St Albans Girls' School - Sixth Form Prospectus 2023

Learning for Life in a Community where All can Excel St Albans Girls’ School Sixth Form

‘St Albans Girls’ School is part of ATLAS Multi Academy Trust, ensuring outstanding educational provision through challenge and the promotion of excellence’ STAGS SIXTH 1

PROSPECTUS 2023 Making the right choices at Post 16 is crucial to ensure the best possible future prospects. We are very proud of our outstanding learning environments, with our distinctive ethos, highly professional standards and commitment to ensuring a first class education for our Post 16 students. Across the ATLAS Trust We recognise and value the individual, which our broad range of learning opportunities demonstrates, and we strive for excellence in all that we do. STAGS Sixth is warm and friendly where the atmosphere encourages success. We have a clear expectation that students want to be here to achieve their best and take an active part in the wider life of the school. Students will become part of the welcoming, hardworking and supportive learning community. Students receive a personalised education which is both demanding and rewarding and through the excellent care and guidance offered, they will be given every opportunity to progress towards their future goals, develop their individual talents and flourish. We look forward to warmly welcoming you into the STAGS Sixth and invite you to visit us during the school day. Margaret Chapman Executive Headteacher 2 Welcome from our ATLAS Multi Academy Trust Executive Headteacher PROSPECTUS 2023

Sixth Form performance is consistently in the top 5% of schools nationally Your Next Step... Through our robust provision and exciting enrichment offer, we aim to provide a STAGS Sixth experience that students will never forget. STAGS Sixth is more than comprehensive preparation for assessments, but a fantastic opportunity to develop leadership, aspiration and ultimately, dream building. What do you want your next steps to include? Together, we can forge a path for you that prepares you for the world of work through next steps opportunities for your learning and skills acquisition. Our approach to academic and pastoral balance at STAGS Sixth ensures that students are given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate attributes fundamental to their next steps. The spacious STAGS Sixth Centre provides a lively yet focussed environment for learning. The Silent Study Area directly complements the common room making sure that students have spaces to collaborate and quietly prepare. In addition, our new STAGS Sixth Cafe provides the opportunity to meet other students with similar goals and interests. Through our Blended Learning programme, Students are able to develop 21st century literacies including research, editing, computing and presentation skills across all subjects preparing them for the world of work where all of these skills transcend industries. There are subjects, clubs, groups, enrichment opportunities and trips to engage and ignite the imagination of every Sixth Form student. When we refer to development, we mean the effective progression of every element of STAGS Sixth students. This includes academic skills, pastoral support, wellbeing and health awareness, leadership opportunities and the nurturing of avocation, interests and friendships - as well as a love of learning - that will last a lifetime. Paul Kershaw Head of School Welcome to STAGS Sixth! Our aim, always, is to ensure every student journeys through Sixth Form with the support, enrichment and independence required for the wider world. We offer a plethora of opportunities, through our Step-Up programme as well as our enrichment offering and our whole school leadership opportunities. The STAGS values run through everything we do across the Sixth Form, as well across the whole school. Sixth Formers play an integral role across the school, being role models for all students, engaging in charity events, championing for climate change & embedding equality, diversity & inclusivity through everything we do. Our Sixth Formers are ambassadors for the STAGS ethos of passion & dedication, and they take this beyond STAGS into the wider community. We are STAGS Sixth. A Community for All. Sally Ann Taylor Assistant Headteacher KS5 STAGS SIXTH 3 Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH

PROSPECTUS 2023 An Emphasis on Excellence... ‘Guidance and support is superb, not just for the students but also for the parents too!’ - YEAR 13 PARENT We provide a supportive learning community that maximises academic potential and develops leadership. Expectations are high at Sixth Form and GCSE success informs Post 16 targets. Our commitment to you is:  To provide quality learning opportunities through excellent specialist teaching in diverse environments  To ensure a wide choice of subjects and courses to meet your individual personalised learning goals giving you every opportunity to become a leader of the future  To provide comprehensive educational guidance and emotional support at this crucial period of your education  To ensure diverse and stimulating Sixth Form opportunities and experiences including our well established enrichment programme and Student Leadership  To arrange a wide variety of opportunities, beyond formal studies, to meet and exchange ideas with other students and adults from the local community  To support you in your preparations and planning for university applications, higher apprenticeships and future career opportunities  To ensure that you are aware of the full range of career, apprenticeship and higher education options available to you when you leave STAGS SIXTH The Step Up Programme focuses on personal development, wellbeing, future steps, financial stability and study skills to benefit both students' experiences of Sixth Form education and to prepare them for their future lives. Students are engaged and inspired through a bespoke Careers programme with external speakers, universities, employers and a wealth of opportunities to meet the developmental needs of all Sixth Form learners Step Up Programme 4 Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH

Students also have the option to undertake a Level 3 Maths in Context (Core Maths Level 3) qualification or a Level 3 EPQ project to enhance their A Level offer and research an area of interest, whilst gleaning insight integral to the planning, drafting and implementation of graduate projects and dissertations. It is recommended that students taking Science A Levels or Geography without A Level Mathematics undertake Core Maths to complement their study. The Enrichment Options for students to select in Year 12 include Sports Leadership, Language Leaders, Debating, Forensic Science, Food Skills Arts Award, Fundamentals of Financial Services, Music and many more. Healthy lifestyles are also promoted including through the Games sessions. As students transition into Year 13, they are given the time and flexibility required to hone their examination skills, read around their subjects and prepare for Post 18 education and options through specialist workshops and 1:1 support. The Sixth Form intent is to prepare and guide students for their next steps when they leave school for the last time, whether that be to University, Apprenticeships, Further Education College or employment. We support our students so that they can achieve the best grades possible, gain vital employability skills, experience a wide range of enrichment activities, participate in the wider school life through leadership opportunities and to be prepared for life after Sixth Form. STAGS SIXTH 5 Curriculum Choices The Year 12 and 13 Curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for students to deepen and extend their focus on chosen subjects at A Level. Students opt for three A Level subjects with the exception of Further Maths which is taken as a fourth option. The Sixth Form enriches students' experiences and prepares them for the transition into the next phase of their education and lives. Supported Study is timetabled across both year groups to give students the facilities and protected time to undertake independent learning, research and consolidation. Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH

Supporting Learning ‘The Sixth Form here at STAGS is an exciting place to be: lots to do and lots to learn!’ - YEAR 13 STUDENT Inspiring and encouraging learners is at the heart of all that we do. We offer an excellent quality of learning from subject specialists who are highly trained across our breadth of subjects and courses. Each learner is stretched and challenged at every step of their individual learning journey, with aspirational yet achievable targets set for all. We offer many fantastic opportunities for all of our students at Post 16, such as visits to Oxbridge and other universities, as well as master classes for particular subjects and a range of external speakers through our Speaker Programme. We welcome into school visitors from a broad range of universities and employers as well as apprenticeship providers. These run alongside our extended enrichment programme and we ensure that all students are well prepared for application and interview. We recognise that Post 16 students are maturing into young adults, which is why we involve the student in every stage of their Sixth Form education. Students meet their teachers at least three times a year for a progress review and together set targets and explore how these can be achieved. In addition, there are subject evenings with parents so that progress is monitored and any issues can be quickly remedied. We aim to nurture individuals who are confident, aspirational and proud of who they are, and our positive Post 16 environment encourages this growth. In addition to their chosen subjects, students also participate in the Step Up Programme, which covers a wide range of activities and issues from social, health and citizenship, road safety, resilience and employability skills to personal finance, the vitally important study skills to progress from GCSE to A Level. Personal development is supported by expert form tutors led by a highly experienced pastoral team. PROSPECTUS 2023 6 Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH

Student Life... Students are fortunate to have dedicated Sixth Form social rooms; the Coffee shop serves a vast array of hot and cold food and drinks during the day and provides a place for students to relax and enjoy each other’s company. The Sixth Form study rooms are supervised and enable a silent area dedicated to independent study and supported by the use of ICT resources. A group study room for more flexible learning is also available. Independent study outside of lessons ensures that the highest academic standards are aspired to and met. STAGS Sixth Form dress code offers students the flexibility of personal choice within a framework. We encourage smart, stylish dress which promotes self-confidence, commitment and pride, setting a positive example to younger learners. STAGS SIXTH 7

8 ‘I left my old school for STAGS. I’m so glad I made the Leap! Nice teachers, great lessons and I have made lots of friends too’ - YEAR 12 STUDENT Taking on Responsibilities... We have a real sense of community and purpose in the Sixth Form and the extensive leadership and extra and enrichment opportunities we offer are very important to us and our students. We believe that being a Sixth Former is about more than achieving academic success. We want you to develop self-confidence, independence and vital life skills such as leadership, communication, team working, and management of your own learning. We offer many sporting activities; from membership of sports teams and leading clubs for younger students to the study of Level 3 Sports Leadership. There is the opportunity to fully participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and many of our Post 16 students take part in the expeditions and visits that we run annually to foreign climes. Alongside our sports, we are very proud of the range of extracurricular and expressive arts opportunities that are available for our Sixth Formers, including many different orchestras and choirs, Dance and Drama productions. For example, involvement in the Young Engineers Scheme, achieving the Gold Crest Award and participating in Young Enterprise offer extensive opportunities to flourish. There are so many varied extra-curricular activities to inspire and aid students to support their chosen career paths. ‘Regardless of their different starting points, all students make outstanding progress’ OFSTED PROSPECTUS 2023 Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH

Enrichment Opportunities… Contributing to the Community Teachers have high expectations and know their subjects very well. My son is inspired by the quality of engaging teaching’ PARENT Enrichment subjects enhance a student’s chance of acceptance onto a competitive degree course and/or employment. These activities will develop a variety of skills that will benefit students in the future. Sixth formers have an extensive range of activities to choose from which range from the academic activities with additional qualifications to those opportunities to learn a new life skill. Our choices include; EPQ, Arts Award, Sports Leadership, Language Leaders Award, Financial Studies, Debating, Forensic Science and Food Skills. We encourage all of our students to make contributions to the local, national and international communities and as a result they are regarded as leaders by younger people in the school. All students are encouraged to take on positions of responsibility and become actively involved in whole school events from Open Evening to supporting clubs and extra-curricular activities, from charity fund raising to volunteering. Our students are always active and fully embrace the ethos of the STAGS community. As young adults, the students choose how to reach their own leadership goals: they may choose to be a House Prefect, House Captain or Head Student, at the pinnacle of student leadership. There are many other roles across the school; for example many students mentor younger people. They can choose to mentor a student who is suffering from emotional, social or behavioural difficulties, or support a student in lessons. Other roles include Sports Captains, Charity Captains, Global Ambassadors and Eco Captains. In addition, Sixth Formers lead Student Parliament and are actively involved in fundraising, making their own decisions and developing the confidence to take responsibility in a variety of situations and local community events. We are very proud of the various charities that our Post 16 students choose and support every year, as their contributions are always significant. STAGS SIXTH 9 Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH

‘My teachers really know me which enables them to tailor their teaching and learning’ - YEAR 12 STUDENT Developing Confidence for Future Success… All students are encouraged to meet their full potential. We have outstanding support and advice to offer our students, from the highly effective Post 16 team. We work closely with Universities, Apprenticeship and Careers providers and maintain our strong local and national links with a variety of businesses to ensure access to a range of advice and experiences throughout the year. We encourage students to volunteer in their spare time and fully participate in work experience opportunities. We believe that it is vital to educate young people about the challenges and expectations of employment today in an innovative and rapidly changing global economy. Our Post 18 Next Steps week is an enjoyable and exciting educational journey through the various options open to students. All avenues are explored: university graduates visit the school; entrepreneurs and professionals offer their advice; businesses offering apprenticeships visit us, and volunteers and travel experts explain the nature of other options too. Students visit a UCAS fair to learn about the University system, which is followed by a day focused solely on university applications and writing personal statements if this is the chosen pathway. A parents’ information forum provides a valuable insight into the post 18 experience. We offer targeted, specialist support and guidance for students applying to study medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, law and for those applying to Oxford or Cambridge, as the application process is different to other courses. Specialist colleagues and external experts meet students and help with their applications, prepare them for interview and offer support and advice as needed. ‘Post 18/Next Steps’ week really helped me. Not only did I decide what I wanted to do, but I understood how to get there’ - YEAR 13 STUDENT PROSPECTUS 2023 10

Joining Us STAGS SIXTH 11 Admission to STAGS Sixth We welcome applications from both internal and external students to join our mixed Sixth Form. Students already attending STAGS will have the opportunity to discuss their Sixth Form options as part of their Year 11 progress monitoring. We also encourage students unfamiliar with STAGS to visit and explore our facilities and discuss their course choices. Entry Requirements We are proud to offer a wide range of challenging and highly accredited subjects here at STAGS Sixth. The minimum academic entry requirements to study A Levels are to have achieved at least 40 GCSE points, calculated as follows (from a student’s best 8 GCSE results): Grade 9 = 9 points Grade 8 = 8 points Grade 7 = 7 points Grade 6 = 6 points Grade 5 = 5 points, etc. (see individual subject requirements for entry requirement grades to study that particular A Level or BTEC) How to Apply: If you wish to join STAGS Sixth Form, please complete an online application form, available on the website or by scanning the QR code. Successful applicants will be offered places conditional upon GCSE results. Applicants are invited to Induction Days in July to speak to their subject teachers, collect summer tasks and to meet other students. After examination results are published, final course choices are confirmed at enrolment day. Deadlines for all applications are as follows: STAGS Students: Monday 18 December 2023 External Students: Friday 22 March 2024 Information Evening On Wednesday 8 November, we will be holding our Sixth Form Information Evening from 6pm where curriculum areas will be open to visit and learn more about studying the subject at A Level. Open Mornings We welcome visits to our school throughout the year, in advance of applications to our Sixth Form from December. We will be holding two Open Mornings on: Wednesday 29 November & Tuesday 16 January Sign up is available through our website, or if you would prefer to arrange a visit, please contact our Sixth Form Team at: We are always proud to show our Sixth Form learning community in action. More information on our Sixth Form can be found here: STAGS SIXTH APPLICATION FORM Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH

PROSPECTUS 2023 12 Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH Subjects on Offer  Art & Design  Biology  Business  Chemistry  Classical Civilisation  Computer Science  Dance  Drama & Theatre Studies  Economics  English Literature  Fashion & Textiles  Film  French  Geography  History  Mathematics & Further Mathematics  Music  PE  Photography  Physics  Politics  Psychology  Religious Studies  Sociology  Spanish  T-Level Education & Childcare

