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There are 25 courses available to choose from in the Sixth Form from September 2019.

Please note: All courses listed are subject to sufficient student numbers in order to make it possible to run them and courses may need to be withdrawn if the numbers of students wishing to undertake the course mean it is not viable.

 

Art, Craft and Design

AQA A Level Art, Craft and Design

Why study Art, Craft and Design at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

What will I study in this subject?

  • You will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies and explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art and design, from the past and from recent times.
  • You will explore drawing using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales and use sketchbooks/workbooks.
  • You can explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas such as: painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, surface pattern, print making, interactive media (including web, app and game design), advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding, multimedia, motion graphics, and design for film and television.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

  • Teaching in Art, Craft and Design consists of nine one hour lessons over two weeks.
  • Lessons usually consist of teacher-led examples followed by independent experimentation.
  • Many lessons will be used to allow you to work independently with close guidance from and discussion with your teacher.
  • Students are set independent study to compliment what they have learnt in lesson and are expected to complete independent study on topics they need more practice on.
  • In general, students are set one hour of independent study for each hour of teaching.

How will I be assessed?

  • Mock examination in Year 12.
  • Externally set examination in Year 13 following preparation period (15 hours)

Is this the right course for me?

  • This course is suitable for students with a passion for art combined with the independence and dedication to work hard in the subject.
  • Students should be organised, self-motivated learners who are willing to ask questions both in and outside of lesson time.

Biology

AQA A Level Biology

Why study Biology at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

Studying Biology A level will enable you to look more closely at the biochemistry, genetics and evolution of a range of organisms. Biology literally means ‘the study of life’ and if that’s not important, what is? Being such a broad subject, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

One of our largest faculties, the Science team boasts fifteen teachers and three technicians. Within this, Biology is our biggest team of specialist teachers. Their interests range from biochemistry to sports science, so whatever your passion there will be someone in our team who shares it! We have three specialist post-16 laboratories in Faraday where the majority of teaching takes place, one for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There is also an additional STEM room (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). During your studies of Biology A level, you will get to carry out a variety of practical activities including glucose calibration, heart dissections, gel electrophoresis.


Former alumni of the Biology department at Ridgewood have gone on to study Medicine, Biomedical science, Radiography, Zoology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Dentistry.

What will I study in this subject?

 

AS and first year of A level

 

Second year of A level

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  1. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  2. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  3. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  4. The control of gene expression

Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

• using microscopes to see cell division

• dissection of animal or plant systems

• aseptic technique to study microbial growth

• investigating activity within cells

• investigating animal behaviours

• investigating distributions of species in the environment.

These practical activities will enable you to develop key investigative skills. Importantly, if you choose to study a Biology-based degree at university, you’ll have the practical skills and confidence needed to carry out successful experiments.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

Biology lessons at Ridgewood will contain a variety of different tasks to suit all learners’ needs. Examples of tasks completed on a daily basis include:

  • Fact recall quizzes
  • Hands-on practical activities
  • Paired discussions
  • Group work
  • Research tasks
  • Teacher-led worked examples
  • Teacher-led lecture style delivery of content
  • Exam question practice and guidance
  • Opportunity to ask questions.

We also strive to give students regular written feedback on classwork so that you know exactly how to improve and achieve a better grade.

Independent study time will also involve a variety of tasks including the following:

  • Making revision resources
  • Enhancing key notes
  • Answering questions
  • Researching practical activities
  • Researching content prior to the lesson it is to be taught
  • Completing exam paper practice
  • Responding to your teacher’s marking and feedback.

How will I be assessed?

There is no coursework. However, your performance during practical investigations will be assessed.

There are three, 2 hour exams at the end of the two year linear A level course. One of the exams will include an essay.

At least 15% of the exam marks are based on what you learned during practical investigations and at least 10% of the marks assess mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above.

Is this the right course for me?

You can study A level Biology with either separate or combined sciences at GCSE, but speak to your science teacher about whether it is the right choice for you. You need to enjoy the mix of theoretical and practical work. It links well with other sciences and maths. Biology can be useful if you are interested in studying a science-based degree at university.

Business

Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business

Why study Business at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

Aimed at anyone who wishes to develop an understanding of business operations, this course will help you to appreciate how and why business decisions are made and how they affect a variety of people – both within the business and externally.  Having a good idea about how businesses work will put you at an advantage in your future career plans. Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Business is an excellent preparation for the world of work and for a wide range of university degree courses. This course offers specialist pathways in human resources, marketing, accounting and business planning. The skills and knowledge you learn at Ridgewood will prepare you for further study at Higher Education and ensure you have the knowledge employers in the workplace demand.

Our results speak for themselves. In 2018, 100% of our students achieved equivalent A* to B grades.

What will I study in this subject?

There are five units of study:

  • Unit 1 – The Business Environment
    In this unit you will develop an understanding of how and why businesses operate in the way they do. You will look at a range of different types of business structures, ownership of a business and its objectives, different functions within a business, legal, financial, ethical and other resource constraints. You will explore ways in which businesses respond to changes in their economic, social and technological environment and you will learn how to assess business performance. You will be assessed in this unit through a 2 hour exam.
  • Unit 2 – Working in Business
    This unit will cover the skills and understanding needed to work effectively within a business environment. This includes arranging meetings, working with business documents, making payments, prioritising business activities and communicating with stakeholders. These are tasks that are common to almost all job roles. You will be assessed in this unit with a 1.5 hour exam.
  • Unit 4 – Customers and Communication
    In this unit you will learn the purpose, methods and importance of communication in business and the appropriateness of different forms of communication for different situations. You will develop the skills that will help you create a rapport with customers and have the opportunity to practise and develop your business communication skills. This is a coursework assessed unit which involves extended writing in an evaluative report.
  • Unit 5 – Marketing and Market Research
    The unit has particular emphasis on the role of market research and how it contributes to marketing decision-making, and the actions a business may take. You will gain an in-depth understanding of primary and secondary market research methods used to inform marketing decision-making and any constraints on marketing activities. This is another coursework assessed unit.
  • Unit 19 – International Business
    In this unit, you will gain an understanding of key decisions that businesses must make when deciding whether to operate internationally. This unit will provide you with practical experience which will be valuable should you wish to undertake further study in this area or follow a career in a business. This is also a coursework assessed unit.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

Lessons will be 50% focused on the two exam units. You will be tested in mock exams throughout the year to prepare you for these. These lessons will involve you researching real word examples.

The remainder of lessons will teach you how to complete the 3 units of coursework.

Independent study outside lessons will involve you revising from your revision folder and spending the time completing coursework required for the pre-set deadlines.

Extended writing work is required regularly in both theory and coursework lessons. You will also be expected to research topics and give presentations to the other members of the class. You are expected to keep up to date with current affairs relating to business and economics. Students will be expected to work collaboratively as well as independently. Teachers use study methods that encourage students to develop their own informed responses to texts including, for example, group interviews, presentations and also real life case studies.

How will I be assessed?

Year 12

Unit 1: The Business Environment

  • Written Exam: 2 hours (90 marks)

Section A: Multiple choice on any aspect of the unit (20 marks)

Section B: 4 – 6 mark questions about businesses you have researched (20 marks)

Section C: Extended, evaluative writing questions on a case study for a given business (50 marks)

Unit 4: Customers and Communication

  • Coursework
  • 10 Pass tasks, 4 Merit tasks, 2 Distinction tasks

 

Year 13

Unit 2: Working in Business

  • Written Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (60 marks)

4 questions based around a case study and a given scenario. This will include one extended, evaluative writing question.

