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Glyn Derw and

Michaelson Federation
sixth form brochure

purposeful education
successful future

With the Glyn

Derw and
Michaelson Sixth
Form you can
study courses at a
range of levels
so whatever level
applies to you we
offer a programme
of study to suit
your needs and

Message from the Head Teacher

Our sixth form
In partnership with local Further
Education (FE) colleges, the Glyn
Derw and Michaelson Federation Sixth
Form is committed to providing quality
post-16 education for students across
the locality and surrounding area. We
use the expertise of both FE partners
to provide purposeful education for
16 -19 year olds which will give them
the necessary skills to succeed and
progress to higher education, training
or employment. We provide a local
provision that will support and prepare
all students for a successful future.
Our partner colleges
Our sixth form has a successful
partnership with both St Davids
Catholic College and Cardiff and
Vale College. Cardiff and Vale
College deliver our Level 3 BTEC
subjects, Level 2 GCSE equivalence
courses, Level 2 Welsh Baccalaureate
and Level 1 Vocational Studies
course. St Davids Catholic College
deliver AS/A2 Level subjects and Level
3 Welsh Baccalaureate. The The
courses are delivered at both Glyn
Derw and Michaelston and will also
utilise other facilities to ensure that
our students have proper access to a
comprehensive curriculum.
What we expect from our sixth form
Excellent behaviour, attitude and
language is expected at all times
in both the sixth form centre and in
the main school building. We share
the sixth form centre with many
professional agencies that work
within the community as well as the
Childrens Centre. We expect you to
lead by example and have a positive

influence on the younger students. We

will not accept any poor behaviour or
You are expected to attend all
lessons. Students with less than 95%
attendance will trigger the disciplinary
procedure and parents will be
informed. Consistent poor attendance
and punctuality will lead to your
place in the sixth form being at risk.
All doctors and dentist appointments,
must be arranged outside of lesson
times. For EMA payments 100%
attendance is required.
You need to ensure that you arrive
to school every day with the all
correct equipment for your lessons.
You will need to bring a pencil case,
pens, pencil, paper, folders and any
specialist equipment as requested by
your subject teachers.
Planners and homework
Planners will be provided to help
you organise and manage your time
effectively. Expect homework from
all lessons and you will need to keep
on top of it and not miss deadlines.
Independent learning and additional
study and reading is essential if you
are to achieve your potential.
Dress code
Our sixth form students contribute
to our positive image and are role
models for younger students. As part
of our commitment to high standards
and pride in our school, students are
expected to come to school in smart
clothing and footwear. This enhances
our collective identity and reinforces
our educational purpose.

What can I study?

Post-16 studies will enable you to select
from a range of AS/A2 Level and
vocational courses. At Level 3 you can
study three or four AS Level courses, or
a number of vocational courses which
are each equivalent to an A Level or
a combination of the two. You will also
study the Welsh Baccalaureate which
will contribute much to your personal
development. We also offer courses
at Level 1 and 2 depending on your

Level 3
AS/A Level
& BTECs/vocational





What Level is right for me?

With the Glyn Derw and Michaelson
Sixth Form you can study courses at
a range of levels so whatever level
applies to you we offer a programme
of study to suit your needs and
interests. The table below provides
an idea of levels and the entry
requirements needed.

Level 2
GCSE Equivalence

Level 1
BTEC Introduction
to Vocational

5 x GCSEs
A-C inc
English & Maths

3 x GCSE D grades

1 x GCSE A-G or
BTEC qualification

Choose 3 subjects
& Welsh Bacc.
Subject entry
dependent on
GCSE results

English & Maths

+ 3 other subjects

2 years
Full time

1 year
Full time

1 year
Full time

apprenticeships or

Level 3 AS/A Levels,

Level 3 vocational
apprenticeships or

Level 2 Vocational
& GCSE Resits
apprenticeships or

Numeracy, literacy,
ICT & skills based

How to apply
All year 11 students in the Federation will be given an application form. Application
Forms can be requested from, 02920 675200.

10 reasons
to come to sixth form
2. Better Prospects: Your prospects
of future training, higher education
and employment will be hugely
improved by studying a post-16

1. There is a big gap between

high school and the world of
work or university study, and
Sixth Form can go a long way
towards bridging it.

3. Variety of courses: there are

courses for all students, in various
subjects at a range of levels from
A Levels to career-focused courses
such as BTECs
4. Confidence and drive: Post 16
students have high aspirations
and the confidence to reach their
5. Opportunities for university
study: You will increase your
chances of going to university.
Indeed, many of our students have
successfully gone on to study at
6. Train for the career you want:
If you have your sights set on
your ideal career then sixth form
study will help you develop the
qualifications and skills required for
the industry you want to work in.

7. Transferable skills: All courses in sixth

form will prepare you for your future
career or further learning, equipping
you with the necessary skills, both
academic and practical, to succeed.
8. Respect: All students are treated
with respect and are expected to be
mature and responsible.
9. Supported independence: Sixth form
offers learning within an independent
but structured environment that also
helps you to develop personally and
10: increased success rate: Last year
83% of those studying BTEC Subsidiary
Diploma level 3 and 75% studying BTEC
Certificate Level 3 also passed their
qualifications, up on 2013/14.

AS/A2 Biology

AS/A2 Art
About this course

You will develop your practical art skills alongside your understanding of
theory at AS level, where youll explore a range of practices and contexts
in the visual arts, crafts and design fields, culminating in greater specialism
and achievement at A Level. You will develop a range of skills both creative
and analytical and will learn how to communicate your own creative ideas,
intentions and personal outcomes. You will enhance your interest and
enthusiasm for art, craft and design, will experience working with a broad
range of media as well as developing your knowledge of real world contexts
and the creative industries. This subject combines well with many other
subjects, however, it is recommended that no more than one practicallybased subject is studied alongside Art as the work-load may be excessive.

What will I study?

The course encourages you to

develop intellectual, imaginative,
creative and intuitive capabilities.
Youll develop analytical,
experimental, practical, technical
and expressive skills, aesthetic
understanding and critical
judgement. The AS course is
assessed through a coursework
portfolio. The A2 qualification
consists of a further two modules a
student-devised coursework unit and
a final practical examination.

