Sixth Form Newsletter

Dear Parent, Carer and Student

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this extremely challenging period.

Please see attached a copy of the June 2020 sixth form newsletter. The newsletter contains vital updates for all year 11, 12 and 13 students as well as parents and carers.

Archbishop Beck Catholic College Sixth Form continues to be guided by the latest LA/DfE guidance so please refer to the college website for the latest updates. Plans are in place to begin meetings with all year 12 students once guidance allows. Meeting details will be communicated via email.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon. Take care.

The Sixth Form Team

Study Programmes

A Level Programme

Choose: 3 A Level Subjects.

Entry Requirements:

Five grade 4s plus any subject specific requirements. Most A level subjects will require a grade 6 at GCSE including 6 in maths and English.

What's involved?

A Levels are traditional exam based academic qualifications. They are highly valued by universities and employers. Most subjects are completed over 2 years with exams completed at the end of the course.

Choose:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • English Literature
  • Fashion (Art)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Media
  • MFL
  • PE
  • Physics
  • Product Design
  • Psychology

Mixed Programmes

Choose: A combination of A Levels and BTEC Extended Certificates.

Entry Requirements:

Five grade 4s plus any subject specific requirements.

What's involved?

A mixed study programme allows you to choose a combination of A levels and BTEC nationals. Both options are highly valued by universities and employers alike.

Whereas A level are likely to be more exam based, BTEC qualifications offer a combination of traditional exam and controlled assessment.

Choose:

  • A Level Programme Subjects
  • Business
  • Health
  • ICT
  • Media
  • Performing Arts
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Travel

BTEC Level 3 Programme

Choose: A combination of A Levels and BTEC National Qualifications.

Entry Requirements:

Five grade 4s plus any subject specific requirements.

What's involved?

BTECs offer a more vocational, varied choice and combined traditional exam based assessment with coursework.

BTEC are highly valued by universities and employers across the county and are equivalent to A levels.

Choose:

  • Business
  • Health
  • ICT
  • Media
  • Performing Arts
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Travel

Level 2 Programme

Choose:

English and maths GCSE with a combination of BTEC National Qualifications.

Entry Requirements:

Students who achieve 4 or less GCSE's at grade C or above will be eligible for the level 2 programme. It is compulsory that students sit English or maths if a grade C or above isn't achieved.

What's involved?

The level 2 programme offers a combination of English and maths qualifications alongside a choice of BTEC National qualifications all worth the equivalent of one GCSE.

The aim of the level 2 programme is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be able to move onto level 3 BTEC qualifications and to help prepare students for the world of work moving forward.

Choose:

  • English GCSE
  • Maths GCSE
  • Functional Skills (English/Maths)
  • Business
  • Health
  • Sport
  • Travel

AS Courses - Level 3

Art & Design Fine Art (A-Level)

Course Overview

A-level Art and Design provides students with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms.

This four-unit specification, two at AS level and two at A2, requires students to develop their ability to show a range of skills. These include:

  • independence of mind in developing their own ideas
  • an interest and enthusiasm for art and design
  • the experience of working with a range of media, including traditional and new media and technologies
  • an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art and design practice.

How is this course assessed?

AS Examinations

Unit1 – ARTA1, ARTB1, ARTC1, ARTD1, ARTE1, ARTF1

Coursework Portfolio

  • 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
  • No time limit
  • 80 marks
  • Portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
  • Available in June only

Unit2 – ARTA2, ARTB2, ARTC2, ARTD2, ARTE2, ARTF2

AS Externally Set Assignment

  • 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
  • Supervised time 5 hours
  • 80 marks
  • Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
  • Available in June only

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade 5 or above. Art or DT related GCSE at grade 5 or above. Artistic ability and commitment to the subject will be of paramount importance. It is mandatory that applicants have studied art at GCSE level or equivalent.

Where can the subject take me?

