Sixth Form Options

Animal Care
Level 2

Animal Care
Level 2

Throughout this course you will cover the key principles, knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the animal care industry. Learners will study animal health, animal handling, animal welfare and animal housing and accommodation. This includes working closely with the large animals on the farm as well as small domesticated animals such as dogs, rabbits, hamsters and reptiles.

How is the course structured and graded?

The units are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction for the level 2 award. This is based on meeting certain criteria throughout the coursework. A degree of written and independent learning is required, as well as skillful undertaking of evidenced practical’s. 25% of your final grade will then be awarded from a written examination.

Will this course be suitable for me?

The course involves a great deal of practical work, followed up with evidenced based reports and assignments. You should enjoy working closely with animals and be confident when handling them.

What could this course lead to?

Level 2 learners can then progress to other Level 2 vocational qualifications and related competence-based qualifications for the land-based sector or Level 3 vocational qualifications in Animal management. This will also help with future careers within the animal care industry.

Applied Science
Level 3

Applied Science
Level 3

This course covers the principles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics (at A Level equivalent) and then allows pupils to specialise in subject areas as diverse as Microbiology or Genetics and many others in between. There is a strong practical element to this course and much time will be spent experimenting with different processes. The great thing is that the course draws the best from the three sciences to give you a great selection of topics. 

How is the course structured and graded

The course is assessed by a series of coursework assignments, an assessed practical activity and a written exam. Pupils can gain Pass, Merit or Distinction grades. Pupils study and produce assignments on Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (25% weighting) and a further topic of their choice (17% weighting), complete a Science Investigation Skills assessed practical (33% weighting) and sit a Principles and Applications of Science exam (25% weighting). 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

If you love Science and wish to pursue a technical or scientific based career, this is the course for you. You must be a hard worker and be prepared to express your ideas in project work and writing too. You should hold a minimum of a C grade or equivalent in GCSE Science to attempt this course. Alternatively, you may have a Merit or higher at BTEC Level 2 from Year 11. 

What could this course lead to? 

This course is ideal for pupils wishing to go to university to study a Science or technical subject. This would be a good qualification for anyone looking for an apprenticeship too and could give access to higher level apprenticeships.

“I am amazed that I can work at this level. Working on the BTEC Level 3 has really given me confidence in my ability.” – Sixth Form pupil

Art & Design
A Level

Art & Design
A Level

A Specialist Education in the Visual Arts.

The Art Department offers and delivers a wide ranging multi disciplinary A Level Art and Design course. This broad approach to visual work is essential for both experience – there is no better way to develop creative skills – and for the discovery of strength. Students embark on a creative journey that develops their ideas through experimentation and sustained investigations and, for both AS or A Level, produce a ‘large body of work’ demonstrating the students ability to develop their responses into creative and sophisticated final outcomes.

How is the course structured?

Edexcel Exam board.

Personal Investigation and Personal Study. 60 %

Externally Set Examination 40%

Will the Course be suitable for me?

We ask for:
GCSE Art and Design 5 or above.
Commitment, students will be required to work beyond the school timetable, and most importantly, passion and a love of subject!

What could this course lead to?

Apprenticeship. Foundation Course. Degree. Career.

There is an increasing demand for creative and innovative people in industry and business in Great Britain and abroad. Art and Design students are such people. Creativity takes on many forms and, likewise, the creative industry encompasses a broad array of jobs requiring different practices, talents and skills. Apprenticeships in Art Therapy, Puppet Making, Stage Design, Visual Effects….. to name but a few, allow students to immerse themselves in the world of creative work beyond the school environment.
The number and variety of courses available to students wishing to continue their studies to degree standard is wide and exciting. Infact, there are more degree choices in Art and Design than any other subject. From Architecture to Graphic Design, Fashion Illustration to Special Effects for Film, From Fine Art to Interior Design, this subject provides, at the very least, a life enhancing experience and at best a foundation which could open the door to a relevant University Degree and career.

Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
Level 2

Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
Level 2

CoPE involves doing a series of challenges based around skills needed throughout adult life. The aim of CoPE is to become a more confident, independent learner whilst finding out about issues that will affect you throughout your life.

How is the course structured and graded?

The course has 12 modules to choose from, with challenges that suit all interests and abilities. Modules include: Communication; The Environment; Health and Fitness; Beliefs and Values; Work Based Learning and many more. You will have to complete six assessed pieces of work, demonstrating skills in research, improving own learning, presentation, discussion, working with others and problem solving. All work is evidence based with written work, photographs and witness statements. Level 2 is equivalent to a B grade at GCSE.

