1 Prospectus 2014/2015 Enquiries (Female applicants) Ms L Jarvis Ricards Lodge High School Lake Road Wimbledon London SW19 7HB Enquiries (Male applicants) Mrs M Deen / Ms K Rainey Rutlish School Watery Lane Merton London SW20 9AD Telephone Telephone
2 2 Contents Course (alphabetically) Type of qualification Page Introduction to RR6 3 Applied Science L3 BTEC Subsidiary or Diploma 7 Art & Design AS/A2 7 Biology AS/A2 8 Business L3 BTEC Subsidiary 9 Business Studies AS/A2 10 Chemistry AS/A2 11 Creative Media Production L3 BTEC Subsidiary 12 Drama & Theatre Studies AS/A2 13 Economics AS/A2 14 English Literature AS/A2 14 Film Studies AS/A2 15 Further Mathematics AS/A2 16 Geography AS/A2 17 Government & Politics AS/A2 18 Health & Social Care L3 BTEC Subsidiary 19 History AS/A2 20 ICT (Applied) AS/A2 21 Information Technology L3 BTEC Subsidiary 21 Mathematics AS/A2 22 Media AS/A2 23 Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish) AS/A2 24 Music L3BTEC Subsidiary 25 Performing Arts (Dance) L3 BTEC Subsidiary 25 Performing Arts L3 BTEC Subsidiary, Diploma or Extended Diploma 26 Photography AS/A2 27 Physical Education AS/A2 28 Physics AS/A2 30 Product Design AS/A2 31 Production Arts L3 BTEC Subsidiary, Diploma or Extended Diploma 32 Psychology AS/A2 33 Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) AS/A2 34 Sociology AS/A2 35 Sport L3 BTEC Subsidiary, Diploma or Extended Diploma 36 Option Blocks 38
3 3 Learning for life at RR6 As you approach the end of Key Stage 4 you are faced with a range of choices about what you do next. The decision to remain in education has many advantages. You will need higher qualifications in order to progress into higher education. In the workplace, those with higher level qualifications, including graduates, can command considerably greater salaries than those without. Remaining in education is an investment which will pay dividends throughout your life. RR6: enables students to achieve highly and challenge their thinking provides well qualified specialist staff in small teaching groups offers a wide range of level 3 courses that ensure a smooth transition from Key Stage 4 to 5 is a safe and secure environment in which to learn provides a supportive and effective tutorial and pastoral programme to support students in their academic, social and personal development in school and beyond tailors teaching to meet the needs of the individuals and monitors progress regularly enabling students to develop self confidence and celebrate success provides a specialist environment with dedicated 6th form facilities provides a rich programme of extra-curricular activities in all areas of school life encourages and enables students to play an active role in their community creates leadership opportunities for all students is a rich and diverse community is your local 6th form centre conveniently located over two sites in Wimbledon is a challenging and stimulating learning environment. In the 6th form your relationships with staff will change significantly. We expect you to enter a learning partnership with staff in which you will be challenged to be responsible for your own learning and to respond with great commitment to the demands that will be made to enable you to reach your potential. As 6th form students you are given the opportunity to build on the leadership skills you gained at Key Stages 3 and 4. As senior members of the school you are role models for the main body of the school. You have the chance to take a lead in community and charity events and act as mentors, especially in our specialist subject areas of mathematics, ICT and performing and visual arts. In taking such opportunities you will discover the depth of your own resources and serve the school and its community in many valuable ways. RR6 expectations The RR6 buildings are places of study and work that sit within the wider environment of our two schools. Each new group of 6th form students will bring their own unique character, but all students are expected to bring their energy, commitment, enthusiasm, generosity and aspirations. We expect good attendance and punctuality, mature behaviour, hard work and willingness to help students elsewhere in the school. As a 6th former, life will be different from anything you have experienced up to this point regardless of your level of study. Greater demands are placed on your self-motivation and personal organisation. You must be prepared to match the time in lessons with private study and research. You will need to study and reflect on issues beyond the confines of the syllabus, tackling more demanding concepts and writing in greater depth and detail and with greater critical analysis than you have before. It will take time to adapt to the intellectual demands and you must not allow any initial challenges to undermine your confidence.
