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DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLSixth Form Options   2011-2012
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLThe Sixth Form CurriculumIt is the aim of Dubai British School to provide our post 16 students with as...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLThe Sixth Form Curriculum PathwaysAt Dubai British School we offer two pathways within the Sixth Form....
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLPersonal, Social and Health Education - PSHEThis is a programme designed to provide time and resources...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLThe Sixth Form – A Crucial DecisionThe choices you make, about what and where to study in the Sixth Fo...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLThe Sixth Form will reflect an outstanding record of academic success, builton the high calibre of you...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLSpeakers on various aspects of university life and world of work will be invitedto visit the school th...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLOtherwise, there are many degree courses such as Law, Business Studies andPsychology that accept virtu...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL        Students heading for the U.S.A. should realise that, besides the heavy ‘A’ level        worklo...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLSummary - How do I choose?Your final option and subject choices require careful research and thought.T...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL      The Application Process      The application process for entry into the Sixth Form at Dubai Brit...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLPolicy on Year 12 Admissions1. All admissions are subject to the overriding proviso that we can constr...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLDubai British SchoolApplication for Sixth Form Entry 2011-2012Name:Tutor Group:Estimated (I)GCSE Grade...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL        ENGLISH LITERATURE        AS ENGLISH LITERATURE – AQA B 1746        A2 ENGLISH LITERATURE – AQ...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLMEDIA STUDIESAS MEDIA STUDIES – WJEC (2291)A2 MEDIA STUDIES – WJEC (3291)Media Studies encompasses com...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL    DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES    AS DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES - AQA (2240)    A2 DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES –...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL       ECONOMICS       AS ECONOMICS – Edexcel (8EC01)       A2 ECONOMICS – Edexcel (9EC01)       This ...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL      BUSINESS STUDIES      AS BUSINESS STUDIES – Edexcel (8BS01)      A2 BUSINESS STUDIES – Edexcel (...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL        SOCIOLOGY        AS SOCIOLOGY – AQA (1191)        A2 SOCIOLOGY – AQA (2191)        Sociology h...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL        PSYCHOLOGY        AQA syllabus A (1181)        A2 Psychology – AQA syllabus A (2181)   Psychol...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL       HISTORY       AS History – Edexcel (8HI01)       A2 History – Edexcel (9HI01)       The aim of ...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL        INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY        AS Information and Communication Technology – ...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL        GEOGRAPHY        AS GEOGRAPHY – Edexcel (8GE01)        A2 GEOGRAPHY – Edexcel (9GE01)        T...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL  APPLIED DOUBLE AWARD BUSINESS  APPLIED BUSINESS (AS & A2) – Edexcel (9722)  The department offers th...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL       APPLIED SINGLE AWARD LEISURE STUDIES       LEISURE STUDIES (AS & A2) – Edexcel (9761)       The...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL        BIOLOGY        AS BIOLOGY – Edexcel (8BIO1)        A2 BIOLOGY – Edexcel (9BIO1)        Biology...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL       CHEMISTRY       AS CHEMISTRY – Edexcel (8CH01)       A2 CHEMISTRY – Edexcel (9CH01)       Study...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL       PHYSICS       AS PHYSICS – Edexcel (8PH01)       A2 PHYSICS – Edexcel (9PH01)       The AS and ...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL      MATHEMATICS         AS Mathematics – Edexcel (8371)              A2 Mathematics – Edexcel( 9371)...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLFURTHER MATHEMATICSA qualification in Further Mathematics involves studying both pure and appliedmodul...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL     DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY     AS DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY – AQA 1551     A2 DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY – AQA 2551  ...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLART & DESIGNAS Art and Design – Edexcel (8AD01)A2 Art and Design – Edexcel (9AD01)The GCE in Art and D...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL      PHYSICAL EDUCATION      AS PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Edexcel (8PE01)      A2 PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Ede...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL   MUSIC   AS MUSIC – EDEXCEL (8MU01)   A2 MUSIC – EDEXCEL (9MU01)   Following this course will enable...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL        ARABIC        AS Arabic      – Edexcel 8AR01        A2 Arabic      – Edexcel 9AR01        Duri...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL            SPANISH            AS SPANISH – Edexcel (8SP01)            A2 SPANISH – Edexcel (9SP01)   ...
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL            GERMAN            AS GERMAN – Edexcel (8GN01)            A2 GERMAN – Edexcel (9GN01)      ...
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  1. 1. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLSixth Form Options 2011-2012
  2. 2. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLThe Sixth Form CurriculumIt is the aim of Dubai British School to provide our post 16 students with astimulating and purposeful curriculum, leading to qualifications which areinternationally recognised and accepted as entry requirements for HigherEducation.We welcome students of all abilities and offer them not only a broad andbalanced curriculum but also opportunities to develop into responsiblemembers of the adult community.At Dubai British School there is a wide range of options available. Theportfolio of qualifications available includes: • GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level The AS Level courses contain two or three units and are the compulsory foundation to the A Level course. They may also be an end in themselves. The usual pattern of modules is assessment by external examination; this assessment could take place in January and June of year 12 depending on the subject. • GCE Advanced Level The A Level course contains four or six units in total; the first three or two units must be completed in Year 12 as the AS. The final three or two units (A2) are offered in Year 13 and the majority are assessed by a similar pattern to that of the AS modules. • Applied ‘A’ Levels – Double Award The Applied ‘A’ level Double Award contains six (AS) units and are equivalent to two GCE AS grades. These are studied over year 12. The Applied ‘Á’ level Double Award contains a further six (A2) units and are equivalent to two A2 grades. These are studied over year 13. These courses are based on coursework and externally assessed unit tests, with the emphasis on coursework. Applied Double Award is offered in Business. This course provides an alternative route to Higher Education. The courses are practical and vocational and are closely linked to the world of work. • Applied ‘A’ Levels – Single Award The Applied ‘A’ level Single Award contains three (AS) units and are equivalent to one GCE AS grade. These are studied over year 12. The Applied ‘Á’ level Single Award contains a further three (A2) units and are equivalent to one A2 grade. These are studied over year 13. These courses are based on coursework and externally assessed unit tests, with the emphasis on coursework. Applied Single Award is offered in Leisure Studies. This course provides an alternative route to Higher Education.
  3. 3. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLThe Sixth Form Curriculum PathwaysAt Dubai British School we offer two pathways within the Sixth Form. Theseare the ‘Traditional’ AS-A2 pathway and the ‘Applied’ AS-A2 pathway. Astudent will follow one of the pathways and not a combination of the two.Traditional AS/A2 Pathway: Students will study four subjects from thefollowing list of options (only choose 1 subject per option block); OPTION 1 OPTION 2 OPTION 3 OPTION 4 OPTION 5 Physics History Maths Eng. Lit Chemistry Biology Maths Chemistry Maths Physics Economics ICT French Further Maths Bus. Studies Geography Design Tech. Sociology Biology Psychology Music Art & Design Spanish Drama P.E.Media StudiesApplied AS/A2 Pathway: OPTION 1 OPTION 2 Business Double Award Leisure Studies Single Award AS – Six Units. AS – Three Units. A2 – Twelve Units. A2 – Six Units.In line with other International and Independent Schools subject will only runwith viable course numbers. The Head of Sixth Form and Sixth Form Teamwill do their utmost to ensure that students are coursed for their first choices.Coursing onto one of the above subjects is conditional and thereforedependent upon students’ obtaining the (I)GCSE grade requirement for thatindividual subject and the general requirements for AS level courses.Further details about these courses can be found on the Subject InformationSheets at the back of this booklet and on the following websites.www.edexcel.org.uk www.aqa.org.uk www.wjec.co.ukIn addition to academic subjects all students’ within the Sixth Form will followa programme of Core Physical Education and PSHE.
