Curriculum

History                      

Exam Board:

Pearson

 

Content:

·       Paper 1 - Germany and west Germany 1918-1989.

·       Paper 2 - The rise and fall of Fascism in Italy 1911-1946.

·       Paper 3 - The British experience of warfare 1790-1918.

·       Coursework - Unit 4: Interpretations in History.

 

Assessment:

·       3 exams set externally by the exam board (80%).

·       1 internally assessed piece of coursework (20%). 

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

·       Grade 6 in GCSE history.

 

Career Links:

History teacher, archivist, librarian, heritage manager, museum conservator, researcher, records manager, solicitor, journalist, politician, civil service administrator.

 

 

Mathematics            

Exam Board:

AQA

 

Content:

·       Paper 1 – Pure Maths.

·       Paper 2 – Mechanics.

·       Paper 3 – Statistics.

 

Assessment:

·       3 exams set externally by the exam board (100%).

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes.

·       Grade 6 in GCSE maths.

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Career Links:

A qualification in maths is looked on favourably by universities and is essential for courses in Engineering, Physics, and Architecture and, of course, maths. It is highly advantageous for courses in Computing, Economics, Finance and Architecture.

 

 

Biology                      

Exam Board:

AQA

Content:

1.      Biological molecules.

2.      Cells.

3.      Organisms exchange substances with their environment.

4.      Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

5.      5 Energy transfers in and between organisms. 

6.      Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments.

7.       Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.

8.       The control of gene expression.

 

Assessment:

·       Examination and practical endorsement.

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

·       Grade 6 in GCSE Biology.

 

Career Links:

Medicine, physiotherapy, pharmacy, biomedical sciences, nursing and midwifery, dietetics, forensics, genetics, teaching, microbiology, environmental work, food science, veterinary studies, speech therapy, animal health, to name but a few!

 

 

Chemistry                

Exam Board:

AQA

Content:

·       Development of practical skills.

·       Physical Chemistry.

·       Organic Chemistry.

·       Inorganic Chemistry.

 

Assessment:

·       Examination and practical endorsement.

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

·       Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry.

 

Career Links:

Medicine and medical sciences, veterinary science, chemistry, biochemistry, and many other science based careers.

 

 

Physics                      

Exam Board:

AQA-A

Content:

·       Measurements, errors and working scientifically.

·       Waves.

·       Mechanics and materials.

·       Electricity.

·       Particles and radiation.

·       Further mechanics and thermal physics.

·       Fields.

·       Nuclear physics.

·       Astrophysics and cosmology.

 

Assessment:

·       Examination and practical endorsement.

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English.

·       Grade 6 in GCSE physics and maths.

 

Career Links:

Physics will support a career in civil, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, teaching, medicine and architecture. It is also viewed favourably by universities and employers alike where high skill levels in problem solving, data handling and logic are required e.g. economics, finance, and law.

 

 

Geography               

Exam Board:

Edexcel

 

Content:

·       Unit 1: Dynamic Landscapes.

·       Unit 2: Dynamic Places.

·       Unit 3: Synoptic Links.

·       Unit 4: Independent Fieldwork Investigation.

 

Assessment:

·       3 exams set externally by the exam board (80%).

·       1 internally assessed piece of coursework (20%).

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

·       Grade 6 in GCSE geography.

 

Career Links:

Geography teacher, tourism officer, park ranger, environmental consultant, geologist, meteorologist, international aid worker, transport planner, logistics officer in the armed forces, travel writer, cartographer, geographical information systems officer, town planner, media consultant, redevelopment and regeneration consultant.

 

 

English Language    

Exam Board:

AQA

 

Content:

·       Textual variations and representations.

·       Children’s language development.

·       Language diversity and change.

·       Language discourses.

·       Writing skills.

·       Language investigation.

·       Original writing.

 

Assessment:

·       2 exams set externally by the exam board (80%).

·       1 internally assessed piece of coursework (20%).

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

·       Grade 5 in GCSE English language.

 

Career Links:

Researcher, English teacher, librarian, writer, journalist, broadcaster, advertising executive, marketing executive, PR executive, speech therapist, HR manager.  

 

 

English Literature

Exam Board:

AQA A

 

Content:

·        Paper 1 – Love through the ages.

·       Paper 2 – Texts in shared contexts: literature from 1945 to the present day.

·       Texts across time.

 

Assessment:

·       2 exams set externally by the exam board (80%).

·       1 internally assessed piece of coursework (20%).

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

·       Grade 5 in GCSE English language.

 

Career Links:

Researcher, English teacher, librarian, writer, journalist, broadcaster, advertising executive, marketing executive, PR executive, speech therapist, HR manager.  

 

 

Art, Craft and Design

Exam Board:

AQA A

 

Content:

A chosen area of study from:

·       Fine art

·       Textile design

·       Three-dimensional design

·       Photography.

