CTK St Mary's Prospectus

A sixth form centre for excellence 1 Prospectus 2023-2024 A SIXTH FORM CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE Be inspired

“CTK has helped me challenge myself academically. From the academic demands of the Extended Project Qualification, to working closely in small groups with specialised tutors who are experts in their subject, I have learned to be academically resilient, and goal driven. Support from my teachers and peers has enabled me to achieve great things whilst being part of this amazing sixth form. CTK has always encouraged me to aim high. I achieved A*A*AB and have been accepted at University of Oxford to study Engineering Sciences.” Tony – A Level Maths (A*), Physics (A*), Further Maths (A), Fine Art (B) Welcome to CTK St Mary’s If you are looking for an aspirational place to study, where you can choose from a wide range of 27 academic or vocational courses, then our sixth form centre for excellence in Sidcup is the right place to help you achieve your goals and ambitions. Here at CTK St Mary’s, you will gain access to extensive pastoral support and a range of graduate programmes to suit you. You will join other ambitious students, all working towards the same goal. Our A Level, BTEC and T Level students benefit from outstanding university progression, many to leading institutions, including Russell Group universities. All our students follow specialist graduate programmes which are specifically designed for their choice of subject and ability, including the Advanced Graduate Programme, for our most able students. You’ll be encouraged along the way with caring and supportive pastoral staff who will set challenging learning targets to ensure you achieve what you are truly capable of. You will benefit from excellent teaching in A Level, BTEC and T Level subjects, tailored to meet your needs. We focus on what really matters – the quality of teaching and learning and inspiring you to reach your potential. Staff and student wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do and is enshrined in our mission statement. Led by our site principal Mrs Camilla Crampton, CTK St Mary’s is an innovative, prestigious and highly regarded sixth form, where we promote wellbeing, environmental sustainability and purposeful social action alongside our Catholic values. Our mission, vision and ethos will ensure you develop outstanding personal qualities, attributes and opportunities. In line with our motto “Ut Vitam Habeant” you will go on to live your life in all its fullness Once you graduate from CTK St Mary’s, you’ll feel confident about going out into the world and being the best you can be. Welcome to CTK St Mary’s! Mrs Shireen Razey, Executive Principal 2 CTK ST MARY’S

A sixth form centre for excellence 3 Contents Be inspired... as part of our community Be successful... with our graduate programmes Be the best you can be... with the CTK Character Education Programme Entry requirements... and essential information A Levels Choose from 20 subjects Vocational courses BTECs and new T Levels Apply now Start your journey with CTK “My perspective of what my future could look like has broadened thanks to CTK, and now I’m studying English Literature at the University of Cambridge. I was inspired by meeting past alumni, attending networking events and advice about a range of career pathways. I’m so happy to have been awarded a £15k Metric Capital scholarship towards my costs of living at university.” Temitope – A Level English Literature (A), Media Studies (A), Sociology (A*), English Literature at Cambridge University Saturday 12 November 2022 Book your place or find details of other events at www.ctkstmarys.ac.uk/ events/ We will be holding further open events throughout the year – please check our website for latest information. OPEN EVENT Centre Principal Mrs Crampton with students at CTK St Mary’s

4 CTK ST MARY’S “I love the diversity and shared academic ethos of my peers. Classes are warm and welcoming as well as academically ambitious and supportive. I valued being part of the Elevate professional mentoring programme and winning the governance award for my role on the Partnership Advisory Board as a student governor. I was recently awarded a £15k Metric Capital Scholarship. I am going to study Physiotherapy at Essex University.” Jason – A Level English, PE, Biology Be INSPIRED You will feel inspired, talented and excited about your future at CTK St Mary’s. Learning alongside like-minded, ambitious and hardworking students, you will benefit from high quality teaching in a warm, friendly setting. When you leave St Mary’s, you will have the confidence and ability to progress to university and pursue your dream career. Choosing the right course There is no one size fits all when it comes to your career and your future. That is why you can choose from a wide range of .A Level, BTEC and T Level courses at CTK St Mary’s. Whichever route you choose, you will be aiming to study at one of the UK’s top universities. A Levels If you enjoyed your GCSEs and would like to continue with the range of more traditional subjects you have been studying, A Levels could be a good choice for you. A Levels are essential for certain career routes and still required by some universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge. External speakers Our external speaker programme brings more than 30 specialists in their field to our Christ the King Sixth Form centres each year. Previous speakers have included Sir Ian Cheshire (Chairman of Barclays), David Thompson (film producer) and Gary Gibbon (Channel 4 News Political Editor). BTECs and T Levels If you want to specialise in a single subject that you really enjoy, advanced BTECs or a T Level are both great options. You will achieve UCAS points in the same way as A Levels, ensuring you have lots of university options to choose from. Almost 87% of vocational level 3 students at CTK go on to universities, including prestigious Russell Group institutions. Apply to the best universities You will be encouraged to apply to top universities and will be given tailored help with UCAS applications and interviews. A report by national education charity The Sutton Trust, entitled Degrees of Success, placed Christ the King Sixth Forms in the top 6% of schools and colleges nationally due to high performance when it comes to university progression. To help you choose the right university, you will hear talks from graduates and undergraduates, as well as attending the annual careers conference. This is a great opportunity to network with representatives from top universities and colleges in the UK. “CTK isn’t just a place for learning. It’s also a place where strong relationships are built between students and staff to ensure everyone is the best possible version of themselves and strives to achieve their best.” Jade – A Level student