  4. 4. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLPersonal, Social and Health Education - PSHEThis is a programme designed to provide time and resources for universityapplications, discussion of appropriate issues such as Time Management andRevision Schedules. We also discuss social issues such as HIV/AIDs, eatingdisorders, drug and alcohol abuse and personal issues such as stressmanagement and financial planning.The programme is offered one period per week and is led by a specialisedteam.The Section team and the Careers advisors come together to provide astructure that enables students to be prepared for application deadlines toinstitutions of higher education world-wide.Physical Education – Core PEThe Physical Education programme is a carefully designed in order forstudents to maintain an active sports involvement within the Sixth Form. Wepromote health, fitness and good use of leisure time as part of our schoolethos. Physical Education in the form of a games option programme is acompulsory element of the Sixth Form curriculum and there is the opportunityto negotiate students own programme as a wide range of choices will be onoffer from the Physical Education Department.Changes to Post 16 EducationIn September 2008 wide ranging changes to Post 16 qualifications wereintroduced. The following points outline the main issues:• Syllabuses are now called specifications and modules are now called units.• All Advanced Level courses are made up of six or four units.• The first three or two units are at a new AS (Advanced Subsidiary) level (half way between the standard of GCSE and A Level). These units are normally completed in the year 12.• The final three or four units (called A2) are at full A Level standard and are completed in year 13.• For each subject there has to be some synoptic element (i.e. questions drawn from the whole course). For many subjects this will be the final unit.• The AS level + the A2 level = a full A Level.• A new UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) points tariff has been developed (A = 120, B = 100, C = 80, D = 60, E = 40) and an AS level has half the A Level point score.• At the A2 level there is now the new grade available of A*. This is only available at A2 level and replaces the Advanced Extension Award.
  5. 5. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLThe Sixth Form – A Crucial DecisionThe choices you make, about what and where to study in the Sixth Form, willhave a significant bearing on your future life and career. The qualificationsyou acquire, the personal qualities and life skills that you develop and thefriendships you forge will all be crucial in determining how you cope with thetransition from school to adult life, and your success in an increasinglycompetitive world.The Sixth Form is DifferentIt is said that virtually all students find their time in the Sixth Form to be themost exciting and enjoyable of their whole school careers. It is not just anextension of life lower down the school – you will be studying the subjectsthat you have chosen. Teaching groups will be smaller, allowing you tocontribute more personally, and you will develop a more adult and informalrelationship with staff. You will make new friends, often based on a sharedinterest in a particular area of study. You will have your own Sixth FormCommon Room. You will be able to choose from a range of extra curricularactivities. You will be an integral part of the school community, helping withthe running of the school and providing role models for the younger students.Why Stay On?Inevitably, some of you will be asking why you should stay on at Dubai BritishSchool, and may be tempted by the prospect of change in general, or whatyou perceive as greater freedom elsewhere. However, this is very importantdecision and there are very considerable advantages to staying on. There willbe no disruption to the continuity of your education, you are already anintegral part of the community here, you have forged friendships over theyears, you know the staff and they know you. The Sixth Form tutors willguide you through the complex UCAS system into higher education, and thevital school reference is based on a detailed knowledge of your achievementsand potential and can reflect your development throughout your schoolcareer.Life in the Sixth FormThe secret to success in the Sixth Form is undoubtedly time management!You have to develop the self discipline to work on your own and to juggle thedemands of academic work and all the other opportunities too – this is anessential prerequisite to surviving not just the Sixth Form but university andalso the world of work.Sixth Formers play a key role in many aspects of school life – the Sixth Formstudent body will provide the Senior School Head Boy and Girl and his / herDeputies and Cabinet of Senior Prefects.
  6. 6. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLThe Sixth Form will reflect an outstanding record of academic success, builton the high calibre of you the students and the excellence of our teaching,supported by first class facilities, small teaching groups and a well developedsystem of support and guidance. For the vast majority of students all thiscombines to provide the very best environment in which to fulfil yourpotential and secure the best possible A Level grades which are of course thepassport to university places and rewarding future careers.Wider School Projects & CommunityWithin the Sixth Form at Dubai British School there are a number of worthyactivities which are on offer. It is expected that every students will play a fulland active role within the wider school community. Some of the optionsinclude: • International Award. • School Sports Teams. • Charity Events. • Peer Reading Programme within the Primary School. • Foundation Story Time. • Model United Nations.Support and GuidanceMuch emphasis is placed on helping you to cope with the transition from themore structured environment of KS 4 to the greater independence of theSixth Form. New tutor groups are created, with around 15 students in eachand the same form Tutor will ideally stay with you throughout your two yearsin the Sixth Form. Your Tutor will offer advice and support on academic,personal and career matters and be responsible for your day to day progressand welfare. They will discuss your choices of course and help with highereducation applications and discuss any difficulties and review progressgenerallyAcademic progress will also be reviewed regularly with teaching staff. Mockexaminations are set prior to external examinations in both years and writtenreports will be sent to parents twice in Y12 and once in Y13. Parents will beinvited to meet subject staff and tutors to discuss progress twice during eachacademic year.Careers AdviceAdvice on careers and higher education courses is particularly important inthe Sixth Form and each student will be given guidance. A seminar will beheld each April for year 12 students and their parents to explore the optionsavailable, and to explain the key aspects of the higher education applicationssystem. You will have access at all times to the Careers Library, which will bestocked with the latest information on higher education. Increasingly, thesewill be/are available on the Internet.
  7. 7. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLSpeakers on various aspects of university life and world of work will be invitedto visit the school throughout the two years to talk to the Sixth Form.Choosing your optionsThere are two options open to students embarking on Year 12 at DubaiBritish School:Option 1 Traditional AS-A2 Pathway Four AS levels, three of which are taken to full A level in Year 13.Option 2 Applied AS-A2 Pathway Applied Double Award Business and Applied Single Award Leisure Studies.Whichever Pathway is followed through years 12 and 13 requires a strong setof results at (I)GCSE level. Parents and students, particularly those withspecific career ambitions, are advised to do some research and make use ofthe Careers Department before the final subject choice is made.CombinationsIn choosing A level courses, students, at one time, concentrated on eitherthree Arts / Humanities subjects or three Science subjects. However, mixed‘A’ levels have become more common and the new arrangements for ASlevels give the opportunity for greater breadth still.In U.K. universities, the overwhelming majority of Science degrees requiretwo Science ‘A’ levels in Year 13 and so two Sciences along with an Art /Humanity is a good combination for the science-oriented student. Similarly,one Science taken along with two Arts / Humanities is a solid foundation formany Arts / Humanities degrees. The choice of a fourth subject in Year 12gives more opportunity to ensure a broad academic experience.There are, of course, some U.K. degree courses which demand specific ‘A’levels. For instance, those wishing to take English, History, Geography,Mathematics, French or German will be expected to take it at full ‘A’ level butthis tends to take care of itself in that, if you’re that keen on English, you willhave chosen it at ‘A’ level anyway. The slightly less obvious areas to beaware of are:• Medicine / Dentistry / Biological and Biochemical courses ask for Chemistry and at least one other Science (includes Mathematics).• Engineering courses ask for Mathematics and Physics.• Foreign Language courses ask for one Language and often prefer two at ‘A’ level.
