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Year 12 & 13

At Waingels we work hard to ensure that students are offered every opportunity to gain the skills and understanding to progress successfully to University, Apprenticeships or Employment. Our curriculum has been designed with this in mind and reflects closely the national developments of post-16 and post-18. 

Entry to the Sixth Form is based on meeting the standard entry requirements. These include the passing of Maths and English at a grade 4.


In addition to this we use a calculation called Attainment 8 to work out a score for students to indicate their suitability for each pathway. This score is generated by combining a students’ best 8 subject grades, counting English and Maths twice and including a minimum of three Ebacc subjects; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Core & Additional Science, Computer Science, History, Geography, French, Spanish and German. For Waingels students this score will be included in any reports home.


Based on Attainment 8 scores we will offer the following pathways:
Vocational Pathway (selecting only Vocational Courses): 40 (Average Grade 4)
Combination Pathway (selecting a mixture of A Level and Vocational): 45 (Mix of 4s & 5s, at least half 5+)
A Level Pathway (selecting only A Levels): 50 ( Average Grade 5)

A Level Subjects Entry Requirements Course Content
Art, Craft and Design Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 5 in an Art & Design GCSE. A grade 4 or above in English is highly recommended.

This broad and dynamic Art, Craft and Design course will encourage you to develop skills, creativity, imagination and independence based on personal experience, taught skills and critical understanding. You will show this through your responses to a range of material areas including Graphic Design, Textiles, Fine Art and Sculpture. In the second year you will specialise in one or two skills and will set yourself a ‘Personal Investigation’ to examine using visual and written methods.

Biology Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in Maths plus 6-6 in Combined Science, or grade 6 in Biology and Chemistry.

A Level Biology explores the science of living things to develop a deeper understanding of scientific method, problem solving, practical skills and socially relevant content.

Business Studies Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 5 in Maths plus a grade 5 in English Language or Literature. No previous Business Studies background is required but if the student sat GCSE Business Studies, at least a grade 5 is required and a Distinction if they sat VCert Business.

Anyone with a general interest in business news and current affairs will enjoy the course. It covers business structures, ethics, the economy, finance, marketing, human resources and management. It helps students:
1. Develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they work within and the process of adding value
2. Become aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders
3. Acquire a range of skills including decision-making, problem-solving and an awareness of current business practice

Chemistry Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in Maths plus 6-6 in Combined Science, or grade 6 in Chemistry.

A Level Chemistry will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of Chemistry, both in a theoretical and practical context. The course is divided into three main components; Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. Alongside the three main components there will be many practical opportunities, leading to a Practical Endorsement Certificate at the end of the two year course. The course is perfect for students who are keen to learn more about the world of Chemistry around them and for those looking to develop logical thinking and problem solving skills.

*Offered as an A Level and as a fourth AS subject

Computer Science Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

Our Computer Science specification is relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. This specification:
• Puts computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
• Allows students to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.
• Gives students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT), CAS and top universities.


*Offered as an A Level and as a fourth AS subject

Drama & Theatre Studies Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 5 in English Language or Literature. No previous Drama and Theatre Studies background is required but if the student sat GCSE Drama and Theatre Studies, at least a grade 5 is required. This course will give you excellent knowledge and understanding of Drama and Theatre. The written component consists of the study of two set plays and the analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers. The practical component consists of one devised piece that must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner, the practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play and influenced by a practitioner.
Economics Standard entry requirements plus a grade 6 in Maths and a grade 6 in English Language or Literature. No previous Economics background is required but if the student sat GCSE Economics, at least a grade 6 is required. The course applies economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts to explain real world phenomena. It helps students to a) see how Economics contributes to the wider political and social environment and b) to develop an understanding and ability to use a range of concepts as well as to develop an understanding of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life. Students will learn to analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it.
English Language Standard entry requirements plus a grade 6 in both English Language and Literature at GCSE.

Students study a range of aspects of language including: language levels (e.g. grammar, the layout of texts); how language varies depending on social factors such as gender or professions; how our language has developed over time and how children acquire language. Parts of the course also assess writing skills, with opportunities for original writing and opinion writing.


