Collyer's Prospectus

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