Course Guide 2017 – 2019

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Walton High School


Course Guide

2017 – 2019


This is the Walton Sixth Form Course Guide, produced by us to be one of the most vital tools for planning your next steps. It can be a stressful time contemplating what you will need to have planned for after the GCSEs in the summer. We do understand that and recognise that this can be an anxious time for students and for their parents alike. Some of this is painfully ‘normal’ and you are not alone amongst your friends and peers in potentially having moments of indecision. It’s easy to say but ‘Don’t panic!’ Some of the decision making you will have to ultimately make will be helped by the advice of teachers and Heads of Departments, by tutors and pastoral staff, by external careers advisors and by the senior management and Sixth Form Heads as well as me as Director of the Sixth Form. With opportunities over the coming weeks for you to seek advice and to research and discuss your options post 16, you should be able to make a strong and informed set of choices for applying to the Sixth Form.

This guide gives you and your parents many answers and information such as which courses are available and what might they entail at post 16 level. Reports, Parents’ Evenings and discussions with current teachers and tutors are very useful in getting their thoughts and professional advice. The Information Evening for students wishing to enrol for September 2017 is on Tuesday 10th January and this is a superb opportunity to come with parents and listen to talks about the different subjects. Shortly after this applications will lead to a one to one interview with a senior member of staff where the application and the professional estimation of a candidate’s suitability will be discussed and this will be an opportunity to have a final reflection on the choices you have made.
One of the main reasons for choosing Walton is the simply outstanding academic achievements gained by our Sixth Form students whilst here. Ofsted, in our last report, stated that the provision (academic and pastoral) given in our Sixth Form was outstanding. The teaching you will get and the support you will receive throughout your two years with us will give you every single opportunity to do your best.
With the new 1 -9 grade system for GCSEs, English and Maths have already applied this grading with the other subjects due from next year and the course entry requirements for English and Maths courses for A level are, therefore, by a number (such as 5) rather than the grade C or B etc.
To close, I really do want to express how excited I and the Sixth Form team and teaching staff here at Walton are about every new intake of students coming to us to study and to prepare for your next steps in life.
Finally, work as hard as you can on your GCSEs…that’s where this whole journey starts and good luck. We look forwarding to seeing you during this application process and in September.



General Sixth Form Entry Requirements:

5 Grade C’s or above at GCSE to include

Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics

Please be aware some A Level subjects set additional grade requirements.


Foreword from the Director of Sixth Form 1
Contents 2
A Level Course Outline

Art 3


Business Studies .7

Chemistry 9

Design and Technology (Product Design) 10

Design and Technology (Food Science and Nutrition) 11

Design and Technology (Fashion and Textiles) 12

Economics 13

English Language and Literature 15

English Literature 17

Extended Project (EPQ)……………………………………………………………..19

Film Studies 20

Geography 22

History 24

Information and Communication Technology 25

Mathematical Studies Level 3 (Core)……………………………………………...26

Mathematics 27

Further Mathematics 29

Media Studies 31

Modern Languages 33

Music 37

Physical Education 39

Physics 41

Psychology 42

Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) 43
Curriculum 2017…………………………………………………………………………………45

Key Dates..........................................................................................................................46


Awarding body: Edexcel
Entry requirements: Grade C or above in Art & Design GCSE

5 GCSEs grade A* - C

The course is aimed at: Students who wish to study Art to a higher level. Career opportunities include: Graphic Design, Architecture, Publishing, Teaching, etc.
Course: 2 year full A Level

Description of the Course/Course Structure

In the Art department we offer the new 2 year full A Level.

The full A level in Art & Design is a 2 year course with 1 Externally Set Assignment (exam) at the end of the second year.

This is a new course for students who want to study Art to a higher level and is ideal for those who want to go on to study an Art related course at University.

The A level course is made up of 2 components that stretch across the 2 years:

Component 1 - Personal investigation (60%)

  1. Practical work

The Personal Investigation is an extended practical project based on a personal response to a theme or starting point. Students will generate ideas and experiment how to express them through a variety of materials and processes. They will develop and refine their ideas through experimentation and research into different techniques, styles of art and the work of other artists.

  1. Personal study

This is a separate piece of critical and analytical writing (1000 words) making links to the student’s own Personal Investigation, and supported by artists research and references. Through the personal study, students will demonstrate understanding of relevant social, cultural and historical sources. Students will also express personal interpretations or conclusions and use technical and specialist vocabulary.

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment (40%)

This is an externally set assignment from the exam board. Students will produce another practical project in the same manner as their Personal Investigation, developing their skills to a higher level in response to a starting point set out in the exam paper.

