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  • Further Mathematics

    A Level Further Mathematics Apply Now add to basket Awarding Body Hours Per Week UCAS Points Pass Rates Campus Level Edexcel 4.5 A* = 56 100% Filton 3 100% A* - C 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 a real passion for Mathematics? Are you thinking about a career or a degree in Mathematics, engineering, the physical sciences, or computing? Do you want to use your ability in Maths to obtain a fourth subject to help distinguish yourself to employers and universities? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes,’ then Further Mathematics is the subject for you! A Level Further Mathematics is taken as a fourth subject, alongside A Level Mathematics. You will choose two other subjects to complete your study programme. Further Mathematics develops and hones the skills learnt in A level Mathematics. Further Mathematics is studied from the Edexcel board. You will sit the AS exams at the end of the first year and then progress to the A Level in the second year which has four exam papers. Entry Requirements A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English Language and a grade 8 in GCSE Maths. Learners taking Further Mathematics must also study A Level Mathematics. Further Mathematics can only be studied as a fourth subject. Course Content You will learn a combination of Core Pure Maths, Further Statistics and Further Mechanics in both years further developing your skills and knowledge in key areas of maths. Year 1 1. ‘Core Pure Maths’: You will construct proofs using mathematical induction, deal with complex numbers and develop the use of Argand diagrams. You will use matrices to represent transformations and further develop your use and understanding of algebra, calculus, and vectors. 2. ‘Further Statistics’: You will develop further skills in discrete probability distributions and explore Poisson and binomial distributions. You will extend ideas of hypothesis testing and use of Chi Squared Test. 3. ‘Further Mechanics’: You will explore principles such as momentum and impulse, develop an understanding of kinetic and potential energy and the principle of conservation of mechanical energy. You will additionally investigate elastic collisions in one dimension through direct impact of elastic spheres. Year 2 1. ‘Core Pure Maths’: You will further develop your skills with algebra including the Maclaurin series and evaluating improper integrals whilst extending your skills in calculus by differentiating inverse trigonometric functions and developing further skills for integration. 2. ‘Further Statistics’: You will build on your knowledge from the previous year and explore geometric and negative binomial distributions, hypothesis testing and the central limit theorem. You will also explore the use of probability generating functions of the negative binominal, geometric, binomial and Poisson distributions. 3. ‘Further Mechanics’: This unit will also build on your knowledge of mechanics from the previous year with a further focus on momentum as a vector, elastic strings and springs. You will also explore elastic collisions in two dimensions and how kinetic energy is lost through impact. Progression Routes Further Mathematics is an ideal subject to take if you are looking for a career in maths, the sciences or engineering. A useful subject combination to take includes Maths, Further Maths, Physics, and another subject as similar themes are studied in both subjects. Learners who take Further Maths often have the entry criteria for university study lowered. Some of the most interesting and well-paid careers revolve around Maths. Careers in finance, medicine, business, and engineering are all open to you with a background in Maths, as are careers in technology – Maths being at the very core of all new technological developments. This makes Maths a natural fit for you to take alongside subjects such as the Sciences or Business and Economics. Additional Learning Opportunities If you study Further Mathematics, you can benefit from our maths mentor programme where older learners and dedicated maths mentors help to support and guide newer learners in the Sixth Form. When you reach the second year you can also become a mentor yourself helping to further build a UCAS application. The maths department also run a drop-in maths clinic twice a week for you to obtain bespoke support and guidance with your mathematical problems. You will also get the opportunity to enter for the Senior UK Maths Challenge and some of our learner's progress to the British Mathematical Olympiad. We support those who wish to study Maths or a Maths related subject at Oxford, Cambridge or at Russell Group universities, and you can get bespoke support with your application through our Honours Programme. You could take part in one of the problem-solving courses at Bath/Bristol University or engage with university academics and employers in our STEM@Lunch and SGS Sixth Talks series. "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." 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  • Forensic Science (Applied)