  8. 8. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLOtherwise, there are many degree courses such as Law, Business Studies andPsychology that accept virtually any combination of ‘A’ levels. Manyadmissions tutors and, for that matter, many employers are more interestedin a student’s level of success at ‘A’ level than the particular subjects taken.We all know that we tend to succeed in something which we enjoy and whichsuits our particular skills and abilities. Therefore, while bearing in mind anypossible career implications, students should be primarily guided by the twocriteria of aptitude and interest that determined their earlier choice atGCSE.‘Creative’ A levelsCertain ‘A’ levels are regarded by universities as ‘creative’: these include Art,Design and Technology, Media Studies and P.E. Universities generallyrecommend that students should not do two out of their three final ‘A’ levelsin such subjects if they wish to pursue an ‘academic’ degree course. Thesesubjects have their own strengths, so do not be put off by this if you have agenuine interest in them. If you wish to pursue ‘Art and Design’ at college,you need a portfolio and it is advantageous to take ‘A’ level Art. Design andTechnology prepare students well for careers in Engineering or IndustrialDesign.U.S.A. destined studentsMost of the advice above applies equally to students planning to further theireducation in the U.S.A. However, it is not absolutely essential for thesestudents to have their subject choices as finely-tuned as U.K. bound students.This is because American degree courses take four years of study; the firsttwo years are broad and generalised and provide a breathing space in whichstudents can decide the area in which they wish to major. Whereas a U.K.student hoping to study Medicine would certainly have to choose Chemistry at‘A’ level, this would not be so urgent in the U.S. where Medicine is apostgraduate course, as is Law. Most universities offer credit for ‘A’ levelswhich can allow students to graduate in three rather than four years.Students should note that the same credit is not offered for ‘AS’ levels. Thechance to study 4 AS in Year 12 can provide the breadth that U.S. andAustralian colleges are looking for.American colleges recognise ‘A’ levels as a worthwhile and demandingqualification and students are in no way disadvantaged by remaining in oursenior school, as our record of U.S. placements clearly shows. Indeed, the‘better’ U.S. colleges are making it increasingly clear that they expect studentsto complete their ‘A’ levels and some, such as the University of California, arenow stipulating the grades they expect. Similarly, the school expectsstudents who enter Advanced level courses to show a determination tocomplete them successfully.
  9. 9. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL Students heading for the U.S.A. should realise that, besides the heavy ‘A’ level workload, the college application process is demanding in terms of time and effort. Hong Kong, Canada and Australia Higher education courses in these countries may ask for specific subjects at ‘A’ level but they may refer to them as prerequisites or assumed knowledge. Where students know their higher education plans, they should investigate such requirements but be careful not to confuse a requirement for English ‘proficiency’ with a demand for English ‘A’ level. Advice from people ‘in the know’A-levels. These options are probably the hardest choices you will have to make during your schoolcareer; they not only affect your school life but university courses and ultimately your career path.The options process may seem daunting but really it can be quite simple and very rewarding if youfollow your own path and not your friends. If there is any advice I could possibly give is to firstly playto your strengths, choose subjects you enjoy and start looking at university courses. Looking atuniversity courses is a great way of finding the subjects you need to follow your dreams. However ifyou are unsure a wide range of subjects is the best option, a mixture of practical subjects and onesyou have a passion for.Good luck with your GCSE’s and I hope your options go well. James Lewin Head Boy 2010-2011Choosing your options is a challenging step in your journey through school, and it is vital to consideryour options carefully. From my experience, it is important to look at your strengths but also choosesubjects that you are enthusiastic about. I took drama as I enjoyed it as a hobby and was keen tolearn more.It is crucial not to limit yourself, and I would advise you to choose a variety of subjects, especially ifyou are unsure about what you want to do later in life. I would recommended that you think of anyaspirations or career paths you may have in mind and look now at potential university course choicesand the subjects they require at A Level.Lastly I wish you luck with your GCSE examinations, and encourage you never to be afraid to ask foradvice from peers and teachers when dealing with such decisions. Lara Kitromilides Head Girl 2010-2011
  10. 10. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLSummary - How do I choose?Your final option and subject choices require careful research and thought.The following points will help you clarify your thinking:• Be clear which options in Year 12 you are likely to qualify for.• Be clear about what each option and each subject is really like.• Base your choice on your academic interests and strengths. Talk to your teachers about your potential for Advanced level study and try to be realistic about your personal abilities, aptitudes and skills.• Use the opportunity to study subjects from more than one curricular area. Look at both AS and Applied AS courses.• Be clear about the implications of your subject choice for future career options. If you need advice, consult the Careers teachers.• Choose what is right for you and what you will succeed in.Entry RequirementsThe Sixth Form at Dubai British School is open to all who are qualified byability and attitude. Generally, those who are admitted to the Sixth Form willhave a range of examination success at (I)GCSE level and will be capable ofmoving on to more advanced study. It may, however, be necessary to advisestudents who have a record of poor attendance or attitude to study that theyare unlikely to benefit from a Sixth Form course.Traditional AS/A2 Pathway • Students must have a total of 6 A*- C grades at (I)GCSE level. • Have a grade A*-B in the subjects to be studied at AS level. • Language/Music applicants must meet with departmental staff before commencing the course.Applied AS/A2 Pathway • Students must have a total of 4 A*- C grades at (I)GCSE level.There will be a provision made for those students to receive help andguidance to obtain a grade C or higher in (I)GCSE English Language andMathematics.
  11. 11. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL The Application Process The application process for entry into the Sixth Form at Dubai British School follows this easy four stage process. STAGE 1: Information Gathering. Attend the Sixth Form options evening on 6th December 2010. Take the opportunity todiscuss your options with subject specialists, your Form Tutor and your parents. At this stage you will have a clear idea of your predicted (I)GCSE grades. STAGE 2: The Application Form. Complete the Sixth Form application form in this pack, indicating your preferred options and submit it to your Form Tutor by 3rd February 2011. Please ensure that you are realistic in your choices. STAGE 3: The Interview.Following the submission of your application form, you will be called for a short interview with a member of the Sixth Form Tutor Team to discuss your options further. STAGE 4: The Decision!Following your interview you will receive a written response to your application. Should you be successful you with be asked to confirm your place within the Sixth Form by 31st March 2011.
  12. 12. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLPolicy on Year 12 Admissions1. All admissions are subject to the overriding proviso that we can construct a reasonable timetable. Provisional admission is no guarantee that a reasonable timetable is possible.2. We reserve the right to refuse entrance to Year 12 or to a particular subject, even if a student is technically qualified, if we feel he/she will not cope academically, or will get no positive benefit from the course.3. We reserve the right to refuse entrance to Year 12, even if a student is academically qualified, if we feel he/she will be disruptive.4. In some subjects where there are more students wishing to take the subjects than places available, we may demand higher qualifications (e.g. Grade B at GCSE level, a range of reasonable GCSE level results). We cannot legislate for this until the demand for places is known.Examination Fees • Parents should note that fees for external AS and A2 examinations are the responsibility of the parent. Parents will receive a bill for each examination the student is entered for, including re-sits. • Students that require additional access arrangements during examinations, for example the use of a reader or a scribe, will incur additional costs for invigilation.
  13. 13. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLDubai British SchoolApplication for Sixth Form Entry 2011-2012Name:Tutor Group:Estimated (I)GCSE Grades:Future Career Intentions:Proposed AS Level Choices:(In order of preference. Option 5 should be a reserve choice should one ofthe other four not be available).1.2.3.4.5.