Will this course be suitable for me?

This course is suitable for all abilities and challenges can be designed to suit all interests. It is an ideal opportunity to improve literacy skills too. You’ll enjoy this course if you like variety and discovering new skills.

What could this course lead to?

Pupils who have studied this course have gone on to college to study courses of their choosing. This course has been particularly helpful for pupils who were unsure of what they wanted to study as they had the opportunity to explore ideas within a supportive working environment.

Biology
A Level

Biology
A Level

This course covers topics such as cells and organisation of organisms, ecology, genetics, evolution and global issues.

How is the course structured and graded?

The course is split into 6 different units with 2 exams at the end of Year 11. A number practical’s are undertaken as part of the course. The exams can be taken at Foundation Tier (up to Grade 5) or Higher Tier (up to Grade 9).

Will this course be suitable for me?

This is the course you will do if you are working at Grade 2+ in Year 9 and you find the Maths side of Science difficult. You do not need to name this course in your options as it is the core GCSE Science course.

“It’s great that I can just study Biology. I always struggled with Chemistry and Physics. I love all the practical work too.” – Sixth Form pupil

Extended Certificate of Business Studies
Level 3

Extended Certificate of Business Studies
Level 3

This vocational course provides a high-quality alternative to A Level. You will gain hands-on experience and will focus on specific topics such as human resources, marketing, accounting and business planning. Studying real businesses through trips, outside speakers and work experience brings business to life and should help you to think like a Business person. You will learn how a business might evolve, from a small start-up business to a large multinational organisation. You will consider a range of different business types and investigate how this might affect the objectives that are set. You will also look at the internal structures of businesses, and how different functional areas work together. You will also investigate the legal, financial and ethical constraints under which a business must operate. You will also explore ways in which businesses respond to changes in their economic, social and technological environment, and gain an appreciation of the influence different stakeholders can have upon a business. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

This qualification is available as a 3-unit Certificate (equivalent to an AS-Level) and a 6-unit Introductory Diploma (equivalent to a full A-Level). You can achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* Grade; equivalent to an E, C, A or A* A Level grade. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

An interest in the business world is essential. The business world places a high value on the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information in order to make considered decisions and you will have the opportunity to gain these vital skills. You will need to be able to use the resources to produce a range of business reports, presentations and proposals. You will develop practical employability skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders, and to manage your time effectively. You will be expected to be involved in the School’s own business, The Shack Farm Shop and Cafe. 

What could this course lead to? 

This course is designed to prepare you for Higher Education and/or the workplace. Students taking this course have gone on to study a wide range of Business disciplines and other subjects at University and colleges. Others have moved onto apprenticeships in business or employment.

“I loved the practical parts of the course like setting up and running a business networking event. Although there are many assignments, I learned a lot which will help me in the future.” – Sixth Form pupil

CISCO Networking Essentials
Level 2

CISCO Networking Essentials
Level 2

These courses are suitable for new Sixth Form pupils as well as pupils who have completed the GCSE courses but do not wish to continue
with the CCNA course.

Cisco Networking Essentials is an Industry Certification course at Level 2. Pupils learn the basics of network communication, the role of switches and routers as well as the function of IP addressing. The aim is to complete this course by the end of the Lower Sixth. The CompTIA A+ is an Industry Certification course at Level 3 is followed in the Upper Sixth.

Pupils learn about computer components, troubleshooting, mobile devices, printers and scanners as well as viruses, worms and various security measures. Detail information about operating systems are also covered.

How is the course structured and graded?

This course requires two certification exams, one for hardware and one based on software. These exams take place at a Pearson Vue exam centre. Both courses are internationally recognised.

Will this course be suitable for me?

If you are interested in computers and prepared to work hard then this course will offer you a route to a bright future. It is very much
“full on” and pupils have to apply themselves every day.
What could this course lead to? Some pupils will complete the full course within one year (Lower Sixth) and then they will start on the CCNA course in the Upper Sixth. The main focus is to gain an IT Apprenticeship.

“Love it! The course is hands on and the combination of theory and practical work suits my learning style.” – Sixth Form pupil

CISCO CompTIA A+
Level 3

CISCO CompTIA A+
Level 3

These courses are suitable for new Sixth Form pupils as well as pupils who have completed the GCSE courses but do not wish to continue
with the CCNA course. Cisco Networking Essentials is an Industry Certification course at Level 2.

