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Sixth Form Offer

BMA Sixth Form curriculum offer includes 21 different subjects and 22 different courses. 

Content Disclaimer: All content is accurate as of July 2021. We reserve the right to alter or cancel courses after publication in the event of changing demand and resource.

 

Applied Science

Qualification: BTEC
Exam board and specification: Pearson (601/7434/1)
Specific additional entry requirements: Minimum of Grade 6 in Double Science and Maths GCSEs

 

Why you should consider this course
Applied Science is a vocational programme designed for progression into science based higher education or career development. The course allows you to cover the fundamentals of science such as cell biology, chemical reactions and laboratory techniques. You will study

  • A range of biological, chemistry and physics based subjects which include human physiology, microbiology, genetics and genetic engineering, astronomy and medical physics.
  • You will gain a deep understanding of scientific theory and skills, coupled with experimental techniques.
  • Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to perform a variety of biology and chemistry experimental work and will also learn how to work safely within a laboratory environment.
  • You will use Maths and statistics to analyse experimental data. 

 

How will you be assessed?
After the delivery of each unit of the course, you will be issued with an assignment, which covers pass, merit and distinction criteria. 

 

Future pathways
The majority of students studying BTEC Applied Science progress to university studying a variety of degrees including biomedical science, engineering, forensic science, radiotherapy, sport science, nursing and even law, philosophy or sociology.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Applied, rather than simply theory based. You will undertake work experience within your chosen field and visit a number of different laboratories to see Science in action.
  2. Partnerships between BMA Sixth Form and leading institutions and is situated at one of the scientific hubs of the world. Enrichment and extension opportunities with local University partnerships, such as UCL, King’s and Imperial.
  3. Staff expertise: teachers of the subject at A Level have advanced qualifications in the units of the course. Considerable experience in the department.

Art & Design

Qualification: A level
Exam board and specification: OCR (H601)
Specific additional entry requirements: Minimum of Grade 6 in Art and Design GCSE 

 

Why you should consider this course

A level Art & Design approaches a wide range of traditional and contemporary skills. Through a focus on Graphic Communication, Textiles or Resistant Materials, pupils approach drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography alongside various Computer Aided Design programmes (Photoshop, Illustrator) and digital realisation. These skills are developed via rigorous and extended levels of experimentation and research. 

 

How will you be assessed?

Assessment

Focus

Percentage

Personal Investigation: Coursework

Pupils explore an initial design brief, bolstered with focused sessions developing key skills - from printmaking to photoshop

60%

Controlled Assignment: AQA Exam Brief

Pupils apply and further develop these skills selecting a design brief presented by AQA exam board in a 15 hour practical exam

40%

 

Future pathways

BMA Art and Design ensures pupils are ready to lead in their chosen field in a setting that is an international hub of creativity and excellence. As such, we believe that our pupils can access a wide range of careers; Architecture, Fine Art, Graphics, Visual Communication, Fashion and Textiles, Illustration, Sculpture and 3D practices, Product Design, Set Design and Arts Management are all areas that can be accessed. This course perfectly prepares pupils for further study at degree level or an advanced diploma. 

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Flexibility to study the course through the media of Graphic Communication, Textiles or Resistant Materials, rather than just Fine Art.
  2. Partnerships between BMA Sixth Form and leading arts institutions and is situated at one of the creative hubs of the world. Enrichment and extension opportunities with local University partnerships, such as University of the Arts, London, London School of Fashion.
  3. Staff expertise: teachers of the subject at A Level are also practitioners in the field.

Biology

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: AQA (7402)

 

Why you should consider this course

This course develops knowledge and understanding of biological concepts. There is an emphasis on practical techniques and applying knowledge to broader, real life themes. This course is highly regarded by employers and universities.
 

How will you be assessed? 

Component

Assessment

Percentage of course

Paper 1

Written exam, 2 hours:

·            Short and long answer questions

·            Extended response questions

35%

Paper 2

Written exam, 2 hours:

·            Short and long answer questions

·            comprehension questions

35%

Paper 3

Written exam, 2 hours

·            Structured questions including practical techniques

·            Critical analysis of given experimental data

·            Essay from a choice of two questions

30%

 

Future pathways

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top 5 degree courses taken by students who have an A level in Biology are: Biology, Psychology, Sport and exercise science, Medicine, Anatomy. 

