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Sixth Form Prospectus 21-23

Sixthform Prospectus 21-23 updated

A level

Drama and Theatre Studies
During the course you will develop your acting a number of live performances, access online Digital
Entry Criteria: skills, take part in workshops and develop your theatre shows and have the opportunity to work
GCSE Drama Grade 6 or above or L2 BTEC Performing understanding of ‘The Art of Performance’. You will with a Theatre Company in a workshop context.
Arts DISTINCTION and English Literature Grade 7 also develop your writing skills as you critically Course Overview:
or above. If students didn’t take GCSE Drama, we analyse scripts and performances over the duration There are three components to the A-level:
would need evidence of both their acting and written of the two years. Unit 1: Drama and theatre:
abilities before embarking on the course. Skills: Pupils of Drama will develop skills such as: This unit prepares you for the final written
Examination Board: AQA • Knowledge and understanding of a range of examination and during this module you will develop
Drama is assessed through both practical understanding of the theatrical processes and
components and a final written examination. practical drama skills including: practices involved in interpreting and performing
Written Examination: Drama and Theatre (3 hours) • Acting theatre, how conventions, forms and techniques are
40% of total A- level • Directing used in drama and live theatre to create meaning
Practical Assessment One: Creating original Drama • Costume and how creative and artistic choices influence how
30% of total A-level • Set designing meaning is communicated to an audience. Using
Practical Assessment Two: Making Theatre • Technical design a practical approach, you will learn how style,
30% of total A-level • Understanding of the major theatrical styles genre, form, structure, language, stage directions
Drama and Theatre studies is a challenging subject • Performance techniques – interpretation, voice, and character construction are used and applied
suited to students who are creative, questioning to convey meaning and how performance texts
and observant. Students who enjoy reading and physicality, stage relationships with others are informed by their social, cultural and historical
watching plays, taking part in them; acting and • Collaborative skills with others to present a contexts and are interpreted and performed for an
directing will find this course extremely stimulating audience. Students will analyse and critique live
and rewarding. Group work and collaboration is at performance piece theatre during the course and apply knowledge and
the heart of this course and students learn through • Communication and problem solving skills understanding. of theatre to interpret two set texts
experience, seeing theatre and making theatre • Design skills – interpretation, visual and design from either a performance or director perspective.
for themselves. It is a varied course with students Our set texts are:
studying a wide range of theatrical styles, plays, impacts and set creation • ‘A Servant to Two Masters’ by Carlos Goldoni:
practitioners and theatre conventions; learning • Technical abilities – lighting and sound design,
about approaches to theatre and applying knowledge A Commedia Dell’Arte style play, expect huge
to practical and theoretical components. special effects, technology and appropriate laughs and lively fun from this physical, energetic
The teachers in the Drama department are equipment comedy.
experienced and work to encourage students to • Practical skills – from making masks and building • ‘Our Country’s Good’ by Timberlake Wertenbaker:
become independent learners; a learner who is self- sets to creation of period style and make-up A play that is set in the 1780’s and explores the
motivated, disciplined and confident. • Confidence, team-building, communication and relationships between a group of Royal Marines
other life skills. who have been sent over to Australia and the
You will be given the opportunity to devise original convicts they have been sent over with.
work, develop your understanding of how plays relate
to historical, social and cultural context and consider 51
the connections between theory and practice. In
addition to Drama lessons students will go and see