  14. 14. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL ENGLISH LITERATURE AS ENGLISH LITERATURE – AQA B 1746 A2 ENGLISH LITERATURE – AQA B 2746 This course will be of interest if you have a genuine passion for English Literature. Through the study of influential works from the English canon, students will develop a greater insight into the core values that underpin modern society and a deeper understanding of the human condition. The subject can be studied at both AS and A level. Independent study and wider reading are fore fronted in the specification at both AS and A2 Level and students should be prepared for extensive reading of poetry, prose, drama and non-fiction relevant to the course. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by AQA. The course at all levels is assessed by a coursework component and final terminal examination. The modules currently studied are as follows: AS A2 English Literature English Literature UNIT 1:LITB1 UNIT 3:LITB3 Aspects of Narrative Texts and Genres A written paper of 2hrs duration: 2 questions A written paper of 2hrs duration: 2 questions, focused on 4 texts: 2 poetry and 2 novels from minimum 3 texts for study on the topic, Elements of prescribed list. Open book exam. Gothic. Closed book exam. UNIT 2:LITB2 UNIT 4:LITB4 Dramatic Genres Further and Independent ReadingCoursework based: Two coursework assignments Coursework based: Two coursework assignments comprising 2,400 – 3,000 in total. Two texts for comprising 1,700 – 2,700 words in total. Minimum 3 study within the genre of Tragedy. texts for study, including critical anthology. The AS is studied over the first year and successful completion of this course will be required for entry into the A2 level course followed in the second year. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the English Literature course you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS level courses. In addition, because the subject requires higher level writing and reading skills a grade B or higher at English Language and English Literature. Especially worthwhile combinations with AS English Literature are History, Geography, Economics, Drama and Media Studies, although for University entry, English Literature is a worthy subject across the board. For further information please contact: Miss Jones– Faculty Leader English Faculty of English & Communications
  15. 15. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLMEDIA STUDIESAS MEDIA STUDIES – WJEC (2291)A2 MEDIA STUDIES – WJEC (3291)Media Studies encompasses comprehensive and integrated coverage of mediatheory and practice. The course aims to develop critical autonomy as youstudy the media and the contemporary media landscape, focussing oncontemporary issues and debates, new media technologies and theconstruction and analysis of media texts. Media Studies prepares students forprogression into work or higher education in a range of media-related areas.ASSESSMENT:The specification followed is the one offered by WJEC. The course, for bothAS and A2, is assessed by one examined module and one courseworkmodule.The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Media Studies Media Studies MS1: (50% AS/25%A Level) MS 3: (50% AS/25%A Level) Media Representations & Responses Media Investigation & Production 2 ½ hour written examination Coursework module – students 3 compulsory questions investigate a media area of their choice and create a related production MS2: (50% AS/25%A Level) MS 4: (50% AS/25%A Level) Media Production Processes Media: Text, Industry & Audience Coursework module – students 2 ½ hour written examination fulfil a given coursework brief 3 compulsory questionsCOURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION:To study Media Studies within the sixth form you would be expected to meetthe general requirements for AS level courses. In addition, because thesubject is based on developing critical analysis and written skills, at a gradeC or higher at English Language and ICT is recommended.Many students use the knowledge acquired during Media Studies AS/A2 levelcourses to go directly into employment in a related field of work. Whencombined with Art, Economics, Business Studies, ICT or English it makes astrong combination for a number of related degrees in fields such as:advertising, marketing, journalism, creative industries, education and ofcourse, the media industry.For further information please contact:Ms Hawkins- Subject Leader Media StudiesFaculty of English and Communications
  16. 16. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES AS DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES - AQA (2240) A2 DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES – AQA (2240) This course encourages candidates to develop their interest in and enjoyment of Drama and Theatre, both through experience as audience members and through development of dramatic and theatrical skills. It also encourages candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural contexts of drama and theatre, through detailed study of dramatic texts, in their context and of the work of prescribed theatre practitioners. The course will develop candidates’ ability to respond critically and sensitively to a range of drama texts and to theatre in performance, through studying and attending theatrical performances of drama written in different periods, in different styles and with different aims. The modules studied and assessment is as follows: AS A2 Drama & Theatre Studies Drama & Theatre Studies UNIT 1: UNIT 3:Live Theatre Seen and Prescribed Play Further Study of Prescribed Plays A written paper of 1 ½ hour’s duration - A written paper of a 2 hours duration - 60% of total AS marks. 30% of total A Level marks. UNIT 2: UNIT 4: Presentation of an Extract Presentation of Devised DramaA practical performance of a chosen text - A practical performance - 40% of total AS marks. 20% of total A Level marks. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow this course within the Sixth Form you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS level coursing. In addition, GCSE Drama is normally required. Among the many benefits, this course is designed to encourage candidates to: • Gain an entry qualification for a variety of courses in higher education, in the area of Drama and Theatre Studies or in other subjects. • Pursue their interests and develop their skills in a range of practical drama elements. • Work in groups of 2 to 8 actors with, optionally, designers and directors in addition to the actors. • Choose their own areas of interest for research into an influential director, designer, Theatre Company or other practitioner. Especially worthwhile combinations with AS Drama & Theatre Studies are English Literature, Media Studies, Art & Design or other Social Sciences. For further information please contact: Miss Garside- Subject Leader Drama Faculty of Expressive Arts
  17. 17. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL ECONOMICS AS ECONOMICS – Edexcel (8EC01) A2 ECONOMICS – Edexcel (9EC01) This course will be of interest if you want background knowledge of how markets work and the economic reasoning behind Government Policy. By providing you with some theoretical ideas that you then apply to topical areas of interest, like employment, trade policy and inflation, we hope a critical understanding of the UK economy will be developed. The subject can be studied at both AS and A level. Economics also requires some ability in interpreting statistical data, graphs and diagrams, with more subtle interpretation needed at A level. The first year of the course involves studying the principles that underpin economic thinking, developing a ‘toolkit’ of economic ideas, and then practicing these on a wide range of practical issues, using as sources current periodicals, newspapers and the internet. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by Edexcel. The course at all levels is assessed entirely by a final examination. At both the AS and A2 level microeconomics and macroeconomics are studied. The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Economics Economics UNIT 1: UNIT 3: Competitive Markets. Business Economics & Economic Efficiency. A written paper of 1 ½ hour’s duration with A written paper of 1 ½ hours duration withsupported multi-choice questions and questions supported multi-choice questions and questions based on data. based on data. UNIT 2: UNIT 4: Managing The Economy. The Global Economy. A written paper of 1 ½ hour’s duration A written paper of 2 hours duration with questions consisting of one question based on data. based on data and one essay style question. The AS is studied over the first year and successful completion of this course will be required for entry into the A2 Level course followed in the second year. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Economics course you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS level courses. In addition, because the subject is largely based on developing certain numerical skills and requires higher level writing skills a grade B or higher at (I)GCSE Mathematics and English Language are normally required. Especially worthwhile combinations with AS Economics are Mathematics, English, Business Studies or other Social Sciences. For further information please contact: Mr Bentley –Faculty Leader Humanities Faculty of Humanities & Social Science
  18. 18. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL BUSINESS STUDIES AS BUSINESS STUDIES – Edexcel (8BS01) A2 BUSINESS STUDIES – Edexcel (9BS01) Business Studies at this level encompasses many disciplines and covers different forms of organisations and business activity. This course aims to make you think critically about business, in terms of both their good and bad aspects. This course integrates ideas drawn from various disciplines, including Economics, Accounting, Law, Politics, Sociology and Psychology. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by Edexcel. The course is assessed entirely by a final examination. The AS level is assessed through two papers, consisting of supported multi-choice questions and data response questions. The A2 assessment follows a similar pattern: two papers consisting of data questions and case study questions. The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Business Studies Business Studies UNIT 1: UNIT 3: Developing New Business Ideas. International Business. A written paper of 1 ¼ hour’s duration with A written paper of 1 ½ hour’s duration withsupported multi-choice questions and questions questions based on data and on an unseen case based on data. study. UNIT 2A: UNIT 4A: Managing The Business. Making Business Decisions. A written paper of 1 ¼ hour’s duration with A written paper of 1 ½ hour’s duration withsupported multi-choice questions and questions questions based on data and on a pre-released based on data. case study. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Business Studies course within the sixth form you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS level courses. In addition, because the subject is based on developing certain numerical and written skills a grade C or higher at (I)GCSE Mathematics and English Language is normally required. Many students use their Business Studies ‘A’ or ‘AS’ level to go directly into employment in a related field of work. When combined with Economics, Mathematics, Information Communication Technology, Sociology or English it makes a strong combination for a number of related degrees in many fields of management, finance, law and economics. For further information please contact: Mr Bentley –Faculty Leader Humanities Faculty of Humanities & Social Science