Studying A-level Biology gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:

  • Doctor
  • Clinical molecular geneticist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist
  • Vet
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Marine biologist
  • Dentist.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Dynamic teachers: at BMA Sixth Form, the Biology department consists of a dynamic group of teachers, who offer a supportive and encouraging environment that enables students to achieve their full potential.
  2. Enrichment and variety: The Biology department at BMA uses a range of learning styles to deliver the course, including preparing and delivering presentations, hosting debates and conducting practical experiments.
  3. Partnerships between BMA Sixth Form and leading institutions and is situated at one of the scientific hubs of the world. Enrichment and extension opportunities with local University partnerships, such as UCL, King’s and Imperial.

Business Studies

Qualification: BTEC
Exam board and specification: Pearson (9BS0

Why you should consider this course

Business is an extremely popular choice amongst young people, especially those that are looking to pursue this as a subject choice at University or as future career. 

Studying Business allows a clear pathway for those wanting to pursue a career in Business as we cover a range of essential areas such as finance, economics, accounting and marketing.

 

How will you be assessed?

After the delivery of each unit of the course, you will be issued with an assignment, which covers pass, merit and distinction criteria.

 

Future pathways

There are a number of Business-related Higher Education courses at universities across the country. Many students might choose to gain employment within the business sector, however many will also go into related careers such as Marketing, Finance or Business Law.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Applied, rather than simply theory based. You will undertake work experience within your chosen field and visit a number of different workplaces to see Business in action.
  2. Partnerships between BMA Sixth Form and leading institutions and we are situated in the Business capital of the world. Enrichment and extension opportunities with local University partnerships, such as King’s and Imperial.

Staff expertise: teachers of the subject at A Level have advanced qualifications in the units of the course. Considerable experience in the department.

Chemistry

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: AQA (7405

Why you should consider this course

A level Chemistry develops analytical and problem solving skills. The course provides a foundation to enable understanding of all aspects of chemistry. This course is highly regarded by universities and employers.

 

How will you be assessed? 

Component

Assessment

Percentage of course

Paper 1

Written exam, 2 hours

35%

Paper 2

Written exam, 2 hours

35%

Paper 3

Written exam, 2 hours. Questions include:

·            Practical techniques and data analysis

·            Those testing across the specification

·            multiple choice questions

30%

 

Future pathways

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top 5 degree courses taken by students who have an

A-level in Chemistry are:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacology.

Studying A-level Chemistry gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Clinical biochemist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Doctor
  • Toxicologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Science writer.

 

Highlights of this course at BMA Sixth Form

  1. Partnerships between BMA Sixth Form and leading institutions and is situated at one of the scientific hubs of the world. Enrichment and extension opportunities with local University partnerships, such as UCL, King’s and Imperial.
  2. Focus: A-level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it is the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives.
  3. Staff experience and expertise: teachers of this A Level have a significant amount of experience and advanced qualifications beyond degree level.

Economics

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: Edexcel (9EC0)

 

Why you should consider this course

There are several definitions of Economics but most textbooks seem to agree that Economics concerns the allocation of society’s scarce resources amongst the many alternative uses to which they could be put. 

In Economics you will look at the fundamental forces which affect our lives, such as employment, prices, international trade and poverty. Economists are often in healthy debate

with each other over these issues. It is this controversy which makes Economics lively and interesting and which allows you the opportunity to make your own judgement and form your own opinions. 

You will investigate microeconomic topics such as how individual decisions impact economic outcomes, the importance of competition, how markets operate and why they fail and how the distribution of income and wealth is affected. At the same time you will learn about macroeconomics, looking at the ‘big picture’ of how our national economy fits into the global context, the global impact of financial markets and monetary policy and the operation of the international economy.

 

How will you be assessed?                

Three 2 hour exams comprising:

  • One data response question (from a choice of two)
  • Two essay questions (from a choice of three contexts)

Each paper has a 33.3% weighting towards the A-Level qualification. Each paper is worth 80 marks.