4 4 Dress code RR6 has an explicit dress code, designed to promote a positive and professional working atmosphere, to which all 6th formers are expected to adhere. It allows considerable freedom whilst reflecting our purposeful working atmosphere. Sanctions will be imposed for students who are not adhering to the dress code. Boys what to wear: smart jacket or suit v-neck jumper/slipover shirt with collar tie smart shoes Girls what to wear: tailored suits and/or ¾ length/ full length trousers smart dress/knee length skirt cardigan/slipover and/or smart jacket shoes/boots - flat/low heeled tailored trousers hijab as appropriate. For Sports and Performing Arts classes students are expected to change into suitable practical clothing, changing back for academic classes to follow the dress code as above. Extremes of hairstyle and fashion e.g. facial piercings or tattoos are not acceptable. Students are expected to remove any studs and cover up tattoos whilst on site or representing the school. Offensive and indiscreet logos and slogans on clothing, shoes or bags are also not acceptable. Jewellery should be minimal and discreet. Support Both Ricards Lodge High School and Rutlish School have a strong focus on support for individuals and this continues in the 6th form. All students are part of a tutor group, supported by their tutor and head of year. Establishing a good working relationship with your tutor is as vital to your success in 6th form life as it was when you started secondary education in Year 7. You need to be open and communicative about your work and ensure you attend all tutor briefings and PSHE lessons. Sixth form facilities Students have use of the RR6 learning centres for lessons and also for private study before, during and after the school day. Both RR6 sites are fully equipped with a learning resources centre and access to further ICT facilities via Wi-Fi connections. The 6th form common room is the hub of social life at breaks and lunch times, and will be your place to relax, meet friends and enjoy a snack. All students are encouraged to organise 6th form activities and events. You will also have access to facilities on the main school sites including the resource centres and dining facilities. Extra curricular opportunities We offer many opportunities to develop skills and extend knowledge outside of lessons and all year 12 students complete an enrichment program for at least one hour per fortnight. During this enrichment hour students nominate a specific project to complete in the school communities and beyond, e.g. help younger students with their learning in classes across the curriculum or in club times, sports mentoring, take part in skills development as engineers or media technicians. You will be able to participate in school productions, work within our community, join music groups, represent RR6 in sports teams, complete the Duke of Edinburgh s Award schemes as well as having the chance to go on trips and visits associated with your subjects. Students in Key Stage 5 can apply to join the RR6 council and lead 6th form, whole school and volunteer/community events. All RR6 students complete 2 weeks work-shadowing at the end of Year 12.
5 5 How to choose your Sixth form courses Sixth Form choices are a wonderful opportunity for you to focus on those subjects you excel in and enjoy and need to achieve well in for future study and/or career. You will need to consider your own interests and abilities and read the course descriptions carefully before making choices. Many subjects place a greater emphasis on a high level of language, critical thinking, logic and essaywriting skills, whilst others require sustained completion of practical work. Staff are always happy to talk to you in detail about your options. The main factor will be how well you do in your Key Stage 4 courses, so you will need to look at entry requirements carefully for each individual subject. In addition there are requirements for our two pathways: Pathway 1 4 AS level courses (leading to A level) or a combination of AS level and Level 3 BTEC courses that equate to 4 AS Levels in year 12 requires 7 GCSEs or equivalents at grades A*- B including English Language and Mathematics. Pathway 2 3 AS level courses (leading to A level) or a combination of AS level and Level 3 BTEC courses that equate to 3 AS Levels in year 12 requires 5 GCSEs or equivalents at grades A*- C including English Language and Mathematics. GCSE APS (Average Point Score) scores will be taken into account when considering applications for places. It is likely (unless there are exceptional circumstances) that a minimum of a GCSE APS of 44 will be required for admission to any of the following courses; AS Further Mathematics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. A minimum of a GCSE APS of 40 will be required for admission to AS level English Literature, History, Geography and Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics). In addition, applicants must meet the admissions criteria outlined above to study a particular pathway and achieve the minimum subject grade required for an individual subject. Applicants applying for Art, Photography, Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, Production Arts and Music courses will be invited to attend a workshop as part of the application process. Resit GCSE English and/or Maths would be considered in exceptional circumstances only for those students who have achieved distinctions in Level 2 BTEC courses and wish to pursue the same subjects at Level 3 BTECs only. Choosing course combinations When applying to RR6 students should consider carefully their combination of 3 or 4 subjects: They should consider how subjects may complement each other e.g. Physics students are advised to also take Maths with Mechanics where possible; Students who want to attend Art college could consider combining Art with Photography or Product Design or Production Arts. They should research in advance the entry requirements for degrees they may wish to study at University this can be done by using the ucas.com website. Many courses have a combination of both grade entry requirements and subjects required. Most degrees also have specific GCSE entry requirements. They should consider the balance of learning requirements of their courses and how they will manage their study time to push themselves to achieve their highest possible grades.
6 6 Careers education and guidance Students are supported in their future decision making by our progression programme which includes: guidance from tutors and heads of year all year round via the pastoral programme a post-18 evening where students meet top university admissions tutors and staff and past students individual advice and guidance through the admissions process by form tutors, the UCAS coordinator and Heads of 6th form drop down days where students learn about admissions and applications processes for UCAS and complete practice interviews with RR6 staff visits to higher education institutes students who wish to apply for Oxford or Cambridge Universities receive additional support to guide them through the specialist application process and provide guidance on college choices. taking part in the Merton partnership programme of events and training sessions for students wishing to apply to Russell Group or Top 30 Universities, including specific sessions for students wishing to apply for medicine opportunities for those who wish to apply for apprenticeships to visit providers and placement centres during drop down days and to create effective application CVs students who wish to continue in further education with an increased focus on vocational skills are given support by our careers team, make visits to FE providers and are given support to create effective application portfolios The probation period In year 12, all RR6 students complete a probationary first month in order to confirm their place at RR6. During September all teaching staff will regularly assess students ability to fully understand the rigour and self-discipline needed to succeed in post-16 learning. They must meet all deadlines for assessments, complete all homework and demonstrate the level of commitment to their studies expected at RR6 and vital to success on their chosen courses. Where students find it challenging to do so, the pastoral team will support them in planning their use of study time more effectively and subject staff will recommend additional steps the student can take to accelerate their learning. Parents will be contacted at this time and additional support meetings arranged to discuss progress. Any students who continue to struggle to meet the level of study required on a course may be asked to meet with their head of year to discuss changing to another subject, or will be supported in finding a more suitable post-16 place elsewhere. The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) Students who achieve A*/A grades across their GCSE courses will be invited to complete an additional qualification, the EPQ. This prestigious course challenges students to work on an extended project of their choosing in a field relevant to their potential future study or career. In year 12 students develop skills which are similar to those required for writing a thesis at University. At the end of the course, at the beginning of October in yr13, students present their research findings to an audience that includes the headteachers, staff and parents. The EPQ is counted by UCAS for students applying to degree courses. A note to parents and carers Your support and encouragement of your son or daughter s progress is as important in the 6th form as it ever was. 6th form students and their families are expected to sign our home/school partnership agreement to confirm this commitment. You will still need to contact the school if your son/daughter is absent from RR6 for any reason. All students are encouraged to approach their tutors first if they are experiencing problems. If you have any concerns or queries you should contact the form tutor or head of year in the first instance. There will be regular opportunities for parents/carers to monitor students progress including: termly tracking reports; parent teacher consultation evenings and curriculum/performance evenings. We have a wide range of strategies to support students who show signs of struggling with their course programmes or any other aspect of life in RR6. School fund parents are asked to contribute 25 a year to school fund to support the costs of additional activities in RR6 such as celebration events, visiting speakers, trips and team work activities etc.
