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12/10/19

Retweeted From SST Maidstone

Some of our prospective students enjoying a science lesson as part of our open event this morning! https://t.co/1wmSGPbdd4

11/10/19

Invicta Grammar School, Year 11 on Leysdown Beach. https://t.co/QS3Kdfup7G

11/10/19

Today's non-uniform theme... eco-festival, and we have raised a fantastic amount of 1332.20! https://t.co/xgHQb78AEk

10/10/19

To celebrate the library would like to introduce the latest collection of wellbeing books. https://t.co/ZaKbsX2K4t

10/10/19

Well done to our Under 14 football team who won 6-0 against John Wallis in the first round of the Kent Schools Cup! https://t.co/Q273CYKZ75

10/10/19

Year 7 students loved welcoming their former Headteachers on Tuesday for a tour of the school, a look at all the work they have done this term and a catch up! https://t.co/Bl8fp74X5a

10/10/19

Yesterday, 11 students in Years 9-12 visited the University of Kent to complete their own research projects. They will be presenting their findings on Wednesday, 4 December! https://t.co/fx0qULR3St

09/10/19

The 'roots and shoots' POP group have been busy this afternoon painting their bird boxes along with preparing old tires to be reused as plant pots. We are looking forward to seeing the final outcome! https://t.co/C9AAD22oLj

09/10/19

Great work Poppy! https://t.co/Kz9rUtV9Cj

09/10/19

Retweeted From Loose Primary School

Mrs Makey and Miss Burman were lucky enough to visit some of our ex pupils in their new schools. We are so proud of you and it was amazing to see how much you’ve grown up. Thank you for having us https://t.co/yhU4Sr5viK

09/10/19

On Thursday, we welcomed prospective students and their parents to our 11+ Open Evening. They had the opportunity to tour the school and meet students and teachers. It was lovely to meet everyone and we cannot wait to welcome them back to Invicta very soon! https://t.co/TFIND5BIPz

07/10/19

Year 7 have enjoyed an Astronomy Show in a Planetarium today. They have learnt all about navigating the night sky, eclipses, phases of the moon and explanations of planets and how stars are formed from collapsing nebula. https://t.co/H0GPtThxXS

07/10/19

Some great ideas for the brain teasers and logic puzzle from Isla in Year 5, following on from our Maths Workshop on Saturday. Great work Isla! https://t.co/UBMHU4ixyt

04/10/19

Yesterday we welcomed Eastfield Care Home to a poetry workshop ran by Year 12 students. It was a lovely afternoon with cake, laughter and lots of great poetry reading! https://t.co/XrmXmIz0Ob

04/10/19

On Thursday 3 October, Year 7 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group for the fourth day in a row – a new school record! Well done Year 7, keep up the good work!

04/10/19

It is great to hear you enjoyed the evening! https://t.co/LWi6vDnXQe

03/10/19

Today Year 7 and 8 students celebrated National Poetry Day by completing a range of creative tasks based on the poetry they have been studying this term. https://t.co/vN9NXcyiCX

03/10/19

We look forward to welcoming all prospective students and parents to our Open Evening tonight. To get the most from the evening we recommend you download a QR Code Scanning App and the Kahoot App.

02/10/19

The display is up! With our first ‘Female Lead of the Month’ being https://t.co/t2slmcMGdw

01/10/19

Year 7 have been tasting roasted crickets in Geography this week to help them decide whether insects are a reliable (and tasty) food source for the future. https://t.co/xMHVPHwgVg

01/10/19

How thoughtful of her, get well soon!

01/10/19

On Tuesday 1 October, Year 7 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group for the second day in a row. Well done Year 7, keep up the good work!

01/10/19

400 hand crafted cranes by students - all with unique messages to showcase the importance of being kind. Now on display in reception. https://t.co/1TPZtBdFAi

30/09/19

On Monday 30 September, Year 7 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group. Well done Year 7, keep up the good work!

27/09/19

The was a success! Thank you to all staff and students who came along today, and to those who donated such yummy treats!🧁 https://t.co/SQlKptuG6a

27/09/19

We are ready for the cake sale! https://t.co/jkVNsjdXgl

27/09/19

Our Sixth Form Prefects are ready and waiting for the cake donations to flood in this morning for our coffee morning! Which house will raise the most money this year? https://t.co/EaDb4qiGHr

26/09/19

Year 7 explored the school rounds in Physics today, investigating the effect different surfaces had on the gravitational energy store of the first bounce compared to the gravitational energy store the ball had just before it was first dropped! https://t.co/zp0BQtZFbj

26/09/19

Special congratulations to 8V who challenged themselves to have a whole lesson in French where their teacher (Mrs Vincent) only spoke French! Students did a fantastic job of helping each other understand instructions and have already planned their next class challenge!

25/09/19

Year 8 have been investigating the gravitational field strength of different planets and its effect on weight in Physics today. https://t.co/PUemZ8by5S

24/09/19

On Tuesday 24 September, Year 7 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group. Well done Year 7, keep up the good work!

23/09/19

On Saturday we also welcomed our Alumni for Afternoon Tea. We had a lovely afternoon hearing stories about their time at Invicta as well as hearing about all the great things they have achieved since leaving us! https://t.co/5fOVf280we

23/09/19

We welcome the outstanding Wolfe Duo for a concert in the auditorium tomorrow at 5.30pm. Joseph (violin) and Anthony (piano) will be playing works including Brahms Sonata in A Major, and entry (on the door) is £5 adults/£3 students, which includes free tea and home made cake!

21/09/19

The Autumn Fair is well underway, with lots of great stalls and talented acts! Why not head over and join the fun? https://t.co/qtmPsjRZHA

20/09/19

We look forward to welcoming you all to Invicta tomorrow, for a day of family fun! https://t.co/bSORoLuG3N

19/09/19

Our Leadership Fair on Tuesday gave students the chance to see what opportunities are available to them, and how to apply! https://t.co/JGf5QVPtm7

16/09/19

Congratulations to all the students who participated in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Involving borrowing books from the school library and writing a review for each. Jessie-Mae in 8I was the winner of the prize draw! https://t.co/cYSch98q37

16/09/19

Year 7 had a fun-filled team building day on Friday , a perfect end to their second week at Invicta! https://t.co/PMYC86Fy6q

12/09/19

Our Year 8 buddies have visited the girls at their welcome drinks answering all questions and sharing their top tips for surviving Year 7! https://t.co/CmsrQbdkXw

12/09/19

Starting secondary - BBC Bitesize offers advice and support to help with the move! https://t.co/UOET8h9G5R

Key Stage 5 Curriculum: Years 12 and 13

A Personalised and Academic Sixth Form Curriculum 

We design an academic Sixth Form curriculum to prepare our students for higher education - including study at Oxford, Cambridge, the Russell Group and other world class universities - and high quality employment. We offer a wide choice of 28 A level subjects, from Art and Design to Further Mathematics, from Music to Product Design 3D and many more. Click here for the latest Sixth Form Course Directory.

In addition, a large number of our Sixth Formers pursue the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification. 

A level subjects on offer at Invicta Grammar School:

A-Level Art and Design

Subject: Art

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 13. 15 hrs.

Topics Covered

  • Observational drawing
  • Tonal description
  • Colour Theory
  • Texture
  • Colour mixing
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sculpture
  • Photoshop
  • Printing – monoprinting, lino printing
  • Photography
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Conceptual development
  • Life Drawing and anatomy

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Nelson Thornes GCE Art & Design Handbook

Recommended Reading List

  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk
  • Story of Art By E.H Gombrich – Phaidon
  • The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change by Robert Hughes
  • The 20th Century Art book By Phaidon Press Ltd
  • The Art Book By Phaidon

Useful Tips

  • Ensure that ideas connect to your artist research.
  • Produce your own reference imagery
  • Develop your ideas thoroughly by exploring and experimenting with artist techniques.
  • Ensure that all evidence is recorded within your portfolio.

Subject: Art

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 13. 15 hours.

Topics Covered

  • Observational drawing
  • Tonal description
  • Colour Theory
  • Texture
  • Colour mixing
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sculpture
  • Photoshop
  • Printing – monoprinting, lino printing
  • Photography
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Conceptual development
  • Life Drawing and anatomy

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Nelson Thornes GCE Art & Design Handbook
  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk

Recommended Reading List

  • Nelson Thornes GCE Art & Design Handbook
  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk
  • Story of Art By E.H Gombrich – Phaidon
  • The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change by Robert Hughes
  • The 20th Century Art book By Phaidon Press Ltd
  • The Art Book By Phaidon

Useful Tips

  • Ensure that ideas connect to your artist research.
  • Produce your own reference imagery
  • Develop your ideas thoroughly by exploring and experimenting with artist techniques.
  • Ensure that all evidence is recorded within your portfolio.

 

A-Level Art Textiles

Subject: Art Textiles

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 15 hour practical exam at the end of Year 13
  • Portfolio to be completed Year 12 into Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Exploration of surface decoration techniques; printing, dyeing, weaving, knitting, stitching, embellishment, fabric manipulation and digital processes
  • Drawing skills; experimentation considering visual and tactile elements such as colour, line, texture, shape and pattern
  • Fashion Illustration techniques
  • Use of contextual sources to inspire the development of ideas including: the work of artists, craftspeople or designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures 

Recommended Extra Resources

  • You Tube – video clips of textile and art techniques
  • Vogue.com

Recommended Reading List

  • Experimental Textiles, Kim Thittichai, Batsford Ltd 2009
  • Stitching the Textured Surface, Lynda Monk, D4daisy books 2009
  • Raising the surface with machine embroidery, Maggie Grey, London: Batsford 2004
  • Fabric textures and patterns, Elisabetta Drudi, The Peplin Press 2008
  • Connecting Art To Stitch, Sandra Meech, Batsford 2009
  • Pattern sourcebook: around the World: 250 patterns for projects and designs, Shigeki Nakamura, Rockport Publishers 2008

Useful Tips

  • Take inspiration from everything around you
  • Record in a wide variety of ways – your own photography, collage, Computer Aided Design – it all counts

Subject: Art Textiles

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 15 hour practical exam at the end of Year 13
  • Portfolio to be completed by January of Year 13, including one extended piece of written work

Topics Covered

  • Exploration of surface decoration techniques; printing, dyeing, weaving, knitting, stitching, embellishment, fabric manipulation and digital processes
  • Drawing skills; experimentation considering visual and tactile elements such as colour, line, texture, shape and pattern
  • Fashion Illustration techniques
  • Use of contextual sources to inspire the development of ideas including: the work of artists, craftspeople or designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures 
  • Extended writing skills

