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A Level Courses

Full-Time Post 16 A Level Courses

The widest range of post-16 courses in the Tenterden / Ashford area: A Levels, International Baccalaureate, Level 3, Level 2 & GCSE's.

Homewood Sixth Form offers a wider range of qualifications which are described in more detail in our prospectus. For more information, please look at the guides below.

A Levels

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3D DESIGN (CERAMICS)

A Level

Duration: 2 years

Contact: Miss C Wood

You will cover a wide range of ceramic techniques using a variety of materials and developing your ideas creatively. Learning through the investigation of artists and researching extensively will result in the development of an individual approach and style. Final art pieces are produced on an individual basis. Developmental work and the ability to annotate the progressive stages of the work will be essential.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE's grade 4 and above including a 4 in an Art subject.


Course Content

Unit 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
You will generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes. Your Personal Investigation incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a Personal Study. Your supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points (agreed by your teacher).

The Personal Study (12%)

The Personal Study is evidenced through critical written communication (1000 to 3000 words of continuous prose), which may contain integrated images. 

Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40%)
The Externally Set Assignment (exam paper) is released in February from Edexcel and contains a theme and suggested starting points. You will follow the same process as the Personal Investigation and create preparatory studies and then, around April time, have a 15 hour period of sustained focus to produce your final outcome(s). 


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Further Opportunities

You could take this course to complement other A Level courses such as Graphics, Photography, Textiles or Fine Art.  With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as a Ceramicist, Architect, 3D designer, Set design or Model/Prop maker. You could also go straight into the workplace, as these courses are recognised qualifications.

96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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ART - FINE ART

A Level

Duration: 2 years

Contact: Mrs G Parry

You will cover a wide range of art techniques using a variety of materials to develop your ideas creatively. Learning through the investigation of artists and researching extensively will result in the development of an individual approach and style. Final art pieces are produced on an individual basis. Developmental work and the ability to annotate the progressive stages of the work will be essential.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE's or equivalent grades at 4 or above including a 4 in an Art subject.


Course Content

Unit 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
You will generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes.Your Personal Investigation incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a Personal Study. Your supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points (agreed by your teacher).

The Personal Study (12%)

The Personal Study is evidenced through critical written communication (1000 to 3000 words of continuous prose), which may contain integrated images. 

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)
The Externally Set Assignment (exam paper) is released in February from Edexcel and contains a theme and suggested starting points. You will follow the same process as the Personal Investigation and create preparatory studies and then, around April time, have a 15 hour period of sustained focus to produce your final outcome(s).


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Further Opportunities

You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses such as Graphics, Photography, Textiles or Fine Art.  With further training, you could go into a career related to art and design such as an Illustrator, Interior Designer, Artist or Print maker. You could also go straight into a job, as these courses are recognised qualifications.

96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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BIOLOGY

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Miss M Conlin

This course is designed to encourage students to develop an enthusiasm for biology, including practical skills, an understanding of concepts and principles, and the knowledge and skills for the study of biology in Higher Education.


Entry Requirements

5-5 in Science or a 5 in Biology plus 4 Maths and 5 English.


Course Content

In year one students study these topics: basic cell structure, biological molecules and cell division, diversity and organisation, how organisms exchange substances with their environments, biodiversity and variation and the relationships between organisms.
To gain the full A Level qualification students continue into a second year and cover: how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, the control of gene expression, patterns of inheritance and how the genome can be manipulated, genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.
At the end of the course students will sit three written examinations covering topics from both years of the course. Students will also have a practical endorsement which will be reported separately.


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Further Opportunities

You could take this course with other Advanced Level courses such as Chemistry or Physics to prepare for higher education in a science related subject or more general courses.

96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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BUSINESS

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mrs C Cox

The A Level is structured into four themes: Marketing and people, Managing business activities, Business decisions and strategy, Global business.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE's at grade 4 and above including a 5 in Business Studies/Merit in Enterprise and a 5 in English Language and Maths.


Course Content

The A Level is structured into four themes:

  •   Theme 1 Marketing and people
  •   Theme 2 Managing business activities
  •   Theme 3 Business decisions and strategy
  •   Theme 4 Global business.

