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Welcome

Senior School is a place where every student will want to study at post 16. Dedication, hard work and a strong sense of social responsibility will ensure our students develop into knowledgeable, confident, caring, optimistic and resilient young people who will set and achieve realistic goals and lead fulfilling lives. Students will reflect on their time at Tonyrefail Community School with pride and will be empowered to contribute productively to their local and global community in order to work towards a sustainable and successful future.

Because Your Future Matters

Watch this video to find out more about life at TCS Sixth Form.

A Welcome From The Headteacher

Meet The Team

Mrs Vicky Morgan - Head of Senior School

Mr Huw Morris - Deputy Head of Senior School

Miss Anna Morris - Attendance & Engagement Officer

Mrs Lehan Butcher - Student Support Officer

Applied ICT

Learners studying this course will develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge and of the uses of ICT in vocational contexts. Learners will be provided with opportunities to develop sufficient depth of understanding to inform their choices between further study or training and develop knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and applications of information systems within a range of organisations. Learners will also develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding, encouraging them to acquire a range of skills through the study of realistic contexts and to develop knowledge and understanding of the broader environment in which ICT is used including its impacts: legislation, ethics, society and the international / global dimension.

Art and Design

Learners studying this course will develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge and of the uses of ICT in vocational contexts. Learners will be provided with opportunities to develop sufficient depth of understanding to inform their choices between further study or training and develop knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and applications of information systems within a range of organisations. Learners will also develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding, encouraging them to acquire a range of skills through the study of realistic contexts and to develop knowledge and understanding of the broader environment in which ICT is used including its impacts: legislation, ethics, society and the international / global dimension.

Biology

The Biology course provides a wide breadth of knowledge which touches on many varied aspects of a range of topics. These include the internal workings of organisms in physiology and the interdependence of living things in ecology, to social issues including human influence on the environment and the ethical considerations of genetics. Practical work is an intrinsic part of biology, and is greatly valued by higher education. It is imperative that practical skills are developed throughout this course and that an investigative approach is promoted.

Business

The course covers four units of work. The first unit, Business Opportunities, focusses on business start-ups and business activity in an ever changing environment. The second unit, Business Functions, concentrates on the core elements of marketing, operations management, human resources and business finance. Unit 3, Business Analysis and Strategy, investigates business decision making models using both qualitative and quantitative techniques. The final unit, Business in a Changing World, focusses on business change, risk management and the impact of the external environment on business.

Chemistry

The first year covers Atomic Structure, Chemical Reactions, Bonding, Bonding & Structure, the Periodic Table, the Chemistry of Carbon & Basic Organic Chemistry as well as Chemical Energy. In the second year you will learn more about: Organic Chemistry, Rates of Reaction, pH and Equilibrium, Chemical Energy and Entropy as well as Transition metals.

Computer Science

Learners will develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply, tte fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation. Learners will also develop the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.

The aim of the course is to extend the learners’ horizons beyond the school or college environment in the appreciation of the effect of computer application on society and individuals.

Criminology

Criminology has been designed to offer exciting and interesting experiences that focus on applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system. Learners can expect to study:

  • different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported
  • why people commit crime
  • the criminal justice system from the moment a crime has been identified to the verdict
  • effectiveness of social control to deliver criminal justice policy.

Design and Technology: Engineering

Throughout the two years learners study core technical principles, which includes sustainability and design theory. Along with this theory knowledge core designing and making skills are also assessed through the design and make tasks.

Design and Technology: Product Design

Throughout the two years learners study core technical principles, which includes sustainability and design theory. Along with this theory knowledge core designing and making skills are also assessed through the design and make tasks.

Economics

Throughout the two years learners study core technical principles, which includes sustainability and design theory. Along with this theory knowledge core designing and making skills are also assessed through the design and make tasks.

English Language & Literature

Learners will develop their intellectual maturity through exploring a wide range of material, some of it written before 1900, including poetry, drama, prose and non-literary texts. Learners’ own writing forms the basis for non-examination assessment. They are required to submit a 1500-2000 word study based on the reading of a prose text (selected from a prescribed list) and related wider reading, plus an original piece of creative writing of approximately 1000-1500 words. Study is supported by the use of excellent library resources, moving image, theatre visits and university seminars. Learners are encouraged to support the public speaking and debating competitions, school dramatic productions and school based journalism.

English Literature

Learners will develop their analytical and interpretive skills through the study of rich and diverse text with varying social and historical contexts. Learning will take place through lively discussion as well as close annotation and analysis. At AS, learners will sit two exams. The first exam will focus on the prose and drama texts studied and the second will focus on the poetry texts studied. At A2, learners will sit one exam on the selected poetry text and another on the selected Shakespeare text. In addition to this, they will complete a prose study assignment based on two authors of their own choosing. Throughout the course, learning is supported by moving image, theatre visits and university seminars, as well as being open to other opportunities to engage with literacy texts and contexts.

