Welcome to our virtual open event
Welcome to our virtual open event
Welcome to our virtual open event

“There is something very special about The New Sixth, like no other sixth form. We are a family and everyone encourages you to become the very best person that you can be, ready to take your place in the world and make a difference.”

– Year 13 student

Welcome to The New Sixth, Bath

Thank you for taking the time to view our Virtual Open Day. In ordinary circumstances we would welcome you personally to our community and you would have the opportunity to discover The New Sixth and all that it has to offer you in this next exciting stage of your academic journey.

Through this online platform, we have gathered together films, information and resources to support you as you make the difficult decision of choosing a sixth form. When listening to some of the film presentations from our staff and students you will hear the phrase ‘we are a family’ a great deal but this truly is what we believe and feel about our community. I hope that you will gain a sense of the warmth and friendship you will find at our sixth form through your exploration of our Virtual Experience!

Our Heads of Faculty have recorded introductions to the A Level subjects available at The New Sixth, accessible via the drop down menu. They will provide you with vital information on sixth form subjects, course content, the types of careers that you might consider and complementary subjects to support you on your chosen pathway. I would encourage all prospective Year 12 students to take full advantage of this incredible resource and use this to help guide your research.

Our Sixth Form is open to all; our guiding mission is to provide our students with exciting sixth form experiences that promote academic excellence and spiritual guidance, ensuring Christian Values are at the centre of all that we do. The New Sixth combines exceptional teaching and learning with outstanding pastoral care, enabling students to thrive in an atmosphere that ensures everyone acquires the academic success, confidence and skills they need to continue their educational journey of choice.

The New Sixth is a wonderful learning community, our students achieve academic success but, more than that, they grow into amazing young adults ready to take their place in the world. They work hard but also have a great time with friends as they discover the person they want to be and forge the beginnings of their future careers.

We are here to support you at every step of your studies. If you have any questions, would like our assistance through the admissions process, or would like to discuss your sixth form choices, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Ms Ann Cusack, Headmistress

Supporting you on your journey to sixth form

It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to explore The New Sixth, Bath.

At a time when life is uncertain and demands are high, we want to provide a safe, inclusive environment where students feel valued as they are and are inspired to extend, challenge and equip themselves to achieve new goals and to dream big dreams.

When a student joins us in Year 12, they embark on a journey with us that will last for two years and, from their very first day, we instil in them a desire and ambition to strive for the highest standards, to continue to develop a life-long love of learning and to achieve their own personal best. During this time, our sixth form students will mature and develop into ambitious, adventurous and motivated young men and women, determined to make their mark on the world.

Our A Level results are excellent and not just in raw terms but also in the context of what we call ‘value-added’. Such measures seek to identify the progress that every student makes during his or her time with us, and show that our students make outstanding progress.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our live online Q&A Forums we hope that you found the events useful. On Friday 16 October 2020, we will extend a personal welcome to Year 11 students at our Inspire Day, a sixth form taster experience, providing a unique opportunity for you to see for yourself all that The New Sixth has to offer. Please complete the registration form below for further information.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Miss Lucy Butler
Director of Sixth Form

Contact Us

All Year 11 students at Saint Gregory's will automatically receive a prospectus pack through their Year 11 Tutor.

A Level Courses

Biology

AQA 7402

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

 

Why Biology?

With A level Biology, you will gain an insight into the amazing complexities and astonishing truths about life on Earth. From life chemicals to cells, from tissues to organs, from organ systems to organisms this exciting course will develop your detailed knowledge and understanding of living organisms and life processes. There is a mixture of animal and plant biology plus ecology with field work and applications in the modern world such as genetic engineering, the control of gene expression and forensic biology.

During your studies, you will develop your scientific knowledge and skills in data handling, graph work and statistics. Practical work will include microscopic examination of specimens, dissection of organs, field sampling skills and a range of scientific techniques.

Residential Trip

A highlight of Year 12 is our four day residential trip to Dale Fort Field Studies Centre in Pembrokeshire.

Assessment

35% – Paper 1 – Year 12 Content

35% – Paper 2 – Year 13 Content

30% – Paper 3 – Synoptic

Practical endorsement assessed during lessons (pass/fail)

Recommended Reading

AQA A level Biology Textbook

AQA A level Biology Revision Guide

New A Level Biology: AQA Year 1 & 2 Complete Revision and Practice with Online Edition

https://www.kerboodle.com

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 6 GCSE Biology or Grade 6-6 GCSE Combined Science

Grade 6 GCSE English and Mathematics

Students who have studied Combined Science must complete additional preparatory work over the summer holidays.

Future Pathways

University degrees in Biological Sciences (e.g. Marine, Zoology, Microbiology, Conservation, Neuroscience, Biomedical, Physiology, Genetics, Food Science). Careers and apprenticeships in Science based Journalism, Paramedical Services, Conservation, Lab Technician, Zoo Keeper, Research, Industry and Teaching.

Complementary A Levels

Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Core Maths

Extra & Super Curricular

Attend a DNA lab-based workshop in Bristol in Year 13 to experience the equipment and techniques usually reserved for university laboratories. Turn theory into practice and use DNA extraction, PCR techniques and gel electrophoresis, to determine your own genotype in relation to the bitter-tasting chemical PTC.

Business

AQA 7132

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business-subjects/as-and-a-level/business-7131-7132

Why Business Studies?

Gain a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet the needs and wants of society. Acquire the tools and information required to understand how businesses are created and managed, as well as an insight into how they become successful.  Specific topics include leadership, motivation, e-commerce, marketing, finance and legislation. We will also discuss how businesses need to respond to economic challenges, changes in trends and consumer spending and consider the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations.

With A level Business, you will acquire extremely valuable skills in strategic planning, decision making, problem solving and data analysis.

Assessment

Three written papers worth 33.3% each

Recommended Reading

A Level Business AQA Year 1 & 2

CGP A Level Business AQA – Complete Revision and Practice

https://www.tutor2u.net/business

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE English and Mathematics

A genuine interest in the study of businesses and the influences on them.

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Marketing, Accountancy, Business Management, Business Law, Economics, Project Management and much more.

Complementary A Levels

English, Geography, Maths or Core Maths, Politics, Psychology, Sociology.

Extra & Super Curricular

We intend to visit businesses to investigate how theory is applied in the workplace and invite visitors from industry to share their experiences with you.

Chemistry

AQA 7405

https://aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

Why Chemistry?

This exciting course attempts to answer the big question “What is the world made of?” and in the search for this answer you will be investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, through to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives.

The course covers a broad range of topics within Physical, Inorganic and Organic chemistry including atomic structures, thermodynamics, periodicity, transition metals, alkanes and DNA.  Practicals include measuring energy changes, identifying different compounds, preparing organic solids and liquids and undertaking advanced chromatography.

The opportunities are endless!

Assessment

35% – Paper 1 – Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

35% – Paper 2 – Organic and Physical Chemistry

30% – Paper 3 – Synoptic

Practical endorsement assessed during lessons (pass/fail)

Recommended Reading

AQA Chemistry A Level Student Book

Calculations in AS/A Level Chemistry

AQA A Level Chemistry Revision Guide

New A Level Chemistry: AQA Year 1 & 2 Complete Revision & Practice with Online Edition

https://www.kerboodle.com

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 6 GCSE Chemistry or Grade 6-6 GCSE Combined Science

Grade 6 GCSE Mathematics

Students who have studied Combined Science must complete additional preparatory work over the summer holidays.

