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1. 1. CAXTON COLLEGE British Day and Boarding School Year 13 Subject Information/ Información sobre Asignaturas 2013-2014
2. 2. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL CONTENTS AS & A Level Subjects: Mathematics & Further Maths 3 Biology; Chemistry; Physics 6 Art 9 Business Studies 10 General Studies 11 Geography 12 German 13 Global Studies 14 History 15 Music 17 Physical Education 18 Psychology 19 Sociology 20 3-D Design 21 Asignaturas Optativas Españolas: Matemáticas Aplicadas a las Ciencias Sociales y Matemáticas Ciencia y Tecnología 23 Biología; Química 25 Dibujo Técnico 26 Economía 27 Geografía 28 Historia del Arte 29 SIXTH FORM - Page 2 -
3. 3. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL MATHEMATICS Head of Department: Kevin Worthington Exam Board: Edexcel Text Books: Heinemann Modular Mathematics for Edexcel • Core Mathematics 3 • Core Mathematics 4 • Statistics 1/Mechanics 1 Course contents: Term One Module C3: Algebraic Fractions Functions Exponentials and Logs Numerical Methods Graph Transformations Further Trigonometry 1 Further Trigonometry 2 Differentiation Module C4: Partial fractions Term Two Module C4: Parametric Equations Binomial Expansion Further Differentiation Vectors Module S1: Summary of Data Representation of Data Probability Correlation Regression OR Module M1: Kinematics of a Particle Dynamics of a Particle Statics of a Particle Term Three Module C4: Further Integration Vectors Module S1: Discrete Random Variables The Normal Distribution OR Module M1: Moments Vectors in Mechanics Internal Exams: Regular internal exams will take place, along with a mock exam in January. External Exams: Module C3, C4 and S1/M1 – May/June (1½ hours each). Homework: Homework will generally be set every lesson and should be a minimum of ½ hour. This will increase in intensity close to exam periods. In addition, all students should be reviewing and revising their work on an ongoing basis. Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 12 Assessment Policy: Regular assessment through exams and homework will take place throughout the year. Worked will be marked against criteria of the Edexcel exam board. Useful Web Pages: www.s-cool.co.uk www.mathsrevision.net www.mymaths.co.uk www.examsolutions.co.uk Recommendations: There are many revision guides available for Edexcel A2 Level Mathematics. These should be used in conjunction with the dedicated “Revise” books which match the text books. SIXTH FORM - Page 3 -
4. 4. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL FURTHER MATHEMATICS AS Head of Department: Kevin Worthington Exam Board: Edexcel Text Books: Heinemann Modular Mathematics for Edexcel Compulsory: Optional: (two modules) Further Pure Mathematics 1 Mechanics 2 Statistics 1 Mechanics 1 Statistics 2 The majority of students will take Mechanics 2 and Statistics 1 as their optional modules and therefore the following information is based on that combination. Course contents: Term One Terms Two / Three Statistics 1: Revision for S1 exam Representation and Summary of Data Revision for M2 exam Probability Further Pure Maths 1: Correlation and Regression Complex Numbers Discrete Random Variables Numerical solutions of Equations Normal Distribution Matrix Algebra Mechanics 2: Series Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line Co-ordinate systems – Parabola or plane – Hyperbola Centres of Mass Proof by Induction Work, Energy and Power Revision for FP1 exam Collisions Statics of Rigid Bodies Internal Exams: Regular internal exams will take place, along with a mock exam in January. External Exams: Modules S1, M2 & FP1 – June (1½ hours each) Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 5 with the teacher / 7 private study. Homework: Homework will generally be set every lesson and should be a minimum of ½ hour. This will increase in intensity close to exam periods. In addition, all students should be reviewing and revising their work on an ongoing basis. Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 12 SIXTH FORM - Page 4 -
5. 5. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL Assessment Policy: Regular assessment through exams and homework will take place throughout the year. Work will be marked against criteria of the Edexcel exam board. Useful Web Pages: www.s-cool.co.uk www.mathsrevision.net www.mymaths.co.uk www.examsolutions.co.uk Recommendations: There are many revision guides available for Edexcel AS Level Further Mathematics. These should be used in conjunction with the dedicated “Revise” books which match the text books. SIXTH FORM - Page 5 -
6. 6. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL BIOLOGY Head of Department: William Kemball Exam Board: Edexcel AS and A2 Biology Course Contents: Term One Photosynthesis and global warming Evolution and cycles DNA profiles Bacteria, Viruses and Disease Term Two Respiration and control of heart and lungs Homeostasis, Hormones and Nerves Exercise Hormones and Nerves Term Three Brain and Human Genome Revision Internal Exams: There will be a mock examination in January. External Exams: Unit 4 & Unit 5 examinations in June; Unit 6 is a practical examination in May. Homework: Students will be set 2 pieces of homework per week. They should always study the previous lessons using notes and their textbook. A Level Biology requires considerable independent study to develop the students’ knowledge & understanding. Assessment Policy: Based upon topic tests and mock examinations only. Web Page: www.bbc.co.uk /education/asguru/biology Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 12 Recommendations: Consistent efforts throughout the course will produce better results than crammed revision before tests. A2 Revision guides will be recommended. SIXTH FORM - Page 6 -
