Collyer's Prospectus

Prospectus 2024

03 Welcome to Collyer’s 05 Five reasons to choose Collyer’s 07 Heritage 08 Pastoral guidance 10 Our facilities 13 Collyer’s 360ª 19 College Sport Academy 21 Choosing your study programme 25 Course index 26 Our courses 40 How to apply 42 Preparing for life after Collyer’s 43 Degree outcomes after Collyer’s Contents 02

I am delighted you are considering Collyer’s as your chosen place of study for the next important phase of your education. Collyer’s is one of the leading sixth form colleges in the country and the first choice for A Levels across the whole of West Sussex. Founded nearly 500 years ago in 1532 by a London merchant and Mercer named Richard Collyer, we have a strong sense of history, a welcoming college community and a clear aspirational culture. We consistently achieve amongst the very top A Level results for state providers in the county. As sixth form specialists we offer a wide range of study programmes including A Levels, vocational and technical as well as a transition year option. Innovative teaching matched with outstanding support and guidance allows our learners to develop their independent outlook, achieve their potential and ready themselves for the next stage of their life – 9 in 10 students who go on to university achieve a 1st or a 2:1 degree. Throughout this prospectus you can also find out about other aspects of our provision which make Collyer’s the exceptional college it is: excellent learning and pastoral support, enrichment activities including sport, music and drama and the opportunity and encouragement to develop personally as well as academically. As a Collyerian you will join an international college, with an outstanding national reputation, founded in the local community. I hope you are able to visit us at Collyer’s at one of our Open Evenings and I look forward to welcoming you in person. Dan Lodge Principal Welcome to Collyer’s 03

Studying German, Chemistry, Maths “Collyer’s is very supportive and I know I can always go to my teachers for help.” Natalia 04

Five reasons to choose Collyer’s Excellent Results Collyer’s is the first choice for A Levels in West Sussex. 71% of our students’ A Level grades are A* - B and 87% of students going to university gain a place at their first choice institution.* 1. Excellent Support Our students benefit from excellent pastoral guidance from their personal tutor and Head of House, as well as our Student Services and Student Support teams. Our Progression directorate provides comprehensive advice and guidance for every student across Higher Education, Oxbridge, or Careers, including bespoke events such as our busy Next Steps Careers Fair. 3. Excellent Facilities Collyer’s is an attractive campus college with excellent facilities to support our students across their learning and extracurricular activities. For the 2023/24 academic year we will open our new Shelley Building and the college has exciting plans for further developments. Please visit us at one of our Open Evenings and see for yourself. 5. Excellent Futures 90% of Collyer’s students who go on to university achieve a 1st or 2:1. This places Collyer’s significantly ahead of the state sector average, and also ahead of the independent sector average. At Russell Group universities, 41% of our students achieve a 1st class degree – higher than both state and independent schools. 2. Excellent Choice As a sixth form college, Collyer’s can offer a huge variety of courses across A Levels, BTECs and T Levels. In the 2023/24 academic year we will offer more than 50 courses, and with Collyer’s 360, students can supplement their studies with a wide variety of extracurricular activities, some of which are listed within this prospectus. 4. *Statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) 05

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Collyer’s has a long and fascinating history in Horsham that is integral to the fabric of our community. We were founded in 1532 during the reign of King Henry VIII in the will of London Mercer and Merchant Richard Collyer “… to keep a Free Scole in Horsham in the Countie of Sussex where I was borne”. Richard Collyer became Third Warden of The Mercers’ Company in 1528, five years before his death in 1533. The original Tudor school was built next to St Mary’s Church at the heart of the town, with 60 pupils all in one large classroom taught entirely in Latin. Our first master – Richard Brokebanke – was appointed in 1541 following Apposition led by Richard Jones, then High Master of St Paul’s School, a fellow Mercers’ School. Over the last five centuries Collyer’s has prospered and benefitted greatly from the support and guidance of The Mercers’ Company. In the mid 1500s we survived the Dissolution of the Chantries. During the 17th and 18th centuries the school grew and was refurbished before being completely rebuilt in 1840 at the original site, and then moving in 1893 into the ‘new’ grammar school building on Hurst Road that it currently occupies. In 1976 the grammar school converted to become a mixed sixth-form college and is now one of the leading sixth-form colleges in the country with over 2,000 students. Over the coming years we look forward to celebrating two key milestones: 2026 50th anniversary of conversion to a sixth-form college 2032 500th anniversary of foundation by Richard Collyer Heritage 07

Supporting your studies Pastoral guidance Personal tutors and Heads of House provide guidance, monitoring and support through each stage of the sixth form journey, for every student. Tutors act as a first point of contact for any concerns or queries about progress or wellbeing at college, for students and parents. The tutorial programme, delivered weekly, helps students to settle into college, develop independent learning skills and supports students in making decisions about the future. Regular one-to-one meetings allow tutors to provide individual advice and to set targets when needed to help a student achieve their potential. More specialist support is available when required from other teams such as Student Services, Student Support, and Careers. Personal tutors play a key role in identifying students’ needs and ensuring the right support is in place. 08

