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Caldicot School Sixth form open evening 2020

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Open Evening Presentation

Student Voice

Sixth Form Application Process

Subject Information

Sixth Form Open Evening Presentation

Marc Belli - Executive Headteacher Steven Grech - Head of School

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Hear from our Sixth Form Students

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Sixth Form Options Process

Please follow the link below to access the application form and the options booklet, summarising the courses on offer for September 2021. The majority of information outlined in the options booklet can also be found in the 'Subject Information' section of this virtual open evening.

Options Booklet & Application Form

For advice or further information please email: stuart.bryant@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Art & Design

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Students will research the work of artists and designers, develop skills, and interpret ideas, themes and subject matter creatively. This is a course for students who wish to pursue, extend and develop their creative, intellectual and technical in greater depth. Students will need to show dedication, be resourceful, committed and innovative. They will need to adopt a mature approach, be capable of problem solving and producing personal and independent work. Motivation is fundamental to doing well in this subject area as is being inquisitive, creative and having a prolific approach to work.

There is a dedicated 6th Form Art & Design studio for students to use during lessons and independent study periods.

Visits to exhibitions, galleries and museums in Cardiff, Bristol, Oxford and London take place on a regular basis to enrich their studies.The WJEC Art & Design specification comprises of three units

AS Unit 1 Personal Creative Enquiry

Non-examination Assessment (40% of A level qualification 160 marks)

An extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter, which are personal and meaningful to the student. The Personal Creative Enquiry must integrate critical, practical and theoretical work. A written element of 3000 words. Learners will be required to select, evaluate and present their Unit 1 work for assessment and exhibition.

A2 course consists of two integrated constituent parts:

A2 Unit 2 Personal Investigation (36% of A Level, 160 marks)

A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance. An extended written element of 5000 words minimum, comprised of images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work.

A2 Unit 3 Externally Set Assignment (24%, of A Level, 100 marks)

Preparatory study period commences on 1st February, of Yr.13. A period of preparatory study work based on one of the themes from the examination paper. A 15-hour period of sustained focus work, conducted under examination conditions. Learners are required to select, evaluate and present their Unit 2 and Unit 3 work for assessment and exhibition.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

Students are required to think creatively and innovatively, and be flexible within a variety of situations, useful skills when studying other subjects at degree level and much sought after by employers. Those wishing to pursue careers in fashion design, animation, game design, architecture, graphic design or any of the new creative industries are advised to have studied Art & Design A Level. Many students progress to study their chosen specialist areas at degree level following an Art & Design Foundation Course. To view career opportunities and hear Art & Design graduates talking about their work visit the WJEC www.lightboxresource.co.uk.

Email Contact: Juliet.grabner@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Biology

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Why study Biology?

“The natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” David Attenborough

Biology is the scientific exploration of the vast and diverse world of living organisms. It is the scientific extension of the natural human tendency to feel connected with and curious about the natural world.

Biology is for the adventurous; it takes us into seas, rainforests, deserts and other environments where a variety of life is interwoven into complex webs; it takes us into laboratories to examine more closely how living organisms work; it takes us into the microscopic and molecular world of cells and the biological chemicals within them.

By studying Biology at Advanced Level, you will be studying Biology during its most exciting period ever. With fresh approaches and new research methods, biologists are now unravelling life’s mysteries and are poised to make an undreamt of contribution to future generations.

AS Students will study:

Unit 1 Biochemistry; cytology; enzymes and their application; cell membranes; membrane transport; nucleic acids; cell division and protein synthesis.

Unit 2 Biodiversity and taxonomy; gas exchange; transport; digestion; parasitism.

Practical lessons are an essential part of this course; practical lessons reinforce knowledge gained in theory lessons. Questions in both examination units will have practical contexts.

Successful Year 12 students may proceed to the A2 course and study:

Unit 3 Respiration; photosynthesis; microbiology; populations; excretion; environment and ecological sustainability.

Unit 4 Variation; genetics; evolution; gene technologies; plant reproduction; human reproduction; and one of the following three options; immunology and disease, the human musculoskeletal system, and neurobiology and behaviour.

Practical lessons will again reinforce knowledge gained in theory lessons. A practical examination (Unit 5) will test the practical skills gained over the two years of study.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

Biology is important for a wide variety of career paths including; veterinary science, medicine, dentistry, optics, nursing, pharmacy, radiography, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, zoology, sports science, forensics, neuroscience, microbiology, horticulture and agriculture.

Biology forms a good basis for the study of most subjects at university due to its practical, cyclic and synoptic nature.

Email contact anthony.brady@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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Level 3 Applied Diploma in Business

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An understanding of the business world is relevant to most job roles within the United Kingdom’s economy. The qualification is designed to provide students with the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills associated with business activities. It will prompt research, investigation and review of many aspects of business, to promote an awareness of the career opportunities available.

This is an Applied General qualification and it is designed primarily to support students progressing to

university. It offers exciting and interesting experiences that focus on ‘applied learning’ ie. Learning through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the local, regional and national business environment. The qualification would support their progression from any study at Level 2, particularly GCSE Business Studies.

