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AS/A2 Mathematics

Course title: AS/A Level Mathematics

Introduction

The A level Maths course consists of a mixture of pure mathematics and additional maths topics, such as statistics and mechanics. These topics build on and advance topics already covered in GCSE such as algebra and trigonometry, whilst enhancing and looking at real life applications of mathematical theories.

Suggested entry guidance:

 A or above at GCSE

Course details

During the first year for AS level, students will study the following modules:

·         Pure Mathematics 1

o   Topic 1 – Proof

o   ● Topic 2 – Algebra and functions

o   ● Topic 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane

o   ● Topic 4 – Sequences and series

o   ● Topic 5 – Trigonometry

o   ● Topic 6 – Exponentials and logarithms

o   ● Topic 7 – Differentiation

o   ● Topic 8 – Integration

o   ● Topic 9 – Vectors

·         Statistics and Mechanics

o   Section A: Statistics

o   ● Topic 1 – Statistical sampling

o   ● Topic 2 – Data presentation and interpretation

o   ● Topic 3 – Probability

o   ● Topic 4 – Statistical distributions

o   ● Topic 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing

o   Section B: Mechanics

o   ● Topic 6 – Quantities and units in mechanics

o   ● Topic 7 – Kinematics

o   ● Topic 8 – Forces and Newton’s laws

For the second year, the A2 modules will be:

·         Pure Mathematics 2

o   Topic 1 – Proof

o   ● Topic 2 – Algebra and functions

o   ● Topic 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane

o   ● Topic 4 – Sequences and series

o   ● Topic 5 – Trigonometry

o   ● Topic 6 – Exponentials and logarithms

o   ● Topic 7 – Differentiation

o   ● Topic 8 – Integration

o   ● Topic 9 – Numerical methods

o   ● Topic 10 – Vectors

·         Statistics and Mechanics

o   Section A: Statistics

o   ● Topic 1 – Statistical sampling

o   ● Topic 2 – Data presentation and interpretation

o   ● Topic 3 – Probability

o   ● Topic 4 – Statistical distributions

o   ● Topic 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing

o   Section B: Mechanics

o   ● Topic 6 – Quantities and units in mechanics

o   ● Topic 7 – Kinematics

o   ● Topic 8 – Forces and Newton’s laws

o   ● Topic 9 – Moments

Students will be tested early in the AS course to assess suitability for the course, alongside regular assessment to show any gaps in knowledge and areas for expansion.

The qualification for Mathematics A Level has changed.  Initially students will be entered into the As qualifications (examinations outlined below).  Upon successful completion of the AS course to an agreed grade, students will then complete the A level course (examinations outlined below).  The lower of the 2 grades for AS and A level will be the final grade.

AS Level :         Pure Mathematics 1 (2 hours)

                        Statistics and Mechanics 1 (1.25 hours)

A Level :           As above PLUS

                        Pure Mathematics 2 (2 hours)

                        Statistics and Mechanics 2 (1.25 hours)

Careers

·         Accountant

·         Banker

·         Finance analyst

·         Engineer

·         Investment analyst

·         Auditors

·         Credit Managers

·         Maths teacher

    AS/A2 English Literature

    Course title: AS/A2 English Literature

    Introduction:

    Studying English Literature at AS and A’ level is exciting, challenging and rewarding. You will learn through vibrant and inspiring class discussions in small groups.

     The course will be delivered by two teachers which allows students to explore different perspectives and teaching approaches.

    As English Literature is so objective you will be required to prepare for lessons, consolidate your study with independent work outside lessons and to always be reading something outside of the set course list.

    AS and A2 level English Literature also affords opportunities for study trips and visits to the theatre to support and enhance your study.

    If you love reading, enjoy your GCSE English course and relish exploring and discussing how others view the world then A level English Literature is definitely for you.

    Suggested entry criteria

    In order to study English Literature at A Level it is recommended you achieve at least a grade 6 at GCSE in English Literature.

    However, you may be considered on an individual basis if you achieved a grade 5.

    Course details

    Year 12

    Love Through the Ages

    The AS course, and Unit 1 of the A2 level course follow a thematic approach to Literature. The title of the Unit is ‘Love Through The Ages’. This means that students will study a range of texts from across time periods that explore themes connected to love.

    Four set texts will be studied:

    1.      One Shakespeare play – Othello;

    2.      One pre-1900 poetry anthology (a selection of 15 love poems provided by AQA);

    3.      Two prose texts - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and currently Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

    In addition, students will be required to read texts from a provided reading list.  Extracts will also be studied in preparation for the unseen elements of the examination.

    AS English Literature will be assessed in two final examinations at the end of the year (100% of AS level).

    Paper 1: Shakespeare and poetry. One passage based question on Othello and one question on a poem from the anthology.