A sixth form centre for excellence 5 “If you want to be academically challenged and socially enriched – then I would recommend CTK. It is very diverse – not only in terms of race and culture but also in the beliefs and values of its students. I won an internship through the charity Urban Synergy. I’m going to study Political Science at the University of Bristol.” Ava – A Level Geography (A*), Economics (A), English Literature (A) Be connected Thanks to our strong links with employers and businesses, you will attend talks from visiting industry speakers and have opportunities to do work placements at top City companies. You can attend a variety of expert guest lectures, featuring corporate lawyers, barristers and executives from companies such as HSBC, BP and BT. Other exciting opportunities include professional mentoring programmes with the EY Foundation, Barclays and Urban Synergy. Many of our influential alumni take time to visit us and inspire our current students. Some of our successful former students sit on the Christ the King Local Board, providing valuable insight into a diverse range of industries. Elevate Mentoring Programme The Elevate Mentoring Programme was set up by CTK alumnus Trevor Gomes, who now works as a Business Partner in BT’s Consumer Division and sits on the CTK partnership board. The programme’s aim is to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experiences for higher education and the world of work. Trevor and his team run programmes for our students such as personal branding and employability coaching. Be talented You will be joining a warm, friendly community of like-minded people where you will be encouraged to get involved in sixth form life. You can choose from the debating club, fashion group, college band, coaching awards and volunteer societies, to name a few. You will have opportunities to discover or develop your interests and talents and have a great time. Extracurricular activities to choose from include: Drama, Media, Business, 3D Animation, Dance and Music. Some of the activities that you can get involved in include: • Community projects, such as helping in primary schools and hospitals. • Residential visits and overseas trips. • Work shadowing and volunteering experiences. • Retreats and pilgrimages. • Expeditions to places such as Kenya, Alaska and the Tien Shan mountains.

6 CTK ST MARY’S Be SUCCESSFUL Stand out from the crowd with our unique graduate programmes. These are specially designed by CTK to harness your talents, tailored to your subject matter and ability, and guaranteed to help you shine. Advanced Graduate Programme – High Achieving A-Level students You will be challenged to achieve high grades at A Level with our Advanced Graduate Programme (AGP). You will graduate with the skills and qualifications you need to progress to a prestigious university, attending wider learning events at leading universities and joining our Fast Track programme. You will be part of a tutor group with fellow AGP students just like you, who are high achieving and have similar aspirations. You will learn leadership skills through the ambassador programme, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and other wider learning opportunities. You will undertake the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which develops your academic and critical thinking skills and is recognised by universities. Professional Graduate Programme – BTEC and T Level students If you are studying a Level 3 course, our Professional Graduate Programme will give you tailored support and access to professional opportunities to complement your studies. You will gain additional professional qualifications, which will give you a competitive edge when making university or job applications. You will access a bespoke progression and careers programme, and gain specialised support. Extended Graduate Programme – A Level students Your learning will be enriched through our Extended Graduate Programme, which provides high quality learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. It is designed to equip you with the skills and qualities you need to succeed in your studies and compete for the top university places or employment/training opportunities. You will be part of a bespoke careers programme to help you understand where your interests and capabilities lie with the guidance of a specialist tutor. You will take part in events and visits which will support your learning and achievement, as well as your personal development. Aspiring Graduate Programme Find out about our Aspiring Graduate Programme on page 30. “CTK helped me stay motivated and made me realise my potential by giving me access to the Advanced Graduate Programme.”

