Courses

  1. Art AS/A2

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    At both levels students will be encouraged to engage in a wide range of art and Content: design disciplines, materials and techniques, both traditional and new. A unit of work may comprise of more than one approach, outcome or discipline

    The Course is structured as follows:

    AS

    Art 1 Unit 1 Art & Design Coursework portfolio 30%

    One unit of coursework based on themes and subject matter developed from personal an/or given starting points. Internally set.

    ART 2 Unit 2 Art & Design Controlled Assignment 20%

    One unit that comprises an externally set assignment or controlled test (Exam Piece). Controlled test of 12 hours duration, plus preparation period of and minimum 6 weeks. Paper issued early February

    A Level (the above plus the following A Level units 30%

    ART 3 Art & Design Personal Investigation 

    One unit of coursework based on themes and subject matter developed from personal and or given starting points, containing a written element of no less than 1000 words. internally set.

    ART 4 Unit 4 Art & Design Controlled Assignment 20%

    One unit that comprises an externally set assignment or controlled test (Exam Piece). Controlled test of 12 hours duration, plus preparation period of and minimum 6 weeks. Paper issued early February.

    Assessment

    ART 1 and ART 3 are internally set units of work, internally assessed early May, and externally moderated in june.

    ART 2 and ART 4 are externally set assignments set by the WJEC, internally assessed early May, and externally moderated in June.

    Regualr reviews and presentation of work will take place throughout the two years course as part of the assessment procedure

  2. Biology AS/A2

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    Biology gives a straight insight into how plants and animals (including humans) work and interact. We look at social issues including man’s influence on the environment e.g. over fishing, the vaccination debate and ethical considerations raised in genetic engineering and gene therapy. The updated content will allow the implications of modern biology to be more fully appreciated.

    Assessment Procedure

    There are 2 theory modules in both Year 12 and Year 13.

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    AS Level – year 12 Weighting Time for each unit test
    Unit Content %AS %A2  
    1 Biochemistry and Cell
    Organisation
    40 20 1hr 30mins
    2 Biodiversity and phsiology of
    body systems
    40 20 1hr 30mins

     

    AS Level – year 13 Weighting Time for each unit test
    Unit Content %A2  
    1 Metabolism, Microbiology and
    Homeostasis
    20 1hr 45mins
    2 Environment, Genetics and
    Evolution
    20 1hr 45mins
    3 Practical Assesment 10  

    Entry

    Students should have studied higher-level biology in either Triple or Double Requirements award, preferably achieving B or BB.

    Progression

    Many careers e.g. medicine, nursing, dentistry, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, veterinary medicine, marine biology, pharmacy and environmental biology require or benefit from, the study of biology at A level. The subject also compliments other studies, notably P.E. and Geography.

  3. Chemistry AS/A2

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    Chemistry enables you to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how these contribute to a successful economy and allows you to develop an essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other.

    Assessment Procedure

    There are two theory modules and one practical module in both Year 12 and Year 12

    AS Level – year 12 Weighting Exam Time
    Unit Content %AS %A2  
    1 Basic ideas about atoms, Chemical Calculations,
    Chemical Equilibrium and Acid Base Reactions, Kinetics,
    Energetics, Production of Chemicalsand Energy.
    40 20 1hr
    30mins
    2 Bonding, Forces between Molecules, Shapes of Molecules, Solubility of
    Compounds in Water, Solid Structures, The periodic Table,
    Trends in Properties of groups 1, 2 and 7. Organic Compounds and their
    Reactions, Hydrocarbons,Halogeoalkanes, Alcohols and Analytical Techniques.
    40 20 1hr
    30mins

     

    A2 Level – year 12 Weighting Exam Time
    Unit Content % A Level  
    4 Spectroscopy, Isomerism and Aromaticity, Alcohols and Phenols,
    Aldehydes and Ketones, 45 minsCarboxylic Acids and Derivatives,
    OrganicCompounds containing Nitrogen, OrganicSynthesis and Analysis.
    20 1hr
    45mins
    5 Redox and standard electrode potential, Chemistry of the p-block
    (Groups 3, 4 and 7),d-block Transition Elements, Chemical Kinetics,
    Energy changes Entropy, Equilibria andAcid-Based Equalibria.
    20 1hr
    45mins
    6 Practical Assessment – Two exercises devised and marked by WJEC. 10  

    Practical work is only assessed in Year 13. It is designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding in relation to practical techniques and their ability to analysis and evaluate experimental data. The practical examination is comprised of two tasks both carried out individually under controlled conditions:

    Experimental Task (30 marks) 3 hours
    Practical Methods and Analysis Task (30 marks) 1 hour

    Entry Requirements

    Students should have studied higher Chemistry in either Triple or Double Award preferably achieving B or BB. A grade C or above in mathematics is also preferred.

    Progression

    Chemistry is a long established and respected qualification that allows progression into a number of career areas. It is an excellent foundation for further study of Chemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Forensics and Engineering.

  4. Design Technology Product Design AS/A2

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     Whilst being a demanding subject, requiring a definite interest and commitment in Design, this course is more biased towards actually producing a product than any other. If you have an eye for detail, a respect for the designers of yesterday and today, a flair for innovative Design, and you just love getting into the workshop and doing something constructive, then Design Technology is the subject for you! A great deal of work is done through both 2D and 3D CAD software and our state of the art laser cutting system.

    Over the past few years, the A level Team have built up a number of superb industrial links, which are used to assist students with their work. These have included: – UWIC & Cardiff University, Ove Arup, SAS International, Jaguar Cars, Peugeot Cars, Spectrum Technologies, Lasers are Us, Morgan Cars, Nike Design, University of Glamorgan, Ford, Bosch, Swansea University and many others.

    Assessment Procedure 

     The AS element of the course is split into TWO distinct assessment areas.