Employment in the arts is flourishing, particularly in the North of England, whereas it was once pretty exclusive to London and the south. Art sectors of employment include: Graphic Design, Animation, Game Design, Interior Design, Architecture, film/TV prop and set design, Prosthetics and Make-up, Illustration, Fine Art, Window Dressing and Commercial Design, Fashion Design, Ceramics or Pottery, Sculpture, Jewellery Design, curation at galleries, museums, Art Historian, Art Teacher/ Lecturer.

Student view

"Art has allowed me to express my creative skills and enhance my eye for detail."

Biology (A-Level)

Course Overview

  • Both AS and A level are linear courses
  • AS will be a stand- alone qualification

Where can the subject take me?

Courses include:

  • Biological sciences
  • Chemical sciences
  • Medical sciences
  • Medicine and dentistry
  • Environmental studies
  • Geological sciences

How is this course assessed?

  AS A-level
Minimum assessment time 3 hours
Paper 1.
1 hour 30mins. 75marks. 50%
Paper 2.
1 hour 30 mins. 75 marks. 50%
6 hours
Paper 1. 2 hours 91 marks. 35%
Paper 2. 2 hours 91 marks. 35%
Paper 3. 2 hours. 78 marks. 30%
Coursework No No
Practical endorsement No Yes
Practical based marks - 15%
Maths marks 10% 10%

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 6 and above plus grade B in Science. All other GCSEs grade C and above.

Student view

"Biology is tough but rewarding. I have particularly enjoyed learning about DNA and gene expression."

Business Studies (A-Level)

Course Overview

AQA A Level

You will cover many different areas within this A level which include identifying what is business, different types of leadership and decision making, improving the operational and financial performance of business and decisions made within business for marketing and human resource management.

Where can the subject take me?

Employment in the private sector for many different aspects of business and the financial sector which include; Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Business Management, Business Studies, Economics, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Retail Management.

An apprenticeship combines work and learning, so you'll be studying for a qualification while developing real-world experience and earning a wage.

Develops many important life skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

How is this course assessed?

Paper 1: Business 1
What's Assessed
All content above
Paper 2: Business 2
What's Assessed
All content above
Paper 3: Business 3
What's Assessed
All content above
  • Written exam : 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A Level
  • Written exam : 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A Level
  • Written exam : 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A Level
Questions
Three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.
  • Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.
  • Section C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from, two) worth 25 marks each.
Questions
Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.
Questions
One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade 5 and above. All other GCSEs grade C and above.

Student view

"I love learning about the world we live in. I now enjoy watching the news!"

Business Studies (Applied General)

Course Overview

You will cover many different areas within this Applied General course which include looking at business dynamics, entrepreneurial opportunities, managing and leading people and looking at financial planning and analysis.

Where can the subject take me?

Employment in the private sector for many different aspects of business and the financial sector which include; Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Business Management, Business Studies, Economics, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Retail Management.

An apprenticeship combines work and learning, so you'll be studying for a qualification while developing real-world experience and earning a wage.

Develops many important life skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

How is this course assessed?

6 units across 2 years
3 units in year 12 – 2 externally assessed units, 1 internally assessed.
3 units in year 13 - 1 externally assessed units, 2 internally assessed.

Total qualification time (TQT)
380 (GLH = 360)
(See GLH section for more information)

Unit weighting externally assessed internally assessed
16.6% each unit
50% externally assessed
50% internally assessed

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade 5 and above. All other GCSEs grade C and above.

Student view

"The combination of exams and controlled assessment very much plays to my strengths. I have enjoyed completing my Merseytravel assignments and understanding their role in improving the lives of local people."

Chemistry (A-Level)

Course Overview

  • Both AS and A level are linear courses
  • AS will be a stand- alone qualification

Where can the subject take me?

Courses include:

  • Chemical sciences
  • Engineering
  • Medical sciences
  • Medicine and dentistry
  • Physical sciences
  • Geological sciences

How is this course assessed?

