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SIXTH FORM COURSE DIRECTORY

2014
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WELCOME
This directory will to give you a brief overview of each of the subjects we are currently looking to offer at Christ's. Each subject description outlines what you will study, how you will be assessed and how this qualification could be of benefit to you in further education and employment. Our sixth form curriculum will be broad, balanced and comprehensive. It offers traditional subjects alongside new subjects which can be combined in a number of ways to suit your interests and future career path. Please use this directory to get more information on any subject that interests you and use our open evenings to discuss the course in more depth. You can speak to the careers adviser and we also recommend researching exam board websites and looking at university websites for requirements if you have a particular degree course in mind. You should also look at the entry requirements on page 4 for Christs School and in particular what you need for individual subjects. Essential information on applications, enrolment and induction is on page 5.

It should be noted that courses may not run if there are too few students for a viable group.

If you have any further questions regarding the sixth form or this course directory please do not hesitate to contact the school at info@christs.richmond.sch.uk

CONTENTS
(Subjects described are A levels unless otherwise specified)

Entry Requirements Enrolment and Applications Art and Design Biology Chemistry Drama Economics English Literature French Geography Government and Politics History Mathematics

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Further Mathematics Music Music Technology Physical Education Physics Psychology Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics Sociology Spanish BTEC Level 3 Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Creative and Digital Media BTEC Level 3 Sport Key Dates

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The new sixth form at Christs will offer fantastic new facilities for completing what is often viewed as the most difficult stage in a students career, in a friendly, nurturing environment. Christ's School Current Student
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Entry Requirements for Christ's Sixth Form
In order to be admitted to Christs Sixth Form, students must meet the entry requirements for their chosen course. Please see details below. In January 2014, students will be sent an offer letter which will depend on the results of their GCSEs.

Entry requirements for Advanced level study (AS and A2 courses equivalent to level 3)
Students are required to have at least five A*-C passes at GCSE; students must also have attained a grade B at GCSE in the subjects they wish to study. Where students have not taken a GCSE in the subject they wish to study at A level, for example psychology, sociology or philosophy, they should refer to the specific entry requirements for that subject which are given in the subject description.

Entry requirements for BTEC level 3


Students are required to have five A*-C passes at GCSE for studying subjects at BTEC level 3.

Additional information on entry requirements for further maths and for music
If you wish to study Further Maths A level in addition to Maths A level you will need to have achieved an A* at GCSE (students who achieve an A grade and want to do Further Maths will be interviewed). If you would like to study Music A level you will need to have studied an instrument to grade 5 and achieved a grade 5 theory.

Richmond Sixth Form Partnerships


In order to offer a wider choice of subjects at A level, Christs School will be working in partnership with Grey Court and Richmond Park Academy, on a supplementary offer which will involve students travelling to another site for one subject only. These subjects will be taught in a morning and afternoon session to allow travel time. The subjects on offer will be open to review by the schools in the partnership. Decisions on this process will be made in November after the application process closes.

Outstanding teaching, enthusiastic students and a desire to be the best sixth form in the borough and beyond, Christs sixth form will be the place to be. Christ's School Staff Member

Enrolment
Enrolment for Christs Sixth Form will take place in August 2014 after the publication of GCSE results. More details about this process will follow.

Induction days
In July 2014, a two day induction will be open for all students who have applied for our sixth form. The days will involve a number of activities focusing on team building and independent thinking. A formal induction day will take place in September 2014.

Applications
The application process for Christ's Sixth Form is now open and will be open until 22nd November 2013. You can apply online through the Richmond Borough website, there is also a direct link on our school website under sixth form/admissions or at www.richmond.gov.uk/post16partnership

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ART AND DESIGN


Exam board: OCR

This will suit students who are enthusiastic, organised and passionate about all aspects of art and design. You should be willing to build on your GCSE experiences. You should be able to communicate your ideas in a variety of media, enjoy creative independence and relish the freedom to explore your ideas. You will be encouraged to interpret set projects in a personal way and use visual language sensitively and thoughtfully to support your work.

What will I study?

Through independent research you will explore traditional and contemporary art. Your choice of media will be discussed in consultation with your teacher and will allow you to investigate, explore and experiment. The course has a wide variety of specialisms including fine art, textiles, graphics, photography, 3D design and theatre design. The course is wide but detailed to allow you to experience the full breadth of the art and design suite.

How will I be assessed?

Work will continually be assessed using OCR assessment objectives. Examinations will take place at the end of both year 12 (AS level) and Year 13 (A level). You will also be required to produce a personal investigation and coursework portfolio.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Regular visits to local and London galleries/places of interest, workshops led by practising artists, discussion and community art projects.

What could this course lead to?

This qualification will allow you to apply for art foundation courses and art and design degree courses. A wide variety of linked courses such as architecture and computer game design require an Art and Design A level. The portfolio you will produce could also give you opportunities in advertising, television and web design.

BIOLOGY
Exam board: AQA

What is a fish without a river? What is a bird without a tree to nest in? What is an Endangered Species Act without any enforcement mechanism to ensure their habitat is protected? It is nothing. Jay Inslee, USA Congressional Record

Biology is a challenging and fascinating subject that is relevant in our daily lives.

What will I study?

During the AS course you will study cellular processes and structures, important molecules in living cells, enzyme function, transport systems in plants and animals, gaseous exchange, lifestyle and disease, classification and diversity of organism. At A2, these units are further developed to include many physiological processes including respiration, photosynthesis, homeostasis and responses in plants, and the structure and function of the nervous system. Additionally, work is done on protein synthesis, biotechnology, genetic engineering, ecosystems and animal behaviour.

How will I be assessed?

AS: two written examinations plus coursework (research report) A2: two written examinations plus practical based coursework

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Both courses have practical components that are assessed in years 12 and 13. This includes field work and the study of organisms in their natural environment.

What could this course lead to?

The possibilities range from medicine to agriculture, forensics to zoology. Almost any degree will accept A level Biology.

CHEMISTRY

Exam board: OCR

I enjoy talking to my football men and my chemistry classes and I feel sure that they are quite interested in what I have to say. Knute Rockne To retain my fascination with chemistry, I have had to change my research fields about every 10 years. Donald Cram

What will I study?

Chemistry is about everything. It is the central science that explains how the world around us works. It enables us to see patterns in the myriads of chemical reactions that occur in nature. In this course you will see how the laws of chemistry and the skills of todays chemists have been used to achieve our present high standards of living. AS Chemistry is an exciting course that places emphasis on the application of knowledge and the usefulness of laboratory research. You will study the basic laws and principles of chemistry and learn how to predict the properties and the atomic structure of elements from their positions in the periodic table. Topics will also include organic chemistry, carbon compounds including fossil fuels, plastics and recycling. You will learn how to control chemical reactions and the importance of chemistry in manufacturing processes. You will be introduced to modern analytical techniques such as mass spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance.

How will I be assessed?

AS: two written examinations plus one practical examination A2: two written examinations plus practical based coursework

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Your practical skills will be developed and you will solve real problems in chemistry.

What could this course lead to?

A level Chemistry is essential for medicine, dentistry, chemical engineering and a whole host of health and environmental courses. Chemistry degrees can lead to employment in a variety of manufacturing industries, pharmaceuticals, food processing, cosmetics and metal works.

DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES


Exam board: Edexcel

If you have an interest in all aspects of drama and the theatre then this is the course for you. Drama and Theatre Studies combine exploring and performing plays, creating theatre, analysis of theatre and critical evaluation of all of these elements.

What will I study?

You will develop an interest in and enjoyment of drama and theatre both as participants and as informed members of an audience, fostering an enthusiasm for and critical appreciation of the subject. You will need an understanding and appreciation of the significance of social, cultural and historical influences on the development of drama/theatre. You will experience a range of opportunities to develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills, enabling you to grow creatively and imaginatively in both devised and scripted work. You will integrate theory and practice through your understanding of critical concepts and the discriminating use of specialist terminology.

How will I be assessed?

Over two years: Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context All Units are a mixture of either internally or externally based assessments

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Students will have opportunities to view a wide range of performances and work with drama professionals through workshops. Links with local theatres will enable students to participate in workshops as well as taking part in Q&A sessions after live performances.

What could this course lead to?

This qualification will enable students to go onto higher education to study a variety of aspects of the theatre. This qualification will be beneficial to the following careers: acting, costume design, directing, playwriting and all jobs that are involved with the theatre and other performance media.