7. 7. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL CHEMISTRY Head of Department: Stephanie Boyko Exam Board: Edexcel Advanced Level GCE in Chemistry: Course number 9CHO1 Course contents: Term One How fast? – Rates How far? – Entropy Term Two Redox and transition metals Organic chemistry – arenes, nitrogen compounds and synthesis Equilibria Organic Chemistry – carbonyls, acids and instrumental techniques Term Three Revision and practical skills Internal Exams: There will be a mock paper (6CHO4) internal examination for the students in January and a mock internal examination for paper (6CHO5) at the beginning of May. External Exams: Students take the Edexcel Board examinations Paper 4 (6CHO4) and Paper 5 (6CHO5) examinations in June. Unit 6 (6CHO6) is an external assessment of practical skills which is carried out at the end of the year. Homework: A minimum of two assignments per week. Assessment Policy: A graded test will be given every four to six weeks. Students will also be given regular synoptic style questions to evaluate their understanding of some concepts. Recommendations: Students need to make sure that they apply themselves thoroughly to class work, homework and further reading in order to keep up with the considerable workload in A2 chemistry. Web Pages: www.edexcel-international.org/quals/gce/chemistry/as/8080/ www.alevelchemistry.co.uk www.s-cool.co.uk www.chemguide.co.uk Recommendations: Suggested reading: A2-Level Chemistry Edexcel Revision Guide (Paperback) by Richard Parsons Get the Grade: Edexcel AS/A2 Chemistry (Paperback) by George Facer SIXTH FORM - Page 7 -
8. 8. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL PHYSICS Head of Department: Stuart Ogilvie Exam Board: Edexcel Course contents: Term One Term Two Further mechanics Thermal energy Electric and magnetic fields Nuclear decay. Particle physics Oscillations Term Three Astrophysics and cosmology Practical Revision Internal Exams: Mock exams to be taken in January and June, continuous internal assessment to be done with the use of short tests at the end of each topic. External Exams: Unit 4: Physics on the move Unit 5: Creation to collapse Unit 6: Experimental physics (International Centres) Homework: Pupils will be given homework at least twice a week with the expectation that reading and further study is taking place without prompting. Recommendations: Consistent efforts throughout the course will produce better results than crammed revision before tests. A2 Revision guides are specified on the book list and are important for revision purposes. Web Pages: www.caxtoncollegetic.com www.iop.org www.antonine-education.co.uk www.s-cool.co.uk SIXTH FORM - Page 8 -
9. 9. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL ART Head of Department: Liz Edwards Exam Board: Edexcel Course contents: Students use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. It allows the students to discover the richness and variety found in Art and Design allowing them to go on to express themselves in an individual way. In particular we aim to develop student confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement in the practice of Art and Design. Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich our personal and public lives. Term One Individual student projects Term Two Term Three Individual student projects and External exam External exam Preparation Coursework: Coursework at A2 (unit 3) incorporates two elements: Practical work and a written Personal study, which takes the form of a critical written response to a negotiated starting point of significant artistic interest. The two elements should be seen as integrally connected and supporting each other. The deadline for completion of coursework is 1 February. External Exams: The external 12 hour art exam will be conducted over two days, under exam conditions set by Edexcel. Homework: Homework is issued and marked every week, and it forms important links with class work. As the year goes on homework is focused more on the completion of coursework pieces, and the development of the sketchbook. It is vital that students understand that ‘everything’ they do over the 1 year course will be marked, and as such may affect their grade. Assessment Policy: The exam at A2 (unit 4) is an externally set theme which following the preparatory period (as in GCSE and AS) culminates in a 12 hour terminal exam. Assessment Objectives are shared with AS and whilst very similar to GCSE expect a greater depth of understanding and enquiry. Recommendations: Encourage students to draw from ’direct observation’ as much as possible; this will help to develop their skills and confidence in many other areas. Encourage students to visit art galleries and exhibitions to enhance their understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. Visits to universities and organizing relevant work experience is recommended to those considering art as a possible career path. Recommended Websites for Art & Design include: Artscape — www.artscape.org.uk Database of contemporary artists in the UK — www.axisartists.org.uk The British Film Institute — www.bfi.org.uk The British Museum — www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk The Crafts Council — www.craftscouncil.org.uk The Design Council — www.design-council.org.uk SIXTH FORM - Page 9 -