  AS A-level
Minimum assessment time 3 hours
Paper 1.
1 hour 30mins. 80 marks. 50%
Paper 2.
1 hour 30 mins. 80 marks. 50%
6 hours
Paper 1. 2 hours 105 marks. 35%
Paper 2. 2 hours 105 marks. 35%
Paper 3. 2 hours. 90 marks. 30%
Coursework No No
Practical endorsement No Yes
Practical based marks - 15%
Maths marks 20% 20%

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 6 and above plus grade B in Science. All other GCSEs grade C and above.

Student view

"I have really enjoyed the practicals we have undertaken as part of the A level syllabus. They allow me to develop my understanding of why different reactions occur."

English Literature (A Level)

Course Overview

AQA

On this course you will study a wide variety of modern and historical texts - novels, poetry and drama, including the work of William Shakespeare. As well as extending your knowledge and enjoyment of literature, you will develop the skills of thinking critically, reading and analysing texts closely and preparing arguments.

Where can the subject take me?

This A Level is a popular subject and is accepted by Higher Education institutions for the continuing study of English Literature. It is also very useful if you are thinking of a degree in education, law, media studies, history, drama, creative writing, any of the social sciences, as well as the many courses which have English as an element.

Employers value English Literature as it shows you have the skills to synthesise information, explore different points of view and express yourself clearly and cogently.

How is this course assessed?

Paper 1 : Literacy genres Paper 2: Texts and genres Non-exam assessment: Theory and independence
What's assessed
Choice of two options

Option 1A: Aspects of tragedy
Option 1B: Aspects of comedy

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

What's assessed
Choice of two options

Option 2A: Elements of crime writing

Option 2B: elements of political and social protest writing

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

Exam will include a unseen passage

What's assessed
Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of critical anthology.

Two essays of 1,250 – 1,500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the critical anthology.

One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.

Assessed
  • written exam 2 hours 30 minutes
  • closed book
  • 75 marks
  • 40% A-Level
Assessed
  • written exam 3 hours
  • open book
  • 75 marks
  • 40% A-Level
Assessed
  • 50 marks
  • 20% of A-level
  • assessed by teachers
  • moderated by AQA
Questions
Section A: one passage-based question set on Shakespeare text (25 marks)
Section B: one essay question set on Shakespeare (25 marks)
Section C: one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)
Questions
Section A: one compulsory question on an unseen passage (25 marks)
Section B: one essay question on set text (25 marks)
Section C: one essay question that connects two texts (25 marks)
 

Entry Requirements?

5 good passes including English, English Literature and Maths at grade 5 and above.

Student view

"Studying English has enabled me to develop my analytical and essay writing skills. These will stand me in good stead career wise."

Fashion (A Level)

Course Overview

WJEC A Level

This is an Art and Design course which specialises in Fashion and Textiles. The focus throughout the course is about designing, experimenting and making unique fashion items.

The AS represents the first year of a two year A level qualification but it can be studied sepaUnit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry (40% of A level), internally assessed, externally moderated.
The A level consists of the AS Unit 1 plus two additional units:

Unit 2: Personal Investigation (36% of A level), internally assessed, externally moderated.

Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment (24% of A level), internally assessed, externally moderated. Possible areas of study include:

  • fashion
  • costume
  • digitally or traditionally printed and/or dyed fabrics, garments and materials
  • interior design
  • constructed textiles (knitted, woven, embellished or combined with other materials)
  • textile installation
  • accessories

Where can the subject take me?

Popular subject to take at any University and is an exciting career prospect.

Progression to a Foundation Course in the Arts or University to study Fashion, Fashion styling/photography, Fashion buyer, retail merchandising , Textile designer or Fashion Business owner

The design portfolio is an access into the industry if college and university are not an option.

Fashion and Textiles works very well with all A Level subjects; in particular Art & Design; English (Fashion Journalism) and Business Studies.

How is this course assessed?