Course Summary

Students must complete ALL units to obtain the Diploma (a ‘Certificate’ is also available which requires the completion of units 1 and 2 only)

Unit 1 The Organisation – Survival and Prosperity (on-screen examination)

Unit 2 Active Marketing (non-examination assessment) Unit 3 Organisational Strategies and Decision Making (on-screen examination)

Unit 5 Markets and Customers (non-examination assessment)

Progression Routes & Career Opportunities

This qualification will support students’ access to higher education degree courses. Alternatively, the qualification allows them to gain the required understanding and skills to undertake employment within business, including the retail sector.

Email contact rob.downs@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Chemistry

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Chemistry is about understanding chemicals. Chemicals are everywhere. From the DNA of cell nuclei to enzymes, fertilisers that enable us to grow more food, drugs that combat disease, polymers that clothe us and fuels that keep us warm and transport us.

Chemists have changed our world and transformed almost every aspect of our daily lives by understanding the properties of chemicals and making millions of new ones.

The word ‘chemical’ has had a bad press, as it is associated with pollution and environmental disasters. However, chemists have the task of understanding these problems and finding solutions.

Chemistry is all about understanding the properties of chemicals and how they interact. It is an exciting, demanding and relevant subject to study at AS and A2 level.

Course Summary

AS Level

• Unit 1 The Language of Chemistry, Structure of Matter and Simple Reactions; and

• Unit 2 Energy, Rate and Chemistry of Carbon Compounds.

A2 Level

• Unit 3 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry;

• Unit 4 Organic Chemistry and Analysis; and

• Unit 5 Practical coursework. Examination set by the WJEC on a designated day.

Other subjects that go well with a study of Chemistry are Biology, Physics and Mathematics; however, many other combinations are also suitable. You may be concentrating on arts, humanities or modern language subjects and wish to take Chemistry to AS to broaden your studies by continuing to take a science subject.

Chemistry is a science subject and so practical work is a very important part of the course. The course provides many opportunities for interesting and relevant practical work and students are expected to complete designated practical work from the specification.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

Chemistry is a subject of global impact, which has a profound effect on our planet and is involved in nearly every facet of everyday life. Chemistry A Level accesses a huge variety of careers and courses and is an essential entrance requirement for many careers and courses. For example, agricultural science; chemical engineering; veterinary medicine; pharmacology; biochemistry; dentistry; chemistry; medicine; metallurgy; pharmacy; laboratory technician; science journalism; biological sciences; environmental sciences; nursing; and water technology. Chemistry is also a well-respected subject in its own right and is suitable for entry into a wide range of professions.

Further details or sources of information on any of these courses are available from Careers Wales.

Email contact anthony.brady@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Computer Science

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Computer Science is now the foundation of the majority of scientific study, however it now also extends to understanding social, economic and artistic areas too. The ability to breakdown problems into smaller more understandable parts forms a vital part of this course. Breaking down these problems and then creating software to solve the problem or to make it more accessible. Today software is everywhere from medicine to agriculture, manufacturing to design. If you go on to study to any subject to degree level the likelihood that you will learn aspects of Computer science is extremely high. It is everywhere, just look at the variety of Apps on your phone. This course develops both the practical ability in 2 substantial units but also the theory behind it.

Course Summary

AS Unit 1 Fundamentals of Computer Science.

This unit investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, data structures, software applications, programs, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society. (2 hour written examination) [25%].

AS Unit 2 Practical Programming to Solve Problems

This unit consists of a series of set tasks completed on-screen by candidates. These tasks will assess the practical application of knowledge and understanding and will require the use of Visual Basic.NET as a programming language. (2 hour on-screen examination) [15%].

A2 Unit 3 Programming and System Development.

This unit investigates programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society. (2 hour written examination) [20%].

A2 Unit 4 Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications.

This unit investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications. (2 hour written examination) [20%].

A2 Unit 5 Programmed Solution to a Problem

Candidates discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem chosen by the candidate which must be solved using original code (programming).

This is a substantial piece of work, undertaken over an extended period of time. (Non-exam assessment) [20%].

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

Many students go on to pursue a Computer science or related honours degrees, from game development to data science. You could find yourself working in the IT department of major financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace, defence or governmental organisations. Many graduates go on to set up their own businesses, it could be a software development house making the next great app or a games studio working on the next AAA title. You could also find work with a dedicated IT consultancy firm or an IT service provider; top graduates go on to work for big names like Google, Cisco and IBM.

Email contact barry.blake@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Drama

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The WJEC specification encourages candidates to:

Develop and apply an informed, perceptive understanding for devising, designing, performing, interpreting drama and theatre

Understand the place of relevant theoretical research, how it informs the processes and practices involved in creating theatre and its impact on the practical exploration of a variety of different styles and genres of drama

Develop an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre

Understand the practices used in twenty-first century theatre making and experience the collaborative relationship between various roles within theatre

Develop their interest and enjoyment of drama both as creative and independent theatre makers and as audience members in live theatre, analysing and evaluating their own work and that of others.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

Students are required to think creatively and innovatively, and elements of the course are extremely cross-curricular, particularly the study of historical dramatic context. The latter explores aspects of history, psychology, ethics and politics. This knowledge clearly complements the study of other subjects. The performance skills developed in also empower and enable learners to demonstrate excellent skills in communication and creativity, useful for a number of career routes such as law, business and any industry dealing with the public. The ability to work effectively within a collaborative environment is also a feature of the course. These skills are often much sought after by employers. And of course those wishing to pursue careers in drama, theatre studies, design or any of the entertainment industries are often advised to have studied drama, performing arts or theatre studies.