    DT1 Production Design External Examination (20%)

     This paper will contain two sections which will asses candidates’ knowledge and understanding drawn from the subject content of one focus area listed under:

    • Design and Innovation
    • Product analysis
    • Materials and compounds
    • Industrial and commercial practice

    DT2 Design and Make Test (30%)

     Students will produce a number of small material/method focused tasks during the first term, along with a Design History research task. These projects serve to focus the student, and prepare them for the major project in the second term. Projects are marked equally on their design content as well as the manufacture.

    The A2 element of the -course is split into TWO distinct areas too.

    DT3 Product Design External Written Examination (20%)

     This paper will contain two sections which will asses candidates’ knowledge and understanding drawn from the subject content of one focus area. Subjects will include:

    • Design and Innovation
    • Product analysis
    • Human responsibility
    • Public interaction
    • Materials and compounds
    • Industrial and commercial practice
    • Processes Production systems and control

     DT4 Major Projects (30%)

    Students will undertake a single substantial project. Each year the WJEC will set Eight themes for the project. These may include:

    • Sustainability
    • Innovation
    • Revitalisation
    • Corporate Identity
    • Promotion New Materials
    • Architecture
    • Art Deco

    Entry Requirements

     In addition to the school’s policy of requiring 5 GCSE grade C or above, we prefer to recruit students who have successfully completed a GCSE Design & Technology course. However, each pupil will be treated on their own merit, and if you feel that you would gain a positive experience on this course, then contact Mr Harper, Head of Design Technology, and we will discuss your best options.

    Progression

     The AS level course is worth exactly 50% of the full A Level. AS/A level students have gone on to a multitude of degree courses and employment areas including:

    • Product/Industrial Design
    • Architecture
    • Civil Engineering
    • Advertising & Media
    • Theatre Design,
    • Armed forces Officer Training
    • Apprentice Engineers
    • Production management
  5. Drama & Theatre AS/A2

    EdexcelCourse Content

    The Course consists of FOUR units

    Unit Content % AS % A2
    1 Practical and written exploration of Drama & Theatre 40 20
    2 Practical text in performance 60 30
    3 Practical devised drama.   20
    4 Written text in context 2hrs 30mins   30

    The course focuses on Drama and Theatre studies as a practical and artistic subject. This is achieved through the study of set plays, theatre practitioners, live theatre reviews and practical drama. Students will learn how to analyse plays in a variety of ways.

    The AS course focuses on

    • The study of two set plays of different periods and genre
    • The study of theatre practitioners
    • Visits to see plays in performance
    • Exploration of a further text to perform in a practical exam.

     The A2 course focuses on

    • A devised Drama
    • A workshop style presentation
    • Study of two further set plays

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    Assessment Procedure

    Unit 1 – Requires written and practical coursework analysing the two set texts and theatre practitioners (3000 words). Evaluation of a live theatre performance (1000 words) Internally assessed
    Unit 2 – First section requires students to offer a monologue or duologue. Second section requires students to contribute to a performance of a professionally published play. Externally assessed
    Unit 3 – requires the creation of a unique and original piece of devised theatre. Written evidence and performance assessed. Internally assessed
    Unit 4 – Written exam. Section A & B – Students to explore one play from the point of view of director in both an academic and practical way. Section C – a live performance of an Historical play, possibly Shakespeare. To be seen and compared with its original performance conditions. Externally assessed

    Entry Requirements

    Must have 5 A* – C at GCSE and be committed to hard work. It is not necessary to have studied the subject at GCSE.

    Progression

     Many students go on to apply for places in Drama School, or to further their interests through live theatre degrees. This can lead to acting, directing, stage or lighting design, stage management or setting up a Theatre company. It can also offer opportunities in Media (TV & radio journalism) or Theatre publicity and marketing. Numerous students decide to pass on their knowledge by becoming Drama teachers. It’s a fun course but needs much dedication and hard work.

  6. Electronics AS/A2

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    AS

    ET1 – Introduction to Digital and Analogue Systems (AS -35%, A2 – 17.5%)
    ET2 – Electronic Circuits and Components (AS – 35%, A2 – 17.5%)
    ET3 – Programmable Control Systems Project (internally assessed) – Ladder logic & PIC programming (exactly as used in industry) (AS- 30% A2 15%)

    A2

    ET4 – Electronic Communications Systems (A2 15%)
    ET5 – Electronic Systems Application (A2 20%)
    ET6 – Electronic Design Project (internally assessed – design and build an artefact to solve a problem electronically) (A2 15%)

    Assessment Procedure

    ET1 and ET2 are assessed by a 1 hour written examination in January and May Procedure respectively of Year 12.
    ET3 to be handed in by Easter of Year 12.
    ET4 is assessed by a 1 hour written examination in January of Year 13.
    ET5 is assessed by a 1hr 30mins written examination in May of Year 13

    As well as using ‘real’ electronics components, quite a lot of the course can be completed using computer assisted design (CAD) packages on the PC. The course offers opportunities to achieve elements of ICT, Numeracy and Communications Key Skills at regular intervals and these are also important in the electronics industry itself.

    Entry Requirements

    No previous knowledge of electronics is required although obviously it is an advantage. However, at least a C grade in GCSE Mathematics is required.

    Progression

    Most companies such as Sony, Bosch and Ford require an understanding in electronics – it is also important in medicine and the computer and communications industries.

  7. English (Language & Literature) AS/A2

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    This course is designed to promote the integrated study of English language and English literature. It enables learners to develop intellectual maturity through exploring a range of literary and non-literary texts, including the WJEC English Language and Literature Poetry Pre-1914 Anthology. Through their reading, learners are able to develop the skills required to interrogate texts, be critically reflective, consider other viewpoints, be independent, make connections across a range of texts and to understand and evaluate the effects of a variety of contexts. This specification also gives learners opportunities to deepen their enjoyment of English language and literature both through reading and through creating their own texts.

    Assessment Procedure

    The course comprises of 5 units if studied for the two years. The AS units are worth 40% and a further 60% is associated with the A2 qualification.