A sixth form centre for excellence 7 “I was delighted to receive the CTK award for Maths. My teachers have been outstanding throughout my time at Sixth Form. They are always so helpful and caring, and the careers support I have received has helped me gain a place to study Investment Banking at Birmingham University.” Daniel – A Levels in Maths (A), Economics (A) and BTEC L3 IT (Distinction*) Set challenging career goals You will be inspired at our Careers conference, which provides an excellent opportunity to explore your options. Whether you are an aspiring engineer, banker or entrepreneur, this event will give you the chance to meet experts in your area of interest and discover more about how you can achieve your goals. Excel with our support You will be given extensive academic support outside of your lessons, including subject-specific workshops, help with homework, coursework or revision, and study skills sessions Your study programme will be timetabled around your needs and your personal tutor will stay with you throughout your time here. They will regularly review your progress, help with any difficulties, and work with you to set achievable goals. A. Brunel University • Journalism (Communications) • Physiotherapy • Nursing (Mental Health) B. Cardiff University • Media and Communications C. Swansea University • Psychology D. University of Hull • Psychology E. University of Kent • Law and Criminology • Politics and International Relations • Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation F. University of Nottingham • Mathematics • Midwifery G. University of Warwick • Media and Creative Industries H. Bristol University • Economics • Education Studies I. St Andrew’s University • Management J. University of East Anglia (UEA) • Law with Criminology • Computing Science with a Year in Industry F E I J C H B G In 2021 CTK students went on to over 70 university destinations. At CTK St Mary’s these included: D A

8 CTK ST MARY’S At CTK St Mary’s, we will: • Encourage you to be ambitious and high achieving. • Challenge you to be resilient, confident, creative and courageous. • Educate you to be articulate, curious, reflective and capable. • Support you to develop the virtues of loyalty, respect, care and commitment. • Inspire you to live principled, moral and dignified lives. This ethos is fully supported through the work of our Chaplaincy, where the team will celebrate with you in times of joy and listen or advise you in times of difficulty. You are always supported at CTK St Mary’s. Character Education Programme – The CTK Graces Through our character education programme, The CTK Graces, you will develop the traits and attributes you need to be discerning and to thrive in the highly competitive world that awaits you. You will take part in a learning programme that invites you to consider the personal, spiritual and moral issues you will face in the future. You will be empowered to achieve your full potential with our combination of academic excellence and exceptional pastoral care. You will be inspired to succeed both academically and as a person, learning the important life skills of resilience, confidence, courage and creativity. you can BE Be the BEST ESPECT NDEAVOUR RIT ELF-CONTROL URIOSITY WARENESS “The amazing workspace and state-of-the art resources motivated us to work hard to attain the high grades we all achieved. The college facilities feel like an office setting, boosting attitude and work ethic and keeping us focused on working towards our future goals.” David - achieved D*D*D* in BTEC Business (equivalent to A*A*A* at A Level). Studying HR Management at University of Greenwich

A sixth form centre for excellence 9 Learning Resources Centre Our Learning Resources Centre (LRC) is a silent, independent study area, managed by a team of specialist staff, with extended opening hours to support you. It has computer, printing and scanning facilities for your use. It also provides access to individual study guides for each subject, more than 10,000 books, digital resources and online learning materials, specialist journals, periodicals and newspapers, and an audio-visual room. “CTK has a welcoming atmosphere, friendly people and offers many opportunities to enrich your learning and overall experience.” Olivia – English Literature (A), Psychology (A), Sociology (A). Going to study BSc Sociology at London School of Economics Facilities at CTK St Mary’s • Two media suites with digital editing and recording facilities. • A recording studio – including mixing, editing and recording facilities. • A suite of specialist art, design and technology rooms, including two networked suites of Apple Mac computers. • Four fully equipped science laboratories. • Numerous dedicated student support areas. • Eight networked computer rooms. • A Chaplaincy area including a Chapel and Chapel common room. • A fitness suite and sports teaching area with modern changing rooms. • A modern canteen. If you enjoy sport... You will love our on-site sports centre, named after CTK alumnus and Team GB Gold Medal winning athlete, Lorraine Ugen. It includes: • A new £2 million indoor sports hall • An open, spacious sixth form in leafy Sidcup surrounded by playing fields. Many of our students achieve team and individual success both at county and international level. We host regular visits by accomplished athletes. There is a sport for everyone at St Mary’s, including: • Aerobics • Football • Volleyball • Badminton • Cricket • Basketball • Skiing • Netball • Tennis • Crosscountry • Boxing • Weight training • Tabletennis • Fitness training