Unit 2: Creating Original Drama: Career Prospects:
Students learn how to create and develop original Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) value and
devised ideas to communicate meaning as part of respect the skills our drama and theatre qualifications
the theatre making process. You will develop ideas, give students. A-level Drama and Theatre Studies
research relevant processes and theatre practices, is useful for students considering Higher Education
apply what you have learnt from live performances, in any arts or humanities subject including English
explore devising work, rehearsal methods and Language and Literature, Journalism, Dance, Music,
refine work in progress. You will study the work Art and Design, and Media Studies. Students have
and methodology of one influential practitioner also gone on to study Law, Speech Therapy, Drama
and apply working methods, principals, artistic Therapy, Psychology, Counselling and Teaching.
intentions, style and conventions of this practitioner Further career opportunities for students who study
to your final piece. The assessment also includes A-level Drama and Theatre Studies include: Arts/
preparatory and development work, shown through Theatre Administration, Arts Journalism, Director,
a working notebook. Actor, Designer, Playwright, Stage Management,
Theatre Management, Theatrical Agent, Technician,
Broadcasting, Media Presenting, Education, Drama
therapy and Scriptwriting.

Unit 3: Making Theatre:

You will learn how to contribute to text-based drama
in a live theatre context for an audience. Working in
groups to develop and present three extracts from
three different plays. You will learn how to interpret
texts, create and communicate meaning, realise
artistic intention in text-based drama, analyse and
evaluate your own work.
The third extract must be influenced by the
methodology and practises of an influential
Practitioner, Director, Theatre Company or Designer
(different to the one studied in the devised module).
You will develop understanding and knowledge of
the connections between theory and practice in a
range of periods, theatrical styles, social, historical
and cultural contexts. A reflective report is also
submitted which documents, analyses and evaluates
the theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.

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A level

French

Entry Requirements: The course builds upon and develops the skills of speaking,
GCSE Grade 7 or above in French. listening, reading and writing which have been acquired in GCSE
work. An important difference is that the subjects concentrate
All exams are taken at the end of Year13 not on basic transactional language but on wider social, political,
Paper 1 Listening / Reading / Writing. economic and cultural issues. The course will develop not only
Aspects of French-speaking society skills, but also understanding of the grammatical systems of the
Artistic culture in the French speaking world languages studied; and give a better insight into the way of life,
Multiculturalism in French-speaking society history, geography, political system, economic life and customs
Aspects of political life in French-speaking society of countries where the languages are spoken. Students may
Grammar also have the opportunity to study the literature of the country
Paper 2 is a written paper assessing: and where possible to visit the theatre, cinema or watch video
One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the and on-line material.
specification
Grammar Furthermore, experience of a working environment using
Paper 3 is the Speaking Test with Stimulus Card material languages is underlined by the possibility of a programme of
followed by a more general conversation assessing: work experience in Europe for Year 12 students and/or a study
Individual research project tour in the Summer
One of four sub-themes i.e. aspects of French-speaking society or
artistic culture in the French-speaking world or multiculturalism Course Overview:
in French-speaking society or aspects of political life in French- Topics include aspects of daily life, leisure and entertainment,
speaking society. communication, media and popular culture.

Career Prospects:
Statistics show that employment amongst language graduates
is second only to medicine and law.
More and more employers expect a high level of competence in
a modern foreign language and there are now a large number
of degree courses with a language component. This is for all
MFL entry.
Career opportunities include Teaching, Interpreting / Marketing
and Business.

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A level

German

Entry Requirements: The course builds upon and develops the skills of speaking,
GCSE Grade 7 or above in German. listening, reading and writing which have been acquired in GCSE
work. An important difference is that the subjects concentrate
Exam Board/Spec: AQA not on basic transactional language but on wider social, political,
economic and cultural issues. The course will develop not only
Method of Assessment: skills, but also understanding of the grammatical systems of the
• All exams are taken at the end of Year13 languages studied; and give a better insight into the way of life,
• Paper 1 Listening / Reading / Writing. history, geography, political system, economic life and customs
• Aspects of German-speaking society of countries where the languages are spoken. Students may
• Artistic culture in the German-speaking world also have the opportunity to study the literature of the country
• Multiculturalism in German-speaking society and where possible to visit the theatre, cinema or watch video
• Aspects of political life in German-speaking society and on-line material.
• Grammar
• Paper 2 is a written paper assessing: Furthermore, experience of a working environment using
• One text and one film or two texts from the list set in languages is underlined by the possibility of a programme of
work experience in Europe for Year 12 students and/or a study
thespecification tour in the Summer
• Grammar
• Paper 3 is the Speaking Test with Stimulus Card material Course Overview:
Topics include aspects of daily life, leisure and entertainment,
followed by a more general conversation assessing: communication, media and popular culture.
• Individual research project
• One of four sub-themes i.e. aspects of German-speaking Career Prospects:
Statistics show that employment amongst language graduates
society or artistic culture in the German-speaking world or is second only to medicine and law.
multiculturalism in German-speaking society or aspects of More and more employers expect a high level of competence in
political life in German-speaking society.Career opportunities a modern foreign language and there are now a large number
include Teaching, Interpreting / Marketing and Business. of degree courses with a language component. This is for all
MFL entry.
Career opportunities include Teaching, Interpreting / Marketing
and Business.