Pupils learn the basics of network communication, the role of switches and routers as well as the function of IP addressing. The aim is to complete this course by the end of the Lower Sixth. The CompTIA A+ is an Industry Certification course at Level 3 is followed in the Upper Sixth.

Pupils learn about computer components, troubleshooting, mobile devices, printers and scanners as well as viruses, worms and various security measures. Detail information about operating systems are also covered.

How is the course structured and graded?

This course requires two certification exams, one for hardware and one based on software. These exams take place at a Pearson Vue exam centre. Both courses are internationally recognised.

Will this course be suitable for me?

If you are interested in computers and prepared to work hard then this course will offer you a route to a bright future. It is very much
“full on” and pupils have to apply themselves every day.
What could this course lead to? Some pupils will complete the full course within one year (Lower Sixth) and then they will start on the CCNA course in the Upper Sixth. The main focus is to gain an IT Apprenticeship.

“Love it! The course is hands on and the combination of theory and practical work suits my learning style.” – Sixth Form pupil

CISCO Certified Network Associate
Level 3/4

CISCO Certified Network Associate
Level 3/4

The course consists of three units, each with 12 to 16 chapters. Pupils complete all three units over the two-year Sixth Form period. Each unit offers a separate certification. After successful completion of all three units pupils then sit the external Cisco CCNA Industry Certification exam through Pearson Vue.

The course material is a mixture of theoretical and practical work. Pupils must gain 70% for both practical and theory final exams to gain a pass certification.

Within the CCNA course, pupils will learn how to create, configure and secure wireless and wired networks. They will be working with equipment such as switches, routers and Multi-layer switches. The CCNA Certification is internationally recognised.

Will this course be suitable for me?

If you are interested in computers and networking then this course will be suitable. The course is very much ‘full on’ and occupies two option blocks. Pupils will thus have 10 periods per week. There are no pre-requisites for this course other than being prepared to work very hard.

What could this course lead to?

The main focus is to help pupils gain proper apprenticeships in the IT Sector. There are also various options should pupils wish to continue with their studies at a higher education facility.

“Cisco is amazing. I have learned more than ever before. There is no write up course work; it is all about what you know.” – Sixth Form pupil

Citizenship
GCSE

Citizenship
GCSE

Are you interested in what it means to be a Citizen? 

Do you want to understand more about Democracy? 

Do you want to understand more about Diversity? 

These topics and so much more are studied as part of GCSE Citizenship… There are 5 main themes within the course; Living together in the UK, Democracy at Work in the UK, Law and Justice, Power and Influence and Citizenship in Action. 

How is this course structured and graded?

This course is assessed entirely through examination. Pupils will be required to complete a citizenship action and they will be assessed on this in the examination. 

Is this course suitable for me?

The course takes into account topical news to support pupil learning. Therefore, an interest in society and the news would be an advantage. It is worth considering that this course is graded entirely through examination.

Countryside & Environment
Level 2

Countryside & Environment
Level 2

You will learn the basics of countryside and environmental management. From basic plant science to nurturing and improving a habitat on the school site, as well as field trips to other sites to gain inspiration and knowledge. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

The course involves a great deal of practical work, followed up with evidenced based reports and assignments. You should enjoy being outdoors and be passionate about being in the countryside and wanting to protect and improve it. 

What could this course lead to? 

It is aimed at those that would like to continue higher study/work in a similar field after leaving school. The options would include, but not be limited to: Countryside management, game keeping, animal husbandry, agriculture, horticulture, environmental science.

“This course has given me a great opportunity to fulfil my ambition of becoming a wildlife ranger with the Sussex Wildlife Trust.” – Sixth Form pupil

Engineering
Level 2

Engineering
Level 2

On this course you will learn about: how engineering and engineers have shaped the modern world; how products are resourced, designed and manufactured; how engineers and engineering is in the forefront of making our planet a cleaner and greener place; how engineering is a universal language spoken all over the world and how new production techniques are leading to more and more advanced products. 

How is the course structured and graded?

This qualification is available in a three-unit Award that is equivalent to a single GCSE. In the first year you will study units covering: The Engineered World (this is a compulsory unit and is externally examined), Investigating Engineering Products and Machining Techniques. These units are graded at a Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*. These are equivalent to grades C, B, A and A* at GCSE Level.

Will this course be suitable for me?

This course is a mixture of continual assessment and a final exam. While containing a range of practical elements, it does have a written and research element. If you have a genuine interest in Engineering and are hoping to develop your skills and abilities with a view to a career in the engineering world, this is an ideal course for you. It will give you a spring board into the engineering world beyond Bredon School. It is also an ideal companion subject to Maths and Science. 