Course-specific entry requirements

What next?

Students may progress to Higher

Education within the field of Art
and Design.
Past students have gone on
directly to degree or HND
courses in history of art, graphic
design, fine art, fashion and
textiles or art history, etc.
However, the majority take
a Foundation Studies course
before applying for degree

Art and Design at grade C or above and the necessary aptitude and
commitment to Art and Design. A grade C or above in D&T or Textiles will be
accepted, subject to discussion, and in exceptional cases, students might
be accepted without the minimum qualification on production of a suitable
portfolio of work. There is some written work so the ability to communicate in
written English is important.

About this course

The WJEC Biology AS course offers a good balance of traditional Biology and
more modern topics. Building on topics studied at GCSE it provides a firm
grounding in the subject as well as developing your practical skills.
The A2 course provides an in-depth exploration of the key areas of
physiology and biological theory. You will improve your practical skills through
experimental work and a residential field trip.

What will I study?

AS Level (year 1)

Unit 1: Basic Biochemistry and Cell

Organisation: this unit covers topics
including cell structure and function,
structure and replication of DNA,
biological molecules, and cell
Unit 2: Biodiversity and Physiology of
Body Systems: in this unit youll explore
cell differentiation, transport in plants
and animals, the digestion system,
variation, biodiversity, classification
and evolution, and animal behaviour.

A Level (year 2)

Unit 3: Energy, Homeostasis and

the Environment: This unit covers
respiration and photosynthesis, energy
transfer and food production, and
regulation of internal environments
including blood sugar and
temperature regulation.

Course-specific entry requirements

Unit 4: Variation, Inheritance,

and Food Science: youll explore
variation, selection, genetic
inheritance, gene expression and
gene cloning, digestion, and diet.
Unit 5: Investigative and Practical
Skills in A2 Biology: This includes
an externally marked laboratorybased exam.

What next?

The full A Level in Biology provides

a solid basis for students who wish
to proceed to Higher Education to
study biology, medicine, veterinary
science and other scientific
careers. It is also a route to nursing,
teaching, physiotherapy and
laboratory based work, as well as
linking directly with environmental
science and sustainability.

Students need to have achieved at least a grade BB at Double Award GCSE

Science (higher tier) and have at least a grade C in Mathematics.

AS/A2 Business Studies

AS/A2 Chemistry

About this course

About this course

You will develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability

to meet societys needs and wants and will learn about enterprising and
creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues. Youll
also gain an understanding of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced
by organisations and individuals.
What will I study?
AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: Business Opportunities
This unit focuses on new business
start-ups, and small and medium sized
enterprises (SMEs). The content in this
section is based around the concept of
starting a new business and the issues
that surround the process of planning a
new business.
Unit 2: Business Functions
This unit broadens the context for
learners and will include all types of
business organisations, ranging from
recently formed small businesses
to well-established multinational
companies. Learners need to
understand that, in order to succeed
in a competitive market, all businesses
have to consider the core functions of
Learners will study the following content
areas: marketing, finance, people in
organisations (human resources), and
operations management.
A2 Level (year 2)
Unit 3: Business Analysis and Strategy
The emphasis in this unit is on
understanding and using analytical
techniques and developing
appropriate business strategies.

Course-specific entry requirements

GCSE Mathematics and English grade A*-C.

Learners need to develop

analytical skills to investigate
business opportunities and
problems in a number of different
contexts and evaluate a range
of quantitative and qualitative
data to suggest possible strategic
responses from businesses.
Unit 4: Business in a Changing World
This unit focuses on how businesses
adapt to succeed in a dynamic
external environment. You will
learn that the business world never
stands still and there are continuous
opportunities and threats to
businesses of all sizes. Regardless of
size, businesses now operate in a
global marketplace and students
need to consider a wide range of
external factors that affect their
day-to-day activities, decisionmaking and strategy.
What next?
The full A Level in Business provides
the basis for students who wish to
proceed to Higher Education to
study law, business management,
marketing, accountancy, finance,
and banking.

Chemistry plays a huge part in every aspect of our lives, from the medicines we
use to keep us healthy to the fertilisers used on the land to maximise crop yields.
Most subjects can be successfully studied alongside Chemistry as it develops a
range of skills which are valuable for any future career.

What will I study?

AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: balanced chemical reactions
are investigated as well as energy
changes that take place during
reactions and the factors that affect
the speed and potential success of
a reaction.
Unit 2: Forces within and between
molecules are examined along
with the many different shapes that
molecules can exhibit. This module
also introduces organic (carbon)
chemistry and spectroscopy.
Unit 3: Two internally set and
externally marked practical
assessments complete this module.
A2 Level (year 2)
Unit 4: This module explores a
wide range of classes of organic
chemicals and their characteristic
reactions, as well as methods of
analysis and properties peculiar to
certain organic species.
Unit 5: This unit covers the periodic
table in detail; the creation of

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electric potentials between

two different atoms; energy
changes that occur during
reactions; and the way in which
experimental results can lead to
detailed determination of the
processes that take place during
a reaction.
Unit 6: Two internally set and
externally marked practical
assessments are completed
during the year.

What next?

For those wishing to pursue a

career in medicine, veterinary
science and many other
scientific careers, a firm grasp of
Chemistry is essential for further
study at Higher Education level.
Chemistry also provides you
with transferrable skills valued
in any career. The range of
careers open to chemists is vast
and confirms the high regard in
which someone with such an allround set of skills is held.

Grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics (higher tier)

Grade B or above in Core Science AND Additional Science, OR grade C in
higher tier Chemistry.

AS/A2 Computer Science

AS/A2 Economics

About this course

About this course

Computer Science relies on an understanding of the rules of specific

languages at a fundamental level and requires logical thinking, problem
solving skills, and creative thinking. Computer Science also encourages an
awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems,
extending your horizons beyond the school or college environment in the
appreciation of the effects of computer science on society and individuals.

