Sixth Form Curriculum - The Carlton Academy

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An Introduction from the Head Teacherof The Carlton AcademyWelcome to our Sixth Form Subject Prospectus, I hope that you find it both informative and helpful inmaking decisions about your future choices with The Carlton Academy.For our current students, there are many advantages to continuing their education with us, with existingstrong friendships flourishing under the caring, challenging approach adopted by staff at the Academy.Our Sixth Form has a unique atmosphere, with custom-built facilities, allowing all students access to ITequipment to assist in their studies.We welcome students from other schools into our Sixth Form and have been delighted to welcome newstudents into the academy in the last few years. Our core purpose is achieving high standards ofacademic success and our results have continued to improve year on year. Our broad curriculum enablesstudents to build on the strengths they have established in their GCSEs and to sample new subjects andgain new qualifications. We are confident that we provide a combination of subjects which are bothinteresting and challenging, allowing all students to achieve their goals beyond Sixth Form.I believe that Sixth Form is a very special time for young adults to continue their journey of education,enabling them to make informed decisions that will lead to a lifetime of success and opportunity. Overthe last two years, the number of students going onto university has increased at The Carlton Academyand we expect this to continue again this year. We work hard to ensure that every Sixth Form studenthas the highest quality of guidance on making choices for the future, whilst providing opportunities forthem to play a lead role in the day to day life of the Academy. We encourage them to make a widercontribution to other students in the school and also to enrich their own skills and experiences.I am positive you will find a great selection of courses on offer that will suit the needs of every student.Please take the time to read the information in the booklet and to speak to the staff and existingstudents in more detail. Continuing to study within a school environment at Sixth Form level, with bothpurpose built accommodation and a superb staff team, really does offer something special and I hopeyou will see and feel this for yourself.Mr R Pierpoint, Executive Head Teacher

The Sixth FormWe are extremely proud of our Sixth Form, with its high expectations, academic standards andexcellent teaching.The Carlton Academy Sixth Form is a warm and friendly environment and our students feel safeand supported here. We are a relatively small Sixth Form in comparison to colleges, so all studentsare known to staff and everyone is valued as an individual.Our team consists of a Head of Post-16, an Assistant Head of Sixth Form and our Sixth FormAdministrator. Our aim is to ensure every student leaves the Academy having reached their fullpotential (both academically and pastorally). Students are closely monitored and supported toallow them to obtain both excellent academic results and to participate in a wide variety ofleadership and enrichment programmes. We work extremely hard to provide students with theskills to equip them for employment or Higher Education.We are building on strong foundations to expand and develop our Sixth Form even further and wehope that you can join us on this exciting journey.Minimum entry requirements for Post 16 studyAll students must attain five 9-4 grades at GCSE, with preferably a 5 in English Language orMathematics. Individual subjects may require a 4 to study them at A level (please see thecurriculum booklet for further details).All students will be expected to choose 3 A levels which they will study for 2 years. Due to recentchanges in curriculum and assessment practice, students will no longer sit an AS exam at the endof Year 12 but will sit all examinations at the end of Year 13.All students without a grade 4 in either English Language or Mathematics will be required tofollow a course which will enable them to achieve this whilst in Sixth Form.All students will be interviewed by a member of the Sixth Form team. This will enable them tomake an informed choice about the best subjects to suit their individual needs. Parents arewelcome to discuss these choices with the Sixth Form team following interview.Ms K ArmitageHead of Post 16

