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2 Working together to unlock your potential index Introduction Equine Studies pote ntial Page Why choose Oaklands College?...1 New and improved facilities... Come and join the Oaklands Community...5 How to apply: Unlock your potential...7 Oaklands: Three steps to success...8 What qualifications can I get?...9 How we ll support you...11 How will I travel to college?...1 FAQs for parents & schools...14 Applying & what happens next...15 Student Charter...16 Courses Index Page Higher Education & Access to Higher Education A Academy... Animal Care... 6 Art, Fashion and Design... 4 Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Media Make-up Business and Retail... 5 Childcare Studies Computing & IT Construction Brickwork Carpentry and Joinery Electrical Installation Painting and Decorating Plastering Plumbing Engineering & Motor Vehicles English as a Second or Foreign Language... 8 Forensic Science Health & Social Care Horticulture, Greenkeeping, Agriculture & Countryside Management Hospitality and Catering Learning for Living & Work Media, Music and Performing Arts Public Services... 1 Sports Studies Travel and Tourism Work Based Learning and Apprenticeships Information Page How to Find Us Application Form...Inside Back Cover

3 Congratulations! You ve just taken the first step to joining an exciting, vibrant environment that understands and promotes the importance of learning. We take pride in the success of our students and look forward to helping you on the road to professional and personal success. Zoe Hancock, Principal

4 Why choose Oaklands College? Outstanding staff At Oaklands we take great care to ensure that all our teaching is delivered by an expert in that given discipline. Our vocational provision is delivered by qualified teachers with experience in their particular field. Our Sports courses are supported by Olympians, international level athletes and current international coaches. Our academic teaching is delivered by qualified experts with success rates in excess of national averages. For example, in 01 sixteen A subject areas achieved a 100% pass rate. Ofsted inspection results Ofsted inspect and regulate to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for students of all ages. They are an excellent indicator of how good a college is. The most recent inspection gave the College an overall rating of Good and identified the following strengths: l Good success rates l Well managed programmes l Good teaching l Particularly effective monitoring of progress l Good guidance and support l Strong leadership and management Links with Industry Oaklands College prides itself on links with local companies and businesses to provide our students with an education that is desirable to employers. We offer over fifty Apprenticeship or NVQ courses across our entire range of courses so you are bound to find something that suits you. These courses are designed to reinforce your technical skills and give you nationally recognised qualifications while you are in employment. Our students have gone on to progress in extremely varied careers with both large and small companies such as construction giants Skanska, engineering company MBDA, working in retail with Tesco and Waitrose and telecommunications with T Mobile. Equality and Diversity We offer a rich learning environment and believe we all benefit from the wide variety of backgrounds, beliefs, attitudes, values and abilities of our students and staff. Our commitment is to treat all students with respect and dignity, and to provide a positive learning environment, free from discrimination. 9% of our students would recommend the college to a friend 1

5 New and improved facilities Our investment in your future... New St Albans Campus and a revitalised Welwyn Garden City Campus We know how important having an outstanding learning environment can be in achieving your goals and ensuring you have the best possible learning experience. We have made a multi-million pound investment in our facilities to ensure that when you get to Oaklands you experience state of the art facilities. Bigger, Brighter, Better Our City Campus has moved just miles down the road to new facilities at our formerly named Smallford Campus. We have relocated our existing provision to facilities set within over 00 acres of Hertfordshire countryside. The St Albans Campus combines state of the art teaching and learning facilities with the wide open countryside space required for our excellent landbased and sport curriculum areas. Our Alban Park provision (Construction Trades and Hospitality & Catering) will also be relocating to brand new, industry standard facilities at the St Albans Campus in 01. Welwyn Garden City Campus We have made significant investment in our Welwyn Campus, building a new facility within our beauty department, installing a new lift, opening up and improving our Learning Resources Centre plus upgrading the IT infrastructure for the entire site. Although each campus has its own offering and personality, there are some things that are common to every campus A place to study The Learning Resources Centres are a place for study and support. Our friendly staff work in partnership with you and tutors to integrate learning resources into study programmes and are always happy to help you with your studies. A place to chill-out Student Lounges are a great place to meet and make new friends and relax during break times. They have comfortable seating, games consoles, TVs and social use computers. You can also get information on what s going on each term with enrichment activities. A place to eat On each campus there s a campus café where you can get a selection of snacks, drinks and freshly cooked hot food to suit most needs. There are also Costa Coffee cafés inside the St Albans Campus Café and in F block at Welwyn Garden Campus. A place to pray Multi-faith rooms are available at each campus for prayer or for quiet reflection. Technology l WIFI at all campuses. The wireless network at Oaklands is open to any student mobile device, from laptops to iphones to encourage the use of mobile learning l a User ID and password l secure, backed up storage space for your work l high speed internet access l an account (for work use, you should not normally use it for personal use) l security facilities including antivirus, spam and content filtering l a student website providing information, advice and guidance, forums, competitions, offers and a unique insight into student life. Enrichment Activities A number of activities and events are available to you including football, boccia, yoga and a theme park trip. Student Voice We encourage our students to get their voices heard. You could get yourself elected as a Student Representative for your course or become a Student Council member. We currently have over 00 Student Representatives. New buildings, new beginnings, endless possibilities A person to listen Student Services Staff will support you from your first enquiry to the College, through the application and enrolment process and throughout your time at college. They re there to help you and sort out any problems you may have. 4

6 Come and join the Oaklands Community... Every year at Oaklands we regularly open up our doors to the public and share the wonderful space we have with free events and entertainment. We also travel around the community celebrating the region we represent, bringing together people of all ages and all backgrounds. From Hertfordshire s largest free to enter event, our College Summer Fayre through to our Welwyn Food Festival and the popular Lambing Day we really have something for everyone. We encourage our students to participate in many different ways, from performing on the main stage through to cooking up a storm in the kitchens. Community Events l Summer Fayre l World of Food Festival l Lambing Day l Annual Art Exhibition l Be Creative l St Albans Monopoly Day l School Awards series l Primary School Olympics Check out for upcoming events and dates. There are other ways to get involved. You can experience and interact with the Oaklands community anytime. Why not join us on: Get involved! 5 6