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH STAGS SIXTH 13 Art & Design Board: AQA 7201 INTRODUCTION This vibrant and dynamic A-Level Art, Craft and Design course builds on the GCSE specification to offer exciting opportunities for higher education and inspire a life-long interest in the enjoyment of the arts, and the promotion of creativity. This is an unendorsed course, which means students can incorporate aspects of fine art, graphic communication, textile design, three-dimensional design and photography into their work. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Grade 6 for GCSE Art COURSE CONTENT Component 1 (Portfolio) Development of techniques and understanding the process of Art. Students build up a portfolio of work that links to the assessment objectives and the development of ideas. Students will then start a personal investigation. This is a practical investigation supported by written material. This is an investigation into an idea, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Component 2 (Externally Set Assignment) This consists of a choice of 8 themes to be used as starting points. Students select ONE. Preparatory Period - Students will then be working on exam prep which can be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes. Supervised time 15 hours – Following the preparatory period students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time where they complete a final outcome related to their chosen theme. ASSESSMENT Component 1 - 60% of A Level Component 2 - 40% of A Level CONTACT For more information please contact Miss Hannah Bowman Curriculum Leader for Art, Design and Technology. Email:

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH PROSPECTUS 2023 14 Biology Board: OCR A H420 INTRODUCTION Biology A level is a challenging but fascinating course which offers an insight into a broad range of topics from human biology, biochemistry, genetics and ecology. Students will complete a series of practicals designed to challenge problem solving and analytical thinking to draw conclusions. Practicals are designed to mirror degree level situations to prepare students for university. The course prepares students for wider study in s diverse range of fields including medicine, physiotherapy and research sciences. Biology A level is taught by expert teachers who themselves have a wide range of scientific backgrounds including NHS research, PHDs in plant bioenergetics and forensic science. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Combined Science GCSE 7-6 and above Separate Sciences Chemistry GCSE - high 6 and above GCSE Mathematics - 6 and above COURSE CONTENT Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology Module 2: Foundations in biology Module 3: Exchange and transport Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems ASSESSMENT Biological Processes - 37% Biological Diversity - 37% Unified Biology - 26% Alongside this, you will be given a pass or a fail for the practical endorsement, based on assessment of the 16 core practicals throughout the course CONTACT For more information please contact Dr Hamilton - Curriculum Leader for Biology. Email:

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH Business Board: EDEXCEL INTRODUCTION Business A-level is a dynamic, exciting subject in which students will get the opportunity to develop essential skills and knowledge necessary for the world of work. We cover a range of topics including, marketing, finance, management, ethics, e-commerce and global issues. One of the unique features of this course is its real-world relevance. You'll engage in practical case studies, simulations, research and extended writing that mirror the challenges faced by businesses in the real world. This hands-on experience will not only enhance your understanding but also prepare you for a future in business with confidence. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS GCSE Business is not a requirement for entry onto this course. If Business is taken at GCSE - GCSE Business Grade 5, GCSE English Literature or English Language Grade 5 and GCSE Mathematics Grade 5. If Business is not taken at GCSE – GCSE English Literature or English Language Grade 5, GCSE Mathematics Grade 5. COURSE CONTENT Theme 1 - Marketing and People Theme 2 - Managing Business Activities Theme 3 -Business decisions and strategy Theme 4 - Global Business ASSESSMENT 100% exams Paper 1 – Marketing, people and global business (35%) Paper 2 – Business activities, decisions and strategies (35%) Paper 3 – Investigating business in a competitive environment (30%) CONTACT For more information please contact Mr Brown - Curriculum leader for Business and Economics. Email: STAGS SIXTH 15

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH PROSPECTUS 2023 16 Chemistry Board: EDEXCEL INTRODUCTION A Level Chemistry is a demanding yet rewarding course that can lead to a number of diverse careers ranging from healthcare to law to research science. The course drills down into fulsome explanations of natural phenomena and industrial processes as we learn everything from how a battery works to how to synthesis paracetamol in the lab. The course is taught by experienced teachers with an emphasis on practical skills and is the perfect choice for anyone interested in a career in STEM. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Combined Science GCSE 7-6 and above Separate Sciences Chemistry GCSE - high 6 and above GCSE Mathematics - 6 and above COURSE CONTENT Inorganic Chemistry including: Redox, Equilibria, Transition Metal chemistry Organic Chemistry including: Functional Groups, Reaction mechanisms, Synthetic Routes Physical Chemistry including: Kinetics and Energetics ASSESSMENT A Level outcomes are decided by 3 exams Paper 1 - Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (30%) Paper 2 - Organic and Physical Chemistry (30%) Paper 3 - General Principles of Chemistry (40%) Alongside this, you will be given a pass or a fail for the practical endorsement, based on assessment of the 16 core practicals throughout the course. CONTACT For more information please contact Mr Bowyer - Curriculum Leader for Chemistry. Email:

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH STAGS SIXTH 17 Classical Civilisation Board: OCR (H408) INTRODUCTION Classical Civilisation A Level is designed to challenge all students by immersing them in the ancient world through a variety of perspectives. There is an ambitious curriculum with cross-curricular ties and the breadth of skills required from various subjects such as English, Geography, History, Politics, Philosophy, Art and Sociology. The accrual of cultural capital is supported through the careful choice of options chosen and topics linked to contemporary debates and concepts such as LGBTQ+ rights, gender equality, dictatorships, rhetoric, relationships, identity and morality. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS To take Classical Civilizations at A Level students will be expected to have achieved a Grade 6 in History (if taken) and/or a Grade 5 in English. COURSE CONTENT Over the two years of A level students will study 3 modules:  Greek Religion: Studying the practicalities of religious ritual, and the role it played in society, alongside the functions and layout of famous temple complexes, will make this component tangible for learners and help develop their sense of the central role religion played in the life of everyday people.  The World of the Hero (Odyssey and Aeneid): This component provides learners with the opportunity to appreciate the lasting legacy of the Homeric world and the work of Virgil, cornerstones of Western literature and to explore their attitudes and values.  Imperial Image:The idea of a politician ‘spinning’ their public image is one which is very familiar from our contemporary media; and so this exploration of a Roman politician and his successful propaganda campaign is both highly relevant and engaging. ASSESSMENT 100% Exam Based. One exam per module studied. World of the Hero: 100 marks. 2 hours and 20 minutes Greek Religion and Imperial Image: 75 marks. 1 hour and 45 minutes CONTACT For more information please contact Miss L Kemp. Email:

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH PROSPECTUS 2023 18 Computer Science Board: OCR (H446) INTRODUCTION Computer Science is a practical subject where students 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. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS GCSE Mathematics Grade 7 (required), GCSE Computer Science Grade 6 (recommended) COURSE CONTENT Component 01 – Computer Systems  The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices. Software and software development. Exchanging data, data types, data structures and algorithms. Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues. Component 02 – Algorithms and Programming  Elements of computational thinking. Problem solving and programming. Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms. Component 03 - Programming Project  Students will choose a computing problem to work through, commonly an arcade game, board game, simulation or business idea. Project stages include: analysis, design, developing the coded solution, testing and evaluation. ASSESSMENT 1. Computer systems paper, 140 marks, 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of total A Level) 2. Algorithms and programming paper, 140 marks, 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of total A Level 3. Programming project, 70 marks, Non-exam assessment (20% of total A Level) CONTACT For more information please contact Mr C McCarthy, Curriculum Leader Computer Science. Email:

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH STAGS SIXTH 19 Dance Board: AQA (7237) INTRODUCTION A Level Dance is an academic course designed to allow students to further and deepen their knowledge and understanding of dance as an art form. Students need to have a deep love for the subject and be prepared to work hard to achieve the top grades. There are 3 main strands which lead on perfectly from GCSE Dance which are Performance, Choreography and Critical appreciation. The main difference at A level is the level of understanding required of the content and the contextual information needed to fully appreciate the works we study as well as the strength, fitness and ability required to dance at this level. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS GCSE Dance at Grade 6 or above or a suitable level of dance experience gained through the traditional route through grades or competition. Graded examination outcomes should be grade 4 or above. It would be an advantage to have GCSE English Language or English Literature at Grade 6 or above. COURSE CONTENT Component 1 - Choreography and Performance 50% Performance 1. Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner 25% 2. Performance in a Quartet - 25% Choreography Group choreography of a group of 2 or more dancers in response to a given stimulus. Component 2 - Critical appreciation 50% - 2 1/2 hour written paper Demonstrate knowledge , understanding and critical appreciation of 2 set works. In depth knowledge understanding and critical appreciation of 2 areas of study. ASSESSMENT Component 1 - External exam, a visiting examiner will visit the school, the exam runs like a performance with the examiner marking live in the room. Component 2- Written Exam 150 mins . The paper is made up of a set of short answer questions =25 marks and 3x 25 mark answers. CONTACT For more information please contact Mrs Wheatley, Curriculum Leader Performing Arts/Dance. Email:

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH PROSPECTUS 2023 20 Drama & Theatre Studies Board: AQA Drama and Theatre (7262) INTRODUCTION Students are expected to have a genuine passion for Theatre and Performance. As an A Level Drama student you will be showing your potential communication and collaboration skills to prospective universities and employers as well as developing your confidence, research skills and ability to creatively express yourself. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS GCSE Drama Grade 6 or above. If Drama is not taken at GCSE; GCSE English Language or English Literature, Grade 6 or above. COURSE CONTENT The A Level is taught over two years and consists of three components: Component 1: Drama and Theatre (3 hour, open book, written exam) 40% of the qualification Students are examined on the creation of theatre alongside practitioner methods on two set texts and a live theatre evaluation. Students will answer from the perspective of a performer, director and designer. Component 2: Creating original drama (assessed internally and moderated by AQA) 30% of the qualification Students devise an original performance piece using a student led stimuli and a theatre practitioner. Students are marked on both the performance itself and the documentation of the process in the form of a portfolio. Component 3: Making theatre (assessed by an external examiner) 30% of the qualification Students undertake a practical exploration of 3 extracts taken from 3 different texts. Students bring one extract to realisation for a visiting examiner, applying the methodology of a prescribed practitioner. ASSESSMENT The course is approached practically in lessons combined with research and theory applied in study time. Students are marked both practically either as a performer or designer and complete written coursework to support both practical elements. The two years culminate in a 40% written examination. CONTACT For more information please contact Mrs Georges - Curriculum Leader of Drama. Email:

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH STAGS SIXTH 21 Economics Board: EDEXCEL INTRODUCTION Economics is designed to foster analytical thinking, research skills, and an awareness of contemporary economic challenges. It offers a solid foundation for further studies in economics, business, and related fields, as well as providing valuable insights for students interested in understanding the complex economic forces that shape our world today. We cover the two broad strands of economic theory; microeconomics and macroeconomics, allowing students to explore the intricate workings of markets, government policies, and the global economy. Throughout the course, students will learn to critically assess economic data, develop problem-solving skills, and gain a holistic understanding of economic concepts. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS GCSE Economics or Business is not a requirement for entry onto this course. GCSE Business Grade 6, GCSE English Literature or English Language Grade 6, GCSE Mathematics Grade 6. If Business is not taken at GCSE; GCSE English Literature or English Language Grade 6, GCSE Mathematics Grade 6. COURSE CONTENT Theme 1: An introduction to markets and market failure Theme 2: The UK economy; performance and policies Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market Theme 4: A global perspective ASSESSMENT 100% exam based Paper 1 - Markets and business behaviour Paper 2 - The national and global economy Paper 3 - Macroeconomic and microeconomics CONTACT For more information please contact Mr Brown - Curriculum leader for Business and Economics. Email:

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH PROSPECTUS 2023 22 English Literature Board: OCR (H472) INTRODUCTION An A Level in English Literature offers a rigorous, stimulating and challenging qualification which allows learners to deepen their appreciation and understanding of literature, including its changing traditions. Students are encouraged to read widely, engage critically while developing both their oracy and written responses. They will gain knowledge and skills of literary analysis and evaluation, and explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A Grade 6 in both GCSE English Literature and English Language. COURSE CONTENT Component One: Drama and Poetry Pre-1900 A Shakespeare play: Hamlet, William Shakespeare A collection of pre-1900 poetry: The Merchant's Prologue and Tale, Geoffrey Chaucer compared with A pre-1900 drama text: The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster Component Two: Comparative and Contextual Study Two post-1900 prose texts: Dystopia The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood and 1984, George Orwell Component Three: Literature Post-1900 Atonement by Ian McEwan, Journey’s End by R. C. Sherriff and the war poetry of Wilfred Owen to be studied for coursework ASSESSMENT A range of Assessment Objectives are covered across the three components: Component 1: 2 hours 30 minutes exam: closed text (40% A level grade)  a close analysis of a passage from Shakespeare and an analytical essay on the same play  a comparative essay Component 2: 2 hours 30 minutes exam: closed text (40% A level grade)  a critical appreciation of an unseen passage (close reading)  a comparative essay Component 3: Non-exam Assessment: Coursework is made up of two tasks: (20% A level grade)  a close reading response (1000 words)  a comparative essay (2000 words) CONTACT For more information please contact Mrs Mathurin - Lead Practitioner of KS5. Email:, Miss Hall - Curriculum Leader of English. Email: AO1 AO2 AO3 AO4 AO5 Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression. Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts. Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received. Explore connections across literary texts. Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH STAGS SIXTH 23 Fashion & Textiles Board: AQA 7562 INTRODUCTION Students are expected to have an interest in Fashion and Textiles and the role of past and present fashion designers. A desire to explore materials, techniques and processes, new ideas and communicate them effectively. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS GCSE Art or Design & Technology Grade 6 COURSE CONTENT This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing a prototype of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers. The programme of learning is structured around a series of thematic projects that enable you to experience a broad-range of disciplines that are involved in fashion design, communication, production and marketing, pattern construction and development. ASSESSMENT 50% NEA Coursework Project 30% Exam Paper 1: Technical Principles 20% Exam Paper 2: Designing and Making Principles CONTACT For more information please contact Mrs Draper – ADT Associate Curriculum Leader. Email:

Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH PROSPECTUS 2023 24 Film Board: EDUQAS 603/1147/2 INTRODUCTION A Level Film Studies is a vibrant course of study that challenges and inspires students with critical thinking and practical skills that teach the foundations of film language whilst having the opportunity to engage with production technology in order to create original short films. Students who are able to build an argument, sustain a line of reasoning and deconstruct the micro (Film Form - cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, sound, lighting, performance / Meaning and Response) and macro (Aesthetics, Representation, Specialist Study Areas, Context) features of a film, thrive in this course. We celebrate a student’s journey at building their Film and Media cultural capital beyond set texts in the syllabus and give an eclectic range of set texts across the history of cinema as a catalyst for extended study. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Grade 6 or above in a Humanities subject (English Language, English Literature, Media Studies, Film Studies, History, Religious Studies, Sociology). COURSE CONTENT / ASSESSMENT Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking (Written examination: 2½ hours / 35% of qualification) - Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study) Classical Hollywood (1930-1960): Vertigo // New Hollywood (1961-1990): Do The Right Thing - Section B: American film since 2005 /2012 (two-film study) Mainstream Film: La La Land // Contemporary Independent Film: Promising Young Woman - Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study) Fish Tank and This is England Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives (Written examination: 2½ hours / 35% of qualification) Section A: Global film (two-film study) European Film: Portrait of a Lady on Fire // Global Film: Parasite (or House of Flying Daggers) Section B: Documentary film Amy (or Stories We Tell) Section C: Film movements – Silent cinema The Man With A Movie Camera or Sunrise Section D: Film movements – Experimental film (1960-2001) Daisies and Saute ma Ville (or Mulholland Drive)

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH STAGS SIXTH 25 Film (cont’d) Component 3: Production (Non-exam assessment / 30% of qualification)  Either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words)  Screenplay option includes a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay  Both options require an evaluative analysis (1600-1800 words) The WJEC Eduqas A level in Film Studies aims to enable learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: • a diverse range of film, including documentary, film from the silent era, experimental film and short film  the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts  film and its key contexts (including social, cultural, political, historical and technological contexts)  how films generate meanings and responses  film as an aesthetic medium  the different ways in which spectators respond to film. It also aims to enable learners to: • apply critical approaches to film and • apply knowledge and understanding of film through either filmmaking or screenwriting. CONTACT For more information please contact Mr Cole - Curriculum Lead of Film & Media. Email:, Miss Bews - Film Specialist Teacher. Email:

Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH PROSPECTUS 2023 26 French Board: EDEXCEL INTRODUCTION Studying a foreign language enables you to develop key life skills such as the ability to communicate effectively, work well in a team and have an understanding and appreciation of other cultures. These are skills which are highly regarded by Universities and future employers. During the course you will develop your fluency, spontaneity and accuracy in speaking and writing another language. You will also deepen your understanding of social, cultural and political aspects of the countries where the language you are studying is spoken. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You are required to achieve a minimum of grade 6 in French GCSE COURSE CONTENT There are four broad themes:  Changes in French society  Culture in the francophone World  Immigration in France  The Occupation of France; Vichy government; Resistance Additionally you will study:  A French film: ‘Au revoir les enfants’ directed by Louis Malle  A French novel: ‘No et moi’ by Delphine de Vigan ASSESSMENT 100% exam based. Students will sit three papers at the end of the course. Paper 1 - Listening, Reading, Translation into English (40%) Paper 2 - Essay on works and Translation into French (30%) Paper 3 - Speaking Exam (30%) CONTACT For more information please contact Mrs D Buckley (Curriculum Leader for Languages). Email:

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH STAGS SIXTH 27 Geography Board: EDEXCEL INTRODUCTION The course is designed to develop sound knowledge and understanding of geographical issues and to develop and use geographical skills. There is a balance between physical and human geography, covering some topics already studied at GCSE. Topical issues such as the challenges surrounding key resources e.g. water and the changing dynamics of global geo-politics are also investigated. The use of statistical methods and the collection and analysis of data is an integral part of the course and a four day fieldwork residential is organised for Year 12 students to complete their NEA. In addition, the department runs a bi-annual international visit to places such as Iceland and Naples. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS GCSE Geography Grade 6, GCSE English Literature or English Language Grade 6. If Geography is not taken at GCSE; GCSE English Literature or English Language Grade 6 and GCSE Mathematics Grade 6. COURSE CONTENT Paper 1: Physical Geography:  Tectonic Processes and Hazards  Coastal Landscapes and Change  The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity  The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security Paper 2: Human Geography:  Globalisation  Regenerating Places  Superpowers  Health, Human Rights and Intervention ASSESSMENT Paper 1: 2 hours 15 minutes, 30% of the qualification, 105 marks Paper 2: 2 hours 15 minutes, 30% of the qualification, 105 marks Paper 3: 2 hours 15 minutes, 20% of the qualification, 70 marks NEA: Independent Investigation, 3000-4000 words, 20% of the qualification, 70 marks CONTACT For more information please contact Mrs J Isolda. Email:

Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH PROSPECTUS 2023 28 BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate Health & Social Care Board: PEARSON EDEXCEL INTRODUCTION This course is a vocational qualification designed for learners who are interested in learning about the Health & Social Care sector as part of a balanced study programme. It combines relevant theories that underpin the work of professionals as well as the practical knowledge required within the industry. It is equivalent in size to one A Level. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS We would expect you to achieve a Grade 4 or higher in GCSE English Literature or English Language. COURSE CONTENT Learners undertake three mandatory units and one optional unit of study:  Human Lifespan Development (mandatory)  Working in Health & Social Care (mandatory)  Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs (mandatory)  Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs (optional) ASSESSMENT This course comprises four units of study with two externally assessed examinations and two pieces of internally assessed coursework assignments. The styles of assessment used for BTEC Health & Social Care are:  Examinations - learners undertake the same written assessment in exam conditions set and marked by Pearson.  Assignments - internally set and marked assignment brief where students undertake independent research, creating evidence to support a work-related scenario. CONTACT For more information please contact Miss K Hare. Email:

Joining Us Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH STAGS SIXTH 29 History Board: AQA 7042 INTRODUCTION This course is designed for students who are clearly interested in and fascinated by the past. You do not have to want to be a Historian, HIstory teacher or museum curator to study History! In fact, History A Level will open many doors for you and can launch you into a career in law, journalism, or the civil service to name but a few possibilities. A study of History will equip you not only with a sound, research based understanding of the past, but also with the crucial skills of analysis, argument and extended writing; skills which are much valued by universities and employees. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS GCSE History Grade 6 and GCSE English Literature or English Language Grade 6. If History is not taken at GCSE; GCSE English Literature or English Language Grade 6. COURSE CONTENT The course covers world history from medieval to modern and follows the AQA specification. Over the two year course, you will undertake a breadth study, focusing on Tsarist and Communist Russia between the years 1855 to 1964 and an investigation into the Wars of the Roses, 1450-1499. You will also carry out the Non-Examined Unit (coursework), which focuses on Civil Rights in America from 1865-2013. Both topics require you to compose extended essays focusing on significant historical developments, whilst the former also focuses on analysing different historical interpretations and the latter on evaluating contemporary evidence. ASSESSMENT Examination: 1H: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964 (40%) 2B: The Wars of the Roses, 1450–1499 (40%) Component 3: Non-Examined assessment - Civil Rights in the USA (20%) CONTACT For more information please contact Miss Cardani. Email:

Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH PROSPECTUS 2023 30 Mathematics Board: EDEXCEL (9MA0) INTRODUCTION Studying A Level Mathematics helps students develop a logical approach to problem-solving, as well as their mathematical knowledge and skills. It is therefore useful preparation for a wide range of degree courses and apprenticeships. There are three overarching themes:  Mathematical argument, language and proof  Mathematical problem solving  Mathematical modelling ENTRY REQUIREMENTS GCSE Maths Grade 6 COURSE CONTENT Pure Mathematics:  Proof  Algebra and functions  Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane  Sequences and series  Trigonometry  Exponentials and logarithms  Differentiation  Integration  Numerical methods  Vectors Statistics:  Statistical sampling  Data representation and interpretation  Probability  Statistical distributions  Statistical hypothesis testing Mechanics:  Quantities and units in mechanics  Kinematics  Forces and Newton’s laws  Moments ASSESSMENT The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCSE in Mathematics consists of three externally-examined papers. Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (2-hour written examination, 100 marks, 33.33%) Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (2-hour written examination, 100 marks, 33.33%) Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (2-hour written examination, 100 marks, 33.33%) CONTACT For more information please contact Mr J Hughes (CL Maths). Email:, Ms B Soler (2nd in Maths, KS5 Maths Lead). Email:

Support Trust Ambition Generosity Success STAGS SIXTH STAGS SIXTH 31 Further Mathematics Board: EDEXCEL (9FM0) INTRODUCTION AS and A Level Further Mathematics are two separate qualifications that can be taken alongside A Level Mathematics. Further Mathematics will immediately introduce students to new mathematical concepts such as complex numbers and matrices. Algebra features heavily and students will develop their understanding of new core ideas of mathematics and extend techniques learned in A Level Mathematics. The applied content of the Further Mathematics course includes Further Mechanics and Decision Maths; modules highly relevant to Physics and Computer Science respectively. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS GCSE Maths Grade 8/9 COURSE CONTENT Core Mathematics:  Proof  Complex numbers  Matrices  Further algebra and functions  Further calculus  Further vectors  Polar coordinates  Hyperbolic functions  Differential equations Further Mechanics 1:  Momentum and Impulse  Work, energy and power  Elastic strings and springs and elastic energy  Elastic collisions in one dimension  Elastic collisions in two dimensions Decision Mathematics 1:  Algorithms and graph theory  Algorithms on graphs  Critical path analysis  Linear programming ASSESSMENT The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCSE in Further Mathematics consists of four externally-examined papers. Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics 1 (90 minutes written examination, 75 marks, 25%) Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics 2 (90 minutes written examination, 75 marks, 25%) Paper 3: Further Mechanics 1 (90 minutes written examination, 75 marks, 25%) Paper 4: Decision Mathematics 1 (90 minutes written examination, 75 marks, 25%) CONTACT For more information please contact Mr J Hughes (CL Maths). Email:, Ms B Soler (2nd in Maths, KS5 Maths Lead). Email: