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Welcome to The Chalfonts...

The Chalfonts Community College


An outstanding school with academy status
This prospectus was designed and created by students at The Chalfonts Community College in collaboration with a professional graphic designer.

The Chalfonts Community College is committed to being a learning community. We now invite students who have reached the age of 16 and who want to carry on or re-start their learning to join us. We are dedicated to the success of your chosen learning pathway. The only condition is that you want to learn and really do mean business. We will guarantee your success and help you develop your own unique way of learning.
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This edition of the Sixth Form prospectus includes: A welcome from the Principal Words of wisdom from Mr Way Key dates for the diary What the students say All our course information Success is an Attitude!

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Sixth Form Prospectus

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A word from Principal Mrs Sue Tanner and Leader for Sixth Form Mr Martyn Way...
How important are the subject choices I have to make and what options are available to me? ST: Its important to consider the qualifications that are required to enter the Sixth Form. You must choose the subjects that you are strong at as well as those you really love because of the amount of time spent in lessons and on independent study. MW: The step up from GCSE to A Level is massively different, and therefore your subject choices are extremely important. In order to excel and achieve outstanding grades you must choose subjects that you enjoy and are good at, and its got to be a combination of the two. courses and after exams, when students are considering their options. Also, students tutors, multiple members of staff and I provide support during the UCAS process as over two thirds of our students choose to further their education by applying for university. This is in the form of dedicated lessons and we provide presentations to help as much as possible. Additionally, for those who wish to go straight to work we have career advice and talks on entering the world of work. What opportunities are there for personal development at The Chalfonts? ST: Chalfonts nurtures confidence and resilience in order to prepare students for the competitive life beyond. Chalfonts students have the capacity to bounce back when faced with discouraging experiences which is enhanced in the school motto: Success is an Attitude. The Chalfonts experience can be life-changing in terms of the realisation of capabilities and opportunities. MW: There are a multitude of opportunities available at The Chalfonts; the best being the chance for students to offer their services to subject departments to assist teachers and students. This can vary from reading, guidance on GCSE coursework and assisting with lessons. Not only is this beneficial to the school, but also builds character and can go towards students CVs and UCAS applications. What qualities are important in a successful sixth former? ST: Qualities of persistence and determination are fundamental because post-16 courses are hard. The ability to learn from mistakes and the acceptance of advice is crucial for success due to the jump between GCSE and A Level. Being gifted is not necessarily as important
Mr Martyn Way, Leader for Sixth Form

Key dates for the diary


Here are some key dates which will be useful for you in your progression from year 11 to Sixth Form as the next few months are vital to your success. Good luck but rely on hard work the most!

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as hard work and determination; attitude can make the difference as talent can only take you so far. MW: Students must enjoy academic work and have a thirst for knowledge. Most importantly students must be resilient. When things get tough with exams and coursework, students must maintain a strong work ethic in order to reach their potential. Sum up The Chalfonts Sixth Form in a few words ST: Chalfonts enables you to stand out from the crowd and encourages you to be ambitious for the future. MW: Its a friendly place to be, teachers in all subjects push students to achieve their potential and they work extremely hard for Sixth Form students. You wont get any better grades if you go elsewhere. We will get the best out of you!

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What makes the Sixth Form at Chalfonts so vibrant and exciting? ST: The teachers here make the lessons interactive and interesting which differentiates The Chalfonts from other schools. Staff and students are very welcoming and it is the acceptance of others that is very important. MW: Overall the general ethos of the school is friendly and welcoming, and this is supported by the fact that external students never feel as though they are alone and always have a great experience. Also, teachers always go that extra mile and love the fact that students have chosen to stay on. This gives a chance, as a teacher, to intellectually stretch ourselves as well as our students. How is support provided for students in the Sixth Form? ST: We care about students here and understand the difficulties that may be experienced in the transition between GCSE and A Level. Introductions to research, independent study and working with sources provide a strong foundation for year 12 students. Tutors will be seen every day to provide consistency and familiarity and there is always someone to talk to in the Chikara centre. MW: For half an hour every lunch time I provide a drop-in service for students when they need any guidance or support. This service is particularly helpful during the transition at the beginning of the year whilst settling into

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courses and subjects that you need to make. Some students may need a second or third interview. Following the interview those of you intending to join the Sixth Form will receive a letter home with your offer of a place (conditional on you achieving the necessary grades). These letters are sent out before the end of February.

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Sixth Form Taster Day As a Year 11 student, you become Sixth Formers for the day (including Sixth Form dress) and get a chance to sample up to six different subjects. Some students, where appropriate are offered the chance to try out other courses at a local college.

Progression Interviews Early in January you will be asked to complete a Post 16 progression form, indicating your preferences for the Sixth Form (e.g. A Level choices), or other intentions. You will then have a 20 minute interview with a member of the SLT, Leader for the Sixth Form or Leader for Year 11. These staff will help guide your decisions about the

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GCSE Exams These start as early as March for some practical and oral assessments and the rest take place sooner than you think so start preparing and revising now!

GCSE Results Day Come into The College to collect your GCSE results from 9am to 10am, or you can have them posted home if you prefer.

Enrolment Day This takes place at The College from 10.30am to 2.30pm. The Leader for the Sixth Form, together with other senior staff will confirm your choices, or discuss any changes based on your actual GCSE results.

How will you develop at Chalfonts?


Sixth Form students play a major part in determining the success of this school. We are immensely proud of our current students, their predecessors, and all of their achievements. We have high expectations of all our students and teachers, and we never settle willingly for anything less than your personal best. As a Sixth Form student you will be treated with respect. You will be trusted and will enjoy privileges and freedoms which are not given to younger students. In return we expect you to be a mature, responsible young adult and a good role model for younger students. Teachers enjoy working with Sixth Form students; they appreciate their maturity and the fact that they have chosen to continue their education. They want to communicate and share their knowledge and passions for their subject with you, and will always go that extra mile to help and support you. All students are allocated a group tutor. Your tutor will be concerned with your personal welfare, will support your learning, monitor your progress closely and help you to set targets to achieve maximum success. You will be helped to develop the independent learning skills necessary for success with us and at the next stage, whether that be Higher Education or employment. With an A Level A* - C pass rate of 69%, A*-B pass rate 44% and an A*-E pass rate of 97%, a long- standing reputation for excellence in Vocational/Applied Courses and approximately two thirds of students progressing to Higher Education each year, were confident that we have a recipe for success. Student destinations in 2012 included Bristol, Leeds, Kings College London, Sheffield, Southampton and Warwick Universities these are all part of the Russell Group of top 20 Universities across the country. How much would you like to be a part of it?

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What do we think of The Chalfonts?


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Jade Banger
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Jake Hogan
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Chelsea Davison
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The Future
I opted for BTEC PE and Business A Level to allow me to further my passion which is sport. I am hoping to gain employment in the Sports sector. The staff have taken me on lots of trips and offered me all kinds of interesting opportunities.

Opportunities
Since starting The Chalfonts Sixth Form my confidence has flourished, primarily due to the amazing opportunities that the Sixth Form has been able to offer. One which will always stand out to me was going to Centrica for the day, enlightening me on employability skills which really helped me to enter the world of work. As well as this, the Student Cover Scheme has allowed us to offer our knowledge to other students across the College, which has been invaluable to me as I am now considering a career in teaching.

Rewards
I chose to stay at The Chalfonts Community College because in my view the school ethos rewards effort and hard work. I opted for English, ICT and Performing Arts. The highlight for me this year was the opportunity to perform in a lead role in the school show Grease.

Pathways
Here at The Chalfonts we are given many opportunities to broaden our academic and personal skills to help us stand out from the crowd when applying for university or work. We are encouraged to participate in many extracurricular activities ranging from Centricas STEM project to competing in international sporting events.

A Level Subjects
I chose ICT as one of my A Level subjects in order to be better prepared for a digitally enhanced and globally competitive world. ICT is a very engaging and relevant subject; you will learn practical skills, processes and theories that are useful not just at Sixth Form, but at university and in employment as well.

