Art and Design
Key Stage 3
Assessment: A sketch book is used to record information and develop ideas.
NC Levels: Most students are expected to achieve at least a level 5 in Art by the end of Key Stage 3 and have progressed by at least one level from Key Stage 2.
Content of Course: The key stage Art course is designed to build on the skills and confidence gained in each of the previous years, whilst providing new challenges and approaches. Students are encouraged to develop independence, self confidence and a belief in their ability to create and innovate. Projects will include work both in 2 and 3 dimensions, and demonstrate a range of different materials and processes.
Key Stage 4
Syllabus: Edexcel Art and Design
Useful website: www.edexcel.com
Assessment: Students must choose one starting point from a concept chosen by Edexcel. They have four weeks of preparation time and ten hours of supervised examination time.
Coursework: Coursework is ongoing over the two year course. Students work on three units which are submitted for assessment. Pupils work in a sketchbook and produce large pieces of artwork.
Content of course: Students are taught techniques and ways of working which build skill and confidence and enable them to work independently and tackle longer more complex units of work. Throughout the course the Sketch Book will play a vital part in reading and developing ideas used in the units. Pupils will work in both 2 and 3 dimensions, and demonstrate a range of different materials and processes.
Welcome to the world of Business. It’s what’s happening now!
Everything that goes on in the world has some connection with the subject of Business. From the very minute you get up in the morning, to your journey home in the evening, you will have had some interaction with the subject. De La Salle offers a very modern and exciting business curriculum with a wide range of options for you to choose to help you prepare for your future.
The department allows students the unique opportunity to study a subject that will prepare them for their future in whatever direction their life takes them.
Courses we offer:
- BTEC Business (Level 2)
- GCSE in Business from Edexcel
- GCSE in Business and Communications from AQA
Students attend classes over a two year period and complete three examinations in each of the two GCSE options – one of these examinations takes place in the school in the form of controlled assessment.
For the BTEC option students complete a range of assignments over the two year period and at the end of the course are awarded a grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction). Students complete an online examination covering Financial Management at the end of Year 10.
The areas we cover in the department range from Finance, Teamwork, Ownership, Purpose of a Business, Communications, Online Business, Economics, Accounting options.
The department allows students to develop their own business ideas that they would like to bring to a market place, the teachers offers one to one tutoring and guidance for any students who wish to pursue a business start up option. Students, as part of the department, become skilled in most business areas and would be confident and experienced enough after the two years to start their own businesses.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology is both a creative and technical subject. It combines aspects of creative design and applied science. It is about designing and making products in a range of materials that both look good and work well. It is about responding to human needs or design challenges in an innovative way through research and evaluation.
Creative learning in Design and Technology involves using both imaginative design and problem solving skills. It should link to the world of industry and commerce and the technologies they employ. It should include opportunities for learning that are vocationally relevant and allow a spirit of enterprise.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 – 9, all students currently follow a rotational course where they experience designing and making themes and activities using food, graphic, compliant and textile materials through the National Curriculum strands of researching, designing, planning, making and evaluating. Additionally, some technical and computer aided graphics is being developed using the new Apple Computers.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 & 11, students can currently choose GCSE courses in Design Technology (Food Technology), Design Technology (Textile Design) or the BTEC Extended Certificate in Art and Design (which is equivalent to 2 GCSE passes at grades A*-C).
The aim of the Drama Department at De La Salle School is to help build upon our students’ personal and social skills, in addition to developing performance skills.
The Drama Department aims to provide a foundation course for KS3 pupils and to introduce all pupils to the basic techniques and terminology used with Drama. We aim to increase participation in the process of Drama, to enable pupils to evaluate, develop imaginatively, to build their self-confidence and to respond to a variety of performance stimuli.
Emphasis is placed upon improving each student’s communication, teamwork, concentration and confidence in the classroom, looking toward skills that they can use to help support learning in other subjects, and will ultimately find beneficial in the work-place.
