D-G Subjects for Sixth Form

Early Year, Children care & Education 

The Level 3 Applied General Certificate for Early Years, Childcare and Education is equivalent in size and rigour to an A Level and as such contributes to entry requirements for higher education. It is aimed at post-16 students who have an interest in childcare and early years. This qualification is ideal if you want to develop your knowledge and understanding in areas such as the role of the child care practitioner, human development, relevant legislation and frameworks, and play and learning. It is also recommended that you complete a work placement as part of this qualification in a nursery setting, primary school or something similar.

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    Engineering

    Engineering covers a broad variety of roles and it involves the application of scientific principles and practical knowledge to transform ideas and materials into products and systems safely and support them during their lifetime. This qualification has a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas.

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      English Language & Literature

      The course we offer, OCR English Language and Literature (EMC), involves study of a wide range of interesting and engaging texts. There is an Anthology of non-fiction spoken and written texts across time including: Pepys on the Great Fire of London; Chief Joseph’s Surrender Speech; the King’s Abdication Speech 1936; Dizzee Rascal on Newsnight; Russell Brand’s evidence to Parliamentary Select Committee and a live music review of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run II World Tour..

      You will also study a novel, The Great Gatsby, a drama, A Streetcar Named Desire, and the poetry of Seamus Heaney and you will also explore the contexts of 1920s and 1940s America and the Irish Troubles. Additionally, there is the opportunity to write creatively and produce your own texts.

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        English Literature

        We will follow the course offered by AQA which involves study and analysis of literary and non-literary texts, together with some degree of creativity in the option of one re-creative piece for A Level coursework.

        Students are also encouraged to undertake wider reading to enhance their understanding of genre, context and critical approaches.

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          Fashion & Textiles 

          This creative and thought-provoking qualification
          builds on the experience of GCSE Fashion &
          Textiles and gives you the practical skills, theoretical
          knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number
          of careers, especially those in the creative
          industries. You will investigate historical, social,
          cultural, environmental and economic influences on
          design and technology, whilst enjoying
          opportunities to put your learning into practice by
          producing a prototype of your choice. You will gain
          a real understanding of what it means to be a
          designer, alongside the knowledge and skills
          sought by higher education and employers.

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            Film Studies

            Film develops a broad range of transferable skills and offers a coherent course of study which allows you the opportunity to draw together different areas of understanding and knowledge from across the three components, providing them with an informed filmmaker’s perspective of film. We teach a number of main approaches including specialist topic areas such as narrative, ideology and spectator ship, which are designed to complement independent research whilst tailoring writing to suit different audiences and develop analytical, critical and logical thinking skills to best prepare you for higher education across a range of degree subjects

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              Food Tec

              Food Tec and Nutrition is a two-year Applied General qualification. It is designed primarily to support learners progressing to university. It has been designed to offer exciting, interesting experiences that focus learning for 16 – 19 year old learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful, work-related contexts, linked to the food production industry.

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                Geography

                Geography is an exciting and dynamic subject which addresses the key ideas and debates in our world today. Whilst studying Geography you will develop fieldwork and research skills and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of places and environments and the processes which bring about change. Geography is a recognised facilitating subject to progress onto a variety of degree courses at top universities.

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                  General RE

                  All students who do not opt for A Level Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) will follow the General RE course.

                  Typically this is 1 lesson a week and students who are successful will achieve a qualification that is validated by the Archdiocese.

                  General RE is taught across Year 12 & 13, and students will have the opportunity of studying all the modules offered.

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