Sigma Sixth

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Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to offer a broad range of subjects that cater to the needs and interests of our pupils.

We offer traditional A-Levels for students looking to follow an academic pathway, alongside vocational Applied subjects for students looking towards the world of work.

See below the full range of courses we provide.

Enrichment Curriculum

Alongside your chosen subjects, we also offer a range of enrichment subjects – some of which can lead to an additional qualification. To regitser your preference for your enrichment curriculum subject, existing students can fill out this form: bit.ly/SSEC20

EPQ

The Extended Project Qualification is equivalent to an AS Level and can earn students up to 28 additional UCAS points. Students have to research a topic of their choice and then put together a 8,000-10,000 word dissertation on their chosen topic. This is a great way to develop your writing skills and to demonstrate a sophisticated level fo academic ability to universities. This enrichment option is highly recommended if you are study 2 or more A-Levels.

Core Maths

This qualification is aimed at students who do not wish to follow Maths at A-level but would like to continue Maths. The course is excellent for students wishing to study University courses that use Maths/statistics and can be advantageous when you apply for courses. It is worth up to 20 UCAS points.

LAMDA

LAMDA is a performing arts qualification. It is an opportunity for those that do not take a performance subject, and for those that do to deepen and extend their skills and experiences. The main aim is to build confidence when speaking in a more formal setting such as interviews for university or jobs. These qualifications equip students to present themselves exceptionally in a wide range of scenarios. Whilst there are obvious links to the Performing Arts these qualifications are suitable for all and may have particular benefits for those wishing to go on to study law, medicine, business, journalism, English, marketing, teaching.

E4L

Equipped 4 Life (E4L) is designed to give you all of the tools needed to leave Sixth Form ready to be a success in whatever you choose to do. E4L will include sessions on CV writing, interview technique, communication skills, leadership and much more. E4L will also help you to make the most of your work experience placement.

Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 Applied Science

The qualification gives a basic introduction to the study of Applied Science. It is designed for students who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in the sciences.

This course can form part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate Applied Nationals or A Levels, and is equivalent to one full A Level.

Assessment in the course: A combination of internal and external assessment, where 58% of the assessment is external examination.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 4 grades 4-9 incl. English and Maths as well as a 4 in GCSE Sciences.

Art

A-Level Art

This course allows students to develop their ability to appreciate the visual world and respond in a personal and creative way. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal interests, whilst having the opportunity to develop their experiences and knowledge of materials, practices and technologies in a variety of Fine Art disciplines.

Students with a particular interest in art history and contemporary art are suited to this course. To be successful in this subject students require: an aesthetic eye; the ability to work independently and as part of a team; organisational, imaginative and creative skills and strong presentation ability. The course naturally leads to the possibility of study at a higher level at college or university and opens the door to many creative career pathways.

Assessment in the course: AS Art, the one-year course, equates to 60% coursework portfolio and 40% externally set assignment. A2 Art, taught over 2 years, is examined by 60% personal investigation with a 2000-3000 word critical analysis and 40% externally set assignment.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 or equivalent in an Art related subject.

L3 Applied Art & Design

A-Level Art

This course allows students to develop their ability to appreciate the visual world and respond in a personal and creative way. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal interests, whilst having the opportunity to develop their experiences and knowledge of materials, practices and technologies in a variety of Fine Art disciplines.

Students with a particular interest in art history and contemporary art are suited to this course. To be successful in this subject students require: an aesthetic eye; the ability to work independently and as part of a team; organisational, imaginative and creative skills and strong presentation ability. The course naturally leads to the possibility of study at a higher level at college or university and opens the door to many creative career pathways.

Assessment in the course: AS Art, the one-year course, equates to 60% coursework portfolio and 40% externally set assignment. A2 Art, taught over 2 years, is examined by 60% personal investigation with a 2000-3000 word critical analysis and 40% externally set assignment.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 4 grades 4-9 incl. English and Maths as well as a 4 in GCSE Sciences.