We also try to make our learning as much fun as we possibly can!
PROGRAMME OF STUDY
Key Stage 3
Students will explore a wide range of topics including Tension, Evacuees, Bluebeard, Greek Theatre, Elizabethan Drama and Robin Hood.
Each topic includes all key drama medium skills; Voice, Movement, Mime, use of Space and Staging, and Facial Expression.
Skills are developed in:
- Co-operation, concentration and imaginative thinking
Focus is on:
- Body language, mime, stills, the understanding of the role of sound and dialogue.
Pupils are exposed to the exploration of scripts, different solutions and emotions in terms of fantasy and reality. They are encouraged to refine and polish performance.
Key Stage 4
De La Salle School Drama Department follows the Edexcel GCSE Drama syllabus, which comprises two units of coursework (totalling 60% of the examined mark) and a group performance at the end of Year 11 (totalling 40%).
Unit 1 Paper 1 focuses on a topic, idea or theme that is emotionally challenging. This year we are looking at the concept of ‘Monsters’.
Unit 1 Paper 2 is an analysis of a performance text – this year we are looking at ‘Killed’ by the Belgrade Theatre in Education Company, a play-text dealing with one mans experience of the First World War.
Both Papers in Unit 1 follow the same structure – Students perform a minimum of 6 performance tasks based upon the topic.
Unit 2 involves a written or devised performance that will be presented to an external examiner and be submitted as video evidence in Year 11.
The Drama GCSE requires that students submit photographic and video evidence.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
- KS3 Drama club runs on a Wednesday night after school from 3.20 to 4.15
- KS4 Drama club runs on a Tuesday night after school from 3.20 to 4.15
All students are welcome!
We are very lucky to have an established team of experienced teachers in the English Department. This has led to some very good results over the last three years.
Key Stage 3
English is taught in setted groups from the start of Year 7. A great deal of importance is placed on individual target setting and constant monitoring of progress.
The curriculum is divided into 3 areas:
- Speaking and Listening
We place equal importance on each of these areas; making our lessons as enjoyable as possible in order to encourage and stimulate their learning.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students undertake their G.C.S.E. courses in English Language and English Literature. We study the AQA syllabuses.
As part of the course, students study:
- Modern Drama
- Spoken Word
We begin work on these pieces during the Year 9 course.
Our aim is to help the young people in our care to communicate with clarity, coherence and thought. We also want them to be open to and engage with different ideas and points of view.
Extended Learning Faculty
The provision for Special Educational Needs is a particularly good feature of De La Salle School. The Extended Learning Faculty is staffed by a SENCO, Assistant SENCO, an Admin Assistant, a Literacy Tutor and ten non-teacher support staff. Work is done with students who have difficulty either within the context of the classroom situation where they receive individual support, or in a withdrawal situation for specific, targeted interventions either individually or in small groups.
The policy for Special Educational Needs is comprehensive and follows the Essex County Guidelines and the SEN Code of Practice. The full policy (updated in 2012) can be found in the collection of school policy documents.
The Geography Department at this school has three teachers all whom have educational qualifications to a Masters level. The Key Stage 3 programme of study has been altered over a few years to allow for greater flexibility in teaching and learning to take place in the classroom. Learning is encouraging geographical knowledge to develop through enquiry and skills based learning supported by P.L.T.S. Pupils complete an assessed piece of work each half-term. Each member of the teaching team has a focus to engage in regular learning conversations with pupils so that they understand how to progress through the National Curriculum levels and their GCSE grade.
GCSE Geography will introduce you to new skills, new places and new ideas. It is relevant to the world you live in.
- It encourages you to discuss current affairs.
- It focuses on the environment.
- It involves practical outdoor fieldwork.
- It is studied through investigation, not just listening and reading.
What will I be doing in lesson?
