Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (AQA)
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) allows students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career. It is worth half an A-level (70 UCAS points) so can be used to earn extra UCAS points. It is now recognised widely amongst universities as an accompaniment to the traditional choice of 3 subjects at A Level. It is graded from A*-U and is based on a topic chosen by the student which can be completed in a variety of formats from the more traditional essay style project, through to those who wish to produce an artefact, event, piece of art, exhibition – this list is endless!
Assessment Method: 100% coursework which is internally and externally assessed.
Career Progression: The EPQ allows students to embark on largely self-directed projects. By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project) students: l become more critical, reflective and independent learners l develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills l increase their planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills l learn to apply new technologies confidently l demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise. All of these skills are widely recognised as transferable for both the completion of higher education and the world of work.
“Nearly 1 in 5 successful applicants to Durham had completed the EPQ”. The Sunday Times 16 Feb 2014
A Level Geography (AQA) Requires: Grade B in GCSE Geography or Grade 6 in English Language
Studying Geography gives students the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both natural and social sciences along the way. We are constantly exposed to geographical issues in everyday life, including: environmental concerns; natural disasters; world weather; local developments; urban and rural change; population movements; maps and travel. Students can develop an awareness and understanding of the patterns, processes and relationships that characterise human and physical environments. Traditionally Geography is seen as a bridge between the arts and sciences, enabling students to keep their options open.
Assessment Method: There will be two exams taken at the end of Year 13. Paper 1: Physical geography and people and the environment. Paper 2: Human geography and fieldwork investigation.
Career Progression: Opportunities for geography graduates include: l Cartographer l Commercial/residential surveyor l Environmental consultant l Geographical information systems officer l Planning and development surveyor l Teacher l Town planner
“Geography students hold the key to the world’s problems.” Michael Palin
A Level History (Edexcel) Requires: Grade B in GCSE History or Grade 6 in English Language
The aim of the course is to develop a wide range of historical skills by applying them across a large time period. Through a combination of lectures, small group seminar discussions and independent research, students develop skills that are vital for university or work. Learning also takes place outside of the classroom. Students have had the opportunity take part in revision conferences in Manchester, hear guest speakers and lectures, visit Windsor Castle and Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust Educational trust. Year 12: Religion and the State in Early Modern Europe Paper 1: England 1509-1603: authority, nation and religion. In this topic, we look at the Tudor monarchs from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I Paper 2: Luther and the German reformation 1515-1555. In this topic we look at how Martin Luther rebelled against the Catholic Church. Year 13: Modern World Paper 3: Poverty, public health and the state in Britain 1780–1939. In this topic we look at how life and conditions for the poor in British industrial towns changed over time. Paper 4: Russia coursework. This unit will focus on a researching assessing an interpretation of the Russian Revolution 1917.
Assessment Method: All exams will take place at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 – External examination – 2 hours 15 minutes Paper 2 – External examination – 1 hour 45 minutes. Paper 3 – External examination – 2 hours 15 minutes. Paper 4 – Coursework – To be completed throughout Year 13.
Career Progression: By studying history, you can enter a variety of careers directly related to history such as heritage industry, teaching at school/college/university level, archaeology and archive work and non-directly related work such as classics, law, politics, the Civil Service, architecture, tourism, research and conservation.
“History cannot give us a programme for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding, and of our common humanity, so we face a better future” Robert Penn Warren
A Level Psychology (AQA) Requires: Grade 6 in GCSE Maths and English Language
Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. Some of the everyday phenomena which psychology has attempted to explain range from; how crowds act at a football match, why some people conform in a social situation and what causes psychological disorders such as depression and anorexia. The broad range of topics studied at A-level psychology means that there is something interesting for everyone to study, whether you are studying sciences, humanities or languages. There are 3 papers in total with the following content; Paper 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods. Paper 3: Issues and Debates in Psychology, Gender, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.
Assessment Method: Assessment will be 100% through examinations in Year 13. Three exams each worth 33.3% of the final A-level grade.
Career Progression: A-level Psychology provides good preparation for higher education and is accepted by all universities as a full A-level. It is recognised as a science by universities and is a popular fourth subject alongside science and maths for those students wishing to study medicine or veterinary science. It can also be taken as a subject which is complimentary to English, Geography, Sociology and other humanities subjects as it requires a high level of extended writing. Psychology A-level is useful for a wide range of careers including; teaching, care work, social work, the police force, business and human resources and youth work. Psychology is also useful for careers linked to science such as biomedicine, forensic science, pathology and criminology.
“I think it’s the only subject that gives you a deeper understanding of human behaviour and encourages critical thinking.” Year 13 Student
A Level Sociology (AQA) Requires: Grade 6 in GCSE English Language
A-level Sociology will help you to make sense of the society we live in and understand the cultural and identity issues which affect us all. You will learn a number of skills including the use of evidence to support your arguments, how to investigate facts, and critical thinking. It is relevant to the society you live in so you are bound to enjoy learning about topics that are relevant to everyday life; plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers. During course we study the following modules: Families Why has family structure changed? Why do children seem to have more power in the household? Education Why do some students achieve more than others? What factors both within schools and in wider society influence achievement? Media What role does the media play in shaping our society? Can we trust everything we see? Crime and Deviance Which members of society commit the most crime? What causes people to commit crime? Research methods and theory
Assessment Method: 100% examination, 3 papers taken at the end of Year 13
Career Progression: Studying sociology at university can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including: l Social work l Human resources l Advertising l Policing l Marketing l Journalism l Law l Teaching
Further information: Mrs Carter, Head of Humanities