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Engineering, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Personnel, Pharmaceuticals, Toxicology, Biomedical Chemistry, Teaching, Lab Work and even Politics!

Complementary A Levels

Biology, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Core Maths

Extra & Super Curricular

Attend a scientific conference.

Support lower school students and run STEM/Science club activities.

Classical Civilisation

Learn about the subjects on offer at Prior Park

Our Zoom sessions will run from 6:00-7:45pm on Tuesday 6 October.
Each subject has several sessions, lasting 15 minutes in length, see timetable below.
Please select the subjects you are interested in and allocate a suitable time slot for the subject.

To join a Zoom meeting, go to zoom.us/join and enter the meeting ID, followed by the passcode.
Please join with your mic and camera off. Some sessions may be recorded.
Meetings will start promptly at the specified times.

Our Heads of Departments will start each session with a brief overview of the subject(s) they teach, followed by a Q&A.
You may use the chat facility in the side panel to ask questions.

Information about each Sixth Form subject can also be found on our website

or by downloading our Sixth Form Course Booklet

 https://www.priorparkcollege.com/academic/sixth-form-subjects

Classical Civilisation
Sessions start times: 6:05pm; 6:20pm; 6:35pm; 6:50pm; 7:05pm; 7:20pm
Meeting ID:  952 736 9912  |  Passcode: CLASS11

 

OCR H408

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/classical-civilisation-h008-h408-from-2017/

Why Classical Civilisation?

Please note: this course will be studied at Prior Park College.

The Classics involve the oldest subjects and is unique in the spectrum of experience which they cover.  Their components are linguistic, literary, historical, aesthetic and philosophical. The chief skills that the study of Classics offers are those of thought and communication.

Through the course you will study either Homer’s Odyssey or lliad: the earliest European literature and the society that produced it, and Virgil’s Aeneid, Rome’s great epic. You will also study Greek Theatre, the first and definitive drama of Europe, and the beliefs, fears and assumptions of Athenian society. Finally you will examine Beliefs and Ideas about politics and correct governance, to what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ when it comes to love and desire, to the nature of gods and their relationship with mankind.

The Classical subjects are recognised by the academic, professional and business worlds as holding the mark of distinction, and people with its training have proved their ability to solve problems, think precisely and communicate clearly.

Assessment

40% – Component 1 – The World of the Hero

30% – Component 2 – Culture and the Arts

30% – Component 3 – Beliefs and Ideas

Recommended Reading

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

Virgil’s Aeneid

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE History or English Literature

Grade 5 GCSE in Classical Civilisation is helpful but not compulsory.

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Law, Marketing, Journalism, Medicine, Publishing, Civil Service and Computing.

Complementary A Levels

Classical Civilisation can be combined with almost any other subject to make a suitable package for university entry but especially English, History, Philosophy Ethics & Religion, Politics, Psychology and Sociology.

Extra & Super Curricular

A humanities trip to Europe.

Participate in “Future Learn” free online courses on a wide range of topics.

Join the Historical Association, watch relevant Ted Talks and keep up to date with current historical thinking by reading “History Today”.

Computer Science

AQA 7517

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/computer-science-and-it/as-and-a-level/computer-science-7516-7517

Why Computer Science?

Study Computer Science and be inspired and equipped to tackle the IT challenges facing our modern world. You will learn how computers work and start programming in formal scripting languages.

You will develop your own software project and associated reports to solve a real-life problem – enabling you to become a real problem solver, to analyse information effectively and to plan projects properly. This project can also form a useful discussion topic for UCAS applications.

You will learn about the technology that really powers all those things you love using, from websites such as Facebook and Twitter to the games you enjoy playing like Call of Duty and The Sims.

Computing will help you with any subjects which require a degree of critical thinking – which is virtually all of them!

Assessment

40 % – Paper 1: Programming – On Screen Exam

40 % – Paper 2: Written Exam

20 % – Paper 3: Non-Exam Assessment – A practical project – Internally Assessed

Recommended Reading

AQA A Level Computer Science Text book

AQA A Computer Science Revision Guide

https://www.codecademy.com

https://www.techmeme.com

https://www.python.org

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 6 Mathematics GCSE and Grade 6 in English

Grade 6 GCSE Computing desirable

A genuine interest in how computers work and in computer programming

Future Pathways

University degrees and apprenticeships in Physics, Engineering or Computer Science related courses including Information Systems, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, and Health Informatics. Careers in a rapidly growing industry including: AI, Cyber Security, IT consultant, Games Developer/Designer, Forensic Computer Analyst, Database administrator, Software or Web Developer, Machine Learning Engineer and more.

Complementary A Levels

Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology, Art.

Extra & Super Curricular

There is a national shortage of cyber security practitioners. To help secure our digital future, the Government has introduced Cyber Discovery. You will have the opportunity to test your skills in Ethical hacking, penetration testing, digital forensics, intrusion detection and coding.

Dance

AQA 7237

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/as-and-a-level/dance-7237

Why Dance?

To experience an exciting immersion into the world of dance. Discover and experience a range of choreographic and performance approaches through practical and theoretical study to broaden and enrich your experience. Learn how to become a ‘thinking dancer’ and to use dance to reflect on issues in society.

In the practical component, you will fully explore a range of different approaches before making final decisions in Year 13.  You will also study the history of Rambert Dance Company and the independent contemporary dance scene in Britain today.

A demanding but incredibly rewarding course; “Dance first, think later.  It is the natural order.”  Samuel Beckett.

Assessment

50% – Practical – Performance and Choreography

50% – Written – Critical Engagement

Recommended Reading

Individual booklets on Professional Works provided to students.

http://www.rambert.org.uk

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE English

Grade 5 GCSE Dance desirable but not compulsory. Requires discussion with the Performing Arts Department.

Extra-curricular experience, particularly in contemporary dance, is beneficial.

Future Pathways

Study dance and the world is your stage. Who wouldn’t want someone who is creative, confident and fearless?

Degrees, vocational performing arts courses careers and apprenticeships in Dance, Theatre, Choreography, Dance Photography, Costume Design, Physical Therapy, Dance Teaching, Yoga and Pilates Instructing, Arts Administrator in a charity, museum or theatre company.

Complementary A Levels

Art, Drama, Music, English, Languages, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Philosophy Ethics & Religion and Geography are all subjects that previous students have combined with dance to great success.

Extra & Super Curricular

Trips locally and to London to view live the practitioners we are studying. Attend workshops to enrich your understanding of dance practice. Forging of links with the Dance Department and Bath Spa University. Lead students in the lower school and enthuse in them a love of dance.

Drama & Theatre Studies

Edexcel 9DR01

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/drama-and-theatre-2016.html

Why Drama & Theatre Studies?

A level Drama is a varied, stimulating and richly engaging course where you will take shared ownership of the theory and practical work that you produce and be committed to do your very best.  You will have a thirst for exploration and development in both performance and technical work.

