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contents 2 introduction 3 why south wirral 3 enrolment 4 courses on offer 5 what we expect of you 6 enrichment 1 7 enrichment 2 8 swhs learning 8 after sixth form subject pages outlining individual courses including minimum entry requirements and possible career options 6 art design 6 biology human 7 business 7 chemistry 8 community sports leaders 8 digital photography 8 dance 9 drama 9 english 10 food technology 10 french 11 geography 11 german 12 health social care 12 history 13 applied ict 13 mathematics 14 media studies 14 music technology 15 performance studies 15 philosophy ethics 16 p.e 16 physics 17 product design 17 psychology 18 travel tourism 18 btec first award in sport 19 btec in health social care 19 btec business level 2 20 btec business level 3

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introduction welcome to our sixth form prospectus i often describe a student s school career as a journey through school and the sixth form part of the journey is the most personal and most demanding it offers excellence in subject specialism respect in the choices each student makes as a learner and in the responsibility for learning and friendship contrived from year 7 alongside studies the opportunities are there for curriculum enrichment and the advice and guidance to make decisions on future careers i look forward to seeing our students build on gcse success in sixth form mrs mccormack headteacher

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why south wirral · top quality teaching-building on success at key stage 3 and gcse · excellent pastoral support-a dedicated team of tutors and specialist sixth form staff to ensure each student has the very best opportunity to achieve their potential · first class facilities-a library for private study and a well equipped common room for rest and relaxation · a popular enrichment programme students have the opportunity to learn new skills serve in the school and wider community and research future career and higher education options as part of a structured course that will contribute to a successful university application or job interview south wirral high school sixth form has a great deal to offer students considering further study beyond gcse · careers advice a dedicated member of staff to support students in their university application south wirral high school sixth form also encourages participation in the aim higher programme to promote access to higher education we also work closely with connexions to advise students who seek work or further training at the end of their sixth form studies · a dedicated pshe programme including study skills careers advice and citizenship south wirral high school prides itself on giving its students the best possible opportunities to excel both in and out of the classroom we excel at supporting individuals in achieving their goals whatever their circumstances enrolment south wirral high school prides itself on advising students in their choice of appropriate courses at sixth form the enrolment procedure is an important part of this process math s and work placements it may be possible to study 1 as level in conjunction with these courses · enrolment is undertaken after gcse results are · all students in the sixth form at south wirral high published it takes the form of an interview with school study full time full time study consists of 3 a parent to discuss courses at this time each or 4 a level subjects or their equivalent as well as student is counselled in choosing appropriate a combination of private study and our enrichment subjects based on exam grades and also programme possible career choices · students wishing to study a level or btec level 3 courses must gain at least 5 gcses at grade c or above their choice of individual subjects may be restricted by particular entry requirements these are outlined on each subject page later in this prospectus it is not always necessary to have studied a subject at gcse in order to undertake a level all students study 3 or 4 subjects at as level · other courses are available for students who do not have 5 gcses at grade c or above these are often combined with gcse resits in english and/or · all students begin their courses on a trial basis sixth form staff monitor their initial progress closely and parents are invited into school around october half term time to discuss this · all students will have an induction week at the end of year 11 in july to prepare for the start of courses · an interest and the motivation to work hard is essential and just as important as academic ability.

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courses on offer a level courses or equivalent btec courses art and design biology business chemistry dance digital photography drama english french geography german history applied ict mathematics media studies personal finance philosophy ethics p.e physics product design psychology btec business btec child care btec level 2 construction btec music btec performing arts btec science btec sport btec health social care btec travel tourism unless stated all btec courses are level 3 additional courses gcse maths gcse english gcse french gcse german nvq business french nvq business german community sports leader s award higher sports leader s award maths leader s award it is also important to note courses may not run due to insufficient numbers we will have a better picture of this once the current year 11 have been interviewed about their possible choices of sixth form courses we make no guarantees that a course will run for timetabling purposes certain courses will be placed in the same option block students will not be allowed to pick more than one subject from each block we try to arrange the blocks based on year 11 interviews but cannot guarantee that all students first choices will be possible.

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what we expect of you south wirral high school sixth form works on building excellent relationships with its students based on mutual respect sixth form study at south wirral high school is a stepping stone from the tight structures of gcse to the independence of study at university or the world of work we set high standards for our sixth form students in terms of uniform males shoes trousers no shorts shirt tie females trousers or skirt knee length shoes blouse or top appropriate for an office · excellent attendance and punctuality · effective use of private study work outside of lessons is essential for success in all post-16 courses both in school and at home there will be times during the day when students have no timetabled lesson with a teacher at this time they need to plan their own work effectively this will normally involve working in the library and s16 south wirral sixth form staff monitor students use of private study time the ability to study independently is a key skill for all students whether they continue onto university or the world of work · active participation there are a vast number of opportunities for students at south wirral high school sixth form we encourage each student to balance their academic studies with other activities on offer either as part of our enrichment programme or elsewhere · a positive role model being a student at south wirral high school sixth form has its responsibilities each student has the opportunity to influence younger members of the school by their conduct and their willingness to take on responsibility for others for example as a prefect a member of the sixth form council or in helping with a club or an activity we expect south wirral high school sixth formers to take on this responsibility!