Finally, further extra-curricular opportunities are often given to our sixth form students such as directing the KS3 Young Playwrights’ Festival, participating in workshops delivered by professionals within the performing arts industry and places on all theatre trips.

Email contact claire.ashton@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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Level 3 BTEC Engineering

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The BTEC Engineering level 3 qualification provides a specialist, work-related qualification to a vocational sector. The course will give students the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for further education in engineering, apprenticeship or employment. This is an ideal qualification for a person who wishes to seek a career in STEM.

Course Summary

The course consists of 6 units of work, 3 units per year.

• Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace (mandatory)

• Unit 4: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians

• Unit 5: Mechanical Principles and Applications (mandatory)

• Unit 16: Engineering Drawing for Technicians

• Unit 21: Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques

• Unit 31: Computer Aided Manufacturing

This qualification builds on what a student learnt on the Level 2 course. Students will learn by completing assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

As part of unit 21, students will learn about the range of engineering tools available to manufacturing and add finishes to specialist or everyday products.

The two-year course will include Maths and Science units to help develop skills needed as engineer. All the units that make up the course will help students to develop the transferable skills needed to start a career in Engineering.

As a department, we have very good relationship with local engineering firms who are willing to support the course with visits, work experience and pupil support.

What opportunities can the course lead to?

Successful completion of the Level 3 Certificate in Engineering offers pupils several routes of progression:

• Direct entry into employment within the Engineering industry in a variety of roles

• Progression to Higher Education to continue studying engineering at University.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

Mechanical engineering, project engineering/management, Production/manufacturing engineering, CAD engineer, Health and Safety, Quality Control.

Email contact sean.davidson@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level English Literature

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English Literature is a mentally stimulating and challenging AS and A Level course. While there will be few dictated notes to learn, direct engagement with the set texts, and motivation to undertake directed and undirected private reading, are of prime importance. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning. A seminar approach is most common in class teaching, and thoughtful contributions and lively debate are important factors to develop understanding and confidence. Students will develop their understanding of English Literature across a range of engaging texts, including poetry, fiction and drama. They will develop their academic writing style, technical vocabulary and application of contextual and critical analyses. Most importantly, English Literature will encourage students’ personal responses to literary texts, and consideration of how key themes and attitudes contribute to our understanding of the world, past and present.

Course Summary

AS Unit 1 Prose and Drama (2 hour examination)

• Prose fiction pre-1900: thematic, analytical questions based on Charlotte Brontë’s Jayne Eyre (Penguin Classics) and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (Penguin).

AS Unit 2 Poetry Post-1900 (2 hour examination)

• One question requiring critical analysis of one poem from a prescribed list of poetry texts for this unit.

• One question requiring comparison of two poetry texts from the prescribed list for this unit: Ted Hughes’ Poems selected by Simon Armitage (Faber) and Sylvia Plath’s Poems selected by Ted Hughes (Faber).

A2 Unit 3 Poetry Pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry (2 hour examination)

• Question in two parts, based on readings of one poetry text from the prescribed list and a comparative analysis of two unseen poems.

A2 Unit 4 Shakespeare (2 hour examination)

• One question on Shakespeare set play extract and an essay question based on reading of a prescribed Shakespeare play: King Lear.

A2 Unit 5 Prose Study

• Non-examination assessment: 2500-3500 words individual response based on analyses of two novels (one pre- and one post-2000).

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

English Literature A Level is a highly valuable course to support students’ progression to undergraduate study or further education. Its analytical and evaluative procedures, and emphasis on independent research and academic writing, are excellent training for a variety of university courses, including law, journalism and humanities. Past A Level students have also gone on to study medicine and Science, where reasoning skills and demand for articulate expression through English Study are regarded as vital to success. Finally, its cultural dimension, giving an insight into how people and societies have acted and expressed themselves in different historical periods, is unique and is thought highly of in many walks of life.

Email contact: nancy.mason@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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Level 3 Financial Studies

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This course will appeal to students with an interest in current and financial affairs. They will analyse and evaluate the impact of external factors on personal finance and engage in the changing role of financial services providers. The year 12 programme teaches students about the financial services industry and how to apply the appropriate solutions available within the evolving financial services marketplace. The qualification will enable learners to make informed and confident decisions regarding their personal finances. It will help students to become responsible borrowers and sensible savers, and to have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout their life. In the second year, we look at the wider implications of finances on our own sustainability and the sustainability of the financial services industry as a whole.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

This qualification will support students’ access to higher education degree courses. Through developing the core skills of analysis, evaluation and written communication, DipFS provides a foundation for further study in business and finance related disciplines, providing students with opportunities to take on further study of subjects including as accountancy, business, economics, and finance and banking at Higher Education Institutions or through further vocational training. For those wishing to seek employment after A Levels, this course provides an excellent base from which to enter the banking and insurance industries in particular but any business would welcome students with a good understanding of personal finance.

