Other Fourth Academic Subjects

GCSE Italian

A one-year accelerated course for complete beginners in the language but who have significant interest and linguistic ability. This course is suitable for students with a proven aptitude and interest in languages and is particularly appropriate for students who have already gained a 6 or above at GCSE level in a foreign language or who have a strong alternative background in foreign language learning.

It may be possible for some students who have not had the opportunity to study a GCSE foreign language to do this course, but it must be emphasised that a very high degree of commitment is required as grammar and vocabulary will need to be learnt on a daily basis. The course is taught in six periods per week. AS Italian will be available in Year 2 to those students who achieve a grade 6 or better pass. For very able linguists it may be possible to undertake the full A Level in Year 2.

GCSE Spanish

A one-year accelerated course for complete beginners in the language but who have significant interest and linguistic ability. This course is suitable for students with a proven aptitude and interest in languages and is particularly appropriate for students who have already gained a 6 or above at GCSE level in a foreign language or who have a strong alternative background in foreign language learning.

It may be possible for some students who have not had the opportunity to study a GCSE foreign language to do this course, but it must be emphasised that a very high degree of commitment is required as grammar and vocabulary will need to be learnt on a daily basis. The course is taught in six periods per week. AS Spanish will be available in Year 2 to those students who achieve a grade 6 or better pass.

COACHING SPORT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (Level 2) Year 1

1st4Sport

This qualification prepares learners for employment as a coach in sport or physical activity. Level 2 coaches are able to plan, deliver and review sport and physical activity coaching sessions, either working independently or as part of a larger coaching team. The qualification introduces learners to the practical and theoretical aspects of planning, delivering and evaluating linked and progressive coaching sessions in sport and physical activity.

The qualification is directed at learners who have an interest in coaching sport and physical activity. You do not need to be a PE student or member of a sports team to participate. The course especially useful for those who wish to become involved in coaching, and to have responsibility for the planning, delivery and evaluation of linked and progressive coaching sessions but can also be used to develop skills around confidence, leadership and education, making it useful for those interested in teaching as a career.

The qualification is recognised as the industry standard level 2 qualification for coaches by UK Coaching, the lead technical agency for the development of sports coaching in the UK. It has been aligned to the UKCC criteria and will allow progression onto a UKCC-endorsed qualification.

Following successful completion of Level 2 in your first year, you could progress on to the Coaching Sport & Physical Activity Level 3 in year 2. The skills and knowledge developed through this qualification may also be used to progress to other industry-relevant qualifications in coaching sport, activity leadership, supporting PE in school sport or sports development.

The course will form part of the Programme of Study for all BTEC Sport L3 students (although is not compulsory for A level PE students). Students will participate in coaching sessions at a local primary school every other week, with a theory lesson at College in between.

Coaching Sport Through Rugby

1st4Sport (Level 2 Award)

The Coaching Sport Through Rugby Additional Study enables young people to develop leadership skills and engage with grass-roots rugby union and Tag Rugby. Students will follow the Coaching Sport Level 2 Course (see above) with a specialist Rugby focus. By completing this qualification, students will develop a range of skills in independent enquiry, teamwork, self-management, creative thinking and effective participation.

Students will be introduced into a number of leadership roles, including:

  • Leading Tag Rugby activity sessions
  • Refereeing Tag Rugby games
  • Managing a local small-sided game team
  • Contributing to the organisation and delivery of a local Tag Rugby festival/event for young people

Holders of this Certificate will be provided with guidance on further opportunities as a sports leader, including how to contribute to grass-roots sport as an administrator, coach, referee, team manager and sports development volunteer.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The AQA Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an established qualification which is highly regarded by universities. The EPQ provides students with a choice regarding what they decide to produce, research and write about. The majority of students will start their project at the end of their first year and complete in their second year. Students will be expected to work in a highly independent and self-motivated way, with a significant amount of work taking place outside of the classroom. Study commences in mid-February of the first year, and continues onto the second year.