7 How to apply: Unlock your potential... Oaklands: Three steps to success... Come along to an Open Evening Open events give you the opportunity to: l Speak to tutors from the course area you are interested in l Explore our facilities and see where you will study l Receive information, advice and guidance on courses and the support available i For the location of the campuses, please see How to Find Us on page 149 To determine the best campus to attend, have a look at the location for your course of interest and come along to that campus. All Open Evenings run from November 01 Open Evenings Tuesday 1th November 01 Welwyn Garden City Campus Wednesday 14th November 01 St Albans Campus Thursday 15th November 01 Alban Park Campus* February 01 Open Evenings Tuesday 1th February 01 St Albans Campus Wednesday 1th February 01 Alban Park Campus* Thursday 14th February 01 Welwyn Garden City Campus April 01 Open Evenings Tuesday rd April 01 Welwyn Garden City Campus Wednesday 4th April 01 St Albans Campus Thursday 5th April 01 Alban Park Campus* August 01 Open Evenings Wednesday 8th August 01 St Albans Campus Thursday 9th August 01 Welwyn Garden City Campus * With effect from September 01 all provision currently at Alban Park will be relocating to new facilities at our expanding St Albans Campus. 1 Find a course that s right for you Look through this guide to learn about our wide range of courses and qualifications including entry requirements, progression routes and achievement facts. We offer the largest range of courses in the county, excellent learning facilities and the latest technology to ensure that all our students experience the best learning environment before progressing onto university or into employment. Any worries? We can help Pages 11 to 14 contain details on the range of support services available to new students and advice for parents and schools. If you have a financial, travel or childcare worry or just want to find out more about learning at college, we can help! Don t delay! Apply today! On page 15 you will find a guide to the application and interview process and contact details for the Contact Centre. Upon receipt of your application we aim to respond to you within five working days. We provide independent careers advice and guidance. i Need more advice? If you are unsure which course is right for you, or need more information on the course you have chosen or the support available, contact us on or 7 8

8 What qualifications can I get? Not sure what level courses you can apply for? Have a look at the table opposite, match up your existing qualifications. Courses throughout the rest of the fulltime guide will be colour coded to match and quickly show you the courses you could apply for. The table lists guidelines for common entry requirements for each level of learning. However, for certain courses you may have to meet additional criteria, listed throughout this guide. Most courses also require you to pass an interview and demonstrate the skills and commitment required to succeed on your chosen programme. Unfortunately, we do not accept students who want to do GCSE subjects only. i 1 although students would have to display evidence of maturity and the ability to benefit from the course. Students are advised that this course is best suited to the needs of adults and mature learners. Applicants will be assessed to ensure they have sufficient literacy and numeracy skills, but we do advise checking with universities to see if GCSEs are required. If you don t have Maths GCSE at A* C you will be required to obtain this while completing AS s. Please note that every effort has been taken to ensure that this full-time guide was correct at the time it was printed. However, whilst every effort is made to run all of the courses in this full-time guide, the College reserves the right to review or cancel courses if they prove to be non-viable for any reason which lies outside its control. E What do you need? No entry level qualifications, other than a willingness to learn Three GCSEs at Grade E or above Four GCSEs at Grade D or above No formal qualification requirement 1 Four GCSEs at Grade C or above normally including Maths and English Five GCSEs at Grade C or above normally including Maths and English Six GCSEs at Grade C or above normally including English and Maths 80 UCAS points, plus five GCSEs at Grade C or above Foundation Degree HNC/HND to 4/5 What can you study? Entry Award Essential Skills Skills for Working Life BTEC Introductory Diploma BTEC Foundation First Certificate City & Guilds 1 Entry to Employment (ee) NVQ 1 Foundation Diploma BTEC Diploma City & Guilds Apprenticeships NVQ Higher Diploma Access to Higher Education BTEC L Diploma BTEC L Subsidiary Diploma City & Guilds Advanced Apprenticeships NVQ BTEC Extended Diploma A s Combined Modular Extended Degree (CMED) What can you do next? Employment Further Training 1 course Employment Further Training course Employment Further Training course Employment Further Training Higher Education 4 5 course Employment Further Training Higher Education, for example top up to a Bachelor (BA, BSc) degree or post graduate studies Your path to success 9 10

9 How we ll support you... Information, Advice and Guidance Student Advice Team Our team acts as your first point of contact and can provide you with initial information and advice. They can give you more detailed course information, arrange for a guidance appointment if you need further advice and help you complete your application form. Opening Times You can drop in and chat with our Student Advisers; Monday-Thursday Friday You can also call on or Student Advisers Student Advisers are available on each campus and can help you while you study with a range of practical and personal issues, such as financial support, benefits, childcare, welfare support and guidance appointments. If you have a query regarding any of our services and would rather access information online, then simply go to our website home page and click on the Live Help icon to have a direct conversation with one of our experts. Financial Support Under 19 Full and part-time students aged on 1st August 01 and resident in the EU for the last three years are exempt from tuition fees on all full-time courses but will have to pay for material fees if applicable. Fees will apply to exam resits and non-attendance at examinations Bursary Scheme You could be eligible for up to 1,00 in support to help with travel, meals and materials. 19 and over If you are 19 or above on 1st August 01 a tuition fee will need to be paid, in addition to any materials costs. Tuition fees may be waived if you are in receipt of means tested benefits, or if you are a dependant on those receiving benefits. Your tuition fees may also be remitted if you have elected to undertake your first full (ages 19-) or qualification (ages 19-4) and are under 5. The materials charges vary according to the course you apply for, and cover items such as equipment, protective clothing and art materials. Financial Assistance This can help you with fees, childcare, and travel. Guidelines are complex and vary depending on whether you are over or under 19. Priority is given to families on benefit or with low incomes. For more information on fees and financial assistance please visit www. oaklands.ac.uk, ac.uk or call Key/Functional Skills Students of all ages have an entitlement to Key/ Functional Skills in Maths and English. We refer to these as Life Skills. As a result all our students regardless of their achievements undertake initial and diagnostic assessments to determine individual development needs. In general the College endeavours to ensure Maths and English are embedded within main programmes of studies to help students to contextualise the use of these skills. There are also opportunities for students on AS programmes to improve their GCSE Maths provided they have a minimum grade D on application. This entitlement ensures we provide appropriate learning opportunities to develop Maths, English and in some cases ICT skills to the levels universities and employers require. Learning Support Why Additional Learning Support? The Additional Learning Support Team can help you to access the right support at any stage of your programme. We work with learners with a broad range of needs including: l Dyslexia l Sensory impairment l Aspergers Syndrome l Autism l ADD/ADHD l Dyspraxia l Mental health problems l Physical disabilities l A general learning difficulty It is very important, where possible, that you tell the College before you begin your course if you know that you need support. You can do this by telling us on your application form. Before Starting your programme we can arrange: l An assessment of support needs l A tour of the campus l Support at interview and enrolment During Your programme we can provide: l An assessment of support requirements l Screening and assessment for dyslexia l Learning support one to one, workshop or in class l Language support l Literacy and Numeracy support l Specialist equipment l Assistive technology training l Adapted learning materials l Personal care l Special exam arrangements l Free resources For further information and advice contact the Additional Learning Support team on Need Childcare? The College has a 50-place nursery at our St Albans Campus. The nursery caters for children from months to 5 years and is available to staff, students and the wider community. A waiting list is operated and fees apply. For further information please contact the Nursery Manager on or If you are over 16 and under 0 you could get help with your childcare and travel costs through the Care to Learn scheme. Visit or contact the College Advice Centre. Matrix Standard Oaklands was the first college in Hertfordshire, and the second further education college in the country, to gain the Matrix Quality Standard Accreditation for its detailed and clear information, advice and guidance. So you can be assured all your questions will be handled professionally. You can get information, advice and guidance on a range of work and learning opportunities to suit you. A comprehensive leaflet detailing the service offered is available from all reception areas or by post. 11 1