11. 11. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL GENERAL STUDIES Head of Department: Jeanette Nugent Exam Board: Edexcel Course contents: Term One Types of argument Term Two What makes a humane society? Crime and punishment Scientific explanation Arts as a reflection of society Nature/nurture. Values and opinions Term Three Revision and exam practice Is the UK a democracy? Internal Exams: Start of second term External Exams: May-June session, Year 13. Homework: Students are expected to study various sources from England in order to develop their general knowledge of English culture. They will present a report each fortnight. Continuous assessment of skills and knowledge. Assessment Policy: Unit specific past paper and terminology testing. Web Pages: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/playlive/bbc_radio_fourfm www.guardian.co.uk/ www.dailymail.co.uk/news/index.html Recommendations: It is vital that students read newspapers and watch English television in order to gain sufficient knowledge of current issues within England. It is impossible to teach these within class time. Students must be sufficiently well read in order to have opinions on a number of issues and an awareness of the different arguments surrounding them. Time in class is devoted to taking this knowledge and adapting it to the exam requirements of the exam board. SIXTH FORM - Page 11 -
12. 12. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL GEOGRAPHY Head of Department: Jo Mattingley-Nunn Exam Board: Edexcel A2 Course contents: Term One Independent research for Unit 4 – Life on the Margins, the food supply problem Term Two Term Three Superpower Geographies Bridging the development gap Energy Security Biodiversity Under Threat The technological fix? Water Conflicts Independent research for Unit 4 Revision & Practice for synoptic paper Internal Exams: January mock exam. External Exams: Jan: Unit 4 – Geographical research ¼ hours May/June -Unit 3: Contested Planet 2 ½ hours Homework: Set when and as necessary Assessment Policy: Unit specific past paper and terminology testing. Web Pages: www.metoffice.com/ www.esminfo.prenhall.com/science/geoanimations/animations/35 _VolcanicAct.html www.edexcel.org.uk www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/geography.shtm Recommendations: A2 requires a huge amount of reading around the studied topics. Keep an eye on current affairs relating to the course on the internet. The BBC website is very good for this. Always encourage your child to ask if unsure of anything. SIXTH FORM - Page 12 -
13. 13. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL GERMAN Head of Department: Melissa Baxter Exam Board: Edexcel Course contents: Term One Research-based essay preparation Term Two Revision of some AS topics Translation skills Discursive essay writing & oral discussions Oral work Translation skills Term Three Exam Preparation Revision External Exams: Students sit two examination papers in total in May and June. Students do an oral exam in April or early May (35% of grade) on their own chosen topic. In the summer examination period they then do a further component: Research, understanding & written response in German, which has 3 sections: A short translation, a German-language essay and a research-based essay (65% of grade). Homework: In addition to regular written homework, students are expected to note and learn vocabulary independently on a regular basis. They are expected to learn grammar concepts in preparation for class tests and research topics independently in the foreign language. Assessment Policy: Students are assessed throughout the year in listening, speaking, reading and writing. In term 2 students sit a mock AS examination which contributes to their term 2 grade (50%). Web Pages: For language skills: For research: www.nthuleen.com www.goethe.de www.focus.de www.stern.de www.spiegel.de SIXTH FORM - Page 13 -
14. 14. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL GLOBAL STUDIES Head of Department: Matt Bellis Exam Board: Edexcel Course contents: Term One Term Two Defining Global Development Global Organisation Economic Development Global Development Challenges Development of Government and Society The Challenge and Impact of Sustainable Development Term Three The Challenge and Impact of Crisis and Humanitarian Disasters The Challenge and Impact of Conflict Study Pre-Released Material Internal Exams: A Mock Exam will take place just before Christmas External Exams: Final examination will in the exam period of May/June, and will comprise of two exams. Unit 1: Understanding Global Development (which is 1 hour 45 mins) and Unit 2: Global Development Challenges (also 1 hour 45 mins) Homework: Pupils will be required to undertake a lot of research in their own time, including keeping up to date with current affairs. This will be in addition to regular assignments, which will improve knowledge and understanding. Assessment Policy: Assessment will be varied throughout the year to ascertain that pupils have the required knowledge and understanding of each topic. There will also be unit specific exam style questions, and terminology testing throughout the year. Web Pages: A list of useful websites will be put on Moodle for each topic, including links. Recommendations. Each topic covers an enormous amount of information, where many aspects can be viewed very differently from the perspectives of different countries. Pupils must read around the topics in their own time, choosing to link topics to specific countries in order to asses and analyse concepts and ideas. There is no one textbook, pupils must be pro-active in their research and investigations. We usually say there is always a ‘Plan B’…. But there is no ‘Planet B’ Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations SIXTH FORM - Page 14 -
