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What We Offer
A Learning Partnership
A Supportive Partnership & Meet The Team
A Partnership in Your Future - Careers & Leadership
An Enriching Partnership
A Sporting Partnership

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Curriculum
Course Explanations & New GCSE Grades
Pathways

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What Next?
Application Procedure
Where To Find Us
FAQs
Top 10 Reasons to Choose LSFC

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Contents - the Courses

Contents - the other stuff

Welcome
My Lordswood Journey
Key Statistics
New Facilities
Scholars Focus

Courses
Applied Science
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Computer Science
Creative & Performing Arts
Digital Media
English Language & Literature
English Literature
Film Studies
Fine Art
French
Geography
Government & Politics
Health & Social Care
History
IT
IT & Computing
Mathematics
Media Studies
Music
Photography
Physical Education
Physics
Psychology
Religious Studies
Rockschool Music Practitioner
Sociology
Spanish
Sports Development, Coaching & Fitness
Digital Media Level 2
Health & Social Care Level 2
ICT Level 2
Laboratory Science Level 2

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Entry Requirements

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J Götschel
Executive Headteacher

My Lordswood Journey

Welcome

A very warm welcome to prospective students of Lordswood
Sixth Form Centre, a co-educational, inclusive and culturally
diverse sixth form of around 300 students. We are fully
committed to delivering outstanding teaching, pastoral support
and careers guidance, which is personalised to your needs. The
excellent results achieved by our students and their success in
gaining places on competitive university and apprenticeship
programmes is testament to this commitment. We work hard
for you and we expect you to work hard in return in what is
a genuine partnership between students and staff. We hope
that you will join our Lordswood family and benefit from, as
well as contribute to, our forward thinking and high achieving
community.

Leo - Head Boy
Studying business, sociology, performing arts and sports studies
I came to this sixth form not only because I was following in the footsteps of
my sister, but also because of the endless opportunities with which it would
provide me and the support given by friendly, approachable teachers.
The best thing about this sixth form is the balance between the academic and
social aspects. This includes the excellent quality of teaching, a wide variety
of subjects and the opportunities to develop friendships and bonds with new
people.
Although I’m heavily involved in sports and drama, Lordswood Sixth Form
Centre has helped me to discover my enthusiasm for business, which I now
hope to study at university.

Priya - Head girl
Studying applied science, art, mathematics and religious studies
I really enjoyed my time at Lordswood Girls’ School from Year 7 to Year
11 and I didn’t want to move to a new college or sixth form because I had
become used to life at Lordswood. I enjoyed the teaching and loved the
friends that I had made. I was comfortable at Lordswood and knew that I
would feel the same way when attending Lordswood Sixth Form Centre.
The best thing about Lordswood is the fact that you can feel secure and
confident when talking to your teachers. The sixth form team makes you
feel at home and you know that whatever you need help with, the teachers
and support staff are there for you. The relationships that you create with
your teachers are priceless and I feel that you wouldn’t be able to get this
anywhere else.
Once I have completed my post 16 studies, I hope to go to university to
study psychology.

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100% pass rate in all qualifications
100% of students progressed to
education, training or employment
(0% not in education, employment or training - NEETS)

A*-A (and equivalent) pass rate 61%
A*-C (and equivalent) pass rate 91%
Average
A Level
Grade = B
(best three A levels)

Progress
Measure in
English
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Average
Applied
General Grade
= D*

Average
technical
Grade = D*

Progress
Measure in
mathematics
+0.50

Rated
Outstanding
by OFSTED

New Facilities

We’re Fantastic!
This is Why...

Success at Lordswood is without question the result of great teaching and
a positive ethos. However we can all agree that having a brand new purpose
built sixth form centre will create a more adult and purposeful environment.
The new building is planned to open in September 2017 and will offer:
• Spacious teaching rooms
• IT suite
• Sixth Form cafeteria
• Large flexible-use social and private study areas
• Wi-fi
• ChromeBook deployment for students
• Full use of Lordswood’s new sports centre

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Scholars focus
Amrit

“I came to
Lordswood because
the level of support
and encouragement
that I received from
the teachers over
the years has been
amazing and is
something I am truly
going to miss.”

Aliu

“As a lunchtime
supervisor, I loved
being seen as a
member of staff
and as a friendly
point of contact
within the school.”

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Qasim

“The amount of
support we get
from the teachers
compared to at a
college is great.
Staff really want
you to do well and
won’t give up on
you!”

Lucy

“Lordswood has
such a brilliant
sense of community
and a really great
support network.”

Sunaya

“The quality of the
teaching and the
help I have received
from all the staff
has really helped
determine my
future choices.”

Kameka

“I loved the fun
topics that we got
to cover and all
of the different
experiences like
work skills and
PSHEE.”

what we offer
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“The lessons are full of interesting, lively discussion
which makes us think differently about the world.”
We offer an outstanding commitment to teaching and learning, inspiring
you to go the extra mile in your chosen subjects and to gain the skills and
knowledge for your future studies and careers. We support your transition
from Year 11 and help you to develop independence and intellectual
curiosity.
We support your learning through:
• Early course suitability reviews to ensure your pathway will lead to
success
• One written report per subject each year and termly interim reports
• Parent and student consultation meetings annually and on demand
• Personalised intervention programmes to support your academic
journey
• Access to teaching resources through our VLE and Google Classroom
• Curriculum related visits to local universities
• Study skills sessions

A Supportive Partnership

A Learning Partnership
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“The teachers at LSFC always go the extra

mile to support us in reaching our
academic goals.”

“The Sixth Form
there with the offer of a
a shoulder to cry on if
having

staff are always
cup or tea or
you are
a bad day.”

“The attention has made me feel like an
individual whose well-being is a high priority.”
You are very important to us. Whether you are already part of the Lordswood
family or are only starting your journey with us, we are fully invested in your
success. We make no apologies for the high expectations we have of you
but we are always here to guide and advise you through your challenges and
important decisions.
Our personalised support includes:
• Induction into Sixth Form life
• One to one meetings with your review tutor
• An assembly and review tutor programme which addresses age
appropriate topics
• An ‘open door’ to the Sixth Form team
• Referrals to the school nurse or outside agencies for specialist support

The Sixth Form Team

Ms Sheward - Associate Headteacher for Lordswood Schools
Ms Dignon - Head of Sixth Form
Ms Kauser - Achievement Co-ordinator for Year 13
Ms Waraich - Achievement Co-ordinator for Year 12
Mrs Richards - Sixth Form Administrator
Ms Thomas - Work Related Learning Administrator

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“I can’t recommend the work placement

element of my studies enough.”

