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Applied Science

Subject Overview

Designed for those who are interested in learning about Applied Science, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science.

The course contains a wide selection of Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) with an option unit chosen in year 2. The course has a significant practical element, providing real experience with Science in the workplace. It will develop essential skills in analysis, research with both qualitative and quantitative emphasis.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed by both internally and externally assessed elements. The course is equivalent to one A Level and consists of 4 units of study -2 of these are assessed internally and 2 are assessed externally.

Progression Routes and Careers

Developing your skills in Applied Science will allow you to progress onto many Science based careers, including Forensics, Biologist, Chemist, Pharmacologist and many more.

Business Studies

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Subject Overview

Business Studies is one of the most popular and successful courses in the Post 16. The course combines theory and practice through coursework and exams.

The course allows you to study theories and apply them to real life companies, covering the following themes;

  • Marketing, Business Ethics,
  • Human Resource Management,
  • Finance and Economics.

The course will also suit you if you aren’t too keen on end of year examinations and can maintain a high level of work throughout the two years.

You need to be organised, be able to work to deadlines and be independent in your studies.

How is the course assessed

  • 4 Unit course (1 A Level) 2 units are coursework and 2 units are exams.
  • 6 Unit course (1.5 A Levels) 4 units are coursework and 2 units are exams.

You will also be asked to present reports and conduct presentations throughout the course.

Progression Routes and Careers

Business is all around you and so the content and skills you develop are transferable to whatever you do in life. It is a subject in demand by both universities and employers alike.

Music

Subject Overview

This course covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in preparation for going on to working in the Music Industry in a range of job roles such as a Musician, Events Manager, Sound Engineer or Technician, to name a few.

It also provides learners with the an abundance of skills to go on to complete a Music or Music Technology related degree course at university. This qualification lets you study a broad and stimulating curriculum through 4 possible pathways, each pathway consisting of a mixture of practical and theoretical work that is relevant to a range of roles within the music industry today.

This qualification is worth 1.5 A Levels.

What will I study?

The course will involve a combination of mandatory and optional units and can be taught through one of 4 pathways.

 

How will the course be taught?

The course is taught by Mrs Matheson through workshops, practical lessons and theory lessons. For all units, there will be lessons on theory and practical techniques and how to complete the tasks within each assignment, as well as workshops and recorded rehearsals.

 

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed using a variety of methods depending on the chosen pathway but will include:

  • Assignments and tasks that involve reflective logs and portfolios, submissions of recordings, written scores and videos of development of practical skills, and recordings of interim and final Performances.
  • Performances of directed work are performed in front of live audiences and teacher assessors.

Assignments involve students completing a series of tasks set in a work-related scenario, which can tailor to local industry needs.

Externally assessed tasks will be completed in controlled conditions and tackle an everyday challenge; some tasks also draw on pre-released information.

 

Progression Routes and Careers

If you have a real interest and passion for Music either as a listener, composer, performer or an interest in Music Technology this is the course for you. For the Performance and Composition pathways you will need to have achieved a Merit grade in BTEC Music or C grade at GCSE or have completed instrumental exams to a Grade 4 standard. For the Music Technology and Business pathways, an interest in Music and a good qualification in English is required.

Dance

Subject Overview

This course covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in preparation for working as a Dancer in the Performing Arts industry or going on to a Dance related degree course at university.

This qualification lets you study a broad and stimulating curriculum consisting of a mixture of practical and theoretical work that is relevant to today’s Dance disciplines and the part Dance plays within the Performing Arts industry. This qualification can be completed as a Diploma worth 1.5 A Levels or the extended Diploma worth 3 A Levels.

What will I study?

The course will involve a combination of mandatory and optional units from the list below and dependent on the qualification.

How will the course be taught?

The course is taught by Mrs Kettle through workshops and with visiting practitioners. For all units, there will be lessons on theory and techniques and how to complete the tasks within each assignment, as well as workshops and recorded rehearsals. You will based in the Dance studio with some theory lessons taught in classrooms.

 

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed using a variety of methods:

  • Assignments,
  • tasks,
  • reflective logs,
  • Performances.

Performances of directed work are performed in front of live audiences and teacher assessors.

