Courses and Entry Requirements

Your choice of course at Post 16 is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life; it can help to determine your university, your career, your future.

Entry Requirements

Post-16 study is demanding and we know how important it is for students to be placed on the right courses.

GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • All students will need to provide an academic reference from a senior member of staff from the school that they are leaving.
  • Attendance and punctuality will be considered prior to offering students a place.
  • All students must meet the entry requirements stated in the list of courses on offer.

We offer a range of level 3 courses.

For A Levels, there is a general need for at least six GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade 5 or higher, including English and Mathematics. 

For Btec courses, at least five GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade 4 or higher, preferably with at least two grade 5s or higher.

In addition, we can only offer a place on a specific subject if you achieve that subject’s entry requirements, which are detailed in the course descriptions below.

Certain subjects including Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics require a separate entrance test. Details of these entrance tests can be found when you apply online.

Please note subjects are available in certain option blocks on the timetable.

Courses

At Greenford, we have an outstanding and wide-ranging curriculum offer – you will find more details and specific entry requirements for individual subjects in the information below.

BTEC Level 3

BTEC Diploma in Business

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Business and Economics curriculum?

•    To develop students’ awareness and natural curiosity of the Business and Economic environment around them and to raise awareness of economic and business developments in the UK and around the world.

•    To offer opportunities for students to engage in activities that allow them to develop their self-confidence, employability and enterprise skills. 

•    To promote moral, social and cultural responsibility through the real world nature of the subject via topics such as business ethics, social costs and globalisation. 

•    To encourage students to become effective and independent learners, as well as being critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

•    To enable students’ to build upon their business and economics knowledge and skills and apply them appropriately to produce successful outcomes. 

•    To offer a broad curriculum within the department to make the subject offering comprehensive and accessible. 

•    To prepare students for the next stage of their education, future pathways and careers through developing their skills and attributes and providing opportunities and experiences to inspire them to succeed.

Course Description

Level: BTEC Level 3
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 4+ in English & Maths GCSE

It is a requirement to have a minimum of grade 5 in Maths and English Language due to the external assessments. However, we may consider students who have a grade 4 if other entry requirements are met.

If you have an interest in business but not yet sure of your exact career direction, the BTEC Business course could be ideal for you. It gives you the opportunity to study a wide variety of business disciplines such as finance, law, marketing, human resource management, business decision methods and the business environment. This exciting course has been designed to prepare individuals for employment and/or career development opportunities. The course investigates different types of business activities, what they are trying to achieve and what others expect of the business. You will also look at managing money and will also investigate setting up a new business and effective customer services.

BTECs are changing and from September 2017 they will include a combination of internal assessment (coursework assignments) and also external assessment (exams and assignment tasks completed under controlled conditions). The internal assessment will be approximately 60%  and the external assessment will be approximately 40%

Course Content

This course allows students to receive specialist work-related qualifications in Business. Students have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of people in employment and develop key skills in a business context, such as improving performance, problem solving and working with others. Through this course, students can prepare for employment or to progress onto a university course.

Units Taught

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign (externally assessed task)
  • Personal and Business Finance (externally assessed exam)
  • Managing an Event
  • International Business
  • Principles of Management (externally assessed task)
  • Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Investigating Customer Service

Progression Routes

The majority of students have gone on to university to pursue a range of business-related courses including business management, accountancy, finance, law, management and marketing.

Other students have progressed on to apprenticeships in business, accountancy or finance.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Business

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Business and Economics curriculum?

•    To develop students’ awareness and natural curiosity of the Business and Economic environment around them and to raise awareness of economic and business developments in the UK and around the world.

•    To offer opportunities for students to engage in activities that allow them to develop their self-confidence, employability and enterprise skills. 

•    To promote moral, social and cultural responsibility through the real world nature of the subject via topics such as business ethics, social costs and globalisation. 

•    To encourage students to become effective and independent learners, as well as being critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

•    To enable students’ to build upon their business and economics knowledge and skills and apply them appropriately to produce successful outcomes. 

•    To offer a broad curriculum within the department to make the subject offering comprehensive and accessible. 

•    To prepare students for the next stage of their education, future pathways and careers through developing their skills and attributes and providing opportunities and experiences to inspire them to succeed.

Course Description

Level: BTEC Level 3
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 4+ in English & Maths GCSE

Due to the external assessments a minimum of grade 5 in Maths and English Language is required. However, we may consider students with a grade 4 in certain cases if the other entry requirements are met.

This course will allow you to get the equivalent of three A Levels in Business Studies. This means your timetable will be purely Business, so a passion for the subject is essential!

If you have an interest in business but not yet sure of your exact career direction, the BTEC Business course could be ideal for you. It gives you the opportunity to study a wide variety of business disciplines such as finance, law, marketing, human resource management, business decision methods and the business environment. This exciting course has been designed to prepare individuals for employment and/or career development opportunities. The course investigates different types of business activities, what they are trying to achieve and what others expect of the business. You will also look at managing money and will also investigate setting up a new business and effective customer services.

BTECs have changed in recent years and from September 2017 include a combination of internal assessment (coursework assignments) and also external assessment (one exam and three assignment tasks completed under controlled conditions).

The internal assessment will be approximately 60% and the external assessment will be approximately 40%.

Course Content

This course allows students to receive specialist work-related qualifications in Business, through classroom and visit based assignments, designed to support the 12 coursework units. Students have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of people in employment and develop major key skills in a business context, such as improving own performance, problem solving and working with others. Through this course, students can prepare for employment or to progress onto a university course.

Units Taught:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign (externally assessed task)
  • Personal and Business Finance (externally assessed exam)
  • Managing an Event
  • International Business
  • Principles of Management (externally assessed task)
  • Business Decision Making (externally assessed task)
  • Development planning for a career in business
  • Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Team Building in Business
  • Investigating Customer Service
  • Digital Marketing
  • Investigating Retail Business

Progression Routes

The majority of students go on to university to pursue a range of business related courses including business management, accountancy, finance, law, management and marketing.

Other students have progressed onto apprenticeships in business, accountancy or finance.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High aiming to achieve through its Science curriculum?

At Greenford High School the Science curriculum is designed to foster a curiosity about the world around us, enable citizens of the future to understand and explore the world effectively and to be able to use scientific principles to both answer and ask questions about the universe and everything in it.

Our intent is that our curriculum

  • inspires a love of learning and curiosity about the world
  • ensures students understand the second greatest advance in the history of humanity – the scientific method – and can apply this process to questions they might ask
  • develops the practical knowledge and skills to use scientific equipment safely and accurately to competently test ideas and demonstrate phenomena
  • fosters a sense of awe in the beauty of our universe and how we can work together (or individually) to deepen our understanding of ANYTHING
  • informs knowledge of the key workings of the human body so that educated opinions and decisions can be made about health, products and stories in the media
  • develops analytical skills to scrutinise data presented in any format to draw out meaning
  • combines basic Maths and English skills in context to help students develop their application skills
  • informs students of issues facing themselves and the wider world to help this future generation look after themselves and their planet
  • ensures students leave GHS able to critically analyse and evaluate data, stories and phenomena in everyday situations
  • improves transferable skills such as time-keeping, teamwork and organisation
  • develops students learning skills and independence so they can go on to be life-long learners
  • makes students more employable so they become a self-sufficient and productive member of society
  • delivers opportunities to apply the skills learnt in the form of a wide range of practicals
  • helps students develop logical thinking and problem solving skills
  • teaches students how to be safe and evaluate risks in everyday life and in particular scientific contexts

Course Description

Level: BTEC Level 3
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 4+ in English & Science GCSEs. Grade 5+ in Maths GCSE

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science has become an ever more rigorous qualification with many universities, employers and apprenticeship suppliers accepting it as an entry qualification equivalent to 3 A-levels. It prepares students for many roles in the science sector, for example as a technician in the areas of a laboratory or industrial science. This qualification can also be used to progress onto Higher Education Institutions to study science related degree courses such as Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Optometry, Radiography or Nursing to name but a few. The assessment is mainly based on coursework with one Exam and one externally assessed Task in each year. Delivery of the course will be through the use of a mixture of theory and practical work.

Course Content

The course is assessed with a mixture of exams, internally assessed coursework units and externally assessed task based units.