    BTEC Extended Diploma Forensic Science (Applied) Apply Now add to basket Awarding Body Hours Per Week UCAS Points Pass Rates Campus Level Edexcel 13.5 D*3 = 168 85% 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 studying science but want to focus on vocational and practical skills for a career in STEM industries? Do you want to underpin your studies on other subjects with a thorough understanding of the applications of science? Do you prefer completing assessments throughout you course of study rather than in a final exam at the end of the course? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Forensic Science is the course for you! Forensic Science is a two-year course which is its own study programme, you will only study this subject. At the end of the first year, you can achieve a Foundation Diploma, which is equivalent to studying 1.5 A-Levels, before going on to complete the Extended Diploma in the second year of study which is equivalent to 3 A-Levels of the course of two years and carries the same amount of UCAS points as studying 3 individual A-Levels. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to pursue a career in science and combines academic study with the acquisition of practical skills. Throughout the two-year course, you will explore key concepts across all three main sciences whilst also developing practical experience in laboratory techniques and investigatory skills, beneficial for employability within the science sector. At the end of the course you will be awarded a BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with a Analytical and Forensic Science specialism. Entry Requirements A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English Language. A grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths and a minimum of grade 5 or 5-5 in GCSE Sciences. Course Content Year 1 Unit 1 – Principles and Applications of Science I – This unit is assessed through an external examination. In this unit you will develop an understanding of key concepts relating to the major sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This creates a solid foundation for the other units you will study of over the rest of the course. Unit 2 – Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques – This unit is assessed through internal assignments. You will develop practical scientific skills, including techniques used in experiments and the ability to analyse results. You will also learn how to calibrate laboratory equipment as well as other transferable skills required for working within different scientific industries. Unit 3 – Science Investigation Skills – This unit is assessed through an external examination. You will discover and explore the various stages of planning a scientific investigation and the skills required to conduct investigations, including how to record and interpret results, how to draw valid scientific conclusions from the results as well as evaluating the outcomes of different experiments. Unit 4 – Laboratory Techniques and their Application – This unit is assessed through internal assignments. You will develop an understanding of the importance of health and safety in work-place laboratories, explore how data is stored and communicated within these organisations as well as preparing organic liquids and solids in the laboratory. You will also compare how industrial production and testing of compounds compares to the processes that you carry out in the laboratory. Unit 8 – Physiology of the Human Body – This unit is assessed through internal assignments. You will look at the make-up of three human body systems: The musculoskeletal, the lymphatic and the digestive system. You will explore how these systems function and what happens when there is a problem with them. Unit 19 – Practical Chemical Analysis – This unit is assessed through internal assignments. You will develop further the key practical skills from Unit 2 of the course, and you will gain insight into analytical techniques used in laboratories. You will explore different chemical analysis techniques to analysis commercially available products. You will learn how to interpret data from spectroscopic and instrumental chromatographic methods, which have become the techniques of choice for many industries. Year 2 – Analytical and Forensic Science Specialism Unit 5 – Principles and Applications of Science II – This unit is assessed through an external examination. This units builds on and extends the range of key concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics that were covered in Unit 1. The knowledge and understanding you gain in this unit will give you a strong basis for progression in the applied science sector. It is important that scientists and laboratory technicians are able to use and apply key science concepts to work efficiently and effectively in science and science-related organisations. Unit 6 – Investigative Project – This unit is assessed through internal assignments. In this unit, you will carry out an investigative project that you have chosen in collaboration with you teacher. You will plan and carry out the project safely using scientific investigation skills, project management skills and draw on knowledge you have learnt from other units in your course. Unit 7 – Contemporary Issues in Science – This unit is assessed through an external examination. In this unit, you will explore contemporary science issues and their impact on the world we live in. You will develop your critical thinking skills and analysis skills by learning how to assess the reliability of published scientific information. You will look at the environmental, ethical, moral, social, political and financial impacts of a range of contemporary science issues; from advances in medical treatments, including stem cell therapy and genetic engineering, to developments in nanotechnology and food technology. Unit 11 – Genetics and Genetic Engineering – This unit is assessed through internal assignments. Massive advances in DNA technology over the last few decades have driven genetic research forward at an extraordinary rate. This unit you will develop your practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of genetics and genetic engineering techniques. This unit will be of interest to learners wishing to follow careers in forensic science, biomedical science, veterinary science, agricultural science or industrial science. Unit 14 – Applications in Organic Chemistry – This unit is assessed through internal assignments. In this unit, you will learn that the majority of the substances we use every day are, or contain organic compounds. Pharmaceuticals such as aspirin and paracetamol, synthetic fibres for our clothes such as acrylics and polyesters, fuels for our transport vehicles, soaps and detergents, dyes, flavourings, perfumes and liquid crystal display materials are just a few of the many organic substances that are manufactured on an industrial scale for us to use. You will prepare and test a range of organic compounds and develop an understanding of their properties and uses in everyday life. Unit 23 – Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis – This unit is assessed through internal assignments. In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the practical approaches to forensic investigations. You will explore techniques used in the collection, analysis and reporting of biological, chemical and physical evidence during forensic investigations. You will have the opportunity to take part in analysing a simulated crime scene undertaking the role of a scene of crime officer and a laboratory analyst. You will explore the different biological, chemical and physical analysis techniques forensic scientists use to analyse evidence collected from a crime scene, such as blood typing, microscopy of hairs and fibres, DNA testing of bodily fluids, fingerprint analysis, chemical testing of fire-arms residue and drugs, handwriting analysis, footwear analysis, ballistics and bone and skeletal physiology. Unit 25 – Forensic Fire Investigation – This unit is assessed through internal assignments. In this unit, you will explore a specialised branch of forensic science, fire investigation. You will gain an understanding of how challenging the analysis of a fire scene can be for investigators due to the destruction that occurs at the scene and the health and safety implications that are involved. You will explore the ways in which investigators determine the origin of the fire, the cause and how the fire developed by examining the remains of the fire, uncovering evidence of what caused the incident and reconstructing the events at the scene of the fire. Progression Routes The Extended Diploma in Applied Science carries equal UCAS points to 3 A-Levels. The first year of the Applied Science course is comprised of the same units for both the Biomedical Science pathway and the Analytical and Forensic Science pathway. This gives learners the flexibility to choose the pathway they are most interested in during their first year of study. The knowledge and skills gain through studying the Applied Science course are beneficial to learners wanting to continue their studies within a scientific field such as undertaking a degree in Applied Science, Chemistry with Analytical Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Radiography or Sports Science; or pursuing a career in as a laboratory science technician in industry or undertaking an engineering apprenticeship. Additional Learning Opportunities There is the opportunity to go to NHS Blood and Transport Body Worlds to support the learning of Human Body Systems in the first year and experience a real-life working laboratory. We organise regular talks for our STEM learners in the Sixth Form from scientists and academics through our STEM@Lunch series. You can join our Science Academy and Medical Academy whilst studying Applied Science. These academies explore career and university opportunities for science learners whilst expanding on what is taught in the classroom. "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