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enrichment the wider key skills qualifications throughout your student life you have been learning skills that the government call key skills in your lessons in key stage 3 and 4 you have been acquiring competences in the following skills areas · communication · application of number · information technology there are three more key skills called the `wider key skills that the government are keen to see schools develop with students of all ages · improving your own learning and performance · problem solving · working with others these skills are difficult to test however a qualification in each of these skills is available and can contribute to the success of every future employer or student in response to this asdan have created the wider key skills qualifications not just for those wanting to go to university these skills are recognised by all employers as essential and a certificate which states that you have gained an award assessed at level 3 will give you an added advantage many universities recognise their value and will award 20 points per skill on their completion 60 points could mean the difference between a student or application students will have to produce a portfolio of evidence to complete the qualifications including a log book

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enrichment why the asdan wider key skills qualification award · enrich your curriculum · enhance the guidance programme for the sixth form ·bring currency to the enrichment programme · help you manage your own learning · involve you in wider key skills accreditation · eventually give credit for activities which take place outside school · develop skills considered important for success in education and employment · gain an award valued in further and higher education · show evidence · give you opportunity of portfolio based to be involved in the assessment community challenge principle key skill in the challenge working with others examples of type of activity active citizenship organising an event at south wirral high school or for the community learning support at south wirral high school liaison with primaries liaison with residential homes completing ucas forms driving test community sports leader award digital photography duke of edinburgh taking part in a school production career planning problem solving additional interests skills development improving your own learning

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learning and achievement swhs learning learning through partnership we believe that success in the sixth form is a result of a strong partnership between teachers students and parents tutors subject teachers and senior staff mentor and coach students entering the sixth form and this support continues with preparation for university applications learning mentors and councillors continue to provide additional support to students learning through responsibility sixth form students have the opportunity to be a positive role model to younger students each sixth form student has the opportunity to influence younger students by taking an active role in school through mentoring and helping with clubs or activities this develops responsibility and is a preparation for university and the world of work our sixth form offers a wide range of subjects with a curriculum designed to build upon the success of our students at gcse our staff work hard to provide teaching which meets the preferred learning styles of our students and to develop their skills of independent learning we identify strengths and talents in every student and set challenging targets to enable students to achieve ambitions learning through enrichment all our students participate in an enrichment programme where there are opportunities to develop new skills complete community service and research university options some of the opportunities include university visits residentials a driving awareness programme and the duke of edinburgh s gold award to enjoy after sixth form · many students enter the world of work after two years of study or possibly after the completion of one year courses we work closely with connexions to give students the best possible advice in order to secure employment opportunities · some of our students enter other courses particularly in vocational training at other institutions south wirral high school sixth form does its best to ensure all of its past students have access to all possible opportunities open to them upon the successful completion of their chosen courses qualifications gained as a result of studying at south wirral high school sixth form may lead to many exciting opportunities · our sixth form offers a wide range of subjects with a curriculum designed to build upon the success of our students at gcse · after successfully completing 3 or possibly 4 subjects to a2 level or equivalent students may decide to apply for a place at university to study for a qualification at degree level there is a dedicated member of staff at south wirral high school to assist students with their university applications we also give students opportunities to experience the world of higher education and apprenticeships in order that they make informed decisions about further study after sixth form.

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subject specific packages this year we are offering a unique opportunity for students to study a subject specific package we are offering packages in maths sport childcare and business the package will consist of courses that are closely interlinked and work well together and/or are weighted more to a specific area of study these packages also allow the opportunity to combine vocational and academic courses together unless otherwise indicated you can take subjects without any previous experience you can obtain further information about the range of options in each subject by speaking to the head of department in each subject area that you are interested in sports package why should i study the sports package at south wirral 6th form the sports package is an exciting new programme of study which is available for students starting sixth form in september 2012 there has never been a more interesting time to study sports-related qualifications especially considering the positive impact that the london 2012 olympics games will have on the nation the sports industry is fast becoming one of the leading businesses within the uk and the world and the variety of higher education and career pathways following this sports package are excellent will you be part of the legacy what is the sports package the sports package ­ year 12 as physical education btec national level 3 in sport equivalent to one a-level community sports leadership duke of edinburgh gold year 13 ­ a2 physical education btec national level 3 in sport equivalent to two a-levels higher sports leadership equivalent to 30 ucas points duke of edinburgh gold additional courses that compliment the sports package ­ btec/a-level biology psychology sports business studies sports nb ­ you don t have to have studied gcse or btec pe in year 11 to choose to follow the sports package if you choose the sports package you will have the opportunity to take part in the pe residential in bala 3 days and many more trips and interesting activities.

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social care package students choosing to study btec health social care could combine it with btec child care the skills and knoowledge learned in health social care such as communication personal skills and core values would be extremely useful with placements with young children.

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duke of edinburgh s award gold level · volunteering · physical · skill · expeditions · residential use activities you probably already do to gain an internationally recognised and highly regarded award set yourself ahead of the competition for jobs apprenticeships college places.

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· 2009/10 as 100 pass rate · 50 a level fine art students edexcel fine art teaching museum/gallery administration art therapy graphic design printing publishing restoration/conservation interior design as/a2 level the advanced level course is a 4 unit structure over 2 years which · maximises choice and flexibility to add · clear assessment structure · encourages personal creative and imaginative approaches to art design · exam papers are available each january for as and a2 assessment as 2 units unit 1 coursework 60 80 marks unit 2 externally set assignment 8 hours 40 80 marks a2 2 units unit 3 coursework personal study 60 80 marks unit 4 externally set assignment 12 hours v40 80 marks

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have gone on to arts college foundation level at wmc i really enjoyed the course it helped me to be more creative and look into new things year 13 student a2 level the advanced level course is a 2 unit structure · students choose their own theme as enquiry for coursework and the personal study · a personal study isrequired comprisinf of a maximum of 3,000 words with illustrations based on artists art movements or art theory in art design themes entry requirements · imaginative attitude · creative mind · enjoy practical skills and using a variety of tools and equipment experiences · opportunities to visit major london galleries in the autumn term · opportunities to work alongside practicing artists with workshop events · opportunities to use art rooms as studio base in study time and after school · opportunities to work with a variety of materials including oils on canvas and silk painting key skills organisation confidence communication creativity technical excellence presentation display

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