The four externally assessed units include:

  • Principles and Applications of Science
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Principles and Applications of Science II
  • Contemporary Issues in Science

Three core coursework based units:

  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Investigative Project

Together with 6 other subject specific coursework units from:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Electrical Circuits and their Application
  • Astronomy and Space Science
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
  • Industrial Chemical Reactions
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Biomedical Science
  • Medical Physics Applications
  • Materials Science
  • Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis
  • Cryogenics and Vacuum Technology
  • Forensic Fire Investigation
  • Forensic Traffic Accident Investigation

The BTEC Nationals in Applied Science are a suite of qualifications that reflect aspects of employment within science organisations or organisations that use science and enable learners to develop practical scientific skills. These qualifications will appeal to learners who prefer portfolio-based assessment covering a variety of scientific investigations. During the course students will develop key skills in communication, numeracy and ICT, as well as time-management and organisation. This provides invaluable experience for students who go onto full-time work, as well as university or apprenticeships.

Progression Routes

The BTEC Nationals in Applied Science could lead to many different opportunities in education and employment including:

  • An increasing number of University Degree courses
  • University Foundation courses based in science
  • Apprenticeship courses
  • Nursing and Midwifery

Work in Science based industry could include:

  • Working as a quality control technician/analyst, where the employee works in a production plant laboratory carrying out analytical tests using modern instrumentation, ICT and data interpretation
  • Working in a hospital as a medical physics technician supporting the use of X-ray and other imaging/scanning equipment
  • Working in a research laboratory in the development of new drugs. Managing projects that include setting up apparatus, measuring and handling chemical substances, following procedures, carrying out observations and measurements, separating and analysing products
  • Working in the chemical industry, involved with testing materials
  • Working with the forensic science service or using their analytical skills in the chemistry industry
  • Working in chemical companies developing fertilisers and other plant feeds
  • Working for a scientific magazine or journal, editing and proofreading articles on issues such as applications and implications of new scientific discoveries and developments
  • Working in a biotechnology laboratory carrying out fermentation and purification processes.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Physical Education curriculum?

• To develop a passion for sport and physical activity for students to continue throughout their school life and beyond. 

• To develop self-esteem for our students to allow them to feel confident with challenging tasks in PE and across other curriculum areas. 

• To offer an extensive range of activities that develops a wider understanding of the sporting world.

• To participate in activities that develop different fitness components, such as cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and muscular strength & endurance.

• To develop teamwork and leadership skills through challenging competitive and co-operative activities. 

• To promote the values of good sportsmanship across different sports with respect being a common theme. 

• To encourage students to develop a healthy lifestyle and have a basic understanding of health awareness. 

• To develop independence through physical challenges, evaluating, problem solving challenges, consolidating skills and practice through repetition. 

• To promote resilience amongst our students through challenging physical and mental situations. 

Course Description

Level: BTEC Level 3
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 4+ in English & Maths GCSE

BTEC National Extended certificate in Sport will give you an insight into how the body systems work and how they are influential in sports performances. You will study units on how nutrition is imperative for athletes and investigate the key concept surrounding energy intake and expenditure. This is a coursework and exam-based subject that incorporates sessions in and outside of the classroom. BTEC National Award in Sport provides a sound framework for further education in numerous fields not only sporting avenues.

Course Content

Sport is an important part of our lives and the BTEC National focuses on a variety of areas.

  • Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology – 120 Units – Exam based
  • Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being – 120 Units – Exam based
  • Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry – 60 Units – Coursework
  • Unit 4: Sports Leadership - 60 Units - Coursework

Progression Routes

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of study. It combines well with a large number of subjects and supports entry to higher education courses in a very wide range of disciplines (depending on the subjects taken alongside).

Many students go on to study Sports Science degree courses, either as a single or a joint course.

For learners who wish to study an aspect of sport in higher education, opportunities include:

  • BA (Hons) in Sport Studies and Business, if taken alongside A Levels/BTEC in Business or Maths
  • BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology, if taken alongside A Level in Psychology
  • BA (Hons) in Sports Education
  • BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, if taken alongside a Science.
  • BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Computing and Information Technology curriculum?

• To build a computing curriculum that develops pupil’s learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge of the digital world around them, that prepares pupils to live safely in an increasingly digital British society.

• Develop learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding through key computational concepts and experience. So that they will become confident and robust problem solvers and understand how to better use computers as a tool, a tool that can be configured and reconfigured to solve any number of problems that face us now and that will face us further into the future.

• The KS3 curriculum has been designed to ensure learners have sufficient knowledge to stay safe online and use computers safely in life. 

• The KS3 curriculum also provides a focus on developing resilient learners who think in a more logical way, are able to recover from mistakes and effectively solve problems.  

• The rationale of the KS4 curriculum is for students to develop the mind-set of a computer scientist built upon the foundations at KS3 and to build upon at KS5

• Learners to have the opportunity to develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology.

• Computer Science will develop skills in programming, problem solving and analytical thinking. This qualification provides students with a range of transferable skills

• Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning Computer Scientists, who are able to make informed decisions about its use while being aware of the implications of different technologies.

• We want students to not only understand how to use technology effectively and responsibly but also how technology is developed and constantly redeveloped into new and exciting tools.

Course Description

Level: BTEC Level 3
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 4+ in English & Maths GCSE

The Extended Certificate in Information Technology is a two-year course leading to a qualification the equivalent of one A Level. BTEC Level 3 National in IT is an excellent grounding to go onto further study in an IT-related subject or to seek an apprenticeship or employment. The vocational nature of this course means that there is emphasis on developing practical skills in key areas of IT/Computing. 

The Extended Certificate in Information Technology is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT. You will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.

Course Content

The objective of this qualification is to give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in IT systems, systems management and social media in business. This will enable you to progress to further study in the IT sector or other sectors.

  • Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (synoptic)  - 33.3%  - Exam based
  • Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information - 25%  -  Exam based
  • Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business - 25% - Coursework
  • Unit 6: Website Development - 16.7% - Coursework

To study this course successfully, it is important to have an interest in IT and to be disciplined in the production of your coursework. You will also be expected to work on coursework and prepare for your exams outside of lesson time. You must be willing to explore new ideas and concepts and you must use your study periods efficiently to complete assignment work.

Progression Routes

Achievement of this qualification can support students to go on and study relevant IT degrees in a Higher Education institution such as: Computing and IT, Web Development, Software Developments, Graphics Design, ICT and Computer Networks or Business Information Systems. Examples include:

  • Apprenticeships in IT/Networking
  • HND in Business
  • BA (Hons) in Computer Arts
  • BSc (Hons) in Fashion Buying Management
  • BSc (Hons) in Software Development for Animation
  • BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) in Web Design and Development

This course would also allow you to tailor your learning to a specific area in the IT sector, to prepare you for employment or to move onto an apprenticeship programme in that area.

btec Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

 

Course Description

Level: BTEC Level 3
Awarding Body: AQA
Entry Requirements: Grade 4+ in English & Maths GCSE

The course is for those who have an interest in health, early years care and education, social care and issues affecting the care sector. It is particularly suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a particular area of work, such as nursing, teaching, social work and other related professions.

Course Content

The course is a broad-based vocational qualification designed to allow flexible progression routes, moving on to advanced level studies or further training and/or employment. The course is assessed through exams and coursework. There are a range of mandatory units, as well as optional units of study.

Units include: Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care, Equality and Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care, Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care, Health and Safety, Nutrition for Health.

Progression Routes

Successful candidates can progress on to degree-related courses such as nursing, social work or health, social care or early years related apprenticeships.

A-Level Courses

Biology

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High aiming to achieve through its Science curriculum?

At Greenford High School the Science curriculum is designed to foster a curiosity about the world around us, enable citizens of the future to understand and explore the world effectively and to be able to use scientific principles to both answer and ask questions about the universe and everything in it.

Our intent is that our curriculum

  • inspires a love of learning and curiosity about the world
  • ensures students understand the second greatest advance in the history of humanity – the scientific method – and can apply this process to questions they might ask
  • develops the practical knowledge and skills to use scientific equipment safely and accurately to competently test ideas and demonstrate phenomena
  • fosters a sense of awe in the beauty of our universe and how we can work together (or individually) to deepen our understanding of ANYTHING
  • informs knowledge of the key workings of the human body so that educated opinions and decisions can be made about health, products and stories in the media
  • develops analytical skills to scrutinise data presented in any format to draw out meaning
  • combines basic Maths and English skills in context to help students develop their application skills
  • informs students of issues facing themselves and the wider world to help this future generation look after themselves and their planet
  • ensures students leave GHS able to critically analyse and evaluate data, stories and phenomena in everyday situations
  • improves transferable skills such as time-keeping, teamwork and organisation
  • develops students learning skills and independence so they can go on to be life-long learners
  • makes students more employable so they become a self-sufficient and productive member of society
  • delivers opportunities to apply the skills learnt in the form of a wide range of practicals
  • helps students develop logical thinking and problem solving skills
  • teaches students how to be safe and evaluate risks in everyday life and in particular scientific contexts

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: OCR
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in Science (separate or combined) &  Grade 6+ in Maths GCSE

Your studies in A Level Biology will develop your interest in, and enthusiasm for biology. You will appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Course Content

Year 1 / Year 12

  • Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology
  • Module 2: Foundations in Biology
  • Module 3: Exchange and Transport
  • Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

Year 2 / Year 13

  • Module 5: Communication and Homeostasis
  • Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

Progression Routes

Biology can be used to gain entry to a variety of university courses, including degrees in the medical field (medicine, biomedical sciences, dentistry, pharmacy, pharmacology) cellular biology, (genetics, microbiology, biochemistry) and environmental sciences.

