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Qualification: AS/A Level

Examination Board: AQA
Course Aims:

A Level accounting is an exciting course and if you are focused on further study or a career in accounting, banking or business, is a great choice for you. This course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to assess the performance of all different types of business organisations. It will enable you to effectively analyse and evaluate financial decisions so you can make judgements, decisions and recommendations about how businesses can manage their financial affairs.

Course Outline and Assessment:

The course is assessed solely by external examination and 2 units are completed in both year 1 and 2.

Year 1
Unit 1: Introduction to Financial Accounting

This unit is assessed by an examination which will consist of 4 compulsory questions. This exam is worth 50% of your total AS grade. In this first module you will learn about key accounting records like ledgers, balance sheets and profit & loss accounts.

Unit 2: Financial and Management Accounting

This unit is assessed by an examination which will consist of 4 compulsory questions. This exam is worth 50% of your total AS grade. In this module you will learn about accounting for sole traders and for limited companies, final accounts, budgetary controls and the impact of technology on accounting.

Year 2
Unit 3: Further Aspects of Financial Accounting

In financial accounting you will investigate sources of finance, partnership and limited company accounts, plus accounting standards.

Unit 4: Further Aspects of Management Accounting

In management accounting you’ll move on to manufacturing accounts, costing, capital investments, budgeting and social accounting.

Higher Education/Careers Options:

Students with an Accounting qualification have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. Accountancy students develop transferable skills that employers are looking for which can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities. They will also be able to continue into Higher Education to study Finance, Accountancy or Business related subjects.

Entry Qualifications: Year 1: Students will be expected to have at least a C grade in English and a B grade in

mathematics as well as the standard entry requirements to level 3 courses at Downend & Mangotsfield Sixth Form.

Year 2: Grade D in AS accounting

Qualification: AS/ A Level

Examination Board: AQA
Course Aim:

This a Fine Art course and students will cover a broad range of experiences within this area of study and will be encouraged to provide a variety of creative responses through a wide range of materials, processes and techniques.

The following specialisms will be explored: painting, drawing, print making and alternative media. Students will identify and research a particular aspect of art, craft or design, explore materials and media, document and evaluate ideas and produce finished outcomes.
Course Outline:

Year 1
Coursework Portfolio

Externally Set Assignment

1 Coursework portfolio units - (50% of AS Grade)

Controlled test - (50%)

Year 2
Personal Investigation

Externally Set Assignment
Candidates take a further 2 units in year 2.
A practical project (to be annotated) and a controlled test.

Higher Education/Careers Options:

Students achieving an A Level will be able to apply for a range of higher courses at foundation or degree level. A Foundation course will help you to decide which area of art you wish to concentrate on for the three years of a degree course. Students have gone on to work in a variety of careers from graphic design to architectural design, product design to illustration.

Additional Information:

Students will be taught by all members of the art department and are expected to come prepared with basic art materials. We will recommend exhibitions in line with the unit topics and arrange trips where possible.

Entry Qualifications: Year 1: Grade B in GCSE art (If you have not studied the subject at KS4 the submission of a portfolio will be considered)

Year 2: Grade D in AS art

Qualification: AS/A Level

Examination Board: AQA
Course Aim:

The A level course looks at genetics, biotechnology, ecology, the biochemistry of respiration and photosynthesis. There will be a good deal of practical work and you will learn to think critically about aspects of biology that impinge on everyday life and apply this knowledge to unfamiliar situations. The course is taught in units. Four units are taken in Year 12 for the AS component, the remaining four units are taken in Year 13.

Year 1
Unit 1: Biological molecules

Which substances do we share with bacteria, lizards and apple trees?

Unit 2: Cells

Why don’t white blood cells destroy our own cells?(and what happens when they do…?)

Unit 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment

How can a lung have the surface area of a tennis court?

Unit 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

How are we related to crocodiles?

Assessment by two written papers

Each paper can assess anything from any of the four units including the relevant practical.

Papers are each 1H30 and are a mixture of short and longer answer questions.
Each paper counts for 50% of grade.

Year 2
Modules 1 – 4 from AS plus:

Unit 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms

Why don’t you burn up when your body releases the energy from glucose?

Unit 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

How could your brain power a 20W light bulb if your body has no wires?

Unit 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

Why boys are 50 times more likely to be colour blind?

Unit 8: The control of gene expression

Will stem cells allow doctors to grow you a replacement organ?

Assessment by three exam papers

Paper 1 examines units 1 to 4, Is 2 hours long and is worth 35% of A level grade.

Paper 2 examines units 5 to 8 and is also worth 35% of a level grade.

Paper 3 examines all eight topic areas, is worth 30% of the A level grade and is 2 hours long. Papers 1 and 2 are a mixture of short and extended responses. Paper 3 is a mixture of structured questions, data analysis and a choice of completing one of two possible essay titles.
For A level biology you will need to have completed a log book of 12 different practical tasks in order to pass the practical component. This will not count towards the A level grade but you must pass this section in order to progress to science courses at university level.

Higher Education/Careers Options:

Biology can be used as an entry qualification for a wide variety of higher education courses. These include traditional biological science courses, environmental science, medicine, dentistry, nursing, and physiotherapy and sports science. Students with biology have also gone on to study non-scientific subjects such as law, music, foreign languages and primary teaching.

Additional Information:

You will be given the opportunity to experience a variety of learning activities including practical work, individual and group work, presentations and role play. You will be expected to take responsibility for your own learning outside of lessons in order to consolidate your understanding. Good subject combinations include chemistry, physics, mathematics, and geography.

Entry Qualifications: Year 1: Grade B in GCSE additional science or GCSE biology & Grade B in GCSE mathematics

Year 2: Grade D at AS biology

Qualification: BTEC National Level 3 Diploma

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Aim:
You will:

  • Develop skills, knowledge and understanding in business.

  • Follow a programme of study that enables progression to both higher education and employment within business.

  • Develop key skills that are highly valued by employers and universities.

  • Gain confidence through developing independent learning skills.

Course Outline:

Year 1
Two Mandatory Units

  1. Exploring Business

  2. Developing a Marketing Campaign

Year 2

  1. Personal and Business Finance

  2. Investigating Customer Service


Each year one unit is assessed by examination and one is based on a portfolio of evidence.

Higher Education/Careers Options:

Students with an advanced business qualification have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. Business students develop key transferable skills that employers are looking for, and this can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities. Examples include: accounting and finance, marketing, human resource management, banking, and retailing.

Additional Information:

Applied business encourages students to become independent learners. The course involves a range of teaching and learning styles, for example: Teacher input, visits to organisations, individual research, working independently, working in small groups and as part of a team. Assessment methods include written reports, presentations, role play and practical activities.

Entry Qualifications: Students will be expected to have at least a C grade in English and mathematics and evidence of the ability to meet deadlines.

Qualification: AS/A Level

Examination Board: OCR
Course Aim:

Chemistry is the study of the properties and reactions of substances. Practical work is an important element. Development of practical skills underpins the whole of the specification. Students develop practical skills through hands-on practical work throughout the course. The practical skills are assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the practical endorsement. The course develops an understanding of chemical principles through modern applications of chemistry.

Course Outline:

Year 1

1. Elements of Life: The elements and compounds in the universe, the human body and in salt deposits.

Includes: atomic structure, chemical equations and the mole, titrations, the Periodic table, Group 2 chemistry, bonding and the shapes of molecules.

2. Developing Fuels: Fuels, what they consist of, how energy involved in their combustion is measured and the contributions that chemists make to the development of better fuels.

Includes: thermochemistry, catalysis, alkanes, alkenes, addition polymers, isomerism and dealing with polluting gases.

3. Elements from the Sea: The extraction of halogens from minerals in the sea, together with a study of the properties and uses of these elements and their compounds. Includes: halogen chemistry, redox chemistry and equilibrium

4. The Ozone Story: Important processes occurring in the ozone layer of the atmosphere. Includes: rates of reaction, radical reactions, intermolecular bonding, halo alkanes and the ozone layer.

5. What’s in a Medicine? Medicines such as aspirin, leading to much functional group chemistry and methods of analysis.

Includes: chemistry of the –OH group, carboxylic acids and esters, and analytical techniques (TLC, MS and IR).


Two papers

Paper 1 Foundations of Chemistry; 70 marks; 90 minutes; 50% of the course. Include 20 marks for multiple choice questions.

Paper 2 Chemistry in Depth; 70 marks; 90 minutes; 50% of the course.

Year 2

Modules 1-5 from AS plus modules 6-10

6. The Chemical Industry: How chemists use industrial processes to benefit mankind. Includes: equilibrium, kinetics, nitrogen chemistry, consideration of the costs and effects of chemical processes.