10 CTK ST MARY’S Find out how to apply on page 31 or apply online at ctkstmarys.ac.uk Entry Requirements and Essential Information Each Christ the King Sixth Form has a distinct environment and set of unique opportunities for its students. CTK St Mary’s is a Catholic Sixth Form where the values of honesty, integrity and mutual respect are central to our work. We welcome students from every faith, and none. Our students, who come from a wide range of backgrounds, are united by our strong sense of community and their individual desire to achieve. You will find here a warm, friendly and supportive community where you will be truly valued as an individual. Parent feedback Parents are encouraged to be involved. Formal reports are produced five times a year and we host regular parents’ evenings so that you and your family can discuss your progress, ask questions and respond to your tutor’s comments. Dress code at St Mary’s When you join CTK St Mary’s, you and your fellow students will be expected to wear business-like attire. Plain black, dark grey, navy blue or dark brown formal, business-like suits are required (tailored trouser or skirt). A jacket is optional – a plain dark jumper or cardigan can be worn as an alternative. Coloured shirts or blouses are acceptable if suitable for a working environment. This is intended to support you in making appropriate choices as you prepare for work or the next stage of your education journey. Some subjects may require you to wear clothing relating to your subject – for example sports students will wear a CTK tracksuit. Students with additional needs For students with additional needs, or where English is not your first language, we have a dedicated learning support area with experienced staff. Once your application has been reviewed, we will contact you to discuss your needs so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed. Entry criteria for CTK St Mary’s A LEVELS • Minimum five GCSEs at grade 9-5 • English and Maths at minimum grade 5 • To study A Level Maths, English, Sciences or French, you must have a grade 6 in these subjects at GCSE “My teachers have given me a lot of pastoral and academic support. The atmosphere of co-operation in the classroom and my relationship with my peers makes it easier to learn and ask questions. I have learnt to ask for extra work and to have the drive and assurance necessary to be a high achiever. My grades are far higher than I anticipated, and I think is a great achievement!” Nelly will study Business at Warwick University after achieving A Levels in French, Psychology and Business BTEC LEVEL 3 PROFESSIONAL GRADUATE PROGRAMME (PGP) • Four GCSEs at grades 9-4, including Maths and English • Minimum grade 4-4 in the Sciences for Applied Science If you show determination, hard work and a desire to succeed, yet you don’t yet meet these entry requirements, we have a range of programmes to help you excel in our nurturing and aspirational environment. Please see page 30 for other routes. T LEVELS – NEW FOR SEPTEMBER 2023 From September 2023, CTK St Mary’s has been selected to offer T Levels in Health and Business. T Levels are a brand-new, 2-year qualification that will give you a head start towards the career you want. T Levels have been designed in partnership with businesses and employers to give you the skills and knowledge to succeed in the workplace. See pages 26-27.

A sixth form centre for excellence 11 Our Chaplaincy “Our Chaplaincy is the heart of our Sixth Form. It’s a place where all students can meet and form new friendships. I enjoy coming to this space due to its calm atmosphere and there is always staff to talk to.” The Chaplaincy team, inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, are there to accompany you in times of joy or difficulty by providing a listening ear, and to help you develop spiritually. The spacious and comfortable Chaplaincy is a hub for social activity, open to all students from all faiths and none – you can drop in and relax, meet friends or take part in activities. The beautiful adjoining chapel is a place for prayer and worship. You can visit the Chapel as a quiet place for some peace and space for reflection. Chapel CTK St Mary’s has a Chaplaincy team on hand to support you in your day-to-day life and your journey of faith, whatever your faith may be. services include a weekly Mass and on Holy Days throughout the year. The Chaplaincy team meets regularly with 10:10 student Chaplaincy representatives to discuss issues, plan events, and contribute to Liturgies. You can sign up to be Chaplaincy representatives – a great role to help you grow in confidence, develop leadership skills and to make a difference. You will receive support and training, as well as experiencing retreat opportunities. “I have felt very well supported during lockdown in terms of opportunities and outlets for prayer and reflection.”

12 CTK ST MARY’S ART A LEVEL Fine Art is also useful if you are considering a career in such fields as architecture, marketing, publicity, arts administration, animation and the media. Fine Art is particularly advantageous if you are seeking to progress onto a foundation diploma in art and design. CONTENT You’ll explore a range of creative practices including painting, mixed media, sculpture and print-making. Drawing is an essential skill for studying this subject and forms an integral part of Fine Art practice. You will use drawing to record and analyse the observed world, to explore ideas visually and to find new ways of expressing your thoughts and feelings. You will also learn how to use sketchbooks as a creative journal in order to document your own creative process. Gallery and research visits will be an essential part of your fine art course. As part of the personal investigation component of the A Level, you will be required to produce a minimum 1000 word critical study. At the end of the course your work will be displayed at the annual art exhibition, which celebrates the creativity of our learners. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10. If you have not studied the subject at school but wish to be considered for the course, you will need to provide evidence of your ability and interest in the form of a sketchbook/portfolio at your interview. ASSESSMENT Coursework and controlled assignments. You will also be required to produce a portfolio of coursework and separate controlled assignment. A LEVEL COURSES This A Level in Fine Art leads naturally to careers in art, graphic communication, fashion, advertising and product design. A Level Courses at CTK St Mary’s If you enjoyed your GCSEs and would like to continue with the range of more traditional subjects you have been studying, A Levels could be a good choice for you. A Levels are essential for certain career routes and still required by some universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge. • Art (Fine Art) 12 • Biology 13 • Business 13 • Chemistry 14 • Criminology 15 • English Literature 15 • French 16 • Geography 17 • Graphic Communication 17 • History 18 • Information Technology 19 • Maths 19 • Media 20 • Photography 21 • Physical Education 21 • Physics 22 • Politics 23 • Psychology 23 • Religious Studies 24 • Sociology 25 Eniola – A Level Religious Studies, Biology, Chemistry “I studied Religious Studies (A), Biology (B), and Chemistry (C) – I am going to study Medicine at the University of Manchester. I have really enjoyed meeting new people and motivating myself to overcome topics that are new. I’ve also enjoyed being in the gospel choir. CTK is amazing, so enjoy your experience here and put in your full effort.”