Business Studies

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Business and Economics curriculum?

•    To develop students’ awareness and natural curiosity of the Business and Economic environment around them and to raise awareness of economic and business developments in the UK and around the world.

•    To offer opportunities for students to engage in activities that allow them to develop their self-confidence, employability and enterprise skills. 

•    To promote moral, social and cultural responsibility through the real world nature of the subject via topics such as business ethics, social costs and globalisation. 

•    To encourage students to become effective and independent learners, as well as being critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

•    To enable students’ to build upon their business and economics knowledge and skills and apply them appropriately to produce successful outcomes. 

•    To offer a broad curriculum within the department to make the subject offering comprehensive and accessible. 

•    To prepare students for the next stage of their education, future pathways and careers through developing their skills and attributes and providing opportunities and experiences to inspire them to succeed.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 5+ in English and Maths GCSEs

The aim of the course is to analyse how businesses operate, outline the problems businesses face and recommend how businesses can overcome these problems. An understanding of key business concepts and theories underpins all the work that is done at A Level.

Course Content

3 Papers in total:

Paper 1 (Themes 1 and 4): Marketing, People and Global Business

  • Total marks: 100 marks.
  • Weighting: 35%
  • Exam time: 2 hours
  • There are 2 sections A and B and ALL questions must be answered and are based on stimulus material.

Paper 2 (Themes 2 and 4): Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy

  • Total marks: 100 marks.
  • Weighting: 35%
  • Exam time: 2 hours
  • There are 2 sections A and B and ALL questions must be answered and are based on stimulus material.

Paper 3: Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment

  • Total marks: 100 marks.
  • Weighting: 30%
  • Exam time: 2 hours
  • Pre-release case study of broad context will be issued in November of the previous year with questions drawn from all themes

Progression Routes

The full A Level in Business Studies is a useful introduction to study a variety of courses at university.

A very large number of Greenford students go on to study Business or related subjects at degree level.

chemistry

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High aiming to achieve through its Science curriculum?

At Greenford High School the Science curriculum is designed to foster a curiosity about the world around us, enable citizens of the future to understand and explore the world effectively and to be able to use scientific principles to both answer and ask questions about the universe and everything in it.

Our intent is that our curriculum

  • inspires a love of learning and curiosity about the world
  • ensures students understand the second greatest advance in the history of humanity – the scientific method – and can apply this process to questions they might ask
  • develops the practical knowledge and skills to use scientific equipment safely and accurately to competently test ideas and demonstrate phenomena
  • fosters a sense of awe in the beauty of our universe and how we can work together (or individually) to deepen our understanding of ANYTHING
  • informs knowledge of the key workings of the human body so that educated opinions and decisions can be made about health, products and stories in the media
  • develops analytical skills to scrutinise data presented in any format to draw out meaning
  • combines basic Maths and English skills in context to help students develop their application skills
  • informs students of issues facing themselves and the wider world to help this future generation look after themselves and their planet
  • ensures students leave GHS able to critically analyse and evaluate data, stories and phenomena in everyday situations
  • improves transferable skills such as time-keeping, teamwork and organisation
  • develops students learning skills and independence so they can go on to be life-long learners
  • makes students more employable so they become a self-sufficient and productive member of society
  • delivers opportunities to apply the skills learnt in the form of a wide range of practicals
  • helps students develop logical thinking and problem solving skills
  • teaches students how to be safe and evaluate risks in everyday life and in particular scientific contexts

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: OCR
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in Science (separate or combined) &  Grade 6+ in Maths GCSE

Chemistry will teach students about the world around them, from tiny electrons to the chemistry of manufacturing on an industrial scale. Pupils will need strong mathematical skills which will be used to calculate values, predict the outcome of reactions and represent quantities which we cannot physically see in order to explain the real world properties of materials based on their interactions at an atomic level.

Chemistry students will follow the OCR Chemistry A specification. The first term will introduce pupils to a more developed model of the atom than they have studied at GCSE level. This will enable them to understand bonding and explain the patterns and trends in the properties of elements within the periodic table. Students will then move on to study more complex situations and ideas which build upon the basics learnt in the first unit. Throughout the year students will be required to carry out practical tasks which will allow them to evaluate their methods and the risks involved, to record data to appropriate levels of precision and interpret the data they record.

Course Content

Year 12                               

  • Module 1: Development of Practical skills in chemistry
  • Module 2: Foundations in chemistry   
  • Module 3: Periodic table and energy
  • Module 4: Core organic chemistry

Year 13

  • Module 1: Development of Practical skills in chemistry
  • Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

Assessment overview

As a two year course, all content will be assessed at the end of year 13. Module 1 (Development of Practical skills in chemistry) will be assessed internally throughout the two years.

Paper 1: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry
37% of total A Level

Paper 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques
37% of total A Level

Paper 3: Unified chemistry
26% of total A Level

Progression Routes

Almost all science courses will require knowledge from at least AS Chemistry.

Potential Careers Include:

  • Medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences (Chemistry A Level is a must for these courses)
  • Nursing, physiotherapy, optometry, psychiatry
  • Chemical engineering
  • Pharmaceuticals, lab work
  • Biochemistry or Natural sciences
  • Teaching
  • Forensic science
  • Food industries
  • Sports science
  • Nuclear industry
  • Environmental science

computer Science

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Computing and Information Technology curriculum?

• To build a computing curriculum that develops pupil’s learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge of the digital world around them, that prepares pupils to live safely in an increasingly digital British society.

• Develop learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding through key computational concepts and experience. So that they will become confident and robust problem solvers and understand how to better use computers as a tool, a tool that can be configured and reconfigured to solve any number of problems that face us now and that will face us further into the future.

• The KS3 curriculum has been designed to ensure learners have sufficient knowledge to stay safe online and use computers safely in life. 

• The KS3 curriculum also provides a focus on developing resilient learners who think in a more logical way, are able to recover from mistakes and effectively solve problems.  

• The rationale of the KS4 curriculum is for students to develop the mind-set of a computer scientist built upon the foundations at KS3 and to build upon at KS5

• Learners to have the opportunity to develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology.

• Computer Science will develop skills in programming, problem solving and analytical thinking. This qualification provides students with a range of transferable skills

• Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning Computer Scientists, who are able to make informed decisions about its use while being aware of the implications of different technologies.

• We want students to not only understand how to use technology effectively and responsibly but also how technology is developed and constantly redeveloped into new and exciting tools.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: AQA
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in Maths GCSE

Computer Science is an academic subject where students can apply theoretical principles in solving practical and real-world problems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines innovation and imagination, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:

  • An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems by developing program
  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • Mathematical skills.

Course Content

Paper 1

What's assessed: this paper tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject content 10-13 above and the skills required from section 22 above.

Assessment

  • On-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of A-level

Questions

Students answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document provided by us.

We will issue Preliminary Material, a Skeleton Program (available in each of the Programming Languages) and, where appropriate, test data, for use in the exam.

Paper 2

What's assessed: this paper tests a student's ability to answer questions from subject content 14-21 above.

Assessment

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of A-level

Questions

Compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.

Non-exam Assessment

What's assessed: the non-exam assessment assesses a student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, as shown in section 22 above.

Assessment

  • 75 marks
  • 20% of A-level

Progression Routes

Computer Science provides a good foundation for careers in Engineering, Software development, Robotics, Data Science, Finance, Cyber Security and many others including medical sciences.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - PRODUCT DESIGN
 

Curriculum Intent - What is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Design & Technology curriculum?

• To build up creativity, problem solving, planning, practical and evaluation skills to become independent and resourceful. 

