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  • English Literature

    A Level English Literature add to basket Awarding Body Hours Per Week UCAS Points Pass Rates Campus Level AQA 4.5 A* = 56 100% Filton 3 ​ If you are looking to study A-Levels please apply for up to three subjects. Simply add each course to your basket or visit our Apply section . Summary Do you enjoy reading? Have you considered reading more widely and discovering the works of the famous poets and writers? Do you enjoy discussing the issues and attitudes raised by such texts? Do you like writing and would like to know more about the techniques authors and poets use to convey meaning in their work? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then English Literature maybe the subject for you! English Literature examines the works of English-speaking authors, poets and playwrights and aims to break down the structure of the texts. It develops analytical, evaluative, and writing skills alongside an appreciation of the techniques used by authors and poets to create their work. This subject is taught from the AQA board. You will sit two A Level exams at the end of your second year which will cover the content taught over both years. There is also a Non-Examined Assessment (coursework) that counts for 20% of your overall mark. Entry Requirements A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English Language and Maths. A grade 5 in GCSE English Literature. Course Content Year 1 In the first year you will study the texts under the theme of ‘love through the ages'. 1. ‘Shakespeare and Poetry’: You will study Shakespeare’s tragedy about the heroic general, Othello, whose downfall is plotted by his trusted advisor Lago. Together techniques are explored, as well as the context in which the play is set. You will study fourteen different poems from pre-1900 and examine how poets convey meaning and symbolism in their writing. 2. ‘Prose’: You will explore two different pieces of literature: The Great Gatsby - A novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that explores life in the 1920s era of wealth and glamour; and Rebecca – A gothic novel by Daphne Du Maurier that depicts the life of a woman who marries a young widower before discovering that the household are haunted by the memory of his first wife. You will also develop the skills of critical analysis and evaluation to approach a piece of Unseen Prose. Year 2 In the second year you will consolidate work from the first year and explore texts which have a shared context, as well as complete a non-examined assessment. 3. ‘Texts in shared contexts – Post 1945’: You will study Carol Ann Duffy’s seminal collection of poems that explore women and feminism in the 21st Century called The Feminine Gospels. Alongside this you will also study Alice Walker’s 1982 novel The Colour Purple which explores the life experiences of a fourteen-year-old African American girl and the traumas she faces. Lastly you will also study Arthur Miller’s 1946 play All My Sons that unpicks the American Dream set in the context of a family mourning the loss of their son in World War 2. 4. ‘NEA (Non-Exam Assessment) – Independent critical study: texts across time’: You will also complete an independent study (coursework) which is worth 20% of the overall grade. In this you will choose and compare two books alongside an investigative question of your own choosing and then submit a 2,500-word essay. This is marked internally. 5. ‘Love through the ages’: You will revisit the texts studied in the first year: Othello, the Great Gatsby, Rebecca and Pre-1900s poetry in preparation for the summer exams Progression Routes English Literature can develop the skills for a range of different employment opportunities that require an understanding of evaluating and interpreting what has been presented. It can also lead to an English Literature degree, which can be the basis for a range of careers such as a writer, journalist, publisher, advertising, and law conversion to a legal career. You will also develop an awareness of black and feminist history, class inequalities and issues that affect our modern world. Additional Learning Opportunities There are lots of opportunities to extend your learning as an English Literature student. There are opportunities to attend theatre performances of your studied text. There is an English Academy which provides you with additional support and guidance to really excel in the subject and to further develop their skills in the subject. You might also find our Creative Writing Academy interesting to further hone and develop your writing skills. We have a Sixth Form Talks programme that features guest lecturers who are experts on the texts being studied from local universities. "SGS Sixth was an amazing experience for me. My teachers were always on hand to help with any of my problems and ensure I achieved my maximum potential." Student Support Our Team Find out more about our outstanding staff and departments, dedicated to providing you with outstanding learning and support. Careers Advice Academies