What could this course lead to? 

This course is a mixture of continual assessment and a final exam. While containing a range of practical elements, it does have a written and research element. If you have a genuine interest in Engineering and are hoping to develop your skills and abilities with a view to a career in the engineering world, this is an ideal course for you. It will give you a spring board into the engineering world beyond Bredon School. It is also an ideal companion subject to Maths and Science.

“The information that I learned about health and safety has really helped me, when setting up my own business.” – Sixth Form pupil

English Re-Sit
iGCSE

English Re-Sit
iGCSE

If you gained a grade 3 at iGCSE English or English Language you will have the opportunity to retake those exams in either November or June of Year 12. You could also attempt the Level 2 Functional Skills English course which is similar to GCSE but without any written controlled assessments. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

You will be entered for the appropriate papers as and when we feel you will be most likely to pass them. This might be as early as November of Year 12 or as late as June of Year 13. The aim is to equip you with all the reading and writing skills you need to obtain a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English before you leave Bredon School. 

Will this course be suitable for me?

If you almost achieved a Grade 4 (C) in Year 11 then you are strongly encouraged to re-sit your iGCSE examination in Year 12. 

What could this course lead to?

Many Level 3 courses and jobs require applicants to have a Level 2 English qualification, so this course is essential if you narrowly missed grade C first time around.

“It was good to have another go at the GCSE. I got a C second time around because I was able to really focus on my reading and writing skills in a smaller class.” – Sixth Form pupil

WJEC English Language A Level

WJEC English Language A Level

Do you want to investigate the power of words? Have you ever wondered how spoken and written words can influence our thinking and change the world? How does our language define our human nature?

If you gained a grade 4 or above for English Language iGCSE, then this could be the course for you!

This course provides  learners  with  opportunities  to develop  a  wide  and  deep  knowledge  of  the  systems  of  the  English  language  and  of issues  relating  to  language  and  its  uses.  Throughout  this  course  learners  are presented  with  opportunities  to  develop  their  own  creativity,  both  in  the  ways  they think  about  language  and  in  the  ways  they  develop  expertise  in  using  language  to communicate  in  different  ways.   

How is this course structured and graded?

The WJEC specification is divided into a total of 5 units: 2 AS units and 3 A2 units. 

AS Unit 1: Exploring Language

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes, 20% of qualification 

Section A: Analysing language 

Section B: Contemporary English 

One question in each section based on unseen material.

AS Unit 2: Language Issues and Original and Critical Writing

Written examination: 2 hours, 20% of qualification 

One question in three parts: one essay on a language issue, and one original writing task plus commentary linked to the language issue selected.

A2 Unit 3: Language Over Time

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of qualification

One multi-part question and one essay question analysing language change over time.

A2 Unit 4: Spoken Texts and Creative Re-casting

Written examination: 2 hours, 20% of qualification

Section A: Analysing spoken language. One question based on unseen transcripts 

Section B: Creative re-casting. One creative writing task using Section A as stimulus

A2 Unit 5: Language and Identity

Non-examination Assessment 2500-3500 words, 20% of qualification

An investigation based on one of the following: 

  • language and self-representation 
  • language and gender 
  • language and culture  
  • language diversity

Will this course be suitable for me?

If you have an enquiring mind and enjoy analysing how language influences us, then this is the right course for you. We explore: famous speeches around the world; persuasive and subliminal messages in the media, including propaganda and advertising; forensic linguistics; contemporary and topical issues around language and gender, culture and diversity.

What could this course lead to?

This course will make you more critically aware of language and its influence in all spheres of your life: personal and public, business and social. Potential career paths include Teaching, Tourism, Advertising, Marketing and PR, Journalism, Media, Creative Writing, Publishing, Civil Service, Law, HR and Personnel Management. Whatever your future aspirations, you will develop lifelong skills that will make you a more discerning adult. 

 

Extended Project Qualification
Level 3

Extended Project Qualification
Level 3

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a Level 3 qualification that is equivalent to an AS Level. It differs from other Level 3 qualifications as it allows pupils to extend their learning in one of their chosen subject areas, or pick an area of interest and produce an extended project of approximately 5,000 words. In this sense, pupils are in control of the subject matter and where the qualification takes them. The course is taken under the supervision of a member of staff who helps the pupil to develop their independent learning skills.

How is the course structured and graded? 

