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Published by msmith, 2020-11-02 07:29:29

Sixth Form Prospectus 2021

Sixth Form MIS 2020 V2.0

SHOEBURYNESS
HIGH SCHOOL

Sixth Form
Prospectus

HEADTEACHER

Mrs C COSTELLO

Shoeburyness High School is a very successful, large and oversubscribed 11-18
Community Academy and a member of the Southend East Community Academy Trust
(SECAT).
First and foremost we are a place of learning and high aspiration but we add value to this
core purpose with our focus on developing the whole individual; there is something for
everyone at Shoeburyness High School and we remain very proud of our fully inclusive
ethos.
We are committed to offering a broad and balanced curriculum to ALL of our students
together with an enormous range of extracurricular activities all wrapped up in a culture
of challenge, support and positivity.
Again this year our students and their families have every right to feel proud of their
amazing successes in GCSEs and A levels together with their many personal, sporting
and creative achievements; our young people constantly impress us and I feel privileged
to lead this amazing, and I think unique, school.

HEAD OF SIXTH FORM

Mr M SMITH

Welcome to our Sixth Form Prospectus and welcome to Shoeburyness High School.
We are all very proud of what we have achieved with our Sixth Form. We have one of the
widest ranges of Sixth Form courses of any school in the Borough, with growing numbers
of students and increased progress.
We have excellent systems that support the students’ pastoral needs as well as ensuring
that every student is challenged academically. As Head of Sixth Form, I work closely with
our Sixth Form Year Manager Laura Windle, who provides support and guidance to
students in Year 12 and 13. Students have access to a wide range of super-curricular
activities to prepare them for University, apprenticeships and their career paths.
I believe that every student gets the best of everything at our school: high quality
teaching, excellent pastoral support and rigorous academic challenge. It’s what makes
us special: academic study in a really supportive community.

YEAR MANAGER

Miss L WINDLE

As the Year Manager for the Sixth Form, my role is to provide pastoral support for all of
the students in Year 12 and 13. As you would expect, I work very closely with Mr Smith as
the Head of Sixth Form and the form tutors.
I’m here to support the students whenever they need advice and guidance, and to act
as a liaison between students and subject teachers. Our pastoral system is unique and
provides excellent support and guidance throughout every students’ time in the school.

PASTORAL SUPPORT

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

NOAH Deputy Head Boy KAYLEIGH Head Girl

WILLIAM Head Boy MOLLY Deputy Head Girl

SENIOR
PREFECT
TEAM

Subject Blocks

Our timetable is based around five blocks - subjects within a block are taught at
the same time, so students may only choose one subject from each block.
Subjects within the blocks are colour coded by category:

 “Facilitating” A-Levels in red
 Other A-Levels in orange
 Applied subjects in blue
 Supplementary qualifications/courses in green

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for each Pathway are shown on the facing page.
In addition to these, many subjects have specific entry requirements which
must be met in order to study them. These are shown on the pages for
each of the relevant subjects.

Selecting Your Options

All applicants for Sixth Form entry in September 2020 will be expected to
select four options from the blocks on the previous page. The selections
which are available are based on the three pathways and the level of
qualifications which will be achieved in Year 11.

Pathway 1

Entry requirements: 8+ GCSEs at grade 6+ including English & Maths
Applicants for Pathway 1 should select:
 Four A-Levels
OR
 A combination of four A-Levels and applied courses

Pathway 2

Entry requirements: 5+ GCSEs at grade 5+ including English & Maths
Applicants for Pathway 2 should select:
 A combination of three A-Levels and applied subjects
AND
 A supplementary subject

Pathway 3

Entry requirements: 5+ GCSEs at grade 4+
Applicants for Pathway 3 should select:
 Three applied qualifications
AND
 A supplementary subject

GCSE English & Maths Resits

Any student not achieving a minimum of GCSE Grade 4 in English
(language or literature) or Maths will be required to attend after school
resit classes. This is considered a condition of entry for any student who
does not already have GCSE Grade 4+ in these subjects.

How to apply

All Sixth Form applications are completed online through the school website at:
Shoeburynesshigh.co.uk/Sixth-Form-Apply

Applications open during the Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 8th November
and can be completed at school on the night. Alternatively, you can complete
your application at a later date.
All applications received by the end of the autumn term will be treated equally.
Applications received later than this will still be accepted, subject to the
availability of places on each course.

Interviews

All applicants to the Sixth Form will be subject to a selection process, based on the
entry requirements.
Applicants who are already members of Shoeburyness High School will be
contacted by the Head of Sixth Form during the spring term and interviewed
during the school day.
Applicants from other schools will receive an invitation to meet with the Head of
Sixth Form and attend a tour of the school. (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).

Offers

Following the application process, an official offer will be made. The offer will
include any conditions of acceptance based on the entry requirements and will
be strictly based on exam results. All offers remain subject to these conditions.

Enrolment

All applicants are required to enrol with the Head of Sixth Form on GCSE results
day, unless prior arrangements have been made. Enrolment is subject to
achieving the required examination results.

Sixth Form FacilitiesLYNDON
Engineering, Edinburgh

The Sixth Form at Shoeburyness High School has a range of dedicated spaces for
Sixth Form students - some to allow for effective private study and others to give
students opportunities for some down time during breaks and lunches.
G2 Study Space & Common Room: G2 is the main space for students to use during
their Private Study periods and during break times. G2 can seat more than 100
students, as well as having over 60 PCs available for work.
Sixth Form Quad: the outdoor space adjoining G2 was fully refurbished in the
summer of 2019, using funding from the Healthy Schools Capital Fund. The space
gives students a place to relax during their breaks as well as study in the fresh air.

SIXTH
FORM
QUAD

The School Day

The school day for Sixth Form students is the same as for the rest of the school, with
3 100-minute lessons and a tutor period.