 

Future pathways

Economics is a versatile subject that can help you in a number of careers. Not only could you find yourself working for big corporations, banks, or the government but your qualification in Economics could also be valuable in supporting a career like Marketing,

Law, Journalism or Teaching.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Staff style: lessons will be taught by expert teachers who will impart their specialist knowledge, as well as facilitate discussions where you can share your own interpretations with the group.
  2. Staff experience and expertise: teachers of this A Level have a significant amount of experience and advanced qualifications beyond degree level.

English Literature

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: Edexcel (9ET0)
Specific additional entry requirements: Minimum of Grade 6 in both English GCSEs

 

Why you should consider this course

English Literature at A-Level takes all of the best parts of the GCSE courses and elevates them to the next level. You will study eight phenomenal texts covering drama, poetry and prose, such as:

  • Shakespeare’s Othello
  • either Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe or A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams 
  • 21st century by poets like Patience Agbabi, Julia Copus, Tishani Doshi and Seamus Heaney.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • You will also get the chance to choose your own text to study in comparison with The Colour Purple by Alice Walker, a story about race, gender, family and trauma. 

 

How will you be assessed?

Component

Assessment

Percentage of Course

1: Drama

One Shakespeare play and one other drama (tragedy or comedy), critical essays supporting the Shakespeare play.

Written exam; 2 hours 15 minutes; clean copies of drama texts available in exam.

30%

2: Prose

Two prose texts on a theme, at least one pre-1900.

Written exam; 1 hour 15 minutes; clean copies of texts available in exam.

20%

3: Poetry

A collection of post-2000 poetry and one other collection of poetry, pre-1900.

Written exam; 2 hours 15 minutes; clean copies of poetry collections available in exam.

30%

4: Independent project

One taught prose text and one independently selected and studied on a given theme.

Independent project; comparative essay of 2500-3000 words with bibliography.

20%

 

Future pathways

English Literature A Level is a perfect choice for anyone who is interested in a career in law, the media, politics, journalism, marketing, education, or the arts. In fact, in any job where you will need to work with people, have empathy, communicate verbally and communicate in writing, it’s the perfect subject! English Literature works well in combination with subjects like History, Spanish, and RE. It can open the door to further study in any subject, including medicine and the sciences.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Aspiration raising teaching style: you will get a taste of what life as a student at a top university will be like: engaging with literary criticism, comparing texts, choosing your own areas of study and developing your own academic written persona. 
  2. Staff expertise: lessons will be taught by expert teachers who will impart their specialist knowledge, as well as facilitate discussions where you can share your own interpretations with the group.
  3. Relevance: Alongside classwork, there will be space for you to complete independent study on a text you feel passionate about.

Extended Project Qualification

Qualification: EPQ
Exam board and specification: AQA (7993)

 

Why you should consider this course

The EPQ is a stand-alone qualification equivalent to half an A Level. It gives BMA Sixth Form students an opportunity to demonstrate independent research skills by completing a 5,000 word dissertation, staging a performance, creating an artefact or undertaking an investigation. 

The project is supported by a production log recording how the project is researched, managed and evaluated. Students are assigned a supervisor who will support and guide them through the process. There are 30 hours of taught lessons and students are expected to spend a further 90 hours working on the project independently. The EPQ is worth up to 28 UCAS points for an A*.

 

How will you be assessed?

The EPQ is all non-examined assessment (NEA) meaning that this is like coursework which is submitted, marked by BMA Sixth Form and then moderated by the exam board.

 

Future pathways

The EPQ is highly recommended for students applying to Russell Group universities as it demonstrates the ability to write and reference academically and provides evidence that they have a real interest in a specific subject matter. It mirrors the independent style of learning required for success at degree level. 

The EPQ is highly recommended for students applying to Russell Group universities as it demonstrates the ability to write and reference academically and provides evidence that they have a real interest in a specific subject matter. It mirrors the independent style of learning required for success at degree level.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Relevance: the topic chosen for the EPQ is the students’ own choice, so is highly relevant to their future pathways
  2. Staff expertise and experience: teachers of the subject at A Level are chartered educational assessors, examiners and have significant experience.
  3. Boosts university applications: by demonstrating skills, provides a topic for interview discussion, gives UCAS points, and/or may allow the grade requirements to be lowered.

Geography

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: AQA (7037)
Specific additional entry requirements: Minimum of Grade 6 at Geography GCSE

 

Why you should consider this course

The Geography A Level is an exciting course that is designed to challenge perceptions of the world we live in and encourage you to develop your investigative and analytical skills.

