A level and btec course Outlines On offer for September 2017



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Paper 3: Speaking (30% of A Level) - Exam lasts approx. 22 minutes (including preparation time)

You will be assessed on an individual research project and one of four sub-themes i.e. Aspects of Hispanic society or Artistic culture in the Hispanic world or Multiculturalism in Hispanic society or Aspects of political life in Hispanic society. You will be required to discuss a topic based on a stimulus card (5-6 minutes) and to do a presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9-10 minutes) of your individual research project.

Mathematical Studies
Qualification: Level 3 (UCAS points equivalent to AS-Level over two years)

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Criteria: Minimum GCSE Grade C/5 in Maths
General/Course Objectives:

The Mathematical Studies qualification is an interesting new course for students with a grade 5 or above in GCSE. It develops mathematical skills and thinking appropriate for a Level 3 qualification, in other words, a qualification officially ranked alongside an A-level. It is an excellent opportunity for students who need to develop their use of Mathematics to support study in other subjects, but for whom a Mathematics A-level is not a good fit. In the longer term it is quite likely to become a part of compulsory study of Mathematics after GCSE.


The qualification has been developed because it is felt that too few students in the UK continue to study mathematics beyond GCSE and as a society, we need a highly numerate workforce to compete with countries around the world. Exam boards have worked extensively with teachers, industry and universities to create a qualification that is ideal for students wanting to consolidate and develop their understanding of mathematics and how it will apply to real-life situations, their studies and future career.
It provides useful maths skills and support for students studying courses such as A-level Psychology, Business, Sciences and Geography, as well as technical and vocational qualifications.
Please note: As it is equivalent to an AS-level qualification over two years, Mathematical Studies must be studied as a support subject in combination with three other A-Level subjects

Paper 1 assesses:

  • Analysis of data

  • Mathematics for personal finance

  • Estimation and mathematical modelling

Paper 2 assesses:

  • Critical analysis of given data and models (including spreadsheets and tabular data)

  • Statistical techniques

100% examined. Two 90 minute calculator papers sat at the end of the two year course.

Further Mathematics


Qualification: A Level

Exam Board: Not Confirmed

Entry Criteria: Minimum GCSE Grade 7 in Maths
General/Course Objectives:

A-level Further Mathematics is designed to broaden and deepen the mathematical knowledge and skills developed when studying A-level Mathematics and is perfect for those with a strong interest and enjoyment of the subject. The Further Pure content builds upon the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus developed from the Pure content in A-level Mathematics as well as introducing topics such as complex numbers, matrices, proof, hyperbolic functions, polar coordinates and differential equations.


Throughout the A-level Further Mathematics programme, students are encouraged to think logically, practically and analytically. These fundamental Maths skills are useful across all kinds of disciplines and careers.
Studying both A-level Mathematics and A-level Further Mathematics provides an excellent foundation for further studies in any Science or Maths-based course, ranging from Computer Science, Physics, Medical Sciences, and Psychology to Statistics, Management and Actuarial Science.
Career opportunities for students who study A-level Further Mathematics include: computer science, industry, accountancy, finance, economics, insurance, healthcare, medicine, veterinary science and engineering.


Please note: Further Mathematics must be studied in combination with A-Level Mathematics

Starting in 2017 the course will be linear, with all examinations at the end of year 13.

The course will cover content from Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics.
100% examined. Six hours of assessment over several papers sat at the end of the two year course.

Mathematics


Qualification: A Level

Exam Board: Not Confirmed

Entry Criteria: Minimum GCSE Grade B/6 in Maths

General/Course Objectives:

A-level Mathematics is a challenging, but highly rewarding course, offering students with a good mathematical background a thorough grounding in core mathematical concepts and logical approaches to problem solving. These qualities mean it is a highly respected qualification and valuable both as preparation for higher education and the workplace. Techniques covered include algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus, which together form the fundamental building-blocks of the subject.


A-level Mathematics is a good choice for students considering higher education in any science or maths-based course, ranging from Biochemical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medical Science and Psychology to Philosophy, Economics, Accountancy, Management and Actuarial Science. It has also be cited as a Russell Group “facilitating subject’’.
Career opportunities for students who study A-level Mathematics are extremely wide ranging and include industry, accountancy, finance, economics, healthcare, medicine, veterinary science and engineering.