Email contact emma.baker@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level French

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The course provides students with the opportunity to develop communication, listening, reading and writing skills in French, to promote knowledge of the language and culture. As well as enabling students to acquire skills and understanding for practical use, further study or employment. Throughout the course students will explore a wide range of topics through the language, discussing modern and relevant topics including ‘diversity and equality’ and formulating their own opinions. At A2 the course delves into France’s past, focusing on the occupation during World War Two. Studying the film at AS and the novel at A2 develops further understanding of the Francophone world.

Course Summary

AS Level

• AS Unit 1 Speaking

• An oral test lasting 12-15 minutes covering two tasks – arguing a point of view based on a written stimulus card, and a discussion based on a second written stimulus card.

• AS Unit 2 Listening, Reading, Translation from French into English

• Critical Response in French 36 marks – a closed-book written paper lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes where students answer one essay question in 300 words in French on the study of one film from a prescribed list.

A2 Level

• A2 Unit 4 Speaking

• An oral test lasting 11-12 minutes where candidates present an independent research project (2 minutes), to be followed by a discussion (9-10 minutes).

• A2 Unit 5 Listening, Reading, Translation from English into French

• A written paper lasting 105 minutes.

• A2 Unit 6 Critical and analytical response

• A closed-book written paper lasting 90 minutes where candidates answer one essay question of 300 words in French on the study of one literary work from a prescribed list.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

A qualification in a Modern Foreign Language is increasingly seen as a valuable asset by many universities, colleges and employers, as it reflects a student's linguistic, communication and organisational skills. Whilst languages on their own can lead to careers in teaching, interpreting and translating, colleges and universities nowadays reflect the needs of business and industry by offering courses which combine languages with a variety of other studies – science, accountancy, business, law, marketing, tourism.

Email contact: Frances.Page@Caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Geography

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The course provides students with an in-depth understanding of both the human and physical landscapes in future contexts. Application of key skills, problem solving and decision making also form a key part of both the AS and A2 modules.

Course Summary

AS consists of two units Unit 1 Changing Landscapes

Investigating Changing Landscapes (coastal landscapes) and investigating Tectonic hazards Written examination 2 hours (A Level 24%)

Unit 2 Changing Places

Investigating Changing Places. Fieldwork Investigations in Human and Physical Geography Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes (A Level 16%)

A2 consists of three units of study

Unit 3 Global Systems and Global Governance

Investigating Global Systems (water and carbon cycles), investigating Global Governance (change and challenges with oceans and global migration), and investigating 21st Century Challenges

Written examination 2 hours (A Level 24%)

Unit 4 Contemporary Themes

Investigating tectonic hazards, exploring ecosystems and development issues in India. Written examination 2 hours (A Level 16%)

Unit 5 Independent Investigation

Non-examination assessment 3000-4000 words (A Level 20%) which is an independent write up based on fieldwork.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

This course encourages students to apply geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them.

They will develop a critical understanding of the world’s people, places and environments in the 21st Century and develop their knowledge and understanding of contemporary geographical concepts. These transferable skills will enable them to progress to higher education and a range of employment opportunities. There are rapidly growing fields of study now at the forefront of work done locally, nationally and globally. It is likely that the sectors of employment that deal with managing change in the physical and human environment will grow most rapidly in the coming years. The specification provides an ideal foundation for the study of geography, earth sciences, environmental and ecology studies, global politics and town planning as well as other related areas. This may be accessed via higher education courses, vocational qualifications or directly into employment.

Email contact sian.fowler@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Health & Social Care

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The GCE AS and A Level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare is suitable for post-16 students who are interested in learning about the development and care of individuals throughout the life span from conception to later adulthood. Students will follow a broad study of health and social care, and childcare at AS, and can then choose between two pathways at A2 to develop depth of knowledge and understanding in either childcare or adult health and social care.

The qualification enables students to develop and demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding within the context of health and social care, and childcare.

The following current issues are included in the specification

• promoting health and well-being;

• supporting health, well-being and resilience in Wales;

• theoretical perspectives of children and young people's development;

• supporting the development, health, well-being and resilience of children and young people;

• theoretical perspectives of adult behavior; and

• supporting adults to maintain health, well-being and resilience.

The qualification provides a suitable foundation for the study of health and social care through a range of higher education courses, or into employment. Students may also progress to other qualifications within the health and social care and childcare suite. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for students who do not progress to further study in this subject.

Course Summary

The GCE AS and A Level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare is assessed through 50% internal assessment and 50% external assessment. Candidates must successfully complete:

• externally set, internally marked assignments; and

• external examinations.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

Suitable for higher education of Health and Social Care or a related area courses (e.g. Health and Social Care, Community Health Studies, Nursing (registered)). It also provides a suitable foundation for student to progress to the next level of vocational qualifications (e.g. NVQ Levels 3 and 4 in management)

Email contact sean.davidson@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level History

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The ‘Period Study’ element at AS Level provides an opportunity to study developments in the history of Europe between 1890 and 1991. The ‘Depth Study’ will allow students to study, in depth, a range of historical topics and problems relating to the period of reform and protest in Wales and England c.1783- 1832.