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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma

Health and Social Care

Exam Board: OCR The content of these units is designed to further students’
Method of Assessment: understanding of what is important when working in a health
Examination 5 externally assessed units and social care environment. We all need to develop positive
Coursework 7 units of internally assessed coursework relationships at work and understand the diversity in our
communities. We learn about our bodies and ways to keep fit
Subject Content and healthy, essential for everyone, not just those working in
There will be twelve units of work to complete that will be the health and social care sector. The above units provide a
assessed either internally or externally over two years. good basis for those wanting to work with people. Specific units
The course will consist of the following: have been chosen to support those who may want to work in
Unit 1 – Building positive relationships (coursework) the mental health sector or childcare sector, as well as general
Unit 2 – Equality, diversity and rights (exam) health and social care settings.
Unit 3 – Health, safety and security (exam)
Unit 4 – Anatomy and physiology (exam) This qualification would work well alongside an A Level in
Unit 5 – Infection control (coursework) Psychology or Biology.
Unit 6 – Personalisation and a person centred approach to care
(exam) Career Prospects:
Unit 7 – Safeguarding (exam) This qualification allows the opportunity for students to study for
Unit 8 – Creativity and activity for children and young people a degree in Health and Social Care, as well as other associated
(coursework) degree courses, such as Psychology or Biology.
Unit 10 – Nutrition for health (coursework) The skills acquired in the qualification will provide an invaluable
Unit 13 – Sexual health, reproduction and early development foundation for students wishing to pursue careers in nursing,
stages (coursework) psychiatric nursing, midwifery, child care, teaching, social work,
Unit 14 – The impact of long term physiological conditions counselling, policing, prison service and other health and social
(coursework) care related careers.
Unit 17 – Supporting people with mental health conditions
(coursework)

“Health and Social Care really expands your knowledge on the health conditions that surround us
every day. The course also helps to make you aware of how you communicate with people on a daily

basis”

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A level

Photography

Entry Requirements: Assessment:
GCSE Photography or Art at grade 5 or above or a portfolio of work equivalent to Personal investigation (01) - 120 marks non exam assessment (internally assessed
this. and externally moderated) this will be 60% of total A level

Examination Board: OCR Externally set task (02) 80 marks - 15 hours non exam assessment.

Photography at A level is an Art and Design based course. Opportunities:
A level Photography will give students the opportunity to develop their knowledge,
Component 01: Personal investigation understanding and creative skills within Art and Design, using Photography as a
medium to explore and develop their individual ideas. Many of our students enjoy
During the personal investigation you will produce two elements: the subject so much, that they go on to study this subject at University or pursue
1. A portfolio of practical work showing your personal response to either a starting related work.
point, brief, scenario or stimulus, devised and provided by you or your staff.
2. A related study: an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words. Related Subjects:
The course will prepare students for further education courses in creative related
Component 02: Externally set task The early release paper will be issued to you by subjects or enter into employment within the creative industries, as such students
your staff from the exam board and will provide you with a number of themes, each may consider linking photography with Art, Media, Film Studies.
with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.

