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Students joining Mulberry UTC in Year 12 choose from a range of A-levels and technical qualifications, ensuring they are well prepared for university and for their future careers.

Most students take one of our specialist technical qualifications alongside one or two A- levels. Some students, including those who are following the Future Medics pathway, take three A-levels rather than studying one of our technical courses.

We offer the following Level 3 specialist technical qualifications:
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Performing and Production Arts
  • Health and Social Care
  • Health Science (including Future Medics pathway)
  • Business
We offer the following A-level subjects:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Students wishing to apply to study at Level 3 must meet the following entry requirements:
  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and maths or equivalent
  • A minimum of grade 5 at GCSE for any subjects which students wish to continue with at A-level

Individual subjects also have specific entry requirements

Students wishing to apply for Level 2 courses need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 2 or above or equivalent, including English and maths.

We will also offer Level 3 students opportunities to take:
  • Level 3 Extended Project
  • GCSE English and Math resits
  • After completing their studies at the UTC, the majority of students progress into university or an apprenticeship in a subject related to one of our areas of technical specialism.

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Maths
Psychology
Sociology

Business Studies

Specification

OCR Cambridge Technical

Qualification

Level 3 Diploma in Business (Marketing pathway)

Aims of the course

Students will develop relevant business and transferable skills through hands-on experience, preparing them for further study or the world of work. Students will gain hands-on experience and have the opportunity to focus on specific topics such as human resources, marketing, accounting and business planning. Students’ core skills and understanding of the requirements of the business sector will be developed.

The CTEC Business is a challenging subject. There is a lot to learn so you will find that we get working straight away at the beginning of year 12. Lessons will involve a mix of learning new content, applying what you have learned through written or multiple choice questions, and keeping up to date with current Business issues. Homework will often consist of independent reading and study, with some written answers and essays.

Throughout the year students will complete assignments within strict timeframes. This allows for teachers to give students feedback which can help them improve, and more importantly it allows students to assess for themselves their own strengths and weaknesses in each assignment before making final submissions.  You will be expected to respond to your assessments by independently working on your own areas for improvement. The ability to work independently will be crucial to your success.

  • 720GLH equivalent to 2 A Levels
  • Examined units
    Unit 1 120GLH – The Business Environment
    Unit 2 60GLH – Working in Business
    Unit 3 60GLH – Business Decisions
    Unit 15 60GLH – Change Management
  •  Coursework Units
    Unit 4 60GLH – Customers and Communications
    Unit 5 60GLH – Marketing and market research
    Unit 6 60GLH – Marketing Strategy
    Unit 7 60GLH – Marketing Campaign
    Unit 16 60GLH – Principles of Project Management
    Unit 22 120GLH – Delivering a Business Project
  • The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth, James Altucher
  • Ask. Ryan Levesque
  • Email Marketing Rules: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Practices That Power Email Marketing Success, Chad White
  • Zag, Marty Neumeier
  • Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation, Larry Downes and Paul Nunes
  • Rework, Jason Fried
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, Ed Catmull

If you would like to study business, finance or management at university, CTEC Business provides an excellent foundation. The skills you learn are also transferable across a broad range of subjects and careers. Whatever you choose to do in the future, you’ll find that the things you learn in this course will help.  For example, you are likely to work alongside many different people, so knowledge of motivational theory will help you to work well with others and help them achieve their potential. You might have ambitious plans to start your own business If that’s the case, you’ll find the marketing and finance topics particularly useful.

“I am looking forward to studying Business as it will equip me with a variable skill set, which can be applied to everyday life in realising the complexities behind the simple transactions of buying and selling.”

Year 12 student

Creative and Digital Media

Specification

OCR Cambridge Technical

Qualification

  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Digital Media (05846)
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Digital Media (05875)

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Aims of the course

The media is part of everyone’s everyday life in contemporary society. We use the media to help make sense of the world we live in. Studying media equips students to understand and make sense of the world around them, as we move towards a world where more and more of our everyday tasks are on a digital platform the study of digital media gives students the skills to not just be informed and critical consumers of the media but skilled and passionate creators.

This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over who want to study creative and digital media concept and production development. It allows them to specialise in either digital content for interactive media or moving image and audio production. Learners will develop specialist knowledge, understanding and skills in their chosen area, to prepare them for employment in the creative and digital media sector in job roles such as digital layout artists, assistant animators, production runners or freelance crew or for a mediarelated apprenticeship. It could also provide a route to a higher education media-related programme such as Digital Media, Media Production, Media and Communications, Journalism and Media, Digital Marketing.

  • Students will develop professional and social skills through a detailed study of contemporary media industries; as well as theoretical and technical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. This will allow their creativity and flair to be harnessed in the design and production of media products used within the industry. Students will have access to cutting edge media facilities to gain industry standard hands on experience in media production all within a nurturing and supportive classroom environment.

