Diverse subject choice

A-Level, BTEC and GCSE courses delivered by specialist teachers

Course List 2021/22


Applied Science 

BTEC Applied Science is a vocational science course focused on developing the knowledge and practical skills required by people working in a range of scientific fields. A multi-discipline subject covering elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, you’ll gain extensive, hands-on experience of the current applications of science by learning laboratory techniques and investigation alongside studying scientific theory. You can choose Applied Science as a one-year full-time course (Certificate) or a full two-year programme (Extended certificate) complimenting many other Level 3 qualifications. Applied Science supports progression to higher education, to an apprenticeship or employment.


Assessment: is by coursework and exams. 

Subject entry: 5’s in Combined Science/or 2 separate sciences. A grade 5 in Mathematics. A grade 5 in English is an advantage. 


Art


Art is a practical, creative subject, which enables you to use a wide range of artistic techniques and develop your own creativity. You’ll be encouraged to experiment with a range of resources, media and materials, ultimately building a broad portfolio of work which can be used for interviews. Art and Photography share a creative curriculum in Year 12, when students explore and develop a broad range of creative skills. In Year 13 you specialise, working with a tutor to further develop your own distinctive style. 

(Please note that as they will appear in the same option block, students are unable to study both Art and Photography)

Assessment:
is by coursework portfolio and end of year exam. 

Subject entry: Minimum of merit grade at Art Level 2 or grade 5 or above for GCSE. If you’ve not studied Art at Level 2 you’ll need to submit a portfolio of work.


Biology


Biology focuses on detailed study of living things in the world around us. Biology students consider controversial scientific issues and look at how science contributes to our economy and our society. Biology combines well with other science subjects, as well as social sciences such as Psychology and Sociology. It is an important qualification for careers in science, including medicine, veterinary science and physiotherapy. 


Assessment: is by written exams and ongoing practical assessments. 

Subject entry: Minimum of 6/6 in Combined Science or 6 in two single science GCSEs, including Biology.  GCSE Maths grade 5. 



Business


The A Level Business course introduces students to the world of commerce and entrepreneurship. Students will explore marketing, operations, human resources, finance and leadership in the context of real business situations.

The course prepares students for university courses such as business, management, law, accountancy, economics and marketing, as well as equipping students with the skills and knowledge to start up their own business.


Assessment: is by examinations. 

Subject entry: Minimum of 5 in GCSE Business if taken; 5 or above in GCSE English.



Chemistry


Chemistry is a challenging subject that requires a variety of skills. You’ll develop analytical techniques, discover what is in a chemical, and try out industrial processes. Some topics build on GCSE work, some are completely new. The course covers: Physical Chemistry – kinetics and thermodynamics; Inorganic Chemistry - the elements and how they react; and Organic Chemistry – carbon and the molecules made from carbon. Chemistry combines well with Maths and other science subjects requiring similar logical thinking skills and problem solving approaches. It’s an essential qualification for anyone wanting to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science.


Assessment: is by end of course exams and ongoing practical assessments. 

Subject entry: Higher tier GCSE Science. Minimum of 6/6 in Combined Science or 6 in two single science GCSEs, including Chemistry. GCSE Maths grade 6.



 

Criminology


WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology is a qualification which combines elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology. It aims to explore all aspects of our contemporary criminal justice system: criminological theories both contemporary and historical, the processual stages from the crime scene to court room, plus wider issues of the way society as a whole approaches crime and punishment, and how this has changed, and indeed is constantly changing. Students will be encouraged to think critically, to engage in problem solving exercises, and to apply their skills and knowledge to practical criminal scenarios. The course is suited to students with enquiring minds and a willingness to study and think independently. 


Assessment: 50% external assessment and 50% timed internal assessment. 

Subject entry: Grade 5 in GCSE English.



Drama


A Level Drama is a fantastic opportunity to develop performance, designer and directorial skills as well as developing an understanding of the theatre and the theory which underpins staging a play. You will be working collaboratively and practically putting theory into practice as you work towards performance or stage design projects. This course provides a balance of practical performing and reading, analysing and acting from recognised texts.

A Level Drama offers an engaging and challenging route for anyone wanting to study performance at university or college as well as opportunities to develop invaluable skills in communication, collaboration and confidence for any future career or course of study.


Assessment: External/school-based assessments.

Subject entry: General entry requirements. A GCSE qualification for Drama is preferable but not essential.




Economics 


Economics is a social science that looks at the economy and its effects on the wider social environment. Studying Economics will enable you to develop enquiring, critical and evaluative opinions about economic issues in the UK and the global economy. You’ll look at the economic forces that affect our lives: employment, prices, international trade and poverty. Economists are often in healthy debate with each other and it is these discussions which make Economics lively and interesting, encouraging you to make your own judgements and form your own opinions. Economics links well with other social science and humanities subjects. It is a useful qualification for future careers or study in finance, business, management.


Assessment: is by end of year exams, including multiple choice, data response and essay style questions. 

Subject entry: Minimum of Grade 5 at GCSE English and 6 at GCSE Maths.




