Courses

We currently have the following courses on offer for 2018/19:

Level 3 A-level Courses

Art (Fine art) – Biology – Chemistry – Design: 3D Product Design – Design: Fashion & Textiles – Drama & Theatre Studies – Economics – English Language – English Literature – French – Geography – German – History – Law – Mathematics – Mathematics: Further – Media Studies – Music – Music Technology – Philosophy & Ethics (RS) – Photography – Physical Education – Physics – Politics – Psychology – Sociology – Spanish

Other Enrichment Offers

– Extended Project Qualification
– Boys Rugby Academy
– Girls Football Academy

Level 3 BTEC Courses

Applied Law – Business – Health & Social Care  – IT  – Sport – Travel & Tourism

Level 2 BTEC Courses

Business – Creative Media Production – Health & Social Care – Information Technology

Other Level 2 Courses

Mathematics GCSE Retake – English Language GCSE Retake – Sports Leadership

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Miss K Jones

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6. Art at Grade 5 is preferable but not essential.

Course Content:
The Fine Art course will give you an exciting opportunity to explore ideas, materials, processes and techniques in depth. You will have a wide range of facilities in print making, painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography. Studio access is available at all times. There is an excellent sense of support and friendship amongst our art students, and clear help and guidance is offered by teachers of the course at all times. The course includes study trips to London and local galleries and museums. The course is assessed through both coursework and final practical exam
at the end of the two years.

Future prospects:
This course will prepare you for a Foundation course in Art and Design prior to a Degree course.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“In this friendly community, you thrive as an artist. You meet like-minded people, and together, explore your ideas and creativity”. (Alice)

Examination Board: AQA
Course Leader: Ms R Dickinson

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including Core and Additional Science at Grade 6 or above and Mathematics at Grade 5 or above.

Course Content:
You will learn about a number of topics including Genetics, Biochemistry and Populations. This will include some of the most exciting biological advances to date such as epigenetics. In one lesson you could be studying tiny details of reactions in parts of cells and the next lesson you
could be studying whole ecosystems. You will take simple concepts such as photosynthesis from basic GCSE knowledge and develop your skills and understanding to a detailed level. Lessons are a mix of practicals, class discussion, research and activities. There are six required practicals per year including some ecology fieldwork.

Future prospects:
Biology is an essential component for any degree involving the Biological Sciences. It is also recommended for any medical or healthcare related degree.

Examination Board: OCR
Course Leader: Mr D Ashworth

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including Core and Additional Science at Grade 6 or above and Mathematics at Grade 5 or above.

Course Content:
This course helps students understand the nature of chemicals and chemical processes. You will look at the key concepts of Chemistry including aspects of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry including analysis and characterisation of novel compounds. The aim is for students to develop a conceptual understanding and become competent and confident practitioners.

Practical skills are developed through implementation, observation, analysis and evaluation. The course is assessed through examination but also includes an ongoing teacher assessed practical element.

Future prospects:
A-level Chemistry is an entry requirement for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Pharmacy.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“Lessons have a good buzz about them and teachers are always ready to answer questions
and explain topics”. (Year 12 student)

Examination Board: AQA
Course Leader: Ms H Baker

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including
Design Technology at Grade B or above.

Course Content:
Imaginative practical work is at the heart of the subject. You will develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products. You will explore, create, design and evaluate innovative solutions in response to realistic design contexts. You will develop knowledge and
understanding of the core technical, designing and making principles for fashion and textiles

You will be expected to work independently on your work and ideas. The ‘state of the art’ Design & Technology building is freely open for Design students to use.

Future Prospects:
This course will prepare you for a Foundation course in Art and Design prior to a Degree course, a wide range of Textile related industries, or courses related to the fashion business.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“I really loved this course because I knew that I wanted a job in fashion marketing. It helped me
to understand what happens in the industry”.  (Hollie)

Examination Board: AQA
Course Leader: Mrs E Stone

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including Design Technology at Grade B or above.