AS Unit 1
Personal Creative Enquiry
Non-exam Assessment
40% of qualification 160 marks
A Unit 3
Externally Set Assignment
Non-exam Assessment
24% of qualification 100 marks
AS Unit 2
Personal Investigation
Non-exam Assessment
36% of qualification 160 marks

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English, Maths, and Fashion or Art at grade 5 and above. All other GCSEs grade C and above.

Student view

"I have really enjoyed designing and creating bespoke pieces that reflect my creative flair. I have been challenged but had fun."

French (A Level)

Course Overview

Students will study technological and social change. They will study highlights of French artistic culture, including a focus on French identity and the cultural heritage of French society now and in the past. Students will explore the influence of the past on present-day France and French-speaking communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study a text and a film in the language.

Where can the subject take me?

French can be taken at university as a stand-alone subject or is frequently combined with other subjects such as business, law, international business, other languages, marketing, journalism and many others. This puts the undergraduate in a very fortunate position given the need on the global workplace for people who can speak other languages

How is this course assessed?

Students will sit 3 exams. A reading, listening and translation paper worth 45%, a writing paper about a French book and film worth 25%, a speaking exam which covers aspects of French society and culture worth 30%.

Entry Requirements?

Minimum Grade 6 at GCSE, however MFL staff may be consulted on applicant suitability. Please approach your French teacher for an informal discussion about the course.

Student view

"Students find studying languages both rewarding and challenging. They have found that it vastly improves communication skills, self-confidence and their own linguistic skills."

Geography (A Level)

Course Overview

AQA A Level

You will cover many different areas within this A level which include Natural Hazards, Ecosystems, Deserts, Population, Urban Environments and Global Systems.

Where can the subject take me?

According to the Royal Geographical Society, Geography graduates have some of the highest rates of graduate employment.

Geography is great for any kind of career that involves the environment, planning, or collecting and interpreting data. Popular careers for people with geography qualifications include: town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism, and weather forecasting.

The army, police, government, research organisations, law and business world also love the practical research skills that geographers develop.

Because geographers learn about human and population development, geography can be useful for jobs in charity and international relations too.

How is this course assessed?

There are 3 examination papers.

  • Paper 1 is the Physical Geography paper and is worth 40% of the A level.
  • Paper 2 is the Human Geography paper and is also worth 40% of the A level.
  • Paper 3 is a field work investigation and is worth 20% of the A level.

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including Geography and English at grade 5 and above.

Student view

"Geography is incredibly interesting and varied. My particular passion is planning. I have recently spend time in the planning department at Liverpool City Council contributing to current and future projects affecting the city. I plan to continue studying Geography at the University of Liverpool after sixth form."

History (A Level)

Course Overview

Course covers British History : The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007 The second key element is : The making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1975

Where can the subject take me?

History is a popular subject in HE. Subsequently students often enter careers as diverse as Law, Politics and Teaching

How is this course assessed?

80% Examination 20% Personal Enquiry.

Entry Requirements?

5 GCSE A*-C grades (or equivalent) B in History required

Student view

"History has helped develop my political awareness and my understanding of the economy, opening my eyes to current affairs."

Maths (A Level)

Course Overview

2/3's of the course is pure maths and 1/3 is applied. The applied section of the course is then split between mechanics and statistics.

This is a new course which will be taught for the first time in September 2017.

Where can the subject take me?

Can help with financial courses, medical, engineering and scientific courses.

Employment in the private sector for many different aspects the financial sector which include; Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Economics, Financial Services and actuary.

How is this course assessed?

The course is assessed by 3, 2 hour examinations at the end of the 2 year course.

Entry Requirements?

Grade 7 at maths GCSE

Student view

"Tough and challenging but hugely rewarding. It has helped improve my independent learning and develop my logical thinking skills. If you work hard in maths there are many progression opportunities."

PE (A Level)

Course Overview

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.

Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

Where can the subject take me?