    Paper 2: Prose. One question on unseen prose, one question comparing The Great Gatsby and the second text studied (currently Rebecca)

    Year 13

    Love Through The Ages

    Unit 1 of the A2 English Literature course assess students on what they have studied in AS English Literature.

    A level UNIT 1 will be assessed in a final examination at the end of the two years (40% of A level).

    Paper 1: Love Through the Ages.

    Section A: Shakespeare, one question on a passage and linking to the rest of the play.

    Section B: Unseen poetry, one question comparing two unseen poems.

    Section C: Comparing texts, one question linking poetry and prose.

     

    Texts in Shared Contexts

    Unit 2 of the A level focuses on a narrow time period: Modern Times: Literature 1945 to the Present Day. This means that students will study a range of texts from this specific time period and focus on themes such as personal and social identity and gender, class, race and ethnicity.

    At least three set texts will be studied: poetry, prose and drama.

    1.      Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy;

    2.      The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood;

    3.      A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.

    In addition, students will read widely from a reading list which will contain texts such as:

    ·         The Help by Kathryn Stockett

    ·         Spies by Michael Frayn

    ·         The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    ·         Oranges are not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

    ·         One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

    ·         Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker

    ·         All My Sons by Arthur Miller

    ·         Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

     

    A level Unit 2 will be assessed in a final examination at the end of the two years (40% of A’ level).

    Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts.

    Section A: One question on set poetry text.

    Section B: One question on an unseen prose extract, one question linking a prose text and a drama text.

     

    Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time

    Unit 3 of the A’ level allows students to work independently towards a critical study of two texts. Students will study texts from a defined time period: The Victorian Era. Shorter texts and extracts will be studied in class to enable students to gain an insight into the salient themes of the period, and to allow them to practice the writing process required for an extended essay. Students will be given a reading list as a starting point, and expected to choose their own texts and area of interest for their independent critical study. Teachers will support, advise and guide students throughout their study.

    A level unit 3 is a non-exam assessed unit. It will comprise of a 2500 word extended essay and will be marked by teachers. (20% of A’ level)

     

    Additional learning

    English is such an open subject that allows young people to explore their own understanding of the world through literature, as well as allowing them to examine their own morals, values and ideologies.

    English compliments all subjects from History to Maths as it allows students to explore others’ ideas and perspectives which is a useful skill in all walks of life.

    Careers

    English is a subject that allows students to enter into a plethora of careers ranging from subject specific opportunities such as teaching, journalism and writing to opportunities outside of the subject such as recruitment, advertising, management and retail.

    AS/A2 Biology

    Course title :  AS/A2 Biology

    Introduction Biology, with its mixture of scientific method, problem solving, practical skills and socially relevant content, provides a useful complement to arts, humanities among mixed A levels. It also enables students to develop the essential skills of synoptic essay writing, an aspect of modern education highlighted as missing by the major universities. This makes the qualification highly sought after.

    Suggested entry guidance

    This course builds on knowledge, understanding and practice skills that you have developed during your GCSE Science course. You should have gained at least a GCSE grade 6 in Biology or 6-6 in Science (Combined Science), both of which provide suitable preparation for the A Level.

    Course details

    The aims of these specifications are to encourage candidates to: develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for Biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Biology; appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society; develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works; develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other.

    Module 1        Development of Practical Skills in Biology

    Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

    Module 2        Foundations in Biology

    Includes:

    cell structure; biological molecules; nucleotides and nucleic acids; enzymes; biological membranes; cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

    Module 3        Exchange and transport

    Includes:

    ·         Exchange surfaces

    ·         Transport in animals

    ·         Transport in plants

    Module 4        Biodiversity, evolution                                  and disease

    Includes:

    ·         Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system

    ·         Biodiversity

    ·         Classification and evolution

    Module 5        Communication,                                             homeostasis and energy

    Includes:

    ·         Communication and homeostasis

    ·         Excretion

    ·         Neuronal communication

    ·         Hormonal communication

    ·         Plant and animal responses

    ·         Photosynthesis

    ·         Respiration

    Module 6        Genetics, evolution and                                ecosystems

    Includes:

    ·         Cellular control

    ·         Patterns of inheritance

    ·         Manipulating genomes

    ·         Cloning and biotechnology

    ·         Ecosystems

    ·         Populations and sustainability

    Additional learning

    A Level Biology offers you access to a huge variety of fields in both university courses and careers. Biology is an extraordinary, interesting all-round subject and having A-level Biology puts you in an extremely good position when you are applying to universities and/or jobs.

    The popular opinion from students at GCSE is that A level Biology is simply a science subject, with relevance only to the scientific world, however Biology as a subject covers how everything in the natural world functions, from plant to human life, so Biology has the utmost relevance to the world.