Staff Support
The Chalfonts Sixth Form has been an enriching experience and I have achieved both academic and personal goals during my time here. Much of this has been due to the tremendous wealth of support that has been available to me. From dedication of time to access to resources the teachers and support staff have been fundamental in my successes and this can be evidenced by their commitment to each and every student.

Course index

Our Courses

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Art & Design


AS/A2

Biology
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Business Studies
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Applied Business Studies


AS/A2 AS/A2

Chemistry

Design & Technology/ Product Design


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Drama & Theatre Studies

English Literature
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French
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Geography
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History
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Applied Information Communications Technology


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Mathematics
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Further Mathematics
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Media Studies
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Applied Performing Arts


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Philosophy & Ethics


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Photography, Video & Animation


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Physical Education Physics


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Psychology Music Practice (Performing)


BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma

Sport Development Coaching & Fitness Beauty Therapy


NVQ Level 2 NVQ Level 3

BTEC National Diploma

Beauty Therapy

I chose to take Art & Design at A Level because my chosen career will greatly benefit from the excellent teaching and resources offered by the supportive Art Department at Chalfonts, who also offer trips to national and international galleries, which has further increased my knowledge and technical skills.

AS/A2 Art & Design


What is this course about? This qualification encourages an adventurous and enquiring approach to Art and Design. Successful students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of art and contemporary art and design practice and be able to produce artwork that embraces a range of ideas. What do I need to get on this course? The best foundation for success in AS and A2 Level Art is a good grade (B or above) at GCSE and the motivation to become a creative and visually literate individual. AS & A2 Art is not an easy option. It requires a great deal of thought, time, self-study, enthusiasm and energy. For those prepared to enter fully into this, it is guaranteed to be a fulfilling and challenging two years. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? The main purpose of any course in art, craft and design is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and respond in a personal and creative way. The skills you will develop will be varied. Among them, you will develop a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology within Art. You will develop skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using art, craft and design. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills. You will have five periods of Art per week, throughout your two year course, but you will also be expected to put in a considerable amount of work each week in your own and private study time (six hours approximately), and to work to strict deadlines. The unendorsed route will enable students to explore a range of two or three-dimensional approaches to their studies either as free standing or related experiences. Work produced for this specification will demonstrate the use of formal elements and creative skills, and give visual form to individual thoughts, feelings, observations and ideas. Students will show evidence of trying to extend their own and others ways of seeing the world. They will use the visual language of the discipline sensitively and thoughtfully to support their intentions. The disciplines associated with the Unendorsed Art & Design Advanced GCE are painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpting, theatre design, interior design, product design, constructed textiles, dyed textiles, printed textiles, photography, film & video, advertising, illustration, packaging and typography. Students will be required to work in two or more of the disciplines.

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What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? If you are interested in a career in any aspect of Art and Design, then this course is essential. It provides the necessary stepping stone onto a one year Foundation Course, and then on to University.

For more information please contact the course leader: Mrs Kristi Blick 01753 881713 kristiblick@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Biology
What is this course about? SNAB (Salters Nuffield A Level Biology) is taught through real-life biology. For example most A Level biology courses start with cell biology or biochemistry. We dont. We start with an account of Mark, a 15-year old who had a stroke, and Peter, an adult who had a heart attack. We then go on from the details of their cases to look at the factors that make it more likely that any of us will suffer from a stroke or heart attack. This allows us to introduce the biochemistry of fats and carbohydrates bit by bit, as you need to know them to understand about strokes and heart diseases, rather than all at once. What do I need to get on this course? Students will need to achieve at least a B grade in Additional Science and preferably Core Science too. You will need to have an interest in the scientific exploration of the vast and diverse world of living organisms. Coursework At AS the coursework includes you writing a report either on a biological issue that interests you or on a visit to a location that uses Biological principles. Typically students address how scientists prevent species What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? In the AS year you will study four topics. Each takes about half a term, including the practical work. This gives time to do the coursework and to revise for the exams. Below is a summary. Exams The exams reward your ability to reason biologically and to use what you have learnt in new contexts. Most of the exam questions are structured, though as you go through the course you begin to do short essays, building up to longer ones. Essay writing will be very useful for you if you go on to University or to any sort of job that requires you to be able to write reports. extinction and is based on a trip we organise to London Zoo. A2 coursework is carried out in the summer term of the AS year and completed at the start of the A2. It is based on ecology investigations carried out at Slapton Ley, Devon. Both pieces of coursework account for 10% of the overall A Level. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? A view into the incredible variety of organisms that inhabit our planet; what lies ahead for the future of genetic engineering and much, much more. An A Level in Biology is a key to many doors, namely university with such courses as Medicine, Veterinary, Forensic Science all being readily available to students with a good Biology A Level. Biology at The Chalfonts is a fascinating subject. The course is full of interesting topics that you have the chance to learn in-depth. It is made easy to understand by the help of outstanding teachers who all go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure we are all fully prepared for our exams. Phoebe Rome-Hall

For more information please contact the course leader: Mr Nigel Crawley 01753 881672 nigelcrawley@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Business Studies


What is this course about? Over the two years, you will be given the opportunity to study a variety of organisations and the markets they serve as well as looking at aspects of starting up and running a business. A Level Business Studies is an exam-focused course, which will be completed using multiple choice questions, short data response and report style exams based on a pre-seen case study. The course gives students the opportunity to acquire a range of skills including decision making and problem solving. What do I need to get on this course? You will need 5 grades A-C at GCSE (including Maths and English) and a B grade or above in GCSE Business Studies. Students can take the course if they have not done GCSE Business Studies, but are required to show that they have met the required standard of a B Grade in English and Maths. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? AS Level - AS weighting = 50% Developing New Business Ideas 1hr 15 min exam = 25% Students will have supported multiple-choice questions and questions based on available data Unit 1 Managing the Business Unit 2 1hr 15 min exam = 25% Students will have supported multiple-choice questions and questions based on available data A2 Level - A2 weighting = 50% 1hr 30 mins exam = 25% Students will be required to answer structured questions based on available data. They will also be required to answer questions on a case study. Unit 3 Making Business Decisions Unit 4 1hr 30 mins exam = 25% Students will answer questions based on available data, and questions on a decisionmaking report that is pre-released. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? The topics studied will be extremely useful for students intending to pursue careers in any area of business. A Level Business Studies also provides the foundation for further study of business or related subjects in higher education; for example, Degrees in Business, Finance, Management, International Business, Marketing, Human Resources, Event Management etc. When I decided to do A Level Business Studies I was unsure what to expect of it at Sixth Form. After having finished my first year I can confidently say it is the best decision I have made. It has given me the business skills which I can apply to real life situations and it will most definitely benefit me in the future. Izabella Grysztar

For more information please contact the course leader: Mrs Julia Pipes 01753 881793 juliapipes@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Applied Business Studies


What is this course about? Applied Business is a vocational course which prepares you for the world of work in a business career or for entry to university. Over two years you will explore a wide range of topics linked to industry. You will be required to carry out short projects and longer assignments, working on your own or as part of a team. This course can either be taken as a single or a double A Level and two thirds of the assessed units are coursework based. What do I need to get on this course? You will need 5 grades A-C at GCSE (including Maths and English) and a B grade or above in GCSE Business Studies. Students can take the course if they have not done GCSE Business Studies but are required to show that they have met the required standard in English and Maths. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? At Advanced Level, you will take six units over the two years. In two thirds of the units, your work will be collected into a portfolio and assessed as you go along. In the remaining units, you will be externally assessed by modular exams. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? The topics studied will be extremely useful for students intending to pursue careers in any area of business. Applied Business A Level Business Studies also provides the foundation for further study of business or related subjects in higher education; for example, Degrees in Business, Finance, Management, International Business, Marketing, Human Resources, Event Management etc. I really enjoy applying the knowledge we learn to case studies as it helps me to understand and put the theory into a real life situation. I enjoy the coursework element as it means I am able to work on it throughout the year. Catherine Webster