    AS Units

    AS Unit 1 – Comparative Analysis and Creative Writing (closed-book)Written examination: 2 hours
    AS Unit 2 – Drama and Non-literary Text Study (open-book, clean copy)Written examination: 2 hours 20% of qualification 120 marks

    A2 UNITS (A Level -the above plus these further 3 units)

    A2 Unit 3 – Shakespeare (closed-book) Written examination: 2 hours 20% of qualification 120 marks
    A2 Unit 4 – Unseen Texts and Prose Study (open-book, clean copy)Written examination: 2 hours 20% of qualification 120 marks
    A2 Unit 5 – Critical and Creative Genre Study Non-examination assessment: 2500-3500 words 20% of qualification 120 marks

    Entry Requirements

    1. You need 5 A*-C grades and a minimum of a B grade in English or literature at GCSE
    2. You need a love of literature and language and you should enjoy both reading and writing.

    Progression

    The study of English excellent preparation for careers in the media, journalism, law, marketing, politics, teaching and management. This course will enhance your communication skills and prepare you for

  8. French AS/A2

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    Course Content

    AS level

    There is a greater emphasis on grammar at AS and A2 level and this is explained in conjunction with the following two themes: Leisure and Lifestyles including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living – diet and exercise; unhealthy living – drugs, aids, smoking and alcohol. The Individual and Society including relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (values, peer groups, fashions and trends etc.), education, vocational training and future careers.

    A2 level

    Grammar knowledge will be developed through the following two themes: Environmental Issues, including technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling, sustainability. Social and Political Issues, including the role of the media, racism, immigration social exclusion and integration, terrorism, world of work (employment, commerce, globalization)

    Assessment Procedure

    AS Level

    This course consists of two units which are externally marked. There is no coursework element:

    UNIT FN1: Oral exam: 15 minutes: 60 marks (40% of AS, 20% of full A level)
    UNIT FN2: Listening, Reading and Writing exam: 2 1/2 hours: 98 marks (60% of AS, 30% of full A level)

    Candidates will sit the FN2 in May / June of the first year. The FN1 oral exam will be held between March and May of the first year.

    A2 Level

    There will be two more units to be assessed

    UNIT FN3: Oral exam 20 minutes: 60 marks (20% of full A level)
    UNIT FN4: Listening, Reading and Writing: 3 hours: 98 marks (30% of full A level)

    Candidates will sit the FN4 in May / June of Year 13. The FN3 oral exam will be held between March and May of Year 13.

    Entry Requirements

    A*-C grade at GCSE.

    Progression

    The study of French will be a very useful foundation for further studies at higher level and combines well with other courses offered by universities such as law, engineering, accounting, banking and economics.

  9. Geology AS/A2

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    AS Level

    GL1 – Foundation Geology. Here you will be introduced to the building blocks of the science, including igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, plate tectonics and the study of fossils.
    GL2 – Investigative Geology. This is where you will look at rocks, minerals and fossils as well as complete practical map exercises.
    GL3 – Geology and the Human Environment. This unit looks at hazards such as earthquake, volcano, mass movement event, pollution and engineering problems.

    A2 Level

    GL4 – Interpreting the Geological Record
    GL5– 2 Geological themes currently: The Geology of Lithosphere and The Geology of Natural Resources.
    GL6 – Geological Investigations. Fieldwork using mainly local Heritage Coast sites and Laboratory work.

    Assessment Procedure

    GL1 – 1hr Examination
    GL2 – 1hr 30min Examination
    GL3 – 1hr 15min Examination
    GL4 – 2hr Examination
    GL5 – 2hr 30min Examination
    GL6 – Internally Assessed and WJEC moderated

    Entry Requirements

    Geology at AS/A2 is a new subject. Candidates are required to have achieved a good set of GCSE results, usually 5 A* – C grades or better.

    Progression

    Geology a A Level opens up a number of varied and exciting career paths. Courses are available that allow graduates to work in fields such as: Environmental Geoscience, Mining Geology, Engineering Geology, Oceanography Vulcanology, Seismology and Petroleum Geology/Oil Exploration.

  10. History AS/A2

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    The course consists of two topics:

    1. British History — e.g. the impact of World War One, political and economic effects of the Great Depression, growth of extremist parties and growth of leisure such as cinema and radio.
    2. European History –e.g. the causes of World War One and Two, Italy under Mussolini, European revolutions and international relations.

    Assessment Procedure

    AS Level – Two examinations:

    1. Unit 1 – 2 hour examination based on a structured question. Worth 20% of the A2 grade.
    2. Unit 2 – 1 hour 30 minute examination based on source evaluation. Worth 20% of the A2 grade.

    A2 Level – Two examinations:

    1. Unit 3 – 1 hour 45 minute examination, essay based. Worth 20% of the A2 grade.
    2. Unit 4 – 1 hour 45 minute examination, essay based. Worth 20% of the A2 grade.

    A2 Level – Course work:

    1. Unit 5 – a research based exercise. Worth 20% of the A2 grade.

    Entry Requirements

    It is expected that students should have obtained a C or above at GCSE history. If you have not studied history at GCSE, a C grade in English is required.

    Progression

    This course is an accessible course. It has traditionally been a highly respected general academic qualification, teaching written fluency, logical argument, selecting and analysing a range of materials. It allows access to a range of careers such as law, journalism, media and the police force.

  11. Mathematics GCE AS/ A2/Further

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    Mathematics at A and AS level is divided in to three branches:

    Pure Mathematics – When studying pure mathematics at AS and A level you will be extending your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some brand new ideas such as calculus.

    Mechanics – When you study mechanics you will learn how to describe mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting on them, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet.

    Statistics – When you study statistics you will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. You will extend the range of probability problems and will consider the statistical significance of experimental results.

    Assessment Procedure

    There will be regular tests and individual modules are tested externally.