  • Law

    A Level Law Apply Now add to basket Awarding Body Hours Per Week UCAS Points Pass Rates Campus Level OCR 4.5 A* = 56 90% 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 understanding how the criminal justice system works? Have you ever wondered how punishments are calculated? Do you like the challenge of considering how evidence can be used to contradict a point? Are you considering a career as a lawyer, probation officer, police officer, court official or even a judge? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes,’ then A Level Law is the subject for you! Law is the study of a variety of offences as well as the processes that underpin the Criminal Justice and Legal System. It explores the individuals within that system who will use evidence to strengthen their argument as well as considering the concepts behind the concepts of morality and justice. You will study the ideas that provide the foundation that offences are built on. It is an examination-based subject with an emphasis on the ability to construct logical arguments. In Law, you will sit the AS exams at the end of the first year, before going on to complete the A Level exam in the second year. At the end of the second year, you will sit three exam papers that test the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have gained from both years of your study. Entry Requirements A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths. A grade 5 in GCSE English Language. Course Content In the first year you will study four units. In the second year you will study four more units that build on the concepts studied in the first year. Year 1 1. ‘The Legal System’ In this unit you will explore the structure and people within the legal system. You will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different personnel within the system, and how they contribute towards its function. You will evaluate the effectiveness of the distinct roles in achieving justice. You will also examine the purposes and processes of different courts and what their powers are, as well as gain an understanding on what the nature of law is. 2. ‘Criminal Law’: In this unit you will focus on non-fatal offences, such as assault, with a view to understanding how to assess criminal liability of a defendant through the elements of Actus reus (guilty act) and Mens rea (intention). You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of criminal law and use the skills you have gained to apply your knowledge to scenario-based situations. You will use your understanding to critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the law in relation to specific offences. 3. ‘Law making’: This unit is based around gaining an understanding of how primary and secondary laws are created. It also focuses on the strategies used by judges to apply common law, such as judicial precedence, as well as statutory law. You will also explore the influences on Parliament when creating law. 4. ‘The law of tort’: You will explore tortious liability through negligence and occupiers’ liability. You will examine the elements needed for a successful civil claim in these two areas as well as develop an understanding on how remedies are calculated following a successful claim. You will use your understanding to critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of these two areas of tortious liability. Year 2 5. ‘Further Criminal Law’: You will build upon your understanding of non-fatal offenses by exploring fatal offences, such as murder, and property offences, such as theft and robbery in this unit. This includes murder, manslaughter, theft, and robbery. You will apply your knowledge to scenario-based situations as well as evaluate the effectiveness in achieving justice for these offenses. 6. ‘Further Tort Law’: You will also build on your understanding of tort law by exploring more complex claims of economic loss and psychiatric harm as well as the responsibilities of employers as third parties. You will reinforce your understanding of this unit through scenario-based situations as well as evaluate the effectiveness of the tortious law. 7. ‘Nature of Law’: This unit explores the basic principles that underpin the existence of law and the differences between criminal and civil law. You will also explore concepts such as morality, justice, and fault as the basis of the existence of law. 8. ‘Specialism: Human Rights or Contract Law’: In this unit the class decides which specialism they would prefer to focus on; either Human Rights or Contract Law. a. In Human rights, you will explore different theories of rights and contrast them to liberties and a range of ‘fundamental human’ rights. Specific emphasis is paid to Articles 2,5, 8, 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, 1953. Students will explore the how the Articles work hand in hand with national English law. b. In Contract law, you will explore theories of contract law that underpin the formation of basic requirements needed for a successful contact. You will examine the general and specific contractual terms implied by law in relation to consumer contracts alongside building a basic understanding of the nature of exclusion and limitation clauses. You will understand the ways in which a contract can be discharged as well as the remedies that can be awarded following a breach. Progression Routes Law is a particularly good option to consider if you are looking at a career in the legal sector or many other avenues due to the breadth of skills you will gain such as advocacy, attention to detail and time management. Considering what other subjects to combine it with will help broaden your skills set. For example, combining Law with Politics is an excellent choice as both look at how laws are created and enacted, whilst combining Law with Forensic and Criminal Investigation or Criminology allows you to look at various aspects of law from both an academic and practical perspective. Sociology is also a good subject to take with Law as you can further examine the issues and debates in society which are raised in the subject. History is another feasible option as you explore the development of law and the historical basis behind it. Whilst Business Studies can also be useful as it gives you an understanding of the themes involved in business law. Learners who study Law have a range of different career options open to them. It is helpful if you wish to join the Police and is a useful starting point for an application to a Policing degree. You may wish to go on to do a Law degree as well. If you are not looking at going to university, Law still gives you a good understanding of themes which are useful for a range of managerial roles or administrative roles in a range of businesses. Additional Learning Opportunities There are a range of subject trips which are organised for you as a Law student. You will have the opportunity to go to Bristol Crown Court and Magistrates Court to observe some real cases taking place and speak to a judge about what their role is. You can also join our legal academy where the skills learnt in the class are embedded further by looking at a range of legal cases and listening to speakers such as representatives from the Policing Degrees at UWE. Law students also can benefit from our Sixth Form Talks series where speakers also attend from different law firms to talk about apprenticeship opportunities and life as a solicitor. "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 Operation Christmas Total Reached