There are three externally assessed papers at A Level. Each paper comprises 100 marks and are two hours in duration. There is a mix of data response questions that are of the short answer nature and extended open response questions. The A Level Paper 3 has a broad pre-released context to support the investigative nature of the qualification. This pre-release will help learners contextually prepare for the exam ahead. 
There is no external assessment at the end of the first year; the full A Level is achieved with the successful completion of the examinations at the end of year two. To achieve the full A Level under the new regulations you will need to take all of the assessed units together at the end of the second year of the course, including a repeat of those taken at the end of Year 12.
The course has opportunities to attend extra-curricular trips, including revision workshops and attending businesses for contextual experience.


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Business


Further Opportunities

This course will prepare you for higher education; it offers a qualification for employment or further learning in business related sectors.

96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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CHEMISTRY

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Miss M Conlin/Mr D Shepherd

This course is designed to encourage students to develop an enthusiasm for chemistry, including practical skills, an understanding of concepts and principles, and the knowledge and skills for study at Higher Education.


Entry Requirements

5-5 in Science or a 5 in Chemistry plus 4 in English and 5 in Maths.


Course Content

In the first year students will cover the basics of chemical reactions and also develop practical skills. You will also cover modules on topics such as the periodic table, energy changes and reaction rates, as well as learning the basics of organic chemistry.
Students continue into a second year and cover topics which include: Quantitative Chemistry, Enthalpy, Transition Elements, Aromatic Compounds, Polymers and Organic Synthesis. At the end of the course students sit three written examinations, covering topics from both years. Students also receive a separately reported practical endorsement.


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Further Opportunities

You could take this course with other Advanced Level courses such as Biology or Physics to prepare for higher education in a science related subject or more general courses.

96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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CHINESE (MANDARIN)

Pre-U

2 Years

Contact: Ms T Yang

The Cambridge pre-u Mandarin Chinese syllabus equips students who are learning Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language with the skills to thrive in a Chinese environment. The syllabus also provides a stepping-stone for university courses in Chinese and china studies. As well as allowing students to develop their language skills, the syllabus fosters an awareness of Chinese culture and history.


Entry Requirements

GCSE Chinese Mandarin, ideally 7 or above.


Course Content

There are four examination papers:

  • PAPER 1: SPEAKING (15 minutes, 20% weighting and externally assessed oral)
  • PAPER 2: LISTENING, READING AND TRANSLATION (2 hours, 30 minutes, 30% weighting, externally set and marked written paper)
  • PAPER 3: WRITING AND USAGE (2 hours, 25 minutes, 25% weighting, externally set and marked written paper)
  • PAPER 4: CHINESE CULTURE (2 hours, 30 minutes, 25% weighting, externally set and marked written paper)

Further Opportunities

Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world. People who can speak Mandarin in the Business sector have a huge advantage in tapping into the Chinese market. A knowledge of Mandarin will enrich your understanding of fascinating Chinese culture. There are a wide range of related careers: multinationals trading, consultancy, business, banking, government foreign affairs, journalism, travel agent, interpretor, academics, education (teaching), publishing and more.

96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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DANCE

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Miss E Harris

RSL Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts. This is an exciting course that will equip learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the creative and performing arts industries or progression to further study at a higher level. The qualification aims to offer practical structured learning with the opportunity to develop a range of skills across all areas of the dance pathway including performing, choreographing and teaching. It will provide you with the opportunity to take your learning outside of the studio and participate in projects with the wider community.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at 4 or above including grade 4 in Dance & English language. If you haven’t studied Dance at GCSE, applications may be considered if you take part in extra-curricular dance following an interview with the Principal Teacher.


Course Content

To achieve this qualification you will complete 7 units of work, made up of 2 compulsory core units together with 5 additional units that can develop your skills and understanding of performance, choreography and your ability to teach dance. There is no formal external examination and assessment is based on creating portfolios of evidence showing how you have developed your skills throughout the 2 year course. 

Compulsory Units:
Planning a career in the Performing Arts
Performance Preparation

Optional Units:
Dance technique and Performance
Dance Ensemble
Leading Dance
Dance in the Community
Repertory Dance
Choreography

 


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96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mrs Headley-Read

The A Level version of this course involves the study of linguistics and English literature. Students will learn how to analyse a range of English language texts; they will produce their own creative and evaluative writing in response to set briefs.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE or equivalent grade 4 or above, including a grade 4 in English Language.