You will experience many different approaches to learning to guide you through the course. You will produce reports to suggest plans for solving problems and to give your own ideas. Group work and class discussions help you to understand and communicate thoughts and ideas. Every three weeks you will carry out a GCSE test question so as to help with exam preparation and this informs teacher feedback and future planning.
You will do at least two days of fieldwork as part of your course to help understand contrasting environments. Recent fieldwork has included a river study in Suffolk and coastal erosion study at Walton-on-the-Naze. As part of these fieldworks there will be a small cost incurred.
What will I learn?
- You live in the world – you will find out more about the challenges and opportunities it offers.
- Discover how people are using different environments in parts of world.
- How different landscapes have developed and the great natural forces involved.
- What really causes natural disasters like flood, drought and tectonic events? How can people cope?
The course content focuses on four key themes:
- Unit 1 = Unit 1 = Geographical skills and challenges, (primary data collection, data presentation, analysis and ICT GIS programmes), and Challenges for the Planet.
- Unit 2 = The Natural World that studies the following topics, (Coastal, River, Tectonic landscapes and a Wasteful or Watery world).
- Unit 3 = The Human World that studies the following topics, (Economic, Settlement and Population Change and a Moving or Tourist’s world).
- Unit 4 = Investigating Geography, the controlled assessment.
How will I be assessed?
The course is linear. This means the exams will all be taken in the summer of Year 11 after the completion of the two year syllabus. Unit 1 has an exam which lasts 1 hour and is worth 25% of your total marks. Units 2 and 3 have an exam which lasts 1 hour 15 minutes and they are also worth 25% of your total marks. The exams have two tiers: Higher – allowing you to achieve grades A*-D and Foundation – allowing you to achieve grades C-G. This means that you can work at a level that suits you. Unit 4 – the controlled assessment – makes up the remaining 25% with the portfolio limited to 2000 words in length. This will involve a fieldwork day to collect your primary data.
What can I do with my GCSE?
A GCSE in Geography is a stepping stone to a whole range of future opportunities.
You might want to continue study in Geography or a related subject like Geology, Environmental Science or Leisure and Recreation. Employment opportunities where geographical skills are valued include journalism, engineering, media, teaching, ICT, environmental management and economic adviser.
Key Stage 3
Introductory Unit – History- What’s it all about?
Students will be able to demonstrate the skills and disciplines required to study history.
Students will visit The Romans as a revision of KS2 study. The key question will be a focus on whether the Romans were a civilized society or not.
Students will study the following topics with the focus on answering specific questions:
- 1066 to 1500
Key events are The Battle of Hastings,The Murder of Thomas Becket, The Magna Carta and The Peasants Revolt. Students will look at the changing distribution of power from 1066 to 1500.
- How did Medieval Monarchs keep control of England?
- How hard life was for Medieval people living in the town and countryside?
The Making of the United Kingdom, 1500-1750.
- The Tudors- How successful did Elizabeth I tackle the problems of her reign?
- The English Civil War- Was the world ‘turned upside down’ in the 17th Century?
- What was it like to be a slave?
- What was the price of Freedom?
- Industrialization- How Industrialized was Britain, 1750-1900?
Students will investigate in depth the local area of Southend-on-sea as an example of Industrial change.
- Hot war, Cold war: The Twentieth Century
Students will study the main features of twentieth-century warfare. Topics include:
- World War I
- World War II
- The Cold War
There is a Trip for students to visit the town of Ypres in Belgium. The trip compliments the study of World War One in Year 9.
Students will learn factual knowledge about the topics listed above. They will also become creative and independent thinkers who can clearly communicate their opinions to others through a range of activities including class discussion, group work, written work and homework. Students will learn how to use historical evidence and will investigate different interpretations of the past. They will develop historical skills such as inference, interpretation and reliability. Students will also be able to handle a range of source material and learn how to evaluate and justify conclusions. Through independent research and enquiry, students will look at historical significance and linking factors.
They will also develop literacy, numeracy and ICT skills throughout Key Stage 3 in History.