Studying Law, Philosophy, Politics “The college offers a great balance between a warm environment and a hardworking, professional approach.” Finn 09

Our facilities Inspiring spaces The teaching facilities at Collyer’s are excellent. From the main 19th Century building that borders Hurst Road, to the modern Graham Baird Building for Economics and Business, and the innovative DigiHub in the heart of our campus, all our buildings offer a spacious and inspiring place to learn. For the 2023/24 academic year we are excited to open our new Shelley Building. Creative hubs Collyer’s has a strong offering of creative subject areas, from Contemporary Fine Art to Photography and Media Studies. A range of fantastic creative learning spaces such as our art rooms and our digital mixing suite serve these subject areas. An outstanding library Students at Collyer’s can take advantage of our fantastic three-storey library. Open every day from 8am until 6:00pm (5pm on Fridays), our staff work closely with students to ensure the collection reflects their needs and the needs of the curriculum. The library provides students with access to networked PCs, wireless internet, laptops, and has photocopying, printing and scanning facilities as well as offering plenty of quiet study space. 10

Superb sporting facilities Collyer’s has excellent sporting provision and to support this we have an array of versatile facilities. The playing fields are home to two football pitches, a rugby pitch, five-a-side football and volleyball space. The floodlit courts are mainly used for netball and tennis while the Sports Centre caters for a variety of indoor sports including basketball and badminton. A green and pleasant campus Most of the College buildings are situated around a central quad with trees, sections of lawn and park benches. This helps to create a peaceful and attractive area at the heart of the College. Students benefit from a number of social areas on campus, including our new café, and have access to our mindfulness garden. Performance spaces All students have the opportunity to take part in performance work at Collyer’s. To support this and specialised subject areas such as Music and Dance, the College has individual studies and a large performance area in the Duckering Hall with a sprung floor, lighting and wireless sound system. The college has exciting plans for further developments to our estate which will benefit future students and our local community for years to come. Please visit to see our Masterplan. 11

Studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics “The move to Collyer’s was a massive jump since I came from another country, but the college has made it easy for me.” Jennifer 12

Collyer’s provides a fully rounded sixth form experience, designed to equip students with the qualifications, personal qualities, and skills they will need to embrace future challenges and achieve their potential. Our approach supports students in developing independence and their ability to manage responsibilities as a young adult, to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work. Collyer’s 360º Typical study programme 1 A-Level/BTEC Tutorial Weekly Enrichment Pro Study 360º All Collyer’s students spend at least three timetable blocks on their chosen subject(s). Tutorial, Pro-Study and Weekly Enrichment are allocated around subject blocks. Any remaining timetable sessions are available for independent study and small group/individual support. Across the academic year, students will also participate in a range of personal development activities including progression events, guest lectures, workshops, work experience, and trips. 13

Tutorial Weekly Enrichment Pro-Study All students attend a weekly tutorial session as part of their programme of study. Tutors provide guidance and support through each stage of the sixth form journey and are a student’s first point of contact with any concerns or queries about their studies, progress, or wellbeing at college. Tutors also monitor a student’s overall attendance and progress in their studies and supports their development as an independent learner. Enrichment is an essential part of the sixth form experience. All students are expected to engage, each week, in an enrichment activity. There are a huge range of activities to choose from including cross-college options such as sport, DofE, and performing arts; subject extension activities to develop skills beyond the curriculum; short courses to enhance wellbeing and future progression; and student-led clubs and societies. We host an Enrichment Fair at Welcome Day and the start of term so that students can find out about the different activities on offer. Pro-Study is about exploring additional subject content to develop understanding and skills beyond the regular homework set following classes. Students have four 65-minute periods of ProStudy per week, two of which are registered and supervised in one of the college’s library spaces. Pro-Study plays an important role in helping students to manage their time well and develop the independent study skills they will need to be successful in their qualifications. 360º Personal Development Activities In addition to weekly enrichment, the college provides wide-ranging personal development opportunities for students, including guest lectures and workshops, work experience, subject links with employers and higher education providers, and regular Progression Events such as careers fairs and HE talks. Collyer’s also has a long tradition of providing an exciting variety of trips and visits to inspire curiosity and bring the curriculum to life. In 2023-24 the opportunity to study American politics in Washington, undertake fieldwork in Iceland or gain insights into the travel industry in Dubai, were just some of the options available. 360º - key components 14

360º - how it works Aims 360º Award Our 360º programme at Collyer’s is designed to: • enhance FUTURE progression opportunities • enrich physical and mental HEALTH • develop COMMUNITY connections • encourage students to EXPLORE their interests Students will be able to access a record of their participation in activities and events during their time at college, via MyProgress, our bespoke student data platform. This will help them to reflect on the knowledge, skills and qualities they have developed, when planning their future beyond sixth form. Students will receive credits for participation in enrichment activities, taking leadership responsibilities, and contributing to the college and wider community. Building credits will lead to achievement of the Collyer’s 360º Award, either Bronze, Silver or Gold, according to the number of credits a student has accumulated. Future Community Health Explore Collyer’s 360º Collyer’s 360º Collyer’s 360º 15