What will I study?

AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: Fundamentals of Computer
Youll investigate computer
architecture, communication, data
representation, data structures,
software applications, programs,
algorithms, logic, programming
methodologies, and the impact of
computer science on society.
Unit 2: Practical Programming to Solve
This unit consists of a series of set tasks
completed onscreen. These tasks will
require the use of Visual Basic.NET,
Python or Java as a programming
A Level (year 2)
Unit 3: Programming and System
Youll investigate programs,
data structure, algorithms, logic,
programming methodologies and
the impact of computer science on
Unit 4: Computer Architecture, Data,
Communication and Applications
This unit investigates computer

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architecture, communication,
data representation, organisation
and the structure of data,
programs, algorithms, and software
Unit 5: Programmed Solution to a
Students investigate, design,
prototype, test and evaluate a
computerised solution to a problem
chosen by you, which must be
solved using original code.

What next?

This course provides an excellent

foundation for progression to higher
level qualifications in a wide range
of subjects as it gives students the
opportunity to develop essential
cross-curricular skills such a team
working, problem solving skills and
logical thinking. Careers directly
related to Computing would
require further study in the field but
would include Software Engineer,
Programmer, Systems Analyst,
Systems Development Engineer
and Computer Technician.

Grade B or above at GCSE Mathematics. A GCSE in Computer Science would

be advantageous but not essential.

You will develop an understanding of the wider economic and social

environment, and will learn to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful
approach to the study of economics. Youll develop your analytical and
quantitative skills, together with qualities and attitudes which will equip you
for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of the future.

What will I study?

AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: Introduction to Economic
Unit 2: Economics in Action
At AS level youll be introduced to
how markets and the economy work
e.g the key concepts of demand
and supply in both individual
markets (microeconomics) and the
whole economy (macroeconomics).
Youll develop a critical
understanding of economics issues
and explore current economic
behaviour, drawing upon data from
local, national and international
A2 Level (year 2)
Unit 3: Exploring Economic Behaviour
Unit 4: Evaluating Economic Models
and Policies
Learners will be expected to use
more complex micro and macro

Course-specific entry requirements

GCSE English and Mathematics grade A*-C.

models applied to a wider

range of local, national and
international contexts, including
data which relates to the Welsh
Learners will be required
to develop a more critical
approach to the evaluation of
economic models and current
economic problems.

What next?

The full A Level in Economics

provides the basis for students
who wish to proceed to Higher
Education to study law, business
management, marketing,
accountancy, finance and

AS/A2 English Language

and Literature
About this course

English Language and Literature requires students to identify and consider

the ways in which attitudes and values are created and conveyed in speech
and writing. The focus of study will be the interpretation of written and spoken
language, to include poetry, prose and drama as well as a range of non-literary
texts. There will also be opportunities for original writing. The literature side is
dedicated to poetry and prose in the first year and drama in the second. Possible
texts include a poetry anthology and Shakespeare alongside contemporary
authors and dramatists.

What will I study?

AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: Comparative Analysis and
Creative Writing
This unit examines your abilities to explore
connections across a wide range of
texts. It encourages extensive wider
reading and provides opportunities to
select appropriate methods of analysis
when exploring non-literary texts.
Unit 2: Drama and Non-literary Text Study
You will engage critically with their set
text and explore the richness of the
English language. In responding to nonliterary texts, learners should be able to
recognise the bias, the moral outlook,
the prejudices, attitudes and values of
speakers and writers and to be able
to analyse how these are conveyed
through the use of language.
A2 Level (year 2)
Unit 3: Shakespeare
You will engage critically with the text as
a work of literature and will also explore
the richness of the English language and
its historical development set within the
context of when the text was produced

and received.
Unit 4: Unseen Text and Prose Study
Youll develop your ability to read
widely and engage critically with
a range of texts whilst developing
further techniques of analysis and
Unit 5: Coursework
This unit gives opportunities to
independently select an aspect of
prose study that interests you and
to study one text within that genre.
In addition, learners are given the
opportunity to select wider reading to
inform your studies in this unit and to
reflect on the learning that has taken

What next?

A Level English is a pivotal subject

which means that most subjects
go well with it. Therefore, many
careers are open to the English
student. However, the most obvious
professions are law, journalism,
teaching, administration, civil service,
banking, the media and creative

AS/A2 English Literature

About this course

As a literature student you will be encouraged to actively engage with a range

of literary genres from poetry to prose and drama. You will focus upon the way
in which structure, form, and language shape meaning as well as draw stylistic
and thematic parallels between texts. There is also a significant opportunity for
original writing.
Core text authors include: Charlotte Bronte, Christopher Marlowe, Philip Larkin,
Carol Ann Duffy, Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, and William Blake.

What will I study?

AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: Prose and Drama
This section requires students to
respond critically and creatively to a
prose text and to a drama text. You
will be expected to communicate
fluently, accurately and effectively
your knowledge, understanding and
judgement of texts.
Unit 2: Poetry Post-1900
You will be required to read two
paired poetry texts. You will then be
asked to critically analyse one of the
poems, and then to compare the
A2 Units (year 2)
Unit 3: Poetry Pre-1900 and Unseen
Students will be assessed on their
knowledge and understanding
of an extract from the text, and
on their wider knowledge and
understanding of the text as a

Course-specific entry requirements

Course-specific entry requirements
GCSE English grade A*-C.

GCSE English grade B or above.

Unit 4: Shakespeare (2 hr exam)

Students will be asked to
demonstrate their knowledge
and understanding of their
chosen play, based on an
extract from it. Students will then
be required to demonstrate their
wider knowledge and of the
play as a whole.
Unit 5: Coursework, Prose Study
This unit is internally assessed and
externally moderated. It requires
learners to submit an assignment
based on the reading of two
prose texts by different authors,
one published pre-2000 and the
other published post-2000.

What next?

A Level English Literature is

a Russell Group facilitating
subject. Many careers are open
to English students. However,
the most obvious professions
are law, journalism, teaching,
administration, civil service, the
media and creative industries.