ECONOMICS
Exam board: Edexcel

Economics is the study of local, national and international markets. Studying economics will help you to develop a range of skills, including analytical and problem solving skills, numerical and computing skills, communication skills, political awareness and team working skills. Entry Requirements: Grade B or above in Mathematics and English

What will I study?

Unit 1: Competitive Markets: how they work and why they fail The nature of demand, supply, price elasticity, the labour market, economic efficiency, market failure, indirect taxes, subsidies and government failure. Unit 2: The National Economy Economic growth and welfare, employment and unemployment, inflation, investment, aggregate demand and supply, fiscal and monetary policy. Unit 3: Business Economics and Economic Efficiency. Costs, revenues, profit, market structure, monopoly, monopsony, oligopoly, welfare economics, public versus private sector provision. Unit 4: The Global Economy Macroeconomics and government policy, spending, monetary policy, globalisation, world trade, monetary union, balance of payments, third world trade, population, migration and the environment.

How will I be assessed?

2 units in year 12 and 13 Unit 1: Competitive Markets Unit 2: The National Economy Unit 3: Business economics and economic efficiency Unit 4: The Global economy

Examination June 25% of A level course June 25% of A level course June 20% of A level course June 30% of A level course

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Access to newspapers, media reports, and economic websites will be of immense value to deepen understanding and sharpen awareness of the current national & global economic environment, and the measures various governments employ to address economic needs.

What could this course lead to?

Preparation for a degree and/or career specifically in economics. Highly beneficial for any related field of work in finance, business, politics and government.

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ENGLISH LITERATURE
Exam board: AQA

If you are an avid reader and enjoy talking about and analysing texts, then A level English Literature is for you. You will need to be prepared to read independently and to discuss during lessons your responses to what you have read. You will explore reading processes and examine the ways in which texts relate to the cultures in which they were written as well as considering the ways in which literary critics have approached the study of literature.

What will I study?

You will study a variety of literary texts over the two years. These will include: A novel written post 1990 A range of classic and contemporary novels A range of poetry Gothic literature Dramatic tragedies Critical anthologies You will also have the opportunity to complete a piece of re-creative writing.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete two coursework portfolios, one at AS and the other at A2. Each of these is worth 20% of the total A level. The remaining 60% is assessed by means of two examinations, one open book, the other closed book.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Students will have opportunities to work alongside A level students in other sixth forms in the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston. We will attend theatre performances and take part in literary workshops.

What could this course lead to?

A level English Literature is a key facilitating subject for Russell Group universities. It is an excellent qualification to support degrees in history, languages, social science or mathematics. Careers such as law, journalism, public relations, marketing, teaching, media and many others seek students with the combination of analytical and creative skills that are developed on an A level English Literature course.

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FRENCH

Exam board: Edexcel

If you have enjoyed the GCSE French course and are interested in the way of life of French speakers, if you enjoy speaking French and want to be able to express yourself in sophisticated, accurate French, then more advanced language study is for you. Through listening, reading, speaking and writing the language, you will gain awareness and understanding of the cultural and social background of the countries where French is spoken. In lessons you will use French to understand and to communicate your reactions and views. You will learn about people and society in French speaking countries from a variety of French language sources, fact and fiction, using print, audio and video media.

What will I study?

You will study the French language and culture including the following topics: Youth culture and concerns Lifestyle: health and fitness The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Frenchspeaking world Education and employment Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions National and international events: past, present and future Literature and the arts

How will I be assessed?

At AS, an oral examination (that involves a discussion based on a stimulus card and a further broad discussion); and a listening, reading and writing paper. At A2, an oral examination (in which you defend a point of view based on a stimulus card and a central discussion about two topics); and a listening, reading and writing examination.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

You will have the opportunity to do a work experience placement in France. There will be opportunities to enjoy French films, theatre visits and other cultural events.

What could this course lead to?

With an extra language, you will have greatly enhanced employment possibilities throughout the increasingly global economy. There will be a range of study and career opportunities in fields such as travel and tourism, education, politics, law, journalism, retail, marketing and publishing.

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GEOGRAPHY

Exam board: OCR

If you have an interest in the world around you and understanding how the physical world influences human geography, then geography is the choice for you. If you have an inquisitive mind about global issues and the way the world is changing you should study A level Geography.

What will I study?