The decisions you make in the sixth form can have a major impact on the
rest of your life. With an increasingly complex range of routes and options to
choose from, our dedicated team is here to guide you.
Our careers guidance and support includes:
• Work experience placements for all vocational courses
• A post-18 mentor allocated to all students
• UCAS workshops and university visits
• A careers fair and workshops delivered by top companies
• Weekly apprenticeship bulletins direct to your inbox
• ‘Brilliant Club’ mentoring for high potential students
• Dedicated ‘Futures Week’ in Year 12
• Work related learning activities including work experience for all
students
To support your future choices we also want you to develop the leadership
skills which will set you apart from the crowd.
You can develop your leadership skills as:
• Head Boy/Girl or a Student Leader
• Reception & Administrative Assistant (paid position)
• Lunchtime Supervisor (paid position)
• Member of Sixth Form Council
• Mentor for younger students
• Teaching Assistant

“When our students are given responsibility, they act
more responsibly - it is so satisfying to witness
the origins of so many leaders of the future.”
LSFC teacher

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An Enriching Partnership

A Partnership in your Future

Careers & Leadership

We aim to offer you much more than a set of academic qualifications. We
want you to extend your passion for your learning beyond the classroom
walls and to embark on new adventures. So if you are an aspiring singer or
performer we have our school productions or gospel choir and, if you are a
committed fundraiser, there is the sixth form organised talent show or charity
challenge day.

Our Sixth Form Partnership with The UCC in Ghana
18 years ago Billa started a very basic school under a mango tree in LaBadi,
Ghana, encouraging children to study in return for the chance to play
football. One man’s vision has led to a school catering to almost 200 pupils
from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. These students are taught, fed,
nurtured, loved and financially supported through to secondary education
and beyond. Billa, a football fanatic, also runs several football teams with
some young players now getting the opportunity to play abroad.
This is Ado, a student at the Underprivileged Children’s Centre (Future
Leaders) in Ghana. He is an unforgettable, joyful young boy but because he
has specific learning needs it has been difficult for him to be accepted into
one of the local government schools. For many students like Ado, attending
a ‘free’ government school is also unaffordable after paying for the uniforms,
the books and food.

Ado

“It really is a once
in a lifetime
experience
which reminds
us how lucky
we are to have
such easy
access to
education.”

Lordswood Sixth Form students have proudly supported the development
of the UCC Ghana through fundraising activities and by sponsoring children
at the school. Each year a group of our students also have the unique
opportunity to spend a month teaching in Ghana, immersed in the local
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A Sporting Partnership

Lordswood Basketball & Cricket Academies
Did you know that Lordswood was one of the first schools nationally to
support the idea of having a sports academy?
A unique opportunity is offered at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre to excel in
sporting practice combined with academic study. With the building of a new
sports facility and an all weather pitch we will be fully equipped to help you
to achieve your sporting ambitions.
The Sports Academies have been massively successful in motivating
students because you are coached like aspiring professionals and expected
to apply this professionalism to all aspects of your sixth form life.

The Football Academy
Romulus Football Academy has been running professional football training
for 16-19 year olds for over 15 years. Lordswood Sixth Form Centre is
now in partnership with Romulus to develop this quality football provision
alongside a full-time academic programme.

Lordswood runs its own Basketball and Cricket Academies which are open
to all students, male or female, regardless of ability, prior experience or
academic subjects studied. The emphasis is on personalised improvement
and acquiring a professional sporting attitude.
As a basketball or cricket academy student you can:
• Develop your sporting practice alongside other like minded students
• Gain a qualification in coaching, table officiating, or refereeing
• Take part in competitive matches in the region
• Coach younger students
• Be supported by Warwickshire County Cricket and Basketball England
• Enhance your physical and mental well-being
“I have been able to coach younger students to help
them enjoy the sport as much as I do.”

As a football academy student you will:
• Train at least three times a week after school
• Compete in matches on Wednesday afternoons both home and away
• Have the opportunity to play in the semi-professional league at the
weekend
Former Romulus students have received professional contracts at Notts
County, Aston Villa, Everton and Motherwell to name but a few, and exEngland star Darius Vassell once scored 46 goals in a season for his
Romulus team.
If you have a passion for football but understand the importance of
maintaining your commitment to your academic studies, the Football
Academy could be for you. Romulus will run trial events throughout the year.

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Course Explanations &
new GCSE grades
Advanced Level 3 Courses
The level 3 qualifications offered at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre include
Advanced Levels (A levels) and vocational courses including BTECs and
Cambridge Technicals.
You can follow traditional pathways and opt to study three or four A levels.
These courses run over two years and are assessed through a combination
of coursework and examinations at the end of the second year.
Level 3 vocational courses are equivalent to A levels and have been
developed to help you learn in a practical way about a specific job area.
The courses come in different sizes; the extended certificates are equivalent
to one A level and can be studied alongside other vocational qualifications
and/or A levels. The extended diploma is equivalent to three A levels and is
offered as a whole package along with work placement. A large component
of the vocational courses is internally assessed, alongside some external
assessment.

Level 2 Courses

Curriculum

Level 2 vocational courses are equivalent to GCSEs. They are two year
courses that provide an alternative to GCSEs and can lead to further training,
employment or progression to level 3 studies.

New GCSE Grades
New GCSE Grading Structure

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Current GCSE Grading Structure

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Pathways
Pathway Minimum Entry Requirements

Subjects available at Post Sixteen

Enrichment

Progression Routes

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Average grade D/E at GCSE/
Entry Level 3 pass in
vocational subjects

A two year programme including:
• A choice of Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care, Media Studies,
or Science
• GCSE resits in Mathematics and English or Functional Skills Level 1 &
2 in English and Mathematics

Certificate Level 1/2 in Preparation for Working Life
Certificate Level 1/2 in Employability and Enterprise
Internship
First Aid

Apprenticeship (L2/3)
BTEC Level 3
courses
Employment
NVQ (Level 1 to 3)

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Average grade C/D at GCSE/
Level 2 pass in
vocational subjects
including a minimum of 4 A*
to C grades OR equivalent in
vocational subjects

A two year course including:
• A choice of a vocational Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science,
Digital Media, Health and Social Care, Rockschool Music Practitioner,
or Sports Development, Coaching, and Fitness
• A choice of IT & Computing Introductory Diploma with one A Level/
Extended Certificate
• GCSE resits in Mathematics and English or Functional Skills Level 1 &
2 in English and Mathematics (if applicable)

Level 3 mathematics
Internship

University
Apprenticeship (L3)
Employment
NVQ (L1 to 3)

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Average grade C at GCSE/
Level 2 pass in vocational
subjects including a minimum
of 5 A* to C grades OR
equivalent in vocational
subjects

A two year course including a choice of three subjects in:

Level 3 mathematics
Master classes

University
Apprenticeship (L3)
Employment
NVQ (Level 4+)

Level 3 mathematics
Master classes
STEM activities
EES
Brilliant Club

University
Apprenticeship (L3)
Employment
NVQ (L4+)

Applied Science
Business
Creative & Performing Arts
English Language & Literature
Film Studies
Fine Art
Government & Politics
Health & Social Care
IT

IT & Computing
Media Studies
Photography
Religious Studies
Rockschool Music Practitioner
Sociology
Sports Development, Coaching,
& Fitness

plus GCSE resits in Mathematics and English (if applicable)
Please check the minimum subject entry requirements before making your
choices.
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To study three A Levels/
Extended Certificate:
Average grade B or above
at GCSE/Level 2 merit in
vocational subjects including
a minimum of 5 A* to C
grades OR equivalent in
vocational subjects
plus
GCSE grade 4 or above in
English and/or Mathematics
To study four A Levels/
Extended Certificate:
Average grade A or above at
GCSE/Level 2 distinction in
vocational subjects including
a minimum of 5 A* to C
grades OR equivalent in
vocational subjects
plus
GCSE grade 4/5 or above in
English and/or Mathematics

A two year course including a choice of three or four subjects in:
Applied Science
Biology*
Business
Chemistry*
Computer Science
Creative & Performing Arts
English Language & Literature
English Literature*
Film Studies
Fine Art
French*
Geography*

Government & Politics
Health & Social Care
History*
Mathematics*
Media Studies
Music
Physical Education
Physics*
Psychology
Religious Studies
Sociology
Spanish*

plus GCSE resits in Mathematics and English (if applicable)
Students studying three subjects are to choose at least two facilitating
subjects(*) and those studying four to choose at least three facilitating
subjects(*) as part of their programme of study.
Please check the minimum subject entry requirements before making your
choices.