10 How will I travel to college? Getting here couldn t be easier, at Oaklands we are constantly striving to make sure that we do the most for our students that s you! Whether you are travelling by bus, train or car we ensure that getting to college is as convenient as possible. FAQs for parents & schools Your questions answered i Information for parents i Information for teachers By bus Oaklands College has a new travel card scheme in partnership with Uno so that you can get to college cheaper and quicker. The scheme entitles you to UNLIMITED travel on Uno buses within Hertfordshire and North London from just To see all available routes visit Hertfordshire SaverCard If you are under 19, in full-time education and live in Hertfordshire you can get half price fares on Hertfordshire public buses. The card costs 0 from Hertfordshire County Council and forms are available at college advice centres and receptions but if your family is on a low income you could get one free of charge. Call for further information. By car As a college we like to encourage you to think about the environment and the ways in which you can help reduce the carbon footprint by opting for public transport. If, however, you do decided to travel by car then there is limited parking at all of our campuses. There is pay and display at our St. Albans campus and at our Welwyn Garden City campus you will need to use one of the nearby public car parks where daily rates will apply. By train There are train links to all our main campus towns via First Capital Connect. To find out more visit Hertfordshire Student TrainCard A special pass that lets you travel for two thirds of the adult season ticket fare. The discount is only valid within Hertfordshire and can only be used between the stations stated on the TrainCard. If your family is on low income you could get one free of charge. Call for further information. Young Persons Railcard A Young Persons Railcard costs 8 and will save you 1/ on rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year. You re eligible if you re aged between 16 5, or over the age of 6 and in full-time education. For more information, or to buy online visit or call Why should my son/daughter choose college instead of sixth form? College provides a safe, secure, adult learning environment where your son/ daughter can meet new people and study a wide range of academic and vocational subjects leading to higher education or employment. How much will the course cost? Full and part-time students aged on 1st August 01 and resident in the EU for the last three years are exempt from all tuition fees. In some cases materials charges will apply, these are to cover items such as equipment, protective clothing and art materials. Will my son/daughter attending college affect my state benefits? If your son/daughter is attending college full-time your Child Benefit and Family Tax Credit should not be affected. You will need to ensure the appropriate authorities are informed of the transition from school to college. If my son/daughter requires learning support, is this available? Additional learning support is available to help with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Learner Advisers are on hand to support students with any worries. How will my son/daughter travel to college? A subsidised Uno bus service is provided to all our main campuses. In addition there are many discounts available to students, see opposite page. How will my son/daughter s progress be monitored? Each student will be assigned a Personal Tutor to support their development and progress. Your son/ daughter will meet regularly with their Personal Tutor to discuss how they are getting on at college and provide any information and advice they require. What if my son/daughter decides to change the course they have chosen? It is usually possible to change to another course within the first few weeks. Are these courses available to me? Yes, but fees will apply. We also provide part-time, leisure and employer focused courses. Please see our Part-time Guide for available courses. We offer a range of services to schools to help provide advice on further education opportunities for pupils These include: l Attending your school careers and options events l Providing campus tours and presentations for student groups l Organising taster days, where pupils can get a hands on experience of life at college and try out courses they are interested in l Curriculum specific talks and advice. We can also tailor events to your pupils specific needs. Exciting opportunities at We offer a wide variety of vocational provision enabling year-old students to develop the skills needed for further studies or employment. We already work with a large number of schools and are keen to expand this. If you are interested in receiving further information on the flexible options we provide please contact: Laura Apps on or 1 14

11 Applying & what happens next... You can apply online at or by post. Online It couldn t be easier. 1 Step 1 Visit our website and search Courses. Once you find the course you are interested in please click on the course title and this will show you the full information for the course you are interested in. Step When you have chosen your course, go to Apply Now on the right hand-side and you can process your application here. If you are unsure, you can apply for more than one course and keep your options open. By post You can apply for your chosen programme by completing the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form at the back of this guide and returning them to us at: Contact Centre Oaklands College Hatfield Road St Albans AL4 OJA Interview and assessment Your parent(s), guardian or employer are more than welcome to attend your interview with you. You will be asked to complete an initial assessment to help us assess your literacy and numeracy level. We do not use the results to decide whether you can come to college or not. You will also be interviewed by a course tutor from the area you have applied for. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course and the College and for us to make sure the course is right for you. At the end of the interview we will agree if the course and level is right for you, and if appropriate, a place will be offered. If you or the tutor feel the course is the wrong one for you, there will be an opportunity for you to discuss other options with a member of the Advice Team. When we have made you an offer we will enrol you onto the course to ensure you become a member of the Oaklands Community. We will keep in touch with you to let you know if there are things happening at the College that may interest you. Part-time Programmes that require an interview You can also use the application form in this guide to apply for part-time programmes in following areas: l Plumbing l Electrical Installation l Carpentry & Joinery l Brickwork l Plastering l Construction Management (National Certificate and Higher National Certificate) l Civil Engineering l Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (Teaching Assistants) and l Foundation Degree in Early Years l Counselling - all levels l Access (Health Studies or Humanities & Social Sciences) l AAT (all levels) These programmes require applicants to attend an interview in order to be considered for the programme. Please complete the application form as fully as you can. We do not require references for part-time programmes. Early application is recommended. Student Charter This charter tells you what you can expect from Oaklands College and what we expect from you in return. What you can expect: About College: l Information about the College and College life l Impartial information, advice and guidance on choices available to you l Help to decide what you want to do at College and the support you might need l Information about what it costs to study at College and where you may be able to get help l Information in a variety of formats to suit people with disabilities. At College: l Equality of opportunity and treatment l Help to access the course of your choice if you have a disability or learning difficulty l A safe and suitable environment l Flexible teaching and learning l Personal support and a range of student activities l The chance to talk about your college work and how you are getting on l Access to elearning, IT, Multi-media, books, magazines and support in the Learning Resources Centres l A fair assessment of your work within clear guidelines l Clear information on examination arrangements l Help to decide what to do next. The College has a compliments and complaints system to help you if we fail to meet our commitments or to recognise when we exceed them