A-Level Biology

A-Level Biology

This course will involve looking at and exploring the structure and function of living organisms; from the building blocks of cells to whole organisms and how they interact in the environment within which they exist. Biology develops an essential knowledge and understanding of the different areas of science and how they relate to each other.

Studying A Level Biology will suit students who have a keen interest in any aspect of biology, including biochemistry, ecology, physiology, genetics, evolution and the environment. Many students studying A Level Biology go on to study courses at university such as Agriculture/Horticulture; Biological Sciences; Diagnostic Radiography; Forensic Analysis; Medicine; Nursing; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Physiotherapy; Science Journalism; Sport Science & Exercise; Zoology.

Assessment in the course: 100% External Examination. Practical endorsement reported separately

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 in GCSE Sciences.

Applied L3 Business Studies

Applied L3 Business Studies

The course provides an overview of the different elements that make up an organisation or business. Looking at all aspects from the working environment, resources, marketing, finance and human resources. Students need to be self-motivated, enjoy group work but also work independently.

The course is suitable for students who enjoy researching online and using a variety of sources, can work to deadlines and want to gain a wider knowledge of the business environment. Students also have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to a variety of real-life businesses.

Success in the course can lead to a higher education degree or a wide range of career opportunities.

Assessment in the course: The Extended Certificate covers four units of work, across the two years, while the Diploma covers eight units across the two years. 50% coursework, 25% controlled assessment, 25% examination.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 4 grades 4-9 incl. English and Maths.

A-Level Chemistry

A-Level Chemistry

A Level Chemistry extends students’ knowledge of the subjects studied at GCSE. Familiar topics such as atomic structure, bonding, rates of reaction, mole calculations and organic chemistry. You will also study new topics on energy changes, instrumental analysis and entropy.

The course is designed to be a practical experience with activities that will consolidate learning of the main aspects of Chemistry, equipping students with the skills required to study science at a higher level. It is suitable for students who like being able to explain how things work, why things occur and enjoy making the science happen, through creating new compounds in the practical work. Students will also need to enjoy maths, as there are many calculations in A Level Chemistry.

Assessment in the course: 100% External Examination. Practical endorsement reported separately.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 in GCSE Sciences.

A-Level Computing

A-Level Computing

Technology is everywhere; computing is transforming the world and the way people work. This course is a subject for the future and covers the fundamentals of computer science and students develop a high level of programming skills. Almost half the course is practical where students will programme solutions to different problems as well as learning different computer algorithms. Students will also look at how computers work, the storage and processing of data and the understanding of different hardware components.

The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop an understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, analyse problems in computational terms, to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.

A national shortage of experts in this field means that those who have studied computing often have the highest employment rate.

Assessment in this course: 80% External Examination 20% Coursework Portfolio.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 or Distinction in IT.

Applied L3 Criminology

Applied L3 Criminology

Studying criminology develops students understanding of the social and personal aspects of crime, victimisation and responses to crime and deviance. The course involves either a one or two year programme of study dependent on whether students opt for either the Certificate or Diploma in Criminology.

Students develop skills in communication, generating and evaluating evidence, making reasoned arguments and ethical judgments, critical thinking and problem solving and analysing and interpreting data. Many of these skills are extremely sought after by employers and lead to a range of degree courses available to study at university.

Assessment in the course: 50% Coursework and 50% External Examination.

For the Certificate students complete one year covering one internally assessed unit and an external examination. For the full Diploma students complete an additional year ending in one further internally assessed units and a final external examination.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 4 grades 4-9 incl. English and Maths.

A-Level Drama

A-Level Drama

An exciting and creative subject that builds confidence, independence and group work skills. The course develops a theoretical understanding and theatrical knowledge and looks at drama from all perspectives; director, designer, performer and critic. A wide-range of enrichment opportunities are available with exciting workshops and regular theatre visits to broaden drama techniques and experiences, giving students a greater depth and variation to their own performances.

