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A warm welcome to Finham Park 2 Sixth Form

At Finham Park 2 Sixth Form our aim is simple: to support all students to reach their full potential.
We will focus on academic excellence, preparing students for university education and the world of work

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Finham Park 2 Sixth Form will build on our strong foundations of high-quality teaching and learning, and excellent enrichment opportunities. Exceptional support and guidance will ensure that all of our students are happy, engaged, challenged and ready for the next steps in their educational or working life; whether it is to university, an apprenticeship or full-time employment. Personal and academic excellence will be reflected through high standards in all aspects of sixth form life, already clearly evident amongst our current students.

We are offering a broad range of subjects at A Level as well as vocational courses, with further subjects available from our partner schools.There really is something for everyone. The Sixth Form curriculum is designed to equip you with more than just good grades however: For you to succeed beyond life at Finham Park 2, you will need to demonstrate independence, confidence and determination- we will help you develop these whilst you study with us.

Our school community is a welcoming environment where we know every individual.Staff, students and parents will work in partnership to help you succeed and be ready to ‘embrace the world’ when you leave us.We welcome applications from students whether you have studied with us previously or are joining us in year 12.

We hope you find all the information you need on our website, however should you have any further questions, please do get in touch.

I look forward to welcoming you into our sixth form community.

Russell Plester - Headteacher

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Finham Park 2 is proud of its reputation in the local community and we are excited about opening a brand new 6th form.  An opportunity for students to succeed in every area of their lives in a supportive and personalised environment.  We will ensure all students reach the highest possible standards in everything they do with no one being left behind.  We look forward to receiving an application from you via our website and helping you make the transition into post-16 education.

Andy Ditch - Deputy Headteacher

What we can offer

A happy, safe and caring community with a family ethos
Excellent teaching, support and personal development
An exciting and broad curriculum enhanced by our partners
High emphasis on our core values of Pride, Respect and Responsibility
Raising students’ expectations of what they can achieve
Opportunities to enrich students’ experience
Aspirational opportunities

Our Curriculum

Biology A-Level

Biology A-Level

Exam board: OCR Biology A

Curriculum Content in each year

COURSE CONTENT

Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology

  • Practical skills assessed in a written examination.
  • Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2: Foundations in biology Cell structure

  • Biological molecules
  • Nucleotides and nucleic acids
  • Enzymes
  • Biological membranes
  • Cell division
  • cell diversity
  • cellular organisation.

Module 3: Exchange and transport

  • Exchange surfaces
  • Transport in animals
  • Transport in plants

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

  • Communicable diseases
  • disease prevention and the immune system
  • Biodiversity
  • Classification and evolution.

Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

  • Communication and homeostasis,
  • Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
  • Neuronal communication
  • Hormonal communication
  • Plant and animal responses
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration

Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

  • Cellular control
  • Patterns of inheritance
  • Manipulating genomes
  • Cloning and biotechnology
  • Ecosystems
  • Populations and sustainability.

How it will be taught: Biology is 100% externally assessed and there is no coursework or controlled assessments. However, you will be required to develop a range of practical skills throughout their course in preparation for the written examinations. You will also apply this knowledge in a theoretical and practical context when handling qualitative and quantitative data. In addition, you will analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence to make judgements and reach conclusions and develop and refine practical design and procedures.

Assessment: There are 3 exams totalling 6 hours of exam assessment. Biological processes (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from Modules 1,2,3 and 5. Biological diversity (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from 1,2,4 and 6, and unified biology (1 hour 30 minutes) assesses content from all modules 1-6.

Specific entry requirements (to be able to get onto the course): Minimum of grade 6 in Biology or a grade 7 in combined science.

Future opportunities: The A-Level Biology course will prepare you for progression to undergraduate study, enabling you to enter a range of academic and vocational careers in biological sciences, medicine and biomedical sciences, veterinary science, agriculture and related sectors. Biology qualifications are either necessary or desirable for further study in many areas, most commonly: Medicine, Agriculture, Histology, Veterinary Science, Forestry Sport Science, Dentistry,  Forensics,  Food Technology, Ophthalmics,  Pharmacy/Pharmacology,  Environmental Science,  Physiotherapy, Nursing,  Nature Conservation,  Zoology,  Child Care,  Research,  Botany.

BTEC - Extended Certificate in Sport

BTEC - Extended Certificate in Sport

Exam board: Pearson – National Extended Certificate

Curriculum Content in each year: There are three mandatory units of learning: (1) Anatomy and Physiology; (2) Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing; and (3) Professional Development in the Sports Industry. Furthermore, you can also choose to study the following optional units: Sports Leadership; Application of Fitness Testing; Sport Psychology; and Practical Sports Performance.