You will study the dynamic physical world starting with water and carbon cycles. This invites you to contemplate the magnitude and significance of the cycles at a variety of scales, their relevance to wider geography and their central importance for human populations.

Within the human geography component, you will study topics such as globalisation and explore increased interdependence and transformed relationships between peoples, states and environments have prompted more or less successful attempts at a global level to manage and govern some aspects of human affairs. You will focus on people's engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them, all of which are of fundamental importance in their lives. Students acknowledge this importance and engage with how places are known and experienced, how their character is appreciated, the factors and processes which impact upon places and how they change and develop over time.

 

How will you be assessed?

Component

Assessment

Percentage of course

Physical Geography

Written exam, 2 hours 30 minutes

40%

Human Geography

Written exam, 2 hours 30 minutes

40%

Geography Fieldwork Investigation

Coursework (3000-4000 words)

20%

 

Future pathways

A-level Geography students develop their communication and team working skills as they often complete projects in groups. Research and analysis skills are also developed, including in IT, lab and fieldwork. Popular careers for people with geography qualifications include surveying, conservation, sustainability, town or transport planning, waste and water management, architecture, environmental planning, tourism, and weather forecasting. The army, government, research organisations, law and business world also recognise the practical research skills that geographers develop. Because geographers learn about human and population development, geography can be useful for jobs in charity and international relations too.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Flexibility in the fieldwork investigation, to ensure the material is relevant to the students specifically.
  2. Location in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and partnerships with human geography organisations, particularly in environmental planning (LLDC), tourism and sustainability.
  3. Staff experience and expertise: teachers of this A Level have a significant amount of experience and advanced qualifications beyond degree level.

History

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: AQA (7042)

 

Why you should consider this course

History is a superb subject for challenging the mind. It develops your ability to articulate your thoughts, marshal them into a logical argument and support a plausible conclusion. You will learn about vital periods in both British and foreign history as well as honing the skills of analysing historical sources. 

History is a rigorous, demanding but incredibly rewarding course suitable for any capable student with an enquiring mind, a willingness to read independently and an ability to communicate ideas clearly in writing.

 

How will you be assessed? 

Component

Assessment

Percentage of course

Breadth Study

written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

three questions (one compulsory)

40%

Depth Study

written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

three questions (one compulsory)

40%

Historical Investigation

Coursework (3000-4000 words)

20%

 

Future pathways

History is valuable to a huge range of careers because it trains you to analyse evidence clearly and present ideas persuasively. It would be of particular value to anyone considering a career in law, journalism, police, research, education, archaeology or management.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Flexibility in the historical investigation, to ensure the material is relevant to the students specifically.
  2. Relevance: students have a wide choice of topic areas that they can study, such as:
    • o The Tudors: England, 1485–1547
    • o Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603–1649
    • o Industrialisation and the People: Britain, c1783–1832
    • o Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851–1914
    • o The British Empire, c1857–1914
    • o The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–1979
  3. Staff experience and expertise: teachers of this A Level have a significant amount of experience and advanced qualifications beyond degree level.

Maths and Further Maths

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: Edexcel (9MAO)
Specific additional entry requirements: Minimum of Grade 7 at Maths GCSE

 

Why you should consider this course

Mathematics is the study of abstract patterns and problem solving. It is the development of another language in which we communicate concepts, situations and ideas. By developing this fluency in the ‘language’ of mathematics, you will be trained to think logically, systematically and strategically, all of which are crucial life skills applicable in innumerable circumstances.

 

How will you be assessed?

Maths A Level

Component

Assessment

Percentage of course

Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

Written exam, 3 hours

50%

Study of one religion and dialogues

Written exam, 3 hours

50%

 

Future pathways

This course can provide access to a wide variety of employment and Higher Education opportunities, including Game Design, Internet Security, Programming, Communications, Aircraft Modelling, Fluid Flows, Acoustic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Quantum Physics,

Astronomy and DNA Sequencing. In addition, Maths is highly regarded by employers as an indicator of a logical and analytical mind, and someone who is resilient and a good problem solver. 