Recommended Extra Resources

  • You Tube – video clips of textile and art techniques
  • Vogue.com

Recommended Reading List

  • Experimental Textiles, Kim Thittichai, Batsford Ltd 2009
  • Stitching the Textured Surface, Lynda Monk, D4daisy books 2009
  • Raising the surface with machine embroidery, Maggie Grey, London: Batsford 2004
  • Fabric textures and patterns, Elisabetta Drudi, The Peplin Press 2008
  • Connecting Art To Stitch, Sandra Meech, Batsford 2009
  • Pattern sourcebook: around the World: 250 patterns for projects and designs, Shigeki Nakamura, Rockport Publishers 2008

Useful Tips

  • Take inspiration from everything around you
  • Record in a wide variety of ways – your own photography, collage, Computer Aided Design – it all counts

 

A-Level Biology

Subject: Biology

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel SNAB Exam Board
  • 3 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13
  • Paper 1 – Topics 1-6
  • Paper 2 – Topics 1-4 and 7 & 8
  • Paper 3 – Topics 1-8 and pre release article

Topics Covered

  • Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
  • Topic 2: Genes and Health
  • Topic 3: Voice of the Genome
  • Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CGP SNAB Revision guide and workbook
  • Active Learn online
  • TED talks

Recommended Reading List

  • The Selfish Gene
  • The Blind Watchmaker.
  • Unweaving the Rainbow Climbing Mount Improbable
  • The Ancestor’s Tale
  • Y: The Descent of Men
  • In the Blood: God, Genes and Destiny
  • Almost Like a Whale: The 'Origin of Species' Updated
  • The Language of the genes
  • Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
  • The Language of Genes
  • Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code
  • Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human
  • DNA: The Secret of Life
  • The Double Helix: Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
  • This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
  • What A Plant Knows

Useful Tips

Complete examination practice on topics using old past papers and resources provided on student portal

Subject: Biology

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel SNAB Exam Board
  • 3 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13
  • Paper 1 – Topics 1-6
  • Paper 2 – Topics 1-4 and 7 & 8
  • Paper 3 – Topics 1-8 and pre release article

Topics Covered

  • Topic 5: On the Wild Side
  • Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics
  • Topic 7: Run for your Life
  • Topic 8: Grey Matter

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CGP SNAB Revision guide and workbook
  • Active Learn online
  • TED talks

Recommended Reading List

  • The Selfish Gene
  • The Blind Watchmaker.
  • Unweaving the Rainbow Climbing Mount Improbable
  • The Ancestor’s Tale
  • Y: The Descent of Men
  • In the Blood: God, Genes and Destiny
  • Almost Like a Whale: The 'Origin of Species' Updated
  • The Language of the genes
  • Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
  • The Language of Genes
  • Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code
  • Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human
  • DNA: The Secret of Life
  • The Double Helix: Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
  • This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
  • What A Plant Knows

Useful tips

Complete examination practice on topics using old past papers and resources provided on student portal

 

A-Level Business Studies

Subject: Business

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board

Topics Covered

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CPG Revision Guide
  • Tutor2u Website
  • Business Review
  • Keep up to date with news

Recommended Reading List

  • One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com, Richard L. Brandt
  • Capital, Thomas Piketty
  • Positive thinking, Paul Ormerod
  • The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer, Jeffrey Liker

Useful Tips

Flashcards for knowledge revision.

Practise exam style questions frequently

 

Subject: Business

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 3 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13  - each paper is 33.3% of qualification.

Topics Covered

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CPG Revision Guide
  • Tutor2u Website
  • Business Review
  • Keep up to date with news

Recommended Reading List

  • One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com, Richard L. Brandt
  • Capital, Thomas Piketty
  • Positive thinking, Paul Ormerod
  • The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer, Jeffrey Liker

Useful Tips

Flashcards for knowledge revision.

Practise exam style questions frequently

A-Level Chemistry

Subject: Chemistry

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • OCR A Chemistry

  • 2 papers at end of Year 12

  • Breath in Chemistry (70 marks) 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Depth in Chemistry (70 marks) 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 15% of marks based on practical work

  • 20% Mathematical requirement

Topics Covered

  • Module 1: Development of Practical skills in Chemistry

  • Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry

  • Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy

  • Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guides

  • GCP Revision Books

  • Hodder – My Revision Notes

  • Workbooks

  • Pearson – Revision workbooks (AS and A2)

  • Hodder – Module Workbooks

  • Recommended Websites

  • Knockhard.org.uk

  • Kerboodle.com

  • Chemguide.co.uk

  • learnch.org

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

  • Review your work after each lesson, by reading through the class notes and textbook. Complete the learning grids.

  • Use Kerboodle for study guides for each topic (chapter) and complete the end of topic questions.

  • Practice and practice questions – use workbooks, end of topic questions and past papers.

Subject: Chemistry

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • OCR A Chemistry

  • 3 papers at the end of Year 13  

  • Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry(100 marks) 2 hours 15 minutes

  • Synthesis and analytical techniques (100 marks) 2 hours 15 minutes

  • Unified chemistry (70 marks) 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 15% of marks based on practical work

  • 20% Mathematical requirement

  • Practical Endorsement

Topics Covered

  • Module 1: Development of Practical skills in Chemistry

  • Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements

  • Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guides

  • GCP Revision Books

  • Hodder – My Revision Notes

  • Workbooks

  • Pearson – Revision workbooks (AS and A2)

  • Hodder – Module Workbooks

  • Recommended Websites

  • Knockhard.org.uk

  • Kerboodle.com

  • Chemguide.co.uk

  • learnch.org

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

  • Review your work after each lesson, by reading through the class notes and textbook and complete the learning grids.

  • Use Kerboodle for study guides for each topic (chapter) and complete the end of topic questions.

  • Practice and practice questions – use workbooks, end of topic questions and past papers.

 

A-Level Classical Civilisation

Subject: Classical Civilisation

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
  • 3 Papers sat  at the end of Year 13:
  • World of the Hero 2 hours 30 mins. 40%
  • Greek Theatre 1 hour 45 mins 30%
  • Love and Relationships 1 hour 45 mins. 30%
  • No coursework

Topics Covered

  • Homer’s Iliad/Odyssey
  • Love and desire in Plato’s philosophy
  • Virgil’s Aeneid
  • Athenian Dramatic Festivals
  • Sophocles’ Oedipus the King

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Range of fiction and non-fiction texts in the Reading Room in the Classical Civilisation section. (see Mr Giles for recommendations according to interests of student.)
  • Omnibus magazines available in I14

Useful Tips

  • Wider Reading: wider viewing: ancient Rome and Greece have inspired artists, poets, novelists and film makers, so do a little research in the library, on the internet or and even on Youtube to find the living legacies of the classical world.
  • Visit the British Museum. Their website has many tips on trails and routes to follow around the museum
  • Go to the theatre

Subject: Classical Civilisation

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
  • 3 Papers sat at the end of Year 13:
  • World of the Hero 2 hours 30 mins. 40%
  • Greek Theatre 1 hour 45 mins 30%
  • Love and Relationships 1 hour 45 mins. 30%
  • No coursework

Topics Covered

  • Seneca and Stoic Philosophy
  • Bacchae and Frogs: a study in ancient Comedy and Tragedy
  • The love poetry of Sappho
  • The Ars Amatoria of Ovid
  • Revision

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Range of fiction and non-fiction texts in the Reading Room in the Classical Civilisation section. (see Mr Giles for recommendations according to interests of student.)
  • Omnibus magazines available in I14

Useful Tips

  • Wider Reading: wider viewing: ancient Rome and Greece have inspired artists, poets, novelists and film makers, so do a little research in the library, on the internet or and even on Youtube to find the living legacies of the classical world.
  • Visit the British Museum. Their website has many tips on trails and routes to follow around the museum
  • Go to the theatre

 

A-Level Computer Science

Subject: Computer Science

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Computer Science
  • 2 papers x 2.5 hours at the end of Year 13 – 40% each
  • Programming project – 20%

Topics Covered

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
  • Programming practise

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

  • Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.
  • Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.
  • Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.
  • Practise use of OOP when completing programming challenges.
Extra Curricular
  • Visit to Aspiration Digital conference to discover different routes possible for many career paths.
  • Visit to Orbis Investment to explore internship opportunities for computer science graduates.
  • Attend a careers pathway conference to investigate career opportunities within the digital industry.
  • Subject hub.
  • Bebras computational thinking competition.
  • Attend a 'computer sceince in action' lecture

 

Subject: Computer Science

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Computer Science
  • 2 papers x 2.5 hours at the end of Year 13 – 40% each
  • Programming project – 20%

Topics Covered

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms
  • NEA (Analysis of the problem, design of the solution, developing the solution, evaluation)

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

Useful tips

  • Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.
  • Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.
  • Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.
  • Use Pixl 6 resources.
Extra Curricular
  • Visit to Aspiration Digital conference to discover different routes possible for many career paths.
  • Visit to Orbis Investment to explore internship opportunities for computer science graduates.
  • Attend a careers pathway conference to investigate career opportunities within the digital industry.
  • Subject hub.
  • Bebras computational thinking competition.
  • Attend a 'computer sceince in action' lecture

 

A-Level Dance

Subject: Dance

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA  Exam Board
  • 1 Written paper  2 hours at the end of Year 13 – 50%
  • Practical Performance Work  – 50%

Topics Covered

  • Solo performance
  • Group performance skills
  • Group composition
  • Set work – Rooster & Sutra
  • Set area of study – Rambert
  • Area of study (The independent contemporary dance scene in Britain)

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Essential guide to Dance – Linda Ashley
  • Reviews online
  • The Intimate Act of Choreography Linda Blom
  • Akram Khan Dancing New Interculturalism
  • Sixteen years of Ballet Rambert Lionel Bradley
  • Matthew Bourne and his Adventures in Dance – in conversation with Alastair Macauley
  • Ballet and Modern Dance Susan Au
  • Dance, Modernity and Culture Helen Thomas

Useful Tips

Revise topics as you go through the course. Do not leave it to last minute.

There is never any homework – re-read your notes, annotate them and highlight areas for recapping.

A level requires extra research and reading around the subject. You will not learn everything in the lesson – be prepared to put in some extra work yourself!

 

Subject: Dance

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA
  • 1hr 30 written paper at end of Year 13.
  • 1 solo performance in style of practitioner
  • Group Choreography

Topics Covered

  • AAADT – Alvin Ailey, Jamison, Battle.
  • Zero Degrees
  • Akram Khan
  • Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
  • Solo Performance
  • Group composition

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Alvin Ailey Autobiography
  • Research papers available on Khans website
  • Revelations resource pack (Library)
  • Reviews from professional works found online and in journals in school library

Useful Tips

Think PEEL – Point, Evidence, Explain and Link! Every time you make a point, explain it and give examples from professional works – then link it back to the question.