Examined units
·      Unit 1 – Media Products and Audience
·      Unit 2 – Pre-Production and planning
·      Unit 6 – Social Media and Globalisation
·      Unit 25 – Research for product development (Extended diploma only)

  • Units 1, 2, 6 and 25 are assessed by examination and marked by OCR. The remaining units are internally assessed and moderated by OCR.
      • Non-Fiction
        ·      Key Themes in Media Theory, Dan Laughey 2007
        ·      The Media Student’s Book, Gill Branston 2010
        ·      The Story of Film, Mark Cousins 2011

        Fiction
        ·      1984, George Orwell 1948
        ·      Remote,David Shields 1992
        ·      The Circle, Dave Eggers 2013

The creative industries are growing faster than any other sector in the UK – great news for our talented creatives!84% of our Year 13 media graduates are going on to pursue careers in the creative industries. These industries are exciting, challenging, creative and extremely rewarding, with a plethora of potential roles and careers to choose from. Creative and digital media requires creativity and practical skills, but also a level of analytical ability and critical thinking.

  •  Apprenticeships:Social Media Apprentice, Digital Marketing Trainee, Design Apprentice, Photographic Assistant, Music Production Apprentice, Junior Content Creator, Production Runner, Advertising & Marketing Apprentice,Broadcasting Production Assistant.
  • Higher Education pathways may include: Film and TV Production, Animation, Games Design, Journalism, Photography and Documentary Making.
  • Careers:Filmmaker, Scriptwriter, Journalist, Studio Manager, Camera Operator, Radio Producer, Videographer, Cinematographer, Advertiser and Events Organiser.

“Studying Media at Mulberry UTC is not like being at school, we have access to amazing equipment and facilities and the lessons are hands on, it’s almost as if we are already in the industry.”
Year 13 student

Health and Social Care

Specification

OCR Cambridge Technical

Qualification

Health and Social Care – 2016 Suite (Level 2 and Level 3)

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Aims of the course

Health and Social Care is a subject that will enable you to learn the knowledge and skills you need to apply when working in the healthcare, social care and child care sectors. There are numerous jobs and career paths that you can consider that are within this field. You may choose to become a Care worker, Social worker, Child or Adult nurse, Community support worker, Occupational therapist, Nursery practitioner, Nursery manager or Personal assistant. The course will help you to learn more about the professionals that work in this industry and the impact you can have on individuals’ quality of life.

If you are a caring and compassionate person, you may enjoy studying this course. The subject will equip you with academic knowledge on social and interpersonal interactions, enable you to communicate effectively with different people, give you greater self and social awareness and skills to work in teams build professional relationships. You will be provided you with opportunities to develop a range of personal skills and attributes, as well as transferable skills like interview techniques. You will learn the skills to support and care for individuals with a variety of needs, acquire report writing skills and gain knowledge about working in the Health and Social Care sector. You also will gain a period of work experience which can aid your career choices.

The course is delivered by experienced teachers, who teach unit content to help you build your subject knowledge. Facilities such as a care room, which consists of a care home, reception area and doctor’s surgery, as well as a realistic hospital ward with specialised equipment, are used for simulation exercises and to aid learning of best practice in a work-based environment. You will have the opportunity to visit care settings, such as hospitals, care homes or nurseries, and care practitioners will be invited in from specialised fields to deliver talks and workshops on various topics.

You will learn set units of work, that will consist of both exams and coursework, which you will be assessed on throughout the course.  In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to gain work experience. You will write reports, get involved in drama, role plays, collaborative work and small projects that will form parts of the units of work.

There are three courses that we offer:

  • Level 2 Diploma: One year course
  • Level 3 Diploma: Two year course
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma: Two year course

Level 2 Diploma: 05881 (6 units over 1 year)

  • Unit 1: Principles of working in health and social care: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 2: Health and safety in practice: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 3: Working in person centred way: 30 GLH – Coursework
  • Unit 4: Safeguarding: 30 GLH – Coursework
  • Unit 6/8: Working with individuals in Childcare: 90 GLH –Coursework
  • Unit 5/7: Working in Childcare: 90 GLH –Coursework

Additionally: Students study for the Level 2 Care Certificate Course throughout the year, for one day a week and have compulsory work experience with Barts NHS.