  • Criminology

    L3 Diploma Criminology add to basket Awarding Body Hours Per Week UCAS Points Pass Rates Campus Level WJEC 4.5 D* = 56 96% Filton 3 ​ If you are looking to study A-Levels please apply for up to three subjects. Simply add each course to your basket or visit our Apply section . Summary Are you interested in why people commit crimes, or how criminals think? Are you interested in how the media develops attitudes towards criminal behaviour and how public campaigns impact changes in government policy over crime? Would you like to combine end point exams with internally assessed assignments? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes,’ then Criminology maybe the subject for you! Criminology is the study of crime in our society. It takes elements of Law, Sociology and Psychology to look at why crimes are committed in our society and societal attitude to criminal behaviour and how this develops. It also looks at what criminal behaviour is and explores our attitudes towards crime with different criminological theories. This subject is an Applied General Qualification using the WJEC board. It carries the same UCAS points to an A level but is assessed via a mixture of examinations and internally assessed assignments. You can choose two other A Level options alongside this qualification. At the end of the first year, you will achieve a ‘Certificate of Criminology’ which is equivalent to an AS grade. In the second year you go on to study for the ‘Diploma of Criminology’ which is equivalent to a full A Level qualification. Entry Requirements A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English Language and Maths. Course Content Year 1 In the first year two units are taught. One is assessed through a controlled assessment; the other unit is an examination at the end of the year. 1. ‘Changing awareness of crime’: This unit is internally assessed through a controlled assessment. This unit explores several types of crime, victims, and offenders. You will look at the role of the media in how crime is depicted and how this changes attitudes. You will examine campaigns that affect change such as ‘Sarah’s Law’ and ‘Claire’s Law’ as well as the Black Lives Matter movement to assess their effectiveness. You will have to plan, design, and implement your own campaign for change. You will sit an eight-hour controlled assessment over two days for this unit. 2. ‘Criminological Theories’: This unit is externally assessed through an examination. This unit explores a range of criminological theories to explain why people commit crime. You will look at three separate strands of theories: Biological, Psychological and Sociological to analyse different perspectives as to why people commit crime. You will also examine how laws change over time, place, and culture. You will sit an examination in the summer term. Year 2 In the second year two more units are taught. One is assessed through an internal assignment, the other is assessed through an exam at the end of the year. 3. ‘Crime scene to Courtroom’: This unit is internally assessed through a controlled assessment. This unit covers the legal and investigatory process from a crime to how the police investigate, how evidence is collected to obtain a conviction in court. You will explore case studies of criminal investigations including convictions and miscarriages of justice. You will evaluate the effectiveness of the criminal justice system as well as gaining an understanding of the distinct roles that contribute to an investigation. You will sit an eight-hour controlled assessment over two days for this unit. 4. ‘Crime and Punishment’: This unit is externally assessed through an examination. You will look at and evaluate the legal system for the punishment of offenders including historical punishments such as the death penalty. You will also explore how different agencies achieve social control within society and how effective this is. You will sit an examination for this unit in the summer term. Progression Routes The L3 Diploma in Criminology is equal to an A Level, and you will combine this subject with two other A Level options. Good combination subjects include Sociology, Psychology and Law to extend and supplement these aspects of the course. Another useful subject group is English or Media as there are common themes between these subjects but also complements any subject on offer in the Sixth Form. Learners who study Criminology can also continue to do this subject at university or a range of different humanities-based subjects. Criminology is useful if you are considering the Police or roles in the legal professions including the courts or victim support. It also complements a range of apprenticeships and further education programmes. NB: this qualification is not accepted by some universities - it is important to check with the universities that you may be interested in applying to, or for more information speak to the Sixth Form team sixth@sgscol.ac.uk Additional Learning Opportunities You will have the opportunity to take part in trips which include Shepton Mallet prison, the High Court in London, and Bristol Crown Court. We hold an annual Behind Bars Day where learners speak and listen to a range of reformed criminals who talk about their experiences of the Criminal Justice system. Learners studying Criminology can join our legal academy which investigates a range of different case studies to help extend, and embed, learning completed on our legal courses. This academy develops the skills of debating and discussion. There are opportunities for guest lecturers from the legal professions and external agencies including universities offering courses related to the subject. "SGS Sixth was an amazing experience for me. My teachers were always on hand to help with any of my problems and ensure I achieved my maximum potential." Previous Student Student Support Our Team Find out more about our outstanding staff and departments, dedicated to providing you with outstanding learning and support. Careers Advice Academies