The Devising component is incredibly creative, enabling you to explore your interests, concerns and the way you see the world. Text Performance is studied either as a performer or designer and you will burrow down into your understanding of character, relationships, themes and style. You will be assessed on your practical understanding of a live theatre performance and two interesting texts that are studied practically throughout the course; Machinal by S. Tredwell and Woyzeck by G. Buhner.

Assessment

40% – Practical and Written Portfolio – Devising

20% – Practical – Text in Performance

40% – Written – Theatre Makers in Practice

Recommended Reading

Machinal by S Tredwell

Woyzeck by G Buchner

Brecht for Beginners

Brecht on Performance

The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre

1984 by Headlong Theatre Company

Edexcel As/A level Drama Study Guide by Rhinegold Education

Edexcel A level Drama and Theatre Student Book and Active Book, by J Davey et al

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE English

Grade 5 GCSE Drama desirable but not compulsory. Requires discussion with the Performing Arts Department.

Gifted, open minded performers with a passion for drama theory and practice.

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Acting and Directing, Stage Management Design (Lighting, Make up, Costume), Arts and Charity Administration, Law, Teaching and Theatre Education, Drama Therapy, TV and Radio, Youth and Community Work, Personnel Management, Social Work and Counselling, Journalism, Marketing and Event Management.

Complementary A Levels

Art, Dance, English Literature, Music, Psychology, Sociology, Photography

Extra & Super Curricular

Regular visits to the theatre and attending of workshops with, for example, Frantic Assembly, Paper Birds and Splendid. Join our Performing Arts Ambassador team and work closely with teachers to support drama in KS3. We aim to run the National Theatre Connections project with performances at local professional venues. Forging of strong links with Bath Spa University to use their expertise in auditioning and university interview style formats to best prepare you for life after A levels.

Economics

AQA 7136

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/economics/as-and-a-level/economics-7135-7136

Why Economics?

Studying economics will equip you to apply economic theory to support analysis of current economic problems and issues, and help you to appreciate the interrelationships between microeconomics and macroeconomics.

You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand and analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions. You will also build upon your quantitative skills and appreciate that, when evaluating arguments, both qualitative and quantitative evidence are important.

Assessment

Three written papers worth 33.3% each

Recommended Reading

AQA A level Economics Book 1 and Book 2 by Powell and Powell

CGP A level Economics AQA – Complete Revision and Practice

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 7 GCSE Mathematics and Grade 5 GCSE English

A genuine interest in the application of mathematics to business theory.

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in, Economics, Accountancy, Business strategy and much more.

Complementary A Levels

Maths or Core Maths, History, Politics, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

Extra & Super Curricular

It is essential that students expose themselves to as many sources of economic theory. There are many books and films that will help grow their understanding for example The Big Short or Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner.

English Language & Literature

AQA 7707

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-and-literature-7706-7707

Why English Language & Literature?

This exciting course has a rich variety and a thought-provoking range of literary and linguistic texts including novels, plays, poetry and ‘real-world’ texts such as articles, speeches and travel writing.  You will learn to interpret, analyse and discuss a vast range of topics and issues. You will also develop your creative writing skills, inspired by the writers you are studying and learn how to critically evaluate your own work.

Assessment

40% – Paper 1 – Telling Stories

An Anthology of texts, 1 prose and 1 poetry

40% – Paper 2 – Exploring Conflict

Drama and re-creative writing

20% – Coursework – Making Connections

Extended essay of 2,500-3,000 words

Recommended Reading

We may be studying any of the following: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.

York Notes Study Guides.

The Art of Writing English Literature Essays: for A level and Beyond by M Meally

A/AS level English Language and Literature for AQA Student Book by M Giovanelli.

https://www.litcharts.com

https://www.sparknotes.com

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE English Literature and English Language

Enjoy reading for study and pleasure

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Journalism and the Media, Publishing, Teaching, Advertising, Marketing, PR, Law and Business.

Complementary A Levels

History, Politics, Philosophy Ethics & Religion, Psychology, Sociology.

Extra & Super Curricular

We aim to see at least one of the studied texts in performance and we encourage opportunities to attend readings, cinema screenings and literary conferences.

English Literature

AQA 7712

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-a-7711-7712

Why English Literature?

Become a confident, widely read communicator who enjoys discussing texts and expressing views. You will be reading and engaging with an exciting and challenging range of texts: prose, poetry, drama and research.

Study English Literature and you will learn to view the world around you with different eyes, developing skills of perception and critical awareness.

Assessment

40% – Paper 1 – Love Through the Ages

3 texts, 1 pre-1900

40% – Paper 2 – Texts in Shared Context

3 texts, 1 post 2000

20% – Coursework

Independent Critical Study of Texts Across Time

Extended essay 2,500 words

Recommended Reading

Persuasion by Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

York Notes Study Guides.

The Art of Writing English Literature Essays: for A level and Beyond by M Meally.

Study and Revise for A/AS Level: AQA Anthology by L McBratney.

A/AS Level English Literature A for AQA Student Book by R Carey.

https://www.litcharts.com

https://www.sparknotes.com

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE English Literature and English Language

Enjoy reading for study and pleasure

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Journalism and the Media, Publishing, Teaching, Advertising, Marketing, PR, Law and Business.

Complementary A Levels

History, Politics, Philosophy Ethics & Religion, Psychology, Sociology.

Extra & Super Curricular

We aim to see at least one of the studied texts in performance and we encourage opportunities to attend readings, cinema screenings and literary conferences.

Fine Art

AQA 7202

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design/subject-content/fine-art

Why Fine Art?

Fine Art A level is a wide ranging course, encouraging a very personal approach to your work and chosen media. Explore the world through the visual art in 2D and 3D media using drawing and painting, photography, print-making and sculpture.

You will be introduced to a variety of traditional and new media processes and techniques. Knowledge of the work of other artists will be developed and you will create your own personal outcomes by following a process of refinement of ideas.

The course begins with completing a broad project on People and Places, covering portraiture, landscapes, still life and urban art.  You then start the personal investigation and, once completed, progress to your own exam project.

Assessment

60% – Component 1

Personal Investigation into a theme of students’ own choice

40% – Component 2

Externally Set Assignment to be completed over three days

Recommended Reading

Complete Artists Manual – The Definitive Guide to Materials and Techniques for Painting and Drawing by S. Jennings.

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

https://www.victoriagal.org.uk

https://www.holburne.org

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE English

Grade 5 GCSE Art desirable but not compulsory. Requires discussion with the Art Department.

Passionate about the subject.

Future Pathways

Extend your training with an Art Foundation Course before starting a University Degree in the Arts on an apprenticeship in the Creative Industries.

Complementary A Levels

Photography, Drama, English, History, Biology, Sociology.

Extra & Super Curricular

Gallery and studio visits are essential, connecting you to the work of other artists.

Past trips have included visits to sketch at Bristol Museum and trips students have organised themselves.

French

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AQA 7652

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/french-7652

Why French?

We live in a globalised world; French is spoken by 125 million people.  A second language can open up opportunities for travel, careers and academic life.  The British Council sees France as a big asset to UK companies and with post-Brexit it will grow in importance.