*Offered as an A Level and as a fourth AS subject

English Literature Standard entry requirements plus a grade 6 in both English Language and Literature at GCSE Students will study a range of texts, exploring 2 genres: tragedy and political & social protest writing. They study theories that have been written about these genres and make connections between texts:
• Two plays
• Two sets of poems
• Two modern novels
Students also conduct independent analysis of texts of their choice.
French Standard entry requirements, plus a minimum of a grade 6 in French.

Topics include aspects of French-speaking society, current trends and artistic culture in the French-speaking world. Students study a film and a book from the French speaking world and develop their grammatical accuracy.


*Offered as an A Level and as a fourth AS subject

Further Mathematics Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 7 in Maths at GCSE. Students must also have elected to study Maths at A Level and will study Further Maths as a 4th subject.

The A Level Further Mathematics course is split into mandatory content and options in a 1-1 split. The mandatory topics covered include Proof, Complex Numbers, Matrices, Further Algebra and Functions, Further Calculus, Further Vectors, Polar Coordinates, Hyperbolic Functions and Differential Equations.
In the options section, the topics covered can be drawn from Decision Mathematics and Further Pure. An AS qualification can be taken in Year 12.


*Offered as an A Level and as a fourth AS subject

Geography Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in Geography plus a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language or Literature at GCSE. This course offers the perfect environment for students to develop an awareness of the patterns, processes and relationships that characterise the physical and human environment. We look at a wide range of topics including Coastal Landscapes, The Nature of Changing Places, Global Migration, Disease Dilemmas, Life Support Systems, The Idea of Power and Sovereignty and Our Hazardous Earth. Geography is traditionally seen as a bridge between the Sciences and the Arts and is an excellent choice for students who want to keep their options open. It is considered a facilitating subject by the Russell Group of Universities.
German Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in German at GCSE.

Topics include aspects of German-speaking society, current trends and artistic culture in the German-speaking world. Students study a film and a book from the German-speaking world and develop their grammatical accuracy.


*Offered as an A Level and as a fourth AS subject

History Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in History plus a grade 5 in English Language or Literature at GCSE. Students will explore communist states in the 20th century, focusing on Russia from Lenin to Yeltsin and China under the leadership of Chairman Mao. The course will examine the key political, economic and social features of these countries. In Year 13, students develop their understanding of British history, focusing on major conflicts Britain has been involved in, from the Napoleonic Wars to the First World War. Students will also undertake a non-exam assessment unit on the Holocaust, developing key skills of analysis and evaluation.
Mathematics Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in Maths at GCSE.

The A Level Mathematics course is split into a 2:1 ratio of pure and applied content. Pure topics covered include Proof, Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus. In the Applied section, the topics covered are Data Presentation and Interpretation, Probability, Statistical Distributions, Hypothesis Testing, alongside Kinematics and Newton’s Laws. This course is perfect for students who enjoyed Mathematics at GCSE and is also recommended for students electing to take A Levels in a Science subject or Economics. An AS qualification can be taken in Year 12.


* The A Level assumes a lot of Grade 7 content and curriculum time is limited. As such, students who achieve a Grade 6 in Maths at GCSE will need to attend the Summer School in the last week of August to ensure that they have the necessary assumed knowledge.

Media Studies Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 5 in English Language or Literature. No previous Media Studies background is required but if the student sat GCSE Media Studies, at least a grade 5 is required. The A Level Media Studies course is designed to widen the intellectual horizons of our students through the analysis of both global and historical media. This course will foster the development of critical and reflective thinking to encourage engagement in the critical debates surrounding contemporary media with a focus on practical and analytical skills that are up to date and transferable. You will use industry standard software to explore media and create media related end products.
Music Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in GCSE Music or AB grade 5 in Performing and Theory. A Level Music offers students the opportunity to investigate, analyse and evaluate music and its features. By using practical methods, students are encouraged to take a more holistic view of their knowledge, performance and compositional skills. The set works enable students to conduct in-depth studies into different musical styles and genres, and place these within a wider context. The course is perfect for students of any musical background who wish to develop their understanding of a broad range of musical styles.
Photography Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 5 in an Art & Design GCSE. A grade 4 or above in English is highly recommended. Working on a series of briefs under the themes ‘Composition’, ‘Exposure’ and ‘Light’, this course will encourage you to develop your skills, creativity, imagination and independence based on personal experience and a variety of taught skills. You will work from our purpose built Mac Suite to experiment with pushing the boundaries of photography using Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, our wet dark room and studio lighting. In the second year you will set yourself a ‘Personal Investigation’ to examine using visual and written methods.
Physics Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in Maths plus 6-6 in Combined Science, or grade 6 in Physics.