Managing Physical Environments River environments, coastal environments, cold environments. Managing Change in Human Environments Managing urban change, managing rural change, the energy issue, the growth of tourism. Global Issues Environmental issues: a choice of earth hazards; ecosystems and environments under threat and climatic hazards; economic issues: a choice of population and resources; globalisation and development and inequalities. Geographical Skills Identifying a suitable geographical question or hypothesis for investigation. Developing a plan and strategy for conducting the investigation. Collecting, recording, presenting and analysing appropriate data.

How will I be assessed?

All units will be assessed with exam papers. In year 12, units 1 and 2 are worth 50% each. At AS you will have a 2 hour examination and an additional 1 hour paper testing you on geographical skills. At A2, you study units 3 and 4. there is a 2.5 hour examination, involving short and long answers and also an essay question.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Students will have opportunities for local fieldwork throughout the course as well as a residential trip.

What could this course lead to?

This qualification could prepare you for higher education to study a wide range of courses including geography, geology, world development, town planning, urban planning and environmental science. A degree in geography will help develop a whole range of employability skills including numeracy, teamwork through regular field trips, analytical skills and a certain technical know-how using various specialist computing applications.

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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS


Exam board: Edexcel

This course is particularly suitable if you enjoy citizenship, history, human geography, and have an interest in political events in the UK and USA and current affairs in the UK and abroad. Entry requirements: Students need a B grade or above in a humanities subjects + English.

What will I study?

The Edexcel A level course provides you with an understanding of UK politics in the first year and global politics in the second. During the AS year, you are introduced to the political system in Britain. This includes theories of democracy, types of political participation and understanding of elections and different voting systems. The course includes evaluation of the working of political institutions such as parliament, the Prime Minister, the cabinet and the judiciary and analyses the state of human rights and civil liberties in the UK. In the A2 year, you will be introduced to theories of international relations/global politics and explore themes such as globalisation, poverty, human rights, the environment, conflicts, war, nuclear arms and terrorism. The roles and importance of international organisations such as the UN, the EU, G-8/20, NATO, the IMF, World Bank and the WTO will be critically analysed.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through examination only over 4 units, ( 2 units in Year 12 and 2 units in year 13). There is one 80-90 minute exam per unit and students will be expected to answer short answer, stimulus, structured, and essay based questions.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Guest speakers, meeting with your MP, trips to Parliament and (depending on units selected) Brussels.

What could this course lead to?

This is a good facilitating course that would suit students considering higher education courses in a wide range of humanities and social sciences, including: Government and Politics Politics/Political Science or American Politics International Relations History Economics Geography

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HISTORY
Exam board: AQA

Choose A level History if you have a passion for history and want to study British and world history in much more depth than GCSE. The course builds on, but does not depend on, the knowledge, understanding and skills specified for GCSE History.

What will I study?

First Year: You will study 2 units: Unit 1: Totalitarian Ideology in practice, 1848-1941 Unit 2: Maos China / Sixties Social Revolution (one of these) Second Year: Unit 3: The Making of Modern Britain Unit 4: Historical Enquiry

How will I be assessed?

AS Units 1 and 2 are worth 50%. Each is assessed in an examination at the end of the course. A2 Units 1 and 2 equal 50% Unit 3 is worth 30%. This is assessed in an examination at the end of the second year. Unit 4 is worth 20%. This is coursework.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

As a department we intend to organise an excursion which is relevant to the course. This will be decided at a later date.

What could this course lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for higher education. It will enable you to study a wide range of courses including history, sociology, politics and law. As a result of the academic rigour needed to be successful in A level History, the subject is highly regarded by all universities. This qualification will be beneficial to many careers including; politics, law, journalism, education, publishing, archive conservation and curating.

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MATHEMATICS

Exam board: Edexcel

Mathematics is a very popular subject wherein highly respected and widely used skills are learnt. If you enjoy maths, problem solving, logic and analysing situations, this A level will suit you. On completion, this course provides very good career prospect.

What will I study?

AS Level Core Maths /Mechanics , A2 Course Mechanics or Statistics The course covers the manipulation of algebra and the solving of harder equations. Students will begin to use differentiation for rates of changes and integration for areas under curves. They will be extending their knowledge of trigonometry and series. In the second year students will extend all their previous skills and be introduced to vectors and proof. Mechanics is the study of motion and equilibrium of bodies, including forces and motion. Statistics is the study of analysing and presenting data and probability.