Many established universities now require A-Level Further Mathematics as part of their offer for Mathematical and Science-based courses. 60% of those studying A-Level Further Mathematics go on to study Maths to degree level.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Flexibility
  2. Partnerships
  3. Staff expertise: 

 

Course: Mathematics
Exam Board: Edexcel 

Course: Further Mathematics
Exam Board: Edexcel

 

Aims and Key Learning: 

Note: You cannot take Further Mathematics alone. You can either take Maths alone, or you can take both Maths and Further Maths. 

Year 13 External Examinations (A-level) – The First 2 Weeks of June

A-Level Mathematics

A-Level Further Mathematics

·          Pure Mathematics 1

·            2 hour paper

·            100 marks (33.3% of A-Level Grade)

·          Pure Mathematics 2

·            2 hour paper

·            100 marks (33.3% of A-Level Grade)

·          Statistics and Mechanics

·            2 hour paper

o   o  100 marks (33.3% of A-Level Grade)

·          Core Pure Mathematics 1

·            1h 30m

·            75 Marks (25% of A-Level Grade)

·          Core Pure Mathematics 2

·            1h 30m

·            75 Marks (25% of A-Level Grade)

·          Further Pure Mathematics

·            1h 30m

·            75 Marks (25% of A-Level Grade)

·          Decision Mathematics 1

·            1h 30m

o   o  75 Marks (25% of A-Level Grade)

Media

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: OCR (H409)

 

Why you should consider this course

Understanding the Media and examining its role in society is key to our culture. During this course students will analyse a range of different media texts and develop an understanding of the forms and conventions of media language, whilst considering the issues of social representation. The changing relationship between media industries and audiences in the digital age will also be explored. 

The course culminates with in-depth studies of news and long-form TV drama, where students will apply and evaluate relevant critical theory. Assessment is primarily through written exams, although practically assessed coursework gives students the opportunity to shape their own media texts, developing skills in moving image production and web design.

 

How will you be assessed?

This course is assessed through both written examinations (70%) and coursework (30%). The coursework involves practical media production work in which students are expected to demonstrate a range of production skills in the creation of two different types of media.

 

Future pathways

A Level Media Studies will prepare students for a range of careers in fields such as Public Relations, Journalism, Advertising, TV Production and Events Management.  Students can also progress to study Media in various forms at degree level, focusing on either theory, practice or both.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Outstanding provision: the facilities at BMA Sixth Form and partnerships with local media outlets are outstanding.
  2. Partnerships between BMA Sixth Form and leading institutions and is situated at one of the hubs of the media world. Enrichment and extension opportunities with local partnerships, such as the BBC and UCL.

Staff expertise: Staff experience and expertise: teachers of this A Level have a significant amount of experience and advanced qualifications beyond degree level

Music

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: Pearson (9MU0)

 

Why you should consider this course

A Level Music builds on the musical understanding studied at GCSE. It has a straightforward structure with three engaging components, assessed through practical performances, compositions and one externally examined paper. Students investigate, analyse and evaluate music and its features through set works. The set works enable students to conduct in depth studies into different musical styles and genres, and place these within a wider context. Students will learn to perform, compose and appreciate different types of music, developing critical and creative thinking as well as explore music from a variety of cultural contexts. A level music will further develop the ability to make music individually and as part of a group.

 

How will you be assessed?

Component

Assessment

Percentage of the course

Performing

Public performance with a minimum combined time of 8 mins

30%

Composition

1 composition to a brief set by exam board 

1 technical study or free composition

10%

20%

Appraising

Written exam 2 hours 10 mins. Based on 6 Areas of study:- Vocal music, Instrumental music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions & New Directions

40%

 

Future pathways

Studying A level music at BMA will allow students to access a number of undergraduate courses such as BA in music composition or performance or the ability to study at a specialist music college. Students will also be able to study emerging technical courses such as film scoring, sound design and video game composition.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Outstanding provision: the facilities at BMA Sixth Form for Music are outstanding.
  2. Partnerships between BMA Sixth Form and leading institutions and is situated at one of the hubs of the musical world. Enrichment and extension opportunities with local partnerships, such as the BBC Music Studios and UCL.

Staff expertise: Staff experience and expertise: teachers of this A Level have a significant amount of experience and advanced qualifications beyond degree level.