7 7 BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma or Diploma in Applied science Previous qualifications GCSE Core Science Grade C or BTEC L2 Applied Science Merit Examination Board Edexcel Why study Applied Science? This qualification will give you a good level of understanding about all aspects of Applied Science. The aim of the course is for it to be hands on, but there are high levels of scientific theory as well There are two sizes of qualification available in Applied Science; the Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A level and the Diploma is equivalent to 2 A Levels. Students could combine Applied Science BTEC with Health and Social care BTEC level 3 For the Subsidiary Diploma, you will study three Core Units in: Fundamentals of Science; Working in the Science Industry and Scientific Practical Techniques. In addition students will study units such as Physiology of Human Body Systems; Chemical Laboratory Techniques and Astronomy. For the Diploma you will study six Core Units in Fundamentals of Science; Working in the Science Industry; Scientific Practical Techniques; Scientific Investigations; Perceptions of Science and Using Mathematical Tools in Science. In addition students will study units such as Mathematical Calculations for Science; Physiology of Human Body Systems; Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction; Microbiological Techniques; Diseases and Infections; Astronomy; All completed units are internally assessed at RR6 and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Students who achieve all Distinctions in all their units receive an overall grade of Distinction+. A variety of methods are used including case studies, experimental write ups, research projects, projects, portfolio, witness statements and videoed presentations. Students are assessed constantly over the two years This course provides a basis for progression into higher education and degree courses such as biology, chemistry, biomedical sciences, computing, nursing, radiography, pharmacology, forensic science and many others. The course also provides the appropriate background into employment with possible career-related further qualification. The pathways taken could be aligned to medical, forensic or industrial career options. AS/A2 Art & Design Previous qualifications Grade B or higher in GCSE Art and Design/Art and Textiles OR Merits or higher in BTEC Level 2 Art. Applicants for this course will be required to attend a workshop with their portfolio as part of the interview process. Examination Board Edexcel Why study Art & Design? This course will appeal to students who are imaginative, creative, self-motivated and are skilled in the practical aspects of art and design. In short if you love art this course is for you. Many of the students who take art at A Level also look to the other creative subjects to complement it. For example Photography, Production Arts and Product Design. You will be encouraged to develop visual and practical skills, experiment with new materials and techniques and produce your own imaginative and personal artworks. Our facilities in the RR6 building allow us to develop your skills in range of Art practices including print making and sculpture, but you will be able to really focus on your strengths and the areas of Art that you most enjoy. You will exhibit your work in the summer show and have the opportunity to put your work forward for national competitions.