How will I be assessed?

Examination/Assessment: Year 12 AS Level Core 1 & 2 Mathematics with either M1 Mechanics or S1 Statistics Year 13 A level Core 3 & 4 Mathematics with either M2 Mechanics or S2 Statistics

Opportunities beyond the classroom

The UKMT senior maths challenge, the IFS student investment competition, university maths taster sessions and master classes, leadership opportunities for KS3/4, school based maths clubs, project based learning.

What could this course lead to?

The skills taught in A level Mathematics are essential for further study in areas such as engineering, economics, business, electronics, computing and design. Please be aware that some degree course such as mathematics or medicine may also require further mathematics at A level. Please discuss this with staff or the careers adviser. In addition, we recommend looking at university web sites to check requirements.

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FURTHER MATHEMATICS
Exam board: Edexcel

Further Mathematics requires the study of a further 6 units of work beyond the standard A Level. It is particularly appropriate if you wish to study a mathematics related course at university; in many cases it may even be a pre-requisite. Entry Requirements: GCSE Mathematics Grade A* Or either of GCSE Mathematics Grade A with a grade D or above in the OCR Additional Mathematics course, or similar Or GCSE Mathematics Grade A along with reference/interview to assure aptitude and suitability for the course.

What will I study?

As for A level Mathematics the course covers topics from core maths, mechanics, and statistics. The course covers the manipulation of algebra and the solving of harder equations. Students will begin to use differentiation for rates of changes and integration for areas under curves. They will be extending their knowledge of trigonometry and series. In the second year students will extend all their previous skills and be introduced to vectors and proof. Mechanics is the study of motion and equilibrium of bodies, including forces and motion. Statistics is the study of analysing and presenting data and probability. Additionally, you will be introduced to new fields of study involving topics such as complex numbers, matrices and the polar co-ordinate system.

How will I be assessed?

Examination /Assessment Core and Optional units

Opportunities beyond the classroom

The UKMT senior maths challenge, the IFS student investment competition, university maths taster sessions and master classes, leadership opportunities for KS3/4, school based maths clubs, project based learning.

What could this course lead to ?

A level Further Mathematics is particularly appropriate if you wish to study a mathematics related course at university; in many cases it may even be a pre-requisite. Degree courses that frequently require further mathematics include: engineering, economics, business, electronics, computing and design, mathematics and medicine.

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MUSIC
Exam board: Edexcel

This subject would suit students who have a passion for performing, writing and listening to music. Students will need to have a theoretical knowledge of music, and be able to read music, to the equivalent of Grade 5 Theory/Practical Musicianship. Students should be playing their main instrument (or singing) to about Grade 5/6 standard by the start of the course. The ability to read music fluently is necessary for AS and A level music.

What will I study?

You will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble) throughout the course. You will compose your own music and learn about harmony (the basics at AS and stylistic studies at A2). You will build up your aural and analytical skills by studying selections from the New Anthology of Music (edited by J. Winterson, Peters, 2000) and have a programme of wider listening in a range of styles. Unit 1: Performing Music Unit 2: Composing Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding Unit 4: Extended Performance Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding

How will I be assessed?

Performance-based work as solo and ensemble, producing a balanced programme of music; students own compositions and compositional tasks, such as writing in a specific style; listening tests showing knowledge of the stylistic features of a wide variety of music; the testing of aural ability.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

School and community performances and support at local events. Trips, visits and opportunities to learn from or work with guest musicians.

What could this course lead to?

A level Music is useful for those planning to continue in higher education with an academic or practical music course. The academic rigour of A level Music ensures it is highly respected and thus it can also form a useful part of an A level package leading to a degree with an arts or mathematical component. A level Music is also a suitable course for a wide variety of career outcomes beyond the world of music, for example: journalism, broadcasting, education, publishing.

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MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
Exam board: Edexcel

This new Music Technology specification involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. Students will have opportunities to: sequence MIDI, sequence audio, record live instruments, produce CDs and compose using music technology. Students will typically be able to play an instrument and have done the equivalent of GCSE music before taking on this course.

What will I study?