For more information please contact the course leader: Mrs Julia Pipes 01753 881793 juliapipes@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Chemistry
What is this course about? Practical skills and How Science Works are embedded into this new course Green Chemistry added to make the course relevant to modern living Course content has been updated with new techniques and knowledge used in contemporary Chemistry What do I need to get on this course? Youll need a minimum B grade at Core and Additional Science to take Chemistrycome and chat to us to see if we can persuade you to become more Chemistry conscious. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? Atoms, Bonds and Groups to extend your knowledge from Additional Science on atomic structure. Answer questions like Why does ice float? Chains, Energy and Resources introduction to organic chemistry and how studying energy leads to a better understanding of chemical processes Rings, Polymers and Analysis A2 Equilibria, Energetics and Elements Coursework/Exams Practical Skills in Chemistry set tasks set by exam board. Skills will be gained throughout the year during lessons Only 2 external exams to take at AS and A2! Coursework now has to be completed in lessons and only takes 3 hours What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? Friendly, approachable teachers happy to help at any time Detailed but easy-to-understand text book and CD designed specifically for the course with lots of practice questions in A Level Chemistry at Chalfonts is a challenging but thoroughly fascinating subject. A vast range of teaching styles are used to suit and encourage everyone to reach their full potential. There are a great number of opportunities attached to this subject post Sixth Form and I would highly recommend it for students who want to stand out to employees. Sarover Aujla For more information please contact the course leader: Mr Nigel Crawley 01753 881272 nigelcrawley@chalfonts.org Extra revision sessions in the run-up to the exams for those who need them Chemistry can be used for various career paths such as Pharmaceuticals, Teaching, Academic Research and Forensics

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AS/A2 Design & Technology/Product Design


What is this course about? The course provides you with the opportunity to study all aspects of Design. Using a variety of media, but mainly resistant materials, textiles and graphics you will need to solve a range of design problems. The course builds upon the work that students cover in years 10 and 11 and has been designed to provide a framework which allows considerable flexibility of approach. You should have a good understanding of the overall Design Process as well as a good working knowledge of at least two different materials. The course will provide you with greater theoretical understanding of the many facets of Design and Technology that are part of the modern everyday world that we live in. What do I need to get on this course? You will need to get a Grade B in Technology at GCSE but, more importantly, you must have a keen interest in Design and Technology. You need to be imaginative, inventive and generally enjoy creating things. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? Lessons are enjoyable. You will be encouraged to develop your own style. In addition to class time you are expected to work another 5 hours in your own time, either at home or in College. The course is well established with continuing success and many impressive product creations. Areas explored during the course include: Design and making of artefacts/products and/or systems Material Technology Manufacturing methods Social, cultural and ethnic dimensions of design Major design movements and their impact on the modern world Commercial practice and processes Assessment AS: Written exam paper; materials and components: (2hrs) 50% Coursework: Consists of either project work and/or portfolio of coursework, covering industrial and commercial practice. (Approx. 50 hours) 50% of total marks Advanced Level Award A2 Exam A2 Coursework: A substantial designing and making activity - (Approx. 60 hours) 50% of total marks Written Exam paper: This paper is based primarily on Design & Manufacture. It is a synoptic paper - (2hrs) 50% of total marks

I have really enjoyed A Level Product Design this year, the teachers enthusiasm about the subject makes the lessons fun and interesting. You get the freedom to design and make your own products where I have been able to use a broad range of the fantastic equipment the department has to realise my ideas. The course has a good balance between coursework and theory where you get to learn how design has shaped the world we live in. Matt Saunders

What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? If you are interested in a career in Design this course is essential and it will lead you directly onto a related course at university. It is also beneficial to students pursuing careers in Art and Design and Architecture. A Level Technology is now a well-established and successful course at the College. We look forward to continued excellent results this year.

For more information please contact the course leader: Mr P Flanagan 01753 881631 peterflanagan@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Drama & Theatre Studies


What is this course about? Drama A Level will be lots of fun; you can expect to take part in workshops on plays and you will visit local theatres to evaluate performances. What do I need to get on this course? You will need to be passionate about the Arts, and have an interest in acting and directing. Ideally you should have achieved at least a Grade B in Drama GCSE, as well as a Grade C or above in GCSE English Language or Literature. You will be working both in College and the Community sharing your work with both students and examiners. A Level Drama is an exciting success at The Chalfonts if you have a GCSE pass in Music or Drama and you enjoy performance, make sure you are part of the success! If you are not doing GCSE Drama you can do this course but speak to us for more information. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? Unit 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre 20% internally assessed practical and written coursework. A practical and researched exploration of two plays from the point of view of performers, designers and directors. You will learn how written plays can be interpreted in different ways for performance. An exploration of a professional live theatre performance written up as an evaluation. Unit 2 Theatre Text in Performance 30% a practical examination marked by an external examiner. a) Students will take a role in a production of a group play. This could be working as a performer or a designer b) Students will prepare a monologue or duologue for examination

I chose to take part in Drama A Level as I have always been told by my parents how much of a drama queen I am! I love that this subject allows me to expand my creativity and delve deep into my imagination; it allows me to be anybody and everybody. I always found that Drama helped me get out of my own skin and become someone else and as soon as I did I left my own worries behind. The confidence that performing has given me is incredible, meaning that Im never worried about being 100% myself. Charlotte Moody

Unit 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance 20% internally assessed practical and written coursework focusing on both process and end product. Students produce an original piece of drama for the presentation to an audience. A structured record (a working notebook) must be kept. Work can be produced from a play or given stimuli. e.g. a newspaper article, a poem or a song. We normally perform this play away from the College in an unusual venue. Unit 4 Theatre Text in Context 30% marked by an external examiner, a written paper lasting two and a half hours. Three examination questions based on the study of two plays. Section A and B - students will relate their knowledge for the whole play to an extract in

the exam, from a directors approach. Section C - students will compare two productions of a play that they have seen and researched and demonstrate an understanding of the history of theatre development. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? Many universities recognise A Level Drama as an excellent foundation for further study at Degree level in the Arts. The course links well with so many A Levels currently on offer and provides a brilliant platform for work in the performing arts, Theatre, Television, Journalism and Music professions.

For more information please contact the course leader: Mr Julian Smith 01753 881634 juliansmith@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 English Literature


What is this course about? This course will appeal to those who want to extend their writing skills and develop their understanding of literature. The course will also develop your thinking and communication skills and is a useful preparation for any career. It offers study of a wide range of literary texts, from 1370 to the present day and encourages the development of practical writing skills for a variety of purposes and audiences. What do I need to get on this course? You should have at least Grade B GCSE in both English and English Literature. You should have an interest in more general concerns, such as social and political issues and enjoy reading in your own spare time. To ensure success you should be prepared to read widely, be able to appraise your own writing, participate in class discussions, and pursue private studies with enthusiasm and self-discipline. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? You will cover four units across the two years. Within these units, you will be assessed according to the Assessment Objectives. You will have a mixture of examination and coursework assessments. AS Literature - Unit 1 Texts in Context In this unit, you will study a poetry text as well as wide reading in a chosen area of study. The final assessment will be a 2 hour examination. AS Literature - Unit 2 Creative Study In this unit, you will study one prose and one drama text. This unit is examined through a two question coursework piece. A2 Literature Unit 3 Reading for Meaning In this unit, you will study a wide variety of texts, all grouped around a common theme. These texts will consist of poetry, prose, drama, fiction and non-fiction. You will be assessed via a two hour examination where you are expected to analyse and comment on unseen, unprepared texts. A2 Literature Unit 4 Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study In this unit, you will study three texts, one Shakespeare play and two novels. This unit will be assessed via a coursework piece. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? AS/A2 Level English Literature can be usefully combined with many other courses and so provides entry to a variety of degree options. The course will also develop your thinking and communication skills and is a useful preparation for any career. English at Chalfonts offers an exciting, interesting and unique perspective of literature from all types of periods. It has enabled me to gain an expertise in written communication skills in a professional and sophisticated manner that will benefit me in every career. Kiera Hawes