How it will be taught: If you studied GCSE P.E, this course we be studied in a similar format where the majority of the lessons will be sports science theory lessons taught in a science classroom. Additionally, the remainder of the lessons will be split between completion of your coursework assignments and improving your physical ability in a range of new and exciting sports that will be taught at FP2 and at external facilities include Warwick University’s climbing wall.

Assessment: There are three types of assessment within the course: formal tests in exam conditions, controlled coursework in monitored conditions, and practical performance. This means students have the opportunity to aim for maximum marks in three different disciplines which caters for all students’ learning styles allowing them to excel.

Specific entry requirements: All students who choose to study this course must have an active interest in sports science and play at least one sport at club level. Both of these elements are vital for success in BTEC Sport. Having already studied GCSE P.E. would be beneficial but is not a requirement of taking this course. Specifically, students who have achieved at least 4 grade 4 GCSEs and a minimum of a level 5 in GCSE P.E (if applicable) will be able to choose to study this course.

Future opportunities: This course is heavily reliant on scientific study so could lead you onto several career pathways. The first is to choose to study sport at degree level. Potential sports degree courses are: Sport Science, Sports Journalism, Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Sport Psychologist, Nutritionist, Sport Technology, Strength and Conditioning, P.E Teaching, and Sport and Leisure Management.

Conversely, the anatomy and physiology units in this course would be highly beneficial when applying to study to be a doctor, nurse or dentist. Lastly, students who have chosen to study BTEC sport have also gone into public service in the military or emergency services. All public services and universities regard BTEC sport as a substantial course where students have had to show they are well rounded individuals to succeed at this course.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

Exam board: Pearson

Curriculum Content (by component):

  1. Investigating Practitioners Work (90)
  2. Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (90)
  3. Group Performance Workshop (120)
  4. Optional Dance or Acting Style Examination (60)

In brackets are the credits for each unit.

How it will be taught:

All Performing Arts students are taught together, however, there are two pathways students can choose to specialise in: Dance and Acting. Each module will be taught through a number of workshops and activities, enabling the performer to respond to the objectives and stimuli, and explore topics they are interested in and passionate about.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed in all four components over the two years. There are options across the course to be assessed on a solo performance, or in an ensemble. All of the components include a practical performance, with some components requiring written and/or oral coursework.

Specific entry requirements (to be able to get onto the course): 5 GCSEs. Experience in either Dance or Drama.

Future opportunities (careers, where it can lead, university, jobs etc.):

In the mandatory content and the selected optional units that focus on technical preparation, learners will be acquiring the key knowledge and skills that employers need. In addition, employability skills such as teamwork and entrepreneurialism, and completing realistic tasks, have been built into the design of the learning aims and content.

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Chemistry A-Level

Chemistry A-Level

Exam board: OCR Chemistry A.

Curriculum Content in each year (by component):

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry

  • Practical skills assessed in a written examination.
  • Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement.

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry

  • Atoms
  • compounds
  • molecules and equations
  • Amount of substance
  • Acid–base and redox reactions
  • Electrons
  • bonding and structure

Module 3: Periodic table and energy

  • The periodic table and periodicity
  • Group 2 and the halogens
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Enthalpy changes
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)

Module 4: Core organic chemistry

  • Basic concepts
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols and halo-alkanes
  • Organic synthesis
  • Analytical techniques (IR and MS)

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

  • Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
  • pH and buffers
  • Enthalpy
  • entropy and free energy
  • Redox and electrode potentials
  • Transition elements

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

  • Aromatic compounds
  • Carbonyl compounds
  • Carboxylic acids and esters
  • Nitrogen compounds
  • Polymers
  • Organic synthesis
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

How it will be taught: Chemistry is 100% externally assessed and there is no coursework or controlled assessments. However, you will be required to develop a range of practical skills throughout their course in preparation for the written examinations.

Assessment: There are 3 exams totalling 6 hours of exam assessment. Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from Modules 1,2,3 and 5. Synthesis and analytical techniques (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from 1,2,4 and 6, and unified chemistry (1 hour 30 minutes) assesses content from all modules 1-6. Within A-Level Chemistry, 20% of the marks available within written examinations will be for assessment of mathematics.

Specific entry requirements: Minimum of grade 6 in Chemistry or a grade 7 in combined science. Future opportunities: Students studying A-Level Chemistry can be awarded a Practical Endorsement in Chemistry. This non-exam assessment component rewards the development of practical competency for chemistry and is teacher assessed. Chemistry ‘A’ level can get you in to a variety of degree courses from marine chemistry to chemical engineering, food chemistry to neurochemistry, environmental chemistry to biological chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences and beyond. It is an essential requirement for entry to a degree in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. Careers range from the more traditional laboratory-based work through to photography, art restoration and music technology.

D & T Engineering

D & T Engineering

Exam board: OCR

Curriculum Content:

Component 01: Principles of Design Engineering

Students will:

  • Analyse existing products
  • Demonstrate applied mathematical skills
  • Demonstrate their technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques
  • Undertake case studies to demonstrate their understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.

