We are proud to offer a varied and wide-reaching curriculum package to meet the needs of all our students and ensure they have the skills and qualifications to be successful in their next steps.  All students follow a full-time course of study that can be personalised to the learner, but contains certain, key elements.  For more information on the 16-19 Study Programme please click here.

Below you will find a year-by-year breakdown of the curriculum areas students will be following for their chosen subjects in Years 12 and 13 as they prepare for their Level 3 exams.  For example, if you select Year 13 Psychology, you will see the different topics incorporated into the A level syllabus as students move through Year 13.  Please be aware we are reviewing the content of our curriculum pages and are in a process of transition to a revised format.  It will take some time for us to complete this piece of work.

For details of qualifications, exam boards, assessment criteria and entry requirements for individual subjects, please see Courses Available.

If you would like further information on a specific aspect of the curriculum or have any questions, please contact the relevant Head of Faculty in the first instance:

  • Dr B Rahn: Head of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Health & Social Care, Physics) –
  • Miss J Harmon: Head of Performance & Creative (Art, DT, FT, Music, Performing Arts, Photography & PE / Sport) –
  • Mr J Muir: Head of Maths & Computing (Business Studies, Computer Science, Core Maths, Digital Media, Economics, Further Maths, IT & Maths) –
  • Mrs C Wilcock: Head of English & French –
  • Mr P Wilson: Head of Humanities (Geography, History, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies & Sociology) –
  • Investigation – Initial research: Statement of intent; Thought shower; MoodBoard; Artist research; Introduction to oil paints; Critical Study; Written Critical Analysis
  • Students can select and use a variety of traditional and/or experimental recording, mark making and drawing materials.
  • Having researched a range of artists, students will produce work informed by these artist using a range of media. Drawing skills: Analytical drawings:Tone; Pen and ink/Biro study;
  • Mixed Media/experimental work.
  • The drawing tasks are accompanied by relevant developmental  sketchbook work and research images in the form of students own photographs.
  • Written Evaluation; Bibliography .
  • Students begin the Portfolio Unit which forms the basis of their coursework assessment and 60% of their overall marks – Initial research: Statement of intent; Thought shower; MoodBoard; Artist research
  • Students produce a detailed piece of work informed by the work of one of their chosen artists, supported by research and developmental work in sketchbook – Critical study; Written critical analysis
  • Biological molecules – Monomers and polymers; Carbohydrates; Lipids; Proteins; Enzymes; Nucleic acids; Structure of DNA and RNA; DNA replication; Water; Inorganic ions
  • Cells – Cell structure; Eukaryotic cells; Prokaryotic cells and of viruses; Methods of studying cells; All cells arise from other cells; Transport across cell membranes; Cell recognition and the immune system
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment  Surface area to volume ratio; Gas exchange; Digestion and absorption; Mass transport in animals; Mass transport in plants
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms – DNA, genes and chromosomes; DNA and protein synthesis; Genetic diversity can arise as a result of mutation or meiosis;  Genetic diversity and adaptation; Species and Taxonomy; Biodiversity within a community; Investigating diversity
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms – Respiration; Photosynthesis; Energy and ecosystems; Nutrient cycles
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems – Populations in ecosystems; Statistical tests
  • Different business types and objectives
  • How functional areas of businesses work together
  • Different organisational structures
  • Use of financial information to check the financial health of businesses
  • Businesses and stakeholders
  • External influences and constraints on businesses and responses
  • Businesses plans
  • Assessment of performance of businesses to inform future business activities
  • Business protocols
  • Arrangement of business meetings
  • Use of business documents
  • Prioritising business tasks
  • Effective communication with stakeholders
  • Understanding customer base and importance to businesses
  • Communication with customers, and establishing rapport through non-verbal and verbal communications.
  • Conveying messages for business purposes
  • Constraints and issues affecting sharing, storing and use of information for business communications
  • Unit 1 Physical Chemistry – Atomic structure; Fundamental particles; Mass number and isotopes; Electron configuration
  • Unit 1 Physical Chemistry- Quantitative – Amount of substance; Relative atomic mass and relative molecular mass; The mole; The ideal gas equation; Empirical and molecular formula; Balanced equations
  • Unit 3 Organic chemistry – Nomenclature; Reaction mechanisms; Isomerism; Alkanes; Halogenoalkanes; Alkenes ;  Tests for alcohol, aldehyde, alkene and carboxylic acid; Alcohols; Organic analysis
  • Unit 1 Physical Chemistry – Bonding – Ionic bonding; Nature of covalent and dative covalent bonds; Metallic bonding
  • Energetics – Energetics; enthalpies.
  • Rates – Kinetics
  • Equilibrium – Chemical equilibria; Kc Measuring Equilibrium
  • Unit 1 Physical Chemistry – Redox – Oxidation, reduction and redox reactions
  • Unit 2 Inorganic chemistry – Periodicity; Group 2 alkaline metals; Group 7 the halogens; Use of chlorine and chlorate
  • Unit 1 Physical Chemistry (Yr13) – Rate equations; Thermodynamics

Component 3 – Project

Analysis of the problem

  • Problem Identification
  • Stakeholders
  • Research the problem
  • Specify the solution

Design of the solution

  • Decompose the problem
  • Describe the solution
  • Describe the approach to testing

Developing the solution

  • Iterative development process
  • Testing to inform development


  • Testing to inform evaluation
  • Success of the solution
  • Describe the final product
  • Maintenance and development

Component 2 – Algorithms and Problem Solving

  • Thinking Abstractly
  • Thinking Ahead
  • Thinking Procedurally
  • Thinking Logically
  • Thinking concurrently
  • Programming Techniques
  • Computational Methods
  • Algorithms

Component 1 – Computer Systems

  • Structure and function of a processor
  • Types of Processor
  • Input, Output and Storage
  • Operating Systems
  • Application Generation
  • Introduction of Programming

Maths for Personal Finance (Paper 1)

Recap GCSE Percentages – % of amounts; Increase/decrease; Reverse percentages. Currency Exchange. Tax & National Insurance. Student Loans. APR/AER; Budgeting

Estimation (Paper 1)

Mathematical modelling; Fermi estimation; General estimation

Analysis of Data (Paper 1)

Discrete/continuous data; Statistics to compare data; Cumulative frequency; Grouped data/histograms; Sampling; Mean & standard deviation

Critical Analysis (Paper 2)

Misleading data; Checking facts; Evaluating arguments

Probability/Expectation (Paper 2)

Recap GCSE Probability; Venn diagrams; Tree diagrams; Expected outcomes

Risk Analysis (Paper 2)

Modelling; Estimating costs; Representing results

Critical Path Analysis (Paper 2)