Engineering


BTEC Engineering is a skills-based course, which will challenge you to design for real-world scenarios and applications. You will explore how Engineering impacts on our world today. The course is designed to enhance your understanding of engineering practices, applications and working routines within the Industry. Engineering works well with any 6th form science or maths  course, to prepare you for Engineering courses at University or competitive higher level apprenticeships. Its blend of theory and project-based learning means Engineering also combines well with other BTEC courses. 


Assessment: is coursework based, with one practical and one written exam. 

Subject entry: Grade 5 or above in a Science subject; 6 or above at GCSE Maths preferred, a grade 5 is essential.



English Language  


English Language takes you on a journey, from learning how we acquire language in infancy, to exploring how we use language as adults. You’ll discover how factors such as gender and age impact on our language choices, studying how we speak and write in a wide variety of contexts. You will become confident at analysing all the finer details of written and spoken texts and have a deeper understanding of how writers and editors use language to communicate. English Language sets you up for any career that involves written communication and a confident grasp of the English language. 


Assessment: is through end of year exams and an independent coursework investigation. 

Subject entry: Minimum grade 5 in GCSE English Language AND Literature.




English Literature  


If you love reading and analysing a range of literary texts, English Literature is for you. You’ll be taken on an historical literary journey, examining texts from the Middle Ages to the Elizabethan period, from the poetry of the First World War to texts written in the 21st century. You’ll explore connections across these literary texts, examine the contexts in which they were written and respond critically and creatively to their themes and ideas. A ‘facilitating’ subject, favoured by universities for a range of degree courses, English Literature is an important choice for careers in journalism, teaching, public relations, publishing, law and more. 


Assessment: is by end of year exams and two coursework tasks. 

Subject entry: Minimum grade 5 in GCSE English Language AND Literature.




Geography   


Geography engages you with the world around you: you’ll consider water and carbon cycles, hot desert systems and landscapes, global systems and governance, changing places, hazards, population, and the environment. Field work is a key element in geographical study and you'll take part in visits. You’ll need an open and enquiring mind, an interest in topical issues of the day and a willingness to collect and manipulate data from fieldwork. Geography works well with a broad range of 6th form subjects and is unusual in being considered as both an arts and a science subject. It is a great choice for developing a range of skills highly valued by Universities and employers: data handling and interpretation, practical and analytical thinking and clear communication. 


Assessment: is by coursework and end of year exam, including multiple choice and written answers. 

Subject entry: GCSE Geography Level 5, or Level 5 in another Humanities subject, preferred.





Health & Social Care    


Health and Social Care is a vocational qualification that relates to all aspects of health and social care in the UK. The programme prepares you to pursue a career in health care, social care or childcare, giving you knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare for employment or further study. Health and Social Care explores similar themes to social science subjects such as Psychology and Sociology, but with a vocational focus. It is a well-considered qualification for applications to study Nursing, Social Work, Paramedic Sciences, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Radiography and Podiatry.

Assessment: 2 units of internal coursework and 2 external exams. 

Subject entry: General requirements.




History   


History is an interesting and challenging subject that analyses change and continuity in human societies. We begin by focusing on ‘Industrialisation and the People: Britain, 1783-1885’, examining developments in politics and foreign policy and analysing events from the point of view of ordinary people. Then you’ll study a time of dramatic change: ‘The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945—1980’. You’ll go on to produce a historical investigation into the origins of the French Revolution and study further historical periods. Students develop an enquiring and analytical mind, as well as the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 


Assessment: by end of course written exams and a coursework essay.

Subject entry: Grade 5 or above at GCSE History, and grade 5 or above in English.





Mathematics 


Mathematics is a challenging and exciting course covering topics in pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. You’ll use and apply advanced mathematical techniques, learn to reason, interpret and communicate ideas mathematically, and also develop skills in solving increasingly complex mathematical problems. To fit a swiftly developing and fast paced world, the course emphasises the use of IT and software to help solve problems. Students will develop analytical skills and logic, and add in a bit of creativity, giving them a set of skills which make them desirable for almost any job. 


Assessment: is by three exams at the end of Year 13. 

Subject entry: Preferably grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics, applications considered with a 6.





Further Mathematics 


(Recommended as a fourth option.)
Further Mathematics is an extension of the A Level Mathematics course which can only be studied by those already doing A Level Mathematics. It is a challenging qualification, which extends and deepens your knowledge and understanding in the areas of mechanics, pure and discrete mathematics. The subject is offered at JC6 as both a one year AS and a two-year A Level. 


Assessment: three exams at the end of Year 13 for A Level or two at the end of Year 12 for AS. 

Subject entry: Grade 8 or above in GCSE Mathematics.




Media Studies


How are groups of people represented to us in the media? Is it morally right to make a film out of tragic events? Can the media be blamed for violence in society? How far does the media control our thoughts about issues in the world today? The Media course will explore these and many other questions through contemporary and historical media texts, from the UK and other parts of the world, and productions from outside the commercial mainstream. 


Assessment: is a mixture of coursework tasks (30%) and examinations 70%).

Subject entry: Grade 4 or above at GCSE English.




