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Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5 - Art

Key Stage 5 Overview

During the A level course students will build upon their knowledge, skills and techniques learnt during their GCSE. Students will be encouraged to explore a range of different materials, techniques and processes.

A Level Art

  • Subject: Art Introduction to the course. Learning about presentation of work, the work of Artists and how to analysis and create interpretations of their work. 
  • Students will now be moving onto creating their own work inspired by an aspect they have studied in the introduction to the course. They will respond to a project brief, take Photographs, draw, paint, and use a range of materials and techniques to investigate there chosen theme and artist. Student’s will continue to refine their ideas and the presentation of their work, developing and refining their ideas into final pieces. 
  • 1ST February will see students begin their exam Students develop the own interpretations of exam question, working through the process of refining idea and developing their own interpretations from research          

         Exam week- Students work independently to create their final responses skills

 

  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Presentation techniques
  • Photography 
  • Drawing, painting collage
  • Other appropriate artistic techniques      Idea development – review, refine, modify
  • Creating a response to the project. 
  • Presentation Research 
  • Development
  • (Individual skills relating directly to the direction in which each student’s 

Key Stage 5 - Graphics

A Level Graphics

  • Introduction to the course. Learning about sketchbook presentation, the work of key designers and how to analysis and create interpretations of their work. Students will also refine their Photoshop skills. Students will also stretch their knowledge of technical aspects of Graphic design such as Colour Theory, Typography and Composition.
  • Students will now be moving onto creating their own work inspired by their analysis. They will respond to a design brief, take Photographs, draw, create stencils and work digitally to design a range of products Student’s will continue to refine their design ideas and the presentation of their work, developing and refining their ideas into final pieces. 
  • 1ST February will see them begin their exam Students develop the own interpretations of exam brief, working through the process of refining idea and developing their own interpretations from research         
  • Exam week Students work independently refining their design ideas, presenting their work and developing their final responses. 

 

Skills

 

  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Presentation techniques
  • Photoshop techniques
  • Colour Theory, typography and layout
  • Photography 
  • Drawing
  • Stencilling
  • Photoshop
  • Design development 
  • Drawing
  • Stencilling

Key Stage 5 - Photography

A Level Photography

  • Introduction to the course. Learning about presentation of work, the work of artists/photographers and how to analysis and create interpretations of their work. 
  • Students will also refine their technical skills, particularly anyone who did not study Photography, Graphics or Art at GCSE Level. Students will also stretch their knowledge of techniques with a variety of workshops introducing them to new process and media. 
  • Students will work on mini-projects during this term, which will allow them to learn and display new techniques. The projects will cover various topics and have a different focus for each so the students explore a wide range of things during the early stages of the course.
  • Students will now be moving onto creating their own work inspired by an aspect they have studied in the introduction to the course. They will respond to a project brief, take Photographs, draw, and use a range of materials and techniques to investigate their chosen theme and artist/photographer. Students will continue to refine their ideas and the presentation of their work, developing and refining their ideas into final pieces. 
  • 1ST February will see them begin their exam       
  • Students develop their own interpretations of exam question, working through the process of refining idea and developing their own interpretations from research          Exam week
  • Students work independently to create their final responses 

skills

  • Research 
  • Analysis
  • Presentation
  • Photography
  • Photoshop
  • Drawing
  • Technical skills (Individual skills relating to question/ project and research inspiration selected) development
  • Artistic skills
  • Presentation

Key Stage 5 - Business & Economics

Key Stage 5 Overview

Year 12 Business

  • meeting customer needs
  • the market
  • marketing mix and strategy
  • managing people
  • entrepreneurs and leaders
  • raising finance
  • financial planning
  • managing finance
  • resource management
  • external influences

Year 13 Business

  • business objectives and strategy
  • business growth
  • decision-making techniques
  • influences on business decisions
  • assessing competitiveness
  • managing change
  • globalisation
  • global markets and business
  • expansion
  • global marketing
  • global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

Year 12 Economics

  • nature of economics
  • how markets work
  • market failure
  • government intervention
  • measures of economic performance
  • aggregate demand
  • aggregate supply              national income
  • economic growth
  • macroeconomic objectives and policy

 

Year 13 Economics

 

  • business growth
  • business objectives
  • revenues, costs and profits
  • market structures
  • labour market
  • government intervention
  • international economics
  • poverty and inequality
  • emerging and developing economies
  • the financial sector
  • role of the state in the macroeconomy.

 

 

Key Stage 5 - English

Key Stage 5 Overview

At KS5 our aim is to introduce a mixture of traditional and modern texts in a variety of exciting ways to students. Through the study of either the A Level English Language course or the A Level English Literature course, students study a range of texts including novels, poems, song lyrics, formal reports, broadsheet news articles, plays, advertisements and creative writing pieces in order for them to develop their own critical and analytical style of writing.   

Year 12

  • English Literature  - First readings and analysis of   
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, 
  • Mean Time by Carol  Ann Duffy, 
  • The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin,   The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster   The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
  • English Language
  • An  introduction to language study - Using mini-texts, to introduce students to language methods and concepts
  • Looking at varieties of language use – through regional and national variation and gender differences
  • Examining language diversity – Consolidating the understanding of accent/ dialect with consideration of applied theorists.
  • Exploring how language has changed over time.

  

Year 13

  • English Literature  - Students will complete their coursework piece – a 3500 word essay comparing any 2 novels, one of which has to have been written post 2000. 
  • Comparing texts – 
  • The Duchess of Malfi and A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Mean Time and The Whitsun Weddings
  • Revision of The Tempest
  • How to approach the analysis of and unseen poem
  • How to approach the analysis of an unseen prose passage
  • How to use critical theory in the analysis of prose passages written in the 19th century. 
  • English Language-
  • Students will complete their coursework piece- a Language investigation, original writing piece and commentary on his piece. 
  • Child language development
  • World Englishes
  • Language Change

 

Key Stage 5 - Geography

Key Stage 5 Overview

At Key Stage 5 students will have two teachers for A Geography. In Year 12 we focus on Hazards, Changing Places, Global Governance and coasts. In Year 13 students again will have 2 teachers and we focus on Changing Urban Environments, water and carbon cycles and completing their individual piece of fieldwork.  All units are studied across all terms.  The exam board studied at A Level is AQA.

Year 12

  • Changing Places. - This unit  focuses on people's engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them, all of which are of fundamental importance in their lives. Students acknowledge this importance and engage with how places are known and experienced, how their character is appreciated, the factors and processes which impact upon places and how they change and develop over time
  • Changing urban environments - This unit will looks at the how more of the people are living in towns and cities and what issues that creates for countries in the rich and poor world and how urban areas can be managed to be more sustainable.
  • Hazards – The theory of plate tectonics, and investigation of a variety of hazards including earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms and wild fires, the impacts on the local population and how people try and manage these events.  
  • Coasts. This section of our specification focuses on coastal zones, which are dynamic environments in which landscapes develop by the interaction of winds, waves, currents and terrestrial and marine sediments. Student engagement with subject content fosters an informed appreciation of the beauty and diversity of coasts and their importance as human habitats.

Year 13

Water and carbon cycles – This unit Systems in physical geography: systems concepts and their application to the water and carbon cycles inputs – outputs, energy, stores/components, flows/transfers, positive/negative feedback, dynamic equilibrium.

  • Global Governance – The impact of Globalisation on people in the world today and how globalisation can be governed.

 

  • Coursework – Each student completes an individual piece of coursework of their choice which is worth 20% of final marks.

 

Key Stage 5 - History

Key Stage 5 Overview

At Key Stage 5 students will have two teachers for A Level History. In Year 12 one teacher will focus on America 1920-1955 and the other will focus on Britain 1918-1997. In Year 13 students again will have 2 teachers one will focus on the Witch craze unit, the other on the coursework unit.  All units are studied across all terms.  The exam board studied at A Level is Edexcel.

Year 12

  • American 1920-1955. From boom to bust to recovery. (Paper 2)
  • Britain 1918-1979. Examining the social, economic, political and cultural changes (Paper 1 part b)
  • Interpretations of Thatcher and her legacy 1979-1997. Examining the policies of Thatcher and her impact on Britain. (Paper 1 part b)

 

Year 13

  • The witch craze in Britain, Europe and America 1580-1750. This unit looks at 5 key 5 crazes (including Salem and Pendle) and why the witch craze ended. (Paper 3)
  • Coursework. At present the theme for this coursework is the long term causes of World War One.  (coursework) 

 

Key Stage 5 - Home Technology

Key Stage 5 Overview

The Level 3 Btec qualifications offered are designed to ensure that the students increase their knowledge of the sector; the Extended Certificates are compromised by 4 units which are a mixture of external exams and coursework. The Extended

Certificates are suitable for students wanting to go onto further study at university or look for an apprenticeship within their specific sector; they offer students a range of experiences and opportunities to further their personal knowledge.