Starting in 2017 the course will be linear, with all examinations at the end of year 13.

The course will cover content from Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics.

100% examined. Three two hour papers sat at the end of the two-year course.

Extended Certificate in Sport BTEC

Qualification: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Criteria: GCSE Grade C or above in PE, Science & English (Grade C/5)

General/Course Objectives:

The Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level, and it has been designed as a full two-year programme when studied alongside a further Level 3 qualification.


Course Units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology – External exam assessment

  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being – Synoptic Assessment

  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry – Internal Assessment

  • Application of Fitness Testing – Internal Assessment


Assessment

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external exam, synoptic and internal assessment.


Externally-assessed units
Each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit. Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded. The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Sport suite are:


  • Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome

  • Synoptic Assessment – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

Physical Education



Qualification: A Level (Linear)

Exam Board: OCR

Entry Criteria: GCSE Grade B or above in PE, Science and Maths (Grade B/6) (due to biomechanics module)

General/Course Objectives:

The specification gives learners a clear appreciation of key issues in Physical Education including physiological, psychological and cultural factors, a focus on performance in practical activity, and the opportunity to pursue particular areas of interest.



Units & Content:

Physiological factors affecting performance – 30% total A level

  • Applied anatomy and physiology

  • Exercise physiology

  • Biomechanics

90 marks - 2 hour written paper



Psychological factors affecting performance – 20% total A level

  • Skill acquisition

  • Sports psychology

60 marks - 1 hour written paper



Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport – 20% total A level

  • Sport and society

  • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

60 marks - 1 hour written paper



Performance in physical education – 30% total A level

  • Performance or Coaching

  • Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI)

60 marks - Non-exam assessment (NEA)

Applied Science BTEC

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 (extended certificate or foundation diploma)

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Criteria: 5 A*-C GCSE’s – including Science Grade C and Maths Grade C/5
General/Course Objectives:

This course provides an introduction to the study of all of the Sciences, without the requirement to specialize in one. It gives students the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to meet industry requirements and allow students to develop the transferable and higher order skills.



Course units:

Students study 3 or 4 of the following compulsory units:

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

Unit 4: Laboratory techniques and their application

Including one or two of the following optional units:

Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems

Unit 9: Human regulation and reproduction

Unit 10: Biological molecules and metabolic pathways

Unit 11: Genetics and genetic engineering

Unit 12: Diseases and infections

Unit 13: Applications of inorganic chemistry

Unit 14: Applications of organic chemistry

Unit 15: Electrical circuits and their application

Unit 16: Astronomy and space science

Unit 17: Microbiology and microbiological techniques

Exam Breakdown:

Unit 1: Written examination set and marked by exam board. 1.5 hours. 90 marks.

Unit 2 and optional units: Internally assessed through a variety of assignments

Unit 3: A task set and marked by the exam board and completed under supervised conditions. 60 marks.

Unit 4: Mandatory synoptic unit. This requires learners to apply learning from across the qualification to the completion of defined vocational tasks. Students will complete key vocational tasks including investigating a simulated crime scene and being able to collect forensic evidence for analysis. Learners will also have the opportunity to practically explore and draw upon the principles of science that form the basis of some of the analytical techniques commonly used to examine evidence.

Biology(Salters-Nuffield)


Qualification: Level 3 (Linear A Level)

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Criteria: Core Science B and Additional Science B or GCSE Chemistry B, Biology B,

Physics C and GCSE Maths grade C/5


Course Content: The Biology course is designed to engage and inspire by combining the key concepts underpinning biology today through real-life context, along with the opportunity to gain the wider skills that biologists now need.
Course modules:


Module 1: Lifestyle, transport, Health and risk;

Module 2: Genes and Health;

Module 3: Voice of the genome;

Module 4: Biodiversity and Natural resources




Module 5: On the wild side;

Module 6: Infection immunity and forensics;

Module 7: Run for your life;

Module 8: Grey matter



Science Practical Endorsement:

Students must show practical competency by completing a number of core practical’s throughout the course. This will give students opportunities to use relevant apparatus and techniques to develop and demonstrate specific practical skills.