  19. 19. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL SOCIOLOGY AS SOCIOLOGY – AQA (1191) A2 SOCIOLOGY – AQA (2191) Sociology helps you to think for yourself. It will help you to develop knowledge and a critical understanding of individuals and their identities, roles and responsibilities within contemporary society. Employment opportunities where your sociological skills will be particularly valued are journalism and the media, law, human resources, business management, nursing and health care, teaching, guidance, criminal and probation services. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by AQA. The course at all levels is assessed entirely by an examination. The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Sociology Sociology UNIT 1: UNIT 3: Families and Households. Global Development. A written paper of 1 hour’s duration with A written paper of 1 ½ hour’s duration withsupported multi-choice questions and questions supported multi-choice questions and questions based on data. based on data. UNIT 2: UNIT 4: Education; Sociological Methods. Stratification and Differentiation; Theory and methods.A written paper of 2 hour’s duration consisting of one question based on data. A written paper of 2 hours duration with questions based on data and one essay style question. The AS is studied over the first year and successful completion of this course will be required for entry into the A2 level course followed in the second year. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Sociology course you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS level courses. In addition, because the subject requires higher level writing skills a grade B or higher at (I)GCSE English Language are normally required. Especially worthwhile combinations with AS Sociology are English, Geography, Economics, Business Studies, Biology or other Social Sciences. For further information please contact: Ms McKeever – Subject Leader Sociology Faculty of Humanities & Social Science
  20. 20. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY AQA syllabus A (1181) A2 Psychology – AQA syllabus A (2181) Psychology is the science of mind, brain, and behaviour. It seeks to understand why and how humans behave as they do through controlled scientific research. It is exactly on the border between science and social science / humanities: it borders Biology on the scientific side, and Sociology and Politics on the social sciences side. See the syllabus overview on the AQA website: http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/science/psychology_a_overview.php?id=03&prev= or the full syllabus booklet: http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/pdf/AQA-2180-W-SP.PDF ASSESSMENT AS A2 Psychology Psychology UNIT 1: UNIT 3: Cognitive Psychology, Topics in Psychology Developmental Psychology (3 chosen from 8 possible, including Biorhythms & + Research Methods (50%) Sleep, Aggression, Relationships, Perception, Intelligence & Learning, Gender, Eating behaviour, Cognition & Development) (50%) 90-minute written exam, extended writing tasks UNIT 2: UNIT 4: Biological Psychology, Individual Differences & Social Psychopathology, Psychology in Action + ResearchPsychology (50%) Methods (50%)Two written exams of 90 minutes, including short 2-hour written exam with some choice of questionsanswer response and extended writing questions COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION Psychology draws on skill sets from different subject areas. The subject is rigorously scientific and a grade B, preferably a grade A, in a GCSE science (most suitable is Biology but any will do) is a minimum to understand the nature of experimental procedures, research methods and drawing conclusions from evidence. The subject also requires a considerable volume of extended written work and candidates will also need a grade B (again, preferably a grade A) in any GCSE subject requiring extended writing: preferably English, but Geography / History would be suitable alternatives. Psychology is a challenging, fascinating, and strongly academic, subject. Carefully-planned and -controlled practical work is also undertaken in small groups, to understand research methods in practice. Candidates therefore need a degree of self-tasking responsibility to manage these projects, and ability to collaborate effectively with others outside of the classroom. Psychology is an excellent general compliment to other sciences at A-level; it is an opportunity to include a “human” science for those of a more English / humanities nature who don’t feel completely comfortable with conventional sciences but wish to show CV range; it is a rapidly expanding subject with strong career potential – the science of the 21st Century. Realistic careers include management, marketing, advertising, profiling, recruitment, education, healthcare, forensic law, forces officership, counselling / therapy, and research work. Mr M. Drennan, Psychology teacher
  21. 21. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL HISTORY AS History – Edexcel (8HI01) A2 History – Edexcel (9HI01) The aim of History at A Level is to widen students experience and develop qualities of perception and judgement. History enables students to learn about the past; to understand the past and through this process, come to a far better understanding of the present; history also offers students the opportunity to acquire and improve on many of the key skills which have been identified as a priority for Higher Education after consultation with employers. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by Edexcel. At AS Level the course is assessed entirely by two final examinations. At A2 level there is a compulsory coursework unit which accounts for 20% of the final A-Level Grade. The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 History History UNIT 1: UNIT 3: Historical Themes in Breadth Associated Historical ControversiesSecond Reich to Third Reich: Germany, 1918- A World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1944- 1945 90 Germany Divided and Reunited, 1945-91 There will be a written exam of 2 hours where There will be one written paper of 1hour 20mins students will complete two questions, one essay where students will need to answer two extended question on the period studied, and one source based writing questions, one on each topic. Students will question. have a choice of two questions for each topic. UNIT 2: UNIT 4: British History Depth Studies Historical Enquiry Henry VIII: Authority, Nation and Religion, Chosen theme over a period of 100 years. 1509-40 Students will complete the assignment in two parts.There will be a written exam of 1 hour 20mins where Part A is an enquiry into the short-term significance ofstudents will need to answer two questions based on a key event or individual within the period of study. historical sources supplied with the paper. In Part B they will set their chosen event or individual in a broader context, exploring the process of change within the wider time frame. The assignment should consist of about 4000 words. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the History course within the sixth form you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS level courses. In addition, because the subject is based on developing historical and written skills a grade B or higher at (I)GCSE History and a grade C at English Language is normally required. The skills you will obtain through studying history will be useful in a number of careers and Higher Education options, either directly related to history (e.g. working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, record offices and archives and teaching), or in areas such as journalism, law, libraries, national and local government and the civil service. For further information please contact: Mr Cave– Subject Leader History Faculty of Humanities & Social Science
  22. 22. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AS Information and Communication Technology – AQA (INFO1 and INFO2) A2 Information and Communication Technology – AQA (INFO3 and INFO4) This course will be of interest to students who enjoy solving problems using computers. A number of medium scale projects will be undertaken, for real clients, where ICT skills will be used to create solutions to a problem they have. The skills required will be taught first. Topics available include creating websites, instructional videos, spreadsheets and even pod casts. There is also a theory component, covering usage of computers, how that has changed over the years, where it may be going, legal concerns, hacking and other topics. The theory component will also focus more on use of ICT in business, the future, management of ICT and system development. ASSESSMENT The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 ICT ICT UNIT 1: UNIT 3: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital The use of ICT in the Digital World World A 120 minute exam based on the theory covered. A 90 minute exam based on the projects undertaken. A maximum of 20 pages of writtennotes about these projects must be taken into theexam, which is the source of answers. These 20 pages must be submitted with the exam. UNIT 2: UNIT 4: Living in the Digital World Practical Issues involved in the use of ICT inA 90 minute exam based on the theory covered. the Digital World A piece of coursework comprising 20% of the final A2 mark. This work is expected to take a considerable amount of time. The AS is studied over the first year and successful completion of this course will be required for entry into the A2 level course followed in the second year. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the ICT course you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS Level courses. In addition, because the subject is largely based on developing certain ICT skills a grade B or higher at (I)GCSE ICT is normally required. Many students use their ICT ‘A’ or ‘AS’ level to go directly into employment in a related field of work. When combined with Economics, Business Studies, Media Studies, Sociology or English Literature it makes a strong combination for a number of related degrees in many fields of advertising, marketing, creative industries, education, sociology and media industry. For further information please contact: Mr Wood – Subject leader ICT Faculty of ICT