Key Stage 3 Assessment in History
Teachers will set a target level for each student which will be put in the front of their exercise books. Teachers will encourage students to achieve their target level and, where possible, surpass it.
Throughout the year, students will complete specific tasks which will be assessed using National Curriculum Levels. All other work will be marked according to school policy. Students will also have the opportunity to peer and self assess their work to help them develop as confident and independent learners.
Homework in History can be a whole range of things: it could be written work, preparing for an assessment or a test, carrying out independent research or presenting ideas in different ways. The following websites may be useful in completing homework:
Key Stage 4
Students who opt to choose History in Years 10 and 11 study the OCR History B specification which focuses on the turbulent history of the 20th century – its key historical events, people, changes and issues of history. Students will examine a variety of topics, from cultural diversity to political development on national and global levels. They will look at changes in British society, including the changing roles of women, changing patterns of ethnicity and how young people’s lives have changed.
Students will develop a view of history from national and international perspectives and an appreciation of how learning from past events can help improve the future. Students will gain an insight into international relations, global conflict and political developments in key countries.
The course is divided in to three parts:
- International Relations, 1919-1939
- USA, 1919-1941
- Britain, 1890-1918
All assessments for History GCSE involve extended writing. There will be two exams papers: *Paper 1: tests knowledge and understanding of topics such as the Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations, Hitler’s foreign policy, the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression. *Paper 2: tests ability with sources regarding Britain, 1890-1945, which includes topics such as the Liberal Reforms, the Home Front and the Suffragettes. Students will be assessed by one piece of controlled assessment: Germany, 1919-1945
History is an exciting and engaging course which is valued by employers, helps develop you as a person and is hugely enjoyable! GCSE History will build on and develop the skills you have already been using in Key Stage Three History. Your History lessons will be taught in a variety of styles, including role-plays, constructing written and spoken reasoned arguments and debating your ideas with others.
Within the De La Salle community the subject of ICT is taught both as a standalone subject to both KS3 and KS4 and as a cross curricular link with most of the other subjects within the school. The subject is entering a very exciting phase with the introduction of Apple technology to the school and to the ICT department.
Outside of lessons students are able to use the ICT facilities to undertake workshops for most subjects. We provide a VLE where students can access their user area documents and resources for every subject at any time from any location outside the school. This VLE also allows students to access both student and staff email accounts from home and is another medium for the submission of homework.
It is the aim of our department that students leave our community prepared for the working environment, with a wide range of ICT skills.
Key Stage 3
At Key stage 3, students within the department being to explore various projects which develops skills in Web Design, Video Production, Basic Programming alongside the key every day programmes of Word, Access , PowerPoint and Excel. At Year 9, students get the opportunity to become experts in any area of the curriculum, that they have become interested in, over the first two years at the school.
Key Stage 4
When students reach the end of Yr 9, they make the decision as to what direction to take. The department offers an exciting KS4 ICT curriculum for students to choose from.
Current Year 11 students are completing an OCR Nationals Course, comprising of 4 modules:
- Web Design
- Multimedia Design
- Animation Creation
- Business skills module which was started in Yr 9
At the end of this course, student work is assessed achieving one of the following grades: Pass, Merit, Distinction.
Current Year 10 students have the option of taking a vocational IT and Creative Technology course from Edexcel BTEC or a GCSE in Computer Science from OCR.
In BTEC IT, students complete a range of assignments over 2 years and are awarded a first award in Information and Creative Technology at one of the grades Pass, Merit or Distinction. Students complete a range of units covering Animation, Web Planning and Design, Spreadsheet. Students complete one external unit worth 25% of their Course which is an online exam.
The Maths Department is one of the most successful departments in the school. Each year we have enjoyed record results which rank us in the top 2% of schools in the country.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, we use the Level Up series of textbooks and every student has their own homework book and CD rom of the textbook. At the end of every chapter, students complete a ‘round-up’ which is marked and a level given.