Students undertake a creative approach to the written elements with practical exploration to develop understanding. Set text is explored through practical and theory to develop an understanding of how play scripts translate to the stage, whilst cultivating performance skills. Employers and higher education establishments value this qualification as it builds confidence, self-esteem, team work and dedication and can contribute towards acceptance onto any university degree course.

Assessment in the course: coursework 40% and both practical and theory based. The exam is 60%; a written exam (40%) and two practical exams (20%).

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 in a Drama related subject.

A-Level Economics

A-Level Economics

This course will suit students who have a good understanding of Mathematics and a high standard of English. The course looks at both Micro and Macro Economics and allows students to critically explore a range of economic issues, drawing on data from local, national and international sources as well as developing analytical and debating skills.

Students considering A level Economics need to enjoy Mathematics, be able to tackle problems pragmatically, and be able to write essay-style answers which provide logical reasoning.

Assessment in this course: 100% external examination.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths.

A-Level English Language

A-Level English Language

A Level English Language gives students the opportunity to study how one of the most widely used languages on the planet works, and how it is used in a vast array of both spoken and written mediums. Students will develop a detailed understanding of English through exploration of how language creates meanings in written, spoken and electronic modes. This course will suit students that have a passion for exploring the English language and the fundamentals of how it works.

Students have the opportunity to explore ‘real life’ language use in different social contexts and develop an understanding of how gender, power and technology affect language. The course also requires independent study involving reading, creative writing and research.

An essential subject if interested in a career path in journalism, publishing, advertising, public relations, law and teaching.

Assessment in the course: 80% External Examination and 20% Coursework.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 in GCSE English Language.

A-Level English Literature

A-Level English Literature

A Level English Literature provides the opportunity to read and study an exciting range of texts, from well-known classics to modern novels. It will enable you to study prose, poems and plays from different time periods and cultures and use analytical skills to demonstrate understanding. Students develop the ability to analyse how readers’ responses are shaped by a text’s context, explore writers’ choices and intentions and study other readers’ interpretations of the texts and think about critical approaches to them.

The course requires students to read widely and develop individual responses to an array of texts and literature. An essential subject if interested in a career path in journalism, publishing, advertising, public relations, law and teaching.

Assessment in the course: 80% External Examination and 20% Coursework.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 in GCSE English Literature.

A-Level Film Studies

A-Level Film Studies

The course will broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of film. Production work is a crucial part of this subject and is integral to our work.

The course covers a diverse range of film, including documentary, film from the silent era, experimental film and short film The significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts, film and its key contexts (including social, cultural, political, historical and technological contexts), how films generate meanings and responses, film as an aesthetic medium, the different ways in which spectators respond to film.

Students learn to apply critical approaches to film and apply knowledge and understanding of film through either filmmaking or screenwriting.

Assessment in the course: 30% Coursework and 70% External Assessment.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 or Distinction in a Media related subject

Applied L3 Food Science

Applied L3 Food Science

This course allows students to gain a wealth of knowledge about Food Science and Nutrition. Looking at the relationship between the human body and food, developing practical skills linked to experimental work and cooking and food preparation. Practical work is the focus of the course and ideal for students who prefer a more ‘hands-on’ experience.

A variety of assessments for each unit, including coursework and practical tasks.

Students will gain knowledge to be able to consider and seek employment within all areas of the food production, hospitality, catering or the food retail industry. The qualification also supports entry to many higher/further education courses, e.g. BSc Food and Nutrition, BSc Human Nutrition, BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition, BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology.

Assessment: 75% coursework in the form of a 3-hour practical exam. 25% 1 hour, 45mins written nutritional exam. These are assessed internally and externally verified.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 4 grades 4-9 incl. English and Maths.

Further Maths

A-Level Further Maths

A Level Mathematics is often a prerequisite for entry into higher education courses such as medicine, accountancy, and STEM.