  23. 23. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL GEOGRAPHY AS GEOGRAPHY – Edexcel (8GE01) A2 GEOGRAPHY – Edexcel (9GE01) This course will appeal to you if: • You are curious about the world’s places, peoples and environments. • You are interested in local, regional and global issues. • You wish to explore human, physical and environmental geographical relationships. Geography allows you to see why and how it is changing. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy, ICT literacy, spatial awareness, team working, problem solving and environmental awareness. There will be opportunities to undertake fieldwork and research when investigating the topics chosen. Fieldwork sites may be local, regional and or international and may involve additional cost. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by Edexcel. The course at all levels is assessed entirely by a final examination. The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Geography Geography UNIT 1: UNIT 3: Global Challenges. Contested Planet. A written paper of 1 ½ hour’s duration with A written paper of 2 ½ hours duration. There willsupported multi-choice questions and questions be two short essay questions and one question on based on data. synoptic investigation. UNIT 2: UNIT 4: Geographical Investigations. Geographical Research.A written paper of 1 hour’s duration consisting of A written paper of 1½ hour’s duration. There will be two questions based on data response, one question based on a research option topic. investigation and evaluation skills. The AS is studied over the first year and successful completion of this course will be required for entry into the A2 level course followed in the second year. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Geography course you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS Level courses. In addition, because the subject requires higher level writing skills a grade B or higher at (I)GCSE Geography & English Language is required. Geographers can go into a wide range of jobs, including: Advertising, Education, and Environmental management, Finance, Law, Marketing, Retail, Sales and Social /Health Services. For further information please contact: Ms McKeever – Subject Leader Geography Faculty of Humanities & Social Science
  24. 24. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL APPLIED DOUBLE AWARD BUSINESS APPLIED BUSINESS (AS & A2) – Edexcel (9722) The department offers the option of Double Award Applied Business. The course is coursework based and involves a high usage of ICT. Applied Business at this level encompasses many disciplines and covers different forms of organisations and business activity. This course aims to make you think critically about business, in terms of both their good and bad aspects. This course integrates ideas drawn from various disciplines, including Economics, Accounting, Law, Politics, Sociology and Psychology. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by Edexcel. The course is based firmly on the aims and objectives of business, the principles, which govern their decisions, and the methods of solving business problems. You will learn to look at problems from a number of viewpoints and to take these into account when making business decisions. This is a modular course with the AS Double Award qualification taken at the end of the first year of study and the A2 Double Award taken at the end of the second year of study. The modules studied are as follows: AS Single & Double Award A2 Singe & Double Award UNIT 1: UNIT 8: Investigating People at Work*. Business Development*. UNIT 2: UNIT 9 Investigating Business. Managing & Developing People. UNIT 3: UNIT 10: Investigating Marketing. Marketing Decisions*. UNIT 4: UNIT 11:Investigating Electronic Business. Impact of Finance on Business Decisions. UNIT 5: UNIT 13:Investigating Customer Service. Organising an Event. UNIT 6: UNIT 14: Investigating Promotion*. External Influences on Business. The assessment of each unit varies between 1 hour written examinations* and coursework investigative tasks. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Applied Business course at you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS Level courses requirements including (I)GCSE English Language and Mathematics grade C or above. Students are not required to have studied this subject at GCSE, but will normally be expected to have a good level of numerical and written skills as well as good ICT skills to be successful. This course combines especially well with AS/A2 Single Award Leisure Studies. For further information please contact: Mr Bentley – Faculty Leader Humanities Faculty of Humanities & Social Science
  25. 25. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL APPLIED SINGLE AWARD LEISURE STUDIES LEISURE STUDIES (AS & A2) – Edexcel (9761) The department offers the option of Single Award Applied Leisure. The course is mainly coursework based and involves a high use of ICT. Leisure Studies at this level encompasses many disciplines and covers different forms of organisations and leisure activities. Its aim is to develop broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the leisure industries. It takes into account leisure practices, law, leisure customers and employment in the industry. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by Edexcel. The course at both AS and A2 level is assessed through one external examination and two pieces of coursework for each year. The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Leisure Studies Leisure Studies UNIT 1: UNIT 4: The Leisure Industry. Leisure in Action. A piece of coursework based on the Leisure A piece of coursework which involves students Industry in the UK and Europe. working in a team to plan and execute a leisure event. UNIT 2: UNIT 5: Leisure Practices.* Employment in Leisure.*A written paper of 1 ½ hour’s duration. Covering A written paper of 1 ½ hours duration with a wide range of working practices in questions based on employment practices and the leisure industry. expectations in the leisure industry. UNIT 3: UNIT 6: The Leisure Customer. Current Issues in Leisure.A piece of coursework based on the examination A research project that looks at a specific area ofof how different leisure organisations meet their the leisure industry and identifies, analyses and customers’ needs. evaluates factors affecting the topic. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Applied Leisure Studies course within the sixth form you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS Level courses. Including grade C or higher at (I)GCSE Mathematics and English Language. Many students use their Applied Leisure Studies ‘A’ or ‘AS’ level to go directly into employment in a related field of work. Alternatively it can be used towards UCAS points as any other subject taken at A Level. This course combines especially well with AS/A2 Double award Business Studies. For further information please contact: Mrs Pugh – Subject Leader Leisure Studies Faculty of Humanities & Social Science
  26. 26. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL BIOLOGY AS BIOLOGY – Edexcel (8BIO1) A2 BIOLOGY – Edexcel (9BIO1) Biology at AS and A2 covers a range of topics, but importantly the new Biology specifications emphasise linking these topics to current health, conservation, and pharmacological issues to develop a better understanding of Biology as it relates to everyday life. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by Edexcel. The course is assessed entirely by means of modular examinations and coursework. All examinations are of the structured answer type. AS consists of 3 units (2 taught and one practical/coursework) and A2 consists of 3 units (2 taught and one coursework). AS A2 Biology Biology UNIT 1: UNIT 4: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health. The Natural Environmental and Species A written paper of 1 ¼ hour’s duration. Survival. A written paper of 1 ½ hour’s duration. UNIT 2: UNIT 5: Development, Plants and the Environment. Energy, Exercise and Coordination. A written paper of 1 ¼ hour’s duration. A written paper of 1 ½ hour’s duration. UNIT 3: UNIT 6: Practical Biology and Research Skills. Practical Biology and Investigative skills.Students write a report of 1500-2000 words based on Students will devise and carry out an experimental a visit to a site of biological interest, or a current investigation that will be marked by the teacher and biological issue. Practical skills are assessed by the moderated by Edexcel. teacher. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Biology course you need to have achieved at least a B in GCSE Additional Science (or equivalent). Studying Chemistry at AS is also a distinct advantage. You will need a solid grounding in analytical, numerical and written skills too. A biennial Biology field trip will be organised that students will be expected to attend as part of the course. This trip can be used to complete either the Unit 3 or Unit 6 coursework. Many students use their Biology ‘A’ or ‘AS’ Level to go on to higher education to study Science related courses. This could lead to a career in medicine, biotechnology, ecology, environmental science and a number of other related fields. For further information please contact: Mr Barfoot – Faculty Leader Science Faculty of Science
  27. 27. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY AS CHEMISTRY – Edexcel (8CH01) A2 CHEMISTRY – Edexcel (9CH01) Studying Chemistry should be a practical experience for students. There are practical activities embedded in each unit to reflect the nature of chemistry. A strong mathematical ability is a requirement as there are many stochiometry calculations at both AS and A2. The aim of this course is to increase the enjoyment and understanding of chemistry together with providing students with the skills needed to study science at higher levels. It enables motivating contemporary chemistry contexts to be learnt and students study aspects of chemistry that are often in the media and affect their lives including climate change, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals & chemistry research. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by Edexcel. The modules studied are: AS A2 Chemistry Chemistry UNIT 1: UNIT 4: The Core Principles of Chemistry. General Principles of Chemistry I – Rates, Equilibria & Further Organic Chemistry. A written paper of 1 ¼ hour’s duration in two A written paper of 1 hour 40 minutes duration in sections (A - objective test questions & B - a three sections (A - objective test questions; B - a mixture of short answer & extended questions). mixture of short answer & extended questions & C data questions with use of a data booklet). UNIT 2: UNIT 5:Applications of Core Principles of Chemistry. General Principles of Chemistry II – Transition Metals & Nitrogen Chemistry. A written paper of 1 ¼ hour’s duration in three A written paper of 1 hour 40 minutes duration insections (A - objective test questions; B - a mixture three sections (A - objective test questions; B - a of short answer & extended questions & C mixture of short answer & extended questions & C contemporary context questions). contemporary context questions). UNIT 3: UNIT 6: Chemistry Laboratory Skills I. Chemistry Laboratory Skills II. Practical assessments that cover the content of Practical assessments that cover the content of Units 1 & 2 in the areas of physical, organic & Units 4 & 5 in the areas of physical, organic & inorganic chemistry. inorganic chemistry via 2 pathways. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Chemistry course within the sixth form you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS Level Science courses. In addition, because the subject is based on developing quantitative skills a grade B or higher at (I)GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Additional Science (or equivalent) is required. When combined with another Science or Maths it makes a strong combination for a number of related degrees in many fields of science, engineering, medicine and mathematics. Students are expected to purchase a lab coat for use during practical sessions. For further information please contact: Mr Barfoot – Faculty Leader Science Mrs George – Senior Chemist Faculty of Science
