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  2. 2. Welcome With currently over 350 students, The Arthur Terry Sixth Form About Us is one of the West Midlands’ largest school based sixth forms. It is the normal progression route for over two thirds The Sixth Form Team currently of our Year 11 students each year. We have applications for consists of : places from external students also, from across Birmingham Mr N Bowater - Director of the Sixth and South Staffordshire. Our Average Points Score in 2008 Form / Assistant Headteacher ranked us as the highest performing non-selective or private Mr J R Townsend - Post-16 school in Birmingham; we are particularly proud of our recent Admissions Coordinator Ofsted report which stated “The overall effectiveness of the Mrs P Davies - Sixth Form Secretary sixth form is outstanding” and “students make outstanding Mrs V Aspinall - Post-16 Study progress because of the excellent education they receive” Support Assistant Mrs A Gambles – Post 16 Study The Sixth Form now offers over 30 A Level and/ or Applied subjects. This Support Assistant increased provision will enable students to choose subjects that complement a range of progression routes; opening up more opportunities when selecting higher education courses and at the same time preparing students for the world of work. Curriculum provision is reviewed each year with our most recent new All staff have considerable expertise in subjects being Economics, Law, Food Technology, BTEC Retail and Textiles. The providing support, information, advice possibility of offering AS Level Environmental Studies next year is currently being and guidance and they are permanently investigated and we are also researching how the introduction of the Extended available for students in the Sixth Form Project and the International Baccalaureate could benefit our students. Centre. 213812 TEXT.indd 2 05/08/2010 11:52
  3. 3. “ The Arthur Terry School has recently undergone a complete rebuild which has replaced the majority of the The overall old school with state of the art facilities. effectiveness of The Sixth Form benefits directly from: the sixth form is ” • Classrooms installed with digital projectors and audio-visual facilities • A well equipped Library / Learning Resource Centre • Music Technology Suites, Recording Studio and Practice Rooms outstanding OFSTED 2009 • Air Conditioned ICT Rooms • Spacious and expertly designed Art Rooms, Science Labs and Technology Workshops Financial Support • Sports Hall, Gymnasium, Fitness Centre, Dance Studio, All-weather pitch, Educational Drama Studios • Sixth Form Centre, Quiet Study Room, Mezzanine refreshment area. Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Educational Maintenance Allowance Information, Advice and Guidance is a weekly payment of upto £30 that is paid directly into a student’s bank Over 90% of our sixth formers apply to higher education and they are very well account. The payment is only paid served by a comprehensive Information, Advice and Guidance programme if you have an excellent attendance which begins in Year 12. All students attend an Enrichment Day in June to begin record and perform well in your AS/ the process of identifying an appropriate University Course or Career Path. The A2 subjects. The EMA is designed Post-16 Admissions Co-ordinator interviews students individually about university to help you with cost of books, and career choices and leads tutors in the completion of UCAS applications equipment, travel that you may incur and academic references. All students are encouraged to attend university as part of your AS/A2 courses. Open Days and all Year 12 students attend a higher education fair at one of the universities in Birmingham. A number of our most able students are encouraged If you have any questions in relation to apply for Oxford and Cambridge, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and to the EMA, Mrs Gambles (Study Law. Students who do not want to go to university or wish to take an alternative Support Assistant) will provide any career route are supported through the Connexions service and a programme of help that is required. outside speakers to provide students with careers information. 213812 TEXT.indd 3 05/08/2010 11:52
  4. 4. “ Students make Links with Parents The part that parents play in encouraging and motivating students cannot be outstanding understated, and there are a number of methods used for keeping parents informed of their son/daughter’s progress and attendance throughout the year. progress There will be two interim reports and one full report that provide information on student progress and targets for improvement in each subject area. There will be because of a Parent’s Evening where parents will have the opportunity to discuss progress with each subject teacher. In addition to these formal links, subject teachers the excellent and tutors are always available by prior arrangement to discuss the progress of individual students. education they receive ” OFSTED 2009 The Vertical Tutoring System Each student is allocated a Personal Tutor who will support their academic Admissions and personal development. The There is a rigorous application process for all students who wish to join Arthur Personal Tutor is the first point of Terry Sixth Form. The process begins with an initial Sixth Form Open Evening contact regarding each student’s in November where students will have the opportunity to collect the Sixth Form progress. Students will meet with Prospectus and find out more information about the subjects they would like to the Tutor every morning as part of study at Advanced level. All applicants will then need to submit an application a Vertical Tutor Group which will form by the published deadline. include approximately 22 students from across Year groups 7-13. Every Our internal applicants are interviewed from January about their preferred Personal Tutor is supported by an options, when advice is given by the Director of Sixth Form and the post-16 Achievement Coordinator and a Admissions Officer about careers and university courses. External applicants Head of School who all work together are, upon receipt of satisfactory references, interviewed by the Director of to ensure that all students reach their Sixth Form and other members of the Leadership group during the spring full potential. The Director of Sixth term. Successful applicants will then receive a conditional offer (see entry Form works closely with the Heads requirements) by letter. Applicants who haven’t been successful will also be of School, Achievement Coordinators notified by letter. and Tutors to ensure the programmes of study for Years 12 and 13 are Two Induction Days are held during the first week of July for all students who appropriate and provides an overall have received a conditional offer. This is an opportunity to experience a taster Post 16 perspective that is so vital for lesson in your four chosen AS subjects and to begin to adjust to a new way of the school. thinking and learning. 213812 TEXT.indd 4 05/08/2010 11:52