8:30—8:55: Tutor Period (“Period 1”)
8:55—10:35: Period 2
10:35—10:55: Break
10:55—12:35: Period 3
12:35—15:20: Lunch
13:20—15:00: Period 4
Sixth Form students have the privilege of studying at home after lunch if they do
not have a timetabled lesson.

Biology
A-Level Edexcel

The Course

 Year 12: Biological Molecules; Cells & Viruses; Reproduction; Classification; Biodiversity; Exchange & Transport
 Year 13: Energy for Biological Processes; Microbiology & Pathogens; Modern Genetics; Origins of Genetic

Variation; Control Systems; Ecosystems
This is a course where you will learn about biological principles through carrying out a wide range of experiments.
You will carry out a range of investigative activities including fieldwork at a variety of locations including seashore,
woodland and ponds.

Assessment

Paper 1 and Paper 2 (1 hour 45 minutes) cover the content from the whole of the two year course.

Paper 3 (2 hours 30 minutes) examines investigative skills and the ability to link topics.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: Biology can lead to University studies in Biological
 Grade 5+ in GCSE Biology or GCSE Science on Sciences and careers in fields such as medicine, animal
science, education and environmental science. Biology is
the higher tier highly valued by employers and further education.

CHUDI

“I chose Biology “ Biology will relate

because it’s a subject every human gene to
I’ve always enjoyed and the genes of other
the practical work is
animals and
fantastic. I want to study
Veterinary Science at bacteria, to this great
chain of being.”
University, so Biology &

Chemistry are Walter Gilbert

essential!”

ANNA

“I am among those who think that science has
great beauty.

A scientist in his laboratory is not only a
technician; he is also a child placed before natural
phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.”

Marie Curie

“I chose chemistry because the subject can
open opportunities to a huge range of
careers. I’m studying four subjects and I like
the variety of courses that Shoeburyness
High School has available.”

Chemistry
A-Level Edexcel

The Course

Chemistry is everywhere. Every time we light a match or cook a meal, drive a car or simply breathe and use
oxygen in our bodies, we perform a chemical reaction. Year 12 includes the structure of the atom, chemical
structure and bonding, organic and inorganic chemistry, analytical techniques, rates of reaction and equilibrium.
Year 13 includes acid-base equilibria, enthalpy cycles and entropy, redox and electrochemistry, the importance of
transition metals and the application of organic chemistry.

Assessment

Paper 1 and Paper 2 (1 hour 45 minutes) cover the content from the whole of the two year course.

Paper 3 (2 hours 30 minutes) examines investigative skills and the ability to link topics.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: Chemists are highly employable and they are found
 Grade 5+ in GCSE Chemistry or Science on working in a wide range of careers: pharmaceutical and
oil industries, public health and environmental
the higher tier protection, journalism, forensic science, business,
finance, banking and accountancy.

English Literature

A-Level Edexcel

The Course

The A-Level in English Literature covers a wide range of themes and literary forms. You will study aspects of the
form of drama, dramatic devices and the shaping of meanings. You will explore thematic links between prose
texts from pre- and post- 1900.You will study a selection of poems applying your knowledge of poetic form,
content and meaning.

Assessment

Paper 1: Shakespeare and other drama
Paper 2: Prose
Paper 3: Poetry
Course work Unit (module 4): Comparative literature

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: An A-level in English Literature can lead to entry on a
 Grade 5+ in GCSE English Literature variety of Further and Higher education courses.

HERMIONE

“What an astonishing thing a book is. One glance at
it and you're inside the mind of another person.

Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions,
binding together people who never knew each other,

citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of
time. A book is proof that humans are capable of
working magic."
Carl Sagan

“I chose A-Level English Literature because
it is a Russell Group Facilitating Subject and
it will support my studies at University. I
enjoy analysing literary works, especially
contemporary poetry that deals with
modern societal issues.”

MAYA

“Study a foreign language if you
have the opportunity to do so. You
may never be called to a land where
that language is spoken, but the
study will have given you a better
understanding of your own tongue
or of another tongue you may be

asked to acquire.”

Gordon B Hinkley

“A-Level French was an obvious choice for me,
as I’ve always enjoyed studying languages and
learning more about other cultures. Language
qualifications are strongly valued by
employers, so A-Level French will really support
my career aspirations.”

French

A-Level AQA

The Course

You will study technological and social change, looking at diversity and its benefits. You will study highlights of
French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement
and who wields political power in the French-speaking world. You also explore the influence of the past on
present-day French-speaking communities. Throughout your studies, you will learn the language in the context of
French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will study texts and film
and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice. Assessment tasks will be
varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Assessment

 Paper 1—Listening, reading and writing exam. 40% of the total marks.
 Paper 2—Writing. 30% of the total marks.
 Paper 3—Speaking. 30% of the total marks

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus:  University courses in Modern Foreign Languages
 Grade 5+ in GCSE French on the higher tier with other specialisms (e.g. French with law,
business, economics, sciences, humanities)

 Enhanced career prospects through language and
insight into another culture and society.

Geography
A-Level Edexcel

The Course

The A-Level Geography course covers a wide range of topics including:
 Dynamic Landscapes: Tectonic processes; Coastal landscapes and change
 Dynamic Places: Globalisation; Regenerating places
 Physical Systems and Sustainability: The water cycle and water insecurity; The carbon cycle and energy

security

Assessment

 Three examinations covering the work for Units 1 to 3 (80%)

 One independent investigation (20%)

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: As well as a degree in Geography, there are many other
 Grade 5+ in GCSE Geography courses that require a good knowledge of Geography.
Banking, economics, media and politics welcome
Geographers because of the skills they have.

