Applied ICT

ICT – GCE Applied in ICT (Single Award)

Exam Board: WJEC
Course name: AS /A2 GCE Applied in ICT
Contact: ZAM@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

The WJEC GCE in Applied ICT has been written so as to offer students a highly contemporary experience in ICT. It seeks to provide innovation in its delivery and promotes student creativity through the paperless scheme of assessment. Real world problems require real world solutions, solutions that acknowledge the multi-faceted nature of ICT in society today.

 

Aims

Encouraging learners to acquire the following range of skills through the study of realistic contexts:

  • Practical skills: personal organisation and time management skills
  • Presentational skills: reports and oral presentation
  • Personal skills: initiative and creativity
  • Interpersonal skills: team working, discussing issues or problems, leading a team
  • Cognitive skills: investigation and research, decision making and project planning

 

Course Outline

The qualification has an AS/A2 structure. Students can study the following:
• Single Award AS GCE (2 units)
• Single Award Advanced GCE (4 units)

 

AS Level

The AS qualification has a broad appeal and develops students’ communication and decision-making skills. These are harnessed to build and maintain an e-portfolio as a showcase for their achievements. The skills acquired through study for the AS level in Applied ICT will support further study in any subject area.

 

A2 Level

The A2 qualification allows students to extend their knowledge and skills as ICT end users. The course involves real projects which students have to manage, design, develop and implement.

 

Year 12

Summary of Assessment Scheme

AS GCE – Single Award Units Assessment
AICT 1 – eBusiness Practical Assessment / Examination
AICT 2 – eSkills Internal Assignment

 

Year 13

Advanced GCE – Single Award Units Assessment
AICT 5 – eProject External Controlled Assignment
AICT 6 – eStudio Internal Assignment

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees, BTEC Higher National Diplomas and employment in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and break times throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.

 

Business Studies A Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course name: A Level Business

Contact: DAL@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

Business is a subject we can all relate to. You are surrounded by business every day at home and at school. This course will help you understand the impact of business on us and our lives, and the factors which affect business. The course will help you not only develop your understanding of business, but all help you to develop your communication, analytical, problem-solving and logical thinking skills – all of which are highly valued by universities and employers. You do not have to have studied business at GCSE.

 

Course Outline

The course is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers at the end of Year 13. Themes 1 and 2 are studied in Year 12.

 

Theme 1: Marketing and people

You will gain an understanding of meeting customer needs, the market, marketing mix and strategy, managing people and entrepreneurs and leaders.

 

Theme 2: Managing business activities

This theme focuses on raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management and external influences.

 

Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy

In this this theme you will learn about business objectives and strategy, business growth, decision-making techniques, influences on business decisions, assessing competitiveness and managing change.

 

Theme 4: Global business

In this final theme you will gain an understanding of globalisation, global markets and business expansion, global marketing and global industries and companies.

 

Assessment

Three exams at the end of Year 13.

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

The course can lead onto a degree in a business discipline and commercial apprenticeship schemes with business organisations. This A Level is suitable for anyone considering a career in the varied world of business.

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Weekly after school drop in sessions run within the Vocational Faculty ensure all Business students are fully supported throughout the course. A number of whole school enterprise projects will be run during the year with the opportunity for sixth form business students to be mentors for lower school entrepreneurs. Visits to Alton Towers to learn about the business have also been used to support learning in class and sixth form students have the opportunity to get involved in Young Enterprise to help develop their business skills further.

Level 2 Business & Enterprise

Exam Board: NCFE
Course name: VCERT Business & Enterprise
Contact: DAL@moseley.bham.sch.uk

General Information

This is a Level 2 business course which gives students an understanding of business and enterprise. The course shows learners what it takes to become an entrepreneur; the risks and, most importantly, the rewards of being an entrepreneur; how to research a new idea; how to market a new business; how to use social media; the finance, National Insurance and VAT for a small business and how to plan, develop and take part in at least one business or enterprise project. The qualification is equivalent in size to one GCSE.

Course Outline

You will complete 4 units of work. Three units are assessed internally as coursework portfolios and one is an externally assessed assignment.

Unit 1: Introduction to business and enterprise
This unit aims to give learners an introduction to business and enterprise. It gives learners an introduction to start up projects and helps them to identify risks and rewards.