Unit 1 Music Technology Portfolio (AS) Students will produce a sequenced performance based on a commercially available piece of music. Students must produce an accurate musical realisation of the track through sequencing of the prescribed piece, shaping, editing and mixing MIDI and audio data accordingly, with the help of appropriate software. Unit 2 Listening and Analysing (AS) Students will undertake a listening and analysis examination which consists of a series of musical extracts provided on an audio CD. Unit 3 Music Technology Portfolio (A2) Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio: Sequenced Integrated Performance; Multi-track Recording; Composing using Music Technology. Unit 4 Analysing and Producing (A2) Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of music and the principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks.

How will I be assessed?

Through the presentation of music technology portfolios, and through listening assignments.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Visits to professional studios and assignments to record concerts outside the school environment.

What could this course lead to?

There are many opportunities in higher education, and a variety of career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. A level Music Technology is widely accepted by higher education providers and this course offers valuable experience and preparation for further study. Music technology careers could include work as a sound engineer, record producer or teacher.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Exam board: OCR

This course will suit you if you have an interest in understanding how the body works before, during and after physical activity and if you are interested in analysing the effect of sport in society and its development throughout the modern world. Students thinking of taking A level Physical Education should also be regularly participating in physical activity and be interested in analysing, evaluating and optimizing their own and others performances.

What will I study?

You will study a variety of modules over the two years which include: Healthy and active lifestyles

Fitness and training Body systems and the effects of exercise Opportunities and pathways within the sports industry Sports provision within the local and international arena Preparation required to achieve elite performance Personal development

How will I be assessed?

For both As and A2, the course is 70% theory content and 30% practical performance which involves analysis and critical evaluation of physical activity. Students will be assessed in two practical activities as part of their practical assessment.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Students will have the opportunity to link with various local universities to access current research projects and use specific performance based laboratories. Students will be visiting professional sports clubs and have presentations Q&A with sports professionals.

What could this course lead to?

This qualification could prepare you for a wide range of courses including sports science, sports physiology, sports biomechanics and sports management at higher education This qualification will be beneficial to the following careers: sport and leisure services, sports management, the education sector, physiotherapy, sports psychology, sports journalism and sports medicine.

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PHYSICS
Exam board: OCR

I like physics. I think it is the best science out of all three of them, because generally it's more useful. You learn about speed and velocity and time, and that's all clever stuff. Tom Felton

What will I study?

Physics is about how things work, from the nano-scale to the cosmic - super massive black holes and galaxies within the universe. You will learn about forces in mechanics, waves, electrons and protons, gravitational, electrical and magnetic fields. You will investigate nuclear energy and apply the fundamental principles you have learnt to solve real problems. Practical investigations will be conducted in the physics laboratory in addition to learning theoretical physics. You will be expected to bring together the principles and concepts from different areas of physics and apply them in a particular context which may be unfamiliar to you. High standards of work are essential and expressing your ideas clearly and logically using specialist vocabulary.

How will I be assessed?

AS: two written examinations plus one practical examination A2: two written examinations plus practical based coursework

Opportunities beyond the classroom

This course may provide opportunities for day trips and visit from external providers.

What could this course lead to?

Physics is essential for any engineering course or degree and is highly sought after for other scientific or technical careers. Physics is an advantageous subject for courses ranging from medicine to careers involving business and finance.

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PSYCHOLOGY
Exam board: OCR

This course will suit individuals who question why humans behave in the way that they do and enjoy research and investigation. A psychology student will always be focused on the why question and will be intrigued by the mind, emotions and the ego. Entry requirements: Students need a B grade in a humanities subject + B grade in English.

What will I study?

Studying psychology will give you a unique academic experience. You will initially cover modules which focus on practical elements such as experiments, observations and identifying correlations. You will move on to learning about a selection of ground breaking studies over the last century. The topics of these studies include: Memory Autism Aggression Obedience Eyewitness testimony Multiple personality disorder Dreaming You will also consider the wider perspective of debates related to psychology such as nature verses nurture. You will look into health and clinic psychology, including topics on stress, phobias and forensic psychology. You will also gain an insight into social, moral and spiritual issues associated with psychology.

How will I be assessed?

You will sit two examinations for each year of the course. You memory will be tested as well as your ability to construct critical evaluations.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

You will get the opportunity to design and carry out experiments outside of the classroom.

What could this course lead to?

Completing an A level in psychology is a potential stepping stone to gaining a medical qualification. If you choose to study psychology at university you could pursue a career in the following: Clinical psychology Counselling psychology Educational psychology Forensic psychology Health psychology Occupational psychology

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PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS ETHICS


Exam board: OCR

If you are interested in philosophy and ethics and you can adopt an enquiring critical and reflective approach to the study of religion, then you should consider this A level. Questions you might discuss include: Can we know that God exists? Can we explain the presence of evil and suffering in the world? How do we make ethical decisions? Does life have intrinsic value and do we have the right to end it? Entry requirements: Students need a B grade in a humanities subject + B grade in English.

What will I study?

The study of the subject is divided between philosophy of religion and ethics. In the philosophy of religion course, you will study Ancient Greek and Judaeo-Christian metaphysical views, and become acquainted with works of Plato and Aristotle, as well as key biblical passages. You will study the philosophical arguments for the existence of God devised by theologians throughout history, and also look at challenges to religious belief, such as the so-called 'problem of evil'. The study of ethics equips you with knowledge and understanding of various forms of ethical theories. The main focus will be on natural moral law and other forms of Christian ethics, Kantian ethics and Utilitarianism. You will also practise applying these theories to topical issues such as abortion, fertility treatment, genetic engineering, euthanasia and war.

How will I be assessed?

Two examination papers on philosophy and religion, ethics and religion. Two units will be studied at AS and a further 2 at A2.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Guest speakers, trips and visits to conferences and debating groups.

What could this course lead to?

This A level is compatible with any subject within the humanities and sciences canon and, as well as being viewed with favour by university admission tutors, is good preparation for studying at degree level subjects such as philosophy, law or medicine. With this A level, students acquire a great range of skills required in a range of HE courses and/or employment such as analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and the ability to produce evaluative extended pieces of writing.
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SOCIOLOGY
Exam board: AQA

Sociology is the study of the individual and society. We study the way people are affected by society, and how society is affected by people. A-level Sociology aims to provide you with evaluative and analytical skills, as well as encouraging you to tackle some of the challenging questions you might face from early development through to adulthood. Entry requirements: Students need a B grade in a humanities subject + B grade in English.

What will I study?

On this course you will learn about our social structure and how it operates. You will start with a focus on family and cultural identity, and then study issues such as wealth, poverty and welfare. You will also investigate the health and education needs of society, as well as belief systems, crime and the media. There will be an opportunity to study global development and politics and you will develop your analytical skills to assess the impact these factors have on social structure and change. AS: Unit 1 Culture, Identity and Socialisation Unit 2 The Family A2: Unit 3 Crime and Deviance Unit 4 Inequality and Difference

How will I be assessed?

There is one exam for each unit and each exam is a mixture of short answers and essays.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

An opportunity to join the debating society, meet guest speakers and trips to relevant conferences such as the London Criminology Conference.

What could this course lead to?

Sociology is an academic subject which also equips students with a range of skills useful in higher education such as: critical thinking, ability to question, solve problems and structure essays. Further study in sociology can lead to work in the media, law and other institutions of criminal justice, public relations, market research, social work, foreign aid and development and education.
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SPANISH
Exam board: Edexcel

If you have enjoyed the GCSE Spanish course and are interested in the way of life of Spanish speakers, if you enjoy speaking Spanish and want to be able to express yourself in sophisticated, accurate Spanish, then more advanced language study is for you. Through listening, reading, speaking and writing the language ,you will gain awareness and understanding of the cultural and social background of the countries where Spanish is spoken. In lessons you will use Spanish to explain and to communicate your reactions and views. You will learn about people and society in Spanish speaking countries from a variety of Spanish language sources, fact and fiction, using print, audio and video media.

What will I study?

You will study the Spanish language and culture including the following topics Youth culture and concerns Lifestyle: health and fitness The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Spanishspeaking world Education and employment Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions National and international events: past, present and future Literature and the arts

How will I be assessed?

At AS, an oral examination (that involves a discussion based on a stimulus card and a further broad discussion); and a listening, reading and writing paper. At A2, an oral examination (in which you defend a point of view based on a stimulus card and a central discussion about two topics); and a listening, reading and writing examination.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

You will have the opportunity to do a work experience placement in Spain. There will be opportunities to enjoy Spanish films, theatre visits and other cultural events.

What could this course lead to?