DAISY

“The study of geography is about more
than just memorizing places on a map. It’s
about understanding the complexity of our

world, appreciating the diversity of
cultures that exists across continents. And

in the end, it’s about using all that
knowledge to help bridge divides and bring

people together.
Barack Obama

“I’ve always had a passion for Geography. The
balance between the human and physical strands of
Geography in the course means that we can view
the world from different perspectives. It’s a great
subject to study and it will open lots of doors in the
future!”

MILLIE

“The History course is really interesting; learning both “We are not makers of History.
20th and 15th-17th century history gives a balance to We are made by History”
the course. Being able to learn about law, how Martin Luther King, Jr
society functioned and the world worked in both time
periods gives you an insight into the context of
actions and beliefs that are present today and you
are often encouraged to give your opinion as a
historian as well as analysing the views of
contemporaries and modern-day historians.”

History
A-Level AQA

The Course

This course will help you understand the value of and significance of world events in the past, gain a deeper
understanding of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Knowing how people lived in the past helps us to
understand why people act the way that they do today. You will learn how to assemble data and assess it; how to
investigate facts and use deduction; how to put over your point of view fluently; how to work as a team to
achieve results. As an academic subject, essay writing and examination skills will be taught and practised.

Assessment

 Unit 1 – The Tudors: England, 1485-1603. Written examination (40%)

 Unit 2—The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945-1980. Written examination (40%)

 Unit 3 – Historical Interpretation; The British Raj in India. Coursework essay (20%)

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: Students who specialise in History go on to become
 Grade 5+ in GCSE History researchers, work in heritage organisations or become
teachers. History also supports career paths such as
journalism, politics, law, social work and public services.

Mathematics
A-Level Edexcel

The Course

The breadth of mathematical applications is immense. It underpins most of science, technology and engineering
and is also important in areas as diverse as business, law, nutrition, sports science and psychology. Areas of study:
Pure Mathematics (algebra, trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, coordinate geometry and vectors)
Statistics (probability, conditional probability, histograms, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing)
Mechanics (including kinematics, Newton’s laws, motion under gravity, projectiles, friction and moments)

Assessment

There are three written examinations for the A-Level courses, all of which are two hours long.

Two papers cover pure mathematics, whilst one covers the applied topics (statistics and mechanics).

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: Mathematicians are highly sought after by both
 Grade 5+ in GCSE Mathematics on the employers and universities. Mathematics students have
the ability to solve problems and develop skills which are
higher tier. highly desirable in the modern workplace.

GENNA

“I chose A level maths because I have always enjoyed the subject. My
teachers have always given me great support to ensure that I’m
working to the best of my ability. It’s such a diverse subject that can
help get you onto any course at university and open up a range of
career opportunities.”

“Mathematics is the most
beautiful and most
powerful

creation of the human
spirit.”

Stefan Banach

WILLIAM

“Physics is really nothing more than a “A-Level Physics was an obvious choice for me, as I
search for ultimate simplicity, but so far want to study it at University. Physics has developed

all we have is a kind of elegant messiness.” my problem-solving, critical thinking, data analysis

and much more. Physics develops a wide range of

Bill Bryson skills that in great demand.”

Physics
A-Level Edexcel

The Course

The Physics course is a mixture of practical and theoretical learning. The course covers everything from the
smallest subatomic particles to the creation and ultimate fate of the Universe! However, the basis of all study of
Physics is application of mathematics - a good Physicist must also be a good mathematician!
 Year 12: Mechanics; Electricity; Waves; Materials Physics; Quantum Physics
 Year 13: Further Mechanics; Fields; Nuclear & Particle Physics; Thermal Physics; Astrophysics Cosmology

Assessment

Three written examinations:
 Paper 1 (30%): Mechanics, Electricity, Fields, Particle Physics
 Paper 2 (30%): Waves, Materials Physics, Nuclear Physics; Thermal Physics; Astrophysics; Cosmology
 Paper 3 (40%): Synoptic assessment and Practical Physics

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: Physicists are in great demand in a range of sectors,
 Grade 5+ in GCSE Physics or Science on the from scientific research and engineering to banking,
finance, medicine and computing. The analytical and
higher tier problem solving skills developed in Physics are very
valuable.

Spanish
A-Level AQA

The Course

Students will study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of Hispanic society. They
will study highlights of Hispanic artistic culture, including a focus on Spanish regional identity and the cultural
heritage of past civilisations. They will learn about aspects of the diverse political landscape of the Hispanic world.
Students will explore the influence of the past on present-day Hispanic communities. Throughout their studies,
they learn the language in the context of Hispanic countries and issues and influences which have shaped them.
Students will study texts and film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of
their choice. Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Assessment

 Paper 1—Listening, reading and writing exam. 40% of the total marks.
 Paper 2—Writing. 30% of the total marks.
 Paper 3—Speaking. 30% of the total marks

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus:  University courses in Modern Foreign Languages
 Grade 5+ in GCSE Spanish at higher tier with other specialisms (e.g. Spanish with law,
business, economics, sciences, humanities)

 Enhanced career prospects through language and
insight into another culture and society.

ERNA

“Learning another language is like
becoming another person. “

Haruki Murakami

“Studying Spanish opens doors...there are
more than 420 million Spanish speakers
across Europe, the Americas and beyond!
It is the third most spoken language in the
world and can open great opportunities
around the globe in a wide range of
careers.”

