LEVEL: Level 3 National Extended Certificate

EXAM BOARD: Pearson BTEC

WHY CHOOSE TRAVEL AND TOURISM?
The tourism industry is more important to the UK than it has ever been. It is ever changing as customer preferences alter and the world changes. This subject equips you for this industry or provides you with many of the skills needed to work in any area. We investigate destinations and why people visit, customer service, Adventure Tourism and event management. This develops skills in team working, planning, organisation, research and independent thinking. We use presentations as part of the assessment as well as producing reports – all applied to destinations in the UK or around the world. We learn in an enjoyable and practical way with visits and the chance to organise events. We work in teams regularly and this provides a real insight into a career in tourism. If you want a challenging, but varied and interesting course, then Travel and Tourism could be for you.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
To develop and sustain an interest in travel and tourism, the scale and importance of, and the issues affecting the development of the industry and its potential effect on employment opportunities. You will have a mixture of practical and theory based learning that gives great skills to be used in the industry or in your future.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Unit 1: The World of Travel and Tourism
Unit 2: Global Destinations
Unit 3: Managing the Customer Experience
Unit 15: Visitor Attractions (tbc)

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
There are a range of assessment methods and this qualification would suit learners where exams are not the preferred method of assessment
Assessment is by Assignments, Controlled assessment and one exam worth 25%

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
This could lead to a career in the travel, tourism or event management industries or further study in these areas. It also develops skills in team working, planning, organisation, research and independent thinking, useful in any further education or employment setting.

LEVEL: Level 3 National Extended Certificate

EXAM BOARD: Pearson BTEC

WHY CHOOSE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE?
Health and Social Care has a vocational approach, which will develop the skills you need to work with vulnerable groups in a range of multidisciplinary settings. You will develop an understanding of theory, policy and the importance of anti-discriminatory and evidence based practice in relation to health, welfare and social care nationally. In studying HSC you will learn about how health and social care fits into social, policy, legal and organisational environments in the UK. HSC also helps to develop wider skills such as developing your ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively e.g. arranging your own health promotion as well as a work placement for some of the coursework. Much of the course will allow you to explore current issues such as discrimination and inequality and how practice can combat their effects. You will use secondary and primary research to identify and propose solutions to issues that affect the school and local community.
Health and Social Care is not just about this industry but you would benefit from a course focussed on developing your key transferable skills to help enhance your employability.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
Examine principles, values and skills which underpin meeting the  care and support needs of individuals
Examine the ethical issues involved  when providing care and support to meet individual needs
Investigate the principles behind enabling individuals with care and support needs to overcome challenges
Investigate the roles of professionals and how they work together to provide the care and support necessary to meet individual needs
Skills in report writing, analysis, evaluation and application to health and social care settings
The importance of personal and business finance. develop skills needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Year 1
Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development
Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Needs
Year 2
Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care
Unit 11 – Psychological Perspectives

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
There are two units
All coursework and CA is completed on computers and assessed in both first and second year
One exam unit in year 1 and one exam unit in year 2

SUGGESTED READING:
Textbook: BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book.  This will cover all of the units for both years of the course.  ISBN 978-1-2921-2601-2

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Further education routes include Nursing, Child Care, Social Services with career possibilities including Dental Assistant and Child Care Worker. With a qualification in Level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care you can you can study Health and Social Care related courses in higher education and seek employment in varied organisations.

LEVEL: Level 3 Diploma – Linear

EXAM BOARD: WJEC

AIMS OF THE COURSE
The Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition qualification allows students to gain a wealth of knowledge about the food and nutrition industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the relationship between the human body and food as well as practical skills for cooking and preparing food.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Through practical coursework and written exams.