Activity networks; Early/late times; Critical path; Gantt charts

  • Understand the ownership models of media institutions
  • Understand how media products are advertised and distributed
  • Understand how meaning is created in media products
  • Understand the target audiences of media products
  • Be able to evaluate research data used by media institutions
  • Be able to evaluate legal, ethical and regulatory issues associated with media products
  • Understand the factors that need to be considered during the planning of a media product
  • Be able to interpret client requirements and target audience considerations
  • Design and research project.
  • Material properties, and testing, performance characteristics, polymers, woods and metals, smart materials. One and two point perspective, isometric, colouring/shading/rendering techniques, presentation techniques and CAD. Key designers and design movements, technology push and market pull, product analysis and evaluation, accuracy and marking out in design.  Working drawings, cad designs, design brief, specification, modelling techniques. Designing for manufacture (QA/QC/Testing), Enhancing materials, polymer/wood/metal production processes, material finishes.
  • Investigation. Task Analysis; Gantt Chart; Client Research; Existing Products research; Scales of production, digital design and manufacture, health and safety, design for disassembly/maintenance/disposal. Material Research; Concept Sketches; Design Brief;
  • Specification; Marketing, design communication, product life cycles. Initial idea pages; Card modelling; CAD modelling;
  • 3D Printing; Design idea review; Development designs; Material research; Client feedback; Design styles; Selecting equipment for manufacture, responsible design, project management
  • Introduce core micro and macroeconomic concepts.
  • Review the role demand and supply play in markets, and how price is determined.
  • Assess why and how markets fail.
  • Make crucial judgements on whether government can or should intervene in the market
  • Analyse the role politics plays in market intervention.
  • Understand the components of the economy and the actions that government and institutions can take to stimulate the economy.
  • Assess the degree and types of government involvement in the economy and wider society.
  • Introduction to theme ‘Love Through The Ages’
  • Study AQA poetry anthology (pre-1900)
  • Introduction to context of literature post 1945
  • Study The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Study The Great Gatsby
  • Study A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Unseen poetry comparison
  • Text comparison with pre-1900 text (Emma by Jane Austen)
  • Unseen prose
  • Text comparison
  • NEA – skills
  • Practical- Life stages-Focus groups: Infancy; Childhood; Adolescence; Adulthood (19+)
  • Food Safety: Bacteria, moulds, yeasts, food spoilage, contamination/ cross contamination, food poisoning, allergies, allergens, intolerance and sensitivity, coeliac disease, legislation, HACPP, food premises, responsibilities, temperature in catering, protective clothing, training
  • Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat
  • Practical work.
  • Nutrition – Meal planning
  • Practical- Life stages-Focus groups: Adulthood (prenatal); Adulthood (postnatal); Older adulthood; Elderly adulthood.
  • Phytochemicals; Sources of nutrients, nutrient values, labelling, density, Biological value, glycaemic value, complementary interactions of nutrients. Proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, water, nutrient stability, effects of cooking methods, food preservation, processing, packaging, storage, fortification of food, cholesterol- lowering food products.
  • (Practical brief undertaken here)
  • Growth and development, energy production, regulating metabolism, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dental diseases, cancer, digestive disorders, rickets, anaemia, skin disorders, food environments, calculating nutritional needs, life stages, activity levels, sports nutrition, medical conditions, culture
  • Diets Eating patterns, dietary guidelines, fitness of purpose of different diets, sustainable diets
  • Practical brief from WJEC
  • Prepare for option brief Unit 3 or 4
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends – The changing nature of family
  • Possessive adjectives; Irregular present tense; Imperfect tense; Perfect tense – Students are expected to have studied the grammatical system and structures of the language during the course. Knowledge of the grammar and structures specified for GCSE is assumed. In the exam students will be required to use, actively and accurately, grammar and structures appropriate to the tasks set.
  • Nouns and articles; Reflexive verbs; Perfect and imperfect tenses; Negation; Adjectival agreement; Simple future tense; Conditional tense
  • The ‘cyber-society’
  • The place of voluntary work
  • Study of ‘La Haine’
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Independent Research Project –
  • Students study cultural themes and sub-themes in relation to at least one French-speaking country using a range of sources, including material from online media.
  • Contemporary francophone music
  • Cinema: the 7th art form
  • Basics of Discrete Maths including key Graph terminology
  • Linear programming  How to formulate and solve problems in 2 variables.
  • Network Flows and Critical Path Analysis, links to real life problems and project management.
  • Game Theory and Binary Operations.
  • Further Pure  – Complex numbers and their conjugates; Argand diagrams; inc creating loci; solving equations with complex roots.
  • Matrices: definitions; manipulation; multiplication; determinants and inverses and the importance of the identity matrix.
  • Statistics – Discrete distributions; Discrete Random Variables; Poisson Distribution; Hypothesis Tests
  • Roots of polynomials with real coefficients and equations with related roots; Summation of series; method of differences; The Maclaurin series; Graphs of rational functions
  • Type 1 and 2 errors; Continuous Random Variables
  • Equations of lines in vector and Cartesian form; the scalar product, calculating angles and distances between lines and planes.
  • Continuous Random Variables – calculating averages, spread, variance and standard deviation. Linear transformations of CRV’s
  • Polar co-ordinates: definition; link between polar and cartesian forms of equations; hyperbolic functions: definitions; properties; manipulation and basic identities.
  • Proof – inc proof by induction to formally prove mathematical statements.
  • Volumes of revolution and evaluating the mean value of a function.
  • Chi squared; correlation between 2 variables; Confidence Intervals
  • Coastal Landscape and Change Coastal landscapes and systems; Geology and coasts; Waves and beaches; Coastal transport and deposition; Fieldwork; Coastal weathering and mass movement; Sea level change; Holderness and coastal erosion; Coastal flooding; Managing coastal erosion and flooding; Managing coasts the holistic way
  • Tectonics Processes and Hazards Natural hazards and disasters; Plate tectonics; Earthquakes; Volcanic eruptions; Tsunami; Natural hazards as disasters; Governance and natural disasters; Geophysical disaster trends and hazard profiles; Multi-hazard zones; Hazard management theoretical models
  • Globalisation Globalisation and key players; TNCs and globalisation; ‘Switched on’ and ‘switched off’ worlds; Global shift: winners and losers; Global interconnections; Towards a global culture?; Closing the development gap?; Rising tensions; Consequences, ethics and sustainability
  • Regenerating places; Thinking about places;
  • Understanding your place; Changing places – London’s East End; Investigating places; Successful places; Engaging with places; Regeneration; Fieldwork; Government role in regeneration; Rural and urban regeneration
  • NEA Fieldwork Research literature sources and theory; Developing aims, questions and/or hypotheses; Planning fieldwork and research methods; Fieldwork 2 days
  • NEA Fieldwork – as above
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Increased energy use and global climate; Carbon cycle; Carbon sequestration; Balanced carbon cycle

