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Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

We invite you to watch this presentation together so you can find out what our Sixth Form at Cardinal Hume can offer you.

Once you have enjoyed this part, please look at the information available on courses and subjects you are interested in.

Please submit your completed Application Form, available on the Sixth Form Applications page,   so we can include you in all subsequent activities related to joining our Sixth Form.  Please apply by 19th March if possible to ensure that you are able to take part in induction and preparation for study.  We do accept applications up to the start of the school year but ask that  we receive these by 19th March to allow course choices to be taken into account for the new academic year.

Thank you.

A Level Courses

  • Art and Design

    What will you be learning?

    The ‘A’ Level Art and Design course is now linear and there is no longer an AS component. In the first term students will undertake a series of workshops that are designed to introduce them to drawing and painting techniques linked to key artists. Students are encouraged to experiment and explore new ways of working and develop a personal response to a theme or starting point. The emphasis in the first year of the course is very much on exploring ideas and finding potential techniques, artists and areas of interest which can then be explored in greater depth in the second year of the course. Observational drawing is an integral part of the course and the first half term focuses on this skill. Students complete a portfolio of work and at the end of the year they will undertake a mock exam.

    In Year 13, students produce a personal investigation into an area of fine art that they are interested in. They are encouraged to work on a much larger scale and also in a more individual way, producing a sketchbook of supporting studies and a series of final outcomes. Students must also complete a written and illustrated investigation that is linked to their practical work. Students are assessed on their personal investigation and also undertake an externally set assignment which is completed under controlled conditions.

    Sixth form students are offered extra-curricular activities to help support in their application to higher education such as life drawing, visits to Art galleries and museums, foundation and degree talks, portfolio advice and university workshops and open days.

    The department encourages students to think critically and reflectively about the subject and to use their imagination and intuition when producing their own work.  The support they are given allows students to gain competence and confidence in order for them to take creative risks and experiment with ideas, materials, tools and techniques and ultimately produce dynamic and personal works of art.

    What is meant by Fine Art?

     Art based study can be defined as practice that usually involves the development of personal work and lines of enquiry determined by the need to explore an idea, convey an experience or respond to a theme or issue.

    Assessment objectives

    The assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all A-level Art and Design specifications and all exam boards.  The course builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at GCSE.  Each component is marked out of a total of 96 marks. As the assessment objectives are equally weighted in each of the components, there is a maximum of 24 marks for each of the assessment objectives.

    • AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding
    • AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops
    • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress
    • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements

     Course content:


    Component 1: Personal investigation Component 2: Externally set assignment
    What’s assessed 

    Personal investigation

    What’s assessed 

    Response to an externally set assignment


    • No time limit
    • 96 marks
    • 60% of A-level

    • Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time
    • 96 marks
    • 40% as A-level
    Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre. Visits will normally take place in June. Non-exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre. Visits will normally take place in June.

    Career Opportunities?

    A qualification in Art can lead to many interesting careers in areas such as the following:

    • Advertising/ Architecture
    • Art galleries/museums/curator
    • Art Historian/ Art therapy
    • Design /Fashion Designer
    • Film, video and photography
    • Illustration/Jewellery
    • Software, computer games and electronic publishing
    • Music and the visual and performing arts
    • Publishing/ Radio / Television
    • Teaching / Theatre Design

    Further Information

    •     Mr Southgate,    Mr Cornley,   Mrs Covington

  • Biology

    Subject Information

    A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career.  Biology is the study of life, it applies to everyone and it holds the key to unlocking the answers to all the big questions in society today.  The A-level Biology course has been developed with universities, research institutions, medical schools and industry to ensure it is relevant, up-to-date and develops the skills students will require.

    In the first year of study students build on what they have learned at GCSE to develop a deeper understanding of the structure and function of the human body and the role of humans in the environment.  Students study the underlying principles and key features in the topics – Biological Molecules, Cells, Exchange and Transport Systems and Biodiversity.

    In the second year of study students further develop their knowledge of organisms and their interaction with the environment.  Students will build on what they have leaned previously and learn to apply their knowledge to real world contexts.  Students will study in detail the topics of – energy transfers in and between organisms, how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment, genetics populations and evolution systems and the control of gene expression.

    Biology is an experimental subject and the course provides many opportunities to use practical experience to link theory to reality, and to equip students with the essential practical skills they need.  Students will complete a ‘Practical Skills Endorsement’ throughout the course which requires them to complete 12 required practicals and achieve five practical competencies.  Students will complete six required practicals in each year of study.

    Year 12 Units:

    ·         Biological Molecules

    ·         Cells

    ·         Exchange and Transport

    ·         Biodiversity

    Year 13 Units:

    ·         Energy transfers in and between organisms

    ·         Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment

    ·         Genetics, populations and evolution systems

    ·         Control of gene expression


    Paper 1
    2hrs 91marks (35%)
    Paper 2
    2hrs 91marks (35%)
    Paper 3
    2hrs 78marks (30%)

    ·         Biological Molecules

    ·         Cells

    ·         Exchange and Transport

    ·         Biodiversity


    ·         Energy transfers in and between organisms

    ·         Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment

    ·         Genetics, populations and evolution systems

    ·         Control of gene expression




    ·         All topics

    ·         All practical skills

    ·         Essay


    ·         76 marks – short and long answer questions

    ·         10% Maths Skills

    ·         15 marks extended response questions


    ·         76 marks – short and long answer questions

    ·         10% Maths Skills

    ·         15 marks comprehension question


    ·         38 marks – structured questions, including practical techniques

    ·         15 marks – critical analysis of experimental data

    ·         25 marks one essay from a choice of two titles

    Practical Skills Endorsement – complete 12 required practicals and achieve five practical competencies in order to achieve this additional qualification.