Weekly enrichment Creative and Performing Arts • Crafting Club • Creative Writing • Crochet Club • Dance - Rambert Grades (Contemporary Dance) • Dance Society • Drama Competition • LAMDA • Live Sound Engineering • Music Production and Studio Recording • Music - Big Band • Music - Chamber Music Ensembles • Music - Choir • Music - Orchestra • Music - Sinfonia • Performing Arts - Variety Show • Stage and Theatre Lighting Tech 360º Sport and Exercise • 5k Running Club (Recreational) • Badminton (Recreational) • Basketball Academy Men’s (Competitive) • Basketball Women’s (Competitive) • Football Men’s: 5-a-side (Recreational) • Football Men’s (Competitive) • Football Women’s: 5-a-side (Recreational) • Football Women’s (Competitive) • Hockey Mixed (Competitive) • Netball Women’s (Competitive) • Pilates (Recreational) • Table Tennis (Recreational) • Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme • Tennis (Recreational) • Volleyball (Recreational) 16

Skills and Social • Bicycle Repair Club • Book Club • Brand Identity and Visual Marketing • CAD/3D Modelling • Carbon Literacy Course • Chess Club • Christian Union • Coding for Fun • Collyer’s Heritage Project • Counselling Skills • Creative Writing • Cyber Centurions • Debating Society • Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award • Dungeons and Dragons Club • Ethical Issues in Science • Equality and Diversity Committee • Feminist Society • Film Club • First Aid • French Tarot • Games Club • Hand Sewing Club • Heritage Society • International Social Hub • Investor Challenge • Latin Language for Beginners • LGBTQ+ Society • Makaton Signing • Medical Debate Society • Oxbridge Programme • Photoshop – Creative Techniques • RCU - Student Union Leadership • Robotics Club • Scale Model Making Club • Self Defence • Socialist Society • Sociology Film Club • Spanish Film Club • Study Skills • Trans Society • Vets and Medics Programme • Young Enterprise Scheme Wellbeing • Academic Anxiety Course • .b Mindfulness Course • .b Extension Course • Connections • Morning Meditation • Social Anxiety Course • Social Hub • Wellbeing MOT 17

360º Weekly enrichment Subject Enrichment • Art – Portfolio Preparation • Biology – Olympiad Preparation • Biology – Student Lectures • Chemistry – Aspirin Synthesis Project • Chemistry – Beyond the Curriculum • Chemistry – Undergraduate Chemistry • Computer Science – Bebras Computing Challenge • Computer Science – Informatics Olympiad • Dance – New Ground Dance Company • Geography – Geographical Futures • Geography – Geography Society • History – UCAS, Careers and Oxbridge • History – History Book Club • History – History Society • Law – Law National Admissions Test (LNAT) • Maths – Cipher Challenge & Ritangle • Maths – Senior Maths Challenge • Maths – STEP (II and III) and AEA for UCAS • Maths – MAT and TMUA for UCAS • Maths – Olympiad for Women • Media – Commissioned Film Projects • Media – Media Debate Club • Media – Media Hub • Photography – Portfolio Preparation • Physics – Women in Physics Society • Physics – PAT and AEA for UCAS • Psychology – HE and Research • Science – CREST Award • Sociology – Sociology in the News • Travel & Tourism – Online Travel Training *List of Enrichment opportunities correct at the time of going to print 18

Collyer’s provides a unique opportunity, offering students an outstanding education alongside the opportunity to develop their chosen sport. Our Sports Academy includes Basketball, Netball, Football, Hockey, Rugby, and a number of individual sports. Sports Academy members will be able to access increased coaching hours, links to performance centres, physio support, video analysis, and strength and conditioning programmes. All academies also have strong links with local sports clubs. In recent years, Collyer’s has built a healthy reputation for consistently producing successful teams and athletes, with a number of county and national representative players. TASS In order to develop our sporting offer further, we have recently been recognised as an accredited site for talented athletes through the ‘Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme’ TASS, which signposts elite sports men and women to the college. If you are an elite athlete in your chosen sport and wish to apply to become a TASS athlete, please fill in the application form above. If you meet the initial TASS criteria we will then be in touch and send you a TASS specific application form. College Sports Academy 19

Studying Applied Science (Double), Criminology “I chose Collyer’s to gain more independence and get the opportunity to study something I really enjoy.” Andrea 20