Choose your dancers for your choreography carefully – ensure they can perform to your requirements.

Select a solo that suits your style – ensure you research your practitioner so you have a full understanding on how their piece should be performed.

A-Level Drama

Subject: Drama

Year 12 – A Level

 

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
     
  • Practitioners in Practice

             120 marks

             40% of total A Level

             Written portfolio and performance

  • Preparation for Paper A: Analysing Performance

60 marks

20% of total A Level

2 hours 15 minutes

Written paper

  • Preparation for Paper B: Deconstructing Texts

for Performance

60 marks

            20% of total A Level

            1 hour 45 minutes

            Written paper

  • Introduction to Drama and Theatre and Skills development work
  • Practitioner Study Complete research report
  • Devising workshops and work on devised project
  • Devised project rehearsals and performance
  • Introduction to semiotics and themes .
  • Read and workshop text 1 for Analysing performance. Approaching live theatre analysis
  • Read and workshop text 2 for Analysing performance
  • Read and workshop text for Exploring texts for performance

Topics Covered

  • Practitioner studies including Artaud /Brecht /Stanislavski and Frantic Assembly
  • Research and practical exploration of practitioners
  • Devise and perform original theatre
  • Evaluate and analyse live theatre
  • Study play texts from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. 

Recommended Extra Resources

The National Theatre offers an Entry pass for young people between 16-21 entitles you to £5 tickets 

 

Recommended Reading List

  • Katie Mitchell -  The Directors Craft
  • Frantic Assembly -  Book of Devising Theatre
  • Stanislavski - An Actor Prepares/ Building a Character/ Creating a Role
  • Jean Benedetti – Stanislavski: An Introduction
  • Augusto Boal - Games for Actor and Non Actors
  • Peter Brook – The Empty Space
  • Jean Benedetti- The Art of the Actor
  • Patsy Rosenberg - The Actor Speaks
  • Le Coq - The Moving Body
  • The Complete Brecht Toolkit – Stephen Unwin
  • The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit – Bella Merlin
  • OCR Drama and Theatre Studies Specification
  • Antigone – Sophocles (Jean Anouilh)
  • Cloud Nine – Caryl Churchill
  • Earthquakes in London – Mike Bartlett
  • Stockholm – Bryony Lavery
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Patrick Quentin/Stephen Sondheim
  • The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  • The Visit – Friedrich Durrenmatt
  • Woza Albert! – Percy Mtwa/Mbongeni Ngema/Barney Simon

 

Useful Tips

  • Keep an ‘ideas journal’ to build up interesting images and articles. This can be invaluable for devising.
  • Theatre reacts to the world around it so, make sure you do wider reading to understand the social, cultural, and historic events surrounding the lives of practitioners, the time period of plays studied and theatre movements.

Subject: Drama

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Unit 2: Exploring and Performing Texts

                                 60 marks

                                 20% of total A Level

  • Unit 3: Paper A: Analysing Performance

60 marks

20% of total A Level

2 hours 15 minutes

Written paper

  • Unit 4: Paper B: Deconstructing Texts for Performance

          60 marks

                    20% of total A Level

                    1 hour 45 minutes

           Written paper

  • Text performance workshops and rehearsals
  • Text performance rehearsals and performance
  • Read text for Deconstructing texts for performance
  • Approaches to directing and the book
  • Deconstructing texts for performance workshops
  • Re-read texts for Analysing performance
  • Workshops on exam texts and informal performances
  • Exam preparation Papers 1 & 2
  • See live theatre performance for Section B Paper 1
  • Summer Exam

 

Topics Covered

  • Evaluate and analyse live theatre
  • Study play texts from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. 
  • Text analysis
  • Analysis of Live theatre production
  • Revision – structuring written examination answers

 

Recommended Extra Resources

The National Theatre offers an Entry pass for young people between 16-21 entitles you to £5 tickets 

 

Recommended Reading List

  • Katie Mitchell -  The Directors Craft
  • Frantic Assembly -  Book of Devising Theatre
  • Stanislavski - An Actor Prepares/ Building a Character/ Creating a Role
  • Jean Benedetti – Stanislavski: An Introduction
  • Augusto Boal - Games for Actor and Non Actors
  • Peter Brook – The Empty Space
  • Jean Benedetti- The Art of the Actor
  • Patsy Rosenberg - The Actor Speaks
  • Le Coq - The Moving Body
  • The Complete Brecht Toolkit – Stephen Unwin
  • The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit – Bella Merlin
  • OCR Drama and Theatre Studies Specification
  • A Day in the Death of Joe Egg – Peter Nichols
  • Caucasian Chalk Circle – Bertolt Brecht
  • The House of Bernarda Alba – Federico Garcia Lorca
  • King Lear – William Shakespeare

 

Useful Tips

  • Use Stanislavski’s relaxation techniques to help alleviate the build-up of tension, during revision.
  • Prepare a detailed revision schedule, that reflects an appropriate ratio of marks available to time spent revising.

 

A-Level Economics

Subject: Economics

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

 

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 papers x 2 hours at the end of Year 13:
  1. Markets and business behaviour (microeconomics themes 1 and 3)
  2. The national and global economy (macroeconomics themes 2 and 4)
  3. Micro and macroeconomics (all four themes)

 

Topics Covered

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure

Provides an introduction to microeconomics and the nature of economics, examining how the price mechanism allocates resources in markets and why market failure arises

  • Economics as a social science
  • The economic problem
  • Production possibility frontiers
  • Specialisation and division of labour
  • Types of economy
  • Rational decision making and alternative views of consumer behaviour
  • Demand, supply and the price mechanism
  • Elasticities
  • Indirect taxes and subsidies
  • Types of market failure: externalities, public goods and information gaps
  • Government intervention in markets
  • Government failure

Theme 2: The UK Economy – performance and policies

Provides an introduction to macroeconomics assessing the key measures of economic performance and the main objectives and instruments of UK economic policy

  • Measures of economic performance
  • Aggregate demand and aggregate supply
  • National income
  • Economic growth
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment
  • Balance of payments
  • Macroeconomic objectives
  • Government policies
  • Conflicts of policies

 

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision guides

  • Student Guide Theme 1 - Edexcel Economics A - Introduction to markets and market failure (Hodder Education 2015) ISBN 9781471843365
  • Student Guide Theme 2 - Edexcel Economics A - The UK economy, performance and policies (Hodder Education 2015) ISBN 9781471844089
  • Brewer Q and Cole R - My Revision notes Edexcel AS/A level year 1 Economics A (Hodder Education 2015)
  • Cramp P – Revision guide to A level year 1 and AS Economics (Anforme 2016)

Web sites:

  • pajholden videos
  • tutor2u.com
  • s-cool.co.uk
  • bankofengland.co.uk
  • hm-treasury.gov.uk
  • ons.gov.uk (office for national statistics)
  • budgetresposibility.org (office for budget responsibility)

 

Recommended Reading List

  • Anderton A - Economics – 6th edition (Pearson 2015)
  • Smith P - Edexcel A Level Economics A Book 1 (Hodder Education 2015)
  • Sloman J - Economics 6th edition (Prentice Hall 2006)
  • Fyfe N and Threadgould A - The UK Economy 2005-2015 (Anforme 2015)
  • Threadgould A and Meachen A -Microeconomics for A level year 1 and AS (Anforme 2015)
  • Threadgould A-Macroeconomics for A level Year 1 and AS (Anforme 2015)
  • Davis P and Joad T - Essential Maths Skills for AS/A-level Economics (Hodder Education 2016)
  • Lawrence J - Maths Skills for A Level Economics (Oxford 2014)

Periodicals

  • Economist
  • Economic Review
  • Economics Today

 

Useful Tips

 

Use the revision materials and past papers on the student portal

Subject: Economics

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

 

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 papers x 2 hours:
  1. Markets and business behaviour (microeconomics themes 1 and 3)
  2. The national and global economy (macroeconomics themes 2 and 4)
  3. Micro and macroeconomics (all four themes)

 

Topics Covered

Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market (Year 2)

Develops microeconomics from year 1 evaluating the nature of competition between companies, different market structures and government intervention to promote competition in markets

  • Business growth
  • Production
  • Costs, revenue and profit
  • Perfect competition
  • Monopolistic competition
  • Oligopoly
  • Game theory
  • Monopoly
  • Contestability
  • Business objectives
  • Efficiency
  • Competition policy
  • Government regulation

Theme 4: The global economy (Year 2)

Develops macroeconomics from year 1 evaluating the causes and effects of the rise in globalisation, international trade and development economics

  • Globalisation
  • International trade
  • Trading blocs, common markets and monetary unions
  • The World Trade Organisation
  • Balance of payments
  • Exchange rates
  • International competitiveness
  • Inequality and poverty
  • Growth and development
  • Financial markets and their regulation
  • Government spending and  taxation
  • Macroeconomic policies in a global context

 

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision guides:

  • Student Guide Edexcel Economics A, Theme 3 Business Behaviour and the Labour Market (Hodder Education)
  • Student Guide Edexcel Economics A, Theme 4 A Global Perspective (Hodder Education 2016)
  • Brewer Q - My Revision notes Edexcel A level Economics (Hodder Education 2016)
  • Camp P and Keefe J - Revision guide to A Level Year 2 Economics - (Anforme, 2016)

Websites:

  • pajholden videos (economics lessons on YouTube)
  • tutor2u.com
  • Competition and Markets Authority (theme 3)
  • United Nations (theme 4)
  • World Bank (theme 4)
  • International Monetary Fund (theme 4)
  • World Trade Organisation (theme 4)
  • Bank of England (theme 4)
  • Treasury (theme 4 and has list of PFI agreements for theme 3)
  • European Central Bank (theme 4)
  • Country profiles and data:  indexmundi.com (theme 4)
  • Free video reports:  ft.com (theme 4)

 