Level 3 Diploma: 05833 (12 units over 2 years)

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Building positive relationships: 60 GLH – Coursework
  • Unit 2: Equality, diversity and rights: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 3: Health, safety and security: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 4: Anatomy & physiology: 90 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 5: Infection control: 60 GLH – Coursework
  • Unit 10: Nutrition for health: 30 GLH – Coursework

Year 2

  • Unit 6: Personalisation and a person-centred approach to care: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 7: Safeguarding: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 12: Promote positive behaviour: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 14: The impact of long-term physiological conditions: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 9: Supporting people with learning disabilities: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 21: Looked after children and young people: 60 GLH – Examined

Level 3 Extended Diploma: 05871 (Equivalent of 18 units over 2 years)

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Building positive relationships: 60 GLH – Coursework
  • Unit 2: Equality, diversity and rights: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 3: Health, safety and security: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 4: Anatomy & physiology: 90 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 5: Infection control: 60 GLH – Coursework
  • Unit 10: Nutrition for health: 30 GLH – Coursework

Additional units:

  • Unit 13: Sexual health, reproduction and early development: 60 GLH – Coursework
  • Unit 15: Promoting health and wellbeing: 60 GLH – Coursework
  • Unit 18: Caring for Older People: 60 GLH – Coursework

Year 2

  • Unit 6: Personalisation and a person-centred approach to care: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 7: Safeguarding: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 12: Promote positive behaviour: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 14: The impact of long-term physiological conditions: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 9: Supporting people with learning disabilities: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 21: Looked after children and young people: 60 GLH – Examined

Additional units:

  • Unit 17: Supporting people with mental health conditions: 60 GLH – Examined
  • Unit 25: Research methods in health and social care and child care: 120 GLH – Examined

Externally and internally assessed units.

  • Level 2 Diploma: 05881 – 360 GLH
  • Level 3 Diploma: 05833 – 720 GLH
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma: 05871 –1080 GLH

Level 2 – Year 12

  • Cambridge National Level 1 / 2 Health and social Care (OCR and Hodder) – Judith Adams, Mary Riley, Maria Ferreiro Peteiro (2017)

Level 2 and 3 – Year 12 and 13

  • Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Health & Social Care (OCR and Hodder Education); Maria Ferreiro Peteiro, Judith Adams, Mary Riley, Pete Wedlake and Sarah Rogers.

Background reading

  • BTEC Health and Social Care: BTEC First: Level 2: (Edexcel); series editor Elizabeth Haworth, Heather Higgins, Helen Hoyle, Sian Lavers, Carol Lewis
  • BTEC Health and Social Care: Book1: Level 3: (Edexcel); series editor Beryl Stretch, Mary Whitehouse
  • BTEC Health and Social care: Book 2: Level 3 (Edexcel); series editor Beryl Stretch, Mary Whitehouse

“Health and Social Care is very interesting because I love learning about how to care for people.” Year 13 student

Health Science

Specification

OCR Cambridge Technical

Qualification

OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Qualification in Applied Science (Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma)

Aims of the course

The Health Science qualification is perfect for you if you are interested in career in the Healthcare industry. You will be taught a wide range of clinical and laboratory skills in our state of the art hospital suite and laboratories not available at any other sixth form. These skills involve, learning how to take and read ECGs, measure blood pressure, conduct CPR  and take and read a patient’s SpO2levels, to name a few. The laboratory skills expected of our students is extremely high and our students become expert practitioners in titrations, solvent extractions and complex processes such as electrophoresis. You also mix with Science and Healthcare professionals on a regular basis to ensure networking opportunities making you an extremely competitive candidate in any further study or apprenticeship.

The course is a mixture of coursework and externally examined units. These are taught in an applied way where each unit is linked to a career and practical techniques are carefully interwoven.

The course takes two years and is OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Qualification in Applied Science. Students can choose to undertake either the foundation diploma (worth 1.5 A levels), diploma (worth 2 A Levels) or the extended diploma (worth 3 A levels). If they take the Diploma or Foundation diploma, they will supplement the course with either 1 or 2 A levels respectively.

  1. Foundation Diploma (Worth 1.5 A Levels)
    External Assessment Modules – Assessed at the End of Year 1
    1) Science fundamentals (90 credits)
    2) Laboratory techniques (90 credits)
    3) Scientific analysis and reporting (120 credits)
    Coursework Modules
    4) Human physiology (60 credits)
    5) Genetics (60 credits)
    6) Control of hazards in the laboratory (60 credits)
    10) Testing consumer products (60 credits)
  2.  Diploma (Worth 2 A Levels)
    External Assessment Modules – Assessed at the End of Year 1
    1) Science fundamentals (90 credits)
    2) Laboratory techniques (90 credits)
    3) Scientific analysis and reporting (120 credits)
    Coursework Modules
    4) Human physiology (60 credits)
    5) Genetics (60 credits) I
    6) Control of hazards in the laboratory (60 credits)
    7) Human Nutrition (60 credits)
    10) Testing consumer products (60 credits)
    11) Drug development (60 credits)
    18) Microbiology (60 credits)

    • Extended Diploma (Worth 3 A Levels)
    • External Assessment Modules – Assessed at the End of Year 1

    1) Science fundamentals (90 credits)

    2) Laboratory techniques (90 credits)

    3) Scientific analysis and reporting (120 credits)

    • External Assessment Modules – Assessed midway through Year 2

    22) Global scientific information (60 credits)

    23) Scientific research techniques (60 credits)

    • Coursework Modules

    4) Human physiology (60 credits)

    5) Genetics (60 credits)