A sixth form centre for excellence 13 BUSINESS A LEVEL BIOLOGY A LEVEL An A Level in Business can be the starting point to a range of careers – from accountancy to marketing. It’s a highly engaging subject that can lead you to a career in anything from law, accountancy, human resources, marketing or business management, to teaching, politics or journalism. CONTENT Business is a dynamic and interesting subject. Throughout this two-year course, you will enhance your commercial awareness and develop a wide range of business-related analytical and entrepreneurial skills. You will investigate different types of organisation, identify investment opportunities and evaluate how markets affect business performance. You’ll learn how to understand real-world decision-making processes and critically evaluate the external and internal influences on businesses. Topics you will study include marketing and people, managing business activities, business decisions and strategy and global business. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10. ASSESSMENT Your work will be assessed by an exam. Did you know that the average salary for Business Management jobs is £42,500 Source: Totaljobs.com An A Level in Biology can open the door to a wide variety of careers. Depending on what you study at university, you could go on to become a doctor, a lab technician, a forensic scientist or even a teacher. CONTENT You will find Biology to be a stimulating and challenging subject that encourages you to work to a high standard, thus developing your analytical skills. You will gain an understanding of the various areas within the subject and how they relate to each other. In addition to this, your knowledge and understanding of different scientific methods will be strengthened. Your A Level Biology course will further develop your mathematical, practical and analytical skills, which will help prepare you for the work and higher educational fields. You will develop your practical skills while studying foundations in Biology, exchange and transport, biodiversity, evolution and disease, communication, homeostasis and energy, genetics, evolution and ecosystems. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10, you will also need either GCSE Biology or GCSE combined Science at grade 6 or above. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed by examination at the end of each year of your course. £88,750 The average salary for a GP Source: Glassdoor: NHS GP salaries FOR MORE COURSE INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEBSITE: ctkstmarys.ac.uk

14 CTK ST MARY’S CHEMISTRY A LEVEL Once you’re trained in your chosen field, your qualification will open up a whole new world of possibilities – you could go on to become a forensic scientist, chemical engineer, pharmacologist or even a chemistry teacher, depending on which course you study at university. CONTENT If you have a natural curiosity about the world and a willingness to search for answers, then our A Level in Chemistry will teach you how to find those answers through laboratory investigations and independent research. Your interest and enthusiasm for Chemistry will develop into a genuine appreciation of how science works. Building on the knowledge you gained at GCSE, you’ll learn more about how and why reactions happen. You will study topics such as atoms, elements, bonding, energetics, organic Chemistry and the development of the periodic table. of Chemistry students entered a professional or managerial role after graduation Source: Royal Society of Chemistry: A Future in Chemistry A LEVEL COURSES Chemistry studies reactions and substances from a biological and physical perspective. In order to consolidate your studies, you’ll learn how to handle data, think critically and apply your knowledge and processes to unfamiliar contexts. Following on from this, you will have the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge through practical experiments. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed by a written examination at the end of the course. The assessment of practical work in Chemistry will be reported separately in a certificate of endorsement. Divine – A Level Biology (A), Chemistry (A), Psychology (A) “I am studying Biomedical Science at Kings College. I plan to work in the pharmaceutical industry to become a specialised researcher in Human Biology. All my teachers offered their support and helped me to improve. One of my biggest achievements at CTK was the huge amount of progress I made in Chemistry. Parent’s meetings gave both myself and my parents the opportunity to discuss areas for improvement. It was good having my parents, me, and my teachers all on the same page.” An A Level in Chemistry can be the starting point to a range of careers – from engineering to healthcare. It’s a highly engaging subject that can lead you to a career in anything from engineering, pharmaceuticals, or medical research to teaching. 70% OVER

