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A Level Economics

In A Level Economics you will study how people and societies make decisions that allow them to get the most out of their limited resources. You will look at the fundamental forces which affect our lives, such as employment, prices, international trade, financial markets, distribution of income, poverty and behaviour. Economists are in healthy debate over these issues. It is this controversy which makes Economics lively and interesting and which allows you the opportunity to make your own judgements and form your own opinion.

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You could be working as a professional economist advising governments, big business and private investors, or working in financial services or education. An A-level in Economics can lead to any university course but particularly lends itself to degrees in Economics, Finance or Business.

Reason: 
All teachers recent industry experience and passion for their subject.
Reason 2: 
Very high expectations to support students to maximize their potential.
Reason 3: 
Exciting student centred lessons with up to date and relevant examples.
Reason 4: 
Developing a highly invigorating learning environment for all.
Reason 5: 
Helpful and approachable staff who are passionate about your success.
What will I Study: 

You will study: Microeconomics, which relates to individuals, firms, markets and market failure and Macroeconomics, which relates to the national and international economy. You are expected to acquire quantitative skills and competencies relevant to the topic area and become familiar with economic facts, figures and statistics. You will require both an ability to write essays as well as strong numeracy and logic to succeed in A-level Economics.

How will I be taught: 

The subject is delivered over two sessions per week, one morning and one afternoon session. You will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods such as group work, presentations, teacher led exposition, research projects, case study materials, film, debates, discussion, televisual and print based media. A Level Economics uses a system of Flipped Learning where you will learn some basic facts before the lesson and then your teacher will develop this knowledge through individual and gro

How will I be assessed: 

At the end of year two you will have three exam papers. The first is microeconomics - markets and business behavior, the second is macroeconomics - the economy and globalisation and the third is a combined micro and macro paper. All year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway, which may include external exams, that will allow you to progress to Year 2.

Is Direct Enrol: 
No
Is Ucas Course: 
No
Is Loan Available: 
No
Course Level: 
Level 3
Qualification gained: 
Edexcel A level Economics
Course Info Sheet URL: 
http://courseinfosheet.chichester.ac.uk/index.aspx?coursecode=BUS675
Entry requirements: 
You will need to have 5 GCSEs at grades 9/A* to 4/C including Maths & English Language. You will also need resilience and determination to work hard and do well. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project, prior to enrolment, to prepare you for A Level Economics.
Course Code: 
BUS675
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Subject Area Colour: 
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Course Options: 
BUS675CD1A
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EBS Updated: 
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 20:00

A Level Geography

Geography is an exciting and ever changing, you will cover engaging contemporary issues such as tectonic hazards, coasts, globalisation and regeneration. You will cover themes such as changing landscapes and human development as well as dynamic landscapes and places, physical systems, sustainability and human systems and geopolitics.

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You will have a wide range of study options at Higher Education and many career pathways including Urban or Rural Planning, Leisure & Tourism, Business, Teaching, Environmental Risk Management, Geo-Engineering, Government, Cartography.

Reason: 
Creative teaching
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Supportive environment
Reason 3: 
Exciting fieldwork opportunities
Reason 4: 
Fantastic student resources
Reason 5: 
An exciting course equiping you with a deep understanding of the world
What will I Study: 

You will examine four study areas: Dynamic Landscapes - looking at tectonic processes and hazards; Dynamic Places - looking at globalisation and shaping places; Physical Systems and Sustainability - looking at the water cycle and water insecurity, the carbon cycle and energy security and climate change futures. Lastly Human Systems and Geopolitics - looking at superpowers and global development and connections

How will I be taught: 

You will have 4.5 hours of taught sessions in a week. Additionally you are expected to undertake a further 5.5 hours of additional reading and study per week. Classroom activities include group work, debates and exam focused sessions preparing you to apply your knowledge in the Geography exam. You also have opportunities to learn through Chi Online and in the college library. A Level Geography uses a system of Flipped Learning where you will learn some basic facts before the lesson and then your

How will I be assessed: 

This is a 2 year linear A Level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. There will be 3 exams and a coursework element worth 20%. All year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway, which may include external exams, that will allow you to progress to Year 2.

Is Direct Enrol: 
No
Is Ucas Course: 
No
Is Loan Available: 
No
Course Level: 
Level 3
Qualification gained: 
Edexcel A level in Geography
Course Info Sheet URL: 
http://courseinfosheet.chichester.ac.uk/index.aspx?coursecode=LFS025
Entry requirements: 
Students need 5 GCSE's 9/A* - 4/C including English Language, Mathematics and preferably Science. You will require a good general Geography knowledge of places and human/physical processes in the world. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project, prior to enrolment.
Course Code: 
LFS025
Qualification Type: 
Subject Area Colour: 
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Course Options: 
LFS025CD2A
LFS025CD1A
EBS Updated: 
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 20:02

A Level History

A Level History is excellent at embedding skills for a wide variety of careers. You will student The British Empire, c1857-1967 - this unit allows you to study, in breadth, issues of change, continuity, cause & consequence during this period. You will also study The Birth of the USA, 1760-1801 - this unit provides the opportunity for in-depth study of the years in which the 13 American colonies broke away from Great Britain and founded the USA. The third part is a historical investigation - this is a Non-exam assessment component.