Students will be expected to submit all their preparatory studies (sketchbook work) and a final outcome that will be completed in a Controlled Assessment (15 hours).


Awarding Body: AQA
Entry Requirements: This new Biology course builds on concepts and skills that will have been developed in the GCSE Core, Additional and Further Science, as well as Human Health and Physiology. Students wishing to apply for this Biology course need to have achieved a minimum of two grade Bs from any combination of these 4 examinations. In addition the commitment, attitude and effort that the student brings to the course will have a major impact on their success.
Aimed at: Students with a passion and enthusiasm for Biology.

Students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills for the study of Biology in Higher education.

Description of the Course/Course Structure:

Over two years this course is packed with essential core biological topics and practical work.

Sections 1– 4 are designed to be covered in the first year of the A-level and are also the AS subject

content. There are also opportunities for practical skill development throughout the course.

The Core Topics

  • 1 Biological molecule – including proteins, fats, carbohydrates, enzymes, DNA structure.

  • 2 Cells – including cell structure, viruses, cell division, diffusion, osmosis, immunity.

  • 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment – including gas exchange, digestion and absorption.

  • 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms – including DNA, genes and chromosomes, biodiversity, genetic diversity and taxonomy.

  • 5 Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only) – including photosynthesis, respiration, ecology and nutrient cycles.

  • 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only) – including the nervous system and homeostasis.

  • 7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only) – including inheritance.

  • 8 The control of gene expression (A-level only) – including gene technologies.

Assessment Information AS:





A Level

What’s included

1 Core Biology

Topics 1-4 and practical skills.

1 hour 30 mins


50% of AS

2 Core Biology

Topics 1-4 and practical skills.

1 hour 30 mins


50% of AS

  • 65 marks: short answer questions

  • 10 marks: extended response questions

ssessment Information A Level:





A Level

Other Information

1 Core Biology

Topics 1-4 and practical skills.

2 hours


35% of A Level

2 Core Biology

Topics 5-8 and practical skills.

2 hours


35% of A Level

  • 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

  • 15 marks: comprehension question.

3 Core Biology

Topics 1-8 and practical skills

2 hours


30% of A Level

  • 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques

  • 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data

  • 25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles

Additional Information:
Sitting of Assessment Units

June 2018 - AS Units 1 and 2

June 2018 - A Level Units 1, 2 and 3 (AS exams do not carry forward)
Practical Skills

These are assessed within the written papers, overall at least 15% of the A Level marks account for this. There is no longer coursework (ISA) module. To answer these questions students will have been taught and acquired competence in the appropriate areas of practical skills required by the exam board.

In addition students will need to be awarded a ‘pass’ by their teacher for practical skills mastery. This is a separate endorsement alongside the A Level. In order to achieve a pass, students will need to have met expectations developed through the explicit acquisition of the technical skills in any practical activity undertaken throughout the course of study. There are 12 practical activities prescribed in the specification which cover the requirements. All of this will be evidenced and centrally stored in school.


Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: General 6th form entry requirements (5 Grade C’s at GCSE- Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics). Students studying A Level Business Studies do NOT need to have studied GCSE Business Studies. Those who have studied GCSE Business Studies are expected to have passed at Grade C or above.

Aimed At:

Business Studies students can often relate their own experiences of work to their studies and have a broader understanding of the real world at local, national and international levels. The subject combines well with their other studies at AS and GCE Advanced Level and is a popular choice to study in Higher Education.

The subject matter also proves this to be relevant when students enter the world of work and financial decision making. Whatever your specialisation and whatever career you finally choose, a knowledge and understanding of the Business environment will be most desirable and valuable.

Description of the Course/ Course Structure:

The aims of AS and A Level are to encourage candidates to:

  • Develop a critical understanding of organisation, markets, and the process of adding value with particular consideration given to the process of decision making.

  • To be aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspective of stakeholders e.g. consumer, manager, creditor, owner/shareholder and employee.

The course will for example:

  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of the way businesses are organised, structured, financed and operated.

  • Encourage a critical approach to business behaviour

  • Appreciate the importance of working with others and contributing to team work.

  • Develop skills of research, presentation of data, analysis and evaluation.

In Year 12 two units are followed at AS Level:


  • Meeting customer needs

  • The market

  • Marketing mix and strategy

  • Managing people

  • Entrepreneurs and leaders


  • Raising finance

  • Financial planning

  • Managing finance

  • Resource management

  • External influences

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