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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 new curriculum has been designed with this in mind and reflects closely the national developments post-16 and post-18. Our new curriculum plan for September 2017 includes a programme of 3 A Levels or mixed A level and vocational subjects in over 28 subjects.
|A Level Subjects||Entry Requirements||Course Content|
|Art, Craft and Design||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 4 in an Art & Design GCSE qualification.||
With our excellent facilities and track record of success students can be confident in taking an Art A level at Waingels as it will provide an in-depth, enjoyably and challenging study of a creative area of choice. A highly personalised coursework project leads to exciting and authentic outcomes for students. For example, last year a behind the scenes tour of Reading Football club led to a dynamic design for six posters celebrating the clubs history. And a trip to the Vision exhibition at the Science museum resulted in an A* Textiles project looking at the eye and mark making. An exquisite sketchbook was produced alongside the project with annotation in braille so that visually impaired audiences could access it.
Art, Craft and Design
Our Art, Craft and Design course aims to support all creative learners in their chosen area of study. Painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, textiles and graphics are all available to our students to pursue, with many opting for more mixed media approached to their work. A designated Sixth Form classroom is available for students to work in during their free periods.
|Biology||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in Maths and a grade 5 in English Language or Literature plus 6-6 in combined Science, or grade 6 in Biology and Chemistry.||
A level Biology explores and develops deeper understanding of the Science of living things. It is a mixture of scientific method, problem solving, practical skills and socially relevant content.
|Business Studies||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in Maths, and a grade 5 in English Language or Literature. No previous Business Studies background is required but if the student sat GCSE Business Studies, then at least a grade C is necessary.||
Many Business Studies students go on to study Business or Business-related degrees such as Business Management, Marketing, Finance and Accounting, International Business, Economics and Politics, Personnel Management and a lot more. We offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities including work experience, guest speakers and participation in enterprise activities.
Anyone with a general interest in business structures, ethics, the economy, finance, marketing, human resources or management will enjoy the course. It helps students: develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value; become aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders; acquire a range of skills including decision-making and problem-solving and be aware of the current structure of business.
|Chemistry||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in Maths and 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.|
|Computer Science||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.||
Computer Science is a well regarded A level. A number of our students continue their studies on to degree level very successfully. With a Computer Science A level, students can prove to employers and universities that they are analytical, articulate, logical and able to problem solve.
This Computer Science course is relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. This A Level in Computer Science values computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. Learners will develop an ability to analyse, critically evaluate and make decisions. The project approach is a vital component of ‘post-school’ life and is of particular relevance to Further Education, Higher Education and the workplace. Each learner has the opportunity to tailor their project to fit their individual needs, choices and aspirations.
This A Level consists of three externally-examined papers. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.
|Drama & Theatre Studies||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 5 in English Language or Literature. A grade 4 or above in GCSE Drama is an advantage but not a requirement.||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 5 in English Literature or Language. No previous Economics background is required but if the student sat GCSE Economics then at least a grade B is necessary.||The course applies economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts to explain real world phenomena. It helps students to see how Economics contributes to the wider political and social environment; 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 5 in both English Language and English Literature.||In this course, the students will study many different aspects of language, ranging from the language used by different social groups to the development of language in young children. The first section of the A level exam requires a close reading of texts and an exploration of the different aspects of language used; there is also an assessment of a student’s writing skills. There are two Non Examined Assessments on this course. The first requires students to produce a personal investigation in to any aspect of language that interests them, collecting and analysing their own personal data. The second piece is a creative writing task.|
|English Literature||Standard entry requirements plus a grade 6 in both English Language and English Literature.||Students on this course study a variety of texts (poetry, prose and drama) through the lens of a particular genre. For Paper 1, they will explore texts that could be considered tragedies (Othello by William Shakespeare, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and poetry by John Keats). In the second year of the course, students consider elements of texts that are considered Political and Social Protest writing (The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Kiterunner by Khaled Hosseini and poetry by William Blake). In their Non Examined Assessments, students apply their knowledge of literary criticism to the poetry and novels 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.