For more information please contact the course leader: Miss Sinead OReilly 01753 881642 sineadoreilly@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 French
What is this course about? Bonjour, Bienvenue! Are you interested in learning about the language, culture, history and current affairs of the French speaking world? If so, studying a language at Advanced Level could be for you. AS French will include study of the world around us, youth culture and concerns, life style, health and fitness. A2 topics will include customs, tradition, beliefs and religions, national and international events, the arts. What do I need to get on this course? You will need a B grade or above at GCSE in French. But most importantly, you need a real interest in French and also in the countries where French is spoken. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? You will continue to build on your listening, reading, writing and speaking as well as your knowledge of grammar. Listening Interviews, conversations, radio broadcasts, tapes, videos, satellite TV, video clips on the Internet in our digital language laboratory. Speaking Role-plays, dialogues, pronunciation practice, short presentations and regular conversation classes in small groups with a native speaker. Reading Articles, magazines, books, newspapers, Internet sources. Writing Short articles, letters, reports, projects, poems, descriptions. Grammar Games, revision and practice in class and using the Internet. For AS in all languages there will be two assessments: a speaking test and a combined reading, writing and listening exam. For A2 there are two units: for French there will be a speaking test and a combined reading and writing test. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? Many of our students go on to study languages as a major or minor part of their Higher Education course. There has been an explosion in recent years in the number of university courses where Modern Languages are combined with other subjects, such as business and management, marketing, accountancy, law, engineering, construction, sciences, IT, arts and music. Study at this level usually involves time spent working or studying abroad. In recent years, the ability to use languages is highly prized by employers. Modern Languages graduates are in demand with 96% of students finding immediate and well-paid employment. Whatever you decide to do, your language skills will be an invaluable asset to you.

For more information please contact the course leader: Mr Lee Jones 01753 881778 leejones@chalfonts.org

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I am extremely happy with the choice I made to study A Level Geography in the Sixth Form. The lessons are very enjoyable, and the course content is really interesting which has taught me a varied range of skills which I have been able to incorporate into my other A Levels. In addition to this, the teachers are incredibly supportive, and are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure we reach our full potential.

AS/A2 Geography
What is this course about? This AS/2 course is designed to build on the firm foundations covered at GCSE. It provides a natural progression, taking an enquiry approach to learning and highlighting the links between people and the environment in a realistic and relevant way. You will develop a variety of skills including decision making, analysis, fieldwork and independent research which will be invaluable to your future academic study or career. What do I need to get on this course? Do you know what is going on in the world today? Are you dedicated? Are you enthusiastic, determined and wanting to achieve success? Are you expecting at least a grade B at GCSE? Then Geography is the course for you, a modern and evolving subject that explores the challenges and issues facing the world today. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? The course is modular and uses a variety of assessment styles including resource based structured questions, issues analysis questions and data response. Year 12, AS Level: Unit 1 Physical and Human Geography (70% of AS, 35% of A2) A 2 hour written exam comprising of structured short and extended questions. You will study Energy Issues, Population Change, Rivers, Floods and Management and Coastal Environments. There will be a field study undertaken of a river environment to support this Unit. Unit 2 Geographical Skills (30% of AS, 15% of A2) A 1 hour written exam testing your geographical skills including fieldwork. The content is based on the core topics covered in Unit 1 Rivers and Population. You will be assessed on your investigatative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical skills. The fieldwork element will assess you on a coastal investigation that you will undertake at Nettlecombe in Exmoor. Year 13, A2 Level: Unit 3 Contemporary Geographical Issues (30% of A2) A 2 hour 30 minute written exam of structured short and extended questions plus an essay. You will study Plate Tectonics and associated hazards as well as World Cities and Weather and Climate. Unit 4 Geographical Issue Evaluation (20% of A2) A 1 hour 30 minute written exam of structured short and extended questions based on an Advance Information Booklet released 2 months prior to the exam. The content can be from any aspect of the A Level course.

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What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? An enthusiastic and dynamic teaching team will deliver exciting and stimulating lessons. If you are prepared to work hard, you will achieve success. Geography is a subject which is valued by both universities and employers. It will enable you to develop a variety of transferable skills. Think seriously about developing your interest in this dynamic subject. This course will develop your key skills including ICT, numeracy, literacy and decision making. It will provide you with an excellent grounding which both universities and employers value and look for. It can provide a platform to move onto a multitude of career paths and further education courses. For more information please contact the course leader: Mrs Paras Asher 01753 881695 parasasher@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 History
What is this course about? To study the GCE in History you need an interest in the world around you, an enquiring mind and the ability to weigh up different evidence or arguments. The GCE builds upon the skills developed during your GCSE such as the communication of historical knowledge and the ability to analyse historical sources. You will have 5 lessons of History per week, throughout your two year course but you will also be expected to put a considerable amount of work in each week in your own and private study time (six hours approximately) and to keep work to strict deadlines. The need to read widely outside the classroom is the key to success at GCE Level. What do I need to get on this course? The best foundation for your success at GCE Level is a good grade at GCSE (B or above) and the desire to become a good historian who is able to analyse and communicate well. Think carefully about the effort you are prepared to make, make sure that you are realistic in terms of the commitment you are prepared to make to the course. AS/A2 History involves a lot of work and commitment on your part and you must be aware of this before you embark on the course. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? The course is made up of 4 units. You will sit two exams at the end of Year 12 and in Year 13 you will complete one piece of coursework and sit one final exam. AS Level: Unit 1 A World Divided: Communism and Democracy in the 20th Century Maos China 1949 - 76 Ideology, Conflict and Retreat: The USA in Asia 1950-73 (Vietnam and Korea) Unit 2 Conflict and Change in 19th and 20th Century Britain The experience of Warfare in Britain: Crimea, Boer and the First World War, 1845-1929 A2 Level: Unit 3 A World Divided: Superpower Relations 194490 (The Cold War). Unit 4 The Making of Modern Russia 1856-1964 coursework. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? You can progress to other higher courses such as honours degrees in History or to related degrees such as Politics, English Literature, Economics or Geography or to vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Media (Journalism).

Studying History at The Chalfonts is intellectually challenging and highly enjoyable. Overall History is an experience in itself. Ive gained considerably improved skills in research and analysis, which has helped me to be critical and argumentative in my work. These acquired skills will help me excel in any chosen profession. Kiera Hawes

A GCE in History will give you a number of skills relevant to many different types of employment such as the ability to seek information and to analyse it in order to identify facts and motives and to present this information to others. It gives you access to skills that are used in journalism, national and local government, the civil service as well as those directly related to history such as heritage sites, museums, record offices and the like.

For more information please contact the course leader: Mrs Karenann Macrae 01753 881660 karenannmacrae@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Applied Information Communications Technology


What is this course about? We are living in the information age! In the world today, Information and Communication Technology transcends every aspect of our society. ICT skills are valued in virtually all disciplines. Whatever your future career, you will need a firm foundation in ICT! What do I need to get on this course? The expectation is that you should have attained a minimum of grade B at GCSE ICT. If you did not study ICT at GCSE, you should have Grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics and English. You should have some basic IT skills. You should enjoy and be good at working with numbers, planning your own learning, solving problems and working with others. You must be able to work on your own initiative and meet deadlines. The ability to communicate well in speech, writing and through diagrams and sketches is also quite important. Last, but by no means the least, you must be ready put in your best effort to achieve the best out of the course! You will receive the best guidance from your teachers, but you must be ready to put in the hours in order to succeed on the course. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? First Year , AS Using ICT to communicate How organisations use ICT ICT solutions for individuals and society Second Year, A2 Working to a brief Developing and creating websites Publishing Assessment Portfolio External examination Portfolio For more information please contact the course leader: Mr Vitesh Lakhani 01753 881749 viteshlakhani@chalfonts.org Assessment Portfolio (externally set brief) Portfolio Portfolio What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? Whether you are thinking of law, finance and banking, design, medicine and health care, engineering, journalism, media and music, sports science and management, politics, entertainmentICT compliments each and every one of these disciplines. I chose ICT as one of my A Level subjects in order to be better prepared for a digitally enhanced and globally competitive world. ICT is a very engaging and relevant subject; you will learn practical skills, processes and theories that are useful not just at Sixth Form, but at university and employment as well. Leo Flauzino