Why BTEC Applied Science?What do I need?Students that study Applied Science are typically those who have To study BTEC L3 Applied Science, you must have achieved at leastan interest in science but are more comfortable taking a practical a grade 4 in either Combined or two Triple Science GCSEs.course that is assessed through coursework and written examsrather solely through written exams. The Carlton Academy has afantastic record in supporting students to achieve great grades inApplied Science.What about the future?What can I expect?The Applied Science BTEC Level 3 offers a cross disciplinaryapproach to Science. During the course, students will study units inApplications of Science, Scientific Procedure and Technique andLaboratory Techniques. The qualification is designed to developthe necessary skills for a wide range of jobs and for furthereducation. The programme is portfolio based and is thereforeassessed through a range of different styles of assignments,investigations and examination. Students who successfullycomplete the course achieve either a pass, merit, distinction ordistinction* grade.A BTEC in Applied Science can lead to a range of further study andcareer opportunities. Students can go on to study forensic scienceand related courses at university, as well as a range of courses inareas such as health care, animal care, social care and education.“Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is theprocess that takes us from confusion to understanding in amanner that is precise, predictive and reliable - a transformation,for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering andemotional.”BTECApplied ScienceWhy Biology?What do I need?To study A level Biology, you must have achieved at least a gradeStudying Biology allows you to better understand the world5-5 in combined science or a 5 in GCSE Biology.around us from the biological molecules that make up organisms,down to the macrostructure of an ecosystem. An in depthunderstanding of Biology gives you the skills and knowledgeneeded to make informed decisions in a rapidly advancingtechnological age about contentious issues such as cloning, stem Biology can be used as an entry qualification for a wider variety ofcourses at higher education. These include traditional scientificcell research and xenotransplantation.subjects including Medicine, Dentistry, Midwifery, Physiotherapy,Sports Science, Environmental Science, Forensic Science etc.Students with an A Level in Biology have also gone on to study non-scientific subjects such as Art, History, Law, Music, ForeignLanguages etc.Through studying Biology you will develop many different skills.You will develop: Practical skills required to manipulate scientific equipment “Until we recognise the essential role of biology, our attempts towith precision to gather accurate resultstruly unify the universe will remain a train to nowhere” Analytical skills required to analyse and evaluate data andRobert Lanzadraw conclusions Problem-solving skills which allow you to apply theknowledge that you have gained to unfamiliar situations.What about the future?What can I expect?A LevelBiology

businesses and governments drive our world economies.Business is highly desirable for many careers whether they aredirectly business related and it will be useful to complementFancy yourself being the head of a successful business or another career path. Students take on Business for differentorganisation? Got some great ideas for products or services? Or reasons.maybe you want to work for a large company by working inmarketing. No matter what your vision, Business gives you a greatstart. All the key topics of starting and running a business are To study A level Business Studies, students will require at least agrade 4 in English Language GCSE and a grade 4 in Maths,covered as well as looking at expansion and developing strategy.however, a grade 5 is preferable. An enthusiasm for the widerbusiness world and a willingness to improve your critical thinkingand problem solving skills is an advantage.Why Business?What do I need?What can I expect? Better able to understand the world around youLearning skills that are transferable to many universitycourses and careersDeveloping your skills of application, interpretation,analysis and evaluation – all of which are vital in modernworkplacesBetter equipped to make informed decisionson business issues in the futureWhile it is obvious that those planning on working in mostindustries and prospective entrepreneurs should study Business,all people should learn as much about business operations aspossible. This includes those in the scientific, medical, educationand government sectors, along with those who are simplyconsumers of products and services. Becoming knowledgeableabout how businesses operate helps increase yourcompetitiveness in the job market and to understand how theWhy Business?What about the future?The skills gained on a Business course allow you to buildcommercial awareness and start contributing to your chosenemployer quickly and effectively. Jobs directly related to Businessinclude: Chartered management accountant, Corporateinvestment banker, Human resources officer, Insuranceunderwriter, Management consultant, Operational researcher anda Risk manager.“If you don’t do it excellently, then don’t do it at all. Because if it’s not excellent, itwon’t be profitable or fun, and if you’re not in business for profit or fun, what thehell are you doing there?” Robert TownsendA LevelBusiness StudiesWhat do I need?This course will allow you to put into practice many skills that you To study BTEC Business, students will require at least a grade 4 inwill learn over the course. We look at practical ways businessesEnglish Language GCSE.operate. This course will equip you with many skills that all workplaces are looking for. We look at Human Resources, MarketingAn enthusiasm for the wider business world and a willingness toand Finance.improve your critical thinking and problem solving skills is anadvantage.What can I expect?We look at the following areas within the course: Business ownership Innovation Recruitment and Selection Marketing FinanceBusiness is highly desirable for many careers whether they aredirectly business related and it will be useful to complementanother career path.What about the future?The skills gained on a Business course allow you to buildcommercial awareness and start contributing to your chosenemployer quickly and effectively. Jobs directly related to Businessinclude: Chartered management accountant, Corporateinvestment banker, Human resources officer, Insuranceunderwriter, Management consultant, Operational researcher anda Risk manager.BTEC Level 3Business Studies