This course is a radical and exciting departure from the GCSE with more independent study and research and a more rigorous approach to grammar.  Reading of French newspapers and visiting French speaking countries is encouraged.  There are four main themes:

  1. Aspects of French Society
  2. Artistic culture in the French World
  3. Multiculturalism in the French World
  4. Aspects of Political Life in the French World

You will also study and critically appreciate in writing two works, one must be literary and the other may be a film.

Residential Trip

It is likely you will spend time in a French speaking country on an educational visit or exchange.

Assessment

50% – Paper 1 – Listening

20% – Paper 2 – Writing on the set text and film

30% – Paper 3 – Speaking

Recommended Reading

Tartuffe de Molière or Bonjour Tristesse de Françoise Sagan

AQA A level French Year 1 and AS Grammar and Translation workbook OUP, by S Harrison

Film: Un long dimanche de fainçailles de Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2004)

https://www.tv5monde.com

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 6 GCSE French

Interest in the culture and way of life in the countries where French is spoken.

Future Pathways

University degrees in French complement subjects such as Drama, Business, Economics, History, Philosophy, Geography, European Studies, Law, English and so on.

Apprenticeships and careers as a translator, interpreter, writer or in large multinational gold and petroleum companies in French speaking countries in West Africa.

Complementary A Levels

Drama, History, Music, Philosophy Ethics & Religion, Psychology.

Extra & Super Curricular

Develop conversational skills and your independent research project with weekly meetings with our languages assistant.

Trips to The Little Theatre to see French films.

Support in finding a placement in France if you wish.

Geography

AQA 7037

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037

Why Geography?

Saint Gregory’s has held the prestigious Secondary Geography Quality Mark by the Geographical Association since 2014 in recognition of the quality of teaching, learning and exam results.

Geography A level will excite your minds and challenge your perceptions. If you have an interest in people, the natural environment and world cities you will really enjoy this current, contemporary and very relevant course. With a mixture of human, physical and environmental geography, you will explore real issues facing the world such as population growth and the impact of natural hazards on people around the world.

If you love learning in the outdoors, be it in cities or the countryside, Geography A level is an obvious choice.

Residential Trip

A compulsory five day residential trip to Slapton Field Studies Centre in Devon where you will undertake an individual investigative research project for the Non-Exam Assessment (NEA).

Assessment

40% – Paper 1 – Physical Geography

40% – Paper 2 – Human Geography

20% – Component 3 – NEA Fieldwork Investigation

Research Project of 3,000-4,000 words

Recommended Reading

AQA A level Geography Student Book and Revision Guides (2016)

https://www.geography.org.uk

https://www.rgs.org

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE Geography

Grade 5 GCSE Mathematics

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Teaching, Conservation, Environmental Management, Logistics, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Cartography, Town Planning, Surveying, Real Estate and Urban Regeneration.

Complementary A Levels

Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, History, Philosophy Ethics & Religion, English

Extra & Super Curricular

Numerous Geographical Association events throughout the year at UWE Bristol

Visit to the MShed Museum in Bristol

Join the Geographical Association

German

AQA7662

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7662

Why German?

We live in a globalised world; German is spoken by 95 million people.  A second language can open up opportunities for travel, careers and academic life.  “The Independent” listed German as the number one language which would lead to the highest paid jobs in the UK and was in the highest demand across job postings.

This course is a radical and exciting departure from the GCSE with more independent study and research and a more rigorous approach to grammar. Reading of German newspapers and visiting German speaking countries are encouraged.  There are four main themes:

  1. Social Issues and Trends
  2. Political and Artistic Culture
  3. Grammar
  4. Works: Literary texts and films.

Residential Trip

It is likely you will spend time in a German speaking country on an educational visit or exchange.

Assessment

50% – Paper 1 – Listening

20% – Paper 2 – Writing on the set text and film

30% – Paper 3 – Speaking

Recommended Reading

We will be studying the book: Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka

We will be studying the film: Das Leben der Anderen by FH von Donnersmarck (2006)

AQA A level Year 1 and Year 2 Student Books and Revision and Practice Workshops.

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 6 GCSE German

Interest in the culture and way of life in the countries where German is spoken

Future Pathways

Communicating in German will be even more sought after post-Brexit. A university degree in German complements subjects such as Drama, Business, Economics, History, Philosophy, Geography, European Studies, Law, English and so on.

Apprenticeships and careers in Translation, Journalism, Hospitality, Conservation, Finance, Public Relations, Marketing, Diplomatic Civil Service and as an Interpreter or Translator.

Complementary A Levels

Drama, History, Music, Philosophy Ethics & Religion, Psychology.

Extra & Super Curricular

Develop conversational skills and your independent research project with weekly meetings with our languages assistant.

Support in finding a work placement in Germany if you wish.

History

AQA 7042

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/as-and-a-level/history-7041-7042

Why History?

In this fascinating subject, you will learn about some of the greatest personalities and most significant events of the past, why things happened and what significance they had. The course looks at a broad spectrum of historical topics including:

(a) Evaluating how effectively the Tudors restored and developed the powers of the monarchy,

(b) Assessing the extraordinary reign of Elizabeth I in England and her triumph against all odds,

(c) Analysing the challenges faced by the USA at home and abroad as it emerged from WWII as superpower and

(d) Exploring concepts, ideas and events such as anticommunism, social equality, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War and their consequences for America.

In addition, you will complete some independent research.

Assessment

40% – Component 1

Breadth Study The Tudors: England 1485 – 1603

40% – Component 2

Depth Study The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945 – 1980

20% – Component 3

Historical Investigation: An independent research study of 3,000 words on a topic of your choice.

Recommended Reading

AQA A level History: The Tudors 1485-1603 by D Ferriby et al.

AQA A level History: The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-1980 by V Sanders

AQA History: My Revision Notes for The Tudors and for The American Dream.

https://www.historytoday.com/

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE History

Grade 5 GCSE English

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in History, Research, Writing, Journalism, Law, Politics, European Studies, Art History, Museums and Publishing.

Complementary A Levels

English, Geography, Philosophy Ethics & Religion, Politics, Psychology, Sociology.

Extra & Super Curricular

A humanities trip to Europe

Participate in “Future Learn” free online courses on a wide range of topics

Join the Historical Association, watch relevant Ted Talks and keep up to date with current historical thinking by reading “History Today”.

Mathematics

Edexcel 9MA0

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html

Why Mathematics?

Maths is a dynamic, exciting and relevant subject which has played a significant role in the progress of the human species, for example, in our understanding of the movement of the planets; advancements in engineering; establishment and growth of economies and our understanding of human behaviour.

A level Maths includes the study of Pure Maths and the application of mathematics to the physical world through Statistics and Mechanics. The course develops strength and confidence in the application of algebraic and other mathematical skills and helps you to solve real life problems using logical mathematical argument. During the course, you will solve a variety of real-life problems such as how large a population will be, what forces should be applied to an object, whether an electrical component  is likely to work and whether a medical procedure is effective. You will also engage in solving complex abstract problems.