At A2 Level, students will extend their understanding of the depth study examined at AS Level. In addition, the ‘Breadth Study’ will enable them to consider aspects of history from a long-term perspective. The non- examined assessment component will allow them to evaluate contrasting historical interpretations on a specific individual, event or change.

Course Summary

AS Level

AS Unit 1 Period Study ‘Europe in an age of conflict and co-operation, c.1890-1991’ Written examination; 1 hour 30 minutes; 20% of overall qualification (50% at AS)

AS Unit 2 Depth Study Part 1 ‘Radicalism and the fight for parliamentary reform c.1783-1832’ Written examination; 1 hour 45 minutes; 20% of overall qualification (50% at AS)

A2 Level

A2 Unit 3 Breadth Study ‘The American century c.1890-1990’ Written examination; 1 hour 45 minutes; 20% of qualification

A2 Unit 4 Depth Study Part 2 ‘Protest and the campaign for social reform c.1832-1848’ Written examination; 1 hour 45 minutes; 20% of qualification

A2 Unit 5 ‘Historical Interpretations’

Non-Examined Assessment (NEA); 20% of qualification

This component involves individual and independent research into a historical debate, culminating in an essay based on the discussion of historical interpretations and contemporary sources.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

History is an enjoyable and engaging subject, which is highly regarded by universities and employers. There are a wide range of practical uses for an History A Level qualification. History also supports many career options, including by not limited to Law, Teaching, Journalism, Business management, Entrepreneurship, Archaeology, Civil Service, Conservation and Politics.

Email contact matthew.handford@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Mathematics

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This popular course encourages students to develop an understanding of coherence and progression in Mathematics and how different areas of Mathematics can be connected. They will develop skills enabling them to recognise how a situation may be presented mathematically and understand the relationship between 'real world' problems and other mathematical models. Students will develop their use of Mathematics as an effective means of communication and extend the range of mathematical skills and techniques used in more difficult, unstructured problems. It also provides a complete course in Mathematics for those who do not wish to proceed further in the subject but require it for other science-based career choices.

Course Summary

Mathematics is, inherently, a sequential subject. The content of AS Mathematics therefore builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills established in studying GCSE Mathematics (Higher Tier). The course is split into two sections, Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (combining Statistics and Mechanics).

Pure Mathematics involves Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus. Mechanics deals with motion and forces, whilst Statistics involves Probability and discrete and continuous distributions.

Since September 2017, a new WJEC programme of study has been in place for Years 12 and 13, consisting of two modules for each of the AS and A2 Mathematics courses.

AS Level (Year 12)

Unit 1 Pure Mathematics (one examination of 2 hours 30 minutes); and Unit 2 Applied Mathematics (one examination of 1 hour 45 minutes).

A2 Level (Year 13)

Unit 3 Pure Mathematics (one examination of 2 hours 30 minutes); and Unit 4 Applied Mathematics (one examination of 1 hour 45 minutes).

Use of a calculator is allowed in every examination; however, there is a strong emphasis on the importance of full written methods. Examinations can only be taken during the summer session at the end of an academic year.

Further details and sources of information on the course are available from www.wjec.co.uk

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

An A level in Mathematics will provide an essential and firm foundation for those who wish to proceed to further mathematical study or to employment. Careers include accountancy and professional service; the actuarial profession; retail and investment banking; computing and IT; engineering sciences; statistical research; and teaching. It can also be financially rewarding to study Mathematics – studies have shown that graduates and non-graduates who complete a Mathematics A Level can earn on average 10 per cent more than those of similar ability and background who do not.

Email contact christopher.james@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Further Mathematics

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This is for the more able student as the pace is extremely demanding (with an aim of covering the equivalent of a full A Level in Mathematics in Year 12). The sequential nature of the subject means that the progression to Further Mathematics AS and/or A Level then follows in Year 13. Over two years, two complete A Level courses are covered. In Year 13, students can opt to cover only the first three out of five modules of Further Mathematics, leading to an AS rather than a full A Level in this subject; this would be in addition to the full A Level in Mathematics already covered in Year 12.

Please note that Further Mathematics can only be selected in addition to Mathematics.

Course Summary

Year 12 (equivalent to completing one A Level in Mathematics)

A new WJEC programme of study began in September 2017 for both Mathematics and Further

Mathematics. ‘Further Mathematics’ lessons in Year 12 cover the content of the A2 ‘Mathematics course’ (normally covered by Year 13 ‘single’ maths students), comprised of Pure Mathematics and Applied

Mathematics (Statistics and Mechanics) and involving two examination papers (in addition to the two papers for ‘single’ mathematics AS).

Year 13 (equivalent to either an AS Level or one full A level in Further Mathematics) AS Further Mathematics consists of three modules

• Unit 1 on Further Pure Mathematics;

• Unit 2 on Further Statistics; and

• Unit 3 on Further Mechanics.

Each AS module will be assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute examination.