WHERE DOES THIS SUBJECT LEAD?
Further Education – Catering courses, Marketing, Dietician
Career –  Food Industry (Catering, Chef, Research & Development, Sales & Marketing, Technical Services, Food Advisor, Dietician, Teaching or Manufacturing)

LEVEL: Level 3 DIPLOMA (DipFS) – A Level EQUIVALENT

EXAM BOARD:  London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF)

WHY CHOOSE THE DIPLOMA IN FINANCIAL STUDIES?
This course teaches financial knowledge that no adult can live without and has been designed to provide a challenging qualification covering the core disciplines of financial capability. You are encouraged to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers, and have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout your life. You will develop the core skills of critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis, verbal communication (through classroom discussion) and written communication.
You will develop the knowledge and skills required to make informed financial decisions by introducing you to the risks and challenges involved in personal finance and the tools for effective planning. This is learning for life.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
You will develop the confidence to make informed and confident decisions regarding personal finances and appreciate the benefits derived from financial services products to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers, and have an appreciation of the need for financial planning. You will also compare and contrast a range of financial solutions & draw reasoned, informed and sound financial judgements in particular contexts.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Unit 1 – Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term
Unit 2 – Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term
Unit 3 – Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances
Unit 4 – Sustainability of the Financial Services System

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Four multiple choice and written exams per year. Each with one retake opportunity.

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Further education opportunities include courses in Financial Studies or Accounting Degrees. Relevant careers include accounting, business and banking.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Edexcel

WHY CHOOSE ECONOMICS?
Economics is the right subject for you if you enjoy debating economic issues such as inequality, immigration and how we should pay for healthcare; using and interpreting data to analyse economic problems; discussing alternative courses of action; keeping up to date with national and international trends.

It is a great time to study economics. So many of the most important decisions facing society are based on economic issues. Whether you are concerned with global warming or global trade, whether you are looking at the collapse of world financial markets or the collapse of a local small business, you can’t get far without knowledge of economics. This course aims to stimulate your interest in how economies work – at personal, national and world levels.
Just some of the issues you will be encouraged to investigate are:
“Why has the UK economy experienced both boom conditions and slumps in the past?”, “What determines the level of UK interest rates?”, “Is a strong pound desirable?”, “Why are footballers paid more than nurses?”, “What are the implications of a national minimum wage?”

AIMS OF THE COURSE
You will be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse economic problems and issues. Evaluate economic arguments and evidence to make informed judgements.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
You may not have come across economics before. It is an exciting and relevant subject that is useful in the workplace. If you are interested in current affairs and how the economy works, this is the subject for you.


Theme 1 Introduction to markets and market failure — How markets Work; Why They Fail. For example, how do we solve the economic problem by producing goods and services? We have an insatiable desire to consume more than we produce, so we have to ration our scarce resources. We do this through wealth and prices. The system works well when producing consumer goods but not so well when we think about things like street lights, health or defence. In such cases we might need government intervention to help to correct the market.

Theme 2 The UK economy - performance and policies. This examines issues such as unemployment, inflation, the balance of payments and economic growth and what can make them better or worse. We look at the government’s budget and ask questions like… “Is it right to be worried about reducing the budget deficit in a time of recession?”

Theme 3 Business behaviour and the labour market – this looks more closely at firms and how they operate. How do we work out how much we get paid? You will study things like mergers, efficiency, diminishing returns and business activity from the point of view of society rather than just profit calculations.

Theme 4 A global perspective – You will study issues like… Can we continue to buy more from the rest of the world than we sell to it? Are we trying to sustain an unsustainable lifestyle? Can models help us predict the economic future? If so why didn’t we predict the credit crunch?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Paper 1 – Themes 1 and 3 – 2 hrs
Paper 2 – Themes 2 and 4 – 2 hrs
Paper 3 – All themes – 2 hrs

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Economics is a subject which is well respected and recognised for the analytical, data interpretation and essay writing skills that it requires. An A Level in Economics can lead to further study in several areas and is specifically suitable and relevant to careers in Accounting, Business, Management, Insurance and Economic forecasting and analysis.