  5. 5. On receipt of GCSE examination results in August, students Choosing the Right Subjects who meet the conditions of their offer will automatically start their courses in September. Students who do not meet In choosing your A-level subjects the best general advice is the conditions of their offer will not be able to join the Sixth to pick those that you like and are good at, so that you will Form in September and this will be confirmed in writing. play to your subject strengths. However, do note that some degree courses and occupations require you to have taken *Please be aware that any application, and subsequent certain subjects at A-Level. If you know what degree you offer, of a place at Arthur Terry Sixth Form does not want to take or occupation you want to go in to, then you guarantee any younger siblings, (brothers or sisters) a should check that you are taking the right combination of place at our school. subjects before you make your final choices. Arthur Terry School is full to its admission number in all Look carefully at the subject descriptions and at the Goes year groups and to admit pupils above the admission well with . . . section. It is possible to take a combination number would prejudice the provision of efficient use of subjects that are interconnected and your choice could of resources and the efficient education for the existing start a useful vocational specialisation, leading to degrees pupils on roll. in technology and engineering, creative design, business administration and so on. If you wish to pursue a place for any younger children you have the right to appeal and advise that this No university will require more than three A-Levels, but correspondence will be brought to the attention of the some universities are particularly keen that students have a independent Appeals Panel. fourth AS-Level. Some universities like students to choose a fourth subject that is significantly different to the other three, for example, Maths, Physics, Chemistry - plus Art or Music For admissions enquiries please contact the Sixth or English Literature, to encourage breadth, while others Form Centre : like you to choose subjects that form a natural and related group. On the other hand, you should not choose subjects Telephone (Sixth Form Centre) : 0121 323 1167 where there is too much overlap, as this could affect your Email : UCAS points total. Therefore, you may have to do some Fax (School) : 0121 308 8033 checking before settling on your choices. 213812 TEXT.indd 5 05/08/2010 11:52
  6. 6. We offer a number of Applied A-Levels - Business Studies, students to be “leaders of learning” within the whole Health & Social Care, ICT and Leisure. These have exactly school community and we will determine through the same worth as the GCE A-Levels: universities accept references and interview if you have demonstrated the them on exactly the same basis and they have the same necessary skills and abilities throughout KS4 to fulfil UCAS grade and points weighting. Applied A-Levels have this role. more coursework components and fewer end of unit exams. Depending on your preferred learning style, you may opt for this approach to advanced level work. Enrichment The Enrichment Programme, together with the many extra- Entry Requirements curricular options available in the school, provides all Year 12 and 13 students with opportunities to complement their The minimum entry requirement to get on to a full advanced main programme of study and for personal development. level programme at The Arthur Terry Sixth Form is 5 Drama and music have a high a particularly high profile in GCSE grades at A* - C including English and Maths. We the school and Sixth Form students regularly take leading would also normally expect you to have at least a grade roles. Students can pursue sporting interests and complete C at GCSE, where taken, in the subject or course you the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme up to Gold. Students wish to take at advanced level. Where the GCSE has not are encouraged to take responsibility in the school; they been taken the Core and/or a related GCSE will be used supervise at lunchtimes and work alongside tutors and to determine suitability. In addition, due to the academic subject teachers offering in-class and other support. demands of some subjects, special entry requirements will Students willingly volunteer their services to help out with a apply. Further detail regarding any special requirements will range of school events: parents’ evenings, open evenings, be provided at the Sixth Form Open Evening and during induction days for younger pupils and prospective Sixth interview. Be careful about opting for more than one subject Form Students. Support of pupils in the lower school is that is completely new, as this can put you under a lot of central to the role of Sixth Form students at Arthur Terry pressure to adjust to too much that is unfamiliar. with the introduction of vertical tutoring. Younger students As well as 5 GCSE grades A* - C (including English and do look up to Sixth Form students so it is important they Maths), there is a further entrance test for our Sixth present the highest standards of dress, behaviour and Form which you will be sitting throughout Key Stage respect and are Leaders of Learning within the school. 4; it’s a test of good social behaviour and commitment Sixth Form students will contribute to the Vertical Tutor to academic study. Make sure you pass this test by group sessions each morning by leading activities, showing a consistent effort in both areas throughout coaching students and providing support for their personal your studies in Key Stage 4. We expect our sixth form tutor. The Enrichment Programme includes: • Arts Award • pen University Young Applicants in O Schools Scheme • Arthur Terry Radio • Orchestra, School Show, Senior Choir • Duke of Edinburgh Award • Sports Leadership Award • The Extended Project, In-Class Support • Sports Teams • Life Coaching • Volunteer Work 213812 TEXT.indd 6 05/08/2010 11:52
  7. 7. International Baccalaureate Diploma Arthur Terry School is a candidate school for the IB Diploma Programme. We are pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our students. Only schools authorised by the International Baccalaureate (IB) as IB World Schools can offer any of its three academic programmes : the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted. The International Baccalaureate programme at Arthur Terry School will ensure Theory of Knowledge that we have a curriculum provision that stretches the capabilities of all students. It is a two-year course which is an alternative to our A level courses to give (ToK) students as broad a choice as possible post 16. The interdisciplinary ToK course is It leads to a qualification that is widely recognised by the world’s leading designed to provide coherence by universities and it challenges students to become well rounded individuals ready exploring the nature of knowledge for the wider world. across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. Essentially, this course Course Outline Language A1 offers the opportunity for reflecting Students on the Group 1 on the knowledge acquired in all of International Baccalaureate Second Individuals the 6 chosen subjects. Students must language Group 2 Group 3 and Societies Diploma Programme study experience a minimum of 100 hours six subjects selected CORE across the 2 year course. from the subject groups. REQUIREMENTS Normally three subjects are studied at Higher Level Experimental sciences Group 4 Group 5 Mathematics and computer Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) science (courses representing 240 Group 6 teaching hours), and the Participation in the Academy’s CAS The Arts remaining three subjects programme encourages students are studied at Standard to be involved in artistic pursuits, Level (courses representing 150 teaching hours). Students must also follow all sports and community service work, three of the core elements: Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, thus fostering students’ awareness Action, Service. These are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the and appreciation of life outside the Diploma Programme. academic arena. This can be offered in a number of ways however, one What are the three core requirements ? model would be students following the CAS programme for ½ day a It is a requirement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme that all week for the duration of their Sixth students must complete the following core elements: Form studies. We would expect a minimum of 150 hours to be devoted to these activities during the course. Extended Essay The Extended Essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students What subjects will with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. A student we offer? will be allocated a supervisor and we will offer students a course in research There are three core subject areas and referencing skills. In schools around the world this piece of work is usually that all IB students are required to completed between Years 12 and 13. 213812 TEXT.indd 7 05/08/2010 11:52
