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Topics covered during the first year are:
What is Further Mathematics?
What do I need to study A-Level Further Mathematics?
If you feel that Mathematics is a particularly strong subject for you, and you are taking A Level Mathematics, then Further Mathematics will develop your interests and skill...FURTHER!! The main point is FURTHER MATHS is now more than ever, truly MORE MATHS rather than HARDER MATHS!
You will obtain A Level Maths in your first year and then go on to study 3 or 6 more modules to obtain AS/A Level Further Maths in the second year. These are:
Pure Mathematics modules. These are extensions of algebra, trigonometry and calculus topics covered in ‘normal’ maths. You will learn how to use interactive software on the Internet to draw graphs.
Mechanics. This will extend the laws of motion studied to circles, springs and centres of mass.
Statistics. This will extend your knowledge to include the study of the Binomial, Poisson and Normal Distributions.
What do I need to study A-Level Further Mathematics?
A good GCSE profile.
A grade A or higher level GCSE
An interest in maths that you may wish to pursue FURTHER!
The study of performance ability of a dancer, including dance technique and health and safety. Students will be required to study the work of choreographers through analysis of dance works, exploring the choreographic devices used as well as how the choreographer has explored the subject matter. Students will learn about the demands placed on the dancer as performer through exploration of anatomy and physiology, health and safety in the classroom, as well as learning about diet and nutrition.
There are two practical performance opportunities. Students will have to choreograph a solo dance performance lasting between two and three minutes. This will be assessed both on the choreography and performance of the solo dance. The second element of the practical coursework examines your performance abilities within a small group choreography, lasting between three and four minutes, which can be choreographed jointly between the student and the teacher.
If you are interested in the world of business and finance, then studying Business Studies might just be the answer! Business Studies is a course which provides the opportunity for you to develop a wide range of business-related knowledge and skills
Business Studies will open your eyes to a wide range of job opportunities, ranging from finance to marketing to management, whether you undertake a course at university or go straight into the work environment. Options you might consider at the end of the course could be:
Single or Joint Honours degree in Business
Single or Joint Honours degree in a specialist Business area e.g. Marketing
Higher National Diploma in Business
Traineeship at an accounting or auditing firm e.g., KPMG or Deloitte
The aim of this first unit is to give all students an introduction to Business Studies. The areas we will examine include Types of Business Organisation, Marketing, Producing Goods and Services and External Influences. As well as learning interesting new theory, you will learn about real-world business news and case-studies and develop your understanding of real business problems and issues.
The aim of the second unit is to build on the knowledge and skills learned in BS1. We will look at several areas in more depth, including Marketing, People in Organisations and Operations Management. In addition there are new and challenging areas of study, including Accounting and Finance. We will continue investigating and evaluating real-world business issues, for example:
Ethics includes a study of the way we make decisions, and then apply them to the issues surrounding sex and relationships. These questions are often of immediate concern in our society. You will develop an understanding of the ethical systems of Natural Law and Utilitarianism, as well as looking at religious responses to ethical issues. Questions are raised such as, “Are certain actions always wrong, regardless of the consequences?” and “Does morality really exist if there is no God?”.
To do Philosophy is to embark on a journey of thinking- to examine how we know what we do and why. This module aims to develop critical thinking skills and the ability to look at abstract ideas and concepts. This unit covers topics such as the Problem of Evil and Arguments for and against the existence of God and the coherence of religious experiences eg, people who claim that God has appeared and spoken to them. Questions are raised such as, “Why did the universe come into existence?” and “If there is a God, then why is there so much suffering?”.
We would recommend that candidates should have acquired the skills and knowledge associated with achieving a grade C or above at GCSE art and design or an equivalent course. It must be emphasised that this is not requirement but is desirable. Students wishing to apply for the course without this qualification will be considered but must bring a portfolio of current work to their interview and be seen by the head of the department.
This subject is for those students who are interested textile design, fashion and interior design, costume design, surface pattern and decoration.
Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of textile media and techniques using both traditional and experimental materials. You will explore drawing using different methods and media on a variety of scales. All students will be expected to keep sketchbooks to underpin their work where appropriate. You will be required to work in one or more areas of textile design such as those listed below. You may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas, including: Fashion, Printed and/or dyed fabric and materials, Domestic textiles and wallpaper, Interior design, Constructed textiles and Textile installation.Students will also explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This will be done through practical and critical activities, which demonstrate the candidates’ understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. Students will be expected to use a working vocabulary and specialist terminology which is relevant to their chosen area(s) of study.
The emphasis of this unit will be the development of ideas. There will be a choice of five questions to be used as starting points (students are required to select one). Sketchbooks/journals will be kept to support mounted sheets or study sheets. There will be a period of five hours within this externally set unit to be devoted to the development of ideas. This work will be completely independent and will be under exam conditions. Preparatory work may lead to a fully realised piece or pieces of two or three dimensions or to further work of a developmental nature.
Loreto’s art and design department benefits from a new purpose built art centre with cutting edge technology and industry standard Apple Mac computers with the latest software.
The art and design studio benefits from daylight lighting.
Within the whole of the art and design department specialist staff teach the relevant disciplines. All staff are very experienced and enthusiastic about the subject.
The results are excellent with 100% pass rate in AS and A2 in 2007.
The art and design students have access to an extensive selection of books and journals. This is regularly updated and all books are available for loan.
The subject is very popular and this is reflected in student comments:
‘it’s a really enjoyable subject’
‘good to build up skills, lot of support and enjoyable’
Very few students who take Sociology at A level have ever studied the subject before, so there is a significant introduction into what Sociology actually is at the start of the course. Students will develop a number of skills by taking this subject, including an ability not only to understand important changes to the Family and Education in Britain today but also to examine this material critically. The examination of research methods provides an opportunity to apply this knowledge to an area of study, notably education, and to analyse the value of a particular research method. Students with A level Sociology move into a number of related professions including the Police, Nursing, Management, Social Work, Probation Work, Teaching and Law.
The unit provides an exciting opportunity to examine some of the key questions facing society in the twenty first century. For instance:
Studying Education is extremely fascinating – especially when we examine the fact that there are clear patterns of achievement when it comes to GCSE results. One example of this is gender – why do girls get better results? What has changed female attitudes toward education? What is the real picture with regard to male achievements? Another pattern is by social class – why is it that a child from a poorer background is still far more likely to get lower GCSE results than a child from a wealthier background?
Examining research methods gives the student the opportunity to investigate how sociologists actually collect their information and the pitfalls that can possibly occur here. The student will study a variety of methods including interviews, questionnaires and participant observation (where the sociologist has actually joined a group – for example a criminal gang – in order to understand why they behave in such a deviant fashion).
The department possesses a wealth of teaching experience which can be handed on to students.
The department also includes previous AQA examiners.
It has achieved grade 1s at each inspection.
The department prides itself on providing an innovative way to teach the subject including the use of up to date technology.
The subject is very popular with students and most will take it further onto the A2 and some onto degree level. This has been reflected in many of the comments made at the close of the course:
‘I have enjoyed my first year at Loreto, especially Sociology, and will be carrying it on at A2. I am looking forward to next year.’
‘Sociology is an interesting course, I enjoyed it. Also different teaching methods were used which made it easier to learn.’
‘The course is excellent.’
‘The AS was brilliant. Staff are helpful and know how to teach the course.’
There is no requirement to have studied Psychology before, however the study of psychological research involves many of the concepts used in Science and Mathematics therefore it is important to have a good understanding of these subjects.
The skills that can be developed by studying Psychology include; how to construct an argument, critical evaluation, independent thinking, and interpersonal skills.
This unit will introduce you to Memory (including how memory is used in everyday life), Early Social Development (including the impact of day care on children’s social attachment) and Research Methods, which is an understanding of how Psychologists carry out investigations.
This unit will introduce you to Stress (including how it has an impact on our everyday lives), Social Influence (including why people obey and why we conform to group pressures) and Individual Differences (including how we can explain and define abnormality and different ways in which to treat abnormality)
The range of experience of the teachers in the Psychology department is wide and varied, making for excellent teaching and a positive learning experience for the students.
The learning environment is supportive, challenging and stimulating, with excellent resources. There are opportunities for relevant course trips, conferences and outside speakers.