    Careers

    Students who take A Level Biology can go on to study veterinary science, medicine, optometry psychology, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, sports science, microbiology, forensic science, biophysics, genetics, neuroscience, botany, zoology, ecology and environmental science and, of course, Biology.

     

    AS/A2 Chemistry

    Course title : AS/A2 Chemistry

    Introduction

    Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you! It's in the food you eat, clothes you wear, water you drink, medicines, air, cleaners... you name it. Chemistry sometimes is called the "central science" because it connects other sciences to each other, such a Biology, Physics, Geology and Environmental Science.

    Suggested entry guidance

    This course builds on knowledge, understanding and practice skills that you have developed during your GCSE science course. You should have gained at least a GCSE grade B in Chemistry or BB in Science (double award), both of which provide suitable preparation for the A Level.

    Course details

    Chemistry A – a content-led approach. A flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of Chemistry. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they’re assessed both through written papers and, for A level only, the Practical Endorsement.

    Content Overview

    Assessment overview

    Content is split into six teaching modules:

    ·         Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

    ·         Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

    ·         Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

    ·         Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

    ·         Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

    ·         Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

     

    Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.

    Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.

    Component 03 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6).

    Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01) 100 marks 2 hours 15 minutes written paper

     

     

     

     

    37%

    of total A level

    Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) 100 marks 2 hours 15 minutes written paper

     

    37%

    of total A level

     

    Unified chemistry (03) 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper

     

    26%

    of total A level

    Practical endorsement in chemistry (04)* (non-exam assessment)

    Reported separately

    Additional learning

    You can work Chemistry into any industrial, educational, scientific, or governmental field. Chemistry is a very versatile science. Mastery of Chemistry is associated with excellent analytical and mathematical skills. Students of Chemistry are able to solve problems and think things through. These skills are useful for any job!

    Careers

    •      Gives you an excellent qualification for a wide career choice within science, industry or commerce.

    •      Agrochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Catalysis, Ceramics Industry, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Information Specialist, Chemical Sales, Chemical Technology, Consumer Products, Environmental Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Forensic Science, Hazardous Waste Management, Materials Science, Medicine, Patent Law, Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry, Pharmaceuticals, Polymer Industry, R&D Management, Science Writer, Software Design, Space Exploration

     

    AS/A2 Physics

    Course title : AS/A2 Physics

    Introduction

    Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles.  Moreover, it's the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy (and can be applied to biology or medical science).

    Suggested entry guidance

    You should have gained at least a GCSE grade 7 in Physics or 77 in Science (double award), both of which provide suitable preparation for the A Level.

    Course details

    Physics A – a content-led approach.  A flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of physics.  As learners progress through the course they will build on their knowledge of the laws of Physics, applying their understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe.

    Content Overview

    Assessment overview

    Content is split into six teaching modules:

    •      Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

    •      Module 2 – Foundations of physics

    •      Module 3 – Forces and motion

    •      Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

    •      Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics

    •      Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

    Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.

    Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.

    Component 03 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6).

     

    Modelling physics

    (01)

    100 marks

    2 hours 15 minutes

    written paper

     

    37%

    of total A level

     

    Exploring physics

    (02)

    100 marks

    2 hours 15 minutes

    written paper

     

    37%

    of total A level

     

     

    Unified physics

    (03)

    70 marks

    1 hour 30 minutes

    written paper

     

    26%

    of total A level

     

    Practical endorsement

    in physics

    (04)

    (non-exam assessment)

    Reported separately

    Additional learning

    You can work Physics into any industrial, educational, scientific, or governmental field. Physics is the study of how things work and is, therefore, associated with excellent analytical and mathematical skills.  Students of Physics are able to solve problems and think things through.  These skills are highly sought after in all industrial and commercial sectors.

    Careers

    •      Physics will give you an excellent qualification for a wide variety of career choices within science, industry or commerce.

    •      Besides the obvious careers in Scientific Research, Engineering and Medicine, Physics also lends itself to a vast variety of careers you might not have even thought about.  These options include:

    •      Law – in particular Patent Law.

    •      Finance and Accounting – using quantum theory to understand macro- and micro- economic principles.

    •      Music – including composition and music technology.

    •      Oil and gas exploration.

    •      Sports equipment development.

    •      Forensic Science.

    •      Journalism – particularly science writing.

     

    AS/A2 Art and Design (Fine Art)

    Course Title: Edexcel AS and A level Art and Design  (Fine Art)

    Introduction

    This course encourages personal, creative and imaginative approaches to art and design. It has a four-unit structure, and allows you to follow a broad, open course.  It will prepare you for higher levels of study in other art and design qualifications. The course is 100% coursework based.

    You will be assessed on your ability to:

    •        DEVELOP ideas imaginatively through researching other artists and photographers.