Course Content

This course involves the study of linguistics and English literature. Students will learn how to analyse a range of English language texts: spoken language texts, non-fiction texts, plays, poetry and prose. Students will also learn how to produce their own creative writing from a stimulus and write an evaluative commentary about the process.

This two-year A Level course is assessed over two written exams and one independent project:

  1. Remembered Places;
  2. Imagined Worlds;
  3. Poetic Voices;
  4. Writing about Society;
  5. Critical Commentary;
  6. Dramatic Encounters;
  7. Making Connections.

A range of texts are studied across all genres.


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Further Opportunities

This course complements other Advanced Level courses or could lead on to Higher Education in English Literature Studies, or other Higher Education courses. With further training, you could go into a career related to English Literature Studies, such as a teacher, journalist or author.


96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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ENGLISH LITERATURE

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mrs Headley-Read

The two-year A Level course is comprised of three elements assessed over two written exams and one independent coursework project: Aspects of Tragedy; Elements of Crime Writing or Elements of Political Writing and Theory and Independence.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE grades at 4 or above, including a grade 4 in English Language and Literature.


Course Content

This course involves studying a range of heritage and contemporary texts from the English literary canon, including poetry, prose and plays.

Students will learn how to form a debate about their reading in a concise manner, blending their understanding of authorial methods, contextual factors and genres. Two genres are studied: tragedy and crime.

This two-year A Level course is assessed over two written exams and two critical essays:

  1. Aspects of Tragedy;
  2. Elements of Crime Writing;
  3. Theory and Independence.

Students develop skills of blending understanding of authorial methods, context and genre through written debate.


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Further Opportunities

This course could complement other Advanced Level courses or lead on to Higher Education in English Literature Studies, or other Higher Education courses. With further training, you could enter into a career related to English Literature Studies, such as a teacher, journalist or author. 


You could also enter into a career as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers look for.


96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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FILM

A Level

Duration: 2 years

Contact: Mr A Cox

The A Level film course aims to develop students’ skills so that they become adept in both interpreting and making film texts.


Entry Requirements 

Students who want to study Media and/or Film must get a grade 4 in Media if they studied it at GCSE. Alternatively, if not studied at GCSE, they must get a grade 4 in English. 


Course Content

The course is structured as followed: 30% coursework, 70% exam. Through the study and analysis of film texts and exercises in filmmaking, the course explores film history, theory and socio-economic background. The course develops students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives in film. Students also develop the professional and technical skills to express themselves creatively in film. The course requires willingness to attempt to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate cultural diversity, and to have an open and critical mind.

Students will study a full spectrum of the film landscape these include: 

  • Hollywood Film 1930-1990
  • American Film since 2005
  • British Film since 2005
  • Global Film- European and World Texts
  • Documentary Film
  • Silent Film 
  • Experimental Film

To complement this, students will be formally assessed on their practical skills. You will be required to make a short film and evaluation, which will form 30% of your final grade.
There is no expectation for students to have access to their own film equipment, as the school provides all the necessary equipment for the practical part of the course.

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96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.

 

FRENCH

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Miss A Boehm

You will develop an advanced level knowledge and understanding of the French language, the culture of France and other French-speaking countries, as well as practical and valuable language and transferable study skills.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE grades at 4 or above including a grade 4 in English and preferably a 6 in French, although grade 5 may be accepted after discussion with the MFL department.


Course Content

The Pearson Edexcel A Level in French has been developed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the French-speaking world.

This specification will help to prepare students for higher education and enhance their employability profile. The qualification features familiar and popular themes as well as some new content that provides clear links to some of the most fundamental and interesting aspects of the culture of the target language country and communities. You will study popular literary texts and films including contemporary and more classical titles. The assessments place an emphasis on spontaneity and grammar, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively.

The A Level has two main Themes – Les changements dans la société française (Development of French society) and La culture politique et artistique dans les pays francophones (political and artistic culture of the French-speaking world); to be studied alongside either one literary text or one film and assessed through two externally examined papers and one non-exam assessment (oral).


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French Student Guide


96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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GEOGRAPHY

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mrs C Gaygan

There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE grades at 4 or above including English and preferably a grade 5 in Geography, although grade 4 may be accepted after discussion with the Geography department.