Assignments involve students completing a series of tasks set in a work-related scenario, which can tailor to local industry needs.

Students will generate authentic evidence, drawing on their knowledge and skills to complete a practical project over a period of time, working either individually or in a team.

Externally assessed tasks have to be completed in controlled conditions and tackle an everyday challenge; some tasks also draw on pre-released information.

 

This course is for you if

You have a real interest and passion for Dance and have achieved a pass grade in Level 2 Dance or have attended Dance clubs throughout secondary school. You will also be interested in a range of Dance styles and be comfortable organising, directing and choreographing numbers and working with others to produce a successful event.

Progression Routes and Careers

You could go on to find employment within the performing arts industry or progress to a range of undergraduate performing arts courses at University, including Drama, Dance, Musical Theatre and Stage Management. Universities will accept the RSL Level 3 qualifications alongside other vocational qualifications or A Levels. The course can also contribute UCAS points towards non-performing arts-related university courses.

Health and Social Care

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Subject Overview

The Level 3 Health and Social Care course is an excellent course for those who are pursuing a career in this sector, such as in the NHS, teaching or social work for example.

A work placement will also be completed throughout this course as it is extremely valuable to develop practical and employability skills, as well as deepening their knowledge of the Health and Social Care sector.

How is the course assessed?

The triple award course is assessed using 9 internally marked assignments, 3 externally set exams along with a controlled assessment.

The single and double awards are also assessed similarly, with assignments and examination numbers altered according to the award.

Progression Routes and Careers

The triple Level 3 course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and so is a fantastic stepping stone to University. Recent years have seen excellent outcomes for students. Career progressions from this course include teaching, nursing, social work, paramedics, care assistants/managers, early years workers and many more!

IT

Subject Overview

This two-year qualification is equivalent to 1 A Level and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in preparation for working in the ICT industry or going on to an ICT related degree course at University.

You will study 5 units over the two years, topics include

  • computer hardware,
  • computer software
  • networking.

How is the course assessed?

Two units are external examinations and three are portfolios.

Each Portfolio is assessed internally and will show your understanding of a specific standard. Some of the coursework elements include practical tasks such as building a computer and installing and configuring software.

At the end of the course you will be awarded a pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.

Progression Routes and Careers

This qualification is designed to enable learners to enter employment or to progress to Further Education/Higher Education. Example areas might include digital design, networking and computer maintenance & support.

Creative Digital Media Production

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Subject Overview

On this course, students study a range of different media texts assessing how groups of people are represented, how films are produced and how magazines are put together.

This enables students to look more critically at the media itself and the power it holds over its audience.

Students sit two exams and complete a number of coursework elements one of which being a ‘Pre Production Portfolio’. Students also explore film and digital magazine productions alongside analysing media campaigns.

How is the course assessed?

The course is made up of internally assessed and externally assessed units.

  • Unit 1-Media Representations (Externally assessed),
  • Unit 4 Pre-Production Portfolio (Internally assessed),
  • Unit 6 Media Campaigns (Internally assessed),
  • Unit 8 Responding to a Commission (Externally assessed),
  • Unit 10 Film Production (Internally assessed) 
  • Unit 14 Digital Media Production (Internally assessed).

Progression Routes and Careers

This course is great for students who are interested in working in the media. Students could opt to do journalism, gaming design, teaching or apply for Graduate Schemes with large retailers. The skills that are developed place students in a good position to pursue careers in marketing and integrated digital media communications.

Sport

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Subject Overview

BTEC Sport can be studied as a full-time Extended Diploma (Equivalent to 3 A Levels) or as part of a curriculum that includes other Vocational or A Level courses.

This course covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in preparation for working in the sports industry or going on to a sports-related degree course at University.

This qualification lets you study a stimulating curriculum consisting of practical and theoretical work.

How is the course assessed?

Assignments involve students completing tasks set in a work-related scenario. Tasks are completed in controlled conditions and are based on pre-release information concerning a business or sports development focus.

In the written exam, students will relate their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to performance and training.

Progression Routes and Careers

You could go on to find employment within the sports industry or progress to undergraduate sports courses at University. Universities will accept the BTEC Level 3 qualifications alongside other BTECs or A Levels. The course can also contribute UCAS points towards non-sport-related university courses.