LYNDON

Engineering, Edinburgh

BRANDON

Medicine, Bristol

Jack

Physics, Royal Holloway

ELLIE

Biomedicine, UEA

UNIVERSITY PROGRESSION

Fine Art

A-Level Edexcel

The Course

During the A-Level Fine Art course you will:
 Develop and extend your existing artistic skills, whilst experiencing new materials and processes
 Develop evaluating and analysing skills
 Participate in a study trip in order to gather resources for a thematic study
 Carry out private study activities including observational studies and contextual analyses of artists and

designers who share your ideas or style

Assessment

The A-level course is 60% coursework and concludes with a 15 hour timed examination based on an externally
set theme (worth a further 40%). A substantial body of work based on this theme and advanced technical skills
and inventiveness are essential when producing coursework and supporting studies for the examination.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: Studying Art could lead to University study and careers
 Grade 5+ in GCSE Art or equivalent in a wide range of areas, including art, design, fashion,
media, architecture, journalism, education and a wide
qualification at Level 2 range of other professions where creativity is vital.

ELOISE

“I chose Fine Art because I love being creative and
the course gives me lots of freedom to express myself
and experiment. I am also developing my ability to
think creatively and come up with original ideas,
which helps me approach my other courses with
greater originality and inventiveness. I hope to go on
and have a career working in film set design.”

Art has the power to transform, to
illuminate , to educate, inspire and

motivate.

Harvey Fierstein

CONNOR

“I didn’t study GCSE Business but knew that this
course would develop my commercial awareness
and desirable skills that employers are looking for -
teamwork, numeracy, communication, organisation
and more.”

“Great things in business are never done by
one person. They're done by a team of
people.”

Steve Jobs

Business

The Course

You will be taught a variety of topics which cover a wide range of business terms and concepts. These topics
include; ‘marketing and people’, ‘managing business activities’, ‘marketing’, ‘business decision & strategy’ and
‘global business’. You will get to participate in discussions, presentation and group work. Independent study is
essential on this course as you will need to undertake further reading to supplement and enhance classroom
learning, especially as the examinations focus on applying these concepts to the current business environment.
This means you will need a good understanding of current events. Regular homework is set and it is essential
that this is completed.

Assessment

The A-level exams consist of three two-hour exam papers this will be taken at the end of year 13.
The focus of the examinations is not just about understanding the theoretical concepts, but about applying these
to the dynamic business environment, including current real-life case studies. You will be expected to be able to
analyse and evaluate in your answers as you will have a number of extended-response, essay-style questions.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: An A-Level in Business will enable you to progress to
 Grade 5+ in GCSE Business Studies University, apprenticeships and employment. The skills
learnt are in demand by employers: presentation skills,
(preferable) team work and fundamental business theory.

NOAH

“I like this subject as I am fascinated in designing
and making for a purpose. I find a sense of joy in
being creative during iterations and essentially
‘playing’ around with processes and materials.
This subject is research based, so it will help focus
those skills to make you a lot more analytical and
open-minded for the future. Also the problem
solving skills obtained while working
independently on your project are key for work in
later life.”

“Design is a fundamental human activity, relevant
and useful to everyone.”

Maggie Macnab

D&T: 3D Design

A-Level AQA

The course

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of three-dimensional media,
processes and techniques, studying both traditional and new media. Students will explore the use of drawing for
different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales and will use sketchbooks,
workbooks and journals to underpin their work. Students are required to work in one or more areas of three-
dimensional design, such as exhibition design, product design, interior design, architectural design or film/TV.

Assessment

Practical Controlled Test (15 hours, 40%). Exam questions are released by AQA on 1st February in the
examination year and you have 3 ½ months to explore and experiment with a variety of 3D techniques before the
15 hour exam over 3 days, where you will complete the final outcome.
Critical/personal study unit of 1000 words with a practical outcome (60%). Based on a theme, concept or social
statement of your own choosing. You will develop a sketchbook of research work along with a further sketchbook
of samples and exploration work, resulting in a practical outcome of your own choosing. of samples and
exploration work, resulting in a practical outcome of your own choosing.

Entry requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: This course would suit students who aspire to a career in
 Grade 5+ in GCSE D&T or Merit in a working in any area of design, from theatre, film and TV
to architecture, interior design, exhibition spaces or new
Vocational D&T subject is preferred products.

Economics

A-Level Edexcel

The course

Throughout the course you will develop an understanding of how the economy affects each and every one of us,
as well as discover the problems and opportunities faced by the government, firms and consumers in ensuring
economic success. In this linear course you will gain a coherent understanding of a combination of
microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic
issues that affect everyday life.

Assessment

Paper 1 (35%): microeconomics; markets; business behaviour
Paper 2 (35%): macroeconomics; UK economy; global perspective
Paper 3: synoptic assessment
Paper 3: 30% of the A-Level

Entry requirements Careers & Higher Education
Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements
Degrees in theoretical, applied or business economics.
Employment in finance, banking, insurance,
accountancy, management and consultancy.
Some students become professional economists.

ELLIE

“Economics is everywhere, and understanding
economics can help you make better decisions

and lead a happier life.”

Tyler Cowen

“I chose economics because I
have always been interested in
the world economy and it links
with my study of business. We
tackle very complex issues but
the teachers are great at helping
our understanding.”

TAYLOR

“I chose to study A-Level English Language
& Literature because I have a passion for
understanding how language works and
how language is used in written texts.
Studying English also supports the other
subjects that I am studying.”

“Without language, one
cannot talk to people and
understand them; one cannot

share their hopes and
aspiations, grasp their
history, appreciate their
poetry, or savour their songs.”

Nelson Mandela

English Language and Literature

A-Level Edexcel

The Course

You will study a variety of non-fiction and literary texts, analysing how writers convey their attitudes, values and
ideas. You will learn how spoken voices are formed and written voices are created in non-literary and digital
texts. You will also learn how to write in a range of styles for specific purposes.

Assessment

Unit 1 (Exam): Section A - one comparative essay question on an unseen extract from 20th or 21st century
sources and one text from the anthology; Section B - one extract-based essay question on the chosen drama text.
Unit 2 (Exam): Section A - one essay question on an unseen prose non-fiction extract; Section B - comparative
essay question on one prose fiction anchor text and one other text from a theme.
Unit 3 (Coursework) : One piece of literary writing and one piece of non-literary writing on a chosen theme. A
commentary for the two pieces is also required.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education
Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements.
An A-level in English Language and Literature can lead to
entry on a variety of Further and Higher education
courses.