  8. 8. study either at Higher or Standard External assessment Level. Examinations form the basis of the assessment for most courses because of Group 1 Language A1: English. This 11 their high levels of objectivity and reliability. They include : essays, structured is the study of literature in a student’s problems, short-response questions , data-response questions, text-response first language. questions, case-study questions, multiple-choice questions (limited use of these). Group 2 Second Language: A 20 There are also a small number of other externally assessed pieces of work, for Modern Foreign Language from example, theory of knowledge essays, extended essays and world literature French, German and Spanish. assignments. These are completed by students over an extended period under This is designed to promote the teacher supervision instead of examination conditions, and are then marked by understanding of another culture external examiners. through the study of a second BER language. Internal assessment Group 5 Mathematics Teacher assessment is also used for most courses. This includes: oral work in languages , fieldwork in geography, laboratory work in the sciences, Students are then required to choose investigations in mathematics, artistic performances. 3 subjects from the following groups: Group 3 Individuals and Societies: Assessments are checked by external examiners and normally contribute Business and Management, between 20 and 30 per cent of the total mark. Geography, Psychology. Group 4 Experimental Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics. Group 6 The Arts: Music, Theatre, Visual Arts. TEM Some of the arts courses, for example, music, theatre arts and visual arts, have assessment of a major practical component, which can account for as much as 50 per cent of the total mark. The IB Diploma only has terminal exams; no course is modular. These exams are in the first weeks of May of the second year (Year 13). The maximum time for Group 6 subjects are optional SEP HL subjects is 5 hours of exams, and for SL subjects, 3 hours. All groups of the and students can choose another Diploma have internal assessment (coursework) which is between 20-50% of the subject from any group or Computer final score. The results are published in July. Science which is offered as an additional optional subject. In each subject students can gain a score of 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). The maximum for the six subjects is then 6 x 7 = 42 points. There are up to an extra In total then, students will study 3 3 points for both the TOK assessed work (one 1200 word essay and a 10 minute subjects at Higher Level (HL) and 3 presentation) and the Extended Essay (4000 words) together. So the maximum subjects at Standard Level (SL) score in a Diploma is 45 points. Usually 24 points gains you a Diploma. Six FOR The IB curriculum and timetable month retakes are possible in November. will be constructed following the submission of applications from Specific Entry Requirements students. We will endeavour to meet The IB Diploma programme may interest you if any of these apply to you : the subject requirements of the vast You are undecided on your final subject choice at university; you wish to maintain majority of students, however there the study of a broad range of subjects; you are considering going overseas to may be some subject combinations study or to work; you want a broad-based international education; you are keen that may not be offered due to to challenge yourself mentally and physically and to contribute to the whole- NEW timetable restrictions. school community. You will be a student who achieves a minimum of 8 A*-C grades and you will also be expected to achieve an A or A* grade in the 3 subjects that you study How is the IB at Higher Level and a minimum of a grade B in the subjects that you study at Diploma Programme Standard Level. assessed? Further advice More detail can be found in the IB Prospectus. A variety of different methods Or contact: are used to measure student Mr N Bowater, IB Coordinator Designate achievement against the objectives Email for each course: 213812 TEXT.indd 8 05/08/2010 11:52
  9. 9. Business Studies AQA & Applied Business Exam Board: OCR We offer two alternative Business Studies Courses. Both deal with all aspects of business described, but you need to decide which type of learning and assessment best suits you. Both courses have exactly the same worth as an A-Level. The choice is either a 2 year BTEC Business course, in Core Unit 1 Exploring Business Activity which 100% of the course is internally assessed through (Coursework 1/6 of award) a portfolio of coursework (marked by teachers and This unit is designed to introduce learners to a wide range moderated by the exam board); Business Studies AS (1st of business activities. year ) and A2 (2nd year) is assessed through traditional examinations with no coursework. Core Unit 2 Investigating Business Resources (Coursework 1/6 of award) Course outline This unit considers the importance of the day-to-day Business deals with the internal and external influences on requirements to the business of suitable staff working well the behaviour and structure of an organisation. In addition in appropriate teams and departments as well as physical it considers things like responsibilities to the community, and technological resources. the consumer, the government and its employees. It equips you with the necessary skills knowledge and techniques Core Unit 3 Introduction to Marketing to make effective business decisions. The subject stays (Coursework 1/6 of award) relevant by investigating major topical issues that can This unit will introduce learners to the tools and techniques generate change for business organisations and the ways used in the modern marketing industry to achieve business in which businesses respond to these issues. A broad objectives by meeting the customer’s needs and expectations. range of topics is covered, including aspects of accounts, economics, management studies, human resources, Core Unit 4 Effective People, Communication and marketing, industrial relations and business law. Information (Coursework 1/6 of award) This unit learners explore how this process starts by Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Award in Business organisations selecting, recruiting and employing the most qualified, skilled and experienced people. Staff This course will be delivered over a 2 year programme and must possess good verbal and written skills in order to therefore students will only receive any accreditation at the communicate and share information. The ability to decide end of the 2 years. The BTEC National Award in Business on the correct method for communicating different forms of consists of four core units plus two specialist units. Each of information is necessary for the maximum effect. the 6 units carries equal weighting towards the final Level 3 qualification. Students receive a Distinction (Grade A Students will study 2 further units equivalent), Merit (Grade C equivalent), Pass (Grade E (worth 1/3 of the award) that will be selected by the equivalent) for the portfolio work that they submit over the Business Studies Department during the next academic course of the award. year. 1 213812 TEXT.indd 9 05/08/2010 11:52