    •        EXPERIMENT with varied media and techniques.

    •        RECORD observations and ideas using quality visual language. For example, rich tonal contrast, strong composition, interesting subject matter.

    •        REALISE intentions by producing high quality outcomes.

    Suggested entry guidance

    GCSE Art Grade C or above

    Course Details

    Component 1: AS Art and Design Coursework. 72 marks (50%)

    Component 2: AS Art and Design Externally Set Assignment.  72 marks (50%)

    The final outcome for this will be done over two days.

    Component 1: A2 Art and Design Coursework.  90 marks (60%)

    This is a self-initiated project with a 1000-3000 word contextual study.

    Component 2: A2 Art and Design Externally Set Assignment.  72 marks (40%)

    The final outcome for this will be done over two days.

    Additional learning

    To further enhance their course, students are encouraged to regularly visit art galleries, and will also be provided with a suggested reading list.  Students should show a keen interest to utilise the art department after school and during lunchtimes.

    Careers

    This course is a building block for many careers including; Fine Artist, Visual Merchandiser, Teacher, Graphic Designer, Architect, Interior Designer, Illustrator.  On completion of the course, students are also well prepared for entry onto a Foundation Art course at college or a course at University.

    AS/A2 Business

    Course title: Edexcel A level Business

    Introduction

    This A level Business course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and understanding that will be needed by students planning to progress to undergraduate study at a UK higher education establishment, particularly (although not only) in the same subject area, for example business management.

    This is a very sound introduction to of Business and gives learners the opportunity to develop an enthusiasm for studying business. In particular it will allow students to :

    ● gain an holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts

    ● develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants

    ● understand that business behaviour can be studied

    It also includes the opportunity to develop the research, communication, presentation, decision-making and critical-thinking skills valued by higher education.

    In addition, employers have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the legal sector.

    Suggested entry criteria

    A minimum of GCSE grade C in English and Maths

    Course details

    There are four compulsory ‘themes’ of study :

    1.       Marketing and people

    2.       Managing business activities

    3.       Business decisions and strategy

    4.      Global business

    All of which are compulsory.

    The course is all externally assessed and students will sit A/S exams at the end of Year 12.

    Additional learning

    Students will be expected to develop an interest in the world of commerce and will be encouraged to become regular readers of the business news and to visit commercial premises either as part of a school-organised trip or as part of their research for their studies.

    This course will also be useful for students considering which organisations they might wish to work for either on a part-time or full-time basis.

    Careers

    There are many different career paths that can be followed from the completion of this course. For example careers in Management, Economics, Takeovers and Mergers, Consultancy, Systems Analyst, Chartered Accountancy, Insurance, Logistics, Marketing, Human Resources, Advertising, Retail Merchandising, Banking and Self-employment.

     

    AS/A2 Food Science and Nutrition

    Course title: WJEC Food Science and Nutrition Level 3

    Introduction

    An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles.  Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors.  Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that that support healthy eating initiatives. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates.  

    This is an Applied General qualification.  This means it is designed primarily to support learners progressing to university.  It has been designed to offer exciting, interesting experiences that focus learning for 16 - 19 year old learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful, work-related contexts, linked to the food production industry

    It is equivalent in size to 1 A Level.

    Suggested entry criteria

    A minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English and Science

    Course details

    Learners complete three units: two mandatory and one optional.  

     The first mandatory unit Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups will enable the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the science of food safety, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts, and through on–going practical sessions, to gain practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals. 

    The second mandatory Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat unit will allow learners to develop their understanding of the science of food safety and hygiene; essential knowledge for anyone involved in food production in the home or wishing to work in the food industry.  Again practical sessions will support the gaining of theoretical knowledge and ensure learning is a tactile experience.

    Studying one of the two optional units will allow learners the opportunity to study subjects of particular interest or relevance to them, building on previous learning and experience. Students can choose from:

    ·         Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems 

    ·         Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition

    Assessment

    Unit 1: Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups will be both internally and externally assessed. 

    The external assessment is a 90 minute examination; plus 15 minutes reading time worth a total of 90 marks. There is also an internally assessed assignment

    Unit 2 Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat is externally assessed by an assignment which will be produced each academic year by the exam board and is opened in May.  It is an eight hour timed, supervised assessment

    Unit 3: Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems and Unit 4: Current issues in Food Science and Nutrition are internally assessed with centre based assignments.

    Careers.

    Students can apply to do a variety of food-based degrees after completing thi

    AS/A2 Geography

    Course Title: AS/ A2 Geography

    Introduction

    This new course is a balance of Human and Physical Geography, which builds on, and develops the knowledge and skills gained from GCSE Geography. This is a linear course which means students will sit both examination assessments at the end of the programme, each worth 40 % of the A Level. Students also complete an individual investigation, which must include data gathered in the field. This investigation is worth 20% of the A Level qualification in Geography and is made up of a written report of 3000-4000 words.