Unit 2: Marketing for business and enterprise
This unit aims to give learners an insight into market research, and different marketing opportunities and techniques. This unit is assessed externally.

Unit 3: Finance for business and enterprise
This unit aims to provide learners with a basic knowledge and understanding of business finance for a new business or enterprise.

Unit 4: Plan, develop and participate in a business or enterprise project

This unit aims to develop a project plan and implement the project.

The course will also help develop your employability skills including:

  • team working – the qualification requires learners to work with others either on small tasks or during the final project task communication skills
  • presentation skills – learners will learn to present their work to those around them in a suitable way and will also learn the most appropriate way of communicating as an entrepreneur
  • use initiative – learners will learn what initiative is and why it is important for an entrepreneur or business person
  • work independently – learners will understand how to work independently on specific task.

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

The course can lead onto Level 3 studies in business or related disciplines, apprenticeship schemes or employment.

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Weekly after school drop in sessions run within the Vocational Faculty ensure all Business students are fully supported throughout the course. A number of whole school enterprise projects will be run during the year with the opportunity for sixth form business students to be mentors for lower school entrepreneurs. Students will also plan and run their enterprise idea within school during the year.

BTEC Level 3 Business

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course name: BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business

Contact: DAL@moseley.bham.sch.uk

General Information

The BTEC course allows students to gain a broad business understanding and range of skills applicable to modern organisations. Employers, universities, teaching professionals and trainers have contributed to the course so you can be confident that it contains the knowledge and employability skills needed for further study and career success. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level.

Course Outline & Assessment

You will complete 4 units of work. Two units are assessed internally as coursework portfolios, one unit is a pre-released case study assessment and one is a written exam.

Unit 1: Exploring Business – you will be given an assignment brief and you will work independently or part of a group to create a coursework portfolio.

Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign – pre-released material includes information about a business for research. Learners will need to apply their knowledge, ideas and skills to plan a marketing campaign, linking its success to the impact on the business.

Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance – a written test will cover the purpose and importance of personal and business finance, including the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information.

  • The fourth unit, assessed internally, could cover:
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Customer Services
  • Market Research
  • Law

The course will also help develop your employability skills including:

cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

The course can lead onto a degree in a business discipline, commercial apprenticeship schemes with business organisations or higher level BTEC studies. The range offered by the BTEC course makes it a suitable option for anyone considering a career in the varied world of business.

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Weekly after school drop in sessions run within the Vocational Faculty ensure all Business students are fully supported throughout the course. A number of whole school enterprise projects will be run during the year with the opportunity for sixth form business students to be mentors for lower school entrepreneurs. Visits to Alton Towers to learn about the business have also been used to support learning in class and sixth form students have the opportunity to get involved in Young Enterprise to help develop their business skills further.

Economics

Exam Board: AQA
Course name: AS /A2 Economics
Contact: THA@moseley.sch.bham.uk / EDS@moseley.bham.sch.uk

General Information

Economics is a social science which helps make sense of some of the major forces that affect our World. Economic knowledge and skills are essential for us to carry out our roles as consumers, workers and most of all, citizens of the UK and the World.

The media is full of economic issues which are not always easy to understand. At this time we hear on a daily basis about the crises affecting some of the Euro zone countries, the high rewards received by chief executives of certain companies, how living standards amongst the lower from our own economic crisis. In twenty years China will be the World’s biggest economy whilst India, Brazil and Russia record levels of growth far in excess of the more mature economies; what are the implications of this for the UK?

These issues will give you a flavour of what Economics is about.

Apart from the content Economics will help you develop a particular and highly valued skill set:

  • How to think and write like an Economist
  • Analysis, evaluation and interpretation
  • Team work skills
  • Thinking creatively about real life problems (e.g. pollution, congestion)

How will you learn?

  1. Through working on challenging scenarios
  2. Discussion
  3. Teaching others (in your Learning Team)
  4. Linking what you are learning to the real world
  5. Using your skills and talents to best effect
  6. Developing good study habits

Course Outline

Year 12 AS – Two papers:

Paper 1: The operation of markets and market failure
Paper 2: The national economy in a global context

Year 13 A2 – Three papers:

Paper 1: Markets and market failure (33.3%)
Paper 2: National and international economy (33.3%)
Paper 3: Economic principles and issues. (33.3%)

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities:

Economics opens up many pathways. Economists work for government and top firms. Economics journalism is a growing area. Organisations working to create a fairer World need Economists. Accountancy, finance and banking are obvious destinations for those with Economics qualifications but the skills you learn will equip you for all kinds of careers apart from the more obvious.
All of the major institutions of Higher Education offer Economics degrees either as BAs or BScs

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and break times throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.

Geography

Exam Board: AQA

Course name: A Level Geography

Contact: hal@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

Geography helps us to understand the world we live in; how people and nature interact and influence how we live our lives. Geographers have a deeper understanding of their place in the world and of the complex connections that link us all together.

 

Course Outline

Year 12

AS Geography content is divided into two sections – Physical and Human Geography. In core physical, candidates’ subject knowledge and understanding in key environments is developed. The compulsory rivers, floods and management unit relates to environments familiar with most, if not all, candidates and engages them in the study of the central role of water in landscape development and its management for human welfare purposes. The other three contrasting physical environments each present opportunities for studying distinctive sets of processes raising common themes of environmental impact, management, sustainability and citizenship.

In core human, fundamentals of population in human geography are addressed with an emphasis on change and development over space and time and their geographical implications. Optional elements are specified to give candidates the opportunity to engage with key themes of contemporary relevance with an emphasis on human agency and welfare and/ or sustainability aspects.

Unit 2 (Geographical Skills) is specified and examined in such a way as to engage candidates with a range of basic and more sophisticated geographical skills appropriate to the AS specification content.

 

Year 13

A2 Geography adopts an issues approach consistent with modern conceptions of the subject, its validity and utility. Concepts, themes and skills covered in AS are extended and developed in A2 in different settings with an opportunity and expectation of higher levels of cognitive and empathetic engagement. In Unit 3 (Contemporary geographical issues) each physical option involves study, at a variety of scales, of important and interesting themes and/or environments and engages candidates with notions of challenge for human populations. Each human option similarly engages candidates with important contemporary themes at a range of scales and should resonate with either their direct or media experience.

 

Units 4A and 4B are specified so as to provide contrasting approaches to extending and developing subject knowledge and understanding, and exercise geographical skills, whilst meeting the same assessment objectives. Unit 4A (Geography Fieldwork Investigation) casts candidates as active researchers with some responsibility for managing and reflecting on their own learning activities in relation to a topic of particular interest and/or for which there are particular study opportunities. In addition, candidates will be assessed on fieldwork skills. Unit 4B (Geographical Issue Evaluation) casts candidates as active researchers and evaluators of information using geographical knowledge and understanding and skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation to form measured views on complex issues which may be of considerable significance locally, regionally or globally.

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities:

Geography is a facilitating subject. The skills are highly valued by the red brick universities. Students with an A level in Geography will go on to degrees like Geography, Town planning, Environmental Sciences and Civil Engineering.

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Students are supported through the course with a wide range of catch-up session and drop in classes where they can discuss classwork in more depth. Students will carry out field work and visit various field work sites during the course.

History

Exam Board: AQA

Course name: A Level History

Contact: COI@moseley.sch.bham.uk

General Information

History helps us to understand the world we live in. The course offers candidates the opportunity to study history in length and breadth as well as in depth, to develop expertise in various skills general as well as historical and to acquire and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the periods studied. They give an opportunity to introduce more ‘stretch and challenge’ into A Level History.

Course Outline

Paper 1 – Breadth Study

The Tudors: England 1485 -1603

50 % of the AS

This option comprises a study in breadth, in which students will learn about the key political, social, religious and economic features of Tudor rule in Britain during the fifteenth and sixteenth century, an era of turmoil and political intrigue unrivalled in any other era.

Written Exam, 1 Hour 30 minutes.

Paper 2 – Depth Study

The Transformation of China 1936 – 1997

50% of the AS

This option comprises a study in depth of the transformation of communist China in the years 1949–76. The aftershocks of these changes are still being felt today as China emerges as a great economic and political power on the world stage.

Written exam, 1 hour and 30 minutes

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities:

Historians are taught a wide-ranging combination of skills drawing in ideas from many sources. This ability to view issues from a wider perspective is appropriate for working in many different areas. The nature of peoples’ working lives is changing. It is less likely that someone will spend all their life in one company or organisation-the so-called job for life. If your career path is to be varied you will need to develop transferable skills and you will need to be flexible. History fosters these qualities and provides a firm base for life-long learning.