A2 Further Mathematics will consist of two units

• Unit 4 on Further Pure Mathematics (one examination of 2½ hours); and

• Unit 5 on Further Statistics (one examination of 1 hour 45 minutes).

Examinations can only be taken during the summer session at the end of an academic year.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

An AS or A Level in Further Mathematics will provide an excellent route for a continuation of further mathematical study at university as the level of mathematics covered is beyond the scope of the single mathematics course at A level. It is also frequently requested as a desired component for university entry into various courses leading to career pathways including science, engineering and finance. The studying of Further Mathematics can result in a university offering a lower grade combination for entry.

Email contact christopher.james@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Media Studies

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The WJEC Media Studies course offers both a theoretical and practical approach to media studies and new media. Candidates explore textual analysis, media industries, critical perspectives and their own production work. The course reflects the growing importance of media studies as a subject and allows candidates to engage with contemporary media. The mix of theoretical and practical work, and the widespread choice of briefs, gives candidates the flexibility to choose topics and interests. The updated specification is based on recent consultation with industry media experts.

The combination of analytical and coursework units makes Media Studies one of the most popular subjects at Caldicot. Using the latest Adobe professional software (including Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects), students have created highly effective, semi-professional productions. From music videos to crime drama TV sequences, the course develops student’s creative and technical skills, preparing them for both further study and real world media industries.

Course Summary

AS Unit 1 Investigating the Media

Written examination; 2 hours 15 minutes; 24% of the qualification

This unit assesses knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, media industries and audiences.

AS Unit 2 Creating a Media Production

Non-exam assessment; 16% of the qualification

A media production including individual research and planning created in response to a choice of briefs set by the WJEC, and applying knowledge and understanding of key concepts.

A2 Unit 3 Media in the Global Age

Written examination; 2 hours 30 minutes; 36% of the qualification

This unit assesses knowledge and understanding of media language, representation, media industries and audiences.

A2 Unit 4 Creating a Cross-Media Production

Non-examination assessment; 24% of the qualification

A cross media production including investigative research and development created in response to a choice of briefs set by the WJEC, and applying knowledge and understanding of key concepts and digital convergence.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

Students who have studied Media A Level at Caldicot have gone on to study a variety of subjects at college or university, including not only Media related courses but also (for example) English, Law, Business, ICT and Social Sciences. It also prepares them very effectively for working within the Media Industry. The combination of theoretical and practical skills is ideal for a wide variety of careers, including TV and Film production, marketing and advertising, live event management and publishing.

Email contact richard.page@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Physics

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This course provides students with a broad and balanced understanding of how we are able to exist on Earth today. Topics covered will analyse the existence and behaviour of particles smaller than an atom, the components of light received from galaxies millions of light years away, motion of objects and electricity to name but a few.

The aims of Physics at this level are to enable the student to take an informed participatory interest in an increasingly technological and rapidly changing world.

It should enable them to develop skills in understanding theoretical concepts, apply mathematical methods and to understand the scientific method.

Students find the course rewarding, particularly those who enjoy the use of mathematics, and they find they make a significant improvement of their skills in Y12.

A practical exam taken in Year 13 is worth 10% of the qualification. Students will be required to keep records of all of the experimental tasks in a lab book, including analysis and evaluations carried out over the two year course.

Topics such as Particle Physics, Radiation from stars, Planetary Motion and AC Circuits have proved particularly popular with students due to their interesting and stimulating nature. If you have a curious, questioning mind with an enthusiasm for finding out about the existence of the universe and how things work then AS/A Level Physics could be the course for you!

Course Summary

AS Unit 1 Motions, Energy and Matter (20% of A-Level Qualification)

Unit 2 Electricity and Light (20% of A-Level Qualification)

A2 Unit 3 Oscillation and Nuclei (25% of A-Level Qualification)

Unit 4 Fields and Options (25% of A-Level Qualification)

Unit 5 Experimental Physics (10% of A-Level Qualification)

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

Physics is still the fundamental science and as such its study opens up many opportunities in today's technological world. Physics students are always in demand whether they are going straight into the work place or on to further studies in a wide variety of subject areas. Engineering, Finance and Law are just a few careers that see Physics as an advantage. There are also many opportunities to study exciting courses such as Astronomy, Medical Physics, Theoretical Physics and even Physics with a year abroad.

Email contact anthony.brady@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Psychology

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Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour. The specification has been designed to provide a broad introduction to the scope and nature of psychology as a science. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding rather than just acquiring knowledge. Psychology develops students’ transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

Course Summary

AS Unit 1 Psychology Past to Present

Written examination; 1 hour 30 minutes; 20% of qualification

Compulsory questions relating to five psychological approaches, therapies and classic pieces of research evidence.

AS Unit 2 Using Psychological Concepts

Written examination; 1 hour 30 minutes; 20% of qualification Section A Contemporary debates in Psychology

Section B The Principles of Research Section C The Application of Research

A2 Unit 3 Psychology Implications in the Real World

Written examination; 2 hours 30 minutes; 40% of qualification Section A The Study of Behaviours

Three structured essays from a choice of six. Section B Controversies

One question from a choice of two requiring a synoptic exploration of psychological controversies.