Why Chemistry?What about the future?The A-Level Chemistry course develops the subject further bylooking at the bonding and dynamics of elements in groups and anincreased emphasis on understanding and application rather thanrecall. The basic concepts of hydrocarbons are also studied,incorporating alcohols and some biochemistry. In the second year,organic chemistry is studied in depth with particular focus on ringchemistry and functional groups and how the functional groupscan be synthesised and tested for.Chemistry can be used as an entry qualification for a wide varietyof courses at higher education. These include traditional chemicaltopics; medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, physiotherapy, sportsscience, environmental science and pharmaceutical drugrepresentatives to name a few. Students with Chemistry A Levelhave also gone on to study non-scientific subjects such as Art,History, Law, Music and Foreign Languages.What can I expect?The course involves the study of organic and inorganic chemistry.It gives the knowledge required to study any type of Chemistry atuniversity. The course is linear with AS being Four modules andfull A Level being Six modules. Popular topics include: atoms andgroups, chains and energy resources, rings, analysis, equilibriumand energetics. The assessment is through both examinations andpractical work.“Living organisms are created by chemistry.We are huge packages of chemicals.”David ChristianA LevelChemistryWhat do I need?To study A level Chemistry, you must have achieved at least agrade 5-5 in combined science or a 5 in GCSE Chemistry.Why Computer Science?What do I need?Right now we are living in a new Digital Age where computertechnology pervades almost every aspect of our lives. As a result,there are literally thousands of opportunities to innovate for abetter, stronger, more efficient and more powerful future forhumanity. If you like learning about computers and want to lay thefoundations for a successful career in this ever-expanding sector,then this definitely is the course for you. As a budding computerscientist you will learn to theorise, design, develop and applysoftware and hardware to improve the way we live.In order to study BTEC Computer Science, students will require agood grade in GCSE Computer Science.What about the future?This course will prepare you for various computer relateduniversity programmes, including Computer Science, SoftwareEngineering, Computer Graphics and Business. Such degreesgenerally result in employment in areas such as stems analysis,programming and animation, amongst other things. As computersThis course introduces you to the rapidly developing world of are such an integral part of the modern workplace, people withprogramming. You will study a wide range of areas that will consist computer skills are in extremely high demand across allemployment sectors. This means you can combine computerof:science with a seemingly unrelated subject to good effect. Principles of Computer ScienceWhat can I expect? Fundamentals of Computer Systems IT Systems Security and Encryption Website Development.A-LevelComputerScience