  10. 10. A-Level Business Studies Course Outline in the strategic management of businesses, for example, leadership and corporate culture. AS Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business (1 hour 15 min exam: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) Goes well with… This unit provides an introduction to the scope of Business Business encourages you to develop a range of Studies within the context of starting a new business. You important and transferable skills such as: will be expected to have an understanding of the range of activities involved in setting up a small business. You • data skills – you will be expected to manipulate data in a will also gain an understanding of key financial concepts variety of forms and to interpret their results essential for the planning of small businesses and be • presenting arguments and making judgments and expected to carry out calculations and interpret their justified recommendations on the basis of the results. available evidence • recognising the nature of problems, solving problems AS Unit 2: Managing a Business and making decisions using appropriate (1 hour 30 min exam: 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level) business tools and methods This unit covers four key areas of marketing, finance, human resources and operations. You will gain an • planning work, taking into account the demands of the understanding on the ways to make each area of a task and the time available to complete it business more effective and learn the strategies used to • conducting research into a specific theme in preparation ensure and integrated approach to business. for one or more tasks • challenging your own assumptions using evidence that A2 Unit 3: Strategies for Success has become available. (1 hour 45 min exam: 25% of A-Level) In this unit you will study the mechanisms for setting objectives, measuring performance and devising strategies. With these points in mind, it can be argued that Business will go well with almost all other A-Level subjects, as at least some aspect of the course will be relevant. A2 Unit 4: The Business Environment and Managing Change For advice (1 hour 45 min exam: 25% of A-Level) Contact Mr M Birch This unit considers the relationship between businesses and external factors. It examines how external factors can Email impact upon businesses, and the responses they may take. It also examines a number of themes which are important Careers and Higher Education Traditionally, a very high proportion of students studying a Business A-Level go on to study some form of Business degree at university. Either of these courses will offer a fantastic foundation for that. The broad skills base required by Business also supports a wide range of other subjects when progressing to degree level. Business is widely recognised by industry, and a number of students each year will use their A-Levels to get a job. Both courses provide practical knowledge and application of skills for the work place. In recent years a number of students have used their knowledge to begin their own business ventures and while this is not common place it is clearly a route of progression. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 2 213812 TEXT.indd 10 05/08/2010 11:52
  11. 11. Economics Exam Board: AQA Throughout the course of study you are encouraged to develop a critical understanding of economic concepts and the theories through awareness of current economic issues, institutions and problems that affect everyday life. You will develop and apply your understanding of different aspects of economics that are of relevance in today’s complex global economy. This course also has significance for fostering a better appreciation of contemporary economic issues in the UK economy. Course Outline History and any of the Social Sciences. Economics combined AS Unit 1: Markets and with Mathematics could lead to Market Failure Accountancy or a finance related (1 hour 15 min exam: 50% of AS, degree course. Please note that there 25% of A-Level) is a small degree of overlap between You will explore the basic the content of this A-Level and that economic problem, how resources are of Applied Business. Generally allocated, how markets can become speaking, universities do not like efficient, the causes of market failure subjects to overlap. You should take and how and why the Government this into consideration if you are intervenes. looking at both of these subjects. AS Unit 2: The National For advice Economy Contact Mr M Birch (1 hour 15 min exam: 50% of AS, 25 % of A-Level) Email You will learn about macro economics and how the economy works as a whole, and the economic performance of the UK, including investigating things such as inflation, economic growth and unemployment. A2 Unit 3: Business Economics and the Distribution of Income (2 hour exam: 25% of A-Level) You will investigate a wide range of markets and applying economic thinking to them. A2 Unit 4: The National and International Economy (2 hour exam: 25% of A-Level) You will look at ways to manage the economy and investigate international economies and make appropriate comparisons. Goes well with… Subjects which would go well with Economics are Geography, Careers and Higher Education The course provides a suitable foundation for the study of economics or related courses in higher education. Equally there are suitable for candidates intending to pursue business careers or further study in business studies or social sciences or as part of a course of general education. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 3 213812 TEXT.indd 11 05/08/2010 11:52