A2 Unit 4 Psychology Applied Research Methods

Written examination; 1 hour 30 minutes; 20% of qualification Section A Personal Investigation

One compulsory question based on an investigative activity carried out prior to the assessment. Section B Novel Scenarios

Compulsory questions requiring a response to a piece of research.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

Psychology is relevant to a number of different career options including market research; advertising; social work; teaching; nursing; the police service; and personnel management. Professional psychologists also work in a variety of fields including industry, education, sport and the NHS.

Email contact nicholas.webb@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Religious Studies

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Society has become so multi-cultural that issues of religion and ethics are always headline news. What people believe and how they behave has thus become a fascinating area for study. For this reason, RS as a qualification is valued by employers and universities alike. Indeed, as one blue-chip company has recently told its recruitment teams; "when employing staff look out for students of Religious Studies - they are usually very solid, reliable individuals who, alongside good logical skills, are often highly people-orientated". The subject is ideal for you if you are keen to learn more about religion, ethics and morality. Opt to study this subject with us and you will join the many thousands of students in the UK who can see the advantages of taking a subject that will teach you the skills of critical thinking, textual analysis, evaluation and cultural understanding.

Course Summary

AS Level

Unit 1 An Introduction to the Study of Christianity

Written Examination; 1 hour 15 mins (worth 15% of qualification)

This unit includes exploring events in the life of the Jesus, the Bible as a source of authority in daily life, an evaluation of whether God is male and can suffer, Martin Luther’s arguments for justification by faith alone, festivals and sacraments.

Unit 2 An Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics

Written Examination; 1 hour 45 mins (worth 25% of qualification)

This unit explores philosophical questions surrounding the existence of God and the origins of evil and suffering. Students develop their understanding of ethical theories including Natural Law, Situation Ethics and Utilitarianism and will apply these to contemporary issues. For example, abortion, euthanasia, polyamorous relationships, animal testing etc.

A2 Level

Unit 3 The Study of Christianity

Written Examination; 1 hour 30 mins (20% of qualification)

This unit explores the early church, a comparison of views on Jesus, the challenges of science, secularisation and pluralism, attitudes towards wealth, poverty and injustice and a study of the developments of Ecumenical and Charismatic movements.

Unit 4 Religion and Ethics

Written Examination; 1 hour 30 mins (20% of qualification)

This unit provides students with an opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of ethics and allow them to assess how ethical decisions are made, including a study of whether we have free will or if our lives are determined, meta-ethics and modern developments of Natural Law theory.

Unit 5 Religion and Philosophy

Written Examination; 1 hour 30 mins (20% of total qualification)

This unit allows students to explore and assess notions of ‘faith’ and ‘belief’, considering the origins and reliability of such concepts. They will also gain an understanding of religious experience and undertake an in-depth study of a range of case studies on these experiences e.g. miracles, near death experiences etc.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

The course is ideal for students pursuing law, medicine, social services, the police force and teaching, as well as those planning to study philosophy, ethics or religion at a higher level. In addition RS provides a stimulating background to the study of history and literature. The teaching of this subject is interactive in style and students become deeply involved in their own learning.

Email contact tina.bryant@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Sociology

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All units require the student to demonstrate essential skills developed through their study of sociology; ie. the ability to show their knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues in the context of sociological theory and methodology. They are also expected to select, interpret, apply and evaluate their knowledge and understanding in a range of theoretical and practical contexts.

Course Summary

AS Unit 1 Acquiring Culture

Written examination; 1 hour 15 minutes; 15% of the qualification

Section A One structured question on the key concepts and processes of cultural transmission, socialisation and the acquisition of identity.

Section B Consists of families and households module that involves compulsory questions and a choice between two essay questions.

AS Unit 2 Understanding Society and Methods of Sociological Enquiry Written examination; 2 hours; 25% of the qualification

Section A Methods of Sociological Enquiry. One compulsory question based on stimulus material. Section B Understanding Society. This section will be based upon Media. There will be compulsory questions based on data response and a choice between two essay questions.

A2 Unit 3 Power and Control

Written examination; 2 hours; 25% of the qualification

This section will be based upon crime and deviance. It includes compulsory questions and a choice between two essay questions.

A2 Unit 4 Social Inequality and Methods of Sociological Enquiry Written examination; 2 hours 15 minutes; 35% of the qualification

Section A Applied Methods of Sociological Enquiry. One compulsory question which will require students to design, justify and evaluate a piece of sociological research.

Section B Social Inequality. Questions in this section are on the theme of social differentiation and stratification. These will include a compulsory question and a choice between two essay questions.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of Sociology or a related area through a range of higher education courses (including criminology, administration or law; progression to the next level of vocational qualifications (such as social work or nursing); or direct entry into employment.

Email contact ellen.knight@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Spanish

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The course provides students with the opportunity to develop communication, listening, reading and writing skills in Spanish, to promote knowledge of the language and culture. As well as enabling students to acquire skills and understanding for practical use, further study or employment. Throughout the course students will explore a wide range of topics through the language, discussing modern and relevant topics including ‘diversity and equality’ and formulating their own opinions. At A2 the course delves into Spain’s past, focusing on Franco’s Spain and the Spanish civil war. Studying the film at AS and the novel at A2 develops further understanding of the Hispanic world.