    Suggested entry guidance

    Students do not need a GCSE in Geography to take this course but it is advisable that you have achieved a grade 5 in GCSE geography.

    Course details

    Topics are varied and students have options within each area of study. The course content is outlined below:

    Physical Geography 40%

     

    Water and carbon cycles

     

    Hot desert environments and their margins

     

    Coastal systems and landscapes

     

    Hazards

     

    Ecosystems under stress

    Cold environments

     

    Human Geography 40%

     

    Global systems and global governance

     

    Changing places

     

    Contemporary urban environments

     

    Population and the environment

     

    Resource security

    Geography Investigation 20%

     

    Student selects any question or issue relating to course content.

     

    Must involve data collection through fieldwork.

     

    Additional learning

    You will be encouraged to read journals and articles to broaden your knowledge and understanding of course topics. There will be opportunities for activity days in universities so that students can enjoy learning in a wide variety of environments. There is an obligatory 4 days of fieldwork that students have to complete.

    Careers

    Geography opens up many doors as the subject is so versatile and encompasses a range of skills. It has consistently been recognised by the Russell Group as one of the most important facilitating subjects at degree level. The range of careers available is vast and a recent CBI survey found that the highest percentage of middle or higher management level positions were made up of geography graduates Here are a few examples:

    • Climatologist
    • Geographical Information System Specialist
    • Emergency Management Specialist
    • Remote Sensing Analyst
    • Soil Conservationist Surveyor
    • Transport Planner
    • Environmental Officer
    • Town Planner
    • Nature Conservation Officer

    AS/A2 History

    Course title : AS/A2 History

    Introduction:

    A level history at Bourne End Academy provides something for all those who have an interest in history including military, political, social and economic history. Students will study a broad range of history spanning almost one thousand years and the history of nations and peoples across the world. Students will also develop skills such as critical thinking, writing a sustained line of argument and evaluating and cross referencing sources. History is a facilitating subject and is looked on with high regard by all British universities.

    Suggested entry criteria

    It is recommended that students wishing to undertake A level History have obtained a grade 5 in GCSE History and a grade 5 in GCSE English.

    However, students who have not studied History at GCSE may still apply but they must have at least a grade 5 in GCSE English.

    Course details

    The school follows the OCR course specification which is made up of four modules. Assessment for all these takes place in year 13.  Units 1, 2 and 3 are all assessed in exams at the end of Year 13. Unit 4 is coursework which will be written in Year 13.

    The breakdown of the course teaching is as follows:

    Year 12

    Unit 1: The Norman Conquest 1035-1107 – 25% of total course: 

    A documents based paper on British History. Students will study possibly the most famous event in English history, the Norman Conquest, its causes and consequences and examine, using primary evidence, the levels of turmoil that the country experienced following William the Conqueror’s victory at Hastings. The documents paper develops analytical skills which require students to deploy their own knowledge to evaluate the utility and provenance of sources.

    2: International Relations 1890-1941 – An essay based paper on World History - 15% of total course:

    An essay based paper on world history. Students will study the origins of the First World War and the relationships between countries in the build up to the Second World War including Appeasement. The essay-based paper requires students to form well-balanced lines of argument and deploy historical knowledge to support them.

    Year 13

    3: Thematic study – English Church and Government 40% of total course:

    An essay based paper examining the political and ecclesiastical history of England in the Middle Ages from the Norman Conquest until Magna Carta. Students will be required to examine change, turning points and continuity from this unit spanning over a century.

    4: Coursework

    Independent investigation - 20% of total course: Students will select an investigation of their choice for their coursework based on Tudor England. This unit requires students to demonstrate excellent investigative skills to carry out their research and then deploy it to answer and evaluate their chosen question.

    Additional learning

    History complements a variety of other subjects but particularly English and the other humanities. Examples of cross curricular learning include literacy and writing skills, numeracy and problem solving. History blends well with the other humanities looking at map skills and religious ideas and beliefs and the way they shape people and nations.

    Careers

    History as a facilitating subject leaves doors open to many careers and academic pathways. Skills learnt such as critical thinking, essay writing and source evaluation lend themselves particularly well to careers in law, marketing, teaching, journalism and the civil service.

    AS/A2 Philosophy and Ethics

    Course title : Philosophy and Ethics

    Introduction

    A highly recognised subject for people who are looking for a strong academic discipline. Explore the great philosophical works from the past and present whilst developing high-level analytical and evaluative skills. Religion, Ethics and Philosophy is a subject for people who are not afraid to ask big questions and are interested in knowing what our deepest thinkers say about God, science and even the soul. From Descartes to Richard Dawkins, from Jesus, Buddha and Plato to Richard Swinburne and David Wilkinson we wrestle with making sense of the world we live in and argue about how to make the best decisions for all those we live and work alongside. Whilst taking Philosophy and Ethics at Bourne End Sixth Form you will have opportunities to work with many of the local faith groups. There is a variety of interesting visits on offer throughout the course of study.