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Students are supported through the course with a wide range of catch-up session and drop in classes where they can discuss classwork in more depth. Students may get the opportunity to visit local university lectures on one of the units above. This will provide them with an in depth contextual knowledge to reinforce their understanding.

Health & Social Care

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course name: EDEXCEL BTEC Health & Social Care Level 2

Contact: BAE@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

You will enjoy this course if you would like to develop:

  • A broad understanding of the Health & Social care sector
  • Skills as well as technical knowledge
  • An awareness of particular groups and their needs by focusing on health, Early Years (care and education), care of older people, or individuals with specific needs.
  • You will study aspects of Human Development, Social policy and Health and Safety Law.

The course contains considerably vocational content and we encourage all students to conduct work experience to bring the subject to life

 

Course Outline

Edexcel BTEC Level 2

The Level 2 BTEC in Health and Social Care is a full-time programme validated by Edexcel. You will study 3 mandatory units and 1 optional unit to complete the course. One of these is an externally examined unit and will assess your knowledge and understanding of human lifespan development. The remaining units are coursework assignments which relate to a range of health and social care issues and practices.
Course Outline

Mandatory Units (up to 6 from the following)

Human Lifespan Development (Exam)
Health and Social Care Values (Coursework)
Communication in Health and Social Care (Coursework)
Social Issues (Coursework)

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

Recent students have gone onto Level 3 courses in Health and Social Care, Childcare and Sociology.

 

Where can you get more information?

www.edexcel.com

www.nhs.uk

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and break times throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.

BTEC LEVEL 3 HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course name: EDEXCEL BTEC Health & Social Care (Single or Double award)

Contact: BAE@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

You will enjoy this course if you would like to develop:

A broad understanding of the Health & Social care sector

Skills as well as technical knowledge

An awareness of particular groups and their needs by focusing on health, Early Years (care and education), care of older people, or individuals with specific needs.

You will study aspects of Science, Sociology, Psychology, Social policy and Health and Safety Law.

The course contains considerably vocational content and we encourage all students to conduct work experience to bring the subject to life

 

Course Outline

Edexcel BTEC Level 3

The Level 3 BTEC in Health and Social Care is a two-year, full-time programme validated by Edexcel. You will study up to 6 mandatory and 2 optional units over the 2-years. Two of these are externally examined units and there will also be a coursework task that is set and marked by the board; these are fundamental to your programme of study. The remaining units are coursework assignments which relate to a range of health and social care issues and practices.

 

Mandatory Units (up to 6 from the following)

  1. Human Lifespan Development (Exam)
  2. Working in Health and Social Care (Exam)
  3. Enquiries into Current Research in Health & Social Care (external CWK task – Diploma only)
  4. Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (internally assessed CWK)
  5. Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care (internally assessed CWK)
  6. Promoting Public Health (internally assessed CWK)

Optional Units (2 from the following internally assessed units)

  1. Work Experience in Health and Social Care Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
  2. Sociological Perspectives Physiological Disorders
  3. Psychological Perspectives Nutritional Health

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

Recent students have taken degrees in Nursing, Social work, teaching and midwifery.

 

Where can you get more information?

www.edexcel.com

www.nhs.uk

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and break times throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.

Media Studies

Moseley School’s purpose is to inspire excellence in character and scholarship.

Our vision for Moseley School and Sixth Form

Moseley School is an inspirational place to learn, where teachers with a passion for teaching and learning, nurture the curiosity, creativity and imagination of students. The school’s systems are geared to support the progress of all students. The curriculum, assessment, staffing, timetable, technology and a wealth of other resources enable each student to receive personalised support to achieve ambitious goals. A global perspective, that celebrates diversity and respect for individual rights, pervades the school and helps us to nurture responsible citizens and independent thinkers. At Moseley all staff are provided with a level of guidance and training which enables them to develop as leading professionals in order that they can make a significant contribution to the educational community in Birmingham and nationally. Staff and students receive support and guidance to prepare them for the next step in their careers.

At Moseley, we provide a safe and healthy school environment that enables students to thrive. We want staff and students to work in an emotionally intelligent school where we acknowledge the fallibility of human beings and recognise the impact our actions and words have on others. Our pastoral system ensures that each student is cared for and their needs are met through effective partnerships with all our stakeholders, especially parents and carers. All students have opportunities to broaden their social and cultural horizons. The school provides a clear moral framework based on shared values in which the students feel safe and can flourish. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own beliefs, appreciate different views and develop understanding of their own identity and their own self-worth.