The EPQ does not have any exams however, pupils are required, with appropriate supervision, to: choose an area of interest; draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the teacher supervising the project; plan, research and carry out the project; deliver a presentation to a non-specialist audience and provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment. For the final requirement pupils normally produce a project log and a final evaluation. The final piece is graded like an AS Level. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

Pupils who would suit this course would typically be very self-motivated as the research element is very much led by the individual. You must be able to sustain an interest in the subject chosen and be well disciplined in meeting deadlines for work. By its nature, this course will require a lot of writing. 

What could this course lead to? 

This course can supplement any application made to university and has UCAS points. It can demonstrate to employers that a pupil has a particular interest in specific areas, depending on the topic chosen. Pupils who have undertaken an EPQ will have demonstrated certain transferable skills such as research and evaluation of sources.

Geography
A Level

Geography
A Level

Geography as a full A Level comprises both physical and human units such as: Coastal Systems and Landscapes; Hazards (tectonic, volcanic, seismic, storm and fire) and Contemporary Urban Environments. You will undertake at least two days of fieldwork in relation to both physical and human processes. As a consequence, you will learn how to plan fieldwork, collect primary and secondary data, data presentation, analysis skills and drawing conclusions.

How is the course structured and graded?

The full A Level course extends your geographical skills and requires you to undertake a fieldwork based piece of coursework.

Will this course be suitable for me?

The world we live in is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. If you have an interest in the changing world around you and want to be a global citizen, this is a course for you. You will enjoy finding out about our increasingly globalised society, where almost everything we do has a link to another part of the world.

What could this course lead to?

As well as progression to university, Geography equips you with a broad range of personal learning and thinking skills such as teamwork, independent enquiry and creative thinking – all highly valued by employers. Geography pupils have gone onto varied careers including: Town Planning, Estate Agent, Travel Agent, Expedition Leader, Air Cabin Crew, Lawyer, Conservation Manager, Armed Forces, Teacher, Human Rights Officer, Surveyor, Weather Forecaster, Landscape Architect, Hazard Prediction, Travel Writer, Pollution Analyst, Aid Worker, Marketing, Flood Protection Manager.

“I enjoy this subject. We get the chance to do lots of work with films and also lots of other work with images. I also enjoy filming.” – Sixth Form pupil

History
A Level

History
A Level

The course is based around four examined units, which are: England 1445 – 1509: Lancastrians, Yorkist’s and Henry VII; Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919-63; The Changing Nature of Warfare 1792 – 1945; An independently researched essay of 3000 – 4000 words.

How is the course structured and graded?

All examinations take place at the end of Year 13. Candidates are expected to demonstrate, organise and communicate their knowledge and understanding to analyse and evaluate the key features of the topics studied. Coursework will be internally marked and then externally moderated. This will test a candidate’s ability to explore concepts such as causation, change, continuity, similarity, difference and significance using a range of sources.

Will this course be suitable for me?

This is a traditional A Level course and as such candidates are expected to have at least a grade 4 in GCSE English and History, although a genuine zeal for the subject will also be of benefit. Please be aware that an ability to write extended answers is needed in order to be successful in this course.

What could this course lead to?

History is often referred to as the ‘King of Subjects’. The skills pupils learn at A Level are life skills and therefore are eminently transferable. It is ideal for pupil’s who wish to go on to study various humanities courses in Higher Education, particularly History, Anthropology, Classics, Politics and Economics.

“You don’t realise until you do this course just how important History is in explaining today’s society.” – Sixth Form pupil

Hospitality
Level 3

Hospitality
Level 3

You will gain a good insight into the theory and workings of the modern dynamic world of hospitality. Hospitality is the fifth largest employer and competition for high calibre staff has led to hospitality businesses offering attractive pay, conditions and career prospects. This vocational course looks at the supervisory and management of catering. Frequent visits to hospitality businesses take place to ensure learning is current and vocationally relevant. It would be of great benefit to learners if they had work experience or part time work in the catering industry.

How is the course structured and graded?

The Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus of the qualification and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The course offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one A Level. Units are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. The score for each unit is added up to make the final qualification grade. To achieve the overall qualification, all units must be marked at a minimum of a Pass.

Will this course be suitable for me?

This course will suit you if you already have a good interest in hospitality and would consider a career in the industry. Candidates will need to have 4 grade 4 GCSEs (or above), including English. This course will suit learners who enjoy finding out about how things work run and then go on to plan, manage and run their own hospitality events. Learners need to be able to be self-motivated and enjoy getting ‘stuck in’.

What could this course lead to?

This course provides students with the opportunity to enter employment in the hospitality industry either full time or as an apprentice. You can also progress onto a higher vocational qualification such as an advanced apprenticeship, hospitality based degree or onto a work based management programme.