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AS/A2 Mathematics
What is this course about? There are some similarities with your GCSE course, but the emphasis changes to applying mathematics to solve real problems. Some of the work involves collecting and analysing real data. You will do a number of practical activities. You will also explore the uses of graphic calculators and computers to solve many problems previously done using algebra. What do I need to get on this course? To study A Level Mathematics successfully you will need at least a Grade B at GCSE in Maths. You need to enjoy solving problems, working with numbers and be prepared to develop your algebraic skills to a high level. A substantial commitment to your Mathematics course is required. This will include spending 4-6 hours private study each week. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? Year 12 AS Mathematics Your course will consist of three modules: Core 1, Core 2, Decision 1 Year 13 A2 Mathematics To gain a full A Level in Mathematics you will study a further three modules in the upper sixth. These will consist of: Core Maths 3, Core Maths 4, Mechanics 1 Core Mathematics This is pure mathematics where you develop your numerical and algebraic skills, investigate mathematical concepts and explore puzzles and patterns Decision Maths This is the Mathematics of efficiency. You use algorithms to solve problems such as the quickest way for a salesman to visit clients in a day, and the most efficient way to pack the contents of crates or select a name from a list Mechanics This is the mathematics behind the theme park rides and putting satellites in space. How fast must a roller coaster be travelling in order to loop the loop without the riders falling out? Stunt men and bungeejumpers use mechanics to enable them to survive their activities Each module will be assessed by one written examination lasting one and a half hours. These will test your understanding of mathematical concepts, and your ability to apply your skills in solving problems. All modules are worth the same number of marks. There is no coursework in A Level Mathematics. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? After A Levels university is an obvious choice, but not necessarily studying Mathematics itself. There is a vast range of high education courses and other careers in which Mathematics plays an important part.

In addition to being a well recognized qualification by universities and employers alike, I decided to take Maths A Level to also help develop skills, such as problem solving, throughout my life. It has been an intensive course but the teaching staff are always around for help and advice. Chelsea Davison

These can include engineering, accountancy, market research, meteorology, and scientific careers to name a few. If you plan to study Law, take up a career in computing, or join the RAF then youre A Level in Mathematics could be an advantage. It can also be of benefit to many other courses (e.g. Physics, Geography, Business Studies, etc.)

For more information please contact the course leader: Mr Brendan Clemens 01753 881605
brendanclemens@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Further Mathematics


What is this course about? There are some similarities with your GCSE course, but the emphasis changes to applying Mathematics to solve real problems. The Further Pure element of the course requires you to be able to study some abstract Mathematics to a high level. AS Further Mathematics will be an advantage if you wish to study for a degree in Mathematics or one that contains a high percentage of Mathematics. Also it is a great course to take if you love Mathematics and just want to extend your skills! Last year, all students passed this course with 40% gaining an A grade. What do I need to get on this course? To study AS Level Further Mathematics successfully you will need at least a Grade A at GCSE Mathematics and Additional Mathematics. You need to enjoy solving problems, working with numbers and be prepared to develop your algebraic skills to a very high level. A substantial commitment to your Further Mathematics course is required. This will include spending a minimum 3 hours private study each week. You must study A Level Mathematics to take this course. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? Each module will be assessed by one written examination lasting one and a half hours. These will test your understanding of mathematical concepts, and your ability to apply your skills in solving problems. All modules are worth the same number of marks. There is no coursework in A Level Further Mathematics. The AS course is run over two years with one module in Year 12 and two modules in Year 13. Statistics 1 Year 12 This is used everywhere in business, market research, the medical and scientific fields. Can you predict how many people are likely to suffer from the outbreak of a particular disease (e.g. BSE)? Can you predict the result of the next General Election, or your chances of winning the Lottery? Further Pure 1 Year 13 This Pure Mathematics course is an extension of the core modules studied in your Mathematics A Level, where you develop your algebraic skills further. You get to explore imaginary numbers and matrices. Decision Mathematics 2 Year 13 This is a follow on unit from the D1 course taken in your Mathematics A Level. It is real problem solving using order and logic. You will answer questions such as what route a salesperson should take to visit 5 towns using the shortest route, how to order efficiently a list of names and what is the most efficient way of packing boxes. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? After A Levels university is an obvious choice, but not necessarily studying Mathematics itself. There is a vast range of high education courses and other careers in which Mathematics plays an important part. These can include engineering, accountancy, market research, meteorology, and scientific careers to name a few. If you plan to study Law, take up a career in computing, or join the RAF then youre A Level in Mathematics could be an advantage. It can also be of benefit to many other courses (e.g. Physics, Geography, Business Studies, etc.)

For more information please contact the course leader: Mr Brendan Clemens 01753 881605
brendanclemens@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Media Studies


What is this course about? AS Media Studies: is a challenging course. You will be taught the key concepts and theory that underpin this subject, enabling you to deconstruct, decode and create a media text. A2 Media Studies: allows students to develop on the skills learnt at AS, as well as providing them with the opportunity to broaden their interest in the subject through increasing independent and specialist study. What do I need to get on this course? AS Course Requirements: you must have at least grade B in GCSE Media Studies or a B in GCSE English. A2 Course Requirements: you must have passed all of the AS units at grade E or above. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? The AS course is broken down in to the following units: AS G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media: to include the research, planning, production and evaluation of the opening of a new film AS G322: Key Media Concepts: Students will develop a detailed understanding of the key media concepts illustrated through the study of at least two different mediums The A2 course is broken down in to the following units: A2 G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media: to include the research, planning, production and evaluation of a multi-media project A2 G325 Critical Perspectives in Media: Students will build upon and develop their learning from AS through detailed study into the development of the media Students will study 5 lessons with 5 hours homework per week. (A large amount of reading should be expected). In addition to this it is worth noting that this is a subject in which essays/analysis is the dominant form of assessment. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? This course will help you to better appreciate how media industries operate; how audiences are targeted and understand how media texts are created. You will also have the opportunity to develop practical skills in a number of media based programs, such as Photoshop, iMovie and other movie making / animation packages. Students who have been successful at A Level Media Studies have gone on to study Film, TV Production, Journalism, Broadcasting, Media Studies, Design and E-Media courses. Media Studies at A Level has given me so many different opportunities; opening new pathways that I had not considered before. The teachers are very supportive and enthusiastic, enabling me to connect with and enjoy the course. I believe it has enhanced my creativity and boosted my confidence. In particular the emphasis on group work during film production has allowed me to share and test new knowledge and ideas. Moreover, I feel that the course has helped me to become a more independent learner; being encouraged to reflect on my own learning. Lucy Taylor

For more information please contact the course leader: Mr James Michie 01753 881784 jamesmichie@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Applied Performing Arts


What is this course about? The Edexcel GCE in Performing Arts enables students to develop broad skills, knowledge and understanding based on the practical needs and concerns of the performing arts industry. Edexcels new GCE in Performing Arts gives students an understanding of all aspects of performing arts and combines it with the opportunity to specialise in either performance or production support. While developing their own skills, students will simultaneously gain insights into the nature of the industry. Current employment opportunities, constraints and the issues facing professions working within the performing arts sector are all reflected in the course. What do I need to get on this course? You will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at C or above but will have to take part in a short performance audition before the course starts. We will give you details of this on the course Taster Day session. You can do this course as well as AS Drama and Theatre Studies. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? AS Units: Unit 1 Exploring Skills for Performance (internally assessed) Learning some practical performance skills from mask-work, clowning, singing, acting, movement etc. Take part in a talent show. Keep a diary of your progress. Unit 2 Planning for an Event (internally assessed) Within groups manage a live performance event planning, marketing, backstage raise 1,000 for charity! Keep a diary of your progress. Unit 3 Performing to a Commission (externally assessed). This is a practical performance exam. Within a group you devise and rehearse your own performance using your own chosen skill and responding to a stimulus. You can combine Dance, Acting and Singing skills or choose from one of them. AS2 Units: Unit 4 Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts (internally assessed). Learning about the different job roles within the industry. Unit 5 Advanced Performance Practice (internally assessed). Taking part in a group performance, developing one particular skill. Unit 6 Advanced Production Practice (internally assessed). Supporting a group with lighting, sound or design skills.