Course Content

Geography is a two-year course including three examinations to be taken at the end of year 13 and an independent investigation, completed during the latter part of Year 12, early part of Year 13. Unit 1 will include: Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Landscape Systems, Processes and Change, Coastal Landscapes and Change, The Water Cycle and Water insecurity and The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security. Unit 2 topics will include: Globalisation, Shaping Places, Diverse places, Superpowers and Global Development and Connections (including health, human rights and intervention).

The final paper is a synoptic exam exploring Players, Attitudes and actions, Futures and uncertainties across all units. Unit 4 (independent investigation) is a non-examined assessment worth 20% of the qualification, which will take the form of a fieldwork investigation. The investigation may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification. The investigation will be internally assessed and externally moderated and between 3000-4000 words in length. There is a residential trip to Dorset in order to prepare for the independent investigation.


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96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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GERMAN

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Miss A Boehm

A Level developed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the German-speaking world.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE grades at 4 or above including English and preferably a grade 6 in German, although grade 5 may be accepted after discussion with the MFL department.


Course Content

You will develop an advanced level knowledge and understanding of the German language, the culture of Germany and other German-speaking countries, as well as practical and valuable language and transferable study skills. This specification will help to prepare students for higher education and enhance their employability profile. The qualification features familiar and popular themes as well as some new content that provides clear links to some of the most fundamental and interesting aspects of the culture of the target language country and communities.

You will study popular literary texts and films including contemporary and more classical titles, together with authentic source materials from Germany and the wider German-speaking world. The assessments place an emphasis on spontaneity and grammar, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively.

The A Level has two main Themes – Gesellschaftliche Entwicklung in Deutschland (Development of Germany) and Politische und knstlerische Kultur im deutschen Sprachraum (political and artistic culture of the German-speaking world); to be studied alongside either one literary text or one film and assessed through two externally examined papers and one non-exam assessment (oral). The content of the A Level builds on the understanding developed at Key Stage 4 and gives students the opportunity to learn and apply important transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis, enabling them to make a smooth transition to the next level of study.


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German Student Guide


96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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GRAPHICS

A Level

Duration: 5 GCSE's at grade 4 and above including a 4 in an Art subject.

Contact: Mr M Davies

The focus on the first year is on experimentation with media and the exploration of ideas, while the second year is focused more towards the realisation of ideas and the refinement of skills.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including GCSE Graphics at grade 4 or above.


Course Content

Unit 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
You will generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes. Your Personal Investigation incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a Personal Study. Your supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points (agreed by your teacher).

The Personal Study (12%)  The Personal Study is evidenced through critical written communication (1000 to 3000 words of continuous prose), which may contain integrated images. 

Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40%)
The Externally Set Assignment (exam paper) is released in February from Edexcel and contains a theme and suggested starting points. You will follow the same process as the Personal Investigation and create preparatory studies and then, around April time, have a 15 hour period of sustained focus to produce your final outcome(s).


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Further Opportunities

You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses such as Photography, Textiles or Ceramics, Media Studies or IT. With further training, you could pursue a career in the creative industries such as in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Advertising, Architecture, Interior Design, Web Design, Film or Television and Media. You could also go straight into a career, as these courses are recognised qualifications.


96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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HISTORY

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mr S Simpson

History at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre covers a 500 year time frame, including both British and non-British units. It aims to cover a wide range of historical aspects including political, economic, social and religious History.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE grades at 4 or above including English and History


Course Content

The modules you will study are:

  • Unit 1: Y106: The Early Tudors: 1485 – 1558 (25%)
  • Unit 2: Y221: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963 (15%)
  • Unit 3: Y318: Russia and its Rulers 1855–1964 (40%)
  • Unit 4: Y100: Civil Rights in the USA (coursework) (20%)

The three exams will comprise of essays, source analysis, historical enquiries and use of historical interpretations. All modules will be examined at the end of the two year course.

In Year 13 you will complete an independent piece of extended writing on one aspect of civil rights in the USA worth 20% of your grade. This course will explore the changing position of Black Americans, Native Americans and women in American Society, c.1800 – c.1960

The course will include a range of learning types including classroom study, individual study, group discussion and debates, team work and presentations.