    We are delighted to announce that SGS College has hit their Operation Christmas target of £15,000 and provided food vouchers for nearly 500 of our most disadvantaged learners, plus stocked up our food banks for the new year. A huge thank you to everyone who supported this campaign and helped make a real difference.

  • SGS A Level Students celebrate fantastic results following the pandemic

    The past 2 years have been exceptionally challenging for students, teachers and the wider community, but today SGS Sixth Form students are celebrating some truly outstanding results. A significant number of Year 13 students were awarded A*/As with 65 in total, many making extraordinary progress based upon their grades on entry. In the Sixth Form, 69% of students achieved grades (A*- C) with an overall pass rate of 97%. There are highlights across all 25 subjects including: 73% A*- B for Physical Education, 70% A*- B for Biology and 66% A*- B in Psychology. In addition, 66% of our Forensics and Criminal Investigation students achieved high grades in our newest BTEC subject. As a Sixth Form, we consistently provide a well-rounded, inclusive education that enables students to reach their full potential and continue our reputation as one of the best Sixth Forms in the South West. Megan Jowitt, aged 20, was part of this first cohort. Megan left school and chose to do a make-up course which she undertook for two years. She then did an apprenticeship in Marketing but felt it wasn't for her. She saw the new Forensics course at SGS and was inspired, so she applied instantly. Today she received a Distinction * Distinction (A*A) which is the second highest mark you can get in a BTEC. She also received a B in A Level Sociology. Megan will now study Forensic Investigation at the University of South Wales.

  • SGS Sixth launch new Forensics and Criminology courses

    Our new Forensic courses will give you a detailed understanding of the process of applying scientific methods for answering questions that arise in relation to crime or civil action and providing scientific evidence that could be used in such situations. Welcome to your blog post. Use this space to connect with your readers and potential customers in a way that’s current and interesting. Think of it as an ongoing conversation where you can share updates about business, trends, news, and more. “Do you have a design in mind for your blog? Whether you prefer a trendy postcard look or you’re going for a more editorial style blog - there’s a stunning layout for everyone.” You’ll be posting loads of engaging content, so be sure to keep your blog organized with Categories that also allow visitors to explore more of what interests them. Create Relevant Content Writing a blog is a great way to position yourself as an authority in your field and captivate your readers’ attention. Do you want to improve your site’s SEO ranking? Consider topics that focus on relevant keywords and relate back to your website or business. You can also add hashtags (#vacation #dream #summer) throughout your posts to reach more people, and help visitors search for relevant content. Blogging gives your site a voice, so let your business’ personality shine through. Choose a great image to feature in your post or add a video for extra engagement. Are you ready to get started? Simply create a new post now.

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