Assessment

33.3% – Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics 1

33.3% – Paper 2 – Pure Mathematics 2

33.3% – Paper 3 – Statistics and Mechanics

Recommended Reading

Edexcel Pure Mathematics and 100% Proof – The Why of Maths by J Hope

CGP A level Mathematics Revision Guide

https://www.mymaths.co.uk

https://mathsgenie.co.uk

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 7 GCSE Mathematics

Grade 6 GCSE Physics or Grade 6-6 GCSE Combined Science

Future Pathways

On average, someone with A level Maths will earn 11% more over their lifetime than someone without it.  Strength in Maths and the handling of data opens many doors due to its breadth of application in the real world.

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Law, Engineering, the Sciences, Medicine, Computer Programming, Big Data handling, Monitoring and Evaluation, Design and Construction, Games Development and more.

Complementary A Levels

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Economics, Geography, Psychology.

Extra & Super Curricular

Entry to the National School Maths Challenge; competing with over 400 schools.

Lunchtime workshops

Mathematics (Further)

Edexcel 9FM0

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html#tab-3

Why Further Mathematics?

Further Maths is studied over two years and in addition to the three A Level subjects. It is only available to students taking A Level Mathematics.

Further Maths is a fantastic course for those who are passionate and talented in Mathematics. It extends the Pure and Applied Maths topics studied in Mathematics A Level and is highly recommended if you wish to study Mathematics at degree level.

For further information see Mathematics Course Description.

Assessment

25% – Paper 1 – Further Pure Mathematics 1

25% – Paper 2 – Further Pure Mathematics 2

25% – Paper 3 Option 1 – Statistics, Decision or Mechanics

25% – Paper 4 Option 2 – Statistics, Decision or Mechanics

Recommended Reading

Edexcel Pure Mathematics and 100% Proof – The Why of Maths by J Hope

CGP Further A level Mathematics Revision Guide

https://www.mymaths.co.uk

https://mathsgenie.co.uk

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 8 GCSE Mathematics

Must also be taking the A Level Mathematics course

Future Pathways

On average, someone with A Level Maths will earn 11% more over their lifetime than someone without it. Strength in Maths and the handling of data opens many doors due to its breadth of application in the real world.

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Law, Engineering, the Sciences, Medicine, Computer Programming, Big Data handling, Monitoring and Evaluation, Design and Construction, Games Development and more.

Complementary A Levels

Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Extra & Super Curricular

Students are encouraged to enter the National School Maths Challenge; competing with over 400 schools.

Lunchtime workshops.

Music

Learn about the subjects on offer at Prior Park

Our Zoom sessions will run from 6:00-7:45pm on Tuesday 6 October.
Each subject has several sessions, lasting 15 minutes in length, see timetable below.
Please select the subjects you are interested in and allocate a suitable time slot for the subject.

To join a Zoom meeting, go to zoom.us/join and enter the meeting ID, followed by the passcode.
Please join with your mic and camera off. Some sessions may be recorded.
Meetings will start promptly at the specified times.

Our Heads of Departments will start each session with a brief overview of the subject(s) they teach, followed by a Q&A.
You may use the chat facility in the side panel to ask questions.

Information about each Sixth Form subject can also be found on our website

or by downloading our Sixth Form Course Booklet

 https://www.priorparkcollege.com/academic/sixth-form-subjects

 

Music
Session start times: 6:10pm; 6:25pm; 6:40pm; 6:55pm; 7:10pm; 7:25pm
Meeting ID: 777 086 0468  |  Passcode: MUSTCH17

 

Eduqas

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/music/as-a-level/

Why Music?

Music is stimulating and enriching and provides an excellent basis for life-long learning.  A Level will broaden your musical experience and interests and foster your imagination and creativity.

The course comprises three main musical disciplines;

Performance: extend your performance skills as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Teachers and students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a 10-12 minute assessed performance of a balanced programme of study.

Composing: Compose two pieces per year, one in Western Classical Tradition and in response to a brief by WJEC.

Listening/Appraising: Analysis, listening, history of later Romantic symphonies, later jazz and 21st century music.

Assessment

35% – Performing

25% – Composing

40% – Listening / Appraising

Recommended Reading

AS and A level Music Study Guide and Revision Guides WJEC/Eduqas (2017)

https://resources.eduqas.co.uk/Pages/ResourceByArgs.aspx?subId=21&lvlId=1

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 6 GCSE Music

Ability to play an instrument, including voice, to Grade 5 standard

and Grade 5 Theory of Music strongly recommended.

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Music, the Arts, Law, Media, Business, Management, Teaching and more.

Complementary A Levels

Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, Dance, Mathematics, Physics, Languages.

Extra & Super Curricular

We are fortunate to live in an area with a thriving music scene. You are encouraged to attend as many events as possible to explore different genres and to contribute to the whole school music ensembles. Graded music exams optional. Private music lessons recommended.

Philosophy, Ethics & Religion

Eduqas

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/as-a-level/

Why Philosophy, Ethics & Religion?

In this subject you will have the opportunity to develop your interest in a rigorous study of philosophy, ethics, religion and belief and relate it to the wider world. You will develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies. You will adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion, reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their study. You will develop your knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion. A level Religious Studies is designed to enable you to develop your interest in, and enthusiasm for, a study of religion and its place in the wider world.

Assessment

No Coursework

Examinations at end of Year 13 (Essay and Structured Questions)

33.3 % – A Study of Religion

33.3% – Philosophy of Religion

33.3% – Religion and Ethics

Recommended Reading

The Puzzle of Ethics and The Puzzle of God by Peter Vardy

The Gospel of John

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

http://rsrevision.com/Alevel/ethics/index.htm

https://thecrashcourse.com/courses/philosophy

https://philosophydungeon.weebly.com

https://resources.eduqas.co.uk/Pages/ResourceSingle.aspx?rIid=1248

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE  RE

Grade 5 GCSE  English

Other humanities grades will be considered if RE has not been studied at GCSE

Future Pathways

The world is your oyster! Remember that this is the founding subject upon which Oxbridge is built and it is therefore highly regarded at university level.  Previous A level Philosophy and Ethics students have gone on to study a range of subjects at degree level including Business, Maths, Psychology and Politics.

Complementary A Levels

History, Politics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, English Literature

Extra & Super Curricular

The department support the KS5 Society, Debating Matters and you are encouraged to take a lead role in this and in promoting and facilitating debating in the lower school.

You will have the opportunity to attend educational conferences organised by national providers with some amazing key note speakers who are well regarded in their field. There is also the opportunity to join the Humanities department on their cultural visits: 2019 was Berlin, 2021 to be decided!

Photography

OCR H603

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/art-and-design-h200-h600-from-2015/

Why Photography?

Please note: this course may be studied at Prior Park College.

This is an exciting course which will extend your creative ability and build critical and analytical skills through independent visual and contextual investigations.  Photography embraces all forms of lens-based image making including chemical photography as well as digital and moving image work.

Assessment

60% – Coursework – Personal Investigation producing a portfolio and a related study of >1000 words

40% – Externally Set Task – A project chosen from a given starting point and culminating in a three day exam

Recommended Reading

Digital Photography: Step by Step by T Ang.

The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression by B Barnbaum

Learning to see creatively by B F Peterson

https://expertphotography.com

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 4 GCSE English

Grade 5 GCSE Art or Photography desirable but not compulsory. Requires discussion with the Art Department.