AS/A2 Geography

AS/A2 History (Modern)

About this course

About this course

Geography will enable you to explore a number of issues which are of

contemporary national and global importance. The course allows students
to extend and develop their knowledge of a range of physical and human
environments at a variety of scales and levels of development.
Youll delve into topics such as global warming, plate tectonics, hydrological
systems, population and settlement change, and much more.

Modern History takes a period of upheaval in European society and provides

you with the opportunity to develop a coherent understanding of the past. The
course develops an understanding of three key areas: a study of social change
in England and Wales (c.1880-1980); The French Revolution (c.1774-1815); and
Politics and Society in Germany (c.1881-1989).

What will I study?

What will I study?

AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: Changing Physical
Environments: Students will study
climate change and investigate
hydrological and tectonic change.
Unit 2: Changing Human
Environments: Students will
investigate both population and
settlement change in this part of the
A2 Level (year 2)
Unit 3: Contemporary Themes and
Research in Geography: Students
will investigate the management of
coastal landforms and the issue of
Unit 4: Sustainability
Students will investigate global
food and water supplies, the notion
of sustainable cities as well as
considering sustainable forms of

What next?

This course provides a firm

basis for any further study in
geography and a pathway to
a geographical career. Due to
the broad nature of the subject,
it combines well with both
science and arts subjects to
lead to university courses in such
areas as journalism, teaching,
surveying, accountancy and
Students who choose not to
go into Higher Education will
have developed a range of
transferable skills that allow
them to explore a wide range of
employment opportunities.

AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: Politics, People, and Progress
in Wales and England c.1880-1980
Focused on the Twentieth Century,
you will study the development of
the Labour and Liberal governments,
unemployment in the 1920s, votes
for women, and the impact of war
on England and Wales.
Unit 2: France in Revolution c.17741815
Learn about the French Revolution
and starting with the late Early
Modern period, you will research
French society, covering the
Storming of the Bastille, the
growth of Republicanism, and the
overthrow of the monarchy.
A2 Units (year 2)
Unit 3: Changing Leadership and
Society in Germany c.1871-1989
You will cover a century of German
history. Key figures such as Bismarck
and Hitler will be studied, whilst the
content ranges from the Unification
of Germany to hyperinflation, to the
fall of the Berlin Wall.

Course-specific entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics is recommended.

Course-specific entry requirements

Unit 4: France in Revolution

You will continue your study
of the French Revolution, this
time covering the period 1792
to 1815. You will also gain an
insight into the mass executions
of monarchy and aristocracy,
rise of Napoleon, and the wars
he led.
Unit 5: Non-Examination
You will complete a 4,000 word

What next?

History is an excellent basis for

students who wish to proceed
to Higher Education, and is one
of the recognised facilitating
subjects that will help students
gain access to top Russell group
universities. A traditional and
highly regarded qualification, it
gives learners high-level skills and
works well with most subjects. This
course is particularly beneficial
for those wishing to continue
into history, law, journalism,
archaeology, education, or

Grade C or above in History (if taken), or a grade C or above in English.

AS/A2 Law

AS/A2 Mathematics

About this course

About this course

AS Law divides into two areas both focusing on the English legal system. It
requires students to look at the development, application, courts, procedures
and personnel within the legal system. At A2 the focus of the course is human

What will I study?

AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: Understanding Legal
Structures and Processes:
You will explore the development
of the modern legal system, human
rights and morality, criminal and
civil processes, legal aid and the
institutions of the EU.
Unit 2: Understanding Legal
Reasoning, Personnel and Methods:
You will look at how the law works
within the court system and how the
law is reformed and at the personnel
who work in the courts.
A2 Level (year 2)
Unit 3: Freedom of the Individual:
This module looks at freedom of the

protection of privacy, freedom

of expression and freedom from

What next?

Students wishing to study

Law at university will not be
disadvantaged by studying A
Level Law. The course helps
them prepare for the LNat test
and develops students legal
Law has links with Politics; it
also develops analytical and
evaluative written skills which
support a number of other
studies including English and

Unit 4: Protection of Human: Rights:

The second module looks at the
protection of civil rights and liberties,

The emphasis of the course is on using and applying Mathematics. At AS you

will develop abilities to reason logically, and to understand the relationship
between real world problems and mathematical models. At A2 you will further
develop your range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in
more difficult unstructured problems. Youll start to appreciate the relevance
of Mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work, and to society in

What will I study?

AS Level (year 1)
Core 1: Algebra, coordinate
geometry, differentiation.
Core 2: Integration, sequences and
series, trigonometry, exponentials
and logarithms.
Mechanics 1: Kinematics, forces,
momentum, moments and lamina.
There is no coursework.
Core 3: Differentiation, integration,
trigonometry and functions.
Core 4: Vectors, differential,
equations, further integration and
Statistics 1: Discrete random
variables, probability, binomial
distribution, poisson distribution,
continuous random variables.

Course-specific entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics.

Course-specific entry requirements

GCSE grade A*-C in at least one analytical subject (e.g. English, History or
Religious Studies) is recommended.

What next?

Mathematics provides a useful

route into many careers. The
ability to think logically and
be able to solve problems
are highly valued skills in the
workplace. Mathematics is now
a requirement for a number of
university courses and is also an
advantage for many subjects
including: actuarial work and
insurance; economics and
business; management, finance,
and accountancy; computer
science and ICT; medicine,
dentistry, and pharmacy;
genetic engineering and
physics; social sciences; and law.

AS/A2 Psychology
About this course

Psychology is the study of human and animal behaviour and psychologists

study behaviour through experiments and observations of visible actions.
Psychologists also consider hidden internal mental processes and try to
explain the inner workings of the mind. There are various approaches to
Psychology to explain behaviour and during the course you will explore
these in more depth. Students will also study research methods and develop
existing numeracy skills through statistical analysis and data interpretation.

AS/A2 Religious Studies

About this course

Religious Studies considers eternal human questions such as personal identity in

a changing world, the meaning of life and death, and considers the prospect of
life continuing beyond the grave. Linked to these are questions of morality and
ethics which look at how we should live and how we respond to dilemmas of
right and wrong action.