    Career Opportunities

    A-level Biology teaches a range of key skills including: how to collect data and evaluate it, how to investigate facts and use deduction, how to express ideas and opinions effectively and how to take responsibility for your own learning. These skills are invaluable in all areas of life and further study.

    A-level Biology is an essential qualification for students wishing to study degree courses in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology and Plant Biology. It is also a very beneficial qualification for a variety of courses and jobs including Medicine, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Environmental Studies, Food and Nutrition and General Laboratory Work.

    Further Information

    Please see:

    Ms Chambers (Head of Biology)
    Mrs Walker
    Mr Warren
    Miss Cope

  • Business

    Subject Information

    A-level Business Studies aims to develop the characteristics students would need to develop to be successful in business.  This includes activities which students may be involved in if they were to set up and manage a business whether small, medium-sized or large.

    The course will equip you with valuable skills that you can use at University, to enter the world of work or become an entrepreneur in your own right.


    AS Level:Themes:

    1.       Marketing and people:

    Meeting customer needs, the market, marketing mix and strategy, managing people, entrepreneurs and leaders.

    2.       Managing business activities:

    Raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management, external influences.

    A Level:Themes:

    3.       Business decisions and strategy:

    Business objectives and strategy, business growth, decision-making techniques, influences on business decisions, assessing competitiveness, managing change.

    4.       Global business:

    Globalisation, global markets and business expansion, global marketing, global industries and companies (multinational corporations).


    Paper 1 exam  (Marketing and people)

    Paper 2 exam (Managing business activities)

    Paper 1 exam (Marketing, people and global business)Paper 2 exam (Business activities, decisions and strategy)

    Paper 3 exam (Investigating business in a competitive environment)



    Business Studies is a good ‘A’ level for those interested in careers in accountancy, marketing, management, economics and many more.

    Further Information

    Please see:
    Mr Errington
    Mr Eccleston
    Mrs Carmichael

  • Chemistry

    Subject Information

    A full appreciation of the universe is not possible without an understanding of the nature and behaviour of the substances that make it up. Chemistry not only provides this understanding but goes even further. It equips those who study it with the knowledge needed to manipulate substances on an atomic level to create new materials that can revolutionise human civilisation. History has shown this to be the case in many areas including modern medicine, batteries, fuels, construction, transport, agriculture and computing. The aim of the course is to develop a deep understanding within our students in a stimulating and enjoyable way.

    Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on developing this deep understanding through practical work, independent study, problem solving and discussion. The development of practical skills through a specially designed set of investigations is linked closely to theory through conventional lessons and smaller group tutorials. Additional support sessions are also provided all year round with even more support given near exam time.


    Year 12 Units:

    Physical Chemistry: Ia and Ib

    Organic Chemistry: Ia and Ib

    Inorganic Chemistry: Ia and Ib

    Year 13 Units:

    Physical Chemistry: IIa and IIb

    Organic Chemistry: IIa and IIb

    Inorganic Chemistry: IIa and IIb


    A Level Chemistry

    ·         Paper 1 (Physical + Inorganic Chemistry) 35%

    ·         Paper 2 (Physical + Organic Chemistry) 35%

    ·         Paper 3 (Practical Skills) 30%

    ·         Students will also have to pass practical competency skills checks throughout the year.


    With the modern economies relying more and more on innovation in Science and Technology studying Chemistry can lead to a secure and fulfilling career path. Chemistry A-level is required not only for the study of Chemistry at university but for a number of other subjects. Of particular note are the subjects Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. Additionally, the style of thinking employed within the study of Chemistry, is regarded as highly desirable for many other courses, such as Finance, Accountancy, Economics and Law.

    Further Information

    Please see:

    Mr Targett (Head of Chemistry)
    Mr Lawlor
    Mr Calland

  • Computer Science

    Subject Information

    Computer Science encompasses the theoretical aspects of how a computer is designed, used and applied to solve real world problems. It is an applied subject that provides the student with practical problem solving skills in a variety of programming language. It provides a strong foundation for students who wish to enter a career in Computer Science as Programmers, Data Analysts, Cyber Security Consultants, Web Designers, Games Developers or Electronic Engineers.

    Computer Science students will develop the ability to:-

    • use technical language appropriately;
    • apply skills in logic to solve problems; and
    • increase their awareness of existing and emerging technologies and the impact they have on society, organisations and individuals.

    There is a substantial coursework element in Computer Science which requires students to create a complete piece of bespoke software to solve a real-life problem. The project is divided into five stages: Analysis, Design, Implementation, Testing and Evaluation. Students must be able to plan their time effectively throughout the course in order to meet the project deadlines. Consequently, the Computer Science course is only suited to students who can work consistently and independently, week by week.

    The theoretical components include more advanced knowledge, understanding and application of data handling, file handling, computer architecture and number representation. A command of more sophisticated terminology is expected, along with more advanced programming techniques including recursion, object-oriented programming and more complex algorithms.


    Component One:  2 hour 30 minutes written exam
    40% of A-level


    • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
    • Software and software development
    • Exchanging data
    • Data types, data structures and algorithms
    • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues

    Component Two:  2 hour 30 minutes written exam
    40% of A-level


    • Elements of computational thinking
    • Problem solving and programming
    • Algorithms

    Programming Project
    20% of A-level

    Students will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification. Broadly speaking, the report will cover these broad areas:-

    • Analysis of the problem
    • Design of the solution
    • Developing the solution
    • Testing the solution
    • Evaluation


    This qualification is suitable for learners intending to pursue any career in which an understanding of technology is needed. It will provide learners with a range of transferable skills which will facilitate personal growth and foster cross curriculum links in areas such as maths, science and design and technology. Computer Science is a very creative subject and skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking will all be refined and explored.  The most popular areas of employment in computer are Cyber Security Consultant, Software Developer, Database Administrator, Hardware Engineer, Systems Analyst, Network Architect, Web Developer, Information Security Analyst and Game Developer.