8 8 You will learn to think creatively, use a range of 2D and 3D materials and processes and gain a good understanding of painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, photography, new media and sculpture. You ll support your practical work with research into an exciting array of visual artists and you ll develop your visual literacy through analyzing the work of others. One of the great things about the subject is the freedom it affords you to work on projects that can be tailored around your interests. If you want to learn to paint like the old Masters then you will have that opportunity. If you want to create large scale sculptures or installations that tell a story about your life you can do that too. The options are broad and you will work alongside your tutors to make decisions about the best way for you to work. You will develop 4 projects over 2 years and will be assessed on everything you do. Just like at GCSE or BTEC your sketchbooks are extremely valuable and all the development and research work will be assessed alongside your final pieces. At AS and A2 you will develop a coursework project and an externally set assignment. The degree of independence will increase as you progress through the course. You do have an exam at the end of each year where you will be working on final pieces for your projects. A Level Art & Design can lead to a foundation course in Art or to further studies at Art College and university. It can also complement academic subjects when applying for a degree course. The creative industries are one of the fastest growing sectors for employment in this country and an Art A level can be an excellent step towards work in Advertising, Architecture, Film and Television and much more besides. Art and Design careers include: graphic design, book illustration, advertising, architecture, art, photography, fashion design, styling, interior design, animation, product design, set design, textile design, special effects, jewellery design, and make-up artistry. An example/illustration of the type of work involved You will be required to work in at least two of the following areas: fine art (drawing, painting, and sculpture), textile design and 3-dimensional design. You will explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas. Students with experience of Art Textiles GCSE will be able to use those skills on this course and develop them further towards textiles final pieces. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course As an Art & Design student you will visit art galleries, use the art studios during your free periods, display your own work in art exhibitions and work alongside colleges and universities. You will have the opportunity to go on overseas trips where you will see incredible artwork, architecture and culture. There are workshops and Saturday schools both here and with the University of the Arts London which give the best opportunity to be successful at A Level. AS/A2 Biology Previous qualifications Grade B or higher in GCSE Biology and a Grade B or higher in GCSE Chemistry and Physics OR both Core and Additional Science. B or above in Maths and English. Students applying for this course must have a minimum GCSE APS of 44 points. Examination Board OCR Why study Biology? Biology is the study or organisms and their interactions between each other and their environment. It ultimately provides us with an understanding of our bodies, food production and how life sustains itself. Biologists learn not just the rapidly increasing knowledge base of life, but the methods by which we can experiment to learn more about organisms and ethical issues surrounding various aspects related to Biology. You will develop skills in experimentation, thus developing good practical and lateral thinking skills. This involves developing good communication, observational, research, predictive, statistical, analytical, evaluative, critical and planning skills.
9 9 Independent learning is a core part of A Level Biology. Above all, a successful Biologist will have a passion for all aspects of Biology, be a creative thinker, and be willing to take risks. Cells, Exchange and Transport, Biological Molecules, Food and Health, Biodiversity and Evolution. Then in A2, you learn about communication, homeostasis, respiration, photosynthesis, excretion, cellular control, biotechnology and gene technology as well as ecosystems and sustainability. You will also undertake class practicals as part of your controlled assessments, but also carry out slide preparation, microscopic diagrams/analysis, field work, DNA fingerprinting and dissections. There will also be visits and residential field trips to leading universities and teaching hospitals, opportunities to meet leading speakers in Biological fields, take part in Biology Olympiad and apply for a Nuffield Research Placement. Students who are eligible for medicine/dentistry will attend workshops run by specialists held at various Merton schools in order to support your application for university. For AS Biology Unit F211 consists of a 1 hour written paper worth 30% of the AS qualification and 15% of A2 Unit F212 consists of a 1 hour 45 minute exam and is 50% of the AS qualification and 25% of A2 Unit F213 is a coursework task and is worth 20% of the AS qualification and 10% of A2 For A2 Biology Unit F214 consists of a one and a quarter hour exam worth 15% of the A2 qualification Unit F215 consists of a two hour written paper worth 25% of the A2 qualification Unit F216 is a coursework task and is worth 10% of the A2 qualification A Level Biology opens up doors to specialising in a variety of fields. These include biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, zoology, marine biology, genetics, cell biology, and ecology. As a result, Biology can lead to an array of future prospects. With the obvious being any medical degree course, future careers could include biomedical science, neuroscience, pharmacy, pharmacology, genetics, histopathology, dentistry, veterinary science, sports science, nursing, physiotherapy, chiropractic, nutritionist, marine science, teaching, or further research into a specialist area of Biology such as stem cell research. The list is endless. Biology is regarded as a core academic subject due to its complexity, detail, numerical and written skill base. The course exercises problem-solving skills and the ability to apply one s knowledge to unknown situations. Consequently, Biology can also open up other career pathways, as the thinking skills required make candidates eligible for careers in the financial sector, law, marketing, journalism, politics, and media (For more information see: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business Previous qualifications: GCSE Business or ICT at grade C or BTEC Level 2 Business or ICT at Merit Examination Board Edexcel Why study the Subsidiary Diploma in Business? The Subsidiary Diploma in Business Studies is a qualification which allows you to gain a thorough understanding of activities relating to business operations and organisation. It is equivalent to one A Level. Four modules are compulsory and you will study two optional units from a wide range including accounting, marketing or business law.
10 10 You will be assessed by the completion of a portfolio of evidence. This may be written, audio, visual or through presentations and role plays. On completion of this course you will be suited to progress to study for a degree in Business Studies or a business related degree or training or employment. An example of the type if work involved Produce a set of financial documents for use in a business organization. Use Excel to create and monitor a budget for personal and business use. Interpret and understand the importance of the balance sheet and profit and loss account. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course You will have the opportunity to visit local business organisations. AS/A2 Business Studies Previous qualifications GCSE English and Maths, both at Grade C or higher Examination Board AQA Why study Business Studies? Business Studies is an exciting subject which provides a theoretical understanding of the main activities of a business organization. By studying business studies you will gain a good understanding of how to develop and support arguments using the tools of business analysis. AS Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business AS Unit 2: Managing a Business A2 Unit 3: Strategies for Success A2 Unit 4: The Business Environment and Managing Change All units will be assessed by a written exam Business Studies is a subject which will be useful for any career. At university it is possible to study Business Studies on its own or in combination will many other subjects. An example of the type of work involved You will complete data response exercises and essays. You will also take part in debates, discussion and presentations. To deal with the finance aspects of the course you will need to be confident when working with numbers. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course There may be opportunities to take part in subject specific conferences or industry visits.