    AS level – Year 12 sit 3 modules C1, C2 and either M1 or S1 in May/June.
    A2 level – Year 13 sit a further 3 modules C3, C4 and either M2 or S2 in June.
    Double Mathematics – Year 12 sit 6 modules C1, C2, C3, C4, M1 and S1 in May/June. In Year 13 they sit a further 6 modules FP1, FP2, FP3, S2, M2 and M3 in June. There is no coursework element.

    Entry Requirements

    You must have done Higher Tier GCSE in Sets 1 or 2 and obtained at least a B grade because of the demands of the algebra in the AS course.

    Progression

    A level Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry into a wide variety of full-time courses in Higher Education, especially if you wish to study Engineering or Physics. There are also many areas of employment that see a Mathematics A Level as an important qualification. The nature of Mathematics is that it requires clear logical thinking and problem solving skills. These skills are very highly valued and those who have them are perceived by employers as able to be trained in a wide variety of career pathways which may or may not be Maths related but nevertheless use the skills which have been acquired. Choosing Mathematics certainly keeps many options open.

     

  12. Music AS/A2

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    The AS and A Level music course encourages students to further extend their musical skills, knowledge and understanding of music through the development of their own particular musical interests and strengths; whilst broadening their individual musical experience and creativity through Musical Performance, Composition and Appraising.

    At “AS” Level, students study three units. MU1 students develop their individual performing skills on their chosen instrument/voice and extend their repertoire. MU2 students further develop their composition skills through a variety of styles and techniques. MU3 students develop their appraisal skills through the study of two contrasting areas of study (one being from the Western Classical tradition).

    At “A” Level, students study a further three units. MU4 performance skills and repertoire are further developed. MU5 composition skills are extended with a particular focus on 20th Century composition. MU6 requires an in depth study of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major and developing students’

    Assessment Procedure

    Unit Content    
    MU1 Performing Recital 8 – 10mins
    MU2 Composing Composition Portfolio 2 Compositions
    MU3 Appraising Listening Exam Set work and aural perception
    MU4 Performing Recital 10 – 12mins
    MU5 Composing Composition Portfolio 2 Compositions
    MU6 Appraising Listening Exam Set work and aural perception

    MU1 – Externally assessed Recital (15% overall A-Level)
    MU2 – Internally assessed and externally moderated (15% overall A-Level)
    MU3 – Externally assessed works exam 1 hr duration (20% overall A-Level) and Aural Perception (1hr)
    MU4 – Externally assessed Recital (15% of overall A-Level)
    MU5 – Internally assessed and externally moderated (15% overall A-Level)
    MU6 – Externally assessed works exam 1hr 30mins duration (20% overall A-Level) and Aural Perception (45mins)

    Entry Requirements

    Students must meet the school’s “A” Level entry requirement. A good grade at GCSE music or Grade 5 standard on an instrument or voice and a sound knowledge of the rudiments of music is a pre-requisite.

    Progression

    An A Level qualification will enable students to pursue a degree course in Music, Performing, Music Technology, Popular music and many other. These can lead to careers in the Teaching Profession, Music Industry, Performing Arts, Journalism, Music Therapy and Administration etc.

  13. Physical Education

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    AS – Year 12 = 2 units

    PE 1 – (practically based) 50% internal assessment – improving performance in PE

    Internal assessment –

    1. Practical performance in 1 activity 30%
    2. Personal portfolio linking the theory into practice 10%
    3. Coaching/officiating in the chosen practical activity 10%

    PE 2 – (theory paper) external assessment

    50% – 1hour 45 mins written exam paper discussing lifestyle choices, nutrition and diet for performance, lifestyle benefits, personality ,leadership in sport, attitudes to sport, psychology in sport.

    A2 – Year 13= 2 units

    PE 3 – (practically based) 25% internal assessment refining performance in PE

    1. Practical performance in 1 activity 17.5%
    2. Investigative research into a practical activity which links the theoretical knowledge being developed 7.5%

    PE 4 – (theory paper) external assessment

    25% – 2 hour written paper

    Section A -compulsory questions (15%)
    Section B -one extended writing question (10%)

    The paper is based on a detailed analysis of biomechanics, technological advancements in sport. Notational and video analysis techniques, stress in sport and anxiety in sport, motivation, age and gender issues as well as an understanding of the scientific and psychological aspects that affect performance.

    Entry Requirements

    It is possible to access the AS course without having studied the GCSE syllabus. It would be advisable to have achieved a C grade at GCSE in Physical Education.

    Progression

    A level PE is often a pre requisite for students going on to study sports related courses at a higher level. Pupils have gone on to study sports science, physiotherapy, sports psychology, sports analysis, sports education and a variety of sport and leisure opportunities.

    Progression

    A Level P.E. is often a pre-requisite for students going on to study sports related courses at a higher level. Due to its multi-disciplinary content it combines well with all other subjects. Past students have gone on to study in a wide range of areas, Sports Science, Sports study, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Education, Leisure and recreation and many in non related fields

  14. Religious Studies AS/A2

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    At A’ level we study some of the world’s religions and analyse their philosophical and ethical beliefs, culture and lifestyle. The modules studied include:

    AS Modules
    – An introduction to Hinduism
    – An introduction to Judaism

    A2 Modules
    – An in-depth study of one religion
    – A synoptic study of religion and human experience

    Religious Studies will teach you the skills to analyse and evaluate contemporary religious and moral issues such as abortion, near death experiences, the role of women in religion and the meaning of life. During the course there will be opportunities to meet members of faith communities on visits to Hindu Temples and Synagogues and to meet a Holocaust survivor.

    Assessment Procedure

    At AS there are two 1hr 15mins examinations, externally marked.
    At A2 there are two 1hr 45mins examinations, externally marked. One of these is based on a pre-seen research topic on religion and human experience.

    Entry Requirements

    Candidates will be expected to achieve a C grade or above in either GCSE full or short course Religious Studies and a C grade or above in GCSE English.