Unit 19: International Business

  • Coursework
  • 9 Pass tasks, 3 Merit tasks, 2 Distinction tasks

Unit 5: Marketing and Market Research

  • Coursework
  • 8 Pass tasks, 3 Merit tasks, 2 Distinction tasks

Is this the right course for me?

Students considering the course will need to be able to write extended, evaluative pieces of writing. In addition to this, students will also need to be able to learn a vast amount of business terminology and also be able to apply mathematical formula to analyse business performance.

Chemistry

AQA A Level Chemistry

Why study Chemistry at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

A level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it is the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.
 

One of our largest faculties, the Science team boasts fifteen teachers and three technicians. Within this team we have four highly qualified specialised Chemistry teachers, whose passion and expertise within their subject is contagious. We have three specialist post-16 laboratories in Faraday where the majority of teaching takes place, one for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There is also an additional STEM room (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Since the A level reform, we have highly resourced the practical aspect of the course, and we have equipment in school to complete a wealth of hands-on practicals.

Former alumni of the Chemistry department at Ridgewood have progressed to study Medicine, Dentistry, Chemistry, and Biomedical science, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering.

What will I study in this subject?

First year of A level

Second year of A level

 

  1. Amount of substance
  2. Bonding
  3. Energetics
  4. Kinetics
  5. Chemical equilibria
  6. Periodicity
  7. Alkanes
  8. Halogenoalkanes
  9. Alkenes
  10. Alcohols
  11. Organic analysis

 

  1. Thermodynamics
  2. Rate equations and the equilibrium constant, Kp
  3. Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  4. Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  5. Transition metals
  6. Reactions of ions in aqueous solution
  7. Optical isomerism
  8. Aldehydes and ketones
  9. Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  10. Aromatic chemistry
  11. Amines
  12. Polymers, amino acids
  13. Proteins and DNA
  14. Organic synthesis
  15. NMR spectroscopy & chromatography

 

Chemistry, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical

activities including:

• measuring energy changes in chemical reactions

• tests for identifying different types of compound

• different methods for measuring rates of reaction

• studying electrochemical cells

• preparation of organic solids and liquids

• an advanced form of chromatography for more accurate results.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

Chemistry lessons at Ridgewood will contain a variety of different tasks to suit all learners’ needs. Examples of tasks completed on a daily basis include:

  • Fact recall quizzes
  • Hands-on practical activities
  • Paired discussions
  • Group work
  • Research tasks
  • Teacher led worked examples
  • Teacher led lecture style delivery of content
  • Exam question practice and guidance
  • Opportunity to ask questions

We also strive to give students regular written feedback on classwork so that you know exactly how to improve and achieve a better grade.

Independent study time will also contain a variety of tasks including the following:

  • Making revision resources
  • Enhancing key notes
  • Answering questions
  • Researching practical activities
  • Researching content prior to the lesson it is to be taught
  • Completing exam paper practice
  • Responding to your teacher’s marking and feedback

How will I be assessed?

There is no coursework. However, your performance during practical investigations will be assessed. There are three 2 hour exams at the end of the two year linear A level course. At least 15% of the exam marks are based on what you learned during practical investigations and at least 20% of the marks assess mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above.

Is this the right course for me?

You can study A level Chemistry with either separate or combined sciences at GCSE, but speak to your science teacher about whether it is the right choice for you. You need to enjoy the mix of theoretical and practical work. It links well with other sciences and maths. Chemistry can be useful if you are interested in studying a science-based degree at university.

Computer Science

OCR A Level Computer Science

Why study Computer Science at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

A level Computer Science is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after qualifications in the world, and proves hugely popular with the best universities across the globe. Studying it at Ridgewood Sixth Form will provide you with the very best foundations for the beginning of your computer science journey, whether that’s to progress onto university, or jump straight into a career. At Ridgewood, we strive to ensure you will enjoy each and every lesson in Computing. A particular strength of the course at Ridgewood is the wealth of subject knowledge your teachers possess. With a team of highly qualified staff who teach parts of the course matching their speciality areas, you will receive outstanding tuition across all aspects of the course.

What will I study in this subject?

There are 3 units of study:

  • Unit 1 Computer Systems
    • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
    • Software and software development
    • Exchanging data
    • Data types, data structures and algorithms
    • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
  • Unit 2 Algorithms and Programming                       
    • Elements of computational thinking
    • Problem solving and programming
    • Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms
  • Unit 3 – Programming Project
    • You will choose a computing problem to work through. You will analyse the problem, design a solution, develop a solution and then evaluate your work

Independent study involves a range of activities; we often direct students to read ahead in preparation for lesson. Sometimes you will be asked to try and solve a programming problem in your own time before the next lesson. You will be encouraged to learn new programming languages as well as engaging with your coding skills to undertake real world challenges to fully prepare you for the exams as well as industry careers.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

Lessons will be 50% focused on the 2 exam units. You will be tested in mock exams throughout the year to prepare you for these.

The remainder of lessons will teach you how to complete the 3 units of coursework.

Independent study outside lessons will involve you revising from your revision folder, and spending the time completing coursework required for the pre-set deadlines.

Lesson often involve introducing you to new programming concepts and then giving you the time to have a go at constructing your own solutions using the skills you will learn along the way. Our dedicated A level Computer Science lab is well equipped with Mac and Windows PCs. The lab ensures you are able to code, compile and then test programs you have written simultaneously, because of our unique dual monitor setup for each computer.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1 – Computer Systems (2 hour 30 minute exam)
  • 140 marks, 40% of grade
  • Unit 2 – Algorithms and Programming (2 hour 30 minute exam)
  • 140 marks, 40% of grade
  • Unit 3 – Programming Project (70 marks, non-exam assessment)
  • 70 marks, 20% of grade

Mathematical skills are embedded throughout the content of the three components. They will be assessed in the written papers and through the non-examined assessment where appropriate. The quality of extended responses is assessed in the written papers and in the evaluation section of the programming project component.

Year 12 will focus on theory content and exam practice. In Year 13 you will begin a programming project of your choice that will make up 20% of your final result. The two exams will make up the remaining 80%.

Is this the right course for me?

If you have previously studied Computer Science, you will have a good idea of what you can expect at A level. The Computer Science A level is streamlined to develop directly what you have covered in Computer Science at GCSE. We will start by refreshing your knowledge of the basics of the GCSE content and ensuring you are confident, before delving deeper to cover the A level specification. If you enjoyed Computer Science at GCSE, and have an interest in developing your knowledge and understanding further, then A level Computer Science is absolutely for you.

Construction and the Built Environment

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment

Why study Construction and the Built Environment at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

What will I study in this subject?

Unit

Title

Content

1

Construction Principles

Learners will develop an understanding of the underlying principles used in the design, construction and refurbishment of buildings and infrastructure.  We will cover construction materials, processes, effects of temperature and the behaviour of materials under load, solving practical construction problems and human comfort.

2

Construction Design

Learners will apply the principles and practice of design and construction for low and medium rise buildings and structures. We will cover the design process, building design production, construction methods and techniques and sustainability.

4

Construction Technology

Learners will examine the underlying principles and construction methods using in the construction of buildings and their associated external works. We will cover forms of low rise construction, foundation design, superstructure design and external works.

5

Health and Safety in Construction

Learners will carry out a safe system of work and investigate the significance of safety system reviews including the responsibility of employees and employers.