There will be a Year 12 trip to Hampton Court to complement unit 1.


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Further Opportunities

With further training, you could go into a career related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage such as working for a museum or within education such as a teacher. In addition, history will lead to employment in the legal profession, the police, journalism and business management.


96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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MATHEMATICS

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mr D Lintern

In the first year of A Level Mathematics, students will cover two different modules, ‘pure mathematics’ and ‘statistics and mechanics’.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE grades at 4 or above including a minimum of a 6 at Mathematics.


Course Content

Pure Mathematics will introduce proof, algebra and functions, graphs and transformations, coordinate geometry, binomial expansion, trigonometry, exponential and logarithms, differentiation, integration and vectors. Statistics and mechanics will introduce applied mathematics and looking at the following topics data presentation and interpretation, interpolation, probability, binomial distribution, hypothesis testing, kinematics and forces.


In the second year of A Level Mathematics students will study ‘Pure Mathematics 2’ and ‘Statistics and Mechanics 2’. Pure Mathematics 2 consists of some familiar topics from Pure 1 but deepening and extending the topics further and it also introduces new topics such as numerical methods, arithmetic & geometric, series and parametric equations.
Statistics and Mechanics 2 again will have familiar topics from the first year and introduce the following, regression and correlation, conditional probability, normal distribution, moments, friction and projectiles. At the end of the second year you will sit three examinations. Two ‘Pure’ examinations and a ‘Statistics and Mechanics’ examination.


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Further Opportunities

You could take this course with other Advanced Level courses to prepare for Higher Education in areas of mathematics, engineering, economics, physics or more general Higher Education courses. Mathematics is a course that is very versatile and is well looked at by universities for a wide variety of courses.

With further training, you could go into employment related to mathematics such as engineering, accountancy, economics, financial advice or operational research. For those students who want to take maths to an even deeper level should consider taking ‘Further Mathematics’ as an additional A Level. Some universities have further maths as a requirement for students who wish to study mathematics to Degree level.


96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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MEDIA STUDIES

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mr A Cox

A Level Media Studies engages students in the study of media products in relation to the four areas of language, audience, representation and industry.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE's at Grade 4 and above including English & English Literature.


Course Content

Students must undertake at least one cross-media study and must study at least one example of a media product from each form. Assessment will be through a combination of examinations (70%) and non-exam assessment (coursework) (30%).

Students will be required to study themes set by AQA in preparation for two exams at the end of the two year course.

Paper 1 and 2 questions will focus on the analysis of media products, through a theoretical framework. They will be expected to demonstrate understanding of the contexts in which the products are created. The products chosen for study range across audiences of age and ethnicity. These represent engaging areas of the media for students to explore a variety of issues and debates.

Students will also produce coursework.

This unit involves application of knowledge and understanding of the theory along with practical skills relating to the media format of the students’ choice.

All students will be informally examined at the end of the first year to check on students’ progress.


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Why-choose-A-Level-Media-Studies.pdf


Further Opportunities

A Level Media could lead onto Higher Education to study Media or other more general courses. You could go into a career related to Media such as a Journalist, News Reporter, TV Producer or Public Relations Officer.


96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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PHOTOGRAPHY

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Miss Hancock / Mr Matthews-Crow

You will cover a wide range of photography techniques using a variety of materials and developing your ideas creatively. Learning through the investigation of artists and researching extensively will result in the development of an individual approach and style. Final art pieces are produced on an individual basis. Developmental work and the ability to annotate the progressive stages of the work will be essential.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Photography.


Course Content

Unit 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
You will generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes. Your Personal Investigation incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a Personal Study. Your supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points (agreed by your teacher).

The Personal Study (12%)
The Personal Study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding (1000 to 3000 words of continuous prose), which may contain integrated images. 

Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40%)
The Externally Set Assignment (exam paper) is released in February from Edexcel and contains a theme and suggested starting points. You will follow the same process as the Personal Investigation and create preparatory studies and then, around April time, have a 15 hour period of sustained focus to produce your final outcome(s). 


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Art & Design Courses

Further Opportunities

You could take this course to complement other A Level courses such as Graphics, Photography, Textiles or Fine Art.  With further training, you could go into a career related to art and design such as a Photographer, Photojournalist, Animator or Digital retoucher. You could also go straight into a career, as these courses are recognised qualifications.