  28. 28. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL PHYSICS AS PHYSICS – Edexcel (8PH01) A2 PHYSICS – Edexcel (9PH01) The AS and A2 Physics courses offered by Edexcel are designed to encourage students to apply their knowledge and understanding of physics to situations they have not seen before. Good scientific practice and critical thinking skills are also central to the course ASSESSMENT The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Physics Physics UNIT 1: UNIT 4: Physics on the go. Physics on the Move. A written paper of 1hour 20 minutes duration A written paper of 1hour 35 minutes durationwith objective short and long questions based on with objective short and long questions based on mechanics and materials. further mechanics, fields and particle physics. UNIT 2: UNIT 5: Physics at Work. Physics from Creation to Collapse. A written paper of 1hour 20 minutes duration A written paper of 1 ½ hour’s duration withwith objective short and long questions based on questions based on data and on a pre-released waves, electricity and quantum physics. case study. UNIT 3: UNIT 6: Exploring Physics. Experimental Physics.A written case study of an application of physics. Planning and carrying out an experiment then The case study is internally marked and analysing the results. externally moderated. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Physics course within the sixth form you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS Level courses. In addition, as the subject is based on developing numerical and analytical skills a grade B or higher at (I) GCSE Mathematics and Double Award Science is required. Pupils must also take Mathematics A-level Physics is a prerequisite for many technical/engineering careers and for entry to most technical/engineering degrees. For further information please contact: Mr Barfoot – Faculty Leader Science Mr D Fenwick – Senior Physicist Faculty of Science
  29. 29. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS AS Mathematics – Edexcel (8371) A2 Mathematics – Edexcel( 9371) Maths has wide applications in industry, business, finance, science, technology and many others. Maths qualifications can help you towards a future career in these areas. There is currently a national shortage of qualified mathematicians. ASSESSMENT Each module you take is assessed by a one and a half hour examination. The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Mathematics Mathematics CORE 1 CORE 3Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in Algebra and functions; trigonometry; the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; Differentiation; integration. Numerical methods. CORE 2 CORE 4Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; Trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; Differentiation; integration; vectors. differentiation; integration. MECHANICS 1: STATISTICS 1 Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in Mathematical models in probability and statistics; mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving representation and summary of data;in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving probability; correlation and regression; discrete in a straight line or plane; statics of a random variables; discrete distributions; Particle; moments. The Normal distribution. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION You will be expected to meet the general requirements for AS level coursing. In addition you will be expected to have achieved at least a grade B at the Higher level of (I)GCSE Mathematics ( we recommend a grade A). Degrees in maths, statistics, physics, astronomy, engineering and computer science tend to require Maths A Level. Many others, including medicine, architecture and social sciences, have a certain amount of mathematical or statistical content and your Maths A Level will be of great assistance to you. For further information please contact: Miss Sadier – Faculty Leader Mathematics Faculty of Mathematics
  30. 30. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLFURTHER MATHEMATICSA qualification in Further Mathematics involves studying both pure and appliedmodules. The topics covered by Further Mathematics are more sophisticated andconceptually advanced compared to the single A-level Mathematics To achieve an Alevel in Further Maths, candidates must study six modules which have not alreadybeen used for their Maths A level. These six modules must consist of FP1 or FP2,and FP3 along with 4 other modules. Further Maths is an AS/A-level qualification thatbroadens and deepens the topics covered in the standard AS and A-level andintroduces more complex concepts. It is designed to be taught alongside AS-levelmathematics in Year 12, or taken up as a new AS subject alongside A2 mathematicsin Year 13.
  31. 31. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY AS DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY – AQA 1551 A2 DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY – AQA 2551 The course is designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by AQA. The course is assessed by coursework and a final examination. At both AS & A2 level there is one Practical Coursework component and one written examination. The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Design & Technology Design & Technology UNIT 1: UNIT 3:Materials, Components and Application Design and ManufactureA written paper of 2 hours with 2 compulsory A written paper of 2 hours. questions and one optional question. UNIT 2: UNIT 4:Learning Through Designing and Making Design and Making PracticeCoursework – a design and make exercise of Coursework – a design and make exercise of approx 50 hours approximately 60 hours COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Design & Technology course within the sixth form you would be expected to meet the general requirements for AS Level courses. Many students combine their Design & Technology ‘A’ or ‘AS’ level with Mathematics and Physics to study Engineering at university, whilst others follow a more creative route, combining it with Art & Design and English to study a range of arts based degrees. For further information please contact: Mrs El Rashed- Subject Leader Design Technology Faculty of Expressive Arts
  32. 32. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOLART & DESIGNAS Art and Design – Edexcel (8AD01)A2 Art and Design – Edexcel (9AD01)The GCE in Art and Design has been designed to encourage an adventurous andenquiring approach to art and design. Students are expected to demonstrate anunderstanding of past and contemporary art and design practice and be able toproduce art work that embraces a range of ideas.ASSESSMENTThe specification followed is the one offered by Edexcel. • Unit 1 - Internally set, internally marked, and externally moderated. • Unit 2 - Externally set, internally marked, and externally moderated. • Unit 3 - Internally set, internally marked and externally moderated. • Unit 4 - Externally set, internally marked, and externally moderated.The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Art & Design Art & Design UNIT 1: UNIT 3: Art & Design. Art & Design. Unit Codes 6AD01 Unit Code 6AD03 Practical coursework Practical Course work and Personal study30% 0f Advanced GCE, 60% of AS 30% of Advanced GCE UNIT 2: UNIT 4: Art & Design. Art & Design. 6AD02- 6AD04 Externally set assignment Externally assessed assignment 20% of Advanced GCE 20% of Advanced GCE. 40% of ASCOURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSIONIt is not a prerequisite that a student wishing to study A level Art must havecompleted GCSE Art and Design; however the student will be expected to produceevidence of ability in drawing and interest in the subject before being accepted intothe course.A qualification in Art & Design A Level can be used in many career paths, some ofwhich you may not have considered; Architect, Art Historian, Publisher, GalleryManager, Writer/critic, Game Designer, Stop Motion Animator, Interface Designer,Advertiser, Web Designer, Furniture Designer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, InteriorDesigner, Printmaker, Product Designer, Fashion Designer, Video/film/photographer,sculptor, teacher, lecturer and many more besides.For further information please contact:Ms Harris –Subject Leader Art & DesignFaculty of Expressive Arts
  33. 33. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION AS PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Edexcel (8PE01) A2 PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Edexcel (9PE01) Physical Education at this level encompasses many disciplines and covers a variety of physiological and sociological areas. This course aims to broaden and deepen your knowledge applying theoretical concepts to practical situations. The course content is broad and covers a variety of areas which include the cardio-respiratory systems, skeletal / muscular analysis and historical influences on sport today. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is that of Edexcel. The assessment is split, with 50% being attained from an end of year external examination and the remaining 50% being derived from coursework and practical tasks. This structure of assessment applied to both the AS and A2 courses. The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 PHYSICAL EDUCATION PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIT 1: UNIT 3: Participation in Sport and Recreation Preparation for Optimum Sports Performance A written 1 ½ hour external examination. The A written 2 hour external examination. Thepaper will consist of short answer and extended paper will consist of short answer and extended writing type questions. writing type questions. UNIT 2: UNIT 4: The Critical Sports Performer The Developing Sports Performer This unit is internally assessed through a This unit is internally assessed through aportfolio of evidence. Four tasks are completed portfolio of evidence. Four tasks are completed that involve practical, research and analysis that involve practical, research and analysis elements. elements. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Physical Education course within the sixth form it is recommended that students will have completed the GCSE Physical Education course. Students that have a keen interest in sport and how theoretical aspects relate to practical involvement would find the course appealing. Physical education combines with many AS and Advanced GCE subjects. It supports applications for a wide range of university courses like Sports Sciences, Physiotherapy, Recreation and Leisure Studies. Students may choose to use their qualification to go straight into employment; the Key Skills learnt through the course can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities such areas as Recreational Management, Leisure activities, the Armed Forces and the Civil Service. For further information please contact: Mr Wright – Faculty Leader Sports and Activities Faculty of Sports and Activities