This section is designed to help with your initial subject choices, which you will add as part of your online application. All subject choices, and your overall study programme, will be discussed with a member of academic staff at interview. Changes can be made at that point and again at our Welcome Day. “Whatever study programme is right for you, teaching, learning and support at Collyer’s will be outstanding” Step 1: Choosing the right type of study for you Matching your studies to your individual learning style, in addition to your interests and aspirations, is vital for success. This section will help you to choose the right type of study for you. You will then be able to choose from a range of subjects within one of those study types. This is an exciting point in your journey and Collyer’s is here to help you get to where you want to be. When thinking about different types of study, try asking yourself the following questions: • What do I want to progress onto after Collyer’s? • What type of studying do I prefer – a traditional classroom environment or more practical learning? • What type of assessment do I do best with – exams or coursework? • What is my average GCSE score likely to be? Study Type Academic Mixed Vocational Technical Transition Qualification A Levels A Level(s) + single or double BTEC BTEC(s) T Level BTEC (Level 2) + GCSE English and/ or GCSE Maths + additional supporting content Length 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 1 Year *GCSE average needed for entry 5-9 4-9 4-9 4-9 3-4 Main assessment Exams Exams/ Coursework Exams/ Coursework Exams/ Coursework/Project Exams/Coursework Progression Degree (University) Higher Level Apprenticeship Employment Technical Degree (University) Degree Apprenticeship Technical Employment Mixed, Vocational or Technical programme at Collyer’s Choosing your study programme * From a minimum of 5 GCSEs. Most students will do 8 or more. 21

Some further guidance: Academic An entirely A Level route, this suits learners who have achieved well at GCSE and are confident with exams. Most students on these programmes progress onto universities with 90% achieving a 1st or 2:1. Students will normally choose three subjects. Mixed or Vocational Combining A Levels and BTECs or just BTECs, these routes are perfect for learners who prefer to mix coursework and exams and learn in a more practical way. Students will normally choose two or three different subjects or specialise in a preferred area if choosing a BTEC Triple. Technical Collyer’s is one of the first colleges nationwide to offer T Levels. These innovative qualifications combine 45 day industry placements with cutting edge study. These qualifications are brilliant for students who have decided on a future career path and want to specialise now. Students will choose one subject as their whole programme of study. Transition Designed for students who have just finished their GCSEs and achieved average grades of 3 to 4. If successfully completed, the Transition programme at Collyer’s provides an opportunity for students to progress on to a two year Mixed, Vocational or Technical programme. Students will normally choose a core course (e.g. Business BTEC Level 2) providing a progression route to Level 3 alongside transition content to develop skills and aptitudes for future success. Step 2: Choosing your subjects You can now make your subject choices. Most subjects will have specific entry requirements, which can be checked on the subject pages. When choosing your subjects, try asking yourself the following questions: • Is the assessment approach for each subject suited to my preferred way of learning? • Is the subject leading me towards my future progression goals? • Do I meet the entrance requirements for each subject? • Is this one of my strong subjects at school or something new I would like to try? 22

Studying Creative Digital Media, Geography, Business “I like that the teachers are very supportive with students and help out on every occasion.” Krishiv 23

Studying Contemporary Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design “The facilities at Collyer’s are great – I got to try lots of things in art that I never imagined I could do.” Rosie 24

VOCATIONAL Subject Name Qualification Page Applied Science BTEC National 33 Art and Design BTEC National 33 Business BTEC National 33 Creative Digital Media Production BTEC National 34 Criminology Advanced Diploma 34 Engineering BTEC National 34 Health and Social Care BTEC National 34 Information Technology BTEC National 35 Music Practitioners Extended Diploma 35 Sport BTEC National 35 Travel and Tourism BTEC National 35 TECHNICAL Subject Name Qualification Page Digital Production, Design and Development T Level 36 Education and Childcare T Level 36 TRANSITION Subject Name Qualification Page Art and Design BTEC First 37 Biology GCSE 37 Business BTEC First 37 Child Development and Care Technical Award 37 English GCSE 37 Health and Social Care BTEC First 38 Information Technology BTEC First 38 Mathematics GCSE 38 Sport BTEC First 38 Travel and Tourism BTEC First 38 Course Index ACADEMIC Subject Name Qualification Page Accountancy A Level 26 Biology A Level 26 Business A Level 26 Chemistry A Level 26 Computer Science A Level 27 Contemporary Fine Art A Level 27 Dance A Level 27 Design and Technology - Product Design A Level 27 Drama and Theatre A Level 27 Economics A Level 28 Electronics A Level 28 English Language and Literature A Level 28 English Literature A Level 28 Environmental Science A Level 28 Film Studies A Level 28 French A Level 28 Geography A Level 29 Geology A Level 29 German A Level 29 Graphic Communication A Level 29 History A Level 29 Law A Level 30 Mathematics A Level 30 Mathematics (Further) A Level 30 Media Studies A Level 30 Music A Level 30 Philosophy A Level 31 Photography A Level 31 Physical Education A Level 31 Physics A Level 31 Politics A Level 31 Psychology A Level 32 Sociology A Level 32 Spanish A Level 32 Textile Design A Level 32 We reserve the right to make changes to the curriculum or other aspects of our provision at any time. Any such changes will always be reflected on our website. Please see 25