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Applied Science
• National Foundation Extended Diploma
• Extended Certificate
The applied science course is for students wishing
to enter employment as a science technician or who
wish to progress onto higher education. You will
develop laboratory and time management skills as
well as an understanding of the main principles of
human biology, laboratory procedures, theory and
applications of both chemistry and physics.

areas of study

courses
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More detailed descriptions of courses, including exam board, are available on the Lordswood Sixth Form
Centre website.

progression
Past students have gone
onto study biomedical
science, pharmacy,
radiography, radiotherapy,
nursing, podiatry, biological
sciences, audiology,
optometry, forensic science,
marine biology, human
biology, psychology,
criminology, computer
science and chemical
engineering.

You will complete core modules including physiology
of the human body systems, diseases and infections,
applications of organic chemistry, astronomy and
space science, practical chemical analysis and
medical physics applications. You will develop
practical skills and science based skills to help you in
your desired career pathway.

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biology
A Level

progression

Biologists are scientists who study the natural
world and all the living things in it, from the largest
mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA.
They try to understand how animals and organisms
work (including us humans), how we evolved and the
things that can make us sick or improve our health.
As with the other sciences, biology helps you to
build up research, problem solving, organisation and
analytical skills. If you study biology, you will likely
find yourself working on group projects, which will
help you develop your teamwork and communication
skills too.

Biology is a key subject for
lots of careers, particularly
in healthcare, medicine
and jobs involving plants
or animals. The list is very
long and includes nursing,
dentistry, forensic science,
psychology, physiotherapy,
botany, environmental
science, zoology,
geology, oceanography,
pharmaceuticals, energy,
teaching, science writing,
genetics and research.

areas of study
The main areas of study are biology and disease,
the variety of living organisms, populations and
environment and control in cells and organisms. The
practical assignments set throughout the course allow
you to investigate different areas of biology.

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“Biology opens up exciting
career possibilities. From
conservation to cancer
research, biologists are
tackling important 21st
century challenges, and we
need skilled young people
to be part of this. It is also
important to remember
that biology is excellent
preparation for non-scientific
careers, thanks to the skills
it provides – everything from
analytical thinking to writing
reports.”
Rachel Lambert-Forsyth
Director of Education and Training,
Society of Biology

business
A Level

progression

The ever changing climate of the business world is
fascinating. The impact of the external environment
on organisations, and how they react, illustrates how
successful managers/CEOs can be. The influence of
finance on business organisations and how money is
managed makes the business world a very competitive
place. By studying business you could end up being
part of a global company helping to provide the best
possible service to clients using problem solving,
communication and team working skills.

Business is a platform
to apply for many related
degree courses including
business and management,
marketing, accountancy,
economics and IT based
degrees. Studying business
can support you when
applying to work or study
abroad, or for combined
degrees in international
relations and languages.

areas of study
A level business focuses on the four functional
areas of operations, finance, human resources
and marketing. Students will become aware of the
importance of aims, objectives and strategy at a
corporate and functional level. Students will also
become aware of political, legal, ethical, social,
environmental and technological issues affecting
business decisions.

Alternatively students can
find paid employment in
organisations such as KPMG
or apply for apprenticeships
including business
administration.

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business
Extended Certificate

progression

Whether you see yourself as an entrepreneur or
someone who wants to work for one of the world’s
largest organisations as a CEO, or just as an
individual who would like to know more about the
world of business, then business at LSFC could be for
you! Staff have years of experience running their own
businesses, working for large organisations as well as
decades of experience in teaching.

areas of study
The BTEC business specification allows students
to focus on why businesses exist, the importance
of stakeholders and understanding the aims and
objectives of different business organisations.
Students will investigate how companies and business
organisations are financed, the importance of
marketing and the role that recruitment and selection
plays in making a business successful.

chemistry
A Level

progression

Business is a platform
to apply for many related
degree courses including
business and management,
marketing, accountancy,
economics and IT based
degrees. Studying business
can support you when
applying to work or study
abroad, or for combined
degrees in international
relations and languages.

Chemists get to ask some great questions, from “If
I set this on fire, what will happen?” to “If I combine
these elements together in the right way can I create
something totally new”? And it’s all part of the job.

Alternatively students can
find paid employment in
organisations such as KPMG
or apply for apprenticeships
including business
administration.

They also use it to understand the world around
us, from why leaves change colour to discovering
invisible pollutants in the air. Just breathe in and out
and you’re performing a chemical reaction, which is a
little scary, but pretty great too…

Chemistry is an important
subject for careers in
medicine, environmental
science, engineering,
toxicology, developing
consumer products,
metallurgy (studying how
metals behave), space
exploration, developing
perfumes and cosmetics,
pharmaceuticals, energy,
teaching, science writing,
software development and
research.

Chemists conduct experiments to study how elements
work in different conditions, test how they mix and
work out what they are made up of. The results can be
ground breaking, colourful, explosive or impossible to
see. Chemists use their experiments and knowledge to
develop medicines, foods, fabrics and other materials,
from neon lights to shatter-proof glass.

Chemistry is sometimes known as the ‘central science’
because it helps to connect physical sciences, like
maths and physics, with applied sciences, like
biology, medicine and engineering.

areas of study
The topics you will cover include atomic structure,
periodicity, organic chemistry, kinetics, alkenes,
analytical techniques, equilibria, polymers,
thermodynamics, energetics and inorganic chemistry.

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computer science
A Level

progression

A level computer science is, above all else, relevant to
the modern and changing world of computing.

A Level computing could
lead you into a career as a
business analyst, database
administrator, systems
developer or teacher, the
list is endless. Even if
computing isn’t your goal,
this subject offers a wide
range of skills that are
sought after in many other
professions looking for
creativity, problem solving
and innovation.

This course will enable you to apply theory topics
learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios. It
is a creative subject where you will need to rely on
your own ideas to solve problems and design your
own systems. This course will give you the best
possible start for those of you that are looking to go
on to study computer science at a higher level as well
as other subject areas that are looking for analytical
skills.

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creative & performing arts
Diploma

progression

The creative and performing arts qualification is a
flexible, vocational, performing arts course that aims
to train you in the skills you need for a career in
performing arts. The course aims to develop skills
nearing those required at a professional standard. The
course teaches imaginative responses to play texts,
researches theatre history, interpretation of character,
motivation and narrative. You will also explore
performance skills such as improvisation, vocal work,
the systems of acting and developing repertoire as
well as the disciplines of dancing and singing, as
appropriate.