University to study sports statistician, physiotherapist, sports scientist, sports coach, sports psychologist, sports agent, sports journalist or PE Teacher.

How is this course assessed?

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Questions

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport.

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 105 marks
  • 35% of A-level

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade 5 and above. All other GCSEs grade C and above.

Student view

"I really enjoy learning about the theory behind sport, and I love the practical. It has helped me to achieve my Sports Science degree at LJMU."

Physics (A Level)

Course Overview

  • Both AS and A level are linear courses
  • AS will be a stand- alone qualification

Where can the subject take me?

Courses include:

  • Physical sciences
  • Chemical sciences
  • Medical sciences
  • Medicine and dentistry
  • Astrophysics
  • Geological sciences
  • Mathematics

How is this course assessed?

  AS A-Level
Minimum assessment time Paper 1: 3hrs. Paper 2: 1hr 30mins. Paper 1: 6 hrs. Paper 2: 2hrs. Paper 3: 2hrs
Coursework No No
Practical endorsement No Yes
Practical based marks   15%
Maths marks 40% 40%

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 6 and above plus grade B in Science. All other GCSEs grade C and above.

Student view

"It is interesting to learn about the make up to everyday life. Experiments are fun, particularly when studying mechanics. Physics in a great way in to Engineering."

Psychology (A Level)

Course Overview

AQA A Level

AS/A level

Why study Psychology?

Psychology can help you to better understand yourself, and the people around you.

To be able to think critically is an essential skill in occupations such as the health service, business, law and many other work environments.

In terms of employability 'savvy' employers know that understanding human behaviour is essential to success in the workplace.

Where can the subject take me?

Psychology A level can lead to studying psychology at university or as an acceptable science A level for many other degree courses.

Criminal psychology is one of the popular career paths. Many students continue their education within clinical psychology working within the N.H.S. Specifically mental health.

How is this course assessed?

AS A-Level
Subject Content Subject Content

Social Influence
Memory
Attachment
Approaches in Psychology
Psychopathology
Research Methods

Social Influence
Memory
Attachment
Approaches in Psychology
Psychopathology
Biopsychology
Research Methods
Issues and debates in Psychology

Examination Examination

Paper 1:
Written exam 1hr 30mins (72 marks 50% of AS)

Paper 2:
Written exam 1hr 30 mins (72 marks 50% of AS)

Paper 1:
Written exam 2hrs (96 marks 33.3% of A-level)

Paper 2:
Written exam 2hrs (96 marks 33.3% of AS)

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes at grade C including English B and maths B

Student view

"My experience is that psychology has been quite challenging but at the same time really fun."

Spanish (A Level)

Course Overview

Students will study technological and social change. They will study highlights of Hispanic artistic culture, including a focus on Spanish regional identity and the cultural heritage of past civilisations. Students will explore the influence of the past on present-day Spanish-speaking communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of Spanish-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study a text or a film.

Where can the subject take me?

Spanish can be taken at university as a stand-alone subject or is frequently combined with other subjects such as business, law, international business, other languages, marketing, journalism and many others. This puts the undergraduate in a very fortunate position given the need on the global workplace for people who can speak other languages

How is this course assessed?

Students will sit 3 exams. A reading, listening and translation paper worth 45% of AS, a writing paper about a Spanish book or film worth 25% of AS, a speaking exam which covers aspects of Hispanic society and culture worth 30% of AS.

Entry Requirements?

Minimum Grade B at GCSE, however, Grade A/A* is preferable. Please approach your Spanish teacher for an informal discussion about the course.

Student view

"Students find studying languages both rewarding and challenging. They have found that it vastly improves communication skills, self-confidence and their own linguistic skills."

Other Sixth Form Course: General Religious Education

Course Overview

To develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to think spiritually, ethically and theologically, and to be aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.

To enable the students to reflect critically on the ultimate questions of life

To enable each student to appreciate the relationship between religious belief, personal faith and lived experience

Where can the subject take me?