Land Based Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) Level 2

Land Based Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) Level 2

CoPE involves doing a series of challenges based around skills needed
throughout adult life. The aim of CoPE is to become a more confident,
independent learner whilst finding out about issues that will affect
you throughout your life.

How is the course structured and graded?
The course has 12 modules to choose from, with challenges that suit
all interests and abilities. Modules include: Communication; The
Environment; Health and Fitness; Beliefs and Values; Work Based
Learning and many more. You will have to complete six assessed pieces
of work, demonstrating skills in research, improving own learning,
presentation, discussion, working with others and problem solving. All
work is evidence based with written work, photographs and witness
statements. Level 2 is equivalent to a B grade at GCSE.

Will this course be suitable for me?
This course is suitable for all abilities and challenges can be designed to
suit all interests. It is an ideal opportunity to improve literacy skills too.
You’ll enjoy this course if you like variety and discovering new skills.

What could this course lead to?
Pupils who have studied this course have gone on to college to study
courses of their choosing. This course has been particularly helpful for
pupils who were unsure of what they wanted to study as they had the
opportunity to explore ideas within a supportive working environment.

Mathematics Re-Sit
GCSE

Mathematics Re-Sit
GCSE

If you did not get a grade 4 (C) or higher at GCSE Mathematics you will have the opportunity to retake your GCSE in Year 12. You will revise topics covered during your GCSE Mathematics course in preparation for a resit examination in the summer term of your first year of Sixth Form. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

This is a linear GCSE course with a final examination consisting of one non-calculator and two calculator papers. GCSE Mathematics may be sat at either Foundation level (grades 1 to 5) or Higher level (grades 4 to 9). Resit pupil’s are usually entered into the Foundation level. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

If you have not already achieved a GCSE pass in Mathematics at grade 4 (C) you will be advised to take this course as a pass in Mathematics is often a requirement for future study, training and employment opportunities. 

What could this course lead to? 

You should find that a GCSE pass at grade 4 or better in Mathematics does make it easier to gain access to other courses or training and employment opportunities that you may wish to pursue at a later date.

“I’ve found I have understood topics much better going over them again in the Sixth Form.” – Sixth Form pupil

Mathematics Number & Measure
Level 1

Mathematics Number & Measure
Level 1

If you did not study GCSE Mathematics you will have the opportunity to continue with your Mathematics development using the Level 1 Award in Number and Measure. This course very much follows Entry Level certification, building on confidence and using Mathematics as a life skill. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

The course covers the most functional and commonly required aspects of Mathematics. By focusing on a narrower curriculum than GCSE, pupils can develop their skills in the areas which will be of most use in everyday life, or in the workplace. There is one final examination, consisting of calculator and non-calculator sections. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

This course continues the Mathematics development from Entry Level 3. It allows pupils to look and use Mathematics as a life skill. Successful completion of this course will allow pupils to continue study at Level 2. 

What could this course lead to? 

This course builds on using Maths as a Life Skill. Completion of Level 1 could lead to Level 2, or GCSE.

“I’ve found completing the short exams much better.” – Sixth Form pupil

Mathematics
A Level

Mathematics
A Level

You will learn about many aspects of Pure Mathematics including Coordinate Geometry and Graphs and develop techniques to solve equations and other algebraic challenges of greater complexity, as the course progresses. Applications of Mathematics within Statistics and Mechanics are studied to enable you to solve real-life problems. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

The A Level qualification requires the study of both pure and applied Mathematics over a two-year period. Statistics and Mechanics over a two-year period. At the end of the course the examination process will be three two hour papers covering Pure Mathematics 1, Pure Mathematics 2, Statistics and Mechanics. The AS Level qualification, also based over a two-year period, requires the completion of two papers, two hours for Pure Mathematics and one hour for Statistics and Mechanics. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

To be successful on this course, you will need to have studied GCSE Mathematics at Higher level and achieved at least a grade 6 (B) or equivalent. You should be interested in persevering to find solutions to questions, in particular by using the powerful tool of Algebra. The course involves studying and applying various techniques to solve both abstract and real-life problems. 

What could this course lead to?

This course is useful for many disciplines studied at university or college including Engineering, the Sciences, Business and Finance, Accountancy and IT, such as Designing Games. The skills learned are valued in all forms of employment.