Film Studies

A-Level WJEC/Eduqas

The Course

Students will study mainstream American films from the past and the present as well as a range of recent and
contemporary British films, American independent films and global films, both non-English language and English
language.
The study of film form in particular is intended to enable learners to produce high quality short films and
screenplays as well as provide them with a filmmaker's perspective on the films they study.

Assessment

Unit 1 (exam): two Hollywood films (one Classical Hollywood, 1930-1960, and one New Hollywood, 1961-1990);
two American films since 2005 (one mainstream and one contemporary independent) and two British films.
Unit 2 (exam): two non-English language films (one European and one from outside Europe), one documentary
film, one film option from a 1920s silent film movement and one film option from an experimental film
movement.
Unit 3 (coursework): learners create an individual production, either a short film or a screenplay for a short
film.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education
Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements
A level Film Studies not only leads to careers in the film
industry; journalism, advertising, teaching, marketing
and media industries beckon.

ELLIE

“Filmmaking is a chance to live many
lifetimes.”

Robert Altman

“Film is an amazing subject that invites students to be
open-minded, creative and explore the rapidly
expanding and highly influential art form. Film can
make us laugh, cry, feel fear and happiness, all in
under two hours. Taking film at Shoeburyness High
School has been the best experience I’ve had in any
subject, and I would highly recommend it .”

ELLA

“When every man
lives without law,
every man lives
without freedom”

Joseph Ratzinger,
Pope Benedict XVI

“I took Law because I would like to work in
the legal profession. I thought carefully
about the other subjects that would help
me achieve that goal and selected
subjects that would work well with Law. I
have always found the subject intriguing
and cannot wait to study Law at University
and fulfil my dream of becoming a
solicitor.”

Law

A-Level AQA

The Course

You will learn about the English legal system which includes Parliamentary law making, delegated legislation and
juries among other topics. You will also study the law surrounding non-fatal offences against the person and the
law on negligence, as well as public law and elements of human rights and EU Law. As the Law course consists of
100% exam, you can expect to practice your essay writing and examination skills very regularly. You will also learn
to analyse and breakdown problems and develop your logical thinking skills. There is also an element of debate to
your Law studies.

Assessment

You will take three written papers, each of which is worth 33% of your final grade for the A-Level.

Each paper is 2 hours long and consists of a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
questions.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: Studying Law develops logical thinking and problem
 GCSE Grade 5+ in a humanities subject solving skills. Understanding of the law is an advantage
in education, human resources, business and finance, as
well as the public services.

Media Studies

A-Level WJEC/Eduqas

The Course

Students will have the opportunity to develop a thorough and in depth understanding of key issues surrounding
the media, using key concepts and a variety of critical perspectives to support critical exploration and reflection,
analysis and debate. The study of a wide range of rich and stimulating media products is central to the course,
offering opportunities for detailed analysis of how the media communicate meanings in a variety of forms.

Assessment

Unit 1 - students will develop a knowledge and understanding of media language, representation and audiences
in relation to advertising, news and the film industry.
Unit 2 – students will develop a knowledge and understanding of media contexts and one section will also assess
knowledge and understanding of critical perspectives.
Coursework - students will create a cross-media production, including individual investigative research and
development, created in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC and applying knowledge and understanding
of key concepts and digital convergence. They will also produce an individual critical analysis of the production.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: Careers in journalism, marketing, media production,
 Grade 5+ in GCSE English Language teaching, broadcasting, performing arts, advertising etc.
Employers want evidence that students are independent
thinkers and are able to make informed judgements of
the world around them, including the media.

CAVIN

“Choosing Media Studies has allowed me “When you give everyone a voice and give people the power, the
to understand the changing world and the system usually ends up in a really good place.”
messages media products convey...and
why they do this. I am really enjoying Mark Zuckerberg
Media Studies so far, mainly due to the
variety of media forms we are studying.”

MOLLY

“There is such a friendly environment in the music
department which helps when completing
challenging work; you can always ask for
assistance from the teachers. We have access to
state of the art facilities for completing our
coursework tasks, giving us the best possible
opportunities to work at the highest level.”

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of
humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what

culture were from, everyone loves music.”

Billy Joel

Music Technology

A-Level Edexcel

The Course

A level Music Technology gives you opportunities to embrace recent developments in this rapidly advancing field.
Its four-unit structure involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. Music
Technology plays a key role in music across the world. This course involves much practical work and encourages
the cultivation of a wide range of skills. You will have the opportunity to: Sequence MIDI; Sequence audio; Record
live instruments; Produce CDs; Compose using music technology and to develop your understanding of
microphone placement and recording techniques.

Assessment

Component 1: Recording. A recording chosen from a list of 10 songs, with a minimum of five compulsory
instruments and two additional instruments. A logbook must accompany this work.
Component 2: Technology based composition. A composition to be completed on a (DAW).
Component 3: Listening and analysing - written exam.
Component 4: Producing and analysing - written and practical exam.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: Music Technology can lead to University study of a range
 Grade 5+ in GCSE Music or equivalent Level 2 of related subjects. Music technology careers could
include work as a sound engineer, record producer or a
qualification teacher.

Psychology

A-Level OCR

The Course

This course is for those wishing to learn more about human behaviour. It helps students develop essential
knowledge and understanding of different areas of psychology and how they relate to each other. It provides the
skills to carry out practical investigations and is bound to stimulate students' curiosity, encouraging them to
engage with psychology in their everyday lives.