We will cover health and safety legislation, the development of a safe system of work for construction operations and understanding the need for the review of safety systems. 

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

  • Lessons are delivered in a number of different ways to ensure students get a great experience.
  • This course involves theoretical study and is not a practical course.
  • Independent study outside lessons may involve research, group presentations, writing up lesson notes using Cornell notes, creating revision resources, self quizzing, past papers and completion of assignment work. 

How will I be assessed?

Unit

Title

Type

1

Construction Principles

External Assessment

Written Exam – 1 hours 30 minutes

75 marks

2

Construction Design

Synoptic Assessment

Task set and marked by Pearson

Completed under supervised conditions

12 hours in a two week period set by Pearson

4

Construction Technology

Internal Assessment – 3 written assignments

5

Health and Safety in Construction

Internal Assessment – 3 written assignments

Is this the right course for me?

To be successful, you must be a strong independent learner who can analyse and decimate written and numerical information accurately. You need to relish the challenges of researching, conducting and analysing data, and enjoy working collaboratively. If you are keen to broaden your knowledge of construction at a technical or professional level, or are interested in studying a construction related degree at university, this course will suit you.

Economics

Edexcel A Level Economics

Why study Economics at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

What will I study in this subject?

There are four themes covered in Year 12 and Year 13

  • 1: Competitive Markets (Y12) looks at the basics, Demand and Supply and Market Failure.
  • 2: Managing the Economy (Y12) looks at the UK Economy and government.
  • 3: Business Economics and Economic Efficiency (Y13) looks at competition and firms.
  • 4: The Global Economy (Y13) looks at Globalisation, Trade, Development and Poverty.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

  • Lessons involve a mix of taught content, group discussion, answering practice questions and investigating case studies.
  • Independent learning involves exam practice, further reading, and staying up to date with current affairs by watching/reading/listening to the news on a regular basis.

How will I be assessed?

  • The course is 100% exam, with 3 exams sat in June of Y13.
  • Papers are a mix of multiple choice questions, data questions and essay questions.
  • Paper 1: 2 hours. Questions on Theme 1 and 3. 35% of marks.
  • Paper 2: 2 hours. Questions on Theme 2 and 4. 35% of marks.
  • Paper 3: 2 hours. Questions on all 4 Themes. 30% of marks

Is this the right course for me?

  • Prior knowledge of Economics is not needed to study the course but you will need to be able to write essay-style questions in exams, so English is very important.
  • It links well with Government and Politics, Business Studies and Geography.
  • Economics can be useful if you are interested in a career in business, journalism, politics, finance and accounting, marketing, engineering or IT.

Engineering

AQA Level 3 Foundation Technical Level Engineering

Why study Engineering at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

What will I study in this subject?

  • You will complete four units over the 2 years and all of the units in this qualification are mandatory. These units are:
  • Unit 1 – Materials, Technology and Science (External examination – 1 Hour 45 minutes)
  • Unit 2 – Mechanical Systems (Externally set and externally assessed – 20 hours)
  • Unit 4 – Engineering Design (Internally assessed)
  • Unit 5 – Production and Manufacturing (Internally assessed)

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

  • Lessons within Engineering will consist of a range of teaching techniques that aim to stretch and challenge students within both a practical and a theoretical environment. Students are provided with all the resources required to support with the completion of internal assessments and these are all introduced in lessons prior to controlled assessment sessions.
  • Students are expected to carry out independent learning which will follow on from content given in lessons. Regular deadlines are set for students to meet to ensure that progress is driven and work is completed within the controlled assessment timings given by the examination board.

How will I be assessed?

  • You will complete four units over the 2 years and all of the units in this qualification are mandatory.
  • One of the units is examined and one is an externally marked practical assignment.
  • The other two units are internally set and marked by the tutor.

(See ‘What will I study in this subject?’ box for more information).

Is this the right course for me?

To be successful, you must be a strong independent learner who can analyse and decimate written and numerical information accurately. You need to relish the challenges of researching, conducting and analysing data from practical investigations, and enjoy working collaboratively. If you are keen to broaden your knowledge of engineering applications, or are interested in studying an engineering related degree at university, this course will suit you.

English Language

AQA A level English Language

Why study English Language at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

What will I study in this subject?

‘Language, the Individual and Society’ will introduce you to textual variations and representations, children’s language development (0-11 years) and methods of language analysis.

‘Language Diversity and Change’ will allow you to explore language diversity and change over time. You will study the key concepts of audience, purpose and mode as well as language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts.

‘Language in Action’ will allow you to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon your writing expertise. This is a non-exam assessment where you will be expected to produce a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data) and a piece of original writing with commentary (750 words each).

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

  • Your English Language lessons will be seminar-style, meaning that you will engage in group discussions to further your understanding of the content. Furthermore, you will be required to work both in groups and individually to deliver presentations to the rest of your class.
  • Independent study is an essential part of the course and you will need to read around the subject and understand new vocabulary and language theories in order to apply them to exam questions.

How will I be assessed?

 Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks

Section A - Textual Variations and Representations

Section B - Child Language Development

 

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 40% of A level

Section A - Language Diversity and Change

Section B - Language Discourses

 

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action (20% of A level)

  • Language Investigation 2,000 words
  • Original Writing and commentary 1,500 words

Is this the right course for me?

You need to be able to analyse in depth and get to grips with a vast amount of linguistic terminology very quickly. You will also need to be proficient in written communication, expressing yourself in a logical, accurate and often creative manner. You should enjoy unpicking language, including grammar, and deciphering its meanings.

English Literature

AQA A level English Literature A

Why study English Literature at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

What will I study in this subject?

Paper 1: Love through the ages

Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play.

  • William Shakespeare’s Othello - a timeless story about race, love, jealousy and betrayal.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby – the novel follows Jay Gatsby, a man who orders his life around one desire: to be reunited with Daisy Buchanan, the love he lost five years earlier.
  • AQA anthology of love poetry through the ages pre-1900 - this anthology allows students to encounter a range of different types of poem as they study representations of love over time.

 

Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts

Option 2A: WW1 and its aftermath

Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000.

  • Pat Barker’s Life Class ­- this novel is about students at the Slade School of Art in the first years of the twentieth century, one of whom volunteers to serve in a front line hospital during the First World War.
  • R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End - set in the trenches near Saint-Quentin, Aisne in 1918, towards the end of the First World War, Journey's End gives a glimpse into the experiences of the officers of a British Army infantry company.
  • Catherine Reilly’s poetry collection, Scars Upon My Heart - a poetry anthology which focuses upon poetry written by women during the First World War often from the wives and girlfriends who had loved ones serving in Europe as well as the poems from those who had lost loved ones.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

Essay work is regularly required, though writing in this course will vary in length and style. Students will also be expected to research topics and give presentations to the other members of their class. They should be prepared to pursue their own reading interests and to read around the set texts, including reference to critical sources. Students are expected to work collaboratively and independently. Teachers use study methods that encourage students to develop their own informed responses to texts including, for example, literary debates and different drama activities.

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Love through the ages

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A level

Section A: William Shakespeare’s Othello: one passage-based question with linked essay (25 marks)

Section B: Unseen poetry: compulsory essay question on two unseen poems (25 marks)

Section C: Comparing texts: one essay question linking F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and poems from the AQA anthology of love poetry through the ages pre-1900 (25 marks)

 

Paper 2: Texts in shared context

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A level

Section A: One essay question on Catherine Reilly’s poetry collection, Scars Upon My Heart (25 marks)

Section B: Contextual linking

  • one compulsory question on an unseen extract (25 marks)
  • one essay question linking Journey’s End and Life Class (25 marks)

 

Non-exam assessment: Independent critical study: texts across time

Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900 One extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography

  • 50 marks
  • 20% of A level
  • assessed by teachers
  • moderated by AQA

Is this the right course for me?