Physics

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: AQA (7408)

 

Why you should consider this course

This course will develop analytical and problem solving skills as well as giving you a strong base in theoretical and practical concepts. This course is highly regarded by employers and universities

 

How will you be assessed?

Component

Assessment

Percentage of course

Paper 1

Written exam, 2 hours:

·            Short and long answer questions

·            Multiple choice questions

34%

Paper 2

Written exam, 2 hours:

·            Short and long answer questions

·            Multiple choice questions

34%

Paper 3

Written exam, 2 hours

32%

 

Future pathways

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top 5 degree courses taken by students who have an A level in Physics are: Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Economics and Business.

 

Studying A-level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including:

  • Geophysicist/field seismologist
  • Healthcare scientist, medical physics
  • Radiation protection practitioner
  • Meteorologist
  • Structural engineer
  • Acoustic engineer.

You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more, the opportunities are endless.

 

Highlights of this course at BMA Sixth Form

  1. Partnerships between BMA Sixth Form and leading institutions and is situated at one of the scientific hubs of the world. Enrichment and extension opportunities with local University partnerships, such as UCL, King’s and Imperial.
  2. Focus: Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. By studying A Level Physics, you will enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.
  3. Staff experience and expertise: teachers of this A Level have a significant amount of experience and advanced qualifications beyond degree level.

Politics

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: Edexcel (9PL0)

 

Why you should consider this course

Studying Politics gives students an understanding power, people and ideas. 

Politics is all about how society manages differing opinions. It’s as much about compromise and concession as it is about strength of conviction. It impacts at every level of daily life,

irrespective of your chosen career path or skill base. If you believe keeping up to date with the latest political and social news is a fundamental part of your day – if you enjoy

discussion and accept that there are no right or wrong answers, then you should be on the A level Politics course at BMA Sixth Form.

 

How will you be assessed? 

Component

What is included

Assessment

Component 1: UK Politics

·            Political Participation

·            Core ideas (Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism).

Written exam: 2 hours

 

A range of short and long answer questions.

Component 2: UK Government

·            UK Government

·            Optional ideas (choose one from anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism and nationalism).

Written exam: 2 hours

 

A range of short and long answer questions.

Component 3: Comparative Politics

·            Either US Government and Politics or

·            Global Politics.

Written exam: 2 hours

 

A range of short and long answer questions.

 

Future pathways

The skills you will develop on this course will equip you for a wide range of subject areas – for example law, international relations, economics, history and philosophy. 

During your time on this course you’ll be encouraged to supplement your knowledge by attending evening lectures at LSE and Guildhall library as well as taster sessions at QMUL

and LSE. During your second year, visits are organised to the E.U. institutions in Brussels and to the UK office of the European parliament in Westminster. In addition to this, many

of your class will gain work experience from their local MP.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Flexibility in the options, to ensure the material is relevant to the students specifically.
  2. Relevance: students have a wide choice of topic areas that they can study, such as:
  3. Staff experience and expertise: teachers of this A Level have a significant amount of experience and advanced qualifications beyond degree level.

Performing Arts

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A Level)
Exam board and specification: Pearson (601/7231/9)

 

Why you should consider this course

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the performing arts sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in performing arts. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

 

How will you be assessed?

After the delivery of each unit of the course, you will be issued with an assignment, which covers pass, merit and distinction criteria.

 

Future pathways

In addition to the performing arts sector-specific content, this course provides learners with

the opportunity to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as

self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisational skills which are highly regarded by higher education and employers.

  • communication skills – performing, communicating and presenting ideas to an audience
  • collaborative skills – with a focus on self-management, teamwork and participation.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Applied, rather than simply theory based. You will undertake work experience within your chosen field and visit a number of performing arts locations during the course.
  2. Partnerships between BMA Sixth Form and leading institutions and is situated at one of the performing arts hubs of the world. Enrichment and extension opportunities with local partnerships, such as the BBC Music Studios and Saddlers Wells.
  3. Staff expertise: teachers of the subject at A Level have advanced qualifications in the units of the course. Considerable experience in the department.