12 Go a degree higher Higher Education & Access to Higher Education Go a degree higher for less and get where you want to go. We offer courses across a wide range of subject areas, both academic and vocational. Higher Education At Oaklands College we have expanded our Higher Education (HE) offer. You can study a wide range of courses so that you can make your next important step towards fulfilling your ambitions. Extended Degree in Engineering if you want to study for a degree but do not meet the entry requirements, completion at this level will guarantee you entry onto year one of your chosen Engineering subject. HNC/HND a Higher National Certificate/Diploma can be achieved in two years and can provide progression to the second year of a BA or BSc Honours Degree. Foundation Degree this is a nationally-recognised degree qualification in its own right, and can also lead onto the final year of an Honours Degree programme. You will have access to a wide range of services and facilities at Oaklands. In addition you will also have access to the University of Hertfordshire s: l Learning Resource Centres open 4 hours a day, seven days a week during term time l Sports Village take advantage of excellent health, fitness and swimming facilities l StudyNet a virtual learning environment providing online course materials l Students Union join a club or society, meet new people and enjoy a taste of university life. Our Higher Education Courses Page Course 40 Foundation Degree in Animal Management 54 Foundation Degree in Business 54 Foundation Degree in Business with Information Systems 67 Foundation Degree in Equine Performance and Management 10 Foundation Degree in Media Production 140 Foundation Degree in Sports Studies 79 Extended Degree in Engineering 58 Foundation Degree in Early Years 68 Foundation Degree in Construction Management (part-time) 68 BSc Construction Management (part-time) 10 HNC/HND Music (part-time) 140 HNC/HND Sport and Exercise Science (part-time) * HNC/HND Civil Engineering (part-time - see HHEC guide) 68 HNC Construction (part-time) * HNC/HND Mechanical Engineering (part-time - see HHEC guide) * Hertfordshire Higher Education Consortium How to apply For full-time Foundation Degrees and Extended Degree in Engineering please apply through UCAS You will need to use the UCAS code provided and our institution code HERTS H6 plus campus code O (Oaklands College). Higher Education & Access to Higher Education For part-time Foundation Degree courses please apply directly to the University of Hertfordshire. You can access their on-line application form by going to and following How to Apply. For HNCs and HNDs please complete the application form at the back of this guide. To apply online visit 18

13 Higher Education & Access to Higher Education Access to Higher Eduction Our Access courses will prepare you for entry to university. A particular feature of our courses is the development of successful learning skills and the ability to work independently. Our students enjoy the way we both challenge them and offer individual support as they recognise this prepares them well for university. Access to Higher Education bridges the gap between existing education and that needed for studying at degree level. This course is designed for those whose primary aim is to progress to university and do not have the traditionally required GCSE and A qualifications. The course is offered over one year full time during the day or an intensive two evenings a week. If you study on a daytime course you will be able to choose from three pathways: Health Professions, Humanities and Social Sciences. If you elect to study in the evenings you can choose from two pathways: Health Professions or Humanities. Either way you will receive individual support and guidance throughout. The Access to HE programme also offers students the opportunity to enrol onto one GCSE course alongside the Access course as many universities now require Maths, English or Science as part of their entry criteria. On completing the Access course many of our students will continue their education at the University of Hertfordshire. Others choose to go further afield and continue their studies at various universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. We hold Access presentation evenings throughout the year. Please call our Contact Centre on for the next available date. You can also come along to one of our open evenings at St Albans or Welwyn Garden City to find out more (see page 7). The access course was a key aspect on my learning journey and critical in achieving my end goal. When we received our first assignment I felt so relieved that I was steps ahead of everyone else thanks to the adult access course. You can assure all your new students that the access course will be the most useful tool in their education. Catherine Wells Oaklands Access student 010/11 currently studying Primary Education at University of Hertfordshire. Access to Higher Education full-time or One year part-time ( evenings per week) Campus St Albans or Welwyn Garden City (Evening courses at Welwyn Garden City only) Students are required to have had at least a one year break from education. You will be assessed on your literacy and numeracy skills and will require initial assessment results at in Literacy and 1 in Maths for the day time provision, and Literacy and Maths for the evening provision. In addition, an interview with an Access to HE tutor will be required. Students would have to display evidence of maturity and the ability to work independently to benefit from the course. Students are advised that this course is best suited to the needs of adults and mature learners. The Access to HE course is a nationally recognised qualification by the Higher Education Sector and is awarded through the Open College Network. The three pathways on offer can lead to a variety of degrees such as Science, Sports Science, Health Professions, Business and IT, Mathematics, IT and Engineering, Sport and Leisure, Management, Primary and Secondary teaching and Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, English, Law and Media. Over the course of the year you will achieve skills at level / in Maths and a range of units at. You will also study communication skills and ICT. In the Science based pathway you will study units in Chemistry and Human Biology, as well the Social Sciences of Psychology and Sociology. At the end of the year you will undertake a Chemistry based research project. Units can be subject to change. In the Humanities based pathway you will study History, Law, English Language and Literature, as well as Psychology and Sociology. At the end of the year the pathway will require you to undertake a research based project. The course is very popular and an early application is advisable in order to avoid disappointment For all pathways you will also attend study skills tutorials where you will also have the opportunity to gain unit accreditation in examination skills, portfolio building and work experience. The course is very popular and an early application is advisable in order to avoid disappointment. Interviews are conducted regularly throughout the year. Please call our Contact Centre on for scheduled dates. Successful students achieve an Access Diploma through OCN Eastern Region. We also offer a flexible part-time evening course depending on your individual circumstances. Modes of study include part-time day over two years or two evenings a week over one year. This course enables direct entry to Higher Education. Higher Education & Access to Higher Education Contact Centre: To apply online visit 0

14 A Academy Exceed your expectations By studying A s at Oaklands you will enjoy a programme of learning designed to match your individual interests and ambitions. You can choose from a wide range of subjects to meet your interests and career aims. A Academy In 01 our A pass rate was 97% - well above national average Our students achieved a 100% pass rate in 16 subjects Each full-time A student will: l Be able to access our expanding Virtual Learning Environment from college or home. l Study in an adult environment with greater independence. l Benefit from excellent teaching by subject specialists. l Receive a high level of tutor support from our dedicated pastoral tutor team who will support your UCAS application from Open Day and application to interview. l Have dedicated Enrichment Officers to look after your welfare and progress. Students on AS programmes will have the opportunity to improve their GCSE Maths provided they have a minimum grade D on application. You can apply online at Alternatively please complete and return the application form at the back of this guide. If you cannot see all the A s you would like to do please talk to us. We work in partnership with local schools. This enables learners to undertake additional A s offered within the schools partnership. We have shared timetables and a free bus service to facilitate this. Our A courses are run at the following campuses: St Albans Campus Accounts Fine Art Geography Citizenship Graphic Design Sociology Philosophy History Biology Economics Law Chemistry English Language Mathematics Human Biology English Literature Media Studies Physics The Extended Project Philosophy PE Film Studies Photography Psychology Welwyn Garden City English Language Law Photography English Literature Mathematics Psychology The Extended Project Media Studies Sociology There is a free shuttle bus between campuses so it is easy to choose subjects across different campuses if required. We are in partnership with all schools in St Albans and Welwyn Garden City to offer a comprehensive range of subjects. A s offered in conjunction with consortia partner schools in Welwyn Garden City and St Albans include Textiles, Business, Product Design, Music, Music Technology, Applied Business, Resistant Materials, Spanish, German and French. GCSEs We offer GCSEs in Maths, English, Science and Double Science. Further information can be found in our Part-time Guide or on our website: To apply online visit