These skills will be assessed through a minimum of 12 identified practical activities within each qualification. The assessment outcomes will be reported separately on students’ certificates as either “pass‟ or “fail‟. To achieve a pass, students must demonstrate that they are competent in all of the practical skills listed in the subject content requirements for biology.
Exam Breakdown:
Paper 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival (33.3%)


  • Includes questions from modules 1 - 6

Paper 2: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination (33.3%)

  • Includes questions from modules 1 – 4 and 7 - 8

Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology

  • This paper will include questions from modules 1-8 and has an additional pre-released scientific article which underpins one question.

  • The paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different modules.




  • Each paper is 2 hours.

  • The papers consists of 100 marks.

  • The papers may include multiple-choice, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.

  • The papers will include questions that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. Overall, a minimum of 10% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.

  • The papers will include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

Chemistry A
Qualification: Level 3 (Linear A Level)

Exam Board: OCR

Entry Criteria: Core Science B and Additional Science B or GCSE Chemistry B, Biology B,

Physics B and GCSE Maths Grade B/6.



Course Content: The Chemistry course is designed to develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for chemistry and develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other. The course is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of chemistry, with module 1 covering the practical skills that students develop throughout the course.
Course modules:
Module 1: Development of practical skills

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry

Module 3: Periodic table & energy

Module 4: Core organic chemistry

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis


Science Practical Endorsement:

Students must show practical competency by completing a number of core practical’s throughout the course. This will give students opportunities to use relevant apparatus and techniques to develop and demonstrate specific practical skills. These skills will be assessed through a minimum of 12 identified practical activities within each qualification. The assessment outcomes will be reported separately on students’ certificates as either “pass‟ or “fail‟. To achieve a pass, students must demonstrate that they are competent in all of the practical skills listed in the subject content requirements for chemistry.


Exam Breakdown:
Paper 1: Periodic table, elements and physics chemistry (37%)

  • Includes questions from modules 1 – 3 and 5

Paper 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques (37%)

  • Includes questions from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

Paper 3: Unified chemistry (26%)

  • This paper will include questions from modules 1-6

  • The paper will include extended synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different modules.




  • Paper 1 and 2 are 2hours 15mins and paper 3 is 1 hour 30mins.

  • Paper 1 and 2 consists of 100 marks and paper 3 consists of 70 marks.

  • The papers may include multiple-choice, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.

  • The papers will include questions that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. Overall, a minimum of 20% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.

  • The papers will include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

Physics A
Qualification: Level 3 (Linear A-Level)

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Criteria: Core Science B and Additional Science B or GCSE Chemistry B, Biology B,

Physics B and GCSE Maths Grade B/6


Course Content: The Physics course is designed to provide a seamless transition to A Level from previous studies and develop an interest and enthusiasm for physics. It allows appreciation of how fundamental Science works and chance to study optional topics of particular interest – including Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Electronics and Engineering Physics.
Course modules:

Module 1: Measurements and their errors

Module 2: Particles and radiation

Module 3: Waves

Module 4: Mechanics and energy

Module 5: Electricity


Module 6: Further mechanics and thermal physics

Module 7: Fields and their consequences

Module 8: Nuclear physics

Module 9: Options topic



Science Practical Endorsement:
Students must show practical competency by completing a number of core practical’s throughout the course. This will give students opportunities to use relevant apparatus and techniques to develop and demonstrate specific practical skills. These skills will be assessed through a minimum of 12 identified practical activities within each qualification. The assessment outcomes will be reported separately on students’ certificates as either “pass‟ or “fail‟. To achieve a pass, students must demonstrate that they are competent in all of the practical skills listed in the subject content requirements for physics.
Exam Breakdown:
Paper 1: (34%)

  • Includes questions from modules 1 - 6

Paper 2: (34%)

  • Includes questions from modules 6 – 8 (assumed knowledge from topics 1 – 5)

Paper 3: Unified chemistry (32%)

  • Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis

  • Section B: Students enter for one of the option sections




  • Papers are 2 hours.

  • Paper 1 and 2 consists of 85 marks and paper 3 consists of 80 marks.

  • The papers may include multiple-choice, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.

  • The papers will include questions that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. Overall, a minimum of 40% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.

  • The papers will include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

Applied Business

Qualification: Level 3 Extended Certificate

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Criteria: 5 GCSE’s A*-C grades

General/Course Objectives:

The AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Business will give students the opportunity to learn and understand the fundamental business and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills associated with working within a business enterprise.