Music 


Music is a specialised course which allows students to study music conventions and traditions in detail. Practical tasks provide a range of choices to suit the individual performance strengths of each student. Students who are more technologically minded can work on iMacs for their coursework with specialist Music software. Studying Music will exercise your creative mind and enhance your skills as a musician, instrumentalist and composer. Music is an essential qualification for a Music degree at university or a specialist performance programme at a music school or college. 


Assessment: is through exams and coursework. 

Subject entry: GCSE Music grade 4 pass or above and a keenness to perform on your instrument.





Photography


A course which enables you to develop your photography skills by experimenting with materials and techniques, working towards a personal investigation on an area or topic you are passionate, and experimenting with a range of resources and image manipulation techniques. Photography and Art share a creative curriculum in Year 12, when students explore and develop a broad range of creative skills. In Year 13 you specialise, working with a tutor to further develop your own distinctive style. 

(Please note that as they will appear in the same option block, students are unable to study both Art and Photography)


Assessment: is by coursework portfolio and end of year exam. 

Subject entry: Minimum of merit grade at Art Level 2 or grade 5 or above for GCSE. If you’ve not studied it at Level 2, you’ll need to submit a portfolio of work.






Physical Education 


Through the Physical Education course you will develop knowledge of both physiological and psychological theories within sport as well as
learning about the impact of sport on current and historical society issues. You will study a range of topics including the causes and treatment of sports injuries, how personality and anxiety affect performance and how modern technology has impacted on 21st century sport.

This course is an excellent pre-requisite if you are considering studying sport at university or pursuing a future career within the sports industry.


Assessment: is in one practical area of sport, a verbal analysis and evaluation of performance and through a mixture of short answer and essay style exam questions.

Subject entry: Grade 5 or above in the GCSE PE theory paper or 5 in a GCSE Science.






Physics 


Physics enhances your understanding of the universe. It is a challenging, but inspiring course, ranging from the Newtonian concepts that govern the macroscopic world, down to the laws of Einstein that govern the microscopic. You will further your knowledge in the topics of Kinematics, Electricity, Radioactivity, Simple Harmonic Motion and Cosmology. Physics at A Level will provide you with the opportunity to link your mathematics knowledge directly to physics concepts as evidence for their existence.

 
Assessment: is by end of course exams and ongoing practical assessments. 

Subject entry: Higher tier GCSE science. 6 in Higher Tier Maths. Minimum of 6/6 in Combined Science or 6 in two single science GCSEs, including Physics.





Psychology 



Have you ever wondered why we do the things we do? Why we behave and think in certain ways? How our biology affects our behaviour? Psychology aims toexplore these questions through many different paradigms: biological, social, psychodynamic, evolutionary, cognitive, behavioural and humanistic. You’ll tackle thought-provoking topics such as Memory, Social influence, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology and study how to carry out a scientific research project, interpret statistics and write a report. 


Assessment:
is 100% exams.

Subject entry: Grade 5 in GCSE English and Maths; a higher pass grade in English is an advantage.





Public Services  


Public Services gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques essential for successful performance in working life, such as leadership and teamwork, confidence, independent research and the ability to work to deadlines. You’ll study varied units: Leadership and Teamwork; Physical preparation, Health and Lifestyle; Crime and its effect on society; Citizenship and Diversity. A particularly engaging course for those that are interested in working in the public sector such as the emergency services, armed services and the NHS, it can lead directly to employment or to university.

Last year 100% of BTEC Public Service Diploma students achieved Distinction/Distinction*


Assessment: is 100% coursework based. 

Subject entry: general entry requirements.





Sociology 


Sociology involves studying human social life, groups and societies in a systematic way. Sociologists investigate and attempt to explain the social world and our behaviour in it. They are particularly interested in understanding the ways in which society influences us and shapes our daily lives. However, be prepared to be challenged: sociologists fundamentally disagree on nearly every issue and the subject is characterised by intensive debate and perspective rivalry. The course encourages you to develop a strong understanding of contemporary issues and debates. It is a good choice for a wide range of career and university routes, developing widely recognised skills: critical thinking, research skills and a sound understanding of the society we live in. 


Assessment: is by end of course exams. 

Subject entry: Grade 5 in GCSE English.





Spanish

A Level Spanish will extend your understanding of Spanish vocabulary and grammar, developing your ability to speak like a native. The course is based around a range of topical issues, which you’ll study in Spanish. Good knowledge of Spanish society and culture will follow your work on literary texts and films.

As part of their course, JC6 students benefit from our strong relationship with Warwick University. While studying Spanish at JC6*, our students have the
opportunity to attend lectures at Warwick University, shadow a language student and tour their campus. In addition to this, JC6 students also have the opportunity to volunteer as mentors for GCSE students at Hinckley Academy. This is great experience to add to a CV or personal statement.

Studying a language can open doors in many areas, including Law, Business, Journalism and even Sports related careers, giving you an edge on other candidates and the opportunity to travel the world.


Assessment: is through listening, reading, speaking and written exams.
Subject entry: Grade 5 or above in GCSE Spanish.





(Please note that JC6 reserves the right to close courses where low levels of interest mean the course is not viable.)
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