Recommended Reading List

  • Anderton A - Economics – 6th edition (Pearson 2015)
  • Smith P - Edexcel A Level Economics A Book 1 (Hodder Education 2015) themes 1 and 2
  • Smith P - Edexcel A Level Economics A Book 2 (Hodder Education 2015) themes 3 and 4
  • Sloman J - Economics 6th edition (Prentice Hall 2006)
  • Fyfe N and Threadgould A - The UK Economy 2005-2015 (Anforme 2015)
  • Nutter R - Microeconomics for A level year 2 (Anforme 2016) theme 3
  • Threadgould A - Macroeconomics for A level year 2 (Anforme 2016) theme 4
  • Cramp P - Labour Markets 5th edition (Anforme 2012) theme 3
  • Cramp P - Economic Development 6th edition (Anforme 2014) theme 4
  • Smith C - International trade and globalisation 5th edition (Anforme 2012) theme 4
  • P. Davis and T. Joad - Essential Maths Skills for AS/A-level Economics (Hodder Education 2016)
  • J. Lawrence - Maths Skills for A Level Economics (Oxford 2014)

Periodicals:

  • Economist
  • Economic Review
  • Economics Today

Useful Tips

Use the revision materials and past papers on the student portal

 

A-Level English

Subject: English

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 2 ¼ hours, 1 paper x 1hr 15 mins at the end of Year 13 – 80%
  • 2500-3000 words coursework – 20% at the end of Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Contemporary poetry
  • Other drama
  • Prose comparison – two texts
  • Shakespeare

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Websites linked to individual texts; university websites; Poetry Foundation; Poetry Society

Recommended Reading List

  • See KS5 reading list on the IGS website and on student portal

Useful Tips

Read widely around the subject of the texts; research historical, political, philosophical contexts and literary traditions linked to studied authors

Extra and Super Curricular
  • Aspire lectures
  • University visits
  • Screenings of studied texts
  • Conferences
  • Writing competitions

 

Subject: English

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 2 ¼ hours, 1 paper x 1 hr 15 mins at the end of Year 13 – 80%
  • 2500-3000 words coursework – 20% at the end of Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Named poet/poetry movement
  • Coursework
  • Revision of Y12 units

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Websites linked to individual texts; university websites; Poetry Foundation; Poetry Society

Recommended Reading List

  • See KS5 reading list on the IGS website and on student portal

Useful Tips

Read widely around the subject of the texts; research historical, political, philosophical contexts and literary traditions linked to studied authors

Extra and Super Curricular
  • Aspire lectures
  • University visits
  • Screenings of studied texts
  • Conferences
  • Writing competitions

A-Level Fashion and Textiles

Subject: Fashion and Textiles

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 paper x 120 minutes at the end of Year 12
  • Project portfolio to be completed throughout Year 12

Topics Covered

  • Analysing a task
  • Primary and secondary research methods
  • Product analysis
  • Design specifications
  • Designing a textile product & fashion illustration
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Fabric testing
  • Pattern drafting
  • Risk assessment
  • Decorative textile techniques
  • Construction methods
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Lay planning
  • Planning for multiple production
  • Quality assurance / control
  • Testing made outcomes
  • Evaluation of made outcomes

Theory knowledge on;

  • Fibres and Fabrics
  • Yarns
  • Fabric manufacture
  • Development of design
  • Finishing Processes
  • Components
  • Product Analysis
  • Social, Cultural, Moral, Health and Safety and Environment Issues
  • Processes and Manufacture
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Production Planning
  • ICT

Recommended Extra Resources

  • You Tube – videos for textile decorative techniques
  • Drapers Record

Recommended Reading List

  • Clothing Technology: from Fibre to Fashion, 21 Nov 2008, Hannelore, Hermeling, Hornberger & Kilgus
  • Technology of Textile Properties, 1991, Taylor
  • Techno Textiles: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design, 1999, Braddock & O’Mahony
  • The Fashion Book, 2001, Buttolph, Braun & Chapius

Useful Tiips

  • Practise as many past paper questions as possible and ensure to assess them to gain an understanding of the markscheme

 

Subject: Fashion and Textiles

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 paper x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13
  • Project portfolio to be completed throughout Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Analysing a task
  • Primary and secondary research methods
  • Product analysis
  • Design specifications
  • Designing a textile product & fashion illustration
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Fabric testing
  • Pattern drafting
  • Risk assessment
  • Decorative textile techniques
  • Construction methods
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Lay planning
  • Planning for multiple production
  • Quality assurance / control
  • Testing made outcomes
  • Evaluation of made outcomes

Theory knowledge on;

  • Fibres and Fabrics
  • Yarns
  • Fabric manufacture
  • Development of design
  • Design in practice – roles within the fashion industry
  • Finishing Processes
  • Components
  • Product Analysis
  • Social, Cultural, Moral, Health and Safety and Environment Issues
  • Processes and Manufacture
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Production Planning
  • ICT

Recommended Extra Resources

  • You Tube – videos for textile decorative techniques
  • Drapers Record

Recommended Reading List

  • Clothing Technology: from Fibre to Fashion, 21 Nov 2008, Hannelore, Hermeling, Hornberger & Kilgus
  • Technology of Textile Properties, 1991, Taylor
  • Techno Textiles: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design, 1999, Braddock & O’Mahony
  • The Fashion Book, 2001, Buttolph, Braun & Chapius

Useful Tips

  • Practise as many past paper questions as possible and ensure to assess them to gain an understanding of the mark scheme

A-Level Film Studies

Subject:  Film Studies

Year 12 – AS

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
  • Coursework – 50%
  • 1 x 2 hour examination – 50%

Topics Covered

  • Coursework
    • Research & Planning on blog
    • 2 minute film opening
    • Evaluation presentation
  • Examination
    • Representation: TV Drama
    • Institutions: The Music Industry

Recommended Extra Resources

  • One Day

Recommended Reading List

  • The IFPI report
  • The Media Magazine
  • TV Dramas from BBC1/ITV/Channel 4 from within the last 5 years

Useful Tips

Practice identifying camera angles, editing techniques, sound and mise-en-scene from 1 minute You Tube videos (soaps/TV drama/films)

Subject: Media Studies

Year 13 – A2

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
  • Coursework – 50%
  • 1 x 2 hour examination – 50%

Topics Covered

  • Coursework
    • Research & Planning on blog
    • Promotional package: teaser trailer, website and poster
    • Evaluation presentation
  • Examination
    • Collective identity
    • Theoretical concepts

Recommended Extra Resources

  • One Day

Recommended Reading List

  • The Media Magazine
  • Undergraduate reading list: available from department

Useful Tips

Visit the BFI for film screenings or film making workshops

Watch films from university ‘reading lists’ with accompanying critical essays

 

A-Level French

Subject: French

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA exam board
  • Final exam at the end of the two year course  (Year 13)
  • Paper 1 : listening, reading and writing – 2 hours 30 – 50% of A-level
  • Paper 2 : writing – 2 hours – 20% of A-level
  • Paper 3 : speaking – 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) – 30 % of A-level

Topics Covered

  • La famille - family
  • Le patrimoine - heritage
  • La cyber-société – cyber-society
  • La musique - music
  • Le bénévolat - volunteering
  • Le cinema - cinema

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended websites: http://www.psychologies.com/Famille http://www.restosducoeur.org/

http://www.service-civique.gouv.fr/

http://www.histoire-immigration.fr/

http://www.france-terre-asile.org/

www.sos-racisme.org

http://www.fondation-abbe-pierre.fr/

http://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2013/02/14/
contre-la-recidive-des-alternatives-a-la-prison_1832640_3232.html

http://www.peinedemort.org/peinedemort.php

http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/histoire/peinedemort/

http://patrimoine-de-france.com/

http://www.musique2france.com/

http://musique.ados.fr/

http://www.festival-cannes.com/fr.html

http://www.ados.fr/

http://www.europe1.fr/

https://www.franceinter.fr/

http://www.rfi.fr/

http://www.franceinfo.fr/

http://www.feteducinema.com/

http://www.toutmoliere.net/

http://www.lemonde.fr/

http://www.lefigaro.fr/

Recommended Reading List

  • Molière, Le Tartuffe
  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Guy de Maupassant, Boule de suif et autres contes de guerre
  • Albert Camus, L’étranger
  • Françoise Sagan, Bonjour tristesse
  • Claire Etcherelli, Elise ou la vraie vie
  • Joseph Joffo, un sac de billes
  • Faiza Guene, Kiffe kiffe demain
  • Philippe Grimbert, Un secret
  • Delphine de Vigan, No et moi

Useful Tips

Listen to the radio and read the newspaper on a weekly basis.

Extra / Super Curricular

•Lunchtime revision session
•Listening club - Discover French culture/society through the study of songs wirtten in French. There will be the opportunity to sing to!
•Film club - Tuesday after school

Subject: French

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA exam board
  • Final exam at the end of the two year course  (Year13)
  • Paper 1 : listening, reading and writing – 2 hours 30 – 50% of A-level
  • Paper 2 : writing – 2 hours – 20% of A-level
  • Paper 3 : speaking – 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) – 30 % of A-level

Topics Covered

  • Une société diverse – Positive features of a diverse society
  • Quelle vie pour les marginalisés? Life for the marginalised
  • La criminalité – How criminals are treated.
  • La politique – Politics
  • À qui le pouvoir? Who holds power?
  • La politique et l’immigration – Politics and immigration
  • Individual research project
  • Revision from Year 1

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Websites

 Authentic newspapers for French teenage readers. Suitable to challenge any keen linguists who want to read for pleasure about what’s happening in the world.

