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Course Choices

6th Form Prospectus

Art

Art AS and A Level requires students to have demonstrated ability in
GCSE/BTEC art, or an equivalent subject. Students work on a range of themes
and are encouraged to develop an independent and individual approach to
their work. A wide range of materials and techniques are used. We encourage
visits to galleries and working with professional artists and will visit
some during the course. Students find Art an enjoyable and rewarding
subject, but it does require a committed and hardworking attitude to ensure
success.

 

Biology

During Year One students build on the concepts and skills that have been
developed at GCSE level working through four practical units: Biological
Molecules, Cells, Exchange and Transport, and Genetics.

Year Two is made up of further units: Energy Transfer, Organisms’ Response
to Change, Genetics and The Control of Gene Expression. Due to the academic
demands of this qualification it is necessary for students to have achieved
at least Biology or Additional Science GCSE Grade B, Maths GCSE Grade B and
English Language GCSE Grade B.

 

Chemistry

The A Level course is based on using theory and experimentation to provide
an excellent foundation for science-based university courses and careers.
There have been many JCSC Chemistry students who have progressed to study
science at university with a future career in their sights.

This is a fast paced course with a steep learning curve so be prepared to
be challenged! Content covered is organised within the three disciplines of
Chemistry, namely Organic, Inorganic and Physical.

Students must have achieved Chemistry or Additional Science GCSE Grade A
and Maths GCSE Grade B to be able to cope with the demands of the course.

 

English Language

English is popular at A Level and is rigorous, demanding, varied and fun!
Students will develop advanced essay writing, critical thinking and
analytical skills in both of the English courses we offer. The recent
changes in educational reform mean we can offer an AS or full A level for
each course – which route you take will be tailored to your personal needs
and discussed in progression interviews and in the first term of the
course. Students with a real passion for English sometimes take both
English Language and English Literature to give you two A levels in the
subject.

 

English Literature

Students need to have a passion for reading. Before contemplating this
course you should judge the level and amount of reading you do for pleasure
– because you love it! This will indicate how well you will cope with this
course and the reading demands place upon students. Only those students who
actively enjoy reading will be truly successful on this course.

 

French

Competence in French is a great asset in the workplace with both British
and European companies actively recruiting competent linguists.

French A Level is a linear course with three examinations at the end of
Year 13. The course has three core strands – Social Issues and Trends,
Political and Artistic Culture and Grammar. Students continue to develop
language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through the
study of varied topics including Features of a Diverse Society, Life for
the Marginalised, Treatment of Criminals, Political Engagement of Young
People, the Role of Demonstrations, Strikes & Politics and Immigration.

In addition, students closely study both a film and a piece of French
literature and are expected to translate in and out of French as well as
write essays and speak fluently about these issues.

 

Geography

A Level Geography can lead to a variety of amazing careers including the
travel business, conservation, pollution and risk analysis, flood
management, planning or senior management positions in numerous sectors
where the wide range of transferable skills makes it one of the most
employable graduate degrees. Topics studied include Coastal Systems and
Landscape, Contemporary Urban Environments, Carbon and Water Cycles and
Global Systems and Global Governance.

Students learn from real examples with a commitment to fieldwork which
means students spend at least four days outside the classroom in both
nearby locations and further afield. The fieldwork is a vital part of the
course, equipping students with the skills and knowledge they will need to
develop the independent investigations that account for 20% of their final
grade in a topic related to the units we study that personally interests
them.

 

History

A Level History gives students the knowledge and skills required not only
in Higher Education but also useful in their own right and in numerous
careers including teaching, journalism, law, social work and public
services.

This course has been designed to develop an understanding of the value and
significance of world events in the past in order to gain a deeper
understanding of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity and of
events happening today.

We will study:
Britain Transformed, 1918-97, the developments and changes over a broad
timescale. The USA Boom, Bust & Recovery c1920-55 covers the Roaring
Twenties, Prohibition and the rise of organised crime, the Great
Depression…

British Experience of Warfare c1790-1918, which examines not only the
military aspects of the French Wars, Crimean War, Boer War and WWI but also
the political. Social and economic dimensions.

Coursework – an evaluation of the influence of Martin Luther King and how
various contemporaries and historians have interpreted him.

There will be a great deal of discussion and debate, in-depth reading and
essay writing, examining contentious and sensitive issues which will
strengthen your understanding, presentation ability and persuasive argument
skills!

 

Mathamatics

A Level mathematics is a prestigious and well-respected course
demonstrating a strong technical ability, independent learning skills and
creative problem solving to prospective Universities or employers. The
logic and reasoning skills developed throughout the course make sure the
qualification is widely respected, even in non-mathematical arenas, one of
the main reasons why nationally this is one of the most popular A-Level
courses. Students embarking on AS and A2 Mathematics are expected to have a
good grade B at GCSE level, and have a proven track record of working hard
in school and at home.

 

Philosophy

There are many reasons to study Philosophy but probably the most important
one is that it builds transferable skills that employers value by focusing
on developing thinking skills rather than memorising facts. Philosophy
programmes also produce some of the most intelligent and able university
graduates who succeed across a wide range of professions including
journalism, law, finance and management.

This course provides students with the tools to address some of the most
profound questions on life, existence, morality and God. Students will gain
knowledge of key ethical and philosophical thinkers during the course and
will have the opportunity to study amongst other things, ancient Greek
Philosophy, arguments for the existence of God, ethical theory and applied
ethics including medical ethics, environmental and business ethics.
Students will also have the opportunity to develop skills in analysis,
evaluation, enquiry and reasoning amongst others.

 

Physics

This course builds on GCSE topics and includes traditional modules of
mechanics, electricity, light and waves. We also look at the latest ideas
about what the universe is made of, from galaxies to sub-atomic particles.
Physics is an essential qualification for those intending to progress into
any engineering discipline or science area, including medical and
veterinary work.

Physics or Additional Science GCSE with at least Grade B is required as is
Maths GCSE Grade B due to significant mathematical components.

 

Product Design

AS and A2 Product Design is a great course for those students who wish to
study further in the field of technology. Students who have completed
GCSE’s in Graphics, Resistant Materials and Engineering will enjoy the
progression to A Level study. However, students every year study Product
Design without those qualifications and are very successful. The course
concentrates on project work which carries 50% of the actual assessment.
There are examinations at the end of AS and A2 which are centred on the
work of current designers and knowledge of materials and processes.
Students study Product Design for a variety of reasons ranging from those
who are committed to a very definite career path in design, engineering or
architecture to those who simply enjoy it for it’s own sake.

Students who complete the course comment on its usefulness in gaining
places in further education and in the world of work. It definitely
develops students’ skills in becoming an independent learner which can be
drawn on in future career pathways.

 

Sociology

Sociologists study people in society. This involves examining small groups
such as the family unit, larger ones like a school or work place and even
whole countries like the UK/USA. You’ll enjoy studying topics including,
marriage, divorce, crime and deviance and new beliefs. Sociology will help
you understand how society works and how you end up being you.

It explains the patterns within human relationships. If you wish to learn
more about the world, your place in it and enjoy independent thinking then
this is the course for you. Sociology is perfect for students looking for
careers in the health services, law, the police, social work, teaching,
youth and community work, the prison/probation services or counselling.


Level 3 Vocational Qualifications
Cambridge Technical in Business

Business at Advanced Level is a versatile subject. This course can be
studied at the equivalent AS or a full A level equivalent. Students are
actively encouraged to work both independently and in groups to complete
coursework. Topics studied include Marketing, Finance, Health and Safety
and E-Commerce. This course can lead to further and higher education or
create direct employment opportunities. A previous qualification in this
subject is not necessary.

 

Fashion

At both Levels 2 and 3 of this course, the students will develop their
fashion design and manufacturing skills. Students will also develop their
theoretical knowledge of professional techniques and process used to create
designs and garments and apply this within a practical setting. Students
have the opportunity to work within a variety of fashion-based settings,
from experimenting with a range of exciting materials and techniques in the
design and sampling of their own textiles to refashioning an existing item
of clothing into something innovative and inspiring.

Students should have a keen creative mind-set with a desire for fashion and
design. Previous experience of garment manufacture and design would be
advantageous but is not essential – the aspiration to study the subject is
much more important. Typical units covered include, Fashion Design Ideas,
Fashion Illustration Development, Garment Production, Textile Design and
Sampling.

This course give students the opportunity to develop a portfolio of their
own work and will cultivate a personal style which they could then
potentially take further in higher education. Once Level 3 has been
completed, the progression rate to higher education is extremely successful
with students going on to study in some of the top ranking universities for
fashion and design-based degreees.

 

Health and Social Care

The Cambridge Technical prepares the student to meet the challenging needs
of the care sectors, as well as prepare them for the challenges they could
face in Higher Education or employment. Students choose a pathway based on
career aspiration. The pathways consist of Working with Children and Young
People, Social Care and Support or Health Science and the units of work
studied are then specific to the pathway chosen.

The course is available at AS level comprising of three units – two are
examined and one piece of coursework and at A level which comprises of six
units – four are examined and two pieces of coursework.

ICT

This qualification is designed to provide work related IT experience in a
range of vocational contexts. The content gives students the knowledge,
understanding and skills they need to prepare them for employment or higher
education. The structure of the course is that five units are focussed on
over two academic years. The assessment methods are a mixture of coursework
and examinations. Students do not need to have studied IT previously to do
this qualification.

 

Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity

This Level 3 Cambridge Technical provides opportunities to develop skills
demanded by employers as well as aiding progression to Higher Education. It
can be studied as the equivalent of a one year AS Certificate, two year A
Level Extended Certificate, or as a double A Level which is known as an L3
Cambridge Technical Diploma.

The course combines compulsory and optional units, some of which are
assessed by an externally set exam and some of which are centreassessed,
externally moderated units. Everyone completes a unit on Body Systems and a
unit on Sports Coaching and Leadership while in the second year, students
studying for the extended Certificate also have a compulsory unit on
Organisation and Development of Sport.

 

Construction

This is a really practical course aimed at those people who wish to pursue
a career in the construction industry.

The course focuses on joinery techniques and knowledge, plumbing and
decoration taught through a series of practical projects. Students will
also spend time finding out about all aspects of safety in the construction
industry as well as what types of jobs are available. They will learn how
to draw to a good standard and produce plans that may be used in the
construction of buildings or interiors from roof trusses to kitchen
cupboards. Wherever possible students will be taken on site visits and have
practical demonstrations from people working in the construction industry

 

Engineering

This is a one year course equivalent to two GCSE’s. It is aimed at those
students who would like to learn and develop the skills and knowledge
needed to begin a career in Engineering. There are no entry requirements
but it would be advantageous to have studied a technology subject.

The course provides students with a broad range of practical experiences
focussing on metalwork including lathes, drills and milling machines.
Students will use both hand and computer generated drawing techniques,
learn to calculate the volume of materials needed to manufacture and design
components, and study the health and safety legislation requiring risk
assessments, company policies and notices for improvements.

There are a wide range of rewarding jobs in engineering most of which offer
further training and career development. There is a shortage of trained
engineers in the region so students who study this course are putting
themselves in a very good position to find employment.

 

GCSE English

Obtaining a C Grade at the equivalent of GCSE Level English is one of the
most important factors for future study and career prospects. Please note
that ALL students who not achieve a C Grade in Year 11 are expected to
complete this course if they wish to remain at JCSC in Years 12 and 13.

 

GCSE Mathematics

Grade C or above at GCSE Mathematics is a key measure referenced by any
prospective employer. Students who do not achieve Grade C at GCSE Level in
Year 11 must improve this by studying this one year linear GCSE Mathematics
course, with the majority of students taking their exams in the following
Summer.

 

 

EPQ at JCSC

 

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an exciting opportunity for students to take charge of their own learning and is designed to contrast the normal experience of studying in the A Level classroom. The student picks the subject focus based on their own interests, and the end product may be the ‘traditional’ academic report (5000 words) or it may be an artefact – a film, a concert, a painting, a website – accompanied by a written report (1000+ words).

The process of planning, researching, recording and reviewing is deemed just as important as the result, so roughly half the marks available are awarded for the process and half the marks for the finished project. The EPQ is a stand-alone qualification.

Students have timetabled sessions in which they are taught key skills, ranging from note-taking and time management, to referencing and presentation skills, which they can then implement in their own projects. Students are also assigned a teacher-supervisor to provide support throughout the project. As this is an independent project, it is not the role of that member of staff to teach any of the subject matter within the student’s choice of project. The role is one of facilitator and advisor.

The EPQ requires candidates to identify, design, plan, manage and complete a project which is independent of any of their A level subject content. Candidates will also have to problem solve and think creatively as well as evaluate their learning and present their findings to an audience, usually composed of parents, teachers, governors and their peers.

Completing the EPQ should prove to be a very rewarding academic experience in the sixth form as well as an attractive addition to any UCAS application. To succeed in the Extended Project will indicate to universities that the individual in question is an independent learner, an essential quality for success as an undergraduate and in the world of work. A successful project will also mean that the student will be able to talk with some real expertise about their chosen subject matter if called for interview at the universities of their choice.

University of Cambridge: “We welcome the Extended Project and would encourage applicants to undertake one as it will help to develop independent study and research skills valuable for higher education.”

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