    Progression

    Religious Studies is a long established and respected qualification that allows progression into a number of career areas including Law, Medicine, Journalism, Teaching, Nursing, Social Work, Police Service etc. A past pupil recently read Theology at Oxford University.

  15. Welsh AS/A2

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    There are three elements to AS and three elements to A2.

    AS

    CA1 – 20%. This oral exam will discuss 3 points:

    1. Multimedia in Wales e.g. Welsh TV and radio programmes, theatre etc.
    2. The film ‘Hedd Wyn’ – the characters, plot and film techniques.
    3. Any theme from the film e.g. hero and its relevance to today.

    CA2 – 15% Internal assessment/coursework. 
    4 pieces of factual writing e.g. a letter, conversation, diary, to form a ‘Pecyn’ (pack) of between 2000 and 3000 words. One extended piece of writing to be completed under exam conditions. (500 – 700 words) about your experience of learning Welsh.

    CA3 – 15% 2 Hour exam:
    Section A: Grammar exercises and correct use of language.
    Section B: Poetry. 7 poems will be studied during the year. One poem will be in the exam. Content, style and personal opinion on the poem will need to be discussed.

    A2

    CA4 – 15% This oral exam will discuss 3 points:

    1. Modern Culture and multimedia in Wales e.g. theatre, film, TV and the Internet.
    2. Discuss the drama “Siwan” by Saunders Lewis.
    3. Discuss a theme seen in the drama that links with other themes studied over the 2 years.

    CA5 – 20% 2 hr External Exam – 2 parts:

    Section A: 2 questions focusing on content and style of one of the 4 short stories studied during the year.
    Section B: Read an article in English and repond to its content in Welsh.

    CA6 – 1hr 45min External Exam – 2 parts:

    Section A: Use of language with various grammar exercises.
    Section B: Poetry – 2 questions on content and style of an unseen poem with a further question discussing the theme of the poem that links with other themes studied over the 2 years.

    Entry Requirements

    Candidates will be expected to have achieved a B or above at Full Course GCSE Welsh or at least an A at Short Course Welsh.

    Progression

    The ability to speak Welsh is a highly desirable skill in today’s Wales. This course will lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities and like any language is a well respected qualification.

  1. Business Studies AS/A2

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    Course Content

    The course aims to give a broad understanding of business and teaches students not only how organisations operate internally but also how the external environment impacts upon them. The following areas are studied:

    • Finance e.g. budgeting, break even, profit and loss accounts
      and balance sheets.
    • People e.g. Motivation, management, employment law.
    • Operations Management e.g. production, productivity,
      innovation, location and outsourcing.
    • Marketing e.g. market research, marketing strategy,
      marketing mix.
    • Objectives and the Business Environment e.g. forms
      of business ownership, interest rates, inflation, the EU.

    Assessment Procedure

    There are four examinations at A Level; two at AS (end of year 12) and two at A2 (end of year 13)

    AS

    Business Opportunities 15% of A Level
    Business Functions 25% of A Level

    A2

    Business Analysis & Stratergy 30% of A Level
    Business in a Changing World 30% of A Level

    Entry Requirements

    It is recommended that students opting for Business Studies have a minimum of: 5 GCSE’s grade A* – C. GCSE Business Studies is not a requirement but if a student has previously taken GCSE a minimum of a grade C is expected. Students who wish to take an AS or A level in Business Studies do not require a GCSE in the subject and will find it a useful combination with any other subject.

    Progression

    Business Studies has a wide appeal, as it is a broad and diverse subject. There are a wide range of related courses on offer in Higher Education such as Accountancy, Economics, Management, Human Resource Management, Law, Marketing, Business Administration and much more. There are also many joint honours degrees with Business Studies. Over half of students who opt to take Business Studies as an A level follow a Business related course at university

  2. Computing AS/A2

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    AS Level (two units)

    Unit 1 – Fundamentals of Computer Science – assessed via a written examination worth 62.5% of AS (25% of A2) 

    • Computer architecture and communication
    • Data representation and structures
    • Programs, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

    Unit 2 – Practical Programming to Solve Problems – assessed via an on-screen examination worth 37.5% of AS (15% of A2) and covering the practical application of knowledge and understanding and will require the use of Visual Basic.NET programming language.

    A2 Level (three units)

    Unit 3 – Programming and System Development – assessed via a written examination worth 20% of A2 and covering programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer
    science on society.
    Unit 4 – Computer Architecture, Data and Communication – assessed via an on-screen examination worth 20% of A2

    • Computer architecture and communication
    • Data representation, organisation and structure
    • Programs, algorithms and software applications

    Unit 5 – Programmed Solution to a Problem – assessed via a coursework assessment worth 20% A2 and 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 programming code.

    Assessment Procedure

    See above

    Entry Requirements

    Candidates should satisfy the schools minimum requirements of 5 GCSE grades A*-C to begin the course. An A*-C grade in Mathematics would be beneficial to students.

    Progression

    This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of Computer Science at degree level or direct entry into employment. Specialist careers include game development, web development, systems programming,
    network management and software engineering.

  3. Economics AS/A2

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    Are you looking for something different at AS and A Level, a new challenge? The study of Economics arises because there are limited resources in the world and infinite ways of using them. As such, the subject studies the nature, causes and allocation of wealth in society. Economics is the science of management. Some of the key economic issues facing us are listed below:

    • Should the UK join the Euro?
    • What can the government do to solve the problem of road congestion?
    • Is the National Health Service underfunded?
    • Has the minimum wage been a good thing?
    • Are university top up fees desirable?
    • Will cancelling Third World Debt help the poorest countries?
    • Who benefits from Globalisation?
    • Has the smoking ban been a good thing?
    • Why is the price of petrol so high?
    • What are the causes of the Credit Crunch?