What will I study?

What will I study?
AS Level (year 1)

Unit 1: Psychology Past to Present:

This unit introduces five main
psychological approaches including
Biological, Behaviourist, Cognitive,
Psychodynamic and Positive
Unit 2: Psychology Investigating
Behaviour: This unit introduces
psychological research
methods including participant
selection, conducting safe and
ethical research, and design of
psychological research studies. This
unit also covers statistical analysis.

A Level (year 2)

Unit 3: Psychology Implications

in the Real World: Youll be
expected to apply knowledge and
understanding from Unit 1 to three
human / animal behaviours from
the following: Addictive, Autistic
spectrum, Bullying behaviours,

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Criminal, Schizophrenia, and

Stress. You will also study
six controversial issues in
Unit 4: Psychology Applied
Research Methods: This
unit further develops your
understanding of research
methods studied at AS, including
the practical application of two
research methods to class based
Psychological research studies.

What next?

The study of Psychology at

A Level is useful for a diverse
range of university courses
and careers including: clinical
psychologist, forensic and
criminal psychology, counselling,
mental health nursing, lecturer
in Psychology, social worker and
educational psychology.

At least one grade B in GCSE Science and grade C in GCSE Mathematics are
required. Grade C or above in GCSE English is recommended.

AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: Introduction to Religion and
This unit has four main areas: natural
law, situation ethics, utilitarianism,
and applied ethics. As the unit is
examined in January the focus
of the first term is given over to
preparing students for this exam.
Unit 2: Introduction to Philosophy of
This unit also has four main areas:
two classical arguments for the
existence of God, the problem
of evil and suffering, and religious
A2 Level (year 2)
Unit 3: Studies in Philosophy of
The topics covered are faith and
reason, religious language, religion
and science, and freedom and

Course-specific entry requirements

Unit 4: Religion and Human

This unit provides students with
the opportunity to make a
holistic study on one specified

What next?

Undertaking Religious Studies

will enable you to develop skills
including: analysis of ideas,
critical judgement, research,
reading and interpretation
of texts, discussion and
debate of controversial ideas
and an appreciation and
respect for other viewpoints.
Religious Studies is beneficial
if youre thinking about
studying for a degree in a
number of subjects including:
archaeology, philosophy,
history, law, medicine, sociology,
psychology, social sciences,
education, literature and
general arts.

Good written communication skills are most important with a grade C or higher
in English highly desirable.

AS/A2 Welsh Second Language

AS/A2 Sociology

About this course

About this course

Sociology is a stimulating and dynamic subject. You will study individuals within
a social setting, which includes groups, organisations, cultures and societies
and the interrelationships between them.
Youll explore social institutions such as the family, education, law, politics, the
media, and religion. Pupils will study how we acquire our culture and how social
structures affect individuals. You will also examine the nature of power and
social control, and social divisions.

What will I study?

AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: Families and Culture
This unit focuses on the role of the
family and how we learn to be
members of society. It includes
defining the family, exploring
relationships within the family and
issues such as diversity, gender roles,
marriage and divorce.
Unit 2: Research Methods and
Youll explore the nature and
practice of social enquiry and
the various methods employed
by sociologists in their research.
Definitions of educational
terminology, patterns and trends
regarding the achievements of
different social groups by class,
gender, ethnicity and locality, and
sociological explanations of these
trends are also examined.

Course-specific entry requirements

A2 Level (year 2)
Unit 3: Social Control
Understanding Crime
Youll examine sociological
explanations of crime, agents of
social control, and the role of the
media in such things as moral
Unit 4: Applied Research
Methods and Social Divisions
Youll be required to apply
knowledge of sociological
methods and will also study
social inequality.

What next?

Sociology is useful for a range of

university courses and careers
including: community work,
housing management, teaching,
personnel management, police
force, probation service, public
sector administration, social
work, and welfare advice work.

GCSE English grade C or above is recommended.

You will develop your skills in both written and spoken Welsh and youll also have
the opportunity to write creatively, read independently, respond to different
texts and appreciate literary forms. During the course, students will have the
opportunity to practise speaking Welsh with the class teacher, and other Welsh
students. There may be an opportunity to visit Nant Gwrtheyrn, the National
Language Centre in North Wales. Learners will also be given the chance to
participate in extracurricular activities, e.g. Eisteddfodau.

What will I study?

AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: Oral Welsh You will learn
about a range of topics including:
contemporary multi-media culture
in Wales, the film Hedd Wyn and
themes arising from the film.
Unit 2: Written coursework, internal
Students will be asked to put
together a project of between 2,000
and 3,000 words, containing at least
four extended pieces in different
Unit 3: Use of Language and Poetry
A2 Level (year 2)
Unit 4: Drama and Oracy
Candidates will be questioned on
the following, in groups of three:
a discussion of the contemporary
multi-media culture in Wales,
the play Siwan,
a discussion of the links between
different aspects of Welsh by

Course-specific entry requirements

combining and co-ordinating

the knowledge, understanding
and skills developed in the
Unit 5: Short Story and Purposeful
Concurrent Use of Language
Unit 6: Use of Language and
Appreciation of Poetry

What next?

Welsh is spoken by nearly 30%

of the population of Wales. It is
a modern living language that
is used on a daily basis in many
vocations, including business,
local government, the media,
tourism, journalism, marketing,
and politics.

GCSE Welsh (2nd Language) at grade B or above.

AS/A2 Physics
About this course

At AS you will combine the best of the traditional Physics topics (such as
mechanics, materials, current electricity and radiation) with the most modern of
ideas involving quantum and particle Physics.
The A2 course allows for some student choice, whilst at the same time including
the essential topics of fields, nuclear physics, and kinetic theory.

What will I study?