11 11 AS/A2 Chemistry Previous qualifications: Minimum Grade B in GCSE Chemistry and in Biology or Physics. Alternatively, a minimum of B grades in both Core and Additional Science GCSE. Maths and English GCSE grade Bs are also required. Students applying for this course must have a minimum GCSE APS of 44 points. Examination Board: Edexcel Why study Chemistry? Chemistry will appeal to students who are creative problem solvers. You will build up a range of practical skills such as retrieval skills, numeracy and ICT. You will need to work effectively as an individual and as a part of a group, developing independence, team participation and leadership skills. The skills and attributes that are developed in the study of Chemistry, such as communication, information technology, problem solving, logical analysis and working with others are essential in scientific and numerous other non-scientific disciplines. As a result, many notable individuals outside scientific fields have studied Chemistry at degree levels. Examples include actor Dolph Lundgren master s degree in Chemical Engineering; and Baroness Margaret Thatcher, who used her training as a chemist to approach politics with the mindset of a scientist. Past Chemistry students articulate their reason for studying Chemistry: I have always enjoyed Chemistry and so it was a natural choice for A Level. It goes well with the Maths and Biology that I am also studying and I have found that my Chemistry supports what I am learning in Biology. I am very enthusiastic about Chemistry, and find it complex, yet fascinating. Working in a laboratory was an exciting prospect, as I thrive on learning through experiments and enjoy the unpredictability of results and what is going to happen. AS: Chemical skills (formulae and equation writing plus calculating chemical quantities). Energetics in chemistry (theoretical and practical importance). Enthalpy changes, and links with chemical bonding. Strong chemical bonding (ionic, covalent and metallic) plus intermediate bonding and intermolecular forces. Atomic structure and the arrangement of elements in the periodic table. The chemistry of groups 2 and 7 including redox reactions. Organic chemistry (alkanes and alkenes, alcohols and halogenoalkanes) and selected reaction mechanisms. Use of formulae, balancing equations and chemical quantities. Aspects of green chemistry and climate change. How chemists can control the rate, direction and extent of chemical change. A2: Quantitative study of chemical kinetics. Using entropy and equilibria concepts to predict the direction and extent of chemical change. Organic chemistry (carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, arenes, organic nitrogen compounds e.g. amines, amides, amino acids and proteins). Mechanisms of reactions and using all knowledge of nomenclature, ideas of isomerism, bond polarity and bond enthalpy, reagents and reaction conditions, reaction types and mechanisms to organic synthesis. Further work on redox, plus electrode potentials (oxidation number and redox half equations). The study of transition metals. Use of formulae, balancing equations, calculating chemical quantities. AS: Units 1 and 2: written papers each worth 40% of AS. Unit 3: internal assessment of practical work worth 20% of AS. A2: Units 4 and 5: written papers each worth 40% of A2. Unit 6: internal assessment of practical work worth 20% of A2. Careers include: forensic science and toxicology, pharmacology, sport science, chemical engineering, veterinary medicine, biological sciences, environmental science, pharmacy and dentistry. Chemistry A level is essential if you have an interest in pursuing a degree in medicine.
12 12 An example/illustration of the type if work involved You will: use theories, models and ideas to develop and modify scientific explanations; use knowledge and understanding to pose scientific questions, define scientific problems and present scientific arguments; develop an understanding of the role of the scientific community in validating new knowledge. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course Use of analytical chemistry instruments at higher education laboratories. BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production Previous qualifications GCSE Media or Film Studies at grade B or BTEC Level 2 in Creative Media Production at Merit. Examination Board Edexcel Why study the Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production? This course of study will give students the opportunities to develop hands on practical skills with software and hardware that is often used in real media industries. Students will also learn about the practices and processes of media industries by investigating current media companies. The work on The BTEC qualifications in this specification are QCF level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. The Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment in this sector. This course is equivalent to one A level. You will learn how to communicate to a range of audiences and how to engage in research in the creative media industries. You will have to study a number of compulsory and optional units. In the compulsory units you will learn how to plan effectively in order to produce a media event or artifact. The optional units will be chosen from a wide range and include subjects such as: camera filming and editing; photography; researching; preproduction planning; interview techniques broadcast presenting, marketing and PR. This course is 100% coursework with no formal written examinations. Students will be assessed by the completion of a portfolio of evidence the range of units mentioned above. These assessment activities may be a combination of written, audio, visual media as well as through presentations and observations of practical activities. Some students will go directly into work in entry level positions in media industries and others will continue on to further specialized study. On completion of this course students will be suited to progress to study for a specialised degree in creative media/ media studies, combined degree with media as the major or subsidiary component, further training or industry employment. Students will be given the opportunities to develop their own personal and bespoke showreel of work that will benefit differentiate themselves from the masses of other students. An example of the type if work involved Researching TV documentaries, planning own documentary, presenting and interviewing, filming and sound recording, editing and using post-production techniques to create own personal product. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course You will have the opportunity to see how creative media is used in a vocational business setting with visits from industry professionals and trips to media industry locations. There will be opportunities to meet key practitioners from the media industries (photographers, broadcasters, presenters etc) and visit contemporary media institutions e.g. Sky TV, Pearson Publishing, BBC, Curzon Cinemas have all recently been part of our students experiences.