With the skills you learn
on this course you could
become an actor, comedian,
presenter, entertainer,
facilitator or teacher. Even if
performing isn’t your goal,
the performing arts offer
a wide range of skills that
are sought after in many
other professions such
as communication skills,
leadership, public speaking
and creativity.

areas of study

areas of study

Computer science consists of three components,
two of which are externally marked. You will develop
your ability to analyse problems in computational
terms through practical experience, including writing
programs. You will start to develop the capacity
to see relationships between different aspects of
computer science.

You will complete core modules including presenting
a final show-case and planning for a career in the
performing arts. You will also explore a range of
acting styles, from naturalistic to more modern,
experimental styles. You will develop the skills to help
you in your desired career pathway.

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digital media
Extended Diploma

progression

This course is an excellent stepping stone for anyone
keen to work in the media or creative industries.
This practical, hands on course introduces students
to a range of digital media techniques including
video editing, radio production, graphic design and
advertising. You will learn how to plan, pitch and
produce a media product and understand how the
media industry works. If you love being creative with
digital technologies this is an excellent course for you.

Digital media students
can go on to study film
and media courses at
university or other arts, IT,
or humanities subjects.
Students develop practical
ICT and production skills
as well as organisational,
analytical, research and
communication skills.
These skills are transferable
to a wide range of career
opportunities both in
and out of the media and
communication sector.

areas of study
You will complete 16 units which will include creating
a media product, TV and short film production,
photography for digital media products, advertising
media and an interactive media product.

English language & literature
A Level

progression

A level English language and literature is an
accessible and stimulating course in which you will
engage creatively and independently with a variety
of spoken, written and multi-modal texts. Designed
with a focus on the integration of language and
literature, you will start to see how linguistic and
literary methods are related and explore these links
in your work. Offering clear skills progression from
GCSE, this course will allow you to build on the skills
and knowledge already gained and prepare for your
next steps. The variety of assessment styles used,
such as re-creative writing, commentary writing,
discursive essays and research-based investigative
writing will allow you to develop a wide range of
skills. These include the ability to read critically,
analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research,
which are invaluable for both further study and future
employment.

With the skills you develop
you could pursue a career in
journalism, writing, teaching,
editing or advertising. In
fact, many of the transferable
skills you will develop are
valued in any profession.

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You will complete three components, two written
examinations and one non-examination assessment
in the form of an independent language investigation.
You will acquire the terminology and knowledge
required to analyse and explore a range of literary
and non-literary texts, as well as the spoken word.
Set texts include ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘A Streetcar
Named Desire’ and an anthology compiled of a range
of non-fiction and non-literary texts linked by the
theme ‘Paris’.

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English literature
A Level

progression

A level English literature is a relevant, engaging
and up-to-date course that approaches the study of
literature through the lens of historicism, encouraging
the independent study of a variety of texts within
a shared context, giving logic and meaning to the
way that texts are grouped for study. This unifying
approach facilitates the inclusion of a range of
wider reading that will widen your experience and
appreciation of literature. Offering clear progression
from GCSE, this course will allow you to build on
the skills and knowledge already gained and prepare
for your next steps. The variety of assessment styles
used, such as passage-based questions, unseen
material, single-text questions, multiple-text questions
and open- and closed-book approaches will allow you
to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability
to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake
independent research which are valuable for both
further study and future employment.

With the knowledge
and skills obtained you
could pursue a career
in journalism, writing,
advertising, law, teaching
and many others that require
creativity, effective written
and oral communication,
analytical and evaluative
skills as well as the ability
to develop thoughtful and
convincing lines of argument
and interpretation.

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You will complete three components, two written
examinations and one independent non-examination
assessment in the form of an extended comparative
essay on two texts and an essay topic of your own
choosing. You will explore a range of literary texts
from all three genres. The set themes of study are
love through the ages and key concerns in modern
texts from 1945 to the present day. Set texts include
‘Othello’, ‘Feminine Gospels’ and ‘The Color Purple’.

Film studies
A Level

progression

This course is perfect for anyone with a love of all
things to do with film. You will be introduced to a
wide range of films from the early silent films of the
1920s to the latest Hollywood offerings such as Star
Wars: The Force Awakens or Jurassic World. You
will also critically engage with foreign language
films, historical film movements such as German
Expressionism or the French New Wave and short
and documentary film forms. No film studies course
would be complete without the chance to make your
own film, and as part of the course you will get the
chance to script, film and edit your own short film.
Who knows - you may be an Oscar winner in the
making!

Film studies students can go
on to study film and media
courses at university or
other arts, IT or humanities
subjects. Students
develop practical ICT and
production skills as well as
organisational, analytical,
research and communication
skills. These skills are
transferable to a wide range
of career opportunities both
in and out of the media and
communication sector.

areas of study
• Film Form in US Cinema from the Silent Era to
1990
• European Film History: two major European Film
Movements, German Expressionism and French
New Wave or Soviet Montage and Italian NeoRealism
• Contemporary British Film: Contemporary British
Film, Contemporary US Film
• Documentary Film
• Ideology - a comparison of three set films in
reference to a choice of themes

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fine art
A Level

progression

The Fine Art A level teaches you a broad range of
artistic skills whilst allowing you the freedom to
choose topic themes and develop techniques which
are of most interest to you. The course encourages
you to try media from a range of artistic discipline
areas such as drawing, illustration, painting, print
making, photography and digital media and teaches
you how to analyse artistic imagery.

Students with an A level
in art have progressed
to degree programmes
in areas such as fashion,
architecture, photography
and fine art. The analytical,
communication and research
skills you develop would
be useful for courses like
history, religious studies
or English literature or you
could use your skills to
teach or help people through
courses such as art therapy.

areas of study
You will begin the course in an experimental manner
through individual workshop based lessons which
will introduce you to a broad range of materials,
techniques and processes. This area of study is
designed to ensure that you can make independent
decisions about which media to specialise in for
component 1; the personal investigation. Component
1 is an extended project, the theme of which is
decided by each student. During this project you will
specialise in one or more artistic disciplines and will
have the opportunity to research artists of interest to
them within a 1000-3000 word essay. Component 2
is an externally set unit of work which requires you to
work through a set project brief in a short amount of
time, culminating in a 15 hour examination period in
which to make a final piece.

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French
A Level

progression

The French A level qualification has been developed
to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the
language, literature, film and culture of the Frenchspeaking world. This course features familiar and
popular themes as well as content that provides clear
links to some of the most fundamental and interesting
aspects of the culture of the target language country
and communities.

With the skills you learn
you could be an interpreter,
translator or teacher. Even
if you wish to pursue
your studies in a different
domain, the ability to speak
a foreign language is an
incredible asset that is
valued by universities and
employers as it offers a
wide range of skills such
as communication and
reasoning skills, leadership
and resilience.

areas of study
The course has a straightforward structure with
four engaging themes, Les changements dans la
société Française; La culture politique et artistique
dans les pays francophones; L’immigration et la
société multiculturelle Française; L’Occupation et la
Résistance. The four themes are studied alongside two
works (either two literary texts or one literary text and
one film) assessed through two externally examined
papers and one speaking assessment.

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Geography
A Level

progression

Geography is a unique subject because it looks at
both the physical structure of the planet and the
social structure (i.e. how we affect our environment
and how it affects us) in the past, present and future.
Geography is also a facilitating subject which means
that it can be useful for a whole range of university
courses and will help you keep your options open.