Moseley School is a place where staff and students are aware of how personal and political decisions affect the future of the environment and of their responsibility to help to sustain our planet. We are a caring community where positive personal relationships have a civilising influence. We recognise the potential in everyone and we support and challenge everyone to achieve their potential. We provide opportunities for our students to develop leadership and resilience, to demonstrate initiative and to improve their personal communication skills. All of the School’s diverse communities share the vision and purpose of the school and through developing character and scholarship we are striving to achieve excellence.

The School values its long history whilst being dynamic and forward looking; a place where staff and students can create and enjoy memorable experiences.

 

Moseley School Values.

We expect all members of our school community to embrace our core values: Respect, Endeavour and Compassion

Our school is a diverse community.
We are a large, 11-18, mixed comprehensive school in the Moseley area of Birmingham. The school’s main entrance is situated on the Wake Green Road. It lies in the parish of St Christopher, Springfield. Moseley is a non-denominational school of 1300 students with a diverse ethnic, economic and religious profile.

 

Facilities at Moseley School are second to none.

Our school is situated on an extensive site consisting of two main school buildings and a state-of-the-art sports facility. Building A is a Grade II listed building dating back to 1857 and in 1923 it became a school. This building has undergone extensive renovation creating teaching spaces fit for the 21st century and now houses the Sixth Form Library, a common room and study areas. In addition, we have modern Science laboratories, a well-equipped specialist Drama room, Music practice suites, a recording studio and a Learning Resource Centre amongst other classrooms. Building B is the result of a £20 million Building Schools for the Future investment, providing our students with a range of excellent facilities to support learning and personal development. This includes a number of well-resourced teaching spaces for technology, Art, English and Mathematics. Technology lessons benefit from learning suites equipped with industry-standard equipment, as used in the world of work.

Throughout the school, bright and spacious classrooms feature state-of-the-art smart boards and advanced learning technologies. Flexible learning spaces add a whole new dimension to teaching, while super-fast broadband delivers instant access to a whole world of knowledge.

Our dining facility offers a wide choice of meals, including halal, vegetarian and healthy eating options. Sixth Form students have access to an all-day café facility, and an impressive multi-purpose hall provides a superb venue for school celebrations, plays, assemblies and presentations. Facilities also include Wudu facilities.

Our sporting facilities and complex are outstanding and include a large field, a cricket pitch and pavilion, a MUGA, a flood-lit Astro-Turf, a fully furnished fitness suite and a gymnasium. In addition, we have a large sports hall and a new state-of-the-art sports hall which hosts its own multi-media centre. This facility is used by professional and semi-professional clubs in order to enhance their training. The sports complex is a hub for the local community to interact. We are particularly proud of our reputation in the field of sports and also of our link with a number of world class sports professionals who were educated at Moseley.

 

Our commitment to you.

High quality inclusive teaching underpins everything we do at Moseley School. Assisted by experienced support staff, including Graduate Coaches, our dedicated teachers work hard to engage every student and bring learning to life. Lessons typically begin with exciting and stimulating challenges and activities.

Teachers take the time and effort to really get to know their pupils, as well as their academic backgrounds, talents and individual learning needs. They then use a range of learning strategies to bring out the best in every child.

Strong leadership , vertical tutoring and a large pastoral team ensure that the individual needs of students are met and that timely support is provided to both students and families where this is required in order to remove barriers to learning.

Religious Education

Exam Board: Eduqas

Course name: A Level Religious Studies

Contact: KAU@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

Religious Studies helps us to understand people’s beliefs, attitudes and actions in an increasing connected world. Religious Studies allows deep thinking, reflection and discussion of fundamental questions which helps us to make sense of our lives.

 

Course Outline

Year 12

Component 1: An Introduction to the Study of Religion – Islam

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Component 2: An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Component 3: An Introduction to Religion and Ethics

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Year 13

Component 1: A Study of Religion- Islam

Written examination: 2 hours

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion

Written examination: 2 hours

Component 3: Religion and Ethics

Written examination: 2 hours

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

A study of Religious Studies complements other popular A Levels including Philosophy, Law, History, Sociology and English Literature. It is less likely that someone will spend all their life in one company or organisation-the so-called job for life. If your career path is to be varied you will need to develop transferable skills and you will need to be flexible. RE fosters these qualities and provides a firm base for life-long learning. Students will often go on to do degrees in a vast number of areas including Religious Studies, Journalism and English.