The progress of every student can be found on their tracker sheet, which is stapled into the front of their exercise book.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, we follow the Edexcel Linear course which is examined by two exams at the end of Year 11. Each pupil will be provided with either a text book or a homework book.
All students are set according to ability, across six sets. At the end of every three units of work, students will sit a test. These tests are sent home and parents are encouraged to comment on their son/daughter’s progress. Any necessary interventions to improve performance will be implemented, for example, 1-1 tuition.
Each student is expected to have a protractor, a pair of compasses and a scientific calculator; the department recommends the Casio FX.
The Mathswatch CD is highly recommended for our GCSE students. It contains tutorials on every topic and has proved to be very successful in enhancing learning and improving performance. This CD is available from Student Services priced at approximately £4.
The Maths Department is open every breaktime and lunchtime if students require extra support.
French is taken by all pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 as a first language.
Key Stage 3
In year 7, 8 and 9 pupils from sets 1, 2, 3 and 4 have the opportunity to study Spanish as a second language.
Key Stage 4
In year 10 students must choose one foreign language. For those with a real passion for languages there is an opportunity to do a second GCSE after school.
To reflect and promote the diversity of the school community, we have provided GCSE accreditation in Polish and we intend to offer alternative qualifications in a wider range of languages, including Cantonese.
The Department aims to:
- Inspire a love for language learning
- Provide high quality learning in a caring environment
- Develop skills in oral communication
- Enhance the career prospects of our pupils
- Encourage learners to become life-long learners of languages
- Develop links with school in France and Spain
- Promote understanding of other cultures and languages
- Develop opportunities for pupils to experience the culture and language first hand through increased involvement in study visits abroad.
Key Stage 3
Ongoing throughout the year on a variety of topics individually, in pairs and in larger groups. The annual music exam takes place during exam week and assesses practical, listening and theoretical skills. Students are also encouraged to take externally set Graded Examinations in Music Theory and on their chosen instrument.
Most students are expected to achieve at least a level 5 in Music by the end of Key Stage 3 and have progressed by at least two levels on Key Stage 2. Students who learn an instrument either outside of school or through the peripatetic music lessons tend to make greater progress.
Content of Course:
Students develop performing skills on a variety of instruments including tuned and untuned percussion and keyboards. Students compose in pairs and in larger groups in a variety of styles and students also listen to and analyse Music in a variety of styles.
Key Stage 4
Qualification: GCSE Music
Assessment: There are three areas of study:
1. Performing (1 solo and 1 ensemble piece 30%)
2. Composing (2 contrasting pieces chosen from different areas of study 30%)
3. Examination study of 12 pieces of music from 4 different areas of study:
- Western Classical Music
- Music in the 20th Century
- Popular Music in Context
- World Music
Content of Course:
The course will introduce students to many different musical styles and cultures. The study of the 12 set works will help students to understand how music is constructed and how different styles are achieved through the individual use of melody, harmony, rhythm, instrumentation, texture and tone. Linked to this, there are opportunities for students to compose and create their own music, as well as perform as a soloist and in a group.
Aims of the Physical Education Department
Physical Education at The De La Salle School is regarded as an important subject. It is not simply about ‘letting off steam’, but a subject that can educate a child through a variety of physical activities.
Research has shown that young people today are becoming increasingly unfit, overweight and far more likely to get degenerative diseases in adult life because of their inactivity as children.
Poor diet, endless hours in front of the television or home computer and being transported around by car, bus and train, all underline the necessity for regular physical activity in schools.
By maintaining a basic level of fitness and good health, the students not only gain huge physical benefits, but also learn important social skills as individuals and as a part of a team. They learn tolerance, co-operation, how to accept and hold responsibility and how to win and lose gracefully, to name a few.
PE also encourages competitiveness, which helps give students the determination to achieve their full potential once they leave school. The current economy means there is a large number of applicants for job vacancies, so drive and competitiveness is essential to enable students to succeed.