  • The Armed Services
  • Teaching/Education
  • Health/medical profession
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Police Service
  • Social/Youth Work
  • Charity/Fundraising Work

How is this course assessed?

  • Level 1 - 2 x written pieces of work
  • Level 2 - 2 x written pieces of work

Entry Requirements?

A previous study of GCSE Religious Studies would be desirable but not essential

Student view

"RE has been interesting and varied. The guest speakers have been inspirational and thought provoking."


BTEC Courses - Level 3

Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business

Course Overview

You will cover many different areas within this Extended Certificate in Business which includes looking at exploring business and developing marketing campaigns. You will also have opportunities to study recruitment and selection and business and personal finance.

Where can the subject take me?

Employment in the private sector for many different aspects of business and the financial sector which include; Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Business Management, Business Studies, Economics, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Retail Management.

An apprenticeship combines work and learning, so you'll be studying for a qualification while developing real-world experience and earning a wage.

Develops many important life skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

How is this course assessed?

Pearson BTEC Level 3
National Extended Certificate in Business
360 GLH (480 TQT)
Equivalent in size to one A level
4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.
Mandatory content (83%)
External assessment (58%)
The extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business–related subjects. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English and maths at grade 5 and above. All other GCSEs grade C and above.

Student view

"The course offers so much variety in the topics covered. I have learnt about the economy and how business affects every day of our lives."

Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Business

Course Overview

You will cover many different areas within this Diploma in Business which includes looking at exploring business, developing marketing campaigns and managing business events. You will also have opportunities to study recruitment and selection and business and personal finance.

Where can the subject take me?

Employment in the private sector for many different aspects of business and the financial sector which include; Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Business Management, Business Studies, Economics, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Retail Management.

An apprenticeship combines work and learning, so you'll be studying for a qualification while developing real-world experience and earning a wage.

Develops many important life skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

How is this course assessed?

Pearson BTEC Level 3
National Diploma in Business
720 GLH (950 TQT)
Equivalent in size to two A level
8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external.
Mandatory content (83%)
External assessment (45%)
The diploma is designed to be the substantive part of a 16-19 study programme for learners who want a strong core of sector study.
This programme may include other BTEC Nationals or A Level to support progression to higher education courses in business areas before entering employment. The additional qualification(s) studied allow learners either to give breadth to their study programme by choosing a contrasting subject, or to give it more focus by choosing a complementary subject. The qualification can also be used to progress to Higher Apprenticeships.

 

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English and maths at grade 5 and above. All other GCSEs grade C and above.

Student view

"Studying business has helped me decide that I want to go on to university to build a career in this area. I enjoy maths so the accounts and finance is of particular interest. I am considering accountancy as a future career."

BTEC National Qualifications in Health and Social Care

Course Overview

The BTEC National qualifications in Health and Social Care is a practical, work-related course which will provide you with an introduction and Overview of the health and social care sectors and help to support your career choices.

BTEC Nationals use a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence so that they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace and have the study skills to continue their learning on to higher education courses

Where can the subject take me?

The BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Health and Social Care is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a 2-year programme of learning. This will enable learners to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector as well as education. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.

It can be taken alongside, for example: an A Level in Biology and further Level 3 qualifications, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing

How is this course assessed?

Pearson BGTEC Level 3
National Certificate in Health and Social Care
Pearson BTEC Level 3
National Extended Certificate in Heal and Social Care
Pearson BTEC Level 3
National Diploma in Health and Social Care

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English and maths at grade 5 and above. All other GCSEs grade C and above.

Student view

"Health is a very interesting subject. Learning about the world we live in is really interesting. The course includes work placements to put theory into practice and I will soon be completing work experience in the Walton Centre here in the city."

Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Information Technology

Course Overview

You will cover many different areas within this Extended Certificate in Information Technology which includes looking at creating systems to manage information, information technology systems and using social media in business.

Where can the subject take me?