Students follow a two-year Further Mathematics course running parallel to their A Level Mathematics studies; the course is 100% exam based. Students must complete two core units across Y12 and Y13, and must study two additional, optional units from Statistics, Mechanics and Decision. To be successful in this subject, students must invest considerable time revising and practising outside of lessons.

A good A-Level result and either an AS or full A-Level in Further Mathematics, will be necessary for students to access degree courses offered by Russell Group universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, University College London and Imperial College, to name only a few.

Degrees in Pure Mathematics can lead into a variety of careers, as students studying this degree are highly sought after for their wide range of problem solving skills

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve ideally a level 8 in their Maths GCSE.

Geography

A-Level Geography

Geography is suited to students who are interested in the many factors affecting our planet and how we live. It develops an understanding of the impact of global changes and investigates how species need to adapt as a result. Geography students and graduates have one of the highest rates of employment of all degree holders.

Straddling the science and humanities disciplines, A-Level Geography allows students to study scientific, environmental and economic principles and issues. This course gives the opportunity to undertake fieldwork investigations looking at a range of case studies and the issues that affect plants, people and cultures.

Geography shares common topics with science, and also combines successfully with almost all other A-Level subjects. Geography is an academic subject and well-received in university applications, leading to a wide range of opportunities for study at university and ultimately a career in a wide range of sectors.

Assessment in this course: The course is 100% exam based with two exams at both AS and A Level.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 in Geography GCSE.

A-Level Government & Politics

A-Level Government & Politics

Politics is the study of the current political landscape of both the UK and USA. From Trump to May, from Putin to Farage, you will study contemporary and controversial political issues that are similar to those discussed in university lectures. Skills required: be able to listen to the views of others and be able to critically analyse them and the ability to be perceptive of the world around you.

Success in this course could lead to a wide range of career opportunities and possible degree courses with excellent transferable skills such as problem solving, communication and thinking skills valued in many professions, for example, law, business and administration, the police service, journalism, teaching and the media.

Assessment in the course: 3 exams at the end of year 13; 2 hour exam on UK politics, 2 hour exam on US and comparative politics, 2 hour exam on political theories.

All exams are of the same skill set so students will find exam skills easier than in subjects where the exam style changes.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 in GCSE History.

Health & Social Care

Applied L3 Health & Social Care

This course is unique as it offers students practical and in-depth analysis of the health and social care system available in the UK. The pivotal element of the course is the exploration of practical skills of communication, team working and supporting clients in real life scenarios.

Students can opt for the Foundation Diploma or the Diploma, which offers work placements for 100 hours between two health and social care placements, expanding the practical elements of working within the sector.

Assessment in the course: two/three exam units, Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development and Unit 2 – Working in the Health and Social Care sector and four/six coursework units.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 4 grades 4-9 incl. English and Maths.

BTEC L3 ICT

BTEC L3 ICT

This course gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills needed in preparation for employment or university. Students will study four units of work covering a wide range of topics including: Information Technology Systems, creating systems to manage information, using social media in business and website development.

In this course, we explore the immense world of communication in ICT, considering how the world has become so ‘small’ and inter-connected through technological advances. The course also takes account of the constantly evolving nature of IT to ensure students are best prepared in whatever field of work they chose, given that IT increasingly influences all aspects of life.

Assessment in this course: A combination of internal and external assessment, where 58% of the assessment is external

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 4 grades 4-9 incl. English and Maths as well as a 4/Pass in an IT related subject.

A-Level History

A-Level History

Students interested in studying A Level History develop a wide range of skills that stand them in good stead in many higher education degree courses and career paths, particularly those that require analysis of problems, attention to detail and the ability to research and present facts. As a result, A Level History complements many other subjects.

The course encourages students to progress their interest and enthusiasm for the subject, take a more in-depth and detailed look at significant historic events, making links and drawing comparisons within and/or across different periods and aspects of the past.

Assessment in the course: 20% Topic Essay and 80% exam. There are 3 papers to sit for the A2 qualification.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 in GCSE History.