|Further Mathematics||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 7 in Maths at GCSE. Students must have also chosen to study the Maths A Level.||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.|
|Geography||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in Geography, and a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language or Literature.||Students will be assessed through 4 units. Unit 1: Physical Systems will be examined through a 1-hour 30-minute paper and is worth 22% of the overall grade. Unit 2: Human Interactions will be examined through a 1-hour 30-minute paper and is worth 22% of the overall grade. Unit 3: Geographical Debates will be examined through a 2-hour 30-minute paper and is worth 36% of the overall grade. Unit 4: Investigative Geography is a 3,000-word report on a topic of the students’ choice and is worth 20% of the overall grade. The coursework will utilise the data collected on a 5-day field trip to Barcelona in the spring term of Year 12.|
|German||Standard entry requirements, plus a minimum of a grade 6 in German.||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.|
|History||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 5 in English Language or Literature and a grade 6 in History||History at A Level is a popular choice with many students choosing to study this further at university. Students study four units; Communist China, Communist Russia, The Changing nature of British Warfare and conduct a coursework investigation on the Holocaust. Students broaden their historical skills; learn to debate, reach a sustained argument and question interpretations. A Level History can prepare students for work in many fields including media, journalism, law and civil service.|
|Mathematics||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in Maths at GCSE.||This qualification enables students to understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study. Students learn how different areas of mathematics are connected, how to apply mathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general. Students use their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly.|
|Media Studies||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 4 in English Language or Literature. Students who have studied Media Studies at GCSE will have achieved a C grade or higher.||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. Students will use industry standard software to explore media and create a media related end products.|
|Music||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 6 in GCSE Music or AB grade 5 in Performing and Theory.||Students will focus on three main areas in Year 12 and then an extended version of these areas in Year 13 based on the EDEXCEL syllabus. They will study a variety of set works that are related to a written exam, perform a solo on their chosen instrument and compose a piece based on a brief, chosen by the exam board. Students who study Music at A Level often go on to study a variety of university courses leading to careers in performing arts, teaching (primary, secondary and/or peripatetic), the music industry (composer, lyric writer, producer) and performing/orchestral work.|
|Photography||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 4 in an Art and Design GCSE qualification.||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 and 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 fairground 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. Students 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.|
|Psychology|| A minimum of a GCSE grade 6 in English
Language and Maths. GCSE grade C or 4 in either RS, Psychology or
|Unit 1: You will explore how human memory works and how reliable the
human memory might be. You will learn how children attach themselves
to their parents and the effects of day-care. Social psychology will
explore the concepts of conformity and obedience to authority.
Unit 2: Within this unit you will explore research methods and conduct
your own psychological study. You will learn the structure of the brain.
You will examine different psychological approaches.
Unit 3: Currently you will study the development of gender. Within
Forensic Psychology you will explore offender profiling and explanations
for offending. You will conduct a detailed study of schizophrenia.
|RS:Philosophy & Ethics||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 5 in English Language or Literature & a grade C or grade 4 in one of the following subjects: RS, History or Psychology.||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 C grade at GCSE in either: Geography, History, RS, Economics or Psychology.||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 minimum of a grade 6 in Spanish.||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.|
|BTEC Subjects||Entry Requirements||Course Content|
|Business Studies||Minimum 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, Grade 4 in English Literature or Language and Maths. A grade D is required if the student studied GCSE Business Studies.||BTEC Business covers aspects of business such as Business Structures, Ethics, The Economy, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources and Management, 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.|
|Health & Social Care||Standard entry requirements, plus a grade 4 in English Language/Literature and Maths.||The new Level 3 NQF Course in Health and Social Care was launched in September 2016. The Level 3 Diploma consists of 9 units, of which, 6 are mandatory and 3 which have externally set exams related to Human Lifespan Development, Anatomy and Physiology and working in Health and Social Care. In Year 12 the Extended Certificate will be completed, building up to the Diploma at the end of Year 13.|
|Sport- Extended Diploma||Standard entry requirements and preferably at least a grade 5 at GCSE PE or Merit in Cambridge National Level 2 Sport Science.||Pearson has developed the content of the BTEC in collaboration with employers and representatives from higher education and relevant professional bodies to ensure that content is up to date and that it includes the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes required in sport. The mandatory and optional content provides a balance of breadth and depth, while retaining a degree of choice for individual learners to study content relevant to their own interests and progression. The content may be applied during delivery in a way that is relevant to the student and local employment needs.|
|Travel and Tourism||Standard entry requirements||Students will study three mandatory units which incorporate the travel and tourism industry: • Different types of destination and their importance • Customer service • Optional unit, which is likely to be visitor attractions. * This course is currently pending accreditation from the DfE, so the course content may be subject to change.|
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