Component 2 : Problem Solving

Students will:

  • Apply their knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products to given situations and problems
  • Demonstrate their higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions.

Component 3/4 : Iterative design project

Students identify a design opportunity or problem to respond to in the development of a design solution. They create a chronological portfolio of evidence in real-time as they design, make and evaluate the project according to the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate.

How it will be taught:  

There will be the opportunity to study the two strands: Design Engineering (H404); Design and Technology: Design and Technology: Product Design (H406)

Assessment:  

COMPONENT MARKS DURATION WEIGHTING
Principles of design engineering 80 1 hour 30 minutes 26.7%
Problem Solving in design engineering 70 1 hour 45 minutes 23.3%
Iterative Design Project 100 Approximately 65 hours 50%

Specific entry requirements:

GCSE D&T  grade 6 + or Cambridge National Engineering Design/ Engineering Manufacture

Future opportunities

The skills gained in this course will be of great benefit to any candidate considering applying for university courses in Product/ Industrial Design, Engineering, Marketing, CAD/ Animation, Textiles, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Automotive Design, Furniture Design, Jewellery Design, Architecture.  Students wishing to access an apprenticeship in Engineering or Marketing will also find the course of great value.  Other transferrable skills include independence, problem solving, collaborative working, presentation/ communication skills and time management.

English Literature

English Literature

Exam board: AQA English Literature Specification B.

Method of Assessment

Paper 1: Literary Genres: Aspects of Tragedy 2.5 hours closed book (40% of A Level)

Paper 2: Texts and Genres: Elements of political and social protest writing 3 hours open book (40% of A Level)

NEA: Theory and Independence (20% of A Level)

Course Content

Genre study is at the heart of English Literature B and the four broad genres available for study are tragedy, comedy, crime writing and political and social protest writing. Just as meanings of texts are not fixed, neither are definitions of genre, which frequently change and become blurred. The texts offered, therefore, are not necessarily classic examples of established genres and this is reflected in the modifying words 'aspects of' and 'elements of'. Indeed, the specification takes into account the fact that writers often subvert the genre in which they are writing.

Working with genre involves looking at ways in which authors shape meanings within their texts. It also involves thinking about a wide range of relevant contexts, some of them to do with the production of the text at the time of its writing, some (where possible) to do with how the text has been received over time and, most of all in this specification, contexts to do with how the text can be interpreted by readers now. Looking at texts as generic works involves connecting individual texts with others, as the whole idea of genre is a connective one. And finally, because genres and their qualities are not fixed, this means that interpretation is not fixed, and that multiple interpretations are possible.

Future Opportunities

English Literature is recognised as a rigorous academic subject. The ability to communicate articulately, analyse closely and research independently are taught, honed and perfected throughout the course. These skills are greatly desired by employers. The course will ensure that you are well prepared to study English Literature at degree level and, subsequently, English graduates are qualified to enter a range of careers: teaching, writing, advertising, publishing, journalism and many more. English Literature is also viewed positively by many other essay-based degree courses, should you decide not to pursue the subject. The course is designed to make you a critical, informed and assured surveyor of literature and will certainly ready you for further Literature studies.

Specific entry requirements

Students will need to have achieved a Grade 6 in English Literature GCSE.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Exam board: AQA

Curriculum Content in each year:

EPQ provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare them for university and/ or a future career. It can be used to earn extra UCAS points and can be taken as a stand-alone qualification.

How it will be taught:

There will be taught sessions to help develop the range of skills needed for the Extended Project. These include: Research methods; Presentation skills; Project management skills; Dealing with ethical issues; Action planning; Self- and peer-evaluation skills to aid reflection on learning; and personal development.

You also need to complete a report showing your initial planning, a project outline, amid project review, and an end of project review, a summary of your project, a record of your presentation and your reflections on the project. The project involves 120 learning hours, 30 of which are guided. You will be expected to complete at least 90 hours of independent learning including research, critical analysis, problem solving, essay writing and self-reflection.

Assessment:

Students can: Complete a dissertation; produce an artefact e.g. sculpture, model or DVD; Develop and showcase a performance e.g. sport, drama or music; Conduct an investigation / field study.

Students need to produce a production log, verified by the supervisor, a written report, supplementary evidence and a presentation.

Students will be assessed against four objectives:

AO1 Manage (15-25%)- Identify, design, plan and complete the individual project or task within a group project, applying organisation skills and strategies to meet stated objectives.