  • Art

    UAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Art add to basket Awarding Body Hours Per Week UCAS Points Pass Rates Campus Level UAL 4.5 D = 56 New for 2022 Filton 3 ​ If you are looking to study A-Levels please apply for up to three subjects. Simply add each course to your basket or visit our Apply section . Summary Do you have an interest in the visual arts but want to combine this with other subjects? Are you looking at developing your artistic skillset in either fine art, graphics, fashion and textiles, photography, or craft? Do you want to have access to outstanding art facilities and expert specialists? If the answer to these questions is yes, then the UAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Visual Arts maybe for you! The University of the Arts London awarding body is the only specialist art, design and creative industries awarding organisation in England and builds on the well-known reputation of UAL as one of the leading universities for Art and Design. The UAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Visual Arts is equivalent to an A Level and carries the same amount of UCAS points and you will take this alongside two other A Level choices. This qualification is designed to introduce you to the breadth and diversity of specialisms within visual arts and provide you with the opportunity to experiment in the first, then specialise in one of the different pathways of fine art, graphics, fashion and textiles, photography, and craft. The course is taught at our nearby campus at WISE and allows learners access to our high-quality facilities and expert and practicing tutors, whilst also being part of the Sixth Form. Entry Requirements A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English Language and Maths. A grade 5 or above in GCSE Art and a portfolio of previous artwork Course Content Year 1 In the first year you study unit 1: 1. ‘Exploratory Study in Visual Arts’: In this unit you will gain a broad understanding of the visual arts. This will be done through an exploration of different materials, media, and context to develop an understanding of the principles of creative practice. You will be taught the skills and knowledge to make an informed decision on your own personal strengths to help you decide what direction you would like your work to progress in and to understand the context in which visual arts are situated. You will explore different creative practices and methodologies, different media, and processes to develop a range of different practical and theoretical skills. You will develop the specialist visual vocabulary and terminology needed to express and communicate ideas. Year 2 In the second year you will study unit 2: 2. ‘Specialist Investigation in Visual Arts’: In this unit you will develop your skills and knowledge within a selected specialist practice(s). You will reinforce your skills to research, problem solve and evaluate work and then undertake an investigation into an externally set synoptic brief. This will ask you to demonstrate and draw on relevant skills, knowledge and understanding that you have developed. You will be taught how to manage an investigation from conception to realisation in response to the brief. Progression Routes Not only is the UAL L3 Subsidiary Diploma in Visual Arts useful for applying for any Arts based degree at university but combining it with two other A Level options opens opportunities. Combining Art with Psychology for example, give options for Art Therapy related degrees and courses. Art with English Literature would be ideal for degrees involving stage design and set decoration and Art with Media Studies or Film studies will help with degrees in journalism, film, and design. Additional Learning Opportunities Taking the UAL L3 Subsidiary Diploma in Visual Arts you will have access to our well-resourced Art facilities at our WISE Campus where the Bristol School of Art is based. The Art department organise trips to Art galleries and also live projects with external bodies. Previous examples of this has been working with Filton Community Gardens to create public art. You can also join our range of academies to further the skills you have developed in the subject. For example, you could join our Social Academy which organises cultural celebrations throughout the year, or our Craft Academy which designs and makes items to sell the charity throughout the year. You may like to join our Psychology Academy if you are thinking of using Art for Art therapy or our Sociology Academy to further your understanding of issues in the world and combining your art skills with this. Lastly, you may choose to join our Media Academy to further develop skills with software such as photoshop. "SGS Sixth was an amazing experience for me. My teachers were always on hand to help with any of my problems and ensure I achieved my maximum potential." Student Support Our Team Find out more about our outstanding staff and departments, dedicated to providing you with outstanding learning and support. Careers Advice Academies

