All Post 16 (just yr12 in 2017/18) students on three A Level courses are to study one of the extension courses that we offer. We feel this is important to bring a bit of colour and contrast to their academic studies. In a competitive world, we are confident that broadening their curriculum will help provide the breadth of study and skill set that increasingly universities, training courses and employers are expecting.
The information below gives details of each of the courses on offer to help students make an informed choice and to select a course that is appropriate for them.
When will students need to decide which course to follow?
Yr12 students will make this decision when they enrol on GCSE results day.
Extension Courses 2017/2018
Students who are taking 3 A levels and have achieved over 38 GCSE points will also be required to enrol on an extension course. Extension courses provide the opportunity to develop your skill set and support your Key Stage 5 studies.
You will need to choose 2 courses from the following list (a preference and a back-up) which will be entered during enrolment on 25th August.
AS Accelerated Computer Science
This course is for students who can think logically and enjoy problem solving. Students will explore and investigate how computers work and are used. There is a requirement for extensive self-study. It is suitable for students with an A*/A in GCSE Computer Science and are confident coders or A*/A grades. It’s ideal if studying ‘AS’ Year 12 Further Maths.
The focus will be on the literature of ancient Greece and Rome, looking at a range of genres including comedy, tragedy and the epics of Homer and Virgil. Students must enjoy reading and essay writing skills are also required. Interest in History/English Literature would be expected. It is suitable for students with a grade 6 in English Literature.
This is for students not studying maths at A Level and is particularly recommended for students who are studying A levels which include mathematical content (e.g. sciences, geography, psychology, business, economics, computer science). This is a two year course which will enable students to retain and further develop their maths skills whilst supporting their learning in other subjects.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Students produce a 5000 word academic report or an artefact/performance with a report of 2000-5000 words. There are 3 compulsory components: the project, a presentation and a detailed written log of the process. Skills learnt/developed include research, critical thinking, decision making, presentation and referencing. This course requires high degree of independent study including planning & researching.
Certificate in Financial Studies (IFS)
This course will help you make informed decisions regarding your finances. It includes studying financial services and products, borrowing and budgeting. An interest in the economy is essential.
AS Accelerated Sociology
This is covers the study of social structures and institutions and topics such as the class structure of modern societies, the family, crime and deviance. There is a requirement for extensive self-study. It is suitable for students with an A*/A in GCSE Sociology or with A*/A grades in other subjects (students do not need to have studied Sociology at GCSE to take this course).
*Courses may not run if student numbers are insufficient.