7. Polymers and Llife: Condensation polymers, proteins and enzymes. DNA and its use in synthesising proteins. Includes: enzyme catalysis, amino acid and protein chemistry, proton and carbon-13 NMR and the structure and function of DNA and RNA.

8. Oceans: The role of the oceans in dissolving substances and maintaining pH. Includes: enthalpy changes, entropy, acid–base equilibria, pH, and the ‘greenhouse effect’.

9. Developing Metals: The reactions and properties of the transition metals. Includes: redox titrations, cells and electrode potentials, rusting, d-block chemistry and colorimetry.

10. Colour by Design: Dyes and the use of chemistry to provide colour to order. Includes: origins of colour in organic compounds, dyes, aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, and organic synthesis.

Three papers and the ‘Practical Endorsement’ in which Candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical activities during the course to demonstrate practical competence.

Paper 1 Fundamentals of Chemistry; 110 marks; 135 minutes; 41% of the course. Include 30 marks for multiple choice questions.

Paper 2 Scientific Literacy in Chemistry; 100 marks; 135 minutes; 37% of the course.

Paper 3 Practical Skills in Chemistry; 60 marks; 90 minutes; 22% of the course.

Higher Education/Careers Options:

With a qualification in chemistry you could go on to further or higher education, you could study chemistry or one of the other sciences or related subjects, these include medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science or chemical engineering, you could also go on to work in science-based industry, the medical field or agriculture. Chemistry is viewed by the Russell Group as one of the facilitating subjects.

Additional Information:

Emphasis on practical work, good subject combinations are biology, physics, mathematics, geography.

Entry Qualifications: Year 1: Grade B in GCSE chemistry or

Grade B in GCSE core and additional science

Grade B in GCSE mathematics

Year 2: Grade D in AS chemistry

Qualification: AS/A Level

Examination Board: OCR
Course Aim:

Computer science is a practical subject where learners can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. A Level computer science will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and will above all else be relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. There is an emphasis on the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean algebra/logic and comparison of the complexity of algorithms

Course Outline:

Year 1
Computing Principles

This component will introduce learners to the internal workings of the Central Processing Unit (CPU), the exchange of data and will also look at software development, data types and legal and ethical issues. It is expected that learners will draw on this underpinning content when studying computational thinking and developing programming techniques.

Learners will be expected to apply the learning in different contexts including current and future uses of the technologies.

Algorithms and Problem Solving

Algorithms and problem solving component (02) relates principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding gained through the Computing principles component.

It will incorporate and build on the knowledge and understanding gained in the computing principles component.

In addition, learners should:

  • Understand what is meant by computational thinking

  • Understand the benefits of applying computational thinking to solving problems

  • Be able to use algorithms to describe problems

Year 2
The units studied in Y12 are revisited and an extended examination is taken for each unit. An additional unit is studied:
Programming Sroject

Learners will be expected to analyse, design, develop, test, evaluate and document a program written in a suitable programming language. The underlying approach to the project is to apply the principles of computational thinking to a practical coding problem.

The programming project component is a practical portfolio based assessment with a task that is produced in an appropriate programming language.

Languages used come from:

  • Python (with a suitable graphical interface)

  • C family of languages (for example C# C+ etc.)

  • Java

  • Visual Basic

  • PHP

  • Delphi


This A Level in computer science is a linear qualification with 100% external assessment. This qualification consists of two examined components, externally assessed by OCR, and one internally assessed and moderated non exam assessment component. Both examinations are of 2 hours and 30 minutes duration. The non-exam assessment component is weighted at 20%

Additional Information:

The course will be taught through a mixture of theoretical and practical work. Students will produce individual pieces of work but there will be opportunities to work as part of a group.

Entry Qualifications: Year 1: Grade B in GCSE mathematics

Year 2: Grade D in AS computer science

Qualification: A Level

Examination Board: AQA
Course Aim:

  • Learn about key drama practitioners and apply their work to your own performances.

  • Study of major plays through practical workshops, such as Antigone and Metamorphosis.

  • Watch professional live theatre at least three times a year.

  • Create and perform your own devised piece of drama.

  • Write critically about your own work and professional work.

Course Outline:

Creating devised drama - 30% practical with notes.

Exploration of play - 30% practical with notes.

Written exam 40%

Additional Information:

Students will be expected to attend some extracurricular rehearsals and evening performances.

Higher Education/Careers Options:

Suitable for students wishing to pursue higher education or indeed careers in the field of performing arts, but also a good general qualification suitable for a wide range of higher education studies and careers.