Unit 1 : Human lifespan development

Human growth and development across the life stages – Life stages; Growth and development; Physical, intellectual and emotional development across the life stages; Attachment theory; Social development across the life stages

Factors affecting human growth and development – Nature/nurture debate; Genetic factors that affect development; Environmental, social and economic factors; Major life events

Effects of ageing – Physical, psychological and societal  effects of aging

Unit 5 : Meeting Individual Care and support needs

Principles value and skills –  Promoting equality, diversity and preventing discrimination; Skills and personal attributes required for developing relationships with individuals; The 6 Cs; Empathy and establishing trust; The triangle of care;  Ethical issues and approaches; Ethical theories; Minimising risk; Balancing resources; Legislation and guidance; Frameworks; Investigating the principles to overcome challenges – Types of challenges; Strategies to overcome challenges; Policy frameworks; Promoting personalisation; Communication techniques

Roles of professionals – How agencies work together; Roles and responsibilities on multi-disciplinary teams; Maintaining confidentiality; Codes of practice; Managing information

Unit 2: Working in health and social care. – The roles and responsibilities of people who work in the health and social care sector

Unit 14 Physiological disorders – Research into physiological disorders. Opportunity to meet with a GP and conduct role play to help understand process involved in diagnosis.

Unit 3 : Anatomy and physiology – How cells work; Characteristics of tissues; Structure and function of body organs; Energy in the body; Human genetics ; Homeostatic mechanisms; Structures, functions and disorders of the Cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, immune, renal female reproductive, and male reproductive systems and of conception and prenatal growth; birth; factors affecting prenatal growth ; congenital disorders.

Medical research

How data is collected and used

Epidemiological studies

Mortality and morbidity statistics

Data analysis skills to evaluate efficacy of medical procedures

Unit 7 : Principles of Safe Practice in health and social care

How duty of care contributes to safe practice; Recognising and responding to abuse and neglect; Influence of health and safety legislation and policies in health and social care settings

Procedures and responsibilities to maintain health and safety and respond to emergencies.

 Unit 8 : Promoting Public Health Strategies for developing public health policy to improve health;  Factors affecting health and the impact of addressing these to improve public health; How health is promoted to improve population health and how it encourages individuals to change their behaviour in relation to their own health.

Unit 6 work experience

3 week block 100 hours minimum

Unit 4 : Enquiries into Current Research in health and social care. – Types of issues where research is carried out – Purpose of research ; Issues; Health conditions; Lifestyle factors; Social and welfare needs