AO2 Use resources (15-25%)- Obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of their topic

AO3 Develop and realise (35-45%)- Select and use a range of skills, including new technologies, to solve problems, to take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, and to achieve planned outcomes

AO4 Review (15-25%)- Evaluate outcomes including own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to convey and present outcomes and conclusions

Specific entry requirements: 6th form entry requirements

Future opportunities (careers, where it can lead, university, jobs etc.):

Employers like the skills it develops. It enables you to develop the higher level of research skills you will need in the world of work or as an undergraduate. It can be used to enhance your UCAS application i.e. If you are interested in a degree in Chemistry you can do your project based on a specific hypothesis. 

The Extended Project carries up to 28 UCAS points, depending on what grade you achieve. This can be used towards a points offer from a university; The Extended Project cannot be used against a grade offer (for example, AAA), but some universities may offer an alternative for candidates studying the Extended Project. Universities are also recognising the Extended Project as a valuable part of a student’s profile on their UCAS application.

Fine Art

Fine Art

Exam board : Edexcel

Curriculum Content and Assessment  : 60% Coursework &  40% Exam

Component 1 : Coursework Unit  60%  :  September year 1 – December year 2

You will complete a Personal Investigation on a theme incorporating three major elements contained in a Sketchbook and large folder comprising of ;

  • Supporting studies – Developmental work, experiments and observations resulting in  generating ideas for practical work, outcomes and personal study
  • Practical work – Development work and final outcomes (Preparatory , Mid and Final outcomes on paper ,canvas, board,  textiles , mount board presentations, Photographic or 3D pieces of work )
  • Personal study – (minimum 1000 words). To be presented and submitted as A3 size boards or a printed book as an illustrated essay relating to an area of your interest within historical, cotemporary, cultural or issue based contexts. You practical work and development will be linked and will provide practical context and personalisation to the essay.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)  Jan–May of year 2 + 15hr sustained focus-controlled  test (Practical Exam) This is made up from  work in Sketchbooks and folders fulfilling the assessment objectives and comprises of ;

  • Supporting studies :  Developmental work,  outcomes generating ideas for practical work and personal study ( Sketchbook and large work folder based)
  • Practical work : Development work and final outcomes (Preparatory , Mid outcomes on paper ,canvas, board,  textiles , mount board presentations, Photographic or 3D pieces of work and final pieces)
  • 15 hour exam – Period of Sustained focus over 3-4 days in May. (Final outcome )

How it will be taught

A Level Fine Art is a bridge to further education in the creative sector. The course is structured in a similar way to the GCSE course allowing students to consistently build their skills in a range of areas. Students will initially be expected to explore a range of processes before commencing research into their chosen theme. You will learn to combine multi-media processes, and learn specialist traditional techniques of oil-based canvas painting, acrylic painting , mono, block printing etching and silk screen, modelling / sculpting in 2D or 3D , ceramics and mixed media sculpture, drawing and drafting visual outcomes as well as using photography, digital programs , other light based media (including video) and of course mixed media!

 You will develop skills of critical analysis and interpretation of your own and others' work, researching and contextualising art. This will develop confidence in your oral communication skills relating to concepts in art, broadening your artistic vocabulary and developing an ability to use a wide range of specialist terms in context.

Sketchbooks are used to document the development of your ideas throughout each assignment and should contain your initial research, visual studies, design development and experimentation, along with your final designs and evaluation. It is expected that you annotate your ideas and reflect on your development as the assignment progresses.

In preparation for University or placements within the arts, students will be self-motivated, inquisitive and critical of their work and that of others. Subject staff  alongside the students strengths and interests will guide them to  refine, stretch and challenge their skills and perspectives. They will gain experience of working with a range of materials. Students will then focus to refine their skills and deepen their understanding of the creative processes desired by many industries. In turn, students will build their transferable skills, creative thinking and ability to independently build a portfolio to be proud of but more importantly to open doors for future opportunities .

Assessment: 80% Exam (2 x 40%), 20% Coursework.

Specific entry requirements:  Students Wishing to take a Fine Art Route would be required to have grade 5 or above in GCSE Fine Art, or unendorsed art and design (or related subject) Students who have not taken GCSE  but who may have a strong portfolio and evidence of work may be considered at the course leaders discretion.

Future opportunities:

With one in twelve jobs in the UK in the creative industries, 2.62 million employed  in the creative industries  including  25,000  people within 10 miles of FP2. Since 2011, the UK creative industries workforce has added almost half a million jobs - an increase of approximately 28% ( that’s  2.28 % growth year on year )  This makes it the fastest growing in employment of all the sectors! Creative industries are driving economic growth across the UK, on track to create one million new creative industries jobs between 2013 and 2030!  So why wouldn't you want to be a part of it?! This could be the creative course for you!