    6) Control of hazards in the laboratory (60 credits)

    7) Human Nutrition (60 credits)

    8) Cell biology (60 credits)

    10) Testing consumer products (60 credits)

    11) Drug development (60 credits)

    13) Environmental surveying (60 credits)

    14) Environmental management (60 credits)

    16) Waste management (60 credits)

    18) Microbiology (60 credits)

·      Emergency Doctor- Edward Ziegler
·      Better: A surgeon’s note on performance, Atul Gawande

The Applied Science Qualification is setting students up to go into a healthcare or Science related industry due to the high content of clinical and laboratory skills taught. Possible careers for our students are nursing, midwifery, paramedic sciences, nutrition, biomedical sciences, optometry and many more. Our alumni are currently taking degrees in many of these fields.

“This qualification has equipped us with hands-on practical skills for example: blood glucose monitoring which are transferable to the medical field.” Year 13 student

Performing Arts and Production

Specification

OCR Cambridge Technical

Qualification

  • Cambridge Technical Diploma Performing Arts Level 3 Acting
  • Cambridge Technical Diploma Performing Arts Level 3 Theatre Production

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Aims of the course

The benefits of studying the various arts involved in performance are limitless. Through creative expression, students learn to comprehend our world more effectively and are better equipped to navigate the challenges they may be confronted with in the future. Mulberry UTC students of performance and production arts:

  • learn the value of critical feedback, both positive and constructive
  • develop cognitive abilities which complement study in other areas, for example, confidence, self-expression, forming and expressing opinions, public speaking, team work
  • earn to communicate and collaborate effectively with each other and the adults they work with
  • gain a real sense of what a career in the performing arts will be like
  • gain a sense of independence and interdependence
  • develop a sense of empathy and tolerance through expressing their own and listening to others’ opinions
  • understand the importance of self-discipline and perseverance
  • enjoy the exhilaration and excitement of being part of a successful performance

Acting – Mandatory Units

  1. Prepare to work in the performing arts sector (120 GLH Externally Assessed)

The aim of the unit is to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the wider business context for your chosen career route; this will be in the preparation of focused application materials and in recognising the organisations that will have an impact on that route. You will also explore the logistical and financial constraints that have an impact on the sector and, therefore, your place in it.

  1. Proposal for a commissioning brief (60 GLH Externally Assessed)

Working as a community artist can be both challenging and highly rewarding and community groups of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds have benefited from working with committed and creative young artists. This unit will equip you with the range of skills to be able to set out proposals as a response to a given brief and then set up and pilot performances and/or workshops. It will also provide you with a set of transferable skills that will underpin freelance work in your chosen artistic field.

  1. Influential performance practice (60 GLH Externally Assessed)

You will learn about genres, styles and periods, social, cultural and historical influences and significant theatrical/performance developments and practitioners. To help understand the demands of performing a piece of repertoire, you will need to be familiar with the context in which the piece was created and the stylistic conventions of the style or genre into which the piece fits. You will become familiar with a range of different styles and periods, e.g. Classical, Modern and Postmodern, within their social, cultural and historical contexts and will be able to select, adapt and apply elements of your research into your performance concept and practical performance.

  1. Acting Technique (120 GLH Internally Assessed)

You will explore acting techniques in practical workshops and classes and begin to understand how some texts demand particular ways of performing and how some remain open to the unique approach of the actor. You will also need to perform with reference to a specific technique, responding to direction and keeping detailed documentation of the process of performance and the subsequent development of your relationship with the technique being applied.

  1. Arts Administration (120 GLH Externally Assessed)

In this unit, you will gain a greater knowledge of the broader supporting functions of the sector which facilitate performance work. Whatever role you take within the performing arts you will use this knowledge and understanding to underpin your career.

You will then study further units from option pathways to make up 720 GLH/Credits.  Possible units are:

  • Theatre Directing
  • Classical Theatre Performance
  • Scriptwriting
  • Combined Arts
  • Improvisation
  • Performing Repertoire

Units will be decided based on the strengths of the group and in planning with the external employer/ company opportunities available in the academic year.

Theatre ProductionMandatory Units

  1. Prepare to work in the performing arts sector (120 GLH Externally Assessed)

The aim of the unit is to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the wider business context for your chosen career route; this will be in the preparation of focused application materials and in recognising the organisations that will have an impact on that route. You will also explore the logistical and financial constraints that have an impact on the sector and, therefore, your place in it.

  1. Proposal for a commissioning brief (60 GLH Externally Assessed)

Working as a community artist can be both challenging and highly rewarding and community groups of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds have benefited from working with committed and creative young artists. This unit will equip you with the range of skills to be able to set out proposals as a response to a given brief and then set up and pilot performances and/or workshops. It will also provide you with a set of transferable skills that will underpin freelance work in your chosen artistic field.

    1. Influential performance practice (60 GLH Externally Assessed)

You will learn about genres, styles and periods, social, cultural and historical influences and significant theatrical/performance developments and practitioners. To help understand the demands of performing a piece of repertoire, you will need to be familiar with the context in which the piece was created and the stylistic conventions of the style or genre into which the piece fits. You will become familiar with a range of different styles and periods, e.g. Classical, Modern and Postmodern, within their social, cultural and historical contexts and will be able to select, adapt and apply elements of your research into your performance concept and practical performance.

  1. Production and Stage Management Process (120 GLH Internally Assessed)

This unit will give you an understanding of the diverse range of skills demanded by these processes. You will learn about the role of the production manager and the role of the stage management team as well as the skills, techniques and methods that are used. You will also have an opportunity to fulfil aspects of these roles and further develop your understanding.

  1. Arts Administration (120 GLH Externally Assessed)

In this unit, you will gain a greater knowledge of the broader supporting functions of the sector which facilitate performance work. Whatever role you take within the performing arts you will use this knowledge and understanding to underpin your career.

You will then study further units from option pathways to make up 720 GLH/ Credits.  Possible units are:

  • Stage Lighting Design and Operation
  • Stage Sound Design and Operation
  • Character Design and Realisation
  • Set Design and Realisation
  • Combined Arts
  • Improvisation
  • Performing Repertoire.

Units will be decided based on the strengths of the group and in planning with the external employer/ company opportunities available in the academic year.

  • Component 1:Cultural Transmission, Families, Education, Research Methods
  • Component 2: Crime and Deviance, Social stratification and differentiation, Applied methods

Non-Fiction

  • The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising TheatreScott, Graham 2009
  • Performance: A Critical Introduction, Marvin Carlson 1996

Fiction

  • Lucky Break, Esther Freud 2011
  • The Understudy, David Nicolls 2006
  • Wise Children, Angela Carter 1991
  • Researcher
  • Politician
  • Community development worker
  • Teacher/ lecturer
  • International aid worker
  • Policy officer
  • Social/ youth worker
  • Youth worker
  • Journalist
  • Police officer
  • Higher Education: Applied Theatre, Theatre Studies, Drama, Performing Arts, Theatre, Television and Performance, Theatre Production, Costume Construction for Screen and Stage, Prop Making and Special Effects and Stage Management.
  • Future careers: Actor, Director, Costumer, Scriptwriter, Theatre Manager, Set Designer, Theatre Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Lighting Technician, Sound Technician, Theatre Marketing Assistant, Marketing Officer, Marketing Manager, Drama Therapist and Theatre Make-up Artist.

“I like the fact that a lot of the course is practical – one of the units that I particularly enjoyed was costume making – I learned a lot of new techniques and skills.” Year 12 student

A Level Biology

Specification

OCR

Qualification

A Level Biology A (H420)

Aims of the course

Biology is the study of life itself and the A level Biology explores the theories and principles involved in living systems, in all their intricate beauty.  Topics you will learn about include: lifestyle, transport, genes and health, development, plants and the environment, the natural environment and species survival, energy, exercise and co-ordination, as well as practical biology and research skills.  By the end of the course you will know about the principles of genetics, molecules, taxonomy, natural selection, evolutionary theory, global warming, bacteria and viruses, and more.

You will gain an understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues, as well some of the ways in which the scientific community contributes to the success of the economy and society.

A level Biology provides a solid grounding in analytical thinking, writing reports and clear communication – all of which are useful life skills.  You will undertake lab and field experiments which underpin the theoretical study; they also hone your teamwork and practical abilities.

You will need to develop your knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and demonstrate how they relate to one another.  Lab work and writing up experiments will help you develop your skills and competence in scientific methods and scientific communication, and you will get plenty of practice in mathematical and problem-solving techniques, too.

Students will study a two-year syllabus (OCR A: H420) for A level Biology which is assessed at the end of the course. The course is academic and students will be expected to complete pre-reading and read books and journals from beyond the curriculum to develop their scientific literacy and love of Biology.

All of the below papers will be taken at the end of Year 13.

  • Paper 1: Biological Processes
  • Paper 2: Biological Diversity
  • Paper 3: Unified Biology
  • Paper 1:100 marks. Assessment includes multiple choice, structured and extended response questions from Module 1, 2, 3 and 5, which relate to exchange and transport, communication, homeostasis, energy, fundamentals of Biology and Practical skills.

Duration, 2h15min. 37%

  • Paper 2:100 marks. Assessment includes multiple choice, structured and extended response questions from Module 1,2,4,6, which relate to Biodiversity, evolution and disease, genetics, ecosystems, fundamentals of Biology and practical skills.
    Duration: 2h15min. 37%
  • Paper 3:70 marks. Assessment includes synoptic questions that are structured or extended response. The synoptic questions may draw on knowledge from any of the 6 modules studied.
    Duration 1h30min. 26%
  • Practical Endorsement:Students demonstrate competency in 12 Practical Activity Group areas over the course of two years. The assessment of practical competency will be reported separately on students’ certificate as either a ‘pass’ or a ‘fail’. This standalone certification has no bearing on the A Level grade, however universities expect a ‘pass’ in order to progress onto science-based courses.
  • The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
  • The Lives of a Cell, Lewis Thomas

Biology is valued by all degree courses and employers due to the wide range of transferable skills gained upon studying it. The most common degree choices involve, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Nutrition and Nursing. The careers that Biologists are found in are extremely broad, these include researchers, teachers, journalists/writers, health service, biological/ biomedical researchers, lawyers, accountants and bankers.

A Level Chemistry

Specification

Exam Board: OCR

Qualification

A Level Chemistry A (H432)

Aims of the course

Chemistry sometimes is called the “central science” because it connects other sciences to each other.

Chemistry helps you to develop research, problem solving and analytical skills. It helps to you challenge ideas and show how you worked things out through logic and step-by-step reasoning. Chemistry often requires teamwork and communication skills too, which is great for project management.

This course is designed to be stimulating, enjoyable and challenging. We want you to develop a passion for the subject and understand its practical relevance, as well as learn from the experiences of those already in the industry. Class time is supported by trips, conferences, spectroscopy workshops with UCL and talks by relevant professionals in the industry. Due to the networking opportunities available to you at the UTC this makes you a very competitive candidate for any degree or apprenticeship.

Students will study a two-year syllabus (OCR A: H432) for A level Chemistry which is assessed at the end of the course by 3 examinations.

The course is taught in a stimulating and energetic way with practical opportunities interleaved into the curriculum to ensure as manyoccasions to hone these skills as possible so all our Chemists are proficient and skilled practitioners.

The course is academic and students will be expected to complete pre-reading and read books and journals from beyond the curriculum to develop their scientific literacy and love of Chemistry.

All of the below papers will be taken at the end of Year 13.

  • Paper 1:Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry
  • Paper 2:Synthesis and Analytical Techniques
  • Paper 3:Unified Chemistry
  • Paper 1:100 marks. Assessment includes multiple choice, structured and extended response questions from Module 1, 2, 3 and 5, which relate to inorganic and physical chemistry, fundamentals of Chemistry and practical skills.
    Duration, 2h15min. 37%
  • Paper 2:100 marks. Assessment includes multiple choice, structured and extended response questions from Module 1,2,4,6, which relate to organic chemistry, analytical techniques, fundamentals of Chemistry and practical skills.
    Duration: 2h15min. 37%
  • Paper 3:70 marks. Assessment includes synoptic questions that are structured or extended response. The synoptic questions may draw on knowledge from any of the 6 modules studied.
    Duration 1h30min. 26%
  • Practical Endorsement:Students demonstrate competency in 12 Practical Activity Group areas over the course of two years. The assessment of practical competency will be reported separately on students’ certificate as either a ‘pass’ or a ‘fail’. This standalone certification has no bearing on the A Level grade, however universities expect a ‘pass’ in order to progress onto science-based courses.
  • The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean
  • Uncle Tungsten, Oliver Sachs

Students wishing to study medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biochemistry, chemical engineering or veterinary or pharmacological sciences at university must take A-level Chemistry. Chemistry A Level is also a very useful A level to study any scientific degree e.g. Optometry, Biomedical Sciences, Physiotherapy.

A Level English Literature

Specification

AQA

Qualification

A Level English Literature (7712)

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Aims of the course

In a world where ‘fake news’ and misleading social media stories have taken hold, it is more important than ever that students leave college with finely tuned critical faculties.  By the time they enter the job market, students must be able to analyse and problem solve, whilst also thinking critically and thoughtfully.  The MUTC course in English Literature aims to:

  • Give students the confidence to express themselves clearly and with precision
  • Examine and critique both their own opinions and the opinions of others in a clear and respectful way
  • Foster a love of reading, and the motivation to seek out other opinions, thoughts and knowledge
  • Help pupils to make sense of themselves and the world around them by giving them access to creative ways in which to articulate their own experiences
  • Encourage a students to think in diverse ways, so they can see ideas and problems from multiple angles and construct creative solutions

Be strong confident leaders, who speak with purpose and empathy

A level Biology provides a solid grounding in analytical thinking, writing reports and clear communication – all of which are useful life skills.  You will undertake lab and field experiments which underpin the theoretical study; they also hone your teamwork and practical abilities.

You will need to develop your knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and demonstrate how they relate to one another.  Lab work and writing up experiments will help you develop your skills and competence in scientific methods and scientific communication, and you will get plenty of practice in mathematical and problem-solving techniques, too.

Students will study a two-year syllabus (OCR A: H420) for A level Biology which is assessed at the end of the course. The course is academic and students will be expected to complete pre-reading and read books and journals from beyond the curriculum to develop their scientific literacy and love of Biology.

AS Level Assessments

  • Paper 1: Love through the ages: Shakespeare and poetry
    Study of two texts: one Shakespeare play and one AQA anthology of love poetry through the ages (pre-1900 or post-1900)
  • Paper 2: Love through the ages: Study of two prose texts
    Examination will include an unseen prose extract

A Level Assessments

  • Paper 1: Love through the ages
    Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. Examination will include two unseen poems
  • Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts
    Choice of two options:

Option 2A: WW1 and its aftermath

Option 2B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day

AS Level Assessments

  • Paper 1: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, closed book, 50 marks, 50% of AS level
  • Paper 2: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, open book, 50 marks, 50% of AS level

A Level Assessments

  • Paper 1: Written exam: 3 hours
  • Paper 2: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, open book, 75 marks, 40% of A-level

Prose

  • Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Predjudice
  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth
  • George Orwell, 1984
  • Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca
  • Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Poetry

  • Philip Larkin
  • William Blake
  • Carol Ann Duffy
  • Lord Byron
  • William Wordsworth

Drama

  • William Shakespeare
  • Alan Beckett
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Tennessee Williams

A Level English has a multitude of applications in life beyond the UTC.  For those going on to higher education, English Literature is a highly regarded and much sought after qualification which shows that a student is articulate, critical and creative in their approach to their studies. It is an essential choice for those wishing to go on to study degrees in English, Law, Business and many arts and humanities subjects.

Outside of education, English provides students with the skills and confidence to attempt their own writing.  Whether it be a novel, film and TV scripts, song lyrics or poetry collections, students will be empowered to channel their thoughts and opinions into their own, new pieces of literature and art.

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” Scott Fitzgerald

A Level Government and Politics

Specification

Edexcel

Qualification

A Level Government and Politics

Aims of the course

A Level Government and Politics shows how the political decisions made by governments around the world have a direct impact on our lives. It will help you to know your rights; clarifies why you believe what you do; enables you to understand your nation’s parties and prepares you for adult life.

Through a range of debates, reading, discussions and research you will understand how and why contemporary society is shaped as it is. Through watching the news, engaging with political programmes and reading newspapers, you will develop an appreciation for the intricacies of governments around the world.

  • Unit 1: UK Politics
  • Unit 2: UK government
  • Unit 3: Comparative Politics
  • 3 examinations, 2 hours each, 33% each
  • Throughout the course, students will be assessed through example and past paper exam questions, comprising of 12 and 30m questions
  • In Defence of Politics, Bernard Crick
  • What’s Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way, Nick Cohen
  • Who Runs This Place?: The Anatomy of Britain in the 21st Century, Anthony Sampson, John Murray
  • Why Politics Matters: Making Politics Work, Gerry Stoker
  • The End of History, Francis Fukuyama,
  • The Right Nation: Why America is Different, John Micklethwait
  • The Ideas that Conquered the World, Michael Mandelbaum
  • After Blair: David Cameron and the Conservative Tradition, Kieron O’Hara, Icon,
  • How Democratic is the American Constitution?, Robert Dahl

·      Civil Service
·      Government social research officer
·      Policy officer
·      Politician/ politician’s assistant
·      Public affairs consultant
·      Public relations account executive
·      Social researcher
·      Business development manager
·      Detective
·      Local government officer
·      Market researcher
·      Newspaper journalist
·      Public relations officer
Stockbroker

“Politics has helped me improve my debating skills- I now know why I think the way I do but I also understand why others have different viewpoints – I use this to help my argument!” Year 12 student

A Level Maths

Specification

Edexcel

Qualification

A Level Maths (9MA0)

Aims of the course

Mathematics is an art in its own right. Whilst it has many useful applications in the world of science, computing, economics and business. A mathematician requires as much creativity and vision as an artist or musician. A level Maths is incredibly demanding, interesting, and an exciting course to take, which will stretch you to the very limit of your creativity and understanding.

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study
  • extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques
  • understand coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected
  • apply mathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general
  • use their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly
  • reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning
  • generalise mathematically
  • construct mathematical proofs
  • use their mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems that require them to decide on the solution strategy
  • recognise when mathematics can be used to analyse and solve a problem in context
  • represent situations mathematically and understand the relationship between problems in context and mathematical models that may be applied to solve them
  • draw diagrams and sketch graphs to help explore mathematical situations and interpret solutions
  • make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions by using mathematical reasoning
  • interpret solutions and communicate their interpretation effectively in the context of the problem
  • read and comprehend mathematical arguments, including justifications of methods and formulae, and communicate their understanding
  • read and comprehend articles concerning applications of mathematics and communicate their understanding
  • use technology such as calculators and computers effectively and recognise when their use may be inappropriate
  • take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.