A-Level Law

A-Level Law

On this course, students explore a range of legal rules by which society and everyday life is governed, including criminal law and human rights law. They will learn about how the legal system operates, and explore legal concepts such as the meaning of ‘justice’ and whether it is achieved by the courts and in individual cases.

The study of Law is suitable for students who have an interest in people and related social issues. It develops their analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills, alongside the ability to construct balanced arguments – a skill highly regarded by any future employer.

A qualification in Law can lead to higher education study in Law, Criminology, Sociology, Business Studies, or any of a number of other academic subjects. It can lead to a range of careers including the legal profession, local government, politics, research, management, or on graduate trainee programmes offered by employers..

Assessment in this course: written examination only, at the end of the course.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths.

A-Level Mathematics

A-Level Mathematics

A Level Mathematics is often a prerequisite for entry into many higher education courses such as medicine, accountancy, and STEM. Maths requires logical thinking skills and can be useful in all areas of employment; students who study this subject at university are extremely sought after.

This is a two-year course with compulsory core modules and students will also study Statistics and Mechanics. Students will be issued with individual textbooks; there is an expectation of a significant amount of independent study required to really make progress on this course and to be successful.

Assessment in this course: 100% external examination; two core tests, one applied.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 in Maths GCSE.

Applied Level 3 Music

Applied L3 Music

Students who have a love of music, play an instrument, enjoy composing and exploring creativity through the medium of music will be ideally suited to this course. The music facilities at Sigma Sixth Tendring Campus include a Mac suite, state of the art music studio and several well-equipped rehearsal rooms. The environment enables the students to craft their own musical journey, developing and training specifically in their preferred musical field.

The music course has many options within the unit choices and this allows the student to build a portfolio that will evidence a strong work ethic and specialist skillset that employers and further educational establishments interview panels are looking for.

Assessment in the course: the course is made up of 90 credits in total.

30 units are a core externally assessed unit and the remaining 60 credits are assessed internally and moderated by the exam board.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 4 grades 4-9 incl. English and Maths

Applied L3 in Performing Arts - Dance

Applied L3 in Performing Arts – Dance

Students hoping to pursue a career within the performing arts industry should consider the Applied National in Performing Arts: Dance. An ideal course to complement other studies enabling students to develop a range of skills desirable with future employers and further education establishments including creative thinking, problem-solving, communicating, organising and working effectively within a team.

The course is delivered through a variety of practical classes looking at technique and choreography sessions and students work towards a termly performance. There is one theory session per week, to watch and analyse professional work and develop essay-writing skills.

Assessment in the course: No final written exam, however, there are practical controlled assessments throughout the course and an essay-writing task completed under controlled conditions and marked externally by the exam board. Evidence to support practical work is expected through written coursework including reflective journals, skill development trackers, presenting and written portfolios.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 4 grades 4-9 incl. English and Maths.

A-Level Photography

A-Level Photography

The Photography A Level course suits students who are creative and imaginative, able to think aesthetically, work independently and as part of a team, are organised and confident with presentation skills.

Photography allows exploration of both traditional and digital photography and the more technical aspects of work in a darkroom and the use of digital technology. Enrichment opportunities complement this course, including working on location, visiting lecturers, gallery trips and entering competitions.

Although a very practical subject there is also a written element; students are required to analyse and evaluate their own work. During the first year students will work on a range of different projects based on a variety of themes developing skills and knowledge. The second-year comprises of a personal investigation and a 2000-3000 word critical, illustrated essay.

Assessment: 60% personal investigation and 2000-3000 word critical analysis, 40% externally set assignment.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 or equivalent in a Photography related subject.

A-Level Physics

A-Level Physics

To study A-Level Physics, you must have a real interest in the subject combined with an enjoyment of solving problems. There are some familiar topics such as electricity, waves and motion and forces, combined with new topics including electromagnetism, medical physics, nuclear physics, particle physics and cosmology.