 

Assessment:

·       Portfolio of practical work alongside a written response.

·       1 externally assessed set task.

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

·       Grade 6 in GCSE Art.

 

Career Links:

Fashion industry, teaching, illustration, surface pattern designer, architecture, product design, theatre design, interior design, textile designer, artist, television, theatre and set design.

 

 

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business

Exam Board:

Pearson

 

Content:

·       Finance.

·       Marketing.

·       Human Resources.

·       Economics surrounding the business environment.

 

Assessment:

·       2 internally assessed units (42%).

·       2 externally assessed units (58%).

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

 

Career Links:

Finance, marketing or management in Higher Education. A wide range of career options are available to students of this discipline including the possibility of being self - employed.

 

 

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Information Technology  

Exam Board:

Pearson

 

Content:

·       Creating IT systems.

 

Assessment:

·       2 internally assessed units.

·       2 externally assessed units.

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

 

Career Links:

Information Technology skills are required for further education and an increasing number of careers in all areas of business and industry. Specific ICT areas include Systems Analysis, Programming, Database management and Management Information Systems.

 

 

Psychology               

Exam Board:

AQA

 

Content:

·       Social influence.

·       Memory.

·       Attachment.

·       Psychopathology.

·       Approaches in Psychology.

·       Biopsychology.

·       Research methods, Issues and debates in psychology.

·       Child Cognitive Development.

·       Schizophrenia.

·       Forensic Psychology.

 

Assessment:

·       3 exams set externally by the exam board (100%).

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

 

Career Links:

Chartered psychologist this includes health sport, education, paediatric social worker, criminal justice rehabilitation and parole office, psychiatrists, psychotherapist, dealing with families, trauma, couples, stress and addiction, counsellor, teacher, forensic psychologist.

 

 

Sociology                  

Exam Board:

AQA

 

Content:

·       Education.

·       Methods in Context.

·       Research Methods.

·       Crime and Deviance.

·       Family and Households.

·       Globalisation.

 

Assessment:

·       3 exams set externally by the exam board (100%).

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

 

Career Links:

Nursing, teaching, social work, counselling, police, probation work and many related careers. 

 

 

BTEC Health and Social Care

Exam Board:

Pearson

 

Content:

·       Human Lifespan Development.

·       Working practices in health and social care.

·       Meeting individual care and support needs.

·       Physiological disorders and their care.

·       Enquiries into current research in H&SC.

·       Principles of safe practice in H&SC.

·       Promoting public health.

·       Psychological perspective.

 

Assessment:

·       3 exams set externally by the exam board.

·       5 internally assessed pieces of coursework.

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

 

Career Links:

Suitable for those wishing to gain a Level 3 qualification to support further study in FE or progression onto Higher Education. It’s a progression route to the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. It can also lead to direct employment in the private/ public sector.

 

 

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport

Exam Board:

Pearson

 

Content:

·       Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology.

·       Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being.

·       Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry.

·       Unit 4: Sports Leadership.

·       Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance.

 

Assessment:

·       3 mandatory units (Unit 1, 2, and 3).

·       1 Option unit from either Unit 4 or 7.

·       Unit 1 – assessed externally via a 1.5 hour exam.

·       Unit 2 – is assessed externally via a task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions which is out of 60 marks.

·       Units 3, 4 and 7 are assessed internally via practical / coursework assignments.

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

·       Involvement in sport ran externally is desirable.

·       A grade 6 or above in either GCSE PE or BTEC Sport level 2 is also desirable.   

 

Career Links:

Physical Education Teacher, Physical Trainer, Physiotherapist, Sports Psychologist, Gym Instructor, sport and leisure Industry, Sports Coaching, Sports journalism.

 

 

Drama and Theatre Studies

Exam Board:

Pearson

 

Content:

·       Exploration and Performance.

·       Theatre Makers in Practice.

·       Devising.

·       Text in Performance.

·       Director’s interpretation of a set text.

·       Evaluation of Live Theatre.

 

Assessment:

·       Two internally assessed pieces (performed or designed), also externally moderated.

·       Two portfolios internally assessed and externally moderated.

·       Externally assessed performance from a performance text, as a performer or designer, externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

·       A monologue or duologue externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

·       Two written examinations.

 

Entrance Requirements:

·       College entrance requirements of 5 good passes including grade 4 in English and maths.

 

Career Links:

Suitable for those wishing to take Drama and Theatre Studies at Degree level with academic routes into playwriting, devising and physical theatre, acting for stage, theatre skills drama in context, theatre making: scenography and technology, performance: from ritual to spectacle, stage and screen productions and critiques. Provides brilliant range of cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills that underpin a broad variety of career paths; law, medicine, marketing, sales, PR and so on.