15. 15. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL HISTORY Head of Department: Jeanette Nugent Exam Board: Edexcel Course contents: Term One Term Two Term Three Germany German history coursework The end of the Cold War The Origins of the Cold War after World War II The Globalisation of the Cold War Complete coursework Revision Homework: Homework will be set twice a week and will normally involve 1 hours work. It may involve a range of different activities. A discipline procedure is in place if a student continually fails to produce homework on time. Assessment: In Year 13 there are tests and exam practices after each unit. There are also formal assessments at the end of the first and second terms covering the relevant topics. Most of the formal tests will take the form of past papers. In addition to these tests, students will be monitored closely throughout the year and each term students will have a one to one session with the class teacher to review progress. There will also be a mock exam either at the end of term one or at the beginning of the second term. Exams: Students must complete one 4,000 word essay made up of two parts for coursework. This must be handed in before the Easter holidays, and is worth 40% of the A2 mark. During the summer exam period, students will sit one exam that is two hours long. This exam will require the students to write two long answers: one source-based, one knowledge-based. This exam is worth 60 % of the A2 mark. Web Pages: www.edexcel.co.uk www.bbc.co.uk/history/ www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk www.schoolhistory.co.uk www.historyonthenet.com www.historylearningsite.co.uk Recommendations: All students should be encouraged to take an active interest in history in a number of ways. Revision guides can also be obtained for the main course content. SIXTH FORM - Page 15 -
16. 16. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL MUSIC A2 Head of Department: Gerry Paci Exam Board: Edexcel Course contents: At both Advanced Subsidiary Levels (AS) and A2, students experience all three main musical disciplines of performing, composing and listening and understanding. Though out the three terms students will continuously study all three areas and will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony (the basics at AS and stylistic studies at A2). They will build up their aural and analytical skills by studying selections from the New Anthology of Music and wider listening. Term One Combined study of Units 4,5 &6 (Extended Performance Music, Composition and Technical Study & Further Musical Understanding ) Term Two Combined study of Units 4,5 &6 (Extended Performance Music, Composition and Technical Study & Further Musical Understanding ) Term Three Combined study of Units 4,5 &6 EXAMINATION PERIOD A2Course Outline: UNIT 4 – EXTENDED PERFORMANCE ASSESSED INTERNALLY 12 – 15 minutes of a balanced programme of music as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble 30% (A2), 15% (full A level) UNIT 5 – COMPOSITION AND TECHNICAL STUDY ASSESSED EXTERNALLY SECTION 1 – COMPOSITION Create a 3 minute composition in response to a choice of briefs provided by the exam board. SECTION 2 – TECHNICAL STUDY Builds on the knowledge and awareness of harmony gained in Unit 3 section C through the medium of pastiche studies. - students complete 2 tasks set by the exam board - either 1 composition + 1 technical study - or 2 compositions - or 2 technical studies 30% (A2), 15% (full A level) UNIT 6 – FURTHER MUSICAL UNDERSTANDING ASSESSED EXTERNALLY Listening to music, both familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology provide the focus for much of this unit. Section A – Aural analysis Section B – Music in Context Section C – Continuity and change in instrumental music. 40% (A2), 20% (full A level) SIXTH FORM - Page 16 -
17. 17. CAXTON COLLEGE YEAR 13 A LEVEL Homework: Students will be set at least two homework task per week which will include both performance and composition based. Assessment Policy: Work is continuously assessed throughout the year and students are given fixed dated for recitals and submissions of compositions. Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 12 Web Pages: www.themusicland.co.uk www.choraleguide.com Recommended Reading: Edited by J Winterson — The New Anthology of Music (Peters, 2000) (used for the Listening, aural & analysis elements of the course) Benham H — A Student’s Guide to Harmony and Counterpoint (Rhinegold, 2006) Benham H and Wightman A — Listening Tests for Students: Edexcel A2 Music Specification, Book 1 (Rhinegold, 2005) Benham H and Wightman A — Listening Tests for Students: Edexcel A2 Music Specification, Book 2 (Rhinegold, 2005) Bowman D — Rhinegold Dictionary of Music in Sound (Rhinegold, 2000) Cole B — The Composer’s Handbook (Schott, 1996) Cole B — The Pop Composer’s Handbook (Schott, 2006) SIXTH FORM - Page 17 -