HND: performing arts degree: drama/performance/ musical theatre

Entry Qualifications: Year 1: Grade B in GCSE drama and

Grade B in GCSE English

Students without these grades will be required to audition.

Year 2: Grade D in AS drama

Qualification: AS/A Level

Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Course Aim:

The Pearson Edexcel Advanced GCE in economics B is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers. Students are introduced to economics through building knowledge of core microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts, and by investigating economic theory through real-world businesses and the environments in which they operate. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding with applications to more complex concepts and models are developed in the second year of study.

Course Outline:

Year 1

Theme 1: Markets, Consumers and Firms

Students will develop an understanding of:

● scarcity, choice and potential conflicts

● enterprise, business and the economy

● introducing the market

● the role of credit in the economy

● market failure and government intervention

● revenue, costs, profits and cash

Theme 2: The Wider Economic Environment

Students will develop an understanding of:

● business growth and competitive advantage

● firms, consumers and elasticities of demand

● productive efficiency

● life in a global economy

● the economic cycle

● introduction to macroeconomic policy

Year 2

Revisiting topics from Year 1 plus:

Theme 3: The Global Economy

This theme develops the concepts introduced in theme 2.

Students will develop an understanding of:

● globalisation

● economic factors in business expansion

● impact of globalisation on global companies

● impact of globalisation on local and national economies

global labour markets

● inequality and redistribution
Theme 4: Making Markets Work

This theme develops the concepts introduced in theme 1.

Students will develop an understanding of:

● competition and market power

● market power and market failure

● market failure across the economy

● macroeconomic policies and impact on firms and individuals

● risk and the financial sector


Year 1

Two papers 1hour and 30 minutes:

  • Paper 1 Markets, consumers and firms

  • Paper 2 The wider economic environment

Year 2

Three papers 2 hours:

  • Paper 1 Markets and how they work

  • Paper 2 Competing in the global economy

  • Paper 3 The economic environment and business – based on a pre-released topic covering all themes

Higher Education/Careers Options:

Students develop the key skills that employers are looking for, and this can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities. Examples include: accounting and finance, marketing, human resource management, banking, and retailing.

Students can progress from this qualification to:

  • Higher Education courses such as economics degrees with a focus on theory, or degrees in applied economics such as environmental economics, labour economics, public sector economics or monetary economics. Alternatively, students may choose to study a business economics, mathematical economics or business degree and a wide range of careers ranging from finance, banking, insurance, accountancy, management and consultancy, to becoming professional economists.

Entry Qualifications: Year 1: Grade B in GCSE English and a grade B in GCSE mathematics

Year 2: Grade D in AS economics

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Aim:

Level 3 BTEC is a vocational course that pulls together many different aspects of engineering, specifically leaning towards mechanical and manufacturing engineering. This is tailored to suit the particular engineering industries within the local area, helping to give students a grounding to enter industry with the correct background knowledge.

Course Outline:

The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. Students may wish to extend their programme through the study of a general qualification such as GCE AS Levels, additional specialist learning through another BTEC qualification. These learning programmes can be developed to allow students to study related and complementary qualifications without duplication of content.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering is a 60-credit and 360-guided-learning-hour.It is possible to gain half the qualification with the completion of the 3 units delivered in the first year.

The qualification consists of two mandatory units plus four optional units:
Units covered


Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace (core unit) 10 Credits

Unit 5: Mechanical Principles and Applications (core Unit) 10 Credits


Unit 16: Engineering Drawing for Technicians 10 Credits

Unit 22: Fabrication Process and Technology 10 Credits

Unit 30: Setting and Proving Secondary Machining Techniques. 10 Credits

Unit 31: Computer Aided Manufacturing. 10 Credits

Additional Information:

Students following the BTEC in engineering will have the opportunity to enrol on the Engineering Education Scheme. Working as a team, students are set a real engineering problem to be solved by a locally based company. This is a prestigious scheme that has helped many students gain employment with high profile companies such as Rolls Royce.

Higher Education/Careers Options:

Further education into a technical HND or Degree (BSC).

A technical apprenticeship with an engineering company.
Entry Qualifications: Year 1: Grade C in GCSE design technology or pass at level 2 BTEC engineering and grade C

mathematics and science. If GCSE D&T or Level 2 BTEC has not been studied, consideration for course by interview.

Year 2: Pass at year 12.

Qualification: A Level

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