After successfully completing A Level Fine Art students either can apply straight to University for a Degree course or may opt to apply for  a foundation course, where  in 12 months they can hone and decide their specialism before their degree. (This is a fully funded year)  You can also take art  even if you are looking for a different career , many other degree courses and employment sectors really appreciate the creativity, out of the box thinking, and fine motor skills that the Arts  courses bring, including the Royal College of Surgeons who recommends taking art to future surgeons! As well as many other Marketing companies in all fields. Creative degrees can lead to any one of the 2.62 million creative jobs in the U.K. This is a fast growing industry and British art students and designers are world leaders. Many of my past students have gone on to have successful careers.  Some careers students might consider include: 

Architecture , Art Therapy,  Artist,  Games design, App designer, Concept artist ,  Advertising, Web design, Sculptor, Fashion Design, Textile design,  Homeware design, Interior design,  Motor industry Design,  Theatre and TV set design, Jewellery Making, Ceramics, Fashion Photography, Commercial Photography, Wedding and portrait photography, Advertising and Marketing, Sports Photographer, Events Photographer, Tattooist, Gallery, Procurer, Community &  Installation work, Community Work, Curator, Carpentry , Artisan , Cake / sugar craft,  Workshop leader, Primary Teacher, Secondary teacher, College / HE Tutor. Film, set, animation, V-logging , Florist, Wedding dress alterations and design. Visual Merchandise, Window design in Business, Working with the Aged / Disabled /Children /Play schemes.

WHERE DO I GO TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

Course Information :

Visit the EDEXCEL website – Art and Design new GCE A - Level specs first teaching from 2015.
See Art subjects – go to the Fine Art pages - www.edexcel.com/subjects.
Faculty Leader: H.Pendergrast@Finhampark2.co.uk

For careers & industry employment information:

Food Science and Nutrition Level 3 certificate/diploma

Food Science and Nutrition Level 3 certificate/diploma

Exam board Eduqas

Curriculum Content in each year

Meeting the nutritional needs of specific groups

  • Ensuring food is safe to eat
  • Experimenting to solve food production problems
  • Current issues in food science and nutrition

How it will be taught

Internal Assessment

The following units are internally assessed:

  • Unit 1: Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups.
  • Unit 3: Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems
  • Unit 4: Current issues in Food Science and Nutrition

Units are assessed through controlled assessment

Performance bands are provided for Level 3 Pass, Level 3 Merit and Level 3 Distinction.

Specific entry requirements

To access the course a grade 5 and above is needed

Future opportunities (careers, where it can lead, university, jobs etc.)

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

Progression

Together with relevant Level 3 qualifications such as AS and A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Sociology and Maths and/or Level 3 qualifications in Hospitality or Science, learners will gain the required knowledge to progress to higher education degree courses, such as:

  •  BSc Food and Nutrition
  •  BSc Human Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology

UCAS Points

Grade Tariff Points
Distinction* 56
Distinction 48
Merit 32
Pass 16
Geography

Geography

Exam board: AQA

Curriculum Content:

  • Physical geography: Water and Carbon cycles, Coastal systems and Hazards
  • Human geography: Global systems and global governance. Changing places and urban environment or Populations and Environments.
  • Geography investigation

How it will be taught:

You will develop investigative skills from the conception of an idea through to evaluation of a whole project. You will evaluate and analyse geographical models and theories. Formulating a reasoned argument using data and your own views will be a key developing skill.

A-Level Geography includes a 3000-4000 word geographical investigation. This is worth 20% of the A-Level and is completed in lessons and independent study time. 
In order to fulfil requirements for the coursework, 4 days of fieldwork study is expected, where students can design, collect and collate data required for their investigations.

Assessment:

2 x 2 1/2 hours exams each worth 40% each. Plus a geographical investigation worth 20%, which is marked and submitted in the spring term of Year 13.

Specific entry requirements:

Grade 5+ in Geography

Future opportunities:

Geography is a highly valued qualification by universities and employers. It incorporates both sciences and the arts and shows a student’s wide range of analytical skills. There are a wide variety of career choices such as sustainability, urban planning, meteorology, the tourist industry, marketing, climate change and natural disaster management.

History

History

Exam board: Edexcel

Curriculum Content:

A level History will be taught through various methods, each tailored to maximising student progress. Note taking will be a large part of the course, as will discussion work and essay writing. Alongside this there will be videos, group presentations and source analysis. 

Option 1 The Crusades, c1095–1204

This option comprises a study in breadth of the early crusading movement from the late eleventh to the early thirteenth century. It has continued relevance as, even today, the crusades exercise a powerful influence in many countries of the Near East, and their legacy continues to shape relations with Europe and the world. The focus of study is on developments and changes over a broad timescale and so the content is presented as themes spanning a significant period: 1095–1192..

Option 2 Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom, c1053–1106

This option comprises a study in depth of England and Normandy from the death of Earl Godwin in 1053, through the reigns of William I and William II to the re-establishment of the Anglo-Norman Kingdom by Henry I in 1107. These were dramatic years of change for England and would shape the course of its history for generations. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the nature and extent of change in government, society and the church, and of the English people’s resistance to changes.

Option 3 Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850–2009

This option comprises two parts: the Aspects in breadth focus on long-term changes and contextualise the Aspects in depth, which focus in detail on key episodes. Together, the breadth and depth topics explore developments that have shaped contemporary America and remain a fundamental issue in US society: the changing pattern of race relations between black and white Americans, both in terms of civil rights and also broader social and cultural changes over a period that began with millions of black Americans in slavery and ended with Barack Obama as President.

Coursework (20% over overall qualification)

The purpose of this coursework is to enable students to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part of an independently researched assignment. The focus is on understanding the nature and purpose of the work of the historian.

Assessment:

  • Paper 1- The Crusades- Written examination, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Paper 2- Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom- Written examination, lasting 2 hours 15 minutes.
  • Paper 3- Civil rights and race relations in the USA- Written examination, lasting 1 hours 30 minutes.
  • Coursework (20% over overall qualification)

Specific entry requirements:

Students must achieve a grade 6 at GCSE History and English.

Future opportunities:

History is clearly an essential subject for those who wish to pursue it at university but it also has a much broader relevance. It is highly appropriate to careers in law, journalism, politics and management, in fact any area in which the ability to evaluate information and present reasoned judgements is useful. Many of Britain’s top company bosses have History degrees as well as Prime Ministers!

Mathematics

Mathematics

Subject

A-Level Mathematics

Exam board: Edexcel

Curriculum Content in each year:

Pure Mathematics

  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions
  • Co-ordinate geometry
  • Sequences and series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical methods
  • Vectors

Statistics and Mechanics

  • Statistical sampling
  • Data representation and interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical distributions
  • Statistical hypothesis testing
  • Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s laws
  • Moments

For more information, please find the link to the Edexcel specification below:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Mathematics/2017/specification-and-sample-assesment/a-level-l3-mathematics-specification.pdf

How it will be taught: All topics from Pure Mathematics will be taught in both years, with the more advanced content for each topic being taught in year 13. Statistics and Mechanics will be taught interchangeably over the two years.

Assessment: The course content consists of pure (2 exams) and applied (1 exam) maths. The pure content will be covered over two papers; the material for the first will be covered in year 12 and the second paper will be more advanced content mostly covered in year 13. This will build on the skills covered in GCSE mathematics. The applied paper will be split into mechanics and statistics and will be covered over both years. All exams will take place at the end of year 13

Specific entry requirements: GCSE Mathematics grade 7 or above.

Please note that to take this subject you must be prepared to undertake some pre-requisite work before September in preparation for an assessment of skills in the first half of the Autumn term.Future opportunities: Mathematics is useful in all areas of life but is also fascinating in its own right; mathematics looks at some of the world’s most intricate and exciting problems and at A Level you get the tools to approach them at a higher level. A Level mathematics supplies students with logic and critical thinking skills and will be useful and exciting regardless of where it is taken.

Photography

Photography

Exam board : Edexcel

Curriculum Content and Assessment  : 60% Coursework &  40% Exam

Component 1 : Coursework Unit  60%  :  September year 1 – December year 2

You will complete a Personal Investigation on a theme incorporating three major elements contained in a Digital  Sketchbook  , Portfolio , and  folder  of work comprising of ;

  • Supporting studies – Developmental work, experiments and observations resulting in  generating ideas for practical work, outcomes and personal study
  • Practical work – Development work and final outcomes (Preparatory , Mid and Final outcomes on photographic prints, books, Video, Film , animation ,prints on  paper ,canvas, board,  textiles and  Experimental 3d / sculptural Photographic work  )
  • Personal study – (minimum 1000 words). To be presented and submitted as A3 size boards or a printed book as an illustrated essay relating to an area of your interest within historical, cotemporary, cultural or issue based contexts. You practical work and development will be linked and will provide practical context and personalisation to the essay.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)  Jan–May of year 2 + 15hr sustained focus-controlled  test (Practical Exam) This is made up from  work in Digital Sketchbooks and  physical folders/portfolios  fulfilling the assessment objectives and comprises of ;

  • Supporting studies :  Developmental work,  outcomes generating ideas for practical work and personal study ( Digital sketchbook  and practical work folder)
  • Practical work : Development work and final outcomes (Preparatory , Mid outcomes) Preparatory , Mid and Final outcomes on photographic prints, books, Video, Film , animation ,prints on  paper ,canvas, board,  textiles and  Experimental 3d / sculptural Photographic work  )
  • 15 hour exam – Period of Sustained focus over 3-4 days in May. (Final outcome)

How it will be taught :

A Level Photography is a bridge to further education in the creative sector as well as l=having links to marketing, media, advertising and many other sectors. The course is structured in a similar way to the GCSE course allowing students to consistently build their skills in a range of areas. Students will be expected to explore a range of processes as they commence research into their chosen theme. You will learn to combine Manual DSLR photography, Digital manipulation in Light Room and Photoshop, as well as multi-media processes and experimental techniques.  Work may take many from the traditional to conceptual, from photography to film and animation as well as instillation work and mixed media outcomes.  Students will become equipped with skills in the studio photography sessions, gaining experience with lighting rigs as well as ‘on location’ skills, reportage, street photography, event photography and experimental photography . Alongside developing skills in critical analysis and interpretation of your own and others' work, researching and contextualising art. This will develop confidence in your oral communication skills relating to concepts in art and photography, film and media broadening your artistic vocabulary and developing an ability to use a wide range of specialist terms in context.