Geography links with
all other sixth form
subjects, and is favoured
by employers and higher
education institutions.
Geographers offer a range
of skills and understanding
applicable to a wide range
of subjects including
surveying, geology, OS map
making, travel and tourism,
environmental concerns,
forestry, farming and fishing.

areas of study
Geography A level is made up of three units, for
which there is a single examination for each. You will
study the meaning, causes, impacts and management
of global challenges and how we can influence
global challenges through our own lives. Topics
include climate change, natural hazards, population
and migration. You will study the interactions and
connections between physical and human processes
and learn how these affect global and local people,
economies, environments and politics and patterns.

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Government & Politics
A Level

progression

Politics is all about how society manages differing
opinions. It’s as much about compromise and
concession as it is about strength of conviction. It
impacts at every level of daily life, irrespective of
your chosen career path or skill base. If keeping up
to date with the latest political and social news is a
fundamental part of your day, if you enjoy
discussion and accept that there are no right or wrong
answers, then you should be on the A level
government and politics course at Lordswood!

Politics, like other academic
A levels, leads to a place at
university or employment.
Although it is not a
requirement for applying to
study politics at university,
it is strongly recommended,
and it will support
applications to study many
other subjects. The critical
and analytical skills, as well
as the knowledge of the law,
will assist with employment
in law firms, police and
probations services,
accountancy, business,
management, journalism,
politics and many other
fields.

areas of study
You will study three units, for which there is a single
exam in each. You will develop your knowledge and
understanding of government institutions and political
processes in the UK and USA. In addition you will
study a range of ideologies that influence modern
politics through a unit that specifically examines
political theory.

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Health & Social Care
• Extended Certificate
• Extended Diploma

progression

The focus of the health and social care course is
varied and, although designed to skill you up for a
career in health and social care, the course will also
provide you with transferable employment skills,
enabling you to follow a variety of career paths in
the future. You will have the opportunity to work
collaboratively with others presenting seminars and
producing work in a range of styles. You will develop
your problem solving and critical thinking skills
through the analysis of a variety of health and social
care case studies.

There are many roles
available in the health and
social care sector where
you can make a difference
to people’s lives. The
demand is growing for
skilled nurses, midwives,
healthcare workers, social
workers, physiotherapists
and other allied health
professionals. You can go
directly into employment,
study for a degree or follow
an apprenticeship pathway.

areas of study
During the course you will be studying the health
and social care sectors’ involvement in the care and
support of individuals throughout their whole life.
This will include how their needs change over time
and the skills and behaviours a health and social care
practitioner is required to develop.

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History
A Level

progression

History A level aims to foster the development of
critical and reflective thinking with an understanding
of historical topics and issues and to encourage an
awareness of history in explaining contemporary
issues. This A level provides a fantastic curriculum
to ignite and engage learners’ passions and interests,
whilst creating independent learners, critical thinkers,
and decision–makers, all personal assets that can
make you stand out.

History helps to prepare you
to study history or similar
subjects at university such as
ancient history, archaeology,
international relations
and politics. However
many history graduates
progress into careers in law,
accountancy, journalism and
teaching.

areas of study
You will study three units for which there is a single
examination each, and complete an independent
study for coursework. Our taught units cover medieval
history (the Wars of the Roses and Henry VII) as well
as modern history including two studies of the 20th
century (South African Politics and the Middle East).

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IT
Extended Certificate

progression

This vocational qualification is designed with
the workplace in mind and will provide you with
the knowledge and skills required for entry into
employment and the community as a whole. The
course has been designed to be up to date, engaging,
fit for purpose and suitable for the needs of students
in 2017.

You will apply your skills
and knowledge practically
in preparation for further
study, apprenticeship or
employment. You will be
able to apply for pathways
that require communication,
problem solving, time
management, research and
analytical skills.

areas of study
The course aims to develop your knowledge and
understanding of, and skills in, the principles of IT
and global information systems. You will gain an
insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace
of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of
information on a global scale and the importance of
legal and security considerations.

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IT & Computing
Introductory Diploma

progression

This vocational qualification is designed with
the workplace in mind and will provide you with
the knowledge and skills required for entry into
employment and the community as a whole. The
course has been designed to be up to date, engaging,
fit for purpose and suitable for the needs of students
in 2017. There will be a pathway that focuses on the
design and implementation of an organisation’s IT
infrastructure which will be supported through tasks
and jobs that would traditionally be carried out in the
workplace.

You will apply your skills
and knowledge practically
in preparation for further
study, apprenticeship or
employment. You will be
able to apply for pathways
that require communication,
problem solving, time
management, research and
analytical skills. This could
prepare you for a role in
network administration or IT
support.

areas of study
The course aims to develop your knowledge and
understanding of, and skills, in the principles of IT
and global information systems. You will gain an
insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace
of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow
of information on a global scale and the importance
of legal and security considerations. There will be a
focus on the role of an IT technical practitioner where
you will need to select hardware and software to meet
a client’s needs. You will build, upgrade and install
computer systems and networks that are both safe and
secure.

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Mathematics
A Level

progression

Mathematics is not only a beautiful and exciting
subject in its own right, but it also underpins many
other branches of learning. It is the language of
science, technology and engineering. Mathematics
is essential for architecture and design as well
as economics and medicine, even art relies on
mathematics to some extent. If you enjoy solving
problems, logical analysis and have a creative streak,
you should certainly consider studying the subject at
a higher level.

Mathematics is a diverse
discipline with application
to technology, the sciences,
to human behaviour and to
social systems. In almost
any career you choose
you are certain to meet
mathematics at some stage.
A level mathematics is
therefore highly valued by
employers as well as being a
formal requirement for many
university courses. A good
pass at A level mathematics
will be looked on very
favourably by universities,
even if mathematics is not
directly related to your
chosen course.

areas of study
You will cover the essential pure mathematical
methods that can be applied to real world scenarios.
Topics include solving equations, graphs and
transformations, coordinate geometry, logarithms
and exponentials, trigonometry and differentiation
and integration. You will also develop an in-depth
knowledge of statistics, focusing on the representation
and analysis of data, probability, probability
distributions, linear correlation and linear regression.

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MEDIA studies
A Level

progression

We live in an increasingly media saturated world
with advertising, social media, TV and, of course,
anything and everything we can download or upload
from our mobile devices. A level media studies helps
us to make sense of the digital age we live in and to
think critically about the media products around us
As an A level media studies student you will explore
a wide range of media texts from TV dramas like
‘The Bridge’ and ‘Sherlock’ to online VLogs such as
‘Zoella’ and ‘Attitude’. You will engage with the key
critical theories and apply them to the media texts you
study. You will also learn how to create your own
media products using up-to-date digital equipment.
By the end of the course you will have developed a
wide range of practical skills as well as a keen critical
perspective on the media industry and its products.

Media studies students
can go on to study film
and media courses at
university or other arts, IT
or humanities subjects.
Students develop practical
ICT and production skills
as well as organisational,
analytical, research and
communication skills.
These skills are transferable
to a wide range of career
opportunities both in
and out of the media and
communication sector.

areas of study
The media A level course includes modules on
meanings and representation in the media, music
video and video games, advertising and film
marketing, newspapers and radio news programmes,
media forms and products in depth, television,
magazines and media in the online age, cross media
production and practical production of an audio
visual, print or online product.