• To develop Health and Safety awareness in their working environment and surroundings to keep students safe

• To develop the students understanding of the huge, life-changing role and impact a designer can have through the use of real world problems and value what is ‘good design’ and how it will impact their future lives

• To foster a culture of ‘design critique’ to produce quality outcomes via peer and group work, respecting other students’ opinions

• To become moral, social, responsible designers and design to aid comfort, transport, physical needs, communication, health and also for aesthetic reasons to make a positive contribution to society

• To develop resilience when understanding  the developments in design and technology, its impact and effect of products on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists

• To learn the basics of nutrition and a healthy balanced diet, understand where the food we eat comes from, be able to make informed healthy choices and enjoy the cultural diversity of dishes that International cuisine offers

• To acquire relevant knowledge from other subjects and apply them to produce successful outcomes

• To prepare pupils  for the next stage of their education, future pathways and careers through developing  the skills and attributes required for success both at school and in the workplace

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 5+ in Science (separate or combined) &  Grade 5+ in Design & Technology GCSE

Equipping students with design skills for the future: Students will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world.

Encourages creativity and innovation: At A Level students will have the confidence to innovate and produce creative design solutions as they develop their own design brief with a client/end user.

Course Content

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology (Paper code: 9DT0/01)

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 50% of the qualification 120 marks

Assessment Overview

The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions. as well as extended-writing questions focused on:

  • Analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle, for prototypes made by others
  • Analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts.

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project (Paper code: 9DT0/02)

Non-examined assessment 50% of the qualification 120 marks

Assessment Overview

  • The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • Students will produce a substantial design, make and evaluate project which consists of a portfolio and a prototype

Progression Routes

Students can continue on to:

  • Design degrees - Product, Graphic, Interior, and Architecture at Brunel, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol. 
  • Design Engineering at Imperial College, Nottingham. 
  • Mechanical Engineering at Queen Mary, Bath, Bristol.
  • Electrical Engineering at Bath, Bristol, Manchester, Surrey.  
  • Aeronautical Engineering at Cambridge, City, Imperial, Bristol. 
  • Material Sciences at Cambridge, Southampton. 

Some students may choose to progress onto a one year Art & Design foundation course locally to assist them in choosing the right degree course for them. Foundation courses are broad and varied and range from graphic design to product design, fashion & textiles and illustration, ceramics and photography.

Economics

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Business and Economics curriculum?

•    To develop students’ awareness and natural curiosity of the Business and Economic environment around them and to raise awareness of economic and business developments in the UK and around the world.

•    To offer opportunities for students to engage in activities that allow them to develop their self-confidence, employability and enterprise skills. 

•    To promote moral, social and cultural responsibility through the real world nature of the subject via topics such as business ethics, social costs and globalisation. 

•    To encourage students to become effective and independent learners, as well as being critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

•    To enable students’ to build upon their business and economics knowledge and skills and apply them appropriately to produce successful outcomes. 

•    To offer a broad curriculum within the department to make the subject offering comprehensive and accessible. 

•    To prepare students for the next stage of their education, future pathways and careers through developing their skills and attributes and providing opportunities and experiences to inspire them to succeed.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: OCR
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in Maths GCSE

Economics uses theories and evidence to explain current and past economic issues. It also discusses the policy options a government has to solve economic problems. The course provides an overview of the economy and the important institutions within it.

The course covers topics such as Unemployment, Inflation, Economic Growth, The Minimum Wage, International Trade, Globalisation and Monopoly Power. It also analyses the economic decisions faced by businesses and individuals.

Course Content

A Level Economics is divided into two sections.

Microeconomics: in these lessons you will consider the behaviour of individuals, households and firms and their roles within an economy.

Macreconomis: in these lessons you will study the entire economy including variables such as unemployment and inflation and the role of government.

The course is assessed with three exams. One focuses on microeconomics, one focuses on macroeconomics and one that combines micro and macro.

Progression Routes

The full A Level in Economics is a strong foundation to study any course at university. A large and growing number of students continue to study Economics at university.

English Literature

Curriculum intent - what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its English curriculum?

  • The English department takes an active role in nurturing students who are passionate about literature and communicate with confidence; in lessons students are inspired by great works of literature and are encouraged to find their own creative voice.
  • To provide a breadth of study where students are well-read and able to explore a range of texts that develop wider cultural context so that they are more worldly in their knowledge.
  • To provide opportunities for students to explore topics that allow them to develop resilience, empathy, an appreciation for others’ ideas/ contributions, and an open mindedness in regards to equal opportunities, mental health, discrimination, etc...
  • To allow students the opportunity to study a diverse selection of texts: prose, poetry, creative writing, transactional writing, plays, and non-fiction texts.
  • To build our students vocabulary so that they can access a range of texts with understanding and be able to express themselves with precision.
  • Reading:
    • To nurture students who read for pleasure
    • Use reading to develop lines of enquiry
    • To create ‘Rigorous Readers’ who interrogate texts in order to understand and questions the information given.
    • To use reading as a tool to learn
  • Writing:
    • To build writing proficiency so that students can express themselves and communicate with accuracy.
    • To create opportunities for creative writing and expression.
    • To provide opportunities in the curriculum where students can master these skills.
  • Speaking and Listening
    • Foster opportunities for students to practise speaking in a range of contexts.
    • To develop students accuracy in expression.
    • Develop listening skills so that students are able to agree, build and challenge their peers constructively.
  • Build in opportunities to develop memory and recall so that students can retain key aspects of the curriculum and skills needed to succeed in both their studies and life.
  • Create opportunities for students to experience theatre live, visit places with cultural significance so that the understanding of the texts they are studying is enhanced.
  • Offer opportunities for our weaker students to experience the breadth of the wider curriculum through supported literacy lessons that teach History and Geography with a focus on building literacy proficiency.
  • Offer opportunities for our weakest readers to have an intensive reading lesson that helps foster the ability to read and comprehend with independence.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in English Language or Literature GCSE

If you enjoyed your English Literature GCSE, this course is a good excuse to read to your heart's content!

English Literature A Level offers students the opportunity to discuss and debate key themes, characters and ideas in classic literary works. This course includes some pre-twentieth century literature as well as more modern texts. Students will be required to think critically about what they have looked at, and to develop skills in evaluating texts. These are all extremely transferable skills, which makes English Literature highly regarded by universities and colleges and the perfect complement to other analytical subjects at A Level.

Course Content

English Literature involves the study of poetry, prose and drama from a range of periods. Texts currently being studied include: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams; Othello by Shakespeare, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Beloved by Toni Morrison and poetry by John Keats. Students sit three exams worth in total 80% of their grade and write one coursework essay that makes up 20% of the final grade with the opportunity to write about texts of their own choice. Lessons are based on discussion to develop analytical skills, with wider reading strongly encouraged. We also offer theatre visits and the opportunity to work with the National Theatre on your own, one-act play.

Progression Routes

Required for a degree in English. Useful for any degree subject requiring research, analytical and essay writing skills. Also useful for medicine and other science subjects where written analysis is needed.

Extended Project Qualification

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: AQA
Entry Requirements: You will be invited to complete this by November of Year 13.

Course Description

Learners have a significant input into the choice and design of their extended project and take responsibility either for an individual task or for a defined task within a group project. The project will allow students to develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners. Alongside developing and applying decision making and, where appropriate, problem solving skills. The project is also designed to extend planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills. The Extended Project is highly regarded by all universities and therefore can help to support student aspirations for higher education and career development.

Course Content

How is it Taught?

This is an independent piece of research. You will meet with a member of staff (supervisor) on a regular basis in order to discuss your progress. The purpose of working closely with a mentor is to offer guidance and support. They may also offer invaluable advice as regards the tools to effectively manage a project of this nature. However there is a limited taught element to the qualification. The project can take many forms including:

  • A piece of extended writing consisting of 5000 words
  • A media production
  • Organising an event
  • Producing an artefact (such as a piece of artwork or a portfolio of photographs)
  • A group activity, whereby each member of the group is given a specific role
  • Where the product involves the production of an artefact or something similar, a 1000 word piece of writing still needs to be included

Progression Routes

The qualification is an AS level. However, students can gain an A* which is not usually the case with AS qualifications. All universities recognise the qualification, with some offering lower entry grades if students achieve a certain level.

Fine Art

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Art curriculum?

• To enable students to develop an understanding and awareness of the world around them by questioning their surroundings, looking deeply and opening their eyes to fresh perspectives

• To develop an awareness of health and safety within an art studio environment and to take responsibility for managing the materials they use

• To develop and apply art skills such as drawing, painting and sculpting and artistic techniques to communicate an idea and analyse the effectiveness of own art work 

• To be creative and develop their ability to problem solve, think academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. They will learn to adopt resilience and focus in applying their technical skills to projects that develop their self-expression 

• To respond imaginatively to artist and thematic research and use knowledge of key artists and cultures to inspire their art work. Students develop an understanding of the historical and cultural development of art forms and are taught to evaluate and analyse artworks using subject-specific vocabulary

• To plan and develop meaningful responses for their art work that realises intentions and demonstrates an understanding of visual language

• To display creative expression which leads to improved well-being, and support their study experience. The study of other cultures through Art has strong links with Religious Education, History, English, and Media. 