You need to enjoy reading for this course. You will have to read a vast range of texts independently. You should also be proficient at close analysis and essay writing. You will be required to research around the subject, engaging with critics and contextual factors that surround a text.

Geography

AQA A Level Geography

Why study Geography at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

  • Results in 2018 were extremely strong, with 45% of students achieving A*-B and 73% achieving A*-C.
  • Students on the course benefit from four compulsory days of fieldwork undertaken over the two years including a city trip, a coastal trip and a two day UK residential to complete the coursework element of the A level.
  • There have been many successful students who have gone on to study Geography-related degrees, including students recently securing places at the University of York.
  • Staff teaching the course have extensive and detailed subject knowledge, as well as a real passion for geography.

What will I study in this subject?

  • Physical Paper – Water and carbon cycles, Coastal systems and Landscapes and Hazards
  • Human Paper – Changing Places, Global systems and global governance and population and the environment

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

  • Students will experience a variety of lessons from classroom-based learning of geographical theories and processes to computer lessons using GIS software, and enquiry lessons investigating a range of geographical topics.
  • Students will be given independent study to complete. This will often involve reading such as geography-based journal and geo-files, or involve homework such as flipped learning, exam questions and the creation of retrieval/revision resources.

How will I be assessed?

  • At the end of Year 13, students will sit two exams, each 2.5 hours long.
  • Physical geography exam: 120 marks, 5 questions (2 of which are compulsory and one is chosen by the topic chosen by the teacher).
  • Human geography exam: 120 marks, 5 questions (2 of which are compulsory and one is chosen by the topic chosen by the teacher).
  • Exams make up 80% of the marks for the course.
  • The NEA element (non-examined assessment) is worth the remaining 20% and is an investigational research/data collection project based on one of the topics learnt within the specification. This is linked to the two day residential completed in Year 13.

Is this the right course for me?

  • Skills needed include a passion for the subject, good literacy and numeracy skills, an inquisitive outlook on your learning, and the ability to use a wide range of skills to link physical processes and human characteristics together synoptically.

Health and Social Care

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care National Extended Certificate/Diploma

Why study Health and Social Care at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

What will I study in this subject?

Extended Certificate

  • Human Lifespan Development – This unit covers physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan and the factors affecting the development and the effects of ageing.
  • Working in Health and Social Care – This unit explores what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.
  • Meeting the Needs of Individual Care and Support Needs – The focus of this unit is on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.
  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs – This unit explores the role of health and social care services in providing care and support to individual with additional needs.

Diploma

  • Human Lifespan Development – This unit covers physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan and the factors affecting the development and the effects of ageing.
  • Working in Health and Social Care – This unit explores what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.
  • Enquiries into current Research in Health and Social Care – This unit will involve students investigating a current health issue and the purpose of research methods in health and social care.
  • Meeting the Needs of Individual Care and Support Needs – The focus of this unit is on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care – This is a practical unit and is dependent upon student completing their internship in a health and social care setting.
  • Principle of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care – This unit explores safe practices in health and social care settings and identifies the complaints procedures and duty of care.
  • Promoting Public Health – This unit involves research of public health issues and how they are promoted in the UK.
  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs – This unit explores the role of health and social care services in providing care and support to individual with additional needs.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

  • Learning in the classroom will be characterised by key activities which vary within each unit. Some lessons will involve specialist speakers, some will be teacher-led and some student-led.
  • Students will have the opportunity also to have some practical activities ranging from use of a wheelchair/walker/mobility aids to using interactive babies and having parents with their babies visit the school.
  • Students are expected to complete further independent study outside of lessons and the expectations for this would be at least additional hour for every hour studied in school.

How will I be assessed?

Extended Certificate

  • Over the two year course there are 2 external (exam) units and 2 internal (coursework) units.
  • Both exam units are 1.5 hours in length and are set and marked by Pearson.
  • Both internal units will be completed after the teaching both in and out of the classroom and marked by the teacher. Verification of the mark will be through the Pearson verification process.

Diploma

  • Over the 2 year course there are 2 external (exam) units, 1 controlled assessment and 5 internal (coursework) units.
  • The 2 exams units are 1.5 hours in length and are set and marked by Pearson.
  • The controlled assessment will be assessed in 2 parts and are set and marked by Pearson.
  • All the internal units will be completed after the teaching both in and out of the classroom and marked by the teacher and verification of the mark will be through the Pearson verification process.

Is this the right course for me?

  • Students need to have an understanding of, and an interest in, health and social care settings and work.
  • This is ideal for students who wish to go into a career in the caring profession, or may also be an option for those interested in pursuing a career as a doctor, dentist, care assistant or teacher.

History

AQA A Level History

Why study History at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

The average ALPs grade achieved by the department over the last four years has been a 4 (classified as ‘very good’).

You get to set your own coursework question, exploring a topic you hold a personal interest in. You will spend approximately six months researching into an issue or era of your choice and write an essay on it worth 20% of your A level grade. Our students always enjoy the freedom and flexibility the choice of coursework allows.

The course focuses on just two fascinating topics (inter-war Germany and the Tudors), so you will become an expert on two hugely important periods of history.

What will I study in this subject?

Germany, 1918-1939

  • What was life like in Germany before Hitler?
  • Why did Hitler come into power?
  • How did Hitler change Germany?

Tudor England, 1485-1603

  • What were the key actions of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth?
  • How secure was the Tudor hold over England?
  • Did society improve under these monarchs?

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

Most lessons are spent discovering the engaging and interesting developments in Germany or England. There will be lots of discussion, debate and questioning during our time in class.

You will spend a lot of time looking at primary and secondary sources to see what they reveal about life during these periods and using your own knowledge to test whether the sources are accurate or reliable.

You will also have the chance to develop your extended essay writing skills

Most of your independent study will focus on reading around the topics to add detail to your notes or revising key content by creating summary resources and self-testing.

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1 – The Tudors: This will be a 2.5 hour exam and you will answer one source question and two write two essays. (40%)

Paper 2 – Germany: Again, this is a 2.5 hour exam and you will answer one source question and two write two essays. (40%)

Coursework: This is a 4,000 word project on a topic of your choice. (20%)

Is this the right course for me?

You will love History if you:

  • Are interested in pursuing a career in law, journalism, politics, business etc.
  • Like to conduct independent research into topics
  • Have a keen interest in one area / event / topic in History. This can be your coursework choice.
  • Enjoy reading
  • Like debating and class discussions.

IT

Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT

Why study IT at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

IT is always a popular choice for our students because they enjoy the subject and know they can be successful in it. We are also extremely well resourced and have dedicated Computer Science suites in our Sixth Form building with dual screen monitors designed for programming. Topics are carefully matched to faculty staff with expertise in the subject area. 

IT assists in the development of transferrable skills such as communication and problem solving. The optional units we study encourage the development of time management, and research and analytical skills, as well as emphasising the need for good written and verbal communication.

What will I study in this subject?

There are 5 units:

Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT

In this unit you will learn a sound understanding of IT technologies and practices essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Mobility+ and Cisco IT Essentials.

 

Unit 2: Global Information

The skills gained by completing this unit will give you knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. You will also learn about how individuals use information of various types. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as VM Ware.