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In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

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In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Ms N Bulless

There are 4 components to this course: 70% of the course grade comes from 2 exams and the other 30% of the grade comes from Practical and Coursework.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE grades at 4 or above. Grade 5s in English, Science and PE are preferable although cases will be looked at individually.


Course Content

There are 4 components to this course:

70% of the course grade comes from 2 exams (Components 1 and 2) and the other 30% of the grade comes from Practical and Coursework (Components 3 and 4).

Component 1: Applied Anatomy and Physiology. Students will understand the anatomical/structural and physiological/functional roles performed in the identified systems of the body. The principles of Newton’s Three Laws of Motion – force, centre of mass and stability. Students will understand concepts of energy and how they relate to physical activity and sport.

Component 2: Psychological and Social Principles of Physical Education. Students are required to show an understanding of the nature and development of skills in sport. Students should have an awareness of the relevant learning theories and how they relate to skill development. At A Level, students will develop a detailed appreciation of the role of memory systems in the acquisition of skill. Students should be able to understand how quantitative data can be generated in appropriate areas of skill acquisition and be able to produce and evaluate the meaning of such data.

Component 3: Practical Performance. Students will be required to perform in one physical activity, in the role of either player/performer or coach. Students are required to demonstrate their ability to perform a range of skills and techniques in physical activity, make decisions, implement strategies, tactics and/or compositional ideas, and apply knowledge and understanding of rules and regulations while performing physical activity.

Component 4: Performance Analysis and Performance Development Programme. Students must complete a Performance Analysis and then, based on the results of the analysis, produce a Performance Development Programme (PDP). In the Performance Analysis, in either the role of player/performer or coach, students will investigate two components of a physical activity (one physiological component and either a technical or a tactical component).


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96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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PHYSICS

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Miss M Conlin and Mr D Shephard

This course will encourage students to develop an enthusiasm for physics. 


Entry Requirements

5-5 in Science or a 5 in Physics plus 4 English and 5 Maths


Course Content

The course enables candidates to develop a wide range of skills in data collection, analysis and investigation, alongside developing a logical way of approaching problems and thinking analytically about situations.

In year one, students will cover various topics including the basics behind physical quantities and units. They will also cover ideas on how forces effect motion, including Newton’s Laws before going on to look at ideas to do with electrons, waves and photons.

In year two, students will cover all the above topics alongside topics such as particle physics, medical physics, astrophysics, as well as looking at ideas such as gravitational and electrical fields and circular motion.

At the end of the two year course students will sit three written examinations, covering topics from both years of the course.

Students will also have a practical endorsement, which will be reported separately, and comments on their practical skills.

You could take this course with other Advanced Level courses such as Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology to prepare for higher education in a science related subject or more general courses.


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Further Opportunities

With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Electronics Engineer, Architect, Medical Physicist or Science Technician as well as being able to access many non-science related careers such as Law and Finance.

96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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PSYCHOLOGY

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mr B Dang

A Level Psychology is an academic science course intended as an introduction to the subject of Psychology as well as giving a sound basis for further study later.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at 4 and above including a 5 in Maths and Psychology or Science. If a candidate has not completed GCSE Psychology then a 5 grade in Science single or double award is acceptable.


Course Content

The course is assessed via three 2hr exam papers at the end of Year 13 and consists of a range of different topics including Social, Cognitive, Developmental and Abnormal Psychology as well as Research Methodology. Psychology gives you a good understanding of how and why we behave and think the way we do, making the subject extremely useful for any career that involves dealing with people. The course will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.


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A-Level Psychology


Further Opportunities

Psychology gives you a good understanding of how people think and why they act the way they do, making the subject extremely useful for any career that involves dealing with people.

The course is a recognised Science A Level qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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RELIGIOUS STUDIES (PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS)

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mr B Dang

The A Level Religious Studies course allows students to deepen their knowledge of: Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Ethics, Development in Christian Thought.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE's at 4 or above including 5 or equivalent in English Language or Literature and ERS or similar subject area. Those failing to meet the entry requirements may be considered following an interview with the department. 


Course Content

Year 12 focuses on all 3 areas, covering philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God, ethical theory, their applications to euthanasia, business, the study of human nature, beliefs in the afterlife and the role of Jesus.