  • Stuart Britain -England in 1603? Religious changes
  • James I – Early foreign policy; 30 Years War; Puritans; Catholics; Financial problems; Relationship with Parliament; Success of James as king
  • American Dream America pre-1945; The political system; Origins of racial inequality; The USA and the USSR
  • Truman – USA and USSR disagreements post-1945; Policy of containment in Europe; Berlin and the Cold War; Effect of Korea on Truman’s career. Truman’s powered and effectiveness; American fear of USSR; Civil rights and improvements by 1952?
  • Charles I – Relationship with Parliament; Personal Rule; The Scottish Rebellion; Was Personal Rule a tyranny? The ‘paper combats’ and Civil War; Causes of the Civil War; Blame; How the Civil War was fought; Why Parliament won; Causes of unsuccessful settlement; development of religious radicals; The Putney debates? Political consequences of second Civil War; Why the King was executed?
  • Eisenhower – Role in the Republican party; The end of McCarthyism and impact on consumer society; Effect on the Cold War; Response to developments in Europe and Asia; Actions in the Middle East? The Brown decision and segregation; The Montgomery Bus Boycott; Little Rock
  • Commonwealth – Fragility of Commonwealth? Cromwell’s removal of the Rump? The Barebones; ) How far did the Instrument of Government represent a new direction for Cromwell? Cromwell and government; The first Protectorate Parliament; The Major Generals; Cromwell and the crown
  • Kennedy – Why he won; a New Frontier? The Berlin Wall; Cuba; The missile crisis; Vietnam; Birmingham and Martin Luther King; Kennedy and civil rights; The American Dream
  • France 1785-1914 (both teachers) – The Ancien Regime; Collapse of the monarchy; The Estates-General; The Revolution; regicide; government by Terror; Napoleon; Louis XVIII and Bourbon restoration; Revolution in 1830; Politics under Louis Philippe? Louis Napoleon, the Second Empire? Domestic success; The Paris Commune; Political authority in the Third Repubublic
  • Unit 1 – Fundamantals of IT – Computer hardware; Computer software; Understanding business IT systems; employability and communication skills used in an IT environment; Ethical and operational issues and threats to computer systems
  • Unit 2 – Global Information – Global storage of information and how it is transmitted; Styles, classification and the management of global information; Use of global information and the benefits to individuals and organisations; The legal and regulatory framework governing the storage and use of global information; The process flow of information; The principles of information security
  • Unit 17 – Internet of Everything – What is meant by the Internet of Everything (IoE); How to repurpose technologies to extend the scope of the IoE; Presenting concept ideas for repurposed developments
  • Quadratics, Simultaneous Equations; Gradient; Length and Midpoint of a Line Segment; Inequalities; Discriminant and Equations of Circles.
  • Introduction to Statistics – Data representation through CF curves; Histograms; Box Plots and other graphs; Measures of central tendency and of spread; Sampling Methods
  • Binomial Expansion and Differentiation – Binomial Expansion; How to differentiate; Why we differentiate; Differentiation from first principles; Calculating gradient of a point on a curve; Locating stationary points; Determining their nature; Finding equations of tangents and normals.
  • Correlation and Standard Deviation – Standard Deviation and Scatter Graphs; Correlation Coefficient
  • Integration – How to integrate,; Calculating area under a curve; Evaluating improper integrals; Solving problems using integration; Use of Casio Classwiz Calculator for Differentiation and Integration
  • Probability and Hypothesis Testing – Probability Theory; Tree Diagrams and the Binomial Distribution; Hypothesis testing
  • Trigonometry – Rght angled Trigonometry; The Sine/Cosine rules; Exact Trigonometric values; Area of a Triangle formula; Graphs of Trigonometric functions; Trigonometric identities
  • Mechanics – Terminology; The SUVAT equations.
  • Vectors and Proof – Vectors basics, Algebraic Proof
  • Calculus in Kinematics – Displacement, velocity and acceleration through differentiation and integration.
  • Exponentials and Logarithms – Key rules; Solving equations and inequalities involving logarithms; Graphs and gradients of points.
  • Newtons Laws of Motion – 3 laws of motion; Use of F=ma
  • Introduction to A Level Music and Baseline Music assessments; The Baroque Solo Concerto; Performing Music – Introduce performance diary; Compositional skills including: rhythmic character, strong melodic character, sense of style, creating contrast, writing idiomatically; Free composition.
  • The operas of Mozart; Film Music;  Performance of two contrasting pieces; Continue establishment and development of key compositional skills.
  • The piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg; Pop music;  Performance Assessment; Composition
  • Operas of Mozart; Continue development of listening skills; Ensemble performances; Assessment; Composition.
  • The operas of Mozart; Pop music and Film Music; Performance; Composition
  • Explore the piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg; Pop Music; Performance; Composition
  • Baseline and Actors’ Workshops – Baseline assessment:; ‘Metamorphosis’; Skills presentation; Physical and vocal workshops
  • Performance of key extract
  • Conceptualisation Task
  • Presentation of concept; Performance of scene or section directed ; Written analysis of interpretation
  • Practice and Practitioners – Rehearsal and performance of two extracts from scripted plays; Engagement in teacher-lead practitioner workshops; Reflective report
  • Research report on work of a specific practitioner; Delivery of 20 minute workshop to class; Handout prepared for group
  • Play Study: Drama Through the Ages – ‘Antigone’ – Exploration of themes, narrative, character;  Writers’ intentions and how they may be communicated; Context of play – social, cultural, historical
  • Interpretation of the play if performed; Concept for design; Practical exploration; Performance of key extracts ; Professional show.
  • Creating Original Drama Assessment:- Creating and performing devised drama
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology – Cardiovascular System
  • Skill Acquisition – Skill, Skill continuums and transfer of skills & Impact on learning.
  • Sport and Society – Industrial and post-industrial Britain.
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology – Respiratory System
  • Skill Acquisition – Use of Guidance and feedback
  • Sport and Society – Post-world war 2
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology – Neuro-muscular system
  • Sports Acquisition  – Memory Models
  • Sport and Society – Underrepresented groups and raising participation
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology – Energy Systems
  • Sports Psychology – Aspects of personality, Attitudes and arousal.
  • Sport and Society – Concepts of physical activity and sport and development
  • Biomechanics – Biomechanical principles
  • Sports Psychology – Anxiety, aggression, Motivation and achievement motivation
  • Sport and Society – Ethics, violence and drugs in sport
  • Biomechanics – Linear Motion
  • Sports Psychology – Social Facilitation, Group dynamics, importance of goal setting.
  • Sport and the law, impact of commercialisation and the role of technology in sport
  • Initial Research:
  • Statement of Intent
  • Thought Shower
  • MoodBoard
  • Artist Research
  • Basic photography skills
  • Photoshoots covering:
  • Found objects, composition, macro photography, lighting etc.
  • Critical Study
  • Written Critical Analysis
  • Physical and digital manipulation of images.
  • Exploration of outcomes.
  • Review of work of artists or designers. Develop themed based on theme/brief.
  • Written Evaluation
  • Bibliography
  • Portfolio unit – Initial Research including several artists:
  • Statement of Intent
  • Thought Shower
  • MoodBoard
  • Artist Research
  • Critical Study
  • Written Critical Analysis
  • Production of detailed piece of work informed by work of one of chosen artists.
  • SI units, estimations of physical quantities
  • Waves – Progressive waves; Phase difference; Transverse and longitudinal waves; Superposition and interference; Stationary waves; Diffraction; Refraction; Critical angle; Total internal reflection
  • Errors and uncertainties
  • Particles and radiation – Constituents of an atom; Stable and unstable nuclei; Particles, antiparticles and photons; Particle interactions; Classification of particles; Quarks and antiquarks; Application of conservation laws
  • Materials  – Bulk properties of solids
  • Mechanics – Scalars and vectors; Forces in equilibrium; Moments; Displacement; SUVATs; Projectile motion; Newton’s laws; Momentum; Work energy and power; Conservation of energy
  • Electricity – Basics of current flow; Current-voltage characteristics; Resistivity; Circuits; Potential dividers; EMF and internal resistance
  • Fields – Gravitational fields
  • Further mechanics – Circular motion
  • UK Constitution – Nature and sources of the UK Constitution. How constitution has changed since 1997. Role and powers of devolved bodies in the UK, and impact of devolution on the UK.
  • US constitution – The nature of the US Constitution. Key features and their effectiveness today. US federalism. Comparison of the UK and US Constitutions and impact on politics and government.
  • Political Parties – Political parties. Established political parties. Emerging and minor UK political parties.
  • Parties in the USA – Key ideas and principles of the Democratic and Republican parties. Distribution of power and changing significance of the parties. Current conflicts and tendencies and changing power and influence in the parties. Coalition of supporters for each party.
  • UK Election Systems – Different electoral systems. Referendums and how they are used.
  • Elections in the USA – Presidential elections and their significance. Campaign finance. Compare and debate aspects of UK and US democracy and participation, and impact on politics and government.
  • UK Democracy and Participation – Current systems of representative democracy and direct democracy inc advantages and the case for reform. A wider franchise and debates over suffrage. Pressure groups and other influences.
  • Interest groups in the USA – Interest groups in the USA – significance, resources, tactics and debates on impact on democracy. Interpretations and debates on US democracy and participation. Compare and debate aspects of UK and US democracy and participations.
  • Voting behaviour and the media – Case studies of 3 key general elections. The influence of the media.
  • US Civil Rights – Protection of civil liberties and rights in the US today. Race and rights in contemporary US politics.
  • UK Parliament – Structure and role of House of Commons and House of Lords and their comparative powers. The legislative process.
  • Congress – Structure of Congress. Distribution of powers within Congress. Functions of Congress: representation, legislative, oversight.
  • Interpretations and debates around Congress.
  • Research Methods – Paper 2 – Can psychology be studied scientifically? Key concepts in research method and practical application.
  • Social influence – Paper 1 – Conformity. Can psychology help to explain conformity. Conformity to social role
  • Introduction to Psychology/Paper 2 Psychology in Context –Approaches in Psychology: Wundt and Introspection; Biological; Behavioural; Cognitive
  • Social Influence – Paper 1- Dispositional explanations for conformity. Obedience – the situation explanation. Alternative dispositional explanations for obedience. Resistance to social influence. Minority influence Social influence processes and social change
  • Biopsychology (Year 1 topics) – Paper 2 Nervous and Endocrine Systems. Neurons and Receptors
  • Memory – Paper 1 – The multi-store model. Long term memory. The working memory model
  • Paper 1 Introduction to Psychology – Attachment – Caregiver/infant interaction. Stages of attachment. Ainsworth’s Strange Situation. Cultural Variations. Learning Theories of Attachment
  • Memory – Paper 1 – Explaining forgetting. Eyewitness testimony
  • Paper 1 Introduction to Psychology – Attachment – Bowlby’s theory. Maternal Deprivation. Romanian Orphans; Influence on Later Relationships
  • Research Methods- Paper 2 – Scientific processes
  • Data handling and analysis. Inferential testing
  • Paper 1 Introduction to Psychology – Psychopathology – Definitions of Abnormality. Phobias:  BEC features; explanations; treatments. Depression – BEC features
  • Research project – Paper 2 – Practical application of research methods
  • Schizophrenia – Paper 3 – Classification, symptoms and diagnosis of schizophrenia. Biological explanations of schizophrenia
  • Paper 1 Introduction to Psychology – Psychopathology:  Depression:  cognitive explanations & treatment. OCD:  BEC features; explanations; biological treatments

Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion

Throughout the year we will study philosophical language and thought, and issues and questions raised by belief through the following topics:

  • Ancient philosophical influences – Plato and Aristotle
  • the nature of the soul, mind and body ­– personal identity, concept of the soul, thoughts of Plato and Aristotle, substance dualism and issues related to the soul, mind and body
  • Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God – Observation Arguments including the Teleological Argument and Cosmological Argument and Reason Arguments including the Ontological Argument
  • The nature and impact of religious experience – Nature and types and issue with belief in
  • The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil – Augustine theodicy, Hicks theodicy and issues caused by the problem of evil

 Paper 2: Religion and Ethics

The first four topics explore what is the correct way to make a moral decision. You will discuss whether ‘the ends justify the means’ or whether your actions are more important than the outcome.

  • Natural Law
  • Situation ethics
  • Kantian ethics
  • Utilitarianism

The final two topics apply the above approaches to issues we face in the modern world.

  • Euthanasia
  • Business ethics

Paper 3: Developments in Christian Though

  • Augustine’s teaching on Human Nature – Can human beings ever be morally good?
  • Death and the Afterlife – What does the afterlife look like? Is an eternity of Heaven actually a good thing?
  • Knowledge of God’s existence – What does it mean to have faith in God?
  • The person Jesus Christ – What was the reason Jesus came to earth?
  • Christian moral principles – Where do Christians get their moral guidance from?
  • Christian moral action – What does it mean to act morally?
  • Introduction to Sociology/Paper 2 Families and Households – Introductory Topics in Sociology:  Norms & Values, Culture, Socialisation, Organisation of Society; Theories on Society – Conflict versus Consensus; and Structure versus Agency debates.
  •  Families and Households (Paper 2)
  • Changing family patterns. Theories on the family. Gender Roles and relationships. Childhood
  • Marriage & Divorce. Decline of the nuclear family and the growth of other family types. Demography – changing population trends affecting the family. Family Diversity. Social Policy
  • Research Methods: – Primary Methods. PERVERT. PET. Secondary Methods. Positivism vs Interpretivism. Sampling. Pilot Studies & Hypotheses
  • Paper 1 Sociology of Education – Educational History Timeline. Educational Policies. Marketisation/Academisation etc. Education in the Global Market. CGE factors
  • Sociology of Education/Methods in Context
  • CGE factors – differential achievement
  • Interactionism – labelling, subcultures etc:  relationships and processes
  • Methods in Context:  application of Methods to educational situations
  • Families and Households Revision
  • Unit 1 – Anatomy and Physiology
    Students explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.
  • Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing
    Students gain an understanding of the requirements of fitness testing and learn how to safely conduct a range of fitness tests for different components of fitness.

VESPA – V-Vision

Settling and expectation assemblies

Introducing Unifrog to start exploring future pathways

Speakers – Inspirational; Confidence

VESPA – E-Effort

Use Unifrog to log competencies

Speakers – Inspirational; Resilience

VESPA – S-Systems

Use unifrog to start researching courses and future pathways. Personal statement writing tools

Speakers – Early Entry: Oxbridge, Medicine; Wider World

VESPA – P-Practice

Researching courses and future pathways. Personal statement writing tools

Planning work experience or volunteering to strengthen applications

Speakers – University reps; Higher Apprenticeship reps; OTC Armed Forces

VESPA – A-Attitude

Submitting first drafts of personal statements and some may be completing UCAS forms.

Interviews with tutors to form basis of references.

Speakers – Personal Statement

Academic researchers for inspiration

Higher level apprenticeships

Personal Statements – Submitting first drafts of personal statements and some may be completing UCAS forms.

Interviews with tutors to form basis of references..

Speakers – Personal Statement

Academic researchers for inspiration

Higher level apprenticeships

Typically includes –

  • Advanced Cooking
  • Band
  • Chess
  • Craft
  • Debating
  • Drama Workshop
  • Eco Team
  • Extended Project
  • Garden Development
  • Golf
  • Latin
  • Model United Nations
  • MOOCs
  • National Connections Theatre Group
  • Rock Challenge
  • Sports
  • Strategic Games
  • Technical theatre/design
  • Orchestra
  • Sports Teams  offering chance to represent school, teamwork, self-esteem, skills development.
  • Careers work
  • Study skills development
  • External speaker programme
  • Charity work
  • Assemblies—Planned rota for year to include Wider World issues and diversity.
  • Volunteering programmes to  develop teamwork, organisational skills, community spirit
  • iPads for Learning—providing different ways to explore and learn about subjects. Developing expertise in digital World.
  • Wider World—increasing understanding of issues and appreciation of diversity
  • Growth Mindset—Developing a can-do ethos and increasing self-belief
  • Wellbeing Work-Creating a school environment where Emotional Health and Wellbeing of all is promoted.
  • Reporting System—Ensuring progress and aims are understood by all.
  • Understanding and appreciation of diversity
  • Analytical drawings related to appropriate artists & photography – images to be manipulated physically and digitally – Analytical drawing skills: Line; Tone; Pen and Ink; Watercolour; Pencil crayons; Collage;Photography; Connectional and developments.
  • Present personal, meaningful response realising intentions and demonstrating understanding of visual language. – Drawing – practise version of final outcome.
  • Written Evaluation; Bibliography.
  • 8 week production of work – Initial Research: Statement of Intent; Thought Shower; MoodBoard; Artist Research; Critical Study; Written Critical Analysis
  • Photography; Analytical drawing skills ; Connectional and developments; Compositional studies; Written Evaluation; Bibliography
  • Revisit coursework to make improvements
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments Survival and response; Receptors; Control of heart rate; Nervous control; Nerve impulses; Skeletal muscles as effectors; Homeostasis
  • Negative feedback; Control of blood glucose; Control of blood water potential
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems Inheritance; Populations; Evolution leading to speciation
  • Gene Expression DNA alterations; Regulation of transcription and  translation ; Gene expression and cancer; Using genome projects; Recombinant DNA technology; Differences in DNA; Genetic fingerprinting
  • Revision
  • Human resources planning
  • Assessing effectiveness of training and development
  • How and why businesses motivate employees
  • Monitoring and managing employee performance
  • Confidentiality within the human resources function
  • Marketing in businesses
  • Constraints on marketing
  • Carrying out market research for business opportunities
  • Validating and presenting market research findings