  • Open Yale course lecture : France since 1871

Recommended Reading List

  • Marcel Pagnol - La Gloire de mon père
  • Tahar Ben Jelloun, Les raisins de la galère
  • Vercors, Le Silence de la mer
  • David Bellos , Is that a fish in your ear ?
  • Molière, Le Tartuffe
  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Guy de Maupassant, Boule de suif et autres contes de guerre
  • Albert Camus, L’étranger
  • Françoise Sagan, Bonjour tristesse
  • Claire Etcherelli, Elise ou la vraie vie
  • Joseph Joffo, un sac de billes
  • Faiza Guene, Kiffe kiffe demain
  • Philippe Grimbert, Un secret
  • Delphine de Vigan, No et moi

Useful Tips

  • Listen to the radio and keep reading the newspaper on a weekly basis.
  • Read other books from the set list published by the exam board
  • Find out how you can get more involved with the Department and become our Academic Subject Hub Leader.
Extra / Super Curricular
•Lunchtime revision session
•Listening club - Discover French culture/society through the study of songs wirtten in French. There will be the opportunity to sing to!
•Film club - Tuesday after school

 

A-Level Further Maths

Subject: Maths

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Further Mathematics Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 4 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 13.
  • 100 % exam

Topics Covered

  • Algorithms
  • Graphs and Networks
  • Algorithms on Graphs
  • Route Inspection
  • The Travelling Salesman Problem
  • Linear Programming
  • The Simplex Algorithm
  • Critical Path Analysis
  • Proof
  • Complex numbers
  • Matrices
  • Further algebra and functions
  • Further calculus
  • Further Vectors
  • Polar coordinates
  • Hyperbolic functions
  • Differential equations

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • How to Think like a Mathematician Kevin Houston (CUP, 2009)
  • The MαTHβOOK Clifford A Pickover (Sterling, 2009)
  • Mathematics: a very short introduction, Timothy Gowers (CUP, 2002)
  • Solving Mathematical Problems Terence Tao (OUP, 2006)
  • The Pleasures of Counting T.W. K ̈orner (CUP, 1996)
  • Calculus for the Ambitious T.W. K ̈orner (CUP, 2014)
  • What is Mathematics? R. Courant & H. Robbins (OUP, 1996)
  • From Here to Infinity Ian Stewart (OUP, 1996)
  • Archimedes’ Revenge P. Hoffman (Penguin, 1991)
  • The Mathematical Experience P.J. Davis & R. Hersh (Penguin, 1990)
  • Beyond Numeracy J. A. Paulos (Penguin, 1991)
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers D. Wells (Penguin,1997)
  • New Applications of Mathematics         C. Bondi (ed.) (Penguin, 1991)
  • Reaching for Infinity S. Gibilisco (Tab/McGraw-Hill, 1990)
  • The New Scientist Guide to Chaos        N. Hall (ed.) (Penguin, 1991)
  • Chaos J. Gleick (Minerva/Random House, 1997)
  • Fractals. Images of Chaos H. Lauwerier (Penguin, 1991)

Useful Tips

  • Show all steps of your calculation as you can gain marks for your method.
  • Review your revision homework’s
  • Use the Solomon worksheets to practice any areas that you are unsure on.
  • Make sure you understand the key concepts – don’t just learn the formulae.

Subject: Maths

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Further Mathematics Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 4 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 13.
  • 100% exam

Topics Covered

  • Further Calculus
  • Further differential equations
  • Coordinate systems
  • Further vectors
  • Further numerical methods
  • Momentum and Impulse
  • Work, Energy and Power
  • Elastic, Springs and Strings
  • Elastic Collisions in one dimension
  • Elastic Collisions in two dimensions

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Advanced Problems in Mathematics S.T.C. Siklos (1996 and 2003)
  • Mathematical Methods for Science Students G. Stephenson (Longman, 1973)
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering K F Riley, M P Hobson &S J Bence (Cambridge University Press 1998)
  • A Concise Introduction to Pure Mathematics Martin Liebeck (Chapman& Hall/CRCMathematics)
  • Groups: A Path to Geometry R.P. Burn (CUP, 1987)
  • Yet Another Introduction to Analysis   V. Bryant (CUP, 1990)
  • A First Course in Mechanics Mary Lunn (OUP, 1991)
  • Probability and Statistics M.R. Spiegel (Schaum’s outline series; McGraw-Hill, 1982)
  • Algorithmics — The Spirit of Computing D. Harel (Addison-Wesley, 1992)

Useful Tips

  • Show all steps of your calculation as you can gain marks for your method.
  • Review your revision homework’s
  • Use the Solomon worksheets to practice any areas that you are unsure on.
  • Make sure you understand the key concepts – don’t just learn the formulae.

 

A-Level Geography

Subject: Geography

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 examination papers at the end of year 13

Paper 1 - Dynamic Landscapes, Physical Systems and Sustainability 135 minutes- 30%

Paper 2- Dynamic Places, Human Systems and Geopolitics 135 minutes- 30%

Paper 3 – Synoptic Investigation 135 minutes – 20%

  • Non – Examined Assessment ( coursework ) – 20%

Topics Covered

  • Dynamic Landscapes – Tectonic Hazards and Coastal Landscapes.
  • Dynamic Places – Globalisation and Regenerating Places.
  • Fieldwork in Snowdonia

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CGP Revision Guide
  • Hodder Education Student Guides

Recommended Reading List

  • BBC News (or other news website/broadsheet)
  • Geography Review journal
  • New Scientist
  • The Economist
  • RGS website
  • National Geographic website
  • Tim Marshall (2016) “Prisoners of Geography”
  • Danny Dorling (2015) “Inequality and the 1%”
  • Danny Dorling and Carl Lee ( 2016)  “Geography : ideas in profile”

Useful Tips

  • Keep up to date with current events building up a store of small examples that will help justify or illustrate  the points made in your answers.

Subject: Geography

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 examination papers at the end of Year 13

Paper 1 - Dynamic Landscapes, Physical Systems and Sustainability 135 minutes- 30%

Paper 2- Dynamic Places, Human Systems and Geopolitics 135 minutes- 30%

Paper 3 – Synoptic Investigation 135 minutes – 20%

  • Non – Examined Assessment ( coursework ) – 20%

Topics Covered

  • Physical Systems and Sustainability – water security, energy provision and climate change.
  • Human Systems and Geopolitics – Superpowers, the development gap and human rights.

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CGP Revision Guide
  • Hodder Education Student Guides

Recommended Reading List

  • BBC News (or other news website/broadsheet)
  • Geography Review journal
  • New Scientist
  • The Economist
  • RGS website
  • National Geographic website
  • Tim Marshall  (2016) “Prisoners of Geography”
  • Danny Dorling  (2015) “Inequality and the 1%”
  • Danny Dorling and Carl Lee ( 2016)  “Geography : ideas in profile”

Useful Tips

  • Keep up to date with current events building up a store of small examples that will help justify or illustrate  the points made in your answers.

 

A-Level German

Subject: German

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing: 2 hours and 30 minutes (50% of A-level)
  • Paper 2 Writing: 2 hours (20% of A-level)
  • Paper 3 Speaking: 21-23 minutes (30% of A-level)  
  • Individual research project (included in speaking exam)
  • All papers completed at the end of Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Changing state of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture: Fashion, music and television
  • Festivals and traditions
  • Art and architecture
  • Cultural life in Berlin
  • Analysis of a German Novel

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Der Vorleser, Bernhard Schlink
  • Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum, Heinrich Böll
  • Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder, Bertolt Brecht
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame, Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • Andorra, Max Frisch
  • Gedichte – Buch der Lieder, Heinrich Heine
  • Zonenkinder, Jana Hensel
  • Die Verwandlung, Franz Kafka
  • Russendisko, Wladimir Kaminer
  • Fundbüro, Siegfried Lenz
  • A Concise History of Germany, Mary Fulbrook

Useful Tips

Regularly read and listen to the news in both German and English to gain an understanding of current affairs and issues.

Listen to and watch German films and/or podcasts outside of the classroom to improve listening skills and broaden vocabulary.

Learn vocabulary little and often to ensure it is being stored in your long-term memory, not forgetting to keep revisiting previous vocabulary lists.

Always look up and make a note of new words you may have come across in classwork or at home.

Try to attend various events and exhibitions relating to German-speaking countries to help broaden your knowledge of the countries where German is spoken. e.g. at the Goethe Institut in London

Regularly practice typical speaking questions outside of the classroom with a friend without relying on pre-learnt answers

Ensure you maintain well-organised notes on all the different topic areas.

Create revision mind-maps or notes by topic as you go through the year.

Try to take part in an exchange or trip to Germany or other German-speaking countries where possible.

 

Subject: German

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing: 2 hours and 30 minutes (50% of A-level)
  • Paper 2 Writing: 2 hours (20% of A-level)
  • Paper 3 Speaking: 21-23 minutes (30% of A-level) 
  • Individual research project (included in speaking exam)
  • All papers completed at the end of Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism
  • Germany and the EU
  • Politics and youth
  • The Reunification of Germany and its consequences
  • Analysis of a German Film

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Der Vorleser, Bernhard Schlink
  • Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum, Heinrich Böll
  • Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder, Bertolt Brecht
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame, Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • Andorra, Max Frisch
  • Gedichte – Buch der Lieder, Heinrich Heine
  • Zonenkinder, Jana Hensel
  • Die Verwandlung, Franz Kafka
  • Russendisko, Wladimir Kaminer
  • Fundbüro, Siegfried Lenz
  • A Concise History of Germany, Mary Fulbrook

Useful Tips

Regularly read and listen to the news in both German and English to gain an understanding of current affairs and issues.

Listen to and watch German films and/or podcasts outside of the classroom to improve listening skills and broaden vocabulary.

Learn vocabulary little and often to ensure it is being stored in your long-term memory, not forgetting to keep revisiting previous vocabulary lists.

Always look up and make a note of new words you may have come across in classwork or at home.

Try to attend various events and exhibitions relating to German-speaking countries to help broaden your knowledge of the countries where German is spoken. e.g. at the Goethe Institut in London

Regularly practice typical speaking questions outside of the classroom with a friend without relying on pre-learnt answers

Ensure you maintain well-organised notes on all the different topic areas.

Create revision mind-maps or notes by topic as you go through the year.

Try to take part in an exchange or trip to Germany or other German-speaking countries where possible.

A-Level Government and Politics

Subject: Government and Politics

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Unit 1 is a study of British politics. The main areas of focus will be political parties, pressure groups, voting behaviour and elections. You will also study core political ideas such as socialism, liberalism and conservatism.
  • Unit 2 is a study of British government.  You will also study the roles of parliament, the cabinet, the Prime Minister, the civil service and the judicial system. The influence of the European Union on British politics will also be investigated. You will also study the concept of nationalism for this unit.
  • Unit 3 is a study of American government and politics, focusing on areas such as the two main political parties, the election process, the roles of the Congress, President and the Supreme Court. The different powers and responsibilities of the federal and state governments are also considered. You will also be asked to compare the UK and US systems of government.

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Recommended Websites

www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics

www.politico.eu

www.guardian.co.uk

www.politics.co.uk

www.telegraph.co.uk

www.totalpolitics.com

Recommended Reading List

Hodder Politics Review

AQA Government and Politics

Peter Hennessey, the Prime Minister

British prime Ministers, Robert Parker

Who Governs Britain?, Anthony King

The Trouble with Europe, Roger Bootle

Essentails of UK Politics, Anthony Heywood

The End of the Party, Andrew Rawnsley

A Journey, Tony Blair

Useful Tips

  • Read news websites, blogs and broadsheet newspapers on a daily basis
  • Avoid personal opinion in essay writing but strive for objectivity and balance.
  • Follow us on Twitter

Subject: Government and Politics

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 3 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Unit 1 is a study of British politics. The main areas of focus will be political parties, pressure groups, voting behaviour and elections. You will also study core political ideas such as socialism, liberalism and conservatism.
  • Unit 2 is a study of British government.  You will also study the roles of parliament, the cabinet, the Prime Minister, the civil service and the judicial system. The influence of the European Union on British politics will also be investigated. You will also study the concept of nationalism for this unit.
  • Unit 3 is a study of American government and politics, focusing on areas such as the two main political parties, the election process, the roles of the Congress, President and the Supreme Court. The different powers and responsibilities of the federal and state governments are also considered. You will also be asked to compare the UK and US systems of government.