 

Unit 3: Cyber Security

This unit has been designed to enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on both individuals and organisations. Learning within this unit will also support the delivery of the Cisco Cyber Security and CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Mobility+ qualifications as well as UK government cyber security initiatives.

 

Unit 17: Internet of Everything

This unit is about the use of the internet and how it is impacting people and society. You will learn about the Internet of Everything (IoE) and how it is used. Using your knowledge you will carry out a feasibility study for a potential idea. You will pitch your idea to potential stakeholders and use their feedback to revise your proposal. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as Cisco IoE.

 

Unit 9: Product Development

The purpose of this unit is to prepare you to undertake product development activities. You

will learn about different product design methodologies and the role of the product development life cycle. The skills that you will learn can be applied to the development of any product, large or small.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

Lessons will be 100% focused on the exam units in Year 12. You will be tested in mock exams throughout the year to prepare you for these. Year 13 will focus on the 3 units of coursework.

Independent study outside lessons will involve you revising from your revision folder and spending the time completing coursework required for the pre-set deadlines.

Extended writing work is required regularly in both theory and coursework lessons. You will also be expected to research topics and give presentations to the other members of the class. You are expected to keep up to date with current affairs relating to business and economics. Students will be expected to work collaboratively as well as independently. Teachers use study methods that encourage students to develop their own informed responses to texts including, for example, group interviews, presentations and also real life case studies.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT
    • Hardware, Software, Networks, Communication, Issues
    • Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)
    • Section A: Multiple choice on any aspect of the unit (20 marks)
    • Section B: Evaluative writing questions on a case study for a given scenario (60 marks)
  • Unit 2: Global Information
    • Information, Data, Legislation, Security
    • Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)
    • Evaluative writing questions on a case study for a given scenario
  • Unit 3: Cyber Security
    • Cyber Security, Issues, Measures, Managing Incidents
    • Exam – 1 hour (60 marks)
    • Evaluative writing questions on a case study for a given scenario
  • Unit 17: Internet of Everything
    • The Internet of Everything, Repurposing technology, Presenting Ideas
    • Coursework
    • 5 Pass tasks, 3 Merit tasks, 2 Distinction tasks
  • Unit 9: Product Development
    • The Product Development Life Cycle, Designing Products, Implement and Test Products, Carry out Acceptance Testing
    • Coursework
    • 8 Pass tasks, 3 Merit tasks, 2 Distinction tasks

Is this the right course for me?

Students considering the course will need to be able to write extended, evaluative pieces of writing. In addition to this, students will also need to be able to learn a vast amount of technical terminology for each of the exams. This subject also requires a detailed understanding of computing and IT at a level that allows you to access professional qualifications from nationally recognised providers.

Mathematics

AQA A Level Mathematics

Why study Maths at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

What will I study in this subject?

  • Pure Mathematics - The use and application of algebra, trigonometry and other core mathematical skills.
  • Mechanics – An applied unit that focuses on the real world problems such as kinematics, forces and moments.
  • Statistics – An applied unit that focus on real life uses of mathematics to analyse data and trends focusing on topics such as sampling, hypothesis testing and probability.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

  • Teaching in Maths consists of nine one hour lessons over two weeks.
  • Lessons usually consist of teacher-led examples followed by questions set for students to complete as individuals or as groups where appropriate.
  • Many lessons will be used to complete improvements on set independent learning or exam papers.
  • Students are set independent study to compliment what they have learnt in lesson and are expected to complete independent study on topics they need more practice on.
  • In general, students are set one hour of independent study for each hour of teaching.

How will I be assessed?

  • Three two hour exams at the end of Year 13.
  • Each exam consists of 100 marks and will make up one third of your overall grade.
  • Paper 1 will be Pure Maths (2 hours)
  • Paper 2 will be Pure and Mechanics (2 hours)
  • Paper 3 will be Pure and Statistics (2 hours)

Is this the right course for me?

  • This course is suitable for students with a passion for maths combined with the dedication to work hard in the subject.
  • Students should be organised, self-motivated learners who are willing to ask questions both in and outside of lesson time.

Mathematics (Further)

AQA A Level Further Mathematics

Why study Further Maths at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

  • You will achieve two A levels when studying this course, one in Maths and one in Further Maths.
  • We have a strong team of A level teachers who have been teaching the subject for many years and have a history of excellent A level results.
  • Students at Ridgewood have said that the support given to them by teachers is exemplary; we are always willing to spend time with students to help them if they are struggling.
  • Maths is one the most popular facilitating subject and it is essential for many higher education courses and careers.
  • In 2018, 100% of students achieved an A* or A grade.

What will I study in this subject?

Year 12:

  • You will complete the A level Maths course in Year 12. Please see the A level Maths Course Information sheet for more details.

Year 13:

  • You will complete the Further Maths course in Year 13. It will consist of a pure module and a choice of two from three applied modules.
  • Pure Mathematics – a more advanced version of the A level course which introduces some new topics and expands on the topics taught in the A level Maths course.

       Pick two from the following three options:

  • Mechanics
  • Statistics
  • Discrete

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

  • Teaching in Further Maths consists of 18 one hour lessons over two weeks.
  • Lessons usually consist of teacher-led examples followed by questions set for students to complete as individuals or as groups where appropriate.
  • Many lessons will be used to complete improvements on set independent learning or exam papers.
  • Students are set independent study to compliment what they have learnt in lesson and are expected to complete independent study on topics they need more practice on.
  • In general, students are set one hour of independent study for each hour of teaching.

How will I be assessed?

For the A level In Maths:

  • Three two hour exams at the end of Year 12.
  • Each exam consists of 100 marks and will make up one third of your overall grade.
  • Paper 1 will be Pure Maths (2 hours)
  • Paper 2 will be Pure and Mechanics (2 hours)

Paper 3 will be Pure and Statistics (2 hours)

For the A level in Further Maths:

  • Three two hour exams at the end of Year 13.
  • Each exam consists of 100 marks and will make up one third of your overall grade.
  • Paper 1 will be Pure Maths (2 hours)
  • Paper 2 will be Pure Maths (2 hours)
  • Paper 3 will be a mixture of the two applied options

Is this the right course for me?

  • This course is suitable for students with a passion for maths combined with the dedication to work hard in the subject.
  • Students should be thoroughly interested in maths and its applications as it will take up half of your study time at the Sixth Form.
  • Students should be organised, self-motivated learners who are willing to ask questions both in and outside of lesson time.

Performing Arts

Edexcel BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts Level 3

Why study BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

What will I study in this subject?

  • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work

In Unit 1 you will explore the work of two influential practitioners in response to a set task from the exam board. You will identify cultural factors that influence their work such as creative intentions, performance, production and range of repertoire to make independent judgements.

  • Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Performance

In Unit 2 you will develop your performance skills through a range of workshops and classes to develop the necessary interpretative, technical and acting skills.

  • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop

In Unit 3, you are provided with a given stimulus and through discussion, research and practical exploration will create a performance in response to the stimulus that will be presented to a live audience.

  • Unit 19: Acting Styles

In Unit 19 you will practically explore a range of acting styles used by a range of theatre practitioners. You will research and discuss the chosen practitioner’s techniques and review your progress in supporting your development as a performer.