“I found that the course was challenging but interesting, particularly when finding pathways, sometimes with support, to solve difficult problems. With effort and perseverance, I was able to find success with tasks independently: this gave me a great sense of achievement.” – Sixth Form pupil

Mechanical Engineering & Maintenance Award

Mechanical Engineering & Maintenance Award

On this course you will gain the skills, qualities and knowledge that you will require to start a rewarding and challenging career in the wide and varied world of Engineering. You will learn about basic and more advanced hand and machine tools and their operation, about health and safety and how to conduct yourself safely in the engineering workshop. You will also learn how to care for, maintain and repair machines, tooling and equipment used in the engineering and agricultural world. 

How is the course structured and graded?

This qualification is a Bredon School exclusive course. It has been developed to provide a wide range of engineering experiences for Bredon School pupils who have a real interest in pursuing a career in mechanical engineering. The course will be conducted and monitored through a series of practical tasks, projects, tests and exercises designed to expand the level of skills, knowledge and experience of the pupil. Please be aware that this programme of study is internally accredited, meaning that the course is not certified by an external examination board. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

This course is wholly internally assessed, based on practical work undertaken, with no final exam. This course is based on the development of a wider range of engineering practical skills through practical tasks. There is a requirement for a small amount of record keeping. If you have a deeper interest in engineering and are hoping to further develop your skills and abilities with a view to a possible career in the engineering world, this is an ideal course for you. 

What could this course lead to? 

This course could lead to an engaging and fulfilling career in engineering fields such as automotive or agricultural maintenance.

Photography
A Level

Photography
A Level

You will develop your photographic skills to the next level. The A Level courses allow you to continue to work on bespoke projects showcasing your skills and interests. Each unit of the course asks you to focus on experimenting and developing these ideas in different ways. Your projects will be developed to give you opportunity to develop as a photographer perhaps with a view to progressing onto an Arts based Foundation course. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

The AS Level requires two projects, one to be completed in a 10-hour exam, whereas to achieve the full A Level you will produce a coursework project, a personal study (including essay), then a 15-hour exam. Each unit requires a different focus and theme, challenging you to experiment and develop as a Photographer further. Your projects will take the form of sketchbooks showing evidence for the four assessment objectives. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

Yes, if you enjoy developing your camera skills, your photographic compositional skills and discovering wet and dry techniques that can produce photographs. You should also want to understand how photography started and developed through our history to the digital work of today, by analysing photographs taken by both historical and contemporary photographers. Holding Art & Design GCSE is an advantage. 

What could this course lead to? 

This course will be of particular interest to those intending to present a portfolio at interview for work in the art and design field, or for entry onto an Art College Foundation, Higher BTEC course in Art and Design or a creative degree course.

“A real opportunity to work as a photographer. It has challenged me to think like a photographer and use my camera properly to my full potential.” – Sixth Form pupil

Physics
A Level

Physics
A Level

The course is a very well-respected A-level which teaches all the fundamental areas of Physics. As well as being needed for many careers in Science and Engineering, the skills and knowledge developed expand options as a pathway for many different careers. There will be theory, problem solving, questions, practicals and a large element of Mathematics.

How is the course structured and graded?

Year 12 AS Level Paper 1 and Paper 2 written exams: each 50% of AS Level Year 13 A Level Paper 1 written exam: 34% of A Level Paper 2 34% of A Level Paper 3 practical skills and data analysis plus written exam: 32% of A Level

Will this course be suitable for me?

The course teaches pupils to become independent learners, problem solvers and critical thinkers. You will need strong mathematical skills, real interest and be willing to put time in outside of lessons.

What could this course lead to?

The study of A Levels Physics can lead to future careers in Science, Engineering, Environmental careers, Architecture, Medicine, IT and Computing, Product Design and Graphic Design; it will open up a world of possibilities.

“Now I realise just how important Physics is!” – Sixth Form pupil

Religious Studies
A Level

Religious Studies
A Level

This qualification encourages students to develop an appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies. The qualification does this through an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion. It also helps develop a holistic understanding of religion. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

This course is suitable for any pupil with a keen interest in the subject as you do not have to have studied Religious Studies at GCSE in order to take this course. This would be a good course for pupils who want to continue their learning to A Level and beyond. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

The course teaches pupils to become independent learners, problem solvers and critical thinkers. 

What could this course lead to?

Those wishing to continue their education at university in subjects such as Law, Teaching or Nursing may find this qualification useful. This subject will improve your ability to understand different viewpoints and take part confidently in debating. Completion of this course will also earn UCAS points which will aid in any application to university.

