Sixth Form Courses

Sixth Form Courses


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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science (Y12-13)

 Subject aims

Each qualification in the suite has its own purpose. The mandatory and optional content provides a balance of breadth and depth, while retaining a degree of choice for individual learners to study content relevant to their own interests and progression choices. Also, the content may be applied during delivery in a way that is relevant to local employment needs. The proportion of mandatory content ensures that all learners are following a coherent programme of study and acquiring the knowledge, understanding and skills that will be recognised and valued.

BTEC Nationals have always required applied learning that brings together knowledge and understanding (the cognitive domain) with practical and technical skills (the psychomotor domain).  This is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of appropriate vocational behaviours (the affective domain) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and the workplace.

Title Size and structure Summary purpose
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science 360 GLH (480 TQT) Equivalent in size to one A Level. 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%). A broad basis of study for the sport and exercise science sector. Designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Curriculum Overview

Unit & Title Unit size (GLH) Extended Certificate (360GLH)
2. Functional Anatomy 90 Mandatory
3. Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology 120 Mandatory
6. Coaching and Performance and Fitness 90 Mandatory
7. Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science 60 Optional
8. Specialised Fitness Training 60 Optional
10. Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise 60 Optional

 

Physical Education Staff

Year 12 BTEC

Lisa Wright
Gareth Mayer

Year 13 A Level

Gareth Mayer
Darren Bullock

 

Extra-curricular

The extra-curricular timetable varies each term and is added onto the website each term.  There are various sporting fixtures throughout the year, ranging from football, cricket, netball, rounders, swimming and athletics.

Annual gymnastics festival
Annual Sports Day

Useful websites

SportPlan

BBC Sport

Sport Plan- Drills

Brian Mac- Basketball

Brian Mac- Rugby

Sport Plan- Hockey

Sport Plan- Netball

Brian Mac

Brian Mac- Circuit

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ICT – BTEC

Exam Board: Pearson
Course Content: Information Technology Systems.

Creating Systems to Manage Information (Practical Assignment)

Using Social Media in Business (Coursework)

Practical unit (Coursework)

Assessment: 33 % Examination and 77% Coursework
College Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 C grades or equivalent and above at GCSE in separate subjects.
Subject Specific Requirements: It is not essential to have studied GCSE Information Technology.  However a very thorough knowledge of Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Database software is required.
Career Links: Information Technology skills are required for further education and an increasing number of careers in all areas of business and industry.  Specific ICT areas include Systems Analysis, Programming, Database management and Management Information Systems.
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Health & Social Care – BTEC

Subject Aims:

BTEC Health and Social care is a starting point for anyone who is interested in how we develop throughout each life stage and factors that may have a positive or negative impact on our behaviour and development. You will also learn to appreciate the impact that diet and lifestyle can have on an individual’s health and well-being. During the course you will explore how to meet individual needs and the importance of effective communication within a health and social care setting.  All demonstrating how to achieve successful health care and social care for the public. Health and Social Care at Painsley Catholic College aims to examine the health of the nation and the impact internal and external factors can have on an individual’s health and well-being.

In year 12 the core areas will be explored such as development from birth to death. The roles and responsibilities of professionals and their professional conduct within their jobs. Person centred care and meeting individual care and support needs; and an understanding of specific physiological disorders. These units aim to offer information for the foundation of which health and social care stems from.

In year 13 the units become more applied and investigate specific areas of health and social care.  Including psychological perspectives and their influence on understanding the causes and treatments of illness. The implications of and desired public health and the application of research and its importance within future treatments and services provided.

Staff:

Miss AJ Dudley – Head of department, teacher of L3 Health & Social Care

Useful websites:

www.nhs.uk

www.who.int

www.nice.org.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health

www.simplypsychology.org

www.nspcc.org

www.cqc.org.uk

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/equality-act-2010-guidance

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/healthcare/overview-of-the-healthcare-sector-in-the-uk

www.nmc.org.uk

www.gmc-uk.org

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

 

Extracurricular and trips include:

Year 12: University visits

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Business Studies – BTEC

BTEC Business

Subject aims

You would like to go to University but are not sure that the A level route suits you; the Diploma course is an equivalent to two GCE A Levels and the top Distinction grade is accepted at some of the Russell Group Universities.