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in Art GCSE

The A Level Art and Design course is divided into two components over two years. We aim to give students a wide range of experiences and opportunities, and are keen to encourage the development of strong personal qualities in each student's artwork and chosen media.

Course Content

This is a linear course that is taught over two years, that comprise of two assessable components starting from February in the first year.

Component 1: 60%

This component starts in September of the first year and continues to January in their second year. This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes. It is supported with gallery trips and drawing/photography days in London.

As part of this component, students write a 3,000 word essay that includes images, citations and a bibliography worth 12% of their final grade. 

A final outcome is submitted and is supported by a sketchbook of developmental work that records their ideas in a visual and written form.

Component 2: 40%

This component starts in February of the second year and finishes in April/May.

This assignment is set externally by Edexcel. A final practical exam of 15 hours (three full school days) is supported by a number of weeks’ preparation work in sketchbooks.

Progression Routes

This course is a great platform for a variety of courses that can lead to jobs in the Arts, one of the most lucrative, expanding industries in the country.

A level art leads to many exciting pathways for study at University and Art College to lead you in a career as:

  • Art Critic
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Art Director
  • Art Historian
  • Art Restorer
  • Medical artist
  • Artist
  • Photographer
  • Fashion designer
  • Architect
  • Animator
  • Film Set Designer
  • Architect
  • Drafter
  • Footwear designer
  • Logo designer
  • Publishing
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic Artist  

French

Curriculum Intent - What is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its French curriculum?

• To develop understanding of spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. (listening / reading)

• To increase opportunities for spontaneous speech in order to build confidence, fluency and spontaneity when communicating. (speaking)

• To produce written responses at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using variety of grammatical structures. (writing)

• To make use of appropriate social conventions, including informal and formal address and register. (register)

• To foster curiosity, develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries or communities where the language is spoken. (intercultural)

• To foster links with other curriculum areas to deepen learning and encourage bilingualism. (cross-curricular)

• To develop resilient and independent learners in order to maximise their progress and prepare them for the next stage in their education irrespective of their attainment and background. (further education)

• To provide enrichment opportunities to foster responsible global citizens who would positively contribute to society. (enrichment)  

• To encourage a creative approach to language learning and instilling students with a growth mindset. (creativity)  

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in French GCSE

Students will learn to discuss a range of topics in the language they are studying. These will include Social Issues and Trends and Political and Artistic Culture as well as an in-depth study of a book and a film. Students will have access to a wide-range of authentic materials such as video, online resources, newspapers and magazines and have the opportunity to take part in weekly conversation sessions with a Foreign Language Assistant.

Course Content

A Level French is a two-year linear course with exams at the end of Year 13. The AS course is one year.

  • Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Translation (40%)
  • Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (30%)
  • Paper 3: Speaking (30%)

The main focus is on developing the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE, encouraging accuracy through a solid understanding of grammar and gaining a useful insight into the culture of the target language country. Speaking skills are developed in lessons and in sessions with the language assistant. Through the topics studied, students will get the opportunity to reflect on various aspects of contemporary society including the changing role of the family, equal rights, life for the marginalised, cultural heritage, politics and immigration. All students will be given the chance to take part in a week's work experience in a country where the language is spoken.

Progression Routes

By choosing to study a foreign language at A-Level, you immediately enhance your UCAS and employment prospects. It is an extremely flexible subject which combines well with both Arts, Sciences and Business based subjects. Most universities offer courses that allow you to combine the study of a language alongside a wide variety of other subjects and most of these courses will offer the opportunity for a year abroad studying or working. In its guidance to applicants, Russell Group universities recommend languages as a 'facilitating' subject at A Level because choosing languages "leaves open a wide range of options for university studies".

Further Mathematics

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Mathematics curriculum?

• To develop a passion for mathematics for students to continue throughout their school life and beyond, whilst building curiosity about the mathematics around us and ask about ‘why’ and ‘how’ concepts arise.

• To reason mathematically through lines of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, developing arguments through justifications and proof using mathematical language.

• To become fluent with the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied, frequent practice and increasingly complex concepts over time, so that students can develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

• To be able to problem solve by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, with increasing sophistication. Breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions in order to promote independence, resilience and perseverance through rich-tasks. 

• To build on the mathematics that has been taught previously to enable students to master key skills and make rapid progress.

• To be inclusive and meet all students’ needs to ensure that all learners are able to access the curriculum and achieve,  but also to challenge and engage the most able students, encouraging them to study Maths and related courses beyond GCSE and A Level , at University and through their career ambitions.

• To be able to be self-sufficient in managing their personal finances beyond secondary school.

• To develop teamwork and leadership skills through ‘Maths talk’.

• To foster a culture where the most able students act as mentors for younger students encouraging a real sense of a Maths community in school.

• To cultivate an enthusiasm for Maths, and develop application skills, through relevant and related trips and extra-curricular activities.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 7+ in Maths GCSE

Further Mathematics will give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of many of the topics covered in A Level Mathematics. Additionally, some completely new topics will be studied, such as complex numbers and matrices.

Course Content

  • Year 12: A Level Mathematics (an A Level in one year) along the Year 12 part of Core Pure 1 and some Further Statistics and Further Mechanics.
  • Year 13: Core Pure, Further Pure 1, Further Mechanics 1 and Further Statistics 1.

What are the modules?

Core Pure Mathematics 1 and 2 are compulsory modules that cover pure Mathematics content that doesn’t fit into the Pure section of the A Level Mathematics, but is nevertheless fundamental to modern Mathematics, Physics and Engineering. For example, you will learn about Complex Numbers and Matrices. On the other hand, certain aspects of the Pure Mathematics curriculum are further extended, such as Vectors and especially Calculus (integration and differentiation).

The course also requires two optional units to be chosen. At Greenford High School, we teach three options modules, Further Mechanics, Further Statistics, and Further Pure 1. This is to give students as solid a foundation as possible in the three areas of Mathematics that they will be studying over the two years in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics: Pure, Mechanics and Statistics. Students can then sit papers in all three modules, with the exam board choosing the best combination to maximise the students’ grades. Alternatively students can choose to only sit the two modules they feel most confident in.

Assessment overview

As a two year course, all content will be assessed at the end of year 13. 

  • Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics (25% of total A Level)
  • Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics (25% of total A Level)
  • Paper 3: Further Statistics/Further Mechanics/Further Pure 1 (25% of total A Level)
  • Paper 4: Further Statistics/Further Mechanics/Further Pure 1 (25% of total A Level)
     

Progression Routes

Further Mathematics is essential or highly recommended for anyone wanting to study Mathematics, Physics or Engineering at a top university. The level of mathematical demand in these subjects is so high that anyone who has not done Further Mathematics would be at a significant disadvantage from the very start of their course. Further Mathematics may also be useful to Computer Science and Economics students.

Geography

Curriculum Intent - what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Geography curriculum?

  • Empower students to have a rounded view of a variety of current issues to enable them to understand what is going on in the globalising world around them.
  • Provide a balanced viewpoint on global, national and local issues.
  • Develop a wide range of literacy, numeracy and map skills which will be applicable throughout their education and also in wider life.
  • Create a conscientious student body that are aware of how humans can impact upon natural physical processes and our wider environment.
  • Encourage students to be reflective of hazards which happen locally and in the wider world and understand the causes, impacts and responses to a variety of global hazards.
  • Ensure that students’ knowledge about the UK, and the issues currently facing the country, and issues which may be increasingly problematic in the future is up to date.
  • Provide opportunity for students to be optimistic and critical about the future and problem solve global issues.
  • Encourage students to know their local area, how it has changes over time and the plans for future change including the contrasting opinions of different stakeholders to this change.
  • Provide opportunities to learn outside the classroom, and outside of their comfort zone, in their local area, other UK areas and abroad.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in Geography GCSE

Geography A Level takes a contemporary, issues-based approach which focuses on fundamental processes and environments, but also reflects the world around us. Students will explore and evaluate a range contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change. They will also look at the interdependent relationship between these different elements and the increasing role that people are playing in changing these delicate balances.

The A Level course will enable students to be inspired by their geographical understanding, to engage critically with real world issues and places, and to apply their geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. Students will grow as independent thinkers and as informed and engaged citizens, who understand the role and importance of Geography as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding the world’s changing peoples, places and environments. Students can build on what they’ve learned at GCSE and what they see in the world today, and gain the knowledge, skills and understanding vital to success at AS/A level and beyond.