Why Design and Technology? What can I expect?Do you want to Design a new product that will resolve a problem ? Research ways to bring people and technology together? Learn the technical skills required to create your vision? Develop your computer aided design skills?This course gives you the chance to get creative and innovative asyou develop your product design skills and learn about thecomplex relationships between design, materials, manufacturingand marketing.What do I need?To study A level Design and Technology, it is preferable to have atleast a grade 4 in the subject at GCSE.Are you Inquisitive? A problem solver? Creative? Enthusiastic?What about the future?“Design and technology should be the subject whereArchitecture, Automotive Design, Engineering, Ergonomic Design,mathematical brainboxes and science whizz-kids turn their brightGraphic Design, Product Design and Teaching are all possibilities.ideas into useful products.”James DysonA-LevelDesign and TechnologyA-LevelDrama & Theatre StudiesWhy Drama & TheatreStudies?What do I need?The ability to work creatively with others both in and outside ofthe timetabled lesson time, together with an enthusiasticThis course offer learners the chance to, on one hand, widen their approach to course content. Experience of performing to anknowledge of contemporary theatre, while on the other, gain a audience would be helpful, along with studying Drama at GCSEpractical and analytical understanding of the history of Drama and (although this is not essential).the theoretical approaches to it. Learners will be encouraged todevelop their own performance skills and work creativity withothers and they will be supported to further enhance their ownability to reflect critically on their own personal experience. The Career opportunities for students who study A-level Drama andDrama and Theatre Studies course will improve a learner’s critical Theatre Studies include: Arts/theatre administration, artsthinking and problem solving skills and develop in them a life long journalism, director, actor, designer, playwright, stageappreciation of the arts both from a performer’s and audience management, theatre management, theatrical agent, technician,member perspective.broadcasting, media presenting, education, drama therapy andscriptwriting.What about the future?What can I expect? Theoretical appreciation and working understanding of the“ Great theatre is about challenging how we think andart of performance. Analytical and historical understanding of a range of play to.”texts. The practical experience of exploring and performing abroad range of plays for formal and public examination.encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspireWillem Dafoe

Why English Language?What about the future?If you have enjoyed studying English Language at GCSE, this is agreat course for deepening and developing your analytical skills.The A-Level English Language specification will enable students tobuild on the skills they've developed at GCSE, by engagingcreatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses.As a result the content of what you study will turn you into acritically and socially aware person.By studying language in depth, you will develop critical awarenessand gain invaluable skills for your future working life – vitalcommunication, analytical and critical skills. But importantly, suchcritical awareness will allow you to be a conscious, critical humanbeing who is able to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions,understand the role of language in social control, propaganda andmanipulation, and be able to use this understanding to make theworld a less oppressive, more equal and just place.English language students often go into the creative arts, mediaand publishing, using their skills as writers and analysts. Typicaljob roles include: Journalist, Advertising Account Executive,Copywriter, Charity roles, Public Relations Officer. Practicallyeverything we do in our day to day life involves using EnglishLanguage to a certain extent.What can I expect?Language is woven into every aspect of our lives. This course willhelp you to deepen and develop your analytical skills, enablingyou to study language beyond its surface meaning, as well asunderstanding how language is constructed and used to createmeaning and influence perception and behaviour, both in thespoken and the written word. You will study Textual Variety andRepresentation, Children’s Language Development, LanguageDiversity and Change, Language Discourses, Writing Skills,Language Investigation and Original Writing.What do I need?"Learn your language well and command itwell, and you will have the first component tolife." Edward Roscoe MurrowA-LevelTo study A level English Language, a grade 5 in English Language ispreferable.To study A level English Literature, a grade 5 in Literature ispreferable.Why English Literature?English Literature at A Level offers you the opportunity become amore independent reader. Through reading the core andrecommended texts, you will develop your skills of analysis,inference and deduction. You will critically analyse a wider andmore diverse range of texts than you have at GCSE. The course isdesigned to develop your interest in and enjoyment of literatureand literary studies.What can I expect?English Literature offers a lot of transferable skills. Literaturestudents often go into the creative arts, media and publishing,using their skills as writers and analysts. Career paths include:teaching, journalism, writing, publishing, marketing andadvertising.What do I need?Studying English Literature helps to sharpen your analyticalskills. If you can take a text and find the themes pl

The Sixth Form We are extremely proud of our Sixth Form, with its high expectations, academic standards and excellent teaching. The Carlton Academy Sixth Form is a warm and friendly environment and our students feel safe and supported here. We are a relatively small Sixth

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