Psychology

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: OCR (H567)

 

Why you should consider this course

Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour in humans. This requires scientific knowledge and 10% of the course focuses on mathematical requirements. The focus of the three papers are:

  • Research methods: the process of conducting and analysing psychological research across a range of different methods. Students are required to conduct their own practical work (observations, self-reports, correlations and experiments).
  • Core Studies: Students study 10 pairs of Psychology studies - both a classic and a contemporary study.
  • Applied Psychology, focusing on issues in mental health and 2 of the following 4 options which each year group democratically chooses: Child Psychology, Criminal Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology.

 

How will you be assessed?

Component

Assessment

Percentage of course

Paper 1

Written exam, 2 hours:

·            Multiple choice questions

·            Short and long answer questions

·            One 15 mark essay

30%

Paper 2

Written exam, 2 hours:

·            Short and long answer questions

·            One 15 mark essay

35%

Paper 3

Written exam, 2 hours

·            Short and long answer questions

·            Two 15 mark essays

35%

 

Future pathways

Psychology can be useful in a number of careers including the police, prison and probation services, human resources, marketing, education, and mental health work.

 

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top 7 degree courses taken by students who have an

A level in psychology are: Psychology, English, Sociology, Business studies, Teaching, Sport and exercise science and Law.

 

What makes this BMA Sixth Form course unrivalled?

  1. Applied, rather than simply theory based. In Year 13 students must select two areas of applied Psychology to study (Child, Environment, Criminal and / or Sport).
  2. Staff expertise: teachers of the subject at A Level are chartered educational assessors, examiners and psychologists.
  3. Enrichment and variety: Teachers use a range of learning styles to deliver the course, including preparing and delivering presentations, hosting debates and conducting practical experiments.

Religious Studies

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: AQA 7062
Specific additional entry requirements: Minimum of Grade 6 at RS GCSE

 

Why you should consider this course

Fascinating and enlightening, A level Religious Studies can be an excellent subject choice. Not only will you develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of world religions, philosophy and ethics but you will also gain many valuable transferable skills along the way. The A level syllabus combines the in-depth study of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics with the study of a major world religion and the development of thought within it.

In the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics section, areas of study include the application of ethical theories to contemporary issues including abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment and embryonic research. The philosophical element looks at a variety of fascinating topics, including the nature of the mind, body and soul, arguments for and against the existence of God, and the problem of evil.

 

How will you be assessed?

Component

Assessment

Percentage of course

Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

Written exam, 3 hours

50%

Study of one religion and dialogues

Written exam, 3 hours

50%

 

Future pathways

A wide variety of industries favour Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies majors for the analytical skills it develops. Graduates in these areas can enjoy careers in media, finance, marketing, education and law to name a few.

 

Highlights of this course at BMA Sixth Form

  1. Flexibility: The study of religion and dialogues component allows for students to study one religion based on a number of choices (e.g. Christianity, Hinduism or Islam)
  2. Focus: Being able to investigate ethical issues in detail, such as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment and embryonic research.
  3. Staff experience and expertise: teachers of this A Level have a significant amount of experience and advanced qualifications beyond degree level.

Spanish

Qualification: A Level
Exam board and specification: AQA (7692

Why you should consider this course

The aim of the A-level Spanish course is to further develop an interest in the Spanish speaking world and explore the diversity of different cultures. You will acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and for future employment. 

The A Level Spanish course enables you to study the Spanish language, as well as technological and social change, and the multicultural nature of Spanish-speaking societies. You will study highlights of Spanish-speaking artistic culture, changes in political landscapes, important historical events and explore the influence of the past on present-day Spanish-speaking communities. You will also study and explore a novel and a film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an interest area of your choice.

 

How will you be assessed?

Paper

Assessment

Percentage of course

Paper 1 - Listening, reading and writing 

Listening exam, reading exam and writing exam, 2 hours 30 mins

50%

Paper 2 - Writing exam 

Written exam, 2 hours

20%

Paper 3 - Speaking exam (part one and part two)

21-23 minutes (including 5 mins supervised preparation time) 

30%

 

Future pathways 

A level Spanish will equip you for a global jobs market. There are no limits to how you can use Spanish in a future career and having Spanish as a second language will most certainly increase your employability. Some career routes could include working in international development, international journalism, translating and interpreting, diplomatic and civil service. When applying to university, students studying A Level Spanish should consider a year abroad in a Spanish speaking country during their course of study. It is a unique and immersive opportunity to experience Spanish or Latin American language and culture first-hand. 