Course Content:
Imaginative practical work is at the heart of the subject. You will develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products. You will explore, create, design and evaluate innovative solutions in response to realistic design contexts. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the core technical, designing and making principles for product design.

You will be expected to work independently on your work and ideas. The ‘state of the art’ Design & Technology building is freely open for Design students to use.

Future Prospects:
This course will prepare you for a Foundation course in Design or a wide range of Design or Engineering degree courses at University or apprenticeships.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“I really enjoyed every aspect of the course; designing, making and the theory work because I
knew that I needed all of this for University.’’ (Nick)

Examination Board: Eduqas
Course Leader: Mr G Hammett

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including English Language at Grade 5 or evidence of performance.

Course Content:
You will improve your performance skills, study a range of drama forms and discuss texts critically and analytically. There are three components all of which have a written element:
– the reinterpretation of a text using the ideas of a key practitioner or theatre company to include a log detailing decisions made
– a devised piece based on a stimulus using the ideas of a different practitioner or theatre company, plus a scripted performance and a portfolio of written evidence
– A written exam in Year 13 based on three set texts, part of which requires you to analyse live theatre

Future Prospects:
Drama develops confidence, team-work and communication skills necessary to all career routes. Students can go on to study Drama, English, Teaching, Psychology, Media and Art.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“Drama has given me the opportunity to discover new plays, writers and directors, develop my confidence and have fun.” (Aithne)

Examination Board: AQA
Course Leader: Mr P Clingan

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including Mathematics at Grade 5 and English Language at Grade 5 or above.

Course Content:
You will gain an insight into how every aspect of our daily life depends upon the economy we live in. Decide whether you are a left-wing ‘government interventionist’ economist or a right-wing ‘free-market’ economist. You will investigate the markets for smart-phones, music and clothes; evaluate the latest government policies for the NHS, education and benefit systems; discover the inside story on trade wars, immigration, financial markets and leaving the European Union. You will become able to explain arguments in accurate detail, evaluate and then come to insightful, original conclusions. Lessons include discussion, news report analysis and group work as well as a Shares competition and The Apprentice.

Future Prospects:
Look forward to an exciting, rewarding, well-paid range of careers in marketing, international business, government, the NHS, banking, finance, international affairs and charities.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“Very interesting, current, relevant, fun, active and taught with enthusiasm” (Ellen)

Syllabus: OCR
Course Leader: Ms S Hone and Ms J Bird

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including
English Language at Grade 5 and English Literature at Grade 5 or above.

Course Content:
The course involves the study of a variety of language-related topics, including child language development, language change and language in the media. You will be discussing and debating
topical language issues and you will learn how to write about those issues in ways which communicate your knowledge to readers who don’t have your linguistic expertise.

Non-examination assessment gives you the opportunity to carry out an investigation into an area of language of your own choosing. The course is taught through discussion, language study and independent investigation. All Language students need to be able to write accurately and coherently.

Future Prospects:
English Language provides you with knowledge and skills which are valued in careers such as Law, Teaching and Journalism.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“It is an enjoyable and interesting course that allows you to develop a range of linguistic skills.” (Year 12 student)

Syllabus: OCR
Course Leader: Ms S Hone and Mr A Prior

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including
English Language at Grade 5 and English Literature at Grade 6 or above.

Course Content:
You will be reading and discussing examples from all the major literary genres and the course will cover authors as diverse as Geoffrey Chaucer and Ian McEwan. Your teachers will help
you to develop your own critical and creative responses to the authors whose works you encounter. You will discover connections between texts and you will see how literary texts
can be interpreted in a variety of different ways. The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively is an essential skill for all Literature students.

Trips to see set texts, particularly plays, in performance will be offered whenever possible.

Future Prospects:
English Literature develops skills which are valued by a wide range of professions such as Law, Journalism, Advertising and Teaching.

GCE A-level
Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Leader: Mrs T Mazzoleni

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including French at Grade 6 or above.

Course Content:
This course will enable you to build on your existing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and develop an understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. French cinema, Literature and History will play a prominent part of the course and you will learn about current affairs and popular culture through music, video and the media.

Lessons will be conducted in the French language to improve speaking skills and all teachers are native speakers. Both oral and essay skills will be developed through regular presentations,
debates and discussions. By the end of the course, you will achieve greater fluency, accuracy and confidence.

Future Prospects:
You can use your linguistic skills in fields including the diplomatic service, journalism, education, law, accountancy, business, industry and finance.

Examination Board: AQA
Course Leader: Ms M Larkin

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including
Geography at Grade 5 and English Language at Grade 5 or above.

Course Content:
You will learn about the opportunities and challenges of globalisation – the economic, political and social changes associated with technological and other driving forces which are a key feature of the global economy and global societies. You will question natural world processes and environments and how they work: Are deserts advancing? Are floods on the increase? Can seismic hazards be mitigated?

You will study how human and physical environments are
changing and understand the world around you or hear about in the news. The subject is taught through discussion, research, data collection, presentations, report writing, role play and a
variety of local and overseas fieldwork opportunities.

Future Prospects:
Geography bridges the Arts and Sciences, giving flexibility for Higher Education courses and those in Planning and Environmental Management.

Examination Board: WJEC
Course Leader: Ms C Marsh

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including
German at Grade 6 or above.

Course Content:
You will develop an understanding of the German language in a variety of contexts and genres and be able to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively. You will be given the opportunity to explore the spiritual, moral, ethical and cultural dimensions of Germany and German speaking countries. You will develop an understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and history of countries or communities where German is spoken.

Literature, History and Film play a prominent part in the course through listening, speaking, writing and reading activities. A trip to Berlin is also offered.

Future Prospects:
A second language is essential in today’s multi-national business world. This course complements a number of higher education courses including Business, Politics and Economics.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“I have learnt so much about culture, history, politics and the way of life in Germany. I highly
recommend choosing this course.” (Thomas)

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Ms M Rozier

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including History at Grade 5 or English Language at Grade 5 or above.

Course Content:
You will explore German, Russian, American and ‘Revolutionary’ British History and investigate the people and events that changed the world. You will take an active role using discussion
and debate to uncover the past and decide for yourself how you view the issues. You will study different topics across a chronology of at least 200 years.

This course is for those who are avid readers, curious about the world, enjoy a good argument and like to find different ways of seeing things. You will examine primary documents, meet and listen to university lecturers and experience a trip to Berlin.

Future Prospects:
This course develops skills which are valued in a wide range of degree courses and careers.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“My teachers are incredibly passionate about the subject, and it makes lessons really fun and engaging”. (Amy)

Examination Board: OCR
Course Leader: Mrs J Cole

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including
English Language at Grade 5 or above.

Course Content:
You will investigate how laws are made and applied, who administers them and what happens when laws are broken. In Year 1, topics include the legal system, criminal law, the law-making process and the law of tort. In Year 2, you will also study the nature of law and Human Rights legislation.

The course is taught using a variety of methods and resources which provide a framework for learning, independent study and research. All 3 units are assessed by written examination
at the end of Year 2. You will get the opportunity to see law in action through court visits, a Houses of Parliament trip, and talks from personnel involved in the law.

Future Prospects:
This course develops skills which are valued in a wide range of degree courses and careers.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“Law is an interesting subject. The resources and teaching is very detailed and allows everyone
who puts the work in to succeed.” (Alex)

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Mr M Wright

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including Mathematics at Grade 6 or above.

Course Content:
All students are required to study Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics – there is a two to one ratio of pure to applied content. In Statistics you will learn how to work with large data sets and gain an in-depth understanding of how statistical techniques are used in many aspects of our everyday life. In Mechanics you will study Newton’s laws of motion and how objects behave under the action of forces. The algebra and calculus studied in Pure Mathematics will underpin the modelling in the applied courses.

In addition, three overarching themes of Mathematical Argument and Proof, Problem Solving, and Mathematical Modelling are woven throughout the new syllabus. All content is assessed at the end of the course by examination only.

