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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

  • Core Maths

    L3 Core Maths add to basket Awarding Body Hours Per Week UCAS Points Pass Rates Campus Level AQA 4.5 20 New 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 considering choosing an A level that contains a mathematical element; such as Business, Psychology, Economics, Geography or a Science but don't want to do a full A Level in Maths? Are you wanting to continue your development in maths beyond GCSE? Would you like to know how to apply maths to budgeting and personal finance? If the answer to any of the above is ‘yes’, then Core Maths is the subject for you! Core Maths is a one-year subject taken as a fourth option alongside your other A Level choices. It is an opportunity for you to continue to develop and hone your mathematical skills which are especially important in a range of subjects that require good levels of mathematical skill. Core Maths carries the same amount of UCAS points as an AS qualification (up to 20 UCAS points) and is taught on the AQA specification. You will sit two papers at the end of the year, both 1 hour and 30 minutes long and worth 60 marks. You will sit Paper 1 and Paper 2A - Statistical Techniques and can take a scientific calculator into both exams. Entry Requirements Core Maths is studied as a fourth subject offer. A grade 5 in GCSE Maths is required to study the subject in addition to the entry criteria required for your other subjects. Course Content AQA core maths is studied over 1 year and consists of two units. Unit 1 is focused on the application of statistical techniques, interpreting data and drawing conclusions in the solution of problems. This involves estimation, collection of data and analysis of data, and maths for personal finance (e.g. taxation savings, loans and mortgages). Unit 2 involves working with critical analysis of data and models (including spreadsheets and tabular data), normal distribution of data (e.g. peoples heights, errors in measures etc), you will also work with probabilities and estimations and correlation and regression analysis of graphs. Progression Routes Studying Core Maths will equip you with a range of skills to make you more attractive to universities and employers and also aid you in your subject choices at A Level. You will develop key skills such as problem solving, data and budget management, and data modelling which are extremely important life and employability skills. Additional Learning Opportunities If you study Mathematics, you can benefit from our maths mentor programme where our dedicated maths mentors help to support and guide newer learners in the Sixth Form. 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 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." 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

  • 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." 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

  • Core Maths

    L3 Core Maths add to basket Awarding Body Hours Per Week UCAS Points Pass Rates Campus Level AQA 4.5 20 New 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 considering choosing an A level that contains a mathematical element; such as Business, Psychology, Economics, Geography or a Science but don't want to do a full A Level in Maths? Are you wanting to continue your development in maths beyond GCSE? Would you like to know how to apply maths to budgeting and personal finance? If the answer to any of the above is ‘yes’, then Core Maths is the subject for you! Core Maths is a one-year subject taken as a fourth option alongside your other A Level choices. It is an opportunity for you to continue to develop and hone your mathematical skills which are especially important in a range of subjects that require good levels of mathematical skill. Core Maths carries the same amount of UCAS points as an AS qualification (up to 20 UCAS points) and is taught on the AQA specification. You will sit two papers at the end of the year, both 1 hour and 30 minutes long and worth 60 marks. You will sit Paper 1 and Paper 2A - Statistical Techniques and can take a scientific calculator into both exams. Entry Requirements Core Maths is studied as a fourth subject offer. A grade 5 in GCSE Maths is required to study the subject in addition to the entry criteria required for your other subjects. Course Content AQA core maths is studied over 1 year and consists of two units. Unit 1 is focused on the application of statistical techniques, interpreting data and drawing conclusions in the solution of problems. This involves estimation, collection of data and analysis of data, and maths for personal finance (e.g. taxation savings, loans and mortgages). Unit 2 involves working with critical analysis of data and models (including spreadsheets and tabular data), normal distribution of data (e.g. peoples heights, errors in measures etc), you will also work with probabilities and estimations and correlation and regression analysis of graphs. Progression Routes Studying Core Maths will equip you with a range of skills to make you more attractive to universities and employers and also aid you in your subject choices at A Level. You will develop key skills such as problem solving, data and budget management, and data modelling which are extremely important life and employability skills. Additional Learning Opportunities If you study Mathematics, you can benefit from our maths mentor programme where our dedicated maths mentors help to support and guide newer learners in the Sixth Form. 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 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." 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