Film Studies

The A Level course allows learners to access a wide variety of films in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of film and the range of responses films can generate. This course offers opportunities to study mainstream American films from the past and the present as well as a range of recent and contemporary British films, American independent films and global films, both non-English language and English language. The historical range of film represented in those films is extended by the study of silent film and significant film movements so that learners can gain a sense of the development of film from its early years to its still emerging digital future. Studies in documentary, experimental and short films add to the breadth of the learning experience.

French

The course aims to encourage learners to develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning. It develops an understanding of spoken and written French and allows learners to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes. Learners also develop an understanding of the cultural background of the countries where the language is spoken.

Further Mathematics

Mathematics is, inherently, a sequential subject. There is a progression of material through all levels at which the subject is studied. The specification content therefore builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding set out in the whole GCSE subject content for Mathematics and Mathematics-Numeracy. It also builds upon the skills, knowledge and understanding in AS and A level Mathematics.

Geography

The focus of the course is to develop understanding of contemporary real-world contexts, from a range of scales and places. Both physical and human geography are studied, including people-environment interactions. Geographical and fieldwork skills are developed further to enable learners to pose enquiry questions. The course extends on some GCSE knowledge such as tectonics and extreme weather, but also introduces new topics and case studies including governance of the world’s oceans, water and carbon cycles and China.

History

An exciting and interesting course, AS/A Level History allows you to build upon your knowledge and understanding of units you may have already covered in GCSE, and study new periods of study. Two learners from the course will also have an opportunity to take part in the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project.

Law

The nature of law must include the study of the distinction between enforceable legal rules and principles and other rules and norms of behaviour; criminal and civil law and the different sources of law i.e. custom, statutory law and the common law. At AS, the nature of law is assessed in Unit 1. At A2 the pervasive nature of law and society, law and morality and law and justice is assessed in Unit 3 and Unit 4. Law and society - Rule of law; human rights; the meaning and importance of fault in civil and/or criminal law. Balancing conflicting interests. Public interests against private interests and the subordination of individual rights to community interests. Law and morality - The distinction and relationship between law and morals. The diversity of moral views in a pluralist society and the legal enforcement of moral values. Law and justice - The meaning of justice. Theories of justice and the extent to which substantive legal rules, legal institutions and processes achieve justice or create barriers to justice.

Mathematics

Mathematics is, inherently, a sequential subject. There is a progression of material through all levels at which the subject is studied. The specification content therefore builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding set out in the whole GCSE subject content for Mathematics and Mathematics-Numeracy

Media Studies

This course enables learners to understand the relevance and impact of the media and its role in their daily lives. It demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the global nature of the media. It develop skills of enquiry, critical understanding and analysis of the media through engagement with media products and concepts and through the creative application of practical skills.

Music

The course allows learners the opportunity to develop skills in the three distinct but related disciplines of performing, composing and appraising. All learners study the Western Classical Tradition, engaging with landmark orchestral or choral repertoire, to develop knowledge and understanding of music. Learners will use the musical techniques and conventions of this tradition to compose one piece of music to a brief. o offer contrast and breadth of study, at AS learners also choose one area of study from a choice of three, either Rock and Pop, or Musical Theatre or Jazz. The areas of study and strands at A2 allow learners to continue their studies from AS in greater depth. Learners choose two further strands of music from a choice of five. There is a distinct Welsh flavour to two of these strands allowing learners to engage with the music of contemporary Welsh composers and performers.

Physical Education

The Physical Education course will develop understanding in a variety of aspects. Learners will:

  • understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
  • understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
  • understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by: developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
  • understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness.

Physics

Learners should be prepared to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills specified in a range of theoretical, practical, industrial and environmental contexts. Learners’ understanding of the connections between the different elements of the subject and their holistic understanding of the subject is a requirement of all A level specifications. In practice, this means that some questions set in A2 units will require learners to demonstrate their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge and understanding from across the full course of study.

Practical work is an intrinsic part of this course. It is vitally important in developing a conceptual understanding of many topics and it enhances the experience and enjoyment of physics. The practical skills developed are also fundamentally important to learners going on to further study in physics and related subjects, and are transferable to many careers.

Psychology

The Psychology course is a stimulating, distinctive and attractive course, providing plenty of opportunities for the learners to study:

  • a variety of psychological approaches including behaviourist, positive and psychodynamic
  • significant pieces of research covering a variety of perspectives and topics
  • the reality of applying psychological information to everyday situations, e.g. therapies, stress, schizophrenia and criminal behaviour
  • how psychological data is collected (through own research).