The Year 13 course builds on this knowledge and thinking and continues with the nature of God, religious language, the conscience, sexual ethics, as well as feminism and gender and secularism. Lessons involve discussion and debate, students will often express opinions and learn to appreciate those of others. This involves the interpretation of the views of others and the application of thinking to complex ethical problems. As the course is assessed on written examinations there will be essay 
practice, much of it timed. The issues will be explored not only through debate but also through other methods including note taking, independent research and short films.

The skills learnt in forming arguments also could lead to a range of careers in journalism, teaching and law.

Assessment: there are three 2hr exams at the end of Year 13.


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96% University Success

 

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

 

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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SOCIOLOGY

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mr B Dang

We follow the AQA A Level Sociology specification. The Sociology course is assessed by 100% final written examinations. 


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE grades at 4 or above including English and Sociology or similar subject area.


Course Content

The course covers a wide range of topics including compulsory modules in Education, Methods in Context and Research Methods. In addition students can study optional modules in topics such as Families and Households and Culture and Identity. These topics include ideas about changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course and diversity of contemporary family and household structures. It specifically focuses on demographic trends in the UK since 1900. It also covers the significance of educational policies and the role and purpose of education in contemporary society.
The use of sociological research methods to study education through sociological methods are also studied.
Students will also complete a compulsory module on Crime and Deviance as well as optional modules in topics such as Beliefs in Society and The Media.
To achieve an A Level in Sociology you will need to take all of the assessed units together at the end of the second year of the course.


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A-Level Sociology


96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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TEXTILES

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mrs G Parry

You will cover a wide range of textile techniques using a variety of materials and developing your ideas creatively. Learning through the investigation of artists and researching extensively will result in the development of an individual approach and style. Final art pieces are produced on an individual basis. Developmental work and the ability to annotate the progressive stages of the work will be essential.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at 4 or above including a 4 in an art subject.

Course Content

Unit 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
You will generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes. Your Personal Investigation incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a Personal Study. Your supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points (agreed by your teacher).

The Personal Study (12%)

The Personal Study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding (1000 to 3000 words of continuous prose). which may contain integrated images. 

Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40%)
The Externally Set Assignment (exam paper) is released in February from Edexcel and contains a theme and suggested starting points. You will follow the same process as the Personal Investigation and create preparatory studies and then, around April time, have a 15 hour period of sustained focus to produce your final outcome(s). 

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Art & Design Courses


Further Opportunities

You could take this course to complement other A Level courses such as Photography, Fine Art, Ceramics or Graphic Design. With further training, you could pursue a career in the creative industries such as a Surface Pattern Designer, Fashion Designer, Interior Design, Printmaker or Childrenswear Designer . You could also go straight into a career, as these courses are recognised qualifications.


96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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THEATRE STUDIES

A Level

Duration: 2 years

Contact: Mrs A Francis

Theatre Studies provides an opportunity for students to act, design and explore play texts and live performance.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSE grades at 4 or above including English, as well as a 5 in GCSE Drama. Applicants without these grades may be considered in the light of extra-curricular drama following an interview.


Course Content

The course is evenly balanced between practical work and academic study. It should be noted that the course requires considerable wider reading from students and progress throughout the course is assessed through a series of regular essays and practical assignments. Students benefit from regular trips to the theatre and workshops or talks from visiting professionals.


Component 1 - Drama and Theatre
Written Exam (40%) - The study of Two Set Texts which are analysed both practically and theoretically. Also written analysis of a live performance.


Component 2 - Creating Original Drama
Devising (30%) - Creating their own piece theatre with a practitioner’s influence and then the performance of the piece, this is supported by a written Working Notebook.


Component 3 - Making Theatre
Practical scripted (30%)  - The performance of 3 extracts from 3 different plays studied over the 2 years. This is supported by a written Reflective Report.
There is an expectation that students will join Acting Up Company to develop performance skills, be that acting or designing/directing. 


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Further Opportunities

A degree or apprenticeship in acting, designing, stage management, script writing, drama therapy, teaching. The transferable skills of improvisation, problem solving, public speaking, confidence and verbal and written skills gained during the A Level will be valuable in a wide range of careers; law policing, HR, event management.


96% University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.


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