    Assessment Procedure

    AS Level

    AS Unit 1 Introduction to Economic Principles 15% of A level 37.5% of AS Level
    AS Unit 2 Economics in Action 25% of A level 62.5% of AS Level
    AS Unit 3 Exploring Economic Behaviour 30% of A level
    AS Unit 4 Evaluating Economic Modules and Principles 30% of A level

    A2 Level

    EC3 – Compulsory short answer questions and one synoptic essay (25%)
    EC4 – One data response question and one synoptic essay (25%)

    There is NO coursework component.

    Entry Requirements

    Students should satisfy the school’s minimum requirements of 5 GCSE’s grades A*- C to begin the course. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.

    Progression

    Nearly every higher education institution offers economics, either as a single/joint honours course or as a subsidiary part of degrees as diverse as medicine and history. Economics graduates are employed in a range of posts which may, or may not, be related to the discipline they studied. They work in manufacturing, transport, communications, banking, insurance, investment and retailing industries, as well as in government agencies, consulting and charitable organisations.

  4. BTEC Mechanical Engineering Lvl 3 Diploma

    EdexcelCourse Content

    The study of Engineering is of the Science and Technology behind everything man made. The course includes a wide variety of disciplines within Engineering, to give students a broad understanding of Materials Technology, Applied scientific principles, Engineering Drawing & CAD, Mechanical Principles and Business Systems.

    The course consists of 12 units of study completed over 2 years. It is the same work as 2 GCE A’ Levels and attracts the same UCAS points. 

    Students are very much in control of their work and are expected to manage their time suitably to research and enhance the work started in lessons. Projects are normally completed with industrial applications in mind and are sometimes couples to processes which can be observed in local industries.

    Assessment Procedure

    Students are expected to build a portfolio of Engineering course work throughout the course. All twelve units are internally assessed and externally verified by the examination board. Criteria for the course are laid out in student logbook and each assignment has a list of criteria and tasks, which clearly indicate the work to be completed and the grades that can be achieved. The grading for the course is

    • Distinction
    • Merit
    • Pass

    The BTEC National Certificate is equal in value to 2 GCE A’ Levels and is recognised by employers, apprenticeships and Universities.

    Entry Requirements

    Students wishing to undertake this level 3 qualification, must have achieved level 2 in BTEC or GCSEs including Maths and Science.

    Progression

    Students use this qualification to enter Higher Education via one of the following routes

    • HND Higher National Diploma
    • B. Sc. Bachelor Degree
    • B. Eng. Bachelor Degree in Engineering
    • M. Eng. Masters Degree in Engineering
    • Employment
    • Advanced Modern Apprenticeship
  5. English Literature AS/A2

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    Students study a course of reading with a module of creative writing. The course encourages you to analyse how writers use literary techniques to create effect and there will be an opportunity to use these skills to write for a specific audience.

    You will be asked to

    • Read and comment on a wide range of literature texts
    • Study a particular genre of literature for coursework
    • Analyse literary techniques in depth using a range of terminology
    • Write creatively in the genre of the chosen prose texts

    We aim to use a variety of activities to help you to engage with texts and to consider how they work. We want you to become independent thinkers, able to support and defend your opinions.

    Assessment Procedure

    The course comprises of 5 units if studied for the two years. The AS units are worth 40% and a further 60% is associated with the A2 qualification.

    AS Units

    AS Unit 1-Prose and Drama (closed-book) Written examination: 2 hours 20% of qualification 120 marks
    AS Unit 2-Poetry Post-1900 (open-book, clean copy) Written examination: 2 hours 20% of qualification 120 marks

    A2 UNITS (A Level -the above plus these further 3 units)

    A2 Unit 3-Poetry Pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry (open-book, clean copy) Written examination: 2 hours 20% of qualification 120 marks
    A2 Unit 3-Poetry Pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry (open-book, clean copy) Written examination: 2 hours 20% of qualification 120 marks
    A2 Unit 5-Prose Study Non-examination assessment 20% of qualification 120 marks

     

    Entry Requirements

    1. You need 5 A* – C grades and a minimum of C grades in GCSE English and literature.
    2. You need a love of literature and you should enjoy both reading and writing.

    Progression

    The study of English is excellent preparation for careers in the media, journalism, law, marketing, politics, teaching and management. This course will polish your communication skills and will therefore prepare you for a wide variety of jobs, which involve working with people.

  6. Geography AS/A2

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    AS level

    G1 – Changing Physical Environments: This unit investigates climate change,tectonic hazards and flooding.
    G2 – Changing Human Environments: This examines population issues and urban Geography. Students will also undertake 3 days residential fieldwork in Pembrokeshire early in year 12.

    Pupils will carry out fieldwork in the Cardiff Bay area and local commuter settlements for the human themes. We will explore various local environments, including Kenfig Dunes, for the Physical themes.

    A2 level

    G3 – Contemporary Themes and Research: We will tackle three interesting Geographical themes relating to Emerging Asia, Extreme Environments and World Development.
    G4 – Sustainability: In this final unit we look at whether we can safely meet the needs of a larger, more demanding future world in terms of food, water, energy and places to live. This will be supported by pre-released materials from the WJEC and involve decision making exercises.

    Assessment Procedure

    G1 and G2 – Assessment will be through two 1hr 30min examinations in the summer term. There will be three structured questions, one of which will refer to research or fieldwork undertaken.
    G2 and G3 – Assessment will be in a 2hr 15min and a 1hr 45 min examination respectively.

    Entry Requirements

    Candidates will be expected to have achieved an A* – C grade at GCSE. We will consider students that have not studied Geography at GCSE if they show a strong academic record and are highly motivated.

    Progression

    Geography is the bridge between the Physical and Social Sciences. It provides A Level students with a very broad education and excellent problem solving skills. For this reason Geography graduates are one of the most employable groups leaving UK universities.

  7. German AS/A2

    EdexcelCourse Content

    At AS level pupils develop their knowledge of the German language, grammar and culture through four topic areas:

    • Youth Culture & Concerns
    • The World around Us
    • Lifestyle: Health & Fitness
    • Education & Employment

    At AS level the units include: relationships, music & fashion, alcohol & drugs, technology, sport & exercise, food & diet; travel & tourism, environmental issues, and school & university life.