  • Unit 27: Musical Theatre Techniques

In this unit you will explore a range of different musical theatre styles through research as well as exploring practically the skills required for development as a musical theatre performer. This is suitable for you if you have a passion for musical theatre vocals.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

  • A typical lesson in BTEC Performing Arts will be a mixture of practical exploration and discussion. You will be expected to make notes on the practical work and reflect on your development as a performer.
  • It is an expectation that you will complete research and exploration of theatre practitioners and styles outside of lesson. This may include reading extracts of plays, reading reports or journals on material or even watching performances through our theatre subscription packages.

How will I be assessed?

  • Units 2, 19 and 27 are all internally assessed. This means you will submit a range of written and practical work that your teacher will mark.
  • Unit 1 and 3 are externally assessed. For Unit 1 you will be set a question by the exam board and will have a four week period to research and prepare work for the exam. The exam will then take place for 3 hours after this research period.  For Unit 3 you will be set a stimulus by the board and will complete milestone log entries of your development and exploration of your performance as well as an evaluation. All of this, including the performance, will be sent to an external examiner.

Is this the right course for me?

  • It is essential that you have a passion for the performing arts and the willingness to contribute to enrichment and trips in the subject area.
  • You must be confident in performing in front of others and committed to after school rehearsals for performance pieces.

Physics

AQA A Level Physics

Why study Physics at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

If you choose to study Physics at A level, you will get to explore the fundamental nature of almost everything that we know of.  Physicists explore the entire universe by probing the smallest pieces of matter. By taking A level Physics, you will be starting your journey into a world deep beneath the surface of what you can actually see.

One of our largest faculties, the Science team boasts fifteen teachers and three technicians. Within this team we have three highly qualified specialised Physics teachers. Their backgrounds and expertise cover a wide breadth of areas including engineering, and nuclear and thermal physics. We have three specialist post-16 laboratories in Faraday where the majority of teaching takes place, one for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There is also an additional STEM room (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Our A level Physics laboratory is highly resourced with practical equipment that you will use frequently during your studies.

Former alumni of the Physics department at Ridgewood have progressed to study Medicine, Astrophysics, Radiography, Physics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical engineering, Computer science and Aeronautical engineering. 

What will I study in this subject?

First year of A level

Second year of A level

 

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and energy
  5. Electricity

 

  1. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  2. Fields
  3. Nuclear physics

 

Plus one option from the following –

Astrophysics

Medical physics

Engineering physics

Turning points in physics

Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

• investigating interference and diffraction of laser light

• measuring acceleration due to gravity

• investigating systems that oscillate

• investigation of the links between temperature, volume and pressure

• safe use of ionising radiation

• investigating magnetic fields.

These practical activities will enable you to develop key investigative skills. Importantly, if you choose to study a Physics-based degree at university, you’ll have the practical skills and confidence needed to carry out successful experiments.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

Physics lessons at Ridgewood will contain a variety of different tasks to suit all learners’ needs. examples of tasks completed on a daily basis include:

  • Fact recall quizzes
  • Hands on practical activities
  • Paired discussions
  • Group work
  • Research tasks
  • Teacher led worked examples
  • Teacher led lecture style delivery of content
  • Exam question practice and guidance
  • Opportunity to ask questions

We also strive to give students regular written feedback on classwork so that you know exactly how to improve and achieve a better grade.

Independent study time will also contain a variety of tasks including the following:

  • Making revision resources
  • Enhancing key notes
  • Answering questions
  • Researching practical activities
  • Researching content prior to the lesson it is to be taught
  • Completing exam paper practice
  • Responding to your teacher’s marking and feedback

How will I be assessed?

There is no coursework. However, your performance during practical investigations will be assessed. There are three, 2 hour exams at the end of the two year linear A level course.  At least 15% of the exam marks are based on what you learned during practical investigations and at least 40% of the marks assess mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above.

Is this the right course for me?

You can study A level Physics with either separate or combined sciences at GCSE, but speak to your science teacher about whether it is the right choice for you. You need to enjoy the mix of theoretical and practical work. It links well with other sciences and maths. Physics can be useful if you are interested in studying a science-based degree at university.

Politics

Edexcel A Level Politics

Why study Politics at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

Students who take Politics invariably develop a lifelong passion for the subject. For example, 50% of the students who took their exams in 2018 went on to study Politics or a related course at university.

Results in the department have been very strong over time. Over the past four years, we have averaged an ALPs grade 4 (classified as “very good”). Over two thirds of the results students achieved in 2018 were either at A or B grade.

There are lots of enrichment opportunities on offer. As our local MP, Ed Miliband is a regular visitor, attending on three occasions last year to work with Sixth Form Politics students. We also had a talk from a sitting member of the House of Lords and multiple other visitors from the local area including the CEO of the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce.

Studying Politics enables students to cover fascinating topics relevant to today’s world.

What will I study in this subject?

Paper 1 – UK Politics:

  • Democracy and Participation (how can people influence politics?)
  • Political Parties (what do different parties stand for?)
  • Electoral Systems
  • Voting Behaviour and the Media (what affects the way people choose to vote?)
  • Core Political Ideas (Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism)

Paper 2 – UK Government

  • The Constitution (how has the political system changed over time?)
  • Parliament (how effective are the Commons and the Lords?)
  • The Prime Minister (how powerful is this role?)
  • The relationship between the PM, Parliament and Courts
  • Anarchism

Paper 3 – Comparative Politics (USA)

  • The Constitution (what sort of America did the Founding Fathers want?)
  • US Congress (how is Congress different from Parliament?)
  • Presidency (how is Trump different from May?)
  • Supreme Court (what powers does this institution hold to change America?)
  • Democracy and Participation (how can people influence politics?)

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

  • Our lessons are like ‘seminar workshops’ at university
  • There is a lot of discussion and debate around complex political issues
  • We access contemporary and historical texts
  • You will also have the chance to develop your extended essay writing skills
  • Independent study work will focus on wider-reading around the topic we look at in class, building up a revision fact-file, and constantly self-testing on important content.

How will I be assessed?

There will be three terminal examinations at the end of Year 13, with no coursework:

Paper 1) UK Politics – 2 hours

Paper 2) UK Government – 2 hours

Paper 3) Comparative Politics (USA) – 2 hours

Is this the right course for me?

You will love Politics if you:

  • Enjoy reading
  • Like to write extended essays
  • Watch the news, or are interested in current affairs
  • Are considering a career in politics, law, journalism, business, teaching etc.
  • Are prepared to spend a considerable amount of time self-testing on important information.

Product Design

AQA A Level Design and Technology: Product Design

Why study Product Design at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

What will I study in this subject?

You will complete three units over the two years.  This qualification is linear so you will sit all your exams and submit all your non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

The units you will study are:

Unit 1 – Technical Principles.

Unit 2 - Designing and making principles - split into 2 areas: Product Analysis and Commercial Manufacture.

Unit 3 – NEA (Non-examined Assessment): Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles. Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

  • Lessons will consist of a range of teaching techniques that aim to stretch and challenge students in both a practical and a theoretical environment. Students are provided with all the resources required to support with the completion of internal coursework element as well as having theory lessons in order to prepare for the exams.
  • Students are expected to carry out independent learning which will follow on from content given in lessons. Regular deadlines are set for students to meet to ensure that progress is driven and work is completed within the NEA timings given by the examination board.

How will I be assessed?

  • You will complete three units over the two years

Unit 1 – Technical Principles. (2 hours and 30 minutes written paper)

  • 120 marks
  • 30% of A-level

Unit 2 - Designing and making principles (1 hour and 30 minutes)

  • 80 marks
  • 20% of A-level

Split into 2 areas

  • Product Analysis: 30 marks
  • Commercial Manufacture: 50 marks

Unit 3 – NEA (Non-examined Assessment): Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles. This will be a substantial design and make project.