Employment in the private sector for many different aspects of information technology which include; Business information systems, Business Computing, and Computer Sciences.

An apprenticeship combines work and learning, so you'll be studying for a qualification while developing real-world experience and earning a wage.

Develops many important life skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

How is this course assessed?

Pearson BTEC Level 3
National Extended Certificate in Information Technology
360 GLH (475 TQT)
Equivalent in size to one A level
4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.
Mandatory content (83%)
External assessment (58%)
This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of crating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English and maths at grade 5 and above. All other GCSEs grade C and above.

Student view

"Databases has been challenging but really rewarding once mastered. I have really enjoyed the web design element and produced a website that I am really proud of."

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Performing Arts

Course Overview

You will cover many different areas within this BTEC which includes; investigating a variety of practitioners, studying historical and contextual factors and how this impacts on their work (Unit 1). In addition, you study developing skills and techniques for live performances. Understanding the theoretical aspect that underpin your practical performance (Unit 2).

Where can the subject take me?

This qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop all rounded performance and transferable skills such as; self-confidence, personal discipline and time management which are highly regarded by higher education and employers.

In BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills such as; cognitive and problem-solving skills, intrapersonal skills and interpersonal skills.

Finally, the qualification provides transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression for university. it is also a subject that can support other career paths.

How is this course assessed?

The course is both assessed internally and externally. Unit 2 is assessed internally with coursework and practical performances. Where unit 1 is assessed externally with a written exam.

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners Work

Type

Availability

  • Task set and marked by Pearsons and completed under supervised conditions.
  • Four weeks prior tp the assessment learners will be provided with set teask booklets.
  • The set task will be completed in three hours with the period timetabled by Pearson
  • 60 marks

MarksDec/Jan and May/June
First assessment
May/June 2017

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English and maths at grade 5 and above and experience within the performance arts disciplines.

Student view

"BTEC performing arts has allowed me to focus on becoming an 'all rounded' performer not just focusing on one discipline."

Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism

Course Overview

You will cover many different areas within this Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism which includes looking at the world of travel and tourism, global destinations and managing the customer experience.

Where can the subject take me?

Employment in the private sector for many different aspects of travel and tourism which include; Events Management, Geography, Hospitality Management, International Tourism Management, Travel and Tourism Management

An apprenticeship combines work and learning, so you'll be studying for a qualification while developing real-world experience and earning a wage.

Develops many important life skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

How is this course assessed?

Pearson BTEC Level 3
National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism
360 GLH (480 TQT)
Equivalent in size to one A level
4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.
Mandatory content (83%)
External assessment (58%)
This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the travel and tourism industry alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in travel and tourism-related subjects. The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that included other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English and maths at grade 5 and above. All other GCSEs grade C and above.

Student view

"The travel industry is a huge growth sector for careers opportunities. I have enjoyed learning more about the UK as a destination as well as short-haul and long-haul tourist destinations."

BTEC National in Applied Science (Extended Certificate)

Course Overview

360 GLH (455 TQT) Equivalent in size to one A Level.

4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.

Mandatory content (83%).

External assessment (58%).

Where can the subject take me?

Designed for learners who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not
necessarily in applied science.

How is this course assessed?

BTEC National Applied Science uses a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace – and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career.

  1. Assignments: Set and marked by teachers; verified by Pearson. Still the main form of assessment for all BTEC Nationals.
  2. Tasks: provide students with work-based challenges in timed, realistic work conditions.
  3. Written exams: Students create written answers to practical questions in exam conditions.

Entry Requirements?

5 Good GCSE's in arrange of subjects including Grade C or above in science core or additional.

Student view

"Applied Science has been a mix of Biology and Forensics. The crime scene investigation work has been amazing. It is so interesting and varied. In Applied Science you learn something new every day."

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport (360 GLH)

Course Overview

A broad basis of study for the sport sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals. The BTEC National Extended Certificate (360 GLH) is equivalent to 1 A Level.