You should study BTEC Business if:

  • You prefer a more practical way of learning
  • You have an interest in running your own business
  • You are prepared to take guidance to become independent and active learners

Curriculum overview

In year 1 you will study:

  • Exploring Business—this is an internally assessed unit that is coursework.
  • It investigates the structures of two contrasting business and how this contributes to their success. It also investigates how the external environment effect businesses.
  • Recruitment and Selection—this is an internally assessed unit that is coursework. This looks at the documentation needed in the recruitment and selection process and role plays interviewing techniques.
  • Marketing Campaign—this is an externally assessed unit that is a set task. This looks at successful marketing campaigns and how they are developed.
  • Personal and Business Finance—This is an externally assessed unit in the form of an exam. This looks at the different aspects of finance in terms of mortgages and savings accounts as well as accounting within a business.

In year 2 you will study:

  • Managing an event—this is an internally assessed unit that is coursework based. Students look at how events are planned and the issues that need to be considered such as health and safety.
  • International Business—this is an internally assessed unit that is coursework. This looks at how businesses have adapted due to globalisation.
  • Principles of business—this is an externally assessed unit that is a set task. This unit looks at the management styles and differing cultures within businesses.
  • Team Building—this is an internally assessed unit that is coursework . This unit looks at different roles within a team and how to build a successful cohesive team.

Subject staff

Mr Bradbury, Miss Smyth and Mrs Williams

Useful links

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Business/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446938232_BTECNationals_Bus_Dip_Spec_Iss3C.pdf

https://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/FEAndVocational/BusinessandEconomics/BTEC/BTEC-Level-3-National-Business-and-Administration/ISBN/StudentBook(s)/EdexcelBTECNationalBusinessStudentBook1.aspx

https://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/FEAndVocational/BusinessandEconomics/BTEC/BTEC-Level-3-National-Business-and-Administration/Samples/StudentBook/BTECNationalBusiness-SampleStudentBookMaterial.pdf

Extra-curricular

Business society on Wednesday enrichment, trips linked to exam topics which change every year

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Textiles

Year 12

Tutorials: 2 per fortnight, homework deadline. Students will be expected to have prepared work for these tutorials, guidance for work and discussion will be on SMH.  Students will be encouraged to use formal art language and to be rigorous in their investigations. Students will be encouraged to work independently when not being seen. Separate room to make more formal?

Group Crits: 1 per term, students will be asked to present their work and take questions to make them justify and explain their work.

Peer Assessment activity: 1 per term, use current and previous projects to assess against marking criteria to familiarise them with the marking criteria and language used. Students to become familiar with reflecting on their own work and articulating this using language of mark scheme. Focus on understanding the requirements of their target grade and how to move towards it. Students to complete a preform which will include one of the AOs which students will highlight and annotate. Also used to identify targets.

Homework tasks: In accordance with homework policy, to be handed in during tutorial time where verbal and written feedback will be provided. Grading policy will be updated when we are more aware of how work should be assessed. Will include practical tasks and tasks to prepare students for Personal Investigation project. Students will be given a question/image/stimulus/article which they have to write a certain number of words discussion on to be submitted, potentially to be discussed to the group.

Literacy : Encouraging use of formal language especially during tutorials. Literacy based tasks as mentioned above to prepare students for Personal Investigation project.

Structure of course:

YEAR 12- Theme given

Term 1 (AO1, AO2 and AO3): Drawing- Observational studies, experimental drawing, drawing tools, mark-making, develop drawing techniques in a range of materials, photography, drawing with stitch. Reference to artists and designers. Gaining familiarity with drawing, materials, techniques and processes. Research- Students to also develop their research skills to identify and select artists and designers to research, research skills, presentation skills, literacy and critical thinking skills.

Term 2 (AO2 and AO4): Further exploration of using materials, techniques and process. Students to become familiar with how to experiment with and refine use of materials and techniques. Students to plan, develop and create a final outcome for the theme based on their preparatory work.

Term 3 Personal Investigation:  Students to identify an area of focus for their Personal Investigation project and start to research. Initial stage to be completed in Year 12, identifying area of interest, starting to identify and investigate relevant artists and designers. Students encouraged to complete independent research visits and explore the topic independently.

Trips and Visits: New Designers, Barcelona, Present Screen printing workshop at Spode.

 

Yr 13

Personal Investigation continues Term 1:  Students to identify an area of focus for their Personal Investigation project and start to research. Students are asked to identify an area of interest, starting to identify and investigate relevant artists and designers. Students encouraged to complete independent research visits and explore the topic independently.

Term 2: External set assessment

Student are asked to prepare for a 15 hour exam which they complete in May. They are given the option of 8 different questions in which to respond to. Using all their skills and knowledge of art textiles students gather and explore a range of techniques and mediums in response to their chosen question.

 

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Technology: Product Design (3D Design)

Exam Board: AQA
About The Subject: This is a challenging course combining highly creative skills, practical making skills, materials knowledge and a broad understanding of the world of manufactured products. It builds on the experience of a GCSE in Design and Technology. You will carry out a series of design and making tasks in a range of materials to build up your skills, experience and understanding. You will also study materials and manufacturing issues in preparation for the exam component.
Course Content: Technical Principles: materials, production processes, finishes, digital manufacturing, health and safety, design issues, enterprise and marketing.

Designing and making principles: design theory, cultural impact, developments in technology, the design process, production planning.

Designing and making practice: skills based work developing designing and making skills.

Assessment: 50% written examination and 50% coursework.
College Entry Requirements: Minimum of 5 good grades at GCSE, including English and maths at a strong pass
Subject Specific Requirements: GCSE in resistant materials, graphic products or systems and control. Pass at grade B is recommended.
Career Links: This is a respected A level which builds thinking and problem solving as well as practical skills. It has obvious links with design-related, architecture and creative careers. It will also link well with business, marketing and engineering careers.
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Spanish

Exam Board: AQA
Units Studied: At Painsley Sixth Form College, A Level courses in French, German and Spanish are offered. The AQA specification is followed.

Year 12

Topics

The following topics are covered:

Social issues and trends:

  • The changing nature of the family
  • The “cyber-society” francophone music
  • The place of voluntary work

Artistic culture:

  • A culture proud of its heritage
  • Contemporary
  • Cinema: the 7th art form

Literary texts and films

One film or book from a prescribed list.

Paper One: Listening, Reading and Writing (40% of AS qualification)

  • Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources
  • Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes
  • Translation into English

Paper Two: Writing (30% of AS qualification)

  • Translation into French
  • Essay (choice of two questions) on a film studied

Paper Three: Speaking (30% of AS qualification)

  • Discussion of two themes studied during the year based on a stimulus card

Year 13

The A Level course is assessed in the second year, with students covering all of the above topics, plus the following:

Aspects of political life:

  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration

Literary texts and films

One film or book from a prescribed list

Individual research project

Assessment: Listening, Reading, Writing, Translation and Speaking exams.
College Entry Requirements: Minimum of 5 good grades at GCSE, including English and maths at a strong pass
Subject Specific Requirements: Grade B or above at GCSE in chosen language (French, German or Spanish) and a firm understanding of the grammar covered during the GCSE course is essential.
Career Links: Translating, interpreting and language teaching, languages with IT, law, finance or sales skills are in demand.
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Sociology

 

Exam Board: AQA
About The Subject: Sociology is the study of society. It is concerned with analysing group and individual behaviour. A key debate in sociology is how far does our environment shape up? How is our identity formed? Essentially the nature/nurture argument. Why do we have such huge inequality in our society? Who holds the power in society?        How much influence does the media have over our thoughts and actions? Sociologists carry out research in order to establish whether their theories regarding issues in society are correct. For example, sociologists might use official statistics to find out trends and patterns in crime rates whereas some sociologists would prefer to ask criminals, face to face, the reasons why they commit crime. Sociology has a practical side too, if we know the causes of a social problem such as child poverty, sociological research can be undertaken so that the Government can develop social policy to help address gaps in provision.
Course Content:
Education-core themes-this is a compulsory module that looks at the question who succeeds/fails within the education process and the reasons why.