    Further Information

    Please see:

    Mr Bradley, Mr Dixon, Mr Ferry

  • Design and Technology: Product Design (3D)

    Subject Information

    The distinguishing feature of any design and technology course is its practical nature. Knowledge and understanding is not, therefore, to be acquired purely for its own sake, but in order to apply it to the solution of practical problems which arise in everyday life and in industrial and commercial contexts.

    Students will study historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on Design and Technology and put their learning into practice by designing and making products. They will develop an understanding of what it is like to be a designer and maker while developing skills useful for employment and higher education.

    Underpinning all learning are the designing and making skills which make use of knowledge and understanding in order to produce outcomes which satisfy a design brief. Students will learn to utilise CAD/CAM in the design and manufacture of products and they will develop graphical communication and ICT skills to present and convey their designs. The Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) project will be an open ended student centred project.

    Students wishing to study Product Design but who did not study GCSE Design & Technology, will be considered for the course based upon their suitability and capability to cope with the demands of a rigorous course.


    Paper 1:

    Technical Principles

    30% of examination

    • Mixture of short and extended response


    Paper 2:

    Designing and Making Principles

    20% of examination

    • Mixture of short and extended response

    • Product analysis questions

    • Commercial manufacture questions

    Both papers are  sat at the end of year 13


    Non Examination Assessment (NEA)

    50% of Qualification

    • Single substantial design and make task that takes the form of a design  portfolio and a practical outcome/prototype

    The specification has been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of technology and

    design, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations

    between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.


    A-level Product Design offers a great many opportunities for students wishing to embark upon Higher Education design courses, such as Design for Industry, 3D Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design as well as Engineering and Architecture.

    Further Information
    Please see:

    • Mr Currey (Head of Department)
    • Mr Stobbs

  • English Language

    Subject Information

    English Language A-level is a demanding course which allows pupils to develop further their expertise in English and explore its impact within the world around them.

    Throughout the course pupils will be involved in exploring new concepts of language; enabling them to develop their understanding of English Language as not only a way in which we can communicate with one another, but also as a part of our culture. Pupils will investigate its rich history and the way in which societal influences and the development of technology have impacted the words we use today. Another component of the course involves researching, learning and applying theoretical approaches to the topic of Child Language Acquisition and Variation within Language use.


    Units: Y12

    ·         3.1.1 Textual Variations and Representations

    ·         3.2.1 Language Diversity

    ·         3.2.3 Writing Skills

    ·         3.1.3 Children’s Language Development

     Units: Y13

    ·         3.1.1 Textual Variations and Representations

    ·         3.2.1 Language Diversity and Change

    ·         3.2.3 Language Discourses

    ·         3.2.4 Writing skills

    ·         3.3.1 Language Investigation

    ·         3.3.2 Original Writing


    Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society – Written Exam 2 hours 30 minutes (40%)

    Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change – Written Exam 2 hours and 30 minutes (40%)

    Coursework: Language in Action: One language investigation and one piece of Original Writing (20%)

    (This course is Linear meaning all exams are sat at the end of the course.)

     Career Opportunities

    English Language can lead to a whole host of opportunities with regards to your career prospects:

    • Studies in child language acquisition could assist in preparing for a career concerning child development or possibly speech therapy.
    • An in depth knowledge of language and grammar would benefit a future career within education, the media or any other sector involving verbal prowess.
    • English Language will also prepare you for any employment involving vigorous research or investigatory work: Ideal for preparing you for a career in law or scientific study.
    • Knowledge of Language and Variation may also be useful for those considering psychology or philosophy as a future venture.

    Further Information

    An enthusiasm for English is needed to succeed within this course and it would be advisable to bear in mind that this course will involve memorisation of a wide variety of new linguistic terms and theoretical concepts which you have not studied at GCSE.

    Pupils who choose to take English Language will find the course insightful and inspiring but must arrive prepared for the large amount of factual knowledge that they will need to retain in order to succeed in their final exams.

    Please see:

    • Mrs Carr
    • Miss O’Hagan
    • Miss Power

  • English Literature

    Subject Information

    The A level Literature course allows students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research which are valuable for both further study and future employment. Students will experience a range of genres and gain a critical appreciation of a number of writers and texts. The A level course in Literature offers a range of assessment styles such as passage-based questions, unseen material, single text questions, multiple text questions, open- and closed-book approaches.


    Year 12 and 13 Units:

    Aspects of tragedy

    Study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900.

    Elements of crime writing

    Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900

    Critical Thinking

    Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology.

    ·         2 written exams: 2 hours 30 minutes/3 hours

    ·         Coursework

    ·         1 closed book/1 open book

    ·         Two essays of 1250 -1500 words,


    Students with an A level English Literature qualification find opportunities with many different employers. Public and private sector organisations such as the National Health Service (NHS), educational institutions, local and national government, financial and legal firms, and voluntary and charitable organisations employ English graduates in a range of roles, including administration; research; finance; general management. Other typical employers include: publishing companies; advertising marketing and public relations agencies; media organisations.

    Further Information

    The major strength of all English Literature graduates is the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Studying an English Literature A-level also develops skills in:

    • independent working;
    • time management and organisation;
    • planning and researching written work;
    • articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories;
    • leading and participating in discussions;
    • negotiation and teamworking to present ideas and information;
    • effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively;
    • using your judgement to weigh up alternative perspectives;
    • critical reasoning and analysis

    Please see:

    • Mrs Slater
    • Mr Gribbin
    • Mr Dine
    • Miss Ward

  • Geography

    Subject Information

    Studying Geography in the Sixth Form will give you the opportunity to explore the world around you and develop a greater understanding of Physical, Environmental and Economic aspects of the planet you live on.

    The course will equip you with valuable skills that you can use at University or to enter the world of work.


    Geography is a good general subject which complements Science and Arts subjects.  It is a good A level for those interested in careers in Geography, Geomatics, Earth Science, Town Planning, Logistics, Surveying and many more.

    It is very popular amongst universities and employers as students can demonstrate a wide variety of transferable skills.

    A level Geography at Cardinal Hume Catholic School comprises  four areas of study:

    1. Dynamic Landscapes (Year 12)
    2. Dynamic Places (Year 12)
    3. Physical Systems and Sustainability (Year 13)
    4. Human Systems and Geopolitics. (Year 13)


    Dynamic Landscapes Dynamic Places
    Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards

    Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change –

    Glaciated Landscapes and Change

    Topic 3: Globalisation

    Topic 4: Shaping Places –

    Regenerating Places. 

    Physical Systems and Sustainability Human Systems and Geopolitics
    Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity

    Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security


    Topic 7: Superpowers

    Topic 8: Global Development and Connections  –

    Health, Human Rights and Intervention. 


    Assessment Structure

    • Paper 1 – 2hr 15 mins – 30%
    • Paper 2 – 2hr 15mins – 30%
    • Paper 3 – 2hr 15mins – 20%
    • Fieldwork Investigation – 20% – 3000-4000 words

    For further Information

    please see:

    • Mr Johnson
    • Mr Crowe
    • Mr Mann
    • Mrs Bennett

  • History

    Subject Information

    CHCS History Department will follow the AQA History A-Level syllabus. Paper One will cover the Tudor century, 1485-1603 looking at the fascinating personalities and issues which dominated this iconic period in our nation’s past. Paper two will uncover the complexities of Germany from 1918-1945,looking at the issues of democracy and economic crisis in the Weimar period, Hitler’s rise to power and the nature of life and policy in Hitler’s Germany. All students, as part of the full A-Level course will undertake a personal historical investigation into African-American Civil rights in America, 1860-1965.


    At A-level, there are three assessment components. Component 1 assesses students’ understanding of breadth and of historical interpretations. Component 2 assesses understanding of depth and of the value of primary sources. Component 3 is a Historical Investigation (non-exam assessment). Component 3 is worth 20% of your  A Level grade.

    Paper One

    There will be a compulsory question in Section A testing students’ ability to analyse and evaluate the views of historians (AO3). Three sources will be provided, containing historical interpretations linked to a broad issue or development. Students will be required to identify the arguments and evaluate them. In doing so, they must apply knowledge and understanding of the historical context to these arguments and interpretations. This question carries 30 marks.

    Section B will contain four essay questions of which students are required to answer two. Each essay is designed to test historical understanding over a broad chronology of approximately 20 years. The focus of these questions will be, as appropriate, on understanding causation, change, continuity, similarity, difference and significance over time. Each question in this section carries 25 marks.

    Paper Two

    In section A there will be a compulsory question testing students’ ability to analyse and evaluate the value of primary sources to an historian studying a particular issue or development.  Three sources will be set for evaluation. In their assessments, students are expected to evaluate the sources, considering, for example, provenance, style and emphasis and the content of the sources. Students must deploy knowledge and understanding of the historical context when making their assessments. This question carries 30 marks.

    Section B will contain three essay questions of which students are required to answer two. Each essay is designed to test historical understanding in depth, by a focus on events, issues and developments and the interrelationships of various perspectives as they apply to the question. Each question in this section carries 25 marks.

    Historical Enquiry: an internally marked, externally moderated essay of approximately 3,500 words

    Career Opportunities

    Law, politics, management consultancy, librarianship, heritage management, actuary, social policy production, lecturing, teaching, journalism.

    Any career that involved effective communication and/or research skills.

    Further Information

    Please see:

    • Miss A. McGuigan (Head of History)
    • Mrs Davidson
    • Miss Carr
    • Miss McIntosh

  • Mathematics

    Subject Information

    In Year 12 students will build upon their knowledge and skills from GCSE to achieve a thorough understanding of the core disciplines of Mathematics including Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry. In addition students will be introduced to the basic concepts of Calculus, differentiation and integration. Students will also begin to study the important applied topics of Statistics and Mechanics.

    In Year 13 students will extend both the breadth and depth of the topics studied in Year 12. The concepts and methods introduced in Year 2 are extended to prepare students to solve increasingly complicated and involved problems. Throughout the course students are encouraged to develop their problem-solving skills, being prepared to apply mathematical reasoning in unfamiliar contexts.


    All assessment for the A-Level Mathematics will be by examinations in the June Series at the end of Year 13.

    Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (100 marks, 2 hours)

    Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (100 marks, 2 hours)

    Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (100 marks, 2 hours)


    A-level Mathematics is essential for any numerate discipline at University:  e.g. Physical Sciences, Engineering, Accountancy, Medicine.  In addition it is a highly respected A-level valued by almost all University courses. It is also well regarded as training for the mind by employers.

    Further Information

    Please see:
    Dr Shaw

  • Mathematics (Further)

    Subject Information

    The Further Maths A-level is a challenging course designed to stretch the most able mathematicians and prepare students wishing to study Maths, Physics or Engineering at University. It is taken alongside A-level Maths course and builds upon the new concepts introduced there.

    In year 12 students are introduced to entirely new concepts such as complex numbers and matrices as well as extending understanding of A-level Maths topics. In Year 13, in addition to further developing the topics studied in year 12, students undertake a substantial body of work on the solution to differential equations, a critical topic in physical sciences, finance and many real-life applications of mathematics.

    Over both years the students also study additional topics in Statistics, complementing the Statistics work of A-level Maths, and Decision Maths. Decision Maths is the relatively young field of maths which has grown up around the development of computers, focussing on algorithms and how maths can be used to optimise decision-making in business.


    All assessment for the A-Level Further Mathematics will be by examinations in the June Series at the end of Year 13.

    Paper 1: Further Pure Mathematics 1 (75 marks, 1.5 hours)

    Paper 2: Further Pure Mathematics 2 (75 marks, 1.5  hours)

    Paper 3: Further Statistics 1 (75 marks, 1.5  hours)

    Paper 4: Decision Maths 1 (75 marks, 1.5  hours)


    Further Mathematics is a subject tailored to suit the needs of people who are hoping to study Mathematics to a high level, particularly those intending to apply to the most highly mathematical university degree programmes such as Pure Maths, Physics and Engineering.  It is a course which will only be offered to the most able students.

    Further Information

    Please see:

    • Mrs Nicholson
    • Dr Shaw
    • Miss Young
    • Mr Jones

  • Modern Foreign Languages: French and Spanish

    Subject Information

    In these A-levels, teachers use a wide range of teaching resources including books, film, music, websites newspapers and other authentic materials.  The library also has a subscription to Foreign Language magazines.  You will study the following core content:

    • Social Issues and Trends; Political and Artistic Culture
    • Grammar
    • A Film and one Literacy Text


    Year 13 Units:

    Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Writing

    Paper 2: Writing

    Paper 3: Speaking

    A-Level French or Spanish (students studying for 2 years):

    • Paper 1: Aspects of French-speaking/Hispanic Society and Political Life, Artistic Culture in French-speaking/Hispanic World & Grammar (40%): 2 hours 30 minutes
    • Paper 2: One literary text and one film & Grammar (30%): 2 hours
    • Paper 3: Individual Research Project & one of the sub-themes indicated above (30%): 21-23 minutes



    • Study one or more MFL as a main subject
    • Study a MFL in addition to a main subject, such as IT, Business, Science, Engineering, Accountancy, Economics and many more

    World of Work

    • Speakers of a MFL are in increasing demand
    • English alone may consign you to the ‘slow lane’
    • Give yourself a cutting edge over your competitors

    Careers in languages including Journalism, Law, Business Management, Translating and Teaching.

    Careers using a foreign language include business management, law, engineering, science, teaching, civil service and journalism.

    Further Information

    Please see:

    • Mrs Wood (Head of Department)
    • Mrs Shaw
    • Mrs Craig
    • Mr Clarke

  • Music

    A level Music Subject Information

    The A Level qualification in Music will develop your practical, creative and analytical skills.

    The word “music” covers a huge range of different styles and genres, and each one of us has our own preferences and interests. The Eduqas AS and A level specifications recognise this through the varied areas of study and includes the study of the Development of the Symphony; Musical Theatre; Into the Twentieth Century

    Performing is assessed by a visiting examiner, giving a much more realistic scenario than a recording, allowing students to demonstrate their communication of the music to the listener, and giving a real sense of occasion.

    Composition is assessed through two pieces: one written in a Western Classical Style in response to a chosen brief, and one free piece which can be in any style, allowing candidates to demonstrate and develop their personal specialisms.

    Students at A level can choose whether they wish to be assessed on a longer performance or submit a third composition, allowing them to develop their preferred specialism.

    Reasons to choose Music

    • You can develop your existing performance ability and use this towards achieving an A level.
    • If you already enjoy writing your own music or songs, you can use this ability and experience, and learn how to develop your ideas into successful pieces.
    • If you love listening to music, you will learn more about what makes the music you enjoy work so well

    How will A level Music help me in the future?

    In the future, Creativity is going to be one of the most important and in-demand skills at work (World Economic Forum.) When business leaders across the world were surveyed, they voted creativity as the most important workplace skill to help their businesses survive and grow. This means that the study of creative subjects, like Music, is becoming even more important and relevant to young people to give you the chance to succeed – whatever your ambitions. At the same time, you will find many opportunities to develop and improve your personal wellbeing both independently and as part of a wider community.

    Students wishing to study Music but who did not study GCSE Music, will be considered providing they can demonstrate competency on their chosen instrument.

    Assessment Timetable.

    You will complete the AS qualification in year 12 and then continue to a full A level in year 13.

    • Performing – 35% of the Qualification
    • Composing – 25% of the Qualification
    • Listening Exam – 40% of the Qualification with aural and essay writing elements based on the set works.


    The possibilities are endless. Music will enable you to demonstrate many skills which employers, colleges and universities will be looking for. It can also give you opportunities to travel, meet people and get the most out of life.

    Eduqas Music teachers were recently asked to give details of the next steps of former students. It was not a surprise to hear that many had continued to study Music at Music College, or Universities including Cambridge, Derby, Durham, Huddersfield, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Oxford, Sheffield, Surrey and York.

    Others had gone on to various universities (including Russell Group) to read Acting, Art, Arts Journalism, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, English and Drama, English Literature, French, Geography, Japanese, Liberal Arts, Marine Biology, Maths, Medicine, Midwifery, Modern Languages, Journalism, Occupational Therapy, Physics, Politics, Primary Education, Psychology, Sports Science, and Veterinary Medicine.

    Others had started Apprenticeships in Accountancy, joined the Royal Marines or other Armed Forces. At least one is starring in the West End, and others have started (or continued) careers in performance and tuition.

    Further Information

    Please see:

    • Mrs Hudson, Miss Powton, Mrs Flint

  • Physics

    Subject Information

    The Year 12 Physics A-level course builds on the knowledge and skills gained from GCSE and extends it in preparation for further studies at university.  In Year 12 we look at the laws of the universe that govern the really small to the really big.  We study the fundamental particles that make up all the matter and how they interact and we also explore the strange world of quantum physics.  We will further study the topics of electricity, mechanics and waves that were looked at in GCSE.  The Year 13 modules cover key areas of physics including electric, magnetic and gravitational fields, nuclear physics and thermodynamics.  The optional topic covered is Astrophysics utilising the school’s extensive Astronomy equipment.