A sixth form centre for excellence 15 ENGLISH LITERATURE A LEVEL CRIMINOLOGY TECHNICAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE (Equivalent to 1 A Level) An A Level in English Literature can be the starting point to a range of careers – from teaching to law. English Literature is very well-respected if you wish to pursue subjects at university such as English or English Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Drama, Media Studies and Law. CONTENT Your A Level English Literature course will develop your critical understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of literature. You will study a variety of texts from different time periods and make connections between these texts. Studying A Level English Literature will provide you with the opportunity to develop your close-reading skills and will improve your use of critical terminology. There will be an important focus on independent learning and wider reading which will enable you to broaden your literary perspective and understand how literature has changed throughout history. You will also study a range of poetry, prose and drama spanning from pre-1900 to post2000 and this will include one play written by William Shakespeare. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10, you will also need GCSE English Literature and Language at grades 9-6. ASSESSMENT Coursework combined with end of year assessment. This course would suit you if you would like to take on a career in the criminal justice system such as the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the Police. As well as studying Criminology at University, you could also go on to study Law, Psychology or Sociology. CONTENT You will study elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology on this course which is designed to offer exciting and interesting experiences. Throughout the course, learners will gain an understanding of why people commit crime, different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and an understanding of the criminal justice system – from crime identification through to the final verdict. It offers a fascinating insight into the world of crime, the causes of crime, and how to effectively prevent it. This engaging course has been designed to encourage students to succeed through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10. ASSESSMENT The course is equivalent to one A Level. It is assessed both internally and externally by set tasks and examinations. Matthew – A Level Maths, Economics, English Literature “I’m part of the Advanced Graduate Programme and the mentoring we get is amazing. I really enjoy the trips relating to work experience and university. I will be studying Economics and Management at the University of Southampton. My teachers motivate me to work harder and they have been really supportive with careers guidance and university applications.” FOR MORE COURSE INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEBSITE: ctkstmarys.ac.uk

16 CTK ST MARY’S FRENCH A LEVEL Modern languages can lead to a variety of exciting careers such as translating, interpreting, finance, law, sales and marketing, engineering, tourism, leisure, public sector, United Nations and European Union, media, teaching (primary and secondary), and linguistics. Additionally, the knowledge of a foreign language can allow you to pursue any career at an international level. CONTENT This course will help to expand your interest in the French language and culture, as well as develop your linguistic skills. You will focus on a range of historical and contemporary topics which will further develop your understanding of France and Francophone countries. You will also study French literature and film, which will encourage you to stay up to date with French current affairs. You will also have the opportunity to travel to France, to improve your linguistic skills and knowledge of French culture. A LEVEL COURSES ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10, you will also need GCSE French at a grade 9-6. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed on your listening, reading, writing, speaking and grammar manipulation through translation. An A Level in a modern foreign language would be beneficial to a great majority of courses at university and would be particularly helpful if you choose to spend a year abroad. Heritage – A Level Maths (A), Physics (B), Graphic Design (C) “I am delighted to have achieved the grades that enable me to go off to study Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University. Throughout my A level studies, I have had a clear aim of how I wanted to progress onto university. My teachers at Christ the King have always been encouraging of me to work hard and aim for the highest grades. The teachers at CTK create the perfect learning environment with a range of opportunities that support your development, whilst inspiring you. I am very grateful for the opportunities given to me by CTK.” Did you know that the average salary for geography related jobs is £42,500 Source: Totaljobs.com – average salary for Geography jobs FOR MORE COURSE INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEBSITE: ctkstmarys.ac.uk

A sixth form centre for excellence 17 GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION A LEVEL GEOGRAPHY A LEVEL Graphic Communication is an engaging course that leads to careers in fine art, graphic design, motion graphics, fashion, advertising and product design. Art and Design courses are also useful if you are considering a career in such fields as architecture, marketing, publicity, arts administration, animation and the media. Graphic Communication will be of advantage to you if you wish to progress onto a foundation diploma in Art and Design. CONTENT Your A Level in Graphic Communication will encourage you to develop a personalised visual language that has clarity, originality and a high level of technical control in order to communicate a message or relay information. You will explore drawing through digital and traditional methods and will experiment with a wide range of tools, materials and techniques. You will also learn how to use sketchbooks to explore your own creative process by experimenting with imagery and manipulating meanings. The course will provide you with the opportunity to explore a variety of graphic visual communication methods including illustration, typography and poster and packaging design. As part of the personal investigation component of the A Level, you will be required to produce a minimum 1000 word critical study. At the end of the course, your work will be displayed at the annual art exhibition, which celebrates the creativity of our learners. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10. ASSESSMENT You will be required to produce a portfolio of coursework and separate controlled assignments. DID YOU KNOW... as a freelance graphic designer, you can earn between £200 and £400 a day? Prospects: Job profile – graphic designer ? Your A Level in Geography could lead to a wide range of career paths including conservation, teaching, urban land-use planning, environmental management, overseas development, cartography, climatology and travel writing. Once you’re trained in your chosen field, your qualification will open up a whole new world of possibilities – you could go on to become a teacher, town planner, architect, conservation officer or a journalist. CONTENT Your A Level Geography course comprises four main topics. These are water and carbon cycles, landscape systems, global systems and global governance, and changing places. In water and carbon cycles, you will study the physical processes which control the cycling of both water and carbon between land, oceans and the atmosphere. In landscape systems, you will take part in an integrated study of earth surface processes, landforms and resultant landscapes. For global systems and global governance, you will study the greater connectivity between people, places and environments across the globe. In the changing places module, you will further develop your geographical knowledge by conducting research in an area that is local to you. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed through exams and coursework. Abigail – A Level Psychology (A), Sociology (A), Geography (A) “Teachers are in tune with the students and everyone’s voice is heard and valued. The teachers care about their students’ perspective. I’m going to study Geography at Sheffield University.”

