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Art and Design - Textiles
You will gain experience in a broad range of materials, techniques and processes comprised of woven, embroidered, knitted, printed, painted, dyed, manipulated and constructional methods. You will utilise these skills to produce a great variety of textile outcomes, informed by both historical and contemporary textile design across a variety of cultures. This course also includes a growing number of interdisciplinary approaches, drawing sources from fine art, architecture, photography, published media and product design. You will develop your own chosen theme (with guidance from your teacher) where you will develop purposeful experimentation, reflecting your personal interests and judgements and making use of an ever-increasing number of materials and technologies as they emerge.
Art and Design - Fine Art
You will be introduced to a variety of different experiences that allow you to explore a range of fine art materials,
techniques and processes that will build on the knowledge you gained during your KS4 Art and Design course.
You will investigate your own chosen theme (under guidance from your teacher) and develop an individual and
personal response through your folder work and final outcomes. During the A Level course you will develop your
creative skills further and demonstrate your understanding of artefacts and resources relating to art and design
from the past and contemporary practitioners
Art and Design - Photography
Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and
processes. They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies.
Students will use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to underpin their work where appropriate and will explore
one or a combination of the following areas:
- Landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
- Still-life photography, working from objects or from the natural world
- Documentary photography, photo journalism
- Experimental imagery
- Photographic installation, video, television and film
- Multimedia moving image
- Photographic Sculptures and mixed media
Biology is at the leading edge of current scientific research and economic investment. With the advent of modern biological techniques such as synthetic biology and worldwide interest in subjects like Epidemiology, Biology is one of the most important subjects to support the UK economy into the future. Biology A-level is key to the understanding of all careers that involve Medicine, Veterinary , Forensic Science, Sport Science and multiple other leading professions in the UK and worldwide.
The subject content enables learners to investigate different types and sizes of organisations in various business sectors and environments, drawing on local, national and global contexts. Learners will develop an holistic understanding of business and enterprise and be aware of the opportunities and threats of operating in a global marketplace.
A level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question: what is the world made of? It is the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that Chemistry provides are endless.
OCR Computer Science A Level
At its heart lies the notion of computational thinking:
a mode of thought that goes well beyond software and hardware, and that provides a framework within which to reason about systems and problems.
This course teaches the fundamentals of coding and program construction as well as dealing with the internal functions of a computer and the wider implications of networking.
If you love music, this is the course for you. You can perform, compose and listen to a wide variety of music and can even tailor the course to suit your individual strengths as a musician! From rock and pop, through the classical symphony to musical theatre and jazz, the listening element of the course really does have something for everyone!
Design and Technology
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject offering students opportunity to use their creativity and imagination supported by technical knowledge and understanding to design and make functional prototype products to solve problems that consider other's needs, wants, aspirations and values. This is underpinned by developing understanding of how designers work within the constraints of industrial and commercial practice, as well as reflecting cultural, legal, social and moral issues that are prevalent in the wider world around us.
A-Level Politics gives students a varied insight and an in depth foundation in UK and US government and politics
and political ideas. It provides the perfect opportunity for students to develop higher-order thinking skills and
engage in the politics of today. This topic is always topical and will touch upon many exciting, varied and controversial issues in the news, including Brexit and Trump!
Economics is a behavioural science that lies in the heart of every decision we make.
The course covers topical issues and allows students to make sense of the ever changing world.
The subject is challenging, analytical and rewards the inquisitive mind.
Economics aims to solve fundamental questions such as why does poverty exist in the 21stcentury, how can the UK economy compete in an ever-changing globalised market and is capitalism a flawed mechanism for distributing the worlds scarce resources?
Are you ready to answer the big questions?
English Language and Literature
Explore the power and influence of the spoken and written word.
Consider and analyse how language and literature can impact an individual, a community or an entire society.
Make personal and perceptive readings of texts.
Apply your knowledge and understanding of language in creative writing.
English Literature presents worlds that are both familiar and unfamiliar; spaces in which we can learn and explore both emotionally and intellectually. You will develop sophisticated arguments and make personal and perceptive readings of texts.
A Level French students will develop a practical life skill and become equipped with the linguistic and cultural knowledge to explore French-speaking countries across five continents.
Learning a foreign language opens many doors and is highly valued by future employers.
The course sets out to provide students with the ability and confidence to use the language for work or leisure while simultaneously immersing them in the culture and values of modern French and Francophone society.
Further maths isn't just about "doing harder maths", it's about experiencing a huge wealth of mathematics and getting to discover some truly fascinating and beautiful aspects of mathematics. You will learn how to apply A level maths skills to new knowledge, gaining a much broader appreciation of the strong links between seemingly disparate topics. You'll also get to learn about Decision Mathematics, which is heavily related algorithms and computer science.