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Students are supported through the course with a wide range of catch-up session and drop in classes where they can discuss classwork in more depth. Students may get the opportunity to visit local universities and will receive lectures from guest speakers from time to time.

Sociology

Exam Board: AQA A
Course name: AS /A2 Sociology
Contact: SHS@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

Sociology is the study of society! Sociology enables students to think critically about how we affect society and how society affects us. Sociology opens the doors to many different careers. The course will help students to gain a critical understanding of the society in which we live. Sociology is taught using a variety of methods including group work, lecturing and personal research. The type of person who will enjoy Sociology will be someone who enjoys being challenged by new ideas and who likes discussion work, even though discussion only forms part of the subject. There is a lot of reading, writing and individual research to do and for anyone who is interested in the world about us, there is much that is exciting to be discovered.

 

Course Outline

Year 1
Assessment: The course is 100% examination based.

For the award of an AS Level in Psychology, students must complete the following 2 exam papers successfully:

Paper 1: Education – What is the role of education? Which groups in society achieve best and why (50% of AS level)

Paper 2: Culture and Identity and research methods– Different conceptions of culture, including subculture, mass culture, high and low culture, popular culture, global culture. What is Socialisation and the process of Socialisation (50% of AS level)

Assessment: Two 1 ½ hour written examinations. Each of the above papers is worth 50% of the AS
Level qualification (they will no longer count towards the overall A Level qualification).

Year 2

In Year 13 the students do a further year of study and preparation for the full A level in the subject.

Paper 1: Education with theory and methods– What is the role of education and the functions of the education system and examine research methods. (33% weighting)

Paper 2: Different conceptions of culture, including subculture, mass culture, folk cultures.

Paper 3: Social Stratification– How is wealth, status and power shared? Does class affect our life chances?

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

The Sociology course offers variety, is up-to-date and relevant, giving you a good sense of what Sociology is about and providing a sound basis for progression to further and higher education or to employment. The qualification will enable you to move on to further study and is particularly useful if you want to carry on studying AS/A Level Sociology and related subjects in the Humanities e.g. Law, Media Studies etc. Sociology is a good general subject for students because many professional careers, including medicine, law, teaching and business require students to have some knowledge of Sociology and social theory.

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available after school during some school holidays to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation. Students are often invited to attend University Masterclasses to prepare them for University level study and to support A Level attainment.

 

Understanding the New A Levels

Based on the recent government changes, this course will teach AS level content alongside the full A Level requirement during Year 1. At the end of the year, all students will sit the AS level exam. All students securing appropriate grades at AS Level, who have the desire and aptitude to continue to study for the full A Level, will then complete the second year of the course.

Under the new curriculum changes, the AS Level qualification no longer counts towards the full A Level qualification and will be worth 40% of a full A Level in all subjects.

The full A Level qualification is an entirely separate qualification and the grade for this will be based solely on students’ performance in the three examinations at the end of the second year of the course. Each A Level Sociology exam paper will last 2 hours. Two of the papers contain content from the AS Level qualification however the topics will be examined at a higher level of comprehension and analysis than in the AS Level qualification.

Psychology

Exam Board: AQA

Course name: AS /A2 Psychology

Contact: SAU@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

Psychology is the science of human mind and behaviour. The idea of ‘the mind’ has only been in existence for just over 100 years, so our knowledge and understanding is still at an early stage but is growing all the time. Every day more research is being published to give us insight, understanding and a clearer vision of who we are, and why we do what we do. This makes it an exciting and dynamic subject that is highly relevant to all.

In addition to the specific subject knowledge that students gain, Psychology equips students with a wide range of transferable skills that are highly valued in many professions; skills such as analytical skills, critical thinking, the ability to convince and debate, as well as the ability to write good essays and use numerical data to support arguments.