Future prospects:
Mathematics complements other subjects such as Physics, Economics and Design. It develops thinking and reasoning skills and is a great stepping stone for University.

GCE A-level 
Examination board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Mr M Wright

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including Mathematics at Grade 7 or above.

Course Content:
This course follows on from A-level Mathematics which will be completed in one year during Year 12. In Year 13 you will study two units of Core Pure Mathematics followed by an additional two in either Further Pure or Applied Mathematics.

The additional Pure modules will allow you to learn many new topics previously only available at undergraduate degree level and will become the new basis for studying a Mathematics degree at University. In contrast, the Further Mechanics course will be the perfect basis for entry to an Engineering or Science degree course.

Future prospects:
Further Mathematics can increase the possibility of gaining a place on a degree course in Mathematics, Engineering or Science.

Examination Board: WJEC
Course Leader: Mrs McMaster

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including English Language at Grade 5 or above.

Course Content:
This course allows you to draw on your existing experience of the media and develop your abilities to respond critically. You will work on the creative development of your own production skills to gain a greater appreciation of real-life media.

You will investigate areas of the media industry through a diverse range of media texts throughout the two-year course. You will use your knowledge to develop your own media productions and respond critically to a synoptic examination which will test your depth of understanding of critical media theories.

Future Prospects:
This course can lead to a career or higher education opportunities in the areas of publishing, journalism, film and television.

Examination Board: OCR
Course Leader: Ms C Lane

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including
Music at Grade 6 and Grade 5 on instrument or voice.

Course Content:
With an emphasis on musicality and practical music making, this course is designed to integrate the skills of listening, performing and composing. As well as studying a broad range of musical styles, including Classical and Popular music, you will have the opportunity to explore performance and composition in detail. You can choose to specialise in either performance or composition.

There will be a range of concerts for you to take part in throughout the year including our legendary Jazz and Pop nights and termly concerts. There are opportunities to visit prestigious venues such as Glyndebourne Opera House and to join our annual music tour abroad.

Future Prospects:
Many students go on to a Music degree or to a Conservatoire. Music is accepted for a number of other University degrees including Oxbridge.

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Leader: Ms C Lane

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including
Music at Grade 6 or evidence of production skills.

Course Content:
You will learn how to make professional sounding recordings in a range of different popular musical styles. You will gain hands-on experience in how to use Logic to manage every stage of the production process from sequencing, to making multi-track audio recordings and how to use effects processing to create finished tracks.

You will develop your composing skills, using technology to manipulate and control sounds including sampling, synthesis and creative use of audio effects. You will improve your knowledge of music production including how sound is made, recorded and mixed through practical tasks and listening and analysing popular music.

Future Prospects:
Many students go on to music production or sound engineering courses. It is also accepted as an A-level subject for many other degree courses.

Examination Board: OCR
Course Leader: Mr R Galvin

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including English Language at Grade 5 or above.

Course Content:
This course has three components: Philosophy, Ethics and Developments in religious (Christian) thought. Philosophy covers the nature of ‘God’ and challenges to religious beliefs both ancient and modern. Ethics covers the classical ethical perspectives and applies ethics to a number of real issues.

Developments in religious (Christian) thought is an exploration of Christianity in more depth – you will look at central and differing beliefs about human nature, the purpose of life, revelation, faith and reason, and the challenges of secularism and pluralism.

Future Prospects:
The course develops thinking, comprehending, weighing up ideas, arguing and evaluating which are valued skills in a wide range of degree courses and careers.

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Leader: Mrs J Braiden

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6. Art at Grade 5 is preferable.

Course Content:
Studying photography at Newman College gives you access to specialist analogue and digital equipment including a wet process darkroom and a suite of computers with adobe photoshop and other packages. Within our creative and dynamic environment you will learn how to create images that communicate ideas and concepts developed during the course.

You will respond to photographers work and get to view it first hand in galleries and workshops. The course is assessed through coursework and a practical exam at the end of the two years.