    AS Level

    Unit 1: Spoken Expression & Response ( 8 – 10 minutes) A discussion of a picture stimulus based on one of the topic areas followed by conversation on related issues. (30% of AS, 15% of full GCE)
    Unit 2: Understanding & Written Response (2 1/2 hours) This consists of 4 short audio recordings which pupils access via PC, reading texts and a piece of creative writing of 200-220 words. (70% of AS, 35% of full GCE)

    A2 Level

    Unit 3: Understanding & Spoken Response (11 – 13 minutes) Pupils debate a controversial issue of their choice with the examiner, which leads to a general discussion of issues studied. (35% of A2, 17.5% of full GCE)
    Unit 4: Research, Understanding & Written Reponse (2 hours & 30 minutes) The written exam is made up of 3 sections:- a short translation into German; a creative or discursive essay from a choice of titles, and a
    literature essay based on the tragi-comedy “Der Besuch der alten Dame”. Each essay is 240-270 words. (65% of A2, 32.5% of full GCE)

    Entry Requirements

    A* – C at GCSE German.

    Progression:

    GCE German is an excellent foundation for further study of the language at university. It combines well with courses such as law, accountancy, business, humanities, social sciences, engineering, journalism and clearly complements the study of other languages. German speakers and graduates are in great demand and have careers in management administration, civil service and the foreign office, public relations, international agencies, teaching, translating, and often proceed to post graduate studies in law & accountancy, banking and business.

  8. Health & Social Care AS/A2

    aqa_web_master_logoHealth & Social Care (Single Award)

    Course Content

    A level Health and Social care is designed to introduce students to key concepts and a body of knowledge that provides them with an invaluable and thoughtful perspective on contemporary issues in health and social care. It complements other A level studies and equips students with skills needed for higher education and the world of work. It reflects job opportunities relevant to areas of work, including community justice.

    Single Award

    AS modules: Effective Care and Communication, Life as a challenge*.
    A2 modules: Practitioner roles, Food and fitness *

    Assessment

    Modules marked * are assessed by an externally set examination – AS 1 hour 30 mins., A2 2 hours. All other modules are assessed through assignments which are internally marked and externally moderated. All modules have equal weighting in the assessment of this qualification.

    Entry requirements:

    Students do not need a GCSE in Health and Social Care but must have 5 GCSEs at A*-C, in addition they must be prepared to work independently. They will also need to be committed to working hard.

    Progression:

    This course provides a useful foundation for courses leading to careers in childcare, nursing and affiliated areas, social work, teaching, criminal justice, paramedics and counselling.

  9. Applied ICT (Single Award) AS/A2

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    Applied ICT seeks to provide innovation in its delivery and promotes student creativity through paperless assessment.

    Real-world problems require real world solutions, solutions that acknowledge the nature of ICT in society today.

    AS level – requires completion of two units. eBusiness is an external on-screen examination based on a fictionalised business. The eSkills unit requires database and spreadsheet solutions to suit business-related situations.
    A Level – Candidates are required to complete a further two units. eProject is a controlled examination assignment whereby students will act as project managers for a specified real-life project situation. eStudio is a multimedia unit where students will drive a promotional campaign to advertise specified product or service.

    Entry Requirements

    Candidates will be expected to achieve an A* – C at GCSE or CiDA. Previous study of ICT/CiDA/Short Course ICT would be beneficial to students.

    Progression

    ICT is now an essential part of all industries, so Applied ICT will be useful to all pupils regardless of career aspirations. Specialists may go on to computer programming, business administration systems, systems analysis, network management, teaching etc. Most universities offer courses which combine ICT with other subjects.

  10. Physics AS/A2

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    AS

    AS Unit 1 – Motion, Energy and Matter Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 20% of A2 qualification 50% of AS
    AS Unit 2 – Electricity and Light Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 20% of A2 qualification 50% of AS

    Short answer and extended answer structured questions, some in a practical context in both papers.

    All exams available in May/June only

    A Level (the above plus a further 3 units)

    A2 Unit 3 – Oscillations and Nuclei Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes 25% of qualification Short answer and extended answer questions, some in a practical context; comprehension question.
    A2 Unit 4 – Fields and Options Written examination: 2 hours 25% of qualification Short answer and extended answer questions, some in a practical context. Choice of one option out of four:

    • Alternating Currents
    • Medical Physics
    • The Physics of Sports
    • Energy and the Environment

    All exams available in May/June only

    A2 Unit 5 – Practical Examination 10% of qualification. Short and long practicals with uncertainties and then (a few days later), a data analysis paper. This will be
    in March/April.

    NOTE: The above information is based on a draft specification. Further information is available from your school.

     

  11. Sport BTEC

    EdexcelQualification Level

    Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Development Coaching & Fitness) Broadly Equivalent to 2 A Levels

    Course Content

    BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport is a 120-credit qualification that consists of eight mandatory units plus five optional units. Pupils who choose this course will be taught in two of the learning pathway/option columns (Initially 18 hours per fortnight)

    Mandatory Units include: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport; The Physiology of Fitness; Assessing Risk in Sport; Fitness Training and Programming; Sports Coaching; Sports Development; Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise; Practical Team/Individual Sports.

    Optional Units: Units will be selected by the teaching team in order to provide pupils with maximum interest and challenge from the areas of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Sociology, Physiology and Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport.

    Assessment Procedure

    There are no final examinations. Instead each student will complete assignments by strict deadlines during the course. The grading for each unit and ultimately the BTEC Diploma will be Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* Level or a combination of these levels.

    Entry Requirements

    5 A*- C grades at GCSE is the minimum academic requirement in order to be able to join the course. There is no prerequisition to have studied GCSE P.E. however it is expected that the prospective students will have an active sporting lifestyle and have very good time management skills in order to meet coursework deadlines.