Methods in Context- this section of the course expects students to apply their sociological knowledge to educational research, such as why teachers label students negatively.

Research Methods- the study of the range of research methods sociologists use and the reasons they use them.

Crime and Deviance –who commits crime and why? Who are the victims of crime? Are we too ‘soft’ on criminals? What can we do to reduce crime?

Plus additional topics Family and Households and Beliefs in Society

Sociology A level is a two-year subject ending with three exam papers.

Minimum of grade 5/6 including English and maths.

Sociology is an essay based subject so good writing skills would be an advantage. No previous knowledge of sociology is necessary. Sociology is very much a ‘people’ subject that is suited to many careers which involve working with others. It can lead to career paths in nursing, teaching, social work, counselling, police, probation work and a number of related careers. Sociology also blends well with many A level subjects, including Psychology, History, English and Health and Social Care.

Assessment: Sociology can be studied as a stand-alone AS/A2 level or as an A level taken over two years. All units are examined, either at the end of AS/A2 year.
College Entry Requirements: Minimum of 5 good grades at GCSE, including English and maths at a strong pass
Subject Specific Requirements: A grade 5 or above in GCSE English
Career Links: Sociology can lead to career paths in nursing, teaching, social work, counselling, police, probation work and a number of related careers.
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Philosophy, Religion & Ethics

Exam Board: AQA
Units Studied: A2 Level:

Philosophy: Religious Language, Miracles, Self and life after death

Ethics: Meta-ethics, Freewill and Moral Responsibility, Conscience, Bentham & Kant.

Christianity: Religion and Gender/Sexuality, Religion and Science, Religion and Secularisation, Religion and Pluralism

Assessment: A2 Level

Two examination papers:

Paper 1: Philosophy and Ethics-50% (3 hours)

Paper 2: Study of Religion & Dialogues-50% (3 hours)

College Entry Requirements: Minimum of 5 good grades at GCSE, including English and maths at a strong pass
Subject Specific Requirements: A grade 5 or above in GCSE English
Career Links: Careers related to teaching, social work, human resources, and medicine and is a perfect qualification to support any career which requires interaction with the public.
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Psychology

Exam Board: AQA
About The Subject: Psychology is the science of the mind. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth.  It is the source of all thought and behaviour.  How do we study the mind? How do we study behaviour?
Course Content: Compulsory content:

1 Social influence,   2 Memory, 3 Attachment, 4 Psychopathology, 5 Approaches in Psychology, 6 Biopsychology, 7 Research methods, Issues and debates in psychology

Plus options in psychologyChild Cognitive Development, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.

Assessment: All subjects are moving from modular to linear assessment, with exams at the end of a two-year A-level course.

A level, 3 exams are sat at the end of Year 2.  The A level paper consists of 3 2hr written exams. Each paper is worth 33.3% of the A level and worth 96 marks.

College Entry Requirements: Minimum of 5 good grades at GCSE, including English and maths at a strong pass
Subject Specific Requirements: A grade 5 or above in mathematics at GCSE
Career Links: Common careers are

•       Chartered psychologist this includes health sport, education

•       Paediatric social worker

•       Criminal justice rehabilitation and parole office

•       Psychiatrists, be warned, you do have to have a medical degree!!

•       Psychotherapist, dealing with families, trauma, couples, stress and addiction.

•       Counsellor

•       Teacher

•       Forensic psychologist but it is desirable to have physics alongside.

Less Common careers

•       Research for the government in terms of lifestyle, stress, health and industry working, conditions etc.

•       Business management,

•       advertising and marketing

•       Human resources HR

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