  34. 34. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL MUSIC AS MUSIC – EDEXCEL (8MU01) A2 MUSIC – EDEXCEL (9MU01) Following this course will enable students to extend their skills, knowledge and understanding of music and to take part in making music. In addition students appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and cultural development will be explored. ASSESSMENT The Assessment objectives are common to AS and A Level. AO1 - Interpret musical ideas with technical and expressive control and a sense of style and awareness of occasion and/or ensemble (performing/realising) AO2 - Create and develop musical ideas with technical control and expressive understanding making creative use of musical devices, conventions and resources (composing/ arranging) AO3 - Demonstrate understanding of and comment perceptively on, the structural, expressive and contextual aspects of music (appraising). The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Music Music UNIT 3: 6MU03 UNIT 6: 6MU06 Developing Musical Understanding Further Musical Understanding 40% of AS, 20% of A Level 20% of A Level1 hour 45 minutes written examination 2 hours 15 minutes written examination UNIT 2: 6MU02 UNIT 5 – 6MU05 Composing Composing: Composition and Technical Study 30% of AS, 15% of A Level 15% of A Level Externally Assessed Coursework Externally Assessed Coursework UNIT 1: 6MU01 UNIT 4: 6MU04 Performing Extended Performance 30% of AS, 15% of A Level 15% of A Level 5 - 6 minutes Internally Assessed 15 minutes Internally Assessed The AS is studied over the first year and successful completion of this course will be required for entry into the A2 level course followed in the second year. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION It is recommended that candidates should have acquired the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Music course or equivalent. For further information please contact: Mr Rodwell- Faculty Leader Expressive Arts Faculty of Expressive Arts
  35. 35. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL ARABIC AS Arabic – Edexcel 8AR01 A2 Arabic – Edexcel 9AR01 During this course you will read and listen to authentic foreign language materials and will study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of a country where the language is spoken. You will have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, environmental, ethical, health and Arabic issues. You will extend and develop your knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary and will use this to speak, write, read and listen to the language. The aims of AS and A2 in Arabic are to encourage students to: • Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for, language learning. • Communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes. • Develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken. • Derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning. • Acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and/or employment. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by Edexcel. The course is assessed entirely by a final examination. The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Arabic Arabic UNIT 1: UNIT 2:Understanding and Written Response in Arabic Understanding, Written Response and Research in Arabic 2 hour 45 minutes paper 3 hour paperThe assessment for this unit has three sections. The assessment for this unit has three sections.Section A Section AStudents will need to understand, retrieve and convey Students will be required to read an Arabic languageinformation from a short series of different Arabic passage and to retrieve and convey information fromlanguage texts. They will be required to provide a mix this via a series of questions and answers in Arabic.of non-verbal and Arabic-language responses. Section BSection B Students will be expected to undertake a shortStudents will be assessed on their ability to transfer translation from English into Arabic. They will bemeaning from Arabic into English. They will be assessed on their ability to transfer meaning from anrequired to apply their knowledge of Arabic language, English-language passage into Arabic.grammar and lexis to produce a short translation Section Cfrom Arabic into English. Students must answer two questions, in Arabic, thatSection C each relates to a topic or a text chosen from theStudents will write a 220-270 word essay, in Arabic, prescribed list. The essays should relate to topic(s)in response to a short Arabic-language stimulus. and/or text(s) that students have studied in advance of the examination. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Arabic course you would be expected to have achieved at least a grade A*–C in GCSE Arabic. Many students use their Arabic ‘A2’ or ‘AS’ level to go directly into employment in a related field of work or choose to continue their studies to degree level. For further information please contact: Mrs Shmayleh- Head of Arabic and Islamic Studies
  36. 36. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL SPANISH AS SPANISH – Edexcel (8SP01) A2 SPANISH – Edexcel (9SP01) During this course you will read and listen to authentic foreign language materials and will study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of a country where the language is spoken. You will have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, environmental, ethical, health and European issues. You will extend and develop your knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary and will use this to speak, write, read and listen to the language. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by Edexcel. The course is assessed entirely by a final examination. The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 Spanish Spanish UNIT 1: UNIT 3: Spoken expression and response in Spanish. Understanding and spoken response in Spanish.In this unit you will choose one of the General Topic Areas This unit requires you to demonstrate the effectiveness of in advance of the exam and practice speaking about it. your Spanish language skills by presenting and taking a Fifteen minutes before the exam itself you will be given a clear stance on any issue of your choice. This assessment stimulus that relates to your chosen General Topic Area. lasts between 11 and 13 minutes. You will then answer questions on the stimulus and the broader issues that arise from it. The test will last between 8 and 10 minutes. UNIT 2: UNIT 4: Understanding and written response in Spanish. Research, understanding and written response in This paper has three sections and takes 2 hours 30 Spanish. minutes in total. This exam tests three skill areas in This unit requires you to demonstrate skills in advanced listening, reading and writing. level Spanish writing (discursive or creative essay), a research based essay and translation from English into Spanish. The assessment is made up of a 2 hour 30 minute paper. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the Spanish course within the sixth form you would be expected to have achieved at least a grade B in GCSE Spanish. Many students use their Spanish ‘A2’ or ‘AS’ level to go directly into employment in a related field of work or choose to continue their studies to degree level. Language graduates have a vast array of career opportunities open to them, ranging from work with well-known multinational companies to international organisations or Charities. Employers are waking up to the need to recruit people with languages - and not just the obvious ones either. Community languages such as Arabic, Urdu and Chinese are increasingly being required too, as are Welsh and British Sign Language. For further information please contact: Mrs Rodwell– Subject Leader Spanish Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages
  37. 37. DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL GERMAN AS GERMAN – Edexcel (8GN01) A2 GERMAN – Edexcel (9GN01) During this course you will read and listen to authentic foreign language materials and will study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of a country where the language is spoken. You will have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, environmental, ethical, health and European issues. You will extend and develop your knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary and will use this to speak, write, read and listen to the language. ASSESSMENT The specification followed is the one offered by Edexcel. The course is assessed entirely by a final examination. The modules studied are as follows: AS A2 German German UNIT 1: UNIT 3: Spoken expression and response in German. Understanding and spoken response in German.In this unit you will choose one of the General Topic Areas This unit requires you to demonstrate the effectiveness of in advance of the exam and practice speaking about it. your German language skills by presenting and taking a Fifteen minutes before the exam itself you will be given a clear stance on any issue of your choice. This assessment stimulus that relates to your chosen General Topic Area. lasts between 11 and 13 minutes. You will then answer questions on the stimulus and the broader issues that arise from it. The test will last between 8 and 10 minutes. UNIT 2: UNIT 4: Understanding and written response in German. Research, understanding and written response in This paper has three sections and takes 2 hours 30 German. minutes in total. This exam tests three skill areas in This unit requires you to demonstrate skills in advanced listening, reading and writing. level German writing (discursive or creative essay), a research based essay and translation from English into German. The assessment is made up of a 2 hour 30 minute paper. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRESSION To follow the German course within the sixth form you would be expected to have achieved at least a grade B in GCSE German. Many students use their German ‘A2’ or ‘AS’ level to go directly into employment in a related field of work or choose to continue their studies to degree level. Language graduates have a vast array of career opportunities open to them, ranging from work with well-known multinational companies to international organisations or Charities. Employers are waking up to the need to recruit people with languages - and not just the obvious ones either. Community languages such as Arabic, Urdu and Chinese are increasingly being required too, as are Welsh and British Sign Language. For further information please contact: Mr Vadgama– Subject Leader German Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages

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