13 13 AS/A2 Drama and Theatre Studies Previous qualifications; Drama GCSE grade B or above or BTEC Performing Arts at Distinction plus experience of performing, participating in productions, seeing live theatre. Applicants for this course will be required to attend a workshop audition as part of the interview process. Examination Board Edexcel Why study Drama and Theatre Studies? AS Drama and Theatre Studies forms an integral part of our specialisms, therefore RR6 is able to offer excellent purpose built facilities including studio spaces and equipment to enable students to reach their full potential. The course will allow you to form an in depth study of the various drama and theatre styles and explore how historical and social events have influenced drama and theatre through the ages. You will study the works of key practitioners of theatre including Stanislavski, Boal and Brecht. AS/A2 Drama is an excellent choice if you wish to study English Literature or History. You will learn to analyse the content/themes of plays written for theatre and gain an outstanding understanding of different drama mediums and strategies in a performance context. In year 2 the course offers a range of units including: exploration of dramatic performance; devising unique and original pieces of theatre and detailed studies from a wide range of set texts from varying historical periods. Students are required to work in groups to create an original piece of theatre as well as working with scripted plays. The exploration of using both mediums will be practically assessed. The course context requires you to complete both written and practical work for assessment. At the end of each year you will also have to sit a written examination which focuses on your understanding of the theory behind drama and theatre. There are numerous and varied career paths including actor, television or radio presenter, teacher, director, TIE coordinator, theatre reviewer, journalist and playwright. Some students may wish to further their education in this subject and this A level provides an essential grounding for degree based study in this area. This qualification will also offer opportunities for further study in other media related degree courses, such as advertising, film making etc. An example/illustration of the type of work involved You will: learn to analyse plays through active and practical workshops - interpreted for realisation in performance; study a variety of texts and put text into performances for public audiences; use your creativity and dramatic talent in front of audiences and explore a range of historical and contemporary themes and theatre genres. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course You will have the opportunity to view live performances in a variety of theatre environments as well as working on extra-curricular productions throughout the school year and attending specialist workshops and master classes. Studying this course at RR6 will allow you to benefit from the excellent relationships RR6 has with The National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as more local theatre such as The New Wimbledon and Polka Theatres.
14 14 AS/A2 Economics Previous qualifications GCSE Mathematics and English Language grade B or higher Examination Board AQA Why study Economics? Economics is a scientific study of how people and institutions go about producing and consuming goods and services, and how they face the challenge of making choices in a world of scarce resources. Our teaching team provides an opportunity for the student to acquire general knowledge of the methods by which goods and services are allocated and incomes are generated, and why prices, employment, money and financial markets behave as they do. The overriding objective of the department is that teachers want to use their expertise and experience to deliver high quality, motivating lessons to bring this vibrant subject alive, making teaching and learning Economics both exciting and rewarding for all. AS Unit 1: Markets and Market Failure AS Unit 2: The National Economy A2 Unit 3: Business Economics and the Distribution of Income A2 Unit 4: The National and International Economy All units will be assessed by a written exam. Economics is a well regarded academic subject which is useful for any career. If you intend to study Economics at university then it is often advisable to study Mathematics to AS or A Level. Students who go on to complete a degree in Economics major may find employment opportunities in the public sector and public enterprises, the private sector and regional and international organization. An example of the type of work involved You will complete data response exercises, essays and multiple choice questions. You will also take part in debates, discussion and presentations. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course There are nationwide competitions, such as the Bank of England Target 2.5 Challenge and subject specific conferences. AS/A2 English Literature Previous qualifications GCSE English Language and English Literature grade B. Students applying for this course must have a minimum GCSE APS of 40 points. Examination Board OCR Why study English Literature? This subject offers the opportunity to further develop your interest in, and enjoyment of, English Literature through reading and discussing a range of texts critically and independently.
15 15 You will study a variety of poetry, drama and prose spanning several centuries such as Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, F. Scott Fitzgerald, W.B. Yeats, Sebastian Faulkes, Pat Barker, George Orwell, Richard Sheridan, Geoffery Chaucer and other contemporary writers. There are four modules: two for AS and two for A2. Overall 11 or 12 texts will be studied over the two years although they vary in depth and complexity. They will include: prose, poetry, drama and literary criticism. There are two closed-book examinations: one in AS and one in A2 which carry 60% of the total marks. There is a coursework folder to produce in AS and A2. This is worth 40% of the total marks. A Level English Literature is the perfect stepping stone towards any communication-based careers: journalism, law, performing arts, education etc. This is a facilitating subject for Russell Group Universities and is therefore seen as an accepted subject for most degrees in combination with other academic subjects. An example/illustration of the type of work involved A typical assignment might be to compare two texts, for example J M Coetzee s Disgrace with Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea or F. Scott Fitzgerald s The Great Gatsby with Richard Yates Revolutionary Road. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course: Over the two years you will be able to take advantage of theatre trips, visits to sites of literary interest, poetry workshops and slams. AS/A2 Film Studies Previous qualifications GCSE English Language and Literature grade B or higher and preferably GCSE Media Studies or Film Studies grade B OR BTEC Level 2 Creative Media Production at Merits or higher. Examination Board WJEC Why study Film? The Film A Level specification is designed to deepen students understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new mode of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the twenty-first century. The specification builds on the cineliteracy that learners have developed since childhood. Students will engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical film-making skills. You will have the opportunity to study a diverse range of film forms, film styles and film industries developed in different places throughout the history of cinema. In the AS year students will refer to a range of films to explore how the construction generates meaning for the viewer as well as research and investigation of the film industries and audiences in Britain and the America. The A2 year involves students undertaking a small scale research project and a creative film-making project as well as studies of World Cinema, spectatorship and a single set film. Assessment is equally split 45:55 written examination : practical coursework In the AS year, coursework involves the analysis of a film extract of the student s choice as well as a creative project to plan, film and edit own film extract or short film. The examination tests knowledge of producers and audiences via an analysis of a range of several stimuli. In the A2 the coursework students undertake a small scale research project and a creative film-making project as well as examination questions to investigate studies of World Cinema, spectatorship and a single set film.
