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A Level Course Information

Art and Design

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Subject Overview

The popularity of Art and Design at A Level attracts a number of students wishing to further develop their portfolio from GCSE.

Students work ambitiously in new materials, such as oil and acrylic, printing, photography and three dimensional media. This generates an exciting mix of young talent, which stimulates a range of individual and creative work.

Opportunities are available to enrich learning through trips such as life drawing sessions and gallery visits.

How is the course assessed?

  • Component 1 - 60% course work, 18% of this is the Personal Investigation (The personal study consists of a critical and analytical written piece of a minimum 1000 words).
  • Component 2 - 40% externally set examination.

Progression Routes and Careers

77.2% of creative graduates went directly into employment. Possible careers include: Graphics, Fine Art, Illustration, Jewellery, Printmaking, Textiles/Surface Pattern, Photography, Fashion, Interior Design, Ceramic Design, Product Design, Crafts, Animation, Architecture and many others.

Photography

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Subject Overview

The popularity of Photography at A Level attracts a number of students wishing to be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic techniques, styles and genres, including: portraiture, documentary, photojournalism, landscape and experimental imagery.

You will develop technical understanding relating to the composition of images and an ability to explore the different elements of visual language.

How is the course assessed?

  • Component 1–60% course work 18% of this is the Personal investigation (The personal study consists of a critical and analytical written piece of a minimum 1000 words) 
  • Component 2-40% externally set examination.

Progression Routes and Careers

This course allows students to apply for a variety of Higher Education courses including Foundation Degrees, HNDs / BA degrees. Courses such as Documentary Photography, Photographic Art, Fashion Photography, Graphic Design, Animation, Media Studies, Lens Based Media, Film and Television.

Biology

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Subject Overview

You will study a broad and stimulating curriculum consisting of 8 units over the 2 years that are relevant to modern day science.

You will undertake a mixture of practical & theoretical work which will be assessed through external examinations.

How is the course assessed?

You will complete 3 exam papers which will test:

  • Paper 1: Biological molecules, Cell Structure and Division, Cell Membranes, Cells and the Immune System, Exchange and Transport.
  • Paper 2: DNA, RNA and Protein Synthesis, Diversity, Selection and Classification, Photosynthesis, Respiration and Energy, Homeostasis and Control, Genetics and Population Interactions.
  • Paper 3: A combination of all of the above.Practical skills are assessed in all 3 papers.

Progression Routes and Careers

Biology is a well-recognised science A Level that will be accepted by a wide range of university degrees. It is often a requirement for medical based degrees, including nursing, environmental studies, agriculture, zoology and other animal-based degrees.

Chemistry

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Subject Overview

Chemistry is the study of materials; what they are made of, how they interact with each other and their surroundings and the role they play in living things.

As such Chemistry occupies a central position in science, linking disciplines from mathematics to medicine and affects every aspect of our lives.

This two year qualification covers a range of concepts from all three branches of chemistry; organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

How is the course assessed?

The AS course is assessed through two exam papers at the end of year 12 and the A Level course through three exam papers at the end of year 13. The development of practical skills will be assessed through these exams.

Progression Routes and Careers

You can continue your studies to degree level studying Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry etc. Also there are many professions for which an A Level in Chemistry is essential, such as Medicine, Dentistry, Chemical Engineering, Nursing and Physiotherapy.

Physics

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Physics is the study of matter, energy, force and motion, which can challenge our imagination and lead to world-changing discoveries such as lasers and computers.

The course itself covers key knowledge and practical skills which will prepare students for physics related degrees at University.

As an A Level Physics student you can expect to learn valuable, transferable skills such as problem solving and analysis.

How is the course assessed?

The course involves 8 compulsory units

  1. Measurements and their errors  
  2. Particles and Radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics.

In addition, one of the following optional units

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics 
  • Engineering physics 
  • Turning points in physics )
  • Electronics.

Progression Routes and Careers

This subject can lead on to a great many routes and careers. Most well known being the Sciences, Engineering and Maths, or roles in Business and IT technology. If you are thinking of a apprenticeship, it can help give you the foundation you need.

English Literature

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During this course, students will explore 'Aspects of Tragedy' and 'Aspects of Social and Political Protest'.

They will read a range of texts from Othello by William Shakespeare, to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

They will also complete two pieces of coursework, centred around literary theories like Marxism and Post Colonial Theory.

How is the course assessed?

The students are expected to further build on their skills developed at KS4. This includes being able to select, retrieve and explain key information from the texts studied, analyse authorial methods, show an awareness of the context that writers were writing about, make links to wider literature and engage in perceptive debate.

Progression Routes and Careers

There are many routes when studying a course such as this. Students may choose to complete a dual degree at University with the view of becoming a journalist, teacher or editor.

Mathematics

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Subject Overview

Mathematics is a stimulating and challenging subject which is very highly regarded at Advanced Level.

The Year 12 course which can lead to an AS qualification and builds upon all GCSE work, in particularly algebra. Students will also study both Mechanics and Statistics. To obtain the full A Level qualification students will complete the Year 13 course, where the same topic areas as Year 12 are studied to a greater depth.

How is the course assessed?

The A Level course is assessed by 3 written papers lasting 2 hours each. Each paper is equally weighted.

Progression Routes and Careers

Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of careers and Higher Education courses. Examples include accountancy, law, teaching, engineering, IT, medicine, mathematics and computing.

Core Mathematics

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Subject Overview

Level 3 Core Maths is a course for those who want to keep up their valuable maths skills but are not planning to take AS or A Level Mathematics.

It is a Level 3 qualification, equal in points to an AS Level.

How is the course assessed?

The Level 3 one year course is assessed by 2 papers of 1 hour and 30 minutes each. Each paper is equally weighted. This course is one year long.

Progression Routes and Careers

Mathematics is a much sought-after qualification for entry to a wide range of careers and Higher Education pathways. Examples include: Accounting, Financial Adviser, Data Analyst, Teaching, Stockbroker and Trade Analyst. It will also be very beneficial for anyone who may be considering opening a business or going into the wider world of work.

History

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Subject Overview

A Level History at Campsmount follows the AQA specification and covers two examination assessed topics.

Paper 1 focuses on the Tudors, 1485-1603 with Germany, 1918-45 on Paper 2.

Students also complete a detailed, independent investigation into the civil rights battle in the USA as part of their NEA (non-examined assessment).

These components focus on developing students evaluative and analytical skills in addition to creating a supported argument.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed over two exam papers, each lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes. Both papers represent 40% of a student’s overall grade and the remaining 20% of a student’s grade is from their NEA independent study.

Progression Routes and Careers

The academic nature of the course, in addition to the research and analytical skills that it develops prepares students for success in a variety of degrees at university in addition to careers in areas such as law, politics and teaching.

Geography

Subject Overview

A Level Geography at Campsmount follows the AQA specification and covers two examination assessed topics.

Paper 1 focuses on Physical Geography in which you will learn about the water and carbon cycles, systems and landscapes in two contrasting locations and hazards and stressed ecosystems.

In Paper 2 you will study Global systems and global governance, changing places and finally Contemporary urban environments or Population and the environment or Resource security.

All students are required to complete a field work study to develop key practical Geography techniques.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed over two exam papers, each lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes. Both papers represent 40% of a student’s overall grade and the remaining 20% of a student’s grade is from their fieldwork study.

Progression Routes and Careers

The academic nature of the course, in addition to the research and analytical skills that it develops prepares students for success in a variety of degrees at university in addition to careers in areas such as environmental studies, management, meteorology and environmental science.