If you love maths, and you want to study maths, engineering, physics or computer science (in particular) at university, then you should consider taking this extra A-Level.
Geography focuses on understanding the relationships between people and their varied environments and the issues which arise from these relationships. During the course, students will learn to use a range of transferra-ble skills which include collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating information in a variety of ways and decision making skills.
An A Level in Geography develops your understanding of physical and human geography from a local through to a global scale. You will develop practical fieldwork skills as you explore and think critically about the interactions between people and the environment and the issues arising.
History is fascinating because it is the lens through which we understand our own society. It's about the study of people of legend and of those whose names were never recorded; of the rise and fall of nations, of societies and their values, hopes and dreams; of human endeavour and success and tragic failure. Through studying History we understand more about ourselves as individuals.
A-Level Mathematics is widely recognised as an excellent qualification to have, both by universities for many courses, and also employers - it is a subject which can open doors as it is viewed as a subject which demonstrates that you are intelligent and have strong problem-solving and reasoning skills.
A-level Mathematics provides students with a thorough grounding in the analytical tools and techniques required in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A-level Mathematics ensures the qualification is widely respected across all academic and vocational disciplines
Media studies allows you to explore the world around you and how it is presented. Media studies can be useful in a range of careers including marketing, sales and advertising, broadcast media and performing arts, journalist and publishing, and leisure sport and tourism.
Studying A Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance.
Have you ever wondered... How your personality affects your performance? How you could become an elite sports performer? Why some people can run faster than others? Why people take drugs in sport? Then A level PE is for you!
Studied though a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and others' everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport.
There has never been a more important time to promote physics. As the science which really underpins our understanding
of the world we live in, physics has already brought huge benefits to our society and physicists contribute enormously
across the whole of our economy Indeed, physics provides the foundation for the advances in engineering, information
and communication technologies and health sciences which we rely on daily in our lives. Now it can help us tackle the
great challenges we face today, in this country and internationally - climate change, energy supply, sustainable housing and transport networks.
By studying psychology you will gain insight into motivations, thought processes, the influences of groups you interact with and many other aspects of human behaviour which will all help you gain a better understanding of yourself and others. We explore a wide variety of topic areas from memory to schizophrenia, relationships and aggression. From intriguing studies that reveal the inner workings of the brain to shocking experiments that expose how far people will go to obey an authority figure, there is always something astonishing to learn about the human mind and behaviour.
The specification builds on concepts and skills developed in GCSE Religious Studies. It engages students with questions which have been around for thousands of years as well as contemporary ethical dilemmas which we face in society every day.
Sociology allows a greater understanding of the society in which we live. It considers how key sociological thinkers view certain institutions and their possible effects on groups and individuals.
The study of this subject allows greater development and understanding of the core skills necessary at advanced level of critical thinking and discursive writing. It is one of the best subjects in preparing students for higher education and compliments a range of other higher education courses and academic disciplines.
A Level Spanish students will develop a practical life skill and become equipped with the linguistic and cultural knowledge to explore Spanish-speaking countries across the world.
Learning a foreign language opens many doors and is highly valued by future employers.
The course sets out to provide students with the ability and confidence to use the language for work or leisure while simultaneously immersing them in the culture and values of modern Spanish society.
Applied Science (BTEC)
Applied Science takes a practical and theoretical approach to different areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The course builds on scientific skills and understanding developed in GCSE Science. The emphasis is on real-life applications of scientific concepts and the specification covers the use of biological, chemical and physical techniques in the scientific workplace.
The course contains about 50% practical science and also students will learn to use a range of transferrable skills which include research, collecting and interpreting data, communicating information and self reflection skills. It suits students who prefer a staged approach rather than just relying on terminal exams.
Applied Psychology (BTEC)
The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology, is an applied learning course for students who aim to
progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the Applied Psychology sector. The qualification is
equivalent to 1 A level and is designed to be one third of a typical study programme, normally alongside A Levels or other
applied general qualifications at Level 3.
Food Science and Nutrition (BTEC)
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 support healthy eating initiatives. Many employment opportunities within the field
of food science and nutrition are available to learners who have studied Food Science and Nutrition
Health and Social Care (BTEC)
The qualification is equivalent to one ‘A’ level in terms of
size. It will provide learners for the challenges that they will face in Higher Education or employment. The course focuses on
the skills, knowledge and understanding that universities and employers demand.
ICT (Cambridge Technical)
OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 3 in IT
The qualifications aim to develop your students' knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations.