Sixth Form Prospectus 2018

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The offer at KS5 allows students to take one of three pathways that all have a clear route into specific specialisms:

(1) Engineering

(2) Business

(3) Fashion (with Art & Design)

Students will be allocated a total of 8 hours of taught time for their specialist area and then a further 8 periods for the two further options they take from the option list below.

Four hours of specific project based learning time will be split between their specialist pathway (2 hours), Option A (1 hour) and Option B (1 hour).

 

Specialist Subjects

Within the course you will complete 8 units, all of which are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. Many of the unit tasks are a mixture of these grades. You will be provided with appropriate resources and facilities throughout the course.

Within the Fashion and Textiles Department we are committed to helping you realise your true working potential in a professional and friendly manner.

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Within the course you will complete 12 units totalling 120 credits, all of which are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. Many of the unit tasks are a mixture of these grades. You will be provided with appropriate resources and facilities throughout the course.

Within the Business Department we are committed to helping you realise your true working potential in a professional and friendly manner.

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Options Subjects:

Level 3 Extended Certificate (Single)
Level 3 Diploma (Double)
Awarding Body: Pearson

Course Outline:
This course is a practical, work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This will include giving presentations, completing research tasks, taking part in role plays, creating new product designs and writing reports.

The course provides a broad foundation of business education which can prepare you for and lead to work or further study at university.

How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed both internally and externally.

What will I study?
Extended Certificate:
– Exploring Business
– Developing a Marketing Campaign
– Personal and Business Finance
– Managing an Event
– Recruitment and Selection Process
– Team Building in Business

Diploma: Extended Certificate units plus:
– International Business
– Principles of Management
– Business Decision Making
– Creative Promotion
– Visual Merchandising
– Pitching for a New Business

Tech Level 3 Double Award
Awarding Body: AQA

Course Outline
Level 3 technical qualifications are in collaboration with employers and professional bodies. They are aimed at learners wanting to progress into a specific sector through apprenticeships, further study or employment. The course is a mixture of exams and coursework based projects which include designing and practical elements. The course involves visiting universities and trips to local engineering companies. Projects include designing a steering wheel for a racing car as well as developing team work skills by manufacturing a wind farm.

How will I be assessed?
Unit 1 & 3 – External examination.
Unit 2 – Externally set and marked assignment.
Unit 4-8 – Internally assessed assignment.

What will I study?
Topics such as:
• The process of engineering design
• The scientific principles used by engineers to identify the most suitable materials in a given engineering context
• The use of maths as an aid to model and solve problems across a range of practical engineering contexts
• Mechanical engineering systems and components, and their applications to the design of engineering products and systems for consumers and industry
• The relevance and role that manufacturing processes and systems have in the production of multiple components
• How to manage industrially sourced design projects
• The use of 3D parametric modelling software in the design process
• The systematic approaches to design such as design for manufacture (DFM) and design for assembly (DFA).

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

Course Outline
This course is an exciting introduction into the world of fashion and the creative aspects that are involved in this industry. The course falls under the umbrella of Art & Design but all work will be lead towards a fashion or textiles outcome.

Throughout this course you will explore and develop a range fashion production skill, such as pattern cutting and garment
manufacture, as well as explore a range of textiles print methods and embellishment experimentation. This level 3 course also looks at the wider applications and opportunities within the industry, exploring topics like trend prediction, marketing and promotion, as well as how to set up and run your own fashion business.

At the end of the course you will have not only obtained the equivalent to two A Level’ s but will have built up a foundation that can lead in to a career in the creative and exciting industry of fashion and textiles.

How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and exams.
Coursework 75% – This will consist of units, which will be assessed in a variety of ways.
Exam 25% – These are two 5 hour practical exams that will take place in the art and fashion studio.

What will I study?
Students will cover a wide variety of fashion related topics that will give them an insight into a variety of areas within the industry including: pattern cutting and garment manufacture, trend prediction, marketing and promotion as well as developing an understanding of business and the fashion industry

A Level
Awarding Body: AQA

Course Outline
This course builds on your knowledge and understanding from GCSE level and further develops your artistic skills. This is a two year course where you will be able to specialise in an artistic area of your choice and prepare your portfolio for pre degree foundation courses or university.

How will I be assessed?
Year 1: Extended project, workshops and internal assessment.
Year 2: 60% course 40% Exam.

What will I study?
You will further explore media and materials you will have experienced at GCSE, these will range from 2D and 3D mediums.

At this stage you will have a good understanding of your own work and strengths and you will specialise further within your area of choice. You will complete a personal investigation project and complete a 3000 word assignment that directly relates to and explains your investigation.

A Level
Awarding Body: OCR

Course Outline
Students will be introduced to a variety of skills and techniques in order for them to develop, explore and experiment throughout this creative course. Students will grow in confidence and will be able to express and communicate using the many forms of art and photography.

How will I be assessed?
Coursework: 60 %
Externally Set Task: 40 %

What will I study?

Art & Design
• Techniques in a range of Fine Art media
• Images, artefacts and resources relating to Fine Art
• Specialisation in materials, media and processes
• How to respond to particular themes, ideas or issues
• Drawing skills as a way of communicating intentions, ideas and emotions

Photography
• Techniques in a range of photographic media including portraiture, landscape photography and experimental imagery
• Technical methods in using a camera
• Digital photography
• How to communicate intentions, ideas and emotions using photographic media

A Level
Awarding Body: AQA

Course Outline
This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing prototypes of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

How will I be assessed?
Paper 1 Technical principles
Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes, 120 marks, 30% of A-level
Questions – Mixture of short answer and extended response.

Paper 2 Designing and making principles
Written exam: 1 hour and 30 minutes, 80 marks, 20% of A-level
Questions – Mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Non-exam assessment
Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles.
Substantial design and make project. 100 marks, 50% of A-level
Written evidence or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

What will I study?
A Level Design and Technology: Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study.

This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below. These have been separated into: technical principles and designing and making principles.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

Course Outline
The BTEC Level 3 course consists of modules covering coaching, anatomy and sports science. The aim of the course is for students to develop their knowledge and understanding about the wider world of sport.

How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed across a series of mandatory units of which two will be assessed via examination and controlled assessment. Optional units will be assessed through a combination of exams and practical assessments.

What will I study?
The BTEC Level 3 sport courses consist of 4-10 units covering a variety of sport disciplines including:
• Sports Event Organisation
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Sports Leadership
• Investigating business in sport and the active leisure industry.

BTEC Sport offers students an opportunity to study sport across a variety of disciplines and includes:
• An annual trip to The F.A. – St Georges Park and the elite Perform Medical Science Laboratories.
• Talks and practical sessions from sports analysts at elite level.
• The organisation of a whole school sports charity event

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

Course Outline
This course will prepare you for health related careers in a professional capacity. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities that you will need for your successful performance in the workplace.

How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed both externally and practically.

What will I study?
Extended Certificate:
• Human Lifespan Development
• Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
• Work Experience placement at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
• Working in Health Care
• Work Experience placement

Diploma:
• Human Lifespan Development
• Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
• Work Experience placement at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
• Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
• Working in Health Care
• Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
• Work Experience placement
• Promoting Public Health
• Nutritional Health

A Level
Awarding Body: AQA

Course Outline
Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. Students will develop a critical awareness of current social and environmental issues and an understanding and respect for living things. Students will also develop analytical, evaluative and synoptic skills and practical skills, including the ability to plan and manipulate data.

How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed on their lab work by carrying out 12 assessed experiments to achieve a practical endorsement qualification. For completion of the AS course only, students will sit 2 written papers each worth 75 marks and taking 90 minutes. These papers will assess any content from the course and the assessed practicals. For students wishing to complete the full A Level there will be 3 written examinations each lasting 2 hours. Paper 1 and 2 assess year 1 and year 2 of the course respectively including practical assessment. Paper 3 is a synoptic paper assessing understanding of the full course and includes a 25 mark essay chosen from 2 titles.

What will I study?

AS:
• Biological molecules
• Cells
• Organisms exchanging substances with their snvironment
• Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

A2:
• Energy transfers in and between organisms
• Organisms respond to changes in their Internal and external environments
• Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
• The control of gene expression

A Level
Awarding Body: AQA

Course Outline
Students will learn how and why chemicals shape our lives and specifically study the 3 core strands of chemistry – physical, inorganic and organic in greater detail.

How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed both practically and externally throughout the course. Students will complete 12 required experiments which are assessed by agreed national standards, both as part of the practical books and during the written exams. The 3 external exams are taken at the end of the course, covering all the work from years 12 and 13.

What will I study?

AS:
• Physical Chemistry – Atomic Structure, Substances, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical Equilibrium, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
• Inorganic Chemistry – Periodicity, Alkaline Earth Metals and Halogens.
• Organic Chemistry – Organic Chemistry, Alkanes, Halogen Alkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols and Organic Analysis.

A2:
• Physical Chemistry – Thermodynamics, Rate Equations, Equilibrium Constant (Kp) for Homogeneous Systems, Electrode Potentials and Electrochemical Cells.
• Inorganic Chemistry – Properties of Period 3 Elements and their Oxides, Transition Metals, and Reactions of Ions.
• Organic chemistry – Optical Isomerism, Aldehydes and Ketones, Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives, Aromatic Chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino Acids, Proteins and DNA, Organic Synthesis, NMR Spectroscopy and Chromatography.

A Level
Awarding Body: AQA

Course Outline
Students will be introduced to quantum physics, Newtonian mechanics, field dynamics, nuclear and thermal Physics amongst other areas. These basics will open up to you a potential new world of discovery should you choose to pursue the subject further into education.

How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed both practically and externally throughout the course. Students will complete 12 practical experiments which are assessed during a written exam. The examinations will comprise of three, 2 hour, examinations. The examinations will cover the content from year 1, year 2 and the practical elements of the course respectively.

What will I study?

AS:
• Measurements and their errors
• Particles and radiation
• Waves
• Mechanics and materials
• Electricity
• Further mechanics and thermal physics

A2:
• Fields and their consequences
• Nuclear physics
• Option units

Introductory Diploma
Diploma
Awarding Body: OCR

Course Outline
The qualifications aim to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations.

Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT focus on the requirements that today’s universities and employers demand. Students will develop professional, personal and social skills through interaction with peers, stakeholders and clients, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. These support the transferable skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills.

How will I be assessed?
A mixture of methodologies used, including controlled assessment, examinations and the majority of the course is assessed via internally assessed coursework.

What will I study?
Application developer pathway

This pathway focuses on the development of a range of applications across platforms and sectors. Students will gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century, enabling them to demonstrate the skills of writing specifications, and the design, build, testing and implementation of applications.

In addition to the mandatory units, students must also achieve the mandatory pathway unit Application Design as well as separate units on data analysis, HTML and interactive website design, and project management.

A Level
Awarding Body: AQA

Course Outline
Mathematics builds on the skills from GCSE to enable you to solve more complex problems.

How will I be assessed?
Exam 100%

What will I study?
Core mathematics including: proof, algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration and numerical methods.

Mechanics including: vectors, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws, and moments.

Statistics including: statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability statistical distributions and statistical hypothesis testing.

Our Foundation Platform allows students who have not yet achieved Grade 4 or above in English Language and Maths the opportunity to re-sit and study one of our Specialist subjects at Level 2.

Level 2 subjects includes;

Business
Engineering
Art & Design: Fashion
Sport
Health & Social Care
IT

Once completed, Foundation students will then move through their chosen pathway to achieve the full Level 3 qualification