With an extra language, you will have greatly enhanced employment possibilities throughout the increasingly global economy. There will be a range of study and career opportunities in fields such as travel and tourism, education, politics, law, journalism, retail, marketing and publishing.

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BTEC LEVEL 3 ART AND DESIGN


Exam board: Edexcel

This is a 2 year art and design course that will allow you to experience a whole range of different art and design skills and techniques. You should already be a keen artist or designer and be interested in learning new skills and trying different ideas and ways of doing things. There will be an interview for this course and we will ask to see your art and design work to make sure this course is suitable for you.

What will I study?

You will study a whole range of art and design techniques. Some you will have experienced; others will be new to you. The aim of this course is to give you a wide overall art and design experience from which you can chose a specialism in which to complete your final project.

How will I be assessed?

The extended diploma cab be the equivalent to 3 AS/A2 levels. This means you will have to work hard not only with your art and design skills but assessing and evaluating your work and that of other artists and designers. The work is all project based and will be continually assessed and you will get frequent feed back from your tutors.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Because this course is full time you will be expected to spend some time away from the department at art galleries and exhibitions. We would hope to have a major trip to a European city such as Paris or Amsterdam.

What could this course lead to?

The aim of this course is to provide you with a portfolio of work to apply for an art and design course at a major art school or university. You will of course also be able to use the portfolio for job and apprenticeship interviews.

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BTEC LEVEL 3 CREATIVE AND DIGITAL MEDIA


Exam board: Edexcel

The BTEC Diploma is a two-year level 3 course which prepares you for further academic study, a career in the digital media industry or employment as a small business computer systems developer. Assignments are industry linked.

What will I study?

Assignments are all industry linked. You'll carry out research into media and digital media industry practices, complete exercises and projects. You will also undertake a significant computer laboratory practical assignment which requires writing as part of your course assessment. Your studies will cover these areas: Research techniques for the creative media industry Communication skills for the creative media industry Digital graphics for computer games Object-orientated design for computer games. Digital communication Web authoring

How will I be assessed?

It is assessed and graded internally by a combination of tests, specific unit assignments and IT practical work

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Links with business, seminars and trips to universities.

What could this course lead to?

Following the course, you can progress to degree courses in IT, computer science, multimedia/web design, software design. This BTEC Level 3 can be equivalent to three A levels, and students are regarded favorably by universities.

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BTEC LEVEL 3 SPORT


Exam board: Edexcel

This is ideal for those who want to go on to higher education and/or a career in sport science, coaching or professional sports. This two-year course is equivalent of up to 3 A levels and will enable you to enter a degree programme at university or employment in the sports and leisure industry. It covers training and fitness, sports coaching and sports development, fitness testing, practical team sports, individual exercise and outdoor activities.

What will I study?

The course combines practical and academic study. You will complete up to 18 sports related vocational units depending type of course you choose. Over the two years units will include: Training and fitness in sport Sports coaching Sports development Sport as a business Fitness testing for sport and exercise Practical team sports/individual exercise Outdoor activities. Students can opt to follow a subsidiary diploma (6 units), a diploma (12 units) or extended diploma (18 units) over the two years. The diploma is equivalent to 2 A levels and the extended diploma to 3 A levels.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed via assignments. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded which has UCAS equivalency and is recognised by universities in the UK when establishing their entry requirements for higher education.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

There will be visits to sporting venues and centres of sporting excellence. Guest speakers and presentations by professional athletes.

What could this course lead to?

A degree programme at university in a sports-related subject or employment in the sports and leisure industry. This qualification will be beneficial to the following careers: sport and leisure services, sports management, the education sector, physiotherapy, sports psychology, sports journalism and sports medicine.

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SIXTH FORM KEY DATES 2013 Applications open through Richmond Borough website Year 10 work experience Interview with Head of Sixth Form and careers advisor for Christs students and external candidates to confirm subject choices Full A level taster day Open Evening on Sixth Form life and enrichment opportunities. November 22nd Borough applications close 2014 Offer letters sent out to all students Year 11 Sixth Form information evening (open to Year 10 parents/ students) Year 10 Sixth Form information evening Year 10 A level taster day Sixth Form induction days for all students GCSE results day and enrolment interviews at Christs Sixth Form Enrolment interviews at Christs Sixth Form Opening of Christs Sixth Form. Induction day and start of term

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