Students will understand the way in which any venture in business (big or small) is a function of the relationship between its people, its marketing, its finance and its ability to deliver operationally upon its commitments.

Course Content:

Students will cover topics such as;




  • The role of finance in planning an enterprise, analysing and making financial decisions

  • How business organisations use the human, physical and financial resources at their disposal to achieve their dynamic goals

  • The nature of enterprising behaviour and how this can be personally utilised to best exploit entrepreneurial opportunities within specific market conditions.

  • How managers organise, motivate and lead employees through change to achieve business objectives

  • The skills and processes required to develop, present and evaluate a business proposal

  • The skills and processes required to develop an e-business proposal for a new business

  • The planning, coordination and management of a one-off event to support a business proposal

  • The development of a marketing communications mix for a business proposal and a schedule of marketing communications.

This qualification contains three externally assessed and three internally assessed units with equal weighting.

Applied Law BTEC


Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Criteria: 5 GCSE’s A*-C grades
General/Course Objectives:

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Law is equivalent to one A level and enables students to display their knowledge and understanding in a practical sense through a variety of assignments and tasks which are assessed throughout the year. This qualification offers students the opportunity to understand the differences between criminal and civil law, the ways in which laws are enacted and key aspects of offences against the person and negligence. This course will help students to understand the everyday impact of legal rules, debate cases and develop application skills.


Students will have the opportunity to visit the law courts and Parliament and there will be guest speakers throughout the year.
Grades are awarded on a pass, merit and distinction basis.

Year 12 Course Units:


  • Unit 1: Dispute Solving in Civil Law

  • Unit 2: Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System


Year 13 Course Units:


  • Unit 3: Applying the Law

  • Unit 4: Aspects of Family Law


Exam Breakdown:

The BTEC Applied Law will be assessed by a combination of internally assessed coursework and externally assessed tasks.

Government & Politics

Qualification:  A Level (Linear)

Exam Board:   Edexcel

Entry Criteria:  GSCE English Grade B/6 and one other Humanities subject

General/Course Objectives: The Politics course has been designed to encourage students to develop an interest in the study of politics, giving them an insight into political beliefs so central to an understanding of the modern world. Students will be encouraged to engage in contemporary political debates making them familiar with modern political life in the UK as well as looking at politics from a more international perspective. Integral to the course will be the opportunity to visit various political institutions they will have studied as part of their course. 

The Politics course will cover the following:



UK Politics:

  • Students will study fundamental aspects of UK politics including political participation, democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media. Core political ideas will also be studied including conservatism, liberalism, socialism.

UK Government:

  • Students will study the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive. In optional political ideas, students will study feminism.

Global Politics:

  • Students will study the theories of Global Politics, sovereignty and globalisation, global governance: political and economic, global governance: human rights, environmental politics, poverty and development, regionalism.

Towards the end of the course students will leave the course with a rounded knowledge not just of the UK political system but that of international politics as well. The academic challenges of this subject equip them well towards a whole variety of courses at university.

Exam Breakdown:

Students will sit three 2 hour papers at the end of the two-year course.

Law

Qualification: A Level (Linear)

Exam Board: TBC

Entry Criteria: Grade B/6 in English and one other Humanities subject

General/Course Objectives:

A-Level law is a fascinating course which develops an understanding of the English Legal system. It provides students with the opportunity to develop their analytical and problem solving skills through the application of legal rules to real life cases, as well as seeing the law in action during visits to the courts and Parliament.

Studying law allows students to acquire an understanding of legal method and reasoning. These skills provide excellent preparation for those students who wish to progress to degree level study. It also develops an awareness of the evolving nature of legal issues, which will have a positive impact on any future career.

Course Content

The A Level in Law will cover the following:



  • The role of Parliament and judges in law making and reform as well as the role of courts, legal professionals and lay people in dispute solving.

  • A study of criminal offences including homicide, non-fatal offences, property offences and defences.

  • An exploration of the law of tort including negligence, occupiers’ liability and nuisance.

  • Human rights law; including protection of individual rights, restrictions and enforcement.

  • The nature of law and society as well as legal concepts such as morality, justice and fault.


Exam Breakdown:
The A Level will be assessed by three written exams at the end of Year 13.

Public Services BTEC


Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Criteria: 5 GCSE’s A*-C
If you enjoy working with people, a career in the Public Services is perfect for you. You should be highly self-motivated, disciplined and punctual. You will develop the following skills:

  • Communication skills

  • Time management skills

  • Interpersonal skills

  • How to work as an individual or as part of a team

Students who successfully complete the Public Service course go into a wide range of public sector occupations in both the uniformed and non-uniform sectors such as:


  • Local Government Administration

  • Care Work

  • Customs and Excise

  • The Armed Forces

  • The Ambulance Service

  • The Military Police

  • The Police Service

  • Security

  • The Fire Service

  • The Prison Service

Teachers use a wide range of teaching methods including teacher lead sessions, case studies and class/group discussions. In addition, students will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of public service related visits and guest speakers.

The course is made up of a variety of different units which can include



  • Policies & the Public Services

  • Team Development & Leadership

  • Citizenship & Diversity

  • Understanding Discipline

  • Public Service Fitness

  • Physical Preparation for Public Services

  • Outdoor Activities

  • Police Powers

  • Crime & its Effects

  • Law & the Legal System


Exam Breakdown:

The BTEC Public Services will be assessed via a combination of externally assessed exams and tasks as well as internally assessed coursework.

Business
Qualification: A Level (Linear))

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Criteria: GCSE Grade B/6 in Mathematics

Course Content:

The course is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – students will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology and business ethics, and globalisation is covered throughout the topics.



Subject content:

Students of this course should study business in a variety of contexts (eg: large/small, UK focused/global, service/manufacturing) and consider:



  • the importance of the context of business in relation to decision making

  • the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness

  • the competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate

  • the influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues

  • the factors that might determine whether a decision is successful eg: the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty

  • how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete

  • the impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions

  • use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making (including the interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages).

Examinations:
3 written exams: 2 hours each

Each paper: 100 marks in total

Each paper is worth 33.3% of A-level

Children’s Play, Learning & Development BTEC


Qualification: BTEC National Extended Certificate

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Criteria: 5 A*-C GCSE’s including C/5 in English & Mathematics

General/Course Objectives:

This course is designed for students who have an interest in working with children off all ages, in a variety of different settings including teaching, nursery nursing, classroom assistant and Child-minding. The course combines both classroom and placement based elements enabling students to take a practical and hands on approach to their learning.

The course further develops students Literacy, Numeracy and ICT through various tasks and assignments and thoroughly prepares students for further study or employed work in this area.

Units: 360 GLH


  1. Children’s Development (120GLH) Written exam- externally assessed




  1. Development of Children’s Communication Literacy and Numeracy Skills (120GLH) Externally set and assessed task

11. Play and Learning (60 GLH.) Internally assessed assignment


5. Children’s Physical Development, Care and Health Needs (60 GLH.) Internally assessed assignment.
At least 50 hours supervised work placement

Economics


Qualification: A Level (Linear)

Exam Board: Eduqas

Entry Criteria: GCSE Grade B/6 in Mathematics

Course Content:

The study of economics shows that it's a subject that doesn't revolve solely around wealth creation or the financial markets or business performance, but that it affects our everyday lives, through interest rate changes, taxation/benefit levels, unemployment, immigration and even entertainment.

The Economics A Level syllabus will give you all that knowledge and more. In the study of macro-economies you'll learn how countries manage their economies and how they impact on the global economy.

You'll also study business economics and the impact of competition. You'll learn about the objectives, costs and revenues of business and consider their role in the wider economy.

Economics is a discussion based subject which allows students to form opinions about the world around them, where there is increasing debate about scarcity of resources and how best to distribute them.

Examination:

Three papers with a mixture of multi-choice questions, data responses and essays.



Component 1: Economic Principles: 1 hour 30 minutes (30% of the qualification)

Component 2: Exploring Economic Behaviour: 2 hours 30 minutes (30% of qualification)

Component 3: Evaluating Economic Models and Policies: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of qualification)

Health & Social Care BTEC


Qualification: BTEC National Extended certificate

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Criteria: 5 A*-C GCSE’s including Grade C/5 in English Language
General/Course Objectives:

The Health and Social Care course is an exciting course designed to introduce key concepts and knowledge that provides an invaluable and thoughtful perspective on contemporary issues in health and social care. Health and social care is suitable if you are considering a future career in the many avenues including:




  • Childcare

  • Nursing

  • Midwifery

  • Social work

  • Police Officer

  • Probation Officer/Youth Offending Team

  • Paramedics

  • Health visitor



Units:



  1. Human Lifespan Development (90GLH) Written exam- externally assessed




  1. Working in Health and Social Care (120GLH) Written exam- externally assessed

6. Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (90GLH) Internally assessed assignment

18. Physiological disorders – Internally assessed assignment

Psychology


Qualification: A Level (Linear)

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Criteria: 5 A*-C GCSE’s with the following as minimum – Grade B/6 in Science, Maths & English
General/Course Objectives:

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. The A level Psychology qualification offers an engaging introduction to this diverse and interesting subject; students will learn the fundamentals of Psychology and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.


This course compliments other A-level courses from the Social Sciences, Sciences and the Humanities, preparing you for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you.

Course Content:

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

  • Social Influence

  • Memory

  • Attachment

  • Psychopathology


Paper 2: Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in Psychology

  • Biopsychology

  • Research Methods


Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

  • Gender

  • Stress

  • Forensic Psychology


Exam Breakdown (all examinations – no coursework):
Paper 1: 2 hour written exam (33.33%)
Paper 2: 2 hour written exam (33.33%)
Paper 3: 2 hour written exam (33.33%)

Sociology


Qualification: A2 (Linear A-Level)

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Criteria: 5 A*-C GCSE’s with the following as minimum – Grade B/6 in English and one other Humanities subject (you do not have to have studied subject at GCSE)
General/Course Objectives: The study of sociology stimulates awareness of contemporary social, cultural and political issues, and focuses on the importance of examining these issues in a rigorous, reasoned and analytical way. Sociology asks you to understand and apply key concepts such as power, gender, ethnicity and culture to important and topical issues such as Identity, Education, Crime, Deviance and Religion, which shape the world we live in. Sociology is a rigorous academic subject that is also rooted in the real world.

Sociology A-level goes well with most subject combinations and you may find that skills learnt in Sociology can support you in other subject areas. Sociology works especially well as a complement to other essay-writing subjects such as Politics, English, History, Geography and Psychology, but can also make for a refreshing 4th AS level if you do mostly Sciences. The independent study skills learnt in Sociology are an excellent preparation for University and for career paths such as Law, the Police, Politics, Social Research, Medicine and Health and Social Work.


Course Content:

Education – Functions of education/educational achievement of social groups/relationships and processes in schools/educational policy.

Culture & Identity – types of culture/socialisation process/the self and identity/identity and social groups/identity and production, consumption & globalisation.

Beliefs in Society- ideology, science & religion/social change & stability/religious organisations/relationship with religion and social groups/religion in contemporary world

Crime & Deviance – social distribution of crime/globalisation and crime/crime and control/victims/role of the CJS

Research methods – range of methods in sociology/type of data/theory/debates

Methods in Context – apply research to education/crime & deviance contexts
Exam Breakdown (all examinations – no coursework):

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods – 80 marks (33.3%)

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Culture & Identity/Beliefs in Society) – 80 marks (33.3%)

Paper 3: Crime & Deviance with Theory and Methods – 80 marks (33.3%)

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)


Qualification: Half an A Level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Criteria: GCSE English Grade C/5 or above



General/Course Objectives:

The Extended Project is a single piece of work of a student's choosing that requires evidence of planning, preparation, research and independent learning. They can choose any subject of their choice. It is available as a stand-alone qualification and is equivalent to half an A Level where the top grade can be at A*. Usually a 5000 word essay, however an Extended Project could also be a design, an artefact or a performance.



The Extended Project offers opportunities for learners to:

  • Have significant input into the choice and design of an extended piece of work



  • Develop and apply decision-making skills, problem-solving skills, initiative and enterprise



  • Extend their planning, research, critical-thinking, analytical, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills



  • Use their learning experiences to support their personal aspirations for higher education and career development.

In year 12 students will be given an hour on their timetable each week where they will be taught the skills necessary to manage and complete their project. They will be allocated a teacher supervisor who they can discuss their project with on a regular basis. At the end of the academic year they will submit their project as well as give a presentation to an audience.
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