18 CTK ST MARY’S HISTORY A LEVEL CONTENT Your course will help you hone your analytical skills and strengthen your essay writing abilities. To get the most out of your course, you must be someone who enjoys reading, researching, writing, asking questions, and you are also ambitious to develop a high level of skill in these areas. You will also analyse and investigate key historical events and personalities such as the social and political development of Britain in the 19th century and autocracy and dictatorship in Russia. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10. A LEVEL COURSES ASSESSMENT You will be assessed with exams at the end of each year of your course. In your second year you will also complete a coursework unit on civil rights in the USA. An A Level in History can be the starting point to a variety of careers – from teaching to archaeology, politics, law and anthropology. “What I enjoyed most about my time at CTK was meeting new people from different backgrounds and sharing a desire to achieve well in our exams. The sixth form helped me stay motivated and made me realise my potential by giving me access to the Advanced Graduate Programme. I got into the University of Sheffield to study Law. I can’t praise my Law teacher enough. He constantly encouraged me to work to the best of my ability and always provided feedback and tips on how to push my grade up. The sixth form not only helped me achieve the grades through the support I received but it also provided me with the motivation and confidence to work to the best of my ability and made me realise my potential.” Ella Mae – studied A Level Law (A), Psychology (A), Sociology (B), EPQ (A) CTK ALUMNI FOR MORE COURSE INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEBSITE: ctkstmarys.ac.uk

A sixth form centre for excellence 19 MATHEMATICS A LEVEL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE (Equivalent to 1 A Level) An A Level in Maths can be the starting point to a variety of careers and Higher Education courses – from engineering to accounting. As a highly regarded subject it opens doors to career paths including accountancy, economics, teaching, engineering, medicine, mathematics and computing. CONTENT Mathematics is both a stimulating and challenging subject, which is very highly regarded at advanced level. Both employers and universities will take a keen interest in you if you have successfully completed A Level Mathematics. Topics you will study include indices, surds, polynomials, coordinate geometry, differentiation, integration, trigonometry, sequences, logarithms, first order differential equations, vectors and numerical methods. In mechanics, you will also study forces, equilibrium, kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion and momentum, whilst in statistics you will study the representation of data, probability, discrete random variables, continuous random variables, hypothesis testing and correlation and regression. To succeed on this course, you must have a strong enthusiasm for problem solving. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10, you will also need GCSE Mathematics at grade 6. You will also be required to show an appropriate knowledge of algebra before being enrolled onto the course. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed by exams at the end of each year of study. This is an excellent course to study alongside an A Level, if you are considering a degree or career in information systems, computer animation, website design or database administration. Information Technology is a good pathway to combine with business information systems and project management. CONTENT This qualification is equivalent to one A Level and should be taken alongside other A Level subjects. The course will help you to select and use appropriate ICT tools and techniques to carry out investigations. You will learn how to capture and handle data, solve problems, make decisions and present information. In addition to this, you will become aware of the impact of ICT on the way people live and work, plan and manage projects and work effectively, independently and with others. Topics you will study include creating systems to manage information, using social media to manage information, information technology systems and website development. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10. ASSESSMENT Your work will be assessed by coursework and an exam. Chief – A Level Chemistry (B), Physics (B) and Maths (B) “I’m going to study Mechanical Engineering at Queen Mary’s University. CTK is a spirited school with plenty of opportunity to make friends and connections. including extracurricular, enrichment activities and sport. The teachers are very down to earth, dedicated, and supportive. They design lessons to be relevant, engaging and challenging, whilst cultivating a warm, dynamic atmosphere. I believe the sixth form ethos is ‘hard work’ and ‘community’ and this says it all!”