The course assessment consists of a number of elements:

  • A ‘plan’ or production log which records the various stages of the project
  • A final product (if this is a report it should be approximately 5000 words in length; if it is an ‘artefact’ it should also be accompanied by between 1000 and 5000 words of explanation about how it was developed)
  • A presentation to a non-specialist audience about the project, and opportunities for questions

Please note that students are only permitted to take ONE EPQ route during their time at college. The qualification is regarded as carrying the same weight as half an A Level. Many universities do not formally award ‘UCAS points’ to EPQ’s, but all recognise that it is a valuable qualification for university entrance and will often make an alternative (lower) offer including EPQ.

The possible EPQ options or ‘routes’ for 2018/19 are:

General EPQ Route Example Subject Areas
A ‘free choice’ of topic for second years with motivation – this allows for any topic or task to be undertaken, subject to approval Psychology, Law, Health & Medicine, Media, Modern Foreign Languages and many others!
Additional Study EPQ Route Subject Areas
A chance for second years building on skills/interests from Additional Studies pursued in the first year Creative Writing, Computing/ICT/3D Modelling, Archaeology, Work Experience (Level 2 EPQ)
Year 2 Extension EPQ Route Subject Areas
Extension course for second years in areas closely related to part of their A Level curriculum in subjects Anthropology, Art (including Pre-Foundation), Dance, Drama/Performance, English, History (including Military History), Music Technology Extension, Textiles

Financial Studies Certificate

One period per week

Managing your money is an essential life skill. This qualification, offered through the London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF), is divided into two units:

  • Unit 1: Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term
  • Unit 2: Financial capability for the Medium and Long Term

There are no entry requirements for this course; students must simply be interested in effectively managing their finances at university, in their first job and beyond. You will learn about managing your money, how it will impact on your life and financial choices that you will have to make. Financial services products (such as credit cards, loans and mortgages) will be explained to you along with how they can help you meet your individual lifestyle needs.

CeFS carries UCAS points, is equivalent to an half an A Level and graded A* - E.

The course is available on-line and taught in one period per week, although students can access the full course materials at any time.

Exams: Each Unit will have both a multiple-choice paper and a written paper based on pre-released case study material.

Year 1 students who are successful in the Certificate have the opportunity to progress to study the Diploma in Financial Studies in Year 2. This may be of particular interest to those interested in a career in any of the financial services or in business management.

Lessons in Financial Education Certificate - Level 2 (libf)

Two periods per week

The Lessons in Financial Education Certificate will give you a good understanding of money and finance and will provide valuable insight into a range of career opportunities within the financial services sector, while giving guidance on methods for enhancing your employability skills. This qualification equips you with the knowledge to cope confidently and effectively with basic financial encounters you are likely to meet. You will develop knowledge and understanding of spending and how to become competent at managing your own money. You will also explore various careers within the financial services industry. The qualification also provides a valuable insight into a range of career opportunities within the financial services sector, gives guidance on methods for enhancing individual employability skills.

LIFC is made up of three units which need to be successfully completed in order for you to achieve the certificate:

  • Unit 1: Your Personal Finances
  • Unit 2: Money Management for Your Generation
  • Unit 3: Your Future, Your Career

The course will be a compulsory part of the Advanced Foundation Programme. The course is available on-line and taught in two periods per week except for those taking BTEC Level 2 Business where it will be taught as part of the course.

Each Unit will have both a multiple-choice and a written answer element. Students who are successful in the Certificate have the opportunity to progress to study the Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies in their second year at College.

Mathematics - Edeexcel Awards in Algebra

This course leads to the Edexcel Algebra Award at both level 2 and level 3. It is designed to support the study of the algebra met in A Level Mathematics. Teaching will include online activities, practice questions as well as both group and individual working.

This course is compulsory for any student who is doing A Level Mathematics who did not achieve a 7 or A in GCSE Mathematics.