Course Content

Year 1

The course has four units, these consist of two physical and two human units. The physical section includes Tectonic Processes and Hazards and Coastal Landscapes and Change. The human aspect involves studying Globalisation and Regenerating Places.

Year 2

The second year allows students to study both physical and human Geography in much more detail. Topics include The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Carbon Insecurity, Superpowers and Health, Human Rights and Intervention.

Students are also required to carry out a minimum of four days of fieldwork in order to write their Independent Investigation. This is a piece of coursework where students define a question or issue relating to the course content. The student’s report will evidence independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing.

Progression Routes

Geography graduates entering employment are highly represented in the commercial, industrial and public sector management categories. They are also well represented in business and financial professions and in marketing, sales and advertising.

Unemployment rates for Geography graduates are one of the lowest within the social science sector.

Geographers go on to be successful in the following areas: environmental agencies, health and education, accountancy, IT, Quantity Surveyors and local government (planning, housing and transport).

GERMAN 

A Level German will run if there is sufficient student demand. Please contact us for further details on the course.

Government & Politics

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School  aiming to achieve through its Government & Politics curriculum?

• To expand students’ understanding of the institutions of government and the interaction of the executive, legislative and judiciary. To develop an understanding and interest in political parties, voting and political participation including the values that support liberal democratic values in this country including the rule of law and protection of civil liberties.

• To develop independent thinking to expand students’ intellectual horizons and to enable them to engage critically with the world around them, by engaging with a range of contemporary political issues including issues affecting global order.

• To enable high standards of academic achievement through the sequencing of the A-Level Politics course and quality first teaching to empower students to progress to university.

• To expand students’ opportunities to engage with political issues so that they develop their sense of moral responsibility.

• To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of political topics, concepts, theory and methods.

• To explore political issues by using a range of evidence and different theoretical perspectives including key political thinkers and philosophers.

• To be able to identify, analyse and evaluate different interpretations approaches and debates within Politics.

• To develop students’ essay writing so that they can communicate effectively in the exam and using a structure that will secure them the best possible outcomes.

• To ensure that students are equipped to deal with the demands of the exam (AO1, AO2 and AO3) as well as understanding how they will be assessed.

• To develop students communication and advocacy through effective questioning, debates and other in-lesson quality-talk opportunities.

• To provide students with ample opportunity to practice exam questions and receive feedback to ensure progress in their political knowledge and understanding as well as application, analysis and evaluation skills.

• To give students structured resources to use in their independent learning to teach them how to work effectively independently, such as, the revision cycle based on research on memory.

• To prepare students for university through activities that promote intellectual curiosity, such as extended reading, as well as equipping them with the necessary skills, such as effective note-taking and revision.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in Geography or History GCSE

Government and Politics offers students a dynamic A Level course which is a highly regarded qualification to study a degree in Law, any Social Science or related Humanities degree. The Year 1 course focuses on the way in which British democracy has evolved, how the country is governed and ways in which the rights of citizens are preserved. Students develop an awareness of the political issues that have shaped modern Britain and the current affairs that influence the present political debates including protests against tuition fees and the decisions of the Coalition. The course offers trips to the House of Commons and regularly invites guest speakers to the school. The Year 2 course looks at the US political system, how Presidents are elected and key political issues that are important to the US and the wider world. There is no coursework. The A Level is made up of four units tested over both years.

Course Content

At Year 1 Students study representation in the UK, governing the UK and the changing UK political system. This will involve looking at British Political Parties and pressure groups, in particular their origins and impact. This is followed by examining the ideas of democracy, voting patterns and behaviour as well as different systems of electing representatives of the people and the impact on the European Union on UK politics. The Year 2 allows students to study US government and politics with an opportunity of comparing the US political system with the UK political system.

Progression Routes

Government and Politics students are able to develop a critical awareness of contemporary issues and their historical origins. Students will develop an ability to discuss and debate issues using a broad philosophical and ethical base that will be much valued in their future careers as Managers, Lawyers, Doctors, Accountants, Civil Servants, Teachers and other professions.

History

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its History curriculum?

• To enable students to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience.

• To allow students to gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts.

• To engage students in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers.

• To develop students’ ability to ask relevant questions about the past. 

• To enable students to engage directly with questions and present independent opinions about them in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organised and effectively supported by relevant evidence. 

• To develop students’ communication and advocacy through effective questioning, debates and other in-lesson quality-talk opportunities.

• To encourage students to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context. 

• To ensure students are able to identify, analyse and evaluate different interpretations, approaches and debates within History.

• To give students power over their own knowledge allowing them to evaluate critically the significance and utility of a large body of material, including evidence from contemporary sources and interpretations of historians. 

• To allow students to gain the confidence to undertake self-directed learning, making the most effective use of time and resources, and increasingly defining one's own questions and goals.

• To develop students’ essay writing so that they can communicate effectively in the exam and using a structure that will secure them the best possible outcomes.

• To ensure that students are equipped to deal with the demands of the exams in KS4 and 5 as well as understanding how they will be assessed.

• To provide students with ample opportunity to practice exam questions and receive feedback to ensure progress in their political knowledge and understanding as well as application, analysis and evaluation skills.

• To give students structured resources to use in their independent learning to teach them how to work effectively independently, such as, the revision cycle based on research on memory.

• To prepare students for university through activities that promote intellectual curiosity, such as extended reading, as well as equipping them with the necessary skills, such as effective note-taking and revision.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in History GCSE

History enables students to learn about and understand the past - and, through it, come to a far better understanding of the present. History is exciting and interesting, but also offers students the opportunity to acquire and improve on many of the key skills which have been identified as a priority for Higher Education. History trains students to effectively communicate complex ideas, the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information, both orally and in writing, and the capacity to make substantiated judgments, all whilst developing independent work skills.

Course Content

Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations - Britain, 162-1701: conflict, revolution and settlement.
Paper 2: Depth Study – Russia in revolution, 1894-1924.
Paper 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth – Germany, 1871-1990: united, divided and reunited.
Coursework: 20% of the A Level is based on an independently researched enquiry on historical interpretations of the Russian Revolution.

Progression Routes

Students can go to university with an A Level in History. History is good preparation for jobs including Law, Journalism, Banking, The Civil Service, Business, Accounting and Teaching. History is highly valued by universities, in particular by the Russell Group. It is viewed as a traditional and academically rigorous course that provides students with a wide range of transferable skills.

Mathematics

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Mathematics curriculum?

• To develop a passion for mathematics for students to continue throughout their school life and beyond, whilst building curiosity about the mathematics around us and ask about ‘why’ and ‘how’ concepts arise.

• To reason mathematically through lines of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, developing arguments through justifications and proof using mathematical language.

• To become fluent with the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied, frequent practice and increasingly complex concepts over time, so that students can develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

• To be able to problem solve by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, with increasing sophistication. Breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions in order to promote independence, resilience and perseverance through rich-tasks. 

• To build on the mathematics that has been taught previously to enable students to master key skills and make rapid progress.

• To be inclusive and meet all students’ needs to ensure that all learners are able to access the curriculum and achieve,  but also to challenge and engage the most able students, encouraging them to study Maths and related courses beyond GCSE and A Level , at University and through their career ambitions.

• To be able to be self-sufficient in managing their personal finances beyond secondary school.

• To develop teamwork and leadership skills through ‘Maths talk’.

• To foster a culture where the most able students act as mentors for younger students encouraging a real sense of a Maths community in school.

• To cultivate an enthusiasm for Maths, and develop application skills, through relevant and related trips and extra-curricular activities.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in Maths GCSE

A Level Mathematics will extend and deepen your knowledge of various areas of Mathematics, some of which you will have covered at GCSE, and some of which will be brand new. Some areas you will have the opportunity to study are finding the gradients of curves and areas under curves - possibly one of the most important discoveries in mathematics of the last millennia; motion and forces - why do things move the way they do? How do we know a bridge won’t fall down? Probability and statistics - how do we know if two things have a relationship or not?

Course Content

  • Year 12: Pure, Mechanics and Statistics
  • Year 13: Pure, Mechanics and Statistics

The course is divided into three parts. The largest is Pure Mathematics, which covers two of the three papers you will be examined on at the end of Year 13. In this part of the course, you will extend some familiar topics such as Trigonometry and Functions, while learning completely new ones such as Calculus. The other two parts are Statistics and Mechanics, which cover the content for the third paper. You will have lessons on Pure Mathematics for the whole of Year 12, while doing Statistics for half the year and Mechanics for the other half. Year 13 is divided up in the same way.

Assessment overview

As a two year course, all content will be assessed at the end of year 13. 