Unit 1 Physical Chemistry

Electrode potentials; Acids,pH,buffers; Gas equilibria

Unit 2 Inorganic chemistry

Properties of period 3 elements; Aqueous chemistry;  Transition metals

Unit 3 Organic chemistry

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Unit 3 Organic Chemistry

Optical isomers; Aldehydes and ketones; Carboxylic acids; Aromatic chemistry ; Amines; Polymers; Amino acids, proteins and DNA; Enzymes; Anticancer drugs; Organic synthesis


Component 1 – Computer Systems

  • Databases
  • Networks
  • Web Technologies
  • Data Types
  • Data Structures
  • Boolean Algebra
  • Computer Related Legislation
  • Ethic, Moral and Cultural Issues

Component 2 – Algorithms and Problem Solving

  • Programming Techniques; Computation
  • Methods

Component 1 – Computer Systems

  • Systems Software;
  • Software Development; Types of Programming Language;
  • Compression, Encryption and Hashing

Recap of Component 1 and 2 in preparation for the summer exams

  • Be able to plan the pre-production of a media product
  • Be able to create and evaluate pre-production documents for a new media product
  • Be able to plan and develop pre-production materials for an original media product to a client brief
  • Be able to create production materials for an original media product to a client brief
  • Be able to carry out post-production techniques and processes for an original media product to a client brief
  • Further design development inc Initial idea pages; Card modelling; CAD modelling; 3D Printing; Design Idea review; Development Designs; Material Research; Client Feedback.
  • Theory – International standards, performance characteristics of materials, forming, redistribution and addition processes of materials
  • Further design development inc Design Idea review; Development Designs; Material Research; Client Feedback
  • Theory – Finishes on materials, scales of production, CAD/CAM
  • Prototype development – Final Design; Manufacturing Specification; Prototype making
  • Theory – PPC, product development, protecting designs, designing for maintenance and repair, feasibility studies.
  • Prototype analysis – Prototype pictures; Prototype testing; Evaluation against specification; Evaluation against product; Client feedback; Design Modifications
  • Theory – Manufacturing systems, design styles and movements.
  • Theory of the firm and market structures.
  • Analyse the types of firms in the market and their various objectives.
  • Optimal structuring of the economy.
  • Review the wider business environment.
  • How Game Theory can influence decision-making.
  • International economics and global development.
  • Understand how inequality and poverty can be combatted
  • Understand how nations may (or may not) trade with each other.
  • Importance of financial institutions.
  • Role banks and the stock markets play in trade and growth.
  • Study The Taming of the Shrew
  • NEA individual text analysis
  • Study Skirrid Hill by Owen Sheers
  • NEA draft version
  • Complete coursework
  • Comparison skills
  • Exam practice

Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition

The AC’s will be taught and delivered through theory tasks set then group work to produce a mock report. This can be assessed and feedback given. This is done through to Spring at when students must plan their final 14 hour exam work. Unit 4 to be sent to WJEC for moderation by mid May

Unit 2 – Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat

Covered through year – Properties of micro-organisms, effect of changing conditions on growth of microorganisms in different environments, effect of microorganisms on food quality, how preservation methods prevent growth of micro-organisms, physiology of food intolerances, physiological basis of food allergies, physiological basis of food poisoning, symptoms of food induced ill health, food safety hazards in different environments, risk to food safety in different environments, control measures to minimise food safety risks, justifying proposals for control measures in different environments

Brief for Unit 2 8 hour exam released 1st May

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues – Positive features of a diverse society
  • Life for the marginalised
  • Study of ‘Kiffe Kiffe Demain’ – Study of authentic texts promotes transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility.
  • How criminals are treated
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment; Politics and immigration
  • Revision
  • Critical Path analysis by looking at Gantt Charts and Cascade diagrams.
  • Simplex Algorithm, Linear Programming, Higher Order Game Theory problems
  • Complex numbers, Maclaurin series to represent complex numbers in exponential form.  roots of equations and roots of unity, polar graphs.
    Further matrices, solving equations in three dimensions; factorising determinants; using eigenvalues and eigenvectors and diagonalising matrices, Further algebra.
  • Groups, what constitutes a Group, terminology such as sub groups/order/period of a Group, Cayley tables, Generators and Isomorphic groups.
  • Matrices. Further calculus, looking at improper integrals and calculus involving trig and hyperbolics. Calculation of arc lengths and surface areas using integration. Reduction formulae. Polar co-ordinates, finding the area contained by a polar curve.
  • Statistics – Exponential Distribution, how to calculate probabilities from it.
  • Hyperbolic functions to inverse and reciprocal functions.  Identities and their use in integration. First and second order differential equations, damped oscillations, coupled differential equations. Numerical methods to solve integrals, including using Euler’s formula for Cartesian and Parametric equations.
  • Statistics, the t-distribution. Testing the mean of a normal distribution using the t-statistic, degrees of freedom.

The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Continued – Energy security; Fossil fuels and alternatives; Threats to and degrading of carbon and water cycles; Responding to climate change

The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity – A world of extremes; The global hydrological cycle; Local hydrological cycles – drainage basins; The water balance and river regimes; Deficits/surpluses within the hydrological system; Climate change; Water insecurity – causes, consequences and managing supplies

Superpowers – Hard and soft power; What is a superpower?; Changing patterns of power; Emerging superpowers; Global networking; Superpowers and the environment; Contested places; Contesting global influence; Future challenges.

Health, Human Rights and Intervention

Human development; Variations in human health and life expectancy; Development targets and policies; Human rights; Geopolitical intervention; Development aid impact;  Military action and human rights; Measuring success of geopolitical intervention; Development aid – a mixed record of success?

Unit 2: – Roles and responsibilities of those who work in Health and Social Care; Specific responsibilities in a HSC setting; Multi-Disciplinary working in the HSC; Monitoring work in the HSC sector; Roles of organisations that provide services; Issues that affect access to services; Representing the needs of services users; Roles to regulate and inspect HSC services;  Responsibiities of organisations to HSC workers; People with Specific Needs ; Working Practices

Unit 14 : Physiological disorders and their care – Investigate the causes and effects of physiological disorders; Types of physiological disorders – recap from end of Yr12.; Impact of disorders on service users’ physical, mental, social and emotional health; Causes of physiological disorders; Signs and symptoms

Investigation and diagnosis of physiological disorders

Investigative procedures – Diagnostic procedures; Misdiagnosis issues

Examine treatment and support for service users with physiological disorders  – Provision of treatment and support; Types of carers and care settings

Develop a treatment plan for service users with physiological disorders to meet their needs – Care methods and strategies – Treatment plan processes

Case Studies and Scenarios

Exam preparation

Unit 4 : Enquiries into current research in health and social care – Research methods; Carrying out and reviewing secondary research

Unit 10: Sociological perspectives – Sociological perspectives; ; Sociological perspectives in relation to service provision in a specific area; The Biomedical and Alternative Model of Health; Concepts of Health, Ill Health and Disability in Social Care settings; Social inequality and impact on society.; Demographic data and impact on service provision.; Patterns and trends in health and ill health within social groups.