The following four units will be coved over 2 years:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health
  • Sports Leadership
  • Professional development in the Sports Industry

England Rugby star Jack Nowell studied a BTEC and Team GB gymnast Rebecca Tunney and swimmer Molly Renshaw are both studying a BTEC National in Sport? And it's not just professional athletes who are winning with BTEC; there are thousands of talented coaches and trainers out there enjoying successful careers thanks to their BTEC National in Sport.

If you want a hands-on course that gives you the opportunity to develop the practical skills and specialist knowledge that you'll need to kick-start your career, then the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport is a winning choice for you!

Where can the subject take me?

BTEC Nationals in Sport are backed by some major UK employers and professional bodies, including: Rugby Football League, Wigan Athletic FC, Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA), League Football Education, Skills Active and Sports Coach UK.

They can also provide you with the UCAS points to take you to University to study courses in Sports Statistician, physiotherapist, sports scientist, sports coach, sports psychologist, sports agent, sports journalist and PE Teacher.

How is this course assessed?

BTECs are made up of a number of units, which are usually assessed through assignments that are both set and marked by your teacher or course tutor. However, Anatomy and Physiology contains an externally marked tests (exams).

Fitness Training and Programming for Health is also an externally assessed piece of coursework.

Assignments can include tests, research, essays, projects, investigations, and often link theory with practical exercises.

As you are assessed throughout your course, you can analyse and improve your performance in the same way as you would in a workplace.

Entry Requirements?

5 good GCSE passes including English and maths at grade 5 and above. All other GCSEs grade C and above. GCSE PE and BTEC Sport Level 2 desirable but not essential.

Student view

"I studied the BTEC National in Sport and liked the practical aspect of Leadership in Sport and preparing for the Anatomy and Physiology exam".


Dance Academy

Combining Excellence in Dance and Academic Studies

An Elite Programme

  • Combine your academic studies in an elite dance environment
  • Personalised strength and conditioning programme
  • Specialised dance training in ballet, tap, contemporary, musical theatre and lyrical
  • Professional coaching and mentoring
  • Opportunities to perform locally, nationally and internationally
  • Work with your dance school to support your examinations
  • Nutritional advice
  • Acrobatic training
  • Private lessons

Fantastic Opportunties

  • Links with stage schools
  • Theatre links
  • Work placements

Archbishop Beck Catholic College aims to become the leading institute in Merseyside and beyond for excellence in dance provision and academic studies at post 16.


Basketball Academy

Archbishop Beck Catholic College aims to become the leading institute in Merseyside and beyond for excellence in basketball provision and academic studies at post 16.

An Elite Programme

  • Combine your academic studies in an elite basketball environment
  • U18 National League competition
  • Personalised strength and conditioning programme
  • Nutritional Advice, Sports Psychology, Physiology
  • Professional Coaching and Mentoring
  • Combine with A levels, BTEC, NVQ etc.
  • Sports Scholarships available

Fantastic Opportunities

  • Academic Excellence
  • Coaching Qualifications
  • Employment
  • University
  • International Scholarships
  • Apprenticeships

Meet the Coach:

Former England International Basketball Player - Delme Herriman

  • 77 International Caps
  • Commonwealth Bronze Medalist
  • Former BBL Professional
  • Played professionally in European leagues


Elite Football

Combining Excellence in Football and Academic Studies

An Elite Programme

  • For released & top quality players
  • Genuine chance to be signed by a professional football club
  • Long history of placing young players in Premier League & Championship clubs
  • Highest quality coaching
  • Pre-season training, fitness testing and analysis
  • Regular games against professional clubs
  • Training at top quality 4G facility with state of the art gym facilities
  • Potential for lucrative international playing scholarships for academic students
  • Additional coaching qualifications & education
  • Can combine with additional 'A' levels / BTEC
  • Entry into National Leagues

Entry Requirements

Selection is based on playing ability


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