  • Further Mathematics

    A Level Further Mathematics 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." 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

  • Physical Education

    A Level Physical Education add to basket Awarding Body Hours Per Week UCAS Points Pass Rates Campus Level AQA 4.5 A* = 56 93% Filton 3 80% 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 passion for physical wellbeing and health? Eager to support the next generation with athletes with injury management, sports psychology, and nutrition? Have you considered careers in health, sports science, coaching and business management or assisting in local government initiatives? If you have answered “yes” to any of the above, then A Level PE could be for you! A Level PE immerses learners in contemporary issues in sport and performance analysis, whilst expanding on knowledge acquired on the key bodily systems from GCSE and BTEC pathways. You will have the opportunity to explore issues such as why athletes take drugs in sport as well as learning about the history and heritage of sport in the UK. Physical Education is taught on the AQA exam board and is a linear qualification. This means that the two external examinations are undertaken at the end of year two. A Level PE is made up of two examinations, a written piece of coursework that analyses your own performance and finally, a practical performance as either a coach or performer in one sport only. The coursework is worth 30% of the overall qualification Entry Requirements A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English Language and Maths. A grade 6 in GCSE PE; or a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE Biology or 5-5 in GCSE Combined Science. (You must also participate actively in sport to take PE) Course Content You study six units over the two-year A Level. 1. ‘Anatomy and Physiology’: This is where you will learn about the key fundamentals and systems that allow our body to work efficiently. This includes work on the heart, lungs, muscles, bones, and energy systems. 2. ‘Skill Acquisition’: An opportunity to delve into the learning of skills. Skill Acquisition follows on from GCSE by building on work undertaken on reaction time, skills continua, transfer and guidance and pairs this with memory, schema, and practice types. 3. ‘History and Sociology of Sport’: Interested to know where sports such as association football originated from or what makes a sport equitable? This unit will capture your interest. Looking at the origins of Tennis from the time of Henry VIII, to exploring modern contractual issues surrounding performers, this unit explores the history of the sport in the UK. 4. ‘Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology’: A module centered on sports injury, rehabilitation, and prevention along with some applied mathematical principles that make the difference between winning and losing. We explore concepts like angular momentum, fluid mechanics and manipulation of training methods. 5. ‘Sport’s psychology’: Interested in knowing why teams gel or how to support athletes following injury? This unit explores reasons elite athletes give for success and failure through attribution, through to team dynamics and effective leaders and coaching principles. 6. ‘Contemporary issues’: In this unit we look at some of the issues surrounding sport now. Think drugs in sport, the development of technology and its impact as well as how the law regulates sport. An interesting and insightful look into how modern issues are affecting performers and the development of sports. Progression Routes At several HE (Higher Education) institutions A Level PE is viewed as a life science. PE can open the doors to apprenticeships, coaching roles, personal training courses as well as traditional university routes in pathways such as sport and exercise science, teaching, physiotherapy, and osteopathy. Some of our learners choose to complete A Level PE alongside their academy. You may wish to combine your study of PE with other sciences, such as Biology, Food Science and Nutrition, Psychology or Applied Science, or combine it with a humanities-based subject such as Sociology or History. Additional Learning Opportunities The learning journey in A Level PE will be interspersed with trips to places like Wimbledon, the Velodrome, Ice Skating, and some of our local University partners. Many of our Physical Education learners are also part of our Sports Academy where you can combine your studies with an elite sporting programme. We also have a Sixth Form Talks series which includes talks from universities that offer sports-related courses and talks from academics about their research in this area. "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