Unit 12 Individual Needs in Healthcare – Diagnostic procedures to determine individual needs.; Access requirements; Significance on family and society of additional needs diagnosis; Disability as a social construct; Role of care workers in overcoming challenges with daily living; Benefits of adaptation and support; Impact of statutory provision following diagnosis of additional needs

Unit 20 Understanding mental well-being – Understand different views on the nature of mental well-being and mental health ; Examine how the main forms of mental ill health are classified; Examine the impact of mental ill health on individuals and their social networks; Examine strategies which promote mental wellbeing and mental health

Unit 19 Nutritional Health – Concepts of nutritional health in health and wellbeing.; Sources of essential nutrients and functions.; Assessing dietary intake.; Factors that influence Nutritional health in individuals; Planning nutritional health

  • Failure of the Protectorate
  • Charles II – Restoration and the monarchy? Religion and problems during the Clarendon Cabal and Danby years; Foreign policy aims; Finances in the Cavalier Parliament finances and politics;; The Exclusion Crisis? Charles II survival of Arbitrary rule
  • Johnson  – Johnson’s qualifications; The Great Society  and poverty; The economy; Ecalation in Vietnam? Retreat from Vietnam; Foreign policy outside Vietnam; King  and Johnson in the mid 60s;  The Nation of Islam; Black Power; Protest groups.
  • James II – Was hean Absolutist? The Glorious Revolution; Scotland and Ireland
  • Nixon – The 1968 election; Restoration of social conservative policies; Response to protest movements; The economy; Vietnam;
  • Foreign policy?; The Watergate affair; Power abuse
  • William and Mary – The Revolution Settlement of 1689 and the monarch; Foreign policy; The financial revolution and limited monarchy? Changes in religion; The Whigs and Tories 1689-1702; Changes in power of the monarch by 1702
  • Ford and Carter – How the presidency changed; Corruption and American politics; Effects on social divisions; The American Dream by 1980? Ford and Carter and Kissinger’s foreign policy; Carter and the Middle East crises; Status of African-Americans equality by 1980; US as a world superpower in 1980? Did Reagan need to make America great again? Why did Reagan win the 1980 election?
  • Revision

Unit 3 – Cyber Security – What is meant by cyber security; Issues surrounding cyber security; Measures used to protect against cyber security incidents; management of cyber security incidents

Unit 9 – Product Development –  The product development life cycle; Designing products that meet identified client requirements; Implementation and testing of products; Performing acceptance testing with clients

  • Binomial Expansion and Sequences and Series
  • Arithmetic and Geometric progressions; Sigma notation; Sequences.
  • Probability and the Normal Distribution – Key probability formulae; Normal distribution, Standardising a distribution
  • Trigonometry and Circular Measure – The reciprocal trig functions; Addition and double angle formula; The Rsin(x + a) formula; Radians
  • Selecting the Correct Distribution – Which distribution to use when; The Binomial distribution.
  • Functions and Transformations – Function domain and range; Inverse functions.; Graph Transformations including multiple transformations
  • Hypothesis Testing – Running a hypothesis test for the Normal distribution. Setting null and alternate hypotheses; Interpreting probabilities
  • Differentiation and Integration – The Product rule; the Quotient Rule; the Chain Rule; Rates of change problems; Integration by Parts and by substitution; Reversal of the chain rule; Integrals involving ln.
  • Vectors and Equilibrium – Vectors; Equilibrium
  • Numerical Methods and Parametric Equations –The sign change rule; The trapezium rule; Newton Raphson; Parametric equations; Cartesian form and how to differentiate.
  • Resolving Forces and Friction – In 2D; Friction
  • Partial Fractions and Differential Equations
  • Moments
  • The piano music of Chopin,  Brahms and Grieg – performance; Pop music; Technical control.
  •  The piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg. Continue analysis of set work; Film Music; Performance of recital repertoire; Focus on the expressive control assessment criteria; Introduction of compositional briefs and initial exploration of ideas.
  • Explore Baroque concerto; Pop music; Continue development of listening skills with focus on extended response question; Full performance of recital repertoire; Focus on performance quality assessment criteria.
  • Practice listening skills relating to all three strands; Revision of The marriage of Figaro; Completion of composition
  • Revision of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg piano music set works and of Film music
  • Recording of final performances
  • Final submission of both compositions

Component 3 (Making Theatre)

Assessment:-Practical exploration and interpretation of extract 3 (working as actor, designer or technician); Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation

Play Study: 20th & 21st Century Drama ‘Our Country’s Good’

Exploration of themes, narrative, character; Writers’ intentions and how they may be communicated; Context of play – social, cultural, historical; Interpretation of the play if performed; Concept for design; Practical exploration; Performance of key extracts