Future Prospects:
This course prepares you to go onto a photography diploma, a creative media foundation course and degree level courses.

Examination Board: OCR
Course Leader: Ms J Machin

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including PE at Grade 6 or BTEC Level 2 Sport Merit.

Course Content:
You will study four main areas of physical education including: physiological aspects, psychological aspects, biomechanics and socio-cultural aspects of sport.

You will also work on one physical activity which can be performance-orientated or coaching. A mark will be awarded for your performance and your oral analysis of a sportspersons performance in that sport. Classes are both practical and theory-based. Assessment takes place at the end of each year through both written examination (70%) and coursework/practical performance (30%).

Future Prospects:
This course provides an excellent preparation for those students who wish to follow a career in Sports Science, Physiotherapy or Sports teaching.

Examination Board: AQA
Course Leader: Mr R Palmer

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including Core and Additional Science at Grade 6 and Mathematics at Grade 6 or above.

Course Content:
You will learn how the world around us works and get an understanding of the universe. You will learn what is going on inside an atom and test your problem-solving ability and logical thinking.

Classes are taught through teacher-led explanations and demonstrations, group work and practical work. We have strong links with Sussex University to update us with current research, take part in subject days, use their laboratories and attend lectures. You will also have the opportunity to visit the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in CERN, Switzerland.

Note: Physics A-level should be taken with Mathematics A-level.

Future Prospects:
Physics can lead to careers such as Engineering, Astrophysics and Meteorology. It is a highly desirable A-level for a great range of degree courses.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“Incredibly nice staff willing to support individual students. Extremely well-organised lessons with frequent opportunities to identify areas of weakness.” (Year 13 Student)

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Leader: Mr P Redfern

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including English Language at Grade 5 and History or Geography at Grade 5 or above.

Course Content:
Government and Politics is the study of power and the issues that affect you – locally, nationally and globally. You will study UK political parties and their leaders, elections and the arguments surrounding them, and the way the UK is governed. The course also looks at comparisons between the UK and other political systems. In Year 13, students will study the US political system and elections.

The course is exam-based and you will be expected to write essays discussing different viewpoints and arguments, as well as reaching your own informed conclusions.

Future Prospects:
This course can lead to a number of higher education political-based courses. The subject also complements other subjects such as History, Geography, Law and Economics.

Examination Board: OCR
Course Leader: Mr M McGovern

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including Core and Additional Science at Grade 6 and English Language at Grade 5 or above.

Course Content:
This course adopts a scientific approach to understanding a variety of aspects of human behaviour. You will learn about why certain people develop phobias and gain an insight into why autistic people behave in the way that they do.

You will also develop the key skills necessary to independently undertake research into particular aspects of human behaviour. By understanding the use of questionnaires, observations, experiments and correlations you will be able to apply these skills to practical problems in the real everyday world.

Future Prospects:
This course can enable you to pursue a wide range of psychology-related careers such as Education, Criminal and Clinical Psychology.

Examination Board: AQA
Course Leader: Mr S Sparrow

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including Core and Additional Science at Grade 5 and English Language at Grade 5 or above.

Course Content:
This course will make you look at the world in new and exciting ways. You will learn how the society you are born into decides your language, dress codes, food, religion and many everyday rituals and behaviours. You will find out how the family, education, the criminal justice system and the mass media affect each one of us. It will help you to develop a critical awareness, and learn about issues you may not have thought about before, such as class, gender and race inequalities.

Lessons include presentations, discussions, debates, newspapers, magazines, internet sources, extended reading and outside speakers.

Future Prospects:
Sociology is valuable for many careers – including Government, Commerce, Social Work, Journalism, the Media, Law and Market Research.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“Since taking up Sociology I really see the world very differently. It stretches you intellectually and I would highly recommend it”. (Amy)

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Leader: Ms K Kelly

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 6 including Spanish at Grade 6.

Course Content:
The aim of the course is for you to independently and confidently communicate in Spanish using accurate, complex and varied language. You will also be encouraged to explore and understand the history, politics and cultural background and heritage of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken.