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Recommended Websites

www.politico.com

www.washingtonpost.com

www.nytimes.com

www.whitehouse.gov

www.house.gov

www.senate.gov

www.scotus.gov

www.270towin.com

www.realclearpolitics.com

Recommended Reading List

  • American Caesars, Nigel Hamilton
  • American Politics, Richard Valelley
  • US Presidential elections, Roddy Keenan
  • Who Rules the World?, Noam Chomsky
  • The Nine, the US Supreme Court, Jeffrey Toobin
  • Supremely Partisan, the US Supreme Court, James Zirin

Useful Tips

  • Read news websites, blogs and broadsheet newspapers on a daily basis
  • Avoid personal opinion in essay writing but strive for objectivity and balance.
  • Follow us on Twitter

 

A-Level History

Subject: History

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board (7042)
  • 2 papers x 150 minutes at the end of Year 13 – 40% each
  • Coursework – one 3,500 essay by January of Year 13 – 20%

Topics Covered

  • Germany 1871-1929
  • Britain 1951-1979
  • Slavery and emancipation in the USA 1800-1900

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Kenneth M. Stampp, The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Antebellum South. Knopf, 1956
  • James Oakes, Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South. W.W. Norton & Company, 1998
  • Stanley Elkins, Slavery: A Problem in American Institution and Intellectual Life. University of Chicago Press, 1959.
  • David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770- 1823. Cornell
  • University Press, 1975.
  • Matthew Mason, Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic. The University of North,Carolina Press, 2008
  • Eric Foner. Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction. Reprint. Vintage, 2006.
  • Stephen Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from
  • Slavery to the Great Migration, Harvard University Press, 2003.
  • Susan Eva O’Donovan, Becoming Free in the Cotton South. Harvard University Press, 2010

Useful Tips

  • Question the tone, context and provenance of historical sources.
  • Apply contextual own knowledge to source analysis questions.
  • Ensure balance, accuracy and depth in historical essays.

Subject: History

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board (7042)
  • 2 papers x 150 minutes at the end of Year 13 – 40% each
  • Coursework – one 3,500 essay by January of Year 13 – 20%

Topics Covered

  • Germany 1929-1991
  • Britain 1979-2007
  • Slavery and emancipation in the USA 1800-1900

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Kenneth M. Stampp, The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Antebellum South. Knopf, 1956
  • James Oakes, Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South. W.W. Norton & Company, 1998
  • Stanley Elkins, Slavery: A Problem in American Institution and Intellectual Life. University of Chicago Press, 1959.
  • David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770- 1823. Cornell
  • University Press, 1975.
  • Matthew Mason, Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic. The University of North,Carolina Press, 2008
  • Eric Foner. Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction. Reprint. Vintage, 2006.
  • Stephen Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from
  • Slavery to the Great Migration, Harvard University Press, 2003.
  • Susan Eva O’Donovan, Becoming Free in the Cotton South. Harvard University Press, 2010

Useful Tips

  • Question the tone, context and provenance of historical sources.
  • Apply contextual own knowledge to source analysis questions.
  • Ensure balance, accuracy and depth in historical essays.
  • Use a wide range of academic historical publications for the coursework essay.

 

A-Level Maths

Subject: Maths

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Mathematics Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 x 120 minutes papers at the end of Year 13
  • 100% exam

Topics Covered

  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
  • Sequences and series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Vectors
  • Statistical sampling
  • Data presentation and interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical distributions
  • Statistical hypothesis testing
  • Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s laws

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • How to Think like a Mathematician Kevin Houston (CUP, 2009)
  • The MαTHβOOK Clifford A Pickover (Sterling, 2009)
  • Mathematics: a very short introduction, Timothy Gowers (CUP, 2002)
  • Solving Mathematical Problems Terence Tao (OUP, 2006)
  • The Pleasures of Counting T.W. K ̈orner (CUP, 1996)
  • Calculus for the Ambitious T.W. K ̈orner (CUP, 2014)
  • What is Mathematics? R. Courant & H. Robbins (OUP, 1996)
  • From Here to Infinity Ian Stewart (OUP, 1996)
  • Archimedes’ Revenge P. Hoffman (Penguin, 1991)
  • The Mathematical Experience P.J. Davis & R. Hersh (Penguin, 1990)
  • Beyond Numeracy J. A. Paulos (Penguin, 1991)
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers D. Wells (Penguin,1997)
  • New Applications of Mathematics         C. Bondi (ed.) (Penguin, 1991)
  • Reaching for Infinity S. Gibilisco (Tab/McGraw-Hill, 1990)
  • The New Scientist Guide to Chaos        N. Hall (ed.) (Penguin, 1991)
  • Chaos J. Gleick (Minerva/Random House, 1997)
  • Fractals. Images of Chaos H. Lauwerier (Penguin, 1991)

Useful Tips

  • Show all steps of your calculation as you can gain marks for your method.
  • Review your revision homework’s
  • Use the Solomon worksheets to practice any areas that you are unsure on.
  • Make sure you understand the key concepts – don’t just learn the formulae.

 

Subject: Maths

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Mathematics Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 x 2 hours papers
  • 100% exam

Topics Covered

  • Proof
  • Functions and modelling
  • Series and sequences
  • The Binomial theorem
  • Trigonometry
  • Parametric equations
  • Differentiation
  • Numerical methods
  • Integration
  • Vectors (3D)
  • Regression and correlation
  • Probability
  • The normal distribution
  • Application of kinematics
  • Moments
  • Forces at any angle
  • Applications of forces
  • Further kinematics

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Advanced Problems in Mathematics S.T.C. Siklos (1996 and 2003)
  • Mathematical Methods for Science Students G. Stephenson (Longman, 1973)
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering K F Riley, M P Hobson &S J Bence (Cambridge University Press 1998)
  • A Concise Introduction to Pure Mathematics Martin Liebeck (Chapman& Hall/CRCMathematics)
  • Groups: A Path to Geometry R.P. Burn (CUP, 1987)
  • Yet Another Introduction to Analysis   V. Bryant (CUP, 1990)
  • A First Course in Mechanics Mary Lunn (OUP, 1991)
  • Probability and Statistics M.R. Spiegel (Schaum’s outline series; McGraw-Hill, 1982)
  • Algorithmics — The Spirit of Computing D. Harel (Addison-Wesley, 1992)

Useful Tips

  • Show all steps of your calculation as you can gain marks for your method.
  • Review your revision homework’s
  • Use the Solomon worksheets to practice any areas that you are unsure on.
  • Make sure you understand the key concepts – don’t just learn the formulae.

A-Level Music

Subject: Music

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course is AS

Examination Information

  • OCR
  • 1 written paper (unheard) plus set works topics
  • Recital (solo)
  • 2 compositions (min time 4’30”)

 

  • Daily quality newspaper Arts’ coverage
  • BBC Music Magazine (available in School Library)

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Recommended Websites: Music on the Wen =b International; Slipped Disc Lebrecht

Recommended Reading List

  • Practice for at least 20 mins per day per instrument

Useful Tips

Practice for at least 20 mins per day per instrument

Subject: Music

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA
  • Solo Recital (12 mins)
  • Composition/Harmony Exercises
  • Historical Topic
  • Set Work (essays)
  • Aural tests (unheard)

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Rhinegold  Revision Guide
  • BBC Radio 3

Useful Tips

Eg: Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

 

A-Level Photography

Subject: Photography

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 13. 15 hrs.

Topics Covered

  • Composition
  • Shutterspeed
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Digital manipulation
  • Manual manipulation
  • Photoshop
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Film development (wet)
  • Print development (wet)
  • Photograms
  • Studio lighting
  • Location photography
  • Black light

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Nelson Thornes GCE Art & Design Handbook

Recommended Reading List

  • Ehrlich, R (1990) Tony Ray-Jones: A Retrospective View, Manchester, Cornerhouse Publications
  • Parr, M & Walker, I (1997) The Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton, London, Dewi Lewis Publishing.
  • Beaumont, N & Sobieszek, R (1974) One Mind's Eye: The Portraits and Other Photographs of Arnold Newman, David R Godine Publishers.
  • Evans, W (1985) Walker Evans at Work, London, Harper Collins
  • Eggleston, W (1992) William Eggleston: Ancient and Modern, New York, Random House.
  • Kruger, M (2003) Candida Hofer: A Monograph, London, Thames and Hudson

Useful Tips

  • Ensure that ideas connect to your artist research.
  • Produce your own reference imagery
  • Develop your ideas thoroughly by exploring and experimenting with artist techniques.
  • Ensure that all evidence is recorded within your portfolio.

 

Subject: Photography

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 13. 15 hours.

Topics Covered

  • Composition
  • Shutterspeed
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Digital manipulation
  • Manual manipulation
  • Photoshop
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Film development (wet)
  • Print development (wet)
  • Photograms
  • Studio lighting
  • Location photography
  • Black light

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Nelson Thornes GCE Art & Design Handbook

Recommended Reading List

  • Ehrlich, R (1990) Tony Ray-Jones: A Retrospective View, Manchester, Cornerhouse Publications
  • Parr, M & Walker, I (1997) The Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton, London, Dewi Lewis Publishing.
  • Beaumont, N & Sobieszek, R (1974) One Mind's Eye: The Portraits and Other Photographs of Arnold Newman, David R Godine Publishers.
  • Evans, W (1985) Walker Evans at Work, London, Harper Collins
  • Eggleston, W (1992) William Eggleston: Ancient and Modern, New York, Random House.
  • Kruger, M (2003) Candida Hofer: A Monograph, London, Thames and Hudson

Useful Tips

  • Ensure that ideas connect to your artist research.
  • Produce your own reference imagery
  • Develop your ideas thoroughly by exploring and experimenting with artist techniques.
  • Ensure that all evidence is recorded within your portfolio.

A-Level Physical Education

Subject: PE

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13 – 70%
  • Written analysis and evaluation on a sporting performance as well as an assessment as a performer or coach in a full sided version of one activity – 30%

Topics Covered

Paper 1

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society
  • Written analysis and evaluation of weaknesses of defensive skills and tactics and strategies of a sport of their choice.