Assessment

You are assessed by three 2 hour external examinations all taken at the end of the 2 year course.
Paper 1: assesses knowledge of research methods; 30% of the final grade. Focus on planning, conducting,
analysing and reporting research across a range of methodologies and techniques.
Paper 2: assesses knowledge of psychological themes through core studies; 35% of the final grade. Based on
some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented
by a classic and a contemporary core study.
Paper 3: assesses knowledge of applied psychology, 35% of the final grade.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: An A-level in Psychology can lead to degree level study in
 Grade 5+ in GCSE Science Psychology, Criminology or Sociology. Psychology can
lead into many career areas as it develops skills that are
important in a variety of careers.

KYE

“I chose A-level Psychology as I am
fascinated with the way people behave and
curious about areas such as mental health. I
have enjoyed my time studying Psychology so
far due to its wide range of topics and the
interesting studies that give you a deeper
understanding. The teachers are very caring
and knowledgeable in their subject area.”

“The greatest discover of my generation is that a human
being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind”

William James

OLIVIA

“I am interested in religion “This is my simple religion. There is no need for
and spirituality and I enjoy temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our
studying different ethical
issues and perspectives own brain, our own heart is our temple; the
from different cultures to philosophy is kindness”
further my understanding of Dalai Lama
the world. RE complements
my other areas of study.” Edu-

Religious

The Course

There are 2 units of study. In each unit you will study Christianity in relation to philosophical and ethical issues.
Each unit of study is worth 50% of the course.
Unit 1: philosophy of religion and ethics.
Unit 2: study of religion and dialogues
You will develop a variety of skills; how to justify and win an argument, using evidence to support your ideas,
analytical thought processes’ and exploring new ideas with an open mind.

Assessment

There is a 3 hour exam for each paper.

Each paper is split into 3 sections; in sections 1 and 2 you answer all the questions and in section 3 you are given a
choice between 2 questions.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements plus: You may choose to study for a degree in RE or Theology;
 GCSE Grade 5+ in RE is desirable it is also a good foundation for Law or Business Studies.
RE gives you a great start for the work place as it gives
you the skills to think openly and have a greater
understanding of the world around you.

Sociology

A-Level OCR

The Course

The course focuses on culture, identity, inequality, globalisation and crime. Sociology is a demanding course
enabling you to acquire knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes and changes. You have
the opportunity to develop a broad set of transferable key skills, including the ability to analyse and formulate
clear, logical arguments with scope for extensive evaluation from a range of theoretical perspectives.

Assessment

Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes, 30%): Assesses knowledge of socialisation, culture and identity. Based on themes
developed through the context of one of three options: families and relationships, youth subcultures or media.
Paper 2 (2 hours 15 minutes, 35%): Assesses knowledge of researching and understanding social inequalities.
Based on methods used to conduct research and inequalities in areas such as gender, ethnicity, social class and
age.
Paper 3 (2 hours 15 minutes, 35%) will assess your knowledge of debates in contemporary society. It is based
on globalisation and the digital social world through a detailed study of one of three options: crime and deviance,
education or religion, belief and faith.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education
Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements.
Sociology can lead to degree level study in Sociology,
Psychology, Criminology etc. Sociology is a wide subject
that can lead to a variety of different jobs.

ALEX

“Sociology should be thought of as a science of
action—of the ultimate common value element

in its relations to other elements of action”

Talcott Parsons

“I chose to take sociology as I am interested in
understanding how society works. Looking at different
perspectives has allowed me to evaluate the systems
in our society, as well as giving me a real insight into
who is affected by these systems and what we can
do to remove inequalities.”

Business Studies

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

The Course

You will be taught a variety of business topics across the four units which will be 58% externally assessed and 42%
internally assessed. There are three mandatory units (‘Exploring Business’, ‘Developing a Marketing Campaign’
and ‘Personal and Business Finance’) as well as 1 optional unit which will be chosen by your tutor to reflect the
strengths of the cohort.

Assessment

Unit 1 (internal assessment): focussed on business organisation and the business environment.
Unit 2 (externally assessed task): tasks based on a case study set by examiners.
Unit 3 (examination): two hour traditional exam
Unit 4 (internal assessment): portfolio tasks for the optional module

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 3 entry requirements plus: A BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business will
 GCSE grade 4+ in Business (preferable) enable you to progress to university. You could progress
to an apprenticeship in a variety of fields or go straight
into employment.

ANOUSKA

”Business opportunities are like buses: there’s always
another one coming”
Richard Branson

“BTEC Business will help me to secure a job in finance
and accounting. I chose BTEC Business because it is
very focussed on real world business, not just the
theory of business.”

BEN

“Who could have guessed at the dawn of the 21st
century, the seminal technology upon which 5000 years

of modern science had resulted was the click?”

Ken Goldstein

“Creative Media opens up pathways to
a multitude of different careers; you
learn that there is a deeper meaning in
the media around us in society which
influences the way in which we lead our
lives in the modern world.”

Creative Digital Media

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

The Course

Students will complete research based on the Media Industry. They will be given the opportunity to improve
their practical print media and screen media skills, along with gaining an insight into several areas, including
Marketing, Publics Relations, Editing and Photography.

Assessment

Unit 1 is assessed by means of an onscreen exam, which will draw on learners’ understanding of media products
and their messages, meanings and values. You must critically analyse, deconstruct and compare media
representations in the same, or different, media extracts.
Unit 8 is an externally assessed task which involves responding to a commission brief.
You will also complete two coursework units, both are internally assessed: Pre –Production Portfolio and Digital
Magazine Production.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education
Pathway 3 entry requirements.
Anyone who is interested in a career in the practical
Media industries such as editing, film/TV production or
games design would find this course beneficial.
Employers are increasingly looking for individuals with
sophisticated practical skills in media and technology.