  • Biomechanics
  • Angular motion, Projectile motion and Fluid mechanics
  • Sports Psychology – Importance of goal setting, attribution theory and self-efficacy and confidence.
  • NEA – Practical and coursework – Identification of two areas of weakness linked to their chosen sport and recording video evidence together of competitive performances. Ongoing through rest of year.
  • Exercise Physiology – Diet and nutrition, preparation and training methods.
  • Sports Psychology – Self-efficacy and confidence, leadership and stress management
  • Exercise Physiology – Preparation and training methods, Injury prevention and rehabilitation from injury.
  • Reflection – A traffic light analysis of every topic area.
  • Revision
  • Students produce a series of photoshoots which develop their ideas towards a final outcome. Images produced that will be manipulated.
  • Connectional and developments
  • Photoshoot – outcome 1 – practise version of final outcome supported by sketchbook. The completed image is evaluated.
  • Outcome 2 – Written Evaluation; Bibliography
  • Initial Research: Statement of Intent; Thought Shower; MoodBoard; Artist Research; Critical Study; Written Critical Analysis
  • Photography – Development of ideas using a range of materials and techniques.; Connectional and developments
  • Compositional studies – Outcome 1; Outcome 2; Written Evaluation; Bibliography
  • Further mechanics – Circular motion; Simple harmonic motion; Simple harmonic systems; Forced vibrations and resonance
  • Fields ; Electric field; Electric potential; Capacitors; Dielectrics; Charging/discharging; Magnetic flux density; Forces on charges; Force on wire; Faraday and Lenz’s law ; AC current; Transformers
  • Thermal physics  – Thermal energy; Gas laws; Ideal gas; Kinetic theory; Kinetic energy of a gas
  • Nuclear physics – Radiation; Decay; Scattering and nuclear radius; Mass defect; Binding energy; Fission and fusion
  • Astrophysics – Black body radiation; Stars; HR diagrams; Lenses; Telescopes; Non-optical telescopes; Distance measures; Magnitude; Star evolution
  • Cosmology
  • Revision
  • Executive – PM and Cabinet -The structure, role, and powers of the Executive. The concept of ministerial responsibility. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet
  •  US Presidency – Formal and informal sources of presidential power. Relationships between the presidency and Congress and the Supreme Court. Limitations on presidential power. Interpretations and debates of the US presidency. Comparison of the UK and US Executive branches.
  • Judiciaries and rights – Supreme Court (+ relations between the branches) – The Supreme Court and interactions with, and influence over, legislative and policy-making processes. Relationship between the Executive and Parliament. Aims, role and impact of the EU on the UK Government. Location of sovereignty in the UK political system.
  • US Supreme Court – Nature and role. Appointment process. The Supreme Court and public policy. US Supreme Court and civil rights. Comparison with the UK.
  • Core idea – Conservatism – Core ideas and principles. How they relate to human nature, the state, society and the economy. (Differing views and tensions within conservatism. Conservative thinkers and their ideas (Hobbes, Burke, Oakeshott, Rand, Nozick),
  • Core ideology – socialism – Core ideas and principles of socialism and relation to human nature, the state, society and the economy.
  • Views and tensions within socialism. Socialist thinkers(Marx, Engels, Webb, Luxemburg, Crosland, Giddens).
  • Core ideology – liberalism – Core ideas and principles. Differing views. Liberal thinkers.
  • Non-core ideology – nationalism – Core ideas and principles. Different types. Nationalist thinkers.
  • Paper 3: Schizophrenia – Psychological explanations. Drug therapy. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Family therapy and token economies. Interactionist approach and the diathesis stress model
  • Paper 2:  Psychology in Context – Recap on year 1 Approaches. Year 2 Approaches:  Psychodynamic; Humanistic. Comparison of Approaches
  • Paper 2:  Psychology in Context – Recap on Year 1 Biopsychology
  • Localisation of function. Plasticity and functional recovery. Split brain research. Biological rhythms. Zeitgebers/pacemakers
  • Paper 3: Addiction – Describing addiction; Risk factors; Explaining nicotine addiction.  Explaining gambling addiction. Reducing addiction. Application of theories of behavioural change
  • Paper 3:  Gender – Sex & Gender. Androgyny and the BSRI. Hormones & Chromosomes. Cognitive Explanations:  Kohlberg, and Gender Schema. Psychodynamic explanations. Social Learning Theory. Cultural and Media Influences. Atypical Disorders
  • Revision

Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion

During Year 13 students continue in with their studies relating to the existence and nature of God considering the following topics:

  • Ideas about the nature of God ­– omnipotence, omniscience, omnibenevolence and free will
  • Issues in religious language ­– The Via Negativa, The Via Positiva, symbolism, 20th Century perspectives.

 Paper 2: Religion and Ethics

  • Meta Ethics – What is does it mean to be good or bad?
  • Conscience – How does Aquinas’ and Fraud’s view of the conscience compare?
  • Sexual ethics – Applying ethical theory to the modern world.

Paper 3: Developments in Christian Thought

    • Religious pluralism and theology – What does it mean to be ‘saved’ in the modern world?
    • Religious pluralism and society – What are the challenges living in a multi-faith society?
    • Gender – What roles do men and women play?
    • Gender and theology – How does the Bible portray women?
    • The challenges of secularism – What role does Christianity have in the modern world?
    • Liberation theology and Karl Marx – How can these theories help us understand the move away from religion?
  • Theory and Methods – emphasis on application of both.
  • Beliefs – Theories of religion; Religion and social change; Secularisation; Religion, renewal and choice; Religion in a global context; Organisations, movements and members; Ideology and science
  • Crime and Deviance – Functionalist, Strain and Subcultural theories. Interactionism and Labelling Theory; Class, power and crime; Realist Theories of crime; Gender, crime and justice; Ethnicity, crime and justice; Crime and the media; Globalisation, green crime, human rights and state crime; Control, punishment and victims.
  • Theory and Methods
  • Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
    Students explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.
  • Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
    Students explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. They will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

UCAS Applications and 1 to 1 meetings; CV writing; ; Tutor and subject references; ; Barclays life skills: Assertiveness

Well-being and mental health and Zumos focus. Mental health support after leaving school.; RSE- Family Strand

Volunteering and work experience opportunities to strengthen applications; University Open Days; Prom Planning

Speakers – Inspirational, confidence

Barclays Life Skills: Planning Finances, Budgeting, finances at work and enterprise skills. ; RSE- Respectful Relationships Strand; Children in Need- fundraising;

Speakers – Inspirational, resilience

UCAS deadline; Planning for plan B; Resilience; Coursework deadlines and time management.; Interview techniques and practice.; University applicant days.; Barclays life skills: Adaptability, Resilience, Use of technology for career progression and professional use of social media; RSE- Personal Safety and Well-Being; Presidents team step down. Focus on prom and year 13 only events

Speakers – Wider World, Exploring vocational higher education.

Exam preparation and Mock Exams; Barclays life skills: Living independently and self-discipline ; Comic/Sport Relief fundraising events and organisation.; RSE- Sexual Health and Relationships;

Speakers – University reps., Higher Apprenticeship reps., OTC Armed Forces.

Apprenticeship applications due; Exam preparation

Typically includes –

  • Advanced Cooking
  • Band
  • Chess
  • Craft
  • Debating
  • Drama Workshop
  • Eco Team
  • Extended Project
  • Garden Development
  • Golf
  • Latin
  • Model United Nations
  • MOOCs
  • National Connections Theatre Group
  • Rock Challenge
  • Sports
  • Strategic Games
  • Technical theatre/design
  • Orchestra
  • Sports Teams  offering chance to represent school, teamwork, self-esteem, skills development.
  • Careers work
  • Study skills development
  • External speaker programme
  • Charity work
  • Assemblies—Planned rota for year to include Wider World issues and diversity.
  • Volunteering programmes to  develop teamwork, organisational skills, community spirit
  • iPads for Learning—providing different ways to explore and learn about subjects. Developing expertise in digital World.
  • Wider World—increasing understanding of issues and appreciation of diversity
  • Growth Mindset—Developing a can-do ethos and increasing self-belief
  • Wellbeing Work-Creating a school environment where Emotional Health and Wellbeing of all is promoted.
  • Reporting System—Ensuring progress and aims are understood by all.
  • Understanding and appreciation of diversity

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