Courses

We currently have the following courses on offer for 2017/18:

Level 3 A-level Courses

Art (Fine art) – Biology – Chemistry – Computer Science – Dance – Design: 3D Product Design – Design: Textiles – Drama & Theatre Studies – Economics – English Language – English Language & Literature – 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

Level 3 Other Courses

– Extended Project Qualification

Level 3 BTEC Courses

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

Level 2 BTEC Courses

Business – Creative Media Production – Health & Social Care – Travel & Tourism

Level 2 Other Courses

Mathematics GCSE Retake – English Language GCSE Retake – Sports Leadership

Other Courses

Boys Rugby Academy – Girls Football Academy

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Miss K Jones

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit. Art at Grade C 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 A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Core Science and Additional Science at Grade B or
above and Mathematics at Grade 6 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 and develop your skills and understanding to a detailed level of how light excites electrons.

Lessons are a mix of practicals, class discussion, research and activities. There are six required practicals per year. We do fieldwork as an element of this.

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: Mrs D Ashworth

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Core Science, Additional Science at Grade B or above and Mathematics at Grade 6 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 ‘atoms, bonds and groups’ and ‘chains, energy and resources’. 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.

Examination Board: OCR
Course Leader: Mrs J Frampton

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Computing at Grade C or above, and it is highly
recommended that you have gained a Grade B or above in Physics and Grade 6 or above in Mathematics.

Course Content:
You will focus on programming, building on your GCSE Computing knowledge and emphasising on the importance of computational thinking as a discipline. The course has an expanded Mathematical focus, much of which will be embedded within the course. You will develop computational thinking which will help you to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.

The subject is taught through discussion, presentations, independent supported skills development, group work and teacher-led input.

Future prospects:
Computer Science is a stepping stone to a range of courses at Higher Education including: Artificial Intelligence, Computing for Media and Software Engineering.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“The course has really developed my understanding of Python. I have enjoyed learning and have become so much more confident.” (James)

Examination Board: AQA
Course Leader: Ms J Machin

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit.

Course Content:
You will have the opportunity to experience and develop both performance and choreography in both solo and group situations, as well as engage in critical thinking about dance across a variety of contexts, genres and styles. It will help you to develop a healthy lifestyle in terms of physical and mental
well-being by promoting creativity, exercise and training.

Assessment is through a practical component which involves both choreography and performing and accounts for approximately 50% of the course. There will also be a formal written examination including 3 essays on selected
set works (50%).

Future prospects:
This A-level course can lead to further study of Dance at Higher Education or pursuing a career in Performing Arts.

Examination Board: AQA
Course Leader: Mrs E Stone

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit 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 my degree course at University.’’ (Nick)

Examination Board: AQA
Course Leader: Ms H Baker

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Design & Technology: Textiles 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. In September I will start my degree course in London.’’ (Hollie)

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Leader: Ms C Grosvenor

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit. You do not have to have studied GCSE Drama.

Course Content:
You will improve your performance skills, learn how to direct actors, study a range of drama forms and discuss texts critically and analytically.

You will explore a performance text in the light of a practitioner and devise a piece of theatre as a performer or designer. The process will be recorded in a portfolio. This component is teacher assessed. Students perform
a monologue or duologue and take part in a group performance which is externally examined. We study two set texts which form the basis of a final written examination, along with an evaluation of 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 A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Maths 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 rightwing ‘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 the impact on our lives of leaving the European Union.

Lessons include discussion, news report analysis and group work as well as a Shares competition and The Apprentice. The end of course examination is 20% mathematical and 80% multiple choice, data responses and essays.

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 A Hett

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including English Language 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.

Syllabus: AQA
Course Leader: Ms S Hone and Mr P Shears and Mr T Morfitt

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including English Language at Grade 5 or above and English
Literature at Grade 6 or above.

Course Content:
This course is designed to blend elements of literary and linguistic studies. You will be studying a range of literary styles, texts and genres and using your knowledge and understanding of how we use language to inform your analysis of fiction and non-fiction texts. There is a focus on how we use language to portray people, places, time and memories.

Non-examination assessment gives you the opportunity to compare the ways
in which a specific technique or theme is used in literary and non-literary texts. The ability to write accurately and coherently is an essential
skill for Language and Literature students.

Future Prospects:
The course develops skills which are valued in a wide range of careers – these include Law, Teaching and Journalism.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“I look forward to every lesson. The teachers are really supportive and always helpful”. (Millie)

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

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including English Language at Grade 5 or above 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: AQA
Course Leader: Ms T Mazzoleni

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including French at Grade B 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 A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Geography at Grade C 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 A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including German at Grade B 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. A foreign language means mobility in the job market and global employment opportunities.

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Ms M Rozier

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including History at Grade C or above (if History is not taken, a Grade 6 in GCSE English Language is required)

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: AQA
Course Leader: Mrs K Topps

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit 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. At AS level the topics include law-making, the court system/personnel of the law and criminal law. At A2 you will study
Criminal law and Tort Law in detail.

The course is taught using gapped notes and resource packs which provide a framework for learning, additional reading, study and research. There is no coursework with all four units assessed by written examinations. 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:
Law is an excellent springboard to a University Law degree or getting into the legal profession.

What do our students have to say about the course?
“It is really interesting – lots of support is offered and it’s really good to be doing something new. I would now like to do it at university”. (Dan)

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Mr M Wright

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit 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 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. There are also three overarching themes: Mathematical Argument and Proof, Problem Solving, and Mathematical Modelling. 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 A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Mathematics at Grade 7.

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 Further Pure modules 1 and 2 followed by two additional modules in either 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: Mr P Dukes

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit.

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 research the magazine industry and use your findings to create a concept for your own original magazine.

You will devise, produce and edit your own film using digital media technology. There is also a written 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: Edexcel
Course Leader: Ms C Lane

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Music at Grade A* to B and Grade 5 standard or
equivalent 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 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.

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Leader: Ms C Lane

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Music or demonstrable music 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 learn both through trying to recreate songs by other artists and through creating, arranging and composing your
own music.

Students can learn how to engineer in live settings such as at our Jazz and Pop events and our school productions.

Future Prospects:
Many students go on to music production or sound engineering courses.

Examination Board: OCR
Course Leader: Mr R Galvin

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit 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 A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit. Art or Photography at Grade C is preferable but not essential.

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 and Mr K Grant

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including a Grade B in PE.

Course Content:
You will study three main areas of physical education including: physiological aspects, psychological aspects and socio-cultural aspects of sport. You will also work on one physical activity which can be performance-orientated or coaching.

Classes are both practical and theory-based. Assessment takes place at the end of each year through both written examination (70%) and coursework (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 A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Core Science, Additional Science at Grade B or above 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.

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Leader: Mr M Conneely

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit. History or Geography at Grade C or above or English Language at Grade 5 or above is preferable but not essential.

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 includes looking at themes in the discipline
of international politics such as terrorism, conflict and human rights – as well as comparisons between the UK and other political systems (such as the US).

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 A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Core and Additional Science at Grade B or above 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 A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Core and Additional Science at Grade C or above 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: AQA
Course Leader: Ms K Kelly

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit including Spanish at Grade B or above.

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

Entry Requirements: Minimum 6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade B/6/Merit

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.

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Mr G Toon
(equivalent to 1, 2 or 3 A-levels)

Entry Requirements: Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade C/5/Pass including Mathematics and English Language at Grade 5 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, two or three 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 A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade C/5/Pass.

Course Content:
You will study important vocational skills in communication, health and safety and equality and diversity. You will gain indepth 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 A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade C/5/Pass.

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

With 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. You will look at applications and computer systems – how they work and how they are designed, constructed, and used for different purposes including Programming, Web Design, Cyber Security
and Game Design. Additional areas of study will include Project Management and Design of Computer Systems. The course has been commended by the BCS (British Computer Society).

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.

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Leader: Ms C Capon

Entry Requirements: Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade C/5/Pass. A Grade of C or above in PE is preferable but not essential.

Course Content:
You will study Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Psychology and Fitness testing and application. You will need to work to deadlines as the course is mainly coursework based. There is also one exam over the two years.

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 A*-C/9-5 mainly at Grade C/5/Pass.

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

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Mr s Manan

Entry Requirements: Minimum 3 GCSEs at Grade D/4 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: Mr P Dukes

Entry Requirements: Minimum 3 GCSEs at Grade D/4 or above.

Course Content:
You will research and analyse media and investigate careers in media industries and writing for the media. You will produce videos, print products and photography and develop writing and video-editing skills. You will meet and work with a range of Industry Practitioners and attend a programme of film
screenings.

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. Assessment will also be by two examinations

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

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Leader: Ms H Reed
Entry Requirements: Minimum 3 GCSEs at Grade D/4 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.

Examining Board: Edexcel

Course Leader: Mr G Toon

Entry Requirements: Minimum 3 GCSEs at Grade D/4 or above.

Course Content:
The course is made up of four units which cover: the UK, the UK Travel and Tourism Sector, UK Travel and Tourism Destinations and International Travel and Tourism Destinations. There is in-depth research into the appeal of different destinations and the features and facilities that they have to offer. The course also looks at holiday planning in the form of detailed itineraries for specific visitor motivations.

The course is delivered through a variety of methods including map work, research and presentations. The course is assessed by 75% coursework and 25% examination.

Future Prospects:
Studying this course will give the opportunity to study Travel and Tourism and other BTEC related subjects at level 3.