Academic courses Accountancy NEW A Level (AQA) A Level Accounting covers elements of both Financial Accounting - which is essentially keeping score of how a business is doing, and Management Accounting - which involves using financial information to make decisions on how to improve the business in the future. Specific topics that you will study are, double entry bookkeeping, the main underlying accounting principles, construction and analysis of final accounts, capital investment appraisal and the implications of ethical issues. Accounting is a numerate subject. You will use formulae to calculate information from which to make decisions. Writing well is also important as some exam questions require written reports regarding the evidence provided. Students can progress straight into an accounting training contract with an accounting firm or to university. Specific entry requirements Grade 6 Maths + Grade 4 in English Language Biology A Level (OCR) Biology is the study of organisms in terms of the way they function and how they relate to each other and to their environment. A Level Biology deals with a variety of life processes including: cell biology, biochemistry, evolution and biodiversity, physiology, immunity and disease. Additionally, A Level students build on the first year with more complex study including: neurology, genetics and genetic engineering, ecology and homeostasis together with a detailed study of respiration and photosynthesis. The second year of the A Level will come with a separate practical endorsement. After completing this course students will have gained a valuable insight into many branches of Biology. Specific entry requirements Grade 6 6 in Combined Science + Maths Grade 6 OR Biology Grade 6 + another science Grade 6 + Maths Grade 6 Business A Level (AQA) This subject covers all aspects of business decision-making and modern business theory. The areas involved range from interpreting company accounts, finance, human resource management, marketing, economics and other external factors such as the legal and ethical background to business activity. Reference to real companies and leaders as well as using a range of quantitative techniques will help you to support your analysis and evaluation of material. IT and communication skills will be developed for presentation of your work but the assessment is based on 100% examination. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in Maths + Grade 4 in English Language Chemistry A Level (OCR) Chemistry is the study of matter at the atomic level, the changes that matter undergoes and the fundamental natural laws that define these changes. Chemistry continues to play a major role in shaping modern life: from the design and synthesis of therapeutic drugs, to the latest hydrogen fuel celled vehicles. So much relies upon the advancements made in the field of chemistry. The A Level course takes students from the fundamentals of formulae writing, writing equations and basic calculations, through to more advanced ideas in organic, physical and inorganic chemistry. Central to the course is the completion of practical work to develop and expand on the theoretical content. Chemistry combines very well with Mathematics and other science subjects, including Biology, and will lead to degree courses in: Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and Pharmacy amongst others. Specific entry requirements Grade 6 6 in Combined Science + Maths Grade 6 OR Chemistry Grade 6 + another science Grade 6 + Maths Grade 6 26

Academic Courses Computer Science A Level (Eduqas) This course is designed to appeal to students whose interest in computers goes way beyond the application of ICT. Students will learn to develop algorithms and will implement these using a variety of programming paradigms including procedural, object oriented and functional techniques. Python is the main language used, but other languages will be experienced throughout the course. For Non Examined Assessment (NEA), students will develop and apply their programming skills to develop a computer system for a real end user. At this stage many students choose to teach themselves a new programming language and/or to program for a different hardware platform (e.g. mobile phone applications). As well as devising and coding algorithms, students will study data representation, computer systems, computer architecture, communications, networking and database theory. The course does require the ability to think logically as well as having the enthusiasm and tenacity to stick with a really tricky problem until it is solved. Students will be expected to have studied Computer Science but self-taught programmers, who can demonstrate their ability to code at the required level, will also be considered. Computer Science is a subject that combines very well with Electronics and Maths (A Level Maths is a requirement for most Computer Science degree courses). There are two exams at the end of the second year: on-screen exam (40%) and written paper (40%). Coursework is worth 20% of the overall marks. Specific entry requirements Grade 6 in Maths + Grade 6 in Computer Science (If no Computer Science GCSE, students must have very good programming skills, which will be assessed, or will be required to complete a short online course over the summer before joining) Contemporary Fine Art A Level (Eduqas) The course aims to encourage an adventurous and enquiring approach to the subject within an understanding of past and contemporary fine art practice. Fine Art includes four main disciplines which can become specialist pathways or students can move between specialisms; painting and drawing (traditional, non-traditional and digital), printmaking, sculpture (including installation work), lens-based image making (including animation, film & video). It encourages students to build upon their previous knowledge through experimentation with media, scale and context towards a greater level of artistic maturity and independence. 60% of the overall assessment is attributed to a personal coursework project, including a 1000 - 3000 word essay, and 40% to an examination project. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in Art and Design (For exceptions see Head of Art for Portfolio submission) Dance A Level (AQA) This course involves studying Dance in both practical and academic contexts. Technical training, predominantly in contemporary dance will focus on developing physical and performance skills. Choreography and repertory performance which are central to the course, are developed in the studio through workshops and rehearsal in preparation for a practical exam. Classroom based analysis of professional works and contextual study of significant companies and choreographers, will inspire practical development and prepare students for an essay based written exam. The course provides an excellent grounding in the practical and academic skills required for degree level study and training in Dance. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in English Language Design and Technology - Product Design A Level (AQA) Product Design aims to equip learners with design skills for the future. Students will be able to recognize design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world. In the first year you decide on a project that you will research and develop through sketches CAD/CAM and prototype modelling. In the second year you will produce a high-quality practical outcome related to your chosen project. The balance between practical coursework (including a practical outcome with a portfolio of evidence), and the theoretical exam content is 50:50. In the exam 15% of the overall grade is applied math’s set to a grade 5 standard. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in Maths + Grade 4 in English Language + Grade 4 in Product Design (Grade 6 in Maths preferred if no Grade 4 in Product Design) Drama and Theatre A Level (OCR) Nationally, Collyer’s has a proud history of Drama among sixth-form colleges. For the past twenty years our students have progressed to the best universities and drama schools, with many now working in the theatre community as writers, directors, designers and, of course, actors. This A Level demands creative and communication skills in almost equal measure; and is delivered by a teacher with many years of industry experience. Students will be assessed on their competence in applied practical skills and theoretical understanding. This course will help you develop your love and understanding of stage craft. It will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and watching live theatre. A willingness to rehearse outside of lessons is essential. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in English Language 27