Comments from past students who have studied Psychology include:
“Psychology is a lot of work; there are lots of tests, but it is worth it when it comes to revision”
“Psychology was brilliant and interesting.”
What is Physics?
Physics is fascinating and fun and is an essential subject for further studies in many areas of science, engineering and medicine. It forms the basis of our present and future technology. If you are inquisitive, observant, love solving problems, are always wanting to know why things happen and how things work, then PHYSICS is for you! Physics investigates the Whys and Hows of all aspects of the Physical world. It ranges from the tiny fundamental building blocks of matter to the structure of the universe!
Who does this subject?
The study of Physics develops skills of problem solving and analysis, logical thinking, clear and concise communication, practical skills, efficiency in organisation and mathematical skills.
Physics is an essential subject for any engineering degree and is highly desirable for medicine or medical related careers, particularly if it has not been studied as a separate science at GCSE.
Who does this subject...?
Photography has a spacious, well-equipped Apple Mac suite and black and white darkroom facilities, as well as a range of photographic equipment, such as Digital SLR cameras, which are available for loan. The photography tutors have subject specific qualifications and continue to practice. This enables them to keep up to date with developments in the subject area.
Students are encouraged to use the facilities in the studio and darkroom at any time during their free periods.
The photography students have access to an extensive selection of books and journals, which are regularly updated.
The subject is very popular and this is reflected in student comments;
“It allows you to be flexible with your creativity and express your own ideas”
“It’s enjoyable but also challenging. It’s a chance to be creative and use new skills”
“It’s a fun practical lesson to do and you do a lot of independent work”
Brief description of Unit 2: Unit two concentrates on Compositional techniques: harmonisation of a 16 bar melody and controlling texture. You will work to a brief published by AQA on 1st. November 2010. The coursework is then completed in twenty hours of controlled time.
Brief Description of Unit 3: You will give two performances each lasting 5-8 minutes. You can choose from: Solo, Solo on a second instrument or Ensemble. There may also be Music technology opportunities. It is important here to aim for Grade 5-6 standard repertoire.
Who does this subject?
Languages are taken by a wider and wider variety of people because they are essential in the world of business, as well as being good proof of the sort of “breadth” required by universities seeking to recruit, for example, medical students. An AS level language will give you the edge you need to get into popular careers, where there are many applicants but only a few are successful. If you go on to A2 level, you are thinking of high-powered careers for the ablest students – such as advertising, the diplomatic service, translating and interpreting, merchant banking, export marketing, civil service – as well as the possibility of working at a variety of levels in industries such as travel and tourism and hotel and catering. One of our recent ex-students now works for Ed Balls!
Name and code of unit: FN1 (French), GN1 (German) or SN1 (Spanish)
Percentage of total AS mark: 40%
Method of assessment (coursework, exam, etc.):
Oral examination. Half of the oral examination consists of a discussion led by the examiner on both elements of the AS topics (see below under “content”) that come up in the examination. The other half of the oral is a general conversation about you, your studies/plans for the future, and your leisure pursuits. Each part of the oral is worth the same percentage of marks as the other.
Name and code of unit: FN2 (French), GN2 (German), or SN2 (Spanish)
Percentage of total AS mark: 60%
Method of assessment (coursework, exam, etc.): Exam
The content is the same for Units 1 and 2. Within these subjects we study:
As you can see from the student comments below - from the recent (and anonymous) Exit Surveys, we are deeply committed to excellence in teaching and using modern technology.
Media Studies develops skills in analysis, team work, communication, critical analysis of the Media and research skills. This subject also gives you an awareness of how technology shapes your life and is the most up to date of subjects which draws on your life experiences.
Possible careers include:
Possible Careers after taking Mathematics include:
As well as studying Mathematics, this course will enable you to develop some Key Skills, which will be essential to you whatever you go on to do afterwards. They are also worth UCAS points towards a university application.
The Core 1 module gives a gentle introduction to A level Maths. It contains Pure Maths, extending your knowledge of topics such as algebra and trigonometry. If you have taken Higher Level GCSE many of the topics will hopefully be familiar to you.