    Year 12 AS topics:

    01.   Measurements and their errors
    02.    Particles and radiation
    03.  Waves
    04.  Mechanics and Energy
    05.  Electricity

    Year 13 A-Level topics:
    06.  Further mechanics and thermal physics
    07.  Fields
    08.  Nuclear physics
    09.  Optional Topic: Astrophysics

    In Y13 there are three, 2 hour exams in June.   Paper 1 will cover topics 1-5, paper 2 will cover topics 6-8 and paper 3 will cover the practical skills and data analysis surrounding all topics across the two years.

    Throughout the A-Level, students will also complete 12 required practical investigations that will see them achieve a practical competency certificate, a qualification required by most science related degrees.

    “Imagination is more important than knowledge”  Albert Einstein


    Physics is one of the most useful subjects to study when looking for future career opportunities.  Physicists are not just employed in research laboratories around the world.  Their mathematical, modelling, computational and log skills are valued in a wide range of fields such as Engineering, Medical Research, Financial Sector and Banking, Sports Science, Aerospace, Teaching, Armed Forces, Law and Computer gaming.

    Further Information

    Please see:
    Mr Gibson (Head of Science and Physics)
    Mr Swinney
    Mr Heron

  • Politics

    What will I study?

    Politics at CHCS follows the AQA Politics A-Level syllabus. The course is comprised of three papers: Paper 1 looks at the structure of the UK Government (issues like the constitution, supreme court, Parliament) and the Politics of the country (topics like political parties and elections). In Paper 2 we turn to US Government and Politics, comparing aspects of the UK government and politics to those of America. Here we’ll look at how the American government and electoral systems differ from those in the UK, from the role of the ‘Founding Fathers’ to electoral victories like those of Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Paper 3 allows us to look at the Political Ideas underpinning all of Western politics: socialism, liberalism, and conservatism, plus another like feminism or anarchism.


    How will I be assessed?

    Each paper is assessed by an examination at the end of Year 13. Each exam has these components:

    • 3 questions asking you to analyse and evaluate one aspect of the paper (for instance, a political institution, process, concept, or theory). This is a short response question worth 9 marks (each—total is 30 marks)
    • An essay question (worth 25 marks) where you’ll be given extracts from a source or two (which could be from newspapers, manifestos, government publications, etc). For this, you’ll be asked to understand the argument, and use your own knowledge and understanding of the issue to analyse and evaluate those arguments in an essay.
    • An essay question (worth 25 marks) where you’ll need to analyse and evaluate a statement on a component of the course. You’ll do this by using your own knowledge to make connections across the course and present a structured and balanced argument.


    Where can Politics take me?

    The skills you’ll learn in A-Level Politics will allow you to enter any field you’d like. Because the course is centred around skills like critical thinking, textual analysis, making sound judgments, voicing opinions, and working with others—all with an eye towards keeping up with contemporary political trends—you’ll be set for careers in the fields of politics, law, public policy, management consultancy, civil service, university research/teaching, school teaching, or journalism.


    Where do I go if I still have questions?


    Head of Humanities, Ms A McGuigan

  • Religious Studies

    Subject Information

    Religious Studies is divided into three strands at A-level:  Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Ethics and Christian Development of Religious Thought. These are studied through the OCR specification

    Religious Studies gives a great insight into what makes up the human character, how we come to make correct moral decisions and how we come to understand greater concepts such as the existence of God.

    It also places a focus on student knowledge and evaluation skills.  Background reading is an essential part of the process in developing these skills as students are encouraged to take a more independent approach to learning in preparation for university life and learning.

    The new A-level Specification beginning September 2016 is made up of the following three components: Philosophy of Religion; Religion and Ethics and Christian Developments in Religious Thought.

    In Philosophy of Religion students will study: ancient philosophical influences (Plato, Aristotle etc…); arguments about the existence or non-existence of God; the nature and impact of religious experience; the problem of evil; the nature of the soul, mind and body; life after death; the nature of God; religious language.

    In Religion and Ethics students will study: normative ethical theories (Kant, Aquinas etc…); the application of ethical theories to two contemporary issues; ethical language and thought; debates surrounding the idea of conscience and free will; developments in religious belief and philosophy of religion.

    In Christian developments in religious thought students will study: religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world; sources of religious wisdom and authority; practices which help and shape religious identity and how these vary within tradition; social and historical developments in theology and religious thought; the relationship between society and religion.

    The subject engages students in applying philosophical, alongside religious, concepts to current issues in society and how this is relevant in forming their own opinions.  It encourages students to become independent thinkers, a high value in our modern world and the key to success at university.


    Each component is externally assessed at the end of each course. The three modules are H57301 Religion and Philosophy, H57302 Religion and Ethics and H57303 Christian Development in Religious Thought

    Each component is worth 33.3% of the overall A-level grade and are examined externally in Year 13. Students are marked on their knowledge, understanding (A01) and evaluation skills (A02).

    Each external exam component will have 5 questions and students must answer 3 out of the 5 questions.

    Exams taken in May/June of Y13


    Religious Studies is a valuable qualification in the following areas:  Medicine, Teaching, Law, Dentistry and the Police Force to name a few.

    Further Information

    Please see:

    • Mr Young (Head of RE)
    • Mrs Burgess
    • Ms Ellender
    • Ms Stewart
    • Mrs Hall
  • Sociology

    What is Sociology?

    Sociology is the study of society and people’s behaviours. Our A Level Sociology course inspires students to reflect upon the world we live in, fostering an understanding of the inter-relationships between individuals, groups, institutions, and societies. It enables students to develop critical thinking and appreciate theoretical and conceptual issues.
    We explore key topics such as crime and deviance, social class, health and gender, as well as other factors that contribute to the society, we live in.

    What will you learn?

    Over the 2 years, you will explore:

    • Culture and Identity
    • Families and Households
    • Health
    • Work, poverty and welfare
    • Global development
    • Crime and deviance
    • The Media


    Who is the right person for the course?