  • Paper 1: Pure Mathematics (33.3% of total A Level)
  • Paper 2: Pure Mathematics (33.3% of total A Level)
  • Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (33.3% of total A Level)

Progression Routes

Mathematics is one of the most highly sought-after A Levels, and possibly the best ‘facilitating’ subject. It would be useful for anyone who wants to go into any of the following fields: mathematics, science, engineering, computer science, economics, business, accounting, management, medicine, dentistry, technology.

Media Studies

Curriculum intent: What is Greenford High School trying to achieve through our Media curriculum?

•    An understanding and appreciation of how media products communicate meanings to audiences, and confidence in understanding and the application of media language and theory in analysing media products.

•    An awareness of the changing nature of media audiences, how they are targeted by producers and why they use or enjoy particular media products.

•    An understanding of issues of representation in the media, with particular focus on the representation of certain groups such as women or people from a BAME background.

•    Knowledge and understanding of media industries: conglomerate ownership, public service broadcasting and who regulates the media.

•    The social, cultural and historical contexts of media products and platforms.

•    An exposure to media products and platforms that students may not otherwise experience such as historical texts or foreign-language media.

•    An appreciation of the impact of new and digital media on the creation and consumption of media products and wider society.
 
•    A critical perspective on media debates such as the effect media has on audiences or the changing relationship between audiences and producers.
 
•    A range of technical and creative production skills on video and print platforms using industry standard software. 

•    The ability to project-manage, act on feedback and develop production work that approaches professional standards.

•    We want our students to be independent, creative and analytical – a rare but incredibly powerful combination of skills.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: AQA
Entry Requirements: Grade 5+ in Media Studies GCSE or Grade 6+ in either English Language or English Literature GCSEs.

This exciting new course is designed to engage students with the ever-changing media landscape and how we use the media to communicate ideas about our world.

Course Content

Media Studies is a very popular option at A Level and attracts well-motivated students who are interested in the mass media - film, television, advertising, the press and the internet/digital communications. The course aims to develop media literacy and students' capacity to communicate this understanding via media technology and in the written form. There is an introductory module outlining the theoretical framework of Media Studies and teaching media textual analysis skills.

The exam and coursework topics encourage students to engage with relevant media issues and debates as well as media products of cultural and historical significance. Students will also gain an excellent understanding of theoretical perspectives in media and cultural studies that will provide the perfect platform for future study at degree level.

Method of Assessment

Exams (70%): There are two examinations at the end of the course, both two hours and both worth 35% of the overall A Level. Both exams focus on the Close Study Products (CSPs) that make up the course. These are essentially set texts and collectively meet the subject content requirements covering the nine different media forms, historical contexts and products for an international audience.

Coursework (30%): Students will create one cross-media production in the second year of the course. The annually changing briefs will give students the opportunity to create bold and innovative work using the latest in media technology.

Progression Routes

Knowledge of the media is increasingly valued and an important aspect of work in most institutions in our information-led society. This course will also help develop research and communication skills and provides the building blocks essential for any university course. The dual nature of A Level Media encompasses both practical and academic skills and means former students have progressed to theoretical degrees such as Film Studies and Literature at the University of St Andrews and practical filmmaking courses at UAL and Ravensbourne Film School.

Media Studies naturally leads to careers in the creative industries such as film and TV production, journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations. However, an awareness of how the world of media works will undoubtedly support other careers such as social work, law, medicine and education. By knowing how the media operates in our society, future generations will be able to decode messages more skilfully and engage with topics that are compelling aspects of tomorrow’s world.

Philosophy, Ethics & Religion

Curriculum intent: what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Philosophy, Ethics and Religion curriculum?

• To provide a curriculum that allows students to have a greater awareness of religion, and moral and ethical issues and to make informed decisions in their lives.

• To develop responsible students who have the knowledge and skills to be confident reasoners with the aim of being successful in the classroom and throughout their education.

• To offer a broad range of cultural activities and opportunities to think critically, that not only meet the learning needs of all students but also allow them to thrive in their academic achievement and ensure progress to Higher Education.

• To deliver a curriculum that provides students with the essential skills of literacy and numeracy in order to be successful in all subject areas.

• To provide students with the opportunity to make thoughtful and positive contributions in society through developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.

• To encourage students to develop a healthy lifestyle both physically, mentally and spiritually, which allows them to be ready to learn and achieve.

• To promote the skills of resilience, reasoning and self-reliance in order for students to develop a positive mindset to be able to live a safe and fulfilling life.

• To prepare students for the next stage of their education and future pathways by providing students with the knowledge and opportunities for them to be independent and aspirant individuals.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: AQA
Entry Requirements: Grade 5+ in History, Geography or RE GCSE

The course is a thought provoking subject and will enable students to develop insights into areas of knowledge, belief and thought central to an understanding of the modern world. Through a study of philosophy, ethics and Christianity, students will be equipped with a range of knowledge and skills which will help them to make sense of contemporary events and issues. Students will also gain critical and evaluative skills sought after by higher education institutions and employers.

Course Content

Unit 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics (50% of A Level)

Section A: Philosophy of Religion

  • Arguments for the Existence of God
  • Evil and Suffering
  • Religious Experience
  • Religious Language
  • Miracles
  • Self and Life after Death

Section B: Ethics and Religion

  • Ethical Theories
  • Issues of Human Life and Death
  • Issues of Animal Life and Death
  • Introduction to Meta Ethics
  • Free Will and Moral Responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant

Unit 2: Study of religion and dialogues – Christianity (50% of A Level)

Section A: Study of Religion (Christianity)

  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority
  • God/Gods/Ultimate Reality
  • Self, Death and the Afterlife
  • Good Conduct and Key Moral Principles
  • Expression of Religious Identity
  • Religion, Gender and Sexuality
  • Religion and Science
  • Religion and Secularisation
  • Religion and Religious Pluralism

Section B: The dialogue between Philosophy of Religion and Religion.

  • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.

Section C: The dialogue between Ethical Studies and Religion.

  • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

Physics

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High aiming to achieve through its Science curriculum?

At Greenford High School the Science curriculum is designed to foster a curiosity about the world around us, enable citizens of the future to understand and explore the world effectively and to be able to use scientific principles to both answer and ask questions about the universe and everything in it.

Our intent is that our curriculum

  • inspires a love of learning and curiosity about the world
  • ensures students understand the second greatest advance in the history of humanity – the scientific method – and can apply this process to questions they might ask
  • develops the practical knowledge and skills to use scientific equipment safely and accurately to competently test ideas and demonstrate phenomena
  • fosters a sense of awe in the beauty of our universe and how we can work together (or individually) to deepen our understanding of ANYTHING
  • informs knowledge of the key workings of the human body so that educated opinions and decisions can be made about health, products and stories in the media
  • develops analytical skills to scrutinise data presented in any format to draw out meaning
  • combines basic Maths and English skills in context to help students develop their application skills
  • informs students of issues facing themselves and the wider world to help this future generation look after themselves and their planet
  • ensures students leave GHS able to critically analyse and evaluate data, stories and phenomena in everyday situations
  • improves transferable skills such as time-keeping, teamwork and organisation
  • develops students learning skills and independence so they can go on to be life-long learners
  • makes students more employable so they become a self-sufficient and productive member of society
  • delivers opportunities to apply the skills learnt in the form of a wide range of practicals
  • helps students develop logical thinking and problem solving skills
  • teaches students how to be safe and evaluate risks in everyday life and in particular scientific contexts

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: AQA
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in Science (separate or combined) &  Grade 6+ in Maths GCSE

The A Level Physics course covers a range of key concepts in Physics, including particle physics, electricity, mechanics, waves, materials and fields. In Year 2 there is also the option of taking a unit in astrophysics. Approximately 50% of the course is based on mathematics, whilst the other 50% describes the ways in which this mathematics can be applied to real life situations. It is therefore essential that students take A Level Mathematics if they wish to study Physics.

Course Content

The aims of these specifications are to encourage candidates to:

  • Develop an aptitude for problem solving, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Physics.
  • The journey of theory to discovery in the world of physics and the on-going search for new particles.
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of Newtonian mechanics to apply knowledge in a myriad of different contexts.
  • These are the core topics in each year, with the final three examination papers at the end of Year 13. Twelve required practicals will be carried out over the two years to ensure students are supported to gain a pass in the practical endorsement.

Year 12

  • Particles, Electricity and Quantum Phenomena
  • Mechanics, Materials and Waves

Year 13

  • Fields and Further Mechanics
  • Nuclear and Thermal Physics and Astrophysics

Progression Routes

This course will prepare students to progress into higher education, to follow any courses in the world of Engineering, one of the other sciences or related subjects, or to enter employment where a knowledge of Physics would be useful. Physics is one of the most sought after A levels by universities and employers, it opens many doors and closes none.