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Watch “Panorama” programmes for topics such as Hooliganism in sport and Drugs in Sport.
  • Watch the athlete profile documentaries that were based on the Olympic Athletes.

Recommended Reading List

  • Getting into physiotherapy course – James Barton
  • Running Like A Girl – Alexandra Heminsley
  • Your Pace or Mine? – Lisa Jackson

Useful Tips

  • Students should expose themselves to as much current sporting news and articles as possible in order to develop breadth in their knowledge.
  • Students should consolidate their learning after everything lesson to ensure they are confident with the content.

Subject: PE

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13 – 70%
  • Written analysis and evaluation on a sporting performance as well as an assessment as a performer or coach in a full sided version of one activity – 30%
  • Practical deadline for evidence is by October half term.

Topics Covered

Paper 2

  • Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society and technology in sport
  • Written analysis and evaluation of weaknesses of defensive skills and tactics and strategies of a sport of their choice.
  • Practical moderation on one sport that the individual currently plays.

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Watch “Panorama” programmes for topics such as Hooliganism in sport and Drugs in Sport.
  • Watch the athlete profile documentaries that were based on the Olympic Athletes.

Recommended Reading List

  • Getting into physiotherapy course – James Barton
  • Running Like A Girl – Alexandra Heminsley
  • Your Pace or Mine? – Lisa Jackson

Useful Tips

  • Students should expose themselves to as much current sporting news and articles as possible in order to develop breadth in their knowledge.
  • Students should consolidate their learning after everything lesson to ensure they are confident with the content.
Super-curricular
  • Opportunity to attend University of Kent to learn about sports courses and gain more practical experience at degree level.

 

A-Level Physics

Subject: Physics

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Exam Board; OCR
  • 1 x Modelling Physics – 135 minutes – 37%
  • 1 x Exploring Physics – 135 minutes – 37%
  • 1 x Unified Physics – 90 minutes – 26%
  • Practical Endorsement

Topics Covered

  • Section 1 – Forces and Motion
    • Module 1 – Introduction to A Level Physics
    • Module 2 – Motion
    • Module 3 – Forces
    • Module 4 – Energy
    • Module 5 – Behaviour of Material
    • Module 6 – Momentum
  • Section 2 – Electricity and Magnetism
    • Module 1 – Electricity and Circuits
  • Section 3 – Waves and Particles
    • Module 1 – Properties of Waves
    • Module 2 – Standing Waves
    • Module 4 – Particle and Nuclear Physics Pt. 1

Recommended Extra Resources

  • New A-Level Physics: OCR A Year 1 & 2 Complete Revision & Practice
  • The Kahn Academy

Recommended Reading List

  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics – Carlo Rovelli;  Pengiun, 2016
  • The Universe in Your Hand; A Journey Through Space, Time and Beyond – Christophe Galfard;  Macmillan, 2015
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson;  Black Swan, 2016
  • Classical Mechanics; The Theoretical Minimum – Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky;  Penguin, 2014
  • It’s Not Rocket Science – Ben Millar;  Sphere, 2012
  • Big Bang; The Most Important Scientific Discovery of All Time and Why You Need to Know About It – Simon Singh;  Harper Perennial, 2005

Useful Tips

  • Redo the assessed homework questions without looking at the solutions when revising.
  • Review the class tests and any previous mock tests regularly.
  • Review the Kerboodle resources and the questions from the online text books.
  • Make use of youtube and the Kahn Academy website to review topics which you struggle with.

Subject: Physics

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Exam Board; OCR
  • 1 x Modelling Physics – 135 minutes – 37%
  • 1 x Exploring Physics – 135 minutes – 37%
  • 1 x Unified Physics – 90 minutes – 26%
  • Practical Endorsement

Topics Covered

  • Section 2 – Electricity and Magnetism
    • Module 2 – Electric Fields
    • Module 3 – Capacitors
    • Module 4 – Electromagnetism
  • Section 3 – Waves and Particles
    • Module 3 – Simple Harmonic Motion
    • Module 4 – Particle and Nuclear Physics Part 2
    • Module 5 – Medical Physics
  • Section 4 – The Newtonian World and Astrophysics
    • Module 1 – Ideal Gases
    • Module 2 – Gravity
    • Module 3 – Astrophysics
    • Module 4 – Cosmology

Recommended Extra Resources

  • New A-Level Physics: OCR A Year 1 & 2 Complete Revision & Practice
  • The Kahn Academy

Recommended Reading List

  • Professor Povey’s Perplexing Problems; Pre-University Physics and Maths Problems with Solutions – Thomas Povey;  Oneworld Publications, 2015
  • Quantum; A Guide for the Perplexed – Jim Al-Khalili;  Weidenfield and Nicholson, 2012
  • Why Does E=mc2 – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw;  Pengiun, 2012
  • A Brief History of Time; From Big Bang to Black Holes – Stephen Hawking;  Bantam, 2011
  • The Particle at the End of The Universe – Sean Carroll;  Oneworld, 2012
  • Just Six Numbers; The Deep Forces that Shape our Universe – Martin Rees;  Weidenfield and Nicholson, 1999
  • The 4-Percent Universe; Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and The Race to Discover the Rest of Reality – Richard Panek;  Oneworld, 2012

Useful Tips

  • Redo the assessed homework questions without looking at the solutions when revising.
  • Review the class tests and any previous mock tests regularly.
  • Review the Kerboodle resources and the questions from the online text books.
  • Make use of Youtube and the Kahn Academy website to review topics which you struggle with.

 

A-Level Product Design (legacy)

Subject: Product Design 3D legacy)

Year 12 

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam board
  • Unit 1: 2 hour written paper, 50% of AS, 25% of A-level (80 marks)
  • Unit 2: coursework, approx. 50 hours, 50% of AS and 25% of A-level. (80 marks)

Topics Covered

  • Natural Woods
  • Man-made Boards
  • Laminates and Veneers
  • Ferrous Metals
  • Non-Ferrous Metals
  • Alloys
  • Polymers
  • Bio-degradable polymers
  • Elastomers
  • Compliant Materials
  • Smart Materials
  • Modern Materials
  • Product Components
  • Adhesives

Fabrication Methods:

  • Woods
  • Metals
  • Plastics

Forming Methods:

  • Woods
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Composites
  • Redistribution Methods 
  • Metals
  • Cements
  • Polymers
  • Wasting Processes
  • CAM processing

Finishing Materials and Processes:

  • Woods
  • Metals
  • Polymers
  • Health and Safety
  • Quality Control
  • Design Specifications
  • Developing Designs
  • Model making
  • Product Analysis
  • Practical Skills
  • Finishing Techniques

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guide
  • AQA Design and Technology Product Design 3D AS/A2
  • Visit museums
  • Go to design shows/galleries
  • Recommended Websites:
  • Watch tutorials on Youtube

Recommended Reading List

  • Against the Odds: An Autobiography – by James Dyson
  • James Dyson History of Great Inventions – by James Dyson
  • Making It – Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design – Chris Lefteri
  • Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way we Make Things – by Michael Braungart and William McDonough

Useful Tips

Look at past papers and mark schemes, familiarise yourself with the key terminology expected in an A-level examination.

Use the resources on the portal to support theory knowledge.

Subject: Product Design 3D (legacy)

Year 13

Examination Information

  • AQA exam board
  • Unit 3: 2 hour written paper 25% of A-level (84 marks)
  • Unit 4: coursework, approx. 60 hours 25% of A-level (85 marks)

Topics Covered

  • Major Developments in Technology
  • A study of Manufactured Products and Systems
  • Product Life Cycle
  • The Influence of Design and Technology in Society
  • Role of the Designer
  • The Marketing Function
  • Design Methods
  • Design Process
  • Safety
  • Safety Legislation
  • Communication Methods
  • Illustration, Selection and use of Appropriate 2D/3D Techniques
  • Enhancement
  • Information Drawing
  • Modelling
  • Use of ICT in Design
  • Development
  • Human Needs
  • Human Factors
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • The work of Past and Present Designers
  • Copyright Protection
  • Design Methods
  • The Influence of Design and Technology in Society
  • Product Development and Improvement
  • Communication Methods
  • Design and Human Context
  • ICT applications
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Product Development/Improvement
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Safety
  • Systems and Control
  • Design Specifications
  • Developing Designs
  • Model making
  • Product Analysis
  • Practical Skills
  • Finishing Techniques

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guide
  • AQA Design and Technology Product Design 3D AS/A2
  • Visit museums
  • Go to design shows/galleries
  • Recommended Websites:
    Watch tutorials on Youtube

Recommended Reading List

  • Against the Odds: An Autobiography – by James Dyson
  • James Dyson History of Great Inventions – by James Dyson
  • Making It – Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design – Chris Lefteri
  • Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way we Make Things – by Michael Braungart and William McDonough

Useful Tips

Use theory topic tasks on Portal and do further research outside of lessons.

Do plenty of past papers and look at mark schemes. Exams are very different to Year 11 and 12 exams.

 

A-Level Psychology

 

Subject: Psychology

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

External examinations are taken in the second year of the course. Internal examinations:

  • 3 papers x 90 minutes
  • 1 research study

Topics Covered

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods – Part 1
  • Mathematics and Statistics

Recommended Extra Resources

In addition to the two set text books:

  • BPS Research Digest
  • Neuroscience News
  • New Scientist
  • Course-related videos

Recommended Reading List

  • Opening Skinner Box – Lauren Slater
  • Dibs in Search of Self – Virginia Axline
  • Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
  • The Psychology of Harry Potter – Neil Mulholland

Useful Tips

  • Prepare well for class tutorials
  • Keep assignments and notes up-to-date and organised
  • Use all study resources available to you – not just those you like
  • Engage in wider reading

 

Subject: Psychology

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

AQA Psychology A:

  • 3 papers x 120 minutes
  • No coursework

Topics Covered

  • Issues and Debates in Psychology
  • Relationships
  • Research Methods – Part 2
  • Schizophrenia
  • Aggression

Recommended Extra Resources

In addition to the two set text books:

  • BPS Research Digest
  • Neuroscience News
  • New Scientist
  • Course-related videos

Recommended Reading List

  • The Private Life of the Brain
  • Rhythms of Life – Foster & Kreitzman
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  • Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole – Ropper & Burrell
  • The User Illusion – Tor Norretranders

Useful Tips

  • Prepare well for class tutorials
  • Keep assignments and notes up-to-date and organised
  • Use all study resources available to you – not just those you like
  • Engage in wider reading

 

A-Level Spanish

Subject: Spanish

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 3 papers at the end of Year 13
  • Paper One (2 hours 30 minutes): Listening, Reading, Translation into English and Translation into target language
  • Paper Two (2 hours): Writing, two essays on set texts/films
  • Paper 3 (21-23 minutes): oral exam, discussion of a sub-theme based on a stimulus card and presentation/discussion of individual research project)

Topics Covered

  • Aspects of Hispanic society: modern and traditional values, cyberpace, equal rights
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world: modern day idols, Spanish regional identity, cultural heritage
  • Set text or film

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Quizlet (application or website ideal for vocabulary revision)
  • Kerboodle (online access to the set textbook with additional interactive resources)
  • Wordreference.com (a useful online dictionary with verb conjugation tool)
  • El País (newspaper)

Recommended Reading List

  • Federico García Lorca La casa de Bernarda Alba
  • Gabriel García Márquez Crónica de una muerte anunciada
  • Laura Esquivel Como agua para chocolate
  • Ramón J. Sender Réquiem por un campesino español
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón La sombra del viento
  • Isabel Allende La casa de los espíritus
  • Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Rimas
  • Fernando Fernán-Gómez Las bicicletas son para el verano
  • Luis de Castresana El otro árbol de Guernica
  • Gabriel García Márquez El coronel no tiene quien le escriba

Useful Tips

Keep a note of all new vocabulary by family: can you deduce the noun and adjective from a verb, and vice versa?