16 16 Film Studies provides a good foundation to embark on a range of courses at university and a stepping stone for careers in the film industry such as journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations. There are many readily transferable skills learned that will empower students in careers in which research, analysis, communication and expression are valued. An example/illustration of the type of work involved Students will be asked to research, analyse, prepare, produce and evaluate a range of film products, eg film trailer, an opening sequence, a documentary extract. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course There will be opportunities to view a wide range of films in school or at the local Curzon cinema and also visit contemporary local film institutions e.g. Wimbledon TV & Film Studios, Chocolate Films, Pinewood Studios AS/A2 Further Mathematics Previous qualifications: GCSE Mathematics Grade A* or an A grade in GCSE Mathematics supported by an A to D grade in Additional Mathematics. Students applying for this course must have a minimum GCSE APS of 44 points. Please note, students who wish to study this A Level must also study A Level Mathematics. Examination Board: Edexcel Why study Further Mathematics? Further Mathematics is a rigorous subject which develops and extends the topics covered in A Level Mathematics. It is an ideal preparation for students who want to follow degrees such as Engineering and Physics that require a high level of mathematical ability. There are two compulsory Further Pure Mathematics modules. In addition there is a wide choice of modules available including, pure mathematics, statistics, mechanics and decision mathematics. Each module is tested by a written exam in June at end of the year in which the module is taught. Re-sits will be available only in June of the following year. Further Mathematics is a highly regarded academic subject which would be useful for any career involving high level of numerical ability and logical, analytical or creative thinking. If you intend to study Mathematics, Physics or Engineering at university then it is often advisable to study Further Mathematics to AS or A Level. An example of the type of work involved For the Further Pure Mathematics modules you will complete work on Complex Numbers, Series, Numerical Solutions, Proof and Matrix Algebra. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course You may be able to take part in the UK Mathematics Trust Senior Mathematics Challenge
17 17 AS/A2 Geography Previous qualifications GCSE Geography grade B or higher. Examination Board Edexcel Why study Geography? The world we live in is changing. Geography allows you to see why and how it is changing, with a particular focus on environmental awareness, globalization & natural hazards. Whilst studying this fascinating subject, you will develop your ICT, presentation and research skills through group work, decision making, map-reading, independent enquiry and analyzing /processing data. At AS level (year 1) you will study global themes, including globalisation and climate change. You will discover how your own actions can relate to the wider world, be it your local area or a country far away. You will study two units, Unit 1 and Unit 2: Unit 1: Global Challenges In this unit you will study a range of topics such as Global Hazards, Climate Change and Future Global Challenges. Unit 2: Geographical Investigations This gives you an opportunity to undertake geographical research, including fieldwork. You will investigate two topics in depth, one of Extreme Weather or Crowded Coasts (physical geography), and one of Unequal Spaces or Rebranding Places (human geography). At A2 level (year 2) you will learn how the world is contested and develop practical research skills in your chosen area. You will study two units, Unit 3 and Unit 4: Unit 3 Contested Planet In this unit you will consider five key world issues and in the sixth topic discuss possible technological solutions to the problems: - Energy Security - Superpower Geographies - Water Conflicts - Bridging the Development Gap - Biodiversity Under Threat - The Technological Fix? Unit 4 Geographical Research This will allow you to develop further the investigative skills gained at AS level and prepare you for the demands of higher education or employment. You will choose one topic from these six options: - Tectonic Activity and Hazards - Pollution and Human Health at Risk - Cold Environments - Consuming the Rural Landscape - Life on the Margins the food supply problem - The World of Cultural Diversity AS (Year 1) two units: Unit 1: Global Challenges hour written examination 30% of A Level Unit 2: Geographical Investigations - 1 hour written examination in which you will be asked about your fieldwork skills in this examination 20% of A Level
18 18 A2 (Year 2) - two further units: Unit 3: Contested Planet hour written examination, including pre-released synoptic resources (4 weeks in advance) and a colour Resource Booklet in the exam. Part 1 of the examination will cover five of the six Unit 3 topics; Part 2 will cover the sixth topic in a synoptic context (i.e. pulling together aspects of the other five topics) 30% of A Level Unit 4: Geographical Research hour examination, including a pre-released research focus (4 weeks in advance). You will be asked to answer one question on the option of your choice 20% of A Level Fieldwork In Year 1, Unit 2: Geographical Investigations offers the opportunity to undertake fieldwork when investigating the topics chosen. Fieldwork can be a great experience and allows you to apply your knowledge and understanding in a practical way. In Year 2, Unit 4: Geographical Research also offers opportunities for fieldwork; you won t be asked directly about fieldwork in your exam but it may help you when discussing your research. An A Level in Geography opens doors! You will find that studying geography is a brilliant step towards a wider range of HE courses and/or employment opportunities. Further education geographers can go on to study higher level courses, including Foundation degrees, undergraduate degrees and/or BTEC Higher Nationals. Employment geographers can go into a wide range of jobs, including Advertising Education Environmental Management Finance Law Marketing Retail / Sales Social / health services An example/illustration of the type of work involved You will be involved in: field work, role-plays, MLE, data analysis, group work, GIS & ICT and independent work. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course Students will benefit from conferences, guest speakers and field trips. Destination of field trip to be confirmed. AS/A2 Government and Politics Previous qualifications GCSE English Language grade C or higher and ideally GCSE History Grade C. Examination Board AQA Why study Government and Politics? If you are interested in finding out more about how governments and political systems work or want to find out more about political ideas and issues, or are simply keen to study a new and exciting subject, then this subject will interest you. A-level Government and Politics will give you a detailed understanding of domestic and international political systems, and enable you to develop arguments, present your findings and express your opinions. It provides many opportunities for discussion and debate, and complements the study of many other AS subjects, such as History and Philosophy extremely well.