A Level Physics takes you from the motion of everyday objects such as bikes and fair ground rides, electrical circuits and gases, to the sub atomic particles that make up atoms. At the other end of the scale we look at the forces that led to the formation of the universe and evidence used to determine its future fate. You will also do plenty of practical work and learn to work precisely and analyse the certainty of data. You will need strong maths skills to succeed on this course and many take an A Level in Maths to complement it.


*Offered as an A Level and as a fourth AS subject

Psychology Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 5 in English Language and Maths. No previous Psychology background is required but if the student sat GCSE Psychology, at least a grade 5 is required. Unit 1: You will explore how the human memory operates and how it can be distorted in our everyday life. Students will explore the concepts of conformity, obedience and how minority groups can make big changes in society. You will learn why people develop phobias, OCD and depression. The topic explores how we can treat these psychological disorders. The final part of Unit 1 is looking at attachment and early childhood.
Unit 2: Students will complete their own independent psychological study using their research methods knowledge. You will describe the different approaches in psychology; should we explain things biologically or are our behaviours due to our environment? Students will look at the brain and explain what can happen when we experience trauma.
Unit 3: Students will address the issues and debates in psychology. They will explain how we deal with ethical issues and why it is important to consider the different methods of investigation. Students will study three options including Gender, Forensic and Schizophrenia. They will be able to answer questions such as the influence of media and culture on gender, how prisoners can be rehabilitated and explain what the risk factors are in schizophrenia.
RS:Philosophy & Ethics Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 5 in English Language or Literature and a grade 5 in RS. A Level RS explores the responses to life’s most fundamental questions, helping students to reflect on their own beliefs and their place in the world. The course contains three components; Philosophy of Religion, Religion & Ethics, Developments in Christian Thought. The course will give you the opportunity to explore and challenge basic philosophical and ethical concepts and thinkers. You will also develop skills to examine arguments in a critical way to the highest academic standard. The course is perfect for students of all beliefs and none, who seek to understand the world around them in an open-minded way.
Sociology Standard entry requirements plus a Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a Grade 5 at GCSE in either: Geography, History or RS Sociology is the study of Human Social Relationships and Institutions. Sociology is an exciting field of study that analyses important matters in our personal lives, our communities and the world. In Year 12 students explore the topics of education, culture and identity. In Year 13 students study crime and deviance and the role of the media.
Spanish Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in Spanish at GCSE.

Topics include aspects of Spanish-speaking society, current trends and artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world. Students study a film and a book from the Spanish speaking world and develop their grammatical accuracy.


*Offered as an A Level and as a fourth AS subject

 