    Progression

    BTEC Diploma in Sport demands many skills and as such is considered an ideal qualification and preparation for study at Higher Education Level. Students who are specifically interested in pursing a career in P.E./Sport will benefit from this qualification as well as those intending to enter employment directly in the Sport/Leisure Industry.

  12. Psychology AS/A2

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    UNIT 1: Past to Present
    The purpose of this unit is to give students a solid grounding in some of the course elements and classic studies of psychology and to demonstrate how psychology has evolved. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of 5 key psychological approaches (biological, psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive and positive) in terms of therapies, methodology and research.
    UNIT 2: Investigating Behaviour
    This module introduces students to the methodologies used by psychologists working with both humans and animals and they will gain first hand experience of research methods by conducting their own investigation. Contemporary debates in psychology such as the ethics of neuroscience, the use of conditioning techniques to control the behaviour of children, the reliability of eye witness testimony, the mother as a primary care giver and the relevance of positive psychology in today’s society are also discussed.

    A2 Psychology

    UNIT 3: Implications in the Real World
    The course offers opportunities to learn about the biological and psychological causes of addiction, stress and schizophrenia and how these can be treated. In addition, students will explore 5 controversies that continue to pose challenges for psychology such as culture bias, gendar bias, the use of animals in psychological research, ethical issues and the scientific status of psychology.
    UNIT 4: Psychology: Applied Research Methods
    This unit builds on the knowledgr and experience gained at AS in terms of research methods and allows further opportunities for students to undertake a personal investigation. They will use their knowledge of methodology to comment upon research conducted by others. Group discussions, debates and individual research all feature in the delivery of this subject. Psychological experiments (not compulsory, but
    fun and enlightening!) are dispersed throughout the course.

    Assessment Procedure

    AS Psychology is assessed by 2 examination papers in May
    A2 Psychology is assessed by 2 examination papers in June.

    Entry Requirements

    5 A*-C grades are required at GCSE to study Psychology with a B in English Language/ Literature or a B in History, combined with C grades in Mathematics and Science.

    Progression

    A Level Psychology is an excellent qualification for entrance to Higher Education, not only for Psychology and other Social Sciences but for
    those students who wish to follow a career in related fields such as counselling, criminology, nursing, teaching and human resources. Psychology also combines well with many other subjects such as Biology, Physical Education, English, Mathematics and Sociology. A significant number of Brynteg students have gone on to study Psychology in university with many pursuing careers in psychiatric nursing, speech and language therapy, abnormal psychology and child psychology.

  13. Sociology AS/A2

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    AS

    Unit 1: Acquiring Culture. This unit focuses on how indidividuals acquire culture and identity by looking at the various ways in which ourn behaviour and interactions are socially controlled via the agents of socialisation such as the media and peer groups. It also considers the influence of class, ethnicity, gender and Welsh nationality. Pupils also have an opportunity to study two topics indepth which are family and youth.
    Unit 2: Understanding society and Methods of Sociological Enquiry. The first part of this unit focuses on the various methods that sociologists use to undertake research and the key concepts that pupils need to be aware of such as validity, reliability and sampling. The second part of the unit requires the pupils to focus on the education system by looking at its role, patterns and trends of achievement of certain social groups (ethnicity, gender, and poverty) and the views of major sociological theories such as Marxism. Functionalism and Feminism.

    A2

    Unit 3: Power and Control: Crime and Deviance This unit will focus upon the social distribution of crime and deviance related to social class, gender, ethnicity and age in England and Wales. It will also analyse why crime is measured in different ways such as police statistics and the British Crime Survey, victim studies and self-report studies. Pupils will be asked to consider definitions of crime and deviance as social constructs including the role of the media. Finally the influence of major theories and explanations of crime and deviance will be analysed.
    Unit 4: Social Inequality and Applied Methods of Social Enquiry. This unit focuses on the themes of social differentiation, power and stratification and on the application of knowledge and understanding of methods of sociological enquiry. Section A focuses on the research design that is underpinned by knowledge of unit 2 at AS. Section B focuses on the themes of social differentiation, power and stratification. Learners are required to use evidence, statistical data and examples drawn from Wales where applicable, to demonstrate inequality and to evaluate the usefulness of sociological theories in explaining these inequalities.

    Assessment Procedure

    AS and A2 are each examined by two external exams, one for each unit. There is no coursework requirement for this course.

    Entry Requirements

    Students must meet the school’s A level entry requirement. It is also advisable for students to have obtained a B grade in at least one of the following: English Language, English Literature, history or sociology. There is no requirement to have studied Sociology at GCSE.

    Progression

    Sociology is a popular A level course. It is the study of individuals, groups and society and how they interact. An AS or A2 in Sociology is very useful as it complements many other subjects. It is useful for any career communicating with people and it can be continued to degree level at the majority of universities.

  14. Textiles AS/A2

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    This course allows students to be creative alongside the development of skills used in the manufacture of textiles products. There are opportunities to work with a variety of textile materials and develop knowledge of a range of components used in making textile products. There are opportunities to develop understanding of design and to use judgement and appraisal when making design decisions and producing quality products. There are opportunities to work both in 2 dimensional and three dimensional forms, engaging in creative activities. Graphic communication will be used to illustrate construction processes as well as design development. CAD/CAM are important elements within the course, as well as an understanding of garment construction. 

    Assessment

    AS           Unit 1     Materials and Components External Examination 2hours (50% AS – 25% A2)

    Unit 2     Portfolio and Practical Coursework (50% AS – 25% A2)

    A2           Unit 3     Design and Manufacture Examination 2 hours (25%)

    Unit 4     A substantial design and make activity. Coursework (25%)

    Entry

    Must have 5 A* – C at GCSE and be committed to hard work with a general Requirements: interest in textiles and design. It is not necessary to have studied the subject at GCSE. Students will need to design and produce textile items.

    Progression

    By studying Textiles students can gain entry to higher and further education courses including Arts foundation and degree courses such as fashion design, fashion journalism, fashion marketing, theatre and costume design, as well as interior design.