15 A Academy AS/A Programme Offering Individualised Courses of Study Duration One or two years / St Albans To study on our successful A programme you will need a minimum of six full course GCSEs at grade A*- C including English and if you don t have Maths GCSE at grade A*-C you will be required to obtain this while completing your AS s in order to progress to A. Some subjects require specific grades at GCSE and these are detailed on page 4 and in the subject outline. We advise you to agree the course which is best for you to ensure that your choice of subjects meets your career/higher education aims as well as your interests and abilities. We may also take into account your wider qualification profile and references in assessing your suitability for A s. Joining us at A We accept students on to our A programme that have completed an AS elsewhere. You must have achieved a minimum of a Grade D to join us at A. You will also need to ensure the exam boards allow transfers if the board you studied with at AS differs from ours. There are many A subjects to choose from encompassing the arts, sciences and humanities so you can mix and match your choices to discover what you really want to do. You can obtain an AS in one year by successfully completing two or three modules. You then have the option of studying two or three A modules in the second year to gain a full A in that subject. It is also sometimes possible to study an A in one year by completing the AS and A programmes alongside each other. AS/A s are available at Oaklands in the following subject areas: Accounts Chemistry Economics English Literature Film Studies Geography Graphic Design Human Biology Mathematics (Pure and Mechanics) PE Photography Psychology Biology Citizenship English Language Extended Project Fine Art Government and Politics History Law Media Studies Philosophy Physics Sociology Many subjects can be included in your learning programme with our consortium partners such as: Computing, French, Music, Music Technology, Religious Studies and Spanish. All are studied at Welwyn Garden City and St Albans consortium schools. These courses lead to a wide range of employment opportunities or to Higher Education. Chloe Boothman travelled from Watford for the College s A offering and after two years of hard work and determination achieved an A* in Graphics and Extended Project and an A in Maths. I felt a mixture of emotions when I opened my A results, I was shocked and happy to have achieved such good grades. I decided to come to Oaklands because of the excellent A s, they have such a wide range of subjects on offer and a great environment to study in. A s at Oaklands College subject based entry criteria All A learners must meet the minimum entry requirements to be accepted onto the A programme: Minimum Entry Requirement of 6 GCSEs A* to C Including English Grade C and Maths grade C (If not holding Maths students must commit to re-taking the GCSE alongside their A course). Accounts Biology Chemistry Citizenship Economics English Language English Literature Extended Project Film studies Fine Art Geography Government and Politics Graphics (Art) History Human Biology Law Maths Media Philosophy Photography PE Physics Psychology Sociology Grade B or above in Maths B or above in Double Science including Core Science and Maths B or above in Double Science including Core Science and Maths Minimum A entry criteria Minimum A entry criteria Minimum A entry criteria Minimum A entry criteria Minimum A entry criteria Minimum A entry criteria Minimum A entry criteria Minuimum A entry criteria Minimum A entry criteria Minimum A entry criteria Grade B in History or English if History not studied at GCSE B or above in Double Science including Core Science and Maths Minimum A entry criteria Grade A* B at GCSE in higher paper Minimum A entry criteria Minimum A entry criteria Minimum A entry criteria Minimum A entry criteria A* B in Double Science including Core Science and B or above in Maths Maths and Science GCSE A* C Minimum A entry criteria The subjects below are offered at College. We also work with local secondary schools and may be able to confirm a place for you to study a subject not offered at College. You will need to meet the entry criteria of the school where the subject is studied. Subject Requirement Recommended Strongly recommended a grade A in additional science GCSE. Strongly recommended a grade A in additional science GCSE. Grade B or above in GCSE Maths Grade B or above in GCSE English Love of Reading Grade B or above in GCSE English Research skills A* C GCSE in Art or related subject Strong interest in Art Grade B or above in GCSE History or English Literature A* C GCSE in Art or related subject Strong Drawing Skills Grade B or above in GSCE English Strongly recommended a grade A in additional science GCSE Grade B or above in GCSE English Grade Bs should discuss with Maths tutors. Grade A at GCSE strongly recommended A* C English Language and English Literature. Strong analytical skills A* C GCSE in Art or related subject Strong interest in Art Strongly recommend a grade A in Additional Science GCSE If intending to study at university a Grade B will be required Grade B in GCSE English A Academy Chloe Boothman Contact Centre: To apply online visit 4