Year 12- H&S

  • Human growth and development
  • Factors affecting growth and development 
  • Impact of life events on relationships, health and wellbeing
  • Working in the health and social care sector 
  • Roles and responsibilities of professionals within the sector
  • Statutory guidance and procedures for working within the sector

Year 12- CPLD

  • The principles of growth and development
  • Physical development
  • Theoretical approaches to cognition, language and communication development
  • Theories of social and emotional development 
  • The role of speech, communication and language in children’s development
  • Supporting children’s literacy and numeracy skills through speech, communication and language development
  • Approaches to the varied needs of individual children

Year 13- H&S

  • Understanding the roles of individuals within multidisciplinary teams 
  • Planning care and support for individuals with additional needs 
  • Roles and responsibilities of professionals when working with individuals with additional needs
  • Statutory guidance and procedures for working within the sector

Year 13- CPLD

  • Examine types of play and learning activities and the benefits for children’s learning and development 
  • Investigate theoretical perspectives to learning and development, curriculum approaches to play and their influence ion current early years practice.  
  • Demonstrate skills required by early years professionals to support children’s purposeful play and learning opportunities 
  • Investigate legal responsibilities and approaches to health and safety in early years settings
  • Explore procedures for prevention and control of infection in early years settings
  • Examine how early years professionals safeguard children and respond to concerns that a child has been abused

Demonstrate how to recognise and assess the hazards and risks to children and respond to emergencies in an early years setting

Key Stage 5 - Latin

Key Stage 5 Overview

We offer two A-Levels: Latin and Classical Civilisation.

A-Level Latin

A Level in Latin builds on the GCSE, introducing students to a greater range of vocabulary, accidence and syntax. This requires the detailed study of prose and verse literature, inspiring and motivating learners to gain a deeper understanding of the life and culture of the ancient world.

Year 12

  • Verse Literature: Virgil, Aeneid, Book VIII 86–279, 558–584
  • Prose Literature: Cicero, Pro Milone, 24–32, 34–35, 43–52 
  • Unseen translation and comprehension
  • Latin accidence and syntax

Year 13

  • Verse Literature: Virgil, Aeneid, Book X, 215–250, 260–307, 362–398, 426–542
  • English: Virgil, Aeneid Book X
  • Prose Literature: Cicero, Pro Milone, 53–64 (… defendere), 72–80
  • English: Cicero, Pro Milone, 43–52, 65–71, 98–105

 

A-Level Classical Civilisation

The study of A-level Classical Civilisation allows students to look at many aspects of the classical world which are significant in the development of the modern world. The two year course provides the opportunity to study aspects of both ancient Greece and Rome via a mix of literature, historical sources and archaeology.

Year 12

  • The world of the hero: Homer’s Odyssey and Illiad plus Vergil’s Aeneid
  • Greek Art: Mythology, Freestanding Sculpture

Year 13

  • Greek Art: Architectural sculpture, and Greek vases
  • Politics of the Late Republic: the history of the Roman Republic and the rise of the principate.

 

Key Stage 5 - Maths

Key Stage 5 Overview

A-level Maths provides students with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A-level Maths make sure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas.

 

Year 12

  • Pure –  Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry, Calculus
  • Statistics – Probability, Hypothesis testing, Handling and interpreting data
  • Mechanics – Constant acceleration formula, Forces and motion, Variable acceleration

Year 13

  • Pure – Further calculus, Exponentials and logs, Sequences and series, Trigonometry
  • Statistics – Statistical distributions, Conditional probability, Regression         Mechanics – Moments, Projectiles, Further forces and motion

 

Key Stage 5 - Psychology

Key Stage 5 Overview

Year 12 Psychology

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Abnormality            Attachment
  • Research Methods 

 

Year 13 Psychology

  • Biopsychology
  • Issues and Debates in Psychology
  • Schizophrenia
  • Aggression
  • Relationships

 

Key Stage 5 - RE

Key Stage 5 RE Overview

A-level Religious Studies 

Religious studies is a thought provoking subject with contemporary themes. Religious Studies is a diversified and multi-faceted discipline focusing on the study of specific traditions and the general nature of religion as a human phenomenon. It spans cultures around the world, ancient as well as modern. It also combines a variety of methodologies — including but not limited to textual, historical, literary, social scientific, philosophical, and art-historical approaches. Choosing Religious Studies can provide excellent training for a variety of careers, such as law, teaching, counselling, business, journalism, politics, writing, medicine, and the arts

Year 12

 Section A: Philosophy of religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death.