Digital sketchbooks are used to document the development of your ideas throughout each assignment and should contain your initial research, shoots, plans, visual studies, design development and experimentation with equipment and edits, along with your outcomes and evaluations. It is expected that you annotate your ideas and reflect on your development as the project progresses.

In preparation for University or placements within the arts, media/film or marketing/ advertising students will be self-motivated, inquisitive and critical of their work and that of others. Staff work alongside the students strengths and interests and will help guide them to refine, stretch and challenge their skills and perspectives. They will gain experience of working with a range of, equipment, industry standard programs and materials. Students will then focus, refining their skills and deepening their understanding of the creative processes to produce the high quality outcomes that desired by many industries. In turn, students will build their transferable skills, creative thinking and ability to independently build a portfolio to be proud of but more importantly to open doors for future opportunities.

Assessment: 80% Exam (2 x 40%), 20% Coursework.

Specific entry requirements:  Students Wishing to take a Photography would be required to have grade 5 or above ideally in GCSE Photography or in either  Fine Art, Art, Craft &Design  Unendorsed art& design or related subject.  Students who have not taken any of these as GCSE  but who may have a strong portfolio and evidence of work may be considered at the course leaders discretion.

Future opportunities:

With one in twelve jobs in the UK in the creative industries, 2.62 million employed  in the creative industries  including  25,000  people within 10 miles of FP2. Since 2011, the UK creative industries workforce has added almost half a million jobs - an increase of approximately 28% ( that’s  2.28 % growth year on year )  This makes it the fastest growing in employment of all the sectors! Creative industries are driving economic growth across the UK, on track to create one million new creative industries jobs between 2013 and 2030!  So why wouldn't you want to be a part of it?! This could be the creative course for you!

After successfully completing A Level Photography students either can apply straight to University for a Degree course or may opt to apply for  a foundation course, where  in 12 months they can hone and decide their specialism before their degree. (This is a fully funded year)  Photography is relevant and the skills are sought in many other industries so the A-Level isrelevant tothose not looking for a purely Art based route. Photography  ( and film) fits many other Marketing , advertising, graphical, Design & Tech companies, as well as IT and web design etc . Creative degrees can lead to any one of the 2.62 million creative jobs in the U.K. This is a fast growing industry and British art students and designers are world leaders. Many of my past students have gone on to have successful careers.  Some careers students might consider include: 

Fashion Photography, Commercial Photography, Wedding and portrait photography, Advertising and Marketing, Film, set, animation, concept artist,  V-logging , Sports Photographer, Events Photographer,  Architecture , Visual Merchandiser, Web builder , graphical designer,   Art Therapy,  Artist/ photographer , Games design, App designer, Concept artist, Fashion Design, Textile design, Interior design, Theatre and TV set design, Gallery, Procurer, Community &  Installation work, Curator, Primary Teacher, Secondary teacher, College / HE Tutor. Visual Merchandise, Window design, Sign writer. Personalised merchandiser.  Travel  blogger and writer.

WHERE DO I GO TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

Course Information:

Visit the EDEXCEL website – Art and Design > (PHOTOGRAPHY route) new GCE A - Level specs first teaching from 2015.
See Art subjects – go to the Fine Art pages and see > Photography option - www.edexcel.com/subjects.
Faculty Leader: H.Pendergrast@Finhampark2.co.uk

For careers & industry employment information:

Psychology

Psychology

Exam board: Edexcel(TBC)

Curriculum Content in each year:

The topics we will cover are:

Social Psychology- Obedience, Prejudice, Issues & Debates

Cognitive Psychology-Memory, Issues & Debates

Biological Psychology- Aggression, Brain functioning, nervous system and neurotransmitter functioning, Issues & Debates

Learning Theories- Conditioning, Social learning theory, Phobias, Issues & Debates

Clinical Psychology- Abnormality, Schizophrenia and one from anorexia, OCD or unipolar depression DSM, Issues in diagnosis, Treatment for disorders, Issues and debates

Criminological Psychology- Jury decision making, Eye witness testimony, Causes and treatments of crime. Issues and debates.

You will also study research methods and use mathematical skills.