During the course you also study a range of themes to extend your photographic
horizons. These include topics such as:
• Portraiture • Landscape photography • Commercial photography • Still-life
photography • Documentary photography • Experimental imagery • Editorial
photography • Photographic installation • The photographic process • Moving image
• Animation Textile Design

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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

Sport and Physical Activity

Entry Requirements: Is this qualification right for you?
GCSE Grade 4 or above in PE, or Pass at Level 2 in a vocational qualification It is recommended that you will have achieved sport or physical education
e.g. OCR Level 2 Cambridge National in Sports Studies or Sport Science. qualifications for example GCSEs in PE at grade 4 or above or level 2 vocational
Grade 4 or above in Maths and English. qualifications, e.g. OCR Level 2 Cambridge National in Sports Studies or Sport
Science. It is also recommended that you have grade 4 or above in Maths
This qualification is for learners who want to study sport, leisure or fitness. and English GCSE.

This qualification is not just about being able to play sport, it will provide you The Extended Certificate is an Applied General qualification and is equivalent
with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into Higher Education to one A Level.
on a sport related programme such as Sport and Physical Education, Sport
Science, Sport Coaching or Development of Sport and Leisure Management. Assessment Method:
The qualification is designed to be taken as a part of a study programme
alongside A levels or other vocational qualifications, for example A Level Two units (units 1 and 3) are assessed by exam and marked by OCR (42% of
Biology, A Level Physics or BTEC Level 3 in Business. qualification).
What will you cover? All other units are coursework based which are internally assessed by academy
staff and externally moderated by OCR. (58% of qualification).

You will take five or six units made up of mandatory and optional units. Grading:
Everybody will study the following mandatory units:
● Body systems and the effects of physical activity. The units are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction
● Sports coaching and activity leadership. The qualification is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*
● Sports organisation and development.

These units will give you an understanding of sport in the wider contexts of
coaching and leadership, anatomy and physiology, the body’s short and long
term responses to physical activity and the framework of sport in the UK and
the organisations involved. You will also develop transferable skills such as
planning, communication, adaptability and leadership.

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Student CommentsI adore Aldridge School Sixth Form
because my subjects are really
fun, the teachers are extremely
“ “encouraging and we’re offered lots
” ”of opportunities.
The Staff here are very friendly
and helpful; they have ensured
that I fully settle in. Progress to
Sixth Form and A Level can be vey
daunting however Mrs Stubbs and
Mrs Elton are always there to help.

“ The school has helped me achieve “ I really like the facilities that are
more than I could have wished for here in Sixth Form. The quiet room
at GCSE and was the best option is useful when you want to study in
for me post 16, with the facilities silence and I really enjoy working
and courses that are offered. It has in the study room, discussing my
a very friendly environment and I ”ideas and work with others. I am
have never doubted my decision thoroughly enjoying my Sixth Form
”to stay on at Aldridge School. experience.

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I believe that Aldridge has an “ I am forever grateful for the care
excellent Sixth Form. The new and and support I have been given
throughout the most important –
“ improved facilities offer a choice of ”and difficult years of my life so far;
work areas, with a discussion zone, I would not change my experience
a study zone and a silent zone. of Sixth Form at Aldridge for the
The refurbished café has a wide world.
variety of drinks and food provided
by welcoming and friendly catering “ ”Attending Aldridge Sixth Form has
staff. Choosing to stay at Aldridge definitely improved my confidence,
School Sixth Form is a decision I my communication and other skills
have not looked back on. that will be beneficial when I leave.
”My last two years at Aldridge
School Sixth Form were definitely 59

“ memorable. A-Levels aren’t easy
but the relationships students are
able to build with their subject
teachers and Sixth form staff
are ones that cannot be found
”anywhere else.

Aldridge School
Founder Academy of the Mercian Trust
Tynings Lane
Aldridge
Walsall
West Midlands
WS9 0BG
T: 01922 743988
E: [email protected]
www.aldridgeschool.org


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