You will study social issues, trends, films, art and literary works in Spanish speaking countries. This will be done through discussions, debates, oral and written presentations, listening and reading activities, independent research and analysis of authentic sources, including the internet.

Future Prospects:
Speaking a second language will improve your employability in today’s multinational business world. A foreign language means global employment opportunities.

Course Leader: Mr G Toon

Course Content:
The Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) allows you to independently investigate, in depth a topic of your choice. The EPQ usually takes a few months to complete and is worth the equivalent of an AS-level. Highly regarded by many universities and employers, it shows you have interest, determination, initiative and a high level of independent study skills.

The qualification epitomises the skills and qualities both Newman College and universities want a student to embody as an able, committed independent learner.

Future prospects:
Some universities offer places based on an EPQ compensatory grade for another A-level.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“The EPQ allowed me to develop my research and analytical skills. It also gave me the opportunity to discover areas of medicine that fascinated me.” (Josh)

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Mrs J Cole
(equivalent to AS-level or A-levels)

Entry Requirements: Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 4/Pass including English Language at Grade 4 or above.

Course Content:
You will learn about civil law disputes and alternative methods of resolution. You will learn how laws are made and used, and will investigate who decides the outcome of criminal cases and where advice and representation can be obtained and how it is paid for. You will apply criminal law and procedures to scenarios and will also gain an understanding of the laws governing marriage and family responsibilities.

You will get the opportunity to see law in action through court visits, a Houses of Parliament Trip and visits from personnel involved in the law. Assessment will be by coursework and examination.

Future prospects:
This course is for those considering a career as a legal secretary, legal executive or paralegal. It is also a stepping stone for a range of University courses including Law.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“Law is my favourite subject because it is interesting and relevant to everyday life. It gets your mind thinking about different situations.” (Alicia)

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Mr G Toon
(equivalent to 1 or 2 A-levels)

Entry Requirements: Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 4/Pass including English Language at Grade 4 or Mathematics at Grade 4 or above.

Course Content:
You will get a detailed understanding of a range of interesting aspects of business such as Marketing, Finance, Event Management and International Business Economic Environment.

You will undertake independent study, group work, research methods, discussions and presentations. Assessment is mainly by ongoing coursework assessments which are completed in class. There is a range of qualification values available to you including one and two A-level equivalences. They will include an externally written examination on Personal and Business Finance and mandatory and optional coursework units which are both internally and externally assessed.

Future prospects:
Due to the great breadth and depth of business knowledge gained, students have various options including Marketing, Finance and Accounting and Business.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“Thanks to the excellent teaching in my BTEC Business Lessons, I feel well prepared for University”. (Michaela)

Examination board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Ms H Reed
(equivalent to one or two A-levels)

Entry Requirements: Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 4/Pass or above.

Course Content:
You will study important vocational skills in communication, health and safety and equality and diversity. You will gain in-depth knowledge of human growth and development through the life stages and an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of human body systems.

Independent and team work skills will be developed through research and group tasks. You will experience a professional environment where you will undertake assignments and apply your skills and knowledge in a care setting.

Future Prospects:
This course prepares you for a wide range of careers and qualifications (including degree level) in the sector such as speech therapy, social worker, teacher or paramedic.

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Ms J Frampton
(Equivalent to 1 or 2 A-levels)

Entry Requirements: Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 4/Pass or above.

Course Content:
Information Technology involves the use of computers in industry, the arts and is a key attribute and skill required for most jobs.

In the Extended Certificate (single option), you will study aspects of Social Media, Web Design and Relational Database Management.

The National Diploma (double option) is more suited to those who want to choose IT or Computing as a future career. As well as the topics above, you will also study Cyber Security (built into the course is a MOOC on Cyber Security which is accredited by the Open University), Technical Support, Programming and Project Management. There is also an exciting opportunity to complete a two week National Citizen Service in IT; completion is celebrated with certification from the Prime Minister and a great addition to UCAS applications.