I decided to take Performing Arts at A Level as I was unsure about which area of performing arts industry I was best at. Throughout this course it has opened my eyes to a various areas, from stage management and backstage special effects, to acting and juggling! Through seeing a mixture of performances, it helped me mould into the better performer and directed me towards my future goal. Sophie Rice

Unit 7 Production Delivery (externally assessed) This is a practical performance exam. Within a group you devise and rehearse your own performance using your own chosen skill and responding to a stimulus. You can combine Dance, Acting and Singing skills or choose from one of them. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? The Edexcel GCE in Performing Arts qualifies for UCAS points. It gives students a wide choice of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment. Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees or BTEC Higher National Diplomas in Performing Arts.

For more information please contact the course leader:


Mr Julian Smith 01753 881634 juliansmith@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Philosophy & Ethics


What is this course about? Philosophy & Ethics are two subjects which are taught separately but overlap throughout the course. Philosophy is an Ancient Greek tradition which has shaped Western thinking in many ways. It teaches you to constantly question everything before you form conclusions. It is the art of analysing, evaluating and debating ultimate questions about life and its meaning, such as: Is there a God? What is my purpose in life? Do I exist? How did the Universe begin? Why is there suffering in the world? Why do people believe what they believe? Philosophy engages with and complements other subjects like Science, Psychology, Art, English Literature/Language and History. Ethics puts into practice the philosophy that Students learn, focussing on a mix of right and wrong moral conduct and the good life worth living. It develops critical thinking skills and the ability to debate arguments on topics such as abortion, euthanasia and sexual ethics. What do I need to get on this course? To study Philosophy and Ethics, students will require a GCSE grade B in English. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? AS Philosophy Cosmological Argument Psychology & Religion Atheism & Postmodernism Religious Experience AS Ethics Utilitarianism Abortion & Euthanasia Situation Ethics A2 Philosophy Ontological Argument Body, Soul & Personal Identity The Problem of Evil Religious Language Synoptic Module Perceptions of Ultimate Reality (Philosophy) Following the AQA syllabus, there are 2 modules at AS and 1 module at A2 plus the Synoptic. Pure examination, no coursework. Students are assessed in the following ways: Timed Essays Exemplar essays for students to mark Peer & Self Assessment of students own work Teacher Assessment through class debates Assessment of folders & independent reading annotations What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? Students can expect to develop a mix of academic and practical life-skills which are developed through an ancient traditional subject that is well respected by all university institutions and future careers.

I chose this course as I wanted to gain a different insight into the spiritual and moral rules of the world. I have studied a variety of interesting topics from the Cosmological Argument to Utilitarianism, which have helped me view the world through the eyes of people with different beliefs and moralities. Francesca LeGall

It does not limit one to a specific area but broadens students horizons. Some examples of careers that people have entered into following Philosophy & Ethics are: Law, Social Work, Education, Journalism, Business, Politics & many more

For more information please contact the course leader: Mrs Sara Penn Williams 01753 881648
sarapennwilliams@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Photography, Video & Animation


What is this course about? This qualification encourages an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design. Successful students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of art and contemporary art and design practice and be able to produce artwork that embraces a range of ideas. AS & A2 Photography Video and Animation is an option designed to test your skill and is therefore not an easy option. It requires a great deal of thought, time, self-study, enthusiasm and energy. For those prepared to enter fully into this, it is guaranteed to be a fulfilling and challenging two years. What do I need to get on this course? To be able to move onto AS and A2 Level Photography Video and Animation you must have a good grade (B or above) at GCSE in Art, Digital Art or a closely related subject and have the dedication required to become an innovative and creative individual who will be able to use lens and light based media in an exciting way. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? You will develop high level digital skills in photography, animation and video and widen an interest in, enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of lens and light based media and also contemporary art practice. You will expand independent thinking in relation to your own ideas refining your own intentions and personal outcomes. Your digital skills will extend and cover relevant modern design industries, such as media, advertising and graphic design and you will develop a range of digital skills to enable your progression to further education or a profession in various industries. The main purpose of any course in art is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and respond in a personal and creative way. You will have five periods of Photography Video and Animation per week, throughout your two year course, but you will also be expected to put in a considerable amount of work each week in your own and private study time (six hours approximately), and to work to strict deadlines. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? The disciplines associated with and explored through Photography Video and Animation are a wide range of photographic techniques, digital and live action video and animation including stop frame and with the use of different software packages and graphic design based digital art. Advertising, illustration, packaging and typography. Students will be required to work in two or more of the disciplines. If you are interested in a career in any aspect of Photography Video and Animation, then this course is essential. It provides the necessary stepping stone onto a one year Foundation Course, and then on to university. From experimenting with chemical photography to learning products such as Adobe Premiere and Photoshop to edit digital media, my time at Chalfonts has been incredibly influential and I will take these useful skills to university where I now know I want to be an Illustrator. Danielle Noakes

For more information please contact the course leader: Mrs Kristi Blick 01753 881713 kristiblick@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Physical Education


What is this course about? The syllabus has been designed to provide progression from GCSE, with the focal point of the course being the performer and improving performance. It is based on the interaction between the theory and the practice of Physical Education. What do I need to get on this course? There is a minimum requirement of a 70% theory pass mark in full course (YR10/11) GCSE PE or an A* at short course GCSE PE (YR9). If you did not take Full Course GCSE PE but achieved an A* - A at Short Course, you may still be a suitable candidate. As the A Level course is more reliant on theoretical knowledge than GCSE PE, you will need to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, a deep knowledge of sport and its concepts and also have a passion for improving and developing your own knowledge of the human body, and particularly how it can impact upon your own sporting performance. A2 = Practical = 20% Theory 70% Coursework 10% The Theory includes the following modules: AS Anatomical & Physiological Knowledge Acquiring Movement Skills Socio-Cultural Studies A2 History or Comparative Studies Sport Psychology Exercise Physiology or Biomechanics What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? The practical side of A Level PE is a lot of fun, however, the theoretical aspect of the course will require a great deal of hard work and commitment. Theoretically, you will have the opportunity to study a wide range of What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? AS & A2 Level is each made up of three elements. Both the Theory and Practical exams are taken in the summer: AS = Practical = 30% Theory 60% Coursework 10% Practical AS: You can choose to be assessed in the following (30%): 2 performance activities 1 performance activity and 1 coaching activity 1 performance activity and 1 officiating activity Plus Evaluating & Planning for Improvement - Oral Speech (10%) A2: 1 activity - chosen in AS (20%) + Evaluation & Appreciation of Performance Oral Speech (10%)

A Level PE is a challenging but truly rewarding course to study in Sixth Form. It gives a detailed understanding of the psychological, physiological and historical aspects of PE through practical and theory based study, and skills learnt can be applied to a wide range of future careers. Cameron Hunter

areas relating to the body, the psychology of sport and the latest contemporary issues in sport, using technology such as iPads and Dartfish. To improve your practical skills you will be expected to be involved in sport outside of College and to be able to assist in the coaching of Years 7, 8 and 9 students to develop your observational and analytical skills for your coursework. An A Level qualification in Physical Education is rapidly becoming an essential qualification for specialist study in Physical Education and Sport Studies in higher education. The syllabus provides an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue careers in teaching and coaching, the leisure industry, physiotherapy, psychology in sport, recreational management, the health and fitness industry and professional sport.