Health & Social Care

OCR Level 3 Extended Certificate

The Course

Health and Social Care is about developing knowledge and understanding of health, social care and child care

environments and helps students to understand the requirements for work in these settings.

Unit 1: Building positive relationships Unit 2: Equality, diversity and rights

Unit 3: Health, safety and security Unit 4: Anatomy and physiology

Unit 5: Public health Unit 6: Sexual health, reproduction & early development stages

Assessment Careers & Higher Education

Unit 1: coursework unit This course can lead to careers such as nursing, teaching,
Unit 2: external examination midwifery, caring professions and doctors.
Unit 3: external examination Many of our students go on to study courses related to
Unit 4: external examination Health and Social Care at University.
Unit 5: coursework unit
Unit 6: coursework unit

Entry Requirements

Pathway 3 entry requirements

MIAH

“My aspiration is to train as a paramedic;
studying Health & Social Care with my other
subject choices will enable me to study for a
degree in Paramedic Science. The course is
giving me a great insight into my future
career choice”

“It is not enough to be
compassionate. You must act”

Dalai Lama

OLIVER

“The computer was born to solve problems
that did not exist before”

Bill Gates

“IT is an interesting subject that leads to lots of career
opportunities. It also compliments other A-level
subjects, developing lots of skills that are useful in a
range of situations. If you are interested in technology
it is definitely the subject for you!”

Information Technology

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

The Course

The objective of this qualification is to give learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in IT
systems, systems management and social media in business. This will enable learners to progress to further study
in the IT sector or other sectors.

Assessment

Unit 1 - IT Systems. External examination, 2 hours. You are assessed on your understanding of computer systems
and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations
Unit 2 - Creating systems to manage information. Externally assessed task, 10 hours. Tests your ability to design,
create, test and evaluate a relational database system to manage information.
Unit 3 - Using social media in business. Coursework module.
Unit 6 - Website development. Coursework module.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 3 entry requirements. The qualification is recognised by HE providers as for
admission to a wide range of degree courses, if taken
alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year
programme of learning.

Law

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

The Course

Studying BTEC Level 3 in Applied Law offers an engaging programme. The course will allow students to broaden
their knowledge of the legal sector as well as deepen their skills in analysis, evaluation and application. The
course is a vocational or work-related qualification. This doesn’t mean that it will give students all the skills they
will need to work in the legal sector, but it does mean that they’ll have the opportunity to gain specific
knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to working in this sector.

Assessment

Unit 1 Dispute Solving on Civil Law and Unit 3 Applying the Law are externally assessed: A task is set by the exam
board with a case study issued two weeks before. The task set is then carried out in 90 minutes under supervised
conditions.

Units 2 and 4 are internally assessed through portfolio work.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education
Pathway 3 entry requirements Students could progress to higher education or a range
of roles in the legal sector. Study of law is also beneficial
MILLIE in business, finance, insurance, human resources and
public services.
“Studying law is a something I’ve
wanted to do for a long time. The “If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the
BTEC course is very practical, and law respectable.”
feels like it’s related to real life Louis D. Branders
application of the law, especially
with the learning style of the
coursework units.”

KAYLEIGH

"I chose this inspiring subject to
pursue a career in Musical
Theatre. I have had fantastic
opportunities to showcase my
skills and creativity with students
of all talents, which has given
me the confidence to step out
of my comfort zone in singing,
dancing, and acting"

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a
human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
Oscar Wilde

Performing Arts

RSL Level 3 Diploma

The Course

At Level 3, the Performing Arts course equips students with the skills, knowledge and understanding that is required for
entry into employment or further study/training within the Performing Arts industry. The course offers practical structured
learning within the musical theatre discipline, focusing on all strands of acting, singing and dancing. Students will study
modules of work ranging from Performance Preparation, Planning for a Career in the Creative and Performing Arts,
Ensemble and Solo Music Performance, Ensemble Dance Performance, Audition Techniques and Musical Theatre
Performance. One module is externally assessed while the rest of the units will be examined internally through a variety of
practical and written work. Students will participate in evening singing, dancing and acting shows, all of which are performed
to a live audience. Throughout the two years learners will visit both local and West End theatres where they will have the
opportunity to see professional productions and attend workshops by Theatre Arts practitioners.

Assessment

All units contain a written and practical element and will be assessed in front of an audience which will all be recorded. The
external unit will be examined by the examination board. Students will study 7 units in total over the two years, units
studied are:
 Performance Preparation – Externally assessed
 Planning for a Career in the Creative and Performing Arts
 Musical Theatre Performance
 Solo Music Performance
 Ensemble Music Performance
 Audition Techniques
 Ensemble Dance Performance
Each unit will generate a scrap/work book of written evidence to support your practical work, this will include written logs,
evaluations, analysis of existing work and investigations/research. You will be expected to complete additional rehearsals in
your spare time to ensure that you develop your skills within each discipline of acting, singing and dancing.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 3 entry requirements plus: BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts, Acting or Dance.
 BTEC level 2 in Performing Arts (any discipline) or Higher Diploma in Performing Arts, Musical Theatre, Acting or
Dance at Theatre Colleges.
GCSE in Drama is desirable, but training outside Work within the entertainment, TV, film or Performing Arts
school will be considered industry.
 Experience in dancing, drama or singing.

Psychology

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

The Course

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate is a challenging
but rewarding course that offers a unique educational experience to develop a wide-ranging set of key skills.
During the course you will have the opportunity to carry out a pilot study to explore current issues in Psychology,
learn about Psychological approaches and assumptions and explore the areas of health and criminal Psychology.