Future prospects:
This course is a stepping stone to a range of University courses including interactive media, web design, information management, computer science, artificial intelligence and system architecture.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“The subject has been interesting and I have enjoyed learning. The teachers have also been
very supportive.” (Year 13 Student)

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Leader: Ms C Capon

Entry Requirements: Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 4/Pass or above. PE at Grade 5 or BTEC Level 2 Sport Merit is preferable.

Course Content:
You will study units such as Anatomy and Physiology, Practical Sports Performance, Fitness Testing and Application and Professional Development in the Sporting Industry. You will need to be able to work to deadlines as the course is mainly coursework based. There are also two external examinations over the two years. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, such as presentations, observation and assignments.

The course contains both theoretical and practical lessons for students to gain best knowledge of the units. There will also be a large proportion of independent study involved.

Future Prospects:
This course is a stepping stone for a range of University courses including: Sports Science or Physical Education Teaching. It will also prepare you for a career in the sporting or leisure industry.

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Mr G Toon
(equivalent to 1 A-level)

Entry Requirements: Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 mainly at Grade 4/Pass or above. Geography at Grade 4 is preferable.

Course Content:
You will study the diversity of destinations which have produced tourism and the structure of the tourist industry. In particular, you will study the features of the United Kingdom and how it is an important destination in global tourism. You will gain a greater insight into this important sector which is particularly relevant to Brighton & Hove.

A range of varied activities will help you learn the skills and content needed including group work, mind-mapping, presentations, research and discussions. Assessment is mainly by coursework assignments completed in class which is approximately 75% as well as 25% examination.

Future Prospects:
This course will prepare you for seeking a career in the Tourism industry locally, nationally and internationally.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“All of my teachers have been very supportive and able to answer any question related to
the subject area in depth.” (Michaela)

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Mr s Manan

Entry Requirements: Minimum 3 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above.

Course Content:
This course provides an engaging, practical and relevant introduction to the world of Business. You will explore a range of business types and understand the factors that influence success through analysing business models. You will also have the opportunity to study retail-based units for application in the real world.

This course is delivered and assessed through a variety of methods including research-based coursework, presentations and role-plays. The course is assessed through 75% coursework and 25% examination.

Future Prospects:
Completion of this course will give you the opportunity to study Business and/or other BTEC subjects at Level 3.

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Leader: Mrs McMaster

Entry Requirements: Minimum 3 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above.

Course Content:
You will research, analyse and investigate areas of the media including careers in media  industries and writing for the media. You will produce videos, print products and photography and develop writing and video-editing skills.

The majority of assessment is through a portfolio of coursework assignments completed in class following a schedule throughout the year. A range of motivating and useful teaching and learning activities will be used to prepare you for these assignments. There will also be a written assessment in the form of a written examination.

Future Prospects:
Students are supported and prepared to move onto Advanced Level courses such as AS or A-level Media Studies as well as employment.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“I really enjoyed exploring different areas of the media on this course.” (Year 12 student)

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Ms H Reed
Entry Requirements: Minimum 3 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above.

Course Content:
This is a practical course where you will study important vocational skills in communication, health and safety and equality and diversity as well as learning about human growth and development through the life stages.

Independent and team work skills will be developed through research and group tasks, discussions and presentations. These provide the background to coursework assignments in class and two examinations. You will integrate your knowledge with real-life experience by applying all work to a health and social care setting.

Future Prospects:
This course is a stepping stone to BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care. It also prepares you for a range of careers including nursery play worker, youth worker assistant or carer.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“I enjoyed being able to be independent which developed my research skills.” (Year 12 student)

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Ms J Frampton

Entry Requirements: Minimum 3 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above.

Course Content:
This course has been designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing.

You will learn digital design skills and use digital tools to express creativity in an informed and responsible way. You will learn about developing web products which accounts for 25% of the final mark and is exam-based. You will also learn about artwork and imaging which
accounts for 75% of the final mark and is project-based.

Future prospects:
This course is a stepping stone to BTEC Level 3 Information Technology.