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Music
A Level

progression

The music A level course allows you to develop the
knowledge and skills necessary for further study of
music at a university or conservatoire. If you have a
real passion for music, studying at A level will expand
and develop your passion whilst widening your
knowledge and understanding of composers, genres
and eras.

With the skills you learn in
A level music you will have
an excellent foundation
for any role in the music
industry (further specific
training may be required).
The music business is a
vast, vibrant and varied
industry, employing huge
numbers of people and
generating billions every
year globally. Music can also
be a supporting A level for
many other pathways such
as medicine.

areas of study
The course allows for you to play to your strengths,
adjusting the emphasis on composing or performing
depending on your preference and ability. The rest of
the course aims to develop listening skills for which
you have a mixture of set works and unprepared
material . Again there is flexibility in which set works
you study and you can choose between musical
theatre, jazz and rock/pop as your specialism.

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Photography
A Level

progression

In photography you will be introduced to a variety
of practices exploring lens-based and light-based
media and processes that include both traditional
and new technologies. You will explore relevant
images, artefacts and resources relating to lensbased and light-based media from the past and
present, including examples from around the world
which should be integral to the investigating and
developing stages of your work. Work is presented
in sketchbooks in a sophisticated manner to clearly
demonstrate meaning in final edited photographs.

With the skills you learn
in photography at A level
you can pursue your career
goal as a professional
photographer, photographing
events, weddings, fashion,
family photo-shoots, cities,
nature etc. The course can
also lead into the world of
advertising, fashion, design
and teaching.

areas of study
You are able to explore a combination of areas such
as portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary,
fine art, installation, moving image and computer
manipulated photography. You will be supported with
developing and gaining new skills such as exploring
formal elements, investigating different ways of
working appropriate to your chosen area, responding
to an issue/concept/idea, demonstrating a viewpoint,
composition, depth of field and using appropriate
equipment and technologies. You will understand
how ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed
within images, historical and modern developments
in relation to photography, how images, artefacts
and products relate to social, historical, vocational
and cultural contexts and develop a vocabulary of
specialist terms linked to your chosen area.

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Physical Education
A Level

progression

Do you have an interest in health, fitness or sport?
Are you inspired by one of the fastest growing global
industries? Do you have the components to be an
elite level performer? If you have a passion for sport
then through this course you will enjoy exploring the
history of sport, how your body responds to exercise
and why you do not always perform at your best for an
important game or competition.

A level physical education
is rapidly becoming an
essential qualification for
study in PE and sports
studies/science related
courses in higher education
and is a foundation for
pursuing careers in PE,
teaching, coaching,
the leisure industry,
physiotherapy, medicine,
health and fitness,
professional sport and
recreational management.

This diverse course allows you to develop your own
sporting ability, whilst bridging the divide between the
arts and sciences. The PE department at Lordswood
will help to support each student through both the
theoretical and practical components, encouraging
students to learn the excellence required to perform at
the elite level of sport and inspire students to develop
their own ethos for success within the sixth form.

areas of study
You will develop knowledge and skills to help
you understand the opportunities for, and effects
of, leading a healthy and active lifestyle. You will
also study how we learn skills and the impact of
psychological factors on performance. In addition, you
will learn about the evolution of sport and society and
the technological developments. You will be given the
opportunity to build on your experience and improve
personal skills/techniques in a sport of your choice to
improve performance.

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Physics
A Level

progression

Physicists look for all the hidden laws that explain
why all matter (that’s every physical thing) and energy
in the known universe exists, where it comes from and
how it behaves the way it does. So if you’re wondering
how forces of nature, like gravity, work or how aircraft
stay up in the air, you’ll need to go to a physicist like
Brian Cox, Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein for an
explanation. Physicists use the laws they uncover to
develop new materials, machinery and technology to
improve our lives and help us explore the universe
further, from computers to telescopes and spacecraft.

Physics is an extremely
useful subject for the
majority of STEM (science,
technology, engineering, &
maths) careers and you’ll
find physicists everywhere
in industry, transport,
government, universities,
the armed forces, the secret
service, games companies,
research labs and more.

Physics will help you to build up your problem
solving, research and analytical skills. With these
skills you’ll be able to test out new ideas as well as
question and investigate other people’s theories,
which is useful for any kind of job that involves
research or debate.

areas of study
You will study core topics such as mechanics, electric
circuits, materials, waves and particle nature of light,
nuclear and particle physics, space and gravitational
fields.

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Psychology
A Level

progression

Psychology means ‘the study of the human mind’,
but psychology is more than this. Psychology is
everywhere around us. It is emotional, it is scientific,
and, above all, it makes us ask questions about
our role in the world. This course offers you the
opportunity to learn about the science behind human
behaviour and how laws about human behaviour
can be developed. You will then go on to explore the
many different strands of psychology and you will
also consider issues and debates that psychologists
consider when attempting to explain human
behaviour.

Many of our students go
on to study psychology or
psychology related degrees
at university. There are
also many careers that link
to psychology, including
teaching, law, criminology
and counselling.

areas of study
Why do we remember some things and not others?
How can brain damage affect one’s memory?
Why did the holocaust happen? Will it happen again?
Why do we conform?
What happens to the body when we are stressed?
What happens to the body when we are sleeping?
How do we form and maintain relationships? Why do
they break down?
Are criminals born or are they made?

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Religious Studies
A Level

progression

A level religious studies develops your skills in critical
analysis of the influence of beliefs and theories,
textual interpretation of the Bible and evaluating
the success of ethical and philosophical theories.
The A level is 100% examination assessed so there
will not be pressure from coursework or controlled
assessment. Your religious studies teachers will
ensure you are fully prepared for your examination in
both examination technique and thorough knowledge
of the content. Your teachers offer many exciting
opportunities to develop your studies, including visits
to local universities and places of worship, master
class revision sessions, team research challenges and
the chance to lead the RE team in their extra curricular
club for younger students.

The transferable skills
developed in RS such as
analysis, evaluation and
understanding the various
influences on human
behaviour and thought
would benefit any career in
public services including
education, health care,
journalism, law, civil service,
human resources, public
relations, law enforcement
sectors as well as many
others.

areas of study
You will study units on the philosophy of religion,
including religious language, evil and suffering,
self, death and the afterlife and the existence of
God. In the first year, you will also study units on
ethics, including the theories of Bentham and Kant,
deontological and teleological ethics, free will and
moral responsibility. In the second year you will
then study the dialogues between philosophy and
Christianity and ethics and Christianity, considering
how religious belief influences the individual’s and
society’s responses to ultimate questions.

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Rock School Music Practitioner
• Extended Certificate
• Extended Diploma
The music practitioners qualification is a flexible,
vocational music course that aims to train you in the
skills you need for a career in the music industry.
It offers a wide variety of modules for you to study.
You will be supported with your exploration of
these modules whilst also developing transferable
and functional skills. These are embedded in your
lessons to help you achieve your ambitions in the
music industry and to help you to step up to higher
education.

areas of study
There are several pathways available including music
technology, performance, business and composition.
We will help you decide which is best for you and
guide you on your journey. Through studying the
various modules you will develop the skills required
for your desired career.