For more information please contact the course leader: Mr H DArcy 01753 881637
HowardDArcy@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Physics
What is this course about? We teach the Salters Horners Physics course an exciting and stimulating new course that focuses on the real life applications of Physics. How does a CD player work? Why are there so many stars in the sky? How do I get my javelin to go further? If youve ever thought about these questions, or similar ones then Physics is for you! What do I need to get on this course? You must get at least a B grade in GCSE Additional Science and GCSE Mathematics. You should seriously consider taking A Level Mathematics to compliment Physics at A Level. Having an interest in what makes the physical world tick would also be a great advantage. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? AS Modules The Physics of satellites, sports and digital music technology Physics in archaeology, the confectionery industry and surgical body parts Coursework one experiment and a case study. This year students also went to CERN the worlds largest particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland A2 Modules Particle accelerators and tiny particles Physics in a fighter plane, How rail systems use Physics to signal and brake! How did we get here? The Physics of the Big Bang, stars and galaxies Designing an earthquake-proof building Coursework a two week practical project investigating something of your choice Previous students have looked at: How a trains braking system works What makes a good Tennis racket How can I soundproof my bedroom best? ...Among others. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? An A Level in Physics will always look good on your CV! Physics teaches you a range of scientific and analytical skills, so you could study a range of subjects at university, e.g. Astronomy, Biophysics, Engineering, Oceanography, Geology, Business and Finance. Even if you choose not to go to university an A Level in Physics will be seen as a great qualification for all employers. I chose A Level Physics because I was always curious about the world we live in and wanted to understand how it works. Since learning about this subject I have started to look at the world from a different perspective, and I find it very interesting although it can be hard at times. I hope to finish Sixth Form and use Physics in order to pursue a career as a Commercial Pilot. Jordan Harper

For more information please contact the course leader: Mr Nigel Crawley 01753 881672
nigelcrawley@chalfonts.org

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AS/A2 Psychology
What is this course about? Some people believe that Psychology is the same as Psychiatry or that it is just common sense; nothing could be further from the truth. In short, it is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour i.e. why do we behave the way we do? If you would like the answers to some of these questions and raise a whole new set of questions about human behaviour, this is the course for you. What do I need to get on this course? You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A C and a grade B or above in Additional Science. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? A2 Psychology AS Psychology Unit 1 (50% of AS Mark) Cognitive Psychology Memory and eye witness testimony Assessment Written paper in January Written paper in June Unit 3 (25% Total of A Level Mark) Relationships Aggression Biological rhythms and sleep Unit 4 (25% Total of A Level Mark) Schizophrenia The psychology of addictive behaviour Research methods Developmental Psychology Attachment in childhood and the effects of day care Research methods How do psychologists scientifically study human behaviour? Unit 2 (50% of AS Mark) Biological Psychology Stress and stress management Social Psychology Conformity and obedient Individual differences Abnormality Assessment Two written papers in June What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? Among other things you will: Review research into peoples behaviour and evaluate it Understand how people remember and why we forget Learn the importance of our bond with our caregiver Identify what makes people stressed and how it effects their health Discover why we are attracted to some people and not to others Learn why some people are more aggressive than others Discover your bodys rhythms and why we need to sleep

I chose to study Psychology as I was unsure what it entailed and have always enjoyed science so wanted to explore this further. I have always been interested in why humans behave in certain ways and what leads us to do certain things and Psychology has helped answer these questions. Rebecca Gresham

Students who study A Level Psychology often go on to study the subject at university, or take a course in areas such as teaching, business, health care and advertising.

For more information please contact the course leader: Mr Martyn Way 01753 881614
martynway@chalfonts.org

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BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma in Music Practice (Performing)


What is this course about? Do you play an instrument or sing and enjoy performing? Do you want to study a practical course with no written exams but plenty of music industry experience? Do you want to improve your performance skills, learn how to manage music events and put on and perform in live gigs? Would you like to work in the music industry after you leave school, or continue in music education even further? If the answer to the above questions is yes, then read on. The BTEC National in Music offers you the chance to study a vocational course recognised by colleges and universities and worth one A Level for the Award. Students who have studied BTEC Music have gone to university to study musical theatre, sound production, commercial music, contemporary music and diplomas at the ACM. If you play: drums, guitar, keyboards, flute, or any instrument, or sing, you may like to study performing techniques, developing your skills to a higher standard, and put on gigs to record your progress. You can also study sound engineering, live sound and music technology units. What do I need to get on this course? The standard entry requirement is a grade B in GCSE Music OR an audition with the Music Department What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? This is equivalent to 1 A Level in terms of UCAS points entry to university. It involves 1 compulsory core unit, 2 specialist units which you can choose, and 3 optional units from a large range. During the course you will be expected to put on, engineer and perform in at least 3 gigs per term including 2 lunchtime gigs and one full evening gig. You will study and produce diaries and portfolios recording your skill development over the course, and develop other musical

Music was a passion of mine and I felt that choosing this course in year 12 was an easy one. BTEC Music involves both practical and theory based sessions; the freedom to choose the units makes it a little easier as you can choose something that you are good at or enjoy more. Music gigs become normal as there are many gigs to show what you have learnt in the sessions. These are done at lunchtimes, after school in the big one etc. We travelled to a recording studio to professionally record songs which has to be one of the highlights of this course. Its not all about performing; it also gives an insight of other aspects such as technical elements and the processes used in a musical environment, which you can take with you in the future. This course is the stepping in to the music industry, whether you want to be a singer/songwriter or a sound engineer this course sets you in the right direction. If music is your passion you will find this course fun! James Leggett

skills from the units that you have chosen. Learning to use equipment such as PAs, videos and recording studio equipment is integral to the course. You will also be expected to take part in various work experience sessions based on music industry areas communicating verbally and musically with other musicians and an audience. There are no written exams in this course, but you will have to learn analytical and evaluation skills, and have to compile evidence using written, audio and video data to record progress and results. What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? Students who have completed this course have undertaken university courses ranging from commercial popular music degrees; sound engineering and music tech degrees as well as music industry related careers.

The course can be used as a launch-pad for a musical career, lead to further study in your chosen specialism, or simply a chance to follow a purely practical course to compliment your other A Levels.

For more information please contact the course leader: Mr Daniel Munster 01753 881665
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BTEC National Diploma in Sport Development Coaching & Fitness


What is this course about? This is a double award equivalent to two A Levels if studied over the two years. You will need to be passionate about sport, the industry, our bodies, the development of participation initiatives and sport through the ages. You will need to have the capability to work independently and use research skills to gain more knowledge of new and interesting topics. What do I need to get on this course? You will need to gain a grade C in your GCSE PE with a mark of at least 60% in your theory paper or a minimum grade C in Science. If you did not take Full Course GCSE PE but achieved an A*-B at Short Course, you may still be a suitable candidate. The BTEC course is more reliant on theoretical knowledge than GCSE PE, you will need to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, a deep knowledge of sport and its concepts and also have a passion for improving and developing your own knowledge of sport and the issues surrounding it. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? You will study the following seven components in Year 12: Modules Year 1 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology Assessing Risk in Sport Fitness Training & Programming Psychology for Sports Performance The Physiology of Fitness Fitness Testing for Sport & Fitness Sports Nutrition You will study the following six components in Year 13: Modules Year 2 Technical & Tactical Skills in Sport Sports Coaching Sports Injuries The Athletes Lifestyle Practical Team Sports Rules & Officiating in Sport Each module assesses your ability to digest information and apply it into a series of assignments. Each assignment will require a different format of presentation, ranging from officiating to coaching, practicals to Power Points, posters to presentations, or video files to newspaper reports. Whilst some of the course is practically based, the majority of lessons are theoretical, and therefore provides excellent preparation for further education. This course is modular, meaning that each assignment lasts for only one term and there is no end of year exam.

The best thing about BTEC is the relationship between the students and the teachers. With no revision and no worries about exams the atmosphere in the classroom is positive and encouraging. The course is made up of multiple assignments and although for me it can be challenging at times it is also thoroughly enjoyable. Richard Edwards

What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? A qualification in PE can provide pathways to many employment and further education opportunities. You will be able to study courses in the leisure and sport industry, in sport massage or physiotherapy, or become a PE teacher or coach. If you are interested in becoming a fitness instructor, running your own gym, looking for opportunities in recreational management, or the health and fitness industry, this course may be the one for you.