The Physical Education Department at the De La Salle School aims:
- To provide outstanding PE provision for all learners in our care, so they can achieve their full potential in PE.
- To motivate and enthuse young people so that they enjoy participation in our subject and continue to participate in physical activity outside of school.
- To develop skill, knowledge and fitness levels to a high standard in all key stages.
- To nurture talent and provide pathways for students to join local clubs regardless of their ability.
- To provide an extensive extra-curricular programme of clubs, teams and competitive fixtures to enable pupils to further develop their talents and interests.
- To provide an enriched, flexible curriculum that meets the needs of every learner.
- To ensure that pupils understand how exercise and sport contribute to health, and teach pupils the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
- To develop positive attitudes and give students more ownership of their learning, to become more independent. Additional skills developed: co-operation, teamwork, leadership, responsibility, respect and understanding of others, and the ability to cope with success and failure within a culture where pupils feel they can succeed.
- To develop numeracy, literacy, citizenship and ICT skills where appropriate in PE lessons.
The facilities at the De La Salle School
The Physical Education department offers excellent sporting facilities.
- Outdoor facilities: 2 football pitches, 1 rugby pitch, 2 MUGA pitches with 3 outdoor basketball courts and 2 netball courts
- Indoor facilities: 1 sports hall (3 badminton courts) and 1 gymnasium.
- PE Classroom
At De La Salle Religious Education is fundamental to the schools very identity and existence. With three full time members our department works passionately to empower all of our student’s by offering a challenging and diverse curriculum to nurture potential and celebrate progress.
R.E. lessons are given to all student’s across key stage 3 and 4 using the syllabus outlined by the diocese of Brentwood and is a compulsory academic subject using the Icons series (a complete religious education programme for 11-14 students).
Key Stage 3
In year 7,8 and 9 students explore in innovative ways the key elements of Christian belief, the teachings of Jesus Christ the human person, the Church and the Sacraments – all according to the Roman Catholic Tradition. We also strive to touch the hearts of our students with particular care for the poor or needy, and develop their potentials to the fullest through a Christian education which finds it roots in the La Sallian spirit of Faith, hope and love.
A variety of teaching and learning styles and resources are used to realise these aims. Pupils explore issues through debate, religious discussion and group work. Drama and role play are used extensively in Year 7 to 8 alongside film, art and music to stimulate discussion of religious issues. The RE department is also interactive in the use of ICT however, research and essay writing still retain a high priority.
Key Stage 4
At key stage 4 students follow a linear approach at GCSE. 100% of their final grade is achieved in year 11, where they will sit two papers.
Paper 1 is based on Catholic Christianity where the students will focus on the meaning and importance of Christian beliefs and values, issues surrounding community and tradition in the Catholics’ Church, meaning and importance of worship and celebration, and finally looking at the meaning and importance of living a Christian life.
Paper 2, the students explore contemporary moral issues from religious and non-religious perspectives focussing on issues surrounding belief in God, matters of life and death, marriage and family life and religion and community cohesion.
There is no coursework in GCSE RE therefore exam preparation is a permanent and on going aspect of all lessons.
Welcome to Science
Have you ever wondered…? Are clones really like they are in the movies? Can you get cancer from too many additives? How do we know black holes exist when they are completely black? What is the cleanest, greenest fuel for a car?
Science touches every part of our lives, whether we are looking at how your body works or what the fuels of the future will be. The way science is taught has changed over the years. The emphasis is now on “how Science works” – how does Science actually impact on our lives and encouraging students to think critically about information given to us. The De La Salle Science Department are all dedicated to not only delivering a rich and challenging curriculum but facilitating learners with skills to take with them through life- critical thinking, analytical skills, problem solving and the ability to question the world around them. From Years 7 to 11 we know the importance of learning by doing in Science and know how much the students enjoy practical work.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 we teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics following the Collins scheme of work. The content has changed to make learners see how the topics are relevant to their lives. We are a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and approachable teachers in Science. We hope we will be able to inspire some future scientists.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Science: Edexcel
GCSE work starts in Year 9 to give our students a head-start on the program and the best chances at success within the new educational framework.