    Suggested entry guidance

    English language GCSE grade C or above

    Course details

    Over the two year course you will study four units:

    Unit 1, philosophy of religion - Does God exist? What are the arguments for the existence of God? Do we have free will or are our lives already determined? If God does exist why is there so much suffering and evil in the world? Is there life after death? Do near death experiences prove there is life after death? Are there such things as miracles?

    Unit 2: ethics and religion - What is morality? What is the right thing to do? When does human life begin? Is achieving happiness for the greatest number of people the main aim of politics? Do you support always following the rules regardless of the outcome, or do you support making choices based on the consequences of those choices? Do animals have rights? Is love always good? Can abortion ever be justified? Should euthanasia be legal? Does a person have total freedom to do as he or she likes?

    Unit 3: A study of Christianity - What are the sources of God's wisdom and authority? Is God all powerful, all knowing and all good? Is there a heaven or hell? What is good conduct? What does it mean to be a Christian? Can a Christian be gay? Does Christianity accept science?

    Unit 4: The dialogue between philosophy, ethics and religion - How has religion influenced, and been influenced by, the philosophical and ethical issues studied?

    Additional Learning

    You will be expected to read extensively around the subject in addition to homework.

    Careers

    The course is an excellent step towards a higher education course in any reflective, analytical subject but is particularly relevant to a degree in philosophy or religious studies. Many students go on to the teaching and caring professions, although the unique range of thinking, evaluative and cross cultural skills developed are of use in any area of study, senior management or other employment, especially in medical, science or law for example.

    AS/A2 Psychology

    Course title :  AS/A2 Psychology

    Introduction

    If you were asked to kill someone by somebody in authority, would you do it? How does our memory work?  Can watching violent TV make you more aggressive in real life?  You’ll investigate the answers to these and much more should you take on a Psychology AS or A-Level.  

    Psychology AS and A-Level provides you with a broad introduction to Psychology as a Science alongside the opportunity to develop analytical skills, write essays and psychological reports. You will also develop your mathematical knowledge and research skills. These skills are all relevant and transferable to higher education courses of study or to the workplace.

    Suggested entry criteria. 

    English language 6

    Maths 6

    Sciences 5

    Course details

    For AS you will study:

    Social influence, memory including models of memory and techniques on improving your memory; attachment in infants and children, psychopathology including phobias, depression and OCD; approaches in Psychology including learning, cognitive and biological and research methods

    ·         You will take 2 exams which will both be worth 50% of the AS qualification

    For the A2 level you will study:

    Social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology, approaches, biopsychology, research methods, issues and debates, relationships including theories of maintenance and breakdown , stress and Forensic Psychology including offender profiling.

    ·         You will take 3 exams worth 33.3% of the A-level

    Additional learning

    Successful students spend considerable amounts of their own time reading round the subject area in addition to their homework.

    Careers:

    Psychologists: educational, research, forensic, counselling, clinical, child; teaching and lecturing, health-based careers such as nursing; social work, research & statistics, marketing.

    AS/A2 Sociology

    Course title : Sociology

    Introduction

    Have you ever thought that your gender affects how people treat you, and how you are expected to behave, or is social class more important?  Do you ever wonder how much of your behaviour is due to your environment and culture and how much you are born with?  You will consider these questions and relate to contemporary issues in society on the Sociology AS/A2 course.

    A2 Sociology offers students the opportunity to develop the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods. It is designed to encourage students to demonstrate the application of a range of skills and consider the integration of sociological themes:

    ·         socialisation, culture and identity

    ·         social differentiation, power and stratification.

    Suggested entry guidance

    English language GCSE grade 6 or above

    A humanities GCSE grade 6 and above

    Course details

    For AS you will study:

    ·         Education: studying this topic includes theories of education, patterns of achievement and reasons for this

    ·         Research methods: An introduction to different types of research including the opportunity to carry out your own mini-studies.

    ·         Families and households: an overview of types of families and reasons for demographic changes in different societies over time.

    You will take 2 exams which will both be worth 50% of the AS qualification

    For the A2 you will study:

    ·         Education: studying this topic includes theories of education, patterns of achievement and reasons for this. 

    ·         Culture and Identity: A study on types of culture, and influences of class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality on identity.

    ·         Theory and methods: study different theories such as Marxism, Functionalism, Feminism and Social Action theories.

    ·         Crime and Deviance: study issues of crime such as gender, ethnicity and types of crime.