WHY CHOOSE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: PRODUCT DESIGN?
This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers.
Especially suitable for those wanting to pursue a career in the creative industries.
They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototypes of their choice.
Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

EXAM BOARD: AQA

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
A Level Design and Technology: Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study. This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below. These have been separated into:
technical principles
designing and making principles.
Students should develop the ability to draw on and apply a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas to inform their decisions in design and the application or development of technology. There are clear links between aspects of the specification content and other subject areas such as Computer Science (section ‘The use of computer systems’ and section ‘Digital design and manufacture’); Business Studies (section ‘Enterprise and marketing in the development of products; Art and Design (section ‘Design communication’) and History (section ‘Design Theory’). This is not an exhaustive list, and there are other opportunities within the specification for students to integrate and apply their wider learning and understanding from other subject areas studied during Key Stage 4, as well as those subjects that they are studying alongside A Level Design and Technology.
Students must also demonstrate mathematics and science skills. The right hand column throughout subject content illustrates potential links where mathematics and science skills and knowledge can be applied in the context of design and technology. These are examples of where these skills can be applied and are not intended to be exhaustive.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Paper 1: Technical Principles – Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes/ 120 marks/ 30% of A Level – Mixture of short answer and extended response.
Paper 2: Designing and Making Principles – Written exam: 1 hours and 30 minutes/ 80 marks/ 20% of A Level – Mixture of short answer and extended response.
(Section A: Product Analysis: 30 marks/ Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s) AND Section B: Commercial manufacture: 50 marks/ Mixture of short and extended response questions)
NEA (Non-Exam Assessment)
Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles are assessed.
Substantial design and make project/ 100 marks/ 50% of A Level
Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

LEVEL: Level 3 National Extended Certificate

EXAM BOARD: Pearson BTEC


WHY CHOOSE BUSINESS BTEC?
A BTEC in business is a different way of learning about the varied and fast moving business world. It is a practical course with assignments about real business, enabling you to gain a wide understanding of the purpose of different businesses, their structure and how the need to innovate to succeed. You will get a chance to gain skills relating to, and an understanding of, how a marketing campaign is developed and design this campaign for assessment.
The BTEC is a practical course and although there is some exam content this is a great course for those who prefer to be assessed over a longer time period and are prepared to work hard.


AIMS OF THE COURSE
You will be introduced to business through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them. You will explore marketing, finance, operations, external influences and people functions and investigate entrepreneurs and business start-up.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
The BTEC Certificate and Extended Certificate courses offer a range of different units. The units you will study are:-
Unit 1 – Exploring Business
Unit 2 – Developing a Marketing Campaign
Unit 3 – Personal and Business Finance
Unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection Process
BTEC Business courses are more practical and assessed by a combination of coursework, controlled assessment and an exam.

WHERE CAN BUSINESS LEAD?
Students who study business could go on to further study or into roles in a myriad different sectors, and not all of them are those you would typically associate with business in general. Business leads into higher education or work and will equip you with all the skills needed to succeed in both. Most university courses use a similar mix of assessment methods and Business students would be well equipped to tackle coursework, group work and exams.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear


EXAM BOARD: Pearson Edexcel


WHY CHOOSE BUSINESS A LEVEL?
Business is a subject that is ever changing and updating to meet the dynamic needs of modern enterprise. In business we examine management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance, international business and market economics. The ability to understand and apply concepts to ‘real world’ businesses develops many skills that will be used through life.
A Business A Level looks at managing people and is a skill needed by many people when they leave education. We learn through a range of tasks, projects, presentations and group discussion. A keen interest in current business affairs is a must. This range of learning methods supports the exam requirements to be able to work with case studies and use research given industries in advance. This will also help build skills and develop independent learning skills for subsequent employment or higher education.


AIMS OF THE COURSE
To gain a wide understanding of the world of business, how they plan and manage resources. To plan marketing
for modern organisations and investigate the management, training, development and motivation of individuals within organisations


WHAT WILL I STUDY?
The course comprises four themes examined through three examination papers:
Theme 1 Marketing and people
Theme 2 Managing business activities
Theme 3 Business decisions and strategy
Theme 4 Global business


HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Paper 1 – Themes 1 and 4 – 2 hrs
Paper 2 – Themes 2 and 3 – 2 hrs
Paper 3 – All themes – 2 hrs


WHERE CAN BUSINESS LEAD?
Students who study business could go on to further study or into roles in a myriad different sectors, and not all of them are those you would typically associate with business in general. Business leads into higher education or work and will equip you with all the skills needed to succeed in both. Most university courses use a similar mix of assessment methods and Business students would be well equipped to tackle coursework, group work and exams.