The other core module, (Core 2) together with your optional module, are examined in June. Core 2 extends your knowledge of pure maths.
Decision: If you opt for Decision Maths you will learn how to solve problems involving networks and study a range of methods, or algorithms, which enable them to be tackled. Many of the problems and their associated algorithms are of recent origin and this is an easy, new and exciting branch of Mathematics. Ideas on this course have many important applications to such different problems as the design of circuits on microchips, to the maximising of profit in a business, subject to constraints.
If you decide to continue your study of Maths into year 13, you can then choose whether you want to take an additional Mechanics, Statistics or Decision module, together with the Core modules Core 3 and Core 4.
AS Law is compatible with a vast range of other AS courses, and enables students to develop skills in forming a balanced and supported argument, as well as problem solving skills and the ability to recall precisely factual information. Law can lead to a career as a solicitor, a barrister, or in probation, social work and the police force. You do not need any prior knowledge in the subject to start the AS Law course.
This module investigates the workings of both the criminal and civil systems within the English Legal System. Firstly, we cover the process a defendant goes through from arrest through to sentencing. Next, we cover the process followed to bring a civil claim. Additionally, we look at the people involved in the English Legal System, from the highly qualified judges to the unqualified jurors.
This module investigates where the law comes from. It covers the making of Acts of Parliament and what they mean, the impact of European Union membership on the English Legal System and the importance of the decisions made by judges in court cases.
This course rewards students for their ability to converse in Italian on a general topic area that they have chosen in advance. Students will need to demonstrate that they can engage in discussion in Italian that relates to a chosen general topic area and allied subtopics.
Students will be expected to give relevant and appropriate information, convey opinions, interact and respond to a range of questions. They must choose one of the following topic areas: Youth culture & concerns; Lifestyle: health & fitness; The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Italian speaking world.
This unit rewards students for their ability to converse in Italian on a general topic area that they have chosen in advance. Students will need to demonstrate that they can engage in discussion in Italian that relates to a chosen general topic area and allied subtopics. Students will be expected to give relevant and appropriate information, convey opinions, interact and respond to a range of questions. They must choose one of the following topic areas: Youth culture and concerns; Lifestyle: health and fitness; The World around us: travel and tourism; environmental issues and the Italian speaking world.
This unit requires students to understand and convey their understanding of Italian language texts and recordings. In addition, students will be expected to recognise and use the Italian language in a variety of contexts and in relation to a prescribed range of general topic areas.
The unit draws upon four general topic areas: Youth culture & concerns; Lifestyle: health & fitness; The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and Education & Employment.
The learning resources at Loreto are unique and set a standard of excellence second to none. Loreto’s use of IT is nationally renowned and this innovative approach to teaching and learning, combined with traditional excellence, is what gets us such exceptional results, not only in raw terms, but also value added.
Whichever language course you choose, you will cover interesting topics such as drug abuse, unemployment, women’s rights - see the course outline for more details. All our students have unrestricted access to state-of-the-art resources unavailable elsewhere, as well as video clips and sound files, available on demand from any computer anywhere in the college (and in most cases from home too). Interactive learning materials are complemented by subscription to the best websites for learning, printed magazines, revision CDs – everything you could imagine and a lot more besides. You won't find better than Loreto for languages.
You will learn practical skills in presenting information, including desk top publishing, producing automated documents, creating presentations and simple video editing. You will then use these skills to produce three pieces of work around a scenario such as an event or company. You will be able to choose a realistic scenario for your work that reflects your personal interests.
In this unit we look at how the US responded to a series of challenges both from outside and within the USA, ranging from the First World War to the rise of the KKK, from the Great Depression to Pearl Harbor. We will look at the role of individual presidents, the factors working for and against change, and how policies and governments had to change to meet the various crises.
The department offers a wide range of enrichment activities with regular visits to 6th form conferences in Manchester, Liverpool and London on topics such as the New Deal, where students hear speakers from a range of universities. We work with other departments in the College, for example, English staff give talks on American literature to students studying the 1920s in the USA. We take part in other activities such as a Model United Nations where our students represented South Africa and Sri Lanka and essay competitions where we have had successful entries such as in the British Association of American Studies Schools’ Essay Prize.
Who does this course?