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progression
With the skills you learn on
this course you will have
an excellent foundation to
allow you to take up any
role in the music industry
(further specific training
may be required). The
music business is a vast,
vibrant and varied industry,
employing huge numbers
of people and generating
billions every year globally.

Sociology
A Level

progression

Sociology is the study of how society works, so if you
are interested in people or if you want to understand
what is happening in the world, this is the course for
you. It involves asking important questions about our
society. Lessons will involve debating these different
topics and examining a wide range of views and then
making your own decision on how you think society
works.

Former students have
gone on to study a wide
range of subjects including
criminology, politics,
international relations,
psychology and social
policy.

areas of study
In sociology you will look at a range of issues across
education, family, media and crime. You will look at
issues like:
• Why do people commit crime?
• Why are males more likely to commit crime than
females?
• How are certain groups targeted by the police?
• How is the media controlled by wealthy
businesses?
• How does our education system teach us to
conform in society?
• In what ways is the idea of childhood
disappearing?
• How does the media shape our thoughts and
behaviour?
• How has family life changed?

Sociology is also studied as
part of the training for many
jobs including business
management, advertising,
journalism, prison work,
teaching, law, nursing, the
police and social work.

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Spanish
A Level

progression

The Spanish A level qualification has been developed
to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the
language, literature, film and culture of the Spanishspeaking world. This course features familiar and
popular themes as well as content that provides clear
links to some of the most fundamental and interesting
aspects of the culture of the target language country
and communities.

With the skills you learn
you could be an interpreter,
translator or teacher. Even
if you wish to pursue
your studies in a different
domain, the ability to speak
a foreign language is an
incredible asset that is
valued by universities and
employers as it offers a
wide range of skills such
as communication and
reasoning skills, leadership
and resilience.

areas of study
The course has a straightforward structure with
four engaging themes, La evolución de la sociedad
Española; La cultura política y artística en el mundo
hispanohablante; La inmigración y la sociedad
multicultural Española and La dictadura franquista
y la transición a la democracia. The four themes are
studied alongside two works (either two literary texts
or one literary text and one film) assessed through
two externally-examined papers and one speaking
assessment.

Sports Development, Coaching
& Fitness
• Extended Certificate
• Extended Diploma
Do you have a genuine interest in sport? Do you
enjoy playing sport? Do you have a good general
sporting knowledge and keep up to date with sport in
the media? Have you previously studied GCSE PE or
BTEC Sport? Do you want to pursue a career within
the sports industry? If you have answered ‘yes’ to any
of the previous questions, then read on!
Within the PE department, we offer a vocational BTEC
course which is taught by energetic, enthusiastic
and experienced members of staff. Lessons are
a combination of both practical and theoretical
components that provide you with the opportunity
to learn about the human body and how it adapts
to exercise, to plan and deliver physical activity
sessions, to understand the impact of sport upon
society and to explore the impact that sports
psychology can have upon elite performers.

areas of study

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The qualification offers a wider range of units which
learners can explore through practical and theory
sessions. These include nutrition, which enables
learners to access up to date public health guidelines
on nutritional requirements, health screening and
fitness testing which provides learners with the
opportunity to investigate a range of laboratory and
field-base fitness tests, sports leadership and injuries.

progression
You could progress to
university to study for
a degree in a variety of
sports related areas such
as coaching and fitness,
sports coaching, sports
rehabilitation, sports
therapy,or a physical
education teaching degree.
Alternatively, you could
enter into employment
in the sports and leisure
industry in roles such as
physical training instructors,
fitness coaches, sports
administrators, sports
development officers or
physical training instructors
in the armed forces.
You also have the option
of degrees or employment
in non-sports related areas
as this vocational course
is nationally recognised
by colleges, universities,
employers and professional
bodies.

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Digital Media
Level 2 First Diploma

progression

Have you ever fancied making your own TV
programme or designing an advertising campaign?
Do you like working creatively with computers and
digital equipment? This course is ideal for anyone
who wants to develop their digital media skills and
produce their own media products. The course is
delivered through a series of practical projects where
you will get the chance to use up-to-date digital
equipment and software. You will learn how to film
and edit video, develop your graphic design skills and
create eye-catching advertisements. You will also
gain a great understanding of how the media industry
works.

The digital media diploma
provides a stepping stone
towards studying film
and media courses at
university or other arts, IT
or humanities subjects.
Students develop practical
ICT and production skills,
organisational, analytical,
research and communication
skills. These skills are
transferable to a wide range
of career opportunities both
in and out of the media and
communication sector.

areas of study
You will complete 11 units including digital media
sectors, digital moving image production, digital
photography, graphic design, digital art and website
production.

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Health and Social Care
Level 2 Cambridge Technicals

progression

The health and social care level 2 course includes six
units. Although designed to skill you up for a career
in health and social care, they also provide you with
transferable employment skills, enabling you to follow
a variety of different career paths in the future. You
will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with
others discussing ideas, carrying out role plays and
producing work in a range of styles.

There are many roles
available in the health and
social care sector where you
can make a difference to
people’s lives. The demand
is growing for skilled
nurses, midwives, healthcare
workers, social workers,
physiotherapists and other
allied health professionals.
You can progress into
employment, level 3 study
or follow an apprenticeship
pathway.

areas of study
During the course you will be studying health and
safety, safeguarding and the principles of working
in health and social care sectors. There will be a
specialised pathway where you will carry out a period
of work experience.

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ICT
Level 2 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

progression

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications
designed with the workplace in mind and will provide
you with the knowledge and skills required for entry
into employment and the community as a whole. The
course has been designed to be up to date, engaging,
fit for purpose and suitable for the needs of students
in 2017.

This qualification will
provide an introduction
to the IT sector and can
be a stepping stone into
employment or further study.

areas of study
The aim of the course is to develop your knowledge
and understanding of, and skills in, the essentials of
IT and cyber security. You will gain an insight into the
IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological
change and the importance of legal and security
considerations.

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Laboratory science
Level 2 Technical Diploma

progression

The level 2 diploma in laboratory science is a practical
qualification focussed on students developing and
applying technical and transferable skills as well as
industry specific knowledge, whilst also preparing for
the work place.

It is an ideal qualification for
those intending to progress
directly to employment in a
science-related laboratory,
as health science laboratory
assistant or a pharmaceutical
laboratory assistant, or
for those who want to
pursue a laboratory science
apprenticeship or a level 3
qualification.

areas of study
This qualification has been developed in consultation
with employers within the laboratory science sector in
order to ensure you develop the skills and behaviours
that will give you the best opportunity when applying
for work within a laboratory.
The areas covered include laboratory health and
safety, working in a science laboratory, assisting in
the work of a laboratory, preparing and clearing down
a laboratory, handling scientific data and planning a
scientific investigation.

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Entry requirements
Subject

Applied Science

Qualification

Pathway

GCSE GCSE Subject
Subject Specific Grade
English Maths needed to Requirements
be studied
previously

Health & Social
Care

Extended Certificate

3&4

3

N

GCSE - C or above
Vocational level 2 - pass or
above

Extended Diploma

2

3

N

GCSE - C or above
Vocational level 2 - pass or
above

History

A Level

4

4

Y

GCSE - C in history. If grade
4 is achieved in English,
consideration may be
depending on history grade
achieved.