This is a practical based course and you will have the chance to develop your practical skills way beyond anything studied at GCSE. You will also be able to use your developing knowledge of maths in useful, real-life contexts.

This is one of the most respected A-Level subjects for any degree, including engineering, law, economics and medicine. It can open doors as an engineer, in research (such as into energy and sound), in medical applications (as a doctor or radiologist, for example), in sports science, forensics, as a reporter – the list is endless.

Assessment in this course: 100% external examination with practical endorsement reported separately.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 in GCSE Sciences.

A-Level Psychology

A-Level Psychology

Psychology is a vast subject and looks at the most complex machine on earth: the human mind. It seeks explanations for the behaviour of some notorious individuals who have had a significant global impact (e.g. Hitler) to everyday phenomena like being unable to remember where you left your house keys. It also explores topics including different types of mental illness and the possible causes. Within A-Level Psychology, there is a strong emphasis on learning scientific research methods and in the application of Psychological issues to real-world situations.

Psychology is a subject which opens many doors and imposes few limitations on those who study it. Many graduates, who are accepted into Law and Medical degrees, have Psychology as an A-Level.

Assessment in the course: 100% external examination, following 2 years of study for A2.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths.

A-Level Religious Studies

A-Level Religious Studies

Religious Studies is a comprehensive, challenging and highly rewarding subject. It allows students to develop reflective skills, to gain an understanding of life, beliefs and views of other cultures, and to cultivate a critical and an analytical mind in response to moral philosophical issues. The valuable skills learned via this course are extremely adaptable and transferrable to wide range of career paths.

Religious Studies links well to a wide range of other A Level subjects including History, Sociology, English Language, Literature, Law, Politics, Citizenship, Economics, Geography, Maths and Sciences.

Assessment is via written examination only.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths and should be aiming to achieve a minimum grade 6 in GCSE RE.

Applied L3 Sport

Applied L3 Sport

This is a 10-hour per week option and is equivalent to 2 A-Levels, making it a perfect fit for those students who are passionate about sport and fitness. The course covers 10 units across a 2-year course, which incorporates practical and theoretical elements in a range of different topic areas, aimed to stretch each candidate and to look at sport in a more independent and analytical way.

Students should expect assignments on a regular basis and it is not unusual to have two to three, due per month. Although the majority of the course is assessed through coursework, there is an exam element and externally assessed piece of coursework.

The sports and health industry continues to grow and there are many careers available to those with a passion for sport. Successful students can also look at applying for university degrees which could typically include BSc Sport and Exercise Science courses.

Assessment in the course: 6 internally assessed units and 3 externally assessed units.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 4 grades 4-9 incl. English and Maths as well as a 4 or equivalent in a Sport related subject.

A-Level Spanish

A-Level Spanish

The ability to speak a foreign language not only develops our skills of communication but also allows a deeper understanding, perspective and immersion into different cultures. In an increasingly competitive global job market, having a language will stand students in good stead when deciding on a future career path, whether at home or abroad.

As well as acquiring new ideas and ways of looking at the world, foreign-language speakers also come to have a better command of the syntax and formation of languages and an understanding of linguistics in general. Research has shown that learning a language can help to improve problem-solving and memory skills, as well as general mental agility.

Assessment in this course: 100% exam

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths.

A-Level Sociology

A-Level Sociology

Sociology is an exciting subject, ideal for a student open to questioning and challenging situations and events that occur in everyday life. Through studying this course students develop intellectual, investigative, discursive, and persuasive skills, together with utilising research skills including methodology common to a range of Social Science subjects, e.g. interviews, questionnaires, observations etc. Sociology encourages lateral thinking by analysing different viewpoints and arguments put forward by various political and sociological thinkers.

A good GCSE in a Humanities subject, e.g. History, Geography, Citizenship, Geography, Sociology or Psychology is an advantage if electing to take this course.

Assessment in this course: 100% exam based. There is no coursework, but you will be required to write regular essays in preparation for the exams.

Entry Requirements:

Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and Maths.