. Contact Mr D Jones A2 Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics Email (1 hour 45 min exam: 20% of A-Level) This unit includes the following topic areas: • Further mechanics, including momentum, circular motion and simple harmonic motion • Fields, including gravitational fields, electric fields, capacitors, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction A2 Unit 5 (1 hour 45 min exam : 20% of A-Level) This unit comprises two sections: Careers and Higher Education Physics is the basis for a wide range of degree level subject including Astrophysics, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Particle Physics, Nanotechnology and many more. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 32 213812 TEXT.indd 40 05/08/2010 11:54
  • 41. Environmental Studies Exam Board: AQA As the saying goes “if you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem”. But by taking the Environmental Studies course you will definitely have an in-depth understanding of the fragile world we live in. This course involves the scientific study of how the environment supports us, how we threaten these support systems, and strategies for a more sustainable lifestyle. Environmental Studies doesn’t just help you understand ways in which we can save the also helps you to develop valuable skills that will help in any walk of life. Like how to collect, analyse and evaluate information in order to arrive at the big picture. The first year of Environmental Studies covers two A2 Unit 3: Energy Resources and Environmental main study topics: The Living Environment and The Pollution Physical Environment. The ‘living’ topic includes wildlife (1.5 hour examination: 25% of A-level) conservation, the conditions for life on Earth, and a study • Future problems of energy supply and how these may be of land resources. Then the ‘physical’ topic introduces resolved you to the three systems of our planet: the atmosphere, hydrosphere and the lithosphere. In the second year you’ll • Properties of pollutants to explain why some materials or delve into environmental issues in more depth. The first part forms of energy cause environmental damage of the year is spent studying topics like energy resources • Minimising releases, treating effluents and managing the and environmental pollution. The second part of the year damage causes by pollutants. looks at issues like the impact of mankind, food production systems and the important issue of sustainability. A2 Unit 4: Biological Resources and Sustainability (2 hour examination: 25% of A-level) Course outline • Factors controlling human population growth in relation to the demands placed upon the planet’s resources and AS Unit 1: life-support systems The Living Environment • Food production and forestry systems (1 hour examination: • Study of sustainability of human lifestyles. 40% of AS and 20% of A-level) Goes well with ...... • Reasons why the Environmental Studies directly links with Biology, conservation of life Geography and Chemistry. The subject also has links with on Earth is important Geology, Economics, Politics and Sociology. • Methods which For Advice may be used to Contact Miss J Mason achieve effective conservation Email • Conservation in the jmason@arthurterry. UK, coral reefs, Antarctica and tropical rainforests • Ecological relationships between organisms and their abiotic and biotic environment. AS Unit 2: The Physical Environment (1.5 hour examination: 60% of AS and 30% of A-level) • Atmospheric gases, water and mineral nutrients • Human exploitation and management of physical resources to provide higher material living standards • Unsustainable natural resources. Careers and Higher Education There are a number of jobs available that are directly or indirectly related to Environmental Studies. The following website has up-to-date jobs available: . There are also many University courses linked directly to Environmental Studies, these include: Environmental Science, Geography, Geosciences, Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Management and Planning, Applied Bioscience etc. Also Environmental Studies in conjunction with other subjects can be used to access a wide range of courses in higher education. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 33 213812 TEXT.indd 41 05/08/2010 11:54
  • 42. Code of Conduct Detailed guidelines are provided in the Sixth Form Planner which each student receives at the beginning of the year. However, the main points are indicated as follows : • Attendance at lessons is an absolute priority. Students who fall below a minimum attendance requirement will become responsible for the payment of their own external examination entry fee. • Students must register with their tutor every morning at 8.50 am. • Students should consider their non contact lessons as independent study time. They will need to make use of this time in the Sixth Form Centre or Library. ACCEPTABLE DRESS • We expect Sixth Form students to show maturity and Girls self-discipline both in and out of school and to behave in • Dresses, skirts (of a suitable length) or trousers such a way as to maintain the very good reputation of the • Shirt/blouse, short or long sleeved school. • Cardigan or V-neck jumper • Sensible shoes • Students must follow the Sixth Form Dress Code. All of the above guidelines are common sense, and, of Boys course, are upheld by the vast majority of students at all • Trousers times. • Shirt with collar, short or long sleeved • Cardigan or V-neck jumper Sixth Form Dress Code • Sensible shoes Smart Dress for the workplace Note: Tailored blazer, jacket or suit (with or without tie) are Main Principle optional for boys and girls Dress that is smart, comfortable and appropriate to wear to a school comprising young people aged 11-18 UNACCEPTABLE DRESS At Arthur Terry, we believe that, although it has unique • No denim can be worn features, the Sixth Form is a core part of our school; this is • No trainers reflected, for example, by the active participation of Yr 12 • No sportswear, beachwear or shorts and Yr 13 students within our Vertical Tutoring system. • No extremes of fashion Younger students do look up to Sixth Form students so it • No leggings or jeggings is important they present the highest standards of dress, behaviour and respect and are “Leaders of Learning” within the school. 34 213812 TEXT.indd 42 05/08/2010 11:54
  • 43. Index BUSINESS STUDIES & ICT • Business Studies & Applied Business 1 • Economics 3 • ICT 4 • Leisure Studies 5 DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY • Food Technology 6 • Product Design 7 • Textiles 8 ENGLISH • English Combined 10 • English Language 11 • English Literature 12 GENERAL STUDIES • General Studies 14 HUMANITIES • Applied Health & Social Care 15 • Geography 16 • History 17 • Law 18 • Psychology 19 • Religious Studies 20 • Sociology 21 MATHEMATICS • Mathematics & Further Mathematics 22 MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES • French & German 23 PERFORMING ARTS • Dance 24 • Drama & Theatre Studies 25 • Fine Art 26 • Music 27 • Music Technology 28 • PE 29 SCIENCE • Biology 30 • Chemistry 31 • Physics 32 • Environmental Studies 33 CODE OF CONDUCT 34 213812 TEXT.indd 43 05/08/2010 11:54
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