Academic Courses Economics A Level (AQA) Economics studies the central issue of how societies use scarce resources; who gets what and why. Fundamentally it relates to incentives and choices made. In the first year students are introduced to the important economic model of demand and supply and learn to apply it logically to prices in modern markets. The role of the government in managing the economy is also studied in a national and global context respectively. Business Economics and financial markets are also incorporated specifically. An interest in current affairs is assumed and students will be encouraged to debate and discuss topical issues. Applicants should note the emphasis on written assessment in this course. Specific entry requirements Grade 5 in Maths + Grade 5 in English Language Electronics A Level (Eduqas) Electronics is about using electricity to carry information through a system. This mix of practical ‘hands-on’ and theory based course breaks systems down into input, process and output sections. There is a practical coursework element worth 20% to be completed in year two, so organisational skills to use study time productively are vital. Good ability in Maths to rearrange equations is required, as well as manipulating figures using standard form. The course covers analogue and digital systems, as well as a module on programmable ICs. Students are expected to take the A Level exam at the end of two years. This course has some common links with Computer Science and Physics, but can be taken with any combination of subjects. Specific entry requirements Grade 5 5 in Combined Science + Grade 5 in Maths OR Grade 5 in two separate sciences + Grade 5 in Maths English Language and Literature A Level (AQA) This exciting course encourages students to explore the relationship of language and literature through a wide range of literary and non-fictional texts, including transcribed talk. Students will have regular opportunities to use their developing skills as readers and writers in the production of a number of varied writing tasks, including a creative writing element in the second year. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in English Language + Grade 4 in English Literature English Literature A Level (AQA) English Literature, a very popular course, is for those who enjoy books, reading them ambitiously, and thinking, talking and writing about them with energy and a sense of adventure. Students are given opportunities to discover their own responses, to share them with others and to develop and sharpen their literary critical powers. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in English Language + Grade 4 in English Literature Environmental Science A Level (AQA) A wide range of environmental issues are examined all revolving around the relationship between life on earth and a range of interacting systems. This subject has many overlaps in content with Geography, Geology and Biology, and has a scientific approach. Topics are diverse, and include the physical and the living environment, conserving biodiversity, sustainability, energy resources and pollution. The emphasis on learning is with student research and individual study programmes. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 4 in Combined Science + Grade 4 in Maths OR Grade 4 in two separate sciences + Grade 4 in Maths Film Studies A Level (Eduqas) This course allows you to explore a range of historical and contemporary films with a focus on the following six units: Old and New Hollywood (1930 to 1990); American film post 2005; British film since 1995; Global film; Documentary film; Film Movements focussing on experimental film (19602000). Eleven feature-length film texts and short film texts will complement your study of the above all of which will be examined (70% of final Grade). Over your two years of study you will also learn how to analyse and write about film in detail. Coursework (30% of final grade) includes a solo practical component, involving either screenwriting and storyboarding or the creation of a short film. Parents and students should be aware that 18 certificate content will sometimes be studied. A study guide will be available to purchase from the WJEC. Students with an interest in Arts and humanities subjects such as Photography, History, English Literature, Philosophy and Politics would find this course interesting as well as students of Media studies. Students wishing to develop media portfolios for entry into the industry would be advised to combine their study of Film with a BTEC in Media. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in English Language French A Level (AQA) During the course you will study topics and issues on current trends and artistic culture of French-speaking society which interest young people today; for example, cyberspace and contemporary Francophone music, as well as an in-depth analysis of a French film. The course will help develop French communication skills practised at GCSE Level to a higher level over a broader, more adult range of language. You can expect a range of activities in the classroom to practise all language skills and a lesson with the Foreign Language assistant to enhance your speaking skills. 28