Sport & Physical Activity Outdoors
Level 3

Sport & Physical Activity Outdoors
Level 3

You will learn about many aspects of sport, particularly thinking about how exercise and physical activity contribute to a healthy lifestyle. You will find out about the influential characters behind outdoor adventure and how to take part in outdoor activities safely. Time will also be spent discovering career opportunities across the sports and outdoor sectors. There are further units to study that can be selected based on the pupil’s strengths and interests.

How is the course structured and graded?

This qualification is available in a six-unit certificate (equivalent to a full A-Level). We will start by initially working towards the first three mandatory Sport based units before choosing three relevant optional units based on the pupil’s interests. You can achieve the course at either a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* grade. These are equivalent to an E, C, A or A* grade of a full A-Level.

Will this course be suitable for me?

To be successful on this course, you will need to have achieved at least a C grade in GCSE English. It is also helpful if you have studied GCSE PE or Level 2 Sport, but this is not essential. You must be interested in Sport, Health, Leadership and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. The course involves quite a bit of writing!

What could this course lead to?

Pupil’s taking this course have gone on to study Sports Science, Sports Coaching, Outdoor Leadership and Event Management at University. Others have moved onto apprenticeships in the fitness industry or employment. This qualification can also help with military based careers.

“I really enjoyed the practical side of the course, the activities really challenged me but not as much as the written work! However, there is no exam and this also fitted really nicely with my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’ Award.” – Sixth Form pupil

Travel & Tourism
Level 2

Travel & Tourism
Level 2

If you enjoy learning about different places and working with others, this could be the qualification for you! This practical qualification provides you with a working knowledge and understanding of one of the most important industries in the world. You will develop essential employability skills that are needed for you to secure employment or progress onto another study level. You’ll learn skills such as business awareness, delivering great customer service, and understanding destinations in the UK and worldwide.

How is the course structured and graded?

Units that make up this qualification include: The Development of UK Tourism; International Holiday Destinations; Factors Affecting Travel and Tourism Worldwide. You will be assessed using a variety of methods; these include: assignments, observation, audio, video and presentations. There are no written examinations.

Will this course be suitable for me?

If you enjoy discovering the world around you and want to build employability skills, then this course can be tailored to suit your needs. It would be an excellent course if A Level Geography would be very challenging for you. Field trips and visits are an important part of this qualification and help bring the subject to life.

What could this course lead to?

Although some units are focussed on the exciting and diverse travel and tourism, you will gain broader skills for wider employment opportunities. There are progression routes to Level 3 study beyond this qualification.

Uniformed Services Diploma
Level 3

Uniformed Services Diploma
Level 3

This qualification is designed to provide pupils with an in-depth understanding of the principles of the uniformed services sector and to allow them to explore the various avenues of work within it. The qualification will also allow pupils to gain transferable skills that can
be applied to the workplace or further study.

The qualification will:

  • Offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge.
  • Provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical work-related skills.
  • Allow pupils to progress to employment or further study and towards the entry qualifications and requirements of a specific uniformed service.
  • Provide the opportunity to investigate career opportunities in the uniformed services.
  • Prepare pupils for an interview.
  • Provide an understanding of the external organisations that impact on and influence the work of the uniformed services and how uniformed service organisations respond in emergency situations.
  • Provide the opportunity to understand and develop the skills and qualities needed to work in a range of organisations such as leadership skills, coaching skills, conflict management, personal protection, interpersonal skills, teamwork and communication.
  • Provide an appreciation for appropriate behaviour, dress and have personal manners and good deportment.
  • Provide and understanding of work practices and how different roles and departments function within an organisation.

How is the course structured and graded?

To be successful on this course you will need to have achieved at least a C grade in GCSE English. The course is split into different units, ranging from preparing for a career in a chosen service to developing leadership skills. Pupils will have the opportunity to achieve up to 28 UCAS points. To aid with preparation for working life, in the second year it is anticipated that we will seek to gain additional external
shorter qualifications such as Emergency First Aid, basic food hygiene and health and safety.

Will this course be suitable for me?

The course is designed to give an understanding of the uniformed sector and an opportunity to investigate career opportunities. There are no formal entry requirements, although we would expect pupils to be involved in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

What could this course lead to?

Pupils who achieve this qualification could progress to: Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Outdoor Programmes, Level 3 Diploma in Operational Delivery (Advanced), Level 3 Certificate in Knowledge of Policing, Public Service foundation degree, Higher apprenticeships and a BA in Public Services. In addition, pupils studying this qualification could lead to a career in sectors such as: management, public services, local or national government, justice and security.

“Studying this course has hugely improved my leadership skills and has helped me to build positive relationships within a team.” – Sixth Form pupil