Vocational Subjects Entry Requirements Course Content
Applied Human Biology  Standard entry requirements plus Grade 5 in Biology or Grade 5-5 in Combined Science: Trilogy Students will study three mandatory units which give an overview of Human Biology
• Principles of Applied Human Biology (assessed externally)
• Practical Microbiology and Infectious Disease
• Human Biology and Health Issues (assessed externally)
• An optional unit - one of Functional Physiology; Diseases, Disorders, Treatments and Therapies, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Biomedical Science or Human Reproduction and Fertility.
There is a lot of overlap in content with A Level Biology (although this qualification is assessed differently). As such it is not suitable to study both qualifications in the same programme of study.
BTEC Business Studies A grade 4 in English Language or Literature and Maths. No previous Business Studies background is required but if the student sat GCSE Business Studies, at least a grade 4 is required and a Merit if they sat VCert Business. Anyone with a general interest in business news and current affairs will enjoy the course. BTEC Business covers aspects of business such as business structures, ethics and the law, the economy and its effects, finance, marketing and human resources, giving a broad picture of how businesses work in the real world. The transferable business skills that students will develop include teamwork, working independently, planning, time management, problem solving, and the effective use of I.C.T.
Applied Criminology A grade 4 in English Language and Literature. Unit 1 (internally assessed): Students will learn about the types of crime, what are the impacts of unreported crime and how the media represents crime. You will learn about how we can campaign for crime related changes and students will create their own campaign for change.
Unit 2 (externally assessed): Criminological theories is there to teach students about the origins of crime; is it society or biology? You will delve into whether it is useful for external bodies to study the theories of crime and whether they can help us to shape policies for social change.
Unit 3 (internally assessed): What is a crime scene like? How do we investigate crimes and process evidence effectively? Students will learn the process of criminal investigations including the processes in the actual trial. Students will use their critical thinking skills to review cases by looking for bias and the use of the media to assess the validity of the conviction.
Unit 4 (externally assessed): How do we create new laws? How is the criminal justice system organised? This unit will assess students on how the criminal justice system works, the forms of punishment and how external agencies can influence social control. Students will draw conclusions about the effectiveness of punishment and how social control can be achieved.
Health & Social Care Extended A grade 4 in English Language or Literature. No previous Health and Social Care background is required but if the student studied Health and Social Care Level 2, at least a Merit is required. Unit 1: Human lifespan development
Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care
Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives
Health & Social Care Diploma A grade 4 in English Language or Literature. No previous Health and Social Care background is required but if the student has taken Health and Social Level 2, at least a Merit is required. *The Health and Social Care Extended Certificate must also be selected alongside the Diploma. Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development
Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care
Unit 4 Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
Unit 7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
Unit 8: Promoting Public Health
Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care
Unit 19: Nutrition
Sport Extended  A grade 4 in English Language or Literature and Maths. A grade 4 is required at GCSE PE or a Merit if they sat the Cambridge National Level 2 Sport Science. Unit 1: Anatomy & Physiology
Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
Unit 3: Sports Leadership
Unit 4: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
Sport Diploma A grade 4 in English Language or Literature and Maths. A grade 4 is required at GCSE PE or a Merit if they sat the Cambridge National Level 2 Sport Science. *The Sport Extended Certificate must also be selected alongside the Sport Diploma. Unit 1: Anatomy & Physiology
Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
Unit 3: Sports Leadership
Unit 4: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing
Unit 7: Practical Team Sports
Unit 18: Work Experience
Unit 22: Investigating Business in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
Unit 23: Skill Acquisition in Sport
Tourism Applied Diploma  A grade 4 in English Language or Literature and Maths. No previous Travel and Tourism experience required but if a student has taken Travel and Tourism at least a Merit is required. The Applied Diploma in Tourism is a dynamic and engaging course which allows the exploration of a far-reaching and growing industry. Students will study 4 units. Unit 1 takes an in-depth look at the UK as a tourist destination, exploring what attracts visitors, the reputation of the UK abroad, marketing campaigns and the future for the UK tourism industry. Unit 2 explores worldwide tourist destinations, looking at motivations for travelling, the types of holiday available and the factors which contribute to the appeal of different destinations. Unit 3 focuses on the dynamic nature of the industry and the different factors which can have an impact on travel. Finally, Unit 4 looks at event and itinerary planning and requires students to organise and conduct an event, learning about the business management, legalities and health and safety involved in managing events of this nature.

For further information regarding subjects please visit the individual subject pages here

 

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Day 2 complete. The ladies powered their way through and made fantastic progress. A little bit of an earlier finish as a treat. Parents we have brought the pick up time forward to 5pm. https://t.co/nGNbCyJpeM
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Parents of students on the silver trip please check your emails for an update on today’s finish location. I have given over some finer details of today’s finishing location as when I made my way to the finish I discovered that the farm has 2 sites on the same road.