Is this the right course for me?

To be successful, you must be a strong independent learner who can analyse and decimate written and numerical information accurately. You should enjoy both the practical and the theory element of the subject.  You will enjoy designing and problem solving as well as having an interest in evolving technologies.

Psychology

AQA A Level Psychology

Why study Psychology at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

The AQA (Specification A) Psychology course at Ridgewood Sixth Form has been designed to introduce the nature of psychology as a science. You will have the opportunity to discover psychological approaches, consider issues and debate throughout your studies. The course provides an emphasis on applying knowledge from a range of topics such as attachment, biopsychology and forensic psychology.

Last summer, the Sociology and Psychology departments teamed up to organise a trip to the Nottingham Courts of Justice. This trip was so successful that we are hoping to run it again in summer 2019. The trip involved two interactive workshops and our psychology students particularly enjoyed the courtroom workshop where they were able to piece together a defence for a case of diminished responsibility. This had a specific focus for our students as it enabled a case to be assembled regarding schizophrenia and preventable violent behaviour.

At Ridgewood Sixth Form, Psychology is one of our most popular subjects. Our students comment on their enjoyment of lessons and the approachable nature of their teachers. Lessons take a variety of forms with an emphasis on developing evaluation skills and tying together knowledge from each topic. A particular strength for Psychology is the success of our previous year groups; we attribute their results to their interest in the course, the availability of quality resources and the interactive and enjoyable lessons.

What will I study in this subject?

Topics you will study include social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology, approaches, biopsychology, research methods, issues and debates, relationships, schizophrenia and forensic psychology.

·         Social influence: the types and explanations of conformity, reasons why people obey and how a minority can cause social change.

·         Memory: how the brain processes information and stores memories, why we forget things and how to improve eye witness testimony.

·         Attachment: care-giver and infant interactions, the role of the father and animal studies into attachment.

·         Psychopathology: understanding, explaining and how to treat phobias, OCD and depression.

·         Approaches: the ways the human mind is studied and the effective therapies that have been developed as a result.

·         Biopsychology: understanding the role of neurons, the structure and function of the brain and the role that biological rhythms play in determining human behaviours.

·         Research methods: learning about the methods used to gain insight into human behaviour, designing and evaluating research studies with the aim of improving them.

·         Issues and debates: identifying the gender, culture and ethical issues experienced in research and contemplating the main debates regarding free will and determined factors.

·         Relationships: understanding factors affecting romantic relationships, how to maintain relationships, why relationships come to an end and how the internet is changing the nature of relationships.

·         Schizophrenia: explaining where schizophrenia originates from, how to treat schizophrenia effectively and how it can be managed in mental health institutions.

·         Forensic psychology: defining and explaining why criminal behaviours occur, how to treat criminal behaviour and manage it within prison.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

Psychology lessons are designed to be challenging. In most lessons you will consider a brand-new explanation or treatment and be asked to evaluate whether these have served their purpose based on evidence. Therefore, debate is necessary to create balanced and well-reasoned arguments and our lessons reflect this. In addition, careful consideration of research methods is necessary in every lesson to encourage you to present alternative ideas for conducting valid research.

Independent study involves a range of activities; we often direct students to read ahead of lessons, complete exam style questions and create detailed essay plans and work towards detailed and well-planned revision.

How will I be assessed?

There is no coursework included in the Psychology A level but there are 3 exams at the end of Year 13.

Each exam is 2 hours long, with a total of 96 marks per paper (33.3% of your overall A level grade per paper). All exams contain multiple choice questions, short answer questions worth 4, 6, 8 or 10 marks and extended writing questions worth 16 marks.

·         Paper 1 – Social Influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology.

·         Paper 2 – Approaches, biopsychology and research methods.

·         Paper 3 – Issues and debates, relationships, schizophrenia and forensic psychology.

Is this the right course for me?

Students considering the course will need to be able to analyse theories, methods and treatments for various disorders, and are required to know and apply these in detail through your written communication. Sound essay writing skills and the ability to elaborate are also crucial. You will also need to keep organised folders, notes and manage your revision. The ability to study independently whilst considering your own strengths and weaknesses to quickly improve on you work is important.

The Psychology course is suited to students who are interested in teaching or becoming a healthcare professional, as well as for those considering working within the business sector and human resources, working with children and adults with mental health concerns, and within the justice system. Psychology at Ridgewood Sixth Form is often a brand-new subject for many of our students so prior knowledge is not mandatory. Students who are organised, self-disciplined and hard-working will suit the course well.

Religious Studies

OCR A Level Religious Studies

Why study Philosophy and Ethics (Religious Studies) at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

·         Ridgewood Sixth Form is a great place to study A level Religious Studies for many reasons. The results achieved by the department are rated as an ALPS 3 (‘Excellent’), in 2018 all students achieved their target grades, 100% of grades were at least a C grade, and 80% of grades were A*-B.

·         Whilst studying Religious Studies at A level you also have access to excellent teacher support with a dedicated team of specialists with a wealth of experience and very strong subject knowledge.

·         Studying Religious Studies A level has many other benefits such as developing your evaluation and debating skills as well as critical thinking, research, interpretation, presentation and communication.

What will I study in this subject?

Philosophy of religion

·         Ancient philosophical influences (Plato and Aristotle’s views on truth and the nature of reality)

·         The nature of the soul, mind and body

·         Arguments about the existence of God (Ontological Argument, Cosmological Argument and Teleological Argument)

·         The nature and impact of Religious Experience

·         The challenge for religious belief of the Problem of evil

·         Ideas about the nature of God (what is God like, how should we talk about him)

·         Issues in Religious Language (How do we talk about God meaningfully)

Religion and ethics

·         Normative ethical theories (theories which tell us how to make moral decisions, including Situation Ethics, Utilitarianism, Natural Moral Law, Kant’s Ethics)

·         The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance (Euthanasia and Business Ethics)

·         Ethical language and thought (How do we use language meaningfully in Ethics)

·         Debates surrounding the significant idea of Conscience

·         Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs

Developments in Christian Thought

·         Augustine’s Teaching on Human Nature (how Augustine’s views on Human Nature have been affected by his Christian beliefs and life)

·         Death and the Afterlife

·         Knowledge of God’s Existence (how can we know God meaningfully)

·         The person of Jesus Christ

·         Christian moral principles (how Christians make their moral decisions)

·         Christian moral action (the action taken by Bonhoeffer based on his Christian beliefs)

·         Religious pluralism and theology and Religious pluralism and society (how should a Religious Society function and Christian views on a Religiously plural society)

·         Gender and society  and Gender and theology (issues of Gender within both society and Christianity)

·         The Challenge of Secularism (how religion is challenged in modern society by Secular and Atheistic views)

·         Liberation Theology and Marx (how Christian beliefs on Liberation Theology and treatment of the poor can be linked to the views on Marx and Communism)

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

·         Learning in A level Religious Studies lessons will be varied and include discussion and debate, opportunities for independent study and research and wider reading.

·         You will be required to complete independent study for this subject but it will always be focusing on ensuring you gain the highest grades. Examples include wider reading and critique of philosophical and ethical texts, research projects, revision and exam preparation, and evaluative style essay questions.

How will I be assessed?

·         The course is 100% written exams which are all sat at the end of Year 13.

·         There are three exams in total, each out of 120 marks and each 2 hours in length.