16 A Academy AS/A Accounts AS/A Biology AS/A Chemistry AS/A Citizenship AS/A Economics i i i i i Requirement Grade B or above in Maths Requirement Grade B or above in Double Science and Maths Recommended Grade A in GCSE Additional Science. Requirement B or above in Double Science and Maths Recommended Grade A in GCSE Additional Science Requirement Minimum A entry requirement Requirement Minimum A entry criteria Recommended Grade B or above in GCSE Maths A Academy A Accounts is designed for students interested in the dynamic world of finance and accounting. It will improve and enhance reasoning and number crunching skills. It is likely to appeal to students who are comfortable working with figures and who have a methodical approach to problem solving. Many accounts students go on to university and study Accounts/ Finance, Business/Finance, Finance/IT related degrees. Others pursue AAT and ACCA professional qualifications. The study of Accounts provides useful skills and knowledge relevant to a wide variety of careers including accountancy, finance assistant, book-keeper, ledger control, banking and investment. Interested in living organisms, how they are structured, how they function and how they relate to one another? Then, Biology is the subject for you! You will also study some current biotechnology at AS. Biology is one of the most popular A subjects. It includes the study of a wide range of exciting topics, from micro-organisms to physiology, molecular biology to ecosystems. It provides a broad foundation for a number of degree courses in health and clinical professions such as medicine, dentistry, psychology, veterinary science, physiotherapy, optometry and nursing, as well as biomedical science, zoology, environmental science and marine biology. In addition to the academic nature of the subject itself, students will learn to develop their skills in collecting and evaluating data, communicating their point of view effectively, investigating facts and making deductions. These skills are assessed by one unit of Internal Assessment for both AS and A, either as an Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) or an Externally Marked Practical Assignment (EMPA). The four main units of study for this subject are: Biology and disease, the variety of living organisms, populations and environment, and control in cells and in organisms. For this course students will work to complete the AS at the end of the first year. Students with suitable experience may take the full A in one year. Did you know? Our A Biology and Human Biology have 100% pass rates. A Biology can lead to a degree in Biomedical Science, Dentistry or Environmental Science. AS/A Chemistry is for those who are interested in the structure and components of materials. It examines how they interact and their importance in daily life and is a relevant choice for students who would like a career in Chemical Sciences, Pharmacy, Medicine, Biological Science, Food Science, Materials Science and Science Education. Both years consist of two theory modules and a practical module, which is internally assessed, using OCR set tasks. There will be a substantial amount of integrated practical work, to illustrate and improve understanding of the theory. The first module Atoms Bonds and Groups develops GCSE ideas in more depth, laying the foundations for further study. All students are entered for this unit in January. At AS this course enables students to develop a range of skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Citizenship. You will address the relationship between the individual, the law and the state and the nature of identities. Topics covered include: What does it mean to be British? Are we all equal citizens? What are my rights and responsibilities? How are my rights protected? Who can make a difference? How can I make a difference? The course fosters active Citizenship Skills and Participation. Did you know? AS students create a portfolio of community and voluntary work that can be used in their university applications or job interviews. Economics at this level gives you an understanding of and an insight into micro and macroeconomics. We look into both of these topics and discuss many real and current affairs topics to include: Cadburys and Kraft takeovers and the success of Facebook and Google. You ll look at the fundamental forces which affect our lives, such as employment, prices, international trade and poverty. Economics helps develop a number of personal skills: - Research - Analysis and evaluation - Communication - Working with others to discuss economic issues and solve economic problems. If you are a person who likes debate and likes to make your own judgements when presented with different theories and evidence then you will definitely enjoy the economics course at Oaklands. Did you know? The average economics graduate earns 8,78.98 over the national mean salary for non-graduates in their first year after university. Contact Centre: To apply online visit 6

17 A Academy AS/A English Language AS/A English Literature AS Extended Project AS/A Film Studies i i i i i Requirement Minimum A entry criteria Recommended Grade B or above in GCSE English Requirement: Minimum A entry criteria Recommended: Grade B or above in GCSE English. A love of reading. Requirement: Minimum A entry criteria Recommended: Research skills Requirement: Minimum A entry criteria AS/A Fine Art Requirement: Minimum A entry criteria Recommended: A*-C in Art or related subject. Strong interest in Art. A Academy English Language will explore how language works and the central role it plays in our everyday lives. You will investigate a wide range of language texts in a range of media and consider topics such as Language and Power, Accent and Dialect, Language and Gender, the Language of the Mass Media, Attitudes to Language, Children s Language Acquisition, Creative Writing and the Structure of English. You will also have the opportunity to develop original language texts for different audiences and purposes. English Language combines well with other modern languages at A as well as all Social Science and Humanities subjects. This course enables direct entry to Higher Education at HND or Degree. Did you know? Our A English Language students achieved a 100% pass rate in 01 English Literature will appeal to those who have a passion for reading and wish to enhance their critical awareness of how a text engages with an audience. You will consider how writers choices of language shape meanings and how those meanings can change over time as contexts change. English Literature combines well with all other Social Science and Humanities subjects. This course aims to extend your knowledge of poetry, prose and drama by examining the personal and historical circumstances in which texts are written. You will explore the nature and interplay of character, the varying layers of meaning, as well as identify an author s style and examine how the reader s emotions are influenced. Throughout you will develop detailed, cogent and informed personal responses which will be demonstrated most extensively in the coursework for both the AS and A. Did you know? Many of our students went on a visit to the Globe Theatre last year. The Extended Project allows you the opportunity to research a subject outside your other A s. It can take the form of an extended essay, a field study, a performance or an artefact. You will be given teaching in research skills and time management and you will be supported by specialist staff who will monitor your progress, but largely this is an AS that is done independently. Projects can be as diverse as a piece of sculpture, an essay on advertising bias, a field study on feeding habits of a sparrow or a drama performance. Standard A entry criteria applies and ideally some background knowledge of the subject you are proposing to research. The Extended Project is an ideal way to focus on a subject area that you intend to continue with at university or it can be used to give you a greater knowledge of a potential future career. It does not have an A (A) follow on, but is a separate free standing piece of coursework and will appeal to those who excel in coursework tasks. Did you know? Our students have achieved a 100% pass rate for the last four years. Film Studies involves analysing film as a significant art form as well as understanding how film comments on attitudes within society. It will appeal to students who are passionate about film as well as those who want to explore the industry from an historical or cultural standpoint. The AS year will give you the skills to analyse films from a variety of directors and understand the way the film industry works in both Britain and America. The coursework is both analytical and creative and good observation skills are important for both. At A there is a focus on particular forms of spectatorship such as the documentary genre and you will develop your skills of critical analysis through films such as Fight Club. The A coursework is research based as well as creative. For both AS and A there is the opportunity to do production pieces for the coursework and try your hand at the techniques of film making. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to engage with some of the recurring debates within the film industry as well as explore personal responses to films. Students who take Film Studies can progress to Higher Education to study a degree in film theory or production work, or they can make use of its highly transferrable skills base and pursue a humanities subject. Did you know? 100% achievement in AS and A Film Studies for the last 6 years. Typically 50% of students go on to creative/production degrees and 50% go on to humanities degrees. The aim of the course is to develop students practical, technical and expressive skills together with their intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers. The course aims to give students a thorough understanding of processes in art and design, particularly in the areas of drawing, colour, design and composition. Students are also encouraged to explore historical and contextual aspects of art and design. You will follow a fine art course. This is broad based and gives you the opportunity to work in a wide variety of media including collage and mixed media as well as more traditional painting and drawing media. You will be encouraged to develop your creativity based on solid basic skills such as observational drawing. During the course you will produce a Personal Study. This will be presented in both written and visual form and will be based on an art and design theme which is preferably related to the coursework. Throughout the course the emphasis will be on developing your creativity and research skills and your appreciation of art and design. Did you know? 100% of our Fine Art students achieved grades A-C in 01. Our students enjoy trips to Tate Modern, Victoria Miro, V&A Museum and Dungeness Contact Centre: To apply online visit 8

18 A Academy AS/A Geography AS/A Government and Politics AS/A Graphic Design AS/A History AS/A Human Biology AS/A Law i i i i i i Requirement Minimum A entry criteria Requirement Minimum A entry criteria Recommended Grade B or above in GCSE History or English Literature Requirement Minimum A entry criteria Recommended A*-C in Art or related subject. Strong drawing skills. Requirement Grade B in History or English if History not studied at GCSE. Requirement B or above in GCSE Double Science and Maths Recommended Grade A in GCSE Additional Science. Requirement Minimum A entry criteria Recommended Grade B or above in GCSE English A Academy Geography is the study of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions - recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. A Geography (AQA specification) builds naturally on GSCE knowledge, with minimal repetition of content. You will be given the opportunity to develop fieldwork skills and study geographical issues and impacts. AS Geography content is divided into two sections Physical and Human Geography. In core physical, your subject knowledge and understanding in key environments is developed. In core human, fundamentals of population in human geography are addressed with an emphasis on change and development over space and time and their geographical implications. The Geographical Skills unit encourages you to develop and use a variety of geographical skills. A consists of units Contemporary Geographical Issues and either a Geography Fieldwork Investigation or a Geographical Issue Evaluation. This course is for those who are interested in developing their critical thinking skills and who enjoy analysing the changing dynamics of modern politics. At AS, students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the political system of the UK. The course concentrates on People, Participation and Politics as well as Governing Modern Britain. Topics covered include: Participation and Voting Behaviour, Electoral Systems, Political Parties, Pressure Groups and Protest Movements, The British Constitution, Parliament, The Core Executive and Multi-level Governance. Did you know? Our AS Government and Politics students get the chance to visit the Houses of Parliament and talk to their MP. Our students achieved 100% pass rate in 011 and 01 Graphic Design is concerned with visual communication through the organisation of words and images. Students will study using a wide range of materials, processes and techniques to produce solutions to defined problems, combining traditional drawing skills with computer programmes. At AS you will work from design briefs, develop ideas through manipulation of shape, signs and symbols, produce drawings and illustrations through line and tone texture and printmaking and explore how to relate images to text through the understanding of design development, layout and problemsolving. A will significantly build on the skills and understanding established at AS. It will also enable you to carry out an extended investigation in the form of a 500 word illustrated essay in an area of particular personal interest. Students are expected to keep abreast of current developments in design through visiting exhibitions and galleries. Did you know? Our Graphic Design students achieved 100% pass rate in both AS and A in 01. The A history course is structured following a modular regime, with six modules spread out over two years, including written examinations and coursework. The aim of A history is to develop an interest in the past, acquire an understanding and sound knowledge of selected periods or themes, to gain awareness of historical concepts, to appreciate the nature and diversity of historical sources and methods, grasp a variety of approaches to aspects and periods of history. It encourages you to think independently, make informed judgements of issues and to cultivate empathy with people living in diverse place and at different times. Having A history can open you up to a world of possibilities. The A history course gives you skills in writing and literature skills similar to an English A, but also provides you with contextual knowledge and research skills and therefore universities and employers look favourably upon applicants with A history. Amongst the many courses where A history is required such as modern history, ancient history, archaeology, amongst others, there are a number of courses where history at A is desirable, such as law. Human Biology will appeal to you if you have an interest in working with people, for example in Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Nursing, or other caring services. Human Biology combines well with Psychology and Sociology. (Biology is a better option if you are applying to study medicine, marine biology, pharmacology or veterinary medicine at university, where chemistry is essential.) The four main units of study are: The body and its diseases, Humans their origins and adaptations, Bodies and cells in and out of control, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat. In addition, practical-based skills are assessed through one unit of Internal Assessment for both AS and A, either as an Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) or an Externally Marked Practical Assignment (EMPA). For this course, students will work to complete the AS at the end of the first year. However, students with suitable experience may take the full A in one year. A Law is for anyone with an interest in how the Law works and affects them in real life. The course provides an overview of the courts, legal personnel and the Law of Crime. In year one, you ll study two units: the first is the English Legal System, where you ll learn what barristers, solicitors and judges do and how ordinary members of the public get to participate in the legal process. At the end of the year there is a mock trial competition giving you the chance to put all your knowledge and skills to the test in a simulated court case. In the second module, Sources of Law, you will investigate exactly where our laws come from, and how Parliament and the courts create and modify these laws. In your second year you will study Criminal Law in depth, focusing on the principles of criminal liability and behaviour in crimes such as murder, theft, robbery and assault and battery. We boast an impressive list of experts in the Law team, including qualified solicitors and barristers. Law is a dynamic subject and will help develop your reading, discursive and analytical skills. Many other subjects work well with Law, for example: English, Psychology, History and Sociology. Our students benefit from regular trips to exhibitions and festivals including the Design Museum, London Design Festival and Dungeness. Did you know? Our AS students went on a one week trip to Krakow last year. Did you know? 100% of A Law students passed the course in 01. AS Law students practice their legal skills in a real life mock trial each year. Contact Centre: To apply online visit 0