How it will be taught:

The subject is taught through lectures, group-work, practical projects, research, discussions, presentations and role-play. As you study psychology you will begin to understand the factors that affect your behaviour, you will learn about yourself and why you do the things you do. It can teach you about the ways people interact in social situations and give you a better understanding of your own feelings and attitudes. You will also learn techniques that may help you study more effectively.

Assessment:

Paper 1: Foundations of Psychology. Social, Cognitive, Biological and Learning 90 marks, 2 hour exam, 35% of qualification

Paper 2: Applications of Psychology. Clinical and either Criminological/Child/ Health 90 marks, 2 hour exam, 35% of qualification

Paper 3: Psychological Skills. Review of Methodology, Review of studies and Review of Issues and Debates. 80 marks, 2 hour exam, 30% of qualification.

Specific entry requirements:

GCSE Science grade 6+

Future opportunities: Psychology is attractive to all employment and areas of work involving human resources. Psychology instils skills in research, analysis, communication and organisation. It is relevant to those interested in Psychology at degree level, but also popular and useful for those who plan to follow other paths. Psychology can lead to careers in Crime & Forensics, Health and Clinical, Sport and Educational Psychology.

Sociology

Sociology

Exam board: AQA (TBC)

Curriculum Content in each year:

Year 12: Students will study Families and Households and Research Methods, followed by Education with Methods in context. The Families and Households unit enables you to understand the diversity of society, and how family life is structured and is changing. The Research Methods topic allows you to develop your sociological investigation skills, and assess how sociological studies and research are carried out. Education with methods in context, develops an understanding of the education system in the UK and how success can be shaped by your gender, class and ethnicity – and analyses how best sociologists can study schools, lessons and students’ views.

Year 13:  Has two more units - Beliefs in Society, and Crime and Deviance with theory and methods. The first unit, Beliefs in Society, explores why people join religious groups and why there is a worldwide decline in mainstream religion but an increase in fundamentalism, and looks at the role and impact of religion within our society. The last unit, Crime and Deviance, will examine the issues which arise in society when people fail to follow the rules, and explores the reasons which may lie behind criminality. This section also involves looking at Research methods in context, and the potential difficulties in studying crime for Sociologists.

How it will be taught:

The subject is taught through lectures, group-work, research, discussions, presentations and role-play. As you study sociology you will learn about all types of social relationships people share with each other; in families, communities, schools and the work place.

Assessment:

Exams will take place at the end of Year 13, though mocks will take place towards the end of Year 12 as well. In Year 13, there will be three examinations.

  • Paper 1 – Education
  • Paper 2 – Families and Households, and Beliefs in Society
  • Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance

There will be questions in all three papers on research methods.

Specific entry requirements:

English GCSE grade 6+

Future opportunities:

Sociology is a subject which allows you to look at the society you are part of in different ways. It is particularly useful for many professions including medicine, education, the media, journalism, law, PR, marketing, social research, politics, teaching, social work, nursing and business where knowledge of society is required.

Spanish

Spanish

Exam board: AQA

Curriculum Content in each year:

In A-Level Spanish, you will study the following topics:

Year 12:

  • Aspects of Hispanic society – Modern and traditional values, Cyberspace and Equal rights.
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world – Modern day idols, Spanish regional identity and cultural heritage or cultural landscape.

Year 13:

  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society – Immigration, Racism, and Integration.
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world – Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens, Monarchies, republics and dictatorships and Popular movements.

How it will be taught:

Your understanding of these four topics will be examined via the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will also develop translation skills into Spanish, demonstrating strong understanding of grammar and register.

In addition, you will study one literary work, the play, La Casa de Bernarda Alba, and one film, Volver. You will learn how to analyse drama and film through engaging in literary and film criticism in the target language, and appreciate the cultural context of these two famous and significant works.

Finally, you will undertake an individual research project on an aspect of Spanish or Latin American culture that interests you. You will then present and discuss your findings in your speaking assessment.

Assessment:

A-Level Spanish – all exams taken at end of course.

Paper 1 – Listening, reading and writing (40%)

Paper 2 – Writing (literature and film) (30%)

Paper 3 – Speaking presentation based on research project (30%)

Specific entry requirements (to be able to get onto the course):

Grade 6 or above in GCSE Spanish.

Future opportunities (careers, where it can lead, university, jobs etc.):

There are 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide and by 2050 Spanish will be the most widely spoken world language. Spanish A-Level therefore provides you with the means to learn about the fascinating cultures of Spain and Latin America whilst being able to communicate confidently in Spanish. Language A-Levels are highly sought after by universities as they are recognised as academically rigorous and practical. Class sizes are generally smaller than most other subjects so you receive more one to one teacher support and personalised learning. This is an ideal preparation for a single or joint honours Spanish degree. It would be an ideal grounding for courses in linguistics, translation and interpreting, teacher training, international business, European studies or any course with an international placement such as engineering or medicine. Spanish can also be studied as joint honours with most subjects such as History, English or Geography.

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