20 CTK ST MARY’S MEDIA A LEVEL CONTENT Media is a modern, exciting and innovative course that addresses social issues. Your A Level course will combine your theoretical knowledge with your practical skills. You will also be encouraged to challenge and explore the ways in which media texts have been produced, circulated, consumed and interpreted. In addition to this, you will be required to conduct independent research to solidify your learning. There are three components to your Media A Level; component one is media products, industries and audiences – during which you will learn to analyse media language and representation in relation to advertising, marketing, music videos and newspapers. You will investigate and develop an understanding of media industries and audiences, and how they relate symbiotically. Component two focuses on the above A LEVEL COURSES Seychelle – A Level Media, Photography, English Language and Literature “I would recommend CTK to everyone. They show support for all their students. They helped me to restore my faith, believe in myself and guide me back onto my path to achieve my goal. I have enjoyed school events such as Charity and Inter Hall Day, as well as making a positive change to the school by achieving the roles of Tutor Representative, Student Head of Hall and Vice President. I got an A in Photography, B in Media Studies and C in English Language and Literature. I’m going to study Media Production at De Montford University.” An A Level in Media can be the starting point to a variety of careers – from journalism to film. As a highly regarded subject it opens doors to a range of career paths including journalism, photography, marketing and advertising, computer gaming or presenting. concepts in greater contextual and theoretical detail, addressing television in the global age, mainstream and alternative magazines, and media in the online age. Component three is a practical coursework production of a cross-media campaign, during which you will explore how the use of media language and representation can be used to target specific audiences. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed through two written exams, each worth 35% of your final qualification. The remaining 30% is assessed through the production of practical coursework. FOR MORE COURSE INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEBSITE: ctkstmarys.ac.uk

A sixth form centre for excellence 21 PHYSICAL EDUCATION A LEVEL PHOTOGRAPHY A LEVEL This course can lead to careers including sports coaching, physiotherapy, personal training and leisure management. CONTENT Your A Level in Physical Education will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills relating to the scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of Physical Education. You will analyse how physiological and psychological states affect performance and will develop your understanding of the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in sport. Topics will include applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, sport and society, biomechanical movement, sport psychology, sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10. Students should also participate in club level sports. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed via exams, practical work and coursework, on your ability to perform, as well as your analysis of relevant core skills and techniques as a sports performer, official or coach within a fully competitive situation. A Level Photography is an exciting course that can lead to careers in photography, fine art, film, media and animation, photo journalism, fashion photography, advertising and photo graphics. This is an excellent course to study if you wish to go on to become a photographer, architect, journalist or a film director. CONTENT During this course, you will be encouraged to develop a personalised visual language by observing the world through the lens of a camera. You will also learn how to use sketchbooks and digital portfolios to explore your own creative process by experimenting with imagery and manipulating meanings. You will learn a range of both darkroom techniques and digital processes. You will also collaborate with other students to learn how to use cameras, studio lighting and digital editing software. Your work will be inspired by the study of other artists and photographers through contextual research and visits to galleries. As part of the personal investigation component of the A Level, you will be required to produce a minimum 1000-word critical study. At the end of the course your work will be displayed at the annual art exhibition, which celebrates the creativity of you and other students. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed through coursework and controlled assignments. You will also be required to produce a portfolio of coursework and separate controlled assignments. ? DID YOU KNOW... that a degree in a sports related subject will provide you with a strong foundation on which you can build a career in the sports industry? It will also give you highly transferable business and management skills. Prospects: What can I do with my sports science degree? Jonny – A Level Biology, English Language and Literature, Psychology “Interacting with my peers brought colour to every sixth form day. I’m going on to University of Greenwich to study Biomedical Sciences.”

22 CTK ST MARY’S PHYSICS A LEVEL You will develop, use and apply problem solving, analytical, practical, quantitative reasoning and maths skills to a range of scenarios in order to enhance your conceptual understanding of Physics. Whether or not you want to purse a science career, these universal skills will be considered an asset by any employer. CONTENT You will find A level Physics a fascinating course if you are interested in the workings of the universe and the theories that underpin it. A few of the topics covered are particle physics and radiation which consists of understanding the nature of mass, energy and matter and how it relates to the history and creation of the universe. Mechanics looks at forces and motion and why objects move. Other year 1 topics are waves, materials, electricity, and circular and oscillating motion. In year 2 gravitational fields looks at the motion of orbits such as planets and satellites. A LEVEL COURSES A Level Physics is an engaging yet challenging course that can lead to a wide range of careers such as engineering, climate science, astronomy, architecture, radiology, computer science, teaching and medicine. Other year 2 topics are thermal physics, electric and magnetic fields, alternating current and transformers, capacitors, and nuclear physics. Practical work underpins all the topics throughout the course. In year 2, you can select your final unit for study from either astrophysics, medical physics, or engineering physics. This choice depends very much on what you have decided to study at university. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK St Mary’s on page 10, you will also need either GCSE Physics or GCSE combined Science at grade 6 or above. Students studying A Level Physics are also required to study A Level Maths. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed by a written examination at the end of each year of your course. FOR MORE COURSE INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEBSITE: ctkstmarys.ac.uk “What I enjoyed the most about CTK was being able to meet other likeminded motivated people. CTK is a great environment to develop yourself, as you are surrounded by motivated peers and lecturers who strive to get the most out of you.” Harrison – Studied A Level Further Maths (A*), Maths (A*), Economics (A) CTK ALUMNI

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