AS Level (year 1)
Unit 1: Particles, Quantum
Phenomena and Electricity
Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials &
Unit 3: Investigative and Practical
Skills in AS Physics: Centre-assessed
unit containing a practical skills
assessment and an investigative skills
assessment completed in College.
A2 Level (year 2)
Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics
Unit 5: Nuclear and Thermal Physics
Optional Topic - Applied Physics,
Medical Physics, Astrophysics or
Turning Points in Physics

Course-specific entry requirements

Unit 6: Investigative and Practical

Skills in A2 Physics: Centreassessed unit containing a
practical skills assessment and
an investigative skills assessment
completed in College.

What next?

If you wish to go on to University

to study Physics, Engineering,
Materials Science, Geophysics,
Medicine, Veterinary Science
and other scientific careers then
an A Level in Physics provides a
great basis for this progression.
Physics is regarded very highly
as a qualification by employers
and Higher Education institutions

Either GCSE Physics (higher tier) grade C or above, or GCSE Science grade B and
GCSE Additional Science grade B or above. English Language C (higher tier) or
above, and Mathematics grade B or above is required.

BTEC Extended Certificate in

Applied Science
About this course

This is a brand new two year course. You can choose to study the Extended
Certificate (one A Level equivalent) or the Diploma (two A Level equivalent).
After the first year, students gain a Certificate (equivalent to one AS Level). This is a
stand alone qualification which then progresses onto the second year in order to
gain the Extended Certificate (one A Level equivalent).

What will I study?

Year 1 (BTEC Certificate)

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of
This unit allows learners to develop
their knowledge and understanding
of core concepts in Biology,
Chemistry and Physics, which
provide a strong basis for anyone
wanting to progress in any sciencerelated career.
Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures
and Techniques
You will develop practical skills in
core laboratory techniques and will
have the opportunity to become
proficient in carrying out titrations,
colorimetry, calorimetry, and thin
layer chromatography.
Year 2 (BTEC Extended Certificate)
Unit 3: Scientific Investigation Skills
You will build upon your science
skills and knowledge from Units

Course-specific entry requirements

1 and 2 as well as in carrying

out scientific investigations.
Youll cover plants and the
environment, enzymes, the
movement of molecules, the
energy content of fuels, and
electrical circuits, in addition
to their skills in carrying out a
scientific investigation.
Optional Unit

What next?

This qualification is designed

to support progression to
further study at university,
employment, or apprenticeship.
It will give successful students
the transferable knowledge,
understanding and skills that
will be an advantage when
applying for a range of industrylinked training programmes or
apprenticeships in the Applied
Science sector, or other sectors.

Core Science, Mathematics and English at grades A*-C.

Welsh Baccalaureate
About this course

The central focus of the Welsh Baccalaureate at Advanced level is to develop

essential and employability skills. You will develop more complex skills, attributes
and behaviours and will undertake experiences which will help prepare you for
your future, whether that involves university, further training or employment.
The emphasis in the Welsh Baccalaureate is on applied learning i.e. acquiring and
applying a range of transferable skills.

What will I study?

Through a number of skills

programmes and challenges, the
Welsh Baccalaureate will encourage
you to value skills development as
a key aspect of education and lifelong learning. Offering a learning
experience relevant to the needs
and demands of the workplace.
Youll develop your confidence,
drive and initiative, preparing you to
enter, succeed and progress in the
world of work.This can involve both
group and individual projects. You
will have regular tutorial support and
mentoring and will be allocated a
Learner Coach for support and oneto-ones.

What next?

Whatever your plan for the

future, Welsh Baccalaureate
will help you develop and
demonstrate an understanding
of and proficiency in essential
and employability skills. These
are the skills are highly valued
by employers and further and
higher education institutions
alike. These include: Literacy
Personal Effectiveness,
Numeracy Creativity and
Innovation, Digital Literacy
Planning and Organisation
Critical Thinking and Problem

CACHE Level 3 - Certificate in

Child Care and Education
About this course

This qualification introduces the knowledge needed to work with children in a

variety of settings and prepares you for vocational related training. It is suitable
for learners who wish to work with children and young people in a range of
setting including nurseries and schools.

What will I study?

This qualification is a two year

programme. The course covers a
range of relevant topics including:
an introduction to working with
child development from
conception to 16 years
supporting children; keeping
children safe
the principles underpinning the
role of the practitioner working with
You may also have the opportunity
for a placement in a related setting
as part of the Experience in the
workplace module.

What Next?

This qualification can lead to

further training opportunities,
including the CACHE Level 3
Diploma in Childrens Care,
Learning and Development and
the CACHE Level 3 Extended
Diploma in Childrens Care,
Learning and Development.

Level 3 Career-focused courses

These Level 3 vocational courses focus on providing you with the skills and
knowledge sought by employers in industry - youll gain practical hands on
experience as well as an in-depth understanding of your subject and the
skills to succeed in the sector.
These vocational qualifications can be combined with A Levels. The table
below demonstrate some possible combinations that can be studied:

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AS level

Information Technology

Creative Media (CAVC)


Creative Media (CAVC)


Health and Social Care


CACHE Childcare MCC


Travel and Tourism (CAVC)

Public Service (CAVC)

Religious Education

What can I study?

The career-focused, vocational courses on the following pages are all

offered at Level 3 and can be combined with A Level courses.

Level 3 Health and Social Care

Level 3 Information Technology

About this course

About this course

Would you like to make a difference and start a career in the UKs large
and varied care sector? This course gives you the opportunity to gain the
knowledge, skills, experience and industry qualifications you need to start
your career. You will spend time in valuable work placements in different care
settings related to your chosen course such as nurseries or care homes. Your
time at college focuses on developing your knowledge in relevant topics
such as childrens learning and development, safeguarding, anatomy and
physiology and equality taught by staff who are industry professionals.

What will I study?

Year 1:
Unit 1: Developing Effective
Communication in Health and Social
Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security
in Health and Social Care
Unit 4: Development Through the
Life Stages
Year 2:
Unit 4: Development Through the
Life Stages
Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights
in Health and Social Care
Unit 11 - Safeguarding Adults and
Promoting Independence

What next?