  • Chemistry

    A Level Chemistry add to basket Awarding Body Hours Per Week UCAS Points Pass Rates Campus Level OCR 4.5 A* = 56 100% Filton 3 70% 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 Are you interested in a career in healthcare, engineering, energy, or consumer products? Have you wondered what makes up the world around us and how these interact with each other and with us? Are you interested in research, experimentation and developing problem solving and analytical skills? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Chemistry is the subject for you! Chemistry is the study of matter: what are substances made of, how they interact and what role they play in living organisms and other processes. Chemistry is all around us, from the air that we breathe, to the food we eat and the clothes that we wear. It develops analytical and evaluative skills gained from practical experiments and exploration of theories. This subject is taught on the OCR exam board. You will sit the A Level exams at the end of your second year. There are three exams and you will also need to complete a minimum of 12 practical activities over the course of the A Level. Entry Requirements A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English Language. A grade 6 in GCSE Maths plus a grade 7 in GCSE Chemistry or 7-7 in GCSE Combined Science. We will accept learners with a grade 6 in GCSE Maths and GCSE Chemistry or 6-6 GCSE Combined Science if they pass an entrance assessment. Course Content Year 1 In the first year you will study four units. 1. ‘Development of practical skills in chemistry’: This unit develops the practical and fundamental skills to be successful in chemistry. You will be shown how to solve problems in a practical context, how to use different apparatus and equipment and how to analyse and evaluate results. 2. ‘Foundations in chemistry’: In this unit you will explore the basics of chemistry, such as atomic structure and relative masses, the formulae of ionic compounds, interaction between acids and bases, different types of bonding and how they affect the physical properties of substances. 3. ‘Periodic table and energy’: This unit examines inorganic and physical chemistry and how energy use works in everyday life and industrial processes and the relationship of this to sustainability. You will explore the periodic table and how it is structured and why, you will examine Group 2 metals and redox reactions, look at the halogen elements and develop skills in qualitative analysis and physical chemistry including enthalpy changes, reaction rates and chemical equilibrium. 4. ‘Core organic chemistry’: The last unit of the first year introduces organic chemistry and its application to everyday life. The unit also provides you with a knowledge of the important chemical ideas that underpin the study of organic chemistry, such as nomenclature and formulae representation, functional groups, organic reactions and isomerism, aliphatic hydrocarbons, alcohols and haloalkanes. The unit will also develop practical skills and analytical techniques to provide evidence of structural features in molecules. Year 2 In the second year you will study two units: 5. ‘Physical chemistry and transition elements’: This unit explore further the study of energy, reaction rates and equilibria, and the periodic table. You will look at rate equations, orders of reaction and equilibrium constants. You will also examine lattice enthalpy and Born-Haber cycles as well as entropy, free energy, electrochemical cells and transition elements. 6. ‘Organic chemistry and analysis’: The last unit further develops understanding of organic chemistry, exploring aromatic compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, nitrogen-based compounds and polymers. You will also further develop your analytical and practical skills in synthesising liquid and solid organic compounds. Progression Routes Studying Chemistry will allow you to progress onto a variety of routes. Combining Chemistry with other sciences, such as Biology and Physics allows you to apply for Medicine and healthcare related courses. Combining Chemistry with Applied Science, or Forensic Science allows you to focus your skills for real-world laboratory-based employment options. A combination of Geography and Chemistry also opens opportunities for Geology and earth sciences-based careers and degrees. Additional Learning Opportunities Learners studying Chemistry are encouraged to join either our Science Academy or Medical Academy based on your career direction. In these academies you will further develop the skills and learning in these subjects to really make your UCAS application stand out to universities. You also have the opportunity to take part in our regular STEM@Lunch talks where various academies come in and speak on a variety of different science-based topics. In addition, you will also be able to spend a day doing practical work in ChemLabs at Bristol University, using their bespoke advanced equipment and apparatus. "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

  • Student Zone | SGS Sixth

    SGS Sixth Student Zone This page is a central location for our current learners to access the Sixth Form systems, support and important information. 'We take pride in developing and supporting our learners to reach their full potential and to develop their skills. Your tutor is there to offer you bespoke support and guidance throughout your studies and to help you with your future plans, be that university, higher apprenticeships or into employment. The student zone is where our students can access our college systems. Here they can take ownership of their learning and track their grades through ProPortal, access the college intranet through e-campus to open Microsoft Teams and their emails on Outlook and also use the professional futures platform to build and check their CVs, prepare for job interviews and to take their career pulse and find job opportunities. Gary Parsons Head of SGS Sixth Student Portal Communications Events Exam Access Arrangements Revision Resources Online Payments Uni Open Days Attendance NEWSLETTERS Spring 2024 Newsletter 27 March 2024 Winter 2023 Newsletter 14 December 2023 UC AS Student S upport (Coming Soon) Newsletter SGS OPEN DAY Join us at our SGS College and SGS Sixth Open Day to find out more about the extensive range of courses on offer. Speak with our experienced tutors, take a tour of our campus and discover what makes SGS outstanding!