 

Highlights of this course at BMA Sixth Form

  1. Flexibility: The ability to carry out independent research on an interest area of your choice.
  2. Focus: Is on Spanish speaking societies, rather than just Spain.
  3. Staff experience and expertise: teachers of this A Level have a significant amount of experience and qualifications from some of the most elite universities in the world.

Sport: BTEC National Extended Certificate

Qualification: BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport (equivalent to one A Level)
Exam board and specification: Pearson (603/0458/3)

 

Why you should consider this course

Throughout the 2 years, students will work through 4 units. Units will cover varying aspects of the sports industry, sport science, personal training, and practical performance in team and individual sports. The National Extended Certificate is best suited to students who have previously studied GCSE or BTEC sport within school and have a passion for sport but would also like to explore alternative pathways.

 

What is the course like? 

Unit Title 

Unit Overview 

Assessment Type

Percentage of Course 

Anatomy and Physiology

Skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.

External exam

33%

Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport & Well-being

Client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.

Case study interpretation assessed in exam conditions 

33%

Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

Coursework 

17%

Practical Sports Performance

Skills, techniques, tactics and rules of selected sports through active participation in individual/team sports.

Coursework and practical performance 

17%

 

How will you be assessed? 

External Exam

Case Study Interpretation In Exam Conditions

Practical Performance and Coursework

Applied Anatomy and Physiology

Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Practical Sports Performance

33%

33% of Qualification

34%

 

Future pathways

The BTEC in Sport offers skills and knowledge to enable students to progress onto High Education to study a wide variety of sports related degrees such as sports science, nutrition, management, personal training and teaching/ coaching. The BTEC also enables students to progress into employment after completing the qualification in roles such as sports coaching, personal training and leisure roles.

Sport: BTEC National Diploma

Qualification: BTEC National Diploma in Sport (equivalent to two A Levels)
Exam board and specification: Pearson (603/0458/3)

 

Why you should consider this course

Throughout the 2 years, students will work through 9 units, in which a multitude of topics will be covered. These topics range from learning about the inner workings of the human body which allow for successful performance, understanding business in sport, sports psychology in recreation and elite sport, and practically applying knowledge and skills in the roles of an athlete and coach. The BTEC will be assessed through written exams, case studies, practical and written assignments. The Diploma is best suited to students have previously studied GCSE or BTEC sport within and aspire to study sport at university or wish to pursue a career in sport after BMA Sixth Form

 

What is the course like? 

Unit Title 

Unit Overview 

Assessment Type

Anatomy and Physiology

Skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.

External exam

Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

Client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.

Case study interpretation assessed in exam conditions 

Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

Coursework 

Sports Leadership

What makes a good leader, the different capacities of this role, and the leadership skills and techniques necessary when leading activities in different roles.

Coursework and leading sports activity 

Practical Sports Performance

Skills, techniques, tactics and rules of selected sports through active participation in individual/team sports.

Coursework and practical performance 

Coaching for Performance

 Techniques, personal knowledge and ability to deliver coaching sessions.

Coursework and practical implementation of coaching sessions 

Sports Psychology

psychological dimensions of sport and introduces psychological techniques that can be used to enhance performance.

Coursework

Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry

investigate how business operates in the sport and active leisure industry and how it responds to trends and other influences to meet the needs of clients and to benefit the business.

Case study interpretation assessed in exam conditions 

Skill Acquisition in Sport

factors that contribute to a skilled performance in sport and examine how sports performers learn and develop their skills.

Coursework 

 

How will you be assessed? 

External Exam 

Case Study Interpretation in Exam Conditions 

Practical Performance and Coursework  

·         - Applied Anatomy and Physiology 

·         - Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry

- Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

-Professional Development in the Sports Industry 

- Sports Leadership

- Practical Sports Performance

- Coaching for Performance

- Sports Psychology

- Skill Acquisition in Sport 

17% of Qualification 

30% of Qualification

53% of Qualification 


Future pathways

The BTEC in Sport offers skills and knowledge to enable students to progress onto High Education to study a wide variety of sports related degrees such as sports science, nutrition, management, personal training and teaching/ coaching. The BTEC also enables students to progress into employment after completing the qualification in roles such as sports coaching, personal training and leisure roles.

 

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