Collyer's Prospectus

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