History

History (AQA)

  • UNIT 1: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603–1649
  • UNIT 2: Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945
  • UNIT 3: Historical Investigation (coursework) on aspects of Black American Civil Rights

The Course:

Advanced GCE History provides an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge of both British and World History and further develop the skills that the subject teaches. Unit 1 focuses on 17th century British History; the civil War, execution of Charles I and the rule of Cromwell. Units 2 and 3 concentrate on more modern history, namely Weimar and Nazi Germany and the quest for Black American Civil Rights from 1865 up to the present day.

To excel in the subject at A Level, students should have a strong interest in the past, an enjoyment of reading and possess good literacy skills, the ability to analyse and evaluate sources and be able to build and develop a well-supported argument.

Entry requirements:

GCSE History provides the most suitable foundation, with a pass at grade 6 or above a prerequisite for studying the course at A Level. However, if students have not taken GCSE History they may still be considered, depending on their performance in English and other Humanities subjects.

Higher Education:

The skills that A Level History teaches are highly valued by both universities and employers. History students are often cited as being some of the most employable and in-demand students when they leave university. This is because A Level History helps to develop analytical, evaluative, literacy and argumentative skills. These are crucial to a range of careers, such as Journalism, Law, Business, Politics and Education.

Geography

Geography (AQA)

  • Component 1: Physical Geography: 40% of A Level
  • Component 2: Human Geography: 40% of A Level
  • Component 3: Fieldwork Investigation: 20% of A Level

Course Aims:

The course aims to inspire students by the world around them. It will develop and apply their understanding of geographical concepts and processes. Students will become adept in the use and application of skills and new technologies through their studies both in and outside the classroom. Students will improve as critical and reflective learners, who are aware of the importance of attitudes and values, including their own. They will also develop into global citizens who recognise the challenges of sustainability and the implications for their own and others’ lives.

Entry requirements:

For Geography, a GCSE grade 6 or above in Geography would provide the most suitable foundation.

Key features:

  • Topics include: Changing Places, Water and Carbon Cycles, Global Systems and Global Governance, Hazards, Coastal Systems and Landscapes and Contemporary Urban Environments.
  • A Geographical Investigation – Students will participate in a field trip to Devon in the March of Year 12 and will base their investigation on the data collected.

Higher Education:

Geographers are highly regarded by employers due to the wide range of skills they possess and their ability to analyse and interpret information. The subject relates well to a range of careers from Civil Engineering, Meteorology, Education, Planning, Management, Tourism, Geology to Environmental Consultancy.

Psychology

Psychology is offered as a Sixth Form subject and has become increasingly popular with many students choosing to study the subject at both AS and A2 level.

The syllabus followed gives students the chance to study a variety of topics. In the Lower Sixth (the AS course) students study six of the main theoretical approaches including cognitive and psychodynamic psychology; they also complete one piece of coursework, which is of an experimental nature.

Some of the students choose to carry out their coursework using the children at the Junior School but there are many other topics available. The requirement is that any research carried out adheres to strict ethical guidelines.

In the Upper Sixth (A2) the students get the chance to look at the ideas they learned in the Lower Sixth in everyday applications. They study criminological psychology, clinical psychology and child psychology as well as more general topics. This gives the students the chance to see how psychology works in real life and also gives those who are thinking of a career in psychology a chance to study more specific topics.

Psychology (Edexcel)

  • Paper One: Social psychology, Cognitive psychology, Biological psychology, Learning theories
  • Paper Two: Applications of Psychology
  • Paper Three: Psychological Skills

Course aims:

Advanced GCE Psychology aims to give students an insight into how and why people behave in certain ways. It will explain about the links between people’s behaviour and the environment using a number of theoretical approaches. Students will gain grounding in scientific methodology and an understanding of how Psychology can be applied to real life situations. Provide students with a fundamental understanding of theory, concepts and research in Psychology.

The course will introduce students to the different approaches in Psychology and to encourage critical appreciation. It will allow students to develop a capacity for critical thinking and to apply different aspects of the subject and relate them to contemporary issues. Throughout the course, students will create an understanding of the role of Psychology and its scientific nature as well as develop of critical and analytical skills.

Entry requirements:

Students should ideally have a GCSE grade 6 or above in Mathematics and English. A grade 6 in GCSE Biology would be useful but is not essential.

Key features:

  • Students study four approaches during Year 12 to gain a foundation in psychology.
  • At A2, students develop their understanding through a choice of applications including criminology, child and clinical psychology.
  • Students develop a holistic understanding of psychology, from considering conflicting and complementary explanations of clinical issues and major debates.
  • A practical focus is embedded into the syllabus including a series of short experiments and tests which allow students to develop an active knowledge of the scientific aspects of psychology.
  • Only students taking the stand-alone AS in Psychology will take the AS examination in Year 12. All other students will take an internal examination.

Higher Education:

Students can follow a degree course in Psychology leading to a career as a qualified Psychologist in several specialist areas including Clinical, Educational and Forensic Psychology. It is also a useful qualification for HE courses such as nursing, human resources, management, teaching and advertising.

Religious Studies: Theology, Philosophy & Ethics (OCR)

  • UNIT 1: Philosophy of Religion:
  • UNIT 2: Religious Ethics:
  • UNIT 3: Development of Christian thought

Course aims:

Advanced Level Religious Studies aims to develop an understanding of the principle methods by which religions and spirituality are studied. We aim to foster an interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of grade 6/7 at GCSE and grade 6/7 in GCSE English are recommended. An ability to write in-depth critical essays is also required. Adherence to a belief system [religion] is not an advantage nor even a requirement.

Assessment:

In Year 13, the A Level examination consists of 3x2hr papers.

Key features:

  • Promotes progression through AS and A Level and provides a suitable foundation for the study of theology and related courses in further and higher education and for employment
  • Encourages the development of independent learning as well as skills of analysis and textual criticism Promotes an awareness of the impact religious philosophy and ethics can have on modern society
  • Uses Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enhance research and study skills
  • Develops an understanding of social, moral, spiritual and cultural values

Higher Education:

Theology is one of the fastest growing choices for undergraduate studies. It is highly respected in the world of employment, valued by the public sector and caring professions as well as highly rewarded in the spheres

of law, advertising, news/current affairs and media/ communications. A very suitable foundation for ethical reflection especially in the progressive world of scientific/technological advancements.