  • Physical Education

    A Level Physical Education add to basket Awarding Body Hours Per Week UCAS Points Pass Rates Campus Level AQA 4.5 A* = 56 93% Filton 3 80% 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 passion for physical wellbeing and health? Eager to support the next generation with athletes with injury management, sports psychology, and nutrition? Have you considered careers in health, sports science, coaching and business management or assisting in local government initiatives? If you have answered “yes” to any of the above, then A Level PE could be for you! A Level PE immerses learners in contemporary issues in sport and performance analysis, whilst expanding on knowledge acquired on the key bodily systems from GCSE and BTEC pathways. You will have the opportunity to explore issues such as why athletes take drugs in sport as well as learning about the history and heritage of sport in the UK. Physical Education is taught on the AQA exam board and is a linear qualification. This means that the two external examinations are undertaken at the end of year two. A Level PE is made up of two examinations, a written piece of coursework that analyses your own performance and finally, a practical performance as either a coach or performer in one sport only. The coursework is worth 30% of the overall qualification Entry Requirements A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English Language and Maths. A grade 6 in GCSE PE; or a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE Biology or 5-5 in GCSE Combined Science. (You must also participate actively in sport to take PE) Course Content You study six units over the two-year A Level. 1. ‘Anatomy and Physiology’: This is where you will learn about the key fundamentals and systems that allow our body to work efficiently. This includes work on the heart, lungs, muscles, bones, and energy systems. 2. ‘Skill Acquisition’: An opportunity to delve into the learning of skills. Skill Acquisition follows on from GCSE by building on work undertaken on reaction time, skills continua, transfer and guidance and pairs this with memory, schema, and practice types. 3. ‘History and Sociology of Sport’: Interested to know where sports such as association football originated from or what makes a sport equitable? This unit will capture your interest. Looking at the origins of Tennis from the time of Henry VIII, to exploring modern contractual issues surrounding performers, this unit explores the history of the sport in the UK. 4. ‘Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology’: A module centered on sports injury, rehabilitation, and prevention along with some applied mathematical principles that make the difference between winning and losing. We explore concepts like angular momentum, fluid mechanics and manipulation of training methods. 5. ‘Sport’s psychology’: Interested in knowing why teams gel or how to support athletes following injury? This unit explores reasons elite athletes give for success and failure through attribution, through to team dynamics and effective leaders and coaching principles. 6. ‘Contemporary issues’: In this unit we look at some of the issues surrounding sport now. Think drugs in sport, the development of technology and its impact as well as how the law regulates sport. An interesting and insightful look into how modern issues are affecting performers and the development of sports. Progression Routes At several HE (Higher Education) institutions A Level PE is viewed as a life science. PE can open the doors to apprenticeships, coaching roles, personal training courses as well as traditional university routes in pathways such as sport and exercise science, teaching, physiotherapy, and osteopathy. Some of our learners choose to complete A Level PE alongside their academy. You may wish to combine your study of PE with other sciences, such as Biology, Food Science and Nutrition, Psychology or Applied Science, or combine it with a humanities-based subject such as Sociology or History. Additional Learning Opportunities The learning journey in A Level PE will be interspersed with trips to places like Wimbledon, the Velodrome, Ice Skating, and some of our local University partners. Many of our Physical Education learners are also part of our Sports Academy where you can combine your studies with an elite sporting programme. We also have a Sixth Form Talks series which includes talks from universities that offer sports-related courses and talks from academics about their research in this area. "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

  • Further Mathematics

    A Level Further Mathematics 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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