The qualification is ideal

preparation for a Level 4
Diploma in Health and Social
Care that leads to professional
registration with the Care
Council for Wales. It also
provides a good basis for a
degree in Health and Social
Care when combined with
other A Levels. It is also ideal
preparation for direct entry
into employment. Indeed,
caring is an important and
rapidly growing area of work
in Wales that offers a strong
range of career opportunities
for dedicated and well qualified
professionals. Over 100,000
people are employed in the
care sector in the Cardiff City
Region. This is forecast to grow
7% by 2020 with an increase in
jobs. UKCES, 2013

IT skills are hugely valuable for employers in all sectors. Develop your knowledge
and skills in IT and Computing and open doors to a wide range of careers. The
BTEC qualification in Information Technology will develop your knowledge and
skills in a wide range of techniques used in the field of IT work. The course is a
strong foundation for a very broad range of careers in the IT industry as well as a
large number of other industries that require IT professionals to support the business

What will I study?

Year 1:
Communication and Employability
Skills for IT: Youll gain an
understanding of both the personal
attributes valued by employers and
the principles of communicating
effectively developing your
communication skills.
Computer Systems: Youll learn
about the components of computer
systems and develop the skills
needed to recommend appropriate
systems for business purposes and
set up and maintain computer
Website Production: Get to grips
with web architecture and the
factors that affect its performance.
Youll learn to design and create
interactive websites.
Year 2:
Organisational Systems Security
Learn about potential threats to IT
systems and the organisational issues
related to IT security, and know

how to keep systems and data

secure from these threats.
The aim of this unit is to
ensure that learners know
the technologies involved in
e-commerce, understand the
impact of e-commerce on
organisations and on society,
and how to plan e-commerce
Spreadsheet Modelling
Youll learn to use complex
spreadsheet modelling in
order to support organisational
activities such as credit control,
sales forecasting and stock

What next?

The course is an ideal step

towards direct employment in
IT, an apprenticeship or to a
broadrange of higher education
degree courses when combined
with A Levels.

Course-specific entry requirements

GCSE at grade C or above in English Language and a Science subject or

Mathematics is required.

Course-specific entry requirements

GCSE at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics is required.

Level 3 Public Services

Level 3 Creative Media

About this course

About this course

The BTEC qualification in Public Services will develop knowledge and skills for
employment in a broad range of armed forces or uniformed public services. This
includes the army, navy and air force as well as the police force, fire brigade
and ambulance service. Many of the skills developed on the course are directly
transferrable to a range of other careers.

What will I study?

You will explore a number of topics

relevant to a range of public
These include:
Government, Policies & the
Public Services Youll examine
government policies, the legislative
process and the effects that
government policies can have on
the public services, the personnel
working within them and the
provision of services.
Land Based Activities -Land-based
outdoor and adventurous activities
are widely used by many providers
of outdoor experiences to fulfil
the needs of their programmes
and clients.These include
mountain walking, rock climbing,
mountaineering, caving and
orienteering. You will enhance your
abilities and understanding of land-

Course-specific entry requirements

based activity skills and your

knowledge of good practice in
the outdoors.
Planning & Management of
Major Incidents - With constant
news coverage of major
incidents of one description
or another in our media, it is
important that learners wishing
to pursue a career in local
government, aid agency
work, the NHS, the emergency
services or armed forces have
knowledge of the work these
organisations carry out.

What next?

The qualification is a good

preparation for direct entry to
public service careers as well
as a range of higher education
degree courses when combined
with other A Levels.

The BTEC qualification in Creative Media Production will develop your skills for a
broad range of careers in film, TV and other forms of media production. Wales has
a strong and developing media production industry with both large and smaller
independent production companies, many of which are at the cutting edge of TV
and film production. The course is a step towards a career in this exciting area of

What will I study?

Pre-production techniques for
creative media production
You will gain an understanding
of the requirements for a specific
media production and will learn
to prepare, plan and deliver preproduction documentation.
Communication skills for creative
media production
Youll develop the skills to be able to
pitch a media production proposal
using appropriate technology.
Optional units:
Writing for television and video
Youll develop an understanding
of the commissioning process for
writing for television and video
and will practice researching and
producing scripts and proposals for
television and video production
Single camera techniques
Understand the features of single
camera production and develop
the techniques for production.

GCSE at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics is required.

Course-specific entry requirements

Research techniques
This unit will teach you to apply a
range of research methods and
techniques and present your
Optional units:
Music Video production
In this exciting unit youll learn
about the styles, conventions,
and techniques of music videos,
including planning, music and
Film and Video Editing
You will gain an understanding
of the development and
principles of editing and be
able to prepare moving image
material for editing.

What next?

The course is an ideal step

towards direct employment
in the media industry, an
apprenticeship or to a range
of higher education degree
courses when combined with
other A Level subjects.

GCSE at grade C or above in English Language is required..

Level 3 Travel and Tourism

Level 3 Sport

About this course

About this course

The travel and tourism industry is growing rapidly in Wales leading to an exciting
range of new employment opportunities. Tourism is the UKs 5th largest industry
and supports 3 million jobs. CAVC LMI Update, 2015.

The BTEC qualification in Sport provides an understanding of the essential skills

and knowledge needed when looking to build a career in sport. The sport and
leisure sector employs 27,000 paid employees in over 2,100 organisations across
Wales providing great opportunities and progression routes into employment for

Would you like a career in the travel and tourism industry, with exciting
opportunities to work across Wales or worldwide? The BTEC qualification in Travel
and Tourism will develop knowledge and skills for employment in a broad range
of careers such as a travel agent, holiday representative or aircraft cabin crew

What will I study?

Unit 1 The travel and tourism industry
Unit 2 The business of Travel and
Units 8 Long Haul Destinations

Year 2
Units 8 Long Haul Destinations
Unit 4 Customer Service
Unit 2 The Business of Travel & Tourism

Course-specific entry requirements

What next?

Many students go straight into

employment in roles in hotels,
events management, tourist
attractions and holiday resorts.
Progress onto our renowned
Cabin Crew course and join
students who have gained
employment with airlines
including Emirates, British
Airways, Virgin, EasyJet and
more. Many students also go
onto university to study related
courses including tourism, events
management and business.