    • Someone who enjoys debate and exploring different theories
    • Someone who enjoys being academically challenged and can conduct their own research
    • A hard worker who has interest in Sociological theory
    • A person who can meet deadlines and is driven to succeed

    Where could Sociology lead to?

    • Police officer
    • Social worker
    • Teacher
    • Social researcher
    • Youth worker
    • Housing officer
  • Psychology

    What is Psychology?

    Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. If you have ever wondered why some people become aggressive and commit crimes, or questioned the extent to which individuals obey a person of authority, then Psychology may be for you. Psychology will help you to gain an insight into the motivations and reasons behind a range of behaviours.

    WHAT WILL I BE LEARNING? Topics taught over two years include –
    Exam Paper 1

    1. Social influence
    2. Memory
    3. Attachment
    4. Psychopathology

    Exam Paper 2

    1. Approaches in psychology
    2. Biopsychology
    3. Research methods (double section)

    Exam Paper 3

    1. Issues and debates
    2. Cognitive psychology
    3. Schizophrenia
    4. Aggression.

    Students will be expected to: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues Analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods Evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness.


    A range of teaching methods will be employed including discussion, presentations, research, group work and independent study.


    Skills of analysis and evaluation of concepts, theories, studies and a range of research methods (including data analysis and presentation); application of knowledge to novel stimulus material.


    Students wishing to pursue Psychology after College can study it at university and ultimately have the opportunity to specialise in one of the many applied areas of Psychology such as Clinical or Forensic. Further post graduate training would enable you to become an accredited Psychologist. Psychology A Level will also enable you to pursue many other degree courses, as it relates to many other subjects, giving an insight into factors that can influence people’s behaviour.

    Future careers

    • Law
    • Medicine
    • Caring professions
    • Human resources
    • Teaching
    • Marketing.

Vocational Courses

  • Business

    Subject Information

    Business is one of the most popular subject areas at Key Stage 5.  Businesses are the heart of the economy.  They develop innovation, create wealth within communities and lead the way in enhancing the skills of the UK workforce.

    The OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business encapsulates this through a wide range of units.  It is an ideal foundation for students entering the workplace or going on to  further study, providing them with a theoretical background reinforced with practical skills that transfer into the modern workplace.

    This course leads to an OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business.


    Compulsory Units:
    Understanding the different types of business and how they are influenced by the wider environment.

    Optional Units:
    Understand the HR function within a business and learn about factors affecting human resources planning. You will understand the importance of motivating and training employees to achieve their potential. You will learn how businesses measure employee performance.

    Accounting Concepts:

    Understand the foundations of business accounting and gain essential skills in, and knowledge of, the purposes of accounting, and the accounting procedures used to produce final accounts. You will consider the reasons for keeping accurate financial records and the importance of updating cash books and preparing bank reconciliation statements.

    Working in Business

    Understand how to work effectively within a business environment. This includes arranging meetings, working with business documents, making payments, prioritising business activities and communicating with stakeholders.

    Customers and Communication

    Understand and learn the purpose, methods and importance of communication in business and the appropriateness of different forms of communication for different situations. You will develop the skills that will help you create a rapport with customers and have the opportunity to practise and develop your business communication skills.

  • Health and Social Care

    Subject Information

    This course leads to a Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care.  This gives students access to University courses and careers areas such as Nursing, Childcare, Teaching, Care of the Elderly, Complementary Therapies or Social Services.  Students will have the opportunity to visit and complete work experiences in the different sectors involved in care.

    Assessment is constructed from both internally assessed coursework units and externally assessed examination units.  All internally assessed work is modified by a member of the exam board.

    Units (Examined):

    2              Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care

    3              Health, safety and security in health and social care

    4              Anatomy and physiology for health and social care

    Units (internally assessed)):

    1              Building positive relationships in health and social care

    10           Nutrition for health

    13           Sexual health, reproduction and early development stages


    This qualification will allow students to enter University and College courses at a higher level or enter employment in their chosen field of Health, Social Care or Early Years.

  • Sport

    Subject Information

    Sport is one of the fastest-growing industries in the UK and is not just about being a professional performer. There’s a huge range of professions within sport, from grass roots through to international level, covering areas such as nutrition, marketing, therapy and coaching.

    Cambridge Technicals in Sport and Physical Activity offer a wide range of units such as sports coaching and leadership, organising sports events  and practical participation – providing students with the opportunity to acquire a range of transferable skills and knowledge areas from all aspects of sport.

    They are an ideal foundation for students entering the workplace due to the combination of a theoretical background that’s reinforced with practical skills.


    Year 12 Units:

    Unit 1 Body systems and the effects of physical activity – EXAMINED UNIT  1HOUR 30 MIN WRITTEN PAPER

    Unit 3 Sports Organisation and Development – EXAMINED UNIT  1HOUR WRITTEN PAPER

    Unit 2  Sport Coaching and Leadership (Portfolio)

    Year 13 Units

    Unit 8 Organisation of Sport Events (Portfolio)

    Unit 17 Sports injuries and rehabilitation (Portfolio)

    Portfolio evidence includes:

    observation of practice, including video or DVD recording

    ·         questioning the learner

    ·         examining written evidence such as assignments, tasks, planning

    ·         examining evidence from others such as witness statements.

    ·         The evidence is internally assessed by teaching staff and externally moderated .


    The course will meet the needs of those aspiring to a career in sport (coaching, teaching, therapy, sports nutrition and conditioning etc) and the health and leisure industry. The course not only serves as a route to full time employment within sports related fields, it is also a proven progression route to Higher Education.