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Architecture, Curating, Illustration, Photojournalism, Art Therapy, Arts Administration, Teaching, Animation, Graphic, Web, Game, Theatre and Production Design.

Complementary A Levels

Fine Art, Drama, English, Philosophy Ethics & Religion, Sociology.

Extra & Super Curricular

Gallery and studio visits are essential; connecting you to the work of other artists.

Past trips have included a visit to a Bristol museum and trips students have organised themselves.

Physical Education

AQA 7582

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/as-and-a-level/physical-education-7582

Why Physical Education?

As a student passionate about sport, you will develop your own sporting ability while exploring a diverse range of topics including the history of sport, how your body responds to exercise and why you do not always perform at your best in important competitions.

You will study anatomical, physiological and psychological theories and apply them to sporting activity. You will look at what contributes to an active and healthy lifestyle and develop an insight into movement, behaviour and performance in relation to sport and play. You will also develop ways to optimise your own practical performance.

A level PE promotes relevant and transferable skills in leadership, communication and organisation which help in all aspects of your professional and personal life.

Assessment

35% – Paper 1

Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

35% – Paper 2

Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

30% – Non-Exam Assessment (NEA)

Practical performance in physical activity or sport. Assessed as a performer or coach. Also, a written or verbal analysis of performance.

Recommended Reading

AQA A level PE – Year 1 and 2 by C Atherton

AQA A level PE – My Revision Notes by S Young

AQA A level PE – Topic on a page Zig Zag

https://theeverlearner.com/availableCourses?curricula=1

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE PE and Combined Science or

Grade 5 GCSE Biology if PE has not been studied.

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Sports Science, Sports Studies, Occupational Therapy, Teaching, Physiotherapy and more.

Complementary A Levels

Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Business Studies, English, Geography, Psychology, Sociology.

Extra & Super Curricular

Year 12 Enrichment activity throughout the year.

Represent the school in football, rugby, hockey, netball, cross-country, athletics, basketball and more.

Organise and run a range of community sports clubs: e.g. KS3 and primary school children.

A Level PE Revision Conference at Prior Park.

Physics

OCR H556

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/physics-a-h156-h556-from-2015/

Why Physics?

This exciting course provides insights into how the universe works.  You will build on concepts covered in GCSE but in more depth and learn how these are applied in everyday and technological settings.

The course embraces six modules:

  1. Development of practical skills
  2. Foundations of physics
  3. Forces and motion
  4. Electrons, waves and photons
  5. Newtonian world and astrophysics and
  6. Particles and medical physics.

A fascinating and complex area, ideally suited to anyone wanting to challenge themselves.

Assessment

35% – Paper 1 – Modelling Physics

35% – Paper 2 – Exploring Physics

30% – Paper 3 – Unified Physics

Practical endorsement assessed during lessons (pass/fail)

Recommended Reading

A Level Physics A for OCR Student Book

OCR A Level Physics Student Guide: Practical Physics

OCR A Level Physics A Revision Guide

New A Level Physics: OCR Year 1 & 2 Complete Revision and Practice with Online Edition

https://www.kerboodle.com

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 6 GCSE Physics or Grade 6-6 GCSE Combined or Triple Science

Grade 6 GCSE Mathematics

Students who have studied Combined Science must complete additional preparatory work over the summer holidays.

Future Pathways

University degrees in almost any course.

Apprenticeships and careers in all branches of Engineering, Research, Medicine, Veterinary Science and Astronomy; employers value the analytical and logical mind of the physicist.

Complementary A Levels

Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry

Extra & Super Curricular

Help run GCSE STEM Club and apply your knowledge and leadership skills to some exciting projects and competitions across the curriculum.

Trips may include Laboratory Days at Bath University, Science Live with Prof Brian Cox in London and the RUH in Bath to look into the application of physics in medicine.

An amazing annual trip to Geneva Switzerland in July to the CERN Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.

Politics

Edexcel 9PL0

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/politics-2017.html

Why Politics?

Politics is a lively, popular subject; the perfect choice for those who keep their finger on the pulse of news and current affairs.  We will discuss: How are governments elected? How are countries run? How can we as individuals become more engaged with the political process? What are the needs of the UK?

Year 1 covers how the UK political system works and Year 2 focusses on US politics plus political theories such as Liberalism and Nationalism.

With enthusiasm and an open mind, you will develop your critical thinking and debating skills and learn to look at arguments with an empathetic but level-headed view. You will gain great social knowledge as well as an informed understanding of contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context in the UK and globally.

Assessment

33.3% – Paper 1 – UK Politics

33.3% – Paper 2 – UK Government

33.3% – Paper 3 – Comparative Politics – US

Recommended Reading

Edexcel Politics AS and A level Student Book by Goodlad and Mitchell (2017)

Edexcel Politics A level Student Guides 1 to 3

http://alevelpolitics.com

https://www.tutor2u.net/politics

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE English

Grade 5 GCSE History and/or Geography desirable.

Future Pathways

Apprenticeships and Careers in Politics, Business, International Organisations, The Media, Government and Political Parties and the Civil Service, Journalism, Advertising and more.

University degrees in Politics, Philosophy and Ethics, Economics, PPE, History, Sociology, Geography, Business Studies, Media or Cinema Studies, English and Languages.

Complementary A Levels

Business Studies, English, Geography, History, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Sociology, Languages.

Extra & Super Curricular

Trips to Bath Magistrate or Bristol Crown Courts

Y12 Optional Humanities Trip to Europe in January

Opportunities with BANES Youth Parliament

School visit by a Member of Parliament & House of Lords

School Subscription to “Politics Review”

Psychology

AQA 7182

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

Why Psychology?

Learn about a wide range of human behaviour and the different ways in which psychologists have tried to explain and, in some cases, treat them.  We build on your understanding of how science works, examine research methods and analysis and also generate theories.

You will study fascinating topics including: how memory works, how psychology can help improve eyewitness evidence in court and how as babies we form our attachment to our carers.  We look at what happens in the brain to cause certain behaviours (biopsychology), and study abnormal behaviours such as OCD, phobias and depression.  We also study social influences such as how we deal with authority and or how likely we are to obey someone in authority or who seems to be!

Assessment

33.3% – Paper 1 – Introductory Topics in Psychology

33.3% – Paper 2 – Psychology in Context

33.3% – Paper 3 – Issues and Options in Psychology

Recommended Reading

AQA Psychology for A level Year 1 and Year 2 – Student Book and Revision Guide by C Flanagan et al.

Psychology Review Magazine (Hodder Education). Online archives also available.

British Psychological Society

https://www.bps.org.uk/

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE Biology or Grade 5 GCSE Combined Science

Grade 5 English and Mathematics

A genuine interest in studying the human mind and our behaviour.

Future Pathways

University degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Education, Sports Science, Forensic Psychology, Educational and Clinical Psychology, Counsellor, Occupational Health, HR, Life Coaching, Advice Worker, Market Researcher, Marketing and Sales.

Complementary A Levels

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Core Maths, English, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Sociology

Extra & Super Curricular

Year 13 are invited to attend a Tutor2U revision conference in December in Bristol specific to the AQA specification.

Sociology

AQA 7192

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192

Why Sociology?

What are the deeper reasons behind our behaviour? Why do some conform and some rebel against society or even become criminals?  Sociology is full of debates and disagreements!

Using your own experience, you will examine how the society you live in works and test those ideas against the arguments and evidence put forward by thinkers and researchers.

Sociology is a really engaging A Level and you will develop skills in critical analysis, independent thinking and research; skills valued at universities and the workplace.

Assessment

33.3% – Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

33.3% – Paper 2: Topics in Sociology

33.3% – Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Recommended Reading

AQA Sociology Year 1 and Year 2 Student Books, Study and Revision Guides by Westergaard et al.

https://www.tutor2u.net/sociology/reference/study-notes

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE English

Grade 5 GCSE Geography, History or RE desirable

Future Pathways

Apprenticeships and careers in Politics, Advertising, Media, Journalism, Careers Guidance, Advertising, Media Studies, Journalism, Teaching and more.

University degrees in Sociology, Politics, PPE, Business, English, History, Geography, Business, Economics.

Complementary A Levels

Business Studies, Geography, History, Philosophy Ethics & Religion, Politics, Psychology, Languages

Extra & Super Curricular

Trips to Bath Magistrate and Bristol Crown Court and to a Prison

Y12 Optional Humanities Trip to Europe in January

Articles in “Social Review”

University of Oxford Department of Sociology Podcast Discussions

Spanish

AQA 7692

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/spanish-7692

Why Spanish?

A radical and exciting departure from the GCSE, you will undertake far higher levels of independent study and research and a more rigorous approach to grammar.   Reading of Spanish newspapers and visiting Spanish speaking countries is encouraged so you can really master the language and learn to value the different Spanish speaking cultures.

The course has four main themes:

  1. Aspects of Spanish Society
  2. Artistic culture in the Spanish World
  3. Multiculturalism in the Spanish World
  4. Aspects of Political Life in the Spanish World.

You will also study and critically appreciate in writing, two works, one of which must be literary and other may be a film.

Assessment

40% – Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing

20% – Paper 2 – Writing on a set text and film

40% – Paper 3 – Speaking

Recommended Reading

AQA A level Year 1 and AS Spanish Student Book and Grammar Workbook.

AQA A level Spanish Revision and Practice Workbook Themes 1&2 plus 3&4 (2018)

Spanish Verb Drills by V Bay

“Palabra por Palabra” by P Turk

https://www.studyspanish.com

https://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/tutors/grammar

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 6 GCSE Spanish

Interest in the culture and way of life in the countries where Spanish is spoken

Future Pathways

A university degree in Spanish complements subjects such as Drama, Business, Economics, History, Philosophy, Geography, European Studies, Law, English and so on.

Apprenticeships and careers in Journalism, Hospitality, Conservation, Finance, Public Relations, Marketing, Diplomatic Civil Service and as an Interpreter or Translator.

Complementary A Levels

English, History, Sciences, Maths, French, German, Music, Fine Art, Drama and Theatre Studies

Extra & Super Curricular

Weekly sessions with our language assistant to develop your conversational skills and independent research project. Option to join the Córdoba Spanish Exchange Programme.

Support in finding a work placement in Spain if you wish.

Additional Courses

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

AQA 7993

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/projects/project-qualifications/EPQ-7993

Why an EPQ?

The EPQ is studied over one year and in addition to the three A Level subjects.

An EPQ is an excellent way to show universities and prospective employers your ability to work in a proactive, independent manner.  It provides the opportunity to develop and apply decision making and problem solving skills.  With an EPQ you pick the subject and the focus for your project so it allows you to tailor it to directly support your aspirations for further study and/or career development.  Working with a supervisor, you are responsible for the management and development of the project from inception to completion.  What better way to show how much you have to offer!

Research says that taking the EPQ enhances the odds of achieving a higher grade at A level (A* – B) by 29% (Ben Jones, Head of Standards, AQA).

Assessment

Three required elements which are all internally assessed and then moderated.  An A* in EPQ is equal to 28 UCAS points.

  1. Project Product – 500 word essay OR artefact with supporting commentary
  2. Production Log
  3. Presentation

Recommended Reading

This must be specific to your EPQ focus, but expect to do a lot of it! It is expected that a wide variety of resources are accessed, considered and then utilised in the final project itself.

Research is the key to a successful EPQ.

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE English

Anyone can do an EPQ if they are committed to completing the independent study.

Future Pathways

Universities view the EPQ very positively and can decide to give a lower offer for a course if a candidate has an EPQ. Since you pick the topic and theme, the EPQ can be invaluable in setting you up for your future.

Complementary A Levels

Any! An EPQ can be completed with any academic focus from Aerospace Engineering to Events Organisation.

Extra & Super Curricular

Invitation to visit a Russell Group University to make use of their resources and learning environment. The taught element of the EPQ will be delivered in fortnightly lessons covering research skills, evaluation of sources and time management, all of which are transferable to A Level studies and beyond.

Mathematics (Core)

Edexcel 7MC0

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-mathematics-in-context/mathematics-in-context.html

Why Core Mathematics?

Core Maths is a Level 3 qualification, accredited by Ofqual, and equivalent but distinct from an AS qualification. It is studied over two years and in addition to the three A Level subjects.

Core Maths is an extremely exciting new course that will give you an advantage with university applications. It is also aptly called Maths in Context and is distinct from other maths courses in that you apply mathematics to real life contexts. You will play the role of different people from sports coaches, doctors to business owners and environmental workers and use maths to overcome real life challenges.

Assessment

40% – Paper 1 – Comprehension

60% – Paper 2 – Applications

Recommended Reading

Edexcel Maths in Context Project Book.

https://www.mymaths.co.uk

https://mathsgenie.co.uk

Recommended Entry Requirements

Grade 4-6 GCSE Mathematics

Recommended for students studying Science, Business or Geography at A Level

Future Pathways

A supporting qualification for degrees, apprenticeships and careers in Business, Finance, Computer Programming, Psychology, Law, Teaching, Construction, Design, Sports Science, Engineering, Travel and Tourism.

Complementary A Levels

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Geography, PE, Psychology

Extra & Super Curricular

Lunchtime workshops

Mathematics AS

Edexcel 7MA0

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html#tab-ASMathematics

Why AS Mathematics?

AS Maths is studied over two years and in addition to the three A Level subjects.

AS Maths is offered as a fourth subject to students who enjoyed studying GCSE Maths but do not want to take a full A Level. It is particularly useful to students that are studying another subject with a maths based element e.g. Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Psychology.

Continuing to study mathematics at this level will grow your logical problem solving skills that can be applied to many other areas of life and it instils a positive approach to problem solving by training your brain to assume there is a solution to every problem.

“Maths is in its own way the poetry of logical ideas.”

Assessment

62.5% – Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics

37.5% – Paper 2 – Statistics and Mechanics

Recommended Reading

Edexcel Pure Mathematics and 100% Proof – The Why of Maths by J Hope

CGP A level Mathematics Revision Guide

https://www.mymaths.co.uk

https://mathsgenie.co.uk

Recommended Entry Requirements

A strong 6 GCSE Mathematics

Studying Science, Business or Geography at A level and with a keen interest and strength in Mathematics

Future Pathways

Securing a Maths AS Level will give you a great advantage when applying for university places or jobs in the future.

Complementary A Levels

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Geography, Psychology.

Extra & Super Curricular

Students are encouraged to enter the National School Maths Challenge; competing with over 400 schools.

Lunchtime workshops.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will you support me in my transition from secondary to sixth?

Moving from secondary to sixth form can be an exciting time, filled with expectation and fun but it can also be a worrying time too, as you embark on the formative stages of your career and have to make important decisions about your subject choices. At The New Sixth, we work with you to make the journey as smooth as possible, providing you with plenty of opportunities to share your ambitions, explore your options and try out new subjects. Our priority is to make sure that you are happy and settled so that you make the most our of your two years with us and achieve everything that you set out to.

We think it’s important to create a clear pathway to sixth form so that everyone knows what to expect at every stage. Unfortunately, this year, things have changed a bit but we hope to resume normal service soon!

Our transition programme includes:

  • A range of sixth form events held at The New Sixth to help you familiarise yourselves with the subjects on offer, understand how they may affect your career choices and discuss your aspirations with our teachers;
  • Taster Days to introduce subjects they may not have tried before;
  • Masterclasses and bridging units to build on subject knowledge and explore new topics and ways of learning;
  • Activity days to introduce a broad and engaging range of enrichment activities.

Our transition programme continues throughout sixth form and new students who choose The New Sixth can expect to visit us often ahead of the new academic year.

This includes:

  • A personal welcome for you to meet the senior team and familiarise yourself with our facilities;
  • A warm welcome at our Transition Day – a fun and exciting introduction to subjects, as well as an opportunity to get to know one another and forge new friendships;
  • A special Year 12 only Induction Day on your first day in September;
  • A team building day and pastoral retreat to support you as you establish new friendships;
  • Access to our Scholarship Programme, supported by our corporate partners and providing students with financial assistance in their studies;
  • An opportunity to join our Student Senior Leadership Team, playing a key role as a Sixth Form Ambassador and heading up our School Senate mentoring younger students and enriching school life.

Will we get a chance to visit Saint Gregory’s before we need to apply?

All of our Year 11 students will join us on October 16 for our Inspire Day when they will have an opportunity to sample sixth form life and discover more about their options post-GCSEs.

At this stage, it seems unlikely that we will have a formal open event but hope that the information contained within this page will help you discover the strong sense of family, warmth and friendship at The New Sixth, as well as the many academic and enriching experiences on offer.

If you are a student from another school and would like to find out more about The New Sixth, do get in touch via the contact form and we will do our very best to support you in your decision.

What is the process for applying to The New Sixth?

Our full admissions policy is available on our website and applications for Year 12 entry should be made prior to the closing date at the end of November. For further information regarding admissions or to discuss individual needs, please contact the sixth form administrator.

All students in their final year at Saint Gregory’s and St Mark’s have an automatic place in the sixth form, provided they meet the entry requirements for a full-time programme of study.

Places are also available to students of other schools who may wish to experience a new type of sixth form provision and who meet the requirements for a full-time course of study.

Students should complete an application form and submit before the deadline. These are detailed below and on our Sixth Form Admissions page. Students at St Mark’s should contact their school for this information.

Our one-to-one consultations, normally held in Terms 3 and 4, will provide an opportunity for students to share their ambitions and aspirations with our dedicated sixth form team so that they can learn more about students as individuals and their chosen study route, helping to personalise the sixth form journey and make it more relevant and meaningful.

Conditional offers will be made to students, together with a guideline of the academic success required at GCSE to secure a place for September.

You can speak to our sixth form team any time about bursary or scholarship funding to help support you in your post-16 studies, if appropriate.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Our Director of Sixth Form, Miss Butler, is on hand to support you through the next few months as you decide on the best sixth form for you. She will also be supporting you as you join The New Sixth in Year 12 so will be a familiar face that you will get to know her well. She is supported by Mr Ackland, Deputy Head of Sixth and Mrs Nokes, Sixth Form Administrator and all of them are on hand to answer any questions or queries that you may have.

You can email them at newsixth@st-gregorys.org.uk

For all other general questions please contact the sixth form on 01225 838232 or email us at the address above and we will be pleased to help you.

What courses are on offer?

All of the courses are detailed in the above drop down menu and in our prospectus, including introductory films from our subject leaders, however, if you have any questions about a specific subject or would simply like to talk through your options, please get in touch. We’ll be very pleased to help.

What other opportunities are there at The New Sixth?

We offer all students the chance to deepen and enrich their studies, to go above and beyond just gaining qualifications.

Students are given the chance to personalise their education through our Enrichment Programme, designed to challenge individuals to extend their thinking, their skills and their intellect so that they can engage in debate or discussion at interview and show the real potential that universities and employers seek.

The Enrichment Programme has time allocated each week in the sixth form timetable giving students the opportunity and space to develop those skills that have been identified as vital to achieving success in adult life. Some activities extend beyond the sixth form campus and into school life at Saint Gregory’s, allowing our students to mentor younger peers and guide them to success.

Our Enrichment Programme evolves year-on-year as we work together with our sixth form leaders to ensure it is engaging, fun and relevant, designed with the interests of the current cohort in mind. We welcome ideas and the input of our students to help formulate the enrichment programme – it’s very much about you and what you wish to learn!

What are results like?

Our A Level results are excellent and not just in raw terms but also in the context of what we call ‘value-added’. Such measures seek to identify the progress that every student makes during his or her time with us, and show that our students make outstanding progress.

This year The New Sixth students and staff celebrated impressive headline achievements across all subject areas in 2020. 88% of all A Level results secured grades A*-C with 64% at the highly coveted A*-B grades. Impressively, almost 40% of all grades achieved the highest possible A*-A grades, ensuring that our students were well placed to take the next step in their education or career pathway.

Further information on our exam results, can be found here.

The achievement of our students consistently places our sixth form as one of
the top achieving sixth forms locally. Students leaving The New Sixth progress to some of the very best academic institutions including Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group.

What is The New Sixth Scholarship Programme?

As part of our commitment to a broad and vibrant curriculum, accessible to all, we have developed the Sixth Form Scholarship Programme, a unique collaboration between The New Sixth and our corporate sponsors.

Each sponsor has made a significant commitment to supporting our students’ academic learning experience through a combination of financial scholarship, formal mentoring, careers guidance and work experience in order to prepare students for the challenges, adventures and opportunities of the world of work.

Each Scholarship is worth £500, provided in vouchers or through meeting a specific course expense, and will be awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic talent or community spirit and endeavour. These funds are to be provided to support our outstanding students in their studies and expand their opportunities beyond the classroom.

Applications are invited from exemplary candidates in Year 12 and Year 13 who play an active role in supporting the Sixth Form. Scholarships will be awarded in the autumn term.

Each scholarship is designed to meet the specific interests of both the sponsor and the student; having reviewed the offers, students can apply for a specific scholarship or make an open application for consideration against all scholarships.

Financial bursaries are also available for sixth form students. More information on these can be found at: https://www.st-gregorys.org.uk/admissions/applications/sixth-form-bursary-fund/