    ·         Mass Media: contemporary look at old and new media.

    You will take 3 exams each worth one third of the A-level

    Additional Learning

    You will be expected to read extensively around the subject in addition to homework.

    Careers

    Health careers such as nursing, journalism, social services, probation, teaching and lecturing, marketing, politics or researcher

    BTEC Applied Science

    Course title: BTEC Level 3 Extended certificate in Applied Science

    Introduction

    The BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science. To be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

    The Extended certificate is equivalent to 1 A level in teaching time.  It is assessed by both mandatory and optional units some of which will be examination and others by coursework

    The course will allow pupils to practice a range of skills including team work presentations practical and written work.

    Suggested entry guidance

    Students need to have at least a 5 grade from GCSE science.

    Course details

    The extended certificate has 3 mandatory units and one optional unit

    The mandatory units are Principles and Application of Science, Practical Scientific Procedures and techniques, Scientific investigation skills.

    Examples of the optional unit to be chosen from are physiology of human body systems, astronomy and space science and application of inorganic chemistry.

    Students

    Additional learning

    You will be encouraged to read journals and articles to be familiar with current issues.

    Careers

    BTEC Applied Science opens the door to many careers or university courses where Science is an important aspect such as Nursing or Sports science.

     

    BTEC Business

    Course title: BTEC level 3 in Business Studies

    Introduction

    The BTEC Level 3 in Business is designed to provide a specialist work related programme of study that covers the knowledge and skills required to progress successfully in the workplace but also provides a firm basis for higher education.

    The core units provide an underpinning knowledge of business as well as basic business skills including a unit that focuses on enterprise and setting up a business. The BTEC Level 3 can be equivalent to either two or three A Levels depending on the number of units studied and it is assessed both internally and externally through different types of assessments. Course work can include written assignment work, team working activities, presentations, financial calculations and website design.

    Many students will one day work in a business or perhaps own one. As a result, Business Studies is a relevant course choice for many students. For those students who prefer the more vocational style of study the Level 3 Diploma is an excellent choice

    Suggested entry criteria

    A minimum of GCSE grade C in Business or English.

    Course details

    The Level 3 Diploma course offers a thorough grounding in real world business skills allowing students to confidently enter the world of work. They may also progress to a Business Studies undergraduate programme at University. Students should also be capable of starting their own business. Business employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and using electronic communication methods.

    Additional learning

    Students will be given a preparation booklet for the course. The expectation is that a number of activities and reading takes place before the start of the course. Students will be provided this information in the summer term or during the school holiday.

    Careers

    There are many different career paths that can be followed from the completion of this course. For example careers in Management, Economics, Takeovers and Mergers, Consultancy, Systems Analyst, Chartered Accountancy, Insurance, Logistics, Marketing, Human Resources, Advertising, Retail Merchandising, Banking and Self-employment.

     

    BTEC Dance

    Course title: BTEC level 3 in Performing Arts (Dance) Introduction

    The BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts is designed to provide a specialist work related programme of study that covers the knowledge and skills required to progress successfully in the workplace but also provides a firm basis for higher education.

    The core units provide a comprehensive introduction to the skills needed for an actor in the performing arts business. Course work can include written assignment work, team working activities and performances and presentations. Many students will go on to performing arts courses in further education and beyond. For those students who prefer the more vocational style of study the Level 3 Diploma is an excellent choice.

    Suggested entry criteria

    It is preferable to have studied Dance at BTEC level 2 in Performing Arts or a GCSE in Dance but not essential. It is however essential for students to have been involved in Dance in an extra-curricular capacity and to have a keen interest in the subject.

    Course details

    The Level 3 Diploma course offers a training in the skills necessary to pursue a career in Dance. You will compete units in investigating practitioner’s work, developing skills and techniques for a live performance, group performance workshop and contemporary dance technique.

    Additional learning

    Students will be given a preparation booklet for the course. The expectation is that a number of activities and reading takes place before the start of the course. Students will be provided this information in the summer term or during the school holiday.

    Careers

    The study of performing arts can be helpful for many careers and are not only confined to work in Theatre and TV. Performing arts students. Many dancers progress into teaching, either in the private or the public sector. Another way to use your dance knowledge and experience is to write articles or review performances in the press, this is often freelance work and tends to be part of a portfolio career alongside teaching or choreography.

     

    BTEC Drama

    Course title: BTEC level 3 in Performing Arts (Acting) Introduction

    The BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts is designed to provide a specialist work related programme of study that covers the knowledge and skills required to progress successfully in the workplace but also provides a firm basis for higher education.

    The core units provide a comprehensive introduction to the skills needed for an actor in the performing arts business. Course work can include written assignment work, team working activities and performances and presentations. Many students will go on to performing arts courses in further education and beyond. For those students who prefer the more vocational style of study the Level 3 Diploma is an excellent choice.