Assessment

The course is assessed throughout the two years.
During year 12 you will have one examination of 1.5 hours in Unit 1: Psychological Approaches and Applications.
During year 13 you will have one examination of 2 hours in Unit 3: Health Psychology.
There may be the opportunity to retake each examination to achieve a higher grade.
Modules 2 and 4 are assessed through your portfolio of coursework.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 3 entry requirements plus: Psychology can lead to further study in Psychology,
 Grade 4+ in GCSE maths Criminology or Sociology. Psychology can lead into many
career areas as it develops skills that are important in a
variety of careers, including public services.

KATIE

“Psychology is a subject that has such a
relevance to real life. It supports the rest of
my studies and will be highly valuable in
my future studies at University.”

“There is nothing so elastic as
the human mind. Like

imprisoned steam, the more it
is pressed the more it rises to
resist the pressure. The more
we are obliged to do, the more

we are able to accomplish”
T Edwards

ALAYNA

“The BTEC Sport course is enjoyable because it has a
great balance of practical and theoretical
components. The range of careers choices that this
course can lead to is really varied, with lots of
choices available for University progression.”

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has
the power to inspire. It has the power to unite in a

way little else does. Sport can awaken hope
where the was previously only despair’”
Nelson Mandela

SSppoortrt

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

The Course

This course is designed to give knowledge, practical coaching skills and a full understanding of the sport and
leisure industry. The principles of sport that will be taught will underpin many aspects of professional life within
the sector and will reflect an enormous breadth and depth of the subject; from principles of anatomy and
physiology; to fitness training and programming; to professional development in the sports industry and the
application of fitness testing. The course offers the opportunity to gain an understanding of the anatomy and
physiology of the body, and develop coaching, leadership and organisation skills. This also gives pupils the
opportunity to gain specific knowledge and understanding which is relevant to the different sectors of the sports
industry.

Assessment

There are two examined units. The first is an externally examined unit based around anatomy and physiology.
The second externally examined unit focusses on fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-
being.
The remaining two units are internally assessed through portfolio work.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Pathway 3 entry requirements plus: This course could lead to a range of careers including
 Grade 4+ in GCSE PE or BTEC Level 2 Sport fitness instructor, personal trainer, PE teacher, sports
coach. Students could also progress to University
degrees in sport or fitness.

Extended Project

Supplementary Qualification

The course

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an independent research based qualification. Students are taught the
necessary skills to research, plan and develop a dissertation (or other project) on a subject area of interest, which
may link to their other areas of study.

Students are then required to spend 80 hours writing their dissertation, along with presenting their project to an
audience.

Assessment

Assessment is by online testing and practical laboratory skills observations. You will be required to pass a final
practical and theory examination at the end of each CCNA Semester.

During this course you will be expected to complete lab books and study guides related to the practical work.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education
Pathway 1 or 2 entry requirements.
The EPQ is highly regarded by Universities as it
demonstrates an ability to work independently, research
using appropriate methods and draw conclusions from
evidence. Students with a good EPQ may receive lower
offers from Universities.

ANNA

“”The common facts of today are
the products of yesterday’s
research.”
Duncan MacDonald

“I chose to complete the Extended Project as I wanted to develop my abilities to work
on my own, to research a subject that I’m passionate about and be able to draw
conclusions based upon my work. I am sure that the skills I’ve developed will help me in
my future studies at University.”

JAMES

“The essence of
mathematics is not to
make simple things
complicated, but to make

complicated things
simple.”

Stan Gudder

“I chose to study Core Maths alongside my other
subjects as I know that the skills I develop will
support my work in those subjects. The Core
Maths qualification is also highly valued by
Universities and employers.”

Core Maths

Supplementary Qualification

The Course

The Core Maths qualification is designed to support those learners who do not wish to take an A-Level in
Mathematics, but whose other subject choices demand a good knowledge of Mathematics to a higher level. This
could include science subjects, geography, psychology, law and many more.

The qualification is completed in one year and would be chosen as a fourth subject. Universities place great value
on the Core Maths qualification and may make a lower offer to students with this qualification.

Assessment

Paper 1 (40% of the course): Mathematical comprehension

Paper 2 (60% of the course): Application of Mathematics

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education
Pathway 2 entry requirements
Study of Core Maths will support your studies in a
variety of areas which require good mathematical skills.
Many Universities will make lower offers for students
who have studied Core Maths.

GCSE English Resit

GCSE Edexcel

The Course

Any students who do not gain GCSE grade 4 and above in English (Language or Literature) are required by law to
resit the English Language qualification. The course taught and examined in the Sixth Form is the Edexcel course
which is also examined in Year 11.

In order to maximise the other options available, GCSE resit classes are taught after school from 15:00 to 16:00.
These are compulsory for students who have not achieved a Grade 4 or above; this is considered to be a
condition of entry into the Sixth Form.

Assessment
The assessment routes for the resit GCSE courses are the same as those taken during year 11.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Any student not achieving GCSE grade 4+ must resit Good grades in GCSE English are required by virtually all
English Language and/or Maths. employers; Universities usually require Grade 5 or even
Grade 6 for entry

GCSE Maths Resit

GCSE Edexcel

The Course

Any students who do not gain GCSE grade 4 or above in Maths are required by law to resit the qualifications. The
course taught and examined in the Sixth Form is the Edexcel course which is also examined in Year 11.

In order to maximise the other options available, GCSE resit classes are taught after school from 15:00 to 16:00.
These are compulsory for students who have not achieved a Grade 4 or above; this is considered to be a
condition of entry into the Sixth Form.

Assessment
The assessment routes for the resit GCSE courses are the same as those taken during year 11.

Entry Requirements Careers & Higher Education

Any student not achieving GCSE grade 4+ must resit Good grades in GCSE Maths are required by virtually all
English Language and/or Maths. employers. Universities usually require Grade 5 or even
Grade 6 for entry

LEWIS

Criminology, York St John

BUSTER

Design, Winchester

Amber

Primary Education, ARU

SAM

Criminology, Portsmouth

UNIVERSITY PROGRESSION


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