 Section B: Ethics and religion

  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Introduction to meta ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant.

 

Year 13

Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues

  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • God/gods/ultimate reality
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expression of religious identity
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Religion and religious pluralism.

Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion.

How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.

Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion. How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

 

Key Stage 5 - Science

Key Stage 5 Overview

There are 6 x 50 minute lessons per week for each KS5 subject. Each subject has their own schedule for assessments, homeworks and independent learning however there are college scheduled monitoring points throughout the year and also two PPE series for each year group. The A level subjects have an assessment of practical competency.

Year 12

Year 13

A level Biology

 

  • Classification and biodiversity)
  • Genetics
  • Sexual reproduction – humans and plants
  • Inheritance
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Enzymes
  • Population and ecosystems

 

A level Biology

 

  • ATP
  • Microbiology
  • Evolution
  • Adaptations for gas exchange
  • Adaptations for transport
  • Adaptations for nutrition
  • Homeostasis and the kidney
  • Nervous system
  • Immunology

There will be three exam papers worth 331/3% each. Each paper is two hours long. There will be a range of short and longer structured compulsory questions. There will be an optional unit.

A level Chemistry

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding 
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria
  • Oxidation, reduction and Redox
  • Periodicity
  • Group 2
  • Group 7
  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Haloalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis

 

A level Chemistry

  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant Kc
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  • Acids and bases
  • Transition metals
  • Aqueous solutions
  • Optical isomers
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Aromatics chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins, DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • NMR
  • Chromatography

There will be three exam papers at the end of the course worth 35%, 35% and 30%. Each paper is 2 hours long. The types of questions will be short and long answer, questions on practical techniques and data analysis and multiple choice questions.

A level Physics

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

A level Physics

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astrophysics* (optional unit)

There will be three exam papers at the end of the course worth 34%, 34% and 32%. Each paper is 2 hours long. The types of questions will be short and long answer, questions on practical experiments and data analysis and multiple choice questions.

BTEC Applied Science BTEC Applied Science

  • Unit 2 – Practical scientific  Unit 1 – Principles and Applications procedures and techniques of Science
  • Unit 3 – Science investigation skills
  • Unit 16 – Astronomy and Space Science* (optional unit)

Unit 1 and 3 are assessed externally. Unit 1 is a written exam and unit 3 is a set task involving a practical investigation. Unit 2 and 16 are assessed internally.

 

  

Key Stage 5 - Sociology

Key Stage 5 Overview

 

Year 12 Sociology

  • Education
  • Theory and Methods
  • Families and Households

 

Year 13 Sociology

  • The Media
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Theory and Methods

 

Key Stage 5 - Spanish

Key Stage 5 Overview

At A Level Spanish, the students study four main Themes; Aspects of Hispanic society: current trends, Artistic culture in the Hispanic world, Multiculturalism in Hispanic society, Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world. Each Theme is divided into three sub-themes, making a total of twelve to study during the course. The students develop their linguistic, cultural and grammatical knowledge of the Hispanic world using the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. In Year 1, the students complete a film study and in Year 2 they study a literary text as well as completing their own Independent Research Project on an Hispanic area of their choice.

Year 12 

  • Modern and traditional values – family changes, marriage and divorce and the influence of the Catholic Church
  • Cyberspace – the influence of the Internet, smart phones and social networks
  • Equality of the sexes -  women in the world of work, feminism, the rights of gay and transgendered people
  • The influence of idols – singers and musicians, TV and cinema stars and models
  • Regional identity in Spain – traditions and customs, food and languages
  • Cultural heritage – historical sites and pre-hispanic civilizations, art and architecture and music
  • Volver - film study

Year 13

  • Immigration – benefits and negatives and illegal immigrants
  • Racism – racist and xenophobic attitudes and the laws
  • Integration – culture, education and religion
  • Youth of today – politics, unemployment and an ideal society
  • Monarchies and dictatorships – Franco, Monarchy in Spain, Latin American dictators
  • Popular movements – strikes and demonstrations and the power of the Unions
  • Como agua para chocolate – literary text
  • Independent Research Project

 

For further information on the Curriculum Programme please contact the Deputy Head Teacher - Mr E. Kirk via Telephone: 01204 301351 or via Email: Contact@thornleigh.bolton.sch.uk