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Year 12 Ancient History


OCR Ancient History AS/A-Level, H042/H442

Director of Faculty: Mr M Retberg (email [email protected])

Head of Subject: Mr D Midgley (email [email protected])

Topics studied this year

Greek History: Period study; Greece in the 5th century BCE

Relations between Greeks and non Greeks in 500BC

Impact of the Persian Wars on Greek relations.

Pentecontatia- the rise of Athens

1st Peloponnesian war: the betrayal of Megara

2nd Peloponnesian War and Spartan victory

Roman History: Period Study; The Julio Claudians

Augustus and the establishment of imperial Rule

The long and illustrious reign of Augustus

Tiberius and the treason trials

Caligula: the rise and fall of Romes brightest star

Claudius: The accidental emperor

Nero and the fall of the Julio Claudians


All units are assessed by external examinations in summer exam series or as internal examination if the course is be continued to year 13.

Key Dates

All examinations take place in the summer exam series beginning in May.


All students will be regularly set a variety and range of appropriate homework and self-study tasks throughout the year for each unit studied.


OCR Ancient History A Level component 1: Greece (Bloomsbury)

OCR Ancient History A Level component 2: Rome (Bloomsbury)

Herodotus: Histories (Penguin edition)

Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War (Penguin edition)

Suetonius: 12 Caesars (Penguin edition)

Tacitus: Annals of Imperial Rome (Oxford edition)

How to prepare for September Any wider preparation or reading on the periods studied (Classical Greece or early Imperial Rome) would be strongly advisable.

Year 12 and 13 Art


AQA A-Level Art and Design Fine Art

Director of Faculty: Ms E Foster (email [email protected])

Head of Subject: Mr J Davison (email [email protected])

A-level Art is a two year course.

The personal investigation

On arrival Year 12 will complete the foundation phase of the course this will aim to build skills with workshop activities directly linked to the assessment criteria. This phase equates to the first half term. Students will then choose an independent question and produce a body of work leading towards an outcome in May of year 12. Following on from this students will produce an extended project leading on from their exploration in year 12. This body of work will represent the major part of their coursework. This will again lead to a final outcome. In addition they will complete a written component of 1000-3000 words which will sit alongside their coursework body.

The Externally Set Assignment

Question papers are issued in February of Year 13. Students are required do 5 hours development work which may be a final outcome or preparation piece which will lead onto a later final piece. This is done under exam conditions over a 15 hour period.

Both Coursework and the exam are handed in and marked in May of year 13.


60% Coursework 40% Controlled test. Key Stage 5 assessment is in accordance with the A-level assessment objectives. This is done through individual tutorials. Set tasks are monitored and feedback is through written and verbal comment. Students are screened termly.

Key Dates

Art exhibition is in July will showcase work from years 12 and 13.

Coursework at KS5 is due in mid-May of year 13

External tests take place between February and June of year 13

Home works

Key stage 5 homework is set at points during the course but all students are expected to independently work on their project for a minimum of 2 hours per week.

Other useful information

A-level drop in sessions are held after school/lunchtimes. Students will have a 6th Form project room available to catch up on work in free periods.

Year 12 Biology


AQA Biology 7401

Director of Faculty: Dr J Wild (email [email protected])

Head of Subject: Mrs E Kattou (email: [email protected])

Topics studied this year

1. Biological molecules

2. Cells

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4. Genetic information, variation and relationships with organisms

Practical assessment

Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

using microscopes to see cell division

dissection of animal or plant systems

aseptic technique to study microbial growth

investigating activity within cells

investigating animal behaviours and distributions of species in the environment

A pass or fail will be awarded for a practical endorsement at the end of Year 13 if Biology is continued to the full A-level. For a pass, you must attend all practical sessions within lessons.


Each topic will be assessed and will reflect what students are to expect on the exams in the Summer. The assessments will be used to inform the screenings and estimated grades submitted to the exam board. Assessments that are done with a poor level of effort or have resulted in a below-target grade will be repeated. Appropriate intervention will be put in place for students whose assessments have highlighted difficulty with the subject.

Key Dates

Provisional exam dates 2018: Paper 1 24th May (pm) 1hr 30 mins, Paper 2 4th June (pm) 1 hr 30 mins


Tasks will be set weekly based on a combination of past exam paper questions, application questions from the Kerboodle textbook, research and presentation preparation, and journal article reviews. Tasks are designed to prepare for the lesson content and consolidate learning as well as stretching students by reading outside of the exam specification.


Exam board website:

We will provide access to an online text book for use throughout Year 12. A log-in will be provided for the e-book in September. We also recommend Advanced Biology For You for additional stretch and challenge.

How to prepare for September 2017

Go back through Additional Science Biology topics as well as Triple Science Biology topics using websites such as BBC Bitesize. Take a look through the AS specification to see what from GCSE will be built upon in AS Biology. Some useful topics are:

Biological molecules

Cell structure

Genetics & Cell division

Year 12 BTEC Business


EDEXCEL BTEC National Diploma in Business

Director of Faculty: Miss J Roberts (email [email protected])

Topics studied this year

Unit 1: Exploring Business

Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign(External exam)

Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance (External exam)

Unit 8: The Recruitment and Selection Process


You will be assessed regularly through internal coursework based assignments, along with external assessments, as indicated above. Assessments can include real-world tasks, tests, research, essays, projects, and investigations.

Each unit will be graded, with an overall grade then achieved at the end of the year 2.


Students should expect homework for each unit at least once a week and they may be required to access it through our online virtual learning environment. Homework tasks will include written, practical and research tasks, along with elements of coursework assignments.


Students must purchase the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Business Book 1 (ISBN: 9781292126241) to enable them to complete the course successfully.

Recommended magazines and journals are:

BusinessToday (

Business Review (Philip Allan for Hodder Education)

Students are advised to also study independently. The following websites provide valuable opportunities to strengthen their subject knowledge and understanding:

Revision guides can be purchased and are a further source of valuable independent study. Additional revision sessions will be timetabled at key examination times.



AQA Year 1/AS Business 7131 (7132)

Director of Faculty: Ms J Roberts (email [email protected])

Topics studied this year

1. What is business?

2. Managers, leadership and decision making

3. Decision making to improve marketing performance

4. Decision making to improve operational performance

5. Decision making to improve financial performance

6. Decision making to improve human resource performance


Students will be assessed regularly through homework, rapid response knowledge tests, and more formal assessments each half term. At the end of year

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