We will encourage you to ask questions and find solutions for yourself. You will need to think mathematically and we begin by teaching you careful definitions and techniques so that you can construct theorems and proofs. Above all, mathematics is a logical subject, so you will need to argue clearly and concisely as you solve problems. For some of you, this way of thinking or solving problems will be your goal. Others will want to see what further can be discovered. Either way, it is a subject we want you to enjoy

  • Proof
  • Algebra and Functions
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Sequences and series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical methods
  • Vectors

In statistics and mechanics

  • Statistical sampling
  • Data presentation and interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical distributions
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s laws
  • Moments

There are three examinations for A level Maths:

  • Paper 1 and paper 2: Pure maths. Two hours duration. 33% of the qualification each.
  • Paper 3: Statistics and mechanics. Two hours duration. 33% of the qualification.
  • Alex’s Adventures in Numberland – Alex Bellos
  • Fermat’s Last Theorem – Simon Singh
  • The Code Book – Simon Singh
  • 17 Equations That Changed the World – Ian Stewart
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions – E.A. Abbott
  • The Man Who Loved Only Numbers – Paul Hoffman

Maths is an exceptionally highly valued A Level course. Those students considering subjects such as Maths, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, or Economics at top universities should consider taking Maths at A Level. Those considering courses such as Medicine or the Sciences may also decide to learn Maths. Of course, we want Maths to be taken by all those who genuinely love the subject.

A level Maths will fit alongside any of our technical qualifications or can be completed with other A level courses.  So don’t be put off joining us if your other choices seem unrelated, for example Health and Social Care or Performing Arts. The logic and reasoning skills developed during A Level Maths are applicable across all subjects, and across all career paths, so if you love Maths, you should definitely consider taking it!

“I really enjoy maths. With maths there is a degree of liberty and independence, particularly when problem solving.” Year 12 student

A Level Psychology

Specification

AQA

Qualification

A Level Psychology

Aims of the course

Psychology is the scientific study of mental life and human behaviour. It helps explain how we think, feel and act both individually and as part of a social group. By understanding psychology, we have the capacity to predict behaviour and improve society.

The study of Psychology is based on scientific research principles. Students will learn through a range of methods including creating and practicing their own experiments, analysing and evaluating famous psychological case studies and observations, and conducting presentations using statistical data to explain or predict behaviour.

  • Paper 1: Social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology
  • Paper 2: Approaches, biopsychology, research methods
  • Paper 3: Issues and debates; relationships; schizophrenia; aggression
  • 3 examinations, 2 hours each
  • Throughout the course, students will be assessed through example and past paper exam questions, comprising of 4, 6, 8, and 16 mark questions.
  • ‘A beautiful mind’ (2001) – useful for schizophrenia
  • ‘Mockingbird don’t sing’ (2001) – useful for privation
  • ‘Adaptation’ (2002) – Personality disorder
  • ‘Amelie’ (2001) – Schizotypal Personality Disorder
  • ‘Analyze this’ (1999) – Depression
  • ‘As good as it gets’ (1997) – OCD
  • ‘The Breakfast Club’ (1985) – Abnormality, Conformity
  • ‘Girl Interrupted’ (1999) – Abnormality
  • ‘The Quiet Room’ (1996) – Attachment

·      Clinical psychologist
·      Counsellingpsychologist
·      Educational psychologist
·      Forensic psychologist
·      Further education teacher
·      Health psychologist
·      High intensity therapist
·      Occupational psychologist
·      Psychological wellbeing practitioner
·      Sport and exercise psychologist

“I love Psychology because it allows us to understand why people behave in the way that they do. We use scientific knowledge to explain patterns of behaviour- it makes us feel like we have an insight into the human mind- it’s fascinating!” Year 12 student

A Level Sociology

Specification

AQA

Qualification

A Level Sociology

Aims of the course

Sociology is the study of society and culture. It looks at the world in which we live in order to ask interesting and awkward questions about why we choose to do the things that we do. Sociology looks at situations from a range of viewpoints including the Marxist and Feminist perspectives.

Sociology is a research subject, so students are expected to go out and investigate the real world around them in order to understand it. Students can do this by reading newspapers, watching the new and documentaries, and asking questions. Students will have three exams at the end of Year 13.

  • Unit 1:Education and Research Methods
  • Unit 2:Family and Media
  • Unit 3:Crime and Deviance; Theory and Methods
  • 3 papers, 2 hours each, each worth 33%
  • Throughout the course, students will be assessed through example and past paper exam questions, comprising of 4, 6, 10, 20 and 30m questions.
  • Laura Bates, Everday sexism
  • William Golding, Lord of the Flies
  • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid Tale
  • George Orwell, Animal Farm
  • George Orwell, 1984
  • Joseph Heller, Catch 22

·      Researcher
·      Politician
·      Community development worker
·      Teacher/ lecturer
·      International aid worker
·      Policy officer
·      Social/ youth worker
·      Youth worker
·      Journalist
·      Police officer

“I really like the topics we study and how they relate to real life; you can see the theory explained in the textbook happening in day to day life which makes it really interesting.” Year 12 student

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