  12. 12. ICT Exam Board: OCR The course offers you a fantastic opportunity to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of ICT and develop the knowledge and skills that will allow you to participate in an evolving information and communications based society. You will also be able to develop your inter-personal, technical, academic and communication skills which will help you to meet career challenges in the future. Course Outline solve a client driven problem. It will cover the system lifecycle AS Unit 1: Information, Systems consisting of the following: analysis, and Applications design, implementation, testing, (2 hour exam: 60% of AS, 30% of documentation and evaluation. A-Level) This unit covers the fundamental Goes well with . . . knowledge required to support ICT compliments just about all other all subsequent units of study. It is subjects but goes especially well intended to provide candidates with Business Studies and Leisure. with a deeper understanding and knowledge of basic concepts of ICT. For advice This unit is assessed by an external Contact Mr D Tracey examination and covers the use of information, hardware, software, Email information systems and the impact of ICT. AS Unit 2: Structured ICT Tasks (Coursework: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) This unit is designed to develop practical aspects of the subject. A set of structured tasks give you the opportunity to develop your design, software development, testing and documentation skills. Tasks may involve the design of part of a system, the production of a testing strategy or the use of software for development. A2 Unit 3: ICT Systems, Applications and Implications (2 hour exam: 30% of A-Level) This module covers communication between computers and interaction between humans and computers. A range of other information and communications technologies are also covered. You will be introduced to the design and selection of ICT solutions for a range of problems. A2 Unit 4: ICT Project (Coursework: 20% of A-Level) In this unit you will complete an ICT based project in order to Careers and Higher Education A good grade in ICT is sufficient for entry into higher education or a wide range of careers. These include ICT Product Developer, Multimedia/Website Designer, Software Developer/Programmer. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 4 213812 TEXT.indd 12 05/08/2010 11:52
  13. 13. Leisure Studies Exam Board: AQA Over the past few decades recreation and leisure have become increasingly important in our lives: the working week may have shortened, giving extra leisure time, whilst pressure of work may have become more intense, thus requiring us to seek leisure activities where and when we can find the time and in many diverse ways. A huge leisure industry has developed to meet our needs. Through this course you will: • ain a broad understanding of what Leisure and Recreation and be able to study g selected areas in more depth • evelop skills, that are particularly relevant to work in the Leisure Industry d • ave an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and relevant way h Course outline A2 Unit 6: Current Issues (Coursework: 162/3% of A-Level) AS Unit 1: The Leisure Industry Today This unit is a research based project that allows you to (Coursework: 331/3% of AS) examine one topic in depth either at local or national In this unit you will investigate the range and scale of the level. You can study an area of leisure you are particularly Leisure Industry in the UK and Europe and study the key interested in although the module is synoptic and will factors that influence access, participation and the barriers demonstrate understanding from a broad range of key in leisure. There is a focus on the current developments topics within Leisure. within the leisure industry which includes a study of the role of the media in influencing the dynamics of leisure. AS Unit 2: A People Business (External Assignment 6 hours: 331/3% of AS) This unit studies the importance of customer service in the leisure industry and the key factors that influence the quality of the service received. Customer needs and expectations are explored as are the ways in which technology is used to support the leisure industry. AS Unit 3: Getting It Right in the Leisure Industry (Coursework: 331/3% of AS) You will investigate ways to ensure sufficient quality control and management systems are in place and have an understanding of the safe working practices required in the leisure industry. Goes well with . . . A2 Unit 4: Leisure in Action The course will go well with Business because it is in some (Coursework: 162/3% of A-Level) respects a business course applied to the Leisure industry. This is a very practical unit of work which requires you Leisure also goes well with PE and Geography. The skills to plan, prepare and run a leisure based event. You will required for successful completion of the course are become familiar with all aspects of event management and also likely to help with all A-Level courses. Presentation, will carry out feasibility studies, produce a business plan research, analysis, data management, and report writing and ensure the smooth running of the event itself. are all skills found in Applied Leisure which could be used in other subjects. A2 Unit 5: Working in the People Business (2 hour exam: 162/3% of A-Level) For advice In this unit you will learn about the range of employment Contact Mr M Birch opportunities in the leisure industry, the types of motivational techniques used as well as the recruitment and Email selection process commonly found in the leisure industry. Careers and Higher Education The course can lead to a university degree in Business, Sports Science, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Recreational Management, Armed Forces, Environmental Studies, Hospitality and Events Management, or it can lead directly into a job in one of these employment sectors. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 5 213812 TEXT.indd 13 05/08/2010 11:52
  14. 14. Food Technology Exam Board: AQA At AS you will have the opportunity to study nutrition and design and making in the human context. Knowledge of food science and of a wide range of materials and components used in the making of food products will be developed. You will be given the opportunity to develop and solve a problem relating to food design and making. You will gain an understanding of industrial and commercial practices within the area of Food Technology. At A2, the specification offers you the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from the AS. You will continue to develop design work alongside an understanding of food science, processes and commercial food manufacture. The AS and A2 course are taught through 3 main sections : Materials, Components and Application, Design and Market Influences and Processes and Manufacture. Course outline AS Unit 2: Coursework (50% of AS; 25% of A-Level) AS Unit 1: Topics (2 hour exam: 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level) A2 Unit 3: Topics • Macro and micro nutrients, measurement of energy and (2 hour exam: 25% of A-Level) the importance of adequate water intake • The physical and chemical structures of the macro • Dietary planning, BMI and health and health promotion nutrients • The relationships between diet and health • Working characteristics in relation to the physical and sensory attributes of the food • Social factors: the family, family patterns, family lifecycle, changes in family composition, culture economics and • The nutritional composition of food work • Manipulating and combining food materials and • Dietary needs of individuals at different life stages, components and the application of this in food special diets and lifestyles processing and product development • Food additives • The beneficial and detrimental effect of micro organisms and enzymes • Environmental factors influencing food choices; organic food and sources of energy • Issues affecting the design of new products • Mass media; advertising, television, magazines and the • Design in practice press • Preservation methods and extending shell-life; quality • Issues affecting the design of new food products assurance and quality control • Food safety and hygiene, food labelling and nutritional • Legislation information • Systems and control • Health and Safety A2 Unit 4: Coursework (25% of A-Level) Goes well with . . . Food Technology A-Level will complement other A-Levels such as Biology, Chemistry, PE and Health & Social Care For advice Contact Mrs S Hemmings Email Careers and Higher Education There are obviously a wide selection of degree and vocational courses on offer that will extend the learning in this area. Career options in the food industry include roles within:- • Enforcement Agencies such as Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Food Safety • Product Development and Manufacture incorporating Quality Control and New Product Training • Food Science and Microbiology • Hospitality, Catering and Retail Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 6 213812 TEXT.indd 14 05/08/2010 11:52