19 19 As a politics student in Year 12, you will examine the key debates and issues regarding the UK political system. You will consider the role of participation and elections in a democracy, as well as examine the role of the main political parties and the growing importance of pressure groups. You will also consider the significance and relationship of key political institutions in the UK such as Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the Constitution. The second year of the course provides an introduction to the American political system through an analysis of the elections, political parties and pressure groups. Later in the year you will examine the key political institutions of the USA, including the Presidency, Federal Bureaucracy, Congress and the Supreme Court. AS level: Unit 1: People, Politics and Participation: written examination (50% of AS, 25% of A2) Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain: written examination (50% of AS, 25% of A2) A2 level: Unit 3A: The Politics of the USA: written examination (50% of A2, 25% of total) Unit 4A: The Government of the USA: written examination (50% of A2, 25% of total). Government and Politics is a highly respected academic subject amongst Russell group universities with strong links to other subjects in higher education such as History, Geography and Law. Possible careers include advertising, broadcasting, journalism, law, marketing, local government, civil service, public relations and teaching. An example/illustration of the type of work involved You will be involved in debates and discussions often informed by independent completion of background reading and written tasks which is useful preparation for the work place. Students will also experience a wide range of teaching strategies and activities such as student presentations, debates, video links and political conferences. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course Government and Politics students have many exciting enrichment opportunities including regular visits by MPs and councilors, visits to the Houses of Parliament and a combined History and Government and Politics trip to Washington. BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care Previous qualifications GCSE Core Science at grade C or BTEC Applied Science at Merit or higher. Preferably BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care at Merit or higher (but not essential). Examination Board Edexcel Why study the Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care? The Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care is a qualification which allows you to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding of health and social care related careers in a professional capacity. It will suit those who have an interest in science, child care or working with vulnerable people. It is equivalent to one A Level. Three mandatory units will be taught along with optional units to cover the required credits needed. The mandatory units are Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care, Equality, diversity and rights in Health and Social Care and Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care. The optional units cover a wide range of topics including Development through the Life Stages and Caring for Children and Young People.
20 20 You will be assessed by the completion of a portfolio of evidence. This may be written, audio, visual or through presentations and role plays. There are currently no exams in this course and you will purely be assessed on coursework. On completion of this course you will be suited to progress to study for a further education course in Health and Social Care, a health and social care related degree or training or employment. An example of the type if work involved Demonstrate how to communicate effectively in a one-to-one and group setting. Produce a set of resources for a health and social care worker informing them of the best ways to communicate with certain groups of people. Other opportunities available whilst studying this course You will be taught by a range of teachers with different specialties. You may also have the opportunity to visit health and social care settings and have visits from health and social care professionals. AS/A2 History Previous qualifications GCSE History grade B or higher. We may consider students with a B grade in English Literature who have not previously studied History at GCSE level. Students applying for this course must have a minimum GCSE APS of 40 points. Examination Board Edexcel Why study History? Students who study history will develop the ability to interpret a range of historical sources, access information to make informed judgements, argue and debate controversial issues and write formal essays supported by relevant historical evidence. You will: be involved in debates and discussions that will often be informed by the independent completion of background reading; work both independently and collaboratively in order to undertake historical enquiries. AS Unit 1: A world divided: communism and democracy in the 19th and 20th centuries AS Unit 2: Nationalist Challenge in India A2 Unit 3: The United States: a disunited nation, ? A2 Unit 4: The Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East during the 20th century Units 1 3 will be assessed by examination Unit 4 will be assessed by coursework. History is highly respected subject and is excellent preparation for a range of university degrees. People who study History may go on to study History, Law, Sociology, the Social Sciences, Media, Politics, Philosophy, Economics, American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and even the Sciences. History opens up a very broad range of career opportunities. These include law, the media, journalism, detective work, banking, marketing, advertising, politics, working on television, research jobs, academic careers in History, teaching and much more.
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