19 A Academy AS/A Mathematics AS/A Media Studies AS/A PE i i i i Requirement Grade A*- B at GCSE Higher Paper Recommended Grade A at GCSE. Grade B students should discuss with Maths tutors. Requirement Minimum A entry criteria Recommended A*- C GCSE English Language and English Literature. Strong analytical skills. Requirement Minimum A entry criteria Recommended GCSE Science (particularly Biology) at grade B of higher. GCSE PE at grade B or higher. AS/A Philosophy Requirement Minimum A entry criteria A Academy In studying Mathematics you will be making excellent preparation for a range of Higher Education courses in particular those involving the Physical Sciences, Computing, Business Studies as well as Mathematics itself. Analytical and logical skills developed throughout the course have a wide application in careers. Within AS/A Mathematics the following areas are explored. Pure Mathematics will extend your knowledge of algebra and trigonometry as well as introduce new areas of study such as calculus. In Mechanics you will learn how to describe the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them mathematically. Within this area mathematical modelling will involve you reconfiguring physical problems into simpler analysable forms. In Probability and Statistics you will develop skills in analysing and summarising numerical data in order to reach conclusions. In this area of study you will extend the range of probability problems that you studied at GCSE. Did you know? Our A Maths has a 100% pass rate with 0% of students achieving A or A*. A Media Studies is designed to offer you a framework through which you can study the distinctive contributions which the mass media make to your understanding and enjoyment of the world in which you live. It is an appropriate A for students studying other humanities subjects as it will assist in the development of your analytical skills and ability to write in a concise fashion. For AS Media you will study two units: Media Representations and Responses which is externally examined by a written exam; Media Production Processes which is internally examined and comprises of teacher guided coursework. Three pieces of coursework have to be completed to be assessed on this unit. For A Media you will study two units: Media Investigation and Production which is internally examined and is student led with teacher guidance; Media Text, Industry and Audience which consists of detailed investigation into three media industries and a detailed analysis of three case studies within the chosen industries. The assessment is an externally assessed written exam. A Media is useful for HE study of most humanities subjects and sits well with English. Did you know? Our Media students achieved 100% pass rate in 01. Media students primarily progress onto English degree courses and journalism studies Do you have a wide-ranging interest in sport that you want to develop further? Are you prepared to be assessed in your practical performance, along with how you would improve another competitor s performance as well as through written examination in three different areas? AS and A Physical Education involve elements of biology, history, sociology, psychology and sportspecific areas, such as biomechanics and exercise physiology. Your examination at both AS and A level is a 90 minute externally set and assessed one, which looks to take the knowledge gleaned from a year s worth of material and assess your ability to recall, explain, analyse, comment and use detailed examples to provide suitable answers. AS and A are both an equal mixture of 50% coursework, including practical assessment, and 50% examination. The practical aspect of the AS course involves taking on the roles of performer, official and leader and then being assessed in two of these three roles. There are also local and national studies and performance analyses, which together contribute to 50% of your total AS mark. For A, you take the experiences gained during your AS studies and select one of the three previously mentioned roles and carry this on to a higher level of awareness and performance. Although the course is demanding, it is one which develops academic skills and knowledge in all who undertake it; the end result being a more-rounded student who is able to think logically, interact socially, lead by example and demonstrate excellent cognitive reasoning. This course has been designed to enable students to gain a thorough grounding in key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques. Students will develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy. At AS, the specification concentrates on a number of key philosophical themes intended to provide students with a broad introduction to Philosophy. In unit 1 we explore the nature of reason and experience, ask questions of governance, address issues of morality, deal with the notion of God, and tackle the ideas of personhood. In Unit we question our knowledge of the external world, explore the concept of tolerance, debate the value of art, address the relationship between the world and God, and grapple with the concepts of free will and determinism. At A, students will specialise further, selecting two themes to study in depth and focusing on philosophical problems through the study of a key text. The categories of philosophy studied in unit are: philosophy of mind, political philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics, moral philosophy, and philosophy of religion. In unit 4, Students are required to approach philosophy through a series of problems raised by their choice of the following philosophers: Hume, Plato, Mill, Descartes, or Nietzsche. Did you know? Our students benefit from visits by external speakers on a range of topics. Contact Centre: To apply online visit

20 A Academy AS/A Photography i Requirement A*-C GCSE in Arts based subject Recommended A*- C in Art or related subject. Strong interest in Art. AS/A Physics AS/A Psychology AS/A Sociology Intensive A s i i i Requirement A*- B in GCSE Double Science and B or above in Maths Recommended Grade A in GCSE Additional Science Requirement Minimum A entry criteria including A*- C in Maths and Science Recommended If intending to study psychology at university, a grade B will be required in GCSE Maths and Science. Requirement Minimum A entry requirement Recommended Grade B in GCSE English Duration One year Campus Welwyn Garden City / St Albans A Academy The Photography A is a Fine Art based A. It is the taking, making, creating and reading of images. You will be expected to produce innovative, creative and experimental images in response to given themes. A large part of the course is the analysis of photographic images. You will learn to read images as works of art and be expected to research the work of photographers and artists to support your own practical work. The course covers traditional film based techniques right through to digital photography and manipulation. You will learn the basic techniques of using cameras and studio equipment. It is strongly recommended that you have a GCSE in Art and Design. You can use A Photography to go on to study at Degree level or Foundation Degree level. You could also move on to a vocational course. Photography A will also help you open up a range of career opportunities in the Visual Arts sector. The underpinning analytical and technical skills will help you whatever career path you choose to follow. Did you know? Our students benefit from regular trips to exhibitions and festivals including the Photography Gallery, Tate Modern and Dungeness. If you have an interest in the Sciences, Engineering or Computer Science, Physics is an absorbing subject. Physics is essential preparation for study at Higher Education or a career in the Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Electronics. Across the course you will develop skills in the handling, applying and evaluation of data, alongside an understanding of physical facts, concepts and principles and the ability to design, plan and evaluate experiments. The course will incorporate Mechanics (motion, force, energy, circular motions and oscillations), Energetics (temperature, heat and thermodynamics, and electric currents), Atomic and Nuclear Physics (solids, liquids, gases, radioactivity and nuclear reactions), Forces and Fields (static electricity, electromagnetism, and gravity), Waves (mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and simple quantum theory) and Cosmology (origin of the universe, stellar formation and the solar system). The measurement of physical quantities is also central to the subject. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of people s behaviour and thoughts, including the underlying motivations behind our behaviour, such as biological influences. Psychology is a science, so as part of the course, you will learn about the scientific methods psychologists use to observe, measure and analyse behaviour and mental processes. The AS encompasses areas such as Cognitive Psychology (for example how our memory works and eyewitness testimony), Child Development, Research Methods, Biological Psychology (such as stress), Social Psychology (why we obey and conform); and Individual Differences (looking at abnormality). The A course will consist of a selection of chosen topics such as Biological Rythms, Relationships and Eating Behaviours. You will also undertake a compulsory unit in Psychopathology (such as schizophrenia, anxiety and depression), Psychology in Action (for example media influences in Psychology) and Research Methods The study of Psychology is relevant to many academic, vocational and research fields such as clinical areas, the criminal domain, education, occupation, sport, health, social services and therapy. Did you know? A psychology degree can lead to a wide range of careers such as Advertising, Teaching and Human Resources. The course will appeal to you if you are interested in making sense of the rapidly changing world in which you live and your situation within it. If you are interested in investigating and researching social issues, enjoy the cut and thrust of debate and like to ask awkward questions, then Sociology will have a lot to offer. The course will also enable you to develop both your analytical and evaluation skills in a highly relevant way. The content is demanding and you will need to be happy with working hard and contributing in class, as well as being selfmotivated to work on your own, set personal goals and meet deadlines. So, if you are interested in analysing the culture that you live in, and enjoy discussing social issues then Sociology is for you. As a complement to other subjects Sociology has a close affinity with social science subjects like; Economics, Geography, History, Politics and Psychology. Sociology s insights into social processes provide a useful contrast to Business Studies, Computing and Sciences. It can serve as a qualification for entry into a wide range of Higher Education degree courses. It is highly relevant to any occupation that involves working with people, from management to social work, public services, media, advertising, market research, journalism, personnel work or teaching, from health care to policing or even politics. Some universities now expect people going onto study medicine to have an A in Sociology. Did you know? A Sociology students have the opportunity to go on an educational visit to Marrakech in Morocco as part of the Global Development unit. Some AS/A courses are available in a one-year intensive course. Some subjects may be studied in one year by following year 1 and year courses at the same time. You will require some experience of study to A standard and a strong GCSE profile. We may also take into account your wider qualification profile and references in assessing your suitability for intensive A s. It is strongly recommended that only one intensive A is taken in an academic year. Contact Centre: To apply online visit 4

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