    Each year students progress to some of the best known Sports/PE Universities in the Country, including Northumbria, Leeds and Sheffield, studying a wide range of sports related programmes. These include Personal Training, Sports Conditioning, Sports Science, Sports Management, Sports Studies, Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure Management, Teacher Training, Sports Development, Coaching, Sports Injuries & rehabilitation and Sports Technology design.

    You may choose to go directly into employment e.g. administrators for Sports Council and fitness clubs, physical training instructors, sports development officers, leisure assistants in swimming pools, leisure centres or sports centres.

  • IT

    Subject Information

    IT is a growing industry and affects all walks of life. From smartphones and Wi-Fi, to hashtags and instant messaging: over the last 20 years, technology has dramatically changed the way in which we live and communicate.   Does your interest in technology extend beyond the hardware? Are you curious about how digital information is spread? Maybe you just want to know more about computers and how, when and why people use them? Are you keen to develop apps and learn how to create an online e-commerce web site? If so, the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT is the course for you.

    OCR have designed a refreshing and exciting course that is up to date, engaging and fit for purpose. The course has a wide range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on the Fundamentals of IT, Global Information, Application Design and Web development.

    Cambridge Technicals provide a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points.

    This course leads to the learner achieving an Introductory Diploma in IT which is equivalent to an A-level


    Examined Assessment: 50% of the course across 2 units

    Unit 1 – Fundamental of IT (Examined) – 1.5 hour Exam, 25% of the course

    A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will create a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT.

    Unit 2 – Global Information (Examined) – 1.5 hour Exam, 25% of the course

    The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the Internet, by individuals and organisations. You will discover that good management of both data and information is essential and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge.


    Portfolio Assessment: 50% of the course across 3 units

    Unit 6 – Application Design (Portfolio)

    In this unit you will explore potential ideas for a new application and develop the fundamental design for it. You will then develop the designs for an application and how users will interact with it. The application that you will design could be for any sector and for any purpose. You will have the opportunity to present your ideas, prototype them and gain feedback before refining your design.

    Unit 9 – Product Development (Portfolio)

    The purpose of this unit is to prepare you to undertake product development activities. You will learn about different product design methodologies and the role of the product development life cycle. In addition, you will discover the factors that influence product developments.

    Unit 21 – Web Design & Prototyping (Portfolio)

    Organisations are increasingly reliant on their website to market goods or services and interact with clients and customers. In this unit you will research, design and produce an interactive responsive website that is specific to a client’s needs, culminating in presenting the concept of the website using the prototype to the client. You will learn about the security risks within website design, and how to minimise these threats. This unit will also allow you to incorporate existing interactive elements, as well as prototyping your own website.



    Students will gain a qualification that will give them access to the numerous IT and Computer Science based courses that are on offer at Universities.  Such courses include:

    • BSc         Computer Science
    • BSc         Computing
    • BSc         Multimedia Computing
    • BSc         Forensic Computing
    • BSc         (Hons) Software Engineering
    • BSc         (Hons) Business Computing

    Careers include:

    • Programming
    • Technician
    • Network Engineer
    • Systems Analyst
    • Web Designer
    • ICT Teacher
    • Network Manager
    • Computer Administration


    Further Information

    Please see:

    • Mr Ferry, Mr Bradley, Mr Dixon, Mr Pinnock
  • Science

    Subject Information

    The course is designed for Students who are interested in learning about the Science sector alongside other fields of study. It is particularly suitable for students aiming to progress to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science. It can be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.


    4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%). The 3 optional units may vary each year.

    Unit (number and title) Size (GLH) Type Examined
    Principles and Applications of Science 1 90 Mandatory External
    Practical Scientific procedures and techniques 90 Mandatory Internal
    Scientific Investigation Skills 120 Mandatory External
    Physiology of Human Body Systems 60 Optional Internal
    Human Regulation and Reproduction 60 Optional Internal
    10 Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways 60 Optional Internal
    11 Genetics and Genetic Engineering 60 Optional Internal
    12 Diseases and Infections 60 Optional Internal
    13 Applications of Inorganic Chemistry 60 Optional Internal
    14 Applications of Organic Chemistry 60 Optional Internal
    15 Electrical Circuits and their Application 60 Optional Internal
    16 Astronomy and Space Science 60 Optional Internal


    This qualification is ideal for those wishing to go onto lab based work, for example, in hospitals and industry.  It is also a recognised qualification for entry onto degree courses at University.

  • Performing Arts

    Subject Information

    This course is designed to give you an understanding of the employment opportunities available within the Performing Arts industry as well as developing your practical skills across a range of disciplines. You will have the opportunity to work in professional contexts on a range of projects as well as developing your skills in areas of the Performing Arts that you enjoy. You will be given ample opportunity to perform to an audience as well as leading and participating in extra curricular activities. The course will appeal to those of you wishing to pursue a career in the Performing Arts or those who simply want to continue studying the subject to a higher level.

    It is hoped that pupils wishing to undertake this course will have experience in one or more of the disciplines of Music, Dance and Drama, whether this be a formal qualification or through participation.

    The BTEC course will enable you to build a broad portfolio of work across the three disciplines rather than specialising in one particular area. This is particularly advantageous if you want to apply for a degree course.

    The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate is a four unit course and equivalent to 1 ‘A’ Level.

    Compulsory Units

    • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work – Externally assessed task completed in controlled time to a preset brief. This is an extended written task based on the work of a performer.
    • Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance – Internally Assessed unit focusing on the preparation and rehearsal of a live performance.
    • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop – Externally assessed task completed in controlled time. This is a performance task in response to a preset brief.

    Optional Units

    Optional Units can be selected from a broad range of skills, focussing on Acting, Singing or Dancing depending on the individuals particular strengths and can be varied should it be deemed appropriate to do so. These are internally assessed and externally moderated.


    The BTEC Level 3 Extended certificate in Performing qualifies for UCAS points and many students who successfully complete this course go on to study the subject at Foundation level or gain direct entry onto Degree courses.

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