  15. 15. Product Design Exam Board: EDEXCEL At AS you will be developing your knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products. Product design covers a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products. Products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day-to-day lives and, most importantly, give you the opportunity to demonstrate your design and technology capability. Course Outline AS Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative past which may provide inspiration Skills for future design. It is increasingly (Portfolio of work: 60% of AS, 30% of important that students develop an A-Level) awareness of the impact of design In this unit students are given the and technological activities on the opportunity to develop their creative, environment. Sustainable product technical and practical skills through design is a key feature of modern a series of product investigation, design practices. design and manufacturing activities. A2 Unit 4: Commercial Design AS Unit 2: Design and (Product and Design Folder : 30% of Technology in Practice A-level ) (1 hour 30 min exam: 40% of AS, 20 In this unit students are given the % of A-level) opportunity to apply the skills they In this unit students will develop have acquired and developed a knowledge and understanding throughout this course of study, of a wide range of materials and to design and make a product of processes used in the field of design their choice that comply with the and technology. It is important for requirements of either a resistant students, as designers, to learn materials technology product or a about materials and processes so graphic products, depending on the that they can develop a greater route they are studying. understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured. Goes well with . . . Maths, Science, Art and Textiles Students will also learn about and will compliment other A-levels industrial and commercial practices, such as Food Technology, Business and the importance of quality checks studies and Retail. and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times. For advice Contact Mr S Canty A2 Unit 3: Designing for the Email Future (2 hour exam: 20% of A-level) In this unit students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. They must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the Careers and Higher Education There are a wealth of product design related degrees. You can choose to take a design/manufacturing route, or a managerial / marketing route. You could work in engineering, manufacturing, design, research and development. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 7 213812 TEXT.indd 15 05/08/2010 11:53
  16. 16. Textiles Exam Board: AQA At AS you will be developing your creative skills through the design and make process, using a wide variety of Textile based applications. You will complete a portfolio over the year, demonstrating your ability to carry out research into specific topics. You will then be expected to produce two practical outcomes of high quality to support your design / written work. Alongside the practical component you will study fabrics and their properties, linking their uses to contemporary issues and industrial practices. At A2 your practical work will consist of one final project, demonstrating your ability to draw together, knowledge and experience gained from AS. Course outline A2 Unit 4: Coursework (25% of A-level ) AS Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application A portfolio of design work with one final high quality (2 hour exam: 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level) practical outcome, completed over 60 hours • Source and classification of fibre groups • Yarn types – blending and mixing fibres • Fabric manufacture – specific properties • Fabric finished – including surface decoration • Product components- function and use • Industrial and commercial practice • ICT application • Design and development communication AS Unit 2: Coursework (50% of AS, 25 % of A-level) A portfolio of design work with two practical outcomes completed over 50 hours A2 Unit 3: Synoptic written exam Goes well with . . . (2 hour exam: 25% of A-level) Product Design Textiles will compliment other A-levels such You are required to answer three questions from a choice as Art, Product Design, Business studies and Retail of six For advice You are tested on your ability to bring together all elements Contact Mrs M Suthons-Hart of the subject and to show your understanding in a holistic way Email Careers and Higher Education There are a wealth of design and fashion related degrees. You can choose to take a creative and design route, or a managerial / marketing route. You could work in Interiors, Media, Retail or Technology. You may also choose to focus on one area alone, eg. Embroidery, Footwear, Millinery or Photography. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 8 213812 TEXT.indd 16 05/08/2010 11:53
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  18. 18. English Combined (Literature and Language) Exam Board: AQA The study of English Language and Literature as a combined course encourages you to develop your interest in both language and literature as interconnecting and mutually supportive disciplines. If you enjoy reading and discussing a range of literature but also have an interest in the linguistic approaches to language you will enjoy this course. We explore the relationship between language and literature through a wide range of reading opportunities; critically reading and responding to both literary and non-literary texts, as well as writing for different audiences and purposes. Course outline AS Unit 1: Introduction to Language and Literature Study (1 hour 30 min exam: 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level) This introductory unit is taught through an anthology of literary and non-literary texts. You will be tested on your knowledge and understanding in an examination. AS Unit 2: Themes in Language and Literature (Coursework: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) In this unit, you study a pair of texts and respond through coursework on your knowledge and understanding of the texts and from a creative perspective. A2 Unit 3: Talk in Life and Literature (2 hour exam: 30% of A-Level) You will study a play and respond in an examination to the way the writer uses language to create dramatic effects, and compare to unseen texts. A2 Unit 4: Text Transformation (Coursework: 20% of A-Level) In this unit you will be required to produce coursework in changing texts into another form. Goes well with . . . This course goes well with any other A level. Critical reading is an invaluable academic asset and important in any form of further education, as well as being an important life skill. Any English A level is well regarded by higher education facilities. For advice Contact Miss J Thomas or Mrs J Wilson Email or Careers and Higher Education The Literature and Language Combined A-Level is a flexible and adaptable course that opens up a wide range of career choices. It will enable students to develop skills in written and spoken communication, working independently and thinking critically; skills all highly valued by employers. Excellent written skills and skills of analysis are essential in a wide range of jobs, but are particularly relevant in journalism, media, public relations, law, education, advertising and marketing. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 10 213812 TEXT.indd 18 05/08/2010 11:53
  19. 19. English Language Exam Board: AQA English Language is the study of language and how it reflects and influences changes in society. It challenges you to explore how texts are constructed and how language impacts on communication in its diverse forms. You will study a wide range of topics and, although it is not primarily a creative writing course, you are given the opportunity to create and categorise texts. Debate and discussion are as important as grammatical frameworks in English Language, allowing both analytical and creative students to excel in this course. Do be aware that English Language is an academic and demanding A Level that relies upon detailed analysis and research of language issues, and is unlike anything students will have experienced at GCSE level. The study of the English Language is fascinating and suits students who are analytical, exploratory and curious to understand more about human behaviour and how language is learnt, used and changes in different situations and through time. Course Outline skills are invaluable academic For advice assets and important in any further Contact Ms E Sheridan education as well as being an Unit 1: Categorising Texts important life skill. Any English Email (2 hour exam: 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level is well regarded by higher A-Level) This unit introduces students to the education establishments. study of language and focuses on Language and Power, Language and Gender and Language and Technology. Students will be assessed in a 2 hour exam. Unit 2: Creating Texts (Coursework: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) This coursework component tests students writing skills. Students will use writing fames and models to create their own texts. Unit 3: Developing Language (2 hour exam: 30% of A-Level) Students will study Child Language Acquisition and Language Change. Unit 4: Investigating Language (Coursework: 20% of A-Level) Students apply their knowledge of linguistic methods and concepts to a coursework investigation of their choice. Goes well with . . . This course will go well with any other A Levels, particularly English Literature, Modern Foreign Languages, Psychology, Sociology and History. Critical reading, conceptual thinking and discussion Careers and Higher Education Excellent written skills and skills of analysis are essential in a wide range of jobs, but particularly relevant in journalism, Media/ advertising, PR/Marketing, Law, Education, clerical jobs and indeed any job which requires good communication skills. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 11 213812 TEXT.indd 19 05/08/2010 11:53
  20. 20. English Literature Exam Board: AQA As you will already know, English Literature comprises Drama, Poetry and the Novel – and also a good helping of Shakespeare. We study any literature for pleasure, but also to widen our emotional sympathies by entering into the lives of other people. As we read we are forced to take sides and pass moral judgement, as supposedly real characters grapple with the most important issues of life. Moreover, the chief new requirement of English Literature is that we study ‘Literature in History’. A level Literature requires us to see how writers are using their work to bring out the crucial issues of their own day and their own lives e.g. the role of women, love and marriage, the plight of the poor, death, slavery and so on. This is literature in History, or, as the specification says, ‘Texts in Context’. Course outline For advice Contact Mr N Abbey or Mrs J Wilson Unit 1: Texts in context (2 hour exam: 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level) Email You will study Victorian, World War One or Modern or Literature and be assessed in a 2 hour examination. Unit 2: Creative Study (Coursework: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) You will study set prose and drama texts and produce a coursework folder containing two pieces of writing comprising 2,000 words in total. Unit 3: Reading for Meaning (2 hour 30 min exam: 60% of A2, 30% of A-Level) This unit focuses on studying and responding to a range of literature on the theme of love. Unit 4: Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study (Coursework: 40% of A2, 20% of the A-Level) Students will study three texts, including one Shakespeare play and produce a coursework folder containing two essays totalling 4,000 words. Goes well with . . . Studying English Literature develops the skills of careful reading, close analysis and developing a thoughtful written argument. It goes well with any other A Level subject. It is of special relevance to students interested in Modern Foreign Languages, the Humanities, especially History and Religious Education, Art and Drama. Careers and Higher Education English Literature provides an excellent foundation for anyone considering a career in Media, Education, Law, the Arts, Psychology and Sociology. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 12 213812 TEXT.indd 20 05/08/2010 11:53
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  22. 22. General Studies Exam Board: OCR All students take AS & A-Level General Studies as part of the Sixth Form Enrichment Programme. General Studies aims to give you the opportunity to extend your interests to a wide range of disciplines; recognise the interdependence of different areas of study and experience; think critically and logically; develop the skills of study, analysis and evaluation of chosen issues, and provide clear, accurate and effective communication of information and evaluation. Therefore, General Studies seeks to broaden your mind and develop the skills of critical and logical thinking so that you can form your own opinions. Course outline For advice Contact Mr N Bowater AS Unit 1: The Cultural and Social Domains (2 hour exam: 70% of AS, 35% of A-Level) Email Key content includes: Political systems, processes and goals, social and economic trends and constraints, explanation and evaluation of human behaviour, beliefs, values, and moral reasoning, media and communication, creativity and innovation. AS Unit 2: The Scientific Domain (1 hour exam: 30% of AS, 15% of A-Level) Key content includes: Characteristics of the sciences (physical, life and earth), understanding of scientific methods, principles, criteria and their application, mathematical reasoning and its application. A2 Unit 3: Domain Exploration: Applying Synoptic Skills (1 hour 30 min exam: 25% of A-Level) This unit provides you with the opportunity to develop your thinking and analytical skills through the exploration of the Cultural, Scientific and Social Domains. • Section A questions explore the three domains to enable you to develop thinking and analytical skills. • Section B questions allow further development of your analytical skills through the three domains. A2 Unit 4: Culture, Science and Society: Making Connections (1 hour 30 min exam: 25% of A-Level) This unit enables you to make connections between information, data, concepts and opinions drawn from the Cultural, Scientific and Social Domains. Goes well with . . . General Studies is taken in addition to your main subjects, not instead of them. In this sense it stands alongside every other A-Level. C T Careers and Higher Education v Having an ‘A’ level pass in General Studies can be enormously helpful in getting into university. Even where a university • department does not normally accept General Studies, a good pass is bound to be a favourable influence. Moreover, if you do • less well than you had hoped in one of your main subjects and you may think you have lost your place at a university, General Studies will sometimes be swapped in as an alternative by the university if they are interested in you. So you may never realise • how important General Studies is to you until Results Day at the end of Year 13! • Tel 0121 323 2221 Web T 14 213812 TEXT.indd 22 05/08/2010 11:53
  23. 23. Applied Health & Social Care Exam Board: EDEXCEL This course has been designed to provide a broad educational basis for further training, further education or for moving into appropriate employment within the health and social care sector. The qualification has been designed to be delivered in a work-related context and to allow you to develop an understanding of the diverse and complex nature of the health and social care sector. It is delivered via a work related context and a work experience is organised early in the course with the support of teaching staff. This is arranged to coincide with one delivered lesson, as the work experience is the basis of the coursework. Course outline A2 Unit 6: Investigating Disease (Coursework: 162/3% of A-Level) AS Unit 1: Human Growth and Development This unit builds on the concepts of health and disease (1 hour 30 min exam: 331/3% of AS ) you were introduced to in Unit 1. You will learn about Health and social care practitioners need to develop a the disease process, and will carry out an individual knowledge base for working with people in every stage investigation into various aspects of two specific diseases. of their lives. This unit will develop your knowledge This will include the biological basis of diseases, the ways and understanding of patterns of human growth and in which a diagnosis may be made, the availability of development. treatment, the factors that may influence the outcome of the treatments, the strategies for preventing the spread or AS Unit 2: Communication and Values occurrence of the disease, and epidemiological methods (Coursework: 331/3% of AS) for tracking disease. This unit will give you an understanding of the importance of communication in all caring activities, and about values Goes well with… involved in care. You will learn about the value base of care Health and Social Care combines well with a range of and the transmission of values through communication. other subjects in the social sciences, such Psychology and Sociology, as well as the sciences, especially AS Unit 3: Positive Care Environments Biology, together with technology subjects, such as Food (Coursework: 331/3% of AS) Technology. It might also be taken alongside PE. The knowledge that you gain from this unit will allow you to understand that positive care practice relies on For Advice practitioners having a comprehensive understanding of the Contact Miss R Geillis diverse society we live in, and that the promotion of a care value base can enhance services users’ opportunities in Email accessing services. A2 Unit 4: Meeting Individual Needs (1 hour 30 min exam: 162/3% of A-Level) This unit assesses your knowledge and understanding of how health and social care services are structured and provided within the UK. The unit will focus on how services are tailored to meet individual needs through the use of care plans, and on the importance of working in a multidisciplinary environment. A2 unit 5: Promoting Health and Well-Being (Coursework: 162/3% of A-Level) This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of promoting health and well-being. You will find out why health promotion campaigns are carried out, and how topics and target groups are identified. Careers and Higher Education This qualification supports progression into further education, training or employment, as it offers a mix of both theoretical and vocational learning. Learners who successfully complete the course have several routes of progression: • Degrees in health and social care-related subjects and areas • NVQ in Care • BTEC Higher National Certificates and Diplomas in health and social care-related subjects and areas • Training within employment Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 15 213812 TEXT.indd 23 05/08/2010 11:53
  24. 24. Geography Exam Board: AQA The AQA specification for Geography retains the core physical and human aspects of the subject whilst approaching some more contemporary issues. You will study a range of themes, places and environments taking into account different scales and contexts, including the UK and countries that are in different stages of development. You will be expected to use contemporary examples and case studies, and to carry out individual research into these. Course Outline AS Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography (2 hour exam: 70% of AS; 35% of A-Level) This unit will allow you to build on knowledge gained from the GCSE and to develop new skills and a more in-depth understanding. The unit consists of the following topics: • Rivers, floods and management • Coastal environments • Global population change • Health issues The coastal environments unit will be delivered in conjunction with the Y12 Field Trip, where students will develop their research and fieldwork skills. • World cities – evolution or technology based subjects, like revolution? ICT, Biology, Physics, Psychology, AS Unit 2: Applied Geography • Development and globalisation Mathematics and Technology, as well (2 hour exam : 30% of AS; 15% as the more traditional companion of A-Level) Unit 2 assesses • Contemporary conflicts and subjects like History, Sociology and the skills taught through Unit 1. challenges. English. You will be expected to be Broadly speaking, these skills able to write in detail and with flair, as are cartographic, investigative, A2 Unit 4: well as demonstrate more practical graphical, statistical and ICT. (1 hour 30 min or 2 hour exam: 20% and analytical skills. Geographers of A-Level) develop excellent transferrable A2 Unit 3: Contemporary This unit is subject to change, but skills including: communication Geographical Issues will be either a write up of a fieldwork skills; teamwork; flexibility; decision (2 hour exam; 30% of A-Level) investigation under controlled making; time management; analysis/ This unit look a rage of contemporary conditions, or a geographical problem solving; project writing. issues from the following topic list: issues paper based on pre-release materials. For advice • Plate tectonics and associated hazards Contact Mr D Napper Goes well with . . . • Weather and climate and Geography is compatible with a Email associated hazards range of other subjects, and is now • Challenges facing ecosystems often studied with science and Careers and Higher Education A qualification in Geography is very well respected by both universities and employers. As well as progressing onto a Geography based degree, common jobs chosen after studying Geography at A level include: education, professional and social services; environmental management; information services; business and finance; scientific services; management and administration; leisure, travel and tourism. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web 16 213812 TEXT.indd 24 05/08/2010 11:53