·         In each exam you will choose to answer 3 of a possible 4 evaluative essay questions.

Is this the right course for me?

·         You need to engage in wider reading and research outside of the classroom, engendering your love of learning and philosophical issues.

·         Critical and evaluative skills are a must for studying A level Religious Studies, as well as a keen interest in Philosophical and Ultimate questions of religious, philosophical and ethical content.

·         The course is suited to any student who has an inquisitive mind, enjoys debating philosophical and ethical issues and who enjoys extended writing and reading.  

Sociology

AQA A Level Sociology

Why study Sociology at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Sociology. The A level Sociology course at Ridgewood allows students the opportunity to learn about a variety of fascinating topics including Education, Families and Households, Beliefs in Society, and Crime and Deviance. Students at Ridgewood have enjoyed studying this selection of topics because of the variety that the AQA course offers.

Last summer, the Sociology and Psychology departments teamed together to organise a trip to the Nottingham Courts of Justice. This trip was so successful that we are hoping to run it again in summer 2019. The trip involved two interactive workshops: one where students were able to take part in a courtroom workshop and piece together a defence for a case of diminished responsibility, and an activity which comprised of students having access to historical case evidence on a “Brides in the Bathtub” murder inquiry.

At Ridgewood you will enjoy each and every lesson in Sociology. The team is committed to making sure lessons are not only geared to your needs but are engaging and challenging too. A particular strength of Sociology A level at Ridgewood is the wealth of resources and subject knowledge your teachers possess.

Our students would also happily agree that the teachers you will have at Ridgewood are friendly, will stop at nothing to help you and above all else pride themselves on being approachable.

What will I study in this subject?

Topics you will study include: Education, Families and Households, Theory and Methods, Crime and Deviance, and Beliefs in Society.

·         Education: the role and function of the education system and the differences in attainment across groups of individuals such as different ethnicities, genders and social classes.

·         Families and Households: the changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing, including the sociology of personal life, and the diversity of contemporary family and household structures.

·         Theory and Methods: the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing the choice of topic, choice of methods to be used in sociology research and how to conduct research effectively.

·         Crime and Deviance: the distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime.

·         Beliefs in society: religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

In Sociology, lessons are typically designed to encourage debate amongst the class members. Debate often will inform your essays and the evaluation you make about the methods used or the topic studied. For example, during your study of the research methods topic, we enjoy conducting research using any participants we can access at the time (in an ethical and appropriate manner). This often helps our students to easily see the issues with the methods they have been given to use and will help to improve the quality of evaluation.

Independent study involves a range of activities; we often direct students to read ahead of lessons, complete summary questions and create detailed essay plans.

How will I be assessed?

There is no coursework included in the Sociology A level but there are three exams at the end of Year 13. Each exam will be 2 hours with a total of 80 marks per paper (33.3% of your overall A level grade per paper). All exams contain short answer questions worth 4, 6 or 10 marks and extended writing questions worth 20 and 30 marks.

·         Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods

·         Paper 2 – Families and Households with Beliefs in Society

·         Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Is this the right course for me?

Students considering the course will need to be able to analyse theories and methods and be able to explain these in detail via written communication. In addition, students will also need to be able to learn vast amount of theories and research in order to back up points that are made in each essay.

The Sociology course is suited to students who are interested in the welfare system, interested in teaching, childcare or the healthcare profession, or in nursing and midwifery.  Above all, we require students who are excited about learning about sociology and the topics on offer. Even if it is all completely new to you, you are going to love Sociology!

Spanish

AQA A Level Spanish

Why study Spanish at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

Ridgewood Sixth Form is a great place to study Spanish at A level because you will be taught in a small class, led by a language specialist. Due to the small number of students, it is possible to tailor lessons to individual needs and weekly after-school intervention sessions are open to anyone who feels they may need a little bit more support.

Lessons are varied and consist of a range of activities, with students learning about both the Spanish language and Hispanic culture in Spain and Latin America. Over the two year course, we cover everything from politics to history, and from fashion to music. We also take an in-depth look at a book and film.

Spanish is the most widely spoken language in the world, making this a fantastic course for anyone who thinks they would like to travel in the future, or simply for those who are interested in learning in detail about another culture.

What will I study in this subject?

In the first year, students will undertake modules looking at technology, art, architecture, gender equality, Spanish traditions, music and film

In the second year of the course, we will look a closer look at immigration, racism, politics and the history of both Spain and Latin America. This year, students will also study a piece of literature in preparation for the writing exam.

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

In lessons, students practise all the skills needed to succeed in this subject, from reading and writing to grammar and translation. Students will also have a weekly speaking lesson, which may either be with the whole class or in smaller groups, to build confidence. Once a fortnight, we carry out a lesson in one of our IT suites to give students the chance to build on their listening skills.

Outside the classroom, students will be expected to learn vocabulary for a weekly test and carry out other activities to consolidate their learning. This may take the form of translation, grammar or research for a presentation. Alongside this, we recommend that our students listen to and watch a wide range of Spanish sources, such as music and film.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment consists of three exams, all of which are sat at the end of the two-year course. These are:

·         A combined listening, reading, writing and translation exam

·         A writing exam based on a text and film

·         A short speaking exam, based on course material and a research project

Is this the right course for me?

To be successful at A level, you will have to be prepared to dedicate at least four hours a week to independent study. On top of this, and during holidays, you will need to carry out additional study, which could consist of anything from watching a Spanish TV series to reading the news online or practising extended writing.

Sport and Physical Activity

Cambridge Technicals Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity

Why study Sport and Physical Activity at The Sixth Form at Ridgewood?

·         The faculty benefits from excellent teachers with strong subject knowledge in the different areas of study including sports science, sports psychology, sports development and coaching.

·         We have great links with Loughborough University where our students bi-annually visit the Sports Science facilities.

·         We offer a variety of extra-curricular opportunities including football, basketball and netball.

·         You can complete the Sports Leaders qualification alongside your studies.

·         Ridgewood Sixth Form offers outstanding facilities including a brand new 3G pitch.

·         You have the option to study the diploma (equivalent to 2 A Levels).

·         Alumni of the PE Faculty have gone on to study a wealth of related degrees including Sports Journalism, Physiotherapy, and Sport and Exercise Science.

What will I study in this subject?

·         Body systems and the effects of physical activity (exam assessed)

·         Sports coaching and activity leadership

·         Sports organisation and development

·         Performance analysis in sport and exercise

·         Sports injuries and rehabilitation

What will my lessons and independent study involve?

The lessons vary from unit to unit and will include

·         Theory lessons

·         Coursework completion sessions

·         Practical lessons

·         Independent study and research projects

How will I be assessed?

·         42% exam

*  Body systems and the effects of physical activity – Exam (January): 1 hour 30 minutes

*  Sports organisation and development – Exam (May): 1 hour

·         58% coursework

*  Sports coaching and activity leadership - Coursework

*  Performance analysis in sport and exercise - Coursework

*  Sports injuries and rehabilitation - Coursework

Is this the right course for me?

·         This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in sport and coaching and particularly a practical interest in coaching.

·         You must be interested in learning about the human body and performance in physical activity, and interested in developing your confidence in practical situations such as interviews, delivering PowerPoint presentations and working with others.

·         It is essential that you are intrinsically motivated to ensure coursework is completed on time and to the best of your ability.

·         This course is right for you if you are interested in a career in sports coaching, physiotherapy, sports science, PE teaching, sports management, sports development, personal training, as a gym instructor and many more.