Course Summary

AS Level

• AS Unit 1 Speaking

• An oral test lasting 12-15 minutes covering two tasks – arguing a point of view based on a written stimulus card, and a discussion based on a second written stimulus card.

• AS Unit 2 Listening, Reading, Translation from Spanish into English

• Critical Response in Spanish 36 marks – a closed-book written paper lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes where students answer one essay question in 300 words in Spanish on the study of one film from a prescribed list.

A2 Level

• A2 Unit 4 Speaking

• An oral test lasting 11-12 minutes where candidates present an independent research project (2 minutes), to be followed by a discussion (9-10 minutes).

• A2 Unit 5 Listening, Reading, Translation from English into Spanish

• A written paper lasting 105 minutes.

• A2 Unit 6 Critical and analytical response

• A closed-book written paper lasting 90 minutes where candidates answer one essay question of 300 words in Spanish on the study of one literary work from a prescribed list.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

A qualification in a Modern Foreign Language is increasingly seen as a valuable asset by many universities, colleges and employers, as it reflects a student's linguistic, communication and organisational skills. Whilst languages on their own can lead to careers in teaching, interpreting and translating, colleges and universities nowadays reflect the needs of business and industry by offering courses which combine languages with a variety of other studies – science, accountancy, business, law, marketing, tourism.

Email contact Frances.Page@Caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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Level 3 BTEC Sports Studies

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The BTEC Sport Level 3 course includes both theory and practical sport. It will develop students’ sporting knowledge and their practical ability by covering anatomy; physiology; coaching; health; exercise and lifestyle; health and safety in sport; sports nutrition; and technical and tactical sports understanding.

Students will also gain a deeper understanding and develop a range of experiences through participating in the assessment of fitness, sports leadership and outdoor adventurous activities.

This course particularly suits those wanting a more practical style of sports course and those who may be aspiring to continue on to higher education or enter employment in sports coaching, sports development and sports management. It provides students with frequent opportunities to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Course Summary

All units are assessed through assignments in a variety of formats; these include written reports, posters, practical sports, demonstrations, group tasks, interviews, practical coaching, presentations and student produced videos, work experience, projects, performance observation and time-constrained assessments.

Progression Routes and Career Opportunities

The BTEC Diploma qualification provides an essential grounding for those students who wish to study sport or physical education at university. It provides opportunities for sport, leisure and recreation employment through gaining a nationally recognised Level 3 vocationally specific qualification.

BTEC Diploma (QCF) qualifications carry the same UCAS tariff scores as their A Level counterparts.

*This course is currently under review by the examination board and should it no longer be available for entry in September 2020, the school could offer the 2016 NQF National Certificate in Sports Studies. This qualification would include an exam paper element.

Email contact steve.reed@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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A Level Welsh (Second Language)

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During the first stage of the AS students will study elements of Welsh media, literature and language in addition to developing oral, creative and critical writing skills. They will study a ‘set’ Welsh film for the media element and a series of Welsh poems for the literature element nurturing their ability to explore and voice their appreciation of these elements. At A2, students will further their study of Welsh literature with the introduction of a Welsh play and a series of Welsh short stories. The course will develop their key skills of communication, IT skills, and ability to work with others, all of which are essential to the study of Welsh.

Course Summary

AS Unit 1 Film and Oracy, Oral examination: 15% of the qualification

Section A: Discussing the film studied (20 minutes per group).

Section B: Personal discussion regarding non-examination assessment (5 minutes per candidate).

AS Unit 2 Non-examination assessment: 10% of the qualification

Production of 3 extended written tasks (1,500 – 2,000 words).

AS Unit 3 Writing Examination: 15% of the qualification, 2 hour examination paper

Section A: Language; dealing with a selection of language exercises.

Section B: Poetry; a question based on the set poetry texts.

A2 Unit 4 Drama and Oracy, Oral examination: 25% of the qualification

Section A: Living through Welsh.

Section B: Discussing the drama studied (30 minutes per group).

Section C: Personal synoptic response (5 minutes per candidate).

A2 Unit 5 Welsh in Society & Translanguaging: 15% of the qualification, 2 hour examination paper

Section A: Welsh in Society; structured questions about the Welsh language in society from 1900 to today.

Section B:Translanguaging; written response in Welsh to an English article.

A2 Unit 6 Use of the Language & The Short Story: 20% of the qualification, 2 hour examination paper

Section A: Language; a variety of language exercises.

Section B: A structured question based on one of the set short story texts including a synoptic response, linking knowledge/understanding and the skills developed in the subject.

Progression Routes & Career Opportunities

The AS and A2 Welsh Second Language are recognised qualifications with universities within the UK in line with other languages. Career opportunities are to be found in public services in Wales such as teaching, local government, media, the performing arts and journalism. With the Welsh Government's increasing emphasis on developing bilingualism in Wales and their target of million Welsh speakers by 2050, developing Welsh language skills as far as is possible is advantageous.

Email contact ann.davies@caldicot.schoolsedu.org.uk

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