GCSE students will complete their Controlled Assessment Task 1 which contributes 25% to the final grade. At the end of year 10, students will take GCSE examinations for Biology 1, Chemistry 1 and Physics 1. Successful students will be awarded their first GCSE in Core Science qualification.
GCSE students will complete their Controlled Assessment Task 2 which contributes 25% to the final grade. At the end of year 11, students will take GCSE examinations for Biology 2, Chemistry 2 and Physics 2. Successful students will be awarded their second GCSE in Additional Science qualification.
Students who are more oriented towards a vocational route to achieve success in Science will have the opportunity to study BTEC First Award in Applied Science. The qualification is equivalent to two GCSE grades. In Year 10 and 11 students will complete coursework for three units and they will do one examination at the end of each year.
All of the above courses will give students an excellent depth of Science education and an understanding of the importance of Science in everyday life. However, students who may wish to study Science further at College or University level will need to ensure that their academic performance at Key Stage 3 dictates that they will be in one of the GCSE Science classes.
Students who opt to study Sociology in Years 10 and 11 follow the OCR Sociology specification. The course encourages learners to develop a critical understanding of sociological evidence and research processes, including knowledge of the main methods and stages of sociological research.
Students are introduced to the basic key concepts in sociology and make links between the individual and society, looking in particular at culture, socialisation and identity.
The themes of socialisation, culture, identity, power and control are developed through topics such as: the family, education and the mass media. Students are also given the opportunity to apply their sociological research knowledge through examining case study materials.
Students combine the study of traditional and contemporary topics which help students to develop perspectives on their own experience of the social world. They are also given the opportunity to communicate their knowledge and understanding in interesting and creative ways, which encourages them also to analyse different aspects of society. Students are given the chance to develop and demonstrate applied sociological research skills which will be of benefit for more advanced study of sociology.
Students are assessed through the completion of three written examination papers:
- Unit B671: Sociology Basics – 1 hour written examination worth 25%
- Unit B672: Socialisation, Culture and Identity – 1 ½ hour written examination worth 50%
- Unit B673: Applying Sociological Research Techniques – 1 hour written examination 25%
Students are expected to:
- Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of social structures, processes and issues.
- Apply knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts both familiar and unfamiliar.
- Select, interpret, analyse and evaluate information from different sources.
- OCR GCSE Sociology by Janine Jacobs-Roth, Lynn Taylor, Karen Waterworth, Bruce Viveash,
- Active Sociology for GCSE by J Blundell
- Sociology for GCSE by P Wilson and A Kidd
- An Introduction to Sociology by K Browne
Travel and Tourism
BTEC Travel and Tourism Extended Certificate
What will I do on the course?
You will learn about:
- The different sectors of the travel and tourism industry including the career opportunities available
- How to deliver excellent customer service through simulated role plays
- How to plan and run visits, which includes taking part in an educational visit in the UK which you will organise
- Job search and employment skills
- Plan holidays to meet customer needs
- Marketing skills including how to produce promotional products
- Learn about UK and European holiday destinations
You will take part in class work, group activities, role play, research, presentations, visits to attractions and destinations. You will also learn how to deliver a resort rep’s transfer speech and welcome meeting as well as a cabin crew safety briefing. You will also study Essential Skills in number and communication.
What will this course prepare me for?
You will develop study and life skills that will prepare you for more advanced study or into employment in the travel and tourism industry. Many of our students continue their studies on the Travel, Tourism, Airline and Cruise Operations or Hospitality Supervision courses. Alternatively, there are a wide variety of job opportunities and you could find yourself working for airlines and airports, tour operators, travel agents, visitor attractions, visitor centres and many more.