Academic Courses In the second year, you will study topics on current issues and political life of French-speaking society such as how criminals are treated and immigration, as well as a French literacy work. Specific entry requirements Grade 6 in French + Grade 4 in English Language Geography A Level (Edexcel) Geography is a topical subject which is especially attractive for those who want to make sense of the world outside the classroom. Topics such as tectonic hazards, coastal landscapes, globalisation, regeneration, water and energy security, climate change, migration and sovereignty, and superpowers and geopolitics are all covered. It can enhance skills of communication; ICT (including GIS); teamwork and problem solving; as well as develop a greater awareness of the environment and the issues that face our world both now and in the future. Students will be required to write evaluative essays throughout the course as well as apply statistical techniques to data. Fieldwork is also an invaluable component of the course, and students will undertake four days of compulsory local fieldwork throughout year 1. An optional trip to Iceland in year 2 is also offered. 80% of the A-Level is assessed through terminal exams, and 20% is from a piece of coursework based on each student’s own individual investigation; this will involve primary data collection which students must be prepared to undertake during the summer break of the first year. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in English Language + Grade 5 in Maths + Grade 4 in Geography (if taken) Geology A Level (Eduqas) In the first year, exciting topics include volcanoes, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, dinosaurs and other fossils, folds and faults, and minerals. There will be two days of local fieldwork. In the second year we carry on with earthquakes, plate tectonics, earth resources, and geological maps and an additional two days of essential fieldwork. Students may have the opportunity to visit volcanoes in Iceland, and our local field trips are an important element. Students should have an interest in the natural world, especially the physical aspects of the planet. Useful combinations are Geography, Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science. Specific entry requirements Grade 5 5 in Combined Science + Grade 4 in Maths OR Grade 5 in two separate sciences + Grade 4 in Maths German A Level (AQA) The main aims are to help you communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in German through both the written and spoken word; to develop your understanding of the spoken and written forms of German; to help you develop critical insights into and contact with, the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of German-speaking countries. Current issues relating to Germany, Austria and Switzerland are part of the course material used to emphasise a good understanding of German culture and life. Students take part in an exchange visit to further develop their language skills and understanding of German culture. First year activities are based on the following topic areas: Aspects of German speaking society (The changing state of the family, The digital world; Youth culture) and Artistic culture in the German speaking world (Festivals and Traditions; Art & Architecture; Cultural life in Berlin-past and present) and a film in German, “Das Leben der Anderen”. Second year activities are based on the following areas: Multiculturalism in German-speaking society (Immigration; Integration; Racism) and Aspects of political life in the German speaking world (Germany and the European Union; Politics and youth; Re-unification of Germany and its consequences) and a book, “Der Vorleser”. Specific entry requirements Grade 6 in German + Grade 4 in English Language Graphic Communication A Level (Eduqas) This course is suited to those students with a serious interest in graphic design where they will explore advertising, illustration, packaging, typography and multimedia. They will investigate design problems, determine relevant sources of information, research and propose solutions recognising the constraints of moral, social, cultural, environmental and legal issues. It should be noted that this is an art based approach to graphic design; where students will develop fluent Photoshop skills as an important part of this course. It also features an integral careers programme, which can include work placement opportunities and live briefs within this subject specific area. The A Level course is 60% coursework project, 40% examination project. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in Art and Design History A Level (Edexcel) Studying History allows students to gain a deeper understanding of how the past has shaped and continues to shape societies and national and global relationships. From the Collapse of the Soviet Union to the development of British Democracy, students who study with us will be able to better comprehend the causes and consequences of past and current conflicts and political reforms that still resonate today. Our exciting course focuses on modern history but spans continents and centuries, featuring China, Russia, Europe and the UK. 29

Academic Courses If students are considering a future where research and analytical skills are important, for example in Politics, International Relations, Business, Law, or Media, History should be considered as an option. History combines very well with most other subjects and is very well regarded by university admissions officers and employers. The course provides students with a wide range of learning experiences, including study visits, debate, class discussion, tutorials and presentations, all of which will enable students to become analytical and confident learners. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in English Language Law A Level (OCR) A-Level Law is a dynamic and living subject. It changes in response to events, developments in technology and serves to reflect contemporary values within society. Students will learn about society from a legal perspective and the interaction between law and morals, justice, and society, including the Rule of Law. Modules include Law Making, English Legal System, Criminal Law, Tort Law, Human Rights and Philosophy of Law. Students will develop a range of transferable skills: analytical skills, attention to detail, logical thinking, and research skills. As such it is a wellrespected qualification and is not only for students who want to enter the legal profession. Students can continue their legal studies opting for a university degree or a work-based apprenticeship. Both routes can lead to qualifications required to become a solicitor, barrister, or legal executive. Other popular careers include the police and the civil service. A-Level Law is a very demanding course that is assessed by 100% written examinations. As such it is best suited to students who take a very proactive approach to learning and who are sufficiently resilient to manage the challenges of the course. The expectation is that Law students will carry out a minimum of six hours independent study per week. Specific minimum entry requirements Grade 5 in English Language + Grade 5 in English Literature. Mathematics / Further Mathematics A Level (Edexcel) Mathematics is the most fundamental way we make sense of the world. It is the product of our human desire for reason, logic and aesthetic beauty. Mathematics at A-level is about problem solving using logic, analysis and generality. You will explore a wide range of topics such as trigonometry, logarithms, functions, calculus and vectors and see their applications in statistics and mechanics. The use of technology is important and involves analysing and interpreting a large data set and becoming fluent with the use of graphical calculators and graphing software. Students who love maths and would like to study it in more depth should consider taking our ‘Further Mathematics’ course. On this course students complete the full Mathematics A-level in Year 1, taught over two blocks and study the Further Mathematics A-level in Year 2, again taught over two blocks. They achieve two A-levels in mathematics at the end of their studies. A-level Mathematics is a preferred subject for many degree courses, such as Mathematics, Engineering, Computing, Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, Natural Sciences, Economics and Accounting, and is also highly respected by employers. Further mathematics is required for many maths degrees and computing, physics and engineering degrees at the top universities. Specific entry requirements for Mathematics A Level Grade 6 in Maths + Grade 4 in English Language Specific entry requirements for Further Mathematics A Level Grade 7 (ideally 8 or 9) in Maths + Grade 4 in English Language Media Studies A Level (Eduqas) Media Studies encourages students to think critically about the messages we all receive daily from the mass media. Students need to be prepared to tackle difficult theoretical issues, read up on current media debates, produce high quality practical coursework and write coherent analytical essays. The work demands an enquiring and rational analysis of the major media issues. Within the coursework, students will undertake practical production producing both moving image and print products. Parents and students should be aware that 18 certificate content will sometimes need to be studied. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in English Language Music A Level (Edexcel) Students wishing to go on to degree level or simply increase their music skill will enjoy the practical and theoretical aspects of this course safe in the knowledge that Music is a highly regarded academic subject, valued by universities for students wanting to study any subject because of the requirement for a broad skillset which will be developed through the course. The course is a mixture of coursework (60%) and an Exam (40%). You will receive weekly lessons in the different skills of the course: aural, history, harmony and composition. There will also be coursework performance assessments and it is vital that you are having lessons at least once a fortnight on your main instrument or voice with a suitably qualified teacher. A-level music students at Collyer’s will automatically be part of the West Sussex Music Academy which is run in partnership with West Sussex Music. This relationship gives Collyer’s Music students access to advanced tuition at a discounted rate. 30