Stay informed: you will be required to have and show knowledge of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Read newspapers and blogs and watch the Spanish news to stay up-to-date.

Attend all speaking sessions .

Make use of the activities available on Kerboodle to extend your learning outside of the classroom.

Remember to plan and check back through your written work just as you would for other essay-based subjects.

Extra and Super Curricular
  • Mentoring opportunities for KS3-4.
  • Buddy scheme with Year 11 classes.
  • 1-to-1 speaking sessions with native speakers.
  • Eurovicta.
  • Theatre Trips.
  • UKLO

 

Subject: Spanish

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 3 papers at the end of Year 13
  • Paper One (2 hours 30 minutes): Listening, Reading, Translation into English and Translation into target language
  • Paper Two (2 hours): Writing, two essays on set texts/films
  • Paper 3 (21-23 minutes): oral exam, discussion of a sub-theme based on a stimulus card and presentation/discussion of individual research project)

Topics Covered

  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society: immigration, racism, integration
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world: today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens; monarchies and dictatorships; popular movements
  • Set text

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Quizlet (application or website ideal for vocabulary revision)
  • Kerboodle (online access to the set textbook with additional interactive resources)
  • Wordreference.com (a useful online dictionary with verb conjugation tool)
  • El País (newspaper)

Recommended Reading List

  • Federico García Lorca La casa de Bernarda Alba
  • Gabriel García Márquez Crónica de una muerte anunciada
  • Laura Esquivel Como agua para chocolate
  • Ramón J. Sender Réquiem por un campesino español
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón La sombra del viento
  • Isabel Allende La casa de los espíritus
  • Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Rimas
  • Fernando Fernán-Gómez Las bicicletas son para el verano
  • Luis de Castresana El otro árbol de Guernica
  • Gabriel García Márquez El coronel no tiene quien le escriba

Useful Tips

Keep a note of all new vocabulary by family: can you deduce the noun and adjective from a verb, and vice versa?

Stay informed: you will be required to have and show knowledge of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Read newspapers and blogs and watch the Spanish news to stay up-to-date.

Attend all speaking sessions.

Make use of the activities available on Kerboodle to extend your learning outside of the classroom.

Remember to plan and check back through your written work just as you would for other essay-based subjects.

Practise writing essays to time in preparation for the final exam.

Extra and Super Curricular
  • Mentoring opportunities for KS3-4.
  • Buddy scheme with Year 11 classes.
  • 1-to-1 speaking sessions with native speakers.
  • Eurovicta.
  • Theatre Trips.
  • UKLO

 

A-Level Religious Studies

 Year 12 Curriculum

Examination Information:

  • Eduqas examination board
  • 3 x 2 hour papers at the end of Year 13
  • 100% examination

Topics Covered

Component 1:

Study of Religion: Christianity

Theme 1

Religious figures and sacred texts

  1. Jesus: his birth
  2. Jesus: his resurrection
  3. The Bible as a source of wisdom and authority in daily life

Theme 2

Religious concepts and religious life

  1. Religious concepts - the nature of God
  2. Religious concepts - the Trinity
  3. Religious concepts - the Atonement

Theme 2

Religious concepts and religious life

  1. Religious life - faith and works
  2. Religious life - the community of believers
  3. Religious  life - key moral principles

Theme 4

Religious practices that shape religious identity

  1. Religious identity through diversity in baptism
  2. Religious identity through diversity in Eucharist
  3. Religious identity through diversity in festivals

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion

 

 

 

Theme 1

Arguments for the Existence of God - inductive

  1. Inductive arguments – cosmological
  2. Inductive arguments – teleological
  3. Challenges to inductive arguments

Theme 1

Arguments for the Existence of God - deductive

  1. Deductive arguments – origins of the ontological argument
  2. Deductive arguments – developments of the ontological argument
  3. Challenges to the ontological argument

Theme 2

Challenges to religious belief

 – the problem of evil and suffering

  1. The problem of evil
  2. Religious responses to the problem of evil (i) Augustinian type theodicy
  3. Religious responses to the problem of evil (ii) Irenaean type theodicy

Theme 3

Religious experience

  1. The nature of religious experience
  2. Mystical experience
  3. Challenges to the objectivity and authenticity of religious experience

Component 3: Religion and  Ethics

 

 

 

Theme 1

Ethical Thought

  1. Divine Command Theory
  2. Virtue Theory
  3. Ethical Egoism

Theme 2

Deontological Ethics: Natural Law

  1. Thomas Aquinas’ Natural Law: laws and precepts as the basis of morality
  2. Aquinas’ Natural Law” the role of virtues and goods in supporting moral behaviour
  3. Aquinas’ Natural Law: application of the theory (abortion/voluntary euthanasia)

Theme 3

Teleological Ethics: Situation Ethics

 

  1. Joseph Fletcher’s Situation Ethics: his rejection of other forms of ethics and his acceptance of agape as the basis for morality
  2. Fletcher’s Situation Ethics: the principles as a means of assessing morality
  3. Fletcher’s Situation Ethics: application of the theory (homosexual/polyamorous relationships)

Theme 3

Teleological Ethics: Utilitarianism

 

  1. Classical Utilitarianism – Jeremy Bentham’s Act Utilitarianism: happiness as the basis of morality
  2. John Stuart Mill’s development of Utilitarianism: types of pleasure, the harm principle and the use of rules
  3. Utilitarianism: application of the theories (Act and Rule) (animal experiment/nuclear weapons)

      Recommended Reading List

  • Think(www.royalinstitutephilosophy.org/think/index.php)
  • The Philosopher’s Magazine (www.philosophersnet.com)
  • Philosophy Now (www.philosophynow.org)
  • Dialogue (www.dialogue.org.uk): for Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
  • Philosophy Compass (http://philosophy-compass.com): more in-depth survey articles

 

 

      Useful Tips:

  • Apply contextual knowledge to analysis questions.
  • Ensure you personally engage with question being asked.
  • Ensure balance, accuracy and depth in essays.
  • Read widely around the subject of the texts; research religious, ethical, philosophical ideas and developments.
  • Stay informed – be aware of what is happening in the news and reflect on the views from various fronts.
  • Have an opinion!

 

Year 13 Curriculum

Examination Information:

  • Eduqas examination board
  • 3 x 2 hour papers at the end of Year 13
  • 100% examination

 

 

Topics Covered

Component 1:

Study of Religion: Christianity

Theme 1

Religious figures and sacred texts

  • The Bible as a source of wisdom and authority
  • The early church (in Acts of the Apostles)
  • Two views of Jesus

Theme 3

Significant social and historical developments in religious thought

  • Attitudes to wealth
  • Migration and Christianity in the UK
  • Feminist theology and the changing role of men and women

 

Theme 3

Significant social and historical developments in religious thought

  • Challenges from secularisation.
  • Challenges from science
  • Challenges from pluralism and diversity within a tradition

Theme 4

Religious practices that shape religious identity

  • Religious identity through unification
  • Religious identity through religious experience
  • Religious identity through response to poverty and injustice

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion

 

 

 

Theme 2

Challenges to religious belief -  religious belief as a product of the human mind

  • Belief as a product of the human mind: Sigmund Freud
  • Religious Belief as a product of the human mind: Carl Jung
  • Issues relating to the rejection of religion – Atheism

Theme 3

Religious experience

  • The influence of religious experience on religious practice and faith
  • Different definitions of miracle
  • Contrasting views on the possibility of miracles: Hume & Swinburne

Theme 4

Religious Language

  • Inherent problems of religious language
  • Religious language as cognitive but meaningless
  • Religious language as non-cognitive and analogical

 

Theme 4

Religious Language

  • language as non-cognitive and symbolical
  • Religious language as non-cognitive and mythical
  • Religious language as a language game

Component 3: Religion and  Ethics

 

 

 

Theme 1

Ethical Thought

  • Meta-ethical approaches – Naturalism
  • Meta-ethical approaches – Intuitionism
  • Meta-ethical approaches – Emotivism

Theme 2

Deontological Ethics: Natural Law

  • John Finnis’ development of Natural Law
  • Bernard Hoose’s Proportionalism
  • Finnis’ Natural Law and Hoose’s Proportionalism: application of the theory

Theme 4

Determinism and Free will:

Determinism

  • concepts of predestination: St Augustine and Calvin
  • Concepts of Determinism
  • The implications of predestination/determinism

Theme 4

Determinism and Free will:

Free will

  • Religious concepts of free will: Pelagius and Arminius
  • Concepts of libertarianism
  • The implications of libertarianism and free will

 

      Recommended Reading List

  • (www.royalinstitutephilosophy.org/think/index.php)
  • The Philosopher’s Magazine (www.philosophersnet.com)
  • Philosophy Now (www.philosophynow.org)
  • (www.dialogue.org.uk): for Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
  • Philosophy Compass (http://philosophy-compass.com): more in-depth survey articles

 

 

      Useful Tips:

  • Apply contextual knowledge to analysis questions.
  • Ensure you personally engage with question being asked.
  • Ensure balance, accuracy and depth in essays.
  • Read widely around the subject of the texts; research religious, ethical, philosophical ideas and developments.
  • Stay informed – be aware of what is happening in the news and reflect on the views from various fronts.
  • Have an opinion!