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History is a highly regarded subject and is considered to be one of the leading subjects for progression into Higher Education. Careers in Research, Media, Heritage and Leisure sectors, Teaching, Journalism, Archaeologist as a Museum Curator, Historic Buildings Inspector, Archivist and many more.

Reason: 
A great opportunity to enhance historical knowledge
Reason 2: 
Improve and hone essential study skills
Reason 3: 
Prospect of studying at an outstanding college
Reason 4: 
Being taught by a passionate subject specialist
Reason 5: 
Gain a qualification that is well respected by employers & universities
What will I Study: 

Course units: Unit1J: The British Empire, c1857-1967 & Unit2G: The Birth of the USA, 1760-1801 Unit 3: Historical investigation Unit 1 is the breadth paper and gives you opportunities to learn how the British Empire became so large, how it influenced British attitudes and culture and the impact it had on indigenous peoples Unit 2 is the depth paper and will allow you to investigate why the American colonies chose to break away from Great Britain and how the Americans managed to found the USA. Unit 3 is the coursework element of the course. Students will have the opportunity to research Witchcraft in 16th Century or select a topic of their choice.

How will I be taught: 

Learning will take place with a combination of teacher led discussion, activity based student participation and plenty of discussion and debate. You will be encouraged to ask questions and explore your own interests within the topics. A Level History uses a system of Flipped Learning where you will learn some basic facts before the lesson and then your teacher will develop this knowledge through individual and group activities.

How will I be assessed: 

80% of the course is assessed via 5 hours of examinations at the end of this 2 year linear course. There is also a personal study of 3,000 - 3,500 words worth 20%. All year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway, which may include external exams, that will allow you to progress to Year 2.

Is Direct Enrol: 
No
Is Ucas Course: 
No
Is Loan Available: 
No
Course Level: 
Level 3
Qualification gained: 
AQA A level in History
Course Info Sheet URL: 
http://courseinfosheet.chichester.ac.uk/index.aspx?coursecode=LFS003
Entry requirements: 
You will need 5 GCSEs at 9/A* to 4/C including English Language and Maths. It is strongly recommended that you have a 4/C or above in History and an enquiring mind. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project prior to enrolment.
Course Code: 
LFS003
Qualification Type: 
Subject Area Colour: 
key-color-engineering-salmon
Course Options: 
LFS003CD1A
EBS Updated: 
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 20:02

What qualifications do I need to study A-levels?

You will need to have at least 5 GCSE grades 9-4 (A*-C) including English & maths.

Maths and science AS/A-levels require a grade 6 (B) in GCSE maths and science.

If you aren’t sure if you have the right qualifications to take A-levels then contact our admissions team (01243 786321) for advice.

A-level Pass Rates

Our overall pass rate for 2016/17: 99.1%

 

Outstanding Grade from Ofsted

The Ofsted inspection in March 2014 graded us 'outstanding' in all four key areas for

  • Teaching, Learning & Assessment
  • Outcomes for Learners
  • Leadership & Management and
  • Overall Effectiveness

In addition, nine subject areas were inspected and received seven 'outstanding' and two 'good' grades, which is the best curriculum inspection grade profile out of seven colleges awarded overall 'outstanding' under the new framework to date.

 

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In order to raise overall standards, the government has introduced changes to A-levels. These changes are still happening, so we've broken down the points you need to know below.

 

What are the changes?

  • A-levels are becoming linear two-year courses, meaning that you will need to study for two full years to gain the qualification.
  • You will only take exams at the end of your second year. In almost all cases, these exams will count for 100% of your overall mark (see point below).
  • Coursework is being removed and will only be considered in exceptional cases. In science-based subjects, practical work will not count towards your final grade, but will be awarded with a separate certificate of endorsement.
  • The content that you are taught in the new linear A-levels will also change slightly.


When are the changes happening?

The new two-year style A-levels are being introduced over a three year period. This started in 2015, so some students will already be studying the new format for certain subjects. The final subjects are to be introduced in September 2017. This is the final phase. All students starting their studies from September 2017 will study the new two-year style linear A-levels for all subjects.

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Aim higher

Gifted & Talented Programme

We run a gifted & talented programme for exceptional students. This includes:

  • The opportunity to attend visits & summer schools to top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
  • An opportunity to develop research skills through the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The EPQ is equivalent to an AS-level.
  • Comprehensive advice and guidance on the UCAS application process to top universities and competitive courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, and Law.
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews.
  • Help in organising work experience including placements at St Richard’s Hospital.
  • The opportunity to take part in activities and competitions that will enhance your application such Maths Challenge, Biology Olympiad, STEM events and enrichment activities.
  • The opportunity to be a course representative or a member of the student executive.
  • The opportunity to be a member of the A-level Stretch and Challenge Academy, a virtual learning site which signposts opportunities such as revision conferences, master classes and university events.
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