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  • SGS Sixth learners shortlisted for Bristol Young Heroes Awards

    We are extremely proud to announce that two of our learners, Rowan Graham and Mollie Williams have been shortlisted as finalists for the Bristol Young Heroes Awards. These awards aim to shine a light on those who have overcome difficult circumstances, made a difference to the lives of others, or achieved something extraordinary. Rowan is a finalist for the Sports Hero Award due to his achievements in Taekwondo. He has combined being a two-time world champion alongside achieving his GCSEs and A Levels at SGS Sixth. Molly is a finalist for the Superhero Award for her work with the Teenage Cancer Trust and her aspirations to continue her studies. The award ceremony will be taking place on the 5th July with Evie Hemmings who nominated Rowan and Chelsey Price who nominated Mollie attending a nominees reception at City Hall in Bristol on the 14th May. We wish Rowan and Mollie the very best of luck! at the awards ceremony and are extremely proud of them both.

  • SGS Sixth learners attend UCAS Discovery Event

    On the 23rd April all of our Year 1 learners were given the opportunity to attend a UCAS Discovery Event in Newport, Wales. Around 200 of our learners attended and were able to speak to a range of different universities, apprenticeship providers in addition to listening to talks about all aspects of the UCAS process with UCAS advisors. This marks the first stage for our Year 1 learners on thinking about their future plans. They were able to ask lots of questions about the differences between studying in a city versus an out-of-town campus, what it is like studying at a Russell Group university, and find out which universities specialise in specific subjects. They were also able to speak to apprenticeship providers as well for alternative routes after Sixth Form. Over the next few months in the Sixth Form, Year 1 learners will continue their journey to formulate their future plans with help identifying which universities or apprenticeships they would like to apply for, support with creating a UCAS account and help with constructing personal statements.

  • Sixth Form learners enjoy more trips on the second trips days of the year

    On the 7th and 8th of March we held our second trips days of the year with multiple trips organised by staff in the Sixth Form. Here are the highlights from the days: English Language trip to the British Library First Year English Language learners visited the British Library on the Euston Road in London. They had a guided tour of the library which holds a copy of every text published in Britain alongside some global treasures. Students saw King George III’s collection of maps and views, the Library's copy of the Magna Carta, handwritten works from some of literature's greatest talents and a fascinating range of Sacred texts. Learners also had the chance to make use of the sound bank at the library, listening to a range of regional dialects from around the UK. There was then time for some sightseeing in London and dinner heading back to the Sixth Form. Biomedical and Forensics Trip to NHS Blood and Transplant Service Our two groups of Applied Science learners visited the NHS Blood and Transplant hub in Filton across both trips days. They heard about the range of career paths available within the sector, carried out a blood grouping practical in the training lab and took a tour of their manufacturing and testing laboratory facilities. The learners also learnt about the distribution network for blood products after donation, the quality assurance processes and the importance of meeting timeline requirements. History and Philosophy trip to the Imperial War Museum and Westminster Abbey Twenty-eight learners undertaking History and Philosophy A Levels enjoyed a trip to London on Friday 8th March. In the morning they took part in a curated session led by the learning team at the Imperial War Museum before experiencing the Holocaust Galleries. After a short walk to Westminster, they also were able to enjoy a guided tour of the Abbey, with the Philosophy learners visiting the Shrine of Edward the Confessor and the History learners visiting the tombs of Henry VII, Mary I, Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots.

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