Psychology

Curriculum Intent - What is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Psychology curriculum?

• To develop a passion for understanding the causes of human behaviour, psyche and motivation.

• To appreciate the relevance of psychology in all areas of life, whether it is family, colleagues or strangers, individuals or crowds that they will encounter throughout their lives.

• To develop a sense of morality and ethical practice that will influence the treatment of others and appreciate the social responsibility that can often accompany having a greater insight into human behaviour than most.

• To raise an awareness of abnormal psychology such as depression, schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder so that students have a better understanding of their own and other people, be it friends, family members or future colleague’s experiences and respond with empathy and understanding.

• To build on previous learning in other subjects, particularly maths, English and biology.

• To develop extended writing, mathematical, critical, application and evaluation skills.

• To develop skills in independent study that will be beneficial in further education

• To encourage resilience and a growth mind-set towards studying, work deadlines and assessments.

• To identify ambitions and aspirations and encourage students to appreciate the value of psychology in realising them, whether they relate to career or further education.

• To develop a culture of confidence within the classroom that allows students to question misunderstandings, challenge knowledge, express themselves and appreciate the different viewpoints surrounding sensitive topics.  

• To ensure that every student feels valued and that their contribution to the lesson and classroom environment is imported and appreciated.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: AQA
Entry Requirements: Grade 5+ in English, Maths and Science (separate or combined) GCSEs

Psychology A Level at Greenford High School has been designed to provide a broad introduction to the scope and nature of Psychology as a science.

We follow the AQA (A) exam board. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding rather than just acquiring knowledge, thereby developing analysis, evaluation and critical thinking skills. It is therefore essential that you are confident with science based subjects, as well as English language to help you with extended pieces of writing. As research methods is a large part of A Level Psychology you also need be competent and confident in Mathematics.

As the A Level is linear you will be studying Psychology over two years and sit your final exams at the end of the two years. In years 12 and 13 there are a range of topic-based options which bring together explanations from different approaches and engage students in issues and debates in contemporary psychology. These include topics such as Memory, Attachment, Aggression and Schizophrenia. At the end of year 12 you will sit examinations to ensure you are able to progress into year 13.

Course Content

This linear two year course offers a broad introduction to the scope and nature of psychology as a science.

When you study Psychology at GHS the emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding rather than just acquiring knowledge. This will develop your skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking. In year 12, the specification offers a broad range of topics, including memory, attachment, research methods, approaches, biopsychology, social influence, and abnormality.

In year 13, there are a range of topic-based options which bring together explanations from different approaches to psychology and engage students in issues and debates in contemporary psychology. If you progress on to year 13 you will study topics including relationships, aggression, as well as issue and debates, schizophrenia and research methods.

Psychology can be successfully combined with most other subjects.

Progression Routes

In addition to the obvious progression on to degree courses in Psychology, a good A Level grade in this subject will be accepted as part of the qualification for the vast majority of degree courses.

Universities and employers view qualifications in psychology very favourably as this indicates good communication skills and confidence, which are important to any career.

Sociology

Curriculum Intent - what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Sociology curriculum?

  • To have a curriculum that challenges generalized assumptions and to understand how everyone in society is impacted by external factors, as well as individuals, from a range of theoretical perspectives as well as evidence.
  • To inspire students to engage in critical thinking and develop their intellectual curiosity, ready for the next state of their educational career.
  • To develop independent thinking, thus opening students minds’ and enabling them to engage critically with the world around them, by engaging with a range of contemporary social issues.
  • To enable high standards of academic achievement through the sequencing of the A-Level Sociology course and quality first teaching to empower students to progress to Higher Education.
  • To expand students opportunity to engage with social issues so that they develop their sense of moral responsibility.
  • To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of sociological topics, concepts, theory and methods.
  • To explore sociological issues from a range of evidence and different theoretical perspectives.
  • To be able to identify and critically analyse and evaluate different sociological approaches and debates within sociology.
  • To understand our social context by exploring theories which question how society is structured and explore the courses and solutions of social problems.
  • To ensure that students are equipped to deal with the demands of the exam (AO1, AO2 and AO3) as well as understanding how they will be assessed.
  • To develop students’ sociological writing so that they can communicate effectively in the exam and using a structure that will secure them the best possible number of marks.
  • To develop students’ oracy through effective questioning, debates and other in-lesson quality talk opportunities.
  • To provide students with ample opportunity to practice exam questions and receive feedback to ensure progress in their sociological knowledge and understanding as well as application, analysis and evaluation skills.
  • To give students structured resources to use in their independent learning to teach them how to work effectively independently, such as, the revision cycle based on research on memory.
  • To prepare students for university through activities that promote intellectual curiosity, such as extended reading, as well as equipping them with the necessary skills, such as effective note-taking and revision.

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: AQA
Entry Requirements: Grade 5+ in English and History GCSEs. Preference will be given to students with grade 6+ in English and History GCSEs.

A Level Sociology is a fascinating way to understand the world around you and your place within it! As a student of Sociology, you will begin to develop a critical approach and will always ask questions based on the evidence presented to you. Sociology also allows you the opportunity to explore significant social theories such as Marxism, Feminism, Functionalism and Post-modernism and will use these ideas to debate the reality of the social world. Key Sociological questions that you will focus on in your studies include:

  • Do you need two parents to properly raise a child?
  • Should same-sex couples be allowed to adopt?
  • How does immigration influence the family?
  • Is there still a class divide in education?
  • Can we trust the crime statistics or is there bias in the criminal justice system?

Through your study of Sociology you will learn to:

  • Argue effectively, based on evidence
  • Communicate a point using key concepts
  • Evaluate a particular theory or point of view
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Conduct research into a social issue

Course Content

1st Year A Level

  • Education with Methods in Context (Unit 1)
  • Families and Households (Unit 2)
  • Research Methods (Units 1 and 3)

2nd Year A Level

  • Sociological Theories and Methods (Units 1 and 3)
  • Mass Media (Unit 2)
  • Crime and Deviance (Unit 3) 

Progression Routes

There are many degrees and careers open to students of Sociology including social science degrees; law; journalism; criminology; management and administration; leisure, travel and tourism; education, professional and social services; business and finance.

Spanish

Curriculum Intent - What is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Spanish curriculum?

• To develop understanding of spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. (listening / reading)

• To increase opportunities for spontaneous speech in order to build confidence, fluency and spontaneity when communicating. (speaking)

• To produce written responses at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using variety of grammatical structures. (writing)

• To make use of appropriate social conventions, including informal and formal address and register. (register)

• To foster curiosity, develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries or communities where the language is spoken. (intercultural)

• To foster links with other curriculum areas to deepen learning and encourage bilingualism. (cross-curricular)

• To develop resilient and independent learners in order to maximise their progress and prepare them for the next stage in their education irrespective of their attainment and background. (further education)

• To provide enrichment opportunities to foster responsible global citizens who would positively contribute to society. (enrichment)  

• To encourage a creative approach to language learning and instilling students with a growth mindset. (creativity)  

Course Description

Level: GCE A Level
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 6+ in Spanish GCSE

Students will learn to discuss a range of topics in the language they are studying. These will include Social Issues and Trends, Political and Artistic Culture as well as an in depth study of a film and a book. Students will have access to a wide-range of authentic materials such as video, online resources, newspapers and magazines and have the opportunity to take part in weekly conversation sessions with a Foreign Language Assistant.

Course Content

A Level Spanish is a two year linear course with exams at the end of Year 13. The AS course is one year.

  • Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Translation (40%)
  • Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (30%)
  • Paper 3: Speaking (30%)

The main focus is on developing the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE, encouraging accuracy through a solid understanding of grammar and gaining a useful insight into the culture of the target language country. Speaking skills are developed in lessons and in sessions with the language assistant. Through the topics studied, students will get the opportunity to reflect on various aspects of contemporary society including the changing role of the family, equal rights, life for the marginalised, cultural heritage, politics and immigration. All students will be given the chance to take part in a week's work experience in a country where the language is spoken.

Progression Routes

By choosing to study a foreign language at A Level, you immediately enhance your UCAS and employment prospects. It is an extremely flexible subject which combines well with both Arts, Sciences and Business based subjects. Most universities offer courses that allow you to combine the study of a language alongside a wide variety of other subjects and most of these courses will offer the opportunity for a year abroad studying or working. In its guidance to applicants, Russell Group universities recommend languages as a 'facilitating' subject at A Level because choosing languages "leaves open a wide range of options for university studies".