Academic Courses Within the department there is an excellent and varied extracurricular programme including the following groups: College choir, orchestra, jazz band, coached chamber ensembles along with the opportunity for students to form their own ensembles. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in English Language + Grade 5 Instrument + Grade 5 Theory (or equivalent) Philosophy A Level (AQA) Philosophy explores a variety of abstract questions such as: how should we live our lives? Does God exist? Are we all just plugged into the Matrix? Do we have a soul? Are people ever really free? How can moral disagreements be rationally settled? The course features an introduction to all the major areas of Philosophy, developing skills of research, evaluation, interpretation and analysis. Students on the course will debate what many have felt to be weighty questions of existence utilising communication, critical reasoning and general problem solving skills. Specific entry requirements Grade 5 in Maths + Grade 5 in English Language Photography A Level (Eduqas) This is a visual, creative and technical subject in which students develop their ability to express ideas through photography. Both traditional and digital technologies may be employed in students’ work. Technical aspects of photography as well as aesthetic and critical approaches are developed and demonstrated through sketchbooks and final pieces. This is both a practical and theoretical subject where the ability to respond visually is essential. This A Level course is 60% coursework project, 40% examination project. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in English Language + Grade 4 in a creative subject (A portfolio may cover the creative GCSE requirement, discussion required at interview) Physical Education A Level (AQA) Physical Education at A Level shapes a comprehensive base of knowledge in the world of Sports Science whilst providing an enriching experience of PE and sport. The course is an excellent step toward Sports Science related HE courses, careers or apprenticeships. The PE specification focuses on 6 topic areas: applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, sport and society, biomechanical movement, sport psychology, sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. Students are assessed in one sport only, as either a performer or coach. Students are required to produce video evidence of their sports performance in a fully competitive context. Students must further demonstrate their application of knowledge with written coursework to identify errors and offer strategies aimed at improving their personal sporting performance. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in English Language + Grade 5 in at least one out of Science, Maths or PE Physics A Level (AQA) Physics is a challenging subject but it is also fun and intellectually rewarding. Students develop skills in problem solving, mathematics, communication and practical experimentation, which makes Physics an excellent foundation for a surprising number of non-scientific courses at University level as well as courses in science and engineering. You will begin by studying the very small starting with particle physics and finish with the very big with astrophysics. Other topics covered include waves, mechanics, electricity, circular motion and simple harmonic motion, thermal physics, gravitational fields, electromagnetism and nuclear physics. Due to the very mathematical nature of the course it is strongly recommended that students also take Maths A-level. Specific entry requirements Grade 6 6 in Combined Science + Grade 6 in Maths OR Grade 6 in Physics + Grade 6 in another science + Grade 6 in Maths Politics A Level (Edexcel) A thorough grounding in British and American politics and political ideas is delivered through lectures, videos, debates, discussions and visits. The beginning of the course focuses on the British political system. We look at the health of our democracy, Parliament and political parties. We always try to visit the Houses of Parliament as part of the first year. We then go on to study American politics at a fascinating time. We explore the role of the president, Congress and the Supreme Court as well as analysing the health of American democracy. Our final topic features analysis and debate on political ideas, from traditional core ideologies such as liberalism, socialism and conservatism to the newer development of feminism. We also visit the Westminster politics conference every year and offer an overseas trip either every year or every other year to Washington DC. The course is an ideal companion to History, Economics, Law and English, but can be studied with any subject. Specific entry requirements Grade 4 in English Language 31