For more information please contact the course leader: Mr Howard DArcy 01753 881637
HowardDArcy@chalfonts.org

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NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy


What is this course about? Beauty Therapy with KARMA Academy at The Chalfonts Community College gives the highest standard of training for the 21st century. Students are taught in a state of the art Commercial Beauty Salon within the new Chikara Centre. All aspects of beauty therapy are covered with plenty of enrichment activities to enhance their skills. Beauty therapy is a rewarding profession; however, it requires hard work, commitment and dedication. Students will carry out treatments in a realistic working environment in The Chalfonts Community College and will be expected to have a work placement in the beauty industry. What do I need to get on this course? You will require 4-5 GCSEs D and above, a letter of application, a recommendation from your Form Tutor and an interview. You will be expected to provide your own beauty kit and make-up together with KARMA salon dress and footwear all of which is available through the Academy. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? Course Content B4 Provide facial skin care treatment B5 Enhance the appearance of eyebrows and eyelashes B6 carry out waxing services N2 Provide manicure services N3 Provide pedicure services G20 Health and safety G4 Salon reception G18 Promoting additional services and products G8 Developing your personal effectiveness Additional Unit B8 Make-up services Assessment

I knew from a young age that Beauty Therapy was a passion of mine and wanted to take it further as my career path and finding the right training and college that could offer this to me was essential. After research and recommendations from people in the industry I came across the Karma Academy at The Chalfonts Community College where I have been studying now for 2 years, the education and training that I have received has been invaluable; it has enabled me to get to a high standard and have been offered a job at a prestigious local salon. The Academy offers excellent training and career advice plus staff are very supportive; it has been a pleasure to be a student at the Karma Academy. Jessica-Lee Dodd

The NVQ Level 2 qualification is achieved by successful completion of all the specified units. The units are assessed in the following ways: Practical observation Written assessments Written assignments Supplementary questions What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? Successful students can progress on to the NVQ Level 3 Beauty course. They are also expected to find a work placement in a beauty salon for the duration of the course.

For more information please contact the course leader: Mrs Karen Rayner 01753 881709
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NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy


What is this course about? Beauty Therapy with KARMA Academy at The Chalfonts Community College gives the highest standard of training for the 21st century. Students are taught in a state of the art Commercial Beauty Salon within the new Chikara Centre. All aspects of beauty therapy are covered with plenty of enrichment activities to enhance their skills. Beauty therapy is a rewarding profession; however, it requires hard work, commitment and dedication. Students will carry out treatments in a realistic working environment in The Chalfonts Community College and will be expected to have a work placement in the beauty industry. What do I need to get on this course? NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy, a progression test and an interview. You will be expected to provide your own Level 3 beauty kit (available through Karma Academy) together with the KARMA salon dress and footwear. What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed? Course Content G22 safety control work operations H32 Promotional activities B14 Facial electrical treatments B20 Body massage B23 Provide Indian head massage BT24 Provide massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oil B28 Stone Therapy treatments Assessment The NVQ Level 3 qualification is achieved by successful completion of all the specified units. The units are assessed in the following ways: Practical observation Written assessments Written assignments Supplementary questions What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead? The students can progress onto university, find employment in salons, set up your own business, work on the cruise liners or in a spa. The qualification is internationally recognised, enabling you to work abroad.

For more information please contact the course leader: Mrs Karen Rayner 01753 881709
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Course detail and entry requirements


Advanced AS and A2 Courses (GCE) Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design Technology, Drama, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Photography/Video and Animation, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Philosophy and Ethics Some students will study four AS subjects in Year 12, and will then continue with three subjects to A2 Level in Year 13 For other students; three AS subjects followed by two A2 subjects in Year 13 may be more appropriate All students following an Advanced Level programme of study must follow at least three AS subjects All subjects are externally examined at the end of the AS Level, and at the end of the A2 Level AS and A2 Levels are modular, with external examinations at the end of each module in some subjects 3 A2 passes will usually be required for university entrance, although 2 may be acceptable for some courses A2 subjects will only be offered where there is sufficient take up Entry Requirements A minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade A* - C, which should include Maths and English Grade B or higher in the subjects students wish to take at Advanced Level Students wishing to study four AS subjects are expected to achieve an average points score of at least 46 Applied AS and A2 Courses (Applied GCE) Business, ICT and Performing Arts Applied A Levels can be combined with other A Levels and BTECs Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade A - C, which should include Maths and English BTEC Nationals Music Practice Performing (Subsidiary Diploma), Sport (Subsidiary Diploma / Diploma) BTECs can be combined with one or two other A Levels The Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level The Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels These courses are modular with continuous assessment Music GCSE is not required, but is desirable for Music Practice and PE GCSE is preferred for BTEC Sport at grade C or higher NVQ Beauty Therapy Level 2 and 3 Each of these courses is full-time and last for one year. Students must achieve a Level 2 before progressing to Level 3 Merit or Distinction at Level 2 in this qualification is equivalent to 4 GCSE Grades A - C and will allow students entry to some AS or Vocational courses The course is modular with continuous assessment and external tests Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs Grade D or E

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Some key information


The Enrichment Programme It is essential that all students who choose to continue with their education into the Sixth Form are given the opportunity to develop more than just subject related, academic skills. It is to this end that as part of Sixth Form life you will be supported by your tutor with; A Personal Development Programme Skills Development Personal Development One of the keys to success in applications to Higher Education, further training and employment is the development of students as fully rounded individuals and it is vital that all students are involved in a programme which extends their skills and understanding. Each individual will be asked to choose an area of The College where they feel they can benefit as well as contribute. This may be within a subject area, Learning Support or linked to Support Staff. Many students choose to work with Key Stage 3 students within one of the subjects they are studying. Other enrichment opportunities include; Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Young Enterprise Extended Project Qualification A Debating Society Skills Development Skills Development is the name we give to the particular part of your Enrichment Programme which includes many of the statutory aspects of Post 16 education. Skills Development in Year 12 will include: A Careers and Progression programme The University application process Study and revision skills Citizenship Financial Literacy Reflect and Respect programme in tutor time Physical Education/Recreation It is widely recognised that, as well as having a positive effect on health, physical exercise is hugely beneficial to improving concentration and reducing stress. Students will have the opportunity to take part in a range of competitive/recreational physical activities. Learning Support The Chalfonts Community College has an excellent reputation for its provision for Special Educational Needs, which extends into the Sixth Form as appropriate to student need. For more information, please contact Gill Abram, Leader for Learning Support at: gillabram@chalfonts.org Progression into the Sixth Form - What next? The next few months in Year 11 are vital if you want to achieve your best and gain the grades needed to join The Chalfonts Sixth Form, or to move on to a course at another college. Christmas/New Year Holiday Use this time wisely. Relax and enjoy yourselves for some of the time, but also set some time aside (at least 4 days) to work on some of your weaker areas, or get some coursework up to date. This may be the only chance you have to catch up or to get ahead.

To request an application form or to arrange a tour around the school please contact: Mrs Ghattaure balghattaure@chalfonts.org 01753 881 614

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Year 12 teaching blocks


Year 12 Proposed Teaching Blocks for Level 3 (A Level & BTEC) Subjects 2012 Block 1 Biology Block 2 Business Studies Block 3 Art Block 4 Biology Block 5 Business Studies Applied

Business Studies Applied

English Lit

Business Studies

Chemistry

Drama

Geography

ICT

English Lit

Maths

English Lit

History

Performing Arts

Ethics & Philosophy

Media Studies

ICT

Music

PVA

Geography

Psychology

Maths

Ethics & Philosophy

Psychology

Further Maths

BTEC Sport

Technology

Physics

French

PE

Psychology

PVA

BTEC Sport

These are likely to be amended to maximise student choice Courses will only be offered if there is a viable number wanting to study each course

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