    Suggested entry criteria

    It is preferable to have studied drama at BTEC level 2 in Performing Arts or a GCSE in drama but not essential. It is however essential for students to have been involved in drama in an extracurricular capacity and to have a keen interest in the subject.

    Course details

    The Level 3 Diploma course offers a training in the skills necessary to pursue a career in acting. You will compete units in Voice training and movement training as well as studying the principles of acting.

    Additional learning

    Students will be given a preparation booklet for the course. The expectation is that a number of activities and reading takes place before the start of the course. Students will be provided this information in the summer term or during the school holiday.

    Careers

    The study of performing arts can be helpful for many careers and are not only confined to work in Theatre and Film. Performing arts students have gone on to careers in Law, Marketing and advertising as well as completing courses in drama schools and working in the performing arts industry.

     

    BTEC Health & Social Care

    Course title: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care

    Introduction

    The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction to the sector. It is for learners who are interested in learning about the Health and Social Care sector as part of a balanced study programme. 

    It is equivalent in size to 1 A Level.

    It provides a broad basis of study for the health and social care sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels. The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it includes the opportunity to develop the research, communication, presentation, decision-making and critical-thinking skills valued by higher education. In addition, employers have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the legal sector.

    Suggested entry criteria

    A minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English and Science

    Course details

    There are 4 units of study: 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).

    The learning programme covers the following content areas:

    ·         Human Lifespan Development

    ·         Working in Health and Social Care

    ·         Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

    The optional units have been designed to support choices for further study, preferred interest or employment needs. They also support the mandatory unit content and link with relevant occupational areas:

    ·         Sociological Perspectives

    ·         Psychological Perspectives

    ·         Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

    ·         Physiological Disorders and their Care

    Additional learning

    Students will be given a preparation booklet for the course and students will have the opportunity to go into their chosen Care Setting to gain primary source information needed to complete their studies and gain a useful insight to the world of work they may be considering.

    Careers

    The qualification carries UCAS points and if it is taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two year programme of learning then it is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses.  Roles include:

    The Police, Children’s Childcare services, Nursing, Social Work, Classroom Assistant, Paramedic, Health and Mental Health related roles, Paramedics, Primary teaching.

    BTEC Music

    Course Title: BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate in Music

    Introduction

    The BTEC Level 3 in Music is designed to provide a specialist work related programme of study that covers the knowledge and skills required to progress successfully in the workplace but also provides a firm basis for higher education.

    The core units provide a comprehensive introduction to the skills needed for a musician in the music industry. Depending on the units chosen course work can include compositions, solo and group performances, written coursework and presentations. Many students will go on to performing arts courses in further education and beyond as well as apprenticeships within the recording industry. 

    Suggested entry criteria

    It is preferable to have studied music at BTEC level 2 or GCSE but not essential. It is however essential for students to have been involved in music in an extracurricular capacity and to have a keen interest in the subject.

    Course Details

    The Level 3 course offers training in the skills necessary to pursue a career in music. You will compete units in composition and performance as well as studying the theory of music.

    Compulsory units include practical theory and harmony in music as well as professional practice in the music industry. Optional units include performance, composition, session performance skills, music promotion and music software skills.

    Careers

    The study of the performing arts in particular music can be helpful for many careers such as work in Theatre, solo and group performance, composition, Music production, and sound engineering. Music also provides a fantastic balance to other subjects which is very attractive to employers.

     

    BTEC Sport

    Course title:    BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport

    Introduction

    We offer the BTEC Diploma in Sport, which is the double award.  This involves students undertaking a total of 9 units over the two year course.  These units are assessed in varying ways, including an externally assessed examination, externally assessed controlled assessment and internally assessed coursework.

    Suggested entry guidance

    Students should have a minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 9-4, including 4 or above in English and GCSE PE or Triple Science.

    Course details

    Units that students will undertake include:

    BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence:

    1)      Anatomy and Physiology (externally assessed examination)

    2)      Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (externally assessed controlled assessment)

    3)      Investigating Business in Sport and Active Leisure Industry (externally assessed controlled assessment)

    4)      Skill Acquisition in Sport (internally assessed coursework)

    5)      Professional Development in the Sports Industry (internally assessed coursework)

    6)      Sports Leadership (internally assessed coursework)

    7)      Practical Sports Performance (internally assessed  coursework)

    8)      Coaching for Performance (internally assessed coursework)

    9)      Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport (internally assessed coursework)

    Additional learning

    Students should have a keen interest and be regularly involved in sports both inside and outside of school.

    Careers & higher education

     Sports Coach, Fitness Instructor, University Courses in Sports Science & Coaching