GCSE at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics is required.

The BTEC Level 3 qualification in Sport is delivered at the brand new Cardiff
International Sports Campus the inspirational new home for CAVC Sport. This
facility features classrooms alongside excellent sports facilities including a large
gym, fitness studios, 3G pitch and athletics track.

What will I study?

Subjects covered include:

Health and safety in
Fitness training
and more

Course-specific entry requirements

What next?

The course provides a

foundation for starting
professional work in the sports
industry, or progressing to further

GCSE at Grade C or above in 5 subjects including English Language and Maths is

required for the course.

Level 2 Foundation programme

About this course

Literacy and numeracy is an important part of this programme and you

will improve your English and Maths at GCSE level as part of the course to
enable you to reach your best possible grade. You will also study BTEC Level 2
vocational subjects listed below. These offer a wide variety of career-focused
courses at Level 2 which will prepare you for future study or employment. This
programme provides you with a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs.

What will I study?

English GCSE/English GCSE Resit

Maths GCSE/Maths GCSE resit
Welsh Baccalaureate post 16 level
The Welsh Baccalaureate aims
to enable you to develop your
essential and employability skills.
These are the skills that employers,
Colleges and Universities value and
which learners need for learning,
work and life.
The Welsh Baccalaureate helps you
achieve more, it makes you better
equipped for the world of work,
better informed and a more active
citizens. It allows for more flexibility in
your studies, whatever mix of courses
you choose.
Health and Social Care Level 2
BTEC First Award
Over 100,000 people are employed
in the care sector in the Cardiff
City Region. This is forecast to grow
7% by 2020 with an increase in
jobs. UKCES, 2013The health and
social care course gives you the
opportunity to gain the knowledge,
skills, experience and industry
qualifications you need to start
your career or progress to further

You will focus on developing

your knowledge in relevant
topics such as:
Human Development
Health and Social Care Values
Equality and Diversity in Health
and Social Care
Individual Rights in Health and
Social Care
Public Services Level 2
The level 2 Certificate is
designed to prepare students
for successful entry into any of
the uniformed public services
so the learning is focused upon
investigating the work of the
Police, service, fire and rescue
service, Ambulance Service,
Armed forces and Prison Service.
Business Level 2
BTEC First award in Business Level
Youll learn all about the term
business and how it can cover
anything from a sole trader in a
local market to a multinational
corporation selling products to
millions of people all over the
world. Youll be introduced to

the language and terminology used

in business and will explore what
businesses do, trends that affect
them, how they operate and the
factors that influence their success.
Youll also explore finance for
business the types of costs that
businesses incur and how they
make a profit. The course examines
what makes successful businesses
and how this is measured.
Creative Media Level 2
Level 2 First Award in Creative
Digital Media Production
You will gain an understanding of
digital media sectors, products
and platforms and will understand
audiences for digital media
products. Youll also explore how
audiences engage with digital
media products.
Youll explore planning and pitching
for a digital media product looking
at how to develop ideas. You
can also study the key features of
moving image productions where
youll gain an understanding of
the technical construction of a
digital moving image production
and will review a production. Youll
learn about digital publishing

opportunities, digital publishing

technology and techniques and
how to produce material for
digital publication.

What next?

The Level 2 Foundation

programme gives you a wide
variety of experience and skills
and will enable you to progress
to further learning in an area
that interests you at Level 3 at
school or in College. You will also
have improved skills and a wide
variety of vocational learning to
support you in the future in the
world of work.

Hair and Beauty:

NVQ Level 3

Beauty Therapy
NVQ Level 2*

About this course

About this course

This level 3 City and Guilds

qualification is designed to provide
you with a nationally recognised
vocational qualification, which will aim
to prepare you to enter employment
within the hairdressing industry. The
course provides the knowledge and
understanding needed and will help
you develop the sector specific skills
required to work in this industry.

What will I study?

The course will focus on equipping

you with the skills and techniques to
succeed in the industry including:
Cutting Techniques
Colouring Hair
Colour Correction
Creative styling and dressing
Dressing long hair
Monitoring Health and Safely

What next?

This course provides an excellent

basis for employment in hairdressing
or to progress to further qualifications
in Hair and Beauty such as the
Assessors Award.

This City and Guilds course is delivered

in our purpose built salon within the
school. This level 2 qualification is
designed to provide a nationally
recognised vocationally specific
qualification, which will create
opportunities for you to enter
employment within the beauty
industry. You will develop the skills and
techniques needed to work within the
salon industry.

What will I study?

Introduction to the salon industry

Client consultation and customer
Skin Care
Enhance eyebrows and lashes

What Next?

This course provides the opportunity to

progress to further qualifications such
as NVQ level 3.

For further information contactMrs Kelly Murphy

*This course will be offered to identified

students as there are limited spaces.

Level 1 Introduction to
Vocational Studies
About this course

This BTEC Introduction to Vocational Studies programme is designed to give

you a real insight into a range of different subjects and career areas to help
you discover what youre really passionate about. As well as this you will work
on your Mathematics and English to improve your overall standard in these key
subjects to ensure you have all the necessary skills to succeed in the future.

What will I study?

You will be able to sample a range of

different career-focused courses such
Travel and Tourism
Creative Industries
Public Services
Health and Social Care
Hair and beauty
and more
You will develop your knowledge,
understanding and skills in different
vocational areas and will learn about
employment opportunities in those
specific sectors.
Alongside this, you will also undertake
a pre-GCSE programme for
Mathematics and English helping
you to improve your essential skills in
these areas which are so valuable in
employment and further study. You
will achieve a nationally recognised
Entry or Level 1 vocationally related

What next?

You could progress directly

into employment or progress to
related general and/or vocational
qualification in an area that
youve found interesting to further
your learning and skills. Further
qualifications include:
Foundation Diplomas
Level 2 apprenticeships
Level 2 vocational qualifications
such as Edexcel BTEC Level 2
Certificates/Diplomas in
different vocational sectors
supported employment.


Better prospects
Variety of courses
Transferable skills

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