During this course you will learn about a wide variety of human behaviours. For instance you will develop an understanding of how the memory works, why we forget and how we can improve the accuracy of Eye Witness Testimony for crimes and other incidents. You will understand the relevance of the bond between a child and its parents and how neglect can impact upon a child’s development. In other areas you’ll understand why humans conform, obey and disobey in order to help us to understand aspects of social history such as the holocaust and so we may achieve greater equality for minority groups in order to build a more inclusive society. You’ll learn about the causes and treatments of psychological illnesses such as stress, depression and schizophrenia alongside studying human relationships, aggression and the science that underpins all of psychological research. It really is a fascinating and varied course of study.

 

Course Outline

Assessment: The course is 100% examination based.

Year 1

For the award of an AS Level in Psychology, students must complete the following 2 exam papers successfully:

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology – Social Influence, Memory and Attachments.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context – Approaches in psychology, psychopathology, research methods

Assessment: Two 1 ½ hour written examinations. Each of the above papers is worth 50% of the AS Level qualification (they will no longer count towards the overall A Level qualification).

 

Year 2

In Year 13 the students do a further year of study and preparation for the full A level in the subject.

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology – Social Influence, Memory, Attachments and Psychopathology

Paper 2: Psychology in Context – Approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology – Issues and debates in psychology, relationships, schizophrenia and aggression.

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

Some examples of the kinds of professions that value Psychology qualifications include:

Law, Education, Social Work, Police, Nursing, Medicine, Prison Service, Business and Marketing, Finance, Research and Government. Students can also go on to obtain further qualifications in Psychology in order to become Clinical, Educational, Occupational or Research Psychologists

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available after school during some school holidays to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation. Students are often invited to attend University Masterclasses to prepare them for University level study and to support A Level attainment.

 

Understanding the New A Levels

Based on the recent government changes, this course will teach AS level content alongside the full A Level requirement during Year 1. At the end of the year, all students will sit the AS level exam. All students securing appropriate grades at AS Level, who have the desire and aptitude to continue to study for the full A Level, will then complete the second year of the course.

Under the new curriculum changes, the AS Level qualification no longer counts towards the full A Level qualification and will be worth 40% of a full A Level in all subjects.

The full A Level qualification is an entirely separate qualification and the grade for this will be based solely on students’ performance in the three examinations at the end of the second year of the course. Each A Level Psychology exam paper will last 2 hours. Two of the papers contain content from the AS Level qualification however the topics will be examined at a higher level of comprehension and analysis than in the AS Level qualification.

 

Law

Exam Board: AQA

Course name: A Level Law

Contact: SAU@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

Law is an excellent qualification for a wide range of university courses, most notably law itself. As well as being an excellent preparation for higher education it is seen as beneficial for those considering a career in the police, the financial sector, teaching and of course, the legal profession. There will be opportunities to see the local criminal courts in action and to debate current legal issues. Additionally guest speakers will be invited to talk about routes into legal profession.

It is essential that you enjoy reading and have strong essay writing skills. You do not need to have studied law previously or even want to be a lawyer; what matters is having a curiosity about how law affects our daily lives.

 

Course Outline

Year 12 – AS Level Law

The assessment is based entirely on timed written examinations – AS law does not have a coursework element. The AS Law qualification is based on the study of three core areas of Law. These include; the nature of Law and the English Legal System; Criminal Law and Tort. You will learn about the makeup of the legal system, how it operates and functions and you will be expected to apply legislative precedent to case studies. You will sit two exams in the summer of the first year and this will consist of 2 papers, that will be an hour and a half each in length and they will be marked out of 80. These papers will be made up of a combination of multiple choices, short answer and extended writing questions. Both papers will be equally weighted and will make up your AS grade.

Year 13 – A Level Law

In order to achieve a full A-Level you will need to sit an exam in the core areas identified above, alongside an additional area of study that includes; Human Rights OR Law of contract. You will need to sit three exam papers, each weighted at 33% and these will each be marked out of 100 and will make up your final A-Level grade. The grade you received as part of the A-Level will be replaced by the mark you receive at A2.

This qualification has been re-developed this year and will now be examined in the same manner as all A-Levels, therefore, your overall A-Level grade will reflect the exams that you will sit at the end of year 2.

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

This subject is appropriate for those intending to continue their studies at University. This subject will enable you to develop the analytical, evaluative and application skills necessary to excel in all fields of study. Our experience indicates that a variety of employers in both the private and public sectors value this qualification.

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and break times throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation. We also envisage getting students involved in programmes offered by Pure Potential, giving students the opportunity to meet large law firms, with potential placement opportunities

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