IT

Extended Certificate

3

3

4

N

GCSE - C or above if studied
previously
Vocational level 2 - pass or
above

IT & Computing

Introductory
Diploma

3

3

4

N

GCSE - C or above if studied
previously
Vocational level 2 - pass or
above

6

Y

GCSE - 6 or above on the
higher paper, 6/7 preferable

N

GCSE - C or above if studied
previously

Y

GCSE - B or above AND grade 5
or above in instrument or voice

N

GCSE - C if studied previously

National Foundation
Extended Diploma

3&4

4

4

Y

GCSE - CC in core and
additional science

Extended Certificate

2

4

4

Y

GCSE - CC in core and
additional science

Biology

A Level

4

5

5

Y

GCSE - BBB In biology,
chemistry, and physics OR BB
in core AND additional science

Business

A Level

3&4

4

5

N

GCSE - C or above if studied
previously

4

4

N

GCSE - D or above if studied
previously

Mathematics

A Level

4

4

Media Studies

A Level

3&4

4

Music

A Level

4

4

Photography

A Level

3

4

Physical Education

A Level

4

4

4

N

GCSE - C or above AND CC in
science

Physics

A Level

4

5

5

Y

GCSE - BBB in biology,
chemistry, and physics OR BB
in core AND additional science

Psychology

A Level

4

4

4

N

GCSE - C or above if studied
previously plus grade C in
science

Religious Studies

A Level

3&4

4

N

GCSE - C if studied previously

Rockschool Music
Practitioner

Extended Certificate

3

3

N

GCSE - C or above if studied
previously
Vocational level 2 - merit or
above

Extended Diploma

2

3

N

GCSE - C or above if studied
previously
Vocational level 2 - merit or
above

Sociology

A Level

3&4

4

N

GCSE - C if studied previously

Spanish

A Level

4

4

Y

GCSE - B or above

3

3

N

An interest in sport is desired

2

3

N

An interest in sport is desired.

Extended Certificate
Chemistry

A Level

4

5

5

Y

GCSE - BBB in biology,
chemistry, and physics OR BB
in core AND additional science

Computer Science

A Level

4

4

5

N

GCSE - C or above if studied
previously

Creative &
Performing Arts

Diploma

3&4

4

N

GCSE - C or above if studied
previously

Digital Media

Extended Diploma

2

4

N

GCSE - D or above if studied
previously

English Language
& Literature

A Level

3&4

5

Y

GCSE - 5 or above in English
language AND 5 or above in
English literature if studied
previously

English Literature

A Level

4

5

Y

GCSE - 5 or above in English
language AND 5 or above in
English literature if studied
previously

Film Studies

A Level

3&4

4

N

An interest in film and film
making

Fine Art

A Level

3&4

4

N

GCSE - high grade C or passion
for the subject area including
the presentation of a portfolio

French

A Level

4

4

Y

GCSE - B or above

Geography

A Level

4

4

Y

GCSE - C or above

Government &
Politics

A Level

3&4

4

N

GCSE - C or above in history
or sociology OR 4 in English if
history/sociology not studied

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4

Sport Development, Extended Certificate
Coaching, and
Extended diploma
Fitness

4

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Application Procedure

what next?

Visit us
To discover more about the courses you are interested in and life at
Lordswood Sixth Form Centre, come and visit us! Contact the Sixth Form
Team to arrange a date and time.

Apply Online At
Visit our website and click the ‘apply online’ button. Fill in the online
application form and send it off. The closing date for applications is 17th
February 2017.

Attend first interview
We will send you a letter inviting you to attend an initial interview. This first
meeting will allow us to assess your suitability for the courses in which you
are interested, as well as being a great time for you to ask us any questions
you may have. You will need to bring a copy of your most recent results to
the meeting.

Receive your offer

You will find out whether or not your application has been successful, as
well as the conditions of your offer, within two weeks of your interview
(entry requirements for all courses can be found on page 54).

Attend induction day
Once GCSEs are over, you will be invited for an induction day at Lordswood
Sixth Form Centre. This day is designed to give you all the information
you’ll need to take up your place as well as being a real insight into life here
at LSFC.

Attend second interview
You will be sent an interview slot for after your GCSE results so we can
finalise your programme of study based on your actual results.

Start your programme of study!
After this final step, it’s time for you to take your place at Lordswood Sixth
Form Centre!

NB: If you currently study at Lordswood Girls’ or Boys’ Schools, you will have IAG
meetings to help with your choices and your application.

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Lordswood Sixth Form Centre is located in Harborne, Birmingham, near
to the Hagley Road. Students attend the sixth form from a wide catchment
area including Rubery, Rednal, Wolverhampton and Dudley. The school
is well served with regular buses from Birmingham City Centre and the
circular number 11 drops students conveniently a few minutes walk from the
Lordswood school entrance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to find us
Lordswood Sixth Form Centre,
Lordswood Girls’ School,
Knightlow Road,
Harborne,
B17 8QB

I’ve missed Open Evening, can I still visit the Sixth Form?
Yes - please contact the Sixth Form team and we can arrange a time for you
to come in for a meeting and a tour.
Is there any financial support given to help with my studies?
The sixth form student bursary is offered to students who meet the criteria.
Full information about how to apply for the bursary is given at our induction
day in July and is available on the website.
I’m not sure what subjects I want to study, and what if I change my mind?
You will need to select subjects when you apply to us to help us to plan our
curriculum and staffing. If you change your mind you should let us know.
There will be a transition period at the start of Year 12 where there will be an
opportunity to change your subjects if they are not right for you.
I’m worried I won’t get the grades for my chosen courses, what next?
We meet with all students after the GCSE results in August to check that
you have the requirements for your chosen courses. If you have not met our
requirements we can usually offer you an alternative programme of study.
I didn’t attend Lordswood for my lower years education, will I be the only one?
We are proud to say that students from a very wide range of schools
choose Lordswood Sixth Form Centre due to our results and personal
recommendations. We have over 50 ‘external’ students each year and they
soon become part of the Lordswood family. We are a friendly and supportive
Sixth Form!
I am a late applicant, is there still a chance I can get a place at your Sixth
Form?
Please get in touch and we can let you know if we still have places in the
sixth form and for your chosen courses.
I have previously studied abroad and my qualifications are from a different
country, will you be able to accept me?
We need to be satisfied that your qualifications are the equivalent to GCSEs.
Provide us with as much information as possible about examinations you
have taken and the results achieved. We will consider these on a case by
case basis.
Any other questions? Ask for one of the Sixth Form Team on 0121 429 2838
or email sfc-enquiry@lordswoodtrust.co.uk

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Top 10 reasons to choose LSFC
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A brand new
sixth form
building

excellent
results

broad
curriculum

culture
of high
expectations

personalised
approach

creating
leaders of
the future

dedicated
teachers

outstanding
pastoral
care

taking sport
seriously

preparing you
for the world
of work

why will you
come to
Lordswood sixth
form centre?

Disclaimer
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this
prospectus. Any changes to our course provision or entrance requirements
will be updated on the Lordswood Sixth Form Centre website.