Walbottle Subject Offer

Every course has its own different entry requirements and you can find out about the range of courses and how the timetable fits together on these pages. Please click here to access the subject homepage to find out more.

Art Courses

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Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Maths may be required if you want to apply for art based university courses.
    C or above.
  • GCSE English may be required if you want to apply for art based university courses.
    C or above.

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A Level Art and Design

Assessment

  • 60% Coursework
  • 40% Exam

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Art and Design

Assessment

  • 100% Coursework

A Level Equivalence

  • Two A-Levels

Business Courses

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A Level Business Studies

Assessment

  • AS - 2 Modular Exams
  • A2 - 2 Modular Exams, 1 based on a pre released research topic

Core topics at AS

  • Planning and Financing a Business - Looking at entrepeneurial skill and how businesses are set up.
  • Managing a Business - How businesses can use their resources to increase profits.

Core topics at A2

  • Strategies For Success
  • The Business Environment and Managing Change

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

BTEC National Cerficate in Business

Assessment

  • 100% Coursework

Core topics in Year 12

  • The Business Environment.
  • Business Resources.
  • Introduction to Marketing.

Core topics in Year 13

  • Year 13 involves the study of a further 3 units which build upon the first year and offer the opportunity for students to specialise in a specific area of business.

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*

Entry Requirements

  • C in English
  • C in Maths

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Engineering

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Entry Requirements

See Product Design

A Level Engineering

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English Courses

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English Language

Assessment

  • 40% Coursework
  • 60% Exams

Core topics at AS

  • Text Varieties
  • Language and Gender
  • Language and Power
  • Language and Technology
  • Coursework: Creating Texts for different audiences and purposes

Core topics at A2

  • Developing Language: Child Language Acquisition
  • Language Change
  • Coursework: Language Investigation / Creating Media Texts

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

English Literature

Assessment

  • 40% Coursework
  • 60% Exams

Core topics at AS

  • Aspects of Narrative: How stories are told through prose and poetry
  • Coursework: Dramatic Genres (Comedy)

Core topics at A2

  • Texts and Genres: Elements of the Gothic or Elements of the Pastoral
  • Coursework: Independent Reading and Critical Analysis

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Entry Requirements

  • C in English Language
  • C or above in English Literature – essential for English Literature, preferable for English Language

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Food Technology

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Entry Requirements

  • C in English Language
  • C in Science to study AS Level only
  • B in Double Award Science to study A2
  • C in Food Technology

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A Level Food Technology

Assessment

  • 50% Coursework
  • 50% Exams

Core topics at AS

  • Nutrition
  • Dietary planning
  • Consumer safety
  • Factors that affect design of new products

Core topics at A2

  • Application of food science and nutrition
  • Preservation of foods
  • Legislation
  • New product development
  • Influences of design and technology in society

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

French A-Level

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Entry Requirements

  • C in English Language

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A Level French

Assessment

  • Speaking test with teacher
  • Listening/reading writing exam

Core topics at AS

  • Media
  • Popular Culture
  • Healthy Living/Lifestyle
  • Family and Relationships

Core topics at A2

  • Environment
  • The multicultural society
  • Contemporary social issues

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Geography A-Level

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Entry Requirements

  • C in English Language
  • C in Maths
  • C in Geography

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A Level Geography

Assessment

  • 100% Exams

Core topics at AS

  • Human: Urban, rural and tourism
  • Physical: Cold environments, rivers, coasts

Core topics at A2

  • Changing environments: Natural disasters
  • Population and Development

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Government and Politics A-Level

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Entry Requirements

  • B in English Language
  • History would be helpful, though not a requirement

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A Level Government and Politics

Assessment

  • 100% Exams

Core topics at AS

  • People, Politics and Participation
  • Governing Modern Britain

Core topics at A2

  • The Politics of the USA
  • The Government of the USA

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Hairdressing

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Entry Requirements

  • No requirements

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NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing

Assessment

  • 50% Exams
  • 50% Practical

Core topics

  • Health & Safety
  • Consultation
  • Cutting
  • Colouring
  • Long hair
  • Product sales
  • Promotional events

NVQ Level 2

  • This is an industry standard NVQ Level 2 Course.

Health and Social Care Courses

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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health, Social Care and Early Years

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Level 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Child Care and Education

Assessment

  • 100% Coursework for the Award
  • 80% Coursework and 20% Multiple Choice short answer test for the Certificate
  • The Diploma is a mixture of assessed coursework, placement evidence records, short answer test and a research task.

The Award

  • For the Award, you must achieve units 1 and 2.
  • Unit 1: An introduction to working with children
  • Unit 2: Development from conception to age 16 years

The Certificate

  • For the Certificate, you must achieve Units 1 and 2 plus units 3 – 5.
  • Unit 3: Supporting children
  • Unit 4: Keeping children safe
  • Unit 5: The principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children

Diploma

  • For the Diploma, you must achieve Units 1 - 5 plus units 6 - 9 and 3 of the option units from Units 10 – 21.
  • Unit 6: Promoting a healthy environment for children
  • Unit 7: Play and learning in children’s education
  • Unit 8: Caring for children
  • Unit 9: Development of professional skills within children’s education

A Level Equivalence

  • Award - One A-Level
  • Certificate - Two A-Levels
  • Diploma - Three A-Levels

Entry Requirements

  • C in English Language
  • C in English Literature
  • A pass or above in Level 2 OCR National Certificate in H&SC or CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Child Care and Education.

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History

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A Level History

Assessment

  • 60% Exams
  • 40% Coursework

Core Topics at AS

  • British Domestic Issues, 1918-51
  • The Unification of Italy, 1815-70

Core Topics at A2

  • Themes in History eg The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1792-1945
  • Historical Interpretations and Investigations eg Nazi Germany, 1933-45

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Entry Requirements

  • B in English Language
  • History would be beneficial

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ICT

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A Level ICT

Assessment

  • 50% Coursework
  • 50% Exams

Core Topics at AS

  • The information age
  • Communication of information
  • Accuracy and readability
  • Styles of presentation
  • How organisations present information
  • Standard ways of working
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Web Development
  • Network Structures (LAN WAN)

Core Topics at A2

  • Working to a Brief Specimen Research and development task
  • A choice of Two of the following units:
  • Numerical modelling using Spreadsheets (Option)
  • Interactive Multimedia Products (Option)
  • Publishing (Option)
  • Artwork and Imagery (Option)
  • Developing and creating Websites (Option)

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Entry Requirements

  • C in Maths is preferable
  • C in English is preferable
  • BTEC ICT Level 2 is an advantage

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Maths

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A Level Maths

Assessment

  • 100% Exams

Core Topics

  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Algebra

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Further Mathematics

Assessment

  • 100% Exams

Core Topics

  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Algebra

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Entry Requirements

  • A-Level Maths - B in English Language
  • A-Level Maths - B in Maths
  • Further Mathematics - A in English Language
  • Further Mathematics - A* in Maths

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Media Studies

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A Level Media Studies

Assessment

  • 50% Exams
  • 50% Coursework

Core Topics at AS

  • Investigating Media
  • Creating Media

Core Topics at A2

  • Critical Perspectives in Media
  • Media Research and Production

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Entry Requirements

  • C in English Language

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Music

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A Level Music

Assessment

  • 50% Exams
  • 50% Coursework

Core Topics at AS

  • Performance
  • Listening
  • Composing

Core Topics at A2

  • Performance, which will be extended
  • Advanced Listening
  • Composing

A Level Music Technology

  • One A-Level

A Level Music Technology

Assessment

  • 100% Coursework

Core Topics at AS

  • Arrangement of a song chosen in a selected style
  • Realisation of a piece
  • Playing in a song using recording software Mixing techniques
  • Recording a Live Band in the studio
  • Listening Paper.

Core Topics at A2

  • Composition using a brief given by the board. A choice of three briefs will be provided.
  • Realisation of a piece
  • Playing in a song using recording software note for note and try and match the timbre like sounds using mixing techniques
  • Recording a Live Band in the studio
  • Listening and Mixing Paper.

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Entry Requirements

  • The ability to play a musical instrument

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Performing Arts

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A Level Performing Arts

Assessment

  • 100% Coursework
  • Assessed live performance

Core Topics at AS

  • Exploring Skills for Performance
  • Planning for an Event
  • Performing to a Commission

Core Topics at A2

  • Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts
  • Advanced Performance Practice Production Delivery

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Entry Requirements

  • C in English Language

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Philosophy

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A Level Religious Studies - Philosophy and Ethics

Assessment

  • 100% Exam

Core Topics at AS

Core Topics at A2

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level
  • Some students opt to also sit AQA Philosophy to try to access an additional AS or A level.

Entry Requirements

  • C in English Language
  • C in English Literature

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Product Design

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A Level Product Design

Assessment

  • 50% Exams
  • 50% Coursework

Core Topics at AS

  • Unit 1 PROD1 Materials, Components and Application
  • Unit 2 PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

Core Topics at A2

  • Unit 3 PROD3 Design and Manufacture
  • Unit 4 PROD4 Design and Making Practice

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Entry Requirements

  • C in Maths
  • C in English Language
  • C in Science preferably Physics
  • C in Art, Food, Textiles, Business or ICT would be preferable

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Science

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A Level Biology

Assessment

  • Each unit will be assessed by a written exam in January and in June. Practical skills will be assessed by internal practical and written tests at various points throughout the year.

Core Topics at AS

  • Unit F211 – Cells, exchange and transport
  • Unit F212 – Molecules, biodiversity, food and health
  • F213 – Practical skills in Biology 1

Core Topics at A2

  • Unit F214 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Unit F215 – Control, genomes and environment
  • Unit 216 – Practical skills in Biology 2

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

A Level Chemistry

Assessment

  • Each unit will be assessed by a written exam in January and in June. Practical skills will be assessed by internal practical and written tests at various points throughout the year.

Core Topics at AS

  • Unit F321 – Atoms, bonds and groups
  • Unit F322 – Chains, energy and resources

Core Topics at A2

  • Unit F324 – Rings, polymers and analysis
  • Unit F325 – Equilibra, energetics and elements
  • Unit F326 – Practical skills in Chemistry 2

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

A Level Physics

Assessment

  • Each unit will be assessed by a written exam in January and in June. Practical skills will be assessed by internal practical and written tests at various points throughout the year.

Core Topics at AS

  • Unit G481 – Mechanics
  • Unit G482 – Electrons, waves and photons
  • Unit G483 – Practical skills in Physics 1

Core Topics at A2

  • Unit G484 – The Newtonian World
  • Unit G485 – Fields, particles and frontiers of Physics
  • Unit G486 – Practical skills in Physics 2

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Entry Requirements

  • A total of 5 C's
  • B in Maths
  • C in English Language
  • B in chosen area of Science

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Sociology

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A Level Sociology

Assessment

  • 100% Exams

Core Topics at AS

  • Culture and Identity/ Sociological research

Core Topics at A2

  • Crime and Deviance

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Entry Requirements

  • C in Maths
  • C in English Language
  • C in English Literature recommended not required
  • C in Science recommended not required

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Sports Science

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Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Assessment

  • 100% Coursework

Core Topics at AS

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Physiology of Fitness
  • Sports Coaching
  • Organising a Sports Event
  • Risk Assessment
  • Technical and Tactical aspects
  • Practical individual sports
  • Sports Development Fitness training and Fitness Testing

Core Topics at A2

  • Alternative Outdoor Pursuits
  • Work Experience
  • Rules and Regulations

A Level Equivalence

  • Two A-Levels

Entry Requirements

  • C in Maths
  • C in English Language
  • C in Biology would be preferable
  • C in PE
  • Merit or Distinction in BTEC Sport

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Textiles

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BTEC Level 3 Award in Fashion and Clothing

Assessment

  • 100% Coursework

Core Topics at AS

Core Topics at A2

A Level Equivalence

  • One A-Level

Entry Requirements

  • C in Four GCSE's including:
  • C in English Language or be prepared to resit
  • C in Maths or be prepared to resit
  • A Pass in BTEC Level 2 Certificate, Extended Certificate, Fashion and Textiles or an Art qualification.

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Travel and Tourism

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BTEC National Diploma in Travel and Tourism

Assessment

  • 100% Coursework

Core Topics

  • Over a 2 year period students will cover 12 units in total, based on relevant scenarios. They will develop research skills and produce evidence in the form of reports, newspaper articles, presentations and role plays.

A Level Equivalence

  • Two A-Levels Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*

Entry Requirements

  • C in Five GCSE's

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