Religious Studies

Each unit has been designed to allow learners to acquire and develop knowledge and a critical understanding of:

  • religious thought, belief and practice and the different ways in which these are expressed in the lives of individuals, communities and societies
  • how religious texts and/or other relevant sources of wisdom and authority are interpreted and applied
  • the causes, meanings and significance of similarities and differences in religious thought, belief and practice within and/ or between religion(s).

Sociology

The following concepts and theoretical issues will be covered across the specification via topic areas:

  • Acquiring culture
  • Youth Culture
  • Education
  • Research Methods
  • Social Inequality
  • Crime and Deviance.

Spanish

The course aims to encourage learners to:

  • Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning
  • Develop understanding of spoken and written Spanish
  • Communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes
  • Develop an understanding of the cultural background of the countries where the language is spoken.

Welsh (Second Language)

This course will advance written and spoken Welsh skills obtained at GCSE. It is aimed at developing language and literature appreciation skills and increasing fluency and understanding. Students will gain confidence and practical language skills essential for the world of work and further education.

BTEC Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 Applied Science is a three-unit Certificate, six-unit Subsidiary Diploma or a twelve-unit National Diploma. It offers a specialist qualification that focuses on the work of the technician in industry. The course helps to develop the practical and analytical skills needed in the laboratory and extends the knowledge of scientific concepts already studied.

BTEC Business

The course covers the following four mandatory units of work plus two optional units based on career aspirations (chosen based on cohort):

  • Unit 1 – The Business Environment
  • Unit 2 – Business Resources
  • Unit 3 – Introduction to Marketing
  • Unit 4 – Business Communication

BTEC Food Science and Nutrition

A largely practical based course which combines 1 written examination with 3 coursework units. The course will enable learners to demonstrate an understanding of the science of food safety, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts, and through on–going practical sessions, to gain practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals.

BTEC Health and Social Care

This qualification is suitable for learners who wish to study a course which is relevant to their own lives and would like to progress on to a related career or Higher Education. This course will cover all sectors of Health and Social Care including those people who work in and use play groups, day nurseries, schools, GP surgeries, hospitals and residential and day care for adults and older people. The BTEC Level 3 Certificate is broadly equivalent to one GCE AS Level and the Subsidiary Diploma is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

BTEC Music Performance

This course is aimed primarily at students who are interested in developing practical musical skills together with music theory and industry knowledge. It is a highly practical course and is centred on performing, relevant music theory and industry practice.

BTEC Performing Arts

This course will allow learners to:

  • critically analyse the work of performing arts practitioners and research how performance styles and methods that characterise practitioner work are used to create and communicate meaning and style
  • understand the role and skills of a performer by developing performance skills and technique for live performance including: developing vocal skills, performance disciplines and styles
  • generate and explore ideas from stimulus and how to develop and use them in performance. You will also develop and realise creative ideas for a group performance in response to stimulus
  • review and reflect on the effectiveness of the working process and a workshop performance.

BTEC Public Services

The Public Services Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 aims to help develop the skills and knowledge required to gain employment in the uniformed public services. If you are interested in a career in the Armed forces, Fire & Rescue Service, Police, Probation Service, HM Customs & Excise, Immigration, or any public sector related job or to progress into Higher Education, then this is the course for you. This qualification requires motivation and a good academic level of achievement as it gives learners the opportunity to progress into Higher Education and throughout the course learners develop a range of skills, techniques, personal attributes and attitudes essential for successful performance in public services careers.

BTEC Sport

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport is a 60 credit qualification that consists of 7 units that provide for a combined total of 60 credits.

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Leadership in Sport
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Assessing Risk in Sport.

Skills Challenge Certificate

Throughout the Sixth Form, learners will complete the following components:

  • The Enterprise and Employability Challenge: Learners will work in teams to develop enterprising skills and attributes, and enhance employability. Learners will develop skills in Numeracy, Digital Literacy, Creativity and Innovation and Personal Effectiveness.
  • The Community Challenge: Learners will identify, develop and participate in opportunities that will benefit a community. Throughout, learners will develop skills in Planning and Organisation and Personal Effectiveness.
  • The Global Citizenship Challenge: Learners will be given opportunities to understand and respond appropriately to global issues. Learners will develop skills in Literacy, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving and Creativity and Innovation.
  • The Individual Project: Learners will carry out a research activity with an emphasis on future educational or career aspirations, writing a 5,000 word dissertation that incorporates primary and secondary information and data. Learners will develop skills in Literacy, Numeracy, Digital Literacy, Planning and Organisation, and Critical Thinking and Problem Solving.